Friday, November 27, 2015

My Conspiracy Theory on DEEPEST Injection Well in Florida now being dug at Virginia Key. By Geniusofdespair

Typical Injection Well --- NOT 2 MILES
I have my own theory on why they are digging the deepest injection well in Florida's history at Virginia Key, 10,000 feet deep (two miles almost). There is is one in Tampa to about 8,000 feet dug by TECO Energy.

Water and Sewer Department says they are exploring the geology to find out if any formation below the Boulder Zone is better for injection of treated effluent. Hmm. I don't believe that for a minute (unless of course they already know it will leak at shallower levels).

Here is my theory, remember an energy company did the one in Tampa. I think this very deep well is being dug with our tax dollars for the benefit of gathering data for Florida Power and Light's Nuke Plant's injection wells. Or maybe worse: Fracking Crap.

I originally saw the drill rig in July at Virginia Key.

After they dig the deepest well in Florida and data is collected the well will be plugged. The injection well they will use goes to about 3,000 below the land surface and they will be injecting a mix of secondary treated effluent, leachate from the landfill and process water. That would be into the boulder zone.

How safe is injecting waste underground (there are 680,000 injection wells nationwide):

"In interviews, several key experts acknowledged that the idea that injection is safe rests on science that has not kept pace with reality, and on oversight that doesn’t always work.

“In 10 to 100 years we are going to find out that most of our groundwater is polluted,” said Mario Salazar, an engineer who worked for 25 years as a technical expert with the EPA’s underground injection program in Washington. “A lot of people are going to get sick, and a lot of people may die.”

There is also Fracturing Threats: see The Pitfalls of Florida's Karst Geology and industrial scale application of aquifer storage and recovery wells. Last but not least we get those pesky earthquakes.
Human Induced earthquakes from deep well injection
Here is the scoop on the wells in Tampa dug by TECO:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

On to Muslims for a festive Thanksgiving. By Geniusofdespair

Taken at the Miami Book Fair

This video is filmed in the Netherlands recently, in October. listen especially at 20:55

This guy, Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah be his helper), Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community -- their theme is LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE -- is a Messiah to these particular Muslims. He is traveling all over with his message of Peace, i.e. to Japan now.  If you listen to some of what he said, he is pretty much for free speech but against free speech against Muslims. You can see that in another video that I have linked to below....

Damn it, watch the videos, learn a little about Muslims and then you can hate them if you want. This is a minority Muslim Group.

The other video that fascinated me is on Facebook, it is questions and answers from Dutch Parliament (scroll down to October 10th).
This is not the video. I couldn't get it off facebook, this is a screeenshop of it. the link is here and above -- scroll down to October 10th. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Former Hudstead Mayor Steve Shiver is Now Former Opa Locka City Manager. By Geniusofdespair

Former Steve Shiver - Opa Locka Mayor Myra Taylor
I don't think Former Steve was totally at fault with this one (really!). Opa Locka's finances are a mess. The city just didn't want it broadcasted all over the State of Florida and Hudstead's Steve Shiver isn't one to keep quiet. Accused of soliciting a bribe early in his Opa Locka career, on behalf of the Mayor, you knew his days were numbered. After only about 3 months in office he got the boot for airing Opa Locka's dirty laundry: Massive debt. He gets $87,500 severance pay.

Shiver did find a lot of money missing from Opa Locka's coffers. But the City doesn't want to know about it nor do they want us to know about it. They have had 5 city managers in 5 years. Opa Locka: You can't run, you can't hide.

Two Commissioners in Opa Locka - might as well be all of them.
This is a city that should be dismantled. How do you do that?

Audubon Sells Out? Everglades Foundation Gives Up On Everglades? ... by gimleteye

When I read the following OPED recently printed in a Hawaii newspaper, I was seriously confused. Either Florida Audubon and the Everglades Foundation were punk'd -- in which case the OPED represents a serious ethical breach for which an immediate disclaimer should be published -- or if the OPED was penned by Florida Audubon and Everglades Foundation, then it sets a record in groveling to special interests; in this particular case, the state's largest electric utility -- Florida Power and Light.

