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|Your Parallel Universe
I'm a slow learner. I'll admit it. Or maybe not that slow a learner. I'm a 240 pound, six foot tall (white) forty year old man. And I just sort of wander about my life, day to day, hither and yon, ...
|Yesterday's 193 Car Pile-Up in Michigan
About an hour south east of where I live, Michigan had a 193 car pile-up on I-94. Here's some video footage of that horrible crash: By the way it's a disturbing video. One person died and 22 ...
|Connect! Unite! Act! Seattle & Texas Meet-up Info — Movies That Shouldn't Have Been Released?
A daily series, Connect! Unite! Act! seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups ...
|Connect! Unite! Act! Denver, Kansas & Portland Meet-up Info — The Straight Up Santa Truth. Yours?
A daily series, Connect! Unite! Act! seeks to create face-to-face networks in each congressional district. Groups ...
|Dem Apathy Plunged Michigan into a Tea Party Abyss in 2010
Michigan went all red in 2010. We only had a 42% voter turnout. Despite having progressive, populist firebrand Virg Bernero running against Bill Snyder, only 42% of Michiganders turned out to vote ...
|On Second Thought, I Love Nader Voters. At Least they Voted.
We are fighting the wrong people. We're fighting Republicans when we should be fighting non-voting. If we devoted HALF the amount of time and money we spend trying to counter the Republicans just on ...
|Stand Proud or get Mowed Down.
Idiots all. All those Democratic candidates who backed away from Obama are some of the stupidest human beings in the nation, and deserve to lose. Grimes...what the hell?!? ARGH! What did you think?
|Water and the Future
The drought in the Southwest troubles me incredibly. I'm here in Michigan where we seem to have an inexhaustible supply of fresh water. Six quadrillion gallons of the stuff pounding the shorelines ...
|Maggots in the Meat: Privatization is a Failed Experiment
I've long felt the latest incarnation of conservatism should be called out for what it is....a radical experiment. Yeah, they try to wrap themselves in a historical context wearing those stupid ...
|Why So Many Hot Dog Joints in Detroit?
So for all of you who ventured to Detroit for Netroots Nation, you may have noticed a plurality of hot dog joints. Or chili dog joints. Or perhaps the Coney Island dog. There was American Coney ...
|Morons with Guns
I don't care where you are in the gun debate. I don't. Second amendment yourself off. Grind away at it. Whatever floats your boat. Stockpile rusty meat cleavers and AR-15s. Whatever. But for the ...
|Interest is Soccer Shows the Moral Decay of America
(Note the Snark tag at the end) Oh man...I read Ann Coulter's column about how America's interest in soccer is a sign of moral decay and the creeping influence of Liberalism . She goes point by ...
|If you don't GET IT, don't run for President
I gotta say...........the latest gaffes from Hillary Clinton about her financial state have put me off on her more than I expected they would. Her comments that she and her husband were flat broke ...
|We Will Head Climate Change Disaster Off at the Pass
I'll get to renewable energy and why we'll survive the climate change apocalypse in a moment. But first this... I came of age in the 1990s. One of those grunge loving, flannel wearing Only Happy ...
|Michigan Just Passed a Minimum Wage Increase
Well I just got off the phone with Muskegon's state representative Marcia Hovey-Wright and it turns out that Michigan just now passed a minimum wage increase to $9.25 per hour -- it is currently at $...
|The For Profit School Experiment Failed in Muskegon Heights
The facade on the Muskegon Heights high school is crumbling. Not figuratively. Literally. Crumbling, and in disrepair. Back in 2012 one of Michigan Governor Snyder's Emergency Managers installed the ...
|Lake Michigan Is Dry As Far As The Eye Can See (Now With Video)
So as part of my new drive to treat my body right and be good to it, I went out to get exercise in punishing winter conditions. Went down to the Big Lake - by the way.....it's very cold down by the ...
|I don't GET Woody Allen
Help me out a little bit, you folks from an earlier generation. I don't get Woody Allen. I don't get his body of work.....at all. Let's focus on the body of work. I spent a small time watching ...
|A Strategy of Power and Action for Bullied Kids
My dad is a lawyer with a long history of working with hard-luck cases. He came from an impoverished working class family and knows well the hardships faced by underprivileged Americans. Here's a ...
|Choosing What Food to Leave Behind at the Checkout
Nevermind that I was at Walmart, that's not the point. I was in a hurry to get through the express lane with some new shirts for my son who seems to have outgrown all his, like, all at once and ...
|The BS Double Standard
We have a bit of a double standard here. We have a word for when market forces or new technologies cause economic or social upheaval. It's called "creative destruction". Some call it "progress". ...
|I have no idea what's going on in DC. Really.
