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March 19, 2016

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@ Rocky. Is THIS How We are Supposed to Promote the Free Exchange of Idea's in America ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdai1MQ5za4


- I sense that there will be More Trump Voter's than Ever now that the Left has shown It's Hypocrisy. I Mean Building a "Wall" ( With Vehicle's ) in an attempt to Stop Undefined Trump Supporters from reaching Their Destination ??? ... Really ? ... Seriously ?

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Donald Trump on brokered convention: 'I think you'd have riots'

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/16/politics/donald-trump-ted-cruz-brokered-convention/

Black Lives Matter Leader Who Spoke to UN Against Police Violence Vows: “Riots Everywhere if Trump Wins”

http://www.truthandaction.org/black-lives-matter-leader-vows-riots-everywhere-trump-wins/2/

"And fate is setting up the chessboard while death rolls out the dice.
Anyone for tennis, wouldn't the be nice?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfBwsbnwDqw

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Wow. Did Bill Just Say/Admit This ??? ... Seeing is Believing.

“But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics with no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her,” - William Jefferson Clinton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9bsP2As3uc


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Bryan Lewis 'I Think My Dogs A Democrat'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Z-jJ2Z4bU

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This was Beautiful ...

Bernie Sanders 'put a bird on it' at Portland rally

The Oregonian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jc2TVLoxsDA

Best Comment,

"Hillary will have a pocket full of bread crumbs at her next rally, but birds wont come near a snake".

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Is Bernie Rebounding ?

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/democratic_delegate_count.html

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90 SUSPICIOUS DEATHS OF INDIVIDUALS CLOSE TO BILL CLINTON, 81 WHILE PRESIDENT

"A trail of Death"

The following is a list of a number of persons who have died in suspicious circumstances who
had connection to the Clintons or the Clinton's dealings. The length and breadth of this list is
disconcerting. It is beyond credibility that very many of these cases are coincidences. Forward
any errors or inconsistancies as the list has been compiled from multiple sources:

http://www.freewebs.com/jeffhead/liberty/liberty/bdycount.txt

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Central African Republic: French Peacekeepers forced girls to have sex with a dog

Elsa Buchanan
By Elsa Buchanan
March 31, 2016 11:53 BST

United Nations (UN) and French peacekeepers have been accused of bestiality and degrading sexual abuse, on more than 100 women and girls in the Central African Republic (CAR), as recently as this week and as far back as 2013, according to shocking new information.

AIDS-free World, the advocacy group that last year leaked a UN report revealing that UN peacekeepers were suspected of sexually abusing children in the conflict-ridden nation, launched the Code Blue campaign to end impunity for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN and international peacekeeping personnel.

On 30 March, Code Blue Campaign revealed appalling new information relating to the UN's senior leadership.
Appalling accounts of sexual abuse

In one of the most degrading accounts collected by the Minusca (UN's peacekeeping mission in CAR) Human Rights Officer, during a visit on 26 March, three victims claim they and a fourth girl were "tied up and undressed inside a camp by a military commander from the Sangaris force (the French military intervention in CAR) and forced to have sex with a dog," according to Code Blue Campaign.

Each girl was then given 5,000 Central African Francs ($8.6, £6). While three girls sought basic treatment following the abuse, a fourth girl is reported to have later died of an unknown disease. "One of the survivors said that she was called "the Sangaris' dog" by people in the community," the advocacy group said.

Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse – a 20 year history of shame

According to the group, 98 girls, who were interviewed by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) two weeks ago, claimed they had been sexually abused by international peacekeepers. The nationalities of the alleged abusers are not known.

On 26 March, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and a delegation from Minusca were told by local leaders and victims that troops from France and Gabon had sexually abused several girls in their province. The local leaders added some victims were forced to leave the area due to stigmatisation by their community.

In another province of the conflict-ridden country, the mother of a 16-year-old girl informed local police that a Congolese UN peacekeeper raped her daughter in a hotel room this week – on Monday 28 March.

"When police questioned the accused in the presence of his UN military commander, the soldier confirmed that he 'had sexual intercourse' with the victim several times, and paid her between 2000 and 5000 Central African Francs," Code Blue Campaign stated.

According to sources, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon's Chef de Cabinet, Edmond Mulet called on an urgent crisis meeting, on 29 March, to discuss the latest crimes allegedly perpetrated "by a combination of non-UN and UN" peacekeeping personnel between 2013 and 2015.

The meeting was attended by"all senior-level actors," including executive director of Unicef Anthony Lake, the special coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse, Jane Holl Lute and legal affairs and legal counsel, Miguel de Serpa Soares.

Following the meeting, "integrated-multidisciplinary assessment teams" were sent to CAR to investigate affected remote areas, and "additional members to support urgent investigations are being dispatched in the coming days".

Code Blue Campaign revealed that Unicef had also allocated around 10% of its remaining annual budget ($2 million) to augment response capacity in CAR. Lake, meanwhile, is reported as saying it would be difficult to sustain unless more funds are requested or identified.

Running from 1 April to 5 April, Code Blue Campaign also revealed the Secretary-General would consider dispatching high-level envoys to member states whose troops have been implicated in the alleged crimes.

Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare, meanwhile, said he would request member states to make urgent contributions to an "established" victims' assistance trust fund". Minusca funds should be used for victim assistance where necessary, including transportation, medical support and emergency psycho-social care.

Asked to comment on the alleged crimes, the office of the UN Spokesperson sent the following statement to IBTimes UK.

On Friday 25 March, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) announced that it had received new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse that had taken place between 2013 and 2015 by UN and non-UN personnel, as well as by local armed groups, in the Kemo prefecture of the Central African Republic. Further information was also provided by the Spokesman's Office on Monday, 28 March.

A Minusca-led integrated team comprised of Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), Human Rights, Child and Women's Protection, Conduct and Discipline, Unicef, UNFPA and UNHCR travelled to the area and is now on the ground. The exact number and nature of these extremely troubling allegations are still being determined. The team has identified the contingents in question as those provided by Burundi and Gabon. Allegations made against the French Sangaris forces in the same area are also being investigated. Alleged victims are being interviewed and will be provided with assistance and psycho-social and medical support.

The Burundian and Gabonese units allegedly involved will remain confined in camps during the investigation, except for essential tasks.

The United Nations has formally notified the Troop Contributing Countries in question, as well as to the French authorities, informing them of these allegations. The Troop Contributing Countries have been requested to send investigators immediately to participate jointly in the ongoing investigation.

