CatCon is a national convention for cat-lovers. It also unofficially serves as a way to convince any of your dog-loving friends that they need to get a cat ASAP. This year, the convention brought cat ear-sporting feline lovers to Pasadena, California. The convention had everything from cat-print dresses to cat wine to cat-inspired art. And it also had Nala, Coffee and Luna—arguably the cutest cats you will ever meet. We sat down with their parents for a sit-down interview. You can watch that above and appreciate these pictures from CatCon 2017 below.
Comments: Because we care...especially after a bad news days. (Don´t tell them that the Chinese were eating them at the Yulin Festival recently.)
"Chinese man caught with 500 imprisoned cats destined for restaurants"
My neighbor´s cat just stopped by at 11PM for his nitely handout. Four nights in a row. He parks himself on my kitchen windowsill. When I see him, he jumps down and runs over to the side door, and I let him in. I make a fuss over him for a minute, get the bag of cat food, and put a handful out on the side porch. We have a routine.
Princess Fluffy Butt is currently sprawled on "her" corner of my bed, apparently satisfied that her human is safely tucked in bed. She waits until i come into my bedroom to come on to the bed, gives me heck for keeping her up so late, takes an extensive bath and then plops on the corner of the bed. This is the nightly ritual. Like setting the alarm clock or taking vitamins.
Cats ARE fun, especially when they are goofy like mine is!!
US regulators on Wednesday approved the first gene therapy against cancer - a treatment that uses a patient´s own immune cells to fight leukemia - opening a new era in the fight against one of the world´s top killers. (Snip) The treatment is not a pill or a form of chemotherapy, which can weaken the body´s natural defenses. Instead, it harnesses a patient´s own immune cells, called T-cells and white blood cells, and trains them to recognise and fight cancer. The patient's immune cells are removed with a special blood filtration process, sent to a lab, and genetically encoded to be able to hunt down cancer cells. These re-engineered T-cells are
A Spanish town’s animal-friendly version of the “Running of the Bulls” left one man in a coma and another with broken ribs and a concussion. Roughly 700 people gathered in Mataelpino over the weekend for the “Running of the Balls” to try to outrun a 660-pound resin ball rolling downhill at speeds of 20 miles per hour. Not everyone made it through the 500-meter course safely, which prompted officials to rethink the event. “We are going to review all of our security measures and boost the information given out because people have started coming here from all over the world,” Mayor Javier Pérez de los Nietos told reporters
Amid the latest North Korean missile test that overflew Japan, U.S. intelligence agencies recently detected increased activity at the North’s main underground nuclear testing facility in the northeastern part of the country that signal preparations for a sixth underground test blast. U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports said the test could come as soon as Sept. 9, coinciding with the anniversary of the founding of the reclusive communist state. A U.S. intelligence official told Inside the Ring that North Korea has been conducting an unprecedented level of testing since early 2016 and that “we have not seen anything in their
There used to be a time when Republicans stood for certain non-negotiables — free markets, lower taxes, limited governments and yes, law and order at the borders. Then came Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. And all the Republicans go — whaat? The Republican — repeat, Republican — governor just signed a bill into law limiting the ability of police to work with feds on immigration. Specifically, the new law “prohibits police from searching, arresting or detaining someone solely because of immigration status, or because of so-called federal immigration detainers,” (Snip) What Rauner really signed was a sanctuary bill.
The Seoul High Court sentenced Won Sei-hoon, former chief of the National Intelligence Service, to four years in jail on charges of violating the NIS law and Public Office Election Law. The former head of the spy agency has been suspected of helping Park Geun-hye win the presidential election of 2012 by ordering his subordinates to post pro-Park and anti-Moon Jae-in messages on the internet. The court’s ruling carries great significance because it admitted that the top spy agency’s intervention in politics constitutes a grave crime. The court believes that such a grave crime must be strongly punished.
