Stuff I already knew, restated in a new and more depressing way: The Department of Homeland Security actually succeeds as a bureaucracy in direct proportion to its INCOMPETENCE. The more they screw up, the more frightened people will be, and the more money and power they will have. Conversely, the better they do their jobs, the more complacent people will be, and the less funding and power DHS will have. Nightmarish.
And in the "Bring on the Soylent Green" news, it has been reported that the population of bonobos (pygmy chimpanzees) has fallen from something like 100,000 to about 5000 in the last 20 years due to poaching by hungry locals who have discovered that they taste pretty good. This makes me wish they would just hurry up and descend into cannibalism, and leave the wildlife alone.
On a MUCH happier note, the sixth Everglades Challenge race is taking place at this moment; my friend Chuck Leinweber (proprietor of the Duckworks Magazine and Store www.duckworksmagazine.com ) and a partner are competing this year. They reached checkpoint 2, 173 miles in, at 2:40 PM on Monday, in good condition and good spirits. The leaders FINISHED this morning at 4:14 AM, 303 miles (Tampa to Key Largo) in 2 days, 21 hours and 14 minutes, something like seven hours ahead of the previous record. Of course, THOSE guys are continuing on for the whole 1200 mile Ultimate Florida Challenge, so they have a ways to go yet... (I am still hoping to BE there at this time next year, and to do the 67 mile "Ultra Marathon", which is the start of the race through the first checkpoint.)