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His Majesty doth dehydrate muchly http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/?p=4394
In ICU, closely monitored.
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A skeleton unearthed last year from under a parking lot has been confirmed as that of England’s King Richard III, who died in a battle some 500 years ago.
http://www.examiner.com/article/bones-of-king-richard-iii-confirmed-found-500-years-later-under-parking-lotA skeleton unearthed last year from under a parking lot has been... more
Video interview with Lauren Field and Gaetano Rodriguez, co-creators of Trek The Musical, performed by Accio Actors. Conducted by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=3743Video interview with Lauren Field and Gaetano Rodriguez, co-creators of Trek The... more
Yeah, yeah...I can hear the jokes now. Seriously though, she's not only beautiful and talented but compassionate, the whole package!
http://www.ineedmyfix.com/2011/08/25/bones-star-emily-deschanel-urges-compassion-for-farm-animals-farm-sanctuary/Yeah, yeah...I can hear the jokes now. Seriously though, she's not only beautiful... more
Japanese artist Iori Tomita transforms the scientific technique of preserving and dying organism specimens into an art form with his series, 'shinsekai [toumei hyouhon]' ('new world transparent specimens'). Tomita began experimenting with the preservation and staining of fish while working as a fisherman, gradually developing his mastery of the nuances of the process necessary for refining the form and colour of the pieces. for each specimen, tomita first removes the scales and skin of fish that have been preserved in formaldehyde. He leaves the organism to soak in a mixture of blue stain, ethyl alcohol, and glacial acetic acid before utilizing the enzyme trypsin to break down protein and muscles, stopping the reaction as soon as they become transparent but before they lose their form. The bones are then stained by soaking the fish in a combination of potassium hydroxide and red dye, before the specimen is preserved in glycerin. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/section-blog/42984-iori-tomitaJapanese artist Iori Tomita transforms the scientific technique of preserving and... more
CityBeat Cincy-Laura Harrell remembers vividly the time she first met David “Bones” Hebert, the man who would become her close friend and, eventually, her roommate. It was nearly 14 years ago in Clifton Heights, when she visited friends at their Ohio Avenue apartment and Hebert lived in the small space below.
“He really made an impression on me,” Harrell says. “He was a sweetheart. He was a very warm, loving person.”
The years of companionship, though, came to an abrupt end on the morning of April 18. While Harrell was getting ready for the day around 8:30 a.m., her 9-year-old daughter told her that there was a Duke Energy worker on the front porch of her Northside home with a clipboard. When Harrell checked outside, she learned it actually was a Cincinnati Police detective, who informed her that Hebert had been shot and killed by an officer a few hours earlier.
Hebert, 40, was a lanky, tattooed neighborhood fixture and local musician who had played in several Rock and Punk bands in the 1990s including Ratfuel, AMF and Shoot the Gift. Many others grew to know him during his long stint as a cook at The Comet bar.
After living in Portland for a brief period, Hebert had returned to his hometown of New Orleans before making his way back to Cincinnati about six months ago. While working part-time jobs at Melt and Northslice Pizza, he had just moved in with Harrell about three weeks before the shooting.
The incident, which occurred shortly after 3 a.m. in Northside near the corner of Chase and Georgia avenues, was prompted by a 911 call made by Jason Weller. Phoning from his basement apartment on Virginia Avenue, an apparently intoxicated Weller told the dispatcher in slurred speech that he had been socializing with Hebert and a female companion when Hebert allegedly “robbed him” and attacked him with “a big-ass pirate sword,” according to a tape of the call released by police.
After the dispatcher repeatedly asked a rambling Weller whether he needed medical attention, he replied that he only had a small cut on his hand.
Police caught up with Hebert about 10 minutes later on Chase Avenue, five blocks from Weller’s apartment, walking with the female companion and his dog, Shady. What happened in the next few minutes is murky and open to debate.
At a press conference on the day after the shooting, acting Police Chief Richard Janke said Hebert was shot after he twice refused to remove his hand from his right pocket, then suddenly took a knife from the pocket and took a step toward two officers. That’s when a third officer, Sgt. Andrew Mitchell, pulled out his gun and shot Hebert twice in the chest. (A fourth officer also was present at the scene.)
