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.
Why more wolves = more beaver, and other complications of the growing northern Rockies wolf population. I think the cattle-predator wolves should be trapped and re-established in southern New England. That would solve the excess deer population - and the coyote problem. Wolves kill coyotes (and coyotes kill fox -Peaceable Kingdom, indeed).
It's not often you find anything unironic in popular culture now. I can be as snarky as the next guy, but sometimes you yearn for something genuine - some sentiment that doesn't resemble Lucy holding the football. It takes a kind of courage I admire to say things that are not equivocal.
Why more wolves - Well, the grey wolf is moving down from Canada into New England. One was shot after sheep predation in the Williamstown/North Adams area in 2008 and there have been sightings in northern Litchfield County. Maine appears to have a growing population so the MA/CT wolves may be pack outriders or singles looking for new hunting grounds.
North Carolina reintroduced the Red Wolf into the eco-system and it appears to be doing well. The wiki article is a little behind as the Red Wolf has increased population and is spreading South and West.
Around here, the coyote population is very stable at around 60 or so and has stayed that way for a while now. What we do have are two packs of feral dogs which have homogenized into a stable body type - think a 50/70 lb Belgian Shepherd (with the ruffled neck and heavier coat) in a merle combination of brown w/red/tan/black with white markings. Probably have blue eyes but I've not gotten close enough to tell - I have seen them from a distance with binoculars. They are very nocturnal - you don't see them often during the day, but at night you can hear them running deer, turkey and probably the occasional racoon or rabbit. They howl like wolves, not yip like coyotes.
It's very ironic that Dinkins is using exactly the same argument that Clinton used when he was running against Giuliani but in the opposite sense. Clinton worried that people might not vote for Dinkins because he "doesn't look like them" (it's the old Democratic playbook - if you don't agree with us, you must be racist). Now, he wants people to vote for people because the do look like them. Besides being ironic, isn't that racist?
"The BBC's David Willey says Col Gaddafi's visit to Rome was overshadowed by another controversial speech he made - to two groups of several hundred young Italian women, hired at a fee of 70 or 80 euros each from a local modelling agency.
He told them that Islam should become the religion of Europe and gave them free copies of the Koran, after he had lectured them for an hour on the freedoms enjoyed by women in Libya."
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Last winter Wolves were moving out of the Yellowstone Park area into the desert over a hundred miles west.
I find the debate over wolves being couched in moral terms slightly odd. Wolves good; Man bad. When in nature it is successful survival or successful competition for resources is all that counts. Environmentalists/evolutionists forget that Man is part of nature and ALL that Man does is natural. Maybe they hate the fact that Man is the most successful species in the competition for resources. Maybe that is why they get the reputation of being anti-human. Blick
Like in the US, Europeans pay for their entire working life for their retirement funds.
Like in the US, the government spends that money on other things, then tells them there's not enough to give them the pensions they paid their life to get.
Unlike in the US, in Europe there's a legally enforced retirement age (though different per country).
Also unlike in the US, European pensions are paid (in part, most people have private facilities because we know full well the government will screw us over big time (unlike the US where until recently people thought the government wouldn't do that)) in part by the government, from funds paid to the government in the form of taxes.
The problem is that these systems have the pensions of the current pensioners paid for by the current working population. And as that working population is in decline just when the number of pensioners is exploding, things go horribly wrong.
And that's no different from the US, where the same thing is happening with Medicare.