Monthly Archives: August 2011

NIPCC 2011 Interim Report: Climate Change Reconsidered

Just released report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). Consider a few findings:

“natural causes are very likely to be [the] dominant” cause of climate change that took place in the twentieth and at the start of the twenty-first centuries.

“We are not saying anthropogenic greenhouse gases (GHG) cannot produce some warming or have not in the past. Our conclusion is that the evidence shows they are not playing a substantial role.”

“the net effect of continued warming and rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere is most likely to be beneficial to humans, plants, and wildlife.”

Click here for the news release.

Click here for the report.

Ayotte et al 2011: Trace Elements and Radon in Groundwater Across the United States

Ayotte, J.D. Gronberg, J.M., and Apodaca, L.E., 2011, Trace Elements and Radon in Groundwater Across the United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5059, 115 p.

This USGS study draws attention to contaminants in private groundwater wells. Click here for press release.

Click here for abstract and full report (free).

US Government to develop High-Tech Database

National Jukebox Database Development Project

The Library of Congress National Jukebox project requires computer programming services to maintain and augment a website created for the Library in which descriptive metadata from the University of California Santa Barbara, Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR) is imported into a custom application which controls workflow of recordings to be digitized for the National Jukebox and provides a tool for Library of Congress staff to edit EDVR data for public presentation of the Jukebox.

Properly Sorted LLC is uniquely qualified for this requirement because they designed and developed the database at the University of California Santa Barbara that the National Jukebox database is integrated with.

Title:                     National Jukebox Database Development Project

        Sol. #:

        Agency:                    Library of Congress

        Office:                    Contracts Services

        Location:                  Contracts Section

        Posted On:                 Aug 26, 2011 12:01 pm

        Base Type:                 Justification and Approval (J&A)


USEPA solicitation to purchase body armor.

The USEPA is somewhat unique in that it has two law enforcement components housed within the same agency.

EPA Office of Inspector General (EPA-OIG) investigates criminal allegations against the EPA and its programs (Primarily “white collar” financial crimes and ARRA).

EPA-Criminal Investigations Division (EPA-CID) investigates crimes against the environment. Specifically, regulatory enforcement of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts (Primarily “traditional” dumping and polluting crimes).

Here is an EPA powerpoint on EPA criminal investigators

EPA intends to procure sixty-seven (67) sets of FAV MK II Enhanced Tactical Outer Carrier Kit, to equip EPA OIG agents. This is body armor.

The successful offeror will be responsible for individually sizing sixty-seven (67) agents in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, and Washington, D.C. The successful offeror must supply a letter of coverage up to $25 million.

Here is a website describing this body armor:

Title: 13–FAV MK II Enhanced Tactical Outer Carrier Kit for EPA-OIG Agents

Office of Inspector General

The EPA OIG hotline is staffed by federal law enforcement agents

Question #1 – How many body armor kits will be needed per each of the four (4) listed locations?

San Francisco – 12 kits;Chicago – 8 kits;Atlanta – 9 kits;Washington – 27 kits.

        Sol. #:                    RFQ-DC-11-00077
        Agency:                    Environmental Protection Agency
        Office:                    Office of Acquisition Management
        Location:                  EPA/Headquarters
        Posted On:                 Aug 29, 2011 11:04 am
        Current Type:              Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
        Base Type:                 Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
        Base Posting Date:         Aug 15, 2011 3:48 pm

California solar company shutting down?

Even after $535 million in federal loan guarentees from the US Dept of Energy…..the company could not survive? click here

Is drinking water a human right?

This breif note (click here) from the Whittier Daily News draws attention to a California Assembly Bill that would declare drinking water a human right. The UN, also mentioned in the article, has also made such a statement.

If drinking water is a human right, where does this right come from? Who or what gives us this right to drinking water? Government? Or perhaps the UN itself? And how does this individual right manifest itself in societal decision-making?

This type of thinking is headed down the wrong path….one that is fraught with calamity and misery. I’ll say more on this in a future post….  

Mobile drinking water treatment system for emergencies

The Barstow, California, Fire Dept now has a mobile filtration system for use during emergencies……click here for details.