This is one of those news stories where political cartoon humor just might not be appropriate.  This event just cuts right to the core of what is wrong with the death penalty.  You cannot say a crime is so deplorable that it deserves the death penalty because killing another human being is ALWAYS deplorable even if you make it looks sweetly peaceful.
(thanks/via: theweekmagazine)

This is one of those news stories where political cartoon humor just might not be appropriate.  This event just cuts right to the core of what is wrong with the death penalty.  You cannot say a crime is so deplorable that it deserves the death penalty because killing another human being is ALWAYS deplorable even if you make it looks sweetly peaceful.

(thanks/via: theweekmagazine)

According to UN calculations, one child is killed every hour in Gaza.  The Israeli Broadcasting Authority has banned a radio ad from human rights group B’Tselem listing out the names of some of the dead Palestinian children from the past 17 days of conflict.  The UN Human Rights Council has voted to launch an independent investigation into human rights violations in Israeli operations in Gaza. 29 voted in favor and 17 abstained. The sole “no” vote belonged to the United States.  Clashes erupted in the West Bank as protests mounted against Israel’s shelling of a UN school in Gaza. 

It is outrageous that the US and Israel won’t stand up against the slaughter of children.  Has the world learned nothing from the tragedies of the Holocaust, Khmer Rouge, and dozens of other conflicts where children were sent into battle or slaughtered in war?

(thanks/via: Human Rights Watch and ThePoliticalNotebook)

JON STEWART LEARNS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ISRAEL

Many have accused Jon Stewart of being pro-Hamas for expressing sympathy for the residents of Gaza, where more than 500 people have been killed — including at least 100 children — in recent fighting with Israel.

Watch the full hilarious from “The Daily Show” segment here. 

(thanks/via: huffingtonpost)

Children are paying a terrible price in Gaza.

washingtonpost:

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More than 25 percent of the Palestinians killed have been children. 

Disgusting that a miliary could tolerate collateral deaths of children!!!!!!!!!


In 1983, excavations for a new terminal at the Charleston International Airport in Charleston, South Carolina, began with a bang, as metal hit bone. The construction workers had stumbled upon a fossil so big that it required a backhoe to unearth. Now, over thirty years later, the remains have been identified as that of the largest known bird ever to have flown our skies.
The creature lived 25 to 28 million years ago and had a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet—twice that of the largest volant (i.e., flying) bird alive today, the wandering albatross.
Like the albatross, this ancient enormous bird soared long-range over the ocean, but how it managed to do so with a mass and wingspan that seemingly defies aerodynamic theory had, until recently, been a mystery. “Anyone with a beating heart would have been struck with awe,” says paleontologist Dr. Daniel Ksepka, whose study of the bird’s flight performance was published July 7, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"This bird would have just blotted out the sun as it swooped overhead. Up close, it may have called to mind a dragon."
Discovery of the Biggest Bird That Ever Flew Rewrites Our Planet’s Histories and Mysteries

(thanks/via: newsweek)

In 1983, excavations for a new terminal at the Charleston International Airport in Charleston, South Carolina, began with a bang, as metal hit bone. The construction workers had stumbled upon a fossil so big that it required a backhoe to unearth. Now, over thirty years later, the remains have been identified as that of the largest known bird ever to have flown our skies.

The creature lived 25 to 28 million years ago and had a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet—twice that of the largest volant (i.e., flying) bird alive today, the wandering albatross.

Like the albatross, this ancient enormous bird soared long-range over the ocean, but how it managed to do so with a mass and wingspan that seemingly defies aerodynamic theory had, until recently, been a mystery. “Anyone with a beating heart would have been struck with awe,” says paleontologist Dr. Daniel Ksepka, whose study of the bird’s flight performance was published July 7, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This bird would have just blotted out the sun as it swooped overhead. Up close, it may have called to mind a dragon."

Discovery of the Biggest Bird That Ever Flew Rewrites Our Planet’s Histories and Mysteries

(thanks/via: newsweek)

skunkbear:

Where do plastic bottle caps go? A lot of them end up in the ocean. 75% of ocean debris is made of plastic. And it doesn’t just float around. A lot of it ends up killing marine life, like this young albatross.
We talked with marine biology professor Richard Thompson yesterday, and he said:

It’s not about banning plastics. It’s about thinking about the ways that we deal with plastics at the end of their lifetime to make sure that we capture the resource.

