Hundreds of pet owls abandoned after Harry Potter craze fades

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Hundreds of owls are being abandoned across the country after being bought as pets by Harry Potter fans.

Sanctuaries are full of the birds now the craze has faded after the release of the final Harry Potter film last year.

And it’s feared many more have been illegally released into the wild and will have starved to death or taken over territory inhabited by smaller wild owls.

There was a surge in demand for pet owls from fans who fell in love with Harry’s cute companion ­Hedwig. (more…)

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Stop wasting gravity!

Three Gorges Dam1 Stop wasting gravity!

No fault line to see here, move along people. (img by China Absolute Tours—The Friendliest And Trustworthy China Travel Agency)

China does not have the luxury of energy inefficiency going forward. While the rest of the world has been able to use shitty power-generation to build infrastructure and now must, at its own pace, go green, China knows it must start green, because the costs of going green in the future will be so overwhelming for the country that it can’t afford not to.

China leads the world with waste energy capture technologies. For example, in order to produce cement for concrete, you need to calcinate limestone by roasting the shit out of it. Where the rest of the world just lets the lime cool naturally, in China, they use cooling lime and escaped heat from the calcination process to run generators.

There’s energy all over begging to be recaptured. In China, you don’t even waste gravity.

It is common sense that elevators require electricity to run.  However, going beyond our expectations, this elevator can generate electricity while in operation.  The carriage load and its counter weight blocks are often unbalanced during elevator operation.  In the generation mode, the relative movements between the carriage and the counter weights enable the traction motor.  With the use of high precise technologies, we can collect and reuse the electricity generated by the motor, this bringing about “elevator-generation”.

None of these technologies generate more energy than the processes they feed on, but they do make them more efficient. You can think about the disparities between China’s energy policy and the rest of the world while you recapture your waste energy with the nPower PEG (Personal Energy Generator), a little kinetic energy generator that bounces around your shit while simultaneously keeping your shit charged.  (more…)

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Best Made Brass Capsule

Brass Match Safe 450x450 Best Made Brass Capsule

Does not include matches. (img by Best Made)

Fitted with an ingenious self-tensioning lanyard, and no-fuss press fit stopper, our brass capsule is larger than most match safes, and infinitely more versatile. We boast to have the ultimate—water tight and indestructible—place to keep small valuables safe. And with a solid liquid-dampened, jewel bearing compass set into the stopper your headings will also be kept from harm’s way.

A wise man once told me that you should always camp with smokers, because you’ll always have a way to start a fire. But so long as you keep one of these match safes around, you won’t have to worry about packing smokers every time you leave the house. Really streamlines the EDC. Also you don’t have to have to use this for matches, it’s not like there are Brass Capsule rules.

Anyway, check out Best Made’s Brass Capsule, ($32).

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Woman says kangaroo ‘stalked’ her for two days before attacking

Evil Kangaroo 450x364 Woman says kangaroo ‘stalked’ her for two days before attacking

"I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle." (img by Christopher Roache)

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An Australian woman says she was “stalked” for two days by an angry kangaroo, which finally attacked, leaving her with a 12-inch scar.

“It was lucky it was cool weather and I had two layers of clothing; otherwise it could have been worse,” Kirrily McWilliams said.

The (Sydney) Daily Telegraph reports that McWilliams called the National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) to report that the female eastern gray kangaroo was lurking outside her home, in Port Macquarie in New South Wales. But wildlife officials reportedly told her to simply ignore the kangaroo and that it would move on.

Instead, the kangaroo attacked her 143-pound mastiff dog the next day. (more…)

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Intermission: Heimo’s Arctic Refuge

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Bug-Out Doggie Bags

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Brandon Smith carries his two cats, Fry and Bender, to dry land from their flooded and evacuated home on June 12, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Much of the city has been evacuated as the Cedar River continues to rise to record levels. More rains are predicted over the next few days. (img by David Greedy/Getty Images)

If you don’t have a bug-out bag, or Emergency Preparadness Kit, or zompoc survival steam locker, make one. A bug-out bag, if you’re unfamiliar with the concept, is a kit, usually a backpack, with enough supplies to keep you and yours whole in case you have to evacuate your house, city, state, etc. for usually at least 72 hours. Wikipedia can help you put together a fairly comprehensive bug-out bag including the most important supplies, like duct tape.

But among the ranks of non-perishable food, water, and water purification supplies, it doesn’t include pet food and pet supplies.

Most people have pets and if you have to leave, you can’t leave them behind. Even the ASPCA recommends putting together a bug-out doggie bag, because if you leave without them, there’s no guarantee they’ll survive without you.

In hindsight this might seem like common sense. When I realized that my kit doesn’t have any pet-specific supplies I felt pretty retarded. Particularly since they seem to take offense at actual meat, which, yeah, weird. I mean, they’re cats, fucking obligate carnivores, right?

In any case, freeze-dried cat food is on its way. Freeze-dried dog food is also a thing that you can buy. Of course, that’s not all you need for your pets. (more…)

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