Tuesday, February 21, 2017

'Seasons In The Sun' Terry Jacks

Terry Jacks splits his time between homes in Pender Harbour and Haida Gwaii.Wayne Leidenfrost, PNG / Vancouver Sunhttp://www.vancouversun.com/many+seasons+singer+terry+jacks/11089294/story.html

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Trudeau Gives Preference to Islam over all other Religions in Canada - update

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal government have just committed a major political blunder which in the long term will hurt Trudeau and his Liberal party in their re-election efforts.

    Trudeau and his Liberals have started a process of developing, issuing and then passing a law which will give preferential treatment to Islam and all followers and adherents of Islam in Canada over all other Canadian religious groups, including Canadian Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, just to name a few of the major religious faiths practiced in Canada.
    Motion M103 was introduced by a Liberal MP backbencher, Iqra Khalid, a Muslim Canadian. This motion has been taken up and defended by the Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. It is clear Trudeau, the PMO office and the full Liberal Cabinet are strongly behind this very controversial legislative initiative.
    The motion calls for the government to (1) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear and (2) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.
    This motion further requests the Heritage committee to study the issue and “develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia,” and then report its findings to Parliament.http://canadafreepress.com/article/trudeau-gives-preference-to-islam-over-all-other-religions-in-canada#

Related: Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid is an Islamist Hypocrite

Also see...Islamic Genital Mutilation: A Barbaric Atrocity. 

Julian Assange: ‘When You Read a Newspaper Article, You Are Reading Weaponized Text’

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks and during a recent interview, he discussed the hot-topic of fake news, mainstream media and how Wikileaks data driven approach prevented fake news from being used as “weaponized text” by the MSM.
According to a CNET report, Julian Assange gave an interview via Skype and he discussed with Chas Licciardello, an Australian comedian this week. Wikileaks founder emphasized his refusal to editorialize the leaked content as he prefers to deliver only raw data to the public, thus publishing pure facts without bias.
What’s very special about Wikileaks is their pure data approach and that’s particularly important in the context of fake news. Julian Assange stressed during the interview that:
“What is special about WikiLeaks is that it’s not just another damn story, it’s not just another damn journalist putting their damn byline, advertising themselves and their position on another damn story.
You’re not reading pre-weaponised knowledge. When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponised text that is designed to affect a person just like you… I think that is the real beauty of WikiLeaks… it is that sea of information, that treasure, that intellectual treasure, that rebel library of Alexandria you can go into.”...https://www.theissue.com/politics/wikileaks-assange-when-you-read-a-newspaper-article-you-are-reading-weaponized-text

Related: WikiLeaks

On His Blindness by John Milton

                                                                       John Milton.
                                                                   © Photos.com/Thinkstockhttps://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Milton

On His Blindness

 When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_I_Consider_How_My_Light_is_Spent

Fisheries minister to announce protection for ancient glass sponge reefs

Lisa Johnson, CBC News
 These finger goblet sponges are some of the rare glass sponges in Hecate Strait. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) 
   Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is expected to announce today a long-awaited Marine Protected Area for Canada's rare glass sponge reefs, found on the B.C. coast.
   The kind of glass sponge found in B.C. was thought to have died off 40 million years ago, before the discovery of fragile living reefs in Hecate Strait, near Haida Gwaii, in 1987.
   "The sponge reefs are amongst the most ecologically sensitive and significant parts of the coastline," said LeBlanc on Wednesday.
   "We will protect them, and we will protect them in a robust way."
   A Marine Protected Area is a zone in the ocean designated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans with tighter regulations, meant to conserve and protect something endangered, unique or ecologically important...http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/leblanc-sponge-announcement-1.3984590

Alligator eaten by great blue heron in Florida wetlands

By Ben Hooper
    A man visiting Florida wetlands captured unusual video of a great blue heron making a meal out of one of the state's most feared predators: an alligator.
   Photographer Scott Martin, whose video was posted to Facebook by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, shows the heron gobbling up the baby alligator after selecting the reptile for its next meal in the Viera Wetlands, near Melbourne.http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/02/17/Alligator-eaten-by-great-blue-heron-in-Florida-wetlands/5521487339329/
DC Volt

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The UAE wants to colonize Mars by 2117

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/world/article132983279.html#storylink=cpy

Strange Mysteries

Friday, February 17, 2017

"Long As I Can See The Light" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Photos: Sunset in Videira
by Rebel.
A. C.

