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This article is so on point regarding the injustice that is happening in the R Kelly case. It saddens me that he has been portrayed as guilty in the public eye and so many believe he should not have a fair trial. People are following the narrative of this man being a “monster” as portrayed by the media and the docuseries. I have to admit when I viewed “Surviving R Kelly, I was brainwashed into believing the scripted piece. However, I did some research and used my sense of discernment to discover that the docuseries was full of lies and that these women’s stories had not been vetted and were sensationalized. This one-sided piece is not credible and it’s objective was to destroy the character, life and legacy of Robert Sylvester Kelly. I pray that the public is made aware of the deception of the women and the producers of the lifetime series. Most people have based their opinions off of this scripted piece. Ideally, Mr. Kelly needs to release his own piece dismantling this docuseries. Thank God that he has his family supporting him and being his advocate for justice.

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Oct 21, 2019 @ 12:10am

"I'm so pleased to have joined One World Blue. Their professionalism is awesome.They have brought me into the Family and made me feel so welcome. I was struggling to do what I have always dreamed of since I first heard Rock and Roll. I am in the Company of so many prominent individuals now that it amazes me. the writing by Russell Johnson, the spiritual tone of my conversations with Joel and the awesome website introduction put together by Bernard are excellent. I stand amazed and Blessed to be involved here at One world with all of you. Thanks again for propelling me forward to reach my Destiny. It seems that God had plans before I was BORN. had planned before I was Born. Jeremiah, Chapter 1 says how God called " Jeremiah to be a prophet to the Nations. The Lord has given me a call and Gift to use Music to reach the Blue Planet with a message of Peace And Love...Thanks to Ringo and Paul of The Beatles for inspiring me to start writing and performing music. Thanks, One World Blue" Alan Blade Country Music

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Aug 28, 2019 @ 03:14pm

One World Blue World Spotlight. Give Thanks for the positive vibes and support to The Flow Band. Tropical Soul Vibes from the island of Pittsburgh. Tuff Going since 1982. Bringing Positive Uplifting Vibes to the World. More Love. More Life. One World Blue Spotlights has helped us manage our tours and schedules effectively. Respect to One World Blue! Uzell Finney Jr. The Flow Band Pittsburgh

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Aug 23, 2019 @ 02:00pm

Thank you One World Blue Media for the Spotlight you have done for Smooke Chiro. Normal new patients are only a few a week and this Media has helped us reach more people and many more patients. Your promotional products have also been of high quality and we have gotten many great comments how are pens and elastic bands are so nice! Thank you for your help One World Blue!! Dr. Joel Smooke. Smooke Chiropractic

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Aug 22, 2019 @ 10:29am

VERY NICE. AWSOME MUSIC

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Aug 8, 2019 @ 08:39pm

I love your writing and your spotlights. They are informative and enlightening. Keep up the good work:)

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Feb 13, 2019 @ 09:21pm

One World Blue Media congratulates Michael Manna on his knock out win tonight. Keep going higher and higher. One good deed at a time.

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Jan 6, 2019 @ 02:01am

YES!!! Joy speaking with you, learning about you brother!

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Dec 14, 2018 @ 09:36am

In honor of Aunt Molly whose yarzheit is today.

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Nov 23, 2018 @ 05:42am

nice to see you guys spotlighted on Blupela one world blue network

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Nov 11, 2018 @ 01:21pm

A Thousand Mile Journey begins with one Step. Lao Tzu. Attila Domos you have taken many steps yet your journey is just beginning. Today you inspired hearts and minds around the Globe to go after their dreams and do something Amazing! "You are not required to complete the task, yet you are not free to withdraw from it" Ethics of our Father's. Attila Domos you gave the world everything and you have chased your dream to inspire others. You have succeeded! Many more steps are yet to come. Your Journey has really just begun.....One World Blue Congratulates You Attila Domos

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Oct 8, 2018 @ 12:47am

I am really connecting with your sound and message. Great to see you Spotlighted on One World Blue.

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Aug 17, 2018 @ 04:19pm

Come on out tonight to Mr Smalls for the CD release party of Social Justice Disco premiere!! 6 pm doors open. Come on out, get down, let your voice be heard and boogie!!

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Jul 8, 2018 @ 02:28pm

Lion Adventure Travels will surpass all your expectations!!

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Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:21pm

As a former travel agent for many years we are looking forward to working on creating travel adventures for many people to special, unforgettable and life changing destinations.

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Jun 11, 2018 @ 02:20pm

Hey folks send me a request on Facebook and I'll be streaming my gig live from Sparta, NC this Friday evening. Much love to tall! #RAWK #williammasseymusic

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Apr 25, 2018 @ 02:00pm

Very enlightening, so many accomplishments for the world! Mazal Tov. I am extremely proud of you and One World Blue. May One World Blue reach the hearts and minds of people around the world. May you continue your holy endeavors one good deed at a time.

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Mar 29, 2018 @ 11:28am

One World Blue would like to acknowledge JDO Designs and Consulting for their exemplary work in computer maintenance and repair. They work with honesty and fair prices and they are the choice of our network for computer maintenance. They also work on computers remotely so you do not need to be in their area for them to access your laptop for many diagnostic and scanning services.

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Mar 5, 2018 @ 11:19am

This is a wonderful service to have available. Definitely will keep in mind as soon as I have a need.

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Mar 4, 2018 @ 10:54am

Happy Birthday my friend Sholom. When Hashem creates goodness He does it with Sholom. You have been a guiding Light in my life. May Hashem honor you for that.

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Mar 2, 2018 @ 04:44am

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Nov 6, 2019 @ 01:20pm

Save the Dates:

National Children's Day
June 14, 2020

National Children & Youth Week of Action, Washington, DC
June 14-June 20, 2020

National Children & Youth March, Washington, DC
June 20, 2020

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:23pm

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday 10/13
Muddy Creek Cafe, Sparta, NC 730-10

Sunday 10/21
Salvage Station, Asheville, NC "Rebuild the Village Music Festival"
5-630 Tin Can Stage
Friday 11/2
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10
Friday 12/14
Laconia Ale Works, Sparta, NC 7-10

Oct 12, 2018 @ 01:22pm

Fine folks of Sparta and the surrounding areas. Bill and Shana have given me the green light to start a little early on Saturday night to squeeze in some more tunes. Hope to see yall out there!!!

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:15pm

One World Blue wishes Attila Domos great success this weekend as he is on a mission (October 6th and 7th), to once and for all OFFICIALLY break the handcycling world record of 403.8 miles traveled in 24 hours!! GO ATTILA!!! "NEVER BE AFRAID TO CHASE YOUR DREAMS - Lets do Something Amazing" Attila Domos Musician/Athlete/Writer/Entrepreneur. www.attiladomos.com. Check out Attila's Campaign Page Here on One World Blue

Oct 5, 2018 @ 05:10pm

One World Blue Promotes WIZDOM REGGAE!! This Sunday October 7th Taco Regae Jam 2- 6 pm Bella Terra Vinyards, Hunker PA. COME FEEL THE ISLAND VIBE!!!

