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Posts by logi_cal869

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  • Flights cancelled across Japanese...Mount Aso volcano erupts for the first time in 22 years

    11/28/2014 9:18:57 AM PST · 17 of 18
    logi_cal869 to AU72

    My sentiments, too.

  • Angry driver pushes student protester on blocked I-5

    11/27/2014 6:36:40 PM PST · 29 of 83
    logi_cal869 to Dallas59
    IMHO, corrected title:

    Angry black driver pushes student protester on blocked I-5

    Woulda been a different scenario had the 'angry driver' been white.

    Police didn't do crap (not even a night in jail for the miscreants). Sucks to be residents in that County (San Diego...go figure).

  • Connecticut to offer driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

    11/27/2014 10:32:05 AM PST · 30 of 33
    logi_cal869 to SeekAndFind

    Every uninsured driver that has been my unpleasant experience to encounter...

    ...has held a valid driver license...(some Mexican, some not).

    The logic that ‘granting something’ (a license) as a result of a wrong (coming here illegally) somehow induces responsible behavior (as opposed to the expectation that ‘more will be given’) is defective.

    Preaching to the choir, I’m sure. Rant over.

  • John Cleese says you can't make jokes about Muslims - because 'they'll kill you'

    11/27/2014 10:09:05 AM PST · 15 of 53
    logi_cal869 to bray

    Fawlty Towers was a pleasant discovery of-late.

  • William Safire on the Book of Job in Today's Politics

    11/27/2014 6:51:26 AM PST · 2 of 4
    logi_cal869 to logi_cal869
  • William Safire on the Book of Job in Today's Politics

    11/27/2014 6:51:02 AM PST · 1 of 4
    logi_cal869
    Part II (video & transcript) at the link below

    http://www.thirteen.org/openmind/history/the-first-dissident-part-ii/1223/

  • Obama At Turkey Pardon: "I Know Some Will Call This Amnesty"

    11/26/2014 8:09:55 PM PST · 60 of 60
    logi_cal869 to Biggirl

    How does one pardon oneself????

  • Case Suggests How Government May Get Around Phone Encryption

    11/26/2014 7:51:35 PM PST · 35 of 45
    logi_cal869 to Swordmaker

    40bf2f3e17d43711f93592ca1ccee86e

  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/26/2014 7:38:49 PM PST · 18 of 19
    logi_cal869 to Tailgunner Joe

    Noted.

    Yet France is #4 in EU Gas consumption, consuming half as much as #1 Germany, 16% of which (FR) comes from Russia...

    My comment was not a literal tit-for-tat, but representative, as France is a member of the European Union and so-called ‘sanctions’ against Russia are EU-sanctions. Thus France’s actions are EU actions.

  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/26/2014 5:18:13 AM PST · 16 of 19
    logi_cal869 to WhiskeyX

    Ukraine borders Russia. Ukraine is a failed State. Ukraine has been a pawn of Russia/NATO power play for decades. Ukraine is a key hub for Russian gas exports. Ukraine is a Russian problem, predating the ‘cold war’.

    The US would be so smart to take its own security as seriously. /s Oh, wait: We invaded Iraq to protect our own energy security and, hence, our economic security.

    Quantifying ‘current & future relations’ between the US & Mexico to defend Ukraine is telling...

    ...you’ve exposed yourself.

  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/25/2014 2:37:58 PM PST · 12 of 19
    logi_cal869 to WhiskeyX
    I am quite certain the Russians will cite that as their cause celebre 'stare decisis' in their future actions against the US for what the US will (eh, read 'should') do regarding Mexico as it continues its spiral into a failed State.

    BIG </sarc>

  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/25/2014 1:58:21 PM PST · 10 of 19
    logi_cal869 to WhiskeyX

    I see. I reply sarcastically, as I consider this whole thing a circus:

    Please provide source for the UN Security Council Resolution relating to economic sanctions against the hence-labeled ‘aggressor’ country of Russia...

  • France suspends delivery of warship to Russia over situation in Ukraine

    11/25/2014 7:46:46 AM PST · 7 of 19
    logi_cal869 to WhiskeyX

    So when France unilaterally acts upon their own perceived security problems Russia should just shut off the gas...

    /s

  • School kids are blaming Michelle Obama for their “gross” school lunches

    11/24/2014 2:45:51 PM PST · 4 of 49
    logi_cal869 to molson209
    Where is she , is she on a Secret Vacation ?

    I heard she rumbled through Texas the other day...

  • When are we going to get smart?

