| June 2009
Law of the Sea Treaty |
June 29, 2009 |
OBAMA IMPLEMENTS UNRATIFIED LAW OF THE SEA
President Obama is imposing provisions of the U.N. Law of the
Sea Treaty (UNLOST) on U.S. policy, even though the Senate has
not ratified that treaty.
According to a "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive
Departments and Agencies" issued on June 12 with the subtitle, "National
Policy for the Oceans, Our Coasts, And the Great Lakes",
Obama says the following:
"To succeed in protecting the oceans, coasts, and Great
Lakes, the United States needs to act within a unifying
framework under a clear national policy, including a
comprehensive, ecosystem-based framework for the longterm
conservation and use of our resources.
"In order to better meet our Nation’s stewardship
responsibilities for the oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes, there
is established an Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force (Task
Force), to be led by the Chair of the Council on Environmental
Quality. The Task Force shall be composed of senior policy-level
officials from the executive departments, agencies, and offices
represented on the Committee on Ocean Policy established by
section 3 of
Executive Order 13366 of December 17, 2004. This Task Force
is not meant to duplicate that structure, but rather is intended
to be a temporary entity with the following responsibilities:
"1. Within 90 days from the date of this memorandum, the
Task Force shall develop recommendations that include:
"a. A national policy that ensures the protection,
maintenance, and restoration of the health of ocean,
coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources, enhances
the sustainability of ocean and coastal economies, preserves
our maritime heritage, provides for adaptive management to
enhance our understanding of and capacity to respond to
climate change, and is coordinated with our national
security and foreign policy interests. The recommendations
should prioritize upholding our stewardship responsibilities
and ensuring accountability for all of our actions affecting
ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources, and be consistent
with international law, including customary international
law as reflected in the 1982 United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea. …
"2. Within 180 days from the date of this memorandum, the
Task Force shall develop, with appropriate public input, a
recommended framework for effective coastal and marine
spatial planning. This framework should be a comprehensive,
integrated, ecosystem-based approach that addresses
conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and
sustainable use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources
consistent with international law, including customary
international law as reflected in the 1982 United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea."
David Rockefeller |
June 25, 2009 |
"ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG"
"June 15: At the annual awards gala of the Americas Society,
the 350 guests toasted David Rockefeller, the society’s founder,
in celebration of his 94th birthday." Source: Bill
Cunningham, The New York Times, 6/21/09, p. 10
Illegals Staying Home |
June 9, 2009 |
NORPASS IS ONE MORE STEP "FORWARD" IN BUILDING
A NORTH AMERICAN UNION (NAU)
"What is NORPASS?
"The North American Preclearance and Safety System, or
NORPASS, is a partnership of state and provincial
agencies and trucking industry representatives who are committed
to promoting safe and efficient trucking throughout North
America. The NORPASS partners work together to deploy mainline
screening systems at weigh stations, thus allowing safe and
legal trucks to proceed unimpeded while enforcement resources
are focused on high-risk motor carriers.
"How does it work?
"Each trucker who registers his/her vehicle to participate in
NORPASS receives a small transponder to mount on the windshield
(or if the trucker already has a compatible transponder, he/she
may enroll it at no cost). As the truck approaches a NORPASS
weigh station, a roadside reader detects the transponder and a
computer in the scale house checks the credentials. Some
stations are also equipped with weigh-in-motion equipment. If
everything passes, a signal is sent back to the truck and the
transponder gives a green light indicating that the driver may
bypass the weigh station. If a problem is detected with the
truck, the transponder returns a red signal, indicating that the
driver must pull in. The system also samples randomly so any
participating trucker can expect to receive an occasional red
"Where does NORPASS work?
"There are currently nine member states/provinces (Alaska,
British Columbia, Connecticut, Idaho, Kentucky, New York,
Quebec, South Dakota, Washington) and two partner states (North
Carolina, Oregon), all offering open/interoperable weigh station
bypassing. In addition, NORPASS transponders can be registered
for use with tolling on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington.
To view the latest information regarding coverage, see the
"How much does it cost?
"There are no fees for participating in NORPASS member
states. This means no annual fees; no fees for green lights; no
fees ever! However, the truck must have a transponder which will
work in the system. These cost roughly US$45 and can be
purchased directly through NORPASS.
"Who sees the information collected at the weigh station and
how is it used?
"NORPASS member states designed their systems to improve the
efficiency and safety of motor carrier operations. NORPASS
member states agree to use the information collected by the
state solely for the purposes of statistical evaluation of the
system and determining each truck’s bypass status.
"Can I use a NORPASS transponder in other states or bypass
"Yes. Your NORPASS transponder will work in all NORPASS
states, and is fully compatible with the North Carolina
TransExpress Program and PrePass.
"How can I save on tolling also?
"For customers interested in toll discounts, we recommend the
BestPass (www.bestpass.com) transponder which is compatible with
several toll collection systems (including E-ZPass), as well as
NORPASS, for weigh station bypassing. If you already have a
BestPass transponder, you can simply apply to have NORPASS added
to it so you do not have to purchase a new transponder.
"I'm ready. How can I join?
"You can apply online, by mail, or by fax. For more
information, see the apply page.
"Cliquez ici pour plus d’informations en français.
"Haga clic aquí para obtener información en español." Source:
Your Tax Dollars at Work--In China |
June 4, 2009 |
U.S. WILL PAY TO TRAIN CHINESE PROSTITUTES
"The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA),
a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will pay $2.6
million in U.S. tax dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to
drink responsibly on the job.
"Dr. Xiaoming Li, the researcher conducting the program, is
director of the Prevention Research Center at Wayne State
University School of Medicine in Detroit.
"The grant, made last November, refers to prostitutes as
‘female sex workers’ – or FSW – and their handlers as
" ‘Previous studies in Asia and Africa and our own data from
FSWs [female sex workers] in China suggest that the social norms
and institutional policy within commercial sex venues as well as
agents overseeing the FSWs (i.e., the "gatekeepers", defined as
persons who manage the establishments and/or sex workers) are
potentially of great importance in influencing alcohol use and
sexual behavior among establishment-based FSWs,’ says the NIH
grant abstract submitted by Dr. Li.
" ‘Therefore, in this application, we propose to develop,
implement, and evaluate a venue-based alcohol use and HIV risk
reduction intervention focusing on both environmental and
individual factors among venue-based FSWs in China,’ says the
"The research will take place in the southern Chinese
province of Guangxi. …
" ‘(1) gatekeeper training with a focus on changing or
enhancing the protective social norms and policy/practice at the
establishment level; (2) FSW (female sex workers) training with
a focus on the acquisition of communication skills (negotiating,
limit setting) and behavioral skills (e.g., condom use skills,
consistent condom use); and (3) semi-annual boosters to
reinforce both social norms within establishments and individual
skills,’ wrote Li.
"The doctor said the heart of the study involves ‘a
community-based cluster randomized controlled trial among 100
commercial sex venues in Beihai, a costal tourist city in
" ‘Li said his study is being done in China rather than the
U.S. because prostitution occurs with alcohol use in the United
States like it does in China, Americans will be able to benefit
from the project’s findings.
" ‘We want to get some understanding of the fundamental role
of alcohol use and HIV risk,’ he said. ‘We use the population in
China as our targeted population to look at the basic issues. I
think the findings will benefit the American people, too.’ …
"According to Li, there may be as many as 10 million female
prostitutes in China with the majority raging from teenagers to
those in their 20s." Source: Edwin Mora, www.CNSNews.com,
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