HAVE SCIENTISTS JUST FOUND DISTANT PROOF OF THE ASTEROID HIT THAT KILLED OFF THE DINOSAURS? The apparent proof – “spherules of glass” miraculously encased and protected for scores of millions of years – has been found in a former inland-seaside-location on an archeological dig in present-day North Dakota, some 2000 miles from the impact site on the Yucatan peninsula.
The ‘New York Times’ explains the discovery and includes a map.
A PBS 2-hour-special covering this development will premier on May 11. Caleb, Megan & Jim
“Pristine slivers of the impactor that killed the dinosaurs have been discovered, said scientists studying a North Dakota site that is a time capsule of that calamitous day 66 million years ago”…
“When the object hit Earth, carving a crater about 100 miles wide and nearly 20 miles deep, molten rock splashed into the air and cooled into spherules of glass, one of the distinct calling cards of meteor impacts. In the 2019 paper, Mr. DePalma and his colleagues described how spherules raining down from the sky clogged the gills of paddlefish and sturgeon, suffocating them.
Usually the outsides of impact spherules have been mineralogically transformed by millions of years of chemical reactions with water. But at Tanis, some of them landed in tree resin, which provided a protective enclosure of amber, keeping them almost as pristine as the day they formed.”
OUR SIMPLE MAINE WORK-AROUND SOLUTION FOR THE COMPLICATIONS OF AN SPLIT-LEVEL UNDERGROUND POTATO HOUSE. Old-time potato farmers were of a single mind that the best-keeping potatoes were stored in a traditional cool, dark & moist underground Potato House (storage).
Organic farmers most especially respect the knowledge of those who came before us. We’ve always cleaved to that underground concept of superior potato-storage-ability and we resisted the modern stampede over to ‘labor-efficient’ above ground potato storages.
Our adequate-efficiency-solution was invented decades ago when we borrowed the idea of a “Dumbwaiter.” In fabricating our Dumbwaiter, we sized it to accommodate modern-day standardized 40″ x 48″ wooden pallets. On our family-scale the Dumbwaiter system works well. Underground, a battery-powered mine-donkey Yale Forklift loads onto the Dumbwaiter pallets of graded boxes of loose potatoes for the upstairs crew to bag, or in this picture, weighed out cartons of Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes ready for a Fedex label and direct-shipping to a family farmer customer. Upstairs, a Pallet Jack is utilized to deboard the loaded pallet.
Prior to our Unorganized Township first having lines run for electricity 28 years ago, we laboriously hoisted (“heisted”) our Dumbwaiter manually using an aerobic-workout chainfall.
When we finally were hooked up to grid power, the first and second labor-saver we purchased were a submersible water pump for the well and a heavy-duty Dayton Electric Chain Hoist for the Dumbwaiter. That same Dayton is still in use to this day. Caleb, Megan & Jim
MAINE COWS AWAITING GREEN GRASS GET GREAT VIEW OF KATAHDIN. Still a few more weeks before the grass grows green in Northern Maine. Photo shared by Cindi Rimler. Caleb, Megan & Jim
SPRING LOG DRIVE. ST. JOHN RIVER, MAINE. Circa 1940. The best time for a log drive was once the ice was out and while the water was still high in order to avoid obstacles like rocks from creating logjams.
These logs – branded on the ends to identify company ownership – were headed to sawmills downstream.
The last log drive in North America was conducted in Maine in 1976 on the Kennebec River. Caleb, Megan & Jim
ACTION ACTION ACTION ALERT! A RARE INVITATION FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS TO HELP THE FEDS BUST UP MONOPOLY CONTROL. ACT TODAY! Yes, Monopoly Control has crippled competition and overtaken the entire country.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Agriculture. However, it can be seen in everyday life from Supermarket mergers to skyrocketing prices on Medicine to Airline and Oil Company cannibalism to Media consolidation and much, much more. The result is higher prices, poorer service and weaker wages for workers.
Now, for the FIRST TIME EVER, the US Dept of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are inviting working Americans to send emails expressing their opinions on DOJ & FTC efforts to break up monopoly control. LET’S TELL THEM HOW WE FEEL!
