#Stop S386: New York Fed Data Shows High Unemployment-Underemployment for STEM Workers; Americans Tell Your Senators to Vote Against S386 & Any Similar Bills

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According to vetted rumor, US Senate bill S386, which gives almost all work related green cards to people from India, will be up for a vote in the US Senate next week. For more information and updates see: https://twitter.com/USTechWorkers/status/1233245702232342528

The definition of STEM is actually so broad that it even includes sociology 🙄. However, the screen shot from the New York Fed, found below, shows high levels of unemployment and underemployment in areas that we commonly think of as STEM, such as Math, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Information Systems and Management, and Computer Science.  

As of February, Information Systems and Management graduates have unemployment rates of 5% and underemployment rates of 38.1% with 24% having graduate degrees. Thus, a total of 43.1% are either unemployed or underemployed.  The NY Fed defines underemployment as working in a field that normally shouldn’t require a college degree, rather than working part-time.

H1B workers…

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Mexico Confirms First Coronavirus Infections

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One Corona virus case was found in Mexico City. The man had recently visited Italy. The other case was found in Sinaloa state, where there is already a travel warning due to high levels of crime: “Sinaloa state – Level 4: Do Not Travel – Do not travel due to crime. Violent crime is widespread. Criminal organizations are based and operating in Sinaloa state.Dec 17, 2019“https://archive.li/S1ZaD

Coronavirus Outbreak
From VOA News:
Mexico Confirms First Coronavirus Infections
By VOA News
Updated February 28, 2020 03:53 PM
Mexican health authorities announced Friday that they had confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in Mexico. 

A man in Mexico City who recently visited Italy tested positive Friday, and another patient was confirmed in the northern state of Sinaloa. Brazil is the only other country that has coronavirus in Latin America.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Healthcare Expenditure By Type Of Financing OECD Countries: Government, Compulsory Health Insurance, Voluntary Health Insurance, Out-of-Pocket

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Below we see the types of health coverage in OECD countries.  Bernie Sanders continues to mislead people on this topic.  There is great variation. Many countries do force their citizens to buy health insurance, i.e. “compulsory health insurance”. Some of this health insurance coverage only allows treatment within the local county or region. It’s not a socialist wonderland.

P. 10 http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=COM/DELSA/GOV(2019)2&docLanguage=En
Denmark has “government schemes” based on taxation, but is decentralized into regions and previously in counties.  In the Canadian system providers are mostly private and the provinces (i.e. states) tax and administer the system.  If you move to another province you have to get private insurance for several months, until you are covered. None of these have the highly centralized system that Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” proposes.  The closest is probably France, which is a much smaller country.  France and Canada put caps on fees charged, however, whereas…

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“Operation Chaos” in SC: Republicons Plan to Vote for Bernie Sanders as Trump Sits on Bernie’s FBI File; Obama Demands Trump Super-PAC Stop Airing Misleading Anti-Biden Ad

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Remember that the Trump administration is sitting on Bernie Sanders’ FBI file. If Bernie is the nominee, you can expect this file to drop as an October surprise 🤣: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/bernie-sanders-fbi-files-71171/ Wake up Berniecrats before it’s too late, and vote for a candidate who didn’t go to a Marxist Zionist Kibbutz in Israel when he was in his early 20s; vote for a candidate who wasn’t an elector for a Marxist-Leninist political party (SWP), when he was in his late 30s/early 40s; vote for a candidate who didn’t honey-moon in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, when he was 47. Bernie was middle-aged.  This wasn’t the confused idealism of youth. And, let’s not forget that Bernie had no qualms about dumping Vermont nuclear waste in Texas.   Coincidence or not, Bernie’s Marxist-Zionist kibbutz stint links him to Trump mega-donor Miriam Adelson, as well, through the Mapam party. According to the Jewish…

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Over a Third of US College Graduates Work in Jobs Not Typically Requiring College Degrees

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As of December 2019, 41% of recent graduates and 33.8% of college graduates were working in jobs that do not require a college degree. Whereas traditionally underemployed means not working full time, here the definition is people working in jobs that shouldn’t require a college degree. These include STEM workers: https://www.newyorkfed.org/research/college-labor-market/college-labor-market_compare-majors.html

Notes: The underemployment rate is defined as the share of graduates working in jobs that typically do not require a college degree. A job is classified as a college job if 50 percent or more of the people working in that job indicate that at least a bachelor’s degree is necessary; otherwise, the job is classified as a non-college job. Rates are calculated as a twelve-month moving average. College graduates are those aged 22 to 65 with a bachelor’s degree or higher; recent college graduates are those aged 22 to 27 with a bachelor’s degree or higher. All…

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Bernie Sanders “College for All” Would Pay Less Than 67% Of Public College Tuition Unless College Entrance Is Restricted; Assumes States Would Cost Share Which Could Undermine State Programs That Better Help The Poor; Some Colleges Are Already Cheap Or Free

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Not only would Bernie Sander’s plan not pay for free four year college for everyone, it could undermine free community college programs, by shifting state funding to more costly four year colleges-universities.

