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My friend has been fostering a bonded pair of cats, brothers who were left behind when their idiot owners moved. They were attacked by dogs and one of them lost an eye, but they are healthy, active, and extremely sweet and cuddly. My friend can't keep them because her other cats are not happy about sharing their territory with the boys. The cats, a ginger shorthair and a medium-hair black cat, must be homed together in an indoor-only home and must not be declawed. They are about two years old, active and affectionate.

The cats are in Germantown, MD, and my friend will transport them within a day's drive. Arrangements will be made for transport if the right home comes up further away. The cats will do best in a home without dogs or other cats.

Please share. These sweet boys have been through a lot and have a whole lifetime of being adored pets in front of them, and they will repay you a thousand times over in love.

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FDA alert on oral contraceptives

Some birth-control pills from Quality Pharmaceuticals were rotated in their package, resulting in reversing the order in which the pills are to be taken (which doesn't work so well as contraception). Affected products include the brands Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Orsythia, Previfem, and Tri-Previfem. More info here.
From a friend of a friend of a friend:


Eleven-year-old red merle Aussie's heartbroken people are losing their home and can't provide for her.
The Humane Society lost their AC due to a blown transformer, and the animals are sweltering. The society is offering free adoptions today in an effort to move the animals. If you were thinking of adopting or fostering, this would be an excellent time to do it.

A Midsummer Night's Insect Dream

A friend's posting about a cicada experience leads me to think: Yes, they seem like particularly stupid insects, even as insects go, but...they're above ground only briefly. Did you ever stop to wonder what they're doing down there, all those years underground? They could be building a city. There could be silicate spires down there, inhabited by insect accountants. They could be building nuclear reactors to warm their dwellings during the frozen winter. They decorate their apartments with diamonds and opals. They organize choirs. Their little ruby eyes glow as they sit (or whatever it is you do when you're legless) in rows, listening to their Great Grub Leader rhapsodize about the warm and bright world to come, which they think is the afterlife that they reach if they're very good grubs. For, you know, the change they undergo is so extreme as to be akin to death and rebirth.

They could only be pretending to be stupid, or maybe all their brains get used up during the metamorphosis. Change takes a lot of effort, after all.

Hey, it could happen.

I don't know that a cicada civilization would do a less competent job of preserving the world than we have. Emerging from the dark into an eternal summer to sing (even if we haven't the right ears with which to appreciate their music), eat, and find partners...you know, their priorities could be worse. And if we know what's true, that their individual lives mean little, how ephemeral they are and that this isn't in fact heaven...well, it could be that truth is a matter of scale.
Ostensibly a year long, pretty good pay rate. (That's because it's not Volt.) And it's not Windows!

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