Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Creative Experience Blog

The Creative Experience Blog

Great Mystery Publishing now has a creative dedicated blog - The Creative Experience Blog!!

If you are creative, or simply would like to become more creative, this blog is for you!

Whether you are into writing, painting, gardening, cooking, jewellery-making, scrapbooking or even furniture design, add your comments and hints, post your photographs and videos, or links to your websites and social networking pages!

Great Song to finish 2011 & start 2012 -Flo Rida "Good Feeling"

Perfect time for a bit of feel good dance music! "Good Feeling" by Flo Rider! Bye to 2011 and hello to 2012!! Wishing everyone a very happy, safe and purposeful 2012!! best wishes from SD, Online Publisher - Great Mystery Publishing

Friday, December 30, 2011

Moulin Rouge "Your Song" sang fabulously by Ewan McGregor

One the highlights of the fabulous Moulin Rouge! Ewan McGregor is a talented singer as well phenomenal actor!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A message from a Animal Shelter Manager

ASPCA PETA HSUS RSPCA OSPCA dog cat This is an animal rescue story unlike any most you have heard before. This statement was written in response to the New York Times article titled "Percentage of Animals Put To Death in Shelters Reaches Low". The real truth is, this article was nothing less than misleading. The kill stats are fabricated and "padded". The letter below was written by a NYC shelter manager/employee. Read it. The truth is ugly. To me the response to the story was the real story here. It will break your heart. Sometimes we need to hear the truth to bring about awareness.

I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.

Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ’sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are.
If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.

Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don’t forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don’t spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a “making money issue” and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia’s so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money.

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right!

I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat), and breeders are the ones blamed for this. Animal shelters and rescue organizations are making a hefty profit by keeping this misconception going.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care— please repost this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state. Let’s see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.
— Manager

ASPCA PETA HSUS #nokill cat dog equine farm animals rescue EUTHANAZIA. Did you know that there are a LOW esimate of 4-6 MILLION dogs and cats that are euthanized each year in shelters in the United States? Some university research estimates that number to be as high as 12 MILLION. Do you know that most of these animals are dying right near your home and in your own communities.. Did you know that most of these animals that are dying are homeable?.. Most of these animals die merely from lack of support for our community shelters. Many communities have no shelters and those who do in most instances have little to no community or support from their city, state or local governments.. Many times these animals die just because there is no-one who cares. For years people have watched the HSUS, ASPCA, PETA and national rescue groups who are taking in tens to hundreds of millions of dollars a year to save "puppy mill dogs".. The HSUS and ASPCA EACH take in an average of 100 MILLION dollars a year for animal rescue.. The reality of that is, nearly none of that money goes to help your LOCAL Humane Society, your local ASPCA or your community shelter. Infact many people have been led to believe over the years that when they are donating to the HSUS (HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES). they are infact helping their local HUMANE SOCIETY. Many people also believe that "THE" ASPCA is somehow connected to their local SPCA.. That misguided mis-information alone has over the decades been responsible for countless millions of dollars in donations being given to the HSUS and ASPCA while people were led to believe that they were somehow helping their community shelter when they donated to these groups.. There is nothing further from the truth. In all reality, the HSUS donates less that 1/2 OF 1 PERCENT OF THE $100,000,000.00 MILLION dollars a year that they receive to help local shelters. On Average the ASPCA infact donates only about 2 percent of their over $100,000,000.00 a year intake to help our direly underfunded community shelters.. THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE THESE 4-12 MILLION DOGS AND CATS that are being euthanized EVERY YEAR in our community shelters is for you and me, the donors to start donating to our LOCAL/COMMUNITY SHELTERS.. I know a lot of people give every reason in the world why they WON'T donate or voluntter to their local shelter.. In mamy cases those people who you condemn for not living up to your standards are running these "unsupported shelters" and are doing all they can.. Many times they are volunteers who are spending their own money just trying to get by and do what they can with little to no support at all from the community or goverment. In most cases, they have NO CHOICE but to euthanize these animals.. They have no choice because they have little to no physical or finanical support. In most instances these same people are the ones who work day in and day out 365 days a year trying to care for the overwhelming number of dogs dumped off on them day in and day out.. Sometimes the number is staggering.. In most cases they have no choice BUT to euthanize many of these animals and in many cases just because there is no-one to help feed, bathe and care for them long enough to find them homes.. Many times these animals "have to die" just because these people do not have the resources to buy basic necessities such as food and vaccinations. Most of the time these animals die because there are no resources or man power to care for them "just long enough" to find them homes.. That is the ugly truth about that we live with day in and day out while trying to do keep our shelters alive.. So the next time you decide to donate or volunteer.. Consider the dire need and circumstances that your OWN LOCAL COMMUNITY SHELTER is living in... I bet they need your and your few dollars or bag of dog food WAY more direly than these national sized investment groups who run rescues like the ASPCA and HSUS... IF you REALLY want to stop the mass killing of 4-2 MILLION dogs and cats EVERY YEAR in this country.. The only REAL way to do that is to start at home..Start volunteering and donating locally...Take one day out of your busy schedule, go down and visit your local shelter.. Look into the eyes of the needy animals there.. You may THINK that the people working there don't care... You've heard these ugly stories about "they are just going to kill them anyway".. But I guarantee you that you will never meet one person in these shelters that ENJOYS or WANTS to see these animals die.. You may see a dog that you think appears neglected but in most instances, I would almost guarantee you that its not because those people don't care.. Its because they are tired, worn out and doing all they can with the limited manpower and resources that they have.. How much difference do you think that YOU could make with JUST ONE EXTRA PAIR OF HANDS. How much difference do you think that YOU PERSONALLY could make in saving lives.. One pair of hands in an overcrowded shelter can mean the difference in "life and death" for dozens of dogs on a yearly basis.. YOU can make that difference.. Sometimes these people that you see in these shelters may appear to be uncaring but I guarantee you they are not.. They are tired.. They are worn.. If you take the time to talk to most of them, many of them have been at it for decades.. Who do you think goes to the shelter 7 days a week to feed and cares for these animals.? Do you really think that these people are getting paid for the countless hours they spend there? Someone has to do it.. Maybe you can help.. Your small donations and bag of dog food could be the difference that determines and saves some of these animals.. Please don't criticize these people until you have walked just ONE MILE in their shoes.. Go in, spend the day.. See what they have to go through on a daily basis.. I bet by the end of one day you will have a new appreciation for what these people do. Its easy to say "they should do this and they should do that".. Until you have PERSONALLY cared for dozens of animals on a daily basis, new ones coming in daily, in some instances having to see animals that you know could be homed die, then don't be judgemental. It takes a special kind of person to do what these people do in these small underfunded, understaffed shelters do day in and day out.. THey don't make hundreds of thousands of dollar a year like some of these people do in these national sized groups do.. In many instances they don't make a penny.. In many instances they are spending thousands upon thousands of dollars of their own money just to save the few that they can... GOD BLESS #nokill rescues.. God bless ANY rescue that is saving lives.. PLEASE have your pet spayed and neutered.. One trip to your local shelter will tell you just how important that can be.. Maybe it will also help you realize just how important that ONE set of helping hands can be in determining the number of animals that live or die in YOUR OWN COMMUNITY SHELTER...

