Darwin’s Frogs Are Dead or Dying | Common Dreams


Darwin’s Frogs Are Dead or Dying | Common Dreams.

11.26.13 – 12:35 PM Darwin’s Frogs Are Dead or Dying by Abby Zimet In sorrowful confirmation of his central tenet that “species are not immutable,” a species of frog named after Charles Darwin is rapidly dying off, victims of a fungal disease and, yes, habitat destruction. This, despite the males’ singular ability to incubate eggs in their vocal sacs and spit out their young once full-blown – a nifty trick that alone should afford them survival, never mind that amphibians are said to have inhabited the earth for 365 million years, far longer than the mammals whose machinations are directly and indirectly so resolutely killing them off.

Swedish Scientists have identified a new variant of HIV that makes patients develop AIDS almost twice as …


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Swedes warn of new aggressive HIV strain

A South African patient is tested for HIV. File photo: AP/TT

Swedes warn of new aggressive HIV strain

Published: 29 Nov 2013 07:29 GMT+01:00 Updated: 29 Nov 2013 07:29 GMT+01:00

Swedish scientists have identified a new variant of HIV that makes patients develop Aids almost twice as fast compared to the other variants of the virus, Lund University researchers revealed on Thursday.

The researchers at Lund University in southern Sweden used data spanning two decades on patients with HIV in Guinnea Bissau, where the researchers found the new variant. It was deemed likely that it had emerged in a few individuals who were infected with two separate HIV variants, which then mixed or recombined to a new variant that was more aggressive.

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“My Life as a Turkey”: Video


After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2168110328/

A sense of wonder : “The earth is where we make our stand”: Carl Sagan


A sense of wonder

Carl Sagan: The Earth Is Where We Make Our Stand
Video
“In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.”

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.  

Posted November 30, 2013

 

 

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish only home we’ve ever known.

The pale blue dot.

Carl Sagan: The Earth Is Where We Make Our Stand


Carl Sagan: The Earth Is Where We Make Our Stand.

A sense of wonder

Carl Sagan: The Earth Is Where We Make Our Stand

Video

“In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.”

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

Posted November 30, 2013


The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish only home we’ve ever known. The pale blue dot.

3D Cosmography of the Local Universe – a film by Héléne Courtois


3D Cosmography of the Local Universe – a film by Hélène Courtois

From         vimeo.com                – November 29, 10:09 PM
Amazing Science

Let’s revisit Sarah Palin’s turkey abattoir snuff video, so go get the kids


  Sarah Palin pardons a Thanksgiving turkey as others die around her

http://youtu.be/nJd_vm9VhpU

Because it is A Holiday Classic Like No Other, and because everyone is getting off of the internet for the next day or two in order to be with their families (unless your last name is Cheney), here is younger Sarah Palin, before she rocketed past her freshness date like shit through a goose, just a’gabblin’ and a’gobblin’ and a’droppin’ her g’s while emotionally distressed turkeys line up behind her for assisted poultry seppuku in order to make the maddening horrible noise, which is like the heartbeat in The Tell-Tale Heart  but much worse, maybe even Katrina worse, stop.

So settle back with a bowl of deep-fried bacon-crusted giblets and a bladder buster-sized RC Cola and watch this with the kids instead of The Human Caterpillar which is always a treat for the whole family after they have gorged themselves on Happy Thanksgiving foodstuffs and pie just like the Pilgrims did before they reduced the indigenous population of the New World to a poorly coached 3-8 American football team owned by a dick

Read Story here:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/27/lets-revisit-sarah-palins-turkey-abattoir-snuff-video-so-go-get-the-kids/

Today = the day to give thanks that you were not born a Butterball turkey


 

“You pray in your distress and in your need;
would that you might pray also in the fullness
of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Today is the day to give thanks that you were
not born a Butterball turkey.

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Prayer for the Butterballs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjKRxa7ZyMs

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See: Undercover Video:

http://www.butterballabuse.com

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“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small
Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
– A.A. Milne

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Robert Cohen
http://www.notmilk.com