January 16, 2014

In Memory Of Kelly Thomas

October 19, 2013

New portion of mental health audit released; much still secret – Las Cruces

A portion of an audit released Friday by the New Mexico Attorney Generals Office, with many details blacked out, shed little light on why the state froze Medicaid payments to 15 New Mexico behavioral health providers.

At the same time, the 58-page document raised some new questions.

The Attorney Generals Office AGO released the document to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, which posted the document on its website Friday evening.

Most of the 400-page audit remains undisclosed despite lawsuits by New Mexico In Depth, the Las Cruces Sun-News and the Foundation for Open Government demanding its public release. Attorney General Gary King and his spokesperson, Phil Sisneros, did not return multiple phone calls Friday night.

King stated in a Friday court filing that releasing the rest of the audit could jeopardize his offices investigation, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Those findings identify witnesses, specific compliance issues, and the specific methodology by which the audit investigated potential issues, including possible Medicaid fraud,

” The New Mexican quoted Kings filing as saying.Despite receiving the newly released portion of the audit, one officer of the Foundation for Open Government lamented Friday at how few revelations were contained in the document.

“We are not satisfied with what we received today,\” FOG Board Treasurer Gregory P. Williams was quoted by KRQE-TV in Albuquerque as saying.

“We have not received anything of the substance of the report, so the public still has no idea why funding was stopped to all of these entities.

Raising new questions

Significant parts of the newly released audit pages were blacked out, making them unreadable. The portions of the document that were readable seemed to raise as many questions as they answered.

In recommending a list of \”best practices\” for Medicaid payment rules and regulations, the firm doing the audit, Massachusetts-based Public Consulting GroupInc. PCG, noted New Mexico already used some of the rules and regulations, but didnt always enforce them. Medicaid is the governments health insurance program for the low-income.

The document didnt go into great detail about what rules……

via New portion of mental health audit released; much still secret – Las Cruces Sun-News.

October 11, 2013

Cyclone Phailin is set to become the strongest India has ever seen

Originally posted on Quartz:

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With landfall in less than 24 hours (Saturday Oct. 12 in the afternoon, India time), final preparations are underway in India for Cyclone Phailin—now officially the strongest storm ever measured in the Indian Ocean. The image above shows the storm’s core as it approaches the coastline. (See our earlier coverage on why Phailin’s landfall in this particularly volatile part of India is especially unwelcome.)

This is the view from India’s Kalpana weather satellite:

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The storm has strengthened at one of the fastest rates ever recorded, going from a tropical storm to a category 4 cyclone in only 24 hours. On Friday (Oct. 11), it became the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane—the strongest on the American scale—with sustained winds of 160 mph (260 kph). That official wind speed has tied Phailin with the devastating 1999 Orissa Cyclone which killed more than 10,000 people—currently India’s strongest storm ever. Cyclones…

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September 17, 2013

Roads erased, Mogollon residents stuck

The village of Mogollon in southwest New Mexico remained isolated Monday.

Over the weekend, flood waters badly damaged the historic town and washed out the only road into the community.

The scene coming over Mogollon this afternoon from Sky News 13 showed a deep, deep rut worn in along the entire main street of the village.

Flood waters came through the area and literally erased the entire road all the way through town, damaged some of the buildings and swept through some of the vehicles that were parked along the roadway here.

It did not look like anything collapsed and word is that no one was hurt, but this is massive damage for this historic village up in the Gila country.

The road both in and out of Mogollon – both the road that goes out to the east into the forest and the road that approaches down in the Glenwood area – have been wiped out completely from about a mile away from the village itself to the west – and then literally the entire road through the entire village going to the east.

Folks are trying to collect bottled water and supplies to get to the residents who live in Mogollon, but no one has made it from the outside into the village yet. They’re making that effort this afternoon.

There is similar damage to reports in Alma – about 10 miles west of Mogollon. Homes and roads are washed away there, too, from the same water that rushed through Mogollon.

Parts of the road up to the famous “Catwalk Trail” in the Gila are reported to be washed out, too.

via KRQE – Roads erased, Mogollon residents stuck.

