November 9th, 2007

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Good Morning!!

The other morning I was early for a doctor appointment so I walked around the buildings, glancing into windows.  In each office I passed, there was a person looking at a computer screen.  Because I have been in the process of transferring to a new computer, I am aware of all that is involved with each computer in use.  I still can't use my printer and two email addresses aren't yet usable.  Today I got sound.

I used sound to view this video.   Though it is long, it is worth doing, because it is a preparation for the 21st century which we have now been in for seven years.  It is amazing to contemplate.  We do live in the future, and we still have a body that needs nourishing, noticing, and care.

May today give you all the balance you need.

 "each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds
 appointed to guard the past"....

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oil-soaked birds -

We all use oil, so we might say we can't complain, but why was a man who had been censured and censured and who had recently run a ship aground allowed to still be piloting ships in and out of the bay?  Now he has disappeared, and maybe that is the best thing, since it might not be possible for those who are cleaning oil off birds to meet with him and be cordial.   Perhaps, even gentle people would dip him in oil.

It seems it is difficult to find out who owns ships.  Corporations prefer to evade responsibility and perhaps that is when accidents are more likely to occur, when supposedly no one is responsible.  When we are responsible, we are rewarded with the wonderful feeling of a job well-done.  

It is difficult to not feel angry.  Our beaches are closed and animals are dying, and all that was needed was that a relatively narrow object fit through an extremely wide opening.  Yes, it was foggy, but the ship had radar, and now, it is a sobering day.   I suppose it doesn't really matter if someone "pays," as the damage is done, and how do we impose a conscience from now on?
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The real life of bees -

This is from the NY Times today.

Op-Ed Contributor

The Real Life of Bees

Published: November 9, 2007

THE walking, talking, sneaker-wearing honeybees in Jerry Seinfeld’s animated film certainly are cute. But if a beekeeper like me had been in the director’s chair, “Bee Movie” would have looked quite a bit different.

The nurses that tend the young and the workers that forage for pollen; the guards that keep predators like skunks away and the undertaker bees that unceremoniously haul out the dead: they’re all female. And whereas the movie’s protagonist is repeatedly told he must choose just one job and stick with it, my honeybees rotate through all of the available duties.

“Bee Movie” makes only passing mention of the queen. But she’s the life of the hive, too busy producing perhaps a million eggs during her two-to-three-year existence even to feed herself (she has attendants for that). Were my Russian queen drawn for the big screen (think Natasha from “Rocky & Bullwinkle”), she would make quick work of the macho pollen jocks in “Bee Movie.”

That’s because non-animated drones don’t collect pollen, or make beeswax, or even have stingers. If Mr. Seinfeld wanted realism (and an R rating), his male bees would be sex workers who do little more than mate with the queen — after which their genitals snap off. Worse: when winter comes, worker bees shove the freeloading males out into the cold. If drones are required in the spring, the queen will simply make more of them.

Apiarists haven’t had much reason to laugh this year, because bees have been ravaged by colony collapse disorder, a mysterious malady that’s caused some beekeepers to lose 90 percent of their hives.

But one of every three or four bites of food we eat is thanks to bees; we truck bees many miles to pollinate about 90 different crops, from apples and oranges to almonds and blueberries, a punishing circuit that overtaxes the few colonies left. Of course, in “Bee Movie,” pollen jocks merely buzz past and barren landscapes bloom instantaneously into Technicolor glory.

But all these apiarian inaccuracies will be easy to forgive if wise-cracking animated honeybees finally get people to care about the rapidly disappearing real thing.

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Bush's speechwriting claim -

A letter to The Atlantic this month points out that Bush claimed these words at the post-9/11 joint session, "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail."

They actually were spoken five years before his birth.  On February 9, 1941, Winston Churchill, said about the passage of the Land-Lease Act:

    "Put your confidence in us. Give us your faith and your blessing, and, under Providence, all will be well.  WE SHALL NOT FAIL OR FALTER; WE SHALL NOT WEAKEN OR TIRE. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trails of vigilance and exertion will wear us down.  Give us the tools and we will finish the job."

And so the job was finished in less time than Bush's war in Iraq.
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Rebecca Solnit -

Rebecca Solnit has an article in Orion magazine this month called, "The Limits of Landscape - Going beyond traditional ways of seeing."

    Here is part of one paragraph to contemplate.  She is discussing "the stone circles that the prehistoric Irish erected for ceremonial and celestial-observation purposes."

    "A picture may capture a moment of time - late afternoon light raking over, say, the golden rocks of the deep desert - but a stone circle calls attention to time in a deeper sense, to the swing of stars from north to south across the sky over the course of a year, and to calendrical time.  It is not just something to behold, but an invitation to observe and connect. It doesn't represent the landscape, but helps make the most invisible forces - time itself, and the rotation of the Earth - present, and brings you into alignment with these forces."

             -- Rebecca Solnit

This winter light brings awareness of stones.   Perhaps, make a circle of your own, and watch time and the rotation of the earth, and align, both,  within,  and without.