Friday, August 13, 2010

Maple Grove Farms Forced to Stop Popular Syrup Factory Tour Over Food-Defense & Terrorist Concerns

I am utterly speechless. So now a person can't go see a maple syrup tour? What's next? A beer factory tour? A farm? A port? This is just another example of a clueless government in my opinion.

Recently however, the company, the largest maple syrup wholesaler in the nation, had to shutter the tour as a
result of “food-defense” concerns that have sprouted since terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., nearly nine years ago...

But post-9/11 guidelines developed by the Department of Homeland Security and Food and Drug Administration have shaped the
voluntary food-safety standards that companies like Maple Grove must meet in order to sell their wares to major retailers.

Source: Rutland Herald

CNBC's Rick Santelli Tells Ron Insana To Read G. Edward Griffin's The Creature From Jekyll Island

The good part starts around the 6:00 mark. If you cannot see the above video, click this CNBC link for the video.

Click the following link for more information on G. Edward Griffin's The Creature from Jekyll Island.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thousands of Dead Peanut Bunker Fish Wash Ashore in Delaware Bay, Cape May County, New Jersey

What is up with all of the fish die-offs? I'm starting to hear way too many of these stories.

See also:

1. Millions of Small Dead Fish Wash Ashore on Beach in Gulfport, Mississippi Near Jones Park

2. Hundreds of Dead Trout Fish Wash Ashore at Lake Shasta, California Due to Unknown Causes

3. Hundreds of Bottom-Feeding Carp Dying & Stinking in Lake Spokane, Washington (Cause Unknown)



(10/P79) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection is investigation a major wash-up of dead fish along the Delaware Bay in Cape May County. The cause of the die-off is not known and is under investigation.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring and the Bureau of Emergency Response are working with local officials to evaluate the wash-up of menhaden that appears to be encompassing a large stretch of the Delaware Bay shoreline. The fish appear to be exclusively small menhaden, also known as peanut bunker.

The Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring reviewed results of water samples taken Wednesday by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and found no indication of toxic phytoplankton species, such as red tide. The DEP is also analyzing oxygen levels in the water.

The DEP has dispatched conservation officers who are working with the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management to evaluate the beaches. The DEP has sent out an aircraft to assess the extent of the die-off.

Initial reports suggest dead fish are heavy in an area of Middle Township known as Pierce’s Point. The DEP will continue to provide updates to the media and the public as they become available.


DARPA to Build Fastest Supercomputer in the World!

Another day, another DARPA story. DARPA is ready to shatter Moore's Law and if any entity in the world can do it, it's DARPA.


News Release
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
3701 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203-1714


August 6, 2010

DARPA Developing ExtremeScale Supercomputer System

Advanced computing is the backbone of the Department of Defense and of critical strategic importance to our nation’s defense. All DoD sensors, platforms and missions depend heavily on computer systems. To meet the escalating demands for greater processing performance, it is imperative that future computer system designs be developed to support new generations of advanced DoD systems and enable new computing application code. Targeting this crucial need, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has initiated the Ubiquitous High Performance Computing (UHPC) program to create an innovative, revolutionary new generation of computing systems that overcomes the limitations of current evolutionary approach.

Computing performance increases have been driven by Moore’s Law (doubling the transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit every two years). The ability to achieve projected performance gains is limited by significant power consumption, architectural and programming complexity issues. To exploit available technological advances fully, highly programmable high performance computers must be developed that require dramatically less energy per computation. The goal of DARPA’s UHPC program is to re-invent computing. It plans to develop radically new computer architectures and programming models that deliver 100 to 1,000 times more performance, and that are easier to program than current systems.

The UHPC program directly addresses major priorities expressed by the President’s “Strategy for American Innovation”. These priorities include “exascale” supercomputing Century “Grand Challenge”, energy-efficient computing and worker productivity. The resulting UHPC capabilities will provide at least 50-times greater energy, computing and productivity efficiency, which will slash the time needed to design and develop complex computing applications.

President Obama’s “Strategy for American Innovation” notes DARPA’s successes and innovations that have driven America’s technology advances. DARPA historically has pursued innovative computing development and enabled significant advances. UHPC will pursue non-traditional, innovative developments in an open collaborative research environment. This approach and the resulting technical advances are critical to re-inventing computing.

Prototype UHPC systems are expected to be complete by 2018. The four performers selected to develop UHPC prototype systems are Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, Ore., NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, Calif., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Boston and Sandia National Laboratory, Albuquerque, N.M. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, was selected to lead an Applications, Benchmarks and Metrics team for evaluating the UHPC systems under development.


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

California Lawmakers Propose Allowing Video Cameras in Automobiles (AB1942)

While this law that allows video cameras in vehicles to record accidents is not as scary as it was when I first heard about it, it still has the chance to be a slippery slope if some governmental agency mandates video camera installation in an effort to promote "safety." There will also be issues and concerns if the car's video camera can be remotely activated by third parties such as the note holder, DMV and/or insurance company.

The proposed law, AB1942, would promote safer driving habits and reduce accidents by permitting video recorders to be installed on the windshield.

Click the link to read the full text of AB1942.

(13) A video event recorder with the capability of monitoring driver performance to improve driver safety, which may be mounted in a 7-inch seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a 5-inch, in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone. zone, or in a 5-inch square mounted to the center uppermost portion of the interior of the windshield. As used in this section, "video event recorder" means a video recorder that continuously records in a digital loop, recording audio, video, and G-force levels, but saves video only when triggered by an unusual motion or crash or when operated by the driver to monitor driver performance.

