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Giant Squid Caught On Film

Thanks to Memento Moron for this story, which does have its odd moments. Giant Squid captured on film in its natural habitat for the first time- very cool. But that’s not all that was captured.

“We believe this is the first time a grown giant squid has been captured on camera in its natural habitat,” said Kyoichi Mori, a marine researcher who co-authored a piece in Wednesday’s issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The camera was operated by remote control during research at the end of October 2004, Mori told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Mori said the giant squid, purplish red like its smaller brethren, attacked its quarry aggressively, calling into question the image of the animal as lethargic and slow moving.

“Contrary to belief that the giant squid is relatively inactive, the squid we captured on film actively used its enormous tentacles to go after prey,” Mori said.

“It went after some bait that we had on the end of the camera and became stuck, and left behind a tentacle” about six yards long, Mori said.

Kubodera, also reached by the AP, said researchers ran DNA tests on the tentacle and found it matched those of other giant squids found around Japan.

“But other sightings were of smaller, or very injured squids washed toward the shore — or of parts of a giant squid,” Kubodera said. “This is the first time a full-grown, healthy squid has been sighted in its natural environment in deep water.”

Kubodera said the giant squid’s tentacle would not grow back, but the squid’s life was not in danger…”

It was healthy when they first sighted it, anyway. You can see the picture of how it ‘became stuck’ on the bait they left for it, and then lost a 20 foot long tentacle that won’t grow back in one of the pictures of the slideshow (click on the link in the title of this post)- it’s the bottom, right hand slide. Quite a nasty little hook for the tentacle to ‘become stuck on.’ Wonder who left that laying around?

“New Zealand’s leading authority on the giant squid, marine biologist Steve O’Shea, praised the Japanese team’s feat.

“Through sheer … determination the guy has gone on and done it,” said O’Shea, chief marine scientist at the Auckland University of Technology, who is not linked to the Japanese research.

O’Shea said he hopes to capture juvenile giant squid and grow them in captivity. He captured 17 of them five years ago but they died in captivity.”

How do you suppose he feels about the Endangered Species Act?

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September is National Preparedness Month

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Giant Squid Caught On Film

Thanks to Memento Moron for this story, which does have its odd moments. Giant Squid captured on film in its natural habitat for the first time- very cool. But that’s not all that was captured.

“We believe this is the first time a grown giant squid has been captured on camera in its natural habitat,” said Kyoichi Mori, a marine researcher who co-authored a piece in Wednesday’s issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

The camera was operated by remote control during research at the end of October 2004, Mori told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Mori said the giant squid, purplish red like its smaller brethren, attacked its quarry aggressively, calling into question the image of the animal as lethargic and slow moving.

“Contrary to belief that the giant squid is relatively inactive, the squid we captured on film actively used its enormous tentacles to go after prey,” Mori said.

“It went after some bait that we had on the end of the camera and became stuck, and left behind a tentacle” about six yards long, Mori said.

Kubodera, also reached by the AP, said researchers ran DNA tests on the tentacle and found it matched those of other giant squids found around Japan.

“But other sightings were of smaller, or very injured squids washed toward the shore — or of parts of a giant squid,” Kubodera said. “This is the first time a full-grown, healthy squid has been sighted in its natural environment in deep water.”

Kubodera said the giant squid’s tentacle would not grow back, but the squid’s life was not in danger…”

It was healthy when they first sighted it, anyway. You can see the picture of how it ‘became stuck’ on the bait they left for it, and then lost a 20 foot long tentacle that won’t grow back in one of the pictures of the slideshow (click on the link in the title of this post)- it’s the bottom, right hand slide. Quite a nasty little hook for the tentacle to ‘become stuck on.’ Wonder who left that laying around?

“New Zealand’s leading authority on the giant squid, marine biologist Steve O’Shea, praised the Japanese team’s feat.

“Through sheer … determination the guy has gone on and done it,” said O’Shea, chief marine scientist at the Auckland University of Technology, who is not linked to the Japanese research.

O’Shea said he hopes to capture juvenile giant squid and grow them in captivity. He captured 17 of them five years ago but they died in captivity.”

How do you suppose he feels about the Endangered Species Act?

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Riches

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my
wants. –J. Brotherton

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When the Cherub Was Ten I wrote:

She is toilet trained mostly, during the day. Still in diapers at night. she does not speak. She can sign some words, never in sentences. She walks in front of moving cars if not closely watched. She can’t manage fastenings of any sort. She can’t clean herself. She will never read, do math, or possibly even color within the lines. I seldom know what she is thinking, unless it’s about food.

A few weeks ago her 12 year old sister was in a very foul, spiteful little mood. She took the ten-year old off alsone for an hour or so, and came back singing and
smiling. I asked what had happened to put her in such a pleasant mood. She
said, “I don’t know, Mom. Somehow spending time with the Cherub just makes me feel
good.”

It’s not at all ‘easy’ to have a severely disabled child. However, I think it’s sad that the automatic reaction when many people hear a child has any birth defect at all is so divorced from the *probable* reality of what could actually occur. I also think it’s sad that people discount the blessing of children- even, and sometimes especially, disabled children.

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What’s It Like to Be a Parent?

