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Re: “Where to buy affordable local art for your home

And if you are in Raleigh, visit Carter Building, open every First Friday 6-9. Lots of makers and artists in the building and usually a food truck outside!

Posted by Lidia Churakova on 10/19/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

A response to Chris Tiffany's comment on math. It was a great thing to point out since the number of pounds per mile was inaccurate. I'm glad you also view the current hog farm's system as problematic, since you can smell the stink, even if it's not 314 times as bad as that mathematical error suggests. It would be really interesting to know at which phase the mistake was made. First, I could see the 110,000 pounds being true. I'm sure they had data for the amount of pigs in the region, and therefore they were doing calculations based on the actual square milage. After they were done with the calculations (which anyone could do without flying around and getting a pig head count) they could have either made up the flying story or flew to add a visual context for the non math minded person to better visualize the situation. In doing so they told the story that they flew a 10 mile radius instead of 10 square miles making it seem mathematically incorrect, but whether the numbers are wrong or the plot is inaccurate, we don't know. Second to your response about the fact that editors should check for math errors, I agree, but it could also be the case that the editor changed it from 110,000 pounds in a 10 mile radius to 110,000 pounds per square mile, thinking that it sounded better and also thinking that it was mathematically equivalent. Third and final thing, It could simply be as you assumed a simple mathematical error, but really the question becomes, does it change the situation? For me, I personally cannot visualize what an area would look like being exposed to 3500 pounds of pig waste per square mile per day vs 110,000. While numerically they are different for sure, the thing that really matters is how this impacts people and how much this environmental damage will cost us in the long run. The toxicity of these facitlities is not in question, just getting people to care about it is.

Posted by Aw Goody on 10/13/2017 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Denicia Montford Williams Wants to Make the Labor Movement a More Welcoming Place for LGBTQ People

Congratulations Denicia! I want to thank you for your hard work ethic and passion for others. This world could use a lot more of both from people regardless of their sexual orientation. As Vice President of the NC APRI I want to let you know how proud I am of your efforts in making a difference.

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Posted by waynebostick on 09/28/2017 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Fall into Books

Thanks for the nod, Sam...just a note: It's OCTOBER 9, not november...

Posted by Eryk Pruitt on 09/28/2017 at 9:23 AM
Posted by Amy Fletcher on 09/27/2017 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Fall into Books

Ack! And one more thing:

The Durham Literacy Center will host a special event with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline, on October 19th, 2017. Christina will talk about her bestselling book, Orphan Train, copies of which will be available for purchase at the event. Christina will discuss the true story of the 250,000 orphaned and abandoned children sent on trains from the East Coast to the Midwest as indentured servants and how she stumbled on this hidden piece of American history. The event will take place in the Main Gallery at 21c Museum Hotel located at 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701.

Posted by Sam M-B on 09/18/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Fall into Books

A great selection of the literary highlights! Here's a couple handfuls more, from the speculative fiction neighborhood:

September 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 pm UNCs Center for the Study of the American South (410 E Franklin St) hosts Gabrielle Calbocoressi for the launch party for her new book of poems, Rocket Fantastic. Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum as we celebrate the publication of Gabrielle Calvocoressis new book of poetry, Rocket Fantastic. Calvocoressi teaches creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she recently assumed duties as poetry editor for Southern Cultures.

September 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm Durhams The Regulator Bookshop hosts Rebecca Gomez Farrell for Wings Unseen, with authors James Maxey and Mur Lafferty (whose non-fiction book I Should Be Writing based on her award-winning podcast was just published!) to make AN EVENING OF SPECULATIVE FICTION & FANTASY with Becca Gomez Farrell, Mur Lafferty, & James Maxey.

September 20 (Wednesday) 7 pm Flyleaf Books hosts Rebecca Gomez Farrell for Wings Unseen, along with Natania Barron (Wothwood) and Margaret S. McGraw (Lawless Lands).

September 23 (Saturday) Barnes & Noble Teen Fiction day with events across the Triangle. Among other appearances: Rebecca Gomez Farrell (Wings Unseen) and Tony Daniel (The Amber Arrow) at the Cary Barnes & Noble, and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia) at The Streets At Southpoint at 1 pm.

September 24 (Sunday) 2 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Kristin Cashore Jane, Unlimited.

