Monday, April 02, 2012

Women of the Marcellus



"Today, Energy In Depth released "Women of the Marcellus," the video above that highlights how Marcellus Shale development is re-uniting and strengthening families across Pennsylvania. While many have seen and heard by now of the obvious economic benefits and consumer savings made possible thanks to responsible Marcellus development, this video highlights the stories of three families whose lives have been made materially better owing to these opportunities. From a dairy farmer in Troy who significantly expanded her operations, to a young couple that purchased a bed and breakfast operation in Towanda - all of these stories highlight families brought together, and made stronger, as a result of development in the area."

Quote: "In 2008 alone, natural gas companies paid over $1.8 billion in lease and bonus payments to Pennsylvania landowners many of whom are Pennsylvania farmers." 

28 Comments:

At 4/02/2012 12:35 PM, Blogger kmg said...

It appears that economic growth is only desirable if it helps women.

 
At 4/02/2012 1:16 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

It's good to see the oil/gas boom supporting all kinda of folks. Do you think this'll end the myth that discoveries like this only help producers?

 
At 4/02/2012 2:23 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Jon M: " It's good to see the oil/gas boom supporting all kinda of folks. Do you think this'll end the myth that discoveries like this only help producers?"

No.

 
At 4/02/2012 2:28 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

No, of course not, Jon Murphy!

I just read the editor's drivel in this month's Marie Claire magazine. Some studies say that women wait for their orders about 20 seconds longer than men and that dry cleaners charge more to launder women's shirts than men's. Must be gender pricing. Can't be because women are more likely to ask for more substitutions in their orders (half-caff, soymilk,tap dancing latte). And it can't be because while men's dress shirts are pretty standard and there's actually a machine that can deal with all of them (I used to work at a dry cleaners), women's shirts have all sorts of embellishments and must be hand-ironed. But, let's not let the media get confused by anything that might challenge its members' biases. I don't expect the oil story to be any different.

 
At 4/02/2012 2:30 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

kmg, your mama was a woman.

Probably.

 
At 4/02/2012 2:39 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Methinks,

"Can't be because women are more likely to ask for more substitutions in their orders (half-caff, soymilk,tap dancing latte)"

I hate to admit it, but I have no idea what I would get if I placed the above order, except that one of the ingredients might be coffee.

When I order coffee, I generally say "A large coffee, please." The barista and I then stare at each other while they wait for me to finish ordering.

 
At 4/02/2012 2:45 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

If it makes you feel any better, Ron, last time i was in a Starbucks for a company coffee run, I was told they didn't have regular coffee that day.

 
At 4/02/2012 2:45 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Besides, it's only makes sense that women should be charged more, since they are paid less for the same work. :)

 
At 4/02/2012 2:56 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"If it makes you feel any better, Ron, last time i was in a Starbucks for a company coffee run, I was told they didn't have regular coffee that day."

Oh that's just great. I bet they did almost as much business as on any other day.

I seems I'm a member of an endangered species.

"Gimme a Sarsaparilla, please.

No, wait! Make that a Moxie.

 
At 4/02/2012 2:56 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Bring back Mr. Pibb!

 
At 4/02/2012 3:09 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

You guys drink Starbucks swill?

Blechhh!

They're big fans of cheap robusto beans and those things are icky, acidic and bitter. No wonder people have to smother it with caramel, whipped cream and all kinds of garbage. Even the Starbucks brewed coffee is disgusting.

 
At 4/02/2012 3:11 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

I don't drink coffee at all. Disgusting stuff. My coworkers live off it, however. This is a heresy of sorts. This here's Dunkin Donuts country!

 
At 4/02/2012 3:20 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"You guys drink Starbucks swill?"

Well no, only if there's nothing else within driving distance. Starbucks is better than no coffee, but only barely.

I believe Starbucks business plan is use the icky coffee to sell expensive extras, while convincing customers they are way cool for ordering them.

After all, why would anybody want all that stuff in a great cup of coffee?

That's like pouring A1 sauce on your prime rib. If you need the A1, you probably shouldn't be eating that piece of meat.

Oh. I forgot. Did you once say you are a vegetarian? If so, I guess that meat analogy doesn't work for you.

 
At 4/02/2012 3:24 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"I don't drink coffee at all. Disgusting stuff. My coworkers live off it, however"

So, your workplace must be a democracy. You get to go on a coffee run whether you want coffee of not?

 
At 4/02/2012 3:26 PM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

So, your workplace must be a democracy. You get to go on a coffee run whether you want coffee of not?

Haha I enjoy it. Gets me out of the office for a few minutes. I volunteer for it.

 
At 4/02/2012 3:40 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Haha I enjoy it. Gets me out of the office for a few minutes. I volunteer for it."

Hmm. Good point. I hadn't thought of that benefit. Imagine getting paid those big bucks to deliver coffee. :)

 
At 4/02/2012 3:52 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Jon Murphy,

I'm with you 100% on coffee. I can still taste the big swig of coffee I took when I was about 10 yrs old. As Alfred E Neumann would say, Yechhhh!

 
At 4/02/2012 7:36 PM, Blogger Marko said...

