Archives for July 16, 2009

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It turns out that the Florida couple that was murdered last week were killed as the result of a safe-cracking job gone bad. The safe was taken from the home. Seven bad guys were arrested, and found to have a very large stash of weapons. Who has a safe full of stuff worth a home…

Michale Jackson’s Hair On Fire

What I find amazing, yet not surprising, is that he danced the fire out. This is a previously unreleased video of that famous event of 25 years ago, which is said to have led indirectly to his addiction to pain killers.

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I just got word of the impending release of an excellent podcast series out of Canada. As soon as it is out I’ll let you know. The first set of stories will interest you, and includes an interview with PZ Myers. The second set will include an interview with Yours Truly. But other than those…

Sotomayor kicked ass

The part of the hearings that directly question Sotomayor is over. I watched (substantial parts of) several supreme court justice confirmation hearings. Bork. Thomas. Souter. Roberts. Others. Sotomayor was measurable, palpably, superior to all the others in her intelligence, ability to frame answers so they could be understood, all of it. The Republicans all looked…

…. continued … I wrote earlier about the graves that were dug daily to receive the dead. In truth, the details of this procedure are still being worked out by archaeologists at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, but when we were there on this particular trip, part of the grave yard to which I refer…

Professional snipers have been brought in to guard a vulnerable colony of penguins in Australia. Potograph source

Dear Reader. The following letter was written by Randy Repass and Sally-Christine Rodgers and it concerns you and the planet earth. The publication of this letter is happening in numerous blogs at the same time, coordinated by Sheril Kirshenbaum.

Austrian Franz Sikora was a fossil hunter and merchant of ancient bones working in the 19th centuyr. In 1899 he found the first known specimen, which was to become the type fossil, of Hadropithecus stenognathus in Madagascar. This is an extinct lemur. To be honest, I’m not sure when this lemur went extinct, but I…