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I’m just sayin’... Who Cares About Democratic Primary Results in South Carolina -- a State Democrats Will Lose in November?

By Dave Lindorff


            I'll be the first to admit I'm no pollster or even political scientist, but when I read that Bernie Sanders is going to be crushed by Hillary Clinton in Saturday's primary in South Carolina, the state that fired the opening shots in the Civil War and that only last year took down a Confederate battle flag in front of the capitol building, I have to shake my head at the absurdity of it.

Banana Republic: U.S. Fracking Pioneer Aubrey McClendon Bringing Practice to Argentina

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Aubrey McClendon, the embattled former CEO and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy, has announced his entrance into Argentina to begin hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the country's Vaca Muerta Shale basin.

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Focus: Oregon Militia Standoff - Jan 28, 2016

Ammon Bundy asks supporters to abandon refuge after he and five others were arrested and LaVoy Finicum killed by the FBI - NBC News

Feds blame Oregon occupiers after one dead in shootout - TheHill

Statements of the FBI and U.S. Attorney for Oregon on the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge -

Reactions to arrests of refuge occupiers: Gov. Brown, Rep. Walden, Sen. Wyden, Sen. Merkley, Oregon Cattlemen's Association - KGW

Eyewitnesses give conflicting accounts of how rancher LaVoy Finicum was killed In standoff -

VIDEO: Eyewitness Victoria Sharp: LaVoy Finicum shot & murdered by FBI with hands in the air - YouTube

“I want the world to know how my father was murdered today...there are 6 witnesses to this evil: Thara Tenney, daughter of LaVoy Finicum - Facebook

VIDEO: Account of Bundy driver Mark McConnell: 'LaVoy' Finicum shot and killed while charging police - YouTube

VIDEO: Account of Melvin Lee: LaVoy Finicum came out of that truck and he charged at the law enforcement, as I understand it - YouTube

VIDEO: Cliven Bundy responds to sons' arrests in Oregon standoff - Las Vegas Review-Journal

VIDEO: The Last interview with LaVoy Finicum -

Militia groups urge members not to join standoff at Malheur refuge: ‘Cooler heads must prevail’ -

Official Statement of Pacific Patriots Network on the Oregon standoff - Oath Keepers

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Oregon Militia Standoff - Jan 22, 2016

Oregon governor Kate Brown urges feds to boot refuge occupiers immediately and 'hold all of the wrongdoers accountable' -

VIDEO: Oregon Governor Kate Brown Criticizes Fed Response to Burns Standoff , Says Occupation 'Must Be Resolved Immediately' - YouTube

Read Gov. Brown's letters to Obama and the Justice Department, urging end to Malheur occupation -


FBI releases statement on Malheur refuge situation -

Rep. Walden Sends Message to the Oregon Militia -

The Bureau of Land Management Considers Reinstating Hammond Grazing Leases - OPB

Oregon standoff leader Ammon Bundy speaking to FBI - Fox News

VIDEO (Raw): Ammon Bundy talks on the phone to FBI, starts at 7:00 min (full) - YouTube

Oregon standoff leader Finicum: militants have no plans to leave refuge, 'this facility will not go back to the federal government, ever' - Jefferson Public Radio

The Bundys plan to open up the 300-square-mile Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for cattle this spring - WBAL 

Militants claim they want to return Paiute artifacts from Oregon reserve in new video (VIDEO) -

'God wants us here': More militiamen arrive at Malheur -

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge staff publishes open letter: 'We hope to be back soon' -

Oregon standoff exposes urban, rural divide - Capital Press

How tough-on-crime laws became linked to anti-terrorism, The strange legislative history that led to the standoff in Oregon -



Utah Congressmen Bishop and Chaffetz release draft of public lands bill - Moab Sun News

VIDEO: Bishop discuss hotly-debated public lands bill - The Salt Lake Tribune

Here are the basics of Bishop and Chaffetz's plan for Utah's public lands - The Salt Lake Tribune

Text of Congressmen Bishop and Chaffets public lands initiative -

After unveiling of Utah public lands proposal, many enviromental groups decry its contents -

Utah tribes say public-lands bill 'adds insult to injury,' petition Obama to designate monument - The Salt Lake Tribune

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Leaked EPA Document Showing Water Contamination Could Be Smoking Gun in Federal Lawsuit

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

A PowerPoint presentation obtained from a source and published by DeSmog in August 2013 has made its way into a major hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") related legal case, which is set to go to trial soon in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. 

