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Saint of the Day for Friday, January 9th, 2015: St. Adrian, Abbot


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St. Adrian, Abbot

Born in Africa, Adrian became abbot of the monastery at Nerida, near Naples. He declined an appointment as archbishop of Canterbury, but accompanied St. Theodore to England when the latter was … continue reading

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this pressed…guess why: Make art your own home. Amazing piece.— Daniel Gennaoui


this pressed: The Rise of Invisible Unemployment – The Atlantic


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In the last year, the most important question for US economists and economic journalists has changed from Where are the jobs? to Where are the wages?

It’s a problem best summed up by Matthew O’Brien in the Washington Post. As the labor market approaches full employment, there should be more pressure on wages to rise. In the graph below, that would look like a trend-line pointing up and to the left. Instead, as you can see in a half-a-second glance, the trend-line is a blob and it’s certainly not pointing up. The unemployment rate has fallen below 6 percent, and earnings growth is flat.

via The Rise of Invisible Unemployment – The Atlantic.

this pressed – your right to know: Timeline of ISIS in Iraq | Timestream | Ntrepid


From the Study:”Many scholars attribute the rise of radical Islamist organizations in the Middle East, like al-Qa’ida and its successors, to the US military operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom, 2001) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003). According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) report, Al Qaeda in Iraq, the operations1 radicalized Iraqi Sunnis, who viewed foreign occupation as a justification for self-defense in the form of ‘jihad.’ The “US Military Operations” timeframe further highlights the amount of AQI activity—the precursor to the Islamic State—following the start of both operations. Scandals such as the Abu Ghraib prison incident,2 in which American soldiers were shown taking disparaging pictures of prisoners, further radicalized and mobilized moderate Iraqis, CSIS adds.:

via   Timeline of ISIS in Iraq | Timestream | Ntrepid.

we’re blessed, poetic thought by George-B (©Always) (the smudge and other poems)


we’re blessed, poetic thought by George-B (©Always)

The snow is melting on Kilimanjaro,
The snow is melting everywhere else
The water levels are rising, and they will continue to
Water cannot escape the earth, the air is captive:
We are lucky that way…
we’re blessed.

NEWS: JET STREAM SHIFT COULD INFLUENCE WEATHER PATTERNS


Jet Stream Shift Could Influence Weather Patterns

Weather patterns around the globe appear to be changing, and in North America and Northern Europe thejet stream may at least be partly to blame. The jet stream—a high-speed, meandering wind current—over these continents has become wavier in recent decades, resulting in longer periods of the same weather.Meteorologists speculate that warmer temperatures in the Arctic could be to blame, as the jet stream is fueled in part by the temperature differential between the Arctic and middle latitudesMore… Discuss

 

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NEWS: FAMILY FINDS UNCLASSIFIED GIANT JELLYFISH


Family Finds Unclassified Giant Jellyfish

Jellyfish are frightening enough when they’re the size of a dinner plate, so imagine coming across one that is nearly as big across as a human adult is tall! A family walking on the beach in Tasmania last month found a 5-foot (1.5-meter) jellyfish that had washed ashore. Experts have yet to classify the species, which appears to be of the lion’s mane variety. These are not the largest jellyfish known to science. Cyanea arctica, which makes its home in the waters of the North Atlantic and the Arctic, can grow to be 10 feet (3 meters) across. More… Discuss

 

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Arctic Blast 2014 – a gallery on Flickr: Arctic Blast 2014


Cedar Fire12Arctic Blast 2014 – a gallery on Flickr.

 

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EXTRA! Extra!: US weather in pictures: polar vortex freezes faces


Greg Rohde has an ice and snow encrusted beard

US weather in pictures: polar vortex freezes faces (click to access the 12 more photos at “The Telegraph)

 

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THE SNOWY OWL


The Snowy Owl

Easily recognized by its snow-white plumage, the snowy owl is most commonly found in the Arctic tundra but is sometimes seen in Europe, Asia, and North America. It is even the official bird of Quebec. The large owl has broad wings, a round head, and may have some dark markings. After snowy owl eggs hatch, both parents feed and protect their young. Their alarm call is almost like a bark, and they often clap their beaks when threatened. What popular book series features a snowy owl? More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: LOUISE ARNER BOYD (1887)


Louise Arner Boyd (1887)

Boyd was an American explorer of Greenland and the Arctic and the first woman to fly over the North Pole. After the deaths of her parents and brothers, she inherited the family fortune and chartered the ship of famed explorer Roald Amundsen for a trip to the Arctic. She gained notoriety for hunting polar bears and was called “The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic.” She later canceled another expedition, stating, “How could I go on a pleasure trip when those 22 lives were at stake?” What had happened? More… Discuss