In Hawaii, FPL's parent company -- NextEra Energy, Inc. -- recently completed an acquisition of that state's primary electric utility. The point of the editorial appears to be to alleviate the concern of Hawaiians by demonstrating a close -- even loving -- relationship between environmentalists and FPL. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. That's the reason my first inclination was to read the OPED as a prank.

I am board president of Friends of the Everglades, founded by Marjory Stonemason Douglas in 1969. Our members and leadership were deeply involved with FPL when it sought licensing from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two nuclear reactors in the 1970's in one of the most flood prone and low-lying areas of the state, Homestead Florida. In particular, we advocated for a massive, 168 mile long cooling canal system to ensure what was to become a national park -- Biscayne National Park -- and thousands of acres of high quality wetlands would be protected. Without the cooling canal system, FPL would have turned its super-hot cooling water -- tens of millions of gallons per day -- directly into Biscayne National Park.

Decades later and the results are in: the FPL cooling canal system has failed. Audubon and the Everglades Foundation know the facts perfectly well: super saline water that FPL promised would be contained within the cooling system has not only turned vast expanses of the area surrounding FPL's Turkey Point into a wasteland, impacting the national park, it has also infiltrated the drinking water aquifer, jeopardizing drinking water supplies.

The historical record is clear: FPL has not been a good corporate citizen. It violated every consent agreement it made at Turkey Point -- memorialized in binding, legal compacts with the state of Florida -- with respect to protecting water quality and habitats around that nuclear facility. Data shows that FPL's stewardship of an endangered species, the American crocodile, that used the cooling canals for breeding has also failed. In 2015, the state of Florida literally walked away from its iron-clad commitments.

Moreover -- right now! -- FPL is spending millions of dollars to defeat a state ballot referendum sought by pro-solar activists who have spent many years fighting the utility at the Public Service Commission where rules and regulations have been distorted to protect the industry's interest in centralized power distribution. As a result, Florida is a laggard in the nation on solar installed at the consumer level despite marketing itself as "The Sunshine State".

Furthermore, FPL is seeking licenses from the NRC for two additional nuclear reactors, an effort speeded by "early cost recovery" through which FPL executives have profited despite public opposition. FPL has meddled in local city elections, using the heinous tactics including trying to smear an incumbent elected official, its most effective critic, as a pedophile. Its lobbyists steamrollered the local county commission, over the objection of environmentalists, in laying out its plan for new nuclear at Turkey Point. It has bought influence at the state level with massive political contributions. A quick review of FPL's filings with the SEC show that the words, "climate change" and "global warming" or "sea level rise", appear nowhere in its risk assessments for investors.

So, it is hard to know: did FPL's publicity department punk Florida Audubon and the Everglades Foundation, or, if the greens did surrender, what were its terms and if its terms were accepted, at what price?

Audubon & Everglades Fdn CEO's praise NextEra/FPL in Honolulu Star-Advertiser

NextEra Energy has been a partner in protecting Florida's environment
By Eric Draper and Eric Eikenberg

POSTED: Nov 22, 2015

Electric utility operations require lots of water, and the Everglades and other ecosystems need fresh water. So our organizations go out of the way to make sure that Florida utilities are efficient, thrifty with water and prioritize solar energy.

One utility that always listens to Everglades advocates -- in fact, they seek our guidance -- is NextEra and its subsidiary, Florida Power & Light.

Power plant siting and mitigation, replacing dirty plants with natural gas and solar, and making power lines safer and healthier for birds and pollinators are all areas where we have reached good decisions with NextEra.

When a large utility acquires a local electric company, it's natural to have questions and concerns. We hope sharing some of our experiences will help eliminate some of your concerns.

NextEra gives back to communities across Florida. It has been a leader in the state business community, but at the same time, recognizes that environmental regulations promote both the environment and good jobs.

Unlike many of its peers, NextEra has taken a national leadership role in supporting President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. We've worked with NextEra Energy to limit and phase out coal-fired power plants and to replace oil-fired plants with natural gas and solar.

And, here is the best part: When it modernizes or builds new plants to serve its customers, it wants our advice on how and where to build the plant -- even the solar energy fields.

Figuring out how to conserve water is a big challenge and one we are especially concerned with. That is why our organizations secured policy that capped new uses of water from the Everglades. Instead of opposing this, NextEra agreed that protecting the Everglades is important and developed a plan to use treated reclaimed wastewater instead.

