wikiHow: The ceiling fans aren’t cutting it at the moment.
How to Sleep Comfortably on a Hot Night. We haven’t had an evening thunderstorm in days now. Nights start off hot (stucco homes hold heat late into the night).
Later: Oh, just wait until August 10, eh? I’ll be sure to inform my overworked sweat glands ...
BBC: Beetles destroy pines, fast. Ask any Northern New Mexican.
North America faces beetle plague. “We hit this perfect storm of warm winters, very warm summers and this large expanse of mature lodge pole pine.” Our beautiful piñons all died within three months. Now Old Las Vegas Highway and I-25 are littered with black, dead trunks and an overpopulation of termites. Beetles were so thick that summer, there would be spontaneous ‘fogs’ of them around the trees. Not enough water for the trees to push out sap and enclose the beetle larvae. Unless agencies are ready with pesticides and other means of control, be ready for hand-wringing, verbal diarrhea ... and mass devastation.
NPR: Can aggressive extraction tech cause earthquakes?
Is Drilling To Blame For Texas Quakes? “Natural gas recovery in the Barnett Shale involves drilling down several thousand feet and then drilling sideways thousands of feet more. Liquid is then pumped down the wells at very high pressures, which fractures the strata releasing the pockets of natural gas. Could this be causing little quakes?” Doesn’t seem to be any real scientific testing being done, just innuendo. Still, interesting coincidence.
New West: Had to laugh.
Going to the Sun in a Handbasket. “As you’ve probably read, global warming is causing the glaciers to recede (unless you’re a Republican, whereas you believe the mountains are just getting bigger).”
SF New Mexican: The recovery went smoothly.
SF New Mexican: We get more than you do! Nyah-nyah.
Reuters: I’d give him even more points if he ate it afterwards.
PETA miffed at President Obama’s fly execution. Nothing’s more annoying on a video interview than a persistent fly. Before you assume PETA people dance on sidewalks avoiding ants, remember ... and I’ve mentioned this before ... PETA approves trapping and euthanizing feral cats.
BBC: I imagine the nest might be a bit ... fragrant?
2,500-year-old bird’s nest found.: “By carbon dating solidified stomach contents, peat moss deposits and bone and feather samples from various moulting sites, researchers have in the past shown that colonies of snow petrel have returned to the same sites for 34,000 years and adelie penguins for 44,000 years.”
SF New Mexican/AP: Mark this one down.
SF New Mexican: Helicopter crash near Santa Fe Baldy.
Searchers at crash site; no sign of pilot, hiker CNN gives a blurt, too. The chopper was up attempting to rescue some hikers. If it crashed, as the report states, on the northeast portion of Baldy, then it hit the extremely steep scree and boulder field that is the Lake Katherine-facing side. It is almost a bowl around the Lake, and near-impossible to traverse. The pilot had nowhere near enough altitude to clear the ridge, sounds like, much less the mountaintop. I have a photo here somewhere ... there it is. This is Lake Katherine, from the top of Baldy.
Later: Afternoon Update.
BBC: Now this stat makes me smile.
Hummingbirds ‘faster than jets’. “When measured relative to the length of their bodies, the birds’ top speed, he said, was ‘greater than [that] of a fighter jet with its afterburners on, or the space shuttle during atmospheric re-entry’.” And the hell of the thing is they crash into each other when fighting over food at those speeds.
BBC: History as decoration.
Dinosaur skulls sold at auction. “The auction house would not reveal the buyers, but said the bones could end up as home ornaments.”
SF Gate: Ancient canal discovered.
Archaeologists find canal remnants in Tucson. “Archaeologists preparing for the expansion of a Tucson wastewater treatment facility have discovered the remains of the earliest known irrigation system in the Southwest, a farming community that dates to at least 1200 B.C.”
NewWest.Net: Sounds like great fun.
Embracing Spring Access in the Big Horn Mountains: “Spring mountain trips bring hope of a summer’s worth of adventures, but frustrating traveling conditions. Our excursion reminded me that for reaching wilderness boundaries without motorized assistance, a mountain bicycle is a great tool.”
New West: Horsepackers United.
The Right to Ride. “This summer, the Backcountry Horsemen of the Flathead – which is by no means limited just to men – has another ambitious slate of projects lined up. But along with the work, there will be a lot of good food, riding, and nights spent around a campfire, under the stars.” I came so close to giving horse packing a try, back in my ‘younger days’.
Wired: Forget crop circles, you want to know about ice circles.
Brush fire on I-25 east of Santa Fe.
Just got the call. Services are on the scene. Flames higher than a van. Take Old Las Vegas Highway to the 285 (290) exit, if you need to go east.
BBC: Mom, Dad ... what’s a “fish”?
‘Only 50 years left’ for sea fish. “Unless we fundamentally change the way we manage all the ocean species together, as working ecosystems, then this century is the last century of wild seafood.”
CNN: I see one coming, I’ll run like hell anyway.
Komodo dragons kill with venom, not bacteria, study says. “According to their research, the dragon’s bite weakens and immobilizes the prey. It then injects venom from special glands in the mouth. The venom keeps blood from clotting around the prey’s wound. And it causes a drop in the blood pressure. The blood loss and the blood pressure drop combine to weaken the animal.”
Salon: Bee deaths, perhaps pesticides?
“There’s the pernicious toxic effect—it does everything nicotine does to our nervous system ... [snip] ... There’s the pathological effect, the interference with basic functions. They get lost, they get disoriented. They fall to the ground. They get paralyzed and their wings stick out. I can’t think of anything in the environment that’s changed other than farming, and virtually every farmer is using treated seeds now.”
For some reason, this article made me curious about the existing research over the theoretical link of MMR vaccines and autism. I’ve been wondering if anyone’s comprehensively followed the children immediately after injection (for instance, scanning for brain swelling, a side effect of measles vaccines for years). Hard to find a comprehensive list of research, but here’s a PDF I found.
Bee info via Rebecca’s Pocket, tangent via moi.
Where in the World Are the Organic Farms? Note, not in the assumed (and stereotypical) Midwest factory-farm areas. Rather, in places where soil and annual moisture make for good crops; nature blesses the areas, rather than mankind creating opportunity where none exists. I’d set up shop in Pennsylvania-Dutch country, if I were an organic farmer.
Dead mouse on my driveway. Half a dead mouse, to be precise. Must’ve popped out of my car’s front end. Blasted rodents ...
SF New Mexican:
City resolution aims to resuscitate Santa Fe River. Of all locations that need to be gentrified, the river needs some love and care. It looks like a glorified storm drain, in the downtown area.
I got my gopher. He’s a goner. 72 holes on my property ... little rat-fink.
The “Grizzly Bear Chair.” If that doesn’t bespeak 1860’s western culture, nothing does. That beats a moosehead drooping over the dining table, esp. when partaking of a main course featuring bear-nose sauce ...