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Oshkosh venom lab hopes to debunk misconceptions, educate the public

OSHKOSH, Wi. (WBAY) - Most people would think of a venomous animal as a potentially deadly problem to be avoided. One Winnebago County lab has spent about a decade using those venoms to save lives across the world. Now they want to share how they do that with others.

"These animals yes, they are dangerous, they pose a danger they can hurt you," said Nathaniel Frank. "Number one: they don't want to. And number two: they could someday save your life or someone you love." 9 sec

Frank, born and raised in Oshkosh, owns MToxins. The company, one of only nine of its kind in the world, extracts venom from snakes, spiders, and scorpions. Those venoms are then freeze-dried and sent worldwide to produce antivenom, various medications, and for medical research. Frank says venom is being used to create blood pressure medications, nonaddictive pain medications, and more.

"We just keep finding more and more fascinating things," said Frank.


Interesting video at link. After one of my dogs was killed by a rattler while living in Calif., I started getting anti-venom vaccinations for them. Very thankful they were available.

Another dog saves kitten clip

Sorry--can't get enough of them!

'Tiger King' sentenced to 22 years for violence against tigers and people

Once the leader of a large tiger breeding and cub-petting organization, the judge ruled Joe Exotic can never possess tigers again.

JOSEPH MALDONADO-PASSAGE, BETTER known as “Joe Exotic,” shuffled into federal court in Oklahoma City on Wednesday for sentencing, his hands and feet shackled. He wore an orange prison jumpsuit. Until his arrest in September 2018, he’d run one of the largest tiger breeding and cub-petting and photo op attractions in the U.S., sometimes putting on shows dressed as a Las Vegas-style performer.

But the man once hailed as “The Tiger King” was now subdued, haggard. There was no trace of the confident, effusive showman I’d observed during his seven-day trial last spring. On April 2, a jury convicted him on two counts of murder-for-hire and 17 wildlife charges, which we’d reported as part of a larger story examining why 5,000 to 10,000 captive tigers live in the US, who owned them—and why.

Joe Exotic wept as he pled with the judge for leniency. “I broke no laws,” he said. He claimed ill health. He said he owed his victim, Carole Baskin, an apology and then blamed her, the government, law enforcement, his employees and others for his current plight.

His face remained emotionless as Judge Scott Palk issued his sentence: 264 months, or 22 years in prison. For the 56 year-old, it’s essentially a life sentence.

Joe Exotic had tried to hire two different hitmen—an employee and an undercover FBI agent—to kill Carole Baskin, founder of the Big Cat Rescue Wildlife Sanctuary in Florida. She was his sworn enemy. Her “911 Animal Abuse” website profiled people who mass-bred tigers, separated cubs from their mothers at birth, and used them as photo props. The site rallied protests against the lucrative traveling shows that Joe Exotic staged at malls and fairs. It ruined his business, he threatened her on social media and in public—and then he tried to get her killed.


Update: Navajos, Apaches Working to Deny Trump Arizona's 11 Electoral Votes

Navajo Democrats meet at the Kayenta, AZ, Chapter House to work on plan to defeat Trump.

Navajo and Apache Tribal members are using new technology to systematically canvass their Reservations -- which are the size of West Virginia and Connecticut – to turn out the voters needed to defeat Trump and elect Mark Kelly to the U.S. Senate.

Without Arizona, Trump has no path to victory in the Electoral College.

Field teams on large Western reservations have been handicapped in the past because of a lack of addresses and geo-codes. They are used in off-Reservation areas to produce canvassing maps needed for effective door-to-door voter registration and get-out-the-vote work.

