Animals Now Listed As “Sentient Beings” Rather Than Property In Quebec

The Canadian province of Quebec used to be regarded as a haven for puppy mills, but that has since changed. In a bill tabled in Quebec in 2015, animals are now considered “sentient beings” rather than property. The legislation states: Animals are not things. They are sentient beings and have biological needs. According to CBC News, Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis was responsible for proposing …


Did You Know That A Houseplant Has The Energy To Charge A Smart Phone?

These Guys Figured Out How to Turn House Plants Into Phone Chargers (UR) Barcelona, Spain — Solar power, as we know, is a great source of energy: it’s renewable, it comes from the sun — the list goes on. Unlike humans, nature has “known” that the sun is a fantastic energy generator for, well, ever. Photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert solar power into …


Ralph Nader – The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections

Corporatized and commercialized elections reach a point where they stand outside and erode our democracy. Every four years the presidential and Congressional elections become more of a marketplace where the wealthy paymasters turn a civic process into a spectacle of vacuous rhetorical contests, distraction and stupefaction. The civic minds of the people are sidelined by the monetized minds of a …


Expat Files – 11.08.15

find out certain things that gringos and expats should always be aware of… well before you start interviewing.

-Petty thievery and how it affects us Gringos and Expats.

-More great tips on building your own home in Latin America.

-Discussing Latin lawyers: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Should you worry if your lawyer has signature authority over your S.A. corporations and/or bank accounts?


Passive exposure to bleach at home linked to higher childhood infection rate

Passive exposure to bleach in the home is linked to higher rates of childhood respiratory and other infections, suggests research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Although modest, the results are of public health concern in light of the widespread use of bleach in the home, say the researchers, who call for further more detailed studies in this area. …