Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran

CLS Videos                                           last.fm/music. Ed Sheeran

Today's Weather in Saskatoon: Smoky with a high of 25 C

Some deep thoughts from the 'bluebird of bitterness'

deep thoughts

Warning: Dates on calendar are closer than they appear.
I wouldn’t have to manage my anger if other people would just manage their stupidity.
If I ever end up on life support, unplug me… then plug me back in again. See if that works.
We have only ourselves to blame for all the crime today. We got rid of all the phone booths, and now Superman has nowhere to change.
To this day, the kid who used to bully me at school still takes my lunch money. On the plus side, he makes very good Subway sandwiches.
My opinion offended you? You should hear the ones I keep to myself.
A penny saved is just another thing for the cat to knock off of the dresser.
My life feels like a test I didn’t study for.
A gun in the hand is worth an entire police force on the phone.
Dear Karma, I have a list of people you missed...more deep thoughts...

People warned to take precautions as smoke continues to fill Saskatoon skies.

As smoke continues to fill Saskatoon skies, officials are warning people with respiratory illnesses to stay inside.

Photograph by: Greg Pender, The StarPhoenix

 By Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix

Forest fires in northern Saskatchewan now seem closer to home for many in Saskatoon.
The heavy smoke blanketing the city has forced many people to stay indoors.
"It’s just not safe for the players to be out there," said Erin Fehr, operations coordinator for Saskatoon Youth Soccer.
Fehr said around 10 end-of-season games for kids under 12 had to be cancelled Monday as heavy smoke continued to pour into the city from northern forest fires.
Some coaches may decide to reschedule, but for others it might just be the end of the season, she said.
Soccer players weren’t the only ones forced indoors. As Environment Canada issued an air quality alert for the city, outdoor city pools were also closed and health officials warned about the negative effects of breathing the heavy smoke.
"We want everyone to stay indoors," said Jill Hubick of the Lung Association of Saskatchewan...Read more>>http://www.thestarphoenix.com/health/People+warned+take+precautions+smoke+fills+city/11176440/story.html

Friday, June 26, 2015

Van Morrison "These Are The Days"

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Giant goldfish multiplying in Alberta ponds

Just a handful of the 40 goldfish removed from a Fort McMurray storm pond in 2015. According to the province, some were as large as dinner plates. (Rebecca Baldwin / Alberta Environment and Parks)
CBC News
 The province is launching a campaign this summer to stop people from releasing their pet fish into the wild.
Goldfish, some the size of dinner plates, are being found from Lethbridge to Fort McMurray, the province says.
"It's quite a surprise how large we're finding them and the sheer number," said Kate Wilson, aquatic invasive species coordinator at Alberta Environment and Parks.
In one case, the municipality of Wood Buffalo pulled 40 of the domestic fish species from a storm water pond.
"That's really scary because it means they're reproducing in the wild, they are getting quite large and they are surviving the winters that far north," said Wilson...Continue reading...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Spend A Night With The Rat-Hunting Dogs Of New York City

REUTERS/Mike Segar
  • New York's rats are nasty, and there are about two million of the furry, disease-carrying creatures roaming the streets and alleys of the city.
    If you call the city about a rat problem, they'll give you tips on keeping them out and tell you how to find a pest control company to poison the rodents.
    But there are others out there who hunt New York's vermin, and they don't do it for pay — they do it because it's in their nature (and because their owners want to let working terriers "do what they do best").
    The rat hunters of New York are known as the Ryders Alley Trencher Fed Society (R.A.T.S.). They train dogs to hunt rats and will take the canines anywhere requested to, as they say, eRATicate the pests, provided the location is safe for the dogs, away from traffic, and relatively pedestrian-free...Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-rat-hunters-of-new-york-2014-11?op=1#ixzz3e6F5OecD

