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Saturday, July 5, 2014
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I would like to ask Independent readers to comment on the Mojave shoulderband snail — the little gastropod that is shutting down a billion-dollar gold/silver mine.

Here are a couple of links reporting the story: desertnews.com and kcet.org.

Let’s not forget that Insects have rights TOO!! notsafe.org.

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Yeah Medfly Preservation is big on my to do list; add some Mad Cow Virus and we've got a new political party.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 5, 2014 at 3:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail" -Simon and Garfunkel- (From the song "El Condor Pasa")

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 5, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

EPA protection of invertebrates just invites political blowback, threatening the program itself, IMHO. The Creosote Revolution begins....

atomic_state (anonymous profile)
July 5, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

BTW, Mad Cow is less than a virus, it's a prion. That's a protein with the same molecular structure of a naturally occurring brain protein, except that it bends left instead of right (or vice versa) at one point along its length. The prion gloms on to the normal protein, and causes it, too, to bend in the wrong direction, making it useless for brain function. Well, that's how I remember it, from perusals of yore. Seems more like sci-fi than science, creepy!

Anyway, come to think of it, Mad Cow would help the desert, which is no place for free-range cows. Cows flock to the greener arroyos and eat up all the vegetation that native animals depend on. "Extremophiles" live life on the edge, in hostile environments, and are beautiful for their adaptation and uniqueness. But beef tastes better than tortoise, sigh. (I'm guessing about that.)

atomic_state (anonymous profile)
July 5, 2014 at 10:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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