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It's Time for a Word of Thanks
to that Maestra of Spambots, Elfling. Especially after two diaries asking Admin what the hell was going on, I thought it was about time. Notice the miraculous (hah!) absence of Phone Numbers on the ...
serendipityisabitch 05/22/2015 21
The Daily Bucket - Friendly Seal sighting
The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you.  Rain, sun, wind...insects, birds, flowers......
OceanDiver 05/22/2015 17
Write On! Pacing
Hello, writers. Last week we talked about making time pass in a narrative. Now I’d like to talk about a related area, pacing. Pacing a story well means spending as little time as possible over ...
SensibleShoes 05/21/2015 91
The Strange Story of "Miss Unsinkable" Violet Jessop
Everyone knows that the passenger liner Titanic hit an iceberg in 1912 and sank. Some people also know that the Titanic's sister ship Britannic , used as a World War One hospital ship, hit a mine ...
Lenny Flank 05/21/2015 9
Hellraisers Journal: Socialist Preachers Forced to Stifle Themselves For Fear of Landlord's Ire.
Definition of Socialism from the Socialist Party of Oklahoma: Collective ownership and democratic management of things collectively used and private ownership of things privately used. ```````````
JayRaye 05/21/2015 3
Early research shows promise in treating Down syndrome and similar disorders using cancer drugs
Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome are the most prevalent ...
Walter Einenkel 05/21/2015 7
The Daily Bucket - Fiddling Around
At the beginning of May, Mr. Watt and I went up to the Sol Duc valley in the Olympic National Park. Among other things, the ferns along the trail to Sol Duc Falls were just coming up. So, I ...
Milly Watt 05/21/2015 57
Bookflurries-Bookchat: Driver, Follow That…Book!
Welcome to bookchat where you can talk about anything...books, plays, essays, and books on tape. You don’t have to be reading a book to come in, sit down, and chat with us. It is necessary in ...
cfk 05/20/2015 142
Jeb Bush declares 'ISIS didn't exist when my brother was president,' gets mugged by reality
Jon Perr 05/20/2015 180
Wonder What Bin Ladin Read in Bed?
Need to know what volumes were on Bin Ladin's bookshelf? Curious if his reading tastes were close to yours? Ever consider if what you read makes you who you are, or is who you are dictated by what ...
Limelite 05/20/2015 59
The very real and decisive GMO scientific consensus
Over and over, I've read comments on the internet (obviously, my first mistake) that there is no scientific consensus about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms (generally crops or food), and ...
SkepticalRaptor 05/20/2015 278
Mr Colt's Peacemaker
It was called "the gun that won the West". It was the first really practical revolver, used by many of the most famous gunslingers and outlaws in the American West, and was such a successful design ...
Lenny Flank 05/20/2015 18
Editor of American Chemical Society's Journal Environmental Science & Technology Gets a New Sofa
These musings by the Editor in Chief of the American Chemical Society's publication, Environmental Science & Technology, are a worthy read for those interested in the interaction between science, ...
LakeSuperior 05/20/2015 8
Hellraisers Journal: Fifty Striking Chicago School Children Supporting Teamsters Arrested and Jailed
If they want to fight, let them come on. We will call out every member of our union rather than give up. -Teamster President Cornelius Shea `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
JayRaye 05/20/2015 3
The Daily Bucket: One person's weed...
What is a weed? According to my friend, Merriam Webster, it is "a (1) : a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially one that tends to overgrow or ...
Elizaveta 05/20/2015 90
Community Quilt for Gordon20024
CelticLassie's quilt. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts... It is a shock when you learn that a friend has cancer. Gordon20024 recently learned that he does. He is a person who is ...
Sara R 05/19/2015 69
Indigo Kalliope: Poems from the Left: May's 3rd Tuesday & Salute to a Friend
So, here I am, racing another deadline, though I've had a pretty good idea of what I was going to write about for at least a few days. As long as I've admired the work of poets I have the privilege ...
Kit RMP 05/19/2015 10
River Surfing (Photos): Street Prophets Coffee Hour
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on ...
Ojibwa 05/19/2015 9
The Viking Mars Mission
In October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first satellite, Sputnik. Over the next 20 years, the Space Race saw the USSR and the USA compete in a series of space spectaculars as each tried to ...
Lenny Flank 05/19/2015 22
Hellraisers Journal: Mrs. Wells-Barnett Speaks at Chicago Meeting, Protests Race Prejudice in Strike
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Friday ...
