I am attaching a short video, that demonstrates the importance of having good legal representation when going to court in Dickinson, North Dakota:
I have lived in Dickinson, North Dakota for about six years. The reason why I came to Dickinson, was because there was an oil boom in this area from 2007 through 2014. Though the oil boom is over, and approximately 80% of the out-of-state workers have returned to the states where they came from, I have remained here in Dickinson because I can still make more money here than I can where my home is in Idaho.
I have not ever come out and said it openly before, but I might as well say it now, the reason why the wages are still fairly high in Dickinson, is because it sucks so bad here, that no one wants to work here, stay here, or live here. Further, truly intelligent, sharp, talented, highly skilled people don’t have to live here and suffer through this, they can probably get a job someplace else, anyplace else, so it is only the less intelligent, less talented, less skilled people, or people who have got something wrong with them, that stay here.
I have described that living in Dickinson, is like being in prison: There are hardly any women; the women who are here are mean, unfriendly, hostile, overweight, and unattractive; the local people here are suspicious, mistrustful, uncooperative, and undermining to people who are from someplace else; there is no where to go and nothing to do; the City of Dickinson Police follow everyone around, watch them, and treat them just like they are all convicts or inmates.
It is very difficult living in Dickinson, North Dakota. It is not normal, it is very harsh. You can not do, or get things that you would elsewhere. It is very isolated from civilization by the many miles of cold, frozen, barren prairie. And one of the things that you cannot get, is competent medical care.
Beginning in 2014 while living in Dickinson, I began getting very sick, from what appeared to be something in the air in Dickinson. I had previously lived and worked all over the United States, and I had never had allergies or an allergic reaction to anything before. In Dickinson, my eyes would swell up, almost completely shut, my eyes would water continuously, and my nose would run continuously. There is hardly any plant life in Dickinson, what could this be from?
I went to Sanford Health in Dickinson about my allergic reaction in 2014, and was diagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis”, and I was given a prescription for some kind of eye drop medication. When I went to get this prescription filled at the grocery store pharmacy in Dickinson, there was a line of people all the way from the pharmacy counter, out the door of the grocery store. I was too sick to wait in line for this prescription to be filled.
When I have been very sick in Dickinson, with a sudden severe allergic reaction, I have gone to family practice clinics in Dickinson, and I have been told I would have to wait seven weeks for an appointment. I then went again to Sanford Health Clinic, and I was given a very expensive medication prescription, for a very small amount of medication, which did not help at all.
I then resorted to trying every over-the-counter allergy medication that there is, first in the normal recommended doses, and then in much larger doses after these over-the-counter medications failed to work. Eventually, I found that taking “Zyrtec” a.k.a. “Cetirizine” in much larger doses, helps the most. But these allergy attacks are becoming more and more frequent, and the large doses of Zyrtec are becoming less and less effective.
What is it in the air in Dickinson, that can suddenly make me have such a severe allergic reaction, even when it is in October and snowing? There are only a very small variety of trees in Dickinson, and there are very few trees overall. What the fuck is going on? What is in the air?
I am including some excerpts from a Wikipedia article about Unethical Human Experimentation In The United States:
Unethical Human Experimentation in the United States describes numerous experiments performed on human test subjects in the United States that have been considered unethical, and were often performed illegally, without the knowledge, consent, or informed consent of the test subjects. Such tests have occurred throughout American history, but particularly in the 20th century.
The experiments include: the exposure of people to many chemical and biological weapons (including infection of people with deadly or debilitating diseases), human radiation experiments, injection of people with toxic and radioactive chemicals, surgical experiments like KX-338, interrogation and torture experiments, tests involving mind-altering substances, and a wide variety of others. Many of these tests were performed on children, the sick, and mentally disabled individuals, often under the guise of “medical treatment”. In many of the studies, a large portion of the subjects were poor, racial minorities, or prisoners.
Funding for many of the experiments was provided by the United States government, especially the Unites States military, the Central Intelligence Agency, or private corporations involved with military activities. The human research programs were usually highly secretive, and in many cases information about them was not released until many years after the studies had been performed.
My belief is, that because Dickinson is geographically and socially isolated, with the lowest education level and least well-read people anywhere in the United States, that unethical medical testing is being conducted on the people in and around Dickinson, without their knowledge or consent.
