Monthly Archives: January 2013

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 you can choose any country/place to visit, and enjoy it all in 3-D

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Victoria Falls,                                  Zambia      Venezuela,                                  Surroundings of Angel Falls,                                  Venezuela      Angel falls,                                  Venezuela     Kalyan                                  Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan   Miami,                                  USA      Las Vegas,                                  USA      Lake Powell,                                  USA      Manhattan, New                                  York, USA      Golden Gate                                  Bridge, San Francisco,                                  USA      Millennium UN                                  Plaza Hotel, New York,                                  USA      Oahu, Hawaii,                                  USA      Las Vegas, Nevada,                                  USA      Millennium UN                                  Plaza Hotel, New York,                                  USA      Golden Gate                                  Bridge, USA      Statue of Liberty,                                  New York, USA                                       Manhattan, New                                  York, USA      Hollywood,                                  California, USA                                       San Juan and                                  Colorado rivers, USA                                       Goosenecks, Utah,                                  USA      Mono Lake,                                  California, USA                                       Millennium UN                                  Plaza Hotel, New York,                                  USA     Chicago, Illinois,                                  USA      Los Angeles,                                  California, USA                                       Kiev,                                  Ukraine      Ay-Petri,                                  Ukraine      Dubai,                                  UAE      Dubai, Islands,                                  UAE      Palm Jumeirah,                                  Dubai, UAE      Bangkok,                                  Thailand      Sankt-Moritz,                                  Switzerland      Cape Good Hope,                                  South Africa                                       Cape-Town, South                                  Africa      Moscow, MSU,                                  Russia      Moscow, Kremlin,                                  Bolotnaya Square , Russia                                       Moscow,                                  Russia      Moscow Kremlin,                                  Russia      55.748765;37.540841,                                  Russia      Moscow City,                                  Russia      Kremlin, Moscow,                                  Russia      Moscow City,                                  Russia      Trinity Lavra of                                  Sait Sergius, Russia                                       Saint-Petersburg,                                  Russia     New Jerusalem                                  Monastery, Russia                                       Saint Petersburg,                                  Russia      Novodevichy                                  Convent. Moscow, Russia                                       Ramenki,Moscow,                                  Russia      MKAD, Moscow,                                  Russia      Moscow,                                  Russia     Moscow,                                  Russia      Krokus Expo                                  Center, Moscow, Russia                                       Moscow Region,                                  Russia    Moeraki Boulders,                                  New Zealand      Fiordland, New                                  Zealand      Nepal,                                  Nepal      Maldives,                                  Maldives     Kuala-Lumpur,                                  Malaysia     Grimsvotn,                                  Iceland      Amsterdam,                                  Holland      Neuschwanstein                                  Castle, Germany                                       Egyptian Pyramids,                                  Egypt      Hong Kong,                                  China     The Iguassu Falls,                                  Brazil     Twelve Apostles                                  Marine National Park,                                  Australia      Sydney,                                  Australia      Buenos Aires,                                  Argentina    



Republican & Democrat alike


 This is neither a Republican nor a Democratic “thing.” This is just a good common sense “thing” and I agree 100%.

Republican & Democrat alike

When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen is they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers must find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that their job would be eliminated as well.

Wall street and the media normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of “tough decision”, and the board of directors gives upper corporate management big bonuses.

Our government should not be immune from similar risks.


Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members.
Reduce Senate members from 100 to 50(one per State). Then, reduce their remaining staff by 25%.

Accomplish this over the next 8 years (two steps/two elections) and of course this would require some redistricting.

Some Yearly Monetary Gains Include:

$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X $165,200 pay/member/ yr.)

$437,100,000 for elimination of their staff. (Estimate $1.3 Million in staff per each member of the House, and $3 Million in staff per each member of the Senate every year)

$108,350,000 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel earmarks each year. (Those members whose jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at $15 Billion/yr).

The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and improve efficiencies. It might even be in their best interests to work together for the good of our country!

