BREAKING: Wind Turbine Catastrophe

Another horrifying energy industry accident is making headlines today.  According to Grist.com,

Last month, a wind turbine on a North Dakota wind farm suffered a “catastrophic failure” when “oversight” and “human error” — features of energy infrastructure which scientists suggest are unavoidable — led to the enormous turbine falling off its mount.

So far no evacuation zone has been declared. There are no threats to sea life, and the fallout from the disaster was not detectable thousands of miles away. Cleanup efforts are in progress, and will not include covering the area in a giant concrete dome. No workers have been asked to give their lives in order to save their countrymen from the menace of this fallen wind turbine.

Check out the link to contribute to the memorial fund for the family of voles tragically killed in this incident and for “dramatic footage in which nobody also died.”

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Easter Maze


I think the Bunny needs to hold off on bringing sugary treats this year. I’ve been sugar free for two weeks now and I’m not sure I could stand the temptation. The Beastlings have never gotten a lot of candy at holidays anyway, but I’m not willing to push my luck right now.

I do think everyone should have a chocolate rabbit in their basket, but it doesn’t have to be a big one. I’ll get a good quality chocolate one rather than the cheaper massive ones they sell. That cheap “chocolate” is full of partially hydrogenated nastiness anyway.


And then they will get some trinkets, a book or two, maybe some non-candy snacks, some play-doh toys and matchbox cars, and that will be it. I won’t be tempted to eat the play-doh, at least.

And they will get plenty candy from their school egg hunts. I suggested that the classes fill the eggs with stickers and things other than sweets but that went over like a lead balloon. I should have expected that, but it was worth a try.

I could really go for a Cadbury Creme Egg right now. Or three.

Or five.

Here’s a maze to keep the little’uns busy. Click and enlarge.

P.S. Here’s a very interesting (and somewhat disturbing) article on High Fructose Corn Syrup everyone should read.

PPS.  This entry was originally published on March 24, 2009.  I have since discovered that Cadbury Creme Eggs contain HFCS and am in mourning.  I republished because this because it is one of the most continually popular blog posts on here because of the maze.  Also, I just love that colorful egg graphic.

Where Are The Tea Party Volunteer Firefighters?

[Texas] wildfires have ravaged more than 1,000 square miles of mostly rural terrain in the last week, prompting Gov. Rick Perry to ask President Barack Obama for federal help.

“Texas is reaching its capacity to respond to these emergencies and is in need of federal assistance,” Perry said in a statement Sunday. “I urge President Obama to approve our request quickly.”

Wildfires have spread across more than 700,000 acres — about the size of Rhode Island — in drought-stricken Texas. About half a dozen massive fires were still burning.

Calmer winds gave firefighters a chance to get a handle on a few massive fires Saturday, and some residents were able to return to their homes — or what was left of them. Winds intensified again Sunday to 20 to 25 mph from the south with gusts to 30 mph, giving new life to even some fires that had been declared fully contained, the Texas Forest Service said.  LINK.

Regarding the wildfires, Texas Liberal writes:

I’d also like to know when the Tea Party volunteer fire companies and the Tea Party disaster relief teams will be rushing to assist people impacted by the fire? Where are county Republican parties in Texas organizing teams of citizen-volunteers to help out our fellow Texans so that they will not have to turn to government?

Are we going to allow socialized fire companies of public employees team up with Washington to do the job that everyday Texas citizens should be doing?

Please read the entire post:  Rick Perry Asks For Help From Washington For Texas Wildfires—Where Are The Tea Party Volunteer Disaster Relief Teams?

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