Prescott, Arizona History: Prescott Used to Have Countless Prairie Dogs

GR: People have eradicated inconvenient social groups and wildlife many times; it’s what we do. We haven’t prevented the growth of our own population, but we have a firm grip on the Earth’s wildlife. About half of all animals are gone, replaced by  people.

The Prairie Dog was present around Prescott, AZ for thousands of years before the city appeared. Apparently, nature got along just fine with Prairie Dogs and without us. Today, the Prairie Dogs are over most of Arizona, but they still survive in spots in the region. A few people work to help them continue surviving.

Eradicating the Prairie Dog

“For a rodent, they are undeniably cute. But to farmers and ranchers they’re a horrible pest. Where there are prairie dogs, agricultural output decreases 25-85%. (*1)

Humane Society Prairie Dog Coalition

“Yavapai County once had 1.5 million acres “infested” with prairie dogs. (2) When Prescott’s airport was first being laid-out, workers “went up and down both runways with shovels leveling the mounds and filling up the holes made by the hundreds of prairie dogs that infested the field.”(3)

“So, what happened to them?

“Mass rodenticide!

“It must be remembered,” the newspaper wrote, “that these rodents destroy a vast amount of forage, which, if saved, could be used for the production of beef and mutton. In many cases, the prairie dogs permanently injure the range by eating the roots of plants which bind the soil and prevent erosion. In many localities, the destruction of plant life has been caused by extensive washing away of the soil after the summer rains.” (*4) –Drew Desmond (Prescott, Arizona History: Prescott Used to Have Countless Prairie Dogs).

‘The H. sapiens Problem’ Print Edition is Available

“The H. sapiens Problem” by Garry Rogers

The print edition of ‘The H. sapiens Problem’ is available. Here’s how it starts:

front-cover

Prolog

Why didn’t intelligence appear in Earth’s first complex creatures during the Proterozoic a billion years ago?

What if it did?

Life in the Proterozoic:  Waves from a passing pancake-shaped oblate spheroid shake two small cigar-shaped prolate spheroids with long fine flagellates. One Pro-sphere waves its flags with a question for the other:

“Know why the Obo-spheres can’t tell a joke?”

“No, why?”

“Everything they say is sooo flat.”

Jiggles.

Plot

A conflict driven by greed and an ancient grudge ensnares Corr Syl and Rhya Bright, two beautiful young warriors descended from rabbits. Humans from a neighboring city become violent and local authorities ask the two warriors to investigate. Along the way, readers meet a truly evil spider (with spider shape), witness Corr Syl’s clumsy comedic aspirations, endure silly games by other warriors, and wonder at Rhya Bright’s enthusiasm for wrecking enemies who happen along. They will also meet Z99, an intelligent warship whose quantum manipulations of dark energy allow travel through the multiverse.

Characters

  • Corr Syl and Rhya Bright are rabbit descendants and members of Earth’s global multi-species Tsaeb civilization. Like all Tsaeb, Corr and Rhya are beneficiaries of millions of years of natural evolution, scientific advance, and social development. They have internal control over their bodies down to and including their genes. Their mental control is highly advanced as well, but experiencing love, perceiving beauty, and choosing life’s directions remain the uncertain outcomes of experience and nature just as they do for one of civilization’s newest species, Homo sapiens.
    Corr and Rhya have trained as warriors, an uncommon specialty infused with knowledge developed during Earth’s post-dinosaur Age of War. Though still highly respected, warriors have faded from importance in the peaceful world of the Tsaeb. Unusual childhood experiences influenced Corr and Rhya’s decision to become warriors. However, Corr also dreams of becoming a comedian, next to warrior, the most honored profession, and Rhya is studying human psychology. These secondary interests illustrate the allure of those things we do not understand and for which we have no talent–awkward times ahead.
  • Z-99 is an intelligent warship that Corr discovers mothballed in an old museum.
  • Lactella is a Black Widow spider whose evil nature causes trouble through the entire story.
  • Ivan Johns is a human infested and controlled by Lactella.
  • Aaron Li and Ya Zhōu are typical human leaders (so you know what to expect).
  • Others:  Numerous members of the Tsaeb civilization play their parts. All but the birds have human shape. All retain the original skin covering: the fur, feathers, and coloring of their ancestors.

Story Provenance — Corr Syl Stories Merged

The principal conflict in the earlier books, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Terrible’, is between the Tsaeb and the human species. I considered spinning off stand-alone Tsaeb stories, but I was more interested in developing the Tsaeb civilization as a mirror for human nature. ‘Terrible’ is not really an independent story. It is the concluding chapter in the Tsaeb-human conflict. In fact, reviewers said that ‘Terrible’ was difficult to follow without first having read ‘Warrior’. Thus, it seemed best to rewrite and unify the stories. ‘The H. sapiens Problem’, has fewer slow spots and more character detail. It concludes with the revelation that two warring alien species are approaching Earth. Given a chance, either will consume our planet, leaving nothing behind. I have always loved space opera. The next book has space ships, grand starry vistas, and desperate flights across the cosmos.

