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Missouri voted to reject the federal mandate that requires everyone to purchase health insurance. We don’t know if the vote skewed rural. Returns are still coming in. Besides, the vote in favor of Proposition C (above) statewide was 3-1. A pretty sound rejection of the Obama health care plan.
• The New York Times had a story a few days ago about deals being made in Oregon between wind turbine companies and people who find noise coming from the turbines to be annoying. The offer from Caithness Energy, a New York company that is building wind farms in Eastern Oregon is this: “sign a waiver saying you will not complain about excessive noise from the turning turbines — the whoosh, whoosh, whoosh of the future, advocates say — and she will cut you a check for $5,000.” Some call it “hush money.”
•The Progressive Farmer reports that while accidental deaths on the farm are decreasing in most areas, “the number of children and adults being engulfed in grain is rising every year…” In 2008, there were 34 people trapped in grain. The cause appears to be larger grain-handling equipment, big harvests and grain being stored at higher moistures.
• Nice feature from Progressive Farmer on “The Real American Farmer.” There’s even a feature on the Rightmer ranch near Muldoon, Texas, near to where we used to live. The Righmers have been on that land since the middle of the 1800s.