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Friday, November 16, 2018

At the Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium Out of the Blue

Earlier this summer, Mystic Aquarium’s VP of Biological Programs, Dr. Allison Tuttle, traveled to Taiwan to provide professional consultation to the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA). 

As part of the Fulbright Specialist Program (see below), the organization turned to Dr. Tuttle to provide assistance in enhancing their veterinary and husbandry programming - most notably the care of their beluga whales - tapping into her 15+ years of experience in the field of aquatic animal medicine and husbandry.

"I have worked for my entire career to continually progress animal care for aquatic animals," noted Dr. Tuttle. "Being able to build a bridge across cultures and continents through the Fulbright Specialist Program was incredibly rewarding."

Fulbright Specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions and travel from the U.S. to serve as expert consultants abroad.

"While the Fulbright Program was the primary focus of my trip, I was also able to be an ambassador for Mystic Aquarium by delivering a presentation about our facility and our programs to over 100 research scientists at the National Institute for Marine Biology," concluded Dr. Tuttle upon her return. "As a result, there are now a number of research scientists from Taiwan who specialize in coral and beluga research who would like to see our aquarium in person!"

"I am proud to work for an organization that can make a positive impact both locally and globally!"

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Reduce, reuse, recycle. Skip the straw. Bring your own bottle. There are so many ways you can join the plastic-free movement, but how do you decide where to start?
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Solomon Island Leaf Frog

It's easy to see how this frog got its name - with its pointed snout and eyelids, rigid features and earthy range of colors, the Solomon Island leaf frog looks like another fallen leaf. Their unique appearance allows them to blend with natural surroundings in the rainforest as they wait for prey and hide from predators.
The Solomon Island leaf frog is one of the few frog species that does not have a tadpole phase. Instead, females lay their eggs in a shallow nest underground where tiny frogs emerge once fully-developed.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle

So that our staff and volunteers can enjoy the holiday with family,

Mystic Aquarium will be closed November 22 for Thanksgiving.

A gift that gives all year, and also gives back!

When you give the gift of a Mystic Aquarium membership, you're giving a year filled with animal adventures, global discoveries, family fun, exclusive perks and more. Plus, your gift purchase helps to protect our ocean planet. Purchase your gift membership now!

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Who is right?

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Image result for offshore wind farm gifCommercial fishermen and sport fishermen are split over the benefits of offshore wind facilities.

Commercial fishermen, primarily from eastern Long Island, say the wind-energy projects planned for southern New England, such as the South Fork Wind Farm, are the latest threats to their income after decades of quotas and regulations.

“I don't like the idea of the ocean being taken away from me after I’ve thrown so many big-dollar fish back in the water for the last 30 years, praying I’d get it back in the end,” said Dave Aripotch, owner of a 75-foot trawl-fishing boat based in Montauk, N.Y.

In the summer, Aripotch patrols for squid and weakfish in the area where the 15 South Fork wind turbines and others wind projects are planned. He expects the wind facilities and undersea cables will shrink fishing grounds along the Eastern Seaboard.

VIDEO: Another way to look at your McFish sandwich

Modern slavery promotes overfishing

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Labour abuses, including modern slavery, are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, new research from the University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.

By combining fisheries data from the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC with country-level data on modern slavery, the researchers found that countries whose fleets rely heavily on government subsidies, fish far away from home ports, and fail to comprehensively report their actual catch, tend to fish beyond sustainable limits and are at higher risk of labour abuses.

“Crews on vessels from China, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Russia are particularly at high risk because of a lack of regulatory oversight in those countries combined with the complexities of jurisdiction at sea. This makes it easier to force people to work excessively long hours, often under appalling conditions, to extract as much fish as possible in exchange for a low – or zero – pay,” said David Tickler, lead author of the study from the University of Western Australia.

Repeal Trumpcare?

Have Voters Killed the Crappy Coverage Comeback?
By Phil Mattera for the Dirt Diggers Digest

Image result for trumpcareDemocrats seized the House while Republicans increased their majority in the Senate, but the unambiguous and across-the-board winner in the election was regulation – specifically, regulation of the health insurance industry.

Rarely has the public sent such a clear message that it wanted government to rein in corporations and market forces in favor of consumer and public interest protections. 

The desire to retain provisions of the Affordable Care Act protecting those with pre-existing conditions was key to Democratic gains. Republicans responded by pretending they agreed with that principle, but few were fooled by this deception.

At the same time, voters in three deep red states – Idaho, Nebraska and Utah – approved ballot initiatives in favor of ACA Medicaid expansion. This amounted to an embrace not just of regulation but of out-and-out government-controlled health coverage.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Medicare for all - a communist plot?

A new White House report links the idea of Medicare for All with Mao. Really?
Image result for medicare for allTrump’s White House seems to be both spooked… and spooky.

Check out a 72-page “spookonomics” report issued right before Halloween by his Council of Economic Advisors. It reads like an endless Trump tweet, focused on his perceived political enemies and riddled with fantasies, lies, and paranoia about the policies of progressives.

À la Joe McCarthy, Trump’s economic advisors spew conspiracy theories about the proposals of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and other democratic populists, frantically linking them with “Failed Socialist Policies” of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and other communist dictators.

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Ah, now I understand...

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Signs of xmas

25 poinsettia varieties on sale by URI Master Gardeners, Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Related imageFor those interested in holiday decorating, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 are very big days. 

On that Friday and Saturday, the URI Master Gardeners will host their annual poinsettia sale, and 25 different poinsettia varieties will be available for purchase.

The event takes place at URI’s East Farm on Route 108 in Kingston from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 1. The cost of each poinsettia is $10 while supplies last.

“The Master Gardeners have nursed the plants into a glorious display of mostly red plants, with some whites, pinks and variegated plants as well,” said Kate Venturini of the URI Cooperative Extension. “Visitors will be impressed with the size and health of the plants, as well as with their vibrant colors.”

Nuts for nuts?

Daily serving may help control weight and benefit health
American Heart Association
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Eating Brazil nuts and other varieties of nuts daily may prevent weight gain and provide other cardiovascular benefits, according to two separate preliminary studies to be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2018 in Chicago, a premier global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians.

One study analyzed the influence of eating nuts and peanuts on long-term body weight in U.S. men and women. The other study examined whether eating Brazil nuts could increases a sense of fullness and improve glucose and insulin responses.