Janke said Mitchell acted appropriately because Hebert had “a deadly weapon.”
But that account raises numerous questions for Harrell and other of Hebert’s friends. Moreover, it differs sharply from comments made to some of them by Hebert’s female companion at the scene that night. The woman, whose name hasn’t been released by police, has retained a Blue Ash attorney and declined any public comment.
Hebert’s friends said Weller, Hebert and the woman were partying at Weller’s apartment when Weller made an unwelcome sexual advance on her, and an altercation occurred after Hebert pushed him away. Hebert and the woman were on their way home when confronted by police.
Further, friends wonder why two officers standing much closer to Hebert — Lawrence Johnson and Nicolini Stavale — didn’t draw their weapons but Mitchell did. Mitchell has a history of using force against suspects.
Since joining the department in 2006, Mitchell fired his gun at a burglary suspect wielding a BB gun in Westwood, hitting him in the arm and hand; and used a Taser on a high school student who he mistakenly believed was a robbery suspect. Also, a man filed an excessive force complaint against Mitchell for grabbing his wrist at the Bengals stadium, an allegation that wasn’t substantiated.
Additionally, the description of Hebert’s knife continues to change. Originally described as a large Bowie knife, it was later referred to as a switchblade with a 7-inch blade, then a 6-inch blade.
In fact, several friends say Hebert showed them the rusty knife he had begun carrying after an acquaintance gave it to him as a gift a few weeks ago.
If Hebert was lunging at officers, as police have said, friends wonder why the knife ended up about 25 feet behind him, shattering the window in a house before landing upright in a yard. The trajectory suggests he was trying to throw it away, they add.
“The picture being painted that he was a knife-wielding thief who lunged at police are not true,” says Lisa Wurster. “We believe our friend was murdered and it’s being covered up.”
Tellingly, friends say, Janke has refused to divulge how close the officers were to Hebert. They say the companion told them it was about two feet. Moving so close suggests that the other two officers didn’t feel threatened.
Police confiscated Hebert’s van from Harrell’s driveway, but told Hebert’s parents they took it at Harrell’s request, which she says is untrue.
Janke’s press conference defending Mitchell angers Hebert’s friends. The Police Department has asked them for patience and to reserve judgment until the investigations are complete, but that’s not being reciprocated.
“The statements made that morning do not reflect reservation of judgment or neutrality,” says Rob Linneman. “It affects public opinion … Bones is innocent until proven guilty.”
Three separate investigations are underway, one each by the department’s Criminal Investigation and Internal Investigation sections, and by the Citizen Complaint Authority.
Police have released video taken from cruiser cameras but the footage just depicts officers driving to the scene and the shooting’s aftermath. That’s because the cameras only activate while a cruiser’s lights and sirens are on, police said.
Al Gerhardstein, a prominent civil rights attorney who helped negotiate dozens of police reforms in 2001-03, says that policy should change.
“Every time there is an encounter with a citizen, if the capacity is there, it should be videotaped,” he said, adding some departments use cameras attached to officers’ shirts.
Harrell and many others in Hebert’s extended circle of friends already have held a fundraiser and a vigil in his memory, as well as appearing before City Council pleading for a thorough, independent investigation of what transpired under cover of darkness.
“I want to get to the truth and see policies changed so this doesn’t happen again,” Harrell says. “That’s all we can do. We can’t bring him back.”
( I am a friend of Bones and the girl told us she was being harassed (by you know who...)typical here in this dirty old town and thats what they leave out why she has not made a statement and has aquirred an attorney in this dirty old town it's the wise choice ,... sadly the truth has been edited , again. no matter what we do this is Cincy's finest...?!)-figgdimensionCityBeat Cincy-Laura Harrell remembers vividly the time she first met David... more
Booth and Brennan seek help from his old friend to find a map which could lead them to the suspect behind the crimes.
Read more : http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00039798.htmlBooth and Brennan seek help from his old friend to find a map which could lead them to... more
EXILE is the world’s first Opera for the iPad. An interactive music video, EXILE combines the exquisite drama of Helen Gifford’s chamber opera with the extraordinarily textured and layered generative visuals of cult digital artists Champagne Valentine .EXILE is the world’s first Opera for the iPad. An interactive music video, EXILE... more
Is the human body sacred? Or is it a commodity ready to be chopped up and exposed to the forces of supply and demand? The answer is a matter of perspective. Our own body is a temple. But when we need a spare part, suddenly we’re surprisingly open to a transaction. To a person looking for a kidney, a scientist trying to learn anatomy, a beauty parlor customer looking for the perfect ‘do, there’s no substitute for a piece of someone else.