May 18, 2018 @ 03:06pm

Hey folks I'll be debuting a few new songs this evening on WKSK's "Live After 5" segment out of West Jefferson, NC. The show will be streamed live here: http://580wksk.com

Hope yall can tune in!

William #RAWK #williammasseymusic

Apr 29, 2018 @ 04:03pm

Hey folks check out my updated Spotlight page for a brand spankin new song! Hope yall enjoy!

William

Mar 15, 2018 @ 07:05am

"The Best Is Yet To Come"
The Best is Yet to Come is Progressive New Faith Fellowship Baptist Church book. With Overseer Davis and many of the outreach ministries as well as the look inside of our church and church family.
The book is on sale for $140.00 it has 132 pages of full color. Please order your book now and click fund to pay. Remember we are all trying to make a difference in this world by putting God first and being able to help someone along the way. Thank you in advance.

Feb 25, 2018 @ 12:15pm

Massey will perform at Muddy Creek Music Hall on Sunday, March 4th,as part of their songwriter round, web-link: https://www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com

Nov 19, 2017 @ 04:10pm

Tickets will be released tomorrow for the StarQuest Finals Night at Sunny Jims right here on Blupela. $20 General Admission. $30 VIP. Stay Tuned for the Ticket release tomorrow. Seats are limited. Finals will be held at Sunny Jims on December 16th, 2017.

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:39pm

Check out my daily video on Face Book at Online Community Church -- it's called "Convertible Conversations" and is a 4-7 minute discussion about encouraging spiritual topics!

Nov 13, 2017 @ 08:37pm

My latest novel "Convertible Conversations" will be out the end of this month. Stay tuned for more information! Paul Gray

Nov 13, 2017 @ 02:33pm

The Project Ambassador Program is now available with One World Blue. Contact our office to find out how you may benefit from this program. Ambassador brochures are also available to order thru the Blupela campaign page. Join this winning team and start making a difference in the world today!!

Jun 30, 2016 @ 12:16pm

2016 Summer Program: Saturday July 2

We will meet from 6-8PM to print prayer flags. Youth Sangha coordinator Bonnie Weiss will guide the children in meditation, chanting and stories in addition to the block printing. We will also have a potluck for snacks, so please bring something small to share (NO NUTS PLEASE). Tempa Lama will be away traveling.

Jun 20, 2016 @ 06:07pm

Stand together to condemn hate and violence! Join us for an evening of solidarity with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in response to the tragedy in Orlando. Hear from leaders in the LGBT community, Jewish community, Muslim community, and others.

Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill

Levinson Hall

Thursday, June 23

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration not required

We are pleased share another opportunity to support the LGBT community as well:

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

12:45 pm

Samuel & Minnie Hyman Ballroom

Congregation Beth Shalom

A Conversation with Evan Wolfson,

Director of Freedom to Marry

Mr. Wolfson is a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Alderdice High School.

Shiur sponsored by:

Beth Shalom’s Adult Education Committee

This is a free event! Call 412.421.2288 x114 for more information.

Apr 13, 2016 @ 01:01pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28, 2016. Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Mar 12, 2016 @ 05:56pm

For Kids of all ages come and enjoy 'Get Out and Draw' a journey into the imagination with the Super Hero of Fun, Mr. Buckethead. Event Date: May 28th, 2016 Where: Dormont Library, 2950 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Feb 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Join us for our monthly Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show at the Hollywood Lanes (2961 West Liberty Ave. Dormont, Tonight, Monday night February 1st, from 7:30-8:30 pm. They are more than a bowling alley! This great venue owned by Jeffrey Parke is a multifaceted entertainment facility offering our Pittsburgh community a wide range of activities including: bowling, darts, live music, our sports talk TV show and much more!!! There will be food, drink and bowling specials during our show! NO COVER!

Jan 11, 2016 @ 03:45pm

Don't miss our First Atrias PNC Park Pittsburgh Sportsline TV show of 2016!!! We start filming at 7:30 PM tonight January 11, for our 60 minute TV show for our BPTV studio!

My co host Smokin' Jim Frazier and Allen Levine "The Talking Machine" are honored to be back. Enjoy great food, drinks, service, TV Sports talk entertainment, great guests and much more.

Ask about Valet parking and there is also FREE on street parking after 6 pm too!

Try "The Talking Machine" BIG MOUTH BURGER" (My favorite ;)) We are on VERIZON TV channel 32 everywhere in the Greater Pittsburgh area Tuesday-Saturday 7-8 PM. ONLY COMCAST 7 in Bethel Park

Jan 8, 2016 @ 05:49am

Friday January 8, 7-8:15pm: Introductory evening talk
Saturday January 9, 9:30am-5pm and Sunday January 10, 10am-1pm
Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute, 1101 Greenfield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Many of you requested that we offer a retreat on the ancient and powerful Bon Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ which is part of the weekly Saturday morning practice at Olmo Ling. We are happy to be able to respond to this request! The Chod practice ‘Laughter of the Dakinis’ features a hauntingly beautiful melody that is chanted and accompanied by the Tibetan hand-drum (Damaru) and bell, together with visualization. Please join us to learn this unique practice, and join us thereafter at the weekly Saturday morning meditation.

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I'm sad to say my little buddy "POPEYE" had an accident last week and is suffering from Patellar Luxation. My recent bout with cancer treatments will not allow me to afford to pay for the costs that the vet quoated me at this point in my life. I am reaching out to try "SAVE POPEYE" Otherwise I am going to have him euthanized. "SAVE POPEYE"
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James W. Jenson Photography

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BIO: James W. Jenson, Jr., Industrial Photographer
During my early years growing as a Denver, CO native, I was always intrigued with the environment around me. As a senior in high school, I picked up my very first camera, (a Kodac 110) and soon discovered the excitement in taking photographs.
My subject matter consisted of airplanes, clouds, flowers and sunsets. In the late 1980s, I had the good fortune of meeting a professional photographer who took the time to mentor me and strongly encouraged me to consider the possibility of a career in photography.
By late 1990, I became hooked on architectural images, fascinated with the structural elements that populate the urban landscape.
In late 1992, I took the leap of faith and founded James W. Jenson photography (JWJP) a Denver based commercial photography firm that specializes in architecture, engineering, industrial and transportation photography.
Since then I have been blessed with an extensive portfolio of professional work which includes photography of many large scale, high profile projects.
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Votes1 DateNov 7, 2019

What would you do to heal or change the world?

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I would start by talking less, listening more and treating others the way I would like to be treated.

Sonya DiGiornoNov 15, 2019 @ 04:29pmMore

Care and support every individual physically and spiritually.

Bnai Emunah ChabadNov 13, 2019 @ 03:30pmMore

We will change the world by lifting up all children. We will work to ensure that all children have access to health and quality education, are safe from abuse and gun violence, that all children have economic security and sustainable world to live in.

National Children's CampaignNov 6, 2019 @ 01:26pmMore

I would like to create a small business grant fund program for disadvantaged youth who are interested in become business owners and inventors.

James W Jenson PhotographyOct 30, 2019 @ 11:47amMore

Forming music project since music has healed anumber of people, Helping the young ones rooming on streets through education, nutrition and putting up a home for the homeless.

mwiduismailOct 26, 2019 @ 07:46amMore

Peace among everyone and treat everyone equal

AngelOct 25, 2019 @ 02:53amMore

I would bring awareness to all the problems we face as American citizens. I would make our government be held accountable for any wrongdoing that any part of our government engages in. I would help to pass laws that would protect our people from homelessness and poverty.

Precious ShelvinOct 23, 2019 @ 06:06pmMore

If I could change the world I would...

Cassandra KellyOct 22, 2019 @ 05:18amMore

Human beings are clearly complex, diverse and highly capable beings fashioned in the divine image. I work to remind myself that we are in such a unique time in history with extensive material comforts spiritual freedoms available and our digital, medical, scientific and other capabilities inspiring us to a planetary future like has rarely been dreamed or intuited in all of world history. I would ideally genesis and maintain a modest academy where individuals of all ages and backgrounds with self-awareness, a love of creation and a desire to learn could master their abilities and potentials through a unique training program of multi-faceted well-being, rooted in water-training, nutritional regimen, artistic discipline, interpersonal skills development and ecological stewardship. Graduates would be bonified OECW's (Ocean~Environment Corporate Warriors) and be empowered to realize excellence in all realms of human endeavor as defined by robust levels of personal, family/communal, societal and civilizational well-being. Yep, it's a huge goal, though way beyond me. Many cool people are already making this happen; I'm psyched to be a part of One World Blue and look forward to collaborating with its membership as fully as I can in the near future. Best!

Ira CaplanOct 11, 2019 @ 10:28amMore

We use our skills & talents to help individuals spread personal messages & raise awareness of causes to audiences everywhere. For us, changing the world means continually working toward everyone having an equal opportunity to be heard.

Northwood PrintingSep 16, 2019 @ 12:07pmMore

Make someone laugh everyday.

Penguin Purchasing LLCSep 11, 2019 @ 03:53pmMore

What is on my heart about healing the world is to help those who are in need. Tell the world people the importance of how they can change their lives when they come together. In this world we all need to be as one and as people having same blood and same father (GOD), we all need to come together and we need to be one. Loving others is the most important message I can teach the world so it gets healed and to know God.

Big DavidSep 6, 2019 @ 07:49amMore

I want to support the poor orphanage children in Uganda and across Africa. I am working hard to meet the needs of those poor children and poor people in poor areas in Uganda and Africa at large.You can try to meet us at our website https://sodacorganization.org. To support these children we are working hand in hand with other well wishers to help join us to help the needy poor children. Through providing services at Dolphine Software Technologies Ltd, we have training centers for those children who have not completed their schools and we give vocational training services. Children in Uganda are facing a bigger challenge especially those from poor villages and orphans; they don't go to school nor do have some where to stay. But as SODAC Organization and Dolphine Software Technologies, we try to come up with these support for them and hence giving them a better life. Find us and follow us on www.facebook.com/sodacorganization and www.twitter.com/sodac31

Fred edwards kabogozaAug 24, 2019 @ 11:21amMore

I want to change the world by taking as much stress and anxiety from seniors and their families as I can. When looking at senior resources and living options, they are some of the most difficult and stressful decisions one can make. My goal and mission is to be there for the families so that they have someone they can lean on and look to for guidance so that the process doesn't have to be as stressful. There is no getting around it, the decisions families make are going to be hard, but they do not have to be made alone. I want to be there for families so that they feel they can make the most educated decision that is best one for their family or friends.

Oasis Senior AdvisorsAug 22, 2019 @ 07:50amMore

Training and supporting local farmers through sustainable agriculture and supporting Torah learning in Jewish communities.

Tarphon kamyaAug 14, 2019 @ 09:26amMore

I trust in the statement of one man who said " If you are born in your fathers home and you die living it the way you found it ,you are nothing "we are ready to reach out with the helping hand and share all the blessing and gift we get with others.at New Hope Baptist church we are moved by helping the needy and orphaned by providing scholastic material, housing , meals , sharing stories the build, medical and Spiritual meals.

New Hope Baptist churchAug 6, 2019 @ 04:50amMore

Help people to see the beauty and goodness in this world, people, and all that God created. The "Golden Rule" would go a long way to healing and changing this world.

JAB Jewelry DesignsJul 2, 2019 @ 10:45amMore

Encourage everyone to follow the Seven Universal Laws that G-d gave to Noah. These were then presented to the entire world by Moses when he Received the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai. The Seven Universal (Noahide) Laws are: Knowledge/Believe in One G-d Respect G-d’s Holy Name Respect the Sanctity of Human Life Respect the Traditional Family Respect the Property of Others Respect All Creatures Establish a Righteous Judicial System

Leibel EstrinJun 28, 2019 @ 02:15pmMore

I would like to share more about how everyone needs to appreciate the small things in life which will make them realize to be at peace with each other. I would also try to start up a news station where it is more about positive news and stories people are doing for each other. I would continue to keep on doing my positive motivational videos I share on social media which inspires others to also think positive. To also have students in schools of all ages learn more about how to respect each other the acts of kindness since there seems to be more bullying these days which needs to be less of. To offer help to all ages as well as parents teaching them how to show more positivity throughout their child's life rather than negativity. To provide more support to everyone that just needs a positive role model in their life by leading them to bigger things in life! There is so many things we can all do to help each other and to partner up rather than being in competition.

Monica Faulk Project Sales ManagerApr 16, 2019 @ 01:46pmMore

I think Diane von Furstenberg got it right when she said “The most important relationship you will have is the one with YOURSELF”. When we take the time and care to heal ourselves, practice forgiveness and savor the feeling of gratitude, it’s then that we can heal. You can’t give what you don’t have. If “hurt people hurt people”, I believe that people who are healing will also heal others.

