Mark Kevin G Garbin

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The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

For Those Itching To Etch, Great Wall Now Has A Graffiti Zone

Chinese authorities are trying to contain a growing problem — graffiti written on and carved into the stones of the Great Wall of China — by giving tourists a designated section on which they can leave their marks.<p>China News Service reports that "Mutianyu, a famous section of the Great Wall of …

DOA budget may have life after death

Yes, we all know President Barack Obama’s budget is dead on arrival. But there are parts you should read anyway.<p>Why? Because a president’s budget proposals don’t have to get through Congress to have an impact on the political debate. There are always going to be pieces that will show up again in …

The Steel in Barack Obama’s Spine

In Ukraine, the president may face his toughest foreign policy test yet. Is he up to the task?<p>As Vladimir Putin’s troops seize control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, President Obama is facing what some have called the biggest foreign policy challenge of his presidency. True or not, it’s clear his …

Stunning Celebrity Portraits Taken at Vanity Fair's Oscar Party

<b>Lupita Nyong'o</b><p>Did you catch last night's Oscars? If not, here's a quick recap. Jareto Leto and Lupita Nyong'o gave two eloquent and moving acceptance speeches, Ellen (or rather Bradley Cooper) took a celebrity-filled selfie that broke Twitter, and Leonardo DiCaprio didn't win..again. Of course, the …