Welp, fuck humanity.
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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.
Never before have insects with modified DNA come so close to being set loose in a residential U.S. neighborhood.
“This is essentially using a mosquito as a drug to cure disease,” said Michael Doyle, executive director of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District, which is waiting to hear if the Food and Drug Administration will allow the experiment.
Dengue and chikungunya are growing threats in the U.S., but some people are more frightened at the thought of being bitten by a genetically modified organism. More than 130,000 signed a Change.org petition against the experiment.
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"The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, or whistle-pig, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots...
"Groundhogs are well adapted for digging, with short but powerful limbs and curved, thick claws... Suited to their temperate habitat, groundhogs are covered with two coats of fur: a dense grey undercoat and a longer coat of banded guard hairs that gives the groundhog its distinctive "frosted" appearance.
"In the wild, groundhogs can live up to six years, with two or three being average... Despite their heavy-bodied appearance, groundhogs are accomplished swimmers and occasionally climb trees when escaping predators or when they want to survey their surroundings.
"Groundhogs are excellent burrowers, using burrows for sleeping, rearing young, and hibernating. The average groundhog has been estimated to move approximately 1 m3 (35 cu ft), or 2,500 kg (5,500 lb), of soil when digging a burrow. Though groundhogs are the most solitary of the marmots, several individuals may occupy the same burrow. Groundhog burrows usually have two to five entrances, providing groundhogs their primary means of escape from predators. Burrows are particularly large, with up to 14 metres (46 ft) of tunnels buried up to 1.5 metres (5 ft) underground
"Groundhogs are one of the few species that enter into true hibernation, and often build a separate "winter burrow" for this purpose. This burrow is usually in a wooded or brushy area and is dug below the frost line and remains at a stable temperature well above freezing during the winter months. In most areas, groundhogs hibernate from October to March or April, but in more temperate areas, they may hibernate as little as three months... Groundhogs are mostly diurnal, and are often active early in the morning or late afternoon.
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I know that the influx of 'Keeping cats indoors is wrong, they're natural predators!' posts are trolls; But the problem is that they're working.
I always see the same riled up, flustered arguments from pro-indoor owners.
Let me give you the only simple, logical answer that you will ever need in an indoor/outdoor argument. (Against a legitimate pro-outdoor, not a troll.)
>You do not let a dog roam the neighborhood on it's own because it is dangerous for it.
>You keep a dog secured in your yard with a fence, and take it for longer walks with supervision or a leash.
>Cats are much, much more delicate than dogs. Roaming the neighborhood is much, much more dangerous for cats.
>You have the option of securing a cat in your yard by enclosing an area, and can take it for longer walks supervision on a leash.
>In this situation there is absolutely no reason not to treat a cat exactly as you would a dog.
With an optional:
>What, you think you'll look like a faggot with a cat on a leash?
>Right now you just look like an insecure little bitch.