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Russ is a systems engineer, freelance writer. Lt Col, USAF (Ret)
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The BLM was rounding up Bundy's cows to pay a million dollars (1,000,000) in grazing fees. According to documents the BLM paid a Utah cattle wrangler $966,000 to collect Bundy’s cattle. The Nevada Ag Commission said, no one in Nevada would buy the cows, Nevada ranchers do not deal is stolen cows. Yes, this is how the Government does business. Not thinking through the problem.
This is just the conclusion from a longer post on the PowerLine Blog by John Hinderaker: So it is possible that the federal government is driving Bundy off federal lands to make way for mitigation activities that enable the solar energy development to the north. But I don’t think it is necessary to go there. Rather–this is the second and more important point–it is obvious that some activities are favored by the Obama administration’s BLM, and others are disfavored. The favored developments include solar and wind projects. No surprise there: the developers of such projects are invariably major Democratic Party donors. Wind and solar energy survive only by virtue of federal subsidies, so influencing people like Barack Obama and Harry Reid is fundamental to the developers’ business plans. Ranchers, on the other hand, ask nothing from the federal government other than the continuation of their historic rights. It is a safe bet that Cliven Bundy is not an Obama or Reid contributor. The new head of the BLM is a former Reid staffer. Presumably he was placed in his current position on Reid’s recommendation. Harry Reid is known to be a corrupt politician, one who has gotten wealthy on a public employee’s salary, in part, at least, by benefiting from sweetheart real estate deals. Does Harry Reid now control more than 80% of the territory of Nevada? If you need federal authority to conduct business in Nevada–which is overwhelmingly probable–do you need to pay a bribe to Harry Reid or a member of his family to get that permission? Why is it that the BLM is deeply concerned about desert tortoises when it comes to ranchers, but couldn’t care less when the solar power developers from China come calling? Environmentalists have asked this question. Does the difference lie in the fact that Cliven Bundy has never contributed to an Obama or Reid campaign, or paid a bribe to Reid or a member of his family? Based on the evidence, I would say: yes, that is probably the difference. When the desert tortoises balance out, Occam’s razor tells us that the distinction is political. So let’s have some sympathy for Cliven Bundy and his family. They don’t have a chance on the law, because under the Endangered Species Act and many other federal statutes, the agencies are always in the right. And their way of life is one that, frankly, is on the outs. They don’t develop apps. They don’t ask for food stamps. It probably has never occurred to them to bribe a politician. They don’t subsist by virtue of government subsidies or regulations that hamstring competitors. They aren’t illegal immigrants. They have never even gone to law school. So what possible place is there for the Bundys in the Age of Obama? Remember this story as you reach into the meat case at the Safeway and gasp at the prices of the steak you had hope to buy. You can thank Harry Reid, his family and his Obama Cronies, as you put back the steak and go in search of some chicken to BBQ.
I was watching FoxNews tonight and it was reported that tortoises were removed from the land China wants to use for a solar farm, and move to the BLM used by Bundy and the reason that BLM used to move in and remove the cows was to save the tortoises. I agree, if Bundy owed the grazing fees, he should pay. However, if the reason was to save the tortoises that were removed from the public BLM land for a China solar farm, promoted by Harry Ried and his son, then some young reporter has a Pulitzer opportunity. There is a story here that needs to be told.
This is only one incident that made the national news. The government, BLM and Forest Service, are forcing ranchers off the land in Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico and Oregon. Cows produce methane and manure and that is bad for the environment. In the governments environmentalist wackos eyes the fewer cows the better so the little animals in the forest do not have to compete. If you dig deeper in to the BLM and Forest Service Planning documents you will find all the Agenda 21 code words embedded in paragraph after paragraph. Once the cows, the wild houses and mules are going, the people will be next. The Forest Service planning documents allow for the creation of Restoration Areas, they will be market and humans are not allow into these area, except for Forest Service personnel and researchers. Just like in the National Parks, they create Restoration Area, were humans are not allowed. In the Forest Service case instead of a few acres, it will be square miles were unapproved humans are not allowed to treed. NOAA is trying to take control of all streams, even those that have water in them only when it rains. They are trying to have the environmental law change from “navigable” water to all water sheds. Again the Agenda 21 finger prints are all over these changes. There will be more challenges ahead, as the people fight to return control to the people of the land and reject the wackos Agenda 21 religion that permeates many of our government agencies. Bottom line, if your think the price of beef is high now, wait until they drive all the cows off of public grazing lands. The wackos do not think we should be eating beef any way, and they are about to create sever lack of supply.
