Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guess Which Word Obama Left Out of Boston Marathon Statement?

Guess Which Word Obama Left Out of Boston Marathon Statement?

By Todd Starnes
President Obama issued a statement marking the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack. But instead of calling it a terrorist attack, he called it a “tragedy.”
The president’s message to the nation did not include any reference to terrorism or Islamic extremism. Instead, he called the attack that left four dead and 260 injured a “tragedy” and an “unspeakable tragedy.”
Here’s President Obama’s statement:
“A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.
We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.
One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city. And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.”
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Dissenting Supreme Court Judges Say Obama Birth Certificate A Fake

Dissenting Supreme Court Judges Say Obama Birth Certificate A Fake

Sean Brown

According to an Associated Press report, an Alabama Supreme Court judge said that Barack Obama should have to prove his eligibility to be on the state ballot in 2012 as well as prove he was born in the United States.
The entirely Republican panel of judges upheld the dismissal in the lower courts with a 7-2 vote that sought to require Alabama’s secretary of state to demand a birth certificate from President Obama and other presidential candidates.
Two of the justices dissented, Justice Roy Moore and Justice Tom Parker.
In Moore’s dissent, he wrote that the secretary of state is the gatekeeper and it’s their duty to determine the eligibility of candidates by finding out if they’re natural-born U.S. citizens.
“The complaint alleged that the Secretary of State failed to perform a constitutional duty to verify the eligibility of all presidential candidates appearing on the ballot in the 2012 general election,” further arguing that even though the election was over, the secretary wasn’t absolved of his duty to investigate the claims.
Parker went further, and said that the plaintiffs presented enough documentation to raise “serious questions” regarding the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate.
Two other justices, Mike Bolin and Tommy Brian, claimed that the secretary of state doesn’t possess the authority or the ability to investigate each candidate’s qualifications.
(Read More: Document Examiner Tied To Obama’s Attorney Says Obama Birth Certificate Is 100% FAKE)

RealTime-Ukraine: —Ukraine’s Secret Recipe: «Brennan Kiev»

RealTime-Ukraine: —Ukraine’s Secret Recipe: «Brennan Kiev»

via Strategic-Culture.org
by Wayne Madsen · 15.04.2014 · 00:00
Central Intelligence Agency director John O. Brennan has been cooking up a storm in Ukraine and «Brennan Kiev» is the entrĂ©e on the menu. Brennan recently paid a secret visit to the Ukrainian capital to discuss with coup leaders their response to the insurgency sweeping eastern Ukraine. It has been reported by various European news agencies that Brennan landed on April 12 in Kiev with a diplomatic passport under a false identity.
Brennan reportedly urged members of the «Council of National Security and Defense,» the supreme authority created by the leaders who ousted President Viktor Yanukovych in a February coup, to put down the rebellion by pro-Russian Ukrainians in the east with extreme force. Brennan and other U.S. government officials have also been responsible for identifying secessionists in the east as «terrorists,» which is part of a major U.S. and western intelligence propaganda war against eastern Ukrainian secessionist leaders and the Russian government.
The intelligence on Brennan’s secret visit to Kiev primarily came from Yanukovych loyalists who remain embedded in the Ukrainian government, as well as Ukrainian Communist Party officials still serving as members of the Ukrainian parliament. Brennan has coordinated the CIA’s counter-Russian activities with the intelligence services of America’s NATO allies in eastern Europe, particularly those of the Baltic states, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. It is also significant that Brennan, who is the son of Irish immigrants, is married to Kathy Pokluda, a native of New Jersey who is of Czech descent. Brennan’s three children, Kyle, Kelly, and Jaclyn, are Czech-Irish. Pokludas are not only found in the Czech Republic but also in Slovakia and western Ukraine. Brennan’s ties to the Czech Republic, which has elected leaders who are virulently anti-Russian, may explain, in part, Brennan’s eagerness to ratchet up tensions with Moscow in eastern Ukraine.
The United States and Britain had called leaders of the violent rebellion that overthrew Yanukovych in February «freedom fighters» and «pro-democracy forces» even though armed right-wing nationalist militias fired on the crowd of protesters in Maidan Square from sniper nests in buildings around the protest venue. The West’s «freedom fighters» shot to death a number of protesters and police officers. The CIA, mainly using George Soros «civil society» front groups and media operations, issued talking points that the sniper fire came from Yanukovych government loyalists and even Russian special forces units.
However, what the CIA accused Yanukovych and Russia of doing in Ukraine is exactly what is has been doing for the past several weeks: deploying special forces units, including CIA-directed private security forces from Academi (the infamous ex-Blackwater) to fire on pro-Russian protesters throughout eastern Ukraine.
Brennan, whose pro-Saudi feelings are so well-known he is nicknamed «Shaikh Brennan» by CIA insiders…
more here

'Biggest land grab in the history of the world'

'Biggest land grab in the history of the world'

