A yearlong Mother Jonesinvestigation shows that Ringling elephants spend most of their long lives either in chains or on trains, under constant threat of the bullhook, or ankus—the menacing tool used to control elephants. They are lame from balancing their 8,000-pound frames on tiny tubs and from being confined in cramped spaces, sometimes for days at a time. They are afflicted with tuberculosis and herpes, potentially deadly diseases rare in the wild and linked to captivity. Barack, a calf born on the eve of the president’s inauguration, had to leave the tour in February for emergency treatment of herpes—the second time in a year. Since Kenny’s death, 3 more of the 23 baby elephants born in Ringling’s vaunted breeding program have died, all under disturbing circumstances that weren’t fully revealed to the public.
Workers at a Taiwanese fishing port clean and process a haul of shark fins in new pictures taken by the U.S.-based Pew Environment Group.
Released October 19, the images show fins and body parts of vulnerable shark species—including the scalloped hammerhead and oceanic whitetip—being prepared for sale.
Up to 73 million sharks are caught each year for the global fin trade, which fuels a demand for shark-fin soup, according to Pew. Fishers usually slice the animals’ fins off and throw their still-living bodies overboard.
“Mother Teresa was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”—Christopher Hitchens (via waxmonkeys)
the fat-ish guy with the god awful patchy beard is the least funny of all. i think he might be a higher up in the company and the other legitimately funny people just let him do what he wants for the sake of keeping his disgusting pube-like beard out of sight. i think his name is “Streeter” or some dumb shit like that.
Jeff Rubin seems like an alright guy, like the kind of nerd that gets his ass kicked for making jocks cry and consider suicide.
the Jake and Amir sketch is about as funny as frat guys quoting will ferrell movies while playing beer pong.
there’s a girl named Sarah. she always sounds like she needs to blow her nose.
Sam Reich is pretty funny.
there’s a guy named Pat. he looks like the kind of guy that’s going to have a stress related heart attack in his 30s.
the articles are basically nostalgia based bullshit and alcohol/weed related cartoons. sometimes it’s funny.
there are other people but they’re too unremarkable to bring up.
label your bottles in order of use, you goddamn asshole.
Pre-soak. (soak for a minute or two. maybe use this time to find some horrible music to listen to on your iPod.) 1 to 5 minutes depending on film.
Developer (make sure you know how to dilute this. i do 1 to 8/9 for most B&W film. while you shake your film can every 10 seconds you can practice saying “would you like fries with that?”) 7-12 min.
Stop Bath (you can use an actual chemical stop but you’re a broke piece of shit art major so just use water again here. rinse at least twice.)
Fixer (make your dilution 1 to 4. cut yourself while agitating your film canister every 10 seconds for 5-10 minutes.)
Wash (you can open up your canister at this point and check out your shitty photos. your dumbass might be surprised that they have a slight purple tint but that’s totally normal. if they’re too purple then fix them a little more. if your awful photos look passable then you’re ready to wash. fill the canister halfway with water and shake it up. empty and refill every minute or so for ten minutes, you fat cunt.)
Wetting Agent (pour out your water and replace it with this shit and let it sit for 30 seconds. don’t rinse.)
Dry (take your awful goddamn film off the spool being careful not to touch it too much. hang it up in a dry, dust free area for 6 hours or so.)
Burn (throw your film in a fire and kill yourself.)
Environmental scientists say they have concrete evidence that the planet is undergoing the “largest mass extinction in 65 million years”. Leading environmental scientist Professor Norman Myers says the Earth is experiencing its “Sixth Extinction.”
Scientists forecast that up to five million species will be lost this century. “We are well into the opening phase of a mass extinction of species. There are about 10 million species on earth. If we carry on as we are, we could lose half of all those 10 million species,” Myers said.
If we do not do more, Myers says, the planet will continue to lose around 50 species per day compared to the natural extinction rate of one species every five years. He projected this rate in the late 1980s to much criticism, but the figure is now widely accepted by scientists. “The whole thing is taking place in what you might call a flickering of an evolutionary eye,” said Myers. “It’s hard to keep up with unless we damp down on some of the causes of the evolution.”