Michael Tobin Show: Oroville, CA Dam Updates, Storms and C.I.A./MSM Media

(April 1, 2017 UPDATE: MARCH 31, 2017 11:21 AM Oroville Dam documents kept secret by state, federal officials Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/water-and-drought/article141963119.html#storylink=cpy )



Oroville, CA Dam, Storms and C.I.A. Media

By: Michael D. Tobin
Feb 17, 2017

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Monday Feb 20, 2017 UPDATE
Damage to Oroville's main spillway 'was an accident waiting to happen'

The badly damaged main concrete spillway at Oroville Dam was pounded by massive volumes of storm water this month, but its failures occurred well short of the maximum flow that engineers designed the system to handle.
The spillway began breaking apart when its gates were opened Feb. 7, allowing 55,000 cubic feet of water per second to roar down the slope. That was only 18% of the 300,000 cubic feet of water the channel was designed to carry per second, one of the factors that raise significant questions about its design integrity, engineering experts said. Eventually, the gash that opened up had grown to 500 feet in length and dug a hole 45 feet deep in the earth.
Weakness in the aged concrete, inadequate repairs of cracks and instability in the ground under the spillway caused large pieces of concrete to break apart and tumble downhill, said Robert Bea, a retired civil engineering professor at UC Berkeley who led one of the investigations into the failures of the New Orleans levee system in Hurricane Katrina’s wake.
The failures in the concrete spillway will be investigated for a long time. But some of the nation’s top civil engineers are already pointing to some likely suspects: design flaws, misunderstood geology and poor maintenance over the years.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has jurisdiction over the Oroville Dam, ordered the state on Feb. 13 to conduct a “forensic analysis” of the damage and said it was appointing an independent board of consultants that would have broad powers to review the investigation and oversee the repairs.
Nancy Vogel, a spokeswoman for the Department of Water Resources, which operates the dam, said in a statement: “Everyone will benefit from a full analysis of this incident, which is exactly what we will do. Right now our top priority is public safety and managing the active emergency response.”
The spillway is not part of the dam, but it is one of the most crucial safety systems at the site. It must sustain tremendous forces when storms fill the reservoir to its capacity, which was the crisis facing state engineers after continuous rains in Northern California had swollen the Oroville impoundment. When they opened the control gates, water rushed down the 3,000-foot-long spillway, which drops about 700 feet in elevation, at estimated speeds of more than 50 mph.
The forces the water imposed on the 50-year-old structure were enormous, far greater than those of a big rig truck pounding a highway. The dead weight of the water alone was more than 5 tons per square foot, and as it poured down the spillway its undulating motion exerted even more force on the concrete, Bea said.