Requested EPA authority over streams would 'freeze' economy

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WASHINGTON – In a move lawmakers and farmers are calling “the biggest land grab in the history of the world,” the Environmental Protection Agency is requesting jurisdiction over all public and private streams in the United States that are “intermittent, seasonal and rain-dependent.”
The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in late March jointly released a proposed rule, Waters of the United States, in an effort to clarify which streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act.
A statement issued by the EPA says “the proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act.”
But some lawmakers strongly disagree.
According to congressional budget testimony last week, Waters of the United States would give the EPA authority over streams on private property even when the water beds have been dry, in some cases for hundreds of years.
Calling it “the biggest land grab in the history of the world,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said the “economic impact of that would be profound.”
“A community needing to build on private land that had on it one of these so-called streams that you considered a waterway under the new rule would have to travel thousands, hundreds of miles to D.C., to get approval,” Rogers said.
The congressman argued it “would absolutely freeze economic activity in this country.”
Rogers said the proposal is “proof in and of itself of the mal-intent of this administration toward the private sector.”
Civil liberties
When Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, probed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy further about how the new Waters of the United States rule would affect Americans’ civil liberties and ability to conduct business, McCarthy was unable to cite specifics.
She said the rule is currently posted on the EPA website for a 90-day commenting period and the scientific basis to support it has not been completed.
The proposed rule tinkers with the definition of “navigable” waters, which was the central point of litigation in a battle between the Supreme Court and the EPA regarding the Clean Water Act.
“We are clarifying protection for the upstream waters that are absolutely vital to downstream communities,” McCarthy said.
“Clean water is essential to every single American, from families who rely on safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, to farmers who need abundant and reliable sources of water to grow their crops, to hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and their work, and to businesses that need a steady supply of water for operations.”
Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, argued the nation’s waters and wetlands “are valuable resources that must be protected today and for future generations.”
“Today’s rulemaking will better protect our aquatic resources, by strengthening the consistency, predictability, and transparency of our jurisdictional determinations,” she said. “The rule’s clarifications will result in a better public service nationwide.”
McCarthy went on to explain that the EPA is working closely with the USDA to further regulate 56 farm practices that are considered exempt under the Clean Water Act.
“We not only took the exemptions, but we developed this interpretive rule that identified 56 farm practices, working with USDA, so that if these farm practices are what you’re doing, you didn’t need to ask a single question about whether they’re exempt,” McCarthy said.
‘Not so friendly’
But lawmakers and farmers express concern that this kind of regulation would allow the EPA in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Energy and the Army to dictate on a never-before-seen scale everything from grazing rights, food production, animal health and the use of energy on private lands.
“We’re hearing from farm groups throughout the United States about uncertainties regarding agricultural exemptions,” Murkowski said. “They say it’s not so farm-friendly as the statements that have been made by your administration.”
When lawmakers questioned McCarthy on the extent of the regulation’s reach, including who would be fined if the rules are violated and where the money would go, McCarthy could not give a clear answer.
She said only that the scientific study on which the proposed rule is based is still under way.

Suspicious Bags Found Near Boston Marathon Finish Line

Suspicious Bags Found Near Boston Marathon Finish Line

PHOTO: Suspicious Bags found near Boston Marathon finish line.
Authorities are investigating two suspicious bags left near the finish line of the Boston Marathon amid stepped-up security on the anniversary of the bombings that shook the city a year ago today.
Police say the man they believe dropped the bags has been detained for questioning. There is no indication that the bags were dangerous.
The race takes place April 21, but today was a day of remembrance in Boston, a year after bombings at the finish line killed three and injured 264.
Police said the bags were left in the area of Boylston St. and Exeter St., and the road was closed. Both bags were exploded by Boston Police as a precaution.

Russian TV Propagandists Caught Red-Handed: Same Guy, Three Different People (Spy, Bystander, Heroic Surgeon)

