Category Archives: wild things
And this guy may run for President (that will take care of his flying costs for at least four years if he wins.)
- Haley Barbour bills Mississippi taxpayers for CPAC travel expanses (dailykos.com)
- Why Taxpayers Paid for Haley Barbour’s Luxury Jet (time.com)
- Barbour Flew State Plane to Deliver Cost-Cutting Message (politicalwire.com)
- Haley Barbour Flew State Plane To Deliver Cost Cutting Message To CPAC, Fox News (swampland.blogs.time.com)
- Why Taxpayers Paid for Haley Barbour’s Luxury Jet (swampland.blogs.time.com)
- Fact-Checking Haley Barbour’s Budget Claims (huffingtonpost.com)
The president of Northwestern University said Thursday that he was “troubled and disappointed” by a psychology professor’s decision to present his students last week with a demonstration outside class that featured a couple engaging in a live sex act using a prop.
The demonstration had been arranged by J. Michael Bailey, whose Human Sexuality class has an enrollment of nearly 600. On Feb. 21, after concluding a lecture at a university auditorium about sexual arousal, Professor Bailey brought onto the stage a man whom he had invited to participate in a discussion of “kinky people,” according to an e-mail the professor later sent to his students that was reprinted by The Daily Northwestern.
Oooweee! The whole article is available in the Education section of the Times HERE. Checking out the coverage in the Daily Northwestern (click on the link in the quote), I find most of the student community supporting Bailey (who has taught a NU for two decades) and a certain number of outsiders who are offended by the whole thing.
- You: Extracurricular Sex Toy Lesson Draws Rebuke at Northwestern (nytimes.com)
- What They’re Doing With Their Time at Northwestern University (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- College Prof Defends Sex Toy After-School Special (foxnews.com)
- Northwestern Univ. to investigate sex toy demo – CBS News (news.google.com)
- University president “troubled” by live sex demonstration (reuters.com)
- Northwestern University investigates professor over sexually explicit in-class presentation (educblog.wordpress.com)
- Faith Kroll and Fiancé Jim Marcus executed Live Sex Toy Demo at Northwestern University (genzpad.com)
- College Condemns Classroom Sex Show (online.wsj.com)
President Obama, in his State of the Union Message, told America that it had to get back to invention and innovation… the things that made us great and that were now happening in other countries. He was talking about automobiles and machines of industry, but last week one of the true heroes of American innovation, who invented a unique product, raised a family and sent his children to school on the profits, and sold his company shortly before his death for $20 million.
Who was this great man and what was his invention? In 1956 Milton M. Levine co-created the Ant Farm with his brother-in-law, E. J. Cossman, something millions of American children have used to learn about the dynamic activities of Pogonomyrmex californicus — red ants from California — as they tunnel and create “underground” communities.
Originally selling for $1.98, Levine sold mostly through mail order the 6″ x 9″ plastic “farm” with clear plastic sides that revealed the tunneling insects. Demand was so great that a 10″ x 15″ model soon followed.
If you were a fourth grader like me who ordered the ant farm, you waited for it to come in the mail only to discover that it contained no ants. There was a coupon which you sent in led to delivery of a plastic vial with 25 worker ants inside (no Queens, which were illegal to ship over state lines). This meant that, some weeks later you had to order more ants to replace the ones that died. Or, you could dig up your own and hope you got a queen… and were likely to find a completely different breed that “didn’t get along” with the little red guys. That’s what happened to mine.
Levine sold his company, Uncle Milton Industries, in 2010 after 54 years of producing the great American product. The original sized ant farm sells today for $10.95. Commenting on what he had learned from Pogonomyrmex californicus, Levine once said:
“I found out their most amazing feat yet… They put three kids through college.”
