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October 17, 2019
1974 :
President Ford explains his pardon of Nixon to Congress as to why he had chosen to pardon his predecessor, Richard Nixon, rather than allow Congress to pursue legal action against the former president. Congress had accused Nixon of obstruction of justice.

 
Trump’s abandonment of Kurds will change balance of power in Middle East – to America’s ultimate loss.  Independent  

How Turkey’s Invasion of Syria Backfired on Erdogan. CounterPunch  

Donald Trump Is Copying Richard Nixon’s Reelection Misdeeds. ... Nixon’s dirty tricks helped take out his most feared rival Ed Muskie. Trump is trying the same with Joe Biden.  HuffPost  

Britain Isn't the Only Empire Headed for the Dustbin of History.  TruthDig  

Bad faith Negotiation.  Craig Murray  

Jerry Falwell, Wally Hilliard, & Transnational Organized Crime. ... AG l Barr, who enabled cocaine trafficking through Mena, AR during the 1980’s, was delivering a speech at Notre Dame blaming “the decline of religion” and the “destruction of moral order” in the U.S. for the drug abuse he helped create. MadCow  

White House Moves to Strip Free School Lunches From 500,000 Kids.  TruthOut  

Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump’s Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich.  DemocracyNow  

(2015) The New China Syndrome - American business meets its new master.  Harpers  

“The CIA, As Organized Crime”, Douglas Valentine’s CIA vs. Donald Trump’s CIA.  Global Research  

How Neo-Liberals Profit off of Poverty. ... The story of how a millionaire CEO's critique of Squeegee kids led to monetizing their suffering and points to a process that makes neoliberalism an engine for inequality.  TRNN

Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs - It’s His War Crimes Intercept    Related:  Ellen DeGeneres and the American Psychopath  
TruthDig  

Are Flat Earthers Just Stupid?? No.  KnowledgeOrb  

October 16, 2019
1854 : Abraham Lincoln delivers a speech regarding the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which Congress had passed five months earlier. In his speech, the future president denounced the act and outlined his views on slavery, which he called “immoral.”

Assange: Enema of the State ... Hillary once said - even before the 2016 election - “Can’t we just drone him?” 
 CounterPunch   Related: (CIA's) Duane Clarridge Defends the Empire. YouTube

Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground.  Guardian/Snowden  

Drone Warfare - Tracking US drone strikes and other covert actions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. The Bureau’s comprehensive reporting on civilian deaths helped lead to greater official transparency on targeted killing, and we will continue to provide the data needed to hold the White House to account  BIJ

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Childproof lock added to White House nuclear launch button. > Go  

Study: Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Could Be Saved by Impeaching Pence at Same Time.  > Go  

We wanted to help out in Normandy but we had bone spurs, explain Kurds.  > Go  

Civil Rights Are on the Chopping Block in New Supreme Court Term.  ... his term, will decide whether people can be fired for being transgender or LGBQ, if people brought to the US as children can be deported, whether states can impose restrictions on abortion that disproportionately harm poor women, how firm the separation between church and state is, the scope of the 2nd Amendment and whether criminal defendants can be convicted by less-than-unanimous juries.   TruthOut  

MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice.  Intercept  

Britain’s Pro-Brexit Press: When in Doubt, Blame the Irish.  FAIR  

We're in a permanent coup - Americans might soon wish they just waited to vote their way out of the Trump era.  Taibbi/Substack  

Google gave ‘substantial’ amounts of money to climate change deniers. ... Despite outward pledges to combat climate crisis, tech giant supports organisations campaigning against climate legislation. Independent  

The Rise and Fall of Andrew Mellon - He was America’s most powerful businessman and the Treasury secretary throughout the 1920s. His corruption would lead to an impeachment inquiry.  Prospect  

(2007) Pirates of The Caribbean - MadCow  

A New Satire of FBI Terrorism Stings Draws Its Characters From Real Cases.  Intercept  

October 15, 2019
1965 : Draft card burning demonstrations staged across the country

The Age of Radical Evil ... rendered vast numbers of people superfluous. They possessed no value at all. They were, once they could not be utilized by the powerful, discarded as human refuse. TruthDig/Hedges  

As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis. ... “Never get into a well with an American rope” goes the saying spreading across the Middle East, as the US abandons its Kurdish allies in Syria to a Turkish invasion force.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Sanders Distinguishes Himself From Warren by Noting That She Has Said 'I Am a Capitalist to My Bones'.  CommonDreams  

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire On Her Request To Visit Julian Assange.  Nobel Peace Summit  

Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers.  Intercept  

The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged Over Sacoolas’ Immunity.  Craig Murray  

