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December 29, 2011

Wildlife group: Despite worldwide ban, ivory seizures hit record levels in 2011

  • 23 tons amount of ivory acquired from 13 major seizures in 2011
  • 2,500+ number of elephants that died to produce that much ivory source

» This despite a global ban on ivory trade: What’s causing the black-market trade of ivory? According to Traffic, a group that monitors wildlife trading, much of this is as a result of larger Asian influence on the continent. ”We’ve reached a point in Africa’s history where there are more Asian nationals on the continent than ever before,” said Traffic official Tom Milliken, based in Zimbabwe. ”They have contacts with the end-use market and now they are at the source in Africa. This is all adding up to an unprecedented assault on elephants and other wildlife.”

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12:57 // 2 years ago
December 28, 2011

Think twice before you pass that red light: American Traffic Solutions, a company that makes red-light traffic cameras, just threw up this video of car crashes and near-misses its traffic cameras caught in the past year — in New Jersey alone. Some of the crashes are quite troublesome; others are harrowing near-misses. Someone will likely give this clip Benny Hill theme music at some point. Really, honestly, it’s begging for one. source

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19:00 // 2 years ago
August 28, 2011

czech-mixx says: I was wondering if you guys knew which roads in the district are closed? I'm trying to head back to school and ddot isn't being useful...I'm specifically worried about Canal NW and Chain Bridge NW.

» SFB says: We haven’t been watching the traffic closures too closely, but The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock has a really good list of traffic-related closings.

10:13 // 2 years ago
May 17, 2011

Washington Post disputes Pew’s findings on Drudge influence

Washington Post cries foul on pew study: You may recall this research report by Pew, which claimed that Drudge Report (which, content aside, looks a lot like a Geocities page we made for a middle school project in the mid-90s) drove 15% of the Washington Post’s online traffic. David Carr even wrote a piece on the thing which feted Drudge. The folks at WaPo have responded, calling the report inaccurate and citing their own numbers, which credit 2.5% of their total traffic to Drudge. Pew used Nielsen data from three months in 2010, but three different companies working for WaPo failed to measure a percentage that cracked double digits over the same three months. source

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16:18 // 2 years ago
May 16, 2011
One awesome wrinkle of the story we just posted: Apparently, Matt Drudge chose not to respond to e-mails from the NYT’s David Carr when Carr wrote about his site’s online traffic prowess. One thing he did do, though? Linked to the article in the top-right corner of his site, which is kind of the money corner, if you ask us. An amusing little detail.

One awesome wrinkle of the story we just posted: Apparently, Matt Drudge chose not to respond to e-mails from the NYT’s David Carr when Carr wrote about his site’s online traffic prowess. One thing he did do, though? Linked to the article in the top-right corner of his site, which is kind of the money corner, if you ask us. An amusing little detail.

0:44 // 2 years ago