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halftheskymovement:

Sixty-three Nigerian women and girls escaped Boko Haram!About two weeks ago, the federal government and national security forces denied reports of another mass female abduction in northeast Nigeria. On Monday, local authorities said they were able to confirm last week that over 60 women and girls had managed to escape while the extremist group engaged in an attack in Damboa.Nevertheless, more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing.Read more via ABC News.

halftheskymovement:

Sixty-three Nigerian women and girls escaped Boko Haram!

About two weeks ago, the federal government and national security forces denied reports of another mass female abduction in northeast Nigeria. On Monday, local authorities said they were able to confirm last week that over 60 women and girls had managed to escape while the extremist group engaged in an attack in Damboa.

Nevertheless, more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing.

Read more via ABC News.

rocksandants:

Humans will now be forever inscribed into the Earth’s geological history. Our everlasting signature? Plastic-infused stones. The newly identified stone, according to a report from The Geological Society of America, has been officially named plastiglomerate. It is formed when plastic trash melts and fuses together with natural materials such as basaltic lava fragments, sand, shells, wood and coral, resulting in a plastic-rock hybrid. Researchers say the new material is likely to last a very long time, possibly becoming a permanent marker in Earth’s geologic record. In the photo above: An example of clastic plastiglomerate found on Kamilo Beach. Clastic type is a combination of “basalt, coral, shells, and local woody debris” that are “cemented with grains of sand in a plastic matrix.” (via Plastiglomerate: The New And Horrible Way Humans Are Leaving Their Mark On The Planet)

rocksandants:

Humans will now be forever inscribed into the Earth’s geological history. Our everlasting signature? Plastic-infused stones. The newly identified stone, according to a report from The Geological Society of America, has been officially named plastiglomerate. It is formed when plastic trash melts and fuses together with natural materials such as basaltic lava fragments, sand, shells, wood and coral, resulting in a plastic-rock hybrid. Researchers say the new material is likely to last a very long time, possibly becoming a permanent marker in Earth’s geologic record. In the photo above: An example of clastic plastiglomerate found on Kamilo Beach. Clastic type is a combination of “basalt, coral, shells, and local woody debris” that are “cemented with grains of sand in a plastic matrix.” (via Plastiglomerate: The New And Horrible Way Humans Are Leaving Their Mark On The Planet)

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Happy Pride, San Francisco, from LA.

Happy Pride, San Francisco, from LA.

Happy Pride San Francisco, from LA.

halftheskymovement:

Married at age 13, Maimuna Abdullahi endured an abusive marriage for a year — and is now at 14 one of thousands of divorced girls in Nigeria. Once married, her husband forced her to drop out of school, blaming her few years of schooling for her disobedience. “She had too much ABCD,” he says. “Too much ABCD.”Maimuna’s situation is representative of many others — only 2 percent of married girls in Nigeria attend school compared to 69 percent of unmarried girls, according to the United Nations. But Maimuna considers her self lucky, because she now attends the Tattalli School Free School for divorced girls and is learning a trade so she can support herself. 
Learn more via the AP.

halftheskymovement:

Married at age 13, Maimuna Abdullahi endured an abusive marriage for a year — and is now at 14 one of thousands of divorced girls in Nigeria. Once married, her husband forced her to drop out of school, blaming her few years of schooling for her disobedience. “She had too much ABCD,” he says. “Too much ABCD.”

Maimuna’s situation is representative of many others — only 2 percent of married girls in Nigeria attend school compared to 69 percent of unmarried girls, according to the United Nations. But Maimuna considers her self lucky, because she now attends the Tattalli School Free School for divorced girls and is learning a trade so she can support herself. 

Learn more via the AP.

tokitaee:

meettheelephants:

Meet Limba

Limba was Canada’s oldest elephant, turning 50 last year. Limba was born in the wild, and captured in the 60s, where she eventually arrived at the Bowmanville Zoo. Limba spent time at other zoos, but the majority of her life was lived at the zoo. Limba saw many elephants, Asian and African come and leave the zoo, or die, but by the end of her life, she was the only elephant left at the zoo. Limba’s keepers and trainers claim she liked human company better than elephant company, a common claim when addressing lone elephants in captivity. The Bowmanville Zoo didn’t just let Lucy live out her life like most zoos do, but Limba performed a circus type show at the zoo, and traveled in a circus for three months of the year.— *video of her performing* *video of her giving rides*. Limba was however, given a lot of freedom at the zoo, but so much that it caused serious safety risks. Limba’s keepers have admitted to falling asleep while Limba wandered through the nearby forest. Limba participated in many events for the community, some for PR reasons, some for profit. She was used in Hindu weddings, and participated in the Bowmanville Christmas Parade every year (pictured above). Limba was never involved in any incidents, which is very lucky as she was often around members of the public, and even children! Her keepers would take her out into town occasionally, completely disregarding safety, and luckily for them, Limba never hurt anybody. Limba was treated more like a pet by her keepers, than the wild animal she is. They actually compared her to a pet, and a dog, multiple times. You can see photos of Limba with Children or out with the public here:

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By mid 2013, Limba seemed to start slowing down and running out of energy. It is highly likely she had cancer. Still, Limba was performing. At the end of the year, Limba, despite being ill marched in the annual Christmas parade. Two weeks afterwards, on December 3rd she was euthanised. Her keepers claim she was happy at the end of her life, as they claimed that throughout her life, and that her death wasn’t painful. Limba traveled and worked right up until her death.

