Saturday, December 13, 2014

Miss Stephanie Adams: An Internet Crime Noir

This message, in its entirety, having absolutely nothing to do with parrots, arrived in our In Box several days ago. Even though the message has absolutely nothing to do with parrots, we're adding a picture of a parrot, anyway. Just because:

Our Timneh African Grey Tillie

Did we mention this message has nothing to do with parrots? So, how about another picture of a parrot?

Our Greenwing Macaw and Diva Parrot Roxanne

Anyway, back to the message.

Dearest One:

Greetings to you and your family, first I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via e-mail, instead of a Certified mail/Post-mail. This is due to the urgency and it's the only way I can contact you now because of the situation I am facing now.  My name is Stephanie Adams, the Daughter Of Late Mr. and Mrs. Adams from Ivory Coast in West Africa . I am 24 years old and a university undergraduate living now without parents, I am a white Africa girl being that my mother is a white woman from France origin and my father is a black man from this country Ivory Coast in west Africa where am living now, My mother got married to my father in Paris France years back when my father was living in France, but my mother letter died when I was just 6 years old and after her death my father returned back with me to his country in Africa and he got married to another woman who is from this country, and she bear 3 children to my father 1 girls and 2 boys, my father died last year  15 January 2013, immediately my father died I feel like life is over for me, but I remember that I need to gather myself together and move life ahead and forget the past, and I did so immediately. The sudden death of my father really brought sorrow to my life , My Father was a very rich business man in this country when he was alive, He is an importer and exporter of all types of goods and has allot of properties, But he was poisoned to death by his Family members because of His wealth, before his death in a private hospital he called me on his bed side because he loved me so much since the death of my mother and told me that he deposited a huge sum of $ 14.5M USD, fourteen million five hundred thousand American Dollars, in a private security company in Europe under a secret arrangement coded as a family treasure. My father gave me the document concerning the deposit of this fund before his death, after the burial ceremony of my father his family members conspired and seized all his properties and left nothing for me all that remain for me is only this money which my father deposited in a Security Company in Europe with my name and my step mother and her children is aware that my father gave me the document of this money, they plan how to assassinate me to enable them take the document and claim the money, So when I discover this plan against me I ran away from our home and now am hiding out in a Hotel in another city somewhere far from our home so that my life will be save. I have make contact with the security company and they has assured me that this consignment is under this custody.  I am contacting you to help me claim this box from the security company in Europe and also Invest for me in your country. if you cannot go to Europe for the claim then I will advise the security company to transfer this consignment to your address in your country. I am going to stay here till the Security Company transfer this consignment fund box to your country for you to send me some money to arrange my traveling documents and Visa to join you over there for investment of this fund and continue to complete my studies there, please Dear I want you to help me out very fast because my life is not save here, My life is in danger now, They are looking for me everywhere in this country to take the document of this money and assassinate me.

It is my intention to compensate you with 25% of the total fund for your services and the balance shall be my capital to establishment by your help, As soon as I receive your interest in helping me, I will introduce you to the security company immediately forward the contact of the security company to you for you to contact them. I need your urgent respond indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely. Please do keep this only to yourself. I beg you not to disclose it till I come over because I am afraid of my wicked ones who have threatened to kill me.

I am waiting to hear from you today as soon as you read this massage.

My best regards to you.

Yours lovely one.

My life is in danger now, They are looking for me everywhere in this country to take the document of this money and assassinate me.

Buffo! The angst. The suspense! Sex. Race. Money. Murder. Maybe. At the very least threats of assassination. Surely drugs are involved. Probably Rock n Roll as well. Wish we could help.

Unfortunately for this dear lovely miss we're too busy thinking of getting a massage to respond to her missive. Wonder how she got our email address?

Even though this message had absolutely nothing to do with parrots, one last picture of a parrot:

Our Male Blue and Gold Macaw Aboo

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha. Blue Tara Blend

Not your momma's cup of coffee. CoffeeParrot.Coffee is pleased to introduce our first Medium-Dark Full City Plus Roast. Blue Tara Blend. The perfect winter brew. Perfect for winter. Great for summer. Best for breakfast, but for a coffee aficionado good any time of day. Handforged whole bean 100% Parrot Friendly coffee.

