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‘Poor judgment’: Florida cops caught misusing emergency lights for breakfast trip -
‘Poor judgment’: Florida cops caught misusing emergency lights for breakfast trip
"A local media outlet in Florida says it caught at least five police cars from three different agencies using their emergency lights to get to a bakery for a breakfast snack. “It was poor judgment on their behalf,” Miami-Dade police Maj. Nancy Perez told Local 10 News. “They understand and their supervisors will be taking action.” Two Miccosukee police officers, two Miami-Dade police offices and one Miami police officer were involved in the incident. One of the officers reportedly blocked oncoming traffic at an intersection so that all of the police cars could drive together, with their emergency lights on. The five officers ended up at Karlo Bakery in Miami. But Local 10 News discovered there was no emergency at the location. The officers were having breakfast." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
When I lived in Hollywood, LAPD would use their lights to run red lights to get to Starbucks. - Anika
Coming into Lawrence on Sunday, I watched a police car use their lights to get through an intersection, turn them off, then turn them back on to get through the next one. They didn't seem to be in any big hurry, they just seemed like they weren't in the mood to wait with the rest of the traffic... - WebGoddess Raccoons, Skunks For Sale End With Arrests » - Raccoons, Skunks For Sale End With Arrests »
"A Moores Hill couple is facing charges for illegally selling raccoons, skunks and fish out of their home. This past June, Indiana Conservation Officers learned of the wild animal sales by Rachael Blankenship, 18, and Jason Miller, 27. Serving a search warrant at the couple’s home at a mobile home park along State Road 350 in Moores Hill on July 1, conservation officers found four wild skunks and two wild raccoons. They also observed a large aquarium containing several black bass that had been caught out of Hogan Creek, however, the fish were smaller than the 12-inch requirement to keep. “Blankenship also admitted that she sold three of the skunks for $10 each to (a conservation officer by email),” investigators stated in a court affidavit." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
First New York City Denny’s will serve Dom Perignon breakfast for the 1%  - NY Daily News -
First New York City Denny’s will serve Dom Perignon breakfast for the 1%  - NY Daily News
"The Denny’s that opens Friday in the Financial District will offer a $300 version of its popular Grand Slam wake-up — complete with a bottle of 2004 Dom Perignon Premier Cru Champagne. The breakfast fit for a king is called the “Grand Cru Slam” — but besides the vino, it’s the standard morning eye-opener of eggs, pancakes, sausage and bacon. “It’s not an astronomical price for Dom Perignon,” says Mike Capoferri, who was hired by Denny’s to create a “craft cocktail” menu at its first Manhattan location. Yes, the FiDi version of “America’s diner” will also have specialty cocktails that start at $11. The bottle of the good stuff at Denny’s is a bargain compared to top restaurants in the area, which charge more than $400 for the bottle." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Cops: Meth suspects threw toilet at imagined attackers | News - Home -
Cops: Meth suspects threw toilet at imagined attackers | News - Home
"Three people in Florida were so high on meth that police say they imagined their home was under attack, tossing a toilet and bathroom sink out the window at imaginary "intruders." Jackson County sheriff's deputies also found numerous windows shot out and multiple holes in the walls. They were called to the home by reports of suspicious noises and cries for help, the Dothan Eagle reported." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
You know, as you do. - Jennifer Dittrich
As you do in Florida, apparently. - Jessie
As if it wasnt bad enough that everyone thinks those of us that live in FL are stupid, now they all think we're meth heads too ... nice going doofuses! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Not just meth heads. Toilet wielding meth heads. - Betsy
Who needs guns when there are toilets handy everywhere! - Jen
In the Blood: Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the Romanian mountaintop that fictional Dracula may have called home. -
In the Blood: Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the Romanian mountaintop that fictional Dracula may have called home.
In the Blood: Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the Romanian mountaintop that fictional Dracula may have called home.
"“Let me just give you the entrée,” Dacre begins his pitch in his booming voice. “Hans has found, in the notes that Bram left behind, something that nobody else did: These lines of longitude and latitude and the name of a mountaintop where we feel very strongly that this is the location Bram intended to use in his book.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" The pair met me in the Romanian capital to discuss their planned Dracula travel guide, which traces the book’s plot across Europe. Although their guide is not the first piece of literature catering to vampire enthusiasts trekking off to Transylvania, they’re hoping a couple of things set it apart. First, they’re the only enthusiasts to trace the book’s story to a specific mountaintop,... more... - Jessie
Black tiger cub does its best to terrify but it's too cute for it's own good | Mail Online -
Black tiger cub does its best to terrify but it's too cute for it's own good | Mail Online
Black tiger cub does its best to terrify but it's too cute for it's own good | Mail Online
"With its arms outstretched, claws bared and mouth gaping open, this black tiger cub believes it is a fearsome sight - but the act isn't fooling anyone. The adorable 25-day-old feline was photographed playfully rolling around on a red carpet in the city of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province of east China. During the photo-shoot, the cub was also pictured prancing around the room - with photos of cartoon animals, including a lion, adorning the walls." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"As a black tiger, it is not a unique subspecies - its unusual appearance is the result of pseudo-melanism. This occurs where the animal has a black or very dark grey pigmentation of their base coat with light tan or grey stripes. The thick stripes are so close together that they become barely visible - giving the appearance of one dark fur tone." - Jessie
"Sadly, it is thought that black tigers are actually becoming more common as a result of in-breeding - which causes weakening of healthy genetics. The term pseudo-melanism derives from pure melanism - where an animal has a large amount of black pigmentation of the fur and eyes. This gives it a completely black appearance and is the opposite of albinism. " - Jessie
Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion: Social bonds may increase yawning contagion between wolves -- ScienceDaily -
Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion: Social bonds may increase yawning contagion between wolves -- ScienceDaily
"In this study, the authors investigated contagious yawning and its potential link to empathy in wolves. They observed and recording yawning in a single pack of 12 wolves at Tama Zoological Park, in Tokyo, Japan over five months, in relaxed situations (without visible signs of stress), and recorded the exact time of the yawn, the identity of the initial yawner, and the identity and position of subjects close to the initial yawner. The results suggest that wolves may experience yawn contagion. The strength of the pack member's social bond with the yawning wolf positively affected the frequency of contagious yawning. Additionally, female wolves showed a faster reaction time than males when observing yawns of close associates, suggesting that females are more responsive to surrounding social stimuli. According to the authors, despite the small sample size these results may provide initial evidence that contagious yawning may relate to the wolves capacity for empathy, and suggests that basic building blocks of empathy might be present in a wider range of species than previously thought." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Report: Panda may have faked pregnancy for more food - -
Report: Panda may have faked pregnancy for more food -
"A giant panda slated to be the star of the first-ever live broadcast of the birth of panda cubs has lost the role -- after it was discovered the bear is not pregnant after all, Chinese state media reported. Not only was it a phantom pregnancy, but zookeepers suspect the panda, Ai Hin, may have been faking it to improve her quality of life, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding told Xinhua on Monday. Ai Hin, age 6, had shown signs of pregnancy, including a change in appetite, moving less and an increase in progestational hormone in July, according to Xinhua. But after almost two months, she began acting normally again, zookeepers said. Experts say pandas sometimes carry on the behaviors associated with early pregnancy after noticing that they get preferential treatment, the news agency reported." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I never trusted that panda - Soup in a TARDIS
BBC News - Russia: Bank offers 'free cat with every mortgage' -
BBC News - Russia: Bank offers 'free cat with every mortgage'
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"The bad news for customers is that they won't be able to keep their feline. Terms of the offer say that the animal is only given so that it is the first to cross the threshold of the property - many Russians say a cat is sign of good luck to those moving into a new home - and is only available for two hours so the home-owners can take photos." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Black Ballerina: A Documentary Film from Shirley Road Productions -
Black Ballerina: A Documentary Film from Shirley Road Productions
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"BLACK BALLERINA, a feature length documentary-in-progress, is a story of passion, opportunity, heartbreak and triumph of the human spirit. Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, it tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. In 2014, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas. Do they find that the color of ballet has changed? If so, how? If not, why? BLACK BALLERINA uses the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers in a subject that reaches far outside the art world and compels viewers to think about larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
There was a blurb about this in Dance Magazine this month. It's scheduled to come out next summer but the trailer's out now. :D - Jessie
First Position covered some of the race issues in ballet, like the parents of the girl from Sierra Leone having to hand-dye parts of her costume because the "flesh-tone" straps only come in one color, but the film really didn't go into it much. Looks like this one will be a little more in-depth, which is great. - Jessie
Producer in Beverly Hills for Emmy Pre-Party Mistaken for Bank Robber, Held 6 Hours | KTLA -
Producer in Beverly Hills for Emmy Pre-Party Mistaken for Bank Robber, Held 6 Hours | KTLA
"A film producer who was in Beverly Hills to attend a pre-Emmy party Friday night was handcuffed and detained for about six hours before authorities investigating a nearby bank robbery realized they had the wrong man. Charles Belk, who was handcuffed after mistakenly being taken for a bank robber, is seen in this photo posted to Facebook. Charles Belk stated on Facebook that he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard and was walking alone to his car parked on La Cienega Boulevard at about 5:20 p.m. to check the parking meter when he was suddenly surrounded by police and told to sit on the curb. A picture posted with the statement on Facebook showed Belk, who is credited as a producer and actor on his IMDb page, in handcuffs as he sat on the sidewalk with two officers nearby. “I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a well educated American citizen that had received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, an MBA from... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
With This Library Cake, You Can Literally Eat Yourself Some Knowledge -
With This Library Cake, You Can Literally Eat Yourself Some Knowledge
With This Library Cake, You Can Literally Eat Yourself Some Knowledge
"Once again, we find a cake that I love too much to eat. On the other hand, does eating cake versions of books make you smarter? Because that sounds like a learning avenue that we should be exploring." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Officials: Man deliberately ruined his $1M car - Houston Chronicle -
Officials: Man deliberately ruined his $1M car - Houston Chronicle
"Federal authorities say an East Texas man has admitted to deliberately driving his $1 million car into Gulf waters so that he could collect insurance on the vehicle. Authorities announced Tuesday that 39-year-old Andy Lee House of Lufkin has pleaded guilty to wire mail fraud. They say he purchased a Bugatti Veyron and had it insured for $2.2 million. The elegant vehicle is considered one of the fastest in the world. Authorities say House initially claimed in November 2009 that he was reaching for his cell phone when the vehicle swerved into water near Galveston. The salt water flooded the engine, ruining the Bugatti. But a motorist videotaped the incident, allowing investigators to note discrepancies in House's account. His sentencing has not been scheduled. He faces up to 20 years." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Sad to see people cheat the system. Everyone else will end up paying more because of scams like this. - imabonehead
So that's what wire mail fraud is. - Betsy
How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education -
How E-Reading Threatens Learning in the Humanities - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"But increasingly, e-books are causing a pedagogical reboot. Administrators and instructors, working with kindergartners through graduate programs, are progressively encouraging students to read on digital screens. Offering the promise of convenience and reduced cost, publishers are the main impetus behind the migration from print to e-books, although academics are buying into the transition with little thought for educational consequences. What’s the problem? Not all reading works well on digital screens." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"For the past five years, I’ve been examining the pros and cons of reading on-screen versus in print. The bottom line is that while digital devices may be fine for reading that we don’t intend to muse over or reread, text that requires what’s been called "deep reading" is nearly always better done in print. Readers themselves have a keen sense of what kind of reading is best suited for... more... - Jessie
*grumps and pulls e-reader closer* It's okay baby, I love you. - Soup in a TARDIS
Belize Thanks Journey's Keyboardist for Visiting by Recording 'Don't Stop Beliezin' | Adweek -
Belize Thanks Journey's Keyboardist for Visiting by Recording 'Don't Stop Beliezin' | Adweek
