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Sign the comment letter: No hunting of source populations critical for eastern colonization. 

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BEGIN RECOVERY PLAN FOR THEEASTERN COUGAR
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments on their plan to remove the eastern cougar from the Endangered Species List and declare it an extinct subspecies. We believe the federal government should instead be working to restore mountain lions to their historic range . Please sign our group comment letter.
No matter where you live, America’s lion needs your voice.

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Self Destructing Polythene Bags!

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Everyone agrees, don’t they, that the ubiquitous polythene bag is a huge environmental problem? They are wherever you look – in hedges, caught in trees, littering beaches, floating in the oceans and choking sea creatures. Even those ones disposed of correctly clog up landfill sites. The really scary thing is that no one  knows how long polythene will endure, estimates range between 400 and 1000 years!

value_pack_refuse_sacksThere is a solution to this problem, without extra cost to the end consumer (that means you) and without causing harm to the environment. It is so simple most people can’t believe it.An additive called D2W is put into the raw plastic during the manufacturing process. This is easy for the manufacturer to do – it is a bit like Jamie Oliver ‘bosching on’ a little bit of olive oil into his latest creation and the job is done.

By putting in this additive, the…

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Romania: Petition – Stop the killing of dogs in Breasta PS – Ask UK Ambassador To Help.

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Petition – Stop the killing of dogs in Breasta PS

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https://www.change.org/p/paul-brummel-uk-ambassador-in-romania-stop-the-killing-of-dogs-in-breasta-ps?tk=ZWpwu6VDo4iTdozs9UEYujW5hrzOBGSiYkXLOeskrbk&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email

 

Breasta PS have announced a cull of the dogs there.All sponsored dogs will be killed by the 8th August.

Starting with 50 new entry dogs and dogs without sponsors in 3 days time.

The rescue groups there are working hard to try to find spaces to get the immediate dogs in danger out, if not they will die on Monday.

But this killing will not stop there ,on August 1st 80 more will be in danger, but inbetween 250 more will face death.

The rescuers cannot keep finding spaces we need action to be taken to stop the killing in Breasta. 50 dogs young and old will die crudely they won’t be euthanasied. The mayor in Mizil has also announced the killing of 45 dogs there.

We need help to get this stopped and a solution worked…

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Safety alert and recall: 26,000 baby monitors recalled due to burn hazard | WPMT FOX43

A popular brand of baby monitor is being recalled over the possibility that the video monitor’s batteries can overheat, swell and expand and cause the battery cover to open or come off. This can expose hot batteries, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

The recall is for about 26,000 units of the Lorex CARE ‘N’ SHARE Series video baby monitor (in addition, 8,000 were sold in Canada.)

The model numbers included in this recall are WL3520, WL4320 and WL3401. The model numbers are printed on the back panel of the monitor. The monitors were sold in bundles with cameras. The monitors contain a blue lithium polymer battery and measure about 4 inches tall by 5 inches wide. The monitors have a white plastic back and either a white or black border. “LOREX” or “The Lorex Baby” is printed below the monitor screen.

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Babies “R” Us, B&H, Best Buy, Target, The Home Depot, Walmart and online at http://www.amazon.com andwww.lorextechnology.com from May 2013 through April 2016. The video baby monitors were sold in bundles for between $60 and $140.

The firm has received 488 reports of batteries overheating and expanding; about 140 reports involved the swelling of the battery pack, causing its plastic casing to open or come off. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled monitors and contact Lorex to receive a full refund.

Lorex toll-free at 844-265-7388 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday

GIANT removes pancake mix from shelves due to possible E. Coli | WPMT FOX43


CARLISLE, Pa.– Following a recall by Continental Mills, GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it has removed from stores Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix that may be contaminated with E. coli 0121.

The company was notified by its supplier that their product, a blueberry nugget, is made with a small percentage of affected flour which was recalled by General Mills because it may be contaminated with E. coli O121.

The Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix was distributed nationwide where consumers purchased product through retail stores.

If you have recently purchased Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix 28 oz. carton with a best by date code between 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018, and a UPC code 041449001289, please contact Continental Mills at 1-800-457-7744 for information to receive a full refund. Please dispose of the product.

