At their own conference, they retaliate with a chart that purports to demonstrate that douchebags and ornithologists are more closely related to each other than either are to "nice people", and they can therefore be grouped into an encompassing "asshole" classification. Since the intent of the earlier presentation was presumably to rile herpetologists rather than achieve any particular scientific goal, this response seems appropriate.
Such a response is more likely to place you into the hands of someone who is planning to set you up. When you are attacked the first, reaction is to close-up. Next you check for damage and alert damage control if you have damage to report. Next you post watches and keep on the alert.
Once you have information on the source of the attack, the likely intent and how well it was accomplished you draw up a guarded response. You are still not going to be sure that an attack from you will be successful.
If it is going to be successful an attack will be the last thing you need to do. If it isn't going to be successful an attack is the last thing you ought to do. (Unless you want to join the dinosaurs in a game of how high can you jump from a tree (with enough rope.))
The funny part is that Ponytail's clade diagram isn't right, either. Reptiles are not a sister clade to birds; they don't form a clade at all. Crocodilians are more closely related to birds than they are to, say, turtles, or snakes & lizards.
220.127.116.11 00:37, 7 March 2018 (UTC)