This pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, WY, has the right idea for a weekend: relax in nature. You can find pronghorn across western and central North America. The pronghorn is the fastest land mammal in the Western Hemisphere, built to outrun its predators. Top speed can reach 55 mph for a half-mile or less.

Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

(via: USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System)

#263 Because of fake abortion clinics.



These ads can be seen all over North America, often listed in the phone book under headings such as abortion servicesfamily-planning information centres, or women’s organisations. They target young women, women of colour and low-income communities, giving the impression that they offer abortion services.

They do not.

What do they do?

Well, these crisis pregnancy centres are run by anti-abortion organisations and the purpose of these centres is to discourage women from having abortions.

How do they do this?

Mainly through false advertising. By imitating the advertisements and designs of actual medical facilities, they attract women who are considering having an abortion. They often operate next to or near actual abortion clinics, in order to confuse women who have appointments at real medical facilities. Then, the names of these centres often include words like ord choice or accurate information.

And accurate information is not their strong suit.

There are reports of women being told that abortion is an extremely risky procedure (while childbirth itself is actually more dangerous), that abortions cause breast cancer (no scientific evidence to support this) and that the patient is very likely to develop a psychological condition known as post-abortion syndrome (American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Associationdo not recognise this as a real condition.)

An investigation conducted by NARAL Pro-Choice America in North Carolina found that

"…most CPCs in the state had no medical professionals on staff, yet 75 percent of the centers failed to disclose that they were not medical facilities. What’s more, over two-thirds of the clinics that NARAL investigated provided false or misleading information about abortion to those seeking care. An investigator posing as a Jewish woman was told she would not go to heaven unless she converted to Christianity – at five different centers.”

These centres exist in every U.S state and according to the New York Times, in 2013 there were about  2,500 crisis pregnancy centres in the U.S, while there were 1,800 real abortion clinics. Canada has about ten times as many crisis pregnancy centres as real abortion clinics. Similiar centres also operate in Ireland

Further, these clinics receive state and federal funding and now many states require women to visit these centre before accessing abortion services.

Find out more about these fake abortion clinics in this short documentary:


Photographs from The North American Indian, a 20-volume work published between 1907 and 1930, filled with over 1,500 photographs as well as records of tribal lore and history, biographical sketches, and descriptions of traditional foods, housing, clothing, ceremonies, and customs. American photographer Edward S. Curtis wanted to capture all he could before it vanished. The pictures cover almost all of the USA, even the ice along the Arctic Ocean and the desert border with Mexico. While painting an idealized picture, Curtis’ images also contrasted with the public’s perception of Native Americans as impediments to be moved off useful land.


Strong Solar Flares This Weekend A Big Double Wammy


by Laura Geggel

Two powerful solar storms arriving at Earth today have captured the public’s attention for their potential to spark amazing auroras, but scientists say there’s another reason to watch. The solar double whammy is actually somewhat rare.

The particles from the two flares could interact as they head toward Earth, and researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center said they are monitoring the situation.

The sun unleashed a medium-sized flare on Monday (Sept. 8) followed by a second, larger flare, called an Earth-directed X-class flare, on Wednesday (Sept. 10). Both are from the same active sunspot region (Active Region 2158) and are directed at Earth, said Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center, during a news conference yesterday (Sept. 11, 2014)…

(read more: Live Science)

images: Solar Dynamics Observatory - NASA and Accuweather