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Russians and the cottonmouth snake

Russians and the cottonmouth snake

Marty’s photo of the day #3069: The following story, “Russians and the Cottonmouth,” comes from my second book, Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico: After a great day of alligators, snakes, and birds, I reluctantly turned my car around and headed west on the Loop Road. […]

Trump and his pathetic search for an adoring crowd

Trump and his pathetic search for an adoring crowd

How insecure is Donald Trump? For the vast majority of his führership, he has hidden from everyday Americans and only made public appearances at his cult rallies, where he knows he can say anything and be worshipped. Then, during the World Series, Little Boy Trumpy got brave and showed up at a game, where he […]

Great curassow

Great curassow

Marty’s photo of the day #3068: This is a male great curassow, photographed in Costa Rica.

Gentoo penguin chicks

Gentoo penguin chicks

Marty’s photo of the day #3067: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. These are gentoo penguin chicks, photographed on Antarctica.

Learning to fly

Learning to fly

Marty’s photo of the day #3066: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. This is Annie, a 16 year-old black flying fox that I got to hold while visiting a bat rehabilitation facility in Queensland, Australia. […]

How President Bedbug can pay his $2 million fine

How President Bedbug can pay his $2 million fine

Today Senior Bedbug lost in court and was ordered to pay $2 million to settle the New York State Attorney General’s civil lawsuit against The Donald J. Bedbug Foundation for self-dealing to the Bedbug Crime Family. (Remember when the Bedbug claimed it was the Clinton Foundation, not the Bedbug Foundation that was corrupt?) Since Senior […]

Speaking tour food

Speaking tour food

When I’m at home, I watch my weight and exercise. When I’m on a college speaking tour, as I am in New York this week, I’m not quite as careful. Nevertheless, to avoid eating in restaurants the entire time, I headed over to a supermarket this evening and picked up some healthier foods to bring […]

Penguin scenic

Penguin scenic

Marty’s photo of the day #3065: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. Today we have a gentoo penguin mother and chick, photographed along the coast of Antarctica.

View from a castle

View from a castle

Marty’s photo of the day #3064: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. Today I have two photos. The first is my wife, Deb, standing on the roof of an old abandoned castle in western Spain. […]

Did Sen. Rand Paul just commit a crime?

Did Sen. Rand Paul just commit a crime?

“I say tonight to the media, do your job and print his name.”—Sen. Rand Paul at yesterday’s Trump Cult Rally in Kentucky Fact: Federal whistleblower laws protect the identities of people who bring forth accusations of wrongdoing by government officials. That means that Sen. Rand Paul, with Donald Trump nodding and clapping behind him, demanded […]

The Great Sphinx of Giza Iceberg

The Great Sphinx of Giza Iceberg

Marty’s photo of the day #3063: Since I’m in New York all week, presenting Around the World in 90 Minutes at colleges, all my pictures this week will be from that show. I took today’s photo in “The Iceberg Graveyard” along the coast of Antarctica. This iceberg reminds me of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Misadventures from my New York speaking tour

Misadventures from my New York speaking tour

So it’s going to be one of those tours! Yesterday I had a full day’s worth of flights from Missoula, MT to Syracuse, NY. I had the early morning United Airlines flight out of Missoula (the tackiest, most incompetent airport in America). First my Missoula flight was delayed because of a cold air plane, then […]

Greetings from New York

Greetings from New York

Marty’s photo of the day #3062: Greetings from New York! I am here all week on a college speaking tour. Here’s a photo from my show, Around the World in 90 Minutes. This is a spectacled caiman, photographed in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. When full-grown, this little cutie will reach 8 feet in length.

Spanish Castle

Spanish Castle

Marty’s photo of the day #3061: I am on my way to New York, for a college speaking tour. My first flight has been delayed due to a “fuel imbalance.” That’s gives me just enough time to post a photo of my favorite Spanish castle.

Riverside wren

Riverside wren

Marty’s photo of the day #3060: This is a riverside wren, photographed in Costa Rica.

Trump and the unholy wall he is building around himself

Trump and the unholy wall he is building around himself

When I think about the Christian church I grew up in and compare it to American Christians of today (at least the conservative ones), it is like night and day. The change can be traced back to the 1980s and Jerry Falwell’s “Moral Majority.” From there, the unholy alliance between Republicans and conservative Christians took […]

Zebras as art

Zebras as art

Marty’s photo of the day #3059: Yesterday’s photo of the day was about photos people had stolen from me. Today’s post is about the opposite. Back in 2016, Arturo Chávez, a well-known, award-winning painter from Taos, New Mexico, asked permission to use one of my zebra photos for a painting. I was honored to say […]

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