Time to Bug You All

The next Circus of the Spineless will be hosted HERE at the end of the month!  Deadline for submissions for CotS #29 is the 29th.

The Circus of the Spineless is “A monthly celebration of Insects, Arachnids, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Worms and most anything else that wiggles”.  So if you have a story, and especially if you have pictures, please join in the fun!

So far I have a whopping 2 submissions (I know, I know, “salvation by deadline” and all that), and they are both about ants.  Are the rest of you invertebrate fanciers going to let the Formicidae rule all?  (You know how those social insects are…)

You can post your links here in the comments, or via the CotS page linked above.


The 3-pound Exemption (disembodied woo)

You gotta feel sorry for Topeka, Kansas. The state’s capital city is not only home to the infamous Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, and has recently been the battleground for Intelligent Design vs Evolution counter-counter-legislation by the school board (currently with the majority ruling pro-science), but now the capitol is host to the paranoid propaganda by the CCHR. CCHR is the Citizens Commision on Human Rights, which despite the generic name is really just a front for Scientology. Their exhibit is titled, “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” (well, no hidden biases there). Correspondent for the Kansas City Star newspaper, David Klepper, writes that the “the Capitol sees its share of traveling displays and wandering weirdness”. He notes that any group that can pay the fee is allowed to put up a display as long as it is not obscene, and describes the content thusly: Read the rest of this entry »