The Under Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare met with the Permanent Representative of Burundi on Wednesday, 30 March and the Security Council will be briefed on the latest developments in closed session on Thursday, 31 March. A meeting with representatives of Gabon will take place as soon as possible.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/central-african-republic-un-peacekeeping-accused-bestiality-sex-abuse-against-women-1552411

Antonio Andolini

Meanwhile, here in our little corner of the Earth:

"Missing In Action: Broadband In Coos County
By Chris Jensen • Apr 4, 2016

About seven percent of New Hampshire’s residents don’t have access to broadband. But in Coos County that jumps to about 31 percent. That's the worst - by a narrow margin - in the state, according to a new study by the University of New Hampshire.

And much of Coos – which has about 33,000 residents – has no broadband access because the technology is typically offered in the southernmost and most populated part of the county.

'There was a clear pattern of having all of the served parts of Coos in the southern tier of the county and the entire central and northern part of Coos County not meeting the FCC definition of broadband service,' said Fay Rubin, a UNH researcher who worked on the study.

That definition is a minimum download speed of 25 megabits per second. The minimum upload speed is three megabits per second.

The central and northern part of Coos may have access to the internet, Rubin said, but it isn’t fast enough for many uses, including some businesses.

The problem, she says, is that internet providers don’t see a profit in the most rural areas because there are so few people and businesses.

That puts residents - including students - and businesses at a disadvantage, the UNH researchers concluded.

For businesses broadband "helps improve efficiency, expand markets, reduce costs and increase revenues," the report says.

And, it is 'an important tool for education.'

But, the state has not set aside any money to encourage broadband in areas that commercial firms shun, says Carol Miller, an official the the Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Coos was not alone in this problem. The second worst county was Cheshire, where about 30 percent of the residents do not have access to broadband.

The best was Rockingham, where less than one percent didn't have access to broadband.

The preliminary study was based on FCC information collected from internet providers at the end of 2014. The final version of the UNH report is expected at the end of June.

The project was done by UNH’s New Hampshire Broadband Mapping & Planning Program. It was partially financed by the Northern Border Regional Commission."

http://nhpr.org/post/missing-action-broadband-coos-county?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nhbr&utm_content=NH+Business+Review+News+Browser

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A message from The President.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8HTr-F-FVM&nohtml5=False

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Hillary Clinton’s Fraudulent Actions in Haiti

What You Probably Don't Know About Hillary Clinton's Record

By Other Worlds
Global Research, March 02, 2016
Other Worlds 29 February 2016

Missing from the discussion of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s record has been her work in Haiti, where she blatantly manipulated and threatened Haitian government officials to control electoral outcomes. In that country, too, she and her husband have led the way in promoting a sweatshop-led development model.

Other Worlds has compiled a list of articles that take a closer look into Clinton’s work in Haiti and what her Presidency could portend for other nations.

* Clinton Emails Reveal “Behind the Doors Actions” of Private Sector and US Embassy in Haiti Elections | Center for Economic and Policy Research | October 2015
* What Are We Missing About Haiti in the Hillary Emails? by Georgianne Nienaber | Huffington Post | September 2015
* A Look at Hillary (and Bill) Clinton’s Past in Haiti by Emily Dalgo | Africa Is A Country | July 2015
* On the nexus of Hillary Clinton’s State Department & Bill Clinton’s foundation: The King and Queen of Haiti by Jonathan Katz | Politico | May 2015
* Role of Hillary Clinton’s brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows by Kevin Sullivan and Rosalind S. Helderman | Washington Post | March 2015
* Outsourcing Haiti: How Disaster Relief Became a Disaster of Its Own by Jake Johnston, Center for Economic and Policy Research | Boston Review | January 2014
* On the State Department’s role in preventing a minimum wage increase in Haiti: WikiLeaks Haiti: Let Them Live on $3 a Day by Dan Coughlin and Kim Ives | The Nation | June 2011

http://www.globalresearch.ca/hillary-clintons-fraudulent-actions-in-haiti/5511543

Antonio Andolini

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave..."

"Chamber ends longtime opposition to Northern Pass

By DAVE SOLOMON
New Hampshire Union Leader

COLEBROOK — The North Country Chamber of Commerce has ended its long-standing opposition to the Northern Pass hydroelectric project, amid accusations of financial pressure from project sponsor Eversource and the developer of the Balsams ski resort.

Two chamber board members resigned in protest and a third has gone public with a detailed account of a five-day period in late March and early April, when the chamber board was called to vote three times, until it finally changed its position on the Northern Pass from 'opposed' to 'neutral.'

The chamber is comprised of many communities directly affected by the new right-of-way needed for the high-voltage transmission lines that would run from the northern-most border of New Hampshire to Deerfield. It also has official standing as an intervener with the state board that has siting control over the project, the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC).

The change in heart by the chamber, which has been on record as opposing the project since 2013, was announced in an April 6 news release from Board President Wayne Frizzell, vice president and branch manager at Granite Bank in Colebrook.

'We represent members who are both in favor and opposed to the Northern Pass project. Therefore, we would like to be listed as neutral interveners and be the conduit for sharing information to our members,' Frizzell stated.

The statement does not cite any specific reason for the change of heart, but goes on to say, 'We also recognize the funds being offered to Coos County by the Forward New Hampshire Fund could have the potential for positive economic impact for our current and future members and organizations.'

Forward NH Fund

The Forward NH Fund is a $200 million plan by Northern Pass partners to dole out $10 million annually over a 20-year period to support economic development in Coos County, once the project is approved.

Balsams developer Les Otten, who hopes to revive the now-shuttered, 150-year-old resort in Dixville Notch, has received what Eversource is calling an 'advanced commitment' of $2 million from the fund. The fact that Otten won’t get that $2 million unless Northern Pass is approved has made him one of the newest and strongest advocates for the project, according to opponents.

The reversal by the North Country Chamber came a week after the Colebrook Select Board changed its position on Northern Pass. The select board had drafted a letter to the SEC urging more of the line be buried, but after meeting with Otten, removed that reference, according to Select Board member Greg Placy.

'We intended that letter to be neutral and it was perceived as it wasn’t, so it is now. We are neutral,' said Placy. The letter stresses the importance of the Forward NH Fund and the Balsams redevelopment project to the economy of the North Country.

Northern Pass opponents who have fought the transmission project for five years say they are seeing a new level of pressure being brought to bear on North Country individuals and institutions.

