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Saturday
Apr252015

FreeKeeneNews - Keene Now Features Northern New England's First Lamassu Bitcoin Vending Machine!

Keene's New Bitcoin Vending Machine The First of Its Kind In Northern New England


Keene’s 101 Deals Thrift Store is now home to New Hampshire’s first public Lamassu Bitcoin Vending Machine! If you’ve tried the previous machine at 101 Deals and had a frustrating experience, the Lamassu will solve that. Come give it a try! 101 Deals is open seven-days-a-week 10a-6p Mon-Sat and 10a-4p Sundays and is located at 661 Marlboro Rd. in Keene.

Not only is the Keene BVM New Hampshire’s first public Lamassu, it’s one of only two publicly operating Bitcoin Vending Machines in all of Northern New England!  Once you’ve got your bitcoin, check out CoinMap to see several local businesses that accept the exciting, international, decentralized cryptocurrency.  (Or spend it at thousands of online sites like Dell, Wikipedia, Overstock, and countless others.)

Want to meet with other bitcoiners in the area? Maybe you’re new to bitcoin and have questions? Join us at the Keene Bitcoin Network online on facebook or in real life at McCue’s at 5:30pm, on the first Sunday of each month. Next meeting date is May 3rd – here’s a facebook event for it.

The Keene Bitcoin Vending Machine is provided as a non-profit service to the community by the Shire Free Church.


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com

Saturday
Apr252015

Cooler Heads Digest 24 April 2015 

24 April 2015

Announcements

  • The Cooler Heads Coalition will host a Capitol Hill lunch briefing by Professor Ross McKitrick on “Ontario's Green Energy Act: Environmentally Useless and Economically Disastrous.”  The briefing will be held from 12 noon to 1:15 PM on Monday, 11th May, in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.  McKitrick is Professor of Environmental Economics and Fellow in Sustainable Commerce at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.  RSVP to attend the briefing to william.yeatman@cei.org. 
  • Former EPA official Alan Carlin’s excellent new book, Environmentalism Gone Mad, is now available.

In the News

Marlo Lewis on Ethanol
Jazz Shaw, Hot Air, 24 April 2015

Global Warming Pause Extends to 18 ½ Years
Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller, 24 April 2015

Climate Skeptics Descend on Vatican
Heartland Institute, 24 April 2015

Introducing the Wind PTC Elimination Act of 2015
Robert Bradley, Jr., Master Resource, 23 April 2015

Obama’s Climate Change Hypocrisy Highlights Lack of Faith
Washington Examiner, 23 April 2015

Report: Science Behind NY Fracking Ban Tainted by Money, Politics
Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon, 23 April 2015

Clean Power Plan: Revisiting EPA’s Bogus Climate Benefit Estimates
Marlo Lewis, GlobalWarming.org, 22 April 2015

22 Ways To Think about the Climate Change Debate
Max Borders, The Freeman, 22 April 2015

The White House Is Lying about Climate Change and Health
Alan Caruba, Warning Signs, 22 April 2015

What Harvard Students Pushing Fossil Fuel Divestment Are Missing
Alex Belica & David Kreutzer, Daily Signal, 22 April 2015

Obama’s Global Warming Distraction
Ed Rogers, Washington Post, 20 April 2015

Return to Towel Mountain
Mark Steyn, Steyn Online, 18 April 2015

News You Can Use
EV’s Popularity Wanes

The auto-research group Edmunds.com this week reported that only “45 percent of this year’s hybrid and electric vehicle trade-ins have gone toward the purchase of another alternative fuel vehicle”while “22 percent of people who have traded in their hybrids and [electric vehicles] in 2015 bought a new SUV.” According to the website, this is the first time that loyalty rates for alt-fuel vehicles have fallen below 50 percent.

Inside the Beltway
Myron Ebell

EPA Administrator McCarthy Claims “Clean Power” Plan Will Boost Economy and Won’t Threaten Electric Reliability

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy really let them have it when she spoke to energy industry executives gathered at the annual IHS-CERA Week energy conference in Houston on 23rd April. McCarthy began by dismissing claims that the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power” Plan will be very costly:  

“First, I don’t think it’s accurate to look at compliance with the Clean Power Plan as a liability or cost. Here’s why: our rule creates a dynamic where cutting carbon pollution and investment decisions align. How am I so confident that this makes economic sense? Because you’re already making those investments. Our rule is not adding a line-item to your books, it’s informing one that’s already there.”

