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So apparently the UCD EQC is KILLING the lesson program there and all the lesson horses (around 40-50 when I was there) need homes.

I need another horse like I need CANCER, but holy shit... what if they adopted Rain or Shinto from Camp?!

Hopefully the students will have the means to adopt.
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From the Cosmic Variance blog—which is related to Discover (a science) magazine I got when I had the money.

Wikipedia entry on Pando!

Article text under the cut! )

I think I'm in love.
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I don't usually ask for things like this because I am a skeptic but... for snow leopards I will do ANYTHING.

The Snow Leopard Trust ( needs our help!

They would like to you to sign up for their eNews and have others sign up as well. For every new subscriber, the Kearsley Fund will donate $2 to the Snow Leopard Trust. Their goal is 3000, but they are NOWHERE CLOSE! However, if we all sign up and post this in our journals, we can help donate up to $6000 for snow leopard conservation. That's my plan anyway!

Visit here for more info on this particular donation spree and newsletter sign-ups.

It hurts you in NO way.
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Obama administration may rescind 'conscience rule'
Officials say the move seeks to clarify rules for health care workers

By Noam N. Levey | Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration Friday will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows health-care workers to deny abortion counseling or other family-planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs, according to administration officials.

The rollback of the "conscience rule" comes just two months after the Bush administration announced it last year in one of its final policy initiatives.

The new administration's action seems certain to stoke ideological battles between supporters and opponents of abortion rights over the responsibilities of doctors, nurses and other medical workers to their patients.

Seven states, including California, Illinois and Connecticut, as well as two family planning groups, have filed suits challenging the Bush rule, arguing it sacrifices the health of patients to religious beliefs of medical providers.
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Sad news from [ profile] swandog

Rare Yangtze dolphin may be extinct
After a month, scientists fail to locate species; pollution named as main culprit

The rare white-flag dolphin, called baiji, has seemingly disappeared from the Yangtze River, its only habitat. If true, the estimated three-million-year-old species is now extinct.

A 30-member expedition made up of both Chinese and foreign researchers conducted a nearly month-long survey of the river, but they failed to spot even one of the dolphins, China's Xinhua News Agency said on December 4. The white-flag dolphin, which lives only in the Chinese river, is called a "living fossil'' because it maintains the same appearance as when it came to the Yangtze from the sea an estimated three million years ago. In a 1997 survey, 13 baiji were confirmed to be living in the river.
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Another thing that I personally have to note is that there is a HUGE list of species that have gone extinct because of human influence, including several soecies of freshwater oysters in CA itself. Although it's great that people notice when things like dolphins go extinct, the "not-snugglies" ie. "uglies" of the animal and plant world are left to die out without a hiccup. This is wrong. Every species that goes extinct is another negative mark on our "legacy".

They knew this dolphin would die out when they planned the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangzee, but they built the dam anyways. There were no efforts put into saving and protecting this rare river dolphin despite their environmental reveiw of the situation. In all their arrogance, did they just consider this species nothing more than collateral damage in the way of progress?

I try and do my part by not driving much, recycling, composting, growing my own food, etc. but in reality I feel quite helpless and angry. I want to do more. I want to pick up humanity, shake it, and show it what is missing from our equation called "life" that we pretend to value so much.

No country, even China, has the right to do this and make the world a less complicated place (the ultimate crime). And the USA should have stopped them.
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Rape case roils Saudi legal system

By DONNA ABU-NASR, Associated Press Writer Tue Nov 21, 4:49 PM ET

AL-AWWAMIYA, Saudi Arabia - When the teenager went to the police a few months ago to report she was gang-raped by seven men, she never imagined the judge would punish her — and that she would be sentenced to more lashes than one of her alleged rapists received.

The story of the Girl of Qatif, as the alleged rape victim has been called by the media here, has triggered a rare debate about Saudi Arabia's legal system, in which judges have wide discretion in punishing a criminal, rules of evidence are shaky and sometimes no defense lawyers are present.

The result, critics say, are sentences left to the whim of judges. These include one in which a group of men got heavier sentences for harassing women than the men in the Girl of Qatif rape case or three men who were convicted of raping a boy. In another, a woman was ordered to divorce her husband against her will based on a demand by her relatives.

In the case of the Girl of Qatif, she was sentenced to 90 lashes for being alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married — a crime in this strictly segregated country — at the time that she was allegedly attacked and raped by a group of other men.
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Yeesh, and yet I think I'VE got it bad. And now, back to studying. I'm going to fail this test.

UCLA news

Nov. 16th, 2006 08:31 am
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Student shot with Taser by UCPD officers
Incident occured around 11:30 p.m. in the Powell Library CLICC computer lab
UCPD officers shot a student several times with a Taser inside the Powell Library CLICC computer lab late Tuesday night before taking him into custody.

No university police officers were available to comment further about the incident as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, and no Community Service Officers who were on duty at the time could be reached.

At around 11:30 p.m., CSOs asked a male student using a computer in the back of the room to leave when he was unable to produce a BruinCard during a random check. The student did not exit the building immediately.
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