FSLR&CE: Attaque de requin aujourd'hui! (Shark attack today!)

By: clearlakemike , 8:52 PM GMT on March 24, 2012

On thin ice February 13, 2013 4:10 PM PST
Photo by: USGS/ESA| Caption by: James Martin CNET

La femme qui ne connaît (presque) pas la peur
--13 février 2013, par Pierre Barthélémy Le Monde

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Attaque de requin aujourd'hui!
(Shark attack today!)

By Fbattail at fr.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Attaques de requins dans le monde map (Shark attack map)

Shark Attack

White shark
Terry Goss [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Latest Shark Attack News -- ABC News

Shark attacks on the rise in U.S. waters; more than 50 people attacked in 2012



San Francisco a Test Case for Coping with Rising Seas

Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up
Published: February 3, 2013

The Enduring Effects of Ozone Depletion

San Francisco Photo Gallery: Murals of the Mission
By Nathan Borchelt
-- away.com

Woman, Dog Recued From Cliff Near Fort Funston
January 30, 2013 5:17 PM
-- CBS SF Bay Area

From Gun Batteries to Pups and Hang Gliding
Monday, January 21, 2013, by Alex Bevk

MHP Melissa Harris-Perry (Look for latest videos, Sunday, January 27, 2013, "President Obama's promise to save the planet" and subsequent videos)

San Francisco on Track to Become Zero Waste City
-- PBS

36 Hours in Marin County, Calif.

Published: January 24, 2013

Places to get fit in San Francisco -- SFGate

China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects
Greenpeace analysis shows 14 planned giant fossil fuel projects will increase global emissions by 20%

Oliver Milman
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 January 2013 08.00 EST

Whole Foods CEO: 'climate change is not necessarily bad'
'Ethical vegan' John Mackey claims he is not a climate change sceptic but says global warming is 'perfectly natural'

Josh Harkinson for Mother Jones, part of the Guardian Environment Network
guardian.co.uk, Friday 18 January 2013 10.43 EST

Weekend Escape: Big Sur coast
Ragged Point Inn & Resort, about 20 miles north of San Simeon on Highway 1, boasts spectacular ocean views and relaxing trails, with visitor-friendly amenities.

By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2013

R.I.P. Abigail Van Buren "Dear Abby"

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Attaque de requin aujourd'hui!
(Shark attack today!)

By Fbattail at fr.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Attaques de requins dans le monde map (Shark attack map)

Shark Attack

White shark
Terry Goss [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Latest Shark Attack News -- ABC News

Man, 43, hospitalized with shark bite near North Kona
DLNR: 15-foot-long tiger shark bit surfer

Read more: http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/Man-43-hospitalize d-with-shark-bite-near-North-Kona/-/8905354/181606 30/-/144r4wiz/-/index.html#ixzz2ILRH9k2z


Alcatraz pays tribute to Indian occupation
American Indians Activists' painted statement is emblazoned on tower once more
Carl Nolte
Updated 1:48 pm, Monday, January 14, 2013

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Alcatraz-pay s-tribute-to-Indian-occupation-4191169.php#ixzz2IB isvK55

Draft Federal Report Sees Big U.S. Impacts from Global Warming

One of S.F.s' twin Brown sisters dies
Will Kane

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/One-of-S-F-s -twin-Brown-sisters-dies-4186519.php#ixzz2HjRcLdZm

Yes, RIP. Seeing the Brown sisters out on the streets of San Francisco did brighten up what may have been otherwise a dreary, perhaps foggy day. I was always amazed by how much 'energy' they had!!

Not quite as far south on the San Andreas fault as Pinnacles but an interesting stop along the way from the north. I haven't been to the Pinnacles since the film era of cameras. Haven't dug out the Pinnacles photos yet in my slow and tedious task of trying to 'digitize' my old film photographs.

Pinnacles becomes a national park -- the closest to Bay Area

By Paul Rogers
Posted: 01/10/2013 04:35:12 PM PST
Updated: 01/11/2013 09:45:08 AM PST

Australia on Fire: Record-Shattering Heat, Wildfires Engulf World’s Largest Exporter of Coal --- Democracy Now! Wednesday January 9, 2013

'California's Gold' host Huell Howser dies at 67
By By SHAYA TAYEFE MOHAJER | Associated Press

Rest in Peace, Mr. Howser. I enjoyed his 'California Gold' show very much over the years. It inspired me to get out and try to see the Golden State. Being a transplant myself I shared his enthusiasm for California.

Once while I was shopping at Jensen's in Palm Springs, I saw him talking to a clerk in the store and he suddenly let out his, "That's Amazing!" I had to run across the store before I let out a burst of laughter. I didn't want to embarrass him as I was laughing with him more than at him. I thought he and his show were wonderful and so genuine.

