Monday, September 1, 2014

Support group for neutered pets

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Join the club

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British Wildlife Photography Awards

Urban Wildlife winner: Lee Acaster’s ‘The Tourist’, greylag goose, London, England.
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Rotherham child sex abuse: it is our duty to ask difficult questions

The outline of what happened in Rotherham is now more or less clear: at least 1,400 children were subjected to brutal sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013; children as young as 11 were raped by multiple perpetrators, abducted, trafficked to other cities, beaten and intimidated. The perpetrators were (almost exclusively) of Pakistani origin, and their victims were often white schoolgirls.
 Reactions were predictable. The left exhibited the worst of political correctness, mostly via generalisations: perpetrators were vaguely designated as “Asians”, claims were made that it was not about ethnicity and religion but about the domination of men over women, plus who are we – with our church paedophilia and Jimmy Savile – to adopt a high moral ground against a victimised minority … can one imagine a more effective way to open up the field to Ukip and other anti-immigrant populists who exploit the worries of ordinary people? Such anti-racism is effectively a barely covert racism, condescendingly treating Pakistanis as morally inferior beings who should not be held to our standards.  continue

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It's Only Work If Somebody Makes You Do It

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

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David Farrell shoots the stars

The Rolling Stones, Judi Dench, Louis Armstrong ... before his death last year at the age of 93, British photographer David Farrell shot them all.

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Crazy for Croatia

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Not to knock Dubrovnik, with its marble streets, 16th-century city walls, sparkling red roof tiles, and primo location—it more than earns its moniker of “Pearl of the Adriatic,” not to mention its UNESCO World Heritage status. But if you cross Croatia off your list after you’ve seen Dubrovnik, you’re missing out on a lot. Here are five other gems to discover.

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Amazing World

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dog Pageant - it's more about the owners than their pets

They dress up in extravagant gowns and parade up and down the catwalk getting judged in various rounds such as active wear, talent and evening wear. But this isn't a Miss America contest or even a scene from Toddlers & Tiaras - but a beauty pageant for little dogs.
The factual photo series comes from famous dog photographer Sophie Gamand, famous for her wet dog series and her pit bulls in flower garlands.

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Little Yorkie petting his human

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Little Known Beer Fact

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Your House’s Germs Are Yours, And They’ll Follow You If You Move

Your body is a city, a home to trillions of microbes. They live in your gut. They live on your skin.
 They interact, eat, reproduce and die on and inside you. In some cases, you need them just as much as they need you. But your microbiome, the collective term for these hordes of microbial companions, doesn't stop at your fingertips. Your microbial city has microbial suburbs—a vast expanse of development stretching out from the urban core that is your body. And just as the sprawl of Atlanta takes on a different form from that of Berlin, or Tokyo or Phnom Penh, so too does your microbial suburbia differ from other people's.
 Every time you move, says science writer Ed Yong, you transfer microbes into the environment—microbes that take up residence on their new turf. In as little as a day, says Anna Williams for New Scientist, you can seed a whole house with microbes that are characteristically “yours.”
 In a study of the microbial diversity that exists in the homes of seven families researchers found that “[e]ach family had its own distinct microbial signature that could be used to identify them,” says Williams. But more than just each house having its own microbial flora, the microbes in each was an extension of the inhabitants. Researchers showed this clearly, because the microbes followed people when they moved house, says Yong.

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Train Hopping

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Joan Baez

Joan Baez has had an extraordinary life.

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"I have a future to build."


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Just Hangin’ Out…

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Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone

Scientists haven't directly observed this going on in the brain after a coffee nap — it's all based on their knowledge of how caffeine, adenosine, and sleep each affect the brain independently. But they have directly observed the effects of coffee naps, and experiments have shown they're more effective than coffee or naps alone in maximizing alertness. In a few different studies, researchers at Loughborough University in the UK found that when tired participants took a 15-minute coffee nap, they went on to commit fewer errors in a driving simulator than when they were given only coffee, or only took a nap (or were given a decaf placebo). This was true even if they had trouble falling asleep, and just laid in bed half-asleep during the 15 minutes. continue

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Artist Includes Media in Her Animal Drawings

Talented artist Karla Mialynne isn’t content with simply sharing her stunning hyper-realistic art with her 44,000 Instagram followers – she posts these mixed-media images together with the artistic utensils she used to create these pieces, as if to prove that these are indeed drawings and not photographs. The utensils, which include pencils, markers and acrylic paints, also show the beautiful rich color palette that Mialynne uses in each of her pictures.

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Good night, New Zealand

If you want to get away from people and feel like you're not living on Earth while living on Earth, the places that come to mind are like Iceland for the out of this world alien paradise life or Montana for the punishingly beautiful outdoors or New Zealand, where the world looks like it hides magic powers.
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Amazingly Detailed Cake Looks Like the Interior of a Library

Kathy Knaus has recently been discovered for her creative capabilities with cakes. She designs everything from sugary sushi rolls to a scaled-down fashion studio, but her most exceptional work is her multi-tiered library cake. In this fabulous creation, Knaus has hand-designed the interior section of a public library.

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