The Watering Hole, Tuesday January 27, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Polictics

Here’s something to chew on (pun intended). The conservative God made the earth in 7 days, and it is only about 8,000 years old, and Noah saved every creature one rainy morning (wonder how long that took?). Then there is the liberal version of God , so expansive in concept, taking no particular form, and creative as all get out, revealing mysteries to us every day if we wish to discover them. Take your mind off the kindergarten God and marvel upon this creation for a few moments.

                                                               J1407b

49 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday January 27, 2015 – Environmental News and Food Polictics

  1. So, No-pocalypse. The other one too:

    NASA has released radar observations of the 325 meter-wide asteroid that flew safely past Earth today at 8:19 a.m. PST (11:19 a.m. EST), but in those grainy observations, asteroid 2004 BL86 appears to have company — a small moon.

    Today’s flyby of 2004 BL86 was over 3 times the Earth-moon distance (745,000 miles or 1.2 million kilometers).

  2. Band To GOP Gov. Scott Walker: ‘Please Stop Using Our Music…We Literally Hate You !!!’

    As he walked onstage Saturday at Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit, the song “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys played. The band was not happy, and later that day tweeted the remark.

    The AV Club reports the Dropkick Murphys “are staunchly pro-workers’ rights,” adding their “beef goes all the way back to 2011, when Walker introduced a bill that was designed to straighten-out Wisconsin’s budget—and yes, it’s just as exciting as that makes it sound. In order to fix the budget, one of Walker’s ideas—among many others—was to drastically limit the collective bargaining capabilities of most public employees. Basically, he made their unions powerless. Some people were, in a word, pissed.”

    • You’re talking about a group of people that have no respect for a womans’ reproductive rights.
      They advocate invasive procedures in an attempt to rid their world of abortion when in reality they should have been aborted and now we’re stuck with them.
      Why would something like a music copyright bother somebody that feels entitled to stick their nose into every aspect of your life and shit on your face while their goons hold you down in the process?
      Unions?
      Copyrights?
      That’s not even on the noise level of the clown car carrying Steven King.

  3. Indiana governor Mike Pence is planning a state-run news agency to publish stories before release to the media. Don’t know what he’ll call it but the name Pravda is already taken.

  4. I know everyone’s sick of this, and most people won’t care when Roger Goodell lets his good friend Bob Kraft off without so much as a slap on the wrist, but the deflated footballs issue takes an interesting turn. Ever since the NFL changed the rules about who controls the footballs the offense teams use, the Patriots have been mysteriously fumble-proof. And only the Patriots. And not the players themselves when they leave the Patriots. Just the Patriots. Hmm.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2015/01/stats_show_the_new_england_patriots_became_nearly_fumble_proof_after_a_2006.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

  5. Hey, it worked so well the first time, right?

    Boehner to Sue Obama, Again

    January 27, 2015 Speaker John Boehner is finalizing a plan to sue President Obama again, this time over the administration’s decision to grant work visas to millions of undocumented immigrants.

    Boehner told his conference at a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning that he has a team exploring the best options to challenge last year’s executive action, under which the Homeland Security Department will begin granting legal working status to millions of immigrants, according to sources in the room.

    “Our team has been working on litigation. We are finalizing a plan to authorize litigation on this issue—one we believe gives us the best chance of success,” he said, according to a source in the room.

  6. We have been having very warm weather. Hi up to 60!! Including a record high on Sunday. All the snow is melting but only enough to make the backyard and dog parks a nice combo of ice and mud!!

    AND we saw a butterfly on Sunday!!! January 25!! Poor thing won’t last the night tho.

    • Here at the foot of the Rockies, 7000 ft elevation, the current (unofficial – my thermometer) has us at 84F in the sunshine. Forecast beginning Thursday night is snow through the weekend.

      (signed)
      Sum Ting Wong

      • We also have a small chance of snow this weekend.
        I have noticed buds on a couple of trees getting bigger!

        – Olif Uk

        • The grass on some south facing slopes gets green during the frequent thaws between our infrequent snow fall. I ran into a neighbor who I call “right-wing guy” on a day we were around zero and he started in whining about how the “California libruls” should come visit before they talk about global warming. The flock of resident robins chose that moment to stop by and start rooting around in the green grass. I just pointed at them and asked him to explain why robins are now spending every winter here when I had never seen one during winter in more than 40 years of studying birds. Still no answer.

      • That’s where you ended up after the Taiwan crash Sum Ting… how’s the new gig?

    • Awesome pictures but I wonder who the Daily Mail’s shark expert is. Most recent scholarship has concluded that the Bull Shark is responsible for most attacks on humans and the Great White gets the blame. Not that it really matters all that much if a creature with a hundred or so saws or razor blades in it’s mouth decides to “gently examine” ones anatomy just “to see what it is”!

      I think that Douglas Adams made a quip about getting hit in the head by a hammer wrapped in a lemon peel. You would never feel the lemon peel.

    • Those are fantastic captures!

      I’d fire the editor for not proof reading:

      After sensing electronic impulses omitted by Adam’s camera the inquisitive creature began to gently mouth at the camera’s housing…

  7. On topic: “Noah saved every creature one rainy morning” – well no he didn’t, what about all the fish and seabirds and stuff? Guess that explains why all those sharks are still badass.

    And… why did Noah have to do all of this again – didn’t Gilgamesh do this a couple of thousand years before that?

    • “I frankly think that her time has passed, and I think there are much better candidates out there with a lot more substance, a lot more ability and a lot more drive.”

      A pile of rocks would have “a lot more substance, a lot more ability and a lot more drive” than the entire of the fascist ‘presidential’ field, for chrissake. How damn dumb can a political party get?

    • The Repubs never read all the way through, so are not familiar with

      …happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.

  8. Obama scraps bid to raise taxes on ‘529’ plans
    Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
    The administration retreated after a strong backlash to the proposal, which would have curtailed a major tax benefit of the popular college savings accounts.

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