New Book Reveals Koch Brothers Paid Firm Run by Former NYPD Chief to Smear Journalist

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The just-published book "Dark Money," penned by New Yorker staff reporter Jane Mayer, reveals that the Koch Brothers hired the former commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) — and his daughter, a former FBI agent  to smear her as a "plagiarist" in the months after the release of her August 2010 bombshell article on the Kochs.

Focus: Oregon Militia Standoff - Jan 13, 2016

Oregon standoff: Bundy, militants destroy fence preventing ranchers' cattle from grazing on nearby public land -

VIDEO: Malheur Militants Tear Down Section of U.S. Fish and Wildlife fence - YouTube

VIDEO: Bundy on Why Ranchers Cut Down The Federal Fence (Start at 1:20 min) - YouTube

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Condemns Militants Removing Refuge Fences - OPB


Oregon standoff: Militants to hold a community meeting with Harney residents on Friday and announce a departure plan -

VIDEO: Malheur militia plans to meet with community - YouTube

Proposal for Resolution of the Peaceful Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - Citizens for Constitutional Freedom

Redress of Grievance: Attorney's office, federal court judges and Bureau of Land Management broke laws and violated the Constitution in their treatment of Hammond ranchers - Bundy Ranch blog

The Oregon occupiers claim they found official documents there that will exonerate the Hammonds and expose government injustice against local ranchers -

VIDEO: Bundy: Primary purpose is to get the Hammonds out of prison - YouTube

Bundy says they are occupying the Oregon wildlife refuge to prevent a war between the government and the people - Fox News

Leader's mom says armed group at wildlife refuge needs more supplies -

Oregon standoff: Why are you here? Hear from occupiers and their visitors -

Who's who inside and on the outskirts of the Malheur occupation - High Country News

Oregon standoff: Unsolicited outsiders flocks to Burns to ‘help', Few, if any, of them have been welcomed by law enforcement -

Oregon occupation planned for months by Ammon Bundy and Montana militia leader -

VIDEO: Ammon Bundy in-depth interview a week after the occupation - YouTube



Oregon judge proposes militia pay $75,000 per week for occupying refuge - The Guardian

Sheriff handling Oregon standoff denounces militia’ intimidation of law enforcement (full text of the sheriff's statement) -

VIDEO: Sheriff David Ward Says Malheur Militia Are Harrassing Police and Federal Employees - YouTube

Northwest Lawmakers Visit Malheur Refuge On 'Fact-Finding Mission' - KUOW News and Information

Oregon standoff: Roseburg state legislator ignores local warnings, visits protesters -

Schools near Oregon standoff site reopen as militant occupation continues -

POLL (HuffPost/YouGov): Americans don't have much sympathy for the Oregon militants, (but rural residents were not polled separately from city dwellers) -

POLL (HuffPost/YouGov): Full poll results of how Americans view the Oregon militants - YouGov 

POLL (Conservation in the West): Majority in West opposes giving states control over federal land, (again rural residents were not polled separately from city dwellers) - LA Times

POLL (Conservation in the West Poll): Press Release, Slides, Summary Reports, Overall Data - State of the Rockies Colorado College

Bundys don't represent Western views on lands issues, former Secretary of the Interior Salazar says -

Report: What if govt. ‘viciously’ attacked Oregon ranch family? - WND

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Focus: Oregon Militia Standoff (and Trump Op-Ed) - Jan 10, 2016

The central issue of the Oregon militia standoff is not a about furthering an extremist right-wing agenda, it is about federal land management. The militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are not a fringe group, they voice the frustrations of local residents who complain about the policies of the federal authorities, specifically the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Residents have little control over federal lands, but their lives are profoundly affected by changes in grazing leases, drought, wildfire and invasive weeds, water rights and irrigation allowances, logging and mining contracts, wildlife conservation and fishing, enviromental protectionnational parks and recreation, fencing and public access, limits on all-terrain vehiclesetc. Residents see regulations on federal lands arbitrary and unpredictable, an imposition by out-of-touch federal bureaucrats who drive up costs and undermines their economic security.  For instance, ranchers say that their costs to maintain federal land are high notwithstanding the cheap grazing fee they pay. The solution of this longstanding political conflict cannot be by simply applying law enforcement. A deadly confrontation could be the outcome of charging the militants with trespassing and dislodging them with force. A dialogue between residents, county, state and federal authorities should be initiated over the issues of land management in order to find a consensus. Below are the latest news about the Oregon standoff plus a background documentation.

Burns, Ore., residents visit besieged land refuge; find common ground with Bundy movement - Yahoo News

Oregon standoff: Harney County group asks Ammon Bundy to leave but takes on his cause -

Family members join refuge occupation; Ammon Bundy says group will go, but not yet -

Militia groups meet with leaders of Oregon occupation, pledge support - KFGO

Ammon Bundy doesn't want heavily armed members of the Pacific Patriot Network there and ask them to leave -

VIDEO: A representative from the Bundy group says they are looking to de-escalate the situation, want to be peaceful and 'put away the long guns’ - YouTube

Faces of the Malheur occupation: Meet the militants and their visitors -

Donald Trump op-ed on federal land control -

Lawmakers contend that the protesters at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are voicing concerns shared by many in the West, stop short of endorsing their actions - WND

VIDEO: Press Conference Walden on the situation in Harney County, Oregon - YouTube

Congressman Walden uncorks years of frustrations in U.S. House speech going viral, the official Youtube video of the speech logged 100,000 views -

VIDEO: Congressman Greg Walden addresses U.S. House on situation in Harney County, give voice to rural frustrations with the Bureau of Land Management officials - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Oregon militants: Congressman Walden addresses U.S. House, takes Bureau of Land Management to woodshed -



Roots of Oregon land dispute stretch back decades, a struggle between federal agencies and ranchers, loggers and miners - WSJ

Tracing the deep roots of the Oregon occupation, Those beliefs aren't that unusual in parts of the American West -

Armed Oregon occupation: Is it really about white poverty in the West? - Christian Science Monitor

Should the government own so much land in the West, should its control over that land be reduced? A Debate among experts -

The Oregon standoff and the landowner’s right to burn -

BLM burns land unsupervised: Burn ranchers home and cattle alive, Fire video starts at 3:10 minute and you can see cattle that are burnt and suffering (VIDEO) -

I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff - The Washington Post

How the Federal Government's Role Changed From Realtor to Landlord in the West -

Oregon Standoff: The Federal Land Grab vs. the Sagebrush Rebellion -

The Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Wildlife Service have systematically driven virtually all the ranchers out of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. All except the Hammonds - East Oregonian

What the Oregon standoff is really about, forget the Bundys and "terrorism”— the real crime is what federal bullies do to ranchers like the Hammond family - The American Conservative

Bundy blog details long feud between Hammond ranchers & Feds - Bundy Ranch Blog


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Focus: Oregon Militia Standoff (Clinton and Trump Comments) - Jan 8, 2016


Oregon occupation leader Ammon Bundy meets sheriff, rejects bid to end standoff (VIDEO) -

VIDEO: Ammon Bundy And Sheriff Dave Ward Meet Face To Face - YouTube

Utah group, attorney representing protester travel to Oregon seeking to de-escalate the occupation - The Salt Lake Tribune

At town hall meeting Oregon residents happy occupation puts their concerns in spotlight, but fear violence - LA Times

VIDEO: Oregon Standoff: Burns Gives The Armed Occupiers An Earful - YouTube

VIDEO: Congressman Greg Walden addresses U.S. House on situation in Harney County, give voice to rural frustrations with the Bureau of Land Management officials - YouTube

TRANSCRIPT: Oregon militants: Congressman Walden addresses U.S. House, takes Bureau of Land Management to woodshed -

Ammon Bundy: Dispute is jurisdictional issue between the federal and the state governments (VIDEO) -

Oregon militants: Death threats from ranchers to federal officials reported years before standoff -

Ranchers sentenced to prison have reputation for kindness - AP

Hillary Clinton: Oregon militia should be charged with trespassing, 'It's always best if we can resolve any kind of situation like this in a peaceful way but... law has to be obeyed' -

Trump says he would tell Oregon militia leader ‘you gotta get out', then he would invite him to the White House to discuss the group's grievances - TPM

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Focus: Oregon Militia Standoff - Jan 6, 2016

Ammon Bundy wants millions of federally owned acres transferred back to 'the people' meaning local or state authority, ranchers released - MSNBC

VIDEO: Ammon Bundy meet the press at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - KPIC

VIDEO: Oregon protesters plan: Repatriate federal lands, investigate the origins of how the federal government purchased its land holdings - NBC

Activists say they'll leave if residents want them gone, residents say they agree with activists’ message but take issue with their tactics - LA Times

