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  • Woman leaves $1.2 million estate for Carter County animals (Tennessee)

    01/02/2017 2:50:52 PM PST · by who knows what evil? · 29 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | January 2, 2017 | who knows what evil?
    ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – The Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter is getting some much needed improvements thanks to a generous gift from the estate of a Carter County woman who recently passed away. Around $500,000 of that will go to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter, while the rest is distributed among other animal care agencies in the region Glenda Delawder committed her estate of $1.2 million to helping Carter County animals in need. Around $500,000 of that will go to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter, while the rest is distributed among other animal care agencies in the region....

    09/28/2016 8:31:41 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 44 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter Magazine ^ | 09/28/16 | Ingrid Schmidt
    Oscar winners, sports stars and Bill Gates are building lavish bunkers — with amenities ranging from a swimming pool to a bowling alley — as global anxiety fuels sales and owners "could be the next Adam and Eve."SNIP Adds Mike Peters, owner of Utah-based Ultimate Bunker, which builds high-end versions in California, Texas and Minnesota: "People are going for luxury [to] live underground because they see the future is going to be rough. Everyone I've talked to thinks we are doomed, no matter who is elected."
  • Transgender Issue Strikes Oregon Women’s Shelter

    05/29/2016 11:41:11 AM PDT · by Morgana · 59 replies ^ | May 26, 2016 | Bob Price
    Oregon women seeking shelter from homelessness or abusive men are being forced to share sleeping and bathroom facilities with men who “self-identify” as a woman. State anti-discrimination laws in that state require these women’s shelters to take in men who “self-identify” as a woman, a sheltered woman reported. Malka Davis was trying to find shelter, like many other women, from living on the streets after running out of options, she wrote in an opinion piece in The Oregonian. While returning to the shelter one day, Davis noticed several of her female shelter companions in distress. She said one woman had...
  • Seattle''s homeless Emergency Episode 1: Big fat government always = big fat failure

    05/10/2016 7:44:27 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 6 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    This is part 1 of a series of episodes I am doing on the Seattle homeless crisis. It illustrates perfectly the problems with big government, the insanity of liberals and the great lengths these red diaper doper baby liberal degenerates will go to get a free lunch off the backs of those who earn their lunch by their own sweat and tears. This first episode is a prologue of sorts, at focus is the failure of Olympia and city hall in particular a taxpayer funded program, The committee to end homelessness in King county that has gotten little attention but...
  • Mob cheers as fire engulfs refugee center in Germany

    02/21/2016 3:06:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/2/16 | Shoshana Miskin
    Onlookers applauded as a suspected arson fire destroyed a planned refugee shelter in eastern Germany, police said Sunday. The roof of the former hotel Bautzen, in the eastern state of Saxony, was undergoing renovation when a fire broke out overnight. Police said that no one was injured but reported that bystanders “commented with derogatory remarks” and showed “unashamed joy” as firefighters struggled to subdue the flames. Police forces ordered three people to leave the scene for obstructing emergency services and detained two “intoxicated 20-year-old locals” for ignoring the order. Investigators believe the fire was caused by arson and are not...
  • The Road to Utopia: The "Greenest" Nation on Earth Is a Nightmare

    02/07/2016 9:19:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | February 7, 2016 | James Wanliss
    The North Koreans appear to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb in January 2016 and promise more excitement to come. Immediately after the bang the government news agency bragged that the nation was now "capable of wiping out the whole territory of the U.S. all at once."This only slightly distracted mainstream politicos in other nations. North Korea might have gotten a bigger, badder reaction had it elected instead to drive steamrollers over groups of homosexuals or Muslims or women. At least Bernie Sanders, though closer in kinship to the North Korean brand of monarchical socialism than to, say, Ronald Reagan, noticed the bomb. World leaders only pause long...
  • Oil dive deepens to 12-year low; $20 warning on China

