August, 2019 archive
Faye Flam notes that some would call the current geological epoch the “Anthropocene”; she argues that they have a point. A nugget:
We’ve caused huge shifts in the plants and animals sharing the planet with us, driven many species to extinction, left a layer of radioactive fallout from exploding nuclear bombs, accidentally changed the composition of our atmosphere, and left a layer of plastic that will in all likelihood still be around in a million years.
Mike discusses the fires in the Amazon rain forest. (Warning: Mike’s upset. There’s more language than usual. I don’t agree with everything Mike says, but I think his tirade is worth a fair hearing.)
Werner Herzog’s Bear explains what that is.
Please follow the link to read his post. No excerpt or summary can do it justice.
According to Pittsburgh public safety, police were called to Fort Duquesne Boulevard and 7th Street a little after 10 p.m., where officer found a man who told them he had been shuffling through his backpack at a bus stop when he accidentally triggered the gun, shooting himself.
Guns and stupid, guns and stupid,
They go together like love and Cupid.
Let me tell you, brother,
You can’t have one without the other.
David discusses the pathological nature of Donald Trump’s lying, illustrating his points with personal experiences with liars he has known.
Introduce your children to politeness.
The girl was conscious and breathing when paramedics took her to an area hospital by ambulance. She was listed in serious but stable condition about an hour after the shooting took place, Cleveland police said.