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ay Pat:

but no even ten percent. Rachel Carson was years ahead of her time, SJ Perleman, Philip Roth and so many others......am no sure of this name but a guess is "Brendon Gill" did a very good book about the early days.

tam

And speaking of writers....."My Ain Folk" was written by a Canadian lady and the lyrics were supplied by an Englishman....and it is a musical piece that i am very fond of.

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no sure if i heard right but it sounded like the lady said the trees wur dyin...if so...wull that be the end of the flyin foxes ?

tam

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I dinnae think this wull be quite a "spoonerism" but mibee someone wull ken what it is:

Dorothy Parker did a play on words with "you can lead a horse etc"....she said, "you can lead a whore to culture but you can't make her think"....i believe it was during a live radio broadcast.

tam

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Clarification:

no sure if i heard right but it sounded like the lady said the trees wur dyin...if so...wull that be the end of the flyin foxes ?

tam

Yeah they are killing trees. They are trying to figure out a way of getting them to move without killing them.

Suggestions include playing Heavy Metal "music" during day (at night they are all over city looking for food. moths etc are attracted by the bright lights)

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Dark patch behind Opera House is Botanic Gardens

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Ay ah see:

ah did misunderstaun, ah thought the woman was sayin that the trees wur dyin and they needed tae save them soas the foxes wid have a place tae hang....surely somebody wull think of a way tae mak the beasties awa tae somewhaur else.

tam

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One of those clips that makes you utter that most horrendous of phrases, "Aw the nice".

:rolleyes:

Right.... pure greetin here, actually.

There is much wrong here. Where's his mammy?? He's obviously looking for a nipple, in that big box.

That man feedin him is haudin him all wrong.

Why is he in somebody's hoose? Where's the snow? How the hell did he get there? What the hell happend to him? What the hell will happen to him?

Lovely, heartbreakin wee scrap...lonely wee soul.

:)

Enjoy the footage while ye can folks, because these beasties will not be around much longer.

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When:

The U.S. olympic goalkeeper received his silver medal, he also received a roar of approval. He may be the best goalie in the world.

tam

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:lol:

Right.... pure greetin here, actually.

There is much wrong here. Where's his mammy?? He's obviously looking for a nipple, in that big box.

That man feedin him is haudin him all wrong.

Why is he in somebody's hoose? Where's the snow? How the hell did he get there? What the hell happend to him? What the hell will happen to him?

Lovely, heartbreakin wee scrap...lonely wee soul.

:(

Enjoy the footage while ye can folks, because these beasties will not be around much longer.

Sad tale. The bear is Knut, (abandoned by ex-circus performer mammy), the man was Dorflein, and the man died suddenly in 2008. A good guy, at Berlin Zoo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_D%C3%B6rflein

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On the subject of wild animals and their mistreatment at our hands . . . .

Why is it considered more cruel to kill and eat a whale than it is to keep them in small pools and make them do tricks all to earn a profit?

You have to wonder about those three folks killed by the 12,000 pound killer what . . . What part of "KILLER whale" did they not understand?

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Enjoy the footage while ye can folks, because these beasties will not be around much longer.

Aye, they will. This widespresd idea that polar bears are going to become extinct because the perennial Arctic sea ice will disappear in a warmer world is ill thought out and probably twaddle.

Polar bears hunt seals on sea ice because that's where the seals are. The seals are safer there, because the terrain is flat, so they can spot bears a long way off and skedaddle when they see one coming. The bears have evolved a white coat to make them harder to see, but the advantage is still with the seals.

When the summer sea ice disappears, the seals will have no option but to haul up on craggy land, where they will be easily ambushed by the bears. It will be carnage, imo. It's possible their range might contract, but I expect them to thrive, and grizzly bears might join in the free for all as their range expands northwards. It's the seals that will suffer.

There are plenty of videos on Youtube showing polar bears hunting seals and walruses on rocky terrain.

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Aye, they will. This widespresd idea that polar bears are going to become extinct because the perennial Arctic sea ice will disappear in a warmer world is ill thought out and probably twaddle.

Polar bears hunt seals on sea ice because that's where the seals are. The seals are safer there, because the terrain is flat, so they can spot bears a long way off and skedaddle when they see one coming. The bears have evolved a white coat to make them harder to see, but the advantage is still with the seals.

