The Damn Chinese are Making Donkeys Go Extinct by Eating Them

DONKEY HIDE PUDDING IS A CHINESE DELICACY.

Here’s another problem that the Chinese are creating for animals. Is there any animal these hungry bastards won’t eat?

Excerpt from the BBC

The world’s donkeys are facing a population crisis because of the huge demand for their skins in China, where they are used to make health foods and traditional medicine.

Donkey meat is also a popular food, but a huge drop in the number of Chinese donkeys and the fact they are slow to reproduce, has forced suppliers to look elsewhere.

Africa has been badly hit because the animals are such an important part of life for transport and farming – particularly in poorer communities.

In many places the price of a donkey has doubled in the past few years, and as thieves cash in, families are left unable to afford a new animal.

‘I woke up and my donkey was gone’

Water deliveryman Anthony Maupe Wanyama, 29, from Kenya had his donkey Carlos for four years and was doing well.

“I bought land up-country, bought a house, paid school fees and looked after my family,” said the father of two.

He and his donkey were such a part of life in Ongata Rongai, just outside Nairobi, that Anthony’s nickname is “Carlos”.

“I woke up one morning and Carlos was missing. I looked around the area, and then found him dead, his skin had been removed,” said Anthony, tears rolling down his cheeks as he talked about his much-loved animal.

He now rents another donkey to pull a cart-load of blue plastic jerry cans he uses to deliver water, but has to give the owner half of the three or four dollars he makes on a good day.

ANTHONY AND HIS RENTED DONKEY.

Speaking for myself I feel sorry for Anthony. My grandfather loved his mules the way that Anthony loved Carlos. It broke his heart when he had to sell the mules after his big heart attack.

“Now I don’t have enough money. I haven’t paid my rent, I haven’t paid school fees, and I have people who depend on me,” Anthony said.
He can’t afford to buy a new Carlos.

Suffering
The surge in price and demand in Kenya has been encouraged by three donkey abattoirs, which have opened across the country.

They can each slaughter around 150 animals a day, packing and freezing the meat and salting the skins for export.

At the Star Brilliant Donkey Export Abattoir in Naivasha, the latest arrivals are being dragged onto flat metal scales – they are sold by “live weight”.

They are shot in the head with a bolt gun before their meat and skins are processed.

Chief executive John Kariuki says he was the first in Kenya, and in Africa, to get official permits to open a donkey slaughterhouse.

“Before, there was no market for the donkeys. People used to sell their cows, people used to sell their goats to pay their school fees for the children,” he said.

“But now I find that people in the market are selling donkeys more than cows.

“We are happy with the Chinese, because before there was nothing coming from donkeys, but so many people are benefitting from the donkey now today.”

Chinese buyers monitor the process – making sure everything is properly packed and prepared.

When the skins are boiled, they produce a brown gelatine, which is the essential ingredient in Chinese “ejiao” products – popular health foods and traditional medicines.

BBC News goes on to give the facts behind the Chinese donkey extinction.

1.8m skins are traded every year – according to estimates from UK-based charity The Donkey Sanctuary – but the demand is as high as 10m

China’s donkey population dropped from 11m in 1990 to 3m today, based on government data

Ejiao, the gelatine produced by boiling donkey skins, can sell for up to $388 (£300) per kilo

Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal have banned donkey exports to China

How to See the October Harvest Moon—First in Almost a Decade

I just went outside for a walk and checked on the moon. It’s bright tonight. I’m going to check it tomorrow night as dusk approaches. I want to see a moon like in the photo.

Excerpt from National Geographic

For sky-watchers in the Northern Hemisphere, the October full moon is pulling off a celestial trick that will be a real treat.

On Thursday night, the sky will be aglow with this year’s harvest moon—the first time a full moon bearing this moniker has fallen in October since 2009. Technically, the moon reaches its full phase on October 5 at 2:40 p.m. ET, which means the harvest moon will be in effect when the lunar orb glides above the horizon at 7:21 p.m. ET.

So why do we call this spectacle a harvest moon, and why is it special?

Civilizations around the world have long used the phases of the moon to keep track of time, and according to lunar tradition, each month’s full moon gets a special name. These names vary by location and regional folklore, but many are based on that particular full moon’s seasonal characteristics.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the harvest moon is the closest full moon to the fall equinox, which usually happens on or around September 22. That means the harvest moon usually occurs in September. But this year, the September full moon appeared on the 6th, separating it from the fall equinox by 16 days. The October 5 full moon arrives only 13 days after the fall equinox, making it the closer pairing.

While it’s been a while since we last saw an October harvest moon, the phenomenon isn’t really that rare, says Ernie Wright, a specialist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Scientific Visualization Studio in Maryland.

