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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 18,257
    The little PLAY WITH ME NOW panda might be one of the cutest things I've ever seen.
  • CM189191CM189191 Minneapolis via ChicagoPosts: 2,967
    had to dig deep to find the good news thread

    PBS travel guru and pot advocate Rick Steves sacrifices $4 million nest egg to house dozens of homeless women and kids
    If our country truly wants to be great, we need creative thinking connected with our hearts. And it’s my hope that love and compassion can trump values of crass commercialism, greed, and “winners” beating “losers.”
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 18,257
    A shame to have to search for good news, CM...it IS around us, always, just need to open our eyes and maybe our minds too.

    I just love Rick Steves for many reasons and catch his show (even the repeats) when I can.

    And more good news about another person I admire - immensely.

    https://www.thedodo.com/cat-man-syria-puppy-rescue-2344472568.html
  • KatKat There's a lot to be said for nowhere.Posts: 3,144
    "Well, as far as I know, music makes people happy. I know it makes me happy." -- Fats Domino
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    edited June 22
    Kat said:
    Sweet!  :plus_one:

    And check out the elephant in the pen in the background running in circles going, "Come on you guys, save the baby, save the baby!" 
    Post edited by brianlux on
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  • RYMERYME Wisconsin Posts: 623
    Kudos to a Canadian Special Forces sniper who picked off a strategic Isis member in Iraq setting a new world record for longest kill shot of a little over  2 miles.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    RYME said:
    Kudos to a Canadian Special Forces sniper who picked off a strategic Isis member in Iraq setting a new world record for longest kill shot of a little over  2 miles.
    The idea behind this thread has been to post about something positive or uplifting in this world full of strife and hate, not troll with comments boasting about "longest kill shoot".  Way to bring it down.

    Fail.
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  • RYMERYME Wisconsin Posts: 623
    brianlux said:
    RYME said:
    Kudos to a Canadian Special Forces sniper who picked off a strategic Isis member in Iraq setting a new world record for longest kill shot of a little over  2 miles.
    The idea behind this thread has been to post about something positive or uplifting in this world full of strife and hate, not troll with comments boasting about "longest kill shoot".  Way to bring it down.

    Fail.
    I'm sorry.  I hadn't been reading the previous comments.  Carry on.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    RYME said:
    brianlux said:
    RYME said:
    Kudos to a Canadian Special Forces sniper who picked off a strategic Isis member in Iraq setting a new world record for longest kill shot of a little over  2 miles.
    The idea behind this thread has been to post about something positive or uplifting in this world full of strife and hate, not troll with comments boasting about "longest kill shoot".  Way to bring it down.

    Fail.
    I'm sorry.  I hadn't been reading the previous comments.  Carry on.
    Thank you, RYME.
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  • KatKat There's a lot to be said for nowhere.Posts: 3,144
    brianlux said:
    Kat said:
    Sweet!  :plus_one:

    And check out the elephant in the pen in the background running in circles going, "Come on you guys, save the baby, save the baby!" 
    And I thought it was amazing to see the elephant that came running over from the left push the mother towards the entryway to get the baby. It was just an amazing scene that showed the communication that was going on. Elephants are terrific and I always check on Raju, the elephant who cried when rescued. He's still at WildlifeSOS.org and doing great now. 
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 18,257
    All rescues - shit, the fact that they even need to be rescued.  What is and what should never be, unfortunately.

    I love seeing before & after photos of rescued puppers.  They know they're now safe and loved.

    They KNOW.

    Assuming it's not hell-hot here this weekend, we're hoping to do another shelter visit and give / get some loving to / from the (wayyyy too many) dogs and kitties.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    Kat said:
    brianlux said:
    Kat said:
    Sweet!  :plus_one:

    And check out the elephant in the pen in the background running in circles going, "Come on you guys, save the baby, save the baby!" 
    And I thought it was amazing to see the elephant that came running over from the left push the mother towards the entryway to get the baby. It was just an amazing scene that showed the communication that was going on. Elephants are terrific and I always check on Raju, the elephant who cried when rescued. He's still at WildlifeSOS.org and doing great now. 
    Elephants are amazing!  We give a little money to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and I once asked them if we could visit the elephants there. They said sorry, no, because their animals are all traumatized rescues (several from circuses).   But a couple of friends of mine got to be with elephants up close in a sanctuary in Africa and they said they were the most amazing creatures- very intelligent, sensitive, and a lot of fun to be around.  I would love to see something like that!
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  • RYMERYME Wisconsin Posts: 623
    Since we are on amazing animals, there is an amazing woman in Sharon Wisconsin that has spent her life providing a sanctuary for abused or retired Big Cats from circuses or zoos.
    It's called Valley of the Kings.  She has bangle tigers, syberian tigers.  She had for a while the largest cat in the world.  A 2,000# Liger.  It was more than the mind could comprehend a cat the size of a small draft horse.  I saw it in person.
    It's funny she has an enclosure where a huge syberian tiger sits right by the road and watches cars go by from an elevated perch.  She likes to actually raise some of these cats in her house until they become too big and start knocking lamps down for fun.lol.  
    Lions, mountain lions, panthers, in addition to her cats she has added bears & wolves.  I donate to her once in a while and they send out quartly newsletters.  There are lots of dairy farms around and farmers bring her calves that didn't make it, & or old milk cows that were at the end, roadkill deer if not to banged up she takes too.  She has turned her place in to a small attraction with walking paths viewing all her animals.  And I love the signs on the cages "DO NOT STICK YOUR HANDS OR FINGERS IN CAGES THANK YOU".  I think she does a great service for animals that not to many people can handle or want.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    RYME said:
    Since we are on amazing animals, there is an amazing woman in Sharon Wisconsin that has spent her life providing a sanctuary for abused or retired Big Cats from circuses or zoos.
    It's called Valley of the Kings.  She has bangle tigers, syberian tigers.  She had for a while the largest cat in the world.  A 2,000# Liger.  It was more than the mind could comprehend a cat the size of a small draft horse.  I saw it in person.
    It's funny she has an enclosure where a huge syberian tiger sits right by the road and watches cars go by from an elevated perch.  She likes to actually raise some of these cats in her house until they become too big and start knocking lamps down for fun.lol.  
    Lions, mountain lions, panthers, in addition to her cats she has added bears & wolves.  I donate to her once in a while and they send out quartly newsletters.  There are lots of dairy farms around and farmers bring her calves that didn't make it, & or old milk cows that were at the end, roadkill deer if not to banged up she takes too.  She has turned her place in to a small attraction with walking paths viewing all her animals.  And I love the signs on the cages "DO NOT STICK YOUR HANDS OR FINGERS IN CAGES THANK YOU".  I think she does a great service for animals that not to many people can handle or want.
    Nice, RHYE!  An kudos for supporting the sanctuary. 

    I checked out their web site.  Looks very cool!

    https://votk.org/

    We're living on the edge of something big. It's a fantastic time in history to be alive.
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  • RYMERYME Wisconsin Posts: 623
    edited June 29
    brianlux said:
    RYME said:
    Since we are on amazing animals, there is an amazing woman in Sharon Wisconsin that has spent her life providing a sanctuary for abused or retired Big Cats from circuses or zoos.
    It's called Valley of the Kings.  She has bangle tigers, syberian tigers.  She had for a while the largest cat in the world.  A 2,000# Liger.  It was more than the mind could comprehend a cat the size of a small draft horse.  I saw it in person.
    It's funny she has an enclosure where a huge syberian tiger sits right by the road and watches cars go by from an elevated perch.  She likes to actually raise some of these cats in her house until they become too big and start knocking lamps down for fun.lol.  
    Lions, mountain lions, panthers, in addition to her cats she has added bears & wolves.  I donate to her once in a while and they send out quartly newsletters.  There are lots of dairy farms around and farmers bring her calves that didn't make it, & or old milk cows that were at the end, roadkill deer if not to banged up she takes too.  She has turned her place in to a small attraction with walking paths viewing all her animals.  And I love the signs on the cages "DO NOT STICK YOUR HANDS OR FINGERS IN CAGES THANK YOU".  I think she does a great service for animals that not to many people can handle or want.
    Nice, RHYE!  An kudos for supporting the sanctuary. 

    I checked out their web site.  Looks very cool!

    https://votk.org/
    I must clarify that not all circus cats are abused.  Some are and some aren't.  She takes in both.  When a circus needs​ to retire a cat from performing stunts day after day jumping through fire rings and whatnot.  The circus needs someone or place to go with them when they are finished with them.  She also has some that were misused.  But a few weeks at her place and they are as happy as a big cat can be.  She likes to spoil them.
    We lived 1.5 miles from this place for about 10 years.  And her lions of course roar periodically every day. Loud!  When we first moved in to this place, you know, first night in the new home, I knew that her place was a mile or two away but didn't know that her cats make loud noise early and often.  The roars at 2:am woke me up out of a dead sleep I got up and I stuck my head out the back door & the roars were so loud that I seriously thought that one or more of her lions must have escaped and were getting close.  I kinda freeked out at first.
    Nope, there were no escapees, that's just what they do, they enjoy being loud.  Got used to it after a bit, and enjoyed listening to them every day.Those deep low roars gave me chills every time.
    The lavish enclosures she puts up for these cats are fantastic.  They are wide and tall cages with  piles logs and rocks stacked for them to climb on.  Big scratching poles for them to do their nails on.  Basically small cabins mounted on top of elevated decks, like a house on stilts with big telephone posts in the corners holding it up, &  a wooden ramp going up to it about 8 or 10 feel off the ground.
    If you be a big cat or any animal for that matter, this is where you want to be.
    There are a few wild ducks & geese that decided to stop by her place​ and dabble around on a watering hole that she has for some horses and a cammel that she has.  Some of these ducks & geese just decided to stay. ;)
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    Whoa!  12 people in the operating room to deliver a baby.  Those mama gorillas must have some complicated delivery! :lol:

    But seriously, very cool.   Good luck to the little beastie!
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 18,257
    Read about this as well and was so warmed by it all. Plus she herself was pregnant. Just beautiful.