The Diplomad has some thoughts on the BLM action: Note to the leftards running our government: the American people are fed up with and do not trust "environmentalists," and the image of agents with guns, tasers, helicopters, and police dogs does not convey a warm and cuddly green enviro-message. A commenter ask an important questions: What is the name of the BLM employee who authorized this action? Is this miscreant still in a decision making position? This is not over.
Feds are on a roll: FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH-Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!! When Kit Laney answered a knock on his door Saturday, law enforcement officers from the U.S. Forest Service handed him a piece of paper announcing his Diamond Bar Ranch in southwest New Mexico would be shut down Wednesday and his 300 head of cattle grazing there would be removed – one way or the other. Other Forest Service officials were busy nailing similar notices on fence posts along the highway and informing neighbors that after Feb. 11, they should not attempt to enter the Diamond Bar property. Laney was not surprised. He knew someday there would be an on-the-ground confrontation to enforce a 1997 court ruling which says his cattle are trespassing on federal land. That day has arrived. Laney insists the land in question belongs to him; the Forest Service says it belongs to the federal government. So far, the federal court is on the side of the Forest Service. But Laney is not willing to throw in the towel and give up the land that has been in his family since long before there was a U.S. Forest Service. Moreover, in New Mexico, there is a “brand law” that says, essentially, no cattle may be sold or transported out of state without approval from the State Livestock Board. Local sheriff Cliff Snyder has notified the Forest Service and other state and federal officials that even though the Forest Service has a court order authorizing the confiscation of the Diamond Bar cattle, they “cannot be shipped and sold without being in direct violation of NM Statute.” His memo also says “I intend to enforce the state livestock laws in my county. I will not allow anyone, in violation of state law, to ship Diamond Bar Cattle out of my county.” More Here: I like the Sheriff, wonder were the Sheriff was in Nevada? Oh, yea he is a personal friend of Harry Reid.
MAJORITY OF PUBLIC PENSIONS HEADED FOR BANKRUPTCY: Investment returns may be up since the recession, but public pensions are still in deep, deep trouble. On Wednesday, the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates released the results of a “stress test” on American public pension plans, and they weren’t pretty. According to the report, 85 percent of all plans are on track to go bankrupt within 30 years unless their average rate of return increases to 9 percent. Barring something truly miraculous, that’s unlikely to happen: Bridgewater expects the rate to be closer to 4 percent, and even the unrealistically optimistic estimates given by pension funds themselves rarely exceed 8 percent. . . .
Fish@03:52 Here are some examples; See item #2.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2014 on Con-Con and Common Core at Rebane's Ruminations
Forty years ago, Friedrich von Hayek was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. In his speech, Hayek said, If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will have to learn that in this, as in all other fields where essential complexity of an organized kind prevails, he cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible. He will therefore have to use what knowledge he can achieve, not to shape the results as the craftsman shapes his handiwork, but rather to cultivate a growth by providing the appropriate environment, in the manner in which the gardener does this for his plants. The question is, what is Obama cultivating in his garden? The environment he is providing has resulted in the decline of America, socially, economically and as a world power. His ineptness is becoming more and more effective, as we slide toward third world status. He rules like a third world despot who ignores the rule of law, he participates in and promotes crony economics, and he has no respect for alternative points of view. His religious dedication to scientific cults prevents his ability to make ration decisions that would promote economic growth and less dependence on foreign energy cartels who are funding islamic extremists. He lacks the moral authority to be a real leader. He is cleverly inept, following the tenits of his lefty manipulator, led by the puppet master Vallarie Jarret who mentoring him for his next job as the UN Supreme Leader in a on one world government. He can point with pride to the other third world nations and say. "See I made the America an equal, poor and powerless just like you."
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2014 on Who is that man? at Rebane's Ruminations
Where are all the lefty crickets? Why are they not defending the UN IPCC Report? They are all warmers? Have they lost faith, or is it just time to stop talking now that warming has paused and they no longer have a scientific leg to stand on?
This is something the lame stream press is missing, by default or on purpose: Everything in the Working Group II report depends entirely on Working Group I. ( see footnote 1 SPM, page 3). Working Group I depends entirely on climate models and 98% of them didn’t predict the current global warming pause. More Here:
George, Local couple upset after receiving pre-marked voter registration card ...‎ KGTV 3 days ago - ... Covered California with a letter discussing voter registration and a ... to how the voter registration card pre-marked Democrat ended up in… Couple Upset After Receiving Pre-Marked Voter Registration Card ... ►►‎ ABC News 2 days ago ... website pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party. ... Receiving Pre-Marked Voter ... Some of the TV station have covered the story.