'Tip of the Iceberg': Prosecutors Allege Vast Criminal Conspiracy by Giuliani Associates to Funnel Foreign Cash to Trump and GOP. ... "To a prosecutor's eye, this really looks increasingly like one big scheme, overseen by Trump and Giuliani, to obtain illegal assistance from Ukraine in the 2020 election."  CommonDreams  

Tulsi Gabbard: “The DNC and Corporate Media Are Rigging the Election Again”  Global Research  

'This Is Truly Terrifying': Scientists Studying Underwater Permafrost Thaw Find Area of the Arctic Ocean 'Boiling With Methane Bubbles'.  CommonDreams  

In Iowa, Politicians Protect the Meat Industry by Making Animal Rights Activists Criminals.  Intercept  

Documentary Exposes Wall Street Power Behind Global Gentrification Boom.  TruthOut  

MI6 accused of thwarting effort to solve 1961 killing of UN chief. ... Files on Dag Hammarskjöld plane crash are being withheld, says inquiry.  Guardian  

October 14, 2109
Indigenous Peoples Day
Celebrated by Florida, Hawaii, Alaska, Vermont, South Dakota, New Mexico,and Maine.

Goodbye Columbus, Hello Indigenous Peoples Day.  DemocracyNow  

Henry A. Giroux on Neoliberal Ideology and the Road to Fascism.  TruthOut/Giroux  

The U.S. Is Now Betraying the Kurds for the Eighth Time.  Intercept  

The Espionage Act Is Again Deployed Against a Government Official Leaking to the Media.  Intercept  

The truth behind the physical discipline Albuquerque schools say they don’t use  Guardian  

The Impeachment of Trump Is a Deep-Democratic Coup Against Elizabeth Warren.  CounterPunch  

How the DCCC’s “Blacklist” Could Blow Up in the Democratic Establishment’s Face. ... The attacks on the party’s left flank might be backfiring. Just look at Marie Newman’s primary challenge to Dan Lipinski.  
In These Times
 

Tulsi Gabbard: “The DNC and Corporate Media Are Rigging the Election Again”  Global Research  

The American Villain Who Gave Us Donald Trump.
 TruthDig  

Iraqi Blood Is on All of Our Hands.  TruthDig  

ICE Moved 700 Women Out Of A Detention Center And Won’t Tell Lawyers Where They Are. ... Some of the women have serious medical issues, and lawyers worry they could die in detention.  HuffPost  

How a Tech Firm Helped Power One of the Largest Workplace Raids in ICE History.  TruthOut  

Poisoned state. ... Groundwater contamination devastates a New Mexico dairy – and threatens public health.  Searchlight NM  

“You Are to Stand Down”: Ronan Farrow’s Producer on How NBC Killed Its Weinstein Story.  Vanity Fair  

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October 14, 2019 - Southwest Seminars
Mother Earth Father Sky 2019 Lecture Series
Perspectives on Natural Science and Environment in the West - Expect lively, informed, and engaging speakers on: Archaeology - Art Geology - Natural History Biology- Cultural History Literature.
Mondays at 6pm - October 14 – December 16 *
Hotel Santa Fe, a Picuris Pueblo Enterprise
(and occasionally at Santa Fe Women’s Club)
$15 at the door, subscriptions available.
In honor of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center
* For schedule, see southwestseminars.org

October 12, 2019 -
Please join us in congratulating the Law Center's fearless founder and leader, Doug Meiklejohn, for being named a Santa Fe Living Treasure! Download Press Release - Download full press release here

October 10, 2019 -
County commission’s opposition to Western Spirit power lines.  Chieftain    Related:  Our low-income population will bear the burdens of this project. ... Martha Salas, Chair Socorro County Commission.  Chieftain  

October 9, 2019 - [NEW]
 -  Catron County Board of County Commissioners'
    Response to State Engineer's Motion to Reconsider.
    Download  (5 pgs)  

 - The Community Protestants' Response to State
    Engineer's Motion to Reconsider.
 Download (12 pgs)

 -  Latest court filing list in APR v Blaine  Download  

October 4, 2019 -
SEC Co-op defies PRC ruling. Chieftain  

October 3, 2019 -
APR stands firm, case advances to Court of Appeals.
Chieftain     Related: Notice of Appeal mentioned in the artcicle:  Download

October 4, 2019 -
... the final Environmental Assessment for Military training in the Cibola National Forest has been published. Objections are accepted until October 14.

Download the Plan here  

In the Draft Decision Notice the Forest Service has determined that there will be no significant impact from the training, despite the fact that:
· 3 additional helicopter landing zones will be established (just as in the previous proposal)
· The number of helicopter sorties in the Madalena Ranger District will quadruple (keep in mind that currently there are 2,964 allowed sorties per day at one Helicopter Landing Zone, which include 8,892 day landings and 8,892 night landings).
· Helicopter flight paths go directly over residences
· Training areas have not been moved – and in fact still encompass private property
· Environmental impacts have not been adequately addressed.

