Sunday, April 29, 2007

Randy Hedgehogs

Well, that's not fair or accurate. Remember the debunkere theory regarding crop circles? That it's mating hedgehogs, and not ET, etc. that made the circles? Well, apparently when hedgehogs aren't up to making elaborate designs in crops, they're the love slaves of Ukrainian farmers.

Okay, enough. Not funny, and the poor bastard (the farmer, not the hedgehog, although the poor thing's obviously a poor bastard as well) was so horny he had to abuse a hedgehog. He got what he deserved. And, uh, couldn't he find a cow or something?

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Mysterious creatures roaming Geauga County

In Ohio: Deer? Hybrids? OOP cryptids? Escaped “canned hunt” exotic goats/rams?
If you have an idea of what they are, let them know. Nice to know they don’t plan on ridding the area of these visitors, they just want to know what they are.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Don't Stare at the Chimps, and More:

Don’t Stare at the Chimps
And while we’re at it, don’t tap loudly on the aquarium glass.

Zoo asks visitors not to stare at the chimps.

Let’s hope this goes through:

Bill Would Ban Wild Animals as Pets
(source: KEZI)
SALEM, Ore. -- Pet-owners, listen up. Law-makers in Salem are working on a new bill which would ban the ownership of any type of exotic animal. Wolves, monkeys, alligators, tigers and bears would *all* be off-limits.

The bill is in response to a pair of "wild animal" events earlier in the month. A few weeks ago -- a pet alligator escaped from a home in Coos Bay. Recently -- a pet monkey escaped from its cage in Lincoln county, hitting the streets -- and running through neighborhoods. Both animals were re-captured, but they aren't the only cases where wild animals have went on the loose in Oregon's history.

It brings up the issue as to what kinds of animals should be allowed, for private ownership. Law-makers say -- House Bill 3437 aims to protect both public safety and animal welfare. It would ban future possession of wildlife, along with Alligators, Crocodiles and Caimans.

"Best Friends" Pet Store in Eugene sells Alligators. The owners say, the law goes too far. "I don't own an alligator, but i think you should have the right to do that," said owner Patti Florek.

A House committee will look at the bill this Thursday. Local pet-store owners are worried -- the bill will mean more restrictions about domestic pet sales in the future.

You don’t have a “right” to own an alligator. What the hell is wrong with people? (Don’t answer that.)

Alligator Clogs
Speaking of alligators: more alligator in the sewer news:
Dead alligator found clogging drain.

Winged Weirdies
The good Lesley, of the Debris Field blog, Beyond the Dial column in UFO Magazine, and Grey Matters on Binnall of America, writes about Big Birdies and Winged Weirdies for Grey Matters. I’m with Lesley; it’s a fascinating topic.

New York City Whale Dies
NYC Whale Beaches Itself, Dies Suddenly


NEW YORK - A young whale that swam aimlessly for two days in a small bay off an industrial section of Brooklyn beached itself at an oil depot dock Wednesday and died suddenly. Animal activists said the minke whale, about a year old, was too young to survive on its own. (more at link)

From Mary Alice Bennett on UFO Digest: Manta UFOs as Living Creatures and
the Nature of Aquatic Cryptids:

Paranormal Corridor Southwest
by Mary Alice Bennett

Farmer dyes sheep red. Next: he’ll create mini crop circles in their wool.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Pigs in Space. in The Nation, an item about pigs in space.

At first I thought this was about sending pigs -- bacon -- into space. No doubt they’d be glowing green and hybridized piggies with mustard plants or jellyfish.

But this isn’t about those kinds of pigs, it’s about human “pigs” in the opinion of the writer. Ga-zillionarie Simonyl paid $20 million dollars to go up in space. And girlfriend Martha Stewart carefully prepared candied fruit for the trip.

As they point out, hey, come back to earth. Does Katrina ring a bell?


It's National Poetry Month. Here's a favorite of mine by a favorite poet/writer of mine:

The Genius Of The Crowd
Charles Bukowski

there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace

those who preach god, need god
those who preach peace do not have peace
those who preach peace do not have love

beware the preachers
beware the knowers
beware those who are always reading books
beware those who either detest poverty
or are proud of it
beware those quick to praise
for they need praise in return
beware those who are quick to censor
they are afraid of what they do not know
beware those who seek constant crowds for
they are nothing alone
beware the average man the average woman
beware their love, their love is average
seeks average

but there is genius in their hatred
there is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
to kill anybody
not wanting solitude
not understanding solitude
they will attempt to destroy anything
that differs from their own
not being able to create art
they will not understand art
they will consider their failure as creators
only as a failure of the world
not being able to love fully
they will believe your love incomplete
and then they will hate you
and their hatred will be perfect

like a shining diamond
like a knife
like a mountain
like a tiger
like hemlock

their finest art

Friday, April 6, 2007

Giant catfish

FromMy Strange New Mexico, on giant catfish in elephant buttes. Love the juxtaposition of images.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Our Messy Lizard Brains

In Our Messy, Reptilian Brains
By Sharon Begley

April 9, 2007 issue - Let others rhapsodize about the elegant design and astounding complexity of the human brain—the most complicated, most sophisticated entity in the known universe, as they say. David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, doesn't see it that way. To him, the brain is a "cobbled-together mess." Impressive in function, sure. But in its design the brain is "quirky, inefficient and bizarre ... a weird agglomeration of ad hoc solutions that have accumulated throughout millions of years of evolutionary history," he argues in his new book, "The Accidental Mind," from Harvard University Press.

Is David Icke listening? More here:

Pigs Glowing Green

This isn't new news; it's over a year old. But for those who missed it here it is:

Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs By Chris Hogg BBC News, Hong Kong

When lit up in the dark, the pigs glow green

See the pigs
Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that "glow in the dark".

They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through.

The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo.

image source: Picture of transgenic pigs supplied by Taiwan National University, courtesy Wu Shinn-chih
The glowy rest is here:

DSM pulls out of aspartame market

By Anthony Fletcher

30/03/2006 - DSM has today announced its withdrawal from the aspartame business, citing price erosion and unprofitability as key factors.

"The main reason for the withdrawal is that this market is not profitable any more, and we see no chance of it being so in the nearby future," DSM senior communication officer Nelleke Barning told FoodNavigator.

"Although we have made many efforts to cut costs, low market prices mean that we just couldn't make this profitable."

DSM's involvement in aspartame, a key sweetener, is through Holland Sweetener Company (HSC), a 50/50 joint venture between the Dutch ingredients firm and Japanese firm Tosoh Corporation.

Conspiracy Against Anti-Conspiracy Theorists

Society's conspiracy against conspiracy theorists
By: Brian Feltch
Last week, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban thrust himself in the public's crosshairs when he announced that his production company, Magnolia Pictures, will distribute Loose Change, an incendiary documentary claiming 9/11 was an inside job. While the public loathing and countless gallons of op-ed ink dedicated to crucifying Mr. Cuban does not come as a surprise, it illuminates an important and pervasive trend in our modern global society. When issues that make people squirm are brought to the fore, debate is hastily labeled conspiracy theorizing and those engaging in that debate are considered foolish fanatics.

Nazi Base Debunkery

From the Danger Room/Wired News:
UFOs and all manner of things attributed to the Nazis; including underground bases in Antarctica:
ature discusses the recently published article, "Hitler's Antarctic base: the myth and the reality," about the fascinating effort of scientists to disprove a longstanding conspiracy theory:

Using documentary evidence and first-hand experience of Antarctica, Colin Summerhayes of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK, and Toronto-based Peter Beeching puncture every last bit of the story.

There's so much more here: