If you’ve ever wanted to see wild elephants up close, here's your chance (sort of). Google has partnered with the Save the Elephants research camp in Kenya to create new Street View areas at the Samburu National Reserve, showing where the elephants live. They also made a short film (the trailer is below) about the area, the elephants who call it home and the threats they face. According to google, in a recent two year period alone, more than 100,000 elephants in Africa were killed to obtain their ivory. They write, “Today, a visit to Samburu is a chance not only to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, but also discover a uniquely beautiful landscape where people’s live are interwoven with the landscape’s wildlife.”
You can go here to see the film and explore the park—while looking at images of the actual elephants—all through Google Street View. Discuss
The Atlantic has launched a new series of features about mass incarceration in America, demographic disparities in the justice system and the deep toll incarceration takes on families. The main article is a powerful, challenging read, and this short video, looking at numbers behind the story, provides a jarring look at just how many people are behind bars in America.
This morning, the Center for Medical Progress released its 10th overall video in its ongoing sting operation that has revealed some shocking actions by Planned Parenthood employees and affiliates. This one, a fourth installment of a documentary-style series called “Human Capital", reveals even more of Planned Parenthood's apparently regular practice of harvesting and selling aborted fetal parts. The casual way executives talk about these bodies is pretty horrifying. In one exchange, the senior medical advisor for PPFA tells a planted prospective fetal organ buyer that the organization’s doctors have “just been working with people who want particular tissues, like, you know, they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural.” She continues: “Certainly, everything we provide–oh, gonads! Oh my god, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh.”
She says, “Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge PR issue in doing this."
Like the previous videos, this one (which you can watch here) is highly graphic. Discuss
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has partnered with the organization Save the Children for this new video, asking viewers to help the millions of refugees displaced by violence in Syria. The spot features a song from the band Crowded House called “Help Is Coming,” a charity single which will also support the organization’s efforts to deliver aid to the refugees. Discuss