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Ancestral WV hillbilly & old-style liberal who believes in US Constitution & detests RW revisionism of its principles (esp Establishment Clause)

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Obamas pivot on oil draws fire from left

President Obama unveiled plans Tuesday to open swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans to new oil and gas exploration, enraging Democrats and environmentalists who had cheered him just two days earlier for blocking drilling elsewhere.



Stunning panorama from Opportunity rover on Mars marks 11th year

A panoramic view of the desert world next door, from one of the highest elevations reached by the Mars rover Opportunity in its 11 years on the Red Planet.

Eleven years on Mars for the rover Opportunity! And the robotic rover is still working. The rover’s work on Mars was initially planned for three months. It marked the 11th anniversary of its own January 25, 2004 landing on Mars with a new panorama, gained from the top of the Cape Tribulation segment of the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover had reached this point three weeks before acquiring the panorama on January 22, 2015.

More, and video here:
Science Wire | EarthSky


If you're concerned about tar sands or environment..

...you should watch AlJazeera's "Fault Lines" - show titled "Death among the Bakken Shale." Saw it this morning. It repeats 5:30 p ET on Thur, 1/29. While the title makes the overall tone clear, it's a good piece about how the North Dakota oil boom is affecting the people, land & economy.

Potential Consumer Price Impacts of Efforts to Rapidly Expand Exports of Liquefied Natural Gas

...United States has experienced a natural gas boom that has made it one of the largest natural gas producers in the world. ...

Although these low prices have been a boon for consumers, they pose an economic challenge to domestic producers. Consequently, these producers are eager to find new domestic and foreign markets for natural gas in order to boost demand. Exporting more natural gas will tighten domestic supplies and, in turn, increase U.S. natural gas prices.

The U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, already has approved several applications to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG, to customers around the globe. ...

...EIA concluded that a surge in LNG exports would cause U.S. natural gas supply prices to rise between 4 percent and 11 percent, on average, ...

Although this could help natural gas producers’ bottom lines, higher prices also could have a significant economic effect on residential, commercial, and industrial consumers of natural gas across the country. The Center for American Progress reviewed the EIA data and found that high levels of LNG exports could increase annual natural gas bills for residential, commercial, and industrial consumers by at least $7 billion per year by 2020 and up to $14 billion per year by 2040.

...To date, companies have filed more than 40 applications with the DOE to export LNG to free trade and non-free-trade countries. ...

...In 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to set an arbitrary 30-day deadline for the DOE’s review of LNG export applications. The 114th Congress is likely to consider similar legislation in early 2015. [I think they were to intro it this week.]

Rest of the story here:


New Range Resources ads include the 'energy independence' myth among their other propaganda. Just how does energy independence correlate w/ exporting? (This also applies to KXL's toxic tar sands from ND.)

Ignorant Colorado GOPer opposes anti-poverty birth control program

A Republican Colorado lawmaker is opposing efforts to continue an anti-poverty program that provides IUDs to poor women because he believes the birth control method to be an “abortifacient” that would stop “a small child from implanting.”

The Coloradoan reported that Democratic state Rep. KC Becker was sponsoring a bill in hope of finding funds to make sure that low-income women continue to be able to receive long-acting reversible contraception, like IUDs.

The Family Planning Initiative pilot program had been funded by a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor. It worked so well that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) estimated that the teen birth rate was down by 40 percent, resulting in $23 million in savings in Medicaid assistance to women and children.

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The willfully ignorant never let facts get in the way. After all, the potential in a few cells are ever so more important than the woman who hosts them...

Alabama's State Rep Todd threatens 'family values' hypocrits

HuffPo’s Amanda Terkel reports that Alabama’s only openly gay lawmaker, State Rep. Patricia Todd (D), “is putting her anti-gay colleagues on notice: If they keep espousing family values rhetoric as a reason to oppose marriage equality, she’ll start making their marital infidelities public.”


