Western Black Rhino officially declared extinct. Good job everyone. Round of applause because the ivory was soooooo worth it.
Obviously not Khan related but, being an animal advocate, I thought this was important.
Good job, humanity. Fucking shame.
Wait what… I’m pretty sure there’s one in my local zoo.
The one in your zoo is probably a white rhino.
Um. They don’t get ivory from Rhinos. Their horns are made of keratin, which is what makes up hair and fingernails. They’re not poached for ivory, which is still a gigantic issue though. Rhino horns are used for “medicinal” purposes in China and also to make handles for daggers. It’s hard to stand against them since we personally don’t use either of those things, but it’s something to be aware of. The USA is one of the top three countries (with European Union and China) with the worst illegal wildlife trade. There’s a 30 page article full of details about it called “Criminal Nature: The Global Security Implications of Illegal Wildlife Trade 2013”
Fun fact: Terrorists and Drug Warlords poach in order to trade the “goods” for weapons, including a group linked to Al-Qaeda.
Actual fun fact: The US started standing against it this summer, led by Secretary Jewels. So, hopefully that keeps going.
"Who art thou, then?"
“Part of that Power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”
”. . squinting up at the sky where black birds darted silently in anticipation of the coolness of the evening,”
"On the mirrored floor countless couples were whirling, as though merged into a single solid body, in one direction, with amazing precision and skill. They moved like. Wall, threatening to sweep everything in their way. Live satin butterflies dipped and fluttered over the dancing hordes. Flowers showered down from the ceilings. Whenever the electricity dimmed, myriads of fireflies glimmered in the capitals of the columns, and will-o’-the-wisps floated in the air." -Satan’s Great Ball
”. . mankind shall look at the sun through a transparent crystal . . “
Microscopic images of plants by Fernan Federici
Yep, we did reblog this before, but we didn’t have quite so many images. I love the way the sheets of plant cells seem to form disparate planes in that last one. —MN
Every acquisition, every step forward in the knowledge, is the result of courage, of severity towards oneself, of cleanliness with respect to oneself.
Nitimur in vetitum, semper cupimusque negata.- “Strive for what is forbidden, always covet what is denied.”
- Ecce Homo, Nietzsche