    11/24/2014 12:28:39 PM PST · 18 of 22
    logi_cal869 to ritpg

    I disagree. You can change the media, but it still won’t change your neighbors, family members, co-workers, government workers, entitlement-receivers, union-members, etc.

    I really wish there were one simple, painless solution.

    There is ‘one’, but it’s not painless (yet I advocate now for it).

  • Why Not Just Subsidize All 48M Uninsured @ $200/mo -Take it or Leave It- + Fully Repeal Obamacare?

    11/24/2014 7:47:54 AM PST · 18 of 22
    logi_cal869 to Reaganite Republican
    Why Not Just Subsidize All 48M Uninsured @ $200/mo -Take it or Leave It- + Fully Repeal Obamacare?

    Because it wouldn't funnel crony $$ to RAT supporters...not to mention the 'loss of power' and 'reduction in government'.../s

  • Your Airport’s Bartender Problem

    11/24/2014 6:27:43 AM PST · 75 of 83
    logi_cal869 to PJ-Comix

    “Lack of planning”. I have no sympathy and fail to understand the merits of this article. This is stupid. One of the first things I do when traveling is find out where I can source my own booze. Shots are a ripoff.

    And the author is an idiot: Who quotes their own words for a closing sentence? I’m not even going to address the ‘mob guys’ bravado...

  • JFK: The Smoking Gun and Mortal Error...revealing presentations of investigation [vanity]

    11/23/2014 7:31:34 PM PST · 29 of 29
    logi_cal869 to politicianslie

    Preaching to the choir, dude. Regardless which one ‘part’ of the JFK conspiracy you focus on, I AM the OP for the article under which you commented.

    I am NOT one you need to convince. “Interesting” is it in its totality. The GSR test was enough for me to assert they should have kept looking for the shooter(s)...

  • Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Disagree Forcefully with House Intel Committee Report

    11/23/2014 9:58:24 AM PST · 28 of 40
    logi_cal869 to hal ogen

    No argument whatsoever.

  • Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Disagree Forcefully with House Intel Committee Report

    11/23/2014 9:26:50 AM PST · 20 of 40
    logi_cal869 to CivilWarBrewing
    Trey Gowdy’s investigation will yield different results. You can bet on that.

    I'll withhold betting and hold reserved optimism.

  • Cosby insider speaks out:Fixer who once paid off women, wrangled a harem of models & helped beloved

    11/23/2014 8:51:49 AM PST · 6 of 67
    logi_cal869 to Right-wing Librarian

    NY Daily News has it now. Just a matter of time...

  • 3 Deputies Hospitalized From Exposure To Marijuana Fumes In LA

    11/23/2014 8:49:12 AM PST · 7 of 24
    logi_cal869 to dainbramaged
    Sounds like a sealed room grow show with a propane powered CO2 generator

    Exactly. You'd think they'd be more keen about that hazard...after all these years.

  • Four Year-Old Boy Attacked in New Zealand for Wearing Yarmulke

    11/23/2014 8:46:40 AM PST · 29 of 32
    logi_cal869 to Louis Foxwell

    It was in jest. I got your drift :)

  • Four Year-Old Boy Attacked in New Zealand for Wearing Yarmulke

    11/23/2014 7:02:58 AM PST · 21 of 32
    logi_cal869 to Louis Foxwell; jocon307
    Arm mothers with little boys

    I think I'd rather arm them with a 357...

  • Four Year-Old Boy Attacked in New Zealand for Wearing Yarmulke

    11/23/2014 6:57:52 AM PST · 18 of 32
    logi_cal869 to GrandJediMasterYoda

    New Zealand has the strict policies, but unsure how that applies to religion.

    You may forget that elements of numerous terrorist plots were rooted in Australia, including OKC. It’s really no coincidence that Israel was caught with a spying operation there.

  • JFK: The Smoking Gun and Mortal Error...revealing presentations of investigation [vanity]

    11/22/2014 8:48:49 PM PST · 26 of 29
    logi_cal869 to politicianslie

    Ah, and yes...what a most perfect day to comment.

  • (Vanity) 3.3 Earthquake in Dallas

    11/22/2014 8:47:27 PM PST · 48 of 58
    logi_cal869 to Dallas59

    I didn’t know Moochelle was traveling separate from the Puppet this week.../s

  • JFK: The Smoking Gun and Mortal Error...revealing presentations of investigation [vanity]

    11/22/2014 8:43:41 PM PST · 25 of 29
    logi_cal869 to politicianslie

    Interesting. Thanks for that.

