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I don’t want to brag or anything but haha who am I kidding obviously there is NOTHING in this world I like more than bragging about my ability to predict Mark Trail plots! Anyway, I think it’s pretty clear from this strip that Jessica Canupp and her taxidermist boyfriend “Marlin” (they gave him a nickname based of the dead animals whose skins he fits over a rigid frame and then fills with sawdust!) are going to turn out to be bad guys. That’s because Mark stopped a guy from spearing an endangered turtle just off the shore of their private island and instead of being all like “THANK GOD YOU STOPPED THIS SENSELESS TURTLE SLAUGHTER” they’re eyeing him with suspicion and doubt. Probably Jessica’s seemingly benign pelican-rescue operation has a sinister purpose, like creating an army of attack pelicans for al-Qaeda, or illegally harvesting pelican livers, which are most delicious when wrenched from the guts of still-living elderly pelicans.
I do, however, want to make clear that I’m not showing you this strip just to prove that I’m right about everything all the time, but also to share with you Mark saying “Unless you want to end up in jail, buddy, you’d better stop killing turtles.” This sentence ought by rights to replace everything ever written in the history of English literature, and the accompanying depiction of the turtle-killer’s hat dramatically flying off his head should replace every work of visual art ever made.
A little bit of background. The guy in the boat is a sea turtle poacher. Mark caught him throwing a harpoon at one and fussed at him a bit. The guy got so mad he threw his other harpoon at Mark! Unfortunately, he missed. So, the first thing Mark does when he grabs the guy by the shirt is tell him that he better stop killing turtles. I'm embarrassed to say that I would be more concerned about my own welfare.
After rising from assistant professor to the top ranks of the University of California system, Dr. Michael V. Drake is heading east to take the helm of Ohio State University, sources close to the presidential search have told The Dispatch.
Drake, 64, chancellor of the University of California in Irvine, reportedly will be introduced at a Board of Trustees meeting this afternoon, where his hiring is expected to be approved. He would start the job in June.
University officials declined to comment, and details of a contract aren't yet available.
An ophthalmologist by trade, Drake will come to Ohio with his wife, Brenda, after a long career in medicine and university management on the West Coast.
After a long and sometimes heated debate, a new U.S. Farm Bill was passed this week (being in a College of Ag, I'm required to know this for continued employment). Inside the bill is a little provision that is sure to spoil almost no one's holidays next year:
Tucked inside the massive new farm bill, which House Republican leaders are speeding to the floor, is a controversial 15-cent fee the government will collect on every Christmas tree cut in or imported into the U.S.
Dubbed the “Christmas tree tax” by opponents — a term to which industry backers vehemently object — it is an idea that’s been kicking around the Capitol for years, but finally got enough support to land inside the 959-page farm bill.
When one of our daughters goes to college, gets the appropriate training and figures out how to do it.
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John may be the only one who finds this funny, but a friend sent me a link to one of these stupid Facebook 'Which Star Wars Character Are You?' quizzes. Being an idiot (and a Star Wars dork) of course I took the quiz.
Guess who I am?
The answer is below the jump so as to not ruin the suspense...
All appears to be well that has ended well in Mark Trail! Mark’s good name has been cleared, Jared has gone back to the big house without so much as a punching, and, most importantly, endless piles of flapjacks and maple syrup await heroes and victims alike. A victory without flapjacks tastes like defeat, whereas a steaming pile of starchy flapjack goodness makes victory all the sweeter, both metaphorically and literally (because of the high sugar content in the maple syrup). “Good lord,” says Cherry, days from now, “After endless rounds of binging and purging, I think it’s finally become physically impossible for me to eat any more flapjacks.” “No,” says Mark. “We have to keep eating them. We neet to eat these flapjacks … forever.”
The drama mostly involved cultural resources, which a black bear found buried in a bag soaked in maple syrup, so I gave env-econ.net readers a break. But, hopefully, a new story arc starts soon!
Today, I had the opportunity to present John and my paper, "What Do Environmental Economists Think?" at The Ohio University John Glenn School of Public Affairs Colloquium Series. Here are my two favorite slides from the presentation:
"This blog aims to look at more of the microeconomic ideas that can be used toward environmental ends. Bringing to bear a large quantity of external sources and articles, this blog presents a clear vision of what economic environmentalism can be."
... the Environmental Economics blog ... is now the default homepage on my browser (but then again, I guess I am a wonk -- a word I learned on the E.E. blog). That is a very nice service to the profession. -- Anonymous
"... I try and read the blog everyday and have pointed it out to other faculty who have their students read it for class. It is truly one of the best things in the blogosphere." -- Anonymous