Words to avoid using if you don’t want the government spying on you
If you use several of these hundreds of words (such as ‘pork,’ ‘cloud,’ ‘wave’ or ‘smart’), there’s a chance you might get flagged by the government.
The last surviving witness to the Lincoln assassination, on TV in 1956.
September 14, 1901: Theodore Roosevelt is Sworn in as President After William McKinley is Assassinated
On this day in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President of the United States upon William McKinley’s assassination. Roosevelt was 42 at the time, making him the youngest President until John F. Kennedy.
McKinley, who had been extremely resistant to accepting security measures, was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz about a week earlier in Buffalo, New York. Afterwards, Congress assigned the Secret Service the duty of protecting the President.
Photo: Assassination of President McKinley. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
Just 12 miles west of Las Vegas, the colorful, bare sandstone of the aptly named Rainbow Mountain Wilderness emerges from the valley floor, standing guard over the surrounding pinyon-juniper forest and Mojave Desert scrub below. Its sheer, towering red and white cliffs are cut by rugged, narrow, twisting canyons lined with willow, ash, and hackberry trees.
Encompassing 24,997 acres, this desert wonderland dominates the western view of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and is managed jointly by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
With springs, sandstone ‘pothole’ water tanks, and an elevation range of 3,000 feet, topping out at the 7,070-foot summit of Mount Wilson, the wilderness supports a wide variety of wildlife and unique plant communities. Deep, cool canyons host chain ferns as much as six feet tall and ponderosa pines, which usually thrive at higher elevations like the rocky outcrops further up the mountainsides.
Desert bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bobcats, mule deer, coyote, foxes, bats, squirrels, and numerous bird species also make their home in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness.
Photos by Bob Wick, BLM
— Edna St. Vincent Millay (via vintageanchorbooks)
Seal pup at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
A very young seal pup was spotted near the tide pools at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, surprising BLM staffers who are more accustomed to seeing baby seals in May or early June.
Meredith Matherly, the BLM education staffer at Yaquina who captured the photographs of the male pup, said the sighting on Cobble Beach was “extremely late in the season” but that there were no visible health issues.
“This one seemed healthy and happy, though,” said Matherly, adding that soon after the sighting the pup scooted into the water to meet mom and “ride on her back as he gets used to this big wide world!”
For more information on Yaquina Head, visit http://on.doi.gov/1lZfhcC
Monday is International Day of Democracy!
This year’s theme - Engaging Young People on Democracy - highlights the challenges and opportunities of young people engaging in democratic processes.
For more information, visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/
Here’s what Shakespeare’s plays sounded like with their original English accent…
In this short documentary, linguist David Crystal and his son, actor Ben Crystal, look at the differences between English pronunciation now and how it was spoken 400 years ago. They answer the most basic question you probably have right now — How do you know what it sounded like back then? — and they discuss the value of performing Shakespeare’s plays in the original accent.