02/12 Open Thread: International Darwin Day


Evolution According to.........

Kindly Reduce Expectations
1958 Edsel Bermuda Station Wagon.

We are getting ready to head out on yet another multi-week adventure in the near future. This means that I need to write, post and schedule a whole bunch of OTs for the period of my absence, as well as some to bridge the gap between now and the start date. This means, among other things, that you shouldn't expect too much from them and will need to provide content as well as commentary yourselves (as if you don't already, heh). So, here we go ...



I recall being amazed in 10th grade that my high school biology still spouted that "you may be descended from monkeys, but I'm not" crap, but I have long ago ceased being surprised that it is still parroted today. For the record, everybody (and everything) is "descended" from a chain of common ancestors.

Also, it isn't necessarily progress. There is no built in directionality. It isn't survival of the fittest, but simply natural selection, and nature needn't always side with the fittest, by any measure for any envornment. Even if it did, what constituted the fittest in one given place and time might not be anywhere else or any other time.

Really, just about everybody knows that we didn't evolve from apes, but from cavemen

But there are those who are certain that we've gone or are certainly going in the other direction entirely. The question is, I guess, as of when and from whence.

The sad truth is that it isn't genetics, but simply ignorance, stupidity, and illogic combined with hubris:

So, our poor maligned simian brethren need a simian awareness and appreciation day. Today is as good as any, n'est ce pas?

Run Red Run

The Monkey and The Engineer

The Monkey Time

Can Your Monkey Do The Dog

Monkey Man

So think about it, next time you don your Monkey Suit


Alrighty, now, officially on the road, gone, done gone and, hence, in absentia today.


Title Image is evolution


It's an open thread, so have at it. The floor is yours

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in the cerebrum development?
(Rhetorical question).

Frontal Lobes...

... coordinates high-level behaviors, such as motor skills, problem solving, judgment, planning, and attention. The frontal lobes also manage emotions and impulse control.

Seems we are regressing in some of these skills.
Or is this re-evolution?

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

studentofearth's picture

@QMS talking heads and our betters that have all the information we are too ignorant to know.

It would be real easy to misspell apps to apes.

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.


according the the merry men:

to copy closely but often clumsily and ineptly

there is an aspis for that Wink

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May we be united and strong -- laurel


If Bloomberg Wants to Buy an Election, He Should Run as a Republican Against Trump—
Not Sabotage Democrats


So Bloomberg’s legacy would be that he left his own party to the neo-fascist crowd and went on to blow-up the Democrats, keeping the Republicans in control.

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

TheOtherMaven's picture


two major parties is "flirting with fascism". They both are. It's just that much more blatant on the R side.

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

PriceRip's picture



          This can not be emphasized enough. I have met some very nice people promoting the whole "vote blue" schtick, so I try to be gentle, but they do try my patients with their naïvetè.


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"I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."
Robert J. McCloskey, U.S. State Department spokesman. From a press briefing during the Vietnam war.

Seems like this political circus
is developing into two basic camps
the haves vs. the have nots

the rich class have trumpet and bloomie
the middle / lower class have tulsi and bernie

the wealthy have the media and the establishment
the rest of us have the numbers and maybe green

if money is equated to 'free' speech
poverty = silence on the stage

what gives?

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

Swept down the memory hole
Perez shouted recount (to save face)
Iowa stipulates campaigns only have that right

Buttigieg filed a request for a recanvass of 66 precincts and Sanders for 28 precincts, the party said in a statement. It said it will review the requests to determine whether they meet the requirements.

maybe splitting hairs, but important to keep
the shenanigans in the spotlight, imho

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

smiley7's picture

enjoy modern art most of all ...

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dystopian's picture

I'm a fleabit peanut monkey...

I've been bit and I've been tossed around by every she-rat in this town...

Safe travels and good birds EL!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

Hawkfish's picture

On the South Island of NZ:

Kiwi humour

Kiwi humour doesn’t suffer fools gladly...

I was down here trying to do the Milford sound and Routeburn tramps but they were closed because they got a meter of rain in three days and the trails were completely washed out. Four hikers were washed into a local river along with a trail hut and they recovered the bodies a few days later.

A local barman was strongly of the opinion that this was global heating pushing weather systems south, so they got all the rain that Oz would normally get. This matches my understanding, which just goes to show how uncontroversial this issue is outside of the USA. Barmen are generally apolitical - it’s just better for business.

The tour company very unexpectedly gave us a full refund (this had only happened three times in the last 16 years) but we had been planning this for years and I don’t know when we will be able to get back. After what happened to those poor trampers, I’m not sure I’m as gung ho as I was.

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We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.
- Greta Thunberg