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  • Metro rips out Phantom Planter’s flowers at Dupont Circle station

    07/07/2013 1:24:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-7-13 | Robert McCartney
    It turns out I underestimated Metro bureaucrats’ capacity for folly. Two weeks ago, I wrote that the transit system would look silly if it let perish 1,000 flowers planted secretly at the Dupont Circle station by local garden artist Henry Docter, the self-described Phantom Planter. I feared that Metro would merely neglect the flowers. Instead, last Sunday, it sent workmen to yank them out.
  • The Majestic Nature by Yiming Hu

    05/25/2013 4:53:09 PM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    YimingHuphoto.com ^ | None | Yiming Hu
    Absolutely gorgeous photography, particularly the landscapes... http://www.yiminghuphoto.com/portfolios.php
  • Aztec Conquerors Reshaped Genetic Landscape of Mexico

    02/04/2013 8:09:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 31, 2013 | Tia Ghose
    The Aztecs who conquered the city of Xaltocan in ancient Mexico around 1435 may have fundamentally changed the genetic makeup of the people who lived there, new research suggests... Xaltocan was the capital of a pre-Aztec city-state ruled by the Otomi, an indigenous people who lived in Mexico. The period before the Aztec conquest was a tumultuous time for the Otomi, when a century of warfare led to the collapse of their capital city. Colonial records from the 1500s onward told tales of the Otomi fleeing the city en masse in 1395. Those records suggested that the city was abandoned...
  • Geology Pictures of the Week, May 2-8, 2010: Around Myrdalsjökull

    05/07/2010 9:26:22 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies · 698+ views
    Panoramio ^ | Various
    Here's the tour around Iceland's Myrdalsjökull ice cap I promised; this ice cap is on top of Katla volcano, which has apparently erupted every time after Eyjafjallajökull erupted (historically). Katla is bigger and reputedly nastier. (click for full-size unless otherwise indicated) I Heart columnar basalt: Skogar stream (this one's full-size) 360-degree panorama of the Solheimajokull glacier: Hraftinnusker, looking like what I imagine the Martian polar regions look like: Myrdalsjökull from the air: from the side: Colored valleys and blue lake Axlafoss
  • ST, AUGUSTINE TUESDAY

    09/22/2009 11:51:39 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies · 585+ views
    self | Sept. 22, 2009 | swampsniper
    Couldn't sleep last night, got out early and just roamed around with my cup of black coffee. The high seasonal tides are still here, we call them marsh hen tides because the high water pushes the Rails out so they can be hunted. Didn't see any marsh hens but the Great egrets were perching in the Black Mangroves, the water is too deep to wade. The Snowy egret was chasing grasshoppers by the pond. If they can't hunt in the water they do fine on shore. This is a young Snowy egret, still some yellow showing on the legs. Mature...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, Sep. 13-19, 2009: An easy (?) place to guess

    09/17/2009 9:33:38 PM PDT · by cogitator · 27 replies · 2,008+ views
    Panoramio ^ | Various
    OK, so I'm serendipitously looking at a topographic image of a place generated with data acquired during the Space Shuttle topography mission. And I see a location that intrigues me topographically. And I say to myself "Where is that?". And so I do some investigating -- something you can do on the Internet, of course -- and I find out this is a very nice place. And so I'm going to let you guess where it is. It might be easy. After the guessing is done, I'll show the image that led me to it. 3 clues. Part of the...
  • Cornyn thinks 2010 could be good GOP year (a "very promising" landscape in 2010)

    02/27/2009 3:12:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 646+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/09 | Reid Wilson
    National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said Friday that Senate Republicans face a "very promising" landscape in 2010, despite several open seats where Democrats have good chances. "There are some incumbent seats that we must defend and open seats that we must hold, like in Ohio, Missouri and Florida," Cornyn said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "But we may also have opportunities in some unexpected places: New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado, Nevada and California." The three open seats, vacated by retiring Sens. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Mel Martinez...
  • Economic Woes May Bring Back Victory Gardens

    01/10/2009 6:05:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 143 replies · 2,019+ views
    Centre Daily Times ^ | Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 | Bill Lamont
    I can remember my mother talking about the victory garden she had in the backyard of their home during World War II. My dad was in the Navy in the Pacific theater during the war and my mother felt that she was supporting the war effort with her little garden. If you look up victory gardens you will find that during World War I and World War II, the government asked the residents of the United States to plant gardens in order to support the war effort. It was one way to bring the people together in support of a...
  • CalPERS misjudges the landscape

