Sunday, February 18, 2018

Later...

There is trouble with connection. Please pay attention to Ohio River. Rarely do we hear about troubles with the Ohio. It is a big river with many people along it's bank. I will finish this later.

Can the Canadian Goose become threatened or worse?

A collective effort of waterfowl managers across the continent. (click here)

February 18, 2018
By Mike Bleech

...Canada goose harvests (click here) by hunters of both the Atlantic Flyway and the Central Flyway in about 2006 began a steep decline.
Southern James Bay geese gather in large numbers at Pymatuning Lake during the fall migration. Water levels and other habitat factors have been well managed at Pymatuning and other wetlands in the region to make this excellent waterfowl habitat during the migrations. But this alone has not been enough to maintain the Southern James Bay Canada goose population.
In fact, populations of local Canada geese and Southern James Bay Canada geese both have declined. The number of Southern James Bay geese gathering at Pymatuning has become less significant than the local goose population.
Currently the Game Commission is managing to increase the resident Canada goose population in the Pymatuning area.
Asking who is to blame for relatively poor Canada goose hunting in the area during the past few hunting seasons is not a valid question. The question should be what is to blame. Look at climate change as possibly the most significant culprit. Maybe climate change is short term, maybe long term. Whatever it is, it appears to have changed some behavior patterns of Southern James Bay Canada geese, notably for local goose hunters their migration pattern.
Which all goes to show that what’s going on around here is not necessarily a cause, but rather a result.               

The real drag on Canada's GHS emissions is Alberta's oil sands.

August 17, 2005
By Barrie McKenna

To the left, the Alberta Oil Sands. Who in their right mind would want to blight land like this?

It might be (click here) the lofty price of oil, the emergence of China as a voracious consumer of a scarce resource, or perhaps the fly fishing.

But U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney is coming to Alberta, and a visit to the oil sands is high on his agenda. The trip slated for next month is being billed as a mix of business and pleasure for the former oil executive and acknowledged White House energy guru.

He's expected to tour one of the major oil sands projects in Fort McMurray, meet Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, speak to a gathering of the conservative Fraser Institute in Calgary, and steal away to an undisclosed location for a little hunting and fishing, according to Canadian and U.S. officials.

Mr. Cheney would be the highest-ranking member of the Bush administration to make a pilgrimage to the oil sands -- home to the largest reserves of crude outside Saudi Arabia.

U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow was there in early July at the invitation of Canadian Finance Minister Ralph Goodale, and returned apparently impressed by the scope of existing production and its potential for the future. Officials are also trying to convince U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to come have a look....

And don't think for one minute Trump's focus on Venezuela is about humanitarian aide. Even in 2005, Venezuela was being coveted for oil.

..."The importance to us of Canada and Venezuela is that they are short-haul suppliers," he said. "The infrastructure is there, the supplies are there and it's easy to ship in a matter of days, not weeks."...
Two ways (click here) to analyze how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relate to socio-economic developments in Canada are:

l. the amount of GHGs emitted per person (GHGs per capita), and
2.the amount of GHGs per unit of gross domestic product (GHG intensity of the economy).

These indicators show the relationship between the size of Canada's population and the amount of GHGs emitted, and how efficiently sectors in the economy are minimizing GHG emissions while producing goods and services for our consumption and export.

The level of emissions per unit of gross domestic product was 33% lower in 2015 than in 1990. Over that period, GHGs per unit of gross domestic product decreased from 0.62 megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 eq) per $billion gross domestic producIn 1990 to 0.41 Mt CO2 eq per $billion gross domestic product in 2015. The amount of GHGs emitted per person in Canada decreased to 20.1 tonnes CO2 eq in 2015, compared with 22.1 tonnes CO2 eq in 1990.

These improvements are attributable to a number of factors such as more efficient industrial processes, a shift to a more service-based economy and a decrease in the emissions associated with energy generation (such as those realized through fuel switching)....

Canada has a drought monitor as well.

The Canadian Drought Monitor (CDM) (click here) is Canada's official source for the monitoring and reporting of drought in Canada. From this page you can access a variety of products and information about current drought conditions across the country....

