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Vicky Veritas has been at 11 events

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Half the Sky Movement223,832Join  @107096716333816995401 columnist @102839963139173448834 and leaders in the fight against human trafficking from Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, @105701279657260032955, @104386691922846239107 and @100379471031450585233  in a conversation about modern solutions to a problem millions around the world are facing every day. *Panelists include:*  Rachel Lloyd, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)   Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission Dave Batstone, Not For Sale Susan Bissell, UNICEF What does 2014 hold for the fight against modern-day slavery?2014-01-10 19:00:00945  
Science on Google+596,721*Isaac Newton's Birthday is on Christmas* Join us in a Newton-inspired holiday physics hangout with rockstar physicist +Henry Reich of +MinutePhysics and +MinuteEarth  and brilliant ballerina biologist +Carin Bondar of +National Geographic, +Scientific American and host of Wild Sex, a science show about the strange reproductive habits of the animal kingdom. She knows how the world gets physical. +Veritasium  AKA +Derek Muller may pop in.  We hear there may even be more special guests so you should probably go ahead and RSVP yes to join the lively conversation. BYOB. Hosted by +Amy Robinson of +Science on Google+ .Happy Newtonmas Hangout2013-12-19 00:00:00143  
Science Bulletins at AMNH401,980The American Museum of Natural History’s Science Bulletins program is launching a new data visualization on changes in Arctic plant life and their forecasted impact on the climate system. Science Bulletins editorial producer Laura Allen will discuss the science with the ecologists whose work is featured in the visualization. The researchers will also answer your questions. Join Science Bulletins for this Hangout and meet: • Dr. Richard Pearson: Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History and Lecturer, University College London • Dr. Scott Goetz: Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center The data visualization is designed for informal education at museums and science centers. Its datasets are also available for live programming on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere (SOS)® spherical display system: http://www.sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=429 The Hangout panel will also address ways to interpret the visualization for museum and educational audiences. View the visualization at http://www.amnh.org/explore/science-bulletins/(watch)/bio/visualizations/greening-of-the-arctic This visualization and professional development training is supported by NOAA and NSF.How Green is the Arctic? A Science Bulletins at AMNH Hangout2013-11-13 21:30:0044  
Science on Google+596,721*Be curious. Question assumptions. Explore the world from atoms to astrophysics with Veritasium*. Join +Derek Muller of popular +YouTube Channel Veritasium on a journey to the beautiful, viral side of physics, hosted by Science on Google+ in honor of *YouTube Geek Week* (Aug 4-10). Our +Amy Robinson, +Jason Davison and +Nic Hammond will host, along with +Joe Hanson of +It's Okay To Be Smart and a few members of the community who ask Derek interesting questions on the event page.   The hangout happens on *Wednesday, August 7th at 5 pm US PT / 8 ET*. Derek will share why he creates Veritasium and how it has evolved into one of YouTube’s favorite sources of answers to epic science questions. He’ll also answer your questions so leave them here on the event page. You may be selected to join the hangout live and ask him in person.   Check out *Veritasium* on YouTube at http://veritasium.com   This is the third hangout in a new series that brings science to life through conversations with the world's leading minds. Join +Science on Google+: A Public Database for the latest events.Veritasium: A Science on Google+ Conversation2013-08-08 02:00:00236  
V-Day18,307On V-Day 2013 we will be live streaming Risings from around the world! Here is a list of pending and confirmed streaming events, listed by local and Pacific Time. Details will be added as they are known. Manila on Ustream.tv: https://www.ustream.tv/embed/13346941 (time tbc) 10:00 CAT / 00:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw5qLUQyHTU 17:00 IST / 3:30 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6UzapFmOGE 16:30 SAST / 6:30 PT: South Africa -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1287887/events/1879753 10:15 & 12:00 ET / 7:15 & 9:00 PT: Atlanta -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1022514/risingAtlanta 14:00 CT / 12:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9argIMd1dPg 19:00 ET / 16:00 PT: Miami -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2835490/events/1880583/videos/11568859 16:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghY76uYA964 20:00 ET / 17:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZvoFrqToWw 18:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNEfgHOXvoE 19:00 PT: Oakland, CA -- http://www.ustream.tv/channel/onebillionrisingoakland 18:00 HAST / 20:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFcogNYw1mAOne Billion Rising 2013 - OFFICIAL EVENT2013-02-13 13:00:00362  
Breast Cancer Answers®663,844On World Cancer Day, Feb 4th, join us here on Google+ to watch live interviews with the world's leading cancer experts and organizations.  Don't miss this 2-hour LIVE event at 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST. Here at BreastCancerAnswers, we believe that educating people can save lives. For the latest in breast cancer awareness, circle us at https://plus.google.com/113258379539644876834/.World Cancer Day Presented By BreastCancerAnswers2013-02-04 21:00:0083  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych336,984http://www.redbullstratos.com/ The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall. To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  @109783903175191665261 @107778888097122544837 @101602715616829342034 @105379671042990608528Red Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00664  
Fraser Cain959,732Join us once again as we connect several telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and stream the night sky into your computer. The Moon won't rise until after we wrap up, so it should be a wonderful dark night with great seeing. Most of the planets are down, but Jupiter might make an appearance right at the end of the evening if we're lucky. If you want to get notifications of these events, make sure you circle the @100902337165997768522 on Google+. #vsp-oct13Virtual Star Party - Oct. 7, 20122012-10-08 04:30:00538  
Fraser Cain959,732*If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.* *Are you going? Click "Yes"* Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a @100902337165997768522, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun! We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at. We'll even take requests. _I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all about_ If you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the @100902337165997768522 to your circles. #virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00424  
Fraser Cain959,732It's time again for another Virtual Star Party. Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air and see a live view from multiple telescopes broadcasting their view of the night sky. You can even make requests.Virtual Star Party - August 12, 20122012-08-13 05:30:00109  
Fraser Cain959,732To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2015-06-22 14:46:08 (24 comments, 7 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

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Rio Grande River - Stop 135: The Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico

The area that is now near Taos, New Mexico began its life as layer upon layer of flat sedimentary rocks called the Colorado Plateau. Forces within the crust began to fault and pull apart the continent 20 million years ago forming a tectonic chasm, a 600-mile long linear tear, known as the Rio Grande Rift. This thinning of the crust makes it easier for magma to reach the surface and the rift, beginning near the Colorado border and extending to southeast of Taos, tears right through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. Find more on the geology of the Rio Grande Rift here: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/chapter-5-meandering-channels.html

The Rio Grande river came into being after the Rio Grande Rift and conveniently followed its course. The Rio Grande is among the longest twenty-five rivers in the world... more »

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2015-06-28 01:28:00 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

The Colorado River - Stop 138: The Colorado River Delta

I have run these canyons for six million years.
I have traveled from the Rocky Mountains to the deserts, through scorching heat, and freezing cold. 
From the land of the dinosaurs to fields of food.
I lend my hand to seven states, two countries, nine National Parks and 36 million people across an arid west.
I am not the strongest or the largest, but I am the hardest working.
People love me, my playfulness, my beauty, my power, my life.
But I don’t think I can offer any more.
I am tired, tapped and tied.
Of the hundreds of major rivers in the world, I am one of the few who no longer kisses the sea.
Battles to harness my soul have been won and lost.
Use me wisely and I will sustain you.
Use me like you have and I will break.
My name is Red.
The Grand River, Red.... more »

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2015-07-05 14:55:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

At any location on earth, as the rock record goes down into time and out into earlier geographies it touches upon tens of hundreds of stories, wherein the face of the earth often changed, changed utterly, and changed again, like the face of a crackling fire.
~ John McPhee, Basin and Range, 1980

And almost no where else has the "face of the earth often changed, changed utterly, and changed again" as in California. If you haven't kept up with our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes', great blog series Driving Through the Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World, now is your chance to view the entire compilation of posts that transect California and explain the "tens of hundreds stories" as only a great geology teacher could. Even if you aren't from California, there is much to learn from its complex story. Enjoy!

Thank you, +Garry Hayes 

Fearsomely Cool Geology! A compilation of posts from a transect across an extinct subduction zone in central California.___At any location on earth, as the rock record goes down into time and out into earlier geographies it touches upon tens of hundreds of stories, wherein the face of the earth often changed, changed utterly, and changed again, like the face of a crackling fire.
~ John McPhee, Basin and Range, 1980

And almost no where else has the "face of the earth often changed, changed utterly, and changed again" as in California. If you haven't kept up with our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes', great blog series Driving Through the Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World, now is your chance to view the entire compilation of posts that transect California and explain the "tens of hundreds stories" as only a great geology teacher could. Even if you aren't from California, there is much to learn from its complex story. Enjoy!

