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    Daily Digest 6/1 – Reef Madness, Tornado Injures 9 North Dakota Oil Workers

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    Sunday, June 1, 2014, 4:38 PM


N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images (jdargis)

The agency intercepts “millions of images per day” — including about 55,000 “facial recognition quality images” — which translate into “tremendous untapped potential,” according to 2011 documents obtained from the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden. While once focused on written and oral communications, the N.S.A. now considers facial images, fingerprints and other identifiers just as important to its mission of tracking suspected terrorists and other intelligence targets, the documents show.

Crimea Adopts Ruble as Ukraine Continues Battling Rebels (jdargis)

Leaders in Kiev and the U.S. and EU accuse Russian President Vladimir Putin of encouraging the tumult by sending the separatists cash, arms and manpower. Russia says Ukraine’s army should stop targeting its own citizens, a sentiment echoed by Czech President Milos Zeman, whose country is a member of the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

“When the Ukrainian army, including paramilitary organizations, fight against their own citizens, they are still citizens of Ukraine,” Zeman said in an interview on Czech Television today. “They should also realize that if it really comes to civil war, it would be a very comfortable pretext for the Russian Federation to invade.”

Many Veterans Praise Care, but All Hate the Wait (jdargis)

In interviews and in hundreds of responses to a questionnaire posted on The New York Times website, veterans around the country expressed frustration with delayed access to care and what many described as an impenetrable and unresponsive bureaucracy at department hospitals and clinics, even as many praised the quality of care they received once they saw doctors.

Eurasian Economic Union Agreement Signed (pinecarr)

The agreement is based on norms of the contractual legal framework of the Eurasian Customs Union and Common Economic Space (those were prior stages of Eurasian cooperation), which were optimized, improved and brought into compliance with the rules of the World Trade Organisation, according The three nations will allow the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour and work on further coordinated policy in with regard to energy, industry, agriculture and transport.

Environmental Groups Focus on Change by Strengthening Their Political Operations (jdargis)

An example of the retooled strategy will debut Monday, when the Obama administration will issue a draft regulation sharply limiting emissions of global-warming gases from existing coal-burning power plants. Anticipating furious opposition from congressional Republicans and coal-state Democrats, environmental groups plan to rally support for the regulation using a campaign created by the Climate Action Coalition — a coordinating body with its own staff and consultants, formed by 10 leading environmental groups and linked to 60 more.

Reef Madness (jdargis)

The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage Site but has been in severe decline for decades. For many species and ecosystems—corals, seagrass, dugongs, turtles, and fish including sharks—the situation is dire.

The causes of decline are well known: pollution from coastal development and agricultural run-off, coral diseases, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and increasingly severe storms.

Climate change shifts focus for energy system (Arthur Robey)

“Right now, we’re a heavily centralized system,” Martin said. “There is a lot of opportunity to implement these new technologies like rooftop solar and energy storage. Once you get rooftop solar with battery storage, and once you start viewing plug-in vehicles as both users and suppliers of energy, and find a way to tie in to existing grid or fossil fuel resources and the utility grid, you have great potential for micro-gridding. It can mean reduced fuel use and increased efficiency, and can serve as emergency backup power during disasters.”

Photos: Tornado Injures 9 at Oil Workers Camp in North Dakota (jdargis)

The oil boom has fueled a population boom for the area, bringing in tens of thousands of people looking for work. Many live in trailer parks or camps, which contain prefabricated structures that can resemble military barracks. Some companies rent blocks of hotel rooms for employees to live in, and some workers sleep in their cars or tents.

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  • Sun, Jun 01, 2014 - 4:48pm



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    USDA purchasing submachine guns, body armor


    Arming the USDA

    The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a public Request for Proposal for the purchase of .40 caliber submachine guns with high-capacity magazines and gender-specific ballistic body armor.

