A white Eye


We have quit a number of different birds that visit the garden.  To capture them on camera is almost an alien story more suited for science fiction. We have even hung a ¨nectar bottle¨ in a tree hoping to get more of them a bit more passive instead of taking off at the first sign of human activity.  Oh, I must mention that the Hadedahs are a cheeky exception to the rule.  Yesterday I had the luck of a lotto winner with the Cape White-eyes feathery friends.  The following pics were taken from less than six meters from the nectar feeding bottle in a tree.  Patience paid.

Checking out if it is safe

Cape White-eye 1

Having my drink of nectar

Cape White-eye 2

Ah, my thirst is quenched

Cape White-eye 3

And then it was gone in a flash!

For the photographic technically minded these pics were taken with a Nikon D3000 and the Nikkor 55-200mm telephoto lens…

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The Jobless Jobs Report

Webner House

After a few months of encouraging jobs growth, the December employment report was a bummer. It indicated that the economy added only 74,000 jobs — far below the 200,000 that most economists were forecasting. Even though the job growth news was disappointing, the unemployment rate declined, because another 347,000 Americans stopped working or looking for work.

The economists think that December’s job growth number was an aberration that may have been caused by cold weather or other temporary conditions. Let’s assume they are right — although economists seem to be wrong in their forecasts much more often than they are on the money — and the job growth returns to the 150,000 to 200,000 new jobs per month rate we saw for most of 2013. Even if that happens, I think the focus on the job growth number is misplaced.

We need jobs, to be sure — but we…

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My Granddad just showed me his first selfie!

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Andrew Luck’s Errors Hurt Again As Pats Run All Over Colts

CBS Pittsburgh

By Danny Cox

The Indianapolis Colts came back from 28 points down to the Kansas City Chiefs last week and won the game. This week, they were determined to keep pace with the New England Patriots and make it a win that wasn’t nearly as stressful.

Had it not been for Andrew Luck’s repeated errors and a porous defensive line, the Colts very well could have kept it closer and possibly stayed alive in the NFL playoffs. A good season ended with a poorly played game that was not indicative of how well this team did throughout the year.

Coaching Grade: B

Chuck Pagano seemed to have a good game plan, but it just wasn’t executed well. The Colts went down 14-0 quickly, but then closed it to seven. Then, they were down 21-7, but were able to close it back to 21-15. After Steven Ridley put the Pats up…

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Saints Can’t Stop Marshawn Lynch Yet Again In Sloppy Loss To Seahawks

CBS Houston

By Danny Cox

Going into Seattle, head coach Sean Payton knew that the Saints wouldn’t have it easy. The entire team knew it was going to be hard to come out of there with a victory, but they swore it would be different than the thrashing they took from the Seahawks six weeks ago.

It was a different game, but the outcome – for the Saints – was unfortunately the same.

Coaching Grade: C-

It really wasn’t too bad of a game called by Saints head coach Sean Payton, but there was one call in particular that ruined the whole day. With just over four minutes to play, the Saints faced a fourth and 15 while down by eight. Instead of going for it, Payton called for Shayne Graham to attempt a 48-yard field goal.

A 48-yard field goal attempt…into the wind.

Graham’s kick wasn’t even close; the Seahawks took…

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Veja os 10 empregos mais e menos estressantes

Dicas do Celso

militar camuflado mataPesquisa do, site norte-americano especializado em empregos, listou os empregos mais e menos estressantes para 2014 nos Estados Unidos. No topo da lista das funções mais desgastantes está o cargo de militar. Já a menos estressante foi a profissão de fonoaudiólogo.

O ranking dos 10 empregos mais estressantes é composto por: militar alistado, general militar, bombeiro, piloto de companhia aérea, coordenador de eventos, executivo de relações públicas, executivo corporativo sênior, repórter (jornal), policial e taxista.

As 10 profissões menos estressantes são: fonoaudiólogo, cabeleireiro, joalheiro, professor universitário (titular), costureira, nutricionista, técnico de registros médicos, bibliotecário, artista multimídia e operador de máquinas (furadeira).

O levantamento é baseado em 11 fatores: viagens (quanto mais, mais estresse), potencial de crescimento (local com poucas oportunidades cria mais estresse), prazos, trabalho aos olhos do público, competitividade dentro da organização, exigências físicas, condições ambientais, risco de vida, perigos que podem ser enfrentados, encontro e interação com…

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A lonely quest for scientific fact on GMO crops


Rainbow papaya, GMO and grown on Hawaii for decades = 3/4’s of the papaya crop

From the moment the bill to ban genetically engineered crops on the island of Hawaii was introduced in May 2013, it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council here had ever considered, even the perennially popular bids to decriminalize marijuana.

Public hearings were dominated by recitations of the ills often attributed to genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O.s: cancer in rats, a rise in childhood allergies, out-of-control superweeds, genetic contamination, overuse of pesticides, the disappearance of butterflies and bees.

Like some others on the nine-member Council, Greggor Ilagan was not even sure at the outset of the debate exactly what genetically modified organisms were: living things whose DNA has been altered, often with the addition of a gene from a distant species, to produce a desired trait. But he could see why almost all…

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