New York City Escalates the War on Rats Once Again

Lyme disease not the only reason to avoid ticks

By Ashley Welch, CBS News: Ever since Dean Traut contracted Lyme disease, he's been extra cautious when it comes to protecting himself and his grandchildren from ticks.
"It's probably the worst illness or pain I've been through," he told CBS News.
Ticks are most active in the months of April through October and peak in the summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness, it's not the only one. A report published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that a newly recognized illness called Borrelia miyamotoi disease (BMD) is becoming more common in the northeastern part of the United States. It was first seen in this country in 2013.
Symptoms include "fever, severe headache, lots of body aches," said Dr. Bobbi Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. "People can die from this."...Continue reading...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cat clings to plane wing for flight

 The pilot’s expression of shock when he first notices his feline passenger. Photograph: YouTube/RomainJantot
A cat has escaped with at least one of its nine lives after stowing away on an ultra-light aircraft flight.
A video has been posted on YouTube of the cat digging its claws into the aircraft’s wing as its pilot and passenger fly hundreds of feet above the ground at first apparently unaware of its presence.
Romain Jantot, understood to be the pilot in the clip, cites a flying club in Kourou, French Guiana, in the film’s description. He uploaded the video on Sunday and it has already received more than 75,000 views.
“A standard flight until … I still don’t know if it got in after the pre-flight check or if I missed it,” he says. “The cat is doing well, she is still our mascot.”
All appears well and cat-free as the aircraft accelerates on the runway and begins its takeoff...Continue reading, photos...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lou Ann Barton "It's Raining"

[Twodawgzz]                                        last.fm/music/Lou Ann Barton

World traveller hired to be Saskatchewanderer

Saskatchewanderer spends the year touring Saskatchewan and sharing her adventures

World traveller Ashlyn George is the new Saskatchewanderer.

Photograph by: Submitted photo , The StarPhoenix

Ashlyn George has travelled six of the world's seven continents. She plans to visit the last, Antarctica, early next year.
George describes herself as an outdoor adventure adrenalin junky. She completed her dive masters in the Galapagos Islands, trekked through untouched national parks in Madagascar, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - and that was just in 2014. Before then, she went skydiving in New Zealand, climbed Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, and hiked the Rucu Pichincha trail in Ecuador, among many other adventures.
Her latest great adventure: Exploring her home province as Tourism Saskatchewan's "Saskatchewanderer."
After everything she has experienced as a traveller, one might think that coming back to Saskatchewan is a bit bland, but George disagrees.
"It's the exact same," she says. "I still get the same feeling of adventure when I'm travelling Saskatchewan as when I'm travelling the world."...Read more: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/travel/World+traveller+hired+Saskatchewanderer/11153173/story.html#ixzz3ddcWsmWu

The unglamorous plight of a female alcoholic

A blackout drinker’s memoir as cautionary tale

Sarah Hepola gained fame as an American magazine writer and editor, including her turn as Salon‘s personal-essays editor. Now comes her brutally honest memoir, where she’s calling the bluff on the glamour of her once-saucy life. The book follows Hepola from her early childhood in Texas, stealing beer from her parents’ fridge, through to high school parking-lot piss-ups and college ragers—just teen mischief, if the author didn’t make such a case for these being the building blocks of addiction. By the time she reaches her mid-20s, her problem is as obvious to her as it is to her friends, as huge swaths of her life get lost in a terrifying amnesiac abyss. It takes another decade or so, with the help of therapy and AA, to shine a more permanent light on that darkness.
Her account is funny, touching and painful—no doubt set up with the deft and occasionally vainglorious hand of a click-bait pro, but with the soul of something deeper and much more resonant. Through her personal story, Hepola illuminates how the various issues in women’s lives—from body dysmorphia, dieting and celebrity culture, to the pressure of perfect parenting and the work-life “lean in”—are, for some women, mediated, muddied and self-medicated with booze. Especially troubling are the ways in which Hepola links blackouts to rape culture and consent, sure to be one of the more controversial aspects of a controversial book...Read more...

