Away from food politics and environment for a moment, here is an essay on the presence of guns in the US with respect to other countries and the comparative murder and suicide rates. Surprised to actually find this at a CNN site.
Back after last week’s unexcused absence.
OK, let’s blame the cookie but not the gun…
Don’t know if it is true, but supposedly written on WC Field’s tombstone is the phrase “I’d rather be here than in Philadelphia.” Well, after turning up this story, I’d say he might have been on to something. But not to worry, most of the victims were lawyers.
(With apologies to those among us who toil in the law.)
“Scientists have discovered micro-organisms living beneath the ocean floor that appear to have not evolved for more than two billion years…”
This makes two species in the world that have never evolved. The other are Republicans.
It’s really getting bad out there. I was going to post something interesting and compelling today, but then somebody dumped a truckload of new wingnut theses on my keyboard and forced my hand in the other direction. So I set myself the most grueling task imaginable: to choose the five most insanely stupid links out there, links where the titles alone tell most of the tale. So here they are (if you have a weak stomach or a strong brain, click with care!):
And finally, the pot calls the kettle black:
So. Where do we go from here? Are there any options remaining besides down, down, and down? How deep will be the grave our fascist faux-Christian Wingnuttistanians are digging for the country once known as America? Tricky question, that one.
Or maybe, just maybe, the answer’s in the bible? It was there, after all, where Solomon noted —
He that digeth a pit shall fall into it.
:grin: We can always hope, right? :grin:
Here’s something to chew on (pun intended). The conservative God made the earth in 7 days, and it is only about 8,000 years old, and Noah saved every creature one rainy morning (wonder how long that took?). Then there is the liberal version of God , so expansive in concept, taking no particular form, and creative as all get out, revealing mysteries to us every day if we wish to discover them. Take your mind off the kindergarten God and marvel upon this creation for a few moments.
Although, ages ago, in his “Ask The Grammar Guy” piece, Wayne had expertly covered these common grammar mistakes that make us cringe when we see them, here’s a pithy and profane way to remember the rules:
I realize that all of us here are well familiar with these rules, and are exceptional and eloquent writers who never make those mistakes (and we’re humble, too), so here’s a (very large: 300+ photos) photo gallery of “The Stunning Creatures of the White Sea.” The gallery was put together by Camille Mann and Edicio Martinez, and (as usual), is brought to you courtesy of the Weather Channel. Here’s just one of the unusual creatures:
This is our daily Open Thread, so talk about, you know, whatever…
2014 in medicine(?):
What did we get stuck in our butts last year? Deadspin has the answer. (Hint: Among other things, a shot glass.)
2014 in science:
The Weather Channel provides their ‘Top 50 Science and Environment Photos‘ for 2014, which included four blood moons.
This is our daily open thread–go ahead, have at it!