Baby Whale May Be Killed

Click to Play
A baby Sperm whale will likely be euthanized because it appears to be injured and its mother can not be found. The nine-foot whale was spotted at the Miami Beach Marina on Tuesday around mid-day. The Miami Herald reports:
Injured in the head, dorsal area and tail flukes, the calf might have been hurt by a boat, said Liz Tuohy-Sheen, assistant stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s southeast region. Orphaned and in poor health, the decision was made to euthanize the whale, said Shelley Dawicki, spokeswoman for NOAA fisheries. But then the calf swam out the marina and into Biscayne Bay making it difficult to safely euthanize it, Dawicki said.

A Machine To Clean Up Oily Beaches

Click to Play
Perido Key, Florida – The Lee Boy Sand Shark beach cleaning machine was demonstrated on the beaches of the National Park, Aug. 10, 2010. The owner of the company that makes the machine, Kelly Majeskie describes how the Sand Shark works.

Franken:“The UpTake Proved that Minnesota Is Not Florida”

Senator Al Franken (D-Min) didn’t disappoint as he wrapped up the 2010 Netroots conference. While he thanked supporters and activists, specifically mentioning The UpTake for chronicling the eight-month recount, he cautioned everyone against giving up the fight. Among his comments:

“Corporations aren’t inherently evil but they are inherently powerful. They know more about you than you know about them.” We didn’t get everything we wanted but if we give up now, the Republicans will take away everything that we did get. Once, only the government could threaten your First Amendment rights.