September 16, 2019

Better Control of Comments Section

Due to the mere FACT that there exists a constant increase of paid trolls and users whose intentions are only to disrupt and destroy a website’s function, I am considering getting rid of Disqus and returning to a different commenting software that will allow me full administrative power of the comment section of my website. Disqus does not allow me the capability that I desire. It is my intention to do this, not for the purpose of censoring, but in order that I can have some reasonable assurances that the people I allow to post comments, are people that I know who they are.

In other words, only those who I allow will be able to post and participate in conversations.

I am seeing an increase in “random” comments from people who are obviously trolls and even government paid “disruptors”, disguised as being somehow “experts” in a particular field, only to find out they are paid governmental and non governmental snakes whom I have learned to despise.

I find that I have to spend too much time now tracking and tracing usernames and IP addresses in order to ward off these idiots and I have better things to do with my life than that and I’m sure bona fide readers would agree with me.

I do not exactly know when I will make the switch. Hopefully this week. I would like to hear feedback from those readers whom I know as to whether you think this will improve your reading and commenting experience or not. Please offer any comments in the comment section below. Once I have made the change, should I decide to do it, current readers will be notified if they need to change anything and a page will be created in order that any new readers wishing to participate in discussions will have instructions on how to accomplish that.

Thank you.

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IFW Seeks Comment On Proposed Changes To State Threatened And Endangered List

Press Release from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

Public hearings set for August 4 in Portland and August 5 in Farmington; written comments accepted through August 15

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking comments from the public on proposed additions and changes to the State of Maine Endangered and Threatened Species list.

The proposed changes include recognition of six new species under the Maine Endangered Species Act, including three bats and three invertebrates. Three cave bats are experiencing catastrophic declines from a prolific disease called White Nose Syndrome, first documented in 2006. Little Brown Bats and Northern Long-eared Bats are proposed for endangered status, while the Eastern Small-footed Bat would be classified as threatened.

Three new invertebrate additions to the list include a butterfly (Frigga Fritillary), a land snail (Six-whorl Vertigo) and a beetle (Cobblestone Tiger Beetle). All three are currently documented in single locations and are proposed as endangered.

Other changes include status changes for four species already listed under the Maine Endangered Species Act. Two birds, the black-crowned night heron and the great cormorant, are proposed to be upgraded from threatened to endangered. Two invertebrates, the Roaring Brook Mayfly and Clayton’s Copper Butterfly, would be downlisted from endangered to threatened.

There will be two public hearings where public comments will be taken concerning the list. The first is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 4 at the Portland City Hall, 389 Congress Street; and the second is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5 at the Roberts Learning Center at University of Maine in Farmington.

Those interested in submitting public comments by writing must do so by August 15. Comments can be submitted by email to becky.orff@maine.gov or by mailing comments to Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State Street, #41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333.

This is the sixth modification of the State’s Endangered and Threatened list by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife since the law was enacted in 1975.

There currently are 22 species designated as endangered on the State list, and 23 species are listed as threatened. For the listing of all 45 species on the Maine Endangered and Threatened Species list, please visit http://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/endangered/listedspeciesme.htm.

The department is required by regulation to update the State’s Endangered and Threatened Species list at least once every eight years. The department will consider public comment received before presenting the department’s final recommendation of the list to the legislature in 2015. Any additions or subtraction to the list must be approved by the legislature and governor.

Proposed Additions To Maine’s Endangered Species List

Birds Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) – currently Threatened Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo; breeding population only) – currently Threatened

Invertebrates Cobblestone Tiger Beetle (Cicindela marginipennis) – new listing Frigga Fritillary (Boloria frigga) – new listing Six-whorl Vertigo (Vertigo morsei) – new listing

Mammals Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) – new listing Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) – new listing

Proposed Additions To Maine’s Threatened Species List

Invertebrates Roaring Brook Mayfly (Epeorus frisoni) – currently Endangered Clayton’s Copper (Lycaena dorcas claytoni) – currently Endangered

Mammals Eastern Small-footed Bat (Myotis leibii) – new listing
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