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The Ocean is Broken

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What a sad, sad thing to read. Another consequence of the tsunami which most of us would not think of.

Oliver The broken Bear, Free After 30 Years In A Bear Bile Farm In China

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Much like the rhinos in Africa, we need to help these poor bears! Especially since there are synthetic options available! This is cruelty of the highest nature.

One Person, One World.

Oliver The Broken Bear:

Oliver was one of 10 bears rescued from a bear bile farm in Shandong province, China. 33 years old, he had spent 30 of those in this cage, with a heavy metal jacket and daily painful bile extractions… img_album_oliver_002 img_album_oliver_001

Oliver the brown bear have a stunted body, arthritis and mobility problems. His stiff old limbs can never extend normally like a healthy bear. He has compressed lungs from wearing a full metal jacket so tightly around his chest for decades on the farm, and an enlarged heart as a result of it working harder throughout these years. His teeth are broken , and an eye with lens luxation which made him blind and causing him pain, so it had to be removed by surgery. img_album_oliver_003

When Animal Asia rescued him they were very concerned about the state of him. His long, misshapen body was flat to the bottom of his…

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Poached, by Dr William Fowlds

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We all have to do our part to save these beautiful animals!

The Laughing Housewife

Warning: the pictures in the video below are distressing.   I’m not ashamed to admit that I cried when I saw them.  If we don’t help these magnificent animals, they won’t be around for much longer.  We are brutalising them into extinction.

I don’t usually do grim here at The Laughing Housewife, but I saw this story on Sky News and I have to share it.  I have included a short extract but I beg you to read the whole story and watch the accompanying video.

The number of rhinos killed in South Africa looks set to exceed last year’s record total.

With just three months left in 2013, the number of rhinos killed is more than 500 and appears almost certain to top 2012’s death toll of 668.

One man doing his fair share [to help] is veterinarian Dr William Fowlds who is the founder of Rhino Lifeline.

Dr Fowlds…

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Stupid Laws

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Credit:  Microsoft clip arts

Credit: Microsoft clip arts

It would appear Russia is doing it’s best to alienate some sectors of the rest of the world – gays & women!

Just recently Russia enacted a law against gay propaganda of any kind which would include athletes competing in the Sochi Olympics in 2014.  It’s apparently not illegal to be gay, it’s just illegal to acknowledge in any way you are gay.   You cannot show you are proud to be gay.  You cannot  even wear a rainbow pin without fear of being arrested.  Penalties include fines & 15 days in a Russian jail.  There has been some talk of boycotting the Olympics, but this only hurts the athletes.  Sports is for all people & this is the premise of the Olympics!

Some cities in North America are boycotting Russian vodka (in Canada so far Vancouver & Toronto) – bars will not sell it & other people are pouring it out into the streets.  Pouring vodka into the streets doesn’t make any sense to me though.  Russia doesn’t care what you do with the vodka as long as you buy it.  If you buy a bottle to pour it out, they still get the sale of the bottle!  Just don’t buy it in the first place, maybe by hitting them in the pocketbook, Russia will get the message about this new law not being okay.

The other law proposed is to give women 2 days off per month with pay for menstruation.  The new law is proposed because menstruating women struggle with pain, loss of memory & loss of focus ‘at that time of the month.’  Oh, please!  Can we just get a grip on reality here?  Women have been working, running households & doing a whole host of other things while menstruating for eons!  What are they going to do when, as often happens, all the women in an office sync their periods & the whole office has to shut down for 2 days a month?  It’s no worse than men working with a hangover.  This is just another way of saying women cannot function in the workplace as well as men!  It puts a divide between men & women.

I am against both these laws for the same reason – they are exclusionary!  Both laws try to exclude a certain sector of society.  You can’t legislate biology!  If they can throw you in jail for wearing a rainbow pin today, what will it be tomorrow?  Perhaps if you appear to be too feminine or too masculine for your gender, you can be arrested?

Let’s INCLUDE all peoples not exclude some!

The Hot Mess that is Global Warming

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Although I have no idea of the science, this topic touches close to my heart because I am a big supporter of each person doing everything they can (including lobbying their political representatives) to change the way we treat mother earth!

We need to stop living like we’ve got somewhere else to go

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This is such a thought-provoking post, I could not help but share it with you!

Gun Control?

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Photo credit:  Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

Photo credit: Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

There has been a lot of news coverage of the flooding in Southern Alberta over the last week or so. The city of Calgary had to almost shut down for a couple of days & some towns south had to completely evacuate. One such town is High River.  High River has been evacuated for almost a full week now.

About 5 years ago, when I was looking for a new job, I interviewed for a job with the Town of High River.  It was about an hour south of Calgary, with about 12,000 people & was a pretty little town with a little bit of a view of the Rocky Mountains.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I didn’t get the job so we didn’t move there.

The residents in High River are getting very antsy.  They have not been allowed to go back into the town to check their properties.  Although some of the water has receded, there are huge quantities of mud (in some places 4 feet deep) still occupying the town.  The RCMP (national police force) & the army (called in for help) are the only people who have been (legally) allowed to enter the town.  The residents are lining up at police blockades every day & the situation has become very volatile.  There have been a lot of shouting matches shown in the news & the residents have threatened to run the blockades.