While I'm currently embroiled in the troubles of day to day living, I just want to say that I'm completely confused about what the hell is going on in congress theses days. Government is shut down. ...
|Bell's Brewery Sues Enbridge Oil over Polluted Kalamazoo River
Over 200 organizations, including our own, the West Michigan Jobs Group, are asking Obama to sign an executive order to complete the Federal water budget study. Here's the thing...when energy's ...
|An Endless Barrage of Once Upon a Time
I have been grumpy. Partly it's the heat. We're not the sort with Air Conditioning and the weather's been in the 90s. Sweltering nights and sweat drenched pillows. We go to bed late. Late. We stay ...
|Rip Currents Kill. Visitors: Take the Great Lakes Seriously
My friends. Today the body of a young woman was found along Pere Marquette beach in Muskegon, on Lake Michigan, after two days of searching . My friends...............if you are going to visit ...
|This is Muskegon
[Crossposted form beyondthebreakers.com ] I love Muskegon. I grew up here. My father grew up here. My grandfather grew up here. My great grandfather bootlegged spirits in the marshes and sold it ...
|Even an Aggressive Increase in Electric Vehicle Use Will Barely Dent Electricity Demand. No, Really.
So I went to an awesome conference in Ann Arbor on Wednesday where I got to hear Obama's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission head nominee, Ron Binz , talk about "disruptive challenges" facing ...
|You've Sucked Me In Again, Daily Kos. Curse youuu...cuuuuuurrrsse youuuuuuuu
Ahhh dammit. I was almost free. I can't tell you how many hours of my life I've urinated away arguing on DKos comment threads. Comment threads in general. I was so close to being free. I was SO ...
|Massive Paradigm Upheaval in Power Production is Happening Right Now
[Cross Posted from MuskegonCritic ] IKEA recently announced its plans to be a net PRODUCER of electricity by 2020 , using solar and wind power to produce electricity over and above what the company ...
|We Write and Work for Free
The purpose of this diary is not to call out Daily Kos or any other rag. But to make a point that Americans, particularly younger Americans, increasingly work for free or very low wages, skilled ...
|America isn't Falling Apart. It's Being Reborn.
I'm going to ramble a bit. This is sort of a meta diary in response to a most excellent diary about the decay of the US Civilization. The hallmark of a great diary is it sparks meta. I agree with ...
|I, for one, welcome these scandals.
Well, the stock market is doing great. The DOW is up to 15,176.47 today. The housing market is up. Muskegon's U3 unemployment is down to a mere 8.4%. By golly, now that the lives of everybody who ...
|UPDATE!: Hard Night for West Michigan Fruit Farmers
Latest article I can find : Sounds like the farmers are optimistic about how they came through the frost. 'I think we came through it': West Michigan apple growers optimistic despite early morning ...
|I Got Your Activism Right Here
This is in response to a diary which asked where the activists are. I don't know you. For all I know you're Mother Effin' Theresa. You spend your time working with disadvantaged kids raising ...
|While Titans Wrangle in the Capitols, We're Focusing on Everybody Else
"Thank you for coming here! We learned about windmills." While there's important wrangling over energy policy and lobbying in the marble halls of DC or Lansing, while K street does its K-street ...
|Young Mother Abducted from Gas Station Shift in my Home Town: Please Help Find Her
Please help find this woman and mother of a young child. She has been missing since Friday night. Jessica Heeringa, 25, was abducted from her shift at a gas station just a couple miles from my ...
|If We're Relying on Tar Sands to Save Us, We're So Screwed
Every American...hell, everybody in the developed world should be terrified that the most powerful nation on Earth is acting as though TAR SANDS pipelines are going to save us all. That's what the ...
After months of winterbound isolation, neighbors play baseball outside with their kids, stop by to borrow a drill to fix mailboxes toppled by snowplows, talk about fishing, or garden plans over the ...
|HELLO from the Future-uture-uture. This is what our energy mix looks like in 2050! It's awesome.
Hello. Welcome to the FFUUUUUUTUURE . 2050. Here in the future we have solved poverty, all Americans have access to affordable, excellent healthcare. Education is fun and universal. Potato chips ...
|Rivaling Keystone: Dramatic Increase in Heavy Crude to be Shipped over the Great Lakes
It's like these guys keep trying to outdo one another for worst possible idea . If you thought the Keystone XL Pipeline was bad, a newly proposed project is a pipeline moving more heavy tarsands oil ...
|Utilities on Solar & Distributed Power "It's a potential threat to us over the long term"
I'm packing to go to Kentucky - a real honest to god vacation with the family. It's been years. Anyway, the point is, I'm going to make this fast because I don't have much time... The business ...
|Off Grid: Utilities? We don't need no stinkin' utilities.
