So I Guess I Should Start Writing Some Stuff, Eh

So I’m looking at my site stats, not expecting much because I haven’t been writing much and I discovered that one of the sites referring to mine is is this one – it goes to the Harvard College Library. I guess I ought to do something to earn that – like writing posts on a more regular basis?

Your Missouri Republican Party at Work

Although I am supposed to be taking a break I could pass over this without comment. Apparently, a bill has been introduced in the Missouri Senate that basically trashes child labor laws. Totally appalling! I have to wonder what this state is coming to when no one cares about protecting children…Hopefully our governor will veto the bill – if it passes.

Doing My Civic Duty

Despite struggling with a cold that I can’t seem to shake, I drug myself out of bed yesterday at 4:00 AM. I was going to be serving as an assistant supervisor at one of the polling places and needed to be at the polls at 5:00. The polls opened at 6:00 and from then till 7:00 PM I was busy explaining how to use the various voting machines to the voters (since I was working the election I got to vote an absentee ballot). Sometime around 9:00 someone bumped the heat up and it took several hours for us to track down the custodian and have him turn down the heat. The result of which is that I got pretty dehydrated – which didn’t help my cold. Overall it was a very interesting experience – one I highly recommend. If you are interested contact your local board of elections, I am sure they will be grateful for the help.

Censoring Science and Nobody Cares

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Shame on the National Park Service: Will Blair Mountain Be Strip-Mined?

The National Park Service has made a horrible decision on Blair Mountain. The mountain was the scene of a battle between coal miners, coal companies and the government. The L. A. Times describes the National Park Service’s horrible decision on Blair Mountain:
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Bob O’Hara You Are An Evil, Evil Man

Okay, I have to confess. This made me laugh harder than I have in a couple of weeks.

My first post will be about a remarkable paper (still embargoed) that describes context-dependent dispersal strategies in maritime rodents.

I’m still laughing…

P. S. Bob, how is the veal? Should we tickle tip the waitress? Will you be here all week?

Hawks, Paleoanthropology, and Cranks

In an otherwise interesting article on Homo floresiensis Hawks mentions the following:

Gretchen asks if I’m turning into a crank.

Hawks, pictured below, responds:

Wow, it really must be the heat getting to me! I have to keep reminding myself that press interviews frequently misrepresent the nuances of what scientists actually say and think. And yet, this stuff is widely read and believed even among our colleagues! Anyway, I’ve toned down some of the crankiness.

Hawks, paleoanthropological curmudgeon

Although I am in the “pro” camp I do agree with Hawks on this issue. These articles are widely read and it would behoove the writers to get the details right. Of, course it would also behoove neuroscientists to get the details right as well…