National Geographic Magazine has been bought out by 21st Century Fox, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (and the infamous Fox News).
About 9% of National Geographic’s award-winning staff was immediately laid off on the day of the takeover, the largest amount of layoffs in their history.
The sale marks a shift of the previous non-profit organization to a for-profit one, and most likely means that the long-term investigative reporting stories National Geographic is famous for will no longer be funded, in favor of shorter, shallower, more clickbaity stories.
Rupert Murdoch is a known climate change denier, and has a long history of disrespecting, misunderstanding, or flat-out ignoring science. The people working for National Geographic knew that the sale would likely mean the end of truly science-based writing.
So what did they write for their last non-Fox-affiliated issue?
An entire issue where every single article is about the indisputable scientific truth of global warming, and what it’s doing to our planet.
National Geographic as we know it may be dead, but at least it died doing what it did best - upholding science and spreading knowledge.
Not even global warming can counteract that shade.
RIP National Geographic
A truly tragic day indeed…..cancels subscription. ….. :(
Hello, followers. It is time to hibernate. Please join me in sleeping for the next few months. If we all hibernate together, none of us can be held individually responsible. Society will just have to adjust.
It’s something of a truism to say that there are two Americas when it comes to food: the ample aisles of posh Whole Foods in wealthy neighborhoods and the corner stores brimming with Doritos and Coke in poorer communities. But there are also two nations of food when it comes to what the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other advocates call “first food,” or breast milk. In one, women are supported to nurse — by their hospitals, workplaces and communities. In the other, it’s exceedingly hard for women to do so. But there doesn’t have to be such a divide.
The benefits of breastfeeding—and the risks of not doing so—are now well documented. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, “Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development.” Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of breast cancer for mom, and provides a free source of nutritious food. As the World Health Organization states: “Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness.
I hate these educational Cat in the Hat things where the Cat in the Hat teaches you shit about, like, healthy food or whatever. The Cat in the Hat is a chaotic neutral home invader whose information is highly questionable at best.