I know it seems old hat, and it's not as sexy as solar panels and wind power, but I'm on a mission to replace all my home's lights with LEDs. Last night I yanked close to the last of our home's ...
|Fried Lake Perch
West Michigan Lent is a time of gluttony if you like fish fries, fried fish, fried lake perch. Everyone's got a fish fry special. VFW. The Catholic High School. Lion's Club. The local dives...you ...
|Ready for This? Last Month 100% of New Electrical Capacity in the US came from Renewable Sources
America won't be turning back from this trend toward renewable energy sources any time soon. When the President of the United States stands behind it in his State of the Union speech, and then the ...
|My DC Climate Change Rally Pics & Vids & Not So Strange Bedfellows
Curse my general lack of technology, otherwise I'd have posted this yesterday while we were there in the freezing cold. I drove three hours to Ann Arbor then got onto a bus for 12 hours....on a bus ...
|How can you know the Loss of a Lover, Sandy Skin, the Great Lakes?
Over the years and months I've blogged at length about the Great Lakes ...
|GAH! Just Stop making Employees the Metric for Which Businesses Must Comply with the Law
I just want to put this out there, my message in two dimensional bottle to all our legislators out there... Can you PLEASE not make NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES or HOURS WORKED a metric for which businesses ...
|Lack of Energy Water Roadmap Could be Disastrous to Nation's Water, Food, Economy
It doesn't get much coverage in the energy debate, but our energy needs require a LOT of water. Just about half of our nation's annual 400 billion gallons of water draw goes toward energy production.
|A Drying Lake
These are lumber tailings, freshly exposed from the bottom of Muskegon Lake as the lake levels fall and recede. It may not seem terribly surprising or interesting that the wood waste of lumber ...
|So what do we do?
"So...What do we do?" folks ask. We hear about shrinking ice caps. We're getting monster super storms. Waters are rising. Droughts are drying up our water. Strange weather is devastating crops. ...
|My eight year old knows that to start a fire you start small and build up
I can hear the January Michiganwind literally howl as it whips over the chimney top Sssssccchhhhhweeeeeeerrrrrrrrllllllllllllll....it says. We heat with wood. And to start an appropriate fire for ...
|Meanwhile, Mom and Pop Retail Withers under Fiscal Cliff Wrangling
I'd just like to point out, kind of angrily, that all this fiscal cliff wrangling pissed away yet another holiday retail season, which tends to make up a commanding percentage of annual retail sales ...
|Whoa. Nurturing, Competent Fathers in Ads....
Happy New Year! You know what I like about 2013? Here's what I like about 2013. Commercials. I'm not kidding. I'm really digging TV commercials lately. Holy shit...there are commercials of....of ...
|Here's what I hear "It's going to cost your family twice as much to eat next year"
I'm a fairly simple fellow. So to be frank, I don't much get into the DC gamesmanship. Generally bores the piss out of me. Blah blah, fiscal cliff, blah blah. Eleven dimensional chess blah blah. So ...
|A War on Christmas Miracle
Gather 'round ye gentle readers. Yes. Come. Come along now. Don't be shy. Come and warm yourself by my hearth, and get out of this..I guess...drizzly, rainy December Michigan "winter" "storm". ...
|Shrinking Great Lakes Reveal 125 Year Old Shipwreck Near My Grandpa's Island
Falling water levels have revealed a 125 year old shipwreck and several others in the Grand River by Harbor Island in Grand Haven, Michigan. That's just a couple miles south of me. And on a river ...
|These Folks Running Michigan, They're Not Michiganders
It's as though the current batch of Michigan legislators haven't lived in this state for any length of time. Like they were all imported from some bubbling Koch-born clone tank and dropped here to ...
|Drought and Low Water: The Mississippi May Be Unnavigable Within Weeks
The Mississippi water levels are low, and are about to get a lot lower. The stubborn drought that has gripped the Midwest for much of the year has left the Mighty Mississippi critically low -- and ...
|The Stuff of Sauerkraut: Sustaining Recipe of the Small
My children have developed old-man cullinary sensibilities. Probably a good thing. Beets. Cabbage. Beans. Fish - rainbow trout, perch, bluegill. Bluegill from the dock. Fishing with the boys to ...
|Climate Change is Evaporating the Things we Love - Great Lakes at Historic Lows
Lake Michigan and Huron are within a couple inches of breaking all time low water levels on record, and now climate change is emerging as the leading cause. It works like this: warmer weather --> ...
|Real Stories of Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards Putting Industrial States Back to Work
Put away the shine and the polish. Put away the talking heads and their excellent hair and confidence opining with a certainty that is inversely proportional to their accuracy. Give me a guy with ...
|Cut the crud. We know renewable energy works for Michigan.
