George W. Bush Remembers His Late Dog Barney, Who Would’ve Been 13 Today (PHOTO)

Good News – The Huffington Post
George W. Bush Remembers His Late Dog Barney, Who Would’ve Been 13 Today (PHOTO)
President George W. Bush reflected on the life of his beloved dog Barney Monday by sharing a photo of the president and his former pup on Facebook.

Bush wrote that Monday would have been Barney’s 13th birthday.

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OSU Football Team Consoles Grieving Sports Anchor Dom Tiberi With Onslaught Of Hugs (VIDEO)
On Sept. 17, Dom Tiberi, longtime sports director and anchor at CBS affiliate WBNS-TV, unexpectedly lost his 21-year-old daughter, Maria, in a car accident.

“It’s never going to be the same; a little piece of me died,” Tiberi said Friday, as he made an emotional return to the WBNS sports desk in Columbus, Ohio.

Expressing his gratitude to colleagues and supporters for their encouragement, he added: “We’re going to try to make a positive out of this… Thanks for sticking with me.”

The very next day, after the Ohio State University football team beat the University of Wisconsin-Madison at Ohio Stadium, his home team showed Tiberi that they’re indeed sticking with him: They lined up after the game to envelop the grieving anchor in bear hug after bear hug.

“Whoa,” Tiberi says to the camera, his voice catching, as the last few members of the Buckeyes walk off to the locker room. “That was amazing.”

Tiberi’s daughter had been a student at OSU. A few days after her death, more than 100,000 Buckeye fans stood in silence in her honor before a game at Ohio Stadium, WBNS reports .

Watch the Buckeyes welcoming Tiberi back to the Ohio Stadium in the video above. It’s heartbreakingly bittersweet, so you might want some tissues.

Green – The Huffington Post
Government Shutdown Would Force 94 Percent of EPA Staff To Stay Home
WASHINGTON — Ninety-four percent of Environmental Protection Agency employees will be furloughed tomorrow in the event of a government shutdown, according to the agency’s contingency plan.

A very small number of the agency’s 16,204 employees would be allowed to continue working. Anyone for whom the suspension of work “would imminently threaten the safety of human life or the protection of property” — which the agency says is only about 3.85 percent of its staff — would be allowed to come to work.

Among them are those engaged in activities that “ensure continued public health and safety, including safe use of food and drugs and safe use of hazardous materials”; those who protect federal lands, buildings, equipment and research property; those who conduct law enforcement and criminal investigations; and those who provide emergency and disaster assistance.

Another small portion of employees — 1.81 percent — are funded outside of the appropriations process and would also be able to continue working.

But EPA employees whose jobs involve writing laws to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, for example, will not be able to work. Even most employees who oversee projects like Superfund cleanup sites would not be allowed to continue working, unless discontinuing the work there would pose an “imminent threat” to public health. From the contingency plan:

For example, if ceasing the operation of an acid mine drainage treatment plan would cause a release to a stream that provided drinking water to a community; the agency would consider that situation to pose an imminent threat.

The plan says that the EPA is determining which of the 800 superfund sites around the country qualify for that exception.

Florida Fishermen Boat Through Waterspout, Vow To Never Do It Again (VIDEO)
This goes without saying, but we have to address it anyway: driving a boat through the middle of a waterspout is generally a bad idea.

Yet that didn’t stop Kevin Johnsen, a fisherman specializing in tours of the Florida Keys, when he and Aaron Osters, a fellow fisher, ventured close to a group of waterspouts last week.

A video uploaded to YouTube captured the scene as the two men and a dog boated in and around a storm system 6 miles off the Florida coast. They spend some time underneath a forming funnel, then actually point the boat through a spinning cloud that’s already touched down.

“We’re going to batten down the hatches, put on the waterproof housing and then we’re going inside,” Johnsen explains to the camera (at about 7:10). “My girlfriend is going to kill me,” he adds, as they steer through just over 8 minutes into the video.

