2008 Lurie/UN Award winning political cartoons

December 13, 2008

Judges returned their ballots — the winners of the 2008 Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards have been announced at the United Nations.

First place to a Greek cartoonist, Michael Kountouris of Eleftheros Typos:

Michael Kountoris, Eleftheros Typos, 1st place in the Lurie/UN Cartoon Awards, 2008

Michael Kountoris, Eleftheros Typos, 1st place in the Lurie/UN Cartoon Awards, 2008

Of the 13 cartoons, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mentions, at least six touch on environmental topics.  Is this a representation of a the cartoons published in the past year?

All the cartoons honored deserve your viewing — go see them here.

The award is offered annually by the UN Correspondents Association in honor of Ranan Lurie, who probably still is the most widely syndicated cartoonist in history.  A sample of Lurie’s work, below the fold.

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Snow photos

December 13, 2008

Forecast is 70 degrees in Dallas on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Catherine Sherman has some photos of snow near Kansas City.  Nice stuff. (I don’t have her permission to copy the photo here — go see her blog.)

I particularly like her photo of the river birch tree.  It appeals to the botanist that still survives within me, plus it gives me hope about the proliferation of electronic cameras and the mass recording of things of interest to science.

Sherman writes that Kansas is the only state which has no native pines.  Is that accurate?  Does that count include Hawaii?  (What are the native pines of Hawaii?)

In short, it’s really cool.


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