California Just Banned SeaWorld From Breeding Captive Orcas

In another blow to SeaWorld, the state of California has ruled that they will no longer be able to breed their captive orcas. In a ruling made by the California Coastal Commission, they granted approval for a $100 million (65 million) expansion to the orca tanks at SeaWorld San Diego, which will double the size of the animals current enclosure, butmade this on the key condition that they cease all breeding of the whales.

The decision came after over 600 people gathered both in support and against SeaWorld at a hearing in Long Beach, California, with both sides giving impassioned speeches, according to a report from CNN. While the breeding of orcas in captivity will still be legal in the other 49states of America, the ruling will prohibit the sale, trade, or transfer of all captive whales. This now means that the 11 orcas currently kept at SeaWorld San Diego will be the last in California.

SeaWorld San Diego plan to expandtheir orca exhibit, but will no longer be allowed to breed the whales. Daleen Loest/Shutterstock

The move has obviously beenpraised and celebrated by animal rights groups. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals(PETA) spokesperson Ben Williamson said: SeaWorld has admitted that it intended to breed even more orcas to fill the new tanks, but the commission’s action today ensures that no more orcas will be condemned to a nonlife of loneliness, deprivation and misery. SeaWorld is a sea circus, and the orcas are its abused elephants.

They are also calling on SeaWorld to stop building new tanks and to send the remaining whales to coastal sanctuaries so that they can have some semblance of a natural life. Opposition to the chain of marine mammal parks has been building since the documentary Blackfish hit the screens in 2013, which detailed the controversy surrounding the captivity of orcas in tanks. It particularly focused on the whale Tilikum, and the psychological and physical damage done to the whale from being in captivity.

Supporters of SeaWorld argue that by keeping the orcas in captivity, they are able to reach and teach large audiences about the importance of conservation and preservation of their wild counterparts. They state that the new enclosurebeing built for the whales, called the Blue World, will create a better life for the whales, of which breeding should be an integral part. Breeding is a natural, fundamental and important part of an animals life and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane, said SeaWorld.

The backlash from the award-winning documentary has already been felt hard by SeaWorld, with attendance to the park having slumped and profits takinga dive. It seems that the days for keeping orca whales in captivity, at least in California, are now numbered.

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Naked Alexander Skarsgard Sitting On Things Is The Meme You’ve Always Wanted

It all started with this glorious picture of Alexander Skarsgard sitting on a toilet at the South Pole after he raced Prince Harry there in December 2013.

FYI: It was -22° F at the time of this photo.

1. So naturally, we had to put him on things.

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2. Like on our editorial staff.

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3. And this old man turtle.

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4. And with ScarJo.

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A truly beautiful meme in her own right.

5. And with himself, last time he went naked.

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Less fire and penis this time though.

6. And him taking a shit in someone’s chimney.

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The alternative Santa Claus story.

7. On the Polar Vortex that is attacking the east coast.

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8. In this chicken curry in a bowl that looks like a toilet.

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9. In an on going loop of Skarsgard pooping FOREVER.

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10. On HOVA’s shoulder.


11. On a block of fruit ice that a bear is enjoying.

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12. Now use this transparent png to make your own!

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Three Young Brothers Play Blue Grass

It’s nice to see kids these days getting along and also doing something productive with their lives. Jonny Mizzone, age 8, rocks the banjo, and is backed up by his  brothers, Robbie, age 12, on fiddle, and Tommy, age 13, on guitar. Together they make some serious Blue Grass tunes.


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Top 10 Most Entertaining Music Videos

Most people associate this with the best music videos ever or the best music ever turned into music videos. I, however, chose these because they are actually fun to watch or otherwise worth seeing, based more on their visual presentation and entertainment value, and less on their music (otherwise this would be the top 10 best songs ever). It’s also important to note how most of these videos stand the test of time or incorporate the new features of their time.

10. Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

This one seems to be the second most popular one out there. It incorporates visual styles uniquely belonging to Queen, while honestly showcasing the group and their abilities. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Freddie Mercury in tight pants? Even if this video eschews a visual story in the music video, it will always be a crowd pleaser.

9. Ok Go! Here it goes again

Even if the sole gimmick of this video is the choreography, that in itself deserves an award. This video is genuinely fun to watch, even if it is a little silly.

8. Gnarls Barkley Crazy

I hope the irony of Crazy is not lost on people. This digital wonder uses Rorschach (inkblot) tests as the sole means of showing off the group. With excellent pacing, this video kept me watching and thinking: am I crazy?

7. The White Stripes Fell in Love with a Girl

Who ever thought of using Legos to make a music video? Jack and Meg’s able performance goes a step further with this unique presentation of a music video.

6. Emilie Simon Fleur de Saison

What’s that you say? A good music video made outside of America? Nonsense! Believe it or not, this catchy French pop song proves that not all good music comes from the US or Britain. With excellent computer graphics, this music video shows what the imagination is capable of thinking. I’ll also admit, she is kinda cute, even if I can’t understand a word she says.

5. A-ha Take on me

This quintessential piece of the 80′s is continually ranked among people’s favorite music videos. While some of their contemporaries were putting out cheap music videos for the record companies, A-ha’s unique animation set’s it apart from the pack and fuses it with live action and a story to boot. Even if we get to listen to the lead singer’s awesome, if not ear-piercing, falsetto, this one is a testament of time to the fickle world of music videos.

4. Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer

Another crowd pleaser, Peter in his solo career continued to put out some impressive works. Sledgehammer is one of those works. This quirky video merges scenes of life with stop motion film and claymation into something devilishly fun to watch. Along with A-ha, the uniqueness of this music video puts in on many favorite music video lists so much that it also withstands the test of time.

3. R Kelly Trapped in the Closet (All 22 episodes)

This narrative of epic proportions elevates the simple music video into a near full-length movie. With a complex storyline nearly an hour long, there are so many “Did that just happen?” and “No way!” moments, viewers are left wanting to see what will happen next. Even if it is heavy handed with the gun play, this is true modern musical entertainment. The clip above includes the first 5 chapters.

2. Johnny Cash Hurt

Be careful, this one is a tear-jerker. However, the late Mr. Cash is still at his peak even in his later years. With powerful imagery, Mr. Cash takes us along for the ride that was his life and evokes a deep respect and appreciation for him and life in general. Even the most hardened heart should be misty-eyed by the end.

1. Michael Jackson Thriller

You guessed it. This little gem was revolutionizing for its time and still is today. With amazing choreography, setting, and costumes, Thriller cements itself in music video history, so much so that many spoofs have since been made (including Indian Thriller and Philippine Prison Thriller). With Vincent Price narrating, Michael Jackson showed us why he was called “The King of Pop”.

Contributor: Elliot Rowe

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