'Horrible' sea level rise of more than 3 feet plausible by 2100, experts say -- By John Roach, NBC News

The era of the Superstorm
By Tricia Escobedo, CNN
updated 1:57 PM EST, Sat January 5, 2013

25,000 lights to turn Bay Bridge span into giant night sculpture

By Denis Cuff
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 12/27/2012 05:12:35 PM PST
Updated: 12/27/2012 06:16:12 PM PST

Running Fence (Project for Marin Sonoma County - California) 1972-76

Sarah McLachlan - River (Music Video)

Going To Mars Could Damage The Brains Of Astronauts -- Alex Knapp, Forbes Staff

Astronomers discover Earth-like planet next to our solar system -- Science Recorder | Staff | Monday, December 24, 2012

West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought, Study Finds
Published: December 23, 2012 -- The New York Times

The History of Climate Change Negotiations in 83 Seconds
By Will Oremus | Posted Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at 10:52 AM ET

"Get It Done": After Stirring Durban Speech, Student Anjali Appadurai Initially Banned by U.N. in Doha by Democracy Now! (Video)

From Small Island States to Largest Polluters, "Everyone Is Looking to the U.S." on Global Warming by Democracy Now! (Video)

Gil Scott-Heron "Winter In America" (1974) (Music Video)

Warming Arctic, Changing Planet -- Published on Nov 26, 2012 by EarthInstitute (Video)

...Speakers and Panelists:
Julie Payette, Canadian Astronaut, Scientific Delegate, Quebec Government Office

Rate of polar ice sheets melting has accelerated in the past 20 years

Elon Musk's Next Big Vision is a Mars Colony
By Damon Poeter

US coastal cities in danger as sea levels rise faster than expected, study warns
Satellite measurements show flooding from storms like Sandy will put low-lying population centres at risk sooner than projected --

Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

UN: methane released from melting ice could push climate past tipping point
Doha conference is warned that climate models do not yet take account of methane in thawing permafrost
Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent

Sea changes harming ocean now could someday undermine marine food chain
New research by Seattle scientists shows that pteropods — tiny snail-like sea creatures crucial to marine food webs — are being damaged decades earlier than expected by ocean acidification, the souring of seas from human-caused carbon-dioxide emissions.

By Craig Welch
Seattle Times environment reporter

ETHIOPIA Joni Mitchell (music video)

Greenhouse gases reached record highs in 2011, says U.N. study

"These billions of tons of additional carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will remain there for centuries
Michel Jarraud, WMO secretary general"

Joni Mitchell -If I Had A Heart (music video)

World Bank warns of ‘4 degree’ threshold -- By Howard Schneider

Between 80 and 100 percent of livable habitat will disappear from a major panda enclave in China. --By Emily Sohn

Global Warming Cause Felt by Satellites and Space Junk
by Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor

California's landmark global warming law becomes real this week with first cap-and-trade auctions -- By Paul Rogers
Mercury News.com

Bananarama - Cruel Summer music video

James Cornett: Three yucca species cohabiting in Mojave -- Written by
James Cornett
Special to The Desert Sun

The System - Don't Disturb This Groove music video

We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change -- Democracy Now

Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: "If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It" -- Democracy Now

Frankenstorm: Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Sandy an Outgrowth of Global Warming’s Extreme Weather -- Democracy Now

New Volcano Observatory Opens in California

The OFFICIAL TRAILER for 2012 Sundance Award-Winning film "Chasing Ice," opening in theaters starting November 2012. --WeAreExposure



Oceans, plants help put the brakes on global warming, study finds --
By Alister Doyle, Reuters

Century of Drought May Be Ahead in LiveScience

My condolences to the families of the victims of the Indian train fire. Travel on the train while in India was one of the highlights of many, many highlights in this amazing country.

India has one of the world's largest train networks, with more than 10,000 trains and 64,000km of track. Around 20 million people travel by train each day.

The Reckoning
By Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone

Storms Threaten Ozone Layer Over U.S., Study Says report in New York Times

Democracy Now!'s In Depth Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Temperature Rising series in New York Times

"This Is Just the Beginning": Forest Fires, Deadly Storms, Record Heat Reveal a Changed Climate on Democracy Now!

Sea rise faster on East Coast than rest of globe

California to get seas rising 6 inches by 2030

Erosion uncovers tombstones on San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

Climate Watch Conversation: Margaret Davidson, Coastal Services Director of NOAA

"Things Happen" - 350.org

UPDATE: Ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed in Democracy Now's studio in New York

San Francisco's Ocean Beach Erosion

"Water is patient, Adelaide. Water just waits. Wears down the cliff tops, the mountains. The whole of the world. Water always wins."
-The Doctor, "Doctor Who"

