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llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sat May 08, 2010 7:34 am

 
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Without exception, every alternative energy generating proposal I've ever seen meets with the reaction "It's a great idea, but not HERE!"

NIMBY is everywhere.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sat May 08, 2010 7:32 am

 
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I tried to think of something, but whenever I thought about applying it to politics, the "common sense" portion flew right out the window.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sat May 08, 2010 7:25 am

 
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I'm also opposed to having kids recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Or, if they're going to pledge their allegiance to anything, it shouldn't be a flag, it should be a principle . Let's pledge allegiance to the idea of "liberty and justice for all", rather than an impotent proxy. As for shirt...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:36 pm

 
Topic: I be Black
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The only "moral" self-identification is "other".
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:31 am

 
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There goes the next generation of offshore drilling ambitions!
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:16 pm

 
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Word now is that the whole thing was a hoax. Not surprising, really.

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llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:19 am

 
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Some other things that have been pointed out: Creationists have spent years trying to undermine the validity of C14 dating, claiming that you cannot make any reliable age measurements with it. Now that they seem to have something that can be construed as matching their story, Carbon dating is someho...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:01 am

 
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In the middle ages, a wooden shrine was built on Mt. Ararat to commemorate the ark myth. Eventually the shrine fell into ruin, but the wooden debris of it has often been reported as the ark itself. Another object reported as the ark were a natural rock formation with a shape vaguely resembling a boa...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:46 am

 
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Don't worry -- it's a religion of peace!
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:30 pm

 
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I can put aside my disgust towards sport hunters as long as they obey the law and pay their permit fees, and as long as those fees are used for legitimate conservation ends. And as long as the laws that they obey are properly focused and enforced.

They go into my "useful idiots" file.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:51 pm

 
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Aldo Leopold was one of my earliest heros.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:31 pm

 
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It was also tried in the Kaibab National Forest in the 1930's (although those were mule deer -- hat tip to Snorkler), with the same results. It actually is still a problem in the National Parks where hunting is not allowed, in most of those parks there is still not a sufficient predator population t...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:06 pm

 
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It's a nice sentiment, Erik, but it's a bit too little too late. Without deer hunting millions of bambis would be starving to death, and stripping the woodland bare while they did so. Deer are prey animals. That's their ecological role, and that's the niche they've been evolving under for millions o...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:16 pm

 
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You may have a winner here. A valuable species whose numbers have increased under man's stewardship. But they ceased to be wild when the ranchers started baiting them to the tree stands. I think you planted the escape clause that invalidates your entry. Is corn-fed Bambi coming to a ranch-built vie...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:40 am

 
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Believe me, the CO of that submarine has sunk his Naval career. There won't be any second chances for him.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:46 am

 
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You're wrong about the mule deer, too. Mule deer are common in west Texas, but through the Texas Hill Country in central Texas, there is a real industry of deer "hunting", and it is the eastern white tail that are ubiquitous. There's even a population of white tail in the Chisos mountains ...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:36 pm

 
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OK-- you're wrong about deer not being commercially valuable. A lot of cattle ranches in Texas make more money from their annual deer leases than they do from their cattle.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:55 pm

 
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I agree the question's wording leaves something to be desired. I don't think the issue is that valuable species can't be wild. It's that we think valuable species can't be common. But think again about Atlantic Salmon so common you couldn't step into a river without stepping on the backs of salmon....
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:46 pm

 
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While the lax atmosphere reported by the investigation was certainly inexcusable, the portions that the news story picked to sensationalize were not contributing factors. That certain sailors were listening to music on duty is not a cause of accidents, and the navigator listening to music on an iPod...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:19 am

 
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It's a poorly thought out question, Darrell. If it was a valuable species, it would no longer be wild. Starlings have increased tremendously, probably taking over much of the niche once occupied by passenger pigeons. The European sparrow is extremely common in North America currently. The Zebra Muss...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:10 pm

 
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That's terrible news all around.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:48 pm

 
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Retiring? Are you Sure? :mrgreen:

I wish I could afford to do that. I have so much to do that I just can't get much accomplished if I have to earn a living too.

There are about 10 more hobbies I'd like to get into, and they're waiting for that day.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 1:45 pm

 
Topic: Sissy-Ball
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That's a pretty underhanded remark, John! :geek:
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:56 am

 
Topic: Sissy-Ball
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So that means we could never have a woman president, because she can't throw a baseball in a manly way?
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:37 pm

 
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Maybe he wanted to reduce the influence of the Mexican Mafia?
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:04 pm

 
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Miscalculated the cost/benefit ratio?
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:46 pm

 
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Well, not only have humans spread rapidly around the world, they're carrying all kinds of pathogens with them too.

It's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:48 am

 
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This one won't ever be much different.
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:45 am

 
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Thing is, the article is talking about the common toad, a very widespread species. In the vast majority of its range, there will never be any seismic activity to speak of. Even in a severe earthquake, the type of environment that the toad lives in is unlikely to be affected by more than a few moment...
llanitedave
[ Jump to post ] Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:51 pm

 
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So, when a toad hops to safety before an earthquake, where does it hop to? And what in the toad's environment is dangerous in an earthquake? Surely it can't be buildings falling on them.
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