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Posted on March 1 at 5:09 p.m.

There should be a flat rate per person of how much water one can consume, regardless of where that person lives. After all, aren't we all equal under the law.

On Of Mega Dogs and Mega Droughts

Posted on March 1 at 5:06 p.m.

Maybe those almost daily upgrade offers by Cox will stop appearing in my mailbox. Cox - no matter how many you send, even with a shiny silver card, I will not upgrade to something I don't want. May as well save the postage and the slick stationery.

On Cox Condemns FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Posted on February 20 at 9:47 a.m.

Citizens should voluntarily limit themselves to 2 kids or less. Anyone who has more children, is in effect being selfish - there are limited resources on this planet, and we are bumping up against those limits. If good sense does not prevail, then we are dooming ourselves. However, most of the population increase is happening in third world countries, where it is often impossible to limit offspring number.

As for the denial of CC/GW, some remind me of those in history who were persecuted for daring to suggest that the sun does not revolve around the earth, and that the earth is not flat.

Science illiteracy is a problem in this country.

On Mega-Drought Mega-Trends

Posted on February 20 at 9:37 a.m.

I think the OP should do a little homework before writing nonsense (thank you Makwa). No law has ever been established out of "guilt". In fact, the little that Native Americans have left remaining to them now, is thanks to greed that took everything it could without taking it all, with not one iota of guilt contributing.

Of note, in 1980, the Supreme Court upheld that the Black Hills area had been taken illegally by the US, and in fact belongs to the Sioux nation. No "guilt" has persuaded the US to give it back - in fact the US offered to buy it for over a $billion. The Sioux refused, and it remains at an impasse.

Additionally, sacred Indian land has recently been given to a foreign mining company. No guilt there.

I believe that 100+ treaties were broken. Some guilt there. All of this recent (often erroneous) Chumash bashing reveals that there is no guilt either.

On Some Chumash Are More Equal Than Others

Posted on February 20 at 9:20 a.m.

There is such a plan I discovered recently:

http://www.theoceancleanup.com/

Click on the feasibility study - the science is all there with pretty impressive documentation and graphics.

They raised over $2 million in crowd-sourced funding, and are taking steps to implement.
https://twitter.com/TheOceanCleanup

However, as mentioned in the report, prevention should continue with cleanup.

On UCSB Scientists Study Oceans Choked with Plastic

Posted on February 15 at 11:37 p.m.

C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons
By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
FEB. 15, 2015

The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials.

The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets, one of the internationally condemned chemical weapons that Saddam Hussein’s Baathist government manufactured in the 1980s but that were not accounted for by United Nations inspections mandated after the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

The effort was run out of the C.I.A. station in Baghdad in collaboration with the Army’s 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion and teams of chemical-defense and explosive ordnance disposal troops, officials and veterans of the units said. Many rockets were in poor condition and some were empty or held a nonlethal liquid, the officials said. But others contained the nerve agent sarin, which analysis showed to be purer than the intelligence community had expected given the age of the stock.

A New York Times investigation published in October found that the military had recovered thousands of old chemical warheads and shells in Iraq and that Americans and Iraqis had been wounded by them, but the government kept much of this information secret, from the public and troops alike.

These munitions were remnants of an Iraqi special weapons program that was abandoned long before the 2003 invasion, and they turned up sporadically during the American occupation in buried caches, as part of improvised bombs or on black markets.

The potency of sarin samples from the purchases, as well as tightly held assessments about risks the munitions posed, buttresses veterans’ claims that during the war the military did not share important intelligence about battlefield perils with those at risk or maintain an adequate medical system for treating victims of chemical exposure.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/wor...

Chivers is a highly credible, up-to-date source on military armaments.

Also note the words- "old, 1980s, poor condition, age of the stock, old chemical warheads, remnants". That is, OLD STUFF.

On To Err Is Human, 2 4-Give K-9

Posted on February 13 at 8:10 p.m.

