I Can Has History
Posted on January 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm by Steve

Yes, it’s a LOLCats family tree. Because you haven’t wasted enough time on teh Internets today.

Bush (Finally) Cheers Up the Elderly
Posted on January 9th, 2009 at 4:30 pm by Steve

Here’s the caption of this photo, which originally appeared in the Ashland, Oregon Daily Tidings:

Marjorie Mather, 91, reacts after splattering paint on a picture of President George Bush using a slingshot apparatus to shoot a shoe with wet paint on the sole.


(h/t: CC)

Well, that was quick
Posted on January 8th, 2009 at 2:14 pm by Mutt

Today’s New York Times confirms what we already knew, that microbes evolve much faster than we do:

“Virtually all the flu in the United States this season is resistant to the leading antiviral drug Tamiflu, and scientists and health officials are trying to figure out why.”

This is pet peeve of mine, especially as relates to the arguments of intelligent design proponents:  I think that evolution happens much, much faster than most people imagine it does.  It makes sense that, if evolution creates advantages for gene populations, evolving the evolution mechanism itself for greater speed and efficiency would be a major attractor.  I bet that, if you could do a broad survery of the human genome today, and compare it with one from the same regions just 100 years ago, you’d see a lot of really significant genetic drift.

[For the record, scientists believe that this is a spontaneous mutation.  But, still.]

Late Addition from Steve: Did you know that Donald Rumsefeld was the Chairman of Gilead Biosciences (1997-2001), the company that owns the rights to Tamiflu?

Brilliant Stop Animation: Western Staghetti by PES
Posted on January 7th, 2009 at 2:01 pm by necco

Haughty, Condescending… and Funny
Posted on January 2nd, 2009 at 2:35 pm by Steve

Who else, but James Wolcott of Vanity Fair? This is from his best and worst of 2008 column:

It’s unlikely that any Republican of moderate inclination will wish to wade into the shark waters of suspicion and recrimination that will roil while the party is out of power, ensuring that the future rank and file will become largely the refuge of white people animated by fear, spite, and a hunger for simple answers. But, hey, at least they’re animated!

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britian: The Theme from Shaft.
Posted on January 2nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm by dr.hoo

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