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From The Guardian news section:

Increase in invasive species poses dramatic threat to biodiversity – report

Tourism, transport and the climate crisis found to be major drivers of rise in alien plants and animals, which can decimate ecosystems

Canada geese are now well-established in Europe, posing a threat to biodiversity.

Patrick Greenfield, @pgreenfielduk
Tue 14 Jul 2020 19.02 EDT

From the Letters to the Editor column in The Guardian two days later:

Biodiversity and the use of nativist language

Davina Cooper questions the need to use xenophobic terms to describe species
July 16, 2020

The widely used language of alien and invasive species threatening native ones (“Increase in invasive species poses dramatic threat to biodiversity – report,” 15 July) is disturbing, even when it’s about plants. There is a long-running debate in biology about the nativist and xenophobic resonances, and racist and antisemitic histories, surrounding claims that foreign plants and wildlife invade, take over and wipe out domestic species, upsetting the “natural” balance.

Racism works through commonsense meanings and ideas, and these don’t have to be about people. Clearly, some plants and animals cause harm or create change, including by impeding biodiversity. But surely there is a public language to talk about these problems away from the pervasive terms of native and alien, with its dangerous implication that certain things belong, have always been at home here and form part of a proper (even timeless) balance, which the incomer upsets.

Davina Cooper
Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London

 
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  1. Funny, I noticed this years ago too – leftists were terrified of ecological diversity, but enamored of cultural diversity. I guess this one contradiction is being finally noticed…

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @MattinLA

    The are not "enamored of cultural diversity" they are pro anything that is not White Culture as that presents an obstacle to the Global Khaki Uni-Culture that they are aiming for.

    Replies: @MattinLA

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @MattinLA

    This woman may inadvertently have a point. Is it really necessary to worry about which species are native and which are "invasive"? Why not judge each species on its "merit." In California, do we really want to uproot all Eucalyptus trees because they came from Australia?

    And what is the halcyon date when the perfect ecosystem existed that we are trying to restore?

    And why is the current ecosystem better than the one that will exist when some man made change occurs? And how many polar bears do we really need anyway?

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don't have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Rob McX, @AnotherDad, @Old Prude

    , @interesting
    @MattinLA

    LOL.....I have been saying this for years........every time I read something about "invasive species" I would comment "I thought diversity was good".

    It's nice to see that my snark and sarcasm is finally going mainstream.

    p.s. I was commenting that we were going to need covid passports back in March 2020

  2. I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh…

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @SafeNow


    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh…
     
    Aren’t most organisms dependent upon other, different organisms in order to live? Are humans obligate parasites?

    Replies: @Badger Down

    , @nokangaroos
    @SafeNow

    ... just when I was thinking what could possibly be "anti-semitic" about biology.

    , @SFG
    @SafeNow

    Some are saprophytes, which live on dead matter (and are actually really important in terms of letting nutrients from corpses get back into the soil).

    , @tyrone
    @SafeNow

    Many fungi live in symbiotic relationships with plants ,but yes, the evil mycelium of Davina Cooper fungus have spread everywhere .

    , @Anonymouse
    @SafeNow

    Parasite is an ancient Greek word meaning someone who comes to a dinner without being invited. The phenomenon occurs in Homer's Iliad. Xenophon in his Symposium has an anecdote about a jokester parasite named Philippos who came uninvited to dinners with a line of self-deprecating jokes.

    Unfortunately, Salvadoran gangbangers who sneak into our country don't tell self-deprecating jokes.

  3. Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London

    Good Lord, what an idiot. BTW Davina, have you noticed that native species are going extinct in some of your favorite continents? How does that even happen? What can it possibly mean?

    • Agree: Old Prude
  4. haha, invasive species here in Hawaii is any living thing that didnt live in Hawaii when Captain Cook landed. The invasive species pretty much won.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @haole3

    I always enjoy the nat geo documentaries about snakes slithering into airplane wheels and axles to invade other pacific islands.

    Article mentioned Canadien geese. They produce vast amounts of liquidy manure daily and make parks and sidewalks filthy. The ganders are huge compared to the girls and very aggressive.

    Then there’s Pablo Escobar’s hippos madly breeding in Columbia.

    Whites have been infected with a serious case of collective insanity.


  5. Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London

    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    • LOL: Wade Hampton
    • Replies: @Rosie
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:
     
    Hey, you never know! That cute old White lady might be a closet notsee. Nobody looks at Yours Truly and suspects crimethink.

    One thing is clear, though. That was either an epic troll or a spectacular own goal.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @SFG

    , @Altai
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Selected Publications

    2019: Feeling like a State: Political Withdrawal and the Transformative Imagination [Duke University Press for Global and Insurgent Legalities series];
    2017: ‘Prefiguring the State’, Antipode 49 (2) 335-356;
    2016: ‘If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value?’ Journal of Law and Society 43 (4): 483-505 [co-author, Flora Renz];
    2014: Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces (Duke University Press, Durham, NC) [awarded Charles Taylor Book prize];
    2004: Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge);
    1998: Governing Out of Order: Space, Law and the Politics of Belonging (Rivers Oram, London and New York University Press, NY)

    Latest Publications

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    Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play 13 Dec 2017
    Transforming Markets and States through Everyday Utopias of Play May 2017
    Prefiguring the State 1 Mar 2017
    If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value? 1 Dec 2016
    Transformative state publics 2 Jul 2016
    Bringing the state up conceptually: Forging a body politics through anti-gay Christian refusal 27 Apr 2015
    Up Against the Property Logic of Equality Law: Conservative Christian Accommodation Claims and Gay Rights Apr 2013
    Public Bodies: Conceptualizing Active Citizenship and the Embodied State 2013
    Time against time: Normative temporalities and the failure of community labour in Local Exchange Trading Schemes 2013
    Erotic Care: A Queer Feminist Bathhouse and the Power of Erotic Action 2012
    Reading the State as a Multi-Identity Formation: The Touch and Feel of Equality Governance 1 Apr 2011
    Theorising Nudist Equality: An Encounter Between Political Fantasy and Public AppearanceCooper, 1 Mar 2011

     


    She currently directs an ESRC funded research project on the Future of Legal Gender - a prefigurative feminist law reform initiative.
     
    Oh god she is getting ESRC funding for her radical subjective political activism which we somehow have to treat as objective academic work.

    Replies: @Pericles, @Alden

    , @Jim Christian
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Broads, it's always White feminists. Every single time. Worthless feminist broads, producing nothing but hatred and division. Pathetic they aren't told to STFU. And they're nearly always ugly, hence, their hatred.

    , @BB753
    @Buzz Mohawk

    At first, I read her name "Darwina".

    , @Pericles
    @Buzz Mohawk

    By Jove, it's Tranny Dawkins!

    , @MBlanc46
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Note the words “queer” and (probably) “feminist” in the slide.

  6. Davina Cooper — Faculty Member

    King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law

    Surprisingly heteronormative name for a modern institution! Cooper:

    … with its dangerous implication that certain things belong, have always been at home here and form part of a proper (even timeless) balance, which the incomer upsets.

    Hmm. Maybe she’s pro-rape? Abolishing sex-crime and consent laws could be the next woke cause in the fight against ‘segregation’.

    • Replies: @Alpheus Knight
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    It is indeed heteronormative. There is a Korean name, closely related to Poon, viz., Ban, as in Ban Ki-moon. I propose that the law school name be cancelled and modernized to Ban Dix School of Law.

    , @J.Ross
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    That one dude resembles Sam Neill but he's their drummer.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcTP7YWPayU

    , @Alden
    @Jenner Ickham Errican

    I believe it’s already happened in the UK, as long as the rapist is a paki afghani etc Muslim. It’s part of their religion and they are entitled to a religious exemption. Like Jews getting days off for the fall holy days and Catholics Good Friday afternoon to go to church. Muslims get to gang rape 11 year old girls and boys.

  7. Imagine advocating for the extinction of entire species and eco-systems to sooth your religious sensibilities.

    It’s like how Darwin was embarrassed as a true English Victorian to include the details of certain species polygamous nature and extra pair bonding.

    It’s all an admission, of course, that immigrants really do represent an invasive species to the pre-existing population. In ecology they often use terms like ‘genetic pollution’ to refer to feral or domesticated animals introgressing with their wild populations. (Such as domestic cats with Scottish Wild Cats or feral pigeons with Rock Doves) In the academic field of ‘tourism’ they refer to ‘social pollution’ of tourists making natives being able to live their lives normally. (Read: be alone by themselves in their own space) Just some observations.

    • Agree: Rosie
  8. It’s important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.

    • Troll: Lurker
    • Replies: @Rosie
    @Kimmelson


    It’s important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.
     
    Are we now? Hasn't the black population of South Africa increased like 1000% since White people settled there?

    Replies: @Wade Hampton, @anonymous, @Anonymous

    , @Mike Tre
    @Kimmelson

    So it was Europeans who drove the North American mammoth, smilodon and other megafauna to extinction?

    Thanks for clearing that up.

  9. Are Africans an invasive species in North America? Like the emerald ash borer, they hitched a ride on cargo ships.

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg, the demise of the ash baseball bat. My neighbor had 17 ash trees cut down in his yard. Zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and the common reed (phragmities australis) clogging our streams.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  10. @Buzz Mohawk
    https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/McGrath-Titania.jpg
    Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    http://corekin.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC_6688-1200x800.jpg

    Replies: @Rosie, @Altai, @Jim Christian, @BB753, @Pericles, @MBlanc46

    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    Hey, you never know! That cute old White lady might be a closet notsee. Nobody looks at Yours Truly and suspects crimethink.

    One thing is clear, though. That was either an epic troll or a spectacular own goal.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rosie


    Nobody looks at Yours Truly and suspects crimethink.
     
    The black girls working at the local stores are still being sweet to me and rude to my wife, so apparently they're not onto me. (Unless they secretly share my views, which they might.) They hate my wife because she is a beautiful white woman who has me. That's my hypothesis and I'm sticking to it. We laugh about this, but they really do treat her worse than they do me, and it bugs her.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @SFG
    @Rosie

    I've gotten stuck in a couple of public-facing positions because I've never pissed off the SJWs or said anything un-PC.

    My suspicion has always been this is because good liberals actually believe SJWs are into peace, love, and understanding and stick their collective foot in their mouth, whereas I treat them as converted to a hostile and hateful ideology and choose my words carefully. But that could just be my conspiracy theory. People like to think they're smarter (better, nicer, etc.) than everyone around them, after all.

  11. I forgot to respond to your earlier comment. You’re welcome.

  12. I remember watching episodes of the Australian show Nothing to Declare, about customs staff at airports. Most of their time seemed to be taken up stopping Asians from bringing in plants (and occasionally animals) that posed a threat to Australia’s ecological balance.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob McX

    That is (or was, in my memory) a serious thing even between the states here in the United ones. California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, "Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables," or something like that.

    You see, they have (or had, as far as I recall) a fantastic and admirable agricultural business, and they need to protect it from invasive species. If there is a weird, out-of-state bug in those apples you brought all the way from Connecticut, then by God they are not going to let it get into California and gum up the works.

    It makes sense.

    Man, if we could take an agricultural, country-boy, animal-and-plant-breeding approach to government and public policy, everybody would be better off. Humans are just another damn animal that multiplies itself into different breeds and overpopulates itself when it can. They are invasive whenever they have the chance.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Tono Bungay, @Badger Down, @Old Prude

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Rob McX

    This was a minor plot point of The Simpsons episode Bart vs. Australia.

    Replies: @BenKenobi

  13. Biodiversity and the use of nativist language

    Davina Cooper questions the need to use xenophobic terms to describe species

    Is Davina Cooper Jewish?

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
    @Anonymous

    From her blog


    Yet another episode in the story of Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism.
    ...
    The repeat instances of anti-Jewish animus disturb us. As such, we were moved by Hadley Freeman’s recent commentary expressing anger at the stream of incidents, anger also at the inability of progressive people, including Corbyn, to properly understand why the images are wrong. But we are also disturbed by the repeated performance of apology, the assumption that sanctions are the answer, and the depiction of mainstream Jewish community leaders as representing us all, including in their claim (increasingly commonplace) that there is something necessarily antithetical between Jewish people and the radical left.
     
    Jezza is certainly a spectacular autist, like his brother the weather wizard, but one thing he's not is antisemitic. Although he fails to recognise that jewish supremacists assert that any criticism of the State of Israel is an Einsatzgruppe-level assault on every jew on the planet.
    , @ben tillman
    @Anonymous


    Is Davina Cooper Jewish?
     
    Yes.
  14. https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/01/world/european-colonization-climate-change-trnd/index.html

    For a resolution to the great dispute over who will dictate the Saphir-Whorf constraints on the biodiversity debate, we eagerly await the outcome of the King’s College vs. University College test match for the Greater London Division 2 Quidditch Runners-Up Cup.

  15. Canadian geese are assholes though. Even bird watchers hate them.

    • Disagree: Je Suis Omar Mateen
    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    @Morton's toes

    A Canada Goose is a breed. A Canadian goose is one that grew up in Winnipeg.

    Goose hunters like to joke that "shooting a Canada" is a good hunt but "shooting a Canadian" is murder.

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    , @Macumazahn
    @Morton's toes

    But are they good eatin'? When I see a goose that close, I think, "Sunday dinner!"

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymouse

    , @PSR
    @Morton's toes

    Not to be too nit-picky but "Canada" geese

    , @JMcG
    @Morton's toes

    It’s “Canada” geese. Canadian geese are the ones that don’t leave tips in restaurants.

    Replies: @Trinity

    , @MBlanc46
    @Morton's toes

    Assholery certainly works for them. They’re multiplying like crazy.

  16. @Rob McX
    I remember watching episodes of the Australian show Nothing to Declare, about customs staff at airports. Most of their time seemed to be taken up stopping Asians from bringing in plants (and occasionally animals) that posed a threat to Australia's ecological balance.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @ScarletNumber

    That is (or was, in my memory) a serious thing even between the states here in the United ones. California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, “Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables,” or something like that.

    You see, they have (or had, as far as I recall) a fantastic and admirable agricultural business, and they need to protect it from invasive species. If there is a weird, out-of-state bug in those apples you brought all the way from Connecticut, then by God they are not going to let it get into California and gum up the works.

    It makes sense.

    Man, if we could take an agricultural, country-boy, animal-and-plant-breeding approach to government and public policy, everybody would be better off. Humans are just another damn animal that multiplies itself into different breeds and overpopulates itself when it can. They are invasive whenever they have the chance.

    • Agree: Charon
    • Replies: @Rob McX
    @Buzz Mohawk


    California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, “Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables,” or something like that.
     
    That reminds me of a video I was watching about the child rapist and murderer Lester Eubanks, who's been on the run since 1973. When cops arrived at his former residence in California to find he'd skipped town, his girlfriend told them about his bus journey from Detroit to California some years after his escape from prison. When police stopped and boarded the bus, he thought his time was up, but they ignored him. They were only looking for fruit or vegetables being taken illegally across state lines.
    , @Tono Bungay
    @Buzz Mohawk

    You make a good point, but couldn't we just call them "disadvantaged" species instead of being so racist about it?

    , @Badger Down
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I agree completely. I've long thought that a good government includes a healthy number of gardeners. Seriously.

    , @Old Prude
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I don't know about the country boy approach. Most country boys are going to select for the biggest and most hardy and vigorous, not the cleverest. Some times they select for the one with the prettiest hair and best body. I guess that would be OK...

  17. Most of their time seemed to be taken up stopping Asians from bringing in plants (and occasionally animals) that posed a threat to Australia’s ecological balance.

    California does that with Arizona, Nevada, and Oregon.

  18. Racism works through commonsense meanings and ideas

    Yes, it does!

    • Agree: Rob McX, Old Prude
    • LOL: Polistra, ben tillman
  19. @SafeNow
    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh...

    Replies: @Anonymous, @nokangaroos, @SFG, @tyrone, @Anonymouse

    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh…

    Aren’t most organisms dependent upon other, different organisms in order to live? Are humans obligate parasites?

    • Replies: @Badger Down
    @Anonymous

    That is SO semitic! How dare you?

  20. And does this also apply to viruses?

  21. OT:

    Happy Birthday Sister Andre Randon! 🎂 🥳 🎉

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/10/nun-117-survive-covid-france/

    A French nun survived the 1918 flu pandemic and both world wars. Now she’s beaten coronavirus days before she turns 117.

    Europe’s oldest person, French nun Sister André, recovered from the coronavirus on Feb. 9, and will celebrate her 117th birthday on Feb. 11. (Reuters)

    By
    Jaclyn Peiser
    Feb. 10, 2021

    In the weeks leading up to her 117th birthday, Sister André spent her days isolated in her room at the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home in the southern French city of Toulon. The nun was one of dozens of residents at the home who tested positive for the coronavirus.

    But on Tuesday, Sister André was declared recovered from the virus, a spokesman from her retirement home told Reuters, allowing her to hold on to her title as the oldest living European and second-oldest person in the world, according to Gerontology Research Group’s “World Supercentenarian Rankings List.”

    “We consider her to be cured. She is very calm and she is looking forward to celebrating her 117th birthday on Thursday,” spokesman David Tavella told Reuters.

    • Thanks: Neoconned
    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    @Boston Ben

    But according to Anthony Fauci, she still needs to be vaccinated.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Boston Ben

    Boston, my Mom is in her 104th year, born in 1917, so she was a babe for the Spanish flu and WWI, lived through the Great Depression and WWII where her husband, my Dad, three of her four brothers and two of her three brother-in-laws served. Of those six men, all but one saw service in Europe, Africa or the Pacific. She got her Covid vaccine a week ago and can now wander around the assisted living facility where she resides. I know the thought of living 14 more years would cause her great distress, but God bless this nun.

  22. Do these people ever tire of being batshit crazy?

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    @Wilkey

    Why would they? Being batshit crazy is a good living and puts you near the seat of power and wealth. In a decaying civilization NOT being bugfuck crazy gets you fired, ostracized, un-personed, marginalized, jailed, or making your living writing for obscure websites that are increasingly under threat and relying on donations to make a living.

    Replies: @El Dato

  23. @Rosie
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:
     
    Hey, you never know! That cute old White lady might be a closet notsee. Nobody looks at Yours Truly and suspects crimethink.

    One thing is clear, though. That was either an epic troll or a spectacular own goal.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @SFG

    Nobody looks at Yours Truly and suspects crimethink.

    The black girls working at the local stores are still being sweet to me and rude to my wife, so apparently they’re not onto me. (Unless they secretly share my views, which they might.) They hate my wife because she is a beautiful white woman who has me. That’s my hypothesis and I’m sticking to it. We laugh about this, but they really do treat her worse than they do me, and it bugs her.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Men are almost always less sensitive to "treatment" (we're generally happy with successful "communication"), and almost all women instinctively and unconsciously treat "help" badly, plus black girls (and increasing numbers of white girls now) think work is a kind of specialized friendship rather than work. Without knowing any details (I'm sure your wife is an ideal customer), all of the general tendencies guarantee this result.

    Replies: @Neoconned

  24. So, I guess “Wandering Jew” is out?

  25. She’s a White woman. White women generally (not all but most lets be honest particularly those educated) want the extermination of White people particularly White men.

    Its worst among educated White women because like a Hollywood starlet only the most brutal of high status men will do. Their peers invite nothing but disgust, being equal. This is why every sensible society puts women at a lower social standing and actively discriminates against them. It is the only way their male peers have a chance. And the only way any standard of compassion and occasional kindness can survive — by cutting short the male arms race of violence and cruelty to unlock female arousal. If we are being honest.

  26. She wants to use different words to signify native plants and invasive plants. We could use different words but the parallel would still exist between what was there before and harmful new elements.

    It is worth pointing out that National Geographic says “Not all non-native species are invasive. For example, most of the food crops grown in the United States, including popular varieties of wheat, tomatoes, and rice, are not native to the region.”

    If I can say that all newcomers are not bad, can the other side admit all newcomers are not good and that we must limit the number we admit?

    • Replies: @njguy73
    @notsaying

    How about "undocumented species" or "guest worker species?"

    Replies: @anon

    , @Bill Jones
    @notsaying


    can the other side admit all newcomers are not good and that we must limit the number we admit?
     
    Try not to be unnecessarily stupid.
    , @Badger Down
    @notsaying

    If you can say "all newcomers are not bad", you should be aware that this is erroneous Americese for "not all newcomers are bad", so the rest of the world will think you are saying something very stupid.

    Similarly, "all newcomers are not good" is erroneous Americese for "not all newcomers are good".

    Ask yourself: when Dylan said "All that's gold doesn't shine", do you think he was correct?

  27. @Wilkey
    Do these people ever tire of being batshit crazy?

    Replies: @Alfa158

    Why would they? Being batshit crazy is a good living and puts you near the seat of power and wealth. In a decaying civilization NOT being bugfuck crazy gets you fired, ostracized, un-personed, marginalized, jailed, or making your living writing for obscure websites that are increasingly under threat and relying on donations to make a living.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Alfa158

    Jewishwood Observer RT.com reports:

    #CancelDisneyPlus: Boycott campaign claims ‘Mandalorian’ star Gina Carano’s firing was politically motivated


    No stranger to internet controversy, Carano shared a post from another user on her Instagram page on Wednesday which described how Jews were treated in Nazi Germany, as part of a broader commentary about political persecution.

    The post caused a major meltdown on social media, with #FireGinaCarano quickly trending on Twitter. Hours later, Lucasfilm, which produces ‘The Mandalorian’, said in a statement that the actress would not be returning for the show’s third season. The studio condemned Carano’s “abhorrent and unacceptable” social media posts but did not elaborate on why it was parting ways with the star.
     

    Oh well!

    Why is Star Wars even still a thing? It was fun up to the Ewoks Abo/Diversity Debacle but after that...

    Empire should have pounded the whole moon into radioactive ash and won. All of this because Vader wanted to "turn" his Antifa son.

  28. @Kimmelson
    It's important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.

    Replies: @Rosie, @Mike Tre

    It’s important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.

    Are we now? Hasn’t the black population of South Africa increased like 1000% since White people settled there?

    • Agree: Charon
    • Replies: @Wade Hampton
    @Rosie

    The same can be said (more or less) about the Amerindian populations of North America since Columbus. Massive increases in populations because of more reliable food, housing and healthcare.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @anonymous
    @Rosie

    increase in every African country without white people.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Anonymous
    @Rosie


    Hasn’t the black population of South Africa increased like 1000% since White people settled there?
     
    The reality is that Bantu populations displaced the native Khoi-San aka Bushman populations. The Khoi-San are an ancient population who at one time dominated much larger areas of Southern Africa and are estimated to have diverged from other African populations some 250,000 years ago.

    The Bantu Expansion started around 3,000 years ago in or around modern Nigeria. The Bantu first moved into East Africa (Kenya etc.) where they picked up some local more genes and culture including cattle raising before turning right to spread South.

    When the Boers arrived in South Africa, the Bantus (Zulu, Xhosa etc.) had still not settled West of the Fish River. The Western regions of South Africa and current Namibia were the home of Khoi-San groups.

    The Zulu and Xhosa themselves grabbed serious numbers of Khoi-San women on their way South and even use Bushman-style click sounds in their Bantu languages.
  29. Death to American tree rats!

    https://theconversation.com/grey-squirrels-are-oblivious-to-threat-from-pine-martens-giving-native-reds-the-advantage-131064

    Grey squirrels are oblivious to threat from pine martens – giving native reds the advantage

    Seems friendly enough
    https://wordwenches.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c84c753ef0264e2e91ba1200d-200wi

    There have to be predators, a system become decadent without them.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Sean


    Death to American tree rats!
     
    Thank you! Without their bushy tails we wouldn't be so nice to them. They'd be shot on sight by more of us, and people wouldn't feed them at the park.

    Come to think of it, "without their bushy tails, we wouldn't be so nice" may apply to women too.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    , @tyrone
    @Sean

    "Death to American tree rats!"……yeah, but that's some good eatin' son…..just wait until we are deep in Venezuela 2.0…..

    , @Clyde
    @Sean

    Prince Charles is a big advocate for the native red squirrels in UK. He even set up a preservation trust.


    Prince Charles is so 'infatuated' with squirrels that he feeds them nuts inside his house, and there's a video to prove it
    Prince Charles talks about his fondness for red squirrels in a new issue of Country Life that he guest-edited.
    The Prince of Wales says he lets the "incredibly special creatures" into his home in Scotland and feed them nuts, according to People.
    Prince William told Country Life that his dad is so "infatuated" with red squirrels that he even names them.
    Charles is a patron of The Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST), a national charity focused on the conversation and protection of red squirrels in the UK.
    Since the 1950s, the number of red squirrels in the UK has dwindled from around 3.5 million to an estimated 140,000 today.
    Prince Charles has revealed his love of squirrels in a new issue of Country Life that he guest-edited in honor of his 70th birthday on November 14.

    The Prince of Wales is 'infatuated' with red squirrels
    According to Charles, he is particularly fond of the red squirrels that live around Birkhall, an estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, that he inherited from the Queen Mother in 2002.

    "[The squirrels] come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside," he wrote in one article for Country Life, according to People.

    "Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts," he continued. "They are incredibly special creatures."
     

    Replies: @Sean

  30. @Buzz Mohawk
    https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/McGrath-Titania.jpg
    Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    http://corekin.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC_6688-1200x800.jpg

    Replies: @Rosie, @Altai, @Jim Christian, @BB753, @Pericles, @MBlanc46

    Selected Publications

    2019: Feeling like a State: Political Withdrawal and the Transformative Imagination [Duke University Press for Global and Insurgent Legalities series];
    2017: ‘Prefiguring the State’, Antipode 49 (2) 335-356;
    2016: ‘If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value?’ Journal of Law and Society 43 (4): 483-505 [co-author, Flora Renz];
    2014: Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces (Duke University Press, Durham, NC) [awarded Charles Taylor Book prize];
    2004: Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge);
    1998: Governing Out of Order: Space, Law and the Politics of Belonging (Rivers Oram, London and New York University Press, NY)

    Latest Publications

    Doing activism like a state: Progressive municipal government, Israel/Palestine and BDS 10 June 2019
    A Very Binary Drama: The Conceptual Struggle for Gender’s Future 25 March 2019
    Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play 13 Dec 2017
    Transforming Markets and States through Everyday Utopias of Play May 2017
    Prefiguring the State 1 Mar 2017
    If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value? 1 Dec 2016
    Transformative state publics 2 Jul 2016
    Bringing the state up conceptually: Forging a body politics through anti-gay Christian refusal 27 Apr 2015
    Up Against the Property Logic of Equality Law: Conservative Christian Accommodation Claims and Gay Rights Apr 2013
    Public Bodies: Conceptualizing Active Citizenship and the Embodied State 2013
    Time against time: Normative temporalities and the failure of community labour in Local Exchange Trading Schemes 2013
    Erotic Care: A Queer Feminist Bathhouse and the Power of Erotic Action 2012
    Reading the State as a Multi-Identity Formation: The Touch and Feel of Equality Governance 1 Apr 2011
    Theorising Nudist Equality: An Encounter Between Political Fantasy and Public AppearanceCooper, 1 Mar 2011

    She currently directs an ESRC funded research project on the Future of Legal Gender – a prefigurative feminist law reform initiative.

    Oh god she is getting ESRC funding for her radical subjective political activism which we somehow have to treat as objective academic work.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Altai

    Judging by her publication titles, she furthermore appears to be an obligate academic parasite on James C. Scott.

    , @Alden
    @Altai

    There are late night ads for HIV AIDS medicine that is “ not for persons identified as female at birth”. Can’t say “ for men only” Then there’s the demand for uterus transplants so they can be real women. But from what I can remember from college anatomy, ovaries eggs and Fallopian tubes are necessary for the system to work.

  31. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob McX

    That is (or was, in my memory) a serious thing even between the states here in the United ones. California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, "Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables," or something like that.

    You see, they have (or had, as far as I recall) a fantastic and admirable agricultural business, and they need to protect it from invasive species. If there is a weird, out-of-state bug in those apples you brought all the way from Connecticut, then by God they are not going to let it get into California and gum up the works.

    It makes sense.

    Man, if we could take an agricultural, country-boy, animal-and-plant-breeding approach to government and public policy, everybody would be better off. Humans are just another damn animal that multiplies itself into different breeds and overpopulates itself when it can. They are invasive whenever they have the chance.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Tono Bungay, @Badger Down, @Old Prude

    California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, “Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables,” or something like that.

    That reminds me of a video I was watching about the child rapist and murderer Lester Eubanks, who’s been on the run since 1973. When cops arrived at his former residence in California to find he’d skipped town, his girlfriend told them about his bus journey from Detroit to California some years after his escape from prison. When police stopped and boarded the bus, he thought his time was up, but they ignored him. They were only looking for fruit or vegetables being taken illegally across state lines.

  32. @Rosie
    @Kimmelson


    It’s important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.
     
    Are we now? Hasn't the black population of South Africa increased like 1000% since White people settled there?

    Replies: @Wade Hampton, @anonymous, @Anonymous

    The same can be said (more or less) about the Amerindian populations of North America since Columbus. Massive increases in populations because of more reliable food, housing and healthcare.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Wade Hampton


    The same can be said (more or less) about the Amerindian populations of North America since Columbus. Massive increases in populations
     
    Citation please.
  33. Dick the butcher was right.

  34. @Buzz Mohawk
    https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/McGrath-Titania.jpg
    Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    http://corekin.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC_6688-1200x800.jpg

    Replies: @Rosie, @Altai, @Jim Christian, @BB753, @Pericles, @MBlanc46

    Broads, it’s always White feminists. Every single time. Worthless feminist broads, producing nothing but hatred and division. Pathetic they aren’t told to STFU. And they’re nearly always ugly, hence, their hatred.

  35. Science, we should respect science ….

    http://corekin.fi/2019/04/24/prof-davina-cooper-at-helsinki-university-think-corner-photos-and-video/

    “A Very Binary Drama”, a public dialogue by Prof. Davina Cooper with Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen (discussant) and Dr. Antu Sorainen (mod.) at Think Corner, University of Helsinki: photos and a short video clip

    At the end of March 2019, the Corekin and QueerWils Research Projects welcomed Professor Davina Cooper (king’s College, London) at Think Corner, Helsinki University with Public Talk “A Very Binary Drama: the Conceptual Struggle For Gender´s Future”. The talk was followed by a discussion with Professor Tuija Pulkkinen and moderated by the Academy Research Fellow, Dr. Antu Sorainen.

    • Replies: @Neoconned
    @Bardon Kaldian

    The Cottonmouth is a species of pit viper native to the SE USA....a relative of mine was once bitten by 1 & survived after they chopped its head off & went to the ER for antivenom....

    Let's let a few of these loose in her garden& see how incensed she is when animal control comes to remove them.....

  36. @Rob McX
    I remember watching episodes of the Australian show Nothing to Declare, about customs staff at airports. Most of their time seemed to be taken up stopping Asians from bringing in plants (and occasionally animals) that posed a threat to Australia's ecological balance.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @ScarletNumber

    This was a minor plot point of The Simpsons episode Bart vs. Australia.

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @ScarletNumber

    There was also this scene in the Itchy & Scratchy Land episode.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbnH0RBOkC8

  37. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rosie


    Nobody looks at Yours Truly and suspects crimethink.
     
