Report: Hackers Attacked 9 Other Financial Firms Besides JPMorgan

HuffPost Readers Share Pet Pics For ‘Blessing Of The Animals’, Feast Of St. Francis Of Assisi

Emilio Cogliani

Blessed are the animals!

On October 4, 2014 Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assis and the “Blessing of the Animals” stemming from Francis’ own love for all Earth’s creatures.

As Catholic author Jon M. Sweeney wrote in HuffPost, St. Francis is the among the most popular Catholic saints. Sweeney writes:

He is the one who preached to the birds; blessed fish that had been caught, releasing them back into the water; communicated with wolves, brokering an agreement between one famous ferocious wolf and the citizens of a town that were terrified of it and used real animals when he created the very first, live, Christmas nativity scene. As a result of these, Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Many Catholics will bring their pets to church over the weekend to participate in the blessing ceremony. HuffPost invited our readers to…

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Organic Halal Meats Get Muslims Thinking About What It Really Means To Eat Religiously

Emilio Cogliani

The Prophet Muhammad advised his followers to treat animals with kindness and, if needed, kill them mercifully for food. And he didn’t mince words.

“Whoever kills a sparrow or anything bigger than that without a just cause, Allah will hold him accountable on the Day of Judgment,” the Prophet reportedly said.

Remembering these instructions, New York farmer Zaid Kurdieh says much of the meat that brands itself as halal, or religiously permissible, is nothing but a sham.

For Kurdieh, if it’s not organic, it’s not halal.

“Most people associate halal with slaughter. But that’s just the end of the process,“ the 50-year-old Norwich farmer told the Huffington Post. “All animals have a right to live to a certain age, to eat good food, get good treatment. All of those things constitute halal.”

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, a halal certification organization, estimates that the U.S. halal market…

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Drone fitted with GoPro captures blistering footage of a volcano erupting


For more than a month, Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has been steadily spewing lava into the air, covering the region in a blanket of ash.

And while most people are being advised to stay away, a film director and photographer have not only travelled as close to the heart of the eruption as they could, they’ve managed to capture its volcanic activity in stunning high-definition.

Using a drone, fitted with a GoPro action camera, the pair were able to record footage in the centre of the area’s Holuhraun lava field, and provide an incredible view of its violent and blistering core. 


  • The footage was shot using a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter drone fitted with a GoPro Hero3 action camera
  • It was captured by Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging for DJI, and photographer Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
  • The eruption began in August and the footage was recorded in the Bardarbunga region…

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Ebola – Liberian Locals Call For All Dogs To Be Killed

Of course… blame all the dogs….it’s all their fault !!!!


Earth Report

Global Food Companies Are Dumping Animal Cruelty

Consumers today are increasingly demanding food that does not originate from animals that have experienced cruelty. An American Farm Bureau poll found 95 percent of consumers say they want farm animals to be treated well, but the reality is most animals raised for food today grow up inside crowded factories, not farms, and most are victims of inhumane agricultural practices.

But dietary concepts that adhere to higher animal welfare standards, like the Three Rs (“reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products, while “refining” our diets by switching to products from humane sources) are here to stay. And in response to those concerns, dozens of top food companies are putting policies in place that address animal cruelty — several emerging this summer.

In August, Nestlé announced an industry-leading animal welfare program that will eliminate several controversial, yet currently standard, practices within its global supply…

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Big-headed ants grow bigger when faced with fierce competitors

Emilio Cogliani

The big-headed ant (Pheidole megacephala) is considered one of the world’s worst invasive ant species. As the name implies, its colonies include soldier ants with disproportionately large heads. Their giant, muscle-bound noggins power their biting parts, the mandibles, which they use to attack other ants and cut up prey. In a new study, researchers report that big-headed ant colonies produce larger soldiers when they encounter other ants that know how to fight back.

from Top Environment News — ScienceDaily

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Palm Oil Industry to Halt Deforestation

Five leading palm oil producers announced they will stop expanding their plantations through deforestation—a move hailed by environmental groups.

The five join other corporations, including Cargill, that had already agreed to stop.

Palm oil is used in cooking and various products. It’s among the consumer items that create the greatest ecological damage.

Deforestation has endangered a third of all mammals in Indonesia, including orangutans.

It’s estimated that the record deforestation accounts for 85 percent of Indonesia’s contribution to global warming.

Neighbouring Malaysia’s deforestation for plantation expansion ranks second-highest in the world.

Last year, pressure from environmental groups and customers forced a major paper supplier to stop its deforestation operations in Indonesia.

This photograph taken on February 25, 2014, during an aerial survey by Greenpeace on the Indonesia portion of Borneo, shows cleared trees in an area being developed for a palm oil plantation.


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Ice Closer To Alaska Than 16 Years Ago

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Scientists announced this week that rapidly melting Arctic sea ice has beached tens of thousands of Walruses in Alaska. Apparently no one told them that the ice is closer to Alaska this year than it was in 1998.


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Hortus Closus


Sit-in for freedom,
They just want democracy.
They are so peaceful.

They protest against tyrants.
They are answered by violence.

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Heaven is calling

Kindle books for animal communicator wannabes

More Information about telephone scams!

An apple a day could keep obesity away


–The discovery could help prevent some of the disorders associated with obesity such as low-grade, chronic inflammation that can lead to diabetes. The balance of bacterial communities in the colon of obese people is disturbed. This results in microbial byproducts that lead to inflammation and influence metabolic disorders associated with obesity, Noratto said.
* October’s 2014 print edition of the journal Food Chemistry

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Pope Francis ‘is mafia target after campaigning against corruption’

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Pope FrancisFrom The Guardian:

Pope Francis‘s crusade against corruption has made him a target for Italy‘s all-powerful mafia clans, a leading anti-mob prosecutor has warned.

Nicola Gratteri, who has battled Calabria’s shadowy ‘Ndrangheta mafia, said on Wednesday that Francis’s attempt to bring transparency to the Vatican was making the white collar mobsters who do business with corrupt prelates “nervous and agitated”.

He told the Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano: “Pope Francis is dismantling centres of economic power in the Vatican.

“If the bosses could trip him up they wouldn’t hesitate. I don’t know if organised criminals are in a position to do something, but they are certainly thinking about it. They could be dangerous.”


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Big Tobacco’s motives for warning people about the dangers of e-cigarettes

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Allegra Kirkland writes for AlterNet:

‘[…] Over the last year, Big Tobacco has made major inroads into the $3 billion e-cigarette market with major companies like Altria and Reynolds American releasing their own e-cig brands. At the same time, they have taken on an unlikely role as champions for public health. Industry leaders have been lobbying hard for any negative health effects of e-cigarettes to be publicized and for people to switch over to this purportedly less-harmful smoking alternative. This week, the CEOs of Reynolds and Lorillard, two of the country’s largest tobacco companies, urged the FDA to move faster to regulate the burgeoning industry, citing concerns that e-cig users were relying on cheap, low-quality products purchased online and imported from China.

That’s right: the leaders of an industry that sells a product that kills some 480,000 Americans every year are now in a panic to warn consumers about the health…

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Malaysian Palm Oil Companies Destroy Forests Despite Committmene

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Malaysian palm oil company destroys Borneo forests, despite buyer’s zero deforestation commitment

Malaysian palm oil company Genting Plantations is continuing to destroy forests despite a high-profile pledge by one of its customers to eliminate deforestation from its supply chain, alleges a report published by Greenomics, an Indonesian environmental group.

The report, published last week, looks at Genting and two other companies that supply palm oil giant Wilmar, which last December committed to a zero deforestation policy.

Responding to the report, Wilmar reaffirmed its commitment and said it would look into the allegations.

“We note the suppliers named in the report and will address those concerns through this channel accordingly,” a Wilmar spokesperson told

The palm oil giant added that it has a grievance process for dealing…

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Korea Times Article – Expats volunteer to care for neglected dogs

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In the picture: Volunteers prepare cages to rescue dogs from a hoarding situation in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, in July. / Courtesy of Cody Yoshizawa

By Eileen Cahill 

A Korean animal rights group, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (known as CARE or Thank You Animals), is struggling to care for a group of severely neglected dogs who were being kept at a home in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province.

CARE removed about 100 dogs from the property in July with the help of about 20 volunteers.

U.S. citizen Helen Marie Bailey, 25, drove to the site with a group of volunteers and assisted in the rescue.

The occupant was under pressure to release the dogs to CARE, she recalls, because their presence had become a human health issue ― liquid from the dogs’ body waste was seeping through the floor into the apartment below.

Still, the man was yelling and protesting as the…

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Check out #NoToDogMeat on Pinterest!

Pease follow us on Pinterest and upload your pics! Such an easy authentic way to say No to Cruelty.

