Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas And Holiday Music Till 4 pm

It's an all holiday show this week and next on my Classic Rock Rewind Show on www.radiovegas.rocks also on itunes and tunein app for you phones or devices.
Today's show ends at 4 pm. Next week tune in on Friday 5 to 7 pm, Saturday 1 to 3 pm and Sunday 2 to 4 pm.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

DEA Adds New Regulations To Cannabis Products

A new rule published by the DEA today led many in the cannabis industry to assume the worst – that the agency had decided to crack down on hemp-derived CBD.

Take a deep breath. This is likely not the case.

What the rule actually does is create a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number for cannabis extracts – concentrates such as shatter, wax or rosin. This is an administrative measure, not an enforcement action; and while an initial reading of the publication might make it seem like an attack on hemp-derived CBD, the rule mentions neither “hemp” nor “CBD” in either the proposed or final rule.

Eric Steenstra, executive director of the Hemp Industries Association, indicated that although his legal team is reviewing the document, “this isn’t how [the DEA] goes about scheduling a substance.”

Read More at Ganjapreneur.com
or read this at RawStory

Here is another story that explains this a bit better from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Congressman Huffman Does First Podcast With Bill Press

Second District Congressional Representative Jarred Huffman did his first podcast today. He opened the podcast interviewing Bill Press who is also going to be doing a podcast rather than a satellite delivered radio show starting next year.
They both talked about the current situation the country including Social Security, the environment, Obamacare, trade deals, the wall, jobs, Trump, the Democratic Party and what they need to do and more Trump.

Congressman Huffman serves the north coast of California from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon boarder. He says he and the progressive arm of the Democratic Party aren't going to lay down.

Listen to his podcasts here.


In the second segment of the short podcast which is only a bit longer than 23 minutes, Huffman answers questions submitted to him at Huffmanpodcast@gmail.com

One answered question was whether he would obstruct Trumps agenda. 


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Counting The Votes In 3 Swing States, And Why Paper Matters



J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science & engineering at the University of Michigan, explains how Michigan's voting equipment could be suseptible to manipulation and hacking without an internet connection. Chad Livengood, The Detroit News.

How might a foreign government hack America’s voting machines?

Here’s one possible scenario. First, the attackers would probe election offices well in advance in order to find ways to break into their computers. Closer to the election, when it was clear from polling data which states would have close electoral margins, the attackers...  READ MORE HERE.

There is also a short video of the press conference at the link above.
For expert analysis of voting issues see The Brad Blog! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Oil Police to Begin Blocking Life-Sustaining Supplies Meant for NoDAPL Water Protectors

Ring of Fire online has the latest from the DAPL Pipeline protests.
SEE UPDATE BELOW

In addition to intimidation tactics being carried out by North Dakota officials and by the Army Corp of Engineers, on Tuesday, the state announced that it was ordering its police forces to begin blocking the incoming supplies necessary to sustain the individuals occupying the Dakota Access Pipeline protest.
Photo from https://trofire.com/

No, it’s not bad enough that peaceful protesters are being attacked by police, doused in near freezing water in below freezing temperatures and pelted with rubber bullets, teargas, and mace – they must also be literally starved out, according to N.D. officials.

On Monday, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed an “emergency evacuation” order which demanded all occupants of the NoDAPL protest leave immediately. An additional element of this so-called emergency evacuation was explicit instruction that law enforcement should turn away any and all supplies meant for the camps, including food and medical supplies.

The main focus of this order was on incoming building supplies, as officials can technically claim that the land the water protectors are occupying are not zoned for permanent structures. But the order didn’t include a block on just building supplies – according to the governor, not a grain of rice or a single band-aid is to pass through the roads to the waiting protesters.

May I remind you that these are innocent, peaceful protesters, many occupying the land that was promised by the U.S. government to their ancestors? If a single person is harmed or killed thanks to a lack of food or other resources, that is nothing short of state-sponsored murder.

It is clearer than ever now that the state of North Dakota has absolutely no interest in the safety or liberty of these assembled protesters. The state has already spent millions fighting these peaceful protesters on behalf of a delinquent corporation. They have injured, maimed, and hospitalized protesters for their corporate buddies – will they kill for them too?

You can read more about the governor’s orders at Reuters.
UPDATE!!
Timothy McGlauglin at Reuters
By Terray Sylvester | CANNON BALL, N.D.
North Dakota state officials on Tuesday backed away from plans to block supplies from reaching protesters at a camp near the construction site of an oil pipeline project after the governor’s office said no such action was planned.

Activists have spent months protesting plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying the project poses a threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites.

Earlier on Tuesday, Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman for the Morton County Sheriff's Department, said food, building materials and other supplies would be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple's "emergency evacuation" order on Monday.

However, a spokesman for the governor told Reuters on Tuesday afternoon that no such action was planned. "There is not going to be any blockade of supplies," said spokesman Jeff Zent.

Following Zent's comment, Herr said law enforcement would take a more "passive role" than a enforcing a blockade. Officers would instead stop vehicles they believed to be heading to the camp and inform drivers that they were committing an infraction and could be fined $1,000.

"That is the understanding that we had initially but we had to get that clarified. The governor is more interested in public safety than setting up a road block and turning people away," Herr said by telephone. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest Episode 3

They have been coming out every week. Here is episode 3 of The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest
https://youtu.be/B1fX-iekSBE
The video is no longer available due to copyright reasons even though the author has said we should share it. Here is another link to episode 3 https://archive.org/details/TheTruthAboutCancerAGlobalQuestEpisode3

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Here Are 50 Proposals From The 2016 Republican Platform. This Is Their Agenda

Little stands in the way of this happening. Here is a list by Steven Rosenfeld at Alternet.org of 50 excerpts from the 2016 Republican Platform. This is their agenda my friends.

