Out in the field with one of Alberta's few female trappers.
Emily the Trapper is smart, loves animals, and thinks your ideas about fur trapping are all wrong. [more inside]
Sina, one of the biggest websites in China, is hosting its annual photojournalism contest
. The subjects range from:
a SARS patient
10 years on,
, the biggest fur market in China
(warning: somewhat graphic),
" amusement park, erstwhile beggars
, incense makers
, more workers
, and a school
on the Loess.
My favorite two: hermits
and mothers who pump
Guide to buying a top hat
- Charles Henry Wolfenbloode gives advice on buying a topper.
After decades of breeding, the complexity of cat color genetics
is quite well understood. Genes which control pigmentation
, hair length
, color dilution
, banding (agouti)
, white fur
(dominant, spotting, or albino, sometimes linked with deafness
), tabby patterns
, and more combine to create a wide spectrum of possibilities
. Specific traits such as white gloving among Birman cats
and the amber color found only in Norwegian Forest Cats (which comes from a single female born in 1981!) have also been isolated and studied, and can be affordably tested for
On top of all that, fur color is epigenetic
as well as genetic, and sometimes responds to the cat's environment. If you clone a calico cat, you get a kitten which doesn't have a similar coat
due to X-inactivation
, and pointed cats (such as Burmese, Siamese, and Tonkinese) have temperature-sensitive coloration
. [more inside]
Animals, new sexy movie stars on the farm.
(slyt) European fur breeders' association releases a youtube campaign. Oh dear. More of the same here
"In 1980, when Jimmy Carter created the 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
, only six families of white settlers were allowed to keep cabins there. Heimo Korth and his wife, Edna, are the only ones left.
" [more inside]
Canada's seal hunt
started yesterday and though I wondered if the numbers on the Protect Seals
site were accurate, this somewhat gory and disturbing slideshow
at Yahoo/AP news seems to support the high numbers of slaughter. There doesn't seem to be much you can do to stop seal clubbing in 2005, just boycotting Canadian seafood and calling congressfolks
. Shame to see up to 300k seals killed for some fur coats -- seems so last century.
Need some help with your Christmas shopping?
How about a nice Penis cravat
? That special lady in your life will be sure to love her Possum Fur G-string.
And finally, something to stuff that stocking: The Bulge