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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

Vegan Cyclist But WWF still advocates for huning polar bears. (78 comments)

They're not concerned about helping bears and other animals, they're concerned about making money. How can they honestly be concerned for bears when it's climate change, but not see how trophy hunting worsens the situation (where they supported Canada along with Green Peace of all groups in opposing the CITES proposal to ban the trade of polar bears, which was backed by many more groups, along with the US and Russia[in an unusual mutual agreement])? This group is such a fraud..

The U.S. and Russia, with the support of groups such as Humane Society International, the Natural Resources Defence Council and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, had argued that allowing Canada to continue trading in the bears was contributing to more hunting at a time when their sea ice habitat is shrinking because of climate change. The Russians added that the Canadian trade makes it easier for poachers in Russia by allowing them to disguise their kills as legal bears from Canada.

But Canada — along with Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, influential scientific bodies and other NGOs — said the Canadian hunt is sustainable and that the real threat to the bears is from climate change, not trade.

Although the world sided with Canada this time, Derocher notes support is slipping.

From http://www.macleans.ca/news/inuit-scientists-say-defeat-on-polar-bear-trade-ban-not-final/

3 hours ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

Vegan Cyclist Not surprising..they're literally disease farms. (122 comments)

Keeping animal captive and housed together is literally begging for worse and worse strains of diseases. Hoof and mouth, avian flu, mad cow.. Then we get stuff like e. coli from veggies, which isn't even from the plant: it's from the manure it's covered in. Adding antibiotics only accelerates the process. Yeehaw.

about two weeks ago
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Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

Vegan Cyclist Re:Salmon (147 comments)

Or what about the original dam builders, beavers? They also 'destroy' a lot of habitat, which actually becomes very valuable wetlands... Not saying what we're doing is ideal, and our scale is usually much larger, but flooding is hardly a new experience for ecosystems..

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Vegan Cyclist Re:Trolls == Necessary Evil (382 comments)

Exactly - when you take away the trolls, whomever remaining is most 'troll-like' will then become the troll..the bigger question is 'can we really eliminate trolls', and 'what amount of trolling is tolerable'?

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

Vegan Cyclist Oh my..! (24 comments)

"Yeah, you've got to picture that you're on a ship at sea, and sometimes at a high sea state. You're picking up a 12-ton load, which becomes a wrecking ball if it gets out of control. It's stabilized by a bunch of tag lines going to wenches and so on."

about 1 month ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Vegan Cyclist Re:The Million Dollar Question (172 comments)

You are as surprised as i was - it came as a shock to me that it was one of the least DRM'd readers out there!

about 2 months ago
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Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Vegan Cyclist Re:The Million Dollar Question (172 comments)

Not sure now, but a few years ago the Sony reader had less restrictions than most (if that's what you're implying) - since it was able to read multiple formats, and no DRM requirements, i made it my choice, and we have 3 of them (different generations) in the house now. Will miss future iterations!

about 2 months ago
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Animal Behaviour Specialists Map Out the Social Networks of Cows

Vegan Cyclist A vegan perspective.. (66 comments)

"It should help biologists more accurately model how disease spreads through herds of cattle and therefore better understand how to tackle epidemics."

For me, it would be 'it should give people second thought on what we're doing to our fellow earthlings'.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"

Vegan Cyclist More common than you'd think! (64 comments)

Here's a really incredible video on wolves, and their positive influence on Yellowstone National Park - doubtless we'll find that species have a much larger influence and impact that we assume, which makes sense that these systems all took millions of years to develop..it's not a haphazard configuration, most species depend on a number of others. Even in our bodies, look at the bacteria that inhabit us, and the influences we're finding they have on us....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q

about 3 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

Vegan Cyclist Re:No Such Thing (454 comments)

Sure there is - for example, you can prevent death from being in an airplane crash by never boarding a plane. That risk is eliminated, not "delayed or accelerated". Smoking-related diseases can be prevented by not smoking, and avoiding exposure to smoke. In the same manner alcohol-related deaths can be prevented by not consuming alcohol.

about 3 months ago
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Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas

Vegan Cyclist Re:Some further detail (132 comments)

That's a pretty rude and awful joke..

Exposure to TSE/CJD is really a very big threat for medical facilities - it's hard to clean off surgical items, and so contamination can happen very quickly if it's not suspected..combine that with the fact they're not 100% certain how TSE/CJD spreads, and if it can spread from more than brain and spinal fluids..

In the name of sensitivity and good taste, why not try looking this sort of thing up before saying something both ignorant, and potentially hurtful?

about 4 months ago
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Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

Vegan Cyclist Re:I can relate: exercise prevents moodiness (122 comments)

Interesting thought...but am i an addict, or is this a state i should be experiencing regularly? (IE: being active?)

In my youth, i was prone to mood swings, and more extreme emotional states..people now often comment on how level-headed i am...maybe it's because i wasn't burning the calories and being as active as i should have been.

about 4 months ago
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Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

Vegan Cyclist I can relate: exercise prevents moodiness (122 comments)

In a way i can totally relate to this - i'm a fairly high-level bike racer, and if i don't ride for 2-3 days, i find i start to get moody and restless, and it's *always* cured by getting out and getting my heart going a bit. Even a walk will make the difference. I wasn't active as a kid, only really started in my 20's, but ever since i started, i need to keep active to keep in a good headspace...and i know of several other riders who say the same thing. Their partners actually tell them to get out and ride because they get in a state when they're inactive. Maybe in a way other species are responding to some kind of natural need to keep active....?

about 4 months ago
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Data Mining Shows How Down-Voting Leads To Vicious Circle of Negative Feedback

Vegan Cyclist Idea: Mod-down costs more points..? (293 comments)

It seems the down-mod still has some use, but the up-mod is preferred...how about if it just 'cost more' to mod-down posts?

about 4 months ago
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What Caused a 1300-Year Deep Freeze?

Vegan Cyclist Re:Put this in perspective (258 comments)

I have to assume you were trying to make a joke, apologies for missing whatever reference you were making...

about 5 months ago
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Traffic Optimization: Cyclists Should Roll Past Stop Signs, Pause At Red Lights

Vegan Cyclist Re:enforce existing laws? (490 comments)

As a driver, would you be happier sitting behind the 30 cyclists lined up at a busy stop sign, waiting for each one to alternate with the traffic the other way? Or would you rather the 30 move through the stop sign as 'one vehicle' as they normally do (for efficiency)? Don't forget, a car and a cyclist should each take a turn to pass the stop sign; technically a car AND cyclist travelling/crossing the same direction is illegal as well and should be one-at-a-time, and should be single-file when arriving at the stop sign.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

Vegan Cyclist Re:Way Way off. (291 comments)

Um..ships *are* traveling along it - hate to link to Wikipedia, but: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Passage#Effects_of_climate_change

You're correct that it isn't being used much, but it's because it's not really all that efficient and ice is the least of their concerns: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/business/Northwest+Passage+shipping+potential+cooled+transport+minister/9659331/story.html

I wish there was a mod point for 'Didn't Google Own Claims Before Posting'. I'm trying to believe this isn't flamebait, but it's sad to me that so many claims are made here that come from zero research and easily disproved with a simple search... Oh, and the ice isn't contained solely around the 'North Pole'...ugh..

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

Vegan Cyclist Re:Bill Gates is an Idiot? (291 comments)

Look up emerging dietary trends in minority countries like China...many countries that traditionally ate little meat are on the increase, and some of them have a much larger population than the US.

about 5 months ago

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New Mad Cow Disease Form Shows up in Two Swiss Co

Vegan Cyclist Vegan Cyclist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Vegan Cyclist (1650427) writes "From the article:

An international team of researchers identified two Swiss cows with a new form of mad-cow disease.

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as mad cow disease, is caused by prion proteins that become tangled up and cause brain damage decades after infection. Humans can become infected by the prion proteins and develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a neurodegenerative disease, first reported in 1996. Since then, health experts have identified 217 patients from 11 countries with the disease.

Previously, scientists had uncovered three prion variants, but when the current team examined the prions of the two cows, they found a fourth unknown variant."

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