John Williams (1980) plays Granada (Albeniz): http://youtu.be/rdb9efEXz8o
June 8, 2015
May 29, 2015
I more than often blog so that I have the links of interesting articles at hand.
This article was in http://www.skepticnorth.com/2012/12/ten-books-for-skeptics/ from December 2012. You see people that are gullible and hold onto stories not based in fact are a real irritation to me. It is dangerous, it puts science in reverse. It destroys the planet!
- I have read this one:- The Demon-Haunted World – Science as a Candle in the Dark“It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.” If you read only one book on this list, make it Carl Sagan’s classic defense of scientific inquiry and critical thinking. A true sign of brilliance is the ability to communicate with clarity, and Sagan did this with an enthusiasm for science that is obvious. If any book is essential reading for those interested in skepticism, this is the perfect place to start. For more, see Melany Hamill’s review.
- And I think pf reading this one too:- Why People Believe Weird Things– In this 1997 book, skeptic and author Michael Shermer looks at alien abduction, Creationism, psychics, recovered memories, Holocaust denial, and more. He explores why even well-educated people can hold beliefs that seem utterly baffling to others.
The problem is of course that there is little success in arguing with these idiots.
Everybody may have an opinion, but to express it is another story. It may be not politically correct for one and then you will be in trouble, remember the truth is not always politically correct.
Racism is not new it has come with us through the ages; it is part of protecting one’s own. So if somebody looks different, think different even smells different, your clan had to get rid of them.
Lots of people love to believe in pseudoscience, based on personal experiences that they somehow take as some miracle. And of course the media laps this up, Religion does too.
Most people that follow banting has never read up on the medical issues. They cannot even answer the most basic questions. They follow Noakes ( South Africa’s Dr Oz) (who is in it for the money and NOT a food scientist) blindly. They may end up skeletons with serious liver problems. Now how did they get so fat in the first place? And Dear Noakes will never tell you how bad bacon is for you. He probably does not know!
Maybe the general level of intellect has drastically dropped in the last fifty years.
People waste time on complaining, they love to, but nothing on the solution to the problem. That they love to leave to others!
April 30, 2015
Even insects. There is no denying it.
Found this interesting article on bumblebees that use nicotine to self medicate here
So far, the majority of evidence for animals self-medicating—either by ingesting or applying substances with medicinal properties to treat or prevent disease—has been documented in vertebrates, and more specifically chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). But there is a growing body of evidence that a wider and wider range of animals seek out plants and other substances specifically for their healing properties.
Known as zoopharmacognosy (literally “animal-drug-knowing”), the most common examples involve parrots eating clay to absorb toxins in the gut or dogs eating grass to make themselves sick. North American brown bears (Ursos arctos) are also known to make a paste of osha roots and saliva to rub through their fur to repel insects in a similar way to how many species of birds wipe ants through their feathers to rid themselves of lice. But evidence of self-medicating in insects has until recently remained scant.
Recent research has shown that certain species of bumblebee might seek out nectar high in alkaloids—such as nicotine—when infected with a gut parasite. The alkaloids were shown to reduce the number of parasites after the bees had had their tipple of nectar.
Now what Charlie is looking for I suppose is ….. probably a rat? He and Bully sometimes catch a rat when it comes over from the veld. They bring it to me (Ugh!) and then I buy it off them with a treat. I do not want them to eat rats see.
But Oh Dear for the plants.
from the veld. They bring it to me (Ugh!) and then I buy it off them with a treat. I do not want them to eat rats see.
April 17, 2015
But it is actually fall.
Because although the nicest season of the year, it is a bit messy when the leaves start to fall and the grass is looking bleak. But the days are wonderful and sunny and Charlie Fox is not yet ready for a coat. Not that I know if the coat will last. (Bully prefers the comfort of a chair.) And so on the doorstep of winter the color from the garden has gone and the changes to the trees are subtle. Nothing spectacular (yet). We are slowly getting ready.