Intelligent Design wins! (now stand by for details)


Thought for the Day


Well, it is possibly the only thought I shall have this week.

Actually it is not my thought. It is a thought which flashed across the mind of Ambrose Bierce.

So I thought I would share it with you.

MYTHOLOGY, n. The body of a primitive people’s beliefs concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

Dragon Eggs


I took a couple of hours off today.

I drove out to the local hills with my gold panning gear and, surprise, surprise, my camera.

I got a trace of colour in my few attempts at panning but I really struck gold with my camera.

There were high clouds which were fun to capture, hills in silhouette against the smudged sky all followed by a spectacular sunset.

Best of all, I found a clutch of dragon’s eggs.

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I believe the rule is that I must now care for these eggs and, should i do a good job of caring for them,  I will live until they hatch.

Does anyone know what I need to do to look after these little ones?

Unicorn Found In Italy


When Hogwarts and its surrounding forest was destroyed at the capricious whim of its chronicler, not a single thought was given to the fate of the inhabitants of that forest.

Now it seems that a single unicorn was able to flee the carnage and has appeared in a forest in the grounds of the Center of Natural Sciences in Prato, Italy.

This young unicorn, disguised as a Red Deer, apparently has a twin which has the usual complement of horns.

As all red deer are quite shy, most sightings being made with binoculars, it has been difficult to obtain a photograph. Finally, with the use of a tele-photo lens, the staff at the center have been able to capture an image.

It seems this is a genetic flaw which has been recorded before in horned beasts but normally a single-horned deer have that horn on one side or the other. What is unusual, in this case, is the central location of the single horn.

My fear is that some big-time hunter, possibly with the surname “Cheney” will feel the urge to have this unique trophy mounted above his fireplace.

Alternatively there will be poachers seeking the horn for its aphrodisiacal properties.

In the meantime, there is a search for an Italian virgin to help in capturing and taming this mythical beast.

Thanks for the tip, Cybe.

Strange World #26; Who Are The True Lesbians?


Who has the right to call themselves Lesbians?

Is it gay women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece’s third biggest island – plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?

Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop a gay rights organisation from using the term “lesbian”.

The man instigating the case, publisher Dimitris Lambrou, claims that international dominance of the word in its sexual context violates the human rights of the islanders, and disgraces them around the world. He says it causes daily problems to the social life of Lesbos’s inhabitants. In court papers, the plaintiffs allege that the Greek government is so embarrassed by the term Lesbian that it has been forced to rename the island after its capital, Mytilini.

The term lesbian originated from the poet Sappho, who was a native of Lesbos. Sappho expressed her love of other women in poetry written during the 7th Century BC.

But according to Mr Lambrou, new historical research has discovered that Sappho had a family, and committed suicide for the love of a man.

I don’t know about the family, but surely the story of Phaon in Greek mythology is not new. He was (to quote from the Wikipedia entry, a boatman of Mitylene in Lesbos. He was old and ugly when Aphrodite came to his boat. She put on the guise of a crone. Phaon ferried her over to Asia Minor and accepted no payment for doing so. In return, she gave him a box of ointment. When he rubbed it on himself, he became young and beautiful. Many were captivated by his beauty.

According to mythology, Sappho fell in love with him. He lay with her but soon grew to resent her and devalue her. Sappho was so distraught with his rejection that she threw herself into the sea to drown.

To me that tale seems to simply show that the male fantasy of winning the physical love of a lesbian is not new.

Which Mythological creature are you?


This is so stolen – from azahar


You Are a Pegasus


You are a perfectionist, with an eye for beauty.
You know how to live a good life – and you rarely deviate from your good taste.While you aren’t outgoing, you have excellent social skills.

People both admire you – and feel very comfortable around you.

What Mythological Creature Are You?

LOLthulhu


It had to happen.

The LOLcats have had their souls eaten.

LOLthulhu is here. With his own blog.

Visit the rest at the now totally insane LOLthulhu

The Selkie


I spent a pleasant part of yesterday at a park on the shore of the Swan River.

The Point Walter Park. The Point is a sandbar which extends out into the Swan River for about a kilometre. This area is a magnet for migratory wading birds from Siberia. Each year they drop in for a few months before flying back North.

My mind was wandering and I was thinking of another Walter.

Sir Walter Scott. Ivanhoe. As one does. And Scotland.

Suddenly I spotted a Selkie!

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Scottish history, or perhaps Scottish mythology, records a Selkie as a seal-like creature which sheds its fur pelt to sunbathe in human form.

