"The focus on this year's hunt is the humpback, which was in serious danger of extinction just a few decades ago. They are now a favorite of whale-watchers for their playful antics at sea, where the beasts — which grow as large as 40 tons — throw themselves out of the water.
Humpbacks feed, mate and give birth near shore, making them easy prey for whalers, who by some estimates depleted the global population to just 1,200 before the 1963 moratorium. The southern moratorium was followed by a worldwide ban in 1966...
...The American Cetacean Society estimates the humpback population has recovered to about 30,000-40,000 — about a third of the number before modern whaling. The species is listed as "vulnerable" by the World Conservation Union.
Our First National Park Service Contract
Why blog if you can't engage in a little personal vanity? Our company just won our first contract with the National Park Service, to run the Elk Creek Marina and other facilities on Blue Mesa Reservoir in the Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado.
Fascinating Data on Earnings by Race (maybe)
Michelle Malkin pointed out this AP story:
Census Bureau findings show black and Asian women with bachelor's degrees earn slightly more than similarly educated white women, and white men with four-year degrees make more than anyone else.
According to the data, a white woman with a bachelor's degree typically earned nearly $38,000 in 2003, compared with nearly $44,000 for a college-educated Asian woman and $41,000 for a college-educated black woman.
If true, this is really good news. Unfortunately, as I have said in the past, if journalists had been any good at math and science in school, they probably wouldn't have been journalism majors. Never, ever trust stats at first blush in the newspaper. My guess is that the pool of people in these stats is "all women" as opposed to "women currently in the workforce". This would mean that stay-at-home moms would average in as "0", distorting any conclusions one might draw about actual salaries since the prevalence of stay at home moms may vary from race to race. However, this is still good news, especially given the increase in black women going to college.
My 11-Year-old on Freedom and America
My son had a class project to take pictures of things that represented the good things about America, as well as some of its problems. He did it pretty much on his own, and I only really saw it when it was done. Most pictures were pretty typical of such kids' products (a flag, statue of liberty, pretty mountains) while a couple were fairly typical of my son (of eleven pictures, two were of professional baseball stadiums). There was one picture I thought, while probably the most prosaic, was, with his caption, the most powerful. Though its a bit over-dramatic, I actually am pleased that he understands just how different other countries can be (grammar needs some work):
Caption: "People sitting and eating and joking around that is freedom, not being forced into a wall with a gun at your back."
Private Space Travel - Woohoo
Congratulations to Burt Rutan and Co. for winning the X-prize for private space flight. When I was growing up, we thought this kind of thing would be happening much sooner, but better late than never. Also, thanks to Paul Allen and the Ansari family for funding the effort. D. D. Harriman lives!