cross-posted at Lightpond

From CNN:

Federal authorities have charged a trendy Santa Monica sushi restaurant with serving whale meat — an investigation that was spurred by the team behind the Oscar-winning documentary, “The Cove.”     . . .

While it is considered a delicacy in Japan and some other countries, meat from whale — an endangered species — is illegal to consume in the United States.    . . .

“The Cove,” which exposes the annual killing of dolphins at a Japanese fishing village, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary on Sunday

And then there’s this:

The archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, is defending its decision not to re-enroll two children in a Catholic school in Boulder next year because their parents are lesbians.      . . .   “The Church does not claim that people with a homosexual orientation are ‘bad,’ or that their children are less loved by God,” wrote Archbishop Charles J. Chaput in an article to be published in Thursday’s edition of the Denver Catholic Register. Quite the opposite. But what the Church does teach is that sexual intimacy by anyone outside marriage is wrong; that marriage is a sacramental covenant; and that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman.

Let me paraphrase:

Sexual intimacy is reserved for procreation.  It has no place outside of marriage. You can’t get married because you’re a homosexual.  We only allow kids of married people into our classrooms.

–love & kisses, the church

Ergo, gays & lesbians are screwed,  and so are their kids.  Because the pedophile-protecting Church has the last word on love.

Speaking of kids … I recently visited the Ty Warner Sea Center in Santa Barbara. Me and this kid were mesmerized by the beauty of the jelly fish and the jelly fish babies.  Did you know that jelly fish are also considered quite a delicacy – by other inhabitants of the sea?  Except, those critters who eat jelly fish often confuse our floating, discarded plastic bags for jelly fish.  So they eat the bags. And then they die.

Speaking of plastic bags … consider this:

The environmental damage caused by plastic bags is enormous. Plastic makes up 80% of the volume of litter on roads, parks, and beaches and makes up 90% of floating litter in the ocean (BEC). In every square mile of ocean there are over 46,000 pieces of plastic. This puts an enormous strain on the environment. The little pieces of plastic act as a sort of sponge for chemicals. They soak up a million fold greater concentration of such deadly compounds as PCBs and DDE (a breakdown product of the notorious insecticide DDT), than the surrounding seawater (Reusablebags.com). Marine life then eats these pieces and dies. It is estimated that over a 100,000 different birds, seals and whales die every year (Reusablebags.com). After the animal dies its carcass decomposes and the plastic is free to roam the ocean and kill again.

Of course, by the time whale meat ends up on a sushi plate in Santa Monica, someone’s already discarded all the nasty innards and the plastic therein.

The only time we get sober is when we consider that we are also an endangered species, and becoming more so by the day.

In less than a generation, the polar ice cap has already melted this much.

This just in from CNN:

Three strong earthquakes rocked Chile on Thursday morning, just as the country was swearing in a new president. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit at 11:39 a.m. local time (9:39 a.m. ET), followed by a 6.9-magnitude quake 16 minutes later, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A third, measured at magnitude 6.0, came 27 minutes later.


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