Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ebola: Is bushmeat behind the outbreak? BBC News

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

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

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

A Horse With No Name - America (Lyrics)


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

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

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

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

Appreciate your time,

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

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

[happy dog]https://www.youtube.comBlackberry Smokehttp://www.blackberrysmoke.com/

Israeli Ambassador wants to build cooperation with Saskatchewan

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

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

by Chris Parker:

Online Publication Read here

37 Pound Cat Biggie is Recovering After Surgery

Posted by Editor, Karen Harrison Binette

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

Friday, October 17, 2014

Loretta Lynn Comes 'Home' to Nashville's Historic Ryman Auditorium

In 1960, Loretta Lynn was 28 years old, a mother of four, and about to debut her first song "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" on the famous Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast, staged at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Lynn and her husband were so poor they slept outside the building in their rundown Pontiac the night before, and split a celebratory doughnut for breakfast.
"I was so nervous, all I can remember was tapping my foot," Lynn, now 82, told her sold-out audience at the Ryman Friday night. Fans young and old sat elbow-to-elbow in the wooden pews of the Mother Church of Country Music to see the icon performing a headlining show there for the first time in 54 years...Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/live-reviews/loretta-lynn-nashville-ryman-auditorium-show-20141013#ixzz3GRTymzq6                                                                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9eHp7JJgq8&list=RDf9eHp7JJgq8#t=88

Area Wildlife Experts Pushing Bear Meat Consumption To Control Population

[photo]                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – That nuisance bear in your backyard could soon end up on a dinner table.
Wildlife experts say if people could learn to love the taste of bear, it could help solve a big problem.
“Bear is delicious. Bear chops on the bone, bear cutlets; bear sausage is excellent,” said wild game butcher Anthony Deserto...Read more: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/10/13/area-wildlife-experts-pushing-bear-meat-consumption-to-control-population/

Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video: What You Didn't See

: In a new video, pop star Taylor Swift shares some behind-the-scenes footage from her popular music video for her song "Shake It Off," giving fans a look at part of the process that goes into making music videos. The video's director, Mark Romanek, was Swift's first choice for the project. She explains that she had never made a "minimal"-styled music video, and that all of her favorite videos of this kind had been made by Romanek...Read more...

Neil Young: Forget ISIS, Fight Climate Change Instead

Rock legend Neil Young told radio host Howard Stern on Tuesday that the "free world" ought to fight climate change rather than the Islamic State, or ISIS. Visiting the Howard Stern Show for a long-awaited interview, Young slammed both Democrats and Republicans for ignoring the plight of the planet, suggesting that environmental damage from the "carbon footprint" of the U.S. military was a greater threat than Islamic terror in the Mideast...breitbart.com (story is in the comments)


Heroic Dogs Save Owner’s Life by Snuggling

  • Home alert systems and pendants are increasingly popular among older adults who live alone, but Judy Muhe says that when she took a tumble in her kitchen, her survival depended on a couple of furry, flesh-and-blood heroes — her two Golden Retrievers, Higgins and Dodger.
    “The main thing is they let me know I was not alone,” an emotional Muhe tells KABC News’ Leo Stallworth.
    With Higgins snuggling up against her back and Dodger curled over her legs, Muhe, who is 76 years old and has Parkinson’s disease, was able to stay warm for 48 hours while she was trapped on her kitchen floor, unable to get up due to a shattered shoulder and bruised skull.
    “My guardians, yep. And I have no doubt they would do it again,” Muhe says of her two golden guardian angels...Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/heroic-dogs-save-owners-life-by-snuggling.html#ixzz3GR2m4B4G

Thousands of attendees celebrate Native American cultural traditions

Grand Entry

Highland Community News, Highland, CA.: From Montana to the Dakotas and Alaska to Canada, approximately 800 Native American dancers, singers, drummers and artisans from throughout North America traveled to San Bernardino last weekend to celebrate Native American culture at the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ 19th Annual Pow Wow.
Honoring music, competitive dance, crafts and food, the Pow Wow offered a unique patchwork of Native American traditions Oct. 10 to 12 at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). The weekend-long event, which was free and open to the public, attracted approximately 15,000 attendees who enjoyed competitive dancing and drumming performances by men, women and children of all ages...Read more, photos...

Couple fights to keep pet raccoon - The StarPhoenix

 By Andrea Hill, The StarPhoenix
Wendy and Ron Hook have a raccoon named Dennis that the City of Saskatoon says they are not allowed to keep according to bylaws on October 16 in Saskatoon. Ron Hooks with Dennis.
Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix
A Saskatoon woman and her pet raccoon have fled the city to escape municipal bylaws that outlaw ownership of the mischievous, bandit-faced animals.
Wendy Hook, who moved to Saskatoon with her husband this spring, said she was trying to be a law-abiding citizen when she went to City Hall last week to get an exotic pet license for her beloved raccoon, Dennis. When she was told it was illegal to keep Dennis in her house, she “panicked” and moved in with friends outside city limits to avoid the possibility of bylaw enforcement officers taking her pet away...Continue reading, photos, video...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bear strikes up unlikely friendship with a WOLF as photographer captures both animals sharing dinner on several nights. MailOnline

By Anna Edwards
Both are meant to be isolated hunters that strike fear into everything they meet.
But this male bear and female wolf clearly see the  softer side in one another and eat dinner with one another.
Each evening after a hard-day's hunting this pair of unlikely friends could be seen sharing a romantic deer carcass meal together as the sun set over their wilderness home...Read more, photos: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Friday, September 26, 2014

'Star Wars' music video lets you 'Turn Down for Hutt'


Turn down for...turn down for...turn down for Hutt! Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET
  • by   DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" is one of the most popular singles of 2014, which also makes it ripe for parody videos. On Wednesday, Matthew Belinkie released an epic "Star Wars"-themed parody of the song that pays tribute to everyone's favorite Tatooine crime boss, Jabba the Hutt...Read more...
  • Mortality rate climbing: Ebola virologist warns outbreak could lead to “the complete breakdown of society” - Los Angeles Times

    In a grim assessment of the Ebola epidemic, researchers say the deadly virus threatens to become endemic to West Africa instead of eventually disappearing from humans.
    "The current epidemiologic outlook is bleak," wrote a panel of more than 60 World Health Organization experts in a study published Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
    "We must therefore face the possibility that Ebola virus disease will become endemic among the human population of West Africa, a prospect that has never previously been contemplated."
    In the absence of new control measures, the authors estimated that the total case load would exceed 20,000 by Nov 2...Continue reading...

    Robert Kennedy Jr.: We need laws to ‘punish global warming skeptics’

    - The Washington Times:
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of climate change’s loudest activists, said there should be a law that lets authorities punish skeptics and deniers - those who engage in “selling out the public trust,” he said, in an interview with Climate Depot during New York City’s recent People’s Climate March.
    “I wish there were a law you could punish them with,” he said, in the videotaped interview. “I don’t think there is a law that you can punish these politicians under … [and skeptical politicians are] selling out the public trust.”...Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/23/robert-kennedy-jr-we-need-laws-punish-global-warmi/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS#ixzz3ERK0ZKnb

    Upcoming Anniversary: October 1st Will Mark 18 Years of No Global Warming

    Is your cat racist? All cats are racist

    I thought only white people were racist?[link] is-your-cat-racist_fb_1219451

    by ...If you’re a black bird-watcher, “be prepared to be confused with the other black birder.” That’s what J. Drew Lanham, a wildlife ecology professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, wrote last year in his list of nine race-related “rules.”
    Lanham’s sarcasm is warranted. Minorities have always seemed to be underrepresented in U.S. environmental groups. Now there’s new data to support that old anecdotal observation.
    According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011, 93 percent of American birders were white, 5 percent were Hispanic (which includes both blacks and whites), 4 percent were black, 1 percent were Asian American, and 2 percent were “other.”...Read here...
    h/t blazingcatfur.ca

