With the colder weather starting to appear in Canada, citizens across the country are looking for a coat that will last them through the upcoming Canadian winter. Perhaps the biggest name in winter wear across the country is Canada Goose, a provider of high end, real fur trimmed down jackets.

Canada Goose jackets, which were originally intended for northerners dealing with super subzero temperatures, quickly gained mainstream popularity over the years.

But avid fans of the brand have been under attack in recent years by a Tumblr account entitled Canada Douche, which was formed a few years ago to expose the “douchiest” of individuals sporting the jackets.

The account was even featured on MTV’s “Tumblr of the Week” once, which praised it for its fight against “public displays of douchery”:

“Now, we’re not saying that there’s anything wrong with buying/owning/wearing a Canada Goose jacket. They’re warm and Drake has one and they’re proudly Canadian and stuff Point is: we mean no offense to you Goose owners but some public displays of douchery make for funny internet things,” reads the MTV article.

What MTV said is true there’s absolutely nothing wrong with owning a Canada Goose jacket. We’d like to think that Canada Douche is just a parody account in the name of good fun, but some of the entries do seem to hit a little to deep. It even named the University of Toronto as “Canada’s Douchiest School” for its plethora of Canada Goose wearers.

Eul Basa Hi, I’m Eul. I have a Biology degree from the University of Waterloo. Somehow I ended up as the Content Strategist for Narcity Media. I write stuff but I’m no journalist. I dabble in a lot of things. My best friend is a fluffy pup that thinks it’s human. 80’s remixes of contemporary songs are my guilty pleasure. My aesthetic is a wet slice of bread in a pink bathtub. You probably won’t get my sense of humour. Creative people inspire me.

In a wildlife metaphor for Can Am relations, or perhaps just another instance of nature being awesome, a bald eagle let a Canada goose know it could murder it any time it wants, but merely chooses not to.

These photographs, the full sequence of which can be seen on the Vancouver Island Images Facebook page, show a scuffle between large birds that went down last weekend. The photographer, Lisa Bell, told CTV News the eagle came out of nowhere and pinned the goose to the ground.

“There was a whole bunch of noise to begin with,” she recalled. “The eagle was sitting on the goose. I scooted to get my camera, and when I came back down he was still there. The goose basically was playing dead.”

Bell said the goose scuffled free, probably only because the eagle allowed it to live, then flew for the safety(?) of a nearby pond with the eagle in hot, majestic pursuit.

Sorry, Canada Goose, but there no way to source coyote fur or down feathers for your jackets without causing animals terrible suffering and painful deaths.

Animals trapped for their fur can suffer for days and face blood loss, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators. If they aren dead when the trapper returns, they may be shot, strangled, stomped on, or bludgeoned to death.

Coyotes who are trapped especially mothers who are desperate to return to their starving pups may even attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape. Trappers tear animal families apart and beat immobile coyotes to death they are enemies of wildlife.

The law allows animals to be trapped with torture devices.

Canada Goose claims of trappers and mean nothing for animals. Traps that are certified under international treaties include steel leg clamps, head crushing traps, body gripping traps, and neck snares, which all cause animals a tremendous amount of suffering. When coyotes are killed or removed through trapping, the survivors can replenish their population by breeding at an earlier age and having more pups, as well as increasing pups survival rate. Even if 70 percentof a coyote population is killed off, those who remain can quickly rebound.

Canada Goose also uses down from ducks and geese who are killed violently.

Birds whose feathers are stuffed into Canada Goose jackets may have been improperly stunned, which means that they’re still conscious when their throats are cut and they’re dumped into scalding hot water to be defeathered.

What You Can DoAlways shop compassionately, and let your friends and family know that you won be supporting Canada Goose as long as it continues to use animals for clothing.

Tell Canada Goose to Stop Using Cruelly Obtained Fur and Down in Its Jackets!

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No problem there. Black has been the male fashion colour of choice in Moscow since 1987. Ideally you need black jeans, black shoes, and a black shirt to go with it.

Have you looked in Metropolis shopping centre at Voikovskaya, or Evropeisky at Kievskaya? All the main European fashion brands from budget to upscale are here in Moscow now, and mostly at the same prices as in Germany, Britain, Sweden etc (you can tell from the Euro price labels, which aren’t removed from the stock when sold in Russia)

Lands end I think an american company sell really good parka type jackets for men which are both practical and smart, I think I paid about 130. In black if you want. I bought one which is about 3/4 length and wore it in Russia last January during a cold snap (where I was it was down to minus 25 centigrade) and I was perfectly warm in it. Not too much on underneath either a shirt and sweatshirt. I found the problem to be feet and legs. I wore long johns which kept me warm but I didn’t like the restrictive movement. And I wore two pairs of specialist socks (inner and outer) and boots with good thick soles. But my feet got cold. Not absolutely certain but I think I bought “Men’s Regular Insulated Squall Parka”. For some silly reason the forum will not allow me to post the link ??? Apparently I need 5 posts. Why?

I know what it is and what it is expensive. The one you highlighted was marked down from 9000rur and was bright green, not exactly to everyone’s taste. From my experience snowboarding jackets are not very useful as everyday winter jackets, as you’ll have to be burning a lot of calories to keep warmer.

If you’re waiting for buses and going in and out of the metro, a well insulated, breathable jacket might be best.

I didn’t mention SportMaster. I shop there but I’m not too thrilled with it. I prefer Decathlon for big chain stores. Globus has many outdoor activity specialty shops. There are a lot of good brands in Moscow. Affordability is the X factor.

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It a good time to be Drake: His album, Views, is nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys, he got deals with Jordan and Apple, and he had one of the best selling hip hop albums in recent history. And, since we know Drake loves himself a big coat, he also got a new collection of OVO x Canada Goose jackets and caps to keep him warm, whether he in his hometown of Toronto or some other cold afflicted region of the world. There also two trucker hats that maybe, just, maybe, the early aughts Ashton Kutcher favorite might be poised for a comeback. (Not quite, but as far as trucker hats go, these are decidedly un trucker y.)

The two coats, Canada Goose Chilliwack Bomber, is less intense than the Canada Goose coats lining city streets this winter because of its cropped length, which gives it a more easy going, casual vibe. The OVO versions are based on vintage military styles not just in their shape (a take on an N 2B bomber), but in their color scheme, one in a stealthy black and the other in a desert inspired tan. Additionally, the lively pop of orange in the liner is a classic military detail, and a welcomed one on the style front when the weather allows you to rock your coat open.

Of course, the main benefit here is a coat that is built to beat the cold. And, with Canada Goose signature goose down fill to go along with the OVO cool guy touch, these jackets are basically the outerwear form of a cozy hug from Drake himself. Just make sure to act fast, as with just 300 jackets made in each colorway, hesitation might literally leave you left out in the cold.

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Invasion history: Branta canadensis, Canada Goose

Origin Canada geese are very widely distributed across their native range in North America, from Alaska to West Greenland southwards across Canada and the USA. They are winter visitors to southern most USA and northern Mexico, and vagrants to Central America, the Caribbean, western Europe and eastern Asia.

First Record Canada geese were first introduced to St James’s Park in London in 1665 (or earlier), beginning a fashion for wealthy landowners to import this species as an ornament to park lakes. They have been established since at least 1731.

Pathway and Method New importation from North America, and translocations within GB, were the main sources of Canada geese in GB for more than 200 years. Since then, there has been a slow natural spread, aided by further translocations, which has accelerated greatly in recent decades.

Species Status As recently as 1953 there were fewer than 4000 birds in GB, in isolated groups. But by the late 1980s there were more than 50,000. The GB population increased at a rate estimated at 9.3% per annum between 1988 91 and 2000, with no sign of the rate of increase slowing, raising the population to around 89,000. Further non native populations are scattered across Europe from Ireland to Finland and the Ukraine, and are found also in New Zealand.

Ecology Habitat: Branta canadensis, Canada Goose

Dispersal Mechanisms Canada geese are mostly migratory in the native range but GB birds show no southward tendency in winter. Some birds in central England established a moult migration to northern Scotland. Ring recoveries show considerable interchange between sites and have also linked GB populations with those in the Faeroes, Norway, Sweden and even western Siberia.

Reproduction Canada geese lay a single clutch of 5 7 eggs. They vigorously defend a small area around their nest against predators, threatening and even attacking human intruders. Chicks from neighbouring nests may form large crches, guarded by their parents or other adults.

Known Predators/Herbivores The species has few predators. Adults occasionally fall victim to foxes.

Resistant Stages None known.

Habitat Occupied in GB Flocks of Canada geese can be expected around any fresh water body in GB, especially where there are suitable grazing sites. Urban and suburban as well as rural sites are occupied.

