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11-30-15 Climate Meetings Begin Today: World Effort To Accumulate Power

30 November 2015 9:05am

Early Monday Report....


MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen: 'Demonization of CO2 is irrational at best and even modest warming is mostly beneficial.' - 'When someone says this is the warmest temperature on record. What are they talking about? It’s just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period.'

Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer: 'Policies to slow CO2 emissions are really based on nonsense. We are being led down a false path. To call carbon dioxide a pollutant is really Orwellian. You are calling something a pollutant that we all produce. Where does that lead us eventually?'

Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Moore: 'We are dealing with pure political propaganda that has nothing to do with science.'


29 November 2015 4:26am

Alaska Gasline Development Corp. gets overhaul
Fauske's letter to the AGDC board offered no reason for his resignation. During a news teleconference later in the day, Walker said he had told the ...


28 November 2015 8:30am

144 New Obama Regulations Announced Under Cover of Thanksgiving.  Daily Signal by James Gattuso.  

President Obama is nothing if not predictable. Required by law to release plans for new regulations twice a year, the administration has consistently done so just before major holidays, when few are paying attention.

Thus, it was no surprise to see his fall 2015 regulatory agendareleased last Friday, as many Americans focused on Thanksgiving week with family and friends.

Pipeline transparency: NEB posts all safety inspections, fines online
Pipeline transparency: NEB posts all safety inspections, fines online ... Wash., a non-profit group focused on improving pipelinesafety told CBC in ... "I think the public overwhelmingly understands the need for oil and gas in their ...

11-27-15 Alberta Premier and Alaska Governor Achieve Greater Control Over Energy Industry

27 November 2015 6:01am

TransCanada exits Alaska LNG project
Alaska bought out the company's interest for US$64.6 million; BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil Corp. are still involved ...




Notley says NDP government has carbon tax mandate
More from James Wood, Calgary Herald ... The effort to curb Alberta's greenhouse gas emissions — the highest in Canada — is ... support for pipeline projects that have stalled in the face of environmental opposition. ... Albertans in the broad sense are either of this things,” said the Calgary-Elbow MLA.
Editorial: Carbon tax questions
But once she's finished soaking up the adulation, she must flesh out some of the details for taxpayers, says the Herald editorial board. AMBER ...
Alaskan Governor confirms acquisition of TransCanada AKLNG shares
(AGDC) to advance AKLNG on the state's behalf. As Alaska takes on a greater role in these efforts, the AGDC board and staff will be integral in seeing ...
Overturn at AGDC
Under Fauske's lead AGDC developed the in-state Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project, and represented the state on the liquefied natural gas plant ...
Overturn at AGDC
The head of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and the head of its board are both out. On Nov. 20 Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, citing a need for a ...
Overturn at AGDC
Bill Walker, citing a need for a municipal voice on the AGDC board, replaced John Burns. On Nov. 21 the AGDC board, composed of six Walker ...





11-26-15 Happy Thanksgiving!

26 November 2015 3:51am

Thanksgiving Lost

Thanksgiving references:  Our friend Marc Bond's offering; President Ronald Reagan's 1985 Thanksgiving Address; President George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation 

Our politically correct retail community hastily exchanges the words "Thanksgiving" and "Christmas" and "Easter" for "Holiday".

Here's a new twist, the National Parks Foundation (NPF) sent out a plea for contributions on Thanksgiving, today!

"We hope you will join us in taking time today to give thanks for our nation's greatest treasures — our more than 400 national parks," the solicitation pleads.

Not to be picky, but does NPF mean "give thanks" to the Creator for our natural wonders, or, to the government.  

We have seen not much evidence that the current federal administration supports America's Christian heritage.  Certainly, the NPF wouldn't go out of its way to "give thanks to the creator of the Parks".  They want us to give thanks to them in the form of a contribution.

While we're always slow to accuse anyone of hypocracy, we do note for the record that 1) NPF is the "official partner" of the National Parks Service, and 2) both the National Parks Director and his boss, the Secretary of the Interior serve on the NPF board, and 3) the Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, is NPF Board Chair.

While we would not, without evidence, accuse the DOI of establishing a 'slush fund' of 'tax free contributed dollars' that it controls, we do note that certain democrat constituencies and policy goals seem to be recipients of NPF grants--including he climate change religion advocates. 


One who celebrates Thanksgiving is thankful.  It is logical to be thankful FOR blessings TO someone and illogical to be thankful TO inanimate objects or concepts -- such as "karma", "good luck", or "the universe".  

Since earliest Biblical times, mankind has prospered -- only when giving allegiance and thanks to Creator God.

America's founders owed and thanked God their creator and protector for everything, including the birth of a nation.  For their decendents to not thank God on Thanksgiving is to be thankful TO nothing.  

Therefore, it is logical that Americans wishing to sustain the Founders' republic, give prayerful thanks, with their children, TO God their Creator on this special, Thanksgiving Day, that He might continue to sustain and protect us. 

