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Coke? Pepsi? Pick your poison

So I was talking this afternoon with one of the women I work with. Somehow we ended up discussing which colas (sodas, pops, whatever you want to call it) that we like. We were both surprised to find that we both prefer regular Pepsi to regular Coke, but prefer Diet Coke to Diet Pepsi. We both thought we were the only one like that.


What about you? What do you like to drink?


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Des Moines, Iowa Mall: Scene of Animal Welfare Showdown!

This is not good. These animals deserve better. Please sign the petition.

Dogpaddling Through Life

Des Moines, Iowa, isn’t exactly known for its great strides in animal welfare. But there is a fight brewing there, thanks to a brave woman by the name of Rita Mason.

merle hay mall des moines iowa The Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, Iowa (photo from wikipedia)

Mason started the online petition to end the practice of allowing Pella Wildlife Company, a so-called wildlife education program, to set up a portable “zoo” in the local Merle Hay Mall. Pella’s owner, Ron DeArmond, charges admission to “view” the “animal ambassadors”, and you can pay to pet wildlife, even to have birthday parties with the animals.

While housed in the mall, the animals have no natural light, no grass beneath their feet, no ability to exercise other than to pace around a cage.

Here's' where bears, coyotes, and other wildlife will spend several weeks as "animal ambassadors" (Photo: Charlie Litchfield/The Des Moines Register) Here’s’ where bears, coyotes, and other wildlife will spend several weeks as “animal ambassadors” (Photo: Charlie Litchfield/The Des Moines Register)

DeArmond says that the people that are…

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