So that’s what it was!

A few months ago I was sent a link to a video by e-mail. It showed a strange-looking creature, with long, string-like tentacles, deep beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. The video was taken by a remotely-operated vehicle of the Shell oil company, while prospecting for oil. It’s apparently been circulating on the Internet for a year or more. Now comes the explanation of what it was. According to National Geographic: A mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) underwater, a remote control submersible’s camera has captured an eerie surprise: an alien-like, long-armed, and—strangest of all—”elbowed”

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Reflections on Rosa Parks, and on ‘group think’

On December 1st, 1955, Rosa Parks lit the spark to the explosion in the US civil rights movement by refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white passenger. Her story is well-known enough (and described at the link above) that I won’t go into it here. However, I’d like to take the opportunity offered by this anniversary to reflect on racism and intolerance in all its forms. They’re examples of ‘group-think’, judging an individual by the group(s) to which he or she belongs. I’ve seen the worst of racism, in South Africa, where

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