Animals

I was going to do this on a link roundup, but it's just too special.

25 amazing animal photos via Mercola. Here's one of my favorites, by which I might exclaim that I didn't know a carp could fly, especially with an eagle on its back.

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In other news, some guy in South Africa, I think, has quite a way with lions.

Then, there's this one, and you can see a lot more on Utube, like,

Remember the guy who lived up in Alaska with the grizzlies each spring? That guy was a moron, and he died because of it. Know why? He denied the risk (the reality). This gentleman is different. In one of the videos, he clearly and expressly acknowledges he could be killed. But, his value of interacting with these most beautiful beasts of evolution is greater than the risk, which I actually get, assuming one has put in the effort to get to where he is. Not for me (though I'd jump at the chance for a supervised hands on visit), but I'm not going to drop a bomb on his values, so long as I don't have to pay for or suffer the consequences he seems prepared to endure.

in other animal news, this one is about pigs.

Murdered Dogs

Just so you know, that link features about eight recent stories of cops gratuitously killing and or maiming family dogs. I've been following this for a long time (several per week) and my sense is that the after-the-fact questioning is far less rigorous than for the shooting of humans, and so there's a sort of perverse incentive for the sort of bad people law enforcement seems to attract, nowadays, to use family pets as target practice.

And that's as close as I'm getting to political commentary for awhile. Promise to myself. it's for my own health and well being.

Comments

  1. Wow! I love cats and those clips really moved me. Kevin Richardson is clearly the ultimate "cat whisperer." I can only imagine the high that must come from success in creating a bond with these completely wild and dangerous creatures. We all benefit from his achievement if only by seeing the capacity of the human mind/spirit to accomplish what most would consider "impossible." That he knows he could get killed and accepts this a possible price for the interaction tells us something about how valuable that interaction is, at least for him. A great example of why we benefit from individualism.

  2. Regarding the Alaskan guy and the Grizzlies; There is an email hoax going around that supposedly shows the guys last photo.

    It is here: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/beartent.asp

    That's a mean lookin sumbitch.

    Also thought this was an extraordinary photo. Taken last year here in AZ.

    http://www.azgfd.net/photos/details.php?image_id=142

    This one freaks me out a bit; I camp and hike often. If a prey animal didn't hear it, then neither would a human.

  3. Great pics all around. Benzo, the cat stalk is amazing. It freaks me out as well since I enjoy camping and the great outdoors. I find it almost inconceivable that the cat would be that close without pouncing…

    I always have to raise a spockian eyebrow when pics like this are floating around. Nevertheless, cool pic.

  4. a lot of civilian dogs get killed gratuitously also by soldiers. just because they can. i don't know this for a fact, but have heard stories.

  5. Richard, I saw a lot of those Puppycide links on Radley Balko's blog. Are you a fellow libertarian/classical liberal/what-have-you? With the paucity of both paleos and real liberals, that would be quite a coincidence.

    I feel like there is some kinship there though. The ideals of self reliance and individual or organic communal action rather than top-down organization are both very primal. Also, both share the tendency to trust ones own experience, research, and reason; rather than accept institutionally provided doctrine.

    It may be a rather higher correlation than I realize. I am reminded of Conditioning Research's interview with Erwan Le Corre in which he says:

    "I personally have a problem with morals or ethics when it comes to deciding what is good or what is not good for me, what is done and what's not, what I should do or what society expects me to do or would like to impose to me as some form of duty.

    After all, a tool is useful, a cog in the machine is useful right? I accept no institutional duty. Free will is the most precious thing in my eyes. If I choose to be helpful to others, which I in fact often do because I tend to like others, it is because I decide so and not because I have to."

  6. Adam Cilonis says:

    That's an osprey my man! They're all over the hat creek basin, have seen them take out several trout, all while I was trying to do the same!

  7. Ha! Well, Christian, I consider myself an anarchist libertarian, but I don't waste any time dreaming up utopias, nor do I engage in debates over the necessity of governments on the basis of some slippery slope. I have a natural right to be totally free of everyone and every institution. Period.

