About Virginia

Virginia Arlington National Cemetery Cemet

The Commonwealth of Virginia is far and above one of the most beautiful, historically significant and populous countries in each one the country. One of the first places on the continent to be settled, the Commonwealth is a proverbial historic goldmine which includes sites from colonial times, the civil war and from other crucial points in time. Really, when it comes to living history, people traveling the world over to take in the sites and points of interest which exemplify the amazing, unique history of Virginia.

By way of example, a large portion of the Commonwealth remains rural and agrarian. The agricultural customs of Virginia run deep and continue to be epitomized through the Commonwealth.

On the other hand, Virginia is home to one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolitan regions in the nation. Northern Virginia, which is now a lot more than a bedroom community for the country’s capital, is awash in development and development. The corridor from Washington, D.C. through and including Dulles International Airport has come to rival the Silicone Valley in regard to the array of high-tech businesses and enterprises that currently call this area home.

Beyond business and history Virginia is a”sports man’s heaven.” Additionally, the shores of Virginia – especially at Virginia Beach and surrounding communities – are becoming some of the best beloved tourist destinations in the Northeastern United States.

Health and health are issues of great concern to the residents of Virginia. Women and men of all ages tend to have a more proactive approach to their personal health and health issues, including getting both body scans and heart scans as a way preventative practice. Moreover, these individuals also benefit from these technologies as the MRI when they have more specific concerns about a health related matter.

Consequently, practices and centers can be found in the Commonwealth offering body scans, heart scans and MRI related choices for residents.

Needless to say, Northern Virginia continues to lead the Commonwealth when it comes to residential, retail and business development. However, other areas of Virgina are experiencing growth also, including some of the more rural regions of the Commonwealth that are attracting young families and other men and women that are interested in a more serene life in a community that really can be categorized and considered a”hometown.”

Finally, as has been alluded to earlier, Virginia is among the most scenic and visually stunning locales in North America. From the Atlantic shore to the Blue Ridge Mountains into the lush pastures of the Shenandoah Valley, the country is natural miracle. Indeed, the splendor that’s Virginia is incomparable on so many diverse levels and will be a draw and a fascination for future generations to come.

west virginias tale

Harpers Ferry West Virginia Soldiers Caval

While the people of Virginia east of the Allegheny Mountains were delighted with the state’s secession, the Virginians who lived west of the Alleghenies, weren’t happy to secede from the Union.

Both of these parts of Virginia which were separated by the Alleghenies, were separated from one another in different ways. Western Virginia was composed of thirty-five counties located west of the Shenandoah Valley and north of the Kanawa River. This region of Virginia’s geography is extremely rough country composed largely of hills and steep mountainsides with narrow valleys. The geography of western Virginia split it significantly in the lowland eastern tidewater component of the state. It is fair to say that Western Virginia was a property of mountaineers.

The western part of Virginia was closely tied by streets and rivers into its northern neighboring states of Ohio and Pennsylvania than it had been to eastern Virginia. Both segments of Virginia were different in culture, geography, and economics since the western part identified more with Ohio and Pennsylvania in those regards. The western Virginia town of Wheeling was the greatest city in that region and it’s a mere 60 miles from Pittsburgh. An important difference between eastern and western Virginia was that it was uncommon to find slave owners and slaves from the rocky country of the mountaineers.

The mountaineers looked at the people of eastern Virginia as”tidewater aristocrats” and due to the larger population from the eastern portion of the country, the mountaineers were underrepresented in the state legislature. The Virginia state legislature had passed taxes and laws that preferred the eastern tidewater aristocrats more so than they did the mountaineers of western Virginia. The mountaineers needed more roads and railroads, and other internal improvements, that rather often found their way into the tidewater aristocrat’s eastern portion of the state.

Discord had been stewing for years among both segments of Virginia before Virginia seceded from the Union. Independent statehood for western Virginia wasn’t a new idea at the onset of the Civil War, and it would arrive at the vanguard. With Virginia’s secession from the Union, the unhappiness and debate between the mountaineers and the tidewater aristocrats of Virginia just improved. The Virginian mountaineers had little interest in secession from the Union, but it arrived due to the domination of representation and votes of the pro-secession eastern portion of Virginia.

On June 11, 1861 mountaineer Unionists met at a seminar in Wheeling. The focus of the convention was different statehood for western Virginia.

Appears that Article IV, Section 3, of the United States Constitution requires permission of the legislature to form a new state from the land of an existing one. But as hard as it may be to believe, the Confederate legislature over in Richmond was not eager to permit western Virginia to become another state… and one which would be from the Union to boot. For those mountaineers and their quest for their own nation, there simply was a solution for this United States Constitution problem, someway, somehow.

You see, that Confederate legislature over east in Richmond, that secessionist one, is prohibited and thus the Wheeling mountaineers announced all state offices empty. The Wheeling conference appointed new state officials on June 20. All these changes, so far as the Unionist western Virginia mountaineers were worried, revived the state of Virginia.

Though this new Virginia legislature was set up, it really represented just one-fifth of Virginia, that being the mountaineers of the northwest counties. Nonetheless, it elected two United States senators from Virginia, and on July 13, 1861 those senators were seated from the United States Senate.

In effect, there was a Union Virginia claiming to represent all of Virginia, but really only being composed of the mountaineer northwest part of the country, and there was a Confederate Virginia with its authorities in Richmond with its patronage of”tidewater aristocrats” who had seceded from the Union. President Abraham Lincoln recognized the Pierpoint government as the government of Virginia. Obviously, President Lincoln wasn’t going to recognize Virginia’s Confederate model of government as valid.

The Wheeling convention ended, then it reconvened in August, 1861. Currently a lengthy debate started between separatists and a conservative minded faction who believed it improper that the new legislature was claiming to represent the whole state. Nevertheless, in spite of this debate, the Wheeling convention continued to proceed with its agenda… to form a new nation.

An ordinance for separate statehood had been created. This ordinance will be subject to ratification on October 24, 1861 from the voters. Voters would also have the ability at this time to select delegates for a constitutional convention, the objective of which was for the creation of a new state to be termed”Kanawha.” [The title”Kanawha” is an Native American word. It’s thought to mean a place of white rock.”]

Now, there were several military concerns that needed to be managed simultaneously with this new nation conventioning and creation happening in western Virginia. Important military assets like the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Ohio River were integral to western Virginia and their management was wanted by both Yankees and Rebels. Suffice it to say for now, that Union military efforts in western Virginia were adequate enough to rid the region of Confederate military difficulties, thus clearing the way for a new state to come about. This brief mention of the military operations in western Virginia is to not short-change them, they were important. Really, without Union military dominance over Rebel troops in western Virginia, the creation of a new state wouldn’t have been possible.

Union military victory in western Virginia allowed the October 24, 1861 referendum to happen. Voter turn-out was little, and voters (those of a Rebel ilk) in over a dozen counties actually boycotted the election. The end result however, was that the introduction of a new state was strongly endorsed.

Boundaries for the new state were put during the constitutional convention held in January, 1862. There could be fifty counties in the new state and the new state wouldn’t be called Kanawha, but rather West Virginia. On May 23, 1862 West Virginia was sanctioned by the revived legislature of Virginia.

It passed in the United States House of Representatives the next December. West Virginia accepted emancipation as a requirement to statehood.

The eastern aristocrats still had their Confederate state of Virginia, but they dropped some state land according to July 4, 1863, the new state of West Virginia joined the Union.

I’ve been blogging about American Civil War stories and history since 2005. The history and lessons of the Civil War are always important to learn and know about. There’s something about America’s Civil War which catches and keeps our interest and creativity, it is truly an awesome story.

Visit Florida

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Florida is a beautiful country, graced with yearlong sunny skies, ocean breezes, subtropical foliage, and abundant wildlife. This southernmost continental state delivers a whole host of pure adventures on both water and land. There is certainly more to Florida than oranges and Walt Disney World, including luxury Florida RV camping hotels and adorable Florida campgrounds to get your road trip a terrific success.

The Gulf Islands National Seashore in Gulf Breeze stretches some 150 miles across the Gulf of Mexico’s coastline, from Pensacola, at Florida’s northwest border, to Davis Bayou and the barrier islands in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. This federal saltwater treasure is a kaleidoscope of turquoise water, bright white sand dunes, seaside marshes, wooded nature trails, historic fortresses and archaeological sites which tell the long-ago tales of Native American people. Visitors are free to camp, hike, fish and swim on the gulf or Santa Rosa Sound. Beach-goers also have been known to talk about the park’s sandy terrain with these”locals” as diamondback terrapins, armadillos and sea turtles.

