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Taking a Break from Politics for a Few Days and Watching *Mr Smith Goes to Washington* (salon) to remind myself that, at least in the movies, Populism reigns and overcomes the creepy corporatists of the world. On a related note, got NetFlix a couple of weeks ago, which is a terrific service, an.....- 3/28/2007 2:42:11 PM
The Problem With (the) US (pstern) Just in case any of you are wondering...It's really easy to see what our problem is.  During the past several decades most of us have been dumbstruck.  Or call it whatever you want, e.g., we've been b.....- 3/27/2007 3:02:41 PM
Chevron/Texaco and American News Media Hide Worst Oil Spill in History... (pstern) I came across this little publicized article about a group of Amazon rain forest residents suing Texaco, now owned by Chevron, for $6 Billion for costs to clean up oil spills.  Mainstream periodicals .....- 3/27/2007 10:09:10 AM
Here Comes the Dog N Pony Show for the *New* TXU- You'll be Bombarded with Commercials (salon) trying to convince you that TXU being bought by private investors is a good idea and it will be MORE responsive to customers.When you get done watching those commercials, if you fell for their sales p.....- 3/27/2007 9:57:24 AM
Outsourcing News O Day- US Postal Office is now outsourcing mail delivery service (Oregon article) (salon) trying to convince you that TXU being bought by private investors is a good idea and it will be MORE responsive to customers.When you get done watching those commercials, if you fell for their sales p.....- 3/27/2007 1:06:25 AM
Shouldn't our utilities be PUBLIC utilities? Why should private equity firms be allowed to buy UTILITIES? (salon) I saw an article about Texas Pacific looking to buy Spanish airline Iberia (which of course is not a utility) and wanted to know more about it. Tough to know because Texas Pacific, like Carlyle Group .....- 3/26/2007 12:54:19 PM
Rick Perry "39 percent" Tries to Get the Austin-American Statesman to Retract Its TYC Story about His Office (salon) You know how we KNOW that an aide to Perry received detailed investigative reports alleging a sex scandal at West Texas State school..... DAYS BEFORE THE NOVEMBER ELECTION, not just within the last co.....- 3/26/2007 12:19:30 PM
Global Warming? Pah! Just Bury the GreenHouse Gas (CO2) Underground -Geologic Carbon Sequestration (salon) Here's the gas equivalent of the *salt water* waste injection wells that we have here in Texas, in which crap is injected into formations deep in the ground... Apparently in some places, like Gaylord,.....- 3/26/2007 12:07:32 PM
The Bullies of the Colorado OIl and Gas *Conservation* Committee- Can It Happen Here? (salon) As you're reading this, compare what's happening in Colorado, which is also being drilled to death, with how the Texas Railroad Commission operates... If Colorado can see the commission's influence wa.....- 3/26/2007 11:53:41 AM
How Nice! Make-A-Buck Company Puts out Nuclear Power Station Maps -A Demographic Display (salon) Just in case those terrorists can't find a handy dandy map of where they all are, what the reactor count, design type and manufacturer, and station capacity is. And in case they wonder where the resea.....- 3/26/2007 11:37:20 AM
Texas House Speaker and Wife Very Proud of Luxury Suite Inside the Capitol (pstern) Ahh, the life, perks and quirks of a Texas Speaker... We're supposed to believe it's okay that Speaker Tom Craddick has a suite inside the Texas Capitol where legislation is presented and reviewed by .....- 3/25/2007 6:24:32 PM
The 8th Wonder of the World... Dubai? (pstern) The World... is now being rebuilt off the coast of Dubai Want to know where Gov. Perry visited and where some Texas tax dollars and special interest campaign contributions went? Want to know what proj.....- 3/25/2007 4:03:42 PM
I've Moved On from MoveOn- Sent them an email to tell them to quit sending me emails. (salon) This was AFTER I read of Chet Edwards vote on what I consider a pat on the head from Democrats to those of us that actually want to end the war, and BEFORE I read an article from Salon that indicates .....- 3/25/2007 3:07:12 PM
