Archive for the ‘Advisory’ Category

Hard to swallow from Brigitte in Namibia:

March 21, 2014

Python Swallows a man in KwaZulu-Natal

Hi guys, here’s a bit of a shocker for those of you who like wandering about in the bush or unexplored routes and roads. Look after yourselves . It took 8 men to load this python on to the truck. It swallowed the man after it found him drunk and sleeping next to the N2 road in Mkhuze,Kzn on Saturday. Had it not been spotted,the python would have remained on the same spot for up to 8 months while it digested every piece of theman’s body,including the skull n every bone.

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Hugh Says Beetroots! FW: Be Cruelty-Free Australia Applauds Senator Lee Rhiannon for Bill to End Cosmetics Animal Testing Down Under

March 18, 2014

Well Wendy, Hugh Paxton’s Blog applauds your great efforts! I’ve never been a man for lipstick. My wife never went there, too. It’s probably why we are still happily married after 24 years! I think women have very nice lips and mouths and all the bits and pieces and don’t require dead mice to make them look more attractive. In England during WWII they used beetroot to add a bit of colour to the lips. It worked just as well.

The point of beauty is to be beautiful by yourself and I think that the idea of genuine beauty comes before costly and often vulgar cosmetics. No need, no need for animal experiments. There are beetroots just waiting for alternative chances!

Hugh

From: Wendy Higgins [mailto:whiggins@hsi.org]
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:20 PM
To: Paxton, Hugh
Subject: Be Cruelty-Free Australia Applauds Senator Lee Rhiannon for Bill to End Cosmetics Animal Testing Down Under

DearHugh

Good morning! I wanted to bring you the latest exciting news from the Be Cruelty-Free Campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics. Today in Canberra, Be Cruelty-Free Australia joined Green Senator Lee Rhiannon to announce the introduction of a new Bill to ban cosmetics cruelty in Australia. Around the world, Be Cruelty-Free is leading efforts to eliminate cruel and out-dated animal tests for products such as lip stick and shampoo, and the Australian Bill follows on the heels of our Be Cruelty-Free USA campaign welcoming a similar Bill in the United States.

regards

Wendy Higgins
Humane Society International’s Be Cruelty-Free Communications Director

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Be Cruelty-Free Australia Applauds Senator Lee Rhiannon for Bill to End Cosmetics Animal Testing Down Under

Cross Party MPs & Be Cruelty-Free Australia Unite to Back the Bill

CANBERRA (March 17, 2014) – Be Cruelty-Free Australia, part of the largest global campaign to end animal testing for cosmetics, congratulates Australian Green Senator Lee Rhiannon, for introducing a Bill to end cruel cosmetics in Australia.

Be Cruelty-Free Australia and cross-party MPs joined Senator Rhiannon for the announcement of the Bill at a special press conference at Canberra’s Parliament House. This landmark legislation follows more than a year of campaigning by Be Cruelty-Free Australia – a coalition of Humane Society International and Humane Research Australia. Several federal politicians have already pledged their support for Be Cruelty-Free Australia, including the legislation’s sponsor Senator Lee Rhiannon, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek, Leader of the Greens Christine Milne, Greens MP Adam Bandt, Labor MP Anna Burke, Liberal MP Jason Wood, Senator Scott Ludlam, Senator Richard Di Natale, Senator Penny Wright, and Senator Peter Whish-Wilson.

The Bill aims to amend the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 to ban cosmetics animal testing within Australia as well as the import and sale of cosmetics newly animal-tested abroad. This would mirror the test and sales ban introduced in the European Union in 2009 and 2013 respectively.

Hannah Stuart, Be Cruelty-Free Australia, said: “There is overwhelming public support for a national cosmetics animal testing and sales ban in Australia, so we are delighted that politicians are joining with our Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign to achieve this shared goal. Testing cosmetics like mascara and shampoo on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it’s time Australia joined a growing number of countries by banning it. Please support us, go online and sign our Be Cruelty-Free pledge for a world without cosmetics cruelty.”

Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “We are very encouraged that MPs from both Labor and the Liberals have pledged their support to the Be Cruelty-Free Australia campaign. This is a very encouraging action and takes us one step to legislating an end to cosmetics animal cruelty in Australia. It is absolutely disgraceful that an estimated 500,000 animals – mainly rabbits and rodents – are used each year around the world in tests of cosmetic ingredients or products. I congratulate Be Cruelty-Free, the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing, for their effective advocacy in driving this worldwide momentum to end cosmetics animal testing.”