    The black girls working at the local stores are still being sweet to me and rude to my wife, so apparently they're not onto me. (Unless they secretly share my views, which they might.) They hate my wife because she is a beautiful white woman who has me. That's my hypothesis and I'm sticking to it. We laugh about this, but they really do treat her worse than they do me, and it bugs her.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Men are almost always less sensitive to “treatment” (we’re generally happy with successful “communication”), and almost all women instinctively and unconsciously treat “help” badly, plus black girls (and increasing numbers of white girls now) think work is a kind of specialized friendship rather than work. Without knowing any details (I’m sure your wife is an ideal customer), all of the general tendencies guarantee this result.

    • Agree: El Dato, Polistra
    • Replies: @Neoconned
    @J.Ross

    I've worked retail &/or the service sector most of my life including stints in cashiering....im not saying you're wrong and this is probably the man in me being oblivious but can you explain what you mean by the "special friendship" thing because I'm not following but find the topic interesting....

    Replies: @J.Ross

  38. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Davina Cooper — Faculty Member

    King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law
     
    Surprisingly heteronormative name for a modern institution! Cooper:

    … with its dangerous implication that certain things belong, have always been at home here and form part of a proper (even timeless) balance, which the incomer upsets.
     
    Hmm. Maybe she’s pro-rape? Abolishing sex-crime and consent laws could be the next woke cause in the fight against ‘segregation’.

    Replies: @Alpheus Knight, @J.Ross, @Alden

    It is indeed heteronormative. There is a Korean name, closely related to Poon, viz., Ban, as in Ban Ki-moon. I propose that the law school name be cancelled and modernized to Ban Dix School of Law.

  39. @Bardon Kaldian
    Science, we should respect science ....

    http://corekin.fi/2019/04/24/prof-davina-cooper-at-helsinki-university-think-corner-photos-and-video/

    “A Very Binary Drama”, a public dialogue by Prof. Davina Cooper with Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen (discussant) and Dr. Antu Sorainen (mod.) at Think Corner, University of Helsinki: photos and a short video clip

    At the end of March 2019, the Corekin and QueerWils Research Projects welcomed Professor Davina Cooper (king’s College, London) at Think Corner, Helsinki University with Public Talk “A Very Binary Drama: the Conceptual Struggle For Gender´s Future”. The talk was followed by a discussion with Professor Tuija Pulkkinen and moderated by the Academy Research Fellow, Dr. Antu Sorainen.

    http://corekin.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC_6688-1024x681.jpg

    Replies: @Neoconned

    The Cottonmouth is a species of pit viper native to the SE USA….a relative of mine was once bitten by 1 & survived after they chopped its head off & went to the ER for antivenom….

    Let’s let a few of these loose in her garden& see how incensed she is when animal control comes to remove them…..

  40. @J.Ross
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Men are almost always less sensitive to "treatment" (we're generally happy with successful "communication"), and almost all women instinctively and unconsciously treat "help" badly, plus black girls (and increasing numbers of white girls now) think work is a kind of specialized friendship rather than work. Without knowing any details (I'm sure your wife is an ideal customer), all of the general tendencies guarantee this result.

    Replies: @Neoconned

    I’ve worked retail &/or the service sector most of my life including stints in cashiering….im not saying you’re wrong and this is probably the man in me being oblivious but can you explain what you mean by the “special friendship” thing because I’m not following but find the topic interesting….

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Neoconned

    A job is a duty, a bitterness which confers virtue and nobility in its proper acceptance. A girl's job is chatting and not seeing people when you don't want to. They're opposites. This is more important than intelligence or "sexism" is explaining female career shortfalls.

  41. anon[296] • Disclaimer says:

    Man bites dog. MIT student murders Yale student. Stereotypical Asian murder,

    Connecticut investigators are searching for a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fatal shooting of a Yale University graduate student, New Haven Police Department officials said Wednesday.

    Kevin Jiang, 26 years old, was shot to death in a car on Saturday night in New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood, according to the police officials. Mr. Jiang was a second-year student in the forestry program at the university’s School of the Environment, according to university officials.

    New Haven Police Department Chief Otoniel Reyes said at a Wednesday press conference outside the department’s headquarters that Qinxuan Pan, 29, was a person of interest in Mr. Jiang’s killing.

    Chief Reyes said Mr. Pan, an MIT graduate and Malden, Mass., resident, should be considered armed and dangerous. “Extreme caution should be used if you come in contact with this individual,” Chief Reyes said.

    Police have a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Pan for the possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Chief Reyes. The chief said police are investigating the possibility that Mr. Pan was in a vehicle that struck a vehicle operated by Mr. Jiang shortly before Mr. Jiang was shot to death.

    Police are also exploring the possibility that Mr. Pan may have known Mr. Jiang’s fiancée, who graduated from MIT in 2020, Chief Reyes said.

    MIT officials said that Mr. Pan has been enrolled as a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since September 2014. He received undergraduate degrees from MIT in computer science and mathematics in June 2014, the officials said.

    • Replies: @Anon
    @anon


    Man bites dog. MIT student murders Yale student. Stereotypical Asian murder,
     
    Chinese guy kills Korean guy over girl? Asian girl? I'm fascinated about the extent to which "Asian Americans" ignore the specific Asian country their family came from. Is their identity simply (northeast) Asia? Or does it depend on what generaton they are in the U.S.? I notice that the Korean-American (married to a Jewish guy after divorcing another Jewish guy) Harvard law professor who was in the U.S. at least by high school age, Jeannie Suk Gersen, is now going full-Korean-chick-shrew over some controversy about the fact that Japanese male occupiers used Korean prostitutes. I suspect this is a sign that the Asian American bloc is going to centrifugally come apart eventually as the different factions start to go against each other.
  42. I know a super-woke lady who is big into gardening, and is always lecturing people about the need to control “invasive” plants. I am gonna forward this article to her to see her response. Should be hilarious. 🤣

    • Replies: @Anon
    @Mr. Blank


    I know a super-woke lady who is big into gardening, and is always lecturing people about the need to control “invasive” plants. I am gonna forward this article to her to see her response. Should be hilarious. 🤣
     
    Please let us know how this turns out!

    The article makes clear that this is not just a terminology thing, like don't call people "retards," but rather a full-on claim that the very concept of plants being invasive is evil, that these are simply undocumented immigrant plants and should be welcomed. So your friend is not going to be able to just change the wording she uses as she continues to rip out the interlopers. She's going to have to leave the unwanted plants there and fertilize and water them (and supply them with health care and abortions).

    This is a really good example of a woke thought-experiment being taken as far as possible and then being pushed out there as serious. The next step is when the thought experiment is found to harm BIPOCs, when we will see the tortured reasoning of why they should be held to different standards: I'm imagining an Indian reservation taking measures against invasive plants and being given a pass for some reason.
  43. @Boston Ben
    OT:

    Happy Birthday Sister Andre Randon! 🎂 🥳 🎉

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/10/nun-117-survive-covid-france/

    A French nun survived the 1918 flu pandemic and both world wars. Now she’s beaten coronavirus days before she turns 117.

    https://img.resized.co/irishpostcouk/eyJkYXRhIjoie1widXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcL21lZGlhLmlyaXNocG9zdC5jby51a1xcXC91cGxvYWRzXFxcLzIwMjFcXFwvMDJcXFwvMTAxMTQ4NDVcXFwvR2V0dHlJbWFnZXMtMTIzMTA3NTYxMi5qcGdcIixcIndpZHRoXCI6NjQ3LFwiaGVpZ2h0XCI6MzQwLFwiZGVmYXVsdFwiOlwiaHR0cHM6XFxcL1xcXC93d3cuaXJpc2hwb3N0LmNvbVxcXC9pXFxcL25vLWltYWdlLnBuZ1wifSIsImhhc2giOiI3MzIzYmVhYmVjOWYzMzEyZTFjYzU1NmJkMTU0ODg5YTZiZjRjMmNhIn0=/gettyimages-1231075612.jpg

    Europe's oldest person, French nun Sister André, recovered from the coronavirus on Feb. 9, and will celebrate her 117th birthday on Feb. 11. (Reuters)

    By
    Jaclyn Peiser
    Feb. 10, 2021

    In the weeks leading up to her 117th birthday, Sister André spent her days isolated in her room at the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home in the southern French city of Toulon. The nun was one of dozens of residents at the home who tested positive for the coronavirus.

    But on Tuesday, Sister André was declared recovered from the virus, a spokesman from her retirement home told Reuters, allowing her to hold on to her title as the oldest living European and second-oldest person in the world, according to Gerontology Research Group’s “World Supercentenarian Rankings List.”

    “We consider her to be cured. She is very calm and she is looking forward to celebrating her 117th birthday on Thursday,” spokesman David Tavella told Reuters.
     

    Replies: @Diversity Heretic, @Buffalo Joe

    But according to Anthony Fauci, she still needs to be vaccinated.

  44. Chernobyl was a racist and antisemitic event, as it forced people to talk about getting “cancer” (which is, just like unrestrained immigration, a natural growth phenomenon) and “keeping the radioactivity out of the body” (similar to Jews being kept out of practically anything in Nazi Germany). Note the Auschwitzian connotation of “liquidators” who were hired to “take to the roof” and “clean up” the radioactive “debris” (an allusion to rampant subhumanism and othering). The good thing about Chernobyl is that it forced white supremacists to think twice about “drinking milk”.

    Buttfugg Cunt Crazy, PhD, PhD, Dr. Rerum Unnaturalis et Speciosum

  45. Racism works through commonsense meanings and ideas…

    “SJWs posting their Ls”

    Clearly, some plants and animals cause harm or create change, including by impeding biodiversity. But surely there is a public language to talk about these problems away from the pervasive terms of native and alien, with its dangerous implication that certain things belong, have always been at home here and form part of a proper (even timeless) balance, which the incomer upsets.

    We can at least congratulate her on recognising the harm that invasive species cause. More: she can verbalise a perfectly cogent argument in favour of nativism.

    But imagine recognising all that, and not, well, recognising it. What’s wrong with these people?

  46. @Alfa158
    @Wilkey

    Why would they? Being batshit crazy is a good living and puts you near the seat of power and wealth. In a decaying civilization NOT being bugfuck crazy gets you fired, ostracized, un-personed, marginalized, jailed, or making your living writing for obscure websites that are increasingly under threat and relying on donations to make a living.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Jewishwood Observer RT.com reports:

    #CancelDisneyPlus: Boycott campaign claims ‘Mandalorian’ star Gina Carano’s firing was politically motivated

    No stranger to internet controversy, Carano shared a post from another user on her Instagram page on Wednesday which described how Jews were treated in Nazi Germany, as part of a broader commentary about political persecution.

    The post caused a major meltdown on social media, with #FireGinaCarano quickly trending on Twitter. Hours later, Lucasfilm, which produces ‘The Mandalorian’, said in a statement that the actress would not be returning for the show’s third season. The studio condemned Carano’s “abhorrent and unacceptable” social media posts but did not elaborate on why it was parting ways with the star.

    Oh well!

    Why is Star Wars even still a thing? It was fun up to the Ewoks Abo/Diversity Debacle but after that…

    Empire should have pounded the whole moon into radioactive ash and won. All of this because Vader wanted to “turn” his Antifa son.

  47. @SafeNow
    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh...

    Replies: @Anonymous, @nokangaroos, @SFG, @tyrone, @Anonymouse

    … just when I was thinking what could possibly be “anti-semitic” about biology.

  48. Poor, poor Davina. Her colleague & co-author, at least, has a hair.

    https://www.lse.ac.uk/gender/people/people-profiles/faculty/sumi-madhok

    Trained as a feminist political theorist, Dr Madhok’s research, writing and teaching is organised around the central question: how does one produce theory and concepts in ‘non-standard’ background conditions? Consequently, Dr Madhok’s research is essentially concerned with reorienting theoretical and conceptual scholarship in ways that are able to conceptually capture the postcolonial condition.

    Dr Madhok is a committed interdisciplinary scholar, and her teaching and scholarship lies at the intersection of feminist political theory and philosophy, coloniality / postcoloniality, transnational activism and social movements, rights/human rights, citizenship, developmentalism and ethnography. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, prizes and honours, including from the ESRC, The Mellon Foundation, The British Academy and the Ford Foundation. In 2013 she was the winner of the Major Review Teaching Prize for Outstanding Teaching. During 2015-16 she held the Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and in May 2017 she received the LSE Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award for ‘Inspirational Teaching’

    A responsibility to representational justice: a few notes on reading Davina Cooper’s ‘Taking Responsibility for Gender’
    Article

    Author(s) Sumi Madhok

    Me, commenting ….

  49. Steve,
    I’m loking forward to your Larry Flint obit…

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Chrisnonymous


    Steve,
    I’m loking forward to your Larry Fl[y]nt obit…
     
    Don't be crotchety.
  50. Anon[922] • Disclaimer says:

    The more that the animal and plant kingdom appear in woke discussions, the better. It’s always been a problem for them to explain why mammals and reptiles and birds exhibit different gender roles. Their theory is that, O.K., yeah, chimps have gender roles, but those were lost on the way to Homo sapiens, but weirdly, human culture reinvented similar roles, so now we have to eliminate them.

  51. @Wade Hampton
    @Rosie

    The same can be said (more or less) about the Amerindian populations of North America since Columbus. Massive increases in populations because of more reliable food, housing and healthcare.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The same can be said (more or less) about the Amerindian populations of North America since Columbus. Massive increases in populations

    Citation please.

  52. @Rosie
    @Kimmelson


    It’s important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.
     
    Are we now? Hasn't the black population of South Africa increased like 1000% since White people settled there?

    Replies: @Wade Hampton, @anonymous, @Anonymous

    increase in every African country without white people.

    • Replies: @anon
    @anonymous


    "increase in every African country without white people."
     
    You mean since the invention of White technology and White colonialism.
  53. @Morton's toes
    Canadian geese are assholes though. Even bird watchers hate them.

    https://i.redd.it/8s1u7a2ywrt41.jpg

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Macumazahn, @PSR, @JMcG, @MBlanc46

    A Canada Goose is a breed. A Canadian goose is one that grew up in Winnipeg.

    Goose hunters like to joke that “shooting a Canada” is a good hunt but “shooting a Canadian” is murder.

    • Replies: @Morton's toes
    @JR Ewing

    The Canadian goose joke is aging very slowly.

    https://dbhamill.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/shouting-goose1.jpg

    I envy it.

  54. @SafeNow
    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh...

    Replies: @Anonymous, @nokangaroos, @SFG, @tyrone, @Anonymouse

    Some are saprophytes, which live on dead matter (and are actually really important in terms of letting nutrients from corpses get back into the soil).

  55. OT: Traumatized by your job as an entertainer, 20 year later

    Director of Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ and DC’s ‘Justice League’ under fire over ‘toxic work environments,’ alleged misogyny & racism

    A second actor has come forward accusing blockbuster filmmaker Joss Whedon of ill-treating his actors on set. Charisma Carpenter, who worked with Whedon in the 1990s, has voiced her support for Justice League’s Ray Fisher.

    Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on the hit TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, posted a lengthy Twitter denunciation on Wednesday, describing how Whedon “abused his power on numerous occasions” during the time she worked with him – fat-shaming her while she was pregnant, mocking her religious beliefs, playing actors off against one another, and even triggering a “chronic physical condition” that still afflicts her.

  56. @Rosie
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:
     
    Hey, you never know! That cute old White lady might be a closet notsee. Nobody looks at Yours Truly and suspects crimethink.

    One thing is clear, though. That was either an epic troll or a spectacular own goal.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @SFG

    I’ve gotten stuck in a couple of public-facing positions because I’ve never pissed off the SJWs or said anything un-PC.