The very large and new Sanford Health Clinic and St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson give the local people and people in the surrounding area, the impression that they can expect modern, up-to-date, and competent medical care in Dickinson. But this is not the case, people in Dickinson find that they do not have their health problems effectively treated or solved in Dickinson. Is this because the “test subjects” in Dickinson, are not supposed to be treated, and only monitored in order to observe and study the long term effects of the chemicals and substances that they have been exposed to?
I work at an industrial site, far outside of Dickinson, North Dakota. The rules on this site, are what you would find at a mining operation or a refinery: Heavy equipment has the right-of-way; hard hat, safety vest, eye protection, safety toe shoes are required at all times; no visitors or non-employees are allowed on the site at any time.
There are many restrictions, rules, and procedures on this site that the workers here take for granted, but most people would be unaware of, such as absolutely no photography or video recording on site, 10 mph speed limit on site, and all vehicles must come to a complete stop and wait when a crane is lifting something, even if it is 100 feet away from the roadway. All of this is just one of the reasons why visitors or non-employees are not allowed on site, they would be unaware of all these restrictions and rules, or perhaps they would be non-compliant with some of these restrictions, rules, and procedures.
This Friday, one of the equipment operators on this site asked me for a favor, would I take his pay check, and hold it for someone who was going to pick it up at the site entrance later today? This equipment operator works at the far back of the site, and I work at the front of the site near the entrance.
This equipment operator gave me his pay check, and he described to me the vehicle that the guy would be driving that was coming to pick up this check, he did not tell me this person’s name, he just gave me a vehicle description. I was trying to get better, more detailed clarification of what this vehicle was or who this person was, but the equipment operator did not give me much more details, as if he didn’t care that much.
Within about ten minutes, a truck matching the make, model, color, and special ZR71 edition, fitting the equipment operator’s description, arrived at the site entrance. Just one thing didn’t match his description, this truck didn’t have a light or light bar on top. I talked to the driver, and he said that he came to the site, looking for a job.
I was irritated and annoyed that I almost gave this equipment operator’s pay check to the wrong person, because all he gave me was a description of the vehicle, and within ten minutes a vehicle matching his description arrived at the site entrance. I looked at this paycheck to see how the equipment operator had endorsed it, to see if just anyone could cash it, if I gave it to the wrong person. The back of this check was endorsed, “Pay to the order of xxxxxx “, and I could not decipher the person’s name. At least this check wasn’t merely endorsed with a signature only, in which case the wrong person might be able to cash or deposit this check.
The amount of this check was $2,500, which irritated and annoyed me further, this was too large an amount to be so nonchalant and careless with it. The employee pay stub was still attached to this check, showing that this pay check was for the one week pay period 9/23 to 9/30, the rate of pay, the amount of hours worked, and the gross pay before any taxes were taken out was $3,500.
I thought to myself, no wonder this equipment operator acted like he could not care less about this pay check, he gets paid $3,500 per week. This $2,500 check was no big deal to him, he would get another one for the same amount or more next Friday.
I thought about this some more, $3,500 per week, equals $14,000 per month. $3,500 per week, times 50 weeks, equals $175,000 per year. That is a lot of money. That is much more money than teachers, police officers, nurses, college professors, engineers, CPAs, and the majority of attorneys get paid. This is even more money than many family practice medical doctors get paid.
I have written in previous blog posts, that despite what newspapers and television news stations report, I have only ever met about four people who made over $100,000 per year working in the oil field in North Dakota. This equipment operator, isn’t really working in the oil field, this is an industrial site, not the oil field. At another industrial site that I worked at in North Dakota in 2015, a friend of mine made this same hourly pay as this equipment operator.
The friend of mine that worked at the same industrial site as me in North Dakota in 2015, and this equipment operator at the industrial site where I work now, though their weekly pay checks can be as high as $4,000 per week, and they can make as much as $16,000 per month, they usually do not make over $100,000 per year, due to project completion, winter work shut down, and being laid off from work.