Under Sanders’ plan, the Federal government would provide $47 billion per year to eliminate tuition and fees at public colleges and universities. He apparently assumes a steady-state total tuition of $70 billion per year, so that it would cover 67% and assumes that states would fund 33%. However, free college-university means that, unless entrance is restricted, the number of students attending would increase, so the amount that $47 billion covers would decrease. Additionally, not all states would be willing or able to pay the 33%.

Furthermore, it is unclear how this would impact the ability of states to provide free community college. The state funds risk being shifted from two year community colleges, where they are better used…

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Health Insurance Coverage in the United States in 2018 was 91.5%

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The extremely poor and the disabled are covered by Medicaid in the United States, and senior citizens are covered Medicare and/or Medicaid. The chart below shows the types of health coverage in OECD countries.  Bernie Sanders continues to mislead people on this topic.  As can be seen, there is great variation. Many countries force their citizens to buy health insurance, i.e. “compulsory health insurance“, as can be seen below. If they are forced by law to buy health insurance, of course they are covered by health insurance!Some of this health insurance coverage only allows treatment within the local county or region, so that it is cheaper.  This most basic insurance is non-profit. Such is the case for Switzerland, which WHO says still spends more than the US on health. The OECD says it spends a bit less: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_total_health_expenditure_per_capita. Bernie’s brother Larry Sanders is very worried about the…

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Greek PM says “No Illegal Entries into Greece will be Tolerated” as Migrants & Refugees at Greek-Turkish Border Try to Enter Greece Illegally

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis: “Significant numbers of migrants and refugees have gathered in large groups at the Greek-Turkish land border and have attempted to enter the country illegally. I want to be clear: no illegal entries into Greece will be tolerated. We are increasing our border security. Greece does not bear any responsibility for the tragic events in Syria and will not suffer the consequences of decisions taken by others. I have informed the European Union of the situation.” Feb 28, 2020, ca 4.30 pm: https://archive.li/kOsBM https://archive.li/vY0E3
Greek PM: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyriakos_Mitsotakis

This was four years ago at the Greece-Macedonia border, but gives some sense of the situation:

Link: https://youtu.be/gYljJZY17Uo

Russia helps to create refugees, but won’t help refugees:
Russia tells Syrian asylum seekers: You need to go home, February 28, 2019, by Maria Vasilyeva MOSCOW (Reuters) – In pre-war Syria, Safaa Al-Kurdi sold wedding dresses. Fed…

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Nova Scotia coast chosen as potential home for retired whales raised in captivity – Halifax | Globalnews.ca

By Michael Tutton The Canadian Press

A U.S.-based conservation group has chosen a site in Nova Scotia where it plans to build a kind of retirement home for whales raised in captivity.

The Whale Sanctuary Project announced Tuesday that it wants to provide a home for about eight whales in a 40-hectare inlet southeast of Sherbrooke, N.S., at Port Hilford, along the province’s rugged and lightly populated Eastern Shore.

Charles Vinick, director of the non-profit group, says it still requires provincial and federal permits and an estimated $12 to $15 million for capital costs.

Group narrows search for beluga retirement site to two sites off Nova Scotia

The project involves installing nets to enclose an inlet, creating an area where the retired orca and beluga whales are free to swim and dive deeply, while still being fed and cared for by the group.

Vinick says consultation work will continue with the small communities in the area, as well as with a group of lobster fishermen who have fished the local waters.

However, he also says strong community support for the project has been key to selecting the Nova Scotia option over possibilities in British Columbia and Washington State.

Vinick says the pristine waters about 200 kilometres northeast of Halifax offer an expansive area in a bay that’s open to the ocean but is sheltered from storms.

He says his group’s past experience with captured whales is that they cannot re-adapt to life in the wild without assistance.

“You might think of it as retirement, or assisted living. These whales have raised tens of millions of dollars for their park owners, and they’ve entertained millions of people, and we owe something back,” said Vinick.

The plan to locate a sanctuary in Nova Scotia comes in the wake of Parliament passing Bill S-203 last year to bring an end to the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada.

“Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent, emotionally sensitive and socially complex animals,” said Dr. Lori Marino, president of the Whale Sanctuary Project.