    My suspicion has always been this is because good liberals actually believe SJWs are into peace, love, and understanding and stick their collective foot in their mouth, whereas I treat them as converted to a hostile and hateful ideology and choose my words carefully. But that could just be my conspiracy theory. People like to think they’re smarter (better, nicer, etc.) than everyone around them, after all.

  57. Keep in mind that this post is about writing from a Guardian Reader. It’s a reader comment.

    Making fun of it might be fun, but this is no different from some lefty making fun of Steve Sailer’s blog based on the writings of Tiny Duck.

    That’s why we must muzzle the beak of The Duck, with extreme prejudice.

    .

    [EDIT:] Just read Polistra’s and Buzz’s comments. We should also keep in mind that at least Tiny Duck is not a University Professor. (Well, I mean, he could be … )

    • LOL: donut
    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    @Achmed E. Newman

    C'mon, brother-man, ducks are entertaining and comical and fun to have around.

    Crows, on the other hand, are annoying and take themselves much too seriously.

    As to the Guardian reader thing, in the early 1980's British TV had a show called Assaulted Nuts. They did a "viewer mail segment" where a "Guardian Reader" type woman viewer complained about a comic sketch regarding the marriage trouble of a white English woman married to an African man and then they showed the offensive sketch.

    The sketch was in really bad taste and really funny. I am wondering if the "viewer mail" from the Brit SJW was part of the gag?

    , @tyrone
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "That’s why we must muzzle the beak of The Duck, with extreme prejudice."….epoxy-lips now.

  58. @SafeNow
    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh...

    Replies: @Anonymous, @nokangaroos, @SFG, @tyrone, @Anonymouse

    Many fungi live in symbiotic relationships with plants ,but yes, the evil mycelium of Davina Cooper fungus have spread everywhere .

  59. @Sean
    Death to American tree rats!

    https://theconversation.com/grey-squirrels-are-oblivious-to-threat-from-pine-martens-giving-native-reds-the-advantage-131064

    Grey squirrels are oblivious to threat from pine martens – giving native reds the advantage
     
    Seems friendly enough
    https://wordwenches.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c84c753ef0264e2e91ba1200d-200wi

    There have to be predators, a system become decadent without them.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @tyrone, @Clyde

    Death to American tree rats!

    Thank you! Without their bushy tails we wouldn’t be so nice to them. They’d be shot on sight by more of us, and people wouldn’t feed them at the park.

    Come to think of it, “without their bushy tails, we wouldn’t be so nice” may apply to women too.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Story at 4chan:
    Ukrainian chick come to America goes nuts at the sight of squirrels. And why not? European squirrels evolved fluffy pseudo bunny ears (totes adorbs). Without the lagomorphic fraud, they're rats, which, in Europe, are responsible for the death of millions, plus the rise of Poland (cause they closed their borders, heh), hence Ukrainian resentment.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yl-OPRCK38&list=PLF2C162818C04498E&index=11

  60. @Anonymous

    Biodiversity and the use of nativist language

    Davina Cooper questions the need to use xenophobic terms to describe species
     
    Is Davina Cooper Jewish?

    Replies: @Expletive Deleted, @ben tillman

    From her blog

    Yet another episode in the story of Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism.

    The repeat instances of anti-Jewish animus disturb us. As such, we were moved by Hadley Freeman’s recent commentary expressing anger at the stream of incidents, anger also at the inability of progressive people, including Corbyn, to properly understand why the images are wrong. But we are also disturbed by the repeated performance of apology, the assumption that sanctions are the answer, and the depiction of mainstream Jewish community leaders as representing us all, including in their claim (increasingly commonplace) that there is something necessarily antithetical between Jewish people and the radical left.

    Jezza is certainly a spectacular autist, like his brother the weather wizard, but one thing he’s not is antisemitic. Although he fails to recognise that jewish supremacists assert that any criticism of the State of Israel is an Einsatzgruppe-level assault on every jew on the planet.

  61. @notsaying
    She wants to use different words to signify native plants and invasive plants. We could use different words but the parallel would still exist between what was there before and harmful new elements.

    It is worth pointing out that National Geographic says "Not all non-native species are invasive. For example, most of the food crops grown in the United States, including popular varieties of wheat, tomatoes, and rice, are not native to the region."

    If I can say that all newcomers are not bad, can the other side admit all newcomers are not good and that we must limit the number we admit?

    Replies: @njguy73, @Bill Jones, @Badger Down

    How about “undocumented species” or “guest worker species?”

    • LOL: notsaying
    • Replies: @anon
    @njguy73

    "guest worker species?”


    Doing a job domestic species won't do?

  62. @Buzz Mohawk
    https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/McGrath-Titania.jpg
    Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    http://corekin.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC_6688-1200x800.jpg

    Replies: @Rosie, @Altai, @Jim Christian, @BB753, @Pericles, @MBlanc46

    At first, I read her name “Darwina”.

  63. @Sean
    Death to American tree rats!

    https://theconversation.com/grey-squirrels-are-oblivious-to-threat-from-pine-martens-giving-native-reds-the-advantage-131064

    Grey squirrels are oblivious to threat from pine martens – giving native reds the advantage
     
    Seems friendly enough
    https://wordwenches.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c84c753ef0264e2e91ba1200d-200wi

    There have to be predators, a system become decadent without them.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @tyrone, @Clyde

    “Death to American tree rats!”……yeah, but that’s some good eatin’ son…..just wait until we are deep in Venezuela 2.0…..

  64. @Achmed E. Newman
    Keep in mind that this post is about writing from a Guardian Reader. It's a reader comment.

    Making fun of it might be fun, but this is no different from some lefty making fun of Steve Sailer's blog based on the writings of Tiny Duck.

    That's why we must muzzle the beak of The Duck, with extreme prejudice.

    .

    [EDIT:] Just read Polistra's and Buzz's comments. We should also keep in mind that at least Tiny Duck is not a University Professor. (Well, I mean, he could be ... )

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @tyrone

    C’mon, brother-man, ducks are entertaining and comical and fun to have around.

    Crows, on the other hand, are annoying and take themselves much too seriously.

    As to the Guardian reader thing, in the early 1980’s British TV had a show called Assaulted Nuts. They did a “viewer mail segment” where a “Guardian Reader” type woman viewer complained about a comic sketch regarding the marriage trouble of a white English woman married to an African man and then they showed the offensive sketch.

    The sketch was in really bad taste and really funny. I am wondering if the “viewer mail” from the Brit SJW was part of the gag?

  65. @MattinLA
    Funny, I noticed this years ago too - leftists were terrified of ecological diversity, but enamored of cultural diversity. I guess this one contradiction is being finally noticed...

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Hypnotoad666, @interesting

    The are not “enamored of cultural diversity” they are pro anything that is not White Culture as that presents an obstacle to the Global Khaki Uni-Culture that they are aiming for.

    • Replies: @MattinLA
    @Bill Jones

    Bill, you're right, I spoke too flippantly. They love every color in the rainbow except white....

  66. Is it encouraging or discouraging to see that there are loonies in other countries as well as ours? I bet this lady is a real sweetheart who can’t bear to see any creature discriminated against. I wish her well, but perhaps she (along with so many of her sex) doesn’t really belong in politics?

  67. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob McX

    That is (or was, in my memory) a serious thing even between the states here in the United ones. California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, "Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables," or something like that.

    You see, they have (or had, as far as I recall) a fantastic and admirable agricultural business, and they need to protect it from invasive species. If there is a weird, out-of-state bug in those apples you brought all the way from Connecticut, then by God they are not going to let it get into California and gum up the works.

    It makes sense.

    Man, if we could take an agricultural, country-boy, animal-and-plant-breeding approach to government and public policy, everybody would be better off. Humans are just another damn animal that multiplies itself into different breeds and overpopulates itself when it can. They are invasive whenever they have the chance.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Tono Bungay, @Badger Down, @Old Prude

    You make a good point, but couldn’t we just call them “disadvantaged” species instead of being so racist about it?

  68. @notsaying
    She wants to use different words to signify native plants and invasive plants. We could use different words but the parallel would still exist between what was there before and harmful new elements.

    It is worth pointing out that National Geographic says "Not all non-native species are invasive. For example, most of the food crops grown in the United States, including popular varieties of wheat, tomatoes, and rice, are not native to the region."

    If I can say that all newcomers are not bad, can the other side admit all newcomers are not good and that we must limit the number we admit?

    Replies: @njguy73, @Bill Jones, @Badger Down

    can the other side admit all newcomers are not good and that we must limit the number we admit?

    Try not to be unnecessarily stupid.

  69. She’s really got it in for Christians (but allies with muslims, naturally).
    “Are Christian bakers part of the wedding cakes they make; and what follows if they are?”

    .. between 1986 and 1990 was a locally elected councillor, and chair of several committees on Haringey Council, London.

    tells me all I need to know. Loonyleft Central.
    The borough sits immediately to the east of this lot. Golders Green (a sort of English Park Slope) at one end, the old Tottenham Hotspur ground at the other.

  70. So does this Guardian reader think stink bugs are a race ? Interesting reaction to benign article on the very real threat of invasive species on natural environments, Phd’ Cooper goes straight to human race. Guess deep down they know their figurative bull feces in diversity is just that, but in the end think of their own personal financial grift. Wonder is Davina Cooper even an indigenous Brit? If not, it would explain things. Either way we should all welcome her backhanded honesty on mass human migration.

  71. @SafeNow
    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh...

    Replies: @Anonymous, @nokangaroos, @SFG, @tyrone, @Anonymouse

    Parasite is an ancient Greek word meaning someone who comes to a dinner without being invited. The phenomenon occurs in Homer’s Iliad. Xenophon in his Symposium has an anecdote about a jokester parasite named Philippos who came uninvited to dinners with a line of self-deprecating jokes.

    Unfortunately, Salvadoran gangbangers who sneak into our country don’t tell self-deprecating jokes.

  72. @Kimmelson
    It's important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.

    Replies: @Rosie, @Mike Tre

    So it was Europeans who drove the North American mammoth, smilodon and other megafauna to extinction?

    Thanks for clearing that up.

  73. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Davina Cooper — Faculty Member

    King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law
     
    Surprisingly heteronormative name for a modern institution! Cooper:

    … with its dangerous implication that certain things belong, have always been at home here and form part of a proper (even timeless) balance, which the incomer upsets.
     
    Hmm. Maybe she’s pro-rape? Abolishing sex-crime and consent laws could be the next woke cause in the fight against ‘segregation’.

    Replies: @Alpheus Knight, @J.Ross, @Alden

    That one dude resembles Sam Neill but he’s their drummer.

  74. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Sean


    Death to American tree rats!
     
    Thank you! Without their bushy tails we wouldn't be so nice to them. They'd be shot on sight by more of us, and people wouldn't feed them at the park.

    Come to think of it, "without their bushy tails, we wouldn't be so nice" may apply to women too.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Story at 4chan:
    Ukrainian chick come to America goes nuts at the sight of squirrels. And why not? European squirrels evolved fluffy pseudo bunny ears (totes adorbs). Without the lagomorphic fraud, they’re rats, which, in Europe, are responsible for the death of millions, plus the rise of Poland (cause they closed their borders, heh), hence Ukrainian resentment.

  75. They are undocumented species.

  76. How dare you all — no zebra mussel is illegal!

  77. @Buzz Mohawk
    https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/McGrath-Titania.jpg
    Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    http://corekin.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC_6688-1200x800.jpg

    Replies: @Rosie, @Altai, @Jim Christian, @BB753, @Pericles, @MBlanc46

    By Jove, it’s Tranny Dawkins!

  78. “There is a long-running debate in biology about the nativist and xenophobic resonances, and racist and antisemitic histories,”

    Speaking as somebody with a lot of academic training as a biologist — no, there isn’t.

  79. @Altai
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Selected Publications

    2019: Feeling like a State: Political Withdrawal and the Transformative Imagination [Duke University Press for Global and Insurgent Legalities series];
    2017: ‘Prefiguring the State’, Antipode 49 (2) 335-356;
    2016: ‘If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value?’ Journal of Law and Society 43 (4): 483-505 [co-author, Flora Renz];
    2014: Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces (Duke University Press, Durham, NC) [awarded Charles Taylor Book prize];
    2004: Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge);
    1998: Governing Out of Order: Space, Law and the Politics of Belonging (Rivers Oram, London and New York University Press, NY)

    Latest Publications

    Doing activism like a state: Progressive municipal government, Israel/Palestine and BDS 10 June 2019
    A Very Binary Drama: The Conceptual Struggle for Gender's Future 25 March 2019
    Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play 13 Dec 2017
    Transforming Markets and States through Everyday Utopias of Play May 2017
    Prefiguring the State 1 Mar 2017
    If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value? 1 Dec 2016
    Transformative state publics 2 Jul 2016
    Bringing the state up conceptually: Forging a body politics through anti-gay Christian refusal 27 Apr 2015
    Up Against the Property Logic of Equality Law: Conservative Christian Accommodation Claims and Gay Rights Apr 2013
    Public Bodies: Conceptualizing Active Citizenship and the Embodied State 2013
    Time against time: Normative temporalities and the failure of community labour in Local Exchange Trading Schemes 2013
    Erotic Care: A Queer Feminist Bathhouse and the Power of Erotic Action 2012
    Reading the State as a Multi-Identity Formation: The Touch and Feel of Equality Governance 1 Apr 2011
    Theorising Nudist Equality: An Encounter Between Political Fantasy and Public AppearanceCooper, 1 Mar 2011

     


    She currently directs an ESRC funded research project on the Future of Legal Gender - a prefigurative feminist law reform initiative.
     
    Oh god she is getting ESRC funding for her radical subjective political activism which we somehow have to treat as objective academic work.

    Replies: @Pericles, @Alden

    Judging by her publication titles, she furthermore appears to be an obligate academic parasite on James C. Scott.

  80. I got mugged by Canadian geese (yes I know it’s technically “canada geese” but it doesn’t sound right) when I was about three. I was walking around with a Dick’s hamburger minding my own business at the beach when a gang of them surrounded me and pummeled me with their wings then stole my burger. They then proceeded to eat it right in front of me. It was so traumatic that I still remember the abject terror and helpless rage I felt as the cruel birds imposed their will on me some forty years ago.

    I recommend that the Europeans shoot them on sight. A Mossberg 500 does the job quite effectively.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bill P

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Polistra, @Bill P, @Aardvark, @additionalMike, @ScarletNumber

    , @Expletive Deleted
    @Bill P

    Since we're officially no-guns (-knives, -spoons etc.) I'd have encouraged the large transient population of Eastern Europeans (particularly Romanian gypsies, Albanians) to leave the Queen's swans alone and concentrate on those honking nuisances.
    A resident Turk claimed not to know what swans were. So he killed one with a view to eating it. As one does.

    Probably a vain hope, but not as many of them have packed up and gone after Brexit as one might have wished. Just the legit. workers (Poles, actual Romanians, Bulgarians etc.).

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    , @Joe Stalin
    @Bill P

    Office mate was walking across the parking lot when she look down at the collar of trench coat she was carrying; a Canada goose had conducted a bombing run and hit the inside of the turned collar with a big turd.

    , @BenKenobi
    @Bill P

    Interesting. It's illegal to harm them here in Canada. I suppose they do poop everywhere, but they've always seemed harmless to me. They do have an annoying habit of slllooowly crossing the road in large groups, however.

    A funny anecdote from my army days: depending upon the time of year my base would have geese everywhere except the wilderness. One morning a Private came in to work, and this guy was quite a drunk. The only soldier I've ever seen get charged with "drunkeness." He was already quite tipsy and somehow hit a goose with his car. He came into the platoon area and had the dying animal in a black trash bag. Naturally, we were gonna cover for him. Another soldier who was an avid hunter and butcher (the guy had a freezer full of bear sausage) was very excited at the prospect of cooking up illegal goose, so he broke the bird's neck and stuffed the bag into the platoon fridge. A while later, the Warrant Officer came by with his coffee and opened the fridge, poured himself some cream, and closed the door. Everyone was exchanging nervous glances as he did this, and he somehow did not notice the garbage bag. Good times.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    , @TWS
    @Bill P

    They can kill a kid with a blow from their wing. Was that at Shilshoe?

