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Dangerous Wildlife Photography August 24, 2016

Posted by lauraw in News.

Here in the ferocious wilds that the natives call ‘Kh-net-i’cut,’ (which loosely translates to ‘HOW much?!’) there are luxurious meads teeming with all manner of creatures, from the lowliest insects, to the much, much highliester insects.

Since my photographer was eaten by a dragon last week, it falls to me to train my ignorant lens on some of the amazing organisms inhabiting this amazing place.

Behold. Amazing!

Wow, really blurry

Sorry it’s so blurry

Oh, okay, so; I had an amazing insect in the frame but it flitted away just before the damned camera on my phone finally snapped the shutter. I have a LOT of pictures just like this. Tons. Sorry.


Not a very special fly.

I was pretty excited about this one, but it turned out to be a housefly, just like the ones we have back home. I am SO sorry. Moving on.

shake it

I like bee butts and I cannot lie

I got his butt! I got his butt! So close. That was so close to being an actual picture of a thing. I’m getting really good at this!



Well! Well, well, now! There it is. A little blurry, but I think you can verify the veracity with which this thing represents itself. That, there, is a Black Bee With Yellow Stripes. I just named it. That’s it’s name because I say so. This is awesome.

I’m gonna do it again.

really very tiny

this bee was very small

Another black bee with yellow stripes, but not THE Black Bee With Yellow Stripes. Wow, I say! Naming animals can be quite the pickle!

I dub thee, ‘Mini-Bee.’

Say, do you know what happens when someone stands next to a tall plant teeming with bees on a sunny day? The bees are always flying quickly and they bump into someone. Quite a lot. And sometimes they land on someone, too. Just to take a little break! And then they have a bit of a relaxed little walkabout on someone, while someone stops breathing and poops their pants.

Coloring by Headlines August 23, 2016

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Color me stunned:

State Dept Warns: Iran Seeking to Capture U.S. Citizens


And while we’re coloring, color me saddened that this is news and not a piece from the Onion:

Teenage Girl Ditches Smartphone For Flip Phone To Find Peace


Site Stats August 22, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.

Hunh. That last trivial post was #6500 for Innocent Bystanders. We’re also closing in on 140,000 comments (we’re at 139,438), 200,000 visitors (currently 195,842), and 5.2 million views (currently 5,190,574).

Things are pretty sluggish these days, but that’s a fair amount of mileage for an AoSHQ spinoff.

From the “You Don’t Really Need to Click Through to Appreciate It” File August 21, 2016

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Musician balances on Pokeball while playing Pokemon theme on flaming bagpipes

Dressed as Charmander, I might add.

National Enquirer Needs a New Scale August 21, 2016

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The National Enquirer has a slideshow about Hillary!’s health. While she does seem somewhat infirm to me, the points they raise are based on speculation and diagnosis-by-television, so it’s just a lot of noise. But one slide in particular cracked me up:

Hillary has gained 103 pounds since announcing her candidacy — making her now weigh a whopping 289 pounds!


I think we can safely discount the possibility of the National Enquirer pulling out another John Edwards-class scoop in this campaign.

Olympics, Photoshop-Style August 21, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.

Cute (click on the link, not on the photo):

Chart Envy August 20, 2016

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This chart makes me feel so underachieving, but a little tingly as well. It shows how subsidies & regulation reduce price competition, leading to increased prices:


He Must Have Been Following the US Presidential Election August 20, 2016

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“Indian man has 40 knives removed from stomach after ‘urge to eat them'”


I know, brother, I know. Sometimes you feel like that Sweet Meteor of Death just can’t get here fast enough.


Another Reason to Stay in Bed August 16, 2016

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Viruses ‘more dangerous in the morning’

The findings, published in PNAS, showed viruses were 10 times more successful if the infection started in the morning.

And the animal studies found that a disrupted body clock – caused by shift-work or jet lag – was always vulnerable to infection.

Drowning Rescue from Car August 15, 2016

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Too exciting!

World’s Biggest Ahole August 9, 2016

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You might know this guy.

Essentially No Growth in Exports for 5 Years August 8, 2016

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Brave words from our president, issued some 6 1/2 years ago:

In January, in his State of the Union speech, President Obama promised to double exports in five years. In his comments Wednesday, he said the United States must work to remove trade barriers and open new markets.

BARACK OBAMA: “Ninety-five percent of the world’s customers and fastest-growing markets are beyond our borders. So if we want to find new growth streams, if we want to find new markets and new opportunity, we have got to compete for those new customers, because other nations are competing for those new customers.”

Of course you recall that moment in January 2015 when, despite continually congratulating himself on the wonders of his tepid economic recovery, his promise to double exports was shown to be nothing but wishful thinking.

And since then, we’ve seen exports actually decline, such that we’ve had essentially no growth since 2011:


And these numbers aren’t even inflation-adjusted.


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