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EPA Decision Threatens National Groundwater, Waterways and Habitats

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We are blessed in the US to have an extraordinary standard of living and unparalled rights to enjoy our nation's natural resources.  So why do we do so little as citizens to protect those rights?  Mostly, we trust our elected officials and agencies like the DNR and the EPA to make good decisions.  I think they need a casual reminder that we're still watching and still care!

Please give 5 minutes of your time to help send a message to the appropriate politicians that the condition of our waterways and groundwater matters. 

Take a quick moment and read the post below.  If you feel, as I do, that the EPA should not legalize the release of sewage into our waterways, then send an email to your elected officials.  It takes just a moment of your time using congress.org.  Look for the "Write Public Officials" section in the middle of the page.  Enter your zipcode and you will get a simple form to send an email or letter to your elected officials.  Some believe that the letters are taken more seriously.  Also, don't forget to forward this note to fellow boaters!

Driving in to work on Thursday I caught a brief story on NPR about a pending decision by the EPA to allow the release of "blended" treated and untreated sewage into our waterways.  I think the story was produced by the GLRC but it hasn't showed on their site yet.  The Free Press picked it up also. Presently, it is illegal to release sewage into our waterways except in certain emergency conditions.  In practice we release massive amounts of sewage all the time.  A few years ago I was on the board of a regional environmental advocacy group and researched Michigan's sewage treatement policies and practices.  What I learned is that Michigan's sewage handling systems are so overwhelmed that we regularly discharge billions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage into the environment.  Much of this flows directly into the very waterways that provide us drinking water and recreation.  The rule change is National in scope so the potential damage to the environment is that much greater!

If we release what we do in spite of the law I can only imagine what we'll permit if there is no semblance of control.  While the proposed rule change would seem to be a complete violation of the Clean Water Act I wouldn't put it beyond the EPA to get the rule change through.  The decision will be made in the next month or two.  I recognize that there is a HUGE infrastructure problem and that complete treatment of all sewage is impossible. The solution is not to legalize this environmentally irresponsible behavior.  Our elected officials owe it to us to find a better solution.  Please let them know this!

-- Tor Hough, Publisher, H2ONotes (publisher@h2onotes.com)

 

 



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Russia's Furry Agents Revealed

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Eastern Gray Squirrel Range MapThe squirrel in question is the Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Based largely on facts presented by a leading research university one can only conclude that the squirrels have been acting as operatives of our cold war nemesis the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The death of these squirrels is nothing more than long-planned roll up of an aging cold war network used to monitor our military’s ELF facilities.

The native range of the squirrel covers the critical defense related territory for the United States. It has been mysteriously “introduced” into the territories occupied by our NATO alliance partners.

Sciurus carolinensis ranges over the eastern United States to just west of the Mississippi River and north to Canada. Introductions have occurred in the western states (Nevada, California) and some of Canada that was not previously inhabited, as well as in Italy, Scotland, England and Ireland.

In England, the Grey Squirrel is engaged in more obvious and destructive forms of insurgency. In Great Britain, Sciurus carolinensis is considered very destructive to property and is ranked second in negative impact only to the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus).

The Latin name of the Grey Squirrel reveals more startling detail about how the network was operated under the nose of US National Intelligence agencies for many years. Cleverly hidden within the squirrel’s name “Sciurus carolinensis“ is the taunting phrase: “CIRCUS LIES IN ON USSR”. Clearly, the Russian State Circus which has enjoyed the freedom to tour our country for decades has been involved in collecting data for their network of furry agents.

Ironically, the Russian word for squirrel is “byelka”. It doesn’t take a Mensa candidate to see “By Lake” in the name.

Though with the financial decline of the Russian Circus there is evidence that more modern methods are being employed to facilitate communication between the squirrels and their Moscow controllers. “Squirrels have been recorded using high-pitched ultrasonic ‘whispers’ that are inaudible to the human ear but warn each other of danger.” There is the very real possibility that the Russian Radio-Electronic Station/Cuba located in the abandoned Cuban village of Lourdes is used to intercept these transmissions.

Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother and as Cuban defense minister the Russians’ landlord, bragged to friendly Mexican journalists in April 1994 that 75 percent of Russia’s “strategic intelligence” flowed through Lourdes. It will be of not surprise then that the Squirrel figures prominently into Santeria, a quasi-religion ingrained in the Cuban culture.