Fake Photo Story That’s Going Viral

by Shabdita Pareek
In 2013, a photographer clicked some photos of cheetahs devouring an impala. In 2017, the photos went viral, along with a fake story. 
Why? Because internet.
   Four years ago, wildlife photographer Alison Buttigieg captured a series of heart-gripping photographs of three cheetahs making a kill of their prey, a doe-eyed impala that seems to be abnormally calm about the situation. These incredible photos are suddenly all over the internet but sadly they're accompanied with a story that is far, far removed from the truth...https://www.scoopwhoop.com/Cheetah-Impala-Photograph-Viral-Fake-Story/#.1kosyublx

Temple of Ba’al Arch Erected for World Government Summit in Dubai

“For they have consulted together with one consent; against Thee do they make a covenant; The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moav, and the Hagrites.” Psalms 83:6-7 (The Israel Bible™)
A model of the arch from the Temple of Ba’al was erected in Dubai for the World Government Summit. (Screenshot)

   A replica of a Roman arch that once stood in front of the pagan Temple of Ba’al was erected for the World Government Summit in Dubai this week, creating a scene that one rabbi claims symbolizes the dangerous fusion of Ishmael and Edom against Israel...https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/83746/new-world-order-forming-pagan-temple-baal-arch/#8sSXP5dWVZB6hkeD.97

Media Lies Again

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Lesser-Known History of African-American Cowboys

                   This image appeared in cowboy Nat Love's privately published autobiography. (Corbis)

By smithsonian.com

One in four cowboys was black. So why aren’t they more present in popular culture?

 In his 1907 autobiography, cowboy Nat Love recounts stories from his life on the frontier so clichΓ©, they read like scenes from a John Wayne film. He describes Dodge City, Kansas, a town smattered with the romanticized institutions of the frontier: “a great many saloons, dance halls, and gambling houses, and very little of anything else.” He moved massive herds of cattle from one grazing area to another, drank with Billy the Kid and participated in shootouts with Native peoples defending their land on the trails. And when not, as he put it, “engaged in fighting Indians,” he amused himself with activities like “dare-devil riding, shooting, roping and such sports.”
   Though Love’s tales from the frontier seem typical for a 19th-century cowboy, they come from a source rarely associated with the Wild West. Love was African-American, born into slavery near Nashville, Tennessee...http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lesser-known-history-african-american-cowboys-180962144/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialmedia
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mandolin Wind by Preston Highway


Yes, Canada’s anti-Islamophobia motion poses a problem - update

                   Ms. Iqra Khalid and her Boss.inquisition.ca/en/polit/artic/khalid_iqra.htm

By , Edmonton Sun
   There are two fundamental problems with Liberal MP Iqra Khalid’s Motion 103 calling on the federal government to battle Islamophobia that will likely come up for debate in the House of Commons this coming week.
    One concern is practical, the other stems from a dusty old philosophical belief that words can affect ideas and concepts. Used incorrectly for long enough, the wrong words give us bad ideas.
    M-103 is mostly politically correct gobbledygook – airy, ill-defined concepts that are hard to disagree with. Indeed, the motion is expected to pass nearly unanimously with all-party support...http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/11/yes-canadas-anti-islamophobia-motion-poses-a-problem

