Sign Petition: Limbani the Chimp Is Not a Toy

by: Care2 Team
recipient: Zoological Wildlife Foundation Miami

69,104 SUPPORTERS -70,000 GOAL

Dog’s are famously known as man’s best friend, but can they be a chimp’s best friend too? That’s what the Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) in Miami wants you to believe. And they have fooled thousands if not millions of people with their supposedly “cute” video showing Bruno, an African Mastiff and baby chimpanzee Limbani playing together.

The video clip really does bring a smile to your face until you realize that ZWF — a zoo that says they are dedicated to conservation — shouldn’t allow Limbani to play with dogs or any other domesticated animals at all. Rather, he should be playing with his own kind and learning how to be a chimp.

ZWF’s mission seems to have been compromised since instead of working to rehabilitate their animals and educate their public they are making thousands off letting their guests pay to pet and take pictures with their menagerie. The practice commonly referred to as “wildlife selfies,” has been widely panned in recent years with exposés in several major publications about the harm these animals can endure so people can get their perfect shot.

In fact Tinder and Instagram have both launched campaigns to encourage people to avoid taking and uploading wildlife selfies.

What’s worse is that by posting photos of Limbani dressed in cute baby clothes, ZWF is sending a message that chimps are not only cute but could make great pets, which is not the case. Like most baby animals baby chimps are adorable but once they hit a certain age, they can become incredibly unpredictable and dangerous. And what will happen to Limbani then? Where will he go? Will he be able to interact with other chimps when all he knows is human contact?

Sign the petition and ask ZWF to stop allowing guests to have animal play time and take selfies. Ask the park to dedicate itself to conservation like it says it does or give animals like Limbani to real sanctuaries where they can have a life as close to normal as possible.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/809/337/251/

 

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Dolphinariums Don’t Just Break Dolphins, They Break People Too!

PROTECT ALL WILDLIFE

I am very proud that Protect All Wildlife has been chosen to publish a guest blog by the now retired dolphin trainer David  Capello, aka The Psychic Trainer, featured in The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy Expose of abuse in UK dolphin training pens.

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Dolphinariums Don’t Just Break Dolphins, They Break People Too!

“Lies, deceit, corruption – to say nothing of cruelty. All facets of the lucrative captive cetacean industry. And I should know, because I was once a big part of it.

So, who am I?

I have several pseudonyms, my most popular being ‘Capello’, the most colourful being ‘The Psychic Trainer’. But there is another handle – one I’d rather remain unwritten, as my whistle-blowing return was never intended as self-promotion. Either way, I am the trainer featured in The Perfect Pair Dolphin Trilogy exposé, three books written under the fiction banner to avoid legal problems. A story now…

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Cherry stems

Cooking Without Limits

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Today I am gone write about cherry stems because we can all benefits. We all love to eat cherries in the summer and throw away the stalks. You can start collect them. Why? Because of the health benefits:

  • They have diuretic properties which promotes proper kidney function and reduce water retention
  • They prevent formation of kidney stones and urinary tract infection
  • Stimulate the elimination of toxins from the body through urine and stools
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Purifying blood
  • Reducing edema and bloating
  • Anti inflammatory properties

The stems make a great, refreshing tea. I collect the stems and dry them and then I can make the tea all year long.

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BREAKING LIVE: #LauraLoomer and Illegal Aliens Seek #Sanctuary at @SpeakerPelosi’s CA Mansion

Sign the Petition: Make Big Tobacco Responsible for Their Cigarette Butt Pollution

 

Sea Hugger started this petition to Phillip Morris International
Problem
4.5 Trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide each year (thetruth.com). Cigarette butts are 98% plastic and take up to 10 years to degrade. Cigarette butts are the most common form of human-made litter in the world, and are the worst ocean contimanant (forbes.com).

Solution
We demand that Phillip Morris International, the largest tobacco company, take responsibilities for the pollution they cause by creating a cigarette filter that is biodegradable, or removing the filters from their products entirely. Research has shown that filtered cigarettes are no safer than unfiltered cigarettes (newyorksmokefree.com)

Personal story
Sea Hugger is a nonprofit organization working to end the environmental devastation of marine plastics through education, promoting plastic alternatives, sponsoring recycling programs abroad, and hosting beach cleanups. To learn more, please visit http://www.seahugger.org

https://www.change.org/p/sea-hugger-make-big-tobacco-responsible-for-their-cigarette-butt-pollution

Videography by Dom Padua.

Ocean Plastic Is Expected To Triple By 2025 – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

Plastic pollution remains one of the biggest threats to our oceans along with rising seas levels, climate change, human-made chemical pollution, and agricultural runoff.

In a new report titled Foresight Future of the Sea by the UK Government Office for Science, discovered that the amount of plastic in the ocean could triple by the year 2025.

Currently, there is already over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash in the world’s ocean and with the current amount expected to triple in such a short time, we need to address the reality of what we have created.

The report warns that the current health of the oceans could have some cruel implications for biodiversity, noting that there is already a 49% decline in marine vertebrate populations between 1970 and 2012.

The world is slowly starting to wake up to our plastic problem but we still use way too much on a global scale. Walk into any super market or restaurant and pay attention to the amount of single-use plastic being used and quickly, it becomes evident how vast our addiction has become.

Governments have started to implement bans on plastic items but not yet on a scale that we need. One of the authors’ primary recommendations is to reduce plastic pollution in the sea through the development of new biodegradable plastics and public awareness campaigns. The authors note that that the UK and the world need to seriously reassess the way it manages the ocean.

Recent reports have started to identify just how troubling plastic pollution has become. Last week, a separate report found that 93 percent of major brand bottled water contained microplastics inside of the bottled water.

The time is now to reduce plastic waste. Governments need to start identifying how to reduce waste but it also starts at a personal level. Every decision a person makes to say to no to plastic is decision that is positively impacting our environment.

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/03/21/ocean-plastic-is-expected-to-triple-by-2025/

Florida To Introduce Bill That Would Ban Smoking On Public Beaches – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

A new bill has been introduced that aims to reduce cigarettes on Florida beaches. Sarasota House Republican Joe Gruters is looking for the state to bank smoking on all public beaches through bill SB218, which would fine first-time violators $25 or 10 hours of community service.

If Florida passes the bill, it would go into effect July 1st, 2019.

The bill may face potential problems as this isn’t the first time representatives have tried to restrict smoking on beaches in Florida. In 2017, a law that was in place for five years and banned smoking in Sarasota County public parks and beaches was tossed out by a judge whom declared it unconstitutional on the grounds that local jurisdictions couldn’t ban something that was legal on a state level.

Hopefully though, with the potential ban being state wide this time, there will not be another loop-hole that would allow the bill to be thrown out if it does get through the legislatures.

Florida would not be the only state with this ban in place as New Jersey recently banned smoking in public beaches which carries a fine of $250.00

Cigarette butt continue to be the largest single polluter in the ocean damaging habitats, poisoning fish and costing tax dollars for cleanup and disposal, according to environmental experts.

Outside of direct pollution on the beach, cigarettes make their way to the sea due to countless storm drains, streams and rivers around the world. The waste often disintegrates into microplastics easily consumed by wildlife. Researchers have found the detritus in some 70 percent of seabirds and 30 percent of sea turtles.

As Florida holds some of the most visited and popular beaches in the world, banning smoking would be a huge win in helping to contain ocean pollution.

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/01/03/florida-to-introduce-bill-that-would-ban-smoking-on-public-beaches/

Most Common Method(s) For Transporting Illegal Drugs Would Bypass Trump’s Wall According To US DEA Testimony

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US Border Patrol On Horseback
It turns out that the most common methods for transporting illegal drugs would bypass Trump’s wall. They are most commonly concealed in vehicles and tunnels under the border are also used. The most logical control method would be passive detection often used for border control on the European continent.

The most common method employed by these TCOs [Transnational Criminal Organizations] involves transporting illicit drugs through U.S. Ports of Entry (POEs) in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers.” (Paul E. Knierim Deputy Chief of Operations, Office of Global Enforcement Drug Enforcement Administration Before the Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration United States Senate December 12, 2018)

Apparently not much has changed since the old movie “El Norte”. Note the passage by truck and passage through a drain pipe (tunnel) in the movie trailer: http://youtu.be/jPoqBCvyG9k

Both common sense…

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Chairman Thompson Calls on Secretary Nielsen to Come Before the Homeland Security Committee to Answer for the Administration’s Border Security Policies

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Chairman Thompson Calls on Secretary Nielsen to Come Before the Homeland Security Committee to Answer for the Administration’s Border Security Policies
Jan 4, 2019 Correspondence
(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting her to testify before the Committee for its first hearing of the new Congress on the Administration’s failed border security agenda. Secretary Nielsen has only appeared before the Committee once. 

In the letter, Chairman Thompson wrote:
Your border security presentation submitted to Congress today is yet another example of the misinformation and outright lies the Trump Administration has used to make the case for the President’s boondoggle border wall, defend the government shutdown, and distract the American people from a border policy so flawed that children have died in Department of Homeland Security custody.  Squandering American taxpayer…

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Does He Have The Right?

The Lone Cactus

Donald Trump visited the border this past week. And he’s mulling over whether or not to declare a national emergency regarding the wall, and that would help designate funds for said project. Of course, that has Democrats in a tizzy. They’ve come up with the talking point (and it’s been repeated ad nauseum by the mainstream media) as “a manufactured crisis”.

Well, living in a border state, and not one that is as inundated with illegal aliens as some by the way, I can tell you first hand that yes, it is a crisis, and no, it’s not manufactured. It’s real.

Now, the big question is, does the President of the United States have the right to declare “a national emergency”, and if so, has it ever been done before?

