r of a Fat Planet: Nearly a Third of the World Population Is Now Overweight
Nathan J. Winograd
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The film will be followed in most cities by a workshop on building a No Kill community and others with an after party. Check on the links for more details. Coming soon: Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, OH, Las Vegas, NV, Los Angeles, CA, Modesto, CA, Nashville, TN, New York, NY, Seattle, WA, and Tallahassee, FL.
•To watch the trailer, click here.
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P.S. 99% of the film is uplifting and while a small number of images may be difficult, they are not gratuitous. While we expect people who see it will experience a range of emotions, the primary ones they will come away with are hope, inspiration, empowerment, and well, redemption. In short, it is safe for animal lovers to watch.
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Nebeneinkünfte von Bundestagsabgeordneten: So viel verdienen Politiker nebenbei
Der Topverdiener im Bundestag ist Peter Gauweiler. Als Rechtsanwalt hat der CSU-Vizeparteichef nach Berechnungen von abgeordnetenwatch.de mindestens 967.500 Euro in den ersten neun Monaten der Legislaturperiode aus nicht bekannten Quellen hinzuverdient.
- Darauf folgen Albert Stegemann von der CDU mit 578.000 Euro,
- Stephan Harbarth (CDU), 550.000 Euro,
- Johannes Röring (CDU), 290.500 Euro,
- und Dagmar Wöhrl (CDU), 285.000 Euro.
Erst auf dem 9. Platz steht Peer Steinbrück (SPD) mit 159.000 Euro.
Tatsächlich dürfte die Summe der Nebeneinkünfte von Gauweiler & Co. sogar noch weitaus höher liegen, schreibt der “Spiegel”.
Denn laut aktuellen Regeln müssen die Parlamentarier ihre Einkünfte nicht auf den letzten Euro genau angeben, sie müssen es lediglich in zehn Stufen einordnen. Die höchste Stufe ist mit “über 250.000 Euro” festgelegt. Wer mehr verdient, muss die Summe nicht mehr genau beziffern.
“Mögliche Interessenkonflikte liegen auf der Hand”, schreibt abgeordnetenwatch.de zu den Nebeneinkünften: “Kann ein Parlamentarier zum Beispiel unbefangen über den Anbau von Genmais abstimmen, wenn er als selbständiger Landwirt für einen gentechnikfreundlichen Agrarkonzern tätig ist?”
Um diese Interessenkonflikte aufzudecken, hat das Portal eine Petition gegen die Verschleierung der Nebeneinkünfte von Abgeordneten gestartet.
Auch wenn die Top-Liste von Unionsabgeordneten dominiert wird: Nebenverdiener gibt es in allen Fraktionen. Jeder vierte Parlamentarier lässt sich einen Zusatzjob bezahlen. Von den CSU-Abgeordneten sind es sogar 45 Prozent.
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Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards
Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other protected areas in “exceptional circumstances”.:::
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DES MOINES — Some local veterans took advantage of great weather this weekend to go kayak fishing and crabbing at Salt Water State Park in Des Moines.
The event was organized by a non-profit organization called Heroes on the Water which has chapters all across the country.
Many of the people who participated were wounded while serving our country.
The goal of the outdoor adventure is to help veterans leave all their stress behind.
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Animals feel the pain of religious slaughter
Brain signals have shown that calves appear to feel pain when slaughtered according to Jewish and Muslim religious law (Image: Alex Segre / Rex Featu
Brain signals have shown that calves do appear to feel pain when slaughtered according to Jewish and Muslim religious law, strengthening the case for adapting the practices to make them more humane.
“I think our work is the best evidence yet that it’s painful,” says Craig Johnson, who led the study at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Johnson summarised his results last week in London when receiving an award from the UK Humane Slaughter Association. His team also showed that if…
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– Egyszer Zsíros kenyeret enni,
Zsírt és Kenyeret magam tudjak venni!
S ha rám nézne egy Égi Hatalom,…
és SÓT is vehetnék, ha úgy akarom,
és hagymát és …
– De lám megint álmodom
itt e kopott téren, e zúzmarás padon.”
July 25, 2014 8:45 p.m. ET
Natalya Voloshina, mayor of Petropavlivka, Ukraine, outside the local village hall. The residents of Petropavlivka remain deeply distressed by what they saw when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed nearby on July 17. Paul Sonne foFlight 17 was shot down, the war raging between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels created crushing challenges for the mayor of this small, worn-down village.
