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Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Tuesday’s Cat is full of mice.  But today in Dobrzyn, Hili and Cyrus are secretly planning to purloin some beef.  Their conversation shows the difference between cats and d*gs: Cyrus: There is a piece of beef in the fridge. Hili: When they open the fridge to take something out, I’ll jump inside. Cyrus: No, we have […]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Why is a role model reviled?

Predictably, with the publication of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, her critics are dragging out all the old canards they used to discredit her. One of the most vicious summaries is Max Blumenthal’s piece at Alternet, “Exposing anti-Islam author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s latest deception.” It faults her for claiming that […]

Indiana governor signs a bill legalizing discrimination against gays—and other people

The Moral Arc has stopped bending towards justice today, as the governor of Indiana signed a “Religious Freedom Restoration” bill in which the “freedom” is the freedom to discriminate against people based on your religious beliefs. And the “people” against whom you can now discriminate in Indiana were clearly meant to be gays, bisexuals, and […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a new contributor today, so say hi to Alex MacMillan, who has provided us with a bunch of photos of animals from several taxa, as well as two videos. I attach 10 of my favourite pics. Green frog, Lithobates clamitans. Picture taken in Kilally Meadows, London, Ontario. This is a female: the tympanum that covers the ear […]

Owlet cam!

by Matthew Cobb These Great Horned Owlets are in Savannah, Georgia. There seems to be rain on the lens and someone is doing some annoying strimming or something in the background, so you might want to turn the sound down. But three cute owlets! [JAC: I see only two!] The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Joe McClain, a reader who happens to work at my alma mater—The College of William and Mary—sent a nice sequence of photos and a story about trapping and releasing an American kestrel (Falco sparverius). I hadn’t realized how beautiful these birds are until I saw Joe’s photos (the kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon). The […]

The aliens have landed, and they are in Madagascar

by Matthew Cobb Regular readers will know that Jerry doesn’t do or get Tw*tter, even though a number of his posts originate from there. This is a case in point – I have been following an expedition to Madagascar that has been looking for ants in the rainforest, and has been tweeting their experiences via […]

Ma and Pa Peregrine have a chat

Reader Dom called my attention to this video showing a mated pair of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) who seem to be nesting in Norwich Cathedral. I’ve never actually heard them call, but listen to the cacophony as they talk to each other. They sound like penguins!  

A beautiful hummingbird, thought extinct, is found alive

Reader Lou Jost told me that a very rare hummingbird, the Blue-Bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus), thought to be extinct since 1946, has just been rediscovered in its very restricted habitat—the páramo in the Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia. It’s a beautiful creature, and the authors who discovered and described the finding (reference below, no link), took the […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s Tuesday Wednesday, the cruellest day, and around this wretched week, boundless and bare, the lone and level days stretch far away. Which is to say that while my car was parked two nights ago, a University shuttle bus, trying to park in front of it, clipped the front end, taking out the driver’s-side headlight […]


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