The skull mushroom which only grows in Japan. "Many faithful and spiritual locals consider this extremely rare paranormal phenomena (unusually large numbers of skull mushrooms sprang out at Mount Osore after The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake) as those people killed by this earthquake reincarnated into this special mushrooms for guarding the Gate of Hell at mount Osore, so that this earthquake’s victems would all go to Budddah’s land and the Heaven." (Grokked from Mrs. Tadd)
What it's really like to work form home. I work less now that I'm usually at the office to work. Although I do miss having the more flexible commute time (I usually finished the day working from home, so once I closed the laptop, I was home). (Grokked from Janice)
Thirty pictures from a year in space. (Grokked from John)
Whenever someone talks about how technology will save us or correct some problem I think of stories like this and I'm not reassured. The Crane Flights are being suspended because while we can teach whooping cranes to migrate, we thought they'd know how to raise their young. Turns out, not so much. While we're hoping the ones who figured it out will show the newbies (and that they'll also be shown how and where to migrate), we might have to continue the captive breeding program for much longer than we thought.
Yosemite concession vendor leaves, but says all the historic names of places belong to it. Yea, what harm could come from privatizing governmental services? My best bet is they'll lose the trademarks because of existing art (that is, they didn't name them, so therefore it wasn't really their property to trademark, although it could get tricky down the in weeds of trademark law).
Not the first time someone has driven their car into an abutment. But it usually isn't a powerful CEO, and it's not like price-fixing is really that shameful of a prosecution.
"In a study powered by the labor of medical students, my colleagues and I found that two-thirds of clinical trials led by scientists at our finest academic institutions didn't share their results publicly within two years of the study's completion." It's a systemic problem fueled by both the need to publish and the need to have results. (Grokked from Janiece)
"The Maryland Senate on Tuesday delayed action on a bill that would clamp down on when public buses and trains can record the private conversations of their passengers." What the WHAT?! "This is the fourth time in four years that the bill to limit the recordings has been introduced." (Grokked from John)
Fiat Chrysler CEO tells Apple's CEO that cars are a complex business and they should either stay out, or partner with an existing automaker. This just in, one CEO tells another CEO, "ohpleaseohpleaseohplease don't give us competition." Same thing they said to Musk when he started Tesla. (Grokked from John)
Evangelicals revive the "True Scotsman" fallacy. Apparently the RNC isn't the only feeling they've lost control of the beast. I know, you could create an official vetting process where people would have to take a test and be certified to call themselves "evangelical". What's hinted at here, but not spoken directly, is that the Christian cheerleaders who want you to think that there's so many of them have been padding the numbers a little. So whenever you see those "religion in America" surveys, take all those numbers with a huge grain of salt.
The delicate dance begins. First we wheel out the sacrificial lamb to prepare the ground. In this case, the Mittster is sent out to declare the Trumpster as no true conservative. And it will have zero effect. Because all Trump has to do is call Romney a "loser" and let the wolves do the work for him. Also note, this is all to make sure that Hillary Clinton is never President. The conservatives would lose their collective minds from the hatred if she spoiled their party.
Trump is even turning off Ben Stein. (Grokked from John)
Who took the money? Who took the money away? Ben Carson looks close to quitting. And then there were four.
Again, it's the party and what they've been sowing, because it's not only Donald Trump. Every party has assholes. The GOP has been cultivating that soil for a long time, and now there's a bumper crop of them.