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Child Nutrition Act: 12 Key Changes The New Law Delivers (PHOTOS)

Child Nutrition Act: 12 Key Changes The New Law Delivers (PHOTOS)

Commented Dec 15, 2010 at 01:27:28 in Education

“I wish he'd reverse the economy too....
:)”
House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes

House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes

Commented Dec 10, 2010 at 01:58:28 in Politics

“"Starting in January, we can make sure that the unemployme­nt welfare is finally halted and the spending cuts start. 25% off every program in the Federal Government would be a good start"

I believe the term "unemployment benefits" indicates the people had been employed. Because of the massive job losses I'd further imagine a few of them (all) lost their jobs because the jobs ceased to exist. There were 39,000 jobs created last month. I guess someone’s done the math and figured out how 4 * 10^6 people can share in the 39,000 jobs and become "productive" citizens again.
Just wondering........................”

TuoulumneFlower on Dec 10, 2010 at 11:11:41

“They don't need no stinkin' math!”
House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes

House Democrats Reject Obama Tax Cut Deal In Non-Binding Vote, Demand Changes

Commented Dec 10, 2010 at 01:34:20 in Politics

“Have the Bush tax cuts (for the top 1%) helped the faltering economy in any way?”

Junius Publius on Dec 10, 2010 at 08:17:01

“No but Freddie and Frannie have given our economy a leg up.”

nachocat on Dec 10, 2010 at 03:46:48

“Yes, they created or saved 50 million jobs which is extremely impressive.”

DHFabian on Dec 10, 2010 at 01:45:32

“Most of the corp. tax cuts of the past 30 years have been used to cover the costs of building factories and offices in foreign countries, to export our jobs. So, technically, all those tax cuts, etc., really did go into job creation, as promised -- just not in the US.”

Turtleposer on Dec 10, 2010 at 01:40:31

“No, but it did provide something for Obama to hand to the Republicans to call a "compromise."”
4 Million Americans Set To Lose Unemployment Benefits Even If Congress Passes Extension (CHART)

4 Million Americans Set To Lose Unemployment Benefits Even If Congress Passes Extension (CHART)

Commented Dec 4, 2010 at 01:41:35 in Business

“"What we're seeing right now is the Christmas present from Scrooge," said Aaron, the Brookings economist. "Merry Christmas, we're cutting off your benefits."

And with that comes decreased (or no) consumer spending and further downward spiraling of the economy...
My opinion”

cornelison on Dec 4, 2010 at 01:51:48

“It looks like the most useful gift will be a tent. Where else will people go when they cannot afford shelter? We can't sustain those tax cuts. By the 2012 election season, we'll be in another recession.”
Bush Tax Cuts: Fears Mount Of White House Cave On Top Priority [UPDATED]

Bush Tax Cuts: Fears Mount Of White House Cave On Top Priority [UPDATED]

Commented Dec 3, 2010 at 01:28:36 in Politics

“"We" are making them richer by bail-outs”

roger g on Dec 3, 2010 at 01:33:03

“#4-Fanned --Ain't that the truth”
huffingtonpost entry

Obama Insists He Made "The Right Decisions" on the Economy -- The Struggling Middle Class Begs to Differ

Commented Sep 11, 2010 at 14:05:33 in Politics

“Cipo:
I am not clear on your reply...

In my opinion:

If Mr. Obama has been serving Wall Street with enormous bailouts (and in my opinion) not "main" street, with the result that Wall Street gets to keep their jobs and Main street people (far more numerous) continue to lose their jobs, and the economy continues to suffer further resulting eventually in Wall street wanting another handout ... and Mr. Obama continues this pattern expecting the economy to recover isn't he repeating the act while expecting a different result?
Oops - Well um I guess he IS getting different results: - the jobless / unemployment rate increases, the GDP decreases, consumer confidence decreases etc. etc. - so he IS getting a different outcome - a worsening of the economy.

Imagine how far these monstrous bail-outs would have gone on Main Street?

