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Gentle Gorilla Koko Adopts Two Adorable Kittens (Video)

Koko gets a return visit from the two kittens she selected from a litter of seven. She’s tentatively named them “Tiger” and “Blackie”.

The question was will Koko tire of the kittens or want them to stay as her permanent guests at the Gorilla Foundation, but after much playing, enrichment and affection, the answer was clear.

While this does not satisfy Koko’s dearest wish which is to raise a gorilla (or other great ape) baby, it provides a loving experience for gorilla and kittens.

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Alec Baldwin: Death of oil and coal companies will ‘mark our progress’

Alec Baldwin: Death of oil and coal companies will ‘mark our progress’

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Alec Baldwin has a five-point plan for energy “progress”:

1-Fossil fuels will never go away. There will always be a need for those products to heat some homes, power emergency or

— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) October 17, 2014

2- or military vehicles, ships, planes. But even a reasonably funded appropriation for renewables will lead to a contracted

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3- market for petroleum products. Wind and solar could produce 50% of our needs. That is a real possibility in the next 20 yrs

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4- in Germany, conventional energy companies are complaining re, even stifling, dvlpmt of renewables. That is the problem.

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5- oil and coal companies must die in the process of this transition. Their death will mark our progress.

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That sounds awfully familiar.

If all “old school” energy companies go away, will Baldwin use a solar-powered boat or plane for overseas travel?

Visiting Rome again with @hilariabaldwin . Too lovely for words…

— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) September 25, 2014

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/17/alec-baldwin-death-of-oil-and-coal-companies-will-mark-our-progress/

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Mexican Railroad Company To Triple Speed Of “The Beast” Train To Keep Migrants Off

Mexican Railroad Company To Triple Speed Of “The Beast” Train To Keep Migrants Off

The company says it will invest more than $150 million to improve security and speed up the freight train that travels north to the U.S. border.

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An executive at the company slated to take partial control of a network of freight trains in Mexico commonly referred to as “The Beast” says it plans to triple the speed of the trains to keep migrants from using them to traverse the country on their way to the U.S. border.

Maria Isabel Pons, the deputy director general of Ferrocarriles Chiapas-Mayab (FCCM), told the Mexican newspaper Reforma the company will invest $2 billion Mexican pesos — more than $150 million — over the next five years to make improvements to parts of the railroad that serve the country’s southeast region. She said the investment would increase the speed of the train from 10 to 30 kilometers per hour (18.6 mph).

“The moment that you raise the speed, that you make the tracks more safe, well people will not have a chance to get on it,” Pons said in Spanish. “People get on because the quality of the railroad has diminished, the quality of the operation has diminished, so the speed has diminished.”

Pons said the company would make changes to the metal plates that currently connect pieces of the railroad tracks, which will make it more difficult to steal pieces of track. She said people currently remove screws and pieces of track so the train is forced to stop and people can hop on, sometimes causing derailments.

The company will also install a surveillance system to monitor the train and its cargo using video cameras, Pons said. The system will also be used to determine when and where people are getting on the train in order to alert authorities, she said.

FCCM gained control of more than 370 miles of railway in southeast Mexico in 2013. However, the company is still waiting for the Mexican government to approve a turnover of that section of the railroad from its previous operator, according to Reforma.

A spokesperson for the company has not responded to BuzzFeed’s request for comment.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/juangastelum/mexican-railroad-company-to-triple-speed-of-the-beast-train

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13 GIFs On One Sickening (Literally) Thing That's Being Done To The Planet

13 GIFs On One Sickening (Literally) Thing That's Being Done To The Planet

OK, y’alls. I read some stuff about this thing called hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) that you’ll be glad to know. Because it f*cking hates you. And everyone else.

Fracking is a drilling technique used by oil and gas companies to destroy rock layers thousands of feet underground in order to release the natural gas inside. For a clearer picture of how it works, here’s an animation of the fracking process. But take its assurances of fracking’s safety with a grain of salt.

