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Date: 2012-08-08 05:28
Subject: [links] Link salad is going to slide, slide in all directions
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The paths and links of language and memory[info]scarlettina on language and culture.

An Unexpected Ass Kicking — On meeting history, and realizing he is wiser than you. This is just a wow blog post. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

The Point of Exclamation — Ah, punctuation.

CBS & QMx Making Groovy Retro Star Trek Posters For Every TOS Episode — Oh, man, these Star Trek posters are fabricated of high-density awesome. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

Curiosity Mars-Rover Landing: "Everything Worked Perfectly" — In which [info]davidlevine and I are quoted on the National Geographic Web site.

NASA's Mars Rover Crashed Into a DMCA Takedown — Way to go, Scripps. That's a solidly asshole move right there.

What made 'Nasa Mohawk Guy' such a successful meme? — Heh.

NASA welcomes striking new photos from the red planet after Mars rover nails the landing

Study: Cats wiping out backyard wildlife — The story says cat owners are offended by the study. Why? Duh. They're predators.

Chart of the Day: Algobot Wars Now Rule Wall Street — It's an interesting story, but the headline alone is worth the price of admission.

Warm extremes in Earth’s climate becoming more commonStudy argues increasingly severe events are the new normal. Weather is not climate, except eventually it is.

The lamentable state of protest today — Steve Buchheit with an entertaining rant.

Church, pastor charged in fake raid: 'You can't, in the name of religious liberty, engage in criminal activity' — How is this not totally fucking nuts to any rational person? (Via [info]shsilver.)

Unimpressed MartyrsIf there is one thing I'm consistently irked by it's the Persecution Envy of modern Western Christians. They live in a world where they have more religious freedom than at just about any time in history and yet you wouldn't know that just by listening to them. Somehow this privileged group considers itself the most persecuted group in the world. Confidential to my Christian friends: Loss of privilege is not persecution. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism — Gee, ya think? Real Americans with guns cannot be terrorists, just conservatism cannot fail the country.

?otD: Is there nothing you can measure anymore?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: 236.4
Currently reading: The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems by Henry Petroski

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User: mcjulie
Date: 2012-08-08 16:47 (UTC)
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There is a lot of bullshit in that cats article. The headline "Study: Cats wiping out backyard wildlife" implies that cats are causing backyard wildlife species to go extinct, yet none of the supporting evidence points to such a dramatic conclusion.

The closest thing is a bird advocate saying "Cat predation is one of the reasons why one in three American birds species are in decline." According to the study, thirty percent of outdoor cats kill two animals a week of which 12 percent are birds.

That hardly sounds like twilight of the urban birds. Is cat predation a major reason for urban bird species decline? Or is it a little tiny reason that pales completely in comparison to decline from habitat loss, pesticides and herbicides, motor vehicles, etc.? And, in an urban area, are we even talking about native bird species to begin with?

I'm reminded of when people protested the planned Makah whale hunt at around the same time there were several incidents of cruise ships running into whales accidentally and killing them. People seemed to take a special offense at the notion of predation, but were unmoved by when it was just a side effect, even if the side effect killed more animals.

See also: objections to attempts to reestablish wolf and grizzly populations.

Edited at 2012-08-08 04:48 pm (UTC)
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