We may also expect that smaller committees might lead to a more efficient resolution of issues as well. It might even be easier to keep track of what your representative is doing.

Congress has more tools available to do their jobs than it had back in 1911 when the current number of representatives was established. (Telephone, computers, cell phones to name a few)

Congress does not hesitate to head home for extended weekends, holidays and recesses, when what the nation needs is a real fix for economic problems. Also, we had 3 senators who
were not doing their jobs for the 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all accepted full pay. Minnesota survived very well with only one senator for the first half of this year. These facts alone support a reduction in senators and congress.

Summary of opportunity:

$44,108,400 reduction of congress members.

$282,100,000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.

$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.

$70,850,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.

$37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of congress members.

$8,084,558,400 per year, estimated total savings. (That’s 8-BILLION just to start!)

Corporate America does these types of cuts all the time.
There’s even a name for it.

Also, if Congresspersons were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like everyone else) in order to collect retirement benefits, taxpayers could save a bundle.

Now they get full retirement after serving only ONE term.

Guess what this is…


Oh no it’s not.
It’’s not I tell you!
It’s a Vietnamese gourd or pumpkin.
Oh yes it is!
Look at the photos below.
Vietnamese Gourd Or Pumpkin related alternative medicine supplements and vitamins. Also explore information on treatment, health benefits & side effects with Vietnamese Gourd Or Pumpkin products. Many of the sources come from our Encyclopedia of Natural Health and include relevant health topics. Uses vary, but may include , Strengthen Immune System, and 100% Vegan / Wheat & Gluten Free and are non-FDA reviewed or approved, natural alternatives, to use for , Weakened Immune System, and Chronic Fatigue.
They would certainly brighten up my kitchen.
Although they do look as though they’re trophies from some remote Amazonian tribe !

Beautifully Icy Aftermath To Chicago Fire


15 Amazing Photos Of Beautifully Icy Aftermath To Chicago Fire

The scene of a five-alarm fire entombed in ice.

1. On Tuesday night, the Chicago Fire Department battled a massive five-alarm warehouse fire on the city’s South Side.

On Tuesday night, the Chicago Fire Department battled a massive five-alarm warehouse fire on the city's South Side.

2. A Chicago Fire Department spokesman described the blaze as the largest the department has faced in a decade.

A Chicago Fire Department spokesman described the blaze as the largest the department has faced in a decade.

Image by Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

3. One-third of Chicago’s firefighting force was called to battle the flames in subzero weather.

One-third of Chicago's firefighting force was called to battle the flames in subzero weather.

Image by Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

4. Firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots Wednesday morning.

Firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots Wednesday morning.

Image by John Gress / Reuters

Image by John Gress / Reuters

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Give this a lot of thought!
Only 5% of Stanford University graduates figured it out!
Can you answer all seven of the following questions with the same word?
1. The word has seven letters….
2. Preceded God…
3. Greater than God….
4. More Evil than the devil…
5. All poor people have it…
6. Wealthy people need it….
7. If you eat it, you will die.
Did you figure it out?
Try hard before looking at the answers
Did you get it yet?
Give up?
Brace yourself for the answer….
The  Answer  is:
NOTHING has 7 letters.
NOTHING preceded God.
NOTHING is greater than God.
NOTHING is more Evil than the devil.
All poor people have NOTHING.
Wealthy people need NOTHING.
If you eat NOTHING, you will die.
Send this brain-teaser to your smart friends and see if they can answer

Tires-No more Fix-a-flat

No more Fix-a-flat, no more air compressors, no more spare tires, no more auto jacks, no more tools rattling in the trunk. Will it reduce the price of cars? Will it reduce the cost of roadside service? Will some businesses go out of business?

Coming soon! They have been testing these for several years now.

Resilient Tech was developing them for the military.

Amazing new tires……………………

Michelin Tires… Absolutely SCARY looking…

Look for ’em in August.

