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Monthly archives for August, 2017

Higher than a . . .

Higher than a . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2291: They’re louder than a Trump self-compliment! Faster than a Trump staff change! Classier than a Trump hat hawked at a flood! Higher than a Russian hooker giving Trump his golden shower! Ladies and gentleman: The Scarlet Macaws! (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Shhhhhhh!

Shhhhhhh!

Marty’s photo of the day #2290: Shhhhh! Central American agoutis are easily spooked. (Photographed in Costa Rica)

Crossing the same path three times

Crossing the same path three times

Marty’s photo of the day #2290: Here’s another photo from the motion-sensing camera in my front yard. I almost didn’t post this one, as it was dusk when the bear walked by, and I had to digitally increase the light to make the photo presentable. This shot may be lacking some in detail, but it’s […]

From my motion-sensing camera . . .

From my motion-sensing camera . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #2289: From the motion-sensing camera in my front yard.

On the prowl

On the prowl

Marty’s photo of the day #2288: From the motion-sensing camera in my front yard: wild turkeys on the prowl.

Artsy dragonfly

Artsy dragonfly

Marty’s photo of the day #2287: Today we go artsy again, with a dragonfly photo, I took in Costa Rica.

What if God is a rodent?

What if God is a rodent?

We humans arrogantly assume that if there is a god, we must be made in his image. While I’m skeptical of all religions, I do hope that if there is a god, she isn’t a rodent. If she is, I’m totally screwed. Even though I have spent most of my life as an environmental and […]

Artsy lizard

Artsy lizard

Marty’s photo of the day #2286: Today we go artsy, with a nighttime lizard photo, I took in Costa Rica.

Use this to avoid ship collisions

Use this to avoid ship collisions

Marty’s photo of the day #2285: For yesterday’s photo of the day, I posted a picture showing the incredible view from the bridge of the Professor Multanovskiy—the retrofitted Russian research vessel I sailed to Antarctica on. Today’s photo shows one of the two navigation screens on the bridge of the Professor Multanovskiy. The few times […]

Life among the right-wingers

Life among the right-wingers

As followers of my posts know: I live in one of the most right-wing areas in conservative Montana. Consequently, it’s not the most friendly place for an outspoken liberal to live. One thing I do—both for exercise and to reduce my carbon footprint—is go on a half-hour bike ride each morning to my mail and […]

I can see for miles!

I can see for miles!

Marty’s photo of the day #2284: I prefer not to argue with people on Facebook, but the best way to bait me into an argument is with wild theories—especially conspiracy theories. This week, after a fourth Navy ship in 2017 was involved in an accident in the Asian Pacific, a person argued on one of […]

Stunning palm seeds

Stunning palm seeds

Marty’s photo of the day #2283: These palm seeds were one of the many colorful sights on the rainforest floor in Costa Rica.

Can we end this mad military experiment once and for all?

Can we end this mad military experiment once and for all?

For the second time in two months a Navy warship has collided with a civilian vessel, losing more lives. Let’s see: the United States spends more on its military than the next seven highest-spending countries combined, yet we can’t win a war and Navy captains steer their ships with the dexterity of a drunk sea […]

Baby Howler Monkey

Baby Howler Monkey

Marty’s photo of the day #2282: Alas, it’s another Monday and we still have an incompetent white supremacist in the White House. I know. It’s depressing. So here’s a baby howler monkey to brighten your day.

The Endurance, trapped in the ice

The Endurance, trapped in the ice

Marty’s photo of the day #2281: I don’t post about personal possessions, but I’m going to make the exception today, because the story behind it is so fascinating. Many of you know the story of Ernest Shackleton and his ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. On January 19, 1915 the Endurance became trapped in the ice off […]

The Republican Jesus needs . . . your money

The Republican Jesus needs . . . your money

Marty’s photo of the day #2280: Once again the Republican Jesus has taken over my photo of the day: “Hey suckers . . . I mean God-fearing patriotic gun-loving conservatives! Our great white leader, Donald Trump, needs your help. Because some libtards couldn’t handle the fact that many Nazis and white supremacists are ‘very fine […]

The silver lining to the Trump presidency

The silver lining to the Trump presidency

What is the silver lining to the Trump presidency? Religion—especially the Evangelical sect—has lost all credibility and moral authority in American politics. I have nothing against religion, as long as it’s not used as a sledgehammer to make laws and take away the freedoms of others. I also object to religious organizations getting tax deductions. […]

A tiny, epic battle

A tiny, epic battle

Marty’s photo of the day #2279: Nature isn’t always pretty. While in Costa Rica, Deb and I witnessed an epic battle between a four-lined ameiva lizard and a large katydid. One wouldn’t expect the katydid to have a chance, but it was obviously releasing some sort of bad-tasting chemical. Each time we thought the lizard […]

A jaguar . . . really close

A jaguar . . . really close

Marty’s photo of the day #2278: I bet you’ve never seen a jaguar this close before. And those who know me, know that I don’t photograph dead animals—unless it’s for political/journalist purposes. This jaguar is most definitely alive. . . . Okay, he was at the Belize zoo, which is one of the most unique, […]

Trump didn’t go rogue!

Trump didn’t go rogue!

It is unacceptable for Trump’s staff, Republican politicians, or Trump voters to say “Trump went rogue” on Tuesday, when he equated Nazi white supremacists with people protesting white supremacists. Trump didn’t go rogue. He went modus operandi! No one who paid enough attention to the presidential campaign to vote should be surprised by even one […]

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