Thank you, +Garry Hayes 

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2015-07-04 22:41:38 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Cartographic Silence

Silence can reveal as much as it conceals and, from acting as independent and intentional statements, silences on maps may sometimes become the determinate part of the cartographic message. (…) Silence and utterance are not alternatives but constituent parts of map language, each necessary for the understanding of the other. A cartographic interpretation of silences on a map departs, then, from the  premise that silence elucidates and is likely to be as culturally specific as any other aspect of the map's language.
J. Brian Harley,  The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography, Issue 2002, pg. 86 https://goo.gl/z6AWWI

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Cartographic Silence

Silence can reveal as much as it conceals and, from acting as independent and intentional statements, silences on maps may sometimes become the determinate part of the cartographic message. (…) Silence and utterance are not alternatives but constituent parts of map language, each necessary for the understanding of the other. A cartographic interpretation of silences on a map departs, then, from the  premise that silence elucidates and is likely to be as culturally specific as any other aspect of the map's language.
J. Brian Harley,  The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography, Issue 2002, pg. 86 https://goo.gl/z6AWWI

Image from: https://portmanteau12.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/michal-karcz-ii-ultima-thule.jpg___

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2015-07-04 18:54:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The fact that these highly abstract notions coalesce in such refined harmony is absolutely mind-boggling. It points to something rich and mysterious lurking beneath the surface, as if the curtain had been lifted and we caught glimpses of the reality that had been carefully hidden from us. These are the wonders of modern math, and of the modern world. 
~ Edward Frenkel, Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality, 2013

Thank you, +Kostas Michalis 

Identical Companions : You could not step twice into the same blind spot

"The way we talk about complex and abstract ideas is suffused with metaphor. In five experiments, we explore how these metaphors influence the way that we reason about complex issues and forage for further information about them. We find that even the subtlest instantiation of a metaphor (via a single word) can have a powerful influence over how people attempt to solve social problems like crime and how they gather information to make “well-informed” decisions. Interestingly, we find that the influence of the metaphorical framing effect is covert: people do not recognize metaphors as influential in their decisions ; instead they point to more “substantive” (often numerical) information as the motivation for their problem-solving decision. Metaphors in language appear to instantiate frame-consistent knowledge structures and invite structurally consistent inferences. Far from being mere rhetorical flourishes, metaphors have profound influences on how we conceptualize and act with respect to important societal issues. We find that exposure to even a single metaphor can induce substantial differences in opinion about how to solve social problems: differences that are larger, for example, than pre-existing differences in opinion between Democrats and Republicans. ( Metaphors We Think With: The Role of Metaphor in Reasoning / P. Thibodeau and L. Boroditsky)

Music: The Art Teacher / R. Wainright
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Taking advantage of the relationships and interaction, which actually exist between what happens
to her and her desire, she creates some metaphors both obvious and opaque, as screens of rays crisscrossing
the landscape in which herself and what she expected from you in the way of support coincide,
so that I and you resemble each other, now. The way they light the land like infrared without a trace
on film, really, part of your image was linked so closely to my desire, it remained inside my body.
It never reached the emotions, which tend to damage the body, but which memory requires.
Thus a formal device was discovered for detailing information that was intimate and largely unacceptable
to what I thought I required from you, regarding beauty in idea and form. She expected distress
to automatically bring about this beauty, like a woman’s theft of fire rope from your house,
but not her hanging in the orchard by the house. She was a stranger to you.
She was never in your consciousness. Hence she was never forgotten.
She is in you the way direct experience generates consciousness, adding the energy of its materialization.  

To live another person’s biography is not the same as to live his or her life.
She constructs a story line or cluster of anecdotal details, like clothes around the body,
instruments of both defense and expansion, which give meaning to fluctuations, such as in pleasures
occurring between herself and you. Her sunglasses swathed in feathers express
the contingency of a light and a space, so that the anecdote of a hanging could be utilized
as colorist or combinatory data, instead of her instinct for the imaginary in which what she imagines
represents what happens, whether or not it misrepresents it.

Sometimes it happens during a routine she represents by evenness of light on the land
or when things usually mean nothing, like harmony in light, what happens and something to mean
join accidentally. The thing isn’t what it is, but it is like what it is.
Like a fake, it doesn’t mean anything, although there is something to mean,
so that her solitude is the guise of unending repetition of a hanging or her relationship with you,
in which all that is to be included will find a place. This is empathy or sharing her intuition with her.
You look into someone’s eyes as if you were seeing through the face.

Because it’s not possible to absorb more than one insight at a time,
there seems to be a contradiction between the visual or space, and the context or meaning.
She felt deep uneasiness with the image of this sunset of unnatural energy, its sinister expression
of an order of impossible beauty we thought we lost, accounting for the intensity of yellow light on the hill,
which is not a thing, and it is not a metaphor, the way your life is not a metaphor to her, or
the way intense light on the hill is a recollection en plein air, in the sense that it happened.
Soon the background turns gray and the hill regains its natural color, but there are three dimensions of gray.
This is a metaphor for the fact that the hanged woman actually made contact with you, although you never knew her.

There is a link with her appearance, as with sex, or the way a name is attached to something
after naming it, by the occurrence of its name, in this case linking with the appearances
or biographies of a whole parade of lovers, so what she thinks of as human help from him
is no longer dependent on changing her desire for him in the present, but is a substitute for it.
The landscape is empty and it is immanent. The context of the woman in its reality
may differ from the context in which the viewer thinks about her, the element of transparency.
The way the viewer thinks about her is the way low clouds extend a landscape. The viewer
is acting on the landscape in consideration that the context of the viewer distinct from the context
of general human help could be a metaphor for itself.
(Excerpts from: Forms of Politeness / M. Berssenbrugge)

Image: Red, Black and Silver / J. Pollock
Metaphors and Humans:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/25/arts/design/a-real-pollock-on-this-art-and-science-collide.html?_r=1


Obviously, however, there are important differences.  Socrates famously operated face to face, in a way that was direct and inevitably personal.  Such conversations bring into play a vast repertoire of pragmatics: etiquette, body language, facial expression, tone, and emotion.  There is usually a time limit, an element of performance which is amplified by the presence of onlookers, and always some risk of embarrassment, humiliation, anger, or offense. 

By contrast, Plato, as author, distances himself from the encounter with his readers in at least two ways.  First, Plato himself is not present to observe the reader's response, which allows the reader to react more freely and honestly without the constraint of politeness toward a present speaker.  Second, though the words are written by Plato, they are placed dramatically into the mouth of his characters (in Socrates's case, a deceased character); this creates at least some doubt as to whether particular expressed opinions are even endorsed by the author. ( Ideas under Fire: Historical Studies of Philosophy and Science in Adversity / ed. J Lavery and others)___The fact that these highly abstract notions coalesce in such refined harmony is absolutely mind-boggling. It points to something rich and mysterious lurking beneath the surface, as if the curtain had been lifted and we caught glimpses of the reality that had been carefully hidden from us. These are the wonders of modern math, and of the modern world. 
~ Edward Frenkel, Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality, 2013

Thank you, +Kostas Michalis 

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2015-07-04 18:32:57 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Teresa Deloach Reed is Fire Chief of Oakland and the first African-American female to head up a major metropolitan Fire Department. Before her gig in Oakland, she started in 1986 at the City of San Jose. Sadly, she wasn't embraced as part of the team immediately. The mostly male fire department did their best to make her career choice harder, but her steadfast determination didn't let her quit. She consistently earned promotions finally reaching the position of Assistant Chief. With each promotion she was mindful of the path she was paving for other African-Americans and women and of the example she set. In 2013 she became the Fire Chief of Oakland where she works diligently to make sure every firefighter has the equipment, training and support they need to keep the citizens of Oakland safe.

See also this short video on Chief Reed from +KQED... more »

Teresa Deloach Reed is the first black woman in the United States to lead a major fire department as Oakland’s Fire Chief. Since her appointment three years ago, the veteran firefighting wants to bring in more women to balance the ranks of the firefighting forces. 