Later, McCarthy went on to claim that EPA regulations are good for the economy:

“No peer reviewed economic literature—no historical record—comes close to supporting the claims of massive job losses from reducing pollution. In EPA’s 45 year history, we’ve cut air pollution 70 percent while GDP has tripled. Environmental protection isn’t window dressing—it’s foundational to strong, lasting economic growth.”

This is a stunning non sequitur.  Nor does she mention that previous EPA pollution regulations were not designed to destroy major industries or take control of the energy economy. 

McCarthy then took on those who raise concerns that the new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will threaten electric reliability:

“The second point I want to make is about reliability. Let me be clear: there is no scenario I will accept where reliability comes into question. Period. We can look at stringency, timing, phasing-in, glide path, and we can look at unit by unit reliability directly, too. The final 111(d) rule will give you the time and space you need to take a reliability-first approach that’s in line with your long-term planning, and gives you the latitude to adapt as market demands change.  Reliability is a high priority for all of us, so it’s good to have it front and center where it needs to be. But let’snot waste our time and energy worrying about scenarios that cannot and will not happen.”

This is an astonishing claim for the head of an agency that has no expertise in electric reliability to make.  My suggestion is that she and her colleagues at EPA might pay a little attention to what the North American Reliability Corporation is saying.  NERC released a report on its concerns with the “Clean Power” Plan’s first phase on 21st April.

AEI Holds Carbon Tax Love-In

The American Enterprise Institute on 22nd April (the 145th birthday of Lenin and 45th Earth Day) held a seminar on “Implementing a Carbon Tax: Practicalities and Prospects.”  A video of part of the event can be viewed here. The rest of the event can be viewed on the web site of a group promoting a carbon tax and headed by former Representative Bob (“Mr. 70-29”) Inglis (R-SC). 

Some of the presentations were based on a collection of essays that grew out of a conference AEI held in 2012.  That book has now been published by Routledge as “Implementing a Carbon Tax: Challenges and Debates.”  For those not lucky enough to have been given a copy at the AEI event, it can be purchased on Amazon for the discounted price of $48.09 …

For the rest of the post, click here.

Across the States
Marlo Lewis

House Bill Would Let States Opt Out of “Clean Power” Plan

The “Clean Power” Plan (CPP) will compel States to reorganize their electric power sectors to meet EPA-mandated carbon dioxide (CO2) emission-reduction targets or caps. The CPP is unlawful, usurps powers reserved by Congress to the States, will impose hundreds of billions of dollars in costs for illusory climate benefits, and raises significant constitutional and electric reliability concerns. What is Congress doing about it?

On Wednesday, April 22, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Ratepayer Protection Act by a vote of 17-12. As explained in the subcommittee’s press release and background memo, the bill extends CPP compliance deadlines until after judicial review is completed, and provides that a state would not be forced to implement a compliance plan if the governor finds it would have significant adverse effects on ratepayers or reliability. A full Energy and Commerce markup is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29.

Around the World
Myron Ebell

Paris in Peril (already)

Clare Foran reported in National Journal on 20th April that international climate negotiators have noticed that the Obama Administration’s INDC (or intended nationally-determined contribution) to the forthcoming Paris Accord is on shaky legal and political ground.  Foran’s story quotes Todd Stern, the State Department’s chief negotiator: “Certainly...countries want to get reassurance that the U.S. can deliver on what we've said that we're doing.  I wouldn't say it's a big drumbeat, but I have definitely been asked that.”

The largest reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the U. S.’s INDC will come from the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act rules for new and existing power plants.  Stern went on to re-assure reporters that “[W]e have a very solid basis for...having confidence in the power plant rule and other regulatory steps that we’ve taken.  These kinds of EPA regulations have been repeatedly challenged over time and almost always upheld.”

This suggests to me that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans in Congress are being heard internationally and need to step up their efforts to make it clear that the EPA’s rules will not survive in Congress even if they survive court challenges.         

The Cooler Heads Digest is the weekly e-mail publication of the Cooler Heads Coalition. For the latest news and commentary, check out the Coalition’s website, www.GlobalWarming.org.

