Archive | September 1, 2009

Captain Planet

Everyone’s pointing out that this ad – created to be pitched to, but never approved by, the World Wildlife Fund – is tasteless and offensive. (Click the pic below to enlarge it, or click here to seriously supersize it.)

Multiple planes converging on Manhattan

Well, duh. But what I’ve yet to see anyone point out is how counterproductive the ad’s caption is:

The planet is brutally powerful. Respect it. Preserve it.

(a.k.a. “Kneel before Zod!”) When you hear that “the planet” has killed 100 times more people than 9/11, is your natural response to respect and preserve it, let alone to donate money to its support? I’d think the natural response would be “I guess the planet is our enemy! We’d better declare war upon it!”

Hiking With Zeno

Or maybe Kafka. Here’s the Weather Channel’s description of this hiking path in Yellowstone:

Length: 15.3 Feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Beginning Elevation: 6,400 Feet (Approximately)
Elevation Gain: Minimal
USGS Map(s): Bechler Falls and Cave Falls

This loop trail is a great overnighter or long Day trip.

Yes, I can see how the elevation gain would be minimal. But if it takes a whole day to traverse a 15.3 foot long path of moderate difficulty, I wonder what severe difficulty would look like ….

These Boots Are Made For Walking

Here’s a picture (click to enlarge) of cops arresting some protestors; note the possibly suspicious similarity between the protestors’ bootsoles and those of the cops. This is apparently a famous picture but I hadn’t seen it before; see the discussion here.

Cops and victims wearing same boots

Cops and victims wearing same boots

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