Images of flying dinosaurs are wrong
Researchers are starting to understand the basic physics of how large flying reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs, the pterosaurs, flew.
Are Texans less likely than people elsewhere to believe in Climate Change?
Grim predictions say 9 more years of Texas drought possible
A drought that has caused more than $5 billion in damages could continue for another 9 years, a state forecaster said on Thursday.
“After War, From Wife to Caregiver.” This is a heartbreaking look at a wife dealing with helping her husband, a veteran of two tours in Iraq with the US Air Force, who has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. April Marcum had to leave her job to make sure her husband Tom could get to his medical appointments and remember to take his medications. She says,
“The biggest loss is the loss of the man I married. His body’s here, but his mind is not here anymore. I see glimpses of him, but he’s not who he was.”
TBI is a huge issue in returning veterans (also in returning contractors) that needs more attention, both socially, politically and medically. This is a very important, if painful, video to watch.
If this was a Harry Potter movie, liberals would put Justice Scalia on a wanted poster as undesirable number one. And yet they just can’t seem to look away. The principles and laws on which he stands are so compelling… that whether you love him or hate him, you simply must deal with him.
There’s also an interesting bit of rhetoric going on here, if you look past the ridiculousness of using Harry Potter to make a political with a straight face on the Senate floor. Republicans are obviously seeing themselves as the hero-victims here. They aren’t just right - they are champions of good in a war of good vs. evil. Because if Antonin Scalia is Harry Potter, then the unsaid comparison is of Democrats to the evil Voldemort and his Death Eaters.
Picture of the Day. Landscape photographer Mitch Dobrowner documents natures extremes. Here is a tornado he photographed in Regan, North Dakota this year. He says:
Words are inadequate to describe the experience of photographing this immense power and beauty.
In the news: The US National Weather Service published a report yesterday of findings on the factors related to the damage done by tornadoes in Joplin, MO, earlier this year in which 160 people died. The report identifies ways to improve disaster relief and disaster preparedness based on examinations of events in Joplin.
Photo Credit: Mitch Dobrowner. Via.
You say tomato, I say code violation: Judge wages war against urban gardener
Memphis high school teacher’s Adam Guerrero’s urban garden is deemed as a ‘nuisance’ by a local judge. Find out how you can help overturn a ruling that will force Guerrero to dismantle his educational eco-system.
More Americans lived in poverty in 2010 than in any other time that records have been collected, according to US Census data released yesterday. Median household income fell, too, and a growing number of people are without health insurance.
An additional 2.6 million people became officially poor last year, raising the poverty rate from 14.3 percent in 2009 to 15.1 percent. It was the fourth year in a row that the ranks of the poor grew, and Sawhill predicts poverty rates will rise to 16 percent by 2014.
We gave more than 17,000 tons of highly enriched uranium to 27 “friendly” nations. We lost track of most of it.
Does that mean we have to invade ourselves now?
(Photo: Ed Siasoco)
One week from today, the military will officially be done with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Judging from the upcoming Marine Corps Times cover story, it looks like the military’s ready.
From the feature story: Unemployment, Inc.: Six reasons why America can’t create jobs.
September 11’s full horror revealed on newly released tapes
The stunned reactions by authorities to first reports about 9/11 were made public, illustrating just how unprepared the U.S. was for the audacious plot.
The Arctic is rapidly becoming geopolitically interesting: as temperatures rise and ice melts, Russia is pushing to claim more of the newly opening waterways as its own. Read more at this story from August on NPR.
Photo Credit: Robert B. Haas. Via.
Picture of the Day. Bogota, Colombia. Riot police after being attacked with paint bombs by protesting students and teachers in a march for the defense of public education. Photo Credit: Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Via.
Firefighters save ‘The Big Tree’ from drought
A 1,000-year-old oak tree is surviving the hot summer thanks to some local firefighters and their tankers full of water.
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