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December 11, 2018
1972 Challenger, the lunar lander for Apollo 17, touches down on the moon’s surface. This is the last time that men visit the moon.

Socorro Electric Cooperative water grab augustin plains ranch. SEC.



The Heresy of White Christianity.  ... There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. TruthDig/Hedges  

Here's why Americans know so much about sports but so little about world affairs. ... The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.  AlterNet/Chomsky  


EPA Withdraws Proposed Safety Rules for In-Situ Uranium Mining. NM Enviromental Law Center

EPA’s New Water Rule Will Gut the Clean Water Act. Intercept  

US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge. ... Move shocks delegates at UN conference as ministers fly in for final week of climate talks. Guardian  

US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait Launch 'Ludicrous' Effort to 'Sabotage' Support for Key UN Climate Study. ... Politicians, activists, and experts sharply condemned the move, emphasizing that "we are talking about the future of the world."  CommonDreams  

The GOP's Plot to Destroy Our Democracy Is Coming Into View.  TruthDig  

The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian. CounterPunch  

Life at Trump Speed Is About Viciousness and Distractions.  TruthOut  

How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA.  The Intercept  

White Supremacy Apologists Are Having a Field Day.  TruthOut  

December 10, 2018
1977 On UN Human Rights Day, the Soviet Union places 20 prominent dissidents under house arrest, cutting off telephones and threatening to break up a planned silent demonstration in Moscow’s Pushkin Square. Soviet newspapers decry human rights violations elsewhere in the world.

As France was ailing economically, President Macron, like in the U.S., decided the fix was was to make France more attractive to investors and investment. So, he cut taxes on the wealthy and reduced labor protections. Sound familiar? (BTW - what happened to all those auto jobs promised after the industry got massive welfare payments?)

How many of our representatives support any of the demands of the "Yellow Jackets" protesting in France?  Yellow Jacket Demands.  

French Police Crack Down on ‘Yellow Vests’ With Tear Gas and Over a Thousand Arrests.  NY Times  

Republicans are undermining democracy state by state.  As Michigan and Wisconsin pass bills stripping newly elected Democrats of power, we need legislative solutions to show the country it’s not business as usual.  Guardian    Related:  Republicans Around The Country Are Working To Declare Democrats Unconstitutional. ... The lame-duck power grabs in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina are part of a larger effort by Republicans to delegitimize any opponent.  HuffPost  

Wall Street's Corruption Runs Deeper Than You Can Fathom.  TruthDig  

Progressive International: Yanis Varoufakis & Bernie Sanders Launch New Global Mvt Against Far Right.

A Brutal AP Fact Check Exposes Trump's Intellectual Laziness and Hostility Toward the Truth.  DailyKos

In Europe, Hate Speech Laws are Often Used to Suppress and Punish Left-Wing Viewpoints.
The Intercept

The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler.  CounterPunch

The Deadly Cost of Pipelines in Native Land: Winona LaDuke on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  DemocracyNow  

2008 Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is arrested on federal charges, including an attempt to sell the US Senate seat being vacated by Obama.

Happy 90th Birthday Noam Chomsky!!
"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism.
Well, there's really an easy way:
Stop participating in it."

Weekend Read:
Deterring Democracy - by Noam Chomsky
. ... From World War II until the 1980s, the United States reigned supreme as both the economic and the military leader of the world. The major shifts in global politics that came about with the dismantling of the Eastern bloc have left the United States unchallenged as the preeminent military power, but American economic might has declined drastically in the face of competition, first from Germany and Japan ad more recently from newly prosperous countries elsewhere. In Deterring Democracy, the impassioned dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky points to the potentially catastrophic consequences of this new imbalance.  
Good Reads
  Wiki Review

Meet the progressives elected after Trump: America’s new political coalition. ... A year after Trump’s victory, Montana elected its first black mayor, New Jersey elected its first Sikh mayor and Charlotte elected its first black female mayor. Guardian  

'Lobbyists Are Here. Goldman Sachs Is Here. Where's Labor? Activists?' Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez Pull Back Curtain on Corporate-Sponsored Freshman Orientation. ... "One of the best parts of Ocasio-Cortez's arrival in D.C. as a new leader is that she notices, and is revolted by, the corrupt, corporatist rituals that are so embedded in D.C. culture that most politicians and journalists barely notice them." CommonDreams  

Brain scans reveal why Trump supporters are easily manipulated by his fear mongering.  RawStory 

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology.  Aeon  

U.S. Military Says It Has a “Light Footprint” in Africa. These Documents Show a Vast Network of Bases.  Intercept  

“The Silence of Others”: New Film Warns Against Spain’s Fascist History Repeating Itself.  DemocracyNow  

All eyes are on Mueller but here is the list of crimes we already know Donald Trump has committed.