    Replies: @Bill P

  81. @Bill P
    I got mugged by Canadian geese (yes I know it's technically "canada geese" but it doesn't sound right) when I was about three. I was walking around with a Dick's hamburger minding my own business at the beach when a gang of them surrounded me and pummeled me with their wings then stole my burger. They then proceeded to eat it right in front of me. It was so traumatic that I still remember the abject terror and helpless rage I felt as the cruel birds imposed their will on me some forty years ago.

    I recommend that the Europeans shoot them on sight. A Mossberg 500 does the job quite effectively.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Expletive Deleted, @Joe Stalin, @BenKenobi, @TWS

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Buzz Mohawk

    But they are just gigantic ducks.

    Replies: @Old Prude

    , @Polistra
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Can you (or anyone) tell me why they're a federally-protected species? Where I live now, traffic is almost always 'hell-bent for leather' except it comes to a screeching halt whenever these creatures take it upon themselves to wander into the four-lane. What gives?

    , @Bill P
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Their turds rival a medium-sized dog's.

    , @Aardvark
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Sounds similar to the homeless in San Francisco.

    , @additionalMike
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Dumb. You forgot dumb. A few years ago, I was jogging on a 1/4 mile outdoor running track...there was a flock occupying the entire width of the track at one spot. As I approached, they all flew up, honking and screaming. Because it was a rubber track, their droppings made it slicker than...well, you know.
    After I passed, they returned to the same spot on the track.

    I ran around again, and again they flew away, only to return to the spot when I had passed.

    I ran 2.5 miles that day...10 laps, and they flew away and returned.
    Every. Single. Time.

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Buzz Mohawk


    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played.
     
    When my town was debating on whether to turn the local athletic fields from grass into artificial, this was one of the determining factors. The field must have been on some sort of migratory path, as it accumulated prodigious amounts of gooseshit.

    Replies: @Clyde

  82. More Brit PC … An entire team of invasive activists, looking like Hollywood Squares gone horribly wrong

    https://summit.news/2021/02/09/london-mayor-appoints-woke-activist-brigade-to-review-statues-for-diversity/

  83. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bill P

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Polistra, @Bill P, @Aardvark, @additionalMike, @ScarletNumber

    But they are just gigantic ducks.

    • Replies: @Old Prude
    @El Dato

    But they are just gigantic dicks. FIFY

  84. Stop noticing things !

    Twitter should suspend this columnist for racism.

  85. @Bill P
    I got mugged by Canadian geese (yes I know it's technically "canada geese" but it doesn't sound right) when I was about three. I was walking around with a Dick's hamburger minding my own business at the beach when a gang of them surrounded me and pummeled me with their wings then stole my burger. They then proceeded to eat it right in front of me. It was so traumatic that I still remember the abject terror and helpless rage I felt as the cruel birds imposed their will on me some forty years ago.

    I recommend that the Europeans shoot them on sight. A Mossberg 500 does the job quite effectively.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Expletive Deleted, @Joe Stalin, @BenKenobi, @TWS

    Since we’re officially no-guns (-knives, -spoons etc.) I’d have encouraged the large transient population of Eastern Europeans (particularly Romanian gypsies, Albanians) to leave the Queen’s swans alone and concentrate on those honking nuisances.
    A resident Turk claimed not to know what swans were. So he killed one with a view to eating it. As one does.

    Probably a vain hope, but not as many of them have packed up and gone after Brexit as one might have wished. Just the legit. workers (Poles, actual Romanians, Bulgarians etc.).

    • Replies: @YetAnotherAnon
    @Expletive Deleted

    "not as many of them have packed up and gone after Brexit as one might have wished"

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9248817/5million-EU-citizens-apply-stay-Britain-Brexit.html


    Five million EU citizens have applied to stay in the UK permanently after Brexit - far higher than previous official estimates and larger than the population of seven European nations.

    The Home Office has now received 4.9m applications under the EU settlement scheme and granted permanent resident status to 4.3m applicants so far.

    Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta all have populations of less than five million.

    An official population snapshot taken in June 2019 had suggested there were 3.4m EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK.
     
  86. I still think it would be cool to call the importation of foreigners into the USA as transfection as it is the deliberate introduction of a strange DNA by hostile actors.

    • Replies: @anonymous
    @Joe Stalin


    I still think it would be cool to call the importation of foreigners into the USA as transfection as it is the deliberate introduction of a strange DNA by hostile actors.
     
    Ya think?

    https://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/post/illegal-alien-charged-with-brutal-child-rape-in-alabama
  87. @Bill P
    I got mugged by Canadian geese (yes I know it's technically "canada geese" but it doesn't sound right) when I was about three. I was walking around with a Dick's hamburger minding my own business at the beach when a gang of them surrounded me and pummeled me with their wings then stole my burger. They then proceeded to eat it right in front of me. It was so traumatic that I still remember the abject terror and helpless rage I felt as the cruel birds imposed their will on me some forty years ago.

    I recommend that the Europeans shoot them on sight. A Mossberg 500 does the job quite effectively.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Expletive Deleted, @Joe Stalin, @BenKenobi, @TWS

    Office mate was walking across the parking lot when she look down at the collar of trench coat she was carrying; a Canada goose had conducted a bombing run and hit the inside of the turned collar with a big turd.

  88. But surely there is a public language to talk about these problems away from the pervasive terms of native and alien,

    Language is useless if it can’t convey meaning and information, no matter how ‘hateful’ or distressing.

    And don’t call me Shirley.

  89. The subtext of this “science” (or Science tm) is that, at the moment, we must welcome all people of color at our borders. Hence the language objecting to invasion.

    It also means that indigenous peoples don’t have enough numbers, so screw ‘em. A generation ago scholars did talk about invasive species and lamented the biological damage on ecosystems as well as people, but they realized that the money isn’t on the indigenous, but with the Third Worlders whose women bear six children apiece.

    Virtually none of this is about ecological diversity. Words don’t mean what we think they mean.

  90. But surely there is a public language to talk about these problems away from the pervasive terms of native and alien, with its dangerous implication that certain things belong, have always been at home here and form part of a proper (even timeless) balance, which the incomer upsets.

    What’s the difference between an invasive species and a colonizer? Why is the idea that having a timeless, proper balance and incomers upsetting that balance a “dangerous implication”? What sort of hellish disorder is she wishing on the world?

  91. “Invasive Species” Is Racist

    Howzabout – “guest worker species that prevents other species from rotting on the ground and that will soon return whence they came” ?

  92. Semi-OT:

    Matrix 4 actress Priyanka Chopra apologizes for promoting skin-lightening cream:

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2021/02/11/priyanka-chopra-sincerely-apologises-for-promoting-skin-lightening-creams/

    I mean, she’s a sort of invasive species.

  93. @Morton's toes
    Canadian geese are assholes though. Even bird watchers hate them.

    https://i.redd.it/8s1u7a2ywrt41.jpg

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Macumazahn, @PSR, @JMcG, @MBlanc46

    But are they good eatin’? When I see a goose that close, I think, “Sunday dinner!”

    • Replies: @David
    @Macumazahn

    A Canada goose is thin bony membrane wrapped around a digestive system. There's not a lot to eat in one. More than half the meat is in the breasts, which can be prepared such that they are just palatable. But any fresh meat ever sold in supermarkets is sure to be better. The roasted carcass can be boiled for not bad soup. But the fat is extremely disgusting. Don't include any of it in any dish.

    , @YetAnotherAnon
    @Macumazahn

    My neighbour in England shot one as it came over his (pretty large) garden, it tasted fine. We've also eaten baked grey squirrel there, quite dry and nutty, not bad at all.

    Grey squirrel are an invasive species, but there's not been a red round my way for seventy years or more.

    Up north in the Lakes (red squirrel country) if you see a grey you can ring a number and a young lady will come out and shoot it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/02/kill-them-the-volunteer-army-plotting-to-wipe-out-britains-grey-squirrels

    , @Anonymouse
    @Macumazahn

    Wife and I ate a wild goose once. Hunter friend of ours gave us one. It took a very long time of cooking to become tender but tasted very good. All the wild game I have ever eaten had distinctive tastes. I ate elk once which tasted different from venison. I ate a wild turkey that was quite different from domestic turkeys from the grocery store. The goose we ate tasted somewhat different from wild duck which we have eaten 2 or 3 times, again from our friend the hunter. We were warned about finding buckshots in the duck and goose and indeed we found a few.

  94. So, may we now abandon the term “native Americans”? Let’s go back to “redskins”!

  95. But surely there is …

    What. A. F-ing. Coward.

    And no, there isn’t.

  96. @MattinLA
    Funny, I noticed this years ago too - leftists were terrified of ecological diversity, but enamored of cultural diversity. I guess this one contradiction is being finally noticed...

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Hypnotoad666, @interesting

    This woman may inadvertently have a point. Is it really necessary to worry about which species are native and which are “invasive”? Why not judge each species on its “merit.” In California, do we really want to uproot all Eucalyptus trees because they came from Australia?

    And what is the halcyon date when the perfect ecosystem existed that we are trying to restore?

    And why is the current ecosystem better than the one that will exist when some man made change occurs? And how many polar bears do we really need anyway?

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don’t have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    • Replies: @Polistra
    @Hypnotoad666


    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don’t have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.
     
    I do. It had more and better animals, and less pollution. Converting more and more of the planet's biomass into useless humans brings misery to every living thing, including the humans. If given a choice between Natural and Artificial, always choose Natural.

    Replies: @TWS, @Wade Hampton

    , @Rob McX
    @Hypnotoad666

    It can only be said that introducing a certain species to another environment would change the existing ecosystem in certain ways. Some of the flora and fauna already there will benefit and some will lose out by the new arrival. Some of the best loved and most valuable foods are "invasive species" from other continents.

    As for the conservation of all existing species for its own sake, it seems to be a white thing that many other races just don't get. Many people on earth will hunt to extinction any animal that can be eaten, worn, or used as an aphrodisiac, and to hell with the consequences. The best thing for the planet's natural environment would be to keep as many whites around as possible.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    , @AnotherDad
    @Hypnotoad666


    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don’t have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.
     
    I agree that some of the "invasive species" thing is overbaked. There may be some species from another environment that are nice to have--your eucalyptus trees?

    I think there are two salient points that a rational environmentalist would make:

    1) Equilibrium or "equilibrium".
    A natural environment somewhere or another is some sort of dynamic--ever changing, but nonetheless usually steady--equilibrium. It isn't a true equilibrium as species are evolving and there is non-biological change--solar flux changes, glaciers retreat, etc. But it's more or less stable.

    Invasive species often come without the rest of their native environment--their predators and other checks. They sometimes just run wild in the new environment and radically disrupt the stability--destroy the habitat for other species, which in turn destroys the balance for other species. Examples abound: like Dutch Elm disease, the Chestnut blight, the carp explosion in the US, kudzu eating the South.

    The new environment with the invasive species may not be just this species for that, but a collapse of equilibrium of the old order and a much less desirable, unbalanced--uglier--new order. The new order itself would eventually "rebalance" as all species will evolve to adapt to the conditions the new invader has introduced. But that process back to some sort of "equilibrium" can take hundreds or thousands of years.


    2) Diversity
    People just like--"value"--the diversity of species. They like that there is a gray squirrel here and red squirrel there; a brown bear here, a black bear there; carp over there and catfish over here. The variety of the world has its own value in and of itself. People don't want the entire world to be the same bucket of brown goo.

    ~~

    And yes there are obvious human/political analogs to these.

    There are indeed invasive species that introduced into other (more civilized) environments without their natural checks run wild.

    And yes, wise, discerning--non psychotically hostile--people value human diversity, that the blue-eyed blonds are over there, the Japanese over there, the Indians over there, the Arabs over there, the Latinos down there. Only weak, psychotically hostile people, insist that they should be able to insert themselves everywhere and take offense when people just want to enjoy their patch in their own way. And only truly vile pschopaths want to break down all the barriers and destroy other people's nations--and the diversity of mankind.
    , @Old Prude
    @Hypnotoad666

    I'd like some chestnut trees around. And some elm trees that are older than twenty years. When the borers get my ash trees I think that will be a bad change. Halcyon days did not include oriental bittersweet.

  97. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bill P

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Polistra, @Bill P, @Aardvark, @additionalMike, @ScarletNumber

    Can you (or anyone) tell me why they’re a federally-protected species? Where I live now, traffic is almost always ‘hell-bent for leather’ except it comes to a screeching halt whenever these creatures take it upon themselves to wander into the four-lane. What gives?

  98. @Hypnotoad666
    @MattinLA

    This woman may inadvertently have a point. Is it really necessary to worry about which species are native and which are "invasive"? Why not judge each species on its "merit." In California, do we really want to uproot all Eucalyptus trees because they came from Australia?

    And what is the halcyon date when the perfect ecosystem existed that we are trying to restore?

    And why is the current ecosystem better than the one that will exist when some man made change occurs? And how many polar bears do we really need anyway?

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don't have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Rob McX, @AnotherDad, @Old Prude

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don’t have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    I do. It had more and better animals, and less pollution. Converting more and more of the planet’s biomass into useless humans brings misery to every living thing, including the humans. If given a choice between Natural and Artificial, always choose Natural.

    • Replies: @TWS
    @Polistra

    No such thing as outside nature. Everything man builds is just as natural as a beaver dam or a termite mound.

    , @Wade Hampton
    @Polistra

    LOL.

    Natural: Yersinia pestis, Clostridium spp., Mycobacterium spp., Escherichia coli, Rickettsia typhii, Variola spp., etc., etc.

    Artificial: Antibiotics, sanitation, plentiful high-protein food.

  99. @Anonymous

    Biodiversity and the use of nativist language

    Davina Cooper questions the need to use xenophobic terms to describe species
     
    Is Davina Cooper Jewish?

    Replies: @Expletive Deleted, @ben tillman

    Is Davina Cooper Jewish?

    Yes.

  100. @Morton's toes
    Canadian geese are assholes though. Even bird watchers hate them.

    https://i.redd.it/8s1u7a2ywrt41.jpg

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Macumazahn, @PSR, @JMcG, @MBlanc46

    Not to be too nit-picky but “Canada” geese

  101. @Hypnotoad666
    @MattinLA

    This woman may inadvertently have a point. Is it really necessary to worry about which species are native and which are "invasive"? Why not judge each species on its "merit." In California, do we really want to uproot all Eucalyptus trees because they came from Australia?

    And what is the halcyon date when the perfect ecosystem existed that we are trying to restore?

    And why is the current ecosystem better than the one that will exist when some man made change occurs? And how many polar bears do we really need anyway?

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don't have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Rob McX, @AnotherDad, @Old Prude

    It can only be said that introducing a certain species to another environment would change the existing ecosystem in certain ways. Some of the flora and fauna already there will benefit and some will lose out by the new arrival. Some of the best loved and most valuable foods are “invasive species” from other continents.

    As for the conservation of all existing species for its own sake, it seems to be a white thing that many other races just don’t get. Many people on earth will hunt to extinction any animal that can be eaten, worn, or used as an aphrodisiac, and to hell with the consequences. The best thing for the planet’s natural environment would be to keep as many whites around as possible.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Rob McX


    As for the conservation of all existing species for its own sake, it seems to be a white thing that many other races just don’t get. Many people on earth will hunt to extinction any animal that can be eaten, worn, or used as an aphrodisiac, and to hell with the consequences. The best thing for the planet’s natural environment would be to keep as many whites around as possible.
     
