Mother Earth Monday: Flotsam Sculpture Rises

This weekend as I kayaked past the old Salvador Dali museum grounds I saw a sculpture rising from the USF/ Poyntner Institute Park on the edge of Tampa Bay made of pastic debris found at sea, or flotsam.  My friend CJ Reynolds sent this information about the project:

Artists and marine scientists are teaming up with local youth and community organizations to make a massive sculpture to call attention to marine debris and the terrible impacts on wildlife and coastal ecosystems

Most people don’t realize that trash in our streets and parks moves into storm drains and ends up in our waterways and beaches.… Read the rest


Techy Tuesday: Dr. Who’s Tardis Goes Solar?

London’s iconic red telephone boxes are being transformed into free solar-powered mobile phone charging stations painted green according to this story I totally scraped from Good News Network.

The first “Solar-box” was unveiled Wednesday on Tottenham Court Road, with support and funding from the Mayor of London, as a pilot before turning more traditional phone boxes green early next year.… Read the rest


Soapbox Saturday: Giant Sucking Sound

Do you feel like you are falling behind?  Well 90% of Americans are indeed hearing a giant sucking sound as the money is gobbled up by those at the top.  Geoff shares this chart from Daily KOS which shows that “for a long time, most of the gains from economic growth went to the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution.… Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: Reparation Settlement for Native Americans

The largest US indian tribe, the Navajo Nation, negotiated a $554 million settlement from the U.S. government.

“It’s monumental. It will never completely redress the wrongs done to prior generations, but it’s going to allow some opportunities for future generations,” said Dana Bobroff, deputy attorney general for the nation.… Read the rest


Techy Tuesday: Battling for Bees

Surely you have heard about the mysterious disease that is killing off bees?  There has been a lot of concern about colonies of bees simply disappearing.  Now it seems the disappearances have stopped.  But, the bees are still dying by the handfuls! … Read the rest


Techy Tuesday: Playing God With De-Extinction?

Last night’s PBS documentary on the 100th Anniversary of the demise of passenger pigeons touched briefly on the idea of bringing them back from extinction by cloning their DNA.  Is that playing god?  In a recent National Geographic cover story on de-extinction Michael Archer, a paleontologist at the University of New South Wales says “I think we played God when we exterminated these animals.”

In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo - like you will!
In 1914 Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in a zoo – like you will!
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Wild Friday: Cosmic Significance Outtake – Reptoid Legacy

The Hollywood Conspiracy is revealed in “The Reptiod Legacy of Gloria S. Day,” an outtake from Cosmic Significance 2012 Episode V, The Pleasure Palace of Saturn. Starring Susan O’Gara, Ed Stevens and Mary Allan Mill with sound effects by Dave Lassa, this Pirates and Angels production is written and directed by Dewey Davis-Thompson and Elizabeth Brackman and recorded at WMNF studios in Tampa, Florida.… Read the rest


Thirsty Thursday: St. Pete’s Warehouse Arts District

Would you like to discover a woman’s favourite fantasy? Thanks to St. Peterburg’s passion for the arts you can point your peepers, ears and even taste buds towards the Warehouse Arts District on March 14 for the Femme Fantasy Festival, an event designed to draw attention to the creative explosion going on south of Central.  … Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: Leave Our Park the FCK Alone!

Not to take a position on this or anything, but according to legend, Lassing Park property was gifted to the city by our first mayor with the proviso that it remain undeveloped, a beachy oasis on Tampa Bay where the dolphins literally frolic with the humans walking out on the sand bars. … Read the rest

Techy Tuesday: Hey, you, get out of my cloud!

Why use a pass phrase instead of a password?  How do you really remove photos from the cloud and what can you do to keep your phone from sending everything to a hacker?  With recent celebrity hacks in the news, Truthloader has a new video with the latest ways to keep your privates private

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Mother Earth Monday: Sealife Making A Comeback

Good News reports that some fish species are making “a dramatic turnaround … after just 14 years of federal fishery management to restore these economically important fisheries in California, Oregon and Washington.”

“This is one of the great success stories about ecological and economic recovery of a commercially important fishery,” said Margaret Spring at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.… Read the rest


Worldwide Wednesday: Uptalk and Vocal Fry

You have heard uptalk?  Of course you have!  Associated with teenage girls, guys do it too – an upward inflection at the end of a sentence, turning a declarative into an interrogative.  It may seem timid or uncertain as if asking for confirmation or approval. … Read the rest

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Wildlife Corridors vs. Roadkill Tragedies

My heart aches for the roadkill littering Florida highways as wildlife desperately attempts to move from one shrinking habitat to another. Like a mutated disease of nature, humans multiply exponentially, pushing out all other wildlife as we appropriate ever-larger shares of Mother Earth’s bounty.… Read the rest

Soapbox Saturday: Our Blind Spot About Guns

Geoff shares this op ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:

If we had the same auto fatality rate today that we had in 1921, by my calculations we would have 715,000 Americans dying annually in vehicle accidents.
Instead, we’ve reduced the fatality rate by more than 95 percent — not by confiscating cars, but by regulating them and their drivers sensibly.… Read the rest