Blue Tara Blend

Brazil Fazenda Colina

Fazenda is the Portuguese word for ranch or plantation. Situated at an altitude of 3200 feet, Fazenda Colina is located in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Fazenda Colina is one of the only wholly certified organic farms in the Cerrado region of Brazil. They have been certified since 2007. The farm is about 76 hectares (about 188 acres) in total with about 50 hectares of coffee trees. Along with organic certification, the farm has also been certified Biodynamic, which is a testament to their dedication to care for the nutrition of the soils, the coffee trees, and the environment. The flavor profile of dry processed Brazilian coffee beans is dominated by dried fruit. The Fazenda Colina bean is distinct in its balance and sweetness, while still bringing a characteristically strong body, dense mouth-feel, and low acidity. Fazenda Colina has a rich buttery aroma with dark chocolate and cherry notes, a balanced, deep taste, and a lingering finish.

Ethiopia Yirgachefe Bunna

Bunna is the Ethiopian word for coffee. The sweet flavors and aromas of Ethiopian Yirgachefe Bunna or coffee are its strongest assets along with a medium to light body. Ethiopian Yirgachefe is very spicy and fragrent, often with a slightly chocolate or nutty quality. Subtleties include notes of citrus or tangerine (which is why Ethiopian Yirgachefe is often preferred for iced coffee). Ethiopian Yirgachefe is known for its bright and shining acidity and clean taste. An array of sensual floral notes gives Ethiopian Yirgachefe a wonderfully bright complexity in its aromatic qualities. Often Ethiopian Yirgachefe will exhibit tones of toasted coconut. Also noted are cedar sensations which a background of caramelly chocolate. Coffee connoisseurs appreciate not only the delicate orange blossom fragrance of Ethiopian Yirgachefe but also its sweet and elegant finish that is typically very clean like the flavor. ​Ethiopian Yirgachefe is grown at elevations ranging from about 5,800 feet above sea level to 6,600 feet. Few of the world's finest coffees are grown at such high elevations as these Yirgachefes. The town of Yirgachefe is located in central southern Ethiopia in the Gedeo Zone named after the Gedeo people. The Gedeo region extends along the eastern escarpment of the highlands of Ethiopia.

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Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Amid the Swarm of Humans, a Conclave of Parrots

Simply being thankful for parrots. For once, an organized gang of parrots not ravaging anyone or any place! Just parrots that are appreciated for being parrots.

More than a thousand rose-ringed parakeets still find a safe place to roost in the trees near Orion Mall; their presence is a gift

This article, in its entirety, written by Vishakha Chanchani, appeared in the Bangalore Mirror, November 7, 2014:

As I look out through the window of my brother's apartment, I see a host of high-rise buildings against a grey sky. Pigeons hover inside, and make human habitats their own. They find small balconies and settle down on potted plants, making a mess, to the detriment of some plant loving residents!

The Orion Mall in the Brigade Gateway complex in Rajajinagar attracts many human visitors, who gather here in the evenings to enjoy open spaces, the water body, and all the shopping and eating joints. Humans of different ages, shapes and sizes, rub shoulders with each other, taking a break from work and home to enjoy the small pleasures of an evening outing.

Well, allow me to tell you of the other visitors that frequent this place. The flying foxes, the kites, stray dogs, and flocks of parakeets that roost here. The latter gathering together, every evening unfailingly, just as humans flock together in the same complex, in the very same hours!

Wasn't I amazed one evening, when I suddenly discovered that right at the entrance gates of the Mall, a host of rain trees offer their branches to hoards of parakeets? After about six in the evening, I see them arriving in small flocks. One flock after another screeches its way to the crowns of these trees, adding to the green of existing leaves.

The parakeets fall silent as they settle down; the dark takes over, and spots of light from below highlight the glimmering green of the birds. People walking up to the complex may mistake the parakeet-laden trees for leaves. As for the parakeets, they do not seem to mind; not even those lights under the trees that turn this every day event into a well-lit drama. Some watch, whilst some miss the charm altogether.