September 14, 2013

Security Advice to My Daughter: Essential Pillars of Preparedness Series

Originally posted on Survival Sherpa:

by Todd Walker

All I heard was crying on the other end of the phone!

“What’s wrong!?”

My daughter told me, between sobbing, that their home had just been broken into. I’d never heard her that upset. She and our grandson got home from work and school to find the backdoor kicked in and their life violated. Thank God they didn’t come home with the invasion in progress!

A Letter to My Daughter: Essential Pillars of Preparedness Series

Even though they escaped physical harm, emotionally they were wrecked. I took the day off work and put together a plan and found her a new place to live. Daughters need their daddy, especially in times like these.

As times get harder, I’m afraid these stories will become more common. Unknown to my daughter, thugs had broken in to homes on her street in December 2012 and July of this year. Had she known this info, she would have never moved to…

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September 12, 2013

Pre-Finishing Your Project Prior To Assembly

Over many years of woodworking professionally and at home I have found it much easier to pre-finish the pieces of your project prior to assembly.  There are many advantages to this and I get a much better looking end product because of it.  On doors you will not have to worry about the panels expanding and shrinking and cracking the finish and unnessary call backs by customers..

Here is a link to give you some additional ideas

http://www.wwgoa.com/video/003128_advantages-to-finishing-a-project-before-assembly/

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Staining and finishing is much faster with no corners, over spray and runs with pieces laying flat.  If you need to glue up after finishing just use some 3/4″ masking tape to cover the raw wood prior to finishing.

September 8, 2013

America’s Gestapo Arrive In Chicken, Alaska

Originally posted on Asylum Watch:

The Gestapo tactics of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies is getting way out of hand. How often have we heard about SWAT teams raiding the wrong house? Often there is much property damage and some case of the nome owners dogs being killed. In most cases, the families that were wrong have to sue to recover damages. We also now know that our federal government is routinely spying on us (NSA scandal) and the IRS is being used to intimidate those who have different political views from the current administration. It seems that every agency in the federal government nw has their employees armed and the government has bought billions of rounds of hollow-point ammunition. Intimidation seems to be modus operandi of our governments today. They seem to want the citizenry to be cowed and afraid of their governments.

The latest example to make the news occurred in…

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September 3, 2013

H.R. 3018 = Double Handgun Tax, Quadruple Ammo Tax, AND 20X Exisiting Transfer Fee

Originally posted on Freedom Is Just Another Word...:

SAF.orgH.R. 3018 = Double Handgun Tax, Quadruple
Ammo Tax, AND 20X Exisiting Transfer Fee

Our House of Representatives will return to work on September 9th. Once they return from their vacation they will be voting on a new piece of anti-gun legislation that is nothing more than confiscatory taxation.What the anti-gun interests can’t ban, they want to tax it out of existence and that is exactly what William Pascrell and Danny Davis have done with H.R. 3018. These two anti-gun democrats sponsored this “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act”, which would do neither.

The American people cannot afford more taxes. Ammo prices are already through the roof; now they want to quadruple the tax so certain ammo is out of each for law abiding citizens. You must stop this attack on our rights by telling every representative to vote NO to H.R. 3018! We will have to flood their…

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September 3, 2013

Peace Day

August 29, 2013

Rallies worldwide, Saturday, August 31: NO WAR WITH SYRIA

Originally posted on Exopermaculture:

 Activists worldwide are planning simultaneous anti-war protests for this Saturday

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August 25, 2013

By JG Vibes

Intellihub.com

The following notice has been posted all over the internet, please help to pass the word along.

Here’s the plan of action to Oppose the illegal and unconstitutional war with Syria:

We are launching a global rally on Saturday August 31st in every city and town in the world.

Here’s how you get involved:

Go to the FB search bar and search for ‘No War With Syria Rally (your city)’ example: No War With Syria Rally San Diego

Join the event, invite ALL of your friends to join it as well, then get involved with the locals that are already in the event page to help them any way you can.

