Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to keep bears out of your yard

Some of the topics on this useful site:
How to Keep Bears Out of Your Yard
Bear Identification
Bears and Chickens
Hunting in Grizzly Country
Bear Aware Events

Emergency Contacts
911 or Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks at 542.5500

Bear snatches a backpack from hikers near town

Black bear snatches hiker's backpack at Rattlesnake trailhead
By LINDSEY GALIPEAU | (2) Comments
A sub-adult black bear took a hiker’s backpack at the main Rattlesnake trailhead Wednesday morning.

Taking the drivers' test -- did you pass?

About one in five US drivers— 36.9 million Americans—couldn’t meet the basic requirements to get a driver’s license if they had to take the written test today, according to a shocking GMAC Insurance survey released in May.

Local painter gives us haunting tableaus of rural folks

See Frostad's paintings on her web site:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Grassroots revolts fail to receive the media attention they deserve

Bank Protest — 6 Revolts the Tea Party-Obsessed Corporate Media Overlooked

Some of the most undercovered stories of 2010 were actions taken by ordinary people standing up for a more just and equitable society.
by Rosa Aguilar, alternet

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Some of the most undercovered stories of 2010 were actions taken by ordinary people standing up for a more just and equitable society. People are taking to the streets on a regular basis across the country, but unlike the corporate-sponsored Tea Party — whose spokespeople can’t answer basic questions about the deficit they claim to be so worried about — those who believe in health care, affordable housing, economic justice, education, a living wage, and a better life for all rarely, if ever, get the attention they deserve. Instead, the media, even the alternative media, spent the better part of last year obsessing over the Tea Party and manufactured personalities like Sarah Palin, while ignoring people like 85-year-old Julia Botello.
Last month, Botello was among 22 people arrested for blocking the doors of a Chase Bank branch in downtown Los Angeles. Over 200 people, many of them homeowners facing foreclosure and eviction, took part in the action organized by Home Defenders League and the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.
According to the Alliance, these families have never participated in an event or protest before, but they have exhausted all other options. Imagine if over 200 Tea Partiers took part in a similar action. Imagine if an 85-year-old Tea Party member was photographed being led away by two cops, one holding each arm. Not only would this video footage be shown over and over again on the cable shows, Julia Botello would be bombarded with interview requests, but because she’s standing in solidarity with people who are losing their homes, she’s only been contacted by two other reporters.
“If we’re united, we’re a better force. We need to stand together,” she says. “I use my voice for the people. I know all of the councilmen and councilwomen in my area. I’m not afraid to speak and ask for better conditions for my community.”
Botello found her voice 10 years ago after falling and hurting her knee on a routine walk home. Her South Central Los Angeles neighborhood was usually dark because the street lights rarely worked. “We usually had only one light that worked, so I went to local council meetings and raised my voice. Why are our streets dark? We need light. My neighborhood hasn’t been dark since.” She’s been going strong ever since. If there’s an action focusing on an issue she cares about, she will do whatever it takes to be there, even if it means rescheduling an overdue eye surgery. “I still have time and I want to keep going.”
In addition to the Chase Bank action last month, several other grassroots actions failed to receive the attention they deserve. These actions, no matter how small, should not be discounted. Let’s hope these voices and demands become too loud to ignore in 2011.
Original article on six grassroots revolts - at

Kim Kardashian's artificially thinned-down thighs are bad for your health

American Medical Association officially condemns photoshopping

Kim Kardashian's artificially thinned-down thighs are bad for your health, says the American Medical Association. Though it's been a common practice in fashion, publishing, and advertising for decades now, photoshopping pictures has also left millions of Americans, particularly women, with unhealthy body image issues.

The AMA this week formally denounced retouching pictures and asked ad agencies to consider setting stricter guidelines for how photos are manipulated before becoming advertisements.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dog rescued from a wire fence

Dog Surprises Officer After Being Freed From A Fence

If you are feeling sad this will cheer you up, but it also may make you cry.

(Bear with the shaky cam -- it's mounted on the officer who is rushing to help the dog.)

2011 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous

The 2011 Earth First! Round River Rendezvous:

*July 5-12, Lolo National Forest, Montana*

*For more information and directions, visit*

This July, join environmental justice advocates and impacted community
members from around the country for the 2011 Earth First Round River
Rendezvous, a week of education and action focused around issues of resource
extraction and environmental injustice in the Intermountain West.

