Hallmark recalls candle due to fire, laceration hazards

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Hallmark is recalling one type of candle due to fire and laceration hazards.

According to the CSPC, the recall involves the frosted balsom soy blend jar candle.

The scented candles are green and have three weeks, with an image of a snowy pine cone on the front of the candle.

So far, there have been six reports of the glass jar breaking, resulting in fire damage to nearby objects.

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There have been no injuries reported.

The affected candles were sold exclusively at Norman’s Hallmark stores in New Jersey and Pennsylvania from September 2019 to now for about $28.

Costumers should immediately stop using the recalled candles, return them to the store where they can receive a full refund of the purchase price and a $10 Hallmark Gold Crown Gift Card, according to the CSPC.
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Poacher fined over $53,000 for killing elk in Colorado backyards: He ‘put a black eye on hunters’

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A man from Texas has had his hunting, fishing and trapping privileges suspended in 48 states — and been sentenced to pay more than 53,000 in fines — after pleading guilty to illegal hunting activities in Colorado.

Raymond P. Muse, 50, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of willful destruction of wildlife, as well as 11 other misdemeanor charges, in connection with the illegal poaching at least five elk from Evergreen and Conifer, “right under the noses or in the backyards” of local residents, officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said on Friday.

Officials say Muse would leave his car in a less suspicious area before hopping on his bike to scout and kill the elk.

Officials say Muse would leave his car in a less suspicious area before hopping on his bike to scout and kill the elk. (Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

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Petition · Let DoD personnel defend themselves on base. · Change.org

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Let DoD personnel defend themselves on base.
David Ritchey started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 1 other

Since the implementation of Regulation 90-114 in 1993, military personnel have been restricted in their ability to carry firearms on government property and in federal facilities. The justification of such action has historically been the belief that military bases feature robust security and trustworthy employees. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the failures of those assumptions leading to active shooter and related incidents on military bases located in the United States since 1993.

1993 – Fort Knox (3 Patriots lost)

1994 – Fairchild AFB (4 Patriots lost)

1995 – Arlington Virginia (2 Patriots wounded)

1995 – Fort Bragg (1 Patriot lost)

2009 – Fort Hood (13 Patriots lost)

2011 – Fort Hood (planned bombing thwarted)

2013 – Quantico Virginia (2 Patriots lost)

2013 – Washington Navy Yard (12 Patriots lost)

2014 – Fort Hood (3 Patriots killed)

2015 – Chattanooga Tennessee (4 Patriots lost)

2016 – Lackland AFB (2 Patriots lost)

2019 – NAS Oceana (1 Patriot lost)

2019 – Pearl Harbor (2 Patriots lost)

2019 – NAS Pensacola (3 Patriots lost)

That tally includes 52 Patriots killed or wounded by terrorists, disgruntled service members, or civilian employees on a base or post that doesn’t include overseas bases or federal buildings such as court houses, jails, schools, on-base housing, post offices, airports, National Parks, BLM buildings, IRS buildings, and so on. It would be unfair to say all of those Patriots would be with us today had personnel been allowed to carry firearms for personal defense, but at least one life could have been saved at an incredibly minimal risk level.

The Citizens of the United States have, through the Constitution and the US Code via the Oath of Office, entrusted members of the United States Armed Forces with the defense of the country and all we hold dear. The fact that those same service members can obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon in each state they happen to get stationed in, but can’t carry that same firearm in the most highly targeted location in that state – the military base – flies in the face of that trust and is contrary to good sense.

This petition, and your signature, is designed to drive legislation leading to the establishment of an open and concealed carry permit that is extended to Department of Defense civilian and military personnel, is NOT subject to the discretion of lower levels of command, includes reciprocity in all 50 US states and it’s territories, and permits concealed carry in all federal facilities regardless of duty status.

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Petition · UK Parliament: Re-open empty Army Barracks for Homeless Ex Serviceman · Change.org

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Re-open empty Army Barracks for Homeless Ex Serviceman
Annabelle Johnson started this petition to UK Parliament

Please everyone sign this. There are ex servicemen on our streets. The Army Barracks are sitting empty not being used! If they open them, they will have a roof over there head somewhere safe to sleep, they can maintain the up keep and anyone suffering with stress disorder can help eachother. No one who served for our country deserves to be failed by the system

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Petition · City of Statesville North Carolina: Let Camping World & Gander Outdoors Fly The American Flag! · Change.org

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Camping World started this petition to City of Statesville North Carolina

The City of Statesville has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their American Flag. They are imposing a $50/day fine retroactive to 10/15/18.

Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us.

This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!

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Petition · Donald J. Trump: Award Gary Sinise the Presidential Medal of Freedom · Change.org

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Gerry Denardi started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 2 others

Gary Sinise is an American actor who has played many household characters over the years including Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump. What is less known is that he has dedicated most of his time, and money, off the big screen to supporting our military, it’s veterans, and it’s family members.The Gary Sinise Foundation has provided millions in philanthropic endeavors to our nation’s military and first responders. On our military bases across the world, Gary Sinise and his band have put on hundreds of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation concerts. Furthermore, Gary has visited our troops down range on USO tours more than any other person, let alone celebrity.

I cannot list every good deed he has done for our military and their families, and also to our nation. Please visit his foundation website, his Wikipedia page, or read the countless number of articles attesting to his wonderful work for further proof of the character of this man.

According to Whitehouse.gov, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor bestowed upon an United States citizen and is awarded for, “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.

I believe Gary meets and exceeds this criteria. I hope you do to and sign, share this petition.

Thank you.

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Nearly 16,000 pounds of frozen beef patties have been recalled because they may contain plastic

 

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About 15,739 pounds of frozen beef patties are being recalled because they “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically small, green, soft plastic,” the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

The ready-to-eat products from Cincinnati-based AdvancePierre Foods were not sold in retail stories, the FSIS said Friday in a news release, but distributed from a warehouse in Iowa to institutions, including schools.

The frozen products were not sent to schools as part of the National School Lunch Program but were part of a commercial sale, the FSIS added. The schools that got the patties were not named.

The products in question were packed in 15.09-pound cases that contained “CN FULLY COOKED FLAMEBROILED BEEF PATTIES,” with product code 69097, the FSIS said. The recall was categorized as having a low health risk.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional freezers,” the statement said. “Institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

The recall was issued after a food-service establishment complained to AdvancePierre Foods that it found soft, green plastic in a patty. There aren’t any confirmed reports of “adverse reactions” to the patties, the FSIS said Friday.

Advance Pierre Foods, which is owned by Tyson Foods, said in a statement that it was recalling the patties “out of an abundance of caution.” According to the company, 15,000 pounds is about “half of one truckload of product.”

AdvancePierre Foods reiterated that the affected products were not available in stores. It had received no reports of injuries or illness.

“No other AdvancePierre Foods products are affected,” the company said.

The company recalled more than 20,000 pounds of beef patties in April after it got two reports of soft, purple plastic in the patties.

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If your a activist in Canada…the police will not take you to jail they will just shoot you where your stand!

Christmas Bells #4 . . . . A Christmas Star!

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A bright Christmas star
sits high on a tree
shining its light
for the whole world to see

reminding us all
of a night long ago
when a star in the sky
guided wise men below

to a small town stable
where a gift from above
was born on that night
to bring the world love.

The light from the star
shone down on a child
asleep in the manger
so meek and so mild.

Shepherds and wise men
who came to draw near
then spread the good news
that the savior is here.

Now the Christmas tree star
still leads us today
to the birth of a miracle
that first Christmas day.

~ Tom Krause

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Winter solstice 2019: A short day that’s long on ancient traditions

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For six months now, the days have grown shorter and the nights have grown longer in the Northern Hemisphere — but that’s about to reverse itself.

Winter solstice, the shortest day of 2019, will be Saturday, December 21. Or it will be Sunday, December 22. Which day is it for you? It all depends on your time zone.

CNN meteorologists Dave Hennen, Judson Jones and Brandon Miller help us understand the science and timing behind the solstice. And then we’ll discover some traditions and celebrations around the world that could inspire a travel adventure.
The science and timing behind a winter solstice

The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, when the sun appears at its most southerly position, directly overhead at the faraway Tropic of Capricorn.

It’s the reverse in the Southern Hemisphere. There, it marks the longest day of the year — and the beginning of summer in places such as Argentina, Namibia and New Zealand.

