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.
Paul Driessen reported in the Washington Times that ‘the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that wind turbines kill 440,000 bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, cranes, egrets, geese, and other birds every year in the U.S., along with countless insect-eating bats.’ The actual numbers are probably far higher.
Re hitting turtles: Trying to hit squirrels seems to work out better for them than trying to avoid them. Their darting is a program to avoid a linear pursuit, after all. Sad caveat: I have found that this theory emphatically does not apply to chipmunks.
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A few days ago I watched a squirrel engage in an astonishing display of second-guessing, false starts, and frantic tail-whipping. While a bunch of cars passed straight by and just didn't care. A zig saved him; a zag would've done him.
Armadillos and possums have a worse problem - they just rush right in. Right angles doom them.
As for turtles, years ago in North Carolina I & a friend were driving across the large earth dam of a small lake. The road across the dam was pretty busy. We saw a large-sized snapping turtle right in the middle, planted on the double-yellow line, stopped dead by the traffic with his mouth wide open and snapping at the passing cars.
We pulled over & I found a short sturdy stick. We waited for a pause in the traffic & I went and held the stick out in front of his mouth; he clamped down in the middle. Snappers won't let go, especially if you tug, so I had a nice handle for his front end. My friend grabbed the rear and we toted him to the side of the road he was pointed at (away from the lake). We let him go and watched him trundle away about twenty yards - he never let go of the stick.
If Hobby Lobby were to stop offering all health care insurance to its workers (where not mandated by state law), the penalty under the ObamaCare law for not covering its workers would be more than 10 times smaller than the $1.3M penalty for noncompliance with the specific HHS mandate on birth control coverage. The company and its lawyers surely know that. This sounds like a bit of grandstanding to grab news headlines to me.
The NYT isn't against high paying jobs, they are just against high paying jobs in red states. Next thing you know people wanting to work for a living are moving there and all that's left in your blue states are the permanently dependent.