    The rest of the world can go straight to hell on that point.

    I actually blogged that Le Corre interview that Chris did (I've also corresponded with Erwan quite a bit).

    http://www.freetheanimal.com/root/2009/01/we-live-in-a-zoo.html

    If you search my blog for 'anarchy' or 'anarchism' you'd get a idea of where I'm coming from, if you're interested.

  8. I agree with you wholeheartedly. While liberty will probably have to advance (and is, I think, superior) on matters of efficacy; my right to myself and the products thereof is a clear moral upshot of my individuality. That this conclusion is even in question is galling.

    I must say, I admire your effort to stay away from politics. When every day brings news of this or that extension of government's hand; I'm sure it would be better for my health. How do you do it? I'm always reminded of the exchange between abolitionists Samuel May and William Garrison:

    May: Oh my friend, do try and moderate your idignation, and keep more cool: why, you are all on fire.
    Garrison: Brother May, I have need to be all on fire, for there are mountains of ice around me to melt.

  9. "I consider myself an anarchist libertarian…I have a natural right to be totally free of everyone and every institution."

    Exactly my sentiments. Primal indeed. If you think about it, through 2+ million years of evolution, humans evolved in and adapted to liberty and anarchy (no state) and they prospered only by practicing capitalism as a basis for innovation.

  10. Great photo's even if there were some photo shop moments.

    Great vids also.

    Keep up the great work Richard with all this valuable info.

  11. katherine says:

    If you don't know it for a fact, why in the hell would you perpetuate that rumor? Numerous soldiers "adopt" strays in combat zones, and there is an organization dedicated to helping soldiers get their adopted strays back to the states. That IS a fact.

  12. the reason is that i was intimately involved with someone who participated in just such an activity (this person told me about it but i wasn't there so i can not say it as fact) i don't think it was a lie. a lot of things happen in war zones that you never 'officially' hear about.
    nevermind. didn't mean to start a fight. there's already too much fighting in the world. best to keep our mouths shut, eh? soldiers are nothing at all like law enforcement. p.s. i have done a lot of research on soldiers/combat/p.t.s.d. would you like me to do some more? no problem.

  13. Wow, the catman is one brave cat.

    Have you read "The 10,000 Year Explosion"? The authors propose, among other fascinating theories, that submitting to authority was a favorable trait (from an evolutionary standpoint) in agricultural societies, which were more populated and more governed than hunter-gatherer societies.

    No wonder we primal-diet types are more libertarian. We don't eat grains, and we don't like the boss-man.

  14. i don't fun with huge cats.
    =)

  15. Indeed; and is it any wonder that our march to a sedentary carbohydrate railed life (if you can call it that) has come hand in hand with our shameful desire for an all powerful state to spare us the burden of making decisions and suffering consequences?

  16. Christian:

    As to how I do it, it's a chicken / egg thing. I'm not sure whether dropping the political blogging improved my mental outlook such that it's just of no appeal to me, anymore, or whether going paleo, dropping the grains, sugar and other crap just gradually diminished my inner rage to the point where I just didn't have it in me to blog politics.

    Probably some of both.

    Best thing I ever did was to stop reading all those political blogs, news channels, news websites and so on. Truly important news finds its way to me and I just don't need the quotidian noise anymore.

    I think most damaging of all to health and well being is the self-delusion that one can have any positive effect on things by "getting involved." I'm sure I lived with that delusion for years and it could not have been good for me.

    Conversely, one need only look at the comments here to see that my efforts now are actually having real effects on real people for real benefit.

  17. I loved seeing the videos of Keven Richardson with his big cats! It shows what an amazing ability we humans have to communicate w/other specials and to step into their world. The tame animal (man) can befriend wild animals and learn so much from them. I know I learn so much from my housecats who retain some wildness in captivity. Sometimes I imagine what they would look like magnified to the size of tigers and leopards.

  18. Hey Tom:

    I think this is what they call a "great minds" moment.

    http://www.freetheanimal.com/root/2009/04/the-10000-year-explosion.html