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Texas Secession Petition Gets 90,025+ Signers, 33+ Other States Start Secede Petitions



Secede Petitions

Now that Election Day 2012 is done and Obama has won a second term, those that voted for Mitt Romney have had time to mourn their candidate’s failed attempt to become president and get back to business as usual. Whatever business as usual may mean, it is become obvious that many do not want that and have had enough of how the government is handling things. This has become clear on the White House website as many states across the country have filed petitions to secede from the union in order to form new state governments.

Most of the states that wanted to formally withdraw from the union were supporters for Mitt Romney’s election bid; however, a few swing states as well as some deep blue Northeast states have representation. Alabama, one of the states seeking to secede, filed their petition saying, “We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Alabama to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government.” Texas sent in their petition, which it suggests to the current administration, “Texans neither want or need you,” says: “We petition the Obama Administration to peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.

The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government’s neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it’s citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.”

While Alabama and Texas may have used different wording in their secede petitions, the following text is consistent in most of the states filed so far: As the founding fathers of the United States of America made clear in the Declaration of Independence in 1776: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” “…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government…”

According to the “We the People” program that appears on the White House website, 25,000 signatures must be present in order for a petition to be reviewed. Obama’s administration explains that, “If a petition meets the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response.” With that said, Texas Secession Petition has over 90,025 and Louisiana has over 27,000 signatures. In looking at the petitions filed so far, it is unclear if this is a nod to dissatisfaction that some conservatives think the totals will soon match proportions of the Civil War, or not. One thing that is clear is the utter contempt that many obviously feel towards the Obama administration with this petition drive, which looks like it is on its’ way to reach all fifty states.

All the states that have petitioned and the number of signatures they have obtained, at this time, are:

1. West Virginia 282
2. Nebraska 933
3. Pennsylvania 1,449; Pennsylvania 6,881
4. Alaska 1,963 Kansas 1,928
5. South Dakota 755
6. Oklahoma 2,721; Oklahoma 10,135
7. Utah 3,358
8. Wyoming 3.345
9. California 4,666
10. Ohio 4,471, Ohio 770
11. New York 3,497; New York 10,672
12. Delaware 4,034
13. Nevada 5,372
14. Arizona 10,449
15. Arkansas 13,329
16. South Carolina 14,001
17. Georgia 18,008
18. Missouri 11,347 Missouri 9,604
19. Tennessee 17,522
20. Michigan 12,119
21. South Carolina 10,433
22. Colorado 13,248
23. Oregon 9,741
24. New Jersey 9,157
25. North Dakota 8,309
26. Montana 9,253
27. Indiana 12,051
28. Mississippi 11,597
29. Georgia 9,019
30. Kentucky 11,589
31. Florida 19,183
32. North Carolina 16,845
33. Texas 90,025
34. Louisiana 27,067

U.S. Secession Petitions Now Collecting Signatures in 34 States

The sting of President Obama’s re-election has driven some of most disillusioned to the White House’s We the People petition forum with a steep demand: That their state be allowed to secede from the union. And the mini movement is now going national.

Disgruntled voters in 34 states have filed the petitions, mainly in states Obama lost but also in several he won, including Florida and Nevada.

But it’s the petition from Texas that has garnered the most attention: With 60,000 names attached, it’s well past the 25,000-signature threshold that usually warrants an official response from the Obama administration. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has weighed in, saying he doesn’t support the petition, even though he erroneously suggested in 2009 that Texas can leave the union if it chooses.

Not to be outdone, Obama supporters filed a counter petition with We the People, calling for secession supporters to be exiled from the United States.

Update: Over 40 States Want to Secede – Thousands sign Petition to Secede from Union

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  1. Mal I

    November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    To go against the King of any country is treason. This is treason to sign a petition to secede. The king has the power to exile or punish anyone who signs this petition. So it’s not a good idea to sign this petition. You must understand that this country is no longer like it was during the Bush administration and you must live with these facts. It might be communist now, but there is nothing wrong with a communist nation! It provides for it’s citizens.

  2. Aaron T

    November 14, 2012 at 9:03 am

    @ John Markes – You really need to take a step back and think about why people are signing the petition for their state to secede. Yes, some probably do want their state to secede (crazy!) but most are just trying to send a message to the government and the president. I did sign the petition, and no I do not want the USA to split apart, but for me its a message saying that we aren’t happy with the government and the more they make us unhappy the more we will fight back. So for you to call me and anyone else not patriots, cowards, traitors ,and idiots for just trying to send a message…you are idiot for not taking a second to think about why some people may be signing it and you are the coward to sit at you computer and say those things about people that are fighting for this great country. We are the people of this country and we are trying to fight to bring this country back to its greatness and away from the big corrupt government.

