A River Runs Through It

Amazon Miraculous news from the jungles of South America (conical hat tip to LRC):

The Brazilian scientists’ 14-day expedition extended the Amazon’s length by about 176 miles (284 kilometers), making it 65 miles (105 kilometers) longer than the Nile.

This will be a good example to use to explain “direction of fit” the next time I’m teaching the Euthyphro.


Polly Want a Clarification

Would you trust this parrot? Remember my earlier post about the “rational parrot”? Well, the BBC link that used to point to that amazing story now points instead to this not-so-amazing story. In a brief note the BBC explains that the original story “contained factual inaccuracies we were unable to correct” and is “no longer in our archive.”

So what was true and what was false in the original story about N’kisi the grey parrot? Apparently not everything was false, since the replacement story does mention N’kisi in passing as having an impressive vocabulary. But it would be nice to have a more informative retraction, if that’s what it is.

In the meantime, check out this mile-wide parrot. Or whatever.


Bump Deux

Last night’s Colbert Report featured some more discussion of Ron Paul. Colbert was mainly joking about Ron Paul receiving the “Colbert bump” all the way up to 2%, but by replaying scenes from the original interview the show in effect gave Paul more free publicity.


ALL You Can Hear, Part 2

[cross-posted at Liberty & Power]

Alliance of the Libertarian Left Just finished up the aforementioned interview, and an audio file is already available for download here!

A couple of points: a) Shawn Wilbur’s call unfortunately somehow got lost, so it’s just Wally Conger, Brad Spangler, and me. b) I don’t agree with Wally and Brad about voting being a form of aggression, but I didn’t feel strongly enough about my heresy on that particular point to take up time over it; that’s why I didn’t pipe up with a dissenting comment.


The Wrath of Cain

Michelle Forbes phones it in Coming up in November is what’s been billed alternately as a stand-alone Galactica tv-movie (to tide us over until season 4 starts in January) and as an early fourth-season premiere. Whatever it is, it’s known to feature lengthy backflashes to the ill-fated Pegasus and its equally ill-fated Commander Cain, though it’s also supposed to lay some groundwork for the future.

Anyway, some major news is out about its contents. For SERIOUS SPOILERS, click here.


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