Monday, May 31, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Take a U. S. map, lay it flat and measure inland just the minimum 50 miles of total destruction all around the Gulf of Mexico as to what you will read below. The carnage to the United States is so staggering, it will take your breathe away. Should what the scientists, who are trying to warn everyone about, is even close to be true... all of Florida will be completely destroyed and everyone and everything on it. You decide!! Everyone has the right to read what I have just written in this article, as well as to what is written below by the scientists who the Obama administration and BP are trying to shut up. Please share with as many as you can. Dr. James P. Wickstrom
SUMMARY OF WHAT IS HAPPENING
The estimated super high pressure release of oil from under the earth's crust is between 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day. The flow of oil and toxic gases is bringing up with it... rocks and sand which causes the flow to create a sandblasting effect on the remaining well head device currently somewhat restricting the flow, as well as the drilled hole itself.
As the well head becomes worn it enlarges the passageway allowing an ever-increasing flow. Even if some device could be placed onto the existing wellhead, it would not be able to shut off the flow, because what remains of the existing wellhead would not be able to contain the pressure.
The well head piping is originally about 2 inches thick. It is now likely to be less than 1 inch thick, and thinning by each passing moment. The oil has now reached the Gulf Stream and is entering the Oceanic current which is at least four times stronger than the current in the Gulf, which will carry it throughout the world within 18 months..
The oil along with the gasses, including benzene and many other toxins, is deleting the oxygen in the water. This is killing all life in the ocean. Along with the oil along the shores, there will be many dead fish, etc. that will have to be gathered and disposed of.
SUMMARY OF EXPECTATIONS
At some point the drilled hole in the earth will enlarge itself beneath the wellhead to weaken the area the wellhead rests upon. The intense pressure will then push the wellhead off the hole allowing a direct unrestricted flow of oil, etc.. The hole will continue to increase in size allowing more and more oil to rise into the Gulf. After several billion barrels of oil have been released, the pressure within the massive cavity five miles beneath the ocean floor will begin to normalize.
This will allow the water, under the intense pressure at 1 mile deep, to be forced into the hole and the cavity where the oil was. The temperature at that depth is near 400 degrees, possibly more. The water will be vaporized and turned into steam, creating an enormous amount of force, lifting the Gulf floor. It is difficult to know how much water will go down to the core and therefore, its not possible to fully calculate the rise of the floor.
The tsunami wave this will create will be anywhere from 20 to 80 feet high, possibly more. Then the floor will fall into the now vacant chamber. This is how nature will seal the hole. Depending on the height of the tsunami, the ocean debris, oil, and existing structures that will be washed away on shore and inland, will leave the area from 50 to 200 miles inland devoid of life. Even if the debris is cleaned up, the contaminants that will be in the ground and water supply will prohibit re-population of these areas for an unknown number of years. [End of scientists information release]
Note: The above article can be found on Commonlyknownas Nathan's Facebook page.
Comment: If BP's latest 'fix' does not work then I for one fear the worst... which could be the above scenerio... NATURE CRIES.
What do you think?
The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.
Read an interesting article by Gerald Gauthier in this week's Prairie Post titled Alta. MLA shares 13 ways to kill a community, by MLA Doug Griffiths. I could not find the Prairie Post story on-line so I did some research and found the authoritative version here.
Below is a condensed summary:
- Ensure a Poor Quality of Water
- Ensure New Businesses are Not Enticed
- Relegate Youth to the Sidelines
- Needs and Opportunities
- Don’t Give a Reason to Shop Local
- Don’t Paint
- Don’t Cooperate
- Don’t Include Seniors
- It’s All About the Attitude
- Be Short-Sighted
- Keep Outsiders and Immigrants Out
- Don’t Take Risks
- Don’t Take Responsibility
Having read the above, ask yourselves "how many ways do we kill our community?" This question is not intended as a slam but to "increase awareness of everyday things we may not recognize as being detrimental to our community".
To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Let's see if I got this right. Can't use their back alley and watering the rocks will not make them grow any faster. (Town Talk, by Gail Sygutek) LOL! :-)
Gail, Gail, Gail! How can you lament and single out this council for tax increases when every council since this present Mayor has been in office (except mine) has done the same thing, including yours?
And as far as 4-3 voting is concerned, I do not remember you or your paper ever having a problem with it during my term when you were on the majority side (in fact, you never mentioned it... not once! :-( ). Since this mayor has been on the minority side during this last term that is all we ever hear from you guys at the Pass Herald. In this regard, Buddy goes on another rant in his editorial of this week. Blaming the four councillors for our economic woes while leaving his long time serving buddy the Mayor off the hook, is so preposterous that only a true blind ideologue and political hack would have the balls to even try it.
They say if you tell a lie enough times people will start believing it. Well this lie has been told enough times that I suspect those who don't know better are starting to believe it? What a shame! Democracy thwarted by yellow journalism.
We can do better and we will... come election time.
Please, Gail! Tell me you have not come out of retirement to divide and conquer again, when what this community desperately needs is to come together, united as a family, with the understanding and mission that we can do better than what we have done so far. UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL.
