What the BLM doesn’t Tweet

Much has happened the last two days and I will get info and pics up very soon. But I hear BLM is tweeting each load that comes in. But they are only giving you times… not any other info.

I’ll fill in the gaps soon.

Here’s a preview.

Dust and heat... great combo

What the BLM doesn't Tweet

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20 thoughts on “What the BLM doesn’t Tweet

  1. Mar Wargo says:

    Hope you are OK. This needs to be called off. This is real torture and because of the lack of transparency we cannot tell how this is really effecting the wild ones as they are chased, captured and hauled until they get to STH.

    Humane treatment is blowing in the dust.

    • Poor Ginger says:

      Government “transparency” is a cruel joke! Once again, from POGO:

      “Former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer Beth Noveck, the person tasked with implementing the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative until she returned to New York Law School, recently pondered the definition of “open government” in The Huffington Post:

      “In retrospect, ‘open government’ was a bad choice. It has generated too much confusion. Many people, even in the White House, still assume that open government means transparency about government. It was a shorthand for open innovation or the idea that working in a transparent, participatory, and collaborative fashion helps improve performance, inform decisionmaking, encourage entrepreneurship, and solve problems more effectively.”

      http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2011/05/the-two-tribes-of-open-government.html

      The BLM asked for our “input”, and we gave it to them, but they’re under no actual obligation to reveal their “output”!

    • Orion Epona says:

      Mar Wargo ,
      Thank you for what you do to help Wild Horses & Burros and most of all the help you are to Laura Leigh .

  2. Barbara Warner says:

    A picture worth a thousand words.

  3. Poor Ginger says:

    Those dust clouds are not only a health hazard to the wild horses, but also to humans, especially those who are repeatedly exposed. NASA is currently studying the health impacts of dust on astronauts, should we ever go back to the Moon, or journey to Mars.

    In “Roughing It”, Mark Twain wrote about the effects of dust, especially alkali dust, on both mules and humans. This was WAY before scientist discovered it’s true potential for harm.

    The mules, under violent swearing, coaxing and whip-cracking, would make at stated intervals a “spurt,” and drag the coach a hundred or may be two hundred yards, stirring up a billowy cloud of dust that rolled back, enveloping the vehicle to the wheel-tops or higher, and making it seem afloat in a fog. Then a rest followed, with the usual sneezing and bit- champing. Then another “spurt” of a hundred yards and another rest at the end of it. All day long we kept this up, without water for the mules and without ever changing the team. The alkali dust cut through our lips, it persecuted our eyes, it ate through the delicate membranes and made our noses bleed and kept them bleeding–and truly and seriously the romance all faded far away and disappeared, and left the desert trip nothing but a harsh reality–a thirsty, sweltering, longing, hateful reality!”

    “The Cowboy Dictionary” says “cookies” used to feed wranglers stewed tomatoes to deal with alkali. They may not have known it, but they were counteracting the chemical (not respiratory) effects of alkali restoring the acid/alkaline balance.

    I don’t imagine the horses would drink V-8, but the humans (including you!) should consider it!

  4. MorganG says:

    When I looked at those pictures, both individually and together, one word came to mind-Deadly. And in a bit of evilness I can say I got a little evil smile when I saw that inept pilot is right in the midst of his own self-brewed poison cloud. Sorry, can’t help but think that.

  5. Louie Cocroft says:

    Senator Harry Reid/Nevada
    Phone: 202-224-3542
    Fax: 202-224-7327

  6. Louie Cocroft says:

    Senator Dean Heller/Nevada
    Phone: 202-224-6244
    Fax: 202-228-6753

  7. Jill says:

    Pennies for gas, peanut butter and V-8 needed!!!

    http://wildhorseeducation.org

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  9. savewildhorses says:

    So are they loading them immediately onto a hot truck ride for hours?

  10. Same stuff as Borax???

    • Poor Ginger says:

      Puller, from what I’ve read Borax has a 9 pH, the same as baking soda. Alkalis (caustics) average about 11. The accepted pH scale goes from 1 (most acidic) to 14 (most alkaline). The midpoint is 7 (pure water, the neutral). The ideal human range is 6-7.

      This dust not only contains alkalis, but also sharp, crystaline powdered silicas. Silicas primarily lodge in the upper respiratory system, but alkali particles are much smaller, and penetrate deep into the lungs.

      To paraphrase W.C. Fields, “This crap ain’t fit for man or beast!”

      • Laura Leigh says:

        It has given me a bloody nose… sometimes I have to wrap a bandana around my nose and mouth when I drive.
        It can be really nasty.

        I am working on a Triple B piece and two others.
        Please be patient… stories soon.

  11. LynnIL says:

    All, just wanted to update you that the BLM killed 2 more babies over the weekend. One had deformities, this makes 3 now and the other had a broken leg which the BLM said it got kicked by another horse. The deaths of the little ones is OUTRAGEOUS!!!! 4 babies now.

  12. Betty Kelly says:

    8-3-2011 Can’t trust this rogue agency (aka public lands domestic livestock industry/politicians) as to the why of their stats. They can twist the stats anyway to make it look like any deaths were not their fault when in fact it is! The fact is these wild ones were doing fine with their family and friends on their legal ranges, until the monsters appear!

    Betty Kelly in Carson City (Washoe Valley) NV

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