The problem is, demand for replacement flesh grossly outstrips supply. In the US and like-minded countries, it’s illegal to sell body parts—they can be taken only from those who filled out a donor card before they died or who are willing to give up an organ out of sheer benevolence. This means there isn’t enough tissue to go around. So, as with any outlawed or heavily regulated resource, a bustling underground trade has formed.
Sometimes the market in body parts is exploitive: Desperate people are paid tiny sums for huge donations. Other times it is ghoulish: Pieces are stolen from the recently dead. And every so often, the resource grab is lethal—people are simply killed for their organs. Welcome to the red market.
Every year, millions of pounds of hair are given to the Lord Venkateswara at the Tirumala temple in South India. The temple sells these donations to the West, where they become raw material for the US hair-extension industry. Indian hair is valued for its length and the fact that the average Indian doesn't use damaging products. The temple makes about $12 million a year in sales, which translates to hundreds of millions at the salon level. There are also secondary markets for human hair. Lesser manes, for example, are sent to factories and boiled down into enzymes that help soften the dough of many baked goods.
Corneas are relatively easy to transplant and easy to ship. This makes for a brisk international market, and cryo packages zip across the globe to needy eyeballs everywhere. Donation rates exceed demand in the US, so we are actually a net exporter of corneas. But overseas, the market is far from orderly. In 2001, a former Chinese surgeon testified before the US Congress that he had harvested hundreds of corneas (along with kidneys and skin) from more than a hundred executed Chinese prisoners. The United Nations has discussed trying to put an end to international organ brokering, but so far the global market remains unregulated.
Black-market heart transplants are extremely rare, if only because putting in a new ticker requires a state-of-the-art medical facility, and these tend to be highly fastidious about organ donation. While one hospital manager in Saudi Arabia told Wired that there's a black market for transplants in that country, there is no evidence of an actual operation ever taking place. The few known nonconsensual donations that do occur once again tend to come from Chinese prisoners and Falun Gong practitioners, according to the UN.
The liver is amazingly resilient; even a badly damaged one can fully regenerate on its own. But when there’s an excessive buildup of scar tissue, a person will need a transplant. The good news is that a patient may not need a whole new organ: Because of the liver’s fortitude, just a healthy lobe may be enough. This means living donors are possible. The bad news is that, for the living donor, recovery can be excruciating, so donors aren’t common. Executed Chinese prisoners are one source of black-market livers. Or organ brokers can set you up in the Philippines, where illicit donations likely come from those desperate for cash.
Don't have years to wait for a kidney in the US? Finding an international source is easy. In fact, two US insurance companies will sometimes even pay for you to go abroad. Outside the US, however, a kidney's origin can be difficult to discern. According to a Council of Europe report, for example, a clinic with ties to senior Kosovo officials engaged in an organ harvesting ring as recently as 2008. And in China, an investigation found that people on death row are routinely tested, typed, and held for on-demand "donations." Then there are India, Pakistan, and Indonesia, where slum dwellers are lured into selling their innards for a pittance.
Egg donation is legal in the US, but getting one (or more) is going to cost you in fees and hospital charges. That said, would-be buyers can also look abroad for deals. The Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus is one destination with a burgeoning illegal trade in human eggs. Clinics there have flown in impoverished women from Russia and Ukraine for aggressive egg harvesting, returning them before complications can arise. The deal can save a client up to 40 percent on in vitro fertilization services. Other egg-harvesting programs in Romania, Spain, and Israel offer similar deals.
India—the outsourcing capital of the world—is the go-to place for getting someone else to grow you a child. Tucked away in an industrial dairy town in Gujarat, for example, the Akanksha Infertility Clinic offers a complete surrogacy program for just $23,000—a fraction of what people pay in the West. The clinic achieves a surprisingly high success rate by transferring five or six embryos to women who sign up for the program (sometimes resulting in sets of twins and the prenatal developmental complications they entail) and by keeping the surrogates on lockdown for the nine months that they gestate.