"You can't make this stuff up. Jonathan Cain, the keyboard player for Journey and writer of perhaps the band's biggest hit, "Don't Stop Believing," vacationed in Belize recently—and tweeted about what a fantastic experience it was. The Belize Tourism Board got wind of this, and with help from its ad agency, Olson, orchestrated an elaborate thank-you to Cain—in the form of a cover song, "Don't Stop Belizein."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Butterfly wings lift Greater Taichung students to victory - Taipei Times -
Butterfly wings lift Greater Taichung students to victory - Taipei Times
"Two juniors from Taichung Municipal Hui-wen High School recently claimed the top prize at this year’s Shizuoka Kita Youth Science Engineering Forum after unlocking the secret to why Japanese white butterflies (Pieris rapae crucivora) dominate the white butterfly (Pieris canidia) population in Taiwan. Yuan Li-yun (袁笠芸) and Hsiao Pei-wan (蕭佩宛) said that the Japanese white butterflies account for up to 90 percent of the nation’s white butterfly population." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"To determine why, the girls captured more than 100 white butterflies and put female Japanese and Taiwanese butterflies in separate ziplock bags to block the scent of insects’ pheromones. Even without being able to scent the females, the male Japanese butterflies were still drawn to the Japanese females, which prompted the pair to infer that the males rely mainly on vision, not scent,... more... - Jessie
"Their year-long project won the top prize in the forum’s Biodiversity category, outperforming 182 students from 26 schools and eight countries." - Jessie
Napa Mops Up Wine and Tallies Its Losses After Quake - -
Napa Mops Up Wine and Tallies Its Losses After Quake -
"NAPA, Calif. — The gardens at the Hess Collection, one of this region’s better-known wineries, reeked of spilled cabernet on Monday. The wine barrel storage warehouses by the airport were a jumble of tumbled oak barrels. The wine library at Saintsbury — a room filled with old vintages — had the smell of a day-old party, a result of 500 bottles shattering on the floor. The magnitude-6 earthquake that jolted this picturesque valley of wineries and vineyards early Sunday morning wreaked at least some havoc with the industry that has come to define this part of Northern California. “About 15,000 cases of lovely cabernet came pouring out those doors and down the steps, into the garden,” said Jim Caudill, director of hospitality at the Hess Collection winery in Napa. But as winemakers and tourism officials began cleaning up and assessing the damage, there was evidence that the impact may not have been as widespread as suggested by the images that flooded Twitter and television screens. As... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Bruce Cohn, an owner of B. R. Cohn Winery, said he was at first disheartened when employees reported that his warehouse — which holds 5,000 barrels, some stacked six high — was in chaos, with wine spilled all over the floors. “I’ve been in this for 40 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Mr. Cohn said, describing the tumbled bottles and spilled wine. But as he reviewed the... more... - Jessie
"In many ways, the earthquake could not have struck at a worse time for this valley, whose economic lifeblood is tourism and winemaking. This is the heart of the tourist season, as well as the middle of the harvesting season for a vintage that looks as if it might be a great one. As the day went on, concern shifted from the damage to the vineyards to what the cascade of images of... more... - Jessie
Jessie, did you see the photo of Trefethen Winery? - Anne Bouey
No, just the Saintsbury one in the article and the one from Silver Oak: - Jessie
:-( - Jessie
Will the wineries be able to sell any wine from barrels that were shaken but not damaged? I assume not because of the sediment, but I'm not sure. - Jessie
British diplomats apologize for tweets marking 1814 burning of White House with BBQ, cake | Fox News -
British diplomats apologize for tweets marking 1814 burning of White House with BBQ, cake | Fox News
"British diplomats in Washington are apologizing for Twitter posts that made light of the 200th anniversary of their troops torching the White House in the War of 1812. The apologies were prompted after the British Embassy posted a picture Sunday of Patrick Davis, deputy British ambassador to the United States, with a caption saying he was participating in "the anniversary of burning of the White House with a BBQ.” The picture was followed by another, about an hour later, that showed a White House replica atop a sheet cake, flanked by sparklers. The caption said: “Commemorating the 200th anniversary of burning the White House. Only sparklers this time!”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Within hours of the tweets, the embassy received several angry Twitter responses and eventually backed off. "Apologies for earlier Tweet. We meant to mark an event in history & celebrate our strong friendship today," the embassy wrote. British troops on Aug. 24, 1814, charged into Washington, setting the White House on fire and capturing the U.S. Capitol building. The attack marked the only time in history that a foreign power captured the U.S. capital. " - Jessie
Man dressed in penguin onesie hunted by Durham Police for stealing booze | Metro News -
