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Caledonian Antisyzygy

Ruminations, reminiscences, and sometimes tirades

The dawn of “drone ecology” begins as unmanned vehicles skim over wilderness areas to photograph orangutans in the jungle canopy of Indonesia, protect rhinos in Nepal, and study invasive aquatic plants in Florida. Above, activists launch a long-range drone from the deck of the Steve Irwin to locate a Japanese whaling ship.

The dawn of “drone ecology” begins as unmanned vehicles skim over wilderness areas to photograph orangutans in the jungle canopy of Indonesia, protect rhinos in Nepal, and study invasive aquatic plants in Florida. Above, activists launch a long-range drone from the deck of the Steve Irwin to locate a Japanese whaling ship.

After a dedicated campaign spearheaded by Survival International, in which over 30,000 people have written the Brazilian Justice Minister, victory has come to the Awá tribe. It’s been weeks now since I wrote about this and the outcome is heartening. They have in effect won. Though still facing threats from exponentially expanding illegal settlements and logging, a federal judge has ordered the giant Brazilian mining company, Vale, to suspend its planned expansion of a rail line in northern Brazil, noting that it would endanger the livelihood of the Awá people.

After a dedicated campaign spearheaded by Survival International, in which over 30,000 people have written the Brazilian Justice Minister, victory has come to the Awá tribe. It’s been weeks now since I wrote about this and the outcome is heartening. They have in effect won. Though still facing threats from exponentially expanding illegal settlements and logging, a federal judge has ordered the giant Brazilian mining company, Vale, to suspend its planned expansion of a rail line in northern Brazil, noting that it would endanger the livelihood of the Awá people.

Streaming starts today at 11:30 PM Eastern (8:30 PM Pacific). Countdown for the lazy.

"For 40 years, the indigenous Nasa tribe has watched hundreds of its people die in the crossfire between the Colombian government and leftist guerrillas. And now, they’ve had enough."

The newest You’ve Been Trumped trailer. Not only is Donald Trump’s planned monstrosity in Aberdeenshire poised to level parts of an important Scottish environment, he is also actively campaigning against the establishment of sustainable energy in the area. The man is a vile international criminal.

See the film if you can.

Click for the Guardian’s “Data Blog” which has mapped American drone attacks in Pakistan. Interactive, it also lists civilian casualties and other information. Raw data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Click for the Guardian’s “Data Blog” which has mapped American drone attacks in Pakistan. Interactive, it also lists civilian casualties and other information. Raw data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Two things more likely to kill you than a shark: falling coconuts and falling vending machines.

Two things more likely to kill you than a shark: falling coconuts and falling vending machines.

A Christian pastor wrote an article for CNN’s “Belief Blog” about “God’s absence” in the recent Aurora shootings. This is the first comment under that piece. It’s brilliant.

A Christian pastor wrote an article for CNN’s “Belief Blog” about “God’s absence” in the recent Aurora shootings. This is the first comment under that piece. It’s brilliant.

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