When Worlds Collide: The red Panda


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So it is time for another installment of “When Worlds Collide” and for this episode I have chosen for an animal that has a very famous cousin but is itself fairly unknown. The Red Panda

Some numbers and facts

  • STATUS Vulnerable
  • POPULATION less than 10,000 individuals
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME Ailurus fulgens
  • LENGTH 2 feet
  • HABITATS Temperate forests
  • The red panda (Ailurus fulgens), also called lesser panda and red cat-bear, is a small arborealmammal native to the eastern Himalayasand southwestern China that has been classified as Vulnerable by IUCN as its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals. The population continues to decline and is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries.

    The red panda is slightly larger than a domestic cat. It has reddish-brown fur…

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    Wonderful Team Readership Award


    Award for an awesome blogger … very well deserved!!

    My Good Time Stories

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    Good Times Stories” has been nominated for the “Wonderful Team Readership Award” by my friend, Dr. Rex. I strongly recommend that you visit her site, “It Is What It Is”. I am sure that you will like what you read!

    I would like to send out a special thank you to Dr. Rex for her thoughtfulness and kindheartedness for nominating me for this award. I am sincerely grateful and honored to be chosen as a recipient of this award.

    What is a Team?

    A team comprises a group of people linked in a common purpose. Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent sub-tasks.

    Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his/her strengths and minimize his/her weaknesses. Team members learn how to help one…

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    The Cruelty of Horse-Drawn Carriages!


    ~~April 6, 2014~~

    **WARNING: SOME PICTURES/VIDEO MAY BE GRAPHIC**

    I live close to Mt. Dora, Florida. This is a very quaint town, well-know for art festivals, parades, bed and breakfast inns and horse-draw carriages. The horse-drawn carriages do look pretty and sound like a romantic adventure. 

    These horse-drawn carriages are also well-know in the St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the United States. 

    I wasn’t aware of the condition under which these horses “do their job” until an accident was reported. Then I started researching and this is what I found. 

    … and it brakes my heart!! 

    ~~This is indeed New York City~~

    Every year, the list of accidents involving horse-drawn carriages grows, and horses continue to endure pain and suffering because of this outdated practice. The only way to end this cruelty is to ban it permanently and give these horses the freedom that they deserve.

    Forcing horses to pull oversized loads isn’t romantic—it’s cruel. Horses are forced to toil in all weather extremes, dodge traffic, and pound the pavement all day long. These gentle animals suffer from respiratory ailments because they breathe in exhaust fumes, and they develop debilitating leg problems from walking on hard surfaces. In some cases, horses have even dropped dead from heatstroke after working in scorching summer heat and humidity.

    ~~Accidents Waiting to Happen~~

    Horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises and unexpected sounds — and busy city streets have plenty of both. Horses and people have been seriously hurt — with some injuries resulting in fatalities—when horses have become spooked and run amok.

    There have also been countless incidents in which carriages have been hit by impatient or careless drivers. Accidents have occurred in nearly every city where carriage rides are allowed.

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    There is no way that cities, with their exhaust fumes, hard road surfaces, and busy traffic patterns can provide a humane … environment for a carriage horse.

    Thanks to an alert police officer who noticed that a horse in Central Park was having trouble pulling a carriage, a New York City carriage driver has been charged with cruelty.

    After questioning the driver, the officer learned that — despite the fact that the horse, Blondie, had been exhibiting lameness for several days — the driver, Saverio Colarusso, had forced her to work for five hours that day. The officer testified that Blondie’s injured left hind leg caused her to “have difficulty walking and substantial pain.” Colarusso was charged with cruelty to animals and faces a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

    He was also ordered not to have any contact with Blondie, who, after being examined by a police veterinarian, was determined to have a potentially fatal hoof infection commonly caused by improper hoof care and unclean conditions. This isn’t the first time that Colarusso has run into trouble with the law. He was previously charged with drinking on the job, operating a carriage during unauthorized times, and failing to keep the carriage lit after dark.

