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What Have You Learned?

Today I learned that:

Sunflowers are “allelopathic” — this means that they release substances inhibiting the growth of other plants. A “banana tree” is not actually a tree, because it doesn’t contain any woody stem. Technically, it’s a big herb! The word “canter” is a shortening of “Canterbury trot,” the less-than-galloping pace at which pilgrims [...]

The New 13th Floor

The 13th floor of this building is being cleared out and given a new design and purpose. What do you wish the design and purpose would be?

Mythological Surprise: Angels Aren’t Christian

Angelia was, in pre-Christian Greek mythology, a goddess of messages. Angelia had wings, just like the angels as we visualize them today. [...]

Penguins Protest Coca-Cola Opposition To Recycling

Coca-Cola thought it could hold a public promotion event shortly after working to destroy a recycling law in Australia. Not so fast. Protesters this week dressed as penguins hopped up on a stage during the Coca-Cola event, and held up a sign reading Coca-Cola is Out of Order. Across Australia, people have been sticking signs [...]

You Can't Know Who Acted How to Hide What You Can't Know. Is That Clear?

Nope, the headline of this article isn’t clear to me either, and that’s the problem.

On Thursday of this week, the Senate quietly rolled back a new law that would have required senior government officials’ financial ties to industry to be posted to the Internet, where anyone could review them. There was no public debate. [...]

Trees Don't Need Photoshop

The unfiltered awesomeness of the harbor:

King Henry VIII In San Francisco

This painting of King Henry The Eighth is in the hallway of my hotel in San Francisco. I am fairly confident that this particular monarch never left Europe, much less traveled to the Pacific coast of North America.

Why would a hotel post a painting of a monarch from hundreds of years ago who never [...]

So Far, Privacy Caucus and Progressive Caucus Neglect Protection from Drones

Two congressional caucuses declare their interest in protecting Americans’ freedom from privacy invasions and liberty violations.

Bipartisan Privacy Caucus:

“The Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus was designed to educate Members of Congress and their staff on matter of indiviual privacy, to provide a forum for the discussion of these issues, and to serve as a legislative [...]

Pindecision

A snapshot of a friend’s Pinterest board, exhibiting words of wisdom:

I am special! I am striving to become better than ever! I am wonderful just the way I am! I am searching for whatever words make me feel justified in this moment!

Spruce, Blue

The Play It Safe Climate Caucus

If Henry Waxman, Doris Matsui and the rest of the Congressional Climate Fan Club truly believe that the time for action is now, then all they have to do is introduce a copy of the legislation already written by Boxer and Sanders. That’s it – not much work involved. [...]