Astronomy Picture of the Day

Friday, January 31, 2014

Cold Morning....Ice & Fire...Friday Night Music


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The lake-misty photos,
extremes of cold,
then thaw,
refreeze.
Windblown, beaten by winter.
The sun sits low on the horizon.
January almost complete.
Always a hard month in the north country


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Next for some Fire on your Friday,
Heard Lyle Lovett on imus.com this week.
Wonderful....
Friends saw him and John Hiatt do an all acoustic show in Burlington, Vermont.
Of course rave reviews. These guys are amazing separately and together a dream.
Found a YT link of a PBS show,
as the poster offered-a disclaimer, someone might take it down,
but it is pbs, right?
the people's channel?
Hope it stays up,
Love these guys and a few great people sat in with them.




And a tribute from a compatriot in our quest to save Earth & Water.
We lost Pete Seeger to the ethereal beyond.
Conjuring remembrances,
Like this.

Tribute to Pete Seeger

As water finds its natural course the people shall overcome.

with much gratitude for many years of faith and spirit. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

John

He was replying to this tidbit.

(@FrackAction) tweeted at 4:10 PM on Tue, Jan 28, 2014: Love and thanks to our friend #PeteSeeger. We'll miss you but keep you with us in song.. https://t.co/MOwOApVmhH http://t.co/U9HiUxmYE5 (https://twitter.com/FrackAction/status/428273890192678913)

And from you tube,
link to Johnny Cash Show with guest Pete Seeger...
What a great show...


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gaz Info available...

Found this link to a Boatload of info about Gas, fracking, environment....

http://rochesterenvironment.com/Issues/Energy_NewsLinks.html



Ice Fishing


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Ice Fishing in Vermont


Sorry, for early readers my editor missed Vermont misspelled
You just cannot get good help anymore...meg

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ice goes out


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The ice on Lewis Creek broke up and flooded the road with giant chunks of ice.
The Charlotte road crew had to clear the icebergs.

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The low sun rays of winter in Vermont

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1.30.14...re-posting with smaller photos.
the other way was too blurry,
meg
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Gaz update part deux

More links from the list...

Bangor Daily News...
Where will all the nG come from?

http://bangordailynews.com/2014/01/23/opinion

Texas & Oklahoma

http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/kxlsouthstartup/





Demand an end to loopholes for fracking



http://www.nrdconline.org/site/R?i=WmhtEGu1cwwdTB3Dvri3gQ
http://www.nrdconline.org/site/R?i=wwX_FbQfQ7D_ZQaC95Wwig




http://www.nrdconline.org/site/R?i=JBKk1ETDRvdnSkV4Y5MyHg


Activist alert-------->>>>>>


Leaving in to see if the link will work.




The Natural Resources Defense Council is a nonprofit environmental organization with 1.4 million members and online activists, and a staff of scientists, attorneys and environmental experts. Our mission is to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

For more information about NRDC or how to become a member of NRDC, please contact us at:

Natural Resources Defense Council
http://www.nrdc.or



and last but not least,
a few photos to say why we fracking fighters
are making such a fuss...





Gaz Update

For those following the fight,
Want to throw up a few links...

From Anne Galloway, at The Digger, one of the best diggers around...
Vermont Public Research Group
asked the Public Service board to dismiss...read on and donate if you are so inclined.
my local go to for reality news...

http://vtdigger.org/2014/01/28/vpirg-asks-public-service-board-dismiss-vermont-gas-pipeline-ticonderoga-n-y/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vpirg-asks-public-service-board-dismiss-vermont-gas-pipeline-ticonderoga-n-y

And from the list I am on, Jennifer did some research...
the Friends weigh in...

Dear Activists and Supporters- I've been researching work done by Quakers
regarding fracking, pipelines, natural gas companies, etc. Here are three
formal Quaker statements relating to our cause that may give us more
creative ideas in pursuing 'the good fight'. In Peace, Jennifer V.

Minute #1:

Genesee Valley Quaker Meeting Minute on Hydrofracking

Genesee Valley Quaker Meeting (Dansville, NY) approved the following minute
at Meeting for Business on June 3, 2012:

Members of Genesee Valley Quaker Meeting have considered the potential
consequences of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (also known as HVHF,
horizontal hydrofracking, or fracking) in New York State.

We strongly oppose initiating hydrofracking in New York State. As Quakers,
we
experience the divine through loving and truthful relationships with all
people and all creation. From what we understand about fracking, it is
inconsistent with our faith and practices.

In other states where horizontal hydrofracking was performed, it resulted in
forever losing vast amounts of fresh water, releasing toxins into the
environment, damaging communities, and costing the tax payers. We urge our
political representatives to prohibit the practice of HVHF in New York
State.

We support legislation and incentives to do the following: promote
research, development, and use of renewable and sustainable energy; support
local organic farms and farmers; protect the air and water; institute
accountability for industries that cause environmental damage; and create
longterm economic policies that promote work for New York State residents
that they can do in good conscience.

We urge all citizens to thoughtfully consider the long term effects of
hydrofracking on the water, land, local economy, infrastructure, services,
and the community as a whole. We are encouraged by the many
communities that are coming together to educate one another, to consider the
complex interrelation of the many issues that surround hydrofracking, and to
seek a way forward together based on truth and respect.

Genesee Valley Quaker Meeting offers the following editorial for
consideration in conjunction with our
approved minute:

The cornerstone of the Quaker faith is that there is something of the divine
in all. This Divine Light is found in every person and in all creation. In
each moment of our daily lives, we strive to respond to the sacred, to truth
and love in ourselves and in all others.

Friends, as Quakers are known, have been seeking divine truth and love,
within ourselves and in all of our interactions, for over 350 years. What we
call our testimonies have grown
out of our experience of the Inner Light: simplicity, peace, integrity,
community, equality, and stewardship.

Friends have a long history of working for peace, the abolition of slavery,
equality for women, civil rights for African-Americans, and human rights
around the world. Now we are led to work
for peace, simplicity, integrity, community, and stewardship with the
natural world. (See "Eco-Spirituality & Action Minute" Approved by New York
Yearly Meeting, July 27, 2007, minute # 2007-7-58.)

At the very heart of our concerns about hydrofracking is water. As most
people know, fresh water sustains all humans and our ecosystem. Although we
can't live without fresh water, the price of fresh water is amazingly cheap.
Imagine if much of our fresh water was lost forever, or too contaminated to
drink. Fresh water may suddenly be not so cheap. Hydrofracking leads to
these ends.

Each hydrofracked shale well consumes millions of gallons of fresh water.
All the fresh water is mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, and is forced
into the rock to fracture and extract the natural gas. About half of the
water flows back to the surface, still contaminated with the chemicals, and
further contaminated
with naturally occurring salts and radioactive minerals, with half-lives
ranging from days to centuries. The other half of the water is lost in shale
pores and fissures far too deep
underground to reclaim.

Recent research suggests that this water, also
contaminated with toxic chemicals and radiation, can migrate underground and
percolate to the surface in the next one to two centuries. Although the
contaminated water can theoretically be purified, few high volume treatment
facilities currently exist. So for now, much hydrofrack "flowback" water is
simply held, sometimes in open pools as is done in Pennsylvania, waiting for
a future method of cleaning. While sitting there, some of the contaminated
water overflows or leaks out, and contaminates the surrounding aquifers.

During the summer, much of the flowback (including the chemicals)
evaporates, and then later rains down on the rest of the world. New York
State proposes that waste water be stored on site in closed containers but
the long-term problem remains the same. A "cost effective" technology may
never be developed for purifying the stored waste water, in which case the
flowback may eventually leak out and kill the local ecosystem.

Water is a finite resource. As stewards of our water, communities must
thoughtfully consider how we use the precious water that sustains New York
State. Around the world, wars are being fought over water, both wars with
weapons and wars of a political and economic nature. Wasting water "sows the
seeds of war" in our communities.

High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing has been occurring in many
states around our country. The promises and projections made by the gas
companies have proven to be false. Whether they were made in error or were
utter lies, gas industry records tell us the truth. In the short run, some
community members profit by leasing their land. But the expected returns
have been short-lived. Within 5 to 10 years, HVHF becomes an economic burden
to the tax payers and to many land owners. Industry data show that well
output peaks after about two to three months, with the amount of gas
extracted decreasing quickly after that early peak. Most wells are capped
after just a few years, often at the expense of the land owner.

When hydrofracking takes place, community members live with increased heavy
truck traffic, decreased air quality, increased noise and light pollution,
housing price instability, and a huge risk of toxic waste leaks and
contamination of the local water supply
and environment. Workers are often brought in from other states, where they
impact the need for local services but do not pay local taxes. When the
wells are capped, land owners learn that their property values may have
decreased, the promised royalty payments are not forthcoming, and local
infrastructure is in need of repair at the expense of the tax payer.

In the short run, natural gas extraction can create employment
opportunities. But can New York State residents do this work in good
conscience? Do we want ourselves, our friends, and our neighbors doing work
that destroys the natural resources
which sustain us? Politicians and industry supporters often frame the issue
as one of job creation verses the well being of the environment. We seek a
third option, what some would call "both/and." We desire BOTH employment
opportunities AND a healthy environment.

Affordable renewable power technologies already exist, and are improving
with every-day advances in technology. Let us invest in producing clean
technologies now, and allow
economies of scale to make clean energy available to everyone. Our nation
has thrived on our citizens' creativity. Let us put ourselves to work doing
work that we know is good for our communities, our environment, our state,
and our spirits.


Minute #2

Ithaca Friends Monthly Meeting Minute on

Energy Sources and Right Relationship with Earth:

by Margaret McCasland

All sources of energy should be produced in ways that maintain Right
Relationship with Earth and with all people and all other living things.
Whenever we extract energy sources from the earth to use for human
activities, we do so in ways that harm Earth's living systems and disrupt
balance for living things.

We affirm the primacy of creating truly safe and renewable energy sources as
quickly as possible. We are concerned that favoring natural gas as "cleaner"
than coal both slows the necessary development of truly ecological energy
sources, and obscures the full costs of extracting and using that fuel.
Natural gas (methane) traps over 20 times* as much heat as carbon dioxide.
The many ways in which it is released into the atmosphere (i.e., leaks which
regularly occur during exploration, drilling, storing, processing,
transmission and then combustion) negate much-if not all-of its advantages
over coal. Long-term costs include: the pollution of water and soil, the
destruction of roads and other infrastructure, the costs of treating health
problems resulting from the release of toxins, and the loss of productivity
of those whose health is adversely affected.

While there is much gas tightly embedded in shale formations throughout the
US, the largest formation begins in New York and continues as far south as
Tennessee. The gas industry has estimated that enough gas can be extracted
from this Marcellus shale to provide about two years' supply for the entire
United States. This is an amount that can easily be saved through
conservation and efficiency measures, using technology that can be
implemented quickly and that will continue to reduce our needs for energy
until we can fully switch to renewable sources using proven technologies
such as geothermal, passive and active solar, non-food biofuels, and
appropriate-scale wind and hydropower.

We call upon Friends to educate themselves and to examine their own lives
and patterns of consumption. In unity with the Minute on the Care of God's
Creation, approved by Friends' United Meeting in Triennial Session on July
15, 1999, "We call upon the nations of the world, and in particular our own
governments, to enact laws and reach agreements which will protect the
creation from the effects of human exploitation, greed and carelessness."

Minute passed in December, 2009

*NOTE: "20 times" is a very conservative way of comparing unburned methane
with CO2 . ("20 times" is 1,900% more heat.) Depending on the framework
being used (eg, half-life in the atmosphere over a given interval), climate
scientists rate methane as holding 20, 70, or over 100 times as much heat as
CO2. Any of these numbers is significant enough for us to make personal and
public policy decisions about energy sources, management and uses. Keeping
unburned methane out of the atmosphere seems like an obvious goal for public
policies, such as the New York State's Public Service Commissions inadequate
regulation of leaks in natural gas transmission lines (methane is the
primary constituent of natural gas). 1-2% loss of unburned methane to
transmission line leaks is a standard minimum figure; some estimates run
more like 5-8%.


Minute #3:

Approved at Friends United Meeting Triennial Sessions, 1999

GEORGE FOX "lived in the virtue of that life and power that took away
the occasion of all wars and [he] knew from whence all wars did rise, for
the lust, according to James's doctrine" (Journal/1651). It is the same lust
(cravings, desires, self-centeredness) that causes violence in war, and
which causes us to do violence to God's creation. The "life and power that
takes away the occasion of all wars" also takes away the occasion for
violence against the creation.

The concern for the care of God's creation has long been implicit in
our Christian testimony. We recognize that our historic peace testimony is a
testimony to living in harmony with the world in a covenant among God,
humanity, and the creation (Gen. 9:8-13), a covenant the renewal of which
was foreseen by the prophets as in Isaiah's vision of the peaceable kingdom
(11:1-9), by Paul (e.g., Rom. 8:12-17), and in the great commission when the
risen Christ told the eleven, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good
news to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15 NRSV, the AV has "all creatures").
Implicit in our testimony on simplicity is the understanding that we will
not take more than we need, particularly (and here we move into the
testimony on justice) if it means depriving others, including future
generations, of their basic needs.

We call upon Friends to examine their own lives to see if their own
patterns of consumption reflect self-centeredness and greed rather than a
concern for living harmoniously in the creation, that we might witness to
the world that harmony. We call upon the nations of the world, and in
particular our own governments, to enact laws and reach agreements which
will protect the creation from the effects of human exploitation, greed, and
carelessness.

Thanks Friends...
mg

Slaying the MonSter

Slaying the MonSter by Mary E. Gerdt all rights reserved 2013


MS,
The
Little
Ankle
Biter
Is
Always
With
Me.

When
Fighting
Any
Illness
Or
Battle
Of
Life,
Visualize
It
As
A
Little
Monster,
Dragon,
Ankle
Biting
Slayable
Beast.

Then
Visualize
Giving
It what for with all you got in you.
Because that is
The best you can do.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Random post


Red sky at morning,
Sailors take warning.

It is true so often, it's worth remembering.

Red sky at night,
Sailors delight.

The polar vortex, formerly known as winter,
Has encouraged fuel prices to rise even beyond what you
Thought was obscene before today.

Our fracking fighter group is common working people.
We hope to stop the pipeline extension,
I know you heard all this before.

We are nearing the end of January,
Winter half over.
My rambling done for the day.
Cabin fever meter reads:


  • moderate-take warning







Sunday, January 26, 2014

Calling all fracking fighters

This story has been covered by one local news outlet:

Wcax...we thank them.
And encourage anyone with a lick of sense
To fight this fracking, on ? Meth??


http://www.wcax.com/story/24534375/were-vt-pipeline-subcontractors-making-meth

Feel free to write to whoever you think can help save Monkton,Vermont.
Looks like it's more serious than we thought.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Psalm Challenge 140

Psalm 140

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

140 I have cried to the, O Lord, hear me: hearken to my voice, when I cry to thee.
2 Let my prayer be directed as incense in thy sight; the lifting up of my hands, as evening sacrifice.
3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round about my lips.
4 Incline not my heart to evil words; to make excuses in sins. With men that work iniquity: and I will not communicate with the choicest of them.
5 The just shall correct me in mercy, and shall reprove me: but let not the oil of the sinner fatten my head. For my prayer also shall still be against the things with which they are well pleased:
6 Their judges falling upon the rock have been swallowed up.



 
 
They shall hear my words, for they have prevailed:
7 As when the thickness of the earth is broken up upon the ground: Our bones are scattered by the side of hell.
8 But o to thee, O Lord, Lord, are my eyes: in thee have I put my trust, take not away my soul.
9 Keep me from the snare, which they have laid for me, and from the stumblingblocks of them that work iniquity.
10 The wicked shall fall in his net: I am alone until I pass.
 
 
 


 
by Public Domain
 
and in our daily travels,
our searches for truth, beauty & happiness,
while sucking the tailpipe of h*ll
Whil revelling in the beauty of nature
While building tolerance like an oyster makes a pearl,
one alabaster layer after another,
until it shines and the imperfect grain is smothered
in beauty.
 
not to be forgotten,
celebrating
10 earth years
on Mars
 

Johnny Cash-The Last Great American / Documentary on BBC 2004



Johnny Cash

google surfing, came up with this tear jerking heartfelt documentary
about Johnny Cash...wow...so well done I felt like I could post this Saturday am EST.
That way you might listen all weeked...
There, plans fall into place.
Blogger Serendipity.
You might spool it up and find the meaning of life in 
John's passionate journey,
full throttle,
never looking back, well, never dwelling there.
Hearing Rosanne Cash sing River & a Thread really hits home.
I grew up near the convergance of the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Illinois Rivers,
none of them sissy rivers.
They were the interstate highways of yesteryear.
They still affect...well...everything in the Midwest.
The water tells you whether your crops will grow, wither or drown,
whether your house is 6 feet under,
or where you work, what you do. My Uncle Jay worked on the locks and I got to see them.
When I was invited to a friend's camp on the Illinois river I jumped off the dock. Everyone yelled at me to get out. I was a terrible swimmer but got by. What is it?
"Never jump in without tying a rope to your waist so we can pull you out if the undertow takes you..."
Oh man, I never went back in that docile looking beast.



My uncle Cliff Schaeffer was a very cool guy, a barber who lived in Hartford, Illinois.
He married my Great Aunt Ruth who was my grandfather Carls' baby sister.
She has the kindest aura and I felt so safe in her arms.She was a teacher.
Cliff worked hard to memorialize the area he lived in-
which became home to 
refineries, lots of them.
The sunsets over the refineries often stunning and surreal. Dad worked at Shell for
awhile but it near killed him. God knows what chemistry 
he inhaled there on top of cigarettes of the day.
Cliff helped pave the way for the Lewis & Clark memorial at the beginning of the journey.
They have a nice mueseum there now, in Hartford.
The river talk got me thinking about the rivers in my life.
Threads another subject for another day....
Johnny's music certainly a thread through this post,
his daughter led me to find this documentary,
which pulled me back home.
Always a thread tied to my heart,
pulling,
pulling,
When I went to college,
 Kadi's well worn Johnny cash record,
we played over and over again...

"I hear that train a comin',
it's rollin' 'round the bend,
and I ain't seen the sunshine
Since, I don't know when...." 
by Johnny Cash,
Folsom Prison Blues