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“It’s very painful when you are attached to somebody like a brother or family, and you see that person on his last days,” McCollum said. “A lot of them don’t really want to die. … And it hurt me the most to see the state take somebody’s life, when they are committing murder their own self. But they don’t see it that way.”

~ Henry McCollum, released from NC prison after decades on death row

Quote of the Day


People all over the world spend countless hours of their lives every week being fed entertainment in the form of movies, TV shows, newspapers, YouTube videos and the Internet. And it’s ludicrous to believe that this stuff doesn’t alter our brains.

It’s also equally ludicrous to believe that — at the very least — this mass distraction and manipulation is not convenient for the people who are in charge.

Charlie Kaufman

Long Legs


Originally posted on Photo Nature Blog:

Long_Legs

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this long legged creature today as it clung to the colorful bark of a tree in Ottawa County, Michigan. I believe it most likely to be what is commonly known as a Daddy Longlegs. If anyone knows more about this interesting creature, feel free to mention it in a comment :)

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A Meal Best Enjoyed Cold


It must have seemed good sense to drain the swamps,

The marshes, sloughs, and other secret places.

For surely they appeared to be land wasted

On snakes, sawgrass, and other useless things.

They would have missed the wonders hidden there,

The rich detritus feeding tiny creatures

Who became meals themselves to feed the larger

Creatures who were surely of no value.

How would they know the secrets of the wetlands?

Why, even if the people there had told them

What did they know, those bands of ragged stragglers,

All fugitives, and ignorant of progress?

Thus, everglades and swamps made way for suburbs,

Canals, toll roads and malls, airports and farmland.

Now all must vie for water become precious

Where once it seemed the wetlands stretched forever.

Professors prowl remains of once great systems

Describing remnants in scholastic volumes,

While Seminoles and Miccosukees get rich

Off gambling, booze and cigarettes for tourists.

I Hate To Keep Bringing This Shit Up


Whale Shit

Whale Shit

Turns out the expression “lower than whale shit” is totally inaccurate.  Who knew?

There’s no getting the iron to the top unless a whale dives way down and gets it…by eating something iron-rich like squid. There’s too much pressure at the bottom of the ocean to allow whales to poop, so they have to hold it until they come up for air, and then they let fly, and do so abundantly. Now there’s a crapload of iron at the surface.  Read, learn, be amused all to hell…