Edward de Bono on creative thinking

One of the great minds of our time discusses creative thinking. A fascinating clip!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fascinating clip taken by tourist in Jerusalem Dome of the Rock Temple Mount that appears to be a UFO!..

What is your opinion? Do you believe this is real or not? Personally, I think the comments and visuals are extremely convincing!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jingle Barks: Dogs Barking Jingle Bells - Holiday Video

Very cute! Dogs singing(barking) Jingle Bells!

The Amazing Successes of Defenders of Wildlife and their Supporters achieved in 2011!!

Watching this clip from the Defenders of Wildlife, it is not difficult to see the fantastic results of positive people power. Anyone who has supported Defenders of Wildlife through signing petitions, passing on vital information about various issues, being an active member, or contributing donations, you have helped to make a real difference during 2011! Watch this clip to see what has been achieved.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This clip will probably make you cry from happiness!

Watch this video through and see if it touches your heart! One person, doing one kind act can create a chain reaction that could heal a world!

Sweet clip of orphaned, but cared for, polar cub looking very contented!

Baby bear hugs from orphaned polar cub: An orphaned polar bear cub, has been taken into care in Denmark after his mother did not produce enough milk

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

John Lennon "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" clip

Why are humans still waging war upon each other? Money, land, religion, revenge?? Whatever our reasons, when we listen to this beautiful song by John Lennon, and view the tragic, haunting images in this clip of those maimed and killed by our (continuing) wars, especially the images of children, it makes me question the idea that we, humans, can truly call ourselves civilized or humane? Let's make 2012 the beginning of significant change. Where compassion, charity, negotiation and diplomacy bring improvement and peace to our world. Life is far too precious for us to continue living, and killing, as we have.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Gift of Compassion 2011

A wonderful clip that shows the invaluable work of ARC, and how some caring people made a real difference! Thank you to those of ARC AND all those who donated money and resources to keep your vital organization going!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Offspring "Gone Away" Clip

I always loved this song, but never knew what the name was until now. Finally I can post this so you can enjoy it too! Offspring definitely has some great songs!

BEWARE: This clip features graphic imagery of war. If violent images disturb you, just listen to the music without viewing the clip.

Cats with Thumbs - Absolutely hilarious clip!

Cats with thumbs! What could be their plans for the future?! If you love animals, in particular cats, you will definitely find this very funny!

BANNED INTERVIEW with George Bush Jr. US President

A ten minute interview that was banned. This Irish interviewer was trying hard to get some sense out of George W. Bush Jr., but as they say, you can't get blood out of a stone!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Petition to stop "artist" publicly killing animals as "art"!

In the petition photo, we see the "artist" holding a poor dog she has killed cruelly and publicly at the Torch Gallery! This woman and gallery deserve imprisonment and hefty fines for their psychopathic treatment of defenceless animals!

Torch Gallery supports Katinka Simonse, a would-be artist who horribly murders animals and calls it art. It is immoral and illegal to torture or kill animals in most of the EU to my knowledge, why should this be condoned in the name of so called Art? And is it legal to show these gruesome testaments to murder in a gallery? To condone this is inhumane and moreover, if you need another reason to bring these people to justice, consider the fact that this woman and those that support her are showing dangerous tendencies that could put children and other animals in danger. Help to stop this, and punish this cruel, intolerable behaviour.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

These are genuine human-looking androids created in Japan! Walking, talking, smiling realistic robots!

Female Android Geminoid FId

These are real androids!! The concept of walking, talking, human-like androids is a rather frightening idea. It makes me think of "I-Robot" and the Terminator films! Although it may have a plus side. Considering the disgusting, rude comments some depraved people were writing beneath this clip on youtube, maybe it will mean these individuals will be "mating" with androids, so no progeny of theirs integrating into the gene pool, and the other plus, it may mean that our human population reduces to a reasonable level that our world can regenerate?

The Great Pacific Garbage Dump and what it is doing to oceanic life

Scientists and environmentalists are deeply concerned by the vast areas of ocean in the Pacific littered with high density waste, killing, polluting and maiming any oceanic animals that happen to find themselves in the area. Turtles, sick and deformed from plastic rings, wrapped around them, their shells dangerously strangled through their middle. Check out this clip for more information on this topic.
PS We, humans, have caused the problem, now we had better darn well fix it! Please reuse, recycle or dispose of all your rubbish thoughtfully (in rubbish bins, not throw in the gutter, or along beaches!!!). How about some "clean up the oceans" campaigns?!

Gorgeous clip of Casper the bath loving dog

Casper the dog loves his bath-time! He looks like a small polar bear. I've never see a dog so happy in the bath! Very cute indeed!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Two Seahorses show their love and spiritual bond

A gorgeous clip featuring two seahorses expressing their friendship and love, entwined and "dancing" in unison. Truly beautiful!

Peabody - the owl's Bathtime

Here we see Mr Peabody - the owl showing how much he enjoys a bath. If you have never really watched a bird taking a thorough bath, this is quite fascinating!

Cute Owl Hunts Invisible Prey

We seldom hear of birds playing, but here we have a very cute owl pretending to catch its' invisible prey. Certainly this little owl is playing. Wonderful!

The sweetest Owl!

This clip features a variety of beautiful owls, but there is one particular that just exudes sweetness and love. Lovely video!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mother Faces 93 Days In Jail For Vegetable Garden!

