Hummingbirds arriving in NW PA, apple blossom time

Hummingbirds arriving in NW PA, apple blossom time

As there isn’t an Over Easy yet, I’ll put this up just for folks to meet and share things here with.

The Antartic Peninsula, from a report from Bristol University that was just released, has been losing ice in dramatic quantities.

Satellites have seen a sudden dramatic change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a Bristol University-led study.

The ice streams were broadly stable up until 2009, since when they have been losing on the order of 56 billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean.

Warm waters from the deep sea may be driving the changes, the UK-based team says.


“Around 2009/2010, the surface in this part of the southern Antarctic Peninsula started to lower at a really quite dramatic rate, of 4m per year in some places. That’s a pretty big signal,” said Bristol’s Prof Jonathan Bamber.

“The total loss of ice per year is about 60 cubic km. Just to put that into some kind of context: 4 cubic km is roughly equivalent to the domestic water supply of the UK every year.”

Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.


  1. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 8:13 am

    Good morning, Memorial Day is looking like a washout in many areas of the U.S., but hopefully you will all have an opportunity to do something beneficial – or at least not totally a waste of your time.
    I will contribute by not committing any great use of fossil fuel!

  2. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Good Morning All!

    I think we’ve passed the tipping point in Antarctica. Those ice shelves were all that was holding back the glaciers and with them gone everything is accellerating. Odds are that the Larson B ice shelf will turn into the largest iceberg ever recorded sometime this year.

    Antarctica has lost so much ice, it has changed earth gravitational pull.

    Boxturtle (Wonder if Gov Scott (Fl) has banned the words “ice shelf” yet)

  3. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Alas, I shall be doing yardwork. Between the mower, the weedwhacker, the cultivator, and all the trips to the store that I just KNOW are coming I shall cancel out your lack of carbon use.

    Boxturtle (Believe me, if I had a choice…)

  4. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

    For that, you will be expected to plant a tree. Which I trust you for.

  5. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Good morning Ruth and thanks for all you do. I just read an article this week about the loss glaciers are experiencing, and yet there are those that continue to deny global warming. I’m sure it has nothing to do with perhaps they are being paid to think like that.
    My hummingbirds seem to have disappeared. They went through two feeders per week the first couple weeks now have seen none all week.
    Memorial Day plans are non-existent, just another string of days. Maybe I’ll clean something.
    Precious little news about the oil spill, not important I guess. oldhippiejan

  6. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Welcome and since I am up early, I can put stuff together, no problem, before most of the world is up. Not sure how the ‘ratwingers’ (my latest favorite description of recidivists) justify destroying their world, maybe it’s because they’re sure their kind ought not to be perpetuated.
    From last night’s Rachel Maddow show, the oil spill is being treated by locals in CA more than by the guilty oil producers, and is quite a bit more damaging than early reports.

  7. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Not at all surprised that locals are cleaning up the mess left by people that don’t have to clean up after themselves, and that it’s worth than originally thought. Always seems to be the case. ohj

  8. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Already planted a half dozen fruit trees and a willow. You’ll have to settle for a couple of lilac bushes.

    Boxturtle (This assumes that we don’t see a tree the wife likes on one of the store trips)

  9. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 8:45 am

    You should divert her with fancy new grills.

  10. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I think in Gov Scott’s case, it’s not so much that he’s being paid off. He fears the spending increase that will HAVE to come when the problem is acknowledged. Outside of war, GOPers have real trouble philosophically with any government spending. And his money backers fear the tax increase that will come when accounting tricks expire.

    Eventually, a storm surge will come that will not go away. And pretty much all of Florida will slowly go under.

    Boxturtle (Thinks our children will see the Key’s evacuated. And Tampa Bay)

  11. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Yes. And still going on. Prediction: The fines leveled against the companies will be equivalent to rounding errors in their quarterly reports.

    Boxturtle (And I am stealing Ratwingers)

  12. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

    They will fight it as if it were the End of Times.
    You can take all the ratwingers and welcome.
    Are you a Pied Piper?

  13. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Not for ratwingers. They see me comin’, they hatin’.

    Boxturtle (They will spend more on lawyers than on the fine)

  14. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 9:09 am

    yep, the expense will be huge, it costs more to defend a company that repeatedly violates the law and decency in general

  15. Alice X
    May 22, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Morning all – up late again. Place holder, perfect, I can work with that. Coffeeeeeee…

  16. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I wonder what would happen if we set the minimum fine to be 10x whatever a company spends trying to fight it.

    Boxturtle (You spent $1M or lawyers? Minimum fine: $10M)

  17. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 9:30 am

    It’s not deep, but it’s all over the place.

  18. Canyon2
    May 22, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Good morning everyone.
    Thank you for the post Ruth.
    Late arrival this morning. Hope there is some coffee left.

