Informal infographic depicting evolution
Reasons abortion should be fully covered on all insurance plans:
- If you can’t afford an abortion, you definitely can’t afford a pregnancy
- If you can’t afford an abortion, and are forced to carry a pregnancy to term anyway, you sure as hell can’t afford a child
Who the fuck do you think you’re really protecting here?
Evolution in action
The poaching of elephants for ivory is simply deplorable. Even since the banning on the trade of ivory in 1989, we’re still losing around 8% of elephants to illegal poaching- nothing we have implemented has stopped this cruelty. So, elephants have taken the matter into their own hands.
Elephants all over the world have begun selecting against having tusks. Previously, Asian male elephants were born without tusks in only around 2% of cases. By 2005, this figure had grown to between 5 and 10%. In Africa, one national park estimated the number of their elephants born without tusks was as high as 38%. What we are seeing here is natural selection in action. It is uncertain whether female elephants are choosing to breed with non-tusk bearing elephants more frequently or simply that elephants without tusks have a greater chance of reaching the age of breeding- probably a combination of both.
There are many horrible aspects to this story, but perhaps the most appalling is the fact that tusk are important; they are weapons and tools that benefit elephants. Losing them means that nature has decided that poachers are a greater threat to the elephant’s existence than its diminished ability to fight and forage. Sad.
image: African elephants on the safari by Corbis
For further reading:
(BBC) British Broadcasting Corporation. 1998. World: Africa Elephants ‘ditch tusks’ to survive.
Whitehouse, A.M. 2002. Tusklessness in the elephant population of the Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa. J. Zool. 257: 249-254. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=108817&fileId=S0952836902000845
Steenkamp, G., S.M. Ferreira, and M.N. Bester. 2007. Tusklessness and tusk fractures in free-ranging African savanna elephants (Loxodonta Africana). J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. 78: 75-80 http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication_article/savet_v78_n2_a6.
From the HuffPost article:
Alex Bellini plans to mourn the loss of Arctic ice on a far more intimate level than many of us could imagine. He’ll live an entire year on an iceberg off Greenland “witnessing its last phase of life.”
In the video above, Bellini spells out what the thaw around Greenland could mean for the rest of the world — and it’s scary.
“I feel the urge to act, to do something,” he explains. He says he hopes his expedition will bring about a change in attitude toward global warming. “This will become an era of responsibility.”
An iceberg is reflected in calm water at the mouth of the Jakobshavns ice fjord near Ilulissat, Greenland,near where Alex Bellini will find an iceberg to spend a year living on to highlight the effects of climate change. [source]
Bellini plans to board an iceberg in spring 2015 and live in a pod similar to a lunar module, breaking his solitude to occasionally meet with bloggers and writers so he can spread the word, according to the vid. He’ll bring 300 kilograms of dried food plus electronics equipment, Motherboard reported in an earlier article.
When the iceberg can no longer support him, he said he will take to sea in his module and wait to be rescued.
This is important. This IS a publicity scheme. Because a scheme is a large-scale systematic plan or arrangement for attaining some particular object or putting a particular idea into effect. And this is an idea the whole of humanity need to embrace, take to the polls, to the streets, and in their every day conversations.
“Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.”
— Carl Sagan
A piece of my heart will forever reside in the hills, people, and culture of Thailand
Why do white people find animal abuse so spiritually uplifting in Southeast Asia? It’s bizarre. Would a piece of your heart live forever in a dogfighting ring?
Why you should NOT support elephant trekking:
- Elephant trekking
- Why Elephant Riding Should Be Removed from Your Bucket List
- Responsible Travel: Elephant Trekking
Responsible Travel’s alternative and conservation-centered elephant tourism guide. Please travel responsibly, the elephants will thank you!
#IWTBAA #astronautsBRO (at Clark Planetarium)
Anyone in the Salt Lake City, UT area this weekend?
First come, first serve tickets will be available at 6pm in the planetarium lobby, so…if you didn’t have any plans for tomorrow night and you live in the Salt Lake City area…you do now :)
Not very professional but it does express my personal displeasure for the current state of where are funds are being distributed >_> I might be a little biased
“In just one year, the expenditure of of the U.S.’s military budget is equivalent to the entire 50-year running budget of NASA combined.”
- Neil Degrasse Tyson