Florida’s huge, outdoor playground is available for all seasons and therefore are many Florida campgrounds which makes this nation a snowbird paradise.

The Emerald Coast Beaches in Navarre, Fort Walton, Destin, and Santa Rosa are shining examples of Northwest Florida’s gulf shore. Do not miss’em if you are in the region.

Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, the website of Florida’s only lighted tour cavern, is a Natural National Landmark. The highlight in this park is surely the ranger-guided tour of Florida Caverns and the explanations of its varied calcite formations – stalagmites, stalactites, columns and brimstones. But don’t fret about the geological terminology, there will not be a test afterwards. Needless to say, there are cave creatures to reckon with, such as many species of (gasp!) bats. However, the park also shelters some surprising species such as 200-pound alligators, snapping turtles, barred owls and beavers. The budding geologists on your team should enjoy the marine fossils embedded in the cave ceilings and walls that tell a fascinating tale of Florida Caverns’ ancient submerged beyond. When it is time to ascend into the park’s ground level, the selection of actions is delightfully well-rounded. Swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing are easily available. The scenery consists of atypical vegetation such as orchids, flame azalea, columbine and various wildflowers, including a dash of colour to the excursion.

In north central Florida, travelers enter a universe of winding rivers, cold, freshwater springs, and refreshing, green woods. The Ichetucknee River in Fort White is a popular place for tubing; a laidback, solo solution to whitewater rafting. Grab an inner tube, recline, and push off into a leisurely present (about 1 mph). In Ichetucknee Springs, the crystal-clear river is fed with multiple springs which supply an amazing daily influx of 233 million gallons of water. And tubers can not help but”chill out” as the river registers a bracing, yearlong temperature of 72? F. Tubing trips at Ichetucknee are almost effortless because there are shuttle buses between authorized launching and take-out points.

Small streams tumble down the steep slopes of the sinkhole, disappearing through cracks in the bottom. Regrettably, the sinkhole’s contents, in the kind of seashells, sharks’ teeth, and fossilized animal relics, have contributed geologists invaluable clues to Florida’s natural history. Visitors are afforded views of the sinkhole from boardwalks, stairways, or by a nature trail on the top rim. The interior of Devil’s Millhopper features little streams rushing down its sheer walls and lush plant development, like ferns and orchids, that resemble Appalachian mountain foliage.

Head east on your Florida travel, and you will be rewarded by a region that provides beautiful Atlantic beaches, quiet salt marshes and scores of graceful shorebirds. Take Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands at Fort George, for example, only 17 miles from Jacksonville via a series of bridges. As close as they are into the”big city,” those isles offer a refreshing sense of escape from civilization. Even better, they provide convenient oceanside parking for your RV and effortless boardwalk access to five miles of unspoiled Atlantic beaches. Besides researching sandy shores, flowering deserts, marshes, and maritime forests, Talbot’s visitors immediately take to such activities as swimming, shelling, saltwater fishing, boating, biking, or horseback riding. The Talbots protector nearly 200 species of birds and aquatic creatures; gopher tortoises, river otters, and occasional bobcats are still a few of these.

Anastasia State Recreation Area, a barrier island east of St. Augustine, is one of Florida’s finest and busiest coastal parks, so we urge when staying in a Florida campground nearby you make reservations beforehand. It offers all of the beach blanket principles – a coastal shore, rolling waves, scenic dunes, a lagoon, tidal marshes and sea meadows. Additionally, it provides opportunities to swim, kayak, fish, or learn the art of windsurfing. For people who simply want a small R&R, visit the designated picnic area surrounded by ancient, and somewhat unusual, pine trees slowly bleached and twisted by the salty sea winds. Do not overlook the wildflowers, nature paths, magnolia trees and interesting creatures to behold: red-shouldered hawks, swallowtail butterflies, sea turtles, screech owls and Anastasia’s own beach mouse – which make this place unique.

Heading south you will find Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville. It was set up nearly four years ago through a cooperative effort between NASA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River to the west, this subtropical locale provides a pleasing mix of ancient oak hammocks, sandy dunes, salt marshes, mangroves, ocean shores and piney woods. The refuge is a significant winter home not just for legions of migrating birds, but indigenous sandpipers, ibises, and wood storks. For visitors who would prefer to catch their own dinner, shrimping, crabbing, clamming, freshwater or surf-fishing and/or controlled waterfowl hunting are allowed at Merritt Island.

Scores of endangered native and migratory birds call the area home. Visitors who arrive by kayak, canoe, or boat tour visit jet-black anhingas and assorted kinds of herons, egrets, ibises and terns. The lucky folks may catch a glimpse of any one of four kinds of sea turtles and endangered manatees, which occasionally linger at Pelican’s peaceful refuge. The 1903 introduction of this island’s protected status indicated the momentous start of the total National Wildlife Refuge System.

When tourists proceed west to the heart of Florida, they enter a property of freshwater lakes, dense woodlands, and bubbling springs. Ocala National Forest is the southernmost national forest in the continental U.S. and also the earliest such woods established east of the Mississippi River. This lively destination has much to offer, such as hundreds of sparkling lakes, springs and two important rivers – the Ocklawaha and the St. Johns – with every offering ample opportunities for swimming, boating and angling. Snorkeling enthusiasts surely can not withstand the transparent waters and amazing aquatic viewpoints in Ocala’s chilly springs, can they? After all, there is over 430,000 acres to pay, so you may want to leave yourself a little time to research. When you do, you might happen upon black bears, bald eagles and other rare species rarely seen outside the boundaries of Ocala National Forest.

Paddling canoe trails, horseback riding, and hiking on Florida’s National Scenic Trail are also popular pastimes and lots of Florida RV camping hotels provide resort packages that include these activities and much more with your stay in their campground.

The wooded terrain around Lake Kissimmee in Lake Wales was once the homeland of Native Americans that were attracted to the area because of its bounty of fish, plants and animals. Today’s travelers look equally eloquent, especially those who prefer to hike, ride horse, ship fish or about Florida’s third largest lake. Trophy bass are plentiful in its own waters.

Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park invites visitors to learn firsthand about Florida’s native creatures in a natural setting. The park’s centerpiece, Homosassa Springs, is a 45-foot profound, 72? F headspring pumping millions of gallons of water per hour to the scenic Homosassa River. The spring itself is home to over 30 species of fish. The adjoining wildlife park presents interactive animal displays, an indoor nursery for baby alligators and crocodiles, and special ranger programs designed to introduce participants to Florida’s population of birds, reptiles and manatees. Visitors can practically rub elbows with gentle manatees in the underwater observatory.

The Myakka River near Sarasota delivers natural experiences on one of Florida’s finest”wild and scenic” waterways. And for guests who prefer a guided tour, Myakka’s refuge could be looked at from narrated tram and airboat tours.

Florida’s southwest region provides world-renowned shelling, island getaways and shining Gulf coast sunsets. J.N.”Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is the most obvious example of enduring local conservation efforts. Based on the season of birth, refuge guests may see a colorful songbird, splashing otter or lounging crocodile. The informative, self-guided Wildlife Drive tour could be completed on foot, by bicycle or vehicle. Suggested stops are marked with wooden signs and volunteer interpreters are available to answer questions.

The Everglades National Park, North America’s only subtropical preserve, is a 1.5 million-acre”sea of grass” in the southern tip of southern Florida. It is a place where Caribbean plants and animals coexist in a curious mixture of swamps full of cypress and mangroves, saw grass prairies, pine and hardwood trees. 1 third of the park’s acreage is truly underwater, such as Florida Bay which borders the park, much to the delight of canoeists. Drier park pursuits include biking; ranger-led trail walks or tram tours; and wildlife-watching for manatees, alligators, crocodiles, evasive Florida panthers, over 300 varieties of birds, as well as the Everglades’ most prolific species, mosquitoes.

For the marine species that reside there, the park showcases and protects the only living coral reef in the continental United States. A high-speed, glass-bottom catamaran is the best way to see the sights (narrated, also ). Otherwise, grab a snorkel and a few fins. Scuba dive or paddle a”spyak” (a customized kayak with a large, transparent viewing floor) for a much closer look.

Bahia Honda State Park, in Big Pine Key’s mile marker 37, is an eye-appealing island jewel with sandy beaches, waving palms, and bright blue waters that ripple onshore in the Atlantic Ocean into Florida Bay. Besides boasting a number of the Key’s best swimming, fishing and snorkeling beaches, Bahia Honda has rolling dunescapes, mangrove forests and tropical hardwood hammocks.

