… Count me as a “doubter” just too damn convenient …

… Count me as a “doubter” just too damn convenient …

Terrorism & SecurityBin Laden journal reveals his calculations for another 9/11-style attack



The release of more information seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound revealed that he thought only another 9/11-scale attack would force the US out of the Arab world.

The ongoing study of files recovered from Osama bin Laden‘s compound revealed that he wanted to plan another 9/11-scale attack on the US, which he hoped would shock the US into ending its presence in the Middle East.

As information from the files is studied, it is becoming increasingly clear to US officials that bin Laden remained very involved in Al Qaeda‘s operations from his hiding spot in Abbottabad. It remains to be seen, however, if this will convince Pakistani officials that the 9/11 mastermind was more than an "out-of-touch figurehead" whose presence deep inside Pakistan was of little consequence, as they have suggested.



joke played out at our expen$e …



… Gas @$4/gallon … “big” oil tax breaks @ $4.4 billion…


Congre$$ grilling “big” oil…


Which is the bigger farce… ?


Congre$$ is owned by “big” oil … so expect only softball marshmallow questions …


This is a joke played out at our expen$e …


Do you think these oil executives got a discount on their clone “red” ties…?

is on to something



Montini … is on to something … our devotion to our reputed Clean Election got us Pearce and Arpaio who between them cannot spell … TRUTH … disclosure … transparency …

And “we” (Az voters” must think this is funny as we continue to re-elect them ….

So what does that really say about us…?

Leaking mines eyed

… Great …  ‘eyed’ for cleanup on our dime … why is it we give ‘big’ oil and ‘mines’ a get out of jail free card for all the environmental damage they inflict upon us…?

Leaking mines eyed for cleanup

Heavy metals degrading Cement Creek, Animas River


By Dale Rodebaugh Herald Staff Writer  http://durangoherald.com/article/20110513/NEWS01/705139919/-1/s

The old mines around Silverton continue to produce, but not the gold and silver of yesteryear.  Instead they’re discharging heavy metals that are degrading water quality in the Animas River and killing aquatic life.


As debate heats up about whether the Environmental Protection Agency will or should get mines in the Gladstone area listed as a Superfund cleanup, an informational public meeting about past mine cleanups and the current Gladstone-area issue is scheduled for May 19 in Silverton.

The meeting is sponsored by the Animas River Stakeholders Group, which formed in 1994 to prevent most of San Juan County from being listed as a Superfund site.

While the EPA helps fund stakeholder projects to improve water quality, some local residents are wary. They fear that designation as a Superfund site means someone else will call the shots and businesses and investors could be scared away.

Peter Butler, the chairman of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission and La Plata County resident, said Thursday about 800 gallons of contaminated water a minute escape from tunnels around the mining-era community of Gladstone, now a ghost town.

The water unimpeded carries with it zinc, copper, cadmium, iron, lead, aluminum and manganese to Cement Creek and ultimately the Animas River, Butler said.

The metals present no danger to humans, but they kill macroinvertebrates on which fish feed, Butler said.

“The water quality in the Animas at Bakers Bridge is the worst it’s been in 20 years of monitoring,” Butler said. “Colorado Division of Wildlife data show a definite decline in water quality and the number of fish and macroinvertebrates since 2005.”

When giant Sunnyside Mining Co. closed its operations in Silverton in 1991, the firm didn’t want to spend an estimated $800,000 a year to treat 1,200 to 1,600 gallons a minute of contaminated wastewater, Butler said.

The company negotiated a court decree with the state to instead insert bulkheads to plug outlet tunnels. The firm also agreed to monitor zinc discharges into the Animas below Silverton.

The firm spent more than $20 million doing reclamation, partly to offset any leakage from the bulkheads.

In 2002, Sunnyside passed the responsibility to another company, which ultimately couldn’t handle the job. Treatment ceased in 2004, and the plant now is dismantled.

The bulkheads raised the water table tremendously, increasing pressure that discharged acid mine drainage from nearby mines that had been dry. The new discharges total about 800 gallons a minute.

The May 19 meeting in Silverton is designed to educate the public about the issues, Butler said. What can stop or treat the leaks and who will take the lead are important questions.

Interestingly, the American tunnel, which is discharging about 100 gallons of metal-tainted water a minute, is on Bureau of Land Management property, Butler said. The other tunnels, including Red and Bonita, Gold King Number 7 and Mogul, are on private land.

San Juan County commissioners, the Silverton business community, environmentalists and potential investors in new mining ventures are liable to have divergent and ambivalent opinions, Butler said.

daler@ durangoherald.com



loop-hole$ large enough

… Don’t worry …“big” oil … and Congre$$ will make $ure whatever new rules are imposed have loop-hole$ large enough to drive a Mack truck through …

Marcellus Shale drillers balk at EPA pressure on state to tighten wastewater disposal rules


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday stepped up pressure on Pennsylvania regulators to tighten wastewater disposal standards for natural gas drillers, a federal assertion of authority that rubbed the Marcellus Shale industry the wrong way.

The EPA directed the six biggest Marcellus Shale natural gas operators to disclose how and where they recycle or dispose of drilling wastewater in the region. Those companies have promised to abide by a call from Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator to stop sending their wastewater to 15 treatment plants by Thursday.

The letter from EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin to Michael Krancer, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, implies that Krancer’s voluntary directive to the industry is insufficient.

"While we appreciate PA DEP’s effort to reduce oil and gas wastewater discharges to Pennsylvania’s waters, we believe modifications to the prior wastewater disposal practices should be legally enforceable to the greatest extent possible," Garvin said.

The EPA’s letter to Pennsylvania officials was the latest effort by federal regulators to assert more influence over oil and gas drilling. The state traditionally has regulated the industry


Halts Daily Reporting

… Who pays attention anyway…?

How Convenient: EPA Halts Daily Reporting of Radiation Levels

05-12-2011  •  EconomicPolicyJournal.com

In a convoluted announcement made on Monday, the EPA appears to be halting its daily reporting of radaiation levels in the United States and is resorting to quarterly reports.


And of course … they only report the truth … right…?

May Be “Infected

… Not a problem … contact Mon$anto I am sure they have a GMO cure … ! !


FDIC’s Bair Says Millions of Mortgages May Be “Infected,” Criticizes Consent Orders

05-12-2011  •  NakedCapitalism.com/

The head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is warning that flaws may have “infected millions of foreclosures” and questioned whether other regulators’ inquiries into problems at the nation’s mortgage-servicing companies…