Baby Black Bear Found Dead In Central Park

In a Mystery, a Baby Black Bear Is Found Dead in Central Park [NYT]

The furry black mass lay hidden under a bush near Central Park’s main loop, unnoticed, unmoving and partially concealed by an abandoned bicycle. A dog rustling in the brush drew the first eyes to the bush and a sight rarely, if ever, found in modern Manhattan: a baby black bear, dead.

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Bears have not been seen outside captivity in the park in recent memory. History records the shooting of a wild black bear in Manhattan, but it was several centuries ago. “This is a highly unusual situation,” said Elizabeth Kaledin, a spokeswoman for the Central Park Conservancy. “It’s awful.”

Major WTF indeed.

“I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”

I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me [WaPo]

L.A. police officer in Washington Post op-ed proudly declaring what he says is the mindset of most cops:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.

So.. there’s that.

Email Is Here To Stay

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet [Atlantic]

Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, email represents a different model from the closed ecosystems we see proliferating across our computers and devices.

Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled “web we lost.” It’s an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services.

Email: still the best thing on the internet, indeed.

“Eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut carbon emissions than giving up their cars.”

Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert [Guardian]

The popular red meat requires 28 times more land to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases.