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.


purplesage 1 year, 8 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.


UltimateGrownup 1 year, 9 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.


chocolateplease 1 year, 9 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?


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 9 months ago

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


Ray Parker 1 year, 9 months ago

Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian are backing a boycott of Chick-fil-A because of the high moral standards by which they live, and Kermit the Frog is releasing a new song “It’s Not Easy Being Anti-Christian.” On the lighter side, Roseanne Barr has recanted somewhat, saying maybe lying Christians don’t all deserve cancer, after all. Meanwhile, the Chicago Republican Party says it will file a complaint with the Illinois Dept. of Human Rights and Attorney General Lisa Madigan after a local alderman vowed to stop Chick-fil-A from opening a second restaurant in the pro-sodomy ward, crying fowl over anti-Christian hate speech, religious discrimination, viewpoint discrimination, and the squashing of a business owner’s free speech by the hob-nailed boots of local bureaucrats. Sarah Palin has publicly denounced such Chicago thuggery. And Boston Mayor Menino has already acknowledged his terrible mistake in attempting to block a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Christians always patronize Christian businesses, and much more intensely in the face of anti-Christian persecution. Their views on Christ’s teachings never “evolve.” August 1 is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Join Billy Graham for a chicken sandwich.


CardHawkFan 1 year, 9 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!


weiser 1 year, 9 months ago

The CEO should know that HE didn't build the restaurant chain the government did it. He has no right to express his opinion since he had nothing to do with its success!


donttreadonme 1 year, 9 months ago

I see the random asinine comment generator is on this morning.

Stay classy, FHNC.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 9 months ago

Tastes like "Chic Filay"...phooey

In honor of nuanced "Gay Pride" everywhere in New America. Here's to complex "sustainability" Nancy Pelosi and Terry Bean showing 'their' stuff at Barney's wedding.


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