mad bomber of reform, maybe humans are more complex then plants, some body paint art

Joe Conason is a pretty rational guy. His book Big Lies is one of the better exposes on the right-wing/conservative movement in the U.S. but his argument here might be too rational, Why does Joe Lieberman oppose healthcare reform? Ask his wife Both Lieberman and Evan Bayh have spouses who have profited from the healthcare industry

If Democrats are disappointed by Joe Lieberman’s threat to filibuster any healthcare reform bill that includes a public option, they shouldn’t be. Despite all of his past promises to support universal healthcare, nothing was more predictable than the Connecticut senator’s fealty to the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists.

Much the same can be said of Sen. Evan Bayh, who emerged from hiding on healthcare to announce that he too plans to filibuster against reform with the Republicans, regardless of what his constituents and Americans in general plainly want. Like Lieberman, his state is home to powerful corporations that want reform killed — and like Lieberman, his wife has brought home very big paychecks from those same interests.

The senator’s connections to health care special interests might be true and may well be influencing Bayh in particular. Lieberman is probably doing it because he can. Because Joe’s agenda is all about Joe, not doing what’s in the best interest of the average American family. Joementum is coming up for reelection in 2012. It will literally take a miracle for him to win another term. So he is certainly not motivated by the wishes of the people of Connecticut and the need to be reelected. He seems to be relishing his roll as mad bomber of reform. Maybe he’s motivated by money/special interests, or maybe he like a kid that enjoys kicking down other kid’s sand castles.


“Clean Coal” Exec Lies Under Oath to Cover Up Forgery Scandal. Twice. Embarrassment, shame, loss of one’s good name, being caught on tape. All approaching meaningless in the age of two new scandals a day. What’s a mutli-millionaire with an army of sharks attorneys got to lose by telling some lies under oath. The smug smile on the way to the bank remains unchanged.

a singular duck

Maybe human are more complicated then plants, but its still hard to tell for sure and difficult to explain, ‘Moonlighting’ molecules discovered

Since the completion of the human genome sequence, a question has baffled researchers studying gene control: How is it that humans, being far more complex than the lowly yeast, do not proportionally contain in our genome significantly more gene-control proteins?

[  ]…The team suspects that many more proteins encoded by the human genome might also be moonlighting to control genes, which brings researchers to the paradox that less complex organisms, such as plants, appear to have more transcription factors than humans. “Maybe most of our genes are doing double, triple or quadruple the work,” says Zhu. “This may be a widespread phenomenon in humans and the key to how we can be so complex without significantly more genes than organisms like plants.”

This is huge news. For years it was the trinity of DNA, RNA and then proteins. There seems to be a feed back loop in which proteins, very complex structures that fill research journals yearly with new discoveries, also influence how the genes that created them behave. These encoded proteins are called transcription factors.

back body paint

In this Gemma Ray Video – Hard Shoulder – you can see her back tattoo at one point. be careful, if you blink you’ll miss it. I like the song ‘Rise of the Runts’ better, but the Hard Shoulder video is a good demonstration of some cool effects that can be accomplished with a bare bones budget – a blue screen for the moody skies, a truck and it looks like they used After Effects or maybe some Avid software. Best of What’s Next: Gemma Ray

Her style has been termed “indie noir,” a cinematic blend of flamenco, rockabilly and vintage pop that would fit nicely on the scratched celluloid of forgotten exploitation films. Appropriately, Ray dresses the part a 60s femme fatale—hair plastered vertically into a modern beehive, figure draped in pastel sweaters and skirts, eyes ringed with obsidian mascara, she looks an awful lot like the music she plays.


culture and depression, slighly askew, domestic torture

slightly askew

‘Culture of we’ buffers genetic tendency to depression

A genetic tendency to depression is much less likely to be realized in a culture centered on collectivistic rather than individualistic values, according to a new Northwestern University study.

In other words, a genetic vulnerability to depression is much more likely to be realized in a Western culture than an East Asian culture that is more about we than me-me-me.

The study coming out of the growing field of cultural neuroscience takes a global look at mental health across social groups and nations.

Depression, research overwhelmingly shows, results from genes, environment and the interplay between the two. One of the most profound ways that people across cultural groups differ markedly, cultural psychology demonstrates, is in how they think of themselves.

“People from highly individualistic cultures like the United States and Western Europe are more likely to value uniqueness over harmony, expression over agreement, and to define themselves as unique or different from the group,” said Joan Chiao, the lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern.

