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If you want to experience the traditional “Rocky Mountain High”, you’d better do it soon.  As our pine trees in New Mexico have died, so Colorado’s are dying too.  “Scientists, environmentalists, ski resort managers and forestry officials agree that by the time the beetle has finished, it will have killed 80-90% of the mature lodgepoles in Colorado.”  They’re saying two to three years; we had a dry spell, and it took only six months.

The story for NM: dry weather prevented the pines from generating enough sap to encase the beetle larvae and kill them.  Distinct evidence of climate change.

03/20/07 • 11:15 AM • EnvironmentalNatureScience • No Comments

Yahoo News/Reuters:

I wondered when we’d see this happen ... “Houses cheaper than cars in Detroit.

03/20/07 • 11:08 AM • EconomicsHome & Living • No Comments

Rob Galbraith:

Public beta of Photo Mechanic 4.5. I always try out new things.  Here’s the direct download link.

03/20/07 • 09:58 AM • Photography • No Comments


Ian McKellen as “King Lear.”

03/20/07 • 09:55 AM • Entertainment • No Comments

The Chronicle of Higher Ed

is also urging us to be less tyrannical over reading.

Related: Yahoo News, “About one-third of the people living in the national’s capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.”

03/20/07 • 09:54 AM • ArtsBooksScholarly • No Comments

Chronicle of Higher Ed:

Hemlock Available in the Faculty Lounge. “I think it is the only class I ever took which made me feel like a different person afterward. I would highly recommend this class to students who want to try a different way of learning.”

03/20/07 • 09:20 AM • BooksHistoryScholarly • No Comments

NY Times Editorial:

Students’ Right to Free Speech.  Give me strength. Who else remembers the days of students carrying placards with “Nixon” written on them, the “x” transmuted into a Nazi swastika?

03/20/07 • 09:08 AM • ChildhoodLaw • No Comments

NY Times Science:

Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior.  “Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others.”

03/20/07 • 09:04 AM • NaturePsychologyScience • No Comments

NY Times Health:

“Do you inhale?”  Tobacco, from sexy to deadly.

03/20/07 • 08:52 AM • HealthHistory • No Comments

NY Times Europe:

Russia Gives Iran Ultimatum on Enrichment.  “Recently, however, Moscow and Tehran have been engaged in a public argument about whether Iran has paid its bills, which may explain Russia’s apparent shift.”  Russia is the only entity who can peacefully shift Iran’s nuclear intentions.

03/20/07 • 08:49 AM • EnvironmentalPolitics • No Comments

Albuquerque Tribune:

I can’t imagine trying to stick pins in an angry cat.

03/20/07 • 08:34 AM • HealthSanta Fe Local(2) Comments

Albuquerque Tribune:

“You wouldn’t expect to find a World War II battleship hiding under the dusty West Mesa soil, but it’s there ...”

03/20/07 • 08:33 AM • HistoryHome & LivingSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

N.M. lakes in better shape this year. Good news for canoeists and kayakers.

03/20/07 • 08:27 AM • EnvironmentalNatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Sadly, I must mention the fifth wrong-way DWI crash since November.

03/20/07 • 08:25 AM • HealthLawSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Fisk weighs offers for O’Keeffe. For those used to the stereotypical skull-and-flowers O’Keeffe work, this may seem a little unusual.  It’s simply representative of her extensive body of work.  This is from her “NY” period, in the 20’s.  You can purchase a print, I see, too.

03/20/07 • 08:16 AM • ArtsSanta Fe Local • No Comments

SF New Mexican:

Tab from winter blast continues to accrue. If you factor in the number of roads that need repaving, this number will easily double ... and more.

03/20/07 • 08:09 AM • NatureSanta Fe Local • No Comments


Ever wonder what happens if you hit the wrong button?  Twice?  This poor individual found out, reformatting both primary and backup hard drives.

03/20/07 • 08:03 AM • ComputingEconomics • No Comments


Controversial skywalk in place over Grand Canyon.  For the environmentalists who complain, I’d keep my trap shut.  This idea beats casinos, power plants, etc.

03/20/07 • 08:00 AM • EntertainmentEnvironmentalTravel • No Comments

CNN Money:

Housing starts rebound but permits fall. “The February starts, while a big jump from January, were still 28 percent below February 2006 numbers and were the fifth weakest reading since the beginning of 1998.”

03/20/07 • 07:56 AM • EconomicsHome & Living • No Comments

American Inventor Spot:

The “Gotta Go” Briefcase.

03/19/07 • 09:14 PM • ConsumptionHealthTravel • No Comments


Smoking ages all skin, not just face.  The visuals this headline dredges up ...

03/19/07 • 03:50 PM • Health • No Comments


Ah, folks are wising up to a fact I’ve been harping upon of late.  The elephant in the room, for climate change, is population.

03/19/07 • 10:10 AM • EnvironmentalHuman Rights1 Comment

Times Online.UK:

Firemen douse Rudy’s image as 9/11 hero.  Here it starts.

03/19/07 • 09:17 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • No Comments

Psychology Today:

The orgasm wars.

Tangential: The world’s oldest condom.  Reusable. With instructions.

03/19/07 • 09:12 AM • HealthNaturePsychologyScience • No Comments

Times Online.UK Travel:

Art and intrigue in Tuscany.  I could so use a vacation.

03/19/07 • 09:06 AM • Travel • No Comments
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