takes on that same BS odor

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… As more information is disclosed about the ‘BROCK’ case it takes on that same BS odor surrounding the Scott Bundgaard assault case … which also lacks full disclosure and transparency …!

Why the Hell are ‘we’ protecting two LDS/Mormon religious figures… ?

 

so why wouldn’t I listen to their economic advice…?

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… Now I KNOW that JP Morgan/Chase has ONLY our best interest at heart so why wouldn’t I listen to their economic advice…?

Haven’t we heard this song and dance before … fool me once, but you can’t fool me twice …

OOP$ … they fooled “W” and Obama and us … and more than once …

… Maybe it’s time to see just of Israel survives on its own

… Maybe it’s time to see just of Israel survives on its own

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   this is the tail wagging the dog 

Hello … ‘bite the hand that feeds you’ …

expect the scale will be

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… When your completion is …   Host International, Inc – a wholly owned subsidiary of Host Marriott Services Corporation

MARRIOTT … currently a major supplier of food products as well as other provisions to all three state owned & operated universities as well as a major provider of jobs especially in “metro” Phoenix …

Yea … expect the scale will be grossly unbalanced in favor of Host/Marriott …

The ‘little-guy’ does not have the chance of a snow-ball in hell …

appears to have cut deals

… While I am not happy that Obama appears to have cut deals with health care one just might ask what deals “W” and Cheney cut with the military-industrial-oil-pharma-ag industries on their watch…?

 

Latest beneficiary of ObamaCare waiver: AARP

 

POSTED AT 9:54 AM ON MAY 20, 2011 BY ED MORRISSEY     http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/20/latest-beneficiary-of-obamacare-waiver-aarp/?print=1

No one seems to know what criteria HHS uses to grant or deny waivers to insurers from provisions in ObamaCare.  The White House won’t release the names of those insurers and employers refused waivers or discuss denials at all.  But maybe, just maybe, we could all agree that organizations that publicly pushed ObamaCare to approval should be ineligible to escape its consequences?

 

The Daily Caller has learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rate review rules, which it finalized on Thursday, exempt “Medigap” policy providers, like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), from oversight when such providers increase payment rates for their supplemental insurance plans.

Insurance providers who aren’t exempt from Obamacare’s rate review rules are required to publicly release and explain some health care payment rate increases.

Let’s not forget that AARP had a distinct interest in seeing ObamaCare pass, because it helped eliminate competition for AARP’s supplemental insurance program:

The AARP is the nation’s biggest seller of Medigap policies, or supplemental healthcare plans that add onto what Medicare won’t cover for seniors. The senior citizens interest group advocated for Obamacare to include an attack on Medigap policies’ biggest competitor, Medicare Advantage.

Though the White House and HHS dismiss allegations of political favoritism when it comes to who’s getting exceptions from the new health care regulations – such as in the recent uproar over the disproportionate number of Obamacare waivers that went to companies in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s district — Obamacare critics say the mere appearance of the administration helping friends is disturbing.

The attack on Medicare Advantage plans was a crucial part of ObamaCare.  Democrats insisted that the public-private partnership was driving the cost curve upward and needed to be drastically curtailed, and the bill sliced $500 billion out of Medicare, largely at the expense of Medicare Advantage.  Fortunately for the AARP, which was conducting a public-relations campaign to drum up support for ObamaCare, those changes didn’t impact their own Medigap plans.

Thanks to the passage of ObamaCare, Medicare Advantage plans began disappearing, and the choices are much fewer for seniors and the disabled who want supplemental insurance.  That puts AARP in perfect position to take advantage (pun intended) of the lack of choice.  And now they don’t even have to deal with the few consequences that their favorite bill created for them.

How coincidentally fortunate for them!

 

leadership which to date Arizona voters

…The paradigm change required to eliminate our spendthrift water ways calls for public leadership which to date Arizona voters have not chosen to elect … instead we elect those hell bent on making us the laughing stock of the world…

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Water Shortages Threaten the American West Lifestyle

 

While not every dire prediction has come true, amid swimming pools and thirsty crops, the hard truth remains that the American West cannot maintain its spendthrift ways of using fresh water.

 Arnie Cooper    http://www.miller-mccune.com/environment/water-shortages-threaten-the-american-west-lifestyle-31150/

 

The view overlooking Phoenix includes patches of green and long stretches of housing. Some say the area’s current practices in water use and management are unsustainable. (Nemo’s Great Uncle/Flickr.com)

The next time you fly into a parched, western sprawl such as Phoenix, glance down at the amorphous blots of green and the splattering of aqua blue rectangles. Squint into the blinding sun and behold the glories of irrigation.

 

But along with the golf courses and swimming pools made possible by a seemingly endless flow of H2O came people — and lots of them. Between 1920 and 2000, the seven states that share the Colorado River grew from 5.7 million to almost 50 million people. Peter Gleick, co-founder and president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security, says 23 million more people will be added by 2030 amid mounting evidence that our current practices in water use and management are unsustainable.

As Gleick points out in “Roadmap for Sustainable Water Resources in Southwestern North America,” it’s not land, energy, mining or climate, that is going to be most difficult issue to address in the Western United States — it’s water.

