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If You Think You Know Everything About Your Cat, Check Out These 22 Facts

Posted Nov 28, by Justine Figueroa
1. Cats purr at 26 purrs per second. The same rate as an idling diesel engine.

2. Nikola Tesla’s cat gave him static shock, which inspired him to look into static electricity.

3. They sleep a lot because of a growth hormone that’s released when they sleep.

4. They might be able to hear dolphins.

They can hear ultrasonic sounds, which dolphins and rodents use to communicate.

5. If your cat looks at you like this, it loves you.

6. Some cats have thumbs.

They’re really just extra toes.

7. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds.

8. A female cat is called a “molly” or a “queen.”

Not surprising.

9. Male cats are called “toms”.

10. You can add two to three years to your cat’s life by neutering it.

11. Cats have evolved to communicate with humans.

The tone of a cats voice should be inaudible to humans, but experts believe that cats have learned to communicate hunger, fear and desire for affection with humans.

12. Cats can’t taste sweet things.

Scientists believe this is because they have a mutation in their taste receptors.

13. Cats can drink seawater.

Their kidneys can filter out salt, but keep the water for hydration.

14. Cats might be able to find their way home due to magnetised brain cells.

They can find their way back using something called psi-traveling. Experts think it has something to do with the angle of the sun or magnetised brain cells that acts as a compass.

15. The ridges in a cats nose are as unique as a human fingerprint.

 18. Adult cats just sleep all day because they feel like it, no hormones involved.

19. The fur in their ears is called ear furnishings.

They’re used for insulation and to filter out noise and debris.

20. The more you talk to your cat, the more it will talk back.

21. Russian scientists discovered that Siamese cats kept in warm rooms don’t develop dark patches that are characteristic of their breed.

22. Domestic cats can run up to 30 mph.



Israeli forces fail to probe 83% of settler violence cases.

Mostly right-wing group so far.

Israelis who attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank are seldom investigated thoroughly or punished, according to a new data sheet published by the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din.


Abed Rabo Jedua examines damage to his olive trees in the West Bank village of Tuqu; the trees were attacked by Israeli settlers, accompanied by soldiers. (Ryan Rodrick Beiler / ActiveStills)

Published on 12 November, the data sheet’s shocking statistics are based on 1,045 Israeli police files opened in the West Bank between 2005 and 2014.

Yesh Din’s statistics do not include occupied East Jerusalem despite how the United Nations considers it part of the West Bank.

The report paints a picture of widespread impunity for Israeli settlers suspected of violent crimes and vandalism, as well as a consistent pattern of neglect by the Israeli police authorities assigned to investigate such allegations.

According to the report, nearly half (47.4%) of all investigative files opened in that time “involve complaints by Palestinians of damage to their property,” such as homes, vehicles, crops and olive trees.

Another 34.5% “involve complaints of violence by Israeli civilians against Palestinians in the West Bank.”

And 13.6% are complaints related to theft of Palestinian land.

And 4.5% “include the killing of farm animals, desecration of mosques and cemeteries, discharging of sewage into Palestinian farmland, dumping of waste on land belonging to Palestinians, and other offenses,” the report notes.

Regarding complaints of “harm caused to Palestinians and their property,” the Israeli police issued indictments in a mere 7.4% of 970 cases, and from 2013 until this year, only two files led to indictments. (And what the consequences of these indictments?)

Settler violence

Settler violence is a daily reality for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation across the West Bank. And as Israeli settlements continue to expand, settler violence continues without pause.

Yesh Din’s fact sheet reports, “Violent incidents include instances of shooting, beatings, stone throwing, assault with clubs, knives and rifle butts, running Palestinians over with a vehicle, as well as threats of assault or harm and other offenses.”

According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, more than 125 Jewish-only settlements provide residence to more than 325,000 Israelis in the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem).

There are also more than one hundred “outpost” colonies, which, despite being considered illegal even by Israel, are protected by the Israeli military and receive government funding.

On 19 October, 5-year-old Inas Khalil was killed when an Israeli settler used a vehicle to run her over while walking home from school near her hometown of Sinjil village near Ramallah.

In Kisan village, near Bethlehem, armed settlers chased a group of Palestinian schoolgirls, the International Business Times reported last week.

Far from being exempt from violence by Israeli settlers, children are often the deliberate targets.

A March 2014 report by Defense for Children International – Palestine Section (written by this author) examines the widespread and systematic settler violence that often fatally targets Palestinian children.

“In offenses involving violence, 83.3% of the files in which the investigation was completed and the outcome is known to Yesh Din were closed in circumstances suggesting investigative failure,” the Yesh Din fact sheet notes.

The group adds that most investigative files were closed “on the grounds of ‘offender unknown’ or ‘insufficient information.’”

“Price tag” attacks

Attacks on Palestinian property and holy places are often referred to as “price tag” attacks, which occur on both sides of the so-called Green Line dividing the West Bank from present-day Israel.

