One of the best science writers around…

…Mary Roach, brings The Chemistry of Kibble.

I don't care about your pants but this is kind of fascinating

According to Lululemon's stated waste plan, "recycled and managed accordingly" often means sending the countermanded batch to deBrand, a Canadian company specializing in dealing with corporate waste stock by removing logos and any identifying information, and then shredding, reselling, or repurposing the items.

Read more: Lululemon Yoga Pants Recall - What Will Happen to Lululemon Sheer Pants - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/mens-fashion/lululemon-yoga-pants-recall-032213#ixzz2OMXEyVMH


Have we mentioned buckeyes are nuts?

The Butler County, Ohio, prosecutor recently released an official-ish statement, seeking an indictment of world-famous groundhog and weather predictor Punxsutawney Phil for poor performance.
The punishment Gmoser has proposed: death.
Yahoo News

File under Stuff We Really Don't Want to Know

A new United Nations study has found that more people around the world have access to a cellphone than to a working toilet.
Yahoo News

But then again

 Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced his support for civil unions on Wednesday, but it didn’t last long.
But a spokesman for the governor told the paper on Thursday that Kasich didn’t mean civil unions when he said civil unions.

Buckeyes are nuts.

That's okay, we're used to it. Who knows what the speed limit is?

The Affordable Care Act has been law of the land for three years now…but it remains a source of …mystery for many Americans. 

Shore Bird
iPhone abstract:  Phil Compton


He's baaaack

One of the most outspoken advocates for the war in Iraq [hint: Richard Perle] said on NPR on Wednesday that asking whether the war was worth fighting is an “unreasonable question.”
Think Progress

Yes, Bunky! While you were busy bailing out the banks, this guy slithered in again.

Somehow the whole idea of garlic skyrocketing really cracks me up

The price of beef, the main ingredient in bakso, has hit a record high while other essential components — garlic, shallots and chilies — have also recently skyrocketed.

Here's why all those hapless Democrats are no joke

A few weeks ago, Rand Paul was far down the list of 2016 GOP presidential prospects — a freshman senator with a devoted but mostly marginal following of young libertarians.
Now he’s being mentioned in the same breath as Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

Then again, Politico.

Still, take my word for it, if this guy winds up on the ticket he'll make Mittens look like a bargain.

Top Senate D does stand-up

On Mon­day night, seven Marines were killed and eight injured dur­ing a live-fire train­ing exer­cise in Neva­da when a 60 mm mor­tar round explod­ed in its tube. Speak­ing on the floor of the Sen­ate in the imme­di­ate wake of this tragedy, Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) blamed the manda­to­ry bud­get cuts in the sequester for the dead­ly event. 

We actually pay this guy salary? Are you kidding me?

Some very spooky stuff in booth 501

For anyone who’s read or seen The Hunger Games, this new recruitment video from the Tea Party Patriots might look a little familiar.…

(I haven't seen The Hunger Games, for which I am now officially grateful.)

Wait – you mean they haven't banned these yet?

But whether through a fit of community spirit or an insatiable desire for Thin Mints, the town turned out to help. Lines to buy cookies were “out the door” last Saturday as people arrived in droves to help out, KATU reports; the girls were able to sell half the total 6,000 boxes in just three hours.

Where is that mayor when we need him?

There'll always be in England (and a Scotland it seems

The Force is strong with the Jedi in Scotland. The Free Church of Scotland is pushing a bill that would grant those who have literally made "Star Wars" a religion the power to perform marriage ceremonies.…

And while it may sound like a joke to most, the Jedi religion is quite popular in some parts of Europe. In England, it is the second-most popular “alternative religion,” with more than 175,000 people listing themselves as Jedi in the 2012 nationwide census.
Yahoo News


Last Day Of Winter

Last Day Of Winter by Ted Compton
Last Day Of Winter, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

They make fantastic doorstops though

Oh cut it out with the coy

Spring arrives tomorrow morning at 7:02 AM. Is that a collective groan I hear or two other colorful words?

Just do the weather and shut up, okay?

It's all in the "known"

Election officers in one Florida community are on edge after hundreds of requests for absentee ballots poured in over a 2½-week period were deemed a cyberattack — resulting in the first known cyberattack of a U.S. election.
Read more: http://p.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/19/cyberattack-election-website-jolts-florida-communi/#ixzz2NzOdUH7Q
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We're No. 1!

China overtakes U.K. as fifth-largest arms exporter; U.S. still No. 1

(But Russia is close.)


Poison ivy

It also doesn’t help much to have a Harvard Law School graduate in the White House, because these days lawyers are not, as they once were, protectors of cultural norms and conventional behavior. Rather they have become manipulators of rules established on behalf of these norms and behavior in order to benefit a tiny elite.
UNDERNEWS: Sequestering common sense

Snow almost all gone…

…just in time for another arrrggghh nine inches tonight? Are you kidding me?

Apparently not.

Get back in here, ducks.

The greatest movie blurb ever written?

"To the Wonder" boldly and lyrically explores the complexities of love in all its form.



How can you beat it?

When all we really needed was tougher rats

The crisis began in early March [1977]. A lab in Canada had shown that saccharin caused bladder cancer in rats…
New Republic: Diet Soda Will Kill Us All!


Nobody's perfect

On the evening of March 23, … 1 billion people will participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off their lights from 8:30-9:30.
The organizers say that they are providing a way to demonstrate one’s desire to “do something” about global warming.…
And the cozy candles that many participants will light, which seem so natural and environmentally friendly, are still fossil fuels—and almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Using one candle for each switched-off bulb cancels out even the theoretical CO2 reduction; using two candles means that you emit more CO2.
Candles aren't fossil fuels if they're made from whale oil, are they?

Multitasking: No Country for Eggs

The Image Toaster is a project by Scott van Haastrecht that combines your news with your breakfast. It’s a Wi-Fi-connected appliance that scours the web for a popular photo of the day, then burns this image into your bread.