Two Legged Boxer At The Beach [#feelgood] [#geekgirl]
Time-Lapse Firefly Video [#geekgirl]
Happy World Down Syndrome Day Video [#gorgeous] [#geekgirl]
[If this doesn't help knock your Mondayitis on the head, nothing will!]
ACT Greens put an end to cage egg production after almost 20 years [#geekgirl]
[From a press release from The Greens] ‘After 18 years and seven bills, the ACT Greens have finally won the battle to ban cage egg production and sow stalls in the ACT, said ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury.
“In 1996, the ACT Greens presented their first bill in the ACT Legislative Assembly to outlaw the production and sale of battery cage eggs. I am so proud that today, our 7th bill presented to the Assembly on these important issues has passed and will outlaw these inhumane and outdated farming practices,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“The Animal Welfare (Factory Farming) Bill will ban battery cages for egg production and the use of sow stalls and gestation crates for pigs, introducing a maximum penalty on conviction of 50 units ($7,000 for an individual or $35,000 for a corporation).
“Battery cage farming places laying hens in horrific conditions. It is widely recognised that hens kept in battery cage systems suffer chronically, unable to exhibit usual chicken behaviour such as flapping their wings or dust bathing.
“The Bill also prohibits the removal or trimming of hens’ beaks, a common practice in the factory farming industry where the hen’s beak is removed with a hot blade or laser. Not only is this process painful and inhumane, but it can also lead to other health complications which make it painful for the bird to eat.
“A growing number of public campaigns and a high level of recent media attention have exposed the inhumane practices of factory farming. It is clear that community awareness is increasing and public expectations are growing for higher standards of food production.
“This bill represents a growing movement in the community, as consumers are better informed and able to make more humane choices when purchasing animal produce. This is reflected even in our supermarket chains, with a number now stocking free range meats and phasing out the sale of battery cage eggs.
Animals Australia Campaign Director, Lyn White, expressed her support on the bill “Animals Australia applauds the ACT Government’s landmark move to prohibit some of the cruellest farming practices which see millions of animals around Australia severely confined and denied any quality of life, purely for commercial reasons. This legislation reflects community expectations for the treatment of animals and sets a significant precedent for other states to follow.”
Local produce farmer, Martyn Noakes from Bredbo Valley View Farm also welcomed the bill. “Prohibiting sow stalls within the ACT will have far reaching beneficial effects on the welfare of pigs beyond the ACTs borders; there is no need for sow stalls, caged birds or feed lots. This legislation is a step forward in changing the way we all think about the way all our food is produced.”’
A Bathing Owlette [#cutez0r] [#geekgirl]
A Boy and His Dog [#geekgirl]
Floppy Music | Soft Cell – Tainted Love [#geekgirl]
#PRISOM Nominated for a 2013 Digital Humanities Award [#geekgirl] [#BlowingOwnHorn]
Yep, this one’s pure shameless promotion, folks [so look away now if you're easily offended by such things]…I received some excellent news this morning: I and one of my creative co-collaborators, Andy Campbell, have been lucky enough to have an “Evolution” graphic we designed (as part of our #PRISOM Game Project) nominated for “Best DH visualization or infographic” in the 2013 Digital Humanities Awards (Recognising Excellence in Digital Humanities).Have a look at the poster here (it’s listed under the “Best DH visualization or infographic” category) and if you like it, go back to the original page, scroll down to the very bottom, and vote for it. Voting will be open until midnight GMT on the Friday 14 February 2014.
I Am Not Lost! [#geekgirl]
Got to love Canada, someone is placing these all over Ottawa, as the temp. is dropping.. pic.twitter.com/KxXbZxCcQI
— Louise Botha Artist (@lbpaints) January 21, 2014
The Ultimate CuteZ0r Depeche Mode Cover Band [#geekgirl]