Jane Fonda Narrates New Documentary “Becoming California” | Jane Fonda

When I was asked to narrate the California Legacy Project’s documentary “Becoming California” I jumped at the chance.

I’ve learned much about the makeup of the California landscape from its State Parks, having hiked in the Redwood forests and camped in Sequoia National Park among others, but I was surprised to learn there was much I wasn’t familiar with and even areas I thought I understood turned out to be far more unique and interesting than I ever imagined. I loved finding out about the geological histories that brought us what we see today— from the vast oil field that lay beneath what is now Los Angeles; to the the movements of tectonic plates.

By exploring California in three parts, “Becoming California” asks the question; Can nature and civilization coexist? What I like is that it rather than bringing gloom and doom there is a sense of hopefulness.  I was so moved that it was frequently hard to read some of the lines without tearing up. Because I was so impressed with the documentary and wanted my children and grandchildren to learn what I had learned. I gave them each a DVD set last Christmas.  I got advance copies, but now you can enjoy it too, watch the trailer here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8oRNXt7Xbc

via Jane Fonda Narrates New Documentary “Becoming California” | Jane Fonda.

Serena Williams proves doubters wrong at US Open and arguably heads greats | Kevin Mitchell | Sport | The Guardian

During one of Serena Williams’ not infrequent mood dips, she professed little or no interest in the fact that her occasional absences from the tour were hurting her chances of being ranked No1 in the world. She was not that bothered, she insisted to a sceptical press room at Wimbledon a few years ago and the unspoken truth was that, whatever the rankings said, she was the best in the world anyway.

via Serena Williams proves doubters wrong at US Open and arguably heads greats | Kevin Mitchell | Sport | The Guardian.

Old Havana’s Living Statues

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A charming photo feature by Grisel Garcia Risco in Havana Times offers a gallery of photos of street performers. Follow the link below to access the gallery.

“Living” or “human statues” have become a veritable socio-cultural phenomenon in many cities around the world. In Havana, they have been a popular form of street-art for quite some time, particularly in the busier parts of the old town.

One of the chief merits of these performers is their ability to remain motionless for extended periods of time. This motionlessness is interrupted for brief instants, when a spectator offers the artist a coin for his performance or in order to take a photograph of them.

These talented makeup and performance artists gather at Old Havana’s Obispo pedestrian boulevard every day. Bronze workers, fairies, harlequins, a clay-person and even a pirate are some of the characters regularly seen on this street.

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Mexico first with dengue vaccination?

The second and final clinical trial of the drug was conducted on 20,875 children aged 9-16 in five Latin American countries, including Mexico. It provided high protection against dengue hemorrhagic fever and cut by 80% the risk of hospitalization, said the drug firm on Wednesday.

These tests and earlier ones in Asia showed the vaccine acts best as an immune booster for people with previous exposure, so it is seen as being the most useful in tropical regions where the disease is common, rather than a vaccination for tourists.

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Grizzly Bear Conflicts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: It’s Time for More Solutions and Less Killing | Christine Wilcox’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

{Just stop welfare cattle grazing on public land and reduce the number of cattle – then the number of Grizzlies will go down – pretty simple except that cattle ranchers and meat industry and politicians they subsidize are too used to being on the welfare roles.}

What we are left with is more grizzly bear deaths and virtually no changes to address the ongoing conflicts with livestock. But there are effective ways to reduce conflicts that are good for livestock and good for bears. Range riders, electric fencing, and guard dogs could be used to protect livestock. Alternative grazing practices like keeping cattle bunched together, and ensuring that mothers and calves stay together, could reduce the chance of bears attacking cattle. Since calves are often targeted when bears attack cattle, eliminating calves on the Upper Green grazing allotments could also prove to be effective in reducing conflicts.

via Grizzly Bear Conflicts in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: It’s Time for More Solutions and Less Killing | Christine Wilcox’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

How the Ebola Outbreak in Africa Could Become a Threat to Europe – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Joanne Lui is convinced that the best way to protect Germany and Europe from Ebola is to halt the disease in its current location. She’s also trying to convince other countries around the world of the same. “To put out this fire, we must run into the burning building.”

via How the Ebola Outbreak in Africa Could Become a Threat to Europe – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

China poultry back on sale as HK grapples with latest food scare – Channel NewsAsia

{Hard to fight centuries of custom and way of doing things. Hong Kong jumped to head of the line in preventing new bird, porcine, and human influenzas by closing live (wet) markets last January. Now with much pressure, the live markets are back and bird flu and new influenzas will not be far behind. Let’s hope that by time Lunar New Year celebrations come, they recover sense and shut the breeding grounds for a new worldwide pandemic.

Like climate change deniers who just don’t want to believe the world has changed – those who have always bought/sold live pigs and poultry at market don’t want to believe that worldwide surge in these markets over last 20 years makes development of a world killer flu even more likely than is the past}

Live poultry from China is back in the wet markets of Hong Kong just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations after having been banned over a bird flu scare in January.

via China poultry back on sale as HK grapples with latest food scare – Channel NewsAsia.