One of the smallest vertebrates ever discovered

Found on an islet just off of Madagascar’s main island, the Brookesia micra — or Madagascar Miniature Chameleon — is one of the smallest vertebrates ever discovered.

According to Frank Glaw, who led the team of scientist responsible for the diminutive reptile’s discovery, the adult B. micra is scarcely larger than half an inch from nose to bottom.

“Maybe there’s a potential for a smaller species,” says Glaw, who is returning to Madagascar this November to seek out new species. “I’m sure there are many surprises awaiting discovery.”

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Starlings must die!

We (in the Americas) shoot these birds because they do considerable damage to our native species. I recognize that Starling numbers may be on the decline in Europe, and that it may bother European bird lovers that the starling is treated as a pest in North America. To those folks, I say, “You are welcome to come over here and collect as many as you would like”. I’ll even show you how to live capture them. :) We have far more than we need (which is zero). Ted.

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Weekly Standard:

In an interview tonight with News Channel 8’s Keith Cate from Tampa, President Obama praised his administration’s ability to “[use] the Internet more effectively” so that folks, “If they need a government service, they don’t have to navigate through 50 websites, they can go to one website so on those fronts we’ve done a lot, we’ve made a lot of progress.”

The president’s answer came in response to this question from Cate: “One final question, during the last campaign you talked about fundamentally changing the way Washington does business, a more efficient, more transparent, more creative Washington. Have you succeeded in that goal? Are we fundamentally better off? Is Washington a better place, is it working more efficiently?”

President Obama’s is unable to say that he has fundamentally changed “the way Washington does business.” Instead, he is only able to tout some website, pointing only to the smallest changes around the edges.

(think about it, obama says his most important achievement was tweaking a website?)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned.

Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama’s 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons.

No final decision has been made, but the administration is considering at least three options for lower total numbers of deployed strategic nuclear weapons cutting to around 1,000 to 1,100, 700 to 800, or 300 to 400, according to a former government official and a congressional staffer. Both spoke on condition of anonymity in order to reveal internal administration deliberations.

The potential cuts would be from a current treaty limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads.

Obama has often cited his desire to seek lower levels of nuclear weapons, but specific options for a further round of cuts had been kept under wraps until the AP learned of the three options now on the table.

(I know what to do with that 80%. Drop them on all those islamics who hate us. Tehran, Cairo, Tripoli, and more)

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Beltway Confidential:

President Obama threatened to veto legislation that would expand oil drilling in Alaska and offshore reserves and greenlight the Keystone XL pipeline construction, after he warned this morning that gas prices will continue to rise.

“Because this bill jeopardizes safety, weakens environmental and labor protections, and fails to make the investments needed to strengthen the Nation’s roads, bridges, rail, and transit systems,” the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said in a statement released this evening, “the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto this legislation.” Obama has only vetoed two bills so far in his presidency.

(obama’s domestic energy policy is simple…give to green companies so they can go bankrupt)

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Whose Job Is It To Feed Mooch? Hopefully Not This Person  Read it carefully, minor injury!

Most Corrupt City In America? Chicago Obama probably did more than his fair share here.

BBC: “America’s homeless resort to tent cities” Again, one of those you have to read everything you see.

White House Czar Calls Whitney Houston’s Death a “Teachable Moment”  The clueless yet again!