  • The end of the line

    11/22/2014 9:12:12 AM PST · 8 of 8
    logi_cal869 to Berlin_Freeper
    The parallels are stunning.

    This is what happens when a weak nation (yes, the US is weak, economically & leadership) continues to dictate policy to other countries, particularly those policies dealing with their own security. I've commented here before that if the US actually undertook the policy needed to deal with Mexico that hypocritically it would be alright for Russia to dictate how the US would do so.

    All our policies are doing are driving Russia and China together, when our policies should be doing precisely the polar opposite.

    Our children will pay the price.

  • EPA get out of my life. Ice/Water dispensers filters now low flow (Vanity rant)

    11/21/2014 12:48:57 PM PST · 27 of 32
    logi_cal869 to UB355

    Didn’t know water filters had a prostate, too.../s

    Which makes me think I’ll keep both eyes on the EPA guy next time...

  • Laws Emanate from the White House Now: What Obama didn’t mention.

    11/21/2014 7:09:04 AM PST · 12 of 19
    logi_cal869 to FlingWingFlyer
    That comment, and this article, would normally be followed by a </sarc> tag...

    ...but it's so true.

  • Brooklyn man rushed to Bellevue with Ebola-like symptoms

    11/20/2014 7:42:36 PM PST · 18 of 24
    logi_cal869 to dynachrome
    Ah, I see. We have a new acronym. You see, "FLI" is to 'Flu-like illness' as "FLICOPETE" is to 'Flu-like illness characteristic of patients exposed to ebola'.

    Seriously. Might as well. They'll NEVER use the appropriate acronym, "ELI" which is, of course, "Ebola-like-illness"...

    BIG </sarc>

    We never heard of patients being rushed to the hospital bleeding from the eyes, etc. like this before, did we??? (rhetorical question)
  • France gets new power to sack the president

    11/20/2014 2:09:35 PM PST · 25 of 25
    logi_cal869 to Lurker

    Fwiw, I make them at home in olive oil. Too far to go (Chicago)...

    Easy to make. Alternate to popcorn for movies with homemade Andalouse sauce.

  • France gets new power to sack the president

    11/20/2014 11:21:02 AM PST · 15 of 25
    logi_cal869 to Lurker

    “Belgian fries” are better, too (twice-fried).

  • WIPP Updates

    11/19/2014 7:19:34 PM PST · 33 of 33
    logi_cal869 to logi_cal869
    The latest (posted here instead of news because nobody cares anymore...until...):

    http://enenews.com/investigation-patented-explosives-drums-plutonium-waste-nuclear-facility-tv-volatile-experts-calling-potential-bomb-5000-drums-threat-invisible-reactions-occurred-other-containters-video

    http://m.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/lanl-officials-downplayed-waste-s-dangers-even-after-wipp-leak/article_54d7f3d2-8c99-5793-8c17-c4bdb0b72ef1.html?mode=jqm

    LANL officials downplayed waste’s dangers even after leak

    By Patrick Malone

    The New Mexican | Update

    In the summer of 2012, Gov. Susana Martinez visited the hilltop facilities of Los Alamos National Laboratory to commemorate a milestone. The lab, under an agreement with the state, had just shipped its 1,000th truckload of Cold War-era nuclear waste from the grounds of Los Alamos to a salt cavern deep under the Southern New Mexico desert.

    The achievement meant the lab was well on its way to meeting a June 30, 2014, deadline imposed by Martinez to remove radioactive gloves, machinery and other equipment left over from decades of nuclear weapons research.

    For Los Alamos National Security LLC, the private consortium that operates the lab, the stakes were high. Meeting the deadline would help it secure an extension of its $2.2 billion annual contract from the U.S. Department of Energy.

    But the following summer, workers packaging the waste came across a batch that was extraordinarily acidic, making it unsafe for shipping. The lab’s guidelines called for work to shut down while the batch underwent a rigid set of reviews to determine how to treat it, a time-consuming process that jeopardized the lab’s goal of meeting the deadline.

    Instead, the lab and its various contractors took shortcuts in treating the acidic nuclear waste, adding neutralizer and a wheat-based organic kitty litter to absorb excess liquid. The combination turned the waste into a potential bomb that one lab chemist later characterized as akin to plastic explosives, according to a six-month investigation by The New Mexican.

