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"No XL Pipeline" Protest Near Obama Fundraiser on the Peninsula
by Ruth Robertson
Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM
President Obama is expected to make a decision by early summer about whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. He refused to approve it in 2012, but may not refuse again. The controversial pipeline has sparked strong opposition across the country, with major rallies and peaceful demonstrations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and many other cities. On April 4 a rally was held to influence President Obama to refuse to approve the pipeline, which would bring crude oil from tar sands in Canada down to oil refineries on the Gulf coast. About 100 people gathered near an Obama fundraising breakfast held in the San Francisco Peninsula city of Atherton.

San Francisco Peninsula residents concerned about climate change held a rally opposing the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday, April 4, at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Valparaiso Road where the tony towns of Menlo Park and Atherton adjoin.

The purpose of the rally was to influence President Obama to refuse to approve the pipeline, which would bring crude oil from tar sands in Canada down to oil refineries on the Gulf coast. The President was at a fundraiser in a private residence near that intersection from about 9am this morning.

The controversial pipeline has sparked strong opposition across the country, with major rallies and peaceful demonstrations in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and many other cities across the country on February 17.

Opponents have multiple concerns about the pipeline, the greatest of which is acceleration of climate change due to the large amount of greenhouse gases that would be released into the atmosphere by the process of extracting the heavy-grade oil from the tar sands.
§Police keep back protestors
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Protestors were there over two hours in the rain
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

Lots of umbrellas
§light rain
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Barricades set up to cordon off the demo
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

Police and fire dept. personnel were involved in keeping protesters back from the intersection where the Obama motorcade passed
§Police eye motorcade approaching
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§traversing the traffic
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Raging Grannies up front
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

The Grannies said they wanted Obama to see their banner and signs. The motorcade came close enough to see.
§Along Alameda de las Pulgas
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Some signs
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§Police Presence was heavy
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

§A lone protesters relocates from one corner to another....
by Ruth Robertson Thursday Apr 4th, 2013 10:54 PM

...at Alameda de las Pulgas and Valpariso

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The first Industrial Revolution motivated by coal, gas, oil, and atomic energy is destroying the planets livability by polluting and poisoning the ecological, organic balances of the web-of-life. Trudeau Senior pushed the Eastern Federal Government of Canada to initiate the Alberta Tar Sands Project all done by Ottawa at the expense and threat to the air, land, and water and in direct violation of the Canadian Law to make sure to get collective agree of the First Nations before pushing any projects upon the first nations lands.

The 1982 Canadian Constitution forbids any development without prior consultation and approval from the First Nations. This project is literally burning out the oxygen in the atmosphere at an ever increasing rate, and the oxygen has already been burned out to carbon-dioxide (which we cannot live on) by the burning of fossil fuels throughout the globe by 38-40%.

So much is this so that mother nature cannot replace the oxygen any more and a plus rate, which means that the oxygen is disappearing from the atmosphere. Science must be put to work to turn this process around, and the most needed way is to RETOOL THE ENTIRE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION TO THE ORGANIC RE-NEWABLES such as wind, tidal, and solar power which transforms to electricity and is more power than can be used by all societies in all countries on the planet.

That would allow the ecological green revolution to restore the oxygen again in a plus de position and allow the return of a fully functioning system of air with full oxygen necessity for the air breathing plants, animals and peoples. It can be done, it must be done!!

If the present system is allowed to continue for any length of time, and the Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines to Texas and the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Canada is allowed to the Canadian West Coast there will be in existence a Carbon Bomb that potentially could move the present fail-safe mode of societies on the planet from fail-safe mode to No Return Mode.

It is that dangerous and the opposition to this fail-fail Kamakazi Project must increase throughout the world and in every country till we can and will stop it. Pollution and suicide policies against nature, for private profits must end, and the organic commune be allowed to heal the web-of-life again for sustainable living.

Harper's response has been to sabotage the opposition by a unjust austerity program of firing scientists, cutting EI - Employment Insurance, firing the Public Sector Unions and generally leading and ideological assault against the Canadian working classes. He tries to make this just a bread and butter issue.

