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Reed: Obama Takes Political Stance On Pipeline

TransCanada Chief Executive Russ Girling said the company would review its options to potentially file a new application for a pipeline to bring oilsands crude to the US.

The decision[1] was largely based on worldwide politics, coming less than a month before the president goes to Paris for global climate talks. Opponents fretted about a possible pipeline spill and how the continued flow of oil would erode the movement toward greener fuels. Over the years, as Mr. Obama touted investments in alternative energy and the GOP lambasted the administration’s regulations over fossil fuels, Keystone became a symbol of the conflict between liberals and conservatives over energy policy. It has always been a pressing issue, and since the construction project is shut down as of now, we may never know if the Keystone XL pipeline would have caused any damage at all. Jobs would be supported by
Fierce clashes erupted, turning the poverty-stricken camp, home to more than 11,000 Palestinian refugees, into a mini war zone. He cited the case of a Palestinian arrested over Friday’s murder of the Israeli father and son.

Environmentalists invoked indigenous peoples in their praise of Obama’s move, in which he deemed the project to be not in the national interest. Obama’s rejection of the project – reviewed for seven years by his administration – angered opposition Republicans, who had long advocated the pipeline to reduce United States reliance on oil imported from the Middle East.

Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, criticized the decision, saying the pipeline would have been an economic boost for Iowa, though it would not have crossed into the state. The permitting process for new infrastructure projects was not designed as a tool for global climate negotiations.

Recently-retired Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson: ‘I’ve lost the hunger’[4]
His decision follows the retirement of reliable right-armer Ryan Harris in July, due to a knee problem. Brett Lee said: “A massive congratulations to Johnson on a wonderful career”.

Donnelly said, “At a time when our country is making important investments in our energy economy, the President’s decision to reject[5] the Keystone Pipeline is disappointing”.

“I urged the president to take climate change into account with his decision, and I’m pleased that global warming was the driving factor in his rejection of TransCanada Corp.’s request”. The pipeline was proposed to run 1,179 miles from the Western Canadian oil sands in Alberta to refineries in Texas.

Paris attacker was blocked from entering soccer stadium[6]
If not for an alert security guard, a number of people inside the stadium could have easily lost their lives. Some supporters revealed that the news began to spread amongst fans late in the second half.

Rail transport is also more expensive, hence the Environmental Protection Agency’s assertion that blocking Keystone could discourage tar-sands extraction in the current market.

“The Keystone pipeline would generate tens of thousands of direct jobs, and at least a hundred thousand indirect jobs”. The Keystone XL Pipeline project would have created 42,000 new jobs for American workers during construction, putting $2.2 billion in workers’ pockets.

Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline is a necessary, but nowhere-near-sufficient, step in protecting our planet for future generations. Where is President Obama now?

Reed: Obama Takes Political Stance On Pipeline

Courtney Markewich CJME News Premier Brad Wall speaks to the media

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What ‘Suspicious Behavior’ Should You Report in the Age of Terrorism?

Following recent attacks, passengers are extra vigilant about reporting suspected terrorism. (Photo: AP)

Days after 129 people were killed in that terrorist attack in Paris, and weeks after 224 people died in an apparent bombing of a Russian charter jet in Egypt, people are on edge. No one is taking any chances, especially on airplanes.

Tuesday night, two separate Air France[1] flights headed for Paris from the U.S. were diverted because of bomb threats[2]. One flight that originated from Los Angeles International Airport was diverted to Salt Lake City. A second flight from Washington Dulles International Airport was diverted to Halifax, Nova Scotia. No word on whether anything was found on either plane.

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

Two Air France planes bound from the U.S. to Paris were diverted Tuesday night due to bomb threats. (Photo: AP)

While airlines are acting on specific threats, even nonspecific worries are enough to provoke a reaction. Earlier Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that four people a husband and wife traveling together, a relative, and another man sitting near them were removed from a Chicago-bound Spirit Airlines flight at BWI Marshall Airport. The captain had them removed after a passenger reported what she believed was suspicious behavior.