The answer is certainly he does. In fact, yes, it’s been done as late as the last president. Obama declared…

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SIGN PETITION: IMPEACH RASHIDA TLAIB

MRS AMERICAN CITIZEN started this petition to The American People and 1 other

Taken from an investigation file from freebeacon.com into TLAIB campaign donations ..

Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) did not disclose the name of the source of funds for a fellowship that was paid by liberal billionaire George Soros—as required by the House ethics committee—and also disclosed a lesser amount than she received, according to a review of tax and financial disclosure forms.

Freebeacon.com: The Washington Free Beacon obtained the most recent copies of tax forms for a number of Soros’s organizations, including the Open Society Institute, the legal name for the Open Society Foundations, the entity in which Soros pushes millions in funding to a number of liberal causes and organizations.

An expenditure of $85,307 to Rashida Tlaib in Detroit, Mich., from 2017 is shown on page 97 of the 321-page report to “to increase involvement of disenfranchised urban communities of color with their local governance process by creating a community benefits strategy for equitable development and creating a leadership training for impacted residents focused on negotiation skills and identifying leverage at the local level.”

https://www.change.org/p/impeach-rashida-tlaib?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=14156819&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAEWW1wAAAAAAXDzEqZ3U3TkyMTI0Y2Y1ZA%3D%3D

Sign the Petition: Equal Health Benefits for Federal Employees who Served in the National Guard and Reserves

BEN BANCHS started this petition to U.S. Senate and 1 other

TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) provides members of the National Guard and Reserves access to quality, low-cost, health insurance. However, since Federal employees who are also Reservists are eligible for health coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) Program, they are prohibited from purchasing TRS. In other words, these employees are subject to all the requirements of being a Reservist, including combat deployments and emergency response duty as members of the Guard, but are prevented from taking full advantage of the benefits available to them as Reservists due to a legal technicality.

From an employee-perspective, TRS is a much more affordable program. The average FEHB monthly employee premium for family coverage in 2017 (of all fee-for-service nationwide plans combined) wss approximately $380 per month, compared to $218 for TRS. This means that, on average, an employee is ‘penalized’ $2,000 more per year for health coverage than their part-time counterparts. The ‘penalty’ reaches $4,000 more per year when you compare TRS to the $551/mo. for Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Standard plan (the most popular FEHB plan since 1990). That difference increases every year as FEHB premiums go up.

We urge Congress to fix this inequity by amending Federal law to allow Federal employees who are members of the Guard and Reserve access to TRS.

https://www.change.org/p/u-s-senate-equal-health-benefits-for-federal-employees-who-serve-in-the-national-guard-and-reserves?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13856721&grid_position=8&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uADTy1wAAAAAAXDzB8oHpbLEyNjM3MzZkMw%3D%3D

Sign the Petition: The People’s Urgent Petition To Prevent Future Federal Shutdowns

Rockefeller Twyman started this petition to UNITED STATES CONGRESS-URGENT

THE PEOPLE’S URGENT PETITION TO PREVENT FUTURE FEDERAL SHUTDOWNS-SIGN TODAY

Because Presidents and members of Congress have continued to use financially devastating Federal shutdowns to advance political agendas, we call for the Congress to immediately draw up a constitutional amendment to prevent this from ever happening again. The latest Trump shutdown is destroying the lives of millions of families of federal workers and contractors. These furloughs are hurting our businesses that employ many Americans.

The scenes of trash at our national parks and monuments make us the laughingstock of the world.

The politicians listed below have proven their ability to reach across the aisle. The expertise of constitutional law professors CongressmanJamie Raskins, my Maryland Congresspersonhi and President Obama will be invaluable in shaping this amendment. They must begin research on this critical issue IMMEDIATELY.

Because President Trump has threatened an unprecedented shutdown for years over the border wall, this Committee must go to work immediately to draft this critical piece of legislation.

The BIPARTISAN Shutdown Constitutional Committee should include but not be limited to the following people:

Presidents Barack Obama and George Bush

Senators Cory Gardner and Lisa Murkowski

Congresspersons Jamie Raskins and Eleanor Holmes Norton

Because many of our supporters believe that human efforts to solve this crisis have utterly failed, we call for a Higher Being to help and intervene. In order to receive truly Divine Guidance for ending this Shutdown, it is our prayer that the current high level meetings between Trump and Democrats be opened with prayer. We know from our personal religious experiences that this simple recognition of the sovereignty of God will bring this shutdown nightmare to a conclusion.

Weather permitting, concerned citizens and furloughed workers are asked to join us on Capitol Hill for a picket/protest and prayer vigil rally for No More Shutdowns and a Constitutional Amendment to Prevent Future Shutdown on Tuesday, January 8 from 1 to 3 PM in front of the US House of Representatives.

WE NEED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PREVENT FUTURE FEDERAL SHUTDOWNS NOW!

SIGN OUR URGENT PETITION NOW!

