Archive for August, 2007

Dodos by Wandys

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Dirk Kempthorne Wins 2007 Rubber Dodo Award

Friday, August 31st, 2007

First Rubber Dodo Award

From the Center for Biological Diversity: “Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne Wins 2007 Rubber Dodo Award.” This is the first time they celebrate it, and it was a deserved victory: Kempthorne Surpasses James Watt By Protecting Fewer Endangered Species Than Any Interior Secretary in History.

Since his confirmation as secretary of the interior on May 26, 2006, Kempthorne has not placed a single plant or animal on the federal endangered species list. The last listing (12 Hawaiian picture-wing flies) occurred on May 9, 2006 — 472 days ago. The previous recordholder was James Watt, who listed no species for 376 days between 1981 and 1982.

Watt’s refusal to list species resulted in a 1982 congressional amendment to the Endangered Species Act, which established firm timelines for listing species and litigation consequences for violating the deadlines. Kempthorne’s refusal prompted Ed Markey (D-MA) to introduce H.R. 3459, the “Transparent Reporting Under ESA Listing Act,” on August 4, 2007. It would amend the Endangered Species Act to require the secretary to explain the scientific basis of decisions to deny Endangered Species Act protections to imperiled plants and animals.

“Kempthorne is eminently deserving of the first annual Rubber Dodo award,” said Kieran Suckling, policy director of the Center for Biological Diversity, which administers the award. “His refusal to protect a single imperiled species in more than 15 months gives him the worst record of any interior secretary in the history of the Endangered Species Act. His policies should go the way of the dodo as soon as possible.”

“Political appointees like Kempthorne come and go, but extinction is forever. No politician has the right to destroy the future of an endangered species.”

It’s not easy do that, he must have had a hard work and I would like to congratulate him for being such a jerk.

Blue Dodo

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Blue Dodo

Blue dodo from the removed article Is Blu-ray going the way of the dodo bird? from Home Media Magazine.

No Dodos

Friday, August 31st, 2007

No Dodos

Funny sign placed in some place in Nimes, France. It’s a pity that the sign “No Dodos” is redundant no matter were it was. Sigh. Uploaded by Mr Hyde.

Curious Beaks: The Dodo

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The Dodo - #9

Curious Beaks – John Player & Sons – Series of 50 (1929), uploaded by Mando maniac.

Alice in Wonderland Musical

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Alice in Wonderland musical

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Image and audio (4’45”) from the booklet of “Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass” with Eva Le Gallienne and Original Cast.

Missing bird species rediscovered

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The Sydney Morning Herald from Reuters: Missing bird species rediscovered.

A bird species that has not been seen since the remains of one were found in India 140 years ago is alive and living in Thailand, scientists say.

The live Large-billed Reed-warbler was found by chance by ornithologist Philip Round as he was putting identification tags on wild birds at a water treatment plant near Bangkok last year.

“Although reed-warblers are generally drab and look very similar, one of the birds I caught that morning struck me as very odd, something about it didn’t quite add up; it had a long beak and short wings,” he said in a statement.

“Then, it dawned on me – I was probably holding a Large-billed Reed-warbler. I was dumbstruck, it felt as if I was holding a living dodo,” he said.

(Thanks Arbee!)

Riding Dodo

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Alexandra Blythe’s dodo sculptures

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Sidney 2

Natural Selection

Sidney 2 and Natural Selection polymer clay sculptures by Alexandra Blythe. (Thanks Kristen)

Extinction of the Dodo

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Extinction of the Dodo

It’s a scene from the movie Ice Age, in which a pair of dodos keenly observes the fact that the last of the females have been killed. “Extinction of the Dodo” by E. Willoughby.