    The lab then shipped a 55-gallon drum of the volatile material 330 miles to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation’s only underground repository for nuclear waste, southeast of Carlsbad. Documents accompanying the drum, which were supposed to include a detailed description of its contents, were deeply flawed. They made no mention of the acidity or the neutralizer, and they mischaracterized the kitty litter as a clay-based material — not the more combustible organic variety that most chemists would have recognized as hazardous if mixed with waste laden with nitrate salts, according to interviews and a review of thousands of pages of documents and internal emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

    On Feb. 14, with the campaign to clear the waste from Los Alamos more than 90 percent complete, the drum’s lid cracked open. Radiation leaked into the air. Temperatures in the underground chamber soared to 1,600 degrees, threatening dozens of nearby drums. At least 20 workers were contaminated with what federal officials have described as low levels of radiation.

    The facility, meanwhile, remains shut down as an estimated $500 million recovery effort expected to last several years gets underway, leaving thousands of containers of nuclear waste destined for WIPP stranded at national laboratories across the country.

    Documents and internal emails show that even after the radiation leak, lab officials downplayed the dangers of the waste — even to the Carlsbad managers whose staff members were endangered by its presence — and withheld critical information from regulators and WIPP officials investigating the leak. Internal emails, harshly worded at times, convey a tone of exasperation with LANL from WIPP personnel, primarily employees of the Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership, the contractor that operates the repository.

    Taken together, the documents provide a window into a culture of oversight at the lab that, in the race to clean up the waste, had so broken down that small missteps sometimes led to systemic problems.

    Even before the waste was treated at Los Alamos, mistakes had been made that could have been instrumental in causing the accident at WIPP. Emails between WIPP contractors involved in the leak investigation indicate that something as simple as a typographical error in a revision of LANL’s procedural manual for processing waste containing nitrate salts may have precipitated a switch from inorganic clay kitty litter to the organic variety.

    And for two years preceding the February incident, the lab refused to allow inspectors conducting annual permitting audits for the New Mexico Environment Department inside the facility where waste was treated. Only since the radiation leak has the Environment Department demanded that it go inside the facility for inspections.

    The waste container that ultimately burst would not have met federal transportation standards to get on the road from Los Alamos to Carlsbad, nor would it have been accepted at WIPP, if its true ingredients had been reported by the lab. Investigators have zeroed in on those ingredients as the possible cause of the chemical reaction that led to the radiation leak, although the exact catalyst for the reaction remains a mystery.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Accident Investigation Board, an arm of the Energy Department, is expected to soon release findings of its investigation on the cause of the radiation leak. And the New Mexico Environment Department is set to begin levying fines against LANL that some lab officials expect could total $10 million or more.

    As its report takes shape, the federal board is exploring what role LANL contractors’ profit motive and the rush to meet the deadline imposed by the state Environment Department — a key objective necessary to fully extend its lucrative contract — played in the missteps that caused the leak.

    “We expect that that report will address this very specific question,” Mark Whitney, the Department of Energy’s acting assistant secretary of environmental management, told reporters during a teleconference in late September.

    A patented explosive

    More than three months after the leak, LANL chemist Steve Clemmons compared the ingredients of the drum, labeled Waste Drum 68660, to a database of federal patents and found that together, the drum’s contents match the makeup of patented plastic, water-gel and slurry explosives, according to a memo.

    “All of the required components included in the patent claims would be present,” Clemmons wrote in the May 21 memo.

    Personnel at WIPP were oblivious to Clemmons’ discovery for nearly a week after he made it. Only after a Department of Energy employee leaked a copy of the memo to a colleague in Carlsbad the night before a planned entry into the room that held the ruptured drum did WIPP get word that it could be dealing with explosive components inside Waste Drum 68660.

    “Have you heard that we at the lab have confirmed that the material used in the drum DOES create an explosive mixture????” James O’Neil of the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration wrote May 27 to Hung-Cheng Chiou, who works at the Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office.

    In a follow-up email, O’Neil clarified what he meant: “A letter from the LANL chemistry group here … stated that putting the type of kitty litter of sorts mixed with the nitrate salts created a patented explosive mixture.”

    “Wow, that is the news to me,” Chiou wrote back. “How can the explosive mixture be in the drum content that could be sent to WIPP?”

    O’Neil expressed his own surprise that such a dangerous load was allowed to be shipped to WIPP.

    “Not sure how [that] type drum, which does not meet WIPP [waste acceptance criteria] even got shipped to you guys,” he wrote.

    From there, word of the memo reached managers at WIPP.

    “I am appalled that LANL didn’t provide us this information!” Dana Bryson, deputy manager of the Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office, wrote in an email to WIPP-based field office manager Jose Franco and others when she learned of the memo.