September 26, 2019 -
From NM Environmental Law Center explaining the APR appeal:

“The Augustin Plains Ranch filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals. The Ranch is seeking to have the Court of Appeals rule that Judge Reynolds made the wrong decision. We do not know the specific grounds that the Ranch will argue, but the gist of the appeal will be that Judge Reynolds made one or more mistakes and the Court of Appeals should reverse his ruling.

“The motion filed by the State Engineer is separate from and not related to the appeal filed by the Ranch. The State Engineer is not asking that Judge Reynolds change his decision denying the Ranch's application. Rather, the State Engineer has asked Judge Reynolds to correct three mistakes that he made. The State Engineer has asserted that:

1) Judge Reynolds only had authority to dismiss the Ranch's appeal from the State Engineer ruling, and Judge Reynolds did not have authority to dismiss the Ranch's application;

2) Judge Reynolds did not have authority to dismiss the Ranch's application with prejudice because that means that the Ranch cannot ever file an application to appropriate water again; and

3) Judge Reynolds's order should have specified that it was limited to the application filed by the Ranch in 2014 and amended in 2016.” Download the above  

September 26, 2019 -
Grant County Passes Wild & Scenic Resolution!
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September 23, 2019 -
The APR has appealed. Now we wait for the Court of Appeals to move on the appeal.

State Engineers Motion to Reconsider - Download  

NOTICE OF APPEAL - Pursuant to Rules 12-201 and 12-202 NMRA and NMSA 1978 Section 72-7-3 (1923),
Applicant-Appellant Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC hereby appeals from the August 23, 2019 Final Order Granting Summary Judgment in Favor of the Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and Dismissal With Prejudice, attached hereto as Exhibit A (“Order”). The Court’s July 24, 2019 Memorandum Decision on Motions for Summary Judgment, to which the Order refers, is attached hereto as Exhibit B Download

RECENTLY DISCOVERED
APR RELATED ARTICLES

September 23, 2019 - Decision Denying Water Permit. Abq Journal  Download

June 26, 2019 - Mined Water Isn't in Utilities Plan. - Letter to Albuquerque Journal re: article War on Water. From Chair of Albuquerque Water Authority  
 Download letter

July 27, 2019 - Judge rejects pipeline application.  Abq Journal  download  

June 19, 2019 - Battles continue over water. Abq. Journal.  Download     Related: NM Bureau of Geology APR Basin Map.   Download.jpg or PDF

Albuquerque Water Utility. The October 2018 Update to the Water Quality Protection Policy and Action Plan: Rivers and Aquifers Protection Plan. Download  

August 23, 2018 - City, feds make water deal to keep Rio Grande flowing through Abq.
NM Political Report    Download

December 29, 2008 - Corporate veil hides Schoodic landowners - Winter Harbor project  Download

July 8, 2010 - Water Problems Continue at Alamo Navajo Reservation.  Mountain Mail Download  

December 13, 2007 - Company wants to help N.M. fulfill water contract.  Download  

September 6, 2008 - Mysterious Water Firm's Water Plan Draws Protest. Download  

Israeli Financing Innovation Schemes for Europe - Fourth Meeting - Project Status and Preliminary Conclusions - Vittorio Modena - University of Pavia.  Download  

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September 20, 2019 -
Tri-State: wholesale rates unchanged - Chieftain

September 12, 2019 -
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted 4-1 to deny the rate increase and adopt the Recommended Decision made by the Hearing Examiner.   
Download the PRC final ruling
 

September 12, 2019 -
Cibola forest plan meeting in Magdalena. ... An open house meeting to discuss the Draft Plan and draft of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2109 at Magdalena Schools' Fine Arts Center, from 5-7 pm  Chieftain Download   

September 12, 2019 -
BLM to host public meeting on Borderlands Wind Project. ...
The Bureau of Land Management will host a public meeting on Sept. 18 on the proposed Borderlands Wind Project. The meeting will start at 5pm , at the Quemado Elementary School, 3484 Highway 60.
Chieftain

September 10, 2019 -
Socorro City Reply to Socorro Electric Co-op August 2019 newsletter related to "The City of Socorro is proposing to create a municipal electric utility and to begin "siphoning off " Members of SEC."  
Download SEC newsletter  
Download Socorro City reply to SEC newsletter  

September 5, 2019 -
City: SEC wants a 'second bite at the apple' Chieftain

September 5, 2019 -
Socorro County needs economic development, lower electric rates. Letter to the editor Chieftain  

