- Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Super-fun-pak comix 100th anniversary:
- Racists really need to stop pretending and just embrace their hate:
Danny Hafley’s Kentucky neighbors all agree: there is nothing racist about the giant statue of President Barack Obama, of the Kenyan Obamas, eating a big ol’ fat slice o’ watermelon at the side of the road, plus also too FREEDOM OF SPEECH. But what was Hafley’s purpose in displaying that big ol’ fat slice o’ watermelon-eatin’ darkie man?
When asked the reason behind the watermelon, Hafley responded that he thought the figure “might get hungry standing out here.”
- Got milk?
Here’s one more thing we can thank the House Republicans for. Milk Prices Likely To Soar In January After Republican Obstruction Blocked The Farm Bill In The House …
- Good news:
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Wednesday to put a temporary hold on a controversial provision in the new health care law requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives.
Two businesses challenging the act — the nationwide chain of 500 Hobby Lobby Stores and Mardel, a chain of Christian bookstores — contended that the law violates their religious freedom. Their legal battle is continuing over the merits of their claim. In the meantime, they asked the US Supreme Court to put a temporary hold on the law, which takes effect January 1, 2013.
On Wednesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who handles emergency appeals from the courts where the companies are based, declined to grant an injunction.
- Gotta love instant karma:
Remember that dentist who fired his female assistant because he couldn’t control his own boner? And the Iowa courts that said it wasn’t discrimination and she has no recourse? Looks like Yelpers are taking matters into their own hands.
- Sneaky spiders:
A spider that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web has been discovered in the Peruvian Amazon.
Believed to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa, the arachnid crafts the larger spider from leaves, debris and dead insects. Though Cyclosa includes other sculpting arachnids, this is the first one observed to build a replica with multiple, spidery legs.
Scientists suspect the fake spiders serve as decoys, part of a defense mechanism meant to confuse or distract predators. “It seems like a really well evolved and very specialized behavior,” said Phil Torres, who described the find in a blog entry written for Rainforest Expeditions. Torres, a biologist and science educator, divides his time between Southern California and Peru, where he’s involved in research and education projects.
A new study confirms that a huge asteroid will pass harmlessly by Earth in 28 years.
New observations of the asteroid 2011 AG5 now give astronomers complete confidence that the 460–foot-wide (140-meter-wide) space rock won’t hit Earth in the year 2040. When it was discovered last year, scientists said that 2011 AG5 had a 1-in-500 chance of impact with our planet.
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Posted by admin on December 27th, 2012
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