September 25 (Monday) 7 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Kerri Maniscalco Hunting Prince Dracula and Rene Ahdieh Flame in the Mist.

September 28 (Thursday) 7 pm Flyleaf Books hosts Jessica Cluess and Scott Reintgen discuss A Poison Dark and Drowning and Nyxia, their new YA novels.

September 28 (Thursday) 7 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Tui T. Sutherland Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10).

October 5 (Thurday) 7 pm Flyleaf Books hosts KL Pereira discusses her story collection A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality. A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality is both literary and speculative, both magically real and viscerally strange in the tradition of Angela Carter, Karen Russell, and Jorge Luis Borges. In this collection, KL Pereira weaves elements of fairy tale, folklore, and myth into the lives of women, children, and immigrants. Her lucid prose underscores the tenacity of those who are most vulnerable, who live on edges between neat and clear definitions of who they are and who they want to be. Free of normative ideas of gender, class, race, and sexuality, Pereira explores rebirth amidst darkness.

October 27-29 (Friday to Sunday) Military science fiction convention HonorCon 2017 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. Join us as the 5th year of HonorCon Celebrates The Royal Manticoran Navys Tenth year Anniversary! Guests include David Weber, Marko Kloos, and more.

November 12 (Sunday) 2 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Marissa Meyer Renegades, Book #1.

And... one more, this time it's crime fiction from one of the South's hidden treasures:

November 9 (Monday) 7 pm The Regulator Bookshop hosts Eryk Pruitt, What We Reckon. The Regulator welcomes Eryk Pruitt, author of the Southern fiction crime thriller, What We Reckon, for a reading and book signing. In What We Reckon, Eryk Pruitt explores themes of identity, loyalty, and purpose with psycho-delic, transgressive, chicken-fried twists that read like Trainspotting cut with a couple grams of Helter Skelter.

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Posted by Sam M-B on 09/18/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Poisoning our pets

I always understood 5% was safe and not to use 10% Carbaryl.

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Posted by Renée H. on 07/16/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 3: Solutions Exist for the Hog Industry’s Waste-Management Problem. Why Aren’t They Being Used?

I am an N.C. hog farmer. If you are deemed to be a part of a problem, then it makes sense to me that you should play a part in the solution to that problem. I do not think that it is a lie or an exaggeration that animal agriculture (mainly swine CAFOS and poultry houses) have some odor and environmental issues. Issues that sorely need to be dealt with by our industry. I am a contract hog farmer (Butler Farms) in Harnett County N.C. and can only speak to swine issues. After 22 years in this business, I know from personal experience the true effects and environmental impact we have had on our neighbors and community. My good and loyal neighbors have told me the truth about what our little farm has done to their families and community. Knowing these truths, we have for the past 10 years, as a concerned hog farm family, made every attempt to be a part of the solution to odor and environmental issues. (Flat Branch/Anderson Creek Community). We have made these positive efforts through the use of alternate waste management innovations. The alternatives we have used are Best Management Practices (BMPs), covered swine waste storage ponds and swine waste methane to energy. Despite all the positive comments made by our industry leaders on innovation and renewables, we have seen very little encouragement and no monetary incentives to move forward with new technology. I know that our pork industry has made some improvements in waste management, odor control, and water usage, but in my opinion, we have lagged behind for far too long and have over used the economic feasibility reasoning as a deterrent. The integrators that we contract with have to be a part of the solution and have to finally realize that the current grower contracts do not pay enough for us to pay our operating expenses and in addition, take care of our accumulated hog waste and waste management issues on the 2000 to 2500 family farms in N.C. Better pay will make us better environmental stewards and that benefits everyone. I feel it is time to act and I am proud to be a part of the three (3) part discussion titled "Hogwashed" by Indy Week.
Anyone can see that our industry has been very successful in N.C. Now is the time for the industry to give back. http//www.butlerbioenergy.info

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Posted by Tom Thomas Butler on 07/14/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 3: Solutions Exist for the Hog Industry’s Waste-Management Problem. Why Aren’t They Being Used?

In the early to mid 1990's I came upon an investment opportunity in a process called Bio-Remediation which touted it's effectiveness in remediating (cleaning) virtually any carbon based pollutant, including animal waste as well as petrochemical spills in-situ (on-site, in the ground). I became so enamored with the process due to it's stellar success rate around the world including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more that I decided to go into the business of hog lagoon remediation.

