Human Trafficking Part II: The Crackdown on Backpage.com

By Janice Barlow The Door Slams on Backpage.com BACKPAGE.COM WAS THE LEADING PROMULGATOR of sex trafficking online advertising, both of minors and adults. It ran online classified ads which allowed those in the public who knew how to gain access to it (which was not overly difficult), to set up an “account”. The Senate had been investigating Backpage for some time, and was seeking a way to crack down on it and close it down once and for all. Backpage did not only advertise classifieds for prostitution, but it taught those involved…

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Expecting the Unexpected: How Survivalists Prep

by J. Lee Many people consider survivalists who are also called preppers as those who wear tin foil hats. That is not a true assessment. It is never a waste of time to be prepared or to learn basic survival skills. The opinion of skeptics is of no surprise. Many prefer to take it one day at a time. They never think of scenarios when not being prepared could become a matter of life and death. They think crisis will never happen to them. I have had a survivalist mentality since…

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Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation – The Dream That Became a Reality and the Future

by J. Lee Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation was founded in 2015 by Coe Lewis, President and Director of U.S. operations and ‘Victory’ Victoria Wallace, President and Director of Zambian operations. Coe is a radio personality for KGB 101.5 FM in San Diego, CA. Victoria and her husband David, own Zikomo Safari (an Eco-Lodge) in Zambia. Nsefu is a 501(c)(3) organization. They use 100% of their donations for anti-poaching and community outreach. Their ten board members are not paid a salary. Nsefu is a Zambian word for “eland”, which is a type of antelope in that region. The San Diego Union Tribune…

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Pet Crates; Safe Environments or Animal Prisons?

by J. Lee To Crate or Not to Crate? There are many opinions regarding the use crates for dogs. Some feel they provide safety. Some see crates as prisons. Pro-Crate Putting a dog in a crate to keep it safe is considered acceptable if the length of time is limited.  Examples could be when a dog is being transported, when they are part of an adoption event, maybe a new puppy is being introduced in a household with another dog or dogs, during family dinnertime or for medical reasons as…

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Holidays: The Season Of Depression Is Upon Us

by J. Lee Holidays: The Season of Depression is Upon Us Depression increases during the months of November through February. Those alone face that reality of loneliness during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and Valentines Day. Single people are reminded how alone they are during the season of celebration. They cannot escape the season thanks to advertisements, displays in stores and postings on social media. Holidays can be the loneliest time. Those who are older may have outlived their family members. Seniors may have no one. Some in the military or…

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It’s Almost Year End! Do You Have Your Donations Done? Here’s A Great One!

By Janice Barlow Phil Williams has so much on his plate these days, that it’s hard to keep up with him. For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Phil, he’s a disabled veteran who wears many hats. He’s a preacher. He has a radio show. He has a kid’s radio show. He also has his own recording studio where several well known artists record their music. He is also a musician and vocalist in his own right and can rival the best rappers. But he uses his music…

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Wolves, The Endangered Species Act and H.R 424

By J. Lee WOLVES, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND H.R. 424 The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was designed to protect many species including wolves. Although all species need protection, this story will focus on the plight of wolves in the United States. The ESA was written by a team of scientists and lawyers. It was passed by the 93rd United States Congress. It was signed by President Nixon in 1973. Prior to the ESA, was the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. The objective of The Endangered Species Act is to protect…

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Two Paths That You Can Go By – Senator Jeff Flake Points To The High Road

photo of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake at town hall meeting

by Tony Wyman Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called us all out on the carpet last night with a speech that will go down in history as one of the greatest ever given by an American politician.                                                                                                             …

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Isolation – The Lonely Life Of Dogs

by J. Lee THE LONELY LIFE OF DOGS I will never understand those who get a dog or dogs just to abandon them in backyards, basements or garages. Why? So they can tells others they have a dog? The reality is the dog has no human. It is sentenced to a life of loneliness. Dogs are pack animals. They are highly social. They are socially-cognitive. Loneliness is torture for them. They thrive on interaction with other dogs and their human companions. A dog needs stimulation. They can become stressed when bored. They…

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Part Two: Disabled Animals Who Overcame Their Challenges Thanks to Their Human Angels

by J. Lee Disabled Animals Who Overcame Their Challenges This story is a continuation of my previous disabled animal story featuring dogs and cats. See below for a link to read: Part One ‘Disabled Dogs And Cats – Amazing Mobility With Pet Wheelchairs And Water Therapy’. This story will give you a greater understanding about disabled animals, technological advances in the medical field, veterinary advances, and those who rescue special need animals. Some animals are fitted with wheelchairs. Some are fitted with prosthetics which can be referred to as having…

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