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This Little Piggy Is A Fire Survivor With A Spirit That Just Won't Quit 9.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This happy ending has a curly little tail. Pebbles the pig is very happy to be back home with his family after surviving a house fire. Photo credit: Barbara Potes Barbara Potes wasn't sure her "grandpig," Pebbles, would ever be able to come home again after being badly injured in a northern Virginia house fire in late November. "His right hoof was completely gone and his hair was singed and black," she says. "To us, Pebbles is a member of the family, and we were extremely worried." The fire was in a closet in Potes' daughter's room, where Pebbles was napping. Her daughter had left a candle burning there when she left the house to get her nails done. Potes, who'd been downstairs with her two other kids, heard smoke alarms and ran upstairs to find "what looked like a fog." She opened the closet door, found the fire, and then Pebbles ran straight into the flames. "He knew his food bag was kept in the closet, and he was trying to get to it," she says. Pebbles -- who Potes says is ordinarily a "strictly ...
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Elizabeth Warren and the Four Corners of American Politics 8.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The last couple of days have been a provocative view of the near-term future of American politics. There are four major teams on the scene at the same time, coming from four different corners of the field, and they all have some amount of political juice. How they end up interacting and competing with each other will be the driving political story for quite a while into the future. On the Republican side, there is the increasingly conservative -- but apparently never extreme enough -- establishment wing of the party led by Boehner and McConnell and the big business lobby, and there is the tea party anti-establishment wing. The establishment guys, pretty much all guys, have the upper hand for now but clearly got a little surprised by the strength of the anti-Boehner rebellion in the Speaker election. Knowing the strength of the tea party gang in primary election fights, they are a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future -- as evidenced by the fact that the Republican Party's establishment has ...
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Pit Bull Rescued From Michael Vick Dies, Is Remembered As 'Very, Very Friendly' Dog 7.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Gracie the pit bull wasn't what you might have expected as one of about 50 dogs rescued from the Michael Vick dogfighting ring in 2007. "Gracie was a bit of a couch potato. She was never the dashing, athletic dog that would marvel people with her agility skills or her boisterous affection," Will Lowrey, a volunteer for an animal group named after the dog, told The Huffington Post. "It was sort of funny, if people were expecting this muscular, regal dog, what they found was a very comfortable, lounging, small, strangely shaped black pit bull." The 11-year-old dog died Monday. Gracie's Guardians , a group devoted to helping other pit bulls live as well as Gracie did for the last seven years, announced the news on Facebook. Post by Gracie's Guardians . Gracie had a heart murmur, problems with her spleen and possibly cancer, according to Lowrey, who said the dog "told her mom it was time to go." Before her rescue in 2007, Gracie was thought to be a breeder dog, producing puppies forced into fighting. She ...
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Ellen Page Isn't Happy That The Queen Honored Anti-Gay Northern Irish Politician Maurice Mills 6.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Queen Elizabeth II has honored Northern Irish politician Maurice Mills with an MBE (or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) -- and one out celebrity isn't pleased about it. "Juno" star Ellen Page, who came out last year , expressed her disapproval of the honor on Twitter while retweeting a Vice article which cites Mills' remarks on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. “The Queen honored a politician who blamed Hurricane Katrina & AIDS on LGBT people: http://t.co/XoemvNNz1w pic.twitter.com/dYn21wIZuD ” fuck that — Ellen Page (@EllenPage) January 5, 2015 The article Page retweeted was written by Vice's Sally Hayden , who points out that Mills, the Democratic Unionist Party councillor for Ballymena, once linked Hurricane Katrina , which devastated southern Louisiana in 2005, to Southern Decadence , New Orleans' six-day LGBT pride festival. “The media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the ...