Is that Documentary You're Watching Really a Shill for Corporations To Press Marketing or Other Agendas? (salon) Such a fine line between what you would hope would be one person or one group's view of a subject and, more cynically, a documentary created in order to sell product. Wrote before about Big Pharm doin.....- 3/25/2007 2:31:30 PM
How Our US Congress Voted This Week-Hutchison, Cornyn and Edwards (salon) First off, Cornyn and Hutchison are ALL FOR our social security being used, not for what it's intended but to be put back into the general funds. They also don't much like Special Education. To their .....- 3/25/2007 2:20:47 PM
Outsourcing News O Day- Brand Loyalty When the Product is Made on the Cheap in Another Country (salon) I was reading a bit ago an article about Indian outsourcing and it got me to thinking about how many companies are doing this now, and then I saw Hershey's. I Hurt! Hershey's is one of those that has .....- 3/25/2007 1:31:52 PM
The Americanization of Indian Education- US Universities want to set up satellites in India aka What's Karen Hughes Up To? (salon) Remember when Bush, in a time where Americans are losing their jobs to outsourcing in India, said that, after all, Americans need to quit whining and get educated (in so many words) and after all, we .....- 3/25/2007 1:10:54 PM
Susan Combs Continues her Fat-Tax Crusade in Which TaxPayers Would Pay for Obesity (salon) Somehow when this woman was running for Comptroller, I was paying more attention to her lurid romance novels than her crusade against the overweight. But, you know, She's Just Looking Out for Business.....- 3/25/2007 12:20:57 PM
How Much Did it Cost For the KKK To Go to Stephenville (Erath Co) Texas? (salon) Somehow when this woman was running for Comptroller, I was paying more attention to her lurid romance novels than her crusade against the overweight. But, you know, She's Just Looking Out for Business.....- 3/25/2007 11:48:03 AM
Gov. Rick Perry: "Texan of the Year" or "Enemy of the People"? (pstern) Rick Perry:  Friend or Foe?The Governor's Press Office relays the message that Perry was hailed as "Texan of the Year", but does that honor really hold merit? To read more: See my article. P.....- 3/25/2007 11:08:52 AM
Harrah's (Gambling) Using RFID to Track Its Workers AND Track YOU Gambling (salon) Creepy, Creepy. For the people who WORK for Harrahs' a chip is inside their uniform's and they are tracked wherever they go. Woe to the cocktail waitress who is caught loafingOn a recent night at The .....- 3/25/2007 2:17:07 AM
How Carbon-Free... How GREEN... in Nuclear Energy (salon) Have heard a number of arguments pro and con about nuclear power plant energy and have discussed quite a few of these here before. Here's yet another take, based on a new reason being dished out by pr.....- 3/25/2007 2:03:41 AM
Jack Motley of Edna Texas Sings About The Trans Texas Corridor Taking HIs Home (salon) I recorded him at the Senate Transportation Committee hearing. Video on my youtube page now. For the past three decades, as Jack Motley of Edna worked to perfect the land on his ranch, he.....- 3/25/2007 1:55:35 AM
Injection Wells Safe? NO! Texas RailRoad Commission Shuts Down Hydro-Fx's Near Boyd (Wise Co )Tx (salon) I had read in the Weatherford paper the other day that the RRC might have Actually Shut Down A Well, in Wise County. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I thought I'd do some hunting on where that.....- 3/25/2007 1:47:13 AM
Judicial Watch Finds 2005 Chertoff Implementation Memo on Security and Prosperty Partnership (salon) I had read in the Weatherford paper the other day that the RRC might have Actually Shut Down A Well, in Wise County. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I thought I'd do some hunting on where that.....- 3/24/2007 9:49:39 PM