[   ]…What surprised them was the robust association they found between the degree of collectiveness of a particular nation and the degree to which a disproportionate number of people carried the short allele of the STG. Collectivistic nations were found to have significantly more individuals who carry the short allele of the STG. Even more remarkably, they found, collectivistic nations, such as East Asia, where nearly 80 percent of the population is genetically susceptible to depression, the actual prevalence of depression is significantly lower than in individualistic nations, such as the United States and Western Europe.

Its difficult to argue with alleles, they’re short or long. I would give pause to thinking about western culture as placing actual emphasis on individuality. The U.S. and western Europe in general likes to think their culture esteems individuality as a virtue, but we might be talking more about a belief in the myth of rugged individualism then the actuality – some interesting history on this in the U.S. – The Cultural Myth of the Cowboy, or, How the West Was Won. Since the researchers did not say they controlled for any behaviors that could be measured as uniquely individual, I suspect that we are talking about self and national perception. What we seem to do frequently in the U.S. and not being particularly judgmental about the phenomenon, is have a kind of generally agreed upon framework of individuality. Anyone that goes to some of the larger biker conventions or just reads the coverage in the local papers will see interviews with participants in which the words – individualism, personal freedom, liberty, free to be yourself are used often. What the bikers say varies very little from person to person or year to year. Then look at the pictures and video. You have a lot of people that talk alike, dress alike and behave alike. Not to pick on bikers, corporate executives are pretty locked into a different style within the same framework. Many of the southern good old boys that I grew up around form their own sub-culture in which they all very much feel as though they’re rugged individualists – they dress similarly, use much of the same vocabulary, have similar interests and work at jobs that are about the same on the social ranking scale. The Ivy League realm of academia – Princeton, Yale, Brown -are pretty close to following the same pattern. So maybe its the myth of individuality in western cultures rather then the actual culture. In some ways it would seem like that pursuit of individualism in the west where its easy to find some kindred spirits would lesson the national depression level. Why aren’t the peer groups that most of us end up being a part of  failing to fill the void where depression enters. These sub-cultures – you don’t have to dress in all  black or worship a strange deity to be a sub-culture – are ironically a kind of emotional collective.

The east may not have those same same modern pressures in terms of splintering people off into groups, but in general Asia may not have that option. Not because of politics, or at least politics exclusively, but because in general the populations are poorer. When you’re struggling to meet basic needs, just the right pair of Harley-Davidson boots or the newest Armani tie is a luxury. An luxury of illusion about expressing one’s individuality that the average person cannot afford. Your survival might rely much more on group/family success at finding work and food. Under the circumstances they cannot afford the luxury of depression or entertain ideas about self express through means that are ultimately mostly appearances, then aligning oneself with like minded peers.

A related post – The Body and the Individual

Torture in America – San Jose Ed.

A cell phone video shows San Jose police officers repeatedly using batons and a Taser gun on an unarmed San Jose State student, including at least one baton strike that appears to come after the man is handcuffed, as they took him into custody inside his home last month.

Most police do not engage in this type of behavior. I wonder if law enforcement just attracts a certain percentage of people with a sadistic streak. Its pretty well known among professional firefighters they have a similar problem, their profession attracts arsonists. Every time we have one of these police brutality events some spokesperson will say they just need better training. That might be part of the problem, but how about creating a better psychological screening process.

the press got the meat for sex story wrong, taiwan gorge wallpaper, both smart and a blockhead

There was a report back in April of this year – Meat for Sex in wild chimpanzees – in which researchers claimed females chimps copulate more frequently with males who share meat. I posted a brief excerpt and plead guilty to making a glib joke. It was not the big story of the day from my perspective. Sharing or altruism has been pretty well established as having evolutionary benefits for groups of primates. Drawing parallels between humans and other higher primates is inevitable. Jokes aside chimp behavior, which might be very similar to human behavior and provide insights into same, one should be cautious about seeing those behaviors in terms of mirror images and human cultural norms. Evolutionary Anthropologist Eric Michael Johnson writing at Seed in a post entitled Male Chauvinist Chimps or the Meat Market of Public Opinion? explores both the bizarre mainstream media interpretation of the Planck study and what the study actually said,

The larger story lay not in the fact that females preferred to mate with males who provisioned them, but that they were opportunistically shifting their mating strategies for their own reproductive interests. In earlier studies by Boesch at the same site it was demonstrated that 84% of undesirable advances were rejected by females (Stumpf & Boesch 2006;), promiscuous mating was reserved for the early part of estrous and that 93% of all copulations were terminated by females (Boesch et al. 2006; pdf here). Females chose who they would mate with, when they would mate with them and how long it would last.