The good news is there is WIDESPREAD & BI-PARTISAN support for enforcing existing-but-UNENFORCED Anti-Trust legislation. The bad news is the monopolies and their corporate lobbyists are banking on our apathy and fear to remain silent and not tell DOJ we support their new enforcement initiatives.
Gain an understanding on the situation by watching this EXCELLENT and concise Matt Stoller video (21:20) which exposes the dishonest government collusion begun 40 years ago which has allowed monopolies to crush competition and working people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znbd33TNeV4
Next, submit Comments (BRIEF IS FINE!!!) to the Federal Docket: https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/FTC-2022-0003-0001
DEADLINE IS APRIL 21, 2022! Submitting Comments won’t take you 15 Minutes!
Learn more about this FTC/DOJ Inquiry process with this link: https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2022/01/federal-trade-commission-justice-department-seek-strengthen-enforcement-against-illegal-mergers
Please submit your Comments TODAY and share the links above and this background info widely with your networks. Thanks! Jim
Below is a Mock-Submission illustrating the 4 Basic Elements needed for the most impactful Comments to any government official. Additional elaboration doesn’t hurt but the MAIN METRIC will be the NUMBER of submissions OUR SIDE MAKES!
1. FIRST Declare Your Summary Position.
2. Explain Your Connection.
3. Connect the Dots How This Matter affects You.
4. Repeat Your Position and ask for their Support.
Dear FTC & DOJ,
We strongly support strengthening enforcement against illegal mergers and jail time for offending individuals.
Our family has been growing Small Red Lentils outside Havre, Montana, for four generations. The relentless consolidation by the Lentil Cartel has destroyed our markets and lowered farm gate prices. Additionally, corporate consolidation on the farm input side has raised prices and lowered quality for essential inputs we and our fellow Lentil farmers need to farm.
Unless reversed, this increasing monopoly control will force our neighbors and ourselves out-of-business.
Please restore competition to the American economy by enforcing Anti-Trust laws and putting in prison the criminals who try to violate the law of the land.
Clem & Oren Lentilsen
Big Sandy, Montana
AN APRIL VIEW OF MAINE’S KATAHDIN. Beautiful shot taken yesterday and shared by Vonda Lavway. Caleb, Megan & Jim https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=5409636639049566&set=gm.5359805927386262
Beautiful Mount Katahdin💙
Our gorgeous friend was in all it’s glory yesterday. 🌤
~Early Spring 2022~
— at Mount Katahdin.
BRAND NEW ‘WOOD PRAIRIE SEED PIECE’ NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE! This new ‘Wood Prairie Seed Piece’ newsletter includes a Lessons Learned ‘Maine Tales’ plus Farm Photos revolving around the monastic Potato life! Don’t Miss It!
Find our ‘Seed Piece’ here: https://www.woodprairie.com/newsletters/040822.html
Caleb, Megan & Jim Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Family Farm
CHILD OYSTER SHUCKERS. PORT ROYAL, SOUTH CAROLINA. Circa 1911. Those who came before us knew how to work hard, yet in some circumstances that work could be grim.
“A group of young girls on a break from their job as oyster shuckers at a seafood cannery in Port Royal, South Carolina. From left to right, Josie six years old, Bertha six years old and Sophie 10 years old.” Caleb, Megan & Jim
‘THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN EVERY U.S. STATE!’ Spring is coming – even here in Northern Maine where a sunny week ahead in the forecast may start to melt our snowpack – a good time to start Summer trip planning.
Online ‘Traveler’ has gifted us all with a head start by highlighting pictorially its selections of the most beautiful places in all 50 States. https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/the-most-beautiful-place-in-every-us-state?utm_source=pocket-newtab
What’s more, they offer us freedom from that irksome ‘click & wait’ format: one can simply scroll the alphabetical States listing to one’s heart’s content.
They hit the nail on the head when it comes to Maine. Their list appears biased towards National Parks and because we’re big fans of NPS that’s alright with us!
Checkout your State and share with us what you think of their choice! Caleb, Megan & Jim