Last weekend, tar sands resisters new and old gathered in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah, at PR Springs, site of the first proposed tar sands mine in the United States. This gathering marked nearly three years of observation, law suits, and direct action against the project, and signaled the beginning of a permanent protest vigil inside the boundaries of public lands leased for strip mining.
One of Utah's most famous rock art panels, the Pregnant Buffalo site in Nine Mile Canyon,was vandalized over the Memorial Day weekend by an individual who etched into the dark patina next to prehistoric images the initials "JMN" and the date of "5/25/14."
Skygazers tonight will have a rare opportunity to witness the arrival of a brand new meteor shower. Astronomers aren't sure what to expect, but many predict we could see the skies flood with hundreds of meteors per hour, which would make tonight's far and away the most spectacular shower of the year.
The film Wrenched captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey's legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness - the spirit of the West.
The Anasazi are an ancient people that lived thousands of years ago in the desert canyons in the southwest of North America. They are often suspected to have had some connection with aliens. According to believers, the Anasazi either had seen aliens, were abducted by them or were aliens themselves. There are indeed some facts that could be interpreted in such a way.
The name Anasazi has a meaning in the old Navajo language. It can be translated as, "ancient strangers" or "ancient enemy". Replace “stranger” by “alien” and you could say that the Indians thought the Anasazi were aliens, or beings from another place.
The Anasazi first appeared as a people around 1200 BC. There are some indications (in Indian legends) that they arrived from the West by ships. Archeologists find some similarities with ancient cultures of Central America.
Over many centuries, the Anasazi lived in the North American Four Corners (the area where New Mexico, Colerado, Arizona and Utah meet). They developed a typical, advanced architecture and religious life. They have left behind many petroglyphs and other rock art, through which we get an impression of what they saw or believed.
They built an astronomical observatory and used a ceremonial calendar to plan their daily and religious life. Another remarkable phenomenon is the elaborate road system. In their dwellings they constructed a central hole in the floor, representing the entrance from the underworld (third world) into the fourth world on Earth.
In the 13th century AD, the Anasazi suddenly disappeared. Some traces of their culture can be found in modern day Indian tribes like the Hopi, but this is not enough to prove that the Anasazi just packed their bags and left for another location. On the other hand, the idea that they left by spaceship also remains speculative of course.
Aliens or not, there are enough similarities with other ancient sites around the world (such as Stonehenge) to say that the Anasazi were the bearers of a global ancient culture. As members of that culture, they had knowledge of astronomy and an understanding of the universe. Their disappearance remains a mystery.
It's tempting, when one visits Grand Canyon National Park, to focus attention on the mammoth hole in the ground (both for safety and for gawking purposes). This timelapse, though, makes a pretty good argument in favor of looking up.
The timelapse is the work of Gavin Heffernan (a.k.a. Sunchaser Pictures). The shots were taken at both Grand Canyon National Park and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (which Heffernan reminds us may be familiar as the setting for Back To The Future III) and feature an almost surreally clear series of startrails, meteors, and an exceptionally gorgeous view of the Milky Way.
San Francisco (STT News) 'Rover', a 2-year-old mixed breed dog in the small village of Twangings, Califonia, will soon be the first canine to undergo species surgery to become a cat. The owner recently won a lawsuit that allows animals to be what they were born to be.
"Rover came to us as a puppy but he always tried to climb trees and sharpen his toenails on household furniture. We knew right away he was special." says owner Bob Clampett.
The surgery will render Rover into a cat by way of replacing his nails with claws and later, in a much more involved operation, remove his dog hair and replace it with cat fur.
Local animal rights representative, Jane Outing, stated, "This is just one more step in allowing nature to take its course. Just because nature failed in its job to allow these animals to be what they were meant to be, doesn't mean we have to respect that mistake."
In return for Rover's change, a house cat named 'Kitty' will get his hair and the ability to bark. "That damned cat was always trying to bark and made all the neighborhood ferals nervous as hell." said owner Bill Shoe. "She's a doggone dog. No question."
The East Hillslide Animal Hospital will provide surgery for both.
Shall I run back into the desert ... and stay there until the devil has passed out of me and I am fit to meet human kind again without driving it to despair at the first look? I haven't had enough desert yet.”