Wandering Eye: SPLC updates its Maryland 'Hate Map,' PETA protests the circus at RoFo Arena, and more

The Southern Poverty Law Center's "Hate Map" has been updated for 2015, and finds that six of Maryland's 15 hate groups are here in Baltimore: Crew 38 (non-member supporters of the white-supremacist Hammerskins), the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ (a black-separatist group), Jamaat al-Muslimeen (a Holocaust-denying anti-Semitic group with a controversial online magazine), Maryland State Skinheads (reportedly associated with the controversial music company Label 56), the Nation of Islam, and the National Socialist Freedom Movement (a neo-Nazi group that dubs itself the "American Nazi Party"). Another way to track hate groups, Marylander Raymond Franklin's  "Hate Directory," hasn't been updated since 2010. (Van Smith)


Science Magazine posted what the Earth's tectonic movement has looked like over the past 200 million years or so in one short video. Cribbing from a March 12 article in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the illustrated video shows some crazy motion, with changes in direction and surprisingly quick (geologically-speaking) bursts of activity: "The new model shows that although plates usually creep along at an average speed of about 4 centimeters per year, some can reach much faster speeds in short sprints. For example, India, which broke off the east coast of Africa about 120 million years and is now plowing into Asia, reached speeds as high as 20 centimeters per year for a relatively brief 10 million years." Even though you know the ending, it's pretty amazing. (Edward Ericson Jr.)


The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus came to Royal Farms Arena last night, and they brought their elephants with them. The circus, which has long been criticized for allegedly abusive treatment of the elephants, has agreed to remove them from its shows by 2018, but many, including the New York Times, have asked, why wait? At noon yesterday, three nearly nude protestors/"elephants" in gray body paint, representatives from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), stood outside the arena to protest the continued use of elephants in the show. Given the cold temperatures, they only lasted about 20 minutes, but a group of about 10 protestors showed up around showtime holding signs that showed elephants allegedly being mistreated. This morning, NPR aired a story about SeaWorld, which has faced similar complaints over alleged mistreatment of animals, and just launched an advertising campaign featuring, among others, the company's head veterinarian, intending to counter the claims. (Evan Serpick) (Photo by J. M. Giordano)

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