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White Tigers & Other Rare Animals

We are all familiar with common tiger in the jungle or zoo by way of its size & colour. During one of our holidays in China, right in the hotel dinning area, we were faced with something unusual about the tiger. We couldn’t believe our eyes that we wresting “white” . . . yes! white tigers. They didn’t seem so ferocious & scary, perhaps because they were in secured confined area. The hotel management mentioned that they started with a pair of them & it had since multiplied to 51 of them.

Such an encounter always remain in your memory. In the theme park of Chime-Long Xiangjiang Safari Park, Guangzhou, we saw many more (from our hired vehicle) with more room to roam in the safari setup.

Here presented for your pleasure are a few more of other rare creatures that seem to roam our jungles. Perhaps you may have the good fortune to encounter of these in your travel & capture them with your cameras.

The White Tiger

White tigers are one of the most majestic and beautiful animals in the world, famed for their icy coloring and piercing eyes. They are a pigment variation of the more familiarly colored Bengal tiger but are not albinos. Just as humans can have blonde hair or brown hair, white tigers are simply a variation – one that we can all be thankful for.

Nature has given animals a wide variety of distinctive colorings that we can all immediately recognize. Many of these colors and patterns have become iconic in their own right and have even influenced human fashion and design. However, nature being nature, it occasionally throws us a surprise. These rare conditions have given these animals colors which make them stand out from the crowd in the most beautiful ways.
The Brown Panda

UnknownPandas have one of the most famous and distinctive colored coats in the animal kingdom, and it’s one that has enchanted humans for centuries. However, it isn’t always black and white in the panda world. In one remote region of China, lives a small number of special pandas with brown fur. It is believed that the color of their coat has come from a combination of diet and generations of genetic mutations. Brown pandas are very rarely spotted in the wild unfortunately, although there are examples in captivity. 

The Pink Dolphin

UnknownPink Dolphins look like they have swam straight out of a children’s fairytale but they are real and can be found in the Amazon Rainforest of South America. Their cheery, pink hue is provided by their blood vessels which are located unusually close to their skin’s surface. Some are more pink than others, with the most brightly colored examples offering a fantastically unique sight.

The Albino GorillaUnknown-1Albinism is a congenital condition, characterized by a lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. It exists across numerous species, including humans. It is very rare in large primates and this albino gorilla called Snowflake lived most of his life at Barcelona Zoo, fathering 22 offspring before his death in 2003. All the hair on his body was completely white.

The Golden Zebra

UnknownThis zebra is one of very few examples in existence in the world and has light, gold stripes rather than black. Aptly, named the ‘golden zebra’, she is not an albino but has a similar pigmentation mutation caused by a condition called amelanism. She looks like she has stepped out of a fantasy world and you have to wonder whether she realizes just how special she really is!

The Blue Lobster


Blue Lobsters are the result of a genetic mutation that infuses them with a large amount of a particular protein that gives their exoskeleton a bizarre blue color rather than the familiar red. It is not as rare as some of the other mutations discussed in this list, with over 2 million blue lobsters estimated to be in existence. Their color often saves them from the human cooking pot so it’s a little more useful than the pink is to the katydid!

First Chinese Nobel Prize Laureate: Chinese Dream & Pride

Source:, BBC News Beijing & Wikipedia

Tu Youyou

Tu Youyou

The honour of being the first Chinese Nobel Prize winner goes to a lady Youyou Tu who won half of the Medicine prize with the other half shared by two others William Cambell & Satoshi Omura.

William C Cambell

William C Cambell

Satoshi Omura

Satoshi Omura

Tu was awarded half of the prize for discovering artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced the mortality rates for patients suffering from malaria.

“It’s a virtue to remain indifferent to honor or disgrace.”
The old Chinese saying should be the best footnote on the landmark chapter when Tu Youyou became China’s first Nobel Laureate in medicine. This Nobel Prize that the Chinese have dreamed of for so long is an important international recognition of Chinese medical staffs’ contribution to the world, so the Chinese have good reason to be proud of it. Tu was awarded the prize because she discovered Artemisinin in a health project, Mission 523, in the 1970s, which effectively helped the worldwide battle against malaria.

As a medical researcher without a doctor’s degree, international experience or the title of academician, Tu was first to bring Artemisinin to the project, first to extract it and first to carry out clinical tests.