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-congress-urgent-the-urgent-petition-for-a-constitutional-amendment-to-prevent-future-federal-shutdowns?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=14156819&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uACLT1wAAAAAAXDy87Lt40%2BQ1MmIyMTE4MQ%3D%3D

Contact: Rocky Twyman, Founder

Pray at the Pump Movement

301-768-1076 or rlt5401@yahoo.com

Petition · Ro Khanna: Remove Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer from office · Change.org

Remove Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer from office
Jerry Hall started this petition to Congressman – California 17th District Ro Khanna

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are endangering the lives of US citizens by not allowing proper Border Protection and they are preventing the president of the United States the ability to do his job which is to protect our borders and the US citizens. They are irresponsible to their positions in representing the citizens of the United States
https://www.change.org/p/ro-khanna-remove-nancy-pelosi-and-charles-schumer-from-office?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13494273&grid_position=5&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uABME2AAAAAAAXDy5FyLe6oBmMmYwODZkMQ%3D%3D

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Petition · Donald Trump: Allow military members to decide if they want to pay for a meal card or not · Change.org

Allow military members to decide if they want to pay for a meal card or not
Ryan Hummell started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 2 others

Our great men and women of the military deserve the right to choose how their money is spent. Currently, troops living in the barracks are forced to pay $370 a month for a meal card to eat at the chow hall. Chow hall hours don’t line up with everybody’s schedule, and often times, people are forced to spend extra money on food. On weekends, the chow halls are only open for 2 meals a day. From a financial standpoint, it is easily possible to buy a months worth of food for less than what comes out for BAS. Our military gets paid little as it is, they should be afforded the right to decide on how they pay for their food.

https://www.change.org/p/donald-trump-allow-military-members-to-decide-if-they-want-to-pay-for-a-meal-card-or-not?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13123180&grid_position=4&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uAAHozQAAAAAAXDy4FaX5aP05NGZjYjllMg%3D%3D

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Sign the Petition: require the VA to provide service dogs to veterans in need.

Hannah M started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 7 others

Our military veterans are heroes. They face struggles that we couldn’t imagine, and they do it selflessly to protect our great country. However, their transition home can often be just as difficult because of mental and physical ailments from their service. The waitlist for the VA is far too long to quickly handle the care of every returning veteran, but their medical needs are urgent. Some of these needs can only be treated through direct medical care, but other needs can be met through a service dog.

Service dogs can be trained to care for people with PTSD, visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and many other conditions. Furthermore, these dogs can ensure that the veteran is never alone while dealing with these conditions.

Currently, the VA offers service dogs to those with hearing/sight loss and mobility impairments. However, they do not offer dogs to veterans with psychological issues, such as PTSD. I am advocating that, as part of the VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) evaluation process, the VA offer dogs to all veterans diagnosed with psychological or physical conditions.

This small step would make a massive difference in the lives of these men and women. They’ve given everything for us. Let’s give back to them.

https://www.change.org/p/require-the-va-to-provide-service-dogs-to-veterans-in-need?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13123180&grid_position=6&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uABKH0QAAAAAAXDyzS%2FDxV7tlMTRmMjliZA%3D%3D

Petition · Senate Armed Services Committee: Stop Penalizing Veterans Retired from the Military Due to Service‑Incurred Disabilities · Change.org

Stop Penalizing Veterans Retired from the Military Due to Service‑Incurred Disabilities
Kevin Reinholz started this petition to U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Senate Armed Services Committee and 1 other

Until recently, military retirees who were also rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs as being at least 50% disabled as a result of their military service were forced to choose between receiving either their military pension OR disability compensation through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Congress partially corrected this injustice, recognizing that a military pension is earned compensation for a service member’s faithful service to our nation and a promised benefit for his or her military service (10 USC, Chapters 61-67), and disability compensation is an entirely separate benefit, administered through a separate government agency, to compensate all veterans (not just retirees) for service-connected injuries or illnesses, provided the injury is connected to the veteran’s military service and the veteran was not dishonorably discharged. (38 USC §§ 1110, 1131).

Military retirees were being unjustly penalized for suffering incurable injuries or diseases in the service of our nation by being denied a benefit (disability compensation) available to any veteran who served any length of time in uniform, lest they be required to surrender their earned military retirement/pension in order to avoid receiving “dual compensation.” This situation was particularly cruel when one considers that injured retirees, unlike perfectly healthy retirees, have fewer opportunities to obtain and maintain meaningful employment due to their service‑connected injuries or illnesses. They sacrificed their health and wellness to serve our country, and we denied them either their earned military pension OR the disability compensation they were entitled to, in spite of their being otherwise eligible for both, in the name of saving money.

The fix to this injustice is codified at 10 USC § 1414. That law states that military retirees who are eligible for both a military pension (retired pay) AND who are rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs as being at least 50% disabled as a result of their military service need not choose between receiving their full pension or receiving disability compensation, but may finally receive both.

As positive a step as this law and subsequent amendments to it were, there is still a group of disabled military retirees who are left out and penalized financially for becoming injured or ill in the service of our nation: military retirees who were retired with less than 20 years of qualified service due to a service-connected disability.

