This week's Marine Life Series on Daily Kos is about the short-spined brittle star. I took some video of a couple of my stars yesterday morning for the essay. It shows how these animals "right" themselves when flipped upside down.
“Factory-farm turkeys don't even see the outdoors. Instead, as many as 10,000 turkeys that hatched at the same time are herded from brooders into a giant barn. These barns generally are windowless, but are illuminated by bright lights 24 hours a day, keeping the turkeys awake and eating.”
Tuesday coonhound blogging: Creole won't give up her sunbeam without a fight. We passed our first round of tests for certification as a therapy dog. Once we're certified we can go into schools, hospitals and nursing homes to visit patients. My first goal is to visit kids in the cancer ward via the tomorrow fund. I think these kids will love my dog, and she'll be a good representative for her species. Give if you can and click to embiggen.
Take a civics test. Elected politicians scored an abysmal 44%. For what it’s worth I got three wrong (#’s 8, 12 and 33), for a score of 91%.
I haven't given away any of my secret recipes in a while, so here's how you can make my beef and pork meatloaf:
Sautee one diced, large onion in two tbl butter and set aside. In a large bowl combine all of the following: 1 lb lean ground beef, 1 lb ground pork, 1 cup bread crumbs (I like to use panko), 1/2 cup cooked rice, 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup beef broth, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 2 cloves diced garlic, salt and pepper and 1 tbl each of thyme, paprika, allspice and oregano. Add the cooked onions and blend well by hand. Fill a loaf pan and top with five or six bay leaves.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and let cool before slicing.
Buy your men’s underwear repair kit, complete with instruction man-u-al, here.
There’s an email going around claiming that the swiffer wet-jet is killing off pets due to the anti-freeze in the cleaning fluid. The emails say that it's been verified by Snopes, which it has: as false.
Obama’s weekly “radio” address. This cracks me up, in a good way. He's not even president yet, but it is so nice to have a leader who actually has a brain. I remember back in high school thinking that we could never elect someone as stupid as Reagan, and then we did. And now Palin is the face of GOP. Well, good. Keep that antiquated party irrelevant as long as possible with idiots and failures. Anyway, Barack is supposedly going to do one of these every week and I'm thinking about posting them as a regular feature. Let me know what you think.
I have my doubts about the benefits of the OCD diet. At each meal you only eat foods that rhyme. Like a dinner of lamb heart and treacle tart, or a breakfast of fruit loops and tomato soup (shown at left). Where’s Steve when you need him?
Once every 2,000 posts a blog needs a closeup of the author's ear. I lost my earring a few years ago and never bothered to replace it. Yesterday I got myself a new one and didn't even have to get the hole reopened. The second piercing right above this one will stay empty forever.
Obama’s transition team is already compiling a list of Bush’s worst offenses that they plan on correcting when they takes office in January. FDR, Carter, Clinton and now Obama had all been hired to remove the stain and damage caused by their incompetent and corrupt republican predecessors. I’m not sure when voters will see a pattern here and just keep those clowns out of the white house in the first place.