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Note to readers

As readership grows (thank Ceiling Cat), I am being inundated with emails from readers (as well as from nutcases who want to call me a racist, alt-rightist, misogynist, or someone bound for hell). I appreciate the readers’ emails, as I depend on these to direct me to many news items and other juicy things to […]

Here’s the toad!

Did you spot it in today’s earlier post? Here’s the original photo: And here’s Mr. Toad: Now we need some assistance here. Stephen thinks it’s “either a Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas) or maybe Woodhouse’s Toad (Anaxyrus woodhousii).” Do readers know?

Opponents of euthanizing newborns write in with strong opinions

Six days ago I wrote a post, based on a New York Times piece, arguing that the parents of newborns who were doomed to die, who had a “hopeless prognosis” involving unbearable suffering, or who would have to live their lives wedded to intensive care and respirators, should have the legal right—with appropriate ethical strictures […]

Like a petulant child, Trump gives up on healthcare reform, exculpating himself and saying “Let Obamacare fail”

Now that the TrumpCare health bill won’t even make it to discussion on the Senate floor, Trump has simply given up on his major campaign promise and is saying, in effect, “if you can’t play by my rules, I’m taking away the ball and ending the game.” As CNN reports: Trump was prepared to shoulder […]

Another bird interlude

It looks as if today is Bird Day, but what’s wrong with that? Here’s a cool video tw**t sussed out by reader Barry: When the camera shutter speed is in sync with the wings of a bird, you can happen to see this https://t.co/SHd4DLVIqB pic.twitter.com/9M9gErwxnQ — Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) July 17, 2017

Embedding photos in comments

Readers want to know how to do this, and I have no idea. Could you put your solutions in the comments to this post? Thanks. —Mgmt.

Author claims that ALL men are “unsafe” enablers of rape culture—even her own sons

I wouldn’t bother calling attention to the article at issue except that its author, Jody Allard, is a fairly widely published journalist, having written for The Washington Post, Time magazine, Vice, the Guardian and, yes, HuffPo and Everyday Feminism. Her new piece, “I’m done pretending that men are safe (even my sons)“, appearing on the website Role […]

What was the arthropod?

Well, the weird insect I showed this morning is an evil trick perpetrated by its makers and spread by Matthew. Here’s the answer: Apparently this specimen was really in the MCZ teaching collection, and was used on lab practical exams to flummox the students. Odonates are dragonflies (head), diptera are flies (thorax), Hemiptera are “true […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Jones sent some nice butterfly pictures from Old Blighty. His notes and IDs are indented; be sure to enlarge as the markings are lovely. Plenty of butterfly action in England this sunny Sunday [June 2]; here are a few woodland shots I took today from the West Sussex-Surrey border in England. Meadow Brown […]

Photo “proving” that Amelia Earhart survived turns out to be bogus

Only five days ago I wrote a post about a new photograph that, some experts thought, constituted strong evidence that Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan had survived their crash in 1937 and had been captured by the Japanese. The photo, revealed on a History Channel program, purported to show Noonan and Earhart on […]