There Once Was an Island

Ousted Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

Help Nasheed

World War II Ruins (clearlakemike)
The remnants of a World War II look out bunker that was once perched up on the cliff. Over the years erosion undermined it and it slowy slid down to the beach where it sits today, covered and uncovered by the shifting sand and tides, washed over by countless waves.
World War II Ruins
Storm from the South (clearlakemike)
Storm from the South
Hatteras National Seashore (clearlakemike)
Golden sea oats, beautiful sand and sea on a warm sunny day on the Hatteras National Seashore along the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Hatteras National Seashore
Fire in the Canyon II (clearlakemike)
School Canyon Fire
Fire in the Canyon II
Cruise ship approaching Oranjestad (Hamptonite)
Sun reflecting off cruise ship coming into port on a sunny Aruban day.
Cruise ship approaching Oranjestad
Caribbean blue (JeffMasters)
Spent a week on Grand Cayman, where the waters have that spectacular Caribbean blue. This shot is of the waters near Rum Point, where I did the touristy thing and petted tame sting rays at Stingray City. The snorkling and windsurfing were awesome all week. We stayed on the east end at Morritt's, and it was ideal for diving and windsurfing adventures.
Caribbean blue
A little color on a gray, rainy day (mischa13)
A little color on a gray, rainy day
Early! (Feather3)
The first (and I do mean first) Blennosperma of the season peeked its head out as if to see if the coast was clear before letting all the other flowers know it was OK to come out ;) (It's the earliest I've ever seen this species show up!)
At the Edge (Feather3)
.....sometimes when I hike this area, I am reminded of God's love for us in giving us this amazingly beautiful planet..... and am thankful and pleased to share views from my part of it, with all my WU friends :)
At the Edge
Layers.... (Feather3)
... with cormorants flying in for the night..
Morning Mists (Feather3)
At Ten Mile this morning
Morning Mists

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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64. Bannyok
7:09 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Hi there. I really appreciate the points you made. I don't think I've actually thought about it in that way. I can really appreciate how you approached the subject matter and what you said really gave me a new perspective. Thanks for taking the time to write this all out.
Your opinion this blog:

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63. gmk05
8:46 AM GMT on October 08, 2013
Very nice, thanks for the information. rental mobil
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62. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:06 AM GMT on February 15, 2013
clearlakemike has created a new entry.
61. sandiquiz
9:38 AM GMT on February 14, 2013
Do you know, until you mentioned it, I hadn't realised how much noise the scroll wheel made!!

But it is not so much the scroll wheel as the page scroll, when I use the IPad... I get finger burn!! lol

Only teasing you, you know!
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60. clearlakemike
6:20 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
Hi Sandi, Yes it is a cool design for a hotel. The cruise ships do look like floating hotels. They are as big as buildings. I saw the floating hotel all lit up go by last night when I took the dog out. Yes, when G is in the same room he starts to complain about the irritating scroll wheel noise! "Use the slide bar on the right, please!" I have already worn out one of the scroll wheels on one of the meeces.
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59. sandiquiz
4:44 PM GMT on February 13, 2013
Hi Mike... that's cool, a hotel built like a ship! Normally it is the ships that are built like hotels!

PS - are you going for the longest blog award? My scroll finger is beginning to revolt! lol
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58. clearlakemike
5:06 PM GMT on February 12, 2013
Sandi, now that I have seen your rat w/a bushy tail large size (I saw it first last night, whilst out shopping, on my tiny iPhone screen and the squirrel looked even more cramped!) and with a blue box around it I am getting even more Verklempt!!

Yes, the vog is like smog. Volcanic smog. And it is natural and no trying to control it like CO2 pollution. The volcano is churning out SO2 by the tonnes 24/7. When I got home last night I could barely talk with a case of near laryngitis.

Yes, the fast growing Asian cities have a terrible smog problem. California, despite all its efforts, still does too, especially Los Angeles.
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57. sandiquiz
6:38 AM GMT on February 12, 2013
Hi Mike, your voggy is probably like our smog from the earlier part of the 20th century.
We, as in London and Leeds cleaned up our act, but other major cities around the world still are suffering from smog...most notably Hong Kong and Tokyo.

I had a friend who visited Tokyo just a couple of years ago and said from his fifteenth floor hotel room he couldn't see the street some mornings! He came home with the most awful bout of bronchitis, caused, according to the doctor, by the polluted atmosphere.

Thanks for your kind words on my squirrel photo...please don't cry! :-). Actually, I glanced out of the back door and saw this shape in the feeder and cried, argh! Rat!
For one split second I thought it was a huge rat.... But then realised it was a squirrel. I now see why some folk call squirrels 'rats with bushy tails' !

He was wet and hungry - he actually didn't move until I opened the back door once I had taken the photos through the glass.

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56. clearlakemike
5:33 PM GMT on February 09, 2013
Good late afternoon to you, Sandi...I see it is about sunset time there on my world map. I also see lots of cloud cover over the UK and another gigantic swirl just off the Irish coast and half way across the North Atlantic!

Congratulations!! Did the Judge and Jury decide on your innocence and set you free? lol Sounded like you were the prisoner. What a dreadful experience.