Hundreds of millions of email addresses and some passwords have been leaked onto the internet, in probably the biggest dump ever. A broken spambot has made the details available on the internet, potentially endangering anyone contained within it. And it also includes passwords, meaning that some people’s accounts may now be compromised. But despite the fact that 711 million addresses are contained within the dump – enough to give one each for every man, woman and child in Europe – it’s unlikely that each belongs to a real person. The true number of real people is likely to be much smaller, because the dump contains a range
Sidney, Australia - The names of a handful of mountains and creeks in the state of Queensland containing racial slurs have been removed from the state’s official records, the latest such move in a country still reckoning with its colonial past. The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines said in a statement on Tuesday that, because of “community concern,” the name of a mountain containing a racial epithet was removed from its records in May. The department, which administers the naming of places, then began a review of its database and found nine others that used “a similarly offensive term,”
Pastor Joel Osteen says his Houston megachurch is not closed to those hurt by Tropical Storm Harvey following social media backlash over its response to the national disaster. “[We’re] prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity,” he said late Monday, according to ABC News. “We have never closed our doors,” Osteen added of Lakewood Church. “We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need.” “Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives.” Lakewood also sent photos it said show the extent of flooding inside and outside
A months-long investigation which tracked and exposed a massive covert weapons shipment network to terror groups in Syria via diplomatic flights originating in the Caucuses and Eastern Europe under the watch of the CIA and other intelligence agencies has resulted in the interrogation and firing of the Bulgarian journalist who first broke the story. (Snip) Those weapons, Gaytandzhieva found, ended up in the hands of ISIS and al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq and Syria. While it´s long been understood that the US-Gulf-NATO coalition arming rebels inside Syria facilitated the rapid rise of the Islamic State as the group had steady access
Tokyo/Seoul - North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island into the sea early on Tuesday, prompting warnings to residents to take cover and drawing a sharp reaction from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Snip) Abe said he spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday and they agreed to increase pressure on North Korea. Trump also said the United States was “100 percent with Japan”, Abe told reporters. South Korea’s military said the missile was launched from near the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, just before 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Monday) and flew 2,700 km (1,680 miles),
Jerusalem cannot be expected to sit idly by as Iran entrenches itself in Syria and Lebanon and declares with Hezbollah that they are planning a two-front war against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday. “Iran is busy turning Syria into a base of military entrenchment and it wants to use Syria and Lebanon as war fronts [in] its declared goal to eradicate Israel,” Netanyahu said before his meeting in Jerusalem with Guterres. “It is also building sites to produce precision- guided missiles toward that end in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot
President Donald Trump, a day away from visiting Texas, sent thumbs-up to state residents for their courageous battling of Hurricane Harvey — for true American “spirit” in the face of adversity. Via Twitter, Trumpwrote: “HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible. Thanks!” And this, another tweet: “Major rescue operations underway!” He praised the coordination of federal, state and local agencies. He tweeted: “Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with.
Melania Trump is the kind of woman who travels to a flood-ravaged state in a pair of black snakeskin stilettos. Heels this high are not practical. But Trump is not the kind of woman who has to be practical. Heels this high are not comfortable. Comfort is not the point. Neither hers nor yours. (Snip) Trump’s fashionable ensemble was defined by its contradictions. She was wearing a working man’s jacket but it was juxtaposed with sexy limousine shoes. The trousers and the top were basic black — utilitarian. The oversize aviator sunglasses were Hollywood. It’s an image that would have
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are on their way to Texas to survey the storm-ravaged Gulf and meet with relief providers. They´ll make two flights, one to Corpus Christi and one to Austin, this afternoon before their return to Washington. In both cities, they´ll receive briefings on the storm´s impact from area officials. At their second stop, in the state´s capital city, the president and first lady will tour the Texas public safety department´s emergency operations center. The president and first lady left the White House this morning just after 8:30 am for Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, he in