(I look at it as the food-chain: / pyramid) The base is comprised of many many people, who support the tiers of the hierarchy, all the way to Wall Street (Like plankton supporting life all the way to humans).
But the base needs support (jobs) as the plankton needs "support" food

In my opinion, neither republicans nor democrats created this economic disaster / mess alone. Both contributed in a bipartisan way - fueled by greed (a human characteristic - seen in both parties) We need to get out of this serious situation with suggestions from both parties - a bit of both and using (a) different approach(es)
Just my”

Cipo on Sep 11, 2010 at 17:04:23

“I agree with the vast majority of your post, and I regret that my reply was as clear as mud. My meaning is that "insanity" is not technically "insanity" if it is part of a plan. If you are to view Obama as an employee of the banks and put into office to enact a neo-feudalistic system of corporate power (as I believe him to be), then the perceived "insanity" that is occurring is actually part of a well thought out plan. It is only insanity if it is viewed through our eyes. Viewed through the eyes of the banks, he is right on target and everything is going as planned.

I think that we are tracking, but I diverge from your views on the pyramid. Since it is a nice segway, check out this explanation using a pyramid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6HuzhMUHGM&feature=related
This is the end of his vid series, (actually the next to last) but they are all very good. Check them out. :)”
huffingtonpost entry

Obama Insists He Made "The Right Decisions" on the Economy -- The Struggling Middle Class Begs to Differ

Commented Sep 11, 2010 at 02:03:06 in Politics

“My opinion:
Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?

Obama has to build up the middle class (create ongoing jobs) - the odd "hand-out" will not do it; an ongoing income source is needed.... to create consumer confidence so they can to support the bailed out institutions eventually... He needs to give incentives to small / medium businesses to "stimulate" them to hire; etc. etc. etc.
All of this must be done simultaneously - not 1 socioeconomic group at a time.

I feel it is very very wrong to paint a falsely rosy picture of the economic situation which in my opinion is dire. It is 1 thing to try to be hopeful but it is a dangerous situation when the admin gives a false sense of security.
Just my opinion”

Cipo on Sep 11, 2010 at 03:55:58

“It's not insanity if you start to think about his job as serving Wall St and not the public. Then it makes perfect sense.”

ksker on Sep 11, 2010 at 03:38:51

“I couldn’t agree more!

It is not about my “confidence” in the economy, it’s about what is in my wallet...which at the moment, is full of moths...LOL”
Markey Says Report That Most Oil Is Gone Has Led To 'False Confidence'

Markey Says Report That Most Oil Is Gone Has Led To 'False Confidence'

Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 18:06:49 in Green

“"Rep. Markey is prostituting himself for campaign contributions. This guy Markey is despicable."

Well he far from being alone in questioning this:
It is a mystery (to me) where 4.1 million barrels have "disappeared to". Could you explain this?
(My opinion)”
Markey Says Report That Most Oil Is Gone Has Led To 'False Confidence'

Markey Says Report That Most Oil Is Gone Has Led To 'False Confidence'

Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 01:44:27 in Green

“"Markey said "there was an optimistic spin in some quarters that was placed upon that report; and since that is happening in real time, then an independent evaluation of that report must happen in real time," he said."

"Optimistic spin" = A false sense of security ... Like Geithner and the economy:
Treasury Secretary Geithner -- 'Spinning' Out of Control
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leo-hindery-jr/treasury-secretary-geithn_b_684565.html

A pattern???”
Michelle Obama's Spain Trip Sparks Debate (POLL)

Michelle Obama's Spain Trip Sparks Debate (POLL)

Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 01:42:05 in Travel

“According to the article they are actually paying their personal expenses which I assume are shampoo, deodorant, and similar.”
Gulf Oil Still Gushing After Cap Efforts And Relief Well Drilling Suddenly Halted (UPDATED)

Gulf Oil Still Gushing After Cap Efforts And Relief Well Drilling Suddenly Halted (UPDATED)

Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 12:46:43 in Green

“In My Opinion:
Shouldn't they have done the analysis before starting? I.E. have the testing organized before putting the new cap on?
In my opinion, this could mean several things:
* It is not working and will not work
* They needed an emergency stock boost
* It has gotten worse.
It is also stunning that they had an ill-fitting cap on all this time.
Just my opinion.”

slinkymom on Jul 14, 2010 at 12:48:50

“This is what happens when you don't regulate big business. They don't do risk management, they don't spend money on planning for events such at this.

