Saturday, October 31, 2009

Environmental impact photography

Artful photographers documenting mankind's impact on the Earth and nature - Robin's article here.

Nashville rocks

Robin's latest travel piece in various editions of the Examiner.

Nature's good for kids...Pictured Rocks park

Robin's piece in the San Fran and DC Examiner newspapers. One edition here.

Bicycle thieving in Paris

80 percent of the initial 20,600 bicycles of the Paris bicycle rental system have been stolen or damaged...And along with the dent in the city-subsidized budget has been a blow to the Parisian psyche. “The symbol of a fixed-up, eco-friendly city has become a new source for criminality,” Le Monde mourned in an editorial over the summer. “The VĂ©lib’ was aimed at civilizing city travel. It has increased incivilities.” Read on...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Today's reason for why we don't eat animals

Treatment of downed cows. Yeah, it matters. Article at

Video accessible here.

And: why many humans are absolutely the most inhumane, stupid and perverse creatures created by God. Enough to make me support the death penalty except for the commandment against killing. You want these people walking your streets or near your kids?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chimp funeral

The November National Geographic Magazine features a moving photograph of chimpanzees watching the burial of one of their own. ... A maternal and beloved figure, Dorothy spent eight years at Cameroon's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, which houses and rehabilitates chimps victimized by habitat loss and the illegal African bushmeat trade.... After a hunter killed her mother, Dorothy was sold as a "mascot" to an amusement park in Cameroon. For the next 25 years, she was tethered to the ground by a chain around her neck, taunted, teased, and taught to drink beer and smoke cigarettes for sport. In May 2000,
Read the story at: the story here. Worth the time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bacon, cheese, junk snacks create addictions

Mammalian brain chemistry altered by junk foods... Bacon, cheesecake and Ho Hos alter pleasure centers in rats' brain. Story here.

Santa Fe: Animals in Modern Art, and Food Spotting

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Eco-ethical shopping centers - beyond granola

Eco shopping centers? Cool places found in time for the holidays. Online and emerging in places from Santa Fe to San Francisco. Read Robin's Oct. 18 Eco Simple column in the Examiner newspapers. Here's the San Francisco edition.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Everyone has a signature body odor – the chemical counterpart to fingerprints – and scientists are tracking down those odiferous arches, loops, and whorls in the “human odorprint” for purposes ranging from disease diagnosis to crime prevention. The current edition of Chemical & Engineering News notes that police long have used trained dogs to track criminals using scent prints (and dogs have successfully detected medical conditions and seizure pre-onset). Scientists now are developing technology to detect and classify smells. Each odorprint is influenced by such environmental factors as diet and cosmetics. Scientists have identified odors in human breath and skin associated with diabetes, cancer, and other diseases. Coming soon: tech that detects the “smell of deception” – chemical changes that occur with stress that could identify terrorists planning to detonate explosives.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

One reason to not travel to Spain

The Toro Jubilo festival in Medinaceli "entertains" by tying balls of burning tar on bulls who then try to kill themselves due to the horrendous pain. Care? See the facts and speak out here. Or here.