Pity Russian propagandists. They must stage scenes of massive and violent demonstrations in East and South Ukraine. They must patch together actual demonstration footage with images of exploding grenades, intermittent automatic weapon fire, wounded pro-Russian civilians, and menacing Ukrainian extremists, organized, paid for, and directed by sinister outside forces. They must show valiant local civilians opposing the Neo-Nazi and ultra-nationalist juggernaut from Kiev.
The Putin propaganda machine cannot rest. It must provide new footage daily for a viewing public eager for the next Ukrainian outrage, growing angrier with each passing day, and asking: When will our great leader, Vladimir Putin, go in and rescue our poor brethren across the border in Ukraine?
Interviews with innocent by-standers and ordinary citizens are a staple fare of the coverage. A woman shows the camera hundreds of spent cartridges she gathered after a night of violence. Extremists turn outraged local residents, on their way to visit wounded comrades, away from the hospital.  A babushka, in tears, bemoans the terror in which she lives and pleads for the Russians to restore order and civilization. Pretty good stuff. I’d believe it if I did not know better.
The Russian propagandists, trapped on a racing assembly line, are bound to cross wires on occasion. They will make mistakes, which they hope that viewers will not catch. But they have made a huge blunder, for which heads are falling in TV studios in Moscow and in Crimea: Three different channels have featured interviews with one Andrei Petkov, lying wounded in a hospital in the south Ukrainian city of Nikolayev. In the three interviews, he is identified by name. He is on his back in a hospital bed, describing his experiences in the previous evening’s violence, which left him with serious wounds. Petkov is dressed in a black outfit, his nose bandaged. In each interview, he speaks softly, but with earnest conviction. He cuts a sympathetic and credible figure.
The problem is that Andrei  Petkov is a different person in each interview! 
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Nikolai  Petkov, Ordinary Citizen
On Rossia 1 national news (Vesti), Petkov describes himself as an ordinary citizen of Nikolayev, who went on April 9 “as usual” to protest against the new Ukrainian government.  At the demonstration, he was attacked by Neo-Nazis and ultra-nationalists, who had been  escorted into the city in busses by the Ukrainian police on  orders to disperse local demonstrators by force. Petkov testifies that the radicals opened fire on peaceful demonstrators using weapons given them by Europe and the United States. (His interview is interrupted by traumatic scenes of fleeing civilians, rapid gunfire and exploding grenades). Petkov declares that he suffered a brain concussion and other gunfire wounds, which will leave him incapacitated for six months. Petkov, himself, appears to have only a bandaged nose, and the camera crew shows no pictures of the other “heavily wounded victims of the shooting.” They, with the exception of Petkov,  appear to have been dismissed from the radical-controlled hospital only one day after the shootings.
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Andrei Petkov, German Spy
NTV national news conducted an “exclusive” interview with the same Petkov, in the same hospital bed, with the same bandaged nose, only this is an entirely different Petkov. In a contrite voice, Petkov confesses he is a German spy for a secret European organization. Since he left his native Nikolayev in 1992, he acquired several citizenships and has German, Ukrainian and Russian passports. Petkov claims to own fifteen gerontology clinics in Germany and a chateau in Switzerland.  This Petkov has done well for himself.
Petkov says that he flew in from Germany, where he lives, with a half million Euros, which he received from a secret group he refused to name. He bought weapons and hired a squad of fifty  European mercenaries  to put down both Nikolayev’s civilian protesters against new Ukrainian government and radical neo-Nazi intruders from Kiev. He wanted a “civilized” solution, but in the melee he fell afoul of the Ukrainian extremists, who shot him in the leg and nose. He had to beg the “creepy young” Ukrainian extremists for his life. He is currently waiting to be operated on and is in the hospital under special security protection.
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Andrei Petkov, Pediatric Surgeon, Benefactor, and Patriot
The National Independent News of Crimea  interviewed a third Petkov, in the same hospital, same hospital garb, and same bandage on his nose. This Petkov is noble pediatric surgeon who saved the lives of over 200 infants and who returned to his native city of Nikolayev with an “indefinite” sum of his own money to help organize local protesters against the new Ukrainian government. Attending the nighttime demonstration as an innocent bystander, he found himself caught up in a nightmare of exploding grenades and rapid gunfire from the neo-Nazi extremists. As a physician, he attempted to tend to the wounded carried into tents, but the extremists fired into the makeshift emergency facility. During the shooting he himself was wounded in the nose and leg.  The defiant Petkov declares that he is not intimidated. He will personally continue to resist until justice is achieved.
Internet viewers of  Rossia 1 news and NTV report posted on YouTube caught the Petkov fabrications and expressed their outrage. The viewers of  the  Crimean news fairly tale were given no chance to comment.

Unidentified Fighter Jets Open Fire On Kramatorsk Airfield, Casualties Reported

Unidentified Fighter Jets Open Fire On Kramatorsk Airfield, Casualties Reported

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Things in east Ukraine have spiraled out of control. Moments ago Itar Tass reported that there has been a shoot out at the separatists-controlled airport in the city of Kramatorsk where according to on the ground witnesses,  four Su-27 fighter jets have allegedly opened fire at the local airfield. It is unclear who the unidentified warplanes belong to although Itar Tass notes that one of the jets was allegedly taken down, so there should be confirmation shortly. Eyewitnesses also add that there are victims and an ambulance has been sent to the scene.
Itar-Tass also adds that according to the newspaper "News Kramatorsk" three helicopters were circling over Kramatorsk.
Elsewhere, RIA adds that Ukraine troops have now successfully regained control of the same airport.
Here is a photo of one of the fighters seen circling above Kramatorsk.
From Kyiv Post:
Espresso TV's correspondent on the ground at Kramatorsk airfield in Donetsk Oblast reports that the elite Omega unit of the Interior Ministry has taken control of the airfield.

Citing the Defense Ministry, Interfax is reporting that Ukrainian armored personnel carriers stormed the airfield, which lies between the cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. Ukrainian troops fired on pro-Russian terrorists who had occupied the airfield.

