Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force Takedown Results in Charges Against 60 Individuals, Including 53 Medical Professionals

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https://www.arc.gov/research/MapsofAppalachia.asp?MAP_ID=148

Entrance to a coal mine in West Virginia. September 1908. By Lewis Hine
Mining doesn’t bring prosperity to most, though some of the coal miners were comparatively well-paid in more recent times: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixteen_Tons https://youtube.com/watch?v=MTCen9-RELM Nonetheless, it’s environmentally damaging and is unsustainable.

Although this ARPO Strike Force takedown is billed as Appalachia, this horrible case occurred outside of Appalachia: “In the Western District of Tennessee, 15 individuals were charged, involving eight doctors and several other medical professionals.  In one case, a nurse practitioner who branded himself the “Rock Doc,” allegedly prescribed powerful and dangerous combinations of opioids and benzodiazepines, sometimes in exchange for sexual favors; over approximately three years, the doctor allegedly prescribed approximately 500,000 hydrocodone pills, 300,000 oxycodone pills, 1,500 fentanyl patches, and more than 600,000 benzodiazepine pills.” (Excerpt from DOJ News release, found further below.)  Louisiana is also included, and it is certainly not Appalachia…

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Help Horses and Camels Who Are Whipped, Beaten, and Abused for Tourist Rides in Egypt

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PETA Asia’s latest investigation in Egypt has revealed horrific abuse of horses and camels forced to haul visitors on their backs or in carriages at top tourist sites in the blistering heat. The animals are often denied access to food, water, and shade.

Eyewitnesses also observed camels being viciously beaten with sticks by men and children at the Birqash Camel Market before being sold to the tourism industry. Some are even sold for meat.
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If you’re planning to visit Egypt, please do not ride an animal or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. When you book your trip, ask your tour company and hotel whether they promote these rides. If they do, explain why they should stop doing so.

Animals are living, feeling beings who suffer in this industry. They give rides only because they’re compelled to. Please urge Egypt’s Minister of Tourism to end this abuse by banning the use of animals at these sites.

‘Our Planet’ film crew is still lying about walrus cliff deaths: here’s how we know

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Last week, I called “contrived nonsense” on the claim by David Attenborough and the production crew of Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ that the walruses they showed falling to their deaths were victims of global warming. After unbelieveable media attention since then, newly-revealed details only solidify my assertion. Something stinks, and it’s not just the bad acting of director Sophie Lanfear in the Behind the Scenes trailer as she delivers her WWF-approved message: “This is the sad reality of climate change”.

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Despite many statements to the press, the film crew have steadfastly refused to reveal precisely where and when they filmed the walrus deaths shown in this film in relation to the walrus deaths initiated by polar bears reported by The Siberian Times in the fall of 2017.

I can only conclude, therefore, that the two incidents are indeed essentially one and the same: that the…

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US Congressman Grijalva Introduces CECIL Act to Limit Importation of Lions, Other Threatened Species to the U.S. – Urges Bipartisan Action Against Destructive Trophy Hunts

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04.10.19
Grijalva Introduces CECIL Act to Limit Importation of Lions, Other Threatened Species to the U.S. – Urges Bipartisan Action Against Destructive Trophy Hunts
Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today introduced the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, a bill that restricts the importation of African lion trophies and other sport-hunted species that have been proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

The bill is titled after Cecil, an African lion lured out of protected territory and killed in an illegal hunt by American dentist Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe in 2015.

The bill:
* Amends the ESA to treat species proposed to be listed as threatened or endangered as though they have already been listed for the purposes of trophy hunting import licensing, thereby prohibiting unpermitted take or trade of species proposed to be listed. Strengthening the ESA in…

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Notre Dame’s In Flames and the Videos Are Heartbreaking «TwistedSifter

https://twistedsifter.com/2019/04/notre-dame-fire-videos-compilation/

To Save the Earth, Get Down in the Dirt

Iowa Climate Science Education

Family Farmed is proud of the blossoming Good Food movement in their hometown of Chicago

Activists are directing school children to the streets to protest for more action against CO2 and their fear of global warming/climate change. In their desire to feel good about saving the planet, they ignore what is being done, and they march rather than picking up shovels and hoes and literally caring for the earth under their feet.

