Provide Safe Haven to Captain Paul Watson, Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The Sea Shepherd needs our help!!

Please read and sign the Petition

http://wh.gov/VnRf

We request the U.S. not extradite U.S citizen Paul F. Watson.

There are two active Interpol Red Notices issued against Captain Watson at the request of Costa Rica and Japan. Underlying these notices are non-lethal acts in defense of marine life suffering from illegal shark fishing and whaling operations. The warrants are politically motivated.

Captain Watson is a world-renowned and highly respected leader in environmental issues. In 1999, he was awarded President George H.W. Bush’s “Daily Points of Light” Award and in 2000, he was named one of Time Magazine’s “Top 20 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century.” In 2012, he became only the second person ever to be honored with the Jules Verne Award for environmentalists and adventurers. Captain Watson is a national treasure.

“I have been honored to serve the whales, dolphins, seals – and all the other creatures on this Earth. Their beauty, intelligence, strength, and spirit have inspired me. These beings have spoken to me, touched me, and I have been rewarded by friendship with many members of different species.

If the whales survive and flourish, if the seals continue to live and give birth, and if I can contribute to ensuring their future prosperity, I will be forever happy.”

– Paul Watson

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Tips on How To Vacation on a Small Budget

During difficult economic times, taking a vacation may seem like an impossible task, especially if you have children. But the truth of the matter is that everyone needs time away to relax and have fun. A vacation does not have to cost a fortune.  There are ways to vacation on a small budget.

The following is a list of  tips to help save money on a vacation:

1. You don’t have to stay in expensive hotels and resorts. There are plenty of campgrounds that offer very affordable rates.  Also, vacationing during off-season cost less. Bed and breakfasts are another idea. The rooms are usually very lovely and the food is great.

2. If you have children, give them a set amount of money they can spend. Tell them they have to budget because that is all the money they will have for the entire trip.

3. Using credit cards while on vacation has its draw backs. Before you travel,  plan how much to spend to avoid high credit card debt. You can do the following:

• Contact your credit card company to see if they give any travel discounts on things like accommodations, car rental, insurance or airplane tickets.
• Bring only one credit card with you on the trip so you want be tempted to over spend.
• Keep track of everything you spend; keep all of your receipts.
• Find out the steps involved with reporting lost or stolen credit cards and if you will be held liable for unauthorized use of a card.
• Keep a list of your credit card numbers and important credit card contact information.

4. When it comes to meals,  pack homemade lunches and beverages. Try to cut the amount of snacks you buy. Many hotels provide free continental breakfasts. Look for restaurants that offer discounts for children, or “Kids Eat Free” programs. We spend way too much money on eating out. This could be one of your biggest cost savers, plan ahead the internet is a great way  to find deals before you leave on vacation.

5. If flying is part of your vacation plans, look for cheap airlines and discounted rates; discount airlines are a good choice.  There are online  specials available all the time. Comparison shopping online is a great way to buy cheap airline tickets, last-minute tickets are often sold at great discounts.

6. Vacation activities do not have to be expensive. Research your destination before getting there, you can find reasonably priced options such as museums, historical sites, amusement parks, national and state parks and zoos. These types of places will often only charge a small fee.  Check on free local festivals that can include walking tours, wine tasting, arts and crafts, as well as historical re-enactments.  Doing some research on cheap things to do before your trip could help you save alot.

7. Often, fun events are taking place close to your own home. Visiting local and regional areas is a cheap and fun way to explore your state. Make sure you check the visitor center of each town and city you visit. They will have information on affordable sights and activities, and may have special discount coupons.

8. Buy a cheap long distance phone card before you travel. Hotel phones can be expensive. If you are using a cell phone, check out the cell phone carrier’s roaming fees before using it so your not hit with a surprise bill when you get home..

Everyone needs time away from their busy day-to-day routines. Being on a budget does not mean that you can’t have a fun vacation. By implementing and following a well-planned vacation budget, you and your family will have a great vacation full of lasting memories.

