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July 22, 2019
1966 - B-52 bombers hit the Demilitarized
Zone between North and South Vietnam
for the first time.
  Tidbit: The Park Service lost $11M in entrance fees during Trump’s shutdown. Then he diverted $2.5M from the Park Service budget to fund his Fourth of Me party. Meanwhile, Park rangers have been diverted to the Border to help CBP strip children from their aunts and grandmothers and put them in cages Making America Great Again. .

As Far-Right Violence Surges, Ted Cruz Seeks To Brand Antifa A Terrorist Organization ... Last year was the fourth-deadliest in the nation for right-wing extremist violence, according to data from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.. HuffPost

In 2003, This U.K. Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion. A New Film Tells Her Story. DemocracyNow

Dwight Eisenhower's Worst Nightmare Has Come True. TruthDig  

Spying on Julian Assange. ... History’s scope for the absurd and tragic is infinite. Like Sisyphus engaged in permanent labours pushing a boulder up a slope, the effort of making sense of such scope is likewise, absurdly infinite.  CounterPunch  

Trump Praises Supporters Who Want to Deport Ilhan Omar as “People That Love Our Country”  Intercept  

Biden Mimics GOP Fear-Mongering In His Attacks On ‘Medicare For All’. ... “All the Medicare you have is gone,” the former vice president told an AARP audience of what would happen under a “Medicare for All” plan.  

Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief “America is for White People”  DemocracyNow  

Waste Only ... How the Plastics Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World.  Intercept  

Weekend of July19-21, 2019
1943 - More than 150 B-17 and 112 B-24 bombers attack Rome for the first time.

Weekend Read:  A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father - David Maraniss.  Defending the Right of Radical Dissent Is the Highest Expression of Patriotism. ... A new book by David Maraniss captures the spirit of the Independence Day far more truly than Trump’s parade.  The Nation  

How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis.  TruthDig  

A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville. ... Scholars say the rally — where Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar — is an escalation in America’s slide toward fascism. HuffPost  Related:  Which Side Are House Democrats On? ... The party stands with Ilhan Omar or it stands with Donald Trump.  HuffPost  

Noam Chomsky: “Worship of Markets” Is Threatening Human Civilization"    TruthOut  

'Groundbreaking': Rep. Ilhan Omar Praised for New Resolution Affirming Right to Engage in Boycotts. ... Minnesota Democrat and co-sponsors, says Jewish Voice for Peace, have shown "unwavering support for human rights, free speech, and the fight for social justice - everywhere"  CommonDreams  

The US Is Quietly Opening Shelters for Babies and Young Kids Without Mothers.  TruthOut  

How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis.  TruthDig  

Brazil must reveal investigations into journalist Glenn Greenwald, court says. ... Greenwald’s website, the Intercept Brasil, has published material critical of Jair Bolsonaro’s administration.  Guardian  

Kellyanne Conway’s Irish Ancestors Were the Enemy When Donald Trump’s Dad Was Arrested at a Klan Riot in 1927.  Intercept  

The Media Uses Coal Miners To Attack the Green New Deal—Then Ignores Their Pension Fight. ... In 34 stories about coal miners, the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico did not once cover miners’ pension and healthcare demands.  In These Times   

July 18, 2019
1971 - New Zealand and Australia announce they
will pull their troops out of Vietnam

“Do We Believe in Asylum? If We Do, We Need to Stop This Rule”: Trump Policy Upends Protections at U.S.-Mexico Border.  Intercept  

“Our Squad Is Big”: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump’s Racist Attack. DemocracyNow  


History Holds the Antidote to Trump’s Fascist Politics.   TruthDig  

Trump’s Racism Is Not Blundering — It Is Tactically Deliberate. TruthOut  

Trial runs for fascism are in full flow. ... Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism.  Irish Times  

Cruelty Is the Point: Communities Fight Back as Threat of ICE Raids Terrorize Immigrant Families.  DemocracyNow  

Read: Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. (Wiki)

Watch Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib Answer Donald Trump’s Racist Lies.  Intercept  

“Who Is the DNC Loyal To?”: Dahr Jamail Questions DNC Veto of Primary Climate Debate.  DemocracyNow  

UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Bachelet’s Gift to the US: Justifying Regime Change in Venezuela.  CounterPunch  

Appeals Court Delivers 'Tremendous Blow to Federal Workers' With Decision to Uphold Trump's Anti-Union Executive Orders  ...  "There must be a check on the president's power to destroy federal employees' union rights."  CommonDreams  

July 17, 2019
1966 - Ho Chi Minh orders a partial mobilization of
North Vietnam to defend against
American airstrikes.

Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule.NYTimes

The Difference Between Liberals and Leftists.  CounterPunch  

Worshipping the Electronic Image. ... Donald Trump, like much of the American public, is entranced by electronic images. He interprets reality through the distortions of digital media. His decisions, opinions, political positions, prejudices and sense of self are reflected back to him on screens. He views himself and the world around him as a vast television show with himself as the star.    TruthDig/Hedges  


Mike Pence Condemns Atheists, Homosexuals, And Feminists For Role In Forcing God To Punish America On 9/11.  > Go  

‘It’s Not So Bad,’ Mike Pence Reports On Conditions Of Detainment Center While Hazmat Suit Disinfected.
 > Go  

Pence Visits Conversion Therapist For Routine Gay-Preventative Checkup.  > Go  

Trump Denounced for 'Incitement to Violence' Against Ilhan Omar After Latest Racist Attack on Congresswoman. ... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on representatives to formally condemn Trump's comments.  CommonDreams  

The June Jobs Report and the State of the Economy.  CounterPunch  

EPA Approves Bee-Killing Pesticide After U.S. Quits Tracking Vanishing Hives. ... Environmentalists slam the Trump administration’s “reckless” move as honeybee colonies collapse.  HuffPost  

One giant ... lie? Why so many people still think the moon landings were faked  Guardian  

Skull of Death: Mass Media, Inauthentic Opposition, and Eco-Existential Reality in a Pre-Fascist Age of Appeasementl  CounterPunch

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July 22, 2019 -
Magdalena Ranger District fire update

Temperature Outlook for August

July 16, 2019 -
APR vs Blaine Court Documents update Download
(MISCELLANEOUS ENTRY - Letter Received 7/12/2019: Not Viewed by Judge Reynolds)

July 15, 2019 -
As of today, Judge Reynolds has not rendered a decision about the Augustin Plans Ranch application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin basin. I’ll stay on top of things and let you know his decision as soon as it’s available.

I also want send out a big THANK YOU for two generous, anonymous contributions to our effort to defeat this dreadful water mining application. The New Mexico Environmental Law Center donates attorney time to us, but asks that we cover the expenses related to our case (mailing, copying ,travel, lodging). Your donations make this possible. So thank you to our anonymous donors, and to all of you who contribute. You’re making it possible for us to keep fighting!
Carol Pittman - Datil

July 11, 2019 -
Augustin Plains Ranch: 'Groundhog Day' all over again?
Chieftain    or Download  


Standing room only once the hearing started.

Presiding over a packed courtroom, Judge Matthew Reynolds heard arguments on June 26 relating to the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC’s (APR) application to mine water in the Plains of San Augustin basin. Judge Reynolds has said he will have a decision on the case by the end of July.

The issue is that of summary judgment, that is, the application should be dismissed as it doesn’t meet statutory requirements. The APR is arguing that it deserves an evidentiary hearing on the application, to be held in two stages: stage one to discuss hydrology, stage two to show beneficial use. How APR will meet the requirements of beneficial use for the water they are applying for is not clear. This water battle has been going on for 12 years and attorneys arguing for the protestants made a point of that, suggesting that repeated hearings on the same application should not be allowed.

Notes on the Hearing by Eileen Dodds.

 Audio files:
-  APR.mp3
- Office of State Engineer
- OSE.mp3
- NM Enviromental Law Center -
- Catron County Attorney -
- Isleta Pueblo .mp3
Wild Earth Guardians.mp3
APR Rebuttle.mp3
- NM Enviro Law Center -
NMELC rebuttle.mp3
- NM Enviro Law Center comments. MP3
- Comments from OSE then Catron County.mp3
- Discussion between Judge and parties on "End
User", "Commercial sales" and "commercial
use"   Enduser.mp3 72.6MB  
(Listen on-line or right click to save)

June 21, 2019 -
Scheduling order for the court hearing on June 26th:
The Judge has limited the four parties: Protestants, Catron County, APR and OSE to a total of 25 minutes to present protestants arguments. Protestants representative may only reserve up to 5 minutes out of the 25 minutes for rebuttal. Order of argument: APR, OSE, "Us", Catron County. OSE will not have the final word.
Download the Order  

