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More Harsh Winters Could Spell Disaster For The Electrical Grid

From the DC:

Harsh winter weather combined with coal-fired power plant closings could spell trouble for many households across the country who will desperately need to keep the lights and heat on this winter.

Joe Bastardi, chief meteorologist at WeatherBELL Analytics, told the Wall Street Journal Live that current weather patterns are “flowing along right now into the type of El Niño situation that is notorious for giving the United States cold, snowy winters, especially in the southern and eastern part of the United States, relative to the averages.”

“We’re closing an enormous amount of coal generation, through a variety of rules, and a good number of those plants are set to retire next April,” Philip Moeller, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, told Platts Energy Week. “But most people would say about 90% of that capacity was running and used and necessary during the polar vortex events.”

“So the question is: Are we going to have mild weather for the next 2-3 years? If so, we can probably get through it,” Moeller said. “But if we have more extreme weather events, like we had this winter, and that power is no longer available, we could be in a real situation that’s not good for consumers.”

The word is that the polar vortex is set to continue into September, making for a bitter fall.  No word yet on Winter 2015.

A Bloody Lie

From Russia Today:

Nearly four years to the day before Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson opened fire and killed Brown, 18, a complaint filed in federal court accused the same law enforcement agency of violating the civil rights of a man who says he was badly beaten after being wrongly arrested, then later charged with “destruction of property” for bleeding on the uniforms of the cops alleged to have injured him.

Law Professor Jonathan Turley writes:

It gets better. Reading the court filings, we learn that on September 20, 2010, Henry Davis missed his exit and found himself in the the St. Louis County community of Ferguson at 3:00 AM. As it happened, there was a warrant was out for a Henry Davis, but the wanted man has a different middle initial, different birth date, and different Social Security number.

However, Davis, a 54 year old African-American welder was assaulted by four officers (one of them female). The records show that he was thrown forcefully into a one-person cell, but the one-person cell already had an occupant. He would have had to sleep on the concrete floor, because the one bunk was already occupied. There was a pile of sleeping mats near the cell, so Davis asked for a sleeping mat. Because he asked for something to sleep on, he was called disobedient. At that point, Davis was thrown to the floor, and put in restraints. During this assault in the jail, one of the officers kicked Davis in the head.

After being restrained and kicked in the jail cell, paramedics took Henry Davis to the hospital where he insisted that his picture be taken before he was treated(photo and story at the link). The Emergency Room doctor diagnosed him with a concussion and stitched him up before releasing Davis back to custody of the Ferguson PD.

He was released 3 days later on a $1500 bond for “destruction of public property.” If they kick and beat you, you better not dare bleed on their uniforms.

Davis sued. When the four officers were deposed, all four denied that they had blood on their uniforms as they had signed on their affidavit of complaints. What does this mean? They either perjured themselves at trial or had falsified affidavit. That level of perjury is a felony. The county prosecutor declined to prosecute because he claimed Davis’, injuries were de minimus.

Let’s take a look at the prosecutor. The St. Louis County Prosecutor is a man named Bob McCulloch. He has a reputation of being extremely harsh in his prosecution of offenders. However, McCulloch has some personal baggage which calls both his judgement and racial neutrality into question. You see, Bob McCulloch is the son of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer Paul McCullouch. Officer Paul McCullough was killed in the line of duty on July 2, 1964. Officer McCullouch was 37 years old at the time. His son, current prosecutor Bob McCulloch was 12 years old in 1964. I remember that cop killing, because we lived in St. Louis, and it happened not far from where I was working at the time. Officer McCullouch was responding to a kidnapping call at the infamous Pruett-Igoe Housing Project when he was shot in the head by the fleeing kidnapper. His killer was a black man.

Bob McCullouch wanted to become a police officer like his father, but lost a leg as a teenager. That eliminated him from joining the police force, so he went to law school and became a prosecutor, a position he has held for the past twenty years. His tenure as a prosecuting attorney has been marked by controversy. He has a reputation as being almost fanatical about prosecuting alleged perpetrators, but turns a blind eye to even the grossest misconduct by law enforcement officers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a story about him.

Mr. Davis’ injuries were de minimus, and according to McCullouch, not worth pursuing, yet Davis’ spattered blood on the officer’s uniforms did warrant charges. Maybe somebody smarter than me can explain that logic.

Henry Davis sued the city for civil rights violations, but late last year Magistrate Judge Nannette A. Baker ruled in favor the city. His attorneys filed a notice of appeal in March, and the case is currently slated to be considered later this year by the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.

From Reuters:

Police received a report that morning that a woman was threatening to kill her family with an Uzi assault weapon, San Jose Police spokeswoman Heather Randol said in a news release.

When they arrived at the family’s home, they saw the woman outside, holding what they thought was a weapon, Randol said.

Officers asked her to drop it, but she did not, pointing it at them instead, Randol said. One of the officers, Wakana Okuma, shot the woman, who was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

It was a cordless drill.

Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.

—Diane Arbus


Consider this man:
- Snowden’s revelations came as no surprise to those who’ve been paying attention. Even the name of the illegal widespread spying program, “Prism”, was widely known at least as far back as pre-election 2012.
- Snowden chose Glenn Greenwald, a pompous and technologically illiterate writer posing as a journalist to publicize his leaks. Greenwald didn’t even know how to receive an encrypted email when Snowden originally contacted him. Snowden had to create a video to show him how.
- The US Government can kill any story it wishes in any major newspaper in the world, yet it allowed Snowden’s “devastating” leaks to be published. Further, the CIA has long been able to place any story in any major paper at any time it pleases.
- Both the Washington Post and Guardian allowed the US government advanced knowledge and editing of the revelations prior to printing — same as with Wikileaks (another odd incident we’ll leave for another time).
- Snowden, a man with no high school diploma and a GED, worked for the CIA and then quit for reasons undisclosed. He identified himself as a “trained spy” who worked undercover during an NBC interview.
And now this cover from WIRED, a controlled establishment publication. Meanwhile we have admirers and haters all piling on about whether or not he is a hero, the central premise of his story never being questioned. The motives aren’t clear here, but something is definitely not right about this situation.

Consider this man:

- Snowden’s revelations came as no surprise to those who’ve been paying attention. Even the name of the illegal widespread spying program, “Prism”, was widely known at least as far back as pre-election 2012.

- Snowden chose Glenn Greenwald, a pompous and technologically illiterate writer posing as a journalist to publicize his leaks. Greenwald didn’t even know how to receive an encrypted email when Snowden originally contacted him. Snowden had to create a video to show him how.

- The US Government can kill any story it wishes in any major newspaper in the world, yet it allowed Snowden’s “devastating” leaks to be published. Further, the CIA has long been able to place any story in any major paper at any time it pleases.

- Both the Washington Post and Guardian allowed the US government advanced knowledge and editing of the revelations prior to printing — same as with Wikileaks (another odd incident we’ll leave for another time).

- Snowden, a man with no high school diploma and a GED, worked for the CIA and then quit for reasons undisclosed. He identified himself as a “trained spy” who worked undercover during an NBC interview.

And now this cover from WIRED, a controlled establishment publication. Meanwhile we have admirers and haters all piling on about whether or not he is a hero, the central premise of his story never being questioned. The motives aren’t clear here, but something is definitely not right about this situation.

U.S. jobs pay an average 23% less today than they did before the 2008 recession, according to a new report released on Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors.