Back in the day, we talked about Jackson Frank and covers of his Blues Run The Game. This one is lovely.
In fact, naked mole rats can survive for five hours at oxygen levels so low a human would die in minutes, and this latest study showed they can endure a ridiculous 18 minutes of total oxygen deprivation by slipping into a sort of vegetative state. Mice without oxygen die after around 20 seconds.
Also they don't get cancer or feel pain. Also the authors at the link already made the scrotum-looking jokes.
The point of the article is that scientists recently figured out the metabolic pathway that the moleys are using - they're using fructose, which we only have examples of plants doing until now. Weird!
When I was seven or eight, my mom spent about two years working on 8x11 paintings - and she paints slowly and painstakingly, these are not breezy things that are whipped off - each of which was a different pun involving moles. "Mole in One", with a golfing mole, "Guacamole", etc. There were probably 30 in all. Weird!
I enjoyed the Melania Trump Vanity Fair article. None of it was sourced by anyone very close to her, but it all seemed very plausible.
One thing that has vaguely surprised me: Over the last, say, 18 months - since Trump has been under tight media scrutiny - there have not been any new allegations of Trump hitting on anyone. I assume his age and corroded arteries have just caught up with him? I can't imagine why he'd change his ways on this one thing but nothing else.
Lw writes: Turks living in Germany mostly voted for autocracy in the recent Turkish referendum. Informally, the (incoherent) explanation they give is that they see Germans as basically against Erdogan, and integration of ethnic Turkish people into German society has not been great, so you can't tell me what to think. This is in contrast to urban voters in Turkey, who voted against autocratic powers in the referendum.
Sunday is the first round of elections in France-- top 2 candidates run off later in case highest candidate is under 50%. All 4 top candidates are between 18% and 23% in polls with a fair amount of sampling error. The televised debate was kind of a circus with 11 candidates.
Le Pen: Racist, anti-EU, Russian stooge
Macron: Pro-EU, not part of an established party (a real novelty at this level)
Fillon: Center-Right, scandal for employing his family members, Russian stooge
Melenchon: Funny talker, far left, anti-EU.
Second round polling strongly against Le Pen. I sure hope this works out.
Heebie's take: I feel super bad for not getting this up over the weekend.
I'm not an "animal person," still less a bird person, but there are four great horned owls in our yard right now, flying from tree to fence and back, and they are something to see.
People love to tell us that we'll need more space when the kids are teenagers. (Our house is a three bedroom, a little under 2000 square feet. Right now they all share a big room, which could eventually be split into two little rooms. )
It sort of reminds me of when you're about to have your first baby - everyone tells you there are a few absolutely essential items, but the cumulative total of everyone's essential items is enough to fill a McMansion.
I get that teenagers need privacy and that lots of space is nice. I also get that most of the world's teenage population does not have much space, for better or worse.
So: what is the truth of the matter? to what extent do teenagers need more space than elementary school kids?
I think I'm pretty adjusted to the fact that we have Trump as a president - I'm no longer daydreaming about hail-Mary situations where everyone laughs and admits there was a miscount, or any of his ethical violations catch up with him - and then you wake up some mornings, and BAMN you look at this hellscape as if you were dropped in from above. We put a pathological liar-reality TV show host in the presidency of the US.
Aside from personality, he's more or less creating a government just run as a standard Republican administration, which of course is completely depraved, although with a bit more fears of WWIII and nuclear warfare.
What are my biggest WTF moments from this week? Probably this tweet, Steve King gloating about having deported his first DREAMer. (Although Judge Curiel is hearing his case, which is a nice touch.)