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Cute! Also tree crabs are not to be confused with tree lobsters.

Dryococelus australis are the largest stick insects in the world and were once thought extinct.

Love Giant Insects? Meet The Tree Lobster, Back From The Brink

Or Tree Lobsters the hilarious webcomic for science lovers:

The first panel is from an actual lecture. You can't make stuff like that up.


Posted by beam me up scottie | Sat Apr 8, 2017, 07:28 PM (0 replies)

New Spider-Like, Tree-Climbing Crab Species Found

New Spider-Like, Tree-Climbing Crab Species Found
The species was first spotted by an indigenous tribe in south India's lush forests.

A striking new species of crab has been found living in tree-holes high above the ground. The animal, which fits in the palm of a human hand, has a deep bluish black body that stands out against the tree bark that it prowls for worms and seeds to eat.

Scientists discovered the crab—named Kani maranjandu—in the lush forests of the Western Ghats in south India. It’s an entirely new genus and species named after the Kani, the tribal community that noticed the crabs, and maranjandu, the local colloquial term for tree crab.

The forest-dwelling Kani first reported sightings of “long-legged crabs” on trees in 2014. A. Biju Kumar, a professor of aquatic biology at the University of Kerala, was at that time leading a project to survey the Western Ghats of Kerala for freshwater crabs. After months of tracking the tree crabs with the help of the tribesmen, Kumar and his student Smrithy Raj recently managed to catch a couple of these elusive crabs.

In the Journal of Crustacean Biology, the scientists describe Kani maranjandu as having a distinct hard outer shell or carapace that is broad, swollen, and convex. Most conspicuously, the legs are extremely long, with slender, curved, sharp ends that help them get a good grip on the tree, making them effective climbers.


Pics of the new species at link.

Posted by beam me up scottie | Sat Apr 8, 2017, 06:50 PM (2 replies)


Excellent research, I thoroughly enjoy seeing posts like this.

Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 07:05 PM (1 replies)

Progressives don't sit around and wait to fight, they keep pushing ahead.

Eventually the rest of the crowd will stop digging in their heels and catch up.

Two years ago this legislation was called a pony and very few people supported it, now Bernie has plenty of cosponsors and colleagues in the house who are willing to sign their names to this bill.

That's Progress. And it all started with one senator.

And I'll repeat what I've posted several times already in this thread:

Thank you Elizabeth, Keith and every other progressive who is trying to make this happen! These bills are the work of many, not just one. We are fortunate to have them working for us.

Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 04:36 PM (2 replies)

A Dr. Seuss cartoon from 1941:

Some things never change.
Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 07:42 AM (1 replies)

Here's video of Bernie, Elizabeth, Pramila and others introducing the bill:

Sanders introduced the bill in the Senate along with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). In the House, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) joined Jayapal as co-sponsors of the legislation.


Thanks Donkees for the video and link.

And thank you to all of our progressives in the House and Senate. You continue to inspire us.

This should have hundreds of recs! Come on people!

Posted by beam me up scottie | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 03:26 AM (0 replies)

Scientology is not much different from other religions - it's just newer.

How to Suck at your Religion from The Oatmeal:

Posted by beam me up scottie | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 08:56 PM (2 replies)

Christian legislators lose battle to put In God We Trust on all Tennessee licence plates:

A TN Bill Putting “In God We Trust” On All New License Plates Has Been Amended To Make It Optional
March 30, 2017
by: Hemant Mehta

After Republicans in Tennessee threatened to put the words “In God We Trust” on every license plate issued by the state, that phrase will now be optional.
The change was made by the bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Bill Sanderson, after Attorney General Herbert Slatery III told legislators that mandating the phrase could be considered unconstitutional.

A Tennessee lawmaker has amended his bill to make the phrase “In God We Trust” optional instead of required on all license plates after an attorney general opinion found the requirement “constitutionally suspect.”


It’s the right move, and it’s also the option that should have been offered from the very beginning. There was never any rational, secular reason to force every Tennessean to promote God on their cars, just as it would’ve been unfair to put “In God We Don’t Trust” on all the plates.

Let’s hope this saga is finally over and the legislators have learned their lesson.

Oh, who am I kidding. They’re Republicans from the South. They’ll probably just file the original bill again next year when they think no one’s paying attention.


It never fails to amaze me how people can be so ignorant about the history of this motto, even some liberals seem to think it's acceptable for a secular nation to keep this silly remnant of the cold war era. And their ignorance isn't the trait that bothers me most about these troglodytes - it's their elitist privilege. The desperate insistence that this is Christian nation and constant attempts to shove this belief down our throats is a form of Christian supremacism.

You have to be a special kind of stupid to want to align yourself with the Christian Identity movement.
Posted by beam me up scottie | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 04:08 PM (17 replies)
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