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When you stand at the End all you experience is The Vast Oceans and Seas till as far as the eye can see.

Standing at the tip of  Southern India at the Vivekananda Memorial Rock at Kanyakumari am overwhelmed by the Vast Oceans and Seas that stretch beyond the Horizon.

vast ocean The Vast Indian Ocean and Beyond

As the Crow flies there is no land mass between Kanyakumari, the last Indian Town of Southern India , and The Ice Continent Antarctica.

Only the waters of The Laccadive Sea and the Indian Ocean separate the Indian Sub continent and Antarctica.

a mere speck A Mere Speck

With the Indian Ocean to the South, the Bay of Bengal to the East, the Arabian Sea to the West and Monsoon Clouds in the Skies above, the tiny  Blue Fishing Dhow is happy to scurry home to the Indian Land mass in sight.

Blue Dhow Land In Sight

“Kanyakumari”…

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Unregulated coal mining is polluting rivers in Meghalaya, India (Flickr/ECSP via climatechangenews.com)

We’ve covered a couple examples of alternative energy in India, but in general there’s a long way to go towards providing electricity to even most of the population, which generally suffers power outages. Now, the country has a surplus for the first time, but at what cost? Indian energy is still mostly in coal, and six of the country’s cities are in the top ten worst-polluted in the world. Tali Trigg writes for his blog Plugged In on Scientific American:

Like Germany, India has struggled to achieve power selling parity between its southern and northern regions, but is finally starting to see prices close-to-equal across the country. While India’s achievement is remarkable from one point-of-view, the fact remains that 300 million Indians still do not benefit as they have no access to electricity and most of the…

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Bharata Bharati

Cows

Prof Dr Hari Bansh JhaResearch shows that beef is most hazardous to human health. In addition, the cattle meat industry is a major threat to the environment. So the sooner cattle slaughter is stopped, the better. – Prof Hari Bansh Jha

For Hindus all over the world, the cow symbolizes motherhood, wealth, strength, abundance, selflessness and all earthly pleasures. Of all the creatures, the cows are most revered for their importance both in this world and beyond. In Sanskrit, it is said Gokhu Matra Na Vidyate (“the importance of cows cannot be explained”). Mahatma Gandhi regarded cows as even more important than Swaraj. Economic value of bovines for milk, cultivation and manure are well known. In the past, it was the pious duty of all rulers of South Asia to protect cattle, but, alas, not now.

India has the largest number of cows and buffaloes in the world. It is home to one sixth…

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Coyote

 

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Coyote, with mystical toes,

 

Silent as the footsteps of time,

 

Weaving through the mist-encircled forest,

 

Elusive she goes,

 

Shaman, angel, fey,

 

Spirit from the lands afar,

 

Outcaste, magic-bent,

 

Otherworldly guide,

 

You step from stone to stone,

 

Through the stream, moon-bright,

 

Where blue-singing

 

Fish glide

 

Through petals whispering in the night.

 

From milky way,

 

From star to star,

 

Among the clouds,

 

The shrouds,

 

Of worlds, broken.

 

You walk on,

 

Nose-intent,

 

From the darkness to the light.

 

You climb

 

The hillside

 

Where rocks ponder and raven-spoken

 

Rains ride

 

On moon-painted winds among the echoing

 

Songs of spring.

 

© Sharon St Joan, 2016

 

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Council for all wildlife

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Please send this on Saturday or Sunday, before Monday morning, August 22, when the Kane County Commissioners will meet to consider a proposed ordinance to allow nighttime spotlight hunting of coyotes and other wildlife in Kane County, Utah.

 

Please change the wording so that it will be appropriate for you and where you live.

If you live outside Kane County and you would be less likely to visit if there were gunshots at night, please include that. You may also send it as it is.

 

Please see the instructions at the end.

 

SAMPLE EMAIL:

Dear Chairman Clayson, Commissioner Smith, and Commissioner Matson,

I am very concerned about the proposed ordinance that would allow nighttime spotlight hunting of coyotes, jack rabbits, red foxes, and striped skunks in Kane County.

Kanab is such a peaceful town that draws tourists and visitors from all over the world. The local…

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Council for all wildlife

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On Monday, August 22, 2016, Kane County Commissioners will be voting on an ordinance to allow nighttime spotlight hunting of coyotes, red foxes, striped skunks, and jack rabbits.

They will meet to vote on this ordinance on Monday,August 22, at 10 am, at the Kane County Courthouse building in Kanab, Utah.

If you will be in Kanab, Utah, on August 22, please attend this meeting if you can.

Please send an email to oppose this ordinance – see below for details.

 

Nighttime hunting of coyotes is a really terrible idea. First, it would cause enormous suffering to coyotes and other wildlife, but, in expressing our opposition, it’s important for us to present reasons that will be meaningful to a wide range of people. Here are some reasons that will resonate with everyone.

 

One) Human safety – Nighttime shooting is shooting in the dark. The hunter cannot…

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This video says about itself:

Lord KingsboroughThe Antiquities of Mexico Volume III – Updated

Antiquities of Mexico: comprising fac-similes of Ancient Mexican Paintings and Hierogliphics, preserved in the Royal Libraries of Paris, Berlin and Dresden; in the Imperial Library of Vienna; in the Vatican Library; in the Borgian Museum at Rome; in the Library of the Institute al Bologna, and in the Bodleian Library at Oxford; together with the Monuments of New Spain by M. Dupaix; the whole illustrated with many valuables inedit Manuscripts by Lord Kingsborough; the drawings on stone by A. Aglio

Vol. I. Copy of the Collection of Mendoza, preserved in the Selden Collection of Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford (73 pág.); Copy of the Codex Telleriano-Remensis, preserved in the Royal Library at Paris (93 pág.); Fac-simile of the original Mexican Hieroglyphic Painting, from the Collection of Boturini (23 pág.)…

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Photographer Ruslan Merzlyakov captured this spectacular photograph of the Perseid meteor shower filling the Danish sky in the early morning of Aug. 13, 2015. Photo via space.com

Sometimes you should just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, especially when it’s broadcast by nature itself. This week, between August 11th and 12th, try to find time to stay awake once the moon has set, and a place you can be as far from light pollution as possible, and watch the sky for what promises to be a particularly active meteor shower from the Swift-Tuttle Comet, near the Perseus constellation:

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. They will be in “outburst” in 2016, which means they’ll appear at double the usual rates. Learn more about the 2016 Perseid meteor shower in this video.

“This year, instead…

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A Win for Alaska Wildlife

Exposing the Big Game

03 August 2016

New rule from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps protect carnivores from aggressive hunting on national wildlife refuges in Alaska

Wolves, bears and other carnivores are too frequently threatened by government policies aimed at artificially increasing populations of moose, deer and other game species for hunting. In Alaska, even living on a national wildlife refuge could not prevent predators from being shot from a plane or killed in their dens in the name of boosting prey populations. Until today.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stood strong for iconic wildlife today with a new rule to conserve native carnivores on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The rule forbids certain aggressive hunting practices like aerial gunning, trapping bears, killing mother bears and cubs, and killing denning wolves with pups. These tactics have no place on the 16 federally protected wildlife refuges in Alaska…

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