Full coverage of Khalid's Motion 103

Mish Michaels isn’t alone: Many meteorologists question climate change science

Colleagues raised concerns about meteorologist Mish Michaels’s views on vaccines and climate change. Globe Staff/File 2005
 By Globe Staff
   They observe changes in the atmosphere like astronomers study the stars, analyzing everything from air pressure to water vapor and poring over computer models to arrive at a forecast.
   But for all their scrutiny of weather data, many meteorologists part ways with their colleagues — climate scientists who study longer atmospheric trends — in one crucial respect: whether human activity is causing climate change.
   Meteorologists are more skeptical than climate scientists, and that division was underscored by the recent departure of Mish Michaels from WGBH News.
   Michaels, a former meteorologist at WBZ-TV, lost her job as a science reporter at WGBH’s show “Greater Boston” last week after colleagues raised concerns about her views on vaccines and climate change. She had previously questioned the safety of vaccines and the evidence that human activity was causing global warming, both widely held views in the scientific community....https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/02/13/why-weather-forecasters-question-climate-science/h93iEPs3YSwxPLJ58gWCxJ/story.html

Oroville Dam animal updates: Pets, livestock and animals evacuated in Oroville Dam crisis

Miniature horse at Red Cross relief centre and Dillion the turtle a church in Chico. Reuters

   Many evacuees are struggling to find safe havens for their pets and livestock because a number of shelters and churches cannot take in animals.
   Kind-hearted volunteers are taking in evacuated animals while some fairgrounds, including Auburn and Silver Dollar, have space for them.
   Butte County told evacuees: “Residents evacuating Oroville can bring small animals to the shelter at the Silver [Dollar Fair].”...http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/767281/Oroville-Dam-animal-updates-pets-livestock-evacuations-latest-photos-shelters-take-animals 

Monday, February 13, 2017

"We Are The Champions" Joy Villa and Beau Jarred

Joy Villa

Live updates: Evacuations ordered below Oroville Dam

 Water cascades down the spillway below the Oroville dam. (David Butow / For The Times)

 Los Angeles Times
Feb. 12, 2017, 8:55 p.m.
"This is not a drill. Repeat this is not a drill,” the National Weather Service said Sunday, urging people living below Oroville Dam to evacuate.
The evacuation was ordered because of a “hazardous situation” involving the Northern California dam's emergency spillway. The National Weather Service said the auxiliary spillway is expected to fail and could send an “uncontrolled release of flood waters from Lake Oroville.”...http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-live-updates-oroville-dam-not-that-long-ago-lake-oroville-was-so-1486955199-htmlstory.html

Aerial video shows strain on California's Oroville Dam

Sunday, February 12, 2017

10 Songs, Febuary 12, '17

Thomas' cat,  'Kitty Mittens'

Young photographer Josh Myers using his camera as therapy

Young Sheffield photographer Josh Myers with his photo published in the British Wildlife Photography Awards book    

The 14-year-old has found that looking through the viewfinder and capturing some amazing images is doing wonders in combating his recently diagnosed Tourette's syndrome...

Josh's image of a weasel 


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Reviving banishment to protect indigenous communities

 Trump is not the only person wanting to "protect the community and provide a safe place for members."  Thomas

Doug Cuthand, Saskatoon StarPhoenix 
   Back in the day, when an indigenous person committed a serious crime — usually a murder or a sexual assault — elders and band leaders would determine if the person was a threat to the community; if so, he or she would be banished.
   The safety and well-being of the band was paramount. This was a serious decision because it almost always meant death for the offender. Back then, people lived together for cooperation and protection from wild animals and enemy tribes. The huge herds of buffalo were preyed on by fearsome predators. Packs of buffalo wolves — larger than timber wolves — followed the herds. Lone predators, including cougars and the plains grizzly, were among the apex killers on the plains.
   A lone, unarmed human’s best hope was to run like hell and find another band to live with.
   Today, various First Nations are revisiting the practice of banishment to protect the community and provide a safe place for members...http://thestarphoenix.com/opinion/columnists/cuthand-bigots-emboldened-but-spirit-of-peace-alive

