Archive for November 2009

In following-up on my previous post about how it seems very likely that hydrofracking in the Marcellus shale and other places can be done with non-toxic chemicals and substances,  I came up with a new hypothesis.  Call it Bierck’s Hypothesis (or not).  This is it: Hydrofracking can be done effectively and efficiently with benign, non-toxic […]

It seems Costco and Coke are not getting along because Costco can’t get a good enough deal with Coke, as reported at yahoo finance here.   As they report, “Costco is committed to carrying name brand merchandise at the best possible prices. At this time, Coca-Cola has not provided Costco with competitive pricing so that […]

I’ve been quick to share a saying of a friend from Finland a few years back: “There’s only a one-letter difference between networking and notworking.” Indeed, it is possible to waste a lot of time networking, be it in person or on the internet.  As written at

I’m at a water conference, where one presenter hit us with the Mark Twain quote: “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” However, as says: This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but until the attribution can be verified, the quote should not be regarded as authentic.

There’s a big need to ask, in terms of plans to hydrofrack the Marcellus (and other) shales to get out the gas:  what fracking chemicals are really necessary to create the cracks, and then keep them open (proppants)? Why can’t things be accomplished solely with with non-toxic compounds? The list of chemicals for fracking is […]

The Environmental Working Group has a rundown here of how much radiation different cell phones emit, along with approaches for minimizing exposure.  The jury still may be out on effects of cell phone use, but playing safe could be a good idea.

There’s news out, reported here by MSNBC, among others, that McDonald’s is going to open 1,000 new restaurants concentrated in China, Australia, Russia, Germany, France and the U.S.

The NY Times reported a couple of days ago about an EPA publication, out in September 2009,  entitled The National Study of Chemical Residues in Lake Fish Tissue (available here). It’s interesting that the EPA website on the study has an in initial Q&A, the first one being

Recently I spoke with a truck owner (who was taking out some tree limbs at my house).  He’s apparently had some experience with putting the sign on the back of his dump truck, which we’ve all seen, saying “Not Responsible for Broken Windshields….Stay Back 200 Feet!” among other versions.  However, police later told him this […]