Some of the reporting documented by Johnson from the media and even pop-science sites was over the top.

From the press introductions alone, you would have thought you were in a 19th-century gentleman’s club enjoying cigars and brandy. “There’s nothing like a prime rib dinner to boost a guy’s chances of getting lucky,” boasted ScienceNOW as he cleaned his monacle. The Daily Mail agreed with a harrumph, “As every Romeo knows, laying on a delicious dinner for two is one of the best seduction ploys.”

[  ]…Ostensibly, these articles were talking about chimpanzees, but it was made perfectly clear what they were getting at. Rupert Murdoch, naturally, got straight to the point. “The oldest profession isn’t restricted to humans,” FOXNews asserted, while The New York Post headline simply shouted “Chimpanzee Meat Market.”

In other words, dating is just another form of prostitution and evolution proves that he that pays gets play. For some reason the barriers were down. Talking about chimpanzee sexuality allowed journalists to let loose and express views they would rarely utter otherwise. Evidently people got the message, if the comments on Slashdot are any indication.

I don’t want to take too much advantage of Johnson’s thorough examination of the data on sharing, group rank and other variables in chimp mating, suffice it to say that the young teen level of gym locker humor clouded the actual details of primate mating strategies. Its human nature to snicker and get snarky with subjects related to sex. Its sometimes an indication of our discomfort with serious discussion of the subject – a product of our socialization, but reportage on the Planck story should have been at least a little above the fray.

taiwan gorge and mountain tunnel wallpaper.

This is interesting in light of something we all face everyday, that some people can be so smart and insightful about some skill or academic endeavor yet be less then bright about anything outside their special area of knowledge, Bobby Fischer: Chess Genius and Idiot

Consider Isaac Newton. He was certainly a genius in the fields of mathematics and physics. On the other hand he devoted most of his life to studying the prophecies of the Bible, calculating the year in which God created the entire universe in six days, and determining the probable year that Jesus would return!

Consider Arthur Conan Doyle. He was a brilliant writer, creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, yet he firmly believed in the reality of fairies. He even wrote an entire book defending the authenticity of several crude photographs of the tiny winged fairies taken by two little girls.

route 66, media hucksters dobbs and stossel deserve each other


Remember that time at the zoo when the monkeys in separate cages threw food and crap at each other. Lou Dobbs and and John Stossel having a media shootout is like that, except the zoo monkeys are probably smarter. Lou Dobbs Rips Stossel: A ‘Self Important Ass’ With ‘Myopic Idiocy’. Inn which Lou claims he has lots of Latin friends and never promoted the wacky “Aztlan” conspiracy theory that Mexicans aim to reclaim much of the west for Mexico. Lou also pulls things out of that part of the human anatomy where the sun never suns that the vast majority of the prison population are illegal aliens – CNN Special on Latinos Stokes Debate Over Dobbs. There are no statistics to support that assertion. CNN is a major news network. Even allowing for some inevitable bias by news networks, as they’re humans and humans tend to have biases, making up statistics is not so much bias as a carefully calculated lie on behalf of an agenda ( Dobbs made the prison claim multiple times, but hey he did eventually apologize.) Stossel is not much better in terms of veracity. He’s a little more slippery in pin down in terms of ideology, but for the most part Stossel in a far Right libertarian. He has said that his agenda is to battle what he calls bad science, but Stossel just happens to believe in paid for play science put out by right-wing think tanks and corporate lobbyist. Teacher John F. Borowski wrote this article in 2004 about Stossel, Teachers, Before Buying “Tampering with Nature” for the Classroom, Know the Truth about John Stossel

On April 20 & 23, 2001, a group of children, ages 8-11, eagerly awaited the opportunity to discuss the environment on TV. Their interviewer? John Stossel. Deftly, what had been represented to be a program showcasing the children’s fluency in science was turned into a witch-hunt. Stossel set the tone and agenda. Leading them on with hooks like, “It sounds so terrible, aren’t you scared?” he manipulated them into saying they were afraid in front of the camera. Then, quoting statistics from Sanera’s Facts Not Fear, he “proved”? there is no environmental crisis, that recycling is a “sham”, that caribou herds have increased since drilling for oil began in Alaska, etc. Not once did he focus on the confident place the children spoke from…their hearts and minds. He intimidated the children so that their grasp of issues, like the considerable downsides of fossil fuels, was never addressed. He went on to question the motives of their teachers and advisors, accusing them of exploitation. The mirage of film editing now could show the children in the poorest light.

