Full employment for Swedish crows

Crows are being recruited to pick up discarded cigarette butts from the streets and squares of a Swedish city as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The wild birds carry out the task as they receive a little food for every butt that they deposit in a bespoke machine designed by a startup in Södertälje, near Stockholm.

“They are wild birds taking part on a voluntary basis,” said Christian Günther-Hanssen, the founder of Corvid Cleaning, the company behind the method…

Günther-Hanssen estimates his method could save at least 75% of costs involved with picking up cigarette butts in the city.

Important consideration in the pilot program is making certain the birds aren’t affected by the poisonous crap in cigarettes.

Would be a positive if the fools still smoking cigarettes figured that out, someday.

Thanks, Honeyman

Polar Bears Taking Over Abandoned Buildings

A Russian photographer has captured a fascinating series of photos showing polar bears that have taken over the abandoned buildings of a meteorological station on an island between Russia and Alaska.

In September 2021, photographer Dmitry Kokh traveled through islands in the Chukchi Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean that sits between Russia and Alaska…

Kokh was on a personal mission to photograph polar bears, and his expedition originally focused on Wrangel Island, which is world-famous for being a place to encounter the bears. In 2021, however, possibly due to the very cold summer, the island was devoid of its typical polar bear population.

“But nature always sending you something when you least expect it — when we passed through the Kolyuchin Island near the Northern coast of Chukotka, we saw some movements in the windows of the abandoned windows there,” Kokh says. “And when we got close — those were bears!”

Enjoy the article. More super bear photos…and more.

Poet Martín Espada knows about banned books

Martín Espada, the recipient of the 2021 National Book Award for poetry whose past works were the targets of conservative outrage, is urging authors of recently banned books to forge on…

Espada tackles the everyday lives of people struggling with poverty, migration, climate change and loneliness in his latest collection, “Floaters: Poems”…

“The same insidious forms of racism that motivated me to speak as a poet 30 plus years ago…is still there,” Espada told Axios…

While Espada says he’s encouraged by racial progress and more Latino writers getting published, barriers remain, and actions like books bans are attempts to reverse gains.

Banning books is further illustration that American conservatives in general still haven’t escaped from the 19th Century. They can’t even get into modern thought with their lame excuses. May as well stick with quoting the Old Testament.