Shark Fin Watch, Gadfly Alert, the Cereal Shot
|Shark finning has become a focal point all over the Chinese diaspora for discussions about environmental issues.|
1. Shark fin watch. One of the criticisms I've heard of AB-376, California's proposed shark-fin ban, is that this state is such a small part of the global market that it will be ineffective in curtailing shark finning. Even though AB-376 has yet to go to committee (Mar. 22, if you're interested), it's inspiring hundreds of blog posts all over the planet; yesterday the bill made the front page of the New York Times.
What's most interesting to me is that the issue of shark finning has become a focal point all over the Chinese diaspora for discussions about environmental issues. Bill Wong, one of the founding members of the Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance, forwarded me a link to this post from an activist in Singapore. The questions it has raised about whether eating shark fin is really a part of Chinese cultural heritage mirror ones Salon's Francis Lam considers in a post today (disclaimer: I get a mention). Even if AB 376 fails, it is making people all over the world talk about changing the way they eat. That's hardly ineffective.
|The cereal shot.|
3. Department of bad ideas. For all their talk of variable-pressure espresso machines and coffee-estate elevation, the Third Wave proves it is not immune from Double Down-worthy stunts. Take the cereal shot, for example.