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-'Police! Step Away From the Chess Table'

Wherever you find yourself in the city, there is probably an outdoor chess table nearby. According to the parks department, there are more than 2,000 public chess or checkers tables spread among 536 parks, offering the perfect spot to sacrifice a queen or promote a pawn.

Unless, apparently, the chess tables are in a playground.

Scientists have long known that traits in species, such as feather coloration, can arise for a variety of reasons. Two primary reasons are natural selection and sexual selection. Natural selection is often caused by external factors, such as environmental pressures or predation. On the other hand, sexual selection is often the result of breeding preferences of females.

The outlandish tail feathers of the male birds-of-paradise (Paradisaeidae) are a good example. But what is the interaction between the 2 kinds of selection? And are sexually selected physical characteristics, such as the size and color of a bird's plumage patches, an indication of preferred behavioral characteristics?

-How low can Oprah Winfrey go? Low enough to promote faith healer John of God



Embedded in that excellent article was a link to a James Randi article about Oprah and skepticism. Quite good, actually, if very long.

Re: 'Police! Step Away From the Chess Table'

The tables are behind the gates of the park’s Emerson Playground, which the signs in question state is off limits to adults unaccompanied by minors.

Haha. To weed out the pedophiles, an adult is required to be in possession of a twelve year-old.


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