Well, it can’t hurt to post this

So, about a week ago, a friend who worked at Amazon told me what was going on in the Hannibal negotiations–and obviously I could’t say anything then in case it fucked stuff up. Well considering it blew up…I don’t think anyone cares anymore, so here’s a brief summary.

1) Netflix was really really interested. And Amazon wanted to sell the rights, but Amazon wanted a really high price, and was not going to relinquish the rights to the first 3 seasons–which as you can imagine makes the property totally worthless to Netflix.

2) While Amazon middle-management talked about producing it, they couldn’t because Amazon has an everything needs to be internally created memo that comes straight from Bezos. (I’m aware they’re inconsistent about it, middle management is aware, but yeah, that’s why they wouldn’t pick it up.) (note: how many popular TV shows does Amazon have? lol 0) 

3) Netflix and Amazon have some bad blood between them, due to an attempted takeover a few years back, and well…they’re competitors. Oh and Netflix runs on Amazon’s server system just to complicate matters. 

Yeah, despite how awesome Hannibal is…it appears that the ongoing Netflix/Amazon drama won the day. (And I suppose it’s an interesting case study in a business failure.) 

So guys, our chances basically lie with Hulu and YahooTV now. Time to start making phone calls.  

OR7’s yearlings thrive; new pups for Rogue pack

Recent trail camera images confirm that the three pups born to OR-7 and his mate in 2014 survived the winter and remain with the Rogue Pack.  The time-lapse video shows two of the now full-size yearlings playing in the early morning hours of June 24.

OR-7 became famous in 2011 after dispersing from his pack in the northeastern corner of the state to cross over the Cascades and wandering into California.  After returning to Oregon in 2013 and settling in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, last year he found a mate and sired three pups, eventually forming the Rogue Pack.  

Fresh pup scat found during retrieval of the trail cameras confirms a second set of pups for OR-7 and his mate.  State and federal biologists will continue to survey the Rogue and other wolf packs for pups.

“It’s exciting to see the momentum in wolf recovery in Oregon over a relatively short time period,” said Paul Henson, state supervisor of the Oregon U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office “Not only is the Rogue Pack growing, but wolves have been dispersing into several new areas this spring and summer. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been, and continues to be, committed to working with livestock producers to lessen any impact of wolf recovery on their livelihoods.”

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The Phantasmal Poison Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) is a species of poison dart frog endemic to Ecuador. First described by George Albert Boulenger in 1899, this endangered species is found only in rainforests on the slopes of the Andes Mountains.

Photograph: H. Krisp                                                                               via: Wikipedia

Rodeo!lock is now live!

Title: The Devil’s Blaze

Rating: E (eventually)

Relationship: Eventual Sherlock/John

Genre: Rodeo!lock AU! Casefic/Action/Adventure/Romance

Excerpt:  “I’m a consulting equestrian expert, Mycroft!” Sherlock snapped, his voice rising with ire. “I work with legendary bloodlines in the upper echelons of equine sports diagnosing idiot-caused behavior issues and recognizing subtle doping tells…Purebred, endangered bloodlines or not and your personal machinations aside, you want me to travel to America for the sake of a stock horse at a rodeo?!”

The first chapter is is up!  Tagging jinglebellfic, anarfea, meetingyourmaker, and fuckyeahfightlock because they either a) asked me to, or b) were responsible for the original prompt. 

International Shipping

There has been some discussion of international shipping in the Vulture Culture tag recently, and I’d like to share what I know about the US regulations, and why most of the US vultures will probably be unable to offer international shipping.

Failure to file a declaration for importation or exportation of fish or wildlife when required by the regulations in 50 C FR Part 14 is a violation of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq.)

As an entomologist who has dealt with international shipping of insect specimens both privately and on behalf of research institutions, I can say that there is in fact a considerable amount of paperwork required for the exchange to be legal, even if the non-US country has no wildlife import/export laws. Insects are considered “wildlife” by the USFWS, so importing them or exporting them (or articles made with their parts) requires the same permits that any mammalian wildlife product does. Border officers are often entirely unaware of the law when it comes to insects (as I discovered, ending up in a circle-jerk of half a dozen agencies saying it was another agencies’ jurusdiciton), and calling them does little good–if you take their incorrect advice and end up breaking the law, you will still be held responsible and may have your specimens confiscated.

For exporting from OR importing to the US, you will need to fill out a 3-117 form. Unfortunately for amateur entomologists, all specimens must be identified to species level and declared individually. No fee is involved if the specimen is a gift, but the transfer is limited to 5 or fewer “similar items” (ie less than five of the same specimen for insects, less than five coyote skulls, etc). Make sure the foreign sender/recipient fills out the proper exportation/importation permits (the 3-117 is only the US half of the paperwork).

If the specimens are to be SOLD COMMERCIALLY, the US seller or buyer must have an exporters/importers permit, which is expensive–current rates are $100 per year plus $93 fee per shipment for unprotected animals or $186 per shipment for protected animals. Additional fees apply for rushed shipments.

You can work through a commercial wildlife importer/exporter, but their fees are high. Unless the specimen you want to get to/from the US is extremely valuable, it is likely to be too expensive to be worth considering.

Monday’s shark of SharkWeekSketchJam: The sawfish!

“All species of sawfishes are listed as critically endangered or endangered, and risk extinction, as their populations have declined to less than 10% of historical levels – the result of habitat destruction and overfishing. The smalltooth sawfish (P. pectinata), for example, was once widely distributed in parts of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Indo-Pacific. Available data indicate the range of this species has been reduced by about 90%. As a result, surviving local subpopulations have become severely fragmented. Population numbers of this species are estimated at less than 5% to perhaps as low as 1% of their historic levels.

They are also exploited for their rostra (prized as a curiosity by some), their fins (eaten as a delicacy by others), and their liver oil (used in folk medicine). The rostrum can reportedly fetch prices of over US$1,000 (£500) apiece in some markets. While arguing for a global ban on international commerce in 2007, a representative from the National Museums of Kenya stated, “Only the meat is consumed locally; and artisanal fishermen can retire after catching one sawfish due to the high value of a single rostrum, up to $1,450.”

 The fins from the critically endangered sawfishes “are highly favored in Asian markets and are some of the most valuable shark fins.” Sawfishes are now protected under the highest protection level of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Appendix I, but given the great volume of the shark fin trade, and that detached shark fins are difficult to identify, it is unlikely that CITES protection will prevent sawfish fins from entering the trade.”

I single-handedly raised $330 towards endangered species conservation projects in just one 5hr shift today! So I’m posting a goofy selfie before I have a Florence Welch moment and post something introspective