If you have recently purchased Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake a 3.5 lb. bag, with a best by date code between of 4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018, with a UPC code 041449001487, please contact Continental Mills at 1-800-457-7744 for information to receive a full refund. Please dispose of the product.

GIANT/MARTIN’S customers can also take their purchase receipt to the store for a full refund.

Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

No illnesses have been reported, however, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. E. coli O121 is eliminated by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

Consumers looking for additional information may call GIANT/MARTIN’S Customer Service at 1-888-814-4268 for more information. Customers can also visit the GIANT or MARTIN’S website.

Recall: Betty Crocker cake mix recalled due to potential E. coli contamination | WPMT FOX43


NEW YORK — General Mills Inc. recalled three flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix sold in the United States and Canada on Monday over E. coli concerns.

The recall includes Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip and Delights Super Moist Carrot cake mixes in the U.S., and Super Moist Rainbow Bit cake mix in Canada, a press release stated. The flavor chips in the mixes were made by the supplier Wondra, who announced a larger flour recall on July 1 over possible E. coli contamination.

There have been no reported illnesses, but consumers are advised not to eat the raw cake mixes and throw the recalled products away.

The following items are part of the recall:
Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix: Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAR2017, 28MAR2017, 27APR2017, 28APR2017, 23MAY2017, 24MAY2017, 25MAY2017

Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix: Recalled Better if Used by Dates 12APR2017, 13APR2017, 14APR2017, 28MAY2017, 29MAY2017, 30MAY2017, 07JUL2017, 08JUL2017

Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix: Recalled Better if Used by Dates 27AL2017, 08JN2017, 09JN2017

The Betty Crocker cake mixes were recalled because of possible E. coli contamination. (General Mills)

The Betty Crocker cake mixes were recalled because of possible E. coli contamination. (General Mills)

General Mills and health officials are currently investigating flour-related E. coli outbreaks in several states. The company had also recalled flour products earlier in the month that include:

8 SKUs (stock keeping units or UPC codes) of Gold Medal Flour

3 SKUs of Signature Kitchens Flour

1 SKU of Gold Medal Wondra Flour

For more information, see the General Mills website.

More E. coli cases prompt General Mills flour recall expansion | WPMT FOX43

Out of an abundance of caution, General Mills announced the voluntary recall of more than 10 million pounds of flour because it may be linked to the outbreak.

Out of an abundance of caution, General Mills announced the voluntary recall of more than 10 million pounds of flour because it may be linked to the outbreak.

General Mills on Monday announced another expansion of its flour recall. The move was prompted by an announcement from the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that four more individuals from two different states (Minnesota and Wisconsin) have developed E. coli illness linked to the flour.

One of those individuals is suffering from a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. This results from E. coli illnesses that last longer and are more severe, according to the CDC.

There are now 46 cases of E. coli infection linked to this outbreak, which began in December. The most recent illness reported began on June 25.

Symptoms can include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever that can last five to seven days. Individuals who are very old or very young and those with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of becoming ill.

The youngest patient in this outbreak is just 1 year old and the oldest is 95. Most of those who have become ill, 80%, are female.

Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens flour are included in the updated recall announcement.

“The expansion announced today includes select production dates through February 10, 2016,” according to the company. Previously, the recall was for products produced between November 4, 2015, and December 4, 2015. The specific items recalled, including some previously identified Betty Crocker cake mixes, are listed on the General Mills website. None of the recalled flour should be used, sold or consumed.

General Mills initially announced a recall of 10 million pounds of flour in June, which it said at the time was “out of an abundance of caution” because it was possibly linked to the outbreak. Earlier this month, the company expanded that recall. It says consumers should not eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour.

Democrat National Convention is missing the American flag.

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I hate to say it bur after scanning a few of the speakers at the DNC I noticed something missing … the American flag. I didn’t see it once anywhere. Maybe I just missed it. There were Palestinian flags, Soviet flags among others of nefarious origin but Old Glory was no where to be seen.

Ah … the election is not about America anyway right? It’s about “values” and “principle” and “honor” and the “conscience” and blah, blah, blah …

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Disturbing video shows tiger attacking tourist at safari park; woman killed during rescue attempt | WPMT FOX43

Posted 7:46 PM, July 25, 2016, by Tribune Media Wire
BEIJING — A tourist was killed and a woman was seriously injured after being mauled by tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing on Saturday.

