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Panda Viewing

January 18, 2014

Panda Viewing

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park made a rare juvenile female Ailuropoda melanoleuca available for public observation today, and hundreds of researchers participated. Review of preliminary field notes indicates wide agreement that the specimen is a widdle bitty roly-poly fuzzy-wuzzy cutise-wootsie-poo.

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Happy New Year, Bambi

January 4, 2014

Happy New Year, Bambi

2014 sees the resumption of the white tailed deer hunt in DC’s Rock Creek Park. National Park Service sharpshooters are blasting the graceful critters again as part of a 15-year deer management plan. When NPS started the cull in 2012 there were 320 deer in the urban park, 77 deer per square mile. The target density NPS is shooting for: 15 to 20 deer per square mile. To provide a partially happy ending to this tale, venison harvested by the program is donated to programs for the homeless.

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Dan Snyder Fires Mike Shanahan

December 30, 2013

Dan Snyder Fires Dan Shanahan
Another American joined the ranks of the unemployed today as Dan Snyder, owner of Washington DC’s NFL team (the one with a racial slur for a name), fired coach Mike Shanahan.

Mr.Shanahan was the 7th head coach under team owner Snyder since he bought the franchise in 1999. Sounds like the franchise needs a new owner much more than a new coach. A new name wouldn’t hurt, either.

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DC’s NFL Team Lives Up to Its Name

November 19, 2013

DC's NFL Team Lives Up to Its Name

Washington DC’s professional football team lived up to its name in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The DC team, named after a variety of potato (USDA B 2368-4) with a red-pigmented skin, was buried in the turf like its namesake tuber for a 24 – 16 loss. Washington players will have plenty of time to plan their vegetable gardens since, with a 3-7 record, they’re probably gonna be out of the playoffs.

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Name the Panda Cub

November 9, 2013

The National Zoo’s cute little panda princess needs a name. Vote here (or here for the Chinese ballot). Voting closes November 22nd.

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“Name of zoo’s giant panda cub is going up for a vote,” Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post

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Bobby Parker, 1937 — 2013

November 5, 2013

Bobby Parker, 1937 -- 2013

Guitarist and singer Bobby Parker, beloved figure on DC’s Blues scene, passed away last Thursday in Bowie. Tributes from as far away as ArgentinaHungary, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and India have noted his passing.

More:

“Bobby Parker, influential blues singer-guitarist and showman,” Terence McArdle, Washington Post

“Blues Guitarist Bobby Parker Dies at Age 76,” Ally Schweitzer, Washington City Paper blog

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Metro Shuttle Buses

November 4, 2013

Metro Shuttle Buses

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority closed the Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza, Federal Center SW, and Capitol South subway stations for construction work on tracks and station platforms this past weekend. Metro buses were used to bridge the rail line gaps. Since subway trains can haul 1,000 to 1,400 passengers and a bus fits only about 75, it took lots of buses. The logistics reminded us of the Berlin Airlift (June 27, 1948 to May 12, 1949) when British and U.S. airplanes flew food and coal into West Berlin, which had been blockaded by the Soviets.

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Halloween Bus, Anacostia

November 1, 2013

Halloween Bus, Anacostia

Westbound Circulator bus, Anacostia Metro stop, 7:00 PM October 31, 2013.

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GWU Misrepresents Admissions Policy. Again.

October 22, 2013

GWU Misrepresents Admission Policy. Again.
You won’t find DC’s George Washington University in the US News & World Report ranking of best colleges. Last year GWU admitted that it had been inflating admission data for a decade. The school claimed that 78% of incoming freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes, but the real figure was 58%. The stats may have been goosed to get a higher ranking in the USN&WR college listing.

Until October 21st the website of this $60,000-a-year school reassured applicants that “Requests for financial aid do not affect admissions decisions.” That was another misrepresentation. The first sorting of applications is done “need blind,” but after that applications from rich students go to the head of the line while those from the less-wealthy are wait-listed.

Before The Hatchet student newspaper revealed the truth, GWU’s website claimed that its admissions policy was “need-blind.” The university now admits it is “need-aware.” The school’s motto is Deus Nobis Fiducia, “God is Our Trust.” perhaps it should be “Got a Trust Fund?”

George Washington University may be named after a man who “cannot tell a lie,” but it seems to be run by Pinocchio.

More:

“Pretending to Be Need-Blind,” Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

“George Washington University Has for Years Claimed to be ‘Need-Blind.’ It’s Not.” Marian Wang, ProPublica

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Stop Spying!

October 21, 2013

Stop Spying!
More than 570,000 people have signed the StopWatching.Us petition demanding that Congress probe the NSA’s Internet spying programs and reform the USA PATRIOT Act and the FISA< Amendments Act that allow it.

StopWatching.Us is broad bipartisan coalition of organizations including the ACLU, American Library Association,  the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, Freedom Works, the Libertarian Party, Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition, MoveOn.org, Mozilla, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, PEN American Center, RootsAction.org, Women in Media & News, World Wide Web Foundation, Writers Guild of America West, and many others. They’re all gathering in Washington DC on Saturday, October 26th to protest against mass surveillance. Participants will gather at Columbus Circle in front of Union Station at Noon and march to the Capitol Reflecting Pool. More here.

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