In the late 1970s, Gunther von Hagens revolutionized the study of anatomy by changing the way specimens were prepared. Instead of immersing dead bodies in a preservative, he replaced their fat and water with polymer, turning corpses into plastic statues. Plastination exposed the body’s internal structures and greatly enhanced researchers’ ability to study them. It also led to several traveling exhibition shows. An investigation into those shows revealed that many bodies were likely coming from executed prisoners.
Most organs become useless soon after the owner dies. The key exceptions are ligaments and bone. Funeral parlors in the US have been implicated in stealing these less perishable body parts and selling them without permission to tissue banks. According to a recent criminal investigation, for example, between 2004 and 2005 a company named Biomedical Tissue Services illicitly harvested 244 bodies from Philadelphia mortuaries. Since tissue banks are not set up to monitor whether parts come from fraudulent sources, it is difficult to know how many donation recipients carry contraband inside their bodies.
If a burn or an ulcer leaves a hole in your body that's too big to stitch, the best option is to patch it up with extra skin—preferably your own. In a pinch, however, someone else's will do. There aren't a lot of people willing to donate living skin, so most grafts are taken from dead bodies—either legally from organ donors or, like ligaments and bone, illegally from funeral parlors. The danger of cadaver harvesting is that the skin is not always as sanitary as it should be. In the Biomedical Tissue Services case, workers hacked at body after body without washing their hands, sending potentially infected samples to tissue banks.
There was a time when every doctor in training received a full set of human bones along with their first-year textbooks. These bones usually came from Calcutta, which produced almost 60,000 skeletons a year. But in 1985 the practice of exporting human parts was banned, and there aren't a lot of good, legal sources of medical skeletons anymore. Today, black-market skeletons pilfered from graves in India are cleaned in acid baths, smuggled out of the country, and sold at a premium through brokers in Canada.
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/01/ff_redmarkets/all/1Is the human body sacred? Or is it a commodity ready to be chopped up and exposed to... more
Are you ready for a fresh year on Fox? This So Fox promo will get you pumped for your faves that are returning and the new shows that may be hits or misses…… we’ll decide on that later.
http://hollywoodhiccups.com/2010/12/30/2011-fox-shows-sneak-peek-video/Are you ready for a fresh year on Fox? This So Fox promo will get you pumped for your... more
The New York Times
December 19, 2010
As Incomes Rise, So Does Animal Trade
By BETTINA WASSENER
HONG KONG — Four suitcases full of ivory, intercepted by customs at Suvarnabhumi International Airport near Bangkok. Rare tortoises, openly for sale at a fair in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. More than 2,000 frozen pangolins — scaly anteaters — seized from a fishing vessel off China.
Oh, and a 2-month-old tiger cub, alive but sedated, found inside a suitcase, also at the Bangkok airport.
If you think all of this sounds like old news — didn’t we see this in the 1970s and ’80s? — think again.
Every one of these incidents, documented by Traffic, the wildlife trade monitoring network, took place within the past few months. They provide just a glimpse of the massive trade in endangered animals — and their bones, skins and other organs — that is taking place across Asia.
And they illustrate that half a century’s worth of efforts by governments, international organizations and conservationists have failed to stem wildlife trade and the extinction of numerous animals and plants.
Yes, conservation projects have helped preserve individual species, but over all the trade in rare creatures has grown, not shrunk — thanks largely to rising demand from an increasingly affluent Asia.
“I’ve been doing this job for close to 20 years,” said Chris R. Shepherd, who helps oversee Traffic’s Southeast Asia operations, “and I can say it’s never been anywhere near as bad as it is now.”
In the 1970s, when international conservation efforts began to take off, the issue was one of largely niche demand from wealthy consumers in the West. Now, however, the picture has changed radically.
Rapid growth across developing Asia over the past decade or two has caused wealth to increase quickly across much of the region. Credit Suisse, in a recent study, estimated that parts of Asia, including China, India and Indonesia, have seen the average wealth per adult soar between 100 percent and 400 percent since 2000.
Along with many of its neighbors, China is now a giant consumer of items like machinery, cars, washing powder, clothes and — yes — python-skin handbags and tiger penises, bear bile and other ingredients for traditional medicines or meals that once belonged to the aristocracy.
