Yeah you heard right, 50th Birthday!! My how time flies. Let's use this day to reflect back on the first time you found Kate and her music and what a profound impact she made in your little world! Awwwe, Kate WE LOVE YOU and all your wonderful gifts you bring us!
I been listening to Fiona, Tori's (honey and older songs), Regina's jazzy songs and Kate my love. 'Cloudbusting'... and 'This woman's work' NEVER fails to make me cry. YOU KNOW when that happens, it's a good song! :O)
You know you wanna fucking watch it!
P.s. - This has nothing to do with this blog, BUT I been meaning to tell you that Christopher called me (yeah, you know the one from Ohio that's been missing in action since 'Scarlet's Walk', the one we all know and love) He told me to tell you all "Hi" by the way. :O) xo
-I'm really happy to see Tori likes Frida like I do. I always wondered if she did. I figured she did anyways. ;o) It's nice to see what she had to say about my beloved Frida.
Tori : 3. Frida Kahlo You can't get further from Anges Martin than Frida Kahlo, from my perspective. One stirs emotion through the use of disciplined logic. The other, Frida Kahlo, activates my mind by entering into my blood. Her paintings, as I look at them, begin to live in my blood. The passion that it stirs in my heart heals and wounds all in the same breath.
Moni, a 17-year-old orangutan, carries her 4-day-old baby at Gembira Loka zoo in Indonesia. (Slamet Riyadi, Associated Press)
Orangutans nearing extinction
BANGKOK, Thailand — Orangutan numbers have declined sharply on the only two islands where they still live in the wild, and they could become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action isn't taken, a new study says. The declines in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004 are mostly because of illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations, Serge Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, said on Saturday.
The survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004, Wich said. It also concluded that the populations on Borneo island, which is shared by Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, have fallen by 10 percent. Researchers only surveyed areas of Borneo that are in Indonesia and Malaysia.
In their study, Wich and his 15 colleagues said the declines in Borneo were occurring at an "alarming rate" but that they were most concerned about Sumatra, where the numbers show the population is in "rapid decline."
"Unless extraordinary efforts are made soon, it could become the first great ape species to go extinct," researchers wrote.
The number of orangutans on Sumatra has fallen from 7,500 to 6,600 while the number on Borneo has fallen from 54,000 to around 49,600, according to the survey on the endangered apes, which appears in this month's science journal Oryx.
"It's disappointing that there are still declines even though there have been quite a lot of conservation efforts over the past 30 years," Wich said.
Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's top two palm oil producers, have aggressively pushed to expand plantations amid a rising demand for biofuels, which are considered cleaner burning and cheaper than petrol.
Wich and his colleagues said there was room for "cautious optimism" that the orangutan could be saved, noting recent initiatives by Indonesian leaders.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced a major initiative to save the nation's orangutans at a U.N. climate conference last year, and the Aceh governor declared a moratorium on logging.
Coupled with that are expectations that Indonesia will protect millions of acres of forest as part of any U.N. climate pact that will go into effect in 2012. The deal is expected to include measures that will reward tropical countries like Indonesia that halt deforestation.
"There are promising signs that there is a lot of political will, especially in Aceh, to protect the forest," Wich said, adding however that much more needs to be done.
Michelle Desilets, founding director of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK, praised the study for offering the first comprehensive look at the species population.
"What matters is that the rate of decline is increasing, and unless something is done, the wild orangutan is on a quick spiral towards extinction, whether in two years, five years or 10 years," Desilets said in an e-mail.
In their paper, the researchers recommended that law enforcement be boosted to help reduce the hunting of orangutans for food and trade. Environmental awareness at the local level must also be increased.
"It is essential that funding for environmental services reaches the local level and that there is strong law enforcement," the study says. "Developing a mechanism to ensure these occur is the challenge for the conservation of the orangutans."
The study is the latest in a long line of research that has predicted the orangutans' demise.
In May, the Center for Orangutan Protection said just 20,000 of the endangered primates remain in the tropical jungle of Central Kalimantan on Borneo island, down from 31,300 in 2004. Based on that estimate, it concluded orangutans there could be extinct by 2011.
