Geeky Engineering Stuff

ANOTHER Sinkhole under a water line?

Coincidence some say.  You decide:

Sinkhole at The Cocoa Beanery off Bullfrog Valley Rd in Hershey, PA

Sinkhole at The Cocoa Beanery off Bullfrog Valley Rd in Hershey, PA

The blue tape is an indicator placed 18" above a water line.  Sure enough, one about 12" or 16" diameter is visible.

The blue tape is an indicator placed 18″ above a water line. Sure enough, one about 12″ or 16″ diameter is visible.

Sovereign Nations of North America

This map – or very similar facsimile – is common in schools around the world. Nowhere does it even indicate the indigenous and sovereign nations of North America at the times of each historic event. It describes only from which foreign nation the USA acquired each area.

This is incomplete at best, and inaccurate at worst. Our kids deserve a better historical education.

Foreign North American intervention

Compare to this: one of the best maps available that clearly shows what North America looked like prior to all of the land thefts. It clearly shows the indigenous and sovereign nations of North America at the times of each historic event. For clarity, note how it leaves off from which foreign nation the USA acquired each area.

This is complete and accurate. Our kids deserve a better historical education.

Sovereign North American nations

I never heard of the Trail of Tears in public schools (71-84). Nor do I recall it in both public and private colleges thereafter (84-96). I don’t recall ever having any lessons on even the approximate locations of the Iroquois or Navaho nations, and had no clue about smaller Creeks, etc. I’ve learned all of that only on my own, almost solely via the internet. I am happy to say that my 11-yr old is getting much more of that, but he is still taught that the European “Founding Fathers” bought Louisiana (then, basically the entire Mississippi watershed) from France.

We are making progress, but must do better by our kids, folks.  Their literacy depends on it.

50 Evenly Populated US States

50 Equal States

Derry Township, Dauphin County, PA Boundaries

Derry Bounds

Western MA viewed as territory for fracking
springfield hartford gas shalespringfield massachusetts - Google Maps
Western Massachusetts may hold limited deposits of shale gas

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/12/13/group-explores-possibility-fracking-massachusetts-federal-study-hints-limited-shale-gas-deposits/4PXsrbFnwNZ42jger2DvOO/story.html

Thanks, Dory Hippauf

It looks like both The Berkshires and Quabbin are out of the region outlined.

But Wow! The O&G Lobby will have its hands full. This baby zips right up through Northampton and Amherst…arguably the most liberal and certainly the most politically active/vocal area in New England. This’ll be fun.

Keep on this, before O&G lobby can drown YOUR reps in cash. And they will, if there is a short-term dime to be made.  Many of my family and best friends live in Western MA. To my loved ones, I say: Beware. Ban it until you study it. PA is your guinea pig. Watch what we do the the Alleghenies and Appalacian Trail in our state before you decide what you want for your Commonwealth. Don’t let the Oil & Gas Lobby do it for you, like we did.

Conowingo Dam Watershed

The watershed to the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River. Over 27,000 square miles (70,000 sq km) over as much as 240 linear miles (375 km).

Eggs in your Testes, anyone?

The nightmare is well underway: “USGS scientists have proof that most of the male Smallmouth are getting eggs forming in their testes.”  Join the Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna in improving this:

Handout.SMB

 

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