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calendar   Friday - February 19, 2016

natural wonders


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Lava, come back to me? Nope. It isn’t lava. It’s water. Plain old cold water at that. At just one special time each year the setting sun is aligned just so, and illuminates Horsetail Falls in Yosemite Park in a way that makes the rocks and the water glow as if they were on fire. Which is why the phenomena here is called “firefalls” and is a big tourist draw. Of course, it helps when there’s enough water in the river to actually go over the edge, and the weather has to be clear enough at sunset to get enough light. And this year it all came together. See more here.



And don’t go all Georgia O’Keefe on me.  I can see it too; sometimes a waterfall is just a waterfall. Even though ... the refrigerator joke.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/19/2016 at 11:26 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 27, 2015

garden mystery solved

Well, it’s a mystery no more. In the time it took me to start this post, I ran 3 different Google searches to try to find the proper name of this oddball little plant the nursery sold me this year.

It’s a deep shade grower, and I hope it’s a perennial. The little starter plants had no labels, and all the nursery lady could tell me was that this was “It’s spotted plant. There’s a green and white one, a green and pink one, and a green and pink one with red stems”. And shes right, and it’s done very well in my garden, growing a foot and a half tall and living happily in the deep shade.

And now it’s blooming. From the underside of the leaves. Itsy-bitsy little purple flowers. Go figure.


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Turns out it’s called a Polka Dot Plant, so the young woman at the plant shop wasn’t too far off. Common as mud in certain areas. It’s a native to Madagascar and is supposed to grow 10” tall. It’s also often grown as a houseplant, and grows outside as an annual.

The proper name of this little group - the three varieties seem to co-exist together almost always - is hypoestes phyllostachya. I like the sound of that. Hypo. Estes. Phyllo. Stachya. A super - model rocket powered - dough - mustache?

Whatever. Wiki says it’s herbaceous, which means they’re going to die off, but will drop seeds to regrow themselves next year. Fine by me. I think it’s a winner.


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One of the tiny little blossoms, fallen onto the surrounding ground cover perennial, False SomethingorOther.

Plant names ... they’re so hard to remember!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/27/2015 at 07:03 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 30, 2015

Click! And Now It’s Spring

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The flowers that bloom in the spring,
Tra la,
Breathe promise of merry sunshine —
As we merrily dance and we sing,
Tra la,
We welcome the hope that they bring,
Tra la,
If the deer haven’t eaten them all,
If the deer haven’t eaten them all.
And that’s what we mean when we say that a thing
Is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.
Tra la la la la,
Tra la la la la,
If the deer haven’t eaten them all.





The tulips and the daffodils started to open up the day before yesterday. You can see where the deer have been nibbling on them left and right. No, not nibbling. Chowing down on the leaves and decapitating the buds. The bastiges. Like tree rats, deer are all members of ISIS. Terrorists with fur.

I think next year I’m going to plant claymore land mines and machine guns.


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See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/30/2015 at 05:19 PM   
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calendar   Friday - November 15, 2013

something worth looking at

Just couldn’t resist posting this.
I’m a sucker for this kind of photography.

There ya go Drew.  Possible answer to mouse problem.

Owl be seeing you: Adorable moment fluffy owlets take a peek at photographer outside their nest

Incredible pictures feature in National Geographic 2013 photo contest

By Daily Mail Reporter

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This is the adorable moment three fluffy owlets spotted a photographer taking their picture - and tried to get a closer look.

Graham McGeorge had been visiting Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia for two months hoping to spot the young birds.

And one day after the trio’s parents headed out to try and catch food they heard him shuffling around nearby.

Mr McGeorge, who is originally from Scotland but is now living in Jacksonville, Florida, said: ‘It takes just over an hour to get to the swamp and I spent two months there on weekends and travelling up after work.

‘It’s extremely rare to see them because they nest within the trunk and any crevice in the tree is usually made by woodpeckers.

‘The adults are eight to ten inches tall and the owlets much smaller so unless you know where the nest is you won’t see them.

‘They are so elusive they hunt at night so you have to be pretty fortunate to be able to photograph them.

‘Usually people won’t see them until they go to start flying but both parents were away from nest so when they heard me they got really inquisitive.

