Friday, June 13, 2008

Scrutator: Shhh!!!!....It happens!

It has really been a long time since I have written a scrutator post. It got to be too much work, in part because of the silly introductions in which I tried to used a week's worth of word of the day words. I have abandoned that exercise. Do I hear applause? Oh, it's me! That doesn't mean I shouldn't share what I have been learning from the web. Besides, I once again have time enough to sleep, read, and write! I'm sleeping too much - but it won't last long, so I'm going to enjoy it, and start writing my dreams again. It is nice to look at my bloglines list and not see any unread blogs! And in case you haven't noticed, I'm on a role right now writing for this blog! I've even revamped all my blogs and am ready to get out and start exercising again so that I have something to post on my running blog!

so here goes.

The space shuttle has taken some amazing pictures of Earth's weather from 200 miles up.

I love clouds, I always have. They are more interesting than just about any other natural phenomenon I can think of. That is why I used a picture of a nebula (or space cloud of gasses) as the background for my blog. I had no idea that thunderstorms were so amazing from space!

More pictures, please!

I've been checking in on this blog from time to time since Megan decided to join the mormon church. Usually, it is boring, but this post is funny. I think it would work!

I tried to wake up early enough to watch the neurodiversity story on CBS. It wasn't on CBS, it was on ABC, so I missed. I found the story online, and I am feeling quite frustrated by the attitudes of Diane Sawyer and Deborah Roberts. If people with down's syndrome and parents of children with down's syndrome went on asking people to stop misunderstanding down's syndrom and stop trying to eradicate it, would they have reacted the same way?

The thing is, autism, in and of itself, is not some horrible malady that threatens the livelihoods of all who touch it! People who have autism, down's syndrom, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, blindness, deafness, etc. etc. etc. have the right to be accepted, validated, and valued in our society. I agree with this parent who compares society-at-large's attitude toward autism to racism.

I am really looking forward to the day when the people who have autism are heard and understood better than the parents of young children who have been given the diagnosis and don't yet truly understand what it means.

I don't get it. This is really a problem? One can play sudoku and send drug dealers to jail all at the same time, and you can't tell me otherwise!

I found this sign at treehugger and thought it was hilarious. The article was dull, but the sign was great.
It's all in how you frame it, isn't it?

Look! A real live Unicorn! Not quite as pretty as the ones I always read about in fairy tales, but real none-the-less. So when the song says "you'll never see a unicorn to this very day" don't believe it!

Can you hear me singing?

John McCaines Birth Certificate?

over at Daily Kos has developed a wicked sense of humor! I think this may be in response to McCaine announcing that he is computer illiterate. There is some concern that someone who is out of touch with one of the most important technologies of our time may not be the right person for the job.

I can't say I blame the Koreans at all for refusing our beef. I don't believe the American cattle industry is doing nearly enough to protect us from this senseless disease. It can take 20 years for the symptoms to develop once a person has the disease, and we have had some very interesting developments of human cases that were not convincingly explained. And that was when it was "newsworthy" enough to be on tv. I can't help but wonder how many people are dying of this. When they are elderly, it is easy to assume it's dementia.

I think it is possible that it is being hushed up because if it got out that the American beef supply isn't safe, it would have a seriously detrimental effect on our economy. Are you willing to sacrifice your life to the beef industry? The Koreans aren't. Good for them.

So, there you have it. It's a strange and courious world out there. One can never tell what will happen next! Or when the not at all famous Scrutator will be pulled from the shelf and dusted off.


  1. I really enjoyed this post. The picture of the caution sign and John McCain's birth certificate are hillarious!

  2. i love the unicorn thing but it looks like a deer with a mutated horn