Daily Archives: October 19, 2016

Beautiful male American Kestrel

A local home owner got quite the surprise yesterday when she opened the glass doors of her fireplace. She was greeted by the sight of this beautiful male American Kestrel! Just how he ended up in there is a mystery. Chasing prey perhaps. Fortunately uninjured, we kept him overnight, fed him a good breakfast and sent him on his way!
Although not common, we have had calls of birds in fireplaces before. In some cases more than once in the same fireplace! Should you have a chimney that seems to attract birds, please consider placing a screen over the opening to deter them. The little kestrel was lucky. Many are not.



Sculptures and Art

Sculptures and Art

Gustav #Klimt – Lady in an Armchair, 1897

Gustav #Klimt – Lady in an Armchair, 1897

State Route 108, Sonora Pass just reopened! 

State Route 108, Sonora Pass just reopened! 

State Route 120, Tioga Pass is scheduled to reopen Thursday, October 20th at noon. Please check before traveling. 
Photo of Conway Summit taken yesterday morning!

From Erin Brockovich 

I am overwhelmed with pride… gratification and just plain old sticktoitiveness!!!!!
A fighter in her community for clean, safe drinking water… Hannibal, Missouri’s newest City Councilmember Melissa Shobe Cogdal was just sworn in moments ago! People of the world… this incredibly strong woman is living proof everyone can make a difference in the world… starting in your own hometown!!! Samuel Clemens shed a tear of joy tonight! 
Wow… just wow. I am overwhelmed! God Bless you Melissa! Stand true! Stand strong! We are all behind you!

John Atkinson Grimshaw (English, 1836-1893)

John Atkinson Grimshaw (English, 1836-1893)

Broken Arm. Oglala Lakota. 1899.

Broken Arm. Oglala Lakota. 1899.

Iroquois man. 1871.

Iroquois man. 1871.

Chief Charlot. Flathead Reservation, Montana. 1908. Photo by N.A. Forsyth.

Chief Charlot. Flathead Reservation, Montana. 1908. Photo by N.A. Forsyth.

BBC News: Argentine women strike after fatal rape of teenager

Argentine women strike after fatal rape of teenager – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37703406

BBC News: Fears grow for European Schiaparelli Mars lander

Fears grow for European Schiaparelli Mars lander – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37707776

BBC News: Trump v Clinton: Who won the presidential debate?

Trump v Clinton: Who won the presidential debate? – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37711218

The third Presidential debate: live-drawings by our cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein. See more: http://nyer.cm/HwnOrBP

The third Presidential debate: live-drawings by our cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein. See more: http://nyer.cm/HwnOrBP

And it true: she has been the puppet from the very beginning! 

Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle. Suquamish and Duwamish. ca. 1893  Photo by Frank La Roche. Source – University of Washington Libraries.

Angeline, daughter of Chief Seattle. Suquamish and Duwamish. ca. 1893 Photo by Frank La Roche. Source – University of Washington Libraries.

The Machine de Marly, based on a prototype at Modave Castle

The Machine de Marly, based on a prototype at Modave Castle

Amazing engineering. 

The Machine de Marly, based on a prototype at Modave Castle, consisted of fourteen gigantic water wheels, each roughly 11.5 meters or 38 feet in diameter, that powered more than 250 pumps to bring water 177 yards (162 m) up a hillside from the Seine River to the Louveciennes Aqueduct. Louis XIV had countless schemes and inventions that were supposed to bring water to his fountains. The Machine de Marly was by far his most extensive and costly plan. After three years of construction and a cost of approximately 5,500,000 livres, the massive contraption, considered the most complex of the 17th century, was completed. “The chief engineer for the project was Arnold de Ville and the ‘contractor’ was Rennequin Sualem (after whom the quai by the machine is now named).” Both men had experience in pumping water from coal mines in the region of Liège (in modern Belgium)

Vue de la Machine de Marly (1723) by Pierre-Denis Martin

Vue de la Machine de Marly (1723) by Pierre-Denis Martin

Vue de la Machine de Marly (1723) by Pierre-Denis Martin, showing the Machine de Marly on the Seine, the Louveciennes hillside, and in the background to the right, the aqueduc de Louveciennes to which the water was pumped by the Machine.

