Reblogged From Desert Beacon:

This is difficult news.

Originally posted on Desert Beacon:

Cost Benefit Analysis

One of the dark clouds on the week that was in the U.S. Supreme Court was the decision in Michigan v. the Environmental Protection Agency, one portion of which reads:

“Our reasoning so far establishes that it was unreasonable for EPA to read §7412(n)(1)(A) to mean that cost is irrelevant to the initial decision to regulate power plants. The Agency must consider cost—including, most importantly, cost of compliance—before deciding whether regulation is appropriate and necessary,…”

Important Distinctions

First, let’s differentiate between a CBA (a cost benefit analysis) and a Cost Effectiveness Analysis (CEA). There are two important functions of a CBA: (1) To determine if an investment or a decision is justifiable or feasible. (2) To provide a way to compare and contrast alternative projects or proposals. Additionally, “In CBA, benefits and costs are expressed in monetary terms, and are adjusted for the time value of money

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Gotta pull the Band-Aid off and let the air get to the entire wound.

When a whole bunch of people stand up for what’s right, things can start to change. Amazing. “Thousands Gather for Peace Event.

The biggest indication yet that the Confederate flag might be on its way to a museum is that Walmart has decided to stop selling items with that divisive logo.

Or, maybe they figured out that since California banned the flag in 2014 there wasn’t enough of a market.

PBS had this to say about the Confederate flag yesterday.

And other news, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has been sold to these corporate developers(raiders).

Might not hurt to access that recipe you wanted, now.

Looks like Martha will do all right, though.

Reblogged From Dandelion Salad. A reminder; the TPA/TPP House discussions are going to start on Monday all over again. Call your Representative!

The Alice in Wonderland World of Fast-tracked Secret Trade Agreements by Ellen Brown.

Is there a story, a theme in this?


This year the dads are spending the day stretching toward the sun.

Seems appropriate.

Richard Cohen: SPLC statement on the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

Alternet’s Comments: Dylann Roof Is America

Why? Evil simply exists and takes advantage of the the openings our society provides. We are out of excuses for the society that created and turned loose a 21 year old, whose brain isn’t fully developed until around 25, to be the instrument of evil.

Clearly Stormy has the articulation of a nit. The cry that “they raped our women” doesn’t fly when you have just murdered nine people, six of whom were women, and one woman who was 87 years old. He does appear to have a problem with authority figures.

The gunman left six women and three men dead or dying, including a library manager, a former county administrator, a speech therapist who also worked for the church, and two ministers.

South Carolina’s town of Columbia let a misfit drift away from 9th grade school and disappear into the confederate flag waving void of a state that doesn’t even track hate crimes. He spent years unchecked growing into what he has become. His hate training was as good as any.


There is something odd about that scowling Facebook pict.. Angry yes; he looks desperately unhappy. He wears that jacket with it’s racist badges like a assignment.  Those badges.. Nelson Mandela was elected President the year Roof was born. Was it a selfie? Or, who took it? He reportedly hates the outdoors; whats he doing in a bog?


These people brought great light to this world, Maybe they will light Roof’s way into his next:

Cynthia Hurd, 54

Susie Jackson, 87

Ethel Lance, 70

DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49

Tywanza Sanders, 26

Daniel Simmons Sr., 74

Sharonda Singleton, 45

Myra Thompson, 59

Clementa Pinckney, 41.

Waterproofing is my life, Do Da, Do Da.

I was 35 when I apprenticed as a roofer/waterproofer with Local 40 in SF. My first superintendent, Smitty, sang that ditty, every time something went awry. In waterproofing something often goes awry. My heart is breaking tonight over what went awry in Berkeley.

Six young people were killed; five from Ireland and one from Rohnert Park in Sonoma County. Another seven were injured. That so many survived is a blessing, because the balcony, which gave way under them, was on the fifth floor. Most people don’t survive a fall at four stories. Horrible, but it may be that some provided cushion for the rest.

The investigation that now is in progress will result in another phase that will be long and painful and expensive for all involved. Was the balcony overloaded? Were maximum load signs posted? Like me, everyone who knows something about engineering or exterior envelope waterproofing will have an opinion, and they are already speaking out. I won’t go into why I think this, but from the few pictures we have seen, it does appear to me construction defects and/or waterproofing damages are involved.

Photo: Loren Elliott, The Chronicle

Photo: Loren Elliott, The Chronicle

When I started my own consulting firm in 1992, there were 35 other companies in the SF Bay area alone who were my competitors. We were all busy. Code requirements, though they were pretty good for roofing, sucked on waterproofing. Essentially the building code (Pretty much it still does.) said to follow whatever the manufacturer of the waterproofing product said. This led to manufacturers policing themselves. Some were good; many were awful. Now it’s true that there were institutes, dedicated to waterproofing, who provided building standards. If your project architect included those standards as part of the project documents there was a chance to improve the job by arguing standards even if the manufacturers literature, project drawings and written specifications failed to elucidate how things were to be done. Continue Reading »

Update: Here is a UTube of Clinton’s latest speech in Iowa today. She mentions TPP. See what you think she has done:


I’ll try to get the transcript of the speech when I can find it.

I would be really careful about any responses regarding the TPA, TPP, etc. Clinton is pro-trade. However, even presupposing Clinton was involved in negotiating the TPP under Obama, she most assuredly was out of those negotiations in the last two years. Based on what Congressman Peter DeFasio is saying in the UTubes below, its unlikely Clinton has seen the proposed trade documents, or if she has, she would not be able to say so.



The Congress critters have been under direction to review the trade documents in the basement of their building and are under orders not to take notes. This does not apply to the Corporations, who have been involved in the making of the proposed agreements and are apparently free to dispense the information among themselves. So, Bernie Sanders, who is in Congress, and has probably seen the documents, should (does) understand. That he has berated Clinton over her refusal so far to comment decisively makes it look like he is baiting his hook with red herring. What self respecting detail oriented wonk would comment over something to which she hasn’t official access? Continue Reading »


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