Saturday, November 29, 2008

Oregon Old Growth and W's Last Minute Timber Deal

Daily Kos: Oregon Old Growth and W's Last Minute Timber Deal

A Poem: Winter & the Nuthatch by Mary Oliver

Winter and the Nuthatch

by Mary Oliver

Once or twice and maybe again, who knows,
the timid nuthatch will come to me
if I stand still, with something good to eat in my hand.
The first time he did it
he landed smack on his belly, as though
the legs wouldn't cooperate. The next time
he was bolder. Then he became absolutely
wild about those walnuts.

But there was a morning I came late and, guess what,
the nuthatch was flying into a stranger's hand.
To speak plainly, I felt betrayed.
I wanted to say: Mister,
that nuthatch and I have a relationship.
It took hours of standing in the snow
before he would drop from the tree and trust my fingers.
But I didn't say anything.
Nobody owns the sky or the trees.
Nobody owns the hearts of birds.
Still, being human and partial therefore to my own
though not resentful of others fashioning theirs—
I'll come tomorrow, I believe, quite early.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Green Roof Legislation

Green Roof Legislation Great effort to merge social justice with green restoration of our cities roofs and gardens, parks.



YouTube - Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

YouTube - Majora Carter: Greening the ghetto

The Air Up There: MAlcolm Gladwell interviews about Green Roofs

GOOD The Air Up There Malcolm Gladwell Q&A on Green Roofs

Monday, November 24, 2008

Daily Kos: When "too big to fail" fails

Daily Kos: When "too big to fail" fails

Posting today in the Daily Kos-- why are we bailing out Citi group and leaving the masters of disaster who created this mess in place? Why are we taxpayers getting terms that are worse than taxpayers in England and Warren Buffet?

And please explain why the Rubin savants who stripped regulations from banks and investment firms are now in place to do what? Are they really going to regulate the same banks that they cut loose to wreck our economy?

Another question: Why are we letting banks that are big get bigger? Time for break ups -- starting with JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup.



Thursday, November 20, 2008

Longtime Head of House Energy Panel Is Ousted -

Longtime Head of House Energy Panel Is Ousted - Great news for Greens. Henry Waxman heading up this Energy Committee in the House will make a huge difference as Obama moves to make significant investments in green infrastructure and energy.

Best fishes,


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Giant Salmon from Battle Creek in California -- Whoa!

I have always wanted to see one of these huge salmon. What a sight! The story that goes with it out of the Sacramento Bee says if the fish was alive (it was found dead) it would weigh 88 lbs. (I love how it doesn't weigh 90 lbs -- in a monster fish story!) This explains the look on the Fisheries biologist Dave Killam's face holding it. A little too much weight and a little too much "eeeeuuuuwwww!" rotting fish.

Check out Good Nature's Wild Pacific Salmon poster art designed by Dugald Stermer -- one of the world's best artists.
There is an eerie resemblance between the salmon in the photo and Dugald's top dog of a fish.

I get excited just thinking about finding a fish that size in a creek. These are fish worth fighting for-- and all the efforts by people working to restore salmon runs in California, Oregon and Washington pay off a little bit when you see a big fish like this one coming home to spawn.

Got a big fish story of your own?

best fishes,


PS: Click on Sacbee story link to get a supersized photo of this fish. Stunning detail. BIG pic.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Good Natured picks for President Elect Obama Cabinet

THe NYT has a blog post on who NOT to pick for Obama's Cabinet.

None of the typical D’s please. There is no change we can believe in with Rubin or Summers — wrong on free market, deregulated banks– these guys were yes men for Fed’s Greenspan who set up the financial disaster we have today. And they have endorsed the consolidation of big banks getting bigger which is a disaster waiting to happen.

You want more of the same? Not me. I am sure Obama will pick someone that is great for the job and he can work with.

Here is my list for other Cabinet members.

And I don’t expect the following people to get in, but people with their values should be running these departments. Some are picked to be counterpoints to the traditional "players: who run these Cabinet positiions. And just for fun…

Here is my fantasy picks just think outside the group:

Secretary of Health & Human Services: Dr. T. Berry Brazelton — a champion of families, kids health, and gem of a human being. Make Michael Phelps Ambassador of this dept.

Secretary of Interior: Terry Tempest Williams, author

Homeland Security: Wendell Berry

Secretary of Defense: Marion Wright Edelman

US Dept of Agriculture: Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver

UN: former Senator Tim Wirth (now runs the UN Foundation)

Who else?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Repower America

Repower America Al Gore and greens push for national grid, renewable energy and J.O.B.S.

Go Americans, grow Americans!

Green is our future.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Emergency Response Studio | Best of the GREEN WEB - Join the Discussion for a Greener World Home sweet home!

Check out the subtext here-- looks like a large blog for Chevy to promote all things green. And by the way, buy a Chevy.

Oi !

Solar Trailer is a trip-- and well thought out. Check out the rest of this artist's redesign of the trailer. Thoughtful work.



Sunday, November 02, 2008

Don't Eat Meat Mondays to Stop Climate Crisis

Stop Global Warming - Actions

Don't eat meat? Well-- what's up with that? No meat Monday makes a world of sense only once you understand the industrial strength methane cows and other animals raised for beef give off.

Well -- all that bovine belching and farting creates methane-- and more climate changing gases come from animals than America's transport system.

More than all those trucks and cars out there. That is a huge problem. And you can make your heart happier as well as your mate by eating veg Monday nights. You'll stop buying all those animals who are farting and belching us into extinction, and you'll probably stop farting and belching so much, too.

Just please don't make me give up sharp cheddar cheese.

Thanks to Emily Gertz -- a fine NW writer for the tip.

Best fishes,


Eureka! Salmon smolt found in Mendocino where they were almost extinct

SF Gate: Multimedia (image)

I get a kick out of this foto -- a devoted scientist snorkeling upstream finds a bunch of baby salmon in an area of Mendocino Co. that has been logged and damaged so much that folks thought the fish were extinct.

Kaput. Dead.

But there in a little stream lies Jennifer Carah, complete with snorkel and wetsuit. And as funny as she looks, she is there to tell the world about the miracle of nature, the power of restoration, and gives me a little hope that while hell in a hand basket may be how the land has looked, hoope springs eternal. Salmon smolt show up in the darnedest places. And with some help from her organization The Nature Conservancy and our tax money supporting this good work, this southern end of Cascadia is getting time to heal, to grow big trees and big fish once more.

Oh yes. I forgot-- the salmon asked that you get out and vote for Obama on Tuesday.