    LANL officials, in a written statement from a spokesman, said scientific testing has eliminated the explosive nature of the waste as the cause of the radiation leak. Numerous experiments trying to replicate the conditions in Waste Drum 68660 have failed to yield the same result, officials said.

    But Greg Mello, executive director of the Los Alamos Study Group, a watchdog organization that tracks activities at the lab, said LANL should have recognized the potentially volatile mix it had concocted before shipping it to WIPP, rather than three months after it burst.

    “It took only seconds with Google to find explosives patents” when the foremost ingredients in Waste Drum 68660 were punched in, he said.

    On May 27, when they learned of the memo about patented explosives that the lab hadn’t shared with them, supervisors at WIPP abandoned plans for the next day to sample the area where the breach occurred, fearing it was too dangerous.

    “In a phone call with LANL, they indicated that there is a possibility that any sampling of the kitty litter/drum contents could cause another event,” David Freeman, Nuclear Waste Partnership’s chief nuclear engineer, wrote in an email.

    Bryson demanded answers from Peter Maggiore, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s assistant manager for environmental programs at LANL.

    “We have a formal letter on LANL letterhead implying there is a real and present danger in the WIPP underground,” Bryson wrote. “This is contrary to everything I have heard from LANL on this issue. The email you sent from LANL implied there might be more of these hidden yet formal warnings.”

    Chiou, too, was livid when he learned that the Los Alamos-based employee who first alerted WIPP personnel to the threat was reprimanded by the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos Site Office for sharing that information.

    “This is direct contradiction of DOE/NNSA policy and what we believed in,” Chiou wrote to Franco, Bryson and others. “It is most important that we have the information (regardless official or unofficial) so that we as [the Carlsbad Field Office of the Energy Department] can make better informed decisions as best we could. However, it may not work that way as it seems. … I hope that we can do better in getting relevant information from LANL so we can make a better decision for the WIPP project.”

    After a conference call with LANL officials, WIPP decision-makers on May 30 sent workers in protective suits into the room to collect samples. But a June 17 report by LANL personnel based at WIPP found the intense underground flare may have destabilized up to 55 more drums of waste that were in close proximity to Waste Drum 68660 when it ruptured, calling into question whether they, too, had become poised to burst.

    “[The high heat event] may have dried out some of the unreacted oxidizer-organic mixtures increasing their potential for spontaneous reaction,” the report said. “The dehydration of the fuel-oxidizer mixtures caused by the heating of the drums is recognized as a condition known to increase the potential for reaction.”

    Keeping secrets

    Frustrations over LANL’s reluctance to share what it knew about Waste Drum 68660 had been percolating at WIPP long before the discovery of the memo that suggested the drum contained all the ingredients of a patented plastic explosive.

    A May 5 email between WIPP employee James Willison and federal contractor Fran Williams suggested LANL was reluctant to acknowledge the most basic details about what Waste Drum 68660 held.

    “LANL used a wheat-based kitty litter rather than clay-based kitty litter as a stabilizer,” Willison wrote. “They fessed up after we nailed down the general area. … At least now we know.”

    “Wow,” Williams responded. “How bad is that?”

    On paper, the volatile combination of contents inside the drum that burst were not evident to experts who reviewed them because they were not included in the list of ingredients Los Alamos is required to generate for regulatory purposes and to assure the waste is stable enough to be accepted at WIPP.

    In the case of Waste Drum 68660, that report, known as acceptable knowledge, was woefully incomplete and portrayed the mix as far more stable than it truly was, according to the emails.

    In documents filed with the New Mexico Environment Department before the accident, LANL reported that the waste in the drum that would later burst “is stable and will not undergo violent chemical change without detonating,” and “there is no indication that the waste contains explosive materials, and it is not capable of detonation or explosive reaction. The materials in the waste stream are therefore not reactive wastes.”

    Los Alamos’ description of the drum’s contents was so flawed that post-accident reviews by WIPP personnel resulted in a revised acceptable knowledge report in May that included everything that had been left out of the original.

    “Be sure and read the AK [acceptable knowledge] description … it assumed that the absorbent was clay based,” Freeman wrote to another waste specialist at WIPP.

    “A neutralizing agent was used [at LANL] to obtain a neutral pH — though not in the procedure and not documented,” Freeman wrote in another message.

    A WIPP report that followed stated: “These chemicals not being considered could lead to an incomplete AK record which could be a violation of the WIPP hazardous waste facility permit requirements.”

