Russian President Works to Protect Wild Horses

Vladimer Putin and wild Przewalski horses.

October 4, 2016

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, opened the gate and let the first group of wild horses loose into a preserve set up to save one of the last species of wild horses on earth. There are only roughly 2,000 Przewalski horses left, and Russia is committed to keeping the breed alive in the wild. The Przewalski horses once roamed the Eurasian steppes, through Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, but their habitat was taken over by cattle ranchers. When the horses could no longer roam the steppes, they perished in the wild. The ecology of the steppe suffered too. “In steppe ecosystems these animals contribute to their recovery,” said Olga Pereladova, the head of the World Wildlife Fund’s Central Asian program. “If horses are not grazing in the steppe it deteriorates because vegetation is not trampled; overabundance of grass can cause fires.”

The reserve serves as a breeding facility for Przewalski horses, and allows captive horses the opportunity to acclimate before being turned loose on the expansive steppes.

Scientists are hopeful that sufficient Przewalski remain to secure the future of the breed. China and Mongolia have reintroduced the Przewalski horses back into the wild as well.

Whale calf helps push its stranded mother to safety off North Stradbroke Island (Australia)

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Heartrending footage shows the calf nudging her mum trying to move her Heartrending footage shows the calf nudging her mum trying to move her

October 7th, 2016. A stranded humpback whale has managed to free itself from a North Stradbroke Island sandbank, after its calf was filmed trying to push it to safety.

The calf was repeatedly nudging its struggling mother in the shallow water after it became stuck around 7.30am AEST today. 

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St. Lucie Nuclear Power Station Built on a Barrier Island Post-Hurricane Camille: Nuclear Foolishness; Matthew Warning

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St. Lucie Nuclear Power Station on a Barrier Island
a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it” Matthew 7:26-27, KJV

Look at the location of St. Lucie Nuclear Power Station! It is on a thin barrier island off of the mainland and surrounded by water! A mentally disabled person would never be foolish enough to build a nuclear power station here on a barrier island (sandbar). Especially after Hurricane Camille, only a nuclear “genius” could come up with some far-fetched justification of why it was ok to construct a nuclear power station on a barrier island off of the coast of the Florida mainland.

Hurricane Camille split Ship Island in two forming “Camille Cut”, which is 3.5 miles wide. And, for that matter, none of the nuclear power…

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Boots Stanley Abuses Again

Boost Stanley sitting on down horse

October 5, 2016

Bastrop, Louisiana – New photos of Boots Stanley, son of Greg Stanley, who owns and operated Bootstrap Louisiana Kill Pen, have been released that continue to show his tendencies towards animal abuse. The photos are enraging people around the world, who are demanding his bail be revoked and he be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Stanley, and friend Steven Sadler, were arrested after posting a video of themselves torturing a pit bull and then slitting it’s throat and watching it bleed to death. They were released on bail and entered a plea of “Not Guilty” on September 20.

One of the new photos show Stanley sitting on a horse that is laying down, holding a large stick, that one can infer he used to beat the horse with. The horse in the photo appears motionless, and many believe it may be dead or unconscious.

The other photo shows Stanley holding up his blood covered hand, with blood splattered across his face and shirt, grinning like it’s the best thing that has happened to him.

Two members of the Stanley family have been arrested and charged with battery since the original dog killing video was released for assaulting local resident 65 year old Allen Payne. Payne drove past the Bootstrap Kill Pen to find out more about the dog that was killed. As he was parked on the road, Boots Stanley’s father, Greg Stanley, and cousin Michael Stanley, assaulted him, hitting him with a board and fists through his car windows.

