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Are The People In Dickinson Descendants Of Zana The Captured Russian Yeti

When I have described the women in Dickinson, North Dakota, I have written that they are glaring, scowling, sneering, leering, mean, hostile, ham-fisted, cankle-calf, no-neck, line-bakcer, battle-axe, monsters.  I tried to understand why the women here are like this, and it has to do with breeding.

Somehow, the way that the people in Dickinson paired up and mated, over time, this is what happened.  But part of this breeding equation, is that the attractive girls who were born in Dickinson, they escaped from Dickinson as soon as they were able.  Add to this, attractive women from elsewhere will not move to Dickinson.  So the only women in Dickinson available for mating were ugly and mean.

I thought that this situation was strange and unusual, the homesteaders in Dickinson were primarily German and Ukrainian, mostly Ukrainian.  Ukrainian women aren’t ugly.  For example, if you go to the website EscortOfItaly.com, and look at the “Gallery” of women, these are all Russian and Ukrainian women, and they are extraordinarily beautiful http://www.escortofitaly.com/Milan/Gallery .  Why don’t the women in Dickinson look like this?

The more that I thought about it, the more I began to realize that the women in Dickinson act like the Yeti that was captured in Russia in the late 1800s, who later had offspring with human men.  Could it be that the people in Dickinson are the descendants of the captured Russian Yeti named Zana?

Before I give the link to the very good article about the captured Russian Yeti named Zana, I want to give a few excerpts from this article, to point out the similarities with the women in Dickinson:

“At first Genaba lodged her in a very strong enclosure and nobody ventured in to give her food, for she acted like a wild beast.  It was thrown to her.  She dug herself a hole in the ground and slept in it and for the first three years she lived in this wild state, gradually becoming tamer.  After three years she was moved to a wattle-fence enclosure under an awning near the house, tethered at first, but later she was let loose to wander about.  However she never went far from the place where she received her food.  She could not endure warm rooms and the year round, in any weather, slept outdoors in a hole that she made herself under the awning.”

( Note from the paragraph above that Zana could not stand warm rooms, she liked the cold.)

“Villagers teased her with sticks thrust through the wattle-fence, and she would snatch them with fury, bare her teeth and howl.”

“Her face was terrifying; broad, with high cheekbones, flat nose, turned out nostrils, muzzle-like jaws, wide mouth with large teeth, low forehead, and eyes of a reddish tinge.  But the most frightening feature was her expression which was purely animal, not human.  Sometimes, she would give a spontaneous laugh, baring those big white teeth of hers.  The latter were so strong that she easily cracked the hardest walnuts.”

“She ate whatever was offered to her, including hominy and meat, with bare hands and enormous gluttony.  She loved wine, and was allowed her fill, after which she would sleep for hours in a swoonlike state.”

“She liked to lie in a cool pool side by side with buffalos.  At night she used to roam the surrounding hills.  She wielded big sticks against dogs and on other perilous occasions.  She had a curious obsession for playing with stones, knocking one against another and splitting them.”

“She was trained to perform simple domestic tasks, such as grinding grain for flour, bringing home firewood and water, or sacks to and from the water-mill, or working at the bowling alley diner.”

If this doesn’t describe the women in Dickinson perfectly, I don’t know what does.  In order for the reader to absorb these facts, I am withholding my other evidence until a later date, to be included in a future forthcoming blog post.  Here is the link to the very thorough historical research article about Zana  http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/zana.htm

 

My Personal Feelings About Whiting Petroleum Stock Losing 89% Of Its Value

Yesterday evening I learned from MarketWatch.com that in the past twelve months Whiting Petroleum stock lost 89% of its value.  The stock went from about $30 per share down to less than $5 per share in less than a year.

As I describe how I feel about this, and what this means to me, I am going to start out being rational and logical, but then I am going to descend into my hatefulness and desire for revenge.

In Dickinson, North Dakota where I have lived for the past seven years, Whiting Petroleum is one of the largest oil field employers, along with Continental Resources and Marathon Oil.  Back during the North Dakota oil boom from 2007-2015, most people here could not have imagined that Whiting Petroleum would be having financial problems a few years later.

