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  • #28853

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    There are ways we have actually DEvolved. My cat eats food off the floor, walks around in her litter box and then licks her paws, even licks her asshole and none of that makes her sick. She obviously has a far more effective immune system than we do. I suspect our neanderthal ancestors also had more effective immune systems.

    #28851

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    8 lives to go. My uncle Charlie didn’t care for cats. He used to say real men kick cats when the women aren’t looking. Then again Charlie didn’t care for much of anything. He was a muscle bound intimidating pro boxer with a crooked nose so no one really complained about his attitude to his face directly. There is a certain sector of folks who really hate cats for some reason. Myself, I really don’t care for much dogs. I just think they are a pain in the ass to deal with all day long. I also note that some very obnoxious people are real big into dogs. If no one cares for you at least a dog will love you. A cat, maybe or maybe not, LOL.

    This idea that cats are sissy pets gets under my skin. Guys are more likely to like guns, scary knives, fighting and killing, and general mayhem, which to me indicates that cats are the better match. Dogs are social parasites who ingratiate themselves by mimicking our facial expressions and acting like “house n*gg**s,” eager to do whatever we want them to do. Professional sycophants.

    By contrast, cats are stone cold killers who do only WTF they feel like doing if you like it or don’t. My little kitty is on the alert for anything in her purview she might kill. She will actually chase a fruit fly around my apartment hoping for a chance to kill it.

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    #28837

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    Looks like that cat gets bit at around 00:18 if you step through the video. I did have a sweet calico cat that killed a foot long coral snake in our garage but suffered a fatal bite in the process. “Tuffy” was a hero to us.

    Well, there’s that famous Native American saying: “Sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn’t.”

    Still, I don’t think the snake even touched the cat, much less sank its teeth into the feline.

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    #28833

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    I can agree with most of that. However when a gator is just lying on the bank, it is not feeding. They seldom eat. If that gator was hunting it would come out of that water like it was shot from a cannon. I think that was another example of a smarty cat knowing that gator just wanted to be left alone. If you bring your little kids to Disney and let them play near a lake you may get a memorial however. <iframe title=”Disney Installs Lighthouse Memorial to Remember Boy Killed by Alligator” src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vgdv-BrEcnY?feature=oembed” width=”670″ height=”377″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=””></iframe> Hardly a week goes by around here when the news isn’t reporting on a gator eating pets. Mostly dogs but “outside” cats as well.

    I don’t think a gator can rush out of a pond fast enough to catch a cat, at least most of the time. Cat reflexes are legendary.

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    #28829

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    I saw a rather large bobcat trotting down our dirt road with a dead cat in it’s mouth. Don’t see that every day. I don’t think wild housecats do very well around here in this swamp between the gators, rattlers, cottonmouths, coyotes, and bobcats. We have a few black bears, but they are very goofy garbage can raiders.

    Don’t be so sure that they don’t do well. It looks like an area with lots of cover and with no reason to expose themselves to humans, it’s not surprising you don’t see them. As for snakes, cats are expert snake killers. You can google vids of housecats dealing with rattlers and cobras. They are every bit as good as mongooses. As for alligators…

    I suspect most of the feral cats who are killed are killed by bigger cat species, coyotes (if you have those) large dogs, hawks, or eagles (if you have those). OR in traffic, because cats are not as good as dealing with cars and trucks as dogs are. But give them a few hundred years of evolution.

    The thing is, cats can afford to take some losses because they breed like rabbits and cats are great teachers and defenders of their young.

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    #28828

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    1) it takes some hypocritical nerve for humans to decry an invasive species. Mankind is invasive everywhere but Africa.

    I believe in most cases, responsibility for the introduction of an invasive species belongs to one or more humans. The range of these species is huge, from microbes and prion diseases (e.g. HIV, ebola, plagues, mad cow) to mosquitoes hatched from discarded tires, to bred, feral felines and canines and other pets like pythons, and even hybrid pythons; by plane, ship, or even craigslist (bedbugs) and world trade in general, mostly accidentally but sometimes intentionally. I’m a bit loose on my definition of invasive species (e.g. bedbugs don’t affect the ecosystem much), but the number of human-caused invasive species is much larger than the non-human-caused.

    When one talks of invasive species, they come in three forms of introduction: 1) intentionally introduced, 2) piggyback introduction, and 3) natural introduction.