Organic Pest Control for Sugar Ants

Well, it’s that time of year again. Those pesky little tiny black ants start showing back up. I have never had a problem with ants until we moved 6 months ago. I’ve always heard other people talk about how irritating ants can be, I never thought twice about it. Well let me tell you I now know what they were talking about. I will be the first to admit that I’m not a super clean freak but my kitchen is always clean. I love to bake and try out new recipes, so you can see why I would freak out seeing these little pest in my kitchen. So, I have researched how to get rid of these little intruders without using any harsh chemicals in my kitchen. I’m sure I’m not alone in not wanting any chemicals were I prepare my food. So, I thought I would share what I have learned about getting rid of these intruders.

A colony of Sugar Ants (also known as Pharaoh Ants) can consist of up to 300,000 ants. Organic pest control is vital because Pharaoh Ants are capable of carrying pathogens such as salmonella, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. These ants are very small in size and are a light yellow to reddish-brown. The antenna, terminate in a distinct club shape and have 3 longer segments. The female is capable of laying over 350 eggs during her lifetime and can lay about 12 eggs a day. The eggs hatch in 6-7 days. They only live about 45 days depending on climate conditions.

Sugar Ants like to feed on almost anything, even grease and shoe polish. Foraging ants have been found in almost everything including sealed packages of sterile dressings, IV bottles, water pitchers and car engines.

Pharaoh Ants Travel in Trails.

Trail Locations Outside the House

* Edges of the foundation or sidewalk
* Edge of the driveway
* Fence stringers
* Edge of the lawn or border of flowerbeds
* Separation grooves in the sidewalk
* Next to cement blocks or wood steps

Trial Locations Inside the House

* Next to wiring or plumbing that has been cut through studs
* Trails through insulation in the wall spaces
* Edges of cabinets and close to furniture
* Tree branches or bushes that touch the house
* Old stump roots that may go underneath the house

Ants work day and night. Sometimes you can trick sugar ants by leaving a light on at night in areas you’ve seen them frequent. Ants become frustrated when they notice a change in their light patterns.

Organic Pest Control for Sugar Ants

You can mix one quart of water and 1 tablespoon of Ivory Liquid in a spray bottle and make sure it’s mixed well. Once you spray them and their trail it will help get rid of them because you’ll wash away their scent pathway.

Scrub your kitchen counters with ½ white vinegar and ½ water mixture.

Ants won’t cross a line of chalk, cayenne pepper, baby powder or coffee grounds. This works great around pet food either outdoors or indoors, just make a line around their dishes with any of the above products.

A common window cleaner will kill ants. Just spray them with window cleaner and they are history.

For houseplants just soak orange or lemon peels in hot water< overnight then water your plants with it the next day, it will deter sugar ants away from your plants and out of the soil.

Herbs are great for Organic Pest Control

* Bay Leaves can deter Sugar Ants from kitchen drawers, cupboards and under refrigerator. Just make sure you use fresh whole Bay Leaves.

* Cinnamon powdered cinnamon will block Pharaoh Ants path back to their colony.

* Cloves you can place cloves anywhere you see ants.

* Garlic just place a few small pieces of garlic in cracks and crevices and ants will avoid that area.

* Mint Leaves mint leaves and oils will deter just about any critter but crushed mint leaves has been used for thousands of years to repel ants.

* Ants hate the herb Turmeric. If you can find a sugar ant tunnel entrance just sprinkle Turmeric down into the opening, the pharaoh ants will move far away and never return to that location.

Organic Ant Bait

Here is a good organic ant bait that will kill the ants, mix ½ cup of granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon of borax into 1 cup of water. Place this mixture in a bottle laying on its side with the cap off. Keep out of reach of children and pets!

To kill off the entire colony of ants, mix up a batch honey and boric acid, about ½ teaspoon of each. Place the mixture into a very small bottle with the lid off. The ants will carry the mixture back to the colony and give to the queen as a treat. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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