Archive for September 5th, 2011

Walking backwards 400 million years

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Walking backwards 400 million years

Please allow me to tell you about today’s trip to Missouri’s Cuivre River State Park, about 1 1/2 hour drive from St. Louis. My family and our friends had lunch in the picnic area before setting out on a short hike on a half-dry creek bed. To the right you’ll see a typical portion of this walk (clicking on these images will give you bigger higher-res versions). No, we didn’t see any bears or snakes, but it was a beautiful day (high temperature about 70, after a summer filled with 100 degree days) and we saw quite a few small spectacular things.How about this blue moth, for example? I looked up this article and it really seems to be a moth and not a butterfly.

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This ain’t your parents’ version of town hall meetings

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This ain’t your parents’ version of town hall meetings

At Occasional Planet, Gloria Bilchik has gathered information showing the latest trends in the town hall meetings that some of our Congressional representatives are still having (many of our representatives aren’t having town hall meetings anymore). The information she gathered shows that some of our representatives are charging admission fees for entry into the town hall, while others are excluding those who are less likely to kowtow and confiscating cameras from those who are allowed in.

This is a good summary with lots of links.

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