A woman faces jail in the US for growing vegetables in her front yard!! Apparently the local council considers it "unsuitable"! Unless the law states specifically that people cannot grow vegetables and fruit in their front yard (and shouldn't there be a suitable reason for not allowing people to grow food in their front yard?) why waste the time and money of the tax payers?! There is something seriously wrong with any government who believe it should be against the law to grow food anywhere on your property (unless it poses a health threat or danger to anyone, or they are growing illegal substances?). With all the real problems happening in our society that need to be attended to, such at cruelty and abuse towards children and animals, why is this absolutely ridiculous thing being enforced? I thought America was the land of the free? Free to carry guns (which lead to frequent episodes of mass shootings) but not free to grow fruit and vegetables!! This has to be ironic, or maybe an oxymoron, or maybe simply moronic!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Pitbull Loves Her Kittens!

Kind, loving owners raise kind loving dogs, no matter what the breed. This is a gorgeous clip of a sweet pitbull showing how much she adores her kitten. How gentle she is with her little charge.

Toronto Subway Riders Come Face to Face with Farm Animals

Canada is leading the way in education about the true nature of animals raised for food and the issues of factory farming. Fascinating and educational clip!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Classic Eighties Australian/New Zealand rock ballad - Mi-Sex " Blue Day"

A classic Australian/New Zealand (soft) rock song. The subject of depression is a relevant one for the holiday season. Many people on their own, feel a little left out or down, when they see others meeting up with family and friends during this time of year. Although I think many people who have dysfunctional families would happily trade their family get-togethers for a little alone time! :) However, jokes aside, sadness and loneliness is a societal problem which all of us can do something to help to ease. Now just because someone lives alone, or has been single for many years, does not mean they are sad and lonely. In fact, many are quite contented with this lifestyle, especially if they have made a conscious choice to live this way, however, for those who are obviously unhappy, we can do many things to help. Possibly give them a call and see how they are doing, ask to pop around for a visit, maybe send them a thoughtful card or present telling them how special they are to you? There are many different ways we can show people they are valuable and precious to us and the world, and this is the time to make that little effort to spread the love around.

If you or anyone else is down, now or at any time, the following website is an excellent aid to helping alleviate these feelings
It is natural to get sad or down, so don't think there is anything wrong with you when you do, but if you have persistent feelings of negativity, it may be time to learn new ways of seeing the world and yourself, develop new coping skills and perhaps get out and help those less fortunate than yourself (people, animals or environment) so you can see how fortunate and blessed you really are! :)

Christina Perri - A Thousand Years (Official Music Video)

"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri is truly beautiful! This clip also features snippets of the new film in the Twilight Saga "Breaking Dawn - Part 1". I know many critics panned the new Twilight film, but myself and a friend, found the film absolutely wonderful! Only one part that didn't work for me, when the wolves (who are meant to talk to each other telepathically) looked like they were actually having a spoken conversation - made it look for a moment like a talking animal Disney film! Other than that, the film was visually stunning, and the script and acting fabulous! This Twilight instalment reminded me of the first Twilight film for it wasn't typically "Hollywood" in nature. Can't wait for the second instalment of "Breaking Dawn".

Friday, December 9, 2011

"Mirror of the Firmament"~"Miroir du Firmament"

Magnificent images of water and all that depends upon it! This wonderful clip reminds us of the importance of protecting the health of our water systems. We all depend on this limited resource. Its health is our health! Thank you for sharing this one, Barry!

Denver Official Guilty! Dog Video

This gorgeous clip will make you smile, especially if you love animals, dogs in particular!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Salomé in Art

Stunning images of Salome painted by some of the world's greatest artists, and music that will touch your soul! Absolutely beautiful!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stevie Wonder - Superstition live on Sesame Street

Fabulous music by Stevie Wonder combined with the joy of Sesame Street is enough to put a smile on anyone's face, as well as put a little boogie in your day! Enjoy!

Compassion needs to be shared with all living, feeling creatures.

Be a voice for animals at

Our treatment of animals raised in cruel conditions and then slaughtered without respect for the lives being taken, needs changing. This clip shows the final moments in the life of a gentle (six month old baby) pig. These creatures have the same feelings and emotions as our pet cats, horses, and dogs; it is just that we have categorized them as food rather than companion. Should we not afford them greater compassion, give them better treatment during their short lives and at their transition to death; in appreciation and respect for their lives they have given up so that we may eat their body?

"A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives." - Albert Schweitzer

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pets are not gifts, or disposable or returnable items! Pets are new lifelong members of your household.

"Every year in Australia over 250,000 healthy cats & dogs are euthanized,the majority are killed as a result of impulse buying (which supports irresponsible breeding).

Adoption (of shelter animals) should be the first option.

PLEASE SUPPORT OSCARS LAW, to stop puppy farms, backyard breeders and people who profit from animal cruelty. If a pet shop won't let you see the puppies mum, then you have to wonder is the cute puppy in the window hiding the cruelty that his mum is enduring - often in a cage where they cant even stand up! Trapped for all their breeding years without sunlight, grass, or kind human touch. And when their breeding years are finished, or they become too ill and need treatment, the way they are disposed of, is often as inhumane as the treatment they have suffered during their lifetime.

Be a voice for our furry friends, they need us!" (message from Paws on the Coast).
(Oscars Law is named after a kitten that was beaten to death with a baseball bat by a woman and her children in a park in the US.)

Pets are not gifts. They are special lives that deserve our love and respect. Our disposable society that views all things can be returned or got rid of if we do not feel that our choice suits us anymore, but this should NEVER apply to animals! If you return an animal, the reality is, they are likely to end up dead because of your decision. Only adopt from animal shelters or ethical pet stores such as Pet Headquarters at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton Brisbane, which are a rehoming centres for shelter animals. If you buy from breeders or let your animals breed (even if you find homes for your litters) you are unintentionally contributing to the death of other animals. Unless you can make a lifelong commitment ( for the pet's natural life, sometimes up to ten, twenty, or more years) to provide a safe, loving environment for a pet, despite your changing circumstances, then do not buy a pet.