Overlooked is our potential to enhance the performance of the biosphere in capturing CO2 and greening the land. The soil itself is second only to the oceans, and the plant biomass is an additional sink for CO2. Below is an overview of the win-win proposition for humans to sequester carbon in the soil and restore its health and productivity at the same time. H/T Mark Krebs for suggesting this topic and providing resources from his own research and…

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VIDEO Grand Canyon Carved by Flood Runoff

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Secular science has long struggled to explain the timing and origin of Grand Canyon. The majority of secular scientists assumes it was carved by a large river in less than six million years.1 Why did it form where it did? In particular, how did the river “hurdle” the massive Kaibab uplift?

One of the issues secular scientists struggle to explain is how the water passing through the canyon could have possibly become connected from one side of the Kaibab uplift to the other. The uplift has warped an arch of rock about 3,000 feet above the surrounding terrain,1 and Grand Canyon currently cuts right through it.

To explain the dilemma of an incised river2 that seemingly had to flow uphill, some secular scientists claim that Grand Canyon was carved by stream piracy, a unique process involving headward erosion.1 This in itself is very tricky because…

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Attenborough’s tragedy porn of walruses plunging to their deaths because of climate change is contrived nonsense

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A recent Netflix ‘Our Planet’ program with David Attenborough delivering a disturbing message of doom about walruses falling off a cliff to their deaths because of climate change is contrived nonsense on par with the bogus National Geographic starving polar bear video of 2017.  The walruses shown in this Netflix film were almost certainly driven over the cliff by polar bears during a well-publicized incident in 2017, not because they were “confused by a combination of shrinking ice cover and their own poor eyesight“.

Walrus plunging cliff_The Sun headline 5 April 2019

Apologies for neglecting to add, h/t to Charles the Moderator from WUWT!

There areno precise details about the time and place of the incident shown in the ‘Our Planet’ film (see here or here), except that these were Pacific walrus “in the Russian Arctic” according to The Times (5 April 2019): “David Attenborough’s Our Planet: Walruses plunging to deaths…

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(CALIFORNIA) Facebook Inc goes from ‘ Bad to Worse ‘ NOW 540 Million User Records Found On U nprotected Amazon Cloud Servers according to Researchers at ‘ Cybersecurity Firm UpGuard ‘ w hich were stored by third-party app developers #AceNewsDesk reports

FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS, READERS BLOGGER ALERT: WordPress iOS App Bug Leaked Secret Access Tokens to Third-Party Sites on Private Blogs: OWNERS using WordPress app on iOS devices are recommended to update their app immediately: PLEASE SHARE #AceNewsDesk reports

Ban on whale, dolphin captivity poised to become law in Canada

The ocean update

Qila, a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium, receives a freshly prepared herring from trainer Katie Becker during a feeding at the Vancouver Aquarium. The federal government is poised to introduce legislation that would ban holding cetaceans in captivity. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

April 3rd, 2019 (John Paul Tasker). Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ont. still has 61 cetaceans in its possession.

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California crab fisheries to close early to protect whales and turtles (USA)

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Humpback whale entangled in fishing line, ropes, buoys and anchors in the Pacific Ocean off Crescent City, California.

March 26th, 2019 (Olga R. Rodriguez, AP). SAN FRANCISCO — California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state’s coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday.

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(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas.) USCG REPORT: In partnership with the ‘ State Aquarium Wildlife Rescue Cente r ‘ released two rehabilitated sea turtles near Port Aransas on Friday #AceNewsDesk reports

April is Earth Month

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She is home to all of us and she’s the only home we will ever have…

 

KOMMONSENTSJANE – HOW TO STOP “ANONYMOUS PHONE CALLS ON YOUR LANDLINE.”

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How to stop ‘Anonymous’ phone calls on your landline

Posted on March 16, 2019  ~Eowyn

Last year, I did a post on “Why the FTC’s Do Not Call registry doesn’t stop those annoying robo-calls — and how you can stop them”.