    01/12/2016 8:12:07 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 48 replies
    Related Stories Oil dive deepens to 12-year low; $20 warning on China Reuters Oil prices fall for sixth day as hopes for recovery fade Reuters Oil down again to 12-year low; $30 handle looks more likely Reuters Oil slumps towards 11-year low, ignoring Mideast tensions Reuters Oil ends 2015 down 35 percent; long, painful hangover seen Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) - A brutal new year selloff in oil markets quickened on Monday, with prices plunging 6 percent to new 12-year lows as further ructions in the Chinese stock market threatened to knock crude as low as $20 a barrel. Amid...
  • Wood huts to replace Ikea refugee shelters

    12/24/2015 2:16:33 AM PST · by csvset · 33 replies
    The Local ^ | 23 december 2015
    The city of Zurich plans to house asylum seekers in 62 chipboard huts to replace Ikea refugee shelters that it rejected last week after they failed a fire test. The chipboard structures will be assembled by employees of a local company between now and New Year's Day to house up to 250 people, the city announced on Tuesday. Last Friday, Zurich city councillor Raphael Golta unveiled a large hall filled with dozens of Ikea ready-to-assemble Ikea shelters. But just a few hours later authorities were forced to announce that the partly plastic shelters did not live up to Swiss fire...
  • Building a Wattle and Daub Shelter for Dummies (video 11min.)

    07/01/2015 6:17:07 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 8 replies
    sippicancottage ^ | Monday, June 22, 2015 | Sippican
    "The only mistake this fellow made that I noticed was using wattle to reinforce the smoke shelf in his little chimney. The people he's copying would have gotten a flat stone from the river for that, and then continued on up the chimney with daub."........
  • SURVIVAL: Pathfinder School Experience *(Videos In 13 Parts)

    09/26/2014 12:49:09 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 18 replies
    Mar 6-11, 2013
    While researching the Appalachian Trail and Survival Techniques for the hike, I stumbled across these videos that I think would be a great reference for anyone that wants to survive in the wild woods. "" Thanks go to Dave Canterbury of WildernessOutfitters for teaching the Pathfinder School Classes, and to "themoodybobby1" for recording and posting these 13 videos for anyone to review. Pathfinder school experiencep1 ( 9:12 ) Pathfinder experiencep2 ( 10:01 ) Pathfinder experiencep3 ( 8:44 ) Pathfinder experiencep4 ( 9:26 ) Pathfinder experience p5 ( 8:34) Pathfinder experience p6 ( 7:51 ) pathfinder experience p7( 9:40 )...
  • 100 Tuxedo Cats Left at Shelter

    08/16/2014 1:00:56 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 80 replies
    Newser ^ | Aug 16, 2014 | Newser Editors
    If you're partial to black and white "tuxedo" cats, an animal shelter in Novato, Calif., would like to talk. It seems someone has dropped off more than 100 of the cats over the last 18 months. The last dropoff occurred Monday, when a car pulled up to the Marin Humane Society and left behind three boxes with 24 cats. It was the fourth such occurrence in the last 18 months. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that all the cats, which range in age from kitten to full-grown, appeared to be in good health, with no fleas or diseases. The unidentified...
  • Homeless Shelter’s Opening in Queens Stirs Ugly Exchanges

    07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 July 2014 | KATE TAYLOR and JEFFREY E. SINGER
    The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families the city had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling – all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through...
  • Homeless Seeking Shelter from Cold in Subways to Be Kicked Out, Police Say

    02/20/2014 7:59:51 PM PST · by Veggie Todd · 42 replies
    DNAinfo New York ^ | Feb 20, 2014 | Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska
    QUEENS — The NYPD and the MTA plan to clear homeless men and women out of the subway system after a skyrocketing number of people have sought shelter there from the brutally cold winter, police officials said.
  • Heat turned off at women's shelter because of $21,000 gas bill

    10/25/2013 4:53:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/25/13 | Michelle Manchir
    An Englewood women's shelter is without heat this week due to a long overdue bill. Some of the women and children who live in a 13-unit building called Clara's Place are using extra blankets or keeping boiled water on their stoves to keep warm this week, during which temperatures have dropped overnight to around freezing, said Darlene Morman, 53, who said she moved to her two-bedroom unit that she shares with her 8-year-old niece and a roommate four months ago. The founder and director of the shelter, Clara Kirk, who oversees two shelters that take in and provide meals for...
  • Lost family dog escapes from animal shelter

