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|'He'd do it again': Former Obama official says Trump must be impeached
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, the author of the new bestseller “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump,” believes the GOP notion that Congress can responsibly let voters decide if President Trump’s conduct is impeachable at the ballot box “makes no sense.”
POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 12:17 PM
|Nikki Haley claims Dylann Roof 'hijacked' the 'heritage' of the Confederate flag in church massacre
Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said that white supremacist Dylann Roof “hijacked” the Confederate flag by carrying out a mass killing of African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015.
POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 3:32 PM
|Judiciary Committee releases report on grounds for impeachment
The release of the report comes ahead of the second Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing on Monday.
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 5:48 AM
|Indian border officials on lookout for fugitive cosmic guru
Indian border officials and embassies have issued an alert for a fugitive guru accused of rape, the government said, days after the holy man announced the creation of his own "cosmic" country. Swami Nithyananda -- one of many self-styled Indian "godmen" with thousands of followers and a chequered past -- is wanted by police for alleged rape, sexual abuse, and abduction of children. Earlier this week, he announced online that he has created his own new country -- reportedly off Ecuador's coast -- complete with cabinet, golden passports, and even a department of homeland security.
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 5:17 AM
|AOC calls out Trump after news that Amazon plans to hire 1,500 employees in New York City
Following reports that Amazon plans to open a new office in New York City, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the Trump administration "should focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families."
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 5:07 PM
|50 Great Gadget and Gear Gifts for the Holidays
POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 1:29 PM
|New Jersey journalist re-arrested in Nigeria after brief glimpse of freedom
Omoyele Sowore, imprisoned in his home country of Nigeria since August, has been freed from government custody, but still has to stand trial.
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 3:13 PM
|Could Mexico's Version of the Marine Corps Crush the Cartels?
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POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 3:00 PM
|Why Texas’s fossil fuel support will ‘spell disaster’ for climate crisis
The state – which leads the way as US output of oil and gas is forecast to rise 25% in the next decade – is intensifying its production pipeline by pipelineIn the same month that Greta Thunberg addressed a UN summit and millions of people took part in a global climate strike, lawmakers in America’s leading oil- and gas-producing state of Texas made a statement of their own.Texas’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Act went into effect on 1 September, stiffening civil and criminal penalties specifically for protesters who interrupt operations or damage oil and gas pipelines and other energy facilities.Within a couple of weeks, two dozen Greenpeace activists who dangled off a bridge over the Houston ship channel became the first people charged under the new law, which allows for prison sentences of up to 10 years and fines of up to $500,000 for protest groups.The new Texas law is emblematic of the unyielding loyalty of conservative lawmakers to the fossil fuel industry in a state stacked with influential climate science deniers or sceptics such as the US senator and former Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and which named a pipeline tycoon to its parks and wildlife conservation commission.With kindred spirits in the Trump White House, Texas is now intensifying its support of the fossil fuel industry and, pipeline by pipeline, literally laying the groundwork for production to ramp up even more in the next decade.The scale of new production is “staggering”, according to an analysis by Global Witness, a campaign group, with Texas leading the way as US output of oil and gas is forecast to rise by 25% over the next decade. This makes it a “looming carbon timebomb”, the group believes, in a period when global oil and gas production needs to drop by 40% to mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis.“The sheer scale of this new production dwarfs that of every other country in the world and would spell disaster for the world’s ambitions to curb climate change,” the report states.The US is already the planet’s leading producer of oil and gas and central to its rise is the Permian Basin, a shale region of about 75,000 sq miles extending from west Texas into New Mexico.Despite the oil price crash of 2014, the Permian’s oil production has soared from about a million barrels a day in 2011 to about 4.5m this autumn, while natural gas production has trebled since 2013, according to US government figures.In March, the Permian overtook Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar to become the world’s most productive oilfield. While Saudi Arabia’s overall production remains far higher, predictions that the Permian’s output will continue to grow at a similar rate – doubling by 2023 as pipeline capacity expands and major oil companies increase their presence – are alarming environmentalists.