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Atlanta, MI

Coping with the heat

For some of us without air conditioning, a couple of tips to reduce the inside house temperatures.... I've reduced my inside temps an easy 10-15 degrees. - When outside temps fall below inside house temps, open all the windows and point a couple fans OUT. This will draw in the cooler air in the other open windows // then, in the morning hours when the outside temps begin to rise you'll close up the windows tight, trapping the cooler air inside your home. - On sun beaten sides of the house, drape a tarp from the fascia and pull out the bottom away from the house like a half tent and tie it off to some stake, tree's anything solid. Leave a good air space at the bottom. This shades not only the entire wall but the surrounding ground too. "SunScreen " and other screen type products are available and much more efficient as they allow the bullt up heat to release through the fabric, while preventing water and sunshine from frying your toes silly. A bit costy. Approx. 120 bucks for a 8'x 30' piece. Grommets included. - place a soaker hose on the peak or ridge. Let it run 1/2 hour every hour or more if you pump will handle continuous load. This cools the roof off tremendously. Especially with our cold well water. CAUTION! On old and worn shingle roofs, this may 'break' formerly tarred patch jobs, inviting an old leak to re-appear. Dry-in these area's prior to running the hose. - Install some Wind Turbine Vents (Whirlie Birds) A mere 14" vent can draw out up to some 340 cubic feet of hot attic air a minute. Strategically placed, these vents also reduce or illuminate attic molds and dramatically reduce winter ice dam thickness too. Cost, around 50 bucks each from a local builders supply. just a few tips to significantly lower your inside house temps and ya don't have to shell out much money to gain some relief from these nuclear temperatures. Takes some of our dependence off the grid too.  (Jul 17, 2013 | post #1)

Atlanta, MI

Wake up people, H2S is hurting you

We met at a Mason Tract public hearing some years ago. That was one of the prelude's t owhat we're seeing now. Introduce Hydrolic Fracking. I wonder how long people will hit themselves in the forehead before they conclude that it hurts. I say "quality of life" referring to just that. For "life", not just me or you.  (Jul 17, 2013 | post #5)

Atlanta, MI

Any lonely woman there in Gauteng

Word scramble "Gauteng " ... ... Get-a-gun My South African Zulu Princess? See? I remember.  (Jun 10, 2013 | post #5)

Atlanta, MI

Wake up people, H2S is hurting you

Hiya Jaime I was waiting to see what response you would get and lo-and-behold, Topix had moved this post to 'somewhere'. I found it by using the Forum search. Go figure but no surprise,eh? People will love the perfect life by remaining unaware of the possibilities with H2S presence and exposure as well as the whole smorgasborg that comes with the extraction process. Until it is in their faces, be it in their back yard or when a bunch of neighbors become ill with the same symptoms. Until then, ignorance is bliss. Just as long as we can watch our blog progress, a movie on the Iphone to shopping for that most delicious ice cream cone. A complacent society is a haven for the industries that profit off monopoly and dependency created for the millions of us lemming. Glad to see you are still doing your part Jaime and still concerned. Continue to value the quality of life. Isn't that what it's about?  (Jun 4, 2013 | post #3)

Atlanta, MI

What are some of the best places for Summer Fun?

Aaahhh, Northern livin'! Where the turkeys on the road have feathers, not behind the steering wheel racing to get to the stop light first.  (Mar 15, 2013 | post #11)

Atlanta, MI

Hydrolic Fracturing (Fracking) in the Great Lakes

Crappola you say? your Frack Nation misinformation campaign stated "McAleer said the film will show there is absolutely no evidence that fracking has ever contaminated groundwater. But there is plenty of evidence that people have lied, exaggerated, and misrepresented fracking." http://wichitalibe rty.org/environmen t/fracknation-to-t ell-truth-about-fr acking/ Yes, the evidence is in that presentation. Denial and ignorance runs amuck and this presentation along with the FOX cast you posted clearly shines with that. Big difference between Opinion news and 'on-the-ground' reporting with real people who've been directly effected. Huge difference. No documentation of water contamination at at what level? It's clear that you don't believe the people it has directly effected. Local newspapers that report the contrair are all "left wing propagandists ". Sorry Oldie, but I'd rather believe my own eyes and my local neighbros than some starch-neck beaurocrat pandering his donation/lobbyist base. This is a report only a couple weeks ago. Water fouled with fracking chemicals spews near Windsor - The Denver Post http://www.denverp ost.com/environmen t/ci_22586154/wate r-fouled-fracking- chemicals-spews-ne ar-windsor Local news around the country, around the globe conveys the same atrocities. Yet, as lobbyists like Tom Ridge (former head of Homeland Security) say there is "no documented evidence" Bull crackie. If I were shown that my concerns are unsubstantiated, that'd be great! How I'd love to have that as my reality. What about you? Can you handle the truth if you discovered you were intentionally misinformed? How would you deal with finding us emotional tree huggers were not so crazy after all? Are merely going to wait until it directly effects you in your back yard? I guess it boils down to value system. Those that value life and the living. Those that value the things that are innate and non living. Yes, I'm emotional. It started in my back yard almost 15 years ago.  (Mar 14, 2013 | post #19)