Whoopee!

WHOOPEE!

Print Details

  • Publication Date:  Jan 3, 2017
  • Publisher:  Coldwater Press – (928) 925-7191 – PO Box 1011, Humboldt, AZ  86329
  • ISBN-13: 9781541157187
  • ISBN-10: 1541157184
  • Size:  6.0″ x 9.0″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm),
    88,300 words, 390 pages
  • Print Identifiers:
  •          ISBN-13:  978-1541157187
  •          LCCN: 2016921063
  •          ISBN-10: 1541157184
  •          BISAC:  Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction
  • Subjects: LCSH Environmental protection–Fiction. | Conservation of natural resources–Fiction. | Human ecology–Fiction. | Environmentalism–Fiction. | Science fiction. | BISAC JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction.
  • Classification: LCC PZ7 .R633 Hs 2017 | DDC [Fic]–dc23
  • Audience:  Teens
  • Price:         $21.95
  • Available everywhere, including Gifts and Games in Humboldt, Arizona (928-227-2775).

eBook Details

  • Publication Date:  Dec. 7, 2016
  • Publisher:  Amazon/Coldwater Press
  • Size:  3499 KB, 88,000 words
  • ASIN: B01N6EOQ1T
  • Audience:  Teens
  • Price:  $ 2.99
  • Available from Amazon.com

Story Provenance

The principal conflict in the earlier books, Warrior and Terrible, is between the Tsaeb and the irresponsible human species. I considered spinning off stand-alone Tsaeb stories, but I was more interested in developing the Tsaeb future. Thus,Terrible is not really an independent story. It is the concluding chapter in the Tsaeb-human conflict. In fact, reviewers said that “Terrible” was difficult to follow without first having read “Warrior.” So, all in all, it seemed best to rewrite and unify the stories. I removed some of the slow spots, added some character details, resolved the conflict, and set up the approaching confrontation with two alien species, a confrontation that humans must face along with the rest of the Tsaeb in a struggle to survive a massive onslaught by two advanced alien species.  I have always loved space opera. So, the next book will have space ships, grand starry vistas, and desperate flights across the cosmos.

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We Are Not Alone!

For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:  Garry Rogers (Use the form at the bottom of the post to contact Dr. Rogers.)

Human Beings are Not Alone in the Universe

At last, humanities enchantment with the stars can rest.

At last, humanities enchantment with the stars can rest.

Humboldt, Arizona, July 30, 2015.  The question–Are we are alone?–has been answered. We are now certain that sentient beings of all shapes and sizes walk among us here on Earth. You have probably already met one of these beings. Depending on where you live and the things that you do, you may have seen many of them.

These creatures are not like us; and they don’t speak our languages. Nevertheless, they are not so different that we can’t understand the things that matter to them. We know that they have emotions like us. They feel hunger, fear, and love, and we know some of them will kill for food and defense of self and family.

The Search has Ended

SETI can now turn those scopes toward the ground.

We can put SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, to rest. And how truly amazing; the search wasn’t concluded by a weird signal from the stars; the search ended because of the discovery of living beings that we can see, hear, and touch.

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We no longer have to show other beings how we look.

We no longer have to show other beings how we look.

SETI, NASA, and the space programs of other nations have great new challenges before them.  We lack basic information about the sentient beings living among us. How does their intelligence differ from ours? Do they have a sense of humor? What forms of art do they appreciate? We do not know how many are on Earth, we do not know if their number fluctuates, we do not know how they meet their requirements for living on Earth, we do not know how they affect the Earth, and we do not know how they affect us.  It is critical that we answer these questions. Funding must be diverted immediately from space programs to earth programs dedicated to studying the beings among us.

How to Recognize These Beings

You might be surprised by how many of these nonhuman sentient beings that you have seen.  You may even count some of them as your friends.  Click here for a photographic guide to some of the beings.

Afterword

I have genuine respect for SETI, NASA, satellites, missions to Mars, and so forth.  I have always loved space opera, but we have caused a global emergency that requires all hands on deck.  Our incredible population is destroying natural habitats and the plant and animal species that occupy them.  We are casting away millions of years of evolution that has produced the greatest number of species that ever lived at one time in Earth’s history.  We need to stop our destruction and fix what we have broken before we expend our resources on exploring for other worlds.

Let’s go to Mars and everywhere else after we have ensured the safety of life on this planet.