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November 6th 2012 Another Juneteenth ??

Is November 6, is a another Juneteenth? My dad wondered because he along me and my brother was very disappointed in President Barack Obama. The President has the US economy gone down hill.

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Los Alamos and Nuke Plant Threatend By Fire

The town of Los Alamos,NM  and the Los Alamos National Laboratory is in the path of a massive wildfire. From Reuters:

 New Mexico fire managers scrambled on Tuesday to reinforce crews battling a third day against an out-of-control blaze at the edge of one of the nation’s top nuclear weapons production centers.

The fire’s leading edge burned to within a few miles (kilometres) of a dump site where some 20,000 barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste is stored at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, fire officials said.

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Suprise! Canadian Prime Minister Wins Re-election Conservatives take Control of Parliament

As the world was rocked by the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan by US Special Forces and a hangover from the Royal Wedding of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  in London. The Tories shocked Canada by winning Parliament taking 167 ridings and Prime Minister Stephen  Harper remain Prime Minister winning his riding in Calgary.

This comes after a scandal  threaten to topple the Harper Government. The scandal which involved Bev Oda. Heritage Minister in the Harper Government. From Wikipedia: A contempt of Parliament  by Liberal Party for the scandal in which an Oda’s staffer added a hand written annotation to a bill involve  Canadian International Development Agency funding recommendation involving KAIROS a faith-based human rights organization which accused of Anti-Israel sentiment. ( The investigation was not completed)

And a Second Contempt charge by Liberals  and New Democratic Party for not proving information to both parties regarding proposed legislation and potential funding. This led to a vote no confidence vote earlier this year Parliament was dissolved and a call for elections.

Harper overcame these charges to win Sunday. The Prime Minister humbled at his and the Tories victories. From Reuters via Yahoo News Canada:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, now backed by a powerful parliamentary majority, said on Tuesday the energy sector can rest easy that his government will not impede plans to vastly expand the country’s oil sands output and ship some of the crude to Asia.

Harper, in his Western Canadian home base of Calgary on the morning after his Conservatives won big in the federal election, singled out the Western-based oil industry as being a beneficiary of his party’s pro-business agenda, which will also include corporate tax cuts and deficit reduction. Investors greeted the result with relief.

“There were a lot of policies being quoted by the other parties, whether it’s on West Coast transportation or the energy sector, that simply did not reflect the needs and concerns of this part of the country,” he told reporters.

“I actually argued during the campaign that the policies of our opponents were actually quite dangerous to the country as a whole, but obviously some specific policies seemed to be almost targeted to do damage to Western Canada.”

The Conservatives won 167 of 308 seats in the House of Commons in Monday’s vote, giving Harper a third mandate since 2006 and his first majority. Until now, the Conservatives’ minority-government status has meant they had to compromise with other parties on many policies.

Meanwhile Liberal Party is no longer the main opposition  party  in Parliament  as New Democratic Party won a large block on Sunday; Bloc Quebecois shrank to near obscurity and the Green Party adds its first seat in Parliament. From The Toronto Star:

It is the first time in Canadian history that the Liberal party did not finish either first or second.

“It’s tough to lose like this,” said Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, who lost his own riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

The Liberals have never suffered a crushing defeat, either in popular support or seat.

“Defeat is a teacher and now we have to learn the lesson of defeat and look at ourselves in the mirror,” Ignatieff said.

The NDP nearly tripled the 36 seats the party held at dissolution, winning 102 seats while the Liberals took 34

A triumphant NDP Leader Jack Layton strode through the crowd to speak to his supporters.

“I let Mr. Harper know that I look forward to working with his party and in fact with all parties to get things done for our families. And I shared with him my desire to bring a more positive and respectful tone to Parliament,” Layton said.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe lost his Montreal riding after a 21-year run. The 63-year-old Duceppe proved to be just another Bloc pushover on Monday as the NDP steamrolled to a crushing victory in Quebec.

Duceppe, who became the Bloc’s first MP in 1990, was defeated by the NDP’s Helene Laverdiere in Laurier-Sainte-Marie. He announced he would be officially resigning in the next couple of days but will continue to fight for Quebec sovereignty.

The Liberals were pounded in Ontario with the Conservatives making gains in Toronto. In the 905 belt around Toronto long-time Liberals MPs were falling, including Ruby Dhalla in Brampton-Springdale and Mark Holland in Ajax-Pickering where he conceded to political novice Chris Alexander, former ambassador to Afghanistan.

Of the 46 seats in GTA, the Conservatives won 31, at the expense the Liberals.

One of the stories of the night was the orange wave across Quebec, the NDP reducing the Bloc to single digits.

And for the first time the Green Party won a seat in the House of Commons after party leader Elizabeth May defeated Conservative incumbent Gary Lunn in the B.C. riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands.

“Today we proved the Canadians want change in politics … I stand here today as the first elected Green member of Parliament in Canadian history,” May said after her victory.

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Maryland Governor Proposes Gas Tax

Marylanders’ the gas tax is coming back.  On Friday Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley(D) at a forum is suggesting to call the General Assembly into special session in the Fall to add $0.12 tax . The assembly failed raise the tax in the Spring.The tax increase will be used road repairs (although the earlier funds were used for balancing previous budgets. From ‘WJZ-TV 13 Eyewitness News” in Baltimore has the story:

Pain at the pump. If you think gas prices are high now, there is a plan that could push them even higher.