Hillary Clinton’s case isn’t interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI’s files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury. Ty Clevenger, the lawyer, has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal lawyers disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state. He’s met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI’s files has been shot down. “You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure
You won´t find Aaron Rodgers kneeling during the national anthem this season, but in a recent interview with ESPN´s Mina Kimes, the Green Bay Packers offensive captain revealed he has no issue with players who do choose to protest. That includes fellow quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who´s still waiting for a job offer less than two weeks before the start of the 2017 season. (Snip) "I think he should be on a roster right now," Rodgers said. "I think because of his protests, he´s not." While Rodgers will continue to stand for "The Star Spangled Banner," he plans on supporting his
Rev. Al Sharpton led several thousand ministers in a march through Washington, D.C. on Monday to protest the Trump administration and white supremacy. The event, entitled "One Thousand Ministers March for Justice," was scheduled on the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.´s March on Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech. Over 3,000 ministers representing a range of faiths registered to join the march from the MLK, Jr. Memorial to the Department of Justice, according to Politico. The march was spearheaded by Sharpton, who also made political remarks that addressed what he called "immoral" actions happening in the
Proving they are the opposition party, journalists completely switched complaints when it comes to the subject of Republican presidents and Hurricanes. While reporters spun George W. Bush as callously staying away from Hurricane Katrina, MSNBC’s Katy Turn on Monday whined about Hurricane Harvey: “[Donald Trump is] going to Texas tomorrow and there´s real concern that his going there is going to have to divert, at least a little bit, some resources away from the rescue effort and toward him.” Talking to ex-Congressman Tom Davis, she chided, “The President is going to Corpus Christi and he will be diverting at the
Hillary Clinton will kick off a combination book signing and speaking tour on September 18 to promote her new book, What Happened (Simon & Schuster, Sept. 12), her account of the tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign. The book/speaking tour will kick off in Washington D.C. at the Warner Theater in an event sponsored by the independent bookstore, Politics & Prose. Tickets go on sale today at HillaryClintonBookTour.com. Clinton will also be available for book signings at a number of book stores around the country.More store are expected to be added at a later date.
Many on the left are starting to see the goons of Antifa as the menace they are. Too bad the Berkeley, Calif., Police Department remains clueless. The college town saw a large Rally Against Hate on Sunday, initially planned as a response to a right-wing demonstration that wound up canceled over security concerns. A few pro-Trumpers and other miscellaneous rightists still turned out to show their flags — and so did the ninja-wannabes. Yet when hundreds of masked, armored thugs arrived in quasi-military formation, carrying shields banned under police rules, the cops were ordered to retreat. Some 400 officers from the Berkeley, Oakland,
Kathy Griffin said in June that she was sorry. Now she´s retracting her tearful apology for that controversial photo shoot featuring her holding a fake severed head in the likeness of President Trump and treating the backlash as a joke. "I'm no longer sorry. The whole outrage was B.S. The whole thing got so blown out of proportion, and I lost everybody," she said Tuesday during an appearance on the Australian morning show "Sunrise," where she was promoting her "
If people don’t want to go to the movies, you can’t stop them. That’s the worst decline in modern times and the first time since 2006 that midyear movie box office failed to reach $4 billion. Summer totals will probably limp in around $3.7 billion, which still seems like a fortune to us schlumps who are balking at paying $13 or more for a worn seat on a sticky floor and twice as much for a popcorn and drink. Summer attendance, experts say, is certain to be the worst in a quarter-century and maybe you can guess what that means
A federal judge has dismissed Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times for publishing an editorial linking her to the shooting of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords. In an opinion filed in the U.S. District Court of Southern New York on Tuesday, Judge Jed Rakoff said that while The Times did not defame Palin because the newspaper “very rapidly corrected” the inaccurate parts of the editorial, which was published in response to a left-wing activist shooting Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice for the annual Congressional baseball game. In the original version of the piece, The
Houston congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said federal lawmakers should begin working on a Hurricane Harvey aid package worth about $150 billion, more than double the amount Hurricane Sandy needed five years ago. Jackson Lee told CNN today that the funding to recover from the massive flooding is needed "because this not only includes the Houston Harris County area, which is 6 million in its metroplex, but all of our areas, such as Beaumont, that was hit last night, Victoria and Corpus and places in south Texas." "We don´t know where else Hurricane Harvey will come," she said. "And we