What was the suspicious behavior that set off this passenger s alarm bells? According to the Chicago Tribune[3], she became nervous when a man who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent was watching a news report on his phone; an airport official says that news video prompted the passenger to grab her young daughter and rush to the back of the plane while it was taxiing. The plane returned to the gate and the four people were removed, although they were released hours later without charges.

Related: Passengers Removed From Flight After Report of Suspicious Activity[4]

In just over two weeks, 400 people have been killed in terrorist attacks around the world (in addition to the tragedies in Paris and Egypt, there were bombings in Beirut, Lebanon, and Baghdad, Iraq). Security experts believe all of this will cause more people to report things they believe to be suspicious.

WATCH: High Anxiety at Airports and on Planes in the United States After Deadly Paris Attacks[5]

All that creates a nervousness among the traveling public a sense of heightened awareness, airline security expert Anthony Roman, founder of the New York-based security firm Roman & Associates, tells Yahoo Travel. “That sense of heightened awareness will now cause the average passenger to look around more in the terminals, to watch individuals that they believe are behaving suspiciously.
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Problem is, sometimes all that vigilance turns into a false alarm.

“Often enough people are singled out because they look/smell/sound foreign or different, Richard Bloom, a professor and airline security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University[7] in Prescott, Ariz., tells Yahoo Travel. Often their English seems not be very good. Or stereotypical behaviors linked to terrorism from novels, films, videos, and news accounts are misinterpreted. He says such incidents can even result from a fearful passenger having a bad day.

Related: Traveling in the Middle East in the Wake of the Paris Terror Attacks[8]

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With if you see something, say something still the standing (and vague) anti-terrorism advice the general public gets from law enforcement, it might be hard to tell what that something is. Here s some expert advice on what to look for, and what not to look for.

1. Avoid racial profiling.

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

Why racial profiling isn t effective. (Photo: iStock)

While he doesn t think it s very common, Roman believes that some passengers do engage in racial profiling.

Let me look at a dark-skinned male who appears to be of Middle Eastern descent more closely than I d look at a white-skinned male who is behaving in a similar fashion, is how Roman describes the racial profiler s school of thought. Roman calls that mentality a mistake, not because of political correctness concerns but because in this day and age, such profiling isn t very effective.

We no longer know what a member of ISIS [also known as Islamic State] looks like, Roman says, pointing out that people of all different nationalities and races have attempted to join Islamic terrorist groups. There are Westerners in ISIS, he says. There are all different kinds of races in ISIS. And probably not as well known, there are white, blue-eyed native Middle Easterners as well as there are tan and darker-skinned Middle Easterners. Roman believes simple racial profiling may cause one to miss potential threats that do not fit a stereotype. [Passengers] would be better suited watching behaviors, he says.

2. Look for specific behavior. Report specific behavior. Do not use the word suspicious.

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

When reporting a fellow passenger, it helps to identify something more specific than, He/She looks suspicious. (Photo: iStock)

Roman says it s counterproductive to go to a TSA officer, a cop, or a flight crew member to say someone is acting suspicious. Instead, he says you should observe certain behaviors and actions and report those.

Look for people who are acting nervous or fidgety.

Whenever there s behavior that seems to suggest someone is more nervous than they should be for a normal flight, that may prompt concern and notification of a TSA officer or a flight attendant, Roman says. If they are fidgety, if they re constantly looking around or what would be called a furtive glance or a furtive movement all of that should be looked at and watched by the flying public.

Many airport security officers are already trained to identify certain telltale traits and actions such as excessive fidgeting and cold sweats that make a nervous passenger worthy of further investigation. Roman says travelers also keeping an eye out for such behaviors could be a big help.

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

What 'Suspicious Behavior' Should You Report In The Age Of Terrorism?

TSA officers are trained to look for certain behaviors that indicate an excessively nervous passenger. (Photo: iStock)

Rather than using the statement, ‘I m suspicious [when reporting a passenger], say ‘I observed some behavior you might want to know about and describe the behavior, Roman recommends. Now, the TSA or law enforcement officer may engage in covert surveillance of that person and may find no suspicion at all or may escalate that action to speak to the person and then proceed from there. Listen to fellow passengers.

