January 27, 2023

Madison Paper Mill Shuts Down. What Will The Repercussions Be?

Now that the world lives in and has ignorantly embraced a global economy, run by globalists, in what George H.W. Bush called, “…a big idea. A New World Order,” people are now scratching their heads and asking why are there no jobs? Why have the jobs gone out of this country?

Maine has announced that with the Madison Mill closure, 9 paper mills in the state have shut down in the past decade.

The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine are seeking help from the Legislature. What can they do as they probably have already contributed to the demise?

If there are no more mills left in Maine that will take the spruce and fir pulp – Madison is the last – then what is to become of the forests? Will the land that once was securely managed for pulp and paper become private, developed land?

Recently it was announced that Weyerhaeuser bought out Plum Creek, comprising some 13 million acres of land and forests. Did Weyerhaeuser know Madison mill was shutting down? Many believed, with Plum Creek’s reputation for land development, the sale was a good thing. What now?

The possibility exists, with a continued push to rid our lands from human use and consumption, that as more mills are shut down, the landscape will certainly change – in more ways that anyone can imagine. But how? Who will win and who will lose. What of the animals? If the cutting stops, will the moose herd disappear, along with an already sparse deer herd? Will the Canada lynx migrate back north because the snowshoe hare has disappeared along with their ideal habitat? What about the upcoming, predicted spruce bud-worm attack? Will there be reason to fight it? Who will pay to fight it and will there be reason to want to fight it?

I guess this is what the people love – PROGRESS!

*Edited* – I was reminded by a reader when they asked what these events will mean for Roxanne Quimby’s quest for a National Park/Monument. With such events taking place, and timing of events like this are tantamount, one has to wonder what has been going on behind the scenes and in those dark, smelly, rotten back rooms where nothing good ever comes?




Big Business Supports Regulations that Increase Profits, But Kill Jobs

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Cynical Power Company Supports Regulations that Will Increase Its Profits, But Harm the American People

Shareholder Activist Asks Exelon CEO How He Can Support Federal Regulations that Will Kill 500,000 Manufacturing Jobs, Half of All Jobs in the Coal Industry and Raise Energy Prices on American Families

Chicago, IL / Washington, DC – Challenged over its support of proposed Obama Administration regulations that could cause the price of power to skyrocket and put hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work, the president and CEO of the energy giant Exelon reiterated the company’s support for this flawed regulatory policy when challenged by a free-market shareholder activist with the National Center for Public Policy Research.

National Center for Public Policy Research Executive Director David W. Almasi questioned Exelon President and CEO Christopher M. Crane on proposed EPA regulations designed to reduce carbon emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. This policy is expected to have a devastating economic effects. According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, the imposition of this regulatory control on emissions could reduce the personal income of all Americans by $7,000 each and destroy 500,000 manufacturing jobs and 45 percent of all coal-mining jobs. The regulations also will raise the price of electricity for U.S. consumers and is expected to cause electricity shortages in some areas.

“While it’s not surprising that Exelon’s CEO didn’t offer an immediate mea culpa for the company’s potentially hurtful policy position, to dig the company further into a risky regulatory scheme that will only destroy jobs and drive up energy costs for the poorest of Americans was a shock,” said David W. Almasi, executive director of the National Center. Almasi was representing the organization’s Free Enterprise Project at Exelon’s annual meeting of shareholders today in Chicago.

Exelon has a majority of its power-generating capacity in nuclear power, while most of its fossil fuel capacity comes from natural gas. It also uses alternative energy sources such as wind and solar. As such, the Obama Administration’s policy, while harmful to the United States and the American people, is expected to be lucrative for Exelon.

Almasi said to Crane:

Even President Obama’s Harvard Law School professor and one-time legal advisor, Laurence Tribe, whose political views are known to align very much with those of President Obama, has written that, in executing its plan, the EPA “is asserting executive power far beyond its lawful authority.”

Is Exelon in the habit of supporting laws that potentially violate the rule of law and contravene the U.S. Constitution?

Furthermore, the EPA’s attack on coal risks the future of America’s largest energy source, raising the possibility that, during the next cold winter, Americans in some regions will simply have to do without reliable access to electricity. This sort of thing happened in Great Britain not long ago, causing some elderly Britons to freeze to death…

Now I know Exelon doesn’t have a large coal portfolio, but why does Exelon support an almost-certainly unconstitutional power grab by the executive branch that would kill hundreds of thousands of jobs in manufacturing, nearly half of all jobs in the coal industry, harm America’s national wealth significantly, and raise energy prices, which would disproportionately harm the poor, who are disproportionately black or Hispanic?

In response, Crane chose to “respectfully disagree” with the National Center’s concerns while claiming the company wanted an “all of the above” energy policy. He also stated “society deserves a clean energy stack that minimizes the impact on society,” and used the assertion to justify effectively setting the bar higher for the coal industry – forcing it to adopt new technologies that may be too costly for some companies and in any case would raise consumer costs. Crane declared:

So our position is don’t pick winners and losers, set the standards that are best for society and allow the free market to operate as it’s designed.

