This episode of Radiolab discusses the intersection of wildlife conservationists and everyone else. Joe Duff of Operation Migration is trying to save the whooping crane, and Mrs. Clarice Gibbs was trying to save her husband. Mrs. Gibbs’ bird feeders were drawing the whooping cranes too close to humans, but the birds attracted to the feeders were keeping her husband, suffering from Alzheimer’s, going.

Joe loves the birds, and so does Mrs. Gibbs, but Mrs. Gibbs also loved her husband. Joe and Operation Migration trying to save the whooping crane were asking Mrs. Crane to love whooping cranes more than her husband. That just isn’t fair, especially as they were asking her at a time when she was losing her husband, when she was seeing him slip further away every day.

Birds brought him back, for at least a little while, and Joe wanted Mrs. Gibbs to give up her last few moments with a man she’s loved for over half a century. To save some birds.

Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the position of crane conservationists. Their priority is preserving the whooping crane species. That’s awesome. But Mrs. Gibbs’ priority was her husband. Joe wanted Mrs. Gibbs to accept his priority as having supremacy over her own. That’s just not real life. 

I can’t help but wonder if Operation Migration sought another resolution. Was there a bird seed available that would still attract hummingbirds and all the other lovely creatures but that wouldn’t be so appetizing to cranes?

At the end of the day, how much of a difference would it have made to the whooping cranes if Mrs. Gibbs gave up her bird feeders? Other people have bird feeders. Even if Mrs. Gibbs leaves in the deep, dark marshes of Florida, other people live out there, too. Other people have bird feeders. I don’t want to say it’s inevitable that the cranes would have started chilling at some other family’s marshy pad, but Operation Migration really doesn’t know that removing the bird feeders would result in the removal of the cranes. They could have just taken up residence somewhere else.

With that in mind, Operation Migration was asking Mrs. Gibbs to give up her husband, knowing that her loss was indeed inevitable without any guarantee that the cranes would be helped in any way. 

I’m reminded of the recent Galapagos episode and the loss of the Pinta tortoise. Holly Doremus agrees that conservation is noble but ultimately futile. We share the environment with animals, and animals share the environment with us. There’s no going back.

I don’t want to end like that, though. The takeaway isn’t that we should give up on conservation because the death of everything good is inevitable. I guess I just feel like conservation isn’t the only thing, and sometimes it’s not even the most important thing.


david duchovny doesn’t know what frogs are

What ARE frogs?

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even with those four numbers there are countless possible combinations good luck with figuring out which one is the right one you punk

*straightens calculator*

It’s pretty likely that it’s a four digit number, and as there are four digits chosen there, that means that there cannot be any repetition. This mean that there are:

n!/(n-4)! possible orders. As ‘n’ is 4 (number of digits available). 4!/0! which becomes 4x3x2x1/1 which simplifies to 24. That means that there are 24 possible combinations of codes. This would take you about two or three minutes to input all possible codes.

Unless an alarm goes off if you don’t get it right in 3 tries

*straightens calculator again*

Kick the fucking door in

well ‘technically’ the code is most likley 1970. statistically, a majority of people, when told to choose a 4 digit code will choose their birth year. and this key pad is obviously a few years old to put it nicely, thats most likley it. 

some sherlock holmes shit just went down over here


No, no, no. Don’t base your deductions of psychology. Let’s talk chemistry. When you first press a button, there’s more of the natural oils on your skin, and therefore it wears down the numbers on the keys faster. Obviously 0 is the first one, then. Try 0791 first.


Sherlock out.


it got better

and this is why the sherlock fandom could either rule the world or end it….

Close, but not quite, I think. People will almost always choose a number they can remember. What’s memorable about 0791? Try 0719 - a birthday, 19th of July. That is more likely.

Those deductions are great and all, but unnecessary.

The light is green.

The door is already open.

And that’s why we have a John Watson.

This is “top 10 favorite posts” level.

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