Kaitlin EndresApr 15, 2019 @ 11:05pmMore

If I could change the world, I would make each of us more hesitant to judge one another. Regardless of our individual backgrounds, ethnicities, genders or religions, we've become increasingly quick to put other people in categories, to judge them before we know them, to speak more than we listen. And because of this, our world has lost some of its softness. Some of its magic. Some of its beauty. If I could change the world, I would slow things down, smooth out the edges, and remind people that the busyness and hectic pace we keep too often prevents us from seeing the beauty around us. If we judged other people less quickly and less harshly and took the time to see how fortunate we all are, I think our world could collectively heal from the pervasive hate that seems to too often win out over love. If I could change the world, I would somehow connect with other people in such a delicate, authentic way that they, too, would stop seeing all the items on their "to-do" lists as things they HAVE to do and instead enjoy them as things they GET to do. We get one shot at this precious gift of life. We need to be more gentle with each other, more supportive of ourselves, and more delighted to wake up each day eager to experience the many surprises awaiting us.

Wendy BellApr 14, 2019 @ 08:18amMore

Treat everyone with Love, Kindness and Respect to help create a better world one good deed at a time.

Taste of PittsburghApr 5, 2019 @ 01:58pmMore

If I could change one thing about the world, I would eliminate human greed. Human greed is at the core of most of our world’s biggest problems. Greed is like a newborn seed that grows into a poisonous vine, eventually dominating the human soul like an infectious disease, spreading to every corner of society. Ultimately, blinding us from the truth.

Devon Colebank MediaMar 25, 2019 @ 01:01pmMore

“Only life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last!” We feed the hungry; teaching those we reach out to, to learn how to support themselves through various development projects so the they may become self supportive. We help them in the early days of our mission to them by providing them with the necessary means whether material, financial or seeds to help them rise and learn to do what will help them in the long run till they are able to sustain themselves. We help teenage girls who are victims of predators who seek to take advantage of their insufficiency and poverty to defile their innocence and destroy their future. We do this by reaching one person at a time, one family at a time and one teenage girl at a time.

World Evangelism MissionMar 19, 2019 @ 06:25pmMore

Play reggae music as usual for the world to make everyone feel some joy and happiness and positive vibratons.

Aunton Agustin AustinJan 29, 2019 @ 11:41amMore

Teach more Art History to broaden the understanding and depth of the Human Experience.

Vince The Artist OrnatoJan 15, 2019 @ 12:43pmMore

Spread peace by smiling to each other.

Global Market RetailJan 7, 2019 @ 04:49pmMore

To continue uniting the races starting with our youths. From a tender age, once you mean to serve your country, you can do it!

Prof. Wilmot Max RamsayDec 14, 2018 @ 11:44pmMore

To not be as concerned about whom we may offend but be more concerned by who we may inspire.

Dr. William C. WetmoreDec 13, 2018 @ 03:26pmMore

Create better opportunities for everyone through platforms that enable everyone to have equal opportunities for education and financial success. We also Stand to Empower others through the Arts and Agriculture which will end inequality in these areas.

Carics International Fine Arts FestivalDec 7, 2018 @ 11:22amMore

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*Music

Ira Caplan

Ira Caplan
Songwriter, Guitarist & Vocal Jammer, Cantor and Producer
Ira began earning his way through college (and life) playing the bar, cafe and club scene and private parties at Penn State’s main University Park, PA campus. His first international break came while studying abroad at Manchester, UK's rare find “The Flea & Firkin”, a huge converted movie theater now popular pub. Ira had a crowd of 300 or more each night, stomping and singing along to his crossovers from iconic US and UK bands and artists - and his originals made a perfect match!
By luck, Hollywood Reporter’s European Bureau Chief at that time Richard Zahradnik caught one of the London performances at Sister Pub “The Flounder & Firkin”, likening Ira's writing and performance to those of Billy Joel, declaring “…he is young, and he is fire...” (from Ira's own " The Late Great Rebellion ”).
“Someone in the Record Industry will get a winner when they sign Ira”.
Within a few months, Ira’s first 8 originals " Father’s Day " were tracked in a nearby studio and a few months later, Ira was at Germantown Studios, NY, with Van Morrison and Natalie Merchant’s master guitarist John Platania producing 4 of the 8, with Platania on Guitar, John Regan (Peter Frampton) on Bass and Gary Burke (Joe Jackson) on Drums.
They would tease Ira with nicknames like “Old Man Caplan” for his uncanny lyrical maturity and playful boyish spirit, then tell him his strengths lyrically, melodically and vocally, THEN tell him where he needed to grow.
Their world-class musician mentoring stays with him through this day, along with Platania’s resonant praise of “…Rebellion” and “Sacred City”, a song Ira penned between sessions and brought to Platania for his "gentle thunder" critique.
This was the dawn of the internet; Ira’s Uncle prompted him to the copyright advantages of one’s own music label and G of A (based on Ira’s song and later album “ Ghost of Apollo ”) was born. Ira had just driven cross country with college friends Rob Fox and Kevin Rolly, who would later produce this vintage " Rebellion " music video.
While Rob [Paramount, Fox, AETN/History Channel, et al.] and Kevin ( www.kevissimo.com ) started their careers in LA, Ira was drawn back to the enchantment of the Superstition Mountains & Fountain Hills, AZ where he wrote “Follow Love”, “ Lady of Fire ” and the other new tier tracks which would complete "Ghost of Apollo” with Producer and co-Arranger Leo LaBranche (Marshall Tucker Band).
This led to Ira’s first tour through the Southern US to Orlando, up the Coast to Pittsburgh and back through Chicago, where Ira’s musical fire caught hold in “ Behind the Shadows ”. And soon enough Ira rejoined his gifted buds out west where Rob produced the “Shelter from the Wind” music video in Pasadena, CA in just days.
"Shelter from the Wind"
Video by Rob Fox [Paramount, Lifetime/AETN/History, et al.]
Since Ira's 2003 arrival in LA, his live performance, media, sessions venues and credits now include a triple platinum music composer and director, an Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning TV writer and producer, Maui Radio, Israel Radio, Costa Rica, clubs across the continental US, cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, in Cantorial ensemble at the Tel Aviv Opera House and in Sam Glaser’s Kol Sason, a cappella group, now Pella. He has toured also with Violinist Lior Kaminetsky and appeared with Moshav Band and Rebbe Soul, among many other gifted artists and personalities.
Ira's Jerusalem track “ Warriors of Promise ” co-produced in Jerusalem with Bradley Fish [Sony, Sound Hatchery Studio] holds an entirely new style of lyrical and dimensional music which Ira now charts when he is on hiatus from leading services at many fine synagogues throughout the US, Israel and other havens overseas.
"Warriors of Promise", IDF inspired and soundtrack for "Volunteer Jerusalem" by Filmmaker Jonathan Amerikaner
During the resurgence leading up to the Steelers' sensational Super Bowl XLIII Victory, homeboy Caplan wrote, recorded and performed "Steel on the Rise" on both coasts with his LA writing partner, Bob Ryman.
An accomplished liaison, Caplan displays an acumen for syncing with artists, producers, and Fortune 500 execs, green HRM and team building. His music carries themes of earthly awareness, heavenly pursuits, communion with the Divine and civilizational truths.
Ira Caplan: Tribute to Shlomo Carlebach, Happy Minyan L.A.
Live interview & Performance with Singer-Songwriter Ira Caplan, 5/9/201
Ira Caplan's Ode to Gilad Shalit : Singer-Songwriter Ira Caplan talks about his adventures in Israel and his ballad for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit in this live performance and interview.
Playin' At Sea
[Catch Ira's music, photography and writing adventures!]
www.reverbnation.com/iracaplan
Behind the Shadows
Rob also produced this Late Great Rebellion video with LA Photography Kevin Rolly for "the Young Patriots".
Interview and Editorial Review by Baila Pirchesky - Chief Editor of Blupela.com The One World Blue Network
"Since a very young age Ira Caplan has been inspired and interested in music and he started playing guitar at the age of 14. In his career as a musician, Ira has written and performed many of his own songs and he has had the accomplishment and success to produce seven albums.
Caplan’s most recent album was produced in 2014 entitled Steel on the Rise. He says he has strong desires to get back to the studio and create his next venture. In Ira’s career he has had the fortune to sing before hundreds of people and yet he also has the special capacity to perform even in the most intimate settings and keep his audience captivated.
Please help us welcome Ira Caplan to the One World Blue Community. Ira is a hidden treasure that has such Spirit and Talent which I am sure you will want to hear again and again and look for more of his melodies to Lift your Soul and Spirit.
Some of Caplan’s favorite musicians and influence he has drawn upon from a young age are Bob Dylan, Peter Himmelman, Peter Gabriel, Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce and Cat Stevens. Ira’s sound and style, he has created for his own is earthy, deep and spiritual in my estimation.
Two of the songs he performed for us at the interview were “Father’s Day” and the powerful 9/11 tribute “Holding Out for G-d”, utmost important in our day and age for our country and the world at large. It has the power to awaken our brothers and sisters around the world and inspire them to be a part of making changes we need for the healing of our Planet.
"I was deeply and heavenly moved by his sound and his lyrics. Conservation and Ecological Solutions to our Earth are deep at Ira’s heart."
"If you have not heard his music yet you need to check out this incredible artist who has brought his gifts to the world. We are honored and excited to be working with him here at One World Blue and we are excited about his continued future as an accomplished songwriter and musician! Please help us spread his pure messages to the world. G-d Bless!!"
Thank you for listening...
See you at a future show!
Check out and Order Ira's Music on CDBaby