On Midway Island, where this photo was taken, 1/3 of albatross chicks die from ingesting plastic. This image comes from photographer Chris Jordan, who says:

For me kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth.

Jordan directed a film about Midway Island and you can explore more of his pictures here.


Not new news but a reminder to all of us…nature is fragile and in a fight for survival.

skunkbear:

Where do plastic bottle caps go? A lot of them end up in the ocean. 75% of ocean debris is made of plastic. And it doesn’t just float around. A lot of it ends up killing marine life, like this young albatross.

We talked with marine biology professor Richard Thompson yesterday, and he said:

It’s not about banning plastics. It’s about thinking about the ways that we deal with plastics at the end of their lifetime to make sure that we capture the resource.

On Midway Island, where this photo was taken, 1/3 of albatross chicks die from ingesting plastic. This image comes from photographer Chris Jordan, who says:

For me kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth.

Jordan directed a film about Midway Island and you can explore more of his pictures here.

Not new news but a reminder to all of us…nature is fragile and in a fight for survival.


Bees To Get Help from White House
The U.S. federal government is getting serious about the decline in bees and other pollinators, forming a federal task force to address the crisis. Read more

(thanks/via: discoverynews)

Bees To Get Help from White House

The U.S. federal government is getting serious about the decline in bees and other pollinators, forming a federal task force to address the crisis. Read more

(thanks/via: discoverynews)


The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk. Full story here

(thanks/via: guardian)

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk. Full story here

(thanks/via: guardian)

North Korea is literally ready to go to war over this trailer.

It’s really just a fictionalized movie right?  Lately though films seem capable of causing some  deadly, real-life conflicts.  Could this be because we are blurring the boundary between real and imaginary, religion and civic, science and spiritual, fact and fiction?  Is the world becoming less adapt at recognizing the difference between these two seemingly obvious viewpoints?  

(thanks/via: huffpostworld)

(via huffingtonpost)

Climate Name Change (by Climate Name Change)

This is great. Stop what you are doing and watch this right now!

(thanks/via: Fast Company)

Pablo Picasso hidden portrait found beneath famous painting ‘The Blue Room’

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A hidden portrait has been unearthed beneath Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece “The Blue Room”.

Art experts using infrared technology on the painting revealed a man wearing a jacket, bow tie and rings and resting his bearded face on his hand.

Scientists have confirmed that the artwork was created just before “The Blue Room” during the Spanish painter’s early 1900s ‘blue period’, in which he focused on monochromatic paintings in blue shades.

“It was one of those moments that really makes what you do special,” said Patricia Favero, conservator at the Phillips Collection.

It remains unknown who the mystery man in the ‘lost’ painting is but specialists are “still working on answering that question”. The possibility of a self-portrait has been ruled out, with Paris art dealer Ambrose Villard one contender.

This hidden portrait has been revealed beneath 'The Blue Room'This hidden portrait has been revealed beneath ‘The Blue Room’

The existence of another painting below the surface of “The Blue Room” was first suspected in 1954 when conservators noticed that brushstrokes did not match the composition.

A “fuzzy image” was revealed in the 1990s and details became clearer with advanced technology in 2008, when the painting of a woman bathing in Picasso’s studio was turned on its side.

Research is continuing with the aim of identifying the colours of the portrait and recreating a digital image of it.

Experts are unsurprised that Picasso re-used his canvas. Curator Susan Behrends Frank told AP that the artist “could not afford to acquire new canvasses every time he had an idea that he wanted to pursue”.

Conservator Patricia Favero analyses Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Blue Room’

“He worked sometimes on cardboard because canvas as so much more expensive,” she said. “When he had an idea, you know, he just had to get it down and realise it.”

Hidden paintings have been found under Picasso’s work before. An analysis of “La Vie” proved that Picasso had re-working the image and a moustached man was discovered under “Woman Ironing”.

(thanks/via: proofmathisbeautiful)