Waste Injection Well in Matagorda Co, TX Near Evangeline Aquifer- Reddy Disposals LLC (salon) From the Victoria Advocate: Haskell Simon was alarmed when he first learned that under current Texas law a company could receive permission from the Texas Railroad Commission to inject oilfield waste .....- 3/24/2007 9:17:01 PM
More of Chet Edwards on the Iraq War Resolution-His Explanation No Doubt Intended to Reassure His Republican Base (salon) (Said only partly tongue in cheek-Edwards did not put that he was a Democrat on his campaign literature nor his web site, but said, and continues to say that he is independent). As mentioned before, E.....- 3/24/2007 8:51:19 PM
What Country IS This? Gag Orders Turn Recipients of National Security Letters (NSL) Into Secret Informants (salon) I thought that was supposed to be the purvue of groups like the KGB in Old Soviet Russia. You MUST read this whole thing. National Security Letters do away with going before a COURT with probable caus.....- 3/24/2007 10:24:31 AM
About the Texas Open Meetings Act and Recording Them (salon) I'm all fired up this morning about the need for ANY group that goes to an open meeting in Texas to have at least one person bring an audio digital recorder and/or a video recorder. Need a transcript?.....- 3/24/2007 9:52:52 AM
Chet Edwards (Us House Dist 17) and the Controversial Iraq Deadline-Who's Fooling Who? (salon) I haven\'t yet read all the details about the bill the House passed the other day that sets a deadline of August 31, 2008 for troops to remove from Iraq.... except this article shows that it reall.....- 3/24/2007 9:36:09 AM
ERA (Cooke Co) Tx Citizens FILLED THE ROOM at the Texas Railroad Commission Hearing on the XTO Injection Well (salon) From Bill Gordon.A recent Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) report stated there were 5,600 producing gas wells in the Barnett Shale and new wells were being drilled at a rate of 100 per month. In r.....- 3/24/2007 8:34:58 AM
There are reasons why Democrats aren't pursuing the impeachment of Pres. George Walker Bush (pstern) Question:      Why don't Democrats impeach Bush?Answer:         Because they don't want to.There you go!  "It's as easy as apple pie."I've thought about this a lot and I've written several a.....- 3/23/2007 5:52:42 PM
TX Sen Carona Hornswaggles the Anti-Toll Crowd- Told Corridor Watch the Bill Would Sail Through So Don't Bring People (salon) The committee... LIED. Toll-road critics said they were told by state Senate staff that a moratorium bill would sail through a committee hearing Wednesday, and so were asked to keep their army of acti.....- 3/23/2007 1:05:29 PM
What's wrong with "Colonel" Carona? (pstern) The committee... LIED. Toll-road critics said they were told by state Senate staff that a moratorium bill would sail through a committee hearing Wednesday, and so were asked to keep their army of acti.....- 3/23/2007 12:42:57 PM
Call to Action from CorridorWatch about Carona's Failure to Stop TTC (salon) Sent by Suzanne GentlingCW.org CallTo ActionDo not let anyone tell you that your calls, faxes and letter are not necessary - They Absolutely Are! We have come a long, long way, and we have done it tog.....- 3/23/2007 12:10:27 PM
XTO-PFFTTT to Energy Standards as Long as They Can Drill on the Cheap -Lawsuit in Wise County, Texas (salon) XTO- Gas Well Standards? What Gas Well Standards?  You can read a pretty awful story at the link above about Robert Gayan's death (and evacuation of 500 homes in the neighborhood at Forest Hill) when .....- 3/23/2007 11:18:33 AM
If Tx Sen Dan Patrick Wants to Pay Preggers Women To Adopt Out Instead of Abort, Let HIM Cough up the money (salon) Sheesh. Or maybe he needs to go start his own non-profit fund or get a church to start a bank account instead of this very bad, stupid bill that would pay pregnant women $500 if they don't get an abor.....- 3/23/2007 11:06:15 AM
Governor 39 Percent Smacked Down by Texas Lege on his Veto Power (salon) Perry's been on a rolll.. down hill. The Texas House approved a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday that would trim the governor's powers by giving lawmakers a little more time to override his.....- 3/23/2007 11:01:12 AM