- Milton Levine, Inventor Of The Ant Farm, Dead At Age 97 (geektyrant.com)
- Ant Farm Co-Inventor Milton Levine Dies at 97 (cbsnews.com)
- Milton Levine, 97, co-creator of ant-farm toys, dies (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Ant Farm co-inventor Milton Levine dies at 97 (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Ant Farm Co-Inventor Uncle Milton Dies At 97 In Thousand Oaks (laist.com)
You know, people BELIEVE this crap. That’s what scares me most.
- NY City Council cancels Wal-Mart hearing due to blizzard — Ground Zero Mosque protest now set for February 3 (jihadwatch.org)
- Elsewhere: Yes to Wal-Mart, No to the Ground Zero Mosque (observer.com)
- Thousands of dead birds picked up in Ark. town (hosted.ap.org)
- 2,000 Blackbirds Fall Dead in Central Arkansas (brainz.org)
- No poison found in birds that fell on Ark. town (msnbc.msn.com)
- 100,000 Fish And 5,000 Birds Die In Arkansas On New Years Day Mystery [Video] (realestateradiousa.com)
- Quesion of the day: What killed all the birds? (capitolhillblue.com)
- Shower of dead birds: apocalypse or accident? (newscientist.com)
Doesn’t this make your New Year brighter?
- In Today’s Neanderthal News… (dojorat.blogspot.com)
- Another humanoid species co-existed with early humans and Neanderthals (io9.com)
- Fossil DNA points to new branch of humanity (msnbc.msn.com)
- Gene study shows Neanderthals had eastern cousins (reuters.com)
Late career Zappa working in Europe where they always appreciated him more. I just ran into this one and was fascinated:
Happy 8th day of Zappadan!
Composer Jerry Bock, who, with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, gave us so many wonderful musicals… Fiorello, Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me (one of my all-time favorites), The Apple Tree, Tenderloin (another of my favorites), and The Rothschilds… died at a hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. He was 81 years old. He died about ten days after Joseph Stein, who wrote the book to Fiddler, and a few weeks after Tom Bosley who played Fiorello. I feel like a whole age of musical theatre is passing away.
From the NY Times obituary:
Jerrold Lewis Bock was born on Nov. 23, 1928, in New Haven, the only child of George Bock, a salesman, and the former Peggy Alpert. He grew up in Flushing, Queens, where he wrote his first musical, “My Dream,” while still in Flushing High School.
When he was a senior at the University of Wisconsin, he and a classmate, Larry Holofcener, wrote another musical, “Big as Life,” about Paul Bunyan. After graduation they both went to New York, where they were hired to write songs for “The Admiral Broadway Revue,” which evolved into “Your Show of Shows,” the popular vehicle for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca.
In 1955 Mr. Bock and Mr. Holofcener contributed music and lyrics to the musical “Catch a Star,” which was a flop, before joining with George Weiss to write the score for “Mr. Wonderful.” Mr. Bock married Patricia Faggen in 1950. She survives him, along with their son, George; their daughter, Portia Bock; and a granddaughter.
- Jerry Bock, celebrated Broadway composer, dies (sfgate.com)
- ‘Fiddler On the Roof’ composer Jerry Bock dies (today.msnbc.msn.com)
- ‘Fiddler On the Roof’ composer Jerry Bock dies (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Jerry Bock, 1928-2010 (theawl.com)
Oh P.S. Olivia Wilde is in it, too.
OK… today I scored in the Groundhog Trapping game. Before I get all caught up with myself I have to admit that the creature was very, very small. I can’t believe that this is the beast who tunneled down next to our back foundation… nor did it seem big enough to have eaten all that cantaloupe that was outside the trap yesterday.
That must mean that this critter is a child and still has parents down in the hole. Elly recalls that when our tenant over in Hagerstown had a groundhog problem last year, he ended up trapping three of them (not, of course, at the same time.) So I’ve rebaited the trap and set it again and I’ll see if there’s a new animal caught tomorrow.