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Animal rights education for schools to help end animal abuse

Vietnam: Cat Meat To Go

Saturday April 4th 2015 Saynotodogmeat.Net are holding a GLOBAL MARCH for dogs and cats in the meat trade. Something the government will definitely take note of… ~ ~ ~ PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND SHARE EVERYWHERE ~ ~ ~

Massively rich Koch brothers buy America’s political system


Koch-climate-changeTogether, Charles and David Koch control one of the world’s largest fortunes, which they are using to buy up our political system. But what they don’t want you to know is how they made all that money

 Limitless Life By Tim Dickinson | September 24, 2014“………..The volume of Koch Industries’ toxic output is staggering. According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute, only three companies rank among the top 30 polluters of America’s air, water and climate: ExxonMobil, American Electric Power and Koch Industries. Thanks in part to its 2005 purchase of paper-mill giant Georgia-Pacific, Koch Industries dumps more pollutants into the nation’s waterways than General Electric and International Paper combined. The company ranks 13th in the nation for toxic air pollution. Koch’s climate pollution, meanwhile, outpaces oil giants including Valero, Chevron and Shell. Across its businesses, Koch generates 24 million metric tons of greenhouse…

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VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE ~ WWF’s International President and USAID: WWF: End your Partnership with the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby G

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The World Wildlife Fund in Africa, is in bed with the USA Pro-Hunting Lobby Groups: DSC, SCI and NRA. They have vested interests because they are controlling funding streams and imposing their Hunting Agendas first, which, means they are directly influencing and manipulating ALL the African Countries; to maintain a Trophy Hunting Stance.
Please sign this very important petition. We need to raise awareness to STOP the corruption in the WWF in Africa. They are blatantly exaggerating wildlife population numbers and data and they are misusing global WWF Charity Donations, whilst, creating opportunities for the Trophy Hunting Industries in Africa to flourish…………………..

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The Big Bang Bucket List Of A Buddhist Blogger

The Last Of The Millenniums

Penny a genius?, Sheldon rats out howard!!

Squirrel Humps My GoPro

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Meet the Impressive Lineup of Speakers for Our October 4 March for Elephants in DC

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New Jersey State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji at the Elizabeth Seaport, NJ, this summer. New Jersey State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji at the Elizabeth Seaport, NJ, this summer.

Now that you’re getting ready and getting pumped for the upcoming Second Annual International March for Elephants (October 4, Washington, DC), here are some more reasons to be excited.

This year’s march and rally will feature an impressive lineup of speakers and distinguished guests, including two history-making lawmakers from New Jersey, the CEO of a major animal protection organization, and other innovative wildlife advocates. It’s going to be an inspiring, informative, and moving day as we gather together, celebrate our recent successes, and raise a powerful rallying cry to protect elephants from the brutal ivory trade that threatens their extinction.

We are proud to introduce you to our brilliant and accomplished speakers for the march:

LesniakNew Jersey State Senator Raymond J. Lesniak
Keynote Speaker

Without a doubt one of New Jersey’s…

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Man Collects $21,000 In Change, Donates Every Penny To Help Cats

Emilio Cogliani

Never underestimate the true value of a handful of pocket change.

Rick Snyder, a 69-year-old resident of Manatee County, Florida, refused to sit still after he retired. Instead, he tended to one of his passions outside of work: caring for the feral cats living throughout his community.

“I’ve always liked animals. I’ve been taking care of feral cats for years and I started noticing a lot of change laying around,” Snyder told the Bradenton Herald. “So I started picking it up and keeping track of it.

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Snyder caring for one of the stray cats in Manatee County

Since having this idea more than 10 years ago, Snyder has managed collect $21,495 in loose change weighing more than 1 metric ton, reported the Herald Tribune. Waking up around 4 a.m. each day, Snyder would walk through town, and gather coins from vacuums at local car washes and vending machines along…

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Join Us on Saturday to Take a Global Stand Against Extinction

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In just 2 days, on Saturday, October 4, thousands of people in more than 100 cities across the world will take to the streets and demand a revolution. Not a revolution in specific governments, but a revolution in how we’re treating our planet’s animals.

Saturday is World Animal Day, and on behalf of all the world’s creatures, it’s time that we put an end to a vicious wildlife trafficking industry that has pushed some of our world’s oldest and keystone animals to the brink of extinction.

Scientists estimate that we have lost more than 50 percent of all our world’s animals in the last 40 years. Among those, elephant populations have faced such traumatic declines that they could become nearly extinct in the wild in as little as 10 years. Rhinos are in graver danger still. And the loss of both these species…

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