Never buy online pets as they are usually sourced from puppy/kitten mills, where breeding animals spend their entire lives in tiny cages like battery hens, used to bred puppies and kittens for money, and the kittens and puppies not seen as "the right quality to be sold" are often killed brutally. The adults used for breeding are often maltreated and neglected, without proper medical treatment, and when they are no longer producing litters, killed or dumped. Be an advocate for animal welfare and be part of the solution.

Fun Ways to Manage Stress

By Laurel House, Planet Green

Being “stressed” seems to be as trendy as being “on a diet.” Everyone’s doing it, throwing the terms around as if it’s an excuse for a bad mood or short fuse. Problem is: stress has some serious side-effects that can be detrimental to your health and happiness if it isn’t addressed. Of course there are lots of pills to help you ease off angst, but we prefer to do it green – naturally. No drugs, no chemicals, just good natural cures. Our favorite and the most fun by far: Kissing!

1. Reduce Stress with Touching, Kissing, Hugging

Touching, kissing, and hugging (or any other affectionate activities) are activities that stimulate the brain’s release of the hormone oxytocin. If you want to take it up a notch, get a room! Recent studies reveal that the surge of oxytocin released during orgasm can lower blood pressure, calm nerves and tame tension. In fact, according to the British Medical Journal, sex is so good for your heart that it cuts your risk of heart attack and stroke in half when performed three times a week.

2. Reduce Stress by Eating Garlic

The main ingredient in garlic when digested is organosulfur allicin, which triggers your body to produce hydrogen sulfide. The combo creates an internal reaction that relaxes blood vessels and encourages blood flow. Translation: garlic is good for your heart and your head and helps manage stress.

3. Reduce Stress by Eating Chocolate

Balance isn’t just for yoga. In fact, a little bit of chocolate can go a long way when it comes to your diet. Dark chocolate has been shown to be filled with antioxidant flavonoids (which can minimize your risk of heart disease and reduce blood pressure). Some scientists have gone so far as to claim that the sweet stuff has more flavonoids than any other food (including blueberries). According to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, those said flavonoids help blood vessels relax, helping calm overall stress. Word to the wise, choose the lower fat dark chocolate to milk chocolate. It has a higher count of the good stuff. And of course opt for organic chocolate.

A Few Organic Chocolate Options to Salivate Over:

Dagoba Eclipse 87 percent Organic Extra Dark Chocolate. We are getting crazy here now with this souped up super dark chocolate bar that offers flavor elements of tart and only slightly sweet citrus. Your taste buds start playing tricks on you once you reach this intensity! We also love their annual Seed the Day campaign that supports urban greening activities and encouraging volunteerism.
Shaman Chocolates Organic Dark Chocolate with Acai, Lemon & Orange is Certified Organic, Fair Trade and souped up with superfoods like Acai berries (containing more antioxidants than blueberries or pomegranates).
Amano Artisan Handcrafted Single Origin 70 percent Dark Chocolate—Montanya is, like a fine wine, all about the terroir. Each variety comes from a specific place or origin, which imbues the bar with subtle hints of flavor reflective of the area. Montanya is made from cocoa beans exclusively from the mountains of Venezuela. It has natural flavor notes of apricot, nuts, marshmallow, and spice. This is the art of chocolate.

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4. Reduce Stress by Rubbing your Hoku

Your “hoku” is that flap of skin on your palm that connects your pointer finger to your thumb. It’s also an acupressure spot related to upper body tension that, when squeezed, can minimize stress by up to 39 percent—that’s according to scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

5. Reduce Stress by Watching/Reading Something Funny

Laughter is a proven way to ease stress. Even the mere anticipation of something funny has the ability to calm us down thanks to the release of stress hormones like dopac, cortisol and epinephrine. More than easing angst, short funny film clips have been proven to increase blood flow to the heart according to scientists at the University of Maryland.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dermot O'Leary - The truth about buying a puppy online

Please view this clip. Puppy (and kitty) mills (where most online pets are bred) are terribly cruel places which result in sick, distressed animals. If you love dogs (or cats) avoid buying from breeders and especially DO NOT buy online! If you love dogs (or cats), it means you do not like the idea of cruelty to these animals, so don't become part of the reason for their suffering by supporting online breeders.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Muppets Swedish Chef gourmet cooking approach

Cooking has never been so crazy and fun, although maybe not for the pumpkins!

The Discovery of Dolphin Language by scientists

The Discovery of Dolphin Language | Wake Up World

The Discovery of the Dolphin Language

Researchers in the United States and Great Britain have made a significant breakthrough in deciphering dolphin language in which a series of eight objects have been sonically identified by dolphins. Team leader, Jack Kassewitz of, ‘spoke’ to dolphins with the dolphin’s own sound picture words. Dolphins in two separate research centers understood the words, presenting convincing evidence that dolphins employ a universal “sono-pictorial” language of communication.

The team was able to teach the dolphins simple and complex sentences involving nouns and verbs, revealing that dolphins comprehend elements of human language, as well as having a complex visual language of their own. Kassewitz commented,
"We are beginning to understand the visual aspects of their language, for example in the identification of eight dolphin visual sounds for nouns, recorded by hydrophone as the dolphins echo located on a range of submersed plastic objects."

The British member of the research team, John Stuart Reid, used aCymaScope instrument, a device that makes sound visible, to gain a better understanding of how dolphins see with sound. He imaged a series of the test objects as sono-pictorially created by one of the research dolphins. In his bid to “speak dolphin” Jack Kassewitz of, based in Miami, Florida, designed an experiment in which he recorded dolphin echolocation sounds as they reflected off a range of eight submersed objects, including a plastic cube, a toy duck and a flowerpot. He discovered that the reflected sounds actually contain sound pictures and when replayed to the dolphin in the form of a game, the dolphin was able to identify the objects with 86% accuracy, providing evidence that dolphins understand echolocation sounds as pictures. Kassewitz then drove to a different facility and replayed the sound pictures to a dolphin that had not previously experienced them. The second dolphin identified the objects with a similar high success rate, confirming that dolphins possess a sono-pictorial form of communication. It has been suspected by some researchers that dolphins employ a sono-visual sense to ‘photograph’ (in sound) a predator approaching their family pod, in order to beam the picture to other members of their pod, alerting them of danger. In this scenario it is assumed that the picture of the predator will be perceived in the mind’s eye of the other dolphins.

When Reid imaged the reflected echolocation sounds on the CymaScope it became possible for the first time to see the sono-pictorial images that the dolphin created. The resulting pictures resemble typical ultrasound images seen in hospitals. Reid explained: When a dolphin scans an object with its high frequency sound beam, emitted in the form of short clicks, each click captures a still image, similar to a camera taking photographs. Each dolphin click is a pulse of pure sound that becomes modulated by the shape of the object. In other words, the pulse of reflected sound contains a semi-holographic representation of the object. A portion of the reflected sound is collected by the dolphin’s lower jaw, its mandible,where it travels through twin fat-filled ‘acoustic horns’ to the dolphin’s inner ears to create the sono-pictorial image.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Octopus Walks on Land at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Fascinating clip! Octopus walks on land! Octopus are extremely smart and affectionate.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Art of Ray Caesar & Music Clip

Divine music and bizarre but beautiful imagery! Listen and watch, and am sure you will find this combination totally captivating! Thank you Barry for sharing this one!

10 Fascinating Cases of Mind Control

10 Fascinating Cases of Mind Control

Information about insects, animals and parasites that will have your head spinning! The site from which this article comes from covers so many different, unusual topics! Truly fascinating!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Abandonded dog commercial

A clever clip showing the trust our pets have for us, their child-like trust. Only adopt an animal if you are ready for the commitment for the duration of their lives (which can be ten or more years), never give a pet as a gift (because the person you give the pet to may not be a responsible pet parent, or interested in having an animal) and NEVER EVER abandon your pet. If you decide pet parenting/guardianship is not for you, find a responsible person with a proven history of loving, sensible pet parenting who will take on your job of care for the pet, or bring your animal to a no-kill shelter for surrender.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Your chance to help starving dogs rescued from dogmeat truck.

Miracle Dogs Recovering After Volunteers Blockaded Truck | Care2 Causes

800 dogs, starved and dehydrated, many still wearing collars (dogs obviously stolen,) bound for the dog meat trade were saved by volunteers who blockaded the truck. Now these poor dogs need our help. To make a donation to an accredited charity, please follow the link. Small one-off paypal donations also accepted.

Japanese Duo Rocks the Ukulele

Amazing Ukulele playing and a very cute film clip!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

William Blake † The Human Abstract † Rock Symphony 2010

A wonderful clip with fantastical images and stirring music, celebrating the talent of William Blake!

Great Mystery Publishing – The Sarina Damen Interview by Cran Herlihy | Motley Press

Great Mystery Publishing – The Sarina Damen Interview by Cran Herlihy | Motley Press
Article on Great Mystery Publishing and its' online publisher and founder.

Sarina Damen is one of my favourite Australians. That she is also an author, and founder of the Great Mystery Publishing website, gave me the perfect excuse to trek the steamy wilds of Queensland, dodge drop-bears and rogue roos, Bundy rum and Four Ex beer parties, just to interview Sarina Damen on (read more here...)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Definition of a writer by Ursula K. Le Guin

“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

Saturday, November 5, 2011

This is what happens when we destroy the forests!

A poor sloth trying to cross a road to get back to the trees! What are we doing to our planet?! Without the forests, we are dooming so many animals to painful and certain death! And when that happens, humanity will not be so far behind. We also need the forests, for they generate the air we need to survive. Kill off the forests, and we kill ourselves in the process.


A fun, probably "un-pc", song from the eighties. Enjoy your dose of retro!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes

Tarra & Bella / A Match Made in Ele-Heaven

Writing a successful book proposal

SPAWN: Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network

The Seven Vital Elements of a Successful Nonfiction Book Proposal By Mary Embree

Whether you have already written a nonfiction book or are contemplating writing one you will need to know what it takes to sell it. A book proposal can be prepared no matter what stage of writing you are currently in. In fact, the preparation of a book proposal is recommended even before you start writing because it can become a guide to the process, an outline for your book and a checklist of what your book should contain in order to have a chance for success.
There are seven major factors that make for a best-selling nonfiction book. There are also seven major parts to a book proposal. If you address all of these issues carefully and your book meets most of the following criteria, your chances of getting published will be greatly improved. Even if you are planning to self-publish, your book will sell better if it is well organized and has a professional appearance. Your standards must be as high as any other publisher.
What Makes a Nonfiction Book Successful? Read more here ...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Native American Stories

Collection of links to full-text Native American stories online with the beginning of a sample story for each collection to excite your imagination! There is a link both to the continuation of the sample story and also to the complete story collection online. The script is available as a Random Native American Storybook (random display every time the page refreshes).

English Proverbs of the Day

Collection of 366 English proverbs, one for every day of the year (including leap years), taken from the Oxford Dictionary of English Proverbs, compiled by William George Smith. Most lesser known English proverbs. You can choose to view an English Proverb of the Day, or you can choose to view a Random English Proverb (random display every time the page refreshes).

Greek Gods and Goddesses

Collection of 53 Greek Gods and Goddesses with brief descriptions of each and a link to a Wikipedia article, image and a link to the source of the image.

Now for something completely different! Latin Poetry!

Petition to change to more humane treatment of abandoned animals

How Pet Friendly Rentals Works

Friday, October 28, 2011

1 new story | Scientists Spot Signs of 'Shadow' Universes - Space telescope testing 'multiverse' theory

1 new story | Scientists Spot Signs of 'Shadow' Universes - Space telescope testing 'multiverse' theory

Scientists Spot Signs of 'Shadow' Universes by Rob Quinn

(NEWSER) – Scientists who believe our universe is just one of many have found a way to put their theory to the test. The "multiverse" theory holds that our universe is in a bubble of space and time drifting in a sea of other "bubble universes." Cosmologists say that the cosmic background radiation left over from the Big Bang shows tantalizing signs of collisions with other bubbles, the BBC reports. The European Space Agency's Planck space telescope is expected to provide data that will either back up the theory or refute it.

"The work represents an opportunity to test a theory that is truly mind-blowing: that we exist within a vast multiverse, where other universes are constantly popping into existence,” the lead researcher says. But even if the existence of bubble universes—where the laws of nature may be utterly different—is confirmed, it will be impossible to learn more about them, he warns. "It would be wonderful to be able to go outside our bubble, but it's not going to be possible," she says.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Linkin Park - What I've Done(OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO HD)w/ Lyrics

Song from end credits of Transformer (1). Excellent song from a great band - Linkin Park!

