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2018-06-13 11:30 by Karl Denninger
in Editorial , 214 references
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C'mon folks, this is outrageous.

UPDATE — Congress wants the killing of kittens at a Maryland lab run by the USDA and funded thru your tax dollars to stop. 7 On Your Side broke this story wide open earlier this month with help from the tax payer watch dog group White Coat Waste Project.

The Senate Appropriations Committee just passed a spending bill that asks the USDA to find alternative testing methods and develop a kitten adoption program. I-Team Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor discovered the Maryland lab has killed more than 200 kittens in the past five years.

The USDA has for decades run studies on toxoplasmosis.  It's a serious problem caused by a parasitic infection, and while it usually doesn't cause humans much trouble pregnant women are different matter entirely.  There is very real risk -- to human babies -- involved there.

So research, in general, is good.

What's not good is how they're doing it.

They're using kitten, and feeding them infected meat so they get infected.  Then running their experiments on the feces, which is where the risk is.

The problem is that they then kill the cats.

Now if the cats were inherently and irrevocably compromised then I guess I'd understand it.  Better a cat than a human, right, especially if ultimately it leads to a solution.

But that's not the case.  One of the reasons this particular condition is such a problem is that most of the time cats carry this parasite yet are only lightly sickened if they are clinically ill at all from having the infection.  That's part of the reason this is such a problem for human women; they have no idea their cat has the infection because kitty appears to be just fine, and mostly is.

Second, the infection is easily and cheaply treated.

So why not treat the kittens, cure them, then adopt them out?

The answer is that its easier to just kill them.

Yeah, well, **** you USDA.

Maybe we ought to run some experiments on some of those alleged "scientists", and then instead of curing them.....

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2018-06-13 07:00 by Karl Denninger
in Outside Thoughts , 152 references
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Yet another fool gets what they have coming to them....

A California woman was gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday, park officials said.

Kim Hancock, 59, of Santa Rosa, was in a crowd of people walking along a boardwalk at Fountain Paint Pot in the Lower Geyser Basin when the attack occurred, according to a statement from Yellowstone.

So she got within 15 feet of a large, dangerous animal (any animal that large is dangerous) and it charged her.


Look folks, I get it.  It's all "oohs" and "ahhhhhs".

Yeah, ok.  Bears, wolves, elk, bison, wild hogs, alligators, mountain lions, there are plenty of living things that are large enough to severely injure or kill you.

If you are dumb enough to get close enough to one that you have no effective means of escape, no solid barrier between you and it and no means of immediate defense (e.g. a big gun) then you're asking for it.

99% of the time you won't get it anyway.  The other 1%, however....

I love the outdoors and spend plenty of time in places that would be considered "wild."  But I have respect for those things that live there.  Pajama people don't; they show up with their cellphones and want to take a "selfie" with a big Bison, and not only get way too damn close they often turn their back on it too, which is even more stupid.

I have zero sympathy for those who are stupid to the point of insanity and get what they deserve.  Places like Yellowstone are not zoos, there are no cages and the animals have every right to be there and to be left alone.

If you alter an animal's behavior by your presence or actions you are too damn close and have done a dumb thing.

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2018-06-12 13:00 by Karl Denninger
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2018-06-12 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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This never ceases to surprise me, but the lessons have been known at least back to Pompeii.

Today we can "classify" volcanoes as being dormant, active or extinct.  Sort of.  The ring of fire region of the planet is one where there will be no extinction because the volcanoes there are a result of the movement of the tectonic plates that form the Earth's crust.  Hawaii exists because of this.

As it turns out the Big Island is where most of the activity is, at least in what we consider to be "human times."  People like the climate and the (relatively speaking) more-reasonable price of living near such a natural phenomena.

However, you don't really own land where there is an active volcano within 50 miles or so.  At best you're leasing it from Madame Pele', and throwing a human sacrifice into it probably won't stop it from erupting either.

If you want to live there, go right ahead.  But the rest of us should not subsidize the cost of your insurance, just as we should not in a place prone to earthquakes or hurricanes.  Insuring such property is and should be quite a bit more expensive because when the mass-event happens lots of destruction occurs, including 100% losses not only of the structure (as is the case for hurricanes) but also the entire economic value of the land is frequently destroyed as well.

Old lava flows aren't a terrible place to live -- 100 years or more later.  One or two years later on the other hand they're completely unsuitable for anything human-related.  So when your house gets overrun by such a flow the property is destroyed, not just the structure.

Oh well.

Yet once again we are talking about "disaster relief" funds for the people who built knowing the risk.  Now they wish to fob it off on the rest of us.

Should we test the theory of human sacrifices stopping volcanic eruptions?

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2018-06-11 13:00 by Karl Denninger
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