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"Terse Tuesday Tidbits March 8, 2016"

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Post to TomCat's blog...primary elections, breaking up big banks,candidates' foreign policy risks, ICE detention, preschoolers representing self in court, Fukishima indictments, fracking in court, lost US town to climate change, NATO & refugees, night sky


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Ted W (127)
Monday March 7, 2016, 8:18 pm
Noted, forwarded, and shared ultra-liberally across four networks!! Thankls for yet another excellent post JL.A! ! All of Trumps policies scare the heck out of me!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday March 7, 2016, 10:22 pm
Noted & Shared.
Thanks for posting JL.

Animae C (508)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 4:17 am
Thanx JL

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 6:39 am
When I serve leftover scraps on Tuesday, I call them "Terse Tuesday Tidbits". Thanks JL.

Pat B (354)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 7:24 am
MJ: Very, very encouraging. I hope that our Millennials continue to vote! As with other generations.

Real News: Good article, HC doesn't want to break up big banks, while Bernie does. He also doesn't take campaign money from Wall Street, whereas she takes the money, and for her speaking engagements. Bernie is the winner. Truthful and honest all the way around.

Col. Wilkerson: This is a great article, by the Colonel. I believe it. Yes, a proliferation or indication of an attack is very frightening. The 'conservation of enemies' should be the candidates mantra, imo, Repug or Dem, as we don't need any more wars!!!

WP: Uhhh...I'm in my 60's and don't think I could even begin to wrap my head around immigration law, and if I did learn everything there is to know about it, I'd be in my 80's to comprehend everything. A 3 or 4 year old?? oh, I don't think so. A courtroom can be very intimidating to an adult or teenager, but for a little one? No, not even. Nope!

TEPCO Execs Indicted: Death and destruction and now a wasteland. So very very sad. "With the five-year anniversary of the massive tsunami and subsequent triple reactor meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi rapidly approaching, many are hoping this one admission by TEPCO may become the first in a pattern of good behavior — a first step in coming clean about the many dark secrets engulfing the demolished scene at what was once the world’s tenth largest nuclear power plant." *PR - different page.

Upworthy: Very sad. Climate change is here and now, what with the weather patterns, rain and fire will continue to come to erode the land. I am relieved to read that they are receiving a grant to recover. The govt. needs to assist our Native Americans, and the many others who live in poverty, and provide assistance to those that desperately need it. I was reading somewhere too, aren't the sinkholes swallowing the land there also?

Upworthy2: I was hoping to see the total eclipse tomorrow night, but I read here, that it's visible in 2017. Can someone remind me then? lol.

I will read the other links later.

Well Done, Thank you for your informative post, JL.


Janet B (0)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 10:16 am

Lona G (66)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 11:28 am
1. Good to see that Millenials may vote for Sanders and if not, not for Drumpf. Isn't it amazing that the young see through him while so many older people don't?

2. Slowly but surely the common sense Bernie advocates is getting through to some people who matter.

3. Anyone who can see past the hot-air foreign policies of all candidates except Bernie, will also see that this aggressive rhetoric will lead to even more trouble than the past presidents/Republicans already have caused. Make no mistake, the rest of the world is not amused and Col. Wilkerson isn't the only one that is frightened by this hawkishness.

4. “The United States’ response to the global refugee crisis has long fallen short of its international human rights obligations." The IACHR agreeing to a hearing is an excellent result of the hard work done by Human Rights First and others on behalf of immigrants from Central America who are held in detention. Kudos to them. For Drumpf it'll mean increasing the volume and demanding a wall that's even higher, I'm sure.

5. Kick Jack Weil out of the Justice Department, the man is insane and a danger to children. And all that to save a few bucks on taxpayer-funded attorneys. Republican, I presume?

6. It's good to see CEO's responsible for the disaster indicted for negligence, but as is common for all these cases all over the world, the government officials, including the PM, are spared even though they are just as culpable.

