Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

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Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

The Cove (♦♦♦♦)

A team of divers, filmmakers, and dolphin activists join forces to expose a brutal practice in Taiji, a coastal town in Japan. Every September, people representing Seaquaria the world over, meet in a cove to which thousands of dolphins are lured via a sound disorientation method. Marine parks representatives choose the specimens they want, mostly the females, and the rest, even calves, are harpooned to death.

It is estimated that in Japan, 23,000 dolphins are killed each year, and the meat, which contains dangerous levels of mercury (up to 20 times the level accepted for consumption from fish), ends up on occasions being given for free to school lunch programs, and/or sold in supermarkets.

As I saw the credits roll on, I felt consternation at how a first world country can kill animals that are recognizably smarter than us humans, for profit or sheer sport. I understand when third world countries poach valuable animals, either for profit or for survival, because even though I don't condone the practice I think that most times survival overrides ethics, in other words, they don't know better, which isn't the case at all in Japan.

The fact they do it, is shameful; that they cover it up is just criminal.

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  1. My goodness. Maybe animals should run the world.

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  2. I agree. This movie is a heartbreaker. They shouldn't get away with this. It's awful

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    1. Well, apparently most Japanese don't know they are eating dolphin meat, or that that even happens. Authorities get away with it because dolphins aren't protected as whales are. They argue that dolphins decrease the fish population in the oceans, so they treat dolphins as pests.

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