How the world is here and other morning cartoons

by twit

Neither have you tasted my Jesus:

via the daily what:

Girl uploads pro-creationist rant to YouTube. Guy finds her rant and superimposes explodingdog-like drawings to illustrate her talking points.

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the language of altruism

by twit

here’s a reason to have a little hope about the capacity of our world to survive human stupidity:

A dolphin appeared to “talk” to two stranded whales before leading them to safety.

… Before the bottlenose dolphin turned up, the beached pygmy sperm whales were in clear distress.

But when Moko arrived at Mahia beach on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, their mood changed and they followed him to safety.

and if that doesn’t work, there is always the traditional method of cheering up, courtesy Douglas Adams and with thanks to lestro:

why is the twit so particularly glum about the fate of humankind today? Horrific video evidence after the jump…

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does this mean we don’t need worldwide sonar?

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From the BBC on Feb 8, 2008:

The team which developed the autonomous vehicle say it has covered “thousands of kilometres” during the tests. The team believe the glider – which needs no batteries – could undertake oceanographic surveys for up to six months at a time. “We are tapping a virtually unlimited energy source for propulsion,” said Dave Fratantoni of the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOi).

that would be really nice.

so long and thanks for the plankton

by twit

I realize it sounds like “good news” because for now, the Bush Administration just got smacked by a federal judge, but I’m not optimistic about how a constitutional showdown in the US Supreme Court might turn out.  November 2008 just seems a little too far away to make a difference to the world’s remaining whale population.

From the Associated Press via on Feb 4, 2008:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Navy must follow environmental laws placing strict limits on sonar training that opponents argue harms whales, despite President Bush’s decision to exempt it, a federal judge ruled Monday.

The Navy is not “exempted from compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act” and a court injunction creating a 12 nautical-mile no-sonar zone off Southern California, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper wrote in a 36-page decision.

“We disagree with the judge’s decision,” White House spokesman Tony Fratto said. “We believe the orders are legal and appropriate.”

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