rhamphotheca:

Opossum Spotted in the Suriname Rainforest
Photo by Piotr Naskrecki
The delicate slender opossum (Marmosops parvidens) darts through the treetops in search of fruit and insects. Scientists discovered an amazing 39 new species of small mammals on a recent expedition to southern Suriname, including rats, bats, and opossums, which promote forest health and growth by eating and dispersing seeds. Suriname is part of South America’s vast Guiana Shield wilderness, home to more than 25 percent of Earth’s rain forest. The sparsely populated nation maintains an incredible 95 percent of its forest cover.
(via: National Geo)

rhamphotheca:

Opossum Spotted in the Suriname Rainforest

Photo by Piotr Naskrecki

The delicate slender opossum (Marmosops parvidens) darts through the treetops in search of fruit and insects. Scientists discovered an amazing 39 new species of small mammals on a recent expedition to southern Suriname, including rats, bats, and opossums, which promote forest health and growth by eating and dispersing seeds. Suriname is part of South America’s vast Guiana Shield wilderness, home to more than 25 percent of Earth’s rain forest. The sparsely populated nation maintains an incredible 95 percent of its forest cover.

(via: National Geo)

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dendroica:

quickhits:

Romney supporter took war with reality to a whole new level.

Buzzfeed: One trader lost at least $4 million betting on former presidential candidate Mitt Romney through Intrade, possibly to make it appear he was faring better against President Barack Obama in the waning days and hours of the 2012 election than he was.
That’s what a new study by Microsoft Research’s David Rothschild and Columbia University’s Rajiv Sethi suggests. The study, published earlier this month, analyzed Intrade transaction level data over the course of the final two weeks of the election cycle.
[…]
Rothschild and Sethi found that a single trader accounted for one-third of all bets made on Romney during the two week period of the study, which saw about 3.5 million contracts traded. The total election cycle had 7.6 million contracts traded.
The trader bet solely on Romney and constantly sold on Obama, losing about $4 million in the process.

I’ve been thinking off and on about how conservatives often confuse cause and effect. Most recently, the example that’s come up most often has been the argument that violent video games cause mass shootings. But wouldn’t the sort of person who’d commit that sort of crime be attracted to violent video games in the same way that someone who likes boobs enjoys porn? If video games were responsible for crime, there’d be one helluva lot more murderous loons out there shooting up crowds of people. It’s like saying chess is responsible for war.
But this… this is a whole ‘nother ballgame. This is magical thinking. The problem with doing this is the same problem you have with putting out deliberately biased polling; you can’t lie to people about what they think. People knew who they were going to vote for. If you tell them otherwise, how can you expect them to believe you? Polls do influence polls, but this is just some form of sympathetic magic.
I’m at a loss. All I can say is that Mr. Mystery here is probably someone who blew a chunk of their inheritance — because it’s so freakin’ obvious that they weren’t smart enough to earn that kind of money themselves.

I think this just shows the ridiculousness of the Intrade obsession. The people who leave bets on Intrade and the like are looking at the same polls and other factors that everyone else is. And then there are people like this fool who try to manipulate the market. If gamblers had special knowledge, casinos wouldn’t make nearly as much money.

dendroica:

quickhits:

Romney supporter took war with reality to a whole new level.

Buzzfeed: One trader lost at least $4 million betting on former presidential candidate Mitt Romney through Intrade, possibly to make it appear he was faring better against President Barack Obama in the waning days and hours of the 2012 election than he was.

That’s what a new study by Microsoft Research’s David Rothschild and Columbia University’s Rajiv Sethi suggests. The study, published earlier this month, analyzed Intrade transaction level data over the course of the final two weeks of the election cycle.

[…]

Rothschild and Sethi found that a single trader accounted for one-third of all bets made on Romney during the two week period of the study, which saw about 3.5 million contracts traded. The total election cycle had 7.6 million contracts traded.

The trader bet solely on Romney and constantly sold on Obama, losing about $4 million in the process.

I’ve been thinking off and on about how conservatives often confuse cause and effect. Most recently, the example that’s come up most often has been the argument that violent video games cause mass shootings. But wouldn’t the sort of person who’d commit that sort of crime be attracted to violent video games in the same way that someone who likes boobs enjoys porn? If video games were responsible for crime, there’d be one helluva lot more murderous loons out there shooting up crowds of people. It’s like saying chess is responsible for war.

