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Another nightclub shooting in Florida kills two, injures 14

Is there going to be a day when I wake up and don’t hear of some mass shooting? The latest is in Fort Myers, Floriday, at yet another Floriday nightclub (no indication that the club is gay). NBC reports: Two people are dead and at least 14 others injured after a shooting at a Fort Myers, […]

An explosion in Germany kills 1, injures 10

This is the third such event I’ve reported on in the last day, and the second in Germany. All I know is what my CNN news feed tells me: An explosion occurred in Ansbach, Germany, Sunday evening, according to German media. At least one person is dead and as many as 10 others are wounded, […]

Rapid urban evolution

By the title above I mean “evolution in animals that adapts them rapidly to urban areas,” not “changes in cities.” The former is the subject of a piece in today’s New York Times by Menno Schiltzhuizen, “Evolution is happening faster than we thought.” (Schilthuizen is a professor of evolutionary biology at Leiden and also works at Netherland’s Naturalis […]

Another attack in Germany—with a machete

I swear, Germany is becoming like Bangladesh, what with people getting hacked up on a regular basis. The latest attack, just reported in a town near Tübingen, is this (from RT): At least one person has been killed and two more injured in an incident in the German town of Reutlingen. A man wielding a machete […]

Spot the goats!

Reader Andrew Harker sent a “spot the ___” photo, in this case goats. It’s not that hard, but does show some striking camouflage. His note: These two goats were part of a group of six which were roaming through the tumbled down rocks along the northern coast of Menorca (one of the Balearic islands in […]

Forty-five years in jail is too long: Leslie Van Houten, the Manson murders, free will, and retributive justice

On August 8, 1969, five people, including actress Sharon Tate, were murdered at a record producer’s house in Los Angeles. This was the second killing by Charles Manson’s “Family”; Manson wasn’t there but had ordered the killings. On the next night, with Manson in attendance, his gang murdered grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary. One of […]

17 more killed in Baghdad; ISIS claims responsibility

ISIS is going after the Shiites again, this time in a suicide attack at an entrance to a Shiite area in Baghdad. The New York Times reports: A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Benjamin Taylor took a trip to southern Africa last year, and sent a lot of lovely photos. I have many more, but am rationing them out from time today. Here’s today’s batch, with Benjamin’s captions (indented). The Damaraland landscape, Namibia: Large-leaved star chestnut (Sterculia quinqueloba): More scenes from Namibia: Namib rock agama (Agama planiceps): […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

It’s Sunday, July 24, 2016, and the heat continues, despite heavy showers last night.The high temperature today is predicted to be 93°F (34°C), but it’s supposed to cool off tomorrow. That, of course, is what they said for the weekend, and it did not cool off. in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia they’re celebrating Simón Bolívar Day. […]

Panda discovers ice

I always love seeing animals encounter stuff in the environment that they’ve never experienced before. The classic genre of this is “a cat’s first time in the snow.” But this is even better: it’s the Toronto Zoo’s teenage panda, Jia Panpan, born in October of last year, encountering ice for the first time. (It’s said […]


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