The Peregrine falcon: fastest animal in the world


We’ve all been told the cheetah is the fastest animal in the world, right? In truth, these cats have nothing on the Peregrine falcon, which is capable of reaching speeds of almost 250 miles per hour during its high-speed dive for prey, which is called a “stoop.”

This video, which comes straight from National Geographic’s official YouTube channel, follows a team of experts who go to great lengths (and very high altitudes) to officially clock a stooping falcon. In the process, they get some very cool video. Take a look and tell me what you think.

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Christopher Boyce’s CNN op-ed on Edward Snowden

Yesterday, CNN published an editorial written by Christopher Boyce discussing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s recent acceptance of political asylum in Russia. In an article that calls out Vladimir Putin’s government for the alleged murder of dissenting journalists, the jailing of performance artists, and the criminalization of homosexuality, Chris makes the argument that Russia is precisely where the United States government wants Snowden – if not in their custody.

The following is an excerpt from the op-ed:

It was with a heavy heart that I heard Edward Snowden has been granted, and apparently accepted, temporary asylum in Russia for one year. Short of locking him naked in solitary confinement as an example to other leakers, as was done to Bradley Manning, Russia is exactly where the American intelligence community wants Snowden.

How better to discredit Snowden’s warnings of the threat posed to civil liberties by our ever-growing surveillance state than to ceaselessly point out that he has found sanctuary in the arms of the FSB, the successor to the KGB? I suspect this latest development will nix any possibility of reform of domestic surveillance operations coming out of the House Judiciary Committee.

Read the full article here.

The article has been republished on numerous websites internationally since, and quotes from it have appeared in other articles – including this San Francisco Chronicle story, which incorrectly labeled Chris a “former spook.” (This is a term popularized in the 60s that refers to CIA agents, which Christopher Boyce was most assuredly not.)

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