While one might argue that having served less than 20 years, those military retirees who were retired due to a military service-connected disability may justly be forced to choose between pension benefits and VA disability compensation, this particular class of military retirees actually has a greater need to receive both benefits. For starters, military service members involuntarily retired due to a service‑connected disability prior to completing 20 years of service have already incurred a significant financial penalty in the form of a greatly reduced pension, as military pension amounts are calculated according to the member’s highest 36 months of basic pay multiplied by either their service disabling disability percentage (which is NOT the same as their VA disability rating, and is normally far less) or a calculation involving their length of service, whichever method is more beneficial to the service member. A career cut short due to disability incurred in the line of duty is a career with a significantly lower final pay (or last 36 months) than a career allowed to continue to 20 years’ fruition.

Changing the law to ease this restriction would not “open the floodgates” to all disabled veterans. But for an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty, that is, disability due to the member’s military service, the service member will not be retired from the military for disability but will simply be discharged as unsuited for further military service. Members retired for disability must already face significant scrutiny over their injuries or illness, and a painful, protracted review process that routinely exceeds 2 years, before a decision in favor of military retirement for disability might possibly be reached.

A military member forcibly retired due to an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty, and rated as 100% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs, has little to no hope of ever securing meaningful employment once forcibly retired from the military. In contrast, a 20-year retiree with a 50% VA disability rating might thrive in a sedentary (e.g. office) job and secure significant earnings in addition to his or her dual military pension and VA disability compensation. Thus, the 100% disabled retiree should not be penalized for having his or her military career cut short due to a severe service‑connected disability. On the contrary, his or her sacrifice should be honored and dual compensation allowed just as it is for the 20 year retiree with a 50% disability rating.

Therefore, I propose to amend 10 USC § 1414 by deleting subparagraph (b) in its entirety, or in the alternative to amend subparagraph (b)(2) to read as follows:

(2) Disability retirees with less than 20 years of service.-Subsection (a) does not apply to a member retired under chapter 61 of this title with less than 20 years of service otherwise creditable under section 1405 of this title, or with less than 20 years of service computed under section 12732 of this title, at the time of the member’s retirement, unless the disability retiree has at least 10 years of service or is eligible for veterans’ disability compensation for a qualifying service-connected disability or disabilities rated either individually or cumulatively at 100 percent.

The longest enlistment length is 6 years, so by serving at least 10 years, a service member has essentially indicated his/her intent to make a career of military service. Being forcibly retired early due to a service-connected disability is a traumatic and heartbreaking occurrence for many disability retirees, who would have continued serving until 20 years but for becoming injured or ill in the line of duty. Likewise, a retiree rated as 100% disabled by the Department of Veterans Affairs is in a dire situation, and unlikely to be able to obtain or maintain meaningful employment. Adding either or both categories of disability retirees to 10 USC § 1414(a)’s allowance of both retired pay and veterans’ disability compensation not only further corrects the injustice partially remedied by 10 USC § 1414, but assists our most vulnerable military retirees in maintaining some semblance of a decent standard of living.

If any group of Americans is deserving of a financial benefit (or in this case, removal of an unjust financial penalty codified in law), it is military retirees who became injured or ill in the service of our nation. Therefore, I urge Congress to amend 10 USC § 1414 by either deleting subparagraph (b) in its entirety, or in the alternative by amending subparagraph (b)(2) as indicated above. To do so would make a world of difference in the lives of many military retirees who answered their nation’s call and were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of all that this country stands for, and indeed have sacrificed their health and future employability serving our nation.

https://www.change.org/p/senate-armed-services-committee-stop-penalizing-veterans-retired-from-the-military-due-to-service-incurred-disabilities/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=475031&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=HN59zdK007tLL%2bIgCs05ZdYBir1fXGt0zEvm6ggQdWEtBrxgzQM7v1lJjaKe3vnv&j=475031&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=66137565&mid=7233053&jb=415

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Petition · Dock Congressional Pay When Government Shuts Down · Change.org

Dock Congressional Pay When Government Shuts Down
Thomas Howard started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and 1 other

My oldest daughter came to visit on Christmas day with the expectation that she would be receiving a furlough notice after the holidays. I am a retired transportation executive and a former Marine in my early 70’s. Katie has worked for the federal government for almost 27 years. We disagree on most domestic political issues, and we vote for different parties. But we found common ground when we started talking about the current partial government shutdown.

Our country is in a difficult place. We are divided on so many issues, even within our families. But we can all agree that when the government shuts down, the wrong people pay for it. It’s time for Members of Congress and their highest-paid staff members to be docked salary when they don’t decide on annual budgets before the start of a new fiscal year.

Continuing resolutions and government shutdowns waste taxpayer dollars year after year. Congress should be making tough decisions about how much the government should spend and for what. When they refuse to make decisions about the annual budgets of federal agencies, they create waste and chaos – without facing any consequences. Members of Congress and their senior staff are receiving their salaries during the shutdown even though they created it. Federal workers did their jobs, but they are not.

