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.Spring Rain, Then Foul Algae in Ailing Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — For those who live and play on the shores of Lake Erie, the spring rains that will begin falling here soon are less a blessing than a portent. They could threaten the very future of the lake itself.

Lake Erie is sick. A thick and growing coat of toxic algae appears each summer, so vast that in 2011 it covered a sixth of its waters, contributing to an expanding dead zone on its bottom, reducing fish populations, fouling beaches and crippling a tourism industry that generates more than $10 billion in revenue annually.

The spring rains reliably predict how serious the summer algae bloom will be: the more frequent and heavy the downpours, the worse the outbreak. And this year the National Weather Service says there is a higher probability than elsewhere of above-normal spring rains along the lake’s west end, where the algae first appear. The private forecaster Accuweather predicts a wetter than usual March and April throughout the region.

It is perhaps the greatest peril the lake has faced since the 1960s, when relentless and unregulated dumping of sewage and industrial pollutants spawned similar algae blooms and earned it the nickname “North America’s Dead Sea.” Erie recovered then, thanks to a multibillion-dollar cleanup by the United States and Canada that became a legendary environmental success story.

But while the sewage and pollutants are vastly reduced, the blooms have returned, bigger than ever.


Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Mar 15, 2013, 06:49 AM (1 replies)

Hilarious North Korean propaganda film depicting life in America

This is the most twisted view of America, out there...


Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Mar 15, 2013, 06:38 AM (6 replies)

FAA Approves Boeing Plan To Fix 787 Batteries

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Boeing plan to redesign the 787 Dreamliner's fire-plagued lithium-ion batteries won approval Tuesday from the Federal Aviation Administration, moving the cutting-edge planes a step closer to flying passengers again.

The plan includes changes to the internal battery components to minimize the possibility of short-circuiting, which can lead to overheating and cause a fire. Among the changes are better insulation of the battery's eight cells and the addition of a new containment and venting system, the FAA said in a statement.

The FAA statement didn't provide an estimate for when the grounded planes might return to service. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., who was briefed by the agency, said that if all goes well, the FAA could give final approval by mid- to late April for the 787 to resume flight.

Boeing would still have to retrofit the 50 planes already delivered to eight airlines in seven countries, Larsen said in an interview. That could mean the plane wouldn't return to the skies until late April or early May, he said.

First, Boeing's redesigned batteries have to pass a series of 20 separate lab tests, Larsen said, then flight tests would follow.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Mar 13, 2013, 09:45 AM (0 replies)

Is this a hole in one? Golfer sucked into sinkhole

WATERLOO, ILL. (AP) Suddenly being swallowed up by the earth on a golf course's fairway drove a wedge between Mark Mihal and a stellar round.

The 43-year-old mortgage broker was counting his blessings Tuesday and nursing a dislocated shoulder sustained four days earlier when he tumbled into an 18-foot deep sinkhole on the 14th hole of the Annbriar Golf Club near Waterloo, Ill., just southeast of St. Louis.

Friends managed to hoist Mihal to safety with a rope after about 20 minutes. But the experience gave him quite a fright, particularly following the much-publicized recent death of a man in Florida who died when his bedroom fell into a sinkhole. That man's body hasn't been found.


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 12, 2013, 10:07 PM (1 replies)

Share of Homes With Guns Shows 4-Decade Decline

The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture.

The gun ownership rate has fallen across a broad cross section of households since the early 1970s, according to data from the General Social Survey, a public opinion survey conducted every two years that asks a sample of American adults if they have guns at home, among other questions.

The rate has dropped in cities large and small, in suburbs and rural areas and in all regions of the country. It has fallen among households with children, and among those without. It has declined for households that say they are very happy, and for those that say they are not. It is down among churchgoers and those who never sit in pews.

The household gun ownership rate has fallen from an average of 50 percent in the 1970s to 49 percent in the 1980s, 43 percent in the 1990s and 35 percent in the 2000s, according to the survey data, analyzed by The New York Times.


So with all the talk of gun sales at an all time high, this must mean that someone has a whole lot of guns.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Mar 11, 2013, 06:48 AM (8 replies)

Question about military jet fly overs at events

I saw the start of the prelude to the NASCAR race today with them all wrapped in the flag and then the fly over. It led me to think, who is paying for those excursions by the Air Force jets?

Are we the tax payer paying for these rah-rah moments for the good ol' boys?

Posted by liberal N proud | Sun Mar 10, 2013, 07:23 PM (30 replies)

Iconic - Beautiful Post Offices going on the auction block

Many buildings currently owned by the Postal Service are for sale, or are being considered for sale. Preservation groups say some of the buildings are architecturally significant and that their design elements and historic features should be protected.





More here: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/03/07/arts/design/postal-service-looks-to-sell-historic-buildings.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130308&_r=0

This is what the right wing attempt to privatize our postal system is doing. These are historic structures and have been a significant fixture in these communities.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Mar 8, 2013, 07:58 AM (22 replies)

Did Lindsey Graham just blink?

GOP's Graham on Obama dinner: 'The election is over'
By Kasie Hunt and Mike Viqueira, NBC News

Lindsey Graham took the lead on the guest list. Barack Obama extended the invitations. And on Wednesday night, after weeks of gridlock, a dozen Republican senators are dining out with the president.

"We need to stop the campaign. The election is over," Graham said Wednesday. "If we never talk to each other, I know exactly what's going to happen, this country is going to fail."

So far, the Republicans who've been invited are giving Obama the benefit of the doubt -- even if they don't want to elaborate.

"How do you say no to the president of the United States who would like to have dinner with some of your colleagues? You don't," Graham said.


So does this mean they are no longer going to say no to Obama or are they just looking for a free meal?

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Mar 6, 2013, 05:47 PM (9 replies)

It makes you wonder why do they bother...

When you put in perspective, all the value of the corporate loopholes vs. those that actually help people who need help, it makes you wonder why are they going after this little small amount when there are so much bigger fish to catch.

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 05:56 PM (1 replies)

Largest Glacier-Calving Ever Filmed...

Incredible video of a glacier disintegrating


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Mar 5, 2013, 07:42 AM (10 replies)
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