• Fire in the bosque - again.
  • When it rains, it pours - maybe not in your neighborhood, but somewhere in the city.
  • Hungry attack bear is caught and killed by state officials. Anthropomorphic interpretation of bear's mental state here - apparently ursine creatures are capable of making "mistakes". Really, Stuart?
  • UNM emergency notification system test at 11:02 am. (Attention UNM employees: 10:50 am would be a good time to head to the Frontier for a carne adovada burrito).
  • UNM named federal Clinical and Translation Science Center. $21 million in awards over the next five years from NIH. Plus, joining a consortium of other Clinical and Translation Science Centers in 26 states is a good way to recruit and retain top researchers, no?
  • Sunport long and short term parking fees increase - time to think about dropping off your sweetie curbside?
  • DA drops fraud charges against Bio Care owner in order to build a better case. My heart goes out to the surviving family members every time I think about this - surely this calamity is the stark opposite of "care"?
  • Let Washington know what you think about Wall Street reform and economic recovery! You have until 5 pm today to sign up for Congressman Martin Heinrich's Telephone Town Hall tomorrow night at 7 pm.
  • 67 years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sent off a secret letter to Robert Oppenheimer. The topic? Rallying morale for Manhattan Project scientists and their families.
  • Sleepless summer nights? The latest directive from APS - "Development and Revision of Board Policies and Administrative Proce..." is a surefire soporific.

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Comment by Stephanie James on June 29, 2010 at 7:27am
I thought Stuart Dyson's point was a good one. When people don't follow posted rules and get hurt, the animal gets put down. It happens in zoos as well.
Comment by Benny the Icepick on June 29, 2010 at 7:40am
Some great stories today, BB, thanks!

Of course, now I'm going to have James Taylor stuck in my head all day. But man, he's still got it. Aside from not being able to hit the high notes like he used to, his voice hasn't changed a bit.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on June 29, 2010 at 8:50am
Finally, a gaggle of KOB comments I can 100% get behind. They are merciless on this camper- let me paraphrase; "Your little dog and that majestic wild creature are now dead because of your stupidity. Shame on you." Awesome.
Comment by Barelas Babe on June 29, 2010 at 9:11am
@Stephanie James - Oh, I agree with that point.

My cringe moment was his description of the bear making a "mistake" - I think this involves making judgments about the bear's mental state (and actions) that are difficult to justify based on what we know about animal cognition. (And I'll be the first to say that cognition is a very tricky thing, whether you are dealing with humans or animals). I just find it problematic to accept the claim that the action of an animal who smells, seeks, and obtains food = mistake. I guess I'm just having some difficulty reconciling the notions of biological imperative and error in judgment. Then again, I think too much.
Comment by Ron Da Bomb on June 29, 2010 at 9:18am
From Thales of Miletus to Sweet Baby James, BB. I was half-expecting a march through the Seven Sages references this week... J.T. plays pretty much exclusively these days my dream guitar, an Olson.
Comment by Barelas Babe on June 29, 2010 at 9:25am
@Ron - I'm kicking myself - today's posts would have been a great opportunity to showcase Empedocles. But I still have 3 more days!
Comment by once banned twice shy on June 29, 2010 at 9:29am
Yeah, I don't quite get why the bear has to die because it encountered stupid humans. Darwin must be weeping.
Comment by Barelas Babe on June 29, 2010 at 9:54am
My daughter watched the news with me last night and was outraged that the bear was killed. She said, "Why don't they just relocate it to Alaska?" And then muttered to herself, with "Oh, 'cause Sarah would shoot it."
Comment by shotsie on June 29, 2010 at 10:32am
So if the camper stored everything correctly, but ate a couple of cookies in the tent that left a couple of crumbs, would she still be at fault if the bear attacked her tent? The bear was not afraid of humans, and that's the reason why it was destroyed. (Hey, she punched it in the nose to get rid of it - that's some quick thinking on her part - otherwise, she'd be probably bleed to death.)
Comment by once banned twice shy on June 29, 2010 at 11:47am
The bear was not afraid of humans, and that's the reason why it was destroyed.

Yeah, I don't know you can say the bear wasn't afraid of humans--it smelled food and went after food. Remember, to a bear, a human indeed can be food. That's why they tell you to put the food away SO AS TO NOT ATTRACT HUNGRY BEARS WHO DON'T KNOW NOT TO EAT HUMANS.

Look. The young people in question were in the BEAR'S backyard--and surrounded themselves with tasty treats besides--not to mention leaving a tasty dog mcnugget outside for the bear to happily snack on. So the bear needs to be afraid of THEM? I think you go out a-campin', you pays your money and takes your chances.

Plus, you are introducing a strawman here: the facts are that the campers had all manner of snack food in their tent. Not just crumbs.


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