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Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted In Favor Of Opening Private Medical Records To Big Government?

Chellie Pingree voted for the GOP Secret Science Reform Act. Perhaps Representative Pingree simply sees the way the wind is blowing, and is happy to go along with the rising tide of right wing politics in America, health, privacy and science be damned. […]

What Kind Of Person Would Kill A Lavender Plant?

This morning, I walked out my front door to discover that sometime last night, a lavender plant, nearly a decade old, had been ripped out of the ground and thrown onto the sidewalk.

To me, this is an abhorrent act. A lavender plant provides flavor for food, blossoms for the eye, and nectar for […]

Roll Call: Anti-Environment Democrats Who Voted For The XL Pipeline – Including Donald Norcross

Two weeks ago, the Democratic Party lost ground in the House of Representatives, and lost control of the U.S. Senate. These losses were largely due to the inability of the Democratic Party to inspire voter turnout from the liberal political base that it has traditionally taken for granted.

Being taken for granted by the […]

The Boundaries Of Skepticism About Climate Change

Yesterday saw the official release of the latest scientific report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is dominated by a skeptical perspective. The scientists who wrote the report repeatedly questioned the data that is widely assumed to show that climate change is taking place and has largely been caused […]

Green Garden Links For a Withering Season

This morning, November is setting in, with dark skies and harsh winds pelting snowflakes at me.

Back inside, I’m closing my eyes and listening to A Guide To Garden Wildlife from BBC Radio If you need to see, there’s also Garden Wildlife video from the BBC.

Other resources for fantasizing about wild things in gardens, […]

Conservative Calls For Climatologists To Be Rounded Up And Shot In Order To Stop Scientific Reports On Climate Change

Tomorrow, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will release a new report summarizing scientific knowledge about climate change.

Excerpts from the report:

“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and […]

Corporate Landscaping

Planted in straight lines with vast expanses of sterile mulch laid down to prevent unplanned growth between, these plants seem to have been intended to serve as a botanical model for corporate employees, a depressing landscape to be confronted with at 8:55 every morning, a mockery of a garden.

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A Plastic Bag In Every Gutter! American Chemistry Council Spends Big To Keep Congress In The Bag

Far from promoting scientific literacy, the American Chemistry Council seems to be devoted to advancing the cause of ignorance. […]

Mythological Mechanics Of Oil Spill Amnesia Explored By Consumer Researchers

I have often remarked, with surprise and dismay, how quickly the American people have been to forget about oil spill disasters like the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon. I noted how, just months after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama began efforts to expand offshore drilling in […]

Frustration and Fruition

Frustration is a foxglove planted too late, its blossoms struggling to set seed before the frost.

Fruition is the spiky pod of the loco weed split open in a snarl to reveal the germs of the next year’s dreams.

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Echinocystis Erupts

A week ago, I wrote about my discovery of the native plant Echinocystis lobata, the wild cucumber. This morning, the specimen I collected shared with me a little surprise. Though I had severed the fruit from the vine, it remained alive, developing as it ordinarily would, given that this time do year, vines in the […]