Most voters have heard enough about Donald Trump’s plans for the presidency, but what about the rest of the Republican Party?

The GOP 2016 platform would make Christianity the official American religion, English the official American language, replace sex education with abstinence-only advice for teenagers, privatize almost all areas of federal services, cut taxes and regulations for the rich and titans of industry, and impose a belligerent foreign policy and military build-up.

Here are 50 excerpts from the 2016 GOP platform.

1. Tax cuts for the rich: “Wherever tax rates penalize thrift or discourage investment, they must  be  lowered. Wherever current  provisions of the code are disincentives for economic growth, they  must be changed… We propose to level the international playing field by lowering the corporate  tax rate to be on a par  with, or below, the rates of other industrial nations.”

2. Deregulate the banks: “The Republican vision  for American  banking calls for establishing transparent, efficient markets where consumers can obtain loans they need at reasonable rates based on market conditions. Unfortunately, in response to the financial institutions crisis of 2008-2009, the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, otherwise known as Dodd-Frank.”

3. Stop consumer protection: “The worst of Dodd-Frank is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, deliberately designed to be a rogue agency. It answers to neither Congress nor the executive, has its own guaranteed funding outside the appropriations process… If the Bureau is not abolished, it should be subjected to congressional appropriation.”

4. Repeal environmental laws: “We call for a comprehensive review of federal regulations, especially those dealing with the environment, that make it harder and more costly for Americans to rent, buy, or sell homes.”

5. Shrink unions and union labor: “We renew our call for repeal of the Davis-Bacon law, which limits employment and drives up construction and maintenance costs for the benefit of unions… Although  unionization  has  never been permitted in any government agency concerned with national security, the current Administration has reversed that policy for the Transportation Security Administration. We will correct that mistake… We support  the right of states to enact Right-to-Work laws and call for a national law to protect the economic liberty of the modern workforce.”

6. Privatize federal railway service: “Amtrak is an extremely expensive railroad for the American taxpayers, who must subsidize every ticket. The federal government should allow private ventures to provide passenger service in the northeast corridor. The same holds  true with regard to high-speed and intercity rail across the country. We reaffirm our intention to end federal support for  boondoggles like California’s high-speed train to nowhere.”

7. No change in federal minimum wage: “Minimum wage is an issue that should be handled at the state and local level.”

8. Cut government salaries and benefits: “The taxpayers spend an average of $35,000 a year per employee on non-cash benefits, triple the average non-cash compensation of the average worker in the private sector. Federal employees receive extraordinary pension benefits and vacation time wildly out of line with those of the private sector.”

9. Appoint anti-choice Supreme Court justices: “Only a Republican president will appoint judges who respect the rule of law  expressed within the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, including the inalienable right to life and the laws of nature and nature’s God, as did the late Justice Antonin Scalia.”

10. Appoint anti-LGBT and anti-Obamacare justices: “Only such appointments will enable courts to begin to reverse the long line  of activist decisions — including Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases—that have usurped Congress’s and states’ lawmaking  authority.”

11. Legalize anti-LGBT discrimination: “We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government  discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union  of one man and one woman.”

12. Make Christianity a national religion: “We support the public  display of the Ten  Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage and further affirm the rights of religious students to engage in voluntary prayer at public school events and to have equal access to school facilities.”

13. Loosen campaign finance loopholes and dark money: “Freedom of speech includes the right to devote resources to whatever  cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage citizens from participating in the  public square or limit their ability to promote their ideas, such as requiring private organizations to publicly disclose their donors to the government.”

14. Loosen gun controls nationwide: “We support firearm reciprocity legislation to recognize the right  of  law-abiding  Americans to carry firearms to protect themselves and their families in all  50  states. We support constitutional carry  statutes  and  salute  the  states  that  have  passed  them. We oppose ill-conceived laws that  would  restrict magazine capacity or ban  the  sale  of  the  most  popular  and  common modern rifle.”

15. Pass an anti-choice constitutional amendment: “We assert  the  sanctity  of  human  life  and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the  Constitution  and  legislation  to  make  clear  that  the  Fourteenth  Amendment’s protections apply to children before birth.”

16. End federal funding for Planned Parenthood: “We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned  Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare.”

17. Allow states to shut down abortion clinics: “We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole  Woman’s  Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion  clinics.”

18. Oppose stem cell scientific research: “We  oppose  embryonic stem cell research. We  oppose  federal  funding  of  embryonic  stem cell research. We support adult stem cell research and urge the restoration of the national  placental stem cell bank created by President George H.W. Bush but abolished by  his Democrat  successor, President Bill Clinton. We oppose  federal  funding  for  harvesting embryos and call for a ban on human cloning.”

19. Oppose executive branch policy making: “We condemn the current Administration’s unconstitutional expansion  into  areas  beyond  those  specifically  enumerated,  including  bullying  of state and local governments in matters ranging from voter identification (ID) laws to immigration, from  healthcare  programs  to  land  use  decisions,  and  from  forced  education  curricula  to  school  restroom policies.”

20. Oppose efforts to end the electoral college: “We oppose the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact  and  any  other  scheme  to abolish or distort the procedures of the Electoral College.”

21. Require citizenship documents to register to vote: “We support  legislation  to  require  proof  of  citizenship  when  registering  to vote and  secure  photo  ID when  voting. We strongly oppose litigation against states exercising their sovereign authority to enact such laws.”

