Bear rescued from bile farm is ready to enjoy life again after a 7-month recovery

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When Tuffy the black bear first arrived at Animals Asia’s Tam Dao rescue centre in Vietnam last September, the little critter was in such bad shape that the vets didn’t think it would make it.

Tuffy was rescued from a bile farm where it was kept for years. Bear’s bile is a common ingredient used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Besides having to remove Tuffy’s gall bladder, the vets also treated the bear for fractured teeth and cracked paws.

After seven months of TLC, Tuffy is back in tip-top shape and can be seen in the above video enjoying its time at its new home.

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Venice – A Gondolier Gets Ready for His Next Trip

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Venice – A Gondolier Gets Ready for His Next Trip
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The gondola is a traditional, flat-bottomed Venetian rowing boat, well suited to the conditions of the Venetian lagoon. For centuries gondolas were the chief means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice. In modern times the iconic boats still have a role in public transport in the city, serving as traghetti (ferries) over the Grand Canal. They are also used in special regattas (rowing races) held amongst gondoliers. It is similar to punting, except it uses an oar to propel it instead of a pole.

The gondola is propelled by a person (the gondolier) who stands facing the bow and rows with a forward stroke, followed by a compensating backward stroke. Contrary to popular belief, the gondola is never poled like a punt as the waters of Venice are too deep. Until the early 20th century, as many photographs attest, gondolas were often fitted with a "felze", a small cabin, to protect the passengers from the weather or from onlookers. Its windows could be closed with louvered shutters—the original "venetian blinds". After the elimination of the traditional felze—possibly in response to tourists complaining that it blocked the view—there survived for some decades a kind of vestigial summer awning, known as the "tendalin" (these can be seen on gondolas as late as the mid-1950s, in the film Summertime). A sumptuary law of Venice required that gondolas should be painted black, and they are customarily so painted now.

It is estimated that there were eight to ten thousand gondolas during the 17th and 18th century. There are just over four hundred in active service today, virtually all of them used for hire by tourists. Those few that are in private ownership are either hired out to Venetians for weddings or used for racing. Even though the Gondola by now has become a widely publicized icon of Venice, in the times of the Republic of Venice it was by far not the only means of transportation: on the map of Venice created by Jacopo de’ Barbari in 1500 only a fraction of the boats are gondolas, the majority of boats are batellas, caorlinas, galleys and other boats – by now only a handful of batellas survive, and caorlinas are used for racing only.

Gondolas at SS. Giovanni e Paolo in a painting by Michele MarieschiDuring their heyday as a means of public transports, teams of four men—three oarsmen and a fourth person, primarily shore-based and responsible for the booking and administration of the gondola (Il Rosso Riserva)—would share ownership of a gondola. However as the gondolas became more of a tourist attraction than a mode of public transport all but one of these cooperatives and their offices have closed. The category is now protected by the Institution for the Protection and Conservation of Gondolas and Gondoliers, headquartered in the historical center of Venice.

For further information please visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gondola

Venice is built on an archipelago of 117 islands formed by 177 canals in a shallow lagoon, connected by 409 bridges.

Venice (Italian: Venezia [veˈnɛttsja] ( listen), Venetian: Venexia [veˈnɛsja]) is a city in northeast Italy which is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. It is the capital of the Veneto region. In 2009, there were 270,098 people residing in Venice’s comune (the population estimate of 272,000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; around 60,000 in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico); 176,000 in Terraferma (the Mainland), mostly in the large frazioni of Mestre and Marghera; 31,000 live on other islands in the lagoon). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE) (population 1,600,000).

The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century B.C. The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals". Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man". Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe’s most romantic cities.

The city stretches across 117 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers.

The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain, and spice) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century. This made Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history. It is also known for its several important artistic movements, especially the Renaissance period. Venice has played an important role in the history of symphonic and operatic music, and it is the birthplace of Antonio Vivaldi.