When you dig deeper, there is a solid evidence in the historic record of collusion between the most significant communist rulers and our furry adversaries. “The squirrels were advisors and helpers to several communist dictators of this last century… Josef Stalin often consulted an albino Ukrainian squirrel when conducting his awful purges that left millions dead. Although the squirrel’s origin and final fate are unknown, his existence is indisputable. Stalin’s biographer made particular mention of the squirrel who he believed responsible for Stalin’s haphazard implementation of communism.”

It is also well-documented historical fact that Mao Zedung, a Chinese communist dictator, was especially fond of squirrels. In his “Little Red Book” of communist slogans and quotations, one can find ample evidence of collusion with squirrels. One quotation reads, “Our bushy-tailed brethren will help the proletariat rise up and break the chains of capitalism with which they are bound.”

For more information on the "Red" squirrel conspiracy or to join a civilian coast watch chapter near you click here...



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  • The colder weather also has a lot to do with it.
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  • So do these squirrels speak Russian?
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When a Squirrel is a Mole?

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Eastern Gray SquirrelStartling new evidence is emerging that the recent discovery of 100 or more squirrel bodies on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan may be linked to a controversial military communications system.

Project ELF, was a Navy project with the mission of allowing Trident and Poseidon submarines to remain undetected at operational speeds while remaining in continuous communication with the President and Secretary of Defense. This was accomplished with the use of "Extremely Low Frequency" (ELF) radio transmitters. Until quite recently, the Navy operated two huge transmitters in the Chequamegon National Forest near Clam Lake, Wisconsin and in Upper Michigan's Escanaba River State Forest.

On September 30th, the Navy abruptly shut off these transmitters. This move stunned peace activists and environmentalists who had campaigned against the transmitters since research began on them in the 1960s. More troubling though is the fact that the decommissioning of the transmitters is linked to what Michigan DNR biologists are calling “a mass squirrel die-off”. In the days leading up to the closing of the facility, hundreds of squirrels have begun washing up on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.

To the casual observer these events would appear unrelated. A closer look reveals troubling evidence of a connection between the squirrels and America’s national security.  More...



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A Gift from the People, to the People

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Something to inspire from our friends at Dominator Clothing ...

October 18th should prove to be a very special day for former left fielder, Willie Horton. The state of Michigan has declared that October 18th, 2004, will be officially known as Willie Horton Day. His career as a professional baseball player was long and illustrious. He was a member of the 1968 World Series Championship team. He played 15 of his 18 years for the Detroit Tiger, his home town heroes. He was a vital, solid member of his ball club for his entire career. All of these elements are great accomplishments, but many players in Mr. Horton's sport can boast similar experiences. What was it then that prompted his home state to honor him in such a grand way? After sitting down with Mr. Horton in his Detroit area home recently, it all became very clear. On October 18th, Michigan will not only be honoring a sport's legend, they will be honoring a man with a legendary commitment to making the world a better place to live.  
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H2ONotes Thought For the Day!

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Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, Champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!


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Support H2ONotes (by credit card online!)

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I need your help! Many of you are regular readers of H2ONotes and have commented in countless emails about how interesting and valuable you find the publication. We appreciate the positive feedback.  H2ONotes is a product of technology provided by Edict Incorporated and more importantly the tireless efforts of Michael Thomas (pictured left) acting as the publication’s Editor.

Each day, Mic (as he is know to friends) spends 2-3 hours surfing the web and finding neat stuff to put into the publication.  For over a year Mike has been doing this “…’cause I want to be part of something cool!”  To tell you the truth, our original intention was to sell advertising and we promised Mic he'd get rich.  The problem is we haven’t sold a dime of advertising yet. The way things are going, we’d rather remain independent of advertisers anyway.  This is where you, the tireless reader, come into the picture.

We’d like to pay Mic a little something for his time, pay for his Internet connection and upgrade his aging 486 computer.  While we plan on making it official by getting 501.C3 (tax deductable) non-profit status, we're no quite there yet.  We're hoping you'll donate anyway.

We’ve set up a website for donations by credit card to make this very easy on you.  So you know we're no just buying beer and gas for the boat, we’ll report on donations and how we use them in the publication.

