Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



A Metaphor for the GOP

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Night Poetry

Fruit Cocktail in Light Syrup

by Amy Gerstler

Rocket-shaped popsicles that dyed your lips blue
were popular when I was a kid. That era got labeled
“the space age” in honor of some longed-for,
supersonic, utopian future. Another food of my
youth was candy corn, mostly seen on Halloween.
With its striped triangular “kernels” made
of sugar, wax and corn syrup, candy corn
was a nostalgic treat, harkening back to days
when humans grew, rather than manufactured,
food. But what was fruit cocktail’s secret
meaning? It glistened as though varnished.
Faint of taste and watery, it contained anemic
grapes, wrinkled and pale. Also deflated
maraschino cherries. Fan-shaped pineapple
chunks, and squares of bleached peach
and pear completed the scene. Fruit cocktail’s
colorlessness, its lack of connection to anything
living, (like tree, seed or leaf) seemed
cautionary, sad. A bowl of soupy, faded, funeral
fruit. No more nourishing than a child’s
finger painting, masquerading as happy
appetizer, fruit cocktail insisted on pretending
everything was ok. Eating it meant you embraced
tastelessness. It meant you were easily fooled.
It meant you’d pretend semblances,
no matter how pathetic, were real, and that
when things got dicey, you’d spurn the truth.
Eating fruit cocktail meant you might deny
that ghosts whirled throughout the house
and got sucked up the chimney on nights
Dad wadded old newspapers, warned you

away from the hearth, and finally lit a fire.

fruit salad by james rosenquist
Fruit Salad (oil on canvas) by James Rosenquist

Sunday Science Blog

Hadrosaur with huge nose discovered

"The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists from North Carolina State University and Brigham Young University, lived in what is now Utah approximately 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period. 

Rhinorex, which translates roughly into 'King Nose,' was a plant-eater and a close relative of other Cretaceous hadrosaurs like Parasaurolophus and Edmontosaurus. Hadrosaurs are usually identified by bony crests that extended from the skull, although Edmontosaurus doesn't have such a hard crest (paleontologists have discovered that it had a fleshy crest). Rhinorex also lacks a crest on the top of its head; instead, this new dinosaur has a huge nose. 

Terry Gates, a joint postdoctoral researcher with NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and colleague Rodney Sheetz from the Brigham Young Museum of Paleontology, came across the fossil in storage at BYU. First excavated in the 1990s from Utah's Neslen formation, Rhinorex had been studied primarily for its well-preserved skin impressions. When Gates and Sheetz reconstructed the skull, they realized that they had a new species. 

'We had almost the entire skull, which was wonderful,' Gates says, 'but the preparation was very difficult. It took two years to dig the fossil out of the sandstone it was embedded in -- it was like digging a dinosaur skull out of a concrete driveway.' " 

Based on the recovered bones, Gates estimates that Rhinorex was about 30 feet long and weighed over 8,500 lbs. It lived in a swampy estuarial environment, about 50 miles from the coast. Rhinorex is the only complete hadrosaur fossil from the Neslen site, and it helps fill in some gaps about habitat segregation during the Late Cretaceous."

(If Rhinorex condrupus could sing.)

 via Infidel753: 

 Check out this deep sea creature that exists today!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

GOP’s 7 most mind-boggling “scientific” theories

As a follow-up to P.E.'s most recent post, here's an interesting article from AlterNet:

GOP’s 7 most mind-boggling “scientific” theories

1. Abortion Leads To Cancer, Birth Defects, And Everything Else 

 2. Everything They Say About Rape 

 3. Climate Change Doesn’t Exist, and If It Does It’s Caused By Trees 

 4. Breast Implants, On The Other Hand, are a Fine Use Of Science 

 5. No Dead Fetuses In Your Soft Drinks 

 6. Evolution Is (Still) Out To Get Jesus 

 7. It’s Only Science If Republicans Agree With It

Also, there's this:

ISIS targets evolution in Iraqi schools

"The AP report added that Islamic State explicitly prohibits lessons on 'Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.'

 As it turns out, Iraqi schools weren’t teaching evolution anyway, but in the name of 'eliminating ignorance,' ISIS wants to be absolutely certain that modern biology is banned from science classes. The violent extremists prefer 'religious sciences.' ”