Monday, February 23, 2009

Daily Kos: Climate change will be much worse than you think

Daily Kos: Climate change will be much worse than you think Interesting look at best case scenario from the latest UN panel on climate crisis.

Read on ...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Seattle Great City Initiative

Seattle Great City Initiative Check it out if you are in Seattle area.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

NOAA History - Art and Poetry/Art Gallery/Historic Weather Art


NOAA History - Art and Poetry/Art Gallery/Historic Weather Art/wea00001: "cloud illustration"

Beautiful old map of cloud types from the 1800's by a German artist.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Low Impact Development Video | Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) | US EPA

Low Impact Development Video | Polluted Runoff (Nonpoint Source Pollution) | US EPA Good overview from EPA on green practices to keep water clean.

WaterBlogged.org Green Roofs - EPA Webcast Feb 18, 2009

WaterBlogged.org Green Roofs - EPA Webcast Feb 18, 2009 Good site on ecosystem services -- low impact practices we can start today to stop storm water, restore groundwater and change the way we think about urban/suburban living.

best fishes,

Timothy

Friday, February 13, 2009

Observatory - Detecting Brain Injuries in Salmon From Hydroelectric Dams - NYTimes.com

Observatory - Detecting Brain Injuries in Salmon From Hydroelectric Dams - NYTimes.com Next time you bang your head on a wall, consider life of a salmon swimming past those dams-- head injuries! Who would have thought?

Well -- it turns out the salmon that are have brain injuries give of a little protein. This has led to discoveries of similar proteins found in soldiers who get head trauma in war.

Read on...

Best fishes,

Timothy

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Salmon Safe Wine Tasting at The Local Vine!


Salmon Safe Wine Tasting at The Local Vine!: "logoF.jpg"

Cornell Chronicle: Gandhi portrait made of grass


Cornell Chronicle: Gandhi portrait made of grass Wild art project: Ghandi's picture in a grass wall hanging. Whoa!

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Coming Home by Mary Oliver

Coming Home

by Mary Oliver

When we're driving, in the dark,
on the long road
to Provincetown, which lies empty
for miles, when we're weary,
when the buildings
and the scrub pines lose
their familiar look,
I imagine us rising
from the speeding car,
I imagine us seeing
everything from another place — the top
of one of the pale dunes
or the deep and nameless
fields of the sea —
and what we see is the world
that cannot cherish us
but which we cherish,
and what we see is our life
moving like that,
along the dark edges
of everything — the headlights
like lanterns
sweeping the blackness —
believing in a thousand
fragile and unprovable things,
looking out for sorrow,
slowing down for happiness,
making all the right turns
right down to the thumping
barriers to the sea,
the swirling waves,
the narrow streets, the houses,
the past, the future,
the doorway that belongs
to you and me.

"Coming Home" by Mary Oliver, from Dream Work. © The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986. Reprinted with permission.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Iskra Design - Portfolio: Publishing and Film


Iskra Design - Portfolio: Publishing and Film Cool artist who designed the calligraphy for Good Nature's Hummingbird Garden

Economic Quote of the Day: From NYT

February 10, 2009 7:14 am

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Geithner's efforts are all well and good but one has to keep perspective on the possible best case scenario. What does an "unfrozen" credit market even look like now? The reason for this catastrophe was that banks made irresponsible loans to both irresponsible and simply ill-equipped borrowers. These "toxic" assets didn't just appear. They are the result of our entire economy living on bad credit from billion dollar investment banks to individuals. We have no idea what the American economy would look like with responsible credit practices.

Surely it's an improvement over no credit but the credit markets alone don't explain what was fundamentally wrong with the economy in the first place. While Bill Clinton offered some push-back, there has essentially been a systematic dismantling of the public sector since Reagan took office with the direct effect of eviscerating the middle class and creating a canyon between the wealthy and everyone else in our society. Public college now costs the same as private college did just 15 years ago. These are the core issues that Republicans claim as wasteful spending in the stimulus that actually provide the only real hope of redemption. Obama’s true charge is to rebuild both the middle class and the public sector all over this country. Frankly, Obama may not be a Messiah but it's starting to look like "Messiah" might be the easier job.

