PNN 8-9-15 - Candid Date
2. Luis Cuevas
4. Dr. Alina Valdez
5. Major Alex Freeman
1. THE Stewart Fairwell
The three flavors of BULLSHIT
2. Grayson on (Murphy/Republican)
After two hours of attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and even poor Rosie O'Donnell, I was overtaken with a sense of déjà vu. Where had I seen all of this before? Why did all of this feel so familiar? Who did the debate remind me of?
My opponent, Patrick Murphy.
Murphy is a registered Democrat, but he is the one who supports cuts to Social Security and Medicare. He's the one who has voted to delay parts of Obamacare. He's the one who supports the Republican Congress' witch hunt against Hillary Clinton on Benghazi. He's the one who condemned President Obama for bringing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back home.
3. BROKE CLOCK CALL WORKS AGAIN
During the republican debate
" If this is about qualifications then " (SHRUGS DRAMATICALLY)
Hillary should be elected cause she has more experience than any GOP candidate" - RUBIO ENDORSES HILLARY
"If this election is a resume competition then Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president."
SOUNDS PRETTY SKEPTICAL ITS ABOUT QUALS AM I RIGHT?
4. Christie PUTS BEEF FOOT FORWARD
Christie "Political Leader - engineered for thugs and bullies"
offers to improve society by PUNCHING THE FACE of a
National Educational Organization Leader
5. Democrats "Geriatric Agenda"
from San Diego Tribune
Democrats today have a geriatric agenda. Equal pay arguments were avant-garde in 1963. The minimum wage was groundbreaking economic policy in 1938. Democrats propose to increase the payout of a Social Security system created in 1935.
Not everything old is outdated. But the centerpieces of today’s Democratic appeal were familiar to Franklin Roosevelt.
Republicans have seized the opportunity of running against a 75-year-old agenda by proposing a 35-year-old agenda – the Reagan-era project of lowering taxes in order to spur economic growth. But in recent presidential elections, the economic policies of the 1980s have seemed unresponsive to the needs and struggles of the middle and working classes.
6. The Animas is thicker than water
"Animas River fouled by 1 million gallons of contaminated mine water
EPA accidently releases water; Durango residents warned to cut back on water use as health officials evaluate river
DURANGO — A spill that sent 1 million gallons of wastewater from an abandoned mine into the Animas River, turning the river orange, set off warnings Thursday that contaminants threaten water quality for those downstream.
The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it triggered the spill while using heavy machinery to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine, north of Silverton.
Health and environmental officials are evaluating the river as it flows through San Juan and La Plata counties. They said the wastewater contained zinc, iron, copper and other heavy metals, prompting the EPA to warn agricultural users to shut off water intakes along the river and law officials to close the river to recreational users.
"There's nothing that can be done to stop the flow of the river," said Joe Lewandowski, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "We can only wait until the flows slow down. We had a big heavy spring (of rain) here."
Lewandowski said the EPA is testing to determine the river's metal levels and results should be returned by mid-Friday.
Downstream in Durango, hundreds of people gathered along the Animas River to watch as the blue waters turned a thick, radiant orange and yellow just after 8 p.m., nearly 34 hours after the spill started.
"It is a sad day. The fish could be gone," said Daniel Silva, 37, who was fishing near Durango as he does every day after work. "I am safety-orientated. Working in the oil fields, we take measures every day to prevent leakage. Why didn't they? If this kills the fish, what do we do?"
After people told him the contamination was coming, he stopped fishing, and his daughter, who was swimming, got out of the water. And they waited on a bridge.
City officials asked residents to cut back on their water use, and irrigation of city land at Fort Lewis College was stopped.
The La Plata County Sheriff's Office has closed the river from the San Juan County line — including Durango — to New Mexico. Authorities say they will re-evaluate the closure once the EPA tests are confirmed.
(The Denver Post)
The spill was triggered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the mine on the upper portions of Cement Creek, about 55 miles north of Durango. The fluid was being held behind unconsolidated debris near an abandoned mine portal, the EPA says. The agency called the release "unexpected."
Deputy Stephen Lowrance of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office said authorities are keeping people away from the Animas. In Silverton, signs have been posted warning of the danger, and the sheriff's office sent out a public health advisory to stay away from Cement Creek and the Animas River.
"The river looks pretty nasty," Lowrance said. "It doesn't look like water; it just looks like sludge."
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The mine is owned by Golden-based San Juan Corp., Durango attorney Nancy Agro said Thursday afternoon. She said the EPA had been operating at the site for years under an access agreement.