I for one think it’s ridiculous to speak on behalf of an animal, especially one you are making profit from.

Limba was approximately 50 years old at the time of her death, making her Canada’s oldest elephant. She hadn’t seen another elephant in two years, and another Asian elephant in four. 

I had the “pleasure” of speaking with the owner of the Bowmanville Zoo at a recent circus protest where his animals were being used.
He had a baboon on a leash and kept comparing it to a dog. The baboon showed aggressiveness more than once towards me and other people.
Several animals including a zebra, a panther, and a cat were kept inside the trailer for hours in hot weather.


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aljazeeraamerica:

US signals intention to eliminate its land mines, join treaty

The U.S. military will not be expanding its land mine stockpile and aims to eventually eliminate its entire supply so that it can accede to the Ottawa Convention, a 15-year-old international treaty on mines, the White House announced Friday.
The move comes after persistent criticism of Washington for failing to sign the treaty, a mine-ban agreement that currently has 161 signatories. The U.S.’s refusal to join their ranks puts the country on a list that also includes Burma, North Korea and Uzbekistan.

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aljazeeraamerica:

US signals intention to eliminate its land mines, join treaty

The U.S. military will not be expanding its land mine stockpile and aims to eventually eliminate its entire supply so that it can accede to the Ottawa Convention, a 15-year-old international treaty on mines, the White House announced Friday.

The move comes after persistent criticism of Washington for failing to sign the treaty, a mine-ban agreement that currently has 161 signatories. The U.S.’s refusal to join their ranks puts the country on a list that also includes Burma, North Korea and Uzbekistan.

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icontherecord:

Joint Statement From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice on the Declassification of Renewal of Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act 
June 27, 2014
On March 28, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declassified and disclosed publicly that the U.S. government had filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that, on March 28, 2014, the FISC renewed that authority.  The DNI also announced that the Administration was undertaking a declassification review of the FISC’s March 28th Primary Order.  
On June 20, 2014, the DNI declassified and publicly disclosed that the U.S. government had filed an application with the FISC seeking renewal of the authority granted in March to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that, on June 19, 2014, the FISC renewed that authority. The DNI also announced that the Administration was undertaking a declassification review of the FISC’s June 19th Primary Order and an accompanying Memorandum Opinion.
Following a declassification review by the Executive Branch, the DNI has released in redacted form the March 28, 2014 Primary Order, signed by Judge Rosemary M. Collyer.  Separately, following a declassification review by the Executive Branch, the FISC published in redacted form the June 19, 2014 Primary Order and an accompanying Memorandum Opinion, signed by Judge James B. Zagel, re-authorizing the collection of bulk telephony metadata under Section 215.  The most recent authorization expires on September 12, 2014.  These Primary Orders and Memorandum Opinion re-affirm that the bulk telephony metadata collection is lawful. 
The June 19, 2014 Primary Order and Memorandum Opinion are available at the FISC’s website, www.uscourts.gov.  The March 28, 2014 Primary Order along with the July 19, 2014 Primary Order and accompanying Memorandum Opinion are available at the website of the Department of Justice, www.justice.gov; the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, www.dni.gov; and ODNI’s public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the Government, icontherecord.tumblr.com.
BR 14-67 FISC Primary Order
BR 14-96 FISC Primary Order
BR 14-96 FISC Memorandum Opinion

icontherecord:

Joint Statement From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice on the Declassification of Renewal of Collection Under Section 501 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

June 27, 2014

On March 28, 2014, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) declassified and disclosed publicly that the U.S. government had filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that, on March 28, 2014, the FISC renewed that authority.  The DNI also announced that the Administration was undertaking a declassification review of the FISC’s March 28th Primary Order. 

On June 20, 2014, the DNI declassified and publicly disclosed that the U.S. government had filed an application with the FISC seeking renewal of the authority granted in March to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that, on June 19, 2014, the FISC renewed that authority. The DNI also announced that the Administration was undertaking a declassification review of the FISC’s June 19th Primary Order and an accompanying Memorandum Opinion.

Following a declassification review by the Executive Branch, the DNI has released in redacted form the March 28, 2014 Primary Order, signed by Judge Rosemary M. Collyer.  Separately, following a declassification review by the Executive Branch, the FISC published in redacted form the June 19, 2014 Primary Order and an accompanying Memorandum Opinion, signed by Judge James B. Zagel, re-authorizing the collection of bulk telephony metadata under Section 215.  The most recent authorization expires on September 12, 2014.  These Primary Orders and Memorandum Opinion re-affirm that the bulk telephony metadata collection is lawful.

The June 19, 2014 Primary Order and Memorandum Opinion are available at the FISC’s website, www.uscourts.gov.  The March 28, 2014 Primary Order along with the July 19, 2014 Primary Order and accompanying Memorandum Opinion are available at the website of the Department of Justice, www.justice.gov; the website of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, www.dni.gov; and ODNI’s public website dedicated to fostering greater public visibility into the intelligence activities of the Government, icontherecord.tumblr.com.