Archive | March 5, 2015

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey: Forget Elephant Parades — No Elephants, Period.

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Related posts:
2014
>> Feeding bunny to python
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>> Selling cigarettes at circus …

>> No elephant parade
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$10 tickets for opening night.
>> “Built to Amaze”
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2013
>> Circus elephants have arrived.
>> Circus/elephants in Manchester.

>> Circus will play down elephant parade.
>> ‘Dragons’, Oct. 2013.

++++  Search ‘elephants’ for LOTS of elephant-related posts. >>>>>>

++++  Search ‘circus’ & ‘cirque’ for the numerous circus posts. >>>>>>


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Click to read original AP coverage posted at CNBC.com.


I truly have MIXED feelings about this and I clearly see BOTH sides of the issue. But, in the end, I have to admit, grudgingly and with great sadness, that this is indeed the RIGHT (and probably only) decision that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey could have made.

The elephant ‘issue’, with all the curbside protesters, was getting out of hand. This is why they stopped the WONDERFUL elephant parades in Manchester. That was the beginning of the end. 2012 was the LAST parade. They started trucking the elephants for SAFETY and you can’t blame them. You don’t want to mess around with elephants and safety.

This saddens me. I know elephants. I grew up in a country with lots of wild and domesticated elephants and I have had interactions with both.

Of ALL of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey animal acts the one that bothers me the LEAST is the elephant acts!

Why? Because in these acts the elephants are basically doing things that they are WILLING to do. Domesticated elephants are really just VERY big puppy dogs. Honest. Up till they are about 3 months they really, really are like puppies. They want to play. They want to be stroked. They want their belly tickled and they will roll over, on their back, just like a puppy — their fat, chubby legs waggling in the air. And they have real stiff bristles on them. Yes, many of the acts they are expected to do are NOT natural. Of course. But we make dogs do tricks too. Growing up, in Ceylon, Colombo Zoo at the time, was FAMOUS for its elephant shows. Harmonica playing elephants. And ACTS that would not be permitted in the U.S. due to various safety standards. Elephants putting their feet on a person who is lying down below them.

Yes, I know that the elephants are disciplined while they learn the tricks. Yes, that makes me sad.

However, some of the OTHER Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey acts are INEXCUSABLE. Check out the feeding the bunny to python act. Their BIG CAT acts are disturbing. I can’t watch them. I close my eyes! Maybe Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey should EMULATE the Big Apple Circus (which alas no longer comes to NH) and BAN all animal acts.


Well Thought Out, Animated Google Doodle For Ramen Noodle Guy Momofuku Ando’s 105th Birth Anniversary.

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Last Google Doodle:noodleguythmbgd
>> 2015 Chinese New Year.
>> 
Alessandro Volta’s birthday.

∋∋ “12 Online Safety Tips” Google Footnote — Jan. 9, 2015.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (sidebar)vietny2015fga

++++ Search ‘Chinese New Year‘ for LOADS of posts from years past >>>>


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Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Never been big into Ramen though a couple of kids love it.

I wasn’t even going to cover this Google Doodle
because these days, due to severe time constraints,
I only cover those that I can related to.

But this is a VERY WELL crafted Doodle.

Keep on REFRESHING page to see all the variations.

Click on the IMAGE go to the Doodle page and read about it.

Check the countries it appears in. Interesting. Australia but NOT the UK?


21st Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza at Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, March 29, 2015. The Heads Up.

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Related posts:
>> 20th JTG Memorial bash.
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20th JTG Memorial preview.

>> 19th JTG Memorial was A BLAST!
>> Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza.

++++ Search ‘Giuseppe’ for other posts about this great Meredith eatery >>>>

++++ Check Category ‘Restaurants‘ for other related posts >>>>


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Click to ENLARGE.

Click to access the Giuseppe’s Website.

We have been going to this ‘Extravaganza’ most years for a very long time. It was Teischan’s first outing, within a week of her being born, in 2006! And I go back seven or eight years prior to that. I have known Julie since 1997. This is a great event. Please support it. Tell Julie that ‘Anu’ sent you and you will be all set. Enjoy.


Alton Central (ACS) School Board: Monday, March 2, 2015 Board Meeting (With YET LLC Retraction, Board Dysfunctional etc.)

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Index to latest ACS Board & Lander/Leggett Posts:

See ‘ACS’ Page above in the MENU ‘bar’ ↑↑↑↑ up there to the right → →


This is the official video from ACS as posted on YouTube.

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Click to access YouTube video.


As with the videos of the February 17, 2015 ACS School Board meeting this is definitely worth watching — or at least most of it.

Listen to the first 15 odd minutes (and they are odd indeed). That is where you will see Lander’s retraction of the AGREEMENT he, or to be precise YET LLC, had with the ACS School Board. Pay careful heed to what is been said there. We have already requested, per ‘Right to Know‘, from SAU #72, the letter and e-mail Lander talks about. Very interesting. He claims that he withdrew ‘THE AGREEMENT’. I am sure at the last meeting, i.e., the one on February 17, they KIND of said that a contract had NOT been signed (though the now infamous, ‘not worth the paper and ink it was printed on’ letter to Profile Bank would also indicate that there was some kind of contract).

Lots of other fascinating stuff in here. The Board applauds Linda Willman after she calls them dysfunctional. That is classic. I liked that. Her tirade, which is really a tale of two cities, starts around the 1 hour mark. It was all very cleverly orchestrated.

Sandy Wyatt seems GIDDY. Her behavior, professional or otherwise, at this meeting lacked decorum. She is … watch it … giddy. That is the only way to describe it. If you have a better word let me know. (I will use it instead,) Like she drank too much cough medicine.

Lots I have to say BUT I don’t have time. I will try to get to bits, here and there, over the next few days.  


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