Saturday, March 29, 2014

I know this is old, but still worth thinking about...again....and again...

Seems like this seems like such a "no brainer".....and yet the loudest voices shout 'drill baby drill' and 'fricken frackin'...... ahhh, the gift that will keep on our grandchildren!!


Monday, March 10, 2014

frac sand  ????

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Government and industry experts estimate the US production of frac sand at 25 million to 30 million metric tons a year and growing – most of it now coming from the upper Midwest.
The mining boom looks different from state to state. Minnesota and Illinois each have a handful of large frac sand mines, with new ones on the way. Iowa has ample sandstone, but so far only one operating mine. Wisconsin, however, with its easy access to railroads and relatively permissive regulations, has become a hive of sand mining. In 2010, the state had 10 mines and processing facilities. Today it has 132, with nearly 100 more that are in the planning stages or have been approved.
"There are so many, it's hard to keep track of them," says Thomas Dolley, a sand expert with the US Geological Survey outside Washington.
The mining boom has aroused opposition, spawning numerous small activist groups with names like Preserve Trempealeau County and Save the Bluffs. Some residents of sand-rich areas in Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota – about 225 of whom met at a "Citizens' Frac Sand Summit" in Winona, Minn., in January – are alarmed by what they see in Wisconsin. "We don't want to be like them," says Amy Nelson, an anti-mining activist from Goodhue County, Minn. "We don't want to be overrun by sand mines."

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Trying not to get too political, but......
Some snippets of commentaries I read this morning that deserve some thought.......
re: 2008....Only four months ago, Mr. Bush and Mr. Putin met in Sochi, the Russian resort only miles from Georgia, and signed a "framework agreement" that pledged cooperation on a variety of diplomatic and security matters and declared that "the era in which the United States and Russia considered one another an enemy or strategic threat has ended."
2008 Russia invades Georgia.....

Our good guy/bad guy rubric is not consistent, however. We support young democracies, until election results don't fit our preferred narrative. We decry brutal, autocratic regimes, but make exceptions for countries with important economic or historical ties. And former enemies can become friends -- black hats exchanged for white -- when the confluence of democratic change, political alignment and economic interests align.

A weaker US seems to have a lot to do with degrading the office by way of the commercial minded interests of so called "news". If the hype sells more adverti'zzzzing' (and votes) go for it! ....after five years of telling the world how weak we are, why shouldn't they believe it.
The worlds perception of highest office in the world and the person holding that office are inseparable. Continually degrading and subverting one of coarse puts a lasting stain on the other. Disagreeing and fighting for change is our we do it effectively and respectfully our responsibility.

Sunday, March 2, 2014




The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.... Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

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and tomorrow, on to Mondays rat race.....