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I Wouldn’t Want to Live in Greeley, Colorado

Check this out:

The Boom from Above: Visualizing The Rapid Pace of Drilling in Colorado’s Communities

Colorado is in the midst of a fast-paced oil and natural gas boom that has secured the state a spot as one of the top ten oil and gas producers in the nation.

The boom has also brought drilling and its impacts into Colorado’s communities, but it can be hard to grasp its full extent and how quickly it has spread to the state’s populated areas.

Using publicly-available data from the state of Colorado, we mapped the oil and gas wells drilled in Colorado between 1990 and 2013. The maps show a sea of red moving across the state and into Colorado’s communities.

Oil and Gas Wells Drilled on the Front Range: 1990-2013
This map shows the 14,887 oil and gas wells that have been drilled around Greeley, Colorado.

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This is Greeley, Colorado and its surrounding oil and gas wells in 1992:

Greeley Oil Wells 1

(Image via WesternPriorities.org)

And this is Greeley last year:

Greeley Oil Wells 2

(Image via WesternPriorities.org)

It’s Out. Of. Control.

(Greeley is about 55 miles northeast of me here in Boulder).

 

 

November 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM 1 comment

Walmart’s Holding a Food Drive For its Employees

From Making ChangeWMT on Facebook:

Food Drive at Walmart via Making Change on facebook

(Image via MakingChangeWMT on Facebook)

 

AT IT AGAIN!?! Despite a massive backlash last year when news broke that Walmart was holding an in-store canned food drive asking workers to donate to one another to keep from going hungry, Walmart hasn’t changed its ways. An Oklahoma Walmart is running another food drive this year!

Rather than agree to pay a decent wage or provide full-time hours, Walmart and its owners (the Waltons) continue to earn massive profits while too many of the workers who make the company a success go hungry. Want to support #WalmartStrikers who are tired of being retaliated against for speaking up about these issues? Visit BlackFridayProtests.org to see how you can get involved.

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This phrase is overused but what else is there to say:  Do the Waltons have any shame?  Any?

 

November 20, 2014 at 3:55 PM Leave a comment

Read This if Your Retirement Fund is Invested in the Stock Market

Money Tree via ppiblog.com

(Image via ppiblog.com)

 

If you have money in an account managed by an “institutional investor,” good luck:

Rising Secrecy, Fees and Theft Make This The Most Dangerous Of Times

Money management fees have exponentially grown to unprecedented levels, thanks to the proliferation of alternative investments such as hedge, venture and private equity funds. While it was assumed decades ago that the public would be unwilling to continue to pay retail fees of even 1%, today many of the largest institutional investors eagerly pay fees of 2% and 20% of gains— a near 400% increase.

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Alternative investment offerings commonly dictate that the manager has the right to withhold any and all information, or to provide certain investors with enhanced disclosure that can be used to profit at the expense of other clueless investors.

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Managers reserve the right to withhold from investors any information that may negatively impact their reputations, including criminal activity.

Disclosure like the Madoff feeder-funds’ explicit warning, “the manager could abscond with the assets,” no longer seems outrageous. As long as clients consent to thievery obliquely disclosed, details of the theft can be withheld and the crime will never be detected, or prosecuted.

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November 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM Leave a comment

For-Profit Hospitals Don’t Want to Spend the Money Preparing for Ebola

Betsy McCaughey via Wikipedia

(Betsy McCaughey via Wikipedia)

The Ebola scare is exposing the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into here in the U.S. with the privatization of our hospital system:

Dr. Betsy McCaughey, the CEO of Defend Your Healthcare and former Lt. Governor of New York, appeared on Fox just after she had attend a CDC conference call with hospitals this afternoon.

Host Stuart Varney asked her what it would take to set up 50 hospitals to be ready for Ebola.

McCaughey’s answer is stunning.

According to her, after the CDC outlined its preparation strategy, one hospital administrator responded, “What you’re telling us would bankrupt my hospital!” She said that that administrator represents a Southern California hospital.

McCaughey noted that there was no word on the call of who would pay for hospitals to get themselves ready for Ebola patients.

And then she added: “Treating one Ebola patient requires, full time, 20 medical staff. Mostly ICU (intensive care unit) people. So that would wipe out an ICU in an average-sized hospital.”

In the case of Texas Presbyterian, McCaughey says that the hospital cordoned off its ICU to care for Thomas Eric Duncan and sent the rest of its ICU patients to other area hospitals. She added that many communities will not have multiple hospitals to choose from, so one Ebola case could cripple ICUs in small towns.

“But the most important thing,” McCaughey said, “is that doctors and nurses are not ready for the challenge of using this personal protective equipment even if you see them with the helmet, the respirator, the full suits, as the CDC said on the call today, even all that equipment is not enough to guarantee the safety of health care workers because it is so perilous to put it on and particularly to remove it once it’s become contaminated.”

McCaughey said many of those on the call were “daunted by the expectations, the separate laboratory next to the isolated patients, all kinds of — all kinds of adjustments, where to put the waste. Many states won’t even let you dispose of this waste from such a toxic disease.”

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So, the next time some guy from the CDC hems and haws about why mandatory procedures aren’t being implemented across the country, let’s remember that behind that hemming and hawing is his inability to say outright that the hospital system is privatized and the CDC has no authority to force them to do anything.

Geezus.

Ah yes, the “best health care system in the world.”

 

October 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM Leave a comment

This is the Kind of Thing That Makes Democrats Blow Off Voting

UPside Down American Flag

Remember back in 2010 when Rahm Emanuel, then President Obama’s Chief of Staff, reportedly said liberals were “f*cking retarded?”  And surely you know about the meme about how Democratic politicians don’t really have to act like Democrats or vote like Democrats because, after all, “where else do Democratic voters have to go?”  I mean, they’re not going to vote Republican so they’ll keep voting Democratic, right?

No, they probably won’t vote Republican but they do have another place to go.  They can go to their couch instead of to the polls.

What I’m hearing about November is Republicans are way more fired up than Democrats and lots and lots of Democrats have to vote in order to keep Republicans from taking the Senate.  But this is precisely the kind of thing that makes Democrats take to their couch in utter frustration:

Democratic FEC Commissioner Joins with Three Republican Commissioners to Gut Political Party Contribution Limits

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October 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM Leave a comment

Politics USA, Circa 2014

Barack Obama via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

This sentence pretty much sums up where we’re at here in the U.S. when it come to our politicians:

Later today, according to press reports, President Obama will visit LA for a series of events including a speech on income inequality and, in awkward contrast, a $34k-a-ticket fundraiser at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow.

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“Awkward contrast” is right.

October 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM Leave a comment

“Business Expenses” as Tax Write-Offs

Vanguard Logo

Too bad businesses can write-off their costs of doing business because, at least in the case of Vanguard, the mutual fund company, that makes them sloppy and wasteful.

I had an account at Vanguard that I closed oh, roughly eight or nine years ago.  Today, as I have every year since, I got a letter asking me to verify my beneficiary designation for the account and to call if I wanted to make changes.

I presume Vanguard can write-off the cost of the paper and the postage for this thing and meanwhile, I can only wonder when I’ll stop getting them.  Geezus.

September 29, 2014 at 1:23 PM 2 comments

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