West Nile VIrus and Mosquito Spraying in Texas - Why? (salon) Letter to the editor in the Waxahachie paper talks about the low incidence of mosquitoes that carry the virus in the first place. I also thought it was interesting that the writer moved away from Midl.....- 3/23/2007 10:58:22 AM
Why Does Perry's Energy Council Have the Head of the RRC Running It? (salon) Was reading an article in the Cleburne paper about Rep Rob Orr (Johnson,Bosque), some bills he's sponsoring and saw that he had been appointed by Craddick to the Energy Council,  "a nonprofit cor.....- 3/23/2007 10:52:34 AM
Gov. Rick "39-percent of the votes" Perry's Middle East Visit Good for the Texas Economy (pstern) Yeah, right!There's an article in today's Austin American Statesman that quotes a Perry spokesperson's assertion that the Mid-East trip is good for the Texas community.I have just one question, ".....- 3/23/2007 10:42:14 AM
Did the Texas Railroad Commission Close Down an Injection Well In Wise County This Year? (salon) The Weatherford paper, in article discussing the money grant to O&G to recycle water that was passed in the US House, has this. Due to the perceived threat to drinking water supplies, disposal wel.....- 3/23/2007 10:31:36 AM
TX- Sen Fraser-Bill to Require Oil and Gas to Report How Much Water They're Using to Local Districts Every Month (salon) From the Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee. This is a good bill, a good start on the problem, since, as we know, water resources that O&G use are EXEMPTED currently from a water district's .....- 3/23/2007 10:23:51 AM
Closed Meeting Arrranged by Kip Averitt That Leaves the Public Out but Caters to the Govt and KKR is *Sunny* (salon) Thought it was odd yesterday, not to mention inappropriate, when I read yesterday that Averitt was the Go-person for arranging a meeting between the biggies who want to buy TXU and the Waco government.....- 3/23/2007 10:07:08 AM
NRC Says PFFFTTT!!! to Most Nuclear Power Plants About Terrorist Attacks - It Matters Where You Live If They Will Pay Attention to YOU (salon) and apparently that doesn't include Comanche Peak.  Here's the deal. You have spent fuel rods that you have to put somewhere. And they're radioactive. Where do you put them? The US Supreme Court says .....- 3/23/2007 9:57:00 AM
Today's Houston Chronicle discusses that some of Washington's Texas Congressmen are angered by TxDOT (pstern) Well, welcome to the club!It was only a matter of time before TxDOT ticked-off folks on the national level.  More and more the agency's greed is like the little kid in a big candy store --- except tha.....- 3/23/2007 4:13:16 AM
WSJ on *Fair Use*-Congress Needs to Clarify Copyright Laws-About the Viacom/Google Lawsuit (salon) As this author says, why should we have to guess what is meant? The issue: Viacom wants to get paid more than Google wants to pay it for all of those fuzzy, two-minute clips from programs like "T.....- 3/22/2007 7:39:37 PM
Sid Miller (TX Dist 59) Gets His Wish, To Slaughter Horses for Food -No Public Hearing on THAT one (salon) Wrote about this before. I find it particularly interesting that there was NO public hearing on this bill, that allows US citizens to slaughter horses so that people overseas can eat them; that des.....- 3/22/2007 6:23:27 PM
Texas Parks & Wildlife Inflated Their Visitor Count by 40%- Kip Averitt Tells Them to Address the Shortcomings. (salon) Although I'm sorry to read this, I enjoy seeing that they were audited. It doesn't look, from reading this, as if anything nefarious was going on, but rather due to inconsistent and inaccurate reporti.....- 3/22/2007 5:39:30 PM
Sen Kip Averitt's Corporate Welfare Bill for Railroads aka SB12 on Car Emissions passes (salon) As I thought. The articles that talk about this all over the place concentrate on the part that has to do with getting old junkers off the road that spew toxicity. But do they mention the TERP? Let's .....- 3/22/2007 5:33:40 PM
