Daily Archives: July 22, 2002

Royalties force pioneering radio station to end we…

Royalties force pioneering radio station to end webcasts

A hearty thank you to the not-really-a-Librarian of Congress for his royalty decision! Will somebody please tell me how this does anyone in the entire world a lick of good?

CNN.com – Student charged with keeping anthrax at …

CNN.com – Student charged with keeping anthrax at lab – July 22, 2002

See, when I first saw that headline I thought, “That sounds like a pretty rough work-study job.” But we’re talking about criminal charges, of course.

Reuters Wire | 07/22/2002 | Brazilian to Succeed R…

Reuters Wire | 07/22/2002 | Brazilian to Succeed Robinson as U.N. Rights Chief

Okay, guys, write down “Sergio Vieira de Mello”, that’s the powerless figurehead you’re going to be picking on in the future.

CNN.com – Customized supercomputer wins speed race…

CNN.com – Customized supercomputer wins speed race – July 22, 2002

Presumably it’s going to enter the 100 meters at the World Track & Field Championships next year.

Online Jellyfish Forecast Warns Chesapeake Swimmer…

Online Jellyfish Forecast Warns Chesapeake Swimmers

Really, what more can I say? I mean, I love the Internet Age. Online jellyfish forecasts?


In the Chesapeake’s tributaries, when conditions are right, the waters are transformed into jellyfish soup, with about 16 jellies per square meter.

Snakehead Fish Found in 7 States; U.S. to Ban Them…

Snakehead Fish Found in 7 States; U.S. to Ban Them

Yep, the Administration is taking swift action here, banning the import of any more Dreaded Chinese Snakehead Walking Fish.


Snakeheads have been found in six other states: Hawaii, Florida, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to the Interior Department.

Well, that’s a pretty broad assortment of states, isn’t it? Nice to see that Interior is finding something to keep itself busy, what with not enforcing the Endangered Species Act taking up almost no time.

Oh, and once again I’ve scooped the news agencies. Reuters offers a URL (not a link, you have to copy and paste) to a site where you can find the Watercress & Snakehead soup (soon to be offered by Campbell’s) that I linked to a few days ago.

Bush Defends Treasury Secretary and Speaks Out on …

Bush Defends Treasury Secretary and Speaks Out on Markets

What? WHAT?!? What are you looking at me for?

ESPN.com – Horse Racing – Prince Ahmed dies of hea…

ESPN.com – Horse Racing – Prince Ahmed dies of heart attack

Oh, how awful. Except not.

CNN.com – Scientists fret over ‘alien invasion’ – …

CNN.com – Scientists fret over ‘alien invasion’ – July 22, 2002

The Dreaded Chinese Snakehead Walking Fish of Maryland, of course, and not creatures from Outer Space. For one thing, this has a better plot than Independance Day.

I have a lot of fun with the DCSWF/M, of course. But there’s a serious side here. Invasive species can drive out native ones, even cause ecosystem collapse. Zebra mussels have caused major problems in the Great Lakes, and now people are afraid of the invading Asian carp looking to join up there. Any species introduced into a new environment can wreak havoc if it gets established.

The greatest example, in recent times anyway, of that is certainly man, introduced to North America only a few dozen thousand years ago, and to Australia and New Zealand even more recently. Any number of species, including almost all large herbivores, were wiped out here, probably in large part by humans, and long before Europeans came along to make it more efficient.

What humans don’t get (and this is a little more on topic, I suppose) our attendant species do. The most important here are dogs and cats (among pets), goats and pigs (among livestock) and rats (among pests). They go pretty much everywhere humans do, and in a lot of places they cause catastrophes. Feral pigs in particular have been a huge problem for native species in Australia, and flightless bird populations have been devastated or destroyed by rats and dogs.

Yahoo! News – Ink Sales Boost Lexmark Quarterly Pr…

Yahoo! News – Ink Sales Boost Lexmark Quarterly Profits

“Ha! Our plan of selling printers far cheaper than everyone else, then making customers pay through the nose for replacement cartridges, has worked!”