Those who support deregulation are getting their money's worth now. The rest of us have to pay the price for their blind greed.”
President Obama's Oil Spill Comments (PHOTOS)

President Obama's Oil Spill Comments (PHOTOS)

Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 01:07:52 in Green

“Unquoted test is my Opinion.
"Obama has proved himself to be full of hot air."
So much hot air, surprised he hasn't floated out of the earth's atmosphere BUT likely holding onto that teleprompter with all his strength has kept him physically on the planet.

"Unless you are trying to hide the true quantity of oil flowing into the ocean." Which they are in many ways - with sand, corexit, blocking the media, misleading (lying) about the true flow rate since day 1; false hope; etc. And IMO I feel the obama admin has been with BP all the way.
Just my opinion”
U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 12:15:48 in Green

“The following is My Opinion:
They have to do something - not just sit and wait.

To me it is too frustrating to watch. I want to do something other than just read and follow the news. My impression of the idleness is inexcusable.

So, in my opinion: We need all the help we can get: international, national, physical help (skimmers, etc. with as little "red tape" as possible:
NOT DISPERSANTS - (IMO) -- Would the oil - ingesting microbes even go for the chemically altered oil? Anyone know?); scientific - experts pooling their knowledge; plans for what to do WHEN (and in my opinion not if) the relief wells fail - will we even be told?; the ability to be kept informed by legitimate media. AND somehow being able to demand the truth.
In the meantime, we also NEED to assess (and correct) other potentially risky operations).
JUST MY OPINION”
BP Media Clampdown: Journalists Now Face Possibility of Fines, Prison Time

BP Media Clampdown: Journalists Now Face Possibility of Fines, Prison Time

Commented Jul 7, 2010 at 01:59:40 in Media

“I am in shock. I am not caught up with anything else - it's so frustrating. But at this point nothing seems to surprise me anymore. I wish I could do something.
Just my opinion.”
U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

Commented Jul 3, 2010 at 14:35:41 in Green

“SARGE1:
Here’s part II
Judging from the very long-term devastation this spill has, is and will cause, much more in the areas of prevention would have and should have been paramount:
This won't be a 2 or 3 year problem. Oil stays (Exxon-Valdez)

Exxon Valdez oil spill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Cleanup measures and environmental consequences
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exxon_Valdez_oil_spill#Cleanup_measures_and_environmental_consequences

So … I’d read the article and knew that ~ 1/3 of the countries / agencies offering help had been accepted in May.

“U.S. and BP accepting few offers of international help, countries say - CNN.com”
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/26/gulf.spill.help/index.html

“State Department: 17 nations have offered help in oil disaster - CNN.com”
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/14/oil.disaster.foreign.assistance/index.html

In my opinion however, lots more should have been done earlier from all possible sources (National and International).

Just my opinion”
U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

Commented Jul 3, 2010 at 14:29:21 in Green

“Hello SARGE1,
I have to split my reply:
Part I
In my Opinion:
“Please Read The Article Before You Comment”
I’d read it.

"In fact, before today, there were 24 foreign vessels operating in the region and nine countries had provided boom, skimmers and other assistance."

I knew (In my opinion) limited offers had been accepted … but IMO, more could have accepted. Each vessel isn’t from a different country is it?

*** I cannot access the link to the state department’s chart today but will leave it in case it’s temporary. ***
“The Department has released a chart of offers of assistance that the U.S. has received from other governments and international bodies. The chart is updated as necessary to include any additional offers of assistance and decisions on accepting the offers. The chart is posted on the State Department Web site at:”
http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/143488.pdf
Out of approximately 30 countries (or organizations) 12 have been accepted.

