Indiana's smelly news

April 22, 2010
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Manure makes great news in Indiana. The Wall Street Journal last month ran a howler about giant methane bubbles rising from beneath the plastic lining of an outdoor manure pond on a dairy farm near Winchester.

The bubbles were so big that they could be seen in satellite images and threatened to push manure over the earthen berms. The farmer, who came from the Netherlands to set up the operation, wanted to puncture them with a Swiss Army Knife, but his neighbors objected.

A farmer next door was quoted as saying, "If that thing back there blows, God help us all for miles.”

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management objected, too, deeming the possibility of explosions “not acceptable.” So, IDEM brought in professionals from Louisville who bled off some of the pressure through valves and then slit them to release the rest of the methane.

No explosions. Crisis averted.

Manure news continued this week when police found a drug suspect hiding in a manure pit on a northeastern Indiana hog farm. The man, who was wanted on methamphetamine charges, was up to his neck beneath a livestock building.

How he survived the gases is one question. Another is how the police car and hospital where he was taken to be treated for hypothermia were cleaned. As if that wasn’t enough, he got rowdy later and was brought under control with two charges from a stun gun.

So there you have it. Some of the most significant news from the Hoosier state in the past month.

Incisive analysis, anyone?

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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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