How Brian Kemp Illegally STOLE The Georgia Election. ... Brian Kemp purged half a million voters in 2017 ahead of his race for the governor’s office against the Democratic Party’s candidate, Stacey Abrams. He said they left the state. (There must have been moving vans everywhere!) Our experts went through the list name by name and found at least 340,134 voters had never moved. You’re talking a third of a million voters who were canned — with no notice.  GregPalast   
 Related:  North Carolina election still undecided amid absentee ballot fraud inquiry.... The state board of elections has refused to certify the Republican candidate’s narrow victory in the ninth congressional district.  Guardian  

These companies claimed the GOP tax bill would ‘boost jobs.’ Now they’re laying off employees. ... The businesses who led the charge for a massive cut in the corporate tax rate still claim it is working great.  ThinkProgress  

December 6, 2018
1922 Benito Mussolini threatens Italian
newspapers with censorship if they keep
reporting “false” information.

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“What really is being demanded is that we all submit to historical revisionism -- hat a false narrative about history and politics be permitted to be erected without challenge or dissent.” - Glenn Greenwald

George H.W. Bush (1924-2018), American War Criminal  Intercept  

(2014) The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies.  Moyers  

George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home.  TruthOut  

How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush’s War on Iraq.  DemocracyNow  

Air Cocaine: Poppy Bush, the Contras and a Secret Airbase in the Backwoods of Arkansas.  CounterPunch  

America Is Headed for Military Defeat in Afghanistan.  TruthDig    Related:  All That's Left for the U.S. to Do in Afghanistan Is Lose. TruthDig  

Every wonder why one of the most brutal and oppressive reigms is also one of the largest donors to the Center for American Progress, a major Democratic Party
"think tank"?
and PAC.  Hint: United Arab Emerats. Why is that?  Clinton donor list.

Nationalisation Without Compensation.  ... When slavery was abolished in the British Empire, taxpayers paid huge sums in compensation to slave owners for the loss of their “property”. No compensation was ever paid to the slaves for the loss of their freedom.  Craig Murray  

Can you put a dollar value on nature?  WeForum  

Yemen ceasefire resolution blocked at UN after Saudi and UAE 'blackmail'. ... Britain had drafted resolution to avert famine... Security council threatened with boycott of Stockholm talks.  CommonDreams  

'It Is Time for Progressives of the World to Unite': Sanders-Varoufakis Issue Open Call for New Global Movement. ... "Our Progressive International will reclaim our communities, our cities, our countries, and our planet with a bold International New Deal that we will work, together, to deliver."   CommonDreams  

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December 6, 2018 -
Southwest Climate Change Report
Executive Summary
PowerPoint Report  

August 1, 2018 -
Average Retail Price of Electricity to Residential Sector, August 2018 (cents/kWh)  

December 3, 2018-
We need to explore clean renewable energy. Ward McCartney letter to the Chieftain

PRC complaints website  

December 3, 2018 -
Why water will be the next battleground in the fight against climate change.  ... In the third part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we look at its alarming projections for our water supplies.  Guardian  

Last Ditch Standing: A tale of water inequality in the West.  River of Lost Souls  

November 16, 2018 -
The Once Hated Wolf Could Now Save A Struggling Community. ... Wolf tourism is bringing more benefits than hunting.  HuffPost    Related:  Bill That Would Drop Protections For Gray Wolves Passes House. ... Around 5,000 wolves currently live in the lower 48 states.  HuffPost  

October 8, 2010 -
The Race to Buy Up the World's Water  Newsweek  

November 1, 2018 -
An Aquifer From the Ice Age Becomes a Battleground in New Mexico. EcoWatch 

November 1, 2018 -
Bosque Watch Newsletter  

October 23, 2018 -
Challenge to Policy on Prosecuting Endangered-Species Hunters Tossed.  Courthouse News  

October 22, 2018 - PROTEST COPPER FLAY MINE -
The New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) is holding a public hearing October 23 -24 on the Permit Application Package and Draft Environmental Evaluation in consideration of issuing a new mine operation permit for the Copper Flat Mine, 5 miles northeast of Hillsboro and 30 miles southwest of Truth or Consequences. More information: Action Network
Download flyer

October 18, 2018 -
SEC rate increases may begin in January.

