Originally posted on myfox8.com:
They pretend to be agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and they demand payment for fake tax liens, according to WPIX.
But it’s all a fraud.
The IRS — the real IRS — is warning about the phone scam targeting American taxpayers.
The scammers usually call from a cloned number with a District of Columbia area code — 202-609-7070. The caller tells victims that they owe money to the IRS and if they don’t pay they’ll be arrested.
The IRS has received 90,000 complaints about the scam, and about 1,000 people have lost an estimated $5 million from the fraud.
If you get a call that you believe to be a part of this scam, the IRS urges you call 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident.
For more information on phone scams and how to avoid being defrauded, visit www.irs.gov.
Originally posted on polarbearscience:
“The Politics of Polar Bears” airs Saturday, August 30, at 7 p.m. on CBC Manitoba. (CBC)
Which of the following statements do you think is true?
A) Polar bear populations have been in decline for some time
B) Polar bear populations are healthy
The answer may surprise you
“In The Politics of Polar Bears, Reg Sherren will pick his way through the message track to help you decide what is really happening with the largest land carnivore on the planet.”
See the rest here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/are-polar-bears-an-endangered-species-1.2747376?cmp=rss
[Includes a short video trailer]
Will we finally see some balance?
Originally posted on Our Compass:
BACKGROUND | SOURCE PETA
On Wednesday, August 15, the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission will decide whether to approve a permit that would allow serial animal abuser Karl Mitchell to keep tigers and ligers. We need your help to make sure that it does not approve the permit. Mitchell has been fined thousands of dollars and had his U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) license revoked for violating the Animal Welfare Act by, for example, cruelly withholding water as a training technique, forcing animals to live in enclosures filled with their own waste, failing to provide animals with veterinary care, and keeping large cats in cages too small for them. Mitchell is also currently under investigation by both the USDA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for continuing to exhibit animals after the USDA revoked his exhibition license and for illegally transporting a tiger across state lines. He even shot…
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Originally posted on digger666:
Foods we would lose without bees pollinating:
Apples, Mangos, Rambutan, Kiwi Fruit, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Guava, Rose Hips, Pomegranates, Pears, Black and Red Currants, Alfalfa, Okra, Strawberries, Onions, Cashews, Cactus, Prickly Pear, Apricots, Allspice, Avocados, Passion Fruit, Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Adzuki Beans, Green Beans, Orchid Plants, Custard Apples, Cherries, Celery, Coffee, Walnut, Cotton, Lychee, Flax, Acerola – used in Vitamin C supplements, Macadamia Nuts, Sunflower Oil, Goa beans, Lemons, Buckwheat, Figs, Fennel, Limes, Quince, Carrots, Persimmons, Palm Oil, Loquat, Durian, Cucumber, Hazelnut, Cantaloupe, Tangelos, Coriander, Caraway, Chestnut, Watermelon, Star Apples, Coconut, Tangerines, Boysenberries, Starfruit, Brazil Nuts, Beets, Mustard Seed, Rapeseed, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Bok Choy Chinese Cabbage, Turnips, Congo Beans, Sword beans, Chili peppers, red peppers, bell peppers, green peppers, Papaya, Safflower, Sesame, Eggplant, Raspberries, Elderberries, Blackberries, Clover, Tamarind, Cocoa, Black Eyed Peas, Vanilla, Cranberries, Tomatoes…
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Originally posted on myfox8.com:
OREGON CITY, Ore. — An Oregon City family is calling their pit bull a hero.
Tuesday evening, a group of kids were playing near a creek down a steep embankment behind their apartment complex when one of the kids stepped on a rotten log, unleashing a swarm of bees.
The kids tried making their way back up the hill toward home for help, but 8-year-old Jesse-Cole Shaver couldn’t.
Luckily, that’s when “Hades” did her doggone best to help, grabbing Jesse-Cole by the leg of his pants.
“Hades saw me and came and dragged me up to the grass and stopped and let me crawl on her back and took me to my mom,” Jesse-Cole told Fox 12.
His mother, who did not want to be identified, says she was in her car when she heard the kids screaming and running up the hill surrounded by bees. She was astonished to…
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He took an oath to do no harm… and he failed miserably on something as minor as this. Clearly he does not have what it takes teach!!!!!