Division and divisiveness is what has torn this community apart over the years and kept it from being all it could be. We don't need or want more of that and the sooner the Pass Herald realizes this the sooner they will become a player in taking us forward, rather than the 'obstacle' that must be overcome.
The press serves him who owns it. It does not spread “free” opinion – it generates it.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I guess that is what has been happening at our local Community Futures. The torrent of new initiatives, programs and endeavours by these people in the last little while had to require much hard work, time and effort. With this said, along with their recent announcements reported below in our local newspaper The Promoter, it certainly gives one hope that we are finally moving in the right direction, and with 'attitude' to boot. :-)
Over the years, I believed this group could do good things for this community (and therefore I was its strongest critic/advocate)... if only allowed to do so by that puppet master who has has held back this community for so long. Have the strings been cut? Are they their own masters now? It sure looks like it! If so, all I can say is, "it's about bloody time!!!" Good for them and good for us as a community, whose future now is looking much brighter and more promising than it has for many a year.
Council endorses tourism action plan
Pass excluded intentionally in new tourism logo
This last story regarding community branding and logo in which the 'Pass' was intentionally left out of 'Crowsnest Pass' is noteworthy because of how important this seemingly trivial deletion really is with respect to destination marketing. Sacha Anderson summed it up best by stating 'The Pass is something you drive through". She is absolutely right, and I applaud her in her efforts to change that perception instead to, "the Crowsnest is a place you drive to".
Now, if only we could get our postal codes to be as one. Then the Crowsnest from a business point of view would finally get on the map in more ways than one... as we should be.
Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Livingstone Range School Division is implementing changes to our local school bussing. Changes so profound, uncaring and unsympathetic that even I, who was born and raised in the Crowsnest Pass, has a local business, and has generally a great quality of life here, am contemplating moving.
The division is expecting Kindergarten aged kids who live within 2.4 km radius to walk to school, crossing highway 3, the train tracks, animal corridors and 20 feet of snow drifted stairs.
This does not affect our family, but many of my son's friends. They will not allow our children to be dropped off at after school care facilities. Simply put, our children will only get picked up and dropped off at the nearest bus stop to our homes.
50 years ago when moms stayed home this would of worked, but these days in order to afford to live here both parents must work.
As an employer I feel it is unrealistic to allow staff to show up for work at 9:30 and leave at 3:30 and therefore I am certain some will lose their jobs.
Furthermore, people who rely on 8 hours worth of wages per day will not be able to afford to live here if they can only work six due to child care issues.
Get a babysitter, right? That will not work because babysitters have to be dropped off at home as well after school and will not have the means to get to the house that needs the babysitter.
That said, consider how many young kids will be left home alone after school... Think also about how many people will simply just pull the plug and leave.
This is going to affect local business and employment, sports programs, schools (ironically), property value, etc, etc, etc.
There is something that you can do. Go to http://www.logomotives.ca/ and click on the Livingstone Range School Division link. When you click on this link an automatic email is generated with a letter of concern and is copied to every school board trustee in our division.
A group has done the background work and presented stats and concerns at a School Board meeting and NOW WE NEED PEOPLE TO VOICE CONCERN IN LARGE NUMBERS. The stats gathered from every other school division in Alberta indicate our school division is a division that has hit only the minimum standards as set out by Alberta Education.
If you want a copy of the presentation feel free to email me a request at email@example.com. The school board is set to discuss the issue further on May 11. Thank-you for your time in voicing your opinion and passing this along to others.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Some might think I am opening up a can of worms but I think not.
The need for economic stimulus and tapping into opportunities, especially as they relate to tourism, and the enormous revenue streams and economic potential of niche marketing that generates huge benefits to those communities having vision and leadership is the direction we need to be taking in my opinion. We see already our community is moving in the direction of adventure tourism with our Sinister Seven, walking trails and Mountain bike trails initiatives. This is just one more initiative that if done right can have huge economic benefits for our community of communities. For example, why can't main street Bellevue be a Quad town? What's wrong with having the old Hwy between the rodeo grounds in Hillcrest and Frank as a designated road for quads? I'm sure business entrepreneurs will come forward with initiatives and marketing opportunities of their own, if given the chance, in these areas and others that will have an end result of boasting our economy and tax base.
Anyone who read Don Harrison's letter to the editor in this week's Promoter cannot help but be impressed with the good works being done by responsible quadders. These guys are the good guys! They are not the problem. The problem is with the handful of bad guys who spoil things for everybody. These are the guys that we have to find effective ways of dealing with (vigilante justice anyone? Lets give everyone a paint gun and we can 'tag' the miscreants for the Bylaw Officer and police:-)) so that we don't allow a tiny minority to spoil it for the vast majority.
Anyway, these are just some thoughts to get the conversation going. I leave it to others to give us their ideas, opinions and concerns. As I see it, the idea here as stated in the following ATV Tourism Developmental Manual is to explore the possibilities of maximizing economic development through the development of a 'destination' tourism product (Mountain 'Friendly' Quadding/ATV'ing) through the collaborative efforts of everyone in the community with the objective to be to maximize the economic development benefits for the whole community, while respecting all environmental and cultural values.
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.