divorce makes voles listless, old swimming pool photos, muslim protests myths grow by the day

Love Hurts: Brain Chemistry Explains the Pangs of Separation [Excerpt]

The voles that were separated from their brothers paddled manically. So did the voles who stayed with their brothers and the voles who stayed with their female mates. Only the males who’d gone through vole divorce floated listlessly as if they didn’t care whether they drowned.

Once a pair bond takes place the attachment seems to go very deep, for voles anyway. How much of this applies to human bonding is debatable. The human brain does secrete chemicals in response to arousal and intimate experiences – judging from history, literature and science suggests those chemical secretions are a part of what also creates a strong emotional bond. Though I wonder what it says about my brain that after reading this that article, what I mostly kept thinking about was the poor voles who went through forced divorces in the name of science.

The Swimming pool, Charlevoix-the-Beautiful, Michigan, c1900. I especially liked this photo because the illusion, the pool appears to be the roof in reverse.

Mitt Romney, Who Told 533 Documented Lies in 30 Weeks Says Obama Will Lie In Debates. Having established a stellar record of moral bankruptcy in the truth department, among other departments, this is Mitten’s preemptive attack to distract from all that darn fact checking.

Swimming pool, Balch School, Detroit, Mich. c1910. Liked the steal beam construction and the photographer catching a moment when the pool was like class, but everyone was seating around the sides.

Current events in the middle-east will supply no end of urban myths, oversimplification and blame shifting. One of the more egregious myths has been started by a British newspaper, The Independent – who sites unnamed diplomatic sources, “According to senior diplomatic sources, the U.S. State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and ‘lockdown’, under which movement is severely restricted.” Just based on that one thing a reader could ask themselves is why would the embassy personnel, the State Department or the CIA ( the spy movies are right about embassies always have at least close communication with the intelligence services of their home countries) not take any proactive security measures. Who would that benefit. Certainly not those institutions. As this report has been hyped by the usual cadre of right-wing pundits, a Republican no less says the report has no basis in fact, Right-Wing Media Dubiously Accuse Hillary Clinton Of Ignoring Warnings Of Embassy Violence.

But later on Fox, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) showed why right-wing media should not have jumped on this one thinly-sourced report so quickly. Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade asked Rogers about the Independent report. Rogers responded: “As chairman of the Intelligence Committee, I have seen nothing yet that indicates that they had information that could have prevented the event.”

And,

Shawn Turner, spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, emailed: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.”

Kind of funny about how all media are liberal liars until they use and unnamed, thus unverifiable source to tell conservatives what they want to hear. Then, suddenly it becomes rock solid information, no matter how illogical. The Muslim Protests: Two Myths Down, Three to Go. Apparently the attack that killed the diplomats in Libya was the work of a local terrorist group. While some of the protesters may have been protesting because of the anti-Islamic movie, the attack itself was primarily about just plain hatred of the U.S. Libya is one of the most pro-America states in the middle-east so that makes sense. I tend to think its a little reactionary to protest a film, but understandable. Back in as far as the 1970s, Christian conservatives  got very unset over Monty Python’s Life of Brian. At the end of the day it was still, not Islam, but religious fundamentalist who carried out the murders.

The Swimming pool, Natural Bridge, Va. c1900-1915. Curious little photo ghost there at the top of the building.

Some potentially good news, Physicists patent nuclear waste-burning technology

University of Texas at Austin physicists have been awarded a U.S. patent for an invention that could someday be used to turn nuclear waste into fuel, thus removing the most dangerous forms of waste from the fuel cycle.

The researchers—Mike Kotschenreuther, Prashant Valanju, and Swadesh Mahajan of the College of Natural Sciences—have patented the concept for a novel fusion-fission hybrid nuclear reactor that would use nuclear fusion and fission together to incinerate nuclear waste. Fusion produces energy by fusing atomic nuclei, and fission produces energy by splitting atomic nuclei.

The process of burning the waste would also produce energy. The researchers’ goal is to eliminate 99% of the most toxic transuranic waste from nuclear fission reactors.

I say potentially because the concept works out in terms of the math-physics on paper, but a proto-type has not been built as yet.

You road I enter upon and look around, I believe you are not all that is here,
I believe that much unseen is also here.” Walt Whitman.

While the question as to whether or not some humans have lizard brains remains unproven, scientifically anyway, we do have some lizard in our hearts, Finding our inner reptile hearts -  genetic building blocks behind the human heart’s subtle control system have finally been identified

The lizard has a heart that is virtually indistinguishable from a human embryonic heart. The reptile has spongy cardiac tissue in which zoophysiologists have now found the evolutionary forerunner of the conductive tissue that makes our hearts so efficient.

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