To encourage more applicants and prepare them for the rigorous physical tests, Reed invested in a wide range of training equipment available before the tests. “When the time comes for me to retire, I want to make sure there are women of color who will step up,” she said.

See more pictures and read more on The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/17/women-firefighters-oakland_n_7605936.html 

#genderequality   #firefighters   #diversity   #empowerment  ___Teresa Deloach Reed is Fire Chief of Oakland and the first African-American female to head up a major metropolitan Fire Department. Before her gig in Oakland, she started in 1986 at the City of San Jose. Sadly, she wasn't embraced as part of the team immediately. The mostly male fire department did their best to make her career choice harder, but her steadfast determination didn't let her quit. She consistently earned promotions finally reaching the position of Assistant Chief. With each promotion she was mindful of the path she was paving for other African-Americans and women and of the example she set. In 2013 she became the Fire Chief of Oakland where she works diligently to make sure every firefighter has the equipment, training and support they need to keep the citizens of Oakland safe.

See also this short video on Chief Reed from +KQED Life : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGbmT5a5_PM

Bravo Ms. Reed! Thank you, +Half the Sky Movement and +Sherrie Donaldson-Thompson who always finds the best heroes.

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2015-07-04 15:59:03 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Geological cross sections are graphical representations of vertical slices through the earth used to clarify or interpret geological relationships such as faults, folds, and stratigraphy. They usually are accompanied by maps that allow the viewer to visualize the structures of geology underground and piece together the geologic history of the area. They are beautiful, but rarely thought of as art outside of the geologic community... until now.

The community of Leadville, Colorado came together to put up a mural, The Courthouse Geologic Mosaic Mural,  located off W. 5th Street that was designed and installed under the direction of the Leadville Arts Coalition Public Art Projects Manager, Amanda Good.. The mural features a cross section of the geology from Fremont Pass, through Leadville and ending at Independence Pass. What a great way to inspire the young and young at heart to learn more about... more »

Geological cross sections are graphical representations of vertical slices through the earth used to clarify or interpret geological relationships such as faults, folds, and stratigraphy. They usually are accompanied by maps that allow the viewer to visualize the structures of geology underground and piece together the geologic history of the area. They are beautiful, but rarely thought of as art outside of the geologic community... until now.

The community of Leadville, Colorado came together to put up a mural, The Courthouse Geologic Mosaic Mural,  located off W. 5th Street that was designed and installed under the direction of the Leadville Arts Coalition Public Art Projects Manager, Amanda Good.. The mural features a cross section of the geology from Fremont Pass, through Leadville and ending at Independence Pass. What a great way to inspire the young and young at heart to learn more about the geologic heritage of their area!

Bravo, Leadville!___

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2015-07-04 13:43:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The journey "Through the Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World" comes to a firey and spectacular end, but I have a feeling our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, has a lot more stories to share. Thank you, Garry; we have enjoyed every one.

We reach the end of our journey through the most dangerous plate boundary in the world, standing in the spectacular valley of Yellowstone...oops, Yosemite. Actually the two parks are much alike in a strange upside down sort of way.___The journey "Through the Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World" comes to a firey and spectacular end, but I have a feeling our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, has a lot more stories to share. Thank you, Garry; we have enjoyed every one.

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2015-07-04 02:16:46 (9 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Tahlequah, Oklahoma - Stop 141: Wilma Mankiller

In 1838, President Andrew Jackson had the Cherokee Nation rounded up and forcibly marched on the "Trail of Tears" to Indian Territory in Oklahoma under a law called the Indian Removal Act. Conditions were cruel, and an estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure, abuse and disease. One who survived was the great-grandfather of Wilma Mankiller born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, on November 18, 1945.

Relocated in 1956, Wilma Mankiller spent much of her younger life in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was plunged into the civil and social movements of the late sixties, especially the movement to bring recognition to the mistreatment of Native Americans. In 1969, she and other activists occupied Alcatraz Island, a historic event that awakened her pride in her heritage and her passion and... more »

Tahlequah, Oklahoma - Stop 141: Wilma Mankiller

In 1838, President Andrew Jackson had the Cherokee Nation rounded up and forcibly marched on the "Trail of Tears" to Indian Territory in Oklahoma under a law called the Indian Removal Act. Conditions were cruel, and an estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure, abuse and disease. One who survived was the great-grandfather of Wilma Mankiller born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital of the Cherokee Nation, on November 18, 1945.

Relocated in 1956, Wilma Mankiller spent much of her younger life in the San Francisco Bay Area where she was plunged into the civil and social movements of the late sixties, especially the movement to bring recognition to the mistreatment of Native Americans. In 1969, she and other activists occupied Alcatraz Island, a historic event that awakened her pride in her heritage and her passion and commitment to better the lives of her people.

In 1976, Wilma Mankiller moved back to Oklahoma for good. She began an entry-level job for the Cherokee Nation and became active in the community and a fierce advocate for improved health care, government and education; an advocate the Cherokee community needed desperately. 

In the early eighties, the rural area occupied by the Cherokee community of Bell was impoverished and the people demoralized by generations of dispossession and dehumanization. Many of the ramshackle homes lacked running water and the government did nothing to help better their plight. Led by Wilma Mankiller and her future husband, Charlie Soap, they inspired and empowered the community to take charge of their own future. Together with a community of volunteers they built 16 miles of water pipeline to bring the bounty of fresh water to Bell.

The successful completion of the waterline led to Wilma’s election as the first woman Chief of the Cherokee Nation, which she proudly served from 1985 to 1995, and sparked a movement of similar self-help projects across the Cherokee nation and in Indian country that continues to this day. During her tenure, the Cherokee Nation tripled in population, employment doubled, and the communities rallied and thrived. She explains her example to the Cherokee youth, and especially the girls thusly, "Prior to my election," says Mankiller, "young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief."

Wilma Mankiller died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer at age 64. During her lifetime she became an author, a respected leader, and a feminist. She was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton in 1998 and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. She is immortalized in film and the subject of numerous books and articles. Stop 141 had to be dedicated to this hero.

We are better people and a stronger tribal nation because of her example of Cherokee leadership, statesmanship, humility, grace, determination and decisiveness... Her gift to us is the lesson that our lives and future are for us to decide. We can carry on that Cherokee legacy by teaching our children that lesson.
~ Chad Smith, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation after Wilma Mankiller 

Wilma Mankiller became the best kind of leader: one who creates independence, not dependence; who helps people go back to a collective broken place and begin to heal themselves. Though there is a long way to go before the Cherokee Nation restores in a new form the dignity and self-sufficiency it knew 500 years ago, before the terrible centuries of genocide and the banning of even the Cherokee language and religion, now there is a way of making progress that is their own.
~ Gloria Steinem, Revolution from Within, 1992 on her close friend and collaborator, Wilma Mankiller, legacy to the Cherokee Nation

Read more on Wilma Mankiller here: http://cojmc.unl.edu/nativedaughters2/?nd_profile=wilma-mankiller and here:http://www.notablebiographies.com/Lo-Ma/Mankiller-Wilma.html#ixzz3esZojHa6 

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. By the time the game was published in 1886, the once-proud Cherokee people were a decimated and conquered nation. Forced to move from place to place to give up land the government found attractive, they finally settled in Oklahoma. 

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 3 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from The Colorado River - Stop 138: The Colorado River Delta to Tahlequah, Oklahoma - Stop 141: Wilma Mankiller. Reading the book that goes with RTOC, was uninspiring: "Tahlequah: Is the capital of this Territory and the seat of government of the Cherokees, where they have their council lodge. It is an average southwestern town, and has nothing special about it to indicate its Indian origin save its population." Pfffft. I hope you find Wilma Mankiller as inspiring as I do.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #tahlequahoklahoma   #wilmamankiller  ___

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2015-07-03 21:08:58 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Shiny.

Thank you, +Mattias Adolfsson 

Big dim hero to the rescue___Shiny.

Thank you, +Mattias Adolfsson 

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2015-07-03 16:09:48 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Dune Endures

This fascinating piece by the Guardian looks back on the legacy and impact of the science fiction novel, Dune. In an age of global warming, a worldwide water shortage, and continued political upheaval in Middle East, Dune may be as relevant now as it was fifty years ago.

Thank you, +Ethan M.​ and +Cheryl Martin​ 

An interesting piece on Dune.  Longtime fans might even learn something from this.___Dune Endures

This fascinating piece by the Guardian looks back on the legacy and impact of the science fiction novel, Dune. In an age of global warming, a worldwide water shortage, and continued political upheaval in Middle East, Dune may be as relevant now as it was fifty years ago.

Thank you, +Ethan M.​ and +Cheryl Martin​ 

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2015-07-03 15:59:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

"profile and photo spheres will be presented alongside those from Google and other contributors, creating a unified Street View gallery designed to bring more visibility to you and your work."

Thank you, +Google Maps 

"What, do you think you're the center of the universe or something?" goo.gl/hxQK0z___"profile and photo spheres will be presented alongside those from Google and other contributors, creating a unified Street View gallery designed to bring more visibility to you and your work."

Thank you, +Google Maps 

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2015-07-03 15:08:50 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Mapping the Most Expensive Paintings Sold by Country

These unusual maps by HowMuch.net look at the most expensive art transactions by country. And while it seems a trivial mapping exercise it actually speaks volumes about art style and artist preferences, and the distribution of wealth and the wealthiest nations. There are lots of questions about the underlying data and methodologies, but it is worth sharing for the aesthetic value alone.

Also see: http://hyperallergic.com/219294/mapping-the-most-expensive-artworks-sold-by-country/

Mapping the Most Expensive Paintings Sold by Country

These unusual maps by HowMuch.net look at the most expensive art transactions by country. And while it seems a trivial mapping exercise it actually speaks volumes about art style and artist preferences, and the distribution of wealth and the wealthiest nations. There are lots of questions about the underlying data and methodologies, but it is worth sharing for the aesthetic value alone.

Also see: http://hyperallergic.com/219294/mapping-the-most-expensive-artworks-sold-by-country/___

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2015-07-03 03:44:56 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Heavy laden with sadness and symbolism, Retrograde seems to examine a wish that we could go backward in time and undo that moment when we lost someone we loved. Thank you +Rose Ahmad​

#songoftheday #jamesblake  ___Heavy laden with sadness and symbolism, Retrograde seems to examine a wish that we could go backward in time and undo that moment when we lost someone we loved. Thank you +Rose Ahmad​

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2015-07-03 00:46:45 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I love this article written by +Los Angeles Public Library​​ map librarian +glen creason​​ highlighting this great 1936 map of the many flags that have flown on California soil. One fun thing I learned is that San Jose served as the capitol of California in 1850 when it first gained statehood. Wikipedia concurs and give more great history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jose,_California

Thank you, +glen creason​​!

I love this article written by +Los Angeles Public Library​​ map librarian +glen creason​​ highlighting this great 1936 map of the many flags that have flown on California soil. One fun thing I learned is that San Jose served as the capitol of California in 1850 when it first gained statehood. Wikipedia concurs and give more great history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Jose,_California

Thank you, +glen creason​​!___

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2015-07-03 00:08:49 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.

Or you don't.
~ Stephen King, The Stand

For all its faults, The Stand still does.

No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.

Or you don't.
~ Stephen King, The Stand

For all its faults, The Stand still does.___

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2015-07-02 23:54:00 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

90% of them are underwater. Find the rest of them here: http://www.icebergfinder.com/

90% of them are underwater. Find the rest of them here: http://www.icebergfinder.com/___

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2015-07-02 13:16:47 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Journey into the heart of the sun to learn about solar storms that can threaten the world's power and technological infrastructure in this documentary narrated by Benedict Cumberpatch. The full 24 minute video, Solar Superstorms, will be shown at planetariums and science centers.

Thank you, +Kristan Uccello!

___Journey into the heart of the sun to learn about solar storms that can threaten the world's power and technological infrastructure in this documentary narrated by Benedict Cumberpatch. The full 24 minute video, Solar Superstorms, will be shown at planetariums and science centers.

Thank you, +Kristan Uccello!

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2015-07-02 12:59:43 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

+Mattias Adolfsson sees the world through the keen eyes of a master artist and illustrator. Let him take you on a magical mystery tour to the intricate, witty and detailed world of "All Together Now," his tribute to the Beatles and see just how many Beatles references you can find.

Be sure to explore more of Mattias' works here: http://mattiasa.blogspot.com/ and don't forget to circle him to keep up with his latest posts.

+Mattias Adolfsson sees the world through the keen eyes of a master artist and illustrator. Let him take you on a magical mystery tour to the intricate, witty and detailed world of "All Together Now," his tribute to the Beatles and see just how many Beatles references you can find.

Be sure to explore more of Mattias' works here: http://mattiasa.blogspot.com/ and don't forget to circle him to keep up with his latest posts.___

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2015-07-02 12:42:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The arc of the story takes a magmatic turn as we continue our drive through "The Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World." Today we visit Mt. Shasta with our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, and learn more about the violent past of one of the biggest stratovolcanoes in the world.

Thank you, +Garry Hayes!

Gigantic catastrophic mudflows and six-foot-long salmon...with fangs! Fishing would have been a unique experience in the Sierra Nevada 5 million years ago...___The arc of the story takes a magmatic turn as we continue our drive through "The Most Dangerous Plate Boundary in the World." Today we visit Mt. Shasta with our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, and learn more about the violent past of one of the biggest stratovolcanoes in the world.

Thank you, +Garry Hayes!

2015-07-02 02:40:06 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

When I opened your page and read your words:
"A thousand realities commit suicide"...
a cold fear ran down my spine.
I closed my eyes,
a thousand voices cried,
of children held hostages, hunger and strife.
I did not go on to read at that moment
the thousand magical realities of the mind,
its dreams and imaginative universes of beauty and delight
which you were actually talking about.
Mind is a trickster, and worse, it's confined when in fear and sorrow
to its prison-house of a personal domain.
The bars of my prison-house are crumbling fast,
but unless I can stop the horrors and the torn fragments of the dreams flying around,
mine and of those I love, those of children , and those of humanity,
what use is the freedom of my limitless mind?
For the time being let us indulge and give ourselves the delight
of... more »

When I opened your page and read your words:
"A thousand realities commit suicide"...
a cold fear ran down my spine.
I closed my eyes,
a thousand voices cried,
of children held hostages, hunger and strife.
I did not go on to read at that moment
the thousand magical realities of the mind,
its dreams and imaginative universes of beauty and delight
which you were actually talking about.
Mind is a trickster, and worse, it's confined when in fear and sorrow
to its prison-house of a personal domain.
The bars of my prison-house are crumbling fast,
but unless I can stop the horrors and the torn fragments of the dreams flying around,
mine and of those I love, those of children , and those of humanity,
what use is the freedom of my limitless mind?
For the time being let us indulge and give ourselves the delight
of sharing coffee on this simple morning___

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2015-07-01 13:20:57 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Precambrian and  highly-weathered granite in the middle of the Indian ocean. It almost looks like modern art. Fascinating!

Thank you, +European Geosciences Union 

A summery island delight for our July 2015 cover image.

The image, by Sébastien Sollberger, shows the stunning topical paradise of La Digue, in the Seychelles. The image is dominated by granites of Precambrian (Neoproterozoic) age, formed some 750 million years ago. The granites are cross cut by basalt and dolerite dykes of a younger Precambrian age, as well as of Tertiary age (ranging from 66 million to 2.58 million years old).

The Seychelles islands are part of the Mascarene Plateau: a submarine plateau in the Indian Ocean, north and east of Madagascar. The granites are thought to be an ancient fragment of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana, left behind as India tore away from the supercontinent.

The image is distributed by the EGU under a Creative Commons licence and is available from Imaggeo.

You can see the image in all its splendour at: http://imaggeo.egu.eu/view/1011/

‪#‎Imaggeo‬ ‪#‎summer‬ ‪#‎granites‬ ‪#‎Gondwana‬ ‪#‎dykes‬ ‪#‎Precambrian‬___Precambrian and  highly-weathered granite in the middle of the Indian ocean. It almost looks like modern art. Fascinating!

Thank you, +European Geosciences Union 

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2015-07-01 12:33:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

A macabre self-portrait as only Edvard Munch could do. A shiver to start your day. 

Thank you, +Andrea Becherini!

Edvard Munch, Self-portrait with skeleton arm, 1895, Lithograph
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Edvard_Munch_-_Self-Portrait_with_Skeleton_Arm_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

#lithograph #edvardmunch #selfportrait  ___A macabre self-portrait as only Edvard Munch could do. A shiver to start your day. 

Thank you, +Andrea Becherini!

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2015-07-01 12:09:48 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Interesting cartogram on real estate value by state. Visit the source(http://metrocosm.com/new-york-city-property-values-in-perspective/) where you can explore the dataset interactively.

Thank you, +Vincent Granville!

They divided the total amount of real estate value (in dollars) by square mile, and then computed averages for each state. So the map below is about US, but the state areas are transformed (shrunk or inflated) to match their share of real estate worth, with California and New York being the biggest (most expensive) ones.___Interesting cartogram on real estate value by state. Visit the source(http://metrocosm.com/new-york-city-property-values-in-perspective/) where you can explore the dataset interactively.

Thank you, +Vincent Granville!

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2015-06-30 12:42:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

The Future of Google Earth

...in the years to come, [Google Earth] will grow into something else. Virtual reality will bring new fidelity. And AI and other types of data analysis will bring a new understanding our planet.

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” [Rebecca ]Moore [Google Earth Outreach Program leader] says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” 

This makes me happy.

The Future of Google Earth

...in the years to come, [Google Earth] will grow into something else. Virtual reality will bring new fidelity. And AI and other types of data analysis will bring a new understanding our planet.

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” [Rebecca ]Moore [Google Earth Outreach Program leader] says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” 

This makes me happy.___

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2015-06-30 12:38:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Future of Google Earth

...in the years to come, [Google Earth] will grow into something else. Virtual reality will bring new fidelity. And AI and other types of data analysis will bring a new understanding our planet.

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” [Rebecca ]Moore [Google Earth Outreach Program leader] says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” 

The Future of Google Earth

...in the years to come, [Google Earth] will grow into something else. Virtual reality will bring new fidelity. And AI and other types of data analysis will bring a new understanding our planet.

“What I’m looking forward to is combining Google Earth with the kind of dynamic data coming out of Earth Engine—data on deforestation, floods, temperatures,” [Rebecca ]Moore [Google Earth Outreach Program leader] says. “If you render that kind of information on Google Earth, it becomes a living, breathing dashboard of the planet. You can put in everyone’s hands, not just charts and graphs of what’s going on, but high-resolution information that’s sitting, almost literally, on the surface of the earth.” ___

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2015-06-30 02:53:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

License Plate Readers and privacy and record retention rules. Funny. There doesn't seem to be any.

Our Cyrus Farivar will be talking "street-level surveillance" in SF tomorrow: http://trib.al/1KSgGLC

Check out the pre-reading below.___License Plate Readers and privacy and record retention rules. Funny. There doesn't seem to be any.

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2015-06-30 02:33:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Anne's House of Dreams from the Anne of Green Gables series. Lovely. Thank you, +Anabel Borja 

I love to smell flowers in the dark," she said. "You get hold of their soul then.
 ~ L.M. Montgomery___Anne's House of Dreams from the Anne of Green Gables series. Lovely. Thank you, +Anabel Borja 

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2015-06-30 02:04:38 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

You want fries with that burger map? Too many of those and you'll need a cartographic bypass.

You want fries with that burger map? Too many of those and you'll need a cartographic bypass.___

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2015-06-28 15:44:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

'"Sometimes known as the real-life Batman, Kish says that while he was initially uncomfortable with the nickname, he’s now embraced it. “I’ve always liked Batman. As a superhero, he is the most human,” he says. “His super-abilities do not come from magic, or the fourth dimension, or another planet. He’s not some divine being descended from a demi-god — he’s a human who has refined himself to be the best that he can. That’s really what we stand for at my nonprofit, World Access for the Blind — testing your limits. And standing up against the injustices of restrictions and restraints against blind people.”

He tilts his head. “And bats are cool.”'

Thank you, +TED and +Kee Hinckley 

___'"Sometimes known as the real-life Batman, Kish says that while he was initially uncomfortable with the nickname, he’s now embraced it. “I’ve always liked Batman. As a superhero, he is the most human,” he says. “His super-abilities do not come from magic, or the fourth dimension, or another planet. He’s not some divine being descended from a demi-god — he’s a human who has refined himself to be the best that he can. That’s really what we stand for at my nonprofit, World Access for the Blind — testing your limits. And standing up against the injustices of restrictions and restraints against blind people.”

He tilts his head. “And bats are cool.”'

Thank you, +TED and +Kee Hinckley 

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2015-06-28 15:23:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

SILENCE
- Lily

It is not empty, this silence.
Our shadowy, unwholesome offspring
inhabit it...

The complete poem can be read at the link below the image.

#poetry   #poetryiwrite   #poetryblogs  

SILENCE
- Lily

It is not empty, this silence.
Our shadowy, unwholesome offspring
inhabit it...

The complete poem can be read at the link below the image.

#poetry   #poetryiwrite   #poetryblogs  ___

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2015-06-28 15:07:05 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Epidemiologist, Dr. Gary Slutkin, treats violence like a contagious disease. His organization, Cure Violence, works to stop transmission of violence by having "violence interrupters" working within the community to stop violent acts from occuring.  In the future, Slutkin imagines that every health department will have a robust violence reduction unit.

Find out more here: http://cureviolence.org/post/staff/gary-slutkin/

Watch Dr. Slutkin's TedTalk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/gary_slutkin_let_s_treat_violence_like_a_contagious_disease?language=en

Bravo, Dr. Slutkin and thank you, +Wayne Radinsky 

"Gary Slutkin, MD, was never a misfit. A physician by training, a 'very conventional training,' he added, Dr. Slutkin had devoted himself to designing behavior change and epidemic control programs. As a chief resident at the prestigious San Francisco General Hospital, Slutkin worked on a tuberculosis prevention program. After two years, new cases of TB infection in the surrounding area dropped by over 50 percent, and the rate of those completing TB therapy increased from 50 to 95 percent."

"Next stop was Somalia." ... "Overall, Slutkin spent nearly ten years in fifteen countries in Africa and Europe as a major leader in the battle against infectious disease." ... "He returned to the United States and soon found himself asking, 'What next?'" ... "Slutkin began to study patterns of violent outbreaks and made a startling observation: Violence spreads much like infectious disease. 'What I saw in the maps of violence I studied was characteristic clustering -- just like the maps that I had seen in other epidemics, such as cholera.'"___Epidemiologist, Dr. Gary Slutkin, treats violence like a contagious disease. His organization, Cure Violence, works to stop transmission of violence by having "violence interrupters" working within the community to stop violent acts from occuring.  In the future, Slutkin imagines that every health department will have a robust violence reduction unit.

Find out more here: http://cureviolence.org/post/staff/gary-slutkin/

Watch Dr. Slutkin's TedTalk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/gary_slutkin_let_s_treat_violence_like_a_contagious_disease?language=en

Bravo, Dr. Slutkin and thank you, +Wayne Radinsky 

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2015-06-28 01:28:00 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

The Colorado River - Stop 138: The Colorado River Delta

I have run these canyons for six million years.
I have traveled from the Rocky Mountains to the deserts, through scorching heat, and freezing cold. 
From the land of the dinosaurs to fields of food.
I lend my hand to seven states, two countries, nine National Parks and 36 million people across an arid west.
I am not the strongest or the largest, but I am the hardest working.
People love me, my playfulness, my beauty, my power, my life.
But I don’t think I can offer any more.
I am tired, tapped and tied.
Of the hundreds of major rivers in the world, I am one of the few who no longer kisses the sea.
Battles to harness my soul have been won and lost.
Use me wisely and I will sustain you.
Use me like you have and I will break.
My name is Red.
The Grand River, Red.... more »

The Colorado River - Stop 138: The Colorado River Delta

I have run these canyons for six million years.
I have traveled from the Rocky Mountains to the deserts, through scorching heat, and freezing cold. 
From the land of the dinosaurs to fields of food.
I lend my hand to seven states, two countries, nine National Parks and 36 million people across an arid west.
I am not the strongest or the largest, but I am the hardest working.
People love me, my playfulness, my beauty, my power, my life.
But I don’t think I can offer any more.
I am tired, tapped and tied.
Of the hundreds of major rivers in the world, I am one of the few who no longer kisses the sea.
Battles to harness my soul have been won and lost.
Use me wisely and I will sustain you.
Use me like you have and I will break.
My name is Red.
The Grand River, Red.
The American Nile.
The Canyon Maker.
I am the Colorado River.
And I am the most endangered river in America.
~ Peter McBride, from The Colorado River — The Most Endangered River in America 2013 here: https://vimeo.com/63943253

More from the awesome Peter McBride, photographer, writer, visual storyteller and champion and chronicler of the Colorado River here: http://www.petemcbride.com

Until the early 20th century, the Colorado River, named for the color red in Spanish, ran free from the heights of the Rocky Mountains, through the Colorado Plateau and southwest through Mexico until it flowed into the Colorado River Delta and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Where it emptied was a vast wetlands that covered 7,810 km². What a beautiful sight it must have been; wide and sparkling and teeming with birds, fish and other wildlife.

