Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.


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Cat Armour.

My stupid orange cat succeeded in getting bitten several times on the same leg. Sigh. What a way to end the year. Fortunately I live in a country where there is someone who will gladly take buckets of money to sew a cat back together, isn’t capitalism great? Now if I can just get him to wear his new suit of armour when he goes out, this won’t happen again. Assuming he goes out again, the poor little guy has a raging infection and is just laying around the house like an orange furry meatloaf. And since I want to keep my fingers thank you, I have to grind up his antibiotics and sneak them into his food. I love the little baggins, but maybe my next pet will be something less stressful like a goldfish or a ficus plant.

Let’s see, Bush is apparently going to announce his long awaited troop surge in a few days, and he is going to stress the sacrifices that need to be made in Iraq still. I’m pretty sure he meant that other Americans are going to have to sacrifice more, I doubt he is planning on raising his taxes or sending any of his relatives to Iraq. And 15,000 extra troops in Baghdad this summer didn’t improve the security situation any, how an extra 20,000 troops in the whole country is supposed to magically turn things around is anyone’s guess. This is reminding me of Reagan’s promise to lower taxes, increase military spending, and reduce the deficit. How did he manage that trick? It’s done with mirrors. Meanwhile, civilian deaths are reaching record highs in Iraq, who knew that spreading democracy would entail such bloodshed? People like me who said this war was a bad idea for one.

It’s looking like I may have been wrong about Saddam’s lynching. It may very well dramatically increase support for the Sunni insurgents fighting the occupation forces and the Maliki gang. It was done on a Holy day where by Islamic custom, not to mention Iraqi law, no executions were supposed to take place. And the video of the execution that was “leaked” did not exactly show a fair and dignified proceeding. Saddam’s death was a revenge killing, nothing more.

Ethiopia is well on it’s way to restoring chaos and disorder in Somalia. Yes, the warlords who spent two decades looting the country are back in power. Turns out the evil Islamists couldn’t stand up to tanks, artillery, and jet aircraft. Yes, they were obviously a terrible threat to Ethiopia. So now the “provisional government” approved by the colonial powers is back “in charge.” Just gotta love it when a “government” has to use foreign troops to conquer its own country. Ethiopia also announced its troops are going to remain in Somalia just in case the Somalis get any other silly ideas about uniting and governing their own country. I expect more bad news from Somalia as Bush’s apparent plan to keep the Islamic nations of the world in perpetual failed state status racks up another grim milestone.

Leaving Earth and moving to more pleasant venues, the Martian rovers are getting software upgrades. This will allow them more autonomy. In a nutshell, if a rover sees something ephemeral and interesting like a dust devil or a cloud, it will focus on it and snap a few pictures. Before scientists had to sort through hundreds of pictures to find the ones with such features in them. The rovers are going on their third year on Mars, quite a feat considering they were designed to last for only ninety days. The Martian winter is almost over and the rovers will be on the move again soon, I will of course post new discoveries as they warrant.

OK, I don’t need a pet goldfish or pet ficus. Turns out I need to get a pet snake. Chinese scientists believe snakes can be used to predict Earthquakes. I bet they catch mice and rats too, and unlike my flea buses, they only shed once a year instead of every day. And who ever heard of a snake hacking up a hairball? Stepping on a cold slimy wad of regurgitated fur at three in the morning is one of those pleasures of life reserved for those who keep cats. And with that pleasant thought, I will venture forth and begin my work day.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and is central to the subject of the post. I believe it is on display in a Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not Museum somewhere, it was probably constructed by Jeff de Boer. Here are other examples of his armour for cats and mice.)


Written by unitedcats

January 2, 2007 at 8:09 am

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  1. ohhh, i’m sorry ur cat got hurt! I hope he gets better soon… :(

    yeah our eid celebration was consumed by talk of saddam’s hanging…. some of us weren’t sure it actually happened…

    well, happy new year, Doug. May this year be better than the last….


    January 2, 2007 at 9:20 am

  2. Love the new look, perfect for the multitudes of Doug-ness.

    My suggestion: bite the cat back.


    January 2, 2007 at 6:23 pm

  3. The little guy managed to find the strength to return to “Kitty Fight Club.” (The roof of the garage behind my building.) So I guess he’s going to be OK, until he loses another round. Sigh. Thanks for the concern and the, um, helpful suggestion. :)


    January 2, 2007 at 9:46 pm

  4. Aww…the poor cat. I hope he recovers quickly and doesn’t get hurt like that again.

    That’s a good picture in the header.


    January 3, 2007 at 10:18 am

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