    This is a very recent development. Whites used to have the same attitudes. The change probably has to do with urbanization. Rural people everywhere are mean to animals and regard wild nature as something to be tamed, not celebrated.

    Replies: @Anonymous

  102. @ScarletNumber
    @Rob McX

    This was a minor plot point of The Simpsons episode Bart vs. Australia.

    Replies: @BenKenobi

    There was also this scene in the Itchy & Scratchy Land episode.

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
    • LOL: ScarletNumber
  103. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bill P

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Polistra, @Bill P, @Aardvark, @additionalMike, @ScarletNumber

    Their turds rival a medium-sized dog’s.

  104. @Morton's toes
    Canadian geese are assholes though. Even bird watchers hate them.

    https://i.redd.it/8s1u7a2ywrt41.jpg

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Macumazahn, @PSR, @JMcG, @MBlanc46

    It’s “Canada” geese. Canadian geese are the ones that don’t leave tips in restaurants.

    • Replies: @Trinity
    @JMcG

    Canadians and snowbirds have been invading Florida for years. Since nearly all the invading Canadians and snowbirds are White I can say this and feel safe the boogeyman won't attack me tonight.

    Pondering what Black folk call the boogeyman? Hey Troof, holla at ya boy, what do YOU ALL call the boogeyman?

  105. @Bill P
    I got mugged by Canadian geese (yes I know it's technically "canada geese" but it doesn't sound right) when I was about three. I was walking around with a Dick's hamburger minding my own business at the beach when a gang of them surrounded me and pummeled me with their wings then stole my burger. They then proceeded to eat it right in front of me. It was so traumatic that I still remember the abject terror and helpless rage I felt as the cruel birds imposed their will on me some forty years ago.

    I recommend that the Europeans shoot them on sight. A Mossberg 500 does the job quite effectively.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Expletive Deleted, @Joe Stalin, @BenKenobi, @TWS

    Interesting. It’s illegal to harm them here in Canada. I suppose they do poop everywhere, but they’ve always seemed harmless to me. They do have an annoying habit of slllooowly crossing the road in large groups, however.

    A funny anecdote from my army days: depending upon the time of year my base would have geese everywhere except the wilderness. One morning a Private came in to work, and this guy was quite a drunk. The only soldier I’ve ever seen get charged with “drunkeness.” He was already quite tipsy and somehow hit a goose with his car. He came into the platoon area and had the dying animal in a black trash bag. Naturally, we were gonna cover for him. Another soldier who was an avid hunter and butcher (the guy had a freezer full of bear sausage) was very excited at the prospect of cooking up illegal goose, so he broke the bird’s neck and stuffed the bag into the platoon fridge. A while later, the Warrant Officer came by with his coffee and opened the fridge, poured himself some cream, and closed the door. Everyone was exchanging nervous glances as he did this, and he somehow did not notice the garbage bag. Good times.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    @BenKenobi


    Another soldier who was an avid hunter and butcher was very excited at the prospect of cooking up illegal goose
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OxA5KM0EvQ

    Replies: @BenKenobi

  106. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bill P

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Polistra, @Bill P, @Aardvark, @additionalMike, @ScarletNumber

    Sounds similar to the homeless in San Francisco.

  107. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bill P

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Polistra, @Bill P, @Aardvark, @additionalMike, @ScarletNumber

    Dumb. You forgot dumb. A few years ago, I was jogging on a 1/4 mile outdoor running track…there was a flock occupying the entire width of the track at one spot. As I approached, they all flew up, honking and screaming. Because it was a rubber track, their droppings made it slicker than…well, you know.
    After I passed, they returned to the same spot on the track.

    I ran around again, and again they flew away, only to return to the spot when I had passed.

    I ran 2.5 miles that day…10 laps, and they flew away and returned.
    Every. Single. Time.

  108. As a Californian, I foresee a ban on the biology term that is applied to badgers, etc. – “fossorial.” This means (1) having short, stout limbs, good for digging, and (2) living underground, because living in the open is not viable.

  109. @Joe Stalin
    I still think it would be cool to call the importation of foreigners into the USA as transfection as it is the deliberate introduction of a strange DNA by hostile actors.

    Replies: @anonymous

    I still think it would be cool to call the importation of foreigners into the USA as transfection as it is the deliberate introduction of a strange DNA by hostile actors.

    Ya think?

    https://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/post/illegal-alien-charged-with-brutal-child-rape-in-alabama

  110. “Racist”?

    I’d call it more of a “warning.”

    If you want third world flavor-flave in a modern civilization, just import the species from that country. Your modern civilization will start carrying a bit of that third world stink.

    You’re welcome.

  111. @Reg Cæsar
    Are Africans an invasive species in North America? Like the emerald ash borer, they hitched a ride on cargo ships.

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Reg, the demise of the ash baseball bat. My neighbor had 17 ash trees cut down in his yard. Zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and the common reed (phragmities australis) clogging our streams.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Buffalo Joe


    Reg, the demise of the ash baseball bat. My neighbor...
     
    Did you know that the most famous home run in the history of baseball was hit not with a Louisville Slugger, but with an Adirondack? It's in Cooperstown now, not far from its birthplace.



    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01699/bobby-thomson_1699329c.jpg


    That doesn't stop people from hawking "signed" Sluggers with Thomson's name on them.


    Thomson was born in Scotland, and merited an obituary in the Telegraph. The poor center left fielder forced to watch it clear the fence only 315 feet from home plate, Andy Pafko, has his centennial coming up in two weeks. Time flies faster than chip-shot homers.
  112. @Boston Ben
    OT:

    Happy Birthday Sister Andre Randon! 🎂 🥳 🎉

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/10/nun-117-survive-covid-france/

    A French nun survived the 1918 flu pandemic and both world wars. Now she’s beaten coronavirus days before she turns 117.

    https://img.resized.co/irishpostcouk/eyJkYXRhIjoie1widXJsXCI6XCJodHRwczpcXFwvXFxcL21lZGlhLmlyaXNocG9zdC5jby51a1xcXC91cGxvYWRzXFxcLzIwMjFcXFwvMDJcXFwvMTAxMTQ4NDVcXFwvR2V0dHlJbWFnZXMtMTIzMTA3NTYxMi5qcGdcIixcIndpZHRoXCI6NjQ3LFwiaGVpZ2h0XCI6MzQwLFwiZGVmYXVsdFwiOlwiaHR0cHM6XFxcL1xcXC93d3cuaXJpc2hwb3N0LmNvbVxcXC9pXFxcL25vLWltYWdlLnBuZ1wifSIsImhhc2giOiI3MzIzYmVhYmVjOWYzMzEyZTFjYzU1NmJkMTU0ODg5YTZiZjRjMmNhIn0=/gettyimages-1231075612.jpg

    Europe's oldest person, French nun Sister André, recovered from the coronavirus on Feb. 9, and will celebrate her 117th birthday on Feb. 11. (Reuters)

    By
    Jaclyn Peiser
    Feb. 10, 2021

    In the weeks leading up to her 117th birthday, Sister André spent her days isolated in her room at the Sainte Catherine Labouré retirement home in the southern French city of Toulon. The nun was one of dozens of residents at the home who tested positive for the coronavirus.

    But on Tuesday, Sister André was declared recovered from the virus, a spokesman from her retirement home told Reuters, allowing her to hold on to her title as the oldest living European and second-oldest person in the world, according to Gerontology Research Group’s “World Supercentenarian Rankings List.”

    “We consider her to be cured. She is very calm and she is looking forward to celebrating her 117th birthday on Thursday,” spokesman David Tavella told Reuters.
     

    Replies: @Diversity Heretic, @Buffalo Joe

    Boston, my Mom is in her 104th year, born in 1917, so she was a babe for the Spanish flu and WWI, lived through the Great Depression and WWII where her husband, my Dad, three of her four brothers and two of her three brother-in-laws served. Of those six men, all but one saw service in Europe, Africa or the Pacific. She got her Covid vaccine a week ago and can now wander around the assisted living facility where she resides. I know the thought of living 14 more years would cause her great distress, but God bless this nun.

  113. @MattinLA
    Funny, I noticed this years ago too - leftists were terrified of ecological diversity, but enamored of cultural diversity. I guess this one contradiction is being finally noticed...

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Hypnotoad666, @interesting

    LOL…..I have been saying this for years……..every time I read something about “invasive species” I would comment “I thought diversity was good”.

    It’s nice to see that my snark and sarcasm is finally going mainstream.

    p.s. I was commenting that we were going to need covid passports back in March 2020

  114. @Bill P
    I got mugged by Canadian geese (yes I know it's technically "canada geese" but it doesn't sound right) when I was about three. I was walking around with a Dick's hamburger minding my own business at the beach when a gang of them surrounded me and pummeled me with their wings then stole my burger. They then proceeded to eat it right in front of me. It was so traumatic that I still remember the abject terror and helpless rage I felt as the cruel birds imposed their will on me some forty years ago.

    I recommend that the Europeans shoot them on sight. A Mossberg 500 does the job quite effectively.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @Expletive Deleted, @Joe Stalin, @BenKenobi, @TWS

    They can kill a kid with a blow from their wing. Was that at Shilshoe?

    • Replies: @Bill P
    @TWS

    I'm pretty sure it was Passage Point park, where Union Bay and Portage Bay are connected. I remember a bridge above, and my dad used to shoot pool at Red Robin (before it became a chain).

    The city parks site has some contemporary pictures, and surprise, surprise, the bastard geese are still there:

    http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/south-passage-point

  115. @Polistra
    @Hypnotoad666


    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don’t have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.
     
    I do. It had more and better animals, and less pollution. Converting more and more of the planet's biomass into useless humans brings misery to every living thing, including the humans. If given a choice between Natural and Artificial, always choose Natural.

    Replies: @TWS, @Wade Hampton

    No such thing as outside nature. Everything man builds is just as natural as a beaver dam or a termite mound.

  116. @Macumazahn
    @Morton's toes

    But are they good eatin'? When I see a goose that close, I think, "Sunday dinner!"

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymouse

    A Canada goose is thin bony membrane wrapped around a digestive system. There’s not a lot to eat in one. More than half the meat is in the breasts, which can be prepared such that they are just palatable. But any fresh meat ever sold in supermarkets is sure to be better. The roasted carcass can be boiled for not bad soup. But the fat is extremely disgusting. Don’t include any of it in any dish.

  117. @Chrisnonymous
    Steve,
    I'm loking forward to your Larry Flint obit...

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Steve,
    I’m loking forward to your Larry Fl[y]nt obit…

    Don’t be crotchety.

  118. @Macumazahn
    @Morton's toes

    But are they good eatin'? When I see a goose that close, I think, "Sunday dinner!"

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymouse

    My neighbour in England shot one as it came over his (pretty large) garden, it tasted fine. We’ve also eaten baked grey squirrel there, quite dry and nutty, not bad at all.

    Grey squirrel are an invasive species, but there’s not been a red round my way for seventy years or more.

    Up north in the Lakes (red squirrel country) if you see a grey you can ring a number and a young lady will come out and shoot it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/02/kill-them-the-volunteer-army-plotting-to-wipe-out-britains-grey-squirrels

  119. @Buffalo Joe
    @Reg Cæsar

    Reg, the demise of the ash baseball bat. My neighbor had 17 ash trees cut down in his yard. Zebra mussels in the Great Lakes and the common reed (phragmities australis) clogging our streams.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Reg, the demise of the ash baseball bat. My neighbor…

    Did you know that the most famous home run in the history of baseball was hit not with a Louisville Slugger, but with an Adirondack? It’s in Cooperstown now, not far from its birthplace.

    That doesn’t stop people from hawking “signed” Sluggers with Thomson’s name on them.

    Thomson was born in Scotland, and merited an obituary in the Telegraph. The poor center left fielder forced to watch it clear the fence only 315 feet from home plate, Andy Pafko, has his centennial coming up in two weeks. Time flies faster than chip-shot homers.

  120. @JMcG
    @Morton's toes

    It’s “Canada” geese. Canadian geese are the ones that don’t leave tips in restaurants.

    Replies: @Trinity

    Canadians and snowbirds have been invading Florida for years. Since nearly all the invading Canadians and snowbirds are White I can say this and feel safe the boogeyman won’t attack me tonight.

    Pondering what Black folk call the boogeyman? Hey Troof, holla at ya boy, what do YOU ALL call the boogeyman?

  121. Speaking of Larry Flynt or whatever his name is, I thought that dude died a long time ago. Oh well, Larry like Sheldon has to talk to the boss and I don’t mean drunk Brucie Springsteen. Seemed like “Hustler” always had the skankiest hoes btw. Yeah, I looked at those mags and I actually read some of the articles fo’ real. Playboy had some great interviews.

    Pimpin’ taint easy, breh.

  122. OT: Et in Acadia, ego … Chick Corea.

  123. Let’s not forget, people aren’t born hating geese.

    The have to be taught…

    • Replies: @Trinity
    @Anonymous

    I have heard people say that they make better "guard dogs" and "watch dogs" than the most fearsome doberman. I have been debating getting a few to guard and protect my van down by the river.

    Replies: @zoos

  124. @Expletive Deleted
    @Bill P

    Since we're officially no-guns (-knives, -spoons etc.) I'd have encouraged the large transient population of Eastern Europeans (particularly Romanian gypsies, Albanians) to leave the Queen's swans alone and concentrate on those honking nuisances.
    A resident Turk claimed not to know what swans were. So he killed one with a view to eating it. As one does.

    Probably a vain hope, but not as many of them have packed up and gone after Brexit as one might have wished. Just the legit. workers (Poles, actual Romanians, Bulgarians etc.).

    Replies: @YetAnotherAnon

    “not as many of them have packed up and gone after Brexit as one might have wished”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9248817/5million-EU-citizens-apply-stay-Britain-Brexit.html

    Five million EU citizens have applied to stay in the UK permanently after Brexit – far higher than previous official estimates and larger than the population of seven European nations.

    The Home Office has now received 4.9m applications under the EU settlement scheme and granted permanent resident status to 4.3m applicants so far.

    Croatia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta all have populations of less than five million.

    An official population snapshot taken in June 2019 had suggested there were 3.4m EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK.

  125. @JR Ewing
    @Morton's toes

    A Canada Goose is a breed. A Canadian goose is one that grew up in Winnipeg.

    Goose hunters like to joke that "shooting a Canada" is a good hunt but "shooting a Canadian" is murder.

    Replies: @Morton's toes

    The Canadian goose joke is aging very slowly.

    I envy it.

  126. @Polistra
    @Hypnotoad666


    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don’t have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.
     
    I do. It had more and better animals, and less pollution. Converting more and more of the planet's biomass into useless humans brings misery to every living thing, including the humans. If given a choice between Natural and Artificial, always choose Natural.

    Replies: @TWS, @Wade Hampton

    LOL.

    Natural: Yersinia pestis, Clostridium spp., Mycobacterium spp., Escherichia coli, Rickettsia typhii, Variola spp., etc., etc.

    Artificial: Antibiotics, sanitation, plentiful high-protein food.

  127. @Anonymous
    Let's not forget, people aren’t born hating geese.

    The have to be taught...

    https://youtu.be/zkgwmPUak70

    https://youtu.be/4vuf2qvj3a4

    Replies: @Trinity

    I have heard people say that they make better “guard dogs” and “watch dogs” than the most fearsome doberman. I have been debating getting a few to guard and protect my van down by the river.

    • Replies: @zoos
    @Trinity


    I have heard people say that they make better “guard dogs” and “watch dogs” than the most fearsome doberman. I have been debating getting a few to guard and protect my van down by the river.
     
    That's a bit of an old school 1990's hillbilly approach to life. Exploiting animals as a cheap answer to a problem. Now that it's 2021, you can streamline your hillbilly ways with an even cheaper method: A Ring Camera. You can even program it to alert your flip phone when interlopers are present.