Source: KOVR

Energy Investment Banker Matthew Simmons Dies Less Three (3) Weeks After Saying We've Killed the Gulf of Mexico

Throughout the Deepwater Horizon event, Matt Simmons said the government was lying about what was really happening down at the bottom of the sea. Last weekend, Simmons died at his home. Based on what he has repeatedly stated, his death caught my attention, because it was only three (3) weeks ago that Mr. Simmons said that we have killed the Gulf. The official report says drowning as a result of a heart attack, but it is quite possible that someone killed Mr. Simmons and made the death appear to be natural. I wonder if Mr. Simmons had any health issues that would have made his death more likely.

Level 2 Alert at PPL's Susquehanna Nuclear Plant Due to Freon Leak in Reactor Building

If you cannot see the video above, click this link.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Raytheon's High-Speed Guard Added to U.S. GSA Schedule (Cross-Domain Information-Sharing System with 9 GB per Second Transfer Speeds)

This High-Speed Guard is another interesting system designed by and for the military industrial complex.


Raytheon High-Speed Guard now on U.S. GSA Schedule

BOSTON, Aug. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) High-Speed Guard information-sharing solution has been added to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) schedule of products and services available to the government.

Raytheon High-Speed Guard provides the ability to transfer information between security domains at the industry's fastest transfer speeds. GSA is America's only source solely dedicated to procuring goods and services for the government.

Raytheon High-Speed Guard was also recently added to the Unified Cross Domain Management Office Baseline list of cross-domain technologies. The UCDMO is a joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) organization that provides centralized coordination and oversight of cross-domain initiatives across these communities. Inclusion on the UCDMO Baseline provides DoD and IC customers a list of proven technologies and solutions.

The industry's fastest cross-domain information-sharing solution, High-Speed Guard boasts information transfer speeds up to 9 gigabits per second. High-Speed Guard provides customers a wide array of bidirectional capabilities for enforcing complex and dynamic security policies while maintaining a strict security posture.

With a proven track record of more than 190 installations, Raytheon High-Speed Guard is able to sustain full transfer rates on dual-processor commercial off-the-shelf servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with a strict Security Enhanced Linux policy.

Raytheon will be demonstrating High-Speed Guard at the fourth annual UCDMO Conference Aug. 9-12, 2010, in Boston.

Raytheon Company, with 2009 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 88 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 75,000 people worldwide.

Kathy Bentaieb

Department of Energy Awards $1.4 Million Grant to Long Beach State Professor for Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Research

Instead of burying nuclear waste that will take billions of years to degrade, the Department of Energy is looking for ways to recycle and reprocess nuclear waste.


Cal State Long Beach Chemistry Professor Awarded 4-Year, $1.4 Million Grant for Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Research

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Professor Stephen Mezyk has received a four-year, $1.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to examine the effects of radiation on nuclear reprocessing systems in the Fuel Cycle Research and Development area.

The award enlists Mezyk as the principal investigator who will lead the study to increase understanding of the chemistry of molecules called ligands that are used to selectively remove metals from nuclear waste. Examining the role and chemistry of these ligands could improve the safety of stored nuclear waste by reducing the levels of radioactivity and toxicity.

CSULB was the only non-Ph.D.-granting institution among 23 leading universities receiving Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) 2010 funding for nuclear education and technologies.

Mezyk, a professor of physical and environmental chemistry, said the study is of significant importance because current reprocessing systems were largely developed in the 1960s—when the first nuclear power plants began operating. However, most of these schemes emphasized the engineering requirements of reprocessing rather than their chemistry.

“To optimize this part of the process, we started looking at the chemistry of these ligands, and especially the radiation chemistry that occurs. We’ve begun examining how radiation, especially alpha radiation, damages the ligands both directly and indirectly; and how we can better design them to become more resistant,” Mezyk said.

“This project will ultimately reduce the radioactivity and toxicity of stored nuclear waste.”

A member of the CSULB faculty since 2001, Mezyk’s exemplary research in the chemistry of free radicals has earned him international recognition in both nuclear and environmental science. His student research group, RadKEM, in the CSULB Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, is recognized for their applications of free radical chemistry in the removal of chemical contaminants from waters and in their understanding of the radical chemistry involved in cancer.

RadKEM has worked with the National Energy Laboratory at Notre Dame and the Orange County Water District using radiation to study the breakdown of such contaminants as antibiotics and hormones during the remediation of water. The Department of Energy grant will take RadKEM in a new direction, in collaboration with Bruce Mincher of the DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory and Mikael Nilsson, assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine.

The multi-year research project will be completed at the national Radiation Laboratory at Notre Dame, Ind.; at UC Irvine; in Chalmers, Sweden; and potentially in Marcoule, France. It will also engage several European researchers, Mezyk said.

“Investigations in the United States are complementing the European and Japanese approaches. It is hoped that we will eventually be able to derive the best system as designed by its engineering and its chemistry to maximize efficiencies and minimize costs,” he said.

Mezyk earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

He is an associate editor of the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies and has received multiple research grants and contracts, particularly for his water chemistry studies. He was awarded the CSULB Provost's 2010 Award for Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity; and the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award in 2008. A respected mentor and professor, Mezyk also received the University Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2007. He most recently provided expert opinion on water and nuclear chemistry in the Emmy-winning video series, "Understanding Chemistry in Your World," by Coast Learning Systems.

For more than nine years, Mezyk has advised the student-based RadKEM research group in its pursuits of careers in medicine, veterinary, and doctoral research programs. His students have shared successes and valued experiences in state-of-the-art Department of Energy national laboratories, and in writing scientific papers published in journals including Environmental Science and Technology, Radiation Research, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Water Research, and Environmental Chemistry. Student researchers have been featured in talks at national and international conferences, and many have secured their own research funding the Arnold Beckman Foundation, CSULB’s Women and Philanthropy, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Orange County Water District, among others.

For more information about Mezyk’s research, visit