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Caturday felid trifecta: laser-guided cat car service, nurse cat, cat hoodie, and lagniappe

We have another felid trifecta today for you lucky readers. I’ll put the lagniappe first: a picture from the local Greenville newspaper than I read at breakfast. When I opened the front section, there was a photo of the Clemson Tigers basketball team playing Syracuse on January 17. Here it is—with a GIANT CAT HEAD! ******* At least […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

As I’m away, and my folder of readers’ photos is in Chicago, we’ll have only four pictures today, all of which were sent yesterday. Stephen Barnard in Idaho sent two pictures of a Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni). These hawks migrate all the way to Argentina. This is the first I’ve seen this season. I don’t know […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

I am in the Greenville/Spartanburg area of South Carolina, and it’s all green and the weather is warm—no need for a jacket.  And I got to see Snowball the Cockatoo dance (it looks much like this), and dance to several songs with different beats. (I also learned that, after practice, Snowball learned to dance to Dave […]

Giant cat head!

We shall end the week with a GIANT WOOLEN CAT HEAD, links to which were sent by at least four readers. And I have to say that if “awesome” retains any meaning as a word, this GIANT CAT HEAD fills the bill. You can find it at several sites; I’ll refer you, though, to the […]

Educate yourself about Boko Haram, courtesy of a reader

As you read this, I’ll be in the air, but I wanted to call your attention to two informative posts on the jihadist terrorist group Boko Aram that reader Heather Hastie posted at her own site, Heather’s Homilies. April 15: “Boko Haram: The scourge of Nigeria” April 16: “The war against Boko Haram“ You’ll learn, […]

Doctors ask for the quack-ish Dr. Oz to be fired from Columbia

I don’t know much about Dr. Mehmet Oz (b. 1960), except that he’s been the subject of much criticism for his nonscientific “remedies”, and, like “Dr. Phil,” became famous by appearing on Oprah’s show—always a bad thing on the c.v. (for credibility, not for wealth!). A physician I know told me that he considers at […]

Daily Kos removes anti-vax cartoon

I guess the liberal website The Daily Kos got a lot of heat for publishing Keith Knight’s anti-vax cartoon, which I highlighted yesterday. Readers here, like those at the site, were rightly appalled.  Well, now the cartoon is gone. It rests in peace and sings with the choir invisible: it is an ex-cartoon. If you […]

A bizarre deep-sea siphonophore

I originally made a typo in the title, calling this a “deep-see” creature, but in fact that’s what it is! The video and info comes from IFL Science!, and shows a bizarre deep-sea species of siphonophore. Siphonophores are in fact one form of what we normally called “jellyfish,” a group that actually comprises diverse creatures in the phylum Cnidaria.  This form falls […]

Canada bans prayers at all city council meetings

Several readers, most of them proud Canadians, sent me links to articles about the new ruling of Canada’s Supreme Court: there will be no prayers uttered in city council meetings—anywhere in that big and diverse country. Although I’m sure that practice is nowhere near as pervasive there as it is in the U.S., it’s still […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Ed Kroc from British Columbia sent some diverse photos: Here are some wildlife photos for your perusal. From early this week, a shot of the very first baby birds of the season! Five baby Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) and their mother on Lost Lagoon. Next up, a pair of juveniles Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) resting in […]


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