Florida, like Hawaii, is facing a lot of growth. We are two of the nation's most beautiful and diverse states. You may be known for pineapples, and we may be known for oranges -- and a gulf and an ocean may separate us -- but we share a deep connection with the natural world. Our states are both blessed with beautiful climates, incredible ecology and wild treasures -- from iconic flora and fauna to breath-taking beaches that attract millions of visitors from around the world.

Our recommendation is to make sure you make your priorities clear and keep the communication lines open. A few years ago, we asked NextEra to look into moving the route for a natural gas pipeline to avoid habitat for an endangered sparrow.

"No problem," company executives said.

We also asked them to let us monitor threatened kestrels nesting in boxes on their power poles. Within weeks, our biologists were peeking into the nests. NextEra asked us for a plan to incorporate native species into the landscape for the manatee viewing center.

"Absolutely," we said.

NextEra Energy is a company that doesn't hesitate to tell it like it is. It is good at what it does, and it doesn't settle for shortcuts. It is a company you want on your side because you can count on it, and it will count on you to share your expertise with it.

NextEra Energy has been a valued collaborator and supporter of our organizations for many years. We hope Hawaii has the same experience.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Marco Rubio: on Israel, he is not right for America ... by gimleteye

My connections to Israel run deep, and Marco Rubio will never get my vote on foreign policy. I lost my grandparents at Auschwitz. My father survived Nazi work camps in World War II. After the war, he worked for two years relocating Jewish refugees to Palestine before emigrating, himself, to the United States and working through college to eventually achieve the American Dream that Marco Rubio, among other candidates, invokes in his own story.

For the New York Times, opinion page editor Andrew Rosenthal recently blogged about Rubio and Israel, in a way that resonates for me. At Eye On Miami we've followed Rubio's improbable rise through the Florida legislature, helping to shepherd anti-environmental and anti-citizen legislation that few news outlets have followed.

The politics in Israel are even more fractious than in the United States. The pro-Israel far right, represented by AIPAC and billionaire donors like Sheldon Adelson, is still organized by the same war hawks who dominated the George W. Bush White House. They wrote off Barack Obama in 2008 and Hillary Clinton even earlier. The pro-Israel far right want a president who stands toe-to-toe with Israel on threats to international security -- which every candidate for president whether Republican or Democrat has pledged to do -- but that's not all. They want a president who promises to see the world through Israel's eyes and will not freelance on issues of nuance. The pro-Israel far right want another George W. Bush in other words --, and that someone on the Republican side increasingly looks like Marco Rubio.

Rosenthal: "... what’s really wrong with Mr. Rubio’s commercial, and his candidacy, is that he offers not the slightest idea of what he would do as president to combat terrorism — other than to further undermine Americans’ civil liberties under the guise of counter-terrorism and to turn away legitimate refugees because they happen to be Middle Eastern Muslims."

In recent weeks, investigative journalists have started scrutinizing Rubio's raw ambition, reflected through his very first action after his single victory to the US Senate from Florida. The next day Rubio flew on Norman Braman's private jet to Israel. Rubio, in other words, put his marker down with the far right in Israel as soon as he was elected to the US Senate by Floridians. It made the impression he wanted to make.

Here is what Rosenthal wrote for the Times:
Marco Rubio’s Empty Rhetoric on Terrorism
By ANDREW ROSENTHAL NOVEMBER 23, 2015 1:17 PM November 23, 2015 1:17 pm 81 Comments

At first glance, Marco Rubio’s first television ad as a presidential candidate seems unassailable. He says the world is facing a “civilizational struggle between the values of freedom and liberty, and radical Islamic terror.”

“What happened in Paris could happen here,” Mr. Rubio says, looking slightly less bewildered than usual. The Florida senator goes on to say:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Florida's Thieves Hell-Bent On Stealing State's Solar Future: Story of the Year ... by gimleteye

Whatever political party and candidates one favors, it is possible for all Floridians to agree that the best chance for independence in an age of climate change is diversified choice on solar power.

There is no need to review the pitiful history why the Sunshine State is a laggard in solar at the level of consumers and business. There is a need, however, to understand why the largest corporations in the state are hell-bent on preventing taxpayers from using solar power independently.