'Pressuring an intervener to alter its position seems distinctly unethical, to say the least,' said longtime opponent Nancy Martland of Sugar Hill. 'Using the leverage provided by promises of money to browbeat people living in a depressed area is deeply offensive.'

Projects linked

The $200 million fund was announced when Eversource unveiled a new route and more burial of the line in August.

'In the case of the Balsams, we view the proposed development of the resort as an extraordinary opportunity for the North Country, and one that is perfectly aligned with the Forward NH Fund,' Eversource spokesman Martin Murray said.

He said Otten will eventually pay back the $2 million, which will then be 'recirculated to other deserving projects.'

According to North Country Chamber board member Jamie Sayen, Otten pressured the board into a neutral position by linking the Balsams redevelopment to the Northern Pass project.

'Les Otten requested on March 15 that the board downgrade its position from opposed to neutral,' Sayen wrote in a public statement. 'After meeting with Otten on March 31, the Chamber voted to continue to oppose NP. That wasn’t good enough. We had to have a subsequent meeting with Otten on April 4.'

That meeting also failed to produce any change in the board’s position, so a third meeting was scheduled for April 6. 'We were told that if the chamber did not vote on that day to change its position to neutral, the Balsams project is dead, and we would be blamed,' said Sayen, who remains on the board.

Account disputed

In a statement released on Monday, Otten called Sayen a longtime activist against Northern Pass, and described his account of the board discussions as 'one-sided and completely inaccurate in many places.'

'It is a gross mischaracterization of events written by a person who was unable to continue imposing his personal anti-Northern Pass agenda,' Otten said. 'I argued that because its membership was divided on Northern Pass, the organization should remain neutral. Over the last month, we have spoken to many businesses in Colebrook and all over the North Country. The majority are neutral on Northern Pass or leaning in favor. The vast majority won’t dare to talk about the project for fear of retribution from opponents.'
..
Sayen said he respects the two board members who resigned, and those who voted to change the board’s position.

“I’m not mad at the board; I stayed on,' he said. 'I don’t feel I have the moral standing to make a judgment on people who squirmed out of a situation where they had a gun to their head.'"

http://www.unionleader.com/Chamber-ends-longtime-opposition-to-Northern-Pass

Antonio Andolini

Then there is the Berlin version:

"City supports Forward NH Fund

November 29, -0001

BERLIN -- If the 192-mile Northern Pass transmission line is approved, Northern Pass has committed to creating a Forward NH Fund that would spend $200 million on economic development, community betterment, tourism, and clean energy innovation projects over a 20-year period.
Already on record as publicly supporting the project, the city council last week voted to send a letter to the state Site Evaluation Committee supporting the Forward NH Fund.
In doing so the city has joined Colebrook in specifically announcing its support of the fund. Last month, Colebrook sent a letter to the SEC supporting the fund, writing 'if there ever was a need for accomplishing all four goals in northern Coos County and Colebrook, it is now.'
Mayor Paul Grenier requested the council go even further and ask that at least $100 million of the fund be spent exclusively in Coos County. The council approved the request. Grenier said there is a proposal that $20 million of the $100 million be spent to assist the redevelopment of the Balsams resort.
In their letter to the SEC, the Colebrook selectboard noted the fund has already made a significant commitment to the Balsams project with the $2 million advance given to the developers. The board wrote about the importance of the project to the region.
'The most critical success factor for Colebrook’s revival and advancement is the redevelopment of the Balsams Resort,' the letter reads.
Balsams developer Les Otten has called the $2 million advance a loan andd said he hopes to tap into the fund further as his project goes along.
Eversoource spokesman Martin Murray said the proposal outlined by Grenier was not made by Eversource. He pointed, however, to the description of the fund by the company which states 'the emphasis for this Fund will be on host communities and, in particular, host communities in the North Country...'.
Martin said the intention is that the fund will be actively implemented once the project is officially permitted and construction is slated to begin.
'In the meantime, we have become aware of several unique opportunities to utilize portions of the fund to benefit New Hampshire now. All those opportunities happen to be in the North Country, including a $2 million loan to The Balsams to assist in its redevelopment.,' he said.
The city has publicly announced its support for Northern Pass and has filed as an intervenor. Last month Colebrook selectmen voted to remain neutral and last week the North Country Chamber of Commerce reversed its stand opposing the project and that organization is now also neutral on the project. In both cases, Otten and other members of the Balsams team urged the boards to remain neutral."

http://www.berlindailysun.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57467:for-tuesday-city-supports-forward-nh-fund&catid=103:local-news&Itemid=442

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- Can Someone Throw a "Blue Tarp" Over Paul Grenier ???

Jack Savage's Forest Journal: It's our green spaces, not our blue-tarp artwork, that makes people love our state

By JACK SAVAGE

Traveling in the Midwest this past week, I was introduced to a local as being from New Hampshire.

"Oh, New Hampshire," she gushed, "it's sooooo beautiful there. When I think of New Hampshire, I think 'pristine.'"

She went on to tell me about trips she and her family had made to New Hampshire's lakes and mountains that formed her perception.

My first thought was to my house, where "pristine" is not a word many people would use to describe the farmyard in any given April. I do try to keep things neat and aesthetically pleasing. Inspired by the artist Christo, who is known for wrapping buildings and bridges and even whole islands, each fall I decorate the yard with objects wrapped in my favorite artistic medium, the Blue Tarp.

Alas, my work has not yet been discovered by a big-city art dealer, despite the fact that I pose dramatically amidst my oeuvre every time I spy a car with New York plates coming up the road. But one of these days a foresighted dealer, on the prowl for undiscovered rustic talent with an impressive body of work, will pull his or her Beemer into my dirt driveway.

One discerning look at my 2004 piece "Rusty Parts from Machinery I No Longer Own, Swaddled in Blue Tarp," will make me an art-world star. I will be acclaimed for the contrasting colors of my bungee cords, the delicate wind-blown fraying of my tarp edges, and my clever use of baling twine. Within weeks, a gallery in Soho will be selling even my minor works, like "Fence Made of Old Pallets," for six figures, despite an influential art reviewer's complaint that it seems "derivative."

I will refuse to sell one of my earliest pieces, "Boat with Ripped Cover on Trailer with Broken Axle," because I'm pretty sure it's permanently stuck in the mud. Besides, I'm going to get around to fixing up that boat one of these days because it's kind of a classic.

