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President Kennedy feeding a deer. Next morning wonders why no toast at breakfast, told he fed entire supply to deer

Holiday Greetings from Caroline Kennedy: Photo of President Kennedy feeding bread to a deer in Lassen National Park


Caroline Kennedy

This card, from the US Senate-hopeful, read: "In this season of Joy, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum thanks you for your friendship and good will and we wish you a year of peace and happiness."

In the photo, President Kennedy fed bread to a deer in Lassen National Park, Calif., in September 1963. The next morning when the president asked why there was no toast with his breakfast, he was told he had fed the entire supply to the deer.


Photos courtesy of Cecil Stoughton

Original Source: Boston Globe

Plan in Brazil bears vision of forest protector shot to death 20 years ago trying to save the Amazon rain forest

Amazonian landscape, with a shaft of light

“Development” or destruction of the planet? The value of a standing forest could be more than the value of a forest burned and logged in the name of development. How many more trees would be cut, forests burned down in the name of development in days not far behind us, and time ahead?


RIO DE JANEIRO — Twenty years ago, a Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper was shot to death at his home in Acre State by ranchers opposed to his efforts to save the Amazon rain forest. After his death at age 44, Francisco Alves Mendes, better known as Chico, became a martyr for a concept that is only now gaining mainstream support here: that the value of a standing forest could be more than the value of a forest burned and logged in the name of development.

This month, Brazil took what environmentalists hope will be a big step forward in realizing Mr. Mendes’s vision. The government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva introduced ambitious targets for reducing deforestation and carbon dioxide emissions in a nation that is one of the world’s top emitters of this heat-trapping gas.

Francisco Alves Mendes, pictured in 1988, was killed by ranchers opposed to his efforts to save the rain forest  read more »

Rock-and-roll star Elvis Presley drafted today in 1957 while spending Christmas at Graceland, shipped to Germany

Elvis Presley is seen in this undated file photo in Army uniform at Company ‘D’ 1st Battalion 32nd Armor, barracks area, in Friedberg, Germany


By December of 1957, Elvis Presley was twenty-three years old, healthy, rich, and more famous than he could ever dreamed. Everything he touched turned to gold. It was as if nothing could get in his way. That is, until December 10, 1957, when Elvis received a letter from the Memphis Draft Board notifying him that he was up for the next military draft. Army, Navy, and Air Force recruiters immediately called to offer him special enlistment opportunities if he signed up before being drafted. The Navy even offered to form an "Elvis Presley Company" that would include soldiers from the Memphis area. Elvis declined all the enlistment offers and decided to take his changes with the draft. On December 19, nine days after he received his initial draft notification, Elvis got final word from the Memphis Draft Board; he was to report for induction into the Army on January 20, 1958, the very same day he was scheduled to start filming King Creole.

Elvis Presley smiles for a photo in his Army uniform  read more »

10 of the best cities offering quality life measured by traffic congestion, air quality, and personal safety

Zurich, Switzerland


Zurich, Switzerland
Mercer score: 108
GDP: $300.9 billion (2007 est.)
Population: 7,581,520 (total country); 347,517 (total city)
Life expectancy: 80.74 years

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria
Mercer score: 107.9
GDP: $319.7 billion (2007 est.)
Population: 8,205,533 (total country); 1,825,287 (total city)
Life expectancy: 79.36 years

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada
Mercer score: 107.6
GDP: $1.274 trillion (2007 est.)
Population: 33,212,696 (total country); 560,000 (total city)
Life expectancy: 81.16 years

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand
Mercer score: 107.3
GDP: $112.6 billion (2007 est.)
Population: 4,173,460 (total country); 1.18 million (total city)
Life expectancy: 80.24 years

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany
Mercer score: 107
GDP: $2.833 trillion (2007 est.)
Population: 82,369,548 (total country); 1,332,650 (total city)
Life expectancy: 79.1 years

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia
Mercer score: 106.3
GDP: $766.8 billion (2007 est.)
Population: 20,600,856 (total country); 4,297,100 (total city)  read more »

Cartoons: Noah’s Ark - recession edition, Christmassy profit chart, Obama’s senate seat for bail-bonds, & more...

cartoon: Size of bailout request vs. Automakers’ mode of transportation arriving at hearing

Not Lincoln’s seat too?

At least, it’s Christmassy.

funny photo: a surprising episode on the road on wedding day

No…you can’t use that for collateral.

cartoon: Hey, it is my turn, my term!

Noah’s Ark: Recession Edition

Images courtesy of John Klossner, Mike Peters / Dayton Daily News / King Features Syndicate, P.C. Vey,, Nick Anderson / Houston Chronicle, Hajo / CWS, and Riber / Cagle Cartoons

Ted Turner:“I’ve never asked for a bailout. Where does it end?” Big Three ask for $25 bil. Market’s bailout doubts

Time - 10 Questions for Ted Turner”


10 Questions for Ted Turner

Time: “What did you think of the $700 billion bailout plan?”

Turner: “When I was running CNN we never had any money and I never asked for a bailout. Where does it end? AIG, you know, they need $40 billion more and we only gave them a hundred billion last week, didn't we? It's just ridiculous. And now General Motors. They said we're going to give them $25 billion to retool. Retool what? They'll run through that money so fast they'll be back wanting more. We can't keep every loser alive.”

Lee Seong-tae, governor of the Bank of Korea, uses his laptop during a meeting to decide a benchmark call rate at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 11, 2008. The central bank said it was slashing its benchmark seven-day repurchase rate to 3 percent from 4 percent during a regular policy meeting Thursday

Wall Street sputters on weak data, bailout doubts  read more »

Nobel Prize’08: Japan attracts top talents. Share chemistry prize, split physics award with American scientists

Alfred Bernhard Nobel (Stockholm, 21 Oct. 1833 - Sanremo, Italy, 10 Dec. 1896), a Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, armaments manufacturer & the inventor of dynamite. He owned Bofors, a major armaments manufacturer



The Nobel Prize (Swedish: Nobelpriset) is a Swedish prize, established in the 1895 will of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel; in his will, he used his enormous fortune to institute the Nobel Prizes. The synthetic element nobelium was named after him. It was first awarded in Peace, Literature, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Physics in 1901. An associated prize, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, was instituted by Sweden's central bank in 1968 and first awarded in 1969.

In the Swedish capital of Stockholm, December 10 means Nobel Day. For the prizewinners this is the high point of a week of speeches, conferences and receptions. Years of hard work are rewarded with a medal from the Swedish king, followed by a gala banquet.  read more »

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