JayRaye 05/19/2015 3
Daily Bucket: A Green Heron Hunts His Lunch
A few days ago, I happened upon a Green Heron hunting for his lunch. Green Herons are much more shy than other herons and egrets, so when he saw me watching him he froze completely still for a good ...
Lenny Flank 05/19/2015 56
Monday Murder Mystery: Debtors' prisons and 'The Devil in the Marshalsea'
Marshalsea Prison, 1773 Click to enlarge On June 1, 1729, William Acton, one-time butcher and deputy ...
Susan Grigsby 05/18/2015 8
Beauteous Maidens
The mainstay of fairy tales and most romances, feminine beauty in this sort of literature is usually raised to incredible (and incredulous) heights as synonymous with virtue, goodness and truth. In,
Karen Hedwig Backman 05/18/2015 3
Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones: That which is Nature's should be given to all Nature's Children.
The newspapers were hammering me, and the priests and the ministers were hammering me, but I am alive yet, I am still here, hammering them. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````
JayRaye 05/18/2015 4
Scientists invent astonishing new concrete that can heal its own cracks (VIDEO)
Will cracks in basement foundations become a thing of the past? Scientists in the Netherlands have created a "bioconcrete" that amazingly uses bacteria in a very unusual ...
Jen Hayden 05/18/2015 22
The Daily Bucket - recent canoodling
The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you.  Rain, sun, wind...insects, birds, flowers......
OceanDiver 05/18/2015 51
An Overview of the Jacksonville Mayoral Election
Incumbent Democratic Mayor Alvin Brown (left) and his challenger, former RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry (right) Tuesday, May 19, is a big deal for Alvin Brown. Besides the fact that it's Hồ Chí Minh'...
Tyler Yeargain 05/18/2015 16
Must read economics books: On value and values
For a recent project, I’ve been researching organizations and values within organizations. I happened to come across On Value and Values by Douglas K. Smith because of the following quote: For ...
akadjian 05/18/2015 56
There's A Monster At The Door, And It Better Not Get In. Super El Nino Is Back!
Last year a monster Kelvin wave (bubble of warm water) formed in the pacific and started heading eastward. Often times this is the forerunner of an El Nino event. The Kelvin wave surfaced and was ...
pollwatcher 05/18/2015 123
Good Kill: A film that looks at the toll of drone warfare
Last month we briefly reviewed the basics of drones and drone warfare. Today, we're pleased to present an interview with the director behind a new, timely movie on that very subject: Andrew Niccol.
DarkSyde 05/17/2015 74
Thinking Computer an Oxymoron
Thinking suggests self-awareness, computers are not aware in any real sense . . . self-aware, fugetaboutit. The whole Self-Aware conundrum is a vexing problem for Classical Philosophy. ...
PriceRip 05/17/2015 66
Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones warns: a nation that crushes her producers goes over the breakers.
I don't want any mercy from any court, I don't do anything but what is my duty to do as a citizen of this nation, and I don't ask you for mercy. I am asking for justice, and not mercy, and I ...
JayRaye 05/17/2015 14
The Daily Bucket - Citizen Science at Work
The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note any observations you have made of the world around you. Insects, weather, meteorites, climate, birds ...
enhydra lutris 05/17/2015 26
Its my friend Steve's fault.
He posted a picture of the Erebus, one of Lord Franklin's ill fated ships that was found last year on September 7th. Well that lead me to post the Pentangle version of "Lord Franklin" (R.I.P ...
BOHICA 05/17/2015 12
Ancient Africa: A Short Overview of Homo Habilis
The first species to be classified as human, designated as Homo habilis , appeared in Africa over two million years ago. While similar in many physical features to the earlier Australopithecines, ...
Ojibwa 05/17/2015 33
The Inoculation Project 5/17/2015: Science Books!
Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.
belinda ridgewood 05/17/2015 12
Push for American-built rocket engines goes bipartisan
SpaceX Dragon capsule reentry animation: this is how a 21st century spacecraft should work We all know how certain media sources love the smell of bipartisanship in the morning. Here John McCain, ...
DarkSyde 05/16/2015 43
Livable Cities? Street Prophets Saturday
While cities are a relatively recent phenomenon, for most of their existence most people have not lived in them. In the past decade, however, city populations have grown to the point where most ...
Ojibwa 05/16/2015 15
Origins of English: Phony Bigwigs
I suppose there may be a few people out there who have encountered people they considered to be bigwigs or phony or perhaps phony bigwigs. The etymologies of these words are shown below.
Ojibwa 05/16/2015 8
Photo Diary: Suncoast Primate Sanctuary
The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary is located in Palm Harbor, FL, a bit north of St Petersburg. They take in primates and a few other animals that have been kept as pets and are no longer wanted. Alas, ...