“The previous one was in 2009, but the one before that was 2006, and the next one will be in 2020,” he says. Based on the timing of the equinox and the regular 29.5-day cycle of the moon, a harvest moon can happen on any date between September 7 and October 8. That means the probability of an October harvest moon is roughly one in four, he calculates.

Still, any given harvest moon can be a beautiful sight, thanks to the moon’s behavior in the autumn months.

The moon’s orbital path is slightly tilted with respect to Earth’s orbit, so the lunar disk changes its position in the sky with each moonrise. Over the course of a year, the moon pops above the horizon about 50 minutes later each day, on average.

But for several days in a row around the fall equinox, the moon rises only about 30 minutes later in the northern U.S. and just 10 to 20 minutes later in much of Canada and Europe. It sounds like a small shift, but it brings noticeably brighter nights: During this time, the full moon rises almost as soon as the sun sets, first appearing as a plump, orange-colored orb right around dusk. (Find out more about the moon illusion and why the moon always looks bigger near the horizon.)

California adopts ‘sanctuary state’ immigration law in snub to Trump

If as Ann Barnhardt says, all politicians are psychopaths, California’s politicians represent a doubling down in their evil insanity.

As California’s population is now two-thirds nonwhite, the state is going to sink into third world status over the long term as the props that have kept its head above water are kicked out from under it.

The rest of America should make sure that our tax dollars aren’t used for the race replacement of whites.  In other words, no more federal subsidies for California.

The Guardian

California has adopted the most expansive “sanctuary state” law in the US with the goal of obstructing Donald Trump’s deportation agenda by prohibiting police in the country’s most populous state from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

The landmark bill, signed into law on Thursday, restricts police from questioning people about their citizenship status and detaining foreign-born residents on immigration violations. The law, which also prohibits police from transferring certain inmates to immigration authorities, could lead to a major legal showdown between the White House and California and is the latest example of the liberal Golden State creating roadblocks to Trump policies.

 

The legislation is more far-reaching than an existing sanctuary state policy in Oregon and could help shield immigrants from aggressive deportation efforts in a state home to more than two million undocumented people, nearly a quarter of all unauthorized immigrants living in the US.

The California Values Act builds on the sanctuary city policies that Trump aggressively targeted during his 2016 campaign and which exist in hundreds of municipalities. Studies have challenged Trump’s claims that sanctuary jurisdictions attract crime; some research suggests cities with sanctuary policies have significantly lower crime rates than comparable municipalities that allow local police to enforce immigration laws.

Some liberal cities, such as San Francisco, have sued the Trump administration over his threats to withhold federal public safety grant money as a punishment. Those cities have argued that when police stay out of immigration enforcement, undocumented people are more likely to report crimes and work with police.

Even before California governor Jerry Brown signed the new law, the bill was the subject of widespread attacks by the Trump administration and conservatives across the country. US attorney general Jeff Sessions recently called the bill “unconscionable” and said it “risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most”.

In California, a state controlled by Democrats, the proposal has faced significant pushback from some conservative sheriffs. Brown, a Democrat, recently negotiated revisions with sponsoring senator Kevin de León that loosened restrictions on police, giving them discretion to hold certain people for federal authorities if they’ve been convicted of serious or violent felonies.

Brown said: “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day.”

 

Who are these “families who are now living in fear every day?” They live in the reprobate minds of Jerry Brown and his fellow liberals.

And don’t you love the word “undocumented” when the right word would be “illegal.”

(((Bernie Sanders:))) Trump’s Pushback Against Mestizo Mayor of San Juan is Racist, “unspeakable”

You didn’t expect Bernie to praise Trump, did you?

CNN

Washington (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday rebuked President Donald Trump’s decision to attack the mayor of San Juan on Twitter as Puerto Rico continues to struggle after being hit by back-to-back hurricanes.

“It is unspeakable,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

Sanders drew a contrast between Trump and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, saying Trump was “speaking from his fancy golf club, playing golf with his billionaire friends, attacking the mayor of San Juan, who is struggling to bring electricity to the island, food to the island, water to the island, gas to the island.”

Hey Bern, how is Madam Mayor “struggling” to do all the things you list? Is she pedaling away on a bicycle attached to a generator? Did she make a run for a grocery store in Miami to pick up groceries for the islanders? What the hell is her so-called struggle all about? Tell us, Bern. We want to know.

Sanders also said it would be fair for people to wonder if race was a factor in Trump’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico.