The Silence Of The Liberals As conservative we have had many political and scientific discussions with liberal family members, neighbors and friends. They were very vocal when liberal leaders were doing the things they supported, but they all fell silent once these heroic leaders stated to fail. Now Roger Simon writing at PJ Media, noting this is a national trend. “They [liberals] are bewildered and embarrassed. Some are even ashamed of themselves, not that they will readily admit it. The man who was their hero has now been unmasked in every direction as the worst president since the Civil War and possibly earlier. Not only is he a cheesy liar, everything he has done, domestic and foreign, has failed, sometimes to extraordinary degrees. . . . Hence the silence.” We have noted a similar silence among our liberal family, neighbors and friends on the success of the President.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2014 on A Conservetarian Credo at Rebane's Ruminations
We must all remember that the UN IPCC AR5 is not a scientific report. It is a political report that uses some cherry picked science to support a political agenda. The politicians knew what the report was going to say before the scientific papers used in the report were selected. Here are some examples: Flashback 2009: UN Climate Chief Predicted UN’s 2014 report would claim back in 2009 – ‘When the IPCC’s fifth assessment comes out in 2013 or 2014, there will be a major revival of interest in action that has to be taken. People are going to say, ‘My God, we are going to have to take action much faster than we had planned.’” Flashback 2012: UN’s Predetermined ‘Science’: Former UN climate chief de Boer: The next IPCC report ‘is going to scare the wits out of everyone’ Top United Nations officials apparently knew years in advance exactly what this new UN climate report was going to say. The UN IPCC is guilty of nothing short of making the science fit their political agenda. Pre-Determined ‘Science’: UN IPCC Conclusions Were Reached Years Before The ‘Research’ Was Done – Flashback 2010: UN – ‘Next climate warming report will be dramatically worse’ Flashback 2009: UN Climate Chief Predicted UN’s 2014 report would claim back in 2009 – UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chief Rajendra Pachauri in a September 23, 2009 in New York City Speech: ‘When the IPCC’s fifth assessment comes out in 2013 or 2014, there will be a major revival of interest in action that has to be taken. People are going to say, ‘My God, we are going to have to take action much faster than we had planned.’” Other UN officials also knew years ago exactly what the 2014 report would contain. Flashback 2012: UN’s Predetermined ‘Science’: Former UN climate chief de Boer: The next IPCC report ‘is going to scare the wits out of everyone’ H/T to Marc Morano for the links
Senator Barbara Boxer is on the job, reporting the impacts of IPCC Climate Change in California from her posh neighborhood in San Francisco. “In California, we can just look out the window to see climate change’s impacts – from the driest year on record in 2013 to the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires. This new IPCC report identifies the serious threats to human health, vital infrastructure, and the world’s economy that will multiply as temperatures warm. It confirms that we must cut carbon pollution now to avoid lasting changes to our planet.” What we have here is a scientifically illiterate person making claims that she does not understand, or she is lying to influence the low information voters and her environmental wacko friends. One year of low rain fall does not make a drought, and 2013-14 rain season will not break San Francisco’s 1850-51 record for driest rainfall season, according to meteorologist Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services. According to scientists studying lake deposits increased warming has not increased the frequency of wildfires over the last 1,000 years. Then there is the problem of no warming for the past 15 years, while CO2 continues to increase. The only relationship is some dodgy computer models that have been invalidated by the lack of the projected warming.
The Heritage Foundation has done the research on the number of jobs that will lost by congressional district due to EPA climate change regulations. Details HERE. Regulation based on policies that were justified by past UN IPCC reports hyping the dangers of CO2 emissions. California District 1 can expect to loose 356 jobs. The total lost jobs for the State of California the is 37,439. And this does not included the losses created by CARB emission reduction regulations and carbon taxes. It is estimated that California could lose and additional 28,000-51,000 jobs, including many high-paying skilled manufacturing jobs, as well as indirect job losses due to multiplier effects. All these jobs lost will be due to the adoption of past UN IPCC reports as "settled science" and now the IPCC is backtracking as George pointed out, according to the AR5 report anthropogenic cimate change threat is a mute threat. Yet, we have federal and state government agencies spending billions to prevent a non-existing problem, and killing our economy in the process. This should not end well for those that promoted the past UN IPCC reports, but there is too much political slush money to be had for the Democrat's pet programs, high speed rail to know where, rabbit hutch houses on transit corridors, electric vehicles for the rich, and poverty for the rest of us.
I have been wondering, why it is that some reasonably smart people waste so much time in pissing contests on this blog? It does not contribute to the discussion, it is boring and demonstrates a lack of courtesy for the other readers. Those desiring to engage in pissing contests need to start their own blogs, have a wonderful time pissing in the wind and stop boring the rest of us. Some one left off a "/i" and now every comment is in italics.