Did anyone else feel mild disappointment when they realized that "Women of the Marcellus" turned out to be something different than what they were expecting based on the title?

Perhaps "Fracking Girls Gone Wild" will be next.

 
At 4/02/2012 9:37 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

Ron H.,

I completely agree. That does seem to be the business model. I brew my own and I've tried every brewing method around - the current favourite is cold brew. It reduces the acidity by 80% while still retaining all of the flavour of the coffee. But, you need good, freshly ground coffee.

In Europe you're loathe to put so much as milk in your coffee it's so good. I'm sorry, America does so many things well. Making coffee isn't one of them.

The meat analogy works. The vegetarianism didn't take (it's worse than that. I will now admit to being a vegan. And not for political reasons. The only animal this selfish bitch cares about when it comes to food choices is herself and Mr. Methinks. I don't think there's anything natural about being vegan, although there are people who can pull it off). I'm back to eating flesh. With great pleasure.

Paul,

I wonder if you hate coffee because you've never had a properly made cup. It's possible you just hate the stuff, but the watered down Maxwell House, filter-brewed dishwater passing for coffee served in the vast majority of the country is enough to turn anybody off. Of course, maybe you and Jon Murphy just plain hate coffee.

Marko,

Ha ha!

 
At 4/03/2012 1:13 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Perhaps "Fracking Girls Gone Wild" will be next."

Or "Girls Gone Fracking Wild."

 
At 4/03/2012 1:37 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Methinks,

I'll have to try cold brewing. Usually by the time a manage to get the flavor where I want it, it's too acidic.

Costco (of all places) at one time carried Rwandan beans that I just loved, but of course they discontinued it when I mentioned that I liked it.

I understand the vegan thing. I'm really weak when it comes to food, I can't imagine not eating flesh. Perhaps it's all those zombie programs I see on TV lately.

 
At 4/03/2012 6:23 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

Ron H.,

Acidity is my least favourite thing about coffee, so cold brewing has been a godsend. I use the $35 Toddy. There are really beautiful cold brew systems that cost more than $200, but I need coffee not an art piece. Amazon also carries a brand called "Bronco" and another syatem with more parts. I've tried several cold brewers and I've settled on the Toddy as my favourite - although, I haven't tried the Bronco and it looks very similar to the Toddy.

I've also had several pod systems, including Nespresso. I have an Illy on the way because I'm not a fan of Nespresso coffees, but espresso is popular in my office as a pick-me-up during the day, so I ordered a machine. Illy is great coffee and often available at Whole Foods and specialty retailers.

I was under the care of a doctor who bought into the whole China Study thing - which, it turns out, was pure fraud. This country eats way too much meat and way way too much processed meat. Actually, about 65% of American calories come from processed foods.

I grew up on grass-fed bovine products (in Russia, there wasn't grain to spare for feed lots) and I've mostly eaten fish with almost no processed foods in my diet at all. It's not hard to find grass-fed products and they taste so much better. So, I see no reason to torture myself and deprive myself of the crucial B-12.

I won't even go into the time I went RAW vegan. My conclusion is that we'd be better off eating like peasants, but less since most of us don't exert ourselves like peasants. And that's handy since our political overlords treat us like peasants.

 
At 4/03/2012 6:37 AM, Blogger Jon Murphy said...

Methinks-

If you're looking for grass-fed, you may want to try bison. If you can find a good specialty-food store, they are likely to carry bison which is usually grass-fed.

 
At 4/03/2012 11:31 AM, Blogger Methinks said...

Jon Murphy,

Good advise. Bison is exactly what I eat (less intra-muscular fat). Also goat, etc. Like I said, I try to eat like a peasant :)

Grass-fed is quite easy to find, but I prefer like grass-finished. A lot of grass-fed stock is finished with grain in a feed lot for the last 60 days before slaughter.

Grass-fed and grass-finished you pretty much have to order from the farm online unless you live close by and it's much more expensive, but, IMO, totally worth it.

 
At 4/03/2012 12:30 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Methinks,

Thanks for the info on cold brew systems, I'll check them out.

Is there any coffee you prefer when you are out and about and can't brew your own?

 
At 4/03/2012 3:39 PM, Blogger Methinks said...

Ron H.,

I do highly recommend cold brewing!

If I'm going somewhere by car, I carry some of the concentrate with me and mix it with hot water and warmed milk or make iced coffee. If I'm traveling by air, I carry freeze-dried Mount Hagen packets. Yes, I prefer freeze-dried to the crap I'm served in most places.

Other than that, IMO, local coffee shops often compete against Starbucks by providing a better coffee, so I'll try those. In most of the country, it's Mount Hagen packets.

 
At 4/03/2012 5:53 PM, Blogger Marko said...

You might want to try the Aerobie coffee 'press'. It uses hotish water, but so quickly it is not very acidic. Tastes great, cheap device and mechanically interesting. http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm

 
At 4/03/2012 6:51 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"You might want to try the Aerobie coffee 'press'. It uses hotish water, but so quickly it is not very acidic. Tastes great, cheap device and mechanically interesting. http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm"

Thanks, Marko, I'll look into that one too.

 

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