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Today, it is Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 11:46 am. in Southern California.
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Shear Poodle Madness! : )

These images astounded me. Honestly, I was utterly delighted, out LOUD. Some might think these images constituted some form of abuse, but I’m thinking it’s quite likely the dogs rather enjoyed the extra grooming and attention. They certainly seem to radiate a pleasant attitude in the images.


Pictures Taken By Ren Netherland / BARM – Fame Pictures

I bet these poodles get so petted and feted. As well they should – unbelievably adorable. (Not that ALL dogs should be petted and feted : )

Whole collection of 13 images HERE at MSNBC. The Camel, Pony and PANDA are to dye for!

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TOO cute – Panda Dog : )

Why, he even lumbers like a little panda. If it were me, I would name him “Bamboo…” Precious little pudget. : )


 
 
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Seaplex – “Plastic Everywhere”


Photo taken by Jim Leicther.

The Seaplex research ship is finishing up its exploratory voyage into the Great Pacific Gyre. This gyre is a huge continent-sized area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is now serving as a slow swirling repository for plastic bits of debris in every square meter down to a considerable depth…

The Chief Research Scientist offered up a profoundly revealing quote on today’s Seaplex blog:

“The next time we cut the small boat’s engine to pick up a piece of trash, we noticed that the ocean’s surface was covered in polka dots of tiny plastic. Though we’d been pulling up plastic in our nets for days, seeing it freely floating about, not bunched up in a net, was shocking. The magnitude of the problem suddenly came crashing down on me – how could there be this much plastic just floating in a random patch of ocean a thousand miles from land?”

Full Article Here


 
 
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NEW Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Updated: 5:48 PM 8/12/2009
The News is In
Researchers Finding Much More Plastic than Expected

It’s hard to imagine finding plastic garbage fragments and bits throughout the huge Pacific Ocean. But, researchers are doing just that. From the very start of their journey, they are netting plastic with every tow sampling.

Images below: See the plastic bits floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from land. The Scripps Institute Research vessel is reporting its findings.




Below: Ghost Net Floating in the Middle
of the Pacific Ocean

Pictures Credited to Seaplex, Scripps Institute Reseach Project

Giant Floating Garbage Patch: The Scripps Institute Reseach vessel has officially reached the huge “Great Pacific Floating Patch” in the Pacific Gyre.

Today, they report finding much more plastic than expected. In fact, they are finding it everywhere, even from the beginning of their voyage.

One of the observers describes what they are seeing: “It is a soup of bits, pieces and strands. If you look out over the water you see a beautiful cobalt blue ocean. If you look down you see a little bits of things that were once important to someone probably 1,000 miles away…

Most of the water has plastic in it. With the obvious and already stated fact that the ocean is huge, it is the job of the scientist to put the numbers into perspective…”

They are collecting small feeder fish, expressing concern that the small feeder fish that are eaten by larger predator fish may be eating fragments of plastic, thus absorbing chemicals and toxins directly into their systems. Since we eat the larger fish that feed upon these feeder fish, we would be ingesting these pollutants from our seafood.

This seems to be a more serious problem than they had imagined. Although they are glad they were able to reach their destination, discover exactly what they were looking for, they find themselves somewhat somber and a bit depressed having seen the severity of the problem.

They also are reporting via CBS 8 that a large number of sea turtles, birds, mammals and fish sea life are dying due to the marine debris.

The researchers will be investigating ways to clean up the “toxic mess.”

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Previously Updated: 9:42 AM 8/4/2009
Project Kaisei Embarks to Investigate the “Dump”

Sylvia Earle “Explorer-in-Residence”
National Geographic, Mission Programs

“Solving a problem starts with knowing that you have one. Project Kaisei vividly shows how discarded plastics are clogging the ocean, causing a major problem for the planet’s vital “blue heart,” entangling marinelife and insidiously killing as it accumulates in the food chain, from tiny plankton to great whales. Best of all, the mission highlights hope with ideas for positive action.” http://www.projectkaisei.org/

Note: The Project Kaisei team will embark on a multi-week expedition to the “Plastic Vortex” from the West Coast in order to:

– Study and document the marine debris found in this area of the Pacific Ocean;

– Test catch methods for removing the debris;

– Conduct research on the chemical interactions of marine debris in the gyre and select fishes and wildlife related to persistent organic pollutants (POPs);

– Understand the needs required to undertake an eventual large scale clean-up of the waste material;

– Test technologies for conversion into an economically viable by-product: diesel fuel.”

Updated: 4:01 PM 4/26/2009
A giant, almost endless plastic soup extends
a wider distance than the length and breadth
of the United States, right smack in the middle
of the Pacific Ocean.

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.

UPDATE 9:37 AM 8/4/2009 – Scripps Embarks…

Scripps Scientists Aboard Research Vessel to Study Huge Garbage Dump
“From August 2-21, a group of doctoral students and research volunteers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will embark on an expedition aboard the Scripps research vessel New Horizon to explore the problem of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre.

The Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX) is the first of its kind and will focus on a suite of critical questions. How much plastic is accumulating, how is it distributed, and how is it affecting ocean life?