January 30, 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

It is interesting to note (click here) that while much of the commodity market attention recently has been on South America there is a large part of North America that has been quite dry this autumn and winter. Drought is affecting many areas from Mexico through the U.S. Plains to the heart of Canada’s Prairies. The area is normally responsible for much of the quality wheat and other small grains that are produced from North America, and if significant moisture does not fall soon the spring season could be marred by drought....

...Precipitation in Canada’s Prairies and a part of the northern U.S. Plains also has been well below average this autumn and winter. The only exception has been in southern Alberta and across Montana, where precipitation has been greater than usual in recent weeks. Much of the moisture has occurred as snow remains stacked up on the ground. Some of the moisture from the snow will reach into the topsoil this spring as it melts, but frost in the ground will limit the soil’s ability to take in much of the moisture until the ground completely thaws. That is not likely before the snow melts.

Drought in Montana and southern Alberta lingering from last summer and autumn is still present, but the situation in these areas is not as serious as that in the heart of Saskatchewan and southward into portions of the western Dakotas. Portions of both Saskatchewan and South Dakota were snow free during the bitter cold outbreaks of late December and January. Temperatures at that time plummeted well below zero Fahrenheit and well below the potential damage threshold for unprotected winter wheat. Damage to crops likely occurred, but in the case of Saskatchewan drought last autumn may already have reduced the amount of wheat planting that took place. Nevertheless, production is bound to be lower due to winterkill and drought....
February 12, 2018
By Lucia De Stafani

When photographer Tali Kimelman returned home after a full day in the forest, a pervasive sense of bliss would linger until night fell. “I went to bed with such a nice feeling, calm, happy, and I didn't even know why… It really effects how you feel," she says.

Studies have shown (click here) that by immersing into wildlife—observing, breathing, touching—forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku as it’s called in Japanese) benefits the body and the soul. In this hyper-connected, hi-tech era, it can help decrease stress levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and improve overall wellbeing.

Photographer Tali Kimelman experienced this first hand while immersing herself in Arboretum Lussich, a lush, 470-acre nature reserve on the southeast coast of her native Uruguay. And through her series Open Forest, she brings this soothing, sensory experience to us...

Canada takes pride in their citizens, their communities and their climate achievements.

Édouard and Lorraine (click here) and their two children live in Nova Scotia. By embracing new waste prevention, recycling, and composting programs in their community, they will send less waste to their local landfill. When they do send waste to the landfill, the gases will be captured and re-used to generate energy for local homes, businesses and vehicles....
February 18, 2018
By Sean Cayton

Sub Saharan Mali, 1997

I recently caught up with my friend Joanna Pinneo (click here), a former National Geographicphotographer, who's been covering climate change and its effects on women and families for more than 20 years. 

Pinneo began photographing rural populations for the International Mission Board, documenting the group helping families, teaching literacy and best practices in agriculture. 

Later, Pinneo worked for National Geographic and traveled to more than 60 countries on assignment. She photographed many of the same issues she did early on but broadened the scope of her work to explore how climate change effected rural populations globally. 

From the Tuareg people living in the Sahara to the Inuit in the Northwest territories of Canada, the changes in climate were dramatic.

“I photographed melting glaciers, farmers planning how they might plant their crops depending on weather changes in Brazil, butterflies in the Pyrenees moving north and changing their migration routes," she says. 

Recently Pinneo completed the Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at CU. During her research there, Pinneo focused her lens on what she often overlooked when she began documenting climate change — the kitchen stove. ...
Canada is known for hockey and maple syrup but Montreal has been known for a long time as the place to find sexy women.  Like “We’ve won a lot of awards for our sexy women” level of known.  Go to a beach or one of the hot spots like Connected Montreal and you may need that free health care to get your heart started again as the women there are knockouts.


Katherine Barrell
Voted as one of  Canada's most beautiful women in 2017. She is known for playing Officer Nicole Haught on Wynonna Earp.

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


French Version

Ô Canada!
O Canada!

Terre de nos aïeux,

Land of our ancestors

Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

Glorious deeds circle your brow

Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,

For your arm knows how to wield the sword

Il sait porter la croix!