If a man steals a female selkie’s skin, she is in his power, to an extent, and she is forced to become his wife. Female selkies are said to make excellent wives, but because their true home is the sea, they will often be seen gazing longingly to the ocean. If she finds her skin she will immediately return to her home — sometimes, her selkie husband — in the sea.

Male selkies are very handsome in their human form, and have great seduction powers over human women. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their romantic life. This includes married women waiting for their fishermen husbands. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she has to go to a beach and shed seven tears into the sea.

My reverie was broken as I got a clear view of the creature. Of course Selkies are not migratory!

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Strange World #5; Ram Rules!


Satellite image of Ram Setu (Lord Ram's bridge)
Hindu activists say the canal project will damage Lord Rama’s bridge

This could never happen in an advanced nation.

Could it?

The Indian government has withdrawn a controversial report submitted in court earlier this week which questioned the existence of the Hindu god Ram.

The report was presented to the Supreme Court on Wednesday in connection with a case against a proposed shipping canal project between India and Sri Lanka.

Hindu hardliners say the project will destroy what they say is a bridge built by Ram and his army of monkeys. Scientists and archaeologists say the Ram Setu (Lord Ram’s bridge) – or Adam’s Bridge as it is sometimes called – is a natural formation of sand and stones.

No evidence

In their report submitted to the court, the government and the Archaeological Survey of India questioned the belief, saying it was solely based on the Hindu mythological epic Ramayana. They said there was no scientific evidence to prove that the events described in Ramayana ever took place or that the characters depicted in the epic were real.

Hindu activists say the bridge was built by Lord Ram’s monkey army to travel to Sri Lanka and has religious significance.

In the last two days, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a scathing attack on the government for questioning the “faith of the million”. Worried about the adverse reaction from the majority Hindu population of the country, the Congress Party-led government has now done a U-turn and withdrawn the statement submitted in court.

The government asked the court for three months to try and sort out the issue. Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, appearing on behalf of the government, said they would set up a mechanism to hear concerns expressed by those opposed to the canal project. The court adjourned the matter for three months saying they would take up the case again in January.

In the meantime, the court has said that dredging work for the canal could continue, but Ram’s Bridge should not be touched

Road blocks

On Wednesday, Hindu hard-line organisations blocked roads across India to protest against the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project. Commuters in the capital, Delhi, were stuck in traffic jams for hours as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and Bajrang Dal blocked roads at various places. Road blocks were also held in Bhopal, the capital of the central state of Madhya Pradesh, on the Delhi-Agra highway and on the Jaipur-Agra highway. Train services were disrupted in many places across northern India.

The canal project proposes to link the Palk Strait with the Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka by dredging a canal through the shallow sea. This is expected to provide a continuous navigable sea route around the Indian peninsula. Once complete, the canal will reduce the travel time for ships by hundreds of miles and is expected to boost the economic and industrial development of the region.

Godwinning the Creationists


Stupid people who support an indefensible position sometimes go completely overboard. Not that I am saying that all those who believe in Creationism are stupid.

Many are simply mislead.

But those who do the misleading range from compulsive controllers to the completely out of controllers.

I thank Baby Jebus for bringing this out of controller to my attention.

A trailer for the movie “Darwin’s Deadly Legacy” which shows how Darwin and the Evolutionists created Hitler and caused the Columbine School shootings.

I hereby invoke Godwin’s Law on Creationists.

They lose!

Unintelligent ID’ers


Back near the beginning of August I wrote about some new discoveries in palaeontology and the probable reaction from certain quarters. The soon to-to-come braying from the Intelligent Designers.

There was quite a response and I thought that was that.

Other than I read Robyn Williams’ lightweight but enlightening “Unintelligent Design” which asks the question, “Shouldn’t we sue God for sinus blockages, hernias, appendix flare-ups and piles, not to mention bad backs?”  Those are some really great Intelligent Designs.

This evening I wandered over to Pharyngula and found that PZ Myers has written of the actual fallout. The braying has been even worse that I expected. From the rather strange “TownHall“.

One of the milder quotes used by PZ was contained in the following paragraph.

“a commenter who demands transitional hominins on an article where the creationist author is babbling about the discovery of Homo erectus and Homo habilis specimens—one guy waving a skull around claiming “these transitional fossils prove evolution false!” while the other is ranting “the absence of transitional fossils prove evolution false!” Come on, people, get your story straight.”

