Links 4/11/11

Cosmic Fireworks Erupt When Black Hole in Dragon’s Belly Swallows Star Tech News World; h/t John M.

Your number is up: Species doomed by mathematics The Independent; h/t Buzz Potamkin.

A Tale of Four Redtail Hawks in NYC Care2; h/t Furzy Mouse

Scientists Link Mass Dolphin Deaths To BP Oil Spill Care2 & Furzy Mouse again.

Bradley Manning: top US legal scholars voice outrage at ‘torture’ The Guardian

Stiglitz: Of the 1%, By the 1%, and for the 1% and the Downward Spiral Into the Abyss Jesse. h/t various!

New York Subpoenas 2 Foreclosure-Related Firms New York Times. Yves will want to follow up on this one…

Online shopping costs the government and businesses big Free Access; h/t Sugar Hush.

The Mindless Mantra of Wall Street: The Corporate Tax Rate Is Too High Common Dreams; h/t Doug S.

Showdown in Iceland CounterPunch (Michael Hudson).

Barbour, Bryant lead in Mississippi Public Policy Polling. h/t Thomas R. Some impressive stats about Mississippi Republicans tucked away in here.

Tomgram: Sheila Johnson, ‘Chal’ Tom Dispatch: Chalmers Johnson, by his widow.

McDonald’s Wage For Nuclear Job Shows Japan Towns Fading Bloomberg; h/t May R. A longer term problem in northern Japan.

Here we go again Macrobusiness on Portugal; h/t David S.

Lessons from the UK housing crash Macrobusiness again: lessons for Oz, that is, from the UK’s housing crash (which may not quite have finished yet, incidentally).

Miscellaneous Independent Banking Commission linkery (that I haven’t looked at yet):

Oakeshott Answers one question I had. He’ll learn…

All you need to know about the Banking Commission report Tax Research UK . The market’s verdict.

Bank share reaction shows the Vickers report could have been worse The Guardian agrees; extra stuff on the “competition” aspect of the report.

How to ring-fence a TBTF FT Alphaville. We can now spend months arguing about whether this could work…

Banking Report: Still too big to fail Channel 4/Jon Snow…or just conclude that it’s the same old same old.

With a bit of luck there will be some plain speaking on the Report from Paul Mason to link to, later on.

Antidote du jour:

Via email: “interesting photos from a ranch in the Kettle Valley, BC area where every year they have to deal with some pretty weird stuff. This year a bear had been bothering the herd and I guess enough was enough. Read on!”

A couple of evenings ago, Wayne went out to check the cows and saw a very strange sight and was able to photograph the event. A black bear approached our cow herd which turned out to be a very big mistake on his part.

Sore Bear 1

The blonde and white Simmental cow we know as I-12 went right for him.

Sore Bear 2

She is a very good cow, a very attentive mother and about 12 years old. She’s in her prime and knows that bears are bad news. She tried her best to mash him into the ground.

Sore Bear 3

Sore Bear 4

There are a couple of photos where the bear is biting I-12’s leg and clawing her face but she is not giving up. Her stiff tail shows how agitated she is.

Sore Bear 5

Wayne said all the cows were bawling, the bear was squealing, the calves were running around with their tails in the air.

A younger cow, R-55, an Angus-Cross cow, age 7, is helping her out as best she can.

Sore Bear 6

It is an incredible photo to see two cows at once trying to crush the bear.

Sore Bear 7

I looked up the calving records of both cows who are so aggressive in these photos and they are both good, calm cows around us and have given us no troubles whatsoever. I’ll have to add in my notes that they have a very distinct dislike of bears. We’ll be watching I-12 over the next few days to see if she needs treatment for infection. I don’t know how willingly she’ll come to the corrals for treatment, but she might not have a choice.

Finally, the bear decided to vacate the area.

Sore Bear 12

We thought he’d be dead for sure, but there was no sign of him the next day. We’ll have to keep an eye out for eagles in the trees or flocks of ravens flying up. We’re sure he’s got some broken ribs out of the deal at the very least.

Wayne couldn’t believe his eyes when he witnessed this ruckus.

This is another once-in-a-lifetime photography event to add to all the others he managed to document this summer. It is amazing.

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  1. mic

    Hi, could you please provide a url for people to link to your Antidote du jour? Posts like this are a must share :)

  2. Elliot

    Um, you do know that was a small bear cub, don’t you? A full grown blackie would be almost the size of the cows. That cub wasn’t much bigger than a dog.

    I’ve chased full grown bears out of my garden just by yelling and running after them. I know cattlemen love their herds, but photos of stomping a baby is just… weird.

    1. Yukoner

      I’m sorry Elliot but you are quite wrong. That is not a small bear cub or a baby by any means.
      Average fully grown adults stand between 2.5 and 3 feet at the shoulder and are 4 to 6 feet long nose to tail. An adult female can weigh less than 100 pounds in the spring while males are often under 150 pounds in the spring.
      Of course there are bigger black bears out there, I think the biggest ever weighed something like 800 pounds, but again, the bear in these pictures is no cub. Even that extreme example would not look nearly as big as the cows.

  3. Peter Kinder

    Right, Elliot, that is a cub, and there’s something very wrong about its behaviour. Just weaned? Lost its mother?