The academician system has made a major contribution to China’s economic growth, scientific and technological progress as well as the development of the defense industry. And China has advanced in research on quantum communication, neutrino, stem cells and high-performance computers, no matter whether Nobel Prizes are awarded to Chinese or not.

The amazing thing is that Tu Youyou is not a medical doctor, nor is she a Ph.D. holder or has any international research qualification or credential. The point to emphasise is that Tu Youyou was helped by ancient Chinese remedy in winning this Nobel Prize in Medicine

The United Kingdom, United States, Russia and Sweden have academician systems much longer established than China. Many don’t have a chance to stand in the spotlight as a Nobel Prize winner, either. But that doesn’t hinder them to make great achievements in their own countries.

The Nobel Prizes always spark controversies because of the committee’s “secret selection procedures” and according to many renowned scientists the awards, established in 1895, can’t match the rapid development of science today.

Ironically, the questionable award of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama has proven to be the greatest controversy.

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The 84-year-old’s route to the honour has been anything but traditional.

Tribute should be accorded to Tu Youyou for her knowledge & relentless research in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is fast claiming its rightful place & recognition in the field of medicine.

Tu described as being modest was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China on 30 December 1930. She attended Xiaoshi Middle School for junior high school and the first year of high school, before transferring to Ningbo Middle School in 1948. From 1951 to 1955, she attended Peking University Medical School / Beijing Medical Collage.Tu studied at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and graduated in 1955. Later Tu was trained for two and a half years in traditional Chinese medicine.
After graduation, Tu worked at the Academy of Chinese Medicine (now the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences) in Beijing. She was promoted to a Researcher (研究员, the highest researcher rank in mainland China equivalent to the academic rank of a full professor) in 1980 shortly after the Chinese economic reform began in 1978. In 2001 she was promoted to academic advisor for doctoral candidates. Currently she is the Chief Scientist in the Academy.

As of 2007, her office is in an old apartment building in Dongcheng District, Beijing.
Before 2011, Tu had been obscure for decades, and is described as “almost completely forgotten by people”.
Tu is regarded as the Professor of “Three Noes” – no postgraduate degree (there was no postgraduate education then in China), no study or research experience abroad, and not a member of any Chinese national academies, i.e. Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering.Up until 1979, there were no postgraduate degree programs in China, and China was largely isolated from the rest of the world.

Tu is now regarded as a representative figure of the first generation of Chinese medical workers since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. – (Source: Wikipedia.)

“Crossing the Rubicon”

October 8, 2015     Caracas, Venezuela


This is an interesting read with the happening that will greatly impact the world’s financial system forcing on a new system of no return. The writer of this article is Simon Black, Founder,

