It’s time to fill some heads with rock salt.

Team Awesome Proposal: Travel to India in Summer 2008. Bring shotguns and lots of rock salt.

Troupes of monkeys are out of control in India’s northeast, stealing mobile phones and breaking into homes to steal soft drinks from refrigerators, lawmakers in the region have complained.

“Monkeys are wreaking havoc in my constituency by taking away mobile phones, toothpastes, sipping coke after opening the refrigerators,” Hiren Das told Assam state’s assembly.

He said the primates were “even slapping women who try to chase them”.

“It is a cause of serious concern in my area, with more than 1,000 such simians turning aggressive by the day,” fumed Goneswar Das, another legislator representing Raha in eastern Assam.

Assam’s wildlife minister, Rockybul Hussain, said the state government has formed a panel to study the problem.

Because of shrinking forest cover, monkeys have increasingly moved into cities elsewhere in India as well.

Last week, around two dozen people were hurt after monkeys rampaged through a New Dheli neighbourhood.

Last month, the deputy mayor of Delhi died when he fell from his balcony after being attacked by monkeys.

Efforts to drive out the animals is complicated by the fact that devout Hindus view them as an incarnation of Hanuman, the monkey god who symbolises strength.


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Southern Utah

Hey Guys, I came across these pictures and thought you might like them. I took these in southern Utah on my last evening in the beehive state. I left Dan, Mark, Jon, Paul, and the Howards at the camp so I could get an early start on my drive to Wisconsin. As I was headed north through the hills I stopped at a couple scenic outlooks right around sunset and took some pictures. It was a beautiful week and a beautiful sight to cap it all off with. It was kinda cool after spending a few days in the trees to step back and see the forest. That was a really great trip.

Chinese company names

I go through a lot of files from all over the world at my job. Many of them are from China and the other day I found a file that was named (spelled phonetically) Ching Chong Ching. Could you imagine telling someone you work for Ching Chong Ching Inc.? It made me laugh for a while. Those Chinese.

Hey

So I figured it was about time to write something on this thing. Life is good. I’m living in the J. Golden Kimball building at Wymount which allows me to swear in church…so that’s exciting. Actually, church is pretty obnoxious out here. Lots of strange people wondering when you’re going to have a baby and all that. It’s made me realize what a unique group of guys we had in/around the house. Besides that, school is moving along. I’ve actually switched up my plans a little bit. Melanie is graduating in April and I’d have a year left at that point – which means she would be a year into grad school when I’d be graduating. That would complicate things a bit so after talking to some of my professors I’ve added an English major to my American Studies major which means I’ll be finishing my undergrad when my wife is done with her grad work. Then I’ll hopefully have something lined up in terms of grad school – I’m planning on studying 20th century American literature at this point. I also just applied for an ORCA grant with Dr. Sederholm’s help. I’d be looking at Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America alongside Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union if all works out. Both deal with alternative histories relating to the Jews/Holocaust/World War II. Besides all that, being married has been good. Although I did get really upset the other night after a fight we had and I ended up beating a paddle-boat to pieces while my neighbors yelled at me…just kidding.

The truth can hurt

So I was in my old testiment review sesson and one of the review topics was “what is the churches veiw on evolution”. I said the stance is basically that there is no stance, being a bio major I have heard about the stance a hundred times. After explaining this, I think I made half the class think I was the Devil incarnate. This one girl was like no no thats not true it clearly says we did not evolve. Then she conceeded that it’s not as clear on animal evolution but in a way where you could tell she thought even that was a joke. Then some one was like “there is a lecture on the church and evolution @ 3 today. I think it would be very interesting.” Then another student said “But is it done by a biology professor? If it is, you’ll probably just get the same stuff he (points at me) said.” Then the first girl agreed “ya those Biology teachers…” (shakes her head)(I guess the only trust worthy athorities on evolution are people who know nothing about it). Finally we look up the official stance on BB and it says the whole God created everything thing. At this point the guys next to me says “Well that completely debunks evolution right there.” I didn’t even pause, I said “No it does not! It never once in the entire thing mentions HOW God created anything only that he is the creater and we the children. It’s a pretty way to say we have no stance.” Finally another student came to my aid and agreed with me. He must have had quite the sway on the group because once he agreed with me everyone dropped the issue. So now you know, if you wanna upset a lot of members all at once tell them the church in not against evolution.