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No sleep yet. Well, about twenty minutes this afternoon. Currently, it's 82˚F inside, and frightfully muggy. I think I'm having New Orleans 1995 flashbacks.

Lying in bed, watching the dark that's already begun to fade, and reading about thylacines. Thinking about all the work that didn't get done in July and has to get done in August. Terrified at how fast summer is slipping past, and yet suffering summer. I've taken all my meds for the night (morning), but still no sleep and still this restless, tumbling mind.

I'm not even sure I'm sleep before dawn. We have, officially, 58 minutes before sunrise. But the sky will be bright in another ten or fifteen minutes. I've always been an alien, but here I am not even attuned to the sky.
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Here's another Tasmanian "tiger" clip I found on YouTube. This is actually the one that's gotten the most exposure, which is why I used the other one last night. In this clip, there are a couple of good views of the thylacine's very wide gape.

Last night, after I posted the clip, I began to think about the strong possibility that polar bears may be extinct in only another century, having lost the ice sheets on which they rely to global warming. And of course it won't only be the polar bears. Worldwide, predators are at the top of the list of threatened species. The Bengal and Siberian tigers, cheetahs, snow leopards, the Eastern Timber Wolf, Komodo dragons, the Tasmanian Devil, most sharks, and on and on and on. There are few extant large to medium-sized predators that are not threatened — except, of course, man, the super-predator. And watching the clip of the last thylacine, I could not but wonder about future clips of the last tiger, the last polar bear...

The platypus, sheheit says these are not fit thoughts for late at night, but sometimes the platypus lies.

We who revel in nature's diversity and feel instructed by every animal tend to brand Homo sapiens as the greatest catastrophe since the Cretaceous extinction. — Stephen Jay Gould


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Caitlín R. Kiernan

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