1/27/73 End of VietNam War

1973, the Vietnam war officially ended with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords. Just 11 hours before a ceasefire went into effect, Colonel William Benedict Nolde was killed in action, becoming the final, official American casualty in the nine-year conflict.

Info by @BillMoyersHQ
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Sen Grassley thinks dumping CitizensUnited means Bill of Rights goes next

Sen Chuck Grassley Absurdly Claims if Dems succeed in getting rid of #CiitizensUnited Bill of Rights will soon follow

"'But it’s scary to tell you that four justices already are on record saying that freedom of speech is a collective right and somehow not an individual right. Four liberal justices have an upside-down understanding of the Constitution. They would vote to allow the Congress to limit your right to participate in the political process by limiting speech. Now the Constitution has to be amended to do that after the Supreme Court has gone a long ways in that direction. But did you know that there are liberal elements in the United States Senate, almost all of them have introduced a Constitutional amendment that would start amending the First Amendment. That’s a slippery slope [that] could lead us to the abolishment of the Bill of Rights as we’ve known it for 230 years. We can’t let that happen.'

"This is a bit of a jaw-dropping statement. After all, Citizens United only dates from January 21, 2010, making it just a few days over five years old and it is a money laundering scheme anyway. It is not a defense of democracy or free speech but rather the opposite, an attack on democracy and a means of keeping Republicans in power."

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5 things to know about Obama's move to protect refuge from drilling

On Monday, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said Obama had gone “completely wacko.” Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chair of the Senate Energy committee, said the administration’s plans were a “kick to the gut” that treated Alaska as if it were a “snow globe out there” that should be left untouched.

IN THE NEAR TERM, NOTHING CHANGES. There is no drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge now, and it would take an act of Congress to authorize any drilling in the refuge.
REFUGE A DROP IN BUCKET FOR U.S. SUPPLIES. Even if the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge were opened to drilling, its known reserves are equal to about three years’ worth of U.S. oil production.
A PREVIEW TO 2016? President Barack Obama’s bold move to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – and the reaction of Republicans in Congress – almost certainly sets it up to be a campaign issue in 2016.

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4th Annual Jog ‘n Hog Set to Challenge Erie-Area Stomachs

Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Stanganelli’s Pepperoni Ball Jog ‘n Hog will return to Presque Isle State Park on Saturday, June 13.

Runners and pepperoni ball lovers alike will lace up their shoes for the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Beach 1. Registration for the annual event opens on February 2 (GroundHOG Day) at www.jognhog.com. Participants who register in February will not be charged a processing fee.

Participants will begin at Beach 1 and run two miles to the Beach 6 parking area, where they will stop and eat either six or three pepperoni balls. Participants will then run back two miles to the starting line at Beach 1.

The Jog ‘n Hog is open to everyone age 10 and up. All runners receive a t-shirt and a coupon for six free Stanganelli’s pepperoni balls in addition to those they have eaten on the course. Registration will be $26 for the gastrointestinally brave who register for the “Whole Hogger,” which involves eating six pepperoni balls, and $24 for “Half Hoggers,” who will eat three pepperoni balls at the race’s halfway point. The race will also feature a hidden $50 bacon ball and a Pace Pig.

Racers who form teams of 15 of more people will each receive an additional $5 off their registration fee after the race. Teams are limited to 20 people.

“The Jog ‘n Hog is a fun race for anyone, of any age, to participate in,” said Andy Smith, who co-organizes the event with his brother Brian. “The Erie region has embraced the pepperoni ball as a staple food item, and they continue to embrace this race as a fun summer tradition.”

“Jog ‘n Hog has been a fun kick-off to the summer for the last three years, and I’m glad that Andy and Brian continue to bring the event back to Erie,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “It is a very unique event, and I would encourage anyone to participate.”

For more information and registration, visit http://www.jognhog.com.

From http://www.eriesportscommission.com/2015/01/26/4th-annual-jog-n-hog-set-to-challenge-erie-area-stomachs/
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