Trump To Rollback Deepwater Horizon Regulations

The Trump administration is hoping to slash regulations on offshore oil drilling that were implemented after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed nearly a dozen people and led to an oil leak that spewed for months.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which is the agency housed in the Interior Department that regulates offshore oil drilling, is proposing a rollback of a series of changes made after the 2010 disaster.
BSEE says that the cuts will save the oil industry $900 million over ten years. The proposal has not been made public, but the WSJ reports that some of the changes include easing rules that require the streaming of real-time data of oil production operations to facilities onshore, which allows regulators to see what is going on. Another rule that would be removed requires third-party inspectors of equipment, such as the blowout preventer, to receive certification by BSEE.
Another example includes alterations to the ‘well-control rule,’ one of the signature regulations that was implemented by the Obama administration after years of review following BP’s oil spill. The well-control rule required the use of certain safety equipment and operations intended to reduce the risk of another disaster.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 27, 2017.

Post-Deepwater-Horizon Regulations Get Rolled Back

‘They’re blocking research into the risks. What is Secretary Zinke afraid of?’
By Nick Cunningham, Oilprice.com: The Trump administration is hoping to slash regulations on offshore oil drilling that were implemented after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed nearly a dozen people and led to an oil leak that spewed for months.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which is the agency housed in the Interior Department that regulates offshore oil drilling, is proposing a rollback of a series of changes made after the 2010 disaster.
BSEE says that the cuts will save the oil industry $900 million over ten years. The proposal has not been made public, but the WSJ reports that some of the changes include easing rules that require the streaming of real-time data of oil production operations to facilities onshore, which allows regulators to see what is going on. Another rule that would be removed requires third-party inspectors of equipment, such as the blowout preventer, to receive certification by BSEE.

This post was published at Wolf Street on Dec 27, 2017.

Traub: “The US Has Reached The Last Stage Before Collapse”

The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved
The problem isn’t Donald Trump – it’s the Donald Trump in all of us…
In The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A. D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city. The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse of faith in reason and science. The people of Rome, Gibbon writes, fell prey to ‘a puerile superstition’ promoted by astrologers and to soothsayers who claimed ‘to read in the entrails of victims the signs of future greatness and prosperity.’
Would a latter-day Gibbon describe today’s America as ‘decadent’? I recently heard a prominent, and pro-American, French thinker (who was speaking off the record) say just that. He was moved to use the word after watching endless news accounts of U. S. President Donald Trump’s tweets alternate with endless revelations of sexual harassment. I flinched, perhaps because a Frenchman accusing Americans of decadence seems contrary to the order of nature. And the reaction to Harvey Weinstein et al. is scarcely a sign of hysterical puritanism, as I suppose he was implying.
And yet, the shoe fit. The sensation of creeping rot evoked by that word seems terribly apt.
Perhaps in a democracy the distinctive feature of decadence is not debauchery but terminal self-absorption – the loss of the capacity for collective action, the belief in common purpose, even the acceptance of a common form of reasoning. We listen to necromancers who prophesy great things while they lead us into disaster. We sneer at the idea of a ‘public’ and hold our fellow citizens in contempt. We think anyone who doesn’t pursue self-interest is a fool.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 25, 2017.

As White House Declares Victory, Congress Is Bracing For A Legislative “Groundhog’s Day”

After a difficult first half, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan managed to score two major legislative victories this week just before the clock ran out on what has been one of the most contentious Congresses in recent memory.
By marshalling a fractious Republican caucus, the leadership averted a federal government shutdown on the day before Christmas Eve, and also passed the White House’s historic tax reform plan. With America’s lawmakers headed home for the holidays, Trump affixed his signature to the bill Friday morning.
But while Trump delivered on his promise to pass tax reform by year’s end, in the end, Republicans were forced to put off other pressing priorities – like passing an $81 billion disaster aid bill – until January.
Though the House managed to pass a disaster relief package, the Senate was forced to put it off because of procedural hurdles and opposition from Democrats. The battle to amend and pass the bill will probably dominate the political news cycle early next year, according to Bloomberg.
But it’s hardly the only legislative priority demanding immediate attention: Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling. And the continuing resolution passed late last night is set to expire on Jan. 19, meaning another funding bill must be adopted before then.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 22, 2017.

