When, oh when, is our President and his appointees going to start talking and acting with authority when they make presentations and speeches to the world?
Jenkin Lloyd Jones -- an author of authority and a lecturer of means -- was one that didn't waste any time getting to the point during his presentations. He made the statement many, many times: "Boring is a crime." I wish that our president and some of his appointees would have studied this man and his authority as an author and lecturer. Jones -- who said many times: "Facts should be on the table" -- should be a model for every speech given in political or business life. He maintained that a political or business speech without a solid foundation of facts is not only meaningless but also wasted time. And, he said, wasted time is no laughing matter. He maintained that a man or woman who made a bad 30-minute speech to 200 people didn't only waste half an hour of his own time but also 100 hours of the audience's time. I read some years ago, in his list of success speeches and approaches, that he said speeches must be intelligently presented. Your facts, skillfully put, aren't that meaningful unless they are true, but he also said, "Always remember that an empty package, no matter how attractive it is wrapped, is worthless."
How much time of the American people and the American Congress has been wasted with meaningless speeches in the last few months or years? It's unbelievable, when you think about it. Someone somewhere within this government has to step forward and straighten our president and his entourage out. They need to get the facts, speak the truth, and then sit down and shut up.
It's hard when we can't have our own president stand up and tell the truth, stand up and be meaningful, stand up and tell the American people what is really going on. It's not only hard; it is almost treasonous. I'm surprised, frankly, there hasn't been a move to remove this man. There have been others in history removed from office for less reasons.
I hope and pray on this Labor Day that we can straighten things out... that some way, some how, some one straightens this thing up. Where is the speaker of truth? Where are the facts? Where are the results? Otherwise, it's all meaningless talk, isn't it? And yes, it's boring; it's just total boring. I'm getting to a point, and I wouldn't doubt you are, too, where the ongoings by our political primates are nothing more than boring, and I've had it. I am getting totally fed up with them. Come forth with some truth, some proof, some figures, and yes, some common sense to back it all up. I have had it.
As Jenkin Lloyd Jones said, "Boring is a crime." When you think of the amount of boring time that has been forced upon the American people, the American congress, the American scene, you wonder how in the world can a knowledgeable nation such as ours exist under such a premise?
I hope that all of you will enjoy the Labor Day weekend. It's a day off for an awful lot of people. Many people who have a good job just can't wait to get time off to do something they feel is important, be it fishing, hunting, a beer-drinking party, or even cleaning things up.
Labor Day is the big day of the year devoted to the working people, anyone who is earning a living and working at it and being truthful with themselves and their families. It's a day of honor for them. But some unions have worked Labor Day and its meaning over in the last few years to where it's to a point that some believe that they are the one that's a "God" to labor. They're not. I know a lot of you who read the paper have relatives, or maybe yourself, who are union members. In its origin, unions had their place. Yes, there were abuses, no doubt about it, but a lot of it has been straightened out, and now we have gone so far to the other side that it's almost getting meaningless.
Have a safe and happy Labor Day, everyone. Whatever you do, don't be boring. Be current, be factual. State what you think and put the facts where they belong. It is especially important when you are relating to the future of this great nation. Let's get the boring out of these speeches, and let's get some truth and common sense back in their delivery. I'm joining the Stamp Out Boring Club. I've had it, and I don't want anymore of it. You politicians, start telling the truth, start laying it on the line, get your facts in order, and what you say, mean it and do what you say, and if you can't, send in a letter of resignation and go on home!
PEDv transmission could be airborne...
A study published by veterinary researchers says airborne transmission should be considered as a potential route for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). During the study, scientists detected the virus in the air 10 miles downwind from infected farms. Air samples were collected from a room containing experimentally infected pigs as well as from various distances outside of swine farms experiencing acute outbreaks. Results indicated the presence of infectious PEDv in the air from experimentally infected pigs, and PEDv material was detected up to 10 miles from naturally infected farms.
Nestle announces animal welfare commitment...
