We Shall NEVER Forget

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Today is the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks and we are looking back at some of the most powerful tributes to the victims over the years.

One of those tributes was an emotional ad featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales. In the ad, the horses honor the memory of the fallen with an unforgettable, breathtaking bow.

The commercial only aired one time during Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002, but many people have never forgotten it.

According to KTVI, Anheuser-Busch’s creative team came up with the concept and moved heaven and earth to make the commercial. They had to get approval from members of Congress, the advertising community and from New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani.

“We filmed in New York City,” said Bob Lachky, former executive vice president of Anheuser-Busch Global Creative. “We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Mayor Giuliani let us into the city — the only film company…

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Trilogy of Atlantic Storms: Florence, Isaac, Helene; Category 4 Florence (140 MPH) Expected To Become A Category 5 Hurricane

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Category 4 Hurricane Florence with 140 mph (220 km/h) sustained winds is menacing the Carolinas and Virginia. It is expected to become a Category 5 Hurricane. Tropical Storm Isaac menaces the Lesser Antilles and Caribbean. Hurricane Helene looks like it is turning toward Europe. See updates here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov , weather.gov and your preferred weather source.

Hurricane Florence:
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
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LOCATION…26.4N 64.1W
ABOUT 410 MI…660 KM S OF BERMUDA
ABOUT 975 MI…1570 KM ESE OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…140 MPH…220 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 15 MPH…24 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…944 MB…27.88 INCHES
” (NHC)
The updated NHC intensity forecast once again calls for additional intensification and brings Florence to near category 5 strength within the next 24 to 36 hours. After 48 hours, a slight increase in southwesterly shear could result in some weakening, but Florence is expected…

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the old chokecherry tree (and raw apricot cheesecake)

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An almost imperceptible shift in the light. A slant of golden, the earth’s turning reflected in sunflowers’ faces. The skies blue again after a good night’s wind and rain scrubbed the smoky haze that had descended over the mountains, stacking them like so many cardboard cutouts. Around the edges the air is cool, threaded with the promise of chill. The creek meanders along, more leisurely than lazy, having left the frenetic pace of runoff behind. A grasshopper symphony plays from grassy fields, blanched seed heads bowing in the breeze. Walking along the path I see these musicians leap, a striking resemblance to butterflies in flight, all yellow threaded wings and suspended animation.

Chokecherries ripen along the creek corridor. One old tree at a prominent crossroads always produces a good crop, which I never touch for want of leaving them for the wildlife that needs them far more than I. My…

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13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties Of Coconut Oil

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By Sayer Ji, Thanks to Body Mind Soul Spirit

While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves. Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.

Some examples of “good” saturated fat include

Fat-burning: Ironic, isn’t it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of reducing belly fat within 1-3 months.

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The 9/11 Survivor Tree – The history of memorial trees and groves

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Each year on September 11th the world reflects on the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center that forever altered the course of history. The site of the attacks is now home to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and the 9/11 Survivor tree, despite growing just beneath where the towers fell, stands tall in the Memorial Plaza.

The 9/11 Survivor Tree’s unlikely survival

911 survivor tree november 2001 The 9/11 Survivor tree in November 2001 – photo via Michael Browne

After a month of going through the rubble, rescue workers were surprised and delighted to find a callery pear tree still clinging to life. Amidst the death and destruction, it represented a glimmer of hope. Charred with just one branch still alive, the tree first planted in the 1970s was nearing its end.

It was quickly transferred to Arthur Ross Nursery in the Bronx to recover along with 6 other trees pulled from the rubble. The 6…

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House Destroyed, Homes Evacuated After PA Pipeline Explosion |

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House Destroyed, Homes Evacuated After PA Pipeline Explosion |
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A gas pipeline explosion “sent flames shooting into the sky” in Center Township, Pa. on Monday morning, according to WPXI News.

“A massive gas explosion shook parts of Beaver County early Monday, destroying a house, garages and multiple vehicles and bringing down six high-tension electric towers” reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Energy Transfer Partners pipeline, according to industry news source Natural Gas Intelligence, had only been placed into service last week and exploded due to “torrential rain and saturated ground.”
One resident stated that their “house started shaking. The sky was pure red from the flames shooting.”
Someone else told reporters that “It sounded like a jet was taking off.”
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According the the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “Energy Transfer’s reputation in Pennsylvania over the past few years has been dominated by its Mariner East 2 project, which involves laying a pair of pipelines across the southern part of the state to ferry natural gas liquids from Ohio to refineries and export terminals near Philadelphia. The effort has yielded dozens of environmental violations, drilling mud spills into creeks and streams, and a series of construction stops ordered by regulators that have delayed the pipelines’ in-service dates.”