    Yet another WIPP briefing paper suggests that even though the contents inside Waste Drum 68660 came from an unusually acidic batch of waste with a pH of zero, appropriate handling at LANL could have mitigated the threat, but the use of the wrong neutralizer failed to reconcile the problem and in fact exacerbated it. And in the lab’s description of the waste before it shipped to WIPP, its uniquely high acidity was not reported.

    “If the manufacturer’s directions were followed, the liquid would have been neutralized to a pH of approximately 7,” Michael Papp, a waste composition specialist at Nuclear Waste Partnership, wrote to managers for the contractor. “However, the final pH of the liquid was not included in the repackaging paperwork.”

    A costly typo

    In a damning report issued in October, the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General chided LANL and its waste packaging subcontractor EnergySolutions for the change from clay-based to organic kitty litter and the use of an acid neutralizer.

    “This action may have led to an adverse chemical reaction within the drums resulting in serious safety implications,” the report said, referring to the litter change. A lab spokesman said LANL officials recognize deficiencies in the lab’s safety processes were spotlighted by the disaster at WIPP.

    But LANL has never publicly acknowledged the reason why it switched from clay-based litter to the organic variety believed to be the fuel that fed the intense heat. In internal emails, nuclear waste specialists pondered several theories about the reason for the change in kitty litters before settling on an almost comically simplistic conclusion that has never been publicly discussed: A typographical error in a revision to a LANL policy manual for repackaging waste led to a wholesale shift from clay litter to the wheat-based variety.

    The revision, approved by LANL, took effect Aug. 1, 2012, mere days after the governor’s celebratory visit to Los Alamos, and explicitly directed waste packagers at the lab to “ENSURE an organic absorbent (kitty litter) is added to the waste” when packaging drums of nitrate salt.

    “Does it seem strange that the procedure was revised to specifically require organic kitty litter to process nitrate salt drums?” Freeman, Nuclear Waste Partnership’s chief nuclear engineer at WIPP, asked a colleague in a May 28 email.

    Freeman went on to echo some of the possible reasons for the change bandied about in earlier emails, such as the off-putting dust or perfumed scents characteristic of clay litter. But his colleague, Mark Pearcy, a member of the team that reviews waste to ensure it is acceptable to be stored at WIPP, offered a surprising explanation.

    “General consensus is that the ‘organic’ designation was a typo that wasn’t caught,” he wrote, implying that the directions should have called for inorganic litter.

    Officials at LANL declined to comment about whether a typographical error led to the switch to organic kitty litter.

    Whatever the reason, LANL began treating waste with assorted varieties of organic kitty litter as early as September 2012, spawning thousands of drums of waste that hold the same organic threat that’s being eyed as a contributing factor in the rupture of Waste Drum 68660.

    Organic kitty litter may have been mixed in up to 5,565 containers of waste at LANL starting in September 2012 that were incorrectly labeled as holding inorganic litter, according to an assessment conducted by WIPP personnel.

    Notes from a May conference call with federal regulators contained in the emails show LANL’s use of organic kitty litter defied clear instructions from WIPP personnel to use the clay type.

    “[WIPP contractors] authorized ‘X’ for use and LANL used ‘Y,’ ” Todd Sellmer, transportation and packaging manager at Nuclear Waste Partnership, wrote in an email documenting the call.

    Lax state oversight

    The push to speed up nuclear waste removal from Los Alamos began after the June 2011 Las Conchas Fire. The blaze, the largest in New Mexico history, scorched 156,000 acres in the Jemez Mountains and came within a few miles of LANL’s Area G, where 3,327.5 cubic feet of waste from decades of nuclear weapons development was stored.

    Worried that another fire would breach the compound, the state Environment Department and lab officials agreed to a June 30, 2014, deadline to clear The Hill of waste and ship it to WIPP.

    Meeting the goal meant big money for Los Alamos National Security, the private company formed eight years ago by Bechtel, Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services, URS Energy and Construction, and the University of California to operate LANL. The deadline was built into the federal grading scale that determines the contractor’s fee, and more importantly, whether LANS receives extensions of its $2.2 billion-a-year contract to operate the lab at Los Alamos. LANS already had been denied a one-year extension when it failed to meet goals associated with progress toward making several dilapidated facilities operable.

    But since the deadline was set, nuclear watchdog groups have publicly criticized Gov. Martinez’s Cabinet secretary for the Environment Department, Ryan Flynn, for relaxing the frequency of waste drum inspections during LANL’s cleanup campaign. Emails obtained by The New Mexican raise new questions about whether oversight of LANL’s waste packaging activities by Flynn’s department was sufficient.

