Tentacles and space-suits, oh my!

I had to smile at this report. The paper … attempts to tackle the question of how life originated here on Earth. The researchers embrace a number of proposed explanations and discuss their implications, but one particularly interesting note is their proposal that cephalopods (squid, octopus and cuttlefish) may have originated somewhere other than Earth. Whoa. “Evidence of the role of extraterrestrial viruses in affecting terrestrial evolution has recently been plausibly implied in the gene and transcriptome sequencing of Cephalopods,” the researchers write. “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than

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About that Playboy model’s alleged affair with Donald Trump . . .

. . . well, look what’s just turned up! The centerpiece of a New Yorker story on Karen McDougal, who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, is scribbled notes kept by the former Playboy playmate. These notes, obtained by journalist Ronan Farrow, are presented as her personal reflections on the relationship –“later memorialized in an eight-page, handwritten document provided to the New Yorker.” Readers could easily get the impression, as many journalists have, that McDougal wrote these notes during what she describes as a consensual relationship that began in 2006. But that is not the case. . .

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I’m not a fan

I was more than a little mind-boggled to learn that Alien Gear plans to introduce an inside-the-waistband holster with a fan in it. I can only assume this is some sort of advertising gimmick.  For a start, the fan couldn’t push cooling air through the holes at the rear of the holster, because your body will block them!  It’ll just push air uselessly against your skin, then blow it out the top or bottom of the holster. There’s also the question of security.  If you’re carrying inside-the-waistband, presumably covering the gun with an outer garment, you don’t want it to

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Tongue in cheek, here’s one for the conspiracy theorists

Received via e-mail: Is this a coincidence? The year was 1947. Some of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, 70 years ago,  numerous witnesses claim that an Unidentified Flying Object, (UFO), with five aliens aboard, crashed onto a sheep and mule ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered-up by the U.S. Air Force, as well as other Federal Agencies and Organizations. However, what you may NOT known is that in the month of April, year 1948, nine months after the historic day, the following people were born:

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So much for Antifa, BLM, BAMN, LGBTBBQWTFEIEIO, and the rest of the alphabet soup

My thanks to several readers who sent me different versions of and/or links to this picture. Yep. Sounds about right to me. Now, why the deafening silence from the mainstream media about that? Can it be that they’ve all been triggered by photographs and video of heterosexual cis-males, of all races, performing rescue and recovery work, competently, with nary a protester in sight?  (Heterosexual cis-females, too, of course;  but according to the alphabet-obsessed opposition, they’re already traitors to their sex, even without being competent.  Sorry about that, ladies – but I’m delighted that you are!  Please continue!) Peter

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I don’t know what to call this, but it’s NOT camping!

I’m a bit mind-boggled to read this. For a weekend camping trip last month, Chrissy Palmieri and Neil Kapoor packed little more than their hiking boots and a few changes of clothes. After a 4¹/₂-hour drive to Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY, with their dog, Bubbles, the couple arrived to a site that included a luxury safari tent, high-thread-count linens, fresh cold-pressed juices, homemade granola, a custom-blend of Nicaraguan coffee, and artisanal s’mores kits. It’s like they never left Brooklyn. As experienced campers from western New York, the Clinton Hill-based couple, both 30, are no strangers to roughing it. But

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The great Cottingley Fairies hoax, one hundred years ago

An article in the Telegraph reminded me of the great Cottingley Fairies hoax of 1917.  It fooled a great many people.  Here’s an excerpt. … the house in Main Street was occupied by Arthur and Polly Wright and their only daughter, Elsie. Arthur was an electrical engineer and keen amateur photographer, the proud owner of a Midg quarter-plate camera, an expensive piece of kit for the time. Also living with them, temporarily, were Polly’s sister Annie Griffiths and her daughter Frances, who had made the perilous wartime sea journey from South Africa. By 1917, Elsie was 15 and Frances nine.

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