not good.

Why You Should Think Twice About Buying Snickers, Milky Way, and Kit Kat Bars (link)

I believe Mars far more than Nestle that they are trying to change – Nestle is all but as bad as oil and mining companies with ‘mining’ bottled water and tying up natural resources for their ill-gotten PROFIT!?! (link)

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Getting there….

From The Seattle Times:
Despite signs of comeback, rare fisher to remain ‘endangered’

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De Nile….

STILL not just a river in Egypt!!

From the Seattle Times:
Nothing to see here, say climate deniers

“….Not that everyone sees the same thing when they look at the weather map. Last year, right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh said that hurricanes are actually part of a vast liberal plot. “It is in the interest of the left to have destructive hurricanes,” he said, “because then they can blame it on climate change …”

He expanded on that as Irma bore down on South Florida, opining that media and marketers were in on the conspiracy, using hurricanes to drive viewership and sales of bottled water. “So the media benefits with the panic with increased eyeballs,” he said, “and the retailers benefit from the panic with increased sales.”

Limbaugh’s lunacy reflects right-wing orthodoxy, which favors doing nothing in response to climate change on the theory it’s all an expensive boondoggle designed to victimize innocent oil and gas companies. So you get Trump pulling the country out of the Paris climate accord and Florida Gov. Rick Scott forbidding his team to even use the term “climate change.” Where the health of our planet is concerned, Republicans essentially ask us to make a wager that science is wrong….”

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Poaching bastards!

it’s too bad poachers can’t be chased down naked by dogs and then thrown in a leg trap for a few hours – might cut down drastically on the number of poachers! I hope they FRY.

From The Seattle P-I:
Charges detail extensive poaching ring in Washington, Oregon

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Hooray!

From The Seattle Times:
Volunteers save young gray whale stranded in Olympic National Park

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aMEN.

From The Guardian:
Trump is the past. Clean energy is the future for America and the planet

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the historic Paris climate agreement and turn his back on the other 194 nations that signed it leaves him isolated on the world stage. But Trump is also isolated from the very Americans he purports to lead, and here lies hope.

Across America, families, businesses, churches, institutions and governments are busy building a clean energy future. And no president can stop that.

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Wesley the Owl

What a wonderful, and at times, gross, book! Similar to my recent read of Alex & Me, Wesley the Owl is a story of a woman who has a many-year direct experience with a wild bird – here, a barn owl who has a wing with nerve damage, and isn’t expected to survive in the wild.

The author is working at a biology lab at Caltech at the time, and takes Wesley in as a tiny baby owl. What follows is an amazing story that goes through many ups and downs (for both the owl and the author) but love throughout along the way. Wesley ends up living 15 years, which as the author notes, likely about 13 more than he would have in a normal wild situation (barn owls have a fairly unforgiving existence and unfortunately tend to have short lives for a variety of reasons she explains in the book).

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have the dedication for this type of experience (any more than in the Alex case noted above) but it’s very interesting to read about it and learn, to be sure – great read!

Here’s some YouTube videos also related to the book:

Presentation from Stacey O’Brien at a writer’s conference about the book:

Other YT videos related to the book (Click here for search list)

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Vote for Stand Up To Oil!

Help stop any oil and coal trains in OR/WA by voting for Stand Up To Oil on CREDO so they can get a potentially large grant (click link below)!

Vote for these great progressive organizations this August

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Cool….!

From the Seattle Times:
Rare birds, wildflowers: Tahoe-area ‘Secret garden’ opens after century

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Right. ON!!!

From Geekwire:

Expedia cracks down on wildlife tourism, removing some activities and promoting animal welfare

Expedia plans to conduct a thorough review of the wildlife tourism attractions bookable through its website and remove activities determined to be objectionable.

The Bellevue, Wash. travel giant is also launching a Wildlife Tourism Education Portal, which provides information about animal welfare and what kind of animal interaction might be involved in an activity.

Announcing the moves today, Expedia said it worked with The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, Born Free Foundation, and The Humane Society to develop the initiative.

“Expedia can play an integral part in educating travelers about the diverse views related to wildlife tourism, so they can make informed decisions that align with how they travel and how they interact with the animals that share our planet,” Jen O’Twomney, vice president of Expedia Local Expert, said in a statement, “As travelers, it is important that we know more about the places we go, the activities we engage in, and the ways in which we leave lasting impacts on our destinations.”

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