When the summer sea ice disappears, the seals will have no option but to haul up on craggy land, where they will be easily ambushed by the bears. It will be carnage, imo. It's possible their range might contract, but I expect them to thrive, and grizzly bears might join in the free for all as their range expands northwards. It's the seals that will suffer.

There are plenty of videos on Youtube showing polar bears hunting seals and walruses on rocky terrain.

WWF disagrees:

"...The rapid pace of change in the Artic tells us that there is no time to lose in confronting this problem. The warming trend has already resulted in a three per cent decrease per decade in the extent of sea ice since the 1970s and an increase in the number of melt days each summer. Continued shrinkage in sea ice extent will have severe repercussions on life in the Artic that will ripple through the entire arctic marine food web up to the polar bear.

As a case in point, Polar Bears at Risk highlights the immediate threat to polar bear populations from longer ice-free periods in the Arctic. The earlier break-up of sea ice limits the bears’ hunting season and forces them to come ashore earlier. Shortening the bears’ hunting season by just two weeks can lead to an eight per cent weight loss. Not only does the inability to build up sufficient fat reserves cause polar bears problems in waiting out the fasting season but the inability of mothers to lactate leads to greater mortality among cubs. The problem is most acute among the Hudson Bay population, an important source of tourism revenue to Canada."

"...The IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group considers climate change to be one of the major threats to polar bear populations. The effects of reductions in sea ice extent and thickness, shorter periods of maximum ice extent, as well as changes in sea ice dynamics and structure, may vary in different areas of the Arctic, but all have the potential to negatively influence the condition and reproductive success of polar bears and their prey.

Polar bears face other limiting factors as well. Hunting, toxic pollution, oil development, and other human activities all combine to pressure the species and its habitat. In this report we examine the effects of climate change on polar bear habitat, and put this in the context of other limiting factors, then describe the management of and conservation opportunities for this top predator"

http://www.worldwildlife.org/climate/Publi...aryitem4927.pdf

...and if that idiotic Alaskan woman gets her way and they start drilling for oil up there, they'll be in even worse trouble.

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It's true about the Hudson Bay population, but that's not typical. That's the southernmost extent of the polar bear range and they're dependent on the return of the sea ice. They come ashore when the ice melts during summer, rather than migrate north. That population will disappear, and they'll disappear from other places, too. But many other populations will thrive.

Heck, things could get so bad for all those seals and walruses hauled up on rocky islands that the WWF might have to come up with imaginative solutions to stop those pesky polar bears from hunting them to extinction.

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It's way more than just Sarah Palin that wants to drill in Alaska. Waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy more.

And the total oil reserves there are estimated at enough to supply US demand for SIX MONTHS!

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I know Yonza. It's not most liberals that want to drill up there. It would be nice if there were some sort of mass transit around. Even in Houston there isn't much, or much you don't have to drive miles to.

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The problem is that fossil fuels are still the cheapest form of reliable energy.

Wind power & solar power at this time are both unreliable & have to have power stations running to take up the slack.

Nuclear power is clean but expensive and has a lot of oppostion

From memory Scotland has a lot of Hydro. Iceland & NZ have geo-thermal power

Bio-fuels divert valuable farm land from producing food at a a time when millions throughout the world are starving. It may save the planet but it sure as hell starves a lot of people

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It's way more than just Sarah Palin that wants to drill in Alaska. Waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy more.

How many are being groomed for the presidency....?

(And how many are quite as dumb as her??)

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Fuel:

For at least twenty years there have been knowledgeable folk advocating the use of the tides, to produce electricity and, once again thais that want atomic energy wull be heard and believed. When solar energy was first discussed it was dismissed by ????? Thirty something years ago, there was an article which claimed that if the government money had gone to the solar folk instead of the atomic side, as many as seventy percent of US homes would have been heated and cooled for less than ten percent of what it now costs.

Aboot twenty years ago, the Canadian government (Chretien's time) wanted desperately to sell nucleur reactors to the Chinese. The deal went through when Canada loaned 10 billion dollars to the Chinese.

tam

my guess wid be that the loan was one of thais that disnae need payin back.

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