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The Brothers Karamazov

By Fyodor M. Dostoevsky; Constance Garnett (Translator)

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Science Shows Animals Have Feelings Too

Research demonstrates that dogs, cats and others release the same hormone that humans do when they’re in love; a blond man once convinced British intellectuals he was Asian and had been kidnapped from Taiwan; to deal with the climate crisis, we have to change our way of thinking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Naked Mole Rat Is Nature’s Most Hideous Superhero

When you feel no pain, resist cancer and show no signs of aging during your unusually long life, does it really matter that you look like an angry scrotum?

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Watch a Herd of Wild Rabbits Chase a Woman With Treats

Apparently Japan has a place called Rabbit Island, and things like this happen there.

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If Wolves Were as Cute as Pandas, Would We Be Killing Them for Fun?

In a year in which a record number of pandas were born in captivity, Idaho launches a “derby” for kids to shoot endangered gray wolves. If we just want to kill animals, why save them in the first place?

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Collapse of the Eighth Continent: Shangri-La Meets Global Capitalism

Madagascar’s graceful society and unique natural wonders developed over thousands of years; it has taken less than a decade to put it all on life support.

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The Economics of Middle-Class Identity

As the recession forces many of us to frequently change jobs and work in servile positions, defining whom we are becomes increasingly difficult; Karl Marx is considered by some to be the world’s most influential scholar; meanwhile, animals can speak, scientists find, but they don’t say much beyond the basics. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Political Animals: Are Critters Keeping Watch?

Though it may sound ludicrous, over the years many creatures have been mistaken for spies. Last week in Egypt, a stork’s migration tag was thought to be a listening device. In 2011, Saudi authorities suspected a circling vulture of being a Mossad agent. But pets on patrol are not such a far-fetched concept.

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Dolphins Are ‘People’ Too

In countries such as Hungary, Costa Rica and Chile, dolphins have been recognized as nonhuman persons. India’s government recently followed suit and is now starting to close down dolphin parks and has prohibited catching and importing the marine mammals for entertainment purposes.

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Prairie Dog Language Translated: They Think We’re Fat

Using a “Rosetta Stone” technique, Dr. Con Slobodchikoff and his students have deciphered the language of prairie dogs and discovered that they can say things like, “there’s a fat human coming and he’s wearing green.”

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Bad News for Threatened Species: We Don’t Need You

An international grouping of scientists has published a list of 100 species headed for imminent extinction. Blame human greed and the relentless destruction of habitat.

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Photo by Deanne Stillman

The Battle of the Little Bighorn and Our War Against the Wild

Native Americans join the armed forces in the highest per capita figures of all ethnic groups in this country, defending to the end the place where they were once wild and free.

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A Day at the Races

This is about horses and how they saved my family’s life, and how, one day, I would come to repay the favor.

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Murdoch’s Post Declares War on OWS

This week, the media magnate’s notorious New York tabloid ran three consecutive covers that together branded Wall Street protesters as lazy, vicious beasts. Salon suggests the insults probably mean the occupiers are doing something right. (more)

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Extinction: Another One Bites the Dust

A subspecies of rhino native to Southeast Asia has been wiped out. There are now just 50 members of its parent species, the Javan rhino, left in the world. It’s a reminder that the danger in endangered is real, and we can’t just sit back and hope conservationists can keep human beings from annihilating Earth’s biodiversity. (more)

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AP / Jae C. Hong

Why You Should Eat Yak Instead of Beef

Cows are terribly destructive creatures, the cause of species extinction, topsoil loss, deforestation and desertification. There’s an alternative you’ve probably never considered.

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Baby Dolphins Are Washing Up Dead Along the Gulf

Scientists at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies are investigating unusually high numbers of stillborn and aborted dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico region. Seventeen infant dolphins have washed up on shore so far this year, compared to an average of one or two a month, says one scientist. (more)

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Japan Killing 410,000 Chickens Over Bird Flu Fears

Japanese authorities aren’t waiting for test results, although it will take days to cull the animals. A strain of flu was identified at a poultry farm, prompting a series of safety precautions.

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Farm Animals Hog 80 Percent of U.S. Antibiotics

The overuse of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant superbugs, so it’s cause for concern to the folks at Johns Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future that the vast majority of bug-killing drugs aren’t even consumed by sick humans.

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Senate Lets Sharks Keep Their Fins for Christmas

The Senate has moved to close a loophole that allows fishing concerns in America’s corner of the Pacific Ocean to engage in finning—that’s when you catch a shark, cut off its fin and dump the mutilated, still living-but-not-for-long animal back in the water so it can suffer to death.

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These Tigers Brought to You by Vladimir Putin

The Russian outdoorsman-in-chief is hosting an international summit to save the tiger. In the last century, the world tiger population has dropped from 100,000 to 3,200, and continued demand for illicit tiger products threatens the survival of the species. Not on Putin’s watch.

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AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Inching Away From Bullfighting and Its Macho B.S.

Catalonia has imposed a 2012 ban on the tradition, which is losing support throughout Spain. Could this toxic mix of blood lust and male preening finally be on its way out?

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Compromise Would Legalize Commercial Whaling

The international community has totally failed to convince Japan, Iceland and Norway to stop hunting whales, including those facing extinction. A new proposal would allow the rogue nations to drop the pretense of scientific research in exchange for a reduction in kills, but environmentalists are skeptical.

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Putting the ‘I’ in Environment

While British Petroleum and federal regulators are certainly at fault for their reckless behavior, every American who uses oil—which is to say every American—is incriminated in this ecological holocaust.

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The War Against the Horse

It is a sad fact of American life that horse killing is not an anomaly. In fact, such episodes have been playing out across our land for decades.

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Onion Takes to Horse Racing With a Whip

Sports shows, with their screaming hosts, red-light-district sets and gimmicky segments, simply demand parody. The Onion delivers just in time for the Derby with this spin on horse abuse and/or racing.

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A World Without Tuna

They served whale at a Santa Monica sushi restaurant. But where are the shock, horror and hidden cameras when the sashimi comes out? Tuna are rapidly vanishing from the Earth’s oceans. An effort to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna just failed at a U.N. meeting, because the countries that sell the animals as food are worried about their fishermen.

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Free Umbrella Edition

Inside Citibank’s homophobia, how to clean art with tattoo removal lasers, and populism with brains. All this and more after the jump.

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Serial Killer Whale?

A marine conservationist from the American Museum of Natural History says of the SeaWorld orca that killed its trainer, “This was not an insane, uncontrollable act. This was premeditated and the whale, for whatever whale reasons, the whale did this ... intentionally.”

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Millennial Edition

Why the brain forgets things on purpose, the ugliest fish in the world, and finding out how millennial you are. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Yuppie Obama Edition

Blue whales are changing their tune, medieval trial-by-floating-or-drowning turns out to have been shockingly accurate, and President Obama may have trouble with working people because he’s so damned upwardly mobile—all this and more on today’s list.

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Larry’s List: Body Scammer Edition

Respect for elders is universal among primates, Mona Lisa had high cholesterol and guess who’s getting rich off those invasive body scanners? All this and more on today’s list.

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Global Warming on the Move

A new study says that global warming is on the move at the pace of a quarter of a mile each year, a seemingly minor shift that could have major consequences for plant and animal species that cannot easily adapt to rising temperatures.

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Larry’s List: Gay Animals Edition

Today on the list: the power of same-sex liaisons, poetry in the Bible and more. Update

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Flickr / M. Janicki by way of popsci.com

Lab-Grown Pig Even Vegetarians Can Eat

Dutch scientists are doing their bit to address the food crisis, the climate crisis and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by growing pork meat from muscle cells harvested from a live pig. Their hope is to turn the cells from one animal into the meat from a million without killing any. (continued)

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Daffy Ducks Peck at Corrupt Politicians

By far the best thing to come out of Britain’s expenses scandal is this video series of ducks lampooning the shenanigans of elected officials. It’s part of a campaign to bring an open primary to the U.K., but forget the politics and enjoy the poultry.

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Glenn Beck the Frog Killer?

Yes, a frog. An innocent amphibian caught in the crossfire (or was it?). It turns out that crazy+television may not be dangerous just to humans.

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Onion Puts the Bite on PETA for Being Beastly to Women

It’s feminists versus animal lovers in this Onion advocacy sendup.

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Michael Vick
1010wins.com

Vick Signs With the Eagles

Disgraced quarterback Michael Vick, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, has found a new job with the Philadelphia Eagles. It seems that the once-superstar athlete, jailed for two years for his involvement in a dog-fighting circuit, will be back in the NFL, much to the dismay of animal rights activists.

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Flickr / The Pug Father

Marines Practice Battlefield Medicine on Live Pigs

The L.A. Times sets the scene: “Two enlisted Marines are kneeling on the ground, quickly stuffing gauze into a gaping wound in a pig’s belly to stop the bleeding. ... An officer, just inches from its snout, monitors its breathing and keeps the pig’s thick tongue from blocking the airway. At the other end of the 150-pound swine, a Marine corporal has inserted a thermometer into its anus.”

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Kitten of the Sea

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently announced that they’ve gone insane. Of course, that isn’t exactly how they worded it. What they say on their Web site, www.peta.org, is that from now on we should all refer to fish as “sea kittens.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


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One-Fourth of Mammals Face Extinction

According to a new report, roughly a quarter of the world’s mammal species are at risk of extinction. Deforestation, loss of habitat and hunting are to blame for declining mammal populations around the world.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE


Flamingos
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Gay Flamingos Adopt Chick

A pair of gay flamingos with a yen for parenthood have adopted an abandoned baby chick at a nature preserve in Britain. Homosexuality is not uncommon among flamingos, and males are able to produce a type of milk for chicks. Fernando and Carlos have been mates for six years.

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wikipedia.org

A Novel Approach to Homeland Security

The Navy is hoping to deploy a group of dolphins and sea lions to protect a base on the Puget Sound from the risk of scuba-diving terrorists. Seriously. Not surprisingly, PETA thinks it’s a bad plan.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Eric Nerhus
smh.com.au

Shark Swallows Then Rejects Diver

A three-meter-long white pointer shark swallowed an Australian diver headfirst, up to his torso, only to discover that it couldn’t stand the taste. The dissatisfied shark then spat out Eric Nerhus, who experts believe was mistaken for a seal.

Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


The Meatrix II

Jack In to ‘The Meatrix II’

The creators behind the critically acclaimed Matrix satire, “The Meatrix,” have produced an equally engaging sequel, which continues to shine a harsh light on the conditions endured by animals on industrial farms. Watch it.

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