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Peter Oborne accuses Daily Telegraph of suppressing news http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/medianews/article4357551.ece #journo #media
The Daily Telegraph caved in to pressure from HSBC to stop running investigations into the bank’s affairs, according to Peter Oborne
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State environmental regulators repeatedly tried to impose stormwater runoff controls at a Duke Energy power plant in Person County but were met with inaction by their supervisors for years, according to internal emails.

The stormwater permit section was told to wait until a supervisor could discuss options with the power company. Staffers’ requests for a resolution went unresolved – reaching as far back as the administration of Gov. Bev Perdue.

Finally, a regulator wrote, “We stopped asking.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/03/3670322/denr-accuses-five-more-duke-plants.html#storylink=cpy

#NC #DENR #coalash #regulation #government  
North Carolina regulators were frustrated at the slow pace of regulating stormwater runoff at Duke Energy's coal ash plants. Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources cited five more Duke plants.
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Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. 
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If you're feeling down on your dreams today, Patti Smith has something to say about that. In 2012, the punk rock icon spoke to a group of young people about what life is really about. Her speech may be a few years old, but her message is a timeles...
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Call for films about fracking from Working Films: http://workingfilms.org/article.php?id=513 Deadline today.

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Working Films is a national, nonprofit organization available to all independent filmmakers and community organizers. We are neither a production company nor a distributor. We bring together the best, brightest and most committed documentary filmmakers and link their work with innovative ...
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Here's the deal!  Coal ash coats the picnic table outside and  you have to wash it before you can eat there.  But you are pulling particulate matter into your lungs that cannot be washed away and the contents found in the coal ash is really dangerous and has a tremendous potential to threaten human health.  
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"Double Rainbow Over Skogafoss"
Skogar, Iceland

http://bit.ly/JuneIcelandWorkshop

As most landscape photographers know, Iceland is full of some of the most amazing waterfalls in the world, often times much more accessible that people realize. This particular waterfall, Skogafoss, is located in the town of Skogar, less than two hours from Reykjavik. Located in a protected nook, you often have issues with water spray because of the wind in the area. However every so often, the wind will shift, effectively pushing the spray back into the waterfall itself, allowing you to get incredibly close without fear of getting your gear wet or water droplets on lens.

Camera Details:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon TS-E24mm f/3.5L II
ISO: 100
Exposure: f/11 at 8.0 seconds

In order to bring out the color of the rainbow and slow down my shutter speed to get the fluid movement in the water, I used a +Formatt-Hitech 105mm Circular Polarizer and a 6 stop ND filter in tandem with eachother. More info can be found here: http://bit.ly/Formatt_Hitech

Post Processing Details:

This image was initially a large "mega pixel" image taken from there exposures with my 24mm TS lens and the shift feature of the lens. I ended up prefering the standard image crop so I brought it back down to size by cropping it before I began processing.

For this particular image, I wanted to keep a darker and more foreboding feeling, so I kept my shadows dark. The challenge was to bring the highlights back enough to not have then stand out too much against the darker background. For this I used a mixture of +Adobe Photoshop Lightroom tools, such as adjusting highlights, shadows, white and black sliders. I then took it into Photoshop and cleaned up a few of the distracting elements, such as rocks that hinted at containing some sun reflections. It was than onto +onOne Software's Perfect Effects to add a touch of texture and to get the green on the walls just right. Before applying my sharpening and noise reduction, I applied a dark contrast to the image to further separate my highlights and shadows using the curve adjustment.

If you are interested in exploring more of Iceland, be sure to check out one of my two Iceland adventures this year.

http://bit.ly/JuneIcelandWorkshop
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Award-winning indie journalist on a big adventure. Also @coal_ash Member: SEJ, SPJ, IRE, Freelancer's Union
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Indie journalist. I write about coal and the environment.
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