Iconic insects are disappearing
The monarchs are late. Usually by the 1st of November, the forests of central Mexico are swarming with them. Last year, they came in record low numbers, only 60 million. This year? A week late and only 3 million. And this happening to insects across the spectrum.
A big part of it is the way the United States farms. As the price of corn has soared in recent years, driven by federal subsidies for biofuels, farmers have expanded their fields. That has meant plowing every scrap of earth that can grow a corn plant, including millions of acres of land once reserved in a federal program for conservation purposes.
Another major cause is farming with Roundup, a herbicide that kills virtually all plants except crops that are genetically modified to survive it.
As a result, millions of acres of native plants, especially milkweed, an important source of nectar for many species, and vital for monarch butterfly larvae, have been wiped out. One study showed that Iowa has lost almost 60 percent of its milkweed, and another found 90 percent was gone. “The agricultural landscape has been sterilized,” said Dr. Brower.
In great anticipation of the Season 3 premiere of Person Of Interest, we are going to hold our own Rewatch. Starting tomorrow, we will watch one episode of Person Of Interest every day starting with the Pilot and leading up to the premiere on Tuesday, September 24th (10/9c).
“I find it to be an offensive irony, a toxic irony, that Lyndon Baines Johnson—the founder of the so-called Great Society, which I consider to be the greatest insult to the individual man since Immanuel Kant first laid out his preposterous theory of the noumenal, that is to say, not objective reality—that I should share with this man, this evil man, the same love of the soft drink Fresca. They say it is a grapefruit soda, but I think it has a different flavor. What do you think?”—John Hodgman: Ask Ayn Rand : The New Yorker
There’s no better place to discover, explore, and learn about our products than our retail stores. Our people are amazing. You walk in and immediately realize the store isn’t there for selling, but for service. The store helps you get more out of your products and acts as a gathering place. You might find a youth program with kids coming on an elementary school field trip. You might find a local musician performing. I’m not even sure “store” is the right word anymore. They are the face of Apple for almost all of our customers. People don’t think about the Cupertino headquarters…they think about the local Apple store. Last quarter, we welcomed 120 million people in our stores, and we only have a little over 400 of them.
So this is huge, in fact so huge that some of our stores aren’t big enough. But like cash, it’s a good problem to have. So this year we’re closing 20 stores and moving them to larger spaces. And opening 30 more stores, disproportionately outside of the U.S., including first store in Turkey.
I don’t think we would have been nearly as successful with iPad if it weren’t for our stores. This was something new that people didn’t know anything about, but the stores gave people the chance to come in and experience it.
We’re incredibly bullish on stores and going to continue to invest in them. Our people are fantastic, and there’s no place quite like it. I don’t have very many bad days, but if I ever feel that I’m dropping down from an excited level, I go and visit a store. It’s like a Prozac.
“Previously on The Bachelor…” Two hours of crap, where we meet 26 women who are desperate to seduce Sean Lowe, steroid lover. Some of them got cut. “And tonight…” and they show clips until the TWO MINUTE TWENTY-FIVE SECOND MARK. That’s a fuck-ton of previews for something we’re about to watch. But…
Coffee drinkers complain all too often about how tough it is to find a decent cup of coffee. Pfft. You know what’s tough? Imagine this: You’ve just finished an elegant dinner at a fine establishment. The service has been excellent. The food worth every penny. The waiter returns, sets down a mug of hot water…and dumps into it a heaping teaspoon of Folgers Crystals.
The scheme: In the ’60s, the CIA tried implanting small microphones into cats, which they would then send to spy on the Soviets. The project was dubbed “Acoustic Kitty.” The first attempt at cat-espionage resulted in the animal getting crushed by a taxi near the Soviet embassy in Washington, just moments after the operation began. All other missions failed, as well, and the initiative was terminated in 1967.
“Yeah, I’m seeing this awesome lady on the side. And the best part? I know she’ll never tell. What does she do for a living? Oh, I tell her all the details of my life, and then, when I’m done, she sells them to people for money. IT’S THE PERFECT AFFAIR.”—You Are Dumb on the sex scandal de jour
“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.” - House Science and Technology committee member Paul Broun.”—
“1) Stitch is big in Japan – although the little blue fella is popular in the U.S., he’s especially beloved in Japan. Not only can you find oodles of cute Stitch cell-phone charms and other paraphernalia, but he’s earned himself an anime (the distinctive Japanese animation style) remake of “Lilo & Stitch,” set on a fictional Japanese island rather than Hawai’i – plus two Japanese animated TV series. In Japan, Stitch is still called Stitch, but his little-girl best buddy is named Yuna and she’s a karate whiz instead of a surfer.”—Things You Didn’t Know About Stitch | Disney Insider | Disney