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This Hotel Is 'Saving Lives' By Matching Guests With Rescue Pups 1.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face. A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an "Adopt Me" vest, as visitors arrive at the Aloft hotel in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, believed to be the only hotel in the U.S. where guests can adopt the dog that greets them when they check in. But the hotel doesn't overwhelm road-weary travelers to this mountain tourist mecca, where people come to tour the nation's largest home, the Biltmore estate; cast a fly-fishing rod; or hoist a beer in what has been dubbed "Beer City USA." There's only one adoptable dog at a time, and it's always on a leash. The pooches at the Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel are part of an adoption program run by the hotel and Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue. The rescue saves the pets from possible euthanasia at area shelters. "We feel like we are saving lives," said Christine Kavanagh, Aloft's director of sales. Hotel and rescue workers hope the program ...
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The 10 Best Photos From The Department Of The Interior's Instagram Account In 2014 1.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We've seen some stunning photos of America's public lands pop up on the Department of the Interior's Instagram account over the past year, including some striking animal shots and glorious nightscapes . The agency is tasked with protecting more than 500 million acres of public lands and waterways across the country, including a wide breadth of national parks, from Acadia to Yosemite. Take a look at the top 10 Instagram posts on the Interior Department's account from 2014, and follow along throughout the new year @usinterior . A photo posted by U.S. Department of the Interior (@usinterior) on Aug 8, 2014 at 2:18pm PDT Photo by Tom Koerner, USFWS. A photo posted by U.S. Department of the Interior (@usinterior) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:00am PST Photo courtesy of Cameron Patrick. A photo posted by U.S. Department of the Interior (@usinterior) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:01am PDT Photo by Robert Buman ( www.sharetheexperience.org ). A photo posted by U.S. Department of the Interior (@usinterior) on Aug 8, 2014 at 3:25pm ...
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Bill De Blasio, Police Union Heads Meet Amid Tensions 31.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio met privately for more than two hours Tuesday with the leaders of the New York Police Department's unions, aiming to mend a rift with rank-and-file officers that has threatened to overwhelm his young mayoralty. While administration officials characterized the meeting as the beginning of a process to heal wounds opened by protests about police conduct and the fatal shooting of two officers, union leaders struck a more cautious note, saying that "only time will tell" if relations would improve. "Our main concern is the safety of our police officers of every rank on the streets in the city," said Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which represents rank-and-file officers, after the meeting. "There were a number of discussions especially about the safety issues that our members face," Lynch continued, reading a joint statement from all five unions. "There was no resolve. And our thought here today is that actions speak louder than words and time ...
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Stormy's Owners Gave Him Up When He Went Blind, But His Future Is Looking Bright 31.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Stormy is a friendly, blind 5-year-old dog who recently lost his home after losing his ability to see. "He’s five years old and healthy in every way except for his vision loss," says Kristen Auerbach, spokesperson for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter of Northern Virginia. "He was surrendered by his owners, who felt they couldn’t provide the care he needed." (Story continues below.) Post by Fairfax County Animal Shelter . Stormy's former owners said he started going blind about seven months ago, from unknown causes. But he seems to be taking his new challenges in stride. "He is a wonderful houseguest," says shelter volunteer Kristie Wood, who took in Stormy as a foster in December, soon after his family gave him up. "I have a soft spot for the special-needs guys." Wood already has two daughters, two dogs, two cats and three rabbits. She says if she could add another permanent member to the household, it would be this happy guy. Even though she can't, she has a whole lot of optimism for the pup's ...
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Investigative Reporter Alissa Figueroa Exposes Stunning Flaws in Veterans' Benefits System 29.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Reporter Alissa Figueroa had not been producing puff pieces. Her reports for Fusion (an ABC News/Univision joint venture) had spotlighted California communities with contaminated water and examined holes in America's gun regulations. But the military, that was someone else's beat — until last November, when a veteran contacted her and described being raped while serving in the Army. He asked her to investigate. Figueroa agreed. The data was disturbing: Since 2006, more than 96,000 service members had been sexually assaulted during their service, according to a Pentagon report. While the majority of those victims were men, only a small fraction of male victims reported being assaulted. Even more disturbing was the unexpected backlash those soldiers faced when they did report the attacks. "I found example after example of men in the Army who were perfectly healthy, many of them medal-winning soldiers. Then, after being raped and reporting their trauma, they were quickly discharged with 'personality ...