One of the most desirable, sought after jobs by experienced oil field workers, was to be an operator/pumper for Whiting, Continental, or Marathon for several reasons.  Experienced oil field workers knew that the oil boom would eventually be over, and that many oil field jobs would go away, but the oil wells and the oil well pumping units would continue to pump for the next twenty years, and they would require someone to check on them every day.  Also, being an operator/pumper can be nearly a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job, with a regular, normal schedule.  It’s not crazy dangerous, or twelve hours per day every day like other jobs in the oil field.

During the North Dakota oil boom, because of the steady, long-term nature of many of the Whiting, Continental, and Marathon jobs, such as operator/pumper, the employees of these companies were able to bring their families to North Dakota and buy a home.  They could almost count on being able to keep their job until retirement in ten, fifteen, or twenty years.

Even though houses that sold for $100,000 prior to the oil boom, suddenly went up to $250,000 due to demand/hype, the Whiting, Continental, and Marathon employees mostly bought houses, brought their families here, and had kind of a normal life, with a steady, regular work schedule, and long-term employment.

Meanwhile, most of the people who came to North Dakota for work during the oil boom, including myself, slept in our vehicles in the WalMart parking lot, the Tiger Truck Stop, Patterson Lake recreation area, under bridges, along the BNSF railroad right-of-way, along ditch banks, and other hiding spots until we got chased away.

There was no homeless shelter in Dickinson.  The trailer parks would not allow travel trailers or RVs that were over ten years old, or truck bed campers like I had.  I had problems finding a place to stay for my first two years in Dickinson, whether it was my truck bed camper, my utility trailer stealth camper, or being a renter in someone else’s home.  There was an extreme shortage of housing, and price-gouging with quadrupled rent.

Some of the worst experiences and worst memories in my entire life were being in Dickinson, North Dakota trying to find a place to stay, and being treated like shit.  I had a nice home that was paid-off back in Idaho, about $10K in the bank, and either a camper on my truck, or my utility trailer that was furnished like a camper, but I was run around in Dickinson and treated like a criminal vagrant, not so much by the Police, as by local people who had housing and new homeowners from Whiting, Continental, and Marathon.

When I went to work for oil field service companies in Dickinson, many times I was installing something for Whiting, Continental, or Marathon at one of their well sites.  Only a few times were oil company representatives nasty or shitty with me on a site location.  However, oil company employees were shitty to me in and around town.

When the oil company employees got off work at about 5:00 p.m., they got in their new company truck, drove back to their house, looked inside their refrigerator, maybe ate dinner at a dinner table with their family, took a shower, and watched television.

Me, I had to drive each of my no-license, drug addict co-workers back to where they lived, return the company truck to the company yard, clean out the trash, get in my truck and drive to the Tiger Truck Stop to sign up on the waiting list, to wait for an hour to take a shower for $8.  Then go back to my truck bed camper that was resting on saw-horses, where the heater was able to keep it at about 50 degrees F inside, if the 15 amp breaker that I shared with someone else wasn’t tripped.

So getting back to Whiting Petroleum, I previously wrote about the announcement that 1/3 of Whiting Petroleum workers were getting laid off from Whiting back in August of 2019.  I was surprised to learn this, because these operator/pumper type jobs were supposed to be long-term, the kind of job that an employee could expect to keep until they retired, the kind of job that would allow you to bring your family to Dickinson and buy a house.

Today, when I read that Whiting Petroleum stock had lost 89% of its value in the past twelve months, that the stock price had fallen from about $30 per share down to as low as $1.81 per share during today’s trading, I knew that this would impact many North Dakotans severely, whether they were employees, former employees, retirees, or investors.

To put this into perspective, if an employee, retiree, or investor owned 10,000 shares of Whiting Petroleum stock, twelve months ago this would have been worth $300,000.  This would be a pretty good nest-egg, retirement fund, or asset.  Picture today, during today’s trading, these same 10,000 shares got down to as low as $18,000.

