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(4) Video's on Nat Gas, Fracking, Oil /Nat Geo special

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This excellent documentary, directed by Dr. Richard Smith, was first broadcast on 24 May 2007 by ABC TV (Australia) and wan the 2008 Walter Sullivan Award for excellence in science journalism.

Shale Oil - The Rush for Black Gold - 11.20.2011
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Natural Gas Technology from Modern Marvels

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Oil pipeline/drilling/oil sands etc. (4)

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After a decade-long search for oil in Alaska's wilderness, gas burst up out of an exploratory well on the North Slope. It was soon calculated that as much as ten billion barrels of oil lay below the frozen tundra of Prudhoe Bay. For over three years, workers battled brutal Arctic weather to construct an eight hundred mile pipeline. The men, machines and money the pipeline brought to Alaska would forever transform America's last great wilderness.

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Do you like to drive? Infographic> Ventura Hwy & other famous...

Ventura Highway (America)

Do you feel like taking a drive? Driving can be so stressful in the early morning, while racing to work, but it can also be so very relaxing in the right environment. Today, we are focusing on the soothing, so sit back, buckle up and get ready for a ride.

Today’s infographic takes us through the 10 most beautifully challenging highways, all which are blissfully tackled in a Suzuki. From West Virginia and Maine to to California and Hawaii, these drives will take you through all of the terrain that the United States has to offer.

While I haven’t made any of these drives, all of these may make their way on to my bucket list. If I have to play favorites, I would most love to take a spin around the Big Sur Costal Highway in California. Beachy California a convertible can’t be beat.

https://dailyinfographic.com/

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More Metallica

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Metallica For Whom The Bell Tolls Music Video (Military Themed)

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Road trip

The only one of those rides I've done is the Acadia National Park circuit. Beautiful ride! Highly recommend taking the time to climb Cadillac Mountain while you are there. Enjoy some of the wild blueberries you'll find growing on the mountain side while taking in a magnificent view of the bay.

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RarE styLe.......

MISHEARD LYRICS - Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 - 10:50am
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"This Is Automation" 1955 General Electric / Refrigeration 1944

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Thu, Aug 30, 2012 - 10:05am
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Stashing this calender here also...

...so it's easy to find later for anyone else. Not that many pages here to scroll through.

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/complete-ranked-world-calendar-events-end...

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CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON / THE GLOBAL ARMS TRADE

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Mountain Jam (Watkins Glen) Allman Bros ☮ Grateful Dead

Mountain Jam (Watkins Glen) ☮ Allman Bros & Grateful Dead

7/28/73 - Allman Brothers w/ Grateful Dead and members of The Band, at the legendary Watkins Glen concert in Upstate New York.

More info can be found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summer_Jam_at_Watkins_Glen

The entire set by the Grateful Dead, including Mountain Jam in it's entirety, can be listened to over at live archive:

https://archive.org/details/gd73-07-28.sbd.weiner.14196.sbeok.shnf

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Seriously messed up.....you can't make this stuff up

More proof that the ability to reason sensibly is evading those in positions of influential power.

My decision would have been for "head reassignment' surgery...like cutting their head off one year after they committed the original crime. Cruel? Maybe, maybe not.

Sex reassignment surgery for a murderer and known psychotic individual on death row for life?

No freaking way!

State Must Grant Murder Convict A Sex Change Operation, Judge Rules

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A federal judge in Boston today "ordered state prison officials to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison" for murder, The Associated Press writes.

According to the Boston Globe, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mark Wolf ruled that the surgery is the only way to care for Michelle Kosilek's gender identity disorder and noted that the treatment "had been prescribed by Department of Correction doctors, and that the only justifications for denying the treatment were based on public opinion."

Michelle Kosilek, formerly known as Robert, in 1993. EnlargeLisa Bul/AP

Michelle Kosilek, formerly known as Robert, in 1993.

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Michelle Kosilek, formerly known as Robert, in 1993.

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Wolf, who was nominated to his seat by President Reagan in 1985, "is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide the surgery for a transgender inmate," the AP says.

The then-Robert Kosilek killed his wife in 1990 and was convicted of her murder three years later. Also in 1993, he legally changed his first name to Michelle. Kosilek "lives as a woman in an all-male prison," according to the AP.

A year ago, our colleagues at WBUR wrote about how the case had already "been making headlines for more than a decade." They reported that:

"Diagnosed with gender identity disorder (GID) by prison doctors, Kosilek sued the state corrections department for not providing her gender reassignment therapy. In 2002, she won, on the basis that the Eighth Amendment requires prisons to pay for all medical care deemed necessary. She's been receiving female hormone injections ever since. ...

"Pretty soon, though, Kosilek was back in court, claiming that the hormones weren't enough; she wants gender reassignment surgery. ...

"The case reverberated across the country. Inmates from Massachusetts to California started requesting hormone therapy and a lot of them got it."

As for what will happen if Kosilek does get the surgery, WBUR said that whether she is then transferred to a women's facility could be the subject of further litigation.

https://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/04/160554456/state-must-gra...

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This Modern World: Political Cartoons (2)

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Thu, Sep 6, 2012 - 10:40pm (Reply to #52)
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I'm with you!