    05/19/2008 9:33:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 141+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/19/08 | Marc Lifsher
    SACRAMENTO -- The California Public Employees' Retirement System, which poured about $1 billion into a troubled real estate deal, is in negotiations to keep a related loan default from turning into a bankruptcy. CalPERS, the nation's biggest public pension fund, and its partners acquired a controlling interest in 15,000 acres of undeveloped land in the Santa Clarita Valley early last year, before the meltdown in the housing market. The land, once owned by Newhall Land and Farming Co., was appraised at $2.6 billion at the time of the CalPERS investment but has dropped considerably in value since then. CalPERS chief...
  • TEXAS WEATHER

    02/18/2008 9:30:26 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies · 108+ views
    self | Feb 18,2008 | swampsniper
    The thing about Texas weather is that it won't stay in Texas, it showed up here this morning, thunder and lightning, wind and rain, gonna get cold, too. Oh Well, we had a couple of nice Florida days.
  • Iraq’s Security Landscape a ‘Mosaic,’ General Says

    08/30/2007 5:08:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 203+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2007 – The general who oversees training for Iraq’s security forces called the country a “mosaic,” and said each of Iraq’s regions poses unique challenges to security efforts. “I think every one of the provinces could be rated as having places that are pretty difficult fights,” Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, told military analysts during a conference call. “The country is not a one-size-fits-all, a one-description-fits-all. It’s much more a mosaic.” Dubik dismissed “blanket assessments” that predict how long it will take Iraq’s entire security force to function independently...
  • Houston landscaper accused of bigotry

    11/09/2006 1:11:02 PM PST · by Jaded · 61 replies · 1,658+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | 11/9/06 | By MONICA RHOR Associated Press Writer
    HOUSTON — A few short weeks ago, Garden Guy was just a mom-and-pop landscaping business that promoted itself as "making Houston beautiful since 1991" and promised to treat its customers with respect and honesty. Since then, though, the business has been vilified around the world as a bunch of bigots because its Christian conservative owners refused to do work for a gay couple. Michael Lord and Gary Lackey, a gay couple requesting bids for a landscaping job at their new house, received a polite _ and, well, honest _ e-mail from Sabrina Farber, a co-owner of Garden Guy: "I need...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 2-8, 2006: Skogafoss (Iceland)

    07/05/2006 1:26:47 PM PDT · by cogitator · 10 replies · 474+ views
    I accidentally saw a picture of this waterfall over the weekend, and tracked it down. The first image puts it in "landscape" context. This is size-reduced, click for the full-size. It looks very other-worldly. Doesn't this picture make it look like the river is flowing uphill? The second is a close-up with people for scale, unlike last week's lava falls.
  • Whole Yard Stolen

    05/17/2006 6:20:32 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 568+ views
    victorville daily press ^ | 5-17-06 | Rosenberg
    Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Whole yard stolen Arrested man accused of taking sod, sprinklers, landscaping items from home under construction By KATHERINE ROSENBERG Staff Writer ADELANTO — Logic would dictate that one of the tricks to avoid getting caught stealing is to take small, discreet items. That usually rules out stealing something as large as, say, an entire front yard. A local man was arrested Monday after reportedly stealing sod, sprinklers and other landscaping items from a home still under construction, according to Staci Johnson, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Adelanto station. The victim reported that the materials...
  • Dragon-shaped Flying Object Appears in Jilin Province(dragon-sighting continues)

    09/13/2005 7:06:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 82 replies · 10,497+ views
    Dragon-shaped Flying Object Appears in Jilin Province The Epoch Times Sep 12, 2005 An image of the phenomenon captured on an observer's picture-phone (The Epoch Times) At about 6 p.m. on August 6, two students walked out of their library in Jilin University and looked up. “Look! A flying dragon appears in the sky!” A student named Li captured an image of the dragon on his picture-phone, providing the second instance of photo documentation of a dragon flying over China so far this summer. “When I was walking out of the library, I saw a bright, animal-shaped object flying in...
  • Arid Australian Interior Linked To Lanscape Burning By Ancient Humans

    01/26/2005 12:28:52 PM PST · by blam · 52 replies · 1,327+ views
    University Of Colorado-Boulder ^ | 1-26-2005 | Gifford Miller/Jim Scott
    Contact: Gifford Miller gmiller@colorado.edu 303-492-6962 Jim Scott 303-492-3114 University of Colorado at Boulder Arid Australian interior linked to landscape burning by ancient humans The image of a controlled burn in the interior of Australia today, featured on the cover of the January 2005 issue of Geology, illustrates how Australia might have looked 50,000 years ago. Photo courtesy Gifford Miller, University of Colorado at Boulder Click here for a high resolution photograph. Landscape burning by ancient hunters and gatherers may have triggered the failure of the annual Australian Monsoon some 12,000 years ago, resulting in the desertification of the country's interior...
  • So where does the shifting political landscape leave Democrats?(out of luck,touch,and power!)