Marineland, Vancouver Aquarium shipping beluga whales out of Canada ahead of new law

“In the confines of a concrete tank at a marine park they suffer chronic stress and then often fatal illness. Relocating them to an ocean environment will give them a healthier life where they can thrive.”

Dr. Stephen Flemming, director of the nearby Sherbrooke Village Museum, said in a news release that he’s “delighted at the prospect of having a whale sanctuary nearby.”

Vinick said the group intends to work with schools and museums to offer educational programs about the whales at the sanctuary and their counterparts in the wild.

The Whale Sanctuary Project’s objective is to have the sanctuary ready to receive whales by the end of 2021.

Vinick estimates the annual cost will be $2 million – including a veterinary clinic staffed full-time and a nearby interpretation centre.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2020.

Continue reading here.

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P&G Ends Animal Testing On Its 19 Cosmetic Brands

Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s top cosmetics brands, wants to end global cosmetic animal testing by 2023.

The global consumer goods giant announced today that it joined the #BeCrueltyFree campaign launched by animal rights nonprofit, Humane Society International (HSI). Procter & Gamble owns a total of 19 cosmetics companies, including Olay, Old Spice, Gillette, Ivory, Head & Shoulders, and Pantene.

“We are pleased to partner with the Humane Society International in the quest to end cosmetic animal testing. I’m proud of the passion and expertise our researchers have contributed already to this goal,” Kathy fish, chief research, development, and innovation officer and Procter & Gamble said in a statement.

Procter & Gamble does not test products or ingredients on animals unless required by law, according to the website. The company has worked with HSI, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the Humane Society Legislative Fund to develop animal-free testing methods. Over the past 40 years, Procter & Gamble has invested more than $410 million in alternative testing. It currently uses over 50 methods, half of which the company had a hand in developing.

“This partnership represents an important milestone in our efforts to end animal testing for cosmetics worldwide through our #BeCrueltyFree campaign. By working together with forward-looking companies like Procter & Gamble, we can make this ambitious goal a reality,” said Kitty Block president of HSI and HSUS.

The new collaboration will focus on mainstreaming cruelty-free testing methods and laying pressure on companies and world governments to update their policies.

“Animal testing of cosmetics not only causes unnecessary animal suffering, but it also represents outdated science,” said Troy Seidle, HSI’s vice president for research and toxicology. He stressed how working with a household name like Procter & Gamble is important to mobilizing global cosmetic animal testing bans in major markets such as the US and Canada.

A growing number of nations have implemented cosmetic animal testing over the past year. Australia announced a ban earlier this month and Colombia banned testing for cosmetics and cleaning products last September. In the US, California legislators voted unanimously to ban cosmetic animal testing this past fall.

Both Canada and the EU are working towards bans. Last November, the EU invested €500 million toward developing cruelty-free alternatives. Major brands such as Dove and CoverGirl have also recently ended their animal testing policies.

Procter & Gamble, which owns 19 cosmetics brands, is working towards a global ban on cosmetic animal testing and cruelty-free animal testing alternatives.

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“The Goal of Socialism is Communism” ~Vladimir Lenin – ‘FEAR’ The Bern! And Learn About His Perversions — Absolute Truth from the Word of God

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Did you get that?  Is that clear enough for everyone?  This was said by the father of Communism in Russia, Vladimir Lenin.

Did you know that between Lenin and Stalin, over 100 million (100 MILLION) People were slaughters for being dissenters?

If you didn’t know this – you KNOW IT NOW.

And if your grown children are “Feeling the Bern” as in Bernie Sanders; maybe it’s time to educated them about these Communist monsters throughout the history of the USSR.

See what Chairman Mao Zedong said:

And when Chairman Mao said “Enemy” he meant anyone who is a dissenter and not loyal to the Communist State.

Fidel Castro on Communism

“Even now we feel that Stalin was devoted to Communism, he was a Marxist, this cannot and should not be denied.”  ***(Stalin killed over 100 million people)

Kennedy on Communism

“Communism has never come to power in a country…

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Is Procter & Gamble Cruelty-Free in {2020}?

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Is Procter & Gamble Cruelty-Free in {2020}?


P & G owns many of the household items you use every day. But is
Procter & Gamble cruelty-free or do they test on animals?

Keep reading to learn more.

Is P&G Cruelty Free or Do They Test on Animals?

*This post may contain affiliate links. You can read our dry and boring disclaimer for more info.

Procter & Gamble Animal Testing Policy

Procter & Gamble’s animal testing policy can be found in the policies and practices section of their website. Here is what it says:

“At
P&G, we believe that eliminating animal testing is the right thing
to do. We do not test our products or ingredients on animals anywhere in
the world unless required by law. We are working hard to make it
obsolete. Therefore, we’ve invested more than $410 million in developing
alternative, non-animal testing methods and then getting them accepted
by regulators around the world. Today, we use more than 50 non-animal
alternatives, half of which were invented or co-invented by P&G. We
will continue working with the world’s top independent experts and
partnering with leading animal protection groups such as the Humane
Society of the U.S. to promote new alternatives research and regulatory
acceptance of existing alternatives. This is the only way to eliminate
all animal testing, globally.”

P&G animal testing policy

Does Procter & Gamble Test on Animals?

Yes,
Procter & Gamble does test on animals. They state they don’t test
their products on animals but make the exception to satisfy a country’s
health authorities.

Is Procter & Gamble Certified Cruelty-Free?

No, Procter & Gamble is not certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, PETA, or Choose Cruelty-Free.

In fact, Procter & Gamble is listed on PETA’s list of brands to avoid.

P&G Peta

Is Procter & Gamble Sold in China?

Yes, Procter & Gamble is sold in China. Here is a picture of their Chinese website.

P&G China Website

What Companies Does Procter & Gamble Own?

Below
is a list of brands that are owned by Procter & Gamble. I’ve
indicated the ones that are sold in China and any certified cruelty-free
brands.

The choice is yours on whether to boycott some or
all of Procter & Gamble’s brands. But I would err on the side of
caution for the brands that have no information.

  • Ace
  • Always
  • Ambi Pur
  • Ariel
  • Aussie – PETA CERTIFIED
  • Bounce
  • Braun – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Cascade
  • Cheer
  • Comet
  • Crest – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Dawn
  • Downy
  • Dreft
  • Era
  • Febreze
  • Fixodent
  • Gain
  • Gillette – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Hair Food – PETA CERTIFIED
  • Head & Shoulders – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Herbal Essences
  • Ivory
  • Joy
  • Mr. Clean
  • Native
  • Olay – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Old Spice
  • Oral-B – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Pantene – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Rindex 3en1
  • Safeguard – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Salvo
  • Scope
  • Secret
  • SK-II – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Snowberry
  • Tampax
  • The Art of Shaving
  • Tide – SOLD IN CHINA
  • Venus

Wrap Up: Is Procter & Gamble Cruelty-Free?

No,
Procter & Gamble is not a cruelty-free brand. In their animal
testing policy, they state they do not test on animals. However, Procter
& Gamble chooses to sell in China, a country that requires imported
cosmetics to be tested on animals.

Therefore, Procter & Gamble is not considered to be cruelty-free and will be added to my list of brands that test on animals.

Now
I’d like to hear from you. What are your thoughts about Procter &
Gamble? Will you boycott them completely or use some of their
cruelty-free brands? Please leave your comments below!

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White House: Trump Expanding Healthcare Access for 13 Million Americans

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A doctor speaks with a patient about her high blood pressure, or hypertension, on September 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Doctors in the country are demanding higher payments from health insurance companies (Krankenkassen).
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The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimated that 13 million Americans will have increased access to health care due to President Donald Trump’s executive action, according to a report released recently.

The CEA estimated that millions of Americans will have new health insurance access that is better tailored to their healthcare needs that were previously unavailable due to high healthcare prices and overregulation. The council attributed much of the increase to the president’s reforms to expand short-term limited-duration health insurance plans, association health plans (AHPs), and health reimbursement accounts (HRAs).

Short-term plans cost less than Obamacare plans because federal statute does not require the insurance plans to comply with all of Obamacare’s onerous insurance regulations; thus, they serve as a good alternative for many younger and healthier Americans.

The Trump administration’s rule allowed Americans to purchase short-term plans for up to 364 days…

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Procter & Gamble introduces new cleaning brand that disinfects without wiping

Microban 24 is a new line of surface antibacterial cleaning products that the company says kills bacteria for 24 hours without wiping

Procter & Gamble is introducing a new cleaning brand that the consumer product giant hopes will be its latest hit.

On Monday, P&G, the manufacturer of big brands like Bounty, Charmin and Febreze, announced the launch of Microban 24, a line of surface antibacterial cleaning products that the company says kills bacteria for 24 hours. Microban 24 comes in both sanitizing spray and cleanser forms and as a bathroom cleaner.

The new product is hitting the market as consumer interest in cleaning products may be set to grow. P&G says the timing is purely coincidental to the coronavirus outbreak, but the spread of viruses can lead to a pickup in disinfectant sales.

In 2009, when consumers were worried about the spread of swine flu, hand sanitizer sales spiked 70% over a six-month stretch, according to Nielsen.

In addition, earlier this month, Clorox executives said they are preparing for demand to spike in the wake of coronavirus.

“We are taking up inventory levels [to] be prepared for the potential increase in demand for some of our bleach products,” Clorox chief financial officer Kevin Jacobsen said on a call with analysts earlier this month.

Clorox’s stock was among the small handful of stocks that were up Monday as the market tanked on coronavirus fears.

Most Americans believe that their current household antibacterial products kill bacteria after they apply it. This is incorrect, according to the company. Bacteria can grow on surfaces every 20 minutes and survive for several days.

Microban 24, however, uses a solution that provides protection against bacteria for 24 hours. It forms as consumers apply the solution to surfaces and allow it to air-dry. The solution then activates small amounts of bacterial-resistant ingredients over time.

P&G is trying to jolt a stagnating household cleaning category. Sales of antibacterial aerosol disinfectants and multi-purpose cleaners have been flat over the past year, according to Nielsen.

“The antibacterial surface category hasn’t seen a true product innovation in a long time,” Martin Hettich, vice president of P&G’s North America home care division. “We want to push beyond the status quo and offer families a new sanitizing product that keeps working around the clock.”

P&G worked with a company that has developed this type of product in hospitals. But this is the first time it’s available for consumer use, according to a P&G spokesperson.

Microban 24 comes in both sanitizing spray and cleanser forms and as a bathroom cleaner.

The new product is hitting the market as consumer interest in cleaning products may be set to grow. P&G says the timing is purely coincidental to the coronavirus outbreak, but the spread of viruses can lead to a pickup in disinfectant sales.

In 2009, when consumers were worried about the spread of swine flu, hand sanitizer sales spiked 70% over a six-month stretch, according to Nielsen.

In addition, earlier this month, Clorox executives said they are preparing for demand to spike in the wake of coronavirus.

“We are taking up inventory levels [to] be prepared for the potential increase in demand for some of our bleach products,” Clorox chief financial officer Kevin Jacobsen said on a call with analysts earlier this month.

Clorox’s stock was among the small handful of stocks that were up Monday as the market tanked on coronavirus fears.

Most Americans believe that their current household antibacterial products kill bacteria after they apply it. This is incorrect, according to the company. Bacteria can grow on surfaces every 20 minutes and survive for several days.

Microban 24, however, uses a solution that provides protection against bacteria for 24 hours. It forms as consumers apply the solution to surfaces and allow it to air-dry. The solution then activates small amounts of bacterial-resistant ingredients over time.

P&G is trying to jolt a stagnating household cleaning category. Sales of antibacterial aerosol disinfectants and multi-purpose cleaners have been flat over the past year, according to Nielsen.

“The antibacterial surface category hasn’t seen a true product innovation in a long time,” Martin Hettich, vice president of P&G’s North America home care division. “We want to push beyond the status quo and offer families a new sanitizing product that keeps working around the clock.”

P&G worked with a company that has developed this type of product in hospitals. But this is the first time it’s available for consumer use, according to a P&G spokesperson.

https://www.fox43.com/amp/article/money/business/procter-gamble-introduces-new-cleaning-brand-that-disinfects-without-wiping/521-13238002-5251-4543-9f53-d0d9e3bba663

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Man Keeps Promise By Re-Adopting The Dog He Was Forced To Surrender 4 Months Ago

by Jennifer Nelson

Lewis Jiminez adopted Titus as an 8-month-old puppy from the Austin Animal Center in 2013, never imagining that fate would force him to return the pup in November of 2017 over a dispute with a landlord.

On February 25, Jiminez finally found new housing that allowed Pit Bulls and he was able to adopt Titus again. Thankfully, he hadn’t been adopted by anybody else while Jiminez searched for affordable housing that would allow Titus to come home again. Shelter staff, who had watched Jiminez repeatedly visit Titus during his stay, were delighted to see the two finally reunited for good.

In a post on Facebook, Austin Animal Center says,

“These pictures right here make our hearts so happy.

Titus has been with us for 4 months. His family was forced to surrender him due to problems with their apartment complex, but they’ve been moving mountains to bring him home ever since.

Titus has been stressed out at the shelter and generally having a tough time. His family would come visit him, but we can’t imagine the heartbreak for them or him every time they had to leave without him. They had raised him from puppyhood; they were the only family he’s ever known.

