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caikgoch last won the day on January 31

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  1. Lots of new bills in the U.S.

    First, there's a huge sample bias in your "90% deserving" figure. Remember the "mice coated in Vaseline"? Second, wrong 10% of the time is WRONG. The fact that 90% of people survive drive by shootings does not make drive by shootings acceptable behavior.
  2. Rannoch / Rannoch2012

    No, this is not a joke. I have spoken with him off and on for years, mostly privately. I have my own cross to bear so I have sympathized with him somewhat. I have awakened in a hospital and the first doctor I talked to was a shrink who wanted to determine if it was safe to untie me or would I try to kill myself. Humor has always been my refuge. We shared some of that. I don't agree with everything that he has said and done but I am sure that he felt the same way about me. The little bits of humor were the thing that kept us together. When life becomes grim, you take your fun where you can get it.
  3. Rannoch / Rannoch2012

    So now the world is just a little bit more boring. Damned!
  4. Bad text?

    It doesn't exist and it wouldn't matter if it did. Did you know that the number one predictor of sexual predation is a heterosexual orientation?
  5. Bad text?

    I've never seen a more generous gift to anyone wanting to strike down these laws on Constitutional grounds.
  6. Psychology, I think

    I think the biggest problem in most animal related research is that animals are assumed to be interchangeable stimulus/response blackboxes. Of course there are dominance hierarchies. But not all individuals compete on the same level or in the same fashion. Trainers have bad habits of assuming that any technique that yields a good result on one horse will always work on other horses. I think that the "blanket study" above is significant because a random selection of horses all demonstrated complex understanding of abstract symbols. The pupils learn despite their teachers sometimes.
  7. What type of hobbies do you have?

    Let me elaborate. NOBODY packrats more than a farmer. So why not have fun doing it?
  8. Psychology, I think

    For example http://www.appliedanimalbehaviour.com/article/S0168-1591(16)30219-2/fulltext My horse and I have a pidgin composed primarily of gestures and actions used to represent common choices. We started it when I taught him that I would endeavor to satisfy any itch or irritation that he would point to with his nose. What we do is no where near as important as the symbolism in his ability to ask and receive from me. It moves our relationship much closer to equality. Not surprisingly, equality is an important goal to a proud, strong willed individual like a stallion.
  9. Psychology, I think

    Congratulations. I've been trying to explain that to people for 30 odd years now. The next step is teaching the horse that he can ask for things and you will say yes or no as the moment requires.
  10. Baculum difference in Dire Wolves

    The problem with that theory is that literally everything else in that environment, even the predators and other equines, mate faster than Zebras (think Cervine or Bovine singular ejaculatory thrust). Besides, they wouldn't need a big penis to be highly stimulated if the mares didn't have such a large vagina. It is, however, true that smaller equines have relatively larger babies. And I would love a chance to compare a Dire Wolf tie to an equine flare.
  11. Guns

    When I was 10 years old my father taught me a valuable lesson. He let me shoot his 12 ga even though he knew that I was no where near ready for it. The lesson? Real guns can hurt you on both ends, unlike the Hollywood props you see where actors fire a Gatling gun one handed from the hip. It's not arrogance, it's experience.
  12. Baculum difference in Dire Wolves

    I would love to know their gestation period. The most obvious thing that comes to mind is that the males needed a big penis to fill up a female's big vagina. Perhaps a look at female pelvic sizes might offer a clue. Horses are so well hung because they have such huge, well developed babies and this might be a similar case. Horses don't den, they stay with the herd so babies have to be able to literally keep up with the herd from the moment of birth. If the Dire Wolf moved in large packs and didn't den I would expect a similar effect.
  13. Sex deprivation

    I prefer Pink Floyd. "The memories of a man in his old age Are the deeds of a man in his prime You shuffle in the gloom of a sickroom And talk to yourself as you die Life is a short warm moment And death is a long cold rest You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye Eighty years with luck or even less" Luckily the giving of pleasure has always been a priority for me. I can still do that so life isn't over yet but I most certainly miss the merging of the flesh, the exchange of living essence.
  14. Sex deprivation

    Please believe me, I have tried both ways and it is much tougher going forward when you have to face leaving that part of your life on the operating room floor. There is no reprieve and no second chance. I think it's important to talk about it because this is going to happen to everybody here sooner or later. If you are lucky you may have no more than a few seconds to live with the idea but the odds say that most will have years
  15. Sex deprivation

    The most intelligent thing I have ever heard on the subject: "Sex is like air. It isn't really important until you aren't getting any."