A woman on a parenting list I was on asked us what it was like to be a parent. I was expecting our seventh child at the time. This was my reply:

I was totally unprepared for the physical impact of mothering; for me it has
been an overwhelmingly sensual experience. I don’t mean sensual in an erotic
way. I mean that all my senses are involved, affected, enjoyed in a brand new
way. Nothing on earth smells like one’s own new baby, affects my sense of
touch like the feel of my baby’s little head, sounds like an infants totally
captivating giggle, tastes so sweet when one kisses him/her, or is so
enchantingly engaging that one can just sit and gaze at the new little one for
hours.

It continues for me as they grow older. I love listening to my 14 year old
discuss life, sing as she goes about her chores, and play the piano. I love
tangling my fingers in my 12 year old’s curls, listening to her read aloud to
her younger sisters. I enjoy the feel of pat-a-cake with my mentally
handicapped ten year old, the sound of her funny little voice singing her odd
little songs. I have dropped laundry on the floor to lean against the bathroom
door and listen to my eight year old sing songs in the shower about her day-
“Oh, my mom wasn’t very nice to me. She won’t let me play in the hail. When I
grow up I’ll go get a new mom who will let me outside whenever I want, but that
will make my old mama sad so maybe I wooon’t”- all sung as dramatic opera. It
catches at my heart to watch the seven and eight year olds skip along, holding
hands and chanting nursery rhymes, to have my nearly two-year old come running
up with concern on her face when I cough to ask, “Drink? Mommy want drink?” I
can hardly keep my heart from bursting when I watch one of them learn something
new, proudly read a first book, figure out how to measure area, learn to ride a
bike. Their own faces are so full of light and joy…

So many times in my mothering walk I have wanted to grab time with both hands
and make it stop forever at this or that perfect moment, but time keep rushing
on, dragging me breathless along with it to other perfect moments.
What are the rewards? They are intangible, immeasurable, invaluable,
irreplacable.

What are the cons? Well, there are other sensory experiences not quite so
pleasant- poopy diapers, upset stomachs, accidents requiring stitches,
listening to the children bicker or whine… but the madcap race of time is a
help and a comfort, here.

It is a sacrifice of many things if you do it right. But I have learned that
there is truth in the adage that is better to give than to receive, or that if
you “give, and it shall be given unto you, pressed down and running over.”
Is everything always wonderful, and am I every moment starry eyed with
delight? No, but I know of no experience, no job, no relationship that is.

You will know fears and worries you never knew before. You will have hope,
dreams, and joys you never had before. The word responsibility takes on new,
and weightier meaning.
And you will love it!
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One of our ducks enjoying the creek, which is actually quite deep right now. She’s sitting at the edge of it; there were two paddling about in the middle of it, but at a distance from where I was.

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He’s a People Person, really.

Our bathroom is converted from a large pantry; being frugal midwesterners, who ever put in the bathroom did not change the pantry door. We have a swinging door that does not reach to the floor. This benefits Zeus during his moments of separation anxiety. If only one person is home and -horrors!- decides to use the bathroom, Zeus comes trotting along to plop himself down outside the bathroom with his snout underneath the door.

The rest of us find this slightly annoying; Equuschick, however, thinks it’s adorable and is always willing to coddle her doggie. :-)

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Robert Byrd, Klan Defender

From NewsMax:

Nearly four months after the Senate’s most influential Democrat, former majority leader Robert Byrd, defended the Ku Klux Klan in his autobiography, Byrd has yet to offer an apology – and fellow Democrats have not asked him to make one.

“Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields” hit bookstores in June – and featured Byrd’s firsthand account of his days as an up-and-coming member of the nation’s most notorious anti-black terrorist group.

According to the eight-term West Virginia Democrat, the Klan he remembers was “a fraternal group of elites – doctors, lawyers, clergy, judges and other ‘upstanding’ people.”

At no time, said Byrd, did he hear his fellow Klansman preach violence against blacks, Jews or Catholics.

Bryd joined the Klan in 1942. He recruited 150 other members. He went into politics on the advice of his Grand Dragon. In the 1950′s he was still defending his role as a KKK member. At other times he’s tried to imply it was really only a social and civic organization.

Maybe. Except… My great-grandfather also joined the Klan in the same time period that Byrd was a member. He also thought he was joining a social and civic organization, sort of like the Lions, or a Masonic Lodge (yes, I know the problems with the Masons).

He thought that because that is what the friend (s?) who recruited him led him to believe. As soon as he found out what it really was, he got out. It was a great source of humiliation and embarrassment and shame to him that he’d been snookered that way. His family were not permitted to mention it- ever. It was a deep family secret, talked about only behind his back. Would anybody care to guess how many meetings my naive great grand-father went to before he realized what he’d gotten into and left his new club in a cloud of anger and shame?

One. That’s right, he realized what he’d gotten into at his very first meeting. So what was Byrd’s problem ?

His problem wasn’t that he didn’t know the KKK’s aims. IT’s that he agreed with them.

“I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state …. The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia …. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va …. I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities.” — Robert Byrd in letter to Klan Imperial Wizard Samuel Green of Atlanta, April 8, 1946.

In another letter Byrd wrote that he would never serve in the military “with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

From this site.

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