Richmond Mural Project 2014
— Stimie (via howitzerliterarysociety)
Jellyfish Lake in Palau. Apparently the jellies have lost their ability to sting because of lack of predators in the lake and you can swim with them!
WAIT BUT THAT’S NOT EVEN THE COOLEST PART: These jellyfish carry small populations of algae inside their bodies and derive much of their nutrition from the sugars that the algae produce. The jellyfish follow the sun across the lake each day and rotate continuously, so that the algae are always getting maximum sunlight exposure for photosynthesis. Then at night they dive to deeper parts of the lake so the algae can absorb nitrogen. It’s one of the best examples of endosymbiosis in action and it’s KICKASS.
What I Read: The Burglary by Betty Medsger
This book details the 1971 burglary of an FBI office in Media, PA by the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, a group of anti war activists from Philadelphia. It’s at once a thrilling, terse, action packed telling of the planning and execution of the break in that reads like a white knuckle heist movie.
It’s also a terrifying indemnification of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover and the US government at large that shows that for almost a half century the FBI engaged in massive and wildly illegal domestic surveillance, espionage and other activities that terrorized innocent citizens and in a few cases led to people’s wrongful deaths.
It’s fascinating and eye opening in it’s own right, but it’s even more breathtaking when you consider the parallels between the FBI in the 70’s and the NSA today. They both engaged in unwarranted, illegal surveillance on an unprecedented scale almost entirely against innocent, law abiding Americans, and both had their activities exposed by average American whistleblowers.
The flow of the book is interrupted a little bit by it’s slightly wonky structure, but Medsger’s skills as a journalist are unimpeachable and the subject matter could not be more fascinating or relevant.
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