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Archives for July, 2006

Not to be outdone by the good Doc, I have included a few quick flower porn snaps from the hot, lurid, sexually charged grounds surrounding my house. Well, to be honest, it’s just plain hot, as in approaching 90F with more humidity than a swimming pool.

Here’s an orgy, or to put it more chastely, a dance of Delosperma cooperi, common name, hardy ice plant. This specimen, which grows happily in Einsteinville, is a member of the Aizoaceae family (stone plants), and related to Carpobrotus edulis, the ice plant which spread through California. The ice plants, whether of the type which…

Unfortunately, he’ll fit right in

The other day I picked up the September issue of Running Times and noted an item concerning the ACLI Capital Challenge. The Capital Challenge is a three mile road race open to teams representing the three branches of the federal government and the media. The proceeds benefit the District of Columbia Special Olympics. This year…

When Gleevec hit the market in 2001 for chronic myelogenous leukemia , it was hailed as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment. Gleevec, which inhibits bcr-abl kinase, was the harbinger of targeted chemotherapy and represented a departure from the cytotoxics which, although effective, possess a broad array of adverse effects. A History of STI 571,…

Viva La Evolucion!

Last night’s Simpson’s episode was a repeat of “The Monkey Suit” (HABF14) which first aired in May, and I recall this was hashed over a bit here before SciBlogs bloated outwards in June. But hey, as the most boring woman on Earth, I’m inclined to be repetitive, redundant even. Here’s the synopsis of the show…

Friday Flower Porn!

Who says that only chimps, bonobos and other receptive primates sport livid pink genital swellings? Check out this Dragon’s Wing begonia. Photo courtesy of my 18 year old son who fortunately is of an age to engage in such lurid photography.

I have little doubt that George W. Bush likes to think of himself as a protector of the good and a promoter of life. As evidence, I offer his recent veto of HR 810, the stem cell research bill. His remarks indicated that he was concerned about destroying human life. So concerned, apparently, that it…

So the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a press release, and the media bleats “FDA Scientists Blast Agency Priorities.” In the interest of brevity, the qualifier that these blasts emanated from 20% of those surveyed was omitted. Presumably, the other 80% were cowed into submission by their hyperpolitically charged overlords or were just too busy…

HR 810. The president’s only veto after six years in office. The failure of the House to override the veto with a 2/3rds majority due primarily to the muddy-headed thinking and religious dogma-addled brains of conservative Republican lap-dogs. One can only hope that rational people will remember this come November and vote accordingly. How anyone…

As an avid fan of pop culture, I do not hesitate to induce neural necrosis by watching all manner of television and film. The SciFi network gets my business, particularly for their goofy SciFi Originals with their bad special effects and has-been actors in lead roles. So, I am quivering with anticipation as the premier…