Stop Frontin’, You’re Just a Puppet

I don’t want to shock anyone, but I am a giant flake.  I completely forgot to get part 1 of my Advisory Board feelings up.  So now I am at work with zero new photos to put in here, but in our 24 hour news cycle, the Advisory Board is already old news so I can’t wait any longer.  So since I will be in Nebraska all weekend and this is my only chance, I’m tossing it up reallyquick.  I apologize for the shoddiness, as well as my apparent inability to name a blog post something other than a random line in a song on my BLM playlist:

Someone, who may have been Benjamin Disraeli once said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Before you think I am turning away from my Mathematical roots, let me explain. This quote comes from the same place as me pointing out the very true and well documented fact that 38% of all statistics are made up.

Numbers don’t lie. They are incapable of doing so. People, on the other hand, lie all the time. When it comes to Math, people will manipulate statistics and data as a way of making their lies seem more legitimate. The average citizen is less likely to question someone with numbers, because they immediately come across as having researched the subject and thus they must know more than you. Right?

But what does any of that have to do with horses? Horses cannot lie the way humans do, and last I checked, they hadn’t developed a passion for statistics. So why am I talking about liars? Because of the BLM’s most recent Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board. For those of you who are not in the know about this event, you aren’t missing much and may I please swap bodies with you for a little while?

Divide Basin bachelor

Divide Basin bachelor

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Such a Comfortable Liar

I would like to compare the BLM to mules, but it hardly seems fair to besmirch the good name of such a fine species as the noble mule.

When I last updated this blog, I discussed the lack of wind breaks or adequate shelter at the BLM holding facility in Rock Springs.   At the time, the Cloud Foundation offered to pay for and install wind breaks for the wild horses help in the facility. The BLM refused this offer saying the horses did not need such luxury. I had feelings about this decision, as winds can regularly gust in the 30-50 MPH range and temperatures in the winter month are consistently below zero. Still, nothing could be done without the BLM’s permission and they put their foot down.  Rock, meet other BLM shaped rock.

The issue came up again at the BLM Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting on Monday, April 14th. Halleluiah! It was a pleasant surprise that quickly turned into an infuriating example of the bull headedness of the BLM. I wrote the conversation down to share with everyone.

gladiator bw 3 cpr

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