December 23, 2011

Smuggling Mammoth Tusks from Alaska a bad idea

Have you heard? A December 16, 2011 indictment charges Alaska river guide Karen Jettmar with two felonies--conspiracy and helping a client smuggle a 10,000 year-old mammoth tusk to Pennsylvania.

What use anyone in Pennsylvania has for a purloined mammoth tusk, I can't say, but I bet the author of The Alaska River Guide wishes she hadn't followed a criminal course, don't you?

This calls for the creation of a fond if criminally awful Ode to a Woolly Mammoth, sans my usual fretful cloning fears...

Purloining a mammoth tusk sucks
in spite of some fabulous bucks
so leave them alone
don't smuggle a bone
by dog sled, air transport, or trucks.


(c) jc 2011

A tortured rhyme yet true!

And probably my last Ode published for 2011, so Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and I'm wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

See you in 2012,

Jude Cowell

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Blog Note: Lim's Limericks has been updated with my '2012 GOP Candidates' Poetry Round-Up with a verse for each aspirant posted especially for those who keep up with the RNC nominee race. jc

December 12, 2011

The Ghost in Your Genes (full video) and old Granny

The Ghost in Your Genes

A Documentary by BBC Horizon


Speaking of DNA and other fascinating topics, have you seen this BBC presentation before? Then if you wish, harken ye back to old Granny and Grampy, pour the cider-tinis, and relax for a spell...your ancestors' environments and events such as famine can trigger your health on a cellular level:



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Around here, busy-ness abounds around the holidays so few verses have been penned of late by yours truly. But there is a brief new Ode (aka, Fret) about woolly mammoth cloning so you should know that you're about to read it if you don't stop now...

I hope I never see a mammoth
prancing on TV
plus if I get too close he may
just take a bite o'me.


jc 2011


Know what I mean?

October 8, 2011

Human Embryo Cloning sparks an Ode to a Woolly Mammoth

Hello again!

As you've heard by now, it is being reported that researchers have made recent advances in the cloning of human embryos so may we infer that the cloning of a Woolly Mammoth cannot be far behind?

Well! What good would the return of such a beast to Earth do for mankind?

Unavoidably, this embryo-cloning news puts a bit of performance anxiety upon the ethereal wings of the Odes to a Woolly Mammoth fairy who, true to non-form, has now landed ever so lightly upon my fretsome shoulder...stop reading now or you'll very soon fall into bad poetry's brief yet mild gravitational field...


When woolly mammoths come to town
the animals will stand around
and not remember
when they're seen
a creature quite so big and mean.


jc 2011

Because if a woolly mammoth is ever awakened from his thousands-of-years sleep, he is sure to be a very very very grumpy customer, don't you think? Such a woolly may not play nice at all. Plus, what has he got to lose by stomping down the place?

Q: how many chains does a Science laboratory keep on-hand?

A: not enough to tether a grumpy woolly mammoth clone on his First Day Back. Of course, genetic scientists could simply end up with a three-eyed bag of bones or a pile of foul-smelling mush!

But I suspect they've already done that. jc

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May 26, 2011

An Ancient Spider's 3D video!

Well, it's hard to resist embedding this video of an ancient spider in 3D yet hopefully scientists have no plan to resusitate such ancient arachnids by cloning their DNA as they do for woolly mammoths!




Oh dear. Now the spider poetry muse has landed, web and all...is it feelin' itchy it here to you?

Yo! ancient spider in 3D
don't land upon my arm or knee
nor spin a web around my desk
you may be old but still a pest.


jc 2011



Now in a spirit of equal time for ancient creatures, this blog shall have a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth for May 26, 2011...

If woolly mammoths run about
updating FaceBook pages
the rest of us shall scream and shout
avoiding all their rages!


jc 2011

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A note concerning the above video: yes, the misspelling of 'yields' bugs me, too! jc

May 14, 2011

Will Cloned Mice Aid a Woolly Mammoth Return?

Do you suppose that the ongoing nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Japan has slowed scientists' efforts to clone a woolly mammoth?

Well, in January 2011 it was reported that Prof. Akira Iritani of Tokyo University thinks he has a "reasonable chance" of cloning an Ice Age mammoth within a few years by using what has been learned from cloned mouse cells. The earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear disaster occurred after the article appeared in January so we must await further news and developments.