Johnsen estimates the spout was an F0, meaning it had wind speeds under 72 miles per hour, though it was strong enough, he says, “to completely open my deck hatches and forcibly move the boat more than I expected.”

“All right, we won’t do that again!” he tells the camera.

Johnsen’s actions are the exact opposite of what one should do with a waterspout. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tells all boaters to “take waterspouts seriously” and “be prepared to quickly seek safe harbor.”

Watch the full video, below:

Climate Change and Urban Sustainability: Building the Infrastructure for Resilience
In 2009, for the first time ever, a majority of the world’s population lived in cities. By 2030, six out of ten people will live in cities. By 2050, that number will grow to seven out of ten. That is three billion additional urban dwellers forecasted by 2050.

Our urban centers are rapidly growing, and we are ill-prepared to meet the challenge. Our climate is changing, and our urban infrastructure is crumbling. Our energy grid has never been more fragile, our landfills are close to overflowing (maybe because we waste almost half of our food?), and our water and wastewater transport and treatment system is in a state of disrepair. The majority of our tax dollars continue to get directed to building highways instead of public transit, and the American Dream seems further out of reach than ever before.

So, what do we do? How do we build our urban centers so that we are both climate resilient and able to keep up with our growing population? How can we engage our communities and urbanites while we build the green job economy that holds such promise?

First, cities need to get a lot smarter about how they use their water and energy, where their food comes from, how they move people around, and where they build housing. Healthy food, adequate clean water, accessible transit, and affordable housing are the building blocks of a quality urban life.

To fuel our growing cities, we will need reliable, local, and renewable energy. California has blazed the path toward this clean energy future with a host of regulatory, legislative, and financial tools, from its landmark AB32 legislation, to community choice aggregation, to clean fuel vehicles. We need to localize these programs in our cities, and institutionalize them from the ground up.

Then there is water, our municipal lifeblood. Climate change will cause water shortages for an additional 100 million urbanites by 2025. We need to rapidly move toward investing in green infrastructure and diversifying our water supplies. The multiple benefits of green infrastructure can no longer be ignored — it is not just about storm water management, but the data now shows that green infrastructure can boost everything from a city’s carbon sequestration to its economic vitality. Recycled water, improved groundwater management, water efficiency, grey water systems, and rainwater catchment are a few of the many water diversification and conservation tools that urbanites can use today to help build a resilient urban water system.

Transit-oriented, energy-efficient developments (TOD) must also become a priority in our city planning if we are going to move the dial on climate change and create livable cities. TOD is a type of community development that includes housing, office, retail, healthy food, and other amenities in a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of transit. TOD is the sustainable solution to everything from housing affordability, to traffic congestion, to climate change. Plus, it can provide safe, green places for our children to play, and for our parents to grow old.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we need to invest in and lift up our most entrepreneurial and determined community leaders to get the job done. By 2050, people of color will become the majority, and immigrants will account for two-thirds of urban growth by 2025. We need to provide education, job training, and green-collar opportunities to this growing demographic, include them in decision-making at all levels, and recognize the important role they play in a healthy urban infrastructure.

If we move quickly to engage our communities and leaders in the building of a sustainable urban infrastructure, we may yet provide the resiliency we need to adapt to a rapidly changing climate.

My eight-year-old urbanite will thank you.

Hunting In Hawaii Offers Beautiful Vistas, Challenging Terrain And Ethical Game
Most avid sportsmen plan trips to the south or the midwest for their hunting trips. But there’s a new destination to add to the mix, and it doesn’t require cold weather gear.

Hawaii, it turns out, is a hunter’s paradise. Obviously, fishermen in Hawaii have no difficulty filling their days, but the islands are full of large game as well. Wild pigs, goats, axis deer, and feral and mouflon sheep roam the mountains without any natural predators, which makes hunting in Hawaii an environmental necessity. The idea of living off the land is an important value in Hawaiian culture and you’ll often hear hunters say that the “aina [or land] provides.”