    10/14/2013 6:50:21 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-14-2013 | Fox & Friends
    Rope gives Houdini a run for his money
  • How to build your home from scratch for $35,000

    08/02/2013 11:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    CNN Tech ^ | August 1, 2013 | Arion McNicoll, for CNN
    Imagine if it were possible to build your own home, in this day and age, for less than $35,000. Or to cut up some timber and piece your new home together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. What if you could create, with your own hands, a home that collects its own rainwater and generates its own power, so you never have to pay a bill again? As far-fetched as it sounds, if you can't afford to buy a house, then designing and building your own may be more viable than you assumed. Today, upcoming architects and designers are coming up...
  • Bomb Shelter Boom Sees Underground Pools, Basketball Courts

    05/20/2013 4:14:15 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/20/13 | COLLEEN CURRY
    The latest real estate boom to sweep America comes with all the trappings of luxurious living: custom-built swimming pools, gyms, full-length basketball courts, and even airplane hangars. The only catch is that this time, the features are all buried underground. The boom in bomb shelter sales over the past 15 years has taken the spartan 1950s notion of a fallout shelter and given it a makeover, according the owners of three companies that make and sell shelters. Now, custom installations can create 100,000 square foot underground dwellings that could hold dozens of people for months or years.
  • Boston residents ordered to 'shelter in place' amid massive manhunt (the new 'duck and cover')

    04/19/2013 6:32:10 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 57 replies
    Newsday ^ | 4/19/2013 | AP
    Patrick said Boston residents should stay home and "shelter in place."
  • Another survival bunker built because in ‘Merica you never can be too careful (44 Photos)

    12/20/2012 8:18:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 44 replies
    the chive ^ | 12-20-12 (day before the end)
    If it is the end, why does the guy think he will need a TV?
  • You pay more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter

    05/17/2012 12:21:29 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 10 replies
    Are you getting your money’s worth when you buy dinner? Probably, or you wouldn’t keep paying that price, and go somewhere elsewhere to eat out. The same applies to clothing and shelter. Almost no one continues to pay more for something than they feel it is worth. In fact, that’s the meaning of un-affordable – something that doesn’t give you equal value for what you are able to pay. The Tax Foundation has a report that might open your eyes. It says Americans are paying more in taxes than they pay for food, clothing and shelter combined...
  • One good turn deserves another: St. Bernard fends off intruder... hours after family rescues

    11/12/2011 11:38:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/12/11 | Michael Zennie
    Hercules was adopted by a couple in Hillsboro, Ohio, who saw the ailing 135-pound St. Bernard at the animal shelter and feared he would be euthanized. Six hours later, the heroic canine repaid his new owners' kindness when a dark-clothed thug broke into the couple's house. The man had cut the phone and cable lines running to the home of Rubert and Elizabeth Littler and had sneaked into their basement.
  • Rolling Greens resident's invention: Trash Can Storm Shelter

    07/15/2011 9:02:15 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 48 replies (Florida) ^ | 7/15/11 | Tom McNiff
    They mocked the Wright Brothers, too. So if Laura Nell Britton’s latest invention, the Trash Can Storm Shelter, catches on, she’ll stand in good company. Britton recently sunk two large plastic trash cans into the ground outside her Rolling Greens home, then installed rebar and poured cement around it and, voila! — instant, inexpensive shelter against the power of a tornado. Now she’s hoping the idea will gain momentum and that the trash can manufacturer, Toter, will help her market this novel use for their product.
  • Geese to feed homeless (Common sense ideas at work)

    06/16/2011 8:37:56 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 76 replies
    NBC ^ | 6/15/11 | Ap
    New York City plans to send geese captured around its airports to a Pennsylvania slaughterhouse and then distribute them to food banks there.
  • Sales of luxe doomsday bunkers up 1,000%

    03/24/2011 10:28:00 AM PDT · by Palter · 35 replies · 2+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 23 Mar 2011 | Blake Ellis
    A devastating earthquake strikes Japan. A massive tsunami kills thousands. Fears of a nuclear meltdown run rampant. Bloodshed and violence escalate in Libya. And U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20% to 1,000%. Northwest Shelter Systems, which offers shelters ranging in price from $200,000 to $20 million, has seen sales surge 70% since the uprisings in the Middle East, with the Japanese earthquake only spurring further interest. In hard numbers, that's 12 shelters already booked when the company normally sells four shelters per year. "Sales have gone through the roof, to the point where we...
  • Survival Kits For Our Upcoming "Future"

