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Billboard of the week

From a tw**t by George Takei, whom many of you will recognize as the actor who played Sulu on Star Trek. The billboard is an ad urging males to get medical tests to prevent serious problems later, and refers to ahrq.gov, the website of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and […]

Putin in manliness contest with Obama

The Cold War has given place to the Social Media War. According to the Torygraph, the Russian deputy prime minister has started a pissing contest between Putin and Obama: In a strange display of one upmanship, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin posted a picture on his Twitter account of President Vladimir Putin petting a leopard […]

VICE News: The Islamic State, part 5

This is the last installment of VICE News’s unprecedented inside coverage of the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The whole report can be seen in one go (42 minutes) here. This episode is called “Bulldozing the border between Iraq and Syria,” and VICE gives a precis: In the final installment of VICE News’ unprecedented look […]

Spot the crabs

[JAC: Sorry, folks; I can't stop the man. It's a form of madness.] by Matthew Cobb This picture appeared on Tw*tter, taken by Matt Nicholson, aka @SharkyNichol, whose bio says “Marine biologist, ecologist, and conservationist. From #Miami, now an MSc student at Uni of Exeter”.  His tw**t read: “Come try and find the camouflaging crabs #scienceinthesquare […]

Synechdoches I hate

“Boots on the ground” is today’s overused phrase.  Why not simply “soldiers”? Or “troops”? This shopworn phrase is even longer than the simpler alternative. It serves only one purpose: to make someone look like they’re either politically or militarily in the know. I can see it now—a report about Coachella or Burning Man that says, “There […]

A shot across Lebanon, Missouri’s bow

Twice the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has written to the Superintendent of Schools of the Lebanon, Missouri school district, and twice they have been met with silence. The FFRF’s complaint, you’ll recall, is about Lebanon High School Principal Kevin Lowery’s prayer at the last graduation—a prayer that clearly violated the First Amendment.  Principal Lowery […]

Friday music: Salut Salon

It’s gonna be a long day. Besides working on The Albatross, I had to dress up, which I hate, to get photographed for the dust jacket of The Albatross.  So let’s begin the day with some nice, upbeat music, played in a, well, acrobatic way. It’s Vivaldi, but you’ll recognize other songs as well. The YouTube notes […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

The next few weeks may be dicey, website-wise, as I’m working flat out on the Albatross. (I keep saying that but posts keep appearing.) Just don’t expect substantive ones, as my brain hurts. How about some nice photos from our correspondent in Idaho, Stephen Barnard? (Click to enlarge.) Three ways of looking at a rufous […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Ah, Hili makes a philosophy joke! A: Do cats have free will? Hili: No, but they are determined. In Polish: Ja: Czy koty mają wolną wolę? Hili: Nie, ale bywają zdeterminowane.

A dog trying to save fish?

Okay, here’s another video that has charmed people who see it as an attempt of an altruistic dog to save fish who have been taken out of the water. Several readers sent this to me, probably not because they believed that this was indeed the dog’s motivation, but simply because its behavior was enigmatic. It’s enigmatic […]

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