Nature, red in tooth and claw

Tennyson’s famous phrase was (and still is) very familiar to those growing up in Africa, and I daresay in places like Alaska and other wildernesses too.  It’s the simple fact of life.  Nature is predatory and ruthless, and almost all animals die through being killed and eaten by others, sooner or later.  Those who die from other causes end up being eaten anyway! I was reminded of that by this photograph, found at SNAFU’s place.  Clickit to biggit. The Nile crocodile is endemic in Africa, with uncounted numbers infesting that continent’s rivers and lakes.  (Some idiot’s even released a few into the wild in Florida!) 

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Doofus Of The Day #1,053

Today’s award goes to some truly daft “vegan activists” in Spain. This is the moment two vegan activists separate chickens from cockerels because they ‘don’t want the hens to be raped’. The video was released by the Spanish vegan group Almas Veganas (Vegan Souls), based in Girona in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia. They published the video on Twitter where it has been viewed 570,000 times. On their Twitter page, the activists describe themselves as ‘anti-speciesist’ and ‘transfeminist.’ . . . In the footage, the two activists can be seen smashing eggs on the ground because ‘they belong to the

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Animals and war – still needed after all these years

I was interested to read that Chinese soldiers in Tibet are using an ancient means of transport to patrol their area of responsibility. Chinese media has, since the 1960s, regularly featured stories of the harsh conditions soldiers face in Tibet and Xinjiang, the two western provinces that border the Himalayan and Pamir Mountains as well as the high-altitude borders with India, Pakistan and Tajikistan. In effect China has the longest high-altitude borders in the world and uses a variety of methods to effectively patrol them and control smugglers and other illegal border crossers (like Islamic terrorists). For most of the border troops

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Doofus Of The Day #1,052

Today’s award goes to the author of an academic paper on – of all things – the sexual exploitation of dairy cows. A paper currently being promoted by a New York university calls on society to consider the rampant “sexual exploitation” of dairy cows by the milk industry in order to “fully fight gendered oppression.” Specifically, the author compares cattle insemination to “rape” and the milking of cows to “sexual abuse.” Titled “Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-Human Reproductive Systems,” the paper was published Friday in a journal called Dissenting Voices, which is published and edited by the

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Good news – follow-ups from two previous posts

I thought readers might appreciate follow-up news concerning two previous blog posts. First, Oleg Volk’s beloved cat Gremlin didn’t make it after being injured some months ago.  His death left Oleg bereft – they were like two halves of the same coin, they were so close.  (I knew Gremlin very well, having met him almost as soon as he’d adopted Oleg, and taught him [not that he needed much teaching] to chase toes under bedclothes – something for which Oleg graciously forgave me!)  His death left a gaping hole in Oleg’s life.  I had a suspicion that those of his friends

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This is so cute it’s ridiculous!

Over at Daily Timewaster, I found a GIF image that had me laughing out loud.  A little searching located the video clip from which it was taken.  Behold a really hungry baby beagle! The poor critter’s trying to wag his backside off, and eat all the food, and not fall off the couch – all at the same time!  Talk about a doggie dilemma . . . Peter

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Not approved by special snowflakes

A bear killed a deer, because it was hungry.  Normal behavior, of course;  that’s what bears do.  The difference, in this case, is that it did so in someone’s back yard – right in the middle of Colorado Springs suburbia. WARNING:  The video is VERY graphic, both visually and audibly.  Don’t play this near small kids or those who are squeamish. What’s astonished me about that video is not the fact that it happened so close to human habitation – it’s the response from the special snowflake brigade.  I’ve seen comments in some quarters about how cruel the bear was,

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So much for Beyond Meat!

The Babylon Bee hits another one out of the park. Look out, Beyond Meat — a new competitor has emerged in the market of turning vegetables into a food that tastes just like meat. But while companies like Beyond Meat use laboratories to turn vegetables into something tasty, this new process uses a much more natural method: feeding the vegetables to a cow. The startup, which goes by the much simpler brand name of “Meat,” came upon this process after using hundreds of millions of venture capital dollars to research how to turn vegetable products into something delicious that could be used as

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