Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Canada Hopes to Jail People Who Stand Against Transgenderism

                                                                 Cynthia Zhu/TBL Photography [photo]
Jennifer LeClaire
... "As a society, we have taken many important steps toward recognizing and protecting the legal rights for the LGBTQ2 community—from enshrining equality rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. There remains much to be done, though. Far too many people still face harassment, discrimination and violence for being who they are. This is unacceptable," Trudeau says..."This enactment amends the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. The enactment also amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression and to clearly set out that evidence that an offence was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity or expression constitutes an aggravating circumstance that a court must take into consideration when it imposes a sentence."...>>http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/watchman-on-the-wall/57356-canada-hopes-to-jail-people-who-stand-against-transgenderism

Tormund's crush on Brienne

Bear Medicine, "Infestation"

Bear Medicine

Hungry black bears descend on Fort McMurray

Daniel Otis, Special to CTVNews.ca
With their habitat destroyed by northern Alberta’s raging wildfire, hungry black bears are now moving into the evacuated city of Fort McMurray to scavenge for food.
“What we’ve got is tons of spoiling food inside houses in the heart of prime black bear range,” University of Alberta conservation biologist Lee Foote told CTV News on Friday. “You couldn’t create a better potential to attract black bears from a large area... and there are a lot of black bears in the area.”
Although the number of bears that have entered the city remains unknown, YouTube footage has surfaced of the animals scavenging through burning debris. Residents are expected to begin returning to the city on June 1...Continue reading...

Weaponizing Humor and Ridicule Against ISIS

How do you fight an idea?
Governments and NGOs are trying to do so in a variety of ways—community outreach, tough policing, aggressive tweeting—in the quest to ‘counter violent extremism,’ mostly of the ISIS and al Qaeda variety.
But the jury remains out whether these high-minded efforts are indeed generating desired results. One only has to glance at the scientific studies that show how arguing with, say, anti-vaccination activists makes them cling more tightly to their beliefs. It’s possible deploying earnest arguments with the ISIS-curious may paradoxically end up reinforcing their worldview.
So let’s try something different than just being earnest and serious. Instead, let’s ridicule ISIS on a global scale....>>http://www.overtaction.org/2016/05/weaponizing-humor-and-ridicule-against-isis/

'Sohrab and Rustum' By Matthew Arnold

Sohrab and Rustum

An Episode
AND the first grey of morning fill'd the east,
And the fog rose out of the Oxus stream.
But all the Tartar camp along the stream
Was hush'd, and still the men were plunged in sleep;
Sohrab alone, he slept not; all night long
He had lain wakeful, tossing on his bed;
But when the grey dawn stole into his tent,
He rose, and clad himself, and girt his sword,
And took his horseman's cloak, and left his tent,
And went abroad into the cold wet fog,
Through the dim camp to Peran-Wisa's tent...Continue reading poem...

'I quit my job to travel around Australia with my cat'

   If you ever get tired of the corporate treadmill and want more out of life, think about Richard East from Tasmania, Australia.
   In 2014, Richard quit the job he’d had for 10 years, sold his house – and has since been travelling around Australia in a Volkswagen Transporter, accompanied by his pet cat Willow.
   Richard has been documenting his and Willow’s adventures on their their Instagram account VanCatMeow, which has amassed more than 3,200 followers...http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

See also: Funny cat videos

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Hero cat saves boy from dog attack

Television Definition

This Donkey Was Supposed to Be a Live Meal for a Wolf, But Became His Best Friend Instead

   Sometimes, friendship comes in the strangest package. Take for example these unlikely friends: a donkey and a wolf who have become best friends. The wolf was captured from the mountains of Patok, Albania, in 2007, after being held in a cage by a villager. Knowing the wolf would need to eat, the villager brought in a donkey and left the