Now, I can't believe how many people around the world are finding my blog via Google looking for the picture below.
So...due to popular demand guys, and as a public service, here you go! Peace to you too, Jessica.
The purpose of posting this is not to take a shot at Ameriprise. Rather, I believe that most people would benefit by working with a trustworthy, competent financial advisor. News like this undermines the profession's collective credibility, serves to disincent people that would otherwise seek advice, and ultimately hurts the consumer.
In fact, just 36% of Americans say that Gore knows what he is talking about when it comes to the environment and Global Warming. Thirty-one percent (31%) say he does not know what he is talking about while 33% are not sure. Women, by a 2-to-1 margin, say Gore knows what he is talking about. Men, by a similar margin, say he does not.
Appearing before a Congressional Committee, Gore said that Global Warming is “not a partisan issue; it’s a moral issue.” However, polling data suggests that among the general public it’s a very partisan issue. By a 65% to 9% margin, Democrats say that Gore knows what he’s talking about. By a 57% to 11%, Republicans say he does not. Those not affiliated with either party are evenly divided.
Updated 10/13/07: Our school, Eagle Ridge Academy was the lead story on at least one local news channel (KSTP Video KARE Video) tonight. A considerable amount of liquid mercury (UPDATE: two teaspoons according the the StarTribune) was found to have spilled or was intentionally released into a cabinet in the science room.
Reportedly, one student was found to have been markedly more contaminated from the neck down and could potentially be the perpetrator (update: the school has since retracted this in an email to parents, citing conclusive evidence found by authorities).
(Update: A staff member's child, presumably who is not a student at ERA, was apparently the person responsible for the spill.)
While these as yet unfounded rumors as to the cause and the conditions that may have contributed to the mercury spill, the potential costs of such a spill could be devastating.
Questions will revolve around the care in securing the school's supply of mercury and if in fact a student is implicated, what responsibility that student and his or her parents will bear for the cost of decontamination and cleanup.
Costs can range from a couple thousand to tens of thousands of dollars to clean up a mercury spill in a school not to mention days or weeks that the school may need to remain closed for the cleanup.
Students witnessed multiple emergency vehicles and hazardous material personnel on hand while they sat in chartered buses in the parking lot for several hours.
School is cancelled tomorrow.
Does a school have insurance for this? Could an event like this cripple a young school financially and result in its closure?
Conversation at our dinner table tonight culminated in a valid question:
Why do schools need to have Mercury on hand in the first place?
Even a small amount of Mercury spilled in a room can evaporate slowly and contaminate the entire room. Exposure to Mercury can lead to hospitalization and long-term health effects. Heavy exposure to the vapor can lead to death.
The more I search the Internet and learn about mercury, the more utterly unbelievable it becomes that there is any valid or practical reason for a school to keep it on hand.
-John H.October 6, 2007
Sitting here writing at the Caribou on Lake Street in Wayzata...a beautiful view to lake Minnetonka...punctuated every few minutes by the Revenge of James J. Hill.
I will try to find the full story of why there are train tracks going right through downtown Wayzata and post it later.
By 1890, the height of the resort era on Lake Minnetonka had been reached. A nationwide financial depression and the migration of tourists to newer resort territory gradually transformed Wayzata and a new era began when the tourists moved on. Summer cottages began appearing along the shores, even on the grounds of the grand hotels. The cottage builders needed building materials, and then provisions when they moved in. In 1881 Wayzata broke away from Minnetonka Township and became a separate governmental entity, mainly as a reaction to the roaring tourist-resorter lifestyle. Feeling their new power, the first act of the village council was to ban the saloons, and the second would have a more profound impact: they started a fight with James J. Hill to get the railroad tracks moved from downtown. An 1883 town law required the tracks be relocated 300 feet from the shoreline. Hill ignored the law, then in 1889 the council filed a lawsuit to force Hill to comply. Hill responded that he had state law on his side, and if they continued with their suit not only would he win, but he would make the town walk a mile for twenty years to catch a train. In 1891, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied the legality of the law, and Hill, as promised, moved the station to flat land beneath today's Bushaway Road railroad bridge. Wayzata was literally taken off the map, and for the next fifteen years the town barely grew. In 1905, the village council voted a Reconciliation Ordinance, and Hill responded that he would have the finest railroad station on his entire line built in Wayzata.