Impacts: Branta canadensis, Canada Goose

Environmental Impact Introduced geese are heavy grazers of aquatic and waterside vegetation, and their droppings can increase nutrient levels in water bodies and soils. Trampling and the addition of nutrients can change the composition of plant communities, especially where grazing is intense.

Health and Scoial Impact There is considerable concern that the presence of so many large birds in close association with people, for example in urban parks, may be a health hazard. Canada geese are suspected of transmitting Salmonella to cattle. The presence of slippery droppings can be a nuisance, especially on paths, playing fields or golf courses, as can possible aggression from nesting adults. Bird strikes involving Canada geese have caused human deaths and injury as well as damage to the environment and loss of or damage to aircraft.

Economic Impact Canada geese may graze on farmland at any season, occur very widely, and may feed in areas that would be shunned by wild geese. Their grazing and trampling may cause major damage to grassland and crops. Birds climbing out from the water to graze make shallow, well trodden paths that can damage flood defences and accelerate bankside erosion.

References Links: Branta canadensis, Canada Goose

Identification Svensson, L., Mullarney, K. Zetterstrm, D. (2010) Collins Bird Guide. Second edition. HarperCollins, London. (2007) Population size and differential population growth of introduced Greater Canada Geese Branta canadensis and re established Greylag Geese Anser anser across habitats in Great Britain in the year 2000. Bird Study, 54, 343 352. (eds) (2013) Bird Atlas 2007 11: the breeding and wintering birds of Britain and Ireland. BTO Books, Thetford. (1985) Natal and breeding dispersal of Canada geese Branta canadensis. Ibis, 127, 31 41.

The ubiquitous Canada goose is one of the best known birds in North America. state and Canadian province at one time of the year or another.

Adaptations to Changing Environments

Canada geese are adaptable to many habitats and may thrive wherever grasses, grains, or berries are available. Because of changing weather, settlement, and farming patterns, many Canada (not “Canadian”) geese have begun to alter their migrations. Typically, the birds summered in northern North America and flew south when cold weather arrived. and Mexico. Other Canada geese have become permanent residents of parks, golf courses, suburban subdevelopments, and other human habitats across much of North America. In some areas, such as airports, they are so numerous that they are considered a nuisance. Just 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement in a year.

Big, bold and fiercely loyal

I’m excited. The choosing of an official national bird for Canada would allow us to finally mitigate the egregious error we made in naming the beaver as our national rodent, a creature whose most noble trait I’ve often pointed out is that he thinks to slap his tail and warn his buddies before he runs away. Joining Castor canadensis as national icon, I thereby nominate the strikingly coloured and conveniently named Canada goose.

Like the beaver, the Canada goose has webbed feet, but that’s where the similarities end. Canada geese don’t run away from anyone. They are highly adaptable to human environments, meaning they aren’t intimidated by us in the least. They will chase you across a public park simply because they don’t like the looks of you. These are big, bad tempered birds. The largest of the species, Branta canadensis maxima, can weigh a whopping eight kilos, with a wingspan of two metres. (A typical bald eagle? Six kilograms, with a wingspan of 1.9 metres. I’m just sayin’.)

The Canada goose flies in distinctively crisp V formation and is highly vocal, handsomely plumed and being Canadian likes to winter occasionally in Mexico. This is a goose with attitude. If birds could get tattoos, I have no doubt that the Canada goose would be first in line. But they are also fiercely loyal. Among the first to arrive in spring, and last to leave in winter, they mate for life and both parents share in raising their young. A fine role model all round, I’d say. And if I’m going to be chased through a public park anyway, I would rather it be by a national emblem. His next work, the travel memoir Road Trip Rwanda, will be published by Penguin in 2015. He lives in Calgary.

For many years we have been a country united by the unique culture found nowhere else on earth. That culture is best represented by what can be seen nearly anywhere in canada; our diverse wildlife.

Anywhere from Wawa, Ontario to the sunny skies of the Prairies, our Canada Goose plays a large role in the culture of Canada in ways no other bird can or would. Try stopping at gift shop near the Canada US border, and look for anything with a bird that doesn’t have slender neck and large wingspan with deep brown plumage. Our Canada Goose has an impact on the lives of all Canadians.

If you want a perfect metaphor for Canada’s outlook on dealing with issues, look no further than the skies in spring or autumn. When the wondrous and chiming sounds of geese rule the clouds in their bi annual migration periods, the idea of unity, strength and organisation comes to mind.

