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Monday, Oct. 10, 2005
Tree Suckers And The Age of Aquariums

You know, there are some causes that are just too good to ignore. I've decided to join the ecological venture aimed at saving the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. This is the ultimate tree-hugger quest. Gotta love their answer to the pink ribbon, too:

Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus

Is that cool, or what?

I get stuff like that link all the time, as part and parcel of the whole radio experience. Sadly, since Arizona isn't in the Pacific Northwest (not until after the next major quake, anyway,) I can't feature it on my show.

Not that Arizona doesn't have its own endangered species. There's several here, in fact. Aside from the socially-acceptable endangered critters like the spotted owl and the willow flycatcher, we have the jackalope, which has become more and more rare as tourists become more and more sophisticated. They're out there demanding scientific proof, and our beloved jackalopes are balking, retreating to the most remote areas of the desert.

But there are even less well-known endangered species in Arizona and the nation. A few come to mind:

The Affordable Home
This creature hasn't been seen for probably twenty years or thereabouts. It's sad, too; rumor has it that The Affordable Home brings positive benefits to society as a whole.

The Marriage
While this species isn't necessarily integral to the survival of humanity, it does assist in maintaining the stability of several sub-units, like The Family and The Kids. Some say it provides critical foundation materials for Society as a Whole, too, though there's been no clear-cut scientific evidence of that claim.

The Common Courtesy
This species, once expected in every hamlet across the country, is now only spotted periodically. Most consider it close to extinction. Case in point: most rock stars, the NBA, etc.

Compassion and Personal Accountability
While I'm listing these as endangered species, they're generally considered to have gone extinct at the advent of the GW Bush term.

I could go on if I had more time, but I'm up against the dreaded employment deadline. I've got to get back on the air in a few minutes.

If you've got additional examples of endangered or extinct sociological species, please post 'em to me. I'd love to add to the list tomorrow!

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )