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Watering Hole: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 – Rain, again?

Colorado has been pounded with rain, rain, and more rain which is causing massive flooding.  Many residents have lost their homes and cars.  Another major casualty of these floods is the oil and gas industry.

The Denver Post had this to say:

As Front Range floodwaters continued to drain into the swelling South Platte River Saturday, authorities scrambled to evacuate stranded residents from homes and deal with a broken oil and gas industry pipeline.

Fracking water that leaks into the environment causes contamination with cancer causing chemicals which cannot be easily removed.

Oil and gas industry crews have been monitoring wells drilled into the flood plain east of Greeley in Weld County.

One pipeline has broken and is leaking, Weld County Emergency Manager Roy Rudisill. Other industry pipelines are sagging as saturated sediment erodes around the expanding river.

Industry crews “are shutting in the lines, shutting in the wells,” Rudisill said.

In a statement, Gary Wockner, of Clean Water Action, said “Fracking and operating oil and gas facilities in floodplains is extremely risky. Flood waters can topple facilities and spread oil, gas, and cancer-causing fracking chemicals across vast landscapes making contamination and clean-up efforts exponentially worse and more complicated.”

Here are a few pictures from the Boulder area.

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Watering Hole: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – Don’t Do It

Last week, I felt conflicted as to how the US should respond to the gassing of citizens in Syria by the Assad government.  I have since reached an opinion regarding the use of targeted missile strikes by the United States.  Mr. President, don’t do it.

Assad has already killed many Syrians using conventional weapons and air strikes won’t prevent him from killing more Syrians in the future.  Children are always collateral damage in a war regardless of the weapons of choice.

The use of chemical and biological weapons were outlawed after World War I at the Geneva Convention.  The Chemical Weapons Convention, which further bans chemical weapons and requires the destruction of these weapons, clearly specifies:

  • Prohibition,
  • Declaration Requirements,
  • Destruction Requirements,
  • On-site Activity,
  • Trade,
  • And Penalties for non-compliance.

You can read more at the Arms Control website.

Since it is clear that using chemical or biological weapons is greatly frowned upon, I am left wondering, “Where is the outrage by the rest of the world’s nations?”  Why isn’t Assad being charged as a war criminal by the Hague?  European nations are timid in their response.  Could this silence be because of the war crimes committed by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld when no nation spoke up?  Is Putin siding with Assad because he would do the same to Russians that oppose him?  Just asking.

I question why Assad used chemical weapons.  He knows that President Obama claimed their use was the red line and yet Assad used them.  Does he want the US to get involved?  Were these chemical weapons the lure on the line?  There are still too many questions that have not been answered.

Americans are tired of war.  If our government is struggling to handle the current case load of our veterans, it certainly can’t afford to add to that work load.  We are struggling to recover from a huge deficit by using “sequestration”.  Many home bound citizens are missing meals because of cuts to Meals on Wheels and children that could greatly benefit from early education are being denied admission to Head Start.  This is just some of the impact of the budgetary cuts made by Congress but yet, we are suppose to believe that the US can afford to pay for missiles.  A single Tomahawk cruise missile costs approximately $1.5 million and Hellfire rockets cost about $115,000.00 each.  These prices do not include the cost of transportation or the tools need to launch the weapons.

I am hopeful that the House will say “no” to President Obama’s request for military strikes in Syria.

In the meantime, you might want to dust off your yellow ribbons.

This diary at Daily Kos presents an interesting perspective.

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NB:  This post was created on Saturday, Sept. 7 and does not reflect any updates that may have occurred since then.

Watering Hole: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 – Almost the End

Summer is quickly coming to an end.  Before the blue skies give way to grey, we decided it was time to get that one last fun summer event in by going to the Oregon coast.  This was my first trip to the Pacific Ocean and of course, I had to spend some time in the 60 degree water which didn’t bother me at all.  We spent a few days at Cape Kiwanda, Oregon.  It’s just one of many beaches where big rocks stand tall in the surf.

