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Lead no more threat to birds than cats or windows

"The moment I read the headline I knew where the story was going."

"Bald Eagle Threat: Lead ammo left behind by hunters."

"The inference was clear: Hunters are the bad guys when it comes to Bald eagle mortality. They make it sound like we’re using lead as bait to wipe out the eagle population. It also seems to suggest that if lead bullets were banned there would be no further need to address eagle mortality."

"There was another headline that spoke to the remarkable recovery the big birds are making, right here in New York and across the country. But far too many writers shy away from that side of the story."

‘Dirt Is Good’: New Book Explores Why Kids Should Be Exposed To Germs

"After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago, decided to find out what's actually known about the risks involved when modern-day children come in contact with germs.

"It turned out that most of the exposures were actually beneficial," Gilbert says. "So that dirty pacifier that fell on the floor — if you just stick it in your mouth and lick it, and then pop it back in little Tommy's mouth, it's actually going to stimulate their immune system. Their immune system's going to become stronger because of it.""

The Truth about Traditional Ammunition

"In recent years traditional ammunition has come under increased attack from anti-hunting groups. As such, when misinformation related to traditional ammunition surfaces, NSSF believes it must set the record straight. Let’s do that now:"

"With very limited exceptions, such as waterfowl and possibly the California condor, where, in the latter case the evidence of a causal connection to spent ammunition fragments is far from conclusive, there is simply no sound scientific evidence that the use by hunters of traditional ammunition is causing harm to wildlife populations. In the case of raptors, there is a total lack of any scientific evidence of a population impact. In fact, just the opposite is true. Hunters have long used traditional ammunition, yet raptor populations have significantly increased all across North America — a trend that shows no sign of letting up. If the use of traditional ammunition was the threat to raptor populations some make it out to be, these populations would not be soaring as they are."

"Furthermore, it is the excise tax dollars (11 percent) manufacturers pay on the sale of ammunition – the very ammunition some choose to demonize – that is the primary source of wildlife conservation funding in the United States and the financial backbone of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The bald eagle’s recovery, a truly great conservation success story, was made possible and funded by hunters using traditional ammunition. Not surprisingly, recent statistics from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service show that from 1981 to 2006 the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles in the United States increased 724 percent."

"Needlessly restricting or banning traditional ammunition absent sound science will hurt wildlife conservation efforts – efforts such as those that aided recovery of the Bald Eagle – because fewer hunters will take to the field, thereby undercutting financial wildlife management resources. Alternatives to traditional ammunition are not economical. The higher costs associated with this ammunition will price many everyday consumers out of the market. This is evidenced by the low 1 percent market share of metallic nontraditional ammunition –neither its higher cost, performance or benefits are justified."

A Place Where Carrying a Gun is the Law

"Did you know that there’s actually a place in the world where it is mandatory that every resident own a gun?
The video above from Amazing Places, takes us to Svalbard, a group of islands in the High Arctic, just north of Norway."

"There, not only do you have to own a gun, but you also have to carry one by law. Even visitors must be accompanied outside of town by an armed guard if they aren’t familiar with firearms. But, why? And no, it’s not a political statement."

"Because the local citizenry faces a very real danger from polar bears, the creatures with whom they share their northern home."

The other day I was reading a light-hearted post on Facebook about the dangers that turtles face while crossing highways and that people can help them by avoiding hitting them. Then of course there had to be a completely irrational animal rights extremist on that post, who had to warn people about those who would go out an intentionally hit turtles on the road, because apparently there are a lot of turtle haters in the world who have leak-proof steel tires and ultra-durable suspensions on their cars. I do not recommend hitting turtles, bricks, tin cans, glass bottles, large rocks, and other debris on the road – and certainly not intentionally. You can damage your suspension of your car, not to mention dent a rim or get a flat tire.

Political paranoia is the greatest threat facing our country. There are too many people who have a paranoid view of the world – and believe everybody is out to get them. Animal rights extremists believe that there are people out there actively to kill turtles for nothing but the fact they are turtles, and apparently people hate turtles – and want to destroy their cars in the process. Not that there is much evidence to that fact. But the paranoid don’t want to hear that. They want to believe that there are evil forces out there, actively working to destroy their world. Such people are not helpful to our country or the process of it’s governing, because they are demeaning well meaning, hard-working individuals and are distraction to actual needed change in our country.

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