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Caturday felids: Google cat maps; Mostik the bridge-supervising cat, a mouse-dunker; and the Yamato transport company

The city of Hiroshima has created a Google street map with a cat’s-eye view. Here’s the skinny from Business Insider: If you’ve ever wanted to explore Japan as a cat, there’s a map for that. The tourism board of Hiroshima recently created a site with street views from a cat’s perspective. It’s the first of its kind. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Out in Iowa, reader Randy Schenck touts the benefits of a water bath for birds: If one ever wonders how birds and water mix, do what I did.  Put a rock fountain in the yard, very close to the house.  Then just turn it on and wait.  The examples here are Cardinalis cardinalis and Turdus migratorius.  I […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a to-be-hot Saturday in Chicago: May 26, 2018, and National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. I’m a purist, and prefer mine plain, though with a bit of arm-twisting I can tolerate cherries on top. It’s National Sorry Day in Australia, a day of contrition for the horrible way the European settlers treated the aboriginal […]

Pinker’s latest TED talk: Is the world getting better?

In case you don’t have the moxie to read Steve Pinker’s two latest books—The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now—you can see a summary of both in Steve’s new 18.5-minute TED talk. Posted three days ago, it concisely summarizes his theses that the world is getting better in almost every measurable way, that […]

Evergeen State, facing budget crisis, cuts positions and downgrades services

From the conservative website Campus Reform comes a memo sent to the faculty and staff of The Evergreen State College (TESC) on Tuesday. It’s from John Carmichael, Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Board of Trustees in the Office of TESC’s president. In case you can’t read it, it shows the result of the […]

More evidence that a caring government erodes religiosity

I’ve written many times about the increasing evidence that religiosity is negatively correlated with the well being of a society and its inhabitants. That is, those countries (and U.S. states) that have higher indices of well being are those that are the least religious. Of course, this is a correlation and doesn’t prove causation, but […]

Grania explains today’s Irish referendum on abortion

Today Ireland is at last holding a referendum on abortion. Grania, who of course lives in that country, explains it to us concisely: Today Ireland is holding a referendum to poll whether the people wish to repeal the 8th amendment. Here’s some background. Article 40.3.3, known as the Eighth Amendment, was voted into the Irish […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Colin Franks (Instagram page here, Facebook page here, website here) has graced us with another batch of lovely bird photos. The IDs are his.  California Quail (Callipepla californica): Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus): Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechial): Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas): Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum): Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor): Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis): Redhead (Aythya americana): Western […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Good day, friends; it’s Friday, May 25, 2018, and the beginning of a three-day weekend in the U.S. (Memorial Day). But there’s no rest for Duck Tenders; the little ones need to be fed. It’s a great culinary holiday for humans: National Wine Day, and I may crack a bottle of aged Rioja. Douglas Adams […]

World Turtle Day + 1

by Greg Mayer I was not aware that yesterday was World Turtle Day. My only excuse is that I had spent the previous nine days in Costa Rica, and thus was largely out of touch with the Internet. (More on Costa Rica later.) So, a day late, here are my turtles. First, here’s Slidey, a […]