But the highfalutin aesthetics of a New Hampshire farmyard, I suspect, are not what this new acquaintance meant when she called New Hampshire "pristine." It is our unbuilt infrastructure, our mountains and valleys, streams and ponds, forests and fields, clear air and clear water, that combined to leave her with that impression.

So my second thought was, wow, that's a great identity for our state. And how gratifying that it's an identity formed by a few visits rather than an advertising campaign. We certainly have heavily developed parts of our state, but what draws people here, what they remember once they leave, is "pristine."

Which led me to my third thought, which is two more than I usually have on any given day: Are we adequately protecting our "pristine" brand? Will a visitor in five years or 10 years come away from New Hampshire with that same impression? Today, out-of-state interests continue to push to build more things that have little to do with New Hampshire at a cost to our brand. If we allow them to not just nibble, but gnash away at our natural surroundings and natural resources, we may well find ourselves indistinguishable from the suburbanized communities that dominate other states.

The good news is that there are an increasing number of people working to protect the pristine. On Saturday, hundreds of people committed to land conservation gathered in Alton for the Saving Special Places conference to learn about the evolving ways we can endeavor to, well, save New Hampshire's special places. As a highlight, Paul Bofinger (past president/forester of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests) and long-time environmental champion Sharon Francis discussed the work they have done to leave us with what we have today.

And today, I think we can argue that we are in many places (other than my farmyard) still "pristine." Whether we can still say that in the near future is up to all of us.

Jack Savage is the executive editor of Forest Notes magazine published quarterly by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. He can be reached by email at jsavage@forestsociety.org, or follow him on Twitter @JackAtSPNHF.

http://www.unionleader.com/Jack-Savages-Forest-Journal:-Its-our-green-spaces,-not-our-blue-tarp-artwork,-that-makes-people-love-our-statesource=RSS

Antonio Andolini

And weave and weave and...

"Otten rebuts claims of pressure for Northern Pass stance

By DAVE SOLOMON
New Hampshire Union Leader

The developer who wants to restore the Balsams resort in the northernmost part of the state acknowledges that he has become an active proponent of the Northern Pass, but denies that he pressured the North Country Chamber of Commerce into changing its position on the controversial hydroelectric project.

Two members of the board resigned last week and a third issued a lengthy statement describing a five-day period in early April when the chamber board was called to vote three times until it changed its position on Northern Pass from 'opposed' to 'neutral.'

According to board member Jamie Sayen, who remains on the board, Otten pressured directors into a neutral position by linking the Balsams redevelopment to the success of the Northern Pass project.

For more than two years, Otten has been working on an ambitious plan to restore the grand hotel and ski resort that has been shuttered since 2011. He recently received a $2 million loan from the $200 million Forward NH Fund, an economic development fund controlled by Northern Pass developer Eversource.

'The $2 million investment in the Balsams was not a gift from Eversource, it was a loan, a potential down payment on a larger investment,' Otten said Tuesday. 'As a businessman, I find I am aligned with their needs and theirs align with mine. So I did start taking a more active role in speaking out about my personal beliefs, and I’m not at all apologetic about that.'

Otten said the $140 million project is on track for groundbreaking this summer, with more than $98 million in financing in the works.

Although Eversource has made some advance commitments from the Forward NH Fund, including the $2 million loan for the Balsams, most of the fund will not be allocated until the Northern Pass is approved and under construction. Otten hopes to get more money from the fund, which is unlikely unless the Northern Pass project moves forward. That was the point he was making to the North Country Chamber, he said.

'There was no threat or implied threat,' he said. 'I was asked three times if it makes a difference to the Balsams how (the chamber) votes, and the answer is, it does make a difference. The difference is clearly that the Balsams could theoretically benefit economically through having Eversource as a future investor. I never said that the Balsams was going to fail or go away without it.'

Otten maintains that the North Country Chamber board was hijacked by Northern Pass opponents, with one board member serving as an attorney for landowners opposing the hydroelectric project. That board member, Alan Robert Baker, was among the two who resigned.

Baker drafted the letter of opposition the board filed in February with the state board that has siting control over the project. That letter has since been replaced by one that states a neutral position on the project, and support for the Forward NH Fund.

Baker said the board knew of his clients and his position on Northern Pass when he was invited to join, and that there was no conflict at that time because the board’s position was to oppose the project.

'I resigned my position on the board before the vote to go neutral,' Baker said Tuesday. 'I did not vote because I felt the whole process was coerced by Mr. Otten and his partners, and I was not going to be part of it any longer. The board was put under terrible duress by Mr. Otten.'"
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Otten-rebuts-claims-of-pressure-for-Northern-Pass-stance#sthash.I6zSm697.dpuf

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However, Back to Our Corrupt Political Culture ...

April 1, 2016
How Hillary Clinton Bought the Loyalty of 33 State Democratic Parties

by Margot Kidder

“It’s worse than wicked, my dear, it’s vulgar”

Punch Almanac, 1876

Collusion between the Clinton campaign and the DNC allowed Hillary Clinton to buy the loyalty of 33 state Democratic parties last summer. Montana was one of those states. It sold itself for $64,100.

The Super Delegates now defying democracy with their insistent refusal to change their votes to Sanders in spite of a handful of overwhelming Clinton primary losses in their own states, were arguably part of that deal.

In August 2015, at the Democratic Party convention in Minneapolis, 33 democratic state parties made deals with the Hillary Clinton campaign and a joint fundraising entity called The Hillary Victory Fund. The deal allowed many of her core billionaire and inner circle individual donors to run the maximum amounts of money allowed through those state parties to the Hillary Victory Fund in New York and the DNC in Washington.

The idea was to increase how much one could personally donate to Hillary by taking advantage of the Supreme Court ruling 2014, McCutcheon v FEC, that knocked down a cap on aggregate limits as to how much a donor could give to a federal campaign in a year. It thus eliminated the ceiling on amounts spent by a single donor to a presidential candidate.

In other words, a single donor, by giving $10,000 a year to each signatory state could legally give an extra $330,000 a year for two years to the Hillary Victory Fund. For each donor, this raised their individual legal cap on the Presidential campaign to $660,000 if given in both 2015 and 2016. And to one million, three hundred and 20 thousand dollars if an equal amount were also donated in their spouse’s name.