22. Ignore undocumented immigrants when drawing congressional districts: “In order to  preserve  the principle of one person, one vote, we urge our elected representatives to ensure that citizenship, rather than mere residency, be made the basis for the  apportionment of representatives  among the states.”

23. No labeling of GMO ingredients in food products: “The  intrusive  and  expensive  federal mandates on food options and menu labeling should be ended as  soon as  possible by a  Republican  Congress. We  oppose the mandatory labeling of genetically modified food, which has proven to be safe, healthy, and a literal life-saver for millions in the developing world.”

24. Add work requirements to welfare and cut food stamps: “Nearly all the work requirements for able-bodied adults, instituted by our  landmark  welfare  reform  of  1996,  have  been  removed. We  will  restore  those  provisions  and,  to correct a mistake made when the Food Stamp program  was  first  created  in  1964, separate the  administration  of SNAP  [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program] from the Department of Agriculture.”

25. Open America’s shores to more oil and gas drilling: “We support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration and responsible production, even if these resources will not be immediately developed.”

26. Build the Keystone XL Pipeline: “The  Keystone  Pipeline  has  become a symbol of everything  wrong  with the current  Administration’s  ideological approach. After years of delay, the President killed it to satisfy environmental extremists. We intend to finish that pipeline and others as part of our commitment to North American energy security.”

27. Expand fracking and burying nuclear waste: “A  federal  judge  has  struck  down  the  BLM’s rule on hydraulic fracturing and we support upholding  this  decision.  We  respect  the  states’  proven  ability  to  regulate  the  use  of  hydraulic  fracturing,  methane  emissions,  and  horizontal  drilling,  and  we  will  end  the  Administration’s  disregard  of  the  Nuclear  Waste  Policy  Act  with  respect to the long-term storage of nuclear waste.”

28. No tax on carbon products: “We oppose any carbon tax… We urge the private sector to focus its resources on the development of carbon capture and sequestration technology still in its early stages here and overseas. ”

29. Ignore global climate change agreements: “The United  Nations’ Intergovernmental  Panel  on  Climate  Change  is  a  political  mechanism,  not  an  unbiased  scientific  institution. Its  unreliability  is  reflected  in  its  intolerance  toward  scientists  and  others  who  dissent  from  its  orthodoxy. We  will  evaluate  its  recommendations  accordingly. We reject the agendas of both the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which  represent  only  the  personal  commitments of  their   signatories; no such agreement can be binding upon the United States until it is submitted to and ratified by the Senate.”

30. Privatize Medicare, the health plan for seniors: “Impose no changes  for  persons  55  or  older.  Give  others  the  option  of  traditional  Medicare  or  transition  to  a  premium-support  model  designed  to  strengthen  patient  choice,  promote  cost-saving  competition  among  providers.”

31. Turn Medicaid, the poor’s health plan, over to states: “Moving to a block grant approach would allow for state  and  local  governments  to  create  solutions  for  individuals  and  families  in  desperate  need  of  help  in  addressing  mental  illness.  We  respect  the  states’ authority and flexibility to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid and other healthcare and family planning programs so  long  as  they  continue  to  perform  or  refer  for  elective abortions.”

32. No increasing Social Security benefits by taxing the rich: “As  Republicans, we oppose tax increases and believe in the power of markets to create  wealth and to help secure the future of our Social Security system.”

33. Repeal Obamacare: “Any  honest  agenda  for  improving  healthcare  must  start  with  repeal  of  the  dishonestly  named  Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare.”

34. Give internet service providers monopoly control: “The President ordered  the  chair  of  the  supposedly  independent  Federal  Communications  Commission  to  impose  upon the internet rules devised in the 1930s for the telephone monopoly… The  internet’s  free  market needs to be free and open to all ideas and competition  without  the  government  or  service  providers picking winners and losers.”

35. Make English the official U.S. language: “We both encourage the preservation of heritage tongues and support English as the nation’s official language, a unifying force  essential  for  the  advancement  of  immigrant  communities and our nation as a whole.”

36. No amnesty for undocumented immigrants: “Illegal immigration endangers everyone,  exploits  the  taxpayers,  and  insults  all  who  aspire  to  enter  America  legally.  We  oppose  any form of amnesty for those who, by breaking the law,  have  disadvantaged  those  who  have  obeyed it.”

37. Build a border wall to keep immigrants out: “Our highest  priority, therefore,  must  be  to  secure  our  borders  and  all  ports  of  entry  and  to  enforce our immigration laws. That  is  why  we  support  building  a  wall  along  our  southern  border  and  protecting  all  ports  of  entry.  The  border  wall  must  cover  the  entirety  of  the  southern  border  and  must  be  sufficient  to  stop  both  vehicular  and  pedestrian  traffic.”

38. Require government verification of citizenship of all workers: “Use of  the  E-verify  program — an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and  identity  of  employees—must  be  made  mandatory  nationwide. We reaffirm  our  endorsement of the SAVE program —Systematic  Alien Verification for Entitlements—to ensure that public  funds  are  not  given  to  persons  not  legally  present in this country.”

39. Penalize cities that give sanctuary to migrants: “Because ‘sanctuary cities’ violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, they should not be eligible for federal funding. Using state licenses to reward people in the country illegally is an affront to the rule of law and must be halted.”

40. Puerto Rico should be a state but not Washington DC: “We  support  the  right  of  the  United  States  citizens of Puerto Rico to be admitted to the Union as a fully sovereign state… A [D.C.} statehood amendment was soundly rejected by the states when last proposed in 1976 and should not be revived.”