    And RYME, great description and views of these regal (and sometimes goofy) creatures. Reminded me of a recently banned member with a vast background in and love of animals.

    We need more good news, dammit.
  • benjsbenjs Toronto, ONPosts: 6,895
    brianlux said:
    Kat said:
    brianlux said:
    Kat said:
    Sweet!  :plus_one:

    And check out the elephant in the pen in the background running in circles going, "Come on you guys, save the baby, save the baby!" 
    And I thought it was amazing to see the elephant that came running over from the left push the mother towards the entryway to get the baby. It was just an amazing scene that showed the communication that was going on. Elephants are terrific and I always check on Raju, the elephant who cried when rescued. He's still at WildlifeSOS.org and doing great now. 
    Elephants are amazing!  We give a little money to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and I once asked them if we could visit the elephants there. They said sorry, no, because their animals are all traumatized rescues (several from circuses).   But a couple of friends of mine got to be with elephants up close in a sanctuary in Africa and they said they were the most amazing creatures- very intelligent, sensitive, and a lot of fun to be around.  I would love to see something like that!
    I'm fortunate enough to have just come back from a trip to South Africa and Namibia. Just near Kruger National Park, we were watching elephants at the watering hole, and our driver decided to try his luck, and drove around them and parked our car about 600 metres away from them. He hoped they would come in our direction, and sure enough, two herds of elephants (around 60 of them) walked in our direction. I thought they would just trample us, but they just walked about a foot away from our vehicle, and passively walked by us - everything from baby elephants to some amazing old looking ones. They really are such incredibly special animals.
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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    benjs said:
    brianlux said:
    Kat said:
    brianlux said:
    Kat said:
    Sweet!  :plus_one:

    And check out the elephant in the pen in the background running in circles going, "Come on you guys, save the baby, save the baby!" 
    And I thought it was amazing to see the elephant that came running over from the left push the mother towards the entryway to get the baby. It was just an amazing scene that showed the communication that was going on. Elephants are terrific and I always check on Raju, the elephant who cried when rescued. He's still at WildlifeSOS.org and doing great now. 
    Elephants are amazing!  We give a little money to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and I once asked them if we could visit the elephants there. They said sorry, no, because their animals are all traumatized rescues (several from circuses).   But a couple of friends of mine got to be with elephants up close in a sanctuary in Africa and they said they were the most amazing creatures- very intelligent, sensitive, and a lot of fun to be around.  I would love to see something like that!
    I'm fortunate enough to have just come back from a trip to South Africa and Namibia. Just near Kruger National Park, we were watching elephants at the watering hole, and our driver decided to try his luck, and drove around them and parked our car about 600 metres away from them. He hoped they would come in our direction, and sure enough, two herds of elephants (around 60 of them) walked in our direction. I thought they would just trample us, but they just walked about a foot away from our vehicle, and passively walked by us - everything from baby elephants to some amazing old looking ones. They really are such incredibly special animals.
    Very cool Ben.  So cool that you got to see them up close.  I would love that (as long as they didn't trample me!) 

    A customer in the store today recommended a book called The Elephant Whisperer.  She said the author, Lawrence Anthony,  refers to the elephants as the whisperers, not himself.  Said it was a great book.

    We're living on the edge of something big. It's a fantastic time in history to be alive.
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  • hedonisthedonist standing on the edge of foreverPosts: 18,257
    Well...after being saturated with bullshit and angering news today - and yesterday, and the day before, yada yada fucking yada - this is just so beautiful.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article163327088.html
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    hedonist said:
    Well...after being saturated with bullshit and angering news today - and yesterday, and the day before, yada yada fucking yada - this is just so beautiful.

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article163327088.html
    What a great story, thanks for sharing it!
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  • JC29856JC29856 Posts: 8,349

    https://www.thedodo.com/amphtml/close-to-home/tourists-rescue-street-dog

    Tourists Won't Give Up On Street Dog They Found Collapsed In Market

    “She just laid there, licking our hands. Her eyes were so deep and she gazed up at me. I knew then that I had to do something.”

    (And these questions can be re-phrased and asked about 90% of what you asked)
  • JC29856JC29856 Posts: 8,349

    http://www.ibtimes.com/uranus-opens-closes-every-day-let-out-planets-solar-wind-study-finds-2558234

    Uranus Opens And Closes Every Day To Let Out Planet’s Solar Wind, Study Finds

    (And these questions can be re-phrased and asked about 90% of what you asked)
  • JC29856JC29856 Posts: 8,349
    https://www.thedodo.com/amphtml/hot-guy-rescue-dogs-2317086058.html

    This Guy Can't Stop Adopting Rescue Animals

    "It's constant entertainment and I'm very grateful to have a home filled with so much love and dog fur."

    (And these questions can be re-phrased and asked about 90% of what you asked)
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,943
    We're living on the edge of something big. It's a fantastic time in history to be alive.
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  • JC29856JC29856 Posts: 8,349
    (And these questions can be re-phrased and asked about 90% of what you asked)
  • g under pg under p Surfing The far side of THE Sombrero GalaxyPosts: 17,337
    tbergs said:
    That grandmother should play the Powerball lottery.

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