On 12 November, Israeli settlers torched a mosque in the Ramallah area village of al-Mughayir. The attackers are believed to have come from the nearby settlement of Shilo, according to an Al Jazeera English report published the same day.

According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the arson attack in al-Mughayir “brings to ten the number of Muslim houses of worship in Israel and the [occupied] territories that have been targeted in arson attacks in less than three and a half years. No one has been charged in any of these incidents.”

In October 2013, Israeli settlers set ablaze a mosque in the West Bank village of Burqa, also near Ramallah, and vandalized three cars belonging to local Palestinians, as The Electronic Intifada reported at the time.

More common, however, are Israeli attacks on Palestinian olive trees, a staple of livelihood in the West Bank and elsewhere.

According to Yesh Din, “vandalism of olive trees and other fruit trees severely damages property owned by Palestinians and directly harms their welfare, as most of the Palestinian population of the West Bank relies on farming as a significant source of income, predominantly olives which supply income and jobs for roughly 100,000 households.”

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has also reported that “around 10,700 Palestinian-owned trees, including saplings, were cut down or otherwise damaged by Israeli settlers across the West Bank” in 2013.

Jerusalem left out

Yet by leaving out East Jerusalem, the Yesh Din fact sheet only provides a partial picture of the widespread lack of accountability for Israelis who attack Palestinians.

Like elsewhere, settler violence, police harassment and systematic neglect is part and parcel to Palestinian life under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem.

The Israeli authorities and settlers have recently escalated an already suffocating atmosphere of siege imposed on Palestinians in Jerusalem.

On 16 November, a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged from a steel bar inside his bus in Jerusalem. Though Israeli occupation authorities claim it was a suicide and that an investigation is on-going, 32-year-old Yusef al-Ramouni’s family suspect settlers are behind his death. (Hanged by Jewish passengers in the bus)

“We reject the suicide theory. We all know it was settlers who killed him,” Osama al-Ramouni, the victim’s brother, told AFP. “He had no problems that would make him [commit suicide].”

Back in July, a group of Israeli settlers kidnapped, tortured and murdered 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair in Jerusalem. The subsequent autopsy suggested that the child had been forced to drink gasoline before being burned alive.

Though six Israelis were arrested as suspects, The Electronic Intifada reported at the time that three were subsequently released. Given Israel’s long track record of impunity for settler violence, few have faith in a just investigation.

Aminah Abdulhaq, lawyer and advocacy officer for the Jerusalemites Campaign, a group that campaigns for Palestinian rights in that city, said that Palestinians in Jerusalem “are at a particular disadvantage.”

“The police force that is meant to handle legal disputes and crimes are part of the very entity that is occupying their land,” she told The Electronic Intifada by email.

“Because of this, few Jerusalemites have any trust in the police,” Abdulhaq explained. “Most go out of their way to avoid interacting with them, and those that are compelled to report harassment or attacks from Israelis rarely see their assailants charged.”

There’s times you are in positions of serious decision making

And you think you have learned the lessons for getting things done

I don’t care about your idea: there are plenty of ideas floating around”

I don’t have patience for your dirty rough drafts”

I have no time for your feeling the ground of my position on an issue”

If you are serious about a project, act as if it is your daydream project, with a serious team of professionals ready to execute your project.

Bring me a neat handwritten (I am tired of copy/paste sheets) and detailed project, neat handmade sketches, names of people willing to participate and cooperate on the project, each person in the team responsible for specific operational phase

If you consider your project to be that important and urgent enough, you have to demonstrate that you are investing time and energy on the plans, even before anyone invest anything on it.

I don’t want a long list of reference of sources. I want description and analysis of a few sources of experiments exhibiting the flaws, limitations and insufficiencies of the “peer reviewed articles“.

I want to know that you are proficient in reading the experimental designs, the procedures, the  controlling variables, the statistical analysis…  and how you would redesign the experiment to answer a few of your unresolved questions.

If you have disseminated your project adequately, you’ll discover that the Tribe of fans is formed already, and all this tribe need is for you to lead it. Get busy spreading your project and lead.

Money shouldn’t be of a major hurdle once the team is dedicated and behave as a tribe to make the project a success story.

There’s times you are in positions of serious decision making

I am ready to sit down and discuss for long hours with you and your team on the feasibility of the project, fine-tune the ideas, the phases of execution, the marketing plan, and re-consider the key personnel who are ready to start on the job full time and drop the redundant jobs.

The personnel anxious to wake up every morning with enthusiasm and confidence to break down the barriers and obstacles…

I want something well thought out and backed by a team of dedicated professionals willing to shoulder their responsibilities.

Get busy disseminating and assembling your team.

Get busy connecting and gathering your fans’ reactions and propositions.

That’s the best approach to convince me to meet with you and facilitate your project.






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