when a fungi spore flaps its wings, country steampunk wallpaper, what it truly offensive

Who knows maybe when a butterfly flaps it’s wings 10,000 miles away it affects my day. Empirically close to impossible to prove because of all the variables. We do know now, that tiny spores from fungi help maintain rainforests, Amazon Fungi Help Create Clouds & Rain

The tiny, potassium-rich specks, smaller than bacteria, waft above the forest into the air. Once in the atmosphere, organic gases condense on the particles, coating them with gel-like compounds. The coated particles provide a surface for water vapor to form cloud droplets and rain.

“To form rain, you need a surface [that] water can condense on. The biosphere of microorganisms and plants are releasing particles that are triggering the rain,” said lead researcher Christopher Pöhlker, a doctoral student at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany.

The new study, detailed in tomorrow’s (Aug. 31) issue of the journal Science, suggests the Amazonian rain forest ecosystem is coupled in a feedback system, with climatic conditions above influenced by plants below and vice versa, the researchers said.

It is estimated that the Amazon River Basin covers about 6 to 8 million square kilometers. It contains about 10,000 species of mammals, 1,500 species of birds and 2,200 species of fish. The Amazon rainforest is estimated to produce 20% of the earth’s oxygen.

country steampunk wallpaper

Last week I posted about a learning disabled young girl in Pakistan that was charged with blasphemy. For allegedly burned some pages from a Koran. It should not have mattered one way or the other. Any deity that cannot handle a disabled child isn’t much of a deity. It turns out that even the blasphemy charge my have been cooked up as an act of vindictiveness by a local radical Imam, Pakistan ‘Koran plot’ imam remanded in blasphemy case.

A Pakistani imam has been remanded in custody, accused of planting pages of the Koran among burnt pages in the bag of a Christian girl held for blasphemy.

The girl was detained two weeks ago near the capital Islamabad after an angry mob demanded she be punished.

Prosecutors say Imam Khalid Chishti will himself face charges of blasphemy.

…Imam Khalid Chishti allegedly told a witness, after tampering with the girl’s bag, that this was a “way of getting rid of Christians”, a prosecutor said.

In other fine moments in religious orthodoxy. Religious bigotry is a great motivator for intolerance, throw in some ethnocentrism and you have the Republican party (GOP Convention Blessed By Pastor in Movement That Burns “Unholy” Books and Art) and monks suddenly siding with old political foes,  Myanmar monks back president’s anti-Rohingya plan

Hundreds of Buddhist monks in Myanmar have staged a rally in support of the president and his proposal to send the members of a Muslim minority group to another country.

Mirrors do not seem to work an better in Myanmar than they do at a gathering of Republicans. The monks and politicians seem to look in their mirror and see a place that would be perfect, you know, if they just got rid of the Muslims. Much like Red States, who suck down more in government assistance than they pay in taxes, think how perfect the country would be if they could just rid of those Blue states, the one’s who get back less than they pay in taxes – The Daily Show Audits America, Downsizes Under-performing Red States. This fantasy about getting rid of the “other” is one of the defining features of a notorious political movement…what are they called again?


Algernon.  Oh! it is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one
should read and what one shouldn’t.  More than half of modern culture
depends on what one shouldn’t read.

Jack.  I am quite aware of the fact, and I don’t propose to discuss
modern culture.  It isn’t the sort of thing one should talk of in
private.  I simply want my cigarette case back.

from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde


The United Mine Workers of America and their Labor Day parade float in 1908