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In 49 BC, a defiant Julius Caesar stood in front of his army at the River Rubicon and made the biggest decision of his life.
It was strictly forbidden by Roman law for a general to lead his army out of its province and into Rome. And the Rubicon marked the boundary.
“Alea iacta est!” (The die is cast!) he said, and led his army across the river into civil war.
The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has stuck for more than 2,000 years, signifying a risky and dangerous point of no return.
This week, the United States government crossed the Rubicon.
In a fit of complete arrogance, a federal judge ruled that he has ‘jurisdiction’ over one of the biggest banks in mainland China, Bank of China (BOC), and demands that the bank turn over financial records to his court.
The judge is hearing a case brought by the luxury brand Gucci against an alleged Chinese counterfeiting ring for selling fake handbags in the United States.
The claim is that the Chinese defendants are sending their ill-gotten gains back to Bank of China in the mainland. And the judge wants to see their account activity.
Bank of China, as you can probably guess, is predominantly owned by the Chinese government.
So it goes without saying that this demand (not a request) is a direct affront at China’s sovereignty.
The only leverage the judge has is that Bank of China has a branch in New York City; it is officially a licensed bank in the US.
So if Bank of China doesn’t comply, the judge could theoretically order that their US license be revoked.
Once again, the United States is using its financial system as a weapon.
Since US dollars are the most widely used reserve currency in the world, every bank on the planet needs some access to the US banking system.
Whether you’re in London, Riyadh, Sydney, or Shanghai, the most widely traded commodities, bonds, and financial contracts in the world are primarily denominated in US dollars.
Plus most global trade takes place in US dollars.
So not only are banks forced to hold US dollars, they require access to the US banking system in order to clear and settle US dollar transactions.
Large international banks have what are known as ‘correspondent bank accounts’ or ‘nostro accounts’ with US banks.
So a big bank in Denmark, for example, may have a correspondent account with JP Morgan or Citibank in New York in order to facilitate its dollar transactions.
And sometimes foreign banks may even apply for their own US banking license, as in the case of Bank of China.
But if a bank were to be kicked out of the US banking system, it would be incredibly detrimental to its ability to hold and transact in US dollars. And hence quite difficult to participate in global trade and finance.
This financial leverage is an unbelievable advantage for the United States, and is a result of the rest of the world placing a great deal of trust in the US government.
But the government has shown time and time again that they are willing to abuse that trust and use their advantage as a weapon– one that is more powerful than the US military.
Just last year, the Treasury Department fined French bank BNP Paribas a whopping $9 billion for doing business with countries that the US doesn’t like, such as Cuba.
Of course, Cuba and the US are BFFs now. But I doubt BNP is getting a refund anytime soon.
And naturally, if BNP didn’t pay up, the US could threaten to evict them from its financial system.
It’s simply amazing that the US did that to its own ally.
Now they’re going after China, its biggest competitor.
The Chinese are already working on a parallel, competitive financial system.
They set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to compete with the vestigial IMF and World Bank.
And they’re nearing completion on an international payment system and clearing network to compete with SWIFT and the US financial system.
It’s called CIPS.
And once it’s up and running, there will likely be a rapid increase in the worldwide use of China’s currency for financial transactions– transactions that used to be executed in US dollars.
Sticking it to Bank of China like this only gives the Chinese government even more reason to wage war on the US financial system through CIPS.
The reduced demand for US dollars completely destroys America’s last remaining advantage.
If they can’t force the rest of the world to use the US banking system, then they won’t be able to force the rest of the world to hold US dollars or buy US government debt.
It weakens America considerably.
And when future historians write the history of the decline of the United States, there will no doubt be a chapter on how the US government made it a matter of national policy to consistently abuse the power entrusted to them by the global banking community.
Of course, Julius Caesar didn’t learn that lesson either.
After crossing the Rubicon, he won a long civil war, after which the Roman Senate made him dictator for life.
And fearing he would abuse it, he was assassinated just a few weeks later by the very people who trusted him with that power.

Until tomorrow,

Simon Black

The Flying Car is Here

Source: BabaMail

We may not have any hovercars yet, but flying cars may not be something you only see in spy movies anymore. A company in Slovakia has unveiled their newest prototype of flying car and it no longer seem like science fiction. Meet the AeroMobil 3.0, the transforming car/airplane hybrid of your dreams!



The AeroMobil can reach 160 km/h (100 mp/h) on land and 200 km/h (124 mp/h) in the air. It needs 250 meters (820 feet) to take off and 50 meters (164 feet) to land. It can land and take off from any road or grassy terrain, and best of all – it runs on gasoline, so you can stop at any gas station for a quick fill.


While there’s no official word on when the AeroMobil will be available on the market, a working prototype is the next best thing, and proves that it’s technologically possible! The only downside – you’ll need a light-aircraft license for this one…

A great demonstration video:

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AeroMobil 3.0 – official video

So, do you want one?


Source: Henry R.

Icon A-5: The Folding Airplane

Reblogged from

The Icon A-5 is a whole new aviation concept. It is designed to be a personal airplane aimed at the domestic leisure market – and people don’t need to be experienced pilots to fly it. The A-5 intends to simplify the flying process so much that anyone can pick up the skills necessary to fly the plane quickly and easily, and it has a whole stack of sophisticated safety features to help it achieve this goal. The aircraft has been in development since 2008 and is moving towards general release, having passed through the first of the necessary regulatory checks. Let’s have a look at this incredible concept and see a video of the A-5 in action.

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If you have ever dreamed of owning your own plane, but don’t want the added hassle of huge storage costs, long periods of training and complicated dashboards full of buttons, then the Icon A-5 is designed with you in mind. The dashboard of the plane looks more like something that you would find in the modern sports car, than an airplane, and aims to keep things as simple as possible. The A-5 has been described as the aviation industry’s answer to the Tesla.

Image: Andrew Moseman,
The aircraft can take off and land on either water or gravel, and is genuinely amphibious. It features a carbon-fiber airframe, retractable undercarriage, and is powered by a three-bladed pusher propeller. The plane is meant to appeal to ‘weekend warriors’ who would savor the thrill of flying, and use the plane to reach remote lakes and rivers. The company’s head of sales, Craig Bowers believes the plane will be at the forefront of the ‘next powersport’. It can be viewed as the latest expensive toy in a list that historically includes sports cars, supercars, jet skis and private yachts.

