Stranger Fruit

Archives for August, 2006

Maine beastie update

The Maine beastie is apparently getting significant media coverage on the eastern seaboard. Loren Coleman (a cryptozoologist) has some more photos and thinks that it is a dog gone feral, possibly a chow or akita. All very plausible, imho.

Sullivan has some questions

Sullivan on the British bomb plot: So far, no one has been charged in the alleged terror plot to blow up several airplanes across the Atlantic. No evidence has been produced supporting the contention that such a plot was indeed imminent. Forgive me if my skepticism just ratcheted up a little notch. Under a law…

Strange beastie in Maine

Boingboing has picked up on this story of a “hybrid mutant of something” found dead in Maine. Apparenty locals have, over the past few years, been “seeing and hearing a mysterious animal with chilling monstrous cries and eyes that glow in the night.” The above photo makes the animal look a litte weirder than it…

From AP: X-ray machines that screen airline passengers’ shoes cannot detect explosives, according to a Homeland Security Department report on aviation screening. Findings from the report, obtained by The Associated Press, did not stop the Transportation Security Administration from announcing Sunday that all airline passengers must remove their shoes and run them through X-ray machines…

Busy week here. Teaching starts next week, so this is full of organizational meetings, retreats, syllabus writing, xeroxing, etc. And to top it all, I’m currently laid out with lower back pain. Argh! Blogging will thus be sporadic for a while, and in lieu of anything significant to say … You are Hulk: you are…

Something worth remembering

Bruce Schneier writes: None of the airplane security measures implemented because of 9/11 — no-fly lists, secondary screening, prohibitions against pocket knives and corkscrews — had anything to do with last week’s arrests. And they wouldn’t have prevented the planned attacks, had the terrorists not been arrested. A national ID card wouldn’t have made a…

Thought for the Day

Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing: Here’s a question: Does Tony Blair get to bring his laptop on his government plane? Can Laura Bush keep her lipstick with her on Air Force One? Does Dick Cheney take off his shoes and get them x-rayed before he flies? How about Condi Rice’s knee-high lace-up boots? Is her…

A Friday Poem (no science involved)

It’s Friday and I feel a poem coming on. Down By The Salley Gardens Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree; But I, being young and foolish, with her…

What’s this?

Stranger fruit DNA.

Go USA! We’re #2 …. kind of …

Science has just published a short comparative study of international acceptance of evolution. Thirty-four countries were polled, and guess what? We score 33rd – edging out Turkey for last place. Reference is, Jon D. Miller, Eugenie C. Scott, and Shinji Okamoto (2006) “Public Acceptance of Evolution” Science Aug 11 2006: 765-766.