“ University of Florida officials announced today that they are partnering with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to form the first Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program dedicated to the teaching, research and application of forensic science in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against animals. The program will handle cases from around the country — possibly up to 200 within the first two years — and provide consultancy and training. Additional details will be presented at the North American Veterinary Conference, which opens Saturday in Orlando. ”
University of Florida News - New forensics program to investigate crime against animals
“ No! You can go back to your, what do you call it, your Google, and you figure out all that.”
— Former President George H.W. Bush, in a Fox News interview, when asked if he would elaborate on some of his son’s failures as president. ”
Bonus Quote of the Day — Political Wire
“ While most of the stray dogs that live on the sanctuary avoid the elephants, Tarra and Bella have been friends for years, eating, sleeping, and playing together. But the two proved how close they are recently when Bella suffered a spinal cord injury that left her unable to move her legs or even wag her tail. Tarra spent three weeks standing outside the sanctuary office where the dog lay motionless, until sanctuary co-founder Scott Blais carried the Bella to the balcony to see her friend. The dog’s tail started wagging and Blais had the two he visit every day as Bella learned to walk again. Today, Bella has recovered and will even roll on her back to let Tarra pat her belly with her foot ”
Elephant Nurses Best Dog Friend Back To Health
President-Elect Obama moves to Washington [via NYTimes]
A FREE download is available now: Leo Babauta has written a companion to The Power of Less — a free ebook called “THRIVING ON LESS: Simplifying in a Tough Economy“.
The RNC and “Barack the Magic Negro” song
In the search for someone to lead the Republican Party out of its political wilderness, the winnowing has begun.
Former Tennessee GOP Chairman Chip Saltsman appears on the brink of elimination from the competitive race for the national party chairmanship after sending GOP committee members a Christmas CD that contained the parody song “Barack the Magic Negro.”
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“When the populace’s fear of a snowstorm creates traffic jams and general panic way before any flakes even fall. Usually turns out to be a totally disproportionate response to a minor snowstorm.”
…Portland for the last couple of weeks!