Day: October 9, 2006

Late August Road Trip South of Sweden

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Very Interesting Article: An Elephant Crackup?

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This is an incredible story… You should read it end to end, at least skimming through to all the parts about elephant culture and society, the disruption/breakdown in that society, it’s effects, allomothers, human-elephant interaction, neuroscience, the elephant sanctuary, trans-species psyche, etc.

From the October 8, 2006, New York Times (NYT):

An Elephant Crackup?
By CHARLES SIEBERT

‘We’re not going anywhere,” my driver, Nelson Okello, whispered to me one morning this past June, the two of us sitting in the front seat of a jeep just after dawn in Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda. We’d originally stopped to observe what appeared to be a lone bull elephant grazing in a patch of tall savanna grasses off to our left. More than one “rogue” crossed our path that morning — a young male elephant that has made an overly strong power play against the dominant male of his herd and been banished, sometimes permanently. This elephant, however, soon proved to be not a rogue but part of a cast of at least 30. The ground vibrations registered just before the emergence of the herd from the surrounding trees and brush. We sat there watching the elephants cross the road before us, seeming, for all their heft, so light on their feet, soundlessly plying the wind-swept savanna grasses like land whales adrift above the floor of an ancient, waterless sea.

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Very Interesting Article (non-george bush related): An Elephant Crackup”

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This is an incredible story… You should read it end to end, at least skimming through to all the parts about elephant culture and society, the disruption/breakdown in that society, it’s effects, allomothers, human-elephant interaction, neuroscience, the elephant sanctuary, trans-species psyche, etc.

From the October 8, 2006, New York Times (NYT):

An Elephant Crackup?
By CHARLES SIEBERT

‘We’re not going anywhere,” my driver, Nelson Okello, whispered to me one morning this past June, the two of us sitting in the front seat of a jeep just after dawn in Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwestern Uganda. We’d originally stopped to observe what appeared to be a lone bull elephant grazing in a patch of tall savanna grasses off to our left. More than one “rogue” crossed our path that morning — a young male elephant that has made an overly strong power play against the dominant male of his herd and been banished, sometimes permanently. This elephant, however, soon proved to be not a rogue but part of a cast of at least 30. The ground vibrations registered just before the emergence of the herd from the surrounding trees and brush. We sat there watching the elephants cross the road before us, seeming, for all their heft, so light on their feet, soundlessly plying the wind-swept savanna grasses like land whales adrift above the floor of an ancient, waterless sea.

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Great Speech: Why Not Let Them Hate Us, as long as They Fear Us?

Caligula

Everybody shoud read this speech and have their friends read it as well… Americans and the rest of the world. Here it is:

Remarks to the United States Information Agency Alumni Association
October 4, 2006 in Washington, DC
Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Ambassador (USFS, Ret.)

We are gathered together to reflect upon our country’s adoption of Caligula’s motto for effective foreign policy – ODERINT DUM METUANT – “let them hate us, as long as they fear us.” As we do so, let us observe a brief moment of silence for the United States Information Agency and also for our republic, both of which long stood for a different approach.

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