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What's the buzz today?

Here’s a collection of stuff I found on the Internet for your Friday enjoyment (some silly, some not at all silly).

Surprising new find in the Amazon! A caterpillar that looks just like Donald Trump! It’s actually a flannel moth caterpillar, and pretty rare. (Check out some of the other items on that page’s right sidebar, too.)

I am not a researcher, nor a student writing a paper, so Wikipedia is usually just fine for my “look it up” needs. But this bit of backstage insight is amusing. Seems that editing revenge wars go on behind the scenes! Who knew?

Anyone up for a ride in Google’s driverless car?

According to a new poll (PDF), nearly a third of registered voters think armed rebellion might be needed in the next few years “to protect our liberties.”

Eighteen percent of Democrats said an armed revolt “might be necessary,” as compared to 27 percent of independents and 44 percent of Republicans.

This comes on the heels of the “discovery” that the DHS is buying up ammunition to curb Americans’ access to bullets. Just another nutty conspiracy theory, but there’s actually a GAO investigation underway. This topic has lit up all of the right wing news sites. I won’t link to any of them, so use teh Google if you want to follow their version of the story.

On the other hand, buying up bullets to keep them out of the hands of idiots may not be such a bad idea. Why on earth would anyone give a 22-caliber rifle to a 5-year-old kid? The company’s slogan? My First Rifle. The result is sadly predictable; a two year old child is dead. [As of 7:00 a.m. EDT, the website, home of “My First Rifle,” now displays a Red Hat Linux Enterprise Test page. I wonder if they’ve simply taken their entire site down in reaction to the furor over giving a gun to a little kid? Or maybe Anonymous strikes again?]

…the boy received the rifle made for youths last year and is used to shooting it…the gun was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a shell was left inside it.

Charlie Pierce weighs in on this one.

A rifle, specially made for children. Think about it. Some sales rep at a gun manufacturer pipes up at a sales meeting, “Hey, maybe there’s a market for kiddie guns! No, I mean real guns. With bullets!” Everybody cheers and the guy gets a raise, and nobody stops for a second and says, “You know, we don’t trust our five-year olds with matches. Maybe guns should wait until, I dunno, middle school.”

Are you one of the 13 million Facebook users who have never adjusted their privacy settings?

Finally, an update on Christy Hardin Smith, a little good news.

That’s enough to chew on for today! Let’s chat! How was your week? Seen anything good on the toobz?

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I retired from the University of Notre Dame in the Office of Information Technology in 2010. I'm divorced, with two grown children and 8 grandchildren. I'm a lifelong liberal and a "nonbeliever."