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The on-line issue of Current Biology reveals fiendish experiments involving amputations of Octopi tentacles: "Self-Recognition Mechanism between Skin and Suckers Prevents Octopus Arms from Interfering with Each Other" [^]. Reported in the "popular press" here: [^].

What more tragic image could be conjured than that of an Octopus holding its own amputated tentacle in its beak ? And, described, in Current Biology in the following luridly heartless language:
"It is likely that the constraining effect of the self-avoidance mechanism led the octopuses to adopt the “spaghetti holding” behavior as the beak is the only organ that allows holding when the suckers action is inhibited."
As if Octopi are not stricken with grief at losing a tentacle, and are not holding it in their beak to say a tender farewell.

Meanwhile FOOAAA (Friends Of Octopi Against Amputation Atrocities), in collaboration with PETA, EarthWatch, and Femen, are expected to launch clandestine protests including nude flash-mob events at major aquaria and centers of Octopi research.

Performance artist Nadazedha Matzemiya of FEMEN has scheduled a Paris opening for her performance-art solo: "Dance, Suckers, Dance," rumored to include a duet with a live Octopi kidnapped from the Aquarium de Paris, which was suddenly closed yesterday, and is now surrounded by commandos of the Brigade des Forces Spéciales Terre.

Jacques Derrida, famed post-modern deconstructive philosopher, has made a public statement decrying the experiments, suggesting that the amputations are "a metaphor for the inverted destructive force of post-capitalist pseudo-socialism manifested as a cross-species transference of the perception of autonomy as abomination."

As usual, a number of religious groups have featured this research in their latest newsletter, blogs, and video, as yet another sign of the End of the World.

“I speak in a poem of the ancient food of heroes: humiliation, unhappiness, discord. Those things are given to us to transform, so that we may make from the miserable circumstances of our lives things that are eternal, or aspire to be so.” Jorge Luis Borges

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