This year’s Rendezvous is taking place about an hour from Missoula, MT in
the Lolo National Forest. The site is located just a few miles off of
Highway 12, and much of the workshops and discussions will address the Exxon
heavy haul project.

Northern Rockies Rising Tide would like to invite our allies and other
interested parties to attend part or all of this week-long event. With
hundreds of experienced organizers and activists from around the country
engaging in workshops, discussion forums, trainings, and bold citizen
action, this year’s Round River Rendezvous promises to be an important and
valuable element in the growing movement for a just transition away from
carbon-intensive, toxic, and unsustainable forms of “doing business.”

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Quinoa has been called "vegetable caviar" and has been eaten continuously for 5,000 years

Quinoa or quinua (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) is native to the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. This crop (pronounced KEEN-WAH), has been called "vegetable caviar" or Inca rice, and has been eaten continuously for 5,000 years by people who live on the mountain plateaus and in the valleys of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile. Quinua means "mother grain" in the Inca language. This crop was a staple food of the Inca people and remains an important food crop for their descendants, the Quechua and Aymara peoples who live in rural regions.

Extreme weather's frequency to increase

What's up with the weather?

Scientists say there are connections between many of the severe weather events of the past month and global warming.

"Basically, as we warm the world up, the atmosphere can hold more moisture in it," said Anne Jefferson, an assistant professor in the geography and Earth science department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The deadliest tornadoes in decades. Severe flooding on the Mississippi River. Drought in Texas, and heavy rains in Tennessee.

Delist medical marijuana, just as we handled wolf management in Montana

Missoula legislator: Feds should 'delist' medical marijuana, give state control

A Missoula legislator suggested Monday that the federal government "delist" the regulation of medical marijuana and leave it up to state control, just as was done with Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolves this year.

Four-wheeled, battery-equipped cycle gets inventor off-road in Montana

Four wheels, a motor and a comfortable seat - they're part of the common recipe for a car, but add two pedals and 27 speeds, and there's quite a different outcome.

Working dogs sniff out invasive weeds in Montana

Seamus, a specially trained scent dog, waits to be rewarded for finding its quarry of the noxious weed Dyer’s woad, during a training session at the base of Mount Sentinel on Wednesday morning.
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Iceland is crowdsourcing its new constitution

In the wake of the devastating collapse of Iceland's commercial banks, the country is drawing up a new constitution, and it's doing things a little differently: It's crowdsourcing the process. For real.

Moguls and celebrities now routinely pay $40,000 to $60,000 for a well-bred German shepherd that is certified as an expert in the sport of Schutzhund, which means “protection dog."

“When you compare the costs of a full-time bodyguard versus a dog, the dog makes a lot of sense,” Mr. Curry said. “And the dog, unlike the bodyguard, can’t be bought off.”

“shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

Montana engineer's custom controllers help quadriplegics play video games

Montana engineer's custom controllers help quadriplegics play video games
By Stephen Dockery

HELENA - For Ruben Rios to throw a touchdown, it takes a flick of his tongue. To break away from a tackle, he puffs into a tube.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Watching programs on recent nonfiction books and their authors

It's easy to spend the weekend watching Book TV on C-Span2. If you don't have that channel, there are several full-length programs on current nonfiction books and their authors on

Some highlights:

Government's Place in the Market
Eliot Spitzer
Next air time: Saturday, June 11th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 2 min.

[Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation ]
Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation
Andrea Wulf
Next air time: Saturday, June 11th, at 8pm (ET)
Approx. 48 min.

Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
Gretchen Morgenson; Joshua Rosner
Next air time: Saturday, June 11th, at 9pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.

After Words: Henry Kissinger, "On China," hosted by Monica Crowley
Next air time: Saturday, June 11th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.

The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition
Bruce Caldwell; Richard Epstein; George Soros
Next air time: Saturday, June 11th, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 25 min.

Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
Richard Miniter
Next air time: Sunday, June 12th, at 7:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 5 min.
Book Expo America: Interview with Jorge Castaneda, "Manana Forever?: Mexico and the Mexicans"
Jorge Castaneda
Next air time: Sunday, June 12th, at 8:30pm (ET)
Approx. 18 min.

Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-Founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
Next air time: Sunday, June 12th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.

A new bulb for your place

Over the past few years, in conditions of strict secrecy, a multinational team of scientists has been making a mighty effort to change the light bulb. The prototype they’ve developed is four inches tall, with a familiar tapered shape, and unlighted, it resembles a neon yellow mushroom. Screw it in and switch it on, though, and it blazes with a voluptuous radiance.