These tires are made in South Carolina , USA .


Radical new tire design by Michelin.

The next generation of tires.

They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.

Yes, those are ‘spoke’ like connections to the inner part of the tire from the outside tread ‘wrap!’

The next picture shows how odd it looks in motion…

Makes you wonder how the ride feels doesn’t it?

These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon.

The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will not work on these.

Just think of the impact on existing technology:

A. No more air valves..
B. No more air compressors at gas stations…
C. No more repair kits..
D. No more flats…

These are actual pictures taken at the South Carolina plant of Michelin.



This should be on the front page of every newspaper.

Charley Reese’s Final column!
A very interesting column… COMPLETELY NEUTRAL…
Be sure to Read the Poem at the end.

Charley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel… He has been a journalist for 49 years. He is retiring and this is HIS LAST COLUMN.

Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. ( The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?( John Boehner. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President’s proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time. ]

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red.

If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it’s because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan …

If they do not receive social security, but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it they way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees… We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it… is up to you.
This might be funny if it weren’t so true.

Be sure to read all the way to the end:

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he’s fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for
peanuts anyway!

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won’t be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he’s laid…

Put these words
Upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me
to my doom…’

When he’s gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Gross Receipts Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Personal Property Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Sales Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What in the heck happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’
I hope this goes around THE USA at least 545 times!!! YOU can help it get there!!!


USS Arizona Memorial

Uss Arizona

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Remembering the Pacific is a video podcast series that presents the personal stories behind World War II’s Pacific Theater. Hear American and Japanese servicemen tell their war stories from December 7, 1941 through the war to the ongoing reconciliation between the two countries. Witness the effects on the home front as American and Japanese civilians recount the emotions of the war years and come to terms with loved ones lost, sacrifices made and recognition of civil rights. Hear about the personal importance of the memorials and the lasting impacts of the Pacific War.



Alsace, région of France, encompassing the northeastern départements of Haut-Rhin (“Upper Rhine”) and Bas-Rhin (“Lower Rhine”) and roughly coextensive with the historical region of Alsace. It is bounded by the régions of Lorraine to the west and Franche-Comté to the southwest. Switzerland lies to the south and Germany borders it to the east and north. The capital is Strasbourg. Area 3,197 square miles (8,280 square km). Pop. (1999) 1,734,145; (2008 est.) 1,837,087.

watch this video here: Alsacia-Francia



70 Lightning Strikes in One Shot


The Craziest Illusion in Paris

Ladybug Lands with Style

The Edge of Earth – Bunda Cliffs of Australia


Instant Acrophobia

Livin’ on the Edge

The Stunning Glass winged Butterfly

Lightning Show at the Grand Canyon

The Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Texas

Sunset on Mars

Autumn in the Adirondacks

European Beech Trees of Mariemont , Belgium

The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima

The Great Grey Owl

The Cloud Covered Island of Litla Dimun

The Miniature Northern Saw-whet Owl

Busiest Train Ever

The Blue Lagoon , Ecuador

Meanwhile in Chicago .

Best Sidecar Ever

The U.S. – Mexico Border

Awww Yeah Flowers!

Rago National Park, Norway


Epic Aerial of Barcelona , Spain

The Sky Walker

‘ Crystal ‘ Ice Cave in Skaftafell , Iceland

Festival of Lanterns in Chiang Mai , Thailand


Fields of Lavender in Provence , France

Yarn Bombing in Germany

The Runaway Tree


Dog’s Purpose: from a 6-Year-Old

worth reading even if they don’t have a dog

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker.
The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker,

and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.

I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure as they felt that Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him.

Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him.

What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?

The Six-year-old continued, Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
· When loved ones come home, always run to greet them;
· Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride;
· Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy;
· Take naps;
· Stretch before rising;
· Run, romp, and play daily;
· Thrive on attention and let people touch you;
· Avoid biting when a simple growl will do;
· On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass;
· On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree;
· When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body;
· Delight in the simple joy of a long walk;
· Be loyal;
· Never pretend to be something you’re not;
· If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it;
· When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently;

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.

You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good, so, love the people who treat you right.

Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t ~ life is too short to be anything but happy.

Falling down is part of LIFE…
Getting back up is LIVING…


5 Ways to Avoid the Flu

  • January, 2013
5 Ways to Avoid the Flu

How are you faring this flu season? If you’ve managed to dodge the ick that’s going around so far, high five! Here are a few ways that you can make you chances of coasting through flu season unscathed even better and avoid the flu naturally!

Related Reading: Already got the flu? Check out our list of natural flu remedies to help you get better faster!

Since I’m pregnant, I’ve been feeling a little bit pressured to get a flu shot this season, and honestly I’m torn about it. There seems to be mixed evidence that it helps, and since there are so many varieties of flu, you can get the shot and still end up with the flu, if you’re exposed to a strain that the formulators didn’t account for.

Looking for some shot-free ways to help you avoid the flu? There are some non-medical steps you can take to help equip your body to fight those germs!

washing hands

1. Wash your hands like it’s your job.

Our hands are powerful germ transmitters. Someone with the flu touches something, you touch that same something, and then you touch your mouth, nose, face, or eyes, and you’ve just given the virus a leg up into your body. Boo!

Of course, you always wash your hands after you use your bathroom, but to avoid flu you’ll want to add a little more hand-washing to your routine. After a trip to the grocery store, for example, wash those hands before you put your food away. Do the same when you get home from work or a night out.

It’s also a good idea to keep your hands away from your face. Your nose, mouth, and eyes are all easy entry points for flu germs. You don’t have to obsessively wash your hands, but if you’re the type of person that touches your face a lot, you may want to do a little extra hand-washing to protect yourself.



2. Take your vitamins.

Vitamina A, C, D, and E all help support your immune system, so make sure you’re getting plenty! Here are the recommended daily allowances for each (for adults):

  • Vitamin A – 900 micrograms
  • Vitamin C – 75-90 micrograms; take an extra 35 micrograms per day if you smoke
  • Vitamin D – 600 IU, but for extra flu protection you might want to up it to 1000 IU
  • Vitamin E – 15 milligrams or 22.4 IU

Of course, you can also get more of these vitamins by adding vitamin-rich foods to your diet. Try orange veggies – like carrots and sweet potatoes – for vitamin A, citrus for vitamin C, and avocados for a vitamin E boost. The only one that’s tricky to get through diet is vitamin D. Click here to read more on vitamin D.

Source: National Institutes of Health

stay back

3. If you can, quarantine!

This can be a tricky one, especially if you work in an office. If your cube-mate or office-mate has the flu, you  might strongly suggest that he head home to rest. Yeah, to rest! If you have your own cube or office, try to hide out there, if the flu is going around on your floor.

At home, you can try to keep the sick away by putting some space between you and your sick spouse or roommate. That doesn’t have to mean avoiding them completely, of course! It just means doing what you can to avoid their germs. Maybe don’t sit right next to them while you watch a movie, and if you’re having supper together, now’s a good time for you to volunteer to do the cooking.

When my husband got sick a few months ago, he slept in the guest room to try to keep the germs off of me, since being pregnant and sick totally sucks. I don’t think we would have done something this extreme if I hadn’t been pregnant, but I do think it helped! I managed to avoid getting his cold

4. Get plenty of exercise

You knew exercise was good for your heart, but there’s more and more evidence that it supports a healthy immune system, too!

Moderate exercise can help protect you from the flu, but the key here is moderate. Endurance exercise, like distance running, can actually weaken your immune system, especially if your body isn’t conditioned to it.

Related Reading: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Your Workout

If you’re new to exercise, getting started is often the hardest part. It might seem like it’s too expensive to join a gym, or maybe you feel like you just plain don’t have time to fit a workout into your busy schedule. Even 30 minutes a day a few days a week can make a difference in your immune health. Do what you can, and your body will thank you!