From these large amounts of money being transferred from state coffers to the Hillary Victory Fund in Washington, the Clinton campaign got the first $2,700, the DNC was to get the next $33,400, and the remainder was to be split among the 33 signatory states. With this scheme, the Hillary Victory Fund raised over $26 million for the Clinton Campaign by the end of 2015.

The money was either transferred to the Hillary for America or Forward Hillary PACs and spent directly on the Hillary Clinton Campaign, often paying the salaries and expenses within those groups, or it was moved into the DNC or another Clinton PAC. Some of it was spent towards managing the Hillary merchandise store, where you can buy Hillary T shirts and hats and buttons.

The fund is administered by treasurer Elizabeth Jones, the Clinton Campaign’s chief operating officer. Ms. Jones has the exclusive right to decide when transfers of money to and from the Hillary Victory Fund would be made to the state parties.

One could reasonably infer that the tacit agreement between the signatories was that the state parties and the Hillary Clinton Campaign would act in unity and mutual support. And that the Super Delegates of these various partner states would either pledge loyalty to Clinton, or, at the least, not endorse Senator Sanders. Not only did Hillary’s multi-millionaire and billionaire supporters get to bypass individual campaign donation limits to state parties by using several state parties apparatus, but the Clinton campaign got the added bonus of buying that state’s Super Delegates with the promise of contributions to that Democratic organization’s re-election fund.

If a presidential campaign from either party can convince various state parties to partner with it in such a way as to route around any existing rules on personal donor limits and at the same time promise money to that state’s potential candidates, then the deal can be sold as a way of making large monetary promises to candidates and Super Delegates respectable.

The leadership of a very broke Montana Democratic Party decided in August of 2015 that this was a seductive deal they were willing to make. And by the end of that year scores of $10,000 donations came in from out of state.

Montana’s list of out of state donors to the state campaign reads like a Who’s Who of the Democratic financial elites. The names vary little from the list of high donors to the other 32 states that signed on to the Hillary Victory Fund.

What do billionaires like Esprit Founder Susie Buell of California, and businessman Imaad Zuberi of California, and media mogul Fred Eychaner of Chicago, and Donald Sussman hedgefund manager from New York and Chicago real estate mogul J.B Pritzker, and gay activist Jon Stryker of NY, and NRA and Viacom lobbyist Jeffrey Forbes and entertainment mogul Haim Saban all have in common?

They all appear to be brilliant business people who have all given millions to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and to her various PACS. And they all gave the Montana State Democratic Party $10,000 each in 2015. It is doubtful that many of them have any interest in Montana politics, or that they have even bothered to visit.

None of these are awful people; they are simply awfully rich. And they like their friend Hillary and want her to be the president. And if some of their millions will buy her way into the White House then so be it. None of this is illegal. But it makes a mockery of Ms. Clinton’s pledge to further the cause of campaign finance reform.

And the Hillary Victory Fund’s marriage of convenience with the Montana party negates Governor Steve Bullock’s eloquent insistence that he will do anything necessary to overturn Citizen’s United. And the coldness of the deal’s intention of doing anything it can to further Hillary Clinton’s chances for becoming President brings Senator Jon Tester’s stated neutrality in the Democratic primary into a sharp and unflatteringly hypocritical focus.

One doubts that most of these one percenters adore fly fishing. Or care much about mountain climbing, or skiing, or collecting morel mushrooms along the edges of the Yellowstone river in the fall. We can safely assume that they will not be raising buffalo for meat in the near future, or buying an organic farm next to Senator Jon Tester’s. In fact we can probably assume that most of them have never been to Montana.

And one doubts if many of them care or not if Governor Steve Bullock will get re-elected or will be replaced with a creationist businessman named Greg Gianforte whose family gave $1.5 million to a creationist museum in Glendive, Montana that proudly displays a man riding a dinosaur as if it were a rodeo horse.

That outsiders could make their votes count for more than our own in our Presidential primary by supporting a system that is rigged in favour of the wishes of lobbyists and billionaires running their money through our state democratic party coffers is a concept that most Montanans would be repulsed by.

Yet it is inconceivable that not only did the state’s chairperson, Nancy Keenan, approve the deal, but that both Governor Steve Bullock and Democratic senator Jon Tester approved it as well. It directly affects the funding of both of their campaigns, now and in 2018.

I have yet to hear back from any Montana democratic office holders that they have even heard of the Hillary Victory Fund. Monica Lindeen, the State Auditor, has never heard of it. A couple of county Chair persons have never heard of it. Jean Dahlman, a feisty independent thinker and a ranch woman who is on the executive committee of the state party has never heard of it. And when I wrote Jonathan Motl, the man in charge of the Office of Political Practices and a demon for making sure our state laws about contributions are enforced, he did not get back to me. So I am assuming he has never heard of it either. Who was in on this? No one seems willing to tell.

In Montana, a state where one third of voters identify as independents, and where it is imperative that Democratic candidates for public office win some votes from both Republicans and Independents in order to get elected, it seems peculiar that the Montana State Democratic Party would make a deal with the Hillary Clinton campaign months before the national primaries were underway, given that there is a very real and proud tradition of political independence in Montana. Being told who to vote for in a primary by your party’s big wigs is not part of that tradition. Any collusion by a Montana national candidate with the Hillary Clinton campaign before a primary was held, and the votes counted, could potentially be politically suicidal.

The agreement with the Hillary Victory Fund and the DNC could solve some of the Montana State Democratic Party’s financial problems while simultaneously funding several state and federal candidates. But the scheme would only make sense as a benefit to the parties involved if the money raised actually stayed in the states that received the initial checks. This did not happen.

The Alaska Democratic party, in its end of the year filing with the FEC, said it raised $43,500 from the Hillary Victory Fund with 10,000.00 dollar donations from Clinton friends and billionaires, including hedge fund manage S Donald Sussman, and Hyatt Hotel heir JB Pritzker. ( two of the several $10,000 donors to the Montana State Democratic Party) . But in the same report it said it transferred the same amount of money, $43,500 back to the DNC – . a technically legal move that effectively obliterates federal limits on donations to the national committee.

“It just becomes a way to funnel more to the DNC to support the Clinton Campaign”, said Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Centre, which advocates for campaign finance reform. “It’s effectively Hillary Clinton’s team soliciting Hillary Clinton’s supporters for much bigger checks than they can give to the campaign.”

