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Sad sad twisted story: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1255953/





And though I'm sorta glad it's not based on a real life story. It's real enough to the violence in the middle east.
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i wanted to see it...but maybe not!

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Zombie apocalypse ... not exactly but close.

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is an entomopathogenic fungus predominantly found in tropical forest ecosystems. In order to increase its own fitness O. unilateralis utilizes the evolutionary trait of an extended phenotype to manipulate the behavioral patterns of an infected formicidae, specifically Camponotus leonardi of the tribe of campotini. The infected ants leave their canopy nest and foraging trails, heading for the forest floor in search of an area with a temperature and humidity level that is suitable for fungal growth. The infected ant will then use its mandible to affix themselves to a major vein on the underside of a leaf and eventually die. From Wikipedia

The zombie is a simple creature with simple tastes, enjoying leisurely walks on the beach, dining out with hordes of its friends, and every now and then having a good tumble down a flight of stairs. It behaves this way because the pathogen that has infected it doesn’t require complex behaviors in order to replicate — it commands a hungry, nearly indestructible vessel that can walk it right up to its next potential host.

But on our planet there exist zombified ants that undergo a decidedly more complex, and more disturbing, transformation at the hands of highly sophisticated parasitic fungi that assume control of the insects’ minds. What ensues between a host and a parasite with no brain of its own is a battle that is far stranger and far more methodical than anything ever dreamed up by Hollywood. (The zombifying fungus that attacks humans in the videogame The Last of Us comes close, but its real-life counterpart is much, much weirder. And you don’t have to pay 60 bucks to see it, which is nice.) | continue reading at wired

http://www.wired.com/2013/09/absurd-creature-of-the-week-zombie-ant-fungus/

#zombies   #science  
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bug boobies!!!

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I'm guessing the un-scarred ones in the end grew to be the most robust of them all? On average?

Regarding the scarring. As evil as it may sound, human children that are scarred, or stressed by stressful environments tend to go to puberty earlier than those who are not raised in a stressed environment. So I suspect that this is some survival mechanism for the species by nature? Of course, they don't reach their full potential or height because of the cost to the body in entering puberty earlier than if they were raised in a non-stressed environment.

By stressed environment I am referring to famine, nutritional stress, wars, nuclear winters, and even families split up by death of one partner, or acrimonious divorces.

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How deep do I plant the beans if I scarify them?
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My understanding when I abrade or soften seeds in water before planting, it is to allow the cotyledon to burst out more easily.

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I feel sorry for the poor schmuck. But did he lose his job because he couldn't undo the ticket? :)
 
OH MY GOD!YOU MEAN COPS LIE! WHITE DEVILS!!!!!!!!!!
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My door is always open to temptation.

When properly evaluated, opportunity and temptation can be the one and the same.
 
no shit :(
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the doorbell - unless yours sings "we've only just begun..."

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Just saw The Tourist, starring whats her face with that other guy. The plot, the acting, the movie, was middling at best. Better than watching a Steven Segal movie fer sure. But nothing to write home about.

However the Soundtrack was gorgeous!
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i will have to check it out - don't like either of them though!

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http://www.street-directory.com.au/ gives more useful information for Australian cities than Google maps.

Schools, restaurants, shops, public transport, service stations, playgrounds, police stations, rental and for sale properties.

Google maps has errors. And when you write to them, unless it's obvious they just insult you by asking for more information. Even though as a map service provider it is they who should do the leg work.

In Melbourne Melways is the preferred maps for government and police and ambulance and even taxi services. In Sydney Gregory's was dominant for decades, but I think Sydways is taking over. And for all the other cities, street-directory.com.au uses these local maps.
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i'm too branded to google i'm afraid!

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So what do you think? Are we humans sharks?

Ref: Up in the air, starring George Clooney
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Swans being monogamous animals, but even that has been debunked. I mean ye olden saying "whats good for the goose is good for the gander" doesnt exist for nothing.

I think the quote is trying to say we dont need relationships, and that fleeting relationships are for convenience and short term gratification, and that we really can do without the long term baggage.

The movie plot contradicts that, but I'm not convinced with the Hollywood sap.

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Aww!

Umm!

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Please sir, don't
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via http://xeeme.com/LADYTEREZIE
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that's a ginormous domesticator - covered in snow!
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