My point was that the situation could have been MUCH improved.
Do you think a good job has been done containing oil, saving flora & fauna, saving jobs (tourist trade, fish industry, etc.), keeping oil away from other states / beaches??
I do not. I think LOTS more could have and should have been done and the earlier the better. Perhaps more help from other (maybe more experienced) countries / agencies (and National sources) *could* have helped (Maybe not) – In my opinion, more involvement should have been allowed.”
Gulf Oil Spill Seafood: Oil Found In Crab Larvae

Gulf Oil Spill Seafood: Oil Found In Crab Larvae

Commented Jul 3, 2010 at 01:26:16 in Green

“And they don't become extinct”
U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

U.S. Accepts International Assistance For Gulf Oil Spill

Commented Jun 30, 2010 at 13:51:29 in Green

“They certainly waste no time…
:-7”

SARGE1 on Jun 30, 2010 at 14:12:44

“Please Read The Article Before You Comment

"To be clear, the acceptance of international assistance we announced today did not mean to imply that international help was arriving only now," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. "In fact, before today, there were 24 foreign vessels operating in the region and nine countries had provided boom, skimmers and other assistance."

He said as early as May 11, boom arrived from Mexico, Norway and Brazil.

The chart indicated offers have been accepted from six countries – Canada, Mexico, Croatia, Holland, Norway and Japan. Offers also were accepted from two groups – the International Maritime Organization and the Monitoring and Information Center, which is operated by the European Commission.

Reading Is Fundamental

-Sarge”
Tony Hayward Resigning? Russia News Agency Reports Resignation Is Coming

Tony Hayward Resigning? Russia News Agency Reports Resignation Is Coming

Commented Jun 28, 2010 at 17:01:29 in Green

“I cannot understand why he is still there???
There must be (a) reason(s) other than "skill" and P.R. ability which IMO he has none of.
I've never seen anyone make so many mistakes with no indication that he conscious of them (or lie or show such apathy)
Just my opinion”
Tony Hayward Resigning? Russia News Agency Reports Resignation Is Coming

Tony Hayward Resigning? Russia News Agency Reports Resignation Is Coming

Commented Jun 28, 2010 at 16:54:11 in Green

“Especially if it’s in the Gulf of Mexico”
Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Commented Jun 27, 2010 at 13:40:30 in Green

“Hi QuidamHP,

Part 2
“I don't understand what you are trying to say” – likely because I confused flow rates / force with pressure.

“The pressure in the reservoir is something less than the hydrostatic pressure of 5,000 feet of water (2200 psi) and 13,000 feet of rock (14,400 psi), drilling into the reservoir has not increased the pressure. The pressure of the oil at the well head is reduced by the flow resistance through the well (around 1000 psi) and by the hydrostatic pressure of the column of oil (4,600 psi) i.e. net 8,000 psi – considerably more than the 2,200 psi water pressure. The only thing that will balance the pressures is a few thousand feet of dense drilling mud and concrete”
A diagram would likely avoid this question but what is forcing the oil to gush up?
If it is water, explosives sent down (air, I even read walnuts) to increase the force of flow, why couldn’t they stop sending these down?

“The reservoir is not a void or chamber filled with oil, it's porous sand and rock. To 'apply a cone' to it would require sending the cone down 18,000 feet of drill pipe 6" in diameter”
(Forget the cone)
If relief wells don't work, can’t they remove the structures (drills, etc (need diagram)) - leaving the lower pressure reservoir they started with?

Is this up-to-date?

HowStuffWorks "Offshore Production Platforms
http://science.howstuffworks.com/offshore-drilling6.htm

Thanks again for your replies and expertise”
Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Commented Jun 27, 2010 at 13:28:33 in Green

“Hi QuidamHP,
Part I
Hope questions aren’t out of article scope
“The How stuff works explanation is simplistic and out of date. It's diagrammatic of a shallow well from about 25 years ago..."

Know of Deep water Horizon Diagram??

“A deep well is not one diameter all the way down. The Macondo hole reduces in diameter starting at 36" and reducing down to 28, 22, 18, 16, 13 7/8, 11 5/8, 9 5/8 and 7.

After the smaller casing is run down inside it must be sealed to the larger diameter with cement. That is what"... "the seal between the two diameters (9 5/8 and 7) of casing. Oil is making its way up the outside of the casing and in through the joint”
Diagram with sagittal section (lengthwise slice) of decreasing Macondo hole diameter??

“The hydrostatic pressure is the same horizontally and vertically”
I assume at same depth (same water weight above?)

