Author Archives: Naomi

Sweet animal news and lousy human news

From Harper’s Findings, January 2019: Orangutans spontaneously create hooked tools. An Irish swan grieving the death of his mate was stopping cars to rest his head on their hoods. Back when I was singing art songs, I learned the 1612 … Continue reading

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In animal news, an arranged marriage and subsequent divorce

From Harper’s Weekly Review: …in Bhopal, India, a pair of frogs—who had been married two months ago to please Indra, the god of rain, in an effort to alleviate drought—were divorced amid flood conditions and 26 percent higher than usual … Continue reading

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I’m going to shock you: facts and fakes in ads

When Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, let it leak that the website would not even attempt to monitor politicians’ (purchased) ads for lies, a lot of people got righteously mad. One of them was Elizabeth Warren, who has openly … Continue reading

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