Archive for the ‘Biology’ Category

Teetering Down the Path Towards Destruction

October 14, 2014

I try to keep things light here on the internet, believe it or not, but it is finally time to own up to the fact that the world isn’t doing too well.

The most recent negative news came from the 2014 Living Planet Report published by the WWF.  The data cited in that respected document points to a 50% decline in known vertebrate species, worldwide, over the last forty years.

That is a terribly sobering number for me because I happen to be forty years of age.  The destruction of the planet seems to be increasing at an alarming rate.  The limited resources exploited by human beings are becoming ever scarce and the already unequal divisions of such resources will likely evolve into something even worse than unfair.

All the while a deadly contagion threatens the world with mass infection or, at least, hysteria.  The world-leading United States of America has been fighting a war in one form or another since 2001 and folks of a certain race there continue to foster a nasty habit of killing other races.  Global warming presents immediate sustainability issues but has hardly emerged into an actionable discovery due to disagreements on policies.  All of these facts seem to be ingredients in the recipe of the decimation of mankind but I can’t really call when this cake truly gets baked.

Of course there is some science that helps to make up our current situation but there is a lot that isn’t as readily predictable.  Rather than resign myself to being completely helpless, I have decided to use this blog and others to speak up about the deplorable conditions.  In addition to posting short essays and disseminating important information I will be more vigilant in my contributions to mainstream media and to the world.  My diligence is now guided by the belief that good people have a responsibility to do something.  We must all take care to guard humanity and to ensure that future generations can exist on this planet.

Let me be explicit: I am nobody special.  I am not particularly educated in these subjects and I can boast of no unique qualifications to discuss all or any of them.  I am not the best writer and there are plenty of people paid to do that already from reputable establishments.  As a matter of fact, I would venture to say that I am extremely unremarkable as evidenced by my current lack of gainful employment –of any kind, for over a year.  Add homelessness to the litany of breaks that haven’t gone my way recently and my invisibility is complete.  This is a Hail Mary because everything that I have seen thus far tells me that it is time for drastic measures.

We might already be past the tipping point and teetering down the path towards destruction but maybe, somehow, I could be of service?

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Species Profile #1

March 4, 2014

So I go to the Native American Zodiac Animal page and I came across my totem, and it is the Sea Otter.  (Even though on the page they keep referring to the pictured animal as just plain “Otter,” which basically means that it is of the freshwater variety.)  Take my word for it –because I’m a biologist, that the organism pictured is, in fact, a sea otter Enhydra lutris

I wrote a species profile on the animal mainly because God only gave Adam one job…  Consider me as one of the faithful, even if you never hear from me ever again.  I’m innovating on the fringes so I don’t have time to post much. 

If you care to read some of my original science work about sea otters (Enhydra lutris) then here it is.  (Don’t plagiarize me, bro!)

I’m busy, but Happy Mardi Gras people!