Animal news: Of chameleons, conspiracies and Hillary Clinton

A chameleon too too small. Teeny, in fact. (There’s a photo of the little creature standing on the top of someone’s thumb.)

The Guardian reports:

Scientists say they have discovered a sunflower-seed-sized subspecies of chameleon that may well be the smallest reptile on Earth.

Two of the miniature lizards, one male and one female, were discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition team in northern Madagascar.

Several things about this. First, does Madagascar produce all the extraordinary animals on earth? This one is called Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon.

Try saying “sunflower-seed-sized subspecies” out loud.

We can all be glad there are a male and a female. Unless they don’t like each other. Since the female is bigger than the male, this may be a problem.

Now, why am I suddenly reminded of Michelle Goldberg’s piece in today’s New York Times about the crazy thirty-year conspiracies focused on Hillary Clinton?

P.S. Although Goldberg doesn’t mention it, let me remind us all when Hillary called it a vast right-wing conspiracy and was mocked? And when she called these people “deplorable,” and was excoriated. She was being kind to them. She didn’t call them psychotic and stupid.

P.P.S. As usual, I read the readers’ letters commenting on Goldberg’s piece. In my loose reckoning, around 90 percent of them were pro-Hillary. But here is the one that made the biggest impression on me:


Albany6h ago

Times Pick

Unlike the conspiracists, I’ve actually met Hillary Clinton. I interviewed her when she was running for Senate, and my lasting impression is that I’ve never been listened to that intensely in my life. She’s something. A tiny person with blazing blue eyes whose slight frame barely manages to contain her intellect. She’s also one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in politics. We were robbed.

H/T Ellen Kaye


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