Of course, flying is inherently dangerous and if people don’t know what they are doing then it could turn out very badly indeed. For that reason, the designers have attempted to ‘fool-proof’ the plane to prevent accidents. Among the many safety features are a unique ‘angle of attack’ gauge that lets the pilot know if they are flying safely relative to the conditions. Engineers have also designed the plane to be resistant to spins and stalls. If the pilot makes a mistake and stalls the plane, it will continue to glide rather than nosedive, due to its specially designed wings.

Of course, it wouldn’t be suitable for the general adventure sport market if it wasn’t easy to store and transport. Engineers have tried to satisfy this need – and they have been innovative in doing so. The wings of the A-5 fold inwards to make the machine much more compact so it can be carried on a trailer. By the same logic, the plane could also be feasibly stored in a garage – although with a length of 23 feet (7 meters), you would need a fairly large garage.


The Icon A-5 is officially classed as a light-sport aircraft and features some impressive specifications. It has room for one passenger in addition to the pilot, a range of around 345 miles (556km) per journey and a maximum speed of 211mph (194km/h). The maximum take-off weight is 1,510lbs (685kg), meaning there is room for 550lbs (249kg) of ‘useful load’ (passenger weight, baggage etc.).

Image: flickr user H. Michael Miley
Before you get too excited, the Icon A-5 does of course come at a high price. The first batch of models are being sold for $250,000, although the company intends to sell later batches at the lower (but still significant) price of $197,000. That said, the plane is the first of its type and it remains to be seen whether the concept will catch on, leading to more affordable but similar offerings in years to come. The company behind the design is currently busy earning all the necessary Federal Aviation Association approvals ahead of the plane’s release, and have already received orders for 1,500 planes, which they hope to deliver by 2019.

Here is a video of the Icon A-5 in action:

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Mitre 10 Walker’s Hardware Kalamunda – The Perfect 10

By Paul Chong       Thursday, 1 October 2015

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Tony & his wife Joanne

Tony & his wife Joanne 

Tony Ioppolo, the guy I know as a client of our delicatessen business in Kalamunda, used to be an electrician/electrical contractor. He’s the third owner of the original family business of Walker’s Hardware which from 1979 came under the franchise name of Mitre 10.

He left his electrical profession behind and chose a new career path when in 1989 with his wife Joanne became the new owners of Mitre 10 in Kalamunda. They continued on and extended the true professional & personalised service with none to compare.

The Boss serving customer

The Boss serving customer

“If you like our service, tell others If not, please tell us” . . . so by word of mouth, his business expanded. For both his customers & clients, *there’s the convenience of online shopping:
*home delivery to your doorstep (within a radius of 25 Km)
*qualitative & quantitative services in respect of your needs
*a good range of quality products at very competitive prices
*in addition, free membership to Mighty Rewards Club is available . . . ensuring a bonus return of up 5% of your purchases.

Both Tony & Joanne, the owners, are locally born. They are both in the local community helping charitable organisations helping to raise funds.

Roz at the checkout

Roz at the checkout

They have 12 employees (full-time & part-time) including Shane who has been with Walker’s for over 28 years and Roland who himself used to own his own hardware business in Kalamunda . I find them all very helpful & most of them have been in employment for many years.

Pretty friendly staff

Pretty friendly staff

Between the Mitre 10 and True Value brands, they have 36 independent stores in WA, and this particular store situated at 5 Stirk Street, Kalamunda stands out supreme having won WA’s State Small Format Store of the Year for the last four consecutive years. The original store used to be situated at the top of Haynes Street, presently occupied by Thai On The Hill Restaurant. There original owner of Walker’s Hardware was called Jim Walker who passed on only a couple of years ago.

Remember, qualitative & quantitative services are your benefits . . . something really missing these days in the giant corporate stores or warehouses.

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Come one, come all
Come to this Mighty Store!

Walker’s Hardware Mitre 10 is located in 5 Stirk St, Kalamunda, WA 6076. Click through for driving directions on Whereis®.

Address: 5 Stirk St, Kalamunda WA 6076
Phone:(08) 9293 2511

Owners: Tony & Joanne Ioppolo