Today the Colorado still flows from the heights of the Rockies, but it shrinks as it goes to the US/Mexican border where it disappears almost entirely leaving only a dry, dusty and empty trace in the topography where it once flowed caused by the loss of the freshwater consumed by a thirsty US population; Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Denver, Las Vegas; almost everyone from the US drinks from the Colorado. Everyone except Mexico.

Today, all that is left of the once vast wetlands of the Colorado River Delta is a remnant system of small wetlands and brackish mudflats that is about 5% of the former size. Many species of the wildlife that hasn't gone extinct and still remains is endangered, threatened, or under special protection.

Just this year, the Colorado River stretch through the Grand Canyon is number one on the Most Endangered Rivers of 2015 and is threatened by a proposed industrial-scale construction project that poses a danger to the Grand Canyon’s wild nature and unique experience. More at: http://www.americanrivers.org/endangered-rivers/

But there are organizations like the Sonoran Institute: http://www.sonoraninstitute.org/where-we-work/mexico-colorado-river-delta.html and RaiseTheRiver: http://raisetheriver.org/ trying to help the Colorado River and the Colorado River Delta. In 2012, the US and Mexican governments signed a historic agreement to work on managing the Colorado River Delta. And in 2014, officials released an experimental pulse of 105,000 acre-feet of water from the Morelos Dam that flowed all the way to the Gulf of California through the Colorado River Delta. Here's what happened: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TODV7FW746s&feature=youtu.be

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. By the time the game was published in 1886, the Colorado River hosted steamboats operating on the Lower Colorado River from its mouth in the Colorado River Delta at the Gulf of California to Fort Yuma and up river at times as far as the Virgin River in Nevada. What a ride that must have been! 

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 3 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from Stop 135 - The Rio Grande River and the Rio Grande Gorge to The Colorado River - Stop 138: The Colorado River Delta. Forgive me; I cheated terribly as Stop 138 is actually the Colorado River in Texas, but the story of the Colorado River Delta (not even in the country, double cheating) demanded to be heard. What could I do?

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #thecoloradoriver   #thecoloradoriverdelta  ___

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2015-06-27 23:20:46 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 


“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.

Herman Hesse. Siddhartha, 1922.

Image: Photography of the river Seine (Paris) by Pierre-Yves Petit, ca. 1920.

#literature #hesse #photography #petit #river #life


“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.

Herman Hesse. Siddhartha, 1922.

Image: Photography of the river Seine (Paris) by Pierre-Yves Petit, ca. 1920.

#literature #hesse #photography #petit #river #life___

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2015-06-27 23:09:50 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The path to world domination always begins with a map.

"Geography has always been one of the handmaidens of mathematics. Computers are blessedly skilled at storing and retrieving numbers. Everything else they do is an illusion brought on by their speed. But they are amazing at numbers. Computer engineers and cartographers have that in common. So if you are a massive company that is good at computers, maps are manageable. All you need is people who understand reference ellipsoids and algorithms—and people who understand how to make maps pretty."

And here you thought maps were just to go from point A to point B.

The path to world domination always begins with a map.

"Geography has always been one of the handmaidens of mathematics. Computers are blessedly skilled at storing and retrieving numbers. Everything else they do is an illusion brought on by their speed. But they are amazing at numbers. Computer engineers and cartographers have that in common. So if you are a massive company that is good at computers, maps are manageable. All you need is people who understand reference ellipsoids and algorithms—and people who understand how to make maps pretty."

And here you thought maps were just to go from point A to point B.___

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2015-06-26 12:58:56 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar
A hoper, a prayer a, magic-bean-buyer
If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in! 
Come in!” 

― Shel Silverstein

“If you are a dreamer come in
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar
A hoper, a prayer a, magic-bean-buyer
If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Come in! 
Come in!” 

― Shel Silverstein___

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2015-06-26 12:38:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Let's try this again, this time with the correct link...

More at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/06/22/introducing-arcgis-earth-3d-made-easy/

Let's try this again, this time with the correct link...

More at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2015/06/22/introducing-arcgis-earth-3d-made-easy/___

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2015-06-25 01:26:22 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

"California is sinking at a record pace as a result of over-pumping groundwater, and it’s causing tens of millions of dollars in damage. It’s particularly bad around rural communities, where farmers, who use four-fifths of the state’s water, increasingly are turning to groundwater to keep their crops alive. With reservoirs and rivers running low, groundwater now accounts for about 60 percent of the state’s total water supplies. As the groundwater is removed, it leaves a void underground, and the soil sinks to replace it. Geologists call this subsidence. One report suggests that damage caused by today’s sinking could exceed a billion dollars."

Thank you, +CityLab 

California's Sinking Terrain Is Costly http://trib.al/894thgt___"California is sinking at a record pace as a result of over-pumping groundwater, and it’s causing tens of millions of dollars in damage. It’s particularly bad around rural communities, where farmers, who use four-fifths of the state’s water, increasingly are turning to groundwater to keep their crops alive. With reservoirs and rivers running low, groundwater now accounts for about 60 percent of the state’s total water supplies. As the groundwater is removed, it leaves a void underground, and the soil sinks to replace it. Geologists call this subsidence. One report suggests that damage caused by today’s sinking could exceed a billion dollars."

Thank you, +CityLab 

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2015-06-25 00:22:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." ~ Theodore Roosevelt

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." ~ Theodore Roosevelt___

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2015-06-24 12:08:26 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Free climbing is all about adapting yourself to the rock; putting together a choregraphy of dance moves. The rock is what dictates the moves.
~ Lynn Hill, free climber, one of the best all-around climbers in the world and the first person to free climb the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite

"Lynn Hill is a living legend. Few have accomplished an athletic feat more than a decade before anyone else- man or woman. Lynn changed the definition of what is possible in rock climbing with her first free ascent of the most famous big wall climb in the world called The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. Over nineteen years later, Tommy Caldwell and Lynn are still the only two people in the world to have succeeded in making an all free one-day ascent of The Nose."

More at; http://lynnhillclimbing.com/

Free climbing is all about adapting yourself to the rock; putting together a choregraphy of dance moves. The rock is what dictates the moves.
~ Lynn Hill, free climber, one of the best all-around climbers in the world and the first person to free climb the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite

"Lynn Hill is a living legend. Few have accomplished an athletic feat more than a decade before anyone else- man or woman. Lynn changed the definition of what is possible in rock climbing with her first free ascent of the most famous big wall climb in the world called The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. Over nineteen years later, Tommy Caldwell and Lynn are still the only two people in the world to have succeeded in making an all free one-day ascent of The Nose."

More at; http://lynnhillclimbing.com/___

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2015-06-24 11:43:07 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

National Park Maps go Open

"Our National Park Service GIS community does a tremendous job developing and maintaining geospatial data for our Parks, but they are limited in number (some Parks don't even have local GIS support) and often overtasked. Places of Interest will allow us to take advantage of the 1,000,000+ OpenStreetMap contributors and the 22,000+ Park Service employees who likely don't even know what GIS stands for. These groups make up a huge untapped resource of motivated individuals who are passionate about our National Parks and willing to help improve our data and maps."

Built on OpenStreetMap, the simple to use Places Tools put the power of crowd sourcing National Park maps in the hands of those that work there, the Rangers and other staff. What a great idea! More at: http://www.nps.gov/npmap/blog/introducing-places.htmla... more »

National Park Maps go Open

"Our National Park Service GIS community does a tremendous job developing and maintaining geospatial data for our Parks, but they are limited in number (some Parks don't even have local GIS support) and often overtasked. Places of Interest will allow us to take advantage of the 1,000,000+ OpenStreetMap contributors and the 22,000+ Park Service employees who likely don't even know what GIS stands for. These groups make up a huge untapped resource of motivated individuals who are passionate about our National Parks and willing to help improve our data and maps."