When exactly does it occur?

The solstice usually takes place on December 21. The time that the solstice occurs and the day itself shifts because the solar year (the time it takes for the sun to reappear in the same spot as seen from Earth) doesn’t exactly match up to our calendar year.

If you want to be super-precise in your observations, the exact time of the 2019 winter solstice will be 4:19 Universal Time on Sunday. Here are some examples of when that will be for local times around the world:

— Tokyo: 1:19 p.m. Sunday

— Dubai: 8:19 a.m. Sunday

— Rome: 5:19 a.m. Sunday

— Dakar, Senegal: 4:19 a.m. (same as Universal Time)

— Philadelphia: 11:19 p.m. Saturday

— Seattle: 8:19 p.m. Saturday

— Honolulu: 6:15 p.m. Saturday

If you don’t live in one of these time zones above, the website EarthSky has a handy conversion table for your time zone. You might also try the conversion tools at Timezoneconverter.com or WorldTimeServer.com.

What causes the winter solstice to even happen?

Because the Earth is tilted on its rotational axis, we experience seasons here on Earth. As the Earth moves around the sun, each hemisphere experiences winter when it’s tilted away from the sun and summer when it’s tilted toward the sun.

Wait. Why is the Earth tilted?

Scientists are not entirely sure how this occurred, but they think that billions of years ago, as the solar system was taking shape, the Earth was subject to violent collisions that caused the axis to tilt.

What other seasonal transitions do we mark?

The equinoxes, both spring and fall, occur when the sun’s rays are directly over the equator. On those two days, everyone has an equal length of day and night. The summer solstice is when the sun’s rays are farthest north over the Tropic of Cancer, giving us our longest day and summer in the Northern Hemisphere.
Winter solstice traditions and celebrations

It’s no surprise many cultures and religions celebrate a holiday — whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or pagan festivals — that coincides with the return of longer days.

Ancient peoples whose survival depended on a precise knowledge of seasonal cycles marked this first day of winter with elaborate ceremonies and celebrations. Spiritually, these celebrations symbolize the opportunity for renewal, a shedding of bad habits and negative feelings and an embracing of hope amid darkness as the days once again begin to grow longer.

Many of the ancient symbols and ceremonies of the winter solstice live on today.

Here are five extraordinary destinations where you can experience something magical during winter’s relentlessly long night:

UNITED KINGDOM: Cornwall and Stonehenge

Better known for pirates than the solstice, the town of Penzance on the southwest coast of England has revived a delightful array of Cornish solstice events leading up to winter solstice. The Montol Festival is a fun mix of pagan customs and more recent Christmas traditions that were once common throughout Cornwall.

Early in the week, join in caroling and other events. On the solstice, referred to here as Montol Eve, get your dancing card ready for the Guise, a community dance in which people dress in masks and other “topsy-turvy” disguises based on a 19th-century tradition of the rich dressing in rags while poorer citizens effected a “mock posh” look.

You can also don your finery for torchlit processions. The merrymaking only continues when the revelers disperse to pubs around town.

With some planning, it’s also possible to incorporate a trip to Stonehenge, the UK’s most famous site for solstice celebrations. On the winter solstice, visitors have the rare opportunity to enter the towering, mysterious stone circle for a sunrise ceremony run by local pagan and druid groups.

The trip from Penzance to Stonehenge takes less than four hours by car, making it entirely feasible to spend the night in Salisbury, the nearest town to Stonehenge, and rise before dawn for the ceremony among the stones.

SWEDEN: Santa Lucia, yule and aurora borealis

Sweden is rich with solstice traditions. Elements of the yule, Northern Europe’s ancient winter solstice celebration, are also incorporated into modern festivities, including gathering around bonfires, feasting, drinking and telling stories.

A great place to experience all of these traditions is at Skansen, an open-air, living history museum that represents life in Sweden before the Industrial Revolution and features characters dressed in period costumes.

You can marvel at this seasonal interplay of light and darkness by heading for the Arctic Circle to see aurora borealis, the Northern Lights, in the Swedish Lapland. The Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park is an ideal place to catch the show.

Another good spot is the tiny village of Jukkasjärvi, where you can stay at the Icehotel, which provides local guides to help you spot the lights. Bundle up and take a dog sled or snowmobile tour, then hibernate in front of a roaring fire with a steaming cup of glögg.

Icehotel, Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden; +46 980 668 00

MEXICO: Land of the Maya

In Mexico, consider visiting Chichen Itza, the spectacular ancient city of temples, columns and pyramids that was once a great center of science and astronomy. The Temple of Kukulkan, with its 365 steps (one for every day of the year), is just one stunning example of the impressive engineering and astronomical feats of the Maya. No wonder this is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Chichen Itza is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cancun. If you’re planning to take a guided tour, choose tour operators who work with local Maya communities and use expert guides.

Private tours are another option. Although pricier, they can offer a more comprehensive experience and are often led by experts. Sacred Earth Journeys is one recommended company that offers private tours to the site.

INDIA: Makar Sankranti and kite festivals

Unlike people in other places in the Northern Hemisphere that mark the solstice in December, Hindus in India celebrate Makar Sankranti, one of the most important festivals of the year, in January. In 2020, that will fall on Wednesday, January 15, in most places in India (Gujarat state will celebrate a day earlier).

Fundamentally, it is a celebration of the sun’s journey toward the Northern Hemisphere, bringing longer days and the end of winter, which will make possible a good harvest. But Makar Sankranti is also associated with many other themes, including strong family relationships and a renewed opportunity to rid oneself of negativity and embrace a better way of living.

Different regions have various names for the festival and celebrate in a diversity of ways, usually involving bonfire pyres, feasting, singing and prayer. It’s a day when pilgrims make their way to the holy river Ganges for a spiritual cleansing.

Another popular event associated with Makar Sankranti are kite festivals, now held in cities across India.

Jaipur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad host some of the most well-known kite festivals. Kite-makers sell their wares in public markets in the days leading up to the festival, and soon the sky is filled with colorful, elaborate kites flown from balconies, stadiums, parks and beaches.

CANADA: Lantern festival in Vancouver

Vancouver’s Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is a sparkling celebration of solstice traditions from around the world. The Secret Lantern Society assembles a wide array of music, dance, food and spectacular lantern-lit processions.

Staging areas for the main events include the neighborhoods of Granville Island, Yaletown and Strathcona.

Here’s one of the best parts: Before the solstice, neighborhoods throughout Vancouver host lantern-making workshops.

For a relatively small price, you can construct and decorate your own lantern to participate in one of several processions throughout the city that lead to the indoor venues for music, dance and art making.

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The Dangers Of Rawhide Chews

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Rawhide chews are not a good chewing supplement for any companion animal. On top of the bleach and glue chemicals in these products. You have the problem of it splintering off. This can become lodged in their throat, and or can cause damage to their mouth.

Rawhide has always been on the No-no list of veterinarians. If you want to give them a chew toy, the companies Kong and Nylabon make safe chews for companions.

The Best Dog Dental Chews and toys we have found are the following:

• Our Top Pick: Nylabone Dura Chew XL Textured Dog Chew.

• Our Runner Up Pick: Natural Balance Dental Chews.

• Best Budget Pick: Arm & Hammer Gator Dog Dental Toy.

• Best Puppy Dental Chew: Nylabone Puppy T-Rex Chew Toy.

• Best Budget Pick: Outward Hound Bionic Ball.

• Best Puppy Teething Toy: Pet Stages Cool Teething Stick.

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‘Staggering’ Scale of Waste: Billions of Dollars in Online Clothing Returns Go Straight to Landfills

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Even unsold items that haven’t been touched by a consumer are being trashed.

By Elias Marat, The Mind Unleashed

(TMU) — We all know that consumerism is a force that’s destructive to the environment, but too frequently the blame is placed on cultural factors — for example, our personal habits as consumers.

However, the enormous burden placed on the environment is primarily due to the actions of the large corporations that manufacture and sell consumer goods like clothing.

The waste generated by the fashion industry is no secret. Even clothing industry magnate and designer Eileen Fisher famously admitted that “the clothing industry is the second-largest polluter in the world … second only to oil.”


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Romanian Pound Won’t Feed Dogs for 12 Days of Christmas.

