Fish Rot From The Head

A senior Bush political appointee at the Interior Department has repeatedly altered scientific field reports to minimize protections for imperiled species and disclosed confidential information to private groups seeking to affect policy decisions, the department's inspector general concluded.

The IG noted that MacDonald "admitted that her degree is in civil engineering and that she has no formal educational background in natural sciences" but repeatedly instructed Fish and Wildlife scientists to change their recommendations on identifying "critical habitats," despite her lack of expertise.


Lama toeing in, High Uintas Utah. (Submitted by Laura Cullen) Via USA Doodlebuggers

I got an email from Rick (Slip) Bonifer yesterday, he gave me the link to USA Doodlebuggers.
He mentioned that he had read my story on How I Became a Flying Squirrel.
If you have the time, have a look at the site, it's an alumni page of sorts and really a lot of fun.
Be sure to have a look at the photos section, dozens and dozens of pictures, many of folks you've never seen .... But many pictures of just how far and how high we went to find oil and gas.

God Damn That Man, God Damn Him To Hell

Inside the secretive plan to gut the Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is maneuvering to fundamentally weaken the Endangered Species Act, its strategy laid out in an internal 117-page draft proposal obtained by Salon. The proposed changes limit the number of species that can be protected and curtail the acres of wildlife habitat to be preserved. It shifts authority to enforce the act from the federal government to the states, and it dilutes legal barriers that protect habitat from sprawl, logging or mining.

"The proposed changes fundamentally gut the intent of the Endangered Species Act," says Jan Hasselman, a Seattle attorney with Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, who helped Salon interpret the proposal. "This is a no-holds-barred end run around one of America's most popular environmental protections. If these regulations stand up, the act will no longer provide a safety net for animals and plants on the brink of extinction."

Connections by James Burke

"Telecommunications exist because the Normans wore stirrups at the Battle of Hastings- a simple advance that caused a revolution in the increasingly expensive science of warfare."

This is a series produced by the BBC 29 years ago. I saw it on PBS a few years later. If you love history, by all means bookmark this page [click the title], and watch the series as time allows. There are 10 programs , each about 45 min. long.

You'll never look at history the same way, after seeing these shows.

The first program is at the bottom.

Mt. Erebus Antartica

Another find from Stumble Upon


A massive Robert Crumb retrospective curated by Todd Hignite just opened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. It runs from March 16 to July 8, 2007.

The show includes over 200 of the best examples of Crumb's art, spanning his prolific and rich lifetime body of work.

Here's 81 photos taken on the opening day.

R. Crumb's Underground


[At Work]

A Thank-You note to PhillyBits
Philly said some kind words about my images. I didn't do a very good job on the latest one, but I saw someone on the Vine posting about "Returning to Their Principals" ..... I'm afraid I couldn't find just the right image of the Constitution for this one.

Still my favorite one.

Some from storage :



Jury Selection To Begin In Phil Spector Murder Trial

LOS ANGELES (March 18, 2007) -- For decades, famed music producer Phil Spector was a recluse, hiding in his hilltop suburban castle. It took the gunshot death there of a glamorous actress who starred in a cult movie to force him out into the Hollywood spotlight.


I'm not sure the "Side Show Bob" look is the best one for court.

"We All Steal, but If You're Gonna do it ..... Steal From The Best"

Who Said that ?

Supposedly Pablo Picasso about art.

With that out of the way I steal from The Cariboo Ponderer

Vic on Walmart :

# At Wal-Mart, Americans spend $36,000,000 every hour of every day.
# This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!
# Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.
# Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
# Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people and is the largest private employer.
# Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the World.
# Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger & Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only 15 years.
# During this same period, 31 Supermarket chains sought bankruptcy (including Winn-Dixie).
# Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.
# Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are SuperCenters; this is 1,000 more than it had 5 years ago.
# This year, 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at a Wal-Mart store. (Earth's population is approximately 6.5 billion).
# 90% of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart.

Dr. Toni, Lucy & Ethel, and The Hawaiian Starman

I knew absolutely Zero about web pages last August when I unpacked my New MAC. I didn't know a GIF. File from a "Johnson Rod". So last Oct. when I cleaned out my Safari cache', I had no idea that it would effect my ability to upload images to the Blogger. But MAC users have a great support system, and I went to it to try and solve my problem. There the Hawaiian Starman walked me to a solution.

There's nothing like being in a dark room, and having a complete stranger show-up with a candle, and some matches. Then, as the dim light takes hold you find ..... You're standing next to the light switch.

So the thing that's really a hoot about these little clubhouses we construct of electrons, and ones & zeros, is that one never knows who's going to pop in to say hello. A few weeks ago, I bumped into Lucy & Ethel, took a look, struck a match, and they were off to the races.
Last Saturday, Dr. Toni dropped in. She has what I think will be a great clubhouse to visit, and she's about to find her light switch.

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Thanks Off the Grid

Google Loves Me

I was looking at my site meter tonight, and found these referrals :

mexico's tractor trailers - 1,210,000 hits

working vests - 1,200,000 hits,RNWE:2005-12,

salt wells fallon - 437,000 hits

picture hudson bay blanket coat - 189,000 hits

I have no idea why my posts about these subjects are popping-up so high on these searches, but it's O.K. with me.

19th Century Shipping Posters

Via : Boing Boing
Five pages of shipping posters, dripping with flags, Davey Crockett water skiing on alligators, and romance.
From Putafla

Language Lesson

The Grrlscientist found this beauty .... Warning, don't have a mouth full of coffee when you watch this.

Harry Nilsson - Coconut [1971]

I don't drop in on Vanilla Birdies as often as I should. She posted on Harry Nilsson which led me to this great clip :

Sex and Republicans .... "Let's review, shall we "

Who among you can recall the Mayor of Spokane, Washington ? The one who was using his office as bait to troll on the internet for young men. As he spoke out against guys.
Until the good people of Spokane, organized and threw his lyin' Republican butt out of office.

Then came Jeff Gannon, planted in the White House press room to ask "Little Scotty Mac from Texas" softball questions ....... when Scotty needed to catch his breath. Now Jeff was a find, 2 careers, stooge reporter, and Male Prostitute !

I want to thank the "Party of Family Values" for having Rep. Mark Foley [R] Fla. "Champion OF the Rights of Children" keep a close eye on our congressional pages. While the Republican Leadership held his coat.

Rep. Foley could have called Ted Haggert for consul, but he was in Denver in a motel room with a Male Prositute ..... "Speedin' His Young Life Away".

Now it's time to enter a new entry in our history. It seems that Ann Coulter, that skinny butcher knife of the right, has used that expensive Conn. Prep School education ......To make an joke, that in an 8th grade hallway would get a high-five. When she was at that gig, she posed with young man , who David Horwitz has been dragging around telling everyone how mean colleges are the right.

Because they "Support the Troops" this guy is a Sgt. It doesn't get any better than this .... a threefer.
Sgt., Student, and Male Prostitute !

Then, to rescue the day .... WE have Newt get a confession from Dr, Dobson for adultery ! And just like Bill Clinton, who's sex life the Republican Party still is fixated on ....... Newt's lover was a Federal Employee. Will we get a refund from Newt for "working" on the clock. I paid the salary of the woman while she gave Newt a B.J.
Newt's a history guy, you know he got a B.J. in the Capital, if he didn't then I'm a Texas Polar Bear.
He better have, or he's not much of a man.

In closing, as we start the 08' bid for the brass ring, the top 4 Republican challengers ...... 2 who are adulterers ....... have had 9 wives. The mormon is the only one that's just had one marriage.

Tell us all about "Family Values" in 08'. By then then newest Washington Madame may have put out her phone records. She started up her business in 93' with the "Republican Revolution."
Dr. Dobson may be very busy around then.

Please sic Sean Hannity on me, his smilin' face with all the hookers at the Bunny Ranch in Nevada are here on the site. Look under "Manufactured Outrage"

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Stumble Upon & Other Sites

I found the following places that are pretty cool :

First, StumbleUpon, I guess you'd call this a search engine that looks for just the stuff you want, but it does it randomly. Say you set the preferences for antiques, web design, and web artists. Each time you click, a random site from just those topics appears.
Warning ! This thing will waste a lot of your time, it's absolutely wonderful.

These two sites came from just such a session :

Web Sketch

The image on the page was created with :

The Best Line I Ever Heard

Salt Wells Nevada

Sean Hannity's photo album from the Bunny Ranch set me to thinking about my trips to the bordello. There's was one east of Fallon Nevada, on U.S. 50. Waayyy out in the desert at Salt Wells .... The Salt Wells Whorehouse. I got on a rig drilling out of Fallon in the spring of 1980. We were drilling a geothermal exploration hole at Austin, Nevada, which is a 150 miles east of Fallon. We were staying in Austin, but on weekends we drove back to Fallon. The bar at the Salt Wells Bordello was the first place to get a beer coming from Austin, and we would stop to get one there every time we made the trip.

The first time we stopped, I was at the bar talking to the driller Tom, and after a bit I sensed someone had taken stool next to me. I turned, and there was a great looking employee of the bordello.
She smiled and said, "It's all your fault."
I said, "Excuse me ?"
She said, "Your eyes, it's all your fault."

Manufacturing Outrage

As long as we're getting everybody on the morally correct path, Why is this man smiling ?

These are screen shots from the Bunny Ranch's own page.

As far as a caption contest ..... Well this is like shooting cronies in a barrel.

I'm going with :

"A room full of Bimbo's"

Note to the Reader:
This catch was made as usual by The General

I have warmed to this subject, and posted expanded version of this nugget here :
Manufacturing Outrage
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