Suburban Roadrunners of Southern Missouri

10,000 Birds

When I was cutting my birding teeth in southern Missouri lo those many years ago, Greater Roadrunner was limited to a couple distant glades, cedar glens on the south side of Ozark mountains, in the far south of the state. Every time a return to Missouri, I try to knock out a couple more species of birds I missed when I was a resident there. It’s getting harder for me to pick up new Missouri birds on my semi-annual returns. Birding Missouri roadrunners

Contemplating Missouri.

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Louis, Missouri, by an unidentified police officer, raises many questions. The fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown, an unarmed black male in the Ferguson suburb of St. According to a witness, Michael was shot with his hands held up in the air. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights African American Ferguson michael brown police prison Racism

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Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Produce

Green (Living) Review

Grow Well Missouri , a program that travels to food pantries around central Missouri, is one of several food-aid groups trying to do just that, passing out seeds and starter plants to low-income locals. Four volunteers for Grow Well Missouri worked under a blue popup tent outside of Central Pantry, repotting about 50 starter tomato plants into larger containers. In the U.S., 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger.

Bob Barker to Missouri Lawmakers: Stop the Ag Gag Bill


The longtime animal advocate wrote a letter to Missouri senators asking them to stop the state's ag gag bill from hiding animal cruelty. Read More. Animals Causes News Top News bob barker

A simple benefit-cost analysis of the Missouri levee blowup

Environmental Economics

NYTimes : With a flash of light and a massive rumbling that shook windows miles away, the Army Corps of Engineers set off explosives at 10 p.m. along the first of several sections of the earthen barrier, sending 550,000 cubic feet of water a second across the 130,000 acres of farmland known as the spillway. There were 90 homes in the spillway, but under the cover of darkness it was impossible to gauge the initial devastation. Blowing up the levees is expected to save the town of Cairo, Ill ( pop.

ALEC Exposed in Missouri: Who Is Writing Our Laws? | PR Watch

PR Watch

ALEC Exposed in Missouri: Who Is Writing Our Laws? PRESS RELEASE FROM PROGRESS MISSOURI. JEFFERSON CITY -- Progress Missouri today released a detailed research report exposing the influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in creating our laws. The research report shows the effect of ALEC, which allows large corporations to write big-business friendly bills and helps legislators advance this legislation on the state level, on Missouris political system.

How to Help Victims of The Tornado in Joplin, Missouri


The tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri this weekend was the deadliest on record in the past 60 years, with the death toll at 117. Rescue efforts are currently underway, as up to 30 percent of the city has been damaged and Missouri Gov.

Floodwaters Expected To Benefit Species Along Missouri River

Eco Friendly Daily

Approximately sixty years ago the Missouri River in the United States was dammed. But due to major threats of flooding along the Missouri River this year, the river may be able to establish conditions not seen in more than sixty years. The expected floodwaters of the Missouri will increase the nutrients lacking for decades downstream and will leave what would be considered natural habitat of the region once floodwaters recede.

U. of Missouri star linebacker Michael Sam comes out in advance of NFL Draft. Will be league’s first openly gay player.

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“SEC Sack Leader & top NFL Prospect Michael Sam Comes Out As Gay.” ” {Video} Eloquent. Brave. A Healthy development for Football culture. Props to his teammates, too. Michael Sam Interview: ‘I’m Gay’ | Mizzou Football Star Comes Out | The New York Times Read the article: College Football Star Michael Sam Says He Is Gay; May […].

The Students are Protesting Everyday Slights & Insensitivities: The Heart of Racism.

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today behavior missouri prejudice privilege Racism virginia commonwealthThis “casual, everyday insensitivity” towards blacks comes from progressive, hip, don’t-call-me-a-racist everyday whites like me and extends all the.

White Privilege: Fact or Liberal Fiction?

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Arts & Culture Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today drugs economic Ferguson gang violence injustice jail michael brown missouri police political poverty prison Racial Racism social violence white privilege So, the police have actually shot and killed more white people than black.

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While You Weren’t Looking, Your Civil Rights Just Took a Hit.

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The Fourth Amendment has historically safeguarded the public against being illegally detained by police officers.

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2 Girls & A Cat Road Trip Across America & Learn Some Things About Life.

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Adventure Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Chicago Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Funny Health & Wellness Love & Relationships (see below for Sexy) Non-New-Agey Spirituality (Religion, Philosophy) WAYLON: Editor''s Picks Yoga Wisdom albequerque cat conetmplate connected drive goodbye hello missouri observation oklahoma people perfect poop quiet road sleep trip To about 25 Missourians, we are now the pooping-cat girls. I can be okay with that.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, May 2

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The Exxon Pegasus pipeline has leaked again, this time in Missouri. Climate Change Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science Green Living International North America Science Sustainable Livelihoods The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy United States ban on drilling ban on fracking Bloomberg drilling drought exxon pipelines Farm Bill fracking Grist Huffington Post importing trash Missouri New Mexico Norway npr oslo pegasus rhino poaching South Africa Treehugger

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Video to accompany John's post

Environmental Economics

Here's video of the controlled Missouri levee explosion.    And who doesn't like a good controlled explosion *? *I I guess maybe the 90 people whose homes are now underwater probably weren't big fans

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Amid Midwest Flooding, a Call for New Solutions

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In just the last two years, we’ve had three record-breaking floods — the Mississippi, the Missouri and now the Illinois. Featured Post 1 Fish Fresh Water The Nature Conservancy United States Water Conservation emiquon preserve flood management flooding flooding disaster floodplains floods floodwater freshwater conservation great rivers partnership illinois river Michael Reuter Mississippi River missouri river natural disasters river health rivers

Why Did the Prairie Chicken Cross the State?