Chicken Curry – An Indian Delight

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India continues to occupy its historic position as the biggest producer of spices in the world. There’s something magical about the Indian spices and herbs which transform simple ingredients to exotic dishes. It is a common assumption that one of the traditional uses of spices has been their role in disguising food which was well past its best. It’s not until the middle of the 17th century that a more selective use of spices and herbs is observable. The British love affair with Indian food goes back to the early 17thcentury. Edward Terry, one of the first Englishmen to taste Indian food with all its goodness, talked about onions, ginger, spices and herbs with meat pieces being used in well-proportioned amounts, thus cooking food that’s exceedingly pleasing to all palates. In United Kingdom, you run a word association test and say”spicy” and the answer would be”curry.” Assuredly they are perfectly normal for no other food is so inextricably linked with odor and flavor than Indian Curry.

Nothing makes the use of the fabulous spices from India like a good curry does. When these curries can be produced with a bunch of ingredients like fish, lamb, pork and an awesome variety of veggies – chicken seems to be a the most popular universally and rightly so! It is very tough to go wrong with a chicken curry because these is no hard and fast rule when it comes to making one.

Each nation, region and even family has their own unique recipe for it. No matter which part of the country you are in, you can be certain of eating a fantastic chicken curry. Right from the yummy creamy and rich curries of the north, the light and flavorful jhols of the east, as well as the variety of coconut based chicken curries from the West and South of India – the list is endless.

Chicken curries form the north are rich, thick and much more robust in comparison with those made elsewhere in the country. They’re also those that popularized curries abroad. There are also simpler ones like a dhaba chicken curry or tariwala murgha that don’t have creamy, buttery gravy but are high on taste from whole spices, tomatoes and onions. Best eaten with crisp roti’s and paranthas, they could easily be the star attraction in an Indian meal.

In the South of India chicken curry is just as popular as it is from the North albeit made with different ingredients. While in the north the curries are made with onions tomato and yogurt in the south Coconut or coconut milk is a regular addition to give body to a fantastic chicken curry. In the coconut and bedagi cold based masala of Karnataka to the curry leaf and onion base of an Andhra style peppery chicken curry or the cooling coconut milk based curries of Kerala – there’s one thing that’s common for curries from the south – plenty of taste. These delicious curries are served with famous South Indian accompaniments such as idlis, dosas, appams, iddiappams, Kerala paranthas etc..

A chicken curry from Bengal on the other hand is a little runnier than in other pockets of the nation and is referred to as a jhol. As you might be more familiar with a machcher or fish curry in the east, they do make a beautiful chicken curry too – murgir jhol. Eaten with a generous serving of rice, make sure that you make this Bengali curry with either mustard oil or jhorna ghee.

In the West, Gujarat and Rajasthan are predominantly vegetarian but Maharashtra makes up for lack of a good chicken curry from the region. Even the Malvan coast boasts of delicious chicken curry served with crispy fried multiflour vadas called vade or rice flour bhakris known as amboli.

Among the simplest chicken curries you can create is a home-style chicken curry with the most basic ingredients at home. All you will need to do is heat some oil or ghee in a pan and then sauté a couple of whole spices inside. Add a spoonful of onions and sauté followed by tomato puree, powdered spices and chicken pieces on the bone and cook until the chicken in well done and succulent. As this is a quick and easy chicken curry the chicken is directly added to the curry, but you could also pan fry it before adding it to the curry. You can watch a full video recipe with precise ingredient measure and step by step methods here. You can find these yummy Chicken curry recipes from India easily online today.

There are various food recipes you can find online. But my favorite is master chef Sanjeev Kapoor. You can follow his recipes online, also I am mentioning the website link through you can easily reach him. You can find all these yummy Chicken curry recipes from India and beyond on Sanjeevkapoor.com. Make delicious meals at home anytime to get your particular ones or for any special occasion. Sometimes the online blogs are the savior for working girl like me. If I am in a situation where I don’t know about the recipes these online blogs & videos made cooking simpler for me.

Tricks to Master Google Photos

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All these services come in handy in providing quick access to your photos on any device. Nevertheless, only Google Photos will offer you true unlimited back up of your photos. This is because unlike the other services, Google Photos has a lot of attributes that the rest don’t have. For instance, the capability to automatically remove duplicated pictures, storing your photographs at high resolution at no cost and also an inbuilt tagging icon among others. Although Google Photos has not been in existence for a long time it is among the fastest growing services with currently over 500 million active users.

In as much as Google Photos offers the best back up services, any user needs to be conversant with all its attributes for effective services.

1. Turn off mobile data

This is vital for smartphone users that don’t have unlimited information. For this reason, it is crucial to turn off up over cellular data and also allow the Google Photos program to back up when you are charging your phone to secure your battery life.

2. Upload old photos

For you to save storage it is important to upload your old photographs to the Google Photos Library. This is a simple process that only involves dragging and dropping the photos from your outside storage. From the library, the photos will appear based on the date that they were taken hence, which makes it easier for you to locate them when you need to. Your connectivity will determine how long the uploading process will take.

3. Free up more space in your telephone

To get a user with no SD card or a telephone with unlimited storage, it’s necessary to regularly free up space on your device. Google Photos does this really well by simply tapping at free up device storage from the settings menu. This is a safe process because although the backed up photos will be deleted you can always access them when you’re connected to the web.

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Labeling the people in your photographs comes in handy later on. This is because you can easily identify them by searching by their title in Google Photos. This makes it easier to find every picture of the individual you’re looking for. Additionally, it saves time especially when you are in a hurry.

5. Get free unlimited storage

This can be tricky while saving videos and photos at their original quality since they will eat up into all of the space that there’s. To solve this it’s crucial saving your videos and photos at high-quality resolution.

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Google Photos comes with an option to edit your photos to the desired look you are after. This feature allows you to add a background color, harvest amongst others. It is simple to remove what you do not want on your own videos or images. It is, however, important to store the images once you edit them.

7. Remove geolocation

Images and videos were taken by your telephone today have a whole lot of location details on them. This is helpful for your storage because you would want to remember about the details. However, Google Photos uses such information to map out where your pictures were taken. This is not good because you don’t want people viewing or receiving these photos understanding precisely where they have been taken, especially when you share via mails. For this reason, it’s ideal to remove geolocation.

8. Back up photos from other apps

Google Photos not only backs up the pictures you take on your tablet or smartphone. It has a feature that permits you to back up your photos in other programs like Instagram and Facebook among others. It is easy to choose which devices to enable up on the preferences menu.

9. Animate photos

This is just another simple trick that makes your photo gallery much more entertaining. The ability to make collages, slideshows, animation, and videos from your photos becomes very simple. This Google automobile creation makes photo editing exciting.

10. Testing your search option

It is important to learn how to use this. It comes in handy when you are trying to find videos and images which are similar to what you are looking for. Play with the search option but only search in the Google Photos using common and obscure names.

11. Share and unshare

Google Photos comes with a special feature that simplifies the sharing of videos and photos. This is through a link that readily shares either 1 image or a whole lot of them. It is important to examine them regularly so you eliminate those ones that are no longer required. It is easily done through the shared links icon on the program.

12. View your photos and videos in Google Drive

This is one of those tricks that anyone using Google Photos must know. You may easily view your photos and videos via the photos interface. This feature is useful especially if you already have a whole lot of text on your Google Drive.

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This is another trick that makes sharing of videos fast and easy. Google Photos comes with an option to import photos and videos directly to your YouTube channel. It also gives the choice to add a title, to tag and to share them.

14. Make stories from photos

This attribute makes Google Photos very interesting. The stories are often like guided albums which have captions. This is easily achieved through mobile apps. The procedure involves selecting relevant images, adding captions and places to give more info.

15. Change your view

This is sometimes done by using both fingers. However, Google Photos gives an easier option of doing the same. The service permits you to modify the view of the mobile app so you can get a comfortable view.

Summary of the Nuclear Arsenal

F present news reports are any guide, many Americans are concerned about traditional military operations in the Middle East, in Africa, and in other geographic areas where U. S. interests are endangered. However, little attention is paid to possible nuclear confrontations, either regional (North Korea, Iran) or intercontinental (Russia, China). In spite of this, war planners would be wise to know how we would wage nuclear war, if the need ever arise.