‘I happily waited for a long time watching them poke their heads out every 30 or 40 minutes intervals. It was fascinating behaviour to be able to witness.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/15/2013 at 04:39 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - March 31, 2013

if women are gonna let us see, then damn it I’m gonna look. and it isn’t about porn either.

Believe it or not, I am not posting this with Eye Candy in mind.  Nope.
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I’m doing it cos I am so darned annoyed at our culture that every single day in every way, places beautiful women of all shapes, sizes and colors before our eyes, often times with their breasts exposed to a degree that rivets the male eyeball, unless the male is my humble self.  Boobs do not make the woman and they are very low on my list of attractions.  But this is not about that.

This is a gripe at seeing so many really pretty ladies , who it is very clear I am meant to see , and then being called all sorts of names usually starting with anti and often ending in - ism.  And ALL because I am doing no more then what is natural for any male who really loves women. And not just the nude ones. I feel I have to make that last one clear. 

Forget professional models.  The youngest of girls wear minis so high you would have to be stone cold dead not to notice. Even when you are not looking for it.

Our culture has become sexualized to a degree I never knew in my yoot. Of course, there were no photos on radio in my day. No puters and TV a flickering start.  The first major sex symbol of our modern age in 1950 was Dagmar, who appeared on a late night show called Broadway Open House with an old time vaudevillian named Jerry Lester.  Funny what I can remember.

The newspapers printed mainly news, of all darn things. But hey, it was pretty ladies, granted they were fully clothed in those days, selling cars in magazine and newspaper ads.  When I was young, I had to use my imagination cos this was just before the Bikini swimwear.  And even that Bikini covered more. Not too much more but a bit. 

However, little by little a little later on, some things began to change. Movies got a bit bolder, some censorship was relaxed and one bright day, Playboy appeared. But long, long before Playboy, the Great White Way, that is, Broadway under the guidance of Flo Ziegfeld ( Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. ) staged spectacular shows that glorified he said, the American woman.  Some of which were either French or English btw. No exposed boobs in those shows but oh my.  Those wonderful, legs
always on display. And that brings me to where I wanna be.  About women on display.  Of course in our modern up to date time, we are seeing more of them and what they have to display.  And what they have to display is a glorious sight to men hardly equaled by a sunset over water.  If even then.  To be very honest, I am less impressed by that poetic sunset then I am of a beautiful female.  Even and old WW2 poster of Betty Grable is more appealing to me.

Now here’s where things really go wrong for us guys who are very much older but not rich or famous or glamorous.  Not even minor movie actors.
We still enjoy looking at beautiful women.  Can’t help it.  And to make things even worse yet, the women we gape at are ALL of them, far younger than we are.
Well of course they are.  Why on earth would we want to stare at someone who more resembled us with sagging bottom, thick thighs, thinning hair, and all the other things that make age so physically unattractive?  And so the older we get, the worse the names we are called for doing only what comes naturally.

Now then, if you should go to the home page, or any page of the Sunday or the Daily Mail, over on the far right side under the heading of FEMAIL is a feature that appears 7 days a week.  Today is very tame compared to Monday thru Saturday.  Any excuse to show an actress getting out of a car with legs splayed and a boob coming out of a bra best not worn with that sort of dress.  And even worse she may also be worse for wear.  Photo after photo of women on display and almost all displaying just enough to grab our eyeballs and paste them there, but only enuff to tease and drive us bonkers.  For more, we’d have to go to other sites.  So anyway, the mail features these things and the Mail isn’t the Lone Ranger of course, but because we will stop and we will look
and some might even drool, we are also stuck with mean labels for doing exactly what we’re enticed and is normal for us to do.

And that bothers me.

SEE LOTS MORE OF ASHLEY ROBERTS, SUNDAY MAIL source


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/31/2013 at 09:53 AM   
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calendar   Monday - February 25, 2013

Ten!

I give the hippo a ‘10’ for reverb and sustain:


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/25/2013 at 02:43 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - November 06, 2012

WORKING HARD TO BRING ART AND CULTURE TO BMEWS. THANK YOU.

While America votes its future, the Aussies are hard at play.

Take a look at this. See the link too. Oh what fun? Guess so for some. Hope they can recall it all the day after.

Oh by the way.

