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The Chance To Dance Again
by Michael Keller
We highlighted the TED talk of Hugh Herr a couple of weeks ago. But his work is too important and beautiful to leave to just one post.
The MIT associate professor of media arts and sciences is making prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons that restore function in those who have lost legs from injury or disease. This set of gifs focuses on his team’s BiOM powered ankle and foot prosthesis.
"Bionics is not only about making people stronger and faster," he said during the talk. "Our expression, our humanity can be embedded into electromechanics."
To prove his point, Herr and fellow researchers studied dance movement to replace the lower leg that professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost after last year’s Boston marathon bombing. He concluded his talk by bringing Haslet-Davis on the stage to perform a bionic rumba.
Artificial food coloring is used to make certain food and beverages look more appealing — regardless if it is healthy or not. Some Americans are more likely to pick up a food item off the grocery store’s shelf if it is represented in a colorful rather than a bland way.
Could this situation possibly be the same for live animals?
For over 45 years, dyeing animals has been against the law in Florida. However, a recent bill was passed in the Florida Legislature that would lift this ban. On a whim, pet store customers might not stop to consider the responsibility of caring for these animals long term.
Since these colorful animals are usually purchased on impulse to please children and impress relatives on Easter, the dyed chicks, ducklings and baby rabbits often end up abandoned, neglected or dropped off at overburdened animal shelters.
“It’s an insult to the public and animal rights community, with the greatest offense being committed toward the animals themselves,” University of Central Florida student, Anthony Gallegos said. “The ban was probably put into place for good reason.”
The current Florida law prohibiting artificial coloring and sale of certain animals and fowls; construction (828.161) states: 1. It is unlawful for any person to dye or color artificially any animal or fowl, including but not limited to rabbits, baby chickens, and ducklings, or to bring any dyed or colored animal or fowl into this state. 2. It is unlawful for any person to sell, offer for sale, or give away as merchandising premiums, baby chickens, ducklings, or other fowl under four weeks of age or rabbits under two months of age to be used as pets, toys or retail premiums. 3. This section shall not be construed to apply to any animal or fowl, including but not limited to rabbits, baby chickens, and ducklings to be used or raised for agricultural purposes by persons with proper facilities to care for them or for poultry or livestock exhibitions. 4. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the consideration to overturn this prohibition is influenced by a dog groomer in Broward Country. Over the past two years, letters from the groomer were sent to state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff urging that Florida lift the ban so he could dye show dogs.
“It’s incredible to think that the hobby interests of a single pet groomer can be considered significant enough to overturn a 45-year-old statewide ban,” Gallegos said. “A law that was meant to protect the animals from potential neglect and abuse.”
President Barbara Wetzler along with the Board of Directors of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Central Florida are opposed to the sale of “seasonal or holiday” animals. The SPCA’s position statement declares that many of these animals suffer and die due to starvation, improper food, cold, abuse, over-handling or neglect.
The chicks and ducklings can either be injected with the dye as embryos into the incubating egg or sprayed directly on the hatchling. Some poultry farmers say it is harmless.
“It’s a perversion of consumerism,” secretary of the University of Central Florida’s Body of Animal Rights Campaigners organization, Chelsea Leger said.
BARC plans to create a petition for their next tabling event. The SPCA’s position statement concludes that “pet ownership should result from a thoughtful, conscious decision to bring a companion animal into the family with a willingness to make a lifetime commitment to the animal.”
“I feel as though this example makes a mockery of our entire state legislative process,” Gallegos said.
At this time, the bill has been turned over to Gov. Rick Scott to sign.
If you would like to take action, encourage Gov. Scott to veto the bill: Don’t Allow Animals to be Artificially Colored with Dye.
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"The Pig I Am" | Miru Kim
Fact: 5.3 million African American men are denied the right to vote based on a past felony conviction.
That means more than 13% (39 mil) of the general African American population and 28% of the male African American population (18.5 mil) are prohibited from voting.
Felony Disenfranchisement is highest in the former slave states and states with a history of civil rights violations like Florida and North Carolina. Today’s red states—particularly in the bible belt—where the Republican voting base is strongest, appear to have vested racist and political interests in permanently separating Black people from their right to vote.
This link provides information on each state’s voting laws for those with a felony record.
How to wear a knife strapped to your thigh with a garter like a fucking lady while managing not to slice yourself open because you were fool enough to carry an unsheathed weapon next to a squishy part of your body that moves when you walk.
- Get a garter from somewhere; this one is a sock garter from Sock Dreams, which means it’s made to stay the fuck up there.
- Get a fucking sheath for those sharp, pointy things and put them in the sheath. There’ll be a velcro loop at the top so that they won’t slide out if you hold the sheath upside down.
- Put the garter through the loop at the top meant for whatever you’re using to attach it to yourself. Attach it to yourself, adjusting for ease of grabbing. You don’t want to put it on your inner thigh because that is awkward as hell to get out. The only way you’d be able to get it out in a timely manner is if you attached the sheath upside down, at which point you’d need two garters to keep the sheath from tilting inward toward your other thigh.
- Oh no, now the sheath is hanging loosely and is going to make a weird pattern against your clothing. Tuck that shit into your stockings if you’re wearing them, or use another garter if you’re not.
- Pull your pencil skirt back down over the knife sheath. Adjust accordingly due to tightness of skirt and shape of sheath. Make sure you can get at it as quick as you want.
- People look at you really strangely if this is the knife you pull out when you want to cut your apple up.
Vegan Burgers - As Requested!
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