  19. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Glad to see you, it’s Memorial Day this weekend so everyone gets some time off. Notice that the weekend is called a Day.

  20. Canyon2
    May 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

    “Ratwingers” I love it Ruth. Thanks!

  21. Canyon2
    May 22, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for the post Ruth as I said upstream.
    You are one busy lady and take the time to make sure that we can communicate with one another is so special on your part.

  22. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

    not a biggie, am usually up earlier than most folks – and I do value all of you.

  23. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I think you’re correct (was going to say “right” but try not to use that word). But then they move inward. Sooner or later there’s no place left to go. oldhippiejan

  24. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Whatever piddling fines may be levied will be overturned by SCOTUS, as in Exxon Mobil. ohj

  25. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Excellent idea, but can’t see it catching on, corporate lawyers and all. Sure they will find something in the grand old document called the Constitution to overturn it.

  26. Beverly Lawson
    May 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Good Morning All, Late start here. TX is already having weird weather change….cool now for several days with intermittent rain and more of same predicted. Not the usual heat of late May, iirc. Maybe rain for all weekend…what I think I heard. Good time for me to be in and continue to pack..;)

  27. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 10:10 am

    On grounds of business friendliness, I suspect, the ultimate rallying cry.

  28. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Are you measuring your new home in cubits?

  29. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I’m almost sure I borrowed it, but it’s so well fitted.

  30. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:13 am

    If I may go on a rant, I saw that CBS is going to air a show about a family being given $100.000 and see what they do with it. This just positively sickens me. Why not ask a hedge fund manager of a big banker what the hell they do with their money? I have no intention of watching this trash, but I’m sure it will receive huge ratings, just like the one that features a boss of a major corporation that actually goes to “work” for his own shitty company. They attempt to paint a human face on these jackasses, but just once I’d like for them to go back a year later and see if things have changed. (Gotta mow today, so I’m in a not so good mood.) Thanks for the opportunity to rant a bit. oldhippiejan

  31. Canyon2
    May 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Good to see you this morning oldhippiejan.
    If you have no plans for Memorial Day then hopefully you can join us here.
    I always look forward to your comments.

  32. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 10:17 am

    You have a point, this show could follow a non-created, already there, family that has this amount to spend, say, a lottery winner. But from some one who works in the industry, I understand that for the family chosen to be an object of attention, there are specific conditions, and that the casting is farmed out to those who agree to meet those. Conflict is built in from the beginning. And no, I never watch ‘reality’ shows.

  33. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I’ve seen some pretty scary predicted maps of Florida based on sea level rise. The most likely one (to me, anyway) shows the state ending just north of where the everglades start today.

    Florida is not defensible. The ground is porous, even if you built seawalls the water would simply flow underneath them.

    Boxturtle (New Slogan: Florida – The Venice of America!)

  34. Canyon2
    May 22, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Rant away oldhippiejan, it is good for the soul and the psyche.
    And you are so right, I will not watch that schtuff either.

  35. Molly
    May 22, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Good morning pups. Big day today, the kickoff off the South Bend 150th celebration. I am in a Community Choir of about 150 singing at the opening tonight, was downtown at a walkthrough until after 11:00 p.m. last night and will be there from 5:45 p.m. – ?? tonight. Daughter & family coming for the weekend tomorrow so I am tidying and cleaning toilets and grocery shopping for the weekend.

    I hope everyone has a good holiday weekend. Weather here is to be really lovely until about Sunday night, when rain moves in.

  36. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I do seem to feel better after I’ve vented. However, sometimes the recipient of one of my rants is a little worse for wear, insurance companies, utility companies, customer service in general ohj

  37. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Figured they would have to make it uglier than the reality of it. ohj

  38. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Glad you have good plans, always nice to holiday.

  39. Marion in Savannah
    May 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Good morning, pups. Better late than never…? Today we have Brooks and Krugman. This morning Rabbi Bobo’s sermon is all about “Building Spiritual Capital.” He babbles that spiritual awareness is innate, and it is an important component in human development. In the comments “Joseph Huben” from upstate New York had this to say: “It is a bit offensive to be preached to by a proponent of incentivizing the poor by cutting food stamps, unemployment benefits and Social Security. ” In “Trade and Trust” Prof. Krugman says all the bad arguments for the Trans-Pacific Partnership suggest that it isn’t a deal we should support.

    HERE they are, and

    HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got your favorite omelet this morning. I came down with some intestinal thing the other day and have been doing the green apple tango, so catching up on lost sleep was a blessing. But now I’m off to do belated shopping. Have a great day.

  40. Canyon2
    May 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Sounds like a great weekend for you and your family msmolly. Have a great time and we will be thinking about all the fun you are having.