    ~~SOURCE~~

    http://www.peta.org/blog/nyc-carriage-driver-charged-cruelty/

    ~~Abused ‘Til Their Dying Day~~

    Horses are afforded no federal protection under the Animal Welfare Act, so the responsibility of looking out for horses’ welfare falls to local animal control officials. But anti-cruelty laws provide few safeguards to horses, and many humane authorities just don’t have the resources or the time to monitor horse-drawn carriages in order to ensure that horses are not being overworked and that operators are following regulations.

    When horses grow too old, tired, or ill to continue pulling heavy loads, they aren’t retired to green pastures and loving homes, as many people are led to believe. It’s cost-prohibitive to maintain a permanent sanctuary for the countless numbers of horses who break down in this industry. Instead, many worn-out horses are slaughtered and turned into food for dogs or for carnivores in zoos, or else they’re shipped overseas for human consumption.

    ~~SOURCES~~ 

    http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2008/03/the-plight-of-new-york-city-carriage-horses/

    http://nypost.com/2012/08/16/carriage-goes-out-of-control-at-columbus-circle-when-horn-spooks-young-steed/

    http://www.peta.org/blog/nyc-carriage-driver-charged-cruelty/

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/horse-collapses-mid-carriage-ride-article-1.1432695

    http://www.peta.org/blog/investigation-exposes-mumbais-filthy-horse-stables/

    Read more: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/horse-drawn-carriages/#ixzz2y9cINft0

    Glee actor Lea Michele is raising her voice against the cruelty of horse-drawn carriages. In a shocking undercover video, Lea exposes the harsh conditions that these overworked horses are subjected to — all day, every day. The native New Yorker also posed with a rescued horse for a gorgeous PETA ad to help spread the message that horses don’t belong in traffic.

    “Imagine for a moment that you’re forced to do hard physical labor all day, seven days a week—whether it’s sweltering hot or freezing cold outside,” Lea says. “At the end of the day, instead of relaxing on an easy chair or sleeping in a comfortable bed, you are locked in a tiny closet all night long.” This tortured life is a sad reality for the horses who are used to pull carriages.

    During their workday, these horses are forced into dangerous traffic, where they develop respiratory ailments from inhaling exhaust fumes and debilitating leg problems from pounding the hard pavement. They constantly weave between cars and are often spooked by loud noises on the streets. As a result, accidents sometimes occur in which many horses and people are seriously injured or even killed. When not working, these horses are confined to cramped stalls in which they are unable to turn around, stretch their legs, or even lie down comfortably. Don’t get taken for a ride. Join Lea and countless others in boycotting horse-drawn carriages!

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    For more information and to take action, please visit NY-Class.org.

    Read more: http://www.peta.org/features/lea-michele-horse-drawn-carriage-expose/#ixzz2y9eTtbwp

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    ~~Lea Michele: Horse-Drawn Carriages~~

    ~~Uploaded on Jan 5, 2011~~

    Lea Michele, star of the hit TV series Glee, exposes the painful conditions that carriage horses are subjected to 24 hours a day.

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    ~~What You Can Do~~

    If you live in a city where carriage rides are still allowed, contact your local legislators to ask if they will sponsor a ban. Many cities—including Biloxi, Mississippi; Camden, New Jersey; Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Key West, and Treasure Island, Florida—have already banned horse-drawn carriages.

    Take action now and sign the petition!

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    Not only in New York City. Address the plight of horses drawing carriages in other cities.

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    We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

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    We ALL are ONE!! 

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    I was away for a bit …. but now I’m back!!


    ~~April 6, 2014~~ 

    We had a chance to spend some time at the ocean. It was an overnight stay but very much needed and well deserved. Coming from a tropical island, this is almost a necessity. To feel the ocean breeze, to smell the salty air, to hear the sound of the crashing waves. The smell of suntan lotion, the sounds of cars on the sand, the music playing from different boom boxes. The many surfers and their boards. The beach-goers and their many games. The sound ice clinking and opening popping soda cans.

    It all took us back to the beaches that we liked in our home country. 

