Fracking Wildlife In Illinois – IDNR thinks it is a good thing

Run little doggies, run for the hills, but if you are a fish you are pretty much dead.


Today (Saturday, 11/30/13) is Day 16 of the IDNR Comment Period on Fracking.  Thanks for hanging in there with us even on this holiday weekend!

Day 16  USED 11/30/13

Topic:  Definition of “Aquatic Life” is too narrow

  • Click the button: Subpart A: General Provisions
  • In the “Section” dropdown box, click:  245.110 Definitions
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Section 245.110 Section 245.110 of the Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act administrative rules, states: “Aquatic life” means all fish, reptiles, amphibians, crayfish, and mussels.

Problems with this section:

  1. This definition is too narrow and does not include many other species that may be important to an aquatic ecosystem.  Aquatic life cannot be understood apart from the larger aquatic ecosystem which sustains it.
  2. Freshwater ecosystems (limnology) not only include fauna, but also flora (plants), micro/macro invertebrates, oxygen levels and algae, for example.

Why these are problems:

  1. Exclusively focusing on a limited definition of “aquatic life” unnecessarily narrows the impact to the larger ecosystem that sustains it.
  2. By the time a fish kill occurs pollution caused by fracking will have reached a critical stage, causing havoc across the larger ecosystem.
  3. It neglects the biological criteria for the protection of aquatic life.

Revisions Needed:

  1. The definition of “aquatic life” must be broadened to include “aquatic ecosystems”.
  2. Specific scientific standards must be developed to include:  a) Biological standards, b) High quality water resources, c) Modified or limited water resources, and d) Stressor identification.

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Energy Conservation According To Google – Mixed record

Google has this Feeling Lucky button that just sucks when it comes to energy issues. The company itself has a mixed bag. They helped push an energy fuel cell of a dubious nature by installing 3 of them on their main campus. They do like solar and wind and have both in operation or have bought energy from those sources. But this button is just rotten. I am usually bored with posting when I do this now, but in the beginning I was excited. I know you say, “How could Doug be bored with the exciting field of residential conservation”? I guess I want another oil spill or maybe Russia to catch fire again. Sick isn’t it. The first three you get if you used the regular search are not much better:

  1. Residential Energy Efficiency Get an Energy Audit For Your Home. Free Auditor Listings. Search Now!?

  2. Residential Energy Efficiency Show Us How By Sharing a Video. Win A Renovation Makeover Package!

  3. Energy Efficient Building Green construction & contracting Save 50-80% on heating and AC


I mean DOW?

And too my surprise you can not even use the get lucky button anymore. Really? Why do they even have it up there. Apparently the “read your mind” algorithm they just introduced broke the get lucky thingie because as soon as you type in a single letter that option goes away. But when you just click on it empty it thinks you want to get lucky about the google LOGO. These people are dorks.

Google Just Killed The “I’m Feeling Lucky Button”

Nicholas Carlson | Sep. 8, 2010, 1:35 PM
Google just effectively offed one of it’s oldest, quirkiest features – the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.

The good news is that in the process, Google added at least another hundred million dollars in revenue.

It used to be that you could go to, type a search query into the search box and then, by clicking “I’m feeling lucky,” go directly to the page that would have been listed as the top search result.

But then today happened, and Google announced “Google Instant.” Now, when you go to and start typing a search into the search bar, Google instantly begins showing search results. Users no longer have a chance to click the “I’m Feeling Lucky Button” before they begin seeing search results. Yes, the button is still there on – but essentially, the feature is dead.

So, how does killing the “I’m feeling lucky” button gain Google more than $100 million?

In 2007, Google search boss Marissa Mayer estimated that 1% of all Google searches go through the I’m Feeling Lucky button – skipping Google’s search results pages entirely


More Tomorrow


Earth Day – The day after

Its jam band friday –

Earth Day lasts a long time in Springfield. That is because one of our big events is on the Weekend. Earth Awareness Fest is Saturday so today is kind of a let down. Nonetheless, I soldier on. This is from Gather by way of PeakOil.

What is With “Happy” Earth Day?

April 22, 2010 02:14 PM EDT

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Today is Earth Day, an observance begun in 1970 by then-Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in an attempt to spread awareness of environmental issues. It’s grown since that start to being on the calendar in 192 countries. And on its 40th anniversary, it’s beginning to take on the trappings of a greeting card holiday. The mere existence of Earth Day greeting cards available from companies that don’t focus on the environment is only part of that.

Twitter’s trending topics as I type this lists “Happy Earth Day” as the most popular worldwide. I find that strange. No, actually, I find it silly. You put the word happy in front of words and phrases like birthday, holidays, and new year. Days on which you celebrate and have a good time. Party holidays, in short. Earth Day is not a party holiday. You can throw one, sure, but I’m not sure I see the point of doing something which in and of itself is wasteful extravagance on a day meant to remind people that resources are finite. Yes, there are safer forms of paper plates and cups and potato plastic cutlery. That’s beside the point.

