The LAST WATERING HOLE OF 2014

Hippo

Hippo

Gnu

Gnu

Bear

Bear

And now, just…because:

Scots pronunciation guide
(as Scots speakers would sound)

Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an nivir brocht ti mynd?
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an ald lang syn*?

CHORUS:Fir ald lang syn, ma jo,
fir ald lang syn,
wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
an sheerly al bee myn!
An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
an pood the gowans fyn;
Bit weev wandert monae a weery fet,
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
fray mornin sun til dyn;
But seas between us bred hay roard
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS

An thers a han, my trustee feer!
an gees a han o thyn!
And we’ll tak a richt‡ gude-willie-waucht‡,
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS

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The Watering Hole, Monday, December 29th, 2014: Butts and Moons

2014 in medicine(?):

What did we get stuck in our butts last year? Deadspin has the answer. (Hint: Among other things, a shot glass.)
shot glass

2014 in science:

The Weather Channel provides their ‘Top 50 Science and Environment Photos‘ for 2014, which included four blood moons.

Lunar Eclipse April 2014 - photo by Astrophotographer Joel O'Bryan

Lunar Eclipse April 2014 – photo by Astrophotographer Joel O’Bryan

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Sunday Roast: Hanging out with migrating birds on Sauvie Island

A quiet Christmas morning on the Columbia River, Sauvie Island

A quiet Christmas morning on the Columbia River, Sauvie Island

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Bald Eagle hanging out in a tree near the river

Bald Eagle hanging out in a tree near the river

Lots and lots of Snow Geese, making all kinds of noise -- wish I could have gotten closer

Lots and lots of Snow Geese, making all kinds of noise — wish I could have gotten closer

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Lining up with the Cormorants

Lining up with the Cormorants

Belted Kingfisher -- He didn't want to stay still!

Belted Kingfisher — He didn’t want to stay still!

Photos by Zooey

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The Watering Hole, Saturday, December 27, 2014: Open Thread

This is your daily open thread. Discuss whatever you wish to discuss. It’s been a tough year to follow Politics, and there are many reasons to lose hope for this country given the stupid people are winning elections (by having their equally stupid candidates win), the bad cops are being protected too much by the good cops (and others in law enforcement, like a certain prosecutor in Missouri who deliberately misled a Grand Jury and lied about the law they were supposed to apply just to keep a murderer free), and a Supreme Court ruled by people without respect for the Constitution who actually lied in a decision when they claimed that money doesn’t have a corrupting effect on politics. It’s so draining. Here’s a monkey washing a cat.

The Watering Hole; Friday December 26 2014; Spring!

So. Today’s the day after Christmas — Dec. 26, 2014 C.E. (Common Era). Actually, Dec. 26 happens every year, same time, same station, etc., and I remain certain that next year’s Christmas will once again show up right on time and as scheduled. I also expect that the never-ending “war on Christmas” nonsense will commence again real soon, given that there is seldom a discernible pause in the actions of alladem wingnut nitwits and their implicit nitwiticism. (Did I spell that right?? Yeah, OK, Bqhatevwr). Oops. ‘Whatever’. 😳

On the other hand we’re already five days past the winter solstice, so SPRING!! is less than ninety days away! Reminds me of other times, decades ago — springtime on the desert — a season I had become very fond of, all those years ago. And wouldn’t you know it, just last month when I switched from crashed computer-a to uncrashed and nearly pristine computer-b, and when I dug into old backups on old USB thingees, I found a whole lot of “stuff” dating back to the days when I spent hour upon hour digitizing old transparencies of scenes that I had once spent hours and hours seeking out to photograph. So, without further ado, here’s some of that old stuff, some 4×5 Ektachromes that I first snapped back in the seventies and eighties on Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. I suspect that after thirty years, enough has changed to make each and all of the subjects evermore difficult to find. With luck, though, it’s all still out there somewhere.

Enjoy!

Wildflowers, North Phoenix, circa 1980

Wildflowers, North Phoenix, circa 1980

Rio Verde and Mazatzal Mountains, circa 1980

Rio Verde and Mazatzal Mountains, circa 1980

Blue Lupine, Spring circa 1978

Blue Lupine, Spring circa 1978

Echinocereus engelmanii; circa 1987

Echinocereus engelmanii (Hedgehog). circa 1987

Yucca sp., circa 1982

Yucca sp., circa 1982

 

Ferocactus sp., circa 1978

Ferocactus sp., circa 1978

 

Yucca elata, circa 1977

Yucca elata, circa 1977

Grasshopper, circa 1977

Grasshopper, circa 1977

Desert Tortoise, circa 1980

Desert Tortoise, circa 1980

(Frugal Photos)

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The Watering Hole; Thursday December 25 2014; Christmas, and the War Thereupon

 

 ✟ THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS  ✟

For the faint of heart, a quick summary:

“The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers.” ~Franklin Graham

“. . . what we are seeing is the reason America is not mentioned as a world power in Bible end times prophecy. As America continues to travel down the Paganistic heathen slope of perversions—and atheists attacking Christians and Jews—while Muslims are celebrating their holidays in the very capital of our country—yes in our very own White House—Christmas—a legal American holiday—is under attack on a regular annual basis!” ~J.P. Sloane

“Christmas is only a target of the secular jihadists of the American Civil Liberties Union and their co-conspirators at Americans United For Separation of Church and State; their ultimate goal is destroying what Christmas represents. . . . The real target is not Christmas. It’s Christianity. That’s where the real battle lines are being drawn.” ~Joseph Farah, editor, World Nut Daily (oops, I meant World NET Daily)

OK, that’s enough stupid to last at least till next Christmas. Here’s a much more realistic tack:

Christmas Day  is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people . . . While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown, and are not the focus of the Church’s Christmas celebration. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.

So: Christmas is a public holiday which falls on the Gregorian Calendar’s December twenty-fifth. That’s not thought to be the birthdate of the one Christians call The Christ, but that doesn’t really matter since Christmas is NOT specifically a Christian holiday, it’s a public holiday observed all over the world by believers and non-believers alike. Seems to me, therefore and thereby, that the “war on Christmas” is pretty much an exclusive effort by fundamentalist/evangelical nitwits to humiliate and insult each and all of every other belief along with those who have no belief, i.o.w. all y’all who do not “think” appropriately.

OK, now that we have THAT cleared up, Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Kwanzaa! And to our Muslim friends, to Atheists, to Non-theists, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, and everyone else, Happy Holidays! And be advised, you don’t need a manger with a doll in it to savor the moment.

In fact, no living breathing critter ever stays in its “manger” for millennium after millennium, even if it’s on the front lawn of the local Court House. Nope, the young’uns hang around only till the time is right, and then they’re off and away. Here’s some (sorta) proof — a photo of a Hummingbird chick, taken somewhere between 1975 and 1980 (that’s A.D., aka C.E. or Common Era) in roughly early summer, in Sun City AZ (I know, I was there!), just one brief moment before the little critter’s first ever flight! (note too the empty “manger”!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe message seems a simple one: wage peace, not war.

And a Happy Holiday to ALL Creatures everywhere!

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