Your arm knows how to carry the cross;

Ton histoire est une épopée

Your history is an epic

Des plus brillants exploits.

Of brilliant deeds

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,

And your valour steeped in faith

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Will protect our homes and our rights,

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Will protect our homes and our rights.

Unofficial bilingual version

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.



Arrest Trump and get it over with. He loves Russia more than the USA.

Is the word traitor too strong? I don't think so.

At a time when many Americans are taking a deep sigh that the Mueller investigation is turning up the Russian bad guys and girls, Trump is defending them. Trump needs to reflect on the fact he asked Russia to find emails deleted from the Clinton server after they were scoured by Clinton's attorneys for official content that needed to be included in the USA archives of the State Department.

Trump is not an innocent by-stander. He invoked Russia's assistance.

If one recalls the FBI was already looking for the emails when they took possession of the server.

February 18, 2018

Amid President Donald Trump's blistering tweetstorm (click here) Sunday morning after special counsel Robert Mueller announced a fresh round of indictments on Friday, several prominent Democrats and Republicans had some tough words for the president.

Trump's lengthy string of tweets included support for the conspiracy theory that the Russia investigation distracted the FBI from tips about the Florida shooter, claims that he never said Russia hadn't meddled in the election (he did), and attacks on Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, whom Trump called "the leakin' monster of no control."

The president also reiterated a point he has made after nearly every revelation in the Russia probe — that despite the mounting indictments in the investigation, there is still no evidence against him, and that the probe vindicates him....

..."person of murderous zeal"... It could be a real diagnosis in the USA.

February 16, 2018

...Harun's lawyers (click here) had asked Cogan to impose less than a life sentence, but Cogan said Friday that Harun was a "person of murderous zeal" who had to be imprisoned to protect the public....

I think those are great words and could easily apply to Cruz as well.

In yet another killing of a small group of American soldiers, they were used for ISIS propaganda purposes. When no one could make sense of the murders, the USA military forgot what ruthless Daesh will go to in recruiting footmen.

January 24, 2018
By Ellen Mitchell

The U.S. military (click here) is reviewing images posted on social media purportedly showing dead American soldiers from the Oct. 4 ambush in Niger....

...The video, broadcast by ISIS in Mali (click here) on its attack on the US Special Force in Niger, lasted more than 10 minutes, including scenes of a screaming wounded soldier, in addition to the bodies of three other dead American soldiers....

Why does the propaganda video still exist? Why isn't the TWEETER already arrested? Has the USA no relationship with other countries to end all Daesh propaganda?

TAKE THE DAMN SHIT OFF THE NET. I MEAN ALL OF IT! Don't tell me it can't be done. There are professionals in the USA capable of making the world a safer place by tracking down and removing the propaganda while giving the ID information to the intelligence agencies and/or the military!

DO IT! They can probably track high school assassins, too, with greater accuracy than a hotline!

Finally, some sanity regarding Turkey and the Kurds; enough of the killing fields with Kurds. The Kurds have a right to defend themselves and Turkey has a really difficult time stating they are some of their best allies.

Defending the Kurds might be the only thing Tom Bossert has said that makes sense so far; he defended the pardoning of Arpaio. That was a mistake. Silence is better than words when the presidency is used for politics and not national security.

January 26, 2018
By Murat Yetkin

In the White House readout on Jan. 24, (click here) there was an important sentence regarding United States President Donald Trump’s telephone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkish presidential sources have not denied that sentence.

The sentence was: “He [Trump] urged Turkey to exercise caution and to avoid any actions that might risk conflict between Turkish and American forces.”

Shortly before Trump arrived in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum on Jan. 25, his Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert repeated those words in a rather straightforward manner. Bossert said it would be “a terrible outcome if Turkish troops clashed with the proxy forces that we have all been relying on to defeat ISIS, especially if there are U.S. advisers in the region.”

The “proxy forces” referred to by Bossert are the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish militia that forms the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which the U.S. Central Command uses as ground troops to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) despite objections from its NATO ally Turkey. Ankara has objected to fighting one terrorist organization, ISIL, with the help of another, the YPG, not least because it sees the YPG as having links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which the U.S has designated as a terrorist organization.