So, how do I honestly feel about this?  Well, these Whiting Petroleum stocks could go back up in value, some, eventually.  Maybe a larger, wealthier oil company could buy out Whiting Petroleum.  Maybe now is the time to buy a bunch of Whiting Petroleum stock while the price is low.  On the other hand, Whiting Petroleum could go bankrupt.

But part of me feels like, “Ha, ha you motherfuckers, you lose.”  Not only are you Whiting people going to lose your job, or have already lost your job, you lost all of your money in Whiting stocks, and now that you can’t pay for your $250,000 house that you still owe $200,000 on, nobody in Dickinson will pay more than $100,000 for it.  You probably bought a new $70,000 F250 pickup truck too didn’t you.

Yes, I relish the fact that while I was struggling, suffering, and getting treated like shit, all of the people with comfortable jobs and comfortable homes, the security of long-term employment, and smug with their profitable investments, will now have to experience and go through what I went through, maybe even worse.

During the oil boom in North Dakota, most of the people who came here for work could not find or afford normal housing, they especially could not find or afford housing that would allow them to bring the rest of their families here, and have a normal kind of life.

The local Dickinson residents who already had housing, and the oil company employees who had the steady long-term jobs that allowed them to buy a house, they ridiculed, mocked, and disparaged the workers who didn’t have any place to live.  The consensus in Dickinson amongst the people who had homes, was that these people who came here who weren’t home buyers, were vagrants and white trash who should be run out of town.

Now that Whiting Petroleum stock has lost 89% of its value, 1/3 of Whiting Petroleum workers have been laid-off, more Whiting Petroleum employees will probably be laid-off, and many employees, former employees, retirees, and investors have lost so much money in Whiting Petroleum stock, I am happy to see that these people who mocked and looked down on others, will lose their homes, lose their new vehicles, and their families will have to separate, just like the people they had once made fun of and ridiculed.

I Didn’t Know That Whiting Petroleum Stock Dropped 89% In The Past 12 Months

Because there is very little to do in Dickinson, North Dakota, one of the things that I do regularly for entertainment is read the local, U.S., and World news.  You would think that since I spend so much time reading the news, that I would be well-informed, but I’m not.

For my local news, the news affecting Dickinson, I read the Dickinson Press Newspaper online several times a day.  I count on the Dickinson Press to let me know about important news concerning Dickinson, particularly what is happening in the oil field, because this affects me and everyone else in Dickinson.

Recently, when I chose to read the World and U.S. news articles selected for sharing by Google, I found some very important information that I never, ever got from the Dickinson Press Newspaper, any other newspaper in North Dakota, or any television station in North Dakota.  For example, the existence of the Haynes and Boone Oil Industry Reports giving complete up-to-date listings of all the U.S. oil companies and oil field service companies that had filed for bankruptcy.

After quickly looking through the free, online Haynes and Boone Oil Industry Reports, I was able to quickly see which oil companies and oil field service companies operating in North Dakota had filed for bankruptcy.  I didn’t know that Key Energy, Weatherford, and Nuvera had filed for bankruptcy, no one told me.  Does anyone else in Dickinson know?  This is something that the people in Dickinson would need to know, but I never saw it on the television news or read it in any newspaper in North Dakota.

Today, I was looking at the U.S. news articles that Google was sharing, and I saw one titled “Here’s Why Whiting Petroleum’s Stock Plummeted Toward A Record Low”, published by MarketWatch.com on February 12.  If that headline isn’t startling enough, you should see the content of the article.

I will include a link to the full article below, but here are some of the main points of the article from MarketWatch.com:

“Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. plunged in volatile trading toward a record low, after a Debtwire report that the oil-and-gas company had engaged with advisers in an effort to find ways to refinance the large amount of debt coming due over the next year.

The stock WLL, -22.37%  lost over half its value (down 51.2%) to an all-time intraday low of $1.81, before paring gains to be down 22% in active afternoon trading. Trading volume was 48 million shares, compared with the full-day average of about 10.2 million shares.

In a sign of how rapid the decline and bounce was, the stock was halted for volatility three times on the way down, and twice on the way up.”