But this… this is a whole ‘nother ballgame. This is magical thinking. The problem with doing this is the same problem you have with putting out deliberately biased polling; you can’t lie to people about what they think. People knew who they were going to vote for. If you tell them otherwise, how can you expect them to believe you? Polls do influence polls, but this is just some form of sympathetic magic.

I’m at a loss. All I can say is that Mr. Mystery here is probably someone who blew a chunk of their inheritance — because it’s so freakin’ obvious that they weren’t smart enough to earn that kind of money themselves.

I think this just shows the ridiculousness of the Intrade obsession. The people who leave bets on Intrade and the like are looking at the same polls and other factors that everyone else is. And then there are people like this fool who try to manipulate the market. If gamblers had special knowledge, casinos wouldn’t make nearly as much money.


you look so good i’d grind your baby teeth into a fine powder, mix it with flour, and bake it into a cake to taste a small rotten part of you inside me

motherfuckerofbabylon:

every person who reblogs this will get an unsettling or bizarre pickup line in their ask box.




A recently emerged male comet moth (Argema mittrei) dries its wings in the forest understorey in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, MadagascarPhoto by Nick Garbutt

A recently emerged male comet moth (Argema mittrei) dries its wings in the forest understorey in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Photo by Nick Garbutt

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bobbycaputo:

anythingphotography:

These Are the First Combat Zone Tintype Photos Created Since the Civil War

Ed Drew is an artist who’s studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, pursuing a BFA in sculpture with a minor in photography. He’s also a defensive heavy weapons and tactics specialist for the California Air National Guard.

When Drew was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan this past April as a helicopter aerial gunner, he decided to bring his passion for photography with him. What resulted were the first tintype photos to be created in a combat zone since the Civil War.

The Brooklyn-born photographer tells us that his motivation for the project was to stay sharp and not get rusty while he was away from home. “I was really interested in making art while I was in Afghanistan so I wouldn’t lose my momentum in my absence from art school,” he says.

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In case you missed my post earlier. this is so fucking awesome.

Amazing stuff.

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rhamphotheca:

Eggs of the Seepage Salamander (Desmognathus aeneus), family Plethodontidae (“Lungless Salamanders”), Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina, USA

(photos: Dave Huth)

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newsweek:

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Death in Cairo
by Yusuf Sayman 

On July 5, I was standing outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo where many Egyptians believed their recently ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, was being held. Military troops in fatigues guarded the entrance, blocked off from the street by a barbed wire fence. On the other side of the road, thousands of Morsi’s supporters were massed.

Two days earlier, when Morsi was still technically Egypt’s president, I had photographed an earlier protest at this very spot. But it had been a vastly different scene—with anti-Morsi demonstrators calling for Morsi’s ouster just hours before Egypt’s army chief went on television and announced that he’d removed Morsi from office. There were no armed personnel carriers at the entrance, no barbed wire. Just a couple of soldiers standing around chatting. When an officer stepped forward to urge the crowd not to get too close to the gate, they cheered.

But now, the crowd was hostile—and growing. Morsi’s supporters chanted angrily against the army as men at the front of the protest tried to keep enraged colleagues from crossing the road, fearing it might provoke a violent response. As two colleagues and I approached the barbed wire, the soldiers warned us to leave. One officer then made an announcement: “Do not cross the street, or force will be used.”

Soon after, a lone protester pushed through the chaos and began to cross. His name was Mohamed Sobhi, an engineer born in 1977, wearing a long beard, sunglasses, a grey t-shirt and khaki pants. In his hand, he held a poster of Morsi. It was obvious that he planned to hang it on the wire. He came close, but then, just after 3pm, I heard a lone gun shot. Sobhi dropped to the floor, felled by a bullet to the head, and the first demonstrator to be killed by the army in Egypt’s ongoing crisis lay bleeding in the street.

These photos show that moment.

A terrible—but important—moment captured by photographer Yusuf Sayman in Egypt during the recent protests. Warning: this is very graphic.

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