“Generations from now, we will likely still be feeling the repercussions of the politically-driven decisions made by corporate leaders today who are either unwilling to stand up to the Obama Administration or see a chance to artificially get a competitive edge. It’s happening in health care, energy and elsewhere,” said Almasi. “What makes this bad situation worse is that the leadership of an energy company such as Exelon should understand and be able to articulate the clear and present danger not just to their own existence but to the livelihoods of their industry, coworkers and customers.”

OpCentral added: “In the case of Exelon, they say they don’t want to pick winners and losers and want the free market to prevail, but they seem to want the process to begin only after regulations skew the playing field. Exelon has a significant investment in nuclear power, and it was clear at the meeting they are worried about regulation and public opinion that may affect this investment in this controversial means of energy production. So it appears Exelon is more concerned about whose ox is being gored and that it never be theirs.”

“In a perfect world, corporate CEOs would defend the free market and believe in a level playing field for all companies,” added Almasi. “And corporate CEOs would not lobby for nor support government regulations that artificially give one company an edge over other companies. But as Exelon CEO Christopher Crane demonstrated when he spoke to me this morning, we don’t live in a perfect world. Big Business is perfectly happy to be regulated by Big Government if the result is more money for Big Business, even if the American people and other businesses unfairly suffer.”

David Almasi’s full question, as prepared for delivery, is available here.

Under the EPA’s proposed policy, states are expected to create plans to enact their own regulations in compliance with the federal mandate by June 30, 2016 or risk having a regulatory agenda imposed on them through the EPA.

The National Center’s Free Enterprise Project is the nation’s preeminent free-market activist group focusing on corporations. In 2014, Free Enterprise Project representatives participated in 52 shareholder meetings advancing free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, food policies, media bias, gun rights, workers’ rights and many other important public policy issues.

Today’s appearance at Exelon’s annual meeting of shareholders meeting marks the 13th shareholder meeting for the National Center in 2015.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations, and less than two percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors. Sign up for free issue alerts here.


Director of North Maine Woods Fears Loss of Jobs Over Bear Hunting Ban

Al Cowperthwaite is the executive director of the North Maine Woods. One of the responsibilities of the North Maine Woods is to track and control traffic onto large parcels of private land, mostly for recreational use. Cowperthwaite believes that if the Humane Society of the United States is successful in banning bear hunting with bait, trapping and hunting bears with dogs, a lot of people will lose their jobs due to lost revenue.

Cowperthwaite’s entire article on this issue can be found in the November 2013 issue of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. (Print publication or by subscription online.)


When In Capable of Thinking Robots Speak – Think Tavistock

One has to wonder if Maxine Waters, a congresswoman from California, and Hank Johnson, a congressman from Georgia are related. If you might recall it was Hank Johnson who said that if we put too many people onto the island of Guam, it would tip over.

Maxine Waters said yesterday that if we allow sequestration to take effect 170 million jobs would be lost. That’s quite amazing if you consider there’s approximately 150 million jobs in the workforce that exist.

What’s funny and not so funny, all at the same time, is that The People’s Cube published a satirical piece on Maxine Waters and in it stated that for this reason she supported opening the borders so we can bring in more workers to take those unspoken for jobs.

Of course, People’s Cube wasn’t serious about Waters saying that but in reality that’s how politicians and far too many people don’t think only follow in this country. Repeat after my leader……..

And as can be expected these days, once Waters repeated something she was probably told and robotically accepted it, once called out on the error, she robotically exclaimed to have “misspoken.” Isn’t that the Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card only politicians get to play?

Comrades, comrades, comrades!


Whitetails Unlimited Looking for Field Director for Maine/New England

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Dare We Speak of “The Demons Within” our Fish and Game Departments?

Below is a copy of a letter written by a man who has, over the recent years, become a very outspoken activist for the Idaho hunting, fishing and trapping community. Part of his focus is on weeding out the corruption that exists on the Board of Commissioners as well as within the fish and game department itself. And now, it appears that Mr. Rockholm has taken another step in his desire to weed out those who not only refuse to carry out the mission of the fish and game department, but work behind the scenes if necessary, against the mission of the fish and game department.

In this instance in Idaho, Rockholm fingered one man specifically, who, it was discovered, had gone on Facebook and advocated for pro wolf supporters to “shoot, shovel and shut up” private livestock legally being grazed on public lands. For those who may not know, “shoot, shovel and shut up” is a term that was used in describing the actions supposedly taken by some in dealing with federally protected gray wolves. The words speak for themselves.

Rhetoric is cheap and we all practice it to some degree. I have made comments in the past and I have read them and heard them from others, that our fish and game departments have been taken over by environmentalists and animal rights advocates, many of whom are supporters of predator protection and non consumptive wildlife management.

In this Idaho case, after the employee was offered early retirement because of his actions, he made it known on further Facebook postings that he no longer had to work quietly while on his job as a pro wolf, environmentalist activists and was ready to become openly active while at the same time fingering a fellow fish and game employee as being in the same predicament. Nice guy!