WJZ-TV Political Reporter Pat Warren tells us a hike in the gas tax could be just down the road.

A failed effort to increase the state tax on gasoline during the regular General Assembly session doesn’t mean the idea has gone away. The prospect of another bill may be proposed in a special session.

That’s right. Governor Martin O’Malley held a roundtable discussion on the transportation trust fund on Friday. And wouldn’t you know it, the gas tax came up.

Timing  is bad considering gas prices is nearing $4.00 a gallon. Whats worse Maryland surrounded by 5 states and Washington, D.C.    Residents who live near borders will cross state lines to get cheap gas. Watch out Delaware, Pennsylvania,Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and D.C. may come for cheap gas in 2012.

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The GOP Presidental Field Grows Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty Announce they are Running

Donald Trump, Talk Show Herb Cain;  and President Obama  now have company on Tuesday Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota announces on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight”  From CNN:

Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty told CNN’s Piers Morgan Tuesday he’s focused on running for the White House. “I’m running for president,” Pawlenty said in an interview Tuesday on “Piers Morgan Tonight.” “I’m not putting my hat in the ring rhetorically or ultimately for vice president. I’m focused on running for president.”

This comes on the heels of former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts  announced on a web video  creating a exploratory campaign a step for President. From The Fix by the Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza:

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee today that will allow him to raise money for a near-certain run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

“It is time that we put America back on a course of greatness with a growing economy, good jobs and fiscal discipline in Washington,” Romney said in a web video announcing his intentions.

It seems its full steam ahead for the 2012 presidential race.

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Oil Prices are at 3 Year High at $107.

Oil price continue rise; closing at $107.94 a barrel.ABC News:

The weekly national average gas price showed the highest price ever during the month of March and the seventh consecutive increase this week, according to the Department of Energy. Prices are at their highest level since 2008, in part because of the Japan earthquake and turmoil in the oil-producing Middle East. But analysts say the price of oil and gas would still hover at a surprisingly high level despite geopolitical concerns.

The national average gas price is $3.60 today, according to the Department of Energy, up 3 cents from a week ago and 80 cents from one year ago. Last week’s national average was an updated $3.56 per gallon for regular gas, the 13th consecutive week that the average was above $3 a gallon, according to the DOE. The last time gas rose higher than $3.50 was Sept. 29, 2008, when the weekly average hit $3.64.

Oil futures settled today at $103.98 after reaching a high of $105.76 earlier in trading. On Friday, oil futures settled at $105.40 a barrel, the third consecutive day above $105, according to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group.

The summer driving season is going to be fun, fun, fun!

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Japanese Quake Causes Explosions at Nuke Plant

Friday’s 9.0 Earthquake ( The quake Richter Scale revise up from 8.9 on Sunday.) causes Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant four explosions on Saturday, Sunday,  Monday and Tuesday. Sending fears of a meltdown throughout  Japan and the rest of  World. From London Daily Mail:

The Japanese nuclear reactor hit by the tsunami went into ‘meltdown’ today, as officials admitted that fuel rods appear to be melting inside three damaged reactors.

There is a risk that molten nuclear fuel can melt through the reactor’s safety barriers and cause a serious radiation leak.

There have already been explosions inside two over-heating reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and the fuel rods inside a third were partially exposed as engineers desperately fight to keep them cool after the tsunami knocked out systems.

Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said it was ‘highly likely’ that the fuel rods inside all three stricken reactors are melting.
Some experts class that a partial meltdown of the reactor, but others would only use that term for when molten nuclear fuel melts through a reactor’s inner chamber – but not through the outer containment shell.

As fuel rods melt, they form an extremely hot molten pool at the bottom of the reactor that can melt through even the toughest of containment barriers.

Japan is fighting to avoid a nuclear catastrophe after the tsunami. There was a hydrogen explosion at the reactor in Unit Three of the power station earlier today, in which eleven workers were hurt by the blast that was felt 25 miles away.

The reactor at Unit One of Fukushima exploded on Saturday, blowing several walls away but engineers said the core was still contained. The fuel rods in the reactor in Unit Two of the plant were partially exposed from their coolant today – which also increases the risk of meltdown.

Engineers have been fighting to keep the reactors under control after the tsunami knocked out emergency coolant systems on Friday.

Meanwhile Some are worrying about Nuclear Fallout reaching Canada and the US. From AFP via Prison Planet:

California is closely monitoring efforts to contain leaks from a quake-damaged Japanese nuclear plant, a spokesman said Saturday, as experts said radiation could be blown out across the Pacific.

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“At present there is no danger to California. However we are monitoring the situation closely in conjunction with our federal partners,” Michael Sicilia, spokesman for California Department of Public Health, told AFP.

“California does have radioactivity monitoring systems in place for air, water and the food supply and can enhance that monitoring if a danger exists,” he added.

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Experts have suggested that, if there were a reactor meltdown or major leak at Fukushima, the radioactive cloud would likely be blown out east across the Pacific, towards the US West Coast.

Meanwhile more than half million people are being evacuated from Northeast Japan. From Stuff New Zealand:

The (Japanese) government warned those still in the 20km evacuation zone to stay indoors. TEPCO said 11 people had been injured in the blast yesterday.

Kyodo News said 200,000 people had now been evacuated from the zone, joining more than 450,000 other evacuees from quake and tsunami-hit areas in the northeast.

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