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Posted on July 3 at 11:11 a.m.

The 1 July article below, regarding 75 towns in New York that have banned fracking, also includes a map showing these towns.

The article also links to information regarding 17 current ballot initiatives in Colorado [ ], where bans have already been passed in Fort Collins, Longmont, and Lafayette.

'NY Anti-Fracking Ruling Deals Blow To Shale Industry'

Excerpts (one "bold" i.e. *…* is mine):

"...By a 5-2 vote, the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled that the actions taken by local communities to restrict fracking amounted to a “reasonable exercise” of their zoning authority, particularly since high levels of drilling “would *permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately cultivated small-town character* of their communities.

"The court decision could have a deflating effect on future drilling prospects in New York, even if the statewide moratorium is lifted. Although there are plenty of counties and cities that would support fracking, the patchwork of municipal bans could make drilling on a large scale difficult...."

“...'The oil and gas industry tried to bully us into backing down, but we took our fight all the way to New York’s highest court.' Mary Ann Sumne, the Dryden, NY town supervisor, said in response to the ruling, 'I hope our victory serves as an inspiration to people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, California and elsewhere who are also trying to do what’s right for their own communities.' "

On Water Contamination, Too

Posted on July 3 at 9:18 a.m.

Kudos to journalist Lyz Hoffman, for "even" (even though a roommate is not necessarily a "family member") in the excerpt below, from the second sentence (the two "bolds," i..e. *...* are mine):

"...if they provide enough evidence that their *loved one* (spouse, partner, parent, child, or *even roommate*)..."

I suppose "roommate" doesn't need to be defined in the bill, but is "partner" defined? And is it required for a spouse to be live-in, or can this be an estranged spouse in the process of divorcing the subject?

And regarding "child" (and yes, I'll read the actual bill when I get the chance), I wonder whether this refers to an adult child, or a 5-year old that's just been illegally interrogated without a parent present by law enforcement in a government school for biting a pop tart into the shape of a handgun.

On Supes Back Williams Gun Bill

Posted on July 2 at 10:10 p.m.

For those following Ukraine:

The ANNA News Agency, blocked by YouTube yesterday, has relaunched on RuTube:

[02:17] 'July 2nd Novorossia News Bulletin by the ANNA news agency'

Also today, from Ray McGovern, the very widely respected ex-CIA analyst turned activist, currently steering group member of 'Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)' ( biography: ) :

'The Risk of a Ukraine Bloodbath'

And investigative historian Eric Zuesse today released:

'The U.S. Elite Run a Ukrainian Genocide While American Public Are Ignorant of It'

On Nothing New in the West

Posted on July 2 at 6:12 p.m.

Ken_Volok wrote:

That reminds me ;-) :

I previously mentioned here (at June 30, 2014 at 6:59 a.m.) that, unlike some sites ;-), even the comments, nearly all, at 'The Vineyard of the Saker', are informative and perceptive.

Excerpted below, this comment... an excellent example — whether one agrees with all, most, some, or none (for me, regarding this particular comment, it's "most") — of such a comment, regarding NATO, from today's Ukraine SITREP:

'Ukraine SITREP July 2nd, 12:33 UTC/Zulu: A first evaluation of the latest Ukie offensive on Novorussia'

"...Sooner, rather than later, NATO will gather an army of well motivated 'veterans'- mercenaries recruited from across the NATO empire, and ever well trained/armed neo-Nazis.

"NATO wants a perpetual firestorm all across this flank of Russia..NATO and the USA are determined to place regimes into power that will allow NATO first-strike forces to be installed hard against Russia's borders.

"...wherever one ventures in the, one finds the message that Russia is seeking to rebuild the USSR by planning invasions into all the old Soviet European nations.

"This laughable (and illogical) nonsense is automatically believed by all the casual viewers/readers which equals 90%+ of the general public. And believe me, this is a numbers game. NATO and the USA need the (reluctant) hearts and minds of the people of the West, and by controlling the 'message' so ruthlessly, they get this support.

"Under such circumstances, Russia cannot afford to play a 'political' game. In the court of public opinion, they lack all the tools required to win this way. No, Russia simply needs to consider what is morally right, and act decisively...

"Of course Russia fears going into Novorussia will give the excuse to the USA to invade Syria, but sadly nothing can save Syria...

"The longer Putin waits to enter Novorussia, the worse things get for the entire planet."

02 JULY, 2014 16:27

On Nothing New in the West

Posted on July 2 at 2:43 p.m.

I wonder what the numbers are for civil forfeiture in Santa Barbara and/or California.

Here's another report, regarding Rhode Island, on these government-sanctioned thefts by law enforcement agencies:

'Rhode Island Police Seized Over $15 Million Over Last Decade: "As the police chief for Pawtucket, the fourth largest city in the Ocean State, put it, 'These assets have been a godsend.'"

