Astronomy Picture of the Day

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Morning

A Morning

Like No Other,
Golden, Red, Shining Brightly,
Father Sun Slyly
Slipping under the clouds,
For just a moment,
Waiting for me to fumble with the techno-gadgets,
And there,
Waiting for me,
A Morning
Like No Other.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Low Light

Spear St. in South Burlington
Overlook Park.

Once was a place
Where no one stayed long,
The wind always blew,
Pause and look,
Then you're gone.

When I moved here
Traffic lighter,
I would go in to work,
for an all nighter,
I would gaze briefly
at the lake and the View.

Then one house went up
and another it seems,
Some broke the rules,
But no matter,
They are seen,

Now when you look off to the west,
You have to see rooftops,
Gables, Gazebos
and the Rest.

They put a park up
for viewing,
Edit out all but the best.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Coloring Book

Coloring Book

for adults
no, not teenage mutated turtles,
nor square bottomed spongiform creatures named Bob,
nor Barbie's and Skipper and Ken and their material objects and skimpy body coverings.

I will start with the first image to make it to picasa...
(tried to fix it but too many competing priorities.)

a simple luna moth


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blogging Forward...guest post...#fracking Yes Vermont Yankee: Energy and the Vermont Election

Thanks Meredith for your always clear analysis...
No Vermont has not elected a Governor yet
No, the Press would rather you not worry your pretty little head over it,
they like shumlin

Yes Vermont Yankee: Energy and the Vermont Election: Recently, I was asked my opinion about how the Vermont election results would (or would not ) change Vermont Energy policy. I wrote a leng...

Winter's Gate

We stood at Winter's Gate
No turning back,
A Chill to the Bone

Friday, November 14, 2014


The Crows Greeted the Morning Sunshine,
As did I,
And then this came over the wire...

For Immediate Release
November 14, 2014

Governor promises action to rebuild trust with landowners along the fracked gas pipeline

Montpelier, VT - Ten homeowners in the path of the fracked gas pipeline held a meeting with Governor Peter Shumlin on Thursday in an attempt to achieve fairness and transparency while negotiating easements with Vermont Gas. Landowners have become increasingly exasperated with the tactics VGS is using to procure easements, including non-responsiveness, contradictory statements, and threats. "Right of way agents are not following Vermont law in agency disclosure when negotiating easements for their client, Vermont Gas.” said Maren Vasatka, a homeowner from Monkton.“VGS has flat out refused changes we have requested to protect our property. Their response was that we can sue them."

For the last two years, landowners have struggled to deal with VGS’ behavior, and their commitment to rebuild trust with VGS has been violated over and over. Landowners are weary of promises and platitudes and requested immediate, concrete action from the Governor.

There should be a moratorium on all negotiations between VGS and landowners and all eminent domain proceedings until fair and transparent rules of the game are in place, including reimbursed legal fees for landowners," said Melanie Peyser of Monkton, whose mother's land lies in the path of the pipeline.

Participants also requested that Governor Shumlin clarify that his personal views on the project should have no influence on decision-making by staff members of agencies responsible for reviewing and applying conditions to any permits or certificates required for the project. "You made it clear that you supported this project even before it was analyzed by the Public Service Board and granted a CPG (Certificate of Public Good)," said Mary Martin of Cornwall. "That places an expectation on state employees to make it happen."

VGS’ legal fees are paid for by ratepayers. The Department of Public Service’s legal fees are paid for by taxpayers. We are being forced to negotiate easements terms with them that will affect our properties forever,” said Diane Derrick of Hinesburg. She cited a condemnation proceeding with VELCO in which 30 years after his poorly-worded, original easement was signed, a landowner was forced to host another transmission line without any chance to negotiate terms or additional compensation. “All we ask is for our legal fees to be covered so that the same doesn’t happen to us.”

Although he did not outright denounce the project, Governor Shumlin admitted that VGS' behavior has been disappointing. He said they are not acting like good "corporate citizens" and vowed to assign his team to tackle the many problems the homeowners identified with the process and VGS' practices and tactics.

Out of our small easement payment we are expected to pay taxes, attorneys, fees to modify our mortgage deeds, increased homeowners’ insurance, environmental mitigation, damages to dwellings, wells, septic, radon, and so forth,” continued Vasatka. “We are expected to take all of the risk."

"You speak often of doing things the Vermont way," said Jane Palmer, of Monkton, to the Governor. “Although some of us were not fortunate enough to have been born here, we are Vermonters, and we care about this state and the people. You need to pay attention to those who have elected you and trust you to do the right thing by us and our state."

"The status quo needs to be replaced immediately with a fair and transparent process that protects landowners’ rights," said Peyser after the meeting. "I greatly appreciated the governor's willingness to share his team to work with us in the coming days to identify workable solutions to fix the process quickly so that no more landowners' interests are put at risk. We all agree that change is imperative and urgent. I'm hopeful, but seeing is believing. A drawn out process or half measures aren't enough. Once we've nailed down reimbursement of legal fees, an investigation into the nature of easements already signed is underway, and independent counsel is in place to represent the public in all pipeline dockets, I'll be fully convinced that Governor Shumlin means business."

these comments are mine alone:
mary gerdt 
cold morning, a little snow overnight.
monkton, vermont,
an Idyllic Beautiful place we can no longer afford.
6 grand to the tax man,
same old leaky roof.
then every time you look over there,,
some a-holes trying to pick your pockets.
"Go out Yonder, Peace in the Valley..."
Richard Manuel sang,
This rural Valhalla has become
Threatened by big fuel people
Who are trying to use our
Beautiful  hills, valleys, wetlands, lake champlain
as a slave to a pipeline.
Somehow contentious enough,
Our little Hamlet identified as a stumbling block.
Boo Hoo.
No Fracking in Monkton, I voted.
Somehow the Polly-ticians have been sold on gaz.
perhaps they have been sniffing it
Please light a candle for my neighbors,
Bold Knights in our fight for
our Beautiful Monkton, Vermont 

Janis Joplin - Cry Baby

For Friday,
For my Friends
Who love Janis as much as I do...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thursday Gaz Info Round up

Here it is,
Another week of fighting the big gaz corp
one word at a time.

Lately pipeline fatigue can be overwhelming,
by design,
I am Weary of the updates,
Hoping our merry band of fighters
can stop the pipeline.

Most of the articles I tweet and delete.
Here are a few gems for this week:

From the Digger
an ouch for incumbent governor:
(election results still pending)

From Virginia where they are experiencing pushy pipeliners...

From my neighborhood
Where nice people are caught in a process
Where their money is burned
By Lawyers Asserting They own Nothing,
or Everything.

The judge won't care how much the poor landowners just had to cough up for taxes,
fuel, food and the necessary lawyer.

The Landowners, Vermonters,
Many with longevity here,
Have to fight
Canadian Fracking Gaz company
Calling themselves Vermont Gas
and professing fuel savings of gaz,
while telling ratepayers north of the border,
increases on the way.

From the digger:

One more video of the protest...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Comet Landing


From the Twitter feed...