When I read this MarketWatch.com article further, I saw something that was even more shocking to me, the Whiting Petroleum stock price had fallen by 89% in the past twelve months, from up around $30 per share to less than $5 per share.  Here is the link to the full article https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-why-whiting-petroleums-stock-plummeted-toward-a-record-low-2020-02-12

Whiting Petroleum, along with Continental Resources and Marathon Oil, is one of the largest oil field employers in Dickinson and western North Dakota.  This kind of information should probably be headline news in the Dickinson Press Newspaper, but I haven’t seen it.  Maybe the Dickinson Press Newspaper is trying to stay away from this kind of news, because it would cause panic in Dickinson.

For many people in Dickinson, including Whiting Petroleum employees, they may have had a great deal of money in Whiting Petroleum stocks.  Imagine owning 10,000 shares of Whiting Petroleum stock valued at $300,000 less than a year ago, and during trading today this same 10,000 shares of stock sank to as low as $18,000.

I am going to schedule this blog post to be published Thursday morning, but later Thursday or perhaps Friday, I am going to write about my personal feelings concerning this calamity.

North Dakota Ranks As 48th Worst State For Finding A Mate

When I first came to North Dakota in the Spring of 2011, the first things that I noticed were the miles of prairie, lack of trees, lack of women, and scarcity of attractive women.  In a way, the local people in Dickinson were aware that there was a shortage of women, and a scarcity of attractive women, because they came up with the joke themselves, “There’s a beautiful woman behind every tree.”……. Again, remember, there are no trees.

During the oil boom in North Dakota from 2007-2015, the ratio of men to women in western North Dakota towns ranged from 3:1 to as high as 20:1.  Now that the oil boom is over, the ratio of men to women in Dickinson is still about 3:1.  After having lived in Dickinson for a little over seven years, I am getting the impression that this 3:1 ratio has existed since the homesteaders came to this area in the 1890s.

If they can help it, women don’t want to come to this area of vacant, barren, desolate, cold, windy, bleak, undeveloped prairie.  Because there are no trees here, the first settlers had to build their houses out of stacked grass sod, and they had to burn animal dung for heating and cooking.  Many North Dakotans stayed very poor, living in tiny houses with no indoor plumbing up until the 1970s.

To this day, most of the women who are born in western North Dakota, if they are attractive, they plan on escaping as soon as possible.  They experience the harsh, deadly cold, the isolation, the nothingness, the ugliness, the ignorance, and they want to get out of here as soon as possible.

When you combine the fact that most adult women do not want to come to western North Dakota, and most of the attractive women who are born in western North Dakota try to get out of here as soon as possible, this is what creates the 3:1 male to female ratio.

The women who are left here in western North Dakota, are mean, snarling, sneering, scowling, no-neck, ham-fisted, cankle-calf, line-backer, battle-axe women, some of them even have tusks.  There is some evidence that the forebears of the people who settled Dickinson were offspring of the female Yeti named Zana that was captured in Russia in the late 1800s.  Here is the link to a very good article about Zana, who is remarkably similar to the women in Dickinson http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/zana.htm

Perhaps because the women in Dickinson are so unattractive, the shortage of women in Dickinson, or because of some biological remnant of the historical cross-species mating of the ancestors of the people in Dickinson, some men in the Dickinson area have sex with horses and cattle, as documented by the Grand Forks Herald newspaper article  https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/2187378-dickinson-officials-investigate-sexual-assault-horse

Now, there is a study that shows that North Dakota ranks as the 48th worst state for people finding a mate https://www.grandforksherald.com/lifestyle/4926326-Report-North-Dakota-is-among-worst-states-to-find-love-and-Minnesota-is-one-of-the-best

My Approach To Telling People About Dickinson And The Oil Field

Of all the people who write about Dickinson, North Dakota and all the websites that provide information about Dickinson, what I write is probably the most negative.  Why I come across as so negative, is because I want to tell the truth that is not being reported, and I don’t want people to get into trouble.

What the people in Dickinson don’t know, understand, or care about, and what other websites don’t care about, is that most of the people who are considering coming to North Dakota and working in the oil field, are poor, broke, down-on-their-luck people who are not doing very well in life where they are currently living.

