The fish, which normally gobble up amphipods but avoid pteropods, 'would swim up to the [pair] and stop -- clearly looking at the object -- then turn and swim away,' McClintock says. Fish that were hand-fed the duo quickly spat them out....
Pteropods do not seem to enjoy the ride. They retract tightly and do not feed while in captivity -- which may last more than a week. Because the researchers have never found any dead pteropods on an amphipod, they conclude that an amphipod probably releases the hostage before it starves, then grabs another one."
The pressing question is: should the pteropod's court-appointed attorney seek restitution from the amphipod or ask the state to provide rehabilitation?
Not a body to be outdone, the House Ethics Committee found Rep. Frank guilty of fixing parking tickets for Mr. Stephen L. Gobie, his former housekeeper and driver."
Now if we could only apply the same standards to the U.S. government which has given us such "truth-in-labelling" delights as Social Security insurance, taxation as revenue enhancement by means of voluntary compliance, public education, and the Orwellian Operation Just Cause.
This unquestionable orthodoxy surprisingly landed Bennett in conflict with his elders. He explains, "I allowed myself to be voted in as an elder... [but] being a new elder I was required to make a statement about my Christian experience. Certain influential elders found my tale incompatible with Presbyterianism and prevailed upon the other elders to join in booting me out. That did it. My cocoon was breaking, and with Presbyterian help. Previously I was quite comfortable...because I had presumed that Presbyterians didn't take medieval dogmatism seriously anyway." The gall of it! The horror! Presbyterian elders being required to believe in God! What's next?
Bennett continues, "[t]he realization that I had been so naive about Presbyterian orthodoxy was a blow....I was in a state of crisis. At this point I needed a book on secular humanism to replace the Holy Bible, and a secular humanist establishment in which to find a haven for my battered spirit." How do we Christians miss such obvious inferences? These new-found humanists are just too sharp.
In opposition to the predominant "materialistic-lifestyle," Kantzer says, "[w]ithout suggesting for a moment every Christian must do the same, I know certain things are right, and I can do them. I can live my lifestyle a mite below the average in my community."
So, not only can some action -- a simple lifestyle -- be "right" in some circumstances but not obligatory for others in the same circumstances (as Kant spins in his grave), but where is this "non-universal obligation" for a simple lifestyle found in Scripture? The Book of Hezekiah? Psalm 151?
"The problem is, we've been given a 12-month breeding season. Really, what we need is a one-month breeding season like elk."
Speak for yourself.