On the telesky 

On the telesky

My rose today 

My rose today

Watch “Anaheim Bay a 360 view on s gorgeous day (April 23, 2016)” on YouTube

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Watch “Anna Ternheim – No, I Dont Remember” on YouTube

No, I don’t remember what brought us to this
What places we blindly passed, what turns we missed
When things really mattered and we really cared
When simply being was easy, just having you there

I was on a down slide, wasting my days
When I met you I came to such a lovely place
We laughed and cried our way through
The days and nights, the weeks and months
And all the seasons, ups and downs

Remind me of how I used to feel
Remind me of who I used to be back when
Nothing could come between us then
That thought would never leave us

‘Cause I don’t remember, love needles in the hay
The life I knew by heart and lived everyday

\n The secret codes and signs, you and I, eye to eye
Wake me up, hurt me, you have to
I forgot how to cry

Remind me of how I used to feel
Remind me of who I used to be back when
Nothing could come between us then
That thought would never leave us

So remind me of how I used to feel
Remind me of who I used to be back when
Nothing could come between us then
That thought would never leave us when
Nothing could come between us then
That thought would never leave us

Vincent van Gogh, Flowering Garden with path

Vincent van Gogh, Flowering Garden with path

Hopi girls. Ca. 1900. Photo by C.C. Pierce.

Hopi girls. Ca. 1900. Photo by C.C. Pierce.

France Becomes First Country to Ban Plastic Silverware, Plates and Cups



Do you think the U.S. should enact a similar ban?




France Becomes First Country to Ban Plastic Silverware, Plates and Cups

France is taking another big step towards being more environmentally conscious by implementing a controversial new law that will ban plastic cutlery, plates and cups.

The measure was part of theEnergy Transition For Green Growth bill that was passed in 2015 and went into effect last month. But producers of disposal plates, cups and cutlery will have until 2020to make sure their products are made with biologically sourced materials and can be composted.

The ban was initially proposed by the Europe Ecologie-Greens Party to help cut the energy used in making plastic in addition to the waste it creates. While the move is sure to please environmentalists, opponents argue that product bans hurt consumers.

Vincent van Gogh – (1853 -1890)  La chiesa di Auvers 1890 olio su tela 94×74 cm,   Musée d’Orsay, Parigi

Vincent van Gogh – (1853 -1890) La chiesa di Auvers 1890 olio su tela 94×74 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Parigi

Blue Horse. Oglala Lakota. 1900. Photo by F.A. Rinehart.

Blue Horse. Oglala Lakota. 1900. Photo by F.A. Rinehart.

Contaminant levels lower local water quality | Indiana Daily Student


The “regulated” contaminants might be lower… but that is because the water is being treated with ammonia to sequester (hide) the chemical reactions that form the “regulated” disinfection byproducts (DBPs).
Bloomington, Indiana… pick your poison. High levels of toxic “regulated” TTHMs and HAAs or the “yet-to-be-regulated” Nitrosamine compounds formed with the addition of ammonia. Oh, by the way… the ammonia realted byproducts are know to be 1,000 times more toxic in Drinking Water than the “regulated” byproducts.
So why doesn’t Bloomington follow the USEPA recommendations and clean the water properly… by removing the reactive organics (dirt)? Frankly… after reading many of the misinformation quotes from the City… it’s because they really do not know what they are talking about… “The reason the water smells like chlorine, according to Rachael Atz, is fairly simple: there’s chlorine in the water.” WRONG… it is the volatile organic DBPs you smell… and they are immediately toxic to pregnant women! 
“Long-term exposure to DBPs is associated with an increased risk of cancer. Rachel Atz, water quality coordinator for the City of Bloomington, said increased DBPs could be a result of more organics in the Lake Monroe reservoir — she said because it is a man-made reservoir, there is more sedimentation as it ages — more customers and weather.”

Moonlight – John Atkinson Grimshaw

Moonlight – John Atkinson Grimshaw

Chiricahuah Apache prisoner of war Isabelle Perico Enjady. Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 1886-1914.

Chiricahuah Apache prisoner of war Isabelle Perico Enjady. Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 1886-1914.

