This looks fascinating .. the follow-on to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.
This is our long-time arborist, Pete Lance, and his family. A few days before he was scheduled to do some work for us earlier this month, he fell from a height of 50 feet while working at a home in Folsom and broke his back. He’ll have a long recovery, and he’s (I think) the sole support of his family. If you live in the Grass Valley area, please consider coming to a spaghetti-feed fundraiser at the Northern Mines building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 4 PM to 9 PM Saturday (tomorrow). He and his family really need help.
The way the community has come together for Pete is truly inspiring: Jim Norman of Trees Unlimited will do the job here as Pete spec’d it and give all the profit to the Lance family. Andy Bjorson, who will do the logging portion of our job, will also donate his profit to the family.
Click the image below for current information on Pete’s progress and for more information on how you can donate:
I was in the Booksellers bookstore in Grass Valley recently and one of the clerks pointed at my pants and asked “What’s that?” I looked down and saw that the little flashlight attached to my keychain inside my pocket had accidentally switched on and was shining a light right through my pants. Without hesitation, I answered, “This little light of mine … I’m gonna let it shine!”
Which of course made me think of this wonderful opening scene — one of my all-time favorites — from the Tina Turner biopic, “What’s Love Got to Do With it?”
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Proponents of democracy and of basic sanity have lately pinned some hope on the possibility that a discharge petition could be used to circumvent the intractable GOP leadership and force a vote in the full House on reopening the government. Some of us have wondered impatiently why this has not yet been done.
Here (at 3 min 35 sec into this video) Rep. Chris Van Hollen explains how the GOP has rigged the rules of the House — in a vote taken in the dead of night before the shutdown — in order to preclude the possibility of using the discharge petition to reopen the government:
One big problem with discussions of climate change is that the facts have become so alarming that it’s tempting to dismiss the mere recitation of them as “alarmist” and “needlessly hyperbolic.”
But what if alarm is entirely warranted? What if the shock of alarm is the only force sufficient to rouse us to action? I’m concerned that we’ve become so jaded that we’re increasingly immune to this sort of shock.
Watch this short video on the uncanny similarity between our current predicament and past mass extinctions (particularly with regard to the melting of methane hydrates) … and decide for yourself whether the video is merely “alarmist” or justifiably alarming:
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It is saying Landing Gear because the “Herc” is slowing down to about 150 knots/mph to make an efficient drop and he is coming coming right over the tree tops, so with that being said the flight control system is reminding the pilot at this speed and altitude the Landing Gear should be down normally.”