Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Greed Said to Be Throwing Feng Shui Off Balance

...recent events have fueled fears that greed may be debasing the practice of feng shui, the Chinese system of geomancy by which the auspicious positioning of objects is believed to ensure harmony, health and fortune.

Some practitioners, worried that their profession may be falling into disrepute, recently formed a trade association that they hope will uphold quality standards and public confidence.

NY Times
Jungle Trader

another isolated incident

Monday, January 17, 2011

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Ranks right up there with On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, in my opinion.

full text

Friday, January 14, 2011

Milky Way Over Ancient Ghost Panel

Long before Stonehenge was built, well before the Dead Sea Scrolls were written, ancient artists painted life-sized figures on canyon walls in Utah, USA -- but why? Nobody is sure. The entire panel of figures, which dates back about 7,000 years, is called the Great Gallery and was found on the walls of Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. The humans who painted them likely hunted Mammoths. The unusual fuzziness of largest figure led to this mural section's informal designation as the Holy Ghost Panel, although the intended attribution and societal importance of the figure are really unknown. The above image was taken during a clear night in March. The oldest objects in the above image are not the pictographs, however, but the stars of our Milky Way Galaxy far in the background, some of which are billions of years old.

Credit & Copyright: Bret Webster
Tim Fowler

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Elvis!

Hound Dog was #1 on my birthday. What song was #1 on your birthday?

Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans

In December of 1814, British forces led by Sir Edward Pakenham landed at the lower Mississippi River.

The American Colonel Andrew Jackson established a defense in Chalmette, near New Orleans.

His outnumbered forces included US Army regulars, local militiamen, pirates, and free blacks.

On the 8th of January, 1815, the British attacked and were repelled, losing 2,036 of more than 10,000 men.

The Americans lost 71.

More on the history of the Battle of New Orleans at Pauline's Pirates and Privateers