Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Robinson Crusoe. Nat. Parks. Sulfites.

The 'off the beaten track' places don’t get the news coverage that the large cities do.

"At least five people were killed by the tsunami on Robinson Crusoe Island off Chile's coast and huge waves devastated the port city of Talcahuano, near hard-hit Concepcion on Chile's mainland.

3 March 2010 Update - All the community facilities and many homes were washed away: school, cultural and community center, community gymnasium, municipality offices, fishermen's syndicate offices, fishermen's bodegas, preschool, most of the shops and many homes are gone. Casualties will likely exceed 20." Link to newly posted Videos and Photos.
Robinson Crusoe islanders reportedly saved by girl:


ABC Project Site Hit by Devastating Tsunami:

"Robinson Crusoe Island, part of the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, and the site of a key ABC project to save the threatened Juan Fernandez Firecrown, was hit by a series of devastating tidal waves following the massive earthquake off the coast of Chile. ABC extends its support and best wishes to all those on the islands who were affected, and to its partner, the Juan Fernandez Islands Conservancy, who will have much work to do to recover. Watch a news video of the destruction following the tsunami. The conservation organization Oikonos has set up a web page for people to donate to help all those faced with the rebuilding and recovery effort. "    Visit the Oikonos Donation

Rare Hummingbirds on Robinson Crusoe Island:

“The global population of the Firecrown, a beautiful red hummingbird, is restricted to a small part of a single island, Isla Robinson Crusoe, in the Juan Fernández Archipelago off the coast of Chile. From:

Oh, and while I am at it, charity begins at home.   Please make your voice heard:

Mark Polk of RV 101 sends this urgent plea:

“I am really concerned for some of the states being affected by park closings and reductions, and I can only hope it never spills over to our national parks. The President's 2011 budget request for National Park Service is 21.6 million lower than the current 2010 fiscal year budget. The National Park Service is already grossly under funded. The first step is always to cut the funding. In reality the Park Service budget is miniscule compared to the federal budget. It is a small price to pay to be good stewards of this precious land.

Make your voice heard by asking Congress to boost national park funding levels rather than lower them.” More at:

“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

“Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.”~Theodore Roosevelt


At my doctor’s appointment today, he examined me, and he is sending me to an allergist.  My sinuses and hives are still not getting better.  We think it might be an allergy to sulphites.
Sulphites are not required to be on labels, in the US yet, so I am being very careful before eating anything.  He wants me to see the allergist, before I go to an ENT doctor. 

He has prescribed an allergy medicine for me that does not contain any sulphites, but I will have to go back tomorrow as the pharmacy didn’t have any today.

Doesn't this picture of Robinson Crusoe Island look familiar?  See:

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