If Canadians are known globally for any one thing, I believe that one thing would be humility. We need not stand on a pedestal nor bow to a foe. We greet each day with grace, as long as our flock is nearby.

We stand strong because we have hope, we have each other, and we have pride.

Submitted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Jason Harris

(North Bay, ON)

I was close to voting for the Loon when I realized that while yes the Loon does stay and the Canada Goose migrates. . we can remain free and beyond hatred lies about the poor.

The Geese look out for their flock. and when one becomes tired in formation? Another advances to take it’s place. They support each other through thick and thin. Too often Canadians forget this and the Canada Goose as our National Bird can remind us to remain noble and on guard as Geese typically are when it comes to defending themselves and their young especially.

I come from Winnipeg,Manitoba and in our province we have a place called Oak Hammock Marsh. A very iconic attraction that has entertained for many years, especially in my siblings and my own childhood’s. The Geese can be very competitive when fed at a time not many visitors take part in feeding them due to the fact they can aggressively ask for what you may not have. It’s been a while since I last visited so I do not specifically recall when or if there is a policy in play to not feed them so I’d ask first. I do have memories of being challenged by a Canada Goose and from what I recall they are very bold not to mention intimidating with their hissing sound; especially more so when a group is acting defensively as they will all stand together.

Speaking of standing together, that is something I feel Canada needs; between the never ending challenge of a respectable relationship between the majority of Canadians and Canadian First Nations and the divide that threatens to open between Anglo Francophone. I feel that the Canada Goose would signify that extra needed reminder that “We are one!” to stand together.

The Canada Goose also signifies Unity in other ways. Such as the beloved V formation of which I’ve talked so much about. The V is an aerodynamic formation to cut through the air and strong winds with extra efficiency in communication; and energy conservation. This formation requires group effort on the part of the Geese so it serves as an example of discipline (of which I think is one of the hardest virtues to acquire maintain) so it would be wise of us to consider the Canada Goose as an example of the discipline we need to acquire, maintain or both. It also reminds of the V for Vendetta movie perhaps.

Yes the Loon is already on the Loonie and how much more cheesy could you get to desire this not so new comparison to our possible competition with The United States which has many holdings in booth the Loon and Lunacy. yet we always seem to get called out as the “Loonies” due to our currency being just that. Loonie. Would it be so far as to see that perhaps we’d spell out our fate with increasing Lunacy to go down the yellow brick road straight to the Loonie bin?

I’d say although perhaps a tough call the Canada Goose of which we have a a bus service named after called “Grey Goose” which from what I understand still operates in Thompson Manitoba. It used to be more visible in Winnipeg whether I live with at least one bus depot for it here. Not as well coined as Grey hound but still; the Goose is a well respected bird where I come from which contributes to my bias : ).

The Goose has several uses including Pen Quills, Down Feathers for thermal insulation against harsh Canadian winters and arctic conditions. Pillows and most notably sustenance for those living in the true frontiers of Canada.

China has used Geese as police quite literally. Brazil has used Geese as a security system. So while people argue that Geese ‘overpopulate’ (Geese 4 5 million. Humans. 7+ billion and growing exponentially) or that Geese ‘beg for food’ (they fly a LONG way and do find food on their own!). or that Geese are found on Golf courses (at least something bugs the rich privileged not to say they may or may not have worked for that privilege).

I’d say Canada should safely go with the Canada Goose despite the compelling arguments for the Common Loon at least with the Canada Goose we could have a sense of pride that despite the dangers predators (US Bald Eagle) we will defend our own and hold fast to the virtues of Unity, Peace, Discipline. In all of this exists the appeal of Warmth amidst the bitter cold lays an ember still burning in our hearts through the passing of seasons marked in the Canada Goose’s migration as they mark beyond our calendars flipping the passage of time through the matrix of life.

Submitted on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 by Joshua HitchingDear Sirs,

We are a group of French speaking old age residants at la Cit des Tours. We call ourselves The Brainy Types of the City des Tours. Every Monday at four o’clock we meet to speak English while discussing current affaires in Canada. Today as our first topic we discussed the National Bird Project and decided to vote on a name for Canada’s national bird. We voted unanimously for the Canada Goose.

Thank you for submitting this name to the committee involved in the selection of our national bird and look forward to hearing from you soon.

