Rare White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only Four Left on the Planet
The death of the 31-year-old old female at a Czech zoo paints a bleak picture for the northern white rhino subspecies.

A northern white rhinoceros named Nabiré died Monday at a Czech zoo, leaving only four of the subspecies alive in the world. Their outlook is bleak: Only one male remains, and at 42 years old he can no longer breed.

The 31-year-old female died at the Dvůr Králové Zoo after suffering complications from the rupture of a large cyst, according to a zoo statement. White rhinos are thought to be able to live up to 40 or 50 years.

“It is a terrible loss,” zoo director Přemysl Rabas said in the statement. “Her species is on the very brink of extinction.” (Also see “Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct.”)

The remaining animals, all captive, include a female at the San Diego Zooand two females and a male at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

A Rapid Decline

Rhinoceros populations in both Asia and Africa have suffered for decades due to poaching, which is spurred mainly by demand for their horns as a key ingredient in many traditional Asian medicines, according to the nonprofit group WWF. Habitat loss is also a factor in their demise. (See a map of the international illegal trade in rhinos.)


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The northern white rhinoceros subspecies was once robust throughout central Africa, with populations ranging from southern Chad to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their numbers declined precipitously from more than 2,000 in 1960 to only 15 individuals by 1984.

Like their northern relatives, the southern white rhino went through previous periods of decline, and only a handful remained at the turn of the century, says Kathleen Garrigan, spokesperson for the African Wildlife Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based group that works to protect African animals.

Conservation efforts by the South African government have helped the subspecies rebound to a healthy population of around 20,000. Those efforts include breeding and relocating rhinos, as well as allowing controlled sport hunting, which has encouraged landowners to care for the rhinos, she says.

But the northern white rhino has not been so lucky. The subspecies “disappeared right in front of our eyes,” says Garrigan, “and we didn’t realize it until it was too late." 

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When I teach different levels of students and classes

When it’s a class full of motivated students who are respectful and ready to learn, I’m like:

When it’s a class full of unmotivated students who are disrespectful and would rather be smoking in a bush somewhere, I’m like:

But I’m a professional, and treat them all equally:

And when any of them succeed, we’re all like:

Anyone who thinks women don’t like comics must be living in the ‘40s – the 1840s, that is, because even way back in 1944, 81-91 percent of girls read comic books. According to one study, 46.67 percent of self-described comic book fans today are female. If you don’t believe me, you can take the word of Marvel’s editor-in-chief, who said, “If you go to conventions and comic book stores, more and more female readers are emerging.” So please, let’s put behind the sexist notion that only men can get sweaty as they stand in lines and gawk at cosplayers.

But despite that, and despite the fact that most filmgoers in general are women, Marvel’s movies have never been big hits with the ladies. So far, the ones that have managed to attract the largest female audiences are Guardians Of The Galaxy and The Avengers – that is, two movies that had superheroines in them.

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“I’ve got a traveling bone: My father was from Mexico, and both my parents were migrant workers. We’ve lived in 40 different states. As far back as I can remember, first we were here, and then we were over there. It was interesting because we saw a lot of things, but it was also confusing, and we fell behind with our grades in school. My mother got tired of it, so my father finally dropped us off in Texas. After they separated, and I turned 15, I started going everywhere by myself.

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Educate yourself, don't be stupid.

Illegal immigrants cannot get welfare or food stamps it is not possible. 50 to 75 percent of all illegal working immigrants pay taxes that they do not benefit from. I am from Arizona and I have worked with guys from the other side as we say, they’re some of the best human beings I’ve come across and encountered in my life. This is when I was a carpenter in southern Arizona. Now I am a carpenter and Boston Massachusetts I work with illegal immigrants from Ireland. I’ve been to Mexico quite a few times living only 40 miles away, if you saw firsthand what I have seen growing up and as an adult in southern Arizona, you would know that what Donald Trump is saying and a lot of Republican assholes are saying is b*******. All of you who have been to Mexico have mainly been to tourist destinations, you don’t get to see what real life in Mexico looks like. To the people (Americans) praising El Chapo as a hero, he is responsible for hundreds if not thousands of murders. The drug cartels run that country, it’s a mess and if I lived there I’d be trying to get to the United States also.

im still a little winded from the teen titans season 4 finale and it aired 10 years ago

The economy won’t collapse if we pay everyone a living wage

I’m really sick of hearing that if we raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour like Bernie wants to, small businesses will all go under. Let’s explore this claim.

When it was created under FDR the minimum wage was designed to be a living wage, and that anyone who works 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty. These days America seems to think that the minimum wage is “spending money” you pay teenagers who flip burgers. According to the New York Times, 88% of the people who work for minimum wage are at least 20, and 50% are over 30. 

Imagine you are working full time on minimum wage (neglecting taxes and using the federal minimum wage) and are living on your own.

40 hours/week * $7.25/hour * 4.35 weeks/month gives you about $1260 a month. Now, lets figure you spend $450/month on rent and utilities, $80/month on gas, $200/month on groceries, $100 a month on phone, internet, and maybe cable. So far that’s $830, which leaves you with $430 a month. Out of that you probably have to spend some amount on medical expenses, car repair, and other unexpected expenses. These are all relatively static costs, meaning that if you make twice as much money you wouldn’t spend twice as much on these things (you might pay a little more in rent and groceries but not twice as much). 

All this means if you double your income, you more than double the amount you will have for discretionary spending to buy things you actually want and support local businesses. 

Now look at the business side of things- yes they have to spend more money on employees, but there are other static costs involved in running a business like rent and materials.

So basically, yeah, small businesses will have much higher costs if they have to pay their employees enough money to live comfortably, but they also would bring in more money from existing customers and would get more customers that weren’t previously able to shop there.

“But won’t unemployment skyrocket since robots will start to take over people’s jobs?” 

One of Bernie’s major platforms is creating a massive job program to rebuild America’s infrastructure. 

Also, under Bernie there would also be a decreased number of people seeking minimum wage jobs since he’s introduced legislation to make college free, so fewer people would need to work full time directly out of high school.

tldr; we should raise the minimum wage. Both because it’s the right thing to do, and because it won’t hurt the economy.