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Jan. 14, 4:48 a.m. EST: The Full Wolf Moon. Amid the zero cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. It was also known as the Old Moon or the “Moon after Yule.” In some tribes this was the Full Snow Moon; most applied that name to the next moon.
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I ascribe our behavior to stupidity — the stupidity of our leadership, the stupidity of our culture. Three decades ago, we suffered defeat in an unwinnable war against tribalism, the most fanatic of political emotions, fighting against a country about which we knew nothing and in which we had no vital interests. Vietnam was hopeless enough, but to repeat the same arrogant folly 30 years later in Iraq is unforgivable.
The Swedish statesman Axel Oxenstierna famously said, “Behold, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed.”
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Gale Norton is back providing oversight of energy development issues on public lands in the American West, this time as a key legal advisor for a major global oil company. Months after she resigned her cabinet post as President Bush's Interior Secretary—and then seemed to disappear from public view—the Coloradan apparently has accepted an offer to serve as counsel for Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Shell, one of the world's largest producers of oil, was also one of the companies that Norton's Interior Department routinely engaged on matters of drilling in sensitive ecological settings.
A Bush Fox for sure.
Washington, DC — Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
“In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ‘no comment.’”
The new head of the General Services Administration — a political appointee named Lurita Alexis Doan
(Before going into public service, she was a government contractor ) is trying to rein in her agency's independent inspector general Brian Miller, who's tough audits produced those reports of government waste. She is trying to cut his budget by five million dollars. Mind you, he's watching over the 56 billion dollars in government contracts that the agency manages. She claims Miller's tough reports are intimidating government workers
Ms. Doan seems to worry more about the auditors being disruptive. According to the Post, she told a staff meeting, "There are two kinds of terrorism in the United States — the external kind, and internally, the Inspector Generals
There is only one wild migratory flock of whooping cranes of about 194 birds. The flock migrates from Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. This arduous journey of 2,700 miles takes weeks.In the 1950s, there were less than 20 birds left. Governments and conservation groups helped save the flock.
Latin Name: Grus americana
Family: Gruidae (Crane)
Estimated Population: In 1999, there were approximately 180 whooping cranes in the wild and 130 cranes in captivity, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Endangered Status: The whooping crane is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as endangered in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
Appearance: They are white with black wing tips. They have a red forehead and cheeks. Male and female whooping cranes look the same. You can only tell gender with a blood sample. Young birds
Size: Stands nearly five feet tall and has a wingspan of more than seven feet -- the tallest of all North American birds
Life Span: 22-24 years in the wild
Some information provided courtesy of eNature.com®
Whooping Cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Wood Buffalo National Park