    Department inspectors are required to conduct annual audits of the lab to ensure it meets state permitting guidelines. But in 2012 and 2013, Environment Department officials say, LANL warned them to stay out of the waste handling facility because they did not have appropriate training to be around radioactive waste, according to emails.

    Jim Winchester, a spokesman for the Environment Department, said the state’s audit team didn’t insist on entering because it was “working on higher priority duties at the time that mandated our attention.”

    Only since the disaster at WIPP has the department insisted on getting access to the site where Waste Drum 68660 was processed.

    Flynn, meanwhile, has expressed similar frustrations with WIPP officials over what he has called LANL’s reluctance to share what it knows about the contents of the drum. He has made clear that the Environment Department is poised to levy steep penalties against the lab’s permit.

    “The more we investigate, the more we’re discovering at Los Alamos,” Flynn told The New Mexican in a September interview.

    It’s still unclear what impact the Feb. 14 leak will have on LANS and its contract, which runs through Oct. 1, 2017, according to federal records. Four managers overseeing the cleanup at the lab already have been replaced, and more shake-ups are underway.

    Federal officials, meanwhile, estimate a yearslong recovery plan to reopen WIPP will cost at least $500 million — a figure some critics characterize as an overly conservative guess. The financial consequences of the disaster were already becoming evident by May 7, when WIPP-based Department of Energy employee Irene Joo emailed a colleague to speculate about what had gone wrong at LANL.

    She wrote: “I expect we will all pay the price.”

  • 450,000 illegal immigrants in US are from India: Report

    11/19/2014 7:37:32 AM PST · 21 of 27
    logi_cal869 to Oldeconomybuyer

    I wonder how Indians vote.

    Er...I mean ‘native’...er...

    ...aw crap. /s

    Seriously, though: I do wonder how OTM illegals vote. It’s a topic I’ve never seen written about.

  • Obama Responds to Jerusalem Synogogue Attack: 'To Many PALESTINIANS have died'

    11/19/2014 7:19:25 AM PST · 22 of 30
    logi_cal869 to realcleanguy

    Spot-on.

    I love it when a Lib decides to interject their own feces into a conversation about Israel.

    The last time I stated categorically, “There is no such thing as a ‘Palestinian’...”...

    The debate self-destructed with my ‘bomb’ and not another word of it has since been spoken in my presence.

  • Obama Responds to Jerusalem Synogogue Attack: 'To Many PALESTINIANS have died'

    11/19/2014 6:50:59 AM PST · 18 of 30
    logi_cal869 to livius

    Hmmm...I’ll have to look for that transcript.

    Agreed on sentiments, though not my own TV...

  • Obama Responds to Jerusalem Synogogue Attack: 'To Many PALESTINIANS have died'

    11/19/2014 5:54:19 AM PST · 6 of 30
    logi_cal869 to circlecity
    There is not a shred of evidence that themajorityy of Palestinians want piece.

    Freudian slip. :)

    the Palestinians want 'pieces'...

  • Obama Responds to Jerusalem Synogogue Attack: 'To Many PALESTINIANS have died'

    11/19/2014 5:40:59 AM PST · 1 of 30
    logi_cal869
    Aside from a poorly written & sourced article it's accurate.

    This source has the transcript, pasted below:

    Obviously, we condemn in the strongest terms these attacks. A number of people were wounded, and four people were killed, including three American citizens, so this is a tragedy for both nations – Israel as well as the United States – and our hearts go out to the families who obviously are undergoing enormous grief right now.

    Too many Israelis have died; too many Palestinians have died. And at this difficult time I think it’s important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and to reject violence.

    Tragically, this is not the first loss of life that we have seen in recent months. The murders for today’s outrageous acts represent the kind of extremism that threatens to bring all of the Middle East into the kind of spiral from which it’s very difficult to emerge, and we know how this violence can get worse over time.

    But we have to remind ourselves that the majority of Palestinians and Israelis overwhelmingly want peace.

    The irony is if you reword those statements to reflect sentiment on 9/11, or Boston for that matter, what outrage would result? (vs. the abject silence over these remarks)...the 'equivalency' makes me nauseous.

  • Why the world did not know about WMD in Iraq

    11/19/2014 5:32:03 AM PST · 37 of 38
    logi_cal869 to wbarmy

    I’m not going to apologize for my objection here. The last thing I want to do is debate this; I don’t have the time or energy right now.

    The fact is that I cannot condone a manic defense (old style respect) of someone so many hold up to be Conservative (he’s not) who’s content to sit on the sidelines and watch the country devolve into a Constitutional crisis of his successor’s own making (including his own contributions as well).