5. Cut back on booze.

Too much alcohol can make your immune system less able to fight the flu.

One study looked at how 4-5 drinks a day effects immune health, and it’s probably no surprise that this level of alcohol consumption suppresses immune activity significantly. Of course, 4-5 drinks per day is a lot of boozin’! Like with anything else, it’s all about moderation.

If you want a glass of wine after a tough day, you’re probably not doing anything to harm your immune system, but if you’re a regular drinker, cutting back can make a big difference. Having an occasional drink is fine – in fact, it could even help improve bone health! – but limit yourself to 1-2 drinks, and cut it out completely if you’re feeling run down.
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‘invisible animal’?

Can you spot the ‘invisible animal’? Incredible images show nature’s disappearing act when predators are near

  • These animals are trying their utmost to fool predators by blending into landscapes all over the world
  • They were taken by photographer Art Wolfe over a period of 35 years, for his work ‘Vanishing Act’

Whether they are hunters or the hunted, these cunning animals are all masters of disguise who can fool even the most beady-eyed passer by into believing they are not there.

Some hide under lily pads, some dissolve into the bark of a tree while others slip seamlessly into the snow, either to hide from a hungry predator or silently stalk an unwitting prey.

But the one thing from which they cannot hide is the all-seeing camera lens of photographer Art Wolfe.

He has spent over 35 years roaming the deserts of Africa, the rainforests of South America, the mountains of the United States and snow plains of Canada to capture wildlife at its most invisible.

It's white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The animals are trying their utmost to fool predators but that's not enough to deceive international photographer Art WolfeIt’s white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The animals are trying their utmost to fool predators but that’s not enough to deceive international photographer Art Wolfe

He has travelled through every continent in the world in tireless pursuit of more subjects for his chef-d’oeuvre ‘Vanishing Act’ that dates back to the 1980s.

Art said: ‘Throughout my career as a nature photographer, I have challenged myself to present new perspectives on well-documented subjects.

‘Like most of my projects this collection has been a long time in the making.

‘Finding and filming animals on location is an exhilarating and painstaking process. I’m still adding to the project even now.

‘Conventional wildlife photography calls for isolating the subject by selective focus, this way the animal is clearly defined.

Having a giraffe: A Giraffe in Transvaal, South Africa. Wolfe's 35-year career has spanned every continent as he has followed his passion for the environmentHaving a giraffe: A Giraffe in Transvaal, South Africa. Wolfe’s 35-year career has spanned every continent as he has followed his passion for the environment


Can't see the wolf from the trees: A wolf peering out from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forestCan’t see the wolf from the trees: A wolf peering out from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forest


Eye spy: A spectacled caiman in Llanos, Venezuela. Wolfe worked to make it visually challenging to the viewer by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subjectEye spy: A spectacled caiman in Llanos, Venezuela. Wolfe works to make it visually challenging to the viewer by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject

A Great Horned Owl uses colour and disruptive patterns in its plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Oregons Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
An American Pika performing a vanishing act in the Cascade Range of Washington

Cunning tricks: A Great Horned Owl uses colour in its plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, left, while an American Pika performs a vanishing act in the Cascade Range of Washington, right


Leaf me alone: A Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot disappears like just another leaf in the lush Central American rainforest, Chan Chich, BelizeLeaf me alone: A Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot disappears like just another leaf in the lush Central American rainforest, Chan Chich, Belize

‘Photographers always want to show off their subject. And yet, is this really the way an animal is viewed by the human eye? Not quite.

‘We don’t have the isolating abilities that a telephoto lens provides. On most occasions an animal remains somewhat concealed by the clutter of its natural habitat-a necessity of survival for both predator and prey.

‘I have basically employed three different photographic approaches and purposely worked to enhance the difficulty to find the camouflaged subject-as difficult as it is in the wild to see animals that do not want to be seen.

