Filed under: Africa, Art, Capitalism, Liberalism, News of the Weird, Progressivism | Tags: If It's Ivory It's Worthless, Regulations Are Everything, US Fish and Wildlife Service
How about this one? On June 26, innumerable antiques, musical instruments and Mah Jong and chess sets have been effectively banned by your federal government from sale or trade within the U.S. The idea is to protect elephants in Africa from poaching for their ivory.
Combined with tough new international import-export restrictions, the value of these objects, once in the hundreds of millions of dollars, will evaporate.
Well, so much for my little ivory Buddha, though I doubt he was worth much in the first place, but what about my walrus ivory necklace from Alaska?
There are fantastically beautiful and expensive pieces carved of ivory. Too bad. Now worthless. Your federal government decided. This one is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.To sell or trade your object, you have to prove that it at least 100 years old and possess official paperwork proving that it was imported to America before 1990, or legally thereafter, and provide evidence that the object has been neither repaired nor modified since December 1973. The IRS is unlikely to let you write it off as an investment loss, whether you paid a few hundred or $20,000 at Christie’s.
What Fish and Wildlife will do is step in to prosecute the owners and confiscate the ivory goods.
ADDENDUM: The bureaucrats at Fish and Wildlife may mean well, but their efforts to ban the sale and trade of ivory will not save one elephant. It will only raise the price of ivory on the world market and encourage poaching. One third of African elephants live in Botswana. 150,000 of them live in an area about the size of the New York metropolitan area. Too many for a comparatively small area. Botswana President Ian Kharma has banned wildlife hunting as of January and has received awards for his conservation efforts, but the overpopulation of elephants is controlled only by disease, hunting or starvation due to the destruction of the environment. That jacks up the price even more. Elephants have no natural predator.
Filed under: Art, Domestic Policy, Environment, Intelligence | Tags: A Day Like All Days, Charmless Companions, Henri - Paw de Deux
Filed under: Art, Environment, Freedom | Tags: Busy Bees, Spring Will Be Coming, The Beauty of Pollination
What could be sexier than pollination? With the weather freezing in much of the country, our weather here in the Puget Sound area is mild, but nippy (in the high 40°s) and it’s been foggy for days. Still, a nice pollination video is just what the doctor ordered. Reposted from last year.
Filed under: Art, Cool Site of the Day, Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming | Tags: Blowing Bubbles, Freezing Temperatures, Making Magic
When the temperature dropped to 16 degrees in Washington, and everyone hid indoors around the fireplace, the stove, or just wrapped up in blankets, Angela Kelly and her 7 year-old son mixed up some homemade soap and blew bubbles to see what would happen:
Angela took photos as the frost created intricate designs in the larger bubbles, while the smaller ones froze and shattered as they it the ground. Before the sun came up the bubbles behaved as if they were made of glass. After the sun came up, the tops of the bubbles would defrost. Here is the rest of the story:
What a great idea. Perhaps people all over America will be blowing bubbles in the cold.
Filed under: Art, Freedom, Fun n Games, History, Humor, The United States | Tags: Size and Perspective, The Photographer's Art, The World of Elgin Park
The Elephant sent me a link to this story, which is definitely a guy thing, but completely charming just the same. It reminded me that a while back, I had posted something by the same photographer, actually three years ago, about small-town America, in a town called Elgin Park. Quite worth digging out of the archives. Enjoy!
Filed under: Art, Entertainment, Heartwarming, Music | Tags: Current Climate, Ella Fitzgerald, Stormy Weather
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Entertainment, Pop Culture | Tags: Illusions in Chalk, Street Artists, Temporary Masterpieces
(h/t: Maggie’s Farm)