Poetry for Kids

Poetry for Kids

Check out "Poetry for Kids" website - Poet/author Kenn Nesbitt's poetry playground where you can find funny poems and poetry books for children, games, contests, lessons, discussion forums, and journals, plus a rhyming dictionary, funny poetry podcast, videos, school visit information and lots more.

My Parents Sent Me to the Store - A Funny Kid's Poem by Children's Autho...

Animated kid's poetry by Kenn Nesbitt! You'll love it!

Narnia Soundtrack - Narnia Lullaby

A Narnian Lullaby from The Chronicles of Narmia - otherworldly and extraordinarily beautiful! "The Enchanted Flute"

Ukraine Is Burning Animals ALIVE in preparation for Football Championships 2012! Take Action Now!

PLEASE SHARE - This amazing picture shows a large number of bags stacked and sealed. All but one of which shows the head of a dog unable to release the rest of his body from the bag. Packages are filled with dogs and cats ready to be placed alive in a crematorium. The savage massacre is taking place in Lysychansk (Ukraine), in order to rid the city of their presence during the European Football Championship in 2012.
Ukraine Is Burning Animals ALIVE. Take Action Now! - Take Action Today @ The Animal Rescue Site

Petition to stop Ukraine burning stray dogs alive in "clean-up" for football championship! (Click on link to sign) How did football become more important than compassion?!
Photo above courtesy of Nature Call Love facebook page

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pups and kittens may be clubbed to death under EU lab 'welfare' plans | Mail Online

Pups and kittens may be clubbed to death under EU lab 'welfare' plans | Mail Online

(This is one more good reason vivisection (animal research) should be halted!) Puppies and kittens could be clubbed to death under new European Union regulations on the welfare of laboratory animals.

Currently, newborn puppies, kittens, ferrets and fox cubs which are not needed for scientific research are put to sleep.

But rules due to become law in the UK by 2013 sanction killing by a 'percussive blow to the head'.

Animal welfare charities have described the technique as 'officially sanctioned cruelty'.

And they have accused the Government of bowing to the wishes of drug companies anxious to cut costs.

The directive aims to harmonise standards on labs around the EU. Britain has the option of keeping its own higher welfare standards but shows no sign of doing so.

In a consultation document, the Home Office says that clubbing is likely be to humane – but public perception 'may be (very) poor'.

Dan Lyons of campaign group Uncaged, which brought to light the plans, said: 'The Home Office could have said, “We are not going to introduce it, we are going to retain current methods”.

'Instead, they have opened the door to it.

'The barbaric methods of the Canadian seal hunt are poised to arrive in British labs and breeding establishments.

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'The only thing the Government appears to care about is "poor public perception", with no concern for the animals.

'It reflects a deeply disturbing lack of basic morals, ethics and compassion.' The proposal covers very young dogs, kittens, ferrets and foxes, many of which are likely to have been bred specifically for use in experiments only to be killed because they are surplus to requirements.

In other cases, the mother animal may have been used for drug or other testing while the young were still in the womb.

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Dr Lyons, one of Britain's leading experts on animal research policy, said that while universities and pharmaceutical companies will still have the option of putting the creatures to sleep, some may see clubbing as quicker and cheaper.

He said: 'It is one of the most extreme forms of officially sanctioned cruelty I have ever come across.'

The RSPCA says that following the directive would leave some animals in chronic severe pain, suffering or distress, as well as allowing inhumane killing.

Dr Maggy Jennings, who heads the charity's work on research animals, said: 'Successive governments have made proud claims that the UK has "the highest standards in the world" for animal research and testing.

'Now they seem prepared to weaken this legislation and take a step backwards on lab animal welfare.

'We urge the Government to respect public concern on this issue and, at the very least, maintain the level of regulation that we currently have.'

'If they don't, animal welfare, public confidence and ultimately UK science will suffer.' Understanding Medical Research, a group representing researchers, universities, drug companies and funding bodies, backed the animal welfare groups' calls for the current methods of killing to be kept.

The legislation could also lead to the number of inspections of labs being cut from 2,000 a year to just 80 and to animals being housed in smaller cages.

Public consultation on the proposals closes on Monday.

Some 3.7million animal experiments were carried out in British labs last year – a one million rise on a decade earlier.

The bulk of the experiments involved mice, followed by fish, rats and birds.

More than 2,500 experiments were on monkeys and other primates, and 8,000 on dogs and cats.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

"Cliffside Retreat" by Pino - Art4Good Foundation, Inc. Store

"Cliffside Retreat" by Pino - Art4Good Foundation, Inc. Store

Art4Good Foundation - Buy beautiful art and help worthy charities at the same time!

Dogs rescued on journey to death

Dogs rescued on journey to death

800 dogs (many stolen) being transported in one truck were rescued on their way to the meat markets in China. Some had already died, or been injured. The surviving dogs are now in quarantine and safe. Read more about this article from AnimalsAsia at the link provided.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wile-E (not a coyote) by Eldad Hagar Please rate, comment and subscribe.

A dog living alone in a junk yard rescued and given a forever home! Thanks again to

Wile-E (not a coyote) by Eldad Hagar Please rate, comment and subscribe.

A dog living alone in a junk yard rescued and given a forever home! Thanks again to

Dog rescue: Rocky & Libby - Please share and help find them a home.

Please help Rocky, the dumped and neglected dog, with a lovely nature, find his "fur-ever" home where he will be loved and played with for the rest of his life!

Lacy - saved from euthanasia - Please share this video

A happy new life for a beautiful rescued dog by

ASPCA | ASPCA Issues Statement on Euthanasia of Oreo

ASPCA | ASPCA Issues Statement on Euthanasia of Oreo

Why Orea, the severely abused pitbull, was put down by the ASPCA. This poor animal had been severely treated and as a result became highly aggressive. To read more, please read the article at the link from the ASPCA provided.

7 Billion humans by Halloween!

On Halloween, the world's 7 billionth person will be born. While population growth has slowed in most regions around the world, the population still increases by nearly 80 million people every year. That's the equivalent of adding a new United States every four years, and it's putting strain of families, communities and governments around the world. With many people already starving and habitats being destroyed at a rapid rate for resources, food, and housing, should we keep on multiplying as we have been, or reduce pressure on our world, and each other, by cutting back? If each couple limits their family to two, our population will stabilize (or reduce if we we limit ourselves to one).

