The younger brother is held up in a boat in the back yard of a Boston Suburb. You can only wonder what’s going through his head and how his older brother got him into all this. One part of Watertown, Mass has a bird’s eye view of history and tragedy. Is this kid an accidental terrorist? Information on his brother indicates a piece of work that was on the radar of the FBI two years ago andhad a police record of domestic violence. The one in the boat is an American citizen and seems to have the profile of a hapless pothead and shy kid looking for direction. I can only imagine the simplification of this situation that will come from the small narrow minds of the right wing. So, now we can debate how to frame two deadender brothers of an immigrant family vs. the Sandy Hook Shooter and all the rest of our troubled young men? This seems a lot more like that kind of shooting to me than it does an event like 9-11. Here’s hoping we can just get some real understanding on how to prevent these things and go beyond the memes of the day. How do these young men get so troubled that that go off and do horrible things like this?
Here is something to get you going…Fisherman Finds 2-Headed Bull Shark
When a fisherman caught a bull shark recently off the Florida Keys, he came across an unlikely surprise: One of the shark’s live fetuses had two heads.
The fisherman kept the odd specimen, and shared it with scientists, who described it in a study published online today (March 25) in the Journal of Fish Biology.
There have only been 6 documented findings of a two-headed shark.
Technically called “axial bifurcation,” the deformity is a result of the embryo beginning to split into two separate organisms, or twins, but doing so incompletely, Wagner told OurAmazingPlanet. It’s a very rare mutation that occurs across different animals, including humans.
“Halfway through the process of forming twins, the embryo stops dividing,” he said.
The two-headed fetus likely wouldn’t have lived for very long in the wild, he said. “When you’re a predator that needs to move fast to catch other fast-moving fish … that’d be nearly impossible with this mutation,” he said. [See the two-headed shark.]
According to the article, there is specialty breeders out there who breed two headed snakes and turtles, wow…that is f’d up. Seems sick and twisted to me. Anyway…
Several of the few examples of two-headed sharks available today come from museum specimens from the late 1800s, when deformed animals and other macabre curiosities fetched high prices, he said.
Another reason the two-headed shark likely wouldn’t have survived: its small body. “It had very developed heads, but a very stunted body,” Wagner said. There’s only so much energy that can go into the body’s development, and it went into the shark’s double noggins, he added.
Photos above: CREDIT: Patrick Rice, Shark Defense / Florida Keys Community College
When I saw this article yesterday, a Jimmy Buffett tune got stuck in my head…can you guess which one? That’s right, Fins.
Fins to the left, fins to the right, and your the only girl in town.
(When I was a kid, I used to change the word girl to midget…again with my strange fascination with little people.)
Anyway, this is an open thread, have at it!
It has been snowing all day here in Banjoville, no accumulation though. Funny, the way how winter was late this year…only to hang on into spring.
I know Boston Boomer, and the rest of the sky dancers in the Northeast have been getting lots of snow lately. Worcester is nation’s snowiest city – Political Cartoon by Don Landgren Jr., TelegramTowns – 03/25/2013
How is the weather in your neck of the woods?
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I’ve got two sick munchkins, both of them have the flu. And it is not the…oh you’re sick…looks like you have a flu. It is, swab the nose, positive result, you definitely have the flu…so the links will be short and quick. (Hopefully they will not be repeats.)
They have cloned a certain type of extinct frog, Scientists Resurrect Bonkers Extinct Frog That Gives Birth Through Its Mouth | Popular Science
Gastric-Brooding Frog Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
In 1983, the world lost one of its weirdest frogs. The gastric-brooding frog, native to tiny portions of Queensland, Australia, gave birth through its mouth, the only frog to do so (in fact, very few other animals in the entire animal kingdom do this–it’s mostly this frog and a few fish). It succumbed to extinction due to mostly non-human-related causes–parasites, loss of habitat, invasive weeds, a particular kind of fungus. There were two subspecies, the northern and souther gastric-brooding frog, and they both became extinct in the mid-80s sometime.
Except–what if they didn’t?
Taking place at the University of Newcastle, the quest to revive the gastric-brooding frog became known as the Lazarus Project. Using somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), a method for cloning, the project has achieved the major step forward of creating an early embryo of the extinct frog. Essentially, they found a related frog–the great barred frog, which also lives in Queensland and has cool eye markings, like it’s wearing sunglasses–deactivated its eggs, and replaced them with eggs taken from the extinct frog.