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Ocean Cleanup’s Plan to Remove 88,000 Tons of Plastic From the Pacific Garbage Patch Has Just Begun!

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Aleksandra Pajda

Earlier this year, the non-profit The Ocean Cleanup was getting ready to put its system designed to remove plastic pollution from the ocean in motion. Now, the innovative technology is finally setting sail for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and starting its important work with a two-week trial. With steady development, the organization hopes to remove as much as half of the 88,000 tons of plastic from the garbage patch in just five years.

On September 10th, the organization started towing its “Ocean Cleanup System 001” from San Francisco to a trial site which is located about 240 nautical miles (260 miles) away, Endgadget reports. The system will now be pushed by the winds and waves into a U-shape and start drifting on its own, marking the beginning of the test run. While the huge tube will float on the surface, a 10-foot long skirt hanging below will collect pieces of plastic from the water. Large pieces of plastic aren’t the only bits that the system can catch, the specially designed skirt can collect pieces as small as just a millimeter in size. Throughout the process, boats will help scoop out plastics from the system and deliver them to a recycling plant.

The entirety of the system will be monitored throughout the trial period in order to make sure that it fulfills its role and does not harm plankton nor any other marine life. After two weeks, the structure will be towed another 900 nautical miles to begin its main mission: cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The Ocean Cleanup, founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, hopes that System 001 can remove about 55 tons of plastic from the ocean per year. In comparison with the current size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – which is made of some 88,000 tons of waste – this number may seem small, but the organization wants to eventually create 60 systems which together would be able to extract half of the garbage patch debris every five years. Deployed in this way, the technology would have an immensely positive impact on the waters – and, hopefully, it will be able to develop to the projected size.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to consist of around 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. Over 8.8 million tons of plastic waste enters the already polluted oceans every year. This reality will not change unless we actively work to change it. To find out how you can help in your everyday life, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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YES! Burberry Announced They’re Dropping Fur, Just in Time for Fashion Week

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By Estelle Rayburn

As the animal cruelty fueled by the fur industry has become widely publicized, an ever-increasing number of consumers have begun demanding that brands abandon the use of real animal fur in their clothing and accessories. In response to this mounting pressure, many major fashion houses have chosen to completely do away with the controversial practice of making garments from the skins of dead animals.

Just to name a few iconic brands that have stopped contributing to the senseless killing of innocent creatures for their fur, there’s Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Gucci, and Vivienne Westwood. And now, British fashion giant Burberry has joined the list of animal-friendly brands!

Starting with the Riccardo Tisci debut collection, which Burberry is set to release later this month, the company has pledged to stop using real fur in its clothing and accessories and to “phase out existing real fur products.” Desiring to become an all-around more ethical and environmentally-conscious brand, Burberry has also promised that it will no longer burn surplus clothing as it has done in the past.

The luxury fashion icon’s decision to amp up its efforts to protect animals and the Earth comes at quite a convenient time — right as the 2018 New York Fashion Week begins. While the timing may not have been intentional, Burberry’s recent announcement will surely send a clear message to any designers involved in the show who are still perpetuating the inhumane fur industry.

Humane Society International (HSI) UK, the organization at the forefront of the #FurFreeBritain campaign working towards a ban on UK fur imports, has unsurprisingly applauded Burberry’s decision to ditch fur.

As the organization’s Director of International Media Wendy Higgins stated in a press release, “HSI first met with Burberry almost a decade ago to urge the brand to drop fur, so we are delighted that this iconic British fashion giant is finally going fur-free. Most British consumers don’t want anything to do with the cruelty of fur and so this is absolutely the right decision by this quintessentially British brand.”

She went on, “Countless investigations have revealed appalling welfare issues on fur farms including obesity, deformed feet, diseased eyes and even missing limbs. Burberry is very wise to be ending its association with fur and it joins the ranks of an ever increasing number of top designers like Gucci, Michael Kors, DKNY and Versace, who have also realized that real fur has no future in fashion.”

We couldn’t agree more that it’s time to shut down this cruel industry for good and make the use of real animal fur for “fashion” a thing of the past! If you’re on the same side of this issue, please sign this Care2 petition urging Dolce & Gabanna to be the next luxury brand to say goodbye to fur!

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