Monday, October 10, 2011

Don't Let The Puffy Paws Kitties Be A Forgotten Memory.wmv

This beautiful clip, featuring the moving song "Mad World", was put together to honour the fabulous work of a worthy charity which works to help save and rehouse kittens and cats that have been dumped, ill-treated, or ended up in shelters where they were due to be killed. This is a charity really worth helping!

She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for.

Gaia, planet Earth, our small home. This clip is extraordinary! Awe-inspiring! Amazing!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

People against swimming with dolphins!

People against swimming with dolphins!
posted by Jake Richardson

A woman who swam with dolphins has written a very brave counterpoint to all the overblown discourse on the joys of swimming with dolphins. She says she loves them, so she will never swim with them again because she now knows how much suffering is caused by keeping them in captivity. “Captive dolphins experience severe trauma, stress, boredom, claustrophobia, sickness, insanity and early death. They are unable to hunt or behave naturally, are confined to areas much smaller than what is healthy for their species, and some captive dolphins commit suicide,” she wrote. (Source: (Her first and last dolphin swimming experience took place in Cancun.)

It isn’t clear exactly where the dolphin suicide notion came from, or if it actually occurs but everything else she wrote is backed by reputable organizations like the Humane Society and the World Society for the Protection of Animals. First of all, let’s be precise about where captive dolphins come from. They are herded in the wild and captured, resulting in stress, injury and even death. According to WSPA, 53% of dolphins don’t survive the first three months of captivity after being captured and transported. Captive dolphins are probably highly stressed due to being confined in small spaces, and nearly every space they are kept in is far too small when you consider they can swim 40 miles a day or more. Also, they are being kept against their will–if they had a choice they would surely return to open, natural waters. In captivity, they are often separated from family members for no reason, which is very stressful to them.

There might be 1,000 dolphins in several hundred facilities kept for swimming with people or stunt exhibitions for paying visitors. This cottage industry has been described as unsustainable due to the fact more and more wild dolphins must be captured to populate the facilities because of captive dolphin deaths, low reproductive rates and shortened life spans.

The only reason such facilities offer dolphin swims is to make money for themselves. They may market the swims as education, but clearly they are trying to cover their true motive. Paid swims often include the dolphins having to perform stunts like pulling the customers through the water, or swimming with a customer standing on them. These kinds of tricks are not the least bit educational and only are done for the sake of entertainment.

Also, the high cost of swims sometimes over one hundred dollars indicate they are done for profit not education. One can learn much more by watching dolphin documentaries for very little money (Netflix) or clips on YouTube, which would be free.

The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration has published guidelines that support the blogger’s view dolphins should be left alone. NOAA says about wild dolphins:

Dolphins are not water toys or pets.
“However, truly wild dolphins will bite when they are angry, frustrated or afraid. When people try to swim with wild dolphins, the dolphins are disturbed. ”

Dolphin scientists have proof of injuries.
“Feeding wild dolphin disrupts their social groups which threatens their ability to survive in the wild. Young dolphins do not survive if their mothers compete with them for hand-outs and don’t teach them to forage.” (Source:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Man Cares for 140 Stray Dogs

Man Adopts 140 Stray Dogs | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Li Zongwen, a former chef from Wuhan, has made online headlines after Chinese media discovered he has taken in 140 stray dogs from the outskirts of the city.

The 59-year-old man began adopting strays from the streets of Wuhan in 2009, and in just two years time he has taken-in an impressive 140 hungry dogs. He put a roof over their heads, but admits he couldn’t afford to feed all of them, without donations from other local animal lovers. Food and rent for Mr. Li and his big family of canines cost around 5,000 yuan ($760) which is way more than he could pay on his own.

Although sharing a home with 140 animals isn’t exactly an easy task, considering the noise he has to put up with at night, and the considerable mess he has to clean up after them, Li Zongwen doesn’t complain. On the contrary, he likes having them around as he prepares a big bowl of dog chow, using a garden shovel, and even eats his own meals in their company. Maybe he should get in touch with Ha Wenjin, the woman who looks after 1,500 stray dogs and 200 cats, I’m sure they have a lot to learn from each other. Read more here...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Decision that will kill his tribe and one million acres of Amazonian Rainforest

Chief Raoni crying when he learned that the President of Brazil approved the Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu indigenous lands. Belo Monte will be bigger than the Panama Canal, flooding nearly a million acres of rainforest & indigenous lands. 40,000 indigenous and local people will be forced off their native lands (as well as millions of unknown species & plants) In the name of "progress"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Project Nim Trailer 2011 HD

If you know very little about animal research, or have a concern for animal welfare, you need to see this documentary! Project Nim!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ghana has over 1000 women and over 700 children held in "witch camps"! Please sign this petition to help stop this appalling situation!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Help Protect the 5000 captive tigers in the US!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rottweiler puppy with hiccups

What a cutie! A little Rottweiler puppy, named Nemo, with hiccups! :)

Taoism and Vegetarianism

Taoism and Vegetarianism

Taoism and vegetarianism. China has a long history of spiritual masters advising a vegetarian diet, two of the most notable, Lao Tzu and Confucius. This article discusses the link between Taoism and vegetarianism. Click on the above blue link to read this fascinating, informative article.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Pitbull Love

A clip created by the Ethical Treatment of Pit Bulls. I saw a segment on the news the other day where the interviewer was questioning a guy who retrained aggressive dogs to become non-aggressive. He said it was wrong to believe that a breed of dog, even the pit bulls, are dangerous. He also said that any dog can become dangerous if they are not raised and trained correctly. "The way a dog behaves is due to how a person treats and educates their dog."

Cat mom hugs baby kitten

This gorgeous clip of a mother cat hugging her baby is so beautiful! Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Simon's Cat in 'Cat & Mouse'

This is very funny! If you have ever lived with a cat, you will certainly get a laugh out of this cartoon clip!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Adopting from Animal Shelters: Saving One Life at a Time

Adopting from Animal Shelters: Saving One Life at a Time |
"Shelter animals make some of the most loyal and loving companions, because they just seem to know they have been saved." — Melissa Sartin, founder and director of Cast Away Animal Rescue Effort. Click on the above link to read more...

