April 22, 2013

Earth Day.

The Google doodle is charming.

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Me, I'm waking up pre-dawn, making a cup of coffee, and watching the sun rise through the larger window that is my picture window which is partly blocked by the smaller window that is my computer screen, and I'm blogging about the happenstance that what the window to the larger world displays is a story about an oak tree as the window to my smaller world looks out onto an oak tree.

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Our oak tree, which I hope will stay upright for many more years, is very old, but nowhere nearly as old as the oldest oak in Wales, which got blown down last Wednesday night:
The oldest oak in Wales – and probably one of the oldest oak trees in northern Europe – has grown in the Ceiriog Valley near Chirk, north Wales, since 802 and measured 12.9m in girth. Legend states that the Welsh prince Owain Gwynedd rallied his army under the tree in 1157, before defeating the English King Henry ll at the nearby battle of Crogen, and that the tree was spared when Henry had his men cut down the Ceiriog woods in 1165.

42 comments:

campy said...

For me, just the usual Earth Day ritual — fell a stand of virgin timber, strip-mine a field of wildflowers, dump toxic waste on a pristine beach.

HA said...

That oak would make excellent firewood.

viator said...

This Earth Day Celebrate Vladimir Lenin's Birthday!

“Adopting a central organizing principle means embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution, every treaty and alliance, every tactic and strategy, every plan and course of action to use, in short, every means to halt the destruction of the environment.”
Al Gore

Jay said...

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Leaving as many lights on in my home as possible and going for a joy ride in my gas guzzling SUV.

Oh, and I'll probably find some garbage to throw out the window during that joy ride too.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Horrible about the tree in Wales. Very old trees are often very ugly, so at least it wasn't a huge aesthetic loss.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

P.S. For Earth day, if I find myself over by the mall, I'll grin at the Tahoes and Suburbans parked in the "high efficiency vehicle" spots.

tim said...

I pooped in my yard.

SGT Ted said...

I will be ignoring Earth Day, which is just an attempt to celebrate and glorify the neo- Communism that has taken over the environmental movement.

Earth Day is the Christmas of the leftwing environmentalist propaganda calendar.

I don't do leftwing propaganda bullshit. Neither should you.

campy said...

Eight comments in and I'm really looking forward to our regular lefties waking up and seeing this thread.

tim said...

They should have cut down that tree and made something useful out of it (like a gun or something) before it got all old and empty.

Ed Kaulakis said...
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Ed Kaulakis said...

Earth Day always reminds me of my heavy responsibilities to our Mother Gaia.

I shall fly up the Marin County with the entourage and with the Count take his hounds out and cull some peasants. It's so amusing to see them try to defend themselves with those sticks and stones.

It's for their own good, in the larger picture. We'll only get the sick and slow ones, and overall it improves my PPACA III metrics with the King.

John Burgess said...

I heard that Florida Costcos are having a special on manatee burgers.

Rusty said...

I got up around 5. Had my coffee., I'll celebrate earth Day by creating ozone and other gases that are the by product of welding steel or alum.. Create things using machine tools using oil or a water soluble variant to cool the cutting tool.
All to put chemical adhesives on nuts and bolts so that your Prius won't rattle apart on your way to an Earth Day celebration.

Rusty said...

John Burgess said...
I heard that Florida Costcos are having a special on manatee burgers.


Baby Harp Seal flipper pie.

google it.

bpm4532 said...

I've got some debris piled up from trees and limbs that fell over the winter along with other accumulated debris. Time to burn it up.

Rusty said...

tim said...
I pooped in my yard.

I do that every day.

Rusty said...

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...
Horrible about the tree in Wales.


Speaking of whales. Maybe we could eat some. Whale sushi. I bet that would taste good,
After all what the hell are we saving them for?

Tank said...

I'm thanking God for the food he created to feed the hog which supplied the ribs I'm having for dinner tonight.

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Actually, I used to be concerned about the Earth and many of the things we do to it, but that has all been ruined by the insane "environmentalists." Damn them. I now can't stomach any of those groups. They have contaminated the field.

tim said...

Tank, my undergrad was environmental science, and I used to work at an environmental monitoring/cleanup company as a chemist then consultant to cities. I have spent so much of my time outside reveling in what the earth provides us (everything), but these jackwad statists do in the name of "the environment" make me want to drain my car oil directly on the ground, stab baby seals with elephant tusks and eat komodo dragon roasted in whale fat.

tim said...

kindly insert a "what" when you are reading.

Freeman Hunt said...

"What are you doing for Earth Day?"

Nothing.

Jeff Teal said...

