Saturday, April 15, 2017

RESIST the Orange Clown Nazi!

To my old friend Tarik Abdelazim​​, who is of Syrian descent, as he talks about "Resisting Trump":

I urge you not to focus on Trump. He's just like Obama, minus the charm, and grace. He's vulgar, blundering, and stupid. BUT HIS POLICIES are IDENTICAL to Obama's, I.e. whatever the f- the corporations, bankers, and CIA want.. It's only a matter of degree and couth. 

Tough Love:
You "Indivisible" / Working Families Democrats are a huge part of the problem. Haven't you learned from Hillary Clinton's campaign that "Resisting Trump" is a failed strategy? 

It's child's play to name what you hate, or resist. What's 1,000x more difficult is to say what you stand FOR! 

The Democrats are not elucidating this. 

The other thing is to RECOGNIZE, call out, address and FIX the abuse, fraud, and corruption of the DNC and 2016 primary which cheated Bernie and installed HRC. The DNC *PROMOTED* Trump!! It's all in the Wikileaks. 

Look around!!! The Democratic Party is WIPED OUT. Lost over a THOUSAND seats at every level.
900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats. 

And for a good reason! People are SICK of the LIES and abuse of the Democrats. Jobs Exporting Free Trade agreements, Private Prisons, War on Everything, Illegal Wars, Domestic Spying, FRACKING!!!!, Total Media Enclosure, Capture of our Elections, the militarization of local police. A right wing illegal tax written by insurance industry lobbyists disguised as "health care".

Bernie Sanders did a lot of good. He showed us all a very unlikely candidate, an old socialist Jew with a progressive domestic agenda could rally the people on small donations and form a significant threat to the establishment. Great!!! 

But then what did he do? HE FOLDED! The $270 Million Dollar Man endorsed his arch nemesis, Queen Fracking Wall Street Mart!! He kept MUM on the fraud and corruption, he CAMPAIGNS for the Treasonous Career Criminal who engineered perhaps the greatest human rights catastrophe in human history (Syrian/Lybia Quagmire). That's the Working Families Party scam ON STEROIDS.

and now his parroting the Russian Hacking narrative, which is 100% Premium Horse Hockey, Pure Malarkey, Military-Grade Deep State PSYOPS. 

C'mon Bernie! 

Jesus Christ! How anyone can continue to support the Democratic Party after all this is beyond me. Fool me once, shame in you. But fool me for Forty F*kin Years!!!!! ....

But oh, the Democrats have been doing everything right since the Election Debacle!! 

They HEARD the people and created a Solidly Progressive (non binding) platform! ... 

Wait, no they didn't. That's right... Sorry. The progressives were overruled and shouted down on every important issue. 

The Fascists who control the party can't even give us a decent NON-BINDING platform!! 

But wait! At least they then installed Progressives in all the important leadership positions! 
Tulsi Gabbard in the House, Bernie in the Senate, and Keith Ellison as DNC chair. Yay!!!

Wait no. I was wrong about that too. They really installed establishment corporate tools at ever level. Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Tom Perez. 

So I really don't want to hear any of my friends talking about Resisting Trump, OK? There is NO POLITICAL WAY to do that now, because the Democrats SUCK SO EPIC HARD.  The Republicans are in complete control of ALL THREE BRANCHES of government. And that will likely be true for the next decade at least. 

So PLEASE don't tell me what you're going to RESIST without first telling me what you are FOR. 

Don't tell me about the faults of Trump and the Republicans without first admitting the Democrats are COMPLICIT with everything wrong now. 

Start telling me how you're going to fix the Democratic Party, or else help implode the damn thing, create a level playing field for third parties, and help me build something new, which I suggest is the Green Party.

Thanks. Your friend,

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

World War 3 is COMING! Where is the Anti-War movement?


I have been studying and monitoring the media for around 20 years.
I have never seen this level of propaganda in the popular culture since 2002.

