20151124 Is the USA's GM Salmon decision biological warfare, or a subtle global exvasion?

One would think that the USA, whose inshore lakes and rivers are under increasing threat from invasive species would have learned that fish wander about and spread their fins.

Although salmon do have a tendency to spawn in the place of their birth, they roam the world's oceans - mostly in places that, so far, man has failed to identify.

This is the Life : Amy Macdonald

What I'm listening to.

I'm breathless trying to keep up!

"This is the Life" is the best "kick off the blankets and let your legs dance free" song I've heard for ages.

Macdonald is Scottish and there is no McBlandness about her: this track is fast music, not fast food, pure goodness not rubbish drenched in sugar and salt.

20150908 Europe's Migrant Crisis: volenti non fit unjuria.

In three days, it will be a year since Californians Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife, Petra, were convicted of neglecting their children. They would lock them in a caravan for several hours each day while the 41 year olds played World of Warcraft, a computer game. The Orange County District Attorney said there were "kitchen appliances covered in mould and cobwebs, stacks of rubbish, debris, mould, and faeces throughout the home, a pile of used condoms under a stuffed teddy bear and inoperable toilets," The children were discovered to have not been to school for several years, to be malnourished and with poor oral health. The woman was sentenced to three years and four months in jail and the husband to five years.

But at least their children were alive.

 

Toby Keith - How do you like me now

Country music amuses me... I enjoy the storytelling aspect as if it's never left the campfire setting it (supposedly) grew up in.

This is a simple story, an allegory for our time and all time. : weedy musician fancies the leader of the cheerleeding squad. She dismisses him cruelly, goes on to marry someone rich who, having won his trophy wife, treats her badly. The singer, on the other hand, turns into a hugely successful star. Twenty years on, he returns, points out how her life has turned out, and sings "How do you like me now?"

20150806 Sometimes, you just have to laugh.

The world is a funny place. While we increasingly get our news in soundbites, headlines, ticker banners on screens, there is a deep web of stuff that happens, gets reported but is buried under the scramble not to be left out of reporting the current top three headlines, even if reporting is just repeating what someone else has reported.

So I've been on a bit of a sojourn into past times, and I've found some things that were drowned out by the strident fuss at the time.

 

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