Bossert also warned Turkey by saying “there would be grave consequences to any miscalculation and escalation” and told Ankara to be “mindful” and “withdraw from Afrin.”...

When targeting terrorist groups, as if they stood alone and were the real problem, may I suggest learning from the growth of Hezbolla.

Hezbollah was cut off from it's usual duty of protecting the Alawites in the eastern coastal border of Syria. In response to it's isolation, Hezbollah did not disappear into the vapors, it regrouped and began a drug trade to the rival of none. That drug trade was then used to arm itself and become autonomous from Assad and Iran.

When Turkey practices ethnic terror against the Kurds it is providing a real reason for the Kurds to rethink it's alliances. I don't believe that is a wise choice on the part of Turkey.

The only terrorists that have an automatic death sentence in the Middle East is Daesh. I rather have other groups be considered survivors of past misdirected policy and a solution be found for them.

I think the so called USA "List of Terrorist Organizations" be reviewed for the role these groups played with Daesh and realize their strength AND REASON they fought for their survival. Their victories were our victories and they need to be considered as a stabilizing force in the Middle East and not a destabilizing force. This needs to be done before a stupid list turns into a Middle East war that few will survive.

No one is sacrificing Israel, it is securing it when solutions for survivors are found. I want no ethnic cleansing in the Middle East and that especially includes the Kurds. The Shi'ites are a minority population and religion and need a permanent place, including, pilgramages.

There is no reason for a big investigation and/or review in the shooting in FLORIDA, we have seen this before.

The problem is the same today as it was in Boston and with September 11, 2001; there is no dissemination of information to lower level authorities. That was supposed to be cured with all the legislation after 911, but, evidently if there is a shortage of personnel at the federal level it isn't going to be passed onto anyone.

While President Trump is tweeting, he might try tweeting law enforcement with information about potential violence in the cities or towns when it is received. As a matter of fact, Trump could set up his own hotline to disseminate information when Americans "See something or say something."

The FBI needs to pass on information received IMMEDIATELY, if not sooner, to the police authority in towns or cities that will be effected by violence. New York City and Boston learned they needed to be self-sufficient after their attacks on innocent people. New York City even has it's own international authority. Granted New York City has more resources than Parkland, Florida which is why it is important the FBI pass on information AS IT RECEIVES IT to local authorities. 

That is the issue with the FBI. If Americans are to be safe however, the large gun population in the USA has to be addressed. 

Cruz took all of twelve seconds to end and imperil the lives of so many. 12 seconds. What is everyone thinking? I know what the NRA is thinking, they believe every American, including children at the age of 5 should be armed. You want to know what that will get you? It will get you a country so armed it can't move without someone dropping dead. "Is that person getting ready to shoot someone?" "Is that a gun I see drawn at that other person?" If every American were armed, there would be massive deaths daily in the USA, but, then again maybe that is how the White Supremacists want it.

February 18, 2018

President Trump tweeted (click here) late Saturday that he is "very sad" the FBI missed the possible warning signs about Florida shooting suspect and the they are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion." He also added "there is no collusion" and the FBI should "get back to the basics and make us all proud!"...

....Attorney General Jeff Sessions later ordered a review of the Justice Department's processes in the wake of the shooting. Sessions on Friday called the shooting a "tragic consequence" of the FBI's failures, and said it's clear the agency missed warning signs.

The review will examine what went wrong and how the agency responded. Sessions said it may include "possible consultation with family members, mental health officials, school officials and local law enforcement." 

As for the Russia investigation, Mr. Trump and Republicans have long sought to discredit the FBI's handling of it. On Friday, Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 13 Russian nationals for trying to influence the 2016 election. Mr. Trump indicated Friday the indictment vindicated him, saying it showed "no collusion!"...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

This is how Russia President Putin has lead? A Russia that seeks to undermine governments rather than compete with them. Russia needs a new focus on peace and it's prosperity.

February 17, 2018
By Doug Stanlin

President Trump's national security adviser (click here) said Saturday that Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections is beyond dispute, marking a sharp reversal of the president's frequent dismissal of alleged Russian cyber-meddling as a "hoax."

H.R. McMaster was speaking at an international conference in Munich in response to a question from a Russian delegate.