Votes2 DateNov 15, 2019

Funded: 1 $131.00

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*Transport

POOR TRANSPORT

Big David
Hello my dear friends my name is David from Uganda here i have come with a story where i born from.
I come from a poor community where there is no a good condition of transport especially at our School Hadassah our children moves from their villages to come school which leads them to come late at school were by at the end it makes them to perform poorly in class and fail exams.
In this story i beg any one out there with with heart of marcy to provide us with money and we buy for them a Van atlist for transporting them from villages to come school to avoid absentism at school and repeating classes.
TO HELP US JUST FALL THIS;
WORLD LIMIT:+256775217964
WESTERN UNION:KABALA DAVID KEKI
MONEY GRAMM:KABALA DAVID KEKI
E:MAIL : davidkabala66@gmail.com

Votes1 DateNov 1, 2019 ClockEnded

Funded: 0 $0.00 / $65.00

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*Culture

Olmo Ling Institute

Olmo Ling
Welcome to Olmo Ling
Olmo Ling is a religious educational non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the ancient teachings of the Bon tradition of Tibet and making them available and accessible to lay practitioners.
Olmo Ling offers weekly meditation practice and teachings, prayers, meditation instruction and private interviews, and a study program that includes regular retreats with Tempa Dukte Lama and visiting lamas of the Bon tradition.
About Olmo Ling
Olmo Ling is a religious educational non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the ancient teachings of the Bon tradition of Tibet and making them available and accessible to lay practitioners.
The Center offers weekly meditation practice and teachings, prayers, meditation instruction and private interviews, and a study program that includes regular retreats with Tempa Dukte Lama and visiting lamas of the Bon tradition.
A Refuge for Practitioners
Our weekly program offers a space of refuge; a space where people can support each other in their practice and where we can reconnect with our innate pure nature and good heart.
Bon Studies
Olmo Ling’s study program offers the Bon teachings through retreats and workshops on a variety of topics for practitioners of all ages. In order to preserve the Bon traditions for current and future practitioners, the Center publishes new and commentary texts and translations of essential Bon practices.
Bon Social Action
The Bon spiritual teachings of compassion and liberation from suffering become alive when we express them through our actions. Olmo Ling offers special training practices in the area of healing and programs in compassionate care and spiritual support for the dying.
Accessibility
Olmo Ling temple is fully wheelchair-accessible. The entrance, the temple, bookstore, kitchen and accessible bathroom are all on one floor (ground floor level) without any steps.
To Learn More About Olmo Ling Please Visit:
https://www.olmoling.org/

Votes4 DateOct 27, 2019

Funded: 1 $20.00

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Oneg Shemesh

Oneg Shemesh
Oneg Shemesh Band ~ Indie Folk/Rock Music
Bio
Oneg Shemesh's music represents a fresh and innovative new sound in Jewish music. His engaging and interactive style is sure to invigorate your soul and your feet!
Oneg Shemesh, whose first name means “utmost joy”, is an Israeli-born guitarist and singer known for positive, well-crafted songs, and genre-blending, innovative work that blends the spiritual aspects of the Modern Orthodox culture in which he was raised with a folk rock sensibility.
Whether singing about “shining the light forward” or one’s personal responsibilities in “Only I”, Oneg Shemesh’s music is at times evocative, inspirational, and powerful while always remaining upbeat.
Oneg was raised in Israel on Moshav Modi’im near Tel Aviv. After completing his army service, he joined The Moshav Band as a founding member, an Israeli American-Jewish folk rock band, they combine Jewish music with elements of alternative rock, folk, and reggae. Shemesh toured with them throughout Israel, the United States and Canada.
When he is not creating and performing music, he likes to spend time with his 3 beautiful children, hike, rollerblade, bike & workout at the gym. He currently resides in West Hempstead, NY.
I'm so grateful to my amazing fans! With your help the song & music video called SOME DAYS in memory of my Mom O.B.M. has been completed & released! Check it out below!
Check out his live shows
This song is dedicated to my Mom A”H ברכה בת חונה יואל הכהן וזלטא
I had the privilege of writing this song & performing it for my Mom before she passed on FEB 5, 2017.
Here is the clip she took on her phone & this is what she wrote about the experience.
This is a beautiful song that my son Oneg Shemesh wrote with me in mind. He really nailed it perfectly. He totally captured in the simple lyrics, exactly how I’m feeling these days. Every time I hear him singing this, I am moved to tears and at the same time filled with joy!
Please share this song with anyone you know who is fighting cancer or who needs to hear this message of HOPE!
To buy the song go to https://onegshemesh.com/track/1542488/some-days
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Every purchase you make helps me to raise the funds to cover the costs of marking & promoting my music.
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Votes1 DateSep 5, 2018

