Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Coffee and Provocation

Blah, Blah, Blah, Ginger
Dogs get a lot less from talk than they do hands-on petting, and they prefer food to petting. Not too much of a surprise to those who actually observe dogs.

Has the Jack the Ripper Case Been Solved?
Probably, and thanks to some very old DNA evidence.

Caffeine So Nice, God Made It Twice
Caffeine has evolved twice -- once for tea, and once for coffee.

The Blue Whale is Back
The population of blue whales off of California's coast has bounced back.

The Highest-Paid Female CEO in America Was Born Male
The highest-paid female CEO in America right now is 59-year-old Martine Rothblatt, who was born a male. Please discuss.

Scotland may yet vote for independence.  New polls suggest the swing to freedom is strong.  Of course, the fear-mongers are in a twist.  It seems that if Scotland does not print its own currency it will be just like Spain. Pretty sure that's not true.

Viking Women With Swords and Axes
Half the remains of slain Vikings in England are female. Half meaning about 12 people. This putative fact was not noticed before, because almost all the nearly-disintegrated bodies were associated with weapons.

Toshiba’s $330 Chromebook 2
It's supposed to be as good as a MacBook Air for a much lower price.

Population Collapse in Russia
Russia depopulated by 5% between 1992 and 2009  "In the seventeen years between 1992 and 2009, the Russian population declined by almost seven million people, or nearly 5 percent — a rate of loss unheard of in Europe since World War II. Moreover, much of this appears to be caused by rising mortality. By the mid-1990s, the average St. Petersburg man lived for seven fewer years than he did at the end of the Communist period; in Moscow, the dip was even greater, with death coming nearly eight years sooner." The most likely cause: a lack of hope.  And that lack of hope has been there for 50 years.  See link for more.

How Much Money Did You Make Today?
Less than this daily tally of the take of the world's richest billionaires, I am guessing,

Zebra Finches
These are easy, fun and prolific birds. And about 6 percent form same-sex unions.

1 comment:

Stacey said...

I remember going to Korea as a teen and one of the weirdest things was going to an amusement park that had animals on display. There were some old standbys like lions and peacocks, all in pretty crappy conditions.

The park was pretty memorable, partly because it was a ghost town, but what I remember most is that there was one sad row of five purebred dogs in gradually gradated size: a Chihuahua, a Cocker Spaniel, a small Golden Retriever, a large black Labrador, and an Irish Wolfhound. They were in pens that were about 4x7, with a fake white picket fence along the viewing side, and weird cartoony dog houses for shelter. I am sure they had no regular human contact besides feeding times, and it's likely the pens were cleaned using only a hose. They basically just barked and paced and were neurotic messes.

I have always thought that if that was standard Korean exposure to "pet" dogs, then they must think pet owners absolutely insane.