May 2010

The Most Adorable Anti-Whaling Video Ever

I’m not a fan of using kids for causes. This is because, while at the March for Women’s Lives in 2004, I saw a few tiny tots—no higher than my knee!—jumping up and down, squealing, “Hey hey! Ho ho! George Bush has got to go!” And as much as it appealed to the (big) part of me that too wanted to see him go, and as cute as they were—they even had little drawings—I knew they probably had no idea what they were talking about, which bothers me.

However, this little guy—who is unbelievably adorable—seems to know what he’s talking about. When he gets to the part about Obama, though, I have to wonder if he’s being fed lines. I’m sure the probability of that is pretty high; after all, young children usually don’t pore over campaign videos, presidential promises, and whatnot. (It is, of course, very possible. I know plenty of kids who took on causes at an early age, including myself, and I’m sure the Internet has made it much easier to do so.)

Gray Whale Sighted off Herzliya Marina, Israel

The gray whale or Eschrichtius robustus is one of the balleen

whales that feeds on plankton it sieves through the balleen plates embedded in its jaw. There were three large populations of gray whales, but the North Atlantic gray whales were assumed to have been hunted to extinction in the 18th century, while the American population is fairly healthy, the Asian gray whales of the North Pacific are endangered. The gray is famous in particular for its extensive annual migration, the longest migration of any whale, and one of the world's longest migrations of any species in yearly round trip of 15,000-20,000 kilometers.