After I signed on to a service called Nomorobo, which blocks robo-calls free for landline phones but costs $1.99 a month for mobile phones, most of the robo-calls I get indeed are blocked. How I know is when a call comes in, the phone only rings once, then the call is referred to Nomorobo.

But Nomorobo (to which I donated) still does not block all nuisance calls. I’ve noticed that some calls still get through, which my landline phone’s Caller ID identifies as “Anonymous”.

Well, there is a way to block “Anonymous” calls as well! Alas, it works only with some landline phones — Xfinity, AT&T and Verizon, but…

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The Irish Tricolour (trídhathach na hÉireann) Flag

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Presented as a gift in 1848 to Thomas Francis Meagher from a small group of French women sympathetic to the Irish cause, it was intended to symbolise the inclusion and hoped-for union between Roman Catholics and Protestants, the significance of the colours outlined by Meagher was, “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between Orange and Green and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.” [1]

Blessing of the Colours by Lavery (cropped)

Michael Collins “Love of Ireland” by Lavery 1922
Church of Ireland “protestant” from West Cork, Sam Maguire recruited Michael Collins to the Irish Republican Brotherhood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Maguire Parnell was also a Church of Ireland member.

From Wikipedia:
The national flag of Ireland (Irish: bratach na hÉireann) – frequently referred to as the Irish tricolour (trídhathach na hÉireann) –…

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Anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown – 11 March

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There’s not a lot in the mainstream media, about this important anniversary. But much of what there is – concerns the “recovery” of the area, the Olympic Games,  the robots, the ice wall, the (forced) return of evacuees, the story that tritium contamination doesn’t really matter, does it? ……    etc etc – whitewashing the real situation. And, perhaps more importantly, encouraging the world to forget about the nuclear catastrophe.  And above all, let’s pretend that it does not have global significance.

All sorts of experts, scientists etc propound ways to fix Fukushima’s nuclear problem, get rid of the molten nuclear fuel debris, and the nearly 2 million tons and counting, of radioactive water.

I could believe in their sincerity – IF all this  concern were not linked to the promotion of the global industry. Indeed, if their concern were linked to a plan to stop producing toxic radioactive…

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US Attorneys General Intervene In Lawsuit To Halt Seismic Testing Off Atlantic Coast

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Attorney General James Joins States’ Efforts To Halt Seismic Testing Off Atlantic Coast 
NEW YORK  – Attorney General Letitia James, along with 8 other attorneys general, has joined a group of non-governmental organizations’ motion to preliminarily enjoin the Trump Administration’s authorization of harassment of marine mammals via seismic air gun surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. These “seismic testing” surveys, meant to explore the ocean floor for oil and gas, will expose whales, dolphins, and porpoises to repeated sound blasts louder than 160 decibels. The surveys will threaten the health and life of hundreds of thousands of highly sensitive marine mammals, including multiple endangered or threatened species. In addition, these tests are another step toward allowing offshore drilling – an action that could result in severe and irreparable harm to coastal and…

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US Congressman Grijalva Unveils New Attempt To Ban Uranium Mining Permanently Near The Grand Canyon

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02.25.19
Grijalva unveils new attempt to ban uranium mining permanently near the Grand Canyon GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK — An Arizona lawmaker is renewing his push to halt uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, outlining a proposal Saturday that would make permanent a moratorium on new claims across 1 million acres of public lands.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva has introduced other versions of what he’s calling the “Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act” several times in recent years, but he’s likely to find stronger support this time in the Democratic-controlled House, where he is chairman of the Natural Resources Committee. 

On Saturday, he pitched the idea at the Canyon, flanked by Havasupai, Hualapai, Hopi and Navajo tribal leaders, in a building near the park’s South Rim that was packed with park visitors, tribal members and environmental advocates.

“Protecting the canyon is just, it’s overdue and it’s life-affirming,” Grijalva said, gesturing to the group. “The public wants…

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Help Ban Fur Sales in California!