Russia Today reported that several members of armed terrorists were wounded in the attack and there "may be deaths."

Quoting "activists" at the airfield, Russia Today reported that "Other members of the militia (Kremlin-backed terrorists) have blocked the entrance to Kramatorsk and are ready to defend the city, the activists added."

Concurrently, RIA Novosti reported that Ukrainian troops had laid siege on Sloviansk.

Interfax cited eye witnesses who said that a caravan of 500 Ukrainian troops and military hardware has entered Sloviansk.
Russia is keeping mum for now:
More on the escalation:
Finally, from Bloomberg citing RIA:
At what point does one declare that there is now a civil war going on in Ukraine?

U.S. Seeks Changes to ‘Skewed’ Data in UN Climate Draft

U.S. Seeks Changes to ‘Skewed’ Data in UN Climate Draft

April 04, 2014

U.S. Concerned UN May Overstate Cost of Fighting Climate Change
Motorcyclists shrouded in haze in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, Indonesia on March 7, 2014. Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg
U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration is concerned that a crucial United Nations report on climate science may be too harsh in assessing the cost of fighting global warming.
Such a finding may lower the incentive for the world to reduce fossil fuel pollution and feed the arguments of those skeptical about whether it’s worth spending money to curtail rising temperatures.
The report will be completed by hundreds of scientists and government officials at a UN meeting in Berlin next week. It’s due to include an assessment of the economic losses that would come from cutting emissions. That along with calculations about the costs of doing nothing is meant to guide policymakers around the world working on climate-protection measures.
“The discussion of the economic costs of mitigation is too narrow and does not incorporate co-benefits of action,” U.S. officials wrote in a submission to the UN, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg. They said including only one side of the equation “unnecessarily skews the information.”
The comment refers to “global consumption losses” identified in the report of as much as 4 percent in 2030, 6 percent in 2050 and 12 percent in 2100 as a result of action to protect the climate, according to a draft leaked in January.
State Department officials are pressing to factor in improvements to public health and lower energy costs from increased efficiency that would happen if fossil fuels were limited. Those would offset the price to be paid for switching over to cleaner forms of energy such as wind and solar and paring back on lower-cost fuels such as coal.

Global Discussion

The study from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is designed to influence governments around the world. Envoys from 194 nations next year intend to adopt an agreement on fighting climate change and will use the UN report to guide their discussions.
A draft of the study and a 222-page document containing comments from government officials was obtained by Bloomberg from a person with official access to the documents who asked not to be further identified.
The U.S. State Department declined to immediately comment.
Jonathan Lynn, a spokesman for the IPCC, said that the report’s wording will “certainly be improved” during a week-long session starting April 7 in Berlin to review the text line-by-line.
“The IPCC asks governments to provide these written comments on the final draft of the summary for policymakers to help the authors prepare for the discussions,” Lynn said in an e-mailed response to questions. “The aim of those discussions is to improve the clarity and rigor of the document.”

Leaked Findings

The draft didn’t put a dollar value on the costs or define what it means by consumption losses, a term that drew criticism from Western nations that would prefer a better-known metric, like gross domestic product. The paper said the figures “do not consider the benefits of mitigation, including the reduction in climate impacts.”
In the U.S., Obama’s administration has argued that regulations such as those requiring automakers to improve the gas mileage in their vehicles or setting efficiency standards for microwave ovens actually end up benefitting the economy because consumers have to buy less energy.

Damage Avoided

Sweden and Norway were among other nations seeking to include in the report data on the benefits of cutting emissions. Those include the avoided damage that would result from a lower amount of warming, and consequently lower sea levels as well as less melting of glaciers.
Comments from governments reacting to drafts of the report underscore the difficulty in assessing the costs and benefits of acting against global warming. British officials expressed concern that overstating the price of cutting emissions would give a boost to those who doubt action is needed.
The statement about consumption losses “could easily be taken out of context by those opposed to climate action,” the U.K. delegation said in the document. “The fact that these figures do not include climate impacts only comes much later.”
That’s a reference to a caveat in the UN draft that the costs “do not consider the benefits of mitigation, including the reduction in climate impacts.”
Officials at the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change declined to comment.

New edict from the Church of Global Warming: get poor, and cut down on the cow farts

New edict from the Church of Global Warming: get poor, and cut down on the cow farts

New edict from the Church of Global Warming: get poor, and cut down on the cow farts Politico reports on the latest stern admonitions from the United Nations to knock off all that prosperity, before the wrath of the Angry Sky Gods descends upon us:
A United Nations science panel issued a sobering wake-up call to world policymakers Sunday, warning that countries must make dramatic changes in their energy consumption, their use of technology and even their ways of life to avert the catastrophic effects of climate change.
The only options that stand a chance of heading off the worst of the harm would require cutting at least slightly into economic growth in the coming decades, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. Nations may even have to make ambitious attempts to remove carbon pollution from the atmosphere — not just limit how much comes out of smokestacks and tailpipes.
How are we supposed to develop and deploy the miraculous carbon-scrubbing technology, if we force the advanced nations of the West to cut sharply back on economic growth?  Don’t buy this nonsense about “cutting at least slightly into economic growth,” because there is a zero point zero percent chance that China, Russia, or the developing nations are going to hamstring their industrial efforts in the name of global warming.  If these people are serious, they’re going to have to drag the only part of the world that heeds their commands into a pre-industrial environment, in order to get the global carbon reductions they’re talking about.
The highly anticipated report’s 37-page summary for policymakers doesn’t offer a precise dollar figure of how much all this will cost. But it warns that half-measures won’t cut it, and time is running out.
Well, of course they don’t have a precise dollar figure.  They’d get laughed off the front pages.  In fact, the Obama Administration asked them to tone the report down a bit, so as not to frighten voters with their draconian cost estimates.  They did this by sprinkling their calculations with some fairy dust about the “improvements to public health and lower energy costs from increased efficiency that would happen if fossil fuels were limited.”
Increased efficiency?  You mean like the way people in cold climates freeze to death when their government-mandated wind farms fail to generate the promised electrical output?  Or when clouds keep the solar panels for working properly?  I guess the only reason we keep forcing ourselves to use those cursed fossil fuels is because we like the smell.
“There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual,” Germany’s Ottmar Edenhofer, one of the three co-chairs of the report, said in a statement.
But the panel warned that “only major institutional and technological changes” have a chance of limiting the rise in global average temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — the target that scientists say could limit the most dramatic effects of climate change. Without action, the report says, the temperature is set to rise by as much as 4.8 degrees by 2100.
Yes, we must panic and surrender our economic independence immediately, because the same climate models that have been absolutely wrong about everything for the past 30 years confidently predict doom in 2100.  The people who told you arctic ice would be pretty much gone by now, and coastal cities would be underwater, have rescheduled the apocalypse.  What happened to the hot environmentalist theory that the flat temperatures of the past two decades – anticipated by none of their vaunted climate “models” – were due to the previously unsuspected capacity of the deep oceans to swallow global warming?  Are the oceans going to lose that capability over the next eighty years?
The IPCC’s report outlines a series of options for tackling climate change, including slashing emissions from electricity generation, boosting energy efficiency, increasing investments in wind, solar and nuclear power and eliminating subsidies for fossil fuels.
More ambitious steps include “carbon dioxide removal” technologies, though the report said those “carry side-effects and long-term consequences on a global scale” and it’s uncertain how much CO2 those could remove by the end of the century.
Wind and solar power are ridiculous boondoggles with cost and performance issues that make the term “efficiency” a joke.  Nuclear power performs a lot better, but it’ll be fun watching the environmentalist community convince itself to support the construction of more nuclear power plants, especially after the Fukushima disaster.
The idea of giving the dishonest hacks, raving ideologues, and opportunistic politicians who fill the pews of the Church of Global Warming a shot at deliberately re-engineering the Earth’s atmosphere fills me with existential dread.  Best-case scenario: gigantic amounts of money poured into lucrative dead-end projects.  Worst case: Fallen Angels.
How much of a reduction in carbon emissions are we talking about, global warmists?
To have a chance of limiting the temperature rise to 2 degrees, countries must cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent to 70 percent compared with 2010 levels by the middle of the century — and to near-zero by 2100, the report says.
Existing efforts to take on the problem aren’t enough. The report says global emissions levels increased more rapidly between 2000 and 2010 than they had in any of the three previous decades.
And delaying major efforts through 2030 would “substantially increase the difficulty of the transition to low longer?term emissions levels and narrow the range of options” for staying below the 2-degree target, the report says.
Forty to seventy percent reduction in “greenhouse gas” over the next 35 years, while the Chinese laugh and light up smokestacks like a chain-smoker going through a pack of cigarettes?  That’s the end of Western industry.  The “near-zero by 2100″ part might actually be less fanciful, given the rate of technological progress… provided, of course, we don’t strangle technological progress by trying to cut carbon emissions by 70 percent before 2050.
Fortunately, our salvation may be at hand, thanks to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency, which has discovered global warming reduces carbon emissions.  From the Washington Examiner:
In the EPA’s “Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks,” the agency said that greenhouse gas emissions dropped 3.4 percent in 2012 from 2011. And emissions are down to their lowest level since 1994.
Among the reasons cited: Less heating fuel is burned when it’s warmer outside.
“The decrease from 2011 to 2012 was due to a decrease in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed by power producers to generate electricity due to a decrease in the price of natural gas, a decrease in transportation sector emissions attributed to a small increase in fuel efficiency across different transportation modes and limited new demand for passenger transportation, and much warmer winter conditions resulting in a decreased demand for heating fuel in the residential and commercial sectors,” the EPA said in the executive summary of the 529-page report.
Carbon emissions cause global warming; global warming reduces carbon emissions.  But if you really want to cut down those emissions, it’s not good enough to bake the northern United States until Wisconsin has the same climate as southern California.  No, you’ve got to deal with the cow farts, you irresponsible carnivores:
Besides cars and trucks, one major reason is because of cow and pig manure and urine, which produce harmful methane and nitrous oxide. Both of those have been on the increase. In fact, methane and nitrous oxide rank second and third behind carbon dioxide as the top three drivers of global warming, said the EPA.
And you know what that means: Punitive taxation!  You can see why Big Government types love global warming mythology.  From the Daily Caller:
Senate Republicans warn that President Obama’s new focus on agricultural methane emissions could mean a tax on livestock emissions — including cow flatulence.
South Dakota Sen. John Thune and fellow GOP senators sent a letter to Obama administration officials urging them not to regulate livestock emissions as part of the president’s crusade against global warming.
Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” would require the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions by 25 percent by 2020. The Agriculture Department, Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency are set to put together a “Biogas” roadmap to reduce methane emissions.
Republicans argue that Obama’s methane reduction plan could lead to “heavy-handed” regulations that would “have detrimental implications on livestock operations across the country.”
Detrimental effects on livestock operations?  Music to the ears of certain bureaucrats.  The Bureau of Land Management’s paramilitary strike force is standing by!
What we really need to control are the emissions of Big Government, and the symbiotic academic organizations that feed upon it.