  41. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Welcome anytime, Marion, thanks.
    Saw that Bobo is praising the Pharisees once again, and yes, borrowed that from a fellow commenter.
    Just did that tango here for a bit, but now am making some bean soup – instead of running the heater. Nice to have a small, well-insulated place.

  42. Canyon2
    May 22, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Thank you for the post Marion.
    “It is a bit offensive to be preached to by a proponent of incentivizing the poor by cutting food stamps, unemployment benefits and Social Security…”
    No, it is not a bit offensive, it is totally offensive in my book and they do not even think twice when they say these things.
    Ruth just coined a phrase that I am going to use quite often…”Ratwingers.”

  43. Alice X
    May 22, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Buffy Sainte-Marie on Democracy Now today, no link for that up yet.

    What a beautiful spirit.

  44. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 10:48 am

    It’s been done and it was a major TV hit. Anybody old enough to remember “The Millionaire’?

    The idea is that somebody not used to that kind of money will behave differently than someone who is, like the hedge fund manager. The manager will invest. So will the banker. But what will the regular Joe do?

    The Millionaire gave an insight on humanity, it was pretty well done for the time. Perhaps you should give this incarnation a chance.

    Boxturtle (Give me $100K, I’d pay bills and take a vacation to Hawaii)

  45. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I try to be nice to the customer service folks. Whatever is pissing me off is normally NOT their fault. And the person whose fault it is will never be available to me.

    I was making a complaint at a shop I was at and being nice to the clerk. The clerk got annoyed and informed me he was actually the owner.

    Boxturtle (He should NOT have said that)

  46. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the laugh of the day, although it’s not funny. I suppose Disney could become a water park, don’t know what would happen to the rest of the damn state. The rich would move and well……the poor, nobody gives a damn.
    I’d rather see the real Venice, always been my dream vacation, but can’t leave the girls. oldhippiejan

  47. Istherenonamethatdoesntexist
    May 22, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Since the January, the years long drought is over, lakes are all at full capacity, temps are cooler than normal, give me some more of that “global warming”.

    I’ve lived in Texas over 30 years and the weather’s only been “normal” once.

  48. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 10:55 am
  49. Boxturtle
    May 22, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Hey! I stole “ratwingers” first and it’s mine!

    Boxturtle (I’ll license it for a small gratuity)

  50. JamesJoyce
    May 22, 2015 at 11:01 am

    In your quoted scenario “the meek,” will never inherit anything, certainly not the Earth. They will be consumed like a “Willy Wonker Feel Good Chocolate Bar!”

    So much for the application of the Beatitudes, by those wrapped in flag with bible in hand.

    We have not taught our children well, as a society. We are talking Empathy here, which requires a brain.

  51. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I understand your thought process completely having been in a sorta, kinda customer service sector, but when they start to argue with me and tell me how wrong I am and what a great deal I’m getting, all manners and social graces go out the window. If I’m overcharged, I’m overcharged, period. And doctors, jesushchrist, I’ve lived in this body damn near 64 years, I know a little bit about it. I’ll quit before I have a stroke, why does everything have to be so damn difficult. I just want to stay in my little house, with my girls, get the drugs I need and be left the hell alone.

  52. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I’m old enough to remember “The Millionaire”. It was well done and I remember watching it. But society has changed a great deal since then, lots of people had pensions and company health insurance, enough to eat, and a roof over their head. Well, there I go glorifying a time that was not than damn glorious for everybody, so scratch that. I guess I would probably buy some nursing home insurance, in case I don’t have the opportunity to take matters into my own hands, and the rest I would give to the local animal shelter. Animals are my passion and I have derived far more pleasure from them than most of the two legged mammals.

  53. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 11:15 am

    ‘Inherit’ is the key word. If they’re born right, they don’t have to do anything to be okay.

  54. Ruth
    May 22, 2015 at 11:19 am

    thanks for stopping by, I have to go do a bit of garden care again. Last freeze possible, tonight, and grass clippings make perfect mulch.

  55. oldhippiejan
    May 22, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Good morning to you Canyon 2. No plans at all, just another day in a string of days dwindling. I will certainly be here Monday morning unless I get an ambitious streak and clean something ( highly doubtful). Out of curiosity did you have to change your name to Canyon 2 instead of Apple Canyon 2 because of disqus? oldhippiejan

  56. JamesJoyce
    May 22, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Leave it to you to pick up the word “inherit!” The term “Meddlesome Ariosto” comes to mind.

    Is it possible that money now deemed speech by SCOTUS, as Scott was deemed inferior hence designated property, was intentional, by design?

    Round Two?

    Is it to protect the inheritances of Wall Street’s Meddlesome Ariosto, now very techno-corporate in to big to fail financial and energy?

    A Corptocracy?

    CEO to worker pay….

    531 to 1?

    Where is the “National Inquirer,” when its inquiring services are required?