When we were together over the holidays, Katie shared some frustration about working under Continuing Resolutions year after year, regardless of which party has a majority in Congress. In the 26+ years that she has worked for the government, it has been shut down six times. Every time it looks like federal employees might be furloughed because of lapses in federal appropriations, agencies have to prepare furlough notices for thousands of employees and develop shutdown plans. This wastes millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours.

While the things we want Congress to fund and tax are different, my daughter and I agree that Congress’s failure to make decisions is seriously bad for the health of our democracy.

This is not the first time Katie has been furloughed, but when it happened in 1995 she was single and had no children. Twenty-three years later, she and her husband have three kids, two of whom are still at home. He is also a federal employee. It’s scary not knowing when the next paycheck is coming, even when you are pretty sure that the money will come eventually.

Wherever you stand on the policies and funding that are being debated during this shutdown, please join us to make sure every Member of Congress, every Senator and every senior member of the Administration knows that We the People expect them to do their job. And if they’re not going to do it, then they shouldn’t be paid.

The House of Representatives should introduce a bill to change Congressional pay regulations so future Members of Congress and their highest-paid staff members will face direct financial consequences when they cause a government shutdown.

https://www.change.org/p/dock-congressional-pay-when-government-shuts-down/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=475490&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=HN59zdK007tLL%2bIgCs05Zfh%2bZi4IX8wEVMWErMe%2fzVwQptMQSUJbRtjcaxjWOWvV&j=475490&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=66139508&mid=7233053&jb=206

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Petition · Department of Veterans Affairs: Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits · Change.org

Help Veteran with Cancer Caused by Serving our Country Receive VA Benefits
Stacy Philllips started this petition to Department of Veterans Affairs

Here we are in 2019 and I had to reopen the petition for Dan Parks, because yet again the VA has failed this Veteran. Dan went through the appeal process in the Summer of 2018. However, at the end of 2018 Dan received a letter from the VA that stated they couldn’t find the transcript from his appeal. This means he has to start over again for his disability benefits.

News story on Dan’s appeal transcripts being lost


Our family friend, Dan Parks, is a U.S. Navy veteran that fought throat cancer. He was discharged from the military, partially, to end his exposure to ionizing radiation during his work in a weapons and ammunition facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is denying his claim for disability benefits – despite letters from the VA’s own doctors stating that Dan’s exposure likely caused his cancer. Dan needs your help to get the VA to change their decision before it’s too late.

Dan was stationed at Naval Submarine Base New London, where he worked with ordinance. During his time at the base, he was also exposed to ionized radiation. Fast-forward a few decades later and has Dan suffered from throat cancer. He now has to plug a hole in his throat to talk; a side effect of the cancer.

Dan’s discharge paperwork from the Navy includes a stamp saying he was being discharged, in part, due to the radiation exposure.

Multiple doctors with the VA have written letters saying there is a better than even chance that the cancer was caused by Dan’s radiation exposure during his time in the Navy. But the VA has denied his disability claim. The reason? They say there’s no proof he was exposed to radiation in the Navy.

As Dan says, “If the VA won’t accept their own doctors, where does a veteran turn?”

Dan’s been fighting for benefits for three years. He filed an appeal, but the VA won’t review it for another 18 months. Time is running out. He needs access to life-saving treatment before it’s too late.

Please sign this petition calling on the VA to accept their own doctors’ assessments and grant Dan Parks needed health benefits due to the radiation exposure he endured while serving our country.

https://www.change.org/p/department-of-veterans-affairs-help-veteran-with-cancer-caused-by-serving-our-country-receive-va-benefits/sign?utm_medium=email&utm_source=aa_sign_human&utm_campaign=475980&utm_content=&sfmc_tk=HN59zdK007tLL%2bIgCs05ZWBWnZmDNV3FPmibtLjsM5WMrK2S%2bByBRRM7efINncB1&j=475980&sfmc_sub=61374949&l=32_HTML&u=66158859&mid=7233053&jb=358

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Video: Amazing Footage Of Humpback Whales Utilizing Ingenuitive Way To Catch Fish – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

If you had to eat 5,500 pounds of food every day , you would need to find ingenuitive ways to get food and that is exactly what millions of years of evolution has done for the humpback whale.

New footage of humpback whales off the northeaster coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island have been captured on video showing how to get food to come to them instead of wasting energy to go after the fish. The method, called trap-feeding”, is when a humpback whale suspends itself on the surface or just below the surface and opens its mouth allowing for water to pour inside. While birds above the sea circle the fish trying to catch them from the air, the fish try to escape the birds and end up in the whales mouth.

As first reported in Marine Mammal Science, the researchers first noticed this way of feeding by two whales in 2011. Now the researchers have seen 16 whales use this technique, leading to the belief that the others whales have learned from observation.