    12/30/2004 6:22:28 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 693+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2004 | JOE SCARBOROUGH
    So where does the shifting political landscape leave Democrats? Should they elect pro-life, pro-gun, pro-war presidential candidates? Not necessarily. But they may consider doing something radical: supporting candidates in Middle America that represent the viewpoints of... well, Middle America. Zell Miller is right. The Democratic Party is a national party no more. But give Ed Gilliespie, Ken Mehlman or myself the keys of the DNC for four years and we could once again put Democrats in power in the House and Senate. That's because Republicans understand middle America-national Democrats don't. Maybe if the Party of FDR listened more to Peter...
  • Uncertain Landscape Ahead for Copyright Protection - Specter to Lead...

    12/16/2004 9:33:25 AM PST · by crushelits · 5 replies · 312+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Thursday, December 16, 2004 | David McGuire
    Specter to Lead Key Panel as Industry Ally Hatch Steps Down In the final few weeks before the 2004 election, lobbyists for high-tech, entertainment and civil liberties interests were crammed into an icy room in the Dirksen Senate office building, trying to hammer out a bill that would have put Internet song-swapping networks like Kazaa and eDonkey out of business. It was a controversial measure on a difficult topic, and could have easily been lost in the end-of-year shuffle. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) was the lead sponsor of the measure and had ordered the warring...
  • Britain's Drowned Landscapes (Ice Age Melt)

    09/21/2003 4:05:04 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 4,653+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-21-2003 | Robin McKie
    Britain's drowned landscapes New underwater technology to reveal an age when the UK was linked to Europe by plains and forests Robin McKie, science editor Sunday September 21, 2003 The Observer (UK) Herds of reindeer and horses migrated across its plains, huge forests covered much of the countryside and men and women made their homes by rivers and lakes. Then came the deluge, and this ancient Arcadia - which stretched across the North Sea, and covered the Channel - was inundated. All signs of human and animal activity were covered by several hundred feet of water. Only the occasional stone...
  • A political landscape inhospitable to Democrats

    06/19/2003 6:54:55 AM PDT · by bedolido · 9 replies · 181+ views
    IndyStar ^ | 06/19/03 | George Will
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The contours of the political landscape are becoming increasingly inhospitable to Democrats. This is partly because of what Democrats are, partly because of what they have done to themselves with campaign finance reform, partly because demographic changes are weakening one of their signature issues and partly because of a conflict between their ideology and fiscal facts.</p>
  • Supreme Court rulings could change legal landscape

    06/16/2003 5:29:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 6/16/03 | Stephen Henderson - Knight Ridder
    <p>WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court, both hailed and cursed for its tough positions on matters involving people accused or convicted of crimes, issued a mixed set of rulings Monday on the rights of criminals.</p> <p>The court gave the go-ahead to laws that would curtail visits to prison inmates and restrict public access to housing projects to keep criminals out. But it also instituted new limits on prosecutors who seek to force anti-psychotic drugs on mentally ill defendants.</p>
  • His Hometown Newspaper Says Sanchez Changed TX Political Landscape

    12/01/2002 11:16:40 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 25 replies · 233+ views
    The Laredo (TX) Morning Times ^ | 12-1-02 | Cortez, Tricia
    Sanchez changed political landscape BY TRICIA CORTEZ Times staff writer The post-election analysis of the Republican victory in Texas has focused on negative advertising, lower-than-expected minority turnout, continued migration of Anglo voters to the Republican Party and President George W. Bush's war on terror. As for the governor's race, some observers also point to other factors in explaining how Laredo newcomer Tony Sanchez could spend a record $60 million against Republican Rick Perry but garner less than 40 percent of the total vote. "Tony lost because of Bush's war on terror, but also because he failed to connect with the...
  • Tranquility amongst the madness

    11/12/2002 11:06:04 PM PST · by gungadin · 1 replies · 264+ views
    11/13/2002 | gungadin
    Thought the following website may be of interest to some during these testing times- http://www.grahambraddock.co.nz/
  • Chandra Discovers "Rivers Of Gravity" That Define Cosmic Landscape

    08/02/2002 4:41:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 60 replies · 970+ views
    ScienceDaily Magazine ^ | Thursday, August 01, 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Reprinted from ScienceDaily Magazine ...Source:             NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center Date Posted:    Thursday, August 01, 2002Web Address:   http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020801080835.htm Chandra Discovers "Rivers Of Gravity" That Define Cosmic Landscape NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered part of an intergalactic web of hot gas and dark matter that contains most of the material in the universe. The hot gas, which appears to lie like a fog in channels carved by rivers of gravity, has been hidden from view since the time galaxies formed. "The Chandra observations, together with ultraviolet observations, are a major advance in our understanding of how the universe evolved over the last 10 billion...