    03/07/2011 2:55:46 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 68 replies
    3/7/11 | Me
    I know it has been posted before, but stupid me didn't bookmark it. There was a survival site I was interested in to buy my survival kit. It included food, water, a tent, first aid kit, a crank radio that also charged up cell phones, battery free and water purification tablets and I believe a "warming sleeping bag". I know FReepers are stocking up for the bad things coming our way. Can anyone point me to a reliable source, in which they have used, that I could purchase such a kit from?
  • 2009 - Use of Capitol building as homeless shelter raises concerns (Wisconsin unions kick them out?)

    02/20/2011 7:34:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    JS Online ^ | 5/29/09 | Stacy Forster
    Use of Capitol building as homeless shelter raises concernsBy Stacy Forster of the Journal Sentinel May 29, 2009 Madison - State Capitol police respond to dozens of incidents each month involving homeless people who spend their days in the landmark building. Capitol police say the building is secure and the incidents involving the homeless aren't that different from those involving the thousands of people who work in and visit the building each day. But some lawmakers believe the state should do a better job of helping those who seek shelter in the Capitol, rather than just housing them during the...
  • NC (government run) Shelter Accused Of Dumping Live Animals At Landfill

    12/29/2010 9:34:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    WITN ^ | 12/29/10
    NC Shelter Accused Of Dumping Live Animals At LandfillThe Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that officials are denying allegations that the shelter's staff has sent living dogs and cats to be dumped at a landfill. Updated: 10:51 AM Dec 29, 2010 A Robeson County animal shelter that faced a lawsuit and state charges of inadequate veterinary care and overcrowded cat cages is facing new allegations. The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that officials are denying allegations that the shelter's staff has sent living dogs and cats to be dumped at a landfill. Animal rights advocate Susan Barrett of Winston-Salem sued the shelter...
  • The World’s First Everything-Proof Underground Luxury Community

    10/12/2010 11:36:26 AM PDT · by FromLori · 42 replies · 1+ views
    PopSci ^ | 10/7/10 | Arnie Cooper
    Survive the end of the world for just $5,000 down! To reach the world’s first everything-proof underground luxury community, I drive east out of Barstow, California, 50 or so miles into the Mojave Desert, then turn down an unmarked gravel road, park in a barren lot surrounded by razor wire, enter what appears to be a small cinderblock garage, and walk down two steep flights of reinforced-concrete stairs, at which point the project’s enthusiastic promoter, Robert Vicino, greets me with an outstretched hand, slams a 3,000-pound blast door behind us, and asks this question: “Do you have a family?” Then:...
  • Some can't afford the cost of being homeless in Orlando

    09/01/2010 8:14:18 AM PDT · by inflorida · 17 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 1, 2010 | Kate Santich
    If being homeless had an upside, you might suppose that at least it's free. Except it's not — not if you want to stay at most Central Florida shelters. For years, the region's shelters have charged small fees to those who spend the night — in part to offset their own costs, in part to encourage people to get a job and move on. But in the worst economy in decades, even the homeless are getting poorer, with many struggling to come up with as little as $2 to $10 a night. "How can you charge someone who doesn't have...
  • Artist Builds Backyard Survival Shelter, Homemade Shotgun Robot

    08/31/2010 8:18:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 42 replies · 2+ views ^ | 8/31/10 | Michael B. Dougherty
    Artist Chad Person wasn't about to sit idly by and wait for the coming robot-zombie apocalypse, so he dug up his Albuquerque, N.M., backyard and built himself a custom survival shelter. Dubbed RECESS (Resource Exhaustion Crisis Evacuation Safety Shelter), Person's project isn't some wonky, conceptual-art stunt, but a genuine reaction to these uncertain times, just like the growing Prepper Movement. "The short answer is fear. Just purely fear," says Person when Asylum asked him why he spends his weekends designing bulletproof doors. Person had recently achieved the adult trifecta of wife-baby-house and found his protective instincts kicking into high gear...
  • Economic Collapse and Unprepared Neighbors - Twighlight Zone Example