Bea, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, bases his analysis on a review of inspection documents, original design documents and photographs of the damage, as well as interviews with engineers who helped design the dam.
Inspection reports show that trees had been growing next to the spillway, which could have damaged the ground that supported the heavy structure. When they were removed, they left bare ground adjacent to the spillway, a weak point, Bea said. Recent photos show that trees continue to line the area of the damage, which undercut the spillway’s vertical wall. In New Orleans, the failure of levees well below the forces they were designed to withstand was traced to a poor understanding of the strength of the soil.
An incident report by the Department of Water Resources also raises the possibility that the spillway was undermined by water running downhill outside the spillway, which eroded rock and soil that supports the structure. Any previous damage by the tree roots could have allowed the runoff to more easily wash away rock and soil, Bea said. A photograph of the damaged area shows erosion outside the wall of the spillway.
The dam was one of many built in a flurry of construction in the 1960s, when engineering analysis was far less sophisticated than it is today and engineers had to rely on slide rules rather than computational models.
“It was an accident waiting to happen from Day One,” said Don Colson, a retired engineer who worked on the Oroville Dam design in the 1960s and went on to a 36-year career at the state water agency. “This was a mistake that went back to the very beginning.”
Colson, who worked on other parts of the dam, said the design of the spillway never fully analyzed the potential for cavitation, which occurs when roiling water creates air pockets that cause high-pressure intrusion into cracks and fissures. The action can chew through thick concrete and even steel.
Dam spillways have a long history of problems with cavitation. The spillways at Hoover Dam have been used twice, and both times they sustained heavy damage, similar to what happened at Oroville. Cavitation caused concrete to fail and resulted in scouring of the surrounding rock. Glen Canyon Dam, also on the Colorado River, sustained massive damage in 1983 when its underground spillways were put to use. Dams in Pakistan and Brazil have also proved the potential for cavitation to damage spillways.
J. David Rogers, a dam expert at Missouri University of Science and Technology who has written books on past dam failures, said long spillways such as the one at Oroville create difficult engineering problems. A 3,000-foot stretch of concrete can shrink 15 feet as it cures, creating gaps between panels. Thermal expansion and contraction over the years reopens gaps, allowing cavitation to expand the holes.
Oroville’s spillway was also fighting gravity, having a tendency to slide downhill, opening more gaps on its surface over the years, Rogers said. Meanwhile, the long drought probably caused the underlying soil to shrink, creating underground fissures that the drenching rains this year would have easily filled in the foundation, he said.
“You have to grout these things in perpetuity, and that is what we are doing a poor job on as nation and a state,” Rogers said.
The Army Corps of Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers have long warned that many of the nation’s dams are not receiving adequate maintenance. Rogers said that over the years, dams have operated closer to their maximum storage, providing less space for flood control, as political pressure has grown to maximize water storage and electrical generation.
All of the engineers said the state will likely have to replace the entire spillway, given the damage that occurred at such a moderate rate of discharge. That could cost more than $100 million, they estimated. And there are hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of debris that were deposited in the Feather River that will have to be dredged out to allow the dam to operate normally.





(1230 AM Saturday Feb 18, 2017 UPDATE:  Please help me with my show so I can somehow get back on disaster response, full time. Here is a late update on how California fared through just the first day of several storms, and without any exaggeration whatsoever. Hi, folks. It's 1220 AM Saturday now, and has been constant rain since 3PM Friday, non-stop here in San Diego County. My prayers go out to all those who are hurting and awake right this hour and many who will not even get to sleep for days as they are traumatized. I've seen it in all the past fires and hurricane sites already that I've responded to as a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain in Southern Ca, Texas, Florida and Louisiana as far back as 2003, first hand. Folks when you wake up if you don't see the news you'll hear it at work. California is under water, mudslides, downed trees and in the ground, literally. Two notable sink holes one swallowed two cars near Hollywood, and another slayed a large fire truck in San Bernardino County on the I-15 Cajon Pass that dropped low enough to where it wasn't even visible to the video camera from next to it. It really did sink. An electric pole fell and killed a man electrocuting him, a car accident killed a person in San Diego, a man in Victorville drowned and died in his submerged vehicle, a part of at least one town is under water and who knows what by the time I get up for work. Then there's the Oroville Dam. Good night. FIRE TRUCK TUMBLES OVER SIDE OF 15 FREEWAY AS ROAD COLLAPSES; NO INJURIES abc7.com/news/fire-truck-fal.. Studio City Ventura Blvd. At first, this hole was totally submerged with water while both vehicles were in it at the same time. Thank God minor injuries. facebook.com/fox40/videos/10.. Updates: Deadly storm slams Southern California - In just four hours, beginning at noon, the fire department responded to 150 calls of downed power lines. -More than 116,000 customers in Southern California had lost power as of about 6 p.m. PT, officials said. - At least one person has died, officials said. The 55-year-old man was electrocuted after a power line fell Friday afternoon in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison said. - http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/us/southern-california-storm-oroville-dam/index.html . )