I attended an all day seminar for the first Earth Day in 7th grade.Wanted to believe but the Firsters really turned me off -along with the conspiratorial anti-nuke people.Now I am going to cut my meadow today and glory in earth's incredible power to renew itself-without any help from the 7billion plus ants with egos.

edutcher said...

Give a tree-hugger the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate?

The Single Wing Peace Sign?

Ann Althouse said...

The Google doodle is charming.

Let me know what it is on Memorial Day.

viator said...

This Earth Day Celebrate Vladimir Lenin's Birthday!

That's about right.

Ken Lighcap said...

To celebrate Earth Day I just ordered Timothy's Decaf Colombian K-Cup packs for Keurig Brewers, 50 count for $29.99 through the Althouse Amazon Portal.

Now off to the forest to find some Druids.

caplight45 said...

To celebrate Earth Day I just ordered Timothy's Decaf Colombian K-Cup packs for Keurig Brewers, 50 count for $29.99 through the Althouse Amazon Portal.

Now off to the forest to find some Druids.

Freeman Hunt said...

Last year on Earth Day, my Facebook feed was full of pictures of things children made at school out of trash.

"You don't have to throw things away. You can recycle them into useful things, like this pencil holder made out of a tin can covered in woven strips of bright, colorful labels!"

Just think if you tried to live that way, turning all of your trash into objects for your house. You'd end up with more knick-knacks than a house could hold, and they'd all look terrible!

Freeman Hunt said...

I also remember many years ago buying the Mac version of Office, and it came in a plastic box with a label that said I should keep it to hold pencils.

Always with the holding pencils. How many pencils do people have? How many pencil containers could someone possibly need?

Eustace Chilke said...

Why isn't Google's doodle Earth shown heating up and having awful weather and being drowned by rising oceans?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

This is Earth Day?? Ho hum.

After coffee and breakfast (yogurt and granola) the yard guy that my husband bought for me will arrive....see not all the peasants get hounded and hunted in Marin County....and I have a list of tasks. Cut down the dead pie cherry tree (mourn), dig up the runners on the silver maple. Prune the suckers off of the wild plum trees and santa rosa plum trees. Dig out and remove several oregon grape bushes who have decided to invade the rose beds. Weed wack the edges of the property and around the areas that I cannot mow. Plus some other heavy lifting types of jobs.

I plan to use Round Up and nuke the driveways and the gravel around the raised planting beds. Put in the concrete walking path stones in preparation for the final layer of gravel before we fence in the area.....damned deer!!!. Dig up the leeks that self propagated last year and make some soup with them. Transplant the lavender bushes to a more sunny location. Run the riding mower around the property and cut off the heads of the weeds and grass.

Later today...Burn the limbs from last years pruning this afternoon and have some cocktails while watching the flames, smoke and massive amounts of CO2 go up into the air.

Normal day.

Darrell said...

Last year I made some kids out of trash and I just found out they are still at school. It comes in handy for that Fed money linked to attendance.

Beta Rube said...

I'm getting my '99 Denali out of mothballs and tail gating Subaru hippie cars with Coexist bumper stickers. Good times.

kimsch said...

The environazis would have us believe that we are just a thimbleful of "____" away from ruining the earth forever. Stop all human activity!

The Gulf oil spill was going to take years, if not decades, of human operated cleanup. And yet, the vast majority was cleaned up fairly quickly and Nature herself did a lot of it.

I don't think polluting for polluting's sake is good, but the Earth is far stronger than the environazis would have us believe.

Kensington said...

Earth Day.

There isn't an eyeroll emoticon big enough...

Kensington said...

Earth Day.

Maybe I'll stick my dick in a tree for the sake of harmonizing with nature.

Mick Havoc said...

I am going to ride my bike with the open pipes to the nearest rally and drown out the folksingers.
Then I will take the Cadillac to the rifle range, wring out the AK47 and throw my Pabst cans out the window on my way home.

Rusty said...

The latest flooding caused the State of Illinois to open the locks that keep the Chicago River from emptying into Lake Michigan. There is a real possibility of asian snakehead carp being released into the lake. Just in time for earth Day!

Amartel said...

Have your oak checked every year or so by a tree doctor/arborist. Those big branches have a tendency to fall off and take a porch down with them.

Ambrose said...

The Google doodle gets the phases of the moon wrong. A crescent moon does not rise at sunset and set at sunrise - only a full moon does that.

Sam L. said...



Got all my lights on and the heat turned up.

eddie willers said...

I usually burn a tire to celebrate Earth Day.

Alex said...

Only use 2 squares of toilet paper today.