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Posted on January 30 at 11:15 a.m.

random_kook - pictures are considered a form of idolatry. A written joke about Mohammad would be very different from a cartoon.

On The Tragedy of Paris

Posted on January 30 at 7:59 a.m.

ISLAMABAD:
Yousaf al Salafi – allegedly the Pakistan commander of Islamic State (IS) or Daish – has confessed during investigations that he has been receiving funds through the United States.
Sources said al Salafi’s revelations were shared with the US Secretary of State John Kerry during his recent visit to Islamabad. “The matter was also taken up with CENTCOM chief General Lloyd Austin during his visit to Islamabad earlier this month,” a source said.
Al Salafi also confessed that he – along with a Pakistani accomplice, reportedly imam of a mosque – was recruiting people to send them to Syria and was getting around $600 per person from Syria.

“The US has been condemning the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop funding of these organisations, which is being routed through the US,” a source said.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/828761/st...

On The Tragedy of Paris

Posted on January 28 at 2:55 p.m.

nativegeo - "The U.S. DOI has not approved many pending requests of tribes to acquire trust lands for the purpose of establishing casinos..."
tabatha and DrDan have reading comprehension problems.

On County Appeals Federal Camp 4 Approval

Posted on January 28 at 2:34 p.m.

JT - nomoresanity and Sam_Tababa would gladly use CDC and nejm to support their emotional beliefs, while ignoring theses references when they disagree.

On Cases of Measles Increase Across California

Posted on January 24 at 10:58 a.m.

I have a feeling atomic_state and I are both getting error messages when trying to post a comment - tricky litlte error, too.

On Undocumented?

Posted on January 24 at 10:55 a.m.

Botany -
If someone is getting a DL for the first time, they can only do it on Saturday.

qed: Most people at the DMV on Saturday are illegal immigrants.
It's easy to see why the anti-science logical fallacies essential to the AGW-scam are so successful here.

On Undocumented?

Posted on January 24 at 10:55 a.m.

Botany -
If someone is getting a DL for the first time, they can only do it on Saturday.

qed: Most people at the DMV on Saturday are illegal immigrants.
It's easy to see why the anti-science logical fallacies essential to the AGW-scam are so successful.

On Undocumented?

Posted on January 24 at 9:31 a.m.

In North Dakota's Bakken Shale oil field, nobody installed the necessary equipment. The result is that the second-fastest growing source of crude in the U.S. is producing oil that pipelines often would reject as too dangerous to transport.
Many industry experts and energy executives say privately that using stabilizing units would improve safety but are reluctant to make that point publicly for fear of antagonizing the companies that do business in North Dakota.
The situation in the Bakken contrasts with the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. In 2012, there was basically no equipment to stabilize the crude. But companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build centralized facilities and pipelines to move the resulting propane and butane to a Gulf Coast petrochemical complex.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/north-dak...

So there's existing technology available to prevent the type of explosions that have occurred in the past.
I also wonder if it would be possible to displace the oxygen in tank cars with an inert gas, nitrogen, to eliminate explosions during transit.

Gasoline is transported in tank cars, both on tracks and on public highways, and Bakken crude contains around 50% of the volatile compounds contained in gasoline. There are so many volatile chemicals currently transported in tank cars that this doesn't seem to be an insurmountable problem - if we can keep Obama administration idiocy from disrupting the process.

On SLO Refinery Wants Oil by Train

Posted on January 23 at 2:08 p.m.

Jason Hoppin, Santa Cruz Sentinel
POSTED: 01/14/15, 7:38 PM PST | 5 COMMENTS
Sacramento >> The oil and gas potential of the vast Monterey shale formation will be the focus of an upcoming study by an independent panel of scientists operating under direction of the state Legislature.
In 2011, the U.S. Energy Information Agency estimated it held 15.4 billion barrels of untapped oil — more than any place in the U.S.

But in 2014, the agency dramatically lowered its estimate to 600,000 million barrels.

The study released Wednesday found both estimates to be unreliable.

"The horizontal wells that consume so much water elsewhere are not typically found in California, and acid-based fracturing is not used because deposits of carbonate rocks, such as limestone, are not common here," Hoppin reports. "Fractures in North Dakota's Bakken formation, for example, use eight times as much water as the average California well fracture."
Jan 20, 2015
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/gene...

On Enviro Groups Rally Against Fracking

Posted on January 23 at 1:47 p.m.

“A key development since AR4 is the rapid deployment of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies, which has increased and diversified the gas supply… this is an important reason for a reduction of GHG emissions in the United States.” (Ch. 7, p. 18)

Before we go any further, let’s take a moment to remember what Sierra Club Director Michael Brune said about the IPCC when it released its latest, fifth assessment report (AR5). He said:

“First, the scientific work reported by the IPCC in the AR5 is the gold standard for getting a big-picture understanding of what’s happening to the climate.” (emphasis added)

Bill McKibben, the head of another activist group, 350.org, has also been calling the IPCC the “gold standard” for years. Frances Beinecke of the anti-fracking NRDC put it this way: “The IPCC is the most authoritative group in the business.”

http://energyindepth.org/national/ipc... April 15, 2014

Brown noted that fracking has been around in California for more than 50 years and that the state still consumes a lot of oil. "So, we are not gonna shut down a third of our oil production and force more oil coming from North Dakota -- where they are fracking a lot more -- to come in by train or more boats and ships coming in from all over the world."
http://www.mercurynews.com/california...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHLAI...

President Obama’s chief custodian of federal lands says local and regional bans on fracking are taking regulation of oil and gas recovery in the wrong direction.

“I would say that is the wrong way to go,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told KQED in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s going to be very difficult for industry to figure out what the rules are if different counties have different rules.”

‘I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science.’
— Sally Jewell,
U.S. Secretary of the Interior

http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2015/01...

On Enviro Groups Rally Against Fracking

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