Adrian Alcorn is shy, but admits, “I’ve been asking God for a blessing.”
He received it at 4am on Thursday, outside the gate where he checks Valero workers in to the Texas City refinery. Alcorn works for the Port of Texas City.
Early this year, some of the workers noticed the bike next to the guard building. He told those who asked about it that he rode it to and from work.
It wasn’t for exercise. Alcorn’s car quit running, and he didn’t have the funds to repair it, so he found a used bike and duct taped a flashlight to the raised handlebars so he could navigate highway 146 in the dark, as tankers and 18 wheelers passed him.
“I got scared a lot, and just prayed God would get me there safe,” he said.
With the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama could take our nuclear missiles off high alert, making sure that President Trump could not launch them rashly. If he doesn’t do this, we will all regret it.
It’s like wishing you had locked the door before you left the house. Or made sure the gun wasn’t loaded before you put it on the shelf. Or wishing you hadn’t stored gasoline quite so close to the furnace.
President Obama should take our nuclear missiles off hair-trigger alert before Donald Trump gets control of them…
US promised US$3bn towards fund, which was part of historic Paris agreement, but so far has transferred only $500m, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 21 Dec 16, More than 100 climate and development organisations, along with 70,000 people, have called on Barack Obama to help secure the future of the Paris agreement by transferring the remaining $2.5bn committed by the US.
The Green Climate Fund was a key aspect of the historic Paris agreement signed in 2015, which aims to keep global warming “well below” 2C and aspires to keep warming to 1.5C.
The fund, established in 2010, is financed by wealthy countries and used to assist developing countries with adaptation and mitigation. It was widely seen as a key measure to bring both rich and poor countries to the negotiating table.
The US pledged $3bn towards the fund, making up nearly a third of the $10.3bn pledged in…
War-Torn Yemen Is Letting Its Zoo Animals Starve to Death
The 265 animals in Yemen’s Taiz Zoo, including rare leopards, haven’t been fed for days. The government is rejecting proposals to save them.
A malnourished lion stares out of a blood- and urine-soaked cage. Eleven lions died of starvation after they were abandoned at Yemen’s Taiz Zoological Gardens in early 2016.
Photograph by Mercury Press, Caters News
By Natasha Daly
PUBLISHED December 21, 2016
War births refugees. Streaming out of blasted-out cities, civilians are forced to flee their homes, sometimes their families, away from the bombs, into the unknown.
What happens when you can’t leave? That’s the story of abandoned zoos in wartime. It’s the story unfolding now for the animals in Yemen’s Taiz Zoological Gardens, neglected in the cross fire of the country’s civil war. Here 28 Arabian leopards, critically endangered in the wild, haven’t eaten in six days
First reported near Florida in the 1980s, lionfish have since spread throughout southeastern U.S. waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea, taking over coasts from New York to Brazil. These brightly-striped ornamental fish, native to the Indo-Pacific, were believed to have been let loose in U.S. waters by the aquarium trade.The problem: with insatiable appetites (they’ve been found to eat over 70 fish/invertebrate species) these invasive creatures have since wreaked havoc on coral reefs and fisheries, eating both other species’ prey and grazers that clean algae from reefs. Plus, no predators have stepped in to gobble up the strange species, allowing the fish to reproduce relatively unchecked.
Still, scientists and environmentally-minded entrepreneurs alike have been taking action against ballooning lionfish populations, creating and testing everything from underwater robots to fish traps loaded with special recognition software, all designed to drastically lower the lionfish headcount. “It’s the inverse of…
luminum induces neurotoxicity by altering mitochondria of brain cells, which contributes directly to aging and the rise of degenerative diseases and metabolic issues. Chronic aluminum toxicity greatly reduces osteoblast population and inhibits bone mineralization, resulting in osteoporosis.