New EPA Land Grab, Complete Control Over All Private Land in America

New EPA Land Grab, Complete Control Over All Private Land in America

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The EPA is in the process, right this very minute, of seizing control over all private land in the United States. They are following the United Nations blueprint, their minion Gina McCarthy is implementing it, and B. Hussein Obama is facilitating it.
Anywhere in America where it rains or where water collects or through which water moves will now, according to this new rule change they are implementing, be under their control. Not because Congress or the people give them that authority or jurisdiction, but simply because they are seizing the power. It is just another component of the illegitimate tyranny which is oppressing the American people.
On Tuesday the agency which operates as the misnamed Environmental Protection Agency unveiled their proposed change to the Clean Water Act, which would extend their regulatory control to temporary wetlands and waterways.
This definition consists of any water, including seasonal ponds, streams, runoff and collection areas and irrigation water. It could include runoff from watering your lawn, or puddles on your own property. They will control the presence of and can prohibit through regulation, your right to the water and your actions regarding water upon your own land. The opportunities for their abuse would be limitless.
Louisiana Senator David Vitter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, offered an understated precautionary objection stating, “The … rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history.”
The EPA proposal would extend their authority to include “pollution regulations” to “intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands” – which are created temporarily during wet seasons or following rainfall.
Recognize this for what it is America; The EPA is giving themselves legal jurisdiction to replace our rights with their permissions anywhere it rains or water exists.
They are expanding the same kind of California fish-based drought or Nevada tortoise land restrictions or Oregon spotted owl tyranny to every square inch of the United States.
The EPA is asserting that all ground water, whether temporary or not and regardless of size is part of the “waters of the United States.”
Their position is in contradiction to the Supreme Court rulings in 2001 and 2006, restricting the EPA to flowing and sizeable, “relatively” permanent bodies of water such as “oceans, rivers, streams and lakes.” Of course, progressives just keep trying until they get what they want, and they never have enough.
The proposed rule change is now in a 90 day comment period during which they will assess just how much they can get away with, based upon public outcry and pushback.
Senator Vitter accused the EPA of “picking and choosing” their science and of attempting to “take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country.” He also warned that if approved, more private owners could expect to be sued by “environmental groups.”
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shares Vitter’s concerns, warning of potential economic damage and questioning the EPA’s motivations.
She said, “[I]t appears that the EPA is seeking to dramatically expand its jurisdictional reach under the Clean Water Act. If EPA is not careful, this rule could effectively give the federal government control of nearly all of our state.
Of course, that is exactly what they are after, as well as 49 other states and territories.
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Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert?

Have scientists discovered how to create downpours in the desert?

By Daily Mail Reporter

  • Technology created 50 rainstorms in Abu Dhabi's Al Ain region last year
For centuries people living in the Middle East have dreamed of turning the sandy desert into land fit for growing crops with fresh water on tap.
Now that holy grail is a step closer after scientists employed by the ruler of Abu Dhabi claim to have generated a series of downpours.
Fifty rainstorms were created last year in the state's eastern Al Ain region using technology designed to control the weather.
Dry as dust: The sand dunes of the United Arab Emirates, which sees no rain at all for months. Now a secret project has brought storms to Abu Dhabi
Dry as dust: The sand dunes of the United Arab Emirates, which sees no rain at all for months. Now a secret project has brought storms to Abu Dhabi
Plan: Scientists are attempting to make clouds in the desert to give man control over the weather
Plan: Scientists are attempting to make clouds in the desert to give man control over the weather
Most of the storms were at the height of the summer in July and August when there is  no rain at all.
People living in Abu Dhabi were baffled by the rainfall which sometimes turned into hail and included gales and lightening.