"Get Over It" by the Eagles

Rock Pop Tunes

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hungry Venezuelans killing flamingos and anteaters for food, biologists say

                                       Flamingos at Las Peonias in Venezuela. Luis Sibira

Thursday, February 9, 2017

David Attenborough in planet-saving song's music video

  David Attenborough is a music video star at the age of 90, appearing for a charity single to raise awareness about saving the natural world.
    The broadcaster and naturalist, famed for his work on BBC series such as Planet Earth and Life, stars in the video for I Will Fight, an upcoming single from composer Sarah Class to promote the work of the World Land Trust, of which he is a patron.
    It features David speaking at the start and end of the song, with the rest of the video showing scenes of wildlife including apes, lions, giraffes and bears losing their habitat to land clearance...https://www.breakingnews.ie/showbiz/see-david-attenborough-in-planet-saving-songs-music-video-776028.html

Sarah Class

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rise Of The Insect Drones

By Adam Piore 

Image: Insects - Travis Rathbone

    Five years ago, Richard Guiler and Tom Vaneck were sitting at a bar a few blocks from their office, trying to take their minds off work. For nearly a year, the two engineers had been struggling to develop a durable drone that could dodge objects, navigate inside buildings, and fly in stormy weather. They’d tried fixed-wing models, but adding enough sensors to effectively detect obstacles made them too heavy to fly. They’d tried helicopters, but the rotors kept getting tangled in branches and electrical wires. They’d even built a motorized balloon; all it took was a gentle gust of wind to blow it off course.
    As they sat nursing their beers, Guiler and Vaneck watched as a fly appeared to slam into a window. Instead of breaking apart on contact as their drones did, the insect bounced off the glass and recovered. Then it did it again.
   “It was an epiphany,” says Vaneck, who works for the Massachusetts research and development company Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI). “We realized if we could make a manmade system that could hit things, recover, and continue on, that’s a revolution.”
   The idea of borrowing designs from nature is far from new, particularly when it comes to flight. The ancient Greeks dreamed up Daedalus, who fashioned wings for his son (which unfortunately worked a little too well). Leonardo da Vinci sketched a human-powered ornithopter. But until recently, inventors lacked the aerodynamics expertise to turn diagrams into mechanical versions of something as quotidian as a fly or a bee. As technology has advanced, scientists have decoded many of nature’s secrets. And engineers have developed the first flying, insect-inspired vehicles, opening the door to an entirely new class of machine: the microdrone.
   “Nature has a several-hundred-million-year lead time on us when it comes to great design,” says Peter Singer, a fellow at the Washington, D.C.–based Brookings Institution. “The robots you know tomorrow are going to look like nothing you know today. More likely, they will look like the animals around you.”...http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/rise-insect-drones

 Related:  Intel's 500 Drones - Super Bowl LI - LED Light Show Amazing Technology
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See also... Navy Fighter Jets Release Swarming Perdix Micro-Drones 

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Bellamy Brothers', "Old Hippie."


Are 100,000 Abortions in Canada Not Enough? Justin Trudeau Wants $600 Million to Fund More

 International   Mike Schouten   Feb 6, 2017   
  On January 23, President Trump re-enacted the Mexico City Policy, an order that ensures U.S. foreign aid will not subsidize abortion overseas. This is leadership on behalf of the voiceless. It is also the fruit of many years of hard work by American pro-lifers.
   So how is Canada responding? Shockingly, our federal government is talking with the Netherlands and other nations to step up to the plate and raise $600 million to bail out programs run by International Planned Parenthood Federation!
   Understand this correctly – Canada’s government is now actively exploring opportunities overseas to contribute even more of your tax dollars towards the killing of pre-born children...http://www.lifenews.com/2017/02/06/are-100000-abortions-in-canada-not-enough-justin-trudeau-wants-600-million-to-fund-more/