Even though Mr. Rockholm was told by the director of the fish and game department that the person in question was fired, he wasn’t. He was just offered an early retirement package. Which brings us to another point in the discussion about getting rid of fish and game employees who don’t work to fulfill the mission of the departments they work for. Easier said than done.

We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that these people are government employees and as such it makes it next to impossible to get rid of them, even if they are not doing their job – frustrating but true.

Many sportsmen advocate that fish and game work should be based on science and not on politics. While it should be, how do you suggest keeping politics out of it when more than likely the appointment to the head of the fish and game department is a political one?

As just another political department, it should be fish and game carries out the program guidelines set up between the governor and his selection to run the department. It then becomes the responsibility of the head of the fish and game, to bring his employees in line with the mission. If there are no alternatives for fish and game leaders to deal with non complying employees, then that is the fault of the state’s governmental structure and needs changing. And good luck with that.

This political crap runs in both directions through both parties and as such the employees need to be able to adapt accordingly. If they refuse to do their job or are found to be working against the mission of the department, proper disciplinary action should be allowed, not an easy out with early retirement.

There’s always been a difficult line as to what a government employee can and cannot do on their own time. I think it shouldn’t matter, so long as it is within the law. I’m not sure encouraging people in the destruction of other people’s lawful property isn’t taking things a bit too far.

No employee should be protected from being fired from their job for good reason.

And now, Scott Rockholm’s letter:

Idaho Fish No Game
The demons within

September 2012 was an enlightening month for those of us who keep an eye on Idaho Fish No Game. On 19 Sept 2012, I received notice of a IDFNG Senior Fisheries Tech prowling the internet, professing that the wolf loving / anti ranching activist’s should start killing cattle on public land grazing allotments. See screen shot of Ric Davidson’s comment.

After I was notified of this outrageous comment, I immediately called Director Moore. I also called the Fisheries Chief, Ed Schriever, and we had a brief discussion of the important nature of a Idaho Fish No Game employee advocating shooting private ranchers cattle, lawfully grazing their property on permitted allotments. Mr. Shriever and Mr. Moore assured me that the issue would be handled in a professional manner. I was called later that afternoon by Mr. Moore, who advised me that Ric Davidson was fired, or as he put it, “Mr. Davidson , as of this very moment, not a IDFNG employee any longer”. I thanked Virgil, and the conversation ended. Problem solved, and one more anti hunting/ anti ranching employee of the department was vetted. I assumed the problem was handled, but it appears no punishment was delivered at all. He was given an option to retire, and now he will collect even more of sportsmen’s dollars through retirement. This is absolutely unacceptable.

Within days of Ric Davidson’s firing, he was already on the world wide web, proclaiming his “Retirement” from the Department. This hate filled man, who had been sucking off of hunters hard earned dollars, is now revealing himself even more. He is now working with, or maybe had been working with all along, the Friends of the Clearwater. This organization couldn’t get more radical, and is charged with the same hate filled rhetoric that Ric Davidson has. Below is a screen shot, where he implicates himself working with this organization, while working for the Idaho Fish No Game, and he also implicates his supervisor, Sean Wilson. Look for yourself.

What we have here is an example of corruption from within. Many of our department employees are agenda driven people who hide behind the IDFNG logo. They drive department vehicles, and collect very good wages for enjoying a great job, in one of the nations treasures. These employees must be vetted, and removed from the payroll for good. A forensic audit of the department is in order, and the only means by which we can weed out the anti department bad apples. I ask the Idaho Legislature to consider a thorough and extensive audit of the Idaho Fish No Game, and the audit must be a independent forensic review that spans many years. There is no reason to have employees working for a department, with the goal of destroying it from within.

Scott Rockholm
Save Western Wildlife INC


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Magic Falls Rafting Co. Hiring Returning Veterans

Magic Falls Rafting Co. of West Forks, Maine is actively recruiting veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq to become whitewater rafting guides this season. The rafting company is waiving the guide training fees for the veterans. The week-long training course includes safety techniques and river rescue, river etiquette and procedures, and daily on-river trip experience. The course prepares trainees for the Maine whitewater guide’s licensing exam. A guide application form is available on line at www.magicfalls.com/guide-form. The training course is scheduled for May 26-June 3, 2012.

Says Magic Falls owner Dave Neddeau, “The skills of the returning veteran, especially team building and preparedness, match perfectly with those of a whitewater guide. Now that our service men and women are coming home, they need jobs. The best way to thank them is to offer them a job.” To recognize the contribution of our service men and women along with firefighters and emergency personnel, Magic Falls carried 150 military and first responders on a free Kennebec trip on September 11, 2011.

Magic Falls Rafting Co. offers whitewater rafting trips on the Kennebec and Dead Rivers, overnight camping adventures , and rock climbing from May to October. Magic Falls recreation facility has an outdoor climbing wall, recreation pavilion with ½ court basketball, volley ball court, campground , overnight lodge and group guest house. Information on the company is available on line at www.magicfalls.com.