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Maybe Houston’s Hermann Park Would Be Less Crowded If People Had Other Parks To Visit


 The Houston Chronicle today has two stories about parks in Houston.

One story is about how hard it can be to find a parking space on busy days at our very nice Hermann Park.

The other story is abut the refusal of developers to include enough park space in new housing plans or to help pay for new park space in Houston.

Maybe not enough parks out by where people live in one reason Hermann Park is so crowded.

According to Democratic Houston City Controller and possible Houston Mayoral candidate Annise Parker, politics is about what is “achievable.” 

Building huge Nero-like sports stadiums was achievable in Houston so we now have those things.  Making Houston a nice city to live is maybe not so achievable.

It all makes sense. It’s all about good solid achievable pragmatic common sense—What other logic or motive could exist in the world?  

And who defines what good solid achievable pragmatic common sense is?

Well, you can bet it is most often going to be defined by people already doing well in the world.   


August 23, 2007 Posted by | Houston, Politics | Leave a comment

Last Living Yangtze River Dolphin Was Not Swept Up In Dolphin Rapture


The Yangtze River Dolphin from China is the first Texas Liberal Marine Mammal of the Week.

This creature was recently in the news because it is now believed to be extinct.

The Latin name for this creature is Lipotes vexillifer. The Lipotes is from the Greek word leipo meaning “one who is left behind.” This name was given because of the limited range of the creature.

Left Behind is a religious fiction series about people left behind after the rapture.

The Yangtze River Dolphin is not extinct because it was taken up in a dolphin rapture.

Rather, it was the victim of pollution, colliding into boats, the damming of lakes and other assaults by humans.

The Yangtze River Dolphin was not discovered until the early 1900’s.

A captive Yangtze River Dolphin named Qi Qi lived alone in a tank for 22 years. Much of what is known about these creatures was learned by studying this so-called Qi Qi.

How you could learn anything of value from a creature kept in isolation for 22 years I’m not sure. How would you act if alone all that time?

Like other fresh water dolphins, the Yangtze River Dolphin had small eyes and weak eyesight because river water can be murky. However, the dolphin’s capacity to navigate and find prey with sonar was impaired by boat traffic in the Yangtze.

This dolphin was also called baiji in China which means “river goddess.” A lot of good that title did this animal.

8/29/07–Update! The Yangtze River Dolphin may still be with us.   

August 23, 2007 Posted by | Sea Life | | 2 Comments