Good morning and good voting. Now that we are done with Super Tuesday we can move on to Magnificent Wednesday. First we head down to to my favorite arch at Its Beach on the afternoon of January 22. It was an extreme low tide Tuesday as compared to another pleasant valley Sunday. As I stood on the beach pondering my existence a recent addition to this blast list remarked to me, “Do you see that rainbow?” And there it was, Dorothy, Toto and and a little piece of Kansas. Now, I’m over that rainbow. It was an epic day on the edge of the continent and we’ll take a further look at at this fabulous afternoon coming up on Friday.
We then move on to sunset time at north (or is it west) end of West Cliff Drive. This was from the evening of January 23 that we featured last Friday. The sky changed color more times that night than Mitt Romney has flipped flopped on the issues. It was a beautiful and natural way to bridge together the end of the day.
Our society seems to be fascinated by the comings and goings of the Hollywood stars. They love hearing the inside dirt. Well, here’s a story that gets down and dirty that’s even bigger than news out of Tinsel Town. The impact humans have had on the surface of the planet has become so expansive that scientists say Earth has entered a new epcoch-the Antropocene. An epoch is a division of geological time that is less than a period, longer than a comma and greater than an age. The Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London analyzed a proposal made by Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Cruzten in 2000 that suggested the world has left the Holocene epoch because the global environmental effects of the increased human population and economic development. This Holocene epoch is a geological period which began approximately 11,550 calender years (now, that is a lot of months) ago up until the present. They factored in transformed patterns of sediment, disruptions to the carbon cycle and wholesale changes to the world’s plants and animals. The scientists argue that the dominance of humans has so physically changed the planetary landscape that post-industrialized Earth can no longer be considered still in the Holocene epoch. Whew, I thought that Holocene period would never end. Duke University soil scientist Daniel Richter recently wrote that half of all soils on Earth are now being cultivated for food crops, grazed or periodically logged for food. And as you know, four out of five soil scientists recommend Crest or Dentyne for those who chew gum.
Moving along on today’s top stories, seeds from more than 200,000 varieties of crops from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and New Jersey have been placed in a storage facility on a remote island near the Arctic Circle, where they will be stored in case a man made (George Bush) or natural disaster destroys agriculture. Various types of rice, wheat, beans, sorghum, sweet potatoes, lentils, chick peas, seasoned curly fries and host of other plants will be stored at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which is capable of preserving their vitality for thousand of years. The doomsday vault, built by Norway as a service to the global community, will officially open on February 26 when they will also offer free checking, high yield CD’s and Danish style butter cookies. The facility is designed to replenish other gene banks around the world if they are hit by a catastrophe. Didn’t Gene Banks attend Duke?
So that’s our brief look around the world following Super Tuesday. I hope you got out there and voted, it feels good to be part of the decision. Remember, if you don’t vote, they’re still going to mail you that notice for jury duty. The polls closed on the central coast following a gorgeous red sky sunset and you know what they say. Red sky at night, Democratic’s delight. Red sky in morning, Republican’s warning. So enjoy the arch action and look out for the Los Angeles Lakers. Much like Barack Obama, they’re on a roll.