So please sign the petition and send him walking…
Originally posted on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE:
EXCLUSIVE BEN PIKE THE DAILY TELEGRAPH AUGUST 21, 2014
PLEASE SIGN PETITION:-https://www.change.org/p/macquarie-university-ban-dog-basher-from-teaching-medical-students-2?share_id=bjOhHLzcyo&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition#
SYDNEY surgeon and lecturerDr Nicolas Oddone’s job is to save lives but he showed little regard for the life of a dog he severely beat.
The oncologist, aged in his early 40s, was convicted of one count of animal cruelty in the Downing Centre Local Court last month after he bashed his then-girlfriend’s 2.9kg papillon pooch, named Prinni.
“It was shocking … no animal deserves that,” she said. “Every animal deserves a basic level of treatment.” Prinni suffered 14 fractures to 12 ribs, massive internal bleeding, liver damage and a partially-collapsed lung.
In text messages tendered to…
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Originally posted on World of Birds:
More than 1,300 species of birds are threatened with extinction, with chemical pollution and climate change two major culprits. Because of these and other dangers, the status of most of the endangered species is deteriorating, according to BirdLife International.
In the majority of cases, the blame lies with humans, with loss of habitat and chemical contamination of the environment posing a serious threat to birds. The destruction of wetlands, forests and plains has also diminished birds’ food supply, according to Environmental Health News.
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Originally posted on Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health:
If you’re a fan of bananas, then your day is about to get better. August 27 is National Banana Lovers Day, meaning it’s time to celebrate all the health benefits of your favorite yellow fruit.
You may already know that bananas are stocked with potassium–a medium one has 422 milligrams of the mineral or 12% of the recommended daily value, according to the USDA. It also has a solid 3 grams of filling fiber and nearly 20% of your daily value for both vitamins C and B6. Plus, they’re great to add to healthy smoothies. If that’s not enough, here are five other ways bananas can make your life better:
They can sub in for sports drinks
Bananas could give sports drinks a run for their money. A study published in PLoS ONE analyzed the blood samples of 14 trained cyclists, who were given either a cup…
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Originally posted on Wild Horse Education:
WHE Challenges the BLM
A “challenge” has been issued by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the form of a “Request for Applications” (RFA) to veterinarians, scientists, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and other researchers to develop new techniques and protocols for implementing population growth-suppression methods of wild horses. The submission deadline for applications is May 7, 2014
The budget for fiscal year 2015 is $80.2 million for the wild horse and burro program. BLM plans to use the additional funds for “population control.”
Wild Horse Education will submit a challenge of it’s own to the agency.
“Wild horse and burro ‘management’ is an American disgrace,” stated Wild Horse Education President Laura Leigh “Instead of addressing the disease the BLM is simply looking for another band aide. It’s more than past…
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Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:
From another list:
Having killed one Huckleberry pup, WDFW continues aerial gunning: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/aug2514a/
Below is an example of a letter to WA Governor Inslee. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 360-902-4111. The points elucidated in the letter make it clear that WDFW is repeating the dishonest and secretive behavior that led to the slaughter of 7 Wedge Pack wolves in 2012.
The bulleted points in the letter were provide by Amaroq Weiss at the Center for Biological Diversity.
Let’s see if we can make enough noise to stop this killing…
Dear Governor Inslee -
Please intervene and prevent further slaughter of Huckleberry pack wolves. The WDFW has been dishonest and misleading in its handling of this issue and it is by no means apparent, due to WDFW’s secretive behavior, that nonlethal deterrents and techniques were properly employed or even if they were used in good conscience…
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Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:
Yet another sell-out group, sleeping with the enemy. Is this what they’re doing with all the donations they keep begging for? Unbelievable!
Should wolves be hunted?
Defenders of Wildlife is not opposed to hunting of wolves. We represent hunters as well as other conservationists and animal rights people. We have a very wide spectrum of people that are our members, but we’ve never been opposed to hunting. As long as it’s hunting done in a manner that other species are hunted, so that it’s not to exterminate the species, but actually to only take surplus from that population. And right now the wolf population in the Northern Rockies is still pretty small. For example, in Idaho we have somewhere around five or six hundred adult wolves, and if you compare that with things like mountain lions, we have over 3,000 mountain lions. We have 20,000 black bears…
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Originally posted on Wild Horse Education:
Letter from the Range, Laura Leigh, WHE President
This time of year we are particularly busy with ground work. What WHE does is a “bottom to top” approach that focuses on key factors in a site specific manner. This makes our ability to respond to emails etc rather limited for several months at a time. We are in one of those times.