Senator Rhiannon’s legislation comes in the wake of worldwide momentum to end cosmetics animal testing, with Be Cruelty-Free the campaign behind much of this global change. Both the European Union and Israel have banned cosmetics animal testing and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics. India has also prohibited animal testing for cosmetics and is currently considering an import and sales ban. Just this year the Brazilian state of São Paulo signed a bill prohibiting cosmetics testing on animals with heavy fines for companies breaking the ban. And earlier this month U.S Congressman Jim Moran introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act that seeks to ban cosmetics animal testing and the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States. Meanwhile in China, where animal testing for cosmetics is required by law, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration announced that from June such testing will no longer be mandatory for some domestically produced cosmetics.

Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats all endure untold suffering for the global beauty industry. They have chemicals dripped in their eyes or force-fed to them in massive, lethal doses. The results are of questionable relevance to humans, and such tests are being surpassed by state-of-the-art non-animal test methods that are often faster and cheaper too.

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For further information, please contact:

Hannah Stuart: Be Cruelty-Free Australia Campaign Coordinator

P: (03) 8823 5705 M: 0407 193 526

E: hannahstuart

Be Cruelty-Free (United Kingdom)

Wendy Higgins: +44 (0)7989 972 423, whiggins

Be Cruelty-Free Australia is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Be Cruelty-Free Australia is co-ordinated by Humane Society International, Humane Research Australia and Choose Cruelty-Free. Globally there are Be Cruelty-Free campaigns in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States, where the campaign is led by The Humane Society of the United States.

Happiness Unlimited -1 – Sister Shivani (English)

March 18, 2014

Take a look at this video on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/7dNPNtdaMWY

This is Sister Shivani’s Happiness Unlimited series.
There are 28 episodes. I found it very helpful

Sand and sun: World’s 100 best beaches – CNN.com

January 9, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s blog finds beaches really boring. Having sex on one, while tempting, involves abrasive sand in all sorts of places that don’t need abrasive sand. And in some ghastly cases herds of simpering women appear offering unwanted massages and won’t go away. Or there are sand fleas or big muscular guys who kick sand in your face stimulating puny weaklings like myself to order Mr. Universe work out kits.

Even if you have a beach for yourself – and in Palau I had never-ending stretches of beach shared by myself and my brother, Charles, only us – I thought why? Why is this beach thing so popular?

I’m no Grinch and really enjoy building sand castles. Mine are excellent. A bit of combing the shores looking for dead things and shells and (in the case of Costa Rica finding a pile of shark intestines and assorted viscera, ugh!!! Shark finners leaving their leavings, the bastards) but after thirty minutes of beach paradise I sense an urge to move inland.

Probably I am in a minority.

People seem to like beaches. For better or worse. My friend Robert spent his honeymoon in Sri Lanka and both he and his newly wedded wife were sucked up by a Tsunami. The sea shrank back exposing more beach and wincing coral, flapping fish, general reef disorder, and people rushed to see why. Then the waves came thundering back. People didn’t drown, by and large. They got smashed. Smeared. Thumped by trees. Washed around. I still can’t quite imagine Robert in all that. He was rather a quiet sort of person. I am sure his wife was similar. Both bodies remain at sea.

BLOG ED NOTE: If the sea on your beach suddenly becomes peculiar or slithers away, run like hell! High ground ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! High ground! Your life will depend on it! Tsunamis are not as quick as the media tells you. You can out run them. Just start running as soon as possible!

Over to CNN and beaches!

Thai Days: The party’s over

December 27, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog posted a fairly lethargic set of up dates on Thailand’s political turmoil. Things looked amiable. Lots of people on the streets but with lunch boxes and children and smiles and flags.

The cops stood back, the army deliberately stayed well clear, and although protests became increasingly audacious I thought that the whole thing might lose steam and fizzle out. After all, half a million protesters have jobs to go to and Bangkok can’t descend into Beirut on a bad day. Just like that!

Or can it?

Yesterday it all looked increasingly grim. The images I’ve seen of yesterday are a bit disturbing. There was a protester surrounded by riot police arresting him. I’m sure they were successful. If I was barefoot, half strangled and beaten with clubs and outnumbered eight to one I’d opt to go quietly.

Somebody else decided that he didn’t want to get thumped into a coma, and shot an arresting officer in the chest. The riot squad responded by smashing up cars belonging to suspected protesters. It was hard to say quite who was rioting more. The rioters. The riot police. The peaceful demonstrators, the streams of school kids being evacuated from schools drenched in tear gas. Or anybody who had stupidly parked their car outside their house and watched with bewilderment (and increasing fury) this frenzy of destruction.