Friday, June 19, 2015

Canadian Forces, message for National Aboriginal Day

Axwell /\ Ingrosso Release 'Sun is Shining' Music Video

(Photo : Screenshot via YouTube)
by Ryan Middleton  Swedish DJ super-duo, Axwell /\ Ingrosso has released the music video for its recent single "Sun Is Shining." The track was originally previewed at the end of April as the soundtrack to the new H&M summer clothing series with some of the most well-known supermodels in the world including Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Doutzen Kroes and Natasha Poly. The new video coincides with the tracks official release on iTunes and Spotify so fans can have a new, cheery summer anthem in their libraries...Continue reading...

Chen Tianwen, a Singaporean sitcom star singing about how he finds 'her' Un-Un-Un-Un-Un-Un-Unbelievable!


Giant tortoise strolls through Tokyo – video

2015 Guardian News and Media Limited :
A giant African tortoise and its owner are used to turning heads as they go out for walks in Tokyo. Hisao Mitani, a 62-year-old funeral parlour owner, says he has been taking his pet Bon-chan on daily walks for several years. The reptile and his owner have became an internet hit after photos of them walking around the city were circulated.http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/jun/17/giant-tortoise-tokyo-video

Video of spider bursting out of banana goes viral

Yahoo7June 15, 2015, 11:34 am

For those of you less inclined to watch it – it's a banana with an arachnid surprise inside.
Real or fake? The clip was uploaded by a German-based special effects guru and animator Kaleb Lechowski, sparking discussion across social media and on this YouTube thread regarding the authenticity of it.
Everyone is unanimous though - it'd be quite an unpleasant surprise to find in your fruit. Not appealing at all...https://au.news.yahoo.com/viral/a/28459951/video-of-spider-bursting-out-of-banana-goes-viral/

Who let the goats out?

(CNN)It had all the makings of a viral video: cute animals doing something unexpected and a catchy tagline.
Unsurprisingly, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's "Goats gone wild" video was a hit. The video showing hundreds of goats rushing down a hillside has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and shared more than 24,000 times since it was posted on the lab's Facebook page Friday.
"We utilize goats at the lab in order to keep our grasses short and reduce fire hazards. In this video the goats are being herded (wait for dog at end) to the tree laden hill just below our Blackberry Gate," the post said...Continue reading...

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Man snaps picture of raccoon on top of gator in Ocala

WFTV Morning News

Richard Jones
OCALA, Fla. —
A Palatka man said he snapped a picture of a raccoon on top of an alligator in the Ocala National Forest Sunday morning.
Richard Jones said he and his family were walking along the Oaklawaha River watching alligators when his son walked through some palm fronds to get a good picture.
Jones said his son must have startled the raccoon, which stumbled toward the water and hopped on top of the gator that was nearby
Jones was able to quickly take the unique photo before the raccoon scurried back on land.
"I snapped a lucky picture right when the gator slipped into the water and before the raccoon jumped off and scurried away. Without the context you'd think the raccoon was hitching a ride across the river. Pretty amazing," Jones said in an email. "Definitely the photo of a lifetime." http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/man-snaps-unique-picture-raccoon-top-gator-ocala-n/nmcmC/
via https://twitter.com/dmataconis    Reminds me of Rocky Racoon.                                          

Carolina Story "Your Children's Children"


Friday, June 12, 2015

'Hard' landing as three astronauts return to Earth from ISS: video

By , and AFP, video source Nasa TV

Three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, safely returning to Earth after their flight back home was delayed for a month by a Russian rocket failure.
Russia's Anton Shkaplerov, Italy's Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts of the US landed on schedule on the steppes of Kazakhstan and appeared to be in good health...Continue reading, photos

Thursday, June 11, 2015

NASA makes music video for its huge new Mars rocket (America’s Next Great Rocket )

Man’s Beautiful Tribute To His Dog

“There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest times.” This is Ben Moon’s introduction to the video he made as a tribute to his beautiful dog, Denali.
What follows is a deeply heartfelt recollection of all the wonderful things Denali taught him about life, narrated from Denali’s perspective. Touching, funny, sad and soulful, Denali shares how a dog’s love helps us get through the hardest times and brings us so much joy.
The film has won a slew of awards, that’s just affirmation of how special it is. Please share it with your family and friends who love their dogs.http://www.reshareworthy.com/ben-moon-denali-tribute/

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Kelly DeLay Weather and Environmental Photographer. Storm Chaser.

I am a weather and environmental photographer, multi-media artist and storm chaser. Founder of the Webby Award Winning Clouds 365 Project.  You can also find me on FacebookGoogle+500px and Twitter
Self Portrait

8-26-12 from Kelly DeLay on Vimeo.

Opening Theme - Game of Thrones

Stamford Man Calls 911 After Three-Hour Standoff With His Cat

[Kitty Mittens, my friend. She is not ferocious.] 
by Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford man called 911 during a three-hour standoff -- with his cat -- early Wednesday, police said.
The man told police that his 7.5-pound cat attacked him as he tried to enter his Shippan Avenue residence, Sgt. Kelly Connelly said. 
The ferocious feline forced the man to retreat and an ensuing standoff lasted for three hours before the man called 911 at about 1:30 a.m., Connelly said. 
Eventually, the man mustered up enough courage to walk into the residence and go to bed, she said.
Police advised both parties to stay away from each other for the remainder of the night, Connelly said. http://yonkers.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/stamford-man-calls-911-after-three-hour-standoff-his-cat

He Saved 669 Children During The Holocaust… And He Doesn’t Know They’re Sitting Next To Him.

Sir Nicholas Winton who organised the rescue and passage to Britain of about 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children destined for the Nazi death camps before World War II in an operation known as the Czech Kindertransport. This video is the BBC Programme “That’s Life” aired in 1988. 

Silence about Muslim horrors means consent

By James Lewis
 Brigitte Gabriel is a hero for our times, a Churchillian voice of moral outrage -- which our president and liberal media seem unable to hear. Their silence means consent, because they know, they know...
Ms. Gabriel is a Lebanese Christian describing the systematic persecution, murder, rape, and slave-taking against Christians in the Middle East -- Christians who have lived there since the time of Jesus.
If we ever manage to make Americans face the reality of Jihad, it will be due to men and women like Brigitte Gabriel. Like Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer and Geert de Wilder, they are risking their lives to save civilized society, constantly opposed by the malicious liberal media and death threats from Muslim fascists.
As always, the Left’s silence about Islamofascist  massacres means consent.  The Left is utterly cold-hearted.
Obama never admits to making a mistake, but his refusal to even say the words “Muslim massacres” convicts him as an enabler of systematic genocide. I don’t know if Obama is a secret Muslim, but it doesn’t really matter -- because his silence means consent. Whatever he believes, he stands convicted by his silence.
Every week ISIS uploads videos celebrating sadistic murders of innocents. But Obama says nothing...Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/05/silence_about_muslim_horrors_means_consent.html

California’s Drought Is So Bad, Thieves Are Now Stealing Water

Photo Illustration by Dair Massey/The Daily Beast

Forget gold or cash, credit cards or gas: The hot new commodity in the land of drought is H20.
In drought-plagued California, thieves are getting mighty thirsty.

At least one managed to make off with a 500-gallon water tanker. The wide load just up and vanished from a highway offramp.
It was early morning last Thursday when the Marina landscaping tanker truck was idling on a median by a tunnel in Oakland, according to police reports. Then some clever perp jacked it—and rode off with its tapped cargo.
It’s one of a growing number of water-related crimes in California, where Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to cut water use by 25 percent (PDF). These tough times are forcing them to forsake their signature emerald lawns, cut carwash trips, flush the toilet only for number twos. It’s such an incendiary climate that any Dick that forgets about the running hose for days might as well cop a plea as an arsonist...Continue reading...