    Why don’t you get off your a** and be a Patriot of this country and help us take it back!!!! If you don’t want to help us fight for our freedom you can leave this great country.

    And before you even think that I’m saying you should sign the petition, you are dead wrong. Don’t sign it…I could care less if you did or did not sign it. But there are many other ways you can help us fight for our country. Get up, away from you computer, and stand for something!!!! I am a PATRIOT!!!!

  3. American4prosperity

    November 14, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Any informed citizen would understand these successions are not about one man winning the presidency, but of many other issues. The main issue is we are tired of the governments continuing failure and ruining our country beyond repair. To say we should be exiled or call us traitors is blatant ignorance as we are very patriotic to our COUNTRY and to the American PEOPLE. What we are not supportive of is corporate greed, banking corruption, and the sham the has become Government which the only thing they can seem to govern is CNN and major television networks with ridiculous and heavily biased or just simply make belief opinions, statements, or claims meant to prove their efficiency. Thankfully they haven’t obtained total censorship and there are still many intelligent Americans who aren’t falling for the same old tricks. We are not sheep, we think for ourselves, and refuse to give up this country without a fight. They will try to paint us as conspiracy theorists or lunatics or whatever derogatory words they can come up with, but we are intelligent human beings who remember the foundation this great nation was founded upon. One nation under God, with liberty and justice for ALL, not fortune 500 company’s, or super PAC’s, or 1% income brackets,but for ALL. Federal Government has failed to represent or be the voice for America as a whole, it has forgotten us and ignored us, but a people should never be afraid of its government and we Will make the government afraid of its people if they continue to take away our freedom and our rights and destroy our hope of prosperity.

  4. SK Tarres

    November 14, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Seceding is the only way to correct this problem. The difference between the intelligent and the entitled is just too great to continue on in this manner.

    I support every state that wants to secede and they have the right to do that Mr. Markes. If you don’t like it, perhaps you should move to a state that wants to be a part of Obamanation. 40 states do not want to be a part of it – so far.

    I guess we’re looking at another civil war, though I doubt anyone will fight on the side of Obama. I know for sure our military won’t.

    • Cuthbert

      November 17, 2012 at 4:11 am

      “40 states do not want to be a part of it – so far.”

      No, there are people in every state that don’t want to be part of it, and they don’t speak for the state as a whole. Don’t think that just because a few people have their shorts in a bunch, they are the status quo. Just like you could find people in every state who want to secede, you can find people in every state who want to legalize incest and paedophilia . Doesn’t mean that every state wants them to be legal.

  5. John Markes

    November 14, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Anyone wanting to secede because 1 man became president they don’t like are not Patriots of the United States of America. They are cowards and traitors. Those idiots are free to leave our country, but they don’t get to take any of our country with them.

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All You Need To Know About The #AgeChallenge Meme

The new meme is taking over social media and allows you to see what your 40 or 50-years-old self look like.



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A new meme challenge is making rounds on the Internet. Faceapp, an artificial intelligence-based photo app that edits your selfies to show how you look like when you’ve aged, is starting the #AgeChallenge trend.

Also known as the #FaceAppChallenge, the meme uses AI to augment a portrait photo to look old. Also, users can choose between the app’s templates to quickly edit a photo. Are they not smiling in a photo? You can select the Smile template to add a smile across their face. Users can also choose a different hairstyle or make themselves look younger using the app.

FaceApp does not require users to use their camera to take a selfie before using the filters. Users can upload pictures of other people then apply the filter of your choice.

In Twitter, netizens are having quite the fun in uploading pictures using the Age filter. Users trade pictures of how each other will look like in 40-50 years.

Pictures of celebrities like Tom Holland, Jennifer Aniston, and the cast of the Harry Potter film franchise are also making rounds on Twitter. Fans are ecstatic to see their favorite actors and actresses age beautifully.

Athletes such as Dwayne Wade and Kevin Love are also joining in, posting a picture of themselves on Instagram and Twitter. An England soccer team named Tottenham Hotspurs posted photos of their team members using the age filter in their official account.

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FaceApp was initially released on iOS and Android last January and February 2017, respectively. The app is free to download but has options for in-app purchases.