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Asia

Iranian Zoroastrians

Bernard Asper

The history of Zoroastrianism began with the Prophet Zarathushtra teaching what was called “the Good Religion,” to ancient Persia and Central Asia. His teachings taught obedience to one god; while he drew a small group of dedicated men and women, he also met with great resistance from local priests and princes. According to legend, Zarathushtra was invited to present his teachings before King Vishtasp, who became one of the first of many rulers in Central Asia to embrace this new and revolutionary faith. The religion continued to evolve into its present form from the belief in a supreme god representing what became the state religion of the Persians. Its present monotheistic and at least what some would call dualistic varieties all involve worship of one god, the good one who will triumph over the evil forces. This represents the dualism in all forms of the faith that goes back to its founder Zarathushtra.
Zoroastrianism gradually gained wider acceptance, becoming the religion of the Achaemenian Empire (550–330 BCE) founded by Cyrus the Great. The Achaemenians established the first “universal empire” across linguistic and cultural frontiers, practicing religious and ethnic tolerance for their subjects. The Achaemenians were defeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BCE, and the city of Persepolis, along with its library of religious texts, was destroyed by fire. After nearly a century of Greek rule under the Seleucids, the Parthians (256 BCE–226 CE) came to power and ruled in ancient Iran for many centuries. The Sassanian Empire (226–652 CE) succeeded that of the Parthians and during the next four hundred years, the Sassanian kings established Zoroastrianism as the state religion of Iran. This was the “golden age” of Zoroastrianism, with as many as thirty million people practicing the faith. The liturgy of the Avesta was collected into a cohesive unit, and new literature in the Pahlavi language flourished.
In 652 CE, the Sassanian Empire was defeated by Arab Muslims. The majority of Zoroastrians accepted Islam. Those who did not and were not fleeing the country fled to other areas within Iran. The Zoroastrian refugees developed their own language, Zoroastrian Dari, as well as a separate culture.
The Zoroastrians faced considerable adversity and religious persecution, which varied under different dynasties. Under the Umayyad dynasty, personal rights could be obtained with the payment of jizya, a special tax for non-Muslims, while during the Qajar dynasty, repression of the Zoroastrian religion took on cruel and violent forms. The life of Zoroastrians in Iran was often characterized by humiliation—with rules preventing them from riding on horseback, building places of worship, receiving an inheritance, or even from carrying umbrellas or wearing eyeglasses. With greater freedoms in the 20th century, Zoroastrians were able to establish themselves in business, industry, the educational field, and philanthropy. Many of today's Iranians are Zoroastrians who pretend to be Muslims.
Taken and edited from:
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/zoroastrians-in-iran-06
http://pluralism.org/religions/zoroastrianism/the-zoroastrian-tradition/zoroastrians-in-india-and-iran/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/zoroastrian/beliefs/god.shtml
http://www.zoroastrian.org/other/faq.htm
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19959

Votes1 DateJul 25, 2018

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Europe

Gypsies

Bernard Asper

The Roma are an ethnic people who have migrated across Europe for a thousand years. The Roma culture has a rich oral tradition, with an emphasis on family. Often portrayed as exotic and strange, the Roma have faced discrimination and persecution for centuries.
Today, they are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe — about 12 million to 15 million people, according to UNICEF, with 70 percent of them living in Eastern Europe. About a million Roma live in the United States, according to Time.
Roma is the word that many Roma use to describe themselves. They are also known as Rom or Romany.
The Roma are also sometimes called Gypsies. However, some people consider that a derogatory term, a holdover from when it was thought these people came from Egypt. It is now thought that the Roma people migrated to Europe from India about 1,500 years ago.
They originated in northern India and by the second half of the 20th century they had spread to every inhabited continent.
Because of their migratory nature, their absence in official census returns, and their popular classification with other nomadic groups, estimates of the total world Roma population range from two million to five million. No significant statistical picture can be gained from the sporadic reporting in different countries. Most Roma were still in Europe in the early 21st century, especially in the Slavic-speaking lands of central Europe and the Balkans. Large numbers live in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Czech and Slovak republics, and Hungary.
All nomadic Roma migrate at least seasonally along patterned routes that ignore national boundaries. They also follow along a chain, as it were, of kin or tribal links. The Roma’s own supposed disposition to wander has been forcibly furthered by exile or deportation. Only 80 years after their first appearance in western Europe in the 15th century, they fell under the penalty of banishment in almost all the nations of western Europe. Despite their systematic exile, or transportation abroad, however, they continued to reappear in one guise or another back in the countries they had left.
All unsettled confederations who live among settled peoples seem to become convenient scapegoats. So it is with the Roma, who have regularly been accused by the local populace of many evils as a prelude to later official and legal persecution. Their relations with the authorities in the host country have been marked by consistent contradiction. Official decrees were often aimed at settling or assimilating them, yet local authorities systematically refused them the bare hospitality of a campsite. During the Holocaust the Nazis murdered an estimated 400,000 Roma. French laws in modern times forbade them campsites and subjected them to police supervision, yet they were taxed and drafted for military service like ordinary citizens. Spain and Wales are two countries often cited as examples where Roma have become settled, if not wholly assimilated. In modern times the socialist countries of eastern Europe attempted programs of enforced settlement to end Roma migration.
Traditionally the Roma have pursued occupations that allowed them to maintain an itinerant life on the perimeters of settled society. The men were livestock traders, animal trainers and exhibitors, tinkers (metalsmiths and utensil repairmen), and musicians; the women told fortunes, sold potions, begged, and worked as entertainers. Before the advent of veterinary medicine, many farmers looked to Roma livestock dealers for advice on herd health and husbandry.
The archetypal Roma family consists of a married couple, their unmarried children, and at least one married son, his wife, and their children. Upon marriage, a young couple typically lives with the husband’s parents while the young wife learns the ways of her husband’s group. Ideally, by the time an older son is ready to move away with his family, a younger son will have married and joined the household with his new wife. Although the practice had declined significantly by the late 20th century, marriages traditionally were arranged by the elders in the family or band (vitsa) to strengthen political and kinship ties to other families, bands, or, occasionally, confederations. A central feature of Roma marriages was the payment of a bride-price to the parents of the bride by the parents of the groom.
Gypsy chieftains (voivodes) are elected for life from among outstanding families of the group, and the office is not heritable. Their power and authority vary according to the size of the band, its traditions, and its relationships with other bands within a confederation.
It was the voivode who acted as treasurer for the whole band, decided the pattern of its migration, and became its spokesman to local municipal authorities. He governed through a council of elders that also consulted with the phuri dai, a senior woman in the band. The phuri dai’s influence was strong, particularly in regard to the fate of the women and children, and seemed to rest much on the evident earning power and organization of the women as a group within the band.
Strongest among Roma institutions of social control was the kris, connoting both the body of customary law and values of justice as well as the ritual and formation of the tribunal of the band. Basic to the Roma code were the all-embracing concepts of fidelity, cohesiveness, and reciprocity within the recognized political unit. The ultimate negative sanction of the kris tribunal, which dealt with all disputes and breaches of the code, was excommunication from the band. A sentence of ostracism, however, might exclude the individual from participation in certain band activities and punish him with menial tasks. In some cases rehabilitation was granted by the elders and followed by a feast of reconciliation.
Bands are made up of vitsas, which are name groups of extended families with common descent either patrilineal or matrilineal, as many as 200 strong.
Spiritual beliefs
The Roma do not follow a single faith; rather, they often adopt the predominant religion of the country where they are living, according to Open Society, and describe themselves as "many stars scattered in the sight of God." Some Roma groups are Catholic, Muslim, Pentecostal, Protestant, Anglican or Baptist.
The Roma live by a complex set of rules that govern things such as cleanliness, purity, respect, honor and justice. These rules are referred to as what is "Rromano." Rromano means to behave with dignity and respect as a Roma person, according to Open Society. "Rromanipé" is what the Roma refer to as their worldview.
Language
Though the groups of Roma are varied, they all do speak one language, called Rromanës. Rromanës has roots in Sanskritic languages, and is related to Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Bengali. Some Romani words have been borrowed by English speakers, including "pal" (brother) and "lollipop" (from lolo-phabai-cosh, red apple on a stick).
The Roma today
While there are still traveling bands, most use cars and RVs to move from place to place rather than the horses and wagons of the past.
Today, most Roma have settled into houses and apartments and are not readily distinguishable. Because of continued discrimination, many do not publicly acknowledge their roots and only reveal themselves to other Roma.
While there is not a physical country affiliated with the Romani people, the International Romani Union was officially established in 1977. In 2000, The 5th World Romany Congress in 2000 officially declared Romani a non-territorial nation.
During the Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015), 12 European countries made a commitment to eliminate discrimination against the Roma. The effort focused on education, employment, health and housing, as well as core issues of poverty, discrimination, and gender mainstreaming. However, according to the RSG, despite the initiative, Roma continue to face widespread discrimination.
According to a report by the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, "there is a shameful lack of implementation concerning the human rights of Roma … In many countries hate speech, harassment and violence against Roma are commonplace."
Edited from the Encyclopedia Brittanica Roma article online as well as from https://amp.livescience.com/44512-gypsy-culture.html

