Chris Clarke

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Name: Chris Clarke
Date registered: 29 September 2011
URL: http://coyot.es/crossing/

Latest posts

  1. On using suicide as a rhetorical strategy — 1 August 2013
  2. Lazy writer is lazy — 21 July 2013
  3. We told you! You didn’t believe us but we told you! — 20 July 2013
  4. Deadly woo purveyor out of prison — 15 July 2013
  5. Sing it, Carl — 13 July 2013

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Apr 02 2013

My morning so far

Cough myself awake. (Fifth cold in the last six months.) Dodge call from collection agent. Make coffee. Note I’m out of coffee, reassess budget for earlier trip to grocery store. Read the below-quoted about myself in comments in this article about divisions in the environmental movement: What we don’t know, is how much oil and gas/ …

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Mar 31 2013

‘Dude, trust me; you do NOT want to go in there.’


Caption this photo.

Mar 30 2013


A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff person happened to be in the right place this week to document a confrontation between two puma cubs and a band of five coyotes at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyoming. There are more photos. (No sad kitty trigger warning needed.)

Mar 28 2013

It’s Not Just the Internet. It Never Has Been.

What Emily Finke says: “Oh, the anonymity of the internet makes people behave badly!” “If we just used real names, there people wouldn’t be as vicious.” “Oh, that’s just 20-something guys in internet chatrooms. That’s how they all are.” On the contrary, the viciousness we see, isn’t just a side effect of the internet. It’s …

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Mar 27 2013

Here I Stand; I Can Do No Other

I weigh in on Google Glass at KCET. The gist: Some of us come out to the desert to escape the Panopticon that life in the city already is, increasingly. In Los Angeles, Google Glass might be just one more increment of invasion in a landscape already thoroughly colonized by surveillance cameras, red light cameras, random private …

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Mar 25 2013

Gizmodo fails again

There’s a whole lot wrong with this Gizmodo piece on the proposed Palen Solar Electric Generating System. In fact, the fuckup per sentence ratio is higher than in any piece I’ve seen this month outside of Mercola.com. The Solar Energy Zone “Initiative” wasn’t “signed into law” by Obama — it was a record of decision …

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Mar 22 2013

Thistle Memorial Heavily Moderated Lounge Adjunct and Hookah Bar

I figure we can all use an extra lounge-type open thread this week, seeing as, well, everything. Consider this Heavily Moderated, as PZ might say. The picture above is Thistle, my rabbit who died a year ago today after a long and adventurous life. Despite being dead, he will be aiding me in moderation as …

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Mar 22 2013

It’s nice to see someone willing to live by their own advice

All the scientists and naturalists out there crying foul on behalf of the desert need to hang their intellects up for a moment and spend some time in their hearts for a while. I get the best rebuttal yet to my piece taking down Allan Savory’s “green the deserts by filling them with cows” pseudoscience. …

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Mar 20 2013

Joshua tree book excerpt up at KCET

In March 2005, after record rains but before devastating wildfires that destroyed wide swaths of the Mojave National Preserve, I did a little thinking in one of my favorite places about solitude, growing up silent, campfires, and Dear old Dad. Oh, and yucca moths. Fleshed out slightly more, this KCET piece will be a chapter in …

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Mar 19 2013

An object lesson for those who doubted

About 48 hours ago I posted a link to the Twitter feed of the egregious Michael Crook, who had used that fine microblogging service to share loathsome, horrible, explicitly pro-rape opinions regarding Steubenville. Within minutes, this clown – in the very first comment on the thread — objected, saying that my calling attention to Crook was …

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