In a simplistic overview the majority of what we are doing is gathering comparative information over time to demonstrate the areas where inappropriate action, or no action, has created near crisis situations. You can view some of what has been loaded on the Range page. But on that page you can also…
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Originally posted on Serbian Animals Voice (SAV):
Monday, August 25, 2014
Petitions and More, August 25
https://www.facebook.com/notes/nina-carlotto/lettre-contre-les-sacrifices-des-animaux-au-n%C3%A9pal/1465569263730157 – Please send a message in protest of animal sacrifices in Nepal!
- Say NO to the evils of Ivory!
Save the Vaquita
– Save our Parks from Fracking
Make a statement against animal suffering and opt against Gutfleisch!
Needs more signatures, use another email address:
Full participation rights for animal welfare organizations! Confirm please
Protect these animals by reducing the demand for animals in entertainment in the countries where you holiday
https://www.facebook.com/events/804006629609461/permalink/820501394626651/ Tweetstorm coming up, Taiji, the Cove
Convince the USDA to reject Dow’s “Agent Orange” crops
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Originally posted on Wolves and Writing:
It’s a disconcerting deja vu. Two years ago we fought hard to prevent the killing of the Wedge pack for their supposed role in livestock depredations. But the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Department (WDFW) ignored public opinion as they spent over $76,000 in a full scale war against the Wedge pack wolves, killing seven of its members.
An OPD article dated November 14, 2012 quotes WDFW spokesperson Madonna Luers as saying, “Our director (Phil Anderson) has said that he never wants to do this again… The social acceptance is just not there.”
Mr. Anderson must have forgotten making this statement because now the Huckleberry pack is being targeted under his authorization. One member, reportedly a pup, has been shot already and three more are in the scopes.
I spoke today with Bob Ferris, Executive Director of Cascadia Wildlands about the issue. Bob…
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A fisherman on the water radioed a distress call that he had a whale caught in his fishing gear, said Mackay. Her boat with customers onboard happened to be nearby. She recognized the seven-year-old I103 orca from pod I15 entangled in a gill net.
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Originally posted on myfox8.com:
A giant panda intended to be the star of the first ever live broadcast of the birth of panda cubs has lost the role — after it was discovered the bear is not pregnant after all, Chinese state media reported.
Not only was it a phantom pregnancy but zookeepers suspect the panda, Ai Hin, may have been faking it to improve her quality of life, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding told Xinhua on Monday.
Ai Hin, age six, had shown signs of pregnancy, including a change in appetite, moving less and an increase in progestational hormone in July, according to Xinhua.
But after observing her for two months, she began acting normally again, zookeepers said.
Experts say pandas sometimes carry on the behaviors associated with early pregnancy after noticing that they get preferential treatment, the news agency said.
“After showing prenatal signs, the ‘mothers-to-be’ are moved into…
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Originally posted on Life or Lunch?:
The San Francisco Unified District has just joined the Meatless Monday movement and will not be serving any of its kids meat once a week.
“The school district recently joined the international Meatless Monday movement and is participating by offering exclusively meat-free meals in its elementary and middle school cafeterias every Monday, and by educating students about the health benefits of eating more plant-based foods,” stated a press release by the Humane Society of the United States praising the district’s decision.
Some of the foods that will be replacing meat menu items on Mondays are “bean burritos, taco triangles with sides of apples and fresh baby carrots.”
“Americans eat too much meat, and we pay a heavy price for it,” said Kristie Middleton, food policy manager of HSUS in a statement. “Providing more plant-based meals to kids can improve their health and raise their consciousness about how their food choices…
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Originally posted on STOP ANIMAL ABUSE:
Activists from IDA and other national and local organizations will join forces to protest Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Portland in early September. Help us send a loud and clear message that elephants and other animals do not belong in circuses!
Please make plans to join activists at one or more protests held throughout the weekend.
What: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Protests at the Moda Center
Thursday, Sep 4, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Friday, Sep 5, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Saturday, Sep 6, 10am-11:30am, 2pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Sunday, Sep 7, 11am-12:30pm, 3pm-4:30pm
For more information, please contact email@example.com.
