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Sept. 28, 2011, 8:55 a.m.
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Water that burns

The journalistic ignorance as to what's going on underground in wells astounds me. I've listened to 45 minutes of CBC radio talking about "the dangers of fracing" ([HTML_REMOVED]-- on a side note, please note that that is spelled with out a K. It's short for fracture. Figure it out people…) where the scared general populous phoned in talking about the wells that fractured themselves near their homes causing the earth to shake.

Here's whats actually happening (Grimace or others can feel free to correct me if I've made some mistakes):

A well is drilled, and casing, a liner, or both are run down the hole to provide a home for the production tubing and tools that will eventually be inserted into the well bore.

If the oil company wants to increase production from their target zone (they almost always do), they pump some sort of frac fluid or gas down hole at very high pressures against several stages to fracture set points in the formation. These are well controlled openings in the formation, and the distance of each fracture is precisely set.

This is happening between 2 and 4 km below the Earths surface. There is no danger to you or your aquifer. There is no danger of the earth falling in on itself.

Why is there no danger to your aquifer? It's simple. If the oil company opens a path between your aquifer and a source of natural gas or oil, they will experience losses in their production values. They don't like that, and would instead rather see every last bit of carbon fuels come up to the surface… why design a well to bleed off production?

and just in case you missed it above "Fracing" is short for Fracturing". There is no K. Spell it right.

You can have one large frac with out the valves downhole and the formation will crack at the weakest point. The type you're explaining is a multistage frac which works much better in the shale gas plays that have gained popularity in the last few years.

They also pump sand or another porous media into the hole to keep the fractures open.

The jury is out on this, there is evidence to suggest otherwise, though a definite link is not determined. Research is needed to confirm or deny a link. Does it make sense to just blindly go ahead and do this when there's some (even small) possibility of a link between fracking (it needs to be spelled that way to come out with the correct pronunciation) and groundwater contamination? Or is the cautious approach maybe a bit wiser … find out all the facts first, then proceed if safe? The O[HTML_REMOVED]G industry has a pretty poor track record when it comes to sweeping statements along the lines of "trust us, it's safe".

And I notice how you've conveniently omitted any reference to the massive amounts of water needed to perform a fracking (sic) operation, usually taken from local aquifers, contaminated all to shit, then stored in open ponds in the wilderness for local wildlife to enjoy, I mean get killed by.

Kn.

Yes it uses a lot of water but the fracs I have been apart of the water is trucked out and dealt with according to environmental laws. In the US it might be different. I have only been apart of fracing jobs in Canada.

Oil companies like most large corporations abide by the rules in place. In the North Sea all formation cuttings are back loaded to shore and disposed of as mandated by the Norwegian gov't. In Australia they dump them overboard into the Indian Ocean because its not in the regulations to send them to shore. Put the rules in place and they will abide by them.

Sept. 27, 2011, 11:56 a.m.
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Olson on death bed?

But you could be wrong about him being guilty, so executing him would be a mistake.

Does an innocent man send a letter to one of his victims father explaining what he did to him and how he killed him?

I think a wrongly convicted man would be more preoccupied with proving his innocence and less occupied with tormenting his victims families.

Sept. 27, 2011, 10:39 a.m.
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Olson on death bed?

wat

agreed. sorry i thought you were arguing for the death penalty, not that olson is a bad guy. i think we'd all agree he has no regard for other people's lives

I am in specific cases like this. He is a bad guy and there's no reason to keep him or others that fit into his category alive. I think Pickton is another one that fits this category.

I guess my question would be.. Do we not execute him because he is a human being? After that I would ask does he feel remorse, guilt or compassion for any other human beings? If he doesn't then how is he different than a dog or a bear that gets put down for attacking a person.

I think there are good reasons on both sides but in a specific case like this its an easy decision for me.

Sept. 27, 2011, 8:50 a.m.
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Olson on death bed?

yes, while a "rope" is less expensive, the death penalty in a developed country is not.

any other pro death penalty arguments left anyone?

i think you may be suggesting that we give the death penalty to those who want to die or those that don't care, but spare those wanting to live? not sure I'm on board with that

It doesn't have to be expensive; it's been made expensive because its used on people when incarceration would work fine. I'm talking people about people like Olson who are predators and won't stop no matter what length of time they're locked up for.

