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Old 10 September 2013, 12:01 AM
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Another reason we should discount this glurge: Number One is a fan of it.
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Old 15 September 2013, 01:33 PM
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I Can't Tell You Why but 'Fly Like An Eagle' isn't the Eagles, though...

I'm Just a New Kid In Town, but I know that's Steve Miller

I know--I thought it was a perfect segue. I'm just being a Joker.
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Old 20 October 2013, 03:33 PM
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Isn't the quote in the OP just a slightly less cynical version of:

......... a minute later the tortoise finds the world dropping away from it. And it sees the world for the first time, no longer one inch from the ground but five hundred feet above it, and it thinks: what a great friend I have in the eagle.

And then the eagle lets go.

And almost always the tortoise plunges to its death. Everyone knows why the tortoise does this. Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off. No one knows why the eagle does this. There's good eating on a tortoise but, considering the effort involved, there's much better eating on practically anything else. It's simply the delight of eagles to torment tortoises.

But of course, what the eagle does not realize is that it is participating in a very crude form of natural selection.

One day a tortoise will learn how to fly.
- Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
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Old 20 October 2013, 05:34 PM
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Is there any bird that carries its young on its back until the young'uns learn to fly?
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Old 20 October 2013, 09:59 PM
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No. That would be horrifically difficult.
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Old 20 October 2013, 10:24 PM
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Is there any bird that carries its young on its back until the young'uns learn to fly?
Waterfowl have the shape needed to carry something on their backs. (On the pond of course, not flying)

http://vimeo.com/1158405 ducks on mom (video)

Cygnet sleeps on parent.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ton-Devon.html

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/aasgier/500452519/
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Old 21 October 2013, 09:58 PM
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I was going to say that this reads like a modern version of those medieval bestiaries in which the authors were more concerned with presenting a good Christian allegory than getting the literal facts straight. Then it occured to me to find out what those bestiaries actually said about the eagle, and I found this:

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The eagle can look directly into the sun. As a test of the worthiness of its young, the eagle holds them up facing the sun. The birds that cannot stare into the sun and turn their eyes away are cast out of the nest.
I'm not sure if it actually means anything, but I thought it was an interesting parallel.
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Old 24 October 2013, 02:30 AM
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We used to have an eyrie on Sandia. You could see the eagles chase ravens away from their chicks. Ravens are associated with death.

There's probably a glurge somewhere in there.
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Old 24 October 2013, 02:06 PM
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We used to have an eyrie on Sandia. You could see the eagles chase ravens away from their chicks. Ravens are associated with death.

There's probably a glurge somewhere in there.
The best way to avoid death is not to be an eagle, but be like a raven?


"An eaglEt's motheR will try 2 NSFBSK her kid by dumping hIm midflight, but the Raven-mom will do horrible stuff 2 other bird's kids. So if u want to be great at life and death 2 ur ennemies, be more like the raven, and less like n eAgle!"
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Old 05 November 2013, 02:52 AM
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I'm confused as to why Christians would be pushing this story, since it justifies euthanasia.

"My kid can't fly, so I'll kill him."
No, no, CLEARLY it's about those lazy folks (like me) in subsidized housing or some other government assistance or welfare. If we don't pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, then a good Christian will take us to an amusement park and then kill us when we get home.

I'm pretty sure on this one.
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