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Las Conchas Wildfire in New Mexico (Big Picture)

The Las Conchas wildfire in New Mexico spread dangerously close to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (AP-Big Picture)



Oregon (NW) Earthquake Zone (Cascadia Subduction Zone)

Apparently, Oregonians are long over due for a major earthquake…the last big one, according to studies, was in January 26, 1700 (I know…don’t ask me). The Cascadia Subduction Zone is the banging culprit.

“The troublesome area, about 50 miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington, is known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600-mile expanse stretching from Northern California to British Columbia.”

State reports underscore his point, documenting sweeping seismic vulnerabilities. For example:

-More than half of Oregon K-12 schools are at high risk of collapse in a strong quake.

-An estimated 1,000 bridges along Oregon highways may fail in a powerful quake.

-Nearly a dozen coastal communities are within tsunami inundation zones. Some neighborhoods have no easy escape routes to high ground.   Statesman Journal


Chilean Mine Accident & NASA (Long Term Stress)

You have, no doubt, heard of the Chilean mining accident with the miners trapped below…likely to be there until the end of the year! Rescuers are coordinating with NASA to understand the mental stressors of long term confinement. The International Space Station has required 6 month confinements of astronauts in spartan conditions. Communications between ground and space teams is instrumental in maintaining mental stability. As it will be between top side rescuers and the trapped miners. We hear of one disaster after another and become a bit numb or we are self focused.


Lake Chany, Russia (Float Tubing Prohibited)

I just love this crazy stuff. Something just prehistoric about it, as many of us muddle about in our urban/suburban fog or escape to our somewhat gentrified wilderness experiences. The Lake Chany area has reportedly lost 19 people and many have not been found. Reportedly a large creature has been seen. They would know their sturgeon. Something lurks.  Large lake, but not deep. Poor recovery efforts? Limited resources? No sonar research by some TV freak that likes to dive into brown waters to wrestle alligators or grab bizarre creatures in Africa? Seems like someone will eventually put in the effort like they did on Loch Ness. The creature, if it exists, is alive. Not a poor washed up Montauk something or other.

“Those who have reportedly seen the creature have likened it to the famous Loch Ness monster, describing a long neck, ‘huge tail’ and ‘snake-like’ appearance.

The latest in a string of deaths came last week, as a 59-year-old man was dragged beneath the surface of Lake Chany, located in the province of Novosibirsk.

‘I was with my friend… some 300 yards from the shore,’ said 60-year-old Vladimir Golishev told the Daily Mail. ”He hooked something huge on his bait, and he stood up in the boat to reel it in.

‘But it pulled with such force that he overturned the boat. I was in shock – I had never seen anything like it in my life.”

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Milka Duno: Less Posing, More Mirrors

Ah Milka Duno, a pity. I had hoped there was someone to take away the limelight from Danica Patrick and be able to race as well. The probationary status for Milka Duno brings into question: is she just a pretty face/hot babe only. Milka use your mirrors! This, of course, just plays into the rep of that obnoxious poser, Danica. Of course, if Milka places worse than Danica and most everyone else….well, then perhaps she is in over her lovely rear end.

“Though her track performances have never materialized, Milka continues to be a top drawing IRL personality, and a driver of ticket sales from fans who seem not to care about her lack of on-track success.    Duno’s corporate sponsorship from Citgo is likely what has kept her in the seat to date, a financial support that Dale Coyne Racing depends on to stay in business.    Though the Indy Car series has consistently ignored the problem in efforts to keep fields full, the lack of progression combined with increased frustration by other drivers have forced officials to take action.”  EXAMINER


Eckman’s Native American Art

Sculptures of Native American scenes made out of paper by Allen and Patty Eckman.These stunningly detailed sculptures may only be made from paper, but they are being snapped up by art fans for tens of thousands of pounds.The intricate creations depict Native American scenes and took up to 11 months to make using a specially formulated paper.Husband and wife team Allen and Patty Eckman put paper pulp into clay molds and pressurize it to remove the water.