This kind of shit pisses me off. WAR is ugly no matter how you look at it. Mainstream media is a joke too, they only show the "not so bad" video and photos. This guy is being censored. Back in the day he would have been thrown out a window for doing what he did. I say good for him.
Zoriah Miller, 32, a freelance photojournalist and blogger covering the war in Iraq, says war coverage has become overly sanitized. Miller was "disembedded" from a Marine unit after publishing a photo online of a dead Marine.
BAGHDAD — It's a disturbing picture.
The dead Marine is lying on his back, his face damaged beyond recognition because of the blast.
But for photojournalist and blogger Zoriah Miller, 32, it was important to capture the daily toll of war in Iraq.
"I just feel this war has become so sanitized that it was important to show," said Zoriah, who prefers to go by his first name. "My only discomfort is the idea that the family could accidentally stumble on it."
To help avoid that, he posted warnings on his online blog, Zoriah.net, about the graphic content of the photo and referred to it off the first page of his site, meaning visitors have to do some click-throughs to access it. The photo is included with others from a suicide bombing that occurred June 26 in the town of Karmah, near Fallujah in Anbar province.
The Marine commanders who saw the photograph were not happy, saying it violated a "trust" between the military and journalists.
Claims of security risks
Zoriah was immediately "disembedded" from a Marine unit and barred from working with the military in Anbar.
In Gen. John F. Kelly's letter officially kicking him out of province, the Marines said Zoriah "provided the enemy with specific information on the effectiveness of the attack and the response of U.S. and Iraqi forces to the attack."
Zoriah denies he did anything wrong.
Although he was kicked out of the Anbar province controlled by the Marines — the command is called Multi-National Forces Iraq - West (MNFI-West) — the Multi-National Force Iraq headquarters in Baghdad, which oversees all operations in Iraq, determined Zoriah can work elsewhere with the military.
On Saturday, a spokesman for MNFI-West said he couldn't speak on behalf of the decisionmakers in Baghdad.
"All I can say is he's no longer welcome here in Anbar," said Lt. Brian Block at Camp Fallujah, where the Marine command in Anbar is headquartered.
Later, Lt. Cmdr. Chris Hughes, who is in charge of the Camp Fallujah command, said in a prepared statement that "there is no right to embed" with military units. Under the embedding program, the military allows journalists to be assigned to a military unit to chronicle the war. Journalists rely on soldiers for transportation, food and protection.
Zoriah violated the ground rules he agreed to when he was embedded, Hughes said in the statement. He added that Zoriah broke his "trust in the relationship" with soldiers.
The controversy surrounding this freelance photojournalist and blogger has garnered a lot of attention here and points to some of the tension between the military and media. It also comes at a low ebb in media coverage of the war. According to officials, only 16 journalists were embedded with the military in Iraq during June.
'Picture of what war is like'
While waiting to be transported out of the area, Zoriah was guarded for a time by armed Marines out of fear someone upset by the graphic photo might try to harm him.
"You're a war photographer, but once you take a picture of what war is like then you get into trouble," said Zoriah, a Denver native who has been in Iraq for much of the past year.
The Marines don't see it that way. In his letter, Kelly went on to say that Zoriah could no longer be trusted, and that he "presented a threat to all" in the Multi-National Force in Western Iraq.
Zoriah vehemently denies that accusation. He said the Marines told him he'd violated a policy on not identifying the dead before the family was notified. But because he waited to post the pictures until four days after the attack and the damage from the blast makes the victims so unidentifiable, he said he was within the rules.
He also said that there wasn't any information in his blog or in the photos that reveal anything that wasn't already reported. Thirty were killed in the suicide blast, including the mayor, three Marines and a popular lieutenant colonel, who commanded the battalion.
The Americans were on the cusp of handing over control of the Sunni majority province, once one of the most violent in the country, to the Iraqi forces. In the past two years, the military has seen some of its best success in the province with huge drops in attacks there. The handover was scheduled for the last week of June, but it since has been postponed.
Zoriah has been flown out of the Marine base and returned to Baghdad. He plans on returning to the U.S. and appealing the Marines' decision.