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    America's Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah"

    [image]                                                                                                                                                                                                                       These are the days of Elijah

    Declaring the Word of the Lord, yes
    And these are the days of his servant, Moses
    Righteousness being restored
    And these are the days of great trial
    Of famine and darkness and sword
    So we are the voice in the desert crying
    Prepare ye the way of the Lord

    Behold he comes
    Riding on a cloud
    Shining like the sun
    At the trumpet's call
    Lift your voice
    It's the year of jubilee
    And out of Zion's hill salvation comes

    And these are the days of Ezekiel
    With dry bones becoming as flesh
    And these are the days of his servant, David
    Building the temple of praise, yes
    And these are the days of the harvest
    The fields are all white in the world
    And we are the laborers that are in your vineyard
    declaring the word of the Lord http://www.lyricsmania.com/days_of_elijah_lyrics_donnie_mcclurkin.html

    Meet the Female Pilot Who Led Airstrike on ISIS

    PHOTO: Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati female fighter jet pilot prepare to take off on June 13, 2013 in United Arab Emirates.

    PHOTO: Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati female fighter jet pilot prepare to take off on June 13, 2013 in United Arab Emirates.
       The United Arab Emirate's first female pilot led a mission this week against ISIS in Syria, according to the UAE ambassador to the United States.
       Major Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, was the first woman to join the Emirati Air Force. The UAE this week joined the United States, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and Bahrain in implementing airstrikes against ISIS...Continue reading, video...

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Tribes from US, Canada sign bison treaty

    Matthew Brown Associated Press:

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed.
    Leaders of 11 tribes from Montana and Alberta signed the pact during a daylong ceremony on Montana's Blackfeet Reservation, organizers said.
    It marks the first treaty among the tribes and First Nations since a series of agreements governing hunting rights in the 1800s. That was when their ancestors still roamed the border region hunting bison, also called buffalo.
    The long-term aim of Tuesday's "Buffalo Treaty" is to allow the free flow of the animals across the international border and restore the bison's central role in the food, spirituality and economies of many American Indian tribes and First Nations — a Canadian synonym for native tribes...Continue reading...

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Fatal overdoses connected to synthetic counterfeit drug: Saskatoon police - The StarPhoenix

    The StarPhoenix September 22, 2014 8:37 PMFatal overdoses connected to synthetic counterfeit drug: Saskatoon police

    Saskatoon police say a pair of fatal overdoses may be connected to a dangerous synthetic drug being sold in the city. Investigators think Oxycontin 80 pills, recently seized by officers, may contain “other unknown deadly ingredients.”

    Photograph by: Supplied photo , courtesy Justice.gov

    Saskatoon police say a pair of fatal overdoses are connected to a dangerous synthetic drug being sold in the city.
    Investigators think Oxycontin 80 pills, recently seized by officers, may contain “other unknown deadly ingredients.” Oxycontin 80 pills are not readily available, said Saskatoon police in a news release, and that those being sold on the street are counterfeit.
    Police say the deaths of the two men, both in their 20’s, were a result of the pills. The men died one day apart and were known to each other, police noted.
    Saskatoon police, the integrated drug enforcement street team and the provincial coroner are all investigating their deaths.
    The pills are described by police as blue-green, round convex shape, and with ‘80’ on one side and ‘CDN’ on the other.

    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]

    http://standardculture.com/posts/7501-We-Love-LunoePicture of Anna Lunoe & Flumehttp://www.last.fm/music/Anna+Lunoe+&+Flume

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

    Joan Rivers Dead: Her Best Jokes, Lines and Insights
    Joan Rivers
    Timothy White/E!
    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