Wrapping your food in aluminum foil to keep it warm, fresh, and safe or using aluminum foil for freezing, baking, and grilling is reported as highly likely in damaging your health. If you wrap oven-roasted meat, fish and poultry during cooking to retain moisture and reduce shrinkage and drying; if you use aluminum foil to wrap leftovers — these 4 reasons should be enough to convince you to quit using the neurotoxin heavy metal right away, and/or try safer healthier alternatives…
Aluminum Induces Neurotoxicity
Aluminum induces neurotoxicity by altering mitochondria of brain cells, which contributes directly to aging and the rise of degenerative diseases and metabolic issues. Way back in 1989, researchers…
Chrome is working on pushing out a new update for their Android app (not beta or dev version, but full version) and will be rolling it out rather quickly. For those that are ‘inside’ users, you will be treated with four key alterations. The first alteration is the easier downloading of music, videos, and even full web pages. This is a ‘convince’ step, as we can view our contents offline at a later time desired. Another feature is that Chrome will highlight the misspelled words, giving some improvements to the contextual search UI engine.
I’m not sure about you, but I do a lot of offline web reading for research purposes. Thanks to our friends at Google, they are striving to make offline viewing and reading much easier, allowing to save the content directly to your device’s storage. You can now easily download any random article, as well as any multimedia content directly with…
In 2008, the town of Circuma in Brazil set up there nativity scene.
During the holiday season, we find ourselves looking for small miracles to get us in the Christmas spirit. It doesn’t have to be anything big — just something to remind us and reassure us that the spirit of the season is with us, especially when we may be feeling lonely.
One Christmas, a nativity scene went up. There was Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. But this one year, there was an extra addition to the scene. It was something people didn’t know they needed, but once they saw it, it encouraged them to be more compassionate and loving during Christmas and every other day of the year.
When people gathered around, they noticed something sleeping in the manger.
Right next to the baby Jesus was a sleeping German Shepherd puppy.
But every visitor was overcome with joy and love when they saw him snuggled up.
Wishing you all joy and love this holiday season….
Hello my friends! I’m sharing one more, just one more little recipe before I sign off from the blog for several days (you can still catch up with me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest). These yummy nummy raw macaroons are just too tasty to wait until after the holidays to share with you. The best part about these fudgy, coconutty, white chocolatey, hint of lemony bites (besides all those made up adjectives I just listed) is that you don’t need to use precious oven space to whip up them up! Ah the beauty of raw treats.
I don’t know if you’ve ever had white chocolate with a hint of lemon, but boy is it ever a wonderful little combination. A couple years ago my sweet mother-in-law sent me a lovely vegan bar of white chocolate that had a touch of lemon flavor. AH-mazing. Now combine that with…
“Free Leonard Peltier: Obama Urged to Grant Clemency to Native American Activist Jailed for 40 Years STORY DECEMBER 21, 2016 As President Obama’s last month in office begins, Amnesty International and other groups are calling on the president to grant clemency to Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who has been imprisoned for 40 years. The former member of the American Indian Movement was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975. Leonard Peltier has long maintained his innocence. The shootout occurred two years after the American Indian Movement occupied the village of Wounded Knee for 71 days. The occupation of Wounded Knee is considered the beginning of what Oglala people refer to as the “Reign of Terror.” We speak to Peltier’s attorney, Martin Garbus, and Norman Patrick Brown, a longtime friend of Leonard Peltier’s. He survived the…
Watch these veterans explain why they went to Standing Rock
By Grist staff on Dec 22, 2016 2:14 pm
Chris Vickers, a former Army medic, first came across footage of the standoff at Standing Rock on Facebook. He’d been out of the Armed Forces for seven years, but he felt a duty to answer what he saw as “unconscionable violence that an over-militarized police force was willing to exert on an unarmed civilian population.”
So he dusted off his gear and joined the thousands of vets who gathered from around the country to support the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement in North Dakota, many of them Native themselves.
When the Army Corps of Engineers announced they would look for other pipeline routes on Dec. 4, vets like Vickers were there to stand in solidarity with the Sioux. Watch the video above to hear more from Vickers and other veterans.
Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer and screenwriter. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and… wikipedia.org
Following Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio‘s press conference last week concerning Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah’s fake birth certificate that’s been stored on the White House website for several years, reports are that the evidence will be going to Congress soon.
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard