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Daily Digest 10/20 - New Canadian PM Elected, Judge Lifts National Security Letter Gag Order

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:50 PM

Economy

Justin Trudeau elected new Canadian prime minister as Liberals return to power (jdargis)

And in an implicit rebuke to Harper – who had attempted to exploit a row over Muslim women’s right to cover their face – he said: “We know in our bones that Canada was built by people from all corners of the world, who worship every faith, who belong to every culture, who speak every language.”

Fragile Baltimore Struggles to Heal After Deadly Police Encounter (jdargis)

Ms. Rawlings-Blake fired her last police commissioner in July. With the first trial now set to begin right after Thanksgiving, and five more on the calendar for early next year, the new police commissioner, Kevin Davis, whose appointment was approved by the City Council on Monday night, is girding for more unrest. In an interview, he summed up the state of the city and his nearly 3,000-member force in two words: “lingering anxiety.”

A First Amendment Win: Judge Lifts National Security Letter Gag Order (richcabot)

In 2004, an NSL was issued to Calyx Internet Access, a now-defunct Internet service provider run by Nicholas Merrill. Instead of complying with the federal request for information — and the gag order — as was done by most Internet providers, such as Verizon and AT&T, Merrill chose to challenge the restriction on his constitutionally-protected free speech. For more than a decade, he sought the right to disclose the letter’s contents and even its mere existence.

For Offenders Who Can’t Pay, It’s a Pint of Blood or Jail Time (jdargis)

Efforts by courts and local governments to generate revenue by imposing fines for minor offenses, particularly from poor and working-class people, have attracted widespread attention and condemnation in recent months. But legal and health experts said they could not think of another modern example of a court all but ordering offenders to give blood in lieu of payment, or face jail time. They all agreed that it was improper.

As Campus Fears Rise, So Do Efforts to Enact School Gun Laws (jdargis)

In June, Texas lawmakers made carrying a concealed weapon on campus legal as of August 2016. Similar measures are being debated in Florida, Michigan and Ohio. Last week, Wisconsin Republicans, who control the Legislature, introduced a bill that would ease restrictions on guns on campuses; two days later, Democrats countered with legislation that would ban guns on campus.

Can the climate really control mid-ocean ridges? (jdargis)

Another potential link is an increase in the amount of lava actually erupted onto the seafloor, rather than sticking to the underside of the crust. The researchers calculate that this could possibly build up something like 50 meters of topography. However, these seafloor ridgelines are often separated by faults, and the ridgelines shift 100-200 meters up or down on those faults. An extra 50 meters isn’t going to overcome that.

Five-Minute Mentor: Farming Advice from Joel Salatin (jdargis)

I am a huge believer in time and motion studies. Start by timing all of your tasks and see what you can do to make them more efficient. Ask yourself why you do things the way you do. Create a map of your farm, trace your steps one day, and ask yourself if you’re going places redundantly. Write a list of tasks that can be done in an hour or less, and carry that list around with you; when you have a spare hour, maybe at 4:00 when it’s not time for supper yet, do one of those tasks. Schedule off-season staff (or family) meetings to get on the same page and make plans for the next year.

Could cloud brightening be Earth’s last chance? (richcabot)

“Clouds are one of the least understood parts of meteorology. Scientists can observe how some industrial practices affect cloud formation. But that’s precisely the problem: all they can do is observe. We are not in a position to control a cloud brightening experiment scientifically.”

Many of those involved in the project are sceptical of geoengineering too. Any attempt to manipulate the planet’s climate is wrought with what-ifs. Despite this, they argue humanity is beyond the point of no return, and extreme responses need to be considered, at the very least.

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Pensions

CalPERS' plan may raise cost for taxpayers

Los Angeles Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
“Long Beach has supported making pension funding sound and getting rid of unfunded liabilities,” Gross said. “This is likely to be another step in that direction.” In recent years, CalPERS staff has repeatedly warned about the fund's “negative cash flows.
 

Teacher Retirement System Taps Title 1 Schools   (Illinois)

WNIJ and WNIU - ‎7 hours ago‎
As the state's unfunded pension liability has grown, the rate that schools have to pay has ballooned from 7 percent of the teacher's salary in 2006 to more than 36 percent today. For regular teachers, not paid out of Title 1 money, schools pay less ...

Snyder: Unpaid bills could tip DPS into financial chaos

The Detroit News-Oct 19, 2015
The governor said the state could be on the hook for DPS' $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability if lawmakers don't stabilize the district's finances by assuming a ...
 

