Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In 2016 election, on cyber security Dems and GOP played T-Ball, while Russians fielded their major league teams ... by gimleteye

Must read, from Wired: "How An Entire Nation Became A Test Lab For CyberWar".

"From the beginning, one of this war’s major fronts has been digital. Ahead of Ukraine’s post-revolution 2014 elections, a pro-­Russian group calling itself CyberBerkut—an entity with links to the Kremlin hackers who later breached Democratic targets in America’s 2016 presidential election—rigged the website of the country’s Central Election Commission to announce ultra-right presidential candidate Dmytro Yarosh as the winner. Administrators detected the tampering less than an hour before the election results were set to be declared. And that attack was just a prelude to Russia’s most ambitious experiment in digital war, the barrage of cyberattacks that began to accelerate in the fall of 2015 and hasn’t ceased since."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Someone Run Against Me Please. By Geniusofdespair

  I Carlos Curbelo voted for the Trump Care piece of crap in the House of Representatives, which is really only a tax cut for the rich.  I need you to run against me....I am too stupid too serve so I should be punished. 

May 4, 2017 - Carlos Curbelo - District 26 - and Mario Diaz-Balart Voted to Repeal Obamacare.

Now let's vote against Carlos! 20 Republicans had the guts to vote against Trumpcare. It passed by one so Carlos Curbelo was the deciding vote.


Always Amused by Hudstead Antics. By Geniusofdespair


Vote me Out: I am too Greedy to Serve You!

Major Chutzpah going on in Homestead. Councilman Jimmy Williams tried to get his own pensions increased and that of the council. According to the Miami Herald's Monique Madan:
A Homestead councilman’s move to increase most council members’ pension benefits by about 75 percent during an election year failed when citizens questioned the council’s priorities during a public hearing, one calling the measure a “disgrace.”
Councilman Jimmie Williams, who sits on the city’s pension board, proposed an ordinance that would increase the amount of money elected Homestead officials receive, lower the age requirement, and lock in automatic 2 percent raises every year.
The measure died 4-3 on Wednesday; Councilman Elvis Maldonado and Vice Mayor Patricia Fairclough voted with Williams in favor.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/homestead/article157904544.html#storylink=cpy
Elvis and Patricia Fairclough, you both are connivers too,  trying to get this self serving money from a poor city.  All three of you should be ashamed.  Get jobs if you need money. None of us have pensions.

Homestead should thank Mayor Jeff Porter and Councilmen Burgess, Roth and Shelley for holding off this crappy, greedy idea.

Jimmy why don't you ask Wayne Rosen for a pension. You have been kissing his behind for a long time.

Running for their last term as County Commissioner unless you vote to change the charter. By Geniusofdespair

So far only 3 of the  6 even number districts have candidates.  Levine Cava is off to a big start with a quarter of million dollars in funds.

A. D. Lenoir is the only new kid on the block, running against Jean Monestime. This isn't the first time Pastor A.D. Lenoir has run for District 2.

There are also plenty of Judges up for reelection.

All County Commissioners are limited to 8 years. Although I hear talk they want to change the charter to get rid of the limit. You have to vote on charter changes. Don't vote to extend their term 8 is enough.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tweeter in Chief. By Geniusofdespair

Today's wacky Trump tweet:

  • Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!

Why is Donald Trump so obsessed with irrelevant matters? How do these things pop into his  head? The election is way over. 

You must read a book on grammar Donald. You could be studying instead of tweeting nonsense from the past. Of course, the Russians are responsible for this old news... that should be your issue.  And you calling Bernie "crazy" is certainly a case of the pot calling the kettle black. "Unfair to Bernie", like you give a rat's ass about Bernie.



Friday, June 23, 2017

Make Political Candidates Choose Between Your Vote and Polluters ... by gimleteye

I wrote the following for Bullsugar.org

Make your choice at the ballot box a referendum FOR candidates who will support disclosure and fixing the extent and cause of neurotoxins in our waterways, rare pediatric cancer clusters in our communities, and the spread of methyl mercury through the application of sulfur on more than half a million acres of sugarcane.


      
Thursday, June 22, 2017
   



Remember how Big Sugar said the problem in Florida’s estuaries was septic tanks adjacent to the Indian River? They say the same about the mercury problem in the Everglades and Florida waterways: it’s someone else’s fault. Not of course that Big Sugar fails to clean up its pollution.

