Date: 2/2/18 10:13 am From: Robert O'Brien <baro...> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Diversion for whom?
Of course, this is just one, non-ornithologist's personal Tweet (I mean opinion).
Bob OBrien Portland
On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 9:47 AM, Robert O'Brien <baro...> wrote:
> Well, since Mitch posed his post as a question, I'll answer it, although > it took me a few > days to realize it _may_ have been directed to my post about Thayer's Gull > vs. the AOU > (American Ornithologists Union). It was a snide remark, but it wasn't > directed towards > or about the president. It was directed against the AOU. Now whether one > admires > the president or the opposite, I think most would agree that his Tweets > (remember, > this is 'Twitter') use colorful language, which is very much personal to > him and very > effective in getting his opinions across. Being a sarcastic s.o.b myself, > I am often > in awe of his vocabulary and manner of speaking. So, in this case I did > borrow > (plagiarize) from his frequent Tweets. But, it was in admiration for his > style > and was directed solely at the AOU, whom I have long believed to make > inconsistent (capricious? well, maybe not quite) judgement on speciation > of 'our' > North American Birds. I strongly disagree with the current lumped status > of > Iceland/Thayer's Gull and Audubon/Myrtle Warblers, not based upon a desire > to tic > two more species, (I still 'count' the 4 individually) but because it is > inconsistent > with other splits, for instance Pacific Slope vs. Cordilleran Flycatcher > and > Dusky vs. Sooty Grouse both of which splits are justified (to my > interpretation) > currently (and even originally) based on insufficient evidence. Or, if > splits/lumps are to be made on the basis of one closely related pair then > they > should apply to the other pair. > > Bob OBrien Portland > > > On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 9:33 AM, Mitch <biglou22...> wrote: > >> Could anyone explain how a birding forum has anything to do with personal >> views of politics? Tangential topics about new laws or proposals that >> impact birds and wildlife make sense, but how are unsolicited snide >> comments and backhanded remarks about the President of the United States of >> any value or relation to a site about bird sightings? And also I wonder how >> this is a diversion if you actively bring up what you are supposedly >> diverting from (many hours before the event would even take place mind >> you)? It certainly isn't a diversion for me to hear anyone's political >> views, once again, on a forum about birds. >> >> >> Mitchell >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Tweeters mailing list >> <Tweeters...> >> http://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/tweeters >> >> >