I made the huge mistake of letting myself read some comments on our election. Ppl here with NO idea how America works urging us to vote Obama.

Anger inducing.

And then, and I do not know how, ALL of my mail in my YHOO inbox just up and went.  I was clearing out the trash, trash was highlighted so I know I had it correct, but somehow, poof. My inbox emptied. Damn.

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And you thought Ascot was a bit racy! Aussies’ big day out at the Melbourne Cup

By Deborah Arthurs

More than 105,000 people flocked to Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne for the two-mile race, which has become a social, cultural and sporting icon for Australia - and a large number of them were ladies dressed to impress.

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But in time-honoured fashion, as the champagne flowed and races were won - or lost - the racegoers became ever-more dishevelled, with some kicking off their shoes to feel the grass of the race track under their bare feet.

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British racing meets have long had a reputation for getting a bit messy as the day develops, but the hedonistic Melbourne crowds showed the UK that they can party just as hard as both winners and losers sank gallons of booze and caused havoc around the racecourse.

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MUCH MORE TO SEE HERE AT THE SOURCE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/06/2012 at 07:12 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 11, 2012

MOTHER NATURE AS EYE CANDY

I really do go bonkers over photos like this one.  I see them often here but don’t often post them.  Have no idea why I don’t.  Maybe I should pay more attention to this stuff.  Sounds like a plan. Lots more at the link of course.

Is this awesome er what?

Striking moment osprey swoops into water and plucks two fish from the water at the same time

By HELEN LAWSON

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/11/2012 at 01:26 PM   
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calendar   Friday - July 20, 2012

keep ur i on the ball guys. and forget the bikinis.  that should be easy. yeah right.

This should have a category called Gimme-a- break.

How many women I wonder actually watch this so called sport which is really a summer pastime game or something like that. But okay. You wanna think of it as a sport, fine.  Doesn’t bother me. What does tho is the high highfalutin idea that people and by that term I mean men and you know I did, men shouldn’t be obsessed with the outfits she and the ladies wear.
Gimme-a-break.

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Men aren’t going to watch this activity in the present numbers with the girls covered. To be critical of the lookers which means most men, is a denial of the only reason they do watch.  Skimpy outfits.  What the hell did this dingbat think brought this game, this pastime, this whatever you call it, what brought it to public attention?
Skimpy outfits on fit women.

So anyway, here’s the headline that greeted us on page 9 of today’s Mail.

We’re fed up with obsession about our skimpy outfits, say scantily-clad GB volleyball girls

By SPORTSMAIL REPORTER

Female beach volleyball players vowed that they would keep wearing their bikinis – despite admitting it was ‘upsetting’ that the sport was known only for skimpy outfits.

Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin, who form part of Britain’s first ever Olympic beach volleyball team, said bikinis were still the best kit for the sport, despite rule changes which would allow them to cover up if they wished.

‘It’s perfect for our sport,’ Mullin, 27, said. ‘We play in hot countries and I can’t imagine wearing anything else on the sand. I will still be wearing my bikini.’

The players said their family and friends hated the fact that they were recognised only for wearing bikinis.

‘They find it really upsetting. They say to me, “How can they still be talking about your bikinis? Don’t they understand how hard you work?”

‘I try and tell them it will change eventually. But yes, it does upset them.’ Miss Mullin said that whenever the team played, most of the men who attended were there only to see girls in bikinis.

‘It doesn’t really bother me, but I hope they go home with a different attitude once they see us play,’ she said.

Players have been given the option of wearing shorts rather than bikinis during the Olympics. And with dismal weather forecast during the Games, they may well wish to change.

But Dampney, 26, said: ‘If it’s warm, we will be in our bikinis.’

Meanwhile, the teams have learned the identity of their first-round opponents for the tournament starting on July 28.

The women’s team of Dampney and Mullin have been drawn in Group F alongside Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti of Italy, Russia’s Ekaterina Khomyakova and Evgenia Ukolova, and Marie-Andree Lessard and Annie Martin of Canada.