France 24 : French court rejects bid to halt demolition of Calais ‘Jungle’

French court rejects bid to halt demolition of Calais ‘Jungle’


A group of French charities failed Tuesday in a last-ditch legal bid to block the razing of the so-called “Jungle” migrant camp in the northern town of Calais.

A court in the nearby city of Lille rejected their appeal which claimed that dismantling the camp was “an attack on the fundamental rights” of the migrants there, mostly Iraqis, Afghans and Sudanese.

The court ruled that the evacuation was intended to stop the “inhumane and degrading” treatment of people in the squalid camp by moving them to reception centres around the country.

No date has yet been announced for the demolition of the camp, currently occupied by around 5,700 migrants, according to the government.

French President François Hollande has pledged to close it down by the end of the year, removing an embarrassment for the government that has also disrupted port operations and train travel around Calais.

Migrants and refugees routinely try to break into trucks heading to Britain, which they see as a more attractive destination than France for family or economic reasons.

The interior and housing ministers welcomed the court decision which they said reinforced their determination to dismantle the camp before winter sets in.

Several sources have told AFP the operation could start next week.

The makeshift “Jungle” settlement has become a focal point in France of Europe’s migrant crisis and a constant source of tension with Britain.

France is demanding that Britain take in more of the hundreds of unaccompanied minorsseeking to reach relatives across the Channel before the camp is shut down.

A dozen teenagers were transferred to Britain on Monday, with dozens more set to follow in the coming days.


France 24 : Belgium charges four over links to terrorism

Belgium charges four over links to terrorism


Belgian prosecutors on Wednesday charged four people with participating in a terrorist organisation, including funding and recruiting would-be fighters to join the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

The terror-related charges were announced after 15 early morning raids in the northern cities of Ghent, Antwerp and Deinze, the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

“Those persons have been indicted for participation in the activities of a terrorist group,” the statement said.

“Some of them are suspected of recruiting people with a view to departing to Syria and joining Islamic State there,” it added.

The Begian prosecutors added that no arms or explosives were found, and that there was of yet no established link with the suicide bomb attacks that killed 32 people in Brussels last March.

The deadly bomb attacks on the Brussels airport and metro were claimed by the IS group.

High terror alert

Some of the suicide bombers, who grew up in central Brussels and were known to the authorities, also took part in the Paris November attacks, which claimed 130 lives and left hundreds injured.

Belgium has been on its second highest terror alert since the Paris and Brussels attacks.

There has been a series of incidents since March despite a much-increased security presence on the streets, the latest being early this month when two police offers were stabbed in the Schaerbeek area of Brussels.

Prosecutors charged the suspect in that case with “attempted murder in a terrorist context and participation in the activities of a terrorist group”.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP)

France 24 : Assad’s wife says she rejected ‘multiple offers’ to flee Syria

Assad’s wife says she rejected ‘multiple offers’ to flee Syria


Syria’s first lady Asma al-Assad said she rejected multiple offers to flee the war-ravaged country with her children, according to an interview with broadcaster Russia24 aired on Tuesday.

The comments were part of the British-born Assad’s first interview with international media since Syria‘s revolt erupted in 2011 with demands for her husband Bashar‘s ouster.

“I never thought of being anywhere else at all. … Yes, I was offered the opportunity to leaveSyria, or rather to run from Syria,” the 41-year-old said.

“These offers included guarantees of safety and protection for my children, and even financial security.”

“It doesn’t take a genius to know what these people were really after. It was never about my wellbeing or my children — it was a deliberate attempt to shatter people’s confidence in their president,” she said.

The full interview with Russia24 is to be aired later Tuesday.

Asma’s marriage to Bashar was announced by state media around six months after he assumed the presidency in July 2000 following the death of his father Hafez.

The former investment banker styled herself as a progressive rights advocate and was seen as the modern side of the Assad dynasty.

She did not appear much in public in the first few years of the uprising, but over the past two years has been a lot more active.

The mother-of-three has stood at her husband’s side in his rare public appearances, posing for selfies with supporters in pictures posted to the presidency’s Instagram account.

With the death toll in Syria’s conflict now at least 300,000, Asma has been seen smiling beside children, athletes and graduates in shared images the United States has denounced as “a despicable PR stunt”.


