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Morning Roundup 10/24/12: NatGeo Photo Contest; Klingon Wedding; 3 Deadly Words

Perhaps in another life I secretly wanted to be a photographer because these pictures are simply amazing.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 -- National Geographic

It's that time again...the 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest is in full swing. The contest has reached his midpoint but there is plenty of time to enter before the November 30, 2012 deadline. Photographers of all skill levels - from professional to amateur - across the globe, submitted more than 20,000 entries from 130 countries in last year's competition. The photographs are judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts in the field. There is a first place winner in each of three categories: People, Places and Nature, and a grand prizewinner as well.

See the photos here.

From the "I've got too much time" department comes this Star Trek wedding. I enjoy an episode of Star Trek as much as the next guy, but talk my wife into dressing as a Klingon for our wedding. K'Plah!!

Star Trek Fans Tie the Knot at "Klingon Wedding" -- Reuters

One couple has boldly gone where no other has gone before by tying the knot in Britain's first Klingon wedding ceremony at a Star Trek convention to celebrate the much-loved TV series in London on Friday.

The couple, 23-year-old Jossie Sockertopp and 29-year-old Sonnie Gustavsson, came from their native Sweden to marry at the "Destination Star Trek London" event, which will see 17,000 "trekkies" flock to London's ExCel centre this weekend.

The pair, who met four years ago at the retirement home where they both work, were inspired to hold the ceremony after watching an episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine", in which Klingon character Worf marries science officer Jadzia Dax in a traditional Klingon ceremony

As the father of three daughters, this deeply grieves me. As a person, it should deeply grieve you. As the devaluation of women continues to be prevalent around the world, the results are deadly to girls and eventually to society.

The Three Deadliest Words in the World: It's a Girl -- A.G. Harmon

The woman in this picture has just related to a film crew how she killed her newborn daughter by strangulation. She killed eight of her newborn daughters, in fact, and can lead you to the tree-shaded plot of ground where she has buried all of them. The earth is rich there, rounded and fertile. The mound where the infants lie rises over them in a gentle slope, like the swell of mother-flesh.

This woman is not unusual in her Indian village. She and her neighbors explain through a strange kind of laughter the myriad ways that they have dispatched their female children. One of the most common is to dampen a piece of cloth--large enough to swaddle the child in--then lay the wet fabric over the baby's face, so that she can't breathe. Other options are to expose the child to the elements or to place her in a box near the river and walk away.

Not only are these practices common in India, they're common throughout many countries and across many cultures. It's estimated that as many as 200 million girls are missing from the world's population due to the practice of gendercide, the culturally-based killing of a child (overwhelmingly female) on the basis of its sex.

Now, detailed news of this widespread custom comes by way of a chilling new documentary: It's a Girl, produced and directed by filmmaker Evan Grae Davis.

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