Natalya Voloshina couldn’t pay municipal salaries, pensions or energy bills because money from the central government in Kiev was frozen. The coal mine where her husband and high-school sweetheart works largely shut down. The fighting was creeping closer.
Then the plane crashed. The cabin’s second-row overhead compartment is in a tree across from the village hall—and suitcases and clothes are in backyards and gardens of square-windowed cottages.
Villagers dashed into their basements, fearing a bomb attack. Residents in a nearby village ran for the church, certain that the world was coming to an end. A colleague of Ms. Voloshina screamed after being nearly hit by the plane’s cargo hold. Days later, the 43-year-old mayor found the bottom half of a man’s body in the shrubs next to her office. She has barely slept since then.
“I know that for others I need to look strong, assured and composed,” says Ms. Voloshina, her hands still trembling a week after the July 17 crash. “But when I’m not at work, I cry at home into my pillow.”
Father Sergei, the local priest in Hrabove, Ukraine, in his village’s Russian Orthodox church. He was born in the area of the Flight 17 crash site and is now helping his parish cope with the emotional toll of the catastrophe. Alexander Kolyandr for The Wall Street Journal
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The aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy has been a nightmare for victims’ relatives. How did Malaysia’s Prime Minister get the Russian separatists to begin cooperating? WSJ’s Jason Bellini has The Short Answer.
Flight 17 has gripped the world because of the deaths of 298 passengers and crew on the Boeing 777 and the geopolitical crisis triggered by the crash. But the disaster also includes the horror that has paralyzed three Ukrainian villages about 30 miles from the border with Russia. After the plane fell to earth, almost no one came to their rescue.
While most of the bodies have been removed from the crash site, the roughly 6,500 residents of the villages remain traumatized by what they saw, trapped by debris and passengers’ belongings scattered across the local landscape. Pieces of other people’s lives haunt their own.
The plane’s cockpit and dozens of bodies plummeted into Rozsypne, about 2 miles from Petropavlivka. One body fell through a woman’s roof. A pilot strapped to a seat wound up next to a flight attendant in a nearby field.
Charred remains of an engine, landing gear and wings fell in a fireball next to Hrabove, with a tumbling storm cloud of at least 70 bodies, some of them largely intact.
Even Friday, an abandoned Winnie the Pooh stuffed bear still lay in a field between Hrabove and Petropavlivka. The sun is bleaching the pages of a Dutch-language version of Ivan Turgenev’s novel “Fathers and Sons” in the 85-degree heat.
No villagers on the ground died, but they are scared of what they might find next. No one with crash or cleanup expertise has told Ms. Voloshina or the other mayors what to do about the crash debris.
Officials in Kiev are largely cut off due to the war. Regional authorities and police are in disarray because of the rebel takeover, while foreign officials have been slow-moving or incommunicado. There is no money. The Dutch-led team that will investigate the crash hasn’t reached the scene.
“We asked what to do, how we should act, but no one said anything,” says Ms. Voloshina, a former mathematics teacher who grew up in Petropavlivka. She put on a formal purple dress and stood near the crash site this week, wringing her hands while trying to project an image of control.
She says she would have found volunteers to cordon off parts of the crash site, packaged passenger belongings in a specified way or gathered the plane’s debris in one place. Without expertise, she is afraid of doing something wrong, she says.
Before the crash, residents in these villages were suffering under poverty, with pensions averaging $125 a month and miners’ wages at about $550. The violence has crippled local mines, closed factories and halted farm work. Some residents have fled. Others joined the fight.
For months, farmers in Hrabove heard the war creeping across the sunflower-swept hills. In June, village priest Father Sergei led residents in a peace procession on the Feast of All Russian Saints to pray that Hrabove would somehow be spared from the encroaching violence.
Pieces of Flight 17 landed feet from the cross where the procession ended, just missing the town. At home, Father Sergei fell to his knees to pray as an inferno covered in black smoke barreled through the sky toward Hrabove, a former Soviet collective farm.
Around the corner from the Petropavlivka village hall, a piece of Flight 17’s fuselage remains in Mayor Natalya Voloshina’s relative’s cabbage patch more than a week after the crash of the Boeing 777. Paul Sonne for The Wall Street Journal
“We thought it was the end of the world,” the Orthodox priest says. He stayed on the ground in prayer, preparing to meet God, and then ran up the hill as burning pieces of the plane’s undercarriage and landing gear pelted a field like bombs. Then came a hail of bodies: arms, heads and fingers.