Spanish Crisis Returns: Separatists Win Catalan Election In Huge Blow To Rajoy

Despite growing expectations that Catalan separatist fervor had abated in the aftermath of the post-independence fiasco, consensus was once again set for disappointment and on Thursday night, Spain was thrown back into chaos after the three Catalan separatist parties, Junts per Catalunya, Republican Catalan Left and the CUP, held on to a small but critical majority in the Catalan regional parliamentary election, dealing a stunning rebuke to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his attempt to bury the Catalan independence movement.
With virtually all of the vote counted, the separatists held on to 70 seats, down from 72 in the 2015 election and 1 less than the initial exit polls predicted, just weeks after PM Mariano Rajoy fired the former first minister, Carles Puigdement and his entire government after the held what Madrid dubbed an “illegal referendum” and declared independence on October 27. Yet while the separatists won as a group, the biggest individual winner was the Ciudadanos party, which gained 300,000 more votes and 12 more seats compared to its 2015 position. It was also the single biggest party to emerge from today’s election with a total of 37 seats. Meanwhile for Rajoy’s People’s Party, the result was a disaster as it finished in last place among the mainstream parties with just three seats.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 21, 2017.

Republican Squabbling Could Force A Government Shutdown This Weekend

Now that Republicans have finished patting themselves on the back for passing the first comprehensive tax reform bill in 31 years, and which hopes to stimulate the economy my rewarding those least likely to spend…
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… members of Congress are shaking off their hangovers and confronting the reality that that the leadership is still nowhere near a consensus on the continuing resolution package that must be passed by midnight Friday (or early morning Saturday at the latest) to avert a holiday shutdown.
Initially, Republicans were planning to include a separate authorization that would keep the Pentagon funded through September, but that idea was scrapped after the leadership discovered the bill would be dead-on-arrival in the Senate, where Republicans must win at least eight Democratic votes to circumvent a filibuster. House Speaker Paul Ryan said earlier this week that Republicans would attach an $81 billion disaster-relief aid package to the CR, thereby combining two legislative priorities into one. But that plan has also been abandoned.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 21, 2017.

American Leaker Warns: The US Is ‘Close To Nuclear Armageddon’

Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon papers which exposed the government’s lies during the Vietnam war is vocalizing a warning. He says the United States is really close to a nuclear Armageddon.
Ellsberg, now 86-years-old, leaked the Pentagon papers back in 1969 and he’s now got a new book out which serves a warning to those who care to listen. According to the Daily Mail, Ellsberg’s 7,000-page report was the WikiLeaks disclosure of its time, a sensational breach of government confidentiality that shook Richard Nixon’s presidency and prompted a Supreme Court fight that was supposed to advance press freedom.
In his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Ellsberg details how easy nuclear bombs can be triggered and shot off on a false alarm – and that the president isn’t the only who can launch the nukes, as we are often told. Low-level military commanders are capable of launching nuclear weapons too.
‘All out-nuclear war – an irreversible, unprecedented and almost unimaginable calamity for civilization and most life on earth – has been, like the disasters of Chernobyl, Katrina, the Gulf oil spill, Fukushima Daiichi, and before these, World War I, a catastrophe waiting to happen, on a scale infinitely greater than any of these,’ writes Ellsberg in his new book.

This post was published at shtfplan on December 19th, 2017.

FALSE FLAG? MASS CASUALTY DRILL WAS TAKING PLACE IN THE SAME AREA AS THE WASHINGTON STATE AMTRAK TRAIN DERAILMENT

In yet another striking example of a pre-planned training drill being conducted at the exact same time as a real disaster or terror attack, DuPont Mayor Mike Courts has confirmed that a ‘mass casualty’ drill was underway near the area of the horrific Amtrak train derailment that killed at least 3 people and left roughly 100 more injured.
That’s right, multiple agencies, as well as at least three mass casualty emergency vehicles, were already in the area ‘training’ for a disaster when a real one apparently hit which has obviously raised a plethora of questions, especially when you consider past terrorists strikes that also had training drills seemingly go live.
As Infowars noted, ‘While the details of the train derailment in Olympia, Washington continue to come out, one particular fact is raising questions. There was a mass casualty event drill being staged at the exact time and place of the accident.’


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on DECEMBER 19, 2017.

