Category Archives: Reblogs

A Ranger and two Park Employees in South Africa’s Kruger National Park were arrested on World Rhino Day for poaching the animals they swore to protect.

Here’s another case where greed overtakes the welfare of those with no voices.

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Rhinos Can’t Catch a Break

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Protect Wildlife from Deadly Plastic Bag Pollution

We humans are the reason why our wildlife suffer and die from garbage carelessly thrown into the ocean. We need to be more aware of what we do; keep in mind there are other animals on our planet besides humans. Let’s keep our world clean!

BRAIN: Launching America’s Next Moonshot

A very ambitious planned undertaking, Dr. Collins. Why don’t you include examining the brains of M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) sufferers as well? Their brain inflammation is a great part of their traumatic suffering.

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A stylized rocket headed toward a moon made of a human brain Moonshot to the BRAIN

Some have called it America’s next moonshot. Indeed, like the historic effort that culminated with the first moon landing in 1969, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a bold, ambitious endeavor that will require the energy of thousands of our nation’s most creative minds working together over the long haul.

Our goal? To produce the first dynamic view of the human brain in action, revealing how its roughly 86 billion neurons and its trillions of connections interact in real time. This new view will revolutionize our understanding of how we think, feel, learn, remember, and move, transforming efforts to help the more than 1 billion people worldwide who suffer from autism, depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other devastating brain disorders.

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Living with M.E.

A must read. This is a reblog of a sort of “reblog.” You’ll understand when you read this “beautiful piece of writing.” It is a description of what living with M.E. is really like by this courageous, creative woman.

Mast Cells & Collagen Behaving Badly

A few months ago one of my friends shared a link on Facebook to a post written by a friend of hers who’s had severe M.E. for 14 years now.  It’s a beautiful piece of writing and explains what living with M.E. is like far better than I ever could.  I have the permission of the author to reproduce it here.

This description of M.E. screams at the injustice of calling this disease “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”.  Not once in this piece does Sarah mention feeling tired.  What we have isn’t “fatigue”.  It’s a complete collapse of every bodily system until just mearly breathing feels beyond us.

This piece also demonstrates why the diagnostic criteria for M.E. needs to be tightened, so that people with M.E. don’t get lumped together with those suffering from “chronic fatigue”.   I have chronic fatigue as part of my Ehlers-Danlos – it’s nothing like how I…

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AMAZING Nurse Agrees to Raise the Son of a Terminally ill Cancer Patient She is Caring for

One of the most moving, sad and at the same time, uplifting stories I’ve ever heard. This video tells it all.

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Tricia Somers enjoys watching her 8-year-old son play with Legos. She knows moments like this could soon be gone, not because her son is growing up, but because she is dying.

AMAZING Nurse Agrees to Raise the Son of a Terminally ill Cancer Patient She is Caring for

Somers, 45, was diagnosed with liver cancer last year. In March, she found out it was terminal. The single mother’s biggest concern was her son and who would take care of him when she died.

“He is the only thing I got and I have to leave him,” she said. “It is really hard and I feel bad that I am doing that to him and he says, ‘Mommy it is not your fault.’ “

Somers’ options were limited. Her parents passed away from cancer years ago, her brother told her he did not see a child in his life, and her ex-husband has not been a constant in Wesley’s life.

She was devastated until a nurse, with the…

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Weeds

A lovely poem about weeds in the garden.

Photos of world-class sand sculptors at work!

Excellent photos of the San Diego Sand Art Challenge! Very worthwhile to view this fantastic art.

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Ten world-class master sand sculptors compete by creating amazing masterpieces! Ten world-class master sand sculptors compete by creating amazing masterpieces!

This morning I headed over to the 2014 US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition right as it opened, hoping to avoid the worst of the Labor Day weekend crowds. My timing was perfect, as the world-class competitors were all hard at work on their solo sand sculpture entries! I’m told they began on Friday; it appeared their truly breathtaking masterpieces were nearing completion.

For your enjoyment, I present many photographs of these super talented international Sand Masters at work!

Kirk Rademaker is a Sand Master who has won 10 major international awards. Kirk Rademaker is a Sand Master who has won 10 major international awards.

Kirk Rademaker works on his shoe sand sculpture on San Diego's B Street Pier. Kirk Rademaker works on his shoe sand sculpture on San Diego’s B Street Pier.

The master sand artists all work very carefully as big festival begins. The master sand artists all work very carefully as big festival begins.

Early Saturday morning, and the big Labor Day weekend crowd isn't here yet. Early Saturday morning, and the big Labor Day weekend crowd isn’t here yet.

Joris Kivits from The Netherlands has won many awards in different countries. Joris Kivits from The Netherlands has won…

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National Service – Patriot Day 9/11

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Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
Patriot Day is the annual observance for those who were injured and died due to the 9-11 terrorists attacks. This is NOT to be confused with Patriot’s Day which commemorates the battles of Lexington and…

Rare Footage of FDR at NIH

Thank you to Circulating Now for the following reblog with my comment:

President Roosevelt, in dedicating the new National Institute(s) Of Health Building, declared, “for research into deadly diseases, recent improvements in public health and health care, and hope that the research conducted at NIH would lead to new cures for and even the prevention of disease.” This declaration is still relevant today. Since I am an advocate for M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and Asperger’s (ASD-Autistic Spectrum Disorder), I am directing this reblog to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health @NIHDirector.

Circulating Now from NLM

By Rebecca C. Warlow

On October 31, 1940, just days before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be elected to an unprecedented third term as President of the United States, he traveled to Bethesda to dedicate the National Cancer Institute and the new campus of what was then the National Institute of Health (NIH), before it would eventually become known in plural form—National Institutes of Health—as multiple units were established over subsequent years.

President Roosevelt stands at a podium surrounded by american flags at the top of the steps of a colonial brick building. President Roosevelt at NIH
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That late October afternoon, Roosevelt stood on the steps of the new main NIH building, ready to address a crowd of 3,000 people. Still relevant today, in a variety of contexts, are the subjects he discussed: the need for preparedness in light of war and for research into deadly diseases, recent improvements in public health and health care, and hope that the research conducted at NIH would lead to…

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The Teen Video Competition

This is a forward-thinking post, focused on our future generations.  Happy to reblog.

Life in the Boomer Lane

While we are all citizens of the world, few of us take our citizenship seriously.  Beyond reading newspapers or listening to the news, beyond voting, beyond recycling, beyond attending a civic association meeting every once in a while, we limit our participation to complaining about what is happening out there.  And there is a lot to complain about, so we are kept pretty busy doing that part of it.

 Life in the Boomer Lane has a neighbor/friend who takes her world citizenship seriously, and she manages to manifest her responsibility in addition to raising two children, training for triathlons, and being an advocate for the improvement of educational services in the county.  In her job, she created the first ever project in which scientists from around the world traveled to North Korea to collaborate with North Korean scientists on non-military scientific issues. If you think that’s an easy…

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