The situation on reservations changed dramatically when Navajos began using Google Plus Codes to identify every home on the Utah portion of their land. They used the fine-grained canvassing technique to win two of the three seats on the San Juan County, Utah, County Commission, and then used the method again to defeat an anti-Native referendum to change the county’s form of government. The successful Utah strategy is now being used in Arizona because its 11 Electoral Votes could determine the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

How Plus Codes Work
If you find your home, or another building, on Google Maps, you can tap the location to drop a pin on the map. The pin will have a code, such as 43FG+44, which can be Googled to find the location. Somewhat similar to telephone area codes, if you are a long ways from the location, you may need an additional identifier, such as Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, in case this same “short code” is used elsewhere in the world.

Teams are working to locate every dwelling on the Navajo and Apache Reservations in Arizona and make sure the residents are registered to vote. Traditional addressing systems miss many Natives for two reasons: (1) The work of rural addressing on tribal lands is moving at a glacial pace and is far from complete. (2) Many Tribal members live in storage sheds, tents or even traditional brush huts that are denied regular addresses because they do not meet even minimal building code requirements.

More good info at link. I can't find the DU discussion we were having a few days ago about this problem of having no address. This seems like a workable solution. So, I assume rethugs will do their best to shoot it down. The bold face emphasis is mine.


Bank calls police on black man trying to deposit checks from racial discrimination settlement

Sauntore Thomas sued Enterprise Leasing Company of Detroit, his former employer, due to workplace racial discrimination and reached a confidential settlement. Thomas then brought the three settlement checks to the Livonia, Michigan, branch of TCF Bank that he says he’s used for almost two years. That’s where he experienced a fresh nightmare. The bank not only refused to cash or deposit his checks but actually called the police, as reported by the Detroit Free Press. Now, Thomas is suing the bank.

"I didn't deserve treatment like that when I knew that the check was not fraudulent," Thomas, who ended up closing his account with TCF Bank that Tuesday, Jan. 22, told the Free Press. "I'm a United States veteran. I have an honorable discharge from the Air Force. They discriminated against me because I'm black. None of this would have happened if I were white."

Thomas told the news outlet that an assistant manager seemed suspicious and asked him where he got the money, and Thomas referenced his settlement. The manager stepped out of the room, telling Thomas she was going to verify the checks. But unbeknownst to Thomas, she was actually calling the police. Four officers arrived, with two waiting outside while two proceeded to question Thomas. Officers even spoke to his attorney, Deborah Gordon, on the phone, who verified what Thomas explained about the settlement, but as the Free Press reports, the bank still filed a police report for check fraud.


Banking while black.


The next time you go to a general store, take a look around you carefully. You’ll notice how heavy the packaging is around the smallest of items and it will mostly be plastic. There is so much redundant boxing of products that we’ve made hours of content on “unboxing” them. Let’s start with solving this problem for one of the most popular everyday products and the first step to our mornings – toothpaste!

An academic project gave birth to Coolpaste – the eco-friendly alter ego of our trusty old toothpaste. The aim was to develop a sustainable packaging design for toothpaste in a way that didn’t affect their durability while being transported or stacked on shelves. For the purpose of the project, Colgate toothpaste was used as the object of study. Coolpaste not only got a physical makeover that was better for the environment, but the graphic elements of the product were also refreshed to reflect the goal of the project. The paper box was eliminated after an in-depth point-of-sale study without affecting the integrity of the toothpaste. This made the product lighter, reduced waste, and simplified branding also eliminated the chemical inks making Coolpaste a success in terms of sustainable packaging and ecodesign.

In the final proposal, Coolpaste was presented as a product that would hang instead of being stacked and it’s packaging was not only recyclable but also biodegradable. This design would solve logistical and environmental issues for global toothpaste brands if implemented. Coolpaste also comes with a cap(e)!


I think this could be applied to SO many products.... More pics at link.

Orphan Baby Goat and His Human Friend are Inseparable

Love the baby goaties!

Dog Is So Excited To Leave Her Kennel After 500 Days In Shelter


This one made me misty....

U.S. Firefighters Arrive in Australia to A Heroes' Welcome

How plastic bags were supposed to help the planet

An interesting perspective. I have cotton shopping bags in my truck all the time now.
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