“An advocate of simplified spelling, [Theodore Roosevelt] once instucted government printers to use “thru” for “through” and “dropt” for “dropped.” Public opposition forced him to withdraw the order, and shortly afterward, as he was watching a naval review in Long Island Sound, a launch marked “Pres Bot” steamed by. Roosevelt laughed with delight.”—America Past and Present (US history textbook) on President Theodore Roosevelt, who had the most awesome glasses in presidential history.
…while watching the Benny Hill Show and Sarah Palin’s Alaska.
In case you’re not familiar with these programs, one is a humorously scripted show about a rather awkward person doing silly things in front of a camera for attention, and the other is the Benny Hill Show.
Or rather, “Wolves in the Midwest vs. Wolves in the West. What’s the Difference? Us.”
Now, here’s a curious article. Any time you hear about human-wolf conflicts, you can bet on it originating in Alaska, the Rocky Mountain states, or Sweden, but never the Midwest. The Midwest wolves have been increasing in number and slowly making their way southward without causing much of a fuss, yet a wolf population less than half its size has the Northern Rocky states at war.
It’s all about the local humans’ form of agriculture. Quite interesting, really.
On another note, I’ve been having an online discussion with someone who claims to know more about the environment than most environmentalists, but fails to answer my questions or provide sufficient evidence for their claims. Or any actual counterarguments. Oddly enough, he/she has previously poked fun at liberals’ apparent inability to use facts. Riiiight.
I’m not going to lie; I think this is pretty cool. I don’t really care about the astrological whatnot, (not nearly as much as I like astronomical whatnot) so I’m quite happy to be an awesome FISHGOOOOOAT as opposed to some lady with a pot of water.
Plus, astronomers have known (and said) this for years. Decades, centuries, even over a millenia. Heck, even I heard about this a few years ago.
My mom is more into astrology and was quite upset to find out she’s now an Ophiuchus. She misses her hunting centaur and absolutely hates snakes.
At the end of the day, though, astronomy doesn’t seem to affect astrology. Is it the astrologers’ refusal of science or the irrelevance of the earth’s actual position compared to the constellations? I couldn’t care less, to be honest; I’m keeping my new fishgoat status whether astrologers like it or not.
Nutrias are an invasive species in North America. For quite some time, they were somewhat managed by the state governments, since the military needs training and moving targets are always great practice. However, the dead rodents were simply tossed into garbage bags and disposed.
Why not turn them into fluffy coats instead? :)
By the way, the comments on the article are pretty funny. At least, they’re entertaining from an environmentalist perspective. And disturbing, but in a funny way.
Oh, and I should mention that I don’t wear fur. Just to clarify.
"Animals in zoos become bored and stressed from confinement, and they develop a mental illness called “zoochosis”. Animals with zoochosis pace back and forth, sway from side to side, throw feces, bite the cage bars, repeatedly lick the bars and walls of the cages, and over-groom themselves, which can cause bald spots.
Some people think that zoos work to save endangered species, but that is not the case. Zoos don’t rehabilitate the endangered animals who live there so that they can release them into the wild; they rehabilitate them so that they can keep them and put them on display. And zoos don’t breed endangered species to help increase their populations, either. Zoos know that everyone loves baby animals—I mean, really, who can resist them?!—and they breed animals so that they will have an endless supply of baby animals to put on display to draw crowds because to them, it’s all about making money. When they have too many animals or when animals no longer draw a crowd, zoos sometimes sell animals or even kill them." -PETA
Please, take this from a supporter of the AZA who has visited numerous zoos around the world (over 30? I lost track…) PETA lies like there’s no tomorrow. I have seen very little of this “zoochosis” in zoo animals other than the pacing, (great apes are an exception; they’ll do anything to get their audience to react) and have only heard of the symptoms occurring with any frequency in unofficial roadside zoos.
Zoos do breed endangered species to be released in the wild; I have visited two facilities that plan to release Mexican gray wolves. Both try to limit their interaction with the animals that will be released. However, no respectable zoo breeds white tigers, but PETA doesn’t care about the white tiger problem at all, now does it?
Good zoos do not get rid of animals that “no longer draw a crowd,” as PETA claims; otherwise, what zoo would have binturongs, kinkajous, blue-tongued skinks, or gray gulls? Zoos do sell animals, but usually to other zoos. They more often trade, loan, or transfer their animals for breeding, research, and training programs, as well as to hold the animals during zoo maintainance projects.
Please, don’t be fooled by PETA’s lies. It’s a delusional terrorist organization that runs on the manipulation, exploiting the sympathies of those unaware of its dark truths. Instead, support the ASPCA, WWF, Conservation International, and other groups that use sense and reason to reach their sane goals.