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On March 12, California’s Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee will vote on a bill to implement a statewide fur ban, which is the first vote needed in the process of this bill becoming law. Please call and email to urge your representative to vote “Yes” on AB 44 before March 12th! (California residents only)

Find your assembly member’s contact information by entering your zip code at idausa.org/findmyrep and clicking on the “California” tab.

When you call, introduce yourself and where you are calling from, and simply say “Please vote yes on A.B. 44 to implement a statewide fur ban because California residents do not support animal cruelty for vanity.”

Visit my alert to send a letter to your representative here.

To find out how you can help make California’s statewide fur ban a reality – even if you’re not a CA resident – visit furishistory.org

Let’s make fur history…

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Sign Petition: This ‘Fun’ Contest Encourages Kids to Slaughter Squirrels

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Mayor Barry Wright

Kids in Winslow Township, New Jersey, are being encouraged to slaughter squirrels by the hundreds in the first annual Family Squirrel Classic. The hunting contest, sponsored by a local hunting organization, brands itself as a “family friendly” event. Kids are encouraged to kill, kill and kill, with the person who bags the largest squirrel being named the winner.

Contests that use animal lives as pawns, make light of the lives of the animals that are killed and teach impressionable children that these target animals are of no other worth than mere target practice. Cities, schools or hunting organizations should not be encouraging children to take life so lightly.

Instead, kids should be taught the value of life and why it is important to respect all living things no matter what. Neglecting to do so could result in dire consequences. There are plenty of studies that show an irrefutable link between violence against animals and violence against people. Many of the world’s most heinous violent criminals got their start torturing or killing animals.

Promoting these “hunts” and contests instills a flippant disregard and lack of compassion for the lives of other living things. Please sign the petition. It is time the Winslow Township government step in and ban these gory animal slaughters for kids. Tell Mayor Barry Wright the world is watching and ask them to end these terrible events.

Sign Petition

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/434/746/130/this-quotfunquot-contests-encourages-kids-to-slaughter-squirrels-for-fun./

The Last Elephant Of Bararida Park Has Died

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  The zoo was called “Gira”  at  Bararida park  in Barquisimeto is now abandoned… Green areas are no longer green. Several attempts to save these animals have been ignored and everyday there are fewer animals.

 

Sign the Petition: We Demand A Worldwide Law For Animals Abusing And Torturing Them Is A Crime To Be Impounded

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Sign the Petition

https://www.change.org/p/we-demand-a-worldwide-law-for-animals-abusing-torturing-them-is-a-crime-to-be-impounded?recruiter=504837&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition&recruited_by_id=04c57a60-ca63-012f-6db2-4040ea65fa16

Dr. Annamaria Grabowski M.A. started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 6 others
source of Picture: Annamaria Grabowski

“The more helpless the victim the greater the crime”

To be able to see the whole picture from above, please https://www.change.org/p/we-demand-a-worldwide-law-for-animals-abusing-torturing-them-is-a-crime-to-be-impounded?recruiter=504837&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=share_petition&recruited_by_id=04c57a60-ca63-012f-6db2-4040ea65fa16 on:

Holy Father, Pope Francis,

Dear Madam,

Dear Sirs,

OUR PICTURES FROM TORTURED DOGS and CATS IN ABYSS-CRYING ARE REFUSED FROM FACEBOOK TO POST THEM. PEOPLE BEG US, NOT TO SHOW EVEN ONE OF THESE PICTURES – THEY REPORT DEPRESSION, CRYING FITS, NIGHTMARES. ONE OF THIS VIDEOS – THE UTMOST HORRORFUL – MAY BE THIS:

Greyhound dog boiled alive for meat trade practice
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3778933/Horrific-video-shows-greyhound-screaming-BOILED-ALIVE-rural-China.html#v-48644746927818652
Heartbreaking moment little girl finds her missing dog roasted and ready for sale
https://youtu.be/en-zkihG-4w – more links to find on the end of this Petition

Newspapers started to report regularly the torturing of living dogs and cats in many countries in Asia. At the other hand many newspaper report the cruelties done on farmanimals in CAFOs, mass-stalling, mass-transporting, mass-slaughterhouses.
The casus of violence done on animals are not longer hidden:
It is opened and all people could see this and are free to react.