The same thing happened with the Maine State Democratic Party with many of the same billionaire donors. Maine attracted many of Clinton’s biggest donors. But the contributions didn’t stay in Maine either, or in any of the other state democratic parties to which Hillary Victory Fund donations have been funneled. In October and November two transfers totaling 39,000 from the Hillary Victory Fund to the Maine Democratic party sat for less than 48 hours before the same amounts were transferred to the DNC in Washington.

The Montana State Democratic party received $43,500 dollars from the Hillary Victory Fund on November 2, 2015. Yet on that same day it transferred $43,500 back to the Democratic National Committee in Washington. And on December 1, 2015 it received another $20,600 from the Hillary Victory fund. And on the same day the Montana State Democratic Party sent that exact same amount, $20,600, back to the DNC in Washington as well, an entity that has not bothered to disguise its preference for a Hillary Clinton candidacy over that of a Bernie Sanders one.

By November 2015, 22 of the state parties linked to the Hillary Victory Fund have received $938,500 from the fund and sent the same amount back to the DNC. There is no limit to amounts of money transferred between state and national parties and PACS or Funds.

(Obama had a similar fund in 2008, but not until he had already won enough delegates to be sure he would be the nominee.)

The Democratic spokespeople for the17 states that refused to go along with the Clinton campaign’s plan, even though many of them were as broke as the Montana State Democratic Party was (Nebraska springs to mind), were clear that it seemed less than democratic to be choosing sides in a primary that hadn’t happened yet. That the very purpose of a primary was to let the people choose which candidate they wanted to represent them and to not let the party establishment load the dice in their own favour. They made it obvious that they were choosing democracy over kick-backs.

“A joint fundraising committee linking Hillary Clinton to the national Democratic Party and 33 state parties is routing money through those state parties and back into the coffers of the Clinton campaign and all its PACS and Funds … It is a highly unusual arraignment if only because presidential candidates do not normally enter into fundraising agreements with their party’s committees until after they actually win the nomination. And second, Clinton’s fundraising committee is the first since the Supreme Court’s 2014 McCutcheon v FEC decision eliminated aggregate contribution limits and congress increased party contribution limits in the 2014 omnibus budget bill” said Paul Blumenthal, a writer for The Huffington Post.

A loud article in the NYT in March proclaiming that elected officials in 22 states would not support Bernie Sanders conveniently left out that those 22 states had signed agreements with the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Hillary Victory Fund.

What it really does is seriously handicap the Democratic Primary Race. Every one of the states charging electoral interference by the Clinton campaign is a state that made a deal with the Hillary Victory Fund. Insinuations of conspiracies are unprovable in these cases. But the perception of fraud and corruption is glaring and damaging.

What the Clinton campaign appears to be in stunning denial about is that most of us “regular folks” (a revolting term used with growing frequency these days) are not burdened with an inability to confuse morality with legality. Corruption is corruption is corruption no matter how many laws there are allowing it. Very few brilliant business people give presidential candidates upwards of six million dollars without expecting something in return. There is a reason they are brilliant business people. Throwing away millions of dollars for nothing is not one of them

Most state democratic parties don’t want Campaign Finance Reform. They feel they can’t afford it. Many local politicians become terrified of voicing support for alternative candidates out of fear of being cut off the Democratic Party gravy train.

The psychological damage of the Hillary Victory Fund, the inference by its very existence that every vote is not equal, has had a dampening effect on older Democrats. The perception that most Democrats support Hillary, and that she is the most reliable candidate to defeat a Trump or a Cruz in the fall is felt by every journalist, every newspaper opinion writer and every television current affairs show, and is absorbed by the consumers of that news. When you have lobbyists for the big media giants, such as Fyeed Eychancer of Newsweb, or Viacom lawyer and lobbyist Steve Forbes, giving money to the Hillary Victory Fund through the state of Montana, the rot in the system is laid bare.

Here in Montana, a politically vibrant state with a heady mix of Republicans and Democrats and Independents and Libertarians, not one single Democratic official up for election will openly support Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. They all say exactly the same thing: “I’m not going to endorse anyone until after the primary.” Which has as much meaning as saying you are not going to vote until after the election.

This is the state that brought the entire American union movement to the West, back when Butte was a thriving mining town and corrupt copper barons ran the state. It’s a state in which miners fought and died for the right to have unions. It’s a state in which we had, until Citizen’s United, the first and only state law that expressly forbade corporate expenditures on elections.

You can’t win an election as a Democrat in Montana without the Native American vote. You have to win Butte, a mighty monument to the working man and Democratic to its very core. You have to win the artsy types and the students in Missoula, the writers in Livingston and the oilmen in Billings and the ranchers in the east. You can’t be all things to all men, so you have to be real. You have to be honest because word spreads fast in a small but tight population like Montana and if your word is no good, neither are you.

But most importantly, you can’t win an election in Montana if you don’t acknowledge and respect the pride Montanans have in their ability to think independently. Their courage to not follow the herd. Independence is a proud master.

Our state party leadership signed a deal with a woman who out here, on our turf, possibly wouldn’t last a week. They signed away our unobstructed right to choose which Democratic candidate we supported for President. Given that we have 15 pledged delegates and seven Super Delegates, we have lost our absolute right to have Super Delegate endorsements proportional to the wishes of the primary voters

For what? Sixty four thousand and one hundred dollars? Which we had to give back? That’s a pretty poor excuse for selling out our right to our own choice.

Look, we know the deck is stacked, that Hillary and the DNC get all the face cards and that you’re dealing from the bottom of the deck. But just give us an ace from time to time, or maybe even a small straight. Don’t rub our hopelessness in our faces as if we are too dumb to know. You will pay for your contempt. If not this year, then the next.