> Having some kind of wild west boom going on in Texas ... that’s just the precise opposite to what should be going on> > Lorne Stockman“Having some kind of wild west boom going on in Texas where it’s every man for himself drilling as quickly as possible and trying to pull the stuff out of the ground in a kind of frenzy, that’s just the precise opposite to what should be going on,” said Lorne Stockman, a senior research analyst at Oil Change International, a clean energy advocacy group.While there are some indicators of a slowdown in the growth rate, Chevron’s president of North American exploration and production, Steve Green, told an industry event in October that the oil major sees a “boom boom boom kind of economy” with a “long, healthy pace of activity in the Permian and Texas for decades to come”, Bloomberg reported.The Permian’s fortunes are not dependent on the whims of one or two dominant companies – there are hundreds of operators, from tiny independents to huge multinationals such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell and ConocoPhillips, many of the corporations which, as the Guardian has reported, are behind a large proportion of the planet’s carbon emissions and are poised to flood markets with an additional 7m barrels per day over the next decade.Gene Collins has witnessed firsthand the flipside of the Permian’s economic boom. The 68-year-old, who runs an insurance agency and is on the board of a local economic development corporation, was born and raised in Odessa, a city which, with neighbouring Midland, is at the heart of the Permian. Heavy trucks are damaging road surfaces, traffic accidents have increased and housing rates have soared, he claimed.“It has not been a gradual growth. It’s been the type of growth that puts such a strain on the community that we’re unable to keep up with what we need to handle the crowds, the influx. Our housing shortage is really epidemic. It puts a burden on our school districts. We need teachers but we can’t bring teachers in because we have no place for them to stay,” Collins said.A report last May by the Environmental Integrity Project, a not-for-profit group, cited a lack of air quality monitoring in west Texas, with only one station to track sulphur dioxide levels, and limited regulatory oversight which relies on companies to self-report unauthorised emissions.The pace of drilling, low prices and lack of capacity have led to the Permian’s frackers producing more natural gas than the infrastructure system can handle, prompting them to vent gas or deliberately burn it off in an environmentally harmful process known as flaring.“We probably have some of the worst air that we’ve ever had out here in west Texas” Collins said. “Every night we flare out here, let off natural gas, a lot of it really fugitive emissions because we don’t have the regulators out here.” A spokeswoman for the Texas Oil and Gas Association, a trade group, did not respond to a request for comment on how the industry plans to improve air quality in the Permian. Its president, Todd Staples, has said that its members “are accomplishing emissions progress through voluntary programmes, innovations and efficiencies”.New pipelines should help relieve the bottlenecks, such as the Gulf Coast Express, a 448-mile pipeline which went online in September to take natural gas from west Texas towards the state’s portion of the Gulf coast. But these too come at an environmental cost.> We’re facing a massive wave of fossil fuel facilities that we’ve never seen before> > Rebekah HinojosaIn the Rio Grande valley, at the border with Mexico, activists are battling to stop the construction of three planned liquefied natural gas processing and export facilities at the port of Brownsville.“We’re facing a massive wave of fossil fuel facilities that we’ve never seen before,” said Rebekah Hinojosa, a local organiser with the Sierra Club, a national environmental group. “The lifeblood of those communities is nature, ecotourism, shrimping, fishing, dolphin watch tours. Having a massive fossil fuel industry is not compatible.”Though Texas is also the national leader in wind power capacity, the fracking investment locks the state into a fossil fuel future and enables the US to export cheap gas to other countries, perpetuating worldwide demand.Democrats in Texas are pinning their hopes on long-term demographic shifts that point to the state becoming a political battleground within the next decade, potentially paving the way for more climate-conscious policies such as restrictions on fossil fuel production, tougher regulatory regimes and promotion of renewables.“Will Texas have a political shift that might empower Democrats at some stage who might be more willing to think about restraining the growth of the oil sector, if not reversing it?” said Joshua Busby, an associate professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and senior research fellow at the Center for Climate and Security. Busby believes natural disasters might accelerate change by altering the economic equation. The Gulf coast’s vulnerability to storms potentially made more severe by global heating – such as Harvey, which flooded much of the Houston area in 2017 - could damage ports, refineries and petrochemical plants, erode financial markets’ enthusiasm for fossil fuel investments, hurt companies’ bottom lines and push climate concerns higher up the priority list for voters in traditionally conservative suburban and rural areas.Collins doubts that a radical transformation is imminent. “We have climate change deniers running the government. So there’s really no benefit to them [in restricting drilling] if they think that the energy that is produced outweighs the risk,” he said.The new measure punishing protesters, he said, underlines the political priorities in Texas: “For them to pass a law like that gives you an indication of what they think about the oil industry versus the rights and the health of human beings.”