Editor’s note: Some viewers may find the video below disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Surveillance video captured the moment when two visitors got into a verbal argument while driving through the tiger enclosure at Badaling Wildlife Park.

A woman is shown exiting the vehicle and walking to the driver’s side when she is attacked by a tiger and dragged away.

A man and a woman jump out of the vehicle and chase after the tiger. The woman was reportedly attacked by a second tiger during the attempted rescue, according to NBC News.The first woman was seriously injured but is expected to survive.

According to the park’s rules, all guests must keep their windows closed and doors locked while visiting the park.


Petition update · Urgent Marley Update 7/24 · Change.org


Operation Save Marley
by Please Help Marley · 146,181 supporters
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Urgent Marley Update 7/24
Please Help Marley

Jul 25, 2016 — Just a few days ago we had about 17,000 signatures and we sent out a request for those of you to reach out to TV and radio stations near Panama City, FL and also near you, wherever you reside. We also asked that you reach out and share Marley’s story.

The result is that today we have over 130,000 signatures. We ask that you again take to social media ( Twitter and Facebook) and tell others about Marley. Thanks to each of you that share his story this has become something bigger than anyone anticipated.

We have no new news to share at this time as this is an active court case and there are limitations on what can be shared.

We can do this, but only together.

Keep up the good work and please share the below link!!!! Don’t forget to tell celebrities to sign!

https://www.change.org/p/operation-save-marley

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Take action: Stop fast-tracking oil & gas pipelines to avoid public scrutiny


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Petition · Isa Mustafa : Urge Kosovo Government to stop mass killing of stray dogs · Change.org


https://www.change.org/p/isa-mustafa-urge-kosovo-government-to-stop-mass-killing-of-stray-dogs/sign?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=618521&alert_id=NjXvwskupv_plZcGA%2BL6lNTkf%2BQ635KPL86UwW1lVTq5%2ByORwaJ1hA%3D

Success: Students Arrested for Throwing Dog Off Roof

Two men have been arrested after a video surfaced that allegedly shows them dropping a helpless dog from a rooftop. Applaud the swift punishment of these senseless and cruel individuals.

Source: Success: Students Arrested for Throwing Dog Off Roof

Justice for Bunny Allegedly Set on Fire

A pet bunny was reportedly set on fire by its owner, who claims it bit him. This is a heinous, inexcusable crime against an innocent animal. Sign this petition to demand that this animal abuser is penalized to the fullest extent, if guilty.

Source: Justice for Bunny Allegedly Set on Fire

Stop Producing Sunscreen that Kills Coral Reefs

 

Many sunscreen brands contain toxic chemicals that severely damage delicate coral reefs when they are inevitably washed into the ocean. Demand that the largest producer of sunscreen products in the world switch to more natural and nontoxic compounds.

Source: Stop Producing Sunscreen that Kills Coral Reefs

Save the Endangered Fossa From Extinction

The fossa is a catlike species native to Madagascar that has been dying out due to hunting and human encroachment. We must increase awareness and demand greater conservation efforts to protect this special creature from extinction.

Source: Save the Endangered Fossa From Extinction

CIA Pilot Presents Evidence That No Planes Hit Towers On 9/11

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Ex-CIA pilot John Lear vindicated as evidence that no planes hit the twin towers on 9/11 is compiled and published onlineEx-CIA and commercial jet pilot John Lear claims that the Twin Towers were not bought to the ground by planes crashing into them on 9/11, and now detailed information has been posted online corroborating his account.

In Lear’s expert opinion the official claim that two planes crashed into the towers is actually “physically impossible.”

With reports from the Kremlin that President Putin will release satellite images proving that the Twin Towers were destroyed by “controlled demolition” rather than by the force of two planes, enormous strides towards disproving the official 9/11 Commission version are taking place.

The grandson of Learjet founder Bill Lear, John Lear is a retired airline captain and former CIA pilot who has flown over 100 different types of plane during 40 years of active flying. He holds more FAA airman certificates than any other FAA certified pilot, and has flown secret CIA missions in Asia, Africa…

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China (Again): The Despair Of The Circus Animals – Petition To Sign.