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Romanian Pound Won’t Feed Dogs for 12 Days of Christmas

 

We’ve learned that more than 400 dogs at the Mioveni pound in Romania will be on their own for 12 days beginning on Christmas Eve. No workers are expected to come in over the holidays, leaving the dogs without food and water. Especially during the cold weather when these dogs have only minimal shelter from the cold, mealtime is the most important time of day. We can’t let them go hungry.

 

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Typically, these dogs receive leftover food from the local prison and from a car factory. It is a mix of food scraps that also includes toothpicks, orange and banana peels, napkins and other garbage. We’re in negotiations now to try to change that diet and to make sweeping improvements to the dog pound over the next few…

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Sign Petition: After Its Animals Burned Alive in the Night, This Safari Attraction Must Be Shut Down!

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On its website, the African Safari Wildlife Park tells its visitors to “Get Ready for a Wild Time!” But this past Thanksgiving brought a wild – and devastating – event that no one was prepared for. That evening, a barn on the Ohio property caught fire, and ten animals were burned alive.

After the tragedy, the facility closed for only one day to mourn these animals. Then it was back to business as usual. Sign to demand a better life for the surviving 300 animals.

Among the animals who lost their lives were antelope, bush pigs, and three giraffes. Horrific footage of the fire shows other giraffes galloping frantically, backlit by the blaze, as members of their herd died in agony.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. The barn, which is said to have housed the animals for their own security and well-being, was a heated structure, and the fire was reported to have begun after a power flicker at the property. These animals are not suited for Ohio’s temperatures, and if the only way to keep them warm results in a fire that kills them, it is obvious they are in the wrong place.

In a statement from the company, the owners and staff express their grief, claiming that they love these animals. If they really love them, they would let them live out their days on a sanctuary instead of existing for entertainment purposes at the park – park that sees an estimated 150,000 visitors a year.

The surviving, traumatized animals must be saved. Demand that the African Safari Wildlife Park close its doors, and send their exotic animals to sanctuaries!more

Sign Petition

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Stop Everything and Eat These 10 Vegan Christmas Cookies Immediately | VegNews

Tis the season for vegan Christmas Cookies! 🍥

 

We’ve rounded up our absolute favorite festive sweet treats for you to make this holiday season. You’re definitely going to want to indulge in these delicious cookies as you snuggle up by your fire.VegNews.8NoBakeCoconutSnowballs

 

Not a baker? No worries! Try the ‘No Bake Coconut Snowballs’ these little gluten-free and nut-free coconut snowballs from the Veggie Society don’t require an oven and will satisfy everybody’s holiday season sweet tooth.

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Happy Holidays!

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CDC investigating E. coli outbreak likely linked to salad kits

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The CDC is warning customers about a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kits.

As of December 9, eight people from three states were infected with the strain identified in the outbreak, the CDC said. Three were hospitalized, including one person who developed kidney failure.

There were no deaths.

This outbreak is caused by a different strain of E. coli than the other current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California region, which has over 100 reported cases of infection, though the CDC is investigating a link.

Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not sell or consume any of the salad kits with a best-before date up to and including December 7, 2019, and with the identification code UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, the CDC says.

You can find the code on the top right corner of the front of the bag.

If you do have the product, the CDC says to throw it away, even if some of the salad has already been eaten and nobody got sick. The health agency also recommends washing and sanitizing drawers or refrigerator shelves where the product was stored.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Some people may also get a low fever.

People usually get sick two to eight days after consuming the E. coli germ, and some infected people may get a certain type of kidney failure, as well.

The health agency recommends seeing a healthcare provider if these symptoms occur. It also says to take action by writing down what you ate the week before you got sick and reporting the illness to a local health department. Wash hand thoroughly after changing diapers, using the toilet, and before preparing food to avoid infecting others.

Investigating the outbreak

The CDC, along with the FDA and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating the outbreak, which also includes illnesses in Canada.

Officials are interviewing infected people about what they ate and were exposed to before their infection. Of those who have shared information, 100% reported eating a leafy green before the illness started, and six reported possibly eating a Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.

The investigation has not yet determined which salad ingredient was contaminated, but initial information suggests that romaine lettuce in the kits likely came from the Salinas growing region where the other existing outbreak originated.<
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Cat-human Relationships Captured on Camera: Winners Announced – Katzenworld

Over 1,500 amateur and professional photographers from around the world entered this year’s International Cat Care (iCatCare) photography competition held in collaboration with Your Cat Magazine, with the hope of featuring in the charity’s popular fundraising calendar.

