Mean Girls Revisited (Echochamber Friday)

I don't usually ride on the merry-go-round called "murder trials," mainly because it's all gawking re-runs after OJ and the White Bronco. Or was OJ a re-run of Charles Manson Goes to Hollywood? Helter Skelter. I am the Walrus. Or something. Who knows? by O Society Feb 15, 2019 I Am the Walrus by The Beatles … Continue reading Mean Girls Revisited (Echochamber Friday)

Black leopard confirmed in Africa for first time in 100 years

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Header image: An ultra-rare black leopard walks through Laikipia Wilderness Camp in central Kenya in 2018. PHOTOGRAPH BY WILL BURRARD-LUCAS, CAMTRAPTIONS The extremely rare female cat has melanism, a condition in which the body produces an excess of pigment. by JASON G. GOLDMAN National Geographic FEB 12, 2019 This is the first scientifically documented sighting since 1909. They … Continue reading Black leopard confirmed in Africa for first time in 100 years

Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania

What causes this phenomenon? //assets.nationalgeographic.com/modules-video/latest/assets/ngsEmbeddedVideo.html?guid=00000168-b9ea-d979-a16d-f9ffb69a0000 EXCLUSIVE VIDEO REVEALS HALF-MALE, HALF-FEMALE CARDINAL: Birdwatchers in Erie, Pennsylvania, found an incredibly uncommon bird—in their backyard. FOOTAGE PROVIDED BY SHIRLEY CALDWELL BY MAUREEN SEABERG National Geographic Jan 31, 2019 JEFFREY AND SHIRLEY Caldwell have been attracting birds for 25 years with carefully tended backyard feeders. But the lifelong Erie, Pennsylvania, residents … Continue reading Rare half-male, half-female cardinal spotted in Pennsylvania

Breaking Fad: Angie Speaks Articulates the Pitfalls of Call-Out Culture

What follows is a preamble to something relevant and current. I hope you’ll bear with me. by Stephen Boni Ghion Journal Feb 9, 2019 Back in a former life, when I was studying film and theories of representation, there was a word I simply could not escape: reify (ree-iff-eye). This was a word used in … Continue reading Breaking Fad: Angie Speaks Articulates the Pitfalls of Call-Out Culture

The love of stuff

The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough by Nick Thorpe Aeon On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island moai, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his ancestors used for … Continue reading The love of stuff

Can Government Spending Really Increase Happiness?

Research suggests it can—but the real answer is more complicated. by Emily Moon Pacific Standard Jan 7, 2019   A new study suggests public goods like libraries make people happier. In November, new research suggested the possibility of an Eden for urban planning: Appeasing citizens could be as simple as providing safe access to a public … Continue reading Can Government Spending Really Increase Happiness?

The sea was never blue

The Greek colour experience was made of movement and shimmer. Can we ever glimpse what they saw when gazing out to sea? by Maria Michela Sassi  Aeon Homer used two adjectives to describe aspects of the colour blue: kuaneos, to denote a dark shade of blue merging into black; and glaukos, to describe a sort of ‘blue-grey’, notably … Continue reading The sea was never blue