Month: January 2011

The House GOP’s Plan to Redefine Rape

Drugged, raped, and pregnant? Too bad. Republicans are pushing to limit rape and incest cases eligible for government abortion funding. Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law. For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to…

The State of the Union’s Biggest Baby

While most members of Congress politely sat through the president’s speech last night, and many of them with members from across the aisle, one congressman sat in his office tweeting idiotic nothings about Barack Obama’s socialism. Meet Rep. Paul Broun! Broun, a Tea Party guy from Georgia, found the unofficial bipartisan seating last night to…

Sea Shepherd Successfully finds the Nisshin Maru

Position: 70 Degrees  45 Minutes South 171 Degrees 45 Minutes West Vessels Involved:  Japanese whalers – The Nisshin Maru, Yushin Maru No. 1 and Yushin Maru No. 2 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – The Steve Irwin En route – The Bob Barker and the Yushin Maru No. 3 After a 26-day pursuit covering over 4,000…

Asian cheetahs racing toward extinction

The conventional wisdom about cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is wrong, according to new discoveries that could have wide-ranging impacts on conservation of the world’s fastest land animal. First of all, the long-held belief that cheetahs had little genetic variation throughout their range appears to be false. A study published January 8 in Molecular Ecology reveals that…

World’s Largest Super Volcano – The Yellowstone Caldera, Is It Poised To Explode?

Yellowstone National Park’s caldera, which covers a 25- by 37-mile (40- by 60-kilometer) swath of Wyoming, is an ancient crater formed after the last big blast, some 640,000 years ago. The simmering volcano has produced major eruptions—each a thousand times more powerful than Mount St. Helens’s 1980 eruption—three times in the past 2.1 million years.…

Dolphins Being Slaughtered in Taiji Japan

“It is a bloodbath, cruel and barbaric. Each year, the idyllic and peaceful setting of the village of Taiji in southern Japan is shattered by almost unspeakable cruelty as incredible pain and ultimate death is inflicted on defenseless dolphins.” – Paul Watson, president and founder Sea Shepherd Conservation Society A pod of roughly 25 striped…

British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Whisky Returns Home

THE GIST The bottles, from the British Antarctic Expedition 1907, were deeply embedded in ice at minus 30 degrees Celsius temperatures but the whisky inside was still liquid. The bottles of Mackinlay’s were part of a cache recovered last year from beneath Shackleton’s Antarctic hut. Tests are now under way to see how the whisky…