Monday, February 6, 2017

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In Israel, teaching kids cyber skills is a national mission

BEIT SHEMESH (AP) — In some Israeli schools, fourth-graders learn computer programming while gifted 10th-graders take after-school classes in encryption tactics, coding and how to stop malicious hacking. The country even has two new kindergartens that teach computer skills and robotics.
    The training programs — something of a boot camp for cyber defense — are part of Israel’s quest to become a world leader in cybersecurity and cyber technology by placing its hopes in the country’s youth.
    To that end, Israel announced this week the establishment of a national center for cyber education, meant to increase the talent pool for military intelligence units and prepare children for eventual careers in defense agencies, the high-tech industry and academia.
    “You students need to strengthen us with your curiosity,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told an Israeli cyber technologies expo, sitting next to high school students in a training program overseen by the defense establishment. “Your years in the security services will be golden years for the security of the nation.”

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Warnings issued to motorists over snowy, icy conditions

Regina Leader-Post,
Southern Saskatchewan drivers had to deal with blowing snow on Thursday morning. Page A3 (REGINA, SASK : January 10, 2013 --Road conditions on southern Saskatchewan highways, like the number 10 between Fort Qu'Appelle and Regina, was deteriorating Thursday afternoon as fresh snow fell and was whipped up by high winds in the area around Regina, SK. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 . BRYAN SCHLOSSER/Regina, Leader-Post.)
Bryan Schlosser / Regina Leader~Post

   The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways is warning of treacherous road conditions as snow continues to fall on Sunday.
   Among the advisories listed are loose, drifting and swirling snow warnings for many stretches of Highway 1, including from Regina to Indian Head, from Regina to Moose Jaw, from Moose Jaw to Swift Current and from Swift Current to the Alberta border.
   Current, Yorkton, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Prince Albert and many other areas.
   Motorists are advised to take extreme caution on the roads, as conditions can change unexpectedly. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/warnings+issued+motorists+over+snowy+conditions/12849506/story.html

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Reba McEntire and her fans find faith during hard times with singer's new gospel album

                                                                                        (Cameron Powell)

   Reba McEntire's decision to release her first-ever gospel record could not have come at a better time for the country legend or her fans.
   The Country Music Hall of Fame member is releasing "Sing it Now: Songs of Faith & Hope" on Friday, a double album of contemporary and classic gospel tunes. The singer said it was the right time for her to focus on her faith after splitting from husband of 26-year Narvel Blackstock in 2015.
   "Because I needed it myself, going through two and half years of changes in my life," McEntire said. "And who better to lean on than God? And that's who I needed to be listening to. And I needed that faith, that faith strengthened, that hope."
   McEntire said her fans have also found solace in the album's first single "Back To God" originally recorded by country singer Randy Houser in 2008. Without getting into specifics, the singer touched upon today's political climate under President Donald Trump.
   "I'm hearing from people...about how [this song] has touched their heart and about how much we need this song at this time with all the trouble in the United States," the "Fancy" singer told Fox News. "With all the differences of opinions let's just give it back to God. It just seems to be very timely."...http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/02/01/reba-mcentire-and-her-fans-find-faith-during-hard-times-with-singers-new-gospel-album.html

Friday, February 3, 2017

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (Official Music Video)

Phil Collins

Birth control leader Margaret Sanger: Darwinist, racist and eugenicist

    Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood, the leading organization advocating abortion in the United States today. Darwinism had a profound influence on her thinking, including her conversion to, and active support of, eugenics. She was specifically concerned with reducing the population of the ‘less fit’, including ‘inferior races’ such as ‘Negroes’. One major result of her lifelong work was to support the sexual revolution that has radically changed our society...http://creation.com/margaret-sanger-darwinian-eugenicist

Thursday, February 2, 2017

World is a giant hologram, new study reveals. Seriously?