“Over the past 20 years, the nature of the demand has changed, thanks to a rising middle class in Asia,” said Colman O’Criodain, a wildlife trade policy analyst in Switzerland for the environmental group W.W.F. International.
James Compton, senior program director for Asia at Traffic, said from Beijing, “Whether it’s high-end luxury stores or the man on the street corner selling dried sea horses — you can see animals and animal parts being sold quite openly. Wildlife trade is now quite pervasive in Asia.”
The problem, experts say, is often not a lack of top-level political will. Many Asian countries, like those elsewhere, ban the trade of rare plants and animals. Rather, the problem is enforcement on the ground and growing demand from populations that are often simply not fully aware of just how endangered the creatures they are consuming are.
Wildlife species with high commercial value have declined drastically, and many are now rare, endangered or even locally extinct, Traffic wrote in a report about Southeast Asia in late 2008.
Figures are hard to come by, as only select species can be closely monitored. But here are a couple of examples to illustrate the scale of some the population declines:
•Some species of sharks are thought to have declined 90 percent. Considered a status symbol in Chinese culture, the soup made from pricey shark fins is now within the reach of many, many more people than it once was.
• There are now thought to be as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild globally, down from 100,000 a century ago. Despite their acute rarity and international bans on tiger trade, officials throughout most of the tiger range countries, which span Russia and much of Asia, are intercepting the claws, skins or bones of about 100 tigers every year, a report published by Traffic last month found.
On the upside, attitudes are starting to change. Shark’s fin soup, for example, is becoming a decidedly uncool meal to serve in Hong Kong, the main hub for trade in the fins.
And in mainland China, where there was barely any coverage of animal welfare and related topics a decade ago, the media are now engaged, said Jill Robinson, founder of the Animals Asia Foundation, which campaigns for animal welfare and the conservation of endangered animals.
The sale of bear bile — often harvested from animals kept in tiny cages, and used in traditional medicine to cure ailments as varied as headaches and hemorrhoids — is legal in China, and demand is booming. But many doctors are starting to turn away from its use, not least because of a growing realization that bile from bears farmed in such conditions is often diseased, Ms. Robinson said.
Unfortunately, these efforts, commendable though they are, make only a small dent. Unlike in the West, where generations of children have grown up with nature programs, populations in Asia are not yet sensitized to issues like conservation, said Mr. O’Criodain of the W.W.F.
And while some countries have pretty advanced projects for preserving terrestrial species, “most consider the resources of the high seas — including overfished species of fish — as up for grabs,” he added.
Often, said Mr. Compton of Traffic, it is actually the rarity of the animal that makes it attractive to consumers, driving up its price.
For example, in Vietnam, where it is illegal to sell bear bile, a milliliter, or one-fifth of a teaspoon, of fresh, liquid bear bile can fetch as much as $30 on the black market, Animals Asia said.
Such prices mean fines and other penalties are an insufficient deterrent to often impoverished local populations.
“Wildlife crime is becoming more and more organized and sophisticated, and enforcement capacities are not managing to keep up,” said Mr. Shepherd of Traffic.
“The political will is changing; we’re seeing a lot of high-level commitments. But we need to see that translate into action on the ground. Otherwise, it will just be business as usual.”
For some species, even the welcome change in awareness may already simply be too little, too late.The New York Times December 19, 2010 As Incomes Rise, So Does Animal Trade By... more
Eat your heart out, Wolverine. The X-Men superhero won't be the only one with metal fused into his skeleton if a new titanium foam proves suitable for replacing and strengthening damaged bones.
Bone implants are typically made of solid metal – usually titanium. Though well tolerated by the body, such implants are significantly stiffer than bone.
This means that an implant may end up carrying a far higher load than the bone it is placed next to, according to Peter Quadbeck of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials Research in Dresden, Germany. In a worst-case scenario, the decrease in stress placed on the bone means it will deteriorate, while the implant loosens and needs to be replaced.
Now Quadbeck and colleagues have created a titanium implant with a foam-like structure, inspired by the spongy nature of bone. The titanium foam does a better job than solid metal when it comes to matching the mechanical properties of bone, such as flexibility, and this encourages more effective bone regrowth.