I don't particularly enjoy the adverts but then again I am cheap when the opportunity presents itself :-) I don't mind the ads here but like you on the commercial tv programs I record them and fast forward through all the ads. Have you found Ancestry.com useful? I have thought about joining it as I might find something about my mysterious Welsh relatives that side of the family was so silent about. Maybe they were coal miners and there wasn't mush to talk about. I know all about the Irish side. My maternal grandmother was French/German ancestry and she traced her lineage back to late 16th century Maryland. She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution and had to do extensive research to join.

Oh yes, I plan to get out and enjoy some Fresh Free Air, lol. The air below us looks very voggy but we seem to sit in the upper layers of it and can see clear blue sky above us.

Have a good weekend too and enjoy your new found freedom :-)
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55. sandiquiz
7:15 AM GMT on February 09, 2013
Evening Mike,

I am free woman again! lol

Are you telling me you are not a fully paid up member! No wonder your blog slows down!
I suppose I am just one of those folk who hate adverts with avengence! I even won't watch the advertising channels on TV....only ever watch the four BBC channels that are advert free or record the programme I want to see on the Independant channels and then fast forward through the adverts when I play it back!! ! I am a paid up member of every Internet group I belong to... So limited myself to just Yahoo, WU, Flickr and PicMonkey. The other site I belong to is subscription, Ancestry.co.uk, which I need to pay up front for a year or I can't access their information.
Have a good weekend...hope you can get out and enjoy some Free Fresh Air! :-)

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54. clearlakemike
6:08 PM GMT on February 06, 2013
Yes, one of the most successful domestic airlines in the US, Southwest (some people call it Southworst because it is no frills) has a team effort philosophy to get their planes into the air. I remember even the pilots would step out of the cockpit if they were available to do so during the boarding process and help get bags put away, etc if needed so we could all get going. It also has one of the best safety records.

San Francisco is almost an island at the end of a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and the SF Bay. You see similar recycle/rubbish cans on the streets there as well. The less affluent communities in the US are getting tired of all this garbage being dumped into landfills near their backyards and are starting to complain about it. It is getting costly to just dump it all.

The latest report I see from the AP in Sydney is that the tsunami reached up to 1.5 metres there in the Solomon Islands.

No, I don't sign in with FB either. Maybe the ads that are popping up associated with your blog (all those enticing London and British Isle travel ads, lol) are slowing it down. I have been a member here long enough to still have a free account with advertising. My security software might be getting hung up as well. Or the M17 (the "extraterrestial unit" is protecting you from me, :-))
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53. sandiquiz
9:25 AM GMT on February 06, 2013
It's not my job.

No four words annoy me more than these four!!!
We seem to be much further down the road to recycling in the UK than you are in the States. It could be that we are a small island and we are running out of areas to dig land-fill sites. I suppose that will never be an issue in such a large country as the USA.

The MK shopping centre were the first to introduce recycling rubbish bins, with slots for plastic, paper and other (which is then sorted at the recycling centre!)

As to your report on the earthquake.. according to the BBC this morning there was a three foot tsunami.

I have cleared all cookies and other junk and my blog is working today.
I wonder, with the names you say you have problems with, whether FB has anything to do with it. Bug and I don't have a FB account, and when you sign in to WU it asks if you want to sign in via FB!!
NO, I DON'T!! lol
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52. clearlakemike
1:20 AM GMT on February 06, 2013
LOL! Bankster's got your retirement savings too? They probably would love you at Recology in San Francisco! You might be able to get a job with the Garbaaage Police. They grub in the trash and get paid for it.

We are setting up the "camps" in NorCal, lol...

On a serious note now, just in...an 8.0 earthquake in the Santa Cruz Islands in the South Pacific. Looking into now to see if there are tsunami warnings. There have been lots of earthquakes in that region for days now...
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51. palmettobug53
12:48 AM GMT on February 06, 2013
Oh, God, the paper mill. There was one in North Charleston. When we'd be coming back from Granny and Papa's late on Sunday evening, I could always tell when we were almost home: the 'aroma' from the paper mill.

I don't know if it is still there or not. I doubt it but if it is, they must have those thingies (I can't be bothered to remember what they're called) that capture the emissions... Emission control devices?....
Whatever, there's no odor up that way these days.

Yep, that's me.... practicing for the days when I become a bag lady, grubbing in the trash.

Most of the horrified looks are because I'm putting my hands in there. My retort: That's what soap and water are for!

They won't pick up anything that bounces off the trash can and hits the floor, either. They might pick up a germ. Heaven forbid! I have the same retort for that: Soap and water!

The one I usually keep to myself is, "You don't get to be our age without having put your hands in, and on, some pretty nasty things and you're still alive, aren't you?"

Then, there's the other cop out, as to why they don't pick things up off the floor: It's not my job.