Most people would prefer to stay where their family and friends are, where they grew up, surrounded by the people and places that they know.  When people’s lives become too difficult or impossible to continue on as they are, that’s when people make the decision to try to move someplace else.  In other words, when people’s lives are good, they don’t decide to get up and move to someplace that they have never been and know nothing about.

I think that it is cruel, inhumane, immoral, and unethical to lure people to Dickinson, North Dakota with false, misleading information and a misrepresentation about what working in the oil field is like.  This luring people here is done to keep real estate prices high, to sell real estate, to rent properties, to bring in customers for businesses, and to have a big enough labor pool to keep wages low.

The people who think that they want to come here, the people whose lives are not going very well where they are, here are some reasons for this:  Economic crash in the community where they live, unable to earn enough money in the community where they live, unable to get a job, low education level, no job skills, criminal record, mental illness, health problems, behavior problems, addiction, low intelligence, or a combination several of these factors.

These people need help, not being tricked, not being taken advantage of.  I am not saying that I like these people, I don’t like them.  But it is cruel, inhumane, unethical, and immoral to lure, trick, mislead, and take advantage of these people.

So, here are some of the things that I need to warn these people about Dickinson:

  • The real estate prices and rents here are still high.
  • The real estate prices here are artificially high, buying a home here now you will experience your home losing its value and possibly being unable to sell it.
  • There is no homeless shelter.
  • If you do not have work experience in the oil field, or a skilled trade such as welder, mechanic, electrician, Class A CDL, or construction, you will likely not get a high paying job, or have an easy time finding employment.
  • If you have little or no work experience, no job skills, or a criminal record, you may only be able to find low-paid employment in service industries such as fast food.
  • If you are mentally ill, have health problems, behavior problems, or are an addict, you may not be able to find any employment at all.
  • The Police in Dickinson try as hard as they can to stop motorists for any reason they can, in order to write enough tickets to cause people to lose their driver’s license and subsequently be arrested repeatedly.
  • You can not go out to bars or restaurants and have even a few alcohol drinks because you will by stopped by the Police for DUI and have your license suspended.
  • There is very little to do and nowhere to go in Dickinson.  You will be stopped by the Police on your way home from Walmart.
  • The ratio of men to women is 3:1.  There are very few attractive women in Dickinson.  There are no strip bars in Dickinson.
  • Prostitution is not allowed in Dickinson.  If you respond to a fake advertisement for a prostitute in Dickinson placed by the Police, the Police will later make up the fact that the fake prostitute was under 18, so that you can be sentenced to 20 years in prison for commercial sex trafficking a minor.
  • If you take your vehicle to a car dealer in Dickinson, the dealership may “go to town” on trying to perform costly repairs that aren’t needed.
  • The local people in Dickinson will treat you like a migrant worker because you are not from Dickinson.
  • The local people in Dickinson will try to undermine you and sabotage you at work, by not giving you information that you need, not cooperating, giving you misinformation, blaming you for their mistakes, and mis-reporting on your work performance.
  • There is a lack of competent, professional medical care in Dickinson.  Watch out, they will put you on the $40,000 bankruptcy helicopter ride to Bismarck from the Dickinson hospital when they don’t have adequate medical staff.

Warnings to people about working in the oil field in North Dakota:

  • Contrary to the rumors, most oil field jobs do not pay anywhere near $100K per year.
  • The oil field jobs that do pay close to $100K per year, this pay is achieved by working more than 80 hours per week, for weeks at time, at hard physical work with no rest.  Most people are not mentally and physically strong enough to work hard labor for twelve hours per day, every day, for weeks straight, outside in below freezing weather.
  • The very few entry-level job openings to work directly on a drill rig, (less than 0.5% of oil field job openings, 1 in 200), these job openings will go to young, very healthy, strong men aged 19-28 who show signs of being able to handle the mental and physical stress.  Most people are excluded, because they can not perform this job.
  • The large international oil companies and international oil field service companies, such as Marathon, Haliburton, BJ/Baker Hughes, and Schlumberger seek to hire people with no criminal record, reputable prior oil field work experience, prior military service, or an engineering degree.  They are careful, selective, and they don’t just hire walk-ins off the street.
  • For people who have prior work experience in construction, as a mechanic, welder, electrician, equipment operator, CDL truck driver, who are able-bodied and show an eagerness to work, they can usually find employment with a smaller local or regional oil field service company.
  • The smaller local or regional oil field service companies may seem incompetent, ignorant, mismanaged, inefficient, backwards, dangerous, and unsafe with the wrong people, unqualified people, uneducated people, alcoholics and drug addicts in positions that they shouldn’t be in….welcome to the oil field and North Dakota!
  • Working in the oil field, you may find that you are being endangered at work by unsafe equipment, procedures, and people, people who have got something mentally wrong with them and are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
  • Working in the oil field, you will have to watch out for co-workers intentionally trying to get you hurt, cause an accident, or interfere with your work.  Work interference can include the removal of tools and parts necessary for a job, or sabotage of equipment needed for a job.
  • For those people with very little job experience doing anything, starting out at a construction company and working various construction labor tasks for a year would be enough work experience to gain employment at a small local or regional oil field service company:  Relevant construction tasks such as carrying material, loading material and equipment on trailers, tying down material and equipment, hooking up trailers to trucks, driving trucks with trailers, using hand tools, using power tools, digging trenches, using job site equipment, operating heavy equipment, measuring and performing layout, erecting forms and scaffolds, assembly and installation.
  • For people with health problems, mental illness, or behavior problems, you might not ever be employable in the oil field.

Haynes And Boone, The Most Insightful Oil Industry Report I Have Seen

When I first came to work in North Dakota in 2011 during the oil boom, I did not know very much about the oil industry.  I just never really cared to know, I had never had the need to know.

During my first days after arriving in North Dakota, it was so busy here, that every company I visited in Williston offered me a job, if I could find a place to live.  About every other company that I stopped at in Dickinson offered me a job.

I accepted a job at a small oil field service company in Dickinson, partly because the manager offered to let me stay in my truck camper in the company yard, and there was a shower in the office that I could use.  (At this time, small old studio apartments rented for $1,500 per month in Dickinson, if you could even find one available.)

The oil field service company in Dickinson that I went to work for, they serviced, repaired, and installed oil well pump jacks.  From my previous years of experience working as a superintendent and project manager for the erection of communication towers and construction of communication sites, I had operated crane trucks, backhoes, bobcats, excavators, and used surveying equipment to measure and layout the placement of towers and equipment on site.

Very quickly, I became a little frustrated working at the oil field service company in Dickinson, because my local Dickinson co-workers were not sharing information.  During the installation of oil well pump jacks, I would have liked to have known, where they were getting the measurements for the placement of the concrete pad, and the pump jack, relative to the well head.  I would also like to have known, the measurements for the clamping of the horse head bridle to the pump rod.

Over the past eight years of working in the oil field in North Dakota and Texas, I have experienced that people working in the oil industry don’t share information readily.  I have discovered that there are very few people in the oil industry who have vast encompassing knowledge, the majority of even the experienced oil field workers have knowledge that is just limited to the tasks that they personally perform every day.

The tradespeople working in the oil industry are guarded about the particular jobs that they do, they don’t want competition, someone else trying to do what they do, and possibly taking their job.  But it’s that way throughout the entire oil industry, whether its a truck driver, drill rig floor hand, work over rig hand, pumper, automation & controls, engineer, or land man, they have knowledge that is mostly limited to just what they personally do, and they are reluctant to share what they do know.

It is very hard to get accurate, concise, useful information about the oil industry, partly because most of the people working in the industry have just small bits and pieces of knowledge, and what they do have, it is guarded and not shared.

I was very surprised, astonished, when I was reading a news article yesterday about the price of oil, and the article referenced data compiled by a law firm Haynes and Boone.  I couldn’t believe it, Haynes and Boone had compiled complete lists of every oil company and oil field service company in the U.S. that had filed for bankruptcy since 2015.

