Archives for December 2, 2014

Outdated essays on pocket gophers reveal lack of evidence for ESA listing

Sev­enth in a series on a new ESA list­ing. We will pub­lish addi­tions to the series if/as they are writ­ten. Unsup­port­ed claims in obscure essays from 1942, 1944, and 1960 have hurt a lot of peo­ple in south Thurston Coun­ty, Wash­ing­ton.  Oppres­sive laws are based on them—including the 2014 Endan­gered Species Act micro-list­ing of four Mazama […]

Cells of Insurrection

In what kind of twist­ed world would Oath Keep­ers – Oath Keep­ers to the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Unit­ed States, be con­sid­ered domes­tic ter­ror­ists? That’s the ques­tion that was asked last week in an inter­view with Stew­art Rhodes, Founder and Pres­i­dent of Oath Keep­ers. After lis­ten­ing to the inter­view, I thought I should check to see […]

Japanese scientists use surrogates to produce endangered species

Japan­ese sci­en­tists have devel­oped a new biotech­nol­o­gy tech­nique that uses mack­er­el as sur­ro­gates for bluefin tuna with the hope of sav­ing the prized species from extinc­tion. Con­sid­ered a del­i­ca­cy in Japan­ese cui­sine, glob­als sup­plies of bluefin tuna have been dwin­dling, prompt­ing the Inter­na­tion­al Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Nature to put the fish onto its red list.