While we wait, a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth bubbles up from my unconscious and it wants to meet you. So you must stop reading HERE if you wish to avoid another of my fretful rhymes!


No woolly mammoth coming here
I hope that I am right
if Science clones the big 'uns back
they'll stomp too loud at night.

jc 2011
And who could sleep through all that racket, right? My preference is to think of the excellent woolly mammoth all curled up in history's lap as he snoozes through eternity, his job on Earth long done!

April 14, 2011

Triceratops Panic w a Fret about Woolly Mammoth Cloning

Have you heard there's a Triceratops Panic going on?

Seems that in popular culture we get used to the Science News we like and then get huffy when it's updated by further discoveries. What we've known for years as a 'Triceratops' may be only a teen on its way to becoming a full-grown Torosaurus.

Oops! Kind of like the change of status astronomers visited upon little Pluto a while back yet as an astrologer, I remain unimpressed with Pluto's demotion - and still use Pluto in my horoscopes as significator for power, subversion, spying, transformation, death, and other of life's weightier issues including tremendous wealth.

Discovered in the 1930s, Pluto's entry into our solar system panoply times perfectly with atomic energy advances as does Neptune's discovery in 1846: photography, film, and gas lighting were invented in that era, and seances and spiritualism were popular - all astrological provinces of nebulous Neptune.

And for Pluto, the plutonium of nuclear energy figures in as well as the ongoing meltdown in Japan sadly reminds us.

Well, I don't know if a teen Triceratops would approve of this blog's fretful Odes to a Woolly Mammoth in the least, but I feel a new one coming on anyway...

With cloned woolly mammoths returning
it's all commons sense we'll be spurning
a creature so wild
won't be meek or mild
one great big mistake we'll be learning.


jc 2011

March 28, 2011

A Woolly Mammoth in Fringe?

Fringe can be an amusing word, can't it? In the UK it refers to what we in America call, bangs (which is also an amusing word when used for hair) but these days, the word 'fringe' has an entertainment vibe, too.

In America 'Fringe' is the title of my favorite Sci-Fi TV series these last few years so here's a trailer from the program in case you wish to indulge yourself. Then, if you stick around long enough, you'll be subjected to a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth because my fears of cloning an Ice Age mammoth are proving to be little abated during these Frankensteinian Days of nuclear reactors gone crazy and the threat of *flaring heat ensuing.



The investigation unit on Fringe deals with mysterious cases that relate to Fringe Science - which are Pseudo-Science topics like telepathy, teleportation, aliens of all varieties, odd diseases, and such. Not quite in the Clone a Woolly Mammoth category or part of the Weird Science realm where Frankenstein would hang out drinking fancy coffee drinks if he (had existed and) could be here with us now.

Something tells me Dr. Frankenstein would be all about cloning a woolly mammoth. Yes?

A woolly mammoth wearing fringe
might sound a bit absurd
but if his DNA is cloned
t'won't be the worst we've heard.

jc 2011

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*Flaring heat is a basic influence of the Fixed Star Manubrium which was eclipsed by - what else? - the Solar Eclipse of January 4, 2011 @ 13Cap38. Until June 1, 2011 (when another Solar Eclipse occurs, this one in Gemini), we remain in the 13N eclipse season; the 13 North Saros Series has the keywords: large ambitious group projects.)

Does this contain a vision of a global nuclear industry out of control after years of inspection lapses and falsifications and the group effort it is taking to try to quell the horror of radiation? A little plutonium won't hurt? It's the culmination factor, the build-up of toxins (we've been poisoned, my friends), plus the triggering of cells in those with conditions near-cancerous and radiation may quite easily set off disease in susceptible individuals or groups.

So thanks, nuclear industry. You designed, engineered, and positioned nuclear reactors atop TWO faultlines in Japan. Do you have similar plans for the ones on the California coast? Are you psychotic much?

Well, the current US-Europe-NATO-Arab Allies 'no-fly' incursion into Libya (aka, war) fills the bill for flaring heat as do the wild fires now burning in southeast Georgia and out West. Reader, you can probably think of other things heating up on the global menu as well. It isn't difficult these days, is it?

Synchronistically speaking, the crisis-critical 13th degree of Capricorn exactly opposes US natal Sun in Cancer with our Jupiter in Cancer (5:56) nearby, so right away something difficult was heralded in the New Year for our nation during the first half of 2011 and possibly beyond, for degrees can remain 'sensitized' for years, or perhaps forever, depending on the strength of the ecipse in question. Future planetary visits (transits) to that degree can then stimulate the effects of the eclipse all over again thus 'stretching out' the time frame of its influence and often bringing things to a culmination point.