Shelby Lin Erdman - Cox Media Group National Content Desk
    It sounds like a surprise ending in a science fiction movie: The universe is one big hologram and what we think of as reality could be just an illusion.
    But that’s the finding of a new study by a team of international researchers from the United Kingdom, Canada and Italy, among others.
   The theory is similar to the science behind watching a 3-D movie. The images have width, height, and depth, yet the film actually originates from a 2-D screen, scientists said.
    “The idea is similar to that of ordinary holograms where a three-dimensional image is encoded in a two-dimensional surface, such as in the hologram on a credit card. However, this time, the entire universe is encoded," Skenderis said...http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/science/world-giant-hologram-new-study-reveals-seriously/HR6S2jNGs9jx5qP3injnwM/

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dead Sea in 4k Dji phantom 4

by Nir Hoffman
Published on 25 Jan 2017
The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (in 2011), it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, and one of the world's saltiest bodies of water.[7] This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point.[1] It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley and its main tributary is the Jordan River.

The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from asphalt for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. People also use the salt and the minerals from the Dead Sea to create cosmetics and herbal sachets...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05jIV_PSywQ

Friday, January 27, 2017

#MarchForLife - twitter

The Ansty Crop Circle Mystery

                                        Ansty Crop Circle © Lucy Pringle

 The Ansty Crop Circle Mystery ~ Interview with Karen Price. In light of the debate and controversy surrounding teh amazing Ansty crop circle, I hope you will find this interview with Karren Price helpful in clearing up certain areas of misunderstanding...http://shop.lucypringle.co.uk/the-ansty-mystery-the-final-interview/


See also... Crop Circle Science

Human-pig HYBRID? Scientists hoping to create part man, part pig organs


A HYBRID human-pig embryo has been injected into a sow’s womb as scientists push the ethical boundaries of science in the hope that they can create lifesaving donor organs...http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/759162/Human-pig-HYBRID-organs-transplant

Related...Man-Beast Hybrids On The Way - Human DNA In Cow Egg

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Need a break from Earth? Go stand on Mars with these lovely landscapes

Posted by Kevin Gill
                                                                       NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / Kevin M. Gill

                                                       >>  Go stand on Mars

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Robbie Burns Day: Local bagpiper has spent decades studying, celebrating Scottish poet

Bagpiper Don Macpherson will perform and read poetry at the Robbie Burns dinner at the Glen at Crossmount on Jan. 25. in Saskatoon. Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix

   On the eve of Robbie Burns Day, Don Macpherson said he felt a bit like a kid before Christmas.
   “I can’t wait,” he said about celebrating the birthday of the 18th-century Scottish poet.
   The local bagpiper will perform a selection of tunes at a Robbie Burns dinner at the Glen at Crossmount on Jan. 25. He said his favourite part of the event is the haggis.
   “Haggis has a very bad rep for what it once was, literally what was swept off the floor after the sheep was killed and the wool, skin and meat sold. You had the brains and bits and pieces left over and it was stuffed into a sheep’s stomach. Before you sewed it up you put in some spices and boiled it for about a day and a half. It was kind of a mystery meat thing that made baloney look pure. But nowadays of course it’s not that at all.”...http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/robbie-burns-day-local-bagpiper-has-spent-decades-studying-celebrating-scottish-poet2

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50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS) 3D globe. Just like their data-rich Maps and Street View offerings, Google Earth is a treasure trove of oddities.
You’ve no doubt already come across some interesting finds on Google Earth. The post below attempts to compile the most fascinating sites other have stumbled upon browsing Google Earth. From natural formations to human structures, the world is a different place when viewed from above.
If you’re interested in seeing any of the places yourself, I’ve included the coordinates for every image shown below. Just copy and paste into Google Earth/Maps and explore for yourself! http://twistedsifter.com/2014/02/50-amazing-finds-on-google-earth/