Wishful talking, or pure witchcraft? BBC News: US election 2016: Stop whining, Obama tells Donald Trump

US election 2016: Stop whining, Obama tells Donald Trump – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37697594

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From the village pharmacy:  The Neem Tree and uses of neem seeds, oil, leaves, bark and roots.



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The NEEM tree (Azadirachta indica) is a tropical evergreen tree native to India and is also found in other southeast countries. In India, neem is known as “the village pharmacy” because of its healing versatility, and it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4,000 years due to its medicinal properties. Neem is also called ‘arista’ in Sanskrit- a word that means ‘perfect, complete and imperishable’. The seeds, bark and leaves contain compounds with proven antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and antifungal uses. The Sanskrit name ‘nimba’ comes from the term ‘nimbati syasthyamdadati’ which means ‘to give good health’.

The earliest documentation of neem mentioned the fruit, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark for their advantageous medicinal properties. These benefits are listed in the ancient documents ‘Carak- Samhita’ and ‘Susruta-Samhita’, the books at the foundation of the Indian system of natural treatment, Ayurveda. Neem has a garlic-like odor, and a bitter taste. The various parts of this tree have many uses that aptly give neem its name in Sanskrit-“sarva roga nivarini”, meaning ‘the curer of all ailments’. Some of the most important documented uses of various parts of the neem tree are:  

Neem oil is extracted from the seeds of the neem tree and has insecticidal and medicinal properties due to which it has been used for thousands of years in pest control, cosmetics, medicines, etc. Please seeneem oil & its uses for detailed information.
Neem seed cake (residue of neem seeds after oil extraction) when used for soil amendment or added to soil,  not only enriches the soil with organic matter but also lowers nitrogen losses by inhibiting nitrification. It also works as a nematicide.
Neem leaves are used to treat chickenpox and warts by directly applying to the skin in a paste form or by bathing in water with neem leaves. In order to increase immunity of the body, neem leaves are also taken internally in the form of neem capsules or made into a tea. The tea is traditionally taken internally to reduce fever caused by malaria. This tea is extremely bitter. It is also used to soak feet for treating various foot fungi.  It has also been reported to work against termites. In Ayurveda, neem leaves are used in curing neuromuscular pains. Neem leaves are also used in storage of grains.
Twigs of neem are also used in India and Africa as toothbrushes. Nowadays toothpastes with neem extracts are also available commercially.
Neem (leaf and seed) extracts have been found to be spermicidal and thus research is being conducted to use neem extracts for making contraceptives. Neem produces pain relieving, anti-inflammatory and fever reducing compounds that can aid in the healing of cuts, burns, earaches, sprains and headaches, as well as fevers.
Neem bark and roots also have medicinal properties.Bark & roots in powdered form are also used to control fleas & ticks on pets.
Neem has anti-bacterial properties that help in fighting against skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, scabies, eczema, etc. Neem extracts also help in treating diabetes, AIDS, cancer, heart disease, herpes, allergies, ulcers, hepatitis and several other diseases.  
There are many active constituents of Neem.

Neem oil, leaves and neem extracts are used to manufacture health and beauty care products. Some of such products are soaps, bath powders, shampoos, lotions and creams, toothpastes, neem leaf capsules to increase immunity and as a skin purifier, insect repellents, pet care products, etc. 

Neem extracts have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on food crops. It has been proven in various research studies  that Neem is non-toxic to birds, beneficial insects or humans and protects crops from over 200 of the most costly pests.

For more detailed information on Neem, please visitwww.neemfoundation.org


Disclaimer: The above mentioned uses of the neem tree are given for informational purpose only and have been put together from the various published media and internet.  Neem oil sold by Organeem LLC is pure unformulated neem oil and is not registered by the EPA as a pesticide or insecticide. It has also not been registered by the FDA for treating or curing any disease or for any specific herbal use.


(This website designed and maintained by Mili Tandon. [Organeem LLC])

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Cugetări: “History itself teaches us that it’s,  if not a fairytale,only ever, a part of the story,  aleayd up for editing.”

Cugetări: “History itself teaches us that it’s,  if not a fairytale,only ever, a part of the story,  aleayd up for editing.”

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– Vincent van Gogh

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