There are now too many people turning up to protest without children, smiles and Hello Kitty lunch boxes.

It’s getting personal. Hard to say which political party is over. The besieged government, the opposition, the numerous political factions but one party that is over is the street party. Don’t bring your kids. Or your car. It’s no fun any more.

Thai Days: The race (Bangkok Traffic)

June 25, 2013

T: This looks interesting, Bob!

B: Certainly does, Trev!

T: Honda, Bob, nosing into the starting lane. First contender!

B: Nice looking Honda. Swift lines. Only a few dents in the rear. Engine sounds healthy, Trev. This one could put on a bit of a trot.

T: Bit bulky Bob. Might work against it in the tight lanes. Ah, another runner, Bob! Green taxi, yellow stripes! He’s positioned himself well! Right in front of the Honda.

B: Oh dear! Don’t like the look of this new  lot; wonky, overloaded, must have thirteen passengers. Looks like illegal immigrants. I’m thinking Lao.

T: Cambodians, Bob. Look at em! Stands out a mile!

B: Lao!

T: Bob, it’s started! The race is on! What a battle! The Honda has moved an inch at least. At least an inch! In the first minute! The taxi is trailing. The driver’s asleep. The Cambodians are blocked by a bus. Bad luck there.

B: Certainly is. No, hang on Trev, look! The driver has opted for the pavement. He’s leaving the road! He’s going for it! Yes! What a performance! He’s ignoring the terrified pedestrians and is making serious progress! What a performer!

T: Won’t last, Bob. There’s street food stalls ahead. He’ll have to rejoin the road or they’ll boil him in Tom Yan Goon. How’s the Honda doing?

B: Trev, it’s inspiring to watch! Only ten minutes into this race and the Honda has advanced by no less than ten inches! That’s an inch a minute!

T: My immigrants are out of the race.

B: Souped?

T: Fraid so. You shouldn’t mess with Bangkok street vendors, Bob. Oh no!

B: Oh no what, Trev?

T: They are force feeding him those grey slimy catfish balls!

B: Goes with the game, Trev. He shouldn’t have tried for the pavement. Bad call. Oh, hey! We’ve got some action here! The Honda has moved forwards…we are TALKING SIX INCHES! And IT”S NECK AND NECK! THE TAXI DRIVER HAS WOKEN UP AND THIS JUST LOOKS CLOSE! YES THE TAXI HAS SWERVED DANGEROUSLY INTO THE NEXT LANE AND IS MAKING ITS MOVE!

FOUR HOURS LATER:

B: Trev, are you still covering this thing?

T: I’m taking a break, Bob. Lunch at The Robin Hood.  Pie and peas. Not a bad pint. You still on the job?

B: I’m at the Kit Kat Klub with Miaow. Got a few scratches but overall, Trev, I’m satisfied.

T: Where’s the finishing line?

B: Trev, mate, they’re probably still near the starting line.

T: Guess we should get back to work.

B: How you plan to get there, Trev?

T: Scooter taxi. The same way you got to the Hood. Life threatening and the guys look like gangsters but if you climb on the back and don’t fall off they weave their motorbikes through the traffic jams like magicians. Just don’t fall off.

….

B: And this is an amazing climax to a race that has held the attention of less than millions! The Honda is at least – AT LEAST! half a kilomter away from its destination! The taxi is out of the race. It caught fire in a shocking way that we missed because we weren’t there. Eyewitnesses say they didn’t see anything because they don’t want any contact with the police.

T: Can’t fault their reasoning there, Bob.

Bob and Trev – It’s been emotional. Over and out.

.

An offer I cannot refuse!

June 18, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog was sitting sadly on my sofa looking at a bleak future of poverty and no fast cars and ten course Sunday lunches and then kazaam!!! Tom got in touch! From Shanghai, no less! And, Tom, although an absolute stranger, won my heart by beginning his letter with “Hello Dear”.

Hello Dear! What a total moron! The Nigerians are pretty see-through, other west African states are simply abysmal, but the Chinese are utterly new to this racket. Read on my readers and despair. Here’s Tom’s pitch (note that he even has a question mark on his address –how lame is that?).

FROM:

TOM CHAN

CHINA CONTRUCTION BANK BRANCH

200? Huaihai Middle Rd,

Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai, China

Hello Dear,

It is understandable that you might be apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you.