Built on OpenStreetMap, the simple to use Places Tools put the power of crowd sourcing National Park maps in the hands of those that work there, the Rangers and other staff. What a great idea! More at: http://www.nps.gov/npmap/blog/introducing-places.html and http://www.nps.gov/npmap/blog/nps-plus-osm-equals-places-of-interest.html___

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2015-06-23 12:27:55 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

A $50 sensor named El Grillo (the cricket), detection algorithms, and the internet add up to an inexpensive, crowd-source earthquake early-warning system.

More at: http://grillo.io/ 

A $50 sensor named El Grillo (the cricket), detection algorithms, and the internet add up to an inexpensive, crowd-source earthquake early-warning system.

More at: http://grillo.io/ ___

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2015-06-22 14:46:08 (24 comments, 7 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

I found this apeeling; orange you glad I shared it? Happy Monday, Plussers! Here is hoping that the day brings new surprises and smiles to your world.

Thank you, +Interesting Things 

Amazing Creativity!

Follow +Interesting Things for more.___I found this apeeling; orange you glad I shared it? Happy Monday, Plussers! Here is hoping that the day brings new surprises and smiles to your world.

Thank you, +Interesting Things 

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2015-06-22 14:24:24 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

We need to expose kids to the beautiful, broad range of humanity - warts and all. Kids need to hear that lots of people have at one time or another felt pretty or ugly or smart or pimply. Then they need to hear that no one is just pretty, or just ugly, or just smart, or just pimply or just poor or just a fast runner or just in a wheelchair. No one is just any one thing.
~ Robert Hoge, journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, and is interested in disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000.

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We need to expose kids to the beautiful, broad range of humanity - warts and all. Kids need to hear that lots of people have at one time or another felt pretty or ugly or smart or pimply. Then they need to hear that no one is just pretty, or just ugly, or just smart, or just pimply or just poor or just a fast runner or just in a wheelchair. No one is just any one thing.
~ Robert Hoge, journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. He also enjoys photography, and is interested in disability advocacy and social engagement. While he never went far with his professional lawn bowls career, Robert did carry the Olympic torch in 2000.

More at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-22/hoge-talking-to-kids-about-beauty-and-ugliness/6559272

Never has ugly been so beautiful. Thank you, +Edwina Noble ___

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2015-06-21 22:47:41 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

“When you’re twenty and see a mountain you want to climb it. When you’re thirty you want to own it. By the time you turn forty you want to gaze upon it quietly. At fifty you want to thank it for all it taught you. Yet, as a man changes only one thing remains constant. The mountain.”
-Curmudgeon, Diary of a Midlife Crisis

“When you’re twenty and see a mountain you want to climb it. When you’re thirty you want to own it. By the time you turn forty you want to gaze upon it quietly. At fifty you want to thank it for all it taught you. Yet, as a man changes only one thing remains constant. The mountain.”
-Curmudgeon, Diary of a Midlife Crisis___

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2015-06-21 22:28:13 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

My first thought on seeing this picture was that the neural networks Google developed to analyze the images was using an algorithm from the protomolecule. If you have read Leviathan Wakes from the Expanse Series by Daniel Abrahams and Ty Franck writing under the pen name of James S. A. Corey, I'll bet you thought the same thing. Or maybe it's just me...

"They were only bodies.

Except they weren't.

The reactor stood before him, quiescent and dead. All around it, a layer of human flesh. He could pick out arms, hands with fingers splayed so wide they hurt to look at. The long snake of a spine curved, ribs fanning out like the legs of some perverse insect. He tried to make what he was seeing make sense. [...]

But then, among the familiar anatomy of death and dismemberment, there were other things: nautilus spirals, wide swaths of soft black filament,... more »

Humanity stop. What are you doing that this is a reflection of our collective minds???___My first thought on seeing this picture was that the neural networks Google developed to analyze the images was using an algorithm from the protomolecule. If you have read Leviathan Wakes from the Expanse Series by Daniel Abrahams and Ty Franck writing under the pen name of James S. A. Corey, I'll bet you thought the same thing. Or maybe it's just me...

"They were only bodies.

Except they weren't.

The reactor stood before him, quiescent and dead. All around it, a layer of human flesh. He could pick out arms, hands with fingers splayed so wide they hurt to look at. The long snake of a spine curved, ribs fanning out like the legs of some perverse insect. He tried to make what he was seeing make sense. [...]

But then, among the familiar anatomy of death and dismemberment, there were other things: nautilus spirals, wide swaths of soft black filament, a pale expanse of something that might have been skin cut by a dozen gill-like vents, a half-formed limb that looked equally like and insect and a fetus without being either one. The frozen dead flesh surrounded the reactor like the skin of an orange. The crew of the stealth ship. Maybe of the Scopuli as well. 

All but Julie.

"Yeah," Amos said. "This could take a little longer than I was thinking, Cap."

In this scene the crew of the Rocinante under Captain Holden inspects what remains of the crew of a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet after they are infected with the protomolecule designed to accelerate a redesign of lifeforms. Once infected, the protomolecule begins altering its host in various ways, from creating new limbs, eyes, and orifices to melding its biomass with other infected hosts.

If you haven't read the series, I highly recommend it.

See also this post by +Jeff Dean: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JeffDean/posts/jVBUgDxhbRd

Thank you, +Jeff Dean and +Tren C 

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2015-06-21 14:29:10 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"In 1981, Salman Rushdie, the British-Indian novelist who would later come to fame (and notoriety) with his Satanic Verses, published a little two-and-a-half-page short story called “The Golden Bough“ in Granta magazine.

It was never to be reprinted nor included in any of his own short story collections. Why that is remains a mystery to me to this very day: When I first came across it – that was in 2003 – IDGZ posterE klein08 immediately took to it as to no other story featured in that British Literature class I attended. In all its brevity, Rushdie's writing opened up a world, a dark, twisted one in which the protagonist tried forever to find a job, but always met nothing but rejection."

From: http://www.svnfilm.com/the-student-filmmakers/the-making-of/190-the-making-of-the-golden-bough-der-goldene-zweig

Short filmhere: ht... more »

The Golden Bough, by Salman Rushdie: "[...] I was staring into the bland face of my latest interrogator – the same face I had seen behind a hundred such desks and above a hundred such blank white shirts – fully persuaded that I was about to fail yet again, when the reason for all my troubles came into my head. It was so simple that I was furious with myself for not having seen it before. [...]" in GRANTA.___"In 1981, Salman Rushdie, the British-Indian novelist who would later come to fame (and notoriety) with his Satanic Verses, published a little two-and-a-half-page short story called “The Golden Bough“ in Granta magazine.

It was never to be reprinted nor included in any of his own short story collections. Why that is remains a mystery to me to this very day: When I first came across it – that was in 2003 – IDGZ posterE klein08 immediately took to it as to no other story featured in that British Literature class I attended. In all its brevity, Rushdie's writing opened up a world, a dark, twisted one in which the protagonist tried forever to find a job, but always met nothing but rejection."

From: http://www.svnfilm.com/the-student-filmmakers/the-making-of/190-the-making-of-the-golden-bough-der-goldene-zweig

Short film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36UdxBdI6U8

Nothing short of brilliant. Thank you  +Wolfgang Alexander Moens who associates it correctly with Neil Gaiman's entry in the link below.

