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What Happens to Communities When Streetlights Join the Internet of Things?

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[The surveillance state. "Streetlights Can Even Help Fight Crime!" In case you were worried that even one scintilla of privacy was left to us. *RON*]

Theresa Meek, DZone· IoT Zone, 10 February 2017

Traffic jams. Parking problems. Pollution. Crime.
Cities face lots of tough problems. Although mayors and city managers are well aware of the issues, they often lack the resources to create effective solutions. And it’s not just a budget problem.
The information that administrators use to make decisions is often incomplete and scattered across departments. Consequently, they can’t see the big picture. Nor can they measure the results of their efforts.
But new solutions are emerging from the unlikeliest of sources — the humble streetlight. From Streetlight to Smart Light

Excessive Radiation Inside Fukushima Fries Clean-up Robot

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[Like a never-ending nightmare. I wonder what the Japanese do with the robot? Leave it in the facility? *RON*]

George Dvorsky, Gizmodo, 10 February 2017

A remotely-controlled robot sent to inspect and clean a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be pulled early when its onboard camera went dark, the result of excess radiation. The abbreviated mission suggests that radiation levels inside the reactor are even higher than was reported last week—and that robots are going to have a hell of a time cleaning this mess up.

Last week, Gizmodo reported that radiation levels inside the containment vessel of reactor No. 2 at Fukushima reached a jaw-dropping 530 sieverts per hour, a level high enough to kill a human within seconds. Some Japanese government officials questioned the reading because Tokyo Electric Power Company Holding (TEPCO) calculated it by looking at camera interference on the robot sent in to investigate, rather than me…

Dakota Access Pipeline Approved a Week After Co-Owner's Pipeline Spilled 600,000 Gallons of Oil in Texas

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[Click here to see the YouTube video. *RON*]

Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog, 9 February 2017

On January 30, 600,000 gallons (14,285 barrels) of oil spewed out of Enbridge's Seaway Pipeline in Blue Ridge, Texas, the second spill since the pipeline opened for business in mid-2016.

Seaway is half owned by Enbridge and serves as the final leg of a pipeline system DeSmog has called the “Keystone XLClone,” which carries mostly tar sands extracted from Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. at a rate of 400,000 barrels per day down to the Gulf of Mexico. Enbridge is an equity co-owner of the Dakota Access pipeline, which received its final permit needed from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on February 7 to construct the pipeline across the Missouri River and construction has resumed.

The alignment of Native American tribes, environmentalists, and others involved in the fight against Dakota Access have called themselves “water protectors,” rather than “activists,”…

Pre-clearance bill would give U.S. border agents in Canada new powers

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[Having denied Canadians a meaningful democratic vote, Trudeau now intends to extirpate our pesky sovereignty. What a national hero! "So you could have a circumstance where the Canadian officer says, 'No I don't think a search is warranted here. I'm not willing to do it.' But the U.S. officer just says, 'Fine, we're going to do it anyway.'" *RON*]

Evan Dyer, CBC News, 12 February 2017
U.S. border guards would get new powers to question, search and even detain Canadian citizens on Canadian soil under a bill proposed by the Liberal government.

Legal experts say Bill C-23, introduced by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, and likely to pass in the current sitting of Parliament, could also erode the standing of Canadian permanent residents by threatening their automatic right to enter Canada.

Pipeline companies want new 'national interest' test

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[Pipeline companies think the environmental review process is too focused on the environment; well, you could knock me over with a feather! *RON*]

James Munson, iPolitics Canada, 18 January 2017
Canada’s pipeline companies say adding a broad ‘national interest’ test to federal environmental reviews would address the public’s suspicion of pipeline projects.

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, whose 12 members own 119,000 kilometres of oil and natural gas pipelines across Canada, want Ottawa to put a new “national interest determination” before the technical environmental assessment of a specific project.