Archive for Friday, July 27, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Professor points out lack of tropical biodiversity; new buyout info expected today; other universities petition Chick-fil-A

July 27, 2012, 12:01 a.m. Updated July 27, 2012, 10:28 a.m.


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• A KU scientist is one of several co-authors in a new study in the journal Nature that looks at the loss of biodiversity in protected tropical forest reserves.

This study got some national and international press coverage, but here’s a good wrap-up from UCLA.

The study notes that these so-called “arks” are in danger of sinking (nice extended metaphor there, by the way).

Researchers call for better protection for the areas, including fighting internal and external threats and building support for protected areas among local communities, according to UCLA’s synopsis.

Robert M. Timm, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and curator of mammals at KU’s Biodiversity Institute, was a co-author on the study.

• A few of you have asked, so I’ll tell you that today I’m scheduled to receive some more information on the people who recently accepted buyout offers from KU.

Here’s some background on the program for those just joining us.

It took a little longer than originally expected to get all the applications in and have everyone make a decision on whether they wanted to accept KU’s offer.

More information as it’s available on that front.

• Chick-fil-A-Gate continued Thursday, and I’ve just about said all I want to say on this particular topic, but I’ll just point out a few more things.

One, KU isn’t the only university that’s upset to have Chick-fil-A on its campus after the company’s CEO said he supported the “biblical definition of the family unit” recently.

Wichita State is also starting up a petition, the Wichita Eagle reported yesterday, and I saw several other universities doing the same across the country.

Another interesting point from the Eagle’s article that probably isn’t all that surprising: apparently a separate petition is circulating online to keep the restaurant open at KU.

(I haven’t seen that other petition, but I’m sure at least one intrepid Heard on the Hill commenter has a good link so we can all go see it). UPDATE: I was right. UPDATE 2: Here's another one (likely an older one with a few more signatures on it).

• Heard on the Hill will be taking a brief break next week as I take a few days off, but don’t worry. The tips you send in to still count the exact same.


Tristan Moody 5 years, 11 months ago

what's up with all the random words in quotes anyway? I've never been able to make sense of that....

CardHawkFan 5 years, 11 months ago

Question...does his comment make the chicken taste any different? If not, then I say keep the chicken flowing. Do not let the idiocy of one ruin things for everyone else!

parrothead8 5 years, 11 months ago

I don't care what the chicken tastes like...I'm sick of them using the profits they make from the dollars I used to spend there on discriminatory causes. I'll speak with my wallet. You're free to do what you want.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 11 months ago

Chick-fil-a: marketing salty, mushy chicken sandwiches to consumers too dumb to pronounce "filet".

chocolateplease 5 years, 10 months ago

I don't agree with the chic- CEO, but I don't assume his company should be punished because of his opinion. It depends on the answers to a few questions. Is he taking company profits and spending it on political efforts to stop gay marriage? He can spend his own personal income as he wishes. Is it a public company? Is he discriminating against his employees? Are they extending health benefits to civil union partners in states where marriage still isn't legal?

Katara 5 years, 10 months ago

The Chick-Fil-A has a charitable arm called WinShape. Chick-Fil-A has donated millions to anti-gay groups in the past few years.

Additionally, Chick-Fil-A has had 12 discrimination lawsuits against them. One of them is for firing a Muslim because he didn't participate in group prayer to Jesus.

They also have gender discrimination lawsuits against them. The most recent one is the firing of a pregnant employee because the manager believes that all women who have children should be stay-at-home mothers.

chocolateplease 5 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the info and links, Katara. Horrid company. I feel bad for the innocent people who work for them (or used to, before they were unfairly dismissed.)

UltimateGrownup 5 years, 10 months ago

"Heard on the Hill" and the media writ large are desperate to prove their insanity. First, the media and activists are engaging in hate against the CEO of Chick-Fil-A because -- like most Americans -- he is a Christian. Perhaps a boycott of the media, these activists, and "Heard on the Hill" is in order to stop the hate. Second of all, for homosexuals to marry is absurd and for homosexuals to reproduce with each other is biologically impossible. Third, sodomy is illegal in Kansas, assuming one understands that the Constitution does not permit the Supreme Court to pass legislation. Fourth, the executive's position is consistent with that of most Americans. What next, a boycott of a majority of everything? Fifth, the executive's position is consistent with that of President Obama, for a majority of his term. Surely, these activists will boycott Obama also? Sixth, homosexuality is not a race; it is a kind of sexual behavior that is scorned or laughed at by most. Seventh, mayors have no right to persecute law-abiding business owners based on ideology. In sum, anyone reporting on this as if it is a real topic should be regarded as a slave to ideology. It's as valid as reporting that the planet is being invaded by attackers from Pluto.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 10 months ago

America is a secular nation that allows freedom of worship but does require it. Homosexuality is not a choice it is biology. Many heterosexual couples marry and either choose not to or cannot have children. This childless state does not violated their marriage contract. Many heterosexual couples enjoy anal sex. That is their choice not yours.

Perhaps when you have a gay child in your family you will understand that. Love is love and and that should never be scorned or laughed at.

To boycott Chick-Fil-A because of their narrow minded view of the world that they fund with profits from people eating this heart attack waiting to happen food, is a choice. It is capitalism in action.

chocolateplease 5 years, 10 months ago

I would suggest you read the above comment by Katara, and follow the links to read about the things this company is doing or is accused of doing. If you approve of their actions, go ahead and support them. Just don't expect others to do so, as many of us think it should be A CRIME to discriminate against gay people, regardless of personal beliefs which everyone is free to maintain. And giving money to organizations that are anti-gay is just promoting the underlying cause of discrimination, no thanks.

purplesage 5 years, 10 months ago

This stuff is ludicrous. If you don't like Mr. Cathy's religiously informed moral views, if you consider the definition of marriage that has stood throughout human history, that offensive, go get a McChicken or something else. He has every right to his viiews - Constitutionally speaking - so get over it.

Since I agree with him, I will buy a chicken something in support and stay out of, for example, JC Penney because I don't appreciate Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson or the anti-traditional family ads at mother's and father's day.

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