Before I did that, however, I had to deal with the little fella I caught. Putting the trap in the back of my new old Subaru, I drove about 5 miles from my house to the Opequon Creek Fishing and Wildlife Area, Federal land where wild beasts are welcome, and turned the groundhog loose. It ran off so fast that in a split second it had vanished. I hope it is happy there…I didn’t want to kill it and I didn’t want it to get near any other houses. When I catch the rest of his family they will go there, too.
So now the trap has fresh (albeit rotten) cantaloupe in it and the spring trigger is set. Now if I can just keep our smaller dog, Byron, away from the trap and the groundhog hole, I’ll feel much better.
- Interesting Groundhog Facts (brighthub.com)
I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but we have a groundhog (at least one) living in our back garden with a hole right at the foundation of the house. Bummer. This isn’t good for the garden, of course, so we ordered a Havahart trap which I put out yesterday. The plan is to catch the groundhog, then put the trap in the back of my old new Subaru and drive it out into the woods (far enough away so it won’t find its way back), then release it in the woods. I don’t have to kill it, which satisfies my particular feelings, and it can have a lovely new life in nature.
However… the groundhog made me look stupid when I checked the trap this morning. It had eaten the bait trail right up to the trap’s open door, but did not enter the trap to get to the bait inside… just past the trigger mechanism. Double Bummer.
OK, I rebaited this morning, putting only a few pieces of delicious rotting melon (a favorite of groundhogs) outside the trap door, and put more pieces inside the trap leading up to the trigger mechanism with the bug feast on the far side. If this doesn’t work, I’ll have to change strategies.
- Interesting Groundhog Facts (brighthub.com)
“Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Okay have a good day.”
This was, needless to say, out of the blue and a couple of decades after Hill’s testimony at Thomas’ confirmation hearing ( remember?… Hill said Thomas “repeatedly made inappropriate sexual comments in the workplace and described several in lurid detail.”) Thomas had then called Hill’s accusations a “high-tech lynching, but they were never disproved.
So why did Ginny Thomas (who makes a living as a far-right lobbyist for Liberty Central, attacking Obama and his administration as a leftist tyranny) drop this message? Well… the FBI wants to know.
More coming, you can be sure.
- Ginni Thomas vs. Anita Hill- The Height of Chutzpah! (lezgetreal.com)
- Clarence Thomas’ Wife Calls Anita Hill for an Apology [Uh] (gawker.com)
- Anita Hill: No apology coming for Thomas testimony (cnn.com)
- FBI Contacted After Clarence Thomas’ Wife Ginny Calls Anita Hill Asking For An Apology (mediaite.com)
- Justice Thomas’s Wife Asks Anita Hill for an Apology (volokh.com)
- Quote For The Day II (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
And while we wait, here are The Persuasions doing an a cappella version of Lumpy Gravy:
The repair guy from GE is coming this morning some time (they said between 8 and Noon and we’re well into that now) to look at our noisy freezer that’s dripping water into the refrigerator section below. I tried defrosting (which on a frost free machine is hard to do) and that didn’t solve the problem. I have a feeling that there is a fan part that needs to be replaced. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, it is raining out, so I’ll have to get wet walking the dogs. They don’t mind, of course, but I do. It’s cold as well (my back deck thermometer hasn’t hit 60° yet), so this is going to be an uncomfortable walk. Still, of course, without a car until tomorrow when we go down to Linda’s to pick it up. So I’m trapped in the house again today.
I have been battling with fruit flies for the last week or so… they pop up everywhere… drains, fruitbowl, cutting board area… and, since we don’t use any poison sprays, getting rid of them was a real problem. Until I did my research, of course, and discovered how to make “fruit fly traps” which have worked so well that you hardly see any of the little bastards around.
