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Evolution Messed Up?

James Gunn, the director for the movie Slither, seems to be enthralled by creepy crawly things.  He also has a blog-like website, on which he posted Evolution Fucked Your Shit Up: The World’s 50 Freakiest Animals. (HT: Interesting Pile.) The creature pictured above, by the way, is an ajolote.  The term ajolote can refer to…

Zen and the Art of Dracaena Growing

Sometimes I see sad-looking plants on clearance, buy them, and try to heal them.  This activity provides me with a gratification that is similar to that which comes from healing sad-looking people, but without the tribulations that occur if it does not work as well as we had hoped. I even have some of these…

Susanne Sternthal, a writer based in Moscow, has published an article about the ecology of stray dogs.  The article is in Financial Times, of all places.  Why is that? Moscow’s stray dogs By Susanne Sternthal January 16 2010 00:04

Pearl Harbor Day

This is a high-resolution photo of Pearl Harbor (click to enlarge). When I saw that it had been posted to the NASA Earth Observatory, I wondered — momentarily – why they would post a photo of Pearl Harbor. Then I remembered: December 7th. My father was 14 on 7 December 1941. He studied in high…

Undercurrent?

Is there some kind of especially violent undercurrent right now, in the right-wing river of hate? Ed Brayton just posted about a billboard put up by the GOP, specifically the Lafayette County (Missouri) Republicans: The sign (bigger view in new window) reads: A Citizens Guide to Revolution of a corrupt government. 1. Starve the Beast.…

The Ghost Mall

The world’s largest shopping mall boasts some impressive statistics:  7.1 million square feet (659,612 square meters) of leasable space and 890,000 square meters of total floor space; attractions, including a roller coaster and a Venice-like canal; and over 1,500 shops, with an occupancy rate of 0.8%.   That’s right.  Although it opened in 2005, 99.2%…

Gang Mentality

I spend a lot of time working with gang kids.  One of the amusing things, is to see some of these kids strutting around, feeling like a million bucks, because they are so smart.  In actuality, they have IQs in the 90-100 range.  But the rest of their crew is down in the 70-80 range. …

This is from an open-access article in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry: an article featuring a debate about the relevance of randomized, controlled trials to clinical practice.  It is mostly about research on psychotherapy, but with some treatment of psychopharmacology. Are Randomized Controlled Trials Relevant to Clinical Practice? Can J Psychiatry. 2009;54(9):637-643. Steven D Hollon,…

Pfizer Fine in Perspective

The odd thing about the Pfizer story is that it is old news.  Fierce Pharma wrote about it on 26 January 2009, and Neuron Culture posted about it, on 27 January 2009.  Yet it just appeared in the New York Times: Pfizer Pays $2.3 Billion to Settle Marketing Case By GARDINER HARRIS WASHINGTON — The…

Sunday Iconoclasm Blogging

Some irreverent souls have taken to Sunday blogging on a freethinking themes.  I choose to Ozymandize* that which we worship the most: our economic system. That plant in the middle is my mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) tree, the one I am growing from seed.  It is, literally, a green shoot (although the leaves close and droop…