7. I didn't understand the frown with this link until I read the article. I'm happy to see people stand up to fracking and think that the Dimock families certainly have a case to take the Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to court on. But the case has been whittled down a lot and tha fact that one of the plaintiffs has worked for Cabot Oil & Gas, and has drilled recklessly himself for the company until he realized what the consequences were, doesn't make it any stronger.

8. I wonder what the Jean Charles band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw are going to do with the $48 million grant they receive, not for suffering the results of climate change (rising sea levels and storms/floods), but as natural disaster relief. Relocating their tribe seems the only viable solution, but that means that their ancestral lands will be gone for ever.

9. Meddling in the Middle East by America and Europe lies at the root of this humanitarian problem, yet neither wants to take their responsibility. All they do is continue their meddling and now Russia has joined in again (they fought a war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989) to complete the chaos, without a solution for the refugee problem they have caused themselves.

10. I don't have a telescope and it's cloudy too often here, so I'll settle for one super moon and a meteor shower this year. I remember seeing the Perseid meteor shower a little short of 40 years ago on a camping in Southern France. We had driven there in our 2CV to escape the rains in the Black Forest and arrived late on the site with a bottle of wine or two and sat outside after a very late meal to wind down. By the time everyone els had gone to sleep and the whole camping site was dark the meteors started streaking across the sky and fascinated by the spectacle we didn't get to bed until five and the wine was gone.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 12:46 pm
Thanks for sharing JL.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 1:50 pm
Three years old? Phhbbbbt. Even the Catholic Chirch, widely considered to be backward (and in many ways it is) says the age of reason is seven. This is appalling - and thankfully seems to have gotten that reaction pretty universally.

Best of luck to the Jean Charles band. Yes. Some places it is more obvious than others.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 3:15 pm
Ex-TEPCO Execs Indicted Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

So they should be

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday March 8, 2016, 10:43 pm
Thanks JL

cynthia l (207)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 11:42 am
thx JL
3 year old's can't. really reason, especially if what's being presented involves a language barrier Hell I can't really understand little of immigration laws..
Trump scares the crap out of me with his no thought aggressive comments that could start a world war
Fracking has to be stop, it is throwing this planer out of whack and poisoning the ground and water.

Judy C (91)
Thursday March 10, 2016, 8:52 pm
Young people have every reason to vote. They are smart enough to see that their future is in jeopardy, and they are not cynical enough yet to opt out of participating. Who knows what they may contribute? They are bound to have new ideas that just may lead us in a better direction

I found Kashkari's actions and response to the banking situation to be pretty surprising. He's right that Dodd-Frank doesn't go nearly far enough. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of his investigation into this matter. I posted this article on the topic a while back, if anyone is interested:

Top Financial Regulator Might Actually Break Up 'Too Big To Fail' Banks

The North Korea situation is indeed scary, and Kim seems quite unstable. We can't afford to have Trump or any other belligerent Repub, or indeed the belligerent Clinton, making policy regarding this situation!

On the subject of the refugees held in detention, it's just beyond me that these vulnerable individuals, ESPECIALLY children, could be treated in the way we are treating them. I hope the IAHCR hearings lead to some changes in this abysmal situation.

Judge Weil should be removed for his ridiculous and reprehensible deposition regarding toddlers learning immigration law, and defending themselves! What the hell?

Perhaps the 3 TEPCO individuals should be indicted, but there are so many more who bear the blame in the Fukushima nightmare.

I know some of you saw the article I posted today about the success of two of the families in Dimock:

BREAKING: $4.2 Million Jury Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas in Dimock, PA Water Contamination Lawsuit

Unfortunately we'll be seeing plenty more towns being lost to climate change. What a sad story. At least the tribe is getting a grant.

The whole refugee situation is mind boggling. These people are the responsibility of the world. It is showing us the folly of the whole idea of borders, really. Sending warships? Sounds like the problem, not the solution. War is looking more and more insane, but not to those making money off of it, of course.

Thanks for the interesting astronomy information, JL.

Nita L (127)
Monday March 14, 2016, 4:44 pm
I had to share all of these terrific articles. Thank you for all you do JL.
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