We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I've shot a lot of grouse, but never in coat and tie. Who's the hatless fellow, the caddy? Never had one of those either, except a girl friend once, and that day hunting turned secondary. Always packed my own stuff in a backpack.
Regarding the Scottish reforestation plan, here's a quote from the Nat'l Geo article:
"Climatic conditions like the "Little Ice Age," which occurred between 1320 and 1750, brought low summer temperatures, high rainfall, and ferocious winds to the Scottish Highlands. These conditions encouraged the formation of peaty moorland at the expense of trees."
And here's a quote from "All About Scotch Whisky" at Tastings.com:
"Scotch Whisky Regions"
"The Highlands consist of the portion of Scotland north of a line from Dundee on the North Sea coast in the east to Greenock on the Irish Sea in the west, including all of the islands off the mainland except for Islay. Highland malt whiskies cover a broad spectrum of styles. They are generally aromatic, smooth and medium bodied, with palates that range from lushly complex to floral delicacy. The subregions of the Highlands include Speyside; the North, East and West Highlands; the Orkney Isles; and the Western Islands (Arran, Jura, Mull, and Skye)."
This is an outrage! They want to plant a buch of stupid trees for people to walk around in at the expense of some of the best, highest quality whisky-producing areas in the world?! Looks like we're going to need another Whiskey rebellion!
Screw the golden eagles, anyway...they're not even bald eagles, and certainly not people who appreciate the finer things in life! Bunch of poofters.