Saturday, May 26, 2012

Revealing brain damage from battlefield to playing field | Reuters

UPDATE 1-Revealing brain damage from battlefield to playing field | Reuters: An injured brain is so littered with the chewed-up remains of neurons and other cells that "it looks like autophagy - the brain eating itself alive," said Lee Goldstein, an Alzheimer's researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine.
Finally, we're finding out what has happened in "shell shock."  I remember a guy in our little town, who everyone called "Shorty."  He walked everywhere, which was becoming 'odd' by the mid-1960s.  Living in an abandoned house out in the woods, he would show up around town and everyone seemed to know him - and that he was "shell-shocked."  He obviously had behavior problems, and it seemed he perceived  things differently.
I also dealt with major head traumas, from which it was actually astounding that I survived.  So I can completely understand the what happens mentally.  Also I sympathize with

Friday, March 2, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

One side of the moon is permanently turned away from the Earth due to tidal forces creating what is known as “tidal-lock."  To better understand our celestial companion, we launched dual space sensor satellites on a reconaissance mission, GRAIL:
Because the moon doesn’t rotate on its axis, the far side receives no relief from meteors and other space debris travelling in its direction. The result is the cratered surface you see below.

The far side as imaged by the Apollo 16 spacecraft:
Part of the near side is on the left in this image.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Kaskade - 4AM (Adam K & Soha Remix) 

Muses' Fates

Muses' Fates

Laughing Muses dancing
Round about dearest Fates,
All together singing
Each with the other mates,

Born from their love-making
Poets washed with fresh dew,
And while dew-drops yet cling
Verses are penned anew,

The moist ink transforming
Beading upon the quill,
Now evaporating
Crystalline words distill,

To the Fates, Muses sing
With pleasured notes, throats fill,
Satisfied, they take wing
Off, to another thrill.
© 2007 T.A.Rickey

Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Timcast" stream of the Occupy marches in NYC.
Protesting the arrests in Oakland on Saturday.

It got pretty hairy in California then, Jan. 28, 2012,
when the police were 'kettling' (i.e. cornering) people.

NYC People demonstrating solidarity with Oakland

"Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."  Spock

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Environmental regulations create jobs, period.

Environmental regulation generally creates jobs, including lots of blue-collar jobs in construction and manufacturing.  Also permanent, professional work is made for scientists, as consultants.  This is easily demonstrable; in fact environmental industries are now suffering from a lack of enforcement, on the State level, often locally too.

And regulating toxins saves an untold number of people from diseases, especially cancer.

Those near and dear to you are not immune, neither are you.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 Lisa Song, InsideClimate News -  How do you feel about the pipeline bills that were passed during the special session?
Ken Haar, Nebraska State Senator -   I expressed this to the Omaha World-Herald when they were doing a wrap-up: I said "this has really been a f***ing miracle," and they said "well, we can't print that, but we'll use the word 'Christmas.'"

Friday, January 20, 2012

It's too late to be a pessimist.

It's too late to be a pessimist.

Our impact on Earth has grown enormously.  So much so that humans are now a geologic agent.  We move as much material every year as all the rivers, including their tributaries.  For the last 25 years, we've done that.  And the pace is increasing.

We must make substantial changes in how we "use" the planet, else become extinct.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Magnolia, 1876

Magnolia, Illinois, 1876

Ever since I found this old drawing (on or somesuch), I've been enchanted.  Apparently in pencil, this artistry also haunts my imagination.  They celebrate Morel (mushroom) Days here, every spring.  Yes, the town is still there but I'm not sure how much it's grown since the days portrayed. 

I drove into town out of curiosity at the end of Morel Days, a few years back.  Evidently, the house pictured on the left remains from these times!  If so, this view is toward the west in north-central Illinois.  And yes, the land is still very flat-lying, being a glacial melt outwash plain.

Black Gold

The fledgling U.S.A. had begun it's wartime campaigns for independence while American explorations continued.  In 1778, Thomas Hutchins was exploring the Illinois lands. 

He was amazed at the extraordinary bounty of natural growth, animals and forests of oak, walnut, etc. with huge trees.  Even the Illinois ground was "a superior soil to any other part of North America that I have seen."

Those of us who had the pleasure of gardening in Illinois know that this natural resource has been conserved.  While erosion due to primitive farming practices took a deep toll, there remain a few places where the original soil profile exists.  Personally, during geological investigations, I measured the thickness of black loamy topsoil at 13 feet deep.  This is extraordinary.  Most places on Earth have just a few inches of topsoil.  Rarely does it have so much organic humus to be naturally black and have such depth!

USDA Three Phase Diagram of Soil Types
Much more at:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Surface mining destroys habitats and fisheries but also impacts and contaminates water supplies for people.  We're a part of our planet.

These two photos are mines for low-grade, filthy coal.

We're also mining oil now, scraping bottom...

The Geology of Rare Earth Elements

The Geology of Rare Earth Elements

The biggest secret is that they are not very rare.

But there is going to be a lot of destruction of habitat, mining.

Because "economically-viable" concentrations of them occur in certain soils.

Strip-mining is about to make a comeback, probably on a scale not seen since the 1950's.

Coal is also making a comeback.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

They might as well have just bombed us.

But chose to be even more destructive.

Industrial Rot

150 acres of heavy industry,
125 years heritage of industrial use,

Destroyed by a decade of greed


Industry Abandoned


Ye who enter here...
 Abandon all hope,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Recent capitalistic failures beg for solutions.
There is an implicit falsehood of using money as either a metric or means by which to advance. Perhaps only as a tool to check on usefulness, it may have a role. Otherwise, generalizing Darwinism to monetary systems is highly problematic, i.e.: - while attempting to link Darwinism and natural selection to economics, the author fails miserably, which is why this is cited. Try to find any clear analogies between money theory and evolution, post them here if there are any at all.