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Ice Needles

I took this photo a few minutes ago of “ice needles” on a Silver Lace vine in the backyard.  This, apparently, is hoar frost.

So pretty.

Hoar Frost

Hoar Frost, Boulder, Colorado 1-13-15

 

January 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM Leave a comment

Wow, That Was Fast

Exxon Valdez Cleanup via Wikimedia

(Image via Wikimedia Commons)

 

Gawd, better late than never I guess:

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, U.S. Mandates Double-Hulled Oil Tankers

Oil tankers bring about 15 million gallons of oil every day into Washington state. Starting Jan. 1, those ships are required to have double hulls.

The oil-spill prevention measure has been in the works for decades, ever since Capt. Joseph Hazelwood ran the Exxon Valdez onto Alaska’s Bligh Reef in 1989. Eleven million gallons of oil spilled into Prince William Sound, killing thousands of seabirds and sea otters, devastating the region’s fisheries and unleashing action in Washington, D.C.

A year after what was then the nation’s worst oil spill, the U.S. Congress required oil tankers to have double hulls. […]  The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 gave ship owners 25 years to phase out their single-hull tankers.

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December 31, 2014 at 12:28 PM Leave a comment

Beautiful Photo

Thursday night I stood at my east-facing kitchen window marveling at the huge full moon that was rising over the plains.  I thought about taking a picture but there are so many trees and wires in the way I decided not to because it wouldn’t reflect how beautiful the scene was.

Today I came across this photo taken by our local Denver “CBS4” helicopter that night.  It not only shows the gorgeous moon but it has the added bonus of an airplane taking off from Denver International Airport flying through the frame, silhouetted against the moon.

So pretty.

Full Moon 11-7-14 via CBS4Mark

(Image via CBS4Mark)

 

November 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM Leave a comment

Japanese Mountain Climbers Flee When Mountain Erupts

When you’re hiking in the mountains, particularly above tree line, and an electrical storm moves in, the first thing you should do is get the hell Off.  The.  Mountain.  That’s happened to me many times.  It’s scary.  But that’s been put into a bit of a different perspective by this:

Japan Volcano Mt Ontake Erupts, Injuring Climbers and Forcing Evacuations

At least one person has been seriously injured following an eruption at Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano.

Several others, including mountain climbers caught out by the sudden and unexpected eruption on Saturday, have also been reported injured according to Japanese media reports.

A number of people have been evacuated from a mountain lodge near to the volcano while hundreds remain stranded. Aircraft have had their routes diverted.

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And this:

(Via.)

Wow!

September 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM Leave a comment

Food That Will Kill Us: Obama’s USDA, in the Hands of the Corporatocracy, is Making Our Food Inedible and Our Planet Unlivable

Image via Wikipedia.org

(Image via Wikipedia.org)

Ah yes, Obama’s USDA:

Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than 50 members of Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted final approval to a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Wednesday [September 17, 2014].

According to the agency’s own findings, the move could result in up to a sevenfold increase in the use of an older, more toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a compound used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The new GE crops, also known as GMOs, approved include Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soy. These crops were developing to survived sprayings of both glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and 2,4-D.

As an aside, to those who say Obama’s a great guy but his hands are tied because of the Republican-controlled House and the Republican do-nothings in the Senate, what say you about this?  This is his USDA.

“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of GMO mono-crops, is a failure,” says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. “Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these ‘miracle’ crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?”

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September 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM 1 comment

The United States is Way Behind China in Preparing for Climate Change

Let’s ponder the long run for a sec here:  Who’s smarter?  Who’s doing the best job planning for the future?

Military v. Climate spending via Degrist on twitter

(Image via @Drgrist on Twiter)

I vote for China.

This is what the U.S. gets allowing itself to become a corporatocracy run by lobbyist$ who drain it via endless war.

September 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM Leave a comment

First Snow

I woke up late this morning so I had to scramble to get to the food bank on time and I didn’t think to take a photo of the quarter inch of snow on the grass in the backyard.  When I got home though there was still some on the table where the grill is:

First Snow 2014

First Snow Boulder, Colorado 9-12-14

Our first snow, on September 12!  Yikes.  I read somewhere yesterday that if it did snow last night it would be our third earliest ever here in Boulder.  So, here we go. (I’m ready.)

September 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM Leave a comment

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