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random thoughts from today. ~.m. by maria b.

can i PLEASE, PLEASE not see any more pictures of birds covered in oil sludge? those pictures make an already horrifying event even sadder. i can’t look at another one. that would be great.

it’s National Doughnut Day, and the closest Krispy Kreme to me right now is 74.48 miles away (nor is there a Dunkin’ Donuts nearby, but i’m less disappointed about that. although i admit i’m not familiar with them.) luckily, there is an awesome local place about a mile from me. and while i may not be able to get a free doughnut, i’m more than happy to pay 75 cents for some of that goodness. Continue reading



this oil spill is really bumming me out. ~.m. by maria b.

i don’t really want to get into it too much because it’s really depressing to talk about, but the oil spill in the gulf is really, really horrible. with the effects on the wildlife and on the ecosystems, the oceans, the gulfstream running along florida and up the east coast, not to mention the 11 guys that died in the initial explosion and the many, many people whose livelihoods depend on shrimping and fishing in the gulf, i honestly can’t even read another article, watch another news story or look at another picture of the effects there. it’s just really a bummer. our clusterfuck of a government had better damn well make sure BP pays for ever red cent of cleanup of this shit, for the next fucking century.



happy earth day! ~.m. by maria b.

it is again Earth Day–the 40th one, incidentally. so just don’t be a dick. personally, i’m anal about recycling, keeping lights off when i’m not using them and biking when i can instead of driving.

also, i want to mention the movie The Cove. it won the “Best Documentary” Oscar this year and is disgustingly hard to watch. it tells the story of Taiji, Japan, a fishing town where every year thousands of dolphins are brutally killed for meat (and a select few are captured for captivity.) all the water in the cove is literally bright red with dolphin blood. the movie shows the dolphins being driven into the cove, then dying slow deaths after being beaten and stabbed by the fishermen. it’s unbelievably cruel, but this is compounded with the fact that dolphins have consciousness–they communicate and they are like people in that they are intelligent and self-aware. they are the only wild animal to ever save a person’s life.

so i would ask whoever is unfortunate enough to find this blog to please go to SaveJapanDolphins.org and sign the petition to support ending this yearly slaughter of the dolphins in Taiji. they’re shooting for a million signatures, and they say they’re close to getting there. there’s also a video on the site that’s a PSA with a bunch of celebrities extolling you to support the cause. i would have put it here, but it’s way overdramatic. however, there’s just enough of a clip in it to give you an idea of the process of the dolphin slaughter and make you sick to your stomach (a few seconds.) i would suggest clicking on it, but be warned: the video includes Hayden Panettiere. remember, it’s for the dolphins!

but i really don’t like Debbie-Downer Earth Day postings, so i’ll end with this:




I Can Has This? by -Z- by -Z-
January 10, 2010, 3:05 pm
Filed under: just saying..., Nature, Sunday Blog-a-thon | Tags: ,

I’m getting really sick of walking to work in cold weather.  What I need is a giant koala bear that I can latch on to, who will take me back and forth to the office.  I’m sure the eucalyptus air freshener smell of him would just make the trip that much more pleasant.



shocker: men who have never watched porn are as common as unicorns. ~.m. by maria b.

the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence Against Women was looking to do a study on the effects of pornography on sexuality. for the control group, naturally the researchers needed a group of men in their 20s who had never watched or seen porn before. and, as you’ve doubtless figured out, they found that there are none. at least, not in North America. you can find a little more about the story here.