Unsung Heroes

bike riding by gas pipeline near winter wheat fields

bike riding by gas pipeline near winter wheat fields

Every day I talk to another and find out things they did that no one knows, things they did that saved a piece of America. One man saved a little boy in Vietnam who later opened a Vietnamese restaurant that gave many Vietnam vets one small memory they loved about a place they mostly hated. One hated that he had killed a German in WWII, but later found out that the German soldier had been responsible for countless Jews being killed in Buchenwald. Then there was the dry-land farmer I met who worked hard, kept his nose clean, and only wanted was forgiveness from his son and God about a terrible accident that happened when he was harvesting. If his son took over the farm instead of fracking, that would be a sign. He never really told his son about what happened to him in Pearl Harbor. Here’s his story.


What would you do if you had no money, but you had all this farm land and an oil company offered you six figures to lease a small part to frack? You would be saving the country from OPEC dependence. All your neighbors are doing it and they have had no problems.

Read the story. Think about it. Let me know.


Dry Flies on the Bighorn River in Winter?

Yep, this rainbow was so hungry it came right out of the water and tried to eat a rock by my foot! Had to take a picture. What else was I gonna do?

Very hungry rainbow!

Very hungry rainbow!

Just returned from our biannual trip to the Bighorn river, me and 8 other guys. We have three drift boats and bring our own crowd. But the good thing is, due to the weather there are very few people.

15 degrees on the Bighorn. Caught the brown there on comparadun.

15 degrees on the Bighorn. Caught the brown there on comparadun.

The fishing was pretty great, especially so with dry flies. The water temp was much higher than usual, around 47-50, and the big fish were taking dries in shallow water, 6-8 inches. Sometimes they preferred larger size 14-16 light body colored may flies to emergers. Pretty weird. Is it climate change? Whatever. I’ll take it. We did have one day of rotten weather: snowy, windy, cold around 20 degrees, which forced some of us less hearty souls in for homemade chicken soup and a bit of eyelid watching. There might have been some scotch. When the more hearty three came in before sundown, there was definitely some gin and tonics.

Heading into Last Chance Hole at dusk.

Heading into Last Chance Hole at dusk.


The rower's view in the last mile at "Bighorn take-out"

The rower’s view in the last mile at “Bighorn take-out”

Below is a dry fly no one should be caught without, and served me well on a 22″ brown. Why don’t I have a picture of the brown? A friend got the photo, and will soon send it to me, so you’ll just have to trust me. Fishermen don’t lie.


Earth Day blues and smiles

earthOkay, so it’s Earth Day, again, and you have done nothing to sustain our wonderful blue and green marble.

You’ve got the blues because oil is still the dominant energy source, along with the other fossil fuel, coal, polluting the land, the air, the water, and you see no cure in the near future. You just bought a gun because, well, because. Now you might have found a use for it: thy own cranium. You have children whom you know will not be able to enjoy the wilderness as you have, a grandson who will likely be mining coal from someplace in the Yukon for a job, or fracking in the Arctic, once the polar ice cap melts a bit more. Plenty of energy jobs. Yup. But they might not be what you thought. Ask these girls in North Dakota.

Hell, I was so down I wrote a book, you might have heard–or seen if you happen to look at other parts of the website–about how we can cure global warming by getting rid of all the oil; do it in two weeks and we have to go green. It’s actually pretty funny. Think it can’t be done? Well, think again. If nothing else, my twelve years of post-high school education and thirty years as a physician have taught me a few things about research. Yeah, there is someone out there who can likely pull it off if they have a little help.

Now for the bright spots. Time to turn that frown upside down. There are enough of the non-fossil fuels that if we started right now, developed the heck out of them, we would never have to raise the global temperature another two tenths Celcius in the next five years. Don’t believe me. Watch this video. It takes a little time, but well worth it. The other thing is to buy the book, Post Carbon Reader, or check it out of your library and you will be amazed. You will be able to take that gun back, throw out the Zoloft, actually sleep for eight hours and wake up happy you are alive. The Earth can be saved.

Now, go out and replace your lawn with rocks and a few low-water plants, or start biking to work or school a few days each week, or mow your lawn with a push mower, or make sure you never, ever get plastic bags at the supermarket, or … there are so many things, pick two or three and just do them. It’s not the big things. Everyone needs to do a few little things and a lot will happen. You’ll see. Please try.


Oil domination, the end of the USA.

Yup, you could say oil dominates our culture: cars, heating our houses, making roads, more cars, plastics, more plastics, more cars. And just like guns, we will not go peacefully into that cold night without oil. But there could be a way, maybe.

Come on, let’s stay with oil. I mean, COME ON, it’s worked for over a hundred years, right.

What is the definition of Sustainability?
According to Richard Heinberg of the post carbon institute (find him here http://richardheinberg.com/about ; he made the above video, by the way)
“That which can be maintained over time.”
According to the Iroquois Great Law of Peace–chiefs must consider the impact of their decision on the seventh generation to come. (From the Post Carbon Reader) Seven generations–that would be 30 years per generation on average, about 210 years. Do you think the oil will last until 2223?

How about this, from the 1987 definition at the United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development: “meets the needs of the present generation without compromising future generations to meet their needs.” Sure, we’re doing that with fracking, right? No problem with tearing up small town North Dakota.


It’s coming to a town near you . . . Oh shit, it’s already here in Greeley, Colorado, in Weld County where farming and ranching used to be, now with 20,000 fracking wells in a small area of Eerie. And I work near there. I take my own water, though. This is a long article, but well worth a save and read.


It’s all to help us keep driving whatever the hell we want as far as we want. A-N-D we will not have to rely on those &^%$# OPEC turbanheads. After all, Muslims aren’t humans, right?

You know you can make a difference. All you have to do is care. Look around you and care. Because if you don’t . . . If you don’t, the great USA will die. Sooner than you think.


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A pause in posts

I have been writing more fiction, trying to get a few more novels published. That is my passion. I hope those ten or twenty who actually read this blog will excuse my pause in posts. It may be a while. I need to rethink if I will blog. Thanks.



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