Animal rights activists arrested for terrorizing fur farms

Twister: I doubt there is any way to test your thesis that the mink freed by these people will do fine in nature. Best, Don Bauder Context, of course, is everything. If the "farm" from which they are "freed" is at the top of a New York skyscraper that's one thing. If, on the other hand, the "farm" is deep in mink habitat, that's something else. But the hypothesis is testable. Imprisoned minks could be tagged, released, and followed from farms in various contexts and data gathered on their survival and reproduction, as well as the time an manner of their deaths. A somewhat more elaborate study might be required to determine how the minks "felt" about being in and out of "custody." There are doubtless a number of biologists who study minks and mink behavior who, if they are to be believed, might be able to tell us something about how our speculations compare to the results of their research. With some species that have been raised in captivity it is necessary to take steps to reacquaint them with their natural habitat, such as the California condor program, which has been notably successful. If you are suggesting this kind of program for mink "farms," I would support that, as, I suspect, would the "terrorists." But if you are suggesting that minks are better off in cages, to be whacked for their skins to adorn the shoulders of the one percent, I've got a problem with that. Frankly, I doubt that the "terrorists" who release the minks do so in contexts which would be more inimical to mink survival than the certainty of ending up on some trophy-wife's shoulders, but if they were cavalier about the released minks' chances of survival, I would say that if I were a mink in a cage waiting to have my brains bashed out or to suffer worse torture, I'd prefer to take my chances in getting run over by a truck full of toilets or something. Speaking of trophies, I wonder where Cecil's head is . . . His pelt was left to rot.
— July 30, 2015 6:41 p.m.

Papa Doug buys Rhode Island estate

Back in the sixties, I did some consulting for Annenberg at his sand-dune paradise in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs, ad nauseam). Take a look at it today,,-116.41... zoom out, and see where 3-5 million gallons per acre per year are going. Then send a picture of your own lawn in to the TV station's "ugliest lawn" contest. Compare what los ricos are paying for their playpens and what you are paying because you are conserving water. Ha, ha, he, he, haw, haw, HAW!
— July 28, 2015 6:52 p.m.

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