The Metro System scientists used ionisers to produce negatively charged particles called electrons.

They have a natural tendency to attach to tiny specks of dust which are ever-present in the atmosphere in the desert-regions.

These are then carried up from the emitters by convection - upward currents of air generated by the heat release from sunlight as it hits the ground.

Once the dust particles reach the right height for cloud formation, the charges will attract water molecules floating in the air which then start to condense around them.

If there is sufficient moisture in the air, it induces billions of droplets to form which finally means cloud and rain.
The scientists have been working secretly for United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
They have been using giant ionisers, shaped like stripped down lampshades on steel poles, to generate fields of negatively charged particles.
These promote cloud formation and researchers hoped they could then produce rain.
In a confidential company video, the founder of the Swiss company in charge of the project, Metro Systems International, boasted of success.
Helmut Fluhrer said: 'We have achieved a number of rainfalls.'
It is believed to be the first time the system has produced rain from clear skies, according to the Sunday Times.
In the past, China and other countries have used chemicals for cloud-seeding to both induce and prevent rain falling.
Last June Metro Systems built five ionising sites each with 20 emitters which can send trillions of cloud-forming ions into the atmosphere.
Over four summer months the emitters were switched on when the required atmospheric level of humidity reached 30 per cent or more.
While the country's weather experts predicted no clouds or rain in the Al Ain region, rain fell on FIFTY-TWO occasions.
The project was monitored by the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, one of the world's major centres for atmospheric physics.
Professor Hartmut Grassl, a former institute director, said: There are many applications. One is getting water into a dry area.
'Maybe this is a most important point for mankind.'
State visit: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, accompanies the Queen at the Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi last year
State visit: Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, accompanies the Queen at the Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi last year
Desert: Scientists created 50 rainstorms in Abu Dhabi's Al Ain region last year
Desert: Scientists created 50 rainstorms in Abu Dhabi's Al Ain region last year
The savings using the Weathertec technology are huge with the system costing £6 million a year while desalination is £45 million.
Building an ionising system is about £7 million while a desalination plant would be £850 million and costs a lot more to run.
Some scientists are treating the results in Al Ain with caution because Abu Dhabi is a coastal state and can experience natural summer rainfall triggered by air picking up moisture from the warm ocean before dropping it on land.
But the number of times it rained in the region so soon after the ionisers were switched on has encouraged researchers.
Professor Peter Wilderer witnessed the experiments first hand and is backing the breakthrough.
The director of advanced studies on sustainability at the Technical University of Munich, said: 'We came a big step closer to the point where we can increase the availability of fresh water to all in times of dramatic global changes.

Airborne Lidar Processing System (ALPS) Software

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Lidar for Science and Resource Management - Technology: ALPS

Airborne Lidar Processing System (ALPS) Software


Airborne Lidar Processing System (ALPS) software is developed in an open-source programming environment on a Linux platform (Figure 1). It has the ability to combine the laser return backscatter digitized at 1-nanosecond intervals with aircraft positioning information. This solution enables the exploration and processing of the Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL) data in an interactive or batch mode.
ALPS also includes modules for the creation of bare-Earth, canopy-top, and submerged topography Digital Elevation Models (DEMs). The EAARL system uses an Earth-centered coordinate and reference system that removes the necessity to reference submerged topography data relative to water level or tide gages (Nayegandhi and others, 2006).
Screenshot of ALPS software
Figure 1. Screenshot from an interactive session in ALPS showing Red-Green-Blue (RGB) (top left) images, EAARL geo-referenced rasters (top center), last and first return data (top and bottom right), waveform analysis (bottom center), and flight line map display (bottom left). (Enlargement)

Lidar Data Processing

Sample waveform returns from vegetation and submerged topography
Figure 2. Sample waveform returns from vegetation and submerged topography (Wright and Brock, 2002). (Enlargement)
For waveform-resolving instruments such as EAARL, the range is determined in post-processing. Processing algorithms have been developed to extract the range to the first and last significant return. The shape of the waveform is determined by a number of sensor parameters and backscattering properties of targets.
Some important sensor parameters include the shape of the laser pulse, the receiver impulse function, and parameters describing pulse spreading (Wagner and others, 2007). Algorithms are adjusted to tasks to account for waveform complexity (Wagner and others, 2004).
ALPS uses the following algorithms to differentiate between returns: the zero crossing of the second derivative is used to detect the first return and the trailing edge algorithm is used to detect the range to the last return; i.e., the algorithm searches for the location prior to the last return where direction changes along the trailing edge (Figure 2). In submerged environments, effects of refraction and change in speed of light as it enters the water column are accounted for in the “submerged topography” algorithm. The exponential decay of the return signal through the water column is also determined based on the clarity of the water column. These corrections are performed by examining sample waveforms from spatially distributed locations in the survey area to define constants for exponential decay of the laser at the water surface and within the water column. A selection of constants is defined in ALPS for different water column and depth conditions: ranging from deep and clear water column to shallow and turbid water column. Data processed for submerged topography are referenced to an ellipsoid datum, which is independent of the elevation of the water surface (Nayegandhi and others, 2004).