Oops should read; The facts can be hard to deal with by the left:
The facts can be hard to deal with my the left: Nearly half of all US jobs are threatened by robotics According to a study by University of Oxford researchers, nearly half of all US jobs could be lost to robots in the future. Researchers studying over 702 detailed occupation types to find how susceptible jobs are to computerization found that jobs in transportation, logistics and administrative support are at "high risk" of automation. The findings also revealed that even occupations in the service industry were highly susceptible to losing their positions to robotics. "We identified several key bottlenecks currently preventing occupations being automated," Dr Michael A. Osborne, from the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, said in a statement. "As big data helps to overcome these obstacles, a great number of jobs will be put at risk." According to the findings, about 47 percent of US employees are at risk from losing their jobs to computerization in the future. They also said they found evidence that wages and educational attainment exhibit a strong negative relationship with an occupation's probability of computerization. "We note that this finding implies a discontinuity between the nineteenth, twentieth and the twenty-first century, in the impact of capital deepening on the relative demand for skilled labour," the authors wrote. They said that while nineteenth century manufacturing technologies largely substituted for skilled labor through the simplification of tasks, the Computer Revolution of the twentieth century threatened middle-income jobs. The researchers said that this was the first study to look at how technological progress is going to change the future of employment.
George, In reference to your statement: "I did my best to make the case for growing systemic unemployment in these pre-Singularity years And to my pleasant surprise found these ideas to be received well with serious consideration if not downright acceptance. ' This is a huge progression from last year, when this idea was not really accepted, if not rejected by the economic lights at Mercatus. I am pleasantly surprised and pleased by this change in understanding to the employment challenges ahead. That said, the solutions were not evident in the discussion this year, only recognition of the problem. There is still a long way to go for some reasonable solutions.
This is just too good not to share from the Diplomad 2.0 To quote Herbert Stein, "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop." Yes, my loopy progressive friends, the fantasy ride is over. Time to collect the same-sex partners and test-tube kids; get back into the Prius, hope the battery is not dead; and head home to the stagnant economy, the mortgage, the leaky roof, the uncollected garbage, the sky-high energy bills, the unemployed and unemployable college students receiving a DOA education, and a American health care system, once the greatest in the world, now on death's door thanks to your prescriptions. Oh, and let's not forget the misunderstood thugs and terrorists with their knives out, waiting in the driveway to cut all our throats, yes, our--yours and mine.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2014 on JesseJ to the rescue at Rebane's Ruminations
FBI RELEASES LATEST STATISTICS . . . The FBI's release of preliminary Uniform Crime Statistics for the first half of 2013 demonstrates the continuing 30-year downward trend in violent crime is not over, even as firearms production and sales set records. In fact, the crime reductions correspond with a steady increase in the legal demand for firearms as law-abiding American people have sought to exercise their Second Amendment rights and enjoy recreational shooting. The latest ATF figures demonstrate how manufacturers responded to this demand. Read NSSF President Steve Sanetti's blog post HERE:
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2014 on A Conservetarian Credo at Rebane's Ruminations
Walt, My oldest grandson is a freshman in high school and his Geometry Class is building a small house on a flat bed trailer, the house is for homeless or abused women. There is a group of houses at a support facility some where in Roseville. But, I digress. The grandson is learning carpentry and he is also on the wiring team, and is enjoying using his hands to build things and applying geometry in the process. Making stuff is such a great part of learning. Shop class was my best class in high school. I learned how to use wood working tools in wood shop and welding in metal shop. Those skills have been used through out my life.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2014 on Cracking the Code at Rebane's Ruminations
My youngest daughter taught herself HTML while she was in High School. She worked as a volunteer at the Nevada County Network Community network, participating in the development the non-profit organizations first website. When she was in her second year at CalPoly she was hired to teach HTML, one on one with the college professors, who wanted to develop webpages for class room use. In some cases the professor she was teaching was one that was teaching her class. A real role reversal, a student teaching the professor. This was possible because she taught herself HTML and was very good at developing web pages. Today she is a web development projet leader for a high tech company in San Francisco. In my view every student graduating from high school should be proficient is one high order languages, HTML, Java, Python, R, Wolfram, Mathematica, Matlab, etc. Many of these languages are available for free, including tutorials and videos that are online. Some of the MOOG Universities offer free beginner courses. There are no reason that a dedicated high school student, cannot leave for University, Community College or into the work force with some code under their belt, or skirt band. Learning a computer language teaches a new way of thinking, a disciplined way of organizing one's thoughts to build something that did not exist before. It is breaking the code of success.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2014 on Cracking the Code at Rebane's Ruminations
This is a more important TED Talk. How to fight desertification and reverse climate change, by Allan Savory “Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert. It turns the environmental wacko ideas of preservation on its head.