Maybe, these rose-ringed parakeets are visitors to us; but for these birds, this has been their nightly spot, their home of many decades.

Long before manmade constructions made their presence felt, these areas were populated with trees and shrubs that might have been hosts to more wild life. The parakeets continue to roost here, braving the changing city, glaring lights, a human population, and the traffic that beeps and whizzes by the roads, above which they settle.

Thank god, for their trust, for continuing to make their homes amidst us. Why on earth do we need to trap and cage these birds, when we can invite them to live with us -- allow for trees in our landscapes, and have these special green exchanges? More than a thousand parakeets still find a safe place to roost in, in this part of the town.

When their feathers were molting, I collected them. Feathers flecked with gold, green and blue, brown and graying, straight or slightly curled. Somebody once wrote a poem saying that if you find a feather, pick it up and put it in your pocket -- it's a gift from a bird.

Well Nagarvasi, the presence of winged wild life, in a multiple and urban complex like this, is certainly a special gift. May we always remember, and never forget, to look after it.

Take care till then.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Northwest Parrots Pinup Parrots Calendar for 2015

The mission of Northwest Parrots Fund is simple. Saving Parrots One Parrot At a Time! Introducing the Northwest Parrots Fund Parrots Pinup Calendar for 2015:
The Northwest Parrots 2015 Calendar features some real beauties:

Hyacinth Macaw Princess Tara

Timneh African Grey Tillie

Ruby Macaw Mr. Cracker

Congo African Grey Arua

Greenwing Macaw Roxanne

You'll need to purchase the calendar the see the rest of the Northwest Parrots Fund Pinup Parrots. As Good As Advertised! You will not be disappointed. Plus, your purchase supports a worthy cause. Northwest Parrots Fund is a nonprofit charity registered in the State of Washington and recognized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit under the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Parrot Noir: When Good Parrots Go Bad

When good parrots go bad. The Russian news agency Russia Today published this parrot noir crime drama November 21, 2014:

Drug-dealing parrots are the strangest in the menagerie of the Corleone-style Southern Italian region’s nasty pets. Police recently grabbed a pair of parrots who were a part of drug-dealing operation in the Traiano district in Naples. When a phone rang, they would respond by imitating a human voice, saying: “Hello, how much do you need?” But if someone tried to take them out of the cage, the birds would scream: “Now I’ll shoot you!”

Presumably the parrots spoke in Italian, something like this: Ciao, quanto hai bisogno? Ora ti sparo!

In any language, it's a total shame when parrots turn to a life of crime. Which begs the question. When bad parrots are busted, do they ever become stool pigeons?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kill him! Chop him up! Baste him! The Zen Parrot Haka

We discovered Hakas after catching an All Blacks rugby match on the tellie.

This was particularly fortuitous considering the recent election here in the States. We decided we needed to adopt a Haka for The Zen Parrot as we face off against the Barbarian Teabagger Hordes for the next two years. So with apologies to the All Blacks, we proudly present The Zen Parrot Haka:

Ka tū te IhiihiStand up to the fear
Ka tū te WanawanaStand up to the terror
Ki runga ki te rangi,To the sky above!
E tū iho nei, tū iho nei, hī!Fight up here, high up there. Yeah!
Ponga rā!The shadows fall!
Kapa o Pango, aue hī!Team in Blue, yeah!
Ponga rā!Darkness falls!
Kapa o Pango, aue hī, hā!Team in Blue, Hell Yeah, Ha!
The words of both 'Kapa o Pango' and 'Ko Niu Tireni' are taken from the Haka of the earthquake god Ruaumoko, Ko Ruaumoko e ngunguru nei, slightly modified to reflect The Zen Parrot Blue.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wild Wild West: So That's How They Do It

Welcome to this new episode of Wild Wild West highlighting obscure facts and wonders of nature mostly never before seen. In this episode we are thrilled to present never before seen video of a rare canned hedgehog being hatched. Did we mention this has never before been seen?

Sometimes nature just needs a helping hand. Stay tuned for more Wild Wild West! Same time. Same station. In the next episode of Wild Wild West we'll show never before seen video of a woodchuck chucking wood. Don't turn that channel.