Please visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice for further information…

John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky – Animal House (1978) … The more men want sex the more they lower their standards (11:33 EST, 14 February 2013) …item 2.. Nirvana – Nevermind (Full Album) …
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Delta Tau Chi (ΔΤΧ)… John Belushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky: A drunken degenerate with his own style, in his seventh year of college, with a GPA of 0.0. The film shows that he became a United States senator, while in the epilogue "Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update" it is revealed that he eventually became a United States senator.
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…..item 1)…. The more men want sex the more they lower their standards while frisky females RAISE theirs, new study finds …

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… Sexually hyperactivated men consider almost ANY female a potential partner
… Sexually hyperactivated women showed a far greater interest towards the most attractive mates
… Women subconsciously prefer dominant and attractive males because their requirement from a short-term mate is to procreate
… A man’s ‘sexual system’s goal’ is simply to have sex
… ‘Men, being the less investing sex, are expected to be less selective than women,’ say the psychologists behind the report

By DENI KIRKOVA
PUBLISHED: 10:03 EST, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:33 EST, 14 February 2013

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It’s bad news for single guys hoping for easy pickings this Valentine’s Day.

The more that women want sex, the more they heighten their standards when picking short-term mates, a new study has revealed.

This is in direct contrast to the figures for men, which find that men will lower their standards according to how much they want sex – or the more ‘sexually hyperactive’ they become.
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Slim pickings? Men lower their standards greatly the more sexually hyperactive they become

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As the table shows, sexually hyperactive women’s attraction to attractive males rockets, while for sexually hyperactive men, every woman has a chance, as he considers them all potentials

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Psychologists from Bar Ilan University in Israel, studied 78 male and female students.

They were asked to fill in a survey that asked the extent to which they each agreed with statements such as: ‘My desire for sex is often stronger than my partner’s’ and ‘Having sex isn’t high on my priority list’.

The students were then placed on a scale that classed them as somewhere between ‘sexual hyperactivation’ (heightened sex-related desire and worries) and ‘sexual deactivation’ (suppression of sexual behavior and thoughts), as published in the Journal of Research in Personality.

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They were then presented with videos of men and women talking about themselves and their lives, and asked how much they would want a short term relationship with them. The participants in these videos had previously been rated for attractiveness by a separate panel of 60 people.
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Not so easy: Sexually hyperactivated women display higher short-term attractiveness standards

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The study on mating preferences is titled Misguided attraction: The contribution of normative and individual-differences components of the sexual system to mating preferences.

It found that among sexually hyperactivated compared with deactivated men there was some increase in desire towards attractive women, but there was a very large increase indeed in desire for a short term relationship with women who had been rated as less attractive.

The men were effectively at the stage where they considered almost any female a potential target.

The Times reported that the authors of the study said: ‘Sexual hyperactivation seems to make men less selective and make women more selective,’ in a conclusion that superficially appears to contradict the laws of sexual supply and demand.

For men, feeling sexually hyperactivated and wanting short term relationships meant increased efforts towards their ‘sexual system’s goal’ – namely, having sex – for women the goal was subtly different.
While hyperactivated women might want sex, from an evolutionary perspective their requirement from a fleeting relationship is more complex.
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The study finds…

Sexually hyperactivated men and women display elevated short-term mating interest
Sexually hyperactivated men display lower short-term attractiveness standards
Sexually hyperactivated women display higher short-term attractiveness standards
Sexually deactivated women display lower short-term mating interest
Sexually deactivated men prefer as short-term mates women high in economic status
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If it is going to be a one night stand, potentially creating a child they would have to look after on their own, at the very least that child should be of good genetic stock.

Consequently, they write, ‘most women are expected to rely on "feminine" strategies… preferring dominant and attractive men as short-term mates’, as reported in The Times.

This fits in with hypotheses about optimal male evolutionary strategies, based upon the idea that men generally have to contribute less resources to child rearing. “Men, being the less investing sex, are expected to be less selective than women,” the psychologists said, writing in the Journal of Research in
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Women who were sexually hyperactivated did exhibit some increase in interest towards men who had been rated as less attractive, but unlike men they showed a far greater increase in interest towards the most attractive mates.

Rather than narrowing, the result was an even larger gap between their relative interest towards attractive and unattractive males.

Authors of the study are Ohad Szepsenwol, Mario Mikulincer and Gurit E. Birnbaum from the Interdiciplinary Center Herzliya
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Women who are sexually deactivated find both high and low-status men unattractive, while, funnily, sexually deactivated men find high-status women hugely attractive (in the short term)

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Hot men needn’t worry: Sexually hyperactivated women’s interest in the most attractive mates increased

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…..item 2)…. youtube video … Nirvana – Nevermind (Full Album) … 49:18 minutes …

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Nevermind is the second album of Nirvana released on September 24, 1991. Gobble down 6 beers, pump up the volume and…

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. In Bloom … [5:01]
3. Come as You Are … [9:16]
4. Breed … [12:55]
5. Lithium … [15:59]
6. Polly … [20:16]
7. Territorial Pissings … [23:13]
8. Drain You … [25:36]
9. Lounge Act … [29:20]
10.Stay Away … [31:57]
11.On a Plain … [35:29]
12.Something in the Way … [38:46]

Note: Check out this original song that I have written entitled "Wish Me Luck" and click the SHARE button if you like www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu7awS... Thanks a lot!