Beneficiaries

Recipient Party Type** Office Sought Total
Clinton, Hillary D C Pres $4,440,000
DNC Services Corp D P $2,263,436
Democratic Party of Wisconsin D P $207,278
Democratic Party of Oklahoma D P $140,000
Democratic Party of New Hampshire D P $74,700
Democratic Party of Pennsylvania D P $70,500
Democratic Party of Texas D P $69,100
Democratic Executive Cmte of Florida D P $66,200
Democratic Party of Nevada D P $66,200
Democratic Party of Colorado D P $66,000
Democratic Party of Ohio D P $66,000
Democratic Cmte of Utah D P $64,100
Democratic Party of Alaska D P $64,100
Democratic Party of Mississippi D P $64,100
Democratic Party of Montana D P $64,100
Democratic Party of Oregon D P $64,100
Democratic Party of South Carolina D P $64,100
Democratic Party of Tennessee D P $64,100
Democratic State Cmte of Massachusetts D P $64,100
Georgia Federal Elections Cmte D P $64,100
Idaho State Democratic Party D P $64,100
Michigan Democratic State Central Cmte D P $64,100
Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party D P $64,100
Missouri Democratic State Cmte D P $64,100
Rhode Island Democratic State Cmte D P $64,100
West Virginia State Democratic Exec Cmte D P $64,100
Wyoming State Democratic Central Cmte D P $64,100
Democratic Party of North Carolina D P $64,000
Democratic State Central Cmte/Louisiana D P $64,000
Indiana Democratic Congressional Victory Cmte D P $64,000
Democratic Party of Arkansas D P $63,000
Maine Democratic State Cmte D P $59,800
Democratic Party of Virginia D P $43,500

Source: FEC

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/

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Report: Five Clinton shell companies established in Delaware
By Rudy Takala (@RudyTakala) • 4/11/16 8:03 AM

Bill and Hillary Clinton, along with their nonprofit Clinton Foundation, have established at least five shell companies in Delaware, according to tax filings highlighted on Monday.

Those companies include two for the couple's personal finances and three for the foundation, according to the documents, which were first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

All five are filed at 1209 North Orange Street in Wilmington. The address is shared with companies like Google, Apple, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Ford, General Electric and more than 280,000 others that use the facility to take advantage of the state's tax laws.

There is nothing illegal about the activity, but the location has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of last week's finding that a Panamanian law firm helped as many as 140 political leaders around the globe surreptitiously shield their assets using offshore holding corporations. During a campaign stop this week, Clinton said the revelations about the "super-rich" exploiting tax loopholes were "outrageous."

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjbPi00k_ME )

According to the tax filings reported on Monday, the former secretary of state established ZFS Holdings, LLC, at the Wilmington address to process $5.5 million from her book publisher, Simon & Schuster, one week after she left the department 2013. Former president Bill Clinton established WJC, LLC to receive consulting fees in 2008.

The charitable Clinton Foundation established companies at the address in each of 2009, 2010, and 2013. Those are the Accesso Fund, LLC, the Haiti Development Fund, LLC, and the Accesso Worldwide Fund, Inc.

Delaware is commonly used as a tax haven within the United States because of favorable tax laws.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-five-clinton-shell-companies-established-in-delaware/article/2588147

Antonio Andolini

Shocks? Electricity? Naaah!

"State Criticizes Federal Conclusions on Possible NP Electrical Shocks"

http://indepthnh.org/2016/04/16/state-blasts-federal-conclusions-on-possible-northern-pass-electrical-shocks/

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“any such shocks would be below harmful levels…”

Meh, It's ONLY 1090 Mega Watts. Folks like Maya Grenier, who Grew Up with a Fork in hand in wall outlet won't feel a thang !

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People Get Ready

Prediction: Trump Will Clinch GOP Nomination On June 7th — The Young Independent

Posted on April 20, 2016 by Agnes Bedard in National News, U.S Politics

With Donald Trump’s crushing victory over Ted Cruz and John Kasich in New York, it is now mathematically impossible for either Cruz or Kasich to win the nomination. Trump’s victory also makes it less likely for there to be a brokered convention as he is winning by large margins in all upcoming states.

Donald Trump will win 37 States and territories and have at least 1,277 delegates clinching the nomination. With Clinton also winning by a huge margin last night, it looks as though the General election will come down to Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton

https://theupperdarbysentinelnews.com/2016/04/20/prediction-trump-will-clinch-gop-nomination-on-june-7th-the-young-independent/

Meanwhile, vis–à–vis Bernie ...

Bernie Sanders Was Asked to Leave Hippie Commune for Shirking, Book Claims
Sanders' 'endless political discussion' distracted the hippies from their work

BY: Blake Seitz
April 19, 2016 1:35 pm

Bernie Sanders was asked to leave a hippie commune in 1971 for “sitting around and talking” about politics instead of working, according to a forthcoming book.

We Are As Gods by Kate Daloz, scheduled for release April 26, chronicles the rise and fall of the Myrtle Hill Farm in northeast Vermont. Daloz, a Brooklyn writer, was in a special position to write a history of Myrtle Hill: she was raised near the commune in a geodesic dome residence with an outhouse called the Richard M. Nixon Memorial Hall. Her parents were close acquaintances of the commune residents, who offered them tips about wilderness living.

In the summer of 1971, Myrtle Hill received a visitor: Bernie Sanders, age 30, at the cusp of his political career with the socialist Liberty Union Party.

Sanders came to the farm while researching an article on natural childbirth for the Liberty Union’s party organ, Movement. Interest in alternative medicine was strong among members of the counterculture as part of their wider suspicion of modern science, which was associated with the sterility of hospitals and the destruction of war. “Many elements of Western medicine came under suspicion during this period, but none more so than modern obstetrics,” Deloz writes.

In Sanders’ article, previously digitized by Mother Jones, he criticized old methods of childrearing, where “infants were bottle fed on assembly line schedules designed by assembly line doctors in order to prepare them for assembly line society.” In Sanders’ view, natural childbirth was a step toward a more authentic society. “All of life is one and if we want to know, for example, how our nation can napalm children in Vietnam—AND NOT CARE—it is necessary to go well beyond ‘politics,’” he wrote.

Sanders’ prefatory remarks were followed by a Q&A between him and a friend, Loraine (spelled “Lorraine” in the article), who had recently given birth to a baby, Rahula (spelled “Rahoula” in the article), on the Myrtle Hill commune.

According to the forthcoming book, Sanders “gently peppered [the mother] with questions in his thick Brooklyn accent” about her experience with natural childbirth.

During labor, Loraine said she was surrounded by a circle of hippies chanting “a meditation mancha” that “seemed to really bring in good energy.” This group included “the couple of men who were potentially the baby’s father,” according to Deloz. When Rahula was delivered at dawn, “someone ran out into the field and blew a long blast on a hunting horn.” Loraine then ate her afterbirth, a detail that does not appear in the book, but that appeared in the second part of Sanders’ essay.

When not reporting on the miracle of life, Sanders spent his time at Myrtle Hill in “endless political discussion,” according to Deloz.

Sanders’ idle chatter did not endear him with some of the commune’s residents, who did the backbreaking labor of running the place. Daloz writes that one resident, Craig, “resented feeling like he had to pull others out of Bernie’s orbit if any work was going to get accomplished that day.”