Why would anyone gather in "Thanksgiving" celebration with family and friends, enjoy libations, begin searching stores for Christmas treasures, and eat to capacity without so much as a prayer of thanks TO Almighty God?  Why would children be raised to be thankful TO nothing.  Why would America abandon the Heavenly guidance, strength and protection that prospered it, only to ignore the source of prosperity?  Why would this blessed people then go on to celebrate Christmas by renaming it a "holiday" and ignoring the Covenant God provided us with the gift of his son, the Savior?

Is not being unthankful TO one's creator, being ungrateful, rejecting both His blessings, future protection and guidance?   

One fears for the future of America's ungrateful people as evil enemies, at this very moment, creep closer.  

For, will they not soon discover America's loss of Heavenly values and protection?


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Thanksgiving offering by our friend, Marc Bond:

By happy coincidence, Thanksgiving this year falls on Thursday, November 25, precisely the 226th anniversary of the first United States national day of thanksgiving declared by George Washington.  His proclamation is set out below.

To set some context, the War of Independence which killed some 25,000 American soldiers and sailors (about 6,800 in battle, with the rest from disease and starvation, many at the hands of the British while held as prisoners of war) and rendered another 15,000 or so disabled.

Both the national and state governments owed a crushing debt load from the war, perhaps $75 million, financed largely by the French, and not resolved until Alexander Hamilton secured the Funding Act of 1790 wherein the national government assumed the debts of the individual states, and national revenues (largely customs tariffs and excise taxes, including the notorious excise tax on whiskey) were sufficient to pay down the debt in the next two decades. 

A new and untested Constitution was ratified after a fractious debate on the extent of national powers (hmmm, what a concept).  The first elections under the new Constitution were held in December 1788 and January 1789 (with different states voting on different dates), electing an unopposed George Washington as President and John Adams as Vice President.  Congress first gathered at Federal Hall in New York City on March 4, 1789 (which for many years thereafter was the date of presidential inauguration).  Washington was inaugurated on April 30.  The Judiciary Act was passed on September 24, establishing the federal judiciary and US Marshal Service.  The Bill of Rights was proposed as a set of 12 amendments for ratification by the states on September 25.  The US Department of War established the national army with a force of several hundred men.

After losing its American colonies, Britain shifted its focus to Asia, the Pacific, and Africa, but did not make true peace with a separate America until after the War of 1812 was resolved in January of 1815.

In short, there were many uncertainties facing the young nation.  And yet … and yet, our President had great confidence in the benevolence and power of God, and in the diligence and skill of the American people.  So he directed the attention of his citizens toward appreciation for all of the gifts bestowed by the Almighty: care and protection prior to becoming a nation; providential interventions during the war; tranquility and plenty after the war; the establishment of civil government; civil and religious liberty; the acquisition of useful knowledge; and all other great and various blessing.  But beyond that, he directed Americans to confess and seek pardon for their sins, and to ask “the great Lord and Ruler of Nations” for continued guidance and protection to temporal prosperity.

Similar, if more modern, sentiments are express in President Obama’s 2015 Thanksgiving Proclamation. “In the same spirit of togetherness and thanksgiving that inspired the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, we pay tribute to people of every background and belief who contribute in their own unique ways to our country's story.  Each of us brings our own traditions, cultures, and recipes to this quintessential American holiday -- whether around dinner tables, in soup kitchens, or at home cheering on our favorite sports teams -- but we are all united in appreciation of the bounty of our Nation.  Let us express our gratitude by welcoming others to our celebrations and recognize those who volunteer today to ensure a dinner is possible for those who might have gone without.  Together, we can secure our founding ideals as the birthright of all future generations of Americans.”

I encourage all Americans to put down differences, set aside politics, look past old wrongs, and seek healing in their relationships, personal, professional, and civic; confess our many sins in true repentance; and for at least a single day think great thoughts, say manifold prayers, and express to others the single sentiment of gratitude and appreciation.  Make a list of your blessings, for in every life, however humble or magnificent, there are many, many gifts.  Be truly thankful, and tell others how thankful you are for them.  For we have much and much more for which to be grateful.

In that spirit, I am grateful for each member of The List.  May you all have a Happy Thanksgiving.  – Marc


11-25-15 In Memorium: Dave Gransbury

25 November 2015 6:23pm

November 25, 2015
Dear Dave:

In the early 1970s my family moved next door to you on the shore of Cheney Lake. 

You were, first, a friendly neighbor and friend. 

When I came to know you better, I grew deeply respectful of your entrepreneurial dedication toward creating an ULU manufacturing business in your garage. There, with the garage door open in summer and on darker and frosty winter afternoons, we had many pleasant conversations -- as we endeavored to solve the world's problems. 

All this you did on your own time, while teaching. 

I soon found that your big heart matched your entrepreneurial nature as you invited students -- with particular emphasis on Alaska Native kids -- to come to work and learn a trade in the garage with you as you refined the ULU manufacturing process. 

And then, there was your lovely family.

Over the years, when I would drive by your Ship Creek store location, I would marvel at your dream that came true. When I gave your ULUs (i.e. never the Chinese knock-offs!) to friends and visitors, your friendship has always been part of the gifting.

You were and are an Alaskan educator, entrepreneur, and business pioneer.

It has been an honor and pleasure knowing you.

...see you around the bend!


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