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2013-02-12 01:34:24 PM  
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I'm cheering for the sharks, as I cheered for the Indians against the cowboys and cavalry when I was a kid.

Besides, I have a theory that sharks have saved far more human lives than they have ever taken because they keep idiots out of the water where their innate stupidity and maladaptation would lead to their drowning far more often if they weren't chicken of the Sea, or worse yet, the wanton destruction of sea life and habitat.

As Jacques Cousteau might put it, "Les requins ... ces beaux garde-fous malentendus de la Mer ...."

Some humans are just slow getting the message:  stay out of the water when sharks are around. Don't destroy the beauty of the sea while enjoying it. Stop the cruel and wantonly destructive fishing for shark fins (the animals are often thrown back alive after their fins are cut off--and some fishermen have been accused of using live dogs for bait, sometimes with a giant hook in them).

Sharks are not only over-fished, but they are side-catch of swordfish, tuna and other fisheries. An article yesterday said that in the Nova Scotia fishery, two sharks die for each swordfish caught--and that's a good record, which merits a certification of "sustainable" fishing.

Humans have a lousy record for living with top predators. We wipe them out. Tigers, lions, bears, sharks ... all gone or endangered anywhere humans live in any numbers. This royally screws up the food web, and we are part of the food web--we haven't got technology to synthesize healthy, palatable and cheap food yet. We live in Nature or we die in Nature.

As Charles Darwin, whose birthday it is today, might have put it, but didn't, it is not necessarily the strongest or the most intelligent who survive, but those who best adapt to new conditions (this was actually formulated by Leon C. Megginson, a sociologist--you can find the attribution debunked on the Darwin Letters site, and this true source on Wikiquote). We haven't learned to adapt. We rely on strength and intelligence, both of which prove to be weaknesses when they are abused. A faster, more powerful engine does you no go if you are speeding the wrong way down a track to doom.

Success is an interplay between genetic qualities such as strength, courage, and foresight, and environment. The environment creates and determines the rules of the game, the genes are meaningless except in the environment which selects for them and gives them value. Real environmental "Sustainability" is all about the interplay between our decisions and the environment. Business "sustainability" simply means the businessmen can continue with their business plan, regardless of the externalities created by the destruction of the environment, other species, other people's lives and livelihoods, etc.

Our economies are not environmentally sustainable, even if you can raise farmed-fish or catch swordfish indefinitely if you are wiping out bio-diversity, habitat and other fisheries, tourism, traditional cultures, etc., ruthlessly and without compensation.

Go sharks! And CEOs please, feel free to swim with the sharks! In a way you're a lot alike. You'll both eat any kind of garbage that looks vaguely edible.
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