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Zombie Banks Are Still a Problem

(from here) Now, by ‘zombie bank‘, you probably think I’m referring to banks that have more liabilities than assets, and are basically waiting for the plug to be pulled. Nope. At this point, the only rational explanation for many banks’ behavior is that they have actually been taken over by zombies. Consider the following:

When I first saw the title of this PloSOne article, “Unauthorized Horizontal Spread in the Laboratory Environment: The Tactics of Lula, a Temperate Lambdoid Bacteriophage of Escherichia coli“, I thought, “Hunh?!? You can actually publish articles about laboratory contamination?”, but it’s actually a very interesting article. In short, the article describes the discovery of a…

I need some help from ‘swanologists.’ So do Boston’s ducklings. In the middle of Boston’s Public Garden, there is a large pond (although for some reason it’s called a lagoon, even though it’s not a lagoon). Every year, two swans, Romeo and Juliet, are brought to the Lagoon and released to build a nest (it…

More Brutal Turkey Terrorism

On this Patriot’s Day, we must never forget that the Heroic Struggle Against Our Demonic Turkey Overlords has not abated. Now they are assaulting the basic workings of our government: click to embiggen (from here) Preventing the Boston Transportation Department from the appointed rounds! (and Intelligent Designer knows, we need the revenue). Have they no…

Happy Evacuation Day!

And Evacuation Day, which truly is a silly holiday, is a wonderful way to allow everybody to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day without violating all that church and state stuff. One unique Massachusetts tradition is that, on this day, some tightwad state representative rails against how much Evacuation Day and Bunker Hill Day cost the state.…

Heavy Metal Zebra Finches

Admittedly, that would be a great name for a band, but, by way of Yves Smith, I came across this hysterical video of zebra finches (it gets really good past the one minute mark):

One of Massachusetts Republican Senator Scott Brown’s campaign gimmicks was to drive everywhere in a pickup truck, thereby ‘proving’ that he’s a regular guy (never mind that he’s very wealthy). One wonders what would have happened to Scott’s image had the Coakley campaign stumbled across this little sartorial tidbit (by way of Rumproast; italics mine):…

This Is Not the French Consulate

Crime in the urban hellhole known as Boston: 01/11/10 – At approximately 5:29 a.m., officers responded to a radio call for a removal from the French Library, located at 53 Marlborough St. On arrival, police spoke to the executive director of the library (the witness), who stated that a male suspect on the premises was…

“East Boston cat called to jury duty”

This is why I love Boston: Duty calls for an East Boston resident. Someone is getting called for jury duty…but it’s no human. A family is trying to figure out how their pet cat was summonsed for jury duty. And, if you’re wondering, the owners do have to appear in court to show that their…

Onward, Anti-Christmasian Soldiers! (from here) “Hello, this is Liberal Controlled Media, coming to you with a breaking report on the War on Christmas.” [Camera angle narrows in on anchorman] “Today, Anti-Christmasian forces launched a decisive assault on the remaining pro-Christmas Arctic stronghold. Our LCM teams are on the story, and will bring you round-the-clock coverage…