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florida gators... never threatened!

If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.

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"This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas Jefferson to William Roscoe, December 27, 1820.

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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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In the eye of the polar bear storm

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It has been a relatively quiet week for Endangered Species Act watchers.  Most of this week's Federal Register notices were nothing more than announcements related to a few researchers receiving scientific enhancement permits.  Maybe, in fact, we are in the eye of the storm, one week after the sort-of-listing for the polar bear.  Alaska has already declared its intent to sue, U.S. Senator Inhofe has insisted that the entire listing decision is purely political (because total polar bear populations have risen), the editorial cartoons are relentless, Canadian eco-author David Suzuki has weighed in on the polar bear subject, and Scientific American tells us that some critics have even declared the listing decision to be armaggeddon for "the American way of life." Yeah, it was a quiet week for the Endangered Species Act.