GERMAN:
Menschen, die Tiere quälen und foltern, bringen großes Leid in die Welt, Menschen und Tieren. Das Leid, das furchtbare Leid, das Hunden und Katzen in China, Korea, Vietnam und anderen asiatischen Ländern angetan wird, wird jetzt mitgeteilt: in alle Welt hinaus getragen.
Auch Rumänien mit seinem unmenschlichen Umgang mit Hunden, die auf der Straße leben müssen, sind im Radar der Menschen. Pandabären, geschlachtet, aus reiner Gier, das wollte man verstecken: wir haben es entdeckt. Massentierhaltung in schrecklichsten Formen, Massen-Tier-Transporte und -Schlachtungen von Kühen, Kälbern, Pferden, Schweinen, Geflügel: all dies bedeutet eine große Not: für Tiere und Menschen, die empathisch sind.
Es darf kein Land, keine Nation mehr geben, die keine Tierschutzgesetze kennen, oder wenn, dann diese nicht anwenden.
Kürzlich organisierte die Regierung in Shunyi District, dass Hundebesitzer eine Chance bekamen, ihre Hunde aus einem Käfig herauszuholen, bevor sie „geschlachtet“ wurden. Diese Hunde haben geschrien vor Angst und Entsetzen. Zumal sehr viele Hunde aus den Gärten und Höfen gestohlen werden, also Besitzer haben, auch Hunde auf der Straße werden oft grausam an sich gerissen und zum Schlachten gebracht.
In einem Essay habe ich ausgeführt, wie Gewalt an Tieren zur Gewalt an Menschen führen kann, fast zwingend: http://wp.me/p3ARcp-3Nv Akte der Gewalt an Tieren – eine mögliche Täterpersönlichkeit.
MENSCHEN, die Tiere foltern, sind GEFÄHRLICH, für Mensch und Tier und die Gesellschaft, in der sie leben.

English:
People who torture animals bring great suffering into the world, to people and animals. But: The suffering, the terrible suffering, the pain of dogs and cats in China, Korea, Vietnam … is now communicated: to all the world! Living dogs and cats boiled alive: we have witnesses for this cruelties: Videos! Stealing pets from owners, torturing these poorest animals to death – we could watch all these crimes done on LIFE.
Also Romania with its vicious handling of dogs, which must live on the streets, are in the radar of the people. Little Panda-Bears, slaughtered, from pure greed, that one wanted to hide: we have it discovered. Mass-Factory and Mass-Slaughtering in the most terrible forms, transports of cows, calves, horses, pigs, poultry: all this means a great burden.
There must be no country, no nation that does not know animal rights laws, or did not apply them.

It happened recently in Shunyi District of China’s capital Beijing where customers were given the chance to pick their dog from a cage before it was slaughtered and screened in front of them. Animals are soulless things? Watch videos here if you really think so!

In an essay I have shown how violence against animals leads to violence against other humans, almost growing, almost more gruesome,
Those people had lost her empathy for life and living and the utmost bad is, that they teach their children the same by learning through expertise.

Humans who torture animals are DANGEROUS, dangerous for humans and animals and the whole society in which they live.

http://spiritandanimal.wordpress.com – my blog

http://world.people.com.cn/n/2015/032
https://youtu.be/en-zkihG-4w Heartbreaking moment little girl finds her missing dog roasted and ready for sale

PETS AS FOOD IN CHINA.

https://youtu.be/U_rOOw-eIfc

Top Fakten #7 China tötet Hunde und Katzen


Feed The Survivors Of The Dog Meat Trade

https://vimeo.com/145817080

Stop yuiln dog meat tortureval

https://youtu.be/o9znL3q-tLo

Dogs Abusing In China Rescue Dogs Need Your Help Stop Yulin Dogs meat tortureval 2016 China

https://youtu.be/WeAWYiHTbTI




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYT2l45rx2o schreiende hunde rumänen


