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Gaythia Weis
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Seems Sensible: Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out
"Gov. Kate Brown signed a first-in-the-nation bill to automatically register all eligible Oregonians to vote when they obtain or renew a driver’s license or state identification card."

Still need mechanisms to make it easier for people to access and acquire those documents.
 
An interesting approach to voter registration in Oregon.


https://plus.google.com/115055858560943006801/posts/N8QtzcM76kg
Thinking outside of the box. http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-oregon-automatic-voter-registration-20150317-story.html - Anita Lewis - Google+
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Voter registration really can be just that simple. 

Back in the earlier days, Oregon had it so you could register to vote on the same as an election was held. That had to be changed to a 30 day wait period before an election, due to these really bad people -
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20140612-bioterrorism-as-a-voter-fraud-mechanism

Then vote by mail kicked in (1998), which made it really nice.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vote-by-mail_in_Oregon

And far as I can find out, ballot fraud is nearly nonexistent.  
The last, and I think only, case of major fraud was this, during the 2012 election season.
http://cascadebusnews.com/news-pages/e-headlines/3114-state-of-oregon-takes-voter-fraud-seriously
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2016 Olympics in Brazil: Get a Hepatitis A vaccination.  Would you really want to be one of the athletes arriving early to build up immunity to bacteria and viruses?
"The concentrations of the viruses in all tests were roughly equivalent to that seen in raw sewage — even at one of the least-polluted areas tested, the Copacabana Beach, where marathon and triathlon swimming will take place and where many of the expected 350,000 foreign tourists may take a dip."
http://www.businessinsider.com/rios-filth-is-already-spoiling-the-2016-summer-olympics-2015-7
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+Boris Borcic   Trying to dig into the California standards, AB411, which are implemented by the counties.  But I see no virus data, and data seems to be total coliform, fecal coliform, and enterococcus.  I know Washington State monitors for shellfish toxins.  And I got this far with viral measurement: http://ftp.sccwrp.org/pub/download/DOCUMENTS/AnnualReports/2013AnnualReport/ar13_595_610.pdf.  Data seems to be given as CFU/100ml (where CFU is number of colony forming units) or MPN/100ml, (where MPN is most probably number??)  Interesting, but I need consultation with a microbiologist.
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Hazards of Tank Gauging
"The exposure happens when hatches on production tanks are opened manually and a plume of hydrocarbon gases and vapors are released under high pressure."
Nine oil field workers have died in the past five years while working at crude oil production tanks and measuring the level of oil or other byproducts in tanks.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28552933/colorado-judge-awards-benefits-from-oil-patch-death?source=top_stories_bar
The widow of a 59-year-old truck driver who died in the Weld County oil patch last year will get workman's compensation benefits
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Criminalization of Homelessness
"the root of the problem is not that hard to figure out: People most often become homeless when they do not have enough money to live in a home — and so long as that is not addressed, the problem will persist."
https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/25/criminalizing-homelessness-in-los-angeles/
More than half the $100 million a year Los Angeles spends combatting homelessness goes to the police, who use it to patrol homeless communities and put people in jail.
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+Thom Green This is how prayer works. You go out and do good work. You are the instrument of comfort and hope. Or not.  
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CaraEvangelista/posts/JyPqm5D8Qfy
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Ooops!
This was a double-walled, high-pressure line installed in 2014!
Additionally, the detection system did not work in this case.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/nexen-apologizes-for-northern-alberta-pipeline-break-1.3157475
Nexen is apologizing for a pipeline break that leaked five million litres of bitumen, sand and water at its Long Lake oilsands facility in northern Alberta this week.
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A panoramic beauty. Fine
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Studies of how gender [and racial] bias plays out in everyday workplace interactions
 
"If organizations are truly interested in retaining and advancing women, they will approach the issue of gender bias the same way they do other business issues: develop objective metrics and hold themselves to meeting them". #preach   #womeninSTEM  
A new study looks at race as well as gender.
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City of Spokane Sues Monsanto
"“No company should be allowed to contaminate the environment and rely upon taxpayers to clean up the mess. Monsanto, one of the most sophisticated chemical companies in the world, knew decades ago that PCBs were a significant contamination threat. And yet the company was concerned more with continuing profits than with protecting the public.”"

See also:
http://www.chemicalindustryarchives.org/dirtysecrets/annistonindepth/toxicity.asp
"But as the company's own documents show, Monsanto went to extraordinary efforts to keep the public in the dark about PCBs, and even manipulated scientific studies by urging scientists to change their conclusions to downplay the risks of PCB exposure. Monsanto's conduct, throughout the entire period that the company made PCBs, was less than commendable. Their attempts today to backpedal on the science and shirk responsibility for the global saturation of PCBs is equally discouraging, as are their repeated attempts to "green" their image with flashy, expensive PR campaigns."
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/03/tx-baron-budd-idUSnBw036228a+100+BSW20150803
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May be this will set precedent and start the process of bringing down the giant. But as long as legislators protect a company... doesn't HRC have some ties to it too?
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Rivers and Oil Pipeline RIsk
_"Pipelines cross rivers at 2,841 locations nationwide, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the agency responsible for their regulation. By law, the pipes must be buried under at least four feet of earth. The rule is the same for crossing

"_http://www.wyofile.com/rivers-of-oil-standards-for-burying-oil-pipelines-prove-insufficient/
Faulty regulations of oil pipelines at river crossings threaten waters across the nation.
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Each pipeline should be equipped with an optic fibre monitoring system.
The light transmitted through the wire is extremely sensitive to any modification in optical properties of the glasses, which are themselves linked to temperature, strain and vibration.
So by laying optic fibre along a pipe, it can be monitored 24/7, extremely accurately. A leak of oil brings an increase of temperature, a leak of gas a decrease. Changes in strain can be linked to ground movements etc...
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Columbia River running very low and very warm
"More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures."

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article28806547.html
More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures.
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Future of American Agriculture?
Pumping the Ogallala Aquifer Dry
"Within five years, [Kansas wheat farmer] Peterson estimates, he likely won’t be able to irrigate at all."
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article28512277.html
The prairie wind buffeted Brant Peterson as he stood in a half-dead field of winter wheat.
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Mercury and Old Mines
"“If there was a federal royalty for the metal-mining industry, there could be a consistent source of revenue to fund” abandoned non-coal mine reclamation. Unlike oil, gas and coal, the metal (or hard-rock) mining industry does not have to pay royalties to the federal government. This is due to the 1872 Mining Law, which has not been updated since it was first passed in an attempt to encourage the settlement of the West."
http://www.hcn.org/articles/contaminants-montanas-clark-fork-river-superfund-river-cleanup-mercury-pollution-mines?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email
Why one of the nation's largest Superfund river sites can't address pollution from abandoned mines.
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I'm a chemist with a background in groundwater geochemistry, semiconductor industry quality assurance, Auger Electron Microscopy, and environmental monitoring.

My current passions are science policy, risk analysis and water resources.



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