Last night my son scrambled over to me all wide eyed and urgent "Dad! DAD!! The TV had a commercial that was saying bad things about Proposal 3!!!!" (Proposal 3, for those who aren't aware, is the ...
|What Michigan Needs to Know about The 25% Renewable Energy Standard Proposal (Proposal 3)
The single most important thing to know about the 25x25 ballot proposal (Proposal 3), is that it will create jobs in Michigan. It will create jobs. Objectively. A Michigan State University study ...
|Lake Huron Diesel Spill
Things sink in the Great Lakes. There are thousands of shipwrecks at the bottom of the Great Lakes. And two more ships have been added to that count recently, fortunately without casualties: a tug ...
|A Symbolic Species
I find graffiti beautiful. I studied linguistics in college for a spell and I find symbols to be beautiful... Spray paint, paint on brick and concrete. Sharpie scrawls and pen on bathroom walls. I ...
|Go if you can. Sit together in the stars and cicadas.
The family and I just got back from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - ranked The Most Beautiful Place in America in a Good Morning America contest last year. Yes, there are thousands of ...
|July Moonlight in Wave Distorted Replica
My arms are lined with red, all on account of blackberries and Very Small Boys discovering plumes of shiny black berries far back into the jagged plants. I reached through brier portals, up on ...
|NN12: Throw a Dart, You'll Hit an Amazing Person
Do I got pics of NN12? No. I got no pics. Maybe one pic of me pointing and grinning at the grave of HP Lovecraft in Rhode Island. Not cuz I'm glad that guy died, but because I had to show my down ...
|The Smell of the Big Lake
On the West Coast of Michigan we talk of the smell of the Big Lake. The smell coming into my window now. Right now. The smell of childhood and grounding. All things from the water and between the ...
|Looking to Split a Room at Netroots Nation
Howdy. Not sure where else to post this so I'll make a diary of it. I'm looking around for some sort of sleeping accomodations at Netroots Nation. I'm willing to help somebody split costs for a ...
|Hunger isn't always a food stamp problem. It's an access problem.
Okay, Mario Batali is awesome . Everybody knows it. And his efforts to bring attention to the difficulties faced by poor and low income individuals by spending a week living on a food assistance ...
|US Coal Use Drops by 20% From 2011
Okay okay...the bad news is, coal use is dropping off MOSTLY because of cheap natural gas prices. The GOOD news is, 2012 domestic coal use has dropped by 20% from 2011 , leaving coal now at 36% of ...
|This Victory May Seem Small To You, But it's Huge to Us
At about 27,000 votes from local supporters, Muskegon High School came in second to a high school in LOS ANGELES in a contest to win the NBC Smash make a musical contest . And we did, though we were ...
|It feels like I've come back to something today.
I went fishing with my older Boy today (8) and caught a northern pike. And hot diggity were we thrilled about that...but let me back up. I remember walking through the woods with my Grandfather as ...
|Power Outage at the Electric Barriers that Hold Back the Asian Carp
And this is why an electric barrier is no match for a brick wall. I mean, who could have predicted this: This week a power outage shut down the electric barriers that are the one thing keeping the ...
|I'm sure there's a metaphor in this spring garden diary somewhere
With the spring moving on, it's been time to tend the garden and, of course, re-stock the sand box. Here in Muskegon, the latter means taking a drive down to Pere Marquette park along the shore of ...
|Neighborhoods and Impoverished Gravel Roads
This afternoon we drove through gravel streets in Muskegon that not too long ago had been paved. With no city funds to fix the roads they deteriorated to axel destroying strips of potholes. ...
|Manufacturing is Up in April, Foundry near Muskegon Reopens, Hiring 200
Manufacturing is up to a 10 month high. This isn't some random figure of interest only to some accountant in a flickering fluorescent lighted cubicle. No. This is a REAL NUMBER that means REAL ...
|It seems so obvious, now.
A friend of mine from Lombard, IL has been trying to get her city to allow citizens to raise chickens, and is now trying to get the city to consider purchasing some of its power from renewable ...
|New Poll Shows Political Divide on Renewable Energy is a Total Myth
Heads up to our representatives: A new poll show's there's no victory to be had in being anti-renewable energy. Sure, sure...some organizations out there have an interest in creating some purely ...
|Michigan Republicans' New Tax Policy a "Leap of Faith"
“Our goal is to create a stronger economic environment,” [Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell] said. “Sometimes in tax reform you have to take a leap of faith that we’re all going to benefit . We’...
|Looking to Tap 700 GW of Clean Power Potential with Floating Wind Turbines
Muskegon has the hunger, man. Muskegon wants to be the North American leader in offshore wind power. And fortunately we have a lot of support, from the grass roots to the Universities. Grand ...
|"Giving Mom a break today, eh?"
