Photo of the day

From a Telegraph gallery of a photo contest for photographers 18 and younger.  This was one of my favorites for relying on great composition (some of the other shots are excellent, but largely because of expensive lenses that get you great bokeh on a distant subject).

'Born to be Wild' by Alex Worthington
‘Born to be Wild’ by Alex Worthington, 16 yrs old, from Bowerham Lancaster, taken in the New Forest.Picture: RSPCA/GEOFF ROBINSON


Quick hits

1) I love apples, as you well know.  I’m still not convinced that I should start eating the core.

2) Of course it’s better to put the toilet paper over the top.  Science says so.

3) Wired explains the obstacles to cost effective Amazon drone delivery.

4) Apparently people used to be into combining their animals into a single bizarre meat meal.  Gross.  Pictures.

5) Chimps are people too?  Maybe not, but they sure deserve to be treated a helluva lot better than we do.   I always like how Jared Diamond argued that Chimps and humans should be the same genus.

6) Let’s stick with other primates and look at female promiscuity in primates and what it tells us about humans.

7) Why your brain loves lists.

8) Oxytocin, the hormone responsible for contractions in labor as well as emotional bonding, may be an effective treatment for children with autism.  I tried to get Alex in on a study on this at Chapel Hill, but Alex’s is excluded from many autism studies since his autism is secondary to Tuberous Sclerosis.

9) Terrific This American Life about the history of segregated housing and the law in the United States.  Dismaying to learn what a major role the US Government had in perpetuating segregation.  A really must-listen episode (as all their collaborations with Pro Publica are).

10) Not surprisingly, the Republicans incredibly short-sightedly killed off the Office of Technology Assessment in the 1990’s.  It sure would have helped with the Obamacare exchange roll out.

11) Under the Republican tax reform, taxes are going to go up for lots of low and middle income North Carolinians.  Much to my dismay, the per child exemption is going away.  Well, I guess I should have never had four kids then.

12) The longer you commute the less your political engagement.   Disproportionately so if you are poor.

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