In Memory of January 6, 2021

Got Slime? CNN, August 15, 2022: CAPITOL ATTACK HITS SLIPPERY SLOPE The latest white supremacist attack on the US Capitol came to a slippery end this rainy afternoon when Capitol Police sprayed the Capitol steps with hagfish slime supplied by the Department of Homeland Security. Hagfish slime expands 10,000-fold when exposed to water. It is […]

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The Twelve Days of Trumpmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a MAGA hat for all to see!On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two elections losing.On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, three ladies suing.On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love […]

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NOW AVAILABLE!

Spawn of War and Deathiness, from B Cubed Press When B Cubed Press called for submissions for Alternative War (also available now) and Alternative Deathiness (Coming RSN), it was inundated with submissions. There were so many excellent original stories, that they decided to use mostly those. But then there was also a great many excellent […]

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TEXODUS

Go ahead. Tell me this couldn’t happen. Washington Post—Voting Rights under Attack! The Texas state legislature is now considering a bill to remove the right to vote from women and African-Americans. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Bubba Houston, says that giving the legislature control over elections in the state was only the first step. “It is […]

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Is Intelligence a “Bubble”?

The human species prides itself on its intelligence. Its smarts, it thinks, are its primary distinction in the animal world. Only humans can communicate, pass knowledge to the next generation, make tools, plan for the future, grieve their dead, cheat on their mates, and lie to each other. The trouble is that a great many […]

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Move or Die

A couple of years ago, a break-all-records heat wave in Europe had moved to Greenland and melted enough ice to add measurably to global sea levels. A drought in India had people saying that forty percent of the country’s population may have no access to drinking water by 2030, and parts of India may get […]

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New Novel Coming

Last year I wrote a series of pieces centered on a fellow who found a bottle on the seashore, rubbed it, and had a djinn on his hands. A djinn who liked gin, so together they founded the Djinn Mill, a 6-room building with 500 residence suites (a djinn has to be a master of […]

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Go Ahead–Laugh!

Not long ago, researchers reported that pigs and mice—and presumably humans—could absorb oxygen through the membranes lining their rectums (https://scitechdaily.com/no-joke-pigs-and-rodents-can-breathe-through-their-butts/). The key was a liquid (perfluorocarbon) that can hold large amounts of dissolved oxygen. It is supplied to the rectum via enema. Perfluorocarbons have been under development for years as synthetic blood substitutes (https://www.phlbi.org/divisions/blood-disorders/artificial-blood/). They […]

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