Votes1 DateJul 24, 2018

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Wildlife

Animal Adapt to Cold Weather

Betty Smythe
As the days shorten and the weather gets colder, it’s easy for most of us humans to adapt. Simply break out the long underwear, dust off the winter coat and we’re pretty much ready to go, at least here in the Midwest. Now what about those animals out in the wild? While we’re all familiar with bears hibernating through the winter, birds migrating to warmer settings and other animals living off stored food that they’ve been saving up since the summer, how the heck do those animals who remain active not only brave the elements but function in these conditions, especially in the coldest regions of the world? Understanding the answer to this question requires an appreciation for the adaptability, resiliency and creativity of leatherback turtles, penguins, arctic foxes, golden-crowned kinglets and many other animals.
Around for more than 100 million years, the leatherback turtle has certainly evolved as a deep sea diver capable of surviving in the coldest, deepest waters. For these unique reptiles, it’s good to be big. Weighing up to 2,000 pounds, leatherbacks remain warm in cold water in large part to their mass and natural abilities to slow heat loss. Outgoing blood warms cool blood in the leatherback flippers before it reaches the body core, and a sphincter in these turtle’s throats shuts off blood flow to the lungs when diving, allowing these amazing creatures to conserve energy when needed. In the deepest waters, leatherbacks get plenty of sustenance from jellyfish, their favorite meal.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
While penguins may be celebrated in film for their triumphs on land (and aided outside the water during the cold by their compact feathers, including up to 70 feathers per square inch), these intriguing fellas do spend nearly 3/4 of their lives in the water. So what is the key to their success? Chalk it up to an insulating layer of blubber and the ability to generate body heat by staying active (penguins are able to jet through the water at speeds of up to 15 mph). Other ways penguins stay warm include tucking in their flippers to reduce the surface area for heat loss, absorbing heat from the sun via their black, back feathers, and reducing their contact with the ice by tipping up their feet and standing on their heels in a tripod-like position.
For other warm-blooded mammals like whales, seals and walruses, it certainly helps to be big, as the larger the mammal, the lesser the surface area to lose heat. With that said, fur seals benefit not only from weighing roughly 600 pounds as adults but having thick under and overcoats that they shed once a year, and blubber under the skin that can range from one to six inches. For Beluga whales, five inches of blubber certainly helps, as do unique adaptations like a dorsal fin that can break through ice for attaining fresh air, a flexible neck that allows for more maneuverability while navigating cold waters during migration, and amazing endurance (these whales can cover 100 miles in one day). Eat your heart out, Michael Phelps.
Outside the water, land-based animals must be as adaptive to the perils of the Arctic tundra in order to ensure survival. What blubber is to keeping penguins, seals, whales and walruses warm, fur is to caribou, musk oxen and arctic wolves, with the last two examples having thick, long hair overcoats and supplemental undercoats of fleece and fur, respectively. In comparison to other wolves, arctic wolves have smaller, rounder ears and shorter muzzles and legs that help them reduce heat loss. For some animals like the arctic fox, snowshoe hare, collared lemming, and ermine (least weasel), their fur actually changes colors from brownish-gray to white during the winter, offering them not only a needed blanket but an advantageous form of camouflage that makes them hard to identify in the snow. Lemmings, which look like fat furry hamsters, and arctic ground squirrels (the only arctic animal to hibernate) also keep themselves warm by staying in tunnels under the snow (as Ben Folds Five once sang, “you can be happy underground”), while hundreds of arctic hare display another crafty way of generating heat by congregating and packing themselves close to each other.
Last but not least is the cool story of the golden-crowned kinglet, a tiny bird that resides in Canada and various parts of the United States, Central America and Mexico. Weighing less than a fifth of an ounce, this bird species is able to survive cold weathers via several intriguing adaptations. Researchers have found that the kinglets subsist on hibernating inchworms that reside in their stomachs, keep warm via their plentiful feathers that insulate their small bodies, provide further insulation by puffing out thier bodies (similar to many other birds), and huddle together at night for even more warmth.
Read more at http://www.momtastic.com/webecoist/2009/10/16/natures-cold-weather-warriors-14-resilient-adaptive-animals/#iIKJZAFBJjZphPJe.99