Almost EVERYTHING we are hearing from the mainstream corporate media
about Russia and Syria are demonstrably LIES.
CNN, MSBNC, NYTimes, WaPo,
... EVEN Democracy Now! is spreading disinformation about Syria,
e.g. calling it a "Civil War", and pushing the ABSURD and ILLOGICAL
"Russian Hacking" narrative:

Even Bernie Sanders is repeating these lies to move us unto war.

Recall all the times the Establishment/Media/CIA have lied to get us unto war:
  • Lusitania sinking
  • Gulf of Tonkin
  • Babies being yanked from incubators (Kuwait)
  • WMDs, Aluminum Tubes, Mobile Chemical Weapons Labs, Yellowcake Uranium, etc
  • ... but maybe we should believe them now about Assad's chemical weapons attack?

Here is my quick assessment of our present situation:
  • The CIA has been meddling in the internal affairs of Syria for 70 years!!
    Since 1947:
  • The President of the United States DOES NOT control the US Military.

    Trump's ONLY sane policies (detante with Russia, and hands-off Syria)
    were reversed in ONE WEEK.  Why was that?

    INSANE that the Democrats and so-called progressives
    are OPPOSING TRUMP ON EVERYTHING ... except when he
    bombs a sovereign nation because of A LIE.
  • Our government has been COMPLETELY captured by the "Deep State", which is a nickname for the nexus between: Bankers, Corporate Media, Generals/Military, Defense Contractors, CIA/Intelligence Community, Industry, Congress/Government Administrators
  • Trump is an "accidental president". He was not supposed to win.

    But the ROOT CAUSE of Trump falls on the DEMOCRATS: Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party leadership who used FRAUD in installing HRC as the candidate, when the people wanted Bernie Sanders. The Democrats are wiped out at every level of government: lost 900+ state legislature seats, 12 governors, 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats.

    The Democrats NOT ONLY have refused to even acknowledge the widespread FRAUD and CORRUPTION in their own party, but they have done EVERYTHING WRONG since the election, including installing Dynasty Corporate Pro-War Puppets in every leadership position, from Schumer, Pelosi, and Perez.

    And we are supposed to "Unify the Left" to "Defeat Trump"?

    How can we defeat Trump, with a Republican Majority,
    and a corrupt "opposition" party?

    Dozens of groups have organized, like Brand New Congress, Town Hall Project, Indivisible, Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, MoveOn, Working Families Party and many others which are "Democratic Party Herding Organizations" with the sole intent of "moving the Democrats to the Left" and/or convincing you to vote for a corporate democrat and supporting the party WITH A KNOWN HISTORY of policies which are SUBVERSIVE to a progressive agenda.

    David Cobb recalls the 40 year history of these attempts: "That shit don't work!"

    This is not "old news" or "living in the past".
    WE HAVE NO WAY to defeat Trump or his agenda, no political solution
    without either fixing the Democratic Party or substantial reforms to ballot access,
    and ranked-choice ballots in order to allow third parties to
    compete on a level playing field.
  • The "Russia Hacked Our Election" narrative, along with variations, are 95% LIES.
    There is NO EVIDENCE ever presented of this.
    It's all a fabrication, stated by the CIA,
    the Clinton Camp, and the DNC, ... and now being adopted by the Republicans too, in order to

    a) Divert attention starting in July '16 from the Wikileaks dumps showing how the DNC had STOLEN the primary election from Bernie Sanders, and

    b) as a pretext to Manufacture Consent for Global Conflict
  • Assad DID NOT gas his own people in either 2013 or 2017-- MORE LIES
  • We, the United States, for the last 8 years under Obama, have already been bombing overtly or arming mercenaries in SEVEN NATIONS: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan.

    We just dropped an 11 ton bomb on Afghanistan FOR NO GOOD REASON.

    Now add possible NEW fronts: China, N. Korea, Iran, Russia

    ...some are Nuclear Superpowers!


So many of my friends are repeating these lies, or are confused by the facts.

So I wanted to give you some sources which I use:

Friends, this is happening very quickly.

PLEASE do what you can to ORGANIZE,
make phone calls to Congress, head to DC and our state capitols,
with the urgent message to END ALL WARS NOW!

