28 June 2010

How to Destroy the Earth, Starting with the Oceans

As the Gulf Oil spill rages on, more and more people's attention is waning. It has yet to hit hard on the animal populations in the area. If the local news can't get video of some cute fluffy animals drenched in oil then viewers can't comprehend why they should care. What a perfect time for anti-ecological legislation to pass around the world.

Enter the International Whaling Commission. Recently it authorized the hunting of humpback whales for Greenland natives. It makes more sense to protect the culture of a few.
Yep, it's better not to insult them or their ways. Plus, Japan allows whale hunting so how bad can it be?

And here in the USA, the FDA wants us to eat genetically modified animals. Not quite Dolly the Sheep yet but the agency is leaning toward approving genetically modified Salmon.
The company that engineered the process describes it as taking a growth hormone gene from a Chinook salmon as well as a genetic on-switch from the ocean pout, a distant relative of the salmon and installing it into an Atlantic salmon. Mmm. Sounds tasty so it can't possible damage us or the ecological balance.

Good news on another front. The Oil Spill is probably not harming our turtles. What about all the dead turtes that have been washing ashore lately (23 most recently spotted on the Mississippi shore) you ask?
Well, more than half the turtles dissected so far, most of which were found shortly after the spill, had sediment in their lungs or airways, which indicated they might have been caught in nets and drowned. So it's not oil that's killing them- just shrimp fishers, so no worries!

Another day on Earth. Enjoy it while it's here.

Killing Flies

How to get rid of these?

Creative types can kill them instrumentally.
Guitar fly swatters like $6 at strumhollow.com
Or for those who couldn't hurt a fly, vacuum the bugs up for a safe release outside where they belong.

22 June 2010

A Case for Couture

Would you die for this dress?

How about this one?
Of course you would and you can thank this guy.
Cristobal Balenciaga revolutionized couture from the day he opened his Paris Fashion house (1937) until he retired in 1968. Some would say fashion died a little death that day. They would be right.

Through donations of personal collections and those from museums, the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York will host an extensive collection of 60 gowns showcasing Balenciaga's impeccable detail and perfection. The exhibit will start in November and run through February 2011. It is located at 684 Park Avenue at 68th Street. This dress will be there.

21 June 2010

The New Domino

Domino is Back! Well almost. Two people that worked for the much beloved, now defunct design magazine (Michelle Adams, a former market assistant at Domino, and Patrick Cline, 34, a photographer and photo retoucher) have come up with Lonny, an online web magazine.
It opens and reads like a real magazine on your screen BUT the best part is, if you click on something you like it will bring it right to the link so you can buy it! No more little stickers to bookmark. Just instant gratification. "Subscribe" to Lonny online. It's free!

10 June 2010

Food is Not the Enemy

Albert Einstein once said, "An empty stomach is not a good political advisor.” If he were alive today he could literally eat his words. A new concept in take-out has popped up in Philadelphia. It's called "Conflict Kitchen" .
Conflict Kitchen only serves food from countries of which the U.S. is in conflict. The type of cuisine rotates every four months until we run out of countries whose ideals we oppose. We know that will never happen.
Iranian food kicks off this gastro-political concept. The wrappers educate the eater on customs and U.S. perceptions of the hilighted nation.
Conflict Kitchen is a project by John Peña, Jon Rubin, and Dawn Weleski and is funded by the Sprout Fund, Waffle Shop, and the Center for the Arts in Society.

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