TIME Magazine survey claims to be able to determine how conservative or liberal you are by your answers to a few questions.
I was rated 90% conservative/10% liberal. How about you?
- You like dogs more than cats
- You think kids should respect authority
- You like a neat desk
- You’re not wild about fusion cuisine
- You think the government should treat the lives of its citizens as much more valuable than those of other countries
- You don’t think your partner should be looking at porn alone
- You think the world benefits from nations and borders
- You prefer Times Square to the Met
- You’re proud of your country’s history
- You prefer documentaries over action movies
- You think self-expression trumps self-control
- You use a modern browser
How it works
We created this survey by drawing on several sources. Research by Sam Gosling, at the University of Texas, has found that liberals generally score higher than conservatives on the trait of “openness to experience.” They are more likely to seek out new experiences (such as fusion cuisine), choose to watch documentaries, or enjoy art museums. They have less conventional notions of what is proper in a romantic relationship, so solo pornography consumption is OK. Conservatives are more likely to stick with what is familiar, what is tried and true. Hence, they are more likely to use a PC than a Mac and are more likely to stick with that PC’s default browser, Internet Explorer. Conservatives score higher than liberals on the trait of conscientiousness. They are more organized (neat desks), punctual, and self-controlled (rather than emphasizing self-expression).
Probably the first and last policy of new Mayor Bill DeBlasio I’ll ever agree with. The fact that Mayor Bloomberg, whose own daughter owns and competes several multi-million dollar horses, would allow the NYC carriage horses to continue to suffer such a miserable existence during his 12 years in office, just shows that he doesn’t know sh*t about horses.
DeBlasio to replace inhumane carriage horses with electric antique cars
Horses in the carriage industry are often castoffs from the harness racing industry or from Amish communities and come to the city with pre-existing health problems. They develop further health issues from walking on pavement all day and breathing exhaust from trucks, cars and buses. They work all day in freezing cold and scorching heat and they’re stored in warehouses at night.
They’re never sent out to pasture, never turned out in a field to run around for an hour or two, which all horses deserve, and have no government protection. Carriage owners are legally allowed to work their horses 9 hours a day, seven days a week–whether horses like it or not. But this rule is not enforced, so many work longer hours.
The horses suffer and people are endangered too. Horses get spooked easily and can run into traffic. In New York there have been more than 18 accidents involving horses in the past two years. It’s a largely unregulated industry. It’s a half-hour ride for patrons, but it’s a lifetime of misery for the horses.
These beautiful creatures are not housed in barns or anything else that would actually make sense. NO – they’re housed in old tenement buildings where they’re forced up stairs (yes, stairs) and into small areas where they are unable to lay down or move.
According to NYCLASS.ORG: “They routinely work at least 9 hours a day, pulling a vehicle that weighs hundreds of pounds, on hard pavement, while breathing exhaust from cars, buses and taxis. Unaccustomed to the urban environment, horses can be “spooked” easily and cause accidents that inflict great damage on vehicles, drivers and most often, the horses themselves. There were six accidents in the Summer and Fall months of 2011 alone”
Yes, spooked and anything can spook them – flashing lights, loud noises, masses of people. Sounds like all the elements of a city, right? Like, exactly where they should not be. Oh and get this. When they can’t work anymore Â they’re auctioned off and inhumanely slaughtered into horse meat and sold in Mexico and Canada.
Forbes Mayor Michael Bloomberg misled the public in claiming that 210 hard-working carriage horses would go to slaughter if New York City’s carriage trade is shut down after next Tuesday’s election.
An obviously lame horse at work
The horses won’t end up in a slaughterhouse, as stated in two separate Daily Newsarticles, including “Bloomberg: If carriage horse business ends, horses will die” appearing on October 29. (One would think this billionaire daughter’s huge horse farms in both upstate NY and Florida could accommodate a lot of these horses)
This is where these horses are housed in NYC
Not according to Jackie Beckstead, Director of Accreditation and Field Operations for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
This is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 by nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the animal protection field for the sole purpose of strengthening and supporting the work of animal sanctuaries worldwide.
And since the Daily Newsarticles came out claiming that none of the horses would find homes, Ms. Beckstead and GFAS have been quietly working to make sure that no NYC carriage horse faces the fate that the mayor is predicting.
“This isn’t about politics,” she says. “It’s about finding homes for all of the horses, and there won’t be a problem doing that.”
Since the articles came out, she’s contacted her extensive network of sanctuaries that take draft horses—precisely the breed who the soon-to-be-ex mayor and the grouchy NY tabloid seem intent on turning into horsemeat—and found plenty of takers.
“We found out who can take the horses and how many,” Beckstead states. “We are told by some of our experienced equine sanctuaries that there is actually a waiting list of good homes for retired carriage horses.”
Making their owners over $15 million a year, these horses have earned a peaceful and safe retirement. If the owners truly care about their horses, as so many claim, then providing for their safety seems a reasonable expectation.
Carriage horses still in their working prime have substantial economic value, so many will almost certainly be purchased by other carriage horse businesses. “That’s what we hear from our draft horse rescues,” she adds.
Hopefully, those that continue working will find a more equine friendly environment than they did under the Bloomberg administration—preferably in a place where the hometown reporter bothers to fact-check the mayor’s claims.
Re-enter the horseless carriage:
New “horseless carriage” vintage-replica electric cars are now in production, thanks to New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS). Car maker Jason Wenig of The Creative Workshop designed the cars to compliment the charm of Central Park. If all goes well, the first vintage cars could be on the streets for test drives in a few months. “The new eco-friendly cars will give tourists a neat way to move around the city, preserve the jobs of the carriage horse drivers, and give horses a break,” Kwan said.
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The Voca People are an Israel-based ensemble performing vocal theater combining a cappella and beat box vocals to reproduce the sounds of an entire orchestra. The Voca People claim to be aliens from another planet where the main method of communication is sounds. Dressed completely white in appearance except their lips, which are red, they float around in space in their ship, which is powered by nothing more than music. They arrive on Earth which has a great repertoire of music.
At first glance, Duncan Lou doesn’t look different from other happy, bounding puppies. Looking closer, you can see that he’s very unique indeed. Duncan was born with severely deformed back legs that were amputated when he was just 12 weeks old.
The Blaze Says Panda Paws Rescue: Duncan Lou is a Boxer puppy who was born with severely deformed rear legs & pelvis. The bones in his legs were completely fused by the time he was 8 weeks & there was no way to correct them to save them. We chose to amputate his rear legs making him a double amputee & giving him the greatest chance at life when he was just 12 weeks old. Duncan Lou doesn’t let his unique differences slow him down & he doesn’t know he is any different. He is now 16 weeks old, does physical therapy every day to correct the damage to his spine since birth, is regularly going to be doing hydrotherapy for life to help support his muscles and he also has a custom wheelchair to give him a second option of mobility. Duncan Lou…who is on a mission… to inspire YOU!
Duncan Lou even has wheels for long trips:
Hitler finds out the truth about Obamacare.
hardnoxandfriends (h/t Mike F)