Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween History & Origin

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Halloween Holiday Trivia

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.
  • The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia. http://www.halloween-website.com/

Video of Edmonton piano man goes viral - CBC News

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CBC News: The video of a man playing beautiful music on one of Edmonton's free outdoor pianos has been watched by more than a million people around the world.
The man’s talents went viral after Roslyn Polard happened upon him tickling the ivories one afternoon in the city's Churchill Square.
“I had to stop and turn around and go back, because it was so beautiful,” she said.
At first, she said, she felt like she might be intruding, since he was playing alone. Polard approached the musician, who she took to be homeless, and asked permission to film him. He agreed, and told her he was already on YouTube.
A quick search of YouTube revealed two more videos that appear to show the same man playing pianos around the city on Aug. 20, and then again a couple weeks later.
“You could see his face light up every time somebody walked by,” Polard said. “And he was happy to have an audience, he was happy to have someone to chat with.”..Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/video-of-edmonton-piano-man-goes-viral-1.2817803

Cat Rides Magic Carpet

Cat Rides Magic CarpetBy ABC NEWS via Good Morning America
It’s a whole new world for this magical cat.
Take a look at Princess Jasmine kitty riding her very own flying carpet.
Just kidding-- It’s actually a 13-year-old snowshoe cat named Max-Arthur dressed in a Build-A-Bear costume zooming around the kitchen on a carpet-covered Roomba, but let’s not be picky.
The purring princess has become an internet sensation with more than 502,000 YouTube views...http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/princess-jasmine-cat-rides-magical-flying-carpet/story?id=26518507

In Attawapiskat - Real life on the rez

 
   This morning, I sit in the warmth of the living room darkness and nurse a cup of coffee, watching the ribbons of dawn take ownership of the day. Bright bands of pink, orange, pale yellows, and blues slide out of the horizon, while above the tinted hills to the west the dark sky moves off to sleep. In between these opposite heavens, the off-white separation waits to be filled by the approaching day. I am struggling to find the words to describe Larry Towell’s photographs of Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario. I have witnessed these states of disillusionment at other reserves, where overcrowding is far too common. Where almost half of our homes require major repairs. I also know not all is lost: like digging for silver, gold, or amethyst in the earth’s depths, we can uncover the gems of triumph. Larry Towell’s photographs draw me in, and bring back memories of family, of belonging, and of survival...Read more, photos: http://thewalrus.ca/in-attawapiskat/

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, "Lucky Man"

Million Dollar MaybeLucky Man by Emerson, Lake & Palmer on GroovesharkPicture of Emerson, Lake & Palmerhttp://www.last.fm/music/Emerson,+Lake+&+Palmer                                           Songfacts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3661

Hagel: 'I Think We Are Seeing a New World Order'


Wednesday at the Aspen Institute's "Washington Ideas Forum," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said we are living through, "historic, defining times," that will result in a, "new world order.”... Read more:  http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/10/29/Hagel-I-think-we-are-seeing-a-new-world-order?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Astronaut Suicide Photos Inspired by Shuttle Program’s End

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The space shuttle Atlantis completed its final flight last month, bringing pride and bittersweet nostalgia to many Americans. But what about our beloved, symbolic astronaut? What will he do now that he’s out of the hero business?
Piggy-backing on the mixed emotions of the country about the end of NASA’s space shuttle program, photographer Neil DaCosta and art director Sara Phillips produced a darkly comic project by staging fictitious last moments of a distraught anonymous, unemployed astronaut...Read more, photos...

The story behind that ’10 hours of walking in NYC’ viral street harassment video - The Washington Post

: By now, you’ve probably seen the video of a woman receiving scores of catcalls (108, to be exact) as she walks through New York City.
   The video was the brainchild of Rob Bliss, who runs his own viral video marketing agency. Bliss partnered with Hollaback, an advocacy group dedicated to ending street harassment.
   Shoshana B. Roberts, a 24-year-old actress, saw a casting call on Craigslist and allowed Bliss to record her walking through various neighborhoods in New York City over the course of 10 hours. Roberts remains straight-faced in the video as male strangers greet her, comment on her personal appearance, and in some cases, follow her for several minutes...Continue reading...