The authors note that the ability of individual whales to learn can depend on physiology, as well as their ability to respond to their external environment, like changing numbers, availability, distribution, or behavior of prey.

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/11/29/video-amazing-footage-of-humpback-whales-utilizing-ingenuitive-way-to-catch-fish/

“Mother Humpback Stays by Calf While Rescuers Free it From Shark Net”

Get Better Sleep With These 15 Natural, Vegan Friendly Calm-Inducing Natural Products – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

Do you have trouble falling asleep? Are you struggling with insomnia or just want to be able to wind down smoothly for bed? perhaps prescribed medication isn’t working for you or you would like to try some more natural products first. Well we’ve got you covered. A good night sleep is important for our mental and physical wellness. There are natural plants, herbs, and roots that are blend into teas, essential oils, capsules, and gummies to help you.

Here are 15 natural, vegan calm – inducing products available on Amazon to help you to a better night’s rest.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/get-better-sleep-with-these-15-natural-calm-inducing-natural-products/

“Humpback Whale Shows AMAZING Appreciation After Being Freed From Nets”

 

Scottish Wildcats are Virtually Extinct, but European Cousins Could Help | Care2 Causes

A new study finds that Scottish wildcats are now functionally extinct in the wild, with only a handful of so-called “pure” animals remaining in the wild.

The research, carried out by a team from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) at the Wildgenes Lab at Edinburgh Zoo, found that among the nearly 300 wildcats they tested, all of those living in the wild shared what has been dubbed a hybrid gene pool. This means that Scotland’s wildcats are now “virtually extinct”, the authors say, because the wildcats have bred with the now-ubiquitous domestic cats of Scotland, watering down their own genes to such an extent that there appears to be no true population of wildcats left.

Dr. Helen Senn, head of conservation and science at RZSS, told The Press and Journal, ”Crossbreeding with domestic feral cats has long been known to be a major threat to the Scottish wildcat. We now have genetic data which confirms our belief that the vast majority of Scottish wildcats living in the wild are hybrids to one extent or another.”

The population sample was an interesting mix. There were 125 “wild-living” cats who were deceased but whose cadavers had been collected over the last quarter of a century. In addition to these, there were the corpses of 60 cats believed to be wildcats that farmers had shot between 1895 and 1985. Added to this were 19 cats that were trapped by Scottish Natural Heritage, 72 confirmed wildcats, and 19 domestic cats (or their DNA) sampled from across Edinburgh. Together this allowed the researchers a good basis for unpicking the current makeup of Scotland’s wildcat population.

They found that there may be a small minority of wildcats whose genetics would put them in a class of “pure” wildcats, or at least close enough to that end of the spectrum to be a meaningful DNA source for future breeding campaigns. The vast majority of wildcats, however, are so hybridized that they are not viable. Until now, scientists suspected this to be the case, but they did not have concrete data to confirm it. Now they do, and it begs the question: how can we save Scotland’s majestic wildcats?
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How Do We Save Scottish Wildcats?

As few as 35 pure wildcats remain in the Scottish wilds, with feral cats outnumbering the wildcats 3,000 to one. To put it bluntly, there is now no way of helping the wildcat population in Scotland by relying on the population alone, as there are too few animals from which to build genetic diversity. However, there are some options.

Wildcats can be bred in captivity—which, for these purposes, means sheltered enclosures that are as close to their wild habitats as possible—but that alone is slow-going and would likely require greater genetic diversity than we currently have at our disposal in domestic zoos and wildlife facilities.

There is another option that can supplement and support this approach: introducing wildcats from abroad to enlarge the gene pool and create a more diverse platform on which to rebuild the wildcat population.

This kind of approach requires clearing a number of regulatory hurdles, and Scottish Natural Heritage would have to carry out the proper assessments and give approval, but there is precedent for an approach like this in Scotland. A 2009 project released Norwegian beavers in Argyll, then supplemented them with beavers from elsewhere in Scotland, helping to bring the beaver population back.

Wildcats live in several places across Europe, India and Africa, but they are on the IUCN Red List because of their low numbers. They are currently rated as “least concern”, but scientists say a new assessment is warranted. As is the case in many of these places, wildcat territory in Scotland has diminished rapidly over the past century. With the encroachment of feral domestic cats who, through sheer numbers can out-compete the wildcats, there is yet another layer of pressure as the wildcats—who aren’t choosy about their partners—cross paths with ferals and mate.

However, as serious as this situation is, there is hope. Unlike with issues facing other animals that involve complexities like fighting disease or finding a way to slow climate change, the wildcats’ problem is, while not simple, more easy to manage.

Researchers say that, as with other wildlife transplanting operations, we can build a framework and create reintroduction and management schemes to help the wildcats. This will take time, resources and financing from the government, but there seems no overriding reason why we can’t help the Scottish wildcats bounce back and protect their legacy for many years to come.

