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The Weekend Off – News You Missed

Wind power in Anchorage

Wind power in Anchorage


ADN – Study envisions possible fallout from a Canadian Beaufort oil spill

A well blowout, pipeline breach or vessel accident in the Canadian Beaufort Sea could spew spilled oil westward for months, polluting waters off Alaska and soiling habitat used by whales, seals and migrating seabirds, according to a study released Friday by the World Wildlife Fund.

Fairbanks Daily Miner – Pro-marijuana legalization group urges opponents not to get all drunk at fundraiser

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol today urged attendees of the anti-legalization group’s Anchorage fundraiser to “exercise caution” because the event is co-hosted by a former governor who took some campaign money to “Big Alcohol.”

ADN – Sullivan Senate campaign snares donations from big business, conservative groups

Dan Sullivan, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, can claim financial backing from current and former chief executives at Bank of America, Home Depot, and the Wrigley chewing gum company.

Oh, and don’t forget the 43rd president of the United States.


Foreign Policy – Freshman Congressman Mistakes Senior Government Officials for Foreigners

In an intensely awkward congressional hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, freshman Rep. Curt Clawson misidentified two senior U.S. government officials as representatives of the Indian government.

NY Times – Republicans’ Senate Chances Rise Slightly to 60 Percent, Data Show

For the last month, we’ve been adding one or two polls a day to The Upshot’s Senate forecasting model. Today, we update all 36 races, based on estimates from a YouGov online panel that covers every congressional and gubernatorial race across the country.

The Guardian – District of Columbia’s handgun ban ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.


Reuters – Boko Haram kidnaps wife of Cameroon’s vice PM, kills at least three

The wife of Cameroon’s vice prime minister was kidnapped and at least three people were killed in an attack by Boko Haram militants in the northern town of Kolofata on Sunday, Cameroon officials said.

AP – US Evacuates Embassy In Libya Amid Clashes

The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said “free-wheeling militia violence” prompted the move.

BBC – Iran students face expulsion from Norway over sanctions

Academics from Norway’s top technical university have expressed concern after almost a dozen post-graduate science students from Iran had their residence permits cancelled because of international sanctions.



24 Responses to “The Weekend Off – News You Missed”
  1. mike from iowa says:


    Ms Pi,I hope this works. I finally found my USB cable to download pics to computer. This should be brian from iowa.

  2. mike from iowa says:

    Just read in area shopper that a high pressure bakken crude oil pipeline is to be built through the heart of mikeyland. Lyon Co(very NW co),Sioux Co (right below Lyon), Obrien Co (me,right next door to the east of Sioux Co) and Cherokee Co(straight S of Obrien Co). The pipeline will be built to Illinois refineries. Farmers will be unhappy. NW iowa land averages $10,960/acre and that is down 4%(2013 average). I suppose Like keystone XL,they will get eminent domain and take the land they want for their pipeline.

    • slipstream says:

      From the schematics I have seen, mikey, it looks like the pipeline is going right through your parlor.

      When they evict you, take a tea towel with you. All emergencies are better if you have a tea towel.

  3. mike from iowa says:

    I found this to be very interesting and completely contrary to what I was expecting,Ms Pi.

    Color me blown totally away.

    • Alaska Pi says:

      This is very interesting indeed. Need to go read it again and look around some more.
      This dovetails with various on-the-street ( cept there aren’t any streets ) takes from rural places here which the F & G powers-that-be have pretty much ignored.

  4. mike from iowa says:

    Apologies to Les Gara. I did not know until today he was involved in wrangling pro-oil weasels around.

    Tiny little mustelids
    Take big awl monies to do big awl’s bids
    and steal the future from Alaska’s kids
    while wingnuts run amuck

    give us more and more big awl cries
    else ways your pipelines they run dry
    and cost you more to make us try
    while wingnuts drive the truck

    You voters control your desti-knee
    to the groin of big awl companies
    your awl belongs to all of you
    now go vote and do what you have to do
    tell wingnuts and big awl to get lost.-What? You were expecting another rhyme? Shame on you. 🙂

  5. mike from iowa says:

    Would be nice to know what the best Bill in Juneau had to say about the worst bill in Juneau like my exalted friend Krubozumo Nyankoye asked a few days ago. Senator Bill-if you have the time we’d love to hear your impressions about Parnell’s oil tax revenue give away.

  6. mike from iowa says:

    Run a combine through the windmill patch and next year you’d have all kinds of volunteer windmills springing up and all would be Round-Up resistant,GMO,windmills.

    • Alaska Pi says:

      This made me laugh. Rilly laugh.
      I really needed that 😀
      So- this is my Regional Corp.
      Wind- ok, sounds pretty good.
      UCG- sounds terrible. Rilly terrible. Rilly, rilly terrible.

      I needed that laugh. Thanks!

      • mike from iowa says:

        Hope to have wind turbine pics to share soon. Mayhaps not before next year. They are pouring cement and installing roads and plowing cable along roads. They even spray some chemical along gravel in front of houses to hold down dust. Already can see the NW end of a string of 300 plus turbines and soon will have 200 plus in my neighborhood. Be a shame if they suck up all the moisture so crops don’t grow. 🙂

  7. Carol says:

    Is that picture of windmills on Fire Island?