Wolfgang's Links:

a. Salman Rushdie: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Salman_Rushdie

b. "Time is fluid here": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-K5p3VrrjQ

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2015-06-21 05:58:52 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Rio Grande River - Stop 135: The Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico

The area that is now near Taos, New Mexico began its life as layer upon layer of flat sedimentary rocks called the Colorado Plateau. Forces within the crust began to fault and pull apart the continent 20 million years ago forming a tectonic chasm, a 600-mile long linear tear, known as the Rio Grande Rift. This thinning of the crust makes it easier for magma to reach the surface and the rift, beginning near the Colorado border and extending to southeast of Taos, tears right through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. Find more on the geology of the Rio Grande Rift here: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/chapter-5-meandering-channels.html

The Rio Grande river came into being after the Rio Grande Rift and conveniently followed its course. The Rio Grande is among the longest twenty-five rivers in the world... more »

Rio Grande River - Stop 135: The Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico

The area that is now near Taos, New Mexico began its life as layer upon layer of flat sedimentary rocks called the Colorado Plateau. Forces within the crust began to fault and pull apart the continent 20 million years ago forming a tectonic chasm, a 600-mile long linear tear, known as the Rio Grande Rift. This thinning of the crust makes it easier for magma to reach the surface and the rift, beginning near the Colorado border and extending to southeast of Taos, tears right through the basalt flows of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. Find more on the geology of the Rio Grande Rift here: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/chapter-5-meandering-channels.html

The Rio Grande river came into being after the Rio Grande Rift and conveniently followed its course. The Rio Grande is among the longest twenty-five rivers in the world and starts near the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains, runs 470 miles through New Mexico to the border of Texas and the Mexican province of Chihuahua, and empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  For about 1,250 miles it forms the international boundary between the two countries. Find more on the Rio Grande River here: https://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Rio_Grande

The Rio Grande Gorge, a spectacular part of the Rio Grande Rift, is an 800 feet deep gash carved through layers of basaltic and ash flows and is spanned by the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Built in 1965 ten miles northwest of Taos, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the second highest bridge in the U.S. highway system and the fifth highest bridge in the U.S. The image of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge shown below is from: http://www.cowboysindians.com/Cowboys-Indians/June-2010/A-Most-Sacred-Place/

The Rio Grande Gorge is now part of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument proclaimed by President Obama in 2013. The monument includes portions of the Taos Plateau volcanic field, cut by the gorges of the Rio Grande and the Rio San Antonio. Many volcanic peaks are within the NM including the Cerro de la Olla, Cerro Chiflo, and Ute Mountain. The tallest peak is the San Antonio Mountain at 10,890 feet. Large springs, some of them hot, are believed to be the outflow from flooded lava tube systems. Find more on the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument at: http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/national_monuments/rio_grande_del_norte.html
 
This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. By the time the game was published in 1886, the Rio Grande Gorge and Rio Grande River formed the border of territory claimed by Texas to the east and territory ceded by Mexico to the west after the long Mexican-American War ended in 1847. New Mexico, including the scenic Rio Grande Gorge, was a territory of the United States beginning 1850 and became a state in 1912. It was also the site of the flourishing Taos Pueblo structure and community still inhabited today and named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 3 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from Tucson, Arizona - Stop 132: The Boneyard to Stop 135 - The Rio Grande River and the Rio Grande Gorge.

#ramblesthroughourcountry  ___

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2015-06-20 14:24:36 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

One of Google Plusses best discoveries, science fiction writer +Andy Goldman Read chapter 1.1 of The Only City Left and get your heart racing this morning.

Thank you, +Andy Goldman 

I am going to serialize my book, The Only City Left, here on G+ for Saturday Scenes, and also on Wattpad. Links and more info below the story, if you're interested.

The Only City Left Chapter 1.1

I strode across the narrow beam, tens of stories above the ground floor of the derelict mall. Bundles of lights hung below the beam, providing dim, off-hours lighting for a workforce destined never to arrive. Above me, a geometric rat’s nest of girders criss-crossed the dome ceiling, more for decoration than support, I guessed.

The lights buzzed beneath my feet, and somewhere fans hummed as they circulated air carrying the scent of mildew. I stuck out my tongue and could almost taste it. Green. Life. I smiled. Humans hadn’t done so well with Earth, but the mold didn’t seem to mind our neglect.

I took a few more deliberate steps along the beam with my head tilted back and my cling-tights activated.

Somewhere up there past the jumbled girders lay an access hatch that would allow me to crawl between floors. At least, I hoped so. If I were very lucky, it would lead me to the next level up. At the worst, there might be a dusty crawlspace I could hole up in for a few hours.

It was worth a shot.

The City creaked and groaned around me, settling as it always does. Comforting now, but the sounds used to scare me when I was a kid. I thought they were the moans of the dead, coming to get me.

Dad, of course, hadn’t liked the fact I was afraid of ghosts. First chance he got, when I was maybe eight or nine years old, he found one and forced me to approach it. “Say ‘Hello’ to it, Allin,” he had said.

The ghost had rubbed its hands together and mumbled words I hadn’t understood, some other language or perhaps only nonsense sounds. I had stood before it and, after opening and closing my mouth a few times, had managed a weak, “Hello.”

It had ignored me. “Go on. Really try,” Dad had urged. But no matter what I said, what face I pulled, how much I waved my hands in front of its face, it hadn’t paid me any attention.

Dad had walked up and waved his hand through the ghost, who didn’t seem to notice. The touch made Dad shiver. “See, Allin? They’re long past caring about us. Still afraid?”

I was maybe eighteen years old now, but I would never forget that encounter. Mom and Dad had been full of lessons like that, meant to help me survive in the City. Then again, they never once mentioned werewolves and that’s what killed them. Maybe that was their last lesson: there’s always something unknown out there waiting to get you.

I shivered from the gloomy memory of my own ghosts. This was not the time or place to get lost in thoughts. A fall from here would take me on a brief tour past the spiraling levels of the mall before I landed smack dab in the middle of a floor blanketed in murky pitch.

I looked down at that darkness, which seemed to swirl in ominous patterns. I imagined tentacled monstrosities slithering through it, prowling for unsuspecting prey. My breath hitched as, hypnotized by the roiling darkness, I leaned a little too far out over the beam and fell forward.

I flailed my arms and grasped at one of the girders above me, only to smack my wrist against it. A wave of numb shock coursed into my hand. I yelped and continued to tip forward. My stomach jammed itself into my throat as I waved my arms and threw myself back, back, back until I could scrabble with my good hand for another girder.

My fingers found a likely candidate and I clamped down on it. Only when I was sure I was steady did I let out a long, slow breath. I stood there until my stomach left my throat and my heart rate slowed.

Whoever designed the rat’s nest above my head was a genius who deserved a statue in their honor.

That was too close, I thought.

My boots were good, but I didn’t want to put them to that much of a test. Anyway, slipping and falling was no way to go. For one, it broke Dad’s number one rule: Always stay alive. Also, I couldn’t die until I had seen the Sun rise over the Earth.

That was the promise I had made to myself after my parents died, and one I intended to keep, if I could only find a way Up first.

Right. No more sightseeing. Somewhere above me was a way Up, waiting for me to find it.

I let go of the girder and took a tentative step forward, only to freeze in place at the soft whisper of skittering feet. I whipped my head around to look behind me, but there was nothing there. Forward again: nothing. Had I imagined it?

No, there it was again, louder now. Something was heading my way.

A low, drawn-out growl drew my eyes up to the girders that had saved my life moments ago. From the tangle of beams a creature bounded toward me. Small, furry, scrawny, a grey blur jumping from shadow to shadow. Its two glowing eyes bored into me.

It growled and my heart skipped a beat as I realized there was nothing I could do to stop it from reaching me. It was one leap away. It was…

Next part: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndyGoldman/posts/Ze7FxjtfWrG

Or, if you want to read along at a faster pace, I'm releasing the story 3x/week on Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/34658555-the-only-city-left

Or or, if  if you'd like to finish reading it sooner and/or support my work, please consider purchasing this book or one of my other works on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Andy-Goldman/e/B00LXKVD3E/

For other great free reads on a Saturday or any day, search for the #saturdayscenes  tag.___One of Google Plusses best discoveries, science fiction writer +Andy Goldman Read chapter 1.1 of The Only City Left and get your heart racing this morning.

Thank you, +Andy Goldman 

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2015-06-20 14:08:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The band is tuning up in the tree of music this morning in this fascinating piece by artist +Mattias Adolfsson and I could listen and look all morning. Bravissimo, +Mattias Adolfsson and thank you, +PJ Hooker!

___The band is tuning up in the tree of music this morning in this fascinating piece by artist +Mattias Adolfsson and I could listen and look all morning. Bravissimo, +Mattias Adolfsson and thank you, +PJ Hooker!

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2015-06-20 13:35:33 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Bibliotherapy, my favorite prescription. Thank you, +The New York Public Library 

Is reading a good book just what the doctor ordered? One writer talks bibliotherapy, self-medication, and the healing power of books: http://on.nypl.org/1J8JKpf___Bibliotherapy, my favorite prescription. Thank you, +The New York Public Library 

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2015-06-20 13:29:48 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Mapping the legacy of racism in the pattern of environmental injustice. Thank you, +CityLab 

Just in Time for Juneteenth: A Mapping Tool That Makes It Easier to Spot Environmental Justice http://trib.al/RNy6U8v___Mapping the legacy of racism in the pattern of environmental injustice. Thank you, +CityLab 

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