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Open Thread – May 15, 2012

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Upper Andro Angler’s Alliance and Oxford Hills Middle School Students to Clean Up Androscoggin River

As part of National River Cleanup, members of the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance and students from the Experiential Learning Team at Oxford Hills Middle School will clean up a section of the Androscoggin River from Newt’s Landing in West Bethel to Davis Park in Bethel on Tuesday, May 22. Students, ages 12-15, will float down the river in rafts armed with garbage bags and towing garbage scow rafts to collect debris along the riverbanks. The clean-up flotilla will launch at 9 am from Newt’s Landing and take out at Davis Park. Community members are welcome to help clean-up this and other stretches of the river. The town of Bethel will provide trash collection at Davis Park and deliver to the town’s solid waste facility.

Magic Falls Rafting Co. of West Forks, Maine will provide rafts and garbage scows. Immediately following the clean-up, lunch will be provided by the staff of Pleasant River Campground at Davis Park.

Rivers and watersheds have been used as dumps for old appliances, shopping carts and other refuse. Litter, such as foam cups, plastic bottles and food wrappers float into waterways, build up along the shoreline and stay there for years. With landfill space at a premium, recycling efforts stymied by a lack of plant capacity and toxic waste expensive to control, a grassroots effort can help maintain a constituency for preserving and protecting waterways. In 2011, 2 million pounds of trash and debris were collected and 6,000 miles of rivers and streams cleaned across the nation. In years’ past the Upper Andro yielded over a ton of debris including bed springs, tires and tire rims, a boat motor and a 1950’s record player.

The Upper Andro Anglers Alliance sponsors the local clean up. Says Clean-up Co-ordinator and UAAA director Bruce Pierce, “There’s been a long-standing effort to improve the Androscoggin’s water quality and fishery-now we need to improve the shore land zone along this wonderful river.”

National River Cleanup was founded in 1992 by America Outdoors, the largest association of America’s outfitters and guides, to assist local groups in keeping waterways clean. In 2007 American Rivers assumed administration of the river clean up. American Rivers, founded in 1973, is the nation’s leading river advocacy organization. NRC Information is published on line at www.nationalrivercleanup.org.

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Milt’s Corner – Spring Has Sprung

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Open Thread – May 14, 2012

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Open Thread – May 12, 2012

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Seriously Busted!: The Final Nail in the Coffin That Destroys a Fabricated “Hockey Stick” Graph on Global Warming

“Hide the Decline”, became a catch phrase a couple years ago, when leaked emails began to surface that seemed to implicate certain climate scientists and research facilities who purposely withheld specific climate data in order to fabricate a graph that would show a steep increase in global temperatures over the past 150-200 years.

Michael Mann’s “Hockey Stick Graph” became the most famous as the media and others scarfed this up as proof that man was destroying the planet and serious things needed to be done. Almost everyone fell for it.

It has taken a lot of time and effort but finally all of the needed information has been collected to once and for all prove that climate scientists intentionally removed specific tree growth data for the purpose of producing a false result that would wrongly influence climate science and arm the political parasites looking to exploit for profit.

If you read nothing else on climate science and global warming, please read the Bishop Hill Blog. This story is detailed and carries the complete chronology from beginning to end. This IS the smoking gun.

As you will see in the graph below, the black ink represents Michael Mann’s infamous “Hockey Stick”, like the one portrayed above. This represents the result of cherry picked data in order to produce a graph that looks exactly as this one does. Along with this black ink is also green ink. The green ink in the graph depicts what it would look like if all the data intended to be used in the research had been used. As you can see, there is an unmistakeable difference.

Tom Remington

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Open Thread – May 11, 2012

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More Killing of Bald Eagles To Make Room For Environment Destroying Windmills

It’s official. The world, right along with the United States, has gone freaking mad. Consider, if you will, that in wind power projects, developers have to apply to the Department of Interior to get permitted for the “incidental” killing of bald eagles, “from both the construction and ongoing operations of renewable energy projects”. These permits, as they are with other permits of their kind, are good for 5 years.

According to the Heritage Foundation, the Department of Interior has a formal proposal to allow such granted permits, only for renewable energy projects, to last for 30 years.

From the reader who sent me this link, he says, “Depends on whose ox is being gored here doesn’t it.” And here’s an example of what is meant. In Maine, the state has been trying unsuccessfully for several years to get a like kind permit, called an “Incidental Take Permit”, for Canada lynx. This permit would release the state from liability for trapping Canada lynx unintentionally. Overwhelmingly nearly all incidentally taken lynx are released unharmed. Bald eagles get sliced and diced from windmill blades.

Maine cannot get a permit for this and the result is a seriously hampered effort by trappers to kill coyotes. Not only are coyotes killers of Canada lynx, but they are also destroying Maine’s white-tail deer herd.

It would therefore appear to me that the U.S. Government is very much willing to risk the killing of more bald eagles to protect their wind power projects, that have been proven as environmental destroyers but turn their backs on the biological needs of fish and game agencies to be able to properly manage wildlife.

What obvious two-faced belligerence!

Tom Remington

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Who’s Interested in Adopting a $51,000 Wild Kitty Cat?

There were once 59 feral cats, of the house cat variety, that lived on a government-owned island near Southern California. $3 million plus was spent to trap and remove all 59 cats making the felines now worth about $51,000 each. We are told that once the captured kitties are acclimated to humans, they will be put up for adoption. I wonder if you’ll have to pay the capture fees in addition to shots, etc.

Have we lost our minds?

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Open Thread – May 10, 2012

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