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Interactive map plots locations of more than 100 million species

Biodiversity Saving Our Nation, or BISONUSGS
The United States Geological Society (USGS) has launched an online database and map that keeps track of more than 100 million different species and where they live within the United States,

Biodiversity Serving Our Nation, or BISON (a backronym if ever there was one), contains location-specific records of where living species are within the US. Its data comes from hundreds of different organisations and thousands of scientists, making it the most comprehensive map of American biodiversity ever made.

Anyone can search by scientific or common name of any living species (plant or animal), and can look to see what lives within any specific geographic area they want by drawing a perimeter -- so, for example, searching to see exactly which forests in Virginia have been infected with a tree fungus.

All the results give a breakdown of the data (in map and list form), with information relating to where the data came from and how it was collected. BISON is hosted on servers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which are often used for large data processing like this. Not only are the locations of each species displayed, but up to 50 different environmental factors are also noted for each location to give a full ecological picture of everywhere within the US.


Chinese man makes an ice waterfall out of protest

Wen Hsu, a 58-year-old man did not want to leave his apartment in Jilin city, China, despite a construction company’s plans to demolish it and build a mall. Having lived there for 35 years, and thinking what the company offered as not enough, he decided to stay. To combat the pipes in the building freezing, he turned on the hot water and hosed it outside.


Toon: Judgement Day Is At Hand

Meticulously Detailed Sculptures of Churches as Tanks

This series of sculptures, aptly known as Churchtanks, by artist Kris Kuksi presents a controversial re-imagining of cathedrals as heavily armored tanks. Like much of his body of work, Kuksi's pieces in this collection critique organized religion and comment on morality by combining the faith-based architecture with military force.

The mixed media constructions are meticulously crafted, boasting the utmost detail in both the Baroque-inspired houses of worship and the modern industrial design of the combat vehicles. Through this visual juxtaposition, the sculptor is able to start a conversation. Kuksi's biography on his website states: "Kris feels that in the world today much of mankind is oftentimes frivolous and fragile, being driven primarily by greed and materialism. He hopes that his art exposes the fallacies of Man, unveiling a new level of awareness to the viewer."

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Non Sequitur Toon: When did Global Warming Start?

Toon: The Party Of The Working Man

Toon: Blame

Tom Toles Rant- Loaded and locked

By Tom Toles
So now we have, again, nothing. No sensible response to loophole gun laws, no compromise, no democracy. The majority of the country wants action, but they don’t get it. The majority of the Senate votes one way, but the opposite happens. The crazy exception of the ‘filibuster without talking’ wins, everybody else loses.

This is one place where media critics have it right. The filibuster has grown from an obscure and controversial contrivance used in extraordinary circumstances to being redefined as an accepted understanding that the Senate was designed to require 60 votes to pass legislation. This change has passed into the common understanding and the media have facilitated this weird and hugely destructive change as if nothing has happened, and as a result, nothing DOES happen. Senator Byrd used to prattle on in his old age about how George Washington described the Senate as a saucer to cool the coffee in before it is drunk. This situation is not what Washington was talking about. Now Congress is drunk in the other sense, and the saucer is used for skeet shooting by the NRA. The coffee has become Kook-a-Koolaid, served by the media and lapped up cold by the voters who dizzily wonder why their government doesn’t work.

The Last Bookshop


Rush jams into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Alex Lifeson, center, Neil Peart, left, and Geddy Lee, right, of Rush accept their band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Nokia Theatre on Thursday, April 18, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rush fans can relax. The band is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Canadian rockers were welcomed into the musical fraternity at Thursday's 28th annual induction ceremony by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. At the beginning of the Nokia Theatre event, the audience was already administering a standing ovation to the group.

"We've been saying for a long time that this wasn't a big deal," drummer-lyricist Neil Peart told the crowd, most of whom came out to specifically support the band. "It turns out, it kind of is."

Rush gained entry following its first appearance on the ballot after repeatedly being left off the list since gaining eligibility in 1998, to the great consternation of the legion of Rush fans who cried bias against progressive rock. The long wait didn't seem to matter at Thursday's star-studded concert event, which ran over five hours. Peart, lead singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson made up for lost time by launching into a rambunctious rendition of "Tom Sawyer" in front of the more than 7,000 attendees.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Rush-jams-into-Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame-4447178.php

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