“Given the President’s history on race, given the fact that he, a few months ago told us that there were good people on both sides when neo-Nazis were marching in Charlottesville, yeah, I think we have a right to be suspect that he is treating the people of Puerto Rico in a different way than he has treated the people of Texas or Florida,” Sanders said.

Haha, Bernie. I’m not going to do the research for you that should have done before opening your vile Jewish yap, but Houston and many areas in Florida hit by the recent hurricanes have more black folks than does Puerto Rico.

Furthermore, you dumbass, not everyone who marched in Charlottesville was a “neo-Nazi.” You Jews see Nazis everywhere. Who’s a Nazi, Bernie? Anyone who disagrees with you!

San Juan Mayor a “political hack” says ex-Puerto Rico Official, While Trump Hails “tremendous progress”

A new wrinkle has been introduced into the feud between Carmen Yulin Cruz, the Mayor of San Juan Puerto Rico, and President Donald Trump.

An explanation has been offered to shed light on why Cruz has attacked Trump’s response to the hurricane damaged island. That explanation goes beyond the usual blaming others for one’s own failures.

The Hill

Former Puerto Rico Attorney General Jose Fuentes on Sunday took aim at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, accusing her of attacking President Trump and using hurricane relief efforts to lay the groundwork for a gubernatorial bid.

“The mayor of San Juan is a political hack,” Fuentes said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Fuentes accused Cruz of making an about-face, saying she supported Trump until her political adviser suggested the idea of running for governor.

“She is singing the praises of the president until her political adviser, [Rep.] Luis Gutiérrez from Chicago, got there and brought her the t-shirts and said, ‘Hey you want to run for governor, if she wants to run,” he continued until the anchor cut him off, pointing to audio issues.

The president launched a series of tweets attacking Cruz early Saturday, accusing the mayor of exhibiting poor leadership in the midst of the recovery efforts and claiming Puerto Rican leaders want the federal government to do everything for them.

His tweets came one day after Cruz issued an emotional plea for help, saying people are dying on the American territory and partially blaming stalled recovery efforts on the federal government’s inefficiency and red tape.

“I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying. If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency,” Cruz said during a press conference.

The Trump administration has come under fire from critics who say it is failing to help the island as it struggles with widespread power outages, collapsed infrastructure and ongoing shortages of water and supplies.

The president is scheduled to travel to Puerto Rico on Tuesday after Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma tore through the region in the last two months.

MADAM MAYOR LOOKING LESS GLAMOROUS THAN ABOVE.

As this piece was being put together, The Hill published a new story that shows that Trump isn’t going to be tagged a failure without a fight.

President Trump hailed the “tremendous progress” in Puerto Rico as he returned to the White House on Sunday.

“We’re doing really well on Puerto Rico. I’ll be going there on Tuesday. Tremendous progress being made,” Trump told reporters, according to a pool report.

“We’re getting the roads open, we’re getting a lot of things done — really at a record clip. So we’re very happy with that. And I’ll be going there on Tuesday.”

Trump made the comments as he returned from a weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Earlier Sunday he dedicated the trophy at the Presidents Cup golf tournament to victims of the recent hurricanes that have hit the U.S.

Trump’s administration is facing criticism for not doing enough to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island more than a week ago.

The territory is largely without power and more than half of the island doesn’t have access to drinking water. Residents are facing food shortages and a collapsed infrastructure, and local officials say the situation is becoming a humanitarian crisis.

Trump and officials in his administration have defended their response, saying they have sent resources and assistance to the island in response to the natural disaster.

In my younger days, my family and I weathered Hurricane Betsy, which hit South Louisiana hard. We were without power and water for two weeks. That was in a place where the officials were reasonably competent. We missed having our modest little home from being flooded by a couple of city blocks. Hundreds of homes were under water for a week. Our shingles were blown off the roof, though. Roofers from all over the south descended on the area, smelling work. They found it.

It takes time to fix hurricane damage. Having a publicity hound mayor doesn’t help get the job done.

Tree Company That Hired Illegal Aliens Fined $95,000,000

It looks like the campaign promise that Donald Trump made to put American workers first is starting to bear fruit. Asplundh Tree Experts has been under investigation since 2015 for using illegals to trim trees, but its hard to imagine this outcome during a Democrat presidency.

NBC News

A suburban Philadelphia tree-trimming company whose orange trucks are a familiar sight in communities throughout the United States will pay a record fine after pleading guilty in a scheme to employ thousands of people in the country illegally.

Asplundh Tree Expert Co. of Willow Grove, a utility contractor best known for pruning and removing trees around power lines, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal criminal charge and was ordered to pay a total of $95 million. Prosecutors called it the largest monetary penalty ever levied in an immigration case.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia said Asplundh employed thousands of unauthorized workers between 2010 and 2014, its top management remaining “willfully blind” while lower-level supervisors hired people they knew were in the country illegally. In some cases, the supervisors rehired workers who’d already been let go by the company due to their immigration status.