There was a sign in the rental unit that stated that we were in a tsunami hazard zone.  That was not comforting.  As we returned home, we drove along the coastal highway, number 101.  We passed through several towns that had the same tsunami warning and some towns indicated that they were a “tsunami prepared community”.  Right.  A warning siren goes off and everyone has 5 minutes to get to higher ground.

Oregon is the opposite twin to Japan and every 300 to 600 years, the coast will experience an earthquake which will create a tsunami.  An Oregon tsunami may be bigger than previously thought.

When a tsunami strikes the Oregon coast – as many have before and will again – the merciless wall of water could loom far higher and rush farther inland than anything coastal communities have planned for.

That unsettling realization comes from new computer simulations of the way the earth and water would behave during a severe offshore quake, based partly on lessons from the deadly tsunami that roiled the Indian Ocean in 2004. The tsunami there, which killed nearly a quarter of a million people, towered close to 100 feet high in places – more than twice what scientists pictured when they first drew tsunami hazard maps for Oregon coast communities.

The undersea rift, or subduction zone, that triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami – among the deadliest natural disasters in history – is almost identical to the one that lies quietly off Oregon. And that raised the question: Could a tsunami like that hit Oregon and the rest of the West Coast?

The answer is yes, according to new projections of how an earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the Oregon coast would send a tsunami ashore at Cannon Beach.

This is our Open Thread.  Take a risk and Speak Up!

Watering Hole: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – The Tomato and the Hemp Plant

Authorities should learn to recognize plants before they begin tearing up peoples’ gardens.  The residents of this small community had their organic gardens destroyed because a neighbor called the police and claimed that marijuana was growing in the gardens.

In June, an anonymous source provided police with information that Eaker was growing marijuana in a garden that is surrounded by bamboo, the warrant states.

On July 30, a Texas Department of Public Safety aircraft conducted aerial surveillance of the Garden of Eden property, according to the warrant. Based on the investigating officer’s experience, and upon review of photographs taken of a garden surrounded by bamboo, the plants inside appeared to be consistent with marijuana, police state in the warrant.

What disturbs me is that people have to fear having their home gardens destroyed because of a false alarm created by a nosy neighbor.

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Watering Hole: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 – The Big Ass Mountain

I don’t have much to say today except this, imagine a National Park under the control of a Libertarian/Tea Party/John Birch Society controlled government.

Here’s some photos from the “Big Ass Mountain” in Washington.

“Big Ass Mountain” as seen from Paradise.

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Fields of wild flowers located at the Big Ass Mountain.

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Big Ass Mountain glacial flow that is decreasing every year.

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Streams flowing from the Big Ass Mountain.

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And a  Big Ass Mountain Hoary Marmot (chewing on a piece of chipboard).  This fell off my SIL’s coffee cup and as he reached down to pick it up, this little critter quickly grabbed it and began to eat it.  There was no arguing with the marmot.

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My guess is that our national parks would be sold to the highest bidder(s) and the oil and gas industry would start their “drill, baby, drill” work.

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EXTRA:  Libertarians would love this idea.

Watering Hole: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 – Java Jitters

People on the west coast love their coffee.  There are coffee kiosks in every shopping center and practically one on every corner.  Folks on the east coast enjoy their coffee, too.  However, coffee shops are more of a sit-down experience and not so much a drive-through experience.

We went to look at an apartment in Springfield, Oregon.  The apartment manager told us a story about a woman from Philadelphia that wanted to rent a place for her son who would be attending the University of Oregon in nearby Eugene and she wanted to know if there was a place close by where her son could get a cup of coffee before class in the morning.  Needless to say, the apartment manager thought that this was a strange question and she asked us if there are coffee shops in Philadelphia.  We responded, “Yes, just not on every corner.”

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This is our Open Thread.  I said my piece and now it is time for you to Speak Up!

Watering Hole: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – Mandela

This a man that I greatly admire.  He was brave while he was imprisoned and even braver after he was elected President.  Nelson knew that in order for South Africa to move forward, it could not dwell in its past sins and atrocities.

President Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday on July 18th and he was hospitalized for a lung infection back in June.  Even though he is showing improvement, his situation remains critical.

Just like everyone else, no leader is perfect.  What is important is the legacy that their leadership gives to us.  Here’s to you, Mandiba.

This is our Open Thread.  Speak Up!

Watering Hole: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – Open Thread, Other Opinions

Today, I’m going to share a few links to other blogs that are worth mentioning.  Since these are blogs, I won’t be copying any of the content.

Can shareholders have an impact on fossil fuels?  Corporate Social Responsibility seems to think that shareholders can influence the future of drilling for gas and oil and investment in renewable energy.

As for those corporations that are fighting to prevent coverage for birth control and to make all abortions illegal because of ‘religious’ reasons, a study shows that the number of abortions decrease when contraception is free.  Addicting Info has more on this topic.

Tom Tomorrow has a posting at Democratic Underground.

State Impact is not a blog.  It is a reporting project of NPR stations.  This news story involves the dumping of fracking waste into the Allegheny River, upstream from Pittsburgh.

This is our Open Thread.  Speak Up!

Watering Hole: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – What is this?

I spent a little time in Northwest Colorado with a friend that took me to a cemetery in Pagoda.  Now, I’m not sure if Pagoda is a town or a county or a township.  All I know is that there is a cemetery in the middle of nowhere with a sign with this name on it.

Is this an outhouse?  Or is this a shed?  I didn’t venture close enough to examine it.

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Some people like to dress up the grave site with artificial flowers and other trinkets.

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This is the Open Thread so Speak Up about anything.

And for the curious, Nonewhere and I are staying in Sammamish, Washington.  We had a safe trip across the continent and we are still homeless.

White Lines, Colorado and Fever

Since nonewhere has been spending the week packing up his office space (I call him ‘last minute louie), I decided to give him a break and get the music started.  We will be seeing a lot of this during the next several days.  By the way, we will be spending some vacation time in Northwest Colorado where nonewhere will be fishing with Onefly.

Watering Hole: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – On the Road Again

IMG_0397Nonewhere and I will be starting our travels to the northwestern part of the United States on Friday, June 14.  We sold our house that we designed and lived in for 16 years and 1 day.  The east coast has been our home for all of our lives.  Over the years, we have made many good friends and it is sad to say “good-bye” so instead we say, “come visit us in Oregon”.  We have been very busy packing over the past several weeks and that is why you haven’t seen much of us lately.  It’s amazing how much stuff can accumulate over 16 years especially in a large house.  We like to entertain and a house this size provided ample room for political parties, family and friends parties, and house concerts.  Our next place will be quite a bit smaller.

The above picture shows the front of our house.  We had a small picnic table on this porch and we enjoyed many meals on this porch.  It was also a good place to hang out and listen to the evening birds, night cicadas and crickets.

The below picture presents a view of our patio.  We had an octagon shaped picnic table with benches that were made by the Amish along with folding Adirondack chairs.  The table got sold but the chairs are coming with us.

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This will be my last “Open Thread” until I get settled.  I’ll let the ‘boss lady’ (Zooey) know when I am ready to get back to work.

Open Thread… Speak Up!

Watering Hole – Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sequestration only becomes a problem for Congress when it inconveniences them.

This is a last minute attempt to put up an Open Thread.  Speak Up!

Posted by Cats r Flyfishn.  Now, I have to get back to my packing.

All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to TPZoo.
Paul Jamiol
Jamiol’s World

Watering Hole: May 14, 2013 – Women, Men and Violence

“It’s important that we acknowledge that the growing movement of men in the United States — in a multicultural sense — and all around the world — in an international sense — the growing movement of men who are standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women and going into parts of male culture that have historically been either apathetic about or openly hostile to women’s efforts to engage them. That movement of men is indebted to the leadership of women on a personal level, on a professional level, on a political level, on an intellectual level, on every level. Women built these movements, and these are movements that are affecting — in a positive way — everybody, not just women and girls, but also men and boys.

And oftentimes, men like myself get a lot of credit and public acclaim for doing the work that women have been doing for a long time.

