Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Whale Said "Thank You"
The Whale ...
If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed an environmental group for help.
Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her.
They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.
She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around ~she was thanking them.
Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.
The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.
And , may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.
I share this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit
The best part of this story is that it is true!
Friday, July 30, 2010
The cow wash: How an automatic brushing machine can improve milk production
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:11 PM on 21st July 2010
Looking your best can sometimes be hard work. But for this cow, it would appear that having a brush-up is one of life's pleasures.
The animal is enjoying a spell in the cow wash, which, according to its designers DeLaval, is welcome news for farmers as well.
The cow wash boosts milk production by improving the animal's blood circulation and stopping the spread of disease, says the company.
The company has already sold 30,000 cow washes in its native Sweden, and is now bringing the product to the UK.
A spokesman said the cows enjoy the sensation of being brushed and it can boost milk production by 3.5per cent.
He said: 'The swinging cow brush is a self-grooming device that keeps cows happier, healthier and more productive.
'The brush starts to rotate on contact at an animal-friendly speed. It swings freely in all directions, smoothly up, over and alongside the cow.
'The bristles have the right length and hardness to stimulate the blood circulation whilst helping the cow to keep clean and calm.
'It is very popular among dairy farmers. Cows using the swinging cow brush are cleaner, calmer and therefore more balanced.'
A study conducted by scientists in the USA found the brush resulted in better animal health due to an increase in blood circulation.
It also concluded that cows using the machine were 34 per cent less likely to suffer from clinical mastitis - a condition which results in milk abnormalities.
The research team also reported increased milk production of up 3.5 per cent for cows in a pen using the swinging cow brush.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This is an ariel view of Celine Dion's house in Jupiter Island, FL...She built a waterpark in her house, complete with a Lazy River. Is that crazy or what? And the house sits between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean.
Her neighbours had complained because they had to drill 6 new wells to get enough fresh water to fill up her 500,000-gallon pool system, and the planning director of the city was fired because he approved it.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
by Amanda Fox
Comic-Con 2010 is like - no, actually is - geektopia, and there is nothing better than the hottest toys that are debuted each year. While everyone is scrambling around trying to figure out what the hoot goodies will be for Christmas, the geeks already know. Granted they only know which toys will be hot for other geeks, but a few are very likely to have broad appeal this year so don’t be surprised if you see them on your kid’s wish list. Also don’t be surprised if they are on your older brother living in mom’s basement list as well - if he is the type of guy still arguing over whether Han or Greedo shot first.
On the high end of the cost range, a scale replica of the District 9 ARC generator is going for $500. You cannot shoot it or even power up. The directions on the package explicitly state that “Unless your genetic makeup is part prawn, you cannot power up of fire this gun.” So it is pretty useless unless you need it for Halloween, but it does look really cool. Maybe not $500 worth of cool, but it is selling as quick as it can be stocked.
Star Wars devotees are beside them self now that Owen Lars has an action figure. In case you can’t place the name, Owen was married to Baru and is Luke Skywalker’s stepfather. You know him, the moisture farmer on Tatooine that was killed by Imperial Stormtroopers so it looked like Sand People did the hit while Luke was with Obi-Wan gallivanting around. It only runs $15, but what is weird is that it comes in a 2-pack with the other figure being Darth Maul. The connection between them is…well non-existent really.
Dexter of the show “Dexter” finally got his own bobblehead. For $15 you can have a likeness of the top blood-spatter analyst around that also happens to be a ruthless killer. What makes this bobblehead cool though is that Dexter is holding the baby he served as a surrogate dad for.
Of the items that are flying off the floor at Comic-Con, the Hello Kitty Nerd Mimobot is going fast. Basically this is just a cool name for a super sweet flash drive (2GB -16GB available). Hello Kitty is the bomb, and this is wicked cute as all get out. The 2GB model is $25, the 16GB runs $80, and the rest obviously fall in between on the price scale. Every girl young and old deserves this for Christmas, it really is that cool!
For “Simpsons” fans, there is a new Mr. Burns Christmas ornament. WHILE IT WOULD BE COOL IF IT SAID “Maul him Smithers”, it doesn’t do that. What it does say however is another Burns classic, “A fruit basket does not a bonus make, you greedy bastard.” No price information is available on this, but it will be available in Hallmark stores and online very soon. The best estimate is to plan on this costing around $15 - $20.
Finally, the hottest item at Comic-Con 2010 is Tron Bearbrick. Commit that name to memory because if you are a parent you will be hearing it again real soon. This is the one item known to have sold out completely and it sold out really fast. Once “Tron: Legacy” starts picking up more steam you will not be able to find this and some have projected this will be the “it” toy this year. All it is really is a little pink plastic bear that shows a body filled with circuits. It doesn’t do anything, it just looks cool. Thankfully it is only $12, but you can bet that will change so stock up if you get a chance.
Many toys debuted at Comic-Con 2010 will never go any further than that in their life-cycle, and a few will be huge hits. These listed are worth keeping your eye on and should be widely available very soon. Get ahead of the holiday rush and find them now - geeks do set the trends.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Problems that led to Gulf tragedy—fossil fuel dependence and influence of polluters in Washington—remain
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Friends of the Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had the following response to reports that the well that has been gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20 has been capped:
“It is great news that the disastrous flow of oil into the Gulf has been capped. We hope that the cap holds and that BP is able to permanently seal this well.
“But this story is far from over. Corporate polluters must not be allowed to spin this tragedy as an isolated incident or pretend the problem has been solved. Oil continues to spread, and a massive recovery effort is still required. Just as important, if not more so, is that our nation’s leaders have yet to address the root causes of the spill. Our dependence on fossil fuels and the undue influence of corporate polluters in Washington must be stopped.
“It’s time to connect the dots. The Gulf oil tragedy, the April 5 coal disaster in West Virginia that killed 29 workers, the extraction of tar sands oil in Canada that’s causing cancer to fuel U.S. cars, and an escalating climate crisis are all symptoms of the same problem. Fossil fuels are inherently deadly, and it is time for our country to put in place a comprehensive plan to end our use of them.”
Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
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Friday, July 16, 2010
The Madrid Zoo said on Thursday that it has made an offer to buy Paul, the octopus who became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs - all seven of Germany's games plus the Spain-Netherlands final.
The zoo said it made the offer after receiving hundreds of requests from Spaniards for Paul's transfer from a German aquarium after Spain won the World Cup on Sunday.
Zoo spokesperson Amparo Fernandez said an unspecified amount of cash was offered for the purchase of Paul, now a hero in Spain, which went wild after it won its first World Cup ever.
'We hope that within the next few days we will be able to confirm news that the admirable Paul will be part of the club of the most loved and charismatic animals of the Madrid Zoo,' said a statement from the zoo.
Paul's owner - the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany - declined immediate comment and requested that a reporter send questions by e-mail.
The intuitive invertebrate was retired this week from predicting football game outcomes, and Madrid Zoo officials promised he wouldn't be used again for similar duties.
Published July 16 2010