Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

These photos, taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Arthur Rothstein, show cowboys and friends at Quarter Circle U Ranch in Big Horn County, Montana as they gather their herds for the seasonal roundup. Roundups were conducted within a specific amphitheater area and were not used to move cattle from one point to another. Instead, roundup was the process of gathering and gathering all the cattle that were grazing in that specific area. Roundup was held twice a year, in spring and fall. Spring Roundup was an opportunity to gather all the calves together to be branded and counted, so a rancher knew exactly how many calves were born that year. In addition to the branding, Cowboys differentiated the market-era steers (known as "beeves") that were sold.