Koch-Funded Organizations Launch New Campaign To Protect Big Oil Profits

Even the grass displays the pattern of decay - the lower level is dead and brown, while the newer sprouts on top, which haven't been exposed to ozone for as long, are still green.
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party - NY Times
"The Koch brothers agenda is morphing into the Republican agenda. "Their program opposes a federal deficit, but has no objection to running up trillions in red ink in tax cuts to corporations and the superrich; apologizes to corporate malefactors like BP and derides money put in escrow for oil spill victims as a slush fund; opposes the extension of unemployment benefits; and calls for a freeze on federal regulations in an era when abuses in the oil, financial, mining, pharmaceutical and even egg industries (among others) have been outrageous."
Oil company owned by Tea Party's billionaire brothers gives $1 million to fight California's climate change law, from the San Jose Mercury News.
Roaming closer to the tupelo, which has already lost most of its leaves.
Koch Industries Funds Attack on Science Linking Formaldehyde and Cancer

Branches are bare.
Voter Beware: Concentrated Corporate Power Is Creating Deceptive Elections.
Just a few of the remaining leaves have any tinge of the vibrant red they should be.
This is a tupelo in 2008.
Even more, ruminations by Professor Coyne on the deceptive Koch exhibit about evolution at the Smithsonian.
The only good thing was discovering that for some reason, under the sparse grass, is a spreading layer of wild thyme, which is one of my favorite herbs, vying for most fragrantly evocative with basil and tarragon.
Here for the purpose of comparison, is a post from last year about the Tupelo and another, with a link to a very bizarre song.
On the way to DC we stopped for lunch.  I realized I have always HATED powerboats, planes, ATV's, cars, helicopters, and RV's.  Now I know why.  They are going to cause the end of our formerly gorgeous earth.
This view from the restaurant in Maryland reveals trees in decline, just as they are everywhere else.