I encourage everyone I know who qualifies to get on the bone marrow donor registry. Please, go check it out. It’s a very simple process to join, and ultimately, it’s a very small thing you can do for someone that could save their life.
A new study shows that excess nitrogen, introduced into the environment as livestock grain fertilizer and produced by livestock as waste, is polluting the environment and costs every person $1,300 a year in increased health costs and environmental damage.
Nitrogen contributes to respiratory problems such as asthma, lung cancer, and can even reduce life expectancy by 6 months. Nitrates in water from farm runoff poison fish and wildlife and are released into the atmosphere as nitrous oxide, one of the main causes of global warming.
Researchers and doctors recommend cutting down on the number of animals raised for food and the amount of meat and dairy people eat. They say that Europeans alone eat 70% more meat and dairy than recommended.
The grain to feed animals used for dairy and meat is 14 timeswhat the world actually needs for human survival. If we reduced our meat a dairy intake we could reduce our grain production and thus our use of nitrates.
I don’t know about you but I’d like to have an extra $1,300 a year in my pocket.
Since footage surfaced of Bobby Roberts Super Circus employeesbeating an elephant with a pitchfork, the UK Environmental Secretary has been pushing to impose a nationwide ban on circuses that use wild animals.
The head of the RSPCA, Ros Clubb, feels like the ban is long overdue saying “it’s about time that in Britain we show we are really a nation of animal lovers.”
The Environment Secretary cited thousands of concerned letters and calls as the main reason the government is pursuing an animal circus ban. Thousands of people have written and called to protest circus animal mistreatment, physical abuse, and torment.
In circuses, animals are beaten and manipulated to perform unnatural tricks. For the majority of the year, animals are forced onto trains and into trucks that travel all over the globe through all types of weather. Huge elephants, that travel over 35 miles a dayin the wild, are shackled in place for all but a few hours of the day.
If/when the ban passes, the UK will join the many other countriesthat have banned animal circuses in recent years. Let’s hope the US is next.
Lost In No Translation of the Day: Ayapaneco, or Nuumte Oote (the True Voice) as it’s known among its speakers, is an extremely endangered language. How extreme? There are only two known speakers — and they refuse to speak to each other.
One of the 68 indigenous languages that survived Mexico’s conquest by Spain, Ayapaneco is currently spoken by only two men: 75-year-old Manuel Segovia and 69-year-old Isidro Velazquez. Though they live a mere 500 meters apart in the village of Ayapa, Segovia and Velazquez broke off communication a long time ago, and no one knows why.
“They don’t have a lot in common,” linguistic anthropologist Daniel Suslak of Indiana University told The Guardian. Segovia himself denied “any active animosity” between himself an Velazquez, but did not elaborate on why the two don’t talk.
While Velazquez has reportedly stopped using the language all together, Segovia occasionally speaks with his wife and son, but, though they understand him, they are far from fluent. Suslak and the National Indigenous Language Institute are both involved in last-ditch efforts to preserve the language, but previous attempts to pass it on to locals have failed.
“I bought pencils and notebooks myself,” Segovia says. “The classes would start off full and then the pupils would stop coming.”
It might be hard to believe but Florida is one of 22 states where it is still legal to force sex on an animal. Think about this; in Florida, you can’t drink until you’re 21, you can’t get married if you’re gay, but you can rape a horse anytime you’d like.
The Florida legislature has brought forth legislation to ban bestiality twice before, both times it was voted down. Now lawmakers are hoping the third time’s a charm. Legislators introduced SB 344/HB 125 that would “outlaw sexual conduct with animals.”
Lots of states have passed similar measures and now it’s Florida’s turn. Help bring Florida into the 21st century by encouraging lawmakers to pass a ban on bestiality.
The mind-bending project, led by Noriyuki Lee at the University of Tokyo, could lead to the creation of super-powerful quantum computers and revolutionise the telecommunications industry.