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CAT IN ZERO GRAVITY
Darlene Costner sent this video of a cat floating around in zero gravity. I’ve always wanted to try that myself. There is no information about how the cat felt about it, but this short little clip is beautiful.
GIGANTIC STATUE OF PHAROAH AT THE MET MUSEUM
Ten days ago, the Metropolitan Museum of New York unveiled its new, nine-ton statue of Amenemhat II, the third king of the 12th Egyptian Dynasty in the Great Hall.
As good as the Met’s Egyptian collection is, they have never owned a statue of this monumental size – and they still don’t. This one is on loan for ten years from the Egyptian Museum in Berlin while it is undergoing renovation.
The New York Times has a slide show of Amenemhat II at the Met here.
SPEAKING OF GIGANTIC STATUES
In a ceremony planned to take place tomorrow, Sunday, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial was to be dedicated on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Hurricane Irene has forced a postponement of the dedication, but the 30-foot-tall statue of King is in place.
HURRAY! THE RETURN OF BILL MOYERS
One of the smartest and most compelling political voices in the nation is returning to television. Beginning in January, Bill Moyers will be hosting an hour-long, weekly program, Moyers and Company, that will focus on one-on-one interviews with “thinkers who can help us understand the chaos of these times.”
”We’re going to be concerned with the state of democracy and the state of affairs,” Moyers continued, “but we will leave the daily and weekly story to others and try to do the back story.”
It won’t be on PBS. The show is being carried instead by American Public Television but a lot of PBS channels broadcast APT’s offerings. I sent an email to my PBS station urging them to pick up Moyers’ new show and got an almost instant (and enthusiastic) reply confirming that they will air it.
You might want to check with your local PBS channel too. Read more here.
WHITE HOUSE PETS
Remember Socks the Cat from the Clinton White House?
Most presidents have dogs, but in addition to Socks, there have been a pony named Macaroni, a macaw and a raccoon.
This past week, the White House website posted three photo galleries of presidential pets, one of them devoted entirely to Bo the Portuguese water dog currently in residence with President Obama. You can view them here.
ELDER WOMEN FORCE TOWN HALL MEETING
It is traditional during the August Congressional recess for politicians to hold town hall meetings in their districts find out what their constituents are concerned about. This year, at least one Republican is charging admission and 60 percent are hiding out, refusing to face voters at all.
Among them is Representative Chris Cravaack of Minnesota – that is, until a bunch of elder women shamed him into it. Here’s a little bit of video of the confrontation:
You can read more here.
DOG INVENTS HER OWN JOB
There is no end to the ways that our pets can delight us. At a Charleston golf course, a golden retriever has taken it upon herself to help out tired golfers and keep the inventory in check. Take a look:
There is no world on whether she’s getting paid.
90-YEAR-OLD FOILS BURGLARS
At her rural home in Germany, a 90-year-old woman threw aside her walker, grabbed her cane and beat up three burglars who then fled.
Usually, I don’t like stories about elders participating in extreme physical activities. They invariably are accompanied by the implication that the rest of us who aren’t bungee jumping, skydiving or climbing Mt. Everest are slackers. But this is different: there was an emergency and the woman did what she had to do to protect herself.
Nevertheless, someone from the local constabulary just had to admonish her:
“It was quite courageous of her. But on the other hand it was also quite dangerous. She was quite fortunate that nothing serious happened.”
Good god – something “quite dangerous” was already happening. Couldn’t the cop have just said, “Good for you,” instead of admonishing her? The full story is here.
Robins built a nest in one of Fred Margulies’ hanging flower baskets and four blue eggs soon appeared. Over the ensuing weeks, Fred videotaped avian parenting techniques. Nice.