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Communication and love. Understanding and Trust. Amazing video and true story- "Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and mighty Lion
"Lion Man: Meet the extraordinary man known as 'The Lion Whisperer'. Kevin Richardson's bond with Africa's dominant predator is as astonishing as it is touching. He's devoted his life to understanding and protecting the mighty Lion which is battling human encroachment and shrinking habitat.
Along the way, he cuddles them, tickles them, even sticks his head in their jaws! Despite Kevin's research, it's now feared that within just twenty years there will be no lions "born free"."
The LION WHISPERER Kevin Richardson - Living with the LIONS - Full Length Documentary
After graduating with a BSc in Anatomy and Physiology, Kevin began his career in postoperative rehabilitation. He made a dramatic career switch when he was given an opportunity to work with lions at a local lion park, sixteen years ago.
As a self-taught animal behaviourist, he has broken every safety rule known to man when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. His unique method of getting to know their individual personalities, what makes each of them angry, happy, upset, or irritated-just like a mother understands a child-has caused them to accept him like one of their own into their fold. read more »
Humans depend on, and destroy (sad!), Nature: 88% original forest deforested; 50% Nature's non-human lives wiped out since 1970
Washington Post: We’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970 - a jaw-dropping statistic
The new Living Planet Index report from the World Wildlife Fund opens with a jaw-dropping statistic: we've killed roughly half of the world's non-human vertebrate animal population since 1970.
The main culprits? Exploitation (i.e., overfishing and overhunting), and habitat degradation.
The declines are almost exclusively caused by humans' ever-increasing footprint on planet earth. "Humanity currently needs the regenerative capacity of 1.5 Earths to provide the ecological goods and services we use each year," according to the report. The only reason we're able to run above max capacity - for now - is that we're stripping away resources faster than we can replenish them. Carbon consumption - the burning of fossil fuels - represents a huge and growing chunk of the demand we put on the earth. "In 1961, carbon was 36 per cent of our total footprint, but by 2010 (the year for which the most complete dataset is available), it comprised 53 per cent." read more »
Endless massive hacks. Home Depot. Target. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. JPMorgan Chase. USPS 800,000 Employee names, DoB, addr, SS#
if you’re not
(when the innocent enjoy sharing,
some are busy sneaking, stealing)
Home Depot. Target. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. JPMorgan Chase and many more. Customer credit card and debit card numbers dumped into wild. The Home Depot Inc. said Thursday that hackers stole 53 million email addresses in the U.S. and Canada in addition to payment card data.
The latest: the US Postal Service more than 800,000 postal service employees and retirees - victims of data breach databases containing postal employees’ names, birth dates, addresses and Social Security numbers.
FBI Director James Comey: “there are two kinds of big companies in the US. There are those who’ve been hacked
and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.”
Forbes: Expect Hackers To Crack More Retailers This Holiday Season
*update 06March2015* read more »
Tûranor PlanetSolar "The Power of the Sun", world first largest solar electric ship to circumnavigate earth with zero pollution
Minute PlanetSolar - April 2011 - World Tour Through the Pacific
Uploaded on May 6, 2011
PlanetSolar around the World
Published on Apr 12, 2012
Turanor PlanetSolar is a solar powered catamaran that is circumnavigating the World. The project was dreamed up by Raphael Domjan and enabled by businessman Immo Stroher.
PlanetSolar in Greece for TerraSubmersa Expedition!
Published on Sep 2, 2014
In August 2014, the vessel resumed her role as a scientific platform for the University of Geneva with the Expedition TerraSubmersa. It aims to explore the prehistoric landscapes submerged in the Argolic Gulf in Greece, in an attempt to reconstitute them and perhaps to find traces of human activity.
PlanetSolar in Venice (Italy)
Published on Oct 2, 2014 read more »
"Buy Nothing Year" 2 Roommates Saved $55,000 and free time on leisure rather than chaining self to cliche: work hard, burn money
Forbes: The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000
A little over a year ago, Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz, a 31-year-old accountant in Calgary, began analyzing his monthly spending. What he saw, he says, was eye-opening: “I was spending so much every month, no matter how much I made it never seemed like I was getting ahead. It was typical lifestyle creep.”
Around the same time, his good friend Julie Phillips, 29, a communications advisor at the University of Calgary, was about to move into a new apartment when it fell through. “Geoff said, ‘You can move in with me, but I only have a bedroom for you to rent,’” she says. “The rest was packed with his stuff. So I got rid of over 80% of my stuff within three days.” (She was thinking she might move in a year and if so, she’d have to get rid of many of her belongings then.) But then she had a meltdown. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. What did I do?’ And then I was like, ‘Why do I need things anyway?’” read more »
No joke. Singapore, places in AU and US: water short, drink sewage while fresh water runs away as ice sheets melt
Around 90% of the fresh water on the Earth's surface is held in the ice sheet. The only current ice sheets are in Antarctica and Greenland (ice sheets are bigger than ice shelves or alpine glaciers). Greenland ice melting 3 times faster, loss of vast ice sheet. ice (fresh water!) runs away by hundreds of billions of tons a year.
Scotland: Big Roman Week; Knights of Thistle; Doors Open Days; longest golf club; 4th Road Bridge 50th anniv; Sept2014 vote
*update 20 Sept 2014* National Geographic: BBC: Scotland's staying put
*update 14 Sept 2014* National Geographic: Scotland’s Independence Vote, Exploring the Country Behind the Clichés
If you ever wondered what the longest usable golf club looks like, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it in action! Karsten Maas from Denmark has made a super-sized 4.37-m-long (14-ft 5-in) club and has used it to achieve a drives of over 165 metres.