One of the areas that the law firm Haynes and Boone specializes in, is oil company bankruptcy and restructuring.  In order to identify what is happening in the oil industry at any given time, they compiled complete lists of the oil companies and oil field service companies that had filed for bankruptcy, and how much debt these companies have.

The reason why this information compiled by Haynes and Boone is interesting to me, is because I am so sick and tired of misinformation and propaganda being spread by local Chambers of Commerce, business magazines, and newspapers, that gladly relay the press releases and marketing ploys of the oil companies.

When things are going bad in an industry, often times the companies will make a big effort to make the public believe the exact opposite of what is actually happening, in order to keep company stock prices high, in order to continue to receive investments and operating loans, to put employees at ease, and to keep up the charade for as long as possible when on the verge of collapse.

Another reason why the Haynes and Boone bankruptcy information is interesting to me, is for me to be able to decide what kind of work that I want to do in the future, where do I want to live, and where do I want to buy property.

During the North Dakota oil boom from 2007-2014, there were rumors being spread around the World about everyone making over $100K per year working in the oil field of North Dakota.  This was far from being true, but the rumor persisted.  If workers were being paid $100K per year, how much money could you make by starting an oil company or an oil field service company?

When I looked at the Haynes and Boone bankruptcy lists, I saw some oil field companies on the lists that I had applied to work for in the past, such as Key Energy and Weatherford, but there were other company names that I recognized.  Key Energy and Weatherford had hundreds or thousands of employees, company yards and warehouses, trucks, cranes, and heavy equipment.  They performed a great deal of work in the oil field, but they filed for bankruptcy???  How do I make sense of that?

It turns out that the oil industry really is a boom and bust industry.  People think that they are going to become rich, but bankruptcy is the result instead for many people and businesses.  We think of oil company owners as billionaires and millionaires, but if you look at the bankruptcy lists, many oil companies went out of business, owing creditors hundreds of millions of dollars.

Here is the link to the Haynes and Boone lists:  https://www.haynesboone.com/Publications/energy-bankruptcy-monitors-and-surveys

Is This A Case Of I Dindu Nuffin In Dickinson, North Dakota

A 24 year old Dickinson resident, Chelsey Borden, has filed a complaint against Dickinson Police Officer Chad Hopponen alleging that the officer used excessive force in arresting her on January 18.

I will try to give a brief timeline of events as reported by the Dickinson Press newspaper in their January 23 article  https://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/4879312-Woman-accuses-Dickinson-officer-of-using-excessive-force-department-to-investigate .

On January 18 at approximately 1 a.m. Chelsey Borden left “Army’s West” sports bar and went to the Holiday gas station and convenience store located approximately two city blocks to the east.

Chelsey waited inside the Holiday convenience store and talked to the cashier while waiting for a friend of hers to arrive.  When her friend arrived, Funmi Ujima, the two of them continued to talk together inside of the store.

Within a short time, another woman walked into the store, who was known to both Chelsey and the friend that Chelsey was talking to.  Chelsey said that she had had problems with this woman before, and that this woman began to argue, act aggressive, and then this woman physically attacked her.

 A physical fight ensued, and Dickinson Police Officer Chad Hopponen arrived while this physical fight was still in progress.

The above timeline is roughly what happened, the bare facts.  For the rest of the story, Chelsey Borden has her version, and Police Officer Chad Hopponen has his version.

Chelsey’s Version:

Chelsey said that the other woman pushed her, took a swing at her, and that she was only trying to defend herself when Police Officer Hopponen arrived.  Chelsey said that Officer Hopponen yelled at her, put his finger in her face, yelled at her to put her fucking hands behind her back, and yelled at her to fucking get down on the floor.

Chelsey’s quote from the Dickinson Press then said at this point, that Chelsey put her hands up, and said, Sir, please calm down, and let me explain what happened.  Then, “Without notice or warning he swiped at my face and aggressively forced me to the ground causing my injuries,” she said. “I was thrown into the back of Officer Hopponen’s police cruiser, and he never asked me what happened or listened to my pleas for him to loosen the cuffs, which left bruises on my wrists to this day.”