Happy Birthday to a wonderful women, my youngest daughter.

This is our Open Thread.  Speak Up!

Watering Hole: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – Wealth Reality

The wealth distribution in this nation is appalling.  This is why it is becoming more difficult to make ends meet.  Are you feeling the pain?

Thom Hartman wrote a book in which one chapter explores “What is Enough”.  He presents different perspectives on being ‘rich’ and being ‘poor’.

While they number fewer than one percent of all humans on the planet, the result of a relentless 5-millenium genocide by our worldwide Younger Culture, there are still people alive on Earth who are members of Older Cultures that predate the Mesopotamian city-states. There are also people whose Older Culture ways have only been so recently taken from them-such as many Native American tribes-that while they may no longer live the Older Culture way, they remember it.

In these Older Cultures, the concept of “more is better” is unknown. They would consider “greed is good” to be the statement of an insane person. One person eating near another who is hungry is an obscene act.

The ‘Older Cultures’ regard wealth not as goods and services.  Instead, their view of wealth is security.

In Older Cultures, the goal of the entire community is to get every person in the community to the “enough point.” Once that is reached and ensured, people are free to pursue their own personal interests and bliss. The shaman explores trance states, the potter makes more elegant pots, the storyteller spins new yarns, and parents play with and teach their children how to live successfully.

Contrast that to the quest by people like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers.  For them, there is never enough money in their bank accounts.  They don’t own enough ‘things’ so they keep striving for more and more.  If they lost everything today, they would have nothing because money doesn’t buy true friendship.  Who really likes a greedy person?  No one.

Ghandi said, “There is enough for everyone’s needs but not enough for everyone’s greed.”

(cross posted at Pennsylvaniaforchange.wordpress.com)

This is our Open Thread.  So what do you think?  Speak Up!

Watering Hole: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – Isn’t She Beautiful

You may have seen this video before.  I wanted to share it because it is one of those stories where we gain more insight with each viewing.

I’ve been bullied as a child.  It took me 50 years to get to love myself and not blame myself for the words and actions of others.

That’s all I got.

This is our Open Thread.  You will not be bullied at The Zoo when you Speak Up.

To Know War Is To Know Madness In This World – President Lyndon B. Johnson

I posted this yesterday on Pennsylvania for Change.

Chuck Hagel served in this war.  So did John Kerry.  Yet the yellow elephants that got deferments find fault with these warriors.

Here’s a few cowards that were unwilling to serve or made sure that they didn’t have to fight:

  • George W. Bush – remained in the States
  • Ted Nugent
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Donald Rumsfeld
  • Dick Cheney
  • Mitt Romney

They wear flag pins and called themselves patriots.  Yet when ‘Uncle Sam’ called them to serve, they found ways to get out of fighting in a war.   I’m sure there are more names to add to this list.

Let’s take a look at this war…

We fight differently these days.  Now the drones fly over our ‘enemies’ and someone thousands of miles away gives the command to fire off the smart bomb.   Without the close contact, our enemies are faceless and their deaths have less of an emotional impact on us.

I once had a soldier tell me that firing a gun at someone that is 100 yards away isn’t that difficult.  Killing someone with a knife is hard to do because it is up close and personal.  It’s hard to kill someone when you are looking in their eyes.

There’s no two ways about it.  War sucks.

Playing for Change:

Give me love my brother, give me love my sister, it’s just a kiss away.

Friday Night Music – Something Silly

I heard this song on WXPN yesterday and it made me laugh because the typewriter is certainly a thing of the past.

Once again, Nonewhere was a slacker so the privilege of posting a song was dumped on  handed to me.

This is all I got.  Do whatever you want with it.

BTW – WXPN may be one of the best radio stations in the nation.  Do visit their website to learn more about ‘XPN‘.

Watering Hole: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – Lettuce

Quote:

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

End Quote.   :)

Some music from Lettuce, live in Brooklyn.

Let us not blame others for our mistakes and let us assume responsibility for our own actions.

This is our Open Thread.  Let us Speak Up!