Various & Sundry for the Weekend

by jhwygirl

Please consider this an open thread.

I’m looking for craft shows around the area – and by area I mean Kalispell, Helena, Bozeman, Butte, Deerlodge, Billings, Great Falls. Know any? Let me know below. (Thanks.)

Goddess knows there are plenty of people upset about the County’s plan proposal to consolidate precincts and close polling stations. If you are concerned about the closing of polling stations, and want the county to take time to get community input on putting together a plan that is workable, why not sign Forward Montana’s petition?

Via Missoula’s Heavy Metal Hippy, we learn that Big Foot has been sighted. In Minnesota.


Montana’s lone congressman, Representative Denny Rehberg voted against reforming Wall Street in a vote on the floor of the House yesterday.

We’re making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and who’s nice – congressional elections are coming, to town.

Missoula’s Poverello Center – like other homeless shelters across Montana – have been inundated this week due to sub-zero weather. The Pov has been overmaxed this week, sleeping over 100 on Thursday night. You can help by clicking that link above and dropping $5 or $15 or $50 bucks.

Sometimes you come across something on the intertubes that is unexpected and smart. This post did that for me, and it’s about the escalation of the war in Afghanistan. A superb arrangement of words which ignored all economy.

Couple of short interesting ones….

Out of Bozeman, a 140-year old Christmas cactus.

There’s a huge-ass iceburg floating off of Australia. Be sure to click through the pictures.

Global warming, schmobal warming, right?

In geekdome this week, I found a link on the state’s website for all the state’s online news sources.

I also found Google Scholar. This week it started offering federal and state opinions and patents….which is sure gonna hit up market sources like LexisNexis and Westlaw.

Still more – I am loving Google Scholar – here is a blog post which explains how to use the site. Which means I’ll be bookmarking that blog, too.

Out of Bozeman (again!), we’ve got gravel pits and zoning rising to the surface once again. Remember and the hullaboo about gravel pits about a year or so ago? Well, all that emergency zoning (in lots of places – we’ve the same emergency zoning that occurred here in Lolo) is coming due, placing pressure on local governments to get ‘er done.

Mainly because the legislature failed us, due to GOP amendment of what had been a darn good bill from Bozeman’s representative J.P. Pomnichowski.

I’m closing here with this one: I’ve not been over to Wulfgar!’s in a while, mainly because he’s been so sporadic and I end up getting out of pattern in my surfing. His beloved pooch Mara passed away more than a week ago, and I see he has a post up about her, which I am off to read. That kind of loss is so wrenching, so loyal or pets are. I still dream of my chessie Sadie, wonderful companion that she was.

  1. Lizard

    j-girl, thanks for mentioning the inundation of our community’s critical safety net, the poverello center.

    at some point a larger conversation in this town needs to happen about how to proceed with the increasing need and decreasing funds of supportive services like the pov.

    i know people who work there and it’s been incredibly challenging for them to regularly sleep 20, sometimes 30 people over their bed capacity.

    some people think “the homeless” are an easily recognizable group of dirty free loaders cashing in on generosity to get loaded. people who think that are ignorant.

    while that description may loosely fit a small segment of the local homeless population (and even in those cases there are often abuse and mental health issues compounded by addiction and alcoholism) in no way does it even begin to approach the various reasons people find themselves in need of emergency shelter.

    i challenge anyone who tosses around the term “homeless” like goof did to volunteer at your local shelter. the poverello center is a critical regional resource that takes in people other towns and institutions either can’t, or won’t help.

  2. problembear

    people find themselves in trouble all year long. most of them do the best they can to help themselves out of a jam. but, sometimes a small jam like a car breaking down can easily turn into losing your job, then with the economy providing no new jobs this can lead to the inability to pay rent or a mortgage payment…..

    the bills pile up. and with nowhere to turn for help depression and hopelessness can soon turn into resignation and defeat which brings you to a friend’s temporary offer of a couch who begins to resent your presence. this can soon lead to homelessness and the final safety net is the poverello center.

    a little empathy for the spiral that can happen to anyone is needed all year long. but, especially now, when the temperatures are this cold, we must all help.

    before you purchase those last minute stocking stuffers that only serve to amuse us temporarily, please take that 20.00 or 50.00 dollars and drop it off at the poverello. it will be a feeling that you can share the entire year with family and friends.

