- three the number of states that, due to so-called “blue laws,” can’t start their Christmas shopping a day early, a phenomenon known as “Black Thursday” or “Gray Thursday.” Those states? All in New England—Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts. For what it’s worth, retailers want to change the laws, some of which have been in place since colonial time. source
An enormous new species of predatory dinosaur has been discovered in the fossil beds of southeastern Utah, a giant carnivore that was the apex predator of its day — even giving tyrannosaurs a run for their money.
What’s more, the newfound dino — named after a monster of Ute legend — appears to be a “missing link” in the evolution of the top predators of the Ancient West. READ MORE»
“Going up that river was like travelling back to the earliest beginnings of the world, when vegetation rioted on the earth and the big trees were kings.”
“Even extreme grief may ultimately vent itself in violence—but more generally takes the form of apathy.”
-Joseph Conrad, “Heart of Darkness”
One of the saddest and most poignant episodes of @bourdain’s #PartsUnknown. Simply incredible.
The myths of Common Core: The educational standards program came from the states and was passed into law, piece by piece, by dozens of state legislatures. But despite that, it’s drawing concerns of federal takeover of education. What’s got people so mixed up on this K-12 program? I recently wrote a piece on the topic for the day job that looks at the concerns being raised. The important point here: It’s not a federal program. — Ernie @ SFB
As the parent of a 4 year-old, a hot topic:
Oddly, I do not recall this scene from the novel in question.
Must be my memory failing me. That must be it…