Environment Iowa’s “10 Scary Facts Plaguing Iowa’s Waterways”

Scary stuff!

Iowa Environmental Focus

For Halloween, Environment Iowa released a list of ten discouraging facts about how Iowa’s waterways are being harmed.

The list includes the increasing number of fish kills in Iowa, the large amounts of phosphorous and nitrogen entering the waterways and the small percentage of animal feeding operations with the required environmental permits.

Read the whole list here.

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Some misdirected robocalls

Living in Iowa, a swing state with the first in the nation caucus, we’re used to getting the full court political press.  Our mailbox is frequently near to overflowing with glossy print ads about one candidate or another, our doorbell rings with the arrival of hordes of volunteers, and our phone rings more than any other time of the year.

As active engaged voters, the effort is wasted on us as we’ll be voting for Democratic slate regardless.  What does add the slightest bit of levity during this barrage of attention are the few misdirected mailings and robocalls.

For example, we got a call earlier today from Bill Clinton.  Nice to hear from Bill–if it wasn’t a recording I would have thanked him for bringing up global warming in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.  The thing is, he was urging us to get out and vote for Tammy Baldwin, the senate candidate from Wisconsin.  Um, we have a 319 area code, I’m pretty sure there aren’t that many Wisconsin voters with out of state area codes.

Also got a call from Paul Ryan today.  He went on and on and on about how he and Mitt Romney wouldn’t kick the can down the road, they would do their damnedest to destroy Medicare just as soon as possible.  Okay, I might have read that last part into what he was saying.  We have also gotten a number of mailings from the Romney campaign, all addressed to my wife…  Should I be worried that there is something she isn’t telling me?