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Walmart Gives Credit to Michelle Obama for Stocking Healthier Food

January 22, 2011

Here’s my latest effort with text to animation. I did this one for cnn ireports.

If it looks easy, believe me it isn’t. But it is fun.

I think First Lady Michelle Obama deserves kudos for her campaign to end childhood obesity and to promote healthy eating.

 Thanks for watching!


Bomb Planted at MLK Day Parade in Spokane, WA

January 19, 2011

A backpack containing an explosive device capable of causing multiple casualties was found along the parade route at Monday’s Martin Luther King Day celebration parade in Spokane, WA.

The backpack, which also contained shrapnel designed to increase the potential of harm, was placed on a bench in front of a brick wall along the parade route. Two tee shirts that were found inside the pack with the bomb may be helpful in finding whomever is responsible. One of the tees came from a Relay for Life event held in my home town of Colville, which is about 70 miles north of Spokane.

 F.B.I. officials have stated that the bomb had the capability of causing “multiple casualties.”

 There is a $20,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever commited this act of terrorism. Hmmm, that sounds enticing. Maybe I can put my love of Monk to good use and do some amateur sleuthing.

 I better go.

Thanks for reading!

Health Care Act Repeal Wrong

January 19, 2011

I had lots of fun making this video. Thanks for checking it out!

Could Natural Gas Cause Birds to Fall From Sky?

January 4, 2011

Imagine if we had no birds? What a scary thought.

The thousands of blackbirds that have fallen from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas, and reports of bird falls in Chile and Louisiana, are raising all kinds of questions. Officials are saying they died from massive trauma. This could have been caused when they hit the ground.

I’ve been reading speculation that the birds were overcome by natural gas leaking from fractures in the earth caused by recent earthquakes that Arkansas has been experiencing. I think this is something that should be investigated.

The massive fish kill in Arkansas is another concern. There seem to be more and more of this type of event occuring.

I also read today that there is an alarming bumblebee die off. This may be caused by pesticides or other environmental causes. Beekeepers have been struggling with Colony Collapse Disease in honeybees for years now. We depend on bees for many of our foods. It is very disturbing to continue to hear about bee deaths.

Humans have been gambling with the Earth for many years. Perhaps our chips are due.

2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 97 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 111 posts. There were 156 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 56mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 13th with 444 views. The most popular post that day was Flash! Jason Levin’s Manifesto.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for running of the bulls, bulls, rainbow gathering 2010 pennsylvania, running with the bulls, and rainbow gathering 2010.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Flash! Jason Levin’s Manifesto April 2010


Pamplona’s “Running of the Bulls” Morbid Spectacle, but What Fun! July 2010


Washington State Regional Rainbow Gathering 2010 August 24 August 2010


National Rainbow Gathering 2010 in Allegheny National Forest, PA June 2010


Photos of Rainbow Gathering 2010. Got any pics or stories? July 2010

This Too Shall Pass: Loved this video!

January 1, 2011

I am watching viral videos from the past year. There are some good ones. I loved this one! How could you not?

Legalize It in 2011 because the War on Drugs has failed.

January 1, 2011

The War on Drugs is a dismal failure and more and more leaders in the free world are admitting it. In the past couple of weeks or so, two high profile leaders have spoken out about the ineffectiveness of the drug war.

T.V. evangelist Pat Robertson was quoted on his show, The 700 Club, that marijuana is “costing us a fortune, and it’s ruining young people.”

 Bob Ainsworth, a UK senior MP and former Home Office drug minister (as well as Defense Minister), has called for the decriminalization of all substances, including heroin and cocaine, because as he states, “The war on drugs has been nothing short of a disaster.”

According to an opinion piece written this week by Froma Harrop, the DEA’s budget quadrupled this past decade with no reduction in drug use. This is ludicrous!

 Sensible Washington is leading the crusade to legalize marijuana in the state of Washington with Initiative 1068 which will be voted on this year if organizers can get enough signatures to get it on the ballot. They are confident that they will, after falling a bit short last year.

 Here’s a concise description of the measure:

 Initiative 1068
This measure would remove state civil and criminal penalties for persons eighteen years or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana. Restrictions and penalties for persons under eighteen would be retained.

 If Washington State can pass this bill to legalize marijuana, it will be a major step in bringing more sensible drug laws to our country and will do much to thwart and disarm dangerous drug cartels south of the border and street violence in our communities. I hope we succeed.

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