House Democrats Asked To Vote Against Stopgap Spending Bill

.@WhipHoyer says House Democrats are being asked to vote against the stopgap-defense-disaster spending package.
‘We are asking our members to vote no. If Republicans want Democrats’ votes, they need to work with us on a serious compromise.’
— Jennifer Shutt (@JenniferShutt) December 19, 2017

Update: In what could be a serious problem for Ryan and the rest of the GOP leadership, Democratic leaders in the House have asked their members to vote against the Republican continuing resolution bill as it stands.
In addition, Politico reported that several conservative House Republicans spoke out against including the reauthorization of the Obamacare CSRs in the final version of the bill – a condition that Mitch McConnell added to secure the vote of Maine moderate Susan Collins.
In other news, McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would vote on the reconciled Obamacare bill tonight.
The House is expected to vote early this afternoon.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 19, 2017.

California Fires: They Are Burning People Off The Land On Purpose!

Most have heard of the massive and destructive fires ravaging California, but no one knows exactly how they were started. And now many who have researched the fires are claiming that the elites are intentionally burning people off the land.
YouTuber DIY Camper made his own video detailing what he believes is the harsh reality of the horrific fires destroying homes and land in the Golden State. He starts by saying that if he had his own property, there is ‘no doubt’ in his mind that he’d have a concrete reinforced structure underground for use during a disaster -but that isn’t what his video is about because an underground bunker won’t help you if the elites want your land.
‘Nobody is saying how these fires out in California started,’ says DIY Camper. ‘With what’s coming in the world today and the way things clearly are, I think people are going to be moved off their property and people are gonna be pushed into city living,’ says DIY Camper. ‘I know this is happening.’


This post was published at shtfplan on December 19th, 2017.

Man Says “Russian Mind Control” Forced Him To Kill His Mother

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been blamed for a lot of nefarious actions lately.
From swaying the US election in Donald Trump’s favor to orchestrating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, paranoid Democrats have apparently convinced themselves that there’s no geopolitical disaster that Putin didn’t have a hand in.
And now, one deranged Bakersfield, Calif. man is blaming ‘Russian Mind Control’ for driving him to murder his own mother.
That’s right: We can add matricide to the list of misdeeds that have been attributed to the Russian leader.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 15, 2017.

Shutdown Averted For Now: House Approves 2-Week Extension Of Government Funding

Update (5 pm ET):
And so the can has been kicked again, if only for only 2 weeks. Despite a laundry list of demands from Democrats and Republicans who appeared ready to cut off government funds, a majority of the House has voted to approve a two-week extension of government spending, a modest legislative achievement that will allow Republicans to focus on their top priority: Passing comprehensive tax reform.
House Republicans managed to pass the legislation on their own in the 235-193 vote, despite often coming short of securing a majority of the majority on measures to keep the government open in recent years, the Hill reorted.
The spending patch through Dec. 22 gives lawmakers time to negotiate a bipartisan budget deal, although it is unclear just how another 14 days will help when the two parties are unwilling to negotiate and compromise. At that time, Which is why, Congress is expected to pass another short-term patch so that appropriators can craft a spending package to keep federal agencies funded through the rest of the 2018 fiscal year.
‘I think it’s kind of just basic governing is keeping government going while we negotiate the final details,’ said Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Ahead of Thursday’s vote, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made clear that Democrats wouldn’t support the two-week stopgap. Pelosi emphasized that Democrats don’t want to see a government shutdown, but couldn’t support Thursday’s bill because it doesn’t include their priorities like protections for young undocumented immigrants, funding for the opioid crisis and relief for communities affected by recent natural disasters.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 7, 2017.

How to Weather a Financial Collapse

Welcome to another edition of Black Bag Confidential’s Weekly Drop.
In the world of espionage, a ‘dead drop’ is a secret location where materials or information can be left by one party for another to retrieve. I invite you to send me your most pressing questions at SPYfeedback@LFB.org so I can leave my answers in your inbox each week.
Read on below for this week’s batch of reader mail. You’ll discover two additional items you should consider adding to your everyday carry (EDC) gear, why I don’t mind sharing my expertise with criminals and how to prepare for the coming financial collapse.
Now let’s dive in.
Perhaps my greatest concern is the out-of-control debt and spending. The PIPER will be paid! What are your suggestions on this coming disaster?
– Ken H.

This post was published at Laissez Faire on Dec 2, 2017.

