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Typhoon Talas Brings Tsunami-like Damage to Japan

While the English-speaking news media has been busy reporting various natural disasters in North America – such as Hurricane Irene, which resulted in a total of 55 deaths – I haven’t seen as much attention on the simultaneous devastation that’s been happening here. Typhoon 12, or “Talas,” as it’s known outside Japan, has brought what looks like another tsunami to the same coast that was ravaged on March 11. The pictures look eerily familiar, and the death toll could top 100. Talas not only shattered records, it gave an extra slap in the face to a slowly healing nation.

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My (animal) Kingdom for a Horse… or bull

Many alternative medicines use parts from various animals, regardless of their actual effectiveness. Animals are also sacrificed for the sake of magic rituals, and there are always buyers somewhere. Unfortunately, that means that such pseudoscience is being funded at these animals’ expenses. We need animals. We eat them, wear them, keep them as pets, use them in medicines and cosmetics, and even stuff or skin them and call them art. This is the way of life most of us are used to, and I’m not going to preach the extremist PETA dogma or pass any judgment. The issue is about wasting limited resources. For example, as I mentioned before, killing a single alpha-male lion disrupts the entire pride, resulting in the death of the slain male’s cubs, as well as all those who try to protect them. So what makes the gradual extinction of multitudes of species truly deplorable is that the demand for these animal parts is highly driven by pseudoscience – the biggest waste of them all.

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