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Tuesday Toon Roundup 1: Party of Fear and Hate

Toon: The Best Present Of All

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Toon: Keep Calm or Freak Out

Beijing smog ‘Red Alert’ issued: Schools and businesses to completely shut down

Beijing has issued its first ever “Red Alert” over the city’s smog, and the Chinese capital will now go into shutdown in an attempt to protect people from the deadly air.

Red alert is the highest possible state of caution that can be declared. It is the first time ever that it has been declared in the capital.

The warning means that schools will have to shutdown and construction and other industry in the city will be limited.

Smog levels are actually lower at the moment than they have been in recent weeks. But authorities are expecting an extreme amount of pollution in the coming days, and have imposed the order to ensure safety during that time.



Man Takes Perfect Photo of Diving Kingfisher after Six Years and 720,000 Tries

It’s a trite saying, but ‘Try, try until you succeed’ does hold true even today. Case-in-point is Scottish photographer Alan McFadyen, who spent six long years trying to get the perfect shot of a kingfisher diving into water. 720,000 tries later, he finally succeeded!

Alan, 46, was adamant about getting the shot in memory of his late grandfather Robert Murray, who often took him to see the kingfisher nesting spot at the beautiful lakeside near Kirkcudbright, Scotland, when he was about six years old. In fact, those childhood treks actually inspired him to take up photography at age 40.

“As a small boy of about six, I remember my grandfather taking me to see the kingfisher nest, and I just remember being completely blown away by how magnificent the birds are,” Alan said. “It was extraordinary how quick they flashed into the water with their brilliant blue colors – they didn’t look real, they were like a bullet they were so quick. So when I took up photography, I returned to this same spot to photograph the kingfishers.”

So Alan returned to the lakeside a few times each week and spent his time taking hundreds of photographs per day. The father-of-three spent an average of 100 days a year, clocking up over 4,200 hours and 720,000 photos before he finally got his dream shot – a kingfisher executing the perfect dive, without a single splash.



Monday Toon Roundup 3-The Rest





Monday Toon Roundup 2-Hummus

Monday Toon Roundup 1- The Issue

Sanders: I Will Not Buy Into ‘Their’ Plan To Ignore America’s Problems To Talk About ISIS

KEENE, New Hampshire — Bernie Sanders vowed once again not to change his campaign focus Saturday after a week that saw the political conversation shift to ISIS after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, weeks after the attack in Paris.

“As a nation and as a people, we have got to understand that our country faces a myriad of very serious problems… if you turn on the TV, what they now say is, ‘Well we’ve got one problem, it’s ISIS,” Sanders said, launching into a sarcastic impression of the “they” on television this week.

“‘We don’t have to worry about old people not having enough to eat. We don’t have to worry about having more people in jail than any other country. We don’t have to worry about the disappearing middle class. We don’t have to worry about economic and wealth inequality…we don’t have to worry about institutional racism, or a broken criminal justice. We don’t have to worry about that. All we should focus on now, 24/7, is ISIS,’” Sanders said.

“Here’s what I say,” he went on, “I say that ISIS must be destroyed and I say that we have got to build a coalition which destroys ISIS. But I say that we are a great enough country and a smart enough country that we can destroy ISIS at the same time as rebuild a disappearing middle class. We can do both.”



Sanders Proposes ‘People before Polluters’ Climate Plan

KEENE, N.H. – As world leaders meet at a Paris summit on climate change, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday said he soon will introduce a comprehensive plan to cut U.S. carbon pollution 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

Sanders’ plan also would double the number of Americans working in clean-energy jobs.

Sanders lambasted Republicans in Congress and presidential candidates for being more concerned about their campaign contributions from the Koch brothers and the fossil fuel industry than the wellbeing of the planet they are leaving their children and grandchildren.

“Pope Francis is right. This planet is moving in a suicidal direction unless we effectively combat climate change and transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy,” Sanders said.


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