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Image of two cows seeking comfort in one another while awaiting slaughter in a Jakata abbatoir, Indonesia.
I’ve been researching the origins of a tactic known in the animal rights world as “micro-targeting.” Instead of going after an institution or corporation, micro-targeting involves picking a single person responsible for an abuse and applying pressure on them until they quit. The tactic has limitations, but has also been incredibly successful in shutting down individual experiments. In the 80’s it led to massive media coverage from outlets such as Newsweek, 20/20, 60 Minutes, and so on, which helped to spread the reach of the anti-vivisection movement.
Above is an image of a Trans-Species Unlimited protest at Cornell Medical College from 1987 or 1988. TSU went after a researcher named Michiko Okamoto who force fed barbiturates to cats. For four months they protested her offices, and even held rallies at her parking space so she would have to face protesters on her way to, and home from, work. More than ten thousand letters were sent to her, and she was constantly barraged with phone calls. Unable to handle the unrelenting siege of the anti-vivisection movement, she rejected a $530,000 grant and stopped her project, saving hundreds of cats from needless, painful experimentation.
U.S. Government Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide, Snowden Documents Show
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.
One senior collection manager, speaking on the condition of anonymity but with permission from the NSA, said “we are getting vast volumes” of location data from around the world by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally and that serve U.S. cellphones as well as foreign ones. Additionally, data are often collected from the tens of millions of Americans who travel abroad with their cellphones every year.
In scale, scope and potential impact on privacy, the efforts to collect and analyze location data may be unsurpassed among the NSA surveillance programs that have been disclosed since June. Analysts can find cellphones anywhere in the world, retrace their movements and expose hidden relationships among the people using them.
he NSA has no reason to suspect that the movements of the overwhelming majority of cellphone users would be relevant to national security. Rather, it collects locations in bulk because its most powerful analytic tools — known collectively as CO-TRAVELER — allow it to look for unknown associates of known intelligence targets by tracking people whose movements intersect.
Still, location data, especially when aggregated over time, are widely regarded among privacy advocates as uniquely sensitive. Sophisticated mathematical techniques enable NSA analysts to map cellphone owners’ relationships by correlating their patterns of movement over time with thousands or millions of other phone users who cross their paths. Cellphones broadcast their locations even when they are not being used to place a call or send a text message.
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Vietnamese photographer Thanh Ha Bui captured this incredible image in his parents’ back garden and, after spotting a line of super strong weaver ants marching across a branch, decided to test their legendary weightlifting skills. First experimenting with pieces of food and leaves, he eventually ended up with this incredible shot.
Even the little animals are amazing — take a moment to not overlook them, and to put in the effort to not step on little critters or to kill them if they are indoors.
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If you love baby chicks, don’t support the egg industry because reasons.