Nestle is changing the way it does business, and the changes will surround the company's pledge to improve the welfare of farm animals in its supply chain through a partnership agreement between the company and the World Animal Protection (WAP) group. The agreement makes Nestle the first major food company to form an international partnership with WAP. The agreement will affect the hundreds of thousands of farms that supply Nestle with its dairy, meat, poultry, and eggs; they will have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards if they want to continue doing business with Nestle. The company says it has some 7,300 suppliers from which it purchases animal-derived products directly -- from milk for its variety of yogurts and ice cream to meat and eggs. Each of the Nestle suppliers, in turn, buys from others, meaning that Nestle's Responsible Sourcing Guidelines will apply to literally hundreds of thousands of farms around the world. In addition to specifying spacing requirements for rearing pens and housing cages, the plan also seeks to minimize pain for farm animals by using veterinary practices that reduce pain or avoiding the practices altogether through different animal husbandry practices. The company says two examples are the dehorning of cattle and castration.
An independent auditing firm has been commissioned to carry out checks to ensure the company's new standards are being met on its supplying farms. Nestle says that in 2014 several hundred farm assessments have already been carried out worldwide. Some of these assessments are also attended, unannounced, by WAP representatives, who verify the auditors. Nestle's agreement with WAP covers human rights, health, safety, and environmental issues and includes a pledge that, by the end of 2015, at least 40% of the company's key commodities -- including meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy -- will be fully traceable.
NM horse processor ends efforts on slaughter plant...
Valley Meat, the company that intended to open a horse slaughter plan near Roswell, New Mexico, says it has ended its efforts to do so. The company's recent withdrawal of a request to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for a ground water discharge permit comes just a few months after a federal spending bill slashed funding for horse-slaughter inspection. In a notice to NMED, Valley Meat's attorney noted the state's "arbitrary delay" in making a decision and said that the company had to withdraw its application because the state laws "only recognize 'livestock' and do not differentiate by species."
The State of New Mexico said in a public statement that, "as the application has now been withdrawn, NMED has no further action to perform in this matter and has no further comments."
Do you have a valid veterinary client/ patient relationship?
During a series of meetings in Michigan addressing antibiotic residue issues, veterinarians agreed that they are under increasing pressure as drug use and residues in milk and meat are coming under greater scrutiny. Hosted by the Michigan State University Extension Dairy Team, the meetings drew sizable crowds including both producers and their veterinarians. "Veterinarians are increasingly refusing to write prescriptions for producers who call unless they have a valid Veterinary Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR), even though they may have worked together in the past," says Michigan State University. "In addition, extra label drug use, such as administering a drug in a dose greater than labeled or for a disease or animal class not labeled, can only be done when determined by a veterinarian with whom the producer has a valid VCPR."
According to the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA), 70% of drug residue problems result when a veterinarian is not involved in the treatment decision, and in many cases, these problems are a result of the use of over-the-counter drugs. The top reasons cited when violative residues are found all revolve around extra label use, including use in a non-targeted production class, higher dose, or different administration route than labeled, or failing to follow the withdrawal times listed. While there is no single definition of a valid VCPR at this time and there may be differences in them dictated by the type of animal production involved, veterinarians agreed that he or she has to be familiar with the management practices on the farm or ranch in order to develop a VCPR. In addition, said the veterinarians involved in the meetings, they want to sit down with producers and develop protocols, including plans for treatments, and employees must be trained in the protocols.
Cancelled: SD beef trade mission to Russia...
The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says its beef genetics trade mission to Russia in October has been cancelled due to uncertainties in the Russian market. "Unfortunately, after two successful trade missions in 2012 and 2013, a return mission this fall will not happen," said a SD Department of Ag spokesman. "The focus of this trade mission was beef cattle genetics; no sanctions or bans had any direct effect on this market segment. However, after evaluation of the situation, the overall political climate and uncertainty make a trip to Russia less desirable for the objectives of the mission. We will re-evaluate this trip in 2015 as we still see great opportunity in the Russian market."
