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Otterly good news. Yuuuge rafts of sea otters seen off the Washington coast.

A couple of weeks ago I saw a number of sea otters at Ruby Beach and Klaloch Beaches in Olympic National Park. I'd never seen them from shore before, in WA, though I have from kayak I've seen tons of the much smaller and more common river otters).

Sea otters eat sea urchins, and sea urchins eat kelp, and kelp absorbs a lot of CO2, so the reestablishment of sea otters is a small victory against climate change.
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Whatever happened to Sarah Palin?

Asking for a friend.
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She was never famous, just hanged out with people that were quasi-famous 
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It takes three to lichen, apparently.
 
How a Guy From A Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology http://trib.al/KPCHqdP
Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong.
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+Rikki Kuykendall IKR?
I mean, I don't even know what kind of structure E.O.Wilson or Ernst Haeckel grew up in.
I guess it makes a better story with a little class struggle thrown in.
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Bad cross between Voldemort, Umbridge, and one of Dudley's mates.
 
Read Harry Potter, Dislike Donald Trump? http://trib.al/Ta7N2F9
A new study found that fans of J.K. Rowling’s novels tended not to be supporters of the Republican presidential candidate.
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I hate both. #shitpostuk
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I was in denial about the Iraq war; I had a bet going with my GF at the time that Bush wasn't actually stupid enough to invade. Up to the last minute, I thought Bush was bluffing.
The day the boots hit the ground, I tried to console myself that maybe the war would have a happy ending, and that as a result, maybe I'd be able to kayak among the reed beds of the Euphrates.
Probably won't do that. But you never know.
 
The 'Garden of Eden' Becomes a UNESCO World Heritage Site http://trib.al/e5KNg02
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Luckily, the host country's military is disciplined, professional, and loyal.
Incirlik Airbase houses NATO’s largest nuclear-weapons cache. But, as Turkey grapples with ISIS and a coup attempt, how secure are the American H-bombs stored there?
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Thunderstorm this evening. We hardly ever get lightening, maybe 2 storms with 10 bolts a year.

This storm is flashing every 30 seconds or so, like a midwest tstorm. Unlike in the midwest, the bolts are sometimes skipping horizontally from mountaintop to mountaintop! It's spectacular.

I'm trying to get pictures. I have one camera with an intervalometer and a neutral density filter to reduce shutter speed to 30 seconds. I have another camera that triggers when the light metering changes. Since it rarely storms here I have to guess at exposure and trigger settings.

If I get any decent pics I will post them.
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No good lightening pictures :-(
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A flower I need to identify.
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Serviceberry!
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Oh my dear effing gawd.

It's gonna be weird sharing a foxhole with Ted Cruz.
 
“Aus Cleveland, mit deutschem Gruß” [1]

This image is actually an excellent illustration of the two varieties of the "German Greeting." As Wikipedia notes, [2] "Hitler gave the salute in two ways. When reviewing his troops or crowds, he generally used the traditional stiff armed salute. When greeting individuals, he used a modified version of the salute, bending his right arm while holding an open hand towards those greeted at shoulder height." I doubt he ever managed quite this smooth a transition between the two, though.

(For those who are about to argue that it was really a wave taken out of context... yes. That's absolutely possible. And an excuse like that would be perfectly reasonable the first time, or even the second time. But six months into a campaign where "did they really mean that Nazi reference?" comes up every week at the most, where speeches talk about nothing but the importance of the leader's unfettered Will and how this strengthens the nation against the other races which are slowly corrupting and destroying it, any benefit of the doubt is long lost.

In fact, it's actively inappropriate; when something has become clear and you still try to excuse it with a "benefit of the doubt," you're not being polite, you're abetting it.)

[1] "From Cleveland, with German Greetings." See: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/laura-ingraham-called-appearing-nazi-salute-article-1.2719389
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_salute
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The rise of the Trumpenproletariat, or a moment of sympathy for the economically but not politically disenfranchised.

Also I suggest that the effects of automation and runaway productivity are just beginning to be felt, and are likely to be the defining socioeconomic disruptions of the next several decades.
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I can understand the need to ban swords, maces, cestuses, etc, (but what about crossbows, ballistae, and longbows?) just in case the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism decides to stage a coup.

But tennis balls? Are they that afraid of Serena Williams?

Laurie Roberts: Tennis balls are banned from downtown Cleveland this week but not AR-15s. Go figure.
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Things are going at least as well as expected.

The Raiders of the Lost Swag descended on reporters’ dorm rooms at Case Western University on Sunday night, even opening closed doors to unoccupied bedrooms to complete their task.
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+Marian Torres British Columbia, Ca
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