Non-lethal weapons such as bean-bag guns, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters can all kill if they hit a vulnerable person. Tasers are considered non-lethal but many cases of death by taser have been documented. Many people have been killed by military and CIA drones, some on purpose and many by mistake and as ‘collateral damage’. The infamous video of people being murdered in Collateral Murder shows how easily and quickly leading edge technology can be misused.
The Daily Beast raises the question as to whether the proliferation of drones in N. Dakota is to ensure better citizen safety. They point out the increasing importance of the research and manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles in the state.
Millions are being poured into the state in the building of Grand Sky an industrial/research park near the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The US pilots many of its overseas drone flights from the air force base. Reading the narrative on Grand Sky’s home pages indicates a particular interest in attracting the best to work on cutting edge development of UAVs.
In a state where the oil bust has gutted the economy, it can make those who would defend civil liberties suspect that the present enthusiasm for law enforcement drones may well be based on the influx of money expected by welcoming sky spies with open arms.
Legislative Assembly of North Dakota
The Daily Beast
To the heartless people running this place, the animals are a source of ready cash. At $ 1 500 and more for trendy puppies, the profit motive is very strong.
Buying a cute puppy or kitten at a retail shop is no guarantee that the mother is being cared for properly. They may be underfed, dirty and cramped, bred again and again until they die. A local pet shop in my town advertises on the net. The following was copied from an online ad for that store.
New pets on premises including: Puppies,Bunnies,Ferrets,Reptiles,Birds,Insects,Fresh and Saltwater Fish.
The Humane Society of the United States has excellent information for prospective pet owners.
Of course N. America is not alone in the breed for profit dogs and cats. Hong Kong is experiencing a growing industry breeding dogs as pets now that it is legal to own pets in China. There are currently no laws in HK that regulate animal traders.
The acquisition of a pet is a long term responsibility. Think carefully before you bring one home.
South China Morning News
Bot flies can be found anywhere in N. America. In warm states like Florida breeding and infestation is a danger year round. In more northerly areas fall and early winter are the seasons to be especially vigilant for their presence. Many places around the world have bot flies present.
My veterinarian recommended using a systemic flea repellent/killer on Mr. Kitty to protect him from these horrible parasites.
Winds which help fuel the flames have pushed smoke north and then east with smoke settling into the bottoms of the mountain valleys. Smoke affects the ability of aerial crews to assist with dumping fire retardants and water on the conflagration. Smoke also affects any with breathing problems or other chronic conditions. The very young and very old are at higher risk. People are advised to remain indoors.
The fires are killers as well. Three young firefighters were killed while trying to outrun a firestorm. Their vehicle crashed and they were overtaken. More than 100 structures have been destroyed. President Obama has declared a state of emergency in Washington State.
Whales sometimes become entangled in fishing nets and the modern nets are especially dangerous because they do not rot and weaken after a time but can snare marine life again and again. One of the whales being necropsied in BC had scars from a fishing net. Shipping lanes can be deadly to whales. Stranding sometimes happens when the animals become disoriented. This time the prime suspect may be a single celled organism – a plankton bloom in the Gulf of Alaska.
The waters in the Gulf of Alaska have been unusually warm for that region and a burst of growth(bloom) of plankton has resulted. While it is suspected that one of the organisms is one that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning, it has not been proved. It is known that shellfish gatherers on the gulf have become ill. If the fish eating whales ate fish tainted with the plankton they could have become paralyzed. Dead sea lions, puffins and fish have been washing ashore as well.
The warm water in the Gulf has been referred to as “the blob”.
“We’re kind primed to answer this complex question as it plays out,” said Kris Holderied, NOAA’s science lead at its Kasitsna Bay laboratory. “This warm blob is a big thing that might be giving us a foretaste of what’s happening in the future.” Alaska Journal of Commerce
The warming trend is expected to continue with a strong El Nino condition extending into 2016.
Alaska Journal of Commerce
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