"...Last year, 22 police departments seized more than $1.3 million from 306 incidents. But less than half of these actually led to a conviction. In fact, under civil forfeiture, the government can take property from people never convicted of a crime, or even charged with one. Only a handful of states (including, most recently, Minnesota) actually require a criminal conviction to forfeit property..."

On Cell Phone Search Ruling to Have Little Effect on S.B. Police

Posted on July 2 at 1:23 p.m.

JarvisJarvis wrote:
"...Good thing we also have a larger prison population..."


[INFOGRAPHIC] 'Locked Up In America'

[ANIMATION] ' U.S. Imprisonment Rate Per 100,000 Residents, 1978-2012'

'Children Locked Up For Life: 10 Shockers About America's Prison System'

'37 States Allow Corporations To Get Rich Off Prison Labor'

'Profiting From Human Misery... The United States, from 1970 to 2005, increased its prison population by about 700 percent'

'The US Imprisons 2.2 Million People–Incarceration Is Big Business' (Chris Hedges)

'US prison population jumps 27% in a decade over harsh drug sentencing'

On Nothing New in the West

Posted on July 2 at noon

JarvisJarvis wrote:
"...but nary a shred of patriotism on her behalf?..."

Speaking of patriotism ;-) , to *everyone* still here***:


Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth [ ] just released [ ] a powerful brochure for distribution at 4th of July events.

From the cover ( [ ] are mine ):

9/11 Truth - Good for America!

* Stops Wars of Aggression
[i.e. corporate welfare: $4 trillion just for Iraq and Afghanistan]
* Restores Our Economy
[by eliminating most corporate welfare: $4 trillion just for Iraq and Afghanistan]
* Terminates the NSA's Unconstitutional Global Spying
* Restores Our Civil Liberties
* Abolishes the Torture, Extraordinary Rendition, and Assassination of U.S. Citizens
* Restores Our Country's Moral Foundation and Our Faith in Our Government

One can access the digital version of the brochure by clicking here:

(Use < and > to navigate to and from the cover, the two inside panels, and the back; click any page to enlarge.)

The brochure insert, highlighting the key evidence at *all three* collapsed buildings of the World Trade Center, can be accessed here:


My comment at Santa Barbara's Noozhawk eleven days ago:

If you can only spare a few seconds, you might consider viewing the 16-second video linked from the URL directly above.

*** *everyone* still here: in addition, I sent this 4th of July greeting to 'The Saker' [ ], writing from Florida, and currently providing, more than once daily, in my opinion the best information and the most incisive commentary regarding the USA federal government empowering of vicious Ukrainian Nazis committing genocide in Europe.

One can confirm this by scanning his RSS feed (which, incidentally, unlike elsewhere, won't embed here, though this URL is accurate):


On Nothing New in the West

Posted on July 2 at 11 a.m.

random_kook wrote:
"I see where KV is coming from. He's enraged at Putin for discrimination of gays…"

Though Ken repeatedly attempted to goad me regarding this, I didn't respond for these four reasons:

(1) Considering the USA has caused the deaths of 30 million people, over 90% of whom were civilians, by initiating 201 armed conflicts [ ] in the past 60 years alone (how many, outside of Russia, has Russia murdered since the Soviet Union dissolved 23 years ago?), all of which were war crimes per international law, as they were against countries that did not attack us and posed no threat to us — I don't think it's appropriate to demonize other countries regarding human rights violations that have resulted in the deaths of less than 30 million people, if any.

(2) Russia's human rights violations within Russia are completely irrelevant to what's occurring in Ukraine right now, and I had no interest in changing the subject to one I have much less interest in.

(3) I'm not accepting requests for comments on particular subjects at this time. ;-)

(4) Russia's human rights violations are much exaggerated by those demonizing it and Putin for daring to resist USA hegemony:

'A Dangerous Game, or Why is the West Criticizing the Sochi Games, Bashing Vladimir Putin?'

'Distorted US media coverage of Putin and Russia: from Syria, Iran and Afghanistan to terrorism and Sochi Olympics'

On Nothing New in the West

Posted on July 2 at 10:13 a.m.

random_kook wrote:
"The conspiracy is written out in plain english on a piece of paper in your pocket…"


And that piece of paper is no longer an asset (i.e "silver *certificate*; rather, it's now a debt instrument: i.e. federal reserve *note*):

'Fed to the Sharks, Part 1: The Fed Takes Our Money, Gives It to Banks Who Loan It Back to Us at 16%'
[includes three charts]

'Fed to the Sharks, Part 2: Housing and the Death of the Middle Class'
[includes six charts]

On Nothing New in the West

Posted on July 2 at 8:36 a.m.

DavyBrown wrote:
"...even has to reference my mother..."

A result of some late night passion, for which I apologize — and note, for possible future reference: that comment would have been more effective without the final sentence.


"...that's all you got?...":

I'm 100% confident sincere readers here understand that those six words are not "all I've got."

On Nothing New in the West

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