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RI – Newport: The Breakers
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The Breakers, the Gilded Age summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II at 44 Ochre Point Avenue, is the most visited attraction in Rhode Island. Part of a 13-acre estate on the seagirt cliffs, it maintains a commanding position facing east overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt, the home was constructed between 1893 and 1895 at the then-astronomical cost of more than million.

The Breakers Mansion, regarded as the grandest of Newport’s summer "cottages", served as a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad. His grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the New York Central Railroad system in 1885. That same year he purchased the Breakers, a wood-framed mansion from Pierre Lorillard IV. After it burned down in 1892, Vanderbilt commissioned Hunt, in what would be his last project, who directed an international team of craftsmen and artisans to create a new 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, with Beaux Arts and Victorian elements, inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. Allard and Sons of Paris assisted Hunt with furnishings and fixtures, Austro-American sculptor Karl Bitter designed relief sculpture, Boston architect Ogden Codman decorated the family quarters, and Ernest Bowdtich, a Boston engineer, landscape artist, and student of Frederic Law Olmsted, designed the grounds.

Vanderbilt insisted that The Breakers be made as fireproof as possible. Steel trusses support the masonry and exterior Indiana limestone blocks. The enormous heating plant was set beneath the caretaker’s cottage and joined to the house by a wide tunnel. The finished floors are of marble, tile, terrazzo, and mosaic.

The 250 foot by 120 foot dimensions of the five-story mansion are aligned symmetrically around a central Great Hall. Hunt based the Hall on the concept of rooms grouped around an open courtyard or cortile, but covered them as a concession to climate. He did, however, maintain the structured symmetry, with rooms of the first and second floors opening onto a 45-foot high central space. The walls of the Hall are made of carved Caen limestone from the coast of France and adorned with plaques of rare marbles ranging from the pink marble of Africa to the greens of Italian origin. Elaborately carved pilasters decorated with acorns and oak leaves support a massive carved and gilt cornice which surrounds a ceiling painted to depict a windswept sky. On the ceiling are four blue-green medallions bearing the acorn and oak leaf, a Vanderbilt family symbol representing strength and longevity.

A rounded bay projects from the South wing, accommodating the huge oval Music Room inside and overlooking the South Parterre. The ocean-facing East façade joins the north and south wings with a two-story arched loggia in the Palladian manner—the lower one with a vaulted mosaic ceiling and the upper painted to resemble canopies against the sky. The spandrels of the loggia arches are decorated with figures of the four seasons of the year. The wall between the Hall and the loggias is almost entirely of glass, affording a view of the ocean from inside.

The Main Entrance is approached through by 30-foot high wrought iron gateways, which are part of a 12-foot-high Genoese-style limestone and iron fence that borders the property on all but the ocean side. The gateway was crafted by the William Jackson Company and topped with elaborate scrollwork, including the acorn and oak leaf family symbol surrounding the initials of Cornelius Vanderbilt. A gravel drive leads to the large porte-cochére of the northwest facade. Flanking the entrance drive are four bronze lamp posts, decorated with molded figures executed by Henri Bonnard of New York, mounted on three-foot limestone pedestals with 4-globed bronze standards 13 feet high.

The "Cottage,", located between the side gate and the main house was used as a children’s playhouse. A good example of Victorian architecture on a small scale, it was built by Robert Swain Peabody and John Goddard Stearns, the architects of the original Breakers House, whose Queen Anne Revival style elements were in keeping with the original design.

Cornelius Vanderbilt died from a cerebral hemorrhage caused from a second stroke in 1899 at the age of 56, leaving the Breakers to his wife, Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt. She outlived her husband by 35 years and died at the age of 89 in 1934. In her will, The Breakers was given to her youngest daughter Gladys. An ardent supporter of The Preservation Society of Newport County, she opened The Breakers in 1948 to raise funds for the Society. In 1972, the Preservation Society purchased the house from her heirs. Although the mansion is owned by the Society, the original furnishings displayed throughout the house are still owned by the family.

The Breakers National Register #71000019 (1971)
Bellevue Avenue Historic District National Register #72000023 (1972)