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Image of Mars taken by the Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2 on the Hubble Space Telescope. The image shows the Valles Marineris region. Valles Marineris is a valley so long that if it were placed in the United States it would stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Here, Valles Marineris begins near the word "Corn," heads down toward the word "Miscellaneous," and then heads up toward the word "Culture."

Image source:
National Space Science Data Center


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Corn Links (A rather silly selection of links!) Miscellaneous Links

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Astronomy & Other Space-related Links

On-line night sky chart
Offered by the Weather Underground, you enter your zip code and this site produces a chart showing what stars and planets are visible from your location tonight!

Getting Started in Astronomy
Some tips I have for those who want to become amateur astronomers.

Houston Astronomical Society

Astronomy Magazine
I highly recommend it.

Be sure to visit my "Space" page for lots more information about space, NASA and links to many other space-related sites.

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Futures Studies-type Links

Studies of the Future
University of Houston

World Futures Studies Federation

World Future Society

World Network of Religious Futurists

Worldwatch Institute

Social Technologies

Institute for Alternative Futures

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Political Links




Apollo Alliance

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Cost of the War in Iraq
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Martin Luther King, Jr. on War

"The past is prophetic in that it asserts that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows."

Thomas Jefferson on the income tax & otherwise helping the unemployed

"Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions or property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. If for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment be provided to those excluded from the appropriation. If we do not, the fundamental right to labor the earth returns to the unemployed."

Thomas Jefferson
Letter to James Madison
October 28, 1785

Note: The 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for a national income tax, was passed in 1913.

War, Patriotism & Dissent

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."

-- Herman Goering, quoted by Gustave Gilbert in Gilbert's book Nuremberg Diary.

Vietnam-era Defense Secretary Robert McNamara on Unilateral Invasion

We are the strongest nation in the world today, and I do not believe we should ever apply that economic, political or military power unilaterally. If we'd followed that rule in Vietnam, we wouldn't have been there. None of our allies supported us. If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we'd better re-examine our reasoning.

-- Robert McNamara, The Fog of War, 2004 documentary.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Four Freedoms

(From his January 6, 1941 Address to Congress)

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.



Cultural Links

Washington National Cathedral

Library of Congress

Museum of the Confederacy
Richmond, Virginia

The Friends Of Manassas National Battlefield Park

Houston Symphony

Houston Ballet

From Minnesota Public Radio

Houston's Alley Theatre

Houston Early Music

The Hermitage
St. Petersburg, Russia


Links RE: San Francisco (my favorite city)

San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Exploratorium

Save the Bay

Save the Redwoods League

Sea Lions -- Pier 39 Web cam

Pier 39



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Texas Links

State of Texas

The Handbook of Texas
A multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.
(A joint project of the University of Texas General Libraries and the Texas State Historical Association.)

Lone Star Junction
Texas history site

The Alamo

San Jacinto Monument & Museum

Sam Houston

Wind energy farm
Green Mountain Energy
Wind energy for Texans!

Smoking Vehicle Program
Report a motor vehicle emitting too much smoke!

Texas A&M University
Gig 'em Aggies!

Q: How do you know when an Aggie has been using your word processor?
A: There's whiteout on the screen.

Texas Citizens for Science

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Ft. Worth

Texas Wildflowers

Texas On-line

Galveston Bay Foundation

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Houston Links

City of Houston

Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Houston Chronicle
Houston's daily newspaper

Houston Press
Houston's alternative weekly

Harris County Office of Emergency Management

The 100 Club
Supporting peace officers, firefighters, and their families.

Houston mass transit agency

Rail on Richmond

Houston PBS

Houston Public Radio

Houston Pacifica Radio


Orion's Belt Bakery & Catering

Buffalo Bayou Partnership

The (Houston) Heritage Society

Leisure Learning Unlimited

Click for Houston, Texas Forecast

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Miscellaneous Links

The Charter for Compassion

My Church


South Park

BBC News

How Stuff Works

Green Bay Packers

Girl Scouts of America

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

National 4H Council

Primarily Primates
Providing a safe haven for abused or neglected primates and other animals.

The Onion

St. Josephat's Basilica
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Living Bank
Organ and Tissue Donation

Worst of the Web
Worst websites on the Info Superhighway
(I hope mine is never included!)

Official U.S. Time
Offered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Orkin Virtual Roach
All you'd ever want to learn about roach anatomy -- and more!

Current Heat Index for Antarctica


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Corn Links

A rather silly selection of links!

Watch corn grow in Iowa via the Information Superhighway!

Corn Production

Corn in the Classroom

History of Corn

Corn Recipes

Jolly Time Popcorn

The American Corn Growers Association
Why, of course!

The Corn Rootworm Homepage
A site dedicated to the study of that nasty little critter, Diabrotica virgifera, the Western Corn Rootworm.

The European Corn Borer Home Page
Another nasty pest.

Stalks of Corn Playing Baseball
The exciting, dramatic story of 5 Iowa college students -- apparently with far too much time on their hands -- who created an agricultural animation that gives a whole new meaning to "Field of Dreams."


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