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Crab Skins Thank You

This message to the world appeared to me yesterday morning on a walk up the hill:

What are crab skins doing thanking me? What did I ever do for crab skins? What do crabs with skins look like? These are questions to which I fear I shall never have answers. When I am 72, […]

Does Anyone Really Have Any Idea What The Right Policy In Syria Is?

In Syria, it’s the government versus pro-democracy rebels versus the Islamic State versus the government versus the United States versus Russia versus Iran.

In response to the new involvement of Iranian and Russian soldiers in the Syrian civil war, U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders declared, “We do not want to make a very complex situation […]

What Are You Looking At?

What is this? Where is it?

Maine Foliage Report, October 1: Green

Courtesy of Bangor Daily News, the Maine Foliage Report for October 1 2015:

Is this what climate change looks like? Not necessarily. This could just be an abnormal year for Maine — and it certainly is abnormal. Past foliage reports from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which are available from 2011-2014 […]

Should The U.S. Government Try To Control Use Of Social Media By Terrorists?

Radicalism can be an ugly thing or a beautiful thing, depending on its content, but whatever it is, it isn’t the business of anyone in the federal government. […]

she/he/ze/they/you/me/us/them: [Human]

I came across this bumper sticker today and identified it as a new favorite. Across many gender identities there is a common humanity.

I have no interest in nabbing the intellectual property of the person who designed this nifty sticker. If I were going to redesign it, however, I’d add the following text to […]

Princess Michael Says You Don’t Have Rights Unless You Pay Taxes

I think I’m going to start calling myself the Duke of New Jersey and declare that people only have rights if they eat vegetables every day. […]

Caution: Oreos Are Falling Into Milk

Lewiston, Maine continues to Experience a Decline in Crime after Somali Immigration

For years now, there have been people who don’t like the fact that immigrants from Somalia have settled in Lewiston, Maine. Some of the people who don’t like Somalis have been claiming that since the arrival of Somali immigrants in Lewiston in 2001, the crime rate has gone up.

But this is just not true. […]

No, Jeb Bush Should Not Take Advice From Pope Francis On Climate Change

Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bill Foster rose to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to add his two cents to a debate over a religion, science, and climate change. Foster told his colleagues in Congress, “Last week Pope Francis challenged us to take courageous steps to combat climate change, a call to action that […]

Water Oozing On Mars. Meh?

Yesterday, the big news was that NASA has solved a “mystery”.

What they found: There is, in the present, not just the distant past, a small amount of unfrozen water in a small number of places on or near the surface of Mars. It’s oozing around, creating a signature form of salt called perchlorate.

It’s […]