Everything You Need To Know About Tar Sand Oil And Keystone XL In One Video.

The Keystone XL Tar Sands Climate Threat video perfectly explains the environmental costs of the tar sand oil and the importance of President Obama’s decision to build, or not build, the Keystone XL pipeline.

US politicians supporting the Keystone XL pipeline point to energy independence as one of the main reasons why it needs to be built. Unfortunately, they never considered how important energy independence is going to be in our warming future. Sounds like the “Cut off your nose to spite your face” doctrine is in full effect . [CDCW]


Mark Wilby Is Protesting Illegal Rhinoceros Poaching By Sending Toenail Clippings To Chinese Embassy. (GRAPHIC)

“I’m doing this out of a sense of horror and powerlessness.”
Why Mark Wilby protests illegal rhino poaching in South Africa by sending his toenail clippings to the Chinese Embassy.

It’s likely that by the end of 2012, 600+ rhinoceroses will be illegally killed in South Africa. It’s all about the extremely valuable rhino horn that is made up of mostly keratin – a protein found in human hair and nails. In Asia, rhino horn is ground and consumed for its “believed”, yet unproven, healing properties and is used to treat fevers and inflammation.

Frustrated by the wasteful rhino killings, Mark Wilby is taking his fight to one of the expected end-users by sending his toenail clippings to the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and he’s encouraging others to do this same. Mr. Wilby knows his toenail campaign is disrespectful but guided by a feeling of powerlessness, hopes his form of protest will effect change where other methods have failed.

Jubbling thinks Mr. Wilby may be on to something. This form of protest will not only motivate our environmentally concerned kids to clip their seldom cut toenails but it’ll also encourage them to write letters too. [E360]

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
972 Pretorius Street
Arcadia 0083
South Africa
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
87 Brooks Street, Brooklyn
Guateng 0181
South Africa

From The ‘Why The?’ And ‘What The?’ File: Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Will Blow Up A Pine Tree On The National Mall.

Cai Guo-Qiang blows up a 40 ft pine tree in the National Mall.That’s right, art is kicking Jubbling in the middle again because nothing says art like blowing up a 40′ pine tree with fireworks. This time it’s the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang and is part of an art series celebrating 50 Years of Art in Embassies. Here’s the plan (from the Washington City Paper):

“Using 2,000 firework-like explosives, Guo-Qiang will take the pine tree through three pyrotechnic stages: The tree will first be covered in yellow and white sparkles of light. The lights will spread throughout the tree, simulating twinkling Christmas lights. Then the tree will explode in a cloud of black smoke, leaving a “negative” smoke image that resembles a Chinese ink painting drifting off into the wind. The idea is for the tree-shaped smoke to create the image of two trees—as seen in Guo-Qiang’s sketch.”

The big wasteful display is taking place tonight and fortunately I won’t be within 4500 clicks of the event. Watch out moon – your next. [City Paper via Grist]

Update: Dec 1, 2012 The 40′ pine tree execution went off as planned.

Now this tree is growing? Hopefully, the perplexed audience walked away from this performance art thinking instead that “once this tree was growing.”


Certifiably Un-Jubbling: David Blaine’s “Electrified: 1 Million Volts Always On” Stunt.

One million volts always on? That is a lot of wasted juice being used to power this effort by David Blaine. To Jubbling, standing and not eating or pooping for 72 hours is definitely the hit of this stunt; deflecting and wasting one million volts of electricity is just the unnecessary flair.

So DB, please bring back the street magic and levitation. Impressing people with a deck of cards and defying gravity was so Jubbling. [Opposing Views]