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Adverse Effects of Ocean Acidification on Early Development of Squid (Doryteuthis pealeii). If you like the cute animals like penguins and seals, or the awful mammals like whales, then by default, because of the ocean food web, you need to care about the unglamorous squid.
Morning Ride on the Beach. Oil on canvas, 1876. By Anton Mauve. There are a few painting that have a calming effect, like lowering your blood pressure when you watch a fish aquarium. This painting has a similar effect for me. It doesn’t work if you start thinking about the modern costs of owning a horse. Mauve was a cousin by marriage to Vincent Van Gogh.
This is a fascinating look at Franz Kafka, Why we don’t understand Kafka; and also by way of looking at reality or our perception of reality, the bizarre way we debate public policy.
This brings out well how even the most learned and well-meaning critics, if they are not very careful, will start with a slight misreading and end in the further reaches of absurdity. For Kafka’s description of Steiner’s lecture and of their meeting follows the same pattern as everything else in the diary: he notes everything he sees and that happens to him with puzzled and scrupulous detachment. Pace Leavitt, he is not satirizing Steiner or the Frau Hofrat (or himself for the comedy with the hat), but merely noting it all, as though trying to pierce a mystery which is immediately comprehensible to everyone but himself.
One way to relate to what Kafka was thinking is what happens almost universally to everyone at one time or another when they look in the mirror. That is m face. I have sen it so many times. It is me, it is the physical body of myself. yet there are times when, that’s me? n ordinary event. An ordinary everyday reality feels a little surreal for the moment. So it is with public policy. The disinformation has become so common place that it works itself into the reality of the perception. Only when we pause to look carefully do we realize there are people and powers at work trying very hard to distort reality, to make more moments surreal, to doubt the reflection of truth. The older one gets the more than constant background buzz of doubt about what is obvious takes on it’s own presence, an ether in he air. It could stop if some people would stop living life creating demons from their own paranoia and foisting them on everyone else. Claim About Obamacare Reform “Rate Shock” Is “Unfounded,” Urban Analysis Finds and Beyond Rebates, How Much Are Consumers Saving from Obamacare Medical Loss Ratio Provision?
Drive-in theater, Los Angeles, 1949. By J. R. Eyerman—Time & Life. Drive-in theaters reached their peak in the 1950s at at 4,063 theatres. Despite DVDs and digital downloads there are still around 400 drive-ins in the United States, and 100 drive-ins outside the U.S. According to this essay, they’re becoming popular in China. The last time I went to one quite a few people backed up the rear of their SUVs and family vans to face the screen. They pulled out blankets, big pillows, got comfortable, bought a big bucket of popcorn and seemed to really enjoy the whole experience. I like the whole home nesting thing, but it is nice to get out once and a while. Drive-ins are one way to break cabin fever.