Stingray-Taming a Venomous Savage

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5 Habits You Can Start On Earth Day That’ll Pay Off All Year Long

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This Earth Day, let’s skip all the talk and go for the easy swaps — the things you canreally do right now to better the planet, both today and for the entire year to come.

Not only will these five easy Earth Day habits make your home a more eco-friendly place, but they’ll likely save you money, too. Be green, save green, and make a pact to start these five game-changing practices … TODAY.

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Americans use as many as 51,000 trees’ worth of paper towels every day, according to The Paperless Project. That’s more than 3,000 tons of paper towel waste per year. Invest in a set of dish towels (or better yet, some cheeky tea towels), and start using those instead.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Most people don’t understand the plight of Earth and all living things. They go about their daily lives without so much as a care about the world around them. But that myopia has led us to the situation we are in today, which is dire. Burying our heads in the sand is no longer an option. We must face reality. Now.

Our natural resources are finite, not endless. We depend on nature to supply us with fresh water, but as the climate warms, we cannot rely on melting snow that never fell. The atmosphere and air we breathe is under constant threat from pollution and other byproducts we humans create in our endless quest for a lifestyle filled with modern conveniences. The delicate balance of biodiversity that holds our ecosystems in check is precipitously hanging on the edge of the cliff, with only a few claws gripping the edge. These are such an overwhelming problems that most people don’t know what to do.

Changing of the world is not easy. We must start by changing our own personal behavior. We must accept the notion we can be happy with fewer material possessions, and success is not gauged by financial wealth but by the quality of the relationships we share with other people, animals and nature. Only then will the Earth’s situation begin to improve.

To facilitate this major shift in paradigm, we need everyone to buy in, including our governments and businesses. As leaders driving our society forward, they will need to be at the forefront of implementing this change, and they need to do so rapidly. We must demonstrate our desire for this change by voting in elections for the people who understand Earth’s problems and are committed to solving them. We must spend our dollars with the companies who make products in an ethical, sustainable manner.

In Namibia, the conservation programs we administer throughCheetah Conservation Fund integrate people’s needs and livelihoods with the needs of the land and the environment in which they live. We believe that by looking at the community as a whole and carefully addressing the needs of all living creatures, we can maintain the delicate balance of biodiversity and conserve the ecosystem for generations to come.

To celebrate Earth Day, I encourage you to engage others around you in discussion about our basic human values and the definition of happiness. I believe you will find that many more people than expected will agree that less is more, and that true happiness is not found in a new car or the latest technological gadget, but in the connections we have to the living creatures whose lives are supported by our planet. Even if they do not agree, you will have challenged their way of thinking and perhaps planted the seed of behavior change that will take root and one day bloom. This is a great way of showing respect for the Earth on April 22, 2015. By banding together on this day with this mission in mind, a small group of thoughtful, committed people can indeed change the world.

From the perspective of Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund — by engaging in these discussions, you will also be helping ensure the cheetah and other endangered species have a place on Earth both today, and in the future.

Happy Earth Day!

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Water supplier OKs 15% cuts to cities, including San Diego

LOS ANGELES – The agency that typically provides Southern California with about half its water supply tightened the spigot Tuesday when its board voted to cut regional deliveries by 15%.Water Nozzle

The move by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California increases pressure on Southland residents to further curb water use in the fourth year of one of the worst droughts on record. It follows Gov. Jerry Brown’s unprecedented order directing Californians to slash urban water use by 25% compared with 2013 levels.

San Diego County Water Authority, the county’s wholesale supplier, gets about half its water from Metropolitan.
Intended to reduce Metropolitan’s overall deliveries by 15%, the cuts will take the form of allocations to the 26 cities and water districts that MWD supplies with water from Northern California and the Colorado River. Agencies that exceed their allocations will have to pay punitive surcharges on the extra water, a cost they will try to avoid by strengthening local conservation measures.

The delivery cut, which will take effect July 1, marks only the fourth time Metropolitan has trimmed wholesale supplies for its member agencies, which in turn sell water to the hundreds of local water districts that supply residential and commercial customers throughout the urban Southland.

A 15% drop in deliveries would conserve about 300,000 acre-feet of water, slowing the drawdown of Metropolitan’s dwindling reserves. One acre-foot of water is nearly 326,000 gallons, or enough to supply two households for one year.

MWD began the drought in 2012 with record amounts of water stored in groundwater banks and regional reservoirs. But to meet demand as the drought forced the state to slash Northern California water shipments, Metropolitan has steadily drawn on its savings account. This summer, staff projects reserves will have fallen from 2.7 million acre-feet to slightly more than 1 million acre-feet.

The staff recommended a 15% reduction, which a board committee approved Monday despite arguments by some members that a 20% cut was necessary to avoid depleting reserves to dangerous levels.

Metropolitan has trimmed deliveries several times in previous droughts — 10% in 1977, 17% in 1991 and 10% in 2009-10. In each instance, MWD’s member agencies have reined in use enough to avoid financial penalties.

But officials predict it will be tougher this time to attain the necessary water savings to avoid surcharges, given that many Southland cities have significantly reduced their use in recent years.

Read the full story at Los Angeles Times.

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Astronauts Describe Aroma of The Moon

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The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you’ll get the same answer.

With NASA’s six Apollo lunar landing missions between 1969 and the end of 1972, a total of 12 astronauts kicked up the powdery dirt of the moon, becoming an elite group later to be tagged as the “dusty dozen.”

From the modest 2.5 hour “moonwalk” of Apollo 11 to the forays totaling just over 22 hours outside a spacecraft on Apollo 17, NASA’s Apollo landing crews could not escape tracking lunar material inside their moon lander homes.

Decades later, moonwalkers and lunar scientists are still trying to appreciate exactly what the moon’s aroma brings to the astronaut’s nose.

That fresh lunar regolith smell

“All I can say is that everyone’s instant impression of the smell was that of spent gunpowder, not that it was ‘metallic’ or…

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Book of Complexity

Sier Wicked Romancer's Persuasive Poetry

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Physique of my swagger
Sharp double edged dagger.

Staggering wicked scripts
life’s double flips.

I spit four flavors of seasonal Rhymes
architectural designs flavors of my
physics in rhymes.

Spiritual Spitz splits mountains
into fountains of youths
          fashion.

Sediments of my whispering word’s
creates philosophy of a
Philosopher’s wisdom.

My lines are aged with wisdom
an philosophies of ageless
           wisdoms.

I seduce provocative imaginations
indulging in creativity
inducing the indicative
mastermind.

Complex sediments impede composers heart’s of settlements competing for bleeding hearts playing symphonies of noteworthy harmonies in life’s angelic orchids of wisdom.

Facilitating provocative abstract
rhymes creating a new era in time.

I belo symphonies of philosophies
Transducing fear to fevers,
Time artist’s limitless fears
strengths,  limitless power
abilities of crazy mind’s.

Philosophical to the philosophy of life it’s the philosopher who takes view of life

Provocative Rhymes in a modern design
a contemporary line
The syllables…

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