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EPA Gets Carefully Yet Boldly Creative in Wyoming: Conclusion
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Saturday, 31 December 2011
AFF Sentinel Vol.8#40

Some have suggested the siting of the exact locations of the EPA's monitoring wells was part of the reason the agency found the things they did. Also, some of the chemistry EPA noted (high pH), could be the result of the EPA's own techniques. An Investor's Business Daily story noted that an industry research group, Energy in Depth said, "dense soda ash has a recorded pH (11.5) very similar to the level found in the deep [monitoring] wells, creating the possibility that the high pH recorded by the EPA could have been caused by the very chemicals it used to drill its own wells," ("Green Groups' Attack on Fracking Based on Bad Science," 12/12/11).

On top of that, the U.S. Geological Survey has found the water quality in the region "highly variable," Investor's noted. The potassium levels detected in one EPA monitoring well fell over 50 percent from October 2010 to April 2011, while the levels in the other well increased over the same dates. That suggests natural variations, not fracking, they concluded. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 January 2012 )
Borrowing Tactics From Hugo
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Friday, 28 May 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#13

Colorado Springs, CO May 28, 2010 AFF has just published a page on Facebook. Search for us there. First, for those who need a refresher, there's background info on AFF. Then, click on our "Wall," to add your thoughts regarding some discussion points we've posted on immigration, climate change and financial reform. Let us know what you think. We don't have the technology to link you direct to our page yet (soon). But this link will take you to Facebook and you can search Agribusiness Freedom Foundation out.

Horrifying is one way to describe what went on the weekend of May 15-16. Even more horrifying is considering what parties shared the philosophy and methodology.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 )
Business Butchers At Work
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Thursday, 20 May 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#12
Making Life Difficult for American Business

After failing Wednesday to end amendments to the financial overhaul bill, the Senate Thursday got the necessary 60 votes to bring a vote Thursday night or Friday. The cloture vote had failed Wednesday because two Democrats wanted even tighter restrictions on banks.

With voluminous sections re-shaping and restricting the American financial sector, the Senate is fighting to add more regulations to over 1,400 pages, certain that they can prevent another financial meltdown without straitjacketing the American economy. Yet with all this Congressional "preventive intelligence," the bill totally ignores a key cause of 2008's meltdown: their direction to banks and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to loan to those previously considered not mortgage creditworthy just because Congress said so. Thus did they demonstrate - and now reiterate - their incomprehension of business, credit, incentive and consequence.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 )
Here They Come Again
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#11
The Senate continued this week extending the reach of government into the pockets of businesses, perhaps giving government auditors a reason to show up on your doorstep.

Ostensibly an effort to prevent a reoccurrence of 2008's financial meltdown, financial reform has predictably fallen prey to the usual liberal goal of preventing anything bad from ever happening again. Consequently, any business that offers financing to customers could conceivably come under regulations and auditing like a bank.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 October 2010 )
Bring It On
Written by Steve Dittmer   
Monday, 19 April 2010
AFF Sentinel Vol.7#10
It's time for a roundup of issues we're monitoring for near-term activity. For those who might have hoped the administration's close shave on health care might have convinced them to look for easier issues or to tone down the rhetoric a bit, the opposite has happened.

Perhaps most illustrative of the leadership's attitude was President Obama's taunting of those health care bill opponents who dared to talk of repeal and reform of Healthenstein. Sounding like an arrogant, swaggering neighborhood punk on a Chicago playground basketball court, Obama's sneering taunt was "bring it on!"

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