What's more, the foam is porous, so the bone can grow around and within it, truly integrating the implant with the skeleton.
The titanium foam is made by saturating polyurethane foam with a solution of titanium powder and binding agents. The titanium clings to the polyurethane matrix, which is then vaporised away along with the binding agents. This results in a titanium lattice which is finally heat-treated to harden it.
Though the foam has yet to be approved for use in humans, Quadbeck and colleagues are now working with physicians to explore its suitability for treating certain injuries.
Peter Lee of the Department of Materials at Imperial College London is impressed. He says there are applications where inserting one of these titanium foams "looks like the most promising solution", such as bridging long gaps between broken bones.
Yuyuan Zhao, a materials engineer at the University of Liverpool, UK, adds that "if human bone isn't good enough, an implant could give your body better performance" than leaving bone to heal naturally or using other types of implant.
http://gizmodo.com/5647738/titanium-foam-builds-wolverine-bones-+-health-+-23-september-2010?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+gizmodo/full+(Gizmodo)Eat your heart out, Wolverine. The X-Men superhero won't be the only one with... more
The 5th annual World Go Vegan Week is taking place this year from October 24th through 31st. This week is a celebration of compassion and a time to take action for animals, the environment and everyone's well-being. A plant-based diet not only improves your health, it significantly reduces your carbon footprint and preserves resources for future generations. So please join me in creating a healthy future and go vegan for World Go Vegan Week.
- Emily Deschanel
IDA would like to encourage people to use World Go Vegan Week to educate their community about the vegan lifestyle as a compassionate, sustainable, and healthy way of eating and living. Promoting veganism through outreach events and the media, we know that our annual World Go Vegan Week is helping make the word "vegan" a household word, universally recognized as meaning love and compassion for all living beings.
Take the Vegan Pledge [http://ida.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/Vegan_Pledge] and pledge to go vegan for the week of World Go Vegan Week, October 24 - 31. Join other compassionate and inspired people that are changing their diet, changing their life and changing the world! Then, hold an event to celebrate you commitment to World Go Vegan Week.
Here are some ways you can celebrate World Go Vegan Week:
Be sure to register your event with us so we can send you flyers, posters and other materials to make you event a success. Contact Hope Bohanec: firstname.lastname@example.org (415)448-0058.
* Plan an event or activity to get people interested in veganism, such as a public lecture, cooking demonstration, feed-in with vegan food samples, leafleting, tabling, library exhibit, or street theater performance. If you serve vegan food at your event, you can get refunded for the cost through the VegFund
* Host a vegan potluck dinner or restaurant outing to show your family and friends that they don't have to sacrifice taste to save animals' lives. Sharing delicious vegan food with others is a fun and easy way to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people you care about.
* Ask your local natural foods store to offer vegan samples for the week. Ask your favorite local food store to offer vegan samples or specials for the last week of October. Let them know that we can send information, posters and materials to help them celebrate World Go Vegan Week.
* Ask veg-friendly restaurants to offer discounts or specials on their vegan food. Encourage restaurants to have vegan specials for the week or to offer a discount for bringing in a veg-curious customer.
* Show a powerful, short vegan video at your next potluck or social gathering. Here's one of our favorites: Vegan video by NonViolenceUnited.org.
* Host a vegan pie-baking contest. You can do this in your own home in a public place. Offer prizes like gift certificates to veggie restaurants or IDA T-shirts. Don't you want to be a judge? Yum!
* Host a Vegan Halloween Party. Have a costume party and have prizes for the best animal costume, most compassionate, and the most vegan creative! Have vegan Halloween candy and treats on hand and go trick-or-treating, offering folks at the door vegan candy and brochures.
* Students: join or start a vegan club in your school and plan an event with your friends that will educate people about the benefits of a vegan diet to human health, animals, and the environment. Write a paper on veganism, hand out vegan literature at a college campus or help get vegan meals into your school's cafeteria. Visit Choice to learn how.
* Have a well-known vegan author or athlete come speak in your community. Host an event where a famous vegan offers an inspiring presentation. Have vegan treats for folks to try. IDA can help you contact the person.
* Send a friend or family member who lives far away a gift certificate to a restaurant in their own town. Visit Happy Cow for reviews of vegetarian restaurants around the country.
