Herold, a widow whose daughter was killed in a car accident several years ago, told the Today Show that the incident was “a freak thing.”
She said Travis “couldn’t have been more my son than if I gave birth to him,” and rejected criticism that chimpanzees are inappropriate pets.
“It’s a horrible thing, but I’m not a horrible person and he’s not a horrible chimp.” she said.
The unexplained attack was uncharacteristic of Travis, a veteran of TV commercials who could eat at the table, drink wine from a stemmed glass, use the toilet, and dress and bathe himself.
Don Mecca, a family friend from Colchester, N.Y., said Herold fed the chimp steak, lobster, ice cream and Italian food.
â€œItâ€™s like a little yappy dog?â€ Obama asked Walters, foolishly ignoring his wifeâ€™s advice not to criticize.
â€œIt, like, sits in your lap and things?â€ queried the skeptical president-elect.
Michelle, still trying to save her husband from himself, pronounced the dog â€œcute.â€
Barack wasnâ€™t buying it. â€œIt sounds kind of like aâ€¦a girly dog,â€ he said, at which point his wife pointed out, â€œWeâ€™re girls. We have a house full of girls.â€
Except for the, well, Top Dog, who forthwith issued an executive order. â€œWeâ€™re gonna have a big, rambunctious dog.â€
classy move, bush.
Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don’t pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.
The rules must be published Friday to take effect before Obama is sworn in Jan. 20. Otherwise, he can undo them with the stroke of a pen.
The Interior Department rushed to complete the rules in three months over the objections of lawmakers and environmentalists who argued that they would weaken how a landmark conservation law is applied.
watch this amazing TED talk on sea creatures — and be sure to stay to the end (about 3 minutes?) for an octopus that can perfectly camouflage himself.
First of all this suggests that Humans were the expected outcome of Godâ€™s creation and while it is easy to understand this flawed logic, after all, we are the outcome of Godâ€™s creation, this should not be confused with a forward looking goal. In fact, it is easy to argue that Godâ€™s Creation was set in motion to eventually result in a form of life which could gain spirituality and a soul and thus become aware of His existence. Furthermore, even if God had set in motion a Darwinian process, He could still have intervened, as I have explained above, without violating natural law. In other words, the process would still appear purely Darwinian and at the same time would be guided.
So contrary to the fallacious claims that â€˜true Darwinistsâ€™ cannot be â€˜true Christiansâ€™, it is self evident that such a position is not logically tenable.
What I find puzzling is why people are intent on rejecting the good science of Darwinism and evolutionary theory as somehow being incompatible with their faith. That shows both a disregard for science, which is a typical ID Creationist affliction, as well as a significant lack in faith.
February 7, 2008â€”To call attention to Japanese whaling practices, the Australian government released video captured on the ocean near Antarctica. Warning: graphic imagery.
the video linked to above is simply disgusting.
it’s hard enough to think about killing animals, even for food, but to think about how these very intelligent animals who are self-aware struggle to get away after being caught…
it’s sad and gross.
Authorities in India’s remote northeast will deploy a hundred armed guards to a protected game reserve after poachers killed a rare one-horned rhinocerosâ€”the fourth this yearâ€”at the park, a senior official said Wednesday.
â€œWe are alarmed at the seemingly organized poaching by gangs at the Kaziranga National Park,â€ Assam state Forest and Environment Minister Rockybul Hussain said.
there has been a lot said about the article i am going to quote later in this post, but none of it that i’ve seen calls out the glaringly obvious point that i’m seeing in this:
Consider one more experimental example to prove the point: the ultimatum game. You are given $100 to split between yourself and your game partner. Whatever division of the money you propose, if your partner accepts it, you each get to keep your share. If, however, your partner rejects it, neither of you gets any money.
How much should you offer? Why not suggest a $90-$10 split? If your game partner is a rational, self-interested money-maximizer — the very embodiment of Homo economicus — he isn’t going to turn down a free 10 bucks, is he? He is. Research shows that proposals that offer much less than a $70-$30 split are usually rejected.
Why? Because they aren’t fair. Says who? Says the moral emotion of â€œreciprocal altruism,â€ which evolved over the Paleolithic eons to demand fairness on the part of our potential exchange partners. â€œI’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mineâ€ only works if I know you will respond with something approaching parity. The moral sense of fairness is hard-wired into our brains and is an emotion shared by most people and primates tested for it, including people from non-Western cultures and those living close to how our Paleolithic ancestors lived.
the idea that most people react this way is something in our selves so deep that it is something we share with other primates.
when we share so much DNA with monkeys, apes, and lemurs, and yet so many people deny that we come from common ancestors, it just seems dishonest to me.
intellectually at best, and plain-old lyin’ at worst.
as i get further and further away, as the months tick by, from my old christian self, i have trouble even remembering how it is i ignored so much evidence for evolution and spent so much time researching â€œscienceâ€ that â€œdisprovedâ€ it.
how was i able to accept as fact then what is so clearly horse-pooey?
this article explains it, in some small sense.
We began discussing human cloning, and someone mentioned a noted bioethicist who believed that the parents of a deceased child should be allowed to create a clone of that child. My friends were curious: â€œWould the clone begin life at the age its original version died?â€ â€œHow would you tell the clone about its origin?â€ Nobody appeared discomfited by or even aware of the words that seemed to come so naturally: The Clone. It. Version.
â€œSomebody created a situation that really agitated her and gave her some sort of a method to break out,â€ Mollinedo said. â€œThere is no possible way the cat could have made it out of there in a single leap. I would surmise that there was help.
â€A couple of feet dangling over the edge could possibly have done it.â€œ
one of my coolest christmas gifts is the avenging narwhal
from the back of the box:
For centuries, the Narwhal was the great mystery of the sea. With the body of a whale and the horn of a Unicorn, many people believed that these fascinating creatures were harmless inhabitants of the icy waters of the Artic Ocean. Recent studies, however, have exposed the secret agenda of these mysterious mammals and the true purpose of their extraordinarily long pointy tusks.
The studies revealed that millions of years ago, penguins, snow seals and koalas ruled the earth. For sustenance, they feasted upon whales, dolphins and other sea mammals to the point of near extinction. But the Narwhal went into hiding beneath the ice of the North Pole, biding their time, planning their revenge and sharpening their tusks. Finally, they reemerged, tusks gleaming with newfound magical power, and fought back against the adorable creatures that threatened their existence. The battle was long, and many Narwhal were lost, but their strong will and sharp tusks were enough to stave off the cute ones temporarily.
Now, once a year, in a continuous effort to keep their enemies at bay, the Narwhal leave their homes to embark on a treacherous migration to Antarctica in the hunt for baby penguins and seal pups. Many will not return….Along their journey, they will spend time in Australia, swimming upstream to the inland habitat of the koalas, where they will actually leap out of the water to spear the deadly koalas from their perches high in the Eucalyptus trees.
Hereâ€™s how to understand the Creation Museum:
Imagine, if you will, a load of horseshit. And weâ€™re not talking just your average load of horseshit; no, weâ€™re talking colossal load of horsehit. An epic load of horseshit. The kind of load of horseshit that has accreted over decades and has developed its own sort of ecosystem, from the flyblown chunks at the perimeter, down into the heated and decomposing center, generating explosive levels of methane as bacteria feast merrily on vintage, liquified crap. This is a Herculean load of horseshit, friends, the likes of which has not been seen since the days of Augeas.
And you look at it and you say, â€œWow, what a load of horseshit.â€