    On the other hand, the head butting is a lot less effective in protecting the individual and the herd than it would be had the cows retained horns. The cub would not have walked away.

    1. Lookup Blackbear

      This is not a cub. Does everyone subliminally think of Gentle Ben and Grizzly Adams or some Kodiak monster from National Geographic when they think Bear?

    2. Do you have to stand when you speak?

      Straight out of your ass, all of it.

      Black bears are not that big, as has been noted by others.

      Most “cows”, meaning females, do not have horns.

      Stick to parking meters city boy.

      1. bigWater Bear

        females, do not have horns.

        Stick to parking meters city boy.

        Believe it.


  4. Canadian Expat

    See the following video of the inspiring response of a herd of buffalo to the attack on a calf by a group of lions:

    Collective action is a powerful tool against predators. It is far more effective than waiting for salvation from the next “traitor to his class” (a reference to FDR, of course) to beat back overreaching rentiers.

    Of course, collective action requires an informed and organized group of people willing to advocate for their interests. The way forward is obstructed by conflicted elected representatives, corporate-owned news media, a two-tiered education system, and balkanized households (along racial, socio-economic and religious lines). No one said it would be easy.

    1. Antipodeus

      The famous “Kruger” video – the full-length version is awesome. And that’s NOT a word I often use.

    1. ScottS

      This is a Cow Market. The productive members pro-actively chase away predators and free-riders. Slow, steady growth based on sustainable consumption.

  5. Melmotte

    Bob Goodwin, these pictures show a pretty accurate picture of our current market situation: the bears get stomped until their ribs crack, but there aren’t a lot of real bulls around, either, just a lot of high-frequency head-butting.

  6. Wolf10

    I’ve seen elk successfully attack and drive off wolves occasionally, although these same wolves more typically make meals of the elk.

    Bison, a closer relative to cattle than elk, are even more successful in fending off wolves and even grizzlies at times.

    The chance of a large, fit prey animal surviving a predator’s attack is greatly increased when it stands and fights as opposed to when it chooses to run. Perhaps a lesson may be found in this for our President and other similarly disposed Democrats?

  7. Gene O'Grady

    Occasional visitor with a bit of way out information — one hears about Christians, convicts, etc. being thrown to the lions in the amphitheatre. In actual fact a lot of the executions employed cows/bulls — with horns, of course.

    Following on the mythological model of Dirce.

  8. MichaelC

    Re: NY subpeonas 2 Foreclosure-Related Firms

    This bit caught my eye:

    Steven Baum created Pillar Processing in 2007, a provider of real estate default services, and it is located in the same office complex in Amherst as the law firm. Pillar was purchased in 2007 by Tailwind Capital, a New York hedge fund; some of Pillar’s debt and equity is also held by Ares Capital, a publicly traded investment company in New York City.

    Let that sink in.

    Hedge fund investors (Top 1%, once again) own the business that earns its keep by systematically violating and corrupting the rule of law to strip the desperate of their last few bucks (and protections) and provide further incentive to the servicers to foreclose. That business model also conflicts with the interests of other RMBS investors.

    The business model is simple, standardize fraud on the courts, till the courts are so overwhelmed that fraud on the court is accepted as the new normal. They almost got away with it (at least in FLA rocket dockets) and that was the scariest part (to me at least) of a united AG participation in a grand settlement. If the implosion had been more orderly, they probably would have gotten away with it. As it is, the implosion hasn’t been dramatically catastrophic enouigh, so the officialdom still has an (fleeting) opportunity to sweep the abuses under a rug.

    How many of the big mills and servicers are owned by the hedge funds? Anyone know? If it’s widepread it deserves some scrutiny. Were hedge funds the one’s paying the robo-signers minimumum wages?

    It seems like a good time to ask, “Who owns the foreclosure mills?”.

    We already know who owns the servicers.

  9. JimmyJames

    The correct attribution for those cow bear photos are Wayne Ray (c) 2010, Smith Creek Ranch, Fort Fraser BC Canada. If you want contact information email me directly and I will provide it.

    My brother in law Wayne and his wife Cathy have had a heck of a time trying to rope the copyright back in since a news outlet in Oregon released them with incorrect attribution to a local farmer there and then they went viral everywhere including Europe.

    BTW, great blog, I read you daily.

  10. David

    That looks like a middleweight black bear.

    For comparison Tufts Wildlife Clinic takes in a black bear now and then. look at the second picture — the vets are not big people and they are much larger than this cub:

    I don’t have a picture of the last full sized black bear they took in, but its feet hung off the table and it was about the size of the cow’s bear.

  11. Rodg Petersen

    Well, if that was a BC bear then it is a youngin, probably a 2 year old. I’ve seen full grown black bears on the east coast that were about that size, but the western black bears are much larger. Anyone ever seen the film of the circus train wreck where the black bear is attacked by a lion? Lion lost.

  12. JimmyJames

    Wayne figures the bear was 2-3 years old, about 200-250lbs and not too smart apparently as it went back to tangle with the cows several times. Close up photos of the bear make it look healthy.

    They have black bear, grizzly bear, cougar and wolves around their farm frequently. Black bears in this area can be quite aggressive towards people, including killing and eating them. But all the above have taken calves.

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