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An adult oyster can filter and clean up to 200 litres of water per day

Same water.  Just one tank has oysters in it.

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Although it looks like Cactus Kate has been ’round.

Somewhere in New Zealand…

H/T: iJoyzilla, via Reddit

H/T: iJoyzilla, via Reddit

Anyone recognise the location?

 

Wanting cannabis legalised so access can be restricted

An interesting debate has arisen in Oregan where the cannabis legalisation debate is front and centre with a vote on legalisation occuring shortly.

One group of mothers is for legalisation, but not so that they can buy it or smoke…for another reason entirely.

To clarify, the Yes on 91 moms don’t want to legally buy marijuana. Nor do they want their kids to have access to it. In fact, that’s their argument.

“With no regulation, marijuana is sold everywhere,” says Leah Maurer, a stay-at-home mom of three who’s been volunteering for the campaign. “It’s sold on the streets, in parks, outside schools, under the bleachers at baseball and basketball games.”

She holds up a photo, for the benefit of the four television cameras that have crammed into the makeshift press conference room, showing edible THC lollipops with smiley faces painted on them. “This is what’s out there right now. This is what this looks like to our children,” Maurer says. Then she holds up a second image — a sterile white vial with a label on it. “This is what it will look like,” she says, “under Measure 91.”

Broadly speaking, this is the campaign’s particular mom-proof, skeptic-co-opting logic: Measure 91 is less pro-pot than pro-rules-on-pot. The people who want to smoke have likely already decided to vote for the law, and the people who think marijuana’s evil are probably set against it. What’s in between are all the Oregonians not particularly interested in their own personal access to marijuana who might be swayed that the state can better manage this market — and, say, a child’s access to it — than drug dealers can.

This is a good point…with legalisation comes restrictions, just like on tobacco and with alcohol.   Read more »

Guess where the Islamic paradise on earth actually is

The UK

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French police used tear gas on crowds of migrants this week in Calais when around 300 attempted to storm lorries heading for the Channel 

Illegal immigrants making desperate bids to reach Britain have turned the port of Calais into a lawless ‘jungle’, according to the French far-right leader.

Marine Le Pen seized on escalating tensions in the town by calling for the urgent reintroduction of internal border controls that have been banished across much of Europe.

The leader of the anti-immigrant National Front party made the remarks during a visit to the northern port town where riot police this week used teargas to ward off hundreds of immigrants seeking to jump on to lorries bound for Britain.

There are similarities between the UK and New Zealand.  Both island nations.  Both tolerant secular western societies.    Read more »

This guy exhumed 150 corpses of girls aged between 3 and 12

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..and you won’t believe what he did with them.

Footage has emerged of the house of horrors where a Russian historian held birthday parties for 150 little girls he had dug up from their graves and mummified.

Anatoly Moskvin, 46, from the city of Nizhny Novgorod in central Russia, was arrested in 2011 after it emerged he had dug up corpses of girls aged between three and 12.

He then took the bodies home and turned them into a grisly collection of mummies, dressing the bodies and skeletons in stockings and dresses and even making one look like a teddy bear.  Read more »

Stuff happy to start a panic

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That’s quite a spectacular headline.  Ebola’s method of transmission has thus far required contact to infected bodily fluids.  If it can spread through the mail, imagine the potential for it to spread world-wide.

Luckily, it’s a typo.  Fears hundreds are exposed to Ebola in Mali.

Phew.

Headlines can be fun by themselves, especially when they go wrong.   Read more »

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