The chickenshit hits the fan. Update: Netanyahu Responds

An illustrative photo of a chicken (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
An illustrative photo of a chicken (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
 Child poverty in Israel and the battle for the West Bank buses take the spotlight in the Hebrew dailies on Wednesday, while the country’s popular, right-wing and free newspaper fights for its right to remain a handout. The Israeli press also reacts to Jeffrey Goldberg’s column in The Atlantic, in which he quotes unnamed American officials calling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” This author was disappointed, however, by the feeble Hebrew translations of the term employed by the Obama administration
   Israeli media address Goldberg’s column and its report of strained ties. Israel Hayom writes that the vulgarity expressed by American officials in the Atlantic article brings relations between the two countries to an all-time low. It explains to its readers that chickenshit is “a derogatory slang term whose meaning is ‘coward.'” Haaretz simply translates the insult that put the two allies’ relations on tenterhooks as “pathetic coward.” Yedioth Ahronoth uses the same translation, and also includes the litany of terms American officials used to berate Netanyahu that Goldberg listed.
   The only person who Israel Hayom could find to defend the prime minister against the chickenshit attack was Economy Minister Naftali Bennett. It quotes the Jewish Home party leader saying that “serious curses such as these [directed] at the prime minister of Israel are insulting to millions of Israeli citizens and Jews worldwide.”
   “Neither the leader of Syria who massacred 150,000 of his citizens, nor the leader of Saudi Arabia who stones [to death] women and homosexuals, earned the term ‘chickenshit,'” he said. “If what was written is correct, then the present administration intends to throw Israel under the bus.”...Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-chicken-feces-hits-the-fan/

Netanyahu Responds:

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett!

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ISIS is Islam! - American Thinker


By G. Murphy Donovan: Barack Obama is given to making extraordinary pronouncements. Many of the more dramatic assertions seldom are based on facts, reason, or reflection.  Put aside, if you can, the hyperbole which often accompanies wishful thinking about domestic social problems; poverty, public education, and public health. The President’s public rhetoric on foreign policy, questions of national security, is unique, bordering on the delusional. To paraphrase Jack Kennedy; getting it wrong at home might be tragic, but getting it wrong abroad could be fatal.

The other day, President Obama claimed that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was not Islamic, a little like claiming that the Vatican has nothing to do with Catholicism. Put aside for a moment the illogic of using the phrase “Islamic State” and then denying the adjective in the next breath...How is it that team Obama feels compelled to contradict the confessions of Islamic terrorists? Jihadists are very candid about their motives, quoting the authority of the Koran, the Hadith, and Mohamed with predictable regularity. Terrorists are open about their ideological/ religious inspirations. Why should we not believe what they say about themselves?..Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/10/isis_emisem_islam.html#ixzz3HY1pCqMd

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Heroic Cat At Sea: The bravery of the Navy’s puss in boats


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cpl. Cirillo makes final journey along the Highway of Heroes

Supporters pay tribute as the Body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is transported in a hearse from Ottawa to Hamilton, along the Highway of Heroes in Port Hope, Ont.. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
Supporters pay tribute as the Body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo is transported in a hearse from Ottawa to Hamilton, along the Highway of Heroes in Port Hope, Ont.. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette) http://o.canada.com/news/cpl-cirillo-to-make-final-journey-along-the-highway-of-heroes

Related: 1) Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: Outpouring of emotion for 'Canada's son'

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/cpl-nathan-cirillo-outpouring-of-emotion-for-canada-s-son-1.2811549                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2) Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: Outpouring of emotion as 'Canada's son' comes home

CBC Newshttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/cpl-nathan-cirillo-outpouring-of-emotion-as-canada-s-son-comes-home-1.2811549

Friday, October 24, 2014

One Direction , "Steal My Girl"


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Timeline for New York doctor who has Ebola - AP News

The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the recent activities of Dr. Craig Spencer, a New York City physician who treated Ebola patients in West Africa and this week became the fourth person to test positive for the virus in the United States:
Sept. 18: Spencer leaves for West Africa via Brussels.
Oct. 12: Spencer has final contact with Ebola patients in Guinea, where he had been working with Doctors Without Borders.
Oct. 14: Spencer leaves Guinea.
Oct. 16: Spencer returns to Brussels and checks into a hotel.
Oct. 17: Spencer arrives in New York and, adhering to guidelines, starts a routine of twice-daily temperature checks.
Tuesday: Spencer notices he is feeling more tired than usual, officials say. Visits Manhattan's High Line walkway and the Blue Bottle coffee stand along the walkway.
Wednesday: Spencer takes a three-mile jog along Manhattan's Riverside Park. Later in the day, he takes the A and L subway trains to the Gutter bowling alley in Brooklyn. He takes a car service back home.
Thursday: Spencer feels feverish after 10 a.m. He and his fiancee call health authorities to notify them of his symptoms. EMTs in protective gear take Spencer to Bellevue Hospital in an ambulance surrounded by police cars. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sends an Ebola team to New York. Spencer tests positive for Ebola. His fiancee and two friends are quarantined to prevent exposure to others.
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Sources: New York City officials. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4746527c96cb490c9f32502a028f9860/timeline-new-york-doctor-who-has-ebola

Julian Lage, Solo Guitar Performance

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Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist

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John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.
Instead, what 'little evidence' there is for rising global temperatures points to a 'natural phenomenon' within a developing eco-system.

