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American mink are important wetland predators that depend on undisturbed, wooded shorelines for cover

American Mink

American Mink

American mink are important wetland predators that depend on undisturbed, wooded shorelines for cover. They feed extensively on muskrats and make use of old muskrat dens and burrows for shelter.

Photo: American mink by Tom Koerner/USFWS.


Gospel of the Day (Matthew 6:7-15): Our Father Prayer

Gospel of the Day (Matthew 6:7-15)

Gospel of the Day (Matthew 6:7-15)

Gospel of the Day (Matthew 6:7-15)

Jesus said to his disciples:
“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
This is how you are to pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.”

If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

BBC News: Week in pictures: 10 – 16 February 2018

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Week in pictures: 10 – 16 February 2018 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-43085284

San Gabriel River (California) – Wikipedia


San Gabriel River (California)

For the river in Texas, see San Gabriel River (Texas).
The San Gabriel River is a mostly urban waterway flowing 58 miles (93 km)[2] southward through Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California in the United States. It is the central of three major rivers draining the Greater Los Angeles Area, the others being the Los Angeles River and Santa Ana River. The river’s watershed stretches from the rugged San Gabriel Mountains to the heavily developed San Gabriel Valley and a significant part of the Los Angeles coastal plain, emptying into the Pacific Ocean between the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach.

San Gabriel River
Confluence of Coyote Creek and San Gabriel River, Long Beach, California, on Approach to Long Beach Airport (6013277245) crop.jpg
The channelized San Gabriel River in Los Alamitos, near its confluence with Coyote Creek
United States
Los Angeles County, Orange County
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Walnut Creek, San Jose Creek, Coyote Creek
– right
West Fork San Gabriel River
East Fork San Gabriel River
– location
Angeles National Forest, San Gabriel Mountains
– elevation
4,493 ft (1,369 m)
– coordinates
34°20′35″N 117°43′30″W [1]
Pacific Ocean
– location
Alamitos Bay, Long Beach/Seal Beach
– elevation
0 ft (0 m)
– coordinates
33°44′33″N 118°06′56″W [1]
58 mi (93 km) [2]
689 sq mi (1,785 km2) [3]
for above Whittier Narrows Dam
– average
185 cu ft/s (5 m3/s) [4]
– max
46,600 cu ft/s (1,320 m3/s)
– min
0 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)
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Map of the San Gabriel (yellow) and Rio Hondo (purple) watersheds.
The San Gabriel once ran across a vast alluvial flood plain, its channels shifting with winter floods and forming extensive wetlands along its perennial course, a relatively scarce source of fresh water in this arid region. The Tongva people and their ancestors have inhabited the San Gabriel River basin for thousands of years, relying on the abundant fish and game in riparian habitats. The river is named for the nearby Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, established in 1771 during the Spanish colonization of California. Its water was heavily used for irrigation and ranching by Spanish, Mexican and American settlers before urbanization began in the early 1900s, eventually transforming much of the watershed into industrial and suburban areas of greater Los Angeles.

Severe floods in 1914, 1934 and 1938 spurred Los Angeles County, and later the federal government to build a system of dams and debris basins, and to channelize much of the lower San Gabriel River with riprap or concrete banks. There is also an extensive system of spreading grounds and other works to capture stormwater runoff and conserve it for urban use. Today, the river provides about one-third of the water used in southeast Los Angeles County.

The upper San Gabriel has been intermittently mined for gold since the 1860s, and its deep gravel bed has been an important source of construction aggregate since the early 1900s. The river is also a popular recreation area, with parks and trails in the many flood basins along its course. The headwaters of the San Gabriel River have retained their natural character and are a popular attraction of the Angeles National Forest.

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Whittier Narrows – Wikipedia

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Whittier Narrows
The Whittier Narrows is a water gap between the Puente Hills to the east[2] and the Montebello Hills to the west.[3] The gap is located at the southern boundary of the San Gabriel Valley,[4] through which the Rio Hondo[5] and the San Gabriel River flow through to enter the Los Angeles Basin. The gap is also traversed by both Interstate 605 and California State Route 19.