    07/10/2010 6:45:25 PM PDT · by Errant · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1961 | The Twilight Zone ("The Shelter")
    A Twilight Zone episode called "The Shelter" illustrates one scenario in being surrounded by people who are unprepared yet know you have been preparing and scoff at your efforts. Economic Collapse and Unprepared Neighbors(1 0f 3)Economic Collapse and Unprepared Neighbors(2 0f 3)Economic Collapse and Unprepared Neighbors(3 0f 3)
  • Rough start to a new life (See San Antonio's New $100 Million Homeless Shelter)

    05/03/2010 11:54:45 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 25 replies · 1,228+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 05/03/2010 | By Brian Chasnoff - Express-News
    Brad Cain was in a bad mood. On Friday, his fifth day at Haven for Hope, he was scheduled for three hours of mandatory motivational classes, a requirement that caused him to lament the loss of his time not spent at a job off campus moving furniture. “This whole deal, getting in here, has cost me 100 bucks,” Cain said. “How can I be working if I'm doing workshops?” Later, he said, “My biggest problem right now is I've already got this locked in my mind, and you're wasting my frickin' time.” Cain had other complaints, bemoaning an uncomfortable bunk...
  • Average cost of sheltering a single homeless family in D.C.: $2,500-$3,700 a month

    03/25/2010 10:11:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 748+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/10 | Mike Riggs
    Average cost of sheltering a single homeless family in D.C.: $2,500-$3,700 a monthBy Mike Riggs 03/25/10 at 9:33 AM According to a study released today by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and reported by USA Today, it’s cheaper to put homeless families in real homes than it is to house them in shelters: Many communities probably don’t know that they are spending as much “to maintain a cot in a gymnasium with 100 other cots” as it would cost to rent an efficiency apartment, says Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies housing policies. “We are...
  • FEMA Considers Dome Shelter For Disaster Relief

    11/07/2009 2:48:47 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 1,750+ views
    CBS) ^ | Nov 7, 2009 9:16 am US/Pacific
    If a major disaster struck and you couldn't live in your home would you have a place to go? Don Kubley claims he has an answer. It's called the InterShelter™ and Kubley said it could provide safe shelter for everyone within two hours. The solar dome's President and inventor spoke before Congress and now FEMA is considering the InterShelter™ as the emergency shelter of choice across the nation. It can withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour and temperatures from 120 degress Fahrenheit down to 70 degrees below. All you need is a screwdriver, a wrench and a step...
  • UBS, DOJ Seek Stay in Tax Case

    07/12/2009 10:31:56 AM PDT · by radar101 · 7 replies · 840+ views
    WSJ online ^ | July 12 2009 | CARRICK MOLLENKAMP
    UBS AG and the U.S. Justice Department jointly have asked a federal court to postpone a hearing scheduled for Monday in order to give the two sides a chance to negotiate a settlement and potentially allow UBS to avoid turning over thousands of client names to the Internal Revenue Service. In a filing Sunday morning, UBS and the Justice Department asked that the hearing in Miami be rescheduled for Aug. 3 and 4 if an agreement couldn't be reached. The move staves off what had been an increasing diplomatic fight between the U.S. and Swiss governments over whether Swiss privacy...
  • NYC Turns Luxury Units Into Shelters For Homeless

    06/04/2009 5:21:31 AM PDT · by thefactor · 15 replies · 929+ views
    CBS 2 News ^ | 6/4/09
    The condos couldn't attract buyers in the current housing market. Now they're filling a need for some of the city's "unprecedented" number of homeless families, according to a report in The Daily News. The apartments in Crown Heights were supposed to sell for $250,000 to $350,000. The amenities include granite countertops, terraces, marble bathrooms and walk-in closets.
  • Obama Unveils Plan to Close Tax Loopholes

    05/04/2009 10:19:09 AM PDT · by Psalm_2 · 18 replies · 879+ views
    President Obama announced Monday a plan to prevent U.S. companies using offshore banks to deferr tax payments, saying that the effort to "shelter" money creates an unfair advantage to U.S. companies and amounts to evasion.
  • Animal rescuers disappointed over first dog choice