Man dressed in penguin onesie hunted by Durham Police for stealing booze | Metro News
"The thief entered a Sainsbury’s Local in County Durham where he picked up 10 cans of Stella Artois worth £8 and walked out without paying. The man is described as being a white male in his 20s wearing [stifles giggle] a black and white penguin onesie with a yellow beak. A spokesman for Durham Police said: ‘He would be quite conspicuous and made off on foot so may have come to the attention of someone in the area.’ Fishmongers in the area have been warned to keep an eye out for any human-sized flightless birds near food waste bins. Maybe. If anyone has any information, please contact Durham Police on 101." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
At least he's not being hunted by a man dressed as a leopard seal. - John (bird whisperer)
Well, not yet anyway. - Jennifer Dittrich
Taoyuan’s art fest bets on a bunny this Mid-Autumn - Taipei Times -
"Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, whose giant floating Rubber Duck made a big splash in the nation last year, has been commissioned by Taoyuan County to produce a giant white rabbit next month. At about 25m long, the rabbit is to be made of waterproof paper, wood and Styrofoam and is to be set alongside a retired aircraft hangar as part of the annual Taoyuan Land Art Festival put on by the northern county, event organizers said. The art festival celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival folklore, which centers on the moon goddess Chang’e and her rabbit companion, as part of the county’s ongoing efforts to boost tourism." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests | Science/AAAS | News -
Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests | Science/AAAS | News
"Range and Virányi developed their new portrayal of dogs and wolves by giving a series of tests to socialized packs of mixed-breed dogs and wolves, four packs of each species, containing anywhere from two to six animals each. The scientists raised all the animals from about 10 days old at the Wolf Science Center in Game Park Ernstbrunn, Austria, living with them 24 hours a day until they were introduced to pack life, so that they were accustomed to humans. Range and her colleagues tested the dogs’ and wolves’ tolerance for their fellow pack members with a mealtime challenge. The researchers paired a high-ranking dog with a low-ranking pack buddy and set out a bowl of food, then gave the same challenge to a pair of wolves. In every matchup, “the higher ranking dog monopolized the food,” Range told the meeting. “But in the wolf tests, both high- and low-ranking animals had access” and were able to chow down at the same time. At times, the more dominant wolves were “mildly aggressive... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Wolves also beat the hounds on tests that assessed whether the canids were able to follow the gaze of their fellows to find food. “They are very cooperative with each other, and when they have a disagreement or must make a group decision, they have a lot of communication or ‘talk’ first,” Range said. The same was not true for the center’s dog packs; for even the smallest transgression,... more... - Jessie
In other words, dogs became more like humans. - Todd Hoff
Texas babysitter reportedly set ‘disrespectful’ kids’ house on fire -
Texas babysitter reportedly set ‘disrespectful’ kids’ house on fire
"A 57-year-old Texas woman was apparently so angry at the way she was treated by two pre-teen girls she was babysitting that she set their house on fire when they went out of town. According to ABC News, Martha Dreher of Austin was arrested this week and charged with arson. Dreher had worked for the family for several months, said the girls’ father Glenn Williams. The woman denies setting the fires, which were in the two girls’ bedrooms. She did tell Williams, however, that she was unhappy with her job and wanted to quit. “She said that it was horrible, that the girls — my oldest — had been very disrespectful,” Williams told KVUE-TV in Austin." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Philadelphia paper prints photo caption with racist names -
Philadelphia paper prints photo caption with racist names
"Oh hell no. If you happen to peruse the pages of this week's Philadelphia Public Record, then you'll see some racist copyeditor's idea of a joke. Please note that "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo" are not real names. In the August 21 print edition of the free weekly tabloid, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla is pictured at a Chinatown fundraising event with several Asian American supporters. The photo's caption includes, among several other made up names, "Me Too," "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo." I see what you did there. Asshole." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The best part about this bullshit is that the publisher is defending the caption as a "proofreading error": "It was a proofreading error," Tayoun told Philadelphia magazine on Friday afternoon. According to Tayoun, the editor who used those names did so because he didn’t have the actual names. When we pointed out to Tayoun that there were actually more names than there were people, he... more... - Jessie
methinks he doth protest too much. - Big Joe Silence
Is Bustle Really "Successful"? -
Is Bustle Really "Successful"?