Monday, August 29, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

BBC News - Monkeys keep chatter 'short and sweet'

BBC News - Monkeys keep chatter 'short and sweet'

Communication between monkeys and humans have elements in common. Click on the blue link to find out more!

We are all ONE Please Spread This Message

The great wisdom of Native American teachings has never been more relevant than it is today with the impact our modern living is having on the world we share and depend on for our survival!

Mushrooms: The Magical Building Material | Care2 Healthy Living

Mushrooms: The Magical Building Material | Care2 Healthy Living

Inventor discovers way to make mushrooms into a incredibly durable building resource!

Click on blue link to read more!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Winter the Dolphin

Winter, an extraordary dolphin, gets a new prosthetic tail after losing her own tail in a crab trap!

The two talking cats

Who says cats can't talk? These two cuties are definitely having an in depth discussion about whose turn it was to wash the other one?! :D

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vegetarian diet is better for the planet, says Lord Stern | Environment | The Guardian

Vegetarian diet is better for the planet, says Lord Stern | Environment | The Guardian

Fascinating article on the vegetarian lifestyle being the environmentally-superior choice. Vegetarian diet is better for the planet, says Lord Stern

Meat wastes water, creates greenhouse gases and could become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

rise of the planet of the apes

rise of the planet of the apes

Photograph from new blockbuster and ethical film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes". Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

New ethical film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" may improve our treatment of other primates?

Article care - MNN.COM by Michael d'Estries

Gorilla Fund's CEO on 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'
Clare Richardson, president of the conservation organization, chats about messages in the film — and how she hopes humans will come to value their great ape cousins.
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"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," a prequel to the classic science-fiction film franchise, makes its big screen debut this weekend. Since April, I've been following the film, in part due to its groundbreaking computer-generated apes and the underlying animal welfare themes that filmmakers are attempting to convey to the public.

Director Rupert Wyatt said in a recent NY Times piece that the decision to go with virtual animals was the right one.

“Live apes were considered and quickly abandoned — this is a story about animals being exploited and, um, it would have been morally wrong to exploit animals to make the movie,” he said. “Ultimately, digital recreations — some scenes have 150 apes, after all — was most efficient.”

This decision has already earned him praise from PETA, and the animal rights group recently sent the director a Proggy Award for "the Most Animal-friendly Feature Film."

Of course, none of the movie's computer-generated characters would have resonated as well if the filmmakers and WETA Digital hadn't taken extreme care and attention to detail in studying the lives of great apes. With the assistance of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, the film's virtual representation was given life in an unprecedented way on the big screen.

I recently spoke with Clare Richardson, president and CEO of the conservation organization, about her decision to become involved in a Hollywood science-fiction film — and how audiences might be inspired to help make a difference.

MNN: Can you tell me how The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund was approached to work with filmmakers on this movie?
Clare Richardson: "The original movie is about apes. When they began to develop the prequel, they hired Andy Serkis to represent the main character, Caesar. Andy is also on our board of the directors."

"He first became involved in this kind of movie making when they were doing a remake of the movie "King Kong" and came out to Africa to spend six week at the Karisoke Research Center — which is the center founded by Dian all those years ago. And he spent every day in the forest observing the mountain gorillas — how they move, how they communicated, both verbally and nonverbally. He just immersed himself in the great ape forest, got to know our staff, and really became quite a favorite. And I also think he’s done an amazing job of using this technology in a very expressive way."

"One of the hesitancies I had with the film, of course, is that it's quite violent. One of the things that we’re very anxious to dispel is this notion of gorillas and great apes are inherently violent — where as you and I both know that the most violent primate on this earth is man."

MNN: Why was it important to become involved?
The opportunity was there to do two things: One, to get the word out there about these wonderful great ape cousins of ours; how much they are like us. The movie does show some of their most wonderful attributes — how they live in groups and how nurturing they are, and it unfortunately shows the violent side as well. But mostly it shows their incredible intelligence and that they have intrinsic worth as non-human primates. So, getting any word out like that is good."

Anything that attracts people to go to a primate site, including ours, and learn about great apes and their level of endangerment and what’s going on in the field, is just a great opportunity. So that increase in awareness was one big plus for us.

The other was being able to see the type of technology they use in this movie, such as what was used in “Avatar.” And it clearly sends the message to movie makers that you do not need to use live animals to make really good movies. And you especially do not need to use exotic and endangered wild animals to make movies. That was a very good opportunity for us, because when they see the animals in this movie, it will be very hard for the general public to realize that no live animals were used, absolutely none."

MNN: Did you have any input on the production process?
"We were not consultants to the movie — but we were asked to review the script and invited the moviemakers to interface with some of our scientists if they had questions.

MNN: A piece of the plot for "Rise" involves the main character, Caesar, being sent to a prison-like animal facility. Do you think the movie might inspire better facilities for apes and other primates?
The depiction of the facility into where these animals are put, I think, could raise some questions as to how we house great apes, as there are so many alternatives to it. Even people who may not be really big fans of zoos should know that the zoos in the United States today have extraordinary great ape facilities. They have several acres, forest canopies, outside areas, exactly what they need to be able to live in groups.

I think the larger message of that particular sanctuary [in the film] is that they weren’t allowed to live in groups. They were isolated as individuals — something that doesn't work for man, never mind great apes. So hopefully, people will look at that and start becoming more involved and asking good questions.

MNN: After seeing the film, where should those seeking more information look?
We would love them to go to our website,, and there are several other primate websites. Become involved in what is happening because it is all about habitat — the great apes and the rainforest in which they live are global assets, so if we lose them, then our planet is diminished. And if you’re concerned in any way about future generations — your children, your grandchildren — you should be looking at what we are doing to our planet."

Preserving that wonderful rainforest habitat and then becoming involved somehow in your community to help put money into the field — because the biggest threat in the field is the poverty of people whose lives are inextricably intertwined with these great apes. A dollar goes a long way in Africa or in the Asian rainforest.
Use the Internet, get out there, and become active.

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"Rise of the Planet of the Apes", which is currently rocking a 91 percent approval rating with critics, opens in theaters Aug. 5. To learn more about great apes and how you can assist conservation efforts, visit The Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund International website here.