With a theme of ‘Cat-Human Relationships’ the judges from iCatCare, Your Cat Magazine and Ceva were looking to celebrate the incredible bond between humans have with cats and the many different forms it can take.

From veterinarian staff dedicated to their feline patients to delightful cat-child connections and memorable street cat encounters, the entries submitted offered a unique window into some truly incredible relationships between humans and cats.

To see the photos and follow the contest continue here at Katzenworld…

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This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection

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This School Is The First In the World to Use Synthetic Frogs for Dissection
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J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida is using realistic, “SynFrogs” to replace dead animals. It is the first in the world to use synthetic frogs for ethical dissection.

Tampa-based company SynDaver specializes in cruelty-free, lifelike models. Its SynFrogs are reusable and mimic the properties of a live, female frog.

People can use the extremely realistic synthetic products for education, surgical simulation, and to test medical devices.

Kurt Browning, Pasco County Superintendent of Schools, said the Pasco County School District wants to become a “leader in innovation and opportunity for students.”

“Mitchell High School is the first in the world to use SynFrogs in science labs,” added Browning in a statement. “Giving our students a learning experience no other students have ever had.”

“We’re excited to announce our revolutionary SynFrog,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO of SynDaver. “[The SynFrog is] a far superior learning tool as it is designed to mimic living tissue.” He continued, “this makes it more like a live frog than the preserved specimens currently sold to schools for dissection labs.”

Sakezles added, “SynFrog not only looks and feels like a real frog, it’s physically safer to dissect than a real preserved frog because it doesn’t contain potentially harmful chemicals like formalin.”

SynFrogs cost $150 each. Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) helped get the product on the market by offering a $150,000 grant. PETA says dissection costs millions of frogs their lives each year.
Ditching Dissection

Animal dissection is a controversial topic and many politicians are working to provide ethical and sustainable alternatives. One example of this is the popular and educational virtual dissection app called Froggipedia which was named Apple’s iPad App of 2018.

Earlier this year, California moved to ban all school dissection in the state. Assemblymember Ash Kalra introduced AB-1586, the Replacing Animals in Science Education (RAISE) Act. The bill would replace animal dissections with modern, humane alternatives such as SynFrog or Froggipedia.

“Learning about anatomy in schools is important scientific pedagogy,” said Kalra. “But dissection presents a significant impact on the environment and our fragile ecosystems. Advancements in educational technology have expanded access to this important scientific instructional methodology without having to rely on animals.”

https://www.livekindly.co/school-first-synthetic-frogs-dissection/

Petition · DISH Network: Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show · Change.org

Cancel the barbaric “Trapping Time” show
Melissa Moris started this petition to DISH Network and 1 other

Tell DirectTV and Dish Network that animal torture is not entertainment! Steel-jaw traps are indiscriminate, catching any animal that is unfortunate enough to encounter one. These traps are set on public lands where they pose a threat to wildlife, domestic animals and even young children. Many states have banned these torture devices and many more will follow.
I have seen the damage these traps cause to their victims. Too often, the regulations are ignored and these poor animals are left to suffer for days, dying from thirst and exhaustion, dislocating and even attempting to chew their leg off to escape.
Tell Dish Network and DirectTV that this shameful, cowardly practice is no longer acceptable in this modern world. Tell them to cancel this show and be on the right side of history!

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PA Department of Agriculture warns dog owners of website selling fake dog licenses

HARRISBURG – Dog owners beware if you’re looking to buy new or renew dog licenses.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement warns of a fraudulent website selling dog licenses online.

Officials said http://www.padoglicense.online sells fake PA dog licenses and pays search engines to appear at the top of search results pages for common terms, like “Pennsylvania dog license” or “renew PA dog license”.

The department offered some tips to help dog owners identify an official website:

Rather than using a search engine to reach a website to purchase a dog license, type http://www.licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov directly into your browser’s address bar.
Call your county treasurer’s office. Each county treasurer has a different process; while most offer an online option for purchase of licenses, some do not and require a paper form to be dropped off or mailed.

