Category: Ranting

A letter to Richard Dawkins from Victims of Sexual Assault.

I have mentioned before that I am a rape survivor.  And that is why I was horrified to see Richard Dawkins display an amazing amount of ignorance and victim-blaming over the last week.  I asked […]

Forbes hits the Conspiracy Trifecta

Environmentalists caused the plague? A very problematic take in a magazine that should know better

The PhD Question

I get this question a lot.  “Should I do a PhD? I want to work in _____.”  I get it so much, in fact, that I thought I’d turn this into a post, and let […]

Bees, CCD, and Cell phones: Still no Link.

Once again, the media is going bonkers over a bee paper, and making claims way out of proportion to any actual results. Here are some sample headlines: Cellphones cause bees to swarm and die Phone […]

Fox TV, Fringe, and Bug Girl

I find myself in an unusual position–pondering whether I should sue Fox for use of my trademark identity as “Bug Girl.”* Here’s the background:  I don’t watch TV.  However, I do have friends that selflessly […]

Christian Identity: The scary religion you don’t know about

Sadly, Michigan is home to an awful lot of racist bastards with guns.  The Hutaree group arrested in May 2010 for stockpiling guns and explosives is a pretty good example.  Once again,  Americans were shooting […]

Another reason the “Ark Park” is a bad idea

Animal Welfare. I have mentioned before that in my current position I’m responsible for the welfare of both cows and captive wild animals. What I haven’t talked about is that there is a HUGE amount […]

The Michigan Oil Spill

One of the things I’m very surprised about is how people outside Michigan don’t seem to know anything about the MILLION GALLON oil spill that happened in July: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that […]

The Bug Banisher

In many ways, the intersection of entomology and marketing is the ultimate expression of “build a better mousebug trap.”  Exhibit A: The Bug Banisher. The Bug Banisher is absolute genius–if you want to rip people […]