August 28, 2019 -
SEC says rate increase is just, reasonable.Chieftain
Download      Related: August 22, 2019 - SEC response to PRC Download  

August 28, 2019 -
Plains of San Agustin aquifer safe .. for now. Chieftain

August 28, 2019 -
New Mexico Law Gives Private Utilities Unchecked Power Over Shift to Renewables.  TruthOut  

August 23, 2019 -
Hearing Examiner: SEC rate increase should be denied.  Chieftain  

August 22, 2019 -
Lawsuit claims SEC responsible for Quebradas fire.
Chieftain  

August 22, 2019 -
Cibola forest plan meeting in Magdalena. ... An open house meeting to discuss the Draft Plan and draft of the Environmental Impact Statement will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2109 at Magdalena Schools' Fine Arts Center, from 5-7 pm  Chieftain Download   

August 23, 2019 -
Final order granting summary judgment in favor of the Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and dismissal with prejudice. (heart of the matter):
"THE COURT FINDS THAT" ...

1 - The motions for summary judgment filed by the Community Protestants and Catron County are granted;

2 - All other motions for summary judgment are denied as moot; and

3 - APR's appeal from the State Engineer's August 1, 2018 Order denying the Augustin Plains Ranch's 2014/2016 Application to appropriate groundwater is dismissed with prejudice . Download document  
Related:
August 23, 2019 - Court case actions update D-728-CV-201800026.  Download  

Note: The APR has 30 days to appeal if they so desire.

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August 21 Update: Clarification - In response to the request of Judge Reynolds to write an order denying the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC’s application to mine water in the San Augustin basin, the New Mexico Environmental Law Center and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners submitted its order by the August 20 deadline. See pages 7-8 in the submission - Download Aug. 14, 2019 document  

August 14, 2019 -
Notice of submission of final order granting summary judgment in favor of The Community Protestants and the Catron County Board of County Commissioners and Dismissal with Prejudice.  
Download Aug. 14, 2019 document
 

August 14, 2019 -
Before the NM Public Regulation Commission
In the matter of the filing of advice notice number 69 by the Socorro Electric Cooperative Case No. 18-oo383-UT. ... Statement of the case:
On December 3, 2o18, Socorro Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SEC) filed Advice Notice No.69 for a proposed rate increase…. Etc.   Download  

August 13, 2019 - Augustin Plains update
Confused about the legal maneuverings surrounding the APR case? Here is what our attorneys Doug Meiklejohn and Jaimie Park say:

1 Judge Reynolds issued a Memorandum Decision on Motions for Summary Judgment on July 24

2 Judge Reynolds requested that Community Protestants and Catron County submit a proposed final order by August 15

3 He requested that if any party disagrees with the proposed final order they must submit their own proposed order by August 20

The Judge can select an order or he can write his own. There is no deadline for the Judge

Once the Judge issues an order the APR will have 30 days to file an appeal to the Court of Appeals, if they choose to do so

It is still a bit up in the air when it comes to knowing for sure what will happen when, and no one is predicting what the Judge or what APR will do. After 12 years, we can wait a little while longer.

Note: A court order is an official proclamation by a judge that defines the legal relationships between the parties to a hearing, a trial, an appeal or other court proceedings. A final order concludes the court actions.
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Related:
July 25, 2019 -
From Douglas Meiklejohn -
Attorney - NM Environmental Law Center
Subject: Judge Reynolds's memorandum
Download the Memorandum  

Congratulations! Judge Reynolds ruled in our favor on the Augustin Plains Ranch application.

From pp 5-6 of the Judge's Memorandum, is the part you will find of greatest interest:
"By August 15, 2019, Counsel for the Community Protestants and Catron County shall jointly submit to the Court a proposed final order granting summary judgment and dismissing APR's latest application with prejudice. The people of New Mexico should not have their water tied up any longer with possibilities. If any party disagrees with the form of the order, they shall submit their own proposed order by August 20, 2019."  Download press release  

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August 8, 2019 -
Proposed rate structure is inequitable, regressive - Letter to the editor.  Chieftain    Download  

August 3, 2019 -
Email from Ray Martinez, Co. Commissioner, reguarding NM Census Download  

August 3, 2019 -
“Voices of the Gila” – local community members who love the Gila River and believe it should be protected for generations to come through Wild and Scenic designations. Voices  

August 1, 2019 -
Creative, flexible power supply partner welcomed.  
Reyes, Jr OpEd   Chieftain

August 1, 2019 -
There will be a regular meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition board on Tuesday, August 13th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Datil Baptist Church hall. The public is welcome .

August 1, 2019 -
It's time for face to face with Tri-State  
Chieftain    Download

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