The process was fairly simple, and resembled adding a product such as Rid-ex to your septic system, then stirring it up a bit to promote aerobic nitrogen digestion. This in conjunction with a process called Phyto-remediation which uses specific plants to remove heavy metals from the effluent would have virtually eliminated all further pollution problems for these animal production facilities.

We secured the necessary product, purchased equipment and allied with a former hog farmer that owned an abandoned hog lagoon. that had been deemed a toxic waste site by the Department of Natural Resources.

We contacted DNR, as the agency overseeing our cleanup. We we met with the local DNR agent on numerous occasions.... every time we spoke additional regulatory roadblocks were added to thwart any attempts to commence cleanup operations. We secured an independent testing laboratory, purchased several Million dollars of liability insurance (The insurance company was quite familiar with the process as they insured multiple similar worldwide operations, albeit none in the US.).

After jumping through every hoop and satisfying every roadblock that DNR placed in our path, we thought we were able to start the cleanup, I received a call from our DNR agent requesting a meeting... I assumed simply to hash out a few final details of the cleanup process.... Instead the agent informed me that our process had been denied by DNR. He went on to tell me (strictly off the record) about how familiar he was with our process and that he personally knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that we would be 100% successful in cleaning the toxic material from the lagoon.... BUT.... it would NEVER be approved by DNR due to lobbying by highly profitable "big money ventures" involved in other methods of cleanup that were not nearly as successful, economical or environmentally friendly. He made it very clear that any attempts we made to have our work certified would be thwarted by the DNR.

At this point the farmer that owned the lagoon decided that we should just go ahead and clean the site.... Even if we were unable to certify that all toxins had been remediated, cleaning up the mess was just the "right thing to do". As we were preparing to commence cleanup operations (remember, the process is virtually nothing more than pouring rid-ex in your toilet and then stirring the water a few times), I received another call from the DNR agent informing me that if we proceeded we would be criminally and civilly prosecuted as toxic polluters.

Thus ended the project, the business... and to the best of my knowledge any further attempt to clean the site.

Several years back I heard about Smithfield doing research into the bio-remediation process.... and while I have not followed the issue, I believe it is being currently being incorporated into the methane generation systems you wrote about.

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Posted by Ray Ulansey on 07/12/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

PS: 11 pounds (a lot more than a gallon) of excreta per day
per 180 pound average pig is plausible, but
if a 180 pound man put out more than a gallon of excreta per day,
we'd call him a pig;
we would call any who sprayed sewage on others' homes, or got paid
to allow sewage to be sprayed on the homes of other people
by capitalist owners/operators of million-dollar properties to
spray sewage: pigs.

We do not allow human waste to be sprayed on neighbors' homes & children;
only politicians who feed at the trough do anything like that.
Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander;
if it's ok to spray sewage on others' homes, then
why don't we spray sewage on the homes of
those politicians who get paid to allow that? OR
why not treat the sewage of pigs the same way we treat human sewage?

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 07/11/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

The Neuse river also passes through major municipalities like Raleigh, Goldsboro, Kinston and New Bern who are legally allowed to pump partially treated human waste into this beautiful river. Hogs are an easy target while we make no mention of other anthropogenic pollution in this river. In my opinion the scope for targeting pollution in our river needs to be widened to include these municipalities. The Black river is one of the cleanest rivers in the state and runs right through the middle of Sampson county, 2nd to Duplin in hog production. Our cities and water treatment facilities need our scrutiny just as much if not more than our CAFOs when it comes to depositing waste into our water ways. I hope that INDY will investigate municipalities just as well as they have with the hog industry.

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Posted by William Shaw on 07/06/2017 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

"Pigs-a-mile" -- Not to trivialize a serious problem
(I've smelled that sh!t),
but you've greatly
exaggerated the problem.

Using your numbers,
assuming 50 farms with 2,000 pigs/farm in a 10-mile RADIUS, pi r-squared=
314 square miles; 100,000 pigs / 314 square miles = 318 pigs / square mile;
318, not 10,000.
[The area of a circle of radius r is taught in elementary or middle school.]
318 x 11 = 3,500 pounds / 2,240 lbs/ton =
a little more than one and a half tons of hog waste
(one and a half cubic meters) per square mile per day.
1 cubic meter is about 40 inches cubed,
so one and a half cubic meters is about 400 gallons
so 400 gallons of hog waste per square mile per day.

Editors should check arithmetic.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 07/06/2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

We have a solution for you at wastewaterscience.com please drop us a note.

Posted by Bryan Ogden on 07/06/2017 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

I am reminded of a recent article referring to comments by a NC House member from the heart of hog country:

"Eleven Republicans voted against [House Bill 589], including longtime solar skeptic Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, who has in the past said solar arrays are taking up too much valuable farmland and has sponsored bills requiring studies of what he says is the potential for site contamination due to heavy metals in solar cells a claim solar cell makers say is not factually correct."
http://www.wral.com/solar-changes-breeze-through-nc-house/16749065/

Rep. Dixon should be more concerned about "site contamination" from over 110,000 pounds of hog waste per mile per day in Duplin County.

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Posted by JL Lane on 07/06/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

I worked on several hog farms in the 1990s. Those facilities were antiquated when they were installed.

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Posted by MichaelEdits on 07/06/2017 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 2: Environmental Advocates Say Hog Facilities’ Antiquated Waste-Disposal Systems Are Threatening the State’s Waterways

My name is Tom Butler and I am a NC contract hog farmer. I am quoted several times in this article and I want to expand on the comments that I have made to Indy Week. It is not my intention to defame or be critical of DEQ or their inspectors and how they do their job. I do agree that I am a strong advocate for strict inspections of our hog farms, our records and our lagoons. I am a strong advocate for replacing our current lagoon spray field system with new affordable innovative and more environmentally friendly systems. I hope all NC hog farmers realize and seriously consider the fact that these waste storage lagoons as a part of the spray field system belong to us. Our lagoons and waste management records are our full responsibility as long as the lagoons exists. (Note: To officially end the lagoon responsibility a grower must spend $40,000 to $60,000 per surface acre to decommission a swine waste lagoon.) If I elected to close and decommission my farm and lagoons today, it would cost me between $250,000 to $312,000. The integrators and the regulators carry no responsibility for the lagoons or waste on our farms. Personally, I want records to show that I have a well managed closely regulated DEQ approved farm operation and storage lagoon. If something does go wrong or waste management issues arise, I would want a history to show that I was inspected and given a clean bill to continue to operate. I would expect most growers in the state have lagoons that are 15 to 30 years old. A lot of these storage facilities, including my two, are nearing their sludge capacity. Do you as a lagoon owner know your sludge level? I know that an annual lagoon sludge level measurement is required, but it is my understanding that a current data base is not maintained by DEQ. I think there should be a current year to year sludge level record kept by DEQ and it should be public information. In my opinion, DEQ should have the responsibility of notifying the grower, as a courtesy, when the lagoon level is nearing capacity. If you aren't notified by DEQ then you, as a grower, are required to notify DEQ that you have reached your sludge limit. When you do notify them, you have 90 days to draw up a plan with a technical specialist and up to two years to implement tne plan. http://www.butlerbioenergy.info

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Posted by William Butler on 07/05/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Hogwashed, Part 1: Hundreds of Poor, Mostly African-American Residents of Eastern North Carolina Say Big Pork Is Making Their Lives Miserable

My name is Tom Butler and I am a NC contract hog farmer. I am a 76 years old family farmer and I live in Western Harnett County, NC in the Flat Branch/Anderson Creek community. I have been a contract hog farmer for more than 20 years. This article is near and dear to my heart because it pretty well tells the truth about our industry. I am not an activist against our hog industry, but an advocate for affordable and environmental friendly changes to our industry. Changes that will help make the aforementioned issues go away. We as an industry can do better and the time for that has come, but again, instead of doing the right thing we have stooped to a new level with House Bill 467. I call House Bill 467 "The Boss Hog Bully Bill" and named it this because it shows the people of NC (especially any critics) that the current NC General Assembly can pass most any legislation they want to without rhyme or reason! I can assure all readers, that in my opinion, HB 467 was not passed in an effort to protect family farmers. There is not enough room on this comment sheet to explain the true reasons!

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Posted by William Butler on 07/03/2017 at 8:17 AM
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