Ice cream day and based on how it starts would seem useful. Rather muggish in the park, But a bit of good thinking. I had time and will power to think on the matter of “assumption and approximation”, two things that physicists are intimate with. Although that does sound almost reproductory. Film at Eleven.

 But while that is churning I have need to clean out the tabs a bit and hence the discourse for today. First, news [Link] that British wonks have discovered the remains of another henge just 3 km from the iconic Stonehenge. I have to admit that being exposed to print on the matter brought forth the mental question “what is a henge?” with the expletives removed since they weren’t very coherent. Demonstrating British (English?) journalistic superiority (to American journalism, of course,) the author defined a henge as

“a circular basin surrounded by a ditch and bank on its circumference”

which is rather anticlimactic and even seemingly contradictory to the mental picture of giant stone blocks, so I consulted my trusty built-in dictionary that is one of the many indications of the technical and moral superiority of Linux over Winders. Sadly, it failed me which at least explains partly why I was unfamiliar with the word; indeed, I cannot recall it being mentioned in my undergraduate anthropology/archaeology track.

Anyway I bored on to the next level of reference, my Oxford reference dictionary (next up from my OED) and it told me the same thing but with the crucial addition of the presence of a ring of stacked stones. Dismissing the ridiculing minimization of stacking palm sized stones in the back yard, I ceased searching at this point. I recall being told that henges are astronomically correlated and hence aspects of that (all too rare these days) human quest for understanding with the too oft corruption of mysticism and superstition commonly known as religion. So that part is fitting for ice cream day.

One of the things I always marvel when I see (at least mentally) these ambitious ancient constructions is how the people got hoodwinked into building them. Bogs, it seems, have always been with us and so long as we disguise our intentions as religion will happily labor to achieve. Somehow that seems an apt description of all organized religion?

In other news, [Link] the discovery of a new species of human, homo nadeli, has enjoyed considerable attention although it seems more for the site of its discovery than the importance of the find. Apparently outreach has been severely polluted, mentally and ethically, by catering to bogs?

No inclusion in the article about size, mass, age, or anything else useful. But then consider the source. Evidently one more indication of economists inability to do maths.

On an amusing azimuth, I note [Link] that the Alibam science curriculum has been amended to include instruction on evolution and climate change. This comes as a bit of a shock. When was the Scopes trial? Are we still not teaching Evolution? How long has Darwin been discorporate? They didn’t teach evolution when I was in high schule but that was back in the antediluvian ’60’s when we had dress codes and segregation which, as we all know, is founded on the misuse of evolutionary principles. 

Teaching climate change is also humorous since almost all of Alibam’s adults are either denialists or silence keepers. About the same fraction as are adherents of organized religion. And bogs, of course. So one has to wonder what maskarovka is being perpetrated here.

Personally, I would prefer they start teaching about human reproduction – biology and psychology and sociology – since it might do more good by reducing the number of hopeless bogs born. Is that redundant?

And lastly, a list of things banned elsewhere but not in Alibam. [Link] I am not quite sure whether the article strikes a tone of how depraved Alibam is not to ban these things or hopefully of how we should. The list is:

  • Frowning
  • Flip flops and sandals that make loud noises are banned.
  • How many people does it take to change a light bulb in Victoria, Australia? Just one person can do it, but the state requires that person to be a licensed electrician. 
  • the Chinese government passed a law that made it illegal for Tibetan monks to reincarnate without the government’s permission.
  • In Melbourne, Australia, vacuuming your house between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during weekdays and 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. during the weekends is against the law.
  • Chelyabinsk, Russia has made driving a dirty car against the law.    
  • Residents of Torino, Italy are required to walk their dogs at least three times a day.

I see a lot of people frowning in Alibam; it’s the nature of life here. SO ny law to this will be unenforcable by general disdain – and natural activity.

Flip flops are a primary indication of “trailer trash” which is a useful and accurate hate phrase from my youth that has the advantage of being non-racial in nature.

Union labor required? In a right-to-work state? Scott Walker crucified yet?

Reincarnation? Don’t tell any of the organized religion types or they will immediately shift their hate demonstrations there and away from birth control facilities. Stupid breeds like rabbits.

No one in Alibam vacuums when partying. It hides the nasty noises.

Dirty and Motorcar are synonyms in Alibam.

No one in Alibam walks their dog. They roam freely and, one suspects, rabidly.