  3. klemz

    The more you know.

    • JC

      The more you…???

    • Lizard

      yes klemz, the more you know.

      let me give you an example: there is a woman who panhandles on the reserve street exit. to many people who drive by her, she is just a panhandling drunk woman looking for a handout.

      but, the more you know about her, the harder it would be to just dismiss her as such.

      so here’s a few bits of information about her situation: she’s living in a make shift lean-to dug into the ground before it froze, probably in the drainage ditch by the off-ramp. she made it through the cold snap with candles. she doesn’t sleep at night. a couple of weeks ago two men saw her walking along the highway, stopped their car, and beat the shit out of her. and she use to work for boeing.

      i know i know–your cutesy comment was suppose to be a sarcastic reference to NBC’spublic service announcement series. very clever.

      unfortunately sarcasm can’t erase the harsh reality more and more people are starting to experience first hand.

  4. Admin

    In the spirit of this being an open thread…

    If anyone wants more detailed information about Senator Tester’s Mandated Logging Bill, they should check out the link above…where you’ll find a line-by-line detailed analysis of the bill (see, we just think people should actually read the damn bill and understand what it really does before mindlessly repeating Tester’s talking points).

    The site also contains a collection of perspectives on the bill from local experts, a comparison of the proposed logging vs. historic logging on the Beaverehead Deerlodge NF and a way for the public to submit testimony to the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Plus, if you support the efforts of the Last Best Place Wildlands Campaign, you can even make a donation.

    All at:


  5. Lizard

    Google’s Personalized Results: The “New Normal” That Deserves Extraordinary Attention


    Until now, search engines have largely delivered the same results to everyone. Two different people could search for Barack Obama and get back the same set of results. In fact, the results have been so consistent that people have used them as a universal navigation tool.

    For example, Sony Pictures ran an ad campaign for its 2012 movie with the tagline “Search: 2012,” apparently guessing correctly that anyone searching for that word would find the movie web site. WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg has a business card that says to find him by searching for matt on Google.

    The days of “normal” search results that everyone sees are now over. Personalized results are the “new normal,” and the change is going to shift the search world and society in general in unpredictable ways.

  6. Pogo Possum

    “There is a huge-ass iceberg floating off of Australia” jhwyGirl

    Global warming, schmobal warming, right?


    Calgary cold sets record set in 1893

    “People in the north-central part of the Canadian province of Ontario are digging out after one of the worst snow storms on record.”

    You are right jhwyGirl, “Global warming, schmobal warming, right?”

    • Precipitation, on one hand, does indicate warming. You realize that, right?

      Be interesting to see Calgary’s avg. temp. over a space in time instead of just one record-setting night.

      Ultimately, anything you and I look at is pretty anecdotal, but come on – did you check out those pics? That’s one huge-ass chunk of ice off the coast of Australia. I mean – I’ve been to the coast – I’ve seen oil tanker and navy ships off the shore – that is one huge chunk of ice. You can see it from space.

      • Pogo Possum

        My point, in all respect jhwyGirl, is that if you are going to use anecdotal evidence to try to prove mankind is responsible for global warming, then you should be willing to accept anecdotal evidence pointing to the opposite.

        Al Gore, and his apostles, shouldn’t have a monopoly on using day to day natural weather occurances to argue their point.

        • Pogo Possum

          We can save the “East Anglia” discussion for another day.

          • Pogo Possum

            “Global warming, schmobal warming, right?”

            It’s been a slow January so far so I figured this might heat things up a bit.

            “. . . The Mini Ice age Starts Here

            The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists.

            Their predictions – based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans – challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in summer by 2013.

            According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 – and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this. . . .”


  7. Pam Walzer

    To answer the question on craft shows in the area (I’m assuming you missed the MADE in Missoula event) – Lowell School right here in Missoula will be having their first ever arts and craft show on Dec 19th to benefit their school garden. Here is a facebook link:

    Hope you all come over to the ‘hood!

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