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace

New York Man Takes Dying Dog on Bucket List Adventure Across the Nation

By NICOLE PELLETIERE via Good Morning America.

Following a terminal diagnosis, Poh, a mixed-breed dog from New York City, has been living his dying days traveling the nation with his owner, crossing off many desirable destinations from their bucket list.
"It was a great trip," owner Thomas Neil Rodriguez told ABC News. "I got to spend seven weeks with Poh. At first, I did not think he'd make it two weeks, but he did."
Rodriguez said he adopted Poh from an animal shelter back in December 1999, when he was eight weeks old...Continue reading...


Related: Woman makes bucket list for dying dog [published on 1/27/15, 2:04 AM]

When Lauren Fern was told last summer that her pet pooch Gizelle was dying of bone cancer, she decided to savour every moment she had left with her beloved dog and create a bucket list.

First up on that list, Lauren took her four-legged friend canoeing. While this may seem like a random activity for a dog, Lauren had very heartfelt reasons for choosing it.

"Gizelle and I always used to watch The Little Mermaid together, and a favourite scene was the one where Ariel is chauffeured in a row boat by Prince Eric," she revealed.

Next up, Lauren and Gizelle spent some time together in New York's Times Square. Again, New York has a special significance to the close pair as when Lauren moved to the city from her small hometown in Tennessee, Gizelle was right by her side, helping her set up home.

"Together Gizelle and I had been through college, boyfriends, our early 20s, and a move from simple Tennessee to big and scary New York City," Lauren wrote in a moving blog post...Continue reading...
© Instagram/ Lauren Fern Gizelle enjoy ing rare peaceful moment in New York Times Square

Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Piano Man" by Billy Joel


This 85-Year-Old Nun Just Spent Two Years In Prison For Protesting Nuclear Weapons

ROSEMONT, PENNSYLVANIA–Two white-haired nuns stepped forward and embraced each other tightly. One has been living in a convent in a quiet Philadephia suburb. The other has spent the last two years in federal prison, charged with sabotage, trespassing, and destroying government property as part of a peaceful protest in Oak Ridge, Tennessee against the U.S.’ arsenal of nuclear weapons.
“Welcome out,” said Sister Margaret Doyle, beaming at the newly-freed 85-year-old activist Megan Rice.
Just days before, Rice was dozing in her cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, when she heard the BBC Radio report that the most serious charge against her and her two fellow activists was overturned, and a federal appeals court ordered their immediate release.
On Wednesday, dressed in a tunic and sweatpants that were a gift from a fellow inmate, carrying all her worldly possessions in a grocery bag, Rice returned to the convent where she trained as a novice nearly 50 years ago. There, the Sisters received her with awe and concern.
“I don’t know how she survived. I’d be an absolute basket case,” said Sister Pat Tyrell. “We were so worried. But she had the guts to do it, God love her. We’re not keen on people breaking the law and going to jail, but everything she stands for we stand for.”
“She’s a real prophet,” added Sister Florence Rice. “I’m a nuclear activist too, but I don’t go to marches or go to prison.”...Continue reading...

Canada's rubgy seven women score historic victory by defeating Australia 20-17

The Canadian Press Posted: May 23, 2015:
One day after securing Olympic rugby qualification, Canada made history Saturday by defeating Australia 20-17 at the Amsterdam Sevens to win its first ever Women's World Series tournament.
Ghislaine Landry's try with one minute remaining put Canada ahead for good after a back-and-forth final. Canadian captain Jen Kish retrieved the ensuing kickoff to end Australia's hopes of a comeback.>>Read more.

NASA: These 18 Houseplants Help Purify Your Home's Air


Concerned by the air pollution caused by an ever-more industrialized society, NASA took a close look at houseplants' ability to reduce indoor air pollutants. They hoped the research might help mitigate the chemicals modern synthetic building materials and furniture can "off-gas" into the air, but they were also looking for ways to maintain air quality inside potential space stations.
NASA tested how well houseplants diffuse chemicals like formaldehyde (found in particle board and many other synthetic home items) and benzene (found in cigarette smoke, but also in some paints and glues). Their findings were originally published in 1989, but still ring true today, and were recently resurfaced as an easy-to-read graphic from Love The Garden.
Consider NASA's picks next time you're shopping for a container garden. Some of them, like the Chinese evergreen, are even hard to kill, so you don't need a green thumb to reap the benefits...Here's what the study found:

City in the sky: world's biggest hotel to open in Mecca

www.theguardian.com:  Desert fortress through the eyes of a Disneyland imagineer … the 45-storey Abraj Kudai hotel in Mecca.  Photograph: Dar Al-Handasah

Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy city’s crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.
With 10,000 bedrooms and 70 restaurants, plus five floors for the sole use of the Saudi royal family, the £2.3bn Abraj Kudai is an entire city of five-star luxury, catering to the increasingly high expectations of well-heeled pilgrims from the Gulf.
Modelled on a “traditional desert fortress”, seemingly filtered through the eyes of a Disneyland imagineer with classical pretensions, the steroidal scheme comprises 12 towers teetering on top of a 10-storey podium, which houses a bus station, shopping mall, food courts, conference centre and a lavishly appointed ballroom...Continue reading...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Data Suggests Legs and Toes in Ancestor of Living Snakes

An artist’s rendering of the most recent common ancestor of all living snakes. Its small hind legs probably served no purpose in locomotion. Credit Julius Csotonyi
From the robust boa constrictor to the venomous rattlesnake, all of the more than 3,400 snake species that slither today may have descended from the same prehistoric forest prowler, whose sinuous body had two small hind legs with toes and ankles, researchers reported on Tuesday.
After analyzing data gathered through fossils, genetic sequencing and anatomical comparisons of 73 snake and lizard species, a team of paleontologists from Yale University has constructed what it calls the most comprehensive snake “family tree” to date. The findings provide an answer to longstanding questions about when, where and how modern snakes originated.
“Having that tree as a backbone let us draw a ton of conclusions for what the ancestral snake would have been like,” said Daniel J. Field, a doctoral candidate in evolutionary biology and an author of the study. The team concluded that the most recent common ancestor of all living snakes was nocturnal, thrived 128.5 million years ago in the Southern Hemisphere and devoured relatively large prey whole using its sharp, hooked teeth as a hunting tool.
To reach this conclusion, the team’s first step was to reconstruct the snake’s family tree from tips to its trunk. To better understand when certain characteristics — like the ability to constrict prey or hunt at night — first appeared, the researchers used the genetic and morphological data they collected to piece together how different groups of living snakes are related to one another...Continue reading...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Yep, It Was Literally Raining Spiders And Spider Webs In Australia (Photos)


In “Charlotte’s Web,” ballooning baby spiders floating away on their webs was adorable. According to witnesses of a recent spider-baby onslaught in Australia, it’s anything but that in real life.
The Goulburn Post reports recent weather in the Southern Tablelands brought millions of young spiders parachuting in on tiny ballooned webs. The arachnids dispersed after landing, leaving white layers of their webs over farm fields and homes.
Photographs show the area seemingly buried in a thin layer of cobwebs that reportedly made every day errands a little difficult>>Read more, photos...

It's raining spiders! Spider rain phenomenon explained


"As Long as You Love Me" by Backstreet Boys

 last.fm/music   Backstreet Boys

An informant's life inside US biker gangs

Pakistani Christian erecting 140-foot cross in nation's biggest city

The cross is being built at the entrance of the largest Christian burial ground in Karachi, Gora Qabristan Cemetery and will be the tallest cross in Asia. (christiansinpakistan.com)