Where The Wild Things Are

Apparently, in the middle of South African Roads:

Lioness

The photo came from the following story, Roadkill: Tourists left stunned as lioness attacks buffalo – right in the middle of a traffic jam

I admit it, this post is but an excuse to link to another Christian Lander masterpiece,

#127 Where the Wild Things Are

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¡Córrele Güey!

This post is brought to you by the most dangerous animal in Africa. No, not the lion, the leopard or the crocodile, but the lean and svelte “river horse”.

Here is a picture of one of the portly beasts forcing a park ranger to break Usain Bolt’s record of 9.58 seconds in the 100 m. Admittedly, the addition of rampaging animals would make the Summer Olympics more interesting.

Hippopotamus chasing man

Here’s the story behind the shot:

Shocked gamekeeper runs for his life from three ton hippo

Leopard takes out Crocodile

Ever since I can remember I’ve been a big fan of African wildlife. The love affair probably started with a book given to me at a very young age by my parents. The book was about the African Savannah and was chock full of pictures detailing the daily life and death struggle between predator and prey.

I perused through images of lions with bloodied muzzles feasting on zebra and antelope until the binding gave out.

Years later I’m still fascinated by big cats and their habits, for example check out this vid of lions taking down an elephant:

Recently however I came across something that might even top that. The star of this story is a leopard who decided that it’d be good exercise to take on a croc.

And he won…

Click on the link to see the sequence of pics from the confrontation. Also at the bottom of the story is a vid depicting a battle between a few lions, a herd of cape buffalo and a couple of crocs.

Yet another reminder that no matter what pipe dreams politicians (or Mr. Lennon) promise us, only God can (and will) bring about the renewal of all things, including His creation.

“I agree with Dr. Watson”

Is the title of an editorial (alternate link) written by Nigerian Idang Alibi in response to the comments attributed to famous geneticist James Watson (blogged about it here).

Needless to say, I was somewhat shocked by the title of the column and even more so with its content.

For example,

Since then (Watson’s comments being made public), some of us cannot hear anything else but the outrage of black people who feel demeaned by what Watson has said. So many people have called the man names. To be expected, some have said he is a racist. Some even wonder how a “foolish” man like Watson could have won the Nobel Prize. Even white people who, deep in their heart, agree with Watson want to be politically, correct so they condemn the man.

Any truth to that last sentence? It would be interesting to know the stats on this group of people.

The following would brand Mr. Alibi a racist if he weren’t a black man,

But I do know that in terms of organising society for the benefit of the people living in it, we blacks have not shown any intelligence in that direction at all. I am so ashamed of this and sometimes feel that I ought to have belonged to another race.

The following would draw the righteous indignation of Al, Jesse and Quanell, and of course, the politically correct whites Alibi mentioned in the opening,

Anywhere in the world today where you have a concentration of black people among other races, the poorest, the least educated, the least achieving, and the most violent group among those races will be the blacks. When indices of underdevelopment are given, black people and countries are sure to occupy the bottom of the ladder. If we are intelligent, why do we not carry first when statistics of development are given?

In a moment of honest reflection Idang lets it out,

As I write this, I do so with great pains in my heart because I know that God has given intelligence in equal measure to all his children irrespective of the colour of their skin. The problem with us black people is that we have refused to use our intelligence to organise ourselves socially and politically.

Couldn’t agree more with this paragraph in regards to what he says about God giving his children intelligence.

As to the latter part of the paragraph, he has a point. So long as demagogues like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Quanell X keep telling their community (and they in turn listen to them) that their internal problems are always someone else’s fault, black people in America will sacrifice their God-given intelligence at the altar of victimhood.

[On a related note, Dr. James Watson resigned from his position of Chancellor of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, so I guess he did get Carleton S. Coon’ed.]

Melanin-based Racism within the Black Community

As I understand it, back in the Ancient world, racism was not based on skin color (a good example of this can be found here). It’s good that as a species, humans are beyond such attitudes. Now we tend to discriminate on more concrete characteristics like skin color.

It remains inexplicable (at least to me) how people can dehumanize others based on things beyond their control, including the amount of melanin their bodies express.

Even within a mixed-color nationality dark-skinned (or darker) folks will be looked down upon by society, and treated differently than their lighter-skinned countrymen. I know this to be fact in my native México, and based on conversations with Indian friends, also true of India. A glimpse at celebrities in each country will reveal that what is considered beautiful is what looks most European (light-skinned) and less indigenous (generally darker-skinned).

A little known secret to those of us here in the United States which are not of African descent (others will argue we are all of African descent, this is another argument for another post) is that even within the black community there exists a bias favoring lighter-skinned individuals over darker-skinned individuals, as the following story seems to suggest,

“Color Divide on Display in Party Invite”

This phenomenon more than likely has its roots in the fact that Western European culture as dominated most of our perceptions of what the standard of beauty is. Yet the fact that it occurs within a community which isn’t hesitant to cry “racism” whether the facts have bore it out or not, is surprising.