Snake eyes: A horned adder matches the colour of the sand in the Namib Desert, Namibia, where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surfaceSnake eyes: A horned adder matches the colour of the sand in the Namib Desert, Namibia, where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surface


Can you spot me? A Leopard conceals herself in vegetation at the base of a tree in Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South AfricaCan you spot me? A Leopard conceals herself in vegetation at the base of a tree in Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa


Gyrfalcon at their nest built on a cliff
A California Ground Squirrel blending in with its rocky environment

Rock and hole: A gyrfalcon at their nest built on a cliff, left, and a California Ground Squirrel blends in with its rocky environment, right


Bark and hide: A Great Gray Owl positions itself in front of a similar pattern to take advantage of his camouflage in Oregon, United StatesBark and hide: A Great Gray Owl positions itself in front of a similar pattern to take advantage of his camouflage in Oregon, United States

‘Since it is impossible to capture all the distractions to the senses of an entire landscape in a photo, I worked to make it visually challenging by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject.’

Art is also a successful book publisher and television producer. He has published at least one book a year since 1989.

The 61-year-old from Seattle said: ‘It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed.’

Invisible: A male Spotted Deer disappears among sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, IndiaInvisible: A male Spotted Deer disappears among sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India


Stop monkeying around: A family of Japanese Macaques disappear amid their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, JapanStop monkeying around: A family of Japanese Macaques disappear amid their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, Japan


White-tailed Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba, CanadaI’m white over here! White-tailed Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada


The long grass: An Impala hiding in vegetation in Botswana's Chobe National Park, AfricaThe long grass: An Impala hiding in vegetation in Botswana’s Chobe National Park, Africa


A sandy place to hide: A cheetah cub disguised against the Kalahari Desert, South AfricaA sandy place to hide: A cheetah cub disguised against the Kalahari Desert, South Africa


Water good place to hide: A Common Snipe, well hidden in the shoreline vegetation of a Minnesota streamWater good place to hide: A Common Snipe, well hidden in the shoreline vegetation of a Minnesota stream


A Wandering Tattler chick Wrangell-St, Ellias National Park
photographer Art Wolfe

Painstaking: Mr Wolfe, right, says finding and filming animals on location, such as this wandering tattler chick in Wrangell-Saint Ellias National Park, left, is ‘an exhilarating and painstaking process’


Out of sight hawk: A nighthawk resting on rocks where it blends into its surroundings in eastern WashingtonOut of sight hawk: A nighthawk resting on rocks where it blends into its surroundings in eastern Washington


Snow way I'll be spotted here: A coyote camouflaged in the surrounding brush at the edge of a snow dusted field, Washington State, USASnow way I’ll be spotted here: A coyote camouflaged in the surrounding brush at the edge of a snow dusted field, Washington State, USA


Precarious perch: Two Klipspringers camouflaged against a rocky outcrop in Chobe, BotswanaPrecarious perch: Two Klipspringers camouflaged against a rocky outcrop in Chobe, Botswana


Branching out: A well-concealed blue dacnis takes a rest in foliage in PanamaBranching out: A well-concealed blue dacnis takes a rest in foliage in Panama



What Makes 100%?

This comes from 2 math teachers with a combined total of 70 yrs. experience.
It has an indisputable mathematical logic.
It also made me Laugh Out Loud.
This is a strictly …. mathematical viewpoint… and it goes like this:

What Makes 

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 103%?

What makes up 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:


Is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.



8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 


11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But ,

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far 
ass kissing will take you.

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that while 
Hard workandKnowledge will get you close, andAttitudewill get you there.
Its the
 Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.
Now you know why some people are where they are!

White Wedding Dress

The Origin of the White Wedding Dress ‘


A son asked his mother the following  question:

‘ Mom, why  are wedding dresses white? ‘ The mother looks at her son and replies:

‘ Son, this shows your friends and relatives that your bride is pure.’

