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The killers in your house

A new study has found that domestic cats are among the most prolific predators in the world:

Domestic cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and up to 20 billion small rodents each year, according to researchers at the Migratory Bird Center of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

The report, published Tuesday, found that cats — particularly strays — are “likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for U.S. birds and mammals.”

The study went on to note that feral cats are damaging and threatening to ecosystems.

This study reminds me of an incident with a really friendly cat that used to live in my neighbourhood. Once it made a plaintive meow and wanted to come in. Turned out it had caught a starling. When it came in it released the starling and started chasing after it inside the house. At one point, the starling landed on the kitchen table, and the cat just about pulled off the tablecloth (and dishes) before I managed to stop the tablecloth. Eventually, I managed to grab the cat and put it in another room while I shooed the starling out with a broom.


Sequel of the random stuff

In no particular order:

  • Same–sex marriage was illegal in North Carolina, but the people there voted to ban it again.
  • If it was legalized, same–sex marriage could provide a one billion dollar boost to the American budget each year for a decade. Marriage equality, it’s good for the economy!
  • Teh cute.
  • Yet another misogynistic fundamentalist pastor. He’s against women voting and blames them for everything. No surprise there.
  • I’ve often said that complementarianism is really hierarchicalism. And now (via) Rachel Held Evans reports that complementarianism is losing ground. Good.
    • Evans also quotes someone who writes that (my emphasis) “For millennia, followers of God have practiced what used to be called patriarchy and is now called complementarianism.” Well, at least he’s honest.

Sad stuff

In my neighbourhood there lived this really friendly cat, a black longhair. We called her Spook. She was always visiting everyone on the neighbourhood. But she especially liked us. Whenever she appeared on our deck or on our street, we would always open the door for her and she would always come. We often fed her, and oftentimes she would sleep in our house, sometimes on our beds. Spook was the best cat ever.

Today, Spook’s owners moved away, taking her with them.

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