“The relief well will approach at an angle and the mud is pumped at high pressure” – Assume mud's pumped at calculated angle within vertical and horizontal?

“There will be erosion outside the casing causing a void and there's a gap between the casing and rock (that's the annulus I was referring to) that should have been filled with cement but obviously wasn't...”
IMO 1 area government failed (along with BP); government should've inspected this omission (along with multitudes more)

Thanks for the very clear link!”
Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Commented Jun 26, 2010 at 14:57:12 in Green

“Hi QuidamHP,
I cannot reply here: Will as a new post in this article.
Thanks”
Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Gulf Oil Spill: Army Of Robot Subs Working To Contain Leak

Commented Jun 26, 2010 at 14:20:01 in Green

“Hi QuidamHP,
Part 2

Question: Does Bottom Kill involve the relief wells?
bottom kill - Wiktionary
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bottom_kill

Why can’t they remove everything: (above and below seafloor) (I brought this up before - will try again).
If they could apply a cone ("hat" - base at bottom) onto the drilled area in the reservoir (Diameter of area?) they could work with the hole (the punctured area of the rock / seafloor above the reservoir) under less pressure i.e. at the base of the cone. Would they have more control high up within the cone peak after the drilled hole (at the base) has been “patched”?
Possible reasoning:
Higher pressures when liquid gas / solids are forced through small diameters “pipes” vs. large diameter areas? (? Bernoulli?)

Semi-Theory / Possible analogy:
If you puncture a helium balloon with a NEEDLE, it'll travel until the pressure inside equals atmospheric pressure (longer time and with significant force) Vs. If you SLIT a helium balloon, which would travel with less force, for shorter time for the pressure inside to equal atmospheric pressure (compared to balloon with needle-prick)
Possible connection: The pressure inside the oil reservoir is VERY high (and was before any drilling took place?) The pressure of seawater at that depth is also very high:
Is it conceivable that the 2 opposing pressures can be made to equalize sooner than they would under natural conditions?
I hope this makes some sense!
Thanks!”

QuidamHP on Jun 26, 2010 at 21:10:45

“I don't understand what you are trying to say. Forcing a liquid through a narrow pipe reduces the pressure, it does not increase it. The larger the diameter the lower the resistance and pressure drop. Your analogy to a helium balloon is misleading, think of hose pipes instead. A short fat hose pipe delivers more water at a higher pressure than a long thin one.

The pressure in the reservoir is something less than the hydrostatic pressure of 5,000 feet of water (2200 psi) and 13,000 feet of rock (14,400 psi), drilling into the reservoir has not increased the pressure. The pressure of the oil at the well head is reduced by the flow resistance through the well (around 1000 psi) and by the hydrostatic pressure of the column of oil (4,600 psi) i.e. net 8,000 psi – considerably more than the 2,200 psi water pressure. The only thing that will balance the pressures is a few thousand feet of dense drilling mud and concrete

The reservoir is not a void or chamber filled with oil, it's porous sand and rock. To 'apply a cone' to it would require sending the cone down 18,000 feet of drill pipe 6" in diameter”

QuidamHP on Jun 26, 2010 at 20:55:34

“Yes, using a relief well is one way to perform a bottom kill

I don't understand what you are trying to say. Forcing a liquid through a narrow pipe reduces the pressure, it does not increase it. The larger the diameter the lower the resistance and pressure drop. Your analogy to a helium balloon is misleading, think of hose pipes instead. A short fat hose pipe delivers more water at a higher pressure than a long thin one.

The pressure in the reservoir is something less than the hydrostatic pressure of 5,000 feet of water (2200 psi) and 13,000 feet of rock (14,400 psi), drilling into the reservoir has not increased the pressure. The pressure of the oil at the well head is reduced by the flow resistance through the well (around 1000 psi) and by the hydrostatic pressure of the column of oil (4,600 psi) i.e. net 8,000 psi – considerably more than the 2,200 psi water pressure. The only thing that will balance the pressures is a few thousand feet of dense drilling mud and concrete

The reservoir is not a void or chamber filled with oil, it's porous sand and rock. To 'apply a cone' to it would require sending the come down 18,000 feet of drill pipe 6" in diameter”
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