When my father called to say a friend of his had pulled up with the carcass of a freshly killed goose, and that he planned to cook it for family dinner, I was more than a little hesitant

When I told people I was planning to eat a Canada Goose, they looked at me as if I’d said I was roasting a rat for dinner. The wild Branta canadensis is ranked down there with the pigeon and the seagull as one of North America’s most loathed birds. And for good enough reason. A flock of geese flying in formation might look beautiful from a distance, but these birds cause problems, crowding parks and public space and polluting waterfronts with their waste. Many farmers hate them too. A group of hungry geese searching for seed can trample a newly planted field in mere minutes, wasting the crop. Their reputation both city side and in the country is so bad that, when, over the years, officials have suggested culling the flocks and then offering the meat at homeless shelters, the response often has been outrage at the idea of forcing on the poor the indignity of eating a Canada Goose. There are people who prefer to hunt geese over other game, and, on both sides of the border, paid hunting tours are organized to stake out the birds. In an excellent short story set in Toronto, three struggling newcomers to Canada salivate at the sight of the food wandering around the city’s parks. The punch line comes when they catch a few geese one dark night and cook them up. As the narrator says after dinner: “Well them geese taste good.”

These divergent opinions have led to a debate: Should we eat the Canada Goose?

I recently jumped into the discussion when my dad called to say that a hunter friend had pulled up with the carcass of a freshly killed goose blood, feathers, guts, and all. He said we would be cooking it for the next family dinner. To be honest, I was hesitant. I am locavore inclined and eat domesticated fowl of all sorts I adore duck and am particularly fond of a lightly poached duck egg but there was something about eating a wild goose that made me stop. Was it that I had seen too many of them paddling around polluted lakefronts? Or maybe it was their predilection for foraging on the pesticide saturated lawns of golf courses? It was as if the Canada Goose’s close association with human activity meant there was something unclean about them. Sure, on the one hand they were wild, but because they like to wander in all sorts of icky places, eating one of the birds sounded just as appetizing as eating a back alley pigeon.

So I called up a goose hunter.

Drake Larsen is a researcher in sustainable agriculture at Iowa State University who happens to be an avid hunter and who bags well over a dozen Canada Geese a year. He learned his passion for waterfowl hunting from his dad, who called his kids after the birds: Drake is named after the male duck, and his siblings Teal and Woodie after two different species. Canada Goose and venison are the main protein sources for Larsen and his wife. The day I called, he had been out on a goose hunt. “They’re so yummy,” he said. “It’s good, lean, rich meat. I find they are similar to a good cut of beef.”

It turns out that goose meat is just as versatile as beef, and the best way to cook it depends on the season. In the fall, the geese have not yet fattened up for winter. Their meat is lean and does not lend itself to roasting. Larsen slices open these fall birds and pops out their breast meat. They he cooks the breasts like steaks, stir fries them, or even grinds them to fill casings and make Canada Goose sausage. A winter bird, however, is fatter and is ideal for roasting. Larsen said his colleagues at work really enjoy a pulled goose sandwich that he prepares in a slow cooker at the office.

And not only are the birds good to eat they are also fun to hunt. Because of theirflneur like loitering, a Canada Goose might seem an easy snatch, but it takes skill to nab one. To catch a goose, Larsen will set up a flock of decoys designed to attract the attention of his prey in an area near to where the geese congregate. Then he lies down amid the faux geese, waves a black flag to get their attention, and practices his goose calls. “Ducks have a simple language. Geese have more of a vocabulary,” he said. “If [the geese] were coming toward me, I’d do a soft, slow, rhythmic honking. But if they were sideways, I would do a more distinctive pleading like ‘Turn here! Turn here!’ I find the calling is the invigorating part.”

While my dad isn’t a hunter, he is a pretty handy guy, so he was able to pluck, skin, and gut the goose himself. It did take him five hours and, when he was done, the lawn was covered with a fine layer of goose down. My mom decided to slow roast the goose upside down in red wine. The smell of the cooking meat was rich and fragrant, but when she pulled the bird from the oven, it had a dark, shriveled quality and I still wasn’t convinced that eating the goose was a good idea.

Then I took a bite. The meat was dark as liver, and earthy too, but not greasy or gamey. It was delicious. Aside from the lead shot my husband found embedded in his dinner, the Canada Goose made for a delicious meal and even our kids loved it. As for the debate about whether or not to eat the birds, I now wholeheartedly fall into the eat ‘em camp. This summer, Canada Geese that strayed too close to New York City’s airport were culled and shipped to Pennsylvania to be offered in food banks there.