If you enjoy the publication and could spare the $5 bucks, we implore you to visit our donations website.  The donations site is secure and processes your donation automatically through a leading service provider.  It will send you a receipt in your email when donation processes.

Click Here Help!

Tor H. Hough, Publisher
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HOFFA BODY FOUND!

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For those of you that have avoided long-line trolling in Lake St. Clair for fear of snagging Jimmy Hoffa's body, we can now release you from your concerns.  We have a strong rumor that Hoffa's body has been found in the Detroit home of former Hoffa associate Frank Sheeran.

Watch your local news outlets for additional details as the emerge.



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Help Support H2ONotes!

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The Project

H2ONotes is a not for profit venture.  We don't load down the publication with advertisers so we really don't have a way to make a profit.  Last year, on the eve of the Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race, we gave away 2,000 Mardi Gras beads on the docks in Port Huron as a promotional stunt.  It took just over 20 minutes.  The beads promoted a contest on our website where we gave away free lodging on Mackinac Island and other cool stuff.  We had so much fun in Port Huron we gave away another 1,000 beads at the party on the island following the race.  It was effective marketing for H2ONotes, we found 500 new readers!

We plan on giving away a minimum of 25,000 beads this year.  Between Port Huron and the Island there are nearly 100,000 sailors and curious onlookers.

To offset the cost of the beads and the website updates, we would like to sell sponsorship on the beads and on the contest website. 

The Wish List

In support of the project we are looking for the following:

Contacts, Contacts, Contacts.   Your contact may be enough.  If you know someone that may be willing to help with anything on this list then get them in touch with us.

Bead sponsor or sponsors.  The delivered cost of the beads will be between $11,000 and $13,000.  We are looking for a corporate sponsor to pay for the beads in exchange for logo placement on the beads and the contest website.   This is cheap advertising!   We're thinking there might just be a reader who knows the account execs for Budwiser, GM, Ford, Chrysler or someone else that wouldn't mind helping out a good cause and getting a promotional lift.

Volunteers to Dispense Beads.  We should actually charge for this opportunity.  People go crazy when they see you handing beads out.  Think Mardi Gras!  This is definitely a feel good way to help out a good cause.  The smiles you get from the happy recipients are worth the effort!  We need two hours of your time in Port Huron on the Friday night before the 2004 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race on July 17th.

Prizes for the Giveaway.  Last year we gave away hotel stays on Mackinaw Island and other great stuff.  If you've got something you'd contribute as a prize we'll happily accept it.  Prize sponsors will get listed on the website and mentioned in articles related to the contest.

Contact Us to Help

If you can help with any of our listed needs (or anything else you might think about) then email us at editor@h2onotes.com.  If you prefer to call then contact Andrea, Tor or Mike at (248) 650-4962.

 



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H2ONotes Sponsor Needed

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Mike (your humble editor) and the gang at H2ONotes need the help of our readers to keep this thing going!

We've been doing H2ONotes for more than a year now without generating a dime of income.  This isn't really so horrible as we enjoy the work, but it would be nice to see the publication grow a bit.

Last year, on the eve of the Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race we did a little promotional thing where we gave away 2,000 Mardi Gras beads on the docks in Port Huron in just over 20 minutes.  The beads promoted a contest on our website where we gave away free lodging on Mackinac Island and other cool stuff.  We had so much fun in Port Huron we gave away another 1,000 beads at the party following the race.  It was effective marketing for H2ONotes, we found 500 new readers!

We plan on doing this again but would like to pump up the volume a bit.  Wouldn't 25,000 beads be far more effective than 3,000?  Between Port Huron and the Island there are nearly 100,000 sailors and curious onlookers.  We would like to get to know a few of them.  At the same time, if we're going to be reaching out and touching such a large group of people its a great marketing opportunity for anyone willing to sponsor us.

If it is only to share your ideas or contacts, we need your help.  Click on our wish list of things that would help us get this project off the ground.



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H2ONotes Event Alert!

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We here at H2ONotes are always looking out for our loyal subscribers.  We are sending this special issue to let you know about an event this Thursday night that you simply won't want to miss! I am sure that you and 100,000 of your closest friends all know about Boat Night in Port Huron this Friday, but did you know there is a much more relaxing way to kick back and join the fun?  There is a way to see the boats, listen to the music and feel connected to the race without braving the crowds on Friday night.