He spoke shortly after an appearance at the same gathering by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who had dismissed as "just claptrap" allegations of Russian meddling found in U.S. indictments handed down Friday.

Referring to the indictment of 13 Russians, McMaster said that “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible” of Russia cyber-meddling.

McMaster's sharp accusations were the most pointed from a high White House official regarding charges of Russian interference in the  2016 elections....

The findings thus far in the Mueller investigation have been stunning. All the FBI ever wanted was cooperation from Americans and what it got were lies and deceptions. Why?

When General Flynn lied to the FBI, what was the point? The FBI wanted the truth to lead to these indictments and all the General could do is lie and provide cover for Russians. I am a bit disillusioned by a former General of the USA military that would allow this attack on the USA by a foreign government. Why were all these people lying?

Money is that important? Money like Americans never saw before the Russians pretended to like the USA. There are 13 Russians and three Russian businesses indicted. This is not a minor issue, they were attempting to effect elections so they had controlling influence over the policies of the USA. Why? Why would any American turn to a foreign government to allow influence over the outcomes of an election? At the very least I would expect there to be threats from Russia against those that lied to enforce the influence. 

If Americans can't protect their own country and are available for bribes and influence, where are we in this world? Money controls the loyalty of Americans to their own country? What has happened to the USA and its election processes? It is profound insight the Mueller investigation has revealed. An election is not a game of chance. Elections are supposed to be the American people's voice, not that of a foreign government.

And the idea Russia was this deeply involved and lied about is astounding. I do not believe for one minute, for one second, that Vladimir Putin did not know about the election tampering. One of the Russian internet companies is directly tied to the Kremlin. Vladimir Putin absolutely did have involvement. The KGB is his speciality. Putin's KGB style is on everything. The strategy to overthrow the USA government by Russia was organized, the players knew their mission, they participated willingly, Wikileaks was harnessed to provide the suspicion to erode the reputation of former Secretary Clinton and most of all there were Trump campaign officials with knowledge of the players. The charges against the Russians and the Russian companies are conspiracy, identity theft, failing to register as foreign agents, and violating laws that limit the use of foreign money in U.S. elections. 

The identity theft really bothers me. That particular indictment is one that exceeds attempting influence of an election as a foreign power. The Russians actually stole American identities to provide a legitimate face on the lies that would drive voters in the direction of a candidate easily influenced by Russian power and money. I believe Donald Trump is likeable to Russia, it's leaders, it's people (My understanding is Trump is a populous figure in Russia. Trump would appreciate that flattery and power.) and I believe he likes it and likes the idea of being involved with Russia for greater wealth to his personal holdings and that of his family. Whether Russia's affiliation with Trump would hold sway with Israel is something to be concerned about as well.

Money and it's power to influence Americans when it comes to their sovereign rights to a freely elected government needs to be taken seriously. There needs to be campaign reform which will protect the people from such strategies, from foreign governments and Plutocratic ideologues.

Also to be noted in the Mueller investigation is an American that succumbed to the power of money:

...Richard Pinedo, who ran a business called Auction Essistance that helped people "circumvent the security features of large online digital payment companies," had set up bank accounts using stolen identities. Pinedo agreed to plead guilty to the charge and cooperate with investigators....

Americans should know their political landscape better than this to succumb to the ravages of Russian espionage and influence. The Jill Stein campaign also received influence from the Russians. She was sitting at the same table with Flynn during the RT celebration attended by Vladimir Putin. That puts Putin in the same room, at the same table as the influence the Mueller investigation has exposed. What is everyone thinking?

This was most interesting as well: 

...Prosecutors said the Russians continued their efforts to divide Americans even after the election concluded.

After Trump won, Rosenstein said, the Russian operatives organized competing rallies in New York on the same day both supporting and opposing him. 

By the end of 2017, however, as Mueller's investigation intensified, the Russians learned that they had been exposed. "We had a slight crisis here at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke). So, I got preoccupied with covering tracks together with the colleagues," one of them, Irina Kaverzina, wrote in an email to a relative. Mueller's investigators obtained a copy of the email. 

In it, she boasted: "I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people."...

After Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 elections, the Russians wanted to continue their control realizing they could control Trump's response to issues through electorate pressure. Trump's Twitter Account is actually a method of cooperating with the Russians when maintaining control of his ongoing campaigning.

The control the Russians wanted was far reaching, including down-ballot outcomes and elections of future Congressional races.

If there are no sincere facts to back up political dogma that influences the electorate, it should be disregarded. The USA DEMOCRACY was being undermined and the American people failed impressively to the influence of a foreign government.

The US intelligence agencies did their jobs, they warned Americans about Russian influence, but, the momentum created by the lies was so great it even overshadowed the words of the intelligence agencies. The agencies are the caretakers of our democracy and they lost the power of their voice to the people.

Do the Russian people actually want a KGB government or do they want a government that can lead to compete on a global stage where peace and prosperity reign?

The indictments are impressive and important and I congratulate the Mueller team in seeking the truth and putting it before the people.

The USA is in 5th place.


Friday, February 16, 2018

If anything, Governor Rick Snyder inhibited any and all responses to Flint, Michigan's health emergency.

Governor Snyder demanded the Emergency Managers to move against any spending that Flint, Michigan could not afford. The idea raw river water would be introduced to the people of Flint is unconscionable. The river has a very long history of pollution, toxic pollution (click here).

Snyder never spoke with the people of Flint or even went to view the river before pushing the Emergency Managers to move against the best interests of the Flint residents. Where Rich Snyder really loses his credibility is to realize the gross neglect of the simplest of details. There were no major effort that needed to take place to realize the Flint River was not an option for drinking water to anything living.

Image result for flint riverFebruary 15, 2018
By Leonard N. Fleming and Karen Bouffard

The picture to the left is actually of the surface waters of Flint River.

Gov. Rick Snyder (click here) is partly to blame for the Flint water crisis for failing to ensure a rigorous investigation by state agencies and for not declaring an emergency sooner, according to a new report from the University of Michigan.

The declaration from UM’s School of Public Health also casts criticism on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for failing to “notify the public of Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and refusing to cooperate with (the Genesee County Health Department)’s investigation.”

The report — funded by the Bethesda, Maryland-based de Beaumont Foundation, five UM public health lawyers and the Network for Public Health Law — said the governor “bears significant legal responsibility” for his role over the state agencies in charge of protecting public health.

“The governor had adequate legal authority to intervene by demanding more information from agency directors, reorganizing agencies to assure availability of appropriate expertise where needed, ordering state agencies to respond, or ultimately firing ineffective agency heads,” the report stated. “But he abjured, either due to ignorance or willful neglect of duty.”...

To the right is the location of the Mott Dam. It is the purple symbol. 

The C.S. Mott Dam just 5 miles (8 km) downstream and west of Genesee forms C S Mott Lake and was completed in 1972 for recreational use. Local attractions along the lake include Crossroads Village, Stepping Stone Falls, and the riverboat Genesee Belle.




Flint is a city in Genesee County, Michigan.

"Eat Safe Fish Guide" (click here) 

The pages to the left and below are from the "Eat Safe Fish Guide." The guide tells consumers how much fish is safe to eat from the Flint River in a single month.

Carp and Walleye upstream of the Mott Dam (on the Flint River) can be eaten four times a month. But, the fish downstream of the Mott Dam, namely Carp, Large Mouth Bass and Small Mouth Bass,  can be eaten very carefully, like, really limited or only six times a year.

The fish in most of the Michigan rivers have limits on how often they can be consumed and how much. 

One might ask, "What's the deal with this rationing of fish caught in the Flint River?" 

Well. 

There are toxins in the river such as PCBs, PFOS (“perfluorooctanesulfonic acid”), and Mercury; or; Mercury in combination with PCBs.

The State of Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services publishes this document. 

The point is the Flint River has been and is still polluted. There has been no real remediation for the pollution. The reason the fish are edible by humans at all is because the DOSES of fish is limited to reduce the danger to those that fish the Flint River.

Now, don't get me wrong there is a big difference between fishing the Flint River with the idea of "catch and release" and eating the fish from the Flint River. Heck, "catch and release" can happen all the time so long as a person wears gloves and washes their hands regularly. Just regular soap, anti-bacterial isn't necessary to avoid the toxins. 