I’m not saying that people need to be all solemn and dark and such. It’s a day to pay respect. Respect the planet we live on. The one that keeps us alive. Acting like nothing we do has a long-term impact is the worst you can do on a day like this, or any day for that matter. Behaving as if a reminder that we are part of a system that needs to be treated with more respect than we’ve paid it as a species over the centuries is a reason to be perky and nothing more is nearly as bad. The last thing we need is to act like we only have to nod and wink at the day’s existence to be doing anything about it.

So I bid you a good Earth Day. Try to recycle that can you throw away most days. I know I should. And if you do host a gathering to discuss environmental issues, I beg you, check the labels on the throwaway products you buy for it, if any. The irony levels you keep from overloading may be your own.

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Have a great weekend


Weird Bird Friday – Don’t know why this week seemed so long

Oh I know the Republican Convention was on. It was so small and so dare I say it Conventional that I had to watch all 5 Dirty Harry movies. What a drain. 

So I found this really beautiful and really weird looking bird for today.



Anybody know what kinda bird this is?

Oh dedicated to Susan and John who blog all over Denver at:



Weird Bird Friday – Thank God the Democrat Convention is over

Yes it’s true it’s TGI(WB)F again. Barack gave a great speech and then it was over. Now to the Labor Day weekend ahead. God bless the food now hand me a turkey sandwich.


Go on a picnic! Have a Good One

Weird Bird Friday – I am having a Dick Cheney moment

TGI(WB)F!  Another week gone by without the Great Depression that Grover Norquist, Dick Chaney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Phil Gramm tried to create. Hmmm.


Last week or maybe the week before i got a letter from a group called CartoonStock ordering me to take down an image and allowing the use of it for a “reasonable price”… So I am putting them up here so they can get the ridicule they deserve…by the way the comic was of two birds sitting on clouds. and one bird says to the other. “I flew over this funeral and 6 guns point guns at me and start shooting”

License Compliance Services, CartoonStock Ltd.

605 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

United States


Dear Community Energy Systems,

It has come to the attention of CartoonStock Ltd that an image or image(s) represented by CartoonStock Ltd are being used or have been used online by your company. According to our records there is no valid license issued to your company for the use of the image(s).

To view the image(s) in question together with the usage(s) found on your company’s website (, go to:

Using a CartoonStock Ltd image without a valid license is considered copyright infringement and in violation of the Copyright Act, Title 17, United States Code, entitling CartoonStock Ltd to seek compensation for infringing uses. CartoonStock Ltd is committed to protect the interests, intellectual property and livelihoods of the contributors with whom we work.

To resolve this matter (Case
Ref: 4SYU-O9QQ):

  • If a valid license has been issued for the image(s) in question:Please email the license purchase information to within 10 business days of the date of this letter.
  • If a valid license proof cannot be found:
    • Please cease using the image(s) in question immediately.
    • In addition, a $98.70 settlement payment should be received within 10 business days of the date of this letter. The payment options are detailed below. Ceasing use of the image(s) does not release your company of its responsibility to pay for the image(s) already used.

Remittance Payment Options (settlement fee: $98.70)

  • Remit Check Payment To:

    License Compliance Services
    Picscout Inc.
    605 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 400
    Seattle, WA 98104
    United States

Please include Reference Number 4SYU-O9QQ with check payment.

  • Alternatively, you may contact us at +1 855 387 8725.



We believe that prompt cooperation will benefit all concerned parties.

If you would like to continue to use the image(s) in question, or if you believe you have mistakenly received this letter, please contact us by email at, or call +1 855 387 8725 and we will assist you.

This letter is without prejudice to CartoonStock Ltd’s rights and remedies, all of which are expressly reserved.



License Compliance Services, CartoonStock Ltd.

and to this I say, KISS my ass!


I always wondered by Susan and John were into Sock Puppets. Now I know:

Weird Bird Friday – This one will be a quick one because there is breaking news

TGI(WB)F! Heh we should start a restaurant that serves only emmu or something. Its a totally original idea. Today’s weird bird is more like birds. There are 4 birds in the picture, can you point them out:


Dedicated to John and Susan in Denver who have increasingly focused on the Great Denver Fire caused by the 2008 Democrat Convention.

Little do people know that they both have very naughty tattoos on large parts of their bodies.

Weird Bird Friday – Now that the gnats are gone and Susan Kay is back on

TGI(WB)F! In honor of Susan’s return to regular Friday posting, I give you a Mayan Bird. Though I am unsure which bird spirit it represents and am to lazy to find out, it is a truely weird bird:


John and Susan Blog at:

It is a little know fact that they studied Channeling with Shirley McLaine and were Maya in previous lives. That explains their penchant for vacationing in Mexico or is it the exchange rate?