The researchers hope to provide critical, timely data to policy makers and combine Scripps’ long tradition of Pacific exploration with focus on a new and pressing environmental problem. ” http://seaplexscience.com

Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he’s drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.” (Link from the Oprah Show)

This plastic “continent” stretches a distance wider than the United States and can be 90 deep or greater in places. It’s growing by leaps and bounds due to extensive plastic waste cast off by a “throwaway” mentality of the world’s consumers.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Garbage
From Askmen.com

  • There’s a continent of garbage in the Pacific gyre. (Gyre: swirling center region of the ocean’s currents)
  • There’s garbage all over Mt. Everest – it’s “notoriously filthy.”
  • Some garbage can live a million years… or more.
  • Landfills pollute worse than… chernobyl. Then expel vast quantities of toxic gases.
  • Plasma” can obliterate garbage. (Discovery Link to Plasma Gasification)

See more about Plasma, below.

According to Charles Moore, garbage growth is so extensive that the expansion of this island of trash seems virtually unstoppable, and may eventually, sooner than later, choke off the world’s fish supply.

Currently, over 90% of the world’s larger consumable fish stores are gone, depleted.

In addition, if the destruction of plankton is severe enough, oxygen levels will diminish and the world’s atmosphere is at risk.

There are many foreseen as well as unforeseen repurcussions to the huge accumulations of non-biodegradable waste in the world’s oceans.

Animals are indeed dying in record numbers exceeding hundreds of thousands. Seabirds feed their young colorful plastic bits, and the baby birds die a slow death. Sea mammals perish in netting and plastic coils and strips and die from poisoning as well.

Almost all fish are becoming contaminated with plastic bits and chemicals – even the tiniest fish. As Charles Moore says, “You can buy certified organic produce, but no fishmonger on earth can sell you a certified, organic, wild caught fish.”

The only solution: To stop the plastic at its source. It would be impossible to clean up the ocean. No country or power has the money or wherewithal to remove even a small proportion of plastic trash.

It is the only hope, but Charles hold’s little hope that we can change.
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_plastic.html

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Ways to Help
Ocean Heroes at Oceana.org
Actual ways to help along with celebrities
Actors, musicians, scientists and authors,
ocean lovers, advocates

Algalita has a DVD that chronicles and explains this massive problem. Undoubtedly the cost helps support their efforts.
http://algalita.org/videos-synthetic-sea.html

Great Links courtesy of Askmen.com

PLASMA: It’s working in other countries
“Since 2002, two commercial waste-to-energy plasma gasification plants have been operating successfully in Japan.

The Mihama-Mikata facility processes 24 tons of municipal sold waste and 4 tons of sewage sludge per day, producing steam and hot water for local use.

The Utashinai plant processes up to 300 tons per day of waste and/or automobile shredder residue.

This facility produces up to 7.9 Megawatts of electricity, of which 3.6 MW are used to run the plasma torches and the plant, and up to 4.3 MW are sent to the electrical power grid.

In Ottawa, Canada, people are evaluating a demonstration facility that is currently processing 94 tons of waste per day, sending 4 MW of power to the grid.”

Note: This technology has been scaled back in the United States by 80%. Why is that? Could it be that it’s not “profitable” enough and the “greed” factor isn’t attractive to investors?

Or, perhaps the technology would impinge upon the profitability of current technologies.


 
 
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Posted via email from cdin’s posterous


 
 
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Grumps at Church

  

Dear Friends,

Here’s a little note sent by a friend to their pastor. Religious or not, has some interestingly good points… : )

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Dear Church Pastor –

So sorry missed you this Sunday – but how about putting your sermon online? That way, wouldn’t have to go…

Wouldn’t that be GREAT?  

Please let all the people at your church know to be more welcoming and loving and stop walking around so clicquish with stern churchly looks.   

If I had a church I would go around with a big fat smile looking everyone in the eye with love pouring from every vein.

I would say hello to everyone  and clasp their hand with both of mine. I would encourage my flock to love each other like they love themselves, and do something fun and nice, like hand each other $1 and give each other a handshake or hug.

Okay the $1 is over the top.

At my church, NO FROWNS allowed. As their pastor, I would wander around before church always welcoming, especially the down trodden and EVEN the tax collectors.

I would introduce people to each other.

At my church, there would always be a little cookie table where you could buy a little treat to eat while loving the Lord.

There would be a joke of the day – something to laugh about. I would sternly admonish my flock to not be stern.

I would rail against this guy –

It would be a cool church.

LUCKILY this will NOT come to pass as i could NEVER have a church for reals.

Juss sayin…

Your beloved flocklet,
 

PS: Thank you for praying for me – i can tell you are!  


 
 
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Tourists Abuse Donkeys

Tourist with Large Posterior
Squashes Small Donkey into Flat Patty

Okay, i jest a bit and bridle… Message to all tourists – have a heart. If you’re overweight, don’t cause your donkey’s legs to buckle.

Video below (just took it down, sorry, link below instead) shows one furry fellow’s back legs giving in due to the huge weight of the overflowing woman atop.

Someone once told me a story about their father’s donkey who wept tears while he was being beaten… Tears poured from the little guy’s eyes.

For some reason, the video I previously posted above was ponderously slow so took it down. It’s rather like the gait of the ponderously thighed tourist… Sincere apoloplectics because of it. Sky News Article Here.


 
 
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