We Need Decolonial Scientists

Yes yes yes!

Decolonize ALL The Things

cropped-tumblr_ndea0bn9ls1s0auzbo1_500.jpgI write this essay with the poignant words of writer and Sociology Phd student Zoe Samudzi in mind: “Donald Trump is as quintessentially American as they come. In so many ways, Trump is the president that contemporary white America deserves: he is an amalgamation of some of the worst racism, ableism, misogyny, and anti-poor attitudes and rhetoric that collectively comprise ‘American values’. Outside of Republicans’ own involvement in sexual misconduct, the party is ultimately responsible for draconian anti-choice policies over sexual reproduction, horrific discourses around rape, and a perpetual onslaught on the rights of women and gender and sexual minorities.”  These words highlight a settler nation’s refusal to see that Donald Trump is and always has been NORMAL.  By normal I mean just that, status quo.  There is nothing about him nor his track record that deviates from America’s accepted rules about behavior.  It is not taboo to be…

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Spiders do not bite.

Instead of blaming those bites you got last night on your beneficial house spider, look for mosquito breeding areas near your home.

Arthropod Ecology

Last week, the arthropod lab was lucky enough to be highlighted on the website “Montreal Openfile”.  When discussing our work with spiders as related to McGill’s spider collection, I was asked about the most common misconception about spiders, and I responded quickly with the following:

       There are a lot of misconceptions about spiders. The most common is the idea that spiders frequently bite people – they do not. Most so-called spider bites are caused by something else. Spiders generally have no interest in biting us, and would rather feed upon invertebrates. I have been working with spiders for over 15 years, and I have handled many, many kinds of live spiders and I have never been attacked by a spider.

It is really quite astounding – almost anyone you talk to seem to know someone who has been bitten by a spider and/or they themselves have…

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Alleyways, Monkeys

Large Stuffed MonkeySometimes the alley behind my apartment building offers more to look at than the usual trash.

Last week, I met this monkey. He’s about as tall as I am.

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Images of Koreatown


Flowers, brick building, summer sky. People in their cars.

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Dinner during a recession

Last night I spent $32 on food groceries and beer.

Three people were fed a complete meal, and two others had a sizeable snack. There are enough leftovers for two more meals today.

I shopped at the Koreatown Plaza grocery store in Los Angeles, California.

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