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50. clearlakemike
12:32 AM GMT on February 06, 2013
Bug, I think I am developing blog ESP...I was popping back over here, mainly to check cloud cover, and I also checked here too for some reason. I think you are a first class troublemaker! lol, and that is a good thing. Just kidding about being a troublemaker, unless you consider that a compliment (I would.) Thanks for the link to the Medical University you work at. Interesting to look at that.

Yes, that is very good when a big institution has a strong recycling program as well. Sounds like some of your co-workers need to be sent to the re-education camps.

Big universities/companies, etc in communities that don't mandate recycling probably help keep a lot of recyclable material out of the landfills. I am sort of surprised that it isn't mandated in places like where you and Karen live. Maybe that is not uncommon. I have always lived for the most part where it is at least expected of you to recycle. San Francisco is tough. I remember getting notes in the recycle can or vice versa in the green waste or trash can if something accidentally or absentmindedly ended up in the wrong container. It was sort of unnerving like finding a note in your baggage from the TSA.

I was trying to analyze what our personal percentage of recycling/composting versus what goes into the landfill myself recently. I think we may be at about 25%. We have had problems composting the paper towels and paper plates. We use a lot of them as we are in a water scarce place. We have to be careful with water too. I have been trying to get G to switch over to xeriscaping.

I read that Karen doesn't use a lot of paper towels and uses reusable towels. But I wonder how much energy is used to clean them? I guess if you are using solar or wind energy then probably not contributing to more fossil fuel being burned up to operate your washing machine. But even so, producing the paper products may be very polluting. I remember when we would approach the paper mills in the far north of California how awful the air quality and smell was.
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49. palmettobug53
11:36 PM GMT on February 05, 2013
I recycle. I probably should recycle more than I do but our local recycling depot does have some things they still don't accept.

Recycling is not mandatory here and a lot of people are lazy and can't be bothered.

Like today at work. I watched a girl empty a plastic container of coffee creamer, put the top on and throw it in the trash. She had to pass the sink (rinse it out, please) to get to the trash. The recycling bin was one foot further on.

Years ago, when we first started recycling office paper, I asked her why she threw her paper into her trash can. She flat out told me that, until she was told she HAD to, she couldn't be bothered.

They do now require us to put anything with patient info in recycling but I still see lots of other paper just thrown in the trash.

BTW, after she left the break room, I dug into the trash, retrieved the plastic bottle she threw out, rinsed it and put it in the recycling bin.

I have been caught, more than once, grubbing in the trash and retrieving recyclables. They think I'm insane.

This is despite the fact that we have a BIG push to recycle as much as we can, campus-wide. We have an entire department devoted to it, as well as some very good webpages on our website. MUSC Sustainability

We also vermipost as much as possible from the cafes and cafeterias around the campus.

We participate in an annual school recycling contest. I forget the name of it now but it is a nationwide thing with colleges and universities.

Now that's going to bug me until I remember what it's called.

Oh, it's the Recyclemania Tournament but I don't see us listed this year.

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48. clearlakemike
8:36 PM GMT on February 05, 2013
Good evening Sandi, Yes, that is a very new photo taken by Feather along the beautiful Mendocino County, California coast. And yes, it is beautiful :)

I love how she gets those perspectives. As I mentioned, Feather has a wonderful 'signature style' with her photography. I watched her get those amazing shots when I use to walk around with her occasionally out there on that gorgeous coast back when I lived a couple hours inland from there. I miss hiking out there with her. It was fun. My mother and I even had a 'Blair Witch' experience with Feather one time hiking around Glass Beach. My mother and I still laugh about it sometimes when we recall it.

Hope all is going well with your Jury Duty. Will pop over to your blog and see what up. Not much new to report from over here. G got a nice photo of one the Java Sparrows at our feeder. Maybe I will post it for him. I am still trying to get a shot of one the 'Apapane 'Apapane photos and song on YouTube I think they are too elusive for the iPhone camera. Probably will have to dust off the better camera for a serious effort at it.

PS...Whilst scrolling through the blogs I have to give the best blog entry title award of the day to plapman, "Just posting to complain", LOL...omg, 0F! there on the Canadian Plains right now.
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47. sandiquiz
8:29 AM GMT on February 05, 2013
Morning Mike - love the old (recycled) photo of the star flower against the sea - it is beautiful :)

Oh, EDIT - it is one of Feather's photos.

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46. clearlakemike
4:04 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
Hi Sandi! You probably got tired of scrolling through the new dead sea scroll here, lol...Is there any record of the longest blog entry on WU? I think that you thought some of yours were approaching War and Peace :)

I even recycle old photos! :-)

Seriously, 20% is a reasonable rate that most places should be able to achieve. Zero is exceptional!!
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45. sandiquiz
7:15 AM GMT on January 30, 2013
Hi Mike,

I suddenly realised I hadn't been to your blog for months, the reason being you had been removed from my favourites, somehow!