According to Ian Crane, an oil-executive-turned-anti-fracking-advocate in the U.K., “We are dealing with a ‘cowboy industry’ that is driven by greed and little else.” Energy companies are interested only in the money, not the truth, and certainly not you.

Here are 13 ways fracking hates … well … everything.

1. Fracking hates water.

It takes an average of 4.4 million gallons of water to drill and fracture a single natural gas well. That’s enough water to fill six Olympic-sized swimming pools — or as much as 11,000 U.S. families use in one day. Read these water facts to see why that’s a problem.

2. Fracking really hates water.

Fracking creates the risk of toxic and flammable gases like methane seeping into water supplies that sometimes flow into household taps. That’s not to mention the billions of gallons of wastewater buried or illegally dumped into water sources.

3. Fracking hates air.

Researchers are finding spikes in air pollution near fracking sites and high levels of particulate inside people’s homes. Fracking is so bad it has made the smog in rural Wyoming worse than Los Angeles.

4. Fracking hates your health.

According to a 2014 report, people who live really close to natural gas wells are significantly more likely to develop respiratory problems and skin irritations than their neighbors farther away. Other health problems linked to fracking pollution include nausea and headaches.

5. Fracking hates babies.

A Colorado study showed that congenital heart defects were more prevalent among babies of pregnant women who live close to fracking sites. A few other studies showed links between proximity to fracking sites and babies being born way too small. Investigators in Utah are also looking into possible links between fracking-induced air pollution and a number of stillbirths.

6. Fracking hates your house.

In some areas, fracking has been linked to declining home values. This is largely a problem in areas where fracking operations are siphoning water from the same sources that communities depend on for daily living.

7. Fracking hates border safety.

Heavy truck traffic on work roads built by oil and gas companies have the unintended consequence of providing cover for the transport of drugs from Mexico to the U.S., which just feeds into the violence on the border. By extension, fracking contributes to a situation that distracts officials from the serious need to end the War on Drugs.

8. Fracking hates farmers.

Leaks in natural gas wells send toxic chemicals into the soil and water that farms (and our food system) rely on. Fracking also creates a deadly environment for animals, including livestock that are attracted to the salty wastewater and the fish and other aquatic life that live in polluted waters.

9. Fracking hates your vacation.

Long-term oil and gas drilling can dull the luster of a region, hurting its tourism. The industrial aesthetic (heavy trucks, machinery, and compressor stations) and the surrounding pollution don’t make for a refreshing getaway.

10. Fracking hates your money.

Energy consultant Arthur Berman says that because major natural gas companies are over-leveraging (assuming massive levels of debt) on land leases and drilling operations, they often over-promise the returns. And when the returns aren’t there, they’re using accounting trickery to skirt accountability. He likens it to what went down in the subprime mortgage market. And we all know how that went.

11. Fracking hates women.

Oil and gas booms attract stampedes of men to towns like Williston, North Dakota. As the gender ratio skews heavily toward dudes, sexism goes into hyperdrive and women are treated more like commodities. Law enforcement have also noted increases in domestic violence and sexual assault in these male-dominated boomtowns.

12. Fracking wants you to hate other people.

The debate over fracking is dividing communities, with fracking supporters arguing for jobs and money and opponents fighting to protect public health and the environment. But in the words of Count Rugen, “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.” And if we haven’t got a livable planet, then, seriously, what good is money?

13. Fracking hates the entire f*cking planet.

Natural gas was once touted as a “bridge fuel” to help us reduce carbon emissions because it produces half the carbon dioxide of coal when burned. But as it turns out, the methane released into the atmosphere through leaks in fracking wells is a greenhouse gas 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Fracking is contributing to melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and scary weather all over the world. It’s even causing earthquakes in areas where seismic activity is uncommon.

If you haven’t already gathered, fracking sucks. For everybody. Pass this on if you agree.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/13-gifs-on-one-sickening-literally-thing-thats-being-done-to-the-planet

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A Truck Driver Reveals Something I’ve Never Seen, And Can Help Everyone

A Truck Driver Reveals Something I’ve Never Seen, And Can Help Everyone

What better observer of bad road behavior than someone who makes their everyday living on the road?