"If you are a nerd about magazines—which I am—you know that few memorable writers have ever made names for themselves in a day job where they are edited into a "house style." There is the Joan Didion example, of course, who just started writing essays for Vogue and climbed steadily upwards. And Nora Ephron went right from reporting stories for the New York Post to her Esquire columns. But by and large many of the women writers, critics, journalists etc that we still read made names for themselves at magazines not aimed at mass audiences, usually middlebrow places like the early Vanity Fair under Frank Crowninshield, The New Yorker under Harold Ross and William Shawn, or The New York Review of Books. A "little magazine" known as Partisan Review also played a significant role" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Why were such odd magazines much better at producing the likes of Dorothy Parker, Mary McCarthy, and Susan Sontag? The key factor, with regrets to Hamilton, was editors. Editors at these places were often willing to really let their writers' "voices" play around and be themselves. The friendlier old-school economics had something to do with it; most of the old magazines were supported... more... - Jessie
"That last bit is what Bustle isn't doing, i.e. trying to be influential. It may be producing the odd competent piece about grapefruit blowjobs, but it's not exactly leading any conversations. Its strong traffic makes it profitable, but not memorable. And that's doing no favors to the young women trying to make a name for themselves there." - Jessie
Beloved Illustrator Mary Engelbreit Blasted Over Ferguson Artwork -
Beloved Illustrator Mary Engelbreit Blasted Over Ferguson Artwork
"The print in question, called In the USA, depicts an African-American mother and child, in Engelbreit’s signature orbicular style, contemplating a newspaper that reads “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot.” Floating text reads, “No One Should Have to Teach Their Children This In The USA.” The print was priced at $49.99, with all proceeds going to the Michael Brown Jr. Memorial Fund, which supports the family of Michael Brown, the Missouri teenager who was gunned down by police two weeks ago. “[T]hese events unfolding now in my hometown and across the country, shining a light on the ugly racism that still runs rampant in our country, made me think that maybe this drawing could help in some small way,” wrote Engelbreit in her post." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"In a follow-up Facebook post (inexplicably removed and deemed “offensive” by the social media platform), Engelbreit responded to critics, standing by the print as a statement on the “ugly, hard truth of racial profiling,” adding: I also thought about disabling the comments today and just let those that wanted to buy the print do so. But then I thought, Well, I posted it—I should see... more... - Jessie
Oh wow, I didn't realize she was from St. Louis. - Jessie
Just how low of a life-form, how hate-filled do you have to be to leave racist comments on this...painting? - Anika
Monkey selfie: The government says it can't be copyrighted. -
Monkey selfie: The government says it can't be copyrighted.
