1) Sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, of the Dixie Chicks, who went on hiatus in 2008, have formed their own duo, Court Yard Hounds.  This is from their new album, Court Yard Hounds, they do like to keep things simple 🙂 , just released.  From a scale of one (I’d rather listen to squealing cats), to five (love it) how do you rate the song?

Delight (Something New Under the Sun)

Their web site – http://www.courtyardhounds.com

2) One of my favorite news picture sites is the Boston Globe’s “The Big Picture”.


Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from the volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland, the ash from which is still disrupting travel in Europe (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson).

Another online paper with great pictures is the Christian Science Monitor.  From today’s photo of the day slideshow.


Young novice monks play with toy bubble guns during an event to celebrate Children’s Day at the Chogye Temple in Seoul on Wednesday


3) The Nature.com blog The Great Beyond reports information about the number of nuclear warheads in the US arsenal.


From the post:

“As of 30 September 2009, there were 5,113 nuclear warheads in US military arsenals. According to the Department of Defense, this is down 84% from the peak of 31,255 warheads reached in 1967. In addition, “several thousand additional nuclear warheads are retired and awaiting dismantlement” and the US does not count these as part of its stockpile.”

There are some in the government, military, and the public who say we need to build more.  Exactly how many nuclear warheads will it take for you to feel safe? 10,000? 30,000? 2?