It sets my eye to twitching a little when Random Stranger says to me something like "Giving Mom a break today, eh?" when he or she sees me wrangling my two boys at the store, at the used car ...
|Ever More Creative Ways to Kick Industrial Cities to the Ground
So. This map: That map shows some sample cities around the state, while the circles show the percentage of revenue the labeled city gets from a tax called the Personal Property Tax. Allegan, ...
|W. Michigan Fruit Production Devastated by Bizarre Weather
In November 2009 I wrote a diary titled the Fragile Climate of Fruit Growing Perfection . In in I talked about West Michigan's ideal microclimate for fruit production and how fragile those perfect ...
|UPDATE: Repeat after me: Don't attack a candidate's spouse
Here's an apology from Rosen “Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, ...
|Cabbage. Home Made Sauerkraut. Cheap Food. Yum. Vid of My Kid Eating Sauerkraut.
When you find cabbage for 9 cents per pound, here's what you do. You buy, like, a dozen heads of cabbage for 35 cents each and ignore the strange looks of people as you make a beeline for the ...
|Obama Admin Joins Five States to Speed Up Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farms
It's easy to look at our the massive pile of rinky dink Tea Party reps taking up space in the halls of government in places like Michigan and think nothing positive is getting done. And in many cases,
|Not My Asparagus!
Last year, driving through the country in the spring, I saw a rickety old board on big puffy wheels with four men seated on the edge, leaning over harvesting a long line of asparagus. Let it never ...
|I've Lost 33 Pounds
BBBBBBBBBBBBBBrrrrr! After all my hand wringing about and adoring the super warm March weather we've had, tonight I'm COLD! Down to just about freezing tonight. Got some logs on the fire. But still..
|23 Years Worth of Coal Left.
Yikes. Okay. So the World Coal Association website freaks me out a bit. It has been estimated that there are over 847 billion tonnes of proven coal reserves worldwide. This means that there is ...
|Don't Tell Me Business is Inherently More Efficient.
I used to work for a deli. I was the delivery guy and sandwich maker. Early, early every morning I'd load up the little truck with boxes and boxes of pastries and I'd head off to banks and ...
|Oil Companies Sniffing For Oil Along the Lake Michigan Coast
Before talking about the new wave of oil prospectors sniffing around Muskegon, Mason, and Oceana county...I'd like to talk a little bit about watersheds or drainage basins. Take a good look at this ...
|Goodbye Sweet Io. Hello Crocus.
I've lost my taste for the lugubrious. The intractably sad. The unhappy endings. So this diary, while touching on a bit of the sad...there's a happy ending here. A death and a rebirth. We lost our ...
|I may have peppers to dry for the zombie apocalypse, but I need to get to Netroots Nation.
Oh, hello! You've caught me slicing and drying bell peppers and bananas, which will be dried and sealed into mylar bags so I can feed my family during the coming zombie apocalypse. You may think ...
|I'm the Thuggish Looking Guy on the Right on the Holland (MI) Wind Power Panel
I was part of a renewable energy panel discussion tonight in Holland, MI. We talked about jobs and wind power. I'm the surly looking one on the far right. I talked about the importance of standing ...
|In Mega Display of "Okay" Muskegon Adopts Gay/Lesbian Anti-Discrimination Policy
Today a private citizen named Roberta King asked the Muskegon city commission to approve language that would disallow discrimination against gay, lesbian, or bi-sexual individuals in hiring and ...
|Sharp Decline in Great Lakes Ice Cover over the past Four Decades
I used to call them icebergs. Back when I was a kid. Icebergs on Lake Michigan. Going out as far as you could see. And along the lakeshore, tall tall "ice dunes". "Ice Dunes". It's a word I learned ...
|It's the Free Market Kicking Limbaugh's A#$
Hey, baby...it's the free market. If Limbaugh proved anything this week, it's that the free market can force even the misogynistiest of misogynists to issue half apologies about showing ...
|(Video---NOW WITH TRANSCRIPT) Ha! Obama Hilariously Destroys the GOP
Short diary... But a pal just sent me this vid and I think it pretty accurately and hilariously illustrates what we've been seeing this year and what we can expect to happen for the next 8 months. ...
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