" Dancing lights: The unique majesty of Aurora Borealis as photographed in the early morning hours in the arctic circle. Also known as the Northern Lights, these fascinating light shows are at their peak when sunspots occur with the most frequency "
" Inspiring: Like the striking view of London, this shot taken from the Empire State Building of the mega city of New York sums up humanity's ability to take on almost supernatural feats"
” A new pictorial volume from the world travel experts at Lonely Planet puts a new and unique perspective on some of Earth’s most inspiring scenes.
Looking up from the bottom of Utah’s majestic, rust colored Bryce Canyon National Park shows the park, for those who’ve been there, as its never been seen before.
Among striking shots of an ocean feeding frenzy and Aurora Borealis is a panoramic view of London and Big Ben at dusk that proves human landscapes can be just as breathtaking as those from mother nature.
The title of the book, Lonely Planet’s Beautiful World, does not disappoint.
This sampling of the book’s 200 or so scenes that depict precisely what makes Earth a living masterpiece is sure to leave you wanting more . “
See more at the Daily Mail
” NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an education bombshell.
Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.
The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.
They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.
They are part of a disturbing statistic.
Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.”
This story brings an awful lot of things to mind , but I’m not quite sure how to address them … More on this in time … Except who could leave out the one immediately obvious comment about how ” if we(taxpayers) just invested MORE in education ” we(NEA , UFT) would be able to teach 18 year olds how to read . Eleven point six BILLION just isn’t enough .
FAA investigates report of drone spotted near NYC
” The pilot can be heard reporting the aircraft on radio calls captured by LiveATC.net, a website that posts air traffic communications.The pilot said, “We saw a drone, a drone aircraft.”The FAA says the pilot did not take evasive action and the plane landed safely.”
” Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died this morning after being admitted to the hospital earlier this week. He was 88.”
” After effectively barring conservative columnist Ann Coulter from speaking on campus last week, the Jesuit college Fordham University welcomed infanticide and bestiality advocate Peter Singer for a panel discussion on Friday.
According to Fordham’s media relations website, Singer, a tenured Princeton bioethics professor, spoke from 4 to 6 p.m. in a panel the university promised “will provoke Christians to think about other animals in new ways.”
Singer has long lamented the societal stigma against having sex with animals.”
For those of you interested in such nonsense , the likes of which is taking place nationwide at our institutions of ” higher education ” Professor Jacobson has a website devoted to the issue : College Insurrection . We highly recommend it .
COUNTDOWN TO SANDY’S IMPACT
” For the people who will be affected by Sandy in the coming 36 hours, this will test you like no other event. Not everyone will be impacted the same but millions of people are likely to lose power, suffer some extent of damage and have a long road to recovery ahead. The hardest hit areas will likely be the beaches where an incredible amount of energy from the wind is being transferred in to the Atlantic Ocean. Be mindful of the power of surge and if you were asked to evacuate, do it. I know it’s an aggravation but you do not want to go through what people in Mississippi did during Katrina with that surge. While we’re not expecting 28 feet, there could be enough to level homes and businesses. Heed the advice of your local officials and hang in there….it will be a rough time coming but we will all get through it even if it’s a painful process. “
“$100 Million Security System Breached by Drunken Jet Skier”
“Multiply this by about 1,000 to get an idea of the problem with our entire approach to security
Sorry—I meant 1,000 times the wasted money, although I imagine that 1,000 drunken jet skiers could wreak a lot of havoc before Homeland Security could do anything about it. “
For this we are extorted out of hundreds of billions of dollars and our priceless civil rights by the insatiable Federal Growth Machine .