August 5th, 2006

sucks, penguin5

the wrong family was put down

An entire family of meerkats at the Minnesota Zoo had to be killed because of a stupid little girl and her even stupider parents. This dumb kid stuck her hand in the meerkat cage. She got bit. The girl's parents refused to give their daughter a rabies test, for reasons passing understanding. So they had to test the meerkats for rabies. The only way to do that is to kill them first.

I am beyond disgusted. Five innocent creatures had to die because this kid's idiot parents apparently didn't teach her not to stick her hand in an animal cage, nor keep a close enough eye on her to make sure she didn't, then refused to get a test she fucking well should have gotten so those five animals wouldn't die.

Fuckers. The wrong family was put down, that's all I have to say.\

(Thanks to yendi for pointing this travesty out.)

Edited to add: Just to be clear, I'm exaggerating for effect. I don't really think the family should be killed. I do like the idea of them walking around for the rest of their lives wearing sandwich boards that say "WE ARE DUMBASSES," however....
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    today's DaVinci's Inquest

Shakespeare's Insult 3 August 2006

"Your hose ... ungartered, your bonnet unbanded, your sleeve unbuttoned, your shoe untied, and everything about you demonstrating a careless desolation."

---As You Like It; 3.2.357-360

Rosalind to Orlando, explaining how he would appear if he were really in love, as he says he is.
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    Star Trek's "A Taste of Armageddon" on G4

at the kiddie table, karate-style

So I go to karate class today, and discover that it's me and four black belts.


The black belts did a whole bunch of katas and other stuff that involves bos and jos. I did a bunch of my own katas and other stuff, and I felt like I was in a fishbowl. It was both exhilarating and intimidating at the same time. But I actually enjoyed it. Kyoshi pushed the envelope a bit with me, and I think I responded well.

The thing that threw me the most was when we did sitting position. Sitting position is your ass on the floor, the entire rest of your body in the air, which strengthens your abs (and also hurts like a sonofabitch). When they work with bos or jos, the black belts have to do sitting position with the sticks balanced on their ankles. Kyoshi had me do likewise, which was at once flattering and (again) intimidating. But I kept them steady on there both times. Go me. *grin*

I also helped one of the advanced blue belts in the kids' class before ours out with one of the katas. He was struggling with the last four steps in particular, so I went over it with him a few times. That was fun. I'll be helping the kids with their promotion tomorrow, too. (Normally, it's just black belts who help at promotions, but there are a staggering 40 kids going up for promotion tomorrow, so they need all the extra bodies they can get to help out.)
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    "The Curse" by Jethro Tull