Come Hell or High Water
Mar 24, 2014
You may have heard about the long spell of dry out west, and that a lot of folks are seriously wondering about drinking water, not to mention bath water and what not. Which makes this story about releasing a "pulse" of water from Lake Mead, in hopes of reinvigorating a dry region in Mexico, all the more curious. Mexican and U.S. water authorities have been planning this release of water for some time, part of a five-year pilot project, and it's just a coincidence, they say, that it launches now when record drought threatens water security in the West. So, over the next eight weeks the gates will open and an estimated 105,000 acre-feet of water will be released. Come hell or high water, as it were.
Waldo Escapes the Butcher
It was promoted as a feel good story by the Minnesota television station that reported about Waldo, the Holstein steer that escaped the butcher shop last week. But reality is that the story only underscores the fact that our society is far removed from the farm, and that some of us just have more money than sense. You see, when Waldo kicked down a gate and ran out of the slaughterhouse to roam through Casselton, M.N., it caught the attention of an animal lover in Michigan who bought the steer and paid to have it shipped to a Michigan animal sanctuary called Sasha Farm to live out its days. The Good Samaritan no doubt believes saving Waldo helps make the world a better place. We're animal lovers, too, but we believe more would have been accomplished had Waldo been returned to the butcher and the meat sent to a homeless shelter.
Bureaucracy At Work
Remember that iconic photo of the President and his security team in the Situation Room as Navy Seal Team 6 took out Osama bin Laden? Weren't you just amazed at the technology – the video stream from halfway around the world, the superior weapons and tactics of those brave men? How, one must ask, can a country so advanced be so inept? We're referring to the fact that the Office of Personnel Management still processes government worker's retirement via paper! The Washington Post reports about 600 people work in an old Pennsylvania limestone mine where truckloads of paper are delivered each day. "The employees here pass thousands of case files from cavern to cavern and then key in retirees' personal data, one line at a time."
Conservation Efforts Made for Endangered Species
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has renewed and expanded a partnership to provide expert advice to farmers and ranchers to help protect the habitat of the lesser prairie chicken. The agency is partnering with a national wildlife conservation organization to jointly invest $5 million over three years.