Thanks to their fear that someday citizens of Florida would wake up and take control of their energy destiny, the state's largest utilities and special interests conspired to pass a constitutional amendment requiring a supermajority vote, 60 percent, of the electorate to change the constitution (where "wise" state legislators only need 50 percent, of course).

As a result, leaving aside the presidential vote in 2016, the most important issue before Florida voters is a solar power amendment to the constitution that would ensure citizens and not large utilities will have a stable energy future in an age of climate change.

As might be expected, the forces of darkness are spending tens of millions of dollars to overwhelm the forces of light. Their aim is to confuse ALL voters in Florida with a sham amendment, Consumers for Smart Solar, and their puppets in Tallahassee -- the Rick Scott administration -- are spending loads of taxpayer money to thwart the will of taxpayers.

Remember, "Fair Districts" and "Amendment 1"? Both passed overwhelming at the ballot box by more than 60 percent of voters? Well, the goal of the black hats is to deny and obscure; to defeat the real pro-solar choice by confusing voters, qualifying their sham amendment through the Florida Supreme Court (not yet!) and collecting signatures for their sham petition.

The real grass roots effort for solar is being run by Floridians for Solar Choice.
WHAT IS THE SOLAR BALLOT INITIATIVE? A broad coalition of businesses, conservatives and environmental organizations is working to place a question on the 2016 general election ballot asking voters to decide on expanding solar choice to Florida’s families and businesses. The ballot initiative would remove a barrier that currently blocks clean, renewable solar power.

HOW DOES IT REMOVE A BARRIER TO SOLAR POWER? Florida is one of only four states that prohibit citizens from buying electricity from anyone other than a utility, along with North Carolina, Kentucky and Oklahoma (Georgia’s Governor Deal signed a third-party solar bill into law in May 2015 but this map hasn’t yet been updated to reflect that change). This prohibition limits customer choice and blocks the growth of this abundant, clean homegrown energy source. The petition, if passed, will expand solar choice by allowing all customers the option to power their homes or businesses with solar power and who provides it to them.

Get the facts here about the real choice for solar in Florida, not the sham, shady move by the utilities.

And if you want to learn the facts of who is pulling the strings of that sham, shady move, read the excellent report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR).
BIG ENERGY POURS $1.9 MILLION INTO ANTI-SOLAR GROUP, November 16, 2015 By Trevor Aronson, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

Utility companies operating in Florida have donated more than $1.9 million to the misleadingly named Consumers for Smart Solar, a political action committee set up to oppose a ballot initiative that would allow for third-party sales of rooftop solar energy.

According to a tally of campaign contributions by the Energy and Policy Institute and the Center for Media and Democracy, organizations that promote adoption of solar energy, Florida Power and Light — which provides power service to nearly half the state — has given $595,000 to the PAC. Tampa Electric Company has kicked in $556,000, Duke Energy $355,000, Gulf Power Company $380,000, and PowerSouth Energy Cooperative $30,000.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Miami Herald on Homestead Racetrack: Really? ... by gimleteye

Today the Miami Herald published a paean to the Homestead Raceway that made me, in the immortal words of Jim Defede, throw up a little in the back of my throat.

"3100 permanent jobs" created by the Homestead Raceway? REALLY? Show us where, Miami Herald: don't print ridiculous assertions without backup. Especially not when the issue -- the Homestead Raceway -- is shrouded by its history of corruption. It's like the outlandish job justifications used by consultants for every pie-in-the-sky project that has come down Interstate 95 in the last thirty years.

The racetrack was "the savior of Homestead" after Hurricane Andrew? Really? I thought the housing boom in the mid-2000's, championed by the same thieves who promoted the raceway -- saved Homestead. We don't call the city, "HUD-stead" or the "most corrupt little city in America" for nothing. The Raceway turned into exactly what its critics predicted at the time, after Hurricane Andrew: a wedge to pile more people into fragile wetlands and to move the Urban Development Boundary.

How about a note -- a footnote even! -- how $60 million, at least, of taxpayer money was shifted into the pockets of well-connected people by horrendous deal-makers on the Miami-Dade County Commission?