Hello everybody! Happy Presidents Day weekend! Happy birthday George Washington, also! I try to avoid sounding redundant or pushy, but in light of some subjects I cover, I'm almost ashamed to keep requesting the same things, and that is for listener support. Please help me with my show so I can somehow get back on disaster response, full time. Here is a late update on how California fared through just the first day of several storms, and without any exaggeration whatsoever. Hi, folks. It's 1220 AM Saturday now, and has been constant rain since 3PM Friday, non-stop here in San Diego County. My prayers go out to all those who are hurting and awake right this hour and many who will not even get to sleep for days as they are traumatized. I've seen it in all the past fires and hurricane sites already that I've responded to as a Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplain in Southern Ca, Texas, Florida and Louisiana as far back as 2003, first hand. Folks when you wake up if you don't see the news you'll hear it at work. California is under water, mudslides, downed trees and in the ground, literally. Two notable sink holes one swallowed two cars near Hollywood, and another slayed a large fire truck in San Bernardino County on the I-15 Cajon Pass that dropped low enough to where it wasn't even visible to the video camera from next to it. It really did sink. An electric pole fell and killed a man electrocuting him, a car accident killed a person in San Diego, a man in Victorville drowned and died in his submerged vehicle, a part of at least one town is under water and who knows what by the time I get up for work. Then there's the Oroville Dam. Good night. FIRE TRUCK TUMBLES OVER SIDE OF 15 FREEWAY AS ROAD COLLAPSES; NO INJURIES abc7.com/news/fire-truck-fal.. Studio City Ventura Blvd. At first, this hole was totally submerged with water while both vehicles were in it at the same time. Thank God only minor injuries. facebook.com/fox40/videos/10.. Updates: Deadly storm slams Southern California - In just four hours, beginning at noon, the fire department responded to 150 calls of downed power lines. -More than 116,000 customers in Southern California had lost power as of about 6 p.m. PT, officials said. - At least one person has died, officials said. The 55-year-old man was electrocuted after a power line fell Friday afternoon in Van Nuys, Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison said. - http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/us/southern-california-storm-oroville-dam/index.html . I'll have an attachment at the bottom as I always do, with the various ways to contribute, but my favorite is through my Kindle e-book, Making America Righteous-Again: From Bitterness To A Delight. It's something I put decades into collecting and a year to compile and have published. It's something I put together and have to offer which makes me proud. Also I include my crowdsource link that has a great bio or resume' of sorts, showing much of my various past activities comprising of tremendous growth and experience in things I would never have imagined. So please enjoy my show, blogs and videos as they are available.

February 9, 2017
Ten Commandments, Bearing False Witness, and The Mainstream Media Trump Era
https://michaeldtobin.blogspot.com/2017/02/ten-commandments-bearing-false-witness.html

For a wonderfully detailed audio I recently produced on another level of lies, please go to The Michael Tobin Show here for, Michael Tobin Show: Lying Spirits, Hillary, Trump & Electoral College 
AUDIO: http://www.spreaker.com/user/mxpw/michael-tobin-show-lying-spirits-hillary
BLOG: https://michaeldtobin.blogspot.com/2016/12/lying-spirits-hillary-trump-electoral.html

April 3, 2013
CIA Owns Mainstream media, and CNN Producer Reveals Networks Air Gov. Info for $$$
https://michaeldtobin.blogspot.com/2013/04/cia-owns-mainstream-media-and-cnn.html?spref=tw

