“If they spot you first, they’ll definitely come for you,” says Orion Enocencio, manager and hunting guide at Ahiu Hawaii, an adventure company on the Big Island in Hawaii. Some of the most dangerous hunting in the entire United States is to be found on a single island in the most isolated island chain in the world. It’s not grizzly bears or mountain lions or even bison: it’s the wild Hawaiian cow
One of the more ubiquitous formats for "infographics" these days is the U.S.A. Map Comparing Individual States and promoting interstate rivalries. After all, wherever you live in the U.S. of A., you need bragging rights for something, right?
Recently, Business Insider featured "27 Maps That Explain America"
including ones that compared each state's percentage of residents with passports
, most overrepresented job in every state
, percentage of each state's population with a 4-year degree
, number of billionaires in each state
, number of Starbucks locations in each state
, states' stances on climate change (judged by Think Progress)
, fast food consumption
and exercise frequency
(detail in a weird format here
), and cavities per capita
But Business Insider is certainly not the only site 'mapping the states'... [more inside]
The award-winning Australian television series McLeod's Daughters
aired from 2001 – 2009. A drama, the story begins by following the lives of half sisters Claire and Tess McLeod, reunited after they inherit a vast outback cattle farm (“Drover’s Run”), that has been handed down through the men in their family for generations. 224 episodes were produced, and all are available on YouTube. [more inside]
The Kansas City Star has concluded a year long investigation of the beef industry, and the results may sicken you. Literally.
(contains slaughterhouse image) To quote the Huffington Post article
on the investigation: This is the true state of affairs . . . just four companies process more than 87 percent of the beef packed in the U.S., and take advantage of novel, money-saving techniques that significantly increase the risk of contamination by foodborne pathogens, leading to hundreds of preventable illnesses every year.
"In 1920, the brothers Lutz and Heinz Heck, directors of the Berlin and Munich zoos, respectively, began a two-decade breeding experiment. Working with domestic cattle sought out for their 'primitive' characteristics, they attempted to recreate 'in appearance and behavior' the living likeness of the animals’ extinct wild ancestor: the aurochs
. 'Once found everywhere in Germany,' according to Lutz Heck, by the end of the Middle Ages the aurochs had largely succumbed to climate change, overhunting, and competition from domestic breeds." [more inside]
Stunning photographs of the cattle farmers of Sudan
| African ceremonies
| Faces of Africa
| video: African Ceremonies
| Thirty years ago American-born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher met in Kenya and began a relationship with the African continent that would profoundly alter and shape their lives. Their journeys would take them over 270,000 miles, through remote corners of 40 countries, and to more than 150 African cultures.
| About the photographers
(opens with sound to the video) [all links slightly nsfw in a NatGeo kind of way] [more inside]
Mark Bittman, foodie and (accidental) BSG punster.
“The only place to see an aurochs
[sic] in nature these days? A cave painting
. The enormous wild cattle that once roamed the European plains have been extinct since 1627, when the last survivor died in a Polish nature reserve
. But this could soon change thanks to the work of European preservationists
who are hoping they can make the great beast walk again
.” [more inside]
BBC World Service has over 500 audio documentaries
you can download. The subject matter is incredibly wide ranging, for example, internet cafés
, the influence of Islamic art on William Morris
, South African female AIDS activist Thembi Ngubane
, the importance of cows
, novelist Chinua Achebe
, financial risk management
, Obama as an intellectual
, the physical and emotional effects of a car crash
and many, many more. If the quantity and variety are overwhelming, you can subscribe to a podcast
, which delivers a new documentary to you every single day.
A long-standing element of ufo/paranormal conspiracy theory, cattle mutilation
has been reported in the United States for several decades. Here's some FOIA documents relating to the FBI's investigation (and discussions of whether they had jurisdiction to investigate) from the 1970's. All links are PDFs: cattle1.pdf
Using images from Google Earth, scientists have determined that grazing cattle and deer align themselves with the Earth's magnetic field
The unprecedented slaughter of over 1600 of Yellowstone's bison this winter
(resulting in a 50% decrease in the overall size of the herd) will go down as the largest wild bison kill since the 19th century. Despite vehement protests and bold acts of civil disobedience
instigated by the Buffalo Field Campaign
, the slaughter will continue according to the tax-payer supported Bison Interagency Plan
- the goal of the plan being to prevent economic losses from the unlikely spread of brucellosis (a cattle disease)
from Yellowstone bison into Montana and Wyoming's livestock. TERRA
aired a gripping three-part 'fly-on-the-wall' film series chronicling the story: ONE
. [more inside]
Horns: how big
do you like them
(warning: very graphic) released by the Humane Society reveals
abuse of animals on the slaughterhouse floor and other code violations. [more inside]
Over 1100 cattle have died in South Dakota
in the last few days due to high temperatures and humidity. This is certainly not the first or even the worst event
of its kind. Some are saying they were caught off guard, but warning signs
are common. For the most part, only confinement cattle are being affected despite extremely high temperatures
all over cattle range lands in the US and Canada.
"Kulning is an archaic style of singing/cattle call
, traditionally employed outdoors in the grazing pastures of Scandinavia from the Middle Ages to this day. It consists of shepherdess's tunes, calls and tones of enticement, mainly used to keep contact with, and to call the cattle, but also to communicate with other people over long distances". Examples: 1
. (related MeFi
If you're going to to break into the cowboy business, this is as good a place as any to do it
. [more inside]
Back in April
monju_bosatsu posted something on FEMA and the REX 84 Program and Concentration Camps in the U.S.
So Katrina hits, the news reports talk about how bad the evacuee (or 'refugee' for you racist bastards) camps were
, people dying from stomach flu
at the Astrodome
and Russ Kick is chewing over the impact of possible escaped monkeys
from the level three infectious disease biolabs in NOLA
the authorities bar the Red Cross, but Blackwater gets the go-ahead, FEMA is under homeland security and chunks have been 'privatized'... REX 84 was a plan to suspend the Constitution in the event of a national crisis like a major disaster, massive internal dissent, or national opposition to a U.S. military invasion abroad requiring martial law. Trifecta anyone?
After reading that beef has been recalled
from my local grocery store, I spent some time reading Mad Cow USA
a book written back in 1997 but not widely published because of fears of repercussions under the Texas food disparagement act. AlterNet has an article
written by one of the book's authors summarizing some of the key points of the book. Some claim that only ground beef is infected, while others claim that's bull
has a lot of good information on the topic, and it seems the powers that be are going to blame Canada
"I guess any self-respecting rancher would have shot, shoveled and shut up, but he didn't do that".
An annoyed Premier of Alberta Ralph Klein was quoted saying this on Sept 17th, 2003 at a weekend meeting of U.S. governors and western Canadian premiers in response to the discovery of one case of mad-cow found in his province.
Fast forward to today: USDA refused to release mad cow records
, United Press has been requesting these documents since July 10th, 2003 and has been continually stonewalled as recently as Dec 17th ,2003. Especially troubling is the question of where the Canadian mad-cow possibly originated
Maasai Present Cattle to US Ambassador
To mark September 11, people of Enoosean, a Maasai (Rift Valley Province, Kenya) village, have presented 15 heads of cattle to a visiting US ambassador, William Brencick. The presentation was organized by a Maasai medical student who was visiting New York on September 11.
Brencick said the embassy would find it difficult to ship the cattle to the United States and had decided to sell the animals to raise funds to buy beadwork made in the village for display at a September 11 memorial in New York.
''That's a handsome looking beef you've got there.'' (NYT)
Long and involved explication of something I've always wanted to do: raise a cow from birth to slaughter inside of an american factory farm. How does
a cow get from being a cute little cow to my dinner plate? Is it safe? Is it moral? Is it yummy?
Finally, some genetic modification I can sink my teeth into!
Wired reports this morning that an Australian researcher has identified the genetic characteristics for "tenderness" and "toughness" in cow muscle tissue. Aussie cattle ranchers are already gearing up to produce animals that result in more tender, juicier beef. I'm drooling already.
Foot and mouth disease
in cattle is not
the same as Hand, foot and mouth disease
in humans. This, I found out only today.
I bet you didn't know you could buy livestock online