Colorado: More fracking coming to the Pawnee National Grasslands

25 October 2014


Each day I become more convinced this drilling is indeed A Great American Ponzi scheme. In order to succeed, drilling must increase at completely unsustainable levels. And when the bubble bursts, states like Colorado will get the job of trying to restore the land.

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Feds finalizing oil and gas development plan for 100,000 acres of public land


Oil and gas drilling is spreading northeastward into the Pawnee National Grasslands. Map courtesy WildEarth Guardians.

Staff Report

FRISCO — If it sometimes feels like fracking is closing in wherever you look, it’s because it is. One of the latest arenas for fossil fuel exploitation is on the Pawnee National Grasslands, in northeastern Colorado, described by the U.S. Forest Service as the country’s last remaining shortgrass prairie.

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Bill Moyers Finally Retires–For Real This Time

25 October 2014

Bill Moyers says he’s retiring for real this time. I hope he’s not, after all, he’s only 80.

In case he is indeed serious, I hope everyone will read this interview:

“Bill Moyers: Grassroots Pro-Democracy Movement Must Rise to Challenge Corporate Control”

If that’s asking too much, at least read my favorite line:

We have to figure out how to have a morally-based conversation about politics and economics. If it’s all about money and return on investment and stock shares and all that, instead of what kind of society works best for those who don’t have such “goods”, we’re finished as a democracy, because some people will be able to buy anything they want and vast numbers of others will be unable to afford what they need.

Moyers has been and remains an American treasure.


As Years Pass, So Do Some Ideas–or Not

24 October 2014

Interesting story about how a few years, lots of reading, and the application of critical thinking affect the brain.

“CPAC’s Boy Wonder Swings Left”

The process described here used to be called growing up and becoming educated.

In contrast, some people–way too many people–fail to grow up and examine their positions. They maintain their positions by refusing to investigate, read, think, reflect, or even exercise a bit of curiosity: “Abbott among Climate Change Skeptics”


Peer Review: “The Dueling Ground for Experts”

21 October 2014

For decades now, I’ve tried to explain the peer review process to college students. Some understand immediately. Some venerate any peer-reviewed article. Some fail to grasp the concept entirely. And a few just don’t care.

That said, academic publishing, what these authors call “the dueling ground for experts,” continues to provide the cutting edge arguments on topics most people never hear about. I once heard–or more likely read–that once the layman finally accepts the truth of some hot academic topic, for example, penis envy in women, academics who’d been arguing the topic for years had long resolved the argument, often rejecting it, and moved on to something else.

From what I’m currently reading, this article included, the climate change skeptics look to be losing their duel quite dramatically.

“Another Global Warming Contrarian Paper Found to Be Unrealistic and Inaccurate”

Frankly, I wish they were winning. Unfortunately, I’m finding more and more articles, both peer reviewed and from high end magazines, that say things like this: “How the IPCC Underestimated Climate Change.”

The good news–for me–is that I’m old.


Auction American Style

18 October 2014

“Purchase of Election by Chevron Shows We Have ‘Oligarchy, Not Democracy': Sanders”

I really liked America better when it at least allowed the illusion of a representative government.


Celebrity Opinions: When the Affect Mars?

11 October 2014

Is anyone surprised that celebrities–even brighter than average celebrities–get things wrong when they debate? Or do they? Listen and judge if you wish: “Real Time with Bill Maher: Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher Debate Radical Islam (HBO)”

The WaPo just ran this article rich in stats showing a more complicated reality: “Ben Affleck and Bill Maher Are Both Wrong about Islamic Fundamentalism”

For the record, Harris is no fan of ANY of the Abrahamic religions. He’s an equal opportunity critic.


Drip, Drip, Drip, and Not a Drop

11 October 2014

Exports are a sign of changing times.

“Oil Panic Puts Export Debate Back on The Table”

Yes, indeed exports tell us something.

So do the forty-five wells within a mile of us. So does the fact that our natural gas bill went up again.


Tuning up the Chea

25 September 2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council. the free-market-no-matter-what-it-costs folks, the people behind labelling animal rights crusaders as terrorists, are waging a strongly worded retreat on climate change. No longer are the folks on the far side of reality calling climate change a hoax. Now they’ve shifted to arguing a hotter planet could be a good thing.

“ALEC: Global Warming Could Be Good for You”

Nice try, ALEC. I wish you well. Perhaps some miracle will validate your position. I hope so, but for now I merely hope your retreat continues.


Need, Want, Have, Should NOT Have?

18 September 2014

The militarization of American police forces alarms me. That spokesmen for some police departments now announce that their duty is to enforce the law and NOT to serve the people alarms me even more.

Given the lack of coverage of protests on national media of some recent large protests and the legal shift towards protecting corporations aka artificial people over flesh and blood people, I now fear the use of militarized police on US citizens exercising their constitutional rights is the coming thing for America.

Doesn’t trouble you at all? Then read this:

“Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forced to Return Military-grade Weapons, Vehicles”

And if you haven’t already, be sure and watch (or rewatch) John Oliver on the militarization of the police.

Now going to look up Kevlar on Google.


New mapping traces origins of ocean debris

3 September 2014


The world holds so much garbage and so little good news.

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Ocean boundaries redefined

Patches of plastic debris accumulate where they are concentrated by ocean currents.

Patches of plastic debris accumulate where they are concentrated by ocean currents.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Shredded bits of plastic now outweigh plankton in parts of the Pacific Ocean, posing a growing risk to to fish, turtles and birds that eat the trash. Efforts to limit the debris haven’t progressed much in the past few years, but new modeling of ocean currents may help researchers determine exactly where the waste is coming from.

“In some cases, you can have a country far away from a garbage patch that’s unexpectedly contributing directly to the patch,” said Gary Froyland, a mathematician at Australia’s University of New South Wales.

For example, the ocean debris from Madagascar and Mozambique would most likely flow into the south Atlantic, even though the two countries’ coastlines border the Indian Ocean.

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