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 2:30 AM
|Judge blocks Trump's favorite construction company from building private border wall
A federal judge in McAllen, Texas, has temporarily blocked a plan for a construction firm favored by President Trump to build a privately funded segment of border wall along the banks of the Rio Grande River.
POSTED DECEMBER 06, 2019 9:16 PM
|The Clayton Police Weekly Activity Report
ACCIDENTS: 6200 Center St. No Injuries. (11/22/19 – 1905 hrs.) ARRESTS: Crow Pl. Take Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent: Vehicle Theft; Conspiracy to Commit Crime; Probation Violation. A 30-year-old male, along with his 24-year-old passenger, both from Hayward, were arrested after officers received a call for service. They were transported to Martinez Detention Facility. (11/22/19 – […]
POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2019 3:00 AM
|The Concord Police Weekly Arrest Report
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POSTED DECEMBER 08, 2019
|Concord Police Weekly Burglary Report – 31 Burglaries Reported Between Nov.27 – Dec.3
This is the Concord Police weekly burglary report. Please click on the image for a much larger view. The last two numbers in some of the addresses have been deleted to protect the privacy of the victim(s). According to the Concord Police, the report shown above only includes approved reports. Some burglary reports might not […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 9:00 PM
|Former ConFire Battalion Chief Accused Of Falsifying Payroll Records
A former Contra Costa County Fire Protection District battalion chief has been charged with 12 felonies for allegedly giving himself extra vacation days and overtime by falsifying payroll records. Louis Manzo Jr. of Danville could face nine years in prison if convicted of the 12 counts. Prosecutors said that Manzo falsified records in two ways. […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 6:00 PM
|Three Dead In Crash On Hwy.24
All lanes have reopened on westbound state Highway 24 in Orinda after a triple-fatal crash early Saturday. The crash was first reported around 3:09 a.m. on the highway just east of Camino Pablo, according to the California Highway Patrol. For unknown reasons, the 2009 Nissan Versa went off the highway and then crashed into a […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 4:59 PM
|PG&E Reaches $13.5 Billion Settlement With Wildfire Victims
PG&E has reached a widespread settlement with victims of recent Northern California wildfires including the 2017 North Bay fires, company officials announced Friday. The settlement amounts to $13.5 billion and settles all claims from the 2018 Camp Fire, the 2017 Tubbs Fire and the 2015 Butte Fire. It also includes claims from the Ghost Ship […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 6:09 AM
|BART Police Arrest Sexual Assault Suspect In Concord
BART Police arrested a sexual assault suspect in Concord on Friday evening, according to BART. The man, identified by police as 38-year-old Roberto Marenco, allegedly assaulted a woman in a Millbrae BART station elevator early Friday morning, police said. The alleged assault happened before the station opened, according to police. Marenco, who is homeless, was […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 6:04 AM
|Claycord – Talk About Whatever
Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord. This is a post with no subject, you can talk about whatever you want. If breaking news happens (such a shooting, earthquake, etc.), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here. Please Note: Users who use multiple names will […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 2:17 AM
|Claycord – Talk About Politics
This post is “Talk About Politics”. Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread. Thank you, and be kind to each other. Please Note: Users who use multiple names will be deleted. Please choose a name so others can easily chat with you. Users must provide a […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 2:17 AM
|Claycord – Talk About Local Politics
This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”. Please use this post to talk about LOCAL politics, and keep state and national politics out of this thread. Thank you, and be kind to each other. Please Note: Users who use multiple names will be deleted. Please choose a name so others can easily chat with […]
POSTED DECEMBER 07, 2019 2:17 AM