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Posted by middlerage on July 9, 2014

Yes it has been quiet here. Been busy with  educational classes. Or lazy. It is July. However, there are two new posts over at my other blog ->

anyhoo, I was just thinking there sure are a lot of Nissan Leafs around here. Good environmentalism. The plural of Leaf as a proper noun is Leafs, right? One wouldn’t say Nissan Leaves?

This leaves me speechless:

‘Rollin’ Coal’ culture warriors want to douse your Prius with their smoke-belching trucks


file under WTF!?!?!

How you?

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Man I Hope This Goes Viral

Posted by middlerage on September 5, 2013

A North Carolina government worker resigns from the State’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  News article here.  Resignation letter here:

Dear John,

Thanks so much for the note regarding Labor Day – you have always been timely with these, unlike some of your predecessors.

You and I are going to part ways today. I had a great “gig” here in the regional office – I had a great boss, great co-workers, I was still learning a good bit, and the good days were always outweighing the bad days. I was pretty certain (after my first 5 years) that I could outlast any administration the governor could appoint. I had no problem with the Martin administration – he was a man of science and no extremist.

Between your inappropriate mission statement, the dismantling of the Division of Water Quality, and HB74 (along with a few other gems from this session’s NCGA), I see no reason to continue here – because my own mission – to assist all citizens and protect those that don’t have a voice, would be compromised.

I was a good regulator – I had a bit of distrust for both sides of the aisle – which made me regulate evenly and with common sense and fair judgment. Over the past 24 years I’ve had the privilege to have worked with some of the most intelligent, articulate, and respected environmental scientists and engineers – I’d put them up against my friends in the private sector any day of the week. But the disdain for them (and me) by this administration is too much to bear.

When you pushed our reasonable, right-leaning WQ Director out, I knew we were in trouble. When you guys (and they are mostly guys…) pushed out a very thoughtful and judicial Environmental Management Commission chair, I knew we were moving into a sand pit that we weren’t going to dig out of easily. When you, along with your “great Tom Reeder”, decided to cleave off the stormwater programs and move it to Land Resources, who have never been trained for such..nor do they much care about WQ, I knew it was time to leave. I’m sure the 401 Water Quality program is next (especially since you said we should be more like TX and SC).

I’m all about customer service (as the majority of employees in DWQ are, and have always been), but that just seems to be a smokescreen for a very extremist republican agenda.

Likely there will be some uptick in the business environment in the next few years (mainly because the economy has started to recover from the disaster your friends on Wall Street created). But when the hot summers and the drought years come back, and we get fish kills again, and maybe there’s fracking going on in the sandhills – it will be the fine folks at DENR who will get blamed for the chaos. The politicians and their appointees, that did the dismantling and created the chaos, will be long gone. We know the drill.

For my brothers and sisters in the Division of WATER QUALITY (the so called “seat warmers”) who don’t have the option to be able to move on, due to various obligations and a destroyed economy, let me leave you with a video I pilfered from the internet ’cause I didn’t have the tools to make my own.

You can view this while I gather up my toothbrush and grab my loincloth to start heading out the door.



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A Beautifully Simple Solution

Posted by middlerage on July 23, 2013

When I was a youngster I went camping a lot. Usually trucking out with my Boy Scout troop, water purifying tablets, white gas camp stove, and plenty of Deep Woods Off. It was the 70s, and we didn’t worry about chemicals (as much). We lived, marinated in Deep Woods Off, for days, thought nothing of it. Now when you buy a can, it has a Tolstoy sized novelette on the back telling you how bad the stuff is and to “be sure to take a shower promptly upon returning indoors.” Yikes.

I don’t camp anymore, but I live in the south and summers means mosquitos. They bite everywhere (the worst is between the knuckles. Man that itches something fierce).

Well here is an interesting solution that I will be excitedly testing out: oscillating fan. I’ll let you know how it works out.


The New York Times


July 15, 2013

A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent


Over the Fourth of July holiday, my wife and I joined some friends for a barbecue in their backyard. The guests were lively and the space was lovely — grassy and open but shady and surrounded by lots of shrubs and trees.

In other words, it was perfect for mosquitoes — and indeed, closer inspection showed that they were thriving in all that greenery.


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