Of course, there s value in overheard conversation as well. If a traveler happens to overhear anyone talking about explosive devices or weapons, says Roman, or this conversation is coupled with what I described nervousness, furtive glances left and right, attempts to conceal themselves and place themselves in a corner those kind of things would be very, very helpful [to security].

The best part about having specific, concrete behaviors to look for rather than fuzzy, he looks iffy feelings is that level of specificity can make you much more likely to act, and less likely to be paralyzed by self-doubt. Rather than being concerned that you re going to be an alarmist and therefore not report suspicious behavior, says Roman, I believe this method gives the traveler a greater comfort level to report activity of concern and describe that activity rather than reporting it as suspicious.

3. Trust your instincts.

While Roman and airline security officers do believe in telltale signs of suspicious activity, Bloom has some concerns. Applied research suggests that there are very few, if any, external behaviors/characteristics predictive of intent to engage in terrorism, Bloom says. But many people believe otherwise, perhaps because of a need for comfort based on the belief that the world is a more predictable place than it really is. Bloom believes the round-the-clock terror discussion we re seeing in the media may make people more aware of terrorism than perhaps they need to be. Many people believe that aviation-related terrorism has a much higher probability of occurrence than the facts seem to warrant, Bloom says.

Related: Is It Safe to Fly? Insiders Say Egypt Crash Could Happen Here[9]

Still, statistics about the rarity of terrorist attacks on airplanes is not much comfort to nervous flyers these days. Along with enhanced screenings and numerous airport guards, empowering travelers to look for danger signs, and to act on them, might provide an extra measure of security that just might ease some of that anxiety.

Human instinct is very strong and the traveling public should trust their instinct, says Roman. We inherently know as a defense mechanism when another person seems to pose a threat or may be a potential threat. The average person will move away from someone on a train platform or a bus stop or while they re walking down the street because, ‘I don t like the way that person s behaving. It s our normal instinctive warning net, and we should listen to that. We shouldn t push it down because it s a very useful tool.

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  1. ^ Air France (www.airfrance.us)
  2. ^ were diverted because of bomb threats (www.cnn.com)
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune (www.chicagotribune.com)
  4. ^ Passengers Removed From Flight After Report of Suspicious Activity (www.yahoo.com)
  5. ^ High Anxiety at Airports and on Planes in the United States After Deadly Paris Attacks (screen.yahoo.com)
  6. ^ Roman & Associates (dev.romansearch.com)
  7. ^ Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (prescott.erau.edu)
  8. ^ Traveling in the Middle East in the Wake of the Paris Terror Attacks (www.yahoo.com)
  9. ^ Is It Safe to Fly? Insiders Say Egypt Crash Could Happen Here (www.yahoo.com)
  10. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  11. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  12. ^ Instagram (instagram.com)
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  14. ^ A Broad Abroad (www.yahoo.com)

Midnight Hour "No Hit" Shooting, Alley Five Blocks North of City Hall

Midnight Hour "No Hit" Shooting, Alley Five Blocks North Of City Hall
Red Xs=2014 and 2015 homicides to date; Blue Xs=2014 and 2015 shootings, person wounded; Brown Xs=shots fired at victim(s), not hit; Purple Xs=2014 shots at occupied residence/vehicle; Green Xs= 2014 and 2015 shots at unoccupied vehicle/residence; Grey Xs=shots fired (no hit, no target identified); Orange X’s=non-fatal stabbings. Map is unofficial. A separate map (not shown here) indicates add’l shootings in NLB

During the Nov. 17 Council meeting, Mayor Robert Garcia said it was good news that city management now projects a roughly $5 million deficit (anticipated spending exceeding anticipated revenue) in FY17 and FY18 instead of a previous predicted $7 million for those two years and the Mayor urged maintaining what he called City Hall’s current policy of “fiscal discipline.” Neither the Mayor (with no vote) nor any Councilmembers (who decide spending priorities) gave any indication they would support restoring LBPD’s field anti-gang unit (eliminated in budgets since FY14) or roughly 200 officers erased in budgets since Sept. 2009. On Thursday night (Nov. 19), 1st district Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez has scheduled the third of three meetings to promote what City Hall calls “Community Watch Workshops” on matters including [flier text] “crime prevention tips, reporting graffiti and illegally dumped items and information on winter shelter…” (Drake Park Community Room, 7-9 p.m.)

