Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for November, 2006

Instead of firing US officials who speak their mind regarding US foreign policy, why not listen? A senior State Department analyst, Kendall Myers, made several informal statements in an academic forum that might cost him his job. What were the oh-so-offensive quotes? The Times quoted Myers, a foreign research analyst in the department’s Bureau of…

Anyone Seen “The Fountain”?

I absolutely loved Aronofsky’s work. Not that there’s so much of it, only “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream” plus some student works. But I’ve heard mixed things about his most recent movie “The Fountain.” So: Have you seen it? And, if so, what did you think? I’m trying to decide if/when to go see…

According to CNN, the guards who roughed up a Florida teenager at a military-style bootcamp, who later died, will be charged in his death. This incident, which took place around Pensacola, was a huge scandal for Florida which resulted in the resignation of Florida’s top law officer and the end of state-run bootcamp. Apparently what…

I’m From Florida, I Have No Accent

What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Midland “You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or…

Peace Wreath Prevails Over Bigots

Thanks to Mustafa Mond, FCD for bringing this to my attention. The notorious peace wreath (reported on below) which was garnering a $25/day fine from the owner’s homeowner association will stay put. According to the committee chairman, who was backpedaling so fast that it made it hard to hear him, the threatened fine was a…

Darfur and the Price of Catnip

Had to smoosh it down to fit. Click View image to enlarge it!

Native Americans Have Health Disparity

November is Native American History Month, and while walking down the corridors of the UM Hospital this morning, I spied a flier with some disturbing statistics. I had known that Native Americans suffered a large disparity in health, as compared to the rest of America, but check this out: – American Indians and Alaskan Natives…

Does This Offend You?

No? Me either. But the owner is getting fined $25/day until they take it down. Some hogwash about hating troops and loving the Debil. Its sad when peace and tolerance have become un-American.

Money Can Buy Happiness

You’ve all heard the old adage “Money can’t buy happiness.” But honestly, money can buy a Ferrari, and when was the last time you saw someone in a Ferrari who wasn’t smiling? Now, I’m surely not saying that money is everything. Its not by a long shot. However, we live in a material world, and…

African Grey Parrots are so loved, they’ve even been honored with stamps in many countries! The stamp on the upper left was a 3 cent stamp issued in Cuba in 1967, one of 15 in a collection of birds in the Havana Zoo. The lower right stamp is from Sierra Leone in Africa, issued in…