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Rudy Giuliani: Bill De Blasio Should Apologize To NYPD 29.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to apologize to the New York Police Department for "[creating] the impression" that he sided with protesters over law enforcement during recent protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police officers. In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Giuliani condemned police for turning their backs on de Blasio during the funeral for Rafael Ramos, one of two NYPD officers who were shot dead in their squad car by an assailant who had posted on social media about targeting police. "The mayor is not in any way to be treated with people turning their backs," Giuliani said. "Doesn't matter if you like the mayor or you don't like the mayor. You have to respect the mayor's position. I don't support that. But I do believe Mayor de Blasio should apologize to the New York City Department. I said it day one, and I think he'd get this over with if he did it." He continued: "Mayor de Blasio, please say you're sorry to them ...
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New York Police Commissioner: Rift Between Mayor, Police Will 'Go On For A While' 28.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Sunday that tensions between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police department aren't likely to dissipate anytime soon. "I think it's probably a rift that is going to go on for a while longer," Bratton said on NBC's "Meet The Press." "The issues go far beyond the race relations in this city. They involve labor contracts. They involve a lot of history in this city that's really different from some of what's going on in the country as a whole," he continued. "There's a whole series of local issues that are impacting on our ability to move forward." Bratton's remarks come a day after hundreds of officers turned their backs on de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral of Rafael Ramos, one of two New York City officers killed last week by a gunman who vowed revenge for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island in July. During a separate appearance on CBS' "Face The Nation," Bratton said it was "inappropriate" for the officers to turn ...
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Climate Change 2014: What Do We Do Now? 26.12.2014 Truthout.com
(Photo: Ben Grey ) As we move into 2015, the latest climate science continues to diverge from policy. New science tells us that, because of short-lived climate pollutants, current policies dealing with carbon dioxide pollution alone will likely produce more warming than doing nothing at all. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now also said that we must begin to effect a large removal of the accumulated climate pollution already in our atmosphere - that emissions reductions alone are no longer sufficient. But all is not discouraging, when it comes to new climate discoveries. Atmospheric removal of carbon dioxide now appears to be no more expensive than many things our civilization does every day. This is a paradigm change from current policy. All policy to date basically relies only on reducing carbon dioxide emissions that we put in the sky every year. Nowhere does policy or proposed policy suggest taking more out than we put in. Two decades ago, proposed climate policy was ...
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Ambivalent Attitudes: The Public and Opinion Polls 23.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Pundits have few kind words for politicians who consult public opinion polls when formulating policy. On the other hand, pollsters themselves consider polls no less than the voice of the people. But where does the public stand? A review of polls about polling, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive: Polls: A Good Thing! The first poll about polling, by the Office of Public Opinion Research, was conducted in 1944. Among the 57 percent who had heard of a "public opinion poll," 75 percent thought they were a good thing for the country. Just 2 percent thought they were bad, and 21 percent had no opinion. This pattern of response remained fairly stable over many decades. Despite this positive overall appraisal of the role of public opinion surveys, the public remains shows significant skepticism toward polling. In a 1999 Gallup survey, just 4 percent said they had a great deal of trust in polls, and 34 percent a fair amount. Sixty-one percent said they had not much trust or none at all. ...
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The Very Best Wedding Photobombs Of 2014 22.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It is our firm belief that no wedding album is complete without at least one quality photobomb. And 2014 definitely delivered some excellent ones.

Below are 11 of the best photobombs we saw this year.




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Polite Shelter Pets At Christmas Dinner May Put Your Table Manners To Shame 18.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It took a little wrangling to make it look like these 13 dogs -- and one patient cat -- have better etiquette than any of your human family members. High-end pet food company Freshpet has released a holiday promo video featuring a group of Utah rescue animals -- some of which were up for adoption at the time of filming -- dressed up like people dining on a feast of Freshpet meals . The entertaining footage shows just how awesome shelter pets are -- it's even helping some of them find permanent homes! It was "really hard to get the animals to not eat the food right away," says Alyne Tamir Manwaring, a volunteer with the Humane Society of Utah who helped finagle the pets into their excellent performances. "Some of the animals had more than their fair share [of the feast] by the end of the night." But it was all worth it. Since the video was made, two of the four Humane Society of Utah animal "actors" have been adopted. As of Wednesday evening, only Lion the cat and this adorable doggie named Bear (below) ...
