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Being Single Is More Deadly Than Obesity, Says Study

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

It might feel good to spend time alone, or it may not. What is clear is that long periods of social isolation is bad for one’s health, and is even more likely to kill them than obesity.

According to a new review of 218 studies that looked into the effects of loneliness and social isolation, those with bad social connections are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with good social connections. Obesity, on the other hand, increases a person’s risk of death by just 30 percent

Said Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, lead author and professor at Brigham Young University: “Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need, crucial to both well-being and survival.”

“Extreme examples show infants in custodial care who lack human contact fail to thrive and often die, and indeed, social isolation or solitary confinement has been used as a form of punishment,” she continued. “Yet an increasing portion of the US population now experiences isolation regularly.”

As a result of these findings, experts are warning that loneliness should be considered a public health risk. They add that we, as a society, are experiencing a “loneliness” epidemic.”

This isn’t the first data suggesting social isolation can adversely affect one’s health. A survey by Granset, the over-50s social networking site, concluded that nearly 75 percent of the elderly in the UK are lonely. Furthermore, most have never spoken to someone about their feelings.

Said Holt-Lunstad: “There is robust evidence that social isolation and loneliness significantly increase the risk for premature mortality, and the magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators.”

“With an increasingly aging population, the effect on public health is only anticipated to increase,” added Holt-Lunstad. “Indeed, many nations around the world now suggest we are facing a ‘loneliness epidemic.’ The challenge we face now is what can be done about it.”

The professor urges greater priority to be placed on research and developing resources to tackle loneliness. For example, children should be taught social skills to combat loneliness or voice their emotions in schools.

Source: The New York Post

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 Amanda Froelich

I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, a freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis, and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich

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Dutch Grocery Store Unveils The World’s First Plastic-Free Aisle

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Where do you shop if you’re “going green?” At the grocery store Ekoplaza, of course! The Dutch chain recently unveiled the first plastic-free grocery store aisle in the world, and legislators are hoping it will encourage other businesses in the UK to implement similar.

Ekoplaza unveiled the aisle at its Jan Pieter Heijestraat location last Wednesday. As GoodNewsNetwork reports, the aisle includes over 700 products, such as fruits, vegetables, cereals, condiments, beverages, snacks, meats, and non-perishables. Every single item can be recycled or is biodegradable. By the end of this year, the company’s 70 other branches should roll out similar aisles.

Said Erik Does, Ekoplaza’s chief executive, in a statement: “Plastic-free aisles are an important stepping stone to a brighter future for food and drink. We know that our customers are sick to death of products laden in layer after layer of thick plastic packaging.”

The environmental group A Plastic Planet helped orchestrate the project. The plastic-free grocery aisle is just one of the group’s many initiatives. Reportedly, activists were inspired to take action after watching the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, which highlights the dangers of oceanic pollution.

Said Sian Sutherland, A Plastic Planet’s co-founder: “The introduction of the world’s first Plastic Free Aisle represents a landmark moment for the global fight against plastic pollution. For decades shoppers have been sold the lie that we can’t live without plastic in food and drink. A Plastic Free Aisle dispels all that. Finally, we can see a future where the public has a choice about whether to buy plastic or plastic-free.”

“There is absolutely no logic in wrapping something as fleeting as food in something as indestructible as plastic. Europe’s biggest supermarkets must follow Ekoplaza’s lead and introduce a plastic-free aisle at the earliest opportunity to help turn off the plastic tap,” he concluded.

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There Are Now 100 Scientific Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer

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By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Despite the fact that countless individuals have used cannabis oil to heal their afflictions, the U.S. Cancer Institute lists cannabis as a ‘cure’ for cancer on its website, and a multitude of veterans credits the herb with helping them ditch opioids and alleviate symptoms of PTSD, the marijuana plant remains classified as a Schedule I drug in the United States.

In fact, in most countries around the world, the use of the herb and its components for medicinal and recreational purposes remains to be illegal. This continues, regardless of the fact that 0 people die from using the herb each year. In contrast, 30,722 die from alcohol poisoning and 38,329 from abusing pharmaceuticals annually (according to 2014 data).

Some activists, such as Rick Simpson, have suggested that the plant is still illegal in the U.S. on a Federal level because of its multitude of uses. A part of the plant known as hemp can be used for clothing, food, and industrial purposes, and components of the ‘flower’ known as marijuana can inspire creativity, free-thinking and, of course, contribute to healing.