How does one make a fruit fly trap? Simple. Start with a good, widemouthed jar (we always have plenty of old Ball jars around which we use for canning) and put in about an inch or two of warm water with a squirt of dishwashing soap. Then add a shot of apple cider and a shot of red wine. Cover the top of the jar with a piece of Saran Wrap and use a rubber band to keep it tightly sealed at the neck of the jar. Now comes the tricky part… you have to punch a few very small holes through the plastic wrap… small enough for the fruit flies to get in but not so large that they can go right out again. I use a nut pick to punch the holes, but a fork could do it, too.
Then all you have to do is put the jar wherever the greatest number of the pests have been spotted. I made four jars and put them in various places in my kitchen. Now all you do is wait. In about an hour or so you will notice a distinct reduction in the bugs. The next day when you check the jars you will find they are full of little drowned fruit flies. Amazing!
I change the liquid and reseal the jars every few days and my fruit-flies are now nowhere to be found (on the first refill day there were much fewer of them caught in the traps, so we are succeeding quite well.)
I think I’ll post this bit about my fruit fly traps over at Panhandle Vegan… I know my friends over there could probably benefit from the strategy.
- Keep it fresh! (ask.metafilter.com)
- Eco-Friendly Friday Tips 100 – Refrigerator Temperature (focusorganic.com)
If you didn’t. check out the HuffPo article below:
- Stewart, Colbert: ‘Rally To Restore Sanity’ vs. ‘March To Keep Fear Alive’ (VIDEO) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stewart, Colbert to Hold D.C. Rallies (cbsnews.com)
- Jon Stewart Announces ‘Rally to Restore Sanity’ (blogs.forbes.com)
- Stewart and Colbert announce ‘Rally To Restore Sanity’ and ‘March To Keep Fear Alive’ (inquisitr.com)
For the last hour and a half I have been attempting to get my younger dog, Byron, back into the house. He wriggled his way off his leash when we were coming back from a walk and now he’s running around the neighborhood.
Has this happened before? Yes… but we try to avoid it recurring since he gives us such trouble getting back into the house. Our other dog, Nestle, can be lured by dog biscuits or by opening the car door and saying “Let’s go bye-bye.” Byron likes to run in large circles… come back to the door and wait till you come out to get him, and then run away again with a big laugh on his Rottweiler Mix face.
So my final solution is to leave the front door open and c0me upstairs to the living room (2nd floor of our town house) and wait until he gets so thirsty he’ll come in for his water bowl. It always happens eventually. Meanwhile, I have to keep Nestle on his leash or he’ll run out the front door looking for Byron. The problem if Nestle, my old Lab Retriever (10+ years), forgets what he’s doing, wanders off and gets lost. I have to drive for blocks to find him, and then he’s happy to jump in the car. Byron never likes to hang out with Nestle if they both run off… something you think my older dog would remember… but he doesn’t. Nestle stays by the window, at the end of the leash, and watches for the escapee.
Wonder of wonders! as I write this Byron has tiptoed up the stairs and is heading for his water bowl… excuse me while I run downstairs and close the front door.
Dogs! The children of our old age!
I’m getting ready to meet Candi from the American Conservation Film Festival for coffee at Mellow Moods at 10:00. We’re going over the stuff I’m filling in on their website database for people looking up the 30 or so films (features and shorts) that are now scheduled.
Once everything is up and running, I’ll direct my readers to the site… this is a film festival that Elly and I have been going to for several years now and we always enjoy it (and learn from it.)
One of the films I’m looking forward to is “Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist”:
Seen through the eyes of activist Peter Jay Brown (“Whale Wars) Confessions offers an intimate look at shipboard life amongst members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. These self-proclaimed animal saviors and sea rebels immerse themselves in action-packed conflict including ramming illegal fishing vessels, sinking pirate whalers, and arguing amongst themselves over a vegetarian vs. vegan diet.
I’ve got to pack up and get out of here… more later.
What a miserable day today has been.
