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Intelligent and Kind: mammal dolphins, whales and humans have fun together/ rescue each other - stunning stories, photos, videos


calf floating alongside mother whale beneath whale-watching ship

Swimming along with curious whale calf and mother was nerve-racking

Moko the dolphin enjoys playing with swimmers, pushes kayaks along

a whale that helped a drowning athlete

2nd whale stays by side of friend tangled in rope until she's freed

grateful whale nuzzled each of her rescuers/divers in turn and flapped around

dolphins rescue surfer (severely injured) from becoming shark’s bait

7-Day-Old Baby Dolphin Rescued In Uruguay


Wild Dolphin "Asks" Divers to Help Free Itself from Hook
(Video Comment by M13: "And in JAPAN... they hunt dolphins by cutting off a BABY dolphins fin... then throwing it back in the water. And while its family refuses to leave the crying baby... then can take their time to kill the entire family one by one.")  read more »

Man enjoys surfing? So do swans! Person of 2013: Pope #1, Snowden #2; Legend Lady Chang'e and Jade Rabbit (solar-powered rover)


Mick Fanning at the Pipe Masters this week

Absolutely amazing: black swans frolicking off shore near Gold Coast, catching waves in and out

Forbes "Pope Francis Is Time's Person Of Year 2013; Snowden Is No. 2"
Time Person of the Year
uk.Reuters - "He is a strange guy," Putin said of Snowden, "I don't get what he is thinking." "Basically he doomed himself to a pretty difficult life. What will he do next, I don't even imagine. But it's clear now that we won't give him away, he should feel safe here." Snowden flew to Moscow from Hong Kong in June and got stuck in the transit zone after US revoked his passport and urged countries not to let him pass.
Chinese Moon Rover Yu Tu (Jade Rabbit)
Chang E and Jade Rabbit
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Complete Works of Shakespeare covered in Hindu deities, smuggled into prison, accompanied Nelson Mandela in solitary confinement

Act II, Scene 2: Julius Caesar's words of wisdom inspired Mandela for years to come.

The Robben Island 'Complete Works of Shakespeare' was disguised in Diwali cards.

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"A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."

"I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."

"Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."

- Nelson Mandela

(CNN) -- Nelson Mandela spent almost three decades in jail, but he wasn't alone -- he had two Indian goddesses and a 17th century playwright for company.

Locked in solitary confinement on Robben Island, newspapers were banned and letters from loved ones a rare treat. Where did he find the inspiration to continue his long struggle for freedom?

A tattered book covered in luminous Hindu deities might have seemed like a strange choice for the South African leader. But the beatifically smiling women on the cover knew something the prison wardens didn't. Inside was the "Complete Works of Shakespeare," and the historic text became a source of strength for Mandela and his fellow inmates during their darkest days.  read more »

"Privacy is sanctuary for each free soul to exist as an individual; diminished, man would be the naked emperor mocked by..."

Privacy is sanctuary for each free soul to exist as an individual; diminished, man would be the naked emperor mocked by Decency and Dignity.

— LuCxeed

Why int'l experts not step in? Fukushima, Japan: 1,331 used fuel rods =14,000 x atomic bomb on Hiroshima

the spent fuel pool at the unit four reactor building of the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant

process of fuel rod removal at Japan's Fukushima nulcear power plant

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Fukushima, Japan. Highly dangerous and unprecedented removal of highly radioactive nuclear fuel rods begins on Nov18
The fuel assemblies are in a 32 x 40 feet concrete pool, the base of which is on the fourth story of the damaged reactor building. The assemblies - which contain plutonium, one of the most toxic substances known - are under 23 feet of water.

If the fuel rods - there are 50-70 in each of the assemblies, which weigh around 661 pounds and are 15 feet long - are exposed to air or if they break, catastrophic amounts of radioactive gases could be released into the atmosphere.

The 1,331 used fuel rod assemblies contain radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.

“Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date,” say independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt in a recent World Nuclear Industry Status Report.

28 Signs That the West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried with Nuclear Radiation from Fukushima
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8. One test in California found that 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.  read more »

"God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind." - Aeschylus

"God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind."
- Aeschylus (Ancient Greek Dramatist and Playwright known as the founder of Greek tragedy, 525 BC-456 BC)

"Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer, Scholar, Orator and Statesman, 106 BC-43 BC)

"Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed."
- François de la Rochefoucauld (French classical author 1613-1680)

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