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Whitewashing CIA torture: "We Are [Not So] Awesome" After All 18.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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The Troll Hunters 18.12.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories
A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far? We’ve come up with the menacing term “troll” for someone who spreads hate and does other horrible things anonymously on the Internet. Internet trolls are unsettling not just because of the things they say but for the mystery they represent: what kind of person could be so vile? One afternoon this fall, the Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg sat on a patio outside a drab apartment building in a suburb of Stockholm, face to face with an Internet troll, trying to answer this question. The troll turned out to be a quiet, skinny man in his 30s, wearing a hoodie and a dirty baseball cap—a sorry foil to Aschberg’s smart suit jacket, gleaming bald head, and TV-trained baritone. Aschberg’s research team had linked the man to a months-long campaign of harassment against a teenage girl born with a shrunken hand. After meeting her online, the troll tormented her ...
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This Man Just Flew His 3,000th At-Risk Animal To Safety And A Better Life 18.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A black and white French Bulldog named Reggie became a milestone for retired businessman Jeff Bennett. The squirmy canine became the 3,000th rescue dog Bennett has flown to a better life. Bennett volunteers with Pilots and Paws. The South Carolina-based charity that enlists small plane pilots to take animals from overcrowded shelters that have high euthanasia rates to foster homes, rescue groups and less-crowded shelters that don't kill them. On a windy December day, Bennett flew in his four-seat plane from the Florida Keys to Gainesville, where he dropped off a potbellied pig named Iggy at a swine shelter. Then he went on to the Panhandle, where he collected nearly two dozen dogs, including Reggie, from a shelter in Alabama The dog was surrendered by his owners and is headed for new owners in South Florida. Bennett estimates that he's flown about 1,100 hours in his small, four-seat Cirrus aircraft since starting his volunteer work with the group six years ago. "Most of the time I do ...
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Mike Gravel to Sen. Mark Udall: Make Full Torture Probe Public Like I Did With Pentagon Papers 17.12.2014 Truthout.com
On the Senate floor last week, outgoing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall called for a purge of top CIA officials implicated in the torture program and cover-up, including current Director John Brennan. But as he enters the final days of his Senate term, Udall is facing calls to take action of his own. The Senate findings released last week amount to only a fraction of the full report — 480 heavily redacted pages out of more than 6,000 pages total. The White House has blocked the report's full release in deference to the CIA's wishes. That's sparked demands that Udall invoke a rarely used congressional privilege and make the report public. There is precedent for him to follow: In 1971, then-Alaska Senator Mike Gravel entered more than 4,000 pages of the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers into the Senate record, insisting the public had a right to know the truth behind the Vietnam War. More than four decades later, Gravel joins us to talk about his historic action and why he is now calling on Udall to follow in his ...
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Mike Gravel to Senator Mark Udall: Make Full Torture Probe Public Like I Did With Pentagon Papers 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
On the Senate floor last week, outgoing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall called for a purge of top CIA officials implicated in the torture program and cover-up, including current Director John Brennan. But as he enters the final days of his Senate term, Udall is facing calls to take action of his own. The Senate findings released last week amount to only a fraction of the full report — 480 heavily redacted pages out of more than 6,000 pages total. The White House has blocked the report's full release in deference to the CIA's wishes. That's sparked demands that Udall invoke a rarely used congressional privilege and make the report public. There is precedent for him to follow: In 1971, then-Alaska Senator Mike Gravel entered more than 4,000 pages of the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers into the Senate record, insisting the public had a right to know the truth behind the Vietnam War. More than four decades later, Gravel joins us to talk about his historic action and why he is now calling on Udall to follow in his ...
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