The Watering Hole, Saturday, January 25th, 2014: Animals, Birds and Kites – Oh My!

As always, The Weather Channel is great for more than just checking the forecast. Since I’m suddenly standing in for Wayne, today’s thread is going to explore a few recent articles from TWC:

First, from “A Race Against Time: Photos Capture Animals Before They Disappear”, by Michele Berger:

“Joel Sartore has ambitious plans: To photograph all 10,000 or so animals currently in captivity before they go extinct. Over the course of nine years, this National Geographic photographer has made great progress, capturing some 3,300 animals to date. Still, he thinks getting the remaining creatures will take the rest of his life — and he’s ok with that because he believes in this project.

It’s called Photo Ark, and Sartore sees it as both a snapshot of our time and as a call to action.” … “We really need to show people that this is a tragedy and it is the issue of our time,” he said. “It is folly to think that we can doom half of all species to extinction and think it won’t harm humanity.”

Among the animals included in the 15-photo slide show is the adorable Coquerel’s sifaka:

Coquerels sifaka (from the Bronx Zoo Gallery)

Coquerels sifaka (from the Bronx Zoo Gallery)

Next, we’re going to the birds with “Stunning Bird Portaits from Around the World”, also by Michele Berger. The 41 photos by Andrew Zuckerman include representations of such oddities as:

~ The Silkie Bantam Chicken, “…one of the few breeds with five toes instead of four.”

Silkie Bantam Chickens (photo courtesy

Silkie Bantam Chickens (photo courtesy

~ The Wattled Curassow:
Wattled Curassow (source psms29-com)

Wattled Curassow (source psms29-com)

~ The Lilac-Breasted Roller
Lilac-Breasted Roller

Lilac-Breasted Roller

~ And the Twelve-Wired Bird of Paradise
Twelve-Wired Bird of Paradise

Twelve-Wired Bird of Paradise

Finally, apparently I was unaware of the recent week-long international kite festival in parts of India, but there’s a photo gallery of 40 pics to prove it. (Some Bollywood actor is the subject of too many of the photos, but the kites are unusual.)

This is our daily open thread–if you’re somewhere freezing like Wayne and I, stay warm today!

54 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, January 25th, 2014: Animals, Birds and Kites – Oh My!

  1. Son’s first animal companion was a Silkie named Fluffy Feet. Son never learned to ride a bike, but he pushed his little bike all over the farm with Fluffy Feet perched on the handlebars. Silkies are one of the few breeds left that will reliably set and hatch eggs.

    • Wonder why they’re not whining all the way to the SCROTUS on this law?

      It sounds like some of them might be prepared to do just that.

      Gun rights organizations including the National Rifle Association oppose the law, and the firearms industry trade group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is suing to have it overturned.

  2. Illinois Republican Says God Makes Tornadoes to Punish Gay People

    Susanne Atanus is one of the Illinois Republicans attempting to unseat Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky this year. She is not going to be of any particular help to the ol’ rebranding effort.

    “I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said. She said she believes God controls the weather and has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as punishment for gay rights and legalized abortions.
    “God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

    • Like a great many Repugs she lives in the past.
      Interesting that god does not visit tornadoes on one of the gayest cities in the world: San Francisco!
      If there be a god – it is inflicting us with people like Atanus!

    • My child is no one’s punishment you hateful bitch. Our last sizable tornado took out four churches and almost nothing else.

  3. Oh Jeebus on a stick, the Fort Worth hospital is gonna fight this. They only want to keep the fetus alive so that it will grow up to vote Republican.

    • Texas is so damn primitive. Shame on that hospital for putting the family through this torture. Cruel and inhumane, yet the hospital believes in ‘life’…brain dead, brain stem is not functioning and they believed a fetus would thrive in a corpse?
      The hospital’s accreditation for healthcare facilities should be revoked!

  4. “Bristol Palin’s ghostwriter has some advice for Wendy Davis, and that advice is to stop being a whore who abandons her children for her job and education and be more like Bristol Palin. It is titled, “Dear Wendy Davis, You Can Have a Job and Kids,” and if you’ll excuse us it’s time to eat our morning gun.”

  5. Oklahoma Republican’s Bill Would Block Same-Sex Marriage By Stopping ALL Marriages

    A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma has proposed a controversial way to stopping same-sex marriages in the state. According to, state Rep. Mike Turner (R) has proposed scrapping marriage in the state altogether.

    The lawmaker contends that it is the only way to keep same-sex marriage illegal in the state while still defending the U.S. Constitution.

    “[My constituents are] willing to have that discussion about whether marriage needs to be regulated by the state at all,” Turner told Channel 9.

    Other lawmakers feel the same way, he said. They envision a state that doesn’t recognize any marriages at all.

    That baby’s circling the drain…

    • Wow, that works fine for me! So, being the religiosity nutcase capital of the universe, Oklahomans would not be able to marry, hence not be able to procreate without fornication, forbidden by their buybull. No more kids, and within fifty years, the state will be empty…Outstanding.

  6. I just finished an Alabama basketball game on ESPN2, and they switched to BYU at Gonzaga. Kara Lawson is a current WNBA player doing the color, and Beth Mowins is the play by play announcer, who has done college football also. I think this is the first time I’ve watched a major college game done by two women.

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