* Write a letter to the editor about the benefits of a vegan diet or the cruelties of factory farming, or ask your local newspaper to write a story on the subject.
* If you are religious, or participate in spiritual services or gatherings, look for opportunities to incorporate the vegan message into the discussions. If you participate in study groups, suggest discussion fo the vegan message.
* Visit a farmed animal sanctuary and take a friend who still eats meat. There are a number of farmed animal sanctuaries where you can visit rescued cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep and rabbits live naturally in peace and harmony without fear of abuse or slaughter. Check out Animal Acres, Animal Place, Farm Sanctuary, Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary, or IDA's Project Hope.
* Encourage a Compassionate Thanksgiving. Since Thanksgiving is coming up in a few weeks, talk to your community food banks about providing vegan options such as Tofurkys. Consider buying a few Tofurkys, preparing them, and bringing them to your food bank or other similar community dinner. Be sure to check out Gentle Thanksgiving which offers a lot of information and guidance on this special observance.
* Share the ideals of veganism with your community of friends and colleagues by adding this quote to your email signature:"Veganism gives us all the opportunity to say what we 'stand for' iin life -- the ideal of healthy, humane living. Add decades of health to your life, with a clear conscience as a bonus." - Donald Watson
* If you are a part of an animal protection organization, become a presenter of World Go Vegan Week. There are no costs to you for joining us as a co-presenter. All you need is to post the World Go Vegan Week banner on your web site, which links to the World Go Vegan Week web page. Contact Hope Bohanec, for more information: email@example.com or call (415) 448-0058.Celebrate Compassion The 5th annual World Go Vegan Week is taking place this year... more
So over the span of my life I've broken the exact same over and over and over. They seem to get slightly more ridiculous one after the other. First time was being dared to jump to the 8th out of 10 monkey-bars and...lost the dare. Second time I climbed a fence and while half way over I lost my balance and sacked myself and the exact same arm decided it would be a great idea to break my fall.
The third time was when I was at scouts. We were all sitting around in a circle and I had my hands outwards to hold myself up when out of nowhere...a fat kid (estimate age, 9-10, weight guess, 170lb) chugged by and dropped right onto my arm while standing. Not gracefully letting himself down, but his legs gave in and my arm wedged into his butt-crack.
(Ok so here is the most interesting one). So I got dropped off at my friends for a sleepover and right after being dropped off I grab my skateboard and we both headed down to a Pier to hangout. On our way down, we encountered a very long, very steep, very curved out hill (In the shape of a "C"). I told my friend to meet me down there. I jumped onto my board, and started carving down the hill. In my mind I thought carving while going down a monstrosity-like hill would slow me down when in fact made me go Mach 3 speed (sarcasm for going VEERRYY FAST).
Half way down the hill I hit speed-wobble and crash from hitting a patch of rocks. I slide across 12ft of pavement. I didn't understand why I couldn't feel anything to the touch when I looked over at my arm and discovered I had a compound fracture (the ball-joint of the wrist shattered and stuck out from an inch above from where it was at). I called out at my friend up the hill that I wouldn't be able to sleep over. Within 5 minutes of being dropped off, I ruin my day.
When my friend came down he made a joke on the unaccountable times this has been to break my arm. My stomach growled, "Im hungry" i quoted. "Cant wait to have crappy food yet again at the hospital (which turned out to be an eight day stay at the hospital due to infection inside the arm). A few seconds later, what was a quiet fart turned into a loud, 7-second long fart that I definitely felt. Me and my friend were laughing hysterically. "Dude the apartments along the hill are gonna smell that". A woman drove by and stopped beside on the road in her vehicle and I explained to her I needed her to call 911. She gets out, "You don't need an ambulance, I'll get my husband" (who apparently was an industrial first-aider). 5 minutes later he comes out from the apartments from above the hill, "he definitely needs an ambulance", says the husband.
So what I thought was gonna be a great day turned into four months of recovery until I was able to back to wakeboarding and snowboarding. From curling 20-25lb weights I had to start from 2lb weights. Though breaking my arm for the unaccountable time it has been, I sure ripped the hardest fart I would ever have.So over the span of my life I've broken the exact same over and over and over.... more
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