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112 got, this radio transmitter nevertheless tells scientists at the Missouri Department of Conservation where this Greater Prairie Chicken is. . That could, in turn bolster efforts to boost population numbers in places like Missouri, where Greater Prairie Chickens barely register in the triple digits. 112′s meanderings across Iowa and Missouri. The longest single movement was about 24 miles on April 25 from Grundy County to Mercer County, Missouri.”

This isn't the sort of press the UMKC B-school wanted

Environmental Economics

The governor of Missouri has called for an investigation into the validity of rankings that prominently featured the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s business school. Gov. We're number 1 in the world in generating bogus rankings!  Gov.

Watch Rescued Puppy Mill Dogs Experience Freedom for the First Time


The non-profit, no-kill organization National Mill Dog Rescue, (NMDR), recently rescued seventy-five surrendered breeding dogs from multiple puppy mills in Kansas and Missouri. National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs Read More The post Watch Rescued Puppy Mill Dogs Experience Freedom for the First Time appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News People Top News

I Jaywalked near Ferguson, Just like Mike.

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Here I was, within miles of Ferguson, Missouri and I decided to break the law. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) compassion fear Ferguson happiness healing life looting love michael brown mindfulness politics practice rioting

New Solar Cell Could Be The Game Changer for Broad Use of Solar Power

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Now a breakthrough by engineers at the University of Missouri may [.]. The biggest problem with solar electrical power is its higher cost per unit of electricity generated compared to alternatives. A big reason for the high cost is poor efficiency. Even the best solar panels only convert about 20% of the sun’s energy into electricity. alternative energy solar energy solar panels high efficiency solar cell solar power

Daily Demand and Supply: Unintended Consequences

Environmental Economics

  One direct effect is: The Mid-Continent Nail plant in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, laid off 60 of its 500 workers last week because of increased steel costs.  A tariff on steel imports causes the price of imported steel to increase.  The company blames the 25% tariff on imported steel. Orders for nails plunged 50% after the company raised its prices to deal with higher steel costs. Maybe not intended, but perhaps predictable. 

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Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. Data from price tracker shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec.

"Climate Change’s Bottom Line"

Environmental Economics

Crop yields in Missouri and Illinois would face a 15 percent decline over the next 25 years. From a profile of "the Risky Business Project, an unusual collection of business and policy leaders determined to prepare American companies for climate change": In May 2014, the committee members gathered at the Bloomberg Philanthropies offices in Manhattan to hear two of the authors commissioned by the Rhodium Group — Robert E.

Country Star Chely Wright Opens Center for LGBT Teens


Singer Chely Wright has launched a non-profit and community center to stop bullying and promote understanding of the LGBT community in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More. Causes News People Top News Chely Wright

Guide to the Birds of Honduras Translation Project

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Missouri is again jumping on board to help with the translation project of the Honduran bird book. Both the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the non-profit Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation were key in sponsoring the English edition. Send donations to: Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation. Jefferson City, Missouri 65102.

The ever-darkening shadow of Monsanto-fueled superweeds

Green (Living) Review

In Missouri alone, spray drift from illegal dicamba use on soybean fields has damaged more than 40,000 acres of other crops, including peaches, tomatoes, alfalfa, cantaloupes, watermelons, rice, peas, peanuts and alfalfa. Last month, Missouri’s largest peach producer filed a lawsuit claiming Monsanto should be held responsible for the loss of 30,000 peach trees resulting in financial losses exceeding $1 million.

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Artifox's solid wood standing desk has a place for everything

Green (Living) Review

Louis, Missouri based Artifox came up with this lovely minimalist design made out of solid maple wood, and featuring a bunch of clever organization details. For many, standing desks are a healthier option to work, allowing for more mobility and less potential for repetitive strain injuries. TreeHugger Mike has tried it , and Lloyd has written frequently about various standing desk designs , and how some office workers are even hacking their own versions.

We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't.*

Environmental Economics

Heavy rains have pushed the river to near-record levels, putting pressure on a tributary system that began buckling days earlier when a levee failed and flooded a handful of rural towns in southeastern Missouri. A mandatory evacuation was issued Saturday for a southwestern Illinois town threatened by the rain-swollen Mississippi River, an order that was issued as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers weighed whether to blow up a levee and flood rural farm communities to save the town.

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I've been submitting misleading data to RePEc for years

Environmental Economics

And still, my rankings go nowhere: The professor at the heart of a  rankings scandal  at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management has resigned,  The Kansas City Star  reported. The controversy centers on an innovation-management program that the professor, Michael Song, founded in 2005 and led until last year.

