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Posted on October 31 at 4 p.m.

Since the taxpayers bailed the bank out, why not hire back all of the previous who worked there?

On Pacific Capital Reports

Posted on August 10 at 12:42 a.m.

They are skilled workers who work hard, and the work is sometimes dangerous physically. The show doesn't go on without the stagehands!

On Let's Hear It for the Stagehands

Posted on June 23 at 8:16 p.m.

OK, fracking has been around for a while, since the 40's, but it has been recently developed to a much greater extent so it can go further underground, thereby endangering our water supply.
(Over 12,000 feet) There are plenty of documented reports of wells that formerly supplied clean water that now supply contaminated water due to fracking in the area.
“We’re burning the furniture to heat the house,” said John H. Quigley, who left last month as secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “In shifting away from coal and toward natural gas, we’re trying for cleaner air, but we’re producing massive amounts of toxic wastewater with salts and naturally occurring radioactive materials, and it’s not clear we have a plan for properly handling this waste.”

The risks are particularly severe in Pennsylvania, which has seen a sharp increase in drilling, with roughly 71,000 active gas wells, up from about 36,000 in 2000. The level of radioactivity in the wastewater has sometimes been hundreds or even thousands of times the maximum allowed by the federal standard for drinking water. While people clearly do not drink drilling wastewater, the reason to use the drinking-water standard for comparison is that there is no comprehensive federal standard for what constitutes safe levels of radioactivity in drilling wastewater.

Drillers trucked at least half of this waste to public sewage treatment plants in Pennsylvania in 2008 and 2009, according to state officials. Some of it has been sent to other states, including New York and West Virginia.

Yet sewage treatment plant operators say they are far less capable of removing radioactive contaminants than most other toxic substances. Indeed, most of these facilities cannot remove enough of the radioactive material to meet federal drinking-water standards before discharging the wastewater into rivers, sometimes just miles upstream from drinking-water intake plants.

On Tracking the Fracking

Posted on June 22 at 12:26 a.m.

Nuffalready, when is it enough? When you can't use the water at your home for a shower because the watershed has been poisoned by oil spills? When you see how much you pay in extra taxes so the county can clean up the next 21 oil spills that another company didn't take responsibility for?
When we all have to pay twice as much for bottled water when there are a few days every month when the water out of the faucet turns grey? When a road you travel to work every day is closed because the county can't afford to clean up the oil spill on it, since the company that did it refused to clean it? If we don't draw a line in the sand, these things will happen next time. It's also time for the U.S. to get into the solar business seriously and out of the oil business.

On U.S. Sues Greka

Posted on May 9 at 12:51 a.m.

Hope for the future...congratulations EENG!

On Student-Started Environmental Education Group Wins 100K

Posted on April 11 at 12:29 a.m.

Such a book is long overdue. The pop world mostly doesn't have content. It is ultimately about selling, mostly to those who think that some song or video resonates with their emotional state.
This dynamic serves only to keep many in emotional distraction and purgatory, instead of taking action outside of themself to make the world better. The pop dynamic means you are ever looking for that perfect relationship or nastier one-night stand. Perhaps there are some exceptions (Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" or McCartney's "Let It Be" or Lennon's "Imagine" ) but they are few and far between.

Those who are lucky enough to play a musical instrument have the option of digging deeper into other music with richer content, that will be a source of lifelong satisfaction.

On Love Songs Get No Love in New Book

Posted on January 12 at 4:40 a.m.

A 9-year old girl, among others, is killed by someone who despite displaying mental instablity, nevertheless seems to have documented his plans to assassinate. Each of us has to imagine how we would feel it if happened to a family member.
From that viewpoint, couldn't both sides agree to a more stringent and detailed gun licensing process? Law-abiding gun owners would have nothing to fear , and gun control advocates would also see progress. It is worthwhile extra paperwork if a life is saved.

On Arizona Tragedy Sparks Debate

Posted on January 10 at 12:37 a.m.

This is a great and inspiring story. That young children act like mature adults in helping to create a possible future for us is amazing and puts our materialistic culture to shame.

On Concentric Rings of Positive Impact

Posted on January 10 at 12:28 a.m.

The visuals and dialogue in the above trailer are very moving and beautiful. This movie has a lot to say, but the music is amateurish and distracting. It has nothing to do with the historical time periods often depicted, and it's cast in a shallow and generic quasi-pop style.

On Tainted Love

Posted on December 6 at 12:23 a.m.

I think a number of older people (i.e., age 35 and older) would like to drink something like this, but would prefer options w/o gingko biloba and/or ginseng.

On Just Chill

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