41. Support traditional marriage but no other families: “Children raised in  a  two-parent  household  tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, more likely to do well in school, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in  crime  or become  pregnant  outside of marriage. We oppose policies and laws that create a financial incentive for or encourage cohabitation.”

42. Privatize government services in the name of fighting poverty: “We call for removal of structural impediments which progressives throw in the path of poor people: Over-regulation  of  start-up  enterprises,  excessive  licensing  requirements,  needless  restrictions  on  formation of schools and day-care centers serving neighborhood families, and restrictions on providing public services in fields like transport and sanitation.”

43. Require bible study in public schools: “A  good understanding of the  Bible  being  indispensable  for the development  of  an  educated  citizenry, we encourage  state  legislatures to  offer  the  Bible in a  literature  curriculum as an elective in  America’s  high  schools.”

44. Replace traditional public schools with privatized options: “We  support  options  for  learning,  including  home-schooling,  career  and  technical  education,  private  or  parochial  schools,  magnet  schools,  charter  schools,  online  learning,  and  early-college  high schools.”

45. Replace sex education with abstinence-only approaches: “We renew our call for replacing ‘family  planning’  programs  for  teens  with  sexual  risk  avoidance  education  that  sets  abstinence  until  marriage  as  the  responsible  and  respected  standard  of  behavior.  That  approach— the  only  one always effective against premarital pregnancy and  sexually transmitted  disease—empowers  teens  to  achieve  optimal  health  outcomes.  We oppose  school-based  clinics  that  provide  referral  or  counseling  for  abortion  and  contraception  and  believe  that  federal  funds  should  not  be  used  in mandatory or universal mental health, psychiatric, or socio-emotional screening programs.”

46. Privatize student loans instead of lowering interest rates: “The  federal  government  should  not  be  in  the  business  of  originating  student  loans.  In  order  to  bring  down  college  costs  and  give  students  access to a multitude of financing options, private sector participation in student financing should be restored.”

47. Restore the death penalty: “The  constitutionality  of  the  death  penalty  is  firmly  settled  by  its  explicit  mention  in  the  Fifth  Amendment. With  the  murder  rate  soaring  in our great  cities,  we  condemn  the  Supreme  Court’s  erosion of the right of the people to enact capital punishment in their states.”

48. Dramatically increase Pentagon budget: “Quite simply, the Republican Party is committed to rebuilding the U.S. military into the strongest on earth, with vast superiority over any other nation or group of nations in the world.”

49. Cancel Iran nuclear treaty and expand nuclear arsenal: “We  should  abandon  arms  control  treaties  that  benefit  our  adversaries  without  improving our national security. We must fund, develop, and deploy a multi-layered missile defense system. We must modernize nuclear weapons and their delivery platforms.”

50. Reaffirm support for Israel and slam sanctions movement: “We reaffirm America’s  commitment to Israel’s security and will ensure that Israel maintains a qualitative military edge over any and all adversaries…We reject  the false notion that Israel is an occupier and specifically recognize  that  the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement (BDS) is anti-Semitic in nature and seeks to destroy Israel. Therefore, we call for effective legislation to thwart actions that are intended to limit commercial relations with Israel, or persons or entities doing business in Israel or in Israeli-controlled territories, in a discriminatory manner.”


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

With Trump Win All Branches Of Federal Government Now Under Control Of Republicans

With the results of the 2016 Presidential Election it's time to look at what this means for the US.

Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will be one of the most powerful men in the world. He will control the agenda of this now mostly one party system. All branches of of the US government will now be in Republican control including the US Supreme Court. There is a vacancy on the court and now that will be filled by Republicans without Democrats standing in their way.

Another thing to consider are the cuts that are planned under the already proposed Ryan spending budget. Perhaps some of these things need to be unfunded and shut down but it's hard to believe that Ryan and his cohorts have actually examined the repercussions closing all of these programs will have on the economy and peoples lives.
 compiled by Bowsite.com

From their site the list of programs to be shut down:

* Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy -- $445 million annual savings. * Save America 's Treasures Program -- $25 million annual savings. * International Fund for Ireland -- $17 million annual savings. * Legal Services Corporation -- $420 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Arts -- $167.5 million annual savings. * National Endowment for the Humanities -- $167.5 million annual savings. * Hope VI Program -- $250 million annual savings. * Amtrak Subsidies -- $1.565 billion annual savings. * Eliminate duplicating education programs -- H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon , eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually. * U.S. Trade Development Agency -- $55 million annual savings. * Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy -- $20 million annual savings. * Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding -- $47 million annual savings. * John C. Stennis Center Subsidy -- $430,000 annual savings. * Community Development Fund -- $4.5 billion annual savings. * Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid -- $24 million annual savings. * Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half -- $7.5 billion annual savings * Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% -- $600 million annual savings. * Essential Air Service -- $150 million annual savings. * Technology Innovation Program -- $70 million annual savings. *Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program -- $125 million annual savings.. * Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization -- $530 million annual savings. * Beach Replenishment -- $95 million annual savings. * New Starts Transit -- $2 billion annual savings.

* Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts -- $9 million annual savings * Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants -- $2.5 billion annual savings. * Title X Family Planning -- $318 million annual savings. * Appalachian Regional Commission -- $76 million annual savings. * Economic Development Administration -- $293 million annual savings. * Programs under the National and Community Services Act -- $1.15 billion annual savings. * Applied Research at Department of Energy -- $1.27 billion annual savings. * Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership -- $200 million annual savings.. * Energy Star Program -- $52 million annual savings. *Economic Assistance to Egypt -- $250 million annually. * U.S.Agency for International Development -- $1.39 billion annual savings. * General Assistance to District of Columbia -- $210 million annual savings. * Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority -- $150 million annual savings. *Presidential Campaign Fund -- $775 million savings over ten years. * No funding for federal office space acquisition -- $864 million annual savings. * End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services. * Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act -- More than $1 billion annually. * IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget -- $1.8 billion savings over ten years. *Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees -- $1 billion total savings. WHAT'S THIS ABOUT? * Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees -- $1.2 billion savings over ten years. * Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of -- $15 billion total savings. *Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress. WHAT??? * Eliminate Mohair Subsidies -- $1 million annual savings. *Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- $12.5 million annual savings. WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL

* Eliminate Market Access Program -- $200 million annual savings. * USDA Sugar Program -- $14 million annual savings. * Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) -- $93 million annual savings. * Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program -- $56.2 million annual savings. *Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs -- $900 million savings. * Ready to Learn TV Program -- $27 million savings.. * HUD Ph.D. Program. * Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act. *TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years.

See more at Bowsite.com

So in conclusion, I see this new Republican alignment and takeover as a chance for our representatives to part out and sell off parts of our commons. Our water, lakes, national parks, our rivers, the minerals under our private land. Forget about the ACA or Obamacare. It's over. If you are dependent on that for your health, you will be subject to their plan which is only to get rid of the plan you have. They have no plan.

If they had their way, they would or have suggested that they privatize Amtrak, the post office, our prisons, police, our infrastructure, our social security ( Hillary also had a plan for this one), our enforcement agencies like the EPA, IRS, FDA, USDA and it's inspectors,  parts of Homeland Security, the air traffic controllers and other commons that are currently owned buy us, collectively as US Citizens.

The only thing that I can see that stands in the way of the Republican plan set forth by Ryan would be his own party members and Donald Trump himself with his veto pen.





The Truth About Cancer Part 2 of 9

I shared part one of this series on November 1st.
https://youtu.be/VK_sX5ko8SE

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Public Forum About California Homeless Bill of Rights and Right To Rest legislation Nov. 5th.

Press Release/Media Alert


Eureka- Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives and the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP-www.wraphome.org) will host a public forum about the California Homeless Bill of Rights and Right to Rest legislation, Saturday, Nov. 5.  At 3pm the public forum and discussion on proposed California Legislation for a Homeless Bill of Rights next year will be presented at the Labor Union Hall 840 E Street, Eureka,.

Other California communities have ordinances like Eureka’s no-camping ordinance that, when enforced, routinely criminalize homelessness. In Eureka there are far too few shelter beds for those in need. With no other choice than to rest, sleep, eat and perform other life-sustaining activities in public spaces, people who are homeless are often cited and fined or even arrested and jailed. Police records then make it harder for people to gain employment and housing.

Paul Boden, Director of WRAP will talk about how the California Homeless Bill of Rights and Right to Rest legislation can eliminate criminalization, which the U.S. Justice Department is calling unconstitutional and "cruel and unusual punishment." (www.wraphome.org).

AHHA invites the public to join them at the Labor Union Hall, where Paul will be a featured speaker and talk about how to move affordable housing forward.  AHHA and folks living rough in Eureka will outline the current situation of residents who have no legal place to be in Eureka, and their proposals for sanctuary camp to tiny house villages as solutions.

The new AHHA Campaign for funding Tiny Houses for homeless in Villages will be announced, and a kick-off to raise $100,000 to secure property and manifest Eureka’s first Tiny House Village.  More information on the AHHA Campaign for Land and Villages in Humboldt County is available at www.ahha-humco.org. This Campaign will create good looking villages for folks now living in the rain, and solve the community problem of folks only option of roaming and living on the streets.

This important Forum for Humboldt County can make a difference by creating spaces that are safe, warm, and dry first!, until affordable housing is created. And, AHHA will announce a solution the community can participate in to bring folks out of the rain and off the streets through development of sanctuaries to tiny house villages.

For further information, contact Nezzie Wade 267-4035, now1@suddenlink.net

Paul Boden (Executive and Organizing Director) became homeless at the age of 16. He began volunteering at a drop-in shelter in San Francisco in 1983, eventually becoming a program director there and worked as a case manager in a supportive hotel program for mentally ill people. Paul served as Executive Director of San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness for 16 years and was a founder of the Community Housing Partnership, a nationally recognized permanent housing corporation with optional supportive services. Paul was also a board member of the National Coalition for the Homeless and co-chair of its civil rights and grassroots organizing workgroup. He has received dozens of community city/ county of San Francisco, State of California, and the Congress of the United States awards. Paul regularly writes articles and op-eds and travels throughout the country giving talks and trainings.  He now leads the Homeless Bill of Rights Campaign in California, Colorado, and Oregon  www.wraphome.org




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What many doctors think about cancer, and how they are required to treat it

This is the first part of 9 in which doctor after doctor discuss the failed war on cancer and why we are failing. Could it be a lack of treatment offers available to the official medical establishment?


And good luck sharing this on facebook. I was unable to do that tonight which is why I am posting this on my blog which is hosted by google.
Update: Facebook seems to just be having troubles tonight. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Upgrade to local EAS equipment prevented an Amber Alert from being broadcast in Humboldt County.

I had to get to the bottom of this because an Amber Alert is supposed to go over the air on the same system we use for Tsunamis and other emergencies. Today's alert went only to computers and cell phones which meant people on the road had to pull over and look at their phones or take their eyes off the road in order to know what it was all about. And while they are staring at their phones on the side of the road and calling up a web page, the abductor could have just driven by unnoticed.

