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It knows it did wrong. . . h/t: Steve, Merilee

Trump denies making “shithole countries” remark

“I am the least racist person you have ever met. I am the least racist person.” —President Trump According to CNN, President Trump denies having made the “shithole countries” remark that I mentioned last night. As CNN reports: President Donald Trump on Friday denied describing certain nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting in which […]

It’s Khorana’s birthday!

by Professor Ceiling Cat and Matthew Cobb (Matthew did the bits below the picture). I missed today’s Google Doodle, which celebrates what would have been the 96th birthday of Har Ghobind Khorana (1922-2011), a molecular geneticist, biochemist, and Nobel Laureate.  He was born in the Punjab, India, on what is supposed to be this day […]

Sarah Silverman shows how do to compassion

CBC Radio has a lovely article about one of my favorite people, Sarah Silverman. Yes, her comedy may sometimes be hard to take, but I love her nonetheless. Even more now, as the CBC’s piece shows how she dealt with a troll in an exchange that began as follows: I believe in you. I read […]

My talk in Delhi

Well here’s a bit of self-aggrandizement, but it’s cool. The front gate of the Indian National Science Academy sports a big fancy poster advertising my talk—in English and Hindi! Professor L. S. Shashidhara from IISER Pune, who sponsored and arranged my whole visit here, took this vanity picture. Not shown are the two pi-puppies who […]

The Left: shut up about the Iranian protests or you’ll make things worse

At least 21 people have been killed in the protest by Iran’s citizens—mostly working-class people—against the government’s corruption and inequalities of wealth and treatment. As the New York Times reports, the protests were sparked largely by economic issues but seem to have metastasized into a larger discontent about freedom and equality in general: Antigovernment protests roiled […]

What’s happening here?

by Matthew Cobb This photo by R Fontaine (aka @Tenfon2 on Tw*tter) contains a complex set of interactions, involving two kingdoms and two classes, with two orders within one of those classes, and two genera or perhaps species within the other. Your task is to describe them. You don’t need to use fancy latin names, […]

Spot the bugwallys!

We have two biology quizzes today. This one is a “spot the. . .” post, but Matthew has a more challenging quiz to follow shortly. First, what is a bugwally? Reader Michelle Pearce, who sent the photo, explains: Seen on a recent Turks and Caicos island escape from the cold Canadian winter: spot the curly-tailed lizards! […]

Jeff Tayler profiles Inna Shevchenko

Several times I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking with Inna Shevchenko, Ukrainian head of the feminist organization FEMEN. Morally and philosophically, she’s years ahead of her age (only 27)—as well as of Authoritarian Leftists and feminists twice her age. She’s also been jailed, physically assaulted, and had her life threatened at gunpoint for […]

Here are the snow leopards and their prey!

by Matthew Cobb From top left: a group of bharal (or Himalayan blue sheep), a Himalayan ibex, snow leopard 1, snow leopard 2. There is also a blob at about 4 o’clock of snow leopard 1 that is probably a rock, but if you squint, looks like a third cat…