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    • Edger on November 25, 2009 at 19:47

    I used to go catch butterflies and garter and king snakes and box turtles and praying mantises in meadows and woods that looked just like that picture, Buhdy.

    I thought it was heaven.

    And one time I brought home two mantis egg cases and put them in a jar on top of the TV, where the warmth incubated them and they hatched and we had a couple of hundred thousand mantises about a quarter inch long all over the living room floor, walls and ceiling.

    My mother thought it was hell.

    I don’t know why…

  1. I guess soapblox wigged out there for a little bit.

    So. You may find this hard to believe, but for the FIRST TIME EVER, last night I watched The Matrix in full. Ive seen parts and parcels of it and the 2nd one, but never the whole movie. Wow. Geez, 1999. And The Seige was 1998. gah.

    I was amused at how much of it has permeated our pop-speech… “which pill?” and so on, …and how much of it I “get” without actually having seen it all before. Interesting.

    So #2 and #3 will be on tonight. I plan to watch them too.

    Im multitasking today so wont be able to read much in depth, wah. Expect me to abuse the hell outta Open Thread over the next few days…lol.

    • TMC on November 25, 2009 at 20:16

    • Inky99 on November 25, 2009 at 20:16

    It’s a pretty good read.  

    A sample:

    And do you know what that means? That means that just as the antiwar crowd spent years being painted by the national press as weepy, unpatriotic pussies whose enthusiastic support is toxic to any serious presidential aspirant, so too will all of you afternoon-radio ignoramuses who seem bent on spending the next three years kicking and screaming your way up the eternal asshole of white resentment now find yourself and your political champions painted as knee-jerk loonies whose rabid irrationality is undeserving of the political center. And yes, that’s me saying that, but I’ve always been saying that, not just about Palin but about George Bush and all your other moron-heroes.

    • Inky99 on November 25, 2009 at 20:22

    Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — Adrian Gibbs, the virologist who said in May that swine flu may have escaped from a laboratory, published his findings today, renewing discussion about the origins of the pandemic virus.

    The new H1N1 strain, which was discovered in Mexico and the U.S. in April, may be the product of three strains from three continents that swapped genes in a lab or a vaccine-making plant, Gibbs, and fellow Australian scientists wrote in Virology Journal. The authors analyzed the genetic makeup of the virus and found its origin could be more simply explained by human involvement than a coincidence of nature.

    Their study, published in a free, online journal reviewed by other scientists, follows debate among researchers six months ago, when Gibbs asked the World Health Organization to consider the hypothesis. After reviewing Gibbs’ initial three-page paper, WHO and other organizations concluded the pandemic strain was a naturally occurring virus and not laboratory-derived.

    “It is important that the source of the new virus be found if we wish to avoid future pandemics rather than just trying to minimize the consequences after they have emerged,” Gibbs and colleagues John Armstrong and Jean Downie said in today’s eight- page study.

    Gibbs and Armstrong are on the emeritus faculty at the Australian National University in Canberra and Downie is affiliated with the Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Laboratory Services at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, according to the study.

    While the exact source of the new H1N1 strain is a mystery, their research has “raised many new questions,” they said. The authors compared the genetic blueprints of flu strains stored in the free database Genbank and found the pandemic virus’s nearest ancestors circulate in pigs.

    And here’s the understatement, from the paper itself:

    Public confidence in influenza research, and the agribusinesses that are based on influenza’s many hosts, has been eroded by several recent events involving the virus.

    Gee, do ya think?

    • Edger on November 25, 2009 at 20:24

    • Inky99 on November 25, 2009 at 20:31

  2. Man leaves crying after robbing T.O. bank

    THOUSAND OAKS – A man described as being in his late 50s robbed a Thousand Oaks bank Monday afternoon after claiming he was a former employee of the bank and that the company owed him money, authorities said.

    The man left the bank crying with an undisclosed sum of money, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.

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