In an open letter attacking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he wrote: "The ocean is not rising significantly.
"The polar ice is increasing, not melting away. Polar Bears are increasing in number.
"Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing).
"I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid."...Read more:http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/526191/Climate-change-is-a-lie-global-warming-not-real-claims-weather-channel-founder

The Truth about the “Palin Brawl” – The Media Reveals Its Bias Against Conservative Women Once Again


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First, the media said Trig was not really my mom’s kid.
Then, they claimed my mom said “I can see Russia from my house.”
Recently, they said my parents are giving a divorce.
And now, they’re saying my family started a “drunken brawl.”
Most of the time, I let the lies pass.  After all, the truth eventually comes out.  But when people are selling “scoop,” photos, and false information…  sometimes the truth just isn’t as profitable.
That’s why, after a month and a half of hearing rumors about myself and family, I’ve finally decided to comment about the situation. Instead of listening to all the people who weren’t there — people who claim they heard this from their cousin/brother/sister-in-law/step-daughter/long lost little brother – let me tell you what actually happened...Continue reading...

Israel Reveals ‘Groundbreaking’ Roadside Bombs & Landmine Detection

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shooting on Parliament Hill

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo [photo] torontosun.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quebec hit-and-run attacker 'radicalized,' the Prime Minister’s Office says

Surete du Quebec police investigators go over the scene of a police shooting in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu near Montreal on Monday October 20, 2014. A motorist hit pedestrians and fled the scene. After being confronted by police he is alleged to have charged them with a knife and was shot dead.
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by Lee Berthiaume:
   The driver of a car that rammed two Canadian Forces members near Montreal Monday before being shot dead by police was “radicalized” to carry out a terrorist attack, the Prime Minister’s Office says.
Martin “Ahmad” Rouleau, 25, allegedly hit the two military members as they were walking in a strip mall just outside a Service Canada office in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Monday morning, according to the Sûreté du Québec. Police said Rouleau was known to them.
   Police chased the car about four kilometres before it flipped over into a ditch. The driver allegedly jumped out of the car and brandished a knife, at which point police shot him. He died later in the day, police said. The Canadian Forces members were being treated in hospital, one in very serious condition.
   Hours after the Conservatives first raised the incident in the House of Commons, the PMO issued a statement saying Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been briefed by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson, and National Security Adviser Stephen Rigby.
“The individual who struck the two CAF members with his car is known to federal authorities, including the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team,” said the statement from Jason MacDonald, the prime minister’s spokesman.
   “Federal authorities have confirmed that there are clear indications that the individual had become radicalized. As Canada’s national security agencies have said, Canadians should remain vigilant.”...Continue reading...

Marquese Scott 'I'm on Top of the World'

A Pill Could Help Alcoholics, and Let Them Drink in Moderation - Newsweek

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A new drug lets you drink without becoming a drunk.
   For years, a 12-step program laid out in just 200 words has held a virtual monopoly on the treatment of alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is famous, infamous, global and highly influential, and it’s based on giving up booze, completely.
   For most people seeking help with alcoholism, abstinence is the only option. That view “is heroic and dangerous, and it doesn’t do anything,” Wim van den Brink, a spirited Dutch psychiatrist with a flop of white hair and glasses, recently told an audience of researchers in Vancouver, British Columbia. Even in the city that is home to North America’s only supervised safe-injection site for heroin addicts, van den Brink’s proposal represents a radical departure: He wants to help alcoholics go on drinking, without all the problems...Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/pill-could-help-alcoholics-and-let-them-drink-moderation-278112

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ebola: Is bushmeat behind the outbreak? BBC News



Bushmeat is believed to be the origin of the current Ebola outbreak. The first victim's family hunted bats, which carry the virus. Could the practice of eating bushmeat, which is popular across Africa, be responsible for the current crisis?
The origin has been traced to a two-year-old child from the village of Gueckedou in south-eastern Guinea, an area where batmeat is frequently hunted and eaten.
The infant, dubbed Child Zero, died on 6 December 2013. The child's family stated they had hunted two species of bat which carry the Ebola virus.
Bushmeat or wild animal meat covers any animal that is killed for consumption including antelopes, chimpanzees, fruit bats and rats. It can even include porcupines and snakes.
In some remote areas it is a necessary source of food - in others it has become a delicacy...Read more:http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29604204

