Catsap (Joe Blackford II)

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Letter to the editor: Facts are facts

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"Judicial Watch was established in 1994 to promote "transparency, honesty, accountability, and integrity in government, politics, and the law."Judicial Watch claims to be non-partisan but there is not one speck of evidence that Judicial Watch ever attacked a Republican individual or organization. It is clearly a right wing hate group of Democrats."

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August 22, 2016 at 1:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Science champ

As a former Science teacher, it was my goal to reduce scientific illiteracy in Kansas. It is unfortunate our legislators are such prime examples. I'm sure KU' cancer research poses no such risks to Kansans. But based upon KSU's success in bringing a 50-year Pandora's Box to our state, I can't celebrate Rep. Yoder's award.

August 19, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Science champ

Since 2008, Kansans have been led by the scientific illiteracy of our politicians in pursuing the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Facility (NBAF).

Yoder is the 3rd scientifically illiterate Kansas politician to receive the “Champion of Science” award, following Sen. Pat Roberts (2002) & Jerry Moran (2014).

http://www.sciencecoalition.org/award...

Scientific Illiteracy, as demonstrated by our elected officials:

The National Academies of Science evaluation of the NBAF disclosed a 70% likelihood that Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) would be released during its 50-year lifespan (2023-2073) The Dept. of Homeland Security estimated that such a release would require the "culling" of all livestock susceptible to FMD* within a 200-mile radius of the NBAF, at a cost of $5 BILLION (2008). Our legislators lobbied & passed a bill to permit FMD to be studied on the U.S. mainland.

Report Uncovers Shortcomings in DHS Risk Assessment for Mainland NBAF

http://www.uscattlemen.org/TheNewsRoo...

*"Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of cattle and swine. It also affects sheep, goats, deer, and other cloven-hooved ruminants."

http://www.thecattlesite.com/diseasei...

In response to this finding, the DHS contracted with Edward Snowden's employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, to dispel any concerns of Kansans:

"Reputation and Issues Management: DHS, National Bio/Agro Defense Facility (NBAF). Our team worked with the DhS Science and technology nBaF program Manager to formulate strategy and talking points

in response to a controversial finding in the national academy of Sciences (naS) report on NBAF’s Site Specific risk assessment. in consultation with Booz allen hamilton, NBAF acted quickly in developing both an offensive and defensive messaging strategy for White House and news media briefings and queries. the core messages emphasized NBAF’s commitment to protection and safety, comprehensive mitigation strategies, scientific rigor and evidence-based approaches, and the importance of due diligence and best-in-field practice."

http://www.boozallen.com/content/dam/...

All the "offensive and defensive messaging strategy" in the world will do nothing to offset the 70% chance of a FMD release from the NBAF. Even IF DHS could get Congress to pass $5 BILLION in emergency funding to "cull" herds within 200 miles, it is doubtful Kansas beef exports would ever recover. Beef and veal exports totaled $639 million in FY2012.

http://www.fas.usda.gov/sites/default...

August 19, 2016 at 11:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas education officials say campuses face variety of security concerns

Dual Use Research of Concern or "my scientist turned out to be your bioterrorist"

"Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security. The United States Government’s oversight of DURC is aimed at preserving the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research."

http://osp.od.nih.gov/office-biotechn...

August 11, 2016 at 11:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas education officials say campuses face variety of security concerns

HIGHEST SECURITY AT KANSAS UNIVERSITIES MUST BE @ KSU

Jon Wefald & his hiring of the 3 Army officers who enabled the Anthrax Mailer @ USAMRIID in order to bring the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, to Kansas will prove to be a security nightmare for 50 years (2023-2073).

The Dept of Homeland Security has already applied "secret sanctions" to KSU's Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Pat Roberts Hall. KSU can't disclose the nature of those sanctions, as neither the Board of Regents, nor you & I, have the "need to know" (Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance). Don't worry, the contractors brought in by Midwest Research Institute-Global to run the NBAF are allowed to carry those TS-SCI clearances from job to job (recall Edward Snowden?).

Wonder how long it will take to find a new president for KSU that can pass a TS-SCI background investigation? Will it be an academic, or simply a former military officer with the appropriate clearance (as in acting KSU President Gen. Richard Myers)? One who cares to operate in a TS-SCI environment where research can't be discussed by anyone without the clearance & vested interest in maintaining silence.

https://www.fbi.gov/history/famous-ca...

It will be the knowledge in researchers' heads that poses the greatest threat to National Security & Kansans/agriculture. It took 7 years & many millions for the FBI to pin the anthrax mailings on a 19-year USAMRIID researcher. KSU Associate Vice President for Research Compliance and University Veterinarian Col. Jerry Jaax (RET., USAMRIID) told me that it wasn't his friend, Dr. Bruce Ivins. So which of your researchers was it, Jerry, or don't we have a "need to know?"

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

The Jaax' assurances on the safety of USAMRIID (and therefore the NBAF) were given prior to the FBI naming Dr. Bruce Ivins, their co-worker, as the Anthrax Mailer. IF you read the FBI article, you will recognize their bald-faced lies in this video.

August 11, 2016 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Source provides details on boy's death on waterslide; questions about Velcro straps, safety inspections grow

A search for "Schlitterbahn" " decapitated" on Google provided "About 157,000 results" just now. Some of those dating back 2 days.

I have seen sentiments similar to yours for years on newspaper sites. I find it hard to believe that "real people" having lost loved ones & searching only for "encouraging words that would flow as if like a healing balm" would first turn to reading newspaper comments, rather than wait for condolences to be posted on the funeral home's site.

Below is a quotation from people.com. Note the Verruckt creator warns "this isn't a family ride. It's for thrill seekers of the world, people into extreme adventure."

"We had many issues on the engineering side," Jeff Henry, Verruckt creator and Schlitterbahn co-owner told USA Today. "A lot of our math was based on roller coasters at first, and that didn't translate to a water slide like this. No one had ever done anything like this before."

However, Henry clarified that now that the ride is open, it still hazardous, but in the safest way.

"It's dangerous, but it's a safe dangerous now," he added. "Schlitterbahn is a family water park, but this isn't a family ride. It's for thrill seekers of the world, people into extreme adventure."

http://www.people.com/article/caleb-s...

August 10, 2016 at 1:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

John McCain blasts Trump for comments about soldier's family

comment has not been posted due to restrictions on rational thought & civil discourse in the shallow end of the gene pool.

August 2, 2016 at 2:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Republicans don't see convention's tone as too harsh

We've known since Brownback's coronation that Dead In The Wool Kansas Republicans wear blinders any time they pull their heads out (of the sand).

July 21, 2016 at 2:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansans split over questions about Melania Trump speech

Possibly not said before (by Bob Summers): "I think not."

CLAIM: Michelle Obama plagiarized Saul Alinsky in her 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.

MOSTLY FALSE
WHAT'S TRUE: A portion of a single sentence from Michelle Obama's 2008 DNC speech bore resemblance to a single line from Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals."

http://www.snopes.com/michelle-obama-...

July 19, 2016 at 7:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Biased account

A Google search: "Donald Trump" "lies" = ~20,400,000 results (0.42 seconds). Is it possible there might be ONE source you could accept?

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July 8, 2016 at 7:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )