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Old 12-13-2012, 03:09 AM
 
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We no longer get television, so I have to look stuff up online to find out what's happening.
Experiments on lab rats have shown that eliminating TV exposure caused an average increase in IQ of nearly 30% in as little as six months.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:35 AM
 
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The whole "homesteading" mania at the turn of the 20th Century in eastern Colorado was a classic case of land speculation gone wild in an arid to semi-arid dryland environment. A bunch of people, most ignorant of the environment of the region, poured in from the outside and perpetrated one of the worst ecological disasters in North American history. Much of that land should have never been plowed--it should have remained rangeland. Anyone who thinks that another Dust Bowl could not occur in the Great Plains is also mistaken. A lot of land in the Great Plains, much of it that has been in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for a number of years, is now being purchased by absentee owners (often "land trusts" fueled with foreign money) that are "busting out" a lot of that land into wheat production once again. A lot of old-line eastern Colorado ranchers that I know just shake their heads seeing this, saying, "Well, he we go again."
At some point around the turn of the century my great great grandfather started growing wheat on his land in Ridges Basin West of Durango, presumably due to a decline in his cattle business that originally supplied meat to Fort Lewis. I always wondered if that was such a good idea. I doubt they grow much wheat around there nowadays.

Californians had a much different take on the dust bowl. They felt much like you do about being overrun by a bunch of transplants.

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