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I shot this picture of Embattled Brazilian president Michel Temer at the United National General assembly last fall. It seems as if corruption and political instability are all around the globe.
#Temer has said he will only leave office if forced out, despite facing growing calls to resign over a corruption scandal.
In an interview with the Folha de S Paulo newspaper, Mr Temer said he is innocent and will remain in office with the help of his shaken Congressional base until December 2018 so he can go forward with austerity measures and unpopular reforms.
He said: “I will not resign. If they want, force me out, because if I resign that will be a declaration of guilt.”
Brazil’s supreme court has opened investigations into Mr Temer for allegedly obstructing justice, passive corruption and being a member of a criminal organisation.
The move follows release of an audiotape that appears to show him endorsing the payment of hush money to an imprisoned former ally in exchange for silence.
Businessman Joesley Batista, who made the recording, also said in plea bargain testimony that he paid Mr Temer and his allies millions in bribes and illegal campaign funds.
Mr Temer has also been accused of negligence for failure to take any measures after hearing Mr Batista say he was paying bribes to two judges and a prosecutor.

Final python to post, just in case anyone missed them, a very interesting article in the @NYTmag dealing wit the snakes ability to deal with and process up wards of 50,000 calories in one meal.
The research has implications for several of humans main health issues connected to overeating;
heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Why do snakes stick out their? When a snake sticks its forked tongue out, it is not meant as an act of mockery or aggression. A snake’s tongue is a pretty cool tool that helps it know where it is going and what is lurking around it. Snakes are not able to see with their eyes as well as humans can, so they must rely on their other senses. All snakes have a special organ that humans do not have; it is called the Jacobson Organ. This special organ is found on the root of the snake’s mouth, and its sole function is to keep the snake aware of its environment. Check out the @NYTMag for an article I shot a few pictures for.

One more from the @nytmag assignment on the use and benefits of using #pythons instead of rats for advance laboratory work. Because of the unique make up of the python it may inform doctors how to deal with #heartdisease, #diabetes and the protective effects of gastric-bypass surgery.

Look for the article 'When the Lab Rat is a Snake", in this Sundays @nytmag. The Burmese #python is essentially a slithering digestive tract: (I love that description) One day, the python may be as central to our understanding of disease — or at least those illnesses that stem, in part, from overeating — as the laboratory rodent.

Happy to have some work in the NYTimes Magazine this weekend. nytimes Growing up in a farming area several hours from Kolkata, India, Amit Choudhary had always been afraid of #snakes. “I was told not to mess with those creatures,” he says. Now the @broadinstitute researcher realizes they might hold a cure for diabetes. The Burmese #python is essentially a slithering digestive tract: In the wild, it often spends up to a few months in silent ambush; then, when the moment is right, it wraps its coils around its prey and swallows it head first. A single meal for a full-grown python may contain more than 50,000 calories, a tidal wave of nutrients and fatty acids that could be deadly to another species. But the python has adapted to the overload. For the week or so that follows feeding, its intestine thickens; its liver and kidneys nearly double in mass; its insulin level shoots up; its temperature increases by 6 degrees Fahrenheit; its pulse triples; and its metabolism jumps. Then, once all the food has been absorbed, the python’s organs shrink back to their quiescent state. One day, the python may be as central to our understanding of disease — or at least those illnesses that stem, in part, from overeating — as the laboratory rodent. And eventually, in some respects, it might even overtake the mouse. Perhaps that would be fitting. @robertclarkphoto photographed this #Burmesepython while on assignment for @nytmag. Visit the link in our profile to read more about when the lab rat is a #snake. #🐍

Take a look online or in the hard copy of the @NYTmag for some picture that I made of some #BurmesePythons.
The writer #DanielEnger describes pythons as, "a slithering digestive tract" they wait, attack, then eat it's prey ( head first), that meal can hold up to 50,000 calories. That amount of caloric intake could kill or harm other species but the python has adapted to the overload. This information might be good for humans.
From the article,
....In his lab, Amit Choudhary wondered if there might be something in a python’s yogurt blood that helps it undergo this protective transformation. He dabbed a few drops on a rodent’s pancreatic cells to see how they would respond. “The results were mind-blowing,” he recalled on a recent April afternoon in Boston, where he now does research at Harvard and M.I.T.’s Broad Institute.
The article is fascinating and delves into an area of #EvolutionaryBiology that I love to read about. Thank you for the work @amykellner & @kathyryan1

I'm very happy to say that the commercial I directed for @RussellAthletics on the #settleyourscore campaign has been awarded a #GoldClio. The 3-minute mini doc produced by @picturefarmpro, my Brooklyn neighbor, would not have been possible with out the work of Chris Bren, Anna Groth-Shive, Winnie Cheung, Leslie Yoon and Regina Spurlock. Thank you to the creative team @barkleyus, Chris, Bryan and Berk. Thank you to #newpalestinedragons for letting us share your season. @clioawards @yoonmooner @annashive @w1nn1th @reginaspurlock #newpalestinedragons

Scales on the back of a #nodosaur at the @royaltyrrell museum. It has the look of a landscape from Utah #bestFossilEver

The nodosaur seems to flash a glare—an effect produced by the fossil's exquisitely preserved eye socket. @vaughnwallace

Some 110 million years ago, this armored plant-eater lumbered through what is now western Canada, until a flooded river swept it into open sea. The dinosaur's undersea burial preserved its armor in exquisite detail. It's skull still bears tile-like plates and a gray patina of fossilized skins.
Armored dinosaurs’ trademark plates usually scattered early in decay, a fate that didn’t befall this nodosaur. The remarkably preserved armor will deepen scientists’ understanding of what nodosaurs looked like and how they moved. Check out my feed for more images. Photographed @RoyalTyrrell in Drumheller, Alberta. @natgeo

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