That's a euphemism for "stolen" like its grandchild: the Miami Marlins Stadium.

You won't read that in the Miami Herald, but we never forget. Miami New Times is more helpful: "In 1993, when Homestead was struggling to recover from Hurricane Andrew, the city teamed up with H. Wayne Huizenga and Ralph Sanchez to build a world-class motorsports stadium. As with all other new development in South Miami-Dade, the deal hinged upon empty wetland, and the dirt, gravel, and crushed lime-rock needed to fill it." 

Whatever marijuana Miami Herald editors are smoking these days, before falling asleep, they might want to read their own Carl Hiaasen in 2001 on the Raceway and what we call, "the most corrupt little city in America". Read your own archives, Miami Herald.
Generous Homestead going broke The Miami Herald, - September 26, 2001
Carl Hiaasen
 Crippled by mismanagement and pillaged by fast-buck artists, Homestead is trying desperately not to go broke.

Last week the City Council approved a hacked-down budget designed to address a $13 million shortfall, the result of years of stunning incompetence and hazy deal-making.
 One of the major threats to the city’s solvency is its biggest so-called prize, the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sold with the promise of reviving the area’s devastated economy after Hurricane Andrew, the race track has instead sucked away precious municipal resources. Today it looms as a huge tax burden. Built (and rebuilt) with some $60 million in public funds, the speedway has been a windfall chiefly for those who put on the races.
 This was predicted from the onset, but the politicians in Homestead seemed determined to be fleeced. They were unaccountably delighted to do business with race promoter Ralph Sánchez, even though his track record at the Miami Grand Prix was a joke. The man never put on a race that made money, or that didn’t rely on massive infusions of tax dollars.
 Nothing changed in 1993 when Sánchez got to South Dade, except the scope of his freeloading. Before it was over, Homestead had agreed to kick in $28 million toward the racetrack—an amount it could scarcely afford, given the post-Andrew fiscal slump. In return, the city would own the facility and collect $2.1 million annually in rent—a sum that barely covered the debt payment on the $20 million it borrowed to bankroll the speedway.
 So where was the big payoff to come from? The track’s operators agreed to give Homestead 10 percent of all annual profits exceeding $15 million. It probably will come as no shock to learn that the track has never cleared $15 million a year and that Homestead has never seen any profits. But the City Council seldom lets basic math get in the way of blind optimism. Just when you thought it couldn’t do anything dumber, it did.
 In 1997, after the original Indy-car configuration was modified to Winston Cup, the group headed by Sánchez and Wayne Huizenga decided to sell its lease to NASCAR impresario Bill France. Initially, Homestead asked for $7 million. Fourteen months later, however, the council approved the lease transfer without demanding so much as a penny.
 More amazingly, the city removed the revenue-sharing clause from the contract and reduced the rent to only $1 million, beginning in 2015. Thus, with one baffling stroke of the pen, Homestead guaranteed that it would take no share of its own speedway’s profits, even if the NASCAR races were wildly successful.
 France got a sweetheart lease, Huizenga and Sánchez danced away with an estimated $10 million each, and the city got zippo. Interestingly, the deal was shepherded by then-City Manager Alex Muxo, who later went to work for (what a coincidence!) Huizenga.
 Homestead continued to struggle. Earlier this year, ex-Miami-Dade Manager Merrett Stierheim was asked to help keep the city from going under. One of his first suggestions: Sell the speedway. Citing a recent court ruling, Stierheim noted that the residents of Homestead soon will be stuck with $690,000 in annual property taxes for the facility. City leaders asked the track’s management to help cover the unexpected expense, but Speedway President Curtis Gray declined. What a surprise.
 Meanwhile, folks in Homestead have another good reason to be miffed. Their electric bills are going up, too, thanks in part to the speedway. Four of the city’s main generators have been offline for some time, costing millions in lost profits and repair. These losses might otherwise have been absorbed by a surplus in the Electric Fund. Unfortunately, that account was raided years ago when the city “borrowed” $8 million in Electric Fund cash reserves and spent it on the racetrack.
 According to former Finance Director Bob Nachlinger, the money was never repaid and eventually was written off as an uncollectable loan. Today Homestead officials are trying to balance the budget without putting the speedway up for sale. If that sounds idiotic, remember that things actually could be worse. They could sell it back to Ralph and Wayne.
Here is more from New Times:

Mayor Carlos Gimenez is Afraid of Raquel Regalado, So Afraid He Has Dragged Lynda Bell into this Fray. By Geniusofdespair



This story is so complicated you might have to read the damn Miami Herald too.  Here is how I understand it.  