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On Oct. 13, 1st district Councilwoman Gonzalez, joined by lead agendizer 6th dist. Councilman Dee Andrews and Vice Mayor Lowenthal and Councilman Supernaw proposed to create a “Dog Walker Watch” program in which volunteers walking their dogs would be trained to be observant and report suspicious activity. (On Oct. 13, the Council voted 9-0 to send the proposal to its Housing and Neighborhoods Committee, chaired by Councilman Andrews.) (LBREPORT.com coverage here[2].)

On Sept. 22, the City Council’s Public Safety Committee (Price, Supernaw, Austin) heard an LBPD report on shootings but made no recommendations and didn’t refer the matter to the full City Council. On Sept 15 and 22, the Council voted (without dissent) for a FY16 budget, recommended by Mayor Robert Garcia, that failed to restore LBPD’s former field anti-gang unit and leaves LB taxpayers with a budgeted police level for citywide deployment roughly equivalent per capita to what L.A. would have if L.A.’s Mayor and Council cut roughly 30% of LAPD’s officers.

In recent shootings:

Nov. 12: 1900 block Chestnut Ave.: “No hit” shooting (6th district)

Nov. 10: 1400 block Gundry Ave.: Man is shot to death (6th district)

Nov. 9: 1200 block E. 52nd St.: Man is shot to death (8th district)

Nov. 8: 1600 block Pine Ave.: “no hit” shooting/shell casings found (1st dist.)

Nov. 5: Anaheim/Gardenia (just west of Cherry): Man is hit, midnight hour (4th dist. bordering 6th dist.)

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Oct. 31: 1000 block Olive Ave., man is fatally shot (6th dist.)

Oct. 30: 2400 block E. 5th St. (east of Junipero): “no hit” shooting (2nd Council dist.)

Oct. 29: 1600 block E. 7th St. (near Walnut Ave.): man is struck/wounded by gunfire (2nd Council dist.)

Oct. 27: 14th St. near LB Blvd. A “no hit” shooting just east of the eastern end of 14th St. Park. (1st dist.)

Oct. 25: 1000 block Maine Ave. (near Drake Park): Man is fatally stabbed. (1st dist.)

Oct. 21: Area Anaheim/Walnut: Evidence of gunfire, no victim located (6th dist.)

Oct. 20: 2000 block MLK, man shot/wounded (6th dist.)

Oct. 19: 2000 block Magnolia (eastward alley), man fatally shot (6th dist.)

Oct. 18: 2800 block E. 14th St. near Temple Ave.: Man (adult) is shot, approx. 5:25 p.m. (4th Council district)

Oct. 16: Daisy Ave./10th St., predawn no hit shooting, two suspects allegedly opened fire on two victims as the victims drove by (1st dist.)

Oct. 15: Pine Ave./16th St.: man (adult) is shot (1st dist.)

Oct. 14: 15th St./Cherry Ave: Two men (adults) hit (4th Council district) [both Oct. 14 shootings at about 5:30 a.m.]

Oct. 14: 15th St./Gaviota: Victim is hit (grazed) by gunfire (6th dist.)

Oct. 9: 2000 block Olive Ave., man (adult) is shot (6th district.). Oct. 9: 3000 block Delta Ave., shots fired into an occupied dwelling (7th dist., no person hit.)

Oct. 6: Man is shot, 2600 block of South St. (border of 8th/9th Council districts)

Oct. 5: Man shot, 1900 block of Caspian Ave (a couple of blocks north of PCH, east of Santa Fe Ave., 1st Council district near border with 7th.)

Oct. 4: Shots fired, vehicle struck, driver not hit, 1400 block E. 68th St. (9th dist.)