Hawaii’s terrain and natural beauty offer an added bonus for hunters looking for more than just a stroll in the woods. Jake Marote, an adventurer and photographer, frequently endures army crawls, hikes over lava fields and climbs up steep cliffs to track animals, all with his crossbow and a 30-pound pack of survival gear in hand. “Never know when you’ll be spending the night,” he says. If he does catch something, Marote (who raised a baby goat he found as a pet) will usually debone the animal on the spot, pack the meat, and leave the carcass — it’s a long hike back, after all.

On a recent hunting trip for goats on Oahu’s west side, Marote and his hunting partner left at 4am. This was the night sky they saw as they began their hike up:

night sky

They had to climb and crawl across narrow spines with steep cliffs on either side. One slip or fall could be deadly.


But the view from the top was worth it.


Since it’s “the rut” — or mating season — right now, the male goats were constantly chasing and battling the females around.


Taking aim:


Marote and his friend didn’t catch anything on this particular outing, but not for lack of targets. They could have shot some goats, Marote explained, “but they wouldn’t have been ethical shots as we wouldn’t have been able to climb down and retrieve them from the side of the cliffs.” One of the disadvantages to adventure hunting.


For those sportsmen who still don’t believe Hawaii is for them, here is Marote with a ram he shot after a nine-mile hike over lava fields:

GPS for the Soul – The Huffington Post
The Most Important Decision We Can Make
Lots of things annoy me: being behind slow walkers, bad grammar, people who wear cologne a bottle at a time, reality television.

The one pet peeve I have that immediately shifts me into argument mode is best summed up by this comment on my article, “How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps.”

“What happens when you wake up from this dream, and have to live in the real world? I practice these tips every day and i am miserable almost every day. Why? Health issues, spouse, bills, jobs, or lack there of, kids, inlaws, money, no time for physical relationship, to busy for friends, blahblahblah. So you can stick your thumb up your butt and stare at the sky all you want, but that doesnt change the fact that the majority of live is not pleasureable and if it was we wouldnt slave away all year saving for vacation, or get hammered every weekend, or spend money we dont have to buy Christmas presents for everyone to mask the fact that their lives are unhappy also. So your hippie paradise is fine in theory, but then again so is Communism. Depressed yet? Welcome to life.”

I don’t write much about the specifics of difficult things I’ve gone through, partly out of respect for other people that might affect, but in a larger part because it isn’t what defines me. I don’t see myself as the sum of all of the adversity I’ve faced or problems I still have. I don’t look at all the times I’ve been on the ground as who I am.

I define myself by all the times I chose to keep going, when it would have been easier to quit. I define myself by the fact that I choose — daily — that my life is something that I make, not something that happens to me.

I see myself as having gotten back up.

That is the difference. That is the crux of my biggest pet peeve, and quite possibly the biggest decision any of us can make.

We do not get to choose our parents. We do not get to choose what race or gender we are born. We do not get to choose many of the events that happen in our lives: illness, abuses, job loss, relationship problems, the list goes on. We do not choose the hand we are dealt.

But please, don’t ever fall for the lie that we have no choice in what we do about it.

How we behave when things are going well is one measure of our character. Perhaps a far better measure of our character is how we react in the face of adversity. One of the things that sustains me in times that are dark, or difficult, is the knowledge that no matter what happens, the choice of how to respond is mine — and no one else’s. It is a privilege and a responsibility to take ownership of your life, to fully embrace the ideal that your life is not what happens to you, but what you make of it.

Life may bruise us. It might even break us. What comes next is up to us. It isn’t that we should strive to never fall or fail — we will. If we are going to do anything there will be many false steps and failures along the way. We get sick — physically or emotionally. We have losses, setbacks and obstacles. We have heartbreaks. The point of life isn’t to avoid these things or believe that we should act like they didn’t hurt us.

The point is that no matter how many times we fall, we can choose to get back up.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

For more by Kate Bartolotta, click here.

For more on happiness, click here.

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