Hanging in C.C
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May 31, 2013 Hanging in C.C commented on Good Morning! Listen to This Song!.
Haha, I was in the same high school class as Lucy Schwartz. She was always very musical, but I figured she'd end up doing something else like most high school talents. Good on her for keeping it up.
May 9, 2013 Hanging in C.C commented on Seattle Times Struggles Not to Murder Children.

Because their coverage is the reason Goldy and others aren't customers, duh. Improving their coverage to make it more palatable to more people would increase the number of people who subscribe and make them more money. Any business that only cares about the customers it currently has is never going to grow.
May 7, 2013 Hanging in C.C commented on What Do You Think of the Ender's Game Trailer?.

They give away the final shocking twist in the trailer? It's an impressive visual, but wow why use it in the first trailer for the movie?
Jan 15, 2013 Hanging in C.C commented on Ideological Discretion Advised.
Everything concerning New Orleans is a fucking tragedy. The Army Corp were a bunch of incompetent, lying shit heads before, during and after the storm. Current storm prep efforts don't do enough to protect the city long term and the incredibly indigent rural communtities surrounding New Orleans have been left to be slowly swallowed up by the sea. And due to economic pressure concerned locals tend overlook the role oil and natural gas extraction and transportation have in land subsidence and the destruction of barrier islands and cypress forests that are vital in protecting against storm surge. It's an amazing city, but I'm not sure it has much of a future.
Dec 10, 2012 Hanging in C.C commented on Slog Poll: Horses.
@12 Because horses are valuable for plowing and transportation so a taboo against eating them in desperate times developed, in the same way dogs are useful at hunting and a lot of cultures don't feel comfortable eating them. In subsistence farming you may be really tempted to eat your hunting dog or horse in the dead of winter, but it guarentees that next year you'll be completely boned. In a lot of societies that rely on oxen for draft or have diets heavy in milk and cheese the same kind of provisions against eating your cow have developed.
Nov 12, 2012 Hanging in C.C commented on Bird-On-Bird Hate Crime/Dinner Time on Seattle's Capitol Hill.

Saying that cats have been on the continent for 400 years is kind of disingenuous. I mean things like climate change and disease have been around since time immemorial, but they still represent risks to species. Just because it appears that there is an equilibrium doesn't mean that there aren't ongoing negative effects. Domestic and feral cats remain a stressor on various populations through not only direct predation, but by altering the behaviour patterns of prey species and by introducing diseases and parasites. Note some of these effects would not be negated by only occasionally keeping domestic cats indoors.

Even if domestic and feral cats aren't directly wiping out species (although they have done so several times in the past), they still put stress on populations which in conjunction with stress from habitat destruction, climate change and other factors which threaten the long term survival of many species. No one is saying that cats are the greatest ecological threat we face, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't recognize and act on the harm they cause.



Some non-birder research I found in a minutes of poking around. There's more in depth and more recent stuff around if you feel like putting effort into looking for it. As an environmental scientist I agree with the spirit of your comment and the view expressed in the second paper, that various parties need to come together to form some sort of acceptable solution. However cat owners in my experience are the party which is really loathe to do so, to the point where colleagues tend to joke about coyotes and possum traps as the answer.
Oct 19, 2012 Hanging in C.C commented on Is Fidel Castro at Death's Door?.
@5 Yeah he did some good things, why does anyone even talk about his list of enemies, money laundering, or his subversion of the very democratic principles this country was founded on. All that did was shake America's faith in it's government to this very day. What a load of fucking nothing!

P.S. Yeah Nixon really wanted to end the war in Vietnam, it was distracting him from his passion of secretly bombing Cambodia and Laos.
Sep 28, 2012 Hanging in C.C commented on "Seattle's Westlake Park has been taken over by urchins and gangs who sell drugs and menace everyone else in the area.".
I wonder how this guy would react if the people he's been stalking simply took pictures of him and started spreading them around via social media. I imagine that would somehow be crossing a line he's magically never touched (because he's white and they're dark).
Sep 26, 2012 Hanging in C.C commented on A Note on the Freedom of Expression.
@5 Are you seriously going to try to make the case that the NYT has never covered the coptic community in Egypt?
Sep 7, 2012 Hanging in C.C commented on LGBT Inclusion at DNC.
Haha, what's even up with this troll? It's like a performance art piece.

It definetly does seem like some of the GLBT rumblings a few months ago put some fear/motivation into the Dems. Or maybe they just kind of realized that their current stance isn't the heavy political baggage it would have been just 6 or 8 years ago. The politics of the issue are changing pretty rapidly.