One of the stronger and more offensive was, “Darwin’s theory is racist. The truth is Darwin was a seething racist. The ‘theory’ of evolution wasn’t created to explain any facts about man’s origin. It was to provide a ‘scientific basis’ for Darwin’s life- long preaching that ‘niggers are apes and descended from apes’.”

Oh dear. What a pity he didn’t check a few facts first.

As an educator, I found a picture saves a thousand words. As a slow, two-fingered typist let me guide you to this rather neat little item. Just be aware that it may be rated PG.

I’m off to swing through a few trees.

The Trojan Lego Man


Flotsam and Jetsam. Stuff that is washed up on beaches.

Or perhaps there may be something more sinister behind this story.

Think Troy, think giant wooden horse, think invasion.

This giant, smiling Lego man has been washed up onto the beach at the Dutch resort of Zandvoort.

Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre tall model, which had a yellow head and blue torso.

“We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take it out of the water,” said a stall worker. “It was a life-sized Lego toy.”  A woman nearby added: “I saw the Lego toy floating towards the beach from the direction of England.

The toy was later placed in front of the drinks stall. There is no report of a guard being placed on it overnight. The same mistake Priam made in Troy.

It has been over 70 years since England invaded Europe. Is this the start of the overthrow of the European Union?

THE PRODIGAL SON (In the Key of ‘F’)


Gathered from the pages foolishly created by others in the early days of the www, comes this freaky folderol which I failed to foresee or forestall.

Feeling footloose and frisky, a feather-brained fellow forced his fond father to fork over the farthings and flew to foreign fields and frittered his fortune, feasting fabulously with faithless friends.

Fleeced by his fellows in flooy, and facing famine, he found himself a feed-flinger in a filthy farmyard. Fairly famishing, he fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from fodder fragments

“Fooey! My father’s flunkies fare finer,” the frazzled fugitive forlornly fumbled, frankly facing facts. Frustrated by failure and filled with foreboding, he fled forthwith to his family.

Falling at his father’s feet, he forlornly fumbled, “Father, I’ve flunked and fruitlessly forfeited family favor!” The farsighted father, forestalling further flinching, frantically flagged the flunkies to fetch a fatling from the flock and fix a feast.

The fugitive’s fault-finding frere frowned on fickle forgiveness of former folderol. But the faithful father figured, “Filial fidelity is fine, but the fugitive is found! What forbids fervent festivity? Let flags be unfurled. Let fanfares flare”

And the father’s forgiveness formed the foundation for the former fugitive’s future faith and fortitude.

Bonus Cthulhu Post


Flash News – Breaking News – Flash News

I have found a podcast site with some interesting stuff on it. A rarity as the blogoswamp is centered on my immortal prose. It is, after all, all about me!

Yet I accidentally looked away from admiring myself in the mirror and glanced at another site, for just a moment and something caught my attention.

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Radio Free Cthulhu

From the Infinite Abyss – - – To your ears.

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All of this stuff found through http://blackwingbear.livejournal.com/

Cthulhu, Rising?


Here is a treat for all who find in HP Lovecraft, a comfort.

For his tales of unspeakable horrors sunk in the deepest of oceans. Of vindictive and soul-hungry Cthulhu lying dead but dreaming in sunken R’lyeh of the unearthly angles awaiting the time when the stars are right before awaking and wreaking havoc upon the world of men. Of his mis-shapen minions and their mindless chanting of the horrible prayer, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn“. Of the Necronomicon of the Mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred. Even of Howard’s Unaussprechlichen Kulten. All the horrors a diseased human mind may invent.

Yes, Lovecraft brought us all comfort with his words for nothing as inimical as the subject of his writings could possibly exist in this reality.

Still, on May 5th, 2000, the planets aligned respected and knowledgeable scientists told us that we had nothing to fear.

And yet.

In the years since, the Mad Arabs have arisen and brought terror to our countries, our cities and our homes. Even the leader of our world, living in the ancient architecture of his Alabaster Mansion on Pennsylvania Avenue has advisers who have been to the Middle East. Who can say whether or not they have been inculcated into the insane writings of the original Mad Arab? Have they secretly joined one of the “Unaussprechlichen Kulten”?

In the past half decade, the sceptre of Global Warming has come to haunt us. Still there are many scientists who do not believe the warming is caused by carbon emissions and the accumulation of Greenhouse Gasses in the atmosphere. Could it be that the perceived warming of the oceans is coming from below? From the stirrings of something unspeakably obscene?

Of course not. It is all a fiction.

Isn’t it?

Relax, it is only a fiction. Isn't it?

This may well have been blogged elsewhere before but I must have blocked the image from my mind in a saner moment.


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