The situation has been ramped up once again when it was reported in the Calgary Herald that the RCMP have been seizing resident’s guns from the evacuated homes & transporting them out of High River.  The RCMP’s position is they are removing the guns to a safe place until the owners can re-occupy their homes & look after the guns themselves.  It would be irresponsible to leave this many weapons unattended for any person to sneak in & arm themselves.  The residents view these seizures as just one more way their rights are being violated.

In this particular instance, I support the RCMP.  In Canada, our gun laws are quite strict.  Since I am not a fan of guns, I like our gun laws.  If people are in their homes & they have legal guns in their homes, I don’t see a problem with this.  But the people in High River have not been in their homes for almost a week.  There was no time to pack their guns & take them with them when they evacuated.  The evacuation was speedy & necessary to save lives.  These guns are just ripe for criminals to sneak in & help themselves to a whole lot of guns & ammunition!  The guns will be returned to the rightful owners when they can once again move back to town.  They just need to show proper documentation to prove the guns belong to them.

Photo credit:  Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

Photo credit: Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

What do you think about this?

Canadian Politicians

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Credit:  Microsoft Clip Art

Credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Canadian federal politicians (House of Commons) are taking the summer off starting this week.  They obviously don’t have enough to do, so why not.  This week, in addition to their investigation into the expenses & speaking fees of senators (appointees), the feds (Conservatives) decided to throw the Liberal party leader (Justin Trudeau) into the mix & question speaking fees he earned before he ever became a federal politician.  The information about Justin Trudeau’s speaking fees was released by the Prime Minister’s Office (Steven Harper, Conservative).

How much time has already been wasted sniping at the senators?  If there are problems with how the senators are spending taxpayer money, a committee should be formed to investigate.  It shouldn’t be covered in the House of Commons day after day so each party can make the other party look bad.  Don’t our politicians have better things to do with their time?

“Between 2006 and 2009, Trudeau earned $1.3 million for public speaking engagements. He revealed that income during his campaign for the Liberal leadership and said he’d stopped accepting paid public speaking engagements after throwing his hat into the ring.”  report by CTV’s Richard Madan in Ottawa.

If there was a problem with the way Justin Trudeau earned his living before getting elected to public office, then this should have come out during the election, so the voters could make an informed opinion.  It shouldn’t be dealt with now, after he has been elected, delaying the business of running our country.

With the way Canadian politics runs today, I would be hard pressed to identify with any party – Conservative, Liberal, New Democrat, Green party, etc.  My opinions here are not based on party politics, but rather on the stupidity of our system, where our politicians waste days/weeks/months every year sniping at each other instead of doing the business of the country.

In my opinion, the politicians should have to take a pay cut for every hour they spend sniping at each other rather than doing what the taxpayers are paying them to do.

Invitation To Help Save A Rhino!

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Long time no hear from Marguerite. Re-blogging so maybe some of my followers might be interested in donating. Also I think Robin Rhino is a cute name!

Inner Whispers

My friend and neighbor, Jonellen Thompson, recently returned from a fabulous trip to South Africa where she volunteered at the Balule Wildlife Conservation Project for two weeks.  Jonellen is an ardent animal advocate and when she learned of an opportunity to save four rhinos from poachers, she immediately grabbed the chance to help.  She tells her story below and gives directions so that anyone who may be inclined to help may do so.

The funds need to be collected by June 5, 2013.  All assistance, whether monetary or passing along of information, is gratefully accepted!

Here’s Jonellen’s story:

I recently returned from South Africa where I volunteered for a few weeks at the Balule Wildlife Conservation Project in the Balule Nature Reserve/Olifants West Nature Reserve in Greater Kruger National Park. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The program is run by the nature reserve’s game warden, Craig…

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T is for Terrorism

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Courtesy of Microsoft Clip Arts

Courtesy of Microsoft Clip Arts

The news is full of terrorism these days.  Last week 2 young men took it upon themselves to bomb the Boston Marathon, killing 4 people in the end & maiming or injuring over 100 others.  As people were observing a moment of silence & the barriers were coming down in Boston from last week’s bombings, the news was full of a report on terrorist threat in Canada.  Apparently neither suspect is a Canadian citizen.

Two people were arrested after an alleged terror plot to derail a train in Toronto. RCMP say the suspects were targeting a Via Rail passenger train travelling from New York to Toronto, and planned to attack it on the Canadian side of the border. The suspects reportedly have connections to al-Qaeda in Iran.

The arrests were the culmination of a nearly year-long investigation, dubbed “Operation Smooth,” which began in August 2012. Police said Monday the investigation ongoing.

“Today’s arrests demonstrate that terrorism continues to be a real threat in Canada,” Toews told reporters Monday afternoon.

Canada “will not tolerate terrorist activity and we will not be used as a safe haven for terrorists or those who support terrorist activity,” he said.

Toews said “preventing, countering and prosecuting terrorism is a priority for our government.”

David Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, said the arrests were a result of cross-border co-operation.”

Andrea Janus,  The Loop

Why can’t these people leave us alone?  Why do they have to wreck our lives?

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