Astronomy Picture of the Day

Thursday, March 30, 2017

From the Archives

Another Year,
 Our Pheasant Visitor
Fred saw him this week,

More snow to come,
No worry,
The B side of Winter...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hurry Spring

Hurry Spring!

Is it just around the bend?
Knocking at our door?
Can we handle much more?
Winter, that is.

Another year,
The Forsythia Bloomed,
Second week in April,
Will it be ready by then?

Hurry Spring!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Re-run fr 2009 Travelogue for the Universe: Shard Villa Update, My version

One more ☝️

Travelogue for the Universe: Shard Villa Update, My version: By Mary E Gerdt all rights reserved 2009 Shard Villa update I won’t go into the specific facts because I don’t know all the minutiae but ...

Travelogue for the Universe: Shard Villa

More Shard Villa Re runs...

Travelogue for the Universe: Shard Villa: Shard Villa. photo by Don Shall see his awesome photostream This was a place I toured when I first ...

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rerun of a Favorite

It's a Special Place,
Shard Villa
A wealthy man's Castle,
Now a Care Home,
And Historic Place,
A Special Place.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Revenge of the Nerds

It's called Hacking or
Data Mining or
Stolen identity
Or leaks.

They Steal your name,
Steal your face,
The Nerds' Revenge,
Against the Human Race.

Years ago, My college time hard,
Computers were early,
Punching the IBM card.

Nerds carried boxes of programming cards,
Punching them all day and all night,
Sleepless and hungry,
Distracted and weak,
Inevitably one would trip and fall,
Cards sprawled on the street.

I laughed cruelly with others,
Offered the Nerds no help.
The Nerds' Revenge came back to haunt us,
Hacking my digital self.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

🌏 Breaking 🌎 #fracking update

From the Stop ✋ the Trans Addison County Pipeline Group

For immediate release: March 21th
Activists address Valener/Gaz Metro investors at AGM: “Vermont Gas pipeline is a bungled mess and a bad investment. Time to invest in the future, not dirty, dangerous fracked gas.”
 Valener is the public investment vehicle for Gaz Metro, which in turn owns Vermont Gas. As investors assemble for their annual general meeting, activists from Vermont and Montreal are also assembling to express fierce opposition to the Vermont Gas Addison Natural Gas pipeline project – a fracked gas pipeline that is under construction through the state of Vermont. 
Julie Macuga, a 25 year old University of Vermont student, plans to deliver a statement to the investors inside the meeting: “I purchased shares of Valener so that I could speak to all of you directly about what you are doing… what is it going to take to make you stop destroying our state with your damaging and financially unsound pipeline?”
Activists cite cost overuns which have more than doubled from initial estimates to 166 million as a result of mismanagement, a federal pipeline hazardous material safety administration (PHMSA) investigation into unsafe construction and failure to comply with standards, a pending VT Supreme Court case over a pipeline easement through a public park, a recent letter from the 64 member VT legislature's Climate Caucus requesting steps be taken towards a reconsideration of the permit, lack of demonstrable Vermont market for the gas, and concerns about climate impacts of leaking methane from pipelines.
 “Vermont citizens and groups have been fighting this pipeline since the beginning of construction, nearly 4 years now”, stated Rachel Smolker, a resident of Hinesburg Vermont.  “This poorly constructed pipeline puts our communities at risk of a potential explosion, puts Vermont ratepayers on the hook for the costs, and puts our climate at risk from methane leaks.  Meanwhile, gas prices are predicted to rise over years to come. Valener/Gaz Metro should invest in the future and stop banking on the sinking ship of dirty, dangerous fracked gas.”

Contact: Rachel Smolker: (802)  or Julie Macuga: (802)238-5777 

------------------------and letter to editor by a friend-------
 Thanks, Bobbie


Editor’s note: This commentary is by Roberta Carnwath, who is a member of the Cornwall Planning Commission.
In May of 2010, when Vermont attracted national attention by becoming the first state to outlaw fracking, our governor, Peter Shumlin, said:
“We don’t know that we don’t have natural gas in Vermont, and this measure will ensure we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy … One of the biggest challenges that future generations are going to face is clean, drinkable water. We have an abundance of it in Vermont. I think it’s a great message that we’re going to protect it at all costs.”
In noting the impact of the decision on future generations, Shumlin was framing the prospect of poisoning drinking water as the moral issue that it is. A moral issue like, for example, child labor, outlawed in Vermont, but … what if it were legal somewhere else, say … Alberta? And what if the product of this child labor was cheaper and more convenient than other products produced by more ethical standards? Would Vermonters say: “Yes! Let’s bring ’em in – give ourselves more choices? Heck, let’s build a pipeline and bring more of them in faster!”
A moral issue like, for example, child labor, outlawed in Vermont, but … what if it were legal somewhere else, say … Alberta?

If it is wrong to poison drinking water in Vermont, it is wrong to take advantage of the fact that people at the other end of the pipeline may not have the means to protect their back yards from exploitation by corporations partnering with their government.
In the years since the Public Service Board approved the certificate of public good for the Addison Natural Gas Pipeline, the concept of “climate justice” has been gaining respect as a factor that should be considered in economic planning. Members of the Vermont Legislature should all support the initiative spelled out in a letter from the Vermont Assembly Coalition on Climate Solutions to June Tierney requesting that the certificate of public good for the Addison pipeline be reopened. The letter gives five reasons why this action should be taken. But there is a sixth reason. The PSB should ask whether the pipeline is a good idea in the light of our emerging understanding of “climate justice.” Can we knowingly inflict damage elsewhere and still be proud Vermonters?