I made several phone calls to track down where things went wrong and alerted the proper authorities of the breakdown. It turns out a software upgrade a few weeks back seems to be the culprit. They are now working on it now that I have brought it to their attention.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Is Trump Right? Are Our Elections Rigged?

I don't know if they are rigged or not to tell you the truth. Neither does anyone else because of the way we count our votes.
I do have a few things to say about this though.

https://soundcloud.com/tom-sebourn/about-our-voting-system-is-it-rigged-10-20-2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rain As Heard Through A Sure SM 58 Beta Microphone Near Trinidad

A thunderstorm moved through the area and gave a few rumbles but by the time I got to recording there was just rain. But it makes for a nice peaceful track to listen to.
https://soundcloud.com/tom-sebourn/rain

Saturday, October 15, 2016

This Is Getting Serious Folks

A Screenshot from Intellicast about 15 minuts ago shows possible tornadic hight winds forecast for south of Ferndale heading north east.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It Looks Big

Here is a screenshot of the storm coming into Humboldt county about 15 minutes before Thursday.
Follow it's path at www.intellicast.com

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Final Trinidad Art Nights Of The Season This Friday



COMMUNITY ARTS TRINIDAD & THE GREATER TRINIDAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS:

The last Trinidad Art Nights of 2016!! Please come join us for this last chance to experience this wonderful event for 2016! (We will all be back May 2017)

www.trinidadartnights.com

Trinidad Art Nights Schedule for October 7th 6-9pm

With Shuttle Service Provided by Cher-Ae Heights Casino, from Sunset Restaurant down to Seascape Restaurant and points between.

**This is the Final Art Night for the 2016 Season! Circus of the Elements will return this month with Fire Dancing at Saunders Park!**

Be sure to view preview of new exhibit at the Trinidad Museum

BERGERON WINERY 359 Main St. Limited copies of Etchings by Charles Klabunde, BnW and Color Pencil.

THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 355 Main St. Susan Mayclin Stephenson, Acrylic on Canvas

MOONSTONE CROSSING 529 Trinity St. Straw art by Kathy Reid.
Music by Tony Roach.

NED SIMMONS GALLERY 380 Janis Court. 5-8pm. Final night of current plein air exhibit; Bike raffle with winner announced at 8pm. Short ceremony at 7pm for unveiling of our Donor Rock and Donor Bench bronze plaques. Band TBA

SAUNDER'S PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive)
Fire Dancing by Circus of the Elements! 8:45 pm

SAUNDER'S PLAZA (Lot next to Murphy’s)
Rosewater, A Tribute to the Grateful Dead

SEASCAPE RESTAURANT 1 Bay St.
”At the water’s edge” Photography by Red Jioras displaying images of the changing season, river and ocean environments in and around Trinidad. Come be inspired. Remember to take the Shuttle down to Pier!

STRAWBERRY ROCK GALLERY 343 Main St.
Featuring diverse local talent in Humboldt County and surrounding areas, including Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, Sculptures, Pottery and more.
Shows change monthly.

SUNSET RESTAURANT 27 Scenic Dr. TBA
Come early then catch the shuttle here (and other various stops throughout town)

TRINIDAD ART GALLERY 490 Trinity St.
Featured artists: Paintings by Howdy Emmerson and music CD’s by JD Jeffries. Featured music also by Howdy and JD!

TRINIDAD EATERY 607 Parker Road.
"Beautiful Flowers and Birds", Augustus Clark, Acrylic mixed media collage paintings.

TRINIDAD MUSEUM 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Drive.
PREVIEW of "Quillwork in Native American Baskets From Northwest California" at Trinidad Museum

TRINIDAD SCHOOL 300 Trinity St.
“Boffer Ring,” Kids and Adults Alike, Styrofoam Swords and Battle Axes.

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING TEAM OF SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS!
Community Arts Trinidad, a DreamMaker Project of the Ink People Center for the Arts!
The Greater Trinidad Chamber of Commerce
Atlas Engineering, Sunset Resturaunt, The Lighthouse Grill, Trinidad Art Gallery, Coast Central Credit Union, Moonstone Crossing Winery, Kokatat, Orick Soap Company, Cher-Ae Heights Casino Shuttles

Giant thanks to all our participating businesses and venues, without your amazing shops, businesses, resturaunts being open (and mostly after hours) this event would not happen at all!

Huge thanks to all the participants, artists, musicians, dancers, performers of this years events, so many to mention, you are all amazing and make the event magical!

AND YOU WHO ARE READING THIS PLEASE VISIT OUR PARTICIPATING VENUES, BUSINESSES AND OUR SPONSORS AND LET THEM KNOW HOW AMAZING THEY ARE!!!!

VISIT:
www.trinidadartnights.com 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Here it comes

The much anticipated weekend rain for the north coast took today off for a fantastic Saturday in Eureka, Arcata and Trinidad. It is however, on the way. These first small popups were captured off wwwintellicast.com at about 3:25 this afternoon.
The real stuff comes in tomorrow on Sunday according to this tweet from the Eureka National Weather Service on Woodley Island.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sarah Jaffe On The protests against a dirty oil pipeline by The Standing Rock Nation.

The first sign that not everything is normal as you drive down Highway 1806 toward the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota is a checkpoint manned by camouflage-clad National Guard troops. The inspection on Sept. 13 was perfunctory; they simply asked if we knew “what was going on down the road” and then waved us through, even though the car we rode in had “#NoDAPL” chalked on its rear windshield.