Rich Snyder had and has volumes of information within the very State of Michigan libraries and departments to detail the dangers of drinking Flint River water. There is no excuse. He is guilty of every aspect of crime regarding the Flint River. 

Another number of high school students in the USA dead, huh?

February 14, 2018
By Connie Ogle, Nicholas Nehamas and David Ovalle


He preened with guns and knives on social media, (click here) bragged about shooting rats with his BB gun and got kicked out of school — in part because he had brought bullets in his backpack, according to one classmate. He was later expelled for still-undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
The portrait of Nikolas Cruz, suspected of fatally shooting 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and wounding 15 others at his former school, is a troubled teen with few friends and an obsessive interest in weapons. Administrators considered him enough of a potential threat that one teacher said a warning was emailed last year against allowing him on the campus with a backpack...

There seems to be an identity issue among these high school killers. The Columbine murderers were member of "The Black Trenchcoat Mafia." Dylan Roof was an avowed White Supremacist and evidently so is Nicholas Cruz. I suppose the young men need to find their masculinity and motivation somewhere, they are unable to justify it themselves.

That seems to be the difference between mass murderers that hunt down innocent people to maim and kill and these murdering idiots.

In realizing that there is a very strong case to remove symbols of hate and antisemitism from the American landscape.

To critic the media at this time is to remind the country that this is the 18th school shooting in the USA according to Bloomberg's political group that reports this mess on a regular basis. I think it was the Washington Post that criticized the Bloomberg Group that three of their accountings occurred either by a single suicide whereby the man was on an abandoned school property and/or other parameters that made the entries more truthiness and not fact. The Washington Post is very set on revealing the truth of any media reporting and that is very important, however, do a few listings mean the accounting in total should be considered in error? I don't think so.

I don't consider any of the reporting, extraneous or not, within the Bloomberg group unimportant. There are dead people, primarily Americans, they occurred in affiliation with an education property and it should be scrutinized. Absolutely. Child murderers could be rehearsing for an actual attack.

The Huffington Post is stating Cruz ties to White Supremacist was loose and nearly unimportant. Really? I don't think so.

White Supremacists are self-avowed and with that comes the understanding if they say they then they are.

I might point to an interest paradigm related to the Roof murders and those in Florida. Both young men were very casual about their plans. Roof was so cold blooded he sat among his victims inside a church for bible study. After he killed nine people, he simply went about his business and was only apprehended when a woman saw him walking down her street.

The very same cold-blooded paradigm occurred in Florida, only this time it was the murderer of children called the police to brag about it and left the scene without a scratch.

It is my opinion, Roof and Cruz were coached. I don't care if they ever attended a Clan meeting, they were coached. They were brought along, even if just the internet, and then turned loose when the time was right for them. I strongly believe Cruz is a mimic of Roof. I also believe men that align any aspect of their identity to White Supremacy are a danger within this country and this goes back decades, SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM already. If a person is affiliated with an extremist group that is known to be dangerous, receives coaching to murder in any way possible then the White Supremacists are a definite danger to the people of the USA and need to be handled to remove any potential to weapons. The Second Amendment of the USA Constitution does not allow for mass murderers, especially of children, to roam free in the name of the First Amendment.

I disagree strongly that Cruz was mentally ill. If Donald Trump wants to say White Supremacists in general are mentally ill, then keep the guns out of their hands.

I might add, it was the Russians that were the first to arm their soldiers with automatic weapons. ThKalashnikov rifle. That rifle is now a menace to the entire world in the many versions that exist today. It is time the Small Arms Treaty mean something.

Now as to the Russians in Syria. It is related to the Mueller Investigation in a very interesting way.

February 15, 2018
By Maria Tsvetkova

Moscow (Reuters) - About 300 men working (click here) for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter....


The reporting ranges from 80 dead men to this report of 300 dead Russians. Evidently, Putin has engaged in growing his own Russian Blackwater or whatever Eric Prince is calling his Goons these days.


I have yet to read an accounting of any USA soldiers dead in this confrontation between REGULAR American troops and this private force of Russians. I will assume the Americans walked away unscathed at the moment. 