Sen. John Carona: An Enemy of the People (pstern) As I thought. The articles that talk about this all over the place concentrate on the part that has to do with getting old junkers off the road that spew toxicity. But do they mention the TERP? Let's .....- 3/22/2007 5:21:09 PM
Verichip adds a whole 13 more people to the *I want to be implanted with RFID chip* small crowd (salon) How desperate is it to issue a press release when you manage to talk 13 people into getting an RFID chip implanted. Let me get out my calculator. Let's see. 222 people have been chipped so far, add 13.....- 3/22/2007 5:22:06 PM
NRG Energy Doesn't Want People To Know How Much Pollution Its IGCC Coal Plant Will Make -Suing Delaware (salon) Hmm. Isn't IGCC the same technology that the big ole TXU buyout from KKR was pushing, in order to stop the baying citizens who don't want pollution from *clean* coal? In Delaware, NRG submitted a bid .....- 3/22/2007 4:52:30 PM
Another Issue with Nuclear Power Plants as a Response to Global Warmings-Not Enough Uranium (salon) Uranium production meets only 65 percent of the demand for fuel by nuclear power plants, according to Thomas Neff, a research affiliate at MIT's Center for International Studies. Much of the rest come.....- 3/22/2007 4:30:47 PM
I'm a techie! I love it! I revel in it! So that's why I laughed at the U of Wisc Billing RIAA for Wasting Their Time (salon) I know a lot of people don't know what DHCP (or Bootp) is, but basically, instead of having a static IP address, a server dishes out an IP for you on the fly-helps so that you don't have to keep a lon.....- 3/22/2007 3:54:43 PM
A Few Notes from this week's Glen Rose newspaper, the Glen Rose Reporter, week of March 22, 2007 (salon) A couple of nice pics on the front of the Glen Rose Reporter newspaper; one is Glen Rose High School jackets that won letter jackes, the other is a sentimental picture honoring Harley Sinclair, who di.....- 3/22/2007 2:00:26 PM
Texans Shouldn't Give Up on the Toll Freeze Just because Legislators have! (pstern) Sal Costello, founder of the TexasTollParty.com shares this with all Texans.  I share it with all of you because it's the right thing to do.  While I've been writing on political various urgent issues.....- 3/22/2007 1:40:39 PM
What?!!! Chris Bell Is Going to Work as a Lobbyist for Patton Boggs.. and sees No Problem With That (salon) Well, this is the THIRD reason now I'm glad Chris Bell didn't get elected governor. Not, mind you, that I'm glad 39 percent it.. he's definitely a self-serving crook.. but maybe we ought to have (she .....- 3/22/2007 1:37:56 PM
Is EVERYBODY in bed with TXU? Now We Have to Question Texas LT Gov David Dewhurst (salon) I thought, naively, that government ought to have *no revolving door* policies, where someone leaves office working in government and then goes to work as a lobbyist for corporations who spread money .....- 3/22/2007 1:18:05 PM
Public Meeting Announcment for TXDot's Fort Worth District Rural Transportation Improvement Program (salon) Given how shifty TxDOT was and continues to be about roads like the Trans Texas Corridor and turning other roads ALREADY PAID FOR in Texas into toll roads, is it any wonder that I look at this notice .....- 3/22/2007 12:43:16 PM
Was TX Sen Carona's Bravado about Toll Roads Just a Phony-Baloney Show for the Angry Public? (salon) Peter Stern wrote about this earlier today, that the TX Senators decided to *freeze* the bill to *freeze*, as in a 2 year moratorium, toll roads. The chairman of the Senate's transportation panel, des.....- 3/22/2007 12:36:08 PM
How Do School Districts Spend Our Money? Texas Lege bill HB 2560 AND One Woman's Website (salon) Imagine if every Texas school district had to post PUBLICLY every check they cut. While we're waiting for this bill that would mandate posting spending bills on the internet, a woman, Peyton Wolcott, .....- 3/22/2007 12:27:30 PM