Friday
Apr242015

US Rep Guinta on opposition of cybersecurity bills 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta released the following statement today discussing his opposition to H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731, which both passed the House this week:

 

“In the ‘Live Free or Die’ state we believe strongly in the principle of protecting and securing our civil liberties.  In light of the significant revelations in 2013 and 2014 that the government spied and collected the personal and sensitive information of innocent Americans, Granite Staters have urged me to keep the fundamental right of privacy in mind when voting on any legislation.

                                                                                                                             

Our nation is in dire need of a serious and robust conversation regarding an overhaul of our intelligence community.  We need to ensure that individuals have a right to due process, and that there is a strong emphasis on an open and transparent society.  We must, and I believe we can, find that proper balance between protecting our civil liberties and our homeland.  These are not mutually exclusive ends, and I will continue to fight for both.” 

 

H.R. 1560 - the Protecting Cyber Networks Act - promotes the voluntary sharing of information about cyber threats among private companies and the federal government.  It allows the intelligence community to share intelligence with private sector entities.

 

H.R. 1731 – the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement – provides liability protections for private companies sharing sensitive information with the federal government.

Friday
Apr242015

SNHU - Women and Money are Meant to be Together 

 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” –Harriet Tubman

 

We at the CWBA aren’t the only ones who know women and money go together. Women on 20s is working to get a woman on the $20 bill because “A woman’s place is on the money.” Through public voting, they have narrowed the pool down to four incredible women: Wilma Mankiller, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman. You can vote for your pick at http://www.womenon20s.org/vote2. Our own Senator Jeanne Shaheen is also pushing for the change by introducing legislation calling for a woman to be placed on the $20 bill. You can sign her petition at http://bit.ly/1DEJbuX.

 

Be sure to join us on May 12 for the Women and Money Forum to Own Your Future and take charge of your business’ finances.

 

Women and Money Forum

May 12, 2015 9 am-4:45 pm

$50 CWBA Member/$75 Non-Member

Register at: http://cwbanh.com/wmf2015

 

Center for Women’s Business Advancement

Southern New Hampshire University

Friday
Apr242015

NH DHHS - State’s Homeless Population Down 14% since 2011

According to New DHHS Point-in-Time Survey

~~Programs Are Bringing More People in from the Cold but More Must Be Done

to Solve Homelessness~~


Concord – The number of homeless individuals across the State of New Hampshire measured 2,158, down 2% from 2014 numbers and down 14% since 2011

(from 2,520), according to data released today by the Department of Health

and Human Services (DHHS). The finding is the result of a one-day

Point-in-Time (PIT) count conducted in January 2015 by three Continuum of

Care organizations.



According to the report, the number of individuals in shelters increased 9%

(up to 1,370), while the percentage of those unsheltered decreased 34%

(262) from the results of the 2014 PIT count. Other findings include:

· 526 individuals were temporarily residing with family or friend, down

8.5% from 2014

· 393 represented families

· Of the 1,576 adults surveyed, 40% (627) of self-reported a severe and

persistent mental illness; 33% (523) surveyed reported having a

substance abuse issue; 10% (162) were veterans; and 19% (307) were

chronically homeless



“Decreasing homelessness in our State suggests that initiatives to prevent

homelessness and rapidly rehousing individuals displaced from their homes

are working,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “However, our work

is far from complete, as there are still far too many who do not have a

home. In these times of limited resources, it is more critical than ever

that we band together to find solutions to end homelessness.”



BHHS coordinates this Point-in-Time count in order to gather an accurate

and unduplicated count of homeless individuals and families across the

State. As part of the funding BHHS receives from the US Department of

Housing and Urban Development, this count is required to identify the needs

created by the ongoing issue of homelessness; both sheltered and

unsheltered, in New Hampshire.



“The PIT count provides data on the number of people experiencing

homelessness on any given day in New Hampshire,” said BHHS Administrator

Maureen Ryan. “The data helps identify trends and areas of need across the

State so that we can ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of

services to this population.”



The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of

Homeless and Housing Services (BHHS) conducts the one-day statewide

Point-in-Time (PIT) count of homeless individuals and families. This count

took place on 1/28/15 from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 p.m. and targeted

city/town welfare offices, homeless shelters, hospitals, police

departments, soup kitchens, food pantries, outreach workers, and other

organizations serving homeless people in New Hampshire. The count is

undertaken as a coordinated effort between the three local homeless

Continuums of Care, Nashua, Manchester and the “Balance of State” which

BHHS coordinates.





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