Friday, October 23, 2009

Species Who Died

The Guardian has a photo gallery of species- plants, frogs, snails, birds, mammals- that are thought to have gone extinct in recent years. In some cases the species is completely gone, in others it's functionally extinct, but in all cases, the species is diminished to the point there is no realistic hope of its recovery. The above beautiful plant has a few surviving members (no pun intended). They're all male. There are only ten photos; this is only a fraction of a percent of the actual extinctions that have occurred recently.

I didn't really care for the following song when I first heard it; but I came to enjoy it in a Pulp Fiction, dark (very dark) humor sort of way.
Speaking of Pulp Fiction, here's a clip I came across earlier today. I had decided it wasn't funny enough to post... but it is ironic enough to post given this context.

Our species is waving its power around like the gun in that scene. Who knows who'll get taken out with the next accident? Hmmm?

1 comment:

Charlie said...

OMG Lockwood! Pulp Fiction is my all time favorite movie! I can just about quote it verbatim.

It is the funniest, darkest movie in the world. I have to be really careful who I tell that that's my favorite - I get strange looks.

My daughter wrote out Ezekiel 25:17 for Christmas for me one year (we give simple presents, so I prefer homemade ones)

"There's a passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you. I been sayin' that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, it meant your ass. I never really questioned what it meant. I thought it was just a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before you popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice. Now I'm thinkin': it could mean you're the evil man. And I'm the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here, he's the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could be you're the righteous man and I'm the shepherd and it's the world that's evil and selfish. I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be a shepherd."

THanks for the smile!