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U.S. Drops ‘Mother of All Bombs’ in Afghanistan

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A Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) weapon is prepared for testing at the Eglin Air Force Armament Center on March 11, 2003 (Wikimedia Commons) The U.S. military Thursday announced it dropped a 21,600 pound non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Ivan Shishkin’s Rye

Rye, Ivan Shishkin Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. In contrast to his scenes of thick forest groves, Russian landscape master Ivan Shishkin here stands his trees as sentinels above the expanse of a rye field. A dirt […]

Over 100 Gay Men Reportedly Detained, Tortured in Chechnya

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Vladimir Putin sits across from Ramzan Kadyrov, president of the Chechen Republic. (Wikimedia Commons) Earlier this month, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a startling report: that police in Chechnya had detained over 100 gay men and killed three in a state-sponsored anti-gay campaign. Show More Summary

Saturday Bird Walk at Lake Arrowhead State Park

Lincoln's Sparrow Photo courtesy: Andy Reago and Chrissy McClarren Wikimedia Commons Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day to be out watching the birds. The only downside was the wind, which became increasingly blustery as the bird walk at Lake Arrowhead State Park progressed. Show More Summary

For One Oregon City, the American Dream Turns Into a Deportation Nightmare

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An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer suiting up. (Wikimedia Commons) Many residents of Woodburn, Ore., are living in fear of new deportation efforts by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sixty percent of the city’s population of 25,000 is Latino. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Greuze Portrait

Portrait of a Lady in Turkish Fancy Dress, Jean-Baptiste Greuze Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; smaller downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the LACMA. Greuze continues to delight the eye with his soft edges and delicate rendering, underpinned by his solid draftsmanship and understanding of the geometry of the […]

Sky Happenings in April, 2017

2 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Source:     This star map shows the Houston sky at 10 pm CDT on April 1, 9 pm CDT on April 15, and dusk on April 30.  To use the map, put the direction you are facing at the bottom.   Jupiter, near Spica in Virgo, is up virtually […]

Gladiator Fashion: How To Spot Your Favorite Fighter

3 weeks agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

  Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author:  Jimmy Walker Like any good sports fan in human history, as a typical Roman during the era of gladiators you were expected to know all the pertinent information for your favorite fighter. This would include keeping up with the current rankings of your favorite fighter, knowing the advantages and disadvantages […]

Archbishop José Gomez: We All Share Some Blame for America’s Broken Immigration System

3 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

Archbishop José Gomez in the Los Angeles Cathedral. (Prayitno / Wikimedia Commons) Immigration is a human rights test of our generation. It’s also a defining historical moment for America. The meaning of this hour is that we need to renew our country in the image of her founding promises of universal rights rooted in God. Show More Summary

Signaling Group Membership

By Timothy Colgan [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons The methods we use to signal in-group membership often involve the use of group-specific jargon that will be unfamiliar to outsiders. This helps us mark who "gets it" as in-group members and who does not as members of the out-group. Show More Summary

A Real Yokozuna: The Vindication of Kisenosato

Photo by ????????/Wikimedia Commons The era of four yokozuna may not last long and its first tournament was one of the most turbulent in recent memory. Since 2003, each sumo wrestler promoted to the rank of yokozuna—the highest in the sport—has been Mongolian. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: William Strutt pencil drawing

Young Woman Holding a Book, William Strutt Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of South Australia, which also has an larger version on their site, though not as large as the other two. Pencil and watercolor on paper. The sheet is […]

Feminists Quiet on Kellyanne Conway

By Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons I have observed surprisingly little outrage from liberal feminists directed at those making fun of Kellyanne Conway's physical appearance. Maybe I've just missed it. Still, the number...Show More Summary

Two thirds of cancer mutations result from completely random DNA mistakes

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An increased focus on early detection will be needed to effectively treat the disease Wikimedia Commons A breast cancer cell, photographed by a scanning electron microscope, which produces a 3-dimensional images. Humans have forever questioned what causes human cancer. And we’ve come a long way:...

Eye Candy for Today: Pissarro’s Boulevard Montmartre, Spring

Boulevard Montmartre, Spring; Camille Pissarro Link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadablve version on Wikimedia Commons. Google’s listing indicates the original is in the collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; but I can’t find it in their online database. This is one of the remarkable series of […]

United Nations Commission Report Concludes Israel Has Established an ‘Apartheid Regime’

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. (Wikimedia Commons) A new report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), titled “Israeli Practices...Show More Summary

Your First Colonoscopy! What to Expect

Whee! Time for a Tube Up Your Tuchus! image: wikimedia commons By Crabby McSlackerSo, some perspective here: for people with serious illnesses who've been through hardcore, painful, debilitating, invasive medical procedures? A colonoscopy is probably child's play. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: CC Curran’s Lady with a Bouquet

Lady with a Bouquet, (Snowballs), Charles Courtney Curran Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Birmingham Museum of Art (AL) which also has a zoomable version. Oil on panel, roughly 12 x 8 in (31 x 22 cm). American painter Charles Courtney Curran was […]

Pandas have cute markings because their food supply sucks

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

Yet another reason that pandas are ridiculous(ly cute) Wikimedia Commons See? You can’t let that face die off, even if their food source is absurd. Pandas are cute—there’s no two ways about it. They have to eat 30 pounds of bamboo a day and then have to poop about 40 times a day, but look...

HMNS Weekly Happenings

2 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Excursion – Travel Night – Norwegian Voyage: Vikings and Northern Lights Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: Author: Kristian Pikner   Note: No cost to attend the information meeting regarding the March 2018 trip.   EXCURSION  TRAVEL NIGHT – NORWEGIAN VOYAGE: VIKINGS AND NORTHERN LIGHTS   Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m.   Join us on March […]

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