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That's One Way to Announce a Pregnancy

If your dog is your little baby, what better way to announce to the world that you are having a new human baby than sending out this adorable little card? Photographers Chris & Adrienne Scott used this photo as their public pregancy announcement.


The New Deal

The following is an article from Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader.

A massive government effort to get people back to work and restart the economy, the New Deal had its detractors, then and now. But it remains one of the most popular and effective government programs in American history.


In October 1929, during the first year of Herbert Hoover's presidency, the U.S. stock market crashed. By 1933, unemployment had climbed from 4% to 25%, plunging the nation into the Great Depression. Hoover, a Republican, took a lot of the blame for it and was beaten by a landslide in his 1932 reelection bid by the Democratic candidate, former New York governor Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR promised American a "New Deal" -sweeping government intervention to revive the economy, and new laws to make sure the collapse was never repeated. His legislation was quickly passed through the Democrat-controlled Congress.

Although heavily criticized at the time as socialism or even communism, the New Deal put millions of Americans back to work, provided security for senior citizens, and in the process helped to stabilize the American economy. Most importantly, it gave Americans hope. Here's a look as some of the many agencies created in the New Deal to institute Roosevelt's reforms.

Federal Emergency Relief Administration. The first relief agency of the New Deal, it provided emergency welfare and aid. More than $3 billion was allocated to states and cities for homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and vaccinations, as well as literacy training and free childcare for job-seeking parents. FERA also provided temporary work for as many as 20 million people- construction and maintenance jobs, such as repairing public buildings, laying sewer pipe, and raking leaves for $15 per week. The agency was terminated in 1935, and its projects were absorbed into other programs.

National Recovery Administration. The aim of the NRA was to stimulate economic recovery by asking businesses to set a 40-cents-per-hour minimum wage and standardizing the work week at 40 hours for white-collar jobs and 36 for blue-collar. More than 23 million people worked under NRA-abiding companies, but violations of the code were common. Also, participation by firms was voluntary, so the agency didn't really have a lot of authority. In 1935 the Supreme Court declared the NRA unconstitutional because the federal government had overstepped state labor laws. Nevertheless, minimum wage and work hour laws were later passed by Congress.

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Best Use For A Yoga Ball

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Mary Ann Johnstone's goats know how to have fun! You probably won't see this much glee in a yoga class. -via Arbroath

Snuggle Time With The Youngster

This baby red tree kangaroo joey and his mama are residents of the San Diego Zoo. Fortunately, someone at the zoo managed to catch them during this moment of tenderness. It just shows that no matter what the species, a mother's love is unconditional.


Searching for the Elusive Meerkat

The family that reddits together, stays together -even when they are in different countries. Robotswana posted this picture, saying it's just another day at his Dad's job. Then his father, Todd Pitock, stepped in to explain.

I'm the guy in the photo. I was visiting the Makhadikhadi, which is in the Kalahari in Botswana. People are doing research as part of something called the Meerkat Project. The meerkats are wild but habituated -- meaning they're used to people and don't see them as a threat. So if you sit down and wait, eventually the alpha male, who is like the chief sentry, will mosey over and climb you like a rock. As one poster noted, he's looking for good viewpoints to gauge threats. The photo was NOT photoshopped. In fact, it wasn't even edited for color. And yes, those are my Brooks trail running shoes, and many thanks to the guy who advised on the new generation of them. The story will appear in National Geographic Traveler, though I don't know when. -- Todd Pitock


Abused Donkey Gets New Pants

Haim is a donkey in Israel who was abused before being taken in by Ramat Gan Safari, an animal sanctuary that is home to 1,600 creatures. He has been in rehabilitation for skittishness and physical wounds. But the raw skin on his legs wouldn't heal because of flies which caused Haim to scratch and pick. Traditional bandages caused too much damage and pain because they had to be changed often.  

Two caretakers, Becca Rivkin and Shira Inbar-Danin, came up with a solution. They spent four hours stitching a special pair of pants for the donkey that are held up by suspenders over his shoulders. The pants are double-layered, with a soft stretchy material on the inside, covered by a rougher baggy material that flies can’t bite through. The two women also rub cream on his legs every day.

The special pants are working swimmingly, and Haim will soon receive pants for his hind legs as well. With his skin protected, his fur is expected to grow back quickly, and then Haim the donkey will be able to trot around bare-ass once again.

Link -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Zoological Center Tel Aviv - Ramat Gan)

Panda Reunited with Mother

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The Taipei Zoo in Taiwan saw their first panda birth a month ago. Zookeepers feared that the tiny panda would come to harm from first-time mother Yuan Yuan and cared for the newborn in a separate enclosure. The 39-day-old cub, a female named Yuan Zai, was recently reunited with her mother. Link

Dog Is So Excited That Star Trek Is On

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I am totally get you, Chappo. You're a committed Trekkie and your human has turned on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

That's the least awesome Star Trek movie (by definition, there is no such thing as bad Star Trek, only gradations of awesomeness), but Chappo also howls for The Next Generation.

-via Nerd Approved

Cat Employs Perfect Sign Language

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A cat can learn whatever it needs to get what it wants. Since this cat cannot speak Russian, it uses very clear gestures to request a head scratching. -via Tastefully Offensive

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