    04/13/2009 12:19:57 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 80 replies · 1,859+ views ^ | 04/13/09 | Ellen Wulfhorst
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Animal rescuers voiced disappointment on Monday that President Barack Obama and his family chose a purebred dog from a breeder over rescuing an unwanted animal from a shelter.
  • Pets Being Abandoned In Foreclosed Homes

    03/07/2009 11:50:03 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 55 replies · 1,479+ views
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Animal welfare advocates said they're seeing more dogs and cats that have been abandoned in foreclosed homes. "It's not the first time I've seen it. I've had other homes that were about to be foreclosed on, and people have just left their pets behind," real estate agent Sabrena Morgan told KMBC's Maria Antonia. Morgan rescued Chica the dog, who was dumped behind a fence when the owner facing foreclosure left the Kansas City home. "And he walked around, tossed it over the 6-foot privacy fence. Nobody would've known it was back there. They left, I came...
  • Daley's clout deal puts homeless shelter in the red

    01/07/2009 8:55:30 PM PST · by STARWISE · 8 replies · 712+ views
    Sun-Times and NBC5 exclusive: WIN-WIN LOSES | Everybody was supposed to benefit. But things didn't turn out as planned It was supposed to be a quintessential City Hall deal. Help the homeless. Remove an eyesore from a booming neighborhood. And help Mayor Daley’s pal build a multi-million-dollar condo development. The deal cost Chicago taxpayers at least $13.5 million. But it hasn’t worked out as planned. One of the city’s oldest homeless shelters left its crumbling home in Greektown for a new $25 million, state-of-the-art building. But the deal left the homeless shelter on the verge of bankruptcy, desperate to raise...
  • Kids play elves by delivering food to animal shelter

    12/18/2008 5:06:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 339+ views
    PALOMINAS — Tis the season for giving, and students of Palominas Elementary School have taken that giving spirit to heart. The children have been gathering donations of pet food and supplies for dogs and cats housed in the Bisbee Animal Shelter. Organized by first-grade teacher Hope Geminder, students in her class have been the project’s primary contributors. The first-graders have collected dog and cat food, treats and toys, along with a few horse-related items. “This is the second time I’ve organized a pet food drive,” Geminder said on Wednesday as students loaded the donated items into her car. “Most of...
  • Few Women in Abuse Shelters are True Victims of Violence

    10/03/2008 6:09:45 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 9 replies · 1,071+ views
    Renew America ^ | October 2, 2008 | Carey Roberts
    Lachrymose tales of battered women abound when representatives of abuse shelters come calling, hat in hand, for taxpayer money. But what is the truth of the matter — are abuse shelters really brimming with hapless victims trying to break free of the cycle of violence? The answer to that question is a surprising "No." In the great majority of cases, women at abuse shelters have suffered no physical injury or harm. A former worker at the YWCA Emergency Shelter in Enid, Okla. reveals, "In all the time that I volunteered there, I saw one woman who showed signs of physical...
  • The Shelter Storm ( Day Laborers )

    08/10/2008 11:59:18 AM PDT · by kellynla · 16 replies · 266+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 10, 2008 | staff
    Brace yourself, Los Angeles. A storm has been building for four years over a controversial city ordinance on day laborers that has infuriated conservatives nationwide, and it's about to break -- perhaps as early as this week. The ordinance, which was approved last week by the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee and will soon appear before the full council, requires home-improvement chains seeking to build new big-box stores or renovate existing ones to submit "day laborer operating standards" to the city. These standards don't require the stores to build shelters for the workers, but if day laborers...
  • No Place for Blind Woman at Womencare

    07/17/2008 9:44:18 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 7 replies · 165+ views ^ | July 15, 2008 | Carey Roberts
    All Desiree Carpenter wanted was a chance to succeed. As a young woman Ms. Carpenter (not her real name) had been subjected to repeated physical and sexual assaults, losing her eyesight during one attack. Her assailant did hard time, but now he was back on the streets and vowing to track her down. Her only hope was to flee to another state, assume a new identity, and start over. Washington was the best place to begin anew, since the state had passed tough anti-stalking laws. So she packed her bags and hopped on the train with her two children in...
  • Duck and Cover [Old But Not Outdated Article]

