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Eye of the Pangolin. Official Film [HD]. The search for an animal on the edge.
Eye of the Pangolin is the story of two men on a mission to share the wonder of all four species of African pangolin on camera for the first time ever.

Follow their extraordinary journey to remote locations on the African continent, from arid savannah to exotic jungles. Become captivated by these extraordinary creatures as the filmmakers meet the people who are caring for and studying pangolins in a desperate attempt to save them from being poached and traded into extinction.
Filmed in Ultra High Definition, this ambitious documentary is freely available online for commercial-free viewing.

Our goal at Pangolin.Africa is to make Eye Of The Pangolin one of the most widely watched wildlife documentaries ever. If enough people learn to care for this animal, there is a chance that it can be saved. So please share this film with everyone you believe will be touched by this magical creature. If we don’t do something now, the illegal wildlife trade to the east will ensure that pangolins will disappear from the planet within the next 10-20 years.

The Tragic Tale of a Pangolin, the World’s Most Trafficked Animal | Short Film Showcase - by National Geographic
This short film follows the regrettable voyage a pangolin takes from the moment it is caught to the moment it is consumed.:(
Pangolins are considered the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world—scaly, cat-size, nocturnal anteaters found in Africa and Asia. Their meat and scales are in high demand for their supposed health benefits, and as a result the pangolin's population has plummeted. It's estimated that in the last 10 years, a million pangolins have been trafficked. Earlier this year, 4.4 tons of pangolin scales, labeled as plastic, were seized in Hong Kong, a haul estimated to represent between 1,100 and 6,600 pangolins and be worth $1.25 million (U.S.). Pangolins are now one of the most valuable animals to need protection, and bans are being discussed alongside those of iconic animals like elephants and rhinos. This short film produced by Coral and Oak Studios follows the regrettable voyage a pangolin takes from the moment it is caught to the moment it is consumed. It was filmed on location with the help of reformed poachers and wildlife enforcement officers.


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6 reasons dogs truly are man’s best friend

Research suggests dog ownership may improve heart health, decrease depression, and even help you live longer.
by Kevin Dickinson, 22 January, 2020

  • Dogs have been man's best friend for at least the past 15,000 years.
  • Science now shows that this symbiotic relationship has been as beneficial for humans as their canine companions.
  • Benefits of dog ownership include familial ties, a reduce risk of schizophrenia, and improved cardiovascular health.
Dogs see us as family...
Dogs reduce the risk of schizophrenia...
Dogs are your heart's best friend, too...
Dogs make life better (and longer)...
Dogs teach us ways to learn: Put simply, dogs are better at ignoring bad advice than their human peers...
Dogs teach us about ourselves...Dogs really do resemble their owners. ... more on


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How Russia May Have Used Twitter to Help Seize Crimea
- By University of California - San Diego January 23, 2020

Online Communication Concept

Online discourse by users of social media suggests it can be used by governments as a source of military intelligence to estimate prospective casualties and costs incurred from occupying foreign territories.

New research shows real-time social media data may have been a source of military intelligence for the Kremlin and potentially other governments.

Online discourse by users of social media can provide important clues about the political dispositions of communities. New research suggests it can even be used by governments as a source of military intelligence to estimate prospective casualties and costs incurred from occupying foreign territories.
In a new University of California San Diego study, researchers examine data from Twitter during the 2014 conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The Russian television narrative, which is that a fascist coup had taken place, did not “catch on” in Ukrainian Russian-speaking communities. The only exception was Crimea. This could explain why Russia’s forces did not advance further than Crimea’s borders, as Russian analysts may have observed overt signals, including some from social media, that they would have faced strong and violent resistance.
“If you’re a conservative Russian military planner, you only send special forces to places where you are fairly certain they will be perceived as liberators, not occupiers,” said the study’s first author Jesse Driscoll, associate professor of political science at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. “A violent occupation of Russian-speaking communities that didn’t want the Russian soldiers to be there would have been a public relations disaster for Putin, so estimating occupation costs prospectively would have been a priority.”
The study, published in Post-Soviet Affairs, does not present evidence that Russian analysts used Twitter data – only evidence consistent with its potential to be repurposed using the methods in the paper. Through reconstructing how the Russian-state narrative was received by Russian-speakers living in Ukraine, the researchers were able to determine the areas where it would have been safest for Russia to send special forces. This bore an eerie resemblance to the map of where Russian soldiers actually went – Crimea and a few probes in the far East, but no further.
In the study, the data from Twitter was collected in real time beginning in August 2013. The researchers compiled tweets with GPS coordinates of social media users who had their locations services turned on. Though data was collected from all over the world (roughly 940,000,000 tweets), the researchers filtered the data by time (the 188 days from February to August 2014), location (Ukraine) and language (Russian).
“We were most interested in Russian-speakers in Ukraine because that is the population which might have considered sedition,” said Driscoll.
The researchers then created two dictionaries to identify key words associated with the two polarized and competing narratives of the news cycles at the time....
.. Though there was some pro-Kremlin sentiment expressed on Twitter in every oblast, the spatial visualization of the data showed Crimea as an outlier based on its high pro-Kremlin percentage.
“If Russian strategists were likely considering expansion beyond Crimea, they would have been able to use social media information to assess, with a great deal of precision and in real time, the reception that they would likely receive,” Driscoll and his co-author wrote. “Our data shows that further expansion beyond Crimea could have resulted in an ethnic bloodbath.”...
...It is easy to imagine military crisis-bargaining applications of these methods. Mainland Chinese analysts may be hungry for real-time updates on Taiwanese public opinion. U.S. analysts may be interested in the opinions of youth groups in Iran. Social media is a new frontier in this space. ...
-read more: on How Russia May Have Used Twitter to Help Seize Crimea


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One of the cats of the piano-man is completely blind, it seems. Very precious. Better the piano than the computer keyboard, though--that would drive me a little nuts. Thank you for these heartwarming videos. That mommy dog and her babies--so cute! ❄🐶🙏


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I'm browsing My Pictures folder, found this heartbreaking image:

They say that a dog is mans best friend and for NavySeal Jon Tumilson and beloved dog Hawkeye ...jpg

They say that a dog is mans best friend and for Navy Seal Jon Tumilson and beloved dog Hawkeye not even death could break this loyal bond.jpg

...and this one:

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On Friday, President Donald Trump became the first president to ever address the March for Life in person. Here is what he said (extracts):

Trump at March for Life: ‘Baby in the Womb Reflects Majesty of God’s Creation’

"Together, we must protect, cherish, and defend the dignity and sanctity of every human life."
"When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God’s creation."
"When we hold a newborn in our arms, we know the endless love that each child brings to a family. When we watch a child grow, we see the splendor that radiates from each human soul. One life changes the world. From my family — and I can tell you, I send love and I send great, great love."
"Unborn children have never had a stronger defender in the White House." (Applause.) "And as the Bible tells us, each person is “wonderfully made.” " (Applause.)
"That’s why I’ve called on Congress ... to defend the dignity of life and to pass legislation prohibiting late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in their mother’s womb."
"We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve, the dreams they will imagine, the masterpieces they will create, the discoveries they will make. But we know this: Every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting." (Applause.) "And above all, we know that every human soul is divine, and every human life –- born and unborn –- is made in the holy image of Almighty God." (Applause.)

“All of us here today understand an eternal truth: every child is a precious and sacred gift from God"
- read more (and play video) on Trump at March for Life: 'Baby in the Womb Reflects Majesty of God's Creation' | The Stream