  Andrew Payne after assault by Stanely family

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Here’s how to keep your sweaters lasting longer | Grist

By Ask Umbra® on Oct 6, 2016 5:14 am

Q. Dear Umbra,

Disposable clothes are driving me nuts. In particular, as we come into fall, I’m thinking about sweaters. These days, when I buy a new sweater, it starts to pill on the first wear and ends up looking terrible after just a few outings. If I want a sweater that lasts for decades instead of days, what materials should I be looking for? Wool? Cotton? Cashmere? Should I make sure it has no synthetic material at all? I do buy from thrift stores when I can, but I can’t always find good used options.

Ginger A.
St. Louis, Missouri

A. Dearest Ginger,

Sensible cardigans. Sophisticated turtlenecks. Fuzzy pullovers. Whatever form a sweater may take, I’m a fan. In fact, I like fall for its sweater weather even more than its proliferation of pumpkin spice treats, and that’s saying something. (I’m not the only one.) So you’re absolutely right that a shoddily made sweater — or a shoddily made anything, really — is a buzzkill indeed.

We’re living in the era of fast fashion. With so many brands churning out uber-stylish pieces more quickly and cheaply than ever, quality tends to become an afterthought. Some might argue, “Who cares if your $17 sweater falls apart after a couple of wears? Just buy another one!” But of course you care, Ginger, and so should we all. The fashion industry has an enormous environmental footprint, from the water and chemicals required to process textiles to the shipping impacts of a global supply chain. That alone is a great reason not to go buck-wild on shopping sprees for items we don’t need, but then there’s also the issue of disposal.

Americans toss 13 million tons of clothing every year into the trash. Part of the problem is that we’re not recycling nearly enough of our castaways (the recycling rate for textiles is a dismal 9 percent). But we’re also buying more and more — millennials reportedly snap up five times more clothing than older generations, which translates to lots more waste when these on-trend, off-quality duds expire.

I love the way you’re rejecting this use-‘em-and-lose-‘em pattern, Ginger. But shopping carefully is just the start — how you wear and take care of your clothes matters a lot, too. Here’s your complete guide to making your sweaters (and all other clothing) last.


As you suspect, not all sweater materials are created equal. Wool, from both sheep (merino) and goats (cashmere), is among the most durable options, with merino usually taking the honors for strongest fiber. Synthetics — your nylons, polyesters, and rayons — often wear down more easily. Cotton falls somewhere in the middle. Good-quality materials will probably cost you more up front, but like so many things in life, you get what you pay for.
A word about fashion choices: If you’re playing the long game with your clothing, then it pays to make like Taylor Swift and her on-again, off-again flame and choose classic clothes that never go out of style.

Wearing & repairing

I’m all for limiting the total volume of your closet (I mean, how many sweaters does one really need for fall 2016?). But that said, wearing the same thing every day will wear it out more quickly. Collect enough pieces to rotate evenly, and everything will last a lot longer.
The dreaded pilling effect (when the fibers break or come loose) doesn’t mean the end for your sweaters. You can buy inexpensive gadgets to shave the pills off without damaging the rest of the fabric. You can also condition wool sweaters with lanolin once a year for pill prevention.
Mend it, don’t send it … to the landfill. It’s common sense, but far too many of us have lost the art of sewing up minor tears and holes (somewhere, a single tear rolls down your 6th-grade home-ec teacher’s cheek). Study up on basic fabric repairs, or pay someone else to do it — just don’t ditch a perfectly good item for a fixable flaw.


Every trip through the laundry takes a little bit off your clothes’ lives, so put off washing as long as you can. (Bonus: Less laundry!) Most clothes don’t need to be washed after every wear, especially not sweaters you pair with an underlayer.
When laundry day does roll around, hand-wash those sweaters. (What about dry cleaning, you ask? I don’t advise it.) DON’T wring them out, as that stretches and damages the fibers. DO lay them flat to dry. In fact, air-drying all the items in your wardrobe can extend their lifespans.
Wash clothing by type, not color. Keep items with buttons and zippers separate from delicates and T-shirts, as that hardware can accelerate your other clothing’s eventual demise.

There you have it — follow these guidelines, and you’ll be celebrating a happy sweater season for years to come.