Excerpts from a LAT article about well-testing (in Kern county/California) that was roundly disputed during the Measure P debate.

--- The federal Environmental Protection Agency called the state's errors "shocking." The agency's regional director said that California's oil field waste water injection program has been mismanaged and does not comply with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

--- The data publicly reveal, for the first time, the components of oil production fluids that companies dispose of by pumping them into underground waste wells. Those wells are now the subject of federal and state review: The state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources recently conceded that for decades it erred by allowing oil companies to dispose of drilling waste water through more than 170 disposal wells bored into aquifers that contained water classified as clean by federal law.

--- Timothy Krantz, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Redlands, said that when he initially saw the levels of benzene in the test results he thought there was a reporting error. "They are just phenomenal numbers," he said.

The article is NOT well written. It is not clear where many of the discussed wells are. There is no indication of the date of the report that includes the 700 times normal level and which wells are involved. Really bad reporting. But it appears to be relevant to the reporting in the OP.

http://www.latimes.com/local/californ...

On Santa Barbara Wells Part of Statewide Investigation

Posted on February 12 at 9:17 p.m.

art - the weapons found were past their expiration date and had been provided to Iraq by the West during the Iraq/Iran war. Remember rummy shaking hands with Saddam?

"From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule."

"The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West."

"The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds." (Note - this was under Bush. Why would he not have proclaimed WMD discovery to the media again and again?)

The discoveries of these chemical weapons did not support the government’s invasion rationale.

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Bush insisted that Mr. Hussein was hiding an active weapons of mass destruction program, in defiance of international will and at the world’s risk. United Nations inspectors said they could not find evidence for these claims.

Then, during the long occupation, American troops began encountering old chemical munitions in hidden caches and roadside bombs. Typically 155-millimeter artillery shells or 122-millimeter rockets, they were remnants of an arms program Iraq had rushed into production in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war.

All had been manufactured before 1991, participants said. Filthy, rusty or corroded, a large fraction of them could not be readily identified as chemical weapons at all. Some were empty, though many of them still contained potent mustard agent or residual sarin. Most could not have been used as designed, and when they ruptured dispersed the chemical agents over a limited area, according to those who collected the majority of them.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

On To Err Is Human, 2 4-Give K-9

Posted on February 12 at 3:19 a.m.

Thanks for the error corrections. Would be good if all publications did the same in an error correction portion/page on the site.

On To Err Is Human, 2 4-Give K-9

Posted on February 4 at 12:45 a.m.

In 134 years of temperature records, the warmth in 2014 exceeded them all, NOAA and NASA announced today.

Unsurpassed heating of the world’s oceans fueled the chart-topping warmth.

Ocean temperatures were more than 1 F above average, NOAA said. They warmed to a new record even in the absence of an El Niño event, a naturally occurring cycle of ocean heating in the tropical Pacific.

“This is the first year since 1997 that the record warmest year was not an El Niño year at the beginning of the year, because the last three have been,” Gavin Schmidt, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, told the Post’s Chris Mooney.

Related: It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history (Washington Post Wonk Blog)

Land temperatures weren’t quite record-setting, but still ranked 4th warmest since the start of the data set in 1880. California, much of Europe, including the United Kingdom, and parts of Australia all experienced their warmest years.

News of record global warmth may surprise residents of the eastern U.S., which witnessed colder than normal temperatures in 2014. But the chill was an anomaly and, in fact, the eastern U.S. was among the coolest areas of the world compared to normal.

In NOAA’s analysis of global temperatures, 7 of 12 months in 2014 reached record highs, including December.

Thirteen of the warmest 15 years on record have occurred since the year 2000 according to Climate Central, a non-profit science communications organization based in Princeton, New Jersey. The likelihood of this happening by chance, with the assistance of manmade greenhouse emissions, is less than 1 in 27 million, it calculated.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/c...

On Critical Time for Oceans

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