Posts Tagged 'Mark Haymond'

The World of Bestor Plaza, the free-form heart of Chautauqua

The World of Bestor Plaza, the free-form heart of Chautauqua

A young boy blows bubbles on Bestor Plaza. One makes it past the squealing children and over the trees. Viewed from above, the bubble is a small world, encapsulating the plaza below in a psychedelic snowglobe.

The inhabitants of the bubble are free to do what makes them happy. Whistling balloon rockets and hovering frisbees make the airspace look like a futuristic highway, complete with flying saucers and soaring airships. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

‘Taxpayers’ watchdog’ recommends improvements for future reconstruction efforts

‘Taxpayers’ watchdog’ recommends improvements for future reconstruction efforts

When Stuart Bowen first visited Iraq in February 2004, he found that his reputation as a tough litigator had evidently preceded him. Walking through the halls of his new offices as newly appointed Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, he overheard one staffer telling another: “No, we can’t do that anymore. We have a new inspector general.

Bowen was appointed to oversee the handling of $63 billion in relief funds being poured into Iraq by the United States government after the U.S. had shifted strategy to stability and reconstruction efforts. Since 2004, he has produced financial benefits for the U.S. government totalling $1.8 billion, managed 390 audits and has been responsible for 84 convictions for fraud and other crimes.

Little brown bats almost gone, not forgotten

Little brown bats almost gone, not forgotten

A single bat dips and weaves over Chautauqua Lake.

It is a remarkable sight. The creature makes such tight turns that it seems ungoverned by inertia. It flies low over the water, leaving a thin wake behind it as it picks bugs out of the air, making tiny corrections in its flight path based on where its echolocation indicates there’s an insect. It may eat half of its body weight tonight.