Sure enough, when “Scared Green” now morphed into “Tampering with Nature” was shown, it was a one-sided, deeply critical of environmental education and cast environmental woes as inconsequential. The piece avoided hard issues, employed “yellow journalism” and was loaded with critics of environmental protection and environmental education. Now, this film is for sale for use in classrooms? Despite pleas for ABC to reprimand Stossel after the showing of “Tampering with Nature”, ABC turned a blind eye to these new low in environmental reporting. Hey, they are the “Wonderful World of Disney” known for making lies (I mean dreams) come true.

Some two years later, I wonder when ABC will give equal time for the defenders of environmental education? Will educators like me, who directly experience the power and enlightenment of environmental science classes everyday, have the time, access and money to counter this onslaught of formidable critics and slanted facts? Don’t bet on it. The Stossel, Sanera and Disney/ABC connection demonstrates that money and power guarantee access to a giant public audience with no rebuttal. In the end, somewhere between the commercials and the spin, the truth will shrink to invisibility in this “age of information”.

The Mr. Sanera mentioned is a spokesperson for the anti-eco-education POV of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). Where does CEI get a lion’s share of its funding? Amoco, Dow Chemical, General Motors, Texaco, Pfizer and Philip Morris tobacco company among others. Companies that buy scientific conclusions that support their agenda and use the media to push junk science, while using even good science to mislead the public. Borowski wrote a follow-up article here, I Didn’t Call John Stossel a “Corporate Shill”, But I Should Have!

Dobbs and Stossel may honestly disagree, who knows if they have any genuine convictions, but they do seem to share the same addiction to sleazy journalism, are shameless media hucksters  and have egos much larger then their intellects.

60 year old flight dilemma solved, oak creek, cheney still has a loose hinge

Spiraling Flight of Maple Tree Seeds Inspires New Surveillance Technology – Clark School Aerospace Engineering Students Solve 60-Year-Old Design Dilemma

Maple tree seeds (or samara fruit) and the spiraling pattern in which they glide to the ground have delighted children for ages and perplexed engineers for decades. Now aerospace engineering graduate students at the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering have learned how to apply the seeds’ unique design to devices that can hover and perform surveillance in defense and emergency situations.

Apparently this one one of scientific engineering great dilemmas since the 1950s. How to recreate the simplicity of a single winged device that had the stability of a a maple tree seed – some of us called them seed helicopters, others ‘whirlybirds”, when I was a kid. Picking up a few and throwing them into the air was a rite of seasonal passage.

You can gaze upon the world’s smallest controllable single-winged rotorcraft in a University of Maryland video here.

Another puzzle solved. Its solution means that we might get a closer look, at less cost, of some of nature’s other wonders. We might more quickly find those that are lost or taken from us. It will inevitably be used for dubious intrusive observations into our own little worlds which seem to get smaller every year.

oak creek

Since former Vice Chancellor of Propaganda Dick Cheney thought he constituted a 4th branch of government unrestrained by the same laws that govern us peasants its not surprising that neither he or his daughter ( the family apologist) think that exercising one’s first amendment rights is the same thing as libel, Cheney falsely accuses Obama of ‘libel’ against CIA over torture

Cheney’s full comments Wednesday:

In short, to call enhanced interrogation a program of torture is not only to disregard the program’s legal underpinnings and safeguards. Such accusations are a libel against dedicated professionals who acted honorably and well, in our country’s name and in our country’s cause. What’s more, to completely rule out enhanced interrogation in the future, in favor of half-measures, is unwise in the extreme. In the fight against terrorism, there is no middle ground, and half-measures keep you half exposed.

So far Cheney has demonstrated an uncanny ignorance of the basic Constitutional restraints on his former office, thinks that political speech is not protected by the 1st Amendment ( he also confuses libel with slander) and his concept of what comprises qualities of honor are as vile as the Japanese that used “enhanced ” interrogation of American soldiers during WW II.