Chatting to you over in Flickr meant I didn't miss you, but suddenly saw you in the main blog list, which I don't usually look at, and realised, when I saw your name, that you had vanished form my favourites list.

So here is a very short note to say .... "HI, Mike!"

We recycle most things here from lightbulbs and batteries through to plastics, fabrics, cardboard, wood and all waste garden and food products. The council collect everything from the curb side and will also come to collect old white goods and furniture! The amount going to landfill is now less than 20% the total thrown away.
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44. clearlakemike
1:19 AM GMT on January 28, 2013
That is very good, excellent, Karen. Yes, we recycle as much as possible. I think we give it a very good effort too. Also, recycle old electronics and metals/appliances. I watched the Vietnamese hack apart old electronics on the streets of Saigon when I was there, trying to find the precious metals to reuse. The scrap metal and paper also goes there to be reused. Putting all of this otherwise into landfills is getting very costly and is environmentally dangerous.
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43. SBKaren
12:51 AM GMT on January 28, 2013
We also have our own compost bin and its amazing how much we are NOT throwing out now. I gather everyone's refuse at work when we have lunch. I come home with lots of apple cores, banana and orange peels.

Our community has trash bins, so we personally don't have a trash and recycle receptacle, but we do it on our own. We recycle soooo much. Empty cereal boxes, tin cans, milk containers, plastic,, glass, laundry containers, junk mail. We do the usual aluminum, plastic and glass for cash too, but oh so much more.

We generally take a trip a month to our center, completely filling up the back of our Outback ( seats down).

Just think, not all that long ago, it all would have gone in the trash. :)
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42. clearlakemike
9:33 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
Afternoon, Karen! Still technically morning here, two hours behind you. Yes, as you know probably, there isn't even room to bury the dead in San Francisco (they send everyone down the peninsula to Colma, the city of the dead.) So makes sense that the waste stream needs to be eliminated as much as possible. Yes, it does take time but once you get into the habit it is sort of 'on auto-pilot' and doesn't really take that much time. It is amazing what you can compost. Since I do a lot of juicing I use the pulp in our compost to help make soil along with the paper products and yard clippings. We are on an old lava flow and the soil comes in handy to fill the puka's (holes) I dig into the rock to plant.

Yes, especially there in California, everyone is often in a mad manic rush. Not so much here, a slower more sane pace. While I am being haunted by my father this morning, I remember what a fuss he would make for having to throw an aluminum can into the recycle bin! He must be turning over in his grave, if he had one, of having to compost, lol.
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41. SBKaren
9:01 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
Afternoon Mike!

As I dropped into your blog I saw your first entry about SF becoming a Zero Waste City. We just saw that on PBS last night. I think that's great. Our trash and waste are going to get the best of us. There is so much we can do to recycle or reuse, but it does take more time, and no one seems to want to take that time anymore. I don't know where they are going so fast, it just makes the end come more quickly ;-)~~~
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40. clearlakemike
7:44 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
LOL, yes, I am having more and more of those moments and it is very disturbing. Yes, I think we may be about the same age and I remember how we dressed and how it horrified our parents. I remember friends of my father offering me cash money if I would cut my hair, lol. I had sort of a "Jewfro". (Oh, would I love to have that much hair again! lol) And we would wear the same ratty old jeans for days on end. We would always wear nicely ironed dress shirts with the tails out, tho'...go figure. I think the kids now-a-days dress rather fashionably. There seems to be an emphasis on looking very good albeit a little crazy looking sometimes. I usually just wear worn t-shirts and blue jean shorts mostly these days. Hardly a slave to fashion anymore.
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39. palmettobug53
7:08 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
LOL.... Oh, that moment when you suddenly think, "Dear God, I've turned into my mother/father!"

I had one of those moments one day about 12 or 15 years ago with the woman I used to ride to work with. We'd just dropped her son off at the high school, were watching him walk to his wing and were musing about the disreputable clothing that his generation preferred and shaking our heads in disgust.

We both stopped, looked at each other in horror and exclaimed, "DEAR GOD, WE'VE TURNED INTO OUR MOTHERS!" We then collapsed in laughter, remembering how we horrified our parents with our hair and clothing at the same age.

BTW, her kid turned out alright. Spent 4 years in Army paratroop, married and now has 2 children of his own.
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38. clearlakemike
6:52 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
Good morning Bug,

About a cup of Joe down, takes about two to really wake me up. Doing my morning ritual of taking in information. I prefer the internet rather than having it blasted out at me by the tv. Democracy Now! isn't on on Sunday anyway and I don't need to see the latest news according to Corporate America, necessarily. I think I am turning into my late father, frightening thought. Although, he would be watching Rush Limbaugh, even more frightening thought, lol. RIP Dad, Love you. I feel his presence often. We bought a convertible this past summer and sometimes I sense him sitting there next to me in the passenger seat for a few minutes while driving. He loved warm weather (Florida) and convertibles :-). This is getting a little Jack Kerouac now, lol.

We have a chance for some rain in the next 24 hours possibly. Very dry where I am on the desert side of Paradise. Would be nice to get some here. Looks like the north west islands of Kauai and Oahu have a flash flood watch.

How are things were you are? Saw a big swirl that didn't look good on my screensaver map heading towards Sandi and again looking at the Doc's blog. Looks rather nasty and ominous. Was going to go over and look at Sandi's maps and weather links or see if she commented on it. Looks like it is closer to Iceland now. Reminds me of when you fly over to Europe and they have the route map with the plane icon as it travels up from the coast of Newfoundland to Iceland and on to the British Isles. Looks like it is dinner time in London. It's breakfast time here. G just announced that eggs (egg whites for me) are ready but I will have to eat them later because I am juicing this morning. Better to do it on an empty stomach.
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37. palmettobug53
6:22 PM GMT on January 27, 2013
Hi, Mike.

Awake yet?

How's things in Paradise?
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36. clearlakemike
1:22 AM GMT on January 19, 2013
Welcome, shoreacres. Yes, I was sad to hear the news. I think they were the last of the 'Mohicans' in SF quirky. At least, quirky with class. Do you also remember the Fisherman's Wharf "The Human Jukebox"? And yes, Herb Caen, "Mr. San Francisco (Baghdad-by-the-Bay)" was a great SF writer and 'institution'. His columns were required reading in The City back in the day.

BTW, I stopped by on your blog early this morning and read about the Uranium story in Virginia. I had no idea that was there either. Being a former Washingtonian (DC) as well I found that very interesting and somewhat alarming as I also have family downstream from it. Will have to make it a habit to visit your blog. You are a very good journalist. Sorry not to leave a comment there...it was very early and I was multi-tasking and trying to wake up.
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35. shoreacres
12:57 AM GMT on January 19, 2013
Thanks so much for posting the news about the Brown Sisters. They hadn't achieved the pinnacle of their fame when I was in Berkeley, but they were there.

Another memory bump: the writer, named Kane, reminded me of Herb Caen, whose work I always loved. Time for a little walk down memory lane, maybe.
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34. palmettobug53
2:26 AM GMT on January 01, 2013
I'll have to check my TV listings for Portlandia. I do love a quirky show!

Currier and Ives

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.

~ Ellen Goodman

Wishing the two of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
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33. clearlakemike
9:13 PM GMT on December 28, 2012
Bug, I always think of Wilde's quotes more than what he wrote. He had some good ones. As did Mark Twain.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

Oscar Wilde Wikipedia

(I remember, Bug, that our acquired tastes for quirky TV comedy shows has crossed paths in the past, such as the "The Red Green Show". This is the link for Portlandia. Not sure if you will like it...maybe more of a "West Coast" thang.

Portland Dream of the 90's (music video)

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32. palmettobug53
8:41 PM GMT on December 28, 2012
Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde both had some funny quotes and observations. I guess you could say they were "contemporaries" and creatures of the 19th century. Their wit, however, has stood the test of time, hasn't it?

For sure, Mike.

I never tire of Twain. I haven't read that much Wilde. Might check the library the next time I go.
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31. palmettobug53
10:14 PM GMT on December 24, 2012

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
~Author Unknown

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30. clearlakemike
9:10 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
Happy Christmas, Bug. Thank you! I hope you and your family have a wonderful day too. Not sure it will be warm where you are or it is what is expected or desired. I know Charleston doesn't usually expect a "White Christmas".

Yes, that was a wonderful warm day there at Hatteras. I don't know if those beautiful dunes and sea oats are even there anymore as I think they have had several big storm surge events along there since I was last there.

Yes, would prefer SoCal but SF would be ok. If I were 20 years younger and could stand the weather, Portland might be a fun place to be. Speaking of PC, do you ever watch the tv show Portlandia? I enjoy it.

Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde both had some funny quotes and observations. I guess you could say they were "contemporaries" and creatures of the 19th century. Their wit, however, has stood the test of time, hasn't it?
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29. palmettobug53
5:39 PM GMT on December 24, 2012
Happy Christmas, Mike. I hope the two of you have a warm, wonderful day.

Love that Hatteras pic with the sea oats.

Hankerin' for the mainland? But not SF?

I've read that Twain quote before. He certainly had a way with words, didn't he? Not always nice and not always PC. Still funny as heck, though.
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28. clearlakemike
5:18 PM GMT on November 29, 2012
Karen, yes, I do remember you telling me that your brother lives in Indian Wells. I usually only got down to about Palm Desert when I lived there in the Coachella Valley. I liked visiting the Living Desert gardens. Yes, the coast is way too foggy for me. I was ready to slit my wrists after a summer in San Francisco, lol. Reminds me of Mark Twain's "urban lore" quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

I saw today's headline and read about the second round of rain for Northern California. Amazing that there is a flood advisory for the Navarro river when it is currently 20' below flood level. I use to enjoy driving along there when I would go out to the Mendocino coast.

