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Today Is #NoDAPL National Day Of Action

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Online Auction Benefits Puppy Mill Dogs

NMDR’s Pawsome Auction has a wonderful collection of items! There’s something for you, your home, and your pet, and all proceeds support the dogs we save from puppy mills. Once you click the link, register on the site and then you’ll be all set to start the bidding.

 

National Mill Dog Rescue’s online auction is NOW OPEN for bidding!

Thanks to those of you who donated, our Pawsome Auction has a wonderful collection of items! There’s something for you, your home, and your pet, and all proceeds support the dogs we save from puppy mills. Once you click the link, register on the site and then you’ll be all set to start the bidding.

Web: https://www.biddingforgood.com/NMDR
Mobile: https://bforg.com/NMDR

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Bernie Sanders – Our Revolution

 

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In a message from Bernie Sanders- “Millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. I strongly supported Hillary Clinton, campaigned hard on her behalf, and believed she was the right choice on Election Day. But Donald J. Trump won the White House because his campaign rhetoric successfully tapped into a very real and justified anger, an anger that many traditional Democrats feel.

I am saddened, but not surprised, by the outcome. It is no shock to me that millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump did so because they are sick and tired of the economic, political and media status quo.

Working families watch as politicians get campaign financial support from billionaires and corporate interests — and then ignore the needs of ordinary Americans. Over the last 30 years, too many Americans were sold out by their corporate bosses. They work longer hours for lower wages as they see decent paying jobs go to China, Mexico or some other low-wage country. They are tired of having chief executives make 300 times what they do, while 52 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent. Many of their once beautiful rural towns have depopulated, their downtown stores are shuttered, and their kids are leaving home because there are no jobs — all while corporations suck the wealth out of their communities and stuff them into offshore accounts.” Continued: Bernie Sanders: Where the Democrats Go From Here

 

 

 

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“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media.  People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.

To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”

 

 

 

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It’s time to get back to work.

Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the “political revolution.” Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.

Click the image below to join the fight!

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When Bernie Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a “fringe” campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment.

By the time Sanders’s campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country. He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country, won twenty-two states, and more than 1.4 million people had attended his public meetings. Most important, he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the 1 percent.

In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all―and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on.

 

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I got the eye of the tiger…..

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This has been a long week. The before and the aftermath (still happening) of this election cycle has been draining. And when you’re emotionally invested in the outcome of something and the outcome went the other direction it can take the wind out of your sails. It can feel like you’ve been punched in the gut. And although right now it feels like our country is doing a bad dance of two steps back and ten in the wrong direction, we as a people will continue to keep moving forward. We will not let go of our ideals and our hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow for our country. And we will live to fight another day.

And for me, personally that means to involve myself deeper into the politics of this country. To get more involved on a grassroots level and learn more facts and ask more questions. To talk with more people about the politics of our country. To be an active participant, not just when election days draw near. It’s our responsibility as citizens to invest ourselves in our country. Not sit by passively. This is what this election has taught me.

So I will continue to stand behind those I care about and those who’s rights are at risk now. I will continue to fight for our climate and our wildlife. And I will continue to support and back the politicians who’s dream for this country mirrors my own. And will carry hope that the next four years Mr. Trump does right by this country that we all hold so dear and that the worst fears that most (popular vote majority) of it’s people are dealing with right now, do not come to pass.

Treat each other well. And for those of you on the losing side of this election, let’s get back to work!

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Join Bernie Sanders and Support Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

We the People ask President Obama to immediately appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

Sign the petition: Abolish the Electoral College

The political revolution continues

 

 

Cause and Effect

Veterans Get Peace Of Mind With Equine Therapy

David Sanitore is a relative on my hubby’s side of the family. Have yet to have a chance to meet him or this side of the family sadly, hopefully this year we can change that. This is pretty amazing. I have seen and heard of domestic animals used in therapy for vets, autistic, etc. Seeing horses helping to heal is so beautiful. And just more reason to give understanding and compassion to extend to our animal world. To learn more about eguine therapy follow the source: Cause and Effect

 

The Equus Effect also has programs designed to help people in recovery, women who are comming out of situations they need help transitioning out of and much more. Please stop by and check out the important work they’re doing!

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Trees, Glorious Trees

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Read this article today after my slow and easy 2 miles, “New study delves into the importance of trees in our cities and how they can save our lives“. And all I could think was, really, really? They’re just getting this now?

I think back in the 60’s & 70’s the flower children, hippie culture, folk song writers and progressives of the day were protesting about and heralding the dim future we were facing without nature and trees surrounding us.

Joni Mitchell wrote and released “Big Yellow Taxi” back in 1970 and the Counting Crows did their version in 2002 and numerous others did their spin with this timeless song.

