Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Good Crow Wenceslas, Thunder's Christmas, and Tennessee Slurry...Bah Humbug!

Good Crow Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen

When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel

When a poor Crow came in sight

Gath'ring winter fuel

"Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder poor Crow, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes' fountain."

"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear them thither."

Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather

"Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."

In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed

Therefore, Crows and men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor

Shall yourselves find blessing

And a Merry Christmas as well!
**************************************************************************** And another Merry Christmas from Thunder, Kay, Jay, Jackie and the Tulsa Hawkwatchers!

The stockings were hung by the nest bowl with care.

Thunder's Christmas Wish List
Original photo by Catgirl of the Tulsa Forum
Jay's Yuletide transformation.
Next up --Just in case we considered getting comfy, complacent, to say nothing of merry there is always something like this--in from R. of Illinois...

J. Miles Carey/Knoxville News Sentinel
Clean” coal ash flood may make new Superfund site Posted on December 23, 2008 by Brian Angliss under energy, environment [ Comments: 1 ]

A major environmental disaster occurred yesterday, but few news outlets outside Tennessee appear to be covering it: 2.6 million cubic yards (about 525 million gallons) of fly ash sludge poured out from behind an earthen dike at the Kingston coal plant (source: The Tennessean). S&R’s Wendy Redal blogged about the October, 2000 Massey Energy coal slurry flood earlier this month - this flood is bigger, and while it’s more solid, it still covers 400 acres in up to 6 feet of toxic coal ash.


Karen Anne said...

The coal ash spill is worse than first reported:

"Authority officials initially said that about 1.7 million cubic yards of wet coal ash had spilled when the earthen retaining wall of an ash pond breached, but on Thursday they released the results of an aerial survey that showed the actual amount was 5.4 million cubic yards...

The amount now said to have been spilled is larger than the amount the Authority initially said was in the pond, 2.6 million cubic yards."

Donegal Browne said...

So much for "clean coal" technology...