Rara Avis Menagerie
ra·ra a·vis (râr vs) n. pl. ra·ra a·vis·es or ra·rae a·ves (râr vz) A rare or unique person or thing [Latin rra avis : rra, feminine of rrus, rare + avis, bird.] menagerie \muh-NAJ-uh-ree; noun: 1. A collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition. 2. An enclosure where wild or unusual animals are kept or exhibited. 3. A diverse or varied group. Menagerie comes from French ménagerie, from Middle French, from menage, from Old French mesnage, "dwelling."
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
america, we have come so far
no matter which way you vote, you cannot deny that we witnessed history last night
we have come so far as a nation. this is something to celebrate.
even 60 years ago, an african american could barely even dream of one day becoming president. we are getting closer and closer to living out the phrase that all "are created equal."
and this is something to celebrate.
i am also very proud of the grace that the mccain camp showed last night. the talk of working together and respect and . . . simply just graciousness. i was impressed.
this is something to celebrate.
i was touched by the tears and the pride that so many americans displayed last night. i was awed at the sheer number of voters that turned out. humbled by how much passion people who aren't even members of our country showed (a friend of mine cried last night and he isn't even from america. he's from britain).
this is beautiful. and this is something to celebrate.
america spoke loudly last night. they want change. the results of the votes cast reflect this. our new president elect made a lot of promises to bring that change on his campaign trail. let's support him and remind him and stand by him and help him as he works to fulfill those promises of a better america, a better future and a better world.
he and his family have quite a task ahead of them. our economy, healthcare, global reputation and national pride are slowly going down the toilet. he will be handed all of these problems on a silver platter come january. bitterness and anger from those who did not "get their way" during this election are in no way appropriate responses at this time. instead, a sense of community and hard work and hope and the deisre for progress which are spoken about so greatly as part of the american spirit should be put to use here. i believe in humanity and i know it is possible for people to put differences aside in order to work together to fix what is broken in our culture, in our society, and in our politics.
and this is something to celebrate.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
did she just WINK at the camera?
i don't even really need words for this.
first watch this
then watch this
and then watch this
this could be the future, folks.
'm just sayin'
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Thursday, April 10, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Are you already eating cloned meat?
You may have been discouraged to hear that the FDA gave the green light for companies to sell meat from cloned animals. The real news? It has probably already been on our shelves for years.
For years, the FDA has asked major cattle cloning companies to keep their products off the market. For years, they've ignored. One Kansas farmer has already come forward and admitted to openly selling semen from prize-winning clones to U.S. meat producers, while another cattleman says that, "This is a fairy tale that this technology is not being used and is not already in the food chain." This is unacceptable. That's why TrueMajorityAction is demanding that Congress pass a law requiring that all products from cloned animals be clearly labeled.
Tell Congress: Cloned animal products should be clearly labeled.
It should be up to us to decide whether or not we want to consume these products, not a group of people who repeatedly put political and corporate interests above the health of the nation. Nothing is more important than the food we put into our bodies. We deserve to know what we are eating. Tell your member of Congress to take action on this important issue.
Thank you for working to build a better world.
TrueMajorityAction.org Online Organizer
1. "FDA Says Cloned Animals Safe Is Food," Associated Press, January 15, 2008.
2. "USDA Recommends That Food From Clones Stay Off the Market," Washington Post, January 16, 2008.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
orangs book show
a fundraiser for the dorcas children's home.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
food for thought
From: Reuters, Sept. 27, 2007
Reuters, September 27, 2007
U.N. CLIMATE PANEL REPORT'S KEY FINDINGS
[Rachel's introduction: Here is a concise summary of the findings of the Feb., 2007, report from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), representing the work of 2,500 researchers from more than 130 nations.]
Here are the key findings on climate change from a February 2, 2007 report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which represents the work of 2,500 researchers from more than 130 nations.
Evidence Of Human Causes
** "Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic (human) greenhouse gas concentrations," it says. The IPCC says "very likely" means at least a 90-percent probability.
** "The level of confidence that humans are causing global warming has increased a lot," report author Peter Stott said.
** It is very likely that extremes such as heat waves and heavy rains will become more frequent.
** "For the first time we have a best estimate of what we can achieve if we keep emissions levels lower," said report chair Susan Solomon.
** The report does not include possible warming from methane, a potent greenhouse gas, escaping from melting permafrost.
** Warming is expected to be greatest over land and at high northern latitudes, and least over the Southern Ocean and North Atlantic.
Sea Level Rises
** The report cites six models with core projections of sea level rises ranging from 7.2 to 23.6 inches this century. That is a narrower and lower band than the 3.5 to 34.6 inch gain forecast in 2001.
** If the Greenland ice sheet melts proportionally to the temperature increases, then sea levels would rise by up to 31.6 inches this century.
** Some models show an ice-free Arctic in summer by 2100, meaning that sea ice floating in the water disappears, but not ice resting on Greenland.
** If the Greenland ice sheet melted completely, that would lead to a 23.1-foot (7-metre) sea level increase.
Changing Ocean Currents
** The report predicts a gradual slowdown this century in ocean currents such as the one that carries warm water to northwest Europe.
** "It's very unlikely there will be an abrupt breakdown in ocean currents in the 21st century," said Jurgen Willebrand, the report's author with special expertise in ocean effects.
** The report says it is "more likely than not" that a trend of increasing intense tropical cyclones and hurricanes has a human cause.
** It predicts such tropical cyclones will become more intense in the future.
** "There may not be an increase in number, there may be a redistribution to more intense events -- which is what has been observed in the Atlantic since 1970," Stott said.
Copyright Reuters 2007