Friday, October 30, 2015

Bathroom for dogs @ airports

You know how it is after a long flight, when the fasten-your-seatbelt sign stayed lit for almost all of the plane ride,
and you had to wait forever to exit the plane, it feels like you’ve been ‘holding it’ for years.
You finally approach the public restroom and see this:  The long long line

Well, dogs flying into O’Hare International Airport in Chicago no longer have to worry about waiting in line for the public pee-tree!

Oh yeah, I was talking to dogs in my opening paragraph. Was that not clear?

Besides being the world’s busiest airport, O’Hare just revamped their terminals in a way that really puts itself on the map.
Airborne dogs now officially have their own indoor public bathroom at the Chicago airport!

The bathroom was designed with service dogs and their handlers in mind. According to a press release:

    “It will enhance the traveling experience for individuals with disabilities because they no longer need to pass back through security to relieve their service animal.”

bathroom I mean bark-room is equipped with 2-foot-by-4-foot stand of artificial grass, complete with miniature fire hydrants for aim,
and a pop-up sprinkler system to wash away puppy pee. Adorable.

Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner, Ginger Evans said in a news release on Tuesday:

    “We are pleased to offer this new amenity for passengers, especially those who depend on the assistance of service animals
when they travel through our airport.
This is another way we are making O’Hare International Airport more accessible to the traveling public and creating a more welcoming environment for visitors to Chicago.”

So, next time you fly into Chicago with your four-legged friend, and he or she was filling up on peanuts and sipping cocktails throughout the flight, just look for that good ole blue-and-white sign. 

World's cutest endangered animal photographed for first time in over 2 decades

Meet the Ili pika, native to the Tianshan mountain range in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China
and quite possibly the cutest endangered species known to exist. The animal, occasionally referred to as the "magic rabbit,"
is even rarer than the panda. In fact, no one had seen one in more than two decades until this little guy (pictured above) was photographed last July, reports CNN.

Scientists estimate that there are fewer than 1,000 still alive, though so little is known about this elusive
pika that precise numbers are difficult to come by.
They're diurnal, meaning they primarily appear during the day, so it's discouraging that this is the first Ili pika seen since the early 1990s.

Part of their elusiveness can be explained by the remoteness of their habitat. Like most species of pika —
a group of mammals related to rabbits and hares — the Ili pika lives only at high altitudes.
Since they are sensitive to warmer temperatures, climate change is a major threat to pika species worldwide.
As the Earth warms, they must retreat higher and higher into the mountains until they simply run out of habitat left to climb to.  
"This tiny species could be extinct any time," said conservationist Li Weidong, the man who took the recent photographs.
"They don't exist in the sites where they used to be anymore."

The teddy bear-faced Ili pika, as seen for the first time in decades.

Incidentally, Li is also the researcher credited with first discovering the Ili pika in 1983,
and it was his research team that last saw the animal in the 1990s.
Li led an expedition in 2002 and 2003 to relocate the species, but was unsuccessful.

It wasn't until July of 2014 that Li got another chance to find his so-called "magic rabbit," due in part to an early retirement.
Currently, there is no organization dedicated to the conservation of this charismatic little pika,
despite Li's efforts to raise awareness about it. The species is not even listed on China's List of Wildlife under Special State Protection —
 part of the country's 1988 Wildlife Protection Law.  

"I'm almost 60, and soon I won't be able to climb the Tianshan Mountains," said Li.
"So I really hope that an organization will have people study and protect the Ili Pika."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

All aboard for Europe..

Did you say you wanted to go on a European cruise? Contact you friendly tour advisor soon. No travel documents needed.

One of the tramp steamers leaving for Italy from Libya. And everyone is taken in by the loving Europeans. Those kind loving socialists that are soon going to be overrun. 

(The spread of the Islam culture – perhaps it is a deliberate strategy? 





Body by a 19 year old girl

Friday, October 16, 2015

New York is the greensest city in the USA!!

The (surprising) greenest city in the US is?

Melissa Breyer (@MelissaBreyer)
Business / Environmental Policy
October 14, 2015

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A new ranking lists the country's most sustainable cities for 2015; number one might not be what you'd expect.

When daydreaming about what America's greenest city might look like, I see calm streets filled with pedestrians and cyclists, bike baskets cascading like cornucopia with farmer's market produce. The air smells like a meadow, there are dogs frolicking in massive parks, there are rainbows, people smile!

But according to a comprehensive ranking by the personal finance site, WalletHub, the truth slams the brakes on my reverie ... screeching tires and all. That's because as calculated by the set of 12 metrics they used – falling into the four categories of Environmental Quality, “Greenness” of Transportation, “Greenness” of Energy Sources and Green Lifestyle & Local Policies – the greenest metropolis of the 100 most populated cities in the United States is none other than the city I call home, New York City.

Whaaat?! I think of Portland or San Francisco ... places where people wear hemp and plastic bags are banned and electric cars fill the parking lots. But no. While those two beacons of sustainability rank second and third, it's the Big Apple that gets the prize for first place.

What's not surprising is that New York takes the number one spot for sustainable transportation. Having a car in New York is a pain in the seat – meanwhile, the subway gets you anywhere, relatively quickly, for a few bucks and every day it seems there are new Citi Bike stands and bike lanes. And indeed, the authors of the ranking found that, for example, the percentage of commuters who drive is four times less in New York than in Chesapeake, Va.; likewise, New York is four times more walkable than Chesapeake as well.

So New Yorkers, take pride in the city (well, that's a given) and wave your reusable shopping bags high!

Here's how the top 10 stack up:
1. New York, NY
2. Portland, OR
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Washington, DC
5. Honolulu, HI
6. Seattle, WA
7. Minneapolis, MN
8. Boston, MA
9. Oakland, CA
10. Fremont, CA


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Maude White is an incredible papercutting artist from Buffalo, New York. She uses a surgical knife to make precise cuts into paper that play with positive and negative space.
In an interview with Art Voice, White says she enjoys the challenge and permanence of papercutting, where an artist must live with every knife stroke. Once a cut has been made, there’s no going back.
Below you will find a small gallery of Maude’s intricate papercrafts. To see more, make sure you check her out at the li

nks below.