It is an injustice that individuals are refused access to the herb considering it is 100% natural and has been cultivated for thousands of years. Additionally, at least 100 studies prove that the plant can combat one of the most frightening modern afflictions: cancer. As 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men are predicted to develop cancer in their lifetimes, it is past time the herb loses its stigma and Schedule I status so that citizens worldwide might benefit from its many properties.

Following are 100 studies proving cannabis to be an all-natural cancer killer:

Cannabis kills tumor cells

Uterine, testicular, and pancreatic cancers

Brain cancer

Mouth and throat cancer

Breast cancer

Lung cancer

Prostate cancer

Blood cancer

Skin cancer

Liver cancer

Cannabis cancer cures (general)

Cancers of the head and neck

Cholangiocarcinoma cancer

Leukemia

Cannabis partially/fully induced cancer cell death

Translocation-positive rhabdomyosarcoma

Credit: Green Flower Media

Lymphoma

Cannabis kills cancer cells

Melanoma

Thyroid carcinoma

Colon cancer

Intestinal inflammation and cancer

Cannabinoids in health and disease

Cannabis inhibits cancer cell invasion


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Teen Health Has Deteriorated Over the Past Five Years, and Smartphones May be the Culprit

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Between the years 2012 and 2015, something unexpected occurred. The rates of depression, suicide attempts, and suicide among teens increased substantially. Thanks to new research, published in Clinical Psychology Science, the culprit has been identified.

The research was led by Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego University, along with her colleagues. In an article published by The ConversationalistTwenge wrote that regardless of background (less privilege versus high privilege), teens born after the year of 1995 were more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

While determining the cause, the researchers ruled out several factors. Because there was a period of steady economic growth and falling unemployment, the researchers didn’t believe economic malaise was to blame. And because income inequality is nothing new (the gap between the poor and the rich has been widening for decades, after all), this factor was ignored. Finally, the number of time teenagers spent on homework in this five-year period did not change at all, ruling out academic pressure.

The one thing that did change was the number of times teenagers spent on smartphones.  According to the Pew Research Center, smartphone ownership passed the 50 percent threshold in late 2012. That’s about the same time teen depression and suicide skyrocketed. Five years later, 73 percent of teens had access to a smartphone.

The researchers concluded that smartphone use and depression increase in tandem. The teenagers who spent five or more hours a day online were 71 percent more likely to have at least one suicide risk factor (depression, contemplating suicide, making a suicide plan, or attempting suicide), than teens who spent less than an hour a day online. “Overall, suicide risk factors rose significantly after two or more hours a day of time online,” wrote Twenge.

The psychology Professor and her colleagues hypothesize that time spent online can adversely affect mental health in indirect ways. For instance, when teens spend more time online, they spend less time with their friends. “Interacting with people face to face is one of the deepest wellsprings of human happiness; without it, our moods start to suffer and depression often follows. Feeling socially isolated is also one of the major risk factors for suicide,” wrote Twenge. The author added that teens who spent more time online and less time being social with friends were more likely to be depressed. And, that’s exactly what has taken place since 2012.

The researchers also theorize that the use of smartphones is causing teenagers to sleepless. Wrote Twenge, “Not sleeping enough is a major risk factor for depression, so if smartphones are causing less sleep, that alone could explain why depression and suicide increased so suddenly.”

Though depression and suicide have many causes, not limited to genetic predisposition, family environments, and bullying and trauma, the correlation between the use of smartphones and the rising prevalence of depression, suicide attempts, and suicide should not be ignored. Teens may be slipping into depression as a result of too much screen time, not enough face-to-face social interaction, inadequate sleep, or a combination of all three. For future generations to thrive, all factors need to be addressed.

As Twenge concluded, “It’s not too early to think about limiting screen time; let’s hope it’s not too late.”

Source: The Conversationalist

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I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, a freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis, and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich

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Bowl-Shaped Roofs Harvest Rainwater To Naturally Cool Homes In Arid Environments

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By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Water scarcity is a conundrum that affects every continent. Approximately 1.2 billion people (or 1/5 of the world’s population) live in areas of physical scarcity, and another 1.6 billion people face economic water shortage, relays UN-Water. To help remedy this conundrum, BMDesign Studios developed an innovative roof that is capable of collecting rainwater and cooling homes in arid environments.