“This decentralized model tacitly perpetuated fraudulent hiring practices that, in turn, maximized productivity and profit,” prosecutors said in a statement. “With a motivated workforce, including unauthorized aliens willing to be relocated and respond to weather-related events around the nation, Asplundh had crews which were easily mobilized that enabled them to dominate the market.”

Asplundh is a 90-year-old, family-owned company that employs 30,000 workers in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company, which holds many municipal, state and federal contracts, said it has reformed its hiring practices.

Investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began auditing Asplundh in 2009 and found that it employed unauthorized workers. Asplundh dismissed the workers, but managers hired them back, accepting bogus driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers, green cards and other fraudulent forms of identification, according to court documents.

Three Asplundh managers, including a vice president, already have pleaded guilty to felony charges in the case.

The company said that since learning of the federal investigation in 2015, it has hired compliance specialists, implemented a photo ID system that includes facial recognition software, investigated every complaint about unauthorized workers and taken other steps to eliminate the “practices of the past.”

“We accept responsibility for the charges as outlined, and we apologize to our customers, associates and all other stakeholders for what has occurred,” Chairman and CEO Scott Asplundh said in a statement on the company’s website.

With all the contracts this company had with government, it’s obvious that there’s a strong possibility that the company has political clout, possibly obtained through bribing public officials.

Pay up, you unAmerican maggots. All of you deserve jail for putting Mexico first.

Muzzie Dog-Hating Woman Prof Dragged Off Plane is Criminally Charged

ANILA DAULATZAI. DOGS SMELL BETTER THAN HER.

I think you will enjoy watching an entitled Muzzie bitch get hers (very gently, though) from local police. Heavy has the scoop on her background. She’s an ex-Harvard professor of Islamic Studies, currently at a university in Maryland. She studies violence in Muslim countries.

She claims to have a dog allergy. Doubtful. I think she’s an America-hating, dog-hating maggot who should be deported over this incident.

San Diego Union Tribune

Charges have been filed against a college professor who was dragged off a Southwest Airlines flight after she complained she was allergic to two dogs that were onboard.

Anila Daulatzai, who is a socio-cultural anthropologist at the Maryland Institute of Art, is facing numerous counts including disorderly conduct, according to the Los Angeles Times.

She was asked to leave the Southwest flight that was heading from Baltimore to Los Angeles on Tuesday night after she complained that she was allergic to the animals, one of them an emotional support dog and the other a pet.

She told the crew that the allergy was life-threatening and she demanded that they provide her with an EpiPen, Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz said. We do not have or administer shots,” he said to the Times.

Daulatzai, who the airline described as “uncooperative,” also did not have the medical certificate necessary for her to continue on the flight.

The video of the incident begins with a blurry shot of three officers talking to the woman who was near the back of the jet.

“What are you doing?” “My dad has surgery. What are you doing?” she screams at the officers who are trying to get her to move after the captain of the flight ordered her to disembark. ‘C’mon lady, let’s go,” replies one of the officers.

She then stops and says she “needs to close her pants,” and she follows that by accusing one officer of “trying to rip her pants off.”

As they continue to pull and push her toward the exit, she declares that she will walk amid admonishments to the officers “not to touch her” and to “stop it.”

Passengers who are watching chime in, some yelling at the woman to “show them that you’re walking.” One man declares, “Jeez, lady, get off the plane!”

“They spent a long time talking to the woman, explaining what the situation was, trying to work with her,” said Bill Dumas, who taped the commotion, to CBS LA. “The pilot said they wouldn’t leave until it got resolved.”

Southwest issued a statement after the incident.

“We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the customer’s removal by local law enforcement officers. We publicly offer our apologies to this customer for her experience and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns.”

According to the airline’s policy regarding customers with disabilities, if the company is notified at the gate that a passenger has an allergy to animals they will be seated as far away from the animal as possible. It goes on to state that the airline is required by law to transport assistance and emotional support animals and that they do not have to caged. Pets must be contained in carriers.

Besides disorderly conduct, Daulatzai was charged with failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, obstruction of a police officer and resisting arrest, the Times reported.

Lt. Kevin Ayd of the Maryland Transportation Police told the newspaper that Daulatzai made an appearance in court and was then released on her own recognizance.

Even if I didn’t like dogs, they smell and behave better than sand roaches. They should have dragged this one’s sorry Harvard a** back to the Middle East.

Here’s the charges, via the link to Heavy:

LOL.