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Dear animal lovers,

as of today we also have an english translation to our petition “Stop the  torture of wild animals in Suzhou/China” 

We need 10.000 signatures in order to have success with this important petition. 
Please sign the petition as well if you didn’t do so until now – and spread it all over the world. Wherever you have your contacts please send this petition to other animal lovers ! 

It’s also very welcome if you do a post at Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and websites ! 

Lets do this for this poor and outrageously tortured wild animals who have no protection and no voice ! 

Lets be their voice !! 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help ! 

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https://secure.avaaz.org/de/petition/Botschaft_der_VR_China_Berlin_Stoppt_die_Tierfolterei_von_Wildtieren_in_SuzhouChina/

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All Ducks in a Row’….. Be Alarmed!!!

Maine Republic Email Alert

When you see the number of high ranking military officials who have been fired or just let go it IS SCARY!   When I checked out the internet to see how many current Muslims are in the White House it covered 26 pages. Most people ARE COMPLETELY UNAWARE of what is happening to our country!!!
The picture below is of the five first line US nuclear carriers docked together in one place. Just like Battleship Row, Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
This picture was taken the February 2014 in Norfolk, Virginia. Obama ordered 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for “routine” (?) inspections. Heads of the Navy were flabbergasted by the directive but had to comply as it was a direct order from their Commander-in-Chief.
These carriers were all pulled out from the MIDDLE EAST and the Afghanistan support role leaving our land forces naked and exposed without the air support needed…

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10 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our World’s Oceans From Plastic | One Green Planet

Marine life is currently under attack from all sides by plastic. From plastic in the form of large plastic bags and 2-liter soda bottles to tiny microplastics, our oceans are absolutely inundated with the stuff. It’s turning up on shorelines, in the stomachs of ocean life, and as giant patches thousands of miles removed from civilization.
The relentless and ever-growing plastic problem our marine ecosystems face is massive. An estimated 8.8 million tons of plastics make their way into our oceans worldwide every single year. And while this sad fact is partially due to a growing population without a comparable and effective waste disposal system to match, marine plastic pollution is also the result of hundreds of little choices we all make every day at the individual level.

With 80 percent of marine plastics originally being sourced from land, it stands to reason that we carry much of the weight in reducing the amount of plastics that reach our oceans. Let’s discuss a few simple ways we can drastically cut our contribution of plastic pollution to our oceans and be superheroes to whales and fish everywhere!

1. Hydrate Responsibly
Staying hydrated is super important but you can certainly do it without bottled water. Relying on plastic to get your H2O on is proving to be really rough on the environment – Americans use an estimated 50 billion plastic water bottles a year. Sadly, only 23 percent of these actually end up recycled. The rest may end up in a landfill or even lost at sea. Switching out plastic for a reusable water bottle or cup is a much better choice for our oceans.

  1. Mind Your Coffee Habit

Your daily coffee (or tea) fix might be contributing to plastic pollution if you’re not careful. Every to-go cup of the hot stuff you buy at the gas station or local café most likely comes topped with a plastic lid and maybe even a plastic drink stirrer thrown in the mix. If you buy a cup of coffee every weekday, that’s hundreds of plastic lids and stirrers wasted every year! In fact, 138 billion plastic stirrers (and straws) are tossed out in America on an annual basis. Want to kick this plastic habit without losing your caffeine fix? Invest in a reusable thermos or mug and stir your cream and sugar with silverware.
3. Avoid Plastic Pop

Like hot beverages you consume outside the home, cold drinks you’re served in a portable cup may also carry unwanted plastic. A soda or iced tea from a fast food joint is often accompanied by a plastic lid and straw, and maybe even housed in a plastic cup. Maybe you’re eating somewhere you can use a reusable cup, or you can ask for the cup minus the lid and straw. Need proof this change will make a difference? Check out how painful a single plastic drinking straw was for a sea turtle earlier this year.

