Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 21, 2015. On Tuesday, we closed on Outpost Timmerman. After signing off on the note, we now have a 30 year VA mortgage at 3.75%. We can finally finish unpacking and settle in. Susan’s “nesting instinct” has kicked in … she already has a “Honey do” list.
So human beings have a limited impact on the environment? (BBC NEWS) — Middle East conflict drastically ‘improves air quality’. “Political disturbance and armed conflict in the Middle East since 2010 have had the unintended consequence of making the air cleaner. Researchers say that in countries like Syria and Iraq, levels of air pollutants have fallen dramatically. The amount of nitrogen dioxide in the air over Damascus has fallen by up to 50% since start of the civil war … Looking at levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are generated from the burning of fossil fuels especially in transport, the team found a complex and unpredictable picture. In countries like Syria, where millions of people have attempted to flee the fighting since 2011, levels of nitrogen dioxide plummeted over Damascus and Aleppo. But in nearby Lebanon, there was a “drastic” rise of up to 30% of the same pollutant, thanks to the influx of refugees. The scientists say that this was very unusual as economic growth in Lebanon declined significantly at the same time.” Fact is … human beings are one of the few species that cr*p in their own nest … rabbits are another, (and seems like we breed at the same rate!)
And further news about our species? (BBC NEWS) — Humans are ‘unique super-predator’. “Humans’ status as a unique super-predator is laid bare in a new study published in Science magazine. The analysis of global data details the ruthlessness of our hunting practices and the impacts we have on prey. It shows how humans typically take out adult fish populations at 14 times the rate that marine animals do themselves. And on land, we kill top carnivores, such as bears, wolves and lions, at nine times their own self-predation rate. But perhaps the most striking observation, say authors Chris Darimont and colleagues, is the way human beings focus so heavily on taking down adult prey. This is quite different from the rest of the animal kingdom, for which the juveniles of a species tend to be the most exploited.” Because we don’t, (for the most part), take down juveniles who are not old enough to procreate, the net effect of taking down adult prey, which is procreating, is a massive drop in the prey population. Perhaps a better environmental model for safeguarding prey populations is mandating that only non-breeding juveniles be harvested … instead of breeding adults?
And other species news? (BBC NEWS) — Marine mammals thriving in Thames. “Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has received records of 2,732 animals over that period. Seals were the most common animal seen, with many spotted around London’s Canary Wharf, probably because many people spot them from its skyscrapers. In addition, the public reported 444 porpoises and dolphins on the river, and 49 whales.” Course the most spotted mammal were the “Werewolves of London”. “I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, walking through the streets of Soho in the rain, he was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fooks …”
Interesting! (BBC NEWS) — ‘Oldest’ message in a bottle found more than 108 years on. “A message in a bottle that washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea may be the world’s oldest, a marine association has said. The bottle was released in the North Sea between 1904 and 1906 and found by a woman on a beach in Amrum, Germany. Inside a postcard asked that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the UK, where the bottle was returned. The association in Plymouth said the bottle was one of some 1,000 released as part of marine research.” The message in the bottle? “For a jolly good time, come to the Pregnant Whale.”
Sitting here editing these Ramblings and watching “The Donald” on the local news. He is in Mobile campaigning. I have no clue what kind of President he would make, but he sure is no politician!! He calls things the way he sees them. I can just see the “reality show” called “The Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump Presidential Campaign”! Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Potato and Corn. The movie? “Avengers, Age of Ultron ”
Time to post these Ramblings and work on a couple of images. Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening at Outpost Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?). Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi … and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)