Expect Desperate and Insane Behavior From Government in 2018 – Part 1

The clowns in D. C. have no conception of how fragile this nation is right now.
One more gigantic policy disaster and the whole thing could fall apart.
— Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) November 30, 2017

I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe – ‘That government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
– Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
As we head into 2018, I believe governments around the world will become increasingly insecure about their positions of power and control, which will result in increased paranoia about whether or not they have the consent of the governed.
Being a global empire in decline, the U. S. power structure has the most to lose, making it particularly vulnerable to such panic. I suspect forces within the U. S. government are likely to engage in various attempts to reestablish authority via desperate and authoritarian moves as 2018 unfolds. I don’t say this to spread fear; rather, I think such moves will result in considerable pushback from the population at large, particularly from younger generations who are intimately aware of how spectacularity the status quo has failed them. Panic and desperation from those in control shouldn’t be feared, it should be expected and contemplated ahead of time. That’s why I’m writing this series. I want as many people as possible to start thinking about this now so we aren’t caught off guard.
The areas I’ll be diving into with these pieces consist of cannabis, Bitcoin and war against Iran. I’m sure there are plenty of other areas government will target in its last ditch effort to exert control over a populace sick and tired of these busybody, corrupt authoritarians, but these are issues I follow closely and have a certain degree of familiarity with. As such, they’ll be the focus of this series.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Dec 1, 2017.

‘Tis the Season for Scamming

Dear Black Bag Confidential Reader,
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and it’s time once again to tuck in for another batch of must-read articles.
This week’s selection runs the gamut from avoiding online holiday shopping scams to preparing for a common deadly disaster that could strike anytime you leave the house.
Let’s take a look.
1. Online Holiday Shopping Scams to Watch out For
Now that Thanksgiving has passed, holiday shopping has kicked off in earnest and cyberthieves are ready.
This short piece offers five quick tips to help you keep your information secure when shopping online. Be sure to watch the accompanying video as well – it explains what to look for when downloading a retail app to your smartphone so you don’t get fooled by a fake program.
Also, if you haven’t put a freeze on your credit with each of the three main credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion), I strongly recommend doing so now – before you start punching your credit card number in all over the internet.

This post was published at Laissez Faire on Nov 28, 2017.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Pensions

The Illinois Supreme Court has used STRICT CONSTRUCTION to defend the State against State Employee pensions that have been bankrupting the State. Previously, back in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that health care benefits provided to state employees were a ‘permanent benefit’guaranteed by the state constitution. That has led to a complete disaster as healthcare costs have risen out of control thanks to Obamacare, which handed insurance companies more money and a monopoly status that everyone had to have insurance even the y7outh who never used it.
Those health care costs are destroying the fabric of the entire economy pushing pension costs over the top. The Supreme Court is mindful of the disaster he caused with its 2014 ruling and they have been obvious under political pressure to reverse it. They figured a way to do this using STRICT CONSTRUCTION. Therefore, the benefit cannot be greater than what was expressed in the statute. Consequently, they now delivered a six-word ruling on Thanksgiving eve refusing to hear the retirees’ appeal of a state Appellate Court ruling that essentially upheld Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s now-completed, three-year phase-out of retiree health care coverage.

This post was published at Armstrong Economics on Nov 28, 2017.

AFTER 30 YEARS, ALARMISTS ARE STILL PREDICTING A GLOBAL WARMING ‘APOCALYPSE’

For at least three decades scientists and environmental activists have been warning that the world is on the verge of a global warming ‘apocalypse’ that will flood coastal cities, tear up roads and bridges with mega-storms and bring widespread famine and misery to much of the world.
The only solution, they say, is to rid the world of fossil fuels – coal, natural gas and oil – that serve as the pillars of modern society. Only quick, decisive global action can avert the worst effects of manmade climate change, warn international bodies like the United Nations, who say we only have decades left – or even less!
Of course, human civilization has not collapsed, despite decades of predictions that we only have years left to avert disaster. Ten years ago, the U. N. predictedwe only had ‘as little as eight years left to avoid a dangerous global average rise of 2C or more.’
This failed prediction, however, has not stopped the U. N. and others from issuing more apocalyptic statements.
To celebrate nearly three decades of dire predictions, The Daily Caller News Foundation put together this list of some of the most severe doomsday prophecies made by scientists, activists and politicians:

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on NOVEMBER 25, 2017.