Some of Chelsey’s complaints are, the Police Officer used excessive force, she suffered a cut on her cheek, she suffered bruising because the handcuffs were used improperly, and the Police Officer didn’t use the training he was taught for de-escalation.

The Police/Officer Chad Hopponen’s version:

The Dickinson Police stated that they do not want to discuss this arrest prior to the completion of both the criminal case and their internal investigation of Police Officer Chad Hopponen, beyond a few initial statements.  “According to police, Borden was arrested shortly after 1:30 a.m. inside the store for what police say was disorderly and tumultuous behavior. Police say Borden resisted the officer’s attempts to gain compliance and take her into custody.”  “Capt. Joe Cianni, Dickinson Police Department, said that the altercation and subsequent arrest were captured on audio and video footage.”

The Dickinson Press newspaper article covering this incident was fairly well written, it was detailed, and thorough.  I wouldn’t say that it was leaning in either Chelsey Borden’s favor or Police Officer Chad Hopponen’s favor, but this article does not include Police Officer Chad Hopponen’s observations, assessments, or opinions, only Chelsey’s.

In a way, this Dickinson Press newspaper story is one-sided, because Police Officer Chad Hopponen wasn’t able to tell his side of the story.  Many months from now, probably not until the criminal case against Chelsey Borden is concluded, the video and audio, of the altercation and the arrest will be made public.

I am writing about this news story, because I am angry about it.  I want to point out what is not being told.  Someone called the Police that night, it was probably the Holiday convenience store clerk.  Everything was not going along fine, everything was not going O.K., there was an argument and then a physical fight between two people at 1:30 a.m. inside the store.

Whoever called the Dickinson Police Department, they didn’t just say that there was a fight inside the Holiday convenience store, the Police Dispatcher asks the caller to explain who is fighting, give a description, what are they wearing, are there any weapons, what is happening.  I believe that it is likely that the caller told the dispatcher who attacked who, and who was hitting who.

Something else that is not being told, is that there was probably alcohol involved.  It was 1:30 a.m. following a Friday night, Chelsey had just come from a bar, one or more of the parties involved had probably been drinking alcohol.  Stop and think about it, when was the last time that you saw a fist-fight between two women at the Family Dollar or Family Fare grocery store during the day?  This is not normal behavior.

My opinion is that when Officer Hopponen arrived at the Holiday convenience store, the Police Dispatcher had already given a description of the aggressor to the Police Officer, based on the information that was given by the caller.  Or, that based on what Officer Hopponen saw as he approached, he was able to determine who the aggressor appeared to be.

I believe that Officer Hopponen encountered two very angry, combative, aggressive women who were currently engaged in a fist-fight inside the store.  My opinion is, that one or both of the women were probably under the influence of alcohol, were not using normal judgement, and were not complying with Officer Hopponen’s instructions.

In Chelsey’s statements to the Dickinson Press reporter, she said that she was being yelled at by Officer Hopponen to put her fucking hands behind her back, and fucking get down on the floor, but instead of doing what he asked, she stood there with her hands up, saying let me explain.

When Police Officers arrive somewhere to possibly make an arrest, they do not know if the people that they are dealing with have any weapons on their person, such as a knife or a firearm.  They would like to have compliance in handcuffing the person, rather than resistance or refusal, because they do not know if the person is armed or what they will do next.  Failing to comply with the Police Officer’s request, means more to the Police Officer than just a difference of opinion, it poses a threat to the Police Officer.

Chelsey said that Officer Hopponen should have used his de-escalation training.  He wasn’t trying to de-escalate, he was trying to make an arrest, take someone into custody, and transport them to jail.  De-escalation, what does that mean in this case, not being arrested, not being taken to jail, and not having two misdemeanor charges on your record?

Prior to publishing this blog post article, I went to the North Dakota Court Repository internet site, and typed in “Chelsey Borden” for Stark County criminal cases.  There is no record of her arrest, which probably means that the prosecutor or the police have dropped the charges against her.

Once the internal Dickinson Police Department investigation of Officer Chad Hopponen has been completed, the Dickinson Police said that the audio and video of the altercation and the arrest will be released to the public upon request.  I am very interested to see and hear what happened.