Friday, January 31, 2014

Of Monarchs and Birthdays

It's Royal's birthday so I'll put on a happy face. But this. This. I'm having a real hard time imagining a summertime without Monarchs. What else will we kill off because we don't know how to live within limits, don't know how to live as species that recognizes the needs of other species. Every grass lawn, every golf course is a problem.
Prime example, I've just had a bit of a family kerfluffle because now that I'm not living at the lake they are making changes. Gone are the native wildflowers, including the butterfly milkweed I planted (the exact food source mentioned in this article), the coneflowers, etc.... replaced by? Grass. Every area we humans occupy (at least those of us I have come to know in my life) we insist upon wiping nature clean with a green lawn or concrete.
Of course I often hear "Oh what does this one little patch matter"? There's more growing over there (wave hands in some direction). It is as though we each live in a bubble and unwilling to acknowledge that what we do matters because millions (in this nation) of others are doing it as well. The denial of collective behavior and collective effect is very intentional.
So, today Monarchs. Tomorrow?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wikipedia - I'm a fan

WikipediaWikipedia is fantastic... My most often visited site! The bible vs. Wikipedia.
People who write things in the 21st century are more enlightened about morality and science than writers from a particularly ignorant part of the world 2,000 years ago. Who knew? And if you insist that god inspired the contents of the bible, you’re just painting your all-knowing, all-wise god as a being with less scientific and moral sense than modern high schoolers.