Lenny Flank 05/16/2015 13
This week in science: GMOs are PEOPLE!
"There before him, a glittering toy no Star-Child could resist, floated the planet Earth with all its peoples." —2001 During the early days of the Bush administration, in the final few, lazy ...
DarkSyde 05/16/2015 123
I think I see where Barack Obama is coming from on TPP, and I feel both angry and ashamed.
Even if I'm wrong, I will still feel both angry and ashamed. (This is a test, this is only a test. I am neither wedded to the following, nor do I think I've finished playing with the concept. It is ...
serendipityisabitch 05/15/2015 39
Museums 101: Automobiles of the 1910s in America's Car Museum (Photo Diary)
During the second decade of the twentieth century, American automobile manufacturers were beginning to catch up with and even surpass their European counterparts. During this period, cars looked ...
Ojibwa 05/15/2015 14
lilady RN – a memory of a passionate vaccine supporter
In the world of social media, we generally don't get to know one another very well. Out of the thousands of followers of this blog on Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets, I know only a handful ...
SkepticalRaptor 05/14/2015 1
Shadow War - Night fighters and electronic warfare in WWII
The only course open to us now is to make an assault by fire on the barbarians under cover of night. Sun Tzu One byproduct of warfare, horrible as it may be, is that technology tends to make ...
Major Kong 05/14/2015 53
Indians 101: Kootenai Political Organization
The Kootenai (also spelled Kutenai), whose homeland was in the area west of the Rocky Mountains in what is today western Montana, northern Idaho, and southeastern British Columbia, are generally ...
Ojibwa 05/14/2015 5
Monte Verde: The First Americans?
For decades, archaeologists have concluded that the first humans entered the Americas over the Bering Straits land bridge about 13,000 years ago, when an ice-free corridor opened up in Canada, But ...
Lenny Flank 05/13/2015 42
Impressive Marine Biodiversity in Victoria Harbor: But still work to be done to protect it
The purpose of this short diary is to bring to interested readers a visual accounting of the marine biodiversity present in our working harbor here in Victoria BC Canada. Despite some online claims ...
MarineChemist 05/12/2015 6
What's Your Favorite Hot Beverage? Street Prophets Coffee Hour
Welcome to the Tuesday edition of the Coffee Hour at Street Prophets. This is an open thread where we can discuss what’s happening in our lives, what we’ve been working on, and our opinions on ...
Ojibwa 05/12/2015 35
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
In 1871, the most famous fire in American history swept across Chicago and destroyed much of the city. According to legend, the Great Chicago Fire was started when a cow owned by an Irish immigrant ...
Lenny Flank 05/12/2015 14
Daily Bucket: A Walk Around Sawgrass Lake
Photos from a recent walk at Sawgrass Lake Park in St Pete FL: The Daily Bucket is a regular series from the Backyard Science group. Here we talk about Mother Nature in all her glory, especially ...
Lenny Flank 05/12/2015 55
Immunization requirements neither discriminate nor segregate
This article was written by Dorit Rubinstein Reiss,  Professor of Law  at the  University of California Hastings College of the ...
SkepticalRaptor 05/10/2015 2
Ancient America: Coastal Oregon, 13,000 to 7,500 years Ago
The Oregon coast is a part of the larger Northwest Coast culture area which stretches from the Tlingit homelands in Alaska to the Tolowa homelands in northern California. The cultures along this ...
Ojibwa 05/10/2015 20
Licorice: Street Prophets Saturday
For most Americans, the word “licorice” brings to mind a kind of candy which may come in various shapes, color, and flavors. In reality, many of the various forms of licorice are not really ...
Ojibwa 05/09/2015 17
Origins of English: Nazi, Holocaust, Fascist
There are a few Americans, such as the noted scholar and pseudo-historian Glenn Beck , who have declared that gay rights activists are modern Nazis leading an Inquisition that will turn into a ...
Ojibwa 05/09/2015 60
Sunshine Skyway: The Day the Bridge Came Down
Thirty-five years ago today, in 1980, a cargo freighter ran into one of the major bridges over Tampa Bay, collapsing it and killing 35 people. It was the worst shipping accident in Tampa's history.
Lenny Flank 05/09/2015 21
This week in science: abort, abort!
Up to now SpaceX has been contracted to launch satellites and unmanned resupply missions to the ISS. But the company has big plans for manned spaceflight. And toward that goal, they tested their ...
DarkSyde 05/09/2015 47

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