PETA promotes t-shirt with death threat: 'Be kind to animals or I'll kill you'

October 11, 2014, by
Joe Newby
 PETA shirt includes death threatTwitter/PETA 
   On Friday, the animal rights group PETA issued a tweet promoting a t-shirt that includes a death threat. The shirt, which, as of this writing, can be found on the web site Mporium, reads: "Be kind to animals or I'll kill you."
"How great are these new shirts by #Morrissey?!" PETA exclaimed on Twitter. "Get one NOW," the tweet added.
"I don't like these," one person said on Twitter. "It isn't a positive message."
"You're disgusting," another person added. "I truly hope you get mauled to death by a bear. How long before you go from targets with fur to skin?"
Many others panned the shirt as promoting violence. One person said he would call the police if he saw someone with the shirt...Continue reading...    PETA Kills Animals: https://www.petakillsanimals.com/

A Horse With No Name - America (Lyrics)

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

More Than Half of World’s Wildlife Population Lost: World Wide Fund for Nature

Today's Earthquake Fact-Magnitude 8.0 - SAMOA ISLANDS REGION - update


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Learning from Earthquakes
Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami of September 29, 2009 EERI Special Earthquake Report — January 2010 Read here.
Hi Thomas
I wanted to follow up on the message sent last week.
My name is Sharon Thornton and I am a research coordinator with The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics.
I am in the process of gathering research on the long term effects earthquakes have on local economies, sociological costs and analysis of government action / programs organized as a response to earthquakes. As a part of my search I came across a resource that no longer works on your website. If you open this page http://sallyandsam.blogspot.de/2009_09_01_archive.html and try this reference http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2009mdbi.php it doesn't go anywhere.
I found the page simply moved here: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/data/
If you decide to update your site, I was wondering if you would be open to including a resource that I helped create covering: earthquake data for years 2005 - 2014, most devastating earthquakes 2005 - 2013, earthquake glossary.
You can find the resource here:
Earthquakes Data Magnitude 5.0 and Over 2005 - 2014 http://krilloil.com/blog/earthquake-data/
In addition you can find more info on the topic below:
Seismic Monitor http://www.iris.edu/seismon/
Quakes - Live Earthquakes Map http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/

Appreciate your time,

Of course, feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your help!
Regards,
Sharon Thornton
Research Coordinator
The International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
sharon.thornton@iuggnet.org www.iuggnet.org
Thank you, Sharon. Thomas

BLACKBERRY SMOKE, "Ain't Got the Blues" (update)

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Israeli Ambassador wants to build cooperation with Saskatchewan

Israeli Ambassador wants to build cooperation with Saskatchewan
 Rafael Barak, Israeli ambassador to Canada. Photograph by: Richard Marjan , The StarPhoenix                                                                                                                              By Evan Radford, The StarPhoenix:
In the wake of a newly announced partnership between Saskatchewan and Israel focused on research and development in agriculture, minerals, food security and nuclear energy, Rafael Barak, the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, visited Saskatchewan for the first time.
The former Israeli deputy foreign minister sat down with The StarPhoenix to discuss the new partnership, connections between Israel and Saskatchewan and negotiation issues between Israelis and Palestinians.
This is an edited version of the interview with Ambassador Barak. Read here

Tracking the Ancient Griffin, Modern Monsters and the “Extinct” Pterosaur Through Art, History and Science

by Chris Parker:

Online Publication Read here

37 Pound Cat Biggie is Recovering After Surgery

Posted by Editor, Karen Harrison Binette

Hugely obese at 37 pounds, Biggie came to the Riverside Cat Hospital in Riverside, California on Saturday with a serious health concern. His owner felt they could no longer care for him and was considering euthanasia due to the severity of his condition, so Riverside decided to adopt Biggie and get him the medical and weight loss help he so desperately needed.
The hospital wrote at Facebook, saying: “Biggie has joined the Riverside Cat Hospital family. He was admitted due to severe constipation that could require surgery. He would be high risk because of his enormous weight of 37 lbs. We are welcoming warm wishes for this lovable cat! He’s so sweet and isn’t he adorable!? If all goes well with his treatment, we will put him on a weight management plan so that we can reduce his health risks.”
Dr. Nichole Agarwal appeared with Biggie on the news, and his story has made headlines across the US and as far as the UK. We shared Biggie’s story on Monday, in Cat Hospital Adopts 37 Pound Cat...Continue reading, video...