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Keystone XL -Decimating the Heartland


From North Dakota and South Dakota, the wheat-growing center of the continent, down through Nebraska and Kansas (more wheat, soybeans and corn) – with a jog from the Nebraska-Kansas border through Missouri corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and all along the Missouri River – and into Illinois, just in case they missed any good cropland. Keystone XL, Decimating the Heartland.

Friday beer post

Environmental Economics

Offered by Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, it called on the Senate to nullify a  climate change agreement in November  between the United States and China in which both nations pledged to reduce their carbon emissions. Is it beer thirty yet? I need a drink: The Senate on Thursday again voted to reject two measures related to the Keystone XL pipeline that declared that humans are a cause of climate change — the second set of votes on the issue in two days.

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I find it somewhat ironic that our oil reserves outlasted the "Peak Oilers'" blog

Environmental Economics

Goose (also known as Professor Kyle Saunders of Colorado State University) and Heading Out (also known as Professor Dave Summers formerly of the University of Missouri). Geez, now who are we going to use as strawmen in the Peak Oil debate? The Oil Drum (TOD) was an internet energy phenomenon that ran for over eight years from April 2005 to September 2013. The site was founded by Prof.

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Bourbon barrel economics

Environmental Economics

Advanced ) "Leroy McGinnis's Missouri-based company, McGinnis Wood Products Inc., From the inbox: Bourbon Feels the Burn of a Barrel Shortage by: Tripp Mickle May 12, 2015. TOPICS:  Supply and Demand. SUMMARY:  Distilleries are navigating a bourbon-barrel shortage, as increased demand for the drink coincided with reduction of logging of the white oak wood. Prices of barrels are up sharply. The shortage reflects a supply-chain conundrum.

"IRBs Gone Wild"

Environmental Economics

Follow the links to see some IRB test questions at the University of Missouri. The Door: I had one--thankfully, just one--experience similar to Peter Klein's. So, even social-science researchers must receive IRB training and have individual research projects — yes, every research project that involves “human subjects,”  which includes research using secondary data  — approved by the campus IRB. The data I used had already been gathered and was completely anonymous.

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Earthquake Hazards Map Study Finds Deadly Flaws


A University of Missouri scientist and his colleagues recently studied the reasons for the maps' failure to forecast these quakes. Developing better hazard maps and alerting people to their limitations could potentially save lives and money in areas such as the New Madrid, Missouri fault zone. Three of the largest and deadliest earthquakes in recent history occurred where earthquake hazard maps didn't predict massive quakes.

Keep Calm and Carry on


Caution: It is vitally important not to make connections.

"Valuing conservation in the context of climate change"

Environmental Economics

With our coauthor, Ziyan Chu, we recently came up with a dollar value of these climate resilience benefits for the case of a specific investment in natural areas in the state of Missouri—the Meramec Greenway. I've had students who wanted to estimate benefits of greenways for years. We never could find much in the literature. Here is something new.

I've developed some rankings that make me the #1 researcher

Environmental Economics

And announcing it as if I totally believe it: When a study found that the business school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City boasted the world’s No. 1 program in innovation-management research, officials from the chancellor on down basked publicly in the news. Now an investigation by The Kansas City Star has cast substantial doubt on that glowing result.

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Upcoming American Eco-Fests for 2012

Green Home Blog

Green Mountain Eco-Fest – Eldridge, Missouri August 31st – September 2nd. Located in the Missouri Ozarks (with camping along the Niangua River) this three day event is full of activities. Upcoming American Eco-Fests for 2012. Whether you are a socially conscious green friendly consumer or environmentally concerned small business, upcoming American eco-fests for 2012 could be just the thing to visit or join and become an eco-vendor.

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Study links certain parenting tactics to increased materialism later in life

Green (Living) Review

If you want to raise appreciative and grateful children, here''s what NOT to do. The temptation to use holiday gifts as bribery to ensure kids’ good behaviour is hard to resist. It’s a time of year when emotions run high. Stressed parents are busy shopping and wrapping gifts, and many kids come up with absurdly detailed lists of items they’d like (or even expect) to receive. Decent behaviour would seem a logical trade for all the effort parents put in to make the holidays good for their kids.

This Ethnic Cleansing is Almost Certainly Worse than you Think??

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The Rohingya now find themselves an unwanted minority in a country the size of Missouri with over half the population of the United States. Bangladesh is one of the. Enlightened Society Non New-Agey Spirituality Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only. Aung San Suu Kyi Burma burmese monks climate change genocide islamaphobia muslim politics refugees Rohingya trump

Mr. Smith’s Longspur

10,000 Birds

The holidays found me back in southwest Missouri, and the opportunity to bird was one I was looking forward to taking. Now, as I look back on that part of the continent from my current home in the southeast, I find that the much more interesting birds are those who reach their eastern boundaries on the edge of the prairie in western Missouri. Gideon B. Smith of Baltimore, Maryland, was not really a birder. Nor was he an ornithologist.

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