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Dayton, Oregon, USA. Imagery via Google Earth

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump expected to sign orders today approving Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines

Miles of pipe for the stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla., In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo. A retired executive with pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. believes the long-stalled Keystone XL project can still be salvaged — if incoming Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau acts swiftly on climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sue Ogrocki, File
/ Calgary Herald
Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg, Calgary Herald
   President Donald Trump intends to sign two executive actions today that would advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, according to a person familiar with the matter.
   Keystone was rejected under former President Barack Obama. Trump’s move on Energy Transfer Partners LP’s 1,172-mile Dakota Access project aims to end a standoff that has stalled the $3.8 billion project since September when the Obama administration halted work on land near Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
   The moves, taken on Trump’s fourth full day in office, mark a major departure from the Obama administration’s handling of the controversial oil pipelines. The steps vividly illustrate Trump’s plan to give the oil industry more freedom to expand infrastructure and ease transportation bottlenecks. http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/energy-resources/trump+expected+sign+orders+today+approving+keystone/12770537/story.html

Good morning!

Friday, January 20, 2017

News about #Inauguration...twitter


Thursday, January 19, 2017

The CBC has an obligation to screen its contributors for a minimum standard of decency and good taste

My complaint filed with the CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin:
    As the nation’s public broadcaster, the CBC has an obligation to screen its contributors for a minimum standard of decency and good taste before offering them access to this powerful and important forum. I believe the CBC failed this standard by permitting Sam Khanlari to author a column on the CBC News Opinion site on January 15, 2017.
   A few days before Mr. Khanlari’s column (“Now more than ever, Canada must join the chorus of support for the Iran nuclear deal,” Jan. 15, 2017) was published, Mr. Khanlari posted a tweet speculating about staying “in the Trump Tower for one week” and “Piss [sic] on all the walls and smoke weed[.]” 
   Mr. Khanlari’s tweet was not only in enormously bad taste, it significantly undermined his ability to offer credible, mature commentary on the incoming Trump administration, which his Jan. 15 column purported to offer. I believe the CBC failed to adequately screen Mr. Khanlari before offering him access to the CBC Opinion website, and have now embarrassed and harmed the public broadcaster by doing so.
   I believe the CBC must issue an apology on behalf of Mr. Khanlri and remove him from posting on the CBC website.
Thank you
Dean Skoreyko https://bcblue.wordpress.com/2017/01/19/cbc-columnist-stating-he-might-piss-on-the-walls-of-trump-tower-hotel/

Rasmus Otte

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Beach Boys performing Sloop John B

Conservation icon Grey Owl left a complicated legacy

Grey Owl, born in England in 1888 as Archie Belaney, emigrated to Canada as a teen, where he assumed the identity of a First Nations man and became an early icon of the conservation movement. Service
   Grey Owl is this province’s, perhaps this country’s, most beloved imposter.
   He became the first face of Canada’s conservation movement. He lived in the forest, in a small log cabin. His neighbours were a family of beavers. He wrote books and toured the world, speaking passionately about the need to conserve the natural world. 
   “No man was more important to the Canadian environmental consciousness,” wrote Kenneth Brower in Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1990.
   All those years living in northern Saskatchewan, writing books and living off the trap line,  he was believed to be an Ojibway man.
   Only after his death in 1938 was it revealed he was lying about who he was.
   Grey Owl was actually an English man named Archibald Belaney. Despite dressing like an Ojibway man, living off the land, he was an imposter...http://thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatchewan/canada-150-grey-owl?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_source=Twitter&utm_term=Autofeed#link_time=1484606304

Does Pope and Abbas Meeting Fulfill End of Days Prophecy of Ishmael and Esau’s Alliance?


