Tuesday, September 16, 2014

George the goldfish has 'high risk' brain surgery

The 10-year-old fish had a tumour protruding from its head.
SYDNEY (AFP) - A goldfish called George was on the mend in Australia Tuesday after undergoing "high risk" brain surgery in an operation the vet described as "fiddly".
The 10-year-old fish had a tumour protruding from its head, leaving his owner with two options: to have it operated on or have the fish put to sleep.

The Melbourne-based owner opted for the delicate surgery.
"She was dedicated enough to give it a go," the vet who performed the operation, Tristan Rich, told commercial radio station 3AW.
George was knocked out with anaesthetic for the 30 minute procedure and is now recovering well back in his home pond, Rich said.
"It was quite fiddly as you can imagine and you have to control any blood loss. You can only lose half a millilitre," said Rich from the Lort Smith Animal Hospital.
"Obviously it was high risk but everything went well in the end."
Rich said he knew of goldfish that had lived till they were 30 and he had performed similar operations before.
"The owner was quite attached to him," he said.
"Everyone forms bonds to pets in different ways and it is not up to us to distinguish between species."
Rich added that the operation cost "a few hundred dollars". A new goldfish from a pet shop would cost less than Aus$10 (US$9). http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/WeirdNews/236889-George-the-goldfish-has-high-risk-brain-surgery-

Study: Conservatives and liberals smell different - 2014 THE WEEK Publications, Inc.

A new study from the American Journal of Political Science indicates that different political affiliations may actually correspond with different body odors.
The researchers, led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott, found that conservatives and liberals smell dissimilar. While the difference is small, it is apparently significant enough that we subconsciously prefer the scent of those who vote like we do. "It appears nature stacks the deck to make politically similar partners more attractive to each other in unconscious ways," the researchers wrote.
Previous research has found a number of other political view correlations with unknown degrees of biological and cultural influences. From eating preferences (the left likes strawberry jelly, while the right favors grape) to alcohol choices (Republicans like brown liquors; Democrats drink the clear stuff), conservatives and liberals live as distinctly as they vote.
Other differences are more psychological: Conservatives will look at an unpleasant image 15 percent longer than liberals, and they're also more likely to keep an organized dorm room in college. In fact, one study showed that conservatives are more generally conscientious and liberals are more open to new experiences. Libertarians display some psychological aspects of both groups, albeit with a far lighter helping of respect for authority.
- - Bonnie Kristian http://theweek.com/speedreads/index/268219/speedreads-study-conservatives-and-liberals-smell-different

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Eldad Hagar Rescued Dog From Walmart Parking Lot

...Little Cora all skin and bone gave birth shortly after she was rescued to 3 puppies. So that day that Eldad spent hours climbing under cars and trying to convince her to come to him he saved not one life but 4. Here is momma with her precious babies. She looks so much more alert and is feeling better...Read here...

Janis Joplin, "Ball And Chain"

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Diver Encounters Deadly, 13-Foot Leopard Seal

The Sad, Dark End of the British Empire

Scottish independence could be the final insult.

   During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Britain had dominion over so many portions of the Earth it was said, famously, that “the sun never set on the British Empire.” Since the end of World War II, however, that sun has been steadily dipping toward the horizon. Today, sundown is truly at hand.

   On Sept. 18, the voters of Scotland will go to the polls to determine whether their nation will declare independence from the United Kingdom after 307 years of union with England. Polls over the last 18 months reported by the website What Scotland Thinks show a gradually rising tide for independence even though advocates of remaining in the U.K. still lead in the surveys. But many Scots have said they are undecided—and thus they hold a key to the decision. The Economist magazine has suggested that Scots voting with their heads will choose to stay with England, while those voting with their hearts will opt for independence, but “it is the nationalists who have fire in their bellies.”...Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/the-sad-end-of-the-british-empire-110362.html#ixzz3Cl8TtLef     Related:Pros and cons of Scottish independence

Who does President Obama believe is the real enemy? ISIL? Americans? Muslims? Christians? - Canada Free Press

By Leigh Bravo

Who does President Obama believe is the real enemy? ISIL? Americans? Muslims? Christians?Since 2008, we have been told that President Obama is Christian. However, are these assertions true? Gallup polls since 2008 have shown that fewer and fewer Americans believe he is actually Christian.  As a matter of fact, President Obama’s approval ratings are and have remained the highest among Muslims than any other group in the United States.

The United States remains a predominantly Christian nation, with over half of our population identifying with a Protestant religion and a quarter with Catholicism. Yet in several speeches, President Obama has maintained that,

“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation;  we are now also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Hindu nation and a nation of non believers.”
Obama has made several references to his diversified religious upbringing. He said in his book, “Audacity of Hope,” that his father, stepfather and grandfather were Muslims. He attended a Catholic school and then a Muslim school.  As an adult he claims he was finally baptized at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, by Jeremiah A. Wright in his 20’s.  After his baptism, he said,
“Kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.” 
Yet, when he was a senator, he made the following statements mocking Christianity and the Bible,
“Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?, Leviticus which suggests slavery is ok or should we go with Deuteronomy which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith or should we just stick to the sermon on the mound,  a passage which is so radical, that it doubtful that our own defense department would survive its application. Folks have not been reading the bible.”...Continue reading...

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces the Deployment of Canadian Armed Forces to Iraq

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the deployment of several dozen members of the Canadian Armed Forces to Iraq. Upon receipt of final consent from Iraq, they will join the U.S. in advising the Government of Iraq on how to enable security forces in the northern part of the country to be more effective against the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This will contribute to protecting Iraqi citizens being persecuted by ISIL and help prevent any further escalation of the humanitarian crisis being caused by those fleeing the terrorist group.
More specifically, Canadian Armed Forces members will provide strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi forces before they commence tactical operations against ISIL.  Canada will be present in an advisory and assistance role.
The initial deployment will be for a period of up to 30 days. It will be reassessed after that time...Continue reading...

The week in wildlife – in pictures, The Guardian

theguardian.comA breeding endangered Puerto Rican parrot near the Rio Abajo Nature Preserve, in Puerto Rico. The parrot  who is wearing a tag is one of a pair of birds that had been reintroduced into the wild by scientists. Officials say that two endangered Puerto Rican parrots where born from the introduced breeding pair and are the first ones born in the wild outside a national forest, in a natural nest, for the first time in 144 years.
An endangered Puerto Rican parrot near the Rio Abajo nature preserve, Puerto Rico. The bird is one of a pair born in the wild outside a national forest, in a natural nest, for the first time in 144 years. Photograph: Tanya Martinez/AP                                          Pictures here...

Anna Lunoe & Flume, "I Met You" [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

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Joan Rivers: 25 Jokes That Show How She Blended Humor, Hardship and Chutzpah

Joan Rivers Dead: Her Best Jokes, Lines and Insights
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Following the death of Joan Rivers at age 81 on Thursday, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement: "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," it read in part.

Onstage and on TV, the sharp-tongued and absolutely fearless comedian did just that by taking on everything from Hollywood stars to housework. She also used humor to get through the sometimes extremely tough times in her career and in her personal life, and plenty of her schtick included self-deprecation about her own looks, aging and sex appeal.

Here are some of Joan's thoughts, jokes and one-liners that will help fans laugh again – and remember the way she saw the world through a lens of humor: http://www.people.com/article/joan-rivers-best-quotes-one-liners?xid=rss-fullcontent

Friday, September 5, 2014

Murray Head, "Dust in the wind"

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Joan Rivers, a Comic Stiletto Quick to Skewer, Is Dead at 81 - NYTimes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81...Continue reading, photos, video...

