Thursday, May 31, 2012

HomeOwners disappearing in Bozeman

  Can't blame it on UFO's I guess sdo we can blame it on the Bozeangeles economy.   Out walking Little Goat today and noticed this sign on a house in the  neighborhood..
It was a lot more common last year than this but there is still a fair amount of quit sale and walk aways in this city.  Yet the town keeps raising taxes and building new government offices. I have little faith ibn the likely federal government to get a handle on spending and I see no sign of the local government having any sense either.

  Anyways this is a great house on the Green way in Harvest Creek snap it up if you can put cash down

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Oil Jobs be careful what you wish for

  30 yrs ago I worked in the south louisiana oil fields for two summers. It was back breaking work , dangerous  and dirty, but the money was good. I imasgine it is still pretty good. Especially in areas like the Dakotas , Wyoming and Montana, that are still suffering  in this Economy.

  But this financial windfall  ,comes with risks and dangers. Pasrticularly in polution, cvorruption and crime. We are already seeing the effects in the Dakotas and eastern Montana. A lot of workers piling into an area looking for work, increasing the housing shortage, increasing drugs and alcohol usage. When the jobs are limited or the rigs slow down with the price drop in oil or gas. the fringe turns to crime.
  The oil boom also puts pressure on traditional business, like farming, ranching local merchants ( who are displaced by the chains  moving in to chase the out off state workers.

   The bozeman Magpie looks at this issue in relation to Lewistown Mt. As the  oil rush moves weast. Heres an exerpt and link

FOUR MILES southeast of Lewistown, some of the purest water in the world flows from the ground at a rate of 90 million gallons per day. It emerges through natural fissures from the Madison aquifer, a thick and porous layer of limestone that sucks up water high in the nearby Snowy and Big Belt Mountains before diving a mile deep below the surrounding plains. Without filtration or treatment, the cold and slightly sweet water is piped directly to the faucets of Lewistown's 5,900 residents.
Eric Vanderbeek, who heads up scientific research for the Madison Aquifer Alliance, took me to see the spring on an overcast early summer day. We parked in the dirt driveway of the fish hatchery and walked among broad willow trees and around crystal clear pools percolating from small outlying springs to a giant concrete cistern housing the main spring. From its outlet rushed a small river. "Guess you could drink right out of there," Vanderbeek said, gesturing to the roaring flow.
The Madison Aquifer Alliance is a handful of Lewistown residents who have organized in recent months in response to a potential onslaught of oil drilling in the region, including the area that overlies and recharges the aquifer.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

shoot ,shovel and shut up

Another example of unsportsman  like activity in Montana, these same people who say wolves and Bears are decimating wild life are the ones who shoot , deer and elk from thier trucks

Officials with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting death of a grizzly bear near Big Sky on Friday morning.
Around 7:30 a.m., a Big Sky resident shot an adult male grizzly in the vicinity of Ouzel Falls. The bear was between 5 and 6 ½ years old, according to FWP.
A necropsy was being conducted at the state wildlife laboratory in Bozeman, but no further information about the shooting was available Friday.
Because grizzlies are listed as an endangered species, incidents leading to their unnatural deaths are investigated by state and federal authorities.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Harvard graduate Ted Kaczynski

Unabomber in Harvard reunion note

Kaczynski in a prison photo 1996 Unabomber Ted Kaczynski studied mathematics at Harvard, graduating in 1962

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Harvard graduate Ted Kaczynski - better known by his FBI codename, the Unabomber - has submitted an entry to a directory for his class reunion.

The Harvard Alumni Association has apologised for publishing the note from Kaczynski, who graduated in 1962.

In the directory, he lists his profession as "prisoner" and his awards as "eight life sentences".

He was convicted in 1998 of killing three people and injuring 23 in an almost two-decade mail-bombing spree.

Kaczynski, who lived as a recluse in Montana, was caught in 1996 when his brother recognised his idiosyncratic writings and tipped off authorities.
Supermax prison
He was unable to join his former Harvard classmates for this week's 50-year reunion in Cambridge, Massachusetts, because he is serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison in Colorado.

A Harvard spokesman said the update had been submitted by Kaczynski, now 70.

In a statement, the Harvard Alumni Association said: "While all members of the class who submit entries are included, we regret publishing Kaczynski's references to his convictions and apologize for any distress that it may have caused others."

The former child prodigy studied mathematics at Harvard and received master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Canadian caribou

KALISPELL — Montana wildlife officials say a Canadian caribou has wandered into northwestern Montana for the second time this spring, and this one has the potential to make history.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife manager Jim Williams tells KCFW-TV the possibly pregnant cow is from a herd that biologists brought to British Columbia to augment an existing herd.
He says if the caribou gives birth, it would be the first known caribou birth in Montana in over 50 years.
A biologist in Libby is tracking the animal in the Purcell Mountains, near the Yaak River and anyone who spots a caribou is asked to report the sighting to FWP.
In late April, state wildlife officials located a collared caribou that was feared dead, got it medical treatment and returned it to Canada.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

a sample of the bozeangeles crime report

  • A person bought a vehicle, but it seems “suspicious.” The caller wanted to check if it was stolen.
  • A man was shooting an Airsoft gun at houses on Moon Beam Lane.
  • A person bought a car online and traveled to the area to pick it up. The person never received the title and was concerned that the vehicle may have never belonged to the seller in the first place.
  • A woman’s face and hair were burned when a paper shredder blew up in her face.
  • A woman wanted to talk to a deputy about large satellites flying overhead that are “invading people’s privacy.” She told dispatch that they are going to jail because “the system has tried to kill her over 700 times.” She was advised not to call back but she called multiple times, “ranting about the Secret Service” and “stating satellites are the reason we had no winter.”
  • Friday, May 11, 2012

    A good question is the GOP anti Poor ?