Things we thought we understood narratives, data, software, news events have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s surprising win as well as the continuing questions about the role that misinformation and disinformation played in his election.

Tech journalists covering Facebook had a duty to cover what was happening before, during, and after the election. Reporters tried to see past their often liberal political orientations and the unprecedented actions of Donald Trump to see how 2016 was playing out on the internet. Every component of the chaotic digital campaign has been reported on, here at The Atlantic, and elsewhere: Facebook’s enormous distribution power for political information, rapacious partisanship reinforced by distinct media information spheres, the increasing scourge of “viral” hoaxes and other kinds of misinformation that could propagate through those networks, and the Russian information ops agency.

The former Yale English professor William Deresiewicz stirred up quite a storm earlier this month with his New Republic essay “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League” a damning critique of the nation’s most revered and wealthy educational institutions, and the flawed meritocracy they represent. He takes these arguments even further in his upcoming book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. Part cultural commentary, part philosophical treatise on the meaning of education itself, the book reads like a self help manual for ambitious yet internally adrift adolescents struggling to figure out how to navigate the college system, and ultimately their own lives.

In the years 1932 and 1933, a catastrophic famine swept across the Soviet Union. It began in the chaos of collectivization, when millions of peasants were forced off their land and made to join state farms. It was then exacerbated, in the autumn of 1932, when the Soviet Politburo, the elite leadership of the Soviet Communist Party, took a series of decisions that deepened the famine in the Ukrainian countryside. Despite the shortages, the state demanded not just grain, but all available food. At the height of the crisis, organized teams of policemen and local Party activists, motivated by hunger, fear, and a decade of hateful propaganda, entered peasant households and took everything edible: potatoes, beets, squash, beans, peas, and farm animals. At the same time, a cordon was drawn around the Ukrainian republic to prevent escape. The result was a catastrophe: At least 5 million people perished of hunger all across the Soviet Union. Among them were nearly 4 million Ukrainians who died not because of neglect or crop failure, but because they had been deliberately deprived of food.

It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. Land theft and human plunder cleared the grounds for Trump’s forefathers and barred others from it. Once upon the field, these men became soldiers, statesmen, and scholars; held court in Paris; presided at Princeton; advanced into the Wilderness and then into the White House. Their individual triumphs made this exclusive party seem above America’s founding sins, and it was forgotten that the former was in fact bound to the latter, that all their victories had transpired on cleared grounds. No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit.

Whereas Donald J. Trump stood beneath American flags on the steps of the United States Capitol on January 20, 2017, placed his hand on a Bible, and spoke these words:

I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States; and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.

Whereas the Constitution of the United States reads in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Last week, Sotheby’s auctioned off 140 little black dresses. The event, “Les Petites Robes Noires, 1921 2010,” featured vintage dresses collected by the fashion antiquarian Didier Ludot. A dazzling mix of silk faille, velvet, jersey, and tulle all in black cut simple silhouettes. The collection included iconic pieces from Chanel, Givenchy, and Herms. The more expensive lots fetched over 20,000 euros.

To introduce the collection, Ludot wrote, “Today I pay tribute to the astonishing story of the little black dress and to the designers who wrote its story, a dizzying tale . from the Roaring Twenties to the new millennium.” But the most astonishing part of the little black dress’s story might be its prologue, the backstory left out of the auction catalogue, the glossy coffee table books, and the fashion magazines. The most important acolytes of the little black dress were not designers nor aristocrats, but masses of working class women.

Deep in the Mariana Trench, at depths lower than the Rockies are high, rests a tin of reduced sodium Spam.

NOAA scientists caught sight of it last year near the mouth of the Mariana’s Sirena Deep. It isn’t an isolated incursion, but it was nevertheless startling, the sight of those timeless golden letters bright against the deep ocean bottom.

Shortly after came news from another team of scientists who had found in the Mariana an innovation less familiar than shelf stable meat, but far more significant. In the bodies of deep dwelling creatures were found traces of industrial chemicals responsible for the rise of modern America polychlorinated biphenyls.

PCBs had been detected in Hirondellea gigas, tiny shrimp like amphipods scooped up by deepwater trawlers. Results from the expedition, led by Newcastle University’s hadal zone expert Alan Jamieson, were preliminary released last year and then published in February.

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