There needs to be a certain criteria that has to be met before execution is even an option. If you're a serial murderer, rapist or child molester having a really long time out isn't going to cure you. These people aren't in the heat of the moment committing a crime, they are preying on other people and have no regard for human life.

If you're asking whether or not I support euthanasia the answer is yes. In my early 20's I watched my grandfather die slowly and suffer when he didn't need to or want to. Watch a documentary called How to Die in Oregon it gives really good insights to what people go thru who opt for euthanasia.

In no way am I suggesting that we execute people who are suicidal; they need medical help.

Sept. 26, 2011, 2:07 p.m.
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Olson on death bed?

Exactly. So no correlation to the death penalty being or not being a deterrent.

Any arguments left for the death penalty?

A rope is less expensive than ~$150k/year to keep someone in Seg who is clearly not remorseful or able to be rehabilitated.

Roughly $3.75 million alone to keep him locked up. (That's using todays rate for incarceration being held in a segregated unit) If he was in the Special Handling Unit it probably cost more than that per year.

He also collected CPP while in prison so you can add that to the tab along with the $100k he got paid to show them where the bodies were.

To people like Olson life means nothing; I doubt he'd be upset if his were ended.

Aug. 4, 2011, 8:51 a.m.
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V10: Carbon vs. Aluminum

I've been riding a V10c since April. The biggest difference from the old version that I noticed was the geo. Lower BB and slacker HA.

I also like the 8.5" travel vs the 10" travel. It feels to dead to me with 10".

Aug. 3, 2011, 10:13 a.m.
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Sun Peaks!!!

whats the word on parking/camping in the Sun Peaks parking lot? if its free we may just do that so we can hit a bar and food easy….

There is an RV parking lot (#4) up by the pool past the main hotel area. People camp there all the time. Its a short stumble from all the bars in the village. Camp on the right hand side when you come in. You'll get a few extra minutes of sleep since that side is shaded in the morning.

There is rec site campground about 20km down the hill and one further up the hill towards Chase as well.

Aug. 2, 2011, 2:40 p.m.
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Nelson / Rossland

Going to be in Ainsworth next week with the family and some friends. My buddy and I have a 1 day pass to go ride. We both have trucks and will shuttle if anyone is willing to show us around. We'll even bring beer to share.

July 20, 2011, 11:14 a.m.
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Home-made headset remover/installer

An old seat post will work instead of the copper pipe as well.

July 20, 2011, 7:56 a.m.
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Arduum Gun's and Rotars - CANCELLED

That would be my guess, they are dealing with record snow.

We are heading to Hemlock this weekend to make the call on that event. Apparently the snow is pretty uch gone, but we'll know more this weekend. We don't even have a full course yet.

More information and pictures early next week.

Dan

Any info on Hemlock?

July 19, 2011, 8:47 a.m.
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Alberta Drivers

We might not be able to drive but you guys can't park a vehicle bigger than a Yaris. LOL

July 18, 2011, 10:08 a.m.
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Sun Peaks!!!

Can't stay away, are the trails still sweet?

They were awesome last weekend when I was up there. No dust and super hero dirt.

July 14, 2011, 9:44 a.m.
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Dad who killed daughter's bf for getting her into hardcore drugs

If the drugged extra and gangbanged is real…That's what snapped Dad. It seems it was already an ongoing ordeal with the family and the boyfriend…the sexual abuse is what sent him over the edge. As it would me. Any long time reader of mine knows my stance if anyone in my family is sexually abused. I know it's 4yrs for manslaughter and accept it…Bring it. But that fucker's dead.

I agree sir. If that's true than I would have taken the guy and the five others out too. Dude's a hero in my books. If you're not willing to do hard time to protect your family, you're a fucking coward.

QFT. If the sexual abuse is true this guy got off easy.

This is why you have "shovel" friends.

July 11, 2011, 2:46 p.m.
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Sun Peaks!!!

How's the park looking for this weekend? Is everything open?

July 7, 2011, 2:38 p.m.
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Alberta Drivers

You and me both!
Douche bags are one thing, but bullies and tough guys just get under my skin. It's that whole "me me me me me" selfish thing that doesn't sit well.

So now we're slagging the affliction/Tap Out/UFC t-shirt guys wearing over embroidered flappy pocket jeans and big white sunglasses?

I can get on that bandwagon. Those three items equal the douchebag uniform IMHO.

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