"Upon suspending work last year, the EPA backfilled the portal to the mine," Argo said in a statement. "On (Wednesday), while the EPA was removing the backfill from the portal to the Gold King Mine to continue its investigation this year, the plug blew out, releasing contaminated water behind the backfill."
At the time of the spill, EPA responders were at the scene evaluating the toxic materials already leaking into Cement Creek.
"There were several workers at the site at the time of the breach. All were unharmed," the San Juan Basin Health Department said in a news release. "The EPA recommends that recreational users of the Animas River avoid contact with or use of the river until the pulse of mine water passes."
Pet owners have been told to keep their dogs and livestock out of the Animas River until testing is done.
Steve Salka, utilities manager for the city of Durango, said he pulls water from the Animas in the summer to help replenish the Terminal Reservoir. He said that although the city's main water source is the Florida River, the contamination could cause serious problems.
"I want to know what's in it," he said Thursday. "The most important thing is what's in it. I need to know.
7. Hitch-hiking Autonomous Robot
mugged in Philly - the city of Brotherly Love
Hey - Romney has said - Hey, Robots are people too man.
Poor hitchBOT. After successfully traveling around Canada, Germany and The Netherlands, the hitch-hiking robot who relied on the goodwill of strangers to get around met an untimely and brutal demise in Philadelphia. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that the child-sized robot was damaged “beyond repair” by vandals on Saturday in the city of brotherly love, pulling the plug on the bot’s first American tour. HitchBOT had kicked off the tour just two weeks before in Massachusetts. “Sadly, sadly it's come to an end,”
8. Fukushima Thyroid Cancers increase only 6000%
Nuclear science experts were clearly concerned that radioactive fallout from the disaster would not merely spread to the U.S. West Coast but cause a spike in thyroid cancer rates there, as well – though none of those concerns were publicized by reports or expressed publicly by the Obama Administration at the time.
9. QUICK... Under the RUG!
As the Japanese government and utility owner Tokyo Electric Power Company push for the quick decommissioning and dismantling of this man-made disaster, the press and scientists need to ask, "Why is the Ukrainian government waiting at least 100 years to attempt to decommission Chernobyl, while the Japanese Government and TEPCO claim that Fukushima Daiichi will be decommissioned and dismantled during the next 30 years?"
Like so many big government + big business controversies, the answer has nothing to do with science, and everything to do with politics and money. To understand Fukushima Daiichi, you need to follow the money.
10. Emails revealing, though heavily redacted – why?
"Many cases of thyroid cancer, and other health problems, may end up being attributed to exposures from the Fukushima accident... on the U.S. west coast," said the email.
"It is possible that we will find that some people have received doses of I-131 and other radionuclides that could exceed [emphasis added] the levels... Protective Action Guidelines are designed to prevent. This could provide a basis for immediate action to change PAG's," it added.
"There are very strong reasons to gather data, but it must be done in a way that is broadly viewed as being in the interest of the public and the individuals involved," the email said.
As Natural News reported in late May, an oversight committee looking at the health of people living within the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan near the stricken power facility found that the thyroid cancer rate in young people has leapt by an incredible 6,000 percent throughout the region since the disaster first occurred back in 2011.
Further, reports indicate that, since January of this year, 16 new cases of thyroid cancer have emerged, bringing the total number of young people diagnosed with the disease to 103. Correspondingly, as many as 127 people have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having thyroid cancer, according to Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/050121_Fukushima_radiation_thyroid_cancer_America.html#ixzz3iMBOHFAQ
9. Citizens Tribunal Overrules Government Prosecutors TEPCO EXECS WILL FACE TRIAL
A Japanese citizens’ judicial committee has overruled government prosecutors and forced them to bring three former executives of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to trial on charges of criminal negligence for their inability to prevent the 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. But it appears unlikely that the defendants can be convicted.
The decision by the panel of 22 anonymous citizens, was reached July 17 but not announced until July 31. It overrules two previous decisions by the Tokyo prosecutors not to indict the former executives. The defendants are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69, who were then vice presidents of the utility.
Decisions by the prosecutors in September 2013 and in January 2015 said they lacked sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against the three men. In response, the citizens’ panel voted twice to demand the former executives’ indictment, trumping the prosecutors’ decisions.
Such citizens’ committees became a powerful features of Japan’s judicial system after World War II in an effort to combat government abuse of power. Their members are chosen by lottery and the panelists’ identities are kept secret. While they’re powerful, these committees are seldom used.