President Obama - the Sun (the leader) in a national horoscope has been facing off against the forces which the 13N eclipse describes...As Above, So Below, yo. Oppositions in Astrology indicate awareness or relationship stand-offs (or both.)

Sadly, Japan's March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear meltdown now ongoing are part of the flaring heat picture, plus, upheavals, uprisings, protests, rage, and violence may certainly come under that label as well which the world is experiencing across the Middle East, Europe, and the US.

Okay, I'll hush for now since the usual place where I write about this stuff is Stars Over Washington where I would be pleased to welcome you as a visitor any time you like! Jude

February 21, 2011

Cavort w a Prehistoric Fox? (Fantastic Mr Fox video)

A question everyone is asking: Was Prehistoric Man's Best Friend a Fox?

Well, if so, it's quite doubtful that prehistoric foxes of the oldest days were anywhere near as dapper, suave, or forward-looking as the leading fox in Fantastic Mr. Fox, one of my favorite films of 2009!

And you just know they didn't speak elegant French back then. Okay, so there was no French in prehistoric days. But the beautifully fluid Gallic language has been frozen in the aspic of the French Academy like an ant fossil mired in amber, mais oui? How Saturnian (restrictive, tryin' to keep it Old School) of them!

Now, before I visit upon you a new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth, would you enjoy a trailer from the groundbreaking film?



Now Stop Reading HERE or it's Woolly Mammoth Time for you...

A woolly mammoth has to be
asleep in perpetuity
no chance he'll clone
then lounge about
instead he'll trumpet
stomp and shout!

No rider safe to sit would be
in woolly mammoth livery
a household pet?
a circus act?
don't trust cloned woollies
that's a fact.


jc 2011



If you've read this far after being warned, you are quite incorrigible.

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Thanks!

Jude Cowell

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Are you taking suggestions today?

Secret Moon Art where you'll discover more presentations such as a Cosmic Flowers Art SlideShow! jc

February 2, 2011

How Smart to Clone a Woolly Mammoth?

Do you know that genome hacking could reverse-engineer a woolly mammoth back to life?

Click? Yes, but beware: the article contains an artist's portrait of a woolly so personable that its charming visage may melt your heart...plus, a photo of a mammoth's hank of hair which to my eye closely favors "that thing on Donald Trump's head," as David Letterman often calls it.

Well, maybe it's just me but I don't think so!

Yet be that as it may or may not be, here's a brand new Ode to a Woolly Mammoth for you to consider. No, it won't melt your heart one iota but writing fussy Odes does much to express my many misgivings about the ultimate intelligence of cloning such a colossal creature from its Ice Age DNA into our Global Warming Age.

Brought back to life after 10,000 years, he's sure to be more than a little out-of-sync, y'know? And mega-grumpy and super-hungry, one imagines:


A sleeping pill for woolly mammoths
never has been needed
now Science wants to wake them up
all common sense unheeded.


jc 2011

January 28, 2011

Weird Science? Cave of Huge Crystals found in Mexico!



Here is a photo-video showing the recent discovery of an amazing Cave of Crystals in Mexico. If you've never used crystals for healing purposes, they're worth exploring. Personally I like to keep amethyst, citrine, and quartz around, just in case, for if nothing else, they're helpful and soothing when used in massage therapies.

As you see, these crystals are mammoth-sized and may aid a cloned woolly's backache when he's returned to life with what's sure to be a major crick in his long-sleeping neck! Even so, you don't see an ancient woolly mammoth in the above video, 'tis true, but if you don't take evasive action and stop reading here, you'll soon discover one of my freshly minted Odes to a Woolly Mammoth:

The scent of woolly mammoth
may be like a heady musk
it's hard to say until they're here
all fuzzy hair and tusk.


jc 2011

So are there other Crystal Caves waiting to be discovered? As the Scriptures say, The Earth shall give up her treasures, y'all!

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A Blog Heads-Up: if you're interested in the ongoing riots and protests in Egypt and don't mind a little Astrology through which to view the situation, check out my post today @ Stars Over Washington concerning the youth uprising and a crisis-ridden YOD pattern now formed in Egypt's Jan 2011 progressed horoscope (chart shown, along with both modern Egypt natal charts for 1922 and 1953.)

