The Supreme Court and The Death Penalty – The New Yorker

At the end of this month, the Supreme Court will reckon with execution by lethal injection in Glossip v. Gross, the case of Oklahoma death-row inmates who are challenging the three-drug protocol that the state has chosen to carry out death sentences.

via The Supreme Court and The Death Penalty – The New Yorker.

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What’s Up With You? – NYTimes.com

While U.S.-Iran relations are taking up all the oxygen in the room these days, and they’re vitally important for the future of the Middle East, U.S.-China relations are vitally important for the world — and there’s more going on there than meets the eye. The concept of “one country, two systems” was invented to describe the relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China.

via What’s Up With You? – NYTimes.com.

The alpine grazing debate was never about science

The Victorian government has removed cattle from the Alpine National Park and introduced legislation to parliament that bans future cattle grazing in the park, under debate this week. This is the latest in a string of decisions relating to alpine grazing in Victoria.

We are now back where we were a decade ago, when the Labor government under Steve Bracks banned cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park in 2005.

via The alpine grazing debate was never about science.

We’ve scrubbed Dennis Nona’s art from our galleries to our cost

By the time Dennis Nona turned 35, in 2008, he was hot property on the Australian art market. He was the winner of the of the most prestigious art prize for Indigenous artists, the A$40,000 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. He was exhibited nationally and internationally. He was headhunted for major international commissions and key national and state art collections extensively acquired his art.

via We’ve scrubbed Dennis Nona’s art from our galleries to our cost.

The pale blue dot and other ‘selfies’ of Earth

Twenty-five years ago a set of images were taken that provided a unique view of Earth and helped highlight the fragility of our existence, and the importance of our stewardship.

As the Voyager 1 planetary spacecraft went beyond the orbit of Pluto on February 14, 1990, it took one last look at Earth. Three exposures, each one in a different filter, contained a very small and faint Earth.

via The pale blue dot and other ‘selfies’ of Earth.

Hungry giant cat pulls shark out of the ocean | The New Daily

An American photographer has witnessed a “rare” moment a bobcat jumped into the ocean to snare a shark.

John Bailey reportedly saw the cat watching the shark feeding on smaller fish at a Florida beach, and managed to capture a shot just after the hungry feline pounced.

“(The cat) spotted it, pulled it up, the shark floundered for a while,” Mr Bailey told local media.

via Hungry giant cat pulls shark out of the ocean | The New Daily.

Prisons policy is turning Australia into the second nation of captives

Sometimes you don’t need hindsight to identify broken social and legal policy. Such is the case with Australia’s slide into following the US lead and becoming a nation of captives. A little known, but alarming, fact is that imprisonment numbers in Australia – both the number of offenders incarcerated and the growth in numbers – are now at record highs, and by a considerable margin.

via Prisons policy is turning Australia into the second nation of captives.

Travel Trip Journey: Cliff Palace: The Largest Cliff Dwelling in North America

The structure of Cliff Palace is built by Ancient Pueblo Peoples located in Mesa Verde National Park. This is former homeland region of Pueblo Peoples actually largest cliff dwelling in North America. The cliff dwelling and park are in the southwestern corner of Colorado, in the Southwestern United States. The beautiful Tree ring dating specifies that construction and refurbishing of Cliff Palace was continuous from c. 1190 CE through c. 1260 CE, though the key portion of the building was done within a 20 year of time span. The ancient Cliff Palace was first discovered in 1888 by “Richard Wetherill” and “Charlie Mason” while out looking for stray cattle. The Cliff Palace was constructed primarily out of sandstone, mortar and wooden beams.

via Travel Trip Journey: Cliff Palace: The Largest Cliff Dwelling in North America.

MRSA superbug killed by 1,100-year-old home remedy, researchers say – The Washington Post

Even in the age of AIDS, avian flu and Ebola, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, is terrifying.

The superbug, which is resistant to conventional antibiotics because of their overuse, shrugs at even the deadliest weapons modern medicine offers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated MRSA contributed to the deaths of more than 5,000 people in the United States in 2013. It even attacked the NFL, and some say it could eventually kill more people than cancer. And presidential commissions have advised that technological progress is the only way to fight MRSA.

[White House devises plan to fight MRSA, C. diff, CRE

via MRSA superbug killed by 1,100-year-old home remedy, researchers say – The Washington Post.