Somervell County Salon and Its Audience (salon) Peter Stern, who lives in Hays County and has been contributing here for a long time, pointed out to me this morning that the blurb on the side that said just WHO contributed here was out of date. And.....- 3/22/2007 12:03:49 PM
Somervell County Salon Welcomes W8LiftingLady from Red Oak, TX as a Contributor (salon) Red Oak is in Ellis County, which is also in Senate District 22, Kip Averitt\'s District (Other counties are, of course, Somervell, Johnson, Navarro, Bosque, Hill, McLennan, Coryell, and Falls.) S.....- 3/22/2007 11:54:28 AM
Bird Brag-Got my Chicks and Ducklings Today-Pic and a Video (salon) The breeds are: Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Americauna (easter egg blues, greens and pinks), Wellsummer, Crevecoeur and 4 Roeun ducks (one male). All the chickens are pullets except the Crevec.....- 3/22/2007 11:33:39 AM
Homeowners Deserve Better Protection --- advice from Consumer-Action.Org (pstern) I'm providing this because it's regarding the important issue of the "Great American Dream" of owning your own home.  Currently the foreclosure rate is the highest it's been since the 'Great.....- 3/22/2007 11:28:54 AM
Waste Injection Well in Bosque Co, Tx-Residents Vow to FIGHT it-and Court Restricts Road Access (salon) Saw this in the Clifton paper and looks like it refers to the gas waste injection well near Kopperl. (See video in the left sidebar of a number of video related to gas waste injection wells. In a cal.....- 3/22/2007 11:26:08 AM
Politicians Again Play Politics (pstern) Liars, swindlers and thieves... The problem with Texas politics is Texas politicians! After several weeks of strutting around playing "heroes" Texas legislators killed the bill that was to p.....- 3/22/2007 9:34:38 AM
Why is TX Sen Kip Averitt Setting up a Meeting Between TXU Investors and Waco Community Officials for *Clean* Coal? (salon) Does it not seem WILDLY inappropriate to anyone else in our SD 22 for a Texas SENATOR to be arranging meetings that would strive to convince officials that coal-fired plants are good? Can it really be.....- 3/22/2007 9:40:37 AM
Vote "No!" on School Bonds (pstern) Schools Bonds again? Some counties are pushing school bonds. Seems like every few years the county, a.k.a., the local school district holds a special election to approve school bonds to raise more mon.....- 3/21/2007 10:04:45 PM
TXU is told to open its books- Seems that KKR and Texas Pacific don't WANT PUC to investigate before they buy (salon) Wah! Too bad! Kind of makes me laugh.Kravis and Texas Pacific co-founder David Bonderman also argued against legislation that would direct the PUC to review the transaction before it goes forward.They.....- 3/21/2007 6:43:16 PM
ATMOS Energy Smacked Down- Texas SB472 Cancels the Gas Reliabilty Infrastructure Program (salon) The only problem I have with this bill is that it calls on the Texas Railroad Commission to review rate increases. Yuh-huh. Like the RRC is going to suddently be fair to consumers instead of O&G! .....- 3/21/2007 6:28:01 PM
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (Glen Rose, TX) Workers May STRIKE This week (2007) -Contract Expires at Midnight Saturday (salon) Why? Because the union of workers says that the employees are underpaid.... AND TXU has been outsourcing a number of jobs at the plant. The union that represents workers at TXU Corp.\&#.....- 3/21/2007 6:12:23 PM
Chet Edwards -Bill Passed That Authorizes 1 Million Dollars to Research Water-Recycling Plants (salon) HR 902- Specifically about the gas and oil industry. Can't decide how I feel about this one. On the one hand, it's really good to see that there is some attempts to get O&G to recycle water; but w.....- 3/21/2007 5:59:19 PM
Somervell County Salon welcomes Peter Stern from Driftwood (Hays County) Texas (salon) as a contributor. Oh, he\'s BEEN a contributor, very regularly, but with ME putting in his enjoyable posts. So I asked him if he would like to join as a blog poster on the site and he said yes. .....- 3/21/2007 4:47:09 PM
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