Oyster Roundup – Lost Pigs, Blind Dogs & Happiness
~Thick and fast they came at last, and more, and more, and more!
It’s Hibernation Week – that space between Christmas and the New Year when kids are home, and food is plentiful, and all you want to do is hunker down with a book and a dog and a mug of something warm. I know you probably can’t eat another bite, but here are some delicious little nuggets on the half-shell that may tempt you.
Shortest Day in Fairbanks
Now they’ve done it. Alyeska Pipeline has lost two pigs in the pipeline this year. Before you get on the red phone to PETA to save our little pink friends from an almost certainly crude death, I’m not talking about that kind of pig. The pipeline pig is a giant gizmo used to scrape the sides of the pipeline to clear if of sludgy buildup, and keep things flowing as they should. Basically the idea is that you put the pig in one end, and then it comes out the other end. But two wayward pigs took a detour and ended up mangled. A report by the inimitable (and occasional Mudflats contributor) Richard Fineberg has all the details, and points to the Case of the Missing Pigs as further evidence of the company’s lack of preparedness, and failure to notify the public of problems they deemed minor, but which could have easily been major issues.
Polar Bears – Endangered, and Not Alone
We all know the polar bear is endangered, but now two Arctic seals have been added to the list – the ringed seal, and the bearded seal. These species are also threatened by the loss of sea ice, which scientists say reached record low levels this year due to warming associated with climate change. The ringed seal is a large part of the polar bear’s diet.
You’re more likely to be happy if you’re a woman, unless you’re living in a country that treats you like a second-class citizen. You’re more likely to be happy if you’re not between 40 and 50. The happiest countries overall in order are: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, United States, Costa Rica,… That’s right, the United States is #11, after a whole bunch of socialist, European, Scandanavian, health care givin’, pot smokin’, leftists. Weird. There are many fun charts and graphs on various levels of happiness in the full report which you can check out in the link.
We, at the Mudflats know we’re taking a little risk there ^^. Subaru of America just had the temerity to wish everyone a Happy Kwanzaa on their Facebook page, and got a deluge of comments from angry white people wondering why they weren’t wishing them a Merry Christmas. Hint: That was yesterday, and they did. The “War on Christmas” has outlived even Christmas this year.
Your Feel Good Story for the Year
A blind 8-year old dog, lost in a snowstorm in Fairbanks, and wandering for a week in temperatures that reached -40 degrees was never expected to make it home to her family. But after coming across a musher’s trail, Abby made it more than 10 miles to a friendly door and thanks to Facebook, and a happy reunion followed!
And finally, a bit of wishful thinking as we end the year.