Something that I think about, is why do people who graduate near the top of their class in high school, go to college for four to six years like CPAs, engineers, and attorneys, or people who do things that we are supposed to value in society like teachers, nurses, or police officers, why do they get paid less than half of what this equipment operator gets paid? Part of the answer, is that in North Dakota, where the majority of people are not very educated or work in a profession, they do not value education or professional occupations.
I am still angry about the Drug Task Force in Dickinson trying to set me up for a drug charge in 2011, which I wrote about in a blog post titled, “Almost Getting Caught By The Drug Task Force In Dickinson, North Dakota.” So to give you some information about how this works, and what to watch out for, I am sharing a very good video on this subject:
1966 V12 Jaguar Prototype, modern test drive:
In February of 2017, I wrote a blog post titled “Confusion About Proposed Davis Refinery West Of Belfield, North Dakota”. I wrote this blog post, because I was so sick of the hype surrounding the Davis Refinery. I was disgusted at North Dakotans, for not being able to tell the difference between fact and fiction, and being so easily duped.
In this February 2017 blog post, I looked up, and then explained who the Meridian Energy Group was, and who the Davis Family Partners were. These two entities were founded in roughly 2012, and they had never constructed a refinery before. I thought that this information would or should cause North Dakotans to slow down, wait a minute, and not get carried away.
I then explained, that the Dakota Prairie Refinery that was completed in 2015 near Dickinson, cost $430 million to construct, and was a joint venture between MDU Montana Dakota Utilities and Calumet Specialty Products. I explained that the net worth of MDU was $5.28 billion. After the Dakota Prairie Refinery was completed, it had quarterly losses of something like $7 million, and the refinery was sold to Tesoro.
I didn’t think that I had to break this down any further, but apparently I do: MDU, which has a net worth of $5.28 billion, didn’t even attempt to build the $430 million refinery without a financial partner. Then, with $7 million losses each quarter, MDU didn’t want to or couldn’t afford to own this refinery.
Meridian Energy Group originally stated that the Davis Refinery would cost $900 million to construct. Given that the Meridian Energy Group and their largest investors the Davis Family Partners were created in about 2012, and had never built a refinery before, where was this $900 million supposed to come from?
I did see, and I did include in my February 2017 blog post about the Davis Refinery, a prospectus for investing in the Davis Refinery for the purpose of having money to start the project which read, “The proceeds from this Offering will provide Meridian with the working capital to acquire the necessary permits, secure project financing and perform all pre-construction activities to bring the project to “shovel ready” status.”
I didn’t think that I needed to break this down any further, but apparently I do, and this is very, very important: The Meridian Energy Group was seeking investors in order to have enough money to cover permitting and pre-construction activities.
I do not want to be sued for libel, which can occur when written statements are made that are defamatory, untrue, and presented as statements of fact, so I want to emphasize that this is my personal opinion, not fact: My opinion is that the Meridian Energy Group might only have $10 million to $40 million in investments and funding.
There have been delays preventing construction of the Davis Refinery, due to permitting, especially the air quality permit. In order for there not to be further delays, the proposed capacity of the Davis Refinery was reduced, so that a “siting permit” would not be required, which would have involved public hearings. By July of 2018, all of the permits were approved, and the Davis Refinery construction could begin.
Though construction on the Davis Refinery could begin in July of 2018, some environmental groups have joined together to file court cases in an attempt to stop construction, but there have been no cases that have been heard in court yet.
So has construction on the Davis Refinery begun? All summer long in 2018, there were many articles about construction getting underway for the Davis Refinery. From the enthusiastic hyperventilating newspaper articles and energy industry journals, you would have thought that there was going to be a tidal wave or tsunami of construction.
From what I have read, at the site of the Davis Refinery, some site grading has been done, and a site fence has been put up. I drove to Belfield in July and August to look at houses for sale, and there was nothing going on in Belfield. There was a fully furnished 3br/1ba manufactured home on its own 75’x140′ lot for $25,000 that no one bought and the price has now dropped to $20,000. If there were many construction personnel working at the site of the Davis Refinery this Summer and Fall, housing in Belfield wouldn’t be so available and cheap.
I wish that the newspapers and energy industry trade journals would just stop it. What are you trying to do? And I wish that North Dakotans would do some reading, some research, and then drive to Belfield to go look at the refinery site.
