Tuesday briefing and open thread

Tuesdays are just plain sexy, aren’t they?

Let’s start with some Great Lakes.

  • First, here’s the Hoekstra trying to trade our lakes for some oil:

    From the MDP release:

    “Even most Republicans have supported the ban on drilling in the Lakes because they recognize that a disaster like the BP spill in the Gulf or the Enbridge spill in Michigan could destroy the Great Lakes–and the jobs and industries that depend on them. Pete Hoekstra’s dangerous plan to allow Big Oil’s drills into the Great Lakes would threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs and our state’s most important natural resource.”

    Studies show that allowing drilling for oil in the Great Lakes would produce a very small amount of oil–the U.S. Geological Survey says that even if oil companies got every drop of oil possible out of the Great Lakes, it would provide the country with a little over two weeks (16 days) worth of energy (USGS estimates that there is about 312 million barrels of oil recoverable in the Great Lakes, and the US consumes 19 million barrels per day). An amount that small would have virtually no impact on world markets or affect the price of gas at the pump. But while the benefits of Great Lakes drilling would be incredibly small, the risk of a spill could be potentially devastating to the Lakes and the multi-billion dollar tourism, boating and fishing industries that depend on them. Risking the Great Lakes’ devastation for literally a few days worth of oil is widely viewed as a risk not at all worth taking–which is why so many in both parties are against Great Lakes drilling.

  • Check out the GVSU research buoy, launched in Lake Michigan on May 7:

    The research buoy that is collecting data for Grand Valley State University’s offshore wind assessment was placed 35 miles offshore of Lake Michigan May 7, where it remain until December.

    More info on the buoy here.

  • And just for a moment of awesome, here’s a time-lapse view of the Super Moon rising over Lake Michigan:

    A timelapsed look at the Super Moon rising over Lake Michigan. More specifically, over West Bay near Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

    The photographer is Ken Scott, you can find him on Facebook here.

Land based reading ..

  • Here’s a cool idea.

    This is Pure Michigan and somebody ought to run with Sen. Tom Casperson’s idea: A football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions staged in the Upper Peninsula.

    Since it appears the Upper Peninsula folks think everybody else takes them for granted, it would be a chance for the lower Peninsula residents to show them a little love by attending the game.

    I would TOTALLY go to that game. If for no other reason than to heckle Aaron Rogers. :D

  • Clark Durant has turned in the signatures that he needs to be defeated by Pete Hoekstra in the primary:

    “It’s been a long journey here,” he said of the push to collect signatures in all 83 counties, an effort undertaken by campaign staff and volunteers. Polls show the 63-year-old Grosse Pointe resident isn’t nearly as well-known as Hoekstra to many Michigan voters, but Durant said the signature collection “was a wonderful way to get people to know about our campaign.”

    And as if his political opinions weren’t enough to make you want to barf …

    In a nod to actor James Dean, Durant said Monday he wanted to bring the petitions to Lansing by motorcycle to show he’d be “a rebel with a cause” in Washington if he wins the August GOP primary and beats Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

    And by rebel, he means anarchist.

    Gary Glenn still hasn’t turned any signatures in. What a shame.

  • Hey, have you ever wondered how the Republicans can convince people to do away with consumer protection such as state licensing? They wrap it up in crap like this:

    Area residents will have a chance to learn about obscure Michigan laws the state Legislature is working to eliminate as well as voice their own concerns about outdated regulations that affect business growth or quality of life at a special May 17 meeting in Gladwin.

    Johnson said some of the older laws that have been researched so far are just plain silly — such as that a man is prohibited from cutting his wife’s hair, even with her consent. But some of the older laws that haven’t been reviewed in decades provide serious obstacles that keep local businesses from adding jobs.

    So yeah, we need to take a look at whether or not a speech pathologist should be licensed, because if a man cannot cut his wife’s hair then it really interferes with business growth. And don’t even get me started on toilet seats.

Census Daily

Tuesday, May 15th. Flying became more comfortable on this date in 1930 —when United Airlines made the first flight with an airline stewardess, Ellen Church. She tended passengers on a flight from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The criteria for the job was that she could be no older than 25, no taller than 5 feet, 4 inches, and weigh no more than 115 pounds and be a registered nurse. The idea caught on, and being a stewardess became one of the most sought-after jobs for young women. Today the proper term is “flight attendant,” and they are a vital part of the U.S. airline industry. In 1930, there were just under 500 airliners in service. Today, that number is more than 7,800.

Solidarity forever, brothers and sisters!!!

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