Shocking video reveals appalling conditions in Romanian dog sheltershttps://youtu.be/-q-w5yNBm8c Katastrophale Zustände in rumänischen Hunde-Tierheimen
https://youtu.be/i–gxh7_WME Film Aufklärung Hundemorde Rumänien
https://youtu.be/cvoGhPH4R9Y Misshandelter Hund wird zum ersten Mal gestreichelt
https://youtu.be/bWsMu4M2MnU Schlachttiertransporte durch Europa
http://wp.me/p1Hnx3-W4 Schwein gehabt? Wissenschaftliches Werk über Tiere in der Massentierhaltung
http://fightdogmeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Tin-Tức-Thời-Sự-Ngày-19_09_2016_-Giật-Mình-Công-Nghệ-Bơm-Tạp-Chất-Cho-Chó-_-VTV24.mp4

China – Video: Live Dog Boiled Alive

https://fightdogmeat.com/2017/01/01/china-video-live-dog-boiled-alive/

and much, much more…

Wisconsin Support Needed for Bill to End Coyote, Bobcat & Crow Killing Contests!!!

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02.09.19 TYLER BELOTT GUT SHOT Run down with dogs and shot in the stomach: Coyotes at May’s Bar outside Crandon, Wisconsin February 9, 2019.

On Friday, February 8, 2019, Wisconsin senator Fred Risser officially introduced his bill that would end the many coyote killing contests held each winter for cash and prizes across Wisconsin. Risser says he looked at Vermont, California and New Mexico where similar laws have been passed or proposed, for guidance when drafting the bill.

MAY's 2018 HUNT POSTER Contests like this event held annually would be banned by Risser’s bill.

He says promoting ethical hunting is at the core of the proposed bill, “What we do is try to outlaw the hunting where there’s sponsored competition with the objective of killing wild animals for entertainment and for the chances of winning prizes and then discarding the carcasses, this is not ethical hunting.”

02.10.17 TYLER BELOTT Coyote killed by winner of May’s Predator Hunt in Langlade, Wisconsin, February 10…

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You Think Illegal Aliens Deserve Humane Treatment?

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I don’t usually post other people’s stuff…I’ve just never been into doing that. However, this bears repeating…Read on!

Nine hundred teachers just got laid off from the Los Angeles Unified School District. They are $650,000 over their annual budget. The following comments by an English teacher help to explain one area that looms large over California’s educational crisis. I hope each person receiving this mail will read it carefully, all the way to the end.

This English
teacher has phrased it the best I’ve seen yet and it should make everyone
think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent.


From a California
school teacher….

As you listen to
the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some
things that you should be aware of: I am in charge of the
English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high
school which is designated a Title-1 school, meaning that its…

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Truth News Headlines February 3, 2018

Unknown Einstein letters discovered

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This video from Canada says about itself:

Jos Uffink: Tatiana Ehrenfest-Afanassjewa & the foundations of thermodynamics

I will consider Afanassjewa’s work on the foundations of thermodynamics. In particular I consider her response to Caratkhédory’s (1909) axiomatization, her view on the definition of a “reversible process” in the context of Norton’s recent claim that this notion is paradoxical, her discussion of negative absolute temperatures, 30 years before Ramsey introduced this notion into statistical mechanics, her view on the question whether thermodynamics is a dynamical theory at all, and, if time permits, on the distinction between thermal contact and “pressure contact” (as mediated, say, by a piston) between thermodynamical systems.

Annual UWO Philosophy of Physics Conference Thermodynamics as a Resource Theory: Foundational and Philosophical Implications

June 20-22, 2018

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Three unknown letters by Albert Einstein have been found in the archive of Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden. The…

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Water Bird Die-off at Salton Sea

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release

Thousands of water birds died of an avian cholera outbreak at the south end of the Salton Sea between Jan. 8-17. Outbreaks like this one occur annually as a result of birds flocking closely together during migration.