    1) Often, introduced predators are introduced to rid an area of other introduced species. Cats were introduced in various parts of the world to kill mice and rats, only to find that cats are equal opportunity predators who often find that native species are just as tasty as the target species and often easier to catch and kill.

    2) Even if cats weren’t introduced to America intentionally, a cat could easily enough have walked down a boarding plank or down a docking rope, deciding to stay.

    3) Wolves, for example, evolved in Asia but were in the Americas as early as 300,000 years ago.

    The Americas already have several native felines, all of them larger than the domestic cat and all of them viewing domestic cats as a potential meal.  Googling revealed little information on the evolution of the native cats. One thing is virtually certain: they all evolved from Asian cat species that got to the Americas accidentally. They became “native” when they found their niche in the ecosystem, which probably cost some prey species total extinction.

    Much the same is happening with domestic cats today.

    #28825

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    My thoughts on cats as an invasive species: 1) it takes some hypocritical nerve for humans to decry an invasive species. Mankind is invasive everywhere but Africa. 2) Cats are fantastically adaptable, able to survive in conditions ranging from tundra to desert. What that means is that chance would have brought them here eventually anyway, just like mankind was inevitably going to find the Americas.

    #28812

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    Amazing hunting prowess.

     

    #28811

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    A hispanic support group is not a particularly unbusiness like idea. If it helps integrate hispanic workers into the working enviroment, encourages inclusivity and comraderie…then that’s very good for the working enviroment and productivity. Same with a rainbow flag. Reducing a toxic atmosphere in general is extremely good business sense especially in a large office. I don’t see the problem with a bible quote if EVERYONE is a believer. However, I can’t think of any particular reason to put a religious quote on the wall, when you can find a perfectly good substitute that doesn’t create tensions between the people of different religions. If you want to express your religion you can wear a cross around your neck or put a Jesus doll on your desk.

    I believe a business has a right to require a businesslike atmosphere. And if that’a a value to them, they need to observe it, too.

    A Hispanic support group can meet off premises on their own time, and probably should. If all else fails, workers who feel oppressed can always take extreme work actions like strikes…or work elsewhere.

    #28804

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    I believe a business has the right to keep things businesslike.

    Useless post. Is a gay flag over the doorway to the HR department businesslike? How about a daily bible verse on several office whiteboards. How about when all of your bosses discuss events at the same church or how about the Hispanic support network that has meetings during business hours. I don’t see what any of that has to do with engineering and producing reliable equipment for 737s. I am fine with all of that because of the sins of the past but none of is businesslike.

    I don’t understand why you think any of that stuff is businesslike. Are you implying that I think it is?

    #28796

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    Plus, if you want to rid your property of bears…

     

    #28793

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    Does anyone have an actual opinion about extending free speech to the internet, workplace and in organizations and sportsteams?

    I believe a business has the right to keep things businesslike. In other words, it’s fair to tell employees “Leave your opinions at the door. When you are here, your sole mission is to support our mission. We reserve the right to decide when and how to enforce this. Why? Because you are being paid with OUR money.”

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    #28780

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    The American government CAN interfere with free speech, but only in retrospect. Free speech isn’t without a cost. You can be sued for forms of defamation and be penalized heavily.

    Not all speech critical of others is actual hate speech (founded on rock-bottom hatred). For example, criticism of gays has a Biblical basis. The religious person may simply be spouting the nonsense of their faith. Similarly, criticism of abortionists can be founded on a stubborn belief that fetuses are babies. No actual hatred required in either case.

    CAN it become a hatred? Sure, but there is no necessary connection.

    #28761

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    Looks like I’m not the only one who doesn’t much like maryjane.

    #28748

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    Unseen, everyone of these Vermont firemen belonged in a firefighter’s calendar. I’m 185 cm (6 foot 1/2 inch) and 80kg (176 pounds) and I was the smallest guy in the room. As an extreme bonus, they were amicable and friendly . It is extremely unattractive…some “too cool for school” bros sitting around doing nothing but insulting/ragging-on each other all day and competing to be captain awesome. And yes, they had a dog that ran around and played with them. Which is extremely attractive.

    LOL

    I got clued in by another member who messaged me with “Davis is gay. You didn’t know? He’s pretty up front about it.” Sorry, I missed that. However, like I said, I really don’t care. But now I know you meant “smoking hot” and not “smoking pot.”

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