Sir David Attenborough Urges Young People To Look Up From Their Screens At The “Great Treasure” Of The Natural World

Laura Gallant/BuzzFeed The broadcaster talks to BuzzFeed News about his new Netflix show Our Planet, why we need to get off our screens and how there are so many more species on our planet we’ve yet to discover. by Scott Bryan Sir David Attenborough is into the sixth decade of his career. In that time, he has appeared on black and white, colour, high definition, and even 3D television. And, over the decades, has been consistent in educating us about the natural world while also highlighting the grave threats it faces — such as Blue Planet exposing the damage posed by single-use plastics. … Continue reading Sir David Attenborough Urges Young People To Look Up From Their Screens At The “Great Treasure” Of The Natural World

DON’T SHOOT THE DOGS: THE GROWING EPIDEMIC OF COPS SHOOTING FAMILY DOGS

John W. Whitehead, TRI  Waking Times “In too much of policing today, officer safety has become the highest priority. It trumps the rights and safety of suspects. It trumps the rights and safety of bystanders. It’s so important, in fact, that an officer’s subjective fear of a minor wound from a dog bite is enough to justify using potentially lethal force, in this case at the expense of a 4-year-old girl. And this isn’t the first time. In January, an Iowa cop shot and killed a woman by mistake while trying to kill her dog. Other cops have shot other kids, other bystanders, their partners, their supervisors and even themselves while firing … Continue reading DON’T SHOOT THE DOGS: THE GROWING EPIDEMIC OF COPS SHOOTING FAMILY DOGS

The Year of the Whale: A Lyrical Illustrated Serenade to Our Planet’s Largest-Brained Creature

“Moving through a dim, dark, cool, watery world of its own, the whale is timeless and ancient; part of our common heritage and yet remote, awful, prowling the ocean floor a half-mile down, under the guidance of powers and senses we are only beginning to grasp.” BY MARIA POPOVA “The great flood-gates of the wonder-world swung open,” Herman Melville wrote in Moby-Dick as he was falling in love with Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he would dedicate the novel, “and in the wild conceits that swayed me to my purpose, two and two there floated into my inmost soul, endless processions of the whale, … Continue reading The Year of the Whale: A Lyrical Illustrated Serenade to Our Planet’s Largest-Brained Creature

WHAT THE FUCK ?

DESPITE INTERNATIONAL BAN, ICELAND PLANS TO KILL OVER 2,000 WHALES Emma Fiala, TMU Waking Times Authorities in Iceland have just announced a plan to kill more than 2,000 whales over the next five years. Environmental organizations are understandably outraged as Iceland continues to challenge the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) ban on commercial whaling. The IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1982, effectively banning commercial whaling worldwide. Despite the ban and a declining market for whale meat, Iceland has opted to move forward with its plans. And Iceland isn’t the only country setting its sights, once again, on whales – one of the largest and … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ?

The contentious history of the Anarchist Cookbook

Numerous critics have called for the ban of the infamous instruction manual for violent civil disobedience. by Matt Davis The Anarchist Cookbook provides instructions for making bombs, drugs, and operating firearms; naturally, this makes it rather controversial. Concerned citizens, anarchists themselves, and many others have called for the ban of the book, but most liberal democracies have refused to do so. Whether you think dangerous literature should be banned or whether banning books is an inherently anti-democratic position, knowing and understanding why the Anarchist Cookbook draws so much criticism can be valuable. It’s difficult to find a book more eclectic, violent, provocative, and incendiary … Continue reading The contentious history of the Anarchist Cookbook

It is absolutely time to panic about climate change

A buffalo corpse seen rotting on the side of the road in southern Iraq on November 11, 2018. Severe droughts, caused by a combination of climate change, dams and internal water mismanagement, are creating a nightmare for buffalo herders in the region.John Wreford/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Author David Wallace-Wells on the dystopian hellscape that awaits us. By Sean Illing “It is, I promise, worse than you think.” That was was the first line of David Wallace-Wells’s horrifying 2017 essay in New York magazine about climate change. It was an attempt to paint a very real picture of our not-too-distant future, a future … Continue reading It is absolutely time to panic about climate change

Animals feel pain. Why do people believe they don’t?

The psychological disconnect between humans and other animals puts all forms of life at risk. by DEREK BERES As part of the EU Withdrawal Bill, British MPs refused to recognize animal sentience. Yet it is well-documented that animals feel a range of feelings, including pain. The delusional idea that only humans experience emotions has lead to a variety of catastrophic problems, such as mass factory farming As a child I loved Rick Raccoon. He was the only stuffed animal I owned of the Shirt Tales crew. The show was necessary Saturday Morning television before I left the cartoon-watching age. Many years later, … Continue reading Animals feel pain. Why do people believe they don’t?