  1. Plastic-Less Shopping Bags
    9 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our World’s Oceans from PlasticAlex/ Flickr

This one may be obvious, but we still can’t forget to mention it: nixing plastic shopping bags saves lives. Literally! A survey of leatherback sea turtles found that one in three has a plastic bag in its stomach. With the world using an estimated 500 billion plastic bags every single year, the ocean could certainly stand to benefit from us cutting out the stuff and replacing them with reusable shopping bags.

  1. Stomp Out Cigarette Litter

If you’re a smoker, please don’t forget to properly dispose of your cigarette butts once you’re done with them. Cigarette filters are actually not biodegradable as they’re made of plastic and pack quite a punch for the environment once you factor in the chemicals and carcinogens they leach. Once you stomp out your butt, put it in a trash can so it doesn’t end up in the ocean instead.
6. Take-Out Containers

Styrofoam take-out containers are no fun for the environment. They are incredibly common forms of plastic pollution (when they aren’t taking up space in landfills) and are composed of a combination of toxic chemicals that can end up in both our bodies and those of animals that accidentally ingest them. You can avoid contributing to Styrofoam pollution by planning ahead and taking your own reusable containers with you when eating out.
7. Reduce Plastic Packaging

Plastic packaging is really hard to avoid when shopping at a conventional grocery store, but try buying groceries with the intent of keeping as much plastic out of the picture as possible. Buy fruits and veggies that don’t come packaged in plastic bags or shrink-wrap. Aim for larger servings of packaged items in place of individually packaged ones (yogurt, chips, cheese, etc). Think these little changes can’t make such a big difference? Think again! Plastic packaging for food is actually the largest form of municipal waste in America, resulting in 80 million tons of waste every year!
8. Do Your Dishes

Instead of opting for plastic cutlery, plates, bowls, and cups to use around the house, why not invest in some dishes and eating utensils that don’t get the heave-ho once the meal’s over? Using single-use plastics to eat every meal could result in thousands of pieces of plastic waste every year. But sticking with metal or bamboo eating utensils and plates and bowls that you can use time and time again would eliminate all that waste.
9. Question That Seafood

9 Simple Actions That Just Might Save Our World’s Oceans from Plastic
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Plastic fishing gear has become a huge enemy of marine life. Both active fishing gear and discarded nets and lines present a problem for animals including sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, birds, and even corals. Cutting your support for this industry and replacing fish foods with plant-based alternatives could drastically reduce deadly plastics in our oceans.
10. Look Out for Microbeads

Microbeads seem to be everywhere these days. These tiny spherical plastics are used as scrubbing or exfoliant agents in many “whitening” toothpastes and face washes. While they might seem harmless because of their small size, in reality, they have an enormous impact. A recent study found that a single squeeze of a product that contains microbeads can release 100,000 tiny beads. Once they wash down the drain, they easily pass through water treatment plants and eventually end up in the oceans. Once in the ocean, they are easily ingested by marine animals, exposing them to harmful toxins and compounds. Not to mention, it is estimated that one in every three bites of seafood contain plastic, and even table salt has been found to have trace amounts of plastic – meaning the same beads we wash down the drain are swimming right back to us in the form of food. Yuck!
The Big Picture

What’s important to remember is that these easy steps aren’t the one and only way to save our oceans from plastic pollution. They do, however, represent some of the most common ways that plastics can be mismanaged and end up in marine ecosystems, and thus some of the more effective ways we can begin to address marine plastic pollution. No doubt you encounter plastics in your daily life in countless other ways and have infinite opportunities to act in favor of the environment. Why not start making choices today that save our oceans from plastic waste?
Let’s #CrushPlastic! Click the graphic below for more information.

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Four Hero Military Dogs Receive First-Ever Medal Of Courage Awards | Care2 Causes


When men or women in the U.S. military perform exceptionally heroic acts, they are awarded with a Medal of Honor, the highest recognition of personal valor above and beyond the call of duty.

But what about military dogs who are exceptionally brave? No dog has ever been awarded a Medal of Honor. And the Purple Heart, awarded to military personnel who have been killed or injured while serving, hasn’t been awarded to a dog since World War II.

“The use of military decorations is limited to human personnel who distinguish themselves in service to the nation,” Department of Defense spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said in 2010, the American Kennel Club reports.

Although the Department of Defense may refuse to honor these four-legged heroes, they are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve.

The inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage awards were presented earlier this month to four dogs at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The awards are sponsored by the American Humane Association (AHA), which has worked with the U.S. military for a century, and philanthropist Lois Pope.

“In the Army, we don’t honor our dogs,” said Retired Army Specialist Brent Grommet, whose partner, Matty, received an award. “They don’t get the recognition they deserve. They don’t get the medals. So, I think it’s perfect. I think it’s about time we recognize our dogs for what they are.”
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Meet Matty and the three other military heroes who received the first-ever Medal of Courage awards.

Matty

Grommet and Matty, a Czech German shepherd, worked together as a bomb-detection team in Afghanistan. Matty saved the lives of Grommet and others in their unit more than once. While dodging mortar fire during an ambush, Matty and Grommet managed to clear a helicopter landing zone of IEDs (improvised explosion devices).

The two were riding in a truck when it was hit with roadside bombs. Both were flown back to the U.S. to be treated for their injuries. Although Grommet had completed the paperwork to adopt Matty, his beloved partner was mistakenly given to someone else. With the help of AHA, they were eventually reunited. Now Matty is a service dog for Grommet, continuing to have his back as he helps him deal with his visible and invisible war wounds.

Fieldy

This black Lab served four combat tours in Afghanistan as an explosives-detection dog, saving many lives by tracking down IEDs buried in the sand and hidden out of sight. For seven months, Fieldy also provided emotional support to his handler, U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Nick Caceres.

After Fieldy was honorably discharged from the service, AHA helped reunite him with Caceres, and they continue to be inseparable.

Bond

Bond, a Belgian Malinois, served on 50 combat missions, with three tours in Afghanistan. As a multi-purpose dog, Bond helped saved plenty of lives by apprehending enemies and detecting explosives. But both Bond and his handler, who was not identified due to security reasons, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When he returned to the U.S., poor Bond knocked out his own teeth trying to chew his way out of a kennel during a thunderstorm. He was adopted by his former handler, and the two support each other as they deal with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. His handler said Bond will help make his transition back to civilian life much easier.

Isky

For a year, Isky, a German shepherd, and his handler, U.S. Army Sgt. Wess Brown, worked together to protect the lives of VIPs, from the Secretary of State in Africa to the President of the United States in Berlin. While on tour in the Middle East as an explosives-detection dog, Isky discovered five IEDs and 10 weapon caches. He also found a 120-pound bomb buried nearly two feet underground.

Unfortunately Isky lost a leg when he was struck by an IED, but he continues to work – as a PTSD service dog for Brown. “I feel safe with him every time we go anywhere,” Brown told ABC News. “That’s why he’s around.” 

Photo credit: American Humane Association. 

US 49 Million Get Water From Sources Considered Officially At Risk From A Nuclear Accident – Comment Deadline Monday 11.59 PM NY-DC Time (1 min to Tues.)

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In the United States, 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant —inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies.” (“Too Close to Home: Nuclear Power and the Threat to Drinking Water“, Environment America-PIRG,2012) We have learned from Windscale, Chernobyl, and Fukushima that the radioactive fallout can travel much further than 50 miles.

Comment on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice: [Nonprotective Inaction ] “Guide for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident” (PAG) here: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2007-0268 by 11.59 pm on 25 July 2016. It is quick, easy and can be anonymous.
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Early in the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Nuclear Power Stations Legally Leak Radioactive materials into the environment, including waterways, on a routine basis, which is why the US, and other countries, have Clean Water rules…

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Millions of LinkedIn passwords hacked and sold on black market

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I’m a paid member of LifeLock. This afternoon, I received an email alert from LifeLock that “LifeLock detected a piece of your personal information” — my email address — “being sold online.”

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The alert said my email address was found on “social media,” specifically the “potential impacted site” of http://www.linkedin.com — the website of LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals and business people.

Fortunately, the personal data that was breached is one of my email addresses. LifeLock warns that “If your debit card, credit card, bank account numbers or PINs appear in this alert, change all accounts sharing the login name and password, and contact the corresponding financial institutions immediately. We recommend you use different logins and passwords for each account; this will minimize the scope of your potential risk.”

After freaking out for a few seconds, I got to work.

First, I went on the net to…

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