This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks! Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.
Waaaaay back before even the mists of Avalon in Europe the ancestors of modern humans were getting it on with Neanderthals, so say anthropologists from their study of DNA extracted from a jawbone found in Romania. “Between six percent and nine percent of the Oase individual’s genome is from Neanderthals – an unprecedented amount. By comparison, present-day Europeans have between two percent and four percent.” I’m one of those present-day European-Americans on the higher end of that average. Call me Crug. I have toe hair. Thanks, Neanderthal Grandma.
Let’s talk about guns. The national conversation about guns finding its soft center around the Confederate flag is reminding me of the Louis C.K. stand up bit Of Course, But Maybe… I’m glad we’re talking about taking down the Confederate battle flag. Of course! But maybe…and I’m going out on a limb here, it’s not flags that kill people. It’s guns. Even a Neanderthal might deduce that.
Flags are fabric, and though I agree that the South should #takeitdown, perhaps a flag is an easier target than the real issue which, may I remind you, is guns. If we’re going to be okay with keeping on keeping on killing each other with guns and innocent children with guns, something is wrong with us, something even more wrong than the situation with the Neanderthals. Watch Australian comedian Jim Jefferies on U.S. #guncontrol.
It’s giving me angina, this country of mine, that Wal-Mart was a #takeitdown first- responder and I keep hearing the opening da dum da dum of Jaws, which turns 40 this summer. Nevertheless, I will celebrate The 4th of July with a red, white and blue ensemble and a box of chocolates like Forrest Gump because you never know what you’re going to get. For example, trans fats. This week the FDA gave food companies three years to phase out the use of partially hydrogenated fats.
The good news during this summer’s news cycle of drones, ethical challenges, attacks, desertification, refugees, water wars, and the allegation that we’ve been spying on France, is that chocolate is good for you, a fact that could get lost because we’re living through a sixth extinction of all the Earth’s species. But yes, in case you missed it: chocolate is good for you. It’s the polyphenols.
Let’s sit on a park bench together, holding hands, not shooting each other, and eating chocolates because soon “it’s possible three-quarters of all species on Earth could be gone.”
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