He cancelled the Canadian Membership in Kyoto Accords, told COP 15 that all the envirnmental laws would be cancelled and proceeded to do so removing and condemning any fines against corporations that pollute etc.

All the while lying that the protesters were a drag against he national economy which he personally has passed laws against them if they proceed. He uses the state forces in a reactionary way that inhibits and criminalizes all dissent against the destruction of the first nations treaties, and the entire Canadian organic balances of life.

Defeat the present Harper regime politically, by opposing this horrendous Tar Sands Project, our very lives depend on it. Workers of the world unite!! End pollution wars, not endless wars for more and more pollution. Ye yet have a world to win!!
by sosos
Friday Apr 5th, 2013 1:18 PM
cops are getting uptight everywhere. even in tony places.
by Mark Goldes
( mgoldes [at] chavaenergy.com ) Saturday Apr 6th, 2013 3:16 PM
Even if the pipeline is approved, it can be stopped by a faster way to supersede fossil and radioactive fuels that can attract support across the political spectrum.

Breakthrough technologies are opening paths to turn cars, trucks and buses into power plants when suitably parked. Selling electricity to utilities can pay for the vehicles.

Radically new, cheap, renewable power is moving toward commercialization.

These systems will generate power on-board from surprising sources of energy that will provide very long range, and no need for electric cars to receive an external recharge.

See http://www.aesopinstitute.org for a few examples.

A breakthrough in finance allows Angels to invest in the best of these Black Swans - highly improbable innovations with huge implications - without risk of loss and with a guaranteed 8% per year minimum return.

Controversial science typically suffers from lack of capital. An opportunity exists for bold individuals to stop the pipeline by introducing cheap green energy much faster than would otherwise be the case.

Cheap oil can end a number of pipelines all over the planet.
by Keyto Clearskies
Sunday Sep 15th, 2013 4:03 AM
Mark Goldes, starting in the mid-seventies, engaged for several years in the pretense that his company SunWind Ltd was developing a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-powered "windmobile," based on the windmobile invented by James Amick; and that therefore SunWind would be a wonderful investment opportunity.

After SunWind "dried up" in 1983, Goldes embarked on the long-running pretense that his company Room Temperature Superconductors Inc was developing room-temperature superconductors; and that therefore Room Temperature Superconductors Inc would be a wonderful investment opportunity. He continues the pretense that the company developed something useful, even to this day.

And then Goldes embarked on the pretense that his company Magnetic Power Inc was developing "NO FUEL ENGINES" based on "Virtual Photon Flux;" and then, on the pretense that MPI was developing horn-powered "NO FUEL ENGINES" based on the resonance of magnetized tuning-rods; and then, on the pretense that his company Chava Energy was developing water-fueled engines based on "collapsing hydrogen orbitals;" and then, on the pretense that he was developing ambient-heat-powered "NO FUEL ENGINES." Goldes has even claimed that Jacob T. Wainwright already patented an ambient-heat-powered engine 100 years ago - even though Wainwright himself certainly never made any such claim, at all. Wainwright's only patent for a turbine or engine was not for any ambient-heat-powered engine, but for a pressurized-gaseous-fluid-powered engine. The innovation of the patent was the use of water to reduce speed - not any use of ambient heat.

Goldes' forty-year career of "revolutionary invention" pretense has nothing to do with science, but only with pseudoscience and pseudophysics - his lifelong stock-in-trade.

I have spent months investigating the career of Mark Goldes, Aesop Institute's Perpetual Scam Machine.

1976: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims to have developed a nearly production-ready, road-worthy, wind-propelled, wind-rechargeable "windmobile" that could reach 60 mph. Goldes has never developed any roadworthy windmobile.

1998: Goldes fools the gullible US Air Force with his "room temperature superconductor" scam, receiving over four hundred thousand dollars in "Innovative Research" grants. Goldes has never produced any superconductor.