“What is going on down the road” is a massive camp-in led by the Standing Rock nation, aimed at blocking the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (the DAPL in question), which would carry oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota across several states and under the Missouri River. What began with a small beachhead last April on the banks of the Cannonball River on land belonging to LaDonna Brave Bull Allard has expanded to both banks of the river and up the road, to multiple camps that have housed as many as 7,000 people from all over the world. Because of them, first the Obama administration and then a federal court stepped in to temporarily halt construction of the pipeline near the campsite. Still, the people of Standing Rock and their thousands of supporters aren’t declaring victory and folding their tents just yet.

We’re already winterizing in all aspects of the camp.
— LAY HA

The legal struggles for a permanent shutdown of the pipeline construction continue:
Read More Here from Moyers & Company and Sarah Jaffe.

Veterans North Coast Stand Down This Weekend In Ferndale

The annual North Coast Stand Down is taking place this weekend in Ferndale California at the Humboldt County Fair Grounds. The event goes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No services offered Sunday though.

Veterans can call 834-0029 for Shuttle information
Or 1-877-547-2066 for general information.

https://www.facebook.com/northcoaststanddown/

Services offered today and tomorrow include:
Food
Clothing
MediCal Care
Hair Cuts
Veterans Benefits
Dental Care
Employment services
Medical/Medicare
Transitional Housing
Mental Health Services
Pet Services
Transportation and more.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Local Move To Amend Showing "Legalize Democracy" This Sunday

A showing of the movie "Legalize Democracy" will take place this Sunday, October 2nd at 4:00 pm  in Eureka at 840 E Street, Eureka CA, 95501-1856


Word is, the local chapter of Move to Amend is reforming and this is their kick off event so show up if you are interested. Below is their facebook page liink for more. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1624350314529897/

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bigly Bragadocious!

Tonight during the US Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump two new words were used. Donald Trump and I'm paraphrasing here but he used both words before I could write down the first one, he said he would do things "bigly" but he wouldn't be "bragadocious about it.
He just gave me his new nick name. Bigly Bragadocious. I couldn't have come up with a better one on my own before he loses this election. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sawmill Fire Near Cloverdale Ca. Causing Evacuations

A fire burning in the hills near Cloverdale has grown from 150 acres to more than 500 acres in just about two hours.

UPDATE From Cal Fire

The Sheriff's Office has concluded evacuations in the Geysers area for now. All information can be found at .

From the twitter page of Cal Fire

Sawmill Fire [update] 10 miles east of Cloverdale (Sonoma Co) is now 500 acres. Evacuations in progress for Geysers residents.

 Photo from Congressman Mike McGuire above, Cal Fire took the picture below earlier today.
A friend of mine in Guerneville says she can smell and see smoke from her house. You can follow Cal Fire on Twitter here for more. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

4.5 Quake Off California Oregon Coasts Produces No Tsunami Threat

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck off shore of the Northern California and Southern Oregon Saturday night at about 9:50 pm. The original magnitude was 5.0 but was downgraded.

The USGS said that no tsunami threat was issued for the west coast. The quake was centered off shore about 125 miles north west of Eureka Ca. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

No Sign Of Fire Tonight On Pewetole Island

Tonight just after sunset I took this picture and didn't see any smoke columns or embers present. There was a pretty damp and heavy fog all night that seemed to help and no flames were visible this morning at around 8 am but according to Kym Kemp blog the fire flared up again today.
Kym has a lot of more great photos of the island and today's flare up at the link above.




Pewetole Island sits just off shore in the Pacific Ocean,  north of Trinidad State Beach and south of College Cove California. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Pewetole Island Has Been On Fire For Days

Last Thursday smoke was seen from a small mostly rock island off the coast of Trinidad State Beach and College Cove.



A helicopter used a bucket and water from a near by quarry but word is that they had problems with the bucket. So far the plan is just to let it burn it's self out.

There is a stand of what has been reported as Sitka Spruce on the island and I think one of the trees was going up when I took the above picture around 6: 30 this evening.

Smoke from the fire was pouring into the tiny town this afternoon chocking residents but an off shore system should blow most of the smoke out to sea in the next couple of days.

UPDATE: As of early Tuesday morning there are still fires all over the island. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Over 200 Legal, Economic Scholars say TPP & ISDS Threatens Rule Of Law

"Frontal Attack" on Law and Democracy

"Today's letter from top legal experts makes clear: ISDS undermines the American judicial system and tilts the playing field further in favor of big multinational corporations"



More than 200 legal and economic scholars—including President Barack Obama's Harvard Law School mentor Laurence Tribe—have penned a letter to Congress warning that the pro-corporate Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) regime enshrined in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) "threatens the rule of law and undermines our nation's democratic institutions."
NYCourts.gov

As ISDS "threatens to dilute constitutional protections, weaken the judicial branch, and outsource our domestic legal system to a system of private arbitration that is isolated from essential checks and balances," the academics urge (pdf) lawmakers to reject the TPP, despite the Obama administration's full-court press to pass the trade agreement during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress.

The signatories—who also include Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, and Columbia University Professor and UN Senior Adviser Jeffrey Sachs—note that concerns they outlined in a March 2015 letter opposing the inclusion of ISDS provisions in the TPP and other multinational trade deals were ignored. 
In fact, they write, "the final TPP text simply replicates nearly word for word many of the problematic provisions from past agreements, and indeed would vastly expand the U.S. government's potential liability under the ISDS system."
The letter continues:
Read a lot more at www.commondreams.org

Friday, September 2, 2016

Trinidad Art Nights! Tonight!

