Saving the #Tigers #wildlife #endangeredanimals #leonardodicaprio

Are you aware that in the last century 95% of the world’s tiger population has been lost? The WWF questions – Who among us will look tigers in the eye and say: “we admired everything about you except your very existence?”

Due to illegal trade, poaching, climate change, and deforestation, these magnificent creatures remain crucially endangered as the world’s tiger population is now close to extinction.

Along with the World Wildlife Fund, actor Leonardo DiCaprio is working hard to bring the plight of this threatened animal to light.

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization


#Art Helps #Children Learn To Be Kind To #Animals

Ventura County Star April 23, 2012

What happens when children, animals and art come together? You get a joyous display of wide-eyed self-expression and compassion, along with a never-ending string of ‘teachable moments’. “Be Kind to Animals Day” is that venue, when Focus on the Masters Learning to See Youth Outreach and the Humane Society of Ventura County join forces on Saturday, May 5th from 11:00-3:00 at the shelter in Ojai. This day will feature an artist’s reception and exhibit with art from Elmhurst Elementary students who took part in Learning to See Youth Outreach art classes.

Families will learn about respect for wild animals and the responsibilities of owning a pet through our special visitors: a blue-tongued skink, corn snake, tree frog, and tortoise from the shelter’s humane education programs, a golden eagle from the Ojai Raptor Center, and rabbits from Ventura County Animal Services Bunny Brigade. Of course, the adoptable dogs and cats will all be excited to say ‘hi’ to everyone, too. Animal-related arts and crafts will round out the “Be Kind” experience.

As always, the dogs and cats at the shelter appreciate donations of old towels and blankets to help keep them comfortable while they wait for their forever families. Old t-shirts may also be donated to help us make dog leashes and toys.

For more information, call the Learning to See Art Coordinator and Humane Society Educator, Aimee French at (805) 650-6152.

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This story is contributed by a member of the Ventura community and is neither endorsed nor affiliated with Ventura County Star

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Communicating In The iCulture #technology #communication

“The problem with communication
is the illusion that is has occurred.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Tucked away in an intimate corner of a restaurant, a young couple sits facing each other completely absorbed in conversation. Their eyes are fixed, and their hands are locked on the object of their desire, anticipating its every response. Blind and deaf to all else is love…the wonderful abandonment of self and the euphoria of being lost in another.

What if the other isn’t someone? What if it’s something? Upon closer examination this couple reveals a disturbing insight. Their absorption isn’t in each other…it’s in what has become a far more alluring entity, the iPhone, technology giving us 24/7 capability to reach out and touch every corner of the globe.

In a recent interview on Squawkbox, Ken Segall, former ad agency creative director for Apple, explained how he dreamed up the name iMac, the same “i” that has become iPhone, and how he sold his concept to the skeptical Steve Jobs. Although his pitch originally identified the “i” as Internet, it quickly became synonymous with individual, the feature that distinguishes Apple’s genius because it elevates the importance of the user.

Embracing the iPhone has changed the course of human communication, directing us from socializing to social networking, a not-so-subtle difference. Why do an increasing number of people gravitate to social networks? Could it be that the Net offers safety nets from the pitfalls of in-person communication…anonymity and impermanence for two? Could it also be that these nets protect us from the often disappointing reality of the other, enabling us to project our own desires onto those with whom we network; and when this happens, the others become more an extension of us than representative of them?

Neither Segall nor Jobs could have predicted the implications of their far-reaching technology in creating an iCulture. Nor could they have dreamed how much more enticing is the experience of virtual abandonment of the other and the euphoria of being lost in self.

#TopTweets … Karma, Domestic Sweatshop, Silent Movie, and FridayFollow #Twitter

Our fave Tweets for this week include…

@Lynsm7  Karma, I have a list of people you missed.

@jetts31  I cooked dinner, mopped the floors, & swept all while my kids sat & played video games.  I really need to embrace the idea of the sweatshop.

@The_Blewz_Man  @twowisegals “…without women life is a silent, black and white movie…”  And a Damn boring one as well!  Bogey with no Bacall!

@followfriday_us @twowisegals was #431 last week in the USA FollowFriday Ranking