Random Consensus Filter

The image on the right shows a vertical slice of data from the image on the left.
Figure 3. The image on the right shows a vertical slice of data from the image on the left. The image on the right shows a concentration of points on the ground and several outliers. The data outside of the red rectangle highlights the points that would be removed (Nayegandhi and others, 2004). (Enlargement)

ALPS applies semi-automated statistical filtering methods to remove false bottom returns and other outliers from the EAARL lidar data. Erroneous (i.e., outlier) points might include reflections from objects such as birds, multiple atmospheric effects (e.g., dust, moisture), or multiple reflections from bright targets.
Two filtering methods within ALPS are used to extract ground (bare-Earth) elevations from a point cloud of processed last returns: Random Consensus Filter (RCF) and Iterative Random Consensus Filter (IRCF). The RCF is based on the Random Sample Consensus (RANSAC) paradigm, which was originally published by Fischler and Bolles (1981). The filter uses a grid of non-overlapping square cells of user-defined size overlaid onto the original point cloud.
The user defines the grid cell size and vertical tolerance based on the topographic complexity and point sampling density of the data. The maximum allowable elevation range within a cell is established by the vertical tolerance. An iterative process searches for the maximum concentration of points within the vertical tolerance, and removes those points outside of the tolerance (Figure 3).
The IRCF algorithm uses the RCF algorithm and a triangulated irregular network (TIN) model iteratively to progressively densify the output point cloud. The RCF paradigm is used to label the initial point cloud that represents the ground. All labeled ground points are triangulated using Delauney's Triangulation to create a TIN model. The points rejected from the first RANSAC iteration are treated as potential ground points. Each triangulated facet within the TIN model is defined as a three-dimensional plane, the equation of which is determined from the vertices of the triangulated facet. All potential ground points above or below each facet are classified as ground if they fall within the user-defined vertical range (also called the TIN vertical width) from the 3-D plane. The TIN model, created in the subsequent iteration with the new set of classified ground points, is further densified by adding all potential ground points within the vertical width for each triangulated facet. This process continues for a pre-defined number of iterations, or until less than 2% of potential ground points are added to the final population of ground points.


Fischler, M.A., and Bolles, R.C., 1981, Random sample consensus: a paradigm for model fitting with applications to image analysis and automated cartography: Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, v. 24, p. 381-395.
Nayegandhi, A., Brock, J.C., Wright, C.W., and O'Connell, M.J., 2006, Evaluating a small footprint, waveform-resolving lidar over coastal vegetation communities: Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, v. 72, no. 12, p. 1407-1417.
Wagner, W., Ullrich, A., Melzer T., Briese, C., and Kraus, K., 2004, From single-pulse to full-waveform airborne laser scanners: potential and practical challenges: International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, v. 35, Part B3, p. 201-206.
Wagner, W., Roncat, A., Melzer, T., and Ullrich, A., 2007, Waveform analysis techniques in airborne laser scanning: International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, v. 36, Part 3, p. 413-418.
Wright, C.W. and J.C. Brock, 2002, EAARL: A lidar for mapping shallow coral reefs and other coastal environments, in Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, Miami, FL, 20-22 May 2002, Veridian International Conferences, Unpaginated CD-ROM.
Nayegandhi, A., Brock, J.C., Wright C.W., Clayton, T.D., and Mosher, L.A., 2004, Processing and Filtering ‘bare-Earth’ Topographic Data Acquired by NASA’s Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar (EAARL), in Proceedings of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Annual Conference, Denver, CO, 23-28 May 2004. Unpaginated CD-ROM.
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Introducing UltraMSK

Introducing UltraMSK

MSK modulation Welcome to UltraMSK. UltraMSK is a VLF radio receiver suitable for use in scientific research applications involving the remote sensing of the ionosphere or magnetosphere. UltraMSK measures both the phase and amplitude of MSK modulated narrowband VLF radio signals. UltraMSK is implemented in software and runs on standard PC hardware.


  • Measures both signal amplitude and phase
  • Receives both 100 and 200 baud MSK signals
  • Receive multiple stations simultaneously at arbitrary recording time resolutions
  • Text and binary formatted data output options. Easily imported into other applications. Easily compressed for efficient archiving
  • Uses standard PC audio hardware
  • Minimal custom hardware required. Can use your existing VLF antenna infrastructure and GPS receiver
  • Runs on Linux for easy remote operation and administration over the internet
Sample UltraMSK data can be viewed in the Gallery.

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