Bumble Bee and Honey Bee ceramic hive project 10/2017
Bumble Bee's and Honey Bee's, and other native Bee species are essential pollinatiors for tree's, flowers and agricultural crops. Because of loss of habitat, these insects need our help, to continue to thrive. Creating sanctuaries for them on organic farms, our backyards, and in surrounding landscape we can help support them by helping them to thrive and be a vital part of our ecosystem . Along with the hives, this project encompasses sowing seeds of native flower species per region, and providing them with the plants they need to continue to propagate their varied species. People will benefit, the bee's will benefit and the plants will all benefit from this project. Also, round hive structures are believed to be the most natural home for Bee's. Thanks for your support in helping bee's to thrive.
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PERMACULTURE GARDEN DESIGN
2009-present, Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Ongoing worm trench composting using pathways.
Soaker hose irrigation and mulch retains moisture in soil.
Used all recycled wood and tiles.
Worm composting increases soil height by 12 inches
Fire and Darkness, Poster installation, NYC,1987
Persian Gulf Ambush, 1987, Re-creation of painted artwork on traffic island opposite Flatiron building NYC. 7/2017
Navy Escorts 2 Tankers Into Persian Gulf
July 23, 1987|CHARLES P. WALLACE | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
KUWAIT — A naval convoy of three U.S. warships and two "reflagged" Kuwaiti oil tankers steamed through the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday and entered the war-plagued Persian Gulf without interference from Iran.
As the convoy cleared its first hurdle, Iran stepped up its criticism of the U.N. Security Council for demanding a cease-fire in the almost seven-year-long war between Iran and Iraq. But the Tehran government gave no sign that it would be the first to violate the truce.
The five-ship American convoy, which the Pentagon code-named Operation Earnest Will, set off from the Gulf of Oman and sailed through the strategic strait at midday.
Silkworm Missile Sites
With the cruiser Fox in the vanguard, the warships herded the two Kuwaiti tankers safely through the strait and past several sites that the Iranians have prepared for deployment of Silkworm ground-to-ship missiles obtained from China.
The destroyer Kidd and the frigate Crommelin were positioned between the tankers and the Iranian shore during the passage through the strait.
Sailors aboard the Navy vessels were kept at battle stations, the highest state of alert, during the passage, and shipping officials said the escorts broadcast warnings to other shipping to remain at least 10,000 yards away.
Called by some the "chokepoint of the Middle East," the Strait of Hormuz at its narrowest point is only 24 miles wide, and ships passing through are less than 15 miles from Iranian territory.
The two tankers, the 401,000-ton Bridgeton and the 46,000-ton Gas Prince, flew their new American flags, which were hoisted Tuesday to mark the official re-registration of the ships in the United States.
In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Robert B. Sims said the convoy was traveling at 16 knots--the top speed of the tankers. He said that at this pace, the vessels would reach their destination, the Al Ahmadi oil complex just off Kuwait, at about noon local time on Friday.
He said that as the ships passed through the Strait of Hormuz, there was no sign of "significant" Silkworm activity. Nor, he said, was there any indication that the missiles had been deployed.
"We noted no hostile intent on the part of any ships or aircraft," he said, and Iranian forces conducted only "normal patrol activity," involving boats and airplanes.
May 18, 1987
IRAQI MISSILE HITS U.S. NAVY FRIGATE IN PERSIAN GULF
By JOHN H. CUSHMAN Jr., Special to the New York Times
WASHINGTON, Monday May 18— A United States Navy frigate in the Persian Gulf was struck Sunday by a missile fired from an Iraqi warplane, causing serious damage and many casualties, the Reagan Administration said.
The guided missile frigate, the Stark, was struck and set afire by at least one of two Exocet sea-skimming missiles fired by a pair of jets, a Government official said.
Early this morning, a Pentagon official said that three crew members were known to be dead and that 30 others, including two missing overboard and others trapped inside the ship, could not be accounted for.
Although the fires on the ship appeared to be under control, the official said, one part of the ship remained ''too hot to enter.'' It might take hours to enter this section of the ship, and until this could be done many sailors were expected to be listed as unaccounted for. Strike Termed 'Inadvertent'
The Pentagon spokesman, Robert Sims, said that the strike appeared to have been ''inadvertent.''
