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Of 679 whales killed in 2008-09 hunt in Antarctica, 304 were female. 4 lactating & 192 pregnant at time of death

Left: A minke whale and her calf being towed up the rear ramp of the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No 2; Right: the slain carcass of a minke whale tied to the Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru 2

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Nearly a Third of Whales Killed in Japan Antarctic Hunt are Pregnant, Whaling Commission Hears This Week

Japan whale cuisine: on the menu, alongside local staples such as whale sashimi, were new creations including whale spring rolls, whale bacon and even an Italian cheese whale cutlet

MADEIRA, Portugal - Data provided by the Japanese government has revealed a large number of pregnant and lactating female whales killed. The data was made public at the International Whaling Commission meeting Monday, June 22, 2009.

a minke whale harpooned by the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No 2  read more »

Massive debt, stress, massive heart attack: Michael Jackson, King of Pop. This is IT: lasting legacy. Massive loss

Michael Jackson - the King of Pop; inset - Remember the Time

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His music is a lasting legacy. As a songwriter, singer and dancer, Michael Jackson was an undoubted genius and the most important pop-music figure since Elvis Presley as well as being related to him, marrying Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie in 1964. Michael Jackson has two lovely children: daughter Paris and son Prince with ex-wife Debbie Rowe. Most of Michael Jackson's closest friends had also been child stars, one of them is actress Elizabeth Taylor who said "I loved Michael with all my soul...I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other - the purest most giving love I've ever known."

Guinness World Records artist announce his comeback with an extraordinary concert on O2 arena in London, UK. The last time Michael Jackson performed in UK was in 2006 at the World Music Awards

Michael Jackson portrait

MICHAEL JACKSON  read more »

Photos: staggering contrast. Untouched Nature's beauty vs human footprints: waste produced & garbage trashed

photo: Kalalau Beach; inset: National Geographic Human Footprint - Beer

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Photo: Kalalau Beach. The natural beauty and isolation of Na Pali were populated by Native Hawaiians continuously for six centuries through the early 1900s. In recent decades, however, it has lured half-million visitors annually who hike its trails, camp overnight in its valleys, buzz over its 3,000 foot cliffs in helicopters and, sadly, at times prove poor stewards of Na Pali. Inset: How much Beer will the average person consume in a lifetime? National Geographic Human Footprint looks at how beer is consumed by the average American over a lifetime.

Photo: Na Pali Coastline of Kauai; inset: National Geographic Human Footprint took at look and the numbers are staggering

Photo: Na Pali Coastline of Kauai. Inset: Have you considered the impact of the cars that you will own over your entire lifetime? National Geographic Human Footprint took at look and the numbers are staggering.

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Photos courtesy of ecopreservationsociety.wordpress.com, secretofthecrystalskullsmovie.com / Diane Cook & Len Jenshel, Wings Over Kauai, and National Geographic

Original Source: Eco Preservation Society and Crystal Skulls

Burma's Prime Minister-elect, Aung San Suu Kyi, 13 years behind bars out of 19 in politics, turns 64 on June 19

a poster of Aung San Suu Kyi in a cage as Japanese supporters held a demonstration today in Tokyo as part of worldwide protests

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In the 1990 general election, Suu Kyi earned the right to be Prime Minister in a 392-out-of-489-seats landslide victory as leader of the winning National League for Democracy party, but her detention has prevented her from assuming that role.

Sept 9 1995 - Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi welcomes then United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi spent her 64th birthday in prison Friday, as demands for her freedom erupted across the internet and at rallies worldwide. Suu Kyi has spent more than 13 of the last 19 years in detention, mostly under house arrest. Her party won Myanmar's last elections in 1990 but the junta rejected her victory. After an uninvited American swam to her tightly guarded lakeside home last month, she was arrested and is now on trial for violating the terms of her house arrest.  read more »

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

280 California parks bring annual $4.3 bil to state, mils locally. 200-park closure to shoot deficit? or economy?

Leo Carrillo State Park, Malibu, California is the closest Pacific Ocean beach to Thousand Oaks, California. Its biggest claim to fame is as a popular location for photographers and movies, including The Karate Kid, Grease, The Craft, and Point Break

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The State Parks use less than 1/10th of 1% of the budget, yet return $2.35 for every dollar spent in revenues from surrounding communities whose economies are boosted by (or based on) proximity to the parks.

Proposed state parks closure list is not for the faint of heart

"This morning, I glimpsed the list of California state parks earmarked for closure if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully cuts funding, and I became sickened and angry. There are 220 parks, reserves and beaches on the list. That would leave a mere 59 parks for our continued enjoyment." (Comment posted by Maggie Wolfe Riley: "The State Parks use less than 1/10th of 1% of the budget, yet return $2.35 for every dollar spent in revenues from surrounding communities whose economies are boosted by (or based on) proximity to the parks.")

Among 220 state parks the governor proposes to close, Anderson Marsh Park is a California State Historic Park  read more »

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