Florida has warned fishermen about mercury contamination for
years
The same sort of wizardry applies to how Big Sugar talks about mercury. Let’s break it down:
For mercury contamination to pollute aquatic ecosystems, the mercury must first be transformed to the powerful neurotoxicant methylmercury. Once methylmercury is formed, it can readily enter the base of aquatic food chains and accumulate at increasingly higher concentrations up the food chain from algae to predatory fish and ultimately to terrestrial wildlife such as wading birds and mammal species, including the endangered Florida panther.
This process is known as bioaccumulation and can easily result in concentration increases of methylmercury in fish by factors of over one million relative to methylmercury concentrations in the water column of the Everglades. How does it happen?
  1. The bacteria largely responsible for producing methylmercury require sulfate to support their metabolism.  
  2. Sulfate concentrations are elevated across much of the Everglades. The magnitude of this contamination can reach factors up to and greater than 50 compared to background levels, depending on location. Those excess concentrations of sulfate are largely due to one source: farming practices involving the drainage of flooded soils and the use of elemental sulfur as a soil amendment in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
In short, sulfate is a primary driver of the production of methylmercury. The pervasive and high levels of sulfate contamination–largely due to EAA farming practices–are believed by most scientists to have greatly exacerbated the methylmercury problem.
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Just like water policies protecting Big Sugar first are wrecking our estuaries, rivers and bays, farming practices tolerated by the state of Florida are spreading pollution into Florida’s most treasured wetland.
Because the muck soils in the EAA are both low in essential micronutrients, and because limestone present in the soils binds phosphorus, the farmers need to apply sulfur to acidify the soils and release these nutrients.
The problem with sulfur is that it doesn’t stay on sugar fields; it flows into the Everglades. So, how have the State of Florida and the South Florida Water Management District reacted to the scientific realities of methylmercury?
Sugar’s position, as usual: "Don’t tell us how much water we need or when we can have it, don't tell us we can't drain our fields dry even if it endangers local communities and causes toxic discharges, and don’t tell us how to use sulfur or any other soil additive.”
The simple truth is that, either through benign ignorance or willful indifference, the state of Florida and the district do not even require sugar farmers to report how much sulfur they are using.
High levels of sulfate are commonly found flowing out of the EAA
Big Sugar represents a secret sulfur source: "The amount of total sulfur used in various soil amendments, fertilizers, and fungicides in the EAA is unknown.” ('Sulfur in the South Florida Ecosystem,' Orem et al., Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 3 March 2011, page 262.) A more recent estimate of the amount of sulfur applied to the EAA is nearly 19,000 tons per year (Landing, 2014).
When you consider that the practice of applying sulfur as a soil amendment has been occurring over a period of many decades in the EAA, you get the idea. 
"Overall, it appears that much or most of the sulfate present in EAA canals originates from the EAA lands. The broad use of sulfur in agriculture (present and legacy sulfur in soil), and the elimination of other sulfur sources (groundwater, wet/dry deposition) as inputs to canals suggests that soil oxidation and present sulfur use in the EAA accounts for the major proportion of the sulfate load to the Everglades." (Orem et al, page 263)
Methylmercury is one of the most potent toxicants known to man. It is so powerful that “do not eat” fish warnings are posted throughout the South Florida landscape. Methylmercury is particularly damaging to fetuses and young children. But it not just infants who are at risk.  Indigenous peoples living in the Everglades and relying on fish for food, people in glades communities who depend on fish to supplement their diets, and recreational anglers also are at risk.
Methylmercury is especially dangerous to developing babies and
young children

So why aren’t the facts of methylmercury more widely broadcast to the public?
For the same reason that the state ignored the science of water quality and allowed Big Sugar to dictate a deep reservoir in the Everglades in the recent session of the legislature, and not the addition of significant lands for water treatment and cleansing purposes.
Big Sugar makes money at your expense, literally, from your wallet and in threats to your health. Not idle threats. Methylmercury is deadly serious business, and Big Sugar routinely buries its cost in your waterways.
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Say hello to Generic Drugs because you won't get anything else. By Geniusofdespair

On my plan they stuck all the drugs in tiers. And, they move them to a higher more expensive tier at will. One of my generics doubled in price because of a tier move. And brand name drug I want, $400. A lidocaine patch 1% stronger than over the counter ($7.99) is $400. And then they remove your drug from the plan altogether. I now get my drugs through Romania and Turkey. I only get antibiotics through my drug plan United. They suck. So unless you want a generic or antibiotics, or you are expecting to use a drug with no generic equivalent, you are screwed.

Doctors are so tired of writing letters to try to move your drug to a cheaper tier, they are supplying patients with cheaper pharmacies--- no drug plan involved.

What is your experience?

 We are getting screwed even in our plans! And I have great insurance, just a lot of drug bills.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Donald Trump is Gloating...and why not? By Geniusofdespair


Trump's two GLOATING tweets today after the two election wins for Republicans yesterday:
Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare,Tax Cuts,Security. Obstruction doesn't work!

Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN are 5 and O! All the Fake News, all the money spent = 0
Are we the clueless party like Donald Trump thinks? There is in fighting going on in the Florida Party. Idiots. Egos are what it is about. You shouldn't have egos, you are NOT the imperial party you are the ones hanging onto the lifeboat. You locals can't even win in your own State: Both houses and the Governor are all Republicans.

Democrats need a Presidential candidate to start campaigning, anything to get the people's mind off all the dysfunction.

Trump was in Miami last week. Where was a massive demonstration? Why wasn't anything planned by anyone? I have my pink hat ready....to do what? WHERE WAS THE DEMONSTRATION??? Thousands should have come out.

Democrats can't win even with millions of dollars. I am so sick of this party.

