Race, Milky Way and Coyote Killing….

Workout notes Right around 13 miles (probably a tenth or two less) for my walk; the course was fine (East Peoria, River Trail, Springdale Cemetery and Glen Oak Park) but I started too late. It was just below freezing, but very, very windy. I was warm with my high tech jacket.

I had a high variation in pace, depending on whether I had a side wind, tail wind or head wind.

Note: I had some piriformis issues at mile 5, but after hip hikes and stretching, they went away.

Here is a link to some excellent photos of the Milky Way from a rural location. There is no telescope, but there was some time exposure.

This is just one of them; check out the others.

Human Race and Race
I’ve always wondered about this; I’ve heard that race is somewhat artificial. That is, no matter what sort of skin and facial features you have, genetically speaking there are people who don’t look like you who are similar to you; there are others who look like you who aren’t genetically similar to you. I found that out when I found out my haplogroups (paternal, maternal).

But on the other hand, some genetic traits do cluster (e. g., Swedes don’t get sickle cell anemia).

Evidently, the issue is probably genetic ancestry rather than the traits that society calls “race”. So, it looks as if I have another book to tackle. 🙂

Wind energy
How does one store wind energy; obviously the wind blows at inopportune times (e. g. when excess electricity is not needed). There is a good Scientific American article on this (this month); Ehow has a summary. Here are some of the ways: massive batteries, compressed air (compress air with the wind turbine now; release this energy to turn turbines when the electricity is needed) and…yes, using the energy to pump water to a higher elevation (conversion to potential energy) then use this potential energy to turn turbines when it is needed!

Coyote Killing: a sign of our cultural divide
If you are a member of facebook, go here:
(yes, this is from the page called “Stop the Grizzly Killing” which is run by someone opposing grizzly bear hunting…and this photo is merely something related that they posted:

Now this photo has produced lots of comments. Some were from the “this is horrible” crowd, many who really don’t understand animal and ecosystem conservation and don’t understand that these were indeed coyotes and not wolves.

Others who do understand such things (at least at a local level) made their points in a highly inarticulate manner; others threw out “latte-feel gooder” taunts only to receive “illiterate smoker” taunts in return.

What I found disturbing is that these “homo sapiens” seem so proud of what they did; it sure appears that they took joy and pride in their actions. Let me point out that there are those in Mexican drug cartels that do the same…with human being corpses…so this is not the worst that humanity has to offer.

But just look at the cultural divide here. Would you want to spend any time with people in this photo? I wouldn’t and I assure you that the reverse is true.

Anyway, take a look at the conversation on the facebook thread.

(I do wonder how Sarah Palin missed this photo op…)

February 27, 2012 - Posted by | astronomy, injury, nature, racewalking, racism, science, social/political, walking


  1. Since when do coyotes have black tipped tails? I know wolves. You’re ignorant. The Govt does not tag coyotes. See those two wolves in front? They’ve been tagged. These two pricks deserve to be shot.

    Comment by Matthew Williams | February 29, 2012 | Reply

    • I am ignorant of many subjects, but I do know that coyotes are sometimes tagged.

      Coyotes also have bushy tails.

      “Unlike a wolf, a coyote has a bushy, thick tail, which it holds low to the ground.

      Read more: Difference Between Coyote and Wolf | Difference Between | Coyote vs Wolf

      You might check this out:

      The dead animals here look almost identical.

      Comment by blueollie | February 29, 2012 | Reply

    • There are like 19 species of coyotes and most of them have black tail, black tipped tails ect. There were alot of studies being conducted in the US and Canada on coyotes back in 2006 (when I first saw this picture) and they do tag coyotes for the studies. I qucik google search landed me 5 different studies being done in 2011, all the them have coyotes being tracked with GPS trackers attached to the coyote. YOU are the ignorant one.

      Comment by mel | March 3, 2012 | Reply

  2. We have two pack of coyotes that live here around our home. These are ALL coyotes in this picture. None are wolves. I live in WI and we have regular hunts for coyotes. The Gov DOES tag coyotes. They are hunted to help control the population, NOT just for thrill of the kill. If you can’t handle it or understand it then I would keep your ignorant comments to yourselves. Different strokes for different folks. I don’t put people down because of their activities that are considered NORMAL in their part of the world and I would expect no less from anyone looking at this photo with any morals.