Pope Francis embraces PA President Mahmoud Abbas at their meeting in Rome, January 14, 2016. (Screenshot)
   This past Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis in Rome, indicating that one of the surest signs of the End of Days – an alliance between Ishmael and Esau – is nearer than ever.
   According to a medieval Jewish Bible commentary known as the Yalkut Shimoni, an alliance between Ishmael (Arabs) and Esau (often identified with the descendents of Romans) precedes the final redemption. One of the items on Abbas’ agenda during the meeting was to open an embassy of the so-called “State of Palestine” in Rome, further linking this generation’s representatives of the Biblical Ishmael with the Biblical Esau – a move which could have serious consequences for Israel...https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/82177/end-days-alliance-ishmael-esau-appears-pope-abbas-vatican-meeting/#1WusyoshVvqOiDFg.97

Harvard’s complete photography course is now available for free online

    If your resolution for 2017 is to take better photographs than your current blurry, badly composed effort, you’ll want to check out this free MOOC from Harvard University –the school where Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates cut their teeth...http://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/01/16/harvard-university-launches-free-online-photography-course/

3,200 Year Old Gigantic Tree Is So Massive It Couldn’t Be Photographed Fully Until Now!

National Geographic

The heart-breaking moment a horse bid farewell to his best friend during the funeral

“All the way to the cemetery, he would whimper and beat with his hooves on the ground.”
Sereno the horse was a beloved companion of Brazilian Wagner Figueiredo de Lima, with the two being near inseparable. Unfortunately, their budding friendship was cut far too short after the tragic death of de Lima in a traffic accident.
As you would expect, this had a big impact on all of the 34-year-olds friends and family, with Sereno himself showcasing his heartbreak at the funeral procession honouring de Lima before he is put to rest...http://themindcircle.com/horse-says-goodbye-funeral/?utm_content=bufferac9e4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bikers for Trump


Emperor penguins - The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth - BBC

BBC Earth

Video of massive Florida 'dinosaur' gator creates buzz


Scientists map genome of iconic beaver as gift for Canada's 150th birthday

Ward the beaver is shown in this undated handout photo. A team of molecular geneticists at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has sequenced the genome of the Canadian beaver to mark the country's sesquicentennial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Zoo

TORONTO - Scientists have a gift for Canada as the country celebrates its 150th — and as a birthday present, it's certainly unique.
    A team of molecular geneticists at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has sequenced the genome of the Canadian beaver — Castor canadensis — to mark the country's sesquicentennial.
    "The Canadian beaver had not been done, and we figured if anyone's going to do the Canadian beaver, it should be Canadian scientists, so we exert our dominion over the animal that is out national icon," said Stephen Scherer, director of the hospital's Centre for Applied Genomics, who led the six-month pet project to map out the genes that make up the furry rodent.
    The genome was sequenced using DNA from Ward, a 10-year-old male beaver that lives at the Toronto Zoo with its mate June — a nod to the Cleaver parents in the 1950s TV show "Leave it to Beaver."...http://www.vancouversun.com/health/scientists+genome+iconic+beaver+gift+canadas+150th+birthday/12702362/story.html

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lacy J Dalton "Listen to the Wind"

                                        Lacy J. Dalton and Jennifer on the Wynema Ranch in 2015. http://generation4boomers.com/magazines/volume_XXIV/article-4.htm

Charlie Burttram

Worried About Cyberwar? Worry About Squirrels Instead

                                                                             Credit: Palo_ok/Shutterstock

WASHINGTON — Most media reports of cyberattacks and cyberwar are inaccurate and sensationalized, the veteran security researcher known as Space Rogue told the ShmooCon hacker conference here yesterday (Jan. 13).
     The threat of computer-based attacks upon the United States' critical national infrastructure is real, he said.  But the constant, dire predictions of massive cyberattacks, especially concerning the North American electrical power grid, are exaggerated and misleading. The predictions and warnings are themselves dangerous because they make political leaders too ready to start real wars over what may be imagined attacks....http://www.tomsguide.com/us/cyberwar-squirrels-shmoocon,news-24283.html