Saturday, December 30, 2017

Right to Know

Let's talk about "the media" for a moment, shall we?
Not just about what our Tweeter in Chief calls FAKE NEWS media. But about the entire realm of honest reporting that the rest of us depend on to do our jobs as citizens.
In just the last few weeks...
1) The Federal Communications Commission, headed by an unabashed Trumpateer, did away with rules that protected "net neutrality," the policy that kept big corporate providers of internet service (like Comcast and Verizon) from discriminating against smaller web sites (like the Lowdown and just about all other independent, non-corporate media).
2) Before delivering that Christmas present to one set of corporados, the FCC greased the skids for another, changing its rules to allow Sinclair Broadcasting, a right-wing owner of TV stations, to gobble up even more local broadcasters. When its merger goes through, Sinclair will control over 200 stations around the country. Sinclair is notorious for forcing its local stations to carry "must-run" right-wing commentaries.
3) Time magazine has been bought by a group backed with millions of dollars from the Koch brothers. Los Angeles's largest weekly newspaper, the LA Weekly, has been bought by a group with deep conservative ties. The Washington City Paper, long respected for its reporting in our nation's capital, is up for sale and right-wing buyers have been sniffing...
If my point isn't already obvious: We can't take reliable news for granted. It's vulnerable right now, and the corporate right is taking advantage. The rest of us need to step up to protect our right to know.

Paint Party Friday




Nobody loves winter more than Izzi ... but ohhh, it has been cold.

Andrea
(Old Man Winter taken from Public Domain)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday

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Canadian Geese
 They spend the night on the ice where it is safe from night time predators ...

In the morning they wake up 

and gather their group  



then take off for the cornfields to graze ...


Though they are common and often considered pests, they are beautiful and smart birds ...

Andrea

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Scribble Picnic

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Christmastime
Just a reminder that Christmas time is not always joyous for everyone ... but, as giving is the best part of this holiday season, now would be a good time to remember the Shelters and Pantries that are working hard to bring some joy to those who have so little.

Wishing a Joyous Christmas for ALL


Andrea 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday

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WBW logo ...

The Eagles are back 






Strange Bedfellows ...

This little lonely Loon got off to a late start on his migration.  He was fine and not threatened by the much bigger companion ... and soon he flew off to continue his venture.

Andrea  

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Scribble Picnic


Spinning Top
Another short trip into my past ... the spinning top was one of my favorites as a youngster ... how about you?  If you want to visit other Scribble Picnic artists click on the logo at the top of the page.  Stay warm everyone ... it's in the teens here, Brrrrr!

Andrea

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday



Late Migraters 



A flock of all male Common Mergansers passed through this week ... and left in a blurrrrr :)

Andrea 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday


Cooper's Hawk







This is not my big beautiful female Cooper's Hawk that visits my tree regularly ... judging from the size, I am going to guess it is a handsome male.  The squirrel was curious, but thought the better of sticking around ... enjoy :)

Andrea

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Scribble Picnic





Generous
Generosity seems to come naturally for many species, but the human animal has managed to let greed and hate smother his generous instincts and is turning our world into turmoil.  Nature always wins out in the end, though, so it would behoove some people to rethink!

Andrea

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday


King Fisher






This little character has lived on my lake for years, but every time I hear him and run for my camera, he is gone before I get back.  But this time I fooled him.  I spotted him from my loft in the house and snuck out of my house with the camera and got several shots before he took off ... Alas, it made my day!

Andrea

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Scribble Picnic





Original

This is a common Christmas scene at our house ... those of you who have cats will know what I mean.  I don't know a cat that can resist a ribbon on a package :)
Andrea