birds of a feather


Classic “double-speak” coupled with classic “governmentese” gobble-gook language deliberately designed to obfuscate and mislead

…Classic “double-speak” coupled with classic “governmentese” gobble-gook language deliberately designed to obfuscate and mislead…

Read The Senate GOP’s New Health Care Bill


Senate Republicans unveiled a new version of their health care bill on Thursday.

Head to HuffPost to read it.




The New Senate Health Care Bill Is Still An Assault On The Safety Net


The new Senate Republican health care bill is out. It’s basically the same as the old one.




Senate Republicans’ revised health bill increases insurance subsidies and abandons two tax cuts in a fresh bid to repeal Obamacare

Thursday, July 13, 2017 11:05 AM EDT


Senate Republican leaders were poised on Thursday to unveil a fresh proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, revising their bill to help hold down insurance costs for consumers while keeping a pair of taxes on high-income people that they had planned to eliminate.

With the revised bill, the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, is trying to keep alive his party’s seven-year quest to dismantle the health law that is a pillar of former President Barack Obama’s legacy.


From hospitals, doctors and patients, a last gasp of opposition to the Senate health-care bill

Community hospitals have held information sessions. Pediatricians have starred in videos. Patient associations have flown in hundreds of Americans with chronic illnesses to meet with lawmakers. “It does make a big impact,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).

By Juliet Eilperin and Paige Winfield Cunningham  •  PowerPost  •  Read more »


REPUBLICANS STARE DOWN POSSIBLE FAILURE ON HEALTH CARE BILL The GOP is still moving ahead with the vote on the Senate health care bill next week. President Donald Trump has said he will be "very angry" if the bill does not pass. [HuffPost] [Tweet | Share on Facebook]

On our nationwide rundown; the Majority Leader pledges to take the wraps off the latest Senate health care plan today; a wrongful murder conviction puts justice reform in the spotlight in Missouri; and we will let you know why nuclear watchdogs are skeptical of Los Alamos lab safety.

And yet Arizona water gurus continue to decree that Arizona has NO immediate water issues…

…And yet Arizona water gurus continue to decree that Arizona has NO immediate water issues…

Climate change to deplete some US water basins, reduce irrigated crop yields    By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office  …  July 11, 2017    agriculture experts finds that certain hotspots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation.

The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this region is projected to experience reduced precipitation by midcentury. Less rainfall to the area will mean reduced runoff into water basins that feed irrigated fields.

Production of cotton, the primary irrigated crop in the Southwest and in southern Arizona in particular, will drop to less than 10 percent of the crop yield under optimal irrigation conditions, the study projects. Similarly, maize grown in Utah, now only yielding 40 percent of the optimal expected yield, will decrease to 10 percent with further climate-driven water deficits.

In the Northwest, water shortages to the Great Basin region will lead to large reductions in irrigated forage, such as hay, grasses, and other crops grown to feed livestock. In contrast, the researchers predict a decrease in water stress for irrigation in the the southern Plains, which will lead to greater yields of irrigated sorghum and soybean.

If efforts are made to reduce greenhouse gases and mitigate climate change, the researchers find that water scarcity and its associated reductions in cotton and forage can be avoided.

In the Southwest, water availability for irrigation is already a concern,” says first author Elodie Blanc, a research scientist at MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. “If we mitigate, this could prevent added stress associated with climate change and a severe decrease in runoff  in the western United States. But it will be even worse in the future if we don’t do anything at all.”

Blanc’s study appears in the journal Earth’s Future, and her co-authors are Erwan Monier, a principal research scientist at MIT; Justin Caron, an assistant professor at HEC Montreal; and Charles Fant, a former MIT postdoc.

“A more integrated world”    While many researchers have investigated the effects of climate change on crop yields, Blanc’s study is one of the first to consider how a changing climate may shape the availability and distribution of water basins on which irrigated crops depend.

“Most modeling studies that look at the impact of climate change on crop yield and the fate of agriculture don’t take into account whether the water available for irrigation will change,” Monier says.

In predicting how climate will affect irrigated crop yields in the future, the researchers also consider factors such as population and economic growth, as well as competing demands for water from various socioeconomic sectors, which are themselves projected to change as the climate warms.

“We try to be as representative of reality as possible,” Blanc says.

To do this, the researchers used a model of 99 major river basins in the country, which they combined with the MIT Integrated Global System Model-Community Atmosphere Model — a set of models that simulates the evolution of economic, demographic, trade, and technological processes. The models also include the greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants that result from these processes, and they incorporate all of that information within a global climate model that simulates the physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, as well as in freshwater and ocean systems.