Eric Boling Bracey has spent years as a semi-truck driver out of Florida nonetheless, and he has seen it all. He now has something to tell drivers and his words may very well be life saving.

He posted a video, sincerely hoping to get a message out to improve the situation on the roads. One of his pet peeves is drivers pulling in front of semis, and then hitting their brakes. Do they not realizing that they are suddenly braking in front of these massive trucks usually carrying 44,000 pounds worth of load? It is nearly impossible for trucks to stop at the same rate a little two door sedan can. Yet drivers dont seem to comprehend this.

We get a real great example of just how much space is required in order to stop a semi. Bracey lines up 10 truck trailers in a lot and shows that this row of 100 feet and stopping distance required wouldnt even be close to this travelling at 60 mph.

Matter of fact, it is about 4 times this! About 414 feet would be needed to stop.

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Bracey goes on to explain how he would have to live with the fact that he inadvertently killed someone because they pulled out in front of him and suddenly stomped on their brakes.

This is very much a real world example of what happens every single day. This semi is very common and the stopping scenario applies to the hundreds of semis you come across travelling long distances.

This guy wants to bring about some serious awareness while reducing the number of accidents, deaths, and close calls which occur everyday. So what exactly should you do when you see a semi in the right lane on the freeway? Its not going anywhere and it wont be moving itself for you, as it simply cant. Either speed up or else slow down in order to merge. You need to be a defensive driver out there and not expect others to move around you, as you need to adjust to them, especially when it comes to big rigs.

Follow what this guy says. It may seriously save your life and your passengers lives as well.

Read more: http://damn.com/truck-driver-advice/

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17 Ways Pocahontas Is The Best Disney Character Of All Time

17 Ways Pocahontas Is The Best Disney Character Of All Time

Yo Disney princesses, Imma let you finish, but Pocahontas was the best OF ALL TIME.

1. She had a fantastic sense of humor.

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And never let life take that away.

2. And she had a badass tattoo.

And she had a badass tattoo.

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AND it was an arm band. Don’t f*ck with Poca.

3. She was incredibly open-minded.

She was incredibly open-minded.

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And took the time to learn about the new people in her land.

4. And she even risked her life for those she cared about, and for the greater good.

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Even if that meant disagreeing with her ENTIRE tribe.

5. She was always searching for purpose in life just like the rest of us.

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And she always tried to follow her heart.

6. She always stood up for what she believed in, and tried to see right from wrong even during great controversy.

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A great example for us all.

7. She also understood that you can’t predict life, or rather, what’s just around the riverbend.

She also understood that you can't predict life, or rather, what's just around the riverbend.

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But that it’s important to always follow your dreams.

8. She respected her elders.

She respected her elders.

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She took time to visit her grandmother, who also happened to be a tree, and sought her advice.

9. She had great respect for Mother Nature.

She had great respect for Mother Nature.

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And taught others to do the same.

10. She wore jewelry like no other Disney character, ever.

She wore jewelry like no other Disney character, ever.

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I mean, just look at her and that necklace. It’s perfection.

11. She was the ultimate daddy’s girl.

She was the ultimate daddy's girl.

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And respected her father, as we all should.

12. And she never bothered to wear shoes because SHOES SUCK, amirite?

And she never bothered to wear shoes because SHOES SUCK, amirite?

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#FreeTheFeet

13. She was a fantastic swimmer AND diver.

She was a fantastic swimmer AND diver.

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Look at that form.

14. She had FANTASTIC hair that blew with all the colors of the wind.

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BRB growing my hair out immediately.

15. And she climbed on top of MOUNTAINS.

And she climbed on top of MOUNTAINS.

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Kind of a big deal.

16. She wasn’t afraid to go after what she wanted, even if that meant someone she wasn’t supposed to see.

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She followed her heart.

17. And at the end of the day, she showed us all that she didn’t need a man to decide her future. She went her own way.

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Can we get an AMEN for independent women?

Thank you, Pocahontas.

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