The Concave Roof which looks like a bowl sits on top of a domed roof. When it rains and water is collected, the life-saving resource is funneled through the bowl into cooling reservoirs. Space between the double roofs allows for wind circulation and shade.

The architects explain that the system is designed to “help [make] even the smallest quantities of rain [flow down] the roof and eventually coalesce into bigger drops, just right for harvesting before they evaporate.” Considering hot, dry climates can be almost unbearable for residents during the summer, this intriguing concept has a variety of positive implications.

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Not only will inhabitants of the homes benefit from the cooling reservoir which is placed between building walls and helps regulate indoor temperatures, but the carbon footprint of the natural air conditioning units is also reduced. Inhabitat relays that initial testing of the concave roofs shows a 60% efficiency. 989 cubic feet of water can be harvested out of just 9,935 square feet of concave roof.

This is only the beginning. The studio, which is based in Tehran, Iran, intends to continue research in order to improve the design’s efficiency. Developments that take place now will undoubtedly affect many in the future, as it is predicted that arid areas will drastically increase over the next 30 to 40 years.

Following are some photos of the concept provided by the architects:

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Earth’s First Luxury Space Hotel Could Launch As Soon As 2022

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Nearly everyone has dreamt about traveling to space and within the next few decades, many will have the chance. But when passengers make it to their destination, where will they stay? If all goes according to plan, at the Aurora Station, Earth’s first luxury space hotel.

By 2021, the startup Orion Span seeks to launch the Aurora Station into orbit. As early as 2022, it could start accepting guests. If you are interested in such an experience, you may want to start saving money. The 12-night stay, which includes food, transportation to and from Earth, and three months of training, cost $9.5 million per person.

Only four guests can check into the Aurora Station at a time. To reserve a spot, an $80,000 deposit is required. Fortunately, it is entirely refundable.

As Space News reports, little else is known about the startup’s plans. The only other tidbit of information the company has shared is that because the hotel is a single module, no additional assembly would be necessary once it reaches orbit.

As neat as it sounds, the Aurora Station is still a concept. If it becomes a reality, however, Orion Span will likely partner with private companies for transportation, such as Virgin Galactic. “That will be through partnerships with SpaceX, Blue Origin or a space agency,” said Orion Span’s CEO, Frank Bunger. As of yet, no partnerships have been announced.

Other details have yet to be worked out, such as where the Aurora Station will be built. According to Bunger, it will be assembled in a facility in Houston, Texas. However, that facility does not yet exist. “We’ll probably be getting that in the next six to nine months,” said Bunger.

The company currently has six employees. Only a handful have backgrounds in space. Before Bunger got in the business of luxury space accommodation, he worked as a vice president at an information technology company.

Source: Space News, Engadget

Image Credit: Orion Span

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I’m an RHN, plant-based chef, a freelance writer with 6+ years of experience, Reiki master therapist, world traveler and enthusiast of everything to do with animal rights, sustainability, cannabis, and conscious living. I share healthy recipes at Bloom for Life and cannabis-infused treats at My Stoned Kitchen. Read More stories by Amanda Froelich

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New Wind Turbine Flaps Wings Like Hummingbird To Produce Clean Energy

By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Although traditional wind turbines have relatively little impact on the environment compared to fossil fuels, they still aren’t perfect. Mainly, people complain that the installations produce too much noise, pollute the view of landscapes, and kill birds and bats that fly into them. It’s for this reason and because their design can always be improved that a number of innovators are working on alternative concepts. One that might pique your interest was designed by Tyer Winds, and it’s the first mechanical device in the world that mimics the motion of a hummingbird in flight.

The  Tunisian invention is being heralded as a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Hassine Labaied, partner and co-founder of Tyer Wind, told Inhabitat that only recently have scientists begin to apply new understandings of animal and human motion into wings. The new wind power plant design is far more efficient than standard turbines due to 3D Aouinian kinematics pioneered by Anis Aouini.

Related Article: Trees Outfitted With Tiny, Vertical Wind Turbines Generate Clean Energy [Watch]

The unique model replicates the mechanism that allows hummingbirds to fly in one place with a wind turbine that moves in a figure 8 configuration. With two vertical axis wings made from carbon fiber (each 5.25 feet long), kinetic wind energy is converted into emissions-free electricity.

A pre-industrial rated power output of 1kW results from the two wings sweeping an area of nearly 12 square feet.

The video below shows how a pilot machine is presently being tested in Tunisia. Tyer Winds relays that the initial tests for power efficiency, aerodynamic behavior, and material resistance have been encouraging,  and that recorded data will be shared with the public after a period of time.

This isn’t the first time 3D Aouinian kinematics has been utilized to improve innovations. Reportedly, external combustion engines, external combustion engines, pumps, and marine propulsion have all benefited from the technology.

Related Article: Silent Rooftop Wind Turbines Could Generate Half of a Household’s Energy Needs

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These Children Were Asked What Makes Them Different, And Their Responses Will Blow You Away

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By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

What makes you different from others? If an adult were asked this question, they’d likely respond that their skin color is darker/lighter or that they work in a profession dissimilar to most others. If a child was asked this question, they’d answer in a drastically different way, as the following video reveals.

Filled by the BBC’s CBeebies network, the commercial shows several pairs of children appearing in different settings. All appear different from a physical perspective. Some kids vary in ethnicity and mobility, for instance.

Once their attention has been captured, they are asked what makes them different from each other. As can be viewed below, the children respond in unexpected ways. The ultimate takeaway from the video is that children see the world in a very different way than most adults and that their insights can sometimes offer some much-needed perspective.

Watch the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MJrRvpjB1I

According to GoodNewsNetwork, the commercial was created to let children know that “everyone is welcome” — regardless of how different they might be compared to others.

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California to Become First US State to Mandate Solar on New Homes

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Way to go, California! The Golden state is on the verge of making solar standard the standard. In fact, as soon as 2020, it may be mandatory for all newly-constructed homes in the state to have solar panels.

If the initiative passes, which is expected, solar installations on new homes will dramatically increase. Said Bob Raymer, technical director for the California Building Industry Association: “California is about to take a quantum leap in energy standards. No other state in the nation mandates solar, and we are about to take that leap.”

The new provisions seek to increase battery storage, as well as increase reliance on electricity over natural gas. As OC Register reports, all houses, condos, and apartment buildings up to three stories tall would be affected by the solar mandate.

Exceptions will be made, of course, such as when the roofs of buildings are too small to accommodate solar panels. And, for builders that integrate batteries such as the Tesla Powerwall, “compliance credits” will be awarded.

While homebuilders and environmentalists have celebrated the news, there are some who wish California would stick to its original “net zero” goal. According to officials, such high standards are not feasible at the moment. Furthermore, mandating “net-zero” fails to address the state’s ultimate ambition of curbing climate change.

As Andrew McAllister, one of the state’s energy commissioners, pointed out, this is because true net zero homes still rely on the electric power grid. He said: “Zero net energy isn’t enough. If we pursue (zero net energy) as a comprehensive policy, we’d be making investments that would be somewhat out of touch with our long-term goals.”

Still, some remain hopeful. “We’re happy they’re making good progress,” said Kelly Knutsen, technology advancement director for the California Solar and Storage Association. “We wish they would go further. There’s always compromises.”

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Source: OC Register

Image Credit: Pxhere

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Norway to Become First Country to Only Allow Electric Ships Into Their Fjords

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Over the years, Norway has established itself as a leader of green initiatives. Now, the Scandinavian country is proving its commitment to the environment once again by establishing the world’s first emission-free zone at sea.

Norway’s parliament adopted a resolution that would require all vessels, ships, and liners entering their world heritage fjords to produce zero carbon emissions. The ban is set to be enforced “as soon as technically possible,” but will go into full effect in 2026.

This is a major step for Norway, which receives hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the country’s 1,160 fjords every year. Officials believe the resolution will not only benefit the environment, but support the health of the tourists and local communities.

“For the first time in the world there is a requirement for emission-free sailing in the fjords and their harbors,” said Marius Holm, head of the environmental foundation ZERO.  “Norway has long been a world leader in emission-free ferries based on sound political decisions on zero-emission requirements. Now the country is taking a step further in the maritime green shift that has global repercussions. At the national level, this will mean a welcome development towards emission-free solutions on many tourist ships, a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and a halt to harmful local air pollution.”

Environmentalists are applauding the initiative, which is a welcome follow-up to the Norwegian Parliament’s decision in 2015 to require all ferries in new tenders to be equipped with zero or low-emission technology. Hege Økland, CEO of the maritime industrial cluster NCE Maritime CleanTech, commented on this when she said: “Norway has become a world-leading maritime supplier of low- and zero-emissions solutions. The decision on zero-emission fjords can secure our industry’s position in this area, so that Norwegian business will be strengthened and we can provide green solutions also to the rest of the world.”

Given the pace at which Norway is transitioning to a clean energy economy, it is possible the switch to zero emission sailing technology will take place much sooner than 2026. “Tourists come to see pure nature, not fjords full of exhaust. Norway also has an international responsibility to manage its world heritage sites. We have long been seeking concrete action, and are therefore very pleased with this decision on emissions-free fjords,” said Katrin Blomvik, director of the Geiranger Fjord World Heritage Foundation.

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Affordable ‘Plant Pod’ Grows More Lettuce In One Room Than A Half-Acre Plot

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Most people struggle to budget for healthy food. With the Plant Pod, the tribulation will never again occur. Why? Because the agricultural company Aggressively Organic has the bold ambition to tackle world hunger and, it intends to do this with “Plant Pods.”

The micro-gardening system is capable of growing more lettuce in a 10-foot room than on a half-acre of farmland. This is possible, thanks to hydroponic technology. The method revolves around soil-less gardening, meaning owners need only water the pods every few weeks. Because the Plant Pod needs minimal care, even busy people without green thumbs can benefit from the technology.

Growing food via the Plant Pod is more sustainable for the environment. For instance, planting lettuce in the ground requires approximately 25 gallons of water to grow. Using the pod, on the other hand, requires only about 16 ounces.

Aggressively Organic is serious about its mission to end world hunger. That’s why the Plant Pods have been designed to cost “less than the price of a large pizza.” The company states on its website: “Since our goal is to end food insecurity, we had to make a system that literally anyone can afford and use. There are no pumps, no electricity required, very little plastic, and every aspect of our company is sustainable. This website is even hosted on a server powered by wind.”

GoodNewsNetwork reports: “The pods are built using cardboard liners, a coconut coir disc in which seeds are planted, reusable netted cups to hold the plant, and a nutrient solution that nourishes the greenery.”

An additional benefit of using the Plant Pod is that food is more nutritious. Aggressively Organic claims that lettuce loses 90 percent of its nutrition within one day of being harvested. “Now you can harvest when hungry and know that you’re getting the most nutrition from your food. We call this plant-to-plate freshness.”

Because the product is still being perfected. it is not yet available on the market. However, you can sign up on Aggressively Organic’swebsite to receive notifications when they start accepting Plant Pod pre-orders.

Watch the video below to learn more: 

https://vimeo.com/237442033

Images Credit : AggressivelyOrganic

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Sweden Launches World’s First Electric Road That Charges Cars As They Drive

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

By 2030, Sweden aims to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by 70 percent. Days ago, the country took a big step toward achieving its goal.

Sweden is now the first country in the world to have an electrified road that recharges the batteries of vehicles driving on it. Electric rail has been embedded into the nearly 2 km (1.2 miles) of public road which is located near Stockholm. Hopefully soon all cars will be electric, with these overnight couriers benefitting heavily from innovation like these roads.

According to The Guardian, this is just the first stretch of road intended to be built. The government’s roads agency has already drafted a national map which outlines future expansion. By embedding electric rail into the road, Sweden seeks to tackle the problem of keeping electric vehicles charged.

How does it work? When a car or truck passes over the road, energy is transferred from two tracks of rail in the road via a movable arm which is attached to the bottom of the vehicle. Should the vehicle overtake, the arm is automatically disconnected.

Each section of the electrified road is divided into 50 meter sections. When a vehicle stops, the current is disconnected. The newly-developed system is capable of calculating the energy consumption of the vehicle. With this information, electricity costs can be debited to the user of each vehicle. This innovative method of charging means a vehicle’s batteries can be smaller. Additionally, the costs of both manufacturing and upkeep are reduced.

According to Hans Säll, chief executive of the eRoadArlanda, both current vehicles and roadways can be adapted to take advantage of this technology. In fact, he’s hoping exactly this occurs, as Sweden has roughly half a million kilometers of roadway.

“If we electrify 20,000km of highways that will definitely be be enough,” said Säll. “The distance between two highways is never more than 45km and electric cars can already travel that distance without needing to be recharged. Some believe it would be enough to electrify 5,000km.”

If this tactic proves useful, perhaps other countries will implement similar. What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

Source: The Guardian

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Mute Girl Befriends Donkey Then Surprises Everyone By Uttering These Three Words

By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

The friendship between a human and an animal is oftentimes an extraordinary one. And, the bond between a young girl named Amber and a rescue therapy donkey named Shocks is no exception.

Before Shocks the donkey was rescued and taken in by The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham, England, he was found lying in a field at a farm in Ireland with a rope tied tightly around his neck. Not only had lesions and sores formed on his body from being tethered so tightly, it is suspected that his previous owner poured bleach on his wounds in an attempt to help him heal.

Now, however, Shocks is treated with respect and kindness, as well as is best friends with a little girl named Amber. The two met in 2013 when Amber, who at the time was two-years-old, was still unable to make a sound. According to The Dodo, the girl and been born prematurely and had to undergo an emergency tracheostomy, a surgery that put a pipe in her neck to let air in. The procedure saved her life but cut off airflow from her vocal chords, essentially making her mute. Amber also has cerebral palsy, which makes it a struggle for her to move around.

Fortunately, both she and Shocks improved upon meeting and befriending each other. Amber’s mom, Austwick, commented:

“It was fairly immediate to see they had a bond together, as they were both so gentle with each other. Shocks would lower his head to her and would allow her to hold him around his neck. It was scary for us, as parents, as he was so big compared to little Amber, but they really seemed smitten!”

Credit: Amber’s Donkey

Because the donkey encouraged Amber to be active, she gradually built up strength and even learned to ride the donkey who once had been left for dead.

When Amber turned three-years-old, she underwent another surgery. This time, however, the operation was to help her talk again. After a period of time had passed and Amber’s vocal chords had healed, she spoke her first words upon reuniting with Shocks. Before she and her family left the sanctuary, she hugged the donkey and said, “I love you, Shocky.”

“It was such a proud moment and of course a massive relief to know that she could speak,” Austwick remembers. “I’d say they healed each other.”

Amber is now attending school but still makes time to visit her friend.

“She gets to go in the arena with him and groom him and cuddle him and lead him around the arena and she loves it,” Austwick said. “They still value their time together and they still love their cuddles.”

Amber and Shocks’ bond has inspired many, including the young girl’s parents. In fact, they even wrote a book about the pairs’ healing process. To help The Donkey Sanctuary rescue and train more therapy donkeys like Shocks, you can make a donation.

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Washington State Becomes First In US To Pass Legislation Protecting Net Neutrality

By Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Though the Federal government is taking steps to eliminate net neutrality, not all states are playing along. Earlier this week, Washington became the first state in America to pass legislation protecting net neutrality.

In a bipartisan effort, legislators in Washington passed House Bill 2282. Governor Jay Inslee promptly signed it into law. “Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet,” said Inslee on Monday.

The bill was approved by the legislature last month and exists to safeguard net neutrality protections. As you may remember, these were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and are scheduled to end by April 23.

What is net neutrality? Essentially, it requires internet service providers to treat all online content the same. Without it, internet service providers can deliberately speed up or slow down the rate at which websites load. This gives certain sites and companies advantages over others.

The FCC’s decision has been hotly criticized in recent months. As MSNreports, “Attorneys general from more than 20 red and blue states filed a lawsuit in January to stop the repeal.” So far, Washington is the only state to pass legislation protecting net neutrality rules.

According to Inslee, the new measure will protect an open internet in Washington. In his own words, the law allows “the free flow of information and ideas in one of the greatest demonstrations of free speech in our history.” HB2282 will go into effect June 6.

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Police Officer Skates With Youth While On Patrol For An Inspiring Reason

By Amanda Froelich | True Activist

Officer Craig Hanaumi isn’t like most cops you’ll meet. While on patrol in Seattle, Washington, he uses his talents for playing trombone, doing jiu-jitsu and skateboarding to interact and connect with youth in the area.

According to the Bellevue police officer, skateboarding and practicing martial arts with the kids is an essential part of his job, as it’s important to forge positive relationships between law enforcement and community members. Plus, it allows him to interact with individuals he wouldn’t normally meet or converse with.

According to GoodNewsNetwork, Craig is fond of sports and recreation because he feels the activists allow people to form more meaningful bonds than just conversation. And, judging by the kids and teenagers he spends time with, his theory is correct.

Officer Craig’s activism is noteworthy because many members of society have a terse relationship with law enforcement workers. This is because many cops lack the skills necessary to diffuse situations. Fortunately, some are working hard to change the image of police officers so relations with the public might be improved. 

In the following video, the officer skateboards with teens while on patrol:

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