Jul 12, 2013 Jk commented on The Outside Artist.
Saginaw Michigan is a Lefty Frizzel song, not Johnny Horton.
Jun 17, 2013 Jk commented on Why Yes, Orson Welles DID Do the Narration for the Revenge of the Nerds Trailer.
My favorite late in life Orson Welles "the check cleared so here I am" project: 80's battle metal band Manowar's Dark Avenger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c9Le-TGZ…
Dec 1, 2012 Jk commented on Why Are Cow Tails Falling Off? (Or, Frack Your Food).
@3 (and to a lesser extent @8), yeah I'd take this story with a massive grain of deadly sodium chloride.

I will just say that I've seen that rancher lady on PBS and she pings by bullshit detector off the chart. There's other people in North Dakota who have had problems with spills and accidents and such, but she seems to be the only one suffering from whatever generic fracking related malady she claims her out-of-state doctors say she's suffering from. All of the information from the experts she consulted is being filtered through her, and I frankly am not going to buy it until we can actually get it straight from them.
Sep 25, 2012 Jk commented on Gael Tarleton Will Direct Port Staff to Cooperate With Mayor McGinn on Coal Train Study.
@1 That's actually a pretty compelling argument FOR coal exports. The Powder River Basin coal that would be exported has very low sulfur content and if it replaced the Chinese and Mongolian coal being used currently, it would improve air quality quite a lot.
Sep 24, 2012 Jk commented on Mayor McGinn Continues to Pressure the Port of Seattle on Coal Trains.
@14, expected declining domestic consumption of coal due to more gas production is sort of the idea with the coal exports-- now that there's a less reliable domestic market for the huge Powder River Basin coal reserves, they're looking to exports to pick up the slack.

I personally think the coal exports are a good thing. China and Mongolia also have essentially limitless coal reserves, so it's not like they're going to stop using it because of supply issues, and their coal industries have 19th century attitudes towards labor, safety and the environment. If Powder River coal can compete with that, it keeps more Chinese and Mongolian coal in the ground. US coal pays good wages and first-world safety and environmental standards. If we're exporting we can maintain that industry while still reducing our own dependence on coal.

Assuming the coal dust and rail congestion issues aren't a problem, but I really think that's just a fig leaf.
Sep 24, 2012 Jk commented on McGinn on Budget: Seattle Is Evel Knievel Jumping Over the Grand Canyon.
Yeah, that should be a pit at the bottom of a cliff in the middle of the desert in racist Idaho.
Aug 22, 2012 Jk commented on Sugar Daddies for Romney.
Presumably that membership total would include the floozies too, right? I'd be interested to see what the breakdown is between the daddies and the gold-diggers.
Aug 15, 2012 Jk commented on Anthropocene Today.
Well, not to be a killjoy, but the "glacier" in Glacier National Park refers to the huge valleys carved by glaciers during the last ice age, not to few puny glaciers that survived in the high country. Sure, the disappearance of the high country glaciers is worrying (incidentally, the only glacier in Idaho probably disappeared during the 2000's sometime) but it's not like the glaciers are the definining charactaristic the name might imply.
Jun 12, 2012 Jk commented on Poaching on Mudede Territory.
Oops, stupid phone. ... There's more deaths and crimes numerically because of the population growth, but the actual rate has gone down. The locals who claim they had idyllic little towns before the boom are guilty of wishful thinking.
Jun 12, 2012 Jk commented on Poaching on Mudede Territory.
@8 and @26-- it's not really oil workers per se who are the troublemakers. They're generally skilled or semi-skilled and they really have to keep their noses clean to keep their jobs. The instigators in the high-profile crimes out here have been basically transients who are trying to cash in on higher paying service jobs-- for instance the Wal-Mart in Williston starts at $13/hr-- although the lack of housing basically means there's a lot of well paid homeless people living in their cars.

However, it is wrong that the crime rate has skyrocketed since the boom. The violent crime and violent death rates in eastern Montana and western ND have always been astronomical for as small as the population is, and remain so in places unaffected by the boom. In the boomtowns, the populations have gone way up, but my some estimates the violent crime rate and things like dui fatalities and suicides have actually gone down quite a lot. There's more of the