I am Tom Chan,Senior Manager at China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Ltd, 200? Huaihai Middle Rd, Lu Wan Qu, Shanghai, China. Recently, I discovered that an

Account Owned by Scott Mounce – a relative of the governor of northern Iraq’s Salahuddin province who was killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad and also a

businessman,He made a numbered fixed deposit for 12 calendar months, with a value of Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only(10.5M USD) into an account with my bank (China Construction Bank) branch here in Shanghai .

Upon maturity, several notices were sent to him but there was no response. Consequently, another notification was sent and still no response came from him. We later

found out that Scott Mounce – a relative of the governor of northern Iraq’s Salahuddin province who was killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad on a Sunday Afternoon. It

was discovered that Scott Mounce did not declare any next of kin in his official papers, including the paper work of his bank deposit. The last time he came to my

office, he confided in me that no one knew of this deposit in my bank. What bothers me most is that according to the laws of my country, at the expiration of six {6}

years, the funds will be reverting to the ownership of the China Government, if nobody applies to claim it. Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will

like to accost you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Scott Mounce, so that you will be able to receive his funds.

PREREQUISITE:

I want you to know that all Procedure for the successful of this transfer to you as the new beneficiary have been mapped out and success is 100% sure. I have an

attorney that will prepare the necessary documents that will back you up as the next of kin to Scott Mounce, all that is required from you is to provide me with

your Full Names and Address, so that the attorney can commence his job.

After you have been made the next of kin, the attorney will file for claims on your behalf and also secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor

for the Transfer of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. We are going to adopt a legalized method because the attorney will prepare all necessary

documents in your favor.

The basic requirement here is that as you will know I do not want to let my bank know I am behind the transfer so all our communications will be restricted to email. I

want to make something clear to you, the fact that I am the Vice President and the Senior Manager of this branch does not guarantee the security of this transaction,

whatever we are doing must be done under a very high level of confidentiality. We must pretend we do not know each other, you must never mention my name to any staff

of my bank during and after this transaction. This is for our security and safety of this transaction.

Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account, we shall share

in the ratio of 50% for me, 50% for you.

On no account must you discuss this with anyone; whatever you want to ask me please do that by email and I will answer you immediately. The fund would be transferred

through a more secured telegraphic wire transfer means with evidence proving the genuine source of the fund and you as the legitimate beneficiary of the fund and no

government agency can stand against it. With my experience as a banker in financial matters, I will handle this.

I sent you this mail not without a measure of uncertainty as to what the consequence entails.

Should you be interested, please send me your:

Full names ,Age and address. Telephone and fax numbers.Finally,I shall furnish you with more information’s about this operation.

Your Prompt response to this letter will be appreciated.

Kind Regards

Tom Chan

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China: “Waiter is that a fly in my soup?” “No, sir, it’s a rat…or it could be a mink…or a fox..”

May 6, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog grew up in England with childish jokes about Chinese restaurants in Newcastle hiring snipers to shoot seagulls to save money on chicken.

That was just nonsense and I didn’t see the queues for sweet and sour takeaways dwindle.

Just nonsense.

I hope.

But perhaps a few puffins did bite a bullet or more likely a commom or garden gull. Knocking them off with an air rifle at the local open rubbish dump wouldn’t require recruiting Carlos the Jackal. A thirteen year old kid with an air rifle could fill several sacks in a few minutes.

This is pure speculation. Let’s check Reuters for a fact or two. The plot thickens.

“Chinese police have broken a crime ring that passed off more than US$ one million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton, authorities said, in a food safety crackdown that coincides with a bird flu outbreak.”

There’s some more blah about the increasing death rate in China due to exposure to wild animals, their bodily fluids, a lack of hygeine in food processing,  and wow! nearly 1,000 Chinese are nabbed in the rat meat/dodgy food thing. Nearly twenty thousand tons of questionable meat was confiscated during the sweep. Everything tastes like mutton?

I thought that was chicken!

The perpetrators weren’t just selling rat as lamb, they were selling mink as lamb and foxes as lamb. Fur farms? I think fur farms.

Fur farms? Skinned animals bunged into bags and sold on as mutton? This story gets nastier.

Europe has discovered that a lot of the evil diseases that spread and proliferate worldwide tend to go from east to west.

But let’s forget about the Black Death (30 percent of Europe wiped out) and let’s get back to Reuters.

“Food safety and environmental problems are chronic in China and public anxiety over cases of fake or toxic food often spreads quickly.”