I read this article the other day and was in disbelief. This is how far the wrong way things have progressed...that it EVER saw the light of day in a courtroom in the first place is ludicrous. I don't know what the financial condition of MA is, surely not too great, but gee whiz. I tend to look at things on the most simple level and basically they are taking money from taxpayer's checks to pay for this freak. Seems as though the judge can't see past his eye at how crazy the ruling is, not to mention the precedent this is setting. Oh well, whatya gonna do. In a similar light, in my hometown in Ga they were gonna spend $200K on art for the new and improved jail. 200K!! FUCK! In a jail! This is the sort of thing that just riles one up. People started complaining, me included, and then they reduced the amount down to 50K....People still bitched and they scratched the whole thing finally. And I can't even get a friggin streetlight at my dark ass driveway because money is tight. Whatever.

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End of Days / Out of the Blue - HD

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Gold to be Tier 1, or is it?

I heard somebody say they had read ALL of Basel III and that gold was not mentioned.

The Fed/FDIC original proposal for comment from June DID have allocated or in-hand gold as Tier 1, the Proposed Rules from August 30 do NOT. Comment period was extended to October 22. Is there a Turdite with better information?

Here are my references:

https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20120607a.htm

Comment period extended to October 22, 2012

https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20120808a.htm

The August 30 Proposed rules do NOT reaffirm allocated gold or gold-in-hand as Tier 1

https://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/federal/2012-ad-95-96-97/2012-08-30_proposed-rule_ad95.pdf

The original

https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/bcreg20120607a2.pdf

SUMMARY: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the

Federal Reserve System (Board), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

(collectively, the agencies) are seeking comment on three notices of proposed rulemaking

(NPRs) that would revise and replace the agencies’ current capital rules. SUMMARY: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the

Federal Reserve System (Board), and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

(collectively, the agencies) are seeking comment on three notices of proposed rulemaking

(NPRs) that would revise and replace the agencies’ current capital rules.

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11. Other Assets

In this NPR, the agencies propose to apply the following risk weights for exposures not

otherwise assigned to a specific risk weight category, which are generally consistent with the risk

weights in the general risk-based capital rules:

(1) A zero percent risk weight to cash owned and held in all of a banking organization’s

offices or in transit; gold bullion held in the banking organization’s own vaults, or held in

another depository institution’s vaults on an allocated basis to the extent gold bullion assets are

offset by gold bullion liabilities; and to exposures that arise from the settlement of cash

transactions (such as equities, fixed income, spot foreign exchange and spot commodities) with a

central counterparty where there is no assumption of ongoing counterparty credit risk by the

central counterparty after settlement of the trade and associated default fund contributions;

page 194: §___.32(l) that’s a lower case “L”

(l) Other assets. (1) A [BANK] must assign a zero percent risk weight to cash owned and

held in all offices of the [BANK] or in transit; to gold bullion held in the [BANK]’s own vaults

or held in another depository institution’s vaults on an allocated basis, to the extent the gold

bullion assets are offset by gold bullion liabilities, and to exposures that arise from the settlement

of cash transactions (such as equities, fixed income, spot FX and spot commodities) with a

central counterparty where there is no assumption of ongoing counterparty credit risk by the

central counterparty after settlement of the trade and associated default fund contributions.

Page 121

This addendum presents a summary of the proposal in this NPR that is most relevant for smaller,

less complex banking organizations banking organization that are not subject to the market risk

capital rule or the advanced approaches capital rule, and that have under $50 billion in total

assets. The agencies intend for this addendum to act as a guide for these banking organizations,

helping them to navigate the proposed rule and identify the changes most relevant to them. The

addendum does not, however, by itself provide a complete understanding of the proposed rules

and the agencies expect and encourage all institutions to review the proposed rule in its entirety.

A. Zero Percent Risk-weighted Items

The following exposures would receive a zero percent risk weight under the proposal:

· Cash;

· Gold bullion;

· Direct and unconditional claims on the U.S. government, its central bank, or a U.S.

government agency;

· Exposures unconditionally guaranteed by the U.S. government, its central bank, or a

U.S. government agency;

· Claims on certain supranational entities (such as the International Monetary Fund) and

certain multilateral development banking organizations

In the edits

§ 217.32 General Risk Weights.

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(l) Other assets.

(1)(A) A bank holding company or savings and loan holding company must assign a

zero percent risk weight to cash owned and held in all offices of subsidiary depository

institutions or in transit, and to gold bullion held in a subsidiary depository institution’s own

vaults, or held in another depository institution’s vaults on an allocated basis, to the extent the

gold bullion assets are offset by gold bullion liabilities.

(B) A state member bank must assign a zero percent risk weight to cash owned and held

in all offices of the state member bank or in transit; to gold bullion held in the state member

bank’s own vaults or held in another depository institution’s vaults on an allocated basis, to the

extent the gold bullion assets are offset by gold bullion liabilities; and to exposures that arise

from the settlement of cash transactions (such as equities, fixed income, spot foreign exchange

and spot commodities) with a central counterparty where there is no assumption of ongoing

counterparty credit risk by the central counterparty after settlement of the trade and associated

default fund contributions.

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The unthinkable cost of preserving the petrodollar - video

World War 3: the unthinkable cost of preserving the petrodollar

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Freud / Pavlov

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Who are you? ~ The Unconscious Mind Unveiled

The Unconscious Mind Unveiled
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Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones

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Dreamland Area 51

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