“We’re looking at a more integrated world, and how all these interactions will drive changes in irrigation,” Monier says.

“Severely accentuated” shortages    The researchers focused their global simulations on the U. S. and modeled the country’s evolving economic activities in different geographic regions to determine the water requirements for five main sectors: thermoelectric cooling; public supply, such as for drinking water and other public utilities; industrial demand; mining; and irrigation.

They then used a crop model to simulate daily water requirements for various crops, driven by the researchers’ modeled projections of precipitation and temperature, and compared these requirements with the amount of water predicted to be available for irrigation in a particular basin through the year 2050.

“The biggest finding is that it really makes a difference in specific regions, whether you take into account how irrigation availability will change in the future and how that will impact yields,” Monier says.

By 2050, the team projects that, under a business-as-usual scenario, in which no action is taken to reduce greenhouse gases, a number of water basins in the U.S. will start experiencing water shortages. Several basins, particularly in the Southwest, will see existing water shortages “severely accentuated,” according to the study.

The researchers note that the basins that will be the most affected generally do not supply the largest areas of irrigated cropland. For example, though climate change will significantly reduce cotton production in the Southwest, the bulk of the country’s cotton production does not occur in this region.

“It may not matter too much for the total crop production of the U.S., but if you’re a farmer in that particular region that’s going to be impacted, that matters to you,” Monier says. “What we want to do is provide useful information that either farmers or land investors can use to look into the future and make decisions on where is the right region to expand irrigated agriculture, and where is it more risky. We also want to make clear that climate mitigation is better for U.S. irrigated agriculture than not doing anything.”

A climate-changing landscape    Under the same business-as-usual scenario, the researchers projected higher yields for irrigated crops such as wheat, soybean, and sorghum. The increased production in these crops is driven by higher precipitation predicted to occur in the central U.S., combined with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide, which reduces a plant’s water requirements.

The researchers predict that crop yields for wheat, soybean, and sorghum should increase even more if mitigation measures are put in place. In addition to a business-as-usual scenario, the team ran its simulations under two mitigation scenarios, previously proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in which efforts are made to mitigate global warming to 2 and 3 degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial times.

They found that both mitigation scenarios should increase yields for all crops compared to the business-as-usual scenario, including cotton and forage, and that the more ambitious scenario has the potential to reduce the number of water-stressed basins.

Going forward, the researchers plan to factor into their simulations various ways in which climate change drives adaptation, and how such adaptations in turn shape crop patterns and the agricultural landscape.

“In the real world, if you’re a farmer and year after year you’re losing yield, you might decide, ‘I’m done farming,’ or switch to another crop that doesn’t require as much water, or maybe you move somewhere else,” Monier says. “That’s the next step: How would the agricultural sector adapt?”

This research was supported, in part, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.


Episode 323: The Ebb and Flow of Water Predictions in Arizona

The state draws closer to an official shortage; techniques for water conservation that start at home.

Monsoon rains should start in Southern Arizona any day now, but the long-term water forecast for the state just got worse.

Snowfall and rain were good this winter in the upper Colorado River Basin, allowing water managers a sigh of relief. The good news didn’t last long, as the amount of water flowing into the Colorado River led the Federal Bureau of Reclamation to change its forecast for the amount of water in Lake Mead, drawing closer to an official shortage.

Such a shortage would mean less Colorado River water for the state, to the tune of about 11 percent.

Some are preparing in advance for the scarcity, and in urban areas, water conservation starts in the laundry room. Learn more about techniques used in urban and rural settings of Southern Arizona to save water and grow food.

On the program

  • Tom Buschatzke, Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • Fernando Molina, Tucson Water
  • Kathleen Marron, rainwater harvester
  • Joaquin Murrieta, Watershed Management Group

New Challenges Emerging In Arizona’s Water Management

By  Steve Goldstein

Published: Friday, July 7, 2017 – 3:10pm

Updated: Friday, July 7, 2017 – 3:17pm


Water management has been a key part of living in Arizona since statehood — and even though leaders in the area have been credited with having a strong vision for maintaining and storing water, new challenges are emerging. Climate change is the one most often mentioned.

But another is the increasing number of people who’ve decided to live in denser communities. With a finite resource like water, is it more difficult to maintain when more residents are using it in a more limited space?

University of Arizona Assistant Professor of Planning and Landscape Architecture Philip Stoker has studied this, and he joined us to talk about his research.