      Rate table  
            Public meetings on rate increases:
Oct. 19: Socorro Annex Building, 198 Neal Ave, 6 pm
Oct. 22: Magdalena Senior Citizens Center, 6:30 pm
Oct. 23: Alamo Wellness Center, 2 p.m.
Oct. 25: Datil Elementary School Gym, 3 pm

October 17, 2018 -
Proposed SEC rate increase for 2019. Rate Table  

October 16, 2018 -
No peep from councilors on proposed takeover. Chieftain letter 

October 12, 2018 -
Case Updates from NM Enviromental Law Center

Santolina - This is a very complex set of cases and filings. For the Level A Master Plan (which covers the entire proposed development), we appealed the County Commission approval of the Plan to the Court of Appeals and the paperwork on that by all the parties may be complete. Also in the Court of Appeals is an appeal by Bernalillo County of the 2nd Judicial District Court's decision voiding the Zone Map change for the Santolina development. The developer, Western Albuquerque Land Holdings (WALH), also filed an appeal of that decision and our Answer brief to their appeal is due October 30th. For the Level B Master Plan approval (Level B is for a sub-section of the whole Level A Master Plan), we have filed in District Court our Statement of Appellate Reasons and are waiting for the

Agustin Plains Water Grab -
Augustin (sic) Plains Ranch (APR) has filed a Notice of Appeal of the State Engineer's decision to deny - for the third time - APR's application to mine more than 17 billion gallons of aquifer water annually. We will soon file our Notice of Entry and a Motion for Summary Judgement (a request that the court issue a decision based on the merits of our case without having to go to trial).

New Mexico Legal Notices website  

Case D-728-CV-201800026 Filed Oct. 3, 2018

Court Filing With Registery of actions:
October 10, 2018  
November 16, 2018  

October 5, 2018 -
Two Court notices dated August 13, 2018 -

1 - State of NM Catron County Seventh Judicial district Court:   In the matter of the corrected Application filed by Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC, for permit to appropriate ground water in the Rio Grande Underground Water Basin in the State of New Mexico. Download here  

2 - State of NM Catron County Seventh Judicial district Court:   Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC - Applicant/Appellant) v. Tom Blaine, P.E. and Protestants (Listed). Download here

September 4, 2018 -
Senator Heinrich: Gila not appropriate for flyovers.
 NM Wild  

June 26, 2018 -
Attend a rally in opposition to the Gila River diversion and then join us to make public comment at the NEPA scoping meetings scheduled for 4pm to 7 pm.
More info

New Analysis Demonstrates Importance of Gila National Forest-Northern Arizona Wildlife Corridor for Mexican Wolf Recovery. NM Wild Or PDF file  

June 4, 2018-
mportance of Gila National Forest For Mexican Wolf Recovery. Wildlands Network  

Standoff Over Mexican Gray Wolf Continues in Southwestern U.S. NatureNow  

New Analysis Demonstrates Importance of Gila National Forest-Northern Arizona Wildlife Corridor for Mexican Wolf Recovery. New Mexico Wild  

April 6, 2018 -
20th anniversary of release of Mexican wolves in wild. Chieftain    .pdf  

(East Mountain) Water dispute has statewide implications. Mountain View Telegraph

The Gila National Forest has released their Draft Wilderness Inventory maps, and the public is invited to submit comments. The draft maps total more than 1.2 million acres. New Mexico Wild volunteers have worked for the last four and half years helping to influence these draft maps. Public input is critical to ensure that these areas make it into the Final Wilderness Inventory, and your personal experiences and comments are essential to making that a reality.The Wilderness Homepage for the Gila National Forest 

September 2, 2017 -
Thousands weigh in on wolf recovery plan ... Just hours before the Tuesday night deadline approached for the public to weigh in on a proposed federal management plan for the endangered Mexican gray wolf, more than 9,000 comments had been posted online. Thousands more had been submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by mail — most opposing a wolf recovery plan that many criticized as too restrictive to allow the species to thrive.
New Mexican

Water Grab Archive: 2017 - 2016



Magdalena Now & History
10 Day Forecast -  
Phone App - Drought Map
Drought Monitor Map
Smoke Trails  NOAA
urrent Fires EPA-AirNow  

Weather Underground PWS KNMMAGDA5



San Augustin Water Report Website
San Augustin Water Coalition
San Augustin Water Coalition (Facebook)
Food and Water Watch
New Mexico Environmental Law Center
North 14 Deep Well Protest (E. Mountains)
NM Water & Natural Resouces Comm.

Conservation Voters New Mexico 
San Augustin LLC website
New Mexico Wilderneess Alliance  
The Candle Publishing  
Water Grabbing (Wiki)  

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