SternisheFan writes: In Southwestern France, a group of fish have learned how to kill birds. As the River Tarn winds through the city of Albi, it contains a small gravel island where pigeons gather to clean and bathe. And patrolling the island are European catfish—1 to 1.5 metres long, and the largest freshwater fish on the continent. These particular catfish have taken to lunging out of the water, grabbing a pigeon, and then wriggling back into the water to swallow their prey. In the process, they temporarily strand themselves on land for a few seconds.
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "BBC reports that Chris Kyle, who with 255 claimed known kills, is the most deadly sniper in American history, has published a book that provides an unusual insight into the psychology of a soldier who waits, watches and kills. In his first kill in 2003 he saw a woman, with a child close by, approaching his troops with a grenade ready to detonate in her hand. "This was the first time I was going to have to kill someone. I didn't know whether I was going to be able to do it, man, woman or whatever," says Kyle. "The woman was already dead. I was just making sure she didn't take any Marines with her." Married with two children and now retired from the military, Kyle claims to have no regrets. "Every person I killed I strongly believe they were bad." A study into snipers in Israel has shown that snipers are much less likely than other soldiers to dehumanize their enemy because snipers can see their targets with great clarity and sometimes must observe them for hours or even days. "It's killing that is very distant but also very personal," says anthropologist Neta Bar. "I would even say intimate." Bar studied attitudes to killing among 30 Israeli snipers who served in the Palestinian territories from 2000 to 2003, to examine whether killing is unnatural or traumatic for human beings and found that the snipers she studied were rational and intelligent young men (PDF). "When many people think of a sniper, they think of a person who randomly shoots people," says Gunnery Sgt. Richard Tisdale, staff noncommissioned officer in charge of the Scout Sniper School, one of the hardest training courses in the military, with a failure rate of more than 60% and a long list of prerequisites for recruits, including a high degree of maturity, equanimity and common sense. "A sniper selects his target and fires upon it. Marksmanship makes up only 10 percent of being a sniper.""
The MPAA's O'Leary concedes that the industry was out-manned and outgunned in cyberspace. He says the MPAA "is [undergoing] a process of education, a process of getting a much, much greater presence in the online environment. This was a fight on a platform we're not at this point comfortable with, and we were going up against an opponent that controls that platform."
Yes, even when he tries to say that they're trying to learn about that confounded internet thingy, he sounds ridiculous and dismissive. But the real point is his inadvertent admission within that statement: the MPAA (and the rest of "old" Hollywood) simply "is not comfortable with" the internet. And that's really what SOPA and PIPA were about. Rather than trying to understand this new platform, and learn from the many entertainers who do get the internet, they did what the MPAA does and simply tried to regulate that which they don't understand and fear.