Sanders was eventually asked to leave. “When Bernie had stayed for Myrtle’s allotted three days, Craig politely requested that he move on,” Daloz writes.

Deloz does not specify what issues Sanders discussed with commune residents, but earlier passages give the general flavor of political discussion at Myrtle Hill. “There were bigger ideas under discussion too: a kibbutz-style school for commune children; the possibility of a coming violent revolution; and the pros and cons of group marriage.” In another passage, Deloz describes how one commune resident led the children on marches, chanting “Ho! Ho! Ho Chi Minh! Vietcong is going to win!”

The Myrtle Hill commune lasted into the 1980s, but some of its idealism had worn off by the end. Deloz describes how the residents unwittingly drifted into patterns of life that they had hoped to reject, with traditional gender roles and monogamous relationships—“Free Love turned off like a faucet.”

The commune was ultimately a casualty of the War on Drugs. One of its residents, Jed, ran a sophisticated marijuana grow operation to supplement his farmers’ income. When the authorities descended on the land in the mid-1980s, they found nearby a quarter million dollars of marijuana and a small arsenal of weapons, including “a bullet-proof vest, a machete, a gas mask, and a fully loaded Uzi.”

Because Jed had set up his operation on Myrtle Hill’s land, a guilty verdict could have jeopardized the entire commune—a hard lesson about liability and private property ownership for the commune’s remaining residents. While Jed was found guilty, the other residents managed to beat the rap and save the farm from being taken by the government. They broke the land into individually-owned parcels shortly afterward, bringing the Myrtle Hill experiment to a close.

There is no evidence Sanders took part in the later activities of the commune, and it is unclear if he returned to the commune again after his 1971 junket. The book’s promotional materials mention that Sanders “was a frequent visitor to Myrtle Hill,” but the book only mentions the 1971 visit.

The Sanders campaign did not respond to questions about the candidate’s ties to Myrtle Hill Farm.

http://freebeacon.com/politics/bernie-sanders-asked-leave-hippie-commune/

Antonio Andolini

Of course, this decision had nothing to do with all the folks who showed up to meetings and hearings to speak out against this project. No, no, of course not.

"Kinder Morgan suspends plans for NED pipeline

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:17 pm | Updated: 5:41 pm, Wed Apr 20, 2016.

By Meghan Foley Sentinel Staff

The controversial Northeast Energy Direct pipeline won't be coming through New Hampshire.

Kinder Morgan Inc. and its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC announced this afternoon that they have 'suspended further work and expenditures' on the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.

The company said it did not receive enough commitments from businesses that would buy the natural gas from the proposed pipeline. That's a key factor the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission considers when deciding whether to approve a project.

The NED pipeline has been in the federal commission's hands since November.

The pipeline has stirred protest, especially among residents along the 419-mile proposed route, including the Cheshire County towns of Fitzwilliam, Richmond, Rindge, Troy and Winchester.

It was proposed to carry fracked natural gas from the shale field of northern Pennsylvania to a hub in Dracut, Mass."

http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/kinder-morgan-suspends-plans-for-ned-pipeline/article_1598fdda-f3fb-57cc-bbab-90202e399854.html

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Dracut, Mass. You Say ??? ... Rte 113 ? ... Brox Farm is SAFE !!!

Heck, They could have run it right down Broadway in Lawrence and I would have Laughed.

- Onward to NP.

Antonio Andolini

Putting pressure on state and Federal regulators? No, no, of course not!

"Eversource names contractors, suppliers for Northern Pass project


MANCHESTER — Eversource has announced the list of contractors and material suppliers selected to work on the Northern Pass hydroelectric project should it receive the necessary state and federal permits.

The project developers are in the process of securing state and federal permits, in the hope of beginning construction in 2017, although opponents are seeking to delay the process or have the project rejected outright.

Even though the project is far from being approved, Eversource executives say they want to be ready to break ground immediately if the permits are granted.

'Securing agreements with these contractors now puts Northern Pass in a strong position to begin the construction phase as soon as all permits are secured,' said Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource operations in New Hampshire.

The project is designed to bring 1,000 megawatts of hydropower from Quebec into the New England power grid, with a 192-mile transmission line extending from the Canadian border to a substation in Deerfield.

PAR Electrical Contractors of Bow has been named general contractor for the project, responsible for overall project management, schedule and cost control, coordinating the work of all contractors and material suppliers, and procuring materials as needed.

PAR will construct all overhead portions of the lines, build all substations and transition stations and perform the horizontal directional drilling on the underground segments of the line. The company is a subsidiary of Quanta Services, which is the largest transmission and distribution specialty contractor in North America.

Burns and McDonnell Engineering Co. has been working with Northern Pass since the early stages of its development and will continue as part of the project team. The engineering and design firm is based in Kansas City, with offices throughout New England, including Manchester.

The ABB Group, based in Switzerland, will engineer and build the underground cable and a converter station in Franklin, as well as equipment at the Deerfield substation required to connect the Northern Pass line to the New England electric grid.

M.J. Electric, with a location in Framingham, Mass., will work with ABB to engineer and construct the converter station.

Northern Pass has also secured prices on all significant materials and equipment that will be used to build both the overhead and underground portions of the line, consistent with the project cost estimate of $1.6 billion, according to Quinlan.

He said Northern Pass would create 2,600 jobs during construction, including logging, excavating, gravel, trucking, concrete, electrical utility work, paving, fencing and landscaping.

The project will also require other general services and materials, including traffic control, security, equipment rental and waste management. In the coming months, Northern Pass and its main contractors will host events for potential subcontractors who may want to bid on some of that business.

'Northern Pass will provide a unique opportunity to work on one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history,' Quinlan said."
- See more at: http://www.unionleader.com/Eversource-names-contractors-suppliers-for-Northern-Pass-project#sthash.qjKGJX7z.dpuf

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Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents

Published on Apr 17, 2016

Digging deep into Hillary's connections to Wall Street, Abby Martin reveals how the Clinton's multi-million-dollar political machine operates.

This episode chronicles the Clinton's rise to power in the 90s on a right-wing agenda, the Clinton Foundation's revolving door with Gulf state monarchies, corporations and the world's biggest financial institutions, and the establishment of the hyper-aggressive "Hillary Doctrine" while Secretary of State. Learn the essential facts about the great danger she poses, and why she's the US Empire's choice for its next CEO. http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/v/the...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV_PLCC6jeI

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