Note the Chicken-Littleism, “In the fight against terrorism, there is no middle ground, and half-measures keep you half exposed.” Violate well established law and torture  or we’re all doomed. The former Soviet Socialist Republic used torture and sentencing to labor camps – a form of death sentence – for political dissidents and that Republic crumpled – order and safety were the paramount concerns of the Soviets. Cheney and his defenders are all too familiar in their shrill cries of nationalism mixed with the constant exploitation of fear. The conservative model of ideologies is one of absolutes. Questionable absolutes only the conservative movement has the moral clarity and strength to define. Sound familiar, From a Nazi monthly Der Schulungsbrief, January 1939 –

Historic and worldview battles always are about the victory of an idea that seeks to become absolute, that takes upon itself the transformation of the world. If a victorious revolution has won freedom of action, it cannot be distracted or stopped by complaints about intolerance. They come either from adherents of past structures, structures against which the revolution fought and displaced, or from those who as Nihilists oppose any order because they want chaos and anarchy. Against such people, the rule of an idea must be hard and unforgiving. He who wants to build must push aside and fight everything that stands in the way. The greatness of an era depends on bringing all thoughts and all forms of life under a unified worldview, a unified faith.

Any worldview seeks to rule alone, and must seek that. It must believe in its sole right, which is the foundation of its effectiveness. In battling other worldviews, it must maintain its good conscience.

Cheney’s enemy as he, his daughter and the conservative movement sees them are those who want to adhere to past precedents – in this case laws against torture. Order and order alone can sustain the world in the view od Dick Cheney and every authoritarian movement of the last hundred years. Certainly some order is needed, anarchy being the evil side of the same coin. Cheney sees no subtle philosophy, no finely tuned gears that work in balance as the Founding fathers did. Up becomes down, evil becomes the new good and good is nihilism. Mr. 4th Branch is the second ideologocal zealot this week, who are themselves nihilists accusing their adversaries of being nihilists. The extreme right’s Bill Donohue of the Catholic League wrote in the Washington Post on October 20,

There are many ways cultural nihilists are busy trying to sabotage America these days: multiculturalism is used as a club to beat down Western civilization in the classroom; sexual libertines seek to upend the cultural order by attacking religion; artists use their artistic freedoms to mock Christianity; Hollywood relentlessly insults people of faith; activist left-wing legal groups try to scrub society free of the public expression of religion; elements in the Democratic party demonstrate an animus against Catholicism; and secular-minded malcontents within Catholicism and Protestantism seek to sabotage their religion from the inside.

Donohue’s tone and substance is that of Cheney’s, and both are shadowy echoes of Der Schulungsbrief. In their world view resides a virulent strain of eliminationism. If only they could get rid of the Jews, Hollywood, Democrats, President Obama, liberal Catholics, uppity women  – their earthly utopia will last a thousand years.

evolution shown to experiment with mutations, wetlands and volcano

Evolution details revealed through 21-year E. coli experiment

In 1988 an associate professor started growing cultures of Escherichia coli. Twenty-one years and 40,000 generations of bacteria later, Richard Lenski, who is now a professor of microbial ecology at Michigan State University, reveals new details about the differences between adaptive and random genetic changes during evolution.

Sequencing genomes of various generations of the bacteria, which had been frozen periodically over the years, Lenski and his team found that adaptive and random genomic changes don’t necessarily follow the same patterns. Rather than a plodding equilibrium, even in a consistent environment, the interplay between these two kinds of genomic changes “is complex and can be counterintuitive,” Lenski said in a prepared statement.

