abcworldnews:

Food for thought as the start of school approaches: What majors lead to the highest paying jobs? http://abcn.ws/1pW790T

Interesting….

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)