Whittier Narrows
Whittier Narrows Dam Aerial.JPG
Aerial view of Whittier Narrows Dam from downstream looking upstream through the gap.
183 ft (56 m)[1]
Traversed by
I-605, SR 19
North of Whittier, California
Puente Hills / Montebello Hills
34°01′45″N 118°02′58″W[1]
History Edit
The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolá expedition, discovered Whittier Narrows on its return journey to San Diego. On the outbound journey, the party had followed San Jose Creek, reaching the San Gabriel River north of the Narrows. Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi noted in his diary, “We started out in the morning through the gap of the valley of San Miguel [now San Gabriel], which is very full of trees. We traveled a long while to the southwest on the edge of the stream, which, rising from a copious spring of water in the same gap, merits now the name of river; its plain is covered with willows and some slender cotton woods.”[6]

Whittier Narrows was the meeting point for boundary corners of several land-grant ranchos, created during the Spanish-Mexican era, including the Rancho Paso de Bartolo.

On 1 October 1987 at 7:42 a.m. PDT, the 5.9 Mw Whittier Narrows earthquake affected the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe).

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Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky: Daydreaming among the birches

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky: Daydreaming among the birches

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky: Daydreaming among the birches

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Romneya coulteri, Matilija Poppy: I’m going to get me some!


Death Valley National Park, California.

Death Valley National Park, California.

Death Valley National Park, California.

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky: The schoolroom

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky: The schoolroom

Nikolai Petrovich Bogdanov-Belsky: The schoolroom

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Introduction to the chakras

What chakras are and their psychological properties

Chakras are centers of energy, located on the midline of the body. There are seven of them, and they govern our psychological properties. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, the highest ones our mental side.

Chakras on the midline of the bodyThe chakras can have various levels of activity. When they’re “open,” they’re considered operative in a normal fashion.

Ideally, all chakras would contribute to our being. Our instincts would work together with our feelings and thinking. However, this is usually not the case. Some chakras are not open enough (being under-active), and to compensate, other chakras are over-active. The ideal state is where the chakras are balanced. To find out what the state of your chakras is, do the chakra test.

There exist lots of techniques to balance the chakras. Mostly techniques to open chakras are used. It makes no sense to try to make over-active chakras less active, as they are compensating for other chakras. To restore the compensation they’d be over-active again in no time. To stop them from compensating, the chakras they are compensating for must be opened. See the techniques to open chakras.

. 1 – Root chakra

The Root chakra is about being physically there and feeling at home in situations. If it is open, you feel grounded, stable and secure. You don’t unnecessarily distrust people. You feel present in the here and now and connected to your physical body. You feel you have sufficient territory.

If you tend to be fearful or nervous, your Root chakra is probably under-active. You’d easily feel unwelcome.

If this chakra is over-active, you may be very materialistic and greedy. You’re probably obsessed with being secure and resist change.

. 2 – Sacral chakra

The Sacral chakra is about feeling and sexuality. When it is open, your feelings flow freely, and are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to intimacy and you can be passionate and lively. You have no problems dealing with your sexuality.

If you tend to be stiff and unemotional or have a “poker face,” the Sacral chakra is under-active. You’re not very open to people.

If this chakra is over-active, you tend to be emotional all the time. You’ll feel emotionally attached to people and you can be very sexual.

. 3 – Navel chakra

The Navel chakra is about asserting yourself in a group. When it is open, you feel in control and you have sufficient self esteem.

When the Navel chakra is under-active, you tend to be passive and indecisive. You’re probably timid and don’t get what you want.

If this chakra is over-active, you are domineering and probably even aggressive.

. 4 – Heart chakra

The Heart chakra is about love, kindness and affection. When it is open, you are compassionate and friendly, and you work at harmonious relationships.

When your Heart chakra is under-active, you are cold and distant.

If this chakra is over-active, you are suffocating people with your love and your love probably has quite selfish reasons.

. 5 – Throat chakra

The Throat chakra is about self-expression and talking. When it is open, you have no problems expressing yourself, and you might be doing so as an artist.

When this chakra is under-active, you tend not to speak much, and you probably are introverted and shy. Not speaking the truth may block this chakra.

If this chakra is over-active, you tend to speak too much, usually to domineer and keep people at a distance. You’re a bad listener if this is the case.

. 6 – Third Eye chakra

The Third Eye chakra is about insight and visualization. When it is open, you have a good intuition. You may tend to fantasize.

If it is under-active, you’re not very good at thinking for yourself, and you may tend to rely on authorities. You may be rigid in your thinking, relying on beliefs too much. You might even get confused easily.

If this chakra is over-active, you may live in a world of fantasy too much. In excessive cases halucinations are possible.

