When activists protesting potential environmental damages actually damage the environment themselves – does the point of protesting become moot? MyNorthwest.com,
“The activists protesting Shell oil and the impacts drilling has on the environment left behind material used to anchor their protest barge in a popular dive park…
Divers found cement blocks, cables and chains used to anchor the barge… ‘They were mooring [the barge] with cement blocks and cables’… [which] are now on the floor of Elliott Bay.
The damage to the park was minimal… protesters will not face a fine, but will have to pay for the cost of cleanup; that cost has not yet been determined.
It’s a popular dive location because it’s a habitat for octopus…
The barge is being relocated to an approved area for non-commercial vessels… can remain there for 30 days…
State-owned aquatic lands platted as waterways are generally reserved as ‘highways’ for navigation under state law. Short-term use, such as loading and unloading, is allowed…”
Photo courtesy of MyNorthwest.com
Hillary Clinton has had one thing on her mind for some time now – bankrolling on her political-celebrity status by giving speeches. Not just any speeches – speeches on issues that will certainly re-surface during her time campaigning for president. TIME,
After her time as Secretary of State, Clinton left public office – but “few thought it was her last act as a public official.
“…Being a private citizen allowed her to hang out a shingle, offering to make speeches for six-figure paychecks from companies and associations with lobbyists working on federal issues” that Clinton will certainly face in her 2016 bid for the office of the President of the United States.
“In all, Clinton made $10.2 million from 45 speeches in 2014, her first full year out of office, according to her May 15 financial disclosure. Of that, almost $4.6 million came from clients with lobbying shops looking to shape policy on issues as varied as taxes, trade policy, financial regulation and health care…
“At a rate of thousands of dollars per minute, Clinton spoke to groups that represent biotech researchers, auto dealers and manufacturing titans. In all, groups that Clinton was paid to address spent $72.5 million on federal lobbyists in 2014, according to data compiled by Krumholz.
“Days after making her paydays public, Clinton faced questions during a campaign swing in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Asked if there were conflicts of interest in taking money from the groups, she had a ready answer: “No.”
“Obviously,” Clinton continued, “Bill and I have been blessed and we’re very grateful for the opportunities that we had, but we’ve never forgotten where we’ve come from.” Since leaving office in 2001, Bill Clinton has made $82.8 million giving similar speeches, allowing the couple to amass significant wealth, which they have reported as falling between $11 million and $53 million.”
In total, the Clintons have been paid an absurd amount of money for speeches – both for their personal wealth and for the Clinton Foundation. “The technology company Qualcomm, for instance, paid Clinton $125,000 for a speech in San Diego, and its executives sent $50,250 to Ready for Hillary. Salesforce.com paid Clinton $451,000 total to address the tech company twice in 2014; separately, its executives gave Ready for Hillary $55,250. And the technology company Cisco, based in San Jose, Calif., paid Clinton $325,000 for a speech in Las Vegas and spent nearly $3.5 million lobbying in 2014. That same year, Cisco made another donation to the Clinton Foundation, bringing its cumulative total to somewhere between $1 million and $5 million.
“In addition to other issues, those three companies all happen to be enthusiastic supporters of a trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Clinton supported as Secretary of State but has yet to express an opinion on as a presidential candidate. In all, organizations that are seeking broadened trade, an issue that is likely to land on the next President’s desk, spent almost $3 million to hear from Clinton.”
Speaking fees for former political figures with celebrity-like status is nothing new – ““What’s new is that you may come back to office,” says Larry Noble, a former counsel to the Federal Election Commission. “If she had retired after being Secretary of State, there’d be much less issue with it.”.”
The silence has been deafening as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has continued to remain silent – refusing to speak to the press despite launching a campaign to be elected into the highest office America has to offer.. but after months of silence – she may have finally provided an excuse. Washington Post,
“With Hillary Clinton rapidly approaching a month since she answered a question from a reporter, her allies are working to push back the idea that she is ducking the press.
“‘PUTTING THE VOTERS FIRST, HILLARY ASKS THE QUESTIONS THAT REALLY MATTER,’ read the subject line of an email… courtesy of Correct The Record, a pro-Clinton super PAC directly coordinating with the presidential campaign on rapid response.
“The missive lays out the facts aimed at putting lie to the “she won’t answer the questions” narrative.
“First, Correct The Record notes that Clinton has answered 20 questions from “everyday Americans” (during trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada).
“…The vast majority of people who have asked Clinton questions in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada were part of a pre-selected group who sat with her around a roundtable… and if you look at the questions “regular” people are asking Clinton, they are not exactly the most probing of queries… aren’t pushing Clinton in any way, shape or form on any issue…
“…Then the group notes that Clinton has ASKED 117 questions of “everyday Americans”…
“It makes zero difference how many questions Clinton has asked average Americas… citing the number of questions Clinton has asked of people (is a) rebut (to) the idea that she isn’t taking enough…
“At issue here is that Clinton is avoiding taking questions from reporters. And nowhere in the Correct The Record memo does it have anything to dispute that fact. In total as a candidate, Clinton has answered 13 total questions from reporters. It’s been 39,000 minutes since she last answered a reporter’s question…
“No matter how many Iowans’ questions Hillary answers or how many questions she asks them, it doesn’t justify her current unwillingness to stand before reporters (or even a single reporter) and take their questions. Not even a little.”
Despite the belief that Obamacare would cure all of our nation’s healthcare problems, businesses are realizing again the costly ramifications of this bill – and being hit hard.
“Nearly two-thirds of companies facing a new ObamaCare tax say they are changing their coverage to avoid the extra costs… The so-called Cadillac tax, which applies to healthcare plans above a certain expense threshold, is one of the most pressing changes still to come under ObamaCare…
“Only 2.5 percent of companies that would be hit by the Cadillac tax starting in 2018 said they plan to pay the tax… [with] 62 percent of companies… hav[ing] already taken action or plan to take action to avoid it…
“Under ObamaCare, healthcare customers who receive benefits above $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage will be forced to pay a tax of 40 percent.
“The tax, which has been increasingly under fire from Congress, is intended to help pay for ObamaCare.
“Overall, many businesses are bracing for steeper healthcare costs… one-third believe 2016 will be their costliest year… 27 percent expect to pay the most in 2018, when the Cadillac tax goes into effect.