Drive Directions To Site: From I-94, exit onto Hwy 85 going south in Belfield. Take Hwy 85 going south for approximately one mile until you get to 37th Street SW. Head west on 37th Street SW for approximately 3-1/2 miles, on the north side of 37th Street SW, you will see where some ground has been worked and tilled, this is it. There is no sign.
In my previous blog post titled “Socializing In Dickinson, North Dakota”, I explained that there were a lot more people going to Patterson Lake Beach, bars, restaurants, parties, events, and concerts in Dickinson back during the Oil Boom in 2007 through 2014, and for a short time after the Oil Boom ended.
I explained that once approximately 5,000 out of state workers returned to the states where they came from, Patterson Lake Beach and bars in Dickinson, went from having 200 people at one time, to having only 5 people at one time. After the Oil Boom was over, and so many out of state workers left, Dickinson quieted down, calmed down, and it appears that the local people in Dickinson prefer to stay home.
In this blog post, I want to explain why it is that the local people in Dickinson prefer to stay home. The main reasons have to do with several different kinds of fear, mistrust, suspicion, and money. These fears, mistrust, and suspicion are present in many local people whether they are poor, lower middle class, middle class, or wealthy.
Up until this most recent oil boom in 2007, Dickinson was very controlled. It was controlled by wealthy or influential people, who decided who got hired, who got fired, who got promoted, who got a car loan, who got a home loan, and so forth. Wealthy people, influential people, and employers had a lot of power, because there were not many places to work. If a person “got out of line”, they risked never being able to get a promotion, losing their job, or being “blacklisted” from being hired elsewhere.
Many people in Dickinson, whether they were poor, lower middle class, or middle class, feared going out in Dickinson, because they ran the risk of letting their guard down, enjoying themselves, and being “reported” by someone, or being “observed” by someone higher up than them, and later facing unwanted and unintended consequences.
A corollary of this was, poor people, lower middle class, and middle class people, feared going out in Dickinson either alone, or with their family, and unknowingly entering a place where a supervisor, company owner, or wealthy person was drunk, and being verbally abused or insulted in an embarrassing way, and being unable to defend themselves because of the fear of themselves or their family member losing their job, being evicted, or their home being foreclosed on.
Something that I have written about before, is that there was so little opportunity to get ahead in Dickinson, that one way that people in Dickinson could feel like they were getting ahead, was when other people failed. So, unfortunately, it became common in Dickinson for people to cause or assist other people to fail. One way to assist other people to fail was to withhold help from others, which is easier to do if you do not talk to, or socialize with other people.
Because it was so common for people in Dickinson to cause or assist other people to fail, undermining was a very common practice. In order to not be undermined, people in Dickinson became very tight-lipped about their affairs and everything that they did, and one way to do this was to not talk to or socialize with other people, lest they find out something about them, and use it against them.
There are not very many middle class people or wealthy people in Dickinson. In the past, these middle class or wealthy people might have been able to socialize at the Elks Lodge, but the Elks Lodge in Dickinson now is almost extinct. At the Elks Lodge, middle class or wealthy people could have discussed what college their children were going to, their vacation to foreign country, or their vacation home in a different state, but not anymore.
In Dickinson, because there are so few middle class or wealthy people, it is very hard for these people to go out in public, to places like a bar, restaurant, party, event, or concert, lest they let their guard down, and accidentally start talking about their home in Arizona in front of other people, or be overheard by other people.
In summary, the fear of suffering consequences at work; the fear of coming into conflict with a supervisor, employer or wealthy person; the fear of socializing with people who may then later undermine them; the desire to not make friends with others who may later want help; the desire to not share personal information with others; these fears, mistrust, suspicion, and disparity in wealth, make local people in Dickinson not want to socialize or go out in public, and prefer to stay home.
Again, this is something that I do not think Odyssey Theaters or the City of Dickinson understand when they are trying to build a cinema complex and a town square downtown. The local people in Dickinson, do not want to socialize, they would rather stay home. Local people in Dickinson are mistrustful, suspicious, wary, and uncomfortable with local people, and especially strangers from out of town. A cinema complex or a town square are not places they would want to go or enjoy, these are places that local people would try to avoid.