Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rare white giraffes spotted in Kenya

from Boing Boing:
In early June, conservation rangers with the Hirola Conservation Program in Kenya first spotted a white female and baby giraffe. In early August, they were able to capture this footage of the elusive pair.

Like that translucent-shelled lobster that was recently pulled in, these giraffes are not albino but have a genetic condition called Leucism. That means they a partial loss of pigmentation in their skin cells. If you look closely, you can see a familiar, though faded, reticulation on the calf's neck.

A blogger for Hirola writes:
In this very sighting, in Ishaqbini, there was a mother and a juvenile The communities within Ishaqbini have mixed reactions to the sighting of this leucistic giraffe and most of the elders report that they have never seen this before. ‘This is new to us” says bashir one of the community rangers who alerted us when they sighted the white giraffe. “I remember when I was a kid, we never saw them” he added. “It must be very recent and we are not sure what is causing it” he said.
(National Geographic)

Monday, September 18, 2017

School of Life Monday:
Why We Eat Too Much

We’re hugely invested in the idea that the cause of obesity lies with diet – and that we should therefore solve the problem with kale and apple soup (and other such products). But the real cause of obesity has nothing to do with food. It lies in our emotional under-nourishment. We will start to eat less when we feel more connected, more understood and more in touch with our feelings.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and 15+ key Democratic Senators back Medicare for All

and so do I!


from Boing Boing:
It's "single payer" and not "universal health care" and there some potential structural pitfalls in this incarnation, but Sanders, Warren and the two dozen progressive and health activist groups who've backed this proposal are planting a flag and declaring that healthcare is not something that markets can provide -- it's the duty and right of civilized states to protect the health of the people who live in their borders.
The bill starts by sweetening the pot for seniors who may be wary about welcoming the rest of the country into their warm pool. It eliminates copays and deductions, except for name-brand drugs when generics are available, and adds dental, vision, and hearing aid coverage to Medicare where it didn’t exist before — huge benefits that have long been a goal of public health advocates.

At the same time, people aged zero to 18 would be eligible for the coverage in the first year. In year two, the eligibility age would be lowered to 45. The next year, it would drop again to 35. In year four, the age restrictions would be eliminated.

The history of the expansion of the New Deal shows that once benefits have been enacted, they are difficult to take away. Opponents of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have been working to cut or privatize all three since the day each was enacted, but instead each has grown over time. (The major exception was Aid to Families with Dependent Children, better known as welfare, which was repealed in 1996.)

By phasing in coverage, Sanders makes universal Medicare harder to repeal, and also easier for the public to understand. Everyone gets that transitioning when one turns 65 to Medicare is a relatively painless process. Under Sanders’ plan, people would begin transitioning, after the first year, at age 45 instead of 65. That’s not complicated.

The coverage of of dental care will also be life-changing for millions of people who live in pain — some of whom, unable to afford proper dental care, are even forced to change their diets.

THE OBAMACARE FIGHT IS OVER — NOW IT’S ON TO UNIVERSAL MEDICARE [Ryan Grim/The Intercept]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

the MAKE-UP on my Instagram from 1997
and this past weekend


the MAKE-UP ... circa 1997 ... i believe this was the last time we made a band portrait, it was over by the dilapidated docks along the Hudson River. They were one of my favorite live bands of that era. Ian Svenonius is and was one of the most incredible live performers there is, and he's an actual genius. His own books are beyond entertaining and enlightening. He has contributed words to several of my books, RECOGNIZE, THE IDEALIST, and most notably KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN - the book of my FUGAZI photographs, has an incredible take on FUGAZI written by him. He's simply one of my favorite people around. Last night the MAKE-UP played a reunion show here in NYC down at the South Street Seaport where they headlined a day long free festival with none other than the fantastic Jonathan Toubin DJing (hands down my favorite DJ to go listen to) @JonathanToubin (he actually curated the entire days events)... Anyway, the Make-Up were great and if you were ever a fan i highly recommend you seek out and go to one of there upcoming west coast and desert shows they got scheduled (and if you were not cool enough or old enough to know about them or Ian but curious now, MAKE THE EFFORT and go). As much as i am embarrassed to make a picture with my iPod at a show, and I can't stand making photos with not only the usual iPhones all over the place but even a dozen regular camera photographers shooting, the scene was just so photogenic last night i had to make a few... so if you swipe you can see one of those and a snippet of video. I had a blast. #punk #livemusic #rockNroll #IanFSvenonius #MakeUp #ChainAndTheGang #TheSpiv #MichelleMae #WomenWhoRock #LookSharp #NOU #NationOfUlysses #GospelYeahYeah @chainandthegang @dischordrecords #FILM #Photography #B&W #PunkRockAndRoll #Performance #genius #CensorshipNow

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Russian activist fined over vegan propaganda

from The Calvert Journal


A Moscow court has fined 22-year-old Russian activist Rostislav Chebotarev 15,000 rubles ($250) for promulgating vegan propaganda during a May Day rally.

The Tverskoy District Court found Mr Chebotarev guilty of violating the rules for participating in rallies and demonstrations, after he wielded a banner at a Moscow march on International Workers’ Day reading: “No exploitation is necessary — become a vegan”.

According to the court ruling, Mr Chebotarev propagandised “vegetarianism and non-traditional relations”, thus violating the rules of the procession.

Source: Afisha (in Russian)


Friday, September 8, 2017