Long-range bombers (B1, B2, B52) are the traditional way of delivering nuclear weapons. The number of aircraft available for these assignments has decreased since the mid-sixties, however, due to improvements in ground-to-air missiles by both the United States and from Russia. Still, there are post-attack targets that are acceptable for these airplanes.
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Land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (Minuteman III) overcome the limitations of long-rang bombersnonetheless, the locations of missile silos are well-known and targeted.

Submarine-launched missiles (Trident II) overcome the limitations of both bombers and land-based missiles because the submarines operate in a stealth mode, making them elusive, if not impossible targets for an enemy.

Their targets are spelled out in what was once called the Single Integrated Operational Plan, SIOP for short. It became operational on 1 July 1961 and was intended to make certain that capabilities were closely matched to targets and that there was no overlap among components of the Triad. In 2003 the SIOP became part of OpPlan 8044, the overall war plan. Although SIOP is not a current term, most senior officers know exactly what it means.

Procedures for the command and control of nuclear weapons are spelled out in detail, the most important of which is the rule. The two-man rule applies as well as the president of america, who must obtain concurrence from the Secretary of Defense before ordering a nuclear strike.

This EAM will also be transmitted from the Alternate National Military Command Center (ANMCC) and from the National Emergency Airborne Command Post (NEACP). The EAM will specify targets, weapons for use, and Permissive Action Link (PAL) codes to unlock the firing devices on the weapons.

When two senior officers at the NMCC simultaneously turn keys to release an EAM, 100 million people, 50 million on both sides, will perish. But in the United States 250 million will remain and survive, though under desperate conditions. In Russia roughly 90 million will survive. Other effects: infrastructure in shambles, destroyed power grids, nuclear fallout, Wildlife Removal, critical shortages of water, food, and medical supplies. Americans will have to rely on Canada and Mexico for massive aid shipments, although the wall we are currently building along our southern border may be an impediment to a lot of the aid.

The United States and Russia will no longer be first-rate powers. For the entire next generation after a nuclear exchange, the two nations will be in reconstruction mode, just as Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been in the years following World War II. In an atomic war there are no winners, just losers.

Interesting Uses For Silver

We’ve always known silver as metal used in the making of Bee Removal Orlando jewellery. Silver jewellery has always been popular among girls. Aside from the jewellery aspect, silver bullion coins are regarded as the fantastic investment. Also, they are an excellent collectibles. From Silver Britannia, American Eagle and Silver Canadian Maple, individuals world over invest in silver coins as they offer excellent returns on investment.

Aside from these uses silver is also used in a variety of industries due to its unique properties. Silver is a precious metal, we all know that. But it is a noble metal since it resists oxidation and corrosion. Not just that, it is the most excellent thermal and electrical conductor of all of the metals, so it’s ideal for electrical applications. It can readily be malleable, which means it is easily flattened into sheets. Additionally, it’s ductile, which allows it to be drawn into thin, flexible wire. This is the reason why it is the best option for various industrial applications. Not just that, its photo sensitivity has given it a place in film photography.

Silver won’t lose its precious status in jewellery and coinage. And due to its unique properties such as it can be powdered, made into paste, shaved into flakes, converted into a salt, made into metal with other metals, flattened into sheets, drawn into wires, suspended as a colloid, as well as used as a catalyst. These qualities make certain that silver will continue to be the king in various industries.

As Investment

As a precious metal, silver bullion coins is rare and precious, which makes it a popular investment option. People invest in silver bullion bars and coins. Its malleability makes silver a great alternative for designing and minting local currency. Many people invest in silver by buying and saving 99.9% pure silver bullion bars, coins, or medallions.

The qualities of being Malleable, reflectivity, and luster make silver a great selection for making jewellery and silverware. As silver is less costly than gold, silver is the first option for jewelry and a standard for fine dining.

As an Electronics

The top most use of silver in business is in electronics. Its unmatched thermal and electric conductivity among metals means it can’t easily be replaced by more affordable materials. Silver is used in electrical switches. Electronics demand silver of the highest purity: 99.99% pure.

Traditional film photography depends on the light sensitivity of silver halide crystals within film. The silver halide crystals alter to record a latent image once the film is exposed to light. It then is developed into a picture. Silver can be used brazing and soldering while silver paste is used to make solar panels. Nuclear energy also uses silver. It’s used in chemical production also. Silver plays a major role in medicine since ages due to its antibiotic grounds and non-toxicity.

Five Laws of Gold

We live in an impatient age, and when it comes to money we want more of it now, now, not tomorrow. When it is a deposit for a mortgage or clearing those credit cards that sap our energy after we stopped enjoying what we bought together, the sooner the better. When it comes to investing, we need easy pickings and quick returns. Hence the current mania for crypto-currencies. Why invest in nanotechnology or machine learning if Ethereum is locked in an endless upward spiral and Bitcoin is the gift that keeps on giving?

A century ago, the American author George S Clason took a different approach. From The Richest Man in Babylon he gave the world a treasure trove – literally – of financial principles based on things that might appear old-fashioned today: caution, prudence and wisdom. Clason utilized the wise men of the ancient city of Babylon as the spokesmen for his financial advice, but that advice is as important today as it was a century ago, when the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression were looming.

Take for example, the five laws of gold. If you are looking to place your personal finances on a sound footing, wherever you are in life, these are for you:

Law No1: Gold comes gladly and in increasing amount to anybody who places by at least a tenth of their earnings to create an estate for their future and that of the loved ones. In other words, save 10 percent of your earnings. Minimum. Save more than that if possible. And that 10% isn’t for next year’s vacation or a new car. It is for the long-term. Your 10% may include your pension contributions, ISAs, premium bonds or any kind of high interest/restricted access savings account. OK, interest rates for savers are at historic lows today, but who knows where they will be in five or ten years? And compound interest means your savings will grow faster than you think.

Legislation No2: Gold labours diligently and contentedly for the wise owner who finds lucrative employment for it. Therefore, if you’re trying to invest as opposed to save, do it sensibly. We are focusing on the words”profitable” and”employment”. Make your money work for you but remember the best you can hope for this aspect of the rainbow is steady returns over the long run, not lottery wins. In practice this is very likely to mean shares in established companies offering a regular dividend and a steady upward trend in share price. You can invest directly, or through a fund manager in the form of unit trusts, but before parting with a single cent, see Laws 3, 4 and 5…

Law No3: Gold clings to the protection of the careful owner who invests it under the recommendation of those wise in managing it. Before you do anything, talk to a qualified, experienced financial adviser. If you do not know one, do some research. Check them out Online. What expertise do they have? What type of clients? Read the reviews. Call them first and get a feel for what they can provide you with, then decide if a face to face meeting will operate. Check out their commission agreements. Are they independent or tied to a particular company, under contract to push that company’s financial products? A good financial adviser will encourage you to get the basics in place: pension, life insurance, somewhere to live, before steering you towards investing in emerging markets and space travel. When you are satisfied that you’ve found an advisor you can depend on, listen to them. Trust their advice. But review your connection together at regular intervals, say annually, and if you are not happy, look elsewhere. Chances are, if your judgment was sound in the first place, you are going to stick with the exact same adviser for several years to come.

Law No4: Gold slips away from the person who invests it in companies or intentions by which they not familiar or which aren’t accepted by those skilled in its own keep. If you’ve got a deep understanding of food retail, by all means invest in the supermarket chain that is increasing market share. Likewise, if you work for a business that has an employee share ownership scheme, it is logical to take advantage of it, if you’re positive your company has good prospects. But, you should never invest in any industry or financial product that you don’t know (remember the Crash!) Or can not fully research. If you’re tempted to try your hand at money dealing or options trading and you have a financial adviser, speak with them first. If they’re not up to speed, ask them to refer you to someone who is. Best of all, steer clear of anything you are not sure about, no matter how big the potential yields.

Legislation No5: Gold flees the one seeking impossible earnings or who follows the alluring advice of tricksters and schemers or who trusts his own inexperience. Again, the fifth law follows on the heels of the fourth. If you begin scouring the web for financial advice and wealth creation ideas, your inbox will soon be full of”tricksters and schemers” promising you the ground if you’ll invest #999 in their”system” for turning #1 into #1XXXXXX on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Bear in mind, the only one who makes money in a gold rush is the one selling shovels. Buy the incorrect shovel and you will quickly dig yourself into debt. Not only are you going to pay through the nose for a system that has no proven value; by following it you will most likely lose a lot more than the price you paid for it. At the very least you should check genuine reviews of the item. And never buy any system, investment vehicle or financial product from any company which is not registered by a national watchdog, such as the Financial Conduct Authority for the UK.