    (This public disclosure follows similar disclosures for the purchase of firearms and ammunition for the United States Post Office, Social Security Administration, National Weather Service, and Department of Education.)

    What is going on here?


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  • Sun, Jun 01, 2014 - 6:16pm



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    Oil Workers Camp in North Dakota

    Maybe the tornado was trying to clean up the place.

    Sexual Assault in the Bakken Shale “Man Camps”


    “When I first got there some of the things they talked about, in any of these areas, was they told the men ‘Don’t go out and party. Don’t get drunk and pass out. Because you’re going to get raped,” she said without hesitation.

    It’s not exactly something you would expect to hear from a workers’ camp but these places are not exactly your ordinary laborers’ camps. The depth of depravity and dubious behavior are commonplace in these so-called Man Camps. No one will say that all of the inhabitants are criminal but there is definitely an element there that has rocked the local law enforcement officials to the very core of their morals and value systems.

    “Sexual assaults on the male population has increased by 75% in that area,” she continued. That kind of statistic makes maximum security prisons look like the minor league. “One of the things we ran into while working up there was a 15 year old boy had gone missing. He was found in one of the Man Camps with one of the oil workers. They were passing him around from trailer to trailer.”

    He went there looking for a job and was hired by individuals within the Man Camp to do light cleaning in and around their personal areas. The young teenager was forced into sex slavery. It’s the kind of thing you hear about in the ghettos of third world countries; not in the quiet and remote countryside.

    The victims aren’t just males but females too. Everyone has heard by now of the missing school teacher that was kidnapped as she was out jogging, repeatedly sexually assaulted, and murdered near one of these Man Camps. The age of the Man Camp victims varies. The assailants are not necessarily looking for male and female adults. They are also going after little girls.

    Grace Her Many Horse recalls one specific instance where “We found a crying, naked, four year old girl running down one of the roads right outside of the Man Camp. She had been sexually assaulted.”

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  • Sun, Jun 01, 2014 - 7:55pm

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    Evil in rural ND

    That's what you get when the evil and crime normally associated with large urban areas comes to a rural or small town setting where the people and police are unaccustomed to it and are not prepared for it psychologically, fiscally, physically, culturally, etc.Wait until you see how devastated they are when the first law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty by someone at a Man Camp.  The whole state of North Dakota went without an officer murdered in the line of duty from 1996-2011 until an officer in the capital city of Bismark was murdered in 2012.  Philadelphia alone suffered 19 murdered on duty in that same time period.  The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has a small unit of assistant D.A.'s who focus solely on assaults on police officers in a city where someone shoots at a law enforcement officer on average once a day!  A workable strategy would be to bring in a few big city cops from around the country for a year's assignment to try to get the officers and the community up to speed.  Certification would be a problem, but that is often worked around by temporarily deputizing them as U.S. Marshals.  Where the money for that would come from I don't know.
    I say all that because many people here at PP live in "safe" areas of the country that may see crime in their communities soar like these ND communities when the economy collapses.  Preparation (especially psychological preparation) in advance would be advisable.
    "Happy Hunger Games.  And may the odds be ever in your favor."

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  • Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - 2:51am


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    I wish I had not read that Roger.

    It has darkened my day. Sometimes Willful Blindness is a blessing. Or a defensive measure.

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  • Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - 7:46am



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    I know what you mean.

    It has darkened my day. Sometimes Willful Blindness is a blessing. Or a defensive measure.

    Since I myself have lived a somewhat "protected" life her in scandinavia, even though I have more or less my whole life known there is something wrong. To find out what is really going on out there is a kind of growing up and removing a blind spot. I have to take it in small doses and on good days but I really think it is necessary.

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  • Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - 8:02am


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    While the boys are far from home and misbehaving, guess where that Afghan heroin is going?

    Somebody wants to control the wombs. Once they are on that stuff, standards drop.

    But Hey, sales will boost the GDP numbers for el Presedente.

    This is what I mean about getting our house in order.

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