Blue Jays: Colby Rasmus the hero in extras as Toronto sweeps Rays - update

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—Of all the games, baseball is easily the most poetic. It proved as much once again on Thursday night as Colby Rasmus, fresh off the news that he would be benched for the rest of the season in favour of the team’s younger outfielders, hit the game-winning homer in the 10th inning to lead the Blue Jays to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to complete a three-game sweep...Continue reading...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Israel: 'Thousands' of Isis Supporters Rally at Temple Mount in Jerusalem

   A gathering of thousands of Isis (now known as the Islamic State) supporters has taken place at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, according to local Israeli media.
   The report by the Israeli television station Channel 10 (to be broadcast next week) added the gathering further demonstrated the terror group's sights were firmly focused on Israel as a future target.
   The rally, which took place on a recent Friday prayer session, was organised by the Tahrir party, described as the "Palestine branch" of IS.
   The author of the report, Zvi Yehezkeli, said a widely shared photo of an IS supporter was taken next to his position at the Temple Mount.
   He added the terror group "now knocking on Jordan's door, has marked 'Palestine' as the next target on its list"...Continue reading...

The Tokens, 'The Lions Sleeps Tonight'

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IDF’s Newest Submarine to Set Sail for Israel

Drastic Increase in Operational Deployment of Israeli Submarine Fleet
An Israeli navy Dolphin-class submarine in the water off the coast of Haifa on September 07, 2009. The Dolphin class is a diesel-electric submarine which was developed and constructed in Germany for the Israeli Navy’s specific needs. The Dolphin boats are considered among the most sophisticated and capable conventional submarines in the world. (Photo: Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

By Ahuva Balofsky:
Israel’s newest Dolphin II-class submarine is poised to set sail from Germany, where it was constructed.  The vessel, named the INS Tanin (pronounced ta-NEEN), is one of three submarines being constructed for the Israeli Navy by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Kiel, Germany...Continue reading...

Rescued Dog Shows Gratitude To The Heroes Who Saved Him.

Meet Bruno. This pup with a broken leg was abandoned on the streets and ignored by the world. When he was finally discovered by an animal rescue group, he was starving and in terrible shape, suffering with a broken leg that had gone untreated...Read more...

Hero cat and dog save their families from house fires - Reveal

 They say that dogs are man's best friend but Simba the Bengal cat has proven that felines are just as loyal.

The Noble family were fast asleep in Sudbury, Suffolk, when their fridge suddenly burst into flames at 6am.

Adi Noble, 29, his wife Caroline and their three children were fast asleep as the fire tore through their home. Frighteningly, their smoke alarms did not go off, despite being tested two weeks earlier.

Dog and cat are heroes after saving their owners from house fires
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The family were a whisker from death when seven-year-old Simba woke them with his frantic meowing. They fled safely, narrowly avoiding what could have been a cat-astrophic situation. What a hero!

Caroline, 30, was quoted in Daily Mail saying: "We owe our lives to our cat. A few seconds more and I don't think we would have survived."

Meanwhile, across the pond in Ohio, USA, Buddy the dog has also been busy saving lives, when he rescued his owner Jacob Martin from a house fire.

Buddy the pit-bull really lived up to his name as he ran to his owner's side and started barking to wake him when the fire erupted next door – just in time to save Martin's life.

What makes this story even more incredible is that Buddy was a rescue dog and had only been living with Martin for a few weeks. But sadly, since losing his job and his home, Martin doesn't know if he can afford to keep the pet pooch.

Martin told TV channel Fox 8 Cleveland: "Buddy is the best dog I ever had, great dog and good company."

We reckon this pawsome pair deserve an extra special treat or three.

by Lucy Jones http://www.reveal.co.uk/real-life-stories/news/a594086/hero-cat-and-dog-save-their-families-from-house-fires.html

More Ticks Equals More Concern for New Hampshire Moose Population

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH
Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH
PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds winter ticks are becoming more abundant in New Hampshire, in part because of less severe winters. The ticks pose a threat to the depleted New England moose population. Photo credit: Paul Anderson/Morguefile.PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds winter ticks are becoming more abundant in New Hampshire, in part because of less severe winters. The ticks pose a threat to the depleted New England moose population. Photo credit: Paul Anderson/Morguefile. PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds winter ticks are becoming more abundant in New Hampshire, in part because of less severe winters. The ticks pose a threat to the depleted New England moose population. Photo credit: Paul Anderson/Morguefile. http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-09-02/environment/growing-number-of-ticks-poses-danger-for-new-hampshire-moose-and-human-populations/a41441-1

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saskatoons or Juneberries? US researcher suggests name change of Canadian native berry

Canadians know these beloved berries as Saskatoons.  A US researcher is suggesting that Canadians call the berries Juneberries when marketing the Prairie berry to US customers.