Yesterday was the day we’ve all been waiting for. With new housing in place, Titus’ dad came to take him home. And as you can see from the photos, happiness is an understatement for this moment. 😍❤️”

One of Jiminez’s neighbors resented sharing an apartment building with a Pit Bull and repeatedly complained to management. Jiminez had even resorted to walking Titus at 4 am when nobody was around. But the situation came to a head in November when Jiminez’s 10-year-old grandson took Titus for a walk and met the problematic neighbor, where Titus “nipped the neighbor’s finger” according to TODAY. While Jiminez didn’t witness the incident, he believes Titus was trying to protect his grandson.

Worried about being evicted, Jiminez did the last thing he ever imagined – he returned Titus to the Austin Animal Center. During Jiminez’s repeated visits to Titus in the shelter, he kept promising Titus that he would come back for him one day — he only hoped he would be in time. Luckily, Austin Animal Center has a 97.9 percent live release rate, so there was little chance of Titus being euthanized; the only concern was that he would be adopted before Jiminez could change his living situation.

In late February, Jiminez and his girlfriend found an affordable house to rent that needed fixing up – something Jiminez does for a living. Austin Animal Center spokesperson Jennifer Olohan told TODAY:

“Titus got lots of love here at the shelter from staff and volunteers. He went on regular walks, played with toys, and got lots of treats. News of Titus’ reunion spread through the shelter pretty quickly and there were tears from everyone.”

Jiminez is immensely grateful to have Titus back. He told TODAY:

“Animals are our family. He’s home. He’s home, and he’s happy.”

We’re so glad their story had a happy ending!

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Petition: Not Born to Fight…Demand Tougher Laws on Dog Fighting Now

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League Against Cruel Sports started this petition to UK Parliament and 1 other

Dogs are being bred and shipped across the world – including to the UK – to take part in dog fighting.

It’s one of the most horrific forms of organised animal cruelty, not only for the violence the dogs endure during fights but because of the trauma they suffer throughout their lives. Training methods brutalise and fights inflict untold physical and mental suffering on ‘man’s best friend’.

League Against Cruel Sports investigations suggest there are hundreds of dogs being used for dog fighting in the UK. Many will die in the ring or shortly after from their injuries. We hope our work will lead to more people involved in dog fighting being caught, locked up and banned from ever owning another animal.

Dogs are not born to fight. Dog Fighting is a heinous crime, showing humanity at its very worst and needs to be stopped.

But that can’t happen without stronger laws and more decisive action.

Please sign this petition calling for:

A stronger legislative environment to tackle dog fighting, which treats it as a distinct crime, attracts more robust penalties, prevents its promotion and ensures animal abusers cannot keep animals in future.
Police and law enforcement agencies to do all they can to tackle dog fighting, treating it more seriously and recognising it as a ‘gateway’ crime
The replacement of Breed Specific Legislation with a system focusing on ‘deed not breed’, as all dogs can be forced to fight – it is the owner’s behaviour that’s the determining factor.
Strengthened border controls and pet transport rules to prevent the cross-border movement of dogs for fighting.

https://www.change.org/p/defra-not-born-to-fight

Cat Rescued After Escaping from Dogfighting Ring

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By Sharon Vega

Dogfighting is a horrible blood “sport” in which dogs are forced to aggressively and violent fight each other for the entertainment or profit of humans. Horrible people gamble over the suffering and violence between animals. Many dogs suffer tremendously not just when forced to fight, but when used as bait dogs. But dogfighting affects other animals too. Cats and rabbits are also used as bait in dogfighting rings. It’s as horrifying as it sounds.

In order to train dogs to develop a blood lust, part of that involves tying up other animals and painting them red to teach the dog to chase and maul them and tear them apart. It’s sickening and disgusting.

A cat that was going to be used in this appalling way thankfully somehow got away and was rescued!

On Tuesday, February 18th, a UPS driver found a black and white kitten whose white fur had been dyed red. Thankfully, the driver saved the kitten and took him to Southside Animal Shelter nearby.

The shelter explained that among animal rescuers, it’s common knowledge that a cat with fur dyed red means they were being used in dogfighting rings.

News site WTHR also explains: “In dog fighting, many times cats and kittens are dyed different colors with people then betting on which one will be killed by the dog first, put up the best fight or survive the longest.”

The sweet cat has since been named Cosmo. He needs to put on some weight and get neutered, but then he’ll be put up for adoption. We are so glad he somehow got away from the horrible fate that awaited him and that the kind UPS driver was compassionate and caring enough to get him to safety.

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/cat-rescued-after-escaping-from-dogfighting-ring/

Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto

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Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto
By Meghan Bartels

Ninety years ago today (Feb. 18), astronomer Clyde Tombaugh gathered the data that proved the existence of what would eventually be dubbed Pluto — but it wouldn’t have been possible, astronomers have since realized, without the calculations of a mathematician whom history has forgotten.