 

So given the International Panel on Climate Change’s warnings about anthropogenic global warming and a well-documented expanding drought, residents of the West are not just living on borrowed water, they’re also living on borrowed time.

 

Glen MacDonald is the director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and an international expert on the effects of climate change and drought. He says that the best climate models that exist predict the 21st century is likely to be increasingly arid if greenhouse gases increase. But discounting that, MacDonald says we can expect more severe and longer-lasting droughts than occurred in the 20th century.

 

“It all adds up to the fact that we have to do some very, very serious long-range water resource planning,” he says.

 

More on that later. But first, how do predictions offered in Mark Reisner’s quarter-century-old call to action, Cadillac Desert, stack up?

 

John Sabo, an Arizona State University professor specializing in risk assessment and statistical issues in ecology says there was only one major result inconsistent with Reisner’s thinking: the infilling of reservoirs with sediment. Sabo thought, like Reisner, that this sediment would ultimately lead to water scarcity. But as he writes, “a complete loss of storage function … will not likely occur for most large reservoirs in the foreseeable future.” (And many smaller reservoirs are being dismantled for habitat restoration or seismic safety anyway.)

 

As for the effect of “salt loads” from repeated applications of irrigation degrading cropland, Sabo’s study found that fruit and vegetable output and revenue have been disproportionately affected in the West with annual losses of $2.8 billion compared to $267 million in the East.

 

Three-Part Series

This is the second part of a three-part series looking at the legacy of the groundbreaking story of water use and abuse in the Western United States, “Cadillac Desert”:

Part I — Greening the Desert? Not So Fast!

Part II — Water Shortages Threaten the American West Lifestyle

Part III — Solutions to Water Supply Woes Surface in the West

 

Which brings us to the battle over water between farmers and residential users. Currently irrigated agriculture sucks up 80 percent of available water, leaving the rest for residential, commercial and industrial use. While urban areas are taking their water use — and abuse — more seriously, asCalifornia’s 2020 Water Conservation Plan attests to, more and more urban areas and municipalities look toward farmers to help pick up the slack. Some have suggested crop shifting or “growing local” to remedy the situation.

Changing crop types is really a sensitive issue for farmers,” Gleick says. “They don’t want to be told what to grow by some academic or some think-tank person who doesn’t have his hands dirty. I respect that.”

That said, in the last decade, Phoenix crossed the point where more water is being used for domestic than agricultural uses. Though MacDonald concedes this is an anomaly, with increasing populations and demands for food it’s more likely, he believes, that pressure will build to shift water away from agriculture.

“If we say, ‘OK, we are generating much more GDP from urban/suburban and industrial uses rather than agriculture. Let’s shunt it out of ag,’ what will then be the long-term sustainability costs of doing that? And that worries me.”

 

Luckily, MacDonald says there is a buffer: “A lot of our water being consumed in today’s Southwestern cities and suburbs is for landscaping and pools — 70 percent in some places. It’s not like we’re suddenly gonna have no tap water.”

 

But far more important than xeriscaping or other water-saving measures is the politics of climate change. The federal climate bill failed to pass because of the belief that it’s too expensive to decrease CO2 emissions.

MacDonald’s response? “Take a look at maps of projected increasing temps and aridity going into 21st century. You’ll see that the Southwest is a real bull’s eye, meaning that the region is drying out at a remarkable magnitude compared to other parts of the country. The real question is can we afford NOT to work at mitigation?”

 

As Gleick points out, our water-management strategies and infrastructure were conceived under the mistaken assumption that the climate of the future will mimic that of the past.

 

“That means we need to start thinking about tomorrow’s climate in planning how we manage our water,” he says. “We have a limited window of opportunity here before things start to get really bad.”

 

In the third part of this series, various entities have made efforts to reverse what once seemed inevitable.

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who speaks with “forked-tongue”

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image… Jon Kyl is one “white-man” Native Americans can properly label as one who speaks with “forked-tongue” …image

 

Water pact elusive

 

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl has helped negotiate and shepherd key water rights settlements through Congress, but a roughly $800 million price tag and the political climate are threatening a northern Arizona deal, according to court documents.

 

The Arizona Republican has asked negotiators for the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe and 30 other entities to try to lower the cost by next month so that he can introduce legislation well ahead of his planned retirement.

Kyl’s office did not return repeated e-mail and phone messages, but court documents outline the concern about the settlement that would quantify the Navajo Nation’s rights to water from the lower Colorado River basin in Arizona and settle the Hopi’s claims.

 

“We are turning our attention to focus on what might be possible during Sen. Kyl’s tenure,” Stanley Pollack, the Navajo Nation’s water rights attorney on the case, told The Associated Press.

 

No one will say what figure the negotiators are aiming for or how the settlement might be tweaked, citing the confidential nature of the talks.

 

Congress has enacted more than two dozen American Indian water rights settlements since 1978, some of which have cost hundreds of millions of dollars apiece. Tribes often trade what could be huge water claims for the promise of federal funding to deliver the water to tribal communities.

 

A handful of cases have been resolved through litigation. …  The Navajo Nation was the first to sign the agreement last November that also requires the approval of the Hopi Tribe, the state and its major water providers, cities, ranches and ultimately, Congress. If the price tag or other terms change, the document would have to go back to the Navajo Nation Council for approval