And if you don't speak astrologese, don't fret overmuch since my posts are always written in English. jc

January 25, 2011

Excited about Cloning a Woolly Mammoth?

Yes, these days the news rings far and wide that Japanese, Russian, and American scientists will be ready to clone a woolly mammoth in approximately five or six years.

That's certainly enough time for another Ode to a Woolly Mammoth!

If clones of mammoth float your boat
you won't much like the Odes i wrote
don't read them now for they are fretful
cloning woollies sounds quite dreadful.


jc 2011

Guess not everyone is excited by the prospect of an Ice Aged beast returning to life, escaping from the lab, and stomping about rose gardens while munching on neighborhood kitty cats and puppy dogs. Yet to be fair to the noble woolly mammoth, anyone would be starved for a quick meal after waking from a rigorous 10,000-year diet.

But if you feel fretful like me, you may also be interested in The Uranian grooviness of Weird Science, a post which contains three Odes for the price of...well, zero. This is a freebie blog! jc

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You are cordially invited to check out my other freebie blogs:

Stars Over Washington
Jude's Threshold
Secret Moon Art
Dreamyfish Art
Cosmic Lilith Art
Sepia Art Theater
Two Hours You'll Never Get Back
Lim's Limericks

January 15, 2011

There's a Mammoths Dominate Society!

Quite a discovery has been made by this blogger today: the Mammoths Dominate Society! Its blog link has been added to the Woolly Mammoth Chronicles sidebar under 'Science Sites & Blogs' since my own frets and misgivings about woolly mammoth cloning need all the soothing and hopeful assessments they can get.

How grand to find another blog focused upon the ancient yet soon-returning Woolly Mammoth!

So in celebratory solidarity, how about a newly fretting Ode to a Woolly Mammoth now that most of our snow and ice shoveling has been accomplished here in the southeast?

So what shall woolly mammoths eat
tomatoes, cukes, and lettuce?
If ethics lead to such a fate
our hubris may beget us.


jc 2011

January 9, 2011

Poems of Woolly Mammoth frets

No Science News or links for you this post, just a freshly invented Ode to a Woolly Mammoth. You see, snow and sleet began to fall around 9:00 pm and they're predicting several inches here in northeast Georgia (near Athens.) And it's always the ice content that ends up damaging lines and disrupting our power supply so we'll see if we freeze under our blankets by morning.

Guess we'll know we're frozen by the icicles on our chins, if a blue nose doesn't wake us first!

Actually, it is morning...it's 12:42 am! So in case there's no electrical juice to transmit with over the next day or so, let's plow right in to a new Ode, shall we?


A poem simply can't contain
my woolly mammoth frets
and if they clone its DNA
that's big-a*s as it gets.


jc 2011


Let it snow!

(As long as the power stays on.)

Oh, and I hope you saw the TV premiere of The Cape on Sunday evening just past. I think I like it. And you?

January 5, 2011

How Do You Like Your Woolly Mammoth? results are in!

As you see to your right (until I remove it), your Woolly Mammoth poll results are in. The How Do You Like Your Woolly Mammoth? tallies are:

9 (75%) voted for "Asleep, as always", 2 (16%) voted "Cloned and resurrected" (really?), and 1 hardy soul (8%) went for "In a petting zoo."

Well done, you guys! However, no one voted for "Rare with a side of coleslaw" but it's undetermined whether it was the rare part or the coleslaw that put people off! Wonder if grilled woollies would taste like chicken? ;p

Now for my first Ode to a Woolly Mammoth of 2011 which I hope you will profit by just a little...

If Science plays with DNA
of woolly mammoth gene
the world will be amazed it's like
an Ice Age time machine!


jc 2011


Blog Note: you know I'm not only horrified by the thought of woolly mammoth cloning for I also have sad misgivings about the plethora of genetically modified foods which have not been test-driven - unless screwing with and manipulating our DNA and damaging our health is their goal.

Therefore, I have today added a new feed in WMC's sidebar of a website and movement: Millions Against Monsanto which displays as 'Organic Consumers Association News Headlines'. So if you are concerned because our bodies been infused with GM ingredients for years and want to do something about it, check out the website and consider becoming a David fighting the GM Goliath!

Wishing you much happiness in 2011, Jude