The Mayor's race is getting very dirty. So dirty, they dusted off Lynda Bell for some of the dirty work again.

That school board soccer stadium idea with David Beckham -- sounds like Norman Braman was behind the cost of the polling -- got good numbers in a poll. Soccer, reflects well with Hispanics, who for some unknown reason like this very low scoring sport. I can't watch it for more than 30 seconds. Anyway, that is besides the point.

Nelson Diaz, the local Republican Chairman (a lobbyist for Southern Strategies who has raised boatloads of money for Diaz) is now rocking the boat on the long running Soccer deal.

There wasn't a peep out of him for the years that Gimenez was talking to Beckhams, agreeing to give the stadium the tax deal that other stadiums get. Now that the School Board is involved, instead of the County, he thinks it is a bad idea to get involved with stadiums and is lobbying -- in the name of the Republican Party -- against the School Board Soccer deal. Very convenient. On the heels of his distaste for the deal,  Lynda Bell has surfaced. She wrote a letter to all the school board members trashing the idea. Trash talk is Lynda Bell's forte. Lynda Bell threatened that she might organize a group in opposition to the deal.  You all know that this is all directed at Raquel Regalado, trying to make her look bad.
Raquel Regalado Running for Mayor of Miami Dade County is a School Board Member

Anyway, now the land that Beckham and friends were buying around the old Orange Bowl, has suddenly got more expensive. I wonder who is behind that? This story is far from over.

74% support the Stadium - School Board Partnership. The Stadium is proposed to be built in Regalado's District.
According to the Miami Herald:
Miami-Dade voters are generally split on David Beckham building a stadium next to Marlins Park, but overwhelmingly support the idea once told the school system will be a partner in the project, according to a private poll.
The school system came late to the deal, with Beckham previously on track to have Miami-Dade County be the owner of the stadium for tax purposes. The Beckham team switched in recent weeks to the school system.

The move raised eyebrows since Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado's daughter, Raquel Regalado, is the school board member whose district includes the soccer site and she is challenging Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez in the 2016 mayoral election. People close to the Beckham side said the school board's reputation for acquiescing to county schools chief Alberto Carvalho was more appealing than the fractious 13-member County Commission.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday's Free For All. By Geniusofdespair

No free products. Sorry, what is free: For you to discuss any topic on your mind (not me). Reach a larger audience with your message on Eye on Miami. You cannot accuse someone of a crime but pretty much, you are free to discuss what you would like. Again -- no vendettas. I don't enjoy reading Hatfield and McCoy type feuds.

You can tell us about your event coming up, your family, your campaign, plug your business...go ahead.

Support "Floridians For Solar Choice" ... by gimleteye

In Florida, there are two competing ballot referendums for 2016; but only one can bring solar choice to Florida. Floridians for Solar Choice must win 60 percent of the November 2016 ballot for that to happen, and it is being opposed by a massive, multi-million dollar effort by electric utilities to maintain their grip on consumers.

Floridians for Solar Choice is a grassroots citizens’ effort working to help more homes and businesses to generate electricity by harnessing the power of the sun. Florida is one of only four states that prohibit citizens from buying electricity from anyone other than a utility, along with North Carolina, Kentucky and Oklahoma (Georgia’s Governor Deal signed a third-party solar bill into law in May 2015 but this map hasn’t yet been updated to reflect that change). This prohibition limits customer choice and blocks the growth of this abundant, clean homegrown energy source. Because we believe the choice to harness solar power should be available to everyone, our coalition is working to place a constitutional amendment on the 2016 ballot that would give Florida’s families and businesses the right to choose solar power.

The utilities, for their selfish reasons, want to control consumers' energy future. They say we have safe, reliable and affordable electricity today. But we are also fighting a war against terrorism. Untangling dependencies on bad energy choices means disengaging from the energy oligarchs.

