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A visit from the neighborhood kestrel.
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"Dr. Cate Jenkins, a senior chemist with more than three decades of agency tenure, publicly charged that due to falsified EPA standards, First Responders waded into dust so corrosive that it caused chemical burns deep within their respiratory systems. After raising the issue to the EPA Inspector General, Congress and the FBI, Dr. Jenkins was isolated, harassed and ultimately removed from her position on December 30, 2010 by EPA, based upon an un-witnessed and contested claim that the soft-spoken, petite childhood polio survivor threatened her 6-foot male supervisor.

In a ruling dated May 4, 2012, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) unanimously vacated Dr. Jenkins’ termination and ordered that she be fully restored and given back pay with interest. Rather than return her to work, however, EPA kept her on paid administrative leave for over a year before re-filing the charges against her on August 27, 2013."
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It's Tree Tuesday, so here's a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains. I hope you enjoy it.



+Tree Tuesday curated by +Christina Lawrie, +Shannon S. Myers, +Alan Cabrera, and +Kim Troutman   
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Which "White Mountains?" There are many ranges with that name. One of the more well known is in New Hampshire but there Are plenty of others.....this could be in NH (say a mountaintop above the treeline), but without more of a view of the surrounding landscape it's hard to tell.
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On the morning of December 2, a lawyer named Steve Wise and three other members of the Nonhuman Rights Project walked up the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse in Johnstown, New York and into the annals of history. In Wise’s hands was a lawsuit demanding something unprecedented in American law: formal recognition that a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Tommy, kept alone in a cage in a local warehouse, is a person, possessing a legal right to bodily liberty previously reserved for humans.
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Spot the woodcock! #wildlifewednesday   +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak Saw her in Inwood Hill park, the old forest at the tip of Manhattan. A winter resident, or just passing through?
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It's a member of that family. Though I think woodcocks are unique in being forest clearing dwellers, rather than near-water birds. I imagine their camouflage became so good they could go inland.
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Interesting how if something is ugly enough, it becomes pretty! Saw this hideously handsome little fellow in a stand of tall, spindly yellow flowers. It was the flowers' only pollinator; other nearby plants were buzzing with various bees and wasps, but not these guys. Anybody know what it is? #wildlifewednesday #insects  
+Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
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If starlings were rare, how we'd treasure their beauty.... #wildlifewednesday +Morkel Erasmus +Mike Spinak 
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Brandon, scroll down this page and watch the videos. It's a real human being getting decapitated. How sorry do you feel for the cartel members serving time at Pelican Bay now?

http://www.tierradelnarco.com/2010/10/video-en-donde-la-linea-de-el-cartel-de.html
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Eukaryote. Treehugger. Science journalist.
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I’m Brandon Keim, a journalist specializing in science, environment and culture (and generalizing in biology, history, nature, sustainability, technology, anthropology, policy, ethics and medicine.) I'm presently associate editor of Wired.com’s award-winning Wired Science. (More)

Born and raised in Bangor, Maine, I spend time there and in Brooklyn, where I’m perpetually amazed at the ability of nature to thrive in unexpected places.

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Two articles that I broke -- sperm whale names and honeybee pessimism -- became Wait Wait Don't Tell Me questions.
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