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    The name of the house … “House to the Ocean”

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    We arrived and we chilled. Played pool .. believe it or not, I beat her!

    Tecate beer made in Mexico.  

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    Sunrise … around 7 AM. 

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    Cereal for breakfast and a beautiful view …. 

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    A “selfie” was needed, of course!

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    Comfy shoes … and the temperature raises. The sun is beating on you! The wind cools you down. No shadow anywhere. 

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    Back of the house … three stories, sleeps 11, all amenities. Quite a spot. 

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    The view from the house …. 

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    Time to say: Goodbye!! See you soon!! It was fun … 

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    ~~Relaxing beach scene with music~~

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    We ALL are connected through NATURE!!

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    We ALL are ONE!!

    Remember the zoo in Denmark … and Marius, the giraffe and the family of lions?


    ~~April 6, 2014~~ 

    ~~AN ORIGINAL PROTEST~~

    Detect the irony and sarcasm? “Tongue in cheek” all the way!

    “Copenhagen Zoo Kills Four Healthy Staff Members To Make Space For New Employees” COPENHAGEN (The Global Edition) – The Copenhagen Zoo has killed several of its staff members early this morning in order to create four new job openings, the Zoo public relations sector reported.Officials of the Zoo say that the four members of the staff were humanely executed after being put to sleep with a lethal injection, and then skinned and chopped up while visitors crowded around and the meat was fed to the lion population.
    “Based on the recommendation of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), we have decided to make space for new work positions, because the Zoo needs new workers, and we found that killing old staff members was the cheapest and the most efficient way to do it,” said Zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro “Four of the oldest staff members, among them one female, were put to sleep with a lethal injection and then fed to the giraffes. However, the giraffes didn’t show interest in their meat, so they were fed to the lions,” explained the Zoo spokesman.“Being that the oldest staff members could no longer keep track with the new Zoo technologies, and could not manage themselves in the fast and ever-changing job environment, we feel that the criticism coming from some of their family members is completely unfounded,” the Zoo spokesman was quoted as saying.“Zoos do not own the staff, but they are in charge of their employment, and in that regard have the full right to do with them whatever is considered necessary when they are on the Zoo territory”, said Tobias Stenbeak Bro. “It was the only humane way to dispose of them, you know. We couldn’t just leave them without jobs in this economy, as some heartless observers suggested”.

    The Zoo spokesman concluded that “considering that the Zoo animals were fed with the meat of the former employees, the food chain was virtually completed, which is totally in respect of the law of nature”.
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    ~~Full Credit/Article/Source~~

     — with Wim Rebel Humanist andLifelong Learning.

    ~~Danish zoo that culled giraffe kills family of lions Caught On Camera~~

    ~~26 March 2014~~

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    ~~Published on Mar 26, 2014~~

    A zoo in Denmark that provoked outrage after putting down a healthy giraffe has killed a family of four lions to make way for a new young male lion. Copenhagen Zoo says it had to euthanize.

    ~~SOURCES~~

    http://article.wn.com/view/2014/03/26/Outrage_as_Danish_zoo_kills_healthy_family_of_lions/

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26745179

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-for-Animals/152547194813334

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555079/Danish-zoo-kills-young-giraffe-deemed-surplus-feeds-lions.html

    We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

    We ALL are ONE!! 

    Life as we Grow Despite of it All


    Always be proud!! Brian …..

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    ( A follow up too Proud to be who I am)
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    ( The Scots Guards on Parade)

    I know how hard it is to be bullied and be made fun of all to well. Personally it made school hard as hell,from Primary (junior) school to University. Having everyone including your peer group on your back day in day out. Kids on your street,block or estate harang your every movement.
    Did I hide in a corner or skulk in shadows !! . No I did not, I done the hardest thing I could have choosen too do. I stood upto the bullies and sooth sayers. Not by violance at first but by using my wit,inteligance and speed of thought. Turning round or manipulating there own words or position, A verbal Karate,Ikido or judo if you like.
    This is by no means easy although once you start you dont realise at the…

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