    Conservatives are lacking leadership in this country and his inaction/silence condones his successor’s actions. I’ve quoted his own words at FR prior that state as much (he just doesn’t ‘believe in it’).

    Condoning the Progressive actions of this Puppet by silence and inaction are itself Progressive. Period. An argument to the contrary is emotional, not logical.

    On that basis, it automatically disqualifies any future Bush from that office (the article, IMHO, is written to lay the framework for Jeb running in 2016).

    I’m also not getting into WMDs...I’m content with letting historians of another generation work that out.

  • It's that time of year for another reminder of how to donate for free (there is a free lunch!)

    11/18/2014 8:27:45 PM PST · 16 of 18
    logi_cal869 to scrabblehack
  • Chelyabinsk meteor #2? Massive flash over Russia’s Urals stuns locals & scientists

    11/18/2014 7:47:18 PM PST · 8 of 49
    logi_cal869 to traumer

    Impressive.

  • It's that time of year for another reminder of how to donate for free (there is a free lunch!)

    11/18/2014 7:37:25 PM PST · 14 of 18
    logi_cal869 to Red in Blue PA

    See my post #8.

    I beg to differ...without verification.

  • It's that time of year for another reminder of how to donate for free (there is a free lunch!)

    11/18/2014 7:31:09 PM PST · 12 of 18
    logi_cal869 to tbw2

    Nice choice.

    I’m not too keen on Amazon.

    Frankly, I hope someone answers the question whether or not the NRA is an ‘Eligible Organization’...

  • Why the world did not know about WMD in Iraq

    11/18/2014 7:21:35 PM PST · 35 of 38
    logi_cal869 to wbarmy
    Although I do wish he would slam this president for his actions a little more.

    Ahem...GW has not slammed this Puppet AT ALL.

    I'm just not getting into it...

  • It's that time of year for another reminder of how to donate for free (there is a free lunch!)

    11/18/2014 6:42:38 PM PST · 8 of 18
    logi_cal869 to Red in Blue PA
    Uh-huhuhuHMMM (throat-clearing).

    Be advised:

    From AmazonSmile Program Details

    Eligible Charitable Organizations Organizations must be public charitable organizations that are registered and in good standing with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) to be eligible to participate. Eligible charitable organizations must also be located in one of the 50 U.S. states or the District of Columbia. Organizations that engage in, support, encourage, or promote intolerance, hate, terrorism, violence, money laundering, or other illegal activities are not eligible to participate. Amazon relies on the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Southern Poverty Law Center to determine which organizations fall into these groups. Charitable organizations must also adhere to the AmazonSmile Participation Agreement to maintain eligibility. Charitable organizations may choose not to participate in AmazonSmile at any time. Although we aim to include only charitable organizations that are in good standing and do not engage in any of the activities described above, we cannot guarantee the good standing and/or conduct of any charitable organization.
    I hope you're sure your 'donations' are being directed to the NRA, as the SPLC has CLEARLY labeled the NRA an organization of hate...

    Btw, I just have to take the opportunity to be a bit anal. OT, but still...

  • Illinois Pension Debt Soars To $111 Billion

    11/18/2014 6:06:17 AM PST · 12 of 13
    logi_cal869 to george76
    With this quote from Pew on Public Pensions...

    While strong investments in 2013 are expected to help state pension plans recover, the impact will be muted; most state pension plans smooth out gains and losses over time—typically five years—which means that the investment losses from 2009 won’t be completely incorporated into plan funding data until 2013, and 2013 investment gains won’t be fully acknowledged until 2017.
    ...is there REALLY any wonder why the fix is in for the Stock Market? EVERYONE with pensions, investments or simply 'retired' has a dog in this fight but no one is really willing to stick their neck out. That's why we're entreated to a fusillade of propaganda on the health of the housing and stock markets (house of cards built on emotional support and wet-ink treasury certs).
  • Fourteenth Amendment Gives Congress the Power to Enforce the Second Amendment, not Infringe it

    11/18/2014 5:49:35 AM PST · 3 of 5
    logi_cal869 to marktwain
    Nice. Thanks.

    Just because Congress has been given the power does not mean that they will use it.

    Libs? Nope. Pubbies? Puleeeease.

    Rhetorical, but profoundly true.

  • Citrus deputy fatally shoots woman who pointed taser

    11/17/2014 4:00:14 PM PST · 23 of 51
    logi_cal869 to Impala64ssa

    Darwin Award. Tough on the Officer, though.