Even though the gastric-brooding frog has been extinct for decades, it’s possible to do this because individual specimens were kept preserved in, believe it or not, everyday deep freezers. When going through somatic-cell nuclear transfer, the eggs began to divide and form into the early embryo stage.
They did not last long…but it is a start. The scientist think it is a technical issue and hope to get it right soon. If you want to know about how these frogs give birth, check out the rest of the article at the link.
The rooster’s morning cock-a-doodle-doo is driven by an internal clock, finds new research, suggesting the male chickens really know the time of day.
The study, detailed today (March 18) in the journal Current Biology, found that roosters put under constant light conditions will still crow at the crack of dawn.
Past studies have found that a myriad of animal behaviors are driven by an internal clock: at night, a dip in insulin causes humans to process food more slowly, and even blind cave fish use a circadian clock to tell time.
“‘Cock-a-doodle-doo’ symbolizes the break of dawn in many countries,” said study author Takashi Yoshimura of Nagoya University, in a statement. “But it wasn’t clear whether crowing is under the control of a biological clock or is simply a response to external stimuli.”
To find out Yoshimura and his colleagues put 40 roosters in a setting with constant light, then recorded when they crowed.
Sure enough, the chickens crowed at daybreak regardless of the light conditions. The roosters also crowed at other times of day and in response light and the crows of their fellow chickens, but those behaviors were much stronger at daybreak. The findings suggest that an internal circadian clock, rather than external conditions, drive the behavior.
See, I was going to call this post Extinct Frogs, Cocks and Assholes…but I did not want to bring a lot of fetish trolls to the blog.
Anyway, here is the asshole link: Daily Caller’s Menendez Smear Campaign Implodes As More Dominican Women Recant Their Stories | Blog | Media Matters for America
In another devastating blow to the credibility of The Daily Caller, the Associated Press is reporting that Dominican police have determined that three women who said they had sex with Sen. Robert Menendez for money were actually paid to make the false accusations.
In November, the Caller reported that two Dominican prostitutes had told the outlet in interviews that Menendez had paid them for sex and that the senator’s office had denied the charges. The Caller has since published dozens of pieces furthering the accusations, even as the story started to crumble under scrutiny.
On March 4, the Washington Post reported that a woman who had alleged that she had sex with Menendez had recanted her story and claimed in an affidavit that she was paid to lie about the senator. The Caller responded by claiming that the woman in the Post story was not one of the women they had spoken to for their own story.
Since then, several outlets including ABC News, the Star Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), and The New York Post, have stated that they had been approached with the story by Republican operatives who provided them access to three women offering the allegations in the months leading up to Menendez’s 2012 re-election, but had decided not to run it because they did not find the women’s stories credible.
Yup, bullshit…what else would you expect from the assholes at the Daily Caller?
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It is a big weekend for Hollywood, the Academy Awards are Sunday night, so we will start tonight’s cartoons with a few funnies about that golden bald man.
Nate Silver has some predictions up at his blog, Oscar Predictions, Election-Style .He is putting his statistics and calculations to work using:
the other awards that were given out in the run-up to the Oscars: the closest equivalent to pre-election polls. These have always been the best predictors of Oscar success. In fact, I have grown wary that methods that seek to account for a more complex array of factors are picking up on a lot of spurious correlations and identifying more noise than signal. If a film is the cinematic equivalent of Tim Pawlenty — something that looks like a contender in the abstract, but which isn’t picking up much support from actual voters — we should be skeptical that it would suddenly turn things around.
Just as our election forecasts assign more weight to certain polls, we do not treat all awards equally. Instead, some awards have a strong track record of picking the Oscar winners in their categories, whereas others almost never get the answer right (here’s looking at you, Los Angeles Film Critics Association).
These patterns aren’t random: instead, the main reason that some awards perform better is because some of them are voted on by people who will also vote for the Oscars. For instance, many members of the Screen Actors Guild will vote both for the SAG Awards and for the Oscars. In contrast to these “insider” awards are those like the Golden Globes, which are voted upon by “outsiders” like journalists or critics; these tend to be less reliable.
Go check out his predictions, and I will make sure to update you all on Nate’s results.
Now for the cartoons.
This is a good segue to cartoons about Sequester…
Now, this next cartoon is very clever…even if we may disagree with it: Cagle Post » Obama’s monster
I can’t help it, I am a sucker for Frankenstein.
Personally, I think they all are to blame! One more for you on the Sequester.
Okay, have you heard about the Olympics cutting wrestling from the games…
Now for the gun issue:
This one above is thought provoking…
Let’s end this with a few odds and ends:
This is an open thread…