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Blue Moon will watch our New Year celebrations & deer may visit your backyard. Take a moment to look into Nature, into Future

a blue moon

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Exactly once in a Blue Moon.

How often does a full moon occur twice in a single month? Exactly once in a Blue Moon. In fact, the modern usage of the term "Blue Moon" refers to the second Full Moon in a single month. Tonight's Blue Moon will be the first since November 2001. A Blue Moon typically occurs every few years. The reason for the rarity of the Blue Moon is that the 29.53 days between full moons is just slightly shorter than the number of days in the average month. Don't, however, expect the moon to look blue tonight! The term "Blue Moon" has recently been traced to an error in a magazine article in 1946. It is possible for the Moon to appear tinged by a blue hue, sometimes caused by fine dirt circulating in the Earth's atmosphere, possibly from a volcanic explosion. The above picture was taken not during a full moon but through a morning sky that appeared dark blue. The bright crescent is the only part directly exposed to sunlight - the rest of the Moon glows from sunlight reflected from the Earth. In this dramatic photo, however, the planet Jupiter is also visible along with its four largest moons.

Top: deer trail in Canada; Bottom: mule deer in the backyard.

On 2010 New Year eve: take a moment & look into the night sky  read more »

War: defend or kill endangered ocean life? Who stands between 750-ton whale-killing machine w/ military-class LRADs & its prey?

Left: Handout photo shows the Japanese whaling boat Yushin Maru in the Southern Ocean; Right: Discovery Channel's Whale Wars follows the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they seek to end whale hunting once and for all.

"Whale Wars: Season 2" is coming soon, in the week of Dec. 29. 2009 - "This time they've gone too far".

Top: photo shows what is claimed to be Japanese Coast Guard officials throwing ‘flash grenades’ at an anti-whaling vessel; bottom: Japanese whaler deploys military-class weapon against Sea Shepherd.

Don't you think that there must be someone with great courage to stand between 750-ton whale-killing machines & their prey to end Japanese whaling once & for all? Ocean depletion is faster & faster...

Over the last 31 years, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been working to protect all marine wild life, everything from plankton up to the great whales.

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Holidays may well cherish modern Robin Hood, German banker who helped poor from losing homes at cost of her own

left: Actor Errol Flynn in 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood; right: German woman at VR-Bank embezzled $11 million from the rich to give to the needy

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A German bank manager who secretly transferred millions of pounds from rich clients to debt-ridden customers has been spared jail.

The 62-year-old, dubbed the "Robin Hood banker", was found guilty of moving a total of 7.6 million euros (£6.85m) between 2003 and 2005. The bank's rich clients reportedly hadn't touched their accounts in years. She carried out 117 separate transfers to try and stop people's accounts closing due to lack of funds.

Judge Susann Ulbert and the jury discussed the sentence; inset: Defense lawyer Thomas Ohm and prosecutor Peter van der Linden at the trial.

As a rule, the banker - whose name was not reported under German media conventions - moved the money back when the indebted clients were solvent again. But 1.1 million euros (£991,000) was lost when certain customers were unable to pay their debts. The banker has begun reimbursing the bank through her pension.  read more »

ThinkAhead™ Calendar "To Health of Earth" 201001-201012 (Ocean)

ThinkAhead™ Calendar "To Health of Earth" 201001-201012 (Ocean)

TimeAheadTM Calendar
"To Health of Earth"
January 2010 - December 2010

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ThinkAhead™ Calendar 2010 series to Health of Earth: ice, forest & ocean. Free download. Happy Holidays to all!

ThinkAhead™ Calendar January 2010 - December 2010 (Ice): Can we fix broken ice in North Pole and South Pole?From the publisher: if "habit is the nursery of errors", let ThinkAhead™ Calendar be the nursery of greatness, particularly as the coming new year is greeted by an increasing urgency to save the planet - our Home.

On the left are links to the three calendars in this release, our New Year’s gift to all, free to download.

ThinkAhead™ Calendar January 2010 - December 2010 (Forest): SOS Amazon

ThinkAhead™ Calendar January 2010 - December 2010 (Ocean): Our children deserve healthy and wealthy oceans

ThinkAhead™ Calendar "To Health of Earth" 201001-201012 (Forest)

ThinkAhead™ Calendar "To Health of Earth" 201001-201012 (Forest)

TimeAheadTM Calendar
"To Health of Earth"
January 2010 - December 2010

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ThinkAhead™ Calendar "To Health of Earth" 201001-201012 (Ice)

ThinkAhead™ Calendar "To Health of Earth" 201001-201012 (Ice)

TimeAheadTM Calendar
"To Health of Earth"
January 2010 - December 2010

Click here to view larger image and download the 8.5"x11" letter-size printable calendar (pdf file).

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