These five laws are of greater value than gold itself… Next time we’ll look at George S Clason’s seven cures for a lean purse.

Post Recession Investing

I thought you might be interested in some ideas about the investment climate around the time of this”great recession”. You might find them disturbing, or enlightening, depending on where you think we are today.

Without too much of a stretch, it could be documented that the stock market”Crash of’87” was caused by investor focus on company fundamentals, as the best companies in the world led the market on a reckless course to a sudden and painful reversal of fortune for most investors.
It would be a”piece of cake” to prove that the”irrational exuberance” of the”.com bubble”, ten years or so later, was due to blind faith worship of technical evaluation, as the”no worth at all industry” flourished while profitable, higher quality, dividend payers significantly underperformed NASDAQ’s much more speculative issues.
More recently, blame for”The Great Recession” could well have been laid at the feet of big government, misguided authorities, and Modern Portfolio Theory zealots instead of heaped upon Wall Street banking associations, complicit as they were in forming the disaster. There was plenty of guilt to pass around.
In an April, 2010 article in Jotwell: Trusts and Estates:”Time to Rethink Prudent Investor Laws?”
Sterk, in my opinion, supports the assertion that Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) and its computer production”The Efficient Capital Market Hypothesis” were straight, without reasonable doubt, the origin of the recent global financial crisis.
By removing the”prudence” from the Prudent Man Rule, the federal government had allowed hypothesis and theory to substitute profits and regular recurring interest payments. Effectively, probabilities, standard deviations, and correlation coefficients replaced fundamental value analytics, real profit numbers, and income generation capabilities, as determinants of investment acceptability in trusteed portfolios.
No category or type of investment is inherently imprudent. Therefore, junior lien loans, limited partnerships, derivatives, futures, options, commodities, and similar investment vehicles, were acceptable.
At exactly the exact same time, Congress was: encouraging lenders to make mortgages available to absolutely everyone; allowing national mortgage providers to package products for Wall Street; preventing the SEC from regulating a burgeoning derivatives sector; and making all regulators remain clear of any involvement with a growing interest in”credit default swap” gambling.
It’s not difficult to surmise just how involved Wall Street lobbyists were in making the formerly”sacred ground” of trusteed investment and retirement plans a trillion dollar market place for every conceivable manner of”Masters of the Universe” creation/speculation. My assessment is that we remain in an”artificial portfolio” bubble as this is being written.

Not even Dodd Frank contained a solution to the issues that fostered the recession/ correction (at least not efficiently ). Both pension and defined contribution plan (401k) trustees are still expected to concentrate on portfolio market value growth instead of growing the earnings that plan participants will need in retirement… conservative, income based, portfolios would be fined mercilessly by feckless regulators for”poor performance”.

The very popular”retirement income fund” in the world (Vanguard’s VTINX) generates less than 2% in spending money, check it out… while countless different securities, safely yielding much more, are unacceptable to the regulators.
With no meaningful correction for more than ten years, it appears likely that millions of investors are about to become victims of a”How Can This Be Happening, Again” debacle.
Blinded By The Math

MPT does not just ignore all basic analytics while enjoying Frankenstein with the technical variety, additionally, it pays no attention to the fact of market, interest rate, and economic cycles. It’s produced an investment environment that has taken diversification to new heights of lunacy by including every possible speculation from the formulation, while ignoring fundamental quality and income generation.

The only significant”risk”, it postulates, is”market risk”… in fact only the always clear and present danger of securities and markets. The MPT mixologists’ mix:

Combine all market price numbers of all securities irrespective of quality rankings, income, as well as sustainability amounts
determine how these amounts varied against one another during various past market scenarios… no matter cyclical cause
quantify the dispersion of the outcomes as they relate to the average and newest iterations of the real numbers (what!)
Measure the probability of every possible result, assign a”standard deviation” market value change risk measurement to every possible result, and conclude by correlating the various risk assessments.
Add a shot of single malt, and a pinch of Old Bay, bring to a boil, shake a stick over it and SHAZAAM… we understand the combined market, liquidity, concentration, credit, inflation, fiscal, and economic risk of every marketable security.
MPT portfolio construction assures that everything possessed is negative directionally correlated to nearly everything else, without ever owning a single stock or bond, or considering the amount of income produced by the portfolio. Thus creating, eh, making, a passively managed… well, I haven’t quite decided what such a portfolio would be.

The”oxymoronic” passive management (let the formulas and standard deviations steer your retirement jumped ship) of”Modern Portfolio Theory” may initially have a sexy ring to it… until you try to figure out exactly what it does to the data it fuels itself on.

Are not we bringing way too much science to a relatively simple method of measuring dollars for ownership interests in business enterprises… an age old means for taking quantified financial risk in the quest for improved personal wealth.

MPT has spewed forth thousands of derivative products that have shifted the equity playing field…

Should an uptick in a”triple-short-the-S & P 500″ ETF be considered a positive or a negative?
Should individual issue numbers be adjusted for the amount of derivative entities that hold them, short or long?
Does share price have anything whatsoever to do with fundamental price or is it just the impact of derivative parlor game action?
S & S p/e ratios are roughly 50% higher than they were five decades ago; a sampling of high-dividend-paying ETFs sports an ordinary p/e more than double that of the S & P.. . And none of your advisers (myself excluded) seems concerned with the anemic level of income being produced by your retirement-bound portfolios.
Déjà Vu all over again?

Modern Portfolio Theory would have us believe that the future is, indeed, predictable within a reasonable degree of error. Theorists, research economists, other academics, and Wall Street marketing departments have always gone there — and they have always been wrong.

Any claim to precision; any attempt to time the market; any hope of being in the right place at the ideal time, most of the time, is simply not a fact of investing. And there is the rub for both forms of analysis, and for”the emperor’s new clothes” risk assessment methods and”active asset allocation” procedures so well known in MPT.

So long as we live in a world where there are tsunamis and Madoffs; politicians and terrorists; big corporate egos and far more dangerous big government; and imperfect intelligence (both human and artificial) there will be no expectation of certainty.

Get over it, reality is pretty cool as soon as you’ve learned to deal with it.

All the disciplines, concepts, and procedures explained there work together to produce (in my experience) a safer, more income productive, investment experience. No implementation should be undertaken without a complete understanding of all facets of the procedure.

One Race Two Nations

The Caulfield Cup has for a long time been the main lead-up race into the Melbourne Cup but that trend has been changing in recent years as trainers often target either the Caulfield Cup or the Melbourne Cup with their horses. Some trainers will use the non group one races as lead-ups rather than the usual ones in the past such as the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, and McKinnon Stakes.

The Geelong Cup has been shown to be a valuable lead-up race since 2002 when Media Puzzle won that race then followed up by winning the Flemington feature. Others to have successfully follow the exact same route to the big race were Americain (2010) and Dunaden (2011). All these are European trained horses.

The W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley has been a favorite race for Melbourne Cup contenders but this race like the Caulfield Cup is one that trainers tend to target on its own. Still several recent Melbourne Cup winners had their latest race at the Cox Plate prior to Flemington. Longshot Prince of Penzance which won the Cup in 2015 at odds of 100/1 last raced in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup where he finished second. Prince of Penzance was the first horse since the 1980s that raced in the Moonee Valley Cup before going on to win the Melbourne Cup at its next start.

In 2016, the Cup was won by Almandin who won the Bart Cummings Stakes in his most recent start in early October while Protectionist, the 2014 winner, finished fourth in the Herbert Power Handicap at his latest start prior to the big race. What these races have in common is they are all at 2400 metres or 2500 yards. The Caulfield Cup, Geelong Cup, and the Lexius Stakes will also be at that distance range.

The last horse to have hurried on Derby Day then come out and win the Melbourne Cup three days later was Shocking who won the Lexius Stakes in 2009 but that isn’t to mention that the winner of another Cup will not have hurried on Derby Day. Every Melbourne Cup needs to be taken on its own merits when studying the form book not all Cups will follow previous scripts.

Motorsport Racing is an Emotional Ride

The emotional rollercoaster of motorsport can work on both long and short timescales. Sometimes, a team’s transition in the back of the area up to the podium can take weeks or years. The weekend just passed was certainly one which had its ups and downs.

The group entered the weekend with three of its drivers in the top 5 of the championship, and one, now leading it. The confidence in the car was at an all-time large, and reliability has been improving all season. The track, one of the fastest in the country, should favour the rear wheel drive BMWs, and the weather was looking good. This should be a good weekend. The leading driver was carrying maximum ballast as is mandated which wasn’t going to help his chances, but should not cause too much of an issue. He’s a talented driver who has had ballast before – not a problem.

