All these photos are from last Sunday, Feb 19. While sections of the west have received major snow storms, New York City has not had more than a couple of inches of snow and has had largely Spring-like weather most of this winter. This seems at least a month earlier than they usually or at least used to bloom Snowfall January 2012
Tralamander: Possibly Cornus mas (more likely) or Cornus officinalis buds.
Probably Helleborus x hybridus, as all species interbreed so readily, new “cultivars” are created all the time, so most are technically “Helleborus x hybridus”.
Acorn production in oaks goes in cycles. This year the trees produced few acorns. On good years the squirrels will stockpile enough to help get them through the winter. I’m sure the Tompkins squirrels have been well fed by people.
Every once in a while I’ll look up and see a huge black plume of smoke coming from a building. It usually doesn’t last long, just a great belch of evil soot and then it stops, often too quickly for me to get a shot while it is still black. Some buildings still have incinerators. What makes them so special?
Bringing awareness about genetically modified food, and what we need to do about them, to the press,public and politicians. Using the City Hall steps as a platform gives a nice background, but everyone needed to go through metal detectors and police scrutiny to get into the plaza, which I’m sure discouraged any passers-by from hearing what they had to say. No sound system was allowed, and extremely noisy road work was going on right at the gate. Many women spoke but I only got usable footage from the louder speakers, the men. I think the organizers were mainly aiming this event at the media, but I did not see a professional news crew there, only fellow bloggers and documentarians and maybe some print.
In the video: Mitchel Cohen, Green Party organizer in Brooklyn speaks on food used as a weapon of war, and Bob Klein of the Safe and Healthy School Food Coalition says “Don’t buy GMO.”
This was one of many events that took place yesterday on this issue. organicconsumers.org/monsanto
Monsanto and GMO cheerleaders in the US government.
Michael R. Taylor former Monsanto VP, the deputy commissioner for foods at the FDA
Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s supporter of GMO pharmaceutical corn, presently the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Islam Siddiqui, US Agricultural Trade Representative.
Rajiv Shah, head of USAID
Dr Roger Beachy, Director of the
National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Justice, has previously ruled in favor of Monsanto.
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice – former lawyer for Monsanto.
radiationnetwork.com A map composed of live feeds from digital Geiger counters around the nation. So far they are all reading within the range of normal background radiation. A count of over 100/minute is considered an alert level and the icon for the location will turn red.
Melatonin, Vitamin C, garlic, onions, juicing whole citrus fruits, kelp and nori, and wheat grass juice are some of the simpler nutritional protections recommended for radiation protection by Gary Null. He lists many more 22 minutes into this podcast.