We are heading into World War 3.
This is a war which no one will win.
There will LIKELY be nuclear weapons used.
There could be a BILLION dead, or more.

Our leaders are INSANE.

We have to take back our government.

This issue even trumps Climate Change for the moment,
because the threat of our own destruction is imminent.
Please heed this warning and DO SOMETHING to DE-ESCALATE this mess.


May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Monday, March 13, 2017

42" Cuero TX wet gas gathering line PAR released

Some interesting things here. 

I'm still looking for 42" failure data for my PIR formula calibration research. But AGAIN they fail to state accurately the radius of the impacted area relative to failure location for calibrating the PIR. Very common error.

You may recall my previous graphic showing that 71% of all gas pipeline failures in my dataset have occurred within 4 miles of upstream compressor. (4 of 7). Now it is 6 of 8 or 75%!! 

Note: the vertical axis on my graphic is log scale.

Read the report here: (sorry, no pdf)

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Newburgh Train Derailment

Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4)
+ Caustic Soda (NaOH)
+ 2 Million Gallons of Petroleum Products
+ 80 MPH Speeding Train in Restricted Speed area
+ on Bad Track

It was like someone was TRYING to
make a Big Kerblammo,
but the plan failed-- LUCKILY!

It looks like the train may have struck
some track maintenance equipment
in an area which looks like a switch yard.

A video from this article calls it a "high-low boom lift" which 

Looks to me like several big problems here:

Scott Snell (Facebook)

Scott Snell (Facebook)

Scott Snell (Facebook)

The train was travelling from Selkirk, New York to Waycross, Georgia

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Quorum? FERC don need no stinking Quorum!

Found this on Twitter:

News Release: February 3, 2017
Docket No. AD17-10-000 PDF

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Commission Delegates Authority to Staff in Absence of Quorum

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued an order delegating additional authority to agency staff to continue certain agency operations in the absence of a quorum of Commissioners. The delegation order also affirms that all pre-existing delegations of authority by the Commission to its staff continue to be effective.

The delegation order takes effect Feb. 4, 2017, and the additional authority granted to agency staff will last until the Commission again has a quorum and moves to lift the delegation order. The delegation period will not extend beyond 14 days following the date a quorum is re-established.

The Commission anticipates not having a quorum for an indeterminate period, but has a continuing responsibility to carry out its regulatory obligations under the Federal Power Act (FPA), Natural Gas Act (NGA), and Interstate Commerce Act (ICA), among other statutes.

When regulated entities make rate filings under the FPA or NGA that, in the absence of Commission action, would take effect without suspension, refund protection or the ability for protesting parties to appeal, the Commission's general practice has been not to allow that to happen. By issuing the order today, the Commission intends that to ensure that FERC staff has authority to prevent such filings from taking effect by operation of law during the no-quorum period.

Today's order outlines specific delegation of agency authority:

    Rate and other filings: The Director of the Office of Energy Market Regulation (OEMR) can accept and suspend rate filings, and make them effective subject to refund and further order of the Commission, or accept and suspend them, make them effective subject to refund, and set them for hearing and settlement judge procedures. For initial rates or rate decreases submitted under section 205 of the FPA, for which suspension and refund protection are unavailable, FERC staff is granted authority under section 206 to institute proceedings in order to protect the interests of customers.

    Extensions of time: FERC staff can extend the time for action on matters where it is permitted by statute.

    Waiver requests: The Director of OEMR can take appropriate action on uncontested filings under the NGA, FPA and ICA, seeking waivers of the terms and conditions of tariffs, rate schedules and service agreements, including waivers related to capacity release and capacity market rules.

    Uncontested settlements: The Director of OEMR has authority to accept settlements not contested by any party or participant, including Commission trial staff.


May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Comments on DAPL EIS have been CLOSED 25 days early?

Web submission of comments on the DAPL docket have been CLOSED 25 days early:

h/t to Jordan Chariton of TYT for this info.

No one seems to know what this means yet.

This MAY only apply to Web-based filing.

According to the note published in the Federal Register, you can still Snail-mail or email your comments:

You may mail or hand deliver written comments to Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, 108 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0108. Advance arrangements will need to be made to hand deliver comments. Please include your name, return address, and "NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing" on the first page of your written comments.