One way to understand how important solar choice is to Florida is to recognize how the nation's major electric utilities and gasoline powered transportation connects to Saudi Arabia.

The reason we have not scrambled our nation and consumers/ taxpayers away from oil and its derivatives is the economic model that binds us to Saudi oil.

For many decades it was a stable deal with a devil -- fossil fuels -- that bided its time in destroying our climate. Within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it was also a deal with another devil: the most radical strain of Islam. The way that deal goes is simple: the Saudi royal family gets to stay in power, with vast wealth, so long as the imams are permitted to preach and to export Wahhabism.

A terrific editorial in the New York Times includes the following: "Wahhabism, a messianic radicalism that arose in the 18th century, hopes to restore a fantasized caliphate centered on a desert, a sacred book, and two holy sites, Mecca and Medina. Born in massacre and blood, it manifests itself in a surreal relationship with women, a prohibition against non-Muslims treading on sacred territory, and ferocious religious laws. That translates into an obsessive hatred of imagery and representation and therefore art, but also of the body, nakedness and freedom. Saudi Arabia is a Daesh that has made it."

Gradually, Western economies are separating themselves from fossil fuel dependencies. When we are free, it will be much easier to base a foreign policy on stability and equity in the Mideast.

Progress is not happening fast enough. It is not happening quickly enough either on the front of climate change or our relations with Mideast nation states that have disintegrated like Libya and Syria and Iraq.

What U.S. and state energy policy ought to be doing is maximizing the choice of energy production and consumption at the level of consumer and business use.

In Florida, the Sunshine State, voters should rush to solar choice. That means supporting FLORIDIANS FOR SOLAR CHOICE and not the sham petition circulated by the energy oligarchs and their supply chain. They are spending millions to defeat the will of voters, and all they need is to stop the measure from reaching sixty percent.

Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It
New York Times

Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia. In its struggle against terrorism, the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. This is a mechanism of denial, and denial has a price: preserving the famous strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia at the risk of forgetting that the kingdom also relies on an alliance with a religious clergy that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends Wahhabism, the ultra-puritanical form of Islam that Daesh feeds on.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Floriduh: Students With Guns at Florida Universities is not a good idea. By Geniusofdespair

Yes, this is a bona fide idea racing through the Florida legislature (with the help of the NRA): Allowing guns on the campuses of Florida's Public College Campuses (there are 40 of them). I am not making this up.

Has anyone from the Florida legislature met a teenager? I suppose not.

Does anyone remember a painful breakup from their younger years or a bully they encountered? What if you had a gun at that time? What might have happened if you were despondent to the core? Arming children at schools without parents present is the mother of all stupid ideas. And lets face it, they are STILL children, many not emotionally equipped to control themselves.

According to

Your child goes through a ‘bulletproof’ stage of thinking and acting as if nothing bad could happen to him. Your child’s decision-making skills are still developing, and your child is still learning about the consequences of actions.

Here is how Bill 4001 is progressing in the House of Representatives and who supports it (this is what happens when you vote in nitwits):
Democrat Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda A Co-Sponsor from Tallahassee. She went to New College, 1977-1982; University of South Florida, B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1982; University of Florida, College of Law, J.D., 1983-1985. She is a college professor. She sponsored it because she was a victim of date rape and the gun she had saved her. It could have killed her too, if the guy got his hands on it.

General Bill by Steube and Rehwinkel Vasilinda (CO-SPONSORS) Baxley; Boyd; Combee; Drake; Eagle; Fant; Gaetz; Renner; Smith; Stone; Sullivan; Trumbull; Van Zant; Wood
Licenses to Carry Concealed Weapons or Firearms: Removes provision prohibiting concealed carry licensees from openly carrying handgun or carrying concealed weapon or firearm into college or university facility.
Effective Date: July 1, 2016
Last Event: Bill released to House Calendar on Thursday, November 19, 2015 5:00 PM
 Those who voted NO in the Judiciary Committee:

Dudley,  (Katy) Edwards, Kerner, Moskowitz, Rodriguez, J.  (Jose Javier Rodriguez is our guy down here.) There were 13 yeas and 5 nays.

I Think Jose Javier Rodriguez should run for Governor. What a smart guy we have here in South Florida!