On Jan. 8, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) began receiving reports of hundreds of dead birds at the south end of the Salton Sea from local waterfowl hunters and staff at the Sonny Bono National Wildlife Refuge (SBNWR). CDFW investigated the event and discovered over a thousand bird carcasses concentrated around Bruchard Bay west of the New River. Over the next week, staff from CDFW and SBNWR collected more than 1,200 carcasses consisting of mainly Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Black-necked Stilts and Gulls. Most carcasses were incinerated at SBNWR to reduce the spread of disease; however, several samples were shipped to the…

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The mindset in postmodernism is that objective truth does not exist. But in post-truth, the person believes that objective truth exists, but they subordinate truth to their preferences, or their comfort. In other words, one doesn’t care that truth exists or what the truth is if it doesn’t line up with one’s preferences. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" - George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. Faith in Jesus Christ is our response to God's elective purpose in our life. These two truths--God's initiative and man's response--co-exist throughout the Bible. The gospel is "the message of truth" because truth is its predominant characteristic. Salvation was conceived by the God of truth (Ps. 31:5); purchased by the Son, who is the truth (John 14:6); and is applied by the Spirit of truth (John 16:13). To know it is to know the truth that sets men free (John 8:32). Believers are people of the truth (John 18:37), who worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), and who obey the Word of truth (John 17:17). People have rejected, neglected, redefined, and opposed God’s truth for centuries. Some cynically deny that truth even exists or that it can be known by men (John 18:38). Others foolishly think that denying truth will somehow make it go away. Truth determines the validity of one's belief. Believing a lie doesn't make it true. Conversely, failing to believe the truth doesn't make it a lie. The gospel is true because Jesus is true, not simply because Christians believe in Him. His resurrection proved the truth of His claims and constitutes the objective basis of our faith (Rom. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:3). Truth is our protection and strength (Eph. 6:14). Throughout history, people have tried everything imaginable to gain favor with God. Most turn to religion, but religion apart from Christ is merely a satanic counterfeit of the truth. At the heart of every false religion is the notion that man can come to God by any means he chooses--by meditating, doing good deeds, and so on. But Scripture says, "There is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). That name is Jesus Christ, and we come to Him by confessing and repenting of our sin, trusting in His atoning death on the cross, and affirming His bodily resurrection from the grave (cf. Rom. 10:9-10). There is no other way to God. False religious leaders and teachers talk much about God’s love, but not His wrath and holiness; much about how deprived of good things people are, but not about their depravity; much about God’s universal fatherhood toward everyone, but not much about his unique fatherhood toward all who believe in His Son; much about what God wants to give to us, but nothing about the necessity of obedience to Him; much about health and happiness, but nothing about holiness and sacrifice. Their message is full of gaps, the greatest of which leaves out a biblical worldview of the saving gospel and replaces it with the worldview of postmodernism with its dominant ethical system of relativism. The Bible describes mankind in the end times: “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). Spiritual answers cannot be deduced by human reason alone (1 Cor. 2:14). It’s not that spiritual truth is irrational or illogical, but that human wisdom is defective, because it’s tainted by man’s sinfulness, and unable to perceive the things of God. That is why the Bible is so important. It gives us the answers we can’t find on our own. It is God’s Word to mankind. Scripture is divinely revealed truth that fills the vacuum of spiritual ignorance in all of us. Post-truth is the word of the year for 2016 and also the philosophy of the day, According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. In a “post-truth” world, people make choices based on emotion and experience rather than objective fact. So in a post-truth world, truth is irrelevant. What exactly is a post-truth culture? It’s a culture where truth is no longer an objective reality. It has become subjective. It’s what’s true for me—my beliefs, my opinions, determine my truth. So in our post-truth culture, man determines truth. Man makes himself the ultimate authority. This starting point, which rejects God’s Word and the idea of moral absolutes, makes truth subjective. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Christianity is grounded in objective truth. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Objective truth exists because we have God’s Word. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Thy word is truth” (John 17:17), and Paul and James describe the Bible as “the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:18). The Psalmist says, “The entirety of your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160). Jesus Himself said, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). When Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6), He wasn’t expressing His personal belief or opinion. He was speaking the truth, a fundamental reality that doesn’t change from person to person. It doesn’t matter if our culture thinks all roads lead to God. The truth of the matter is “no one comes to the Father but by [Jesus].” This blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell

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