    Comment by Cynthia | March 2, 2012 | Reply

    • “I don’t put people down because of their activities that are considered NORMAL in their part of the world ”

      That is probably untrue (e. g., in some parts of the world it is “normal” to beat women when they aren’t submissive enough).

      No, this doesn’t qualify…and yes, as I said, these are coyotes and that the government does tag them.

      Comment by blueollie | March 2, 2012 | Reply

    • even if they are coyotes you dont have to kill them you frican retards there animals they would never do any thing at all to hert you

      Comment by cameron allen | July 3, 2012 | Reply

  3. Based on my research.. this photo is supposed to have originated from MT.. If that is the case you do have to apply for a permit to hunt wolves.. 220 were issued and only 196 were shot as of this past monday.. this would explain the two in front with collars (they would be wolves) the rest would be yotes and yotes are not tracked.. I could see this amount being shot by a group of guys not 2.. I do believe it is photo shopped and figuring 2 wolves and maybe 5 or 6 yotes.. the ones in the truck could have been photo shopped.. in due time the truth will come out..

    Comment by Jessie Timm | March 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Thanks. I admit that I know little about this area (I’ve seen coyotes around here but have never been a hunter). From what little I’ve read it is possible to kill a bunch of them by setting up a feed type station; check out the Coyote Hunting in Maine link.

      Comment by blueollie | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  4. Cyn do the track yotes in WI?? According to MT they do not as they are just a pain in the arse there LOL

    Comment by Jessie Timm | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  5. I can’t answer that for certain Jessie. I’d have to ask someone if they do. I have yet to see a dead one with a tracker on it, but again we don’t have issues with them here like they do wolves.

    Comment by Cynthia | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  6. Is going to say if someone has an issue with a yote may as well shoot him and be done with it.. why bother to study it LOL

    Comment by Jessie Timm | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  7. Simply barbaric. Coyotes certainly can be pests, but that doesn’t earn them the punishment of wholesale slaughter. Anyone who derives pleasure from such activities is unfit to be called civilized, IMO. Coyotes’ increased population is the fault of human interference – the killing-off of larger predators which once kept them in check. If people would just learn to stop mucking around with nature’s balance, & respect native species…

    Comment by Jennifer Griffith | March 3, 2012 | Reply

    • I assume you’re a vegetarian, right, Jennifer?

      Comment by Kirsten (in MT) | March 6, 2012 | Reply

  8. I think the mass killing of any species is just wrong…..and I was raised in a hunting family, and my family hunts, for food, not sport! And in my humble opinion…these guys are still heartless ba$tards. (smile)

    Comment by Cherrie McLean | March 7, 2012 | Reply

  9. why are they smiling id love to see one of them get eaten by a coyote

    Comment by Nathan Hanlon | April 20, 2012 | Reply

  10. Coyotes can and have eat small children waiting for the bus, as well as your dog and cat. If they stop being afraid of humans, KILL THEM FAST! There are lots more where they came from.

    Comment by Scrod | July 10, 2012 | Reply

  11. […] sono identificati come lupi. Comunque, la foto mostra effettivamente coyote piuttosto che lupi. La stessa fotografia può essere vista in una pubblicazione del blog di Blueollie, dove gli animali sono correttamente […]

    Pingback by BUFALA – Cacciatori uccidono lupi adulti. | Bufale e Dintorni | December 1, 2013 | Reply

  12. Am I missing the “point?” Why does it even matter what they are? There’s a sh*t ton of them & they’re dead because of those sick pricks!

    Comment by snowfrog | May 9, 2015 | Reply

    • Yes; you are missing the point that wolves are endangered (in some areas) and it is irresponsible to hunt them.

      Also, in some areas, coyotes are an invasive species.

      Personally, I don’t care for hunting but I see the reason for it in some circumstances.

      Comment by blueollie | May 9, 2015 | Reply

  13. I grew around coyotes as a teen also summers and holidays as a teen. They prey on smaller prey first. My Grandma had barn kitties and kept them. They kept the rodents down. They had large dogs for my grandpa and small dogs like poodles for my grandma’s taste. The large dogs could keep snakes down. Poodles went down but my Grandma accepted this fact. I went out for many walks unknown to my parents and grandparents and never have been attacked by a coyote.

    Comment by just hltyer | September 30, 2015 | Reply

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