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Donkees's Journal
Donkees's Journal
December 28, 2021

Photos: Ice Crystals Form on Frozen Bubbles

photographer: Michelle Lynn Fritz

photographer: Hope Carter

photographer: Hope Carter

photographer: Hope Carter

photographer: Hope Carter

PIC BY Don Komarechka / Caters news

PIC BY Don Komarechka / Caters news

Dry ice freezes soap bubbles, forming frost patterns. (photo: Julian Schmuckli)

December 24, 2021

Preserved embryo found inside fossilized dinosaur egg - 'Baby Yingliang' animated reconstruction

Dec 22, 2021

Animated life reconstruction of a close-to-hatching oviraptorosaur dinosaur embryo, based on the new specimen “Baby Yingliang.”

Video Credit: Lida Xing


A 72 to 66-million-year-old embryo found inside a fossilised dinosaur egg sheds new light on the link between the behaviour of modern birds and dinosaurs, according to a new study.

The embryo, dubbed ‘Baby Yingliang’, was discovered in the Late Cretaceous rocks of Ganzhou, southern China and belongs to a toothless theropod dinosaur, or oviraptorosaur. Among the most complete dinosaur embryos ever found, the fossil suggests that these dinosaurs developed bird-like postures close to hatching.

Scientists found the posture of ‘Baby Yingliang’ unique among known dinosaur embryos — its head lies below the body, with the feet on either side and the back curled along the blunt end of the egg. Previously unrecognised in dinosaurs, this posture is similar to that of modern bird embryos.

In modern birds, such postures are related to ‘tucking’ — a behaviour controlled by the central nervous system and critical for hatching success. After studying egg and embryo, researchers believe that such pre-hatching behaviour, previously considered unique to birds, may have originated among non-avian theropods.


December 18, 2021

Photos: Michigan Doctor: 'Bernie, what are you doing here?!'


We were driving around Michigan yesterday and Bernie Sanders saw a community health center Cherry Health MI and wanted to pop in.

Doctor: “Bernie, what are you doing here?!”
“Just wanted to thank you for the work you’re doing and hear from you"



Bernie Sanders standing with the striking Kellogg's workers in Michigan and going to the picket lines

September 8, 2021

Robert Reich: Happy birthday, my dear friend. You are a force.

Bernie Sanders has inspired and galvanized a new generation of young Americans who will create the progressive change we so desperately need in a country riddled with inequality and division.

Happy birthday, my dear friend. You are a force.


August 1, 2021


The Ashes

You were carried here by hands
and now the wind has you, gritty
as incense, dark sparkles borne

in the shape of blowing,
this great atmospheric bloom,
spinning under the bridge and expanding—

shape of wind and its pattern
of shattering. Having sloughed off
the urn's temporary shape,

there is another of you now—
tell me which to speak to:
the one you were, or are, the one who waited

in the ashes for this scattering, or the one
now added to the already haunted woods,
the woods that sigh and shift their leaves—

where your mystery billows, then breathes.

July 19, 2021

Rosebud Sioux Nation Burial Honors for Children disinterred at Carlisle



At the burial of the 9 Lakota youth disinterred from Carlisle Indian Boarding School in Pennsylvania brought back home to their Rosebud Sioux homelands and buried with honour. Brandi Morin@Songstress28

The youth have been covered by Grandmother Earth now
Brandi Morin@Songstress28
March 11, 2021

Sanders' campaign chief aiming to push Biden leftward


Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign manager is running a new media startup aiming to use ideologically driven storytelling to push the Biden administration to the left, the group tells Axios.

Why it matters: Faiz Shakir's new venture, dubbed More Perfect Union, scored a win last week when White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain shared its video about efforts to unionize an Alabama Amazon warehouse. It was an early sign the administration is attuned to the priorities of its party's left flank.

Klain's tweet came shortly after President Biden backed organizing efforts at the Amazon facility.

What's happening: Shakir told Axios he remains a political adviser to Sanders (I-Vt.).

He formed More Perfect Union and an advocacy arm late last year. The nonprofit groups are independent of Sanders' political operation but share its policy goals and some of its tactics, Shakir said.

"We have a desire for policy change or political change," Shakir said during an interview. "We aren't going to be afraid to say, 'Hey, you know, based off of our reporting, what we've learned on this, a policy solution to address this would be X, Y or Z.'"

A staff of 12 has already produced videos covering issues including student debt, marijuana legalization, technology policy and abortion.


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