Comments may also be submitted via email to Mr. Gib Owen, at If emailing comments, please use "NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline Crossing" as the subject of your email.

The location of all public scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through a notice to be published in the local North Dakota newspaper (The Bismarck Tribune) and online at

For Further Information Contact

Mr. Gib Owen, Water Resources Policy and Legislation, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Washington, DC 20310-0108; telephone: (703) 695-6791; email:


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Russian Hacking links

IMO the best analysis on this stuff is coming from bloggers and podcasters, with a small number of real journalists.

Most of these folks have multiple blogs, videos, or podcasts on this subject. So these links are representative:

Sane Progressive

Jimmy Dore

Tim Black and HA Goodman

Corbett Report 

Glenn Greenwald

Chris Hedges


John McAfee

Abby Martin and Ben Norton

Ben Swann

John Kiriakou (former CIA official)

All of these folks have a slightly different take, but most all are in unison: 

1) there is no evidence of Russian hacking 

2) lots of evidence this is a Deep State (CIA, corporate media, DHS, DNC, etc) hacked the Democratic Primary, but little official media attention here

3) Lots of stories connected to the contents of the DCLeaks, the Wikileaks (Podesta and DNC emails), and the FBI dumps of the Clinton emails not being covered. Important in assessing root causes of how we got here.

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

PHMSA underground gas storage rules PUBLIC COMMENT

Friends, forgive the cross posting. But I have seen zero discussion about this on any lists. 

From Porter Ranch to Seneca Lake... This is a huge opportunity to influence out national gas pipeline/storage safety regulator.

Public comments on PHMSA Interim Final Rule for the safety of Underground NatGas Storage facilities due Feb 17.  

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Climate Heroes? or Dangerous Saboteurs? An evaluation schema for potential Direct Actions

Climate Heroes?  or Dangerous Saboteurs? 
An evaluation schema for potential Direct Actions 

I hope this generates some positive discussion. 

IMO, the issue around the Oct 2016 shutdown of 5x Dilbit Pipelines is a microcosm which illustrates certain concerns affecting the greater environmental and climate movements, and should call us all into examining our core values.   

We are living in a new age now. 

If we cannot stop Trump and growing Fascism, then I fear the threats against climate activists will here approach what we see in S. America, and W. Africa. 

Thus, it is of UTMOST importance that our actions are of the highest moral integrity, and UNAMBIGUOUSLY nonviolent. 

Gandhi's Satyagraha, Women Suffragettes, MLK, "My Name is Allegany County", "We are Seneca Lake", the Water Protectors at Standing Rock-- all examples of successful and TRUE nonviolent action campaigns.

We must be motived by a sense of protection and care for all beings. We must treat each other with kindness both at the gate and in our groups. 

These "valve turners" are being almost universally and uncritically celebrated in the alt-left press as being Climate Heroes. 

People who know me know I am a vocal evangelist for Nonviolent Direct Action, since it is clear administrative remedies do not work.

However, IMO, their actions were quite unlike other NVDA actions which I have both documented, organized, and participated in. 

for evaluating potential direct actions:

We need to closely examine: 

a) what were the goals of this action? 
b) a fair assessment of what the risks were, 
c) how the decision was made,
d) does it meet the definition of nonviolent action, 
e) does it follow the precautionary principle, or 
f) if there were potentially better ways to meet the goals?

My intention here is not to attack these people. They seem like they did not undertake this lightly. They planned it for months, took certain precautions, they seem thoughtful and motivated by deep concern for the environment. 

Although I admit I do feel a certain connection to the 2013 spill in Mayflower AR, and the people who live there who are still suffering health impacts 3 years later. So such a risky action does raise a certain anger in me. 

But I DO hope this critique causes groups to use the Six Questions above or similar evaluation schema for future possible direct actions.


The essence of Nonviolent Action is putting YOUR OWN body at risk. What gives someone the right to to put OTHER LIVES in the line of harm? Were those potentially impacted others involved in the decision?

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)