Dan Ben-Amotz and a wonderful radio host whose program had a large and faithful family of listeners. Her death marks the passing of an era. I append an obituary She gave great enjoyment to a huge number of people. May she rest in peace.
The tragedy of the New Zealand earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch continues to unfold and it is a tale of grief for hundreds of families. Hope for survivors has been abandoned.
|Recovery of bodies from the collapsed tower of Christchurch Cathedral is now underway|
The first foreign victims to be identified are two tourists from Israel, Ofer Levy, 22, and Gabi Moshe Ingel, 23. The forces of nature indeed serve to impress upon us how puny we really are on this planet. In this picture we see a historic structure, the Time Ball, which was used to tell ships the time, badly damaged. It is now feared to be unstable and may have to be demollished.
|The 135-year old Timeball Station in Lyttelton Harbour is at risk|
The UN has created a new body to advance the cause of women's rights and equality. I am all for it and suggest you check it out.
BULL FIGHTING AND ANIMAL ABUSE
This blog is supposed to be devoted to nice things, but I reserve the right to bring up issues that Pollyanna herself would have raised. One such issue is the barbaric sport of bull fighting which still survives in Spain and its former colonies. It is one with bear baiting which is now a thing of the past and with other atavistic "sports" such as cock fighting and dog fighting which are still around, to the shame of all. There are initiatives to ban bull fighting in the respective countries and you can take action against this ghastly activity.
link and let the legislators know what you think of the issue.
The Sun gave us a pyrotechnic show with a monster flare last week. There was a Class 3 flare on the limb which provided a great show for some solar telescopes and space-borne instruments. Here is a video
To compare it to Earth look at this. Indeed we are puny creatures and it is good that nature can teach us humility without killing us. BTW, there is no danger from this flare, it is not aimed at us. If it were, it would at most have shaken up the magnetosphere and maybe interfered with some satellite communication, if at all. To read more go to this link.
Here is some interesting information on new research on Lucy and her relatives. It appears that these hominids had arched feet similar to ours.
ALZHEIMER AND MEMORY
|Differences in a healthy brain (top) and a diseased one (bottom) clearly show the damage wrought by Alzheimer’s.© Maggie Steber/National Geographic Society, Corbis|
As usual, we wind up with some deep(?) insights (into utter silliness) from Gene Weingarten in Below the Beltway.