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Hysterical and oh so true--Jenny Hagel/Seth Meyers on the Puerto Rico protests

Forbes 2019 Ranking of America's Richest Self-Made Women


Wow. Never heard of Diane Hendricks, but apparently she's #1 with $7B in the roofing business.

Diane Hendricks chairs ABC Supply, one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing, siding and windows in America.
Hendricks cofounded the business with her late husband, Ken, in Beloit, Wisconsin, in 1982. She has run it since his death in 2007.
She led ABC to make the two biggest acquisitions in its history, buying rival Bradco in 2010 and building materials distributor L&W Supply in 2016.
The company has 780 branch locations and over $10 billion in sales
Hendricks sold custom homes for a builder before meeting Ken, a roofer.
She has donated to a variety of Wisconsin nonprofits, including Beloit College, Beloit Hospital, and the WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network.

Entire town secretly learned sign language to surprise their deaf neighbor

Don't mean for this to be a Samsung ad, just think we can use all the kind people video's we can find these days.

Love Down Under

Meet Abigail the hugging kangaroo who is probably the most affectionate rescued animal in the world. Everyday she lets her caretakers know how grateful she feels by giving them massive snuggles. When she arrived at the Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs, she was just a 5-month-old baby. 10 years have passed since and Abigail has unofficially become ‘queen of the sanctuary’.

Her kind-hearted caretakers love the hugging animal just as much! And as Abigail’s cuddling ritual has been going on for years, now they can’t imagine their lives without this cute animal!

And it started like this....

Is this the cutest thing you ever saw! As one comment said, "Compulsory hugs should begin everyone's morning".

Do you drive and text (or walk)?

Vegetation-covered towers create 20,000 square feet of forest.

Vertical Forest is a model for a sustainable residential building, a project for metropolitan reforestation contributing to the regeneration of the environment and urban biodiversity without the implication of expanding the city upon the territory. It is a model of vertical densification of nature within the city that operates in relation to policies for reforestation and naturalization of large urban and metropolitan borders. The first example of the Vertical Forest consisting of two residential towers of 110 and 76 m height, was realized in the centre of Milan, on the edge of the Isola neighborhood, hosting 800 trees (each measuring 3, 6 or 9 meters), 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants from a wide range of shrubs and floral plants distributed according to the sun exposure of the facade. On flat land, each Vertical Forest equals, in amount of trees, an area of 20,000 square meters of forest. In terms of urban densification it is the equivalent of an area of a single family dwelling of nearly 75,000 sq.m. The vegetal system of the Vertical Forest contributes to the construction of a microclimate, produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and dust particles and produces oxygen.

Biological habitats. Vertical Forest increases biodiversity. It helps to set up an urban ecosystem where a different kind of vegetation creates a vertical environment which can also be colonized by birds and insects, and therefore becomes both a magnet for and a symbol of the spontaneous re-colonization of the city by vegetation and by animal life. The creation of a number of Vertical Forests in the city can set up a network of environmental corridors which will give life to the main parks in the city, bringing together the green space of avenues and gardens and interweaving various spaces of spontaneous vegetation growth.

Mitigations. Vertical Forest helps to build a micro-climate and to filter dust particles which are present in the urban environment. The diversity of the plants helps to create humidity and absorbs CO2 and dust, produces oxygen, protects people and houses from harmful sun rays and from acoustic pollution.

Anti-sprawl. Vertical Forest is an anti-sprawl measure which aims to control and reduce urban expansion. If we think of them in terms of urban densification, each tower of the Vertical Forest is equivalent to an area of urban sprawl of family houses and buildings of up to 50,000 square metres.

Trees are a key element in understanding architectural projects and garden systems. In this case the choice of the types of trees was made to fit their positioning on the facades and by height, and it took two years to finalize it, alongside a group of botanists. The plants used in this project will be grown specifically for this purpose and will be pre-cultivated. Over this period these plants can slowly get used to the conditions they will find on the building.

Ecology billboards. Vertical Forest is a landmark in the city which is able to depict new kinds of variable landscapes changing their look over seasons, depending on the types of plants involved. The Vertical Forests will offer a changing view of the metropolitan city below.

Management. The management of the tree pots is under building regulation, as well as the upkeep of the greenery and the number of plants for each pot.

Irrigation. In order to understand the need for water, the plan for these buildings took into account the distribution of plants across the various floors and their positioning.


Reporter presses McConnell on if it's racist to tell his immigrant wife to 'go back to her country'

Source: The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday declined to say if it would be racist to tell his immigrant wife to go back to her native country in response to questions about President Trump's recent attacks on four progressive lawmakers.

McConnell was pressed about the hypothetical as he addressed the criticism Trump has received for telling a group of minority congresswomen to "go back" to the "totally broken and crime infested places" they came from.

CNN's Manu Raju asked McConnell during the press conference whether he'd consider it racist if someone told his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was born in Taiwan, to go back to the country she was born in.

"You're married to an immigrant who's a naturalized U.S. citizen. If someone was to tell her she should go back to her country because of her criticism of federal policy, wouldn't you consider that a racist attack?" Raju asked.

McConnell responded by celebrating his wife's story, noting that she came to the U.S. at "age 8, legally, not speaking a word of English."

He added that Chao "has realized the American dream, and I think all of us think that this is a process of renewal that’s gone on in this country for a very long time, and it’s good for America and we ought to continue it

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/453350-reporter-presses-mcconnell-on-whether-itd-be-racist-to-tell-his-immigrant

This question set him back for a few Yertle the Turtle blinks.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Mitch.

I am taking you home right NOW, mister!

Do you think Biden would have won against tRump in 2016?

Or has the past couple years been necessary to show voters what a fraud and a criminal tRump is? Not blaming Hillary Clinton because we know she actually won.

This question is along the lines of--what if JFK had not been killed, or Bobby?

Anamorphic Art

This guy is amazing! Matthieu Robert-Ortis....well worth googling to see more.

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