In some of the eraly stages of the experiment observations showed that adpatations followed what some would consider the classic and ievitable tendency of the bacteria to produce adptations that would ebenfit the survival of the bacteria. Yet as the experiment progressed – the 20,000 generation – some of the mutations did not seem to have any discernible advangtage of for the orgaisms. They were mutations that were neutral in terms of benefits to the bacteria or just random mutations. Is it really a wonder that nucletides would try out different products or be froced to by enviromental factors like variance in teperature, humidity and light. A commenter at the link seems to think since the experiment did not have a neat linear progression toward what we know in 20/20 hindsight is more complex and reached a dynamic stability the experiment failed to prove anything about how evolution works. On the contrary, evolution is the history of biological trial and error. It srtill is. Life in all its forms is beautiful, intriging and complex – all of the mechaims involved a far way from being fully explained. That bacteria, one of the less complex forms of life should try different kinds of macromolecular bonds is perfectly atutal. nature is in a way lazy. It is always lokking for an more enegitically favorable way of strurtucal support, energy storage, protection against destruction, nutrient transport, defense against environmental factors and destructive chemical bonds, regulation that maintains stability, movement, and storing the information that has helped it to survive. Human beings or the human brain does not involve itself at this level, they are issues resolved at the nucleotide and protein level. If the human brain in all its supposed perfection directed cellular function at the protein level, we could simply mentally repair cancer or heart disease. To regress, imagine those bacteria 4.6 billion years ago – about the age of when its thought some crude life began on earth. The bacteria in the experiment is a mere 20 years old. Imagine the sheer number of trials and errors that have taken places in 4.6 billion years of mutations – some to an organisms advantage, some neutral, some merely excess baggage. Just like those bacteria much of the human genome is excess baggage, is neutral, while and some is capable of and does in fact kill millions of us every year. Oncogenes are proof that if we had a perfect designer he or she designed a heart breaking defect into human DNA. One in a hundred human humans carry a mutation for heart disease. Again, given billions of years, our nucleotides are still trying to work out the best design. It doesn’t help that the environment we live in keeps changing so even if they suddenly got things perfect this year, next year they’d have to come up with more mutations to keep up. Nucleotides have no comprehension of perfection or divine insight, what they seem to strive for is surviving long enough to produce more nucleotides.

I was prepared to blame public education or private for that matter for anyone having the notion that evolution is guided by a kind of deluxe erector set of instructions in which the goal is to build ever more complex and beneficent beings, but I looked through a couple current high school level text books before i wrote this post and they do not meander off into any such quasi-philosophical views of evolution.

pond organisms

Painting features ‘oldest watch’

Art experts think they may have found the world’s oldest painting to feature an image of a watch.

The Science Museum is investigating the 450-year-old portrait, thought to be of Cosimo I de Medici, Duke of Florence, holding a golden timepiece.

Curators have sent their findings to renaissance experts at the Uffizi gallery in Florence, and are awaiting their comments.

The painting is being shown as part of the museum’s Measuring Time gallery.

The first watches appeared shortly after 1500 in Germany and horologists believe the picture, painted by renaissance master Maso da San Friano around 1560, “may well be the oldest to show a true watch”.

And we’ve been obsessed with time ever since.

wetlands and volcano

the cinematography of mad men, apple gallery wallpaper, really knowing someone

One of the great things about Mad Men is an element of the show that doesn’t create much to argue about is the way it looks. Part of that look is set design and customs ( I have a near allergy to dress codes, but part of me wishes that at least sartorially we lived in the Madison Avenue of the early 60s), but generally taken for granted is the cinematography. Christopher Manley recently won an Emmy for his work on the show. I wondered why they tended to have nearly photographic framing of shots and the tendency to linger on people – Don at his desk, Betty reading in bed, a couple having a conversation at a party. It’s because, fitting for a period drama, they use an old film technique relying primarily on one camera. The one camera allows lighting that especially enhances that set of actions by the actors and is less compromising of the camera’s focus. The show has a classic look because it is classic. One of my pet peeves about TV is the pervasive use of the chest up shot. It’s as though human beings do not exist from the waist down. The tendency to halve people also cuts out a lot of body language.  The full article is here, Christopher Manley. ASC discusses his Emmy-nominated work on Mad Men, the acclaimed period drama currently in its third season on AMC. There are of photos from the show that have the same tonality that you see on the screen.


A video of Anne Frank before she was taken away to a concentration camp. Her father expresses some thoughts that I find interesting because of my own personal experiences and wondering how well we really know the people in our lives, in Otto Frank’s case, his own daughter,

“I was very much surprised about deep thoughts Anne had, a seriousness, especially her self-criticism. It was quite a different Anne I had known as my daughter. She never really showed this kind of inner feeling,” Otto Frank said.

apple gallery wallpaper. that sharp to shadowy look around the edges is the result of the simulated lighting.

Water Bears to Travel to Martian Moon, Test Theory of Transpermia

Tiny microscopic creatures commonly known as water bears (also called Tardigrades), along with a few other life forms, will be sent to the Martian moon Phobos to test whether organisms can survive for long periods of time in deep space.

Rush Limbaugh was considered instead of the water bears, but scientists discovered he was simply a bag of pasty flesh filled with vitriol.