Idaho's Lake Pend Oreille Part Two
Proposed changes to US/CN Treaty will shift Western state waters to fed control
By Erika Bentsen
Lake Pend Oreille Alliance has started an online petition in an effort to stop a federal takeover of state water rights through a non-mandatory rewording of the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty. The Columbia River Basin system and drainages can be found in seven states: Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. The river originates in Canada and flows through British Columbia and Alberta.
A NATIONAL RESPONSE IS NEEDED.
SIGNATURES MUST BE IN PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 24.
Year 2024 marks the first time the 1964 Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada can either be modified, reinstated as is, or terminated altogether. A requirement of a 10-year notice before any proposed changes could go into effect puts this year as a milestone for altering the treaty. If left unchanged, the treaty is scheduled to continue indefinitely, essentially as it was originally intended. The treaty had two goals of equal importance: much needed flood control, and reliable power for the two countries. Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) manage the United States' dams and power infrastructure. British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) takes care of the Canadian network.
According to its website, BPA is a federal non-profit power marketing administration in the Northwest. Although it is part of the Department of Energy, it is self-funding and covers its costs by selling its products and services. It is currently selling roughly $2 billion worth of power, supplying 30% of the electricity needs in the Northwest.
Property Rights Conference...
Greed... it's ALL about GREED!
By Lisa Schmidt
The thin lips pressed tight, and the narrow eyes glinted, daring the world to bring it on. "I'll probably lose, but I'm making my stand. Here and now," that face screamed to the world without making a sound.
I recognized that face. I'd seen it in the mirror a few years ago, every morning for months. I recognized the simmering anger at the injustice of it all. On this day, I saw not one face, but a hundred with that same look.
The bodies behind those faces were different - short, tall, heavy, slim, masculine, feminine - but the stand they were making was the same: I will defend my property.
Those 100 faces were at a Property Rights Conference in Billings, Montana, to listen to the consequences of sage grouse, bison, utilities, roads, and tribal water contracts. Only, the conference was not really about birds, animals, and public needs.
It was about greed.
In fact, often animals suffer from the greed that uses them to disguise its quest for more money and more power. A case in point is the grizzly. Ever since authorities refused to eliminate the grizzly sow and cub that slaughtered 70 sheep near Conrad, Montana, a couple of years ago, reports of problem grizzlies have declined. No doubt the problems have escalated, but people no longer bother to report them to authorities.
Sage grouse offer yet another example. The Bureau of Land Management is considering plans to reduce livestock grazing in an effort to increase sage grouse populations. Yet, research from 2003 demonstrates that the sage grouse populations increased dramatically when federal agents began to kill coyotes with 1080 poison. Montana sage grouse populations were highest during the 1960s, when 30% more cattle grazed within the birds' habitat and 87,000 coyotes were killed with 1080. As soon as 1080 was banned, coyote populations increased, and sage grouse populations fell. Yet, reduced grazing can become the "effort" to increase bird numbers so the agency does not have to face its own history. And administrators keep their high-salary jobs.
Water in the West...
Idaho committed to protecting Pend Oreille
By Idaho Governor C.L. 'Butch' Otter
I called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bonneville Power Administration this week to work with Idaho in developing a new long-term lake level management plan for Lake Pend Oreille. The current management plan expires this year, and we face two issues. First, the original intent of building Albeni Falls Dam was to maintain Lake Pend Oreille at full pool as long as possible each year. Second, proposals to take additional water out of the lake in late summer would have crippling impacts on Lake Pend Oreille's scenic and recreational values and harm the Bonner County and regional economies. Both issues make it clear that the federal agencies managing the dam must make it their highest priority to ensure the people of Bonner County and northern Idaho have more of a voice in managing Lake Pend Oreille.
The Lake Pend Oreille, Pend Oreille River, Priest Lake, and Priest River Commission - better known as the Lakes Commission - was created by the Idaho Legislature in 2003 to give local residents an opportunity to work with state and federal agencies on water quality and water quantity issues while preserving fish populations, scenic beauty, and recreation. The Lakes Commission has been diligent in striving to fulfill its mandate, but I want commissioners, the public, and local elected officials more directly involved in developing a long-term management plan.