Tonight is another Trinidad Art Nights! Going from about 6 to 9 pm in Trinidad.

Below is the skinny:
Trinidad Art Nights Schedule for September 2nd 6-9pm

With Shuttle Service Provided by Cher-Ae Heights Casino, from Sunset Restaurant down to Seascape Restaurant and points between.

Throughout Trinidad: Look for the magical wonders of A’OK Clown!

New to Schedule: SambAmore will be performing for the Boffer Zone behind the Trinidad School!

BEACHCOMBER CAFE 363 Trinity St. Art show featuring a collaboration with Rebecca Crow and son Kagan. Instrumental tropical music by Sand Fleas. Free art supplies provided by Westhaven Center for the Arts.

BERGERON WINERY 359 Main St. Limited copies of Etchings by Charles Klabunde, BnW and Color Pencil.


THE LIGHTHOUSE GRILL 355 Main St. Susan Mayclin Stephenson, Acrylic on Canvas and Jill's Whims, One of a Kind Eco-dyed Upcycled Clothing

MOONSTONE CROSSING 529 Trinity St. Photography by Dana Utman. Jazz Standards by Tony Roach

NED SIMMONS GALLERY 380 Janis Court. 5-8pm. Plein Air exhibit presented by the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. The exhibition features 17 local artists, each having painted at least one of the TCLT's holdings.


SAUNDER'S PARK (start of Patricks Point Drive) Skate Ramps provided by Trinidad Skate Park Alliance. (Firedancing by Circus of the Elements cancelled - Final performance will occur during October art night)

SAUNDER'S PLAZA (Lot next to Murphy’s) Bayou Swamis, Cajun/Zydeco Dance Band

SEASCAPE RESTAURANT 1 Bay St. “Seascapes,” Jim Welsh, oil on canvas.

STRAWBERRY ROCK GALLERY 343 Main St. Featuring diverse local talent in Humboldt County and surrounding areas, including Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, Sculptures, Pottery and more.
Shows change monthly.

SUNSET RESTAURANT 27 Scenic Dr. Photography by Ranjith Jim Box. Music by Michael Dayvid

TRINIDAD ART GALLERY 490 Trinity St. Featured artists: Oceana Madrone, quilter and beader and Diane Sonderegger, ceramic artist. Music starts with JD Jeffries and Devin Paine followed by Penny Gunn and Son .

TRINIDAD EATERY 607 Parker Road. "Beautiful Flowers and Birds", Augustus Clark, Acrylic mixed media collage paintings.

TRINIDAD MUSEUM 400 Janis Court at Patricks Point Drive.
NEW exhibit, "Touring Scenic Drive: Then and Now,” images of the 1921-22 construction of the old Redwood Highway.

TRINIDAD SCHOOL 300 Trinity St.
“Boffer Ring,” Kids and Adults Alike, Styrofoam Swords and Battle Axes. In field behind school. Soundtrack to boffer battle provided by SambAmore!!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Humboldt County Fair Is On! Two Jocky's Injured During Saturday Horse Races.

It was great weather for the 71st. annual Humboldt County Fair yesterday. Of course there were the usual animals, plants, art and other exhibits like the model train room.
   
There were also  lots of vendors selling everything from deep fried alligator to Thai food.

I liked the divers that were on hand. This guy was HOT!

And of course, what would the Humboldt County Fair be without horse racing? There were 8 races yesterday, there will be racing again today as well as next weekend.

Yesterday during what I believe was the 5th race, Jocky Richard Lull was thrown from his horse and injured. I was standing at the edge of the track when it happened, just a few yards away. Lull was taken to the hospital by ambulance where he is expected to recover.


In the last race another jockey was thrown from his horse and also injured a bit. The Lost Coast Oupost has more on this.


 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Last Free Old Town Summer Concert Of The Season Tonight!

Tonight will be the final concert of the 10 week Eureka Summer Concert Series in Old Town Eureka.
Not LC Diamonds, this is the Merv George Band back in June. 

LC Diamonds will play 50's and 60's starting at 6 pm and going until 8 pm tonight. The concert is free, just bring a chair and warm clothes or a blanket. No dogs, smoking or alcohol please.

The concert will be next to the new Jacks Seafood restaurant on the south end of the Eureka Boardwalk at the foot of C Street in Old Town. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Standoff Continues With Armed Suspect And Law Enforcement In McKinleyville

It started this morning around 9 am according to KIEM News Channel 3 in Eureka and other news outlets. Sheriff's Deputies were called to the apartment complex and met by a man said to be 55 years of age who came out of an apartment with a riffle. Reports say the man then pointed the riffle at a Deputy and fired. The Deputy returned fire but no one was hit.


A perimeter was established and Sutter Road was closed for a couple of blocks. CHP, Sheriff's SWAT Team, police officers and fire personnel are all on scene and waiting the suspect out.

According to KIEM, Sherrif Downey said he officers were in contact with the suspect via telephone and that he is hopeful the situation can conclude without further issues.

As of 7;15 pm there were no changes. Just waiting.

UPDATE! KIEM Reports:
Press Conference in McKinleyville early Thursday morning with Captain Kym Thompson of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.
The standoff in McKinleyville has come to an end. Early Thursday morning, a woman left an upstairs unit at the Redwood Creek Apartments.
The male suspect then started shooting. Law enforcement returned fire. The 55 year-old man then set several fires in the apartment.
At around 2 am, he exited the apartment with more gunfire. The man was pronounced dead on scene.

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