    Much better, cheaper, more humane, and far less personally embarrassing than employing a "watch goose."

    Replies: @Trinity, @anon

  128. To paraphrase one leftist pro-illegals nun I interviewed, “Jesus didn’t believe in agricultural checkpoints!”

  129. @Macumazahn
    @Morton's toes

    But are they good eatin'? When I see a goose that close, I think, "Sunday dinner!"

    Replies: @David, @YetAnotherAnon, @Anonymouse

    Wife and I ate a wild goose once. Hunter friend of ours gave us one. It took a very long time of cooking to become tender but tasted very good. All the wild game I have ever eaten had distinctive tastes. I ate elk once which tasted different from venison. I ate a wild turkey that was quite different from domestic turkeys from the grocery store. The goose we ate tasted somewhat different from wild duck which we have eaten 2 or 3 times, again from our friend the hunter. We were warned about finding buckshots in the duck and goose and indeed we found a few.

  130. @TWS
    @Bill P

    They can kill a kid with a blow from their wing. Was that at Shilshoe?

    Replies: @Bill P

    I’m pretty sure it was Passage Point park, where Union Bay and Portage Bay are connected. I remember a bridge above, and my dad used to shoot pool at Red Robin (before it became a chain).

    The city parks site has some contemporary pictures, and surprise, surprise, the bastard geese are still there:

    http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/south-passage-point

    • Thanks: TWS
  131. @Achmed E. Newman
    Keep in mind that this post is about writing from a Guardian Reader. It's a reader comment.

    Making fun of it might be fun, but this is no different from some lefty making fun of Steve Sailer's blog based on the writings of Tiny Duck.

    That's why we must muzzle the beak of The Duck, with extreme prejudice.

    .

    [EDIT:] Just read Polistra's and Buzz's comments. We should also keep in mind that at least Tiny Duck is not a University Professor. (Well, I mean, he could be ... )

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @tyrone

    “That’s why we must muzzle the beak of The Duck, with extreme prejudice.”….epoxy-lips now.

  132. @Hypnotoad666
    @MattinLA

    This woman may inadvertently have a point. Is it really necessary to worry about which species are native and which are "invasive"? Why not judge each species on its "merit." In California, do we really want to uproot all Eucalyptus trees because they came from Australia?

    And what is the halcyon date when the perfect ecosystem existed that we are trying to restore?

    And why is the current ecosystem better than the one that will exist when some man made change occurs? And how many polar bears do we really need anyway?

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don't have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Rob McX, @AnotherDad, @Old Prude

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don’t have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    I agree that some of the “invasive species” thing is overbaked. There may be some species from another environment that are nice to have–your eucalyptus trees?

    I think there are two salient points that a rational environmentalist would make:

    1) Equilibrium or “equilibrium”.
    A natural environment somewhere or another is some sort of dynamic–ever changing, but nonetheless usually steady–equilibrium. It isn’t a true equilibrium as species are evolving and there is non-biological change–solar flux changes, glaciers retreat, etc. But it’s more or less stable.

    Invasive species often come without the rest of their native environment–their predators and other checks. They sometimes just run wild in the new environment and radically disrupt the stability–destroy the habitat for other species, which in turn destroys the balance for other species. Examples abound: like Dutch Elm disease, the Chestnut blight, the carp explosion in the US, kudzu eating the South.

    The new environment with the invasive species may not be just this species for that, but a collapse of equilibrium of the old order and a much less desirable, unbalanced–uglier–new order. The new order itself would eventually “rebalance” as all species will evolve to adapt to the conditions the new invader has introduced. But that process back to some sort of “equilibrium” can take hundreds or thousands of years.

    2) Diversity
    People just like–“value”–the diversity of species. They like that there is a gray squirrel here and red squirrel there; a brown bear here, a black bear there; carp over there and catfish over here. The variety of the world has its own value in and of itself. People don’t want the entire world to be the same bucket of brown goo.

    ~~

    And yes there are obvious human/political analogs to these.

    There are indeed invasive species that introduced into other (more civilized) environments without their natural checks run wild.

    And yes, wise, discerning–non psychotically hostile–people value human diversity, that the blue-eyed blonds are over there, the Japanese over there, the Indians over there, the Arabs over there, the Latinos down there. Only weak, psychotically hostile people, insist that they should be able to insert themselves everywhere and take offense when people just want to enjoy their patch in their own way. And only truly vile pschopaths want to break down all the barriers and destroy other people’s nations–and the diversity of mankind.

    • Agree: Rob McX
  133. @anonymous
    @Rosie

    increase in every African country without white people.

    Replies: @anon

    “increase in every African country without white people.”

    You mean since the invention of White technology and White colonialism.

  134. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Bill P

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played. They are truly an invasive species. Steve should do a writeup about them.

    Replies: @El Dato, @Polistra, @Bill P, @Aardvark, @additionalMike, @ScarletNumber

    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played.

    When my town was debating on whether to turn the local athletic fields from grass into artificial, this was one of the determining factors. The field must have been on some sort of migratory path, as it accumulated prodigious amounts of gooseshit.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @ScarletNumber

    ++


    When my town was debating on whether to turn the local athletic fields from grass into artificial, this was one of the determining factors. The field must have been on some sort of migratory path, as it accumulated prodigious amounts of gooseshit.
     
    You can slip on Canada goose shit. Slip and fall to get seriously injured. Break a leg, an arm, etc. The shit build up can be tremendous on the banks of lakes, ponds in the NE. But then the local humans are as stupid as these geese. All they need to win back their municipal lake is to get a team of sharpshooters out there. Silencers on their rifles, knocking them off one by one.
    I like all birds but Canada geese are an invasive pestilence.
  135. @BenKenobi
    @Bill P

    Interesting. It's illegal to harm them here in Canada. I suppose they do poop everywhere, but they've always seemed harmless to me. They do have an annoying habit of slllooowly crossing the road in large groups, however.

    A funny anecdote from my army days: depending upon the time of year my base would have geese everywhere except the wilderness. One morning a Private came in to work, and this guy was quite a drunk. The only soldier I've ever seen get charged with "drunkeness." He was already quite tipsy and somehow hit a goose with his car. He came into the platoon area and had the dying animal in a black trash bag. Naturally, we were gonna cover for him. Another soldier who was an avid hunter and butcher (the guy had a freezer full of bear sausage) was very excited at the prospect of cooking up illegal goose, so he broke the bird's neck and stuffed the bag into the platoon fridge. A while later, the Warrant Officer came by with his coffee and opened the fridge, poured himself some cream, and closed the door. Everyone was exchanging nervous glances as he did this, and he somehow did not notice the garbage bag. Good times.

    Replies: @ScarletNumber

    Another soldier who was an avid hunter and butcher was very excited at the prospect of cooking up illegal goose

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @ScarletNumber

    Wow that’s astounding. I had to look up when this episode aired — Dec 2006. My story took place in winter 2008. Crazy. We did it better though.

  136. Anon[403] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr. Blank
    I know a super-woke lady who is big into gardening, and is always lecturing people about the need to control “invasive” plants. I am gonna forward this article to her to see her response. Should be hilarious. 🤣

    Replies: @Anon

    I know a super-woke lady who is big into gardening, and is always lecturing people about the need to control “invasive” plants. I am gonna forward this article to her to see her response. Should be hilarious. 🤣

    Please let us know how this turns out!

    The article makes clear that this is not just a terminology thing, like don’t call people “retards,” but rather a full-on claim that the very concept of plants being invasive is evil, that these are simply undocumented immigrant plants and should be welcomed. So your friend is not going to be able to just change the wording she uses as she continues to rip out the interlopers. She’s going to have to leave the unwanted plants there and fertilize and water them (and supply them with health care and abortions).

    This is a really good example of a woke thought-experiment being taken as far as possible and then being pushed out there as serious. The next step is when the thought experiment is found to harm BIPOCs, when we will see the tortured reasoning of why they should be held to different standards: I’m imagining an Indian reservation taking measures against invasive plants and being given a pass for some reason.

  137. Anon[403] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    Man bites dog. MIT student murders Yale student. Stereotypical Asian murder,

    Connecticut investigators are searching for a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fatal shooting of a Yale University graduate student, New Haven Police Department officials said Wednesday.

    Kevin Jiang, 26 years old, was shot to death in a car on Saturday night in New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood, according to the police officials. Mr. Jiang was a second-year student in the forestry program at the university’s School of the Environment, according to university officials.

    New Haven Police Department Chief Otoniel Reyes said at a Wednesday press conference outside the department’s headquarters that Qinxuan Pan, 29, was a person of interest in Mr. Jiang’s killing.

    Chief Reyes said Mr. Pan, an MIT graduate and Malden, Mass., resident, should be considered armed and dangerous. “Extreme caution should be used if you come in contact with this individual,” Chief Reyes said.


    Police have a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Pan for the possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Chief Reyes. The chief said police are investigating the possibility that Mr. Pan was in a vehicle that struck a vehicle operated by Mr. Jiang shortly before Mr. Jiang was shot to death.

    Police are also exploring the possibility that Mr. Pan may have known Mr. Jiang’s fiancée, who graduated from MIT in 2020, Chief Reyes said.

    MIT officials said that Mr. Pan has been enrolled as a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since September 2014. He received undergraduate degrees from MIT in computer science and mathematics in June 2014, the officials said.
     

    Replies: @Anon

    Man bites dog. MIT student murders Yale student. Stereotypical Asian murder,

    Chinese guy kills Korean guy over girl? Asian girl? I’m fascinated about the extent to which “Asian Americans” ignore the specific Asian country their family came from. Is their identity simply (northeast) Asia? Or does it depend on what generaton they are in the U.S.? I notice that the Korean-American (married to a Jewish guy after divorcing another Jewish guy) Harvard law professor who was in the U.S. at least by high school age, Jeannie Suk Gersen, is now going full-Korean-chick-shrew over some controversy about the fact that Japanese male occupiers used Korean prostitutes. I suspect this is a sign that the Asian American bloc is going to centrifugally come apart eventually as the different factions start to go against each other.

  138. @Anonymous
    @SafeNow


    I learned in biology that a fungus is called an “obligate parasite,” which means that it is utterly dependent upon a different organism in order for it to live. Uh oh…
     
    Aren’t most organisms dependent upon other, different organisms in order to live? Are humans obligate parasites?

    Replies: @Badger Down

    That is SO semitic! How dare you?

  139. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob McX

    That is (or was, in my memory) a serious thing even between the states here in the United ones. California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, "Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables," or something like that.

    You see, they have (or had, as far as I recall) a fantastic and admirable agricultural business, and they need to protect it from invasive species. If there is a weird, out-of-state bug in those apples you brought all the way from Connecticut, then by God they are not going to let it get into California and gum up the works.

    It makes sense.

    Man, if we could take an agricultural, country-boy, animal-and-plant-breeding approach to government and public policy, everybody would be better off. Humans are just another damn animal that multiplies itself into different breeds and overpopulates itself when it can. They are invasive whenever they have the chance.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Tono Bungay, @Badger Down, @Old Prude

    I agree completely. I’ve long thought that a good government includes a healthy number of gardeners. Seriously.

  140. @Buzz Mohawk
    https://www.blazingcatfur.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/McGrath-Titania.jpg
    Davina Cooper
    Research professor in law and political theory, King’s College London


    Actually, this is the real Davina Cooper:

    http://corekin.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/DSC_6688-1200x800.jpg

    Replies: @Rosie, @Altai, @Jim Christian, @BB753, @Pericles, @MBlanc46

    Note the words “queer” and (probably) “feminist” in the slide.

  141. @notsaying
    She wants to use different words to signify native plants and invasive plants. We could use different words but the parallel would still exist between what was there before and harmful new elements.

    It is worth pointing out that National Geographic says "Not all non-native species are invasive. For example, most of the food crops grown in the United States, including popular varieties of wheat, tomatoes, and rice, are not native to the region."

    If I can say that all newcomers are not bad, can the other side admit all newcomers are not good and that we must limit the number we admit?

    Replies: @njguy73, @Bill Jones, @Badger Down

    If you can say “all newcomers are not bad”, you should be aware that this is erroneous Americese for “not all newcomers are bad”, so the rest of the world will think you are saying something very stupid.

    Similarly, “all newcomers are not good” is erroneous Americese for “not all newcomers are good”.

    Ask yourself: when Dylan said “All that’s gold doesn’t shine”, do you think he was correct?

  142. @Morton's toes
    Canadian geese are assholes though. Even bird watchers hate them.

    https://i.redd.it/8s1u7a2ywrt41.jpg

    Replies: @JR Ewing, @Macumazahn, @PSR, @JMcG, @MBlanc46

    Assholery certainly works for them. They’re multiplying like crazy.

  143. @njguy73
    @notsaying

    How about "undocumented species" or "guest worker species?"

    Replies: @anon

    “guest worker species?”

    Doing a job domestic species won’t do?

  144. @Bill Jones
    @MattinLA

    The are not "enamored of cultural diversity" they are pro anything that is not White Culture as that presents an obstacle to the Global Khaki Uni-Culture that they are aiming for.

    Replies: @MattinLA

    Bill, you’re right, I spoke too flippantly. They love every color in the rainbow except white….

  145. @Neoconned
    @J.Ross

    I've worked retail &/or the service sector most of my life including stints in cashiering....im not saying you're wrong and this is probably the man in me being oblivious but can you explain what you mean by the "special friendship" thing because I'm not following but find the topic interesting....

    Replies: @J.Ross

    A job is a duty, a bitterness which confers virtue and nobility in its proper acceptance. A girl’s job is chatting and not seeing people when you don’t want to. They’re opposites. This is more important than intelligence or “sexism” is explaining female career shortfalls.

  146. @ScarletNumber
    @BenKenobi


    Another soldier who was an avid hunter and butcher was very excited at the prospect of cooking up illegal goose
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OxA5KM0EvQ

    Replies: @BenKenobi

    Wow that’s astounding. I had to look up when this episode aired — Dec 2006. My story took place in winter 2008. Crazy. We did it better though.

  147. @Trinity
    @Anonymous

    I have heard people say that they make better "guard dogs" and "watch dogs" than the most fearsome doberman. I have been debating getting a few to guard and protect my van down by the river.

    Replies: @zoos

    I have heard people say that they make better “guard dogs” and “watch dogs” than the most fearsome doberman. I have been debating getting a few to guard and protect my van down by the river.

    That’s a bit of an old school 1990’s hillbilly approach to life. Exploiting animals as a cheap answer to a problem. Now that it’s 2021, you can streamline your hillbilly ways with an even cheaper method: A Ring Camera. You can even program it to alert your flip phone when interlopers are present.

    Much better, cheaper, more humane, and far less personally embarrassing than employing a “watch goose.”

    • Replies: @Trinity
    @zoos

    Well right now I am employing a large American bulldog but he is a big lap dog at heart. Come by sometime and we can do lunch.

    , @anon
    @zoos

    Now that it’s 2021, you can streamline your hillbilly ways with an even cheaper method: A Ring Camera. You can even program it to alert your flip phone when interlopers are present.

    Sure, because the Internet of Things is totally reliable even with the power off and impossible to hack.

    https://thehackernews.com/2018/04/iot-hacking-thermometer.html

  148. @ScarletNumber
    @Buzz Mohawk


    My father hated geese. He was a golfer, and they shitted all over the courses he played.
     
    When my town was debating on whether to turn the local athletic fields from grass into artificial, this was one of the determining factors. The field must have been on some sort of migratory path, as it accumulated prodigious amounts of gooseshit.

    Replies: @Clyde

    ++

    When my town was debating on whether to turn the local athletic fields from grass into artificial, this was one of the determining factors. The field must have been on some sort of migratory path, as it accumulated prodigious amounts of gooseshit.