That mathematician was Elizabeth Williams, who worked for astronomer Percival Lowell, who first theorized the existence of a ninth planet. Lowell died before his successor, Tombaugh, finally spotted the elusive Pluto, but both men relied on calculations that Williams made. But the math got lost in the discovery it enabled, and so did Williams.

“There isn’t much about her, which is very unfortunate,” Catherine Clark, a doctoral student in astronomy at what’s now known as Lowell Observatory, told Space.com. “There’s so much about Percival Lowell and Clyde Tombaugh, and not so much about the computers who were actually doing the day-to-day calculations.”

Related: Photos of Pluto and its moons

Those calculations were vital for the quest that eventually resulted in Tombaugh identifying Pluto. The logic motivating the search was based on observations of Neptune and Uranus. “Percival Lowell first noticed that the orbits of Neptune and Uranus were not exactly what they should have been,” Clark said. When Lowell saw those differences, he knew that astronomy’s map of the solar system was incomplete.

But finding the missing world required math — very complex math, and that’s where Williams and other mathematicians came on the scene. Before the invention of calculators, so-called human computers — often women, since it was unglamorous work — did all the complex math that astronomers required, by hand. For Lowell’s research, Williams calculated where he should look for how large of a missing object, all based on the discrepancies in the orbits of Neptune and Uranus.

Lowell never spotted Pluto, and the quest languished for a few years before Tombaugh picked up the work. And then, there it was: In 1930, those calculations paid off when Tombaugh caught sight of an object moving through the solar system. “There’s a specific result that came of her calculations, so that’s pretty exciting,” Clark said.

But Williams wasn’t there to see it, Clark said. In 1922, Williams had married and Lowell’s widow had fired her because she felt it inappropriate to employ a married woman. The pair took jobs at a Harvard observatory in Jamaica. In 1935, Williams was widowed herself and moved to New Hampshire, where she died in poverty.

NASA’s New Horizons probe provided the most detailed view of Pluto to date in 2015. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Clark gave a presentation about Williams and her work at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu last month based on her collaboration with Lowell Observatory historian Kevin Schindler. She told Space.com that what stood out to her about Williams’ story was “understanding where women first came into this field and what they were allowed to do in the very beginning. And also just these crazy calculations that I don’t think I could do by hand.”

Williams herself was particularly talented in her work, Clark added. “On top of these incredible calculations, really advanced math that she was doing, she was also ambidextrous and writing simultaneously with both hands,” she said. “She would write in cursive with her right hand while printing with her left.”

Decades after Williams’ work, of course, astronomers don’t need humans to calculate orbital mysteries. “We rely so heavily on modern machine computers these days to do our work and we’re able to do some really crazy awesome science with that,” Clark said. But learning how astronomers worked in the past, she said, “really takes you back to the history of it and makes you grateful and thankful for these people, particularly these women, who were doing these calculations in the first place.”

The erasure of Williams’ work is also a reminder of the ways that women have been excised from the story of the history of science. “Even though they were in the shadows,” Clark said, “[women] were contributing to this field.”

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Myanmar transit route for China’s wildlife trade

Myanmar transit route for China’s wildlife trade
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Myanmar is an important trade and transit route for wildlife products of China.

It has also suffered from the loss of its own wildlife to the trade.

The capture and killing of wild animals in the country to help satisfy the appetite across the border in China threaten many species that are under threat or facing extinction, including pangolins and elephants, according to reports.

The situation for Asian elephants living in Myanmar has worsened.

According to the NGO Rainforest Rescue, until recently only male Asian elephants were in danger of being poached for ivory, as the females do not have tusks.

Now, the poachers are killing every animal they can find – including females and calves.

After the elephants slowly succumb to poisoned arrows, the poachers skin their prey on the spot.

The NGO claims the survival of the species is at stake if the killing continues.

More than 100 elephants are known to have been poached in Myanmar since 2013 to meet Chinese demand for elephant skin – a market that didn’t exist six years ago that is driven entirely by the criminal energy of southeast Asian elephant poachers.

According to a new study, the business is spreading to other countries via Myanmar and China.

A major hub of the elephant-skin trade is the lawless Myanmar border town Mong La.

It is also flourishing at a market near the Golden Rock, one of Myanmar’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

The elephant skin is dried, powdered and mixed with coconut oil to make an ointment that is touted as a cure for skin conditions and digestive problems.

Traffickers also mix powdered elephant skin and pangolin scales.

The skin is also made into jewellery, such as beaded bracelets selling for less than $100.

Rainforest Rescue claims the criminal business is internationally organized and the local authorities turn a blind eye.

In Myanmar, elephant poachers face up to seven years in prison, but it has been found that violations are rarely prosecuted.

