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Commentary / 23.10.2009

Wolf

(London)

The National History Museum announced the winners of the 2009 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the year awards. In this international competition of 43,135 entries Jose Luis Rodriguez of Spain took the top prize with his image The Storybook Wolf. Much maligned and feared throughout the western world as the villain of fairytales,   the wolf is an endangered species Rodriguez believes will be hunted into extinction if not better understood and appreciated.

Quote of the day / 23.10.2009

"Good and bad are too arbitrary. The value of philanthropy and other investments we make in our society need to be measured in terms of smart and dumb." Robert Egger ~ Philanthropist and founder of the DC Central Kitchen, author of Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient, and Rewarding for All Profound statement Egger made following his address to donors and borrowers of Forward Community Investments, a Madison-based Community Development Financial Institution that lends money to nonprofits for strategic fiscal improvements...

Commentary, Mountain Film, Video / 20.10.2009

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This video appears on the Huffington Post accompanied by a story written by Sam Stein. In it monkey wrench prankster Andy Bichlbaum poses as an official of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at a meeting of the National Press Club. Claiming the Chamber had reconsidered its views on climate change Bichlbaum compelled a room full of reporters to ask tough questions about why the corporate interests of the country continue to resist legislation that might reverse negative human impact on the environment.

It was all an elaborate hoax. The idea was  to embarrass the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to do what many believe is the right thing: stop lobbying against The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. This bill proposed by Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer aims to curb industrial pollution while creating green collar jobs in the production of renewable energy. Apparently Bichlbaum wanted to point out that the Chamber of Commerce is one of the bill's leading opponents.

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Cycling, Outdoor Recreation, Quote of the day / 19.10.2009

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge ~ (30th President of the United States, 1872-1933) Photo by James Edward Mills...

Bikes, Cycling, Examiner.com, Madison, Outdoor Recreation / 18.10.2009

Cyclocross_001 Fall is clearly a season of transition. As the weather crosses over from long warm days to short brisk ones now is the time to make a similar shift in how you recreate outside. For many in southern Wisconsin, particularly those who love to bike, cyclocross is the ideal changeover sport to bridge the cool autumn months before the first snowfall. “I am all over this,” said Ryan Griessmeyer, “It’s a whole new breed of sport for me, perfect for this time of year.” The Madison athlete was among dozens of riders who came out to race at the Badger Prairie Cross, the third event in the Planet Bike Cyclocross series. In his first ever experience at the sport Griessmeyer, an avid triathlete, said it wasdifferent than what he expected. “I figured I’d bounce in off my Ironman finish. But it’s so fast paced it’s hard to breath and stay aerobic,” he said. “First my lungs went, then my legs went and then it was all over. I loved it!”