The hard, lightweight pieces are then removed and the couple painstakingly add detailed finishings with a wide range of tools.They have been making the creations since 1987 at their home studio, in South Dakota , America , and have racked up a whopping $3 million selling the works of art.

The pieces depict traditional scenes from Native American history of Cherokees hunting and dancing. Allen said:  “We create Indians partly because my great, great grandmother was a Cherokee and my family on both sides admire the native Americans…

I work on the men and animals and Patty does the women and children” explains Allen.Allen explained their technique: “It should not be confused with paper Mache.  The two mediums are completely different.  I call what we do ‘cast paper sculpture’.””Some of them we create are life size and some we scale down to 1/6 life size.


3 Legged Gator in St. Pete Canal

Across the nation, from bears in Montana, a three legged ‘gator is lurking in a canal behind a meat market in St. Petersburg, Florida. Oh, just in case you want to make sure you have the right 13’ gator, it is the right front leg that is missing.

“Mahmoud Said, 23, owns Tony’s Meat Market, which is in a strip mall in the 1200 block of Fourth Street South, next to the canal where the alligator frequently is seen.  “It’s a big one,” he said. “They’re actually more than one.” On his cell phone he has a picture of the dismembered remains of a dog left in the water by the alligator Monday. msnbc

Yesterday, state fish and wildlife officials granted him a 007-like “license to kill:” permission to shoot the gator on sight. “I don’t really want to think of it like that,” Carpenter says chuckling, “But I can see the analogy.” Until now, local laws made it illegal to discharge a weapon anywhere in Pinellas County. So Carpenter asked FWC for special permission. They discussed the urgency of the situation with officials in Pinellas County, and the special shoot-to-kill exception was granted.”   WTSP News

It is a bit freaky, being from the NW, to read a series of headlines, that are probably common place to folks in the SE: Huge Alabama Gator..a 10-foot alligator bit off a man’s hand…11-foot alligator was lounging on her front stoop…a 10-foot alligator wandered onto the road and refused to move.

Of course, this may not just be a SE problem: “It was at another open manhole, about nine miles away on East 123rd Street in Manhattan, that teenagers shoveling snow one February day in 1935 did, in fact, see one in a city sewer, or said they saw one. They pulled up a sickly, 125-pound, 8-foot alligator with some clothesline they borrowed from a nearby stove shop, only to kill it with their shovels after it snapped at one of the boys.  “Alligator Found In Uptown Sewer,” read the headline in The New York Times.”  NY Times

Ok, I promise I won’t now discuss sharks off Cape Cod or Stinging Jelly Fish.


Odd Happenings: Chupacabra Sighting~Texas

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So, what is this new alien critter, the chupacabra? Where do these mutant creatures come from? First Montauk and for the past few years the Chupacabra. So, where does a DNA marker come from to compare to the new critter; to a ‘chupacabra’? So, where do these inbred critters originate from? Some backwoods carny worker’s dumped spawn  from the Bayou? Could be just some inbred chihuahua  with a albino rat dog on steroids. No offense to backwoods carny workers from the Bayou.


World Cup: Paul’s Octomazing Prognostications

Paul the Prognosticating Octopus

“The generous genius predicted that Germany will conquer Uruguay in the tournament’s third-place game on Saturday, and he picked Spain over the Netherlands in the final on Sunday — the first non-German game the majestic mollusk has ever predicted.”  HuffPo Mo Paul is reportedly unphased by death threats.


Tour de France 100 Years

I have suffered through the World Cup craze. Now I will enjoy an even less popular event, Le Tour de France. Don’t know why…I love the stages through the Pyrenees & Alps. It is all good in my book. I don’t watch it all but enough to appreciate the risks, guts, strength and daring of the riders. Beautiful photography via helicopter too

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