We, The Owners... of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect UNION...

So, Will and I are watching this FANTASTIC Ken Burns' series right now that we checked out from the library (speaking of "fantastic" - remember the "library"?) and it reminds me how very proud I am to be an American. "NATIONAL" parks and "libraries"?? Something for a classless society? Well... How wonderfully social and evolved of US. Narrative begins 1 minute in.

Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is a six-episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

Oh, and John Muir? TOTAL badass if there ever was one.


NOVA, PBS and Animals Are Total Badasses. (period)

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA scienceNOW.

Humility would serve humanity well.

(I fricking LOVE this video. Thank you for this contribution, Deb.)

*** Can we please leave something "civil" in our "civilization"? Or shall we just privatize everything until it's the Middle Ages again and we live in serfdom... The behavior of wanting to strip away social responsibility, an investment into our culture, into our people - their well being, their education, this country's very future, is simply medieval.

Please sign if you're so inclined: "Congress must protect NPR and PBS and guarantee them permanent funding, free from political meddling."