The rollercoaster reached its apex.

No true testing as such was done before the end of the session, but a brake bias error meant a twist under breaking coming into a heavily gravel-trapped hairpin. The time lost due to the red flag for recovery, and the clearing out of the huge amount of gravel, meant there was no time for any installation changes or refinement during the session.

The rollercoaster was over the top now.

During Free Practice Two, multiple setup changes of varying achievement and impact were attempted, but there was very little noticeable improvement in lap times. The problem was simply that our driver had only two laps to check each setup change before pitting and trying the next thing on the list. Normally, these changes are spread out across two sessions. This weekend we had one. Not every change you make will improve the car, and unfortunately, as FP2 closed, the car wasn’t on the pace we’d come to expect by this stage of the season.

Down we go.

Given the natural advantage of rear-wheel drive in wet conditions, the ominous rainclouds were really a welcome sight. Rain would equalise the pack a bit more and provide the BMWs a chance to make up any performance deficit. The first few laps were dry but the pace wasn’t there. Then the rain came, and boy, did it come! The rain was so torrential that the session was actually red flagged due to safety concerns. By the time the session restarted, the cars were suffering from water ingress from the electronics and ended up in the very back of the grid for race 1. The back of the grid, 28th place, with 75kg of ballast in the vehicle.

Where is the bottom?

After the disappointing qualifying session, the weather worsened. Something not seen frequently in Blightly, but a tornado (yes, a TORNADO) came through the paddock. This freak weather caused terminal damage to the hospitality awnings and the entire group was out in the (now returned) torrential rain, angle grinding, cutting, hammering and spannerring to have the remains of the awning safe. The entire team, still reeling from qualifying, were now drenched through, not to mentioned the harm done to staff property or to connections with sponsors and VIPs.

The engineers and drivers sat down and discussed an action plan. What could be done to recoup the weekend? Was everything lost? Absolutely not! Decisions were made and changes to the automobile were done late in to the night. Everything adjustable was corrected. Gear ratios were altered. Engine maps were tweaked. Like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the car was transformed. Untested, yes, but transformed.

When can we go back up?

Race one began in glorious sunshine. The team and cars had dried out immediately, but the long walk down to the back of the grid was not something the team often had to perform. The untested car seemed solid on the outlap into the grid, but this is never a real test of performance. Final checks done, 75kg of ballast on-board, 28th on the grid. The race started.

In the end, we go!

Our driver finished 10th. He made up 18 places, an incredible outcome and better than anyone had hoped for. The overnight transformation had worked wonders and the speed from the car was rear. 10th also meant no more ballast, as well as starting in 10th for race two. An superb outcome!

Race two started with a much shorter walk down the grid. No ballast on-board, and only a few minor alterations to compensate for the 75kg reduced weight. And you know what? He only went and won it! He drove like the professional he is and set the car at the front of the pack, winning by almost 3 seconds. Who would have thought after the dismal Saturday, that race day would include a victory. What is more, another of our drivers was third, so a double podium. An excellent result!

I can see the end now.

All that was left was race three. Ballast back in the car due to winning race 2, and a reverse grid meant starting down in the middle of the bunch. The unfavoured hard tyres were required for this race. The end result was a solid middle of the pack finish. Not terrible, but not on the scale of success of races one and two.

Time to get off.

So the drivers leave the round with all three still in the top 10, two still in the top 5, and one still leading the championship. A result that although anticipated on Friday, seemed to fade away during Saturday.

The value in persevering, not giving up under hardship, and trying to win regardless of how the odds are stacked against you cannot be understated. A poor practice or qualifying session, does not have to ruin your race. It does not have to ruin your championship hopes. It doesn’t even need to ruin your day.

Keep your chin up, your head in the game and determination in overdrive, and as a staff, wonderful things will happen.

Please remain seated until the ride has come to a complete stop.

Fishing Checklist

Fish Rod – Bait Casting, Spinning, Telescopic, Fly Rods and more
Fishing Reel – Bait Casting, Spinning, Fly Reels and more
Clothing for Fishermen – Male and Female
Fishing Gear for Kids, Boys and Girls
Fish Hooks – a Huge range for various types of fishing
Lures and Flies
Fishing Line, Braided and Nylon and everything in between
Fishing Accessories – impossible to list all that is available
Fishing Combos – Rod and Reel along with other needed goodies all in 1
I recommend CATCH AND RELEASE and here are a few tips to use.
While initially used extensively as the domain of Fly Fishermen,”catch and release” is now practiced by most fishermen. Fish stocks worldwide are under stress, some forms more that other so if you don’t catch for the pot release the fish. The majority of us unfortunately don’t have any idea if the fish is male or female, carrying eggs or not therefore releasing the fish safely back to its habitat is the right thing to do.
Treble Hooks are a No-No!

These hooks are designed so that the point is turned away from the shank to form a circular shape. The Circle Hook has been heavily researched and is a must for all catch-and-release anglers. Get rid of this Barb on the hook.Use a pair of pliers or forceps to squash the barb down. This produces more interesting fishing as you need to keep the line taught so that the fish doesn’t spit out the hook. Barbless hooks are much safer, simpler and quicker to remove therefore causes less stress for the fish.

Be mindful of the fact that hooking a fish is very stressful for it. Too much stress can let the fish die even after hours after release.

To combat this problem use oversize equipment to land the fish as soon as possible.
Wet your hands before handling a fish.
Use a net which won’t damage the fish.
Use surgical forceps or specific pliers and a tool that may cut the metal of the hook if needed.
If your forceps/pliers will not release the hook then cut the line where it’s tied to the hook. The hook will rust soon and give the fish a better chance of recovery.
Never ever attempt to remove a hook through the fish’s gills. In fact do not touch the gills at all.

CPR

Fish may seem lethargic when released. Hold the fish into the stream or in still water grip the fish gently and move it backward and forward until you feel it is about to be released.

And now the main matter!

While the catch and release issue but it’s definitely at the forefront of saving our oceans for future generations. It is in everyone’s interest to be responsible!
Leave the area better than you found it. Always have a container or bag with you to take your rubbish, used line, lures, flies, bait containers and more with you to dispose of in the right manner.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers

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Most Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers are not large like the ones you see on the nature programs on T.V.. Most of us run from our houses and backyards. We do it without any Federal or State funding. We do it out of love for nature. We are a few of the Division of Wildlife’s biggest volunteers; we do thousands of hours annually. Funding our facilities is our duty. Our education is our responsibility also. In most states you need to be licensed by the state and sometimes also the Federal Government. This is for the critter’s wellbeing, because he then goes to someone trained to handle that species.

It requires long hours and plenty of money (that you don’t have). In one day you will be shown something amazing, and then come face to face with death. The best paycheck is successfully releasing that critter back into the wild. Which is great, for there is no glory in cleaning up piles and piles of manure. It’s strictly for the love of these animals. And love of all creatures, not just the cute and popular ones. You shoot all of the coyotes, and then you have population problems with species that they eat, such as the cottontails or gophers. It’s the delicate balance of nature.

What we do as Wildlife Rehabbers is to try and keep the balance between man and wildlife. Almost everything we get in is due to some type of human conflict. Either hit by a car, got by a dog, flew into a window. As we move further and further into”critter land” we will have more and more conflicts with character, your garden is that raccoon’s backyard also. We just need to learn to co-exist, not take over but co-exist. If everything in nature has its place, and it has learned to coexist except for us, well why? Why do we want to modify the behavior of everything so as to get along with it? As Wildlife Rehabilitators we have to be sensitive to that creature or birds needs. This is why if you discover wildlife in trouble call your community licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. They’ve been trained to help. We can all pitch in together with the preservation of our own backyards. And if we are really blessed, we get to see that critter return into the wild and live as it was intended. That’s a job well done! And it takes all of us.

Let them out of the car

White and Black Short Coat Puppy on Black Window Car

Never leave your pets in a parked car, not even for a moment. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can grow rapidly to dangerous levels. Within an 85-degree day, by way of instance, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. Your pet may undergo irreversible organ damage or die.

As someone who resides in a tiny coastal city in the Pacific Northwest, I know that probably 5 out of 10 people in the region drive around with their 4 legged friends riding shotgun. We’re usually cool enough for our pets to be safe but as summer is fast speeding us up we will need to think about how the increasing temperature can place our pets into risk.

