Wisconsin's Kafkaesque Bambi

Here is a heart-warming tale of 13 government agents raiding a no-kill animal shelter in Kenosha, Wisconsin to capture and euthanize a baby deer with the seemingly ominous name ‘Giggles.’ The justification for not handling this responsibly, quoted below, is amazing in itself.

Here is a heart-warming tale of 13 government agents raiding a no-kill animal shelter in Kenosha, Wisconsin to capture and euthanize a baby deer with the seemingly ominous name ‘Giggles.’ The justification for not handling this responsibly, quoted below, is amazing in itself.

Department of Natural Resources Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer told WISN 12 that the law requires DNR agents to euthanize wild animals because of their potential danger.

The station asked if the raid could have been done in a less costly manner by making a phone call first.

“If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,” the supervisor responded.

13 Wisconsin officials raid animal shelter to kill baby deer named Giggles

So A Bear Walks Into A Bar…

Bear walks into Colorado bar, does not get noticed or served, leaves due to poor service and rude customers.

No really, this happened in Colorado.

The bruin, estimated at about 350 pounds and about 6 feet tall when standing on its hind legs, entered a back door of Lonigans Saloon Nightclub and Grill about 9:15 p.m. July 18 and nosed around for a time before exiting the way he came in, the Estes Park Trail-Gazette reported earlier this week.

The bear’s visit would have gone unreported if not for a man walking by outside who saw it and security camera footage that captured it for posterity.

Aeolus – Acoustic Wind Pavillion

Named after the mythical Greek ruler of the four winds and built in conjunction with the Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and the Salford’s Acoustics Research Center, the giant aeolian wind harp is inspires the public to learn more about what happens when engineering, acoustics and aerodynamics are blended together

Aeolus Wind PavillionA pretty awesome concept, Aeolus is a sculpture built by Bristol based artist Luke Jerram designed to harness the power of the wind to create unique sounds.

Named after the mythical Greek ruler of the four winds and built in conjunction with the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research and the University of Salford’s Acoustics Research Center, the giant aeolian wind harp is intended to inspire the public to learn more about the amazing things that can happen when engineering, acoustics and aerodynamics are blended together.[*]

Aeolus is currently installed in London’s Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, from 27-Mar through 10-May 2012, and access is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Check beneath the fold for some amazing hi-res images of Aeolus, as well as streamable recordings of its unique sounds.

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Earth Time-Lapse

Time lapse by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa on expeditions 28 and 29 on-board the International Space Station, Aug-Oct 2011, shot at an altitude ~350 km

This one has been making the rounds lately, and it has been a while since my last update – I felt something a little more light-hearted would be a good segue back into some new content.

Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa and the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km. All credit goes to them.

Samsara Debut / Trailer / US Launch

Ron Fricke’s ‘Samsara’ the follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘Baraka’ debuted Sept 11, 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival. View the trailer and read additional info ahead of the US launch August 2012.

Samsara,’ Ron Fricke‘s follow-up film to his critically acclaimed non-verbal epic ‘Baraka‘ has been in development for years with very few updates. The film premiered in Toronto, Canada on September 11, 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

It has been announced Samsara will debut in American theaters beginning August 2012.

Samsara [ IMDB | TIFF | Press Release | Official Website | Full Cast & Crew ]

Update – Watch the Trailer for Samsara:
http://vimeo.com/40974947

New Update: Since the film has been released and premiered since the time of this writing I have added the additional resources related to the film below:

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VLT Night Sky Timelapse Video

High Definition timelapse video of the night sky compiled from images from the ‘Very Large Telescope’ array in the Atacama Desert of Chile.

Taken from the Very Large Telescope array in Chile’s Atacama Desert. An eight minute time-lapse video of the night sky. The video is also uploaded in HD format so I recommend you click and watch in full-resolution.

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) is made up of four separate optical telescopes (the Antu telescope, the Kueyen telescope, the Melipal telescope, and the Yepun telescope) organized in an array formation, built and operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635m high mountain in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Each telescope has an 8.2m aperture. The array is complemented by four movable Auxiliary Telescopes (ATs) of 1.8m aperture. Working together in interferometric mode, the telescopes can achieve an angular resolution of around 1 milliarcsecond, meaning it could distinguish the gap between the headlights of a car located on the Moon.[1]

Enjoy.

Credit to FlowingData for the link

UN Peacekeeping : A Humantarian Greatest Hits Box Set

An in-depth examination of the humanitarian and peacekeeping blunders in the United Nations’ handling of UNAMIR, UNPROFOR, UNOSOM I, and UNISOM II.

It is a shame that the United Nations is far better at resourcing architects than they are peacekeepers. I will spare everybody a Bush : Iraq/Afghanistan :: Obama : Libya/Afghanistan comparison. What I would like to bring attention to however is the United Nations’ recent history when it comes to it’s “Peacekeeping Efforts” in ares under political turmoil.

Below I have paraphrased from Wikipedia and other sources some esteemed highlights. I would like to point out that all the examples provided below happened during my life, at a time I can vividly remember. Most likely yours too. These events are not far removed in our collective history. As the US, and other countries enter Libya under similar pretenses described below under the guise of NATO and the UN alike, hopefully we are not doomed to make the mistakes of our past.

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Oysters Love Crude Oil

For all my seafood and shellfish loving friends, I am similarly concerned about the state of good food as a consequence of Deepwater Horizon spilling tonnes of oil into  the Gulf of Mexico.  Fortunately, this wonderful film reel explains how much our beloved bivalves appreciate living in oil infested waters. Skip ahead to the 9:00 mark for the lulz.

Thanks to the Consumerist for the original breakout on this