For more information of Pennsylvania’s dog laws, visit agriculture.pa.gov or licenseyourdogpa.pa.gov.

If you have a concern about a third-party website, contact the PA Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.

https://fox43.com/2019/11/22/pa-department-of-agriculture-warns-dog-owners-of-website-selling-fake-dog-licenses/

Consumer BPA Exposure Much Higher than Originally Thought

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Thousands of scientific studies have linked the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) common in U.S. food packaging and consumer products to a host of very serious health problems for both children and adults.  Despite the scientific evidence of the link between BPA and serious health concerns*, U.S. regulators such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have maintained that the BPA levels consumers are exposed to is “safe” and that the chemical therefore does not need to be banned or further regulated in the U.S. as it is in some other industrialized nations.

But now the position that current BPA exposure levels for U.S. consumers is “safe” has been empirically challenged.  Using new direct testing methods, scientific experts on the chemical BPA have made a new discovery: Previous estimates of the levels of BPA consumers are exposed to each day have been based on flawed, inaccurate testing methods…

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FBI: Working with Presumption that Saudi Attack in Pensacola was Act of Terrorism; No “Credible Threat” to Pensacola; No Missing Saudi Students from NAS Pensacola

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The FBI’s Rachel Rojas says there is no “credible threat to our community“, which presumably means Pensacola, from the context. Who thought there was still a threat to Pensacola? What about the rest of the country? The majority of Americans want to know if there is a credible threat to the country, not if there is a threat to Pensacola! Pensacola is a miniscule 52,590 people. If there had been an additional credible threat to Pensacola, wouldn’t the credible threats have attacked already and/or fled to other parts by now? She says that no international students are missing from the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, according to the Navy, but are any missing from elsewhere? She says that their Saudi commanding officer is restricting them to base! Shouldn’t the US restrict them to base? It’s unclear if her emphasis has meaning, or is simply an effort to enunciate…

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URGENT – Call US Congress to Stop HR 5038: Amnesties Illegal Farmworkers; H-2A Visas Still Unlimited for Seasonal Work; Adds Year-Round Work Category for Dairies; Food Processing & More

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Americans Call Congress: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative THE US HOUSE IS TRYING TO SNEAK THROUGH AN AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL FARMWORKERS AS HR 5038 AND IMPORT MORE FOREIGN WORKERS TO TAKE AMERICA’S FEW REMAINING WORKING CLASS JOBS.

CALL YOUR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE TO STOP IT! With such mass migration – exemption here, exemption there; amnesty here; amnesty there; a few million here; a few million there – there will be no country to save. It will take a dictator and mass surveillance to keep order, and the entire country will become a desert due to overpopulation.

Stop HR 5038: Amnesties Illegal Farmworkers, H-2A Still Unlimited for Seasonal Work and Creates a New Work Category so that Foreign Workers can Work Year-Round in Dairies, Food-Processing (e.g. Meat-Packing plants, Fish Canneries), Nurseries, and More. This bill also seems to provide funding for housing for the foreign workers, while many Americans remain homeless. This is for…

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Do not allow Michael Vick to be honored in the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl

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joanna lind started this petition to NFL

Just saw this on Facebook and was absolutely disgusted. When is the NFL going to take any responsibility for the behavior of it’s current and former players? To honor a man who had zero regard for animals is unacceptable and I would like your help to make sure he is NOT honored at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl.

Elizabeth Marie 14 hrs
Just heard that the NFL announced Michael Vick will be one of four “legends captains” at the 2020 Pro Bowl. Does anyone else find it exhausting that the NFL constantly ignores their players criminal behavior?!

Below is a snippet of The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption.

“And then there was one last body that stood out from the rest. It had signs of of bruising on all four ankles and all along its side. Brownie had said that all the dogs that didn’t die from being hanged were drowned, except one.
As that dog lay on the ground fighting for air, Quanis Phillips grabbed its front legs and Michael Vick grabbed its hind legs. They swung the dog over their head like a jump rope then slammed it to the ground. The first impact didn’t kill it. So [they] slammed it again. The two men kept at it, alternating back and forth, pounding the creature against the ground, until at last, the little red dog was dead.”

https://www.change.org/p/nfl-do-not-allow-michael-vick-to-be-honored-in-the-2020-nfl-pro-bowl

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