Republicans are right to quibble with the semantics of "stimulus". This is not a stimulus. It is a massive re-prioritization. This is turning an air craft carrier away from a tsunami. It's time for Obama and the Senate to play hardball and find the one or two Republicans needed to pass the kind of bill that will actually save us. Build a naval base in Wyoming if we have to. Just get it done.

— Pier Giacalone, Doylestown, PA

Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration


Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration Cool site to check out

Bankers Debt Leads to Socialism: Predicted in 2009? 1967? 1867? By who?

Owners of capital will stimulate the working classe to buy more and more expensive goods and techonology , pushing them to take more and more expnsive credits until their debt becomes unbearable the unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks which will have to be nationalized- the first step to socialism.

Karl Marx.Das Kapital, 1867

William K. Black: The Audacity of Dopes

William K. Black: The Audacity of Dopes Read and weep-- a former S&L regulator's take on Bush Obama (read US) being played for fools by the banks.

Basta!

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Very cool Seattle Artists Show Opens in Austin Texas Art Gallery Feb 21st


Yard Dog Gallery features two of Seattle's best artists Julie Paschkis, Joe "Big Dog" Emminger.

If you are unable to go to Austin to see their fine art, check out Grover Thurston Gallery in Seattle -- their home base here in the Northwest. Click on "Artists" to find their work at Grover THurston.

Go now.

Basta.

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naked capitalism: Financial Times' Martin Wolf: Team Obama "Too Politically Frightened" to Admit US Banks Insolvent

naked capitalism: Financial Times' Martin Wolf: Team Obama "Too Politically Frightened" to Admit US Banks Insolvent

As my friend said: Break Up the Banks!

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Monday, February 09, 2009

EarthPortal Archive EIF Week 93 - Eutrophication


EarthPortalArchive EIF Week 93 - Eutrophication

Good story on ecosystem responses to too much nitrogen and phosphorus. These two elements are a big problem for water ways and Puget Sound in particular.

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Op-Ed Columnist - The Destructive Center - NYTimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist - The Destructive Center - NYTimes.com What is Obama thinking? You can't win negotiating with yourself.

It isn't post partisan to cave in when you don't need to. It is bad politics.

Next up a Bush lite give away to the banks -- more dissembling instead of disrupting the status quo.

We need smaller banks that are much higher regulated. Taxpayers shouldn't be stuck with the bill. Do what Sweden did and take over the banks. We have in effect anyway.

Then sell off the good ones and figure out how to unload the bad debts.

And if I don't see some justice getting these bad actors in the banks court and then jail time, then the game is over and Obama isn't even in February.

Wake up Barack!

What do you think? Frustrated? Happy?

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Best fishes,

Timothy

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Sustainable Landscapes - University of Delaware Botanic Gardens - College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Sustainable Landscapes - University of Delaware Botanic Gardens - College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Cool new botanical site from University of Delaware. Sustainable landscaping, storm water, biodiversity make us happy urbanistas.

Check it out.

Best fishes

Timothy

Dry Ideas

Dry Ideas Cool blog from Colorado focused on sustainable landscaping.

Check it out!

best fishes,

Timothy

Monday, February 02, 2009

Daily Kos: Tired of Being Lectured by the Rich About Need for Austerity

Daily Kos: Tired of Being Lectured by the Rich About Need for Austerity Fine rant-- wish I'd said it.

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Sea Shepherd Attacked By Japanese Whalers In Antarctic

Sea Shepherd Attacked By Japanese Whalers In Antarctic

Lost Generation Prize winner movie u @ 50



You might get half way through this as I did and say-- Thanks Mr Good Nature-- but hold on there Flicka!

Watch the whole thing unfold.

Best fishes,

Timothy