The son thanks his Mom and goes off to double-check this with his father.

‘ Dad why are wedding dresses white?  ‘
The father  looks at his son in surprise and says:

 ‘Son, all household appliances come in  white.’
He is still in intensive care very slow recovery.

Stuff you may didn’t know!


Men can read smaller
print than women can; women can hear better.

——— ——— ———

Coca-Cola was originally green.
——— ——— ———

It is impossible to lick
your elbow.

——— ——— ———

The State with the
highest percentage of people who walk to work:

——— ——— ———

The percentage of
Africa that is wilderness: 28%
(now get this…)

——— ——— ———

The percentage of
North America that is wilderness: 38%

——— — —— ——— ——— ——— ———

The cost of raising
a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:

$ 16,400
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

The average number
of people airborne over the U.S.

in any given hour:

——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Intelligent people
have more zinc and copper in their hair..

——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

The first novel ever
written on a typewriter, Tom Sawyer.

— ———— ——— ——— ——— ———
——— –

The San Francisco
Cable cars are the only mobile

National Monuments.
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Each king in a deck
of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David

Hearts – Charlemagne

Clubs -Alexander, the Great

Diamonds – Julius Caesar
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

111,111,111 x
111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987, 654,321

——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse
has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.
If the horse has one front leg in the air,
the person died because of wounds received in battle.
If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes

—— — ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Only two people
signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4,

John Hancock and Charles Thomson.

Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?

A. Their birthplace
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Q. Most boat owners name their boats.

What is the most popular boat name requested?


——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Q.. If you were to spell out numbers,

how far would you have to go until you
would find the letter ‘A’?

A. One thousand
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes,

windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?

A. All were invented
by women.

——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Q. What is the only
food that doesn’t spoil?

A. Honey
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

Q. Which day are there more collect calls

than any other day of the year?

A. Father’s Day
——— ——— ——— ——— ———

In Shakespeare’s time,

mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened,
making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the
phrase…’Goodnight , sleep tight’

——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———

It was the accepted
practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply

his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.

Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month,

which we know today as the honeymoon.
——— ——— ———

In English pubs, ale
is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England , when
customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’ . . .

It’s where we get
the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’

——— ——— ———

Many years ago in
England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked

into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups.

When they needed a refill , they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ is the phrase

inspired by this practice.
——— ——— —— — ——— ——— ———

At least 75% of
people who read this will try

to lick their elbow!
——— ——— ——— ——— ——— ———


IN 2012 when…

1. You accidentally
enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven’t
played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers

to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who

works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch

with friends and family is that they
don’t have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your

cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you

carry in the groceries…

7. Every commercial on television

has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone,

which you didn’t even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and

you turn around to go and get it

10. You get up in the morning and go on line

before getting your coffee

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12 You’re reading this and

nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly

to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy
to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn’t a #9 on this list .

~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

NOW your LAUGHING at yourself!

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused!” (Unknown Author)
——— ——— ———


Be sure to go all way through the pictures on this one.  

Keep going to see the snow moose j




They can’t have my apple.



OK, I’m curious.


Oh, you’re not like the thing I just sniffed, What are you?


Mom’s going to be mad, but I would like to stay.



Oh, yes! I know mother-love in any form. Very nice.



Beautiful Snow Moose. A must see.

You probably won’t see this again in your life time! “Be sure to show this to your children or grandchildren.”


Look behind the moose on the left



I’m glad you came by. You never would have believed me if you hadn’t seen it for yourself.




These animals were photographed just north of the Wisconsin border on a highway near Marenisco , MI .

Once in awhile there is an opportunity to take in a piece of nature that you may never see. In these days of unrest and turmoil it is great to see that GOD still produces some wondrous beauty.



Absolutely stunning!


The driver is really wishing his camera was handy.


The odds of seeing an albino moose are astronomical and to see this in the upper peninsula of Michigan , near Wisconsin , is even greater than astronomical. To see two of them together is nearly impossible.