"This week, the U.S. Copyright Office weighed in decisively on the side of Wikimedia, declaring in updated rules that no, you cannot claim the rights to a photo taken by a primate. (Two law professors I spoke with earlier this month said pretty much the same.) "Because copyright law is limited to 'original intellectual conceptions of the author,' the Office will refuse to register a claim if it determines that a human being did not create the work," the rule states. Then it gets into some pretty priceless specifics:" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit. Examples: • A photograph taken by a monkey. • A mural painted by an... more... - Jessie
Thing about elephant paintings is that those aren't just trained elephants, but the trainer is coaching them in real time in every brush stroke. If I put a brush in someone else's hand, then physically guided their hand through the entire painting, who painted it? - Andrew C (✔)
In that scenario where it's two humans, I imagine both people could claim it and the lawyers make money. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Realistically, that's just like asking who has the rights to a film—the director or the cameraman, and the answer is: you better have put something into writing before you started filming or you're going to be paying lawyers a lot of money. And since, presumably, elephants can't sign contracts either, you might be SOL. - Victor Ganata
I don't know if this would apply where there's definite human agency though. The case with the monkey is that he just left the camera out there and the monkey did whatever he wanted. - Victor Ganata
It's interesting that U.S. copyright law would apply, but I guess that makes sense if Slater wants to enforce a takedown notice on a U.S.-based organization. - Victor Ganata
I read somewhere today that there's a potential thorny issue for any photos triggered automatically since no human would have taken the shot. - Mark H
But with a case like that, I imagine it would be more difficult to prove that there was no human agency involved. - Victor Ganata
If you can argue that a human was involved in setting up camera traps then you can surely argue a human was also involved in flying to another country, traipsing through the jungle, finding some monkeys, then handing a camera to one. - Mark H
True, but if you claimed that you actually physically shot the picture (even if you really didn't) and therefore you are the author, how would anyone know? - Victor Ganata
Like if Slater didn't tell the real story and just claimed he had taken a shot (however improbably very close) of a monkey, who would've been around to contradict him? - Victor Ganata
I've been thinking about that, but part of the charm of the image is the idea that it's a "monkey selfie". - Andrew C (✔)
Harry Reid’s Joke to Asians: You’re Not Smarter Than Everyone Else | TIME -
"“My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize,” Reid said in a statement to TIME after publication of this story. “Sometimes I say the wrong thing.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
>.> - Jessie
Yuck. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Two Boys from the Bronx - ZooBorns -
Two Boys from the Bronx - ZooBorns
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"Both cubs are male and were born May 6th to first-time parents. They are on exhibit, with their mother, in the 'Himalayan Highlands', which received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Exhibit Award for outstanding design in 1987. Snow Leopards are classified as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List. They are among the world’s most endangered big cats, with only an estimated 3,500 to 7,500 remaining in the wild. Their range is limited to remote mountains of Central Asia and parts of China, Mongolia, Russia, India and Bhutan. WCS’s Bronx Zoo is a world leader in Snow Leopard husbandry and participates in the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Bronx Zoo has had more Snow Leopard births (over 70) than any other zoo in North America and was the first zoo in the United States to exhibit the big cats in 1903." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Yoga Poseurs: Athletic Gear Soars, Outpacing Sport Itself - WSJ -
Yoga Poseurs: Athletic Gear Soars, Outpacing Sport Itself - WSJ
Yoga Poseurs: Athletic Gear Soars, Outpacing Sport Itself - WSJ
"Why work out when you can just buy the clothes and look like you did? The rate of growth in the U.S. retail athletic apparel market is surging, even as Americans' rate of participating in most sports is in decline. The result is a phenomenon the apparel industry calls "athleisure"—a bright spot in a sluggish business thanks to Americans who are increasingly donning sneakers in the boardroom and yoga pants at brunch. Analysts at Barclays estimate the U.S. athletic apparel market will increase by nearly 50% to more than $100 billion at retail by 2020, driven in large part by consumers snapping up stretchy tees and leggings that will never see the fluorescent lights of a gym." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The trend isn't limited to yoga. Organizers of a trade show for traditional outdoor and camping retailers earlier this month debuted a new exhibit devoted to so-called urban wear for "millennials" who wear their boots and flannels with no intention of actually hiking. For men, retailers are rolling out new versions of jogger pants—sweatpant-like trousers with elastic cuffs at the... more... - Jessie
I have never understood this kind of aspirational fashion - looking like you participate in activity X without actually doing it. Living in West L.A. for grad school was a very confusing time for me. - Jessie
You could say the same about all the guys who live in basketball clothes but are not part of any team. - Betsy
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