It important to think about the humidity and not simply the ambient temperature. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes away heat from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are not able to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to harmful levels-very quickly. So in regions with higher humidity always think about this when determining if your pet can go for a ride with you or not.

Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in view of the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be particularly careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more vulnerable to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have trouble breathing.

Pets respond differently to heat than individuals do. (Dogs, for example, sweat primarily through their toes.) So don’t rely on lovers they do not cool off pets as efficiently as they do people.

Whenever your pet is outdoors, be sure that he or she has protection from heat and sunlight and a lot of clean, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree color and tarps are perfect because they don’t block air flow. A doghouse doesn’t provide relief from heat-in fact, it makes it even worse. Always ensure that your pet has a place to escape the sun either under a tree or under a tarp covered area to be certain they don’t get overheated.

Pet rehoming

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It may be frustrating and hurtful some days scrolling down Facebook and reading banners with odes to animals, poetry to animals like”I will always keep you forever, I will never leave you in an animal shelter. My commitment to you will never die.” There’s another banner showing a picture of a dog driving the car, along with his owner running behind the car and it says something to the effect” That’s what you get for dumping me in the animal shelter.”

Once in a while, I’ll read comments from people when they see a post of a”pitiful looking dog staring at a shelter wall”. The post calling out for someone on FB to rescue this poor dog. The comments from individuals, many of them are in judgement of the men and women who dropped the dog off will say”how do they do that”,”how can someone be so cruel.”

And I ask myself what do they think an animal shelter is for? If we’re going to have animals as pets, there will remain animal shelters. I worked for the Marin Humane Society for a little more than five years. It was tiring at times receiving animals over the counter. Initially, I did get frustrated with people, because I was still young. I did not have much life experience.

One day, two guys walked to the shelter and placed a small lap dog in addition to the counter. I put my incoming form on the counter, grabbed a pencil, didn’t look up and started asking them the list of questions on the form when pushing to them the”owner surrender questionnaire”. I started reciting our policy making sure to repeat the euthanasia policy over three or more times to make sure they got it. Never looking at them. Just kept on going with my paperwork.

Finally, after a few minutes, one of the men asked me”he will not get put to sleep, right. He’s very adoptable. People today want small dogs.” Again, I didn’t look the dog owner in the eye, I just recited the euthanasia policy. And than he said”where is Carol. We spoke to Carol and she said everything would be okay, our dog wouldn’t be murdered.”

I will stop here and say that the puppy was very cute and it was 99.9% sure, this dog could be adopted in Marin in a snap.

At this point, I was humiliated. I didn’t want Carol to measure in. I realized I had screwed up and I was not really taking a look at the reality of the circumstance. I had been in judgement over both of these good looking, affluent looking guys and wasn’t seeing their heart.

“I am so sorry. Give me another opportunity to help you. Yes, your dog is cute and his chances of being put to sleep are next to nothing unless he got really really sick and we could not treat him.”

One of the guys, let out a huge sigh and smiled at me. “I am so happy Janet. Thank you Janet. Thank you. This is so hard for me. I have AIDS and I am going into hospice. I wish to make sure my dog gets a good home.”

And I don’t need to tell you what kind of lesson that taught me twenty six years of age. After I filled out the paperwork, I found Carol and handed her sweet little dog.

When I was losing my farm, I had to rehome animals. And I did the best I could do rehoming them. When I was living on the ranch in Lake County, I had to return my pony back to the rescue I adopted him from. I was so broke I knew I wouldn’t have the ability to provide him proper trimming and the sort of feed that he needed to prevent founder. I loved him. I cried when I walked him to the trailer that picked him up from me. Years later, I contacted the woman who adopted him to ask for a picture since I wanted to write a story about him. I wanted a picture to remember him by. All my pictures have been lost and destroyed from the past. She did not respond to my message. I think she read the note, because it reveals”seen” on messenger on Facebook. . I won’t write her again. I don’t want to make someone feel uncomfortable. I’ll miss having a picture of”Little Eddie” to remind me of who he was and who he is and my love for him.

Recently, I was sharing a cup of coffee with a friend of mine and she was telling me how she had to spend a year on a plan to put her horses and her other creatures because she had to leave a relationship that was unhealthy for her. She cried on the way to work back and forth on her commute everyday for a year knowing she’d have to do it.

People’s lives change. They suffer losses. They shed rentals that let animals and can’t find new ones which do. Folks get sick. Folks die. People realize they really can’t take care of a dog, a horse, a cat. People lose their jobs and can’t afford feed, vet care, or training.

Folks give up animals for a number of reasons.

Adopt a pet

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Thinking of having a puppy that wags its tails and runs to you joyfully at your every beck and call? Or, considering having that cute little ball of fur called a kitty running around playfully in your house? Considering going to the nearby pet shop to purchase one? Stop your pet search then and there, and think,”Why should I spend money on purchasing a pet once I have the choice of adopting one?”

Makes sense, right?

Well, as you will see, besides saving your bucks, adopting a pet includes tons of other advantages.

1. As stated earlier, pets for adoption generally cost less than the ones offered for sale in pet stores.
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3. Pets offered for sale in pet stores are reared for the purpose of selling, keeping profit in mind as opposed to the health of the pets and are consequently, frequently sick and behaviorally troubled. Pets for adoption are not reared for commercial purposes. They are available for adoption because their previous owners had to give them up due to certain unfortunate reasons for which the animals aren’t responsible. Since, before being available for adoption, they had an owner who took good care of them, they are usually healthy and well behaved.
4. Pets for adoption come in every size, age, breed, and color and thus you get a wider variety to select from.
5. Most pet shop owners maintain the critters in dreadful conditions and the older female animals are treated as breeding machines. They’ve no real concern for these creatures. Without purchasing from them, you can feel self righteous as you haven’t given them a dime.
6. The majority of the older animals available as pets for adoption have already been vaccinated. So you don’t have to accept the additional task of getting them vaccinated.
7. By adopting a pet, not only are you giving it a house, but also you are helping provide shelter to another homeless creature which will be taken in, in place of the animal you’ve adopted.
8. Having an animal as a pet has been found to be psychologically and emotionally beneficial to their companions. Not only this. The feeling you’ve saved an animal by embracing it also gives you self-satisfaction and makes you feel proud of yourself.
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10. Last of all, you can brag on your social circles around having adopted a pet!

Now that you are convinced about the benefits of adopting a pet, make a pet search online and find out the closest pet shelter from which you can embrace your pet.

Intersting information about cinnamon

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We must go back up to year 3000 BC to get the first traces of cinnamon in Egypt, where it was used to embalm the dead.

The specific origins of cinnamon didn’t became apparent until the Middle Ages. Until then, mythical tales encompassed this remarkable spice. According to a lot of classical roman authors for instance, cinnamon grew around a lake protected by colossal birds. Whoever wanted to take it, would have to discover a way to mislead them.

In the Middle Ages, Arabs were no longer the only ones to market cinnamon from the Western world. Spice trade gained a massive political and economical function. One of the first goals of Columbus’ journey, that ended up with the discovery of America, was to enlarge the trade routes to the East.

Venice began to purchase cinnamon in the Arabs and became the sole trader in Europe. This monopoly lasted until 1505, when Portugal found Sri Lanka (Ceylon), a goldmine for cinnamon. They were defeated by the one hundred years after.

Nowadays Cinnamon is cultivated in several countries, such as India, Brazil and Vietnam to name a couple, although Sri Lanka still generates 90% of cinnamon.

Regardless of all of the political and historic changes, the methods by that cinnamon can be used remain the same: as a medicament, in the kitchen, and more recently to keep insects away.

Signs you may be pregnant

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The first signs of pregnancy has been talked about here are much before the fifth week once the first menstrual period is missed. Yes, there are other signs of pregnancy that could indicate towards a girl having successfully guessed.

The breasts getting tender and a bloated stomach is also an early indication of pregnancy. Because these pregnancy symptoms are very similar to what occurs prior to the phases it can be confusing. Women also start to urinate more often a week or so after having guessed. This pregnancy symptom occurs because of ovulation. This symptom lasts almost until the time when the next period is anticipated.

Spotting

Pink or brown spotting similar to the start of menstrual periods during this period is one of early signs of pregnancy. The discharge a significant pregnancy symptom isn’t as significant as menstrual bleeding. This happens due to implantation. It’s very important that the pregnancy be verified through a test. If there’s excessive bleeding while the test indicates a positive result then the mother must consult with a gynecologist. This frequently occurs in the event of an embryo attaching itself into the wrong portion of the uterus. Such a situation can give rise to complications.