The damage to the ship was serious, but was brought under control within a few hours, a State Department spokesman said. He said that some injured sailors were taken off the ship, but that most of the crew remained on board.
Earlier Sunday evening, Secretary of State George P. Shultz said that the entire crew had been removed from the vessel, and that she was ''dead in the water.'' The State Department spokesman said these remarks were inaccurate. Muster of the Crew
The casualty figures were evidently produced only after the captain of the ship could muster the crew in the early daylight hours in the gulf. For several hours after the attack, which occurred in darkness, confusing and often conflicting reports of the damage to the ship and the casualties incurred had reached Washington.
Mr. Shultz said the United States regarded the attack ''with great seriousness.'' The State Department also said it wanted a full explanation. Announcement by Iraq
It was the first serious strike on American forces in the Persian Gulf during the war between Iran and Iraq, in which the warring nations have made dozens of attacks against each other's ships and those of third nations. The war began in 1980. Iraq announced Sunday night that its warplanes had hit what it described as ''two large naval targets'' off the Iranian coast in the northern gulf. The Greek merchant marine ministry said in Athens that a Cypriot flag tanker had also been hit.
The Stark was about 85 miles northeast of Bahrain when she was hit, Pentagon officials said. This put her well outside the declared ''keep-out zones'' imposed by the warring nations, which have sought to prevent shipping to each other's ports.
The ships were struck on the same day that the Soviet press agency Tass announced that a Soviet oil tanker had hit a mine in the Persian Gulf. Reagan Notified
Dan Howard, a White House spokesman, said the attack on the American frigate occurred Sunday at 2:10 P.M., Eastern daylight time. He said Frank C. Carlucci, the national security adviser, notified President Reagan of the attack at 3:30 P.M. and gave Mr. Reagan additional briefings.
The ship is one one of seven American surface ships in the Middle East Force, which escort American merchant vessels in the Persian Gulf. Two of these ships, the destroyers Waddell and Conyngham, arrived to assist the Stark within hours of the attack, Pentagon officials said. Other ships and aircraft also were coming to assist, officials said.
France supplies Exocet missiles to Iraq, which has used them against shipping bound for Iran. The attack against the Stark appeared to have been launched from two Iraqi Mirage F-1 fighter jets, also built by France, that may have fired from beyond the horizon. U.S. Neutral in War
The Exocet, designed to seek out ships as targets, can be fired from beyond visual range. If it misses one target, it can continue on and strike another.
The United States has said it is neutral in the war, but Washington recently arranged with Kuwait to extend the American escort to some merchant ships headed to and from Kuwaiti ports and oil terminals. Kuwait, which has aided Iraq in the war, sought similar protection from the Soviet Union. The main function of American escorts has been seen to be protection against attacks by Iran, rather than Iraq.
The State Department said it had ''strongly protested'' the attack to the Iraqi Ambassador in Washington and had instructed the American Ambassador in Baghdad to do likewise.
Before Mr. Shultz made his comment about the ship being ''dead in the water,'' Pentagon officials had said the vessel was moving toward Bahrain under her own power. After he spoke, Government officials said it was not clear how many crew members remained on board or whether the ship was able to move under her own power.
The Stark, whose home port is in Mayport, Fla., left there in February and has been in the Persian Gulf region for about two months.
The Stark carries a crew of about 200. She is armed with guided missiles and other weaponry, and is capable of serving as a landing platform for helicopters.
Until recently, the Pentagon had an aircraft carrier and escort ships stationed in the northern Arabian Sea, within easy flight distance of the gulf. But that carrier, the Kitty Hawk, is now in the Mediterranean, an official said tonight. The nearest aircraft carrier is the Constellation, which is in the Indian Ocean but beyond easy range of the gulf.
Earlier this year, the Reagan Administration ordered United States warships inside the Persian Gulf to keep a close watch on American and allied ships, and it offered to escort ships to Kuwait, which is situated at the head of of the Gulf.
In recent months, the American escorts have moved farther north in the Gulf than they used to venture, according to Pentagon officials. Until the war against shipping became a troublesome issue, the ships were there mainly to maintain an American presence. Now, they stay in radio communications with American flag vessels, fly helicopter patrols over the busy waterway, and otherwise seek to assure safety to shipping in the Gulf's international waters.