Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rand Paul Thinks This is a Good Idea??

Photos by Vivian Stockman

Oct. 11, 2001 marks the one-year anniversary of the nation's worst "blackwater" spill. That day, over 300 million gallons (first reports said 250 million) of sludge broke through from a coal waste slurry impoundment at Kentucky's largest mountaintop removal operation, a site owned by Martin County Coal Co., a subsidiary of Massey Energy.

The black goo, (laden with heavy metals present in coal and coal cleaning chemicals and who-know what-they-dump-in-those-impoundments) poured into Coldwater and Wolf Creeks and oozed down the Tug Fork and Big Sandy Rivers, into the Ohio, traveling 100 miles, closing down community water supplies and devastating aquatic life. The disaster "helped" place the Big Sandy on American Rivers' Most Endangered Rivers list.

Residents are upset about the slow pace of the clean-up. Some still can't drink their well water. Septic systems are not working. What's left of stream bank vegetation isn't healthy. People are worried about their health.

Still, Massey Energy insists they are a good corporate neighbor.

But the headlines the sludge disaster generates represent just one aspect of Massey's poor corporate record: Miner fatalities. Aggressive anti-union tactics. Overweight coal trucks. Deadly accident involving overweight coal trucks. Frequent blackwater "spills." Dodged worker's comp taxes.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bring Your Own Dirt

I like the story about the Scientist who became so enamored of the great strides in the scientific body of knowledge that he knew that with a few tweaks here and there man could create life from the very elements of the earth.

He was so confident that he challenged God saying, “I, too can create life. Meet me at a certain place at a certain hour and we will compete.

And God being a patient God, agreed and when they both appeared at the certain place at the certain time the exuberant scientist began immediately by scooping up a handful of earth to extract the necessary elements.

But God objected, raised his great hand and said, “My dear boy, you must bring your own dirt.”

The Art of Doing Nothing

"How do you do Nothing?" asked Pooh.

"Well, it's when people call out at you just as you're going off to do it, `What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?' and you say, `Oh, nothing' and then you go and do it. It means just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering."

--Winnie the Pooh

Thursday, August 5, 2010

...when Rand Paul, who is the Republican Senate candidate for Kentucky, is asked what Harlan County (Kentucky) is famous for, this is far from the best possible response:
"I don't know," he says in an elusive accent that's not quite southern and not quite not-southern. The town of Hazard is nearby, he notes: "It's famous for, like, The Dukes of Hazzard."
The Dukes of Hazzard?!?!

(Thanks to Acrentropy for the above.)

The Harlan County War that occurred in the early 1930's during the depression occurred when the mining companies hauled in strike breakers from out of state to crush the unions and the mine workers attempted to fight back. They lost, of course. Trust me, no mine worker or his progeny is ignorant of the history, and the consequences, of the Harlan County Wars.

The significance of these events, to the rational mind, seems to supercede the TV sitcom The Dukes of Hazard.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I Think I have the Colic!!

I feel like I have the colic. There is a lump of something pushing my left lower rib cage out. It feels like a big blob of air. Could it be fat?? It could possibly have been there forever just waiting for me to get fat enough and bored enough to find it! I think it is that rubbery steak I fixed for lunch. Cooking is not my best thing and I am not much of a meat eater so I think it is the steak. Just sitting there all gommed up waiting for me to notice it.

But when I turn the other way it kind of disappears! Is that normal?? I don't see how hypochondriacs can stand being one. Worrying about this air bubble is just eating up my time.

I think I will go drink another Coke and burp.