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Show Up

by Scott Smith

A couple of the more experienced guys were out today. Woke up nauseous, and only feeling a little better now. Can’t eat. Spending a little too much time thinking I should walk around with a bucket. But I’m here. Not terribly productive. I’m here though and not feeling too guilty. Joel Spolsky’s Fire and Motion essay comes to mind.

Phone Poll

by Scott Smith

Experienced a poll for Michigan’s 3rd for U.S. Congress via phone. Very educational. They put lies in the poll.

I think the poll was paid for by the crazy Repub or Tea Bagger candidate, but it is difficult to tell. What I can say is that politicians and their ilk are running campaigns like it is 1999.

No matter who wins Michigan’s 3rd, he will be a chump for their party. Not one original thought on either candidates’ web site. It makes me almost wish that douche bag Vern Ehlers was running again. Then again, Vern voted against healthcare for the 9/11 rescue workers.

I would like to find hope. But the mediocrity of Michigan’s 3rd (think Gerald Ford) slaps me in the face. By the way, Amway’s home is Grand Rapids, which is the population center of Michigan’s 3rd. Oy!

too good to be true?

by Robinson

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/business/05livestock.html

Is the NAIS really dead?

More Evidence that Ethanol is a Bad Solution

by Scott Smith

OFFICIALS in Tampa, Florida, got a surprise recently when a local firm building the state’s first ethanol-production factory put in a request for 400,000 gallons (1.5m litres) a day of city water. The request by US Envirofuels would make the facility one of the city’s top ten water consumers overnight, and the company plans to double its size.

Double it’s size? That’s 800,000 gallons of water a day. Apparently the typical ethanol production facility uses somewhere around 50 million gallons of water a year.

The article goes on to mention that the corn being grown for ethanol is already taxing the water supply since you have to irrigate those crops in a lot of the areas they are now being grown. So, water to irrigate the corn being used for ethanol and water to process said corn into that ethanol. Brilliant.

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10766882