December 23, 2014 - APR's revision of the original application (dated July 14, 2014 - 170 pages)

June 18, 2019 -
APR v Blaine Court Documents list update Download

June 19-2019 -
War over old Water - Albuquerque Jorunal  
Download article.   Download map  

June 13, 2019 -
APR vs Blaine Court Documents update. Download

June 6, 2019 - Public blasts Socorro Electric Coop over rate hike.  Chieftain  

June 3, 2019 -
Those of you opposed to the water grab attempt on the Augustin Plains, but not represented by an attorney, might like to know that there is a lot of legal activity surrounding the case. All motions are now filed, the Judge has them all, and he will be up to speed at the hearing.

The good news is the number of Joiners in the case, that is, those who have filed motions supporting the opposition to this water grab attempt. Those joining the protest (meaning the filings by the New Mexico Environmental Law Center) are The Pueblos of Isle ta, Sandia and Santa Ana; the San Augustin Water Coalition; WildEarth Guardians; the County of Socorro; the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District; the Navajo Nation (partial joinder); and the Hand Living Trust.

Don't forget the hearing on June 26: 10:30 am, Reserve Court House.

If you would like a copy of the motions, please email me
Carol Pittman

June 1, 2019 -
There will be a regular meeting of the Board of the San Augustin Water Coalition on Tuesday, June 11th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Datil Baptist Church.The public is always welcome. -
We will discuss comments from the April annual meeting as well as the upcoming hearing in Reserve on June 26th. Coalition website  

May 31, 2019 -
Council cautious: Bhasker: Tri-State strangling state business growth.  Chieftain  

May 30, 2019 -
From The City of Socorro. A public comment meeting will be held in regard to Socorro Electric Cooperative’s
pending rate case, Case No. 18-00383-UT, on June 3, 2019 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the City of Socorro Council Chambers, 111 School of Mines Road, Socorro, New Mexico.

This meeting will allow SEC ratepayers and other stakeholders to comment on SEC’s pending rate case and ask questions.

The format of the public comment meeting will be as follows:
1. SEC will give a short 5-10 minute presentation on its rate case filing.
2. PRC Hearing Examiner Carolyn R. Glick will permit questions from the audience to SEC about its rate case filing.
3. Public comment not to exceed 5 minutes per person.

If you are not able to attend, you may watch live from the City of Socorro website,
To Allow Socorro Electric Cooperative
Ratepayers and Other Stakeholders to Comment
on SEC’s Pending Rate Case and Ask Questions
Download the announcement  

May 17, 2019 - APR Update
Motions in Response to various motions for Summary Judgment have been filed in the Augustin Plains case – four of them. Admittedly, although I am reading the motions, I don’t know all the legal ins-and-outs, so I won’t attempt to summarize these new motions. What I will do is inform you that the New Mexico Environmental Law Center has spent many hours on our behalf to refute the claims of the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC (APR) that they deserve an “evidentiary hearing”. Others filing similar documents add to and complement the NMELC arguments against the APR’s claim.

Remember that the Motions for Summary Judgment request the Court deny the application because it lacks specificity, that it is speculative.

From the Catron County filing: “APR has failed to provide an actual, specific plan to use water in a specific amount, for a specific purpose, at a specific location.” ... “The Court also held that ‘not only does the underground water permitting statute require specificity, the constitutional mandate of beneficial use as the basis of a water right requires specificity of the actual place and use of water, along with all the other definite elements required to create a right’.” These two statements support the argument that the APR application should be denied, and that a request for an evidentiary hearing is also denied.

I am puzzled that the judge in this case has allowed this request to go forward. Why did he want to hear arguments about an evidentiary hearing when this is an obviously speculative application? What APR wants is a two-stage hearing, the first on the hydrology of the Plains basin, the second scheduled so as to allow them time to come up with contracts to sell water. They’ve already had 12 years to do that, and they have not succeeded!

A reminder: don’t forget the hearing on June 26 in Reserve at the Courthouse, 10:30am. Your presence is essential and much appreciated.

Let me know if you want any of the documents just filed. - Carol Pitman, Datil. Download the update  

May 10, 2019 -
APR v Blaine court actions update  Download

2018 NM Enviromental Law Center impact report Download

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