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J.K. Rowling says 'Harry Potter' ending may be wrong
Sun Feb 2, 2014
It is a good story partly because of all the things it does NOT answer. Most people go through life without having all of the answers about the people around them in their lives - even the ones they love and are closest to. This also leaves a lot of room for readers to inject their own f …
College textbook costs more outrageous than ever
Tue Jan 28, 2014
Just got back from China. Prices at college book stores there are amazingly cheap - for textbooks in common use in the USA and in English (physics books, at any rate). They are cheap enough that the difference between US prices and Chinese prices will pay the airfare - and maybe the hote …
Some states look at reviving firing squads amid shortage of execution drugs
Fri Jan 17, 2014
The point of the legislation is to try to get drug companies to comply on the grounds that the alternative will be more cruel. Yet, the choice for the drug companies is whether *they* will have blood on *their* hands.
Cruz seeks to refocus NSA debate on 'bad guys'
Thu Jan 16, 2014
As long as NSA is collecting info on law abiding citizens, NSA *are* the bad guys.
Tiny ancestor of lions and tigers and bears discovered (Oh my!)
Mon Jan 6, 2014
Where does this fit in with Miacoidea and Miacis? What identifies it as MRCA of canids, ursids, etc? Before or after other Miacids? The end of the article indicates that it suggests the story has been made more complex by this discovery, but it doesn't say what the story is, or why …
Retailers sweat as shoppers await post-Christmas deals
Mon Dec 23, 2013
If you think its about playing chicken, forget it. When we shop for Revere Ware, and find that it isn't what it used to be -- which is the same story with a lot of other used-to-be quality products -- we come away frustrated that what we want to buy isn't available. The quality isn't the …
New year, old headaches? Checking in with the IRS, NSA and Benghazi controversies
Fri Dec 27, 2013
You've got to be kidding! You think the NSA & snooping stuff went away? Benghazi? You didn't even mention Fast and Furious. These things have NOT gone away!
Obama's unlocking of federal funding ban on gun research yields little upshot in first year
Fri Dec 13, 2013
Some questions have been studied - such as detecting which mentally ill people are likely to become violent. It is when digging into details that the real rarity of extremely violent actions becomes apparent: it is very hard to do good statistics on that component of gun violence. Violen …
Monitor lizards' breathing may have evolved before dinosaurs
Wed Dec 11, 2013
Wierd way to say it. It would be better to say monitor lizards and dinosaurs shared a common ancestor which predated the dinosaurs.
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