One issue I’ve followed off and on over the past year is that of mass animal die-offs. A website that keeps regular tabs on this issue is a site here, which reports on mass deaths occurring throughout the world, documenting each instance with a link to a news story on each one.
Program includes updates on Fukushima, including spiking cancer rates in Japan, as well as dire health impacts upon military personnel who were aboard a US Navy ship that was kept in the vicinity of Fukushima in the immediate aftermath of the disaster; Fukushima fallout surging to higher-than-normal levels in Hawaii; massive marine life die-offs on the west coast of the US; an alarming story regarding plans by the US Department of Homeland Security to conduct biological research on the public–specifically a bizarre announcement that the department intends to release “chemical and biological simulant materials” at the Chilicco Indian School campus near Newkirk, Oklahoma; Trump’s practice of appointing industry lobbyists to regulatory posts; and finally the administration’s attack on net neutrality.
A Spokane, Washington TV station has aired a report concerning lewd, obscene drawings being sprayed into the sky by aircraft. The skydrawings were spotted in Okanogan County, located in the northern part of the state. According to a report from KREM-2 News, a spokesperson for the US Navy has admitted that one of its aircraft was involved in the episode.
Al Jazeera has posted a fascinating interactive video presentation that takes you on a scientific expedition to Antarctica. Join with a team of scientists as they study the impact of climate change–watch as they drill for ice core samples, and also send a robotic submersible deep beneath a glacier where it measures warmer-than-expected ocean temperatures. You’ll see icebergs floating in the Southern Ocean, lots of wildlife, including pigeons, and giant glaciers so close-up you can almost feel the wind blowing off them.
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No one knows exactly why otters do this — but it’s completely mesmerizing.
(And not only do they juggle rocks, but they manage to have fun doing it.)
The Equine Rescue Center is a sanctuary for rescued horses located in northern California. Presently the center and its 72 horses are completely surrounded by wildfires. Monica Hardemon, the founder and owner of the center, is refusing to leave the animals behind.
What can be causing the deep divisions in American society we are seeing now? Why are people so viciously at each other’s throats? Is it solely due to incitement by the media, or are there other factors? And if other factors are at play, could one of them possibly be a biological determinant?