. 7 – Crown chakra

The Crown chakra is about wisdom and being one with the world. When this chakra is open, you are unprejudiced and quite aware of the world and yourself.

If it is under-active, you’re not very aware of spirituality. You’re probably quite rigid in your thinking.

If this chakra is over-active, you are probably intellectualizing things too much. You may be addicted to spirituality and are probably ignoring your bodily needs.

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The 7 Healing Chakras, by Brenda Davies
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Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self

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Via euronews: Latvia Central Bank governor detained by anti-graft agency

Via euronews: Latvia Central Bank governor detained by anti-graft agency http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/18/latvia-central-bank-governor-detained-by-anti-graft-agency

The Governor of Latvia’s Central Bank has been detained by the country’s anti-corruption agency, prompting calls for him to temporarily step down. Latvia’s finance minister has urged Ilmars Rimsevics to relinquish his post while an investigation takes place.

No explanation has been given for his detention. Rimsevics is also a member of the European Central Bank’s governing council. There are fears his arrest could harm Latvia’s economy, which recovered last year after losing more than a fifth of its output during the global financial crisis.

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Via euronews: The EU opens the door to the Balkans

Via euronews: The EU opens the door to the Balkans http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/06/the-eu-opens-the-door-to-the-balkans

The European Commission has set out a strategy to bring six nations in the Western Balkans into the Brussels fold if they meet required standards of reform.

After years of attempting to counter growing Russian and Chinese influence in the region, a dozen EU member states now want to bring the potential joiners into policy meetings in Brussels.

It is being seen as an attempt to bolster the EU’s image in the region and give it a post-Brexit boost.

The Balkan Strategy

The six Western Balkan nations concerned are:

The 12 EU member states are:

Czech Republic
The Commission has set 2025 as the target date for the first new entrants to the bloc. Serbia and Montenegro could join as early as then. This phase of enlargement will eventually take the total number of EU members to 33. The UK is set to leave in March 2019.

The Balkan strategy drawn up in Brussels aims to show the region that membership is certain if countries meet EU demands including establishing independent courts, a free press and breaking up crime rings that have badly weakened governments.

Albania and Montenegro are already members of the U.S-led NATO alliance and Macedonia is likely to be offered NATO membership, often seen as a springboard to EU membership, if it can overcome a dispute over its name with Greece.

A 12-point plan – including the end of roaming?

The Balkan strategy was handed in by the EU member states concerned to the Commission in late January.

It includes plans allowing Balkan government ministers to participate in top EU meetings in policy areas including environment, health, transport and foreign policy.

This goes beyond the ad-hoc meetings currently offered to the closest non-member partners by Brussels.

Ending mobile telephone roaming charges for the 18-million strong Balkan population should also be considered, it says.

“These are cost-free measures that would have a tremendous political impact and would be instrumental in improving the EU’s image in the region,” the proposal adds.

EU officials are also urged to visit the region more frequently.

The background

The six countries have long been considered future members.

But many are wondering if they will ever join. There are concerns about the costs associated with another wave of eastern enlargement, coupled with consternation about the slow progress of the region’s political, judicial and economic reforms.

Latest research suggests only a slim majority of Serbs would vote for EU membership in a referendum. It is down from 73% in 2009, according to the poll in January by Serbia’s ministry of European integration.

Reforming the region

This throws up formidable obstacles. Serbia, for example, does not recognise the independence of Kosovo, its former province.

Some EU states have also refused recognition, most notably Spain which is trying to contain its own separatist movement in Catalonia.

Germany, the biggest provider of EU funds to candidate countries, is cautious about throwing open the door to the six countries. Berlin says organised crime and corruption are entrenched and the rule of law must be guaranteed as a priority.

Romania and Bulgaria

German diplomats are said to be wary of repeating mistakes made in 2007 with these two countries.

Many officials think they are still dogged by corruption and a weak judiciary and were allowed to join the bloc before they were ready.

However, Bulgaria now holds the EU’s rotating six-month presidency. Sofia is keen to champion the membership drive of its Western Balkan neighbours by hosting a special Balkan summit in May.

Unlikely support?

Despite its own decision to leave the EU, the UK also backs the group’s aspirations to join the bloc.

The country will host a top-level Balkan gathering in July.

What they are saying

“If countries are willing, then this is possible, but it is ambitious,” – Johannes Hahn, EU enlargement commissioner.