Because of the meme challenge, FaceApp has since top the charts for ‘Most Downloaded’ in the App Store this week.

This year, SnapChat also released new filters that change a photo’s gender. A person could view what he or she looks like if he or she was born of the opposite gender using the app’s Female and Male filters. It also has one that turns a person’s face into a baby version of themselves.

Issues on Privacy

However, questions on the app’s privacy security are now being raised, as the app’s popularity started to rise.

Speculations on the app extracting photos directly from the user’s phone without extra permissions started when Joshua Nozzi, a software developer based in the US, posted his speculations on Twitter.

The developer based in Virginia claims that it seems that the app was uploading all of his photos when the app started listing all of his pictures one row at a time. The instance resembled a network delay, which Nozzi took for the app getting access to his camera phone storage.

Because he was alarmed, Nozzi turned on his Airplane mode and realized that the app doesn’t let him proceed without an internet connection.

After Nozzi posted his claims last Monday, cybersecurity experts like Will Strafach and Baptiste Robert tested the app and refuted Nozzi’s claims.

Strafach shared in his Twitter that the FaceApp does not upload a user’s full camera roll to remote servers. However, he does mention that when a user selects a photo to apply the filter, the picture is uploaded in the app’s server so that the filters can be used.

Robert also called out Noozi for his claims without sharing any pieces of evidence. Robert looked at the traffic when using the app. Similar to Strafach’s findings; the app does upload your selected photo from your phone. He emphasized that the app only uploads “one photo” in their server.

Aside from calling out Noozi, Robert also reminded the public and the media to verify their claims to avoid spreading panic based solely on speculations.

Another concern raised against the app is its vague Terms and Conditions. However, Robert also mentioned that the FaceApp’s Terms and Conditions are not different from the other apps in one’s phone. He asked the public to check out Snapchat’s Terms and Conditions if they are concerned.

FaceApp’s developer company is based in Russia. Twitter users also submitted questions to Robert if that is a factor for possible concern. The French cybersecurity researcher stated that there’s no need to worry because there are a lot of legitimate developers in Russia. “I don’t see why the nationality of the developers is an issue,” he writes in a tweet.

Further reports from Forbes verify that the photos are uploaded in servers in America, not Russia as speculated by some.

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Look: France’s ‘Cat-Fox’ — The New Unidentified Specie



Cat Fox

Recently, the team from France’s National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS) released the news of a formerly unknown species of wildcat called the Cat-Fox or “chat-renard” in French. At first, it was only believed to be part of the French Island of Corsica’ local legend as ghjattuvolpe, a nocturnal beast which attacks sheep and goats.

During an interview with AFP, the ONCFS chief environmental technician Pierre Benedetti stated that “We believe that it’s a wild natural species which was known but not scientifically identified because it’s an extremely inconspicuous animal with nocturnal habits,” Benedetti has been studying the species for more than ten years already.

How is it different from our pet cats?

These cats have black ringed tails that are fox-like, “highly developed” canine teeth, “very wide” ears, short whiskers. And they are bigger. Cat foxes can grow up to 90 centimeters (35 inches) from head to tail-tip, while normal cats usually grow up only to 76 centimeters. They are nocturnal (active/awake at night). Also, they have stripes on their front legs, “very-dark” hind legs and a russet-colored stomach. Their silky and thick coat is designed to repel ticks, fleas, and lice naturally.

Why is it called Cat fox?

It’s not a type of fox, neither, is it a combination of a cat and a fox. But it is believed to be a wild cat. “It’s their size and their tail that earned them the name ‘cat-fox’ across the island,” says Benedetti. Some experts stated that its ears and tail resemble a fox, but its fur and facial characteristics are somehow similar to a typical cat.

Its existence was first popularly known last 2008 when a single cat-fox was caught by accident in a hen house at Olcani in Cap Corse.

Last 2012, to get and determine the golden stripped creature’s DNA, the team created traps with wooden sticks that have an irresistible smell to cats. As a result, they were able to get its fur, when the cats rubbed their bodies against the sticks.

After some analysis, they discovered through its DNA, that it is somehow related (but can be differentiated) from the European wildcat, Felis silvestris. It’s closely related to the African forest cat, F. silvestris lybica. However, it’s “exact identity is still to be determined,” Benedetti added.

The first cat was captured in 2016 using modernized photographic traps. Afterward, the team was able to catch 12 of the 16 total cats that they’ve seen using non-violent methods.