Businesses relieved by elimination of EPA rule

Posted: Jul 09, 2017 10:15 PMUpdated: Jul 09, 2017 10:15 PM    Written By Sam Salzwedel    TUCSON – Many business owners are celebrating the repeal of an environmental regulation.

The Environmental Protection Agency is eliminating the Waters of the United States rule, commonly known as WOTUS.

Tina Thompson’s family has operated a ranch near Willcox since 1879. She recently needed to drill a well. The application to the Arizona Department of Water Resources took 7 days. She said, under WOTUS, she would also need a federal permit.

“If anybody has dealt with federal government and permits they know how lengthy that can be,” Thompson said. “And we just couldn’t wait, for the sake of our cattle, to be able to have water.”

The well is near a wash that runs a few times a year. The ranchers also use heavy equipment to dig out tanks that catch mountain runoff. They bury pipelines, build roads and construct fences. They were afraid all those activities would be limited under WOTUS.

“The Clean Water Act, when it was enacted in 1972, was a good thing,” Thompson said. “We did need some guidance and to keep our waters clean, but this is so broad.”

Rep. Martha McSally helped fight WOTUS. After President Donald Trump was elected she led a congressional letter asking for relief from the new administration.

“We all want to make sure that the waters out there are clean and they are complying with the current law of the Clean Water Act,” McSally said. “And this was being managed mostly by the states previously. And this is just a classic example of over-reach.”

Tucson City Council member Paul Cunningham said the city has made major progress in the past 30 years restoring wells.

“We’ve worked really hard to protect this resource,” Cunningham said. “Like it or not, water is going to be a commodity. It’s not just going to be considered a natural resource.”

He said the WOTUS repeal is an example of special interests influencing Washington.

“To slash and burn the entire policy is a mistake,” he said. “It is irresponsible government, and it is not conducive to protecting the water supply in our state.”

Truly for “us” – ignorance is bliss

image… “We” choose to allow our water purveyors to camouflage, hide, discount, omit, overlook, ignore, conceal, obscure, disguise the myriad of “stuff” in the water we ingest, drink, bathe in, consume, cook with, wash our body and clothes with…???

…Truly for “us” – ignorance is bliss…

…It’s not just schools, folks, it’s the water you drink, too…

…Understand that America’s most cutting edge wastewater treatment system cannot process and safely eliminate and remove all pollutants in the sewage it processes…


Environmental Nightmare…!    Dozens Of Highly Toxic Substances Have Been Found…


07-12-2017 • By Michael Snyder  ….After reading this article, you will never look at tap water the same way again.  Most Americans have generally assumed that the water coming out of our taps is perfectly safe, but the Flint water crisis and other similar incidents are starting to help people to understand that there are some very dangerous substances in our water.  In particular, I am talking about things like arsenic, lead, atrazine, perchlorate and a whole host of pharmaceutical drugs.  According to an absolutely stunning NRDC report, close to 77 million Americans received their water from systems "that violated federal protections" in 2015.  And even if you get your water from a system that meets federal standards, that still does not mean that it is safe.

Let’s start by talking about arsenic.  Earlier today I came across an article that talked about how levels of arsenic in the water at some schools in the San Joaquin Valley "exceed the maximum federal safety levels by as much as three times"

Reef-Sunset Unified School District Superintendent David East is worried about water. Not because of the drought—record rains this past winter ended five years of dry times. Rather, East, whose district encompasses the small towns of Avenal and Kettleman City on the San Joaquin Valley’s west side, is worried about the safety of the water that the 2,700 students in his school district are being given to drink.  Read Full Story

…The “neo-con” manifesto never intends to leave Iraq or the Middle East…it’s was always all about the oil

…The “neo-con” manifesto never intends to leave Iraq or the Middle East…it’s was always all about the oil…

US ‘Interested’ in remaining in Iraq long-term: General


The US plans to continue its multiple-decade-long destabilizing military occupation of Iraq, even after the fall of the Islamic State group.Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend dashed hopes that the impending collapse of the Islamic State group might mean the end of U.S. military involvement in Iraq, when he said on Tuesday that the United States is “interested” in maintaining a US military presence in Iraq after the eventual defeat of the Islamic State group.“I would anticipate that …
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International laws and rules of engagement only apply to America when “we” find hem amenable…

Iraq, US-led coalition violated international law in Mosul


Amnesty International is calling for a commission to investigate crimes against civilians in Mosul. Amnesty International said on Tuesday that it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led military coalition backing them, that violated international humanitarian law and may account for war crimes in the battle for Mosul.The report was published a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in Mosul, three years after the Islamic State group seized the city….