    07/09/2008 8:30:07 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 9 replies · 124+ views ^ | Nov 3, 2003 | T.J. Nelson
    Duck and CoverAdmittedly, Hollywood is not a center of profound intellectual thought. It's been called the "dream capital of the world", and in a real sense this is true. Like dreams, many of Hollywood's movies consist of plots and dialogue that don't make much sense, and characters whose behavior defies the principles of psychology as frequently as it breaks the rules of physics. Some of them, like the dreary antiwar movies of the 1960s, are blatantly political and manipulative. But some of them can only be described as dangerous misinformation cynically disguised as entertainment. One of the worst examples of...
  • Sex, Lies, and Datatapes of the Partner Abuse Industry

    06/19/2008 4:52:21 AM PDT · by FreeManDC · 11 replies · 140+ views
    Renew America ^ | June 18, 2008 | Carey Roberts
    The domestic violence industry is reeling from a recent series of high-profile scandals, leaving abuse workers to wonder how things could have possibly gone so wrong. First the Sex. Recently a woman described her stay at an abuse shelter. In shocking detail, she recounts how threats and bullying had become commonplace among the shelter residents. Once a resident punched her forearm, screaming at her, "bitch!" One night another woman assaulted her, injuring her back and forcing her to seek medical attention. The woman also recounted lesbian advances by a shelter employee. "If you become her girlfriend, you will be treated...
  • McNeill blames Pakistan for sheltering insurgency

    05/31/2008 6:08:42 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 1 replies · 70+ views
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | 5/31/08 | Jason Straziuso
    The outgoing American commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan said the insurgency there will last for years unless Pakistan shuts down safe havens where militants train and recruit. Gen. Dan McNeill also blamed new peace agreements in Pakistan’s tribal areas for a spike in violence in eastern Afghanistan, where U.S. forces operate along the volatile border. “If there are going to be sanctuaries where these terrorists, these extremists, these insurgents can train, can recruit, can regenerate, there’s still going to be a challenge there,” McNeill said Wednesday. Taliban militants attacked and captured a remote town from the Afghan government overnight,...
  • U.S. Team Opens Shelter for Afghan Women

    12/18/2007 4:12:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 100+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Mike Andriacco, USAF
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Dec. 18, 2007 – In a first for Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team unveiled a new women’s shelter during a ribbon-cutting ceremony here Dec. 13. Army Capt. Jordan Berry, the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team's civil affairs team leader for Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, tours a newly opened Afghan women's shelter Dec. 13, 2007. The Bagram PRT provided more than $86,000 in support of the project, which was completed by local contractors. Photo by Staff Sgt. Mike Andriacco, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Kapisa Gov. Khuweja Abubaker was on hand, as well...
  • State Plans For Pet Shelter During Hurricanes (Alabama)

    07/27/2007 5:37:25 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 259+ views
    Mobile Press-Register ^ | 7-26-2007 | Dan Murtaugh
    State plans for pet shelter during hurricanes Thursday, July 26, 2007By DAN MURTAUGH Staff Reporter Two years after Hurricane Katrina claimed the lives of some Gulf Coast residents because they refused to evacuate without their pets, Alabama officials say they can now provide shelter for every animal evacuated during a storm. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries plans to open three pet-friendly shelters in Dothan, Montgomery and Birmingham the next time a major hurricane threatens coastal Alabama. The Mobile County Emergency Management Agency will also open a smaller pet shelter in west Mobile County, according to an agency official....
  • Las Vegas shelter kills 1,000 animals

    02/16/2007 4:52:19 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 13 replies · 359+ views
    MSN ^ | February 16, 2007 | AP
    LAS VEGAS - An outbreak of contagious diseases at a shelter where officials admit they kept animals for too long without destroying them has forced the killing of about 1,000 dogs and cats, officials said. Visiting inspectors from The Humane Society of the United States discovered the outbreak of the diseases — distemper and Parvovirus in dogs and panleukopenia in cats — Lied Animal Shelter spokesman Mark Fierro said.