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  • Sloppy science. It wastes billions, produces non-reproduceable results, and sometimes kills people.
  • Well. Elio Motors may not yet actually have a product to sell. But this is still a pretty cool map of where their registration holders are.
  • Am I following this correctly? The DoJ drops two kiddie-porn charges rather than having classified material brought out in court. Said classified material already being publicly available thanks to WikiLeaks.
  • Wired: Tech’s wealthy enclaves hurt the country — and ultimately hurt the enclaves themselves. (I wouldn’t agree with the whole article, but there’s some interesting info in it.)
  • Oregon hiker miraculously rescues a dying bear cub. Even more remarkably, bureaucrats agreed he did the right thing. (Wonderful photos, too.)
  • Man, this has got to be the most hair-raising puppy-rescue video I’ve ever seen. Normally a 15-minute+ video feels like an eternity to my five-year-old-on-speed brain, but I was on the edge of my seat as this thing got more complicated and dangerous.
  • An artist combines sketches with everyday objects.

6 Comments

  1. Pat
    Pat April 2, 2017 2:18 pm

    Re: Elio states, some of them are understandable.
    Vermont had none, and that was a surprise. The western states are not surprising — lots of travel from A to B, plus lack of hauling capacity, would not beckon Elios, nor would mountainous West Virginia. OTOH, I would expect Texas to have fewer reservations, but those are probably 3rd or 4th vehicles in garages of rich city folk.

    I didn’t understand how they found the puppies in the first place. Also, if the mother came back, she will be devastated to find them gone.

  2. Coyote Hubbard
    Coyote Hubbard April 2, 2017 3:18 pm

    @Pat:
    I wonder about the pups backstory too. It mentioned they had been trying to get the mom for years. They did not look like they were malnourished, so they were being cared for by mom… Lots of unanswered questions here.

  3. Claire
    Claire April 2, 2017 3:37 pm

    They couldn’t leave those pups there. You’d end up with a pack of wild dogs, interbreeding, disease-ridden, being run over by cars, shot, who knows what else. But living miserably, dying young, and breeding more unhealthy animals. Even if they’d only have tried to leave them there until mom-dog rejected them, then you’d have a highly mobile family of dogs to run and hide from rescuers.

    The pups looked old enough to be weaned. And while I agree the most humane thing would have been to bring in both mom and puppies, it sounds as if they’re unlikely ever to get the mom-dog. I’ve been involved in a couple of rescues of feral litters. I don’t think any responsible rescuers would take unweaned pups away from their mothers unless there was some really, really extreme circumstance. But better to save weaned or weanable pups even if you can’t save the parents. Mom-dog will just have more litters if she survives.

  4. Claire
    Claire April 2, 2017 3:41 pm

    “Re: Elio states, some of them are understandable.
    Vermont had none, and that was a surprise. The western states are not surprising — lots of travel from A to B, plus lack of hauling capacity, would not beckon Elios, nor would mountainous West Virginia. OTOH, I would expect Texas to have fewer reservations, but those are probably 3rd or 4th vehicles in garages of rich city folk.”

    Totally agree with the reasons you intuit. Just a small correction; there are no states with zero reservations. All states now have at least 100 reservation holders. The white spots on the map are misleading. I also took those to mean zero until I read the copy.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold April 3, 2017 12:33 am

    I would expect Texas to have fewer reservations, but those are probably 3rd or 4th vehicles in garages of rich city folk.

    Or California transplants:
    “I hate it here. Texas doesn’t have any of the cool things California has.”
    “Why are you here?”
    “I found a job, and a house I can afford.”
    “Think maybe there’s a connection?”
    “With what?”

  6. John
    John April 4, 2017 8:10 pm

    “Sloppy science. It wastes billions, produces non-reproduceable results, and sometimes kills people.”

    Hard to overstate.
    Consequence of spending other peoples taken money, and being (short term) able to profit by it.

    Theft is expensive.

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