    Are the GOP's budget cuts anti-poor?

    Republicans in the House try to take an ax to programs for the poor, saying the cuts are necessary to shrink the deficit and protect national security

    House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis): Proposed new cuts are being criticized for prioritizing defense spending over programs that aid the poor.
    House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis): Proposed new cuts are being criticized for prioritizing defense spending over programs that aid the poor. Photo: AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteSEE ALL 21 PHOTOS
    Best Opinion: Wash. Post, NY Times, Maddow Blog
    This week, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill to cut nearly $250 billion from the budget deficit over the next 10 years, and a large chunk of the cuts come from programs to aid the poor. The GOP plan — which has no chance of passing in the Democrat-controlled Senate, but will inevitably become an election issue — would cancel food stamps for two million struggling Americans, cut health insurance for children, and scale back programs for the elderly and disabled, like Meals on Wheels. Such draconian cuts fail a "basic moral test," says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For its part, the GOP says its harsh budget is necessary to prevent automatic spending cuts for the Defense Department that were built into last year's debt-ceiling budget deal. Still, are the GOP's cuts too extreme?
    The GOP is only doing what is necessary: The budget might seem draconian, but it's a testament to "fiscal sobriety," says Jennifer Rubin at The Washington Post. The GOP, led by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), is the only party in Congress that is willing to prevent an American debt crisis. And even Obama's Defense Secretary Leon Panetta admits that the cuts to the Pentagon would be devastating. "Republicans have a plan to bend the spending trajectory and to prevent damage to our national security. What have the Dems got? No budget. No answer for Panetta."
    "Republican austerity or sobriety?"
    Republicans have become blinded by ideology: This "inhumane" budget is the "nadir" of Republican efforts to "demolish vital social programs," says The New York Times in an editorial. "At the same time, they have insisted on preserving bloated military spending and unjustifiably low tax rates for the rich." The GOP is "determined to protect millionaires and defense contractors, no matter the costs to the country."
    "The human cost of ideology"
    And it will hurt the GOP come fall: Republicans are "fighting to literally take food away from poor children to avoid cutting a massive Pentagon budget by even a penny," says Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog. And remember, the Senate is never going to pass the budget, meaning Republicans just shot themselves in the foot to display their ideological commitment. "The only folks happier than right-wing activists about today's vote?" Democrats, who will keep reminding voters about this for months.
    "House GOP pits Pentagon v. poor"

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    the Remaking of the Romney Paradox

    Its Perfectly natural for the candidate to try and re-invent themselves as they enter the regular election. I think it will be interesting to see how thje right wing , the Tea Party and the moderate Republicans deal with the records of thier statements during the last three years. It should be a cery entertaining Republican convention.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Grow your own food save the Planet

      This is a great video from ted talks. The only draw back is another peice I read that says all the grown that has been cleared to feed our growing population has increased the rate of global warming

        Still I think the emotional and phisical benefits of your own garden are worth while

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Our next War

    Just back from southern California, Laguna Beach to be exact. A play ground of the cool, rich and connected. ( the Goat family is non of those ) We were there to welcome back my wife's nephew from his second and final tour of the afghan war zone. He is  getting out of the Marines and looking to join the Border Patrol .Which made me remember the war on our border that we will face in the next decade.  The violence there is as great as that in Afganistan and a lot closer.

    Drug gangs resort to horrific killings

    Updated 12:13 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Gangland killers hanged nine people side-by-side from an overpass at a busy interchange in Nuevo Laredo on Friday and stuffed 14 decapitated bodies into a minivan left in the heart of the busiest trade route on the U.S.-Mexico border.
    “This is how I am going to finish off all the fools you send to heat up the plaza,” read a banner on the overpass addressed to the Gulf cartel, which is waging war with the Zetas gang that controls the city. “We'll see you around, you bunch of parasites.”
    It was not immediately clear if the killers who hanged the five men and four women early Friday also decapitated the 14 other victims. Some of those hanged were bloodied and battered and appeared to have been tortured.
    But the latest slaughter came barely three weeks after 14 other brutalized bodies were found, also in a van, behind Nuevo Laredo's city hall. The heads of the 14 bodies found Friday were left in ice chests at basically the same place.
    The banner left with the bodies on April 18, purportedly signed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Sinaloa cartel leader. It vowed that Guzman, considered Mexico's most powerful crime boss, was taking back Nuevo Laredo from the Zetas and was now aligned with their Gulf cartel enemies.
    “They're fighting for it again,” Peter Hanna, a retired FBI agent who spent much of his career investigating the Gulf cartel, said of the new Nuevo Laredo violence. “It is a huge drug corridor. They have tons of methods of crossing it into the United States in Laredo.”
    If true, El Chapo's offensive heralds more slaughter.

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