Caseville: Freezin for a Reason is Cute, but the Logo of a Snowman Shiting Ice Cubes is Tacky and Tasteless.
The author of Thumbwind.com is no prude. I was a frat boy in the 80’s, and love the tongue in cheek, double entendre slogans and images. However in this case I gotta say I’m not going to spend a dime for a sweat shirt or hat with a logo depicting Frosty the Snowman taking a dump. The creep factor is huge.
Potty humor is absolutely hysterical….for a third grader. Caseville Chamber you laid a turd all right. You portrayed a fun winter time event with an image to toggle the gag reflex. Please don’t screw it up for Cheeseburger.
The U.S Army Corps of Engineers is reporting a resurgence in Great Lakes water levels. After years of record-setting lows the frigid winter and ice coverage of the Great Lakes offers hope of lake level recovery. They report, “Lakes Superior and Michigan-Huron are 12 and 14 inches, respectively, above their levels of a year ago. Lake St. Clair is 2 inches lower while Lakes Erie and Ontario are 3 and 6 inches, respectively, above what they were at this time last year. Over the next 30 days, Lake Superior is expected to drop 2 inches and Lake Michigan-Huron is expected to remain near its current level. Lakes St. Clair and Erie are expected to rise 10 inches and 3 inches respectively over the next 30 days while Lake Ontario is expected to drop 1 inch. Ice building in the connecting channels can cause significant water level fluctuations, especially in Lake St. Clair.”
Meanwhile NOAA is recording slightly above normal levels at Harbor Beach with approximately 2 inches above datum.
Significant changes are happening with Scouting requirements. Below is a reblog from Scouting Magazine.
Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:
Before you watch Times Square’s big countdown tonight, take a look at three big changes coming to the Boy Scouts of America at the stroke of midnight.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, you’ve got a new list of Eagle-required merit badges, a new membership policy for youth, and new membership fees for Scouts and Scouters.
Let’s take a look at each one of these changes:
Owasso got hit with over a 3/4 inch of ice in the first significant winter weather event of the season. Consumers Energy is telling customers in the area that power may not be restored until after Christmas. Communitys has far south as Waterford are reporting power outages with ice starting to melt and fall off the trees.
Lakes Improve in 2013
The final forecast of the year for the Great Lakes water levels were published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on December 6th. The report shows Lake Superior forecasted to be near its long term mean and improvements in Huron-Michigan.
For the first time in two years forecast show the Lake Superior levels nudging toward the long term mean. Lakes Michigan and Huron improve from record setting lows recorded in January 2013
The End of Drought Conditions in the Upper Midwest.
This improvement mirrors the progress with respect to drought conditions across the U.S. When compared to conditions going into 2012, drought conditions in the Great Lakes region have stabilized and improved.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL
- Great Lakes Levels Rise, but Slump Hasn’t Ended (abcnews.go.com)
Dolphin deaths, tiny plastic pollutants, and a predator for the emerald ash borer: this week in environmental news
Excellent round up of environmental concerns of the Great Lakes and elsewhere
Originally posted on Michigan Nature Association:
Each Friday, MNA rounds up news stories focused on nature and the environment. Here is what happened this week in environmental news:
Study links BP oil spill to dolphin deaths (The Guardian): A study led by scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found lung disease, hormonal abnormalities and other health effects among dolphins at Barataria Bay in Louisiana, an area heavily oiled during the April 2010 BP spill. The diseases and elevated mortality rates have raised concerns about the short-term and long-term impacts on the Barataria Bay dolphin population.
Recently the blogosphere and news sites have been bristling that Barack Obama is starting to allow water from Great Lakes region to be pumped and sold to China. It’s a Lie. What’s worse is that none of these blog authors are checking the facts. Their lazy practice is to re-blog someone else’s post.
Lie #1 – Obama Allows Great Lakes Water to Be Sold To China as Half the U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis
This common inflammatory headline refers to the ability for companies to bottle water within the Great Lakes watershed. Quotes such as, “Why are we allowing foreign corporations such as Nestle to make millions upon millions of dollars pumping water out of the Great Lakes and selling it overseas?” This is not new news. Pepsico, Coca-Cola, Avita and Nestle have been operating in Michigan and surrounding states for over 10 years. At least now Nestle and other companies are operating under the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact enacted by the 110th United States Congress effective December 8, 2008 before Obama took office. This Public Law 110-342 was introduced in the Senate by Carl Levin (D – Michigan) on July 23, 2008 passed the Senate on August 1, 2008 by unanimous consent, passed the House of Representatives on September 23, 2008 and finally signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 3, 2008.
Half- Lie #2 – Companies are pumping millions of gallons of water out of the Great Lakes and selling it to China.
There is bit of truth to this. Companies can collect and bottle water in the Great Lakes region but only in containers of 5.7 gallons or less. However the collection of water is not directly from the lakes but from the aquifers in the region. Since 2000, Nestle Waters North America sell bottled “Spring Water” marketed with the Ice Mountain label. It bottling centers are located in Mecosta County, Michigan and Guelph, Ontario. Each plant supposedly bottles 700,000 gallons a day.
Lie #3 – Obama allows container ships to come into the Great Lakes, fill up and export our water to Asia.
Back in 1998 the Nova Group obtained a permit from Canada’s Ontario Ministry of the Environment to export approximately 160 million gallons per year of water from Lake Superior for export to Asia in bulk containers. The permit is revoked due to objections of Great Lakes governors and citizens.
Nestle has been operating a water bottling plant in Michigan since 2000. In 2009 the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation sued Nestle Waters North America/Ice Mountain. A final, out-of-court settlement was reached in 2009, whereby Nestle/Ice Mountain’s water pumping permit was reduced by almost half. Nestlé agreed to lower its spring pumping in Michigan earlier in the spring during fish spawning and continue low pumping during the summer months to protect the already stressed stream and lake. Other companies that bottle water from the Great Lakes region include Coca-Cola, Pepsico, and Avita.