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.
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.
The blonde and white Simmental cow we know as I-12 went right for him.
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.
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.
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.
It is an incredible photo to see two cows at once trying to crush the bear.
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.
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.