Women often experience extreme fatigue and restlessness in the first portion of their pregnancy. This is again a pregnancy symptom which could be extremely confusing. It’s exactly like any other sort of fatigue that the body undergoes due to stress and fatigue. The consequences of the uterus, because of after exercising or experiencing an orgasm, possibly recognized as an early indication of pregnancy.

How do I know for certain that I am pregnant at the first one month?

There’s absolutely no method of knowing for certain that you’re pregnant in the first one month.

Following the discovery of the early signs of pregnancy and a positive test result, you need to be cautious about everything that you do. Giving up, or, at least slowly cutting down on smoking and alcohol become extremely important. Special attention has to be paid to diet.

It’s very important that extreme care is exercised throughout the period of pregnancy. The earlier you know about your pregnancy the better equipped you are to focus on the healthy development of your child. Tracking and being able to spot the early signs of pregnancy is then important.

Eat more grapefruit

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Was it because it was there or was it a part of your normal diet plan as you’re worried about keeping your good health?

For those who have consumed a grapefruit at least one time then you might be one who cares about your own wellness. And. Should you eat fresh grapefruits and other citrus frequently then I’d dare to say that you care about your own health and wellbeing. This clinic is commendable and is a boon to your body. Grapefruits have many vitally essential nutrients your body requires in addition to the high content of Vitamin C. You could be lacking plenty of nutrients if you’re not getting your daily intake of grapefruit juice.

If you’re not eating fresh grapefruits or ingesting Floridas’ 100% pure grapefruit juice, frequently then it could be time for you to pay somewhat more attention to your health. You must make it your business to bring a great nutrition plan in your daily diet so that you may be in tip top shape mentally and physically daily.

According to recent statistics, obesity is a huge problem in the united states and around the world. Eating Grapefruit has been proven to burn fat off your body and slim and trim your body. Grapefruit diets and any type of consumption would be a smart move to get in better physical shape but you have to be consistent with it so you can see positive results.

The most current Obesity Statistics shows that USA Obesity Rates have attained Epidemic Proportions.

O Eight out of 10 over 25 year olds are Overweight
o 78 percent of American is not meeting basic level action recommendations
o 25% completely Sedentary
o 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990
Let’s suppress this obesity problem by preparing a campaign in your community community to consume fresh grapefruits daily. Challenge your neighbors and family and friends to see who will take the maximum weight by needing a definite period.

Better still compose a letter to your congressman or town council man to proclaim the month of February to be the National Grapefruit Month. Make it a major issue. Talk about it among your friends, family members, neighbors etc.. But. Also send out your company gifts of grapefruits to people concerned.

There are a number of ways to get the benefits of grapefruit. Visit the website in the resource box and you’ll never run out of ideas. You will get a fan of grapefruits and the household of citrus because they contribute tremendously to your whole health.

If you don’t wish to eat it alone, then it is possible to add the pulp and sections or pegs to your sandwiches, cakes, sorbets, sauces, and cocktails and much more. The options are endless!

You can be creative and enjoy fresh grapefruit in many different ways. . Below are a few suggestions that you engross yourself in a joyous feast of grapefruits with your meals during the day, every day.

O Add the sections of fresh grapefruit to your favorite salads.
O Add a few to broiled or grilled fish or poultry.
O Insert fresh grapefruit segments into your gelatin salad.
O Sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon over sugar and bring to a bubbly broil. This makes a fantastic side dish –with your ham and pork or favorite dessert.
O Insert fresh grapefruit juice and healthy marinade and or basting liquid once you’re having baked fish or chicken. Squeeze a little juice over vegetables rather than using butter or salt and you will be thrilled of the flavor.
O Create a decorative platter of fresh grapefruit segments and ripe avocado slices with a bit of sweet French dressing of your choice.

So, take an active role in promoting better health in your house, neighborhood community and get your neighborhood civic organization involved–State, County, City, Town and other associations –with eating more grapefruits. They make great corporate gifts baskets. At the website in the resource box. Look into Lake Worth Bat Removal for more information.

Stress can kill

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We have all heard about anxiety: what causes it, what it does to us.

Today’s article will provide you a brief history about how stress affects our mind and body and give you practical choices for de-stressing and handling the stress that’s part of most everyone’s life. I remember being 9 years old and hearing Norman Vincent Peale say that’ the only individuals who do not have problems (stress) are those lying at the cemetery’.

Our nervous systems are intended to keep us alive and safe. In cave men days, we might encounter a wild animal that had been among our predators. We’re intended to’fight’ or’flee’ when a predator threatens us. In other words, our brains release neurochemicals which make us quickly (so we could run away from the predator – flee) and powerful (so we could fight and kill our predator). This explosion of’stress hormones’ as we now refer to them will be instantaneous, and then go away quickly as the need disappears.

Think of the adrenal rush you feel when you nearly have an auto accident. You do not need to consider releasing the adrenal gland, it occurs automatically once you feel threatened by an oncoming vehicle. It makes you more alert and speeds up your reaction time so that you can safely avoid the crash. And then, it goes off very quickly after the episode and you unwind.

In our society we seldom encounter real predators that threaten our lives. Instead we confront chronic’stressors’ that activate the same’flight or fight’ response that a predator could activate. And rather than moving away fast, the stress hormones remain high in our systems nearly always. These identical stress hormones which work so well to help us survive in a dangerous situation become a danger to our health when they remain chronically high.

Stress hormones are released when: you are feeling pressured by time, always in a hurry with too much to do; you have discussions with your spouse, children or your own boss; you do not have sufficient cash; you worry about your health; you’re vulnerable to toxins in your food and environment; you get frustrated dealing with bureaucracy; you lay in bed at night (when you ought to be relaxed) with your ideas racing about all of the things you will need to get done. Phew! It’s stressful merely to think about these things.

ACTION The best way to counter these present sources of stress in your life

You will need to understand how important managing your anxiety is to your health and make it a priority. Recall being stressed is deadly! Have a look at the chronic stresses in particular that never get solved or that recur regularly.

Start looking for ways to change the stressful circumstances. By way of instance, if your job is extremely stressful, make adjustments that facilitate the stress, and speak with your boss about options for change. When it does not work, start searching for a less stressful job situation. Your life depends upon it.

Understand how you react to stress and to learn how to manage your response. Do you feel overwhelmed, angry, frustrated, stressed, or hopeless? Various people will react differently to the same stressor. Some folks become very angry at seemingly minor matters while others never seem to get angry. Remember the name of Richard Carlson’s book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

Pay attention to your own thoughts. Should you worry constantly, you’ll be in a continuous survival mode. Stress and anger release stress hormones. Learn how to manage your thoughts. Replace stress or negative thinking with calm, positive ideas.

This calms the brain and the body and helps to reduce the amount of stress hormones in the body. By controlling your breathing you regulate your stress hormones. It works!

Exercise regularly. Find an exercise that you like and match it in everyday. While you’re exercising, watch your own thoughts. If you spend the entire time feeling angry about something and running it over and over in your head, you will negate a few of the benefits of the exercise.

Speak to someone about how you’re feeling. Don’t attempt to do it all alone. When you discuss your feelings with someone else you’ll feel much better. And they might have some excellent suggestions for assisting you to de-stress.

Design your life so you’re doing just those things that only you can do. By way of instance, if you’re in business, concentrate on serving your customers and attracting more customers and nothing else. Get a helper to answer the telephone, manage your emails, do the accounting, etc.. In the home, get some cleaning aid, use Stop and Shop Peapod to get your groceries delivered to your home, and hire someone to mow your yard.

Eat a nutritious diet on a regular schedule. Do not skip meals. Ensure that you are getting all the nutrients your body has to handle stress. Eat organic foods whenever possible to lower your toxic load. Eat only the calories you will consume daily.

Nurture yourself. Get a great night’s sleep. Relax in a hot bath or spa. Read a fantastic book. Watch a popular movie. Listen to a relaxing or cheerful music. Go out to dinner with a few friends. Play a game with your children. Sing. Watch a fantastic comedian. Get outside and allow nature rejuvenate you.

A therapist can help you know yourself better and help you explore options for altering the stressful situation and how you react to stress. They’ll help you manage your thoughts and feelings.

Experiencing chronic pain is quite stressful and places the body in survival mode. If necessary get expert help for pain control.

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback on brainwaves that teaches your mind to regulate itself . It’s approved by the FDA for stress control. Read my next newsletter to find out how to’Change Your Mind’ so you’re not stuck in an non-productive, stressful thinking pattern. Go to North Palm Beach Rat Removal for more info.