Primitive Reflexes

Wikipedia has a list and explanation of primitive or infantile reflexes:

Adult humans have many reflexes, but there are some very interesting ones that are specific to them in the first year of life. These reflexes disappear (or are inhibited) later, as the child moves through a normal course of child development. These primitive reflexes are also called infantile reflexes, infant reflexes, or newborn reflexes.

The frontal lobes are responsible for suppressing these primitive reflexes in adults, but the reflexes begin in the brain stem.

Man Arrested For Throwing Koran In The Toilet

They’re charging this guy with a hate crime because he flushed a couple of Korans down a toilet. Now I agree that he should be charged with vandalism and perhaps a misdemeanor if he stole the books from the library to flush them, but charging a person with a hate crime because it’s a holy book is political correctness gone wild. I wonder if he would have been charged with a hate crime if it was a bible or a torah. I’m certain he wouldn’t have been charged with a hate crime if it was the God Delusion which would have gotten him a medal in some states. I’m against desecrating any book or form of literature but I certainly wouldn’t take offense if somebody decides to burn or destroy a copy of the Complete Works of Robert Green Ingersoll. Charging someone with a hate crime because they destroyed a book that some people consider holy is a slippery slope.

Stanislav Shmulevich of Brooklyn was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and aggravated harassment, both hate crimes, police said. It was unclear if he was a student at the school. A message left at the Shmulevich home was not immediately returned.

The Islamic holy book was found in a toilet at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus by a teacher on Oct. 13. A student discovered another book in a toilet on Nov. 21, police said

Muslim activists had called on Pace University to crack down on hate crimes after the incidents. As a result, the university said it would offer sensitivity training to its students

The school was accused by Muslim students of not taking the incident seriously enough at first. Pace classified the first desecration of the holy book as an act of vandalism, but university officials later reversed themselves and referred the incident to the New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit.

List of Artificial Objects on the Moon

From Wikipedia:

The following table is a partial list of artificial objects on the surface of the Moon. They have been abandoned after having served their purpose. The list does not include smaller objects such as the retroreflectors and Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package. Nor does it include several commemorative or personal objects left there by Apollo astronauts, such as the golf balls from Alan Shepard’s lunar driving practice during Apollo 14, flags, or the Fallen Astronaut statuette left by the crew of Apollo 15.

(via Andy’s Blog)