Have fun watching/photoing the big waves if they come your way!!

It will be interesting to see what and what doesn't happen at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha.
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27. SBKaren
2:38 AM GMT on November 28, 2012
OK Mike, I thought you were in Hawaii but I wasn't quite sure. I have a friend from work that just returned from Hawaii. Of course a vacation in a desirable spot is always something to look forward to.

Have I ever told you that my brother lives in Indian Wells? You'd probably see more sun there than here. We've had a lot of fog and cloud cover the last few days. It was quite warm inland, but the coast, especially over the Thanksgiving holiday, was quite foggy.

Now we are expecting rain. Down here, not so much, but up north - a lot! Sacramento could get over 5" while we might only see .5". We should see some high tides and swell from this storm though. Might be time to take the camera down to the beach to see what I can capture!

I'm with you on the climate change issue. I've seen numerous shows lately (mostly on PBS) that say that it's time we admit there is such a phenomenon. Whether you believe it or not, how can you NOT think that man hasn't contributed to something!!
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26. clearlakemike
6:24 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
Amazing...Karen, I am living in Hawaii two hours behind you there in California and waking up to yet another overcast day. Was checking the weather to see if we were finally going to see the sun today. It has been unusually overcast days on end it seems here. I checked the blogs after and saw I had popped to the top, lol. Thank you for the greeting and the wonderful JFK card and quote. I hope for you the same.

Yes, I can see how you could be confused. I decided to stop blogging about and posting photos from here after repeatedly experiencing negative events here. After becoming interested/concerned about the climate change issue, decided to devote my blog, primarily, to that.

I would love to move to Southern California (Palm Springs area, and where I had wanted to go in the first place,) but not so easy to just get up and move, especially from here to there and across the ocean. And my partner likes it here and doesn't want to try and move currently.

Maybe one day...great to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by, and maybe one day I will be back there in sunny California!!

Tony! Toni! Tone! - It Never Rains (In Southern California) (Music Video)

A Horse with No Name (HD) (Music Video)

Ventura Highway (America) (Music Video)

Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed (Extended 12" Version) (Music Video)

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25. SBKaren
5:48 PM GMT on November 22, 2012
I would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, filled with family, friends, food and gratitude for what we do have. I promise to try to live up to this quote all year long!

I see you pop up once in a while but I can't figure out where you live now!! So, where do you live?
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24. clearlakemike
6:58 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
Thank you, Sandi!! We are serving Pilgrim with a nice bottle of Chianti, er, I mean Turkey with a nice white wine (and a side of mad fish!)...hope you are getting out and enjoying your Rothko sunrises and sunsets and not too much rain, and have a nice weekend preparing for your 2011 Christmas!! :-)

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23. sandiquiz
3:21 PM GMT on November 21, 2012
FX Photo Studio HD Image

Wishing you both a very Happy Thanksgiving :-)
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22. clearlakemike
11:28 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thank you, Sandi. Have a great Monday when you get there :)
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21. sandiquiz
9:16 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Thanks for coming visiting.....
Have a great Sunday, when you get there:)
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20. clearlakemike
4:49 PM GMT on October 21, 2012
I should have said 'we' Sandi, as it sounds like you have had a miserable summer (will pop over to your blog next and see what up with you.)
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19. sandiquiz
6:01 AM GMT on October 21, 2012
..I can always use those these days.

What's up Mike?

This phrase over in Flickr sounded to end with a *sigh* .

I am coming on slowly, but must remember to take it easy, especially if I want to heal well.... so I am being lazy, but it doesn't come easily to me!

Take care, my regards to you both.
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18. clearlakemike
4:21 PM GMT on October 15, 2012
Thank you, Sandi!! (a belated thank you, that is!) Hope you are having salubrious October weather and Britannia is still above the sea!!
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17. sandiquiz
9:01 AM GMT on September 01, 2012
Hi Mike

Wishing you White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits
and a FUN and SAFE month of September!

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16. clearlakemike
5:30 PM GMT on August 01, 2012
Thank you, Sandi. I hope you have a more arid August!
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15. sandiquiz
7:12 AM GMT on August 01, 2012

Hi Mike - Wishing you a very happy and weather safe month!
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14. clearlakemike
10:07 PM GMT on July 30, 2012
Hi Sandi! Well then, I don't feel so weird about thinking that big baby was kind of weird, LOL (just kidding.) Glad to hear your photo group outing went well! Looks like a nice day as you captured the nice summer white light of the day in your beautiful photo. Yes, lovely old steam boat pushing out into the river. I see the other interesting boats at dock in the background. Looks so serene...I wish I was there!
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