California Quail (male) ~ Schopfwachtel (Hahn) ~ Callipepla californica
Love the curving crest!
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House Sparrow ~ Haussperling ~ Passer domesticus
Nesting box inspection. Actually the male shows the chosen nesting box to his chosen female by sitting on the box and advertising for the fantastic new site by chirping loudly. The female looks at the nesting box thoroughly, if she is not satisfied and says no, the whole thing has to start all over again. :-)
2014 © Jesse Alveo
TLDR: Oklahoma’s far-right legislative majority is driving our state to hell in a handbasket and right soon.
Tax cuts are NOT the answer: Living wages and more buying power to the working people IS the answer. Funding for education (both common and higher education), public safety, and social services is stagnant and falling in this state, and that’s completely unacceptable.
Mary Fallin’s latest tax cut proposals — hand in hand with her ban on municipalities raising minimum wage and allowing municipalities to determine sick-day benefits for working Oklahomans — is a travesty, designed to make her look great for her overlords at ALEC and Americans for Prosperity (the Koch Brothers), but do absolutely NOTHING for the people of the State of Oklahoma.
Best quote of all is from State Rep. David Dank of Oklahoma City: “The left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing in Oklahoma. It’s absolutely ludicrous. If I handled my business like they do out here, I’d be riding a bicycle to work.”(via timekiller-s)
Overwork and its costs: The U.S. in international perspective.
By Martin Hart-Landsberg PhD
On average, U.S. workers with jobs put in more hours per year than workers in most OECD countries. In 2012, only Greece, Hungary, Israel, Korea, and Turkey recorded a longer work year per employed person.
A long work year is nothing to celebrate. There is a strong negative correlation between yearly hours worked and hourly productivity.
More importantly, the greater the number of hours worked per year, the greater the likelihood of premature death and poor quality of life. This reality is highlighted in an article by Angus Chen titled “8 Charts to Show Your Boss to Prove That You Can Do More By Working Less.”
In sum, we need to pay far more attention to the organization and distribution of work, not to mention its remuneration and purpose, than we currently do.
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital.
Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans? No, of course not.
So what’s the difference between the fictional loser and Cliven Bundy, the rancher in Nevada who owes the government about $1 million and has been grazing his cattle on public land for more than 20 years? Near as I can tell, one wears a cowboy hat.
Explanation: This sharp cosmic portrait features NGC 891. The spiral galaxy spans about 100 thousand light-years and is seen almost exactly edge-on from our perspective. In fact, about 30 million light-years distant in the constellation Andromeda, NGC 891 looks a lot like our Milky Way. At first glance, it has a flat, thin, galactic disk and a central bulge cut along the middle by regions of dark obscuring dust. The combined image data also reveal the galaxy’s young blue star clusters and telltale pinkish star forming regions. And remarkably apparent in NGC 891’s edge-on presentation are filaments of dust that extend hundreds of light-years above and below the center line. The dust has likely been blown out of the disk by supernova explosions or intense star formation activity. Faint neighboring galaxies can also be seen near this galaxy’s disk.
The Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules that allow Internet service providers to offer a faster lane through which to send video and other content to consumers, as long as a content company is willing to pay for it, according to people briefed on the proposals.
The proposed rules are a complete turnaround for the F.C.C. on the subject of so-called net neutrality, the principle that Internet users should have equal ability to see any content they choose, and that no content providers should be discriminated against in providing their offerings to consumers.
The F.C.C.’s previous rules governing net neutrality were thrown out by a federal appeals court this year. The court said those rules had essentially treated Internet service providers as public utilities, which violated a previous F.C.C. ruling that Internet links were not to be governed by the same strict regulation as telephone or electric service.
The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company – like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google – and charge different companies different amounts for priority service.
That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices.
Proponents of net neutrality have feared that such a framework would empower large, wealthy companies and prevent small start-ups, which might otherwise be the next Twitter or Facebook, for example, from gaining any traction in the market.
Goodbye, net neutrality.