Friday, December 19, 2014

Tom "Terrific-for-the-Frac-Sand-Mining-Industry" Tiffany Probably Thinks Ken Schmitt is Full of Bullroar

Frac sand resolution gains traction.  (Chippewa Herald, 12/17/014)

Here's a longer excerpt from the article.
He said the study, which would be the first of its kind in the state, would look at the environmental, health and economic impact of the sand mine industry.
County Board chairman Paul Michels [who has contributed $750 to Scott Walker, a total of $1,885 to Republican candidates] said he is all for public safety. “But I’m not an advocate of duplication of public services,” he said, asking Schmitt if a study would be a duplication. Schmitt said not to his knowledge.
“How many counties will it take to get any movement, to get any action?” asked board Vice Chairman Henry Shakal [whose wife contributed $100 to a Republican candidate in1996].
“More always helps,” Schmitt replied, adding that Chippewa County is known in the state as a frac sand area. He said he has passed the petition on to people in four or five other counties, but has not heard if those counties will consider asking the state to fund such a study.

I've shared it before, and I'll share it again.

Other mining posts:
Trempealeau County Residents Wonder If Their Drinking Water is Contaminated.  (10/16/20140
2010: Scott Walker pledges to get government out of the way.  (9/30/2014) 
More hills posed to go away.  (9/27/2014)
A personal account of the impact of frac sand mining.  (9/26/2014) 
Report: Communities At Risk: Frac Sand Mining in the Upper Midwest.  (9/26/2014) 
Makes you wonder: Do campaign contributions pay for a license to pollute?  (9/15/2014)
Maybe it has something to do with the hardhat.  (8/9/2014)
In other words, Kevin, people don't want to live near a frac sand mining operation.  (8/7/2014) 
UPDATED: Scott Walker continues his "Thank You for Your Contributions" tour.  (8/3/2014)
What a mere $8,000 will buy you in the Scott Walker House of Favors,  (3/30/2014)
Frac sand mining and property values: Homeowners vs. landowners.  (3/30/2014)
Nevertheless, transparency would have been in the general pubic's best interest.  (3/15/2014)
Wisconsin Towns Association has second thoughts about that "gentler" frac sand mining regulation bill. (3/4/014)
Scott Walker likely to support Tom Tiffany's new mining bill.  (2/27/2014)
The vision of Trempealeau County as one big mining operation -- nipped in the bud.  (2/20/2014)
Glenwood City Council members defeat their recall challengers by a hair.  (12/18/2013)
Wyoming's Republican Governor has a message for Wisconsin mining industry's "Tom Terrific".  (11/24/2013)
The mining industry's "Tom Terrific" gets pushback from his Republican colleagues.  (11/18/2013)
In so many words: Dear Sen. Tiffany, Your bill sucks, Sincerely, Pepin County Board.  (11/13/2013)
Follow the Gogebic money.  (11/7/2013)
Sand mine industry leaders put our minds at ease.  (11/5/2013) 
Scott Walker donor promises jobs, permanence for Independence and Whitehall residents.  (10/29/2013) 
Sen. Tom Tiffany's sand mine bill a hot potato.  (10/28/2013) 
Another Walker campaign donor for SB349.  (10/25/2013)
Expensive to the Tune of $430,505.49 (as of June 30, 2013).  (10/25/2013) 
The Nipper Chronicles: The frac sand mining masters speak.  (10/18/2013)
Things aren't so tranquil in Glenwood City Wisconsin lately  (10/10/2013)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Joe Thomas, Turd Specialist

NFL star and former Badger Joe Thomas hit for Muscoda environmental problems.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 12/18/2014)

Surveys on CIA's Enhanced Interrogation Program Show That Americans Have Marginalized Their Moral Authority

Americans Have Taken Ownership of the CIA's Interrogation Program.  (Brookings, 12/17/2014)

Let's Ask Scott Walker About Something He Doesn't Know

Where do we start?

How about Cuba?

Recommended reading
Why we should applaud Cuba's progress towards the millennium development goals.  (The Guardian, 9/30/2010)
Cuba's commitment to prioritise health and education regardless of economic circumstances is one that other countries should emulate.

From Cuba, progress that U.S. refuses to see. (USA Today, 5/30/2011)
Back in April, Cuba's Communist Party Congress announced a series of economic reforms that permit self-employment in 178 areas of work, including restaurants, carpentry, barbers, hair dressers, electricians and taxi drivers. In 83 of these jobs people will be allowed to create small businesses and hire workers. Under the announced reforms, Cubans also will be able to buy and sell cars and homes for the first time in half a century.

This is What Happens When Academics Serve Up Comfort Food

The Myth of Comfort Food.  (The New York Times, 12/15/2014)

Getting it wrong from the start.
Feeling sad or stressed? Put down that Oreo or bowl of mac ’n’ cheese and brace yourself for another bummer: The emotional healing powers of comfort food may be overrated.

In my view, "comfort food" has never been synonymous with "chicken soup".  This first definition sums it up for me.

Merriam-Webster's definitions are based on actual usage; it's a description dictionary.

American Heritage has historically taken a more prescriptive approach to lexicography, but its dictionaries do not mention a healing aspect of comfort food.

Oxford's definition might give University of Minnesota researchers a smidgen of comfort, but "well-being" can easily be translated to mean "happy" and have nothing to do with emotional health and healing.

I make what I immodestly consider the best comfort meal ever:
  • meat loaf
  • baked potatoes
  • green bean casserole
It's a family favorite, and I always feel a great sense of satisfaction and contentment during the preparation, throughout the meal, and immediately afterwards.  But it's not meant to be a lasting experience, and I don't do it to "heal".

I rarely utter such complaints, but I sincerely hope that no public dollars funded this study.