Finally here's an update with some confirming information from a trusted source, ex C.I.A. whistleblower, Robert Tosh Plumley: 
IN 1959 CIA launched a program known as "Illusionary Warfare Training" the forerunner of its TOP SECRET "Mockingbird project of the sixties. That secret training facility was located at Nags Head North Carolina and classes were conducted at a private residence, not at a federal facility.
The teaching concept was based upon the following:
"Control the communication to the people and you can control the thinking and actions of the people"
That concept was used by CIA in Central America during the mid fifties and into the early years of the "Cold War" with Russia.
Today, I see that old CIA program being, modified, dusted off, tweaked, and put back into the field.
OUR MainStreamMedia (MSM) appears to be 'mirroring' that CIA project. When a coup is in force, in a third world country, the first order of business is to control all communication outlets, TV, print, and radio stations. The next step is to isolate all dissidents, eliminate some by "wet methods" if necessary. The record shows this, 'wet method' has been used many times on dissidents over many decades.
The second phase of this program is to launch many diversions, scattering reporters and investigators in hundreds of directions, which causes confusion of the people, in reference as to what the facts behind the story really are.
The infiltration of special political interest operatives into almost every segment of our government agencies is almost complete. A secret, invisible government is now in control of most of our MSM reporting outlets.
If there was ever a time for America to unite and support its elected president it is now. We, the citizens of the United States, are engaged in a secret war with special interest lobbyist and political, infiltrators supporting a private agenda. It appears we citizens don't know it.., or if we do know, we could care less.
It is time for every America citizen to get its head out of its ASS and demand this specialized CIA 'special interest' operation be exposed and stopped immediately.
If there is to be an investigation by Congress, or the Senate, then let it start by investigating the methods and procedures of MSM reporting.
You might hate Trump because of the adverse press, or other reasons, but remember he is the elected President and its time to put our differences away and, as citizens, do our best to work with him.
We citizens collectively asks for changes within our political structure in order to save our Constitution and our way of life. Now that it appears we have it, we don't know what to do with it because of all the FAKE reporting that is going on within this Nation by our MSM news outlets.
In my opinion MSM Journalism-- in this country-- has reach a new low. American MSM reporting is not worth taking the time to wrap their stories in their own newsprint.., not worth taking the time to take their "exclusive headline reporting" out to the garbage along with the rotten fish.
https://michaeldtobin.blogspot.com/2013/04/cia-owns-mainstream-media-and-cnn.html?spref=tw
IN CONCLUSION I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A QUOTE THAT IS SURE TO NOT MAKE A SPLASH, BUT IT BEARS SAYING, BECAUSE IN THE SAYS AND MONTHS TO COME, YOU WILL NEED TO REMEMBER THAT I SAID IT, AS ALL THAT IS HIDDEN WILL BE REVEALED AND THAT WHICH IS DONE IN THE DARK WILL HAVE LIGHT SHED UPON, AS JESUS SAID. BECAUSE THINGS ARE ABOUT TO BE REVEALED THAT'S GOING TO TEAR TO SHREDS PEOPLE'S ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE WHO THEY HAVE PUT ON PEDOSTALS BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO TALK, BUT IN REALITY HAVE BEEN DOING AND SAYING THE THINGS THEY DO AND SAY, FOR FINANCIAL GAIN ONLY, WITHOUT THE BEST INTERESTS OF WHO THEY HAVE BEEN APPEALING TO. HERE IT IS: The trouble with deception is that it causes people who really do know how to think, to see that these or similar statements are for control and not love. I support Trump and get pretty aggravated by probably 99% of the media anger machine churning out garbage at every chance no matter how stupid and wrong they are, but that doesn't mean people I disagree with are revolting against God purposefully or mistakenly. Most of the times when we revolt, it is because how we are being given information. But the American mainstream media are definitely purposefully deceiving it's viewers, listeners and readers. They're fools and I don't pity them. Even though I support Trump, I still dis count 99% of independent media who promote and promoted Trump, because I see that they don't even care about who they support, as it is only for financial gain, exactly like American mainstream media. I would even say that 99% of Christians were also deceived, but they were deceived because like almost everybody else, all they care about is their pocketbooks. But it was well worth it for reasons more important than Trump actually becoming President in favor of what he supported. The more important thing was that Hillary does NOT become President. I did a broadcast about this last month and it pretty much details more than I could put in a social media comment, the Lying Spirits link I mentioned further on up.
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