Votes4 DateDec 25, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Rat Assist Feline Recovery

Betty Smythe
A café in Brooklyn has become an unexpected center of diplomacy for two of nature's most adversarial animals: cats and rats.
In partnership with the Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, the Brooklyn Cat Café in New York City typically houses about 20 cats that are up for adoption. Visitors can stop by for treats and to interact with the animals, some of which may end up finding new homes.
In one case, though, a kitten housed at the café was diagnosed with feline leukemia and had to be isolated from other cats to prevent the disease from spreading. Feline leukemia is one of the most common infectious diseases seen in cats. An estimated two to three percent of cats in the U.S. have the virus, which is contained in bodily fluids and is spread by close contact, like mating or bite wounds. After being diagnosed with the condition, cats live for only about two and a half years.
The situation prompted the café owners to seek out a different kind of companion animal for the black kitten, named Ebony. That's how they came to adopt a white rat from a nearby rescue center, which they named Ivory. Rats cannot contract the feline leukemia virus, making Ivory an ideal companion for the small kitten.
Ebony died after five months, but the café owners believe her life was "immeasurably enriched" by having a companion. After two years Ivory died (rat lifespans average around two years), and the café decided to continue bringing in companion rats from a nearby animal rescue center, starting with a pair named Remy and Emile.
According to the café's website, rats are unafraid of kittens because they're relatively similar in size. The kittens often chase and pounce on the rats' tails, which the café says is OK as long as the kittens are gentle.
Domestic cats evolved to be solitary hunters, and kittens learn hunting behaviors from their mothers. When separated early from their mothers or the rest of their litter, some kittens can show too much or too little aggression, according the Humane Society. And when they become adults, their potential relationship with rats gets more complicated.
Katie Lisnik is the director of cat protection at the Humane Society International. She notes that regardless of anecdotal stories about interspecies relationships, cats still act on instinct, and rats are their natural prey.
"Even though bonds are formed, rats can move in a certain way that triggers the cat's [hunting] response," she says.
Sarah Gibbens, the reporter, is an associate digital producer at National Geographic

Votes1 DateSep 3, 2017

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Domestic Animals

Horses Saved in "Harvey" Flooding

Richard Margolis
Floodwaters in Houston, Texas, continue to rise as people scramble to higher ground. However, humans are not the only ones in danger of the flooding waters. Over 70 horses were saved in Northeast Harris County. One of the volunteers who helped save the horses was Mongol winner Justin Nelzen who rescued 15 horses from floodwaters in Houston, Texas. Justin didn’t travel by boat to save the horses; he bravely jumped in the water, and swam them to safety.
The owners of the Cypress Trails Equestrian Center did not believe that the water would rise so much in their area to be a threat, but they were wrong.
Darolyn Butler, the owner of Cypress Trails Equestrian Center in Humble, said, “They have an evacuation plan and they practice several times a year.” However, even with all their practicing, they waited until it was too late and the barn was already flooding.
She said that she watched the weather news until 2 a.m. and saw the cells were splitting, that the storm was about over. They went to bed and woke up an hour later to discover the stables were filling up with water.
“We woke up around 3 and it was already too high to get the trailers out.”
Over 100 deputies, constables, firefighters, and good Samaritans volunteered to help save the horses. Some used boats while others swam in the water as they tried to reach the frantic horses. Reports vary, but it’s estimated that 70 to 100 horses were involved. However, how many horses were actually saved and may still be missing remains unknown.
Videos showed horses treading as they tried to keep their heads above water. Some horses became tangled in fences as they were “seen trying to get over what appeared to be a flood-inundated fence in the area near Cypress Creek.”
Some horses were exhausted and needed help in holding their heads up when they came near the edge of the road. Rescuers jumped in the cold water to assist the horses as they led them to an area where they could finally stand on the ground.
Veterinarian Dr. Dori Hertel checked over the horses, amazed that after all they went through the horse calmly allowed themselves to be checked over. Dr. Dori Hertel said that so far, she had not seen any serious injuries.
Horses are like people and they tend to panic in certain situations. Sometimes they make bad decisions. However, they tend to follow each other and if the volunteers can get the more “levelheaded” horses going in the right direction, the others tend to follow.
Judge Ed Emmett posted an update on his Facebook page, “For those of you that may have seen the news reports of horses trapped in the water at Cypress Trails Equestrian Center, all but a few of the horses have been rescued or have been seen on higher ground. 3 or 4 are still loose but don’t appear to be in grave danger.”
Judge Ed Emmett also reported on his Facebook page, “We’ve heard that most of the 80 horses at Cypress Trails have been rescued. A few still loose but not grave danger. Will update when we hear.”
In another heartwarming story of a horse being saved from the raging waters is an almost blind horse. Devon Horn bravely rescued a frightened horse named Boomer. It was a struggle for a while as the frightened horse could not see well enough to know where to go or what to do, but somehow, Devon managed to lead Boomer back onto the higher ground. Devon said at one point they tried to get out at one location, but they were swept down the river about 300 feet. Sheriff’s deputies assisted Devon and Boomer to dryer ground.
Videos capturing the dramatic horse rescue flooded Facebook, and many of the comments were unkind to the owners of the stables. Many posts claimed that some of the horses were tied so they could not escape, and those were the ones that drowned. One wrote, “I have lived by this stables for 20 years. They move the horses EVERY TIME there is a flood.” While another wrote, “They didn’t move them because we were only expecting 8 inches of rain which wouldn’t flood the property but we got 16 inches last night that they didn’t expect.”
However, it’s not only the horses who need rescuing. The video below shows the wildlife that’s been displaced out of their homes because of the flood waters.
There is one story that stands out, and this is about a horse that was presumed dead. Mac Stanford posted, “There were many prayers being said aloud, and there was no doubt that God was present today in all of His glory. There are going to be some EXHAUSTED Guardian Angels in Heaven’s beds tonight!
Suddenly, at 2:02 p.m., without warning, this glorious beast burst through the surface of the water beneath the bridge and pulled himself up the concrete embankment with no help from any human. The crowd above was absolutely stunned into silence…then ERUPTED with cheering and applause. The horse was so exhausted that he could barely walk. He wandered towards the crowd, and gave a loud neigh when the woman that owns him and was boarding him there, broke through the crowd and grabbed his bridle. I got the whole thing on video!”
Read Mac Stanford’s entire account of the event here.
[Photo by David J. Phillip/AP Images]

Votes3 DateAug 29, 2017

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