From boingboing - "A Washington DC train station was shut down for a couple hours recently as a bomb squad investigated this "hobo polo bear" standing near a trash can. Turns out, the stuffed animal was part of a collaboration between Greenpeace and prankster artist Mark Jenkins."
One of the boingboing comments - "When society starts to spontaneously generate scenes identical to what could be found in a Hieronymus Bosch painting it is time to either join in or run like hell."
Meanwhile, polar bear habitats continue to deteriorate due to global warming, and the federal government refuses to list polar bears as an endangered species. VP candidate Palin was fighting to keep them from being listed as endangered well before her VP nomination. You can read her op-ed piece in the NY times. Here's what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has to say - link.
From Sky News - A firefighter delivered the mouth-to-meowth after rescuing a cat from a burning apartment in New Bedford, Massachusetts. link
From wikipedia - "Linguistic note: The word "kawaii" in Japanese has a broader definition than the English word "cute". When applied to pop culture, "cute" will suffice; however "kawaii" refers primarily to the affection of a parent toward a child coupled with the protectiveness for the innocent and weak. Thus a pop cartoon character is considered "kawaii" because it exemplifies the innocence of a child and evokes general protective, caring instincts in the viewer. Other translations of "kawaii" can include "precious", "lovable" or "innocent"."
Spent the last couple days hiking in Harriman State Park, on side-trails crisscrossing the Appalachian Trail. We took the train from Penn Station to Tuxedo NY and made over Bear Mountain, across the Hudson to Manitou. We swam in a lake, saw a lot of deer, climbed some rocks, narrowly escaped a thunderstorm, and slept above a rattlesnake nest. I wish I was still out there.