"It's my party and I will cry if I want to: You should cry too."

How Trump broke the trust of Americans and lost his legitimacy ... by gimleteye

According to a Reuters analysis of Trump-related properties in South Florida, “Moscow on the Beach: Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings”, (June 20, 2017), "... at least 703 – or about one-third – of the owners of the 2044 units in the seven Trump buildings are limited liability companies, or LLCs, which have the ability to hide the identity of a property’s true owner. And the nationality of many buyers could not be determined.”

The eye opener is that 63 Russian nationals identified are only about 8 percent of Trump property investors who are LLC’s. "Russian-Americans who did not use a Russian address or passport in their purchases were not included in the tally." In other words, what facts could be established in a legitimate news report -- that nearly $100 million of Russian money is in Trump-related buildings in South Florida -- is the tip of the iceberg.

Limited liability corporations are legal tax pass-throughs that have the collateral benefit of shielding ownership from public view. It is no wonder that the Reuters investigation “found no wrong doing” and turned up only a few first-tier Russian players (for example, "a former executive in a Moscow-based state-run construction firm that works on military and intelligence facilities").

Hiding financial assets is part of the rigged system that prevent Americans from understanding the true facts of the Trump/Russia connection.

People complain about “fake news” and the mainstream media. The ability of influence peddlers to conceal identities is a major reason, why. The whole story can't be told. (We are intimately familiar with this problem, at Eye On Miami. See for yourself, by typing "LLC" in the search bar of our blog and read how frequently this issue crops up in our efforts to do detailed analyses of pressure politics in Miami and Florida by insiders and special interests.)

Dedicated readers can draw their own conclusions from an incomplete set of facts. Journalists can't. You can take it to the bank that the $100 million cited by the Reuters investigation is the tip of the iceberg. Reuters won’t say so, because it will only go so far as legitimate fact-based journalism will go. But we will venture our opinion: within the high number of LLC’s and concealed buyers of Trump related properties in South Florida, there are many big investors from Russia.

In 2016 Eye On Miami described the Obama administration initiative requiring disclosure of real estate transaction principals in a few test markets, including Miami: "The Best news of 2016"!)

The Obama White House move had big banks and real estate interests swearing under their breaths. It tacitly acknowledged foreign capital was distorting real estate markets. Obama wanted Americans to know, how much and by whom. Unfortunately, the program simply flagged bad actors to “stay off the streets” until it ended.

The Russians who invested in Trump South Florida properties know Trump knows, even though their identities have not been disclosed. You can be certain that Ivanka, Jared and Donald discussed these transaction as a routine matter of business. And Trump knows that LLC laws shield American voters from understanding his relationships to Russia just like tax laws prevent the public from knowing how much money Trump owes to Russia.

Here is the key: how much interest expense does Donald Trump claim on his tax returns? Who and what banks is he indebted to? The FBI, the special investigator Robert Mueller, and US Department of Treasury know.

According to Reuters, "The White House referred questions from Reuters to the Trump Organization, whose chief legal officer said the scrutiny of President Trump’s business ties with Russia was misplaced.” That is not true. Period.

The absence of disclosure — indeed, the reality of so many concealed identities, shielded LLCs and sources of investment in Trump properties — is one reason so many American voters have no confidence in Donald Trump.

Full financial disclosure is integral to the bond of trust between American voters and their presidents, and it has been for a very long time. By retreating behind the high walls of corporate law -- hiding identities of his Russian investors -- and refusing to disclose his tax returns -- hiding how much and who he owes money to -- Donald Trump fails the test of legitimacy Americans require for their president.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cooking Peacocks: Tasty! By Geniusofdespair

In Miami Dade County we are at a crisis with non-native species. Between the Peacocks and the Iguanas it is a surprise we have any native foliage left. Peacocks are a fowl so let's cook them and eat them (not just murder them as was done last week). The best recipe is at this link.


From the recipe:
After an arduous two and a half hours of blanching, plucking and a quick gutting it was done. The old boy was a lot harder to pluck than a young bird, that’s for sure, as I needed a needle-nosed pliers to finish the job. After that I even shaved it with a straight razor to get it perfectly smooth since lets be honest: if an animal’s got skin that can be rendered a salty, crispy, golden brown, you want to eat that, yes you do.
Do I have a recipe for feral cats? I do, if you don't like artichokes skip this one. We had a popular recipe for Iguana Stew in 2008.

Heavens, "No Donald wait till the Peacock is cooked".


Carol, an Aide to  Former County Commissioner Katy Sorenson had this to say about the Peacock infestation in Katy's district:
I worked long and hard on this very issue when I was w/Katy Sorenson. First, they are called "Peafowl"...(and many agreed: Foul)...as you learned they are either beloved or hated. If I recall we FINALLY found someone who wanted them...not easy there. In other areas, such as here in Hot Springs, AR, they are desired for their beauty. Our botanical gardens just have introduced a few...wonder if they know what they are in for. I understand that they do eat snakes, so that's a plus. My best suggestion is to find someone who will 'export' them to other areas. It was a huge challenge to find a solution