We wanted to share these photos with as many people as possible because you will probably never have a chance to see this rare sight again.

This is a really special treat, so enjoy the shots of a lifetime!



It’s ALWAYS the kids that suffer. His name is Zonkey

SHOW at Michael Davis Ford’s Theater (Regan-Bush)


 This video is from all the way back to the Reagan Presidency. He is sitting along side of Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil, enjoying an evening together at the Ford Theater.

A very funny act takes place on stage. With all the security that takes place around any of our Presidents today, nothing the performer does here could ever take place now

Very Funny!Make sure you go to full screen.

Fascinating facts



Interesting Information          

If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth.

If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the
left side of your mouth.

To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers.
Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by ‘Bayer’.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.
Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but
he declined.

Astronauts can’t belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid
from gas in their stomachs.

Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.

The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off!.

 The night of January 20 is “Saint Agnes’s Eve”, which is regarded
as a time when a young woman dreams of her future husband.

 Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.

 It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it
never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

 Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at
only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

 Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in
almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the newyear.
Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450 F.

 The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

 Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by
the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to
lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

 The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal

In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional
proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

 Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the
song Happy Birthday.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

 A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

 The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than
the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers,
that is why it is found in some medicines.

 The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times,
when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look
up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

 When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first
sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were

 Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.

 Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because
they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

 Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.


Can you guess which organization this is? For a big surprise…

(originated form other source)

Not a very good record for those people trusted,  and put in charge of helping to run this country.

 if this does not make any sense to you, don’t feel bad!

I think You are not alone. 


Even if you aren’t a Sports Fan this is Very  Interesting!


36  have been accused of spousal abuse,  7 have  been arrested for fraud         19 have been  accused of writing bad checks,  117 have  directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2  businesses 3 have done time for  assault, 
71, and those 71 cannot  get a credit card due to bad credit 14 have  been arrested on  drug-related charges 8 have been  arrested! for shoplifting 21currently  are defendants in lawsuits, and 84have  been arrested for drunk driving in  the last year  !

Can you guess which organization  this is? Is  it the NBA Or NFL?

Give  up yet?
Scroll down,

it’s  the 535 members of the
United States  Congress

The  same group of Idiots that crank out
hundreds  of new laws each
designed to keep the  rest of us in line.


I ‘m cutting back too….


is bam bam kidding!!!!

     The President ordered the cabinet to cut $100,000,000.00 ($100 million) from the $3,500,000,000,000.00 ($3.5 trillion) federalbudget. I ‘m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same
thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2,000 a month on
groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc., but it ‘s
time to get out the budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and
cut back.

If I ‘m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio (1/35,000) of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2,000 a month, I ‘m going to have to cut that number by six cents. Yes, I ‘m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that ‘s
what sacrifice is all about.

I ‘ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries
– six cents worth!!!

Did this President actually think no one would do the math? Please
understand this how idiotic a $100 million cut is in a $3.5 trillion budget .

…. ludicrous!!!!!!!   That’s my thought.“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation…
One is by sword…
The other is by debt.”
John Adams 1826



The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base –
Tucson , Arizona USA

Remember – Each one of these babies Had a multi-million dollar price tag!

For those of you that have never seen this, it is something to see.
The precision in the way they are parked is impressive.

It’s difficult to comprehend the size of
The ‘Bone yard’ and the number
Of aircraft stored there. Of course the important thing to remember is
That they are all capable of being returned
To service if the need ever arises.
“Those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who did not.”
(Thomas Jefferson)

If you are ever in the Tucson   area, the weekly tours of the bone yard
Are still given through the Tucson Air Museum , located just south of Davis Monthan AFB.

Both the museum and the bone yard are very popular attractions in the Arizona desert.

It is difficult to comprehend the number of military
Aircraft in dead storage until you see these photographs!

Even if you have seen this before, look again.

The 3rd largest Air Force in the world

Is sitting on the ground here.