OBSESSED WITH SKIMPY OUTFITS?  YOU BETCHA.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/20/2012 at 04:49 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 24, 2011

I thought it was me

Earthquake hits VA, rocks US East Coast




I must be becoming an isolationist or something. Yesterday was another day I spent doing things, without the TV or radio on, and no surfing on the internet. It seems sometimes that I spend my life online, so I’m taking a break from it. So when my wife came home and said “Hey, did you feel the earthquake?” I was a bit taken aback. Yes, I’d felt something yesterday at about 10 to 2, but I hadn’t realized it was an earthquake. No. I had, but I’d dismissed that thought. It didn’t feel like an earthquake ... Mr. Experience there, having been in exactly 1 minor trembler before.

I don’t remember enough of my geology to say whether it was P-waves or Rayleigh waves that struck here, but what we did get lasted about 5-10 seconds. It felt like the chair I was in was starting to tip backwards, in several pulses. My first thought was that it was me; was I having a heart attack or a stroke or some inner ear issue? Not that I’m given to any of those, it’s just that this earthquake was silent. After that I thought, hey maybe this is an earthquake, I hope the concrete slab floors we’re on can take it. But then I dismissed those thoughts entirely; this is New Jersey and we don’t have earthquakes. Guess I should have listened to my Inner Californian.

I was at work in the grocery store the night that the last real earthquake struck this general area, when the local Ramapo Fault had a bit of a slip back in the early 80s. That quake may not have lasted as long as this one, but the sensation was completely different. And it was unbelievably loud. It sounded like a helicopter the size of a freight train was landing on the roof. The floors were jumping up and down. No question that it was an earthquake; I knew so instantly. I remember that I was in the back of the store by the meat counter, and that I took about 5 steps and was out the front door. And that place was a full size grocery store, not some little bodega.

This time around we got a bit of rolling of the ground instead of vertical shaking. Half a dozen or so pulses that felt like the floor was tipping away a bit. Then it was over. No buildings collapsed, no windows shattered, nothing fell off the shelves or countertops here. It didn’t make a sound. So I promptly forgot about it and went back to whatever I was doing ... oh yeah, still mucking about with spreadsheets on the PC.

Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Hits Virginia, Sends Shockwaves Throughout East Coast

An unusually strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck central Virginia Tuesday afternoon and sent tremors along the East Coast, which prompted office buildings from Washington D.C. to New York to be evacuated.

There were no immediate reports of injury or serious structural damage.

The earthquake struck near Mineral, Va., more than three miles below sea level, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Mineral is town 83 miles from D.C. and has been known for its seismic activity, but seldom produces a substantial earthquake.

At Reagan National Airport outside Washington, ceiling tiles fell during a few seconds of shaking. Authorities put all flights on hold.

A spokesman for Washington National Cathedral said at least three of the four pinnacles on the central tower have fallen off and the central tower appears to be leaning.

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New York also felt tremors from the earthquake.

Buildings in New York City shook briefly and the FBI building was evacuated. Flights resumed at John F. Kennedy International Airport and Newark Airport, where control towers were previously evacuated. Evacuations were demanded as north as Canada.

Federal officials say two nuclear reactors were taken offline near quake site in Virginia; there was no damage reported. Indian Point, a power plant in New York, said on Twitter that there are no issues at the facility.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement that it is monitoring the situation and in “close contact” with federal and state partners.

The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones and is less prepared than California or Alaska for shaking.

When the quake struck, President Obama was just starting a round of golf on Martha’s Vineyard, where shocks were also felt. He led a conference call with emergency chiefs later in the afternoon.

The ground quaked as far south as Charleston, SC, and north of New Hampshire, experts said. The epicenter was estimated to be a little less than four miles below the Earth’s surface. Concern over aftershocks remained, although officials assured the public that the chance of any devastating temblors was slim.

In Manhattan, where the quake registered just over 2 on the Richter, business came to an abrupt halt.

It figures, right? Whenever anything happens, Obama is playing golf. Because that’s about all he seems to do.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/24/2011 at 12:14 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 30, 2011

A Bigger Punchline

... and the old joke concludes “and she slapped her hands together and said “I TOLD you not to park the truck in front of the house!!”



Iceberg, Dead Ahead!



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Massive iceberg blocks the town’s harbor : “Big Berg Blocks Boats”

An impressive iceberg arrived in Newfoundland’s Goose Cove in mid-July. “Icebergs float in from Greenland,” said the photographer, Gene Patey. This one briefly blocked the town’s harbor before breaking apart and melting, “but the fishermen took their chances.”

The Northern Peninsula’s international reputation as ‘Iceberg Alley’ continues to grow as more than a dozen gargantuan blocks of ice float down from Greenland. The largest, a chunk calved from the Petermann Ice Glacier, is yet to appear around the tip of Newfoundland however it was last seen off Battle Harbor on the Southern Labrador coast, yesterday.

A few miles away in St. Anthony, the icebergs are coming down in droves. Locals are making some quick summer money taking tourists out to see them. It’s a very good year for icebergs. Goose Cove and St. Anthony are towns on the northern end of the island of Newfoundland, which sits at the east end of the Bay of St. Lawrence where the St. Lawrence River empties into the sea. Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia lie to the southwest, Labrador to the north. St. Anthony bills itself as the “iceberg, whale, and moose capital of the world”, and locals report that there was still snow on the ground as of last month; “it has been a cold summer thus far”. That isn’t too much of a surprise; the ice cold Labrador Current runs along the south side of the island, keeping the warmer Gulf Stream current far out to sea. And the continental shelf is quite abrupt there, so it is possible that the iceberg in the picture is not shelved, but floating.

That same Labrador Current should push the icebergs into the waters off the coast of Maine in another month or less, assuming they don’t all melt on the way as they usually do.

More interesting stuff in the same neighborhood: Did you know that Canada is less than 16 miles away from France? Seriously. You can take a ferry back and forth. Within the “12 mile circle” is the tiny island of St. Pierre. This is not a territory of France but an actual part of France, even though the area is called “Collectivité territoriale de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon”. They use the Euro as currency, they have their own time zone, their electricity is 220v just like in France. They probably only have one shower on the whole island, just like France.

I leave it to you to debate why this summer is such a great one for icebergs. These ones come down from Greenland. Climate change, higher thermal activity from the Greenland hotspots, just random fluctuation, more seismic activity causing more calving, Eskimos being naughty with crowbars, etc?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2011 at 01:36 PM   
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calendar   Monday - June 06, 2011

Chilean volcano erupts

You might be watching this on TV but I’m posting it anyway ... Mother Nature.
Watch, now the planet savers led my Mr Bore will add this to their catalog of of doomsday predictions.

Whatever


When all hell breaks loose: Lightning tears the sky apart above the glow of the Chilean volcano

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 1:04 PM on 6th June 2011


Flames reach up to the heavens as lightning flashes criss-cross the sky.

These extraordinary images show the full force of Mother Nature as a Chilean volcano erupts for the first time in 50 years.

Ash has been thrown six miles up into the sky and the South American government has ordered the evacuation of thousands of residents.

Winds fanned the ash toward neighbouring Argentina, darkening the sky in the ski resort city of San Carlos de Bariloche, in the centre of the country, and its airport has also been closed.

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Bunch of spectacular time lapse photos and story HERE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/06/2011 at 12:26 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 26, 2011

$7 Gas

3 Inch Lizard Could Shut Down Texas Oil Business

How’s that for jobs “saved or created”? Out of control EPA wants to put the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on the Federal Endangered Species List, and you know what that will mean.

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If the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard is declared an endangered species, it could devastate oil and gas production in the Permian Basin for at least two years. Critics believe this proposal is an entirely politically motivated move to hurt the energy industry in America.

The listing of the Northern spotted owl as a threatened species has killed logging and created ghost towns in the Northwest – and the owls are still in decline after 20 years of protection. The ESA protection of the delta smelt as a threatened species created unemployment of more than 40 percent in the San Joaquin Valley – until the votes of two congressmen for Obama’s health care bill turned the water back on – temporarily.  (Suddenly the fish weren’t so important.) Unfortunately for the owls and smelt, they’re not getting the needed population boost, but the unemployment figures of the loggers and farm laborers has increased significantly.

The Obama administration wants us to believe that they will really focus on jobs and the economy. The announcements and “pro-business” staff members are just window dressing. While no one is looking, they’re continuing the job-killing policies. On December 14, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard “faces immediate and significant threats due to oil and gas activities and herbicide treatments.” As a result, they propose it be listed as “endangered”—under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—which starts the clock for a 60-day public comment period. Hoping no one would notice, the proposal was announced during the throes of the holiday season. We, the public, need to take notice.

