A Picture/Poem collection
A Global Study for Wildlife Migration
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/ [intro: Windows MP]
Monarch Butterfly: Fall 2003
by Elizabeth Donnely
Journey North is an online project that tracks the northern
migration of various species in the spring and fall.
"Dedicated to Education, Conservation, and Research"
"Monarch larvae appear to feed exclusively on milkweeds in the genus Asclepias
and several other genera of viny milkweeds in North America. Milkweeds are
perennial plants, which means an individual plant lives for more than one year,
growing each spring from rootstock and seeds rather than seeds alone. In the
Midwest, milkweeds were historically common and widespread on prairies, but
habitat destruction has reduced their range and numbers.
Milkweeds belong to the family Asclepiadaceae, derived from Asklepios,
the Greek god of medicine and healing." [...]
Other interesting, but unrelated links . . .
Der Spiegel [the online edition of the German magazine]
AKERLOF-INTERVIEW: "The worst government the US has ever had"
Interview with Matthias Streitz
"SPIEGEL ONLINE reached George A. Akerlof, co-winner of the 2001
Nobel Prize in economics, on the phone while he was vacationing in New England.
Following are excerpts of the conversation.
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Professor Akerlof, according to recent official projections,
the US federal deficit will reach $455 billion this fiscal year. That's the largest
ever in dollar terms, but according to the President's budget director, it's still
manageable. Do you agree?
George A. Akerlof: In the long term, a deficit of this magnitude is not manageable.
We are moving into the period when, beginning around 2010, baby boomers are
going to be retiring. That is going to put a severe strain on services like Medicare,
Medicaid and Social Security. This is the time when we should be saving. [...]
Akerlof: I think this is the worst government the US has ever had in its more than
200 years of history. It has engaged in extraordinarily irresponsible policies not
only in foreign and economic but also in social and environmental policy. This is
not normal government policy. Now is the time for people to engage in civil
Economists Voice Opposition to Bush Tax Cuts
A news conference Monday, February 10, 2003
"Ten Nobel laureates and over 400 other economists have signed a statement saying
the Bush Administration's tax plan will not create jobs and growth in the near-term
and will lead to chronic deficits." [...] [listen to Press Conference: RealAudio]
PDF of statement as it appeared in the pages of The New York Times
Weapons of Mass Deception
by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
"Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber's devastating new exposé,
Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq"
is published by Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin (http:// www.penguinputnam.com)
John Stauber is the founder and director of the Center for Media & Democracy.
(http://www.prwatch.org). Stauber and Rampton produce the quarterly PR Watch
and are co-authors of Toxic Sludge is Good for You, Mad Cow USA and Trust Us:
We're Experts. In their newest investigative report they reveal how:
* The Bush administration began planning the Iraq invasion even before the 2002
presidential elections and were preparing for a "project launch" on Operation Iraqi
Freedom prior to September 2002;
* The White House used misinformation to create the false impression that Iraq
was behind the 9/11 attacks;
* Forged documents to build the case that Iraq possessed huge stockpiles of
banned weapons, and
* Hired a secretive public relations firm to create the anti-Hussein "opposition group"
that became one of the driving forces behind the rush to war." [...]
"August 24, 1995 Microsoft ships Windows 95.
"Thanks to possibly the largest product launch campaign in history,
Windows 95's sales exceeded all predictions. Strangely, it was two
years to the day that Apple lost its "look and feel" copyright infringement
suit against Microsoft, a suit whose main arguments centered around
many features now found on Windows 95. "
Timeline of Computer Histroy
"This timeline explores the history of computing from 1945 to 1990.
Each year features illustrated descriptions of significant innovations
in hardware and software technology, as well as milestones in areas
such as commercial applications and artificial intelligence." [...]
River Dispute Takes Political Turn
by J.R. Pegg
"WASHINGTON, DC, August 6, 2003 (ENS) - Conservation groups
today demanded answers from the White House about the role the
president's top political advisor has taken to dictate federal management
of the Klamath River Basin.
The organizations are concerned White House chief political advisor
Karl Rove may have pressured federal managers to favor agricultural
interests over endangered species and tribal water rights - a decision
they say led to the death of more than 33,000 salmon in the Klamath
River in September 2002." [...]
CLEAN WATER AT RISK [pdf 32 pages]
"A 30th Anniversary Assessment of the Bush
Administration's Rollback of Clean Water