Saskatoons known as Juneberries in US

A food fight of sorts could be growing between Canada and the United States over a tiny berry.
A U.S. researcher with the Cornell University Co-operative Extension is suggesting Canadians use a different name when selling Saskatoons south of the border.
Jim Ochterski says there is a surge in demand for the berry in the U.S., where it has been known for years as the Juneberry.
“We’re at a point now where there’s actual dollars at stake,” Ochterski said in a phone interview Tuesday from Canandaigua, N.Y.
“We’re taking our heritage name for the berry, called Juneberry, and Canadian growers have their heritage name for the berry, called Saskatoon, and now there seems to be some marketing tension between the two.”...Continue reading...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Carole King & James Tyalor - So Far Away

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Islamic State recruiting in Canada, local imam warns

And still they come: British jihadists fighting for Isil 
A Canadian imam known for his pacifist sermons has warned that Islamist militant group IS was actively recruiting in Canada and said one member issued him a death threat.
Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC), called on Canadian and Western authorities to intensify the fight against jihadist movements.
"Absolutely I am convinced that this recruitment is going on right here in this country, under our noses, in our universities, in our colleges, in the places of worship, in our community," he told CBC public television.
Soharwardy added that a Muslim man from Ottawa who was fighting with IS in Mosul in northern Iraq had sent him a death threat on Facebook.
"He was condemning me for condemning ISIS, and he was saying that 'You are a deviant imam and your version of Islam is not the right version,'" Soharwardy said, using another acronym by which IS is known...Continue reading... 

Humans Have Created A New Top Predator That Is Taking Over The Northeast - the coywolf

  • Humans are not newcomers when it comes to messing around with nature. While we haven't created Frankenstein's monster yet, what we do messes with the natural world. One recent example is the creation of the coywolf — a hybrid of the coyote and the wolf that is also known as the Eastern coyote.
    These animals have a completely new genetic make up: Their genes are about 1/4 wolf DNA and 2/3 coyote DNA, the rest is from domesticated dogs. They were created when previously separate wolf and coyote populations merged in the land north of the Great Lakes...Continue reading, photos...
A coywolf, this one was spotted in West Virginia.

This Is What Asia’s Longest River Looks Like

By Jordan G. Teicher

At nearly 4,000 miles from mouth to source, China’s Yangtze River is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. Its banks are home to about 400 million people, or around one-third of the country’s population—more than the entire population of the United States. For thousands of years, the Yangtze has played an essential role in China’s culture, economy, and politics, and since 1950, the river and its basin “have been the focus of much of China’s economic modernization.”
In 2006, London-based Nadav Kander came to China with a desire to witness a country “that feels both at the beginning of a new era and at odds with itself,” one that’s growing at “a relentless pace.” He chose to follow the Yangtze not because of an interest in the river, per se, but rather “an interest in confining myself to a pathway through China that had meaning.” Over the next 2½ years, Kander made five trips along the river, traveling for as much as 10 days at a time. He traveled once by boat, but mostly got around by car along with an assistant, a translator, and a driver. His route took him from the river’s mouth by the East China Sea to the Three Gorges Dam (the largest dam in the world) past Chongqing (one of the world’s largest cities), and finally to the river’s source on the Plateau of Tibet. Photos here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Monty Python crew has the cure for getting your cat out of "a rut".


200 Celebrities Show Support for Israel in Statement & Call Out Hollywood Actors Who Back Hamas

By Jennifer Van Laar:
sylvester-stallone-and-arnold-schwarzenegger-hated-each-other-in-the-80sThere are few political subjects that can bring the likes of Roseanne Barr, Sarah Silverman, Kelsey Grammer, and Arnold Schwarzenegger together, but through a group called Creative Community for Peace, these artists and nearly 200 other Hollywood stars and executives joined together to condemn Hamas.
The group recognizes that the only free society in the Middle East, the one that supports intellectual and artistic freedom, is Israel. Deadline reports:
“When you talk to artists like Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar, you have to think, ‘Where do you think your movies are being watched in the Middle East? They can’t be watched anywhere else but in Israel. When you are on the ground, you realize that you are in a very free and progressive society, and it’s a region where people can’t pay to see the product that we’re making other than in Israel.”
The Hollywood actors who supported the statement can be read below, via the Creative Community for Peace website. The celebrities endorsing it include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Roseanne Barr, Bill Maher, and Sylvester Stallone, among many others...Continue reading...

Worst earthquake in 25 years rocks California


The Franklin Expedition is still our coldest case - Maclean's

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Universal History Archive/Getty Images

In a few weeks, Marc-André Bernier and six other Parks Canada underwater archaeologists will ply the ice-choked Victoria Strait in Canada’s High Arctic in search of what may be the North’s most infamous—and, if Ottawa has its way, significant—maritime disaster: the lost Franklin Expedition.
The annual hunt, the fifth since 2008, will be the biggest and most high-profile ever, consisting of nearly a dozen government departments and private sponsors. If they get lucky, Bernier and his team could shed new light on a 170-year-old mystery that’s long captivated the public imagination. The abridged version: Sir John Franklin, an accomplished naval officer and Arctic explorer, set sail from England in 1845 in the hope of charting a route through the Northwest Passage, but neither he nor his 128 men returned. Subsequent expeditions to find Franklin’s two iron-clad war ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, turned up bits and pieces of a horrific tale. Both ships became trapped in ice and, despite three years’ worth of provisions, crew members may have ultimately resorted to eating their dead comrades. “This would be a really interesting find,” Bernier says. “It’s pivotal in the European exploration of the Arctic. The loss of that expedition triggered many other expeditions, resulting in a lot of other finds.”...Continue reading...
Related: Harper joins search for lost ships of Franklin expedition

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Moody Blues, "Nights In White Satin"

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Astronauts Just Found Life In Outer Space — And Scientists Aren’t Sure How It Got There (Video)

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The news: Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space Station: living organisms.

The microscopic creatures appeared during a space walk intended to clean the vessel’s surface, and were allegedly identified — incredibly — as a type of sea plankton. This is big: According to Sploid, Russian scientists are both “shocked by [the] discovery and can’t really explain how [it] is possible.”

“Results of the experiment are absolutely unique,” Russian ISS Orbital Mission Chief Vladimir Solovyev told the ITAR-TASS News Agency. “This should be studied further.”...Continue reading...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Stunning split-second snapshots of birds, bats and even mice and frogs in mid-air - MailOnline

A kiss in flight: Two hummingbirds get close as they hover in the air - their green feathers glimmering against the darkness of the cave. The shots were taken by Nicolas Reusens,...Continue reading, photos...

Perfect Timed Photos - Surprised fish.

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Humor and healing: Amid medical uncertainty, lighter moments are more than welcome

By Dan Wascoe:
“Oops” is not what a patient expects from a hospital nurse fixing to administer a pain-relieving treatment.
In my case she simply had squeezed an extra gob of ointment from a slippery tube. No harm, no foul. Just a tension-relieving chuckle.
Three decades ago this year, writer and editor Norman Cousins wrote of his belief that his own self-prescriptive medicine plus a positive attitude and belly laughs courtesy of  Marx Brothers films helped him beat doctors’ predictions of an early demise from a rare arthritis-related ailment called ankylosing spondylitis.
During most of my 69 years, I had little reason or opportunity to even think about his thesis. That changed this summer. I spent a couple weeks in two hospitals with a relatively rare condition called Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Rogue antibodies began chewing the lining of nerves that linked my brain with my muscles. The condition can incapacitate its victims for months, even years. I also was told, pointedly, that it can kill...Continue reading...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

How the sun sees you- YouTube

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         We showed people what they looked like in ultraviolet, & wondered aloud if they wanted to put on some damn sunscreen already.
Music: 'Summer in the City - Starcadian remix' by Freedom Fry http://freedomfry.bandcamp.com/track/...
They are awesome. So is Starcadian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9BqrSAHbTc#t=38