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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    I rest my fucking case.


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    Bat Conservation International's page on their programs in the Philippines:
    http://www.batcon.org/index.php/what...ilippines.html
    The 7,107 islands of the Philippines one of the world's top ten biodiversity "hotspots" are home to a diverse and invaluable community of 74 species of bats. But their very existence is threatened every day. Philippine bats are relentlessly hunted as bushmeat, and their cave roosts are lost to improper guano mining, recreational caving and the commercial harvesting of swiftlet nests used in bird-nest soup. Their populations are declining throughout the islands.

    Bat Conservation International has been working with dedicated partners in the Philippines since 2006 to reverse the dire threats to these bats through conservation, education and research.

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    Barefoot: as the other people above I see nothing wrong with pteropodids. You might want to go out, cool off for a bit, and then inform yourself about the animal instead of overreacting to how it looks.

    Now some love for weird animals. These did indeed take me aback when I discovered they existed but I dealt with the situation by searching for more information on them.

    Yes, these are real.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manx_Loaghtan
    There are a good number of sheep breeds selected for four horns and goats aren't immune to it. The more you know...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM9o4VnfHJU
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macropinna_microstoma
    This one just plays with your expectations: the eyes don't look like eyes and what looks like eyes are actually the nostrils.

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    Being called out for saying stupid stuff, and having our stupidity explained to us, is how we learn not to be stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFierce View Post
    It's the same thing with spiders. Some people can hate me but if I saw a Tarantula which is deemed as relatively harmless crawling around my house I would get a shoe and smash it to pieces while screaming then go running out of the house still creeped out. I hate spiders with a passion, I'm not going to go out murdering them. But they still trigger a fear response once they reach a certain size.
    Except insects don't feel pain the way a fruit bat would. They don't have the equipment necessary nor show the same response to stimulus as higher order species. It's not as big of an ethical conundrum. Though bugs are still living creatures.

    But I get what you're saying, people have irrational fears of other species. In OP's case, it's like joking about killing an endangered Great Dane because it's bigger and scarier than a chihuahua.
    "Astronomy offers an aesthetic indulgence not duplicated in any other field. This is not an academic or hypothetical attraction and should require no apologies, for the beauty to be found in the skies has been universally appreciated for unrecorded centuries."

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    When I was in Malaysia it was a standing joke that if you couldn't identify the snake that bit you, you had to run after it, catch it and take it to hospital with you. There were some species that they'd only found one of. And I still like snakes.

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    Obviously there's the main issue of population effecting ethics.

    No one wants a species to go extinct (or they shouldn't) then there's obviously more ethics with that. Once again insects but I would genocide stinkbugs in a heartbeat. They're at plague levels.

    But also why I don't have an issue with say killing deer as long as it's not to extinction. In fact I hate deer now. They're beautiful creatures but they're everywhere, tick carriers and spread lymes. When something is overpopulated there's little issue, when something is facing extinction there's huge issues.

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    man i came into this thread expecting improbably large tits and just found a massive dick

    ha ha ha look at that bat its nailed to a tree ha ha ha

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    Is it just me or is Barefoot particularly apt at making threads that backfire on him and become about how much people like the thing he's complaining about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFierce View Post
    But also why I don't have an issue with say killing deer as long as it's not to extinction. In fact I hate deer now.
    I'd be happy if you brought some over to where I come from! They're pretty rare here, not to mention I just like how graceful they are.

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    This one day at the college where I am at, a baby bat accidentally flew inside
    I tried catching it before it got any further in, but it was able to get inside
    it was lunch so there were quite a few people around and everyone freaked out,
    some random dipshits took turns trying to bat it out of the air with books
    one eventually trapped it in a hall way and beat it to death with his book
    I took the body and buried it outside under a cherry tree,
    it was one of the saddest things Iv ever witnessed it's body was no bigger then a key
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    I see two sides here.

    Barefoot:
    "Man, these guys can't take a joke".

    Everyone else:
    "That joke sucked".

    Learn to read your crowd, dude. It's not that you are a bad person, your joke just fell flat. Not a big deal and not something worth making a drama thread about. Just move on and try...wait, let me step back a bit. DON'T try too hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velocity Kendall View Post
    ha ha ha look at that bat its nailed to a tree ha ha ha
    This. It's not that his joke fell flat, it's that it wasn't really a great joke to begin with. It fell flat like Holocaust jokes fall flat. Anne Frankly, it's very ignorant.
    "Astronomy offers an aesthetic indulgence not duplicated in any other field. This is not an academic or hypothetical attraction and should require no apologies, for the beauty to be found in the skies has been universally appreciated for unrecorded centuries."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slothboy3000 View Post
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    But also why I don't have an issue with say killing deer as long as it's not to extinction. In fact I hate deer now.
    I'd be happy if you brought some over to where I come from! They're pretty rare here, not to mention I just like how graceful they are.
    In large areas of the US, white tailed deer are a pest. Over the last several generations, due to elimination of natural predators and suburban sprawl, they have become acclimated to human presence, and populations have exploded, moving from woodlands into semi-rural and suburban areas. They cause property damage and car accidents, and are a major factor in the explosive spread of tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. And yet, efforts to control the deer population continually run into people's emotional opposition to "killing Bambi." It's the flipside of the "kill it because it's scary" attitude.
    http://wildlifecontrol.info/deer/pag...tionfacts.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by dierat View Post
    Is it just me or is Barefoot particularly apt at making threads that backfire on him and become about how much people like the thing he's complaining about?
    Nope not just you.

    Watching quite a few threads since he went on the finger waggling spree on how much the people of CA are jerks.

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