    You can slip on Canada goose shit. Slip and fall to get seriously injured. Break a leg, an arm, etc. The shit build up can be tremendous on the banks of lakes, ponds in the NE. But then the local humans are as stupid as these geese. All they need to win back their municipal lake is to get a team of sharpshooters out there. Silencers on their rifles, knocking them off one by one.
    I like all birds but Canada geese are an invasive pestilence.

  149. @Sean
    Death to American tree rats!

    https://theconversation.com/grey-squirrels-are-oblivious-to-threat-from-pine-martens-giving-native-reds-the-advantage-131064

    Grey squirrels are oblivious to threat from pine martens – giving native reds the advantage
     
    Seems friendly enough
    https://wordwenches.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c84c753ef0264e2e91ba1200d-200wi

    There have to be predators, a system become decadent without them.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @tyrone, @Clyde

    Prince Charles is a big advocate for the native red squirrels in UK. He even set up a preservation trust.

    Prince Charles is so ‘infatuated’ with squirrels that he feeds them nuts inside his house, and there’s a video to prove it
    Prince Charles talks about his fondness for red squirrels in a new issue of Country Life that he guest-edited.
    The Prince of Wales says he lets the “incredibly special creatures” into his home in Scotland and feed them nuts, according to People.
    Prince William told Country Life that his dad is so “infatuated” with red squirrels that he even names them.
    Charles is a patron of The Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST), a national charity focused on the conversation and protection of red squirrels in the UK.
    Since the 1950s, the number of red squirrels in the UK has dwindled from around 3.5 million to an estimated 140,000 today.
    Prince Charles has revealed his love of squirrels in a new issue of Country Life that he guest-edited in honor of his 70th birthday on November 14.

    The Prince of Wales is ‘infatuated’ with red squirrels
    According to Charles, he is particularly fond of the red squirrels that live around Birkhall, an estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, that he inherited from the Queen Mother in 2002.

    “[The squirrels] come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside,” he wrote in one article for Country Life, according to People.

    “Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts,” he continued. “They are incredibly special creatures.”

    • Replies: @Sean
    @Clyde


    The Squirrel Pox Virus is usually fatal to red squirrels. Grey squirrels are carriers of the infection and can spread the disease to red squirrels.
     
    Spreads disease they are immune to. Then completely replaces the native population.

    https://www.idgcdn.com.au/article/images/740x500/dimg/m_img_37508.jpg
  150. @Clyde
    @Sean

    Prince Charles is a big advocate for the native red squirrels in UK. He even set up a preservation trust.


    Prince Charles is so 'infatuated' with squirrels that he feeds them nuts inside his house, and there's a video to prove it
    Prince Charles talks about his fondness for red squirrels in a new issue of Country Life that he guest-edited.
    The Prince of Wales says he lets the "incredibly special creatures" into his home in Scotland and feed them nuts, according to People.
    Prince William told Country Life that his dad is so "infatuated" with red squirrels that he even names them.
    Charles is a patron of The Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST), a national charity focused on the conversation and protection of red squirrels in the UK.
    Since the 1950s, the number of red squirrels in the UK has dwindled from around 3.5 million to an estimated 140,000 today.
    Prince Charles has revealed his love of squirrels in a new issue of Country Life that he guest-edited in honor of his 70th birthday on November 14.

    The Prince of Wales is 'infatuated' with red squirrels
    According to Charles, he is particularly fond of the red squirrels that live around Birkhall, an estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, that he inherited from the Queen Mother in 2002.

    "[The squirrels] come into the house at Birkhall and we get them chasing each other round and round inside," he wrote in one article for Country Life, according to People.

    "Sometimes, when I leave my jackets on a chair with nuts in the pockets, I see them with their tails sticking out, as they hunt for nuts," he continued. "They are incredibly special creatures."
     

    Replies: @Sean

    The Squirrel Pox Virus is usually fatal to red squirrels. Grey squirrels are carriers of the infection and can spread the disease to red squirrels.

    Spreads disease they are immune to. Then completely replaces the native population.

  151. So, undocumented species it is.

  152. @zoos
    @Trinity


    I have heard people say that they make better “guard dogs” and “watch dogs” than the most fearsome doberman. I have been debating getting a few to guard and protect my van down by the river.
     
    That's a bit of an old school 1990's hillbilly approach to life. Exploiting animals as a cheap answer to a problem. Now that it's 2021, you can streamline your hillbilly ways with an even cheaper method: A Ring Camera. You can even program it to alert your flip phone when interlopers are present.

    Much better, cheaper, more humane, and far less personally embarrassing than employing a "watch goose."

    Replies: @Trinity, @anon

    Well right now I am employing a large American bulldog but he is a big lap dog at heart. Come by sometime and we can do lunch.

  153. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Rob McX

    That is (or was, in my memory) a serious thing even between the states here in the United ones. California, in particular, requires (or required, to my recollection) drivers entering their fine state to stop and answer the question, "Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables," or something like that.

    You see, they have (or had, as far as I recall) a fantastic and admirable agricultural business, and they need to protect it from invasive species. If there is a weird, out-of-state bug in those apples you brought all the way from Connecticut, then by God they are not going to let it get into California and gum up the works.

    It makes sense.

    Man, if we could take an agricultural, country-boy, animal-and-plant-breeding approach to government and public policy, everybody would be better off. Humans are just another damn animal that multiplies itself into different breeds and overpopulates itself when it can. They are invasive whenever they have the chance.

    Replies: @Rob McX, @Tono Bungay, @Badger Down, @Old Prude

    I don’t know about the country boy approach. Most country boys are going to select for the biggest and most hardy and vigorous, not the cleverest. Some times they select for the one with the prettiest hair and best body. I guess that would be OK…

  154. @El Dato
    @Buzz Mohawk

    But they are just gigantic ducks.

    Replies: @Old Prude

    But they are just gigantic dicks. FIFY

  155. @Hypnotoad666
    @MattinLA

    This woman may inadvertently have a point. Is it really necessary to worry about which species are native and which are "invasive"? Why not judge each species on its "merit." In California, do we really want to uproot all Eucalyptus trees because they came from Australia?

    And what is the halcyon date when the perfect ecosystem existed that we are trying to restore?

    And why is the current ecosystem better than the one that will exist when some man made change occurs? And how many polar bears do we really need anyway?

    Environmentalists are basically in a never ending reactionary war against change. But they don't have any good theory for why the status quo ante was better.

    Replies: @Polistra, @Rob McX, @AnotherDad, @Old Prude

    I’d like some chestnut trees around. And some elm trees that are older than twenty years. When the borers get my ash trees I think that will be a bad change. Halcyon days did not include oriental bittersweet.

  156. Girls dealing with “Invasive Species” in Florida the American Way.

  157. Fact: International travel of Humans poses the greatest threat of mass extinctions, millions have already been lost, and more on the way out.

    1. Invasive species threaten our economy as well, causing natural fisheries to diminish native species.

    2. Human Pathogens are on the rise.

    3. Religion is a crucial aspect of a human subspecies groups. Jewish leaders passed laws after the Holocaust to protect all human species.

    4. Indo-European people were once 30% of the worlds population. But today they only account for 6%. Of that 6%, only 3% are children. Also, within that 6% of Indo-Europeans, a fraction as large 25% carries an invasive subspecies DNA, (Ashkenazi & Sephardi).

    5. Humans deserve rights to know of invasive species threats, without social constructs and emotionally driven public attacks such as these by Davina Cooper, who does not speak for Indo-European peoples.

    6. Forcing an entire human subspecies population to another different group is Anti-Diversity.

    The main objective of organizations who fight invasive species is to spread the message for humans being the primary cause for global extinctions that are occurring at an alarming rate. Do not allow people with positions of power or voices to deny scientific communities simply because they are diversiphobic.

    PS…. Do something, join us.

    [email protected].

  158. @haole3
    haha, invasive species here in Hawaii is any living thing that didnt live in Hawaii when Captain Cook landed. The invasive species pretty much won.

    Replies: @Alden

    I always enjoy the nat geo documentaries about snakes slithering into airplane wheels and axles to invade other pacific islands.

    Article mentioned Canadien geese. They produce vast amounts of liquidy manure daily and make parks and sidewalks filthy. The ganders are huge compared to the girls and very aggressive.

    Then there’s Pablo Escobar’s hippos madly breeding in Columbia.

    Whites have been infected with a serious case of collective insanity.

  159. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Davina Cooper — Faculty Member

    King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law
     
    Surprisingly heteronormative name for a modern institution! Cooper:

    … with its dangerous implication that certain things belong, have always been at home here and form part of a proper (even timeless) balance, which the incomer upsets.
     
    Hmm. Maybe she’s pro-rape? Abolishing sex-crime and consent laws could be the next woke cause in the fight against ‘segregation’.

    Replies: @Alpheus Knight, @J.Ross, @Alden

    I believe it’s already happened in the UK, as long as the rapist is a paki afghani etc Muslim. It’s part of their religion and they are entitled to a religious exemption. Like Jews getting days off for the fall holy days and Catholics Good Friday afternoon to go to church. Muslims get to gang rape 11 year old girls and boys.

  160. @Altai
    @Buzz Mohawk


    Selected Publications

    2019: Feeling like a State: Political Withdrawal and the Transformative Imagination [Duke University Press for Global and Insurgent Legalities series];
    2017: ‘Prefiguring the State’, Antipode 49 (2) 335-356;
    2016: ‘If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value?’ Journal of Law and Society 43 (4): 483-505 [co-author, Flora Renz];
    2014: Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces (Duke University Press, Durham, NC) [awarded Charles Taylor Book prize];
    2004: Challenging Diversity: Rethinking Equality and the Value of Difference (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge);
    1998: Governing Out of Order: Space, Law and the Politics of Belonging (Rivers Oram, London and New York University Press, NY)

    Latest Publications

    Doing activism like a state: Progressive municipal government, Israel/Palestine and BDS 10 June 2019
    A Very Binary Drama: The Conceptual Struggle for Gender's Future 25 March 2019
    Possessive Attachments: Identity Beliefs, Equality Law and the Politics of State Play 13 Dec 2017
    Transforming Markets and States through Everyday Utopias of Play May 2017
    Prefiguring the State 1 Mar 2017
    If the State Decertified Gender, What Might Happen to its Meaning and Value? 1 Dec 2016
    Transformative state publics 2 Jul 2016
    Bringing the state up conceptually: Forging a body politics through anti-gay Christian refusal 27 Apr 2015
    Up Against the Property Logic of Equality Law: Conservative Christian Accommodation Claims and Gay Rights Apr 2013
    Public Bodies: Conceptualizing Active Citizenship and the Embodied State 2013
    Time against time: Normative temporalities and the failure of community labour in Local Exchange Trading Schemes 2013
    Erotic Care: A Queer Feminist Bathhouse and the Power of Erotic Action 2012
    Reading the State as a Multi-Identity Formation: The Touch and Feel of Equality Governance 1 Apr 2011
    Theorising Nudist Equality: An Encounter Between Political Fantasy and Public AppearanceCooper, 1 Mar 2011

     


    She currently directs an ESRC funded research project on the Future of Legal Gender - a prefigurative feminist law reform initiative.
     
    Oh god she is getting ESRC funding for her radical subjective political activism which we somehow have to treat as objective academic work.

    Replies: @Pericles, @Alden

    There are late night ads for HIV AIDS medicine that is “ not for persons identified as female at birth”. Can’t say “ for men only” Then there’s the demand for uterus transplants so they can be real women. But from what I can remember from college anatomy, ovaries eggs and Fallopian tubes are necessary for the system to work.

  161. anon[299] • Disclaimer says:
    @zoos
    @Trinity


    I have heard people say that they make better “guard dogs” and “watch dogs” than the most fearsome doberman. I have been debating getting a few to guard and protect my van down by the river.
     
    That's a bit of an old school 1990's hillbilly approach to life. Exploiting animals as a cheap answer to a problem. Now that it's 2021, you can streamline your hillbilly ways with an even cheaper method: A Ring Camera. You can even program it to alert your flip phone when interlopers are present.

    Much better, cheaper, more humane, and far less personally embarrassing than employing a "watch goose."

    Replies: @Trinity, @anon

    Now that it’s 2021, you can streamline your hillbilly ways with an even cheaper method: A Ring Camera. You can even program it to alert your flip phone when interlopers are present.

    Sure, because the Internet of Things is totally reliable even with the power off and impossible to hack.

    https://thehackernews.com/2018/04/iot-hacking-thermometer.html

  162. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rosie
    @Kimmelson


    It’s important to remember that European peoples are the original invasive species.
     
    Are we now? Hasn't the black population of South Africa increased like 1000% since White people settled there?

    Replies: @Wade Hampton, @anonymous, @Anonymous

    Hasn’t the black population of South Africa increased like 1000% since White people settled there?

    The reality is that Bantu populations displaced the native Khoi-San aka Bushman populations. The Khoi-San are an ancient population who at one time dominated much larger areas of Southern Africa and are estimated to have diverged from other African populations some 250,000 years ago.

    The Bantu Expansion started around 3,000 years ago in or around modern Nigeria. The Bantu first moved into East Africa (Kenya etc.) where they picked up some local more genes and culture including cattle raising before turning right to spread South.

    When the Boers arrived in South Africa, the Bantus (Zulu, Xhosa etc.) had still not settled West of the Fish River. The Western regions of South Africa and current Namibia were the home of Khoi-San groups.

    The Zulu and Xhosa themselves grabbed serious numbers of Khoi-San women on their way South and even use Bushman-style click sounds in their Bantu languages.

  163. Anonymous[289] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rob McX
    @Hypnotoad666

    It can only be said that introducing a certain species to another environment would change the existing ecosystem in certain ways. Some of the flora and fauna already there will benefit and some will lose out by the new arrival. Some of the best loved and most valuable foods are "invasive species" from other continents.

    As for the conservation of all existing species for its own sake, it seems to be a white thing that many other races just don't get. Many people on earth will hunt to extinction any animal that can be eaten, worn, or used as an aphrodisiac, and to hell with the consequences. The best thing for the planet's natural environment would be to keep as many whites around as possible.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    As for the conservation of all existing species for its own sake, it seems to be a white thing that many other races just don’t get. Many people on earth will hunt to extinction any animal that can be eaten, worn, or used as an aphrodisiac, and to hell with the consequences. The best thing for the planet’s natural environment would be to keep as many whites around as possible.

    This is a very recent development. Whites used to have the same attitudes. The change probably has to do with urbanization. Rural people everywhere are mean to animals and regard wild nature as something to be tamed, not celebrated.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Anonymous


    The change [of Westerners to some ecological awareness] probably has to do with urbanization.
     
    The big variable is the influence of Christianity.

    Non-Christian cultures simply never developed the same underlying ethos that gave rise to ecological awareness in the West.

    Genes/HBD may also play a role Some conservation instincts appear to have been in place in the West and the Middle East for millenia.
  164. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    @Rob McX


    As for the conservation of all existing species for its own sake, it seems to be a white thing that many other races just don’t get. Many people on earth will hunt to extinction any animal that can be eaten, worn, or used as an aphrodisiac, and to hell with the consequences. The best thing for the planet’s natural environment would be to keep as many whites around as possible.
     
    This is a very recent development. Whites used to have the same attitudes. The change probably has to do with urbanization. Rural people everywhere are mean to animals and regard wild nature as something to be tamed, not celebrated.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The change [of Westerners to some ecological awareness] probably has to do with urbanization.

    The big variable is the influence of Christianity.

    Non-Christian cultures simply never developed the same underlying ethos that gave rise to ecological awareness in the West.

    Genes/HBD may also play a role Some conservation instincts appear to have been in place in the West and the Middle East for millenia.

  165. But surely there is a public language to talk about these problems away from the pervasive terms of native and alien,

    There is: Good species and Bad species. Who, Whom.

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