Farmers dashed to the village, afraid it would be engulfed by an inferno. Hrabove Mayor Vladimir Berezhnoi screamed at drivers and motorcyclists to get off the road as fire rolled across a field. When he saw bodies, Mr. Berezhnoi yelled at adults to take their children home.
A few miles away, Oleg Miroshnichenko, a retired miner who became the mayor of Rozsypne about 13 years ago, felt panic as he heard two loud blasts and watched the remains of about 40 passengers rain down on yards and homes. His phone started ringing off the hook.
“There’s a body here, a body there, another body,” he says.
Three bodies plunged into Rozsypne’s orphanage, with two landing in a bathroom area and one in the garden. Many of the dead passengers were naked.
Emergency workers from the Donetsk region arrived and started photographing and marking locations of the dead. The workers started putting out the fires in Hrabove and searching for bodies in the area. Rebels with guns came and stood guard.
A piece of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 waits to be collected outside a house in the village of Petropavlivka, Ukraine. Paul Sonne for The Wall Street Journal
Mayors of the three villages waited for word about whether they could move the human remains. No orders came. For days, separatists controlling the area fought with Kiev over who should probe the crash site. International monitors showed up but also gave no instructions. European and American officials refused to talk to the rebels directly and didn’t call the mayors at all.
“There should have been a command from Kiev or someone about what to do,” says the exhausted Mr. Miroshnichenko, sitting under a pair of birch trees outside Rozsypne’s village hall. He recalls being forced to bury friend after friend who died in coal mines where he worked for 25 years.
“In mines, you don’t remove a body until they investigate it,” he says.
Villagers and emergency workers decided to start bagging bodies that were rotting in the sun. Local miners joined the effort. Heartbroken residents had been pleading in tears for the bodies’ removal.
In Hrabove, the workers set up orange tents in the field amid the corpses and stayed night after night. Villagers brought borscht, water and bread.
The morning after the plane was shot down, residents gathered at the little Orthodox church. Father Sergei held a service under blue and white arches and old frescoes built in 1802. Officials asked for volunteers to search for more bodies. Local miners joined the effort.
The first monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe arrived in Hrabove the same day. Gun-toting rebels denied them full access to the crash site, according to the OSCE, which accused militants of being unprofessional and drunk.
Mr. Berezhnoi, Hrabove’s mayor, says no one sought him out. “They didn’t come to me or pay any attention to me,” he says.
Grief-stricken residents fear that fighting nearby will get worse in the wake of the crash. Asked if any psychological counseling is available, Mr. Miroshnichenko seems doubtful, since he already spends his own money to take out Rozsypne’s trash.
Before the crash, Mr. Berezhnoi says, he thought pain couldn’t get any worse than when his wife died a year ago and his mother died the year before.
The overhead bins from the front rows of the aircraft remain lodged in a tree across from the Petropavlivka village hall. Paul Sonne for The Wall Street Journal
“I’m 60 years old, and I’ve never seen something as terrible as this,” he says. “And I’m sure I’ll never see anything this terrible for the rest of my life.”
In Hrabove, resident Lena Dolgova is trying to calm her teenage granddaughter, who keeps waking up with nightmares. For days, Ms. Dolgova walked by rotting bodies to reach the village’s only store. War put Hrabove on edge, but the crash sent it over.
“It’s like chapters from a book,” Ms. Dolgova says. “The day before the crash—and the day the rest of our lives began.”
In Petropavlivka, the suggestion that locals took the belongings of some crash victims offends Ms. Voloshina, the mayor. Her husband joined fellow miners who volunteered to comb the fields in search of bodies. They wore purple latex gloves and carted out the passengers on what looked like Soviet-era stretchers before placing the bodies in bags.
“It’s hard for him to talk,” Ms. Voloshina says. “He’s a tall, strong man, and he still has tears in his eyes from that.”
On Thursday, an elderly woman showed up at her office in tears and handed over a doll with the name Emma stitched in pink across its shirt. The woman was digging potatoes. Emma turned up instead.
Ms. Voloshina is keeping the doll in a purple plastic bag on top of a large pile of passenger belongings that villagers keep finding every day: suitcases, wallets, a USB cord, and on and on.
“We’re keeping them, we’re waiting,” Ms. Voloshina said. She vowed to get Emma home.
After Flight 17 Crash, Agony, Debris and Heartbreak in Ukraine Villages
Villagers Near Malaysia Airlines Crash Site Feel Abandoned and Overwhelmed
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