Many animals or animal parts can be found openly being sold in markets in the country.

However, there is some respite to China’s deadly illicit trade in wildlife as Beijing recently announced a temporary ban on the sale of wildlife in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan that is suspected to have originated in the city’s wet market.

While the focus is on demand in China for live and dead animals for consumption for questionable health reasons, Myanmar is caught in the cross-hairs as an important transit route in the illicit trade.

https://nenow.in/environment/myanmar-transit-route-for-chinas-wildlife-trade.html/amp?__twitter_impression=true

Petition Ban Canned Hunting

Ban Canned Hunting! You came to knife fight with a loaded rifle.. Next time, come barehanded we’ll call it fair.

Born to be murdered.. South Africa is a dream for hunters – Thousand of hunting tourists from Europe and the USA travel to the region for one brutal reason, they then bring home dead animals instead of photos as souvenirs, totally unnecessary and cruel.

Nearly all wild species are available – even protected species like elephants: it’s just a question of money. An especially perfidious form of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting” of lions.

Canned Hunting

The most extreme variety of trophy hunting is “Canned Hunting”. Most of the victims are lions, which are served to their hunters on a silver platter: The animals are kept in fenced areas and then simply shot and many have suffering because of bad aiming or handling of rifles.

The lions are bred on farms and raised by hand. They hardly demonstrate any shyness of humans. The animals can’t escape from the cages. Occasionally they are attracted with bait, sometimes they are even sedated with medicine.Anyone can go and hunt lions in South Africa – a hunting licence or proven hunting experience isn’t usually necessary. This means that many lions aren’t killed by the first shot which results in them experiencing an agonising death.

Rapid boominq breeding farms and shootings

For trophy hunting in South Africa, lions are bred on more than 190 farms, usually raised by hand and accustomed to humans. In the last six years, the number of farm lions has risen by 250 percent. Today, more than 6,000 captive animals are threatened with the same gruesome fate – more than ever before.

First a pet …

Many of the young animals must then serve as tourist attractions where people can pet them, take photos with them and take them for walks. Unwitting tourists visit these farms and pay money to look at or touch young lion cubs. That they are thereby supporting a horrific industry, an industry that even many hunting associations reject as being unethical, is something that most of the tourists don’t know.

… then shot

The lions reach the trophy age after four to seven years and are then offered to the hunters for shooting. In many cases the ‘hunting’ isn’t carried out on the same farm that the animal was bred at. Instead the lions are transported to other areas and shot there.

Danger for wild lions

The supporters of Canned Hunting claim that Canned Hunting serves to protect the species. In fact the opposite is the case: The increasing number of trophy hunting tours on offer is increasing the pressure on the lion populations living in the wild. An increasing number of animals are captured in the wild for breeding purposes

Please sign Gabo’s Petition, I will personally hand it to the government this summer when I will be working on a conservation project on South African this year..

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Coronavirus Deaths Outside China Spike As WHO Team Visits Wuhan: Live Updates | ZeroHedge News

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Summary:

  • Italy confirms second death, 12 towns on lockdown, more than 50 cases confirmed
  • Japan cases triple in a week to 121
  • Chinese scientists find virus in urine
  • Experts propose 27 day quarantine, say 14 days likely not long enough
  • Cases outside China go exponential
  • WHO team visits Wuhan; will give Monday press conference
  • Iran reports 10 new cases, deaths climb to 5
  • San Diego says 200 under ‘medical observation’
  • Young woman infected five relatives without ever showing symptoms
  • South Korea cases surge 8-fold in 4 days to 433; country reports third death

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Update (1100ET): Italian health officials have confirmed nearly two dozen more cases across Lombardy and Veneto, according to Bloomberg.

The Lombardy region has 39 coronavirus cases with another 12 cases in the Veneto, regional officials said in a press conference Saturday in Milan. Most of the cases are in the Codogno area, 60 kilometers…

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March 16 the deadline to speak up for Heber Wild Horses

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HEBER, AZ — March 16 is the deadline for public comment on the fate of the Heber Wild Horses. Comment link and talking points at the end of this post.

Why it is so important

Last week, the Forest Servicereleased its proposed management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory.

It includes plans to limit the horses’ range to 21 square miles. The surrounding Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest covers more than 43 thousand square miles of public land.

Horse advocates say existing fencing prevents many of the horses from even accessing the designated territory. The Forest Service also intends to remove most of the horses from the area. They estimate there are currently between 292 and 471 horses.

The goal of the Forest Service is to limit the number of horses to 50 to 104. Critics say that would not allow for enough genetic diversity in the bands, or families…

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