Atlanta, MI

Hydrolic Fracturing (Fracking) in the Great Lakes

Easy now Oil Field Worker. Your job is not at risk and probably won't be unless you loose your temper and cold cock your boss for something that set you off. Our nation, the globe is main-lined to the toxic brew and this addiction and dependency assures that you will continue to make your income as you've been. So ease up and rest easy. Since we've got only but a few DEQ geologist to patrol the thousands of wells out there in Montmorency County alone. You know full well that it's an industry joke on how many wells aren't seen much or even not at all. The industry is basically self regulated and you know it. Now don't give me a "gotcha" and say you saw them just the other day. Good, if ya did. Though most the readers don't however, you know exacly what I'm talking about. I'm no expert, but I sure as hell am not any novice either. Since people like me piss you off, I'll not try to persuade your opninion by spewing out "facts". But I think you might need to hear from someone who started working for the industry when you were probably starting puberty. Her name is Jessica Earnst from Alberta Canada and she is pissed off. It started by contamination her drinking water and screwing up her land that is out in the middle of some would call nowhere. She called it HOME. OCCUPATION: Former oil field Scientist for Encana in Alberta (One of the frack companies that is just starting to make Michigan home to the Frack Attack) What she has to say is a track record she is well aquainted with Oil Field Worker. I want her voice to be heard. Who knows, you may learn something that could keep you from putting your hands, mouth, lungs and body near something you shouldn't. That is, if you give a damn about this thing called "Life". 1/2 Truth and Consequences - YouTube Jessica Earnst speaks out http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=Ix79P -7Z4_M  (Mar 5, 2013 | post #16)

Atlanta, MI

elk cafe food is horrible

If I could find my damn teeth, I'd like to wrap 'em around one of their elk burgers.  (Feb 28, 2013 | post #21)

Atlanta, MI

Thievery amongst our residents

Hey! I resemble that! I'd rather to think of it as being "mellow" . Yup, so mellow I don't have the drive to even think about stealing. Steal from me, and I'll be far from mellow. Look, don't put all people out of work into that pool. That's just plain benign. If all those people where thieves, you wouldn't have a 'puter to use in order to post here. By the way, WHERE'S MY TEETH SCARLETT?  (Feb 28, 2013 | post #3)

Atlanta, MI

elk cafe food is horrible

Dammit Scarlett, WHERE'S MY TEETH??? I tried to email you but you switched.  (Feb 28, 2013 | post #19)

Atlanta, MI

Hydrolic Fracturing (Fracking) in the Great Lakes

Yeow! Your post made me loose some sleep. I visited the site and signed the letter not to appoint the current consideration of new dept of Energy secretary who is from the industry. This link provided a host of information. Scarey indeed, but we have to face reality. It's the best place to live. http://ecowatch.or g/?s=frack+watch THANKS! g'nite zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz  (Feb 9, 2013 | post #13)

Atlanta, MI

Hydrolic Fracturing (Fracking) in the Great Lakes

A news blip from 10 years ago. All In The Family - CBS News http://www.cbsnews .com/stories/2003/ 04/25/60minutes/ma in551091.shtml I sure do appreciate the blessings of clean crisp cold water coming from my kitchen faucet Don't ever take it for granted. To think that millions of people around the globe will likely never know this. Our Great Lakes, lakes, streams and water tables are worthy of concern. "better safe than sorry" holds more weight than we can possibly imagine.  (Feb 6, 2013 | post #11)

Atlanta, MI

Hydrolic Fracturing (Fracking) in the Great Lakes

Democrat Republican No difference, they are both marinated in Gas and Oil. Obama’s EPA Shuts Down Damning Fracking Study » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names http://www.counter punch.org/2013/01/ 17/obama-epa-shut- down-weatherford-t x-shale-gas-water- contamination-stud y/  (Feb 6, 2013 | post #10)

Atlanta, MI

Hydrolic Fracturing (Fracking) in the Great Lakes

Yeah real voter, it is spooky and pretty overwhelming. That is not what I want to focus on but the reality of what we're dealing with. Awareness and understanding is what I'd really like to focus on. Denial, much like "makeachange " shared is what has contributed to the state we're in. The change does begin at home with what we do and how we do it. Other countries are way ahead of us addressing this issue. Germany just banned fracking. Alternative means of energy are being utilized more and more around the world. We are just afraid of change I guess. Sad and detrimental to what is happening outside the walls of the glass houses people choose to live in. The clock ticks everso forward whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. Let's try to prove that humans are the intelligent species. That, appears to be a toughie to prove with the manner of our society 'norm'.  (Jan 18, 2013 | post #9)