 

Never heard it before? You can follow the links above, or just read the lyrics here:

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They took all the trees
And put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half to seem ’em
No no no
Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Hey farmer farmer
Put away the DDT
I don’t care about spots on my apples
Leave me the birds and the bees
Please!
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
Hey, now they paved paradise
To put up a parking lot
Why not?
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Those are the important part of the lyrics, the rest is here if you want the whole thing. These lines above were a foretelling by the progressive youth of yesterday. Too often that demographic is ignored, or because the thoughts are too progressive for some they are thought to be deviant or absurd.  When will we ever learn that often the youth and millennials have a fresh perspective on the state of the future because they are even more invested in it than those who’s years go beyond that demographic?
That’s not to diminish the fact that the experience and wisdom that those over 30 have are important voices to hear too. But hearing the voices of the future of this world is the hearing the road seen without the fear of change. And hey, all of you over 30, change is GOOD, and often very very necessary.
Surrounding myself with nature is often the only place of grounding within a stressful world. Being among the trees I am reminded just how important preservation of places of nature, wildlife and sacred grounds really is. You can’t smell a flower on a computer screen. Sure you can smell artificial flowers anytime you want, but when is the last time you went out knelt down and smelled a flower?
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“Scientists have known for some time that increasing temperatures associated with global climate change have a negative effect on plant growth. Expanding on this research, a Hebrew University of Jerusalem PhD student has shown that increases in ambient temperature also lead to a decrease in the production of floral scents.

“Increases in temperature associated with the changing global climate are interfering with plant-pollinator mutualism, an interaction facilitated mainly by floral color and scent,” Alon Can’ani explained in his research.” (quote taken from Science Daily: As temperatures rise, flowers emit less scent)

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These things are profoundly sad. The slow but steady destruction of nature seems unimportant to some. But as Joni said “That you don’t know what you’ve got, Til its gone” is prophetic truth in the case of nature and wildlife. Imagining a world where we only know trees, flowers, and wildlife by what we see in a museum is a very bleak thought into our future.

So learn from our past and learn from our mistakes. Listen to our children, the youth of today and tomorrow. It’s their future and their children’s future and so on and so on. Do what you can, what is in your power to help preserve our trees, our wildlife, the streams and oceans, and the very air we breathe.

 

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Get Involved

Stand For Trees

Arbor Day Foundation

The Bees In Decline

Ocean Cleanup

Tree People

 

 

 

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Rent For Living On The Planet

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Passing along some good reads on extinction of species,  climate change and lack of empathy and how it affects and will affect us as human beings and the world we all need to learn to better care for and live in harmony with.

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Good Grief 

“Ours is a world of rapidly increasing sameness. And as we lose more and more species to extinction, as more and more forms of otherness pass into the night, it has seemed crucial to me that we extend our empathy to these other forms. The embodiment of that empathy is our protection.”

—Lydia Millet, award-winning novelist and Center writer. Read more.

 

 

 

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THE EXTINCTION CRISIS – It’s frightening but true: Our planet is now in the midst of its sixth mass extinction of plants and animals — the sixth wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years. We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with literally dozens going extinct every day [1]. It could be a scary future indeed, with as many as 30 to 50 percent of all species possibly heading toward extinction by mid-century. More….

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Species List | Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Animals | WWF 

 

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Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it’s humans’ fault

A vast chunk of space rock crashes into the Yucatan Peninsula, darkening the sky with debris and condemning three-quarters of Earth’s species to extinction. A convergence of continents disrupts the circulation of the oceans, rendering them stagnant and toxic to everything that lives there. Vast volcanic plateaus erupt, filling the air with poisonous gas. Glaciers subsume the land and lock up the oceans in acres of ice.

Five times in the past, the Earth has been struck by these kinds of cataclysmic events, more….

 

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Make A Difference Today

Extinction is an enormous problem but don’t be overwhelmed. Together, we can fight it on all fronts and curb extinction and species loss. We can’t do everything at once but each action you take matters. Much much more…

 

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.

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The Extinction  Clock

“Extinction has got to be the second saddest word – right behind genocide. It is an ugly word, an enormous word – the end of an entire world. But it is also a personal word. It is the tragic death of individuals, the end of so many stories.
World Clock endangered species stats come from the World Wildlife Fund (and other sources) which has tackled the challenging task of counting endangered species. It is a difficult and time consuming job since most creatures do not fill out census forms.
Extinctions are very roughly estimated because nobody knows exactly how many species exist on earth. And, of course, nobody knows how many of the unknown species are disappearing each year. Scientists guess that extinctions are between a few hundred and a few hundred thousand. We chose a conservative figure of 10,000 extinctions per year.”

Finding life’s passion. A talk by Dr Jane Goodall in Malaysia.

Finding life’s passion. An inspiring talk by my hero Dr Jane Goodall this morning in Kuala Lumpur. Dr Jane Goodall has been my inspiration since I was young. When I was 20 years old, I went t…

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