Oct. 3: Two men shot, area 200 block @. 14th St. (area 14th St. Park/Pacific Ave., 1st Council district)

Oct. 3: Boy (male juvenile) is shot while riding his bicycle, PCH/Golden, border 1st/6th districts)

Oct. 2: Man shot, LB Blvd/Bort St. (Coolidge Triangle area, 9th dist.)

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Sept. 29: Two men (adults) shot in the 2600 block of Delta Ave. (WLB, 7th dist.)

Sept. 27: Man shot, area 15th/Daisy Ave. (1st Council district)

Sept. 25: Woman shot, 14th St. Park/Seaside Park area (1st Council district)

Sept. 25: Man shot, area Artesia Blvd./Minnesota Ave. (9th dist., NLB)

Sept. 24: Man shot, area of Seabright Ave. near West Wardlow Rd. (7th district.)

Sept. 24: Man shot — and killed — in the area southeast of Atlantic Ave./South St. (8th dist.)

Sept. 23: Man struck/wounded in the area of MLK/17th St. (6th Council district)

Sept. 23: Shooting scene but no victim located, 700 block Cedar Ave. (1st dist.)

Sept. 18: Long Beach Blvd/Louise St., two people — a girl (female juvenile) and a man (adult) — were shot/wounded by a suspect on a skateboard in the area of Louise St./Long Beach (8th Council district)

Sept. 17: A suspect shoots at a security guard in the area of LB Blvd./20th St. following a dispute; the gunfire missed the guard. (6th dist.)

Sept. 16: A man (adult) was shot and killed in the 1200 block of Chestnut Ave. (1st Council district.)

Sept. 15, a man was shot/wounded in the 2400 block of E. 14th St. (western part of the 4th dist.)

Sept. 11, a man was shot/wounded in the area of 52nd St/Elm Ave. (8th dist.)

Sept. 10 in the midnight hour, a man was fatally shot in the 2100 block of Pasadena Ave. (6th Council district)

Sept. 7 (Labor Day), a man was shot — and killed — in the 400 block of W. 5th St. (area Chestnut Ave., 1st district, about four blocks north of City Hall.)

Sept. 7: a non-fatal shooting occurred in NW North Long Beach (9th dist.) in the area of Butler Ave/Artesia Blvd. On Sept. 3, someone fired gunshots at a man (adult) who was driving along the 1400 block of Gaviota Ave. (6th Council district.) The shooter missed him but struck his vehicle.

On Sept. 1 in the area of the 16th St./Pine Ave. (1st Council district), a parked vehicle was struck by gunfire although no person was hit.

Also on Sept. 1, a man (adult) was hit by gunfire at midmorning in the area of 10th St./Olive Ave. (border of 6th/1st districts (and by midafternoon, LBPD announced the arrest of a suspect on booking charges of attempted murder.)

On Aug. 31, a shooting in the 300 block of E. Eagle St. (east of LB Blvd., south of Burnett St.) leaves a victim wounded (6th district.)

On Aug. 28, a man was shot and wounded in what appeared to be a “walk up” shooting in the area of 10th St./Virginia Court (between Magnolia and Chestnut Aves., 1st dist.) roughly a mile due north of City Hall (an incident being investigated as possibly gang related.)

On Aug. 27, a woman (adult) was shot and wounded, and some cars were damaged by gunfire in the Seaside Park/14th St. Park area near Chestnut Ave. (1st district.).

On Aug. 24, a 17 year old male was struck by gunfire in the Wrigley area (Burnett St./Linden Ave., 6th district.)

On Aug. 24, shots were fired but no person and no property were hit in the area of 16th/Pine. (1st dist.)

On Aug. 23, a man was shot and killed in the area of PCH/Pine Ave. (border of 1st and 6th districts.)

On Aug. 22, a woman (adult) was shot and wounded in the in the area of Cedar Ave./Louise St. (8th Council district.)


Related coverage: Within Past 30 Days, These Two Long Beach Council Districts Combined Had More Hit-Shootings Per Capita Than Chicago
“Tale of two cities” as three LB Council districts had no shootings w/in period[3]


By the Numbers: 41 Shootings (Hit + No-Hit) Within 60 Days, Over Half In 1st And 6th Council Districts[4]



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