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BBC Live interview with Richard Dawkins

This morning the BBC recorded a live interview with Richard Dawkins on Facebook. It’s about 16 minutes long and it’s free. Click on the screenshot below to see it. It was nominally about his book but is actually wide-ranging, and the BBC doesn’t just throw him softballs. One question, for instance, goes something like: “You’re […]

Readers’ wildlife photo: spot the katydid

As I’m occupied today, there will be one wildlife photo, and it’ll be a “spot the. . . ” picture. It comes from reader Siegfried Gust, who sent other photos that I’ll include in the reveal. For now, spot the katydid, As Siegfried notes: Greetings from Costa Rica. I came across a lichen mimicking katydid […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

It’s Friday, July 28, 2017, and we’re already nearly into August. It’s National Hamburger Day, the iconic food of America, but, confusingly, it’s also National Milk Chocolate Day. It’s also World Hepatitis Day, but that doesn’t mean to get it. Here’s a “Kuma Burger” from Kuma’s Corner in Chicago, with two slices of bacon and […]

22 humpback whale breaches

What a treat to have seen these breaches! I’ve put the YouTube notes on this video below. The coolest thing, which you can see in the video’s screenshot, and then twice in the film, is a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) jumping completely out of the water. I haven’t see a breach like that before. And […]

Turkish government-owned television begins broadcasting anti-Semitic drama

MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute, reproduces and translates politically “sensitive” (i.e. anti-Semitic, extremist Islamist, etc.) clips from Middle Eastern media, bringing them to the attention of those who wouldn’t normally see them. And because of this, it’s been closed several times by YouTube (and then reinstated), with the explanation always “violation of copyright […]

Reza Aslan: There’s no divide between Islam and American culture—it’s people, not religion

If you’re willing to be a bit mendacious, there are two guaranteed ways to make a lot of dosh in America. The first is to pretend that you’ve had a near-death experience and have temporarily visited Heaven, seeing God, Jesus, and your long-dead relatives and friends. This reassures Christians that all will be well after […]

Did HuffPo use a racist metaphor?

Over the years, HuffPo has consistently used the term “bamboo ceiling” to refer to the barriers that, it says, are faced by Asian-Americans trying to advance in their careers. The first article below actually had the term “bamboo ceiling” in the big headline, but since yesterday it’s been relegated to the subheading. Click on the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (spider mimics frog!)

We have only two photos today, both from Lou Jost, who’s been busy in the rain forests of Ecuador. But they’re great pictures, and one apparently shows a form of mimicry new to me: an insect mimicking a frog. Lou sent this yesterday: In honor of your mimicry post today, here are two more mimics […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s July 27, 2017, and also Thursday, which means I have to hie over to the hospital (5 min walk) to get physical therapy on my shoulder to help it heal. This will be a first for me, but I’m not getting any younger. I suppose it could be worse! It’s National Scotch […]

Remind me, what does the First Amendment say again?

[JAC: Matthew sent me this tw**t, and I responded, “You post it!” So he did.] IN AMERICA WE DON'T WORSHIP GOVERNMENT – WE WORSHIP GOD!🎥 — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017