There are Special Places for People Like You

The last thing he heard were shouts of his grieving flock in the distance as he lay in the room where he was to take his final breath. “There are special places for people like you”. He smiled at the thought of his congregation gathered to say farewell knowing he would soon enter into the arms of the Lord .

Charles Shepler spent his time on earth fighting for those that would never be heard. He was instrumental in the final passage of the abortion laws in the United States. It was a long journey but finally there would be no more abortions for any reason. Right before he fell ill there was a case involving a young woman who was raped and she became the subject of the toughest section in the new abortion laws to overcome. She like so many others wanted an abortion and because of the circumstances felt justified in doing so. She was just denied having any procedure to end the life of the being inside her and due to his illness he could not attend the final court appeals. That was now part of “another life” so to say. He was now on an entirely new journey to his final place with the Lord.

Charles found himself in a whirl of some sort of fluid thinking that after death he was sure there would be no senses. No feelings as it where. No one really knew what death was to be until they were experiencing it as he was now and it was much different than what he had expected. He became used to his surroundings and found it quite comfortable. There was no hunger or need to relieve himself but there were no other souls and that made him just a bit uneasy but with time this too passed. How long have I been dead he thought and when will I meet my maker or at least one of his representatives. Many believed that after death there was nothing but now he knew the truth. One goes on into the next life just as he believed his entire life.

While Charles was in a suspended state his fate was being decided. His time would come after only 7 earth months and that was when Charles finally realized that the chanting outside his final place was not that of his congregation but that of the mother of the young girl forced to have the child of rape. It did not matter with the new laws that she was raped nor did it matter that the baby tested positive for a disfiguring disease making taking it to term a high risk to the mother. He did not know that the young girl was rushed to the hospital to have her baby and it did not survive nor did he know that the girl died in child birth. He was about to know what hells the children he forced to live were going through as he would be born in just a few days stricken with a terminal case of infant xxxxxxxxx. His case would not lead to death though he was going to live a long, lonely, moneyless life with this painful and dabilitating disease in his Special Place.

Endangered Animals 2012 WWF Listed

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From the 2012 WWF’s List of Endangered Animals


The Tiger

This is a sad statistic – only 3200 tigers remain in the wild, will any remain in 12 years when the “Year of the Tiger” rolls around again?

The Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus)

Is very close to extinction. There are believed to be as few as 40 left in the wild in Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia and none are currently in captivity. The IUCN Red List currently lists Javan rhinos as critically endangered.
In October, poachers killed the last remaining Javan rhino in Vietnam. Several were alive in the wild in Vietnam as recently as 2004.
A survey of surviving Javan rhinos in Indonesia found that there are very few females in the population.
~ BlueChannel24

Snow Leopard

There are 4,080 to 6,590 of this Magnificent animal left in the wild

The Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris)

According to WWF, there are only 85 of these dolphins left in Southeast Asia. The limited range of this animal along with killing by fisherman has left Irrawaddy dolphin populations in danger.

The Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)

I was not able to find a photograph of a living animal for this endangered species. Small dolphin native to the Gulf of Califonia. The rarest porpoise in the world
WWF estimates that there are around 245 vaquita left in the wild. They are most immediately threatened by “entanglement in fishing gear.” Fortunately, WWF helped authorities in Mexico to reduce bycatch of vaquita to a “level that does not threaten the population” by 2009.
The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) 

WWF explains that there are estimated to be about 786 individuals left in the two mountain gorilla populations near the Uganda-Rwanda-DRC and in a national park in Uganda. However, the two populations have grown by 14 and 12 percent, respectively, in the past decade.
Armed conflicts and natural resource exploitation have been blamed for endangering the gorilla populations.

Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea)

According to WWF, there are about 34,000 nesting females left in the world and populations in the Atlantic are relatively stable. In the Pacific, however, there may be as few as 2,300 adult females.
Their wide geographical distribution and shallow dive depth means they are threatened by longline fishing operations, explains WWF.
A study from September found that although the number of sea turtles killed in U.S. fisheries has declined by 90 percent since 1990, it may not be enough to sustain sea turtle populations.

In August, a 700-pound leatherback washed up on the shore at Montauk, New York.

The Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii)

According to WWF, they are the most endangered of the two orangutan species and there are about 7,500 Sumatran Orangutans left in the wild.
Native only to parts of Sumatra, Indonesia, the orangutans are threatened by human agricultural and residential development.
A recent study found that residents of Borneo killed at least 750 endangered orangutans in a one-year period.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)

Threatened by overfishing. A report from October found that eastern Atlantic bluefin is traded at twice the amount catch quotas actually allow. In August, it was reported that Mitsubishi executives planned to buy up tons of bluefin and freeze it to profit from impending population collapses.

Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) 

World Wildlife Fund estimates that there are between 41,410 and 52,345 Asian elephants in the wild.
HuffPost blogger Wendy Diamond writes that besides deforestation and industrialization, landmines also threaten Asian elephants in the wild. The founder of an elephant park in Thailand claims he “has known about 20 elephants who stepped on land mines and died” since 1989. Efforts to raise awareness for elephants’ fragile status include Elephant Appreciation Day.

 

Red Art a Valentine Compilation

This is a collection of some of the best artwork I found on Zazzle that feature the color red.
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