The committee concluded that the three defendants hadn’t taken necessary steps to reinforce the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, situated on Japan’s Pacific coast and therefore vulnerable to severe damage if it were struck by a tsunami in the earthquake-prone region.
That fear was realized in March 2011 when a Pacific tsunami slammed into Japan, causing widespread destruction, including such heavy damage to three of the four reactors at Fukushima Daichi that they melted down and began leaking radiation. The accident forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from the general vicinity of the power plant.
The decision was good news for surviving victims of the disaster. “We had given up hope that there would be a criminal trial,” said Ruiko Muto, who leads the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Plaintiffs Group, which represents about 15,000 people, including residents displaced by the accident and their supporters. “We’ve finally gotten this far.”
But the victory may be merely symbolic because most legal observers say it’s unlikely the rigors that the defendants will face will go beyond giving public testimony at trial. There’s also little likelihood any of them will be convicted of a criminal charge because Japanese prosecutors, with 99 percent conviction rates, rarely bring charges unless they are virtually certain they can win the cases.
Cases imposed on them by citizens’ judicial committees are generally those in which prosecutors have concluded lack enough evidence to convict. One former prosecutor, Nobuo Gohara, told The New York Times that virtually all of such cases end in acquittals.
In the TEPCO case, for example, Gohara said the prosecutors now must prove that the defendants were guilty of criminal oversight of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant by failing to predict the huge tsunami that caused the disaster and neglecting to protect the facility sufficiently.
Further, Gohara said, it will be extremely challenging for the prosecutors to prove that the meltdowns at three of the plant’s reactors even killed anyone. Several people died while the area was being evacuated in 2011, but most were elderly who were too weak to be moved during the chaos of moment. But he stressed that no one so far has died from radiation poisoning.
“This is a very unusual case,” Gohara said. “The hurdles to conviction are high.”
Dr. Alina Valdez
Finally, Unique Skills Embody a Champion for Working Class Americans
New Candidate for Florida’s Congressional District 25
Dr. Alina Valdes, M.D. (DEM) has recently filed her paperwork to run for U.S. Congress in Florida’s District 25. This district includes parts of West Broward, Miami-Dade, Hendry, and Collier counties. Cities included in this District are Ave Maria, Doral, Everglades City, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Labelle, Medley, Miami Lakes, Miramar, Pembroke Pines and Sweetwater.
Dr. Valdes is a Cuban-born immigrant having left Cuba as a young child with her family. She was raised and educated in the New York City area, where she received a BS in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York. Alina completed her medical education at New York Medical College followed by a three-year residency in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, a city hospital in the South Bronx.
Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Alina Valdes remained at Lincoln Hospital where her ability to communicate directly with the large Latino population allowed her to serve the community well. She also held the title of Assistant Professor at New York Medical College, giving her the additional responsibility of training all types of students and residents. Dr. Valdes then spent four years working as Attending Physician in Queens Hospital Center, another city hospital, in Jamaica, NY.
Her passion and dedication to the underserved Latino Community of the South Bronx landed Alina a position at Morris Heights Health Center, a community-based facility providing comprehensive health services, from 1991-1999. As part of her duties, Dr. Valdes held various academic titles, including Clinical Preceptor and Clinical Adjunct of the Bronx Lebanon Physician Assistant and Medical Residency Programs, as well as Clinical Preceptor of the Harlem Hospital Physician Assistant Program. In addition, she served as Mentor to Lehman College Premedical students through the Montefiore Summer Outreach Program.
During her time at Morris Heights, Dr. Valdes served on various committees including the Advisory Committee for the Bronx Lebanon Physician Assistant Program, the Incentivization and Walk-In Committees for the Center, as well as Chairwoman of the Emergency Protocol Committee.
Upon moving to Florida, Alina concentrated efforts on raising her family but also found time to teach, working as Adjunct Professor at Miami-Dade College’s Physician Assistant Program. In 2010, Dr. Valdes returned to her passion of caring for the underserved – this time providing health care to the homeless, mostly uninsured patients in Broward and Miami-Dade by working at the Miami Rescue Mission Clinics. She also resumed her love of teaching by becoming a Clinical Preceptor to medical, physician assistant, and nursing students at these health facilities. She is presently working at the Hollywood Outreach Health Clinic two days a week and holds active and unrestricted licenses to practice medicine in the state of Florida and the DEA. Dr. Valdes has been a member of the Broward County Medical Reserve Corp, a division of the State Emergency Responders and Volunteers of Florida (SERVFL) since April 2010 and has been ready to assist in emergencies where medical personnel are needed.
Though Alina has not previously held political office, she has been actively involved in many political causes and campaigns, having worked on the Obama for America 2012 re-election campaign as well as Charlie Crist for Governor 2014 and has served as an OFA Fall Fellow in 2013. She is also a member of many Democratic political clubs and organizations, including serving as a co-lead for the NO KXL CREDO Pledge of Resistance Broward Action and as a Congressional District Coordinator for the National Committee to Preserve and Protect Social Security and Medicare.
Dr. Alina Valdes’ life experience and unique set of skills embodies a new champion for the working class and is therefore well suited to represent all residents of Florida’s District 25 in the United States Congress. To learn more, volunteer and/or make a donation to her campaign please visit her website at www.alinavaldesforcongress.com.
This campaign is a true grass roots effort and needs volunteers as well as monetary donations. Anyone who is bilingual and/or has some free time to assist us would be of great help. We will be needing volunteers to help with fund raising events at various locations throughout her district to be announced in the future (one will be in Hialeah in July) and canvassing (our first effort will be to get petitions signed by constituents in her District). *The cities included in District 25 are listed in the first paragraph at the top of this page. We do have a deadline to get the petitions signed which is April 4, 2016 and we must have 4000 fully validated petitions. Therefore, we should try to get 2-3 thousand additional, just to be safe. Without the 4000 valid petitions signed, the campaign will have to pay $10,000 to get Alina on the 2016 ballot. Another example of how money rules our democracy.
She is running against Mario Diaz-Balart (R) who has held office now for some time and rarely has an opponent, or at least a credible one. Balart is Cuban as well. To learn more about his views and platform, visit his site: http://mariodiazbalart.house.gov/our-district/district-links to learn why it is so important to flip this District.
Alina was born in Cuba and agrees with President Obama’s decision to lift the Embargo. Check out and like Alina’s FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alina-Valdes-for-Congress/832567663481991?pnref=story and get more information, including her petition to get on the ballot, at her website: http://www.alinavaldesforcongress.com.
Mario Diaz-Balart, on the other hand, is doing everything in his power to keep that Embargo in place and prevent free travel to and from the U.S. to Cuba. Go to the attached link to learn more about what he is up to on this issue: http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2015/04/28/house-gop-bill-blocks-new-air-flights-cruise-ships-to-cuba.
Harriet Lerman is the campaign manager and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone- (561) 503-0399. Thanking you all in advance for any help you give the campaign. Let’s all do our part to help get Dr. Alina Valdez elected in 2016 and finally flip District 25.
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Alex FREEMAN - Under my leadership, the citizens and our visitors will be at the CENTER of everything we do when it comes to providing quality law enforcement service.
Florida State Statue, Policy & Procedure and Contracts will govern our actions.
Anyone operating outside of these documents will find themselves on unsafe grounds.
My staff and I will stop at nothing when it comes to being accessible and responsive to all the people of this great county.
Alexander Demetrus Freeman's, law enforcement career spans over 20 years, which included position as Major of Police for the Riviera Beach Police Department since 1993 before retiring earlier this year. Those who know Major Freeman understand why police work is such a natural life calling for him. He is passionate about helping others and believes that because he has been richly blessed, he should give back to the community. His community involvement includes work with local, regional and national organizations.
Major Freeman’s leadership style and commitment to serve the citizens of Riviera Beach led him to serving in every major section there is in the police department, just to name a few:
· Lieutenant of Professional Standards
· Lieutenant of the Investigation Section
· Staff Inspection Commander
· Public Information Officer (PIO)
· Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police
· Commander of Police
· Major of Police
Major Freeman is currently a member of the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police, Florida Chiefs of Police and National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Organization of Black Law enforcement Executive (NOBLE), Member of the Democratic Party, Member of the North side Kiwanis Club and Youth Recreation Association.
Major Freeman is a graduate of Barry University where he earned a B.S. degree in Public Administration; Mr. Freeman is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Mr. Freeman took his career ambitions to yet another level in 2008, when he graduated from the University of Louisville, College of Art and Science, Department of Justice Administration with a certification in upper level Command Officer Development Course SPI.
In 2002, Major Freeman was named Officer of the Year by Victim Services of Palm Beach County for his dedicated service to the Citizens of Palm Beach County.