Ranch protesters form Citizens for Constitutional Freedom group - WND

Why many Westerners get angry about federal land rights, closer collaboration between the federal government and the states on land issues may be a solution of the conflict - Vox

In Oregon, frustration over federal land rights has been building for years - The Washington Post

The Bureau of Land Management Has a History of Bullying Ranchers – 'Nox & Friends

Key things to know about federal land ownership in the West - AP

The Bundys, the family behind the Oregon militia standoff, explained - Vox

Harry Reid Wanted Cliven Bundy Off His Ranch To Help Son Rory, China? -



Ammon Bundy says Feds won't oust militant occupiers, law enforcement communicating with him through back channels -

Feds are taking wait-and-see approach to Oregon protesters, wary of the deadly confrontations at Waco and Ruby Ridge -

VIDEO: Oregon militants post new video from refuge, plead for help to 'prevent bloodshed' -

Authorities may plan to cut off power to militia at occupied Oregon refuge, Any such move would mark a significant escalation in the crisis - The Guardian

White House on Oregon standoff: this is a matter that local law enforcement is handling, we are hopeful that that situation can be resolved peacefully -

Oregon ranchers begin new prison term, hope to receive rare presidential clemency from Obama -

GOP candidates careful about response to Oregon standoff -

Oregon protesters find support and scorn on social media - Reuters

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Emails: US Government Facilitated LNG Business Deals Before Terminals Got Required Federal Permits

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Emails and documents obtained by DeSmog reveal that the U.S. Department of Trade has actively promoted and facilitated  business deals for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry and export terminal owners, even before some of the terminals have the federal regulatory agency permits needed to open for business. 

Obama's Oily Christmas Gift: Faster Pipeline Approvals

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the COP21 United Nations summit, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the United States.

"Miracle of American Oil": Continental Resources Courted Corporate Media to Sell Oil Exports

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

A document published by the Public Relations Society of America, discovered by DeSmog, reveals that from the onset of its public relations campaign, the oil industry courted mainstream media reporters to help it sell the idea of lifting the ban on crude oil exports to the American public and policymakers.

ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, the U.S. House of Representatives — in a 256-158 vote — authorized the final text of a bill that has a provision preventing climate change to be accounted for in all U.S. trade deals going forward.

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

A federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion project, permitted covertly and behind closed doors by the Obama Administration, got its greenlight in a legal manner. 

Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America’s 20 wealthiest individuals own more wealth than roughly half the American population combined—152 million people.  The startling level of economic inequality in the United States  is also highlighted by Forbes, which recently observed that the richest 400 Americans possess more wealth than 62 percent of the American public—192 million people.  Furthermore, these studies apparently underestimate the concentration of wealth in the United States, for the use of offshore tax havens and legal trusts conceals trillions of dollars that the richest Americans have amassed for themselves and their families.

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo

US Journalists Duck the Big Climate Question: Can Capitalism and Mankind Both Survive?

By Dave Lindorff

             Scientists have for decades recognized climate change as an existential crisis facing mankind, but the US media, hamstrung by a self-inflicted obsession with presenting “both sides” of every story even when there is only one, have only begun recognizing its gravity. And a huge barrier still prevents climate change from being honestly reported.

Obama Administration Approves Pipeline Expansion Set to Feed First Ever Fracked Gas Export Terminal

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

The Obama Administration has quietly approved expansion of a major pipeline carrying fracked gas destined for the global export market.

TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas with State Department Help

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid. 

Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

The issue of making college tuition-free has recently come to the fore in American politics, largely because the two leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have each championed it.  Sanders has called for free undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, to be financed by a tax on Wall Street speculation, while Clinton has done the same, although with some qualifications and a different funding mechanism.

Congress-backed Interstate Oil Commission Called 911 When I Came To Ask About Climate

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On October 1, I arrived at the Oklahoma City headquarters of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)  a congressionally-chartered collective of oil and gas producing states  hoping for an interview.

Our quadrennial reality TV show: Sorting Through the Bullshit in America

By John Grant

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. ... The realms of advertising and of public relations, and the nowadays closely related realm of politics, are replete with instances of bullshit so unmitigated that they serve among the most indisputable and classic paradigms of the concept.”

Judges Nixing Keystone XL South Cases Had Tar Sands-Related Oil Investments

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

On August 4, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit shot down the Sierra Club's petition for rehearing motion for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. The decision effectively writes the final chapter of a years-long legal battle in federal courts. 

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