Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2007

Taking the Fifth

Monica Goodling worked for the Justice Department and is rumored to be invoking the fifth amendment rather than testify in front of congress regarding Alberto Gonzales’s misbehavior. In my opinion, it should be inexcusable for people in the Justice Department to invoke the fifth amendment to avoid testifying to Congress. People there must testify. But…

GOP: Bush Impeachment an Option

Amazing! They finally noticed that Bush is an arrogant bully! In the April edition of Esquire magazine, GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska described Bush as someone who doesn’t believe he’s accountable to anyone. “He’s not accountable anymore, which isn’t totally true. You can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls…

Jumping Spider

Female Eris militaris. Image:

Birds in the News 76 (v3n3)

A male Superb Bird of Paradise, Lophorina superba (seen from front) performing a courtship display for a female (brown) in Papua New Guinea, from “Jungles,” in the “Planet Earth” series. Image: Fred Olivier/Discovery Channel and BBC.

The Plot Thickens ..

John McKay, one of the eight former U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that White House officials had questioned his performance in highly partisan political terms at a key meeting in Washington last September, three months before his dismissal.

Spring Azure

Spring Azure butterfly, Celastrina ladon. The photographer writes; I’ve attached a picture of a spring azure I took several years ago. I’m particularly taken with the patterning on its antenna stalks. It’s sitting on a red osier dogwood leaf. Photographer: RBH (of Pandasthumb and Infidels). As long as you send images to me (and I…

This quote comes to me from a pal who saw it on TV (there are days when I wish I had a TV, and today is one of those days, because this quote is priceless) …

More senators are openly expressing their concern regarding Alberto Gonzales’ lack of integrity and his fitness to serve as this nation’s Attorney General. The clock is ticking until the fine day when we finally shed this scumbag Attorney General …

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis, white morph. The photographer writes; I like little brown birds. Seemingly frail, they shrug off drought and blizzard and remain resolute to greet the spring with their songs. While others flash extravagant colors and plumes, the LBBs simply endure. Here is the picture of a white-throated sparrow from my back yard…

The purple milkweed butterfly winters on the south end of Taiwan and flies over 600 meters of open roadways to reach its breeding ground in the north. Unfortunately, many of the 11,500 butterflies that attempt the journey each hour do not reach their breeding grounds because turbulence generated by fast-moving cars drags them into traffic…