If one recalls, one of the ambitions of Eric Prince in donating enormous amounts of money to Trump's campaign is to be able to have access to Russia and other countries to train more Good Squads. Prince is the brother of the Education Secretary, what's her name. Let's just imagine for a moment that happened under Trump and this confrontation occurred. What does anyone think would have happened?


Eric Prince is former USA military and has his own "al Qaeda like" training facility.


...Trump transition (click here) told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the Defense and State departments. The official asked not to be identified because of a transition policy prohibiting discussion of confidential deliberations....


...“Waiting for the numbers to come in last night. It was well worth the wait!!!! #PresidentTrump2016.” Prince’s sister, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is Trump’s nominee for education secretary and Prince (and his mother) gave large sums of money to a Trump Super PAC.


In July, Prince told Trump’s senior adviser and white supremacist Steve Bannon, at the time head of Breitbart News, that the Trump administration should recreate a version of the Phoenix Program, the CIA assassination ring that operated during the Vietnam War, to fight ISIS. ....


My mistake, I gave Betsy too much credit for her age, she is Prince's mother, evidently.


But, at any rate, Eric Prince liked money so much he  was willing to speak to a known White Supremacist Steve Bannon. So, we have to assume the White Supremacists in the USA are advised on military tactics by the likes of Eric Prince. I think that is called treason.


But, to underscore the Russian deaths, if they had received training from Eric Prince how many would be dead if any and what would be the body count of American soldiers in this encounter. 


Putin pulled Russian fighting forces from Syria and gave these mercenaries a place under the guise of the Kremlin and turned them loose in Syria. It is easy for a Russian President to register mercenary deaths than Russian soldier deaths among the voting Russia public. Needless, to say, the Russian leadership outside the usual folks are not happy that any Russian is dead in Syria when they understood their troops were home.


Slightly changing direction, I want a full PUBLIC accounting of OCO Funds.


February 15, 2018

By Ben Brimelow

A simmering conflict (click here) between Israel and Iran in Syria could have erupted into another regional war were it not for the intervention of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to an Israeli investigative journalist.


On Saturday, an Israeli air force helicopter shot down what Israel says was an Iranian dronelaunched from the Tiyas Military Airbase in central Syria by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.


The drone was shot down a minute and a half after entering Israeli airspace, the investigative journalist, Ronen Bergman, wrote in an op-ed article in The New York Times this week....


Given the extremism of leadership in Israel right now, and the fact Jarrod Kushner advocates those positions from the inner circle of the White House, I want to know where the OCO Funds are going.


If Putin didn't step in with Bibi Netanyahu the global community might be looking at a re-ignited Syria without a return of refugees. That said, the fact Putin is in the middle of this mess, only tells me Assad is reinforced in which ever manner necessary by Russia. Is there a concern for Israel, regardless? Maybe. Is Israel facing a confrontation with Iran? I would think that was minimized by Putin, but, there is no way to know for sure that the Ayatollah is obeying every Russia command.


The thing is this: The Shia Crescent extend throughout Syria. It is one of the reasons Syria obtained a destabilizing force after the initial drought drove farmers into the cities. It didn't take long or much force to push Syria into a civil war due to the high diversity of Shia and Sunni in the borders of Syria. There is still borders to Syria, right?

If Netanyahu decides that Russia and Iran are a threat, that won't stop him and if Trump is having a spending spree of OCO Funds to support Netanyahu then the USA and Russia are in a full scale SOMETHING. 

I strongly suggest before these issues get out of hand, President Putin begin a strong campaign for a peace initiative to return the refugees to their homeland and a UN resolution to establish borders that provide a space for everyone. I suggest the Shia Crescent be dissolved and land dedicated to the Shia be provided to prevent further violence. The land for the Shia is already eroded with drought and war, there is no good land in Syria. All the land will have to be rehabilitated and may very well require harnessing dams for flood control and at the same time providing a source of irrigation.

At any rate, if the USA soldiers are in Syria, I have to wonder why. See, Israel under extreme leadership is expansionists and it would be highly advisable for Trump to be moving borders when refugees have not been provided their homelands and way of a return to farming.