This will be the first time that many of you will meet Possum. Possum is brilliant and articulate and has one of the best blogs that I read regularly. Possum is knowledgeable on a wide range of subjects so this promises to be interesting.
Energy and the environment
1 What are your views on nuclear energy ? I toured Indian Point in New York and trying to explain the myths and facts to hysterical anti nuclear activists is frustrating.
2 Can you explain the threat of invasive or alien species to our readers ? In my hometown Staten Island NY released pet turtles Red Ear Sliders have become established. We were told that that species can not survive the cold winters or hibernate. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the turtles. I have not seen the local species of Easern Painted turtle for years. This particular species has even been found in Europe and Pacific Islands. The Sea Lamprey created a mess in nearby Lake Champlain.
3 Is nature more adaptable then we presume ? The Coyote is spreading Eastward and is certainly in Vermont and has been found in NYC. I was surprised to see Cormorants alomg the Lamoile River at least 20 miles from Lake Champlain.
4 Some scientists are concerned about the lack of biodiversity in agricultural products and to a lesser extent domesticated animals. Should we be concerned about agricultual homgeniety of crops and farm animals ?
5 What are some of the animal species you enjoy watching in the local woods nearby. I recently was surprised by a fisher a type of huge
weasel on the way home from work.
6 Are you for or against the reintroduction of animals to their historical habitat. There has been some talk of reintoducing wolves to Vermont. I would rather see Mountain Lions or Wolverines return to their former range in VT.
Europe and the far left
7 Is there a Europhile undercurrent among the far left ? There is an assumption on the far left that Sweedes are more enlightened then Americans. This is odd coming from the same bunch that are constantly invoking multiculturalism .
8 Is there anticapitalist undercurrents in the Peace protests in Europe and America ?
9 Some members of the far left are prone to wild conspiracy theories. We have a lunatic John Brown who believes that there was a huge conspiracy on 9-11 and the CIA assasinated Daniel Pearl. I am wondering if his next conspiracy will have Leon Klinghoffer pushing his own wheel chair off the Achille Lauro to make Palestinians look bad. Have you noticed a plethora of conspiracy cranks on the far left ?
What is the most bizzare conspiracy you have heard in your travels ?
10 There is an odd airbrushing of Islmamic societies and history amongst the far left. The most extreeme example of this insanity is 167 who calls the United States and Israel " deeply homophobic socities" and then praises the same Saudi and Iranian justice systems that execute homosexuals. Has the left forgotten or airbrushed the history of Islam and forgotten Colonialism, Jim Crowe, Ethnocide, Slavery and sometimes genocide have been widely practiced in Islamic history long before the United States was even a country ?
11 Does the environmental movemental have Utopian and totalitarian undercurrents ?
Was the preindustrial world an actual Eden or are the environmentalists imagining a paradise that never was.
Women and blogging
12 The media seems to think that womens issues mean abortion and daycare. I do not see those themes on the many wonderful female authored blogs I read daily. Are issues
like the economy and national security everyone's concern ?
13 I do notice that female coservatives get some really nastry trolls. My friend Pam of Atlas Shrugged gets some extreemly malicious types. What has been your experience with trolls.
14 I am an advocate of free speech but I will not hesitate to delette comments with ethnic slurs and a plethora of profanity. I also delette the posts of a serial predator from Coalinga CA who posts under about 100 aliases. What are your views on freedom of speech and the blogospere ?
15 Do you go on nature walks or trips into the countryside to enjoy the landscape ?
I can not put my finger on it but rivers and waterfalls are favorites of mine.
16 Do you follow any professional sports ?
17 Who is the most annoying celebrity ? Barbara Striesand is a distant realative and drives me up a wall . I will leave a room rather then listen to her music.
18 What type of music do you listen to ?
19 What are your views on energy taxes ? Should bridge and toll revenues be used to subsidize public transportation ?
20 What are your views of tobacco and alcohol taxes ?
21 Should all funding for NPR be eliminated ? I am sure the Duck will have a long explanation for why my tax money should be used to put Mummia Jammal's warped views on the air .
22 Do you have any houseplants or pets in your home ?
23 If you were going out to eat would you prefer a theme resturant like The Hard Rock Cafe or a local diner ?
24 Do you enjoy watching weather ? My friend Northwind seems to find it odd that I enjoy watching thunderstorms across Lake Champlain.
25 Are clumsy people loveable ?