You can RSVP for these events here. Posters…
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Originally posted on TIME:
Consider the size of your online presence—your Facebook account, which details your daily life and personal history; your email account, which contains a wealth of your personal and business communications; photos, music and documents you have stored in the cloud; online banking accounts and records; frequent flier miles and more.
What happens to all this stuff when you die?
Will heirs be able to access your accounts to manage your affairs or do you want to prevent them from snooping around in virtual territory you want kept private? Will your accounts simply evaporate over time or will your Facebook page still be up long after you’re gone?
While some people don’t care, others find the idea of their digital assets outliving them disconcerting. Creating a digital will helps you determine which accounts survive and which you take to your grave.
How to Create a Digital Will
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Originally posted on The Paw Report:
Dylan, pictured to the left, was going to be veal. Can you imagine? Now he’s thriving, happy, and sociable at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. I met Dylan when I visited Woodstock a couple of years ago. I snapped this photo as he ran over to us, eager to get to know us and to receive pets and scratches.
Dylan is lucky because he was saved. But for billions of other animals, they are not so lucky. We force them into factory farms, we separate families, we kill them young, we cause them harm and suffering. And then we eat them. And then we repeat the process again, and again.
Phillip Wollen’s incredible speech calls for us to stop eating animals. After I saw many, many friends sharing and commenting on it, I finally got around to watching his…
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Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:
SEATTLE — Firefighters perform lifesaving acts as part of their job. But one local firefighter went above and beyond the call of duty for one tiny little creature.
Andy Reilly says he was headed out from the firehouse on a call early Tuesday morning.
“I saw something on the floor that I first thought was a giant moth,” he wrote on Facebook. “On closer inspection it turned out to be a humming bird.”
Reilly says the little bird moved when he touched it but it seemed otherwise completely stunned.
“The doors of the bay had been closed for hours,” he wrote. “It must have gotten exhausted flying around inside.”
So when he arrived back from the call he says he made a little nest out of a clean rag and he attempted to feed it some sugar water without much luck.
“I took it home this morning…
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Originally posted on TUESDAY'S HORSE:
by ELIZABETH FOREL
COALITION TO BAN HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES
Enough is Enough! He promised to ban horse-drawn carriages when he got into office. Many people voted for him because of this. We were delighted that we finally seemed to have a kindred spirit in our new mayor. But here it is 10 months since Mayor deBlasio was elected and he has not kept that promise.
The horse-drawn carriage trade continues with all of its inhumanity, its many accidents; lack of meaningful law enforcement, lack of safety – made stronger by the lies perpetrated by the NY Daily News, Teamsters and Working Families Party – lies that go unchallenged by the Mayor’s office. We have been very patient, waiting for some action. But nothing has happened and we have reached our breaking point. We say enough is enough.
Please stand up for these…
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Originally posted on Alexandra´s Animal Awareness Blog:
There are many chinchillas being kept as pets. Subjectively, I believe most of them are in homes unsuited for these rodents whose looks make them more “likable” than for example rats. Since chinchillas can live for up to twenty years chances are they will not be kept by the same people their whole lives. These little animals come from the Andes mountain range, do not like heat nor high humidity. But more often than not, they have to live in surroundings totally unsuitable for them. And then there is their beautiful fur. Some people would rather wear their chinchilla as coat than take care of the live animal.
“Valley View Chinchilla Ranch masqueraded as a breeder of “pets,” despite slaughtering, skinning, and selling the pelts of any chinchillas who supposedly did not “work out” as companions and even going so far as to hide its involvement in…
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Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
as published on Country10.com
“Older horses are the Encyclopedia Britannica of the herds and they keep the stallions from breeding when conditions are not good.”
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Wild Horse advocates gathered outside of the student center building at Central Wyoming College to protest the Bureau of Land Management’s treatment of and plans for Wild Horses across the West. Simone Netherlands, representing Respect 4 Horses, said she attends every BLM Advisory Board meeting on Wild Horses held twice a year around the region.
“There is no overpopulation of wild horses, we’ve gone from over two million wild horses to just 30,000 in the wild,” she said. “but they complain that they’re overrun with wild horses.”
In prepared remarks delivered at noon, Netherlands said, “we now…
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