Mo. Company Seeks Horse Slaughter Permit – Later dogs and cats?

He also said their facility would not use a controversial captive-bolt gun to euthanize the horses, instead using a .410 shotgun.

Horses are “an extremely high quality protein source that’s been used in other countries for a long, long time,” Rains said. “It’s a waste not to use it.”

via Mo. Company Seeks Horse Slaughter Permit.

Same argument applies to slaughtering dogs, cats and rats for export – They should focus on making jerky since…

IRIN Africa | School closures in northeastern Nigeria after killings | Nigeria | Children | Conflict | Education | Human Rights | Urban Risk

How can anyone support killers of children for politics or religion?

The 6 July raid was thought to be a reprisal attack following a 4 July military raid on a BH camp, according to security sources, medics and local residents.

Mamudo is 5km from Potiskum, the commercial capital of Yobe State, some 100km from the state capital Damaturu.

“Many students escaped into surrounding bushes with gunshot wounds. Soldiers who combed the area found six students with gunshot wounds and brought them to the hospital where they are receiving treatment,” said Halliru Aliyu, a medic at the Potiskum general hospital where the bodies were taken.

The incident was the third deadly attack on schools by BH Islamists since the start of a sweeping military offensive against the group in May.

On 16 May BH gunmen fired on a student dormitory in Damaturu, killing seven students and two teachers.

On 17 May BH opened fire on an examination hall at Ansaruddeen Private School in the Jajeri area of Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, killing 15 students.

Yobe State officials say BH has burnt down 205 schools in the state in the past year.

via IRIN Africa | School closures in northeastern Nigeria after killings | Nigeria | Children | Conflict | Education | Human Rights | Urban Risk.

Immigration Reform

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"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

                                — From the sonnet “New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, currently located at the Statue of Liberty museum.

On June 27, 2013, the Senate passed S, 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, on a 68-34 vote. The provisions contained in it are a far cry from the sentiments expressed in the quote above, but do represent a compromise between them and the stricter demands for conditions to be met by the Republicans in order to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. A potential pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants is included.

The key amendment making the passage of the bill possible on a somewhat bipartisan basis involves appropriating more than…

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Indonesians rescued after days trapped in tree by tigers – Fairy tale

A group of Indonesian men who spent four days trapped up a tree by Sumatran tigers were rescued on Monday when wildlife experts induced the snarling creatures to leave, police said.

The five were dehydrated, hungry and terrified following their ordeal, which began on Thursday when they sought refuge in the forest canopy after an attack by the tigers, which left a sixth man dead.

They were hunting for rare wood used to make incense, but provoked the ire of the critically endangered animals when they accidentally killed a tiger cub in a trap set to catch antelopes and deer for food.

A team of 30 rescuers, including police and soldiers, reached the men deep in the jungle in the north of Sumatra island on Sunday – to find the ravenous tigers still circling the tree.

via Indonesians rescued after days trapped in tree by tigers.

More than likely, I believe, they were trying to capture a tiger and got caught at their own game.

Interview with Egyptian Politician Mohamed ElBaradei – SPIEGEL ONLINE

SPIEGEL: If the Muslim Brotherhood runs in the next election and wins, would you accept one of their members as the country’s new leader?

ElBaradei: Yes, if they commit themselves to democracy, and if we have a constitution and a parliament that will prevent them from abusing their power the way Morsi did.

via Interview with Egyptian Politician Mohamed ElBaradei – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

In short, he does not trust the Brotherhood – nor should he given their performance over the last year and their involvement in the murder of Sadat.

Islamist rhetoric becomes more intransigent | Middle East | DW.DE | 08.07.2013

The behavior of the fundamentalists has become more extreme in recent days. Three days ago, preachers and imams in Nasr City were speaking far more moderately.

The security teams of the Islamists also seem to have turned more fundamentalist: they stand two by two, armed in military formation. Their leader starts a question and answer game: “What is your book?” “The Koran!” “Who is your prophet?” Mohammed!” What do you want?” “We want to die for Allah!” Then they march on the spot, before running in step to their positions.

via Islamist rhetoric becomes more intransigent | Middle East | DW.DE | 08.07.2013.

Fundamentalists of all religions and political beliefs seem to believe that all are against them, should be eliminated by any means and that their truth is the only way…

WHO | Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update

The new case is a 56 year-old female from Hafr Al- Batin city, North-eastern region. She is a health care worker with contact of a previously reported laboratory confirmed MERS-CoV case who subsequently recovered and was discharged.</p>

In addition, the two deaths in previously confirmed cases are a 53 year-old citizen from the Eastern Region and a two year-old male from Jeddah.

Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 80 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 44 deaths.

via WHO | Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – update.

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The Makhathini Flats project, which started to grow cotton in 2002, ended after just five years. High loan repayments on the seed and poor climate meant that smallholders were unable to afford to grow the crop. “There is no reason to believe that the introduction of GM seeds would have different results in the rest of the continent,” Jones said. He accuses initiatives such as AGRA of spurring the push for greater use of genetically modified crops on the continent.

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Natural Fruit Fly Trap | Eat Drink Better

This is a simple, inexpensive fruit fly trap that will get those suckers our of your kitchen without harsh chemicals!

Have you been a little bit slack about taking out your kitchen compost lately? If you’re anything like me, emptying the compost bin is pretty low on the ol’ to do list, and chances are it sits on the counter for a bit longer than it ought to. In the summertime, that means one nasty side effect: fruit flies.

We had been dealing with fruit flies for over a week before I finally got fed up and decided to do something about it. The last straw was when I brought some food to a potluck, and when I opened the bag to pull out my container, a fruit fly zoomed out of it. GROSS!

I shared this tip on our Facebook page a couple of weeks ago, but it’s been so effective, I thought I’d share it here for you guys! Here’s how to make an effective, all-natural fruit fly trap:

via Natural Fruit Fly Trap | Eat Drink Better.