2005: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his company, MPI, is developing "Magnetic Power Modules" based on "Virtual Photon Flux."

2008: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that "MPI is also developing breakthrough magnetic energy technologies including POWERGENIE (Power Generation of Electricity by Nondestructive Interference of Energy)." The basic idea of POWERGENIE is to generate electricity from sound energy, by blowing a horn at a magnetized tuning rod. Goldes claims to have "run an electric car for more than 4,800 miles with no need to plug-in." According to Goldes, "[MPI] Revenues from licenses and Joint Ventures are conservatively projected to exceed $1 billion annually by 2012."

2009: Goldes seeks investors with fraudulent claims that his latest scamporation, Chava Energy, "has been developing enhanced theoretical and practical paths that lead towards commercialization of energy conversion systems that utilize hydrinos." He now claims to be "developing a Self Powered Internal Combustion Engine – SPICE(tm) powered by hydrinos." ("Hydrinos" are pure fiction and do not exist.)

"For over 20 years Mark Goldes has claimed his company MPI has been developing machines that generate energy for free. In over 20 years his company has not presented one shred of evidence that they can build such machines...

"For the past five years Mark Goldes has been promising generators 'next year.' He has never delivered. Like 'Alice in Wonderland' there will always be jam tomorrow, but never jam today."

- Penny Gruber, December 2008

- Gruber's comment was written almost five years ago - but it's just as true today - except that MPI, Goldes' corporation that he claimed would bring in one billion dollars in revenue from his horn-powered generator in 2012, is now defunct, having never produced any "Magnetic Power Modules" - just as his company called "Room Temperature Superconductors Inc" is also now defunct, having never produced any "room temperature superconductors." Evidently there's a limit to how many years in a row the same company can claim it will finally have something to demonstrate "next year." Now Goldes has a new scamporation, Chava Energy.

Goldes' current favorite scam is an engine that would run on ambient heat - which is clearly ruled out by the Second Law of Thermodynamics. But of course, the laws of physics always make an exception for the scams of Mark Goldes.

Mark Goldes is a textbook-ready example of a highly talented con artist who clearly takes pleasure in fooling people with his ludicrous claims, artfully peppered with pseudoscientific rubbish.

Make no mistake: Mark Goldes' scamtastic Aesop Institute is a ZERO-STAR nonprofit.

Let's look at just one example of Goldes' offerings in "revolutionary new technology:"

Most Ludicrous Scamvention: Mark Goldes' "POWERGENIE"

One of the most laughable of Mark Goldes' many invention scams is his "POWERGENIE" horn-powered generator. The brilliant idea of this revolutionary breakthrough is to blow a horn at a magnetized tuning rod, designed to resonate at the frequency of the horn, and then collect the electromotive energy produced by the vibrations of the rod.

I'm not making this up.

POWERGENIE tuning rod engine explained - from the patent:

[The device incorporates] "an energy transfer and multiplier element being constructed of a ferromagnetic substance... having a natural resonance, due to a physical structure whose dimensions are directly proportional to the wavelength of the resonance frequency..."

"In this resonant condition, the rod material functions as a tuned waveguide, or longitudinal resonator, for acoustic energy."

"Ferrite rod 800 is driven to acoustic resonance at the second harmonic of its fundamental resonant frequency by acoustic horn 811, resulting in acoustic wave 816 within the rod having two nodal points... Bias magnet 801 produces magnetic flux 802 extending axially through both nodal points developed within rod 800... The sum electromotive force of coils 820 and 821 develops electrical current and power in resistive load 830."

- But the patent doesn't tell us who is going to volunteer to blow the horn at the rod all day. Perhaps it will come with an elephant.

Goldes claimed in 2008 that this wonderful triumph of human genius would bring his company, Magnetic Power Inc, one billion dollars in annual revenue by 2012. Magnetic Power Inc is now defunct, having never produced any "Magnetic Power Modules" - just as his company called "Room Temperature Superconductors Inc" is also now defunct, having never produced any "room temperature superconductors."