If the lizard receives the ESA listing, oil and gas development will be virtually stopped for those that have not yet signed the CCA and no new exploration will be allowed—which means even higher prices at the pump. As we’ve seen with the closing of the Alaska pipeline, the less supply we have, the higher the price. If the economy’s really important, wouldn’t Washington want to keep prices low for the consumer and to help recovery? An ESA listing will also block potential wind farms and solar installations. The news release states that “Habitat loss and fragmentation” is due to the “creation of roads and pads, pipelines and transmission lines.” Transmission lines are needed to get the renewable energy from “out there” where the land is to “in here” where the people are.

The endangered species we should all be concerned about is “the job.” The economy of this entire portion of the country is dependent on ranching/farming and the extractive industries. Take them away and you take jobs away. The region will become the victim of policy-induced poverty.

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-2nd District, says he sees a threat in the desert, a tiny reptile that can destroy jobs if the federal government lists it as an endangered species.

Critics of Pearce, a Republican who is weighing whether to run for the U.S. Senate next year, counter that he is trying to whip up a furor against environmental laws to advance himself politically.

In the middle of this debate is the dunes sagebrush lizard. A dusty brown, this lizard grows to no more than 3 inches and is so rare - limited to stretches of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas - that most humans will never see one. The dunes sagebrush lizard lives in dunes covered by shinnery oak. Its habitat is shrinking, and the U.S. government has listed it as a candidate for “endangered” status since 2001.

The state of New Mexico already lists the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, making it illegal to kill or harm the animal. But state protections are slim compared to those a federal designation would provide. Under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. government could restrict oil drilling, grazing and use of off-road vehicles to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard.

Its range covers Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. Most of that habitat is federally owned, controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. In addition, the lizard lives in four counties of west Texas.

Pearce, focusing on the reptile this week in town meetings throughout the 2nd Congressional District, said people would be put in peril if the federal government classifies the dunes sagebrush lizard as “endangered.”

“Most of the oil and gas jobs in southeast New Mexico are at risk,” he said. “In the ‘70s, they listed the spotted owl as endangered and it killed the entire timber industry.”

MIDLAND (Texas)- The sagebrush lizard has ended up on the radar of many oil companies locally, that’s because it may end up halting production.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Association will be having a public rally on Tuesday in protest of the dunes sagebrush lizard being added to the endangered species list.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Congressman Michael Conaway will be speaking alongside Ben Sheppard, President of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, about the hindrance this will force on the area.

The rally is scheduled at 5 pm Tuesday at the Midland Center.  On Wednesday, the official hearings will be held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 6:30 pm at the Midland Center.

Public comment is welcome.

I’m sure a few hundred thousand emails to the EPA and to US Fish & Wildlife Service couldn’t hurt. Be polite, but be firm. People, jobs, and country first. Insignificant little animals last. Let them adapt, or perish.  If West Texas oil production comes to a screeching halt, or if the drilling companies have to apply for, pay for, and then include the expense of dealing with the EPA’s CCA regs, that is going to drive the price of American crude right off the charts. Which is exactly what Ocommie and his gang o’ thugocrats want.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/26/2011 at 07:56 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 07, 2011

another quake for japan

Don’t know if you folks are seeing anything in the states yet. I suppose you might.

This just came from the Mail about 20 minutes ago.


Tsunami warning issued after 7.4 magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Japan

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 4:59 PM on 7th April 2011

Huge aftershock strikes SAME underwater spot as original March quake
Warnings of two metre wave over 300 miles of coastline
Fukushima Nuclear plant evacuated
A tsunami warning has been issued in Japan after 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the North Eastern coast.

The Japan meteorological agency has issued a warning for a wave of up to two metres after the night time eruption, 25 miles underwater off the coast of Miyagi prefecture.

The alert is for coastal areas already torn apart by last month’s tsunami, which is believed to have killed some 25,000 people and has sparked an ongoing crisis at a nuclear power plant.

The latest quake occurred around 90 miles from Fukushima.

A spokesman for plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are safe but that it had evacuated two workers there and seven at a sister plant to the south that was not badly damaged.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said the new quake struck at about the same location and depth as the March 11 quake.

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