Day: July 17, 2016

New orchid species features the face of Satan

This is a close-up of the new orchid species Telipogon diabolicus showing its flower resembling a devil's head. Photo: Marta Kolanowska

Best orchid species ever: Telipogon diabolicus!

From EurekAlert:

Discovered by Dr Marta Kolanowska and Prof Dariusz Szlachetko, both affiliated with University of Gdansk, Poland, together with Dr Ramiro Medina Trejo, Colombia, the new orchid grows a stem measuring between 5.5 – 9 cm in height.

With its only known habitat restricted to a single population spread across a dwarf montane forest at the border between departments Putumayo and Nariño, southern Colombia, the devilish orchid is assigned as a Critically Endangered species in the IUCN Red List.

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Mississippi's prison town are in danger of collapse, thanks to tiny reforms in the War on Drugs

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Towns in Mississippi and other Tea Party-ruled states with large (often private) prison industries are totally reliant on state/fed funding transfers to local prisons for cash and jobs, forced prison labor to provide local services for free, and War on Drugs arrests and minimum sentencing to fill those jails. The first tiny steps toward criminal justice reform have eroded the underpinnings of the whole system, leaving the towns facing collapse.

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