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Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jun 15, 2017, 10:55 PM (3 replies)

Um, okay . . .

Just now, an MSNBC correspondent was reporting on Trump's commending the press coverage of yesterday's shooting and commented that such kind words about the media are "something we haven’t seen a lot of in the recent future.” Well, I’d have to agree.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jun 15, 2017, 03:39 PM (5 replies)

Water, water everywhere . . . or not.

I posted last night about the unexpected surprise about the quality of my town's drinking water:

Why was it surprising? In the map below (taken from the article following), we're in the middle of the area in the red circle.


from that article (and there's MUCH more):

"Numerous threats to groundwater are associated with oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing. Research from other regions shows that the majority of groundwater contamination events actually occur from on-site spills and poor management and disposal of wastes. Disposal and storage sites and spill events can allow the liquid and solid wastes to leach and seep into groundwater sources. There have been many groundwater contamination events documented to have occurred in this manner. For example, in 2013, flooding in Colorado inundated a main center of the state’s drilling industry causing over 37,380 gallons of oil to be spilled from ruptured pipelines and damaged storage tanks that were located in flood-prone areas. There are serious concerns that the oil-laced floodwaters have permanently contaminated groundwater, soil, and rivers."


Water wars are not new to the West. But fracking brings those wars to a whole new dimension, given the industry's permanent poisoning of billions of gallons of irreplaceable water. It's damned near inevitable that, at some point, the poisoned water will migrate into pristine sources. No one is immune to that danger, no matter where you live. The planet is, after all, a finite system. PLEASE, take the time to read the article, you're worth it.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jun 15, 2017, 02:19 PM (3 replies)

The surprising Colorado city that has North Americas best-tasting tap water

Coloradans don’t have to travel far to take a sip of the best tap water in North America.

Greeley, a city known for both agriculture and food processing businesses, can now boast it has the best tasting tap water in the United States and Canada.

The Greeley Water and Sewer Department won the 13th annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test conducted by the American Water Works Association. Montpelier, Ohio, took second place and Bloomington, Minn., had the third-best tasting tap water.

... more at link

Posted because it's nice to be known for something other than fracking by schools and exploding houses.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Jun 15, 2017, 01:52 AM (5 replies)


My oral surgeon likes to post on facebook. Yes, he's a Republican, but the things he posts are usually rather benign. Today's post caught my eye, though. Have to wonder how many of his Republican friends will be "distressed" by the flag's interesting visual orientation . . .

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jun 14, 2017, 08:34 PM (0 replies)

For what it's worth

Following this morning’s events I wrote a letter to Paul Ryan. But I don’t live in his district or his state, and given the news coverage about the failure of mail and other messages to actually arrive at his desk I decided to share the letter openly. Herewith:


Like all Americans I am horrified by the shooting of Representative Scalise and others. Your remarks in the House well conveyed the sentiments of the nation. Most especially I noted your observation that “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” It is because of my agreement with that observation that I ask you to refrain from confining it to this one tragic event.

Consider, please, your many legislative efforts that negatively impact our most vulnerable citizens — seniors, the working poor, the disabled, the homeless and hungry, the chronically ill. Consider some of the remarks that have been made about them to justify your efforts. Consider that diminishing the least among us diminishes us all. Consider, also, that the converse has a decidedly different outcome, that a boon to those who are already graced with great wealth rarely conveys blessings for those in need, that the leftovers that manage to trickle down are often too tainted to be of any significant benefit to anyone.

As we all continue to hope for the healing of the wounded and frightened, I ask that you reconfigure your efforts to more closely adhere to the humane principles enshrined in our founding documents. It’s not yet too late to act on the meaning of those most cherished phrases of equality and unalienable rights, for to do less would make a lie of “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

This is the moment, sir. Take it, and do what’s right. For all of us.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jun 14, 2017, 03:53 PM (2 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Jun 14, 2017, 02:51 PM (0 replies)

Pixie Man!

Roy Zimmerman, folks!

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jun 13, 2017, 10:18 PM (4 replies)

Question about the office of Attorney General --

Is the office in service to the people or to the person of the president?

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jun 13, 2017, 05:11 PM (7 replies)

Her Life on the Line

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Jun 13, 2017, 12:32 AM (7 replies)
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