On Thursday July 18th, One Night BEFORE Boat Night, the Port Huron Yacht club is opening its doors to the public for a Yacht Racing Celebration.  There will be a live blues band, chicken and hotdogs on the grill, the Foster's mechanical surfboard and, of course, lots of boats arriving for the start of the race.  They'll start the barbeque at 5pm and the party will go until...uh...whenever.  This is a family event so you'll be ok bringing the kids along!

This is really a neat opportunity to check out at the Port Huron Yacht Club.  If you try to get in there on Friday, you'll pay a cover charge, must be 21 to enter and must be sponsored by a member.

Here is map for getting there!

-- H2ONotes Editor



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Sail Aboard Highlander Sea as Working Guest Crew in July and August

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Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to sail aboard a tall ship in a fleet of over 25 other tall ships! Over one million visitors are expected to view the magnificent vessels at the American Sail Training Association’s six official Challenge ports: Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Muskegon, Bay City and Sarnia. (We’ll also be making an unofficial stop for a crew change in Mackinac Island if you would like to join us for the sail to Chicago July 27-30!)

For a fee, a variety of passages ranging from 2-8 nights are offered to individuals that qualify for the physically challenging experience. Fees include room and board, a crew shirt, and on some legs, the opportunity to participate in exciting tall ship races and port festivities. Ground transportation to and from ports is additional. Hope you will join us!

For more information on this exciting adventure and a tour schedule visit the Highlander Sea web site.



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So What Exactly is a Fluxgate Compass?

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Google Answers LogoIf you read yesterdays article on Raytheon instruments and got to wondering exactly what a fluxgate compass was - fear not.  It was bugging us too so we want hunting for an answer.  And where better to seek knowledge than Google Answers.  If you've never checked it out you should have a peak.  A great source for finding research that someone has already done.  Kind of a canned search thing.

Another technology used to circumvent magnetic interference is fluxgate technology. This is the type of compass found in most consumer cars and boats. Fluxgate compensates for interference by “cancelling out” magnetic fields that are not the Earth’s. Usually accomplished by turning the unit completely around a few times, these compasses use a number of sensors to judge differences in magnetic strength as the unit turns. By computing these differences, the unit produces a fairly accurate directional bearing (if you own a car with such a compass installed, you may read in the manual that it is required to drive in a tight circle at least three times in an empty parking lot to calibrate the compass).  More...





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From Uncle Sam to Carnival Cruise Lines to You

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Raymarine 650 Hyd Pilot System with T150 Pk& T1 Pump

It used to be the case that Raytheon instruments were only for military and commercial customers.  But hey, isn't this a "trickle down" economy?  Now the average boater can have access to some really top notch hardware.  Raytheon has really pumped up the features of its new consumer lines.  Check out the RAYT12081 and others at RB Marine.

The RAYT12081 features a rugged autopilot control head with rotary control and power steering mode. With its rotary steering control and power steer mode, Raypilot is a popular choice for motor and sportfish yachts. Behind the autopilot control head is the intelligence hub of the system, the Corepack. Consisting of an advanced course computer, fluxgate compass and rudder feedback, the Corepack is an integral part of the autopilot system.   more...

 





Fishing fever leads to sunk car in Oregon

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"I had about 10 minutes to spare before I had to be at work, and thought I'd stop and watch the fish," Wagner said. "I got out of the car, and then next thing I knew it was rolling downhill."

Wagner said that he tried to stop the car. First, he got in front of it, but the steep slope and the slippery gravel had him heading downhill along with the vehicle. He dove into the car, but, hanging half in and half out of the vehicle, he was unable to apply the brake. Then he let go.

"I rolled onto the hill and then started yelling, 'Heads up! Car coming!' to the people down below," Wagner said.

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Do You Have an Old Loran or GPS Unit?

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Trade in your old unit when you purchase a qualifying GPS plotter/sounder unit and Garmin will give you a $100-$150 rebate.  Garmin has been running a promotion much of this Spring but it ends on July 6th.  It's hard to imagine that you will ever get more for that tired old fixed-mount GPS or loran unit!

If you'd like some help deciding which unit is right for you, need installation assistance or simply want to support your local merchant try giving Ron Brooks a call at RB Marine.  You should also check out the ecommerce site that Ron launched this Spring on which you can purchase the qualifying Garmin products.

You will find out more about the rebate on Garmin's promotions site.

 





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