*If there is no event page made for your location yet, please make one.
Here’s how:

-Simply click on your event…

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August 4, 2013

The High Price Of Earning A Living

July 27, 2013

Satellite Images: Drought Dries Elephant Butte Reservoir

Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

Drought Dries Elephant Butte Reservoir

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In the summer of 2013, Elephant Butte Reservoir dwindled to its lowest level in forty years. By late July, despite the arrival of monsoon rains, the reservoir was still virtually empty.

Numbers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated the total water in storage to be 65,057 acre-feet (0.7 cubic kilometers) on July 24, 2013, about 3 percent of the reservoir’s capacity of 2.2 million acre-feet (2.7 cubic kilometers). The last time water levels were that low…

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July 4, 2013

Silver Fire July 3rd PM Update

June 26, 2013

Silver Fire June 26 Evening Update

June 23, 2013

Historical Roots of the Social Crisis in Brazil: The Role of the IMF ~ Michel Chossudovsky

Originally posted on Stop Making Sense:

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SEE ALSO: In Brazil, a dual struggle against neoliberalism (Roar Mag)

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research

More than a million people across Brazil have joined one of the largest protest movements in the country’s history. Ironically, the social uprising is directed against the economic policies of a self-proclaimed “socialist” alternative to neoliberalism led by the Worker’s Party government of president Dilma Rousseff.

The IMF’s “strong economic medicine” including austerity measures, the privatization of social programs have been implemented under the “progressive” and “populist” banner of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), in consultation with Brazil’s powerful economic elites and in close liaison with the World Bank, the IMF and Wall Street.

While the PT government presents itself as “an alternative” to neoliberalism, committed to poverty alleviation and the redistribution of wealth, its monetary and fiscal policy is in the hands of its Wall Street creditors.

Ironically, the PT government…

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June 21, 2013

To This Day

June 19, 2013

Ancient Cave Art Found In Tennessee

June 17, 2013

Silver Fire morning news release June 17: Weather Transitions for Silver Fire

June 17, 2013

A Virtual Taste of New Mexico

June 9, 2013

Silver City Ranger District – Silver Fire Update – Sunday, June 9, 2013, 1p.m. – Highway 152 is closed between San Lorenzo and Hillsboro due to the Silver Fire. | NM Fire Info

Silver Fire:  This is a full suppression fire. Detected 6/7/2013. Cause: Lightning.

Located approximately 2 miles southeast of Hwy 152 and approximately 7 miles southwest of Kingston, New Mexico. The fire is approximately 300 acres burning in mixed conifer and shrub oak. Fire was active overnight and due to the steep terrain fire fighters have not been able to gain access to the fire safely.  The perimeter of the fire has been lined by air tankers using fire retardant but continues to be active due to dry conditions. 120 personnel, 3 Air Tankers, 2 Heavy Helicopters, and 11 Engines are assigned to the fire.

Today’s operations are to establish an anchor point to get fire fighters to the fire safely. Managers will continue to use air support. Repellers will be working today to cut out a heli-spot big enough to fly in Hotshots.

CLOSURE:    An official order will be issued.   Campers are advised that the following campgrounds will be closed due to fire danger: Iron Creek Campground, Upper Gallines, Lower Gallines, Railroad Campground, Wrights Cabin, and Emory pass lookout. Trail #79 will also be closed.

Road Conditions: Highway 152 is closed through the Black Range, from San Lorenzo to Hillsboro. There is no estimate of reopening at this time. The Royal John Road is closed to the public, but residents are being allowed access at this time. Travelers are advised to check NM Roads for road closures before traveling. Go to www.nmroads.com

Fire and Smoking Restrictions

The Gila National Forest is in Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Allowing campfires in designated developed campgrounds and picnic areas, which must be in a Forest Service provided grill or fire ring. Fires in rock rings will not be allowed. The use of petroleum- fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are acceptable, provided they meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety . Smoking is limited to a vehicle, building, or 3 –foot area cleared of all flammable materials.

For more information about the Silver Fire call: (575)388-8363 or go to www.inciweb.org.

via Silver City Ranger District – Silver Fire Update – Sunday, June 9, 2013, 1p.m. – Highway 152 is closed between San Lorenzo and Hillsboro due to the Silver Fire. | NM Fire Info.

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