“In April, many consumers lost their appetite for poultry as an outbreak of the H7N9 bird flu virus spread in China. Sales dropped by 80% in eastern China  where the bird flu has been most prevalent.”

A few Saudis have just died of SARS.  A tragic loss.

In March, not so long ago, 16,000 rotting pig carcasses were bloated and floating in one of Shanghai’s main water sources. The pigs it is said were closely crammed in their farms. They died. The farm owners threw them into the river hoping they’d sort of just get away, go away.

This reckless behaviour is health threatening. As is China’s voracious hunger for wildlife and endangered species.

Made in China? Or buy local?

I’m buying local

Cheers!

Hugh

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Thai Days: Rocket Scientists Stop firing rockets or it’s a death penalty. And lower those lanterns.

April 25, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog advises any would be rocket scientists to desist from experimental launches within the vicinity of Thailand’s airports.

Amateur rockets constructed from readily available materials have done really well in the altitude department.

In Udon Thani, recently, one rocket shot up to 3,600 meters. Another in Ubon Ratchathani hit 2,700 meters.

Cool it guys.

You are flying too high, and your festival enthusiasm and creativity are threatening civil aviation.

I’ve seen bamboo rockets in action. In Sabah. I was dawdling in an ad hoc river side bar and the owner suddenly said “Dive”.

I didn’t do anything. Dive? There are copper coloured crocs in the Kinabatangan river. I’m not diving anywhere near, thought I.

The rockets missed me but hit the bar. It was impressive. All they were using was bamboo and…

BLOG ED NOTE: Let’s not give anybody any ideas?

HUGH: Fair enough. I’ll skip the recipe. But those rockets whizzed and blew up and if I’d had a similar rocket launcher I’d have fired one back over the water at the launchers. Human nature at its most childish.

Anyway, the Thai government wants people to stop launching rockets made from..

BLOG ED NOTE: Hugh, you are telling people not to make rockets. Cut the recipe. Really. Please?

HUGH: Here are the rules. If you fire a rocket you can’t fire it higher than one thousand five hundred meters.

BLOG ED: Hard to measure.

HUGH: Yes. Unless it accidentally hits an AIR ASIA flight at 3,700 meters. evidence would then suggest the rocket had flown higher than allowed.

BLOG ED: Makes sense. Any other restrictions? Advice?

HUGH: Any makeshift rocket is banned from being launched in a radius of 8 kilometers of an airport. Festival lanterns with flickering candles in them must stay six km clear of an airport and can’t be released anywhere before 9 pm.

BLOG ED: You mentioned the death penalty?

HUGH: Fraid so. Transport permanent secretary, Pol Gen Wichean Potephoseree said yesterday  “those found guilty of interfering with aviation or damaging aircraft could face the death penalty or be sentenced to life imprisonment.”

BLOG ED QUERY? Do you think this is a serious issue?

HUGH: Not really. Everybody will keep building rockets and the candle lanterns will float up and Thailand will stay the same. It’s why I like it here. But I do think  rockets and airports are a bad combination. Even if it is just for fun. Over and out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thai Days: 1,200 schools close in the deep south and a toddler gets shot

December 13, 2012

Hugh Paxton’s blog has been accused of having an anti-Islamic perspective.

You bet your boiling balls I do!

I can’t stand radical Islam and all its fascist bully boy thugs who want to tell us all what to do and warble away at morning prayers when I am trying to have a kip and don’t like beer. Ugly! Noisy! And there isn’t any beer!

Thailand’s deep south has had an insurgency driven by radical Islamic insurgents since 2004. Last week things escalated. The brave boys from Islam shot a toddler. Nice work guys. That toddler could have been an army general in dissguise. She wasn’t. But you can’t be too careful.

The boyos shot a school director and then a teacher. 124 teachers and 34 ‘education staff’ have been killed by Islamic militants since 2004.

An old chap having tea in a tea shop was riddled with bullets. He’s died.

Last week a female teacher was serously killed and her colleague was seriously wounded.

These goons want independence.

I say give it to them.

1,200 schools have halted classes, most teachers want to go home and I really can’t blame them.

Teaching kids is one thing. Getting shot in the head is definitely extra-curricular!

Thailand should cut these Islamic freaks loose. Let them start their own independent nation. No infrastructure, no tourism, no trade, lots of Shaaria law, no food, no tele-communications, no idea of what to do, no fuel, no future.

A paradise on earth!

For two weeks.

They’ll collapse after that. But the Thai Government’s being kind. Job opportunities no less! Let’s give a toddler murderer a job! Perhaps a teaching position?

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh


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