ROM photo diary


The Royal Ontario Museum has a “photo of the day” on its Web site. The photo for November 15 is a small Euryptid, about 6 cm long. I’m showing a reduced version, just to whet your appetite. Go to the ROM Web site for a full-resolution image.

Audobon’s Christmas Bird Count

Make some time in late December or early January to take part in the Audobon Society’s continent-wide Christmas Bird Count.

Simplified tree of life

From Wikipedia Commons and the Wikipedia article on Evolution, here’s a highly simplifed “tree of life.”

Australian Liberals lose election; Labor gains power

Australia’s Liberal party, which is conservative politically, has decisively lost the national election after 11 years in power, in the wake of a certain restlessness in the electorate and a last-minute scandal about faked political flyers. Even the Prime Minister, John Howard, lost his seat. The Labor party, lead by a former diplimat, will have a comfortable majority.

Pakistan suspended from Commonwealth

Pervez Musharraf has refused to lift the state of emergency in Pakistan, which allows him to arrest members of the Opposition and tear-gas “activist” lawyers and judges. As he has failed to restore democracy, Pakistan has been suspended from the Commonewealth.

Canada blocks Commonwealth climate agreement

Stephen Harper is refusing to join in a British Commonwealth agreement to limit production of greenhouse gasses.

Let’s review the choices:

  • Try to reduce or halt global warming, and it’s not happening: low-level economic pain, preserved environment
  • Try to reduce or halt global warming, and it’s happening: low-level economic pain, preserved environment
  • Don’t try to reduce or halt global warming, and it’s not happening: no economic pain, preserved environment
  • Don’t try to reduce or halt global warming, and it’s happening: no initial economic pain, no preserved environment, ecological disaster, huge economic losses, loss of life, etc.

One of those four choices is unacceptable. It’s the one where we do nothing and we’re screwed by the time we’re sure the climate is changing.

Graphics Library resources online


See the Visual Library and its collection of links.

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