Archive for April 9, 2009

Sam the Escape Artist

I was taking the 11:00 p.m. bottle to the barn to feed the lamb and invited Sam aka puppy to come with me. He sauntered ahead to clear the way of menacing toads when suddenly he stopped still, a growl emanating from deep in his chest. A feral kitty cat was out near the sheep! He immediately gave chase. Kitty cleared the gate with no problem, Sam decided that the 4″ under the gate would be sufficient clearance for him. Sam forgets that he weighs about 80 lbs. now. He made it part of the way, got stuck, but was able to wriggle through on his side albeit with a lot of yelping in pain. Then off to chase the feral cat who, if actually caught, would likely whup Sam all over the barn yard. I wasn’t worried, though. There are lots of trees and a bigass tractor for the cat to get out of reach on.

After feeding the lamb, I gave the recall (which is “let’s go!”) and he immediately responded, crying because he couldn’t get back under the gate.


He looked up. I pointed away from the gate, and he walked in the direction I pointed, waiting at the other gate until I arrived. I was astounded that he understood. Perhaps I’ve been unconsciously giving hand signals all along.


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All Tuckered Out

The eight chicks and one duckling were outside in the sunshine (in protective wire enclosures!) all day. They ran around, tried to eat bugs, tasted grass, and wore themselves out.

When it was time to bring them inside, I got no querulous peeps of protest or attempted evasion of capture. Everybody seemed content to be put into the basket for transport back inside to the brooder.

Now they’re all lying down, fast asleep, no peeping, pecking, fighting, or destroying the paper lining the bottom of the brooder. I would take pictures but the paper lining the bottom is already liberally speckled with poop. If you saw it, you would not believe that it had been absolutely spotless and clean just 3 hours ago.

I found another nest this morning that a momma hen had abandoned to take care of her already hatched chicks. One egg with chick inside had the misfortune to become encased inside a discarded eggshell half from a chick that had already hatched. The chick was not able to peck through both shells and suffocated. Two three eggs were peeping and are already hatched with the chicks still in the incubator; several more eggs remain unhatched inside the incubator.

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Catlin Arctic Survey Website Caught in Some Data Inaccuracies

Some folks might call it lies. Seems that their telemetry is false (caught by a commentor at Watts Up With That?) and now, since it has been caught, they’ve had to put up a notice about it. Then it comes out that all their other fancy equipment is on the fritz, too. Apparently they are augering holes in the ice and using a measuring tape stuck down to measure the thickness (read through the comments to find the problems with that).

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Wars That You Don’t Know We’re Fighting

Via Instapundit:

Pentagon Preps for Econonic Warfare

Electricity grid in U.S. Penetrated by Spies


The sophistication of the U.S. intrusions — which extend beyond electric to other key infrastructure systems — suggests that China and Russia are mainly responsible, according to intelligence officials and cybersecurity specialists. While terrorist groups could develop the ability to penetrate U.S. infrastructure, they don’t appear to have yet mounted attacks, these officials say.

It is nearly impossible to know whether or not an attack is government-sponsored because of the difficulty in tracking true identities in cyberspace. U.S. officials said investigators have followed electronic trails of stolen data to China and Russia.

Russian and Chinese officials have denied any wrongdoing. “These are pure speculations,” said Yevgeniy Khorishko, a spokesman at the Russian Embassy. “Russia has nothing to do with the cyberattacks on the U.S. infrastructure, or on any infrastructure in any other country in the world.”

This IS economic warfare. We have to spend billions of dollars to protect against this sort of attack.

Update from IBD: America the Patsy?

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