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Bernie deep-sixes Cenk Uygur

Well, I couldn’t resist some politics. I recently wondered, “How is Young Turks host Cenk Uygur faring in his campaign for a Congressional seat?” You may know that Uygur is running for the House seat vacated by Democrat Katie Hill after she was involved in a bit of a scandal. So I looked him up […]

Winners, Bird Photographer of the Year contest

It looks as if today’s post will be on science, which is good because I’m sure that you, like me, are tired of the endless and often depressing news about politics. My Modern Met (click on screenshot below) has a selection of winners from the 2019 Bird Photographer of the Year contest, now in its […]

Boston: Penguin Day visit to the Aquarium, and noms

As yesterday was Penguin Appreciation Day, we decided to visit the refurbished New England Aquarium, which has a lovely penguin exhibit, as well as many other nice exhibits. (They care well for their animals.) The penguin tank, which is huge, occupies the whole first floor of the aquarium, and, though it’s said to harbor rockhopper […]

A stunning case of mimicry

I don’t remember encountering this case of mimicry, but it’s so amazing that, when I became aware of it from a tweet (yes, Twitter has its uses), I decided to give it a post of its own. First the tweet, sent to me by Matthew. He added, “This is the Iranian viper, as featured in […]

Reader’s wildlife video

It’s been a while since we heard from Tara Tanaka, but she’s back with a lovely video called “One fine morning in my backyard blind” (her Vimeo page is here and her Flickr page here). There’s a substantial description (indented): The water has been low in our cypress swamp for months now, but is holding unusually […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a chilly morning in Boston (currently 17° C or -8° C). It’s Tuesday, January 21, 2020, and my last full day in Cambridge. I’ll be sad to leave, but it’s been fun to return to my old stomping grounds (I lived in Boston for two years and across the river in Cambridge […]

Is Maggie Haberman worth it?

by Greg Mayer As early as a few years ago, Jerry began worrying about the editorial drift of the New York Times. At the time, I wasn’t concerned. The questionable pieces were op-ed articles—opinion pieces not by the Times or its reporters. Although you could question the choice of writer, it wasn’t the Times‘ writers. […]

More noms in Cambridge

Here’s a brief photo-log of activities on Saturday. The frigid morning was devoted to a trip to Boston’s North End, historically the Italian section of the city. It retains much of its charm though, like the entire area, it’s getting gentrified. When I was an impoverished graduate student, I would treat myself to a cannoli […]

A state university disinvites an anti-Semite

It’s a test of your adherence to free speech if you can stand up for the rights of speakers whose message you despise. And this is one case, as reported on December 24 in the Los Angeles Times (click on screenshot below). San Diego State, a public university in California, gave $170,000 to four of […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

In honor of Penguin Awareness Day (see #PenguinAwarenessDay), we have some lovely penguin photographs taken by evolutionary biologist John Avise from UC Irvine. Here are King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) from South Georgia. (John’s notes and IDs are indented). Me with a couple of my new buddies: Youngster molting: Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae): JAC: I love […]