Colorado state pension plan to miss full-funding target by 14 years

Denver Business Journal (blog)-19 hours ago
Colorado's pension plan is on track to be fully funded by 2055 — 14 years after the 2041 target date set by the Colorado Legislature in 2010. Now, lawmakers ...
 
 

Moody's: Pension underfunding, potential cost shift could increase ...

Moodys.com (press release) (subscription)-14 hours ago
The largest component of New Jersey's FY 2014 $80.5 billion unfunded pension liability is the Teacher's Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF) at $53.8 billion, ...

 

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Abandoned messes

It is not clear how the fire started at the shuttered disposal site, which is about 8 miles from populated areas. Authorities say the site accepted low-level radioactive waste for 30 years, which can include tools, protective clothing, machine parts from nuclear plants and other items. http://www.sltrib.com/home/3079165-155/tests-begin-after-fire-put-out

When energy booms go bust, the public is often left responsible for the cleanup. That's because while most states and the federal government make companies put up at least some money in advance to pay for any mess they leave behind, it's often not enough. After the methane industry collapse, there were almost 4,000 wells in Wyoming that the company responsible walked away from. Now, the state has to pay the price.  

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/19/449976530/with-abandoned-gas-wells-states-...

 

Earthworks is a Washington-based nonprofit environmental group that works with communities near mines. Scientists and activists (ed) have been concerned since the 1990s about contamination leaking from old, inactive or abandoned mines // now there are more than half a million abandoned hardrock mines in 32 states.  

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/13/us/colorado-abandoned-mines-epa/

 

No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the (30 trillion gallons) of waste for millennia. There are growing signs they were mistaken.  

http://www.propublica.org/article/injection-wells-the-poison-beneath-us

 

The amount of saltwater spilled in the state since 2012 would fill nearly four Olympic-size swimming pools. By comparison, during roughly the same time frame, 751 oil spills were reported in North Dakota, spilling a total of about 4,528 barrels of oil. “Saltwater is far more devastating to our environment than oil is,” said Galen Peterson, who farms near Maxbass in Bottineau County and is secretary of the Northwest Landowners Association.  

http://www.prairiebizmag.com/event/article/id/16796/

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CO2

There is no doubt we're killing our oceans but the CO2 is explained better here than anywhere I've ever seen:

 

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/10/15/greenpeace-founder-lets-celebrate-co2/

 

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Quote of the day.

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.



Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/f/francisbac151989.html#ViQFVqYLqyM6TcVt.99

Francis Bacon. (Wasn't he the fellow who started the whole modern scientific revolution? )

 

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Jonesb.

Thanks for the article Jonesb.

I found it interesting for what it left out of James Lovelock's Gaia hypothesis. That the sun converts hydrogen into helium. Helium is less transparent than hydrogen and traps heat in the sun. The sun gets hotter (over 4 billion years.) The Goldilocks zone moves away from the sun. Gaia responds by sequestering it's greenhouse gas, CO2 in order to keep cooler. 

Gaia cannot have as much CO2 in the atmosphere as it did when it orbited a younger,  cooler star. Pumping that carefully removed CO2 back into the atmosphere by a specially bred ape/pig hybrid is a last desperate gamble by a super-organism, Gaia to escape it's inevitable Fate.

It has to remove, if not it's massive rock to a higher orbit, then at least it's living substance. An opposing thumb,  a modicum of intelligence and an insatiable appetite for change are required to achieve that aim.

There are some who might see a religious veneration in the above. It would be a false religion if it were, for it would worship a corporeal body, Gaia. Gaia is Magnificent, but Gaia is not God. 

Your proud and humble organism,

Arthur. 

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jonesb.mta wrote: There is no
jonesb.mta wrote:

There is no doubt we're killing our oceans but the CO2 is explained better here than anywhere I've ever seen:

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/10/15/greenpeace-founder-lets-celebrate-co2/

First, the first reaction on seeing anything posted on breitbart should be extreme skepticism.

Second, Moore is old news.  He was a member of Greenpeace very early on in the 1970s.  In the 80s he abruptly turned his back on environmentalism and has been a corporate flack citing his history with Greenpeace to pretend he has credibility while expressing anti-environmental opinions for dollars.

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news/greenpeace-statement-on-patric/

Quote:

By exploiting his former ties to Greenpeace, Moore portrays himself as a prodigal son who has seen the error of his ways. Unfortunately, the media – especially conservative media – give him a platform for his views, and often do so without mentioning the fact that he is a paid spokesperson for polluting companies.

Although I assume Mark will weigh in at some point, I suggest you consult actual scientific sources.  Here is a long list of denialists' arguments and responses based on sound science:

www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php

Most of the denialist arguments are answered there if you have the patience and desire to understand the science.

Doug

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