Social Predators

Some interesting thoughts from Dr. John Burchard on the nature of predators. Some … no, I won’t call them names, just some people.. were “warning” potential adopters of the “dual nature” of greyhounds, because, you know, they are capable of that terrible rabbit- ripping coursing (for the record, I have NEVER known a gentler breed …

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Larissa’s Latest

I have been so busy that I have been neglecting Writhing In Apathy, so it is with great pleasure that I give you this link to her latest tale of life in the City– one with, as a commenter says, a certain “eeewww” factor, but one that is both elegant and gut – bustingly funny …

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Pleistocene Voyages to North America

The recent meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science had two presented papers on the role of maritime voyaging in the Pleistocene colonization of the Americas. One by Dennis Stanford addresses the Atlantic side and another by Jon Erlandson addresses the Pacific. Let me start by saying that these aren’t new theories, …

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The Bears Next Door

A few weeks back I posted on my impressionistic views of wildlife coexisting with California suburbia. Today’s LA Times has an interesting piece on the effect of suburban expansion into black bear habitat throughout the state. The bears are loving it. California Department of Fish and Game estimates that black bear populations state-wide have increased …

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The Evolution of — Blondes!

NOT a joke, but a sober article at the Times of London on blondeness in women as an evolutionary stategy in Paleolithic Europe. ” ….Frost attributes the rapid evolution to how they gathered food. In Africa there was less dependence on animals and women were able to collect fruit for themselves. In Europe, by contrast, …

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For what it’s worth

Having traveled in Moslem societies benign and… not so benign, I enjoyed this Indepundit post on the pleasures of Dubai (which include pork barbecue, beer, and Christmas). Money quote: “If Americans can’t learn the difference between Dubai and Damascus, we don’t stand a snowball’s chance in the desert of defeating Islamic terrorism.” Contrast it with …

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The STUPIDEST..

.. new (proposed) law I have ever heard about. Tom McIntyre sent me a link to this column. “David Paterson is trying to ram legislation through the Senate that would require New York cops to shoot to wound. He would make it the law that when a police officer fires at someone, he has to …

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Chronic Wasting Disease

Every hunter of deer and elk in the central Rockies is aware of CWD, a “mad cow” – type prion disease that is spreading there. Ted Kerasote sent this disturbing link to a study that indicates muscle meat may be infective. However, this week he sent a clarification by the dean of hoofed mammal studies, …

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Science News

A Jurassic mammal, far more advanced than we usually think such beings were, has been discovered in China. Though apparently unrelated to living lines, it had the tail of a beaver and, apparently, a lifestyle something like an otter or platypus. We often think that because we have a few fossils we have some idea …

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Crunchy

I have just finished Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Cons, and I am delighted to say that it exceeds all expectations. Dreher, formerly of National Review and now a reporter at the Dallas Morning News, is a young conservative who argues for a new– read, “older”– kind of conservatism, one that values land, nature, family, tradition, locality, …

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