According to an ONCFS field agent, Carlu-Antone Cecchini, the cats were found in a location where “water and plant cover offering protection against its main predator, the golden eagle.” After examining and tagging the cats with electronic chips to track their adventures, the ONCFS releases them to the wild unharmed. One of the cats they’ve captured is a male cat with a one golden and one brown eye — a result of a cat fight.

The cat-fox may turn out like the mysterious wolf-like dog found in Montana last May 2018. It was revealed that it’s just an old type of wolf.

Today, it is still uncertain whether the cat-fox is new species or an old species that hasn’t been formally recognized. But some people argue that this may be a new species which is a combination of two types of species (species hybridisation). This hybridization is possible since a new bird species was discovered in the Galapagos.

The answer behind the lineage of these cats is one of the mysteries that are yet to be known. It’s diet, and ways of reproduction, are however to be discovered and learned in the future. Also, Benedetti has a theory that these cats may have been living on the French island of Corsica since 6,500 years BC.

He added that farmers might have brought these cats in the island. Meanwhile, Scientists believe that the cat could have originated from Africa or the Middle East.

According to CNN, the wildlife rangers from ONCFS expect that by catching, studying and tagging the cat foxes, they can somehow help these cute furry friends to be known and protected shortly, hopefully in two to four years.

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Look: Exotic Pets Turned Invasive Pests



Exotic Pets
Marcie Kapsch from Loxahatchee NWR holding the exotic sailfin catfish (FL). Photo: USFWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation | Flickr

A recent study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a journal from the Ecological Society of America, documented how researchers gain more awareness in the dynamics of the exotic pet trade and the role it plays in introducing nonlocal and invasive vertebrates worldwide.

As exotic pets become more popular, we need to have a clearer understanding of the factors that affect the trade to minimize the threat of having a pet-to-pests invasion soon.

Lockwood, the lead author of the study, said that since the 1970s, the market for exotic pets is continuously growing and the amount of vertebrate animals that are traded globally is surprising, even to the experienced biologists. Over the past decades, the population of reptiles and marine fish significantly increased — caused by their viral popularity as exotic pets.

Researchers take a closer look at the socioeconomic and socioecological factors that affect the exotic pet trade of vertebrates (animals with the backbone; namely fishes, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles).  The mentioned factors depend on the unique economic, social, regulatory, and cultural contexts of a particular country. There is an increasing and widespread demand for exotic pets worldwide, but it occurs mainly in developing countries like South America and Asia. In the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, more than half of all households have at least one pet.

What are exotic pets? 

In the study, it is defined as “species without a long history of domestication that are legally captured from their native range or bred within facilities and sold to consumers as household companions,” and are kept for non-utilitarian reasons (characterized by or aiming at beauty or ornament rather than utility).

Lockwood explains that species of goldfish or monk parakeets are considered as common pets for decades. Other species appear in the market for only one or two years; after that, they disappear.

The reason for this dynamic is not yet known, but researchers noted that this might be because of some species are easy to take care and breed well in captivity (which makes them cost cheaper). She added that thousands of different species are sold yearly. If a small percentage will escape or be free, they are capable of forming wild populations.

Is it really bad if our former pets decided to form a big family in the wild?

Lockwood and her team said that invasive reptiles and amphibians could force local species into extinction.

For example, the red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are turtles popularly kept as pets in the United States. It is native to the south-central region of the US, but it has created non-native populations in other parts of the country. These turtles are the real-life counterparts of the Famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Red eared slider turtle Credits: Jim, The Photographer| Flickr | Unknown

The reasons why owners release exotic pet is not widely documented. But it includes difficulty in taking care of large, old, aggressive, or sick animals. Cute little animals don’t always stay the same; sometimes, they grow and live longer than the pet owners had expected. Most countries don’t have the proper documentation of imported pet species. Also, there are challenges in monitoring and regulating them; some animals are usually recorded as “unidentified” or wrongly identified.

Factors such as the popularity of owning exotic animals, the ease of buying exotic pets from websites, and the lack of adequately implemented regulations — made it possible for the species to spread not only in their original locations but also in other parts of the globe.

This increase the possibility of having invasions in the future. To avoid or minimize the chances of having an exotic pet invasion, we need to have a better understanding of the forces that affect the worldwide trade of exotic pets.

In conclusion, Lockwood said that first “we need to know the reasons why certain species are in the trade, or what factors lead them to escape or be released,” so that we can make the right policies. These policies should be able to make both sides happy. Some people are still free to love their exotic pets while minimizing the probability of invasion.

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