For “Mammal Monday”:
You can make a difference for animals affected by Superstorm Sandy. Click here to learn how!
Raccoon Asking For Shelter From Hurricane Sandy!
Post-Sandy: Working with Nature to Keep Us Safe
Aerial views of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by New Jersey Army National Guard, Oct. 30, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the first priorities for federal, state, and local governments are to prevent additional loss of life, assist those in need with all resources possible, and begin the difficult recovery process. But once the recovery process begins my family and friends, along with countless others up and down the eastern seaboard, will begin to consider how to repair, rebuild and strengthen their homes and business properties.
As we move towards the repair and recovery phase, NWF has identified a 10 ways to better prepare for extreme hurricanes: five national policy changes that can be made right now to make all us safer, and five activities that must be stopped to avoid and minimize future storm-related catastrophes. These recommendations all have one thing in common – they promote protection and restoration of natural defenses that are critical for safe, affordable, and sustainable protection from storms and floods.
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Rodanthe, North Carolina. Flickr photo by North Carolina Dept. of Transportation
Five Actions to Protect People, Property and Wildlife from Storm and Flood Damages:
How You Can Help
“By going to the polls this Tuesday, we can show Big Polluters their money is no match for millions of Americans who have the power to elect leaders that will stand up to protect wildlife and fight climate change. Get ready to vote by locating your polling place today, deciding now what time you will vote and making sure that your friends and family have rides to the polls. Let’s Pack the Polls for Wildlife.” From Wildlife Promise
How Sea Otters Fight Climate Change
“Sea otters love eating sea urchins—scavengers known to devastate kelp forests when populations are left unchecked. More sea otters mean more kelp, and since kelp is particularly good at capturing carbon through photosynthesis, this also means less climate-change inducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
According to new a study published in the journal “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,” by James Estes and Chris Wilmers—scientists at UC Santa Cruz—kelp beds with a healthy otter population absorb 12 times as much carbon dioxide as beds without otters present.
This is just one example of the tangible benefits of living in a world with strong and healthy ecosystems. Sea otters, brought back from the brink of extinction and still in jeopardy today, provide enormous benefits for the future of our planet.” From: http://blog.nwf.org/2012/09/sea-otters-more-than-just-a-cute-face/
Kiara, World's First Liliger
“Kiara, the world's first liliger, was born in a Russian zoo in August.
Kiara is a curious cat: Her father is an African lion and her mother is a liger -- a cross between a lion and a tiger.
Thought to be the world's first known "liliger," Kiara was born last month in the Novosibirsk Zoo in Russia, ABC News reports.
To make things even more complicated, the super-hybridized feline is reportedly being raised by an ordinary house cat named Dasha after her liger mother wasn't able to provide the newborn cub with enough milk, the Sun reports.
The practice of breeding hybrid cats, such as Bengal Cats and Stone Cougars, has been criticized in the past as being "irresponsible" and potentially dangerous, especially when the animals are kept as pets.
"In a nutshell, it is an irresponsible thing to do and there is no redeeming reason to cross breed these cats nor to support those who do by buying one. It almost never works out for the individual cat and in the rare case that it does, the number of animals that had to suffer in order for this one rare cat to exist is staggering," Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, explains on the animal sanctuary's website.”
“Paw-fect mum ... Dasha the moggy has adopted Kiara, the world's first Liliger More at: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4544877/Worlds-first-Liliger-is-born-and-adopted-by-a-cat.html
Subject: Printer Problem
“What would be the first thing you might think if a User called and told
you they were having problems with their printer?
Issue: “Whenever I print, the paper comes out wrinkled, crumpled and even shredded! Sometimes the ink is wet and smeared.”
Now, make the diagnosis before opening the video. Were you right? If so, you're definitely a topgun!”
On This Day:
King James learns of gunpowder plot, Nov 5, 1605:
“Early in the morning, King James I of England learns that a plot to explode the Parliament building has been foiled, hours before he was scheduled to sit with the rest of the British government in a general parliamentary session.
At about midnight on the night of November 4-5, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes lurking in a cellar under the Parliament building and ordered the premises searched. Some 20 barrels of gunpowder were found, and Fawkes was taken into custody. During a torture session on the rack, Fawkes revealed that he was a participant in an English Catholic conspiracy to annihilate England's Protestant government and replace it with Catholic leadership.
In 1606, Parliament established November 5 as a day of public thanksgiving. Today, Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated across Great Britain every year on November 5 in remembrance of the Gunpowder Plot. As dusk falls, villagers and city dwellers across Britain light bonfires, set off fireworks, and burn effigies of Guy Fawkes, celebrating his failure to blow Parliament and James I to kingdom come.”
From me: When I went to school in England there was a poem we kids would sing:“Remember, Remember, the 5th. of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder, treason, Should ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent to blow up King and Parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below to prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s mercy he was catch’d with a dark lantern and lighted match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Hip hip hoorah!”
George Selden patents gas-powered car, Nov 5, 1895:
“On November 5, 1895, Rochester attorney George Selden wins U.S. Patent No. 549,160 for an "improved road engine" powered by a "liquid-hydrocarbon engine of the compression type." With that, as far as the government was concerned, George Selden had invented the car--though he had never built a single one.
Selden's design was fairly vague, and was actually based on a two-cylinder internal-combustion engine that someone else had invented: Selden had simply copied the one he'd seen on display at the 1872 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. In 1899, Selden sold his patent to a group of investors who called themselves the Electric Vehicle Company. In turn, they immediately sued the Winton Motor Carriage Company, the largest car manufacturer in the United States, for infringing on the Selden patent just by building gas-powered cars. Winton settled, and the court upheld Selden's patent in 1903.
Soon, some automakers realized that the Selden patent didn't have to be a threat to their business. On the contrary, it could be quite profitable and limit competition in a highly competitive industry. About 30 car companies, including Winton, got together with Selden and the EVC to form the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM). The ALAM sued anyone who built a gas-powered car without Selden's permission--in other words, anyone who had not paid to join the Selden cartel. It also drummed up business for its own members by threatening to sue anyone who bought a car from an unlicensed company. (Its ads warned: "Don't buy a lawsuit with your new automobile!")
But Selden's group, composed mostly of Eastern carmakers that built ritzy cars for rich buyers, made a mistake: It excluded the Midwestern manufacturers who built lower-priced cars for ordinary people. In particular, it excluded Henry Ford. On October 22, 1903, the ALAM sued Ford for patent infringement, but the case took until 1909, seven months after the Model T was introduced, to go to trial. Most Americans, delighted to have the opportunity to buy an affordable car, were on Ford's side, but the judge was not: The court ruled that any gas-powered vehicle unlicensed by the ALAM violated the Selden patent and was illegal.
But on January 11, 1911, the appeals court ruled in Ford's favor: the Selden patent, it said, only applied to replicas of the exact engine that Selden had seen in 1872.”
My animals don’t know about clock changes and they are still on a different schedule from me, so they keep me running.
My computer got the ‘slows’, so I spent quite some time running different fixes. Even de-fragging and disk cleaning, which I do nearly every day, didn’t solve it. I reset the cable box and router, and I went though it and deleted extra emails and some of the duplicate photos. Once the pictures have been ‘straightened’ and ‘cropped’ in Picasa, I can’t see keeping the originals. Maybe I should have bought a computer with more space in it.
Then I caught up on some laundry, and cooked up a mess of veggies that aren’t quite fresh enough to put through the auger juicer. Some were frozen to have later. Before I knew it, it was evening and dark again, as we only had 12 hours of daylight.
We, the animals and I, had a quiet Sunday.