This research was a first step: by shining a light on just how bad the problem is we can take the first steps to solving it.
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Lack of diversity isn’t the only issue Scottish wildcats are facing. Deforestation is threatening their habitat. Join over 78,000 Care2 members and sign this petition asking the Scottish government to protect this endangered species.

https://www.care2.com/causes/scottish-wildcats-are-virtually-extinct-but-european-cousins-could-help.html

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12 Foods to Help You Survive Winter Allergies, Colds and The Flu – One Green PlanetOne Green Planet

Chills, sneezing, achy joints…it’s hard to be all smiles and full of cheer.

The best way to prevent having to deal with a cold, the flu, or allergies during the jolliest time of the year, is to prevent them from coming on in the first place. It’s also a good idea to have an arsenal of natural remedies up your sleeves that you can turn to when signs of any sickness or allergy reaction start to appear. Thankfully, nature has some pretty tasty foods that can help us to do just that. Certain foods contain just the right vitamins, minerals, or micro-nutrients that our bodies need to feel their best. Here are some of the best:

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/foods-for-winter-allergies-colds-and-the-flu/

Yellowstone plans to ship 600-900 bison to slaughter this winter

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by Brett French as published on The Independent Record

Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone

Things to come, again?

Last year the combination of slaughter and hunting removed 1,171 bison from Yellowstone. Of that total, 375 were killed by hunters — mostly tribal hunters — and 694 were sent to slaughter. The meat of the animals slaughtered is distributed to participating Indian tribes. Another three bison died in captivity.

The removal of bison is biased to females and young because they are the ones that tend to migrate, White said. That means that the population is trending toward an increase in the number of males, although it’s still deemed within the desired conditions, he explained.

Removing 600 bison would keep the herd numbers stable, based on mathematical calculations by the National Park Service, Deleray said. By removing 900 bison the herd would be…

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How does plutonium affect human health?

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TOXICOLOGICAL PROFILE FOR PLUTONIUM , Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine/Applied Toxicology Branch,  Atlanta, Georgia

” …….Plutonium may remain in the lungs or move to the bones, liver, or other body organs. It generally stays in the body for decades and continues to expose the surrounding tissues to radiation. Lung, liver, and bone cancer You may develop cancer depending on how much plutonium is in your body and for how long it remains in your body. The types of cancers you would most likely develop are cancers of the lung, bones, and liver…….

The risks of mortality and morbidity from bone and liver cancers have also been studied in Mayak workers. Increasing estimated plutonium body burden was associated with increasing liver cancer mortality, with higher risk in females compared to males…….

Cardiovascular Effects. Epidemiological Studies in Humans. Possible associations between exposure to plutonium and…

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Proposed Rule Aims To Curb Public Records Requests As Demand For Documents Increases

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Nate Hegyi as published on Wyoming Public Media

“This appears to be a regulation to figure out some sort of way they can shirk their statutory responsibilities…”

A new rule proposed last week by the U.S. Interior Department could make it harder for news outlets and non-profit organizations to get public information on a range of federal issues.

Once adopted, the regulations would allow the agency to put a cap on the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it processes every month. The proposed rule, which was posted on Dec. 28 in the Federal Register, would also make it tougher for those requests to be filled out quickly for breaking news stories.

“This appears to be a regulation to figure out some sort of way they can shirk their statutory responsibilities,” Jeff Ruch, executive director for the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said.

The Interior Department…

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A horse is a thing of beauty …

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A horse is a thing of beauty … 
none will tire of looking at him 
as long as he displays himself in his splendor.

– Xenophon

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Rural Nevada residents lash out over tribal horse roundup

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Benjamin Spillman| Reno Gazette Journal

“I kept screaming, ‘Stop, get off my land.’ He didn’t pay any attention to me. He just kept going,” she said. “He scared my horses away and they ran with the wild horses.”

Kate Carlson laments the loss of three horses she cared for on her property in Palomino Valley. The horses were herded away during a Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe feral horse roundup. Carlson said the roundup workers trespassed on her land and she fears the horses will be sent to slaughter.
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Before it descended into chaos, Friday was a typical morning in rural Palomino Valley for Kate Carlson.

>A four-year resident of the valley between Sparks and Pyramid Lake, Carlson was outside tending to the dozens of animals she cares for on her 40-acre property.

But whatever sense of calm she felt shattered with the sound of a motorcycle zipping…

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Thousands of Female Penguins Are Being Stranded in South America

Female Magellanic penguins — a mid-size species of black-and-white bird native to South America’s Patagonia region are vanishing from their nests. When not breeding in the latter part of the year, both male and female members of the species migrate north toward Uruguay and Brazil to hunt for the tasty anchovies that call those waters home. Over the last decade, however, scientists have observed an upsetting trend: some penguins are swimming too far north — sometimes hundreds of miles away from their breeding grounds — and getting stuck there.

According to a new study published today in the journal Current Biology, every year, thousands of Magellanic penguins fail to return home from their migrations. Some become stranded on the shores of Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil. Others wash up already dead, their stomachs empty or polluted with plastic waste. Strangely, about…

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