First, I had my quarterly doctor‘s appointment with Dr. Kugler over in Hagerstown, MD, and brought up, as I have just about every time I have been to see him in the past few years, that I have these small periods (usually not more than a couple of minutes) where I lose control of language when I’m speaking. These “seizures” as he calls them do not effect intelligence or physical presence… I just babble incoherently for a couple of minutes until I become aware of the meaning of words again. It is one of the reasons I am glad not to be working as a teacher or sales professional any more… it HAS happened during a class and when I was doing an Insurance presentation to a client back in my Aflac days.
Anyway, now I am apparently blacking out for a couple of seconds on some of these seizures and waking up without remembering what has happened. I’m not rolling around on the ground or anything like that… I just don’t remember what happens at the time.
Dr. Kugler sums all of this up as Aphasia. According to the National Aphasia Association, the definition of this condition is:
Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that
impairs a person’s ability to process language,
but does not affect intelligence.
Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others, and
most people with aphasia experience difficulty reading and writing.
It also seems to be caused by either a stroke, a brain injury or a developing brain tumor. I don’t think I have had the first two, and a worry about the third. Over the next two weeks I have three different tests with specialists… a neurologist, a heart person and someone else, that Kugler’s office set up. I’m not excited about this, because…
Second, as I came out of Kugler’s office and started up my 2001 Toyota Echo (which has been a very reliable car) the engine started to overheat (a signal light popped up on the dashboard) and, as I went to the grocery store, it stalled out. I let it cool off a while, went to the gas station at the Grocery complex, filled the tank, checked the oil and saw it was low… added three quarts.
I started up again, but as I was going near my daughter Penny’s house in Martinsburg it started to smoke from the front and stalled out. I let it cool for a while, then slowly drove to Penny’s driveway where the car died. She had a bottle of coolant which we put into the coolant holder. Still couldn’t get it to start up… so I called Triple A.
After an hour when Triple A still hadn’t arrived, the car had cooled off enough to start up again and I managed to get it home, where it died again. I have an appointment at Brown’s tomorrow morning to find out what’s wrong. It may be the thermostat, or a coolant leak, or something else. Whatever it is it will be an expense we didn’t predict this month and I’m dreading it.
So, as you see, it’s been a lousy day so far. I hope yours was better.
- Conduction aphasia as an initial symptom in a patient with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. (citeulike.org)
- Using words as both diagnosis and cure (danapress.typepad.com)
Behold… the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse:
A red horse brings war (isn’t it amazing that we now equate Republicans with the color Red… what we used to use to describe the far left Commies of the forties and fifties?)
A black horse brings famine (as the fields dry out from global warming we see food supplies shrinking… and as more chemicals are sprayed on plants we turn food into evil.)
A green horse brings death (green as the money that the top 2% of society increases their accumulation of as we fail to restore the taxes which they no longer have to pay.)
A white horse brings Satan’s warrior (with white hair…or silver… like Newt Gingrich ready to move Muslims away from Ground Zero by putting the area under the control of the National Parks Service…)
See why I feel much better not believing this crap? I don’t need a religious mystery to account for all the evil that is being brought on us by people who have decided, as the entire Republican Congress has, not to work with the President and to oppose EVERYTHING… even things they have consistently supported in the past. By taking this chance, they will regain control of Congress and once again take us into oblivion.
But don’t you think that when they take control of Congress that the Democrats will have learned nothing from their two years of negativity? Do you think the Democrats will show them how it should be done by WORKING WITH THEM?
I wouldn’t count on it.
If I wanted to know what a definition of Hell was at this point, it would be the entirely stupid government of the United States which takes the best possible democracy and turns it into an oligarchy of the Boehner/McConnell (which used to be called the antichrist.)
…a change from the stinkbugs, bees and grasshoppers that I’ve been seeing. Is it mating time?
Perhaps Isabella Rosselini can give us some insight:
…perhaps you saw this on a news program. It’s from a race last Sunday at Monmouth Park:
… and, of course, MY wife knows everything, too. And she always wins!
Cross Posted in Under The LobsterScope and Panhandle Vegan.