Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ On Seafloor, Study Finds

The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows.

But what kind of tub are we talking about. Mine is made out of glass, so one of those eraser pads works great on.

Now that we know the structure, it must be easier to deal with.

via Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ On Seafloor, Study Finds.

No On Oregon Measure 92 – A Costly and Misleading Labeling Measure

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific organization and publishers of Science Magazine, has re-stated their opposition to the type of misleading food labeling scheme proposed by Measure 92.  The AAAS Board of Directors has repeatedly stated such labels would be misleading to consumers.  Further, the AAAS statement contradicts the false claims and scare tactics of Measure 92’s proponents, stating that genetically modified foods “are the most extensively tested crops ever added to our food supply.”

Further the AAAS Board states that labeling initiatives such as Measure 92 are “not being driven by any credible scientific evidence” but instead “are being advanced by “the persistent perception that such foods are somehow ‘unnatural,’” as well as efforts to gain competitive advantages within the marketplace, and the false belief that GM crops are untested.”

As the article quoted above suggests, I believe as they do; “Such labels would be misleading to consumers.”

But I also think that the tipping point between what has GMO and what hasn’t has been reached, and it is too close to call if something is modified or not. For me I just assume everything is modified, and go on.

But “go on” to where?

The conversation in which we determine that modified foods are good or not good has not really started yet, but I support this measure with the hopes that it will.

I also do not believe it will be costly (unless the voters let it become costly), as this is really only an education bill and technology along with the economy is education driven. In today’s economy education can happen quickly and economically.

Once those at the top of our government make the determination that, for all practical purposes, all the foods out there are GMO unless it is printed on the label, then it is a short amount of time for education to quickly take hold and get the word out.

In other words, a “printed label” in today’s economy is cheap, because it is relatively easy to get the “word out” on-the-cheap.

It just needs a little push and the right kind of “printer”.

 

via No On Oregon Measure 92 – A Costly and Misleading Labeling Measure.

Kurds protest against Turkey as IS advances on Kobane

larrydunbar:

Just an UpDate

Originally posted on The Image:

Turkish troops and tanks have lined the border but have not crossed into Syria.

I have a hard time thinking that Turkey is against the ideal of a Caliphate. More likely to me, Turkey is against the idea that the Caliphate shaping up will not be a part of the once great Ottoman Empire. The USA is not now fighting a war against a Caliphate in the Middle East. The USA is fighting a war against the opposition to its homeland. A Caliphate in the Middle East is not against the interest of the USA, if we convert to natural gas and defend the homeland.

I think my saying that the fight in the Middle East is now against ISIS, but not one against a Caliphate, is also true of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). I am sure both Turkey and KSA are more than willing to battle ISIS, if it means that…

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Kurds protest against Turkey as IS advances on Kobane

Turkish troops and tanks have lined the border but have not crossed into Syria.

I have a hard time thinking that Turkey is against the ideal of a Caliphate. More likely to me, Turkey is against the idea that the Caliphate shaping up will not be a part of the once great Ottoman Empire.

The USA is not now fighting a war against a Caliphate in the Middle East. The USA is fighting a war against the opposition to its homeland.

A Caliphate in the Middle East is not against the interest of the USA, if we convert to natural gas and defend the homeland (the F35 and missile defense). There is a huge anti-war movement shaping-up in the USA that is threatening to move the US’s line of defense towards the Pacific (Obama’s Pivot) and South America, and away for the MENA.

I think my saying that the fight in the Middle East is now against ISIS, but not one against a Caliphate, is also true of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). I am sure both Turkey and KSA are more than willing to battle ISIS, if it means that the Caliphate forming will be more to their image, than that of the Levant.

Perhaps getting into the fight will mean more to Turkey when the Kurds get their own nation-state, which, because of the oil the Kurds hold and the Kurdish population in Turkey, will not be in Turkey’s interest.

In the mean time, Turkey will take advantage of the situation, as that advantage becomes available.

Look out Kurds, get your shit together, because the big-boys are a-coming. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the fire!

via BBC News – Kurds protest against Turkey as IS advances on Kobane.

The Critical Difference Between Rentier Wealth And Wealth Creation

“…due to the ever-rising costs”

Well, before we get to the point when nobody will be able to afford rent, let’s look at those ever-rising costs.

“Are those costs structural, cultural, something in the system, or does it just have something to do with asset management”, may be the first question to raise in the debate.

via The Critical Difference Between Rentier Wealth And Wealth Creation | Zero Hedge.

Anti-IS coalition: Turkey ready for military role

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State IS militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported.

Ha! Of course they are. Who wouldn’t want to battle Saudis Arabia for the title of the lead, in this encounter?

In the Islamic world, it would be like being the nation to bring down Israel, only in the context of a nation-building Caliphate.

It’s the Church/State thing, which American’s forget about all the time, if it wasn’t for the Republican Party reminding us.

via Anti-IS coalition: Turkey ready for military role | Arab News — Saudi Arabia News, Middle East News, Opinion, Economy and more..

Observation In Maneuver Warfare

What one observes in Maneuver Warfare determines the direction and the amount of energy used in the conflict. The speed of the maneuver is only affected by Observation in such a way as observation determines position and position determines, not only, the distance between maneuver points and the direction with the greatest advantage.

Position is another way to say, where the advantages lay in the paths of Maneuver Warfare. Position is the way one orients towards an advantage in Maneuver Warfare. It should be obvious by now in our observation of our war with ISIL that we have positioned ourselves behind Saudi Arabia.

That much is revealed by the WSJ today in a piece exposing the backdoor dealings that the US conducted with Saudi Arabia to get the “green light” to launch its airstrikes against ISIS, or rather, parts of Iraq and Syria. And, not surprising, it is once again Assad whose fate was the bargaining chip to get the Saudis on the US’ side, because in order to launch the incursion into Syrian sovereign territory “took months of behind-the-scenes work by the U.S. and Arab leaders, who agreed on the need to cooperate against Islamic State, but not how or when. The process gave the Saudis leverage to extract a fresh U.S. commitment to beef up training for rebels fighting Mr. Assad, whose demise the Saudis still see as a top priority.”

via A Look Inside The Secret Deal With Saudi Arabia That Unleashed The Syrian Bombing | Zero Hedge.

The advantage we have for Saudi Arabia is that we have the ability to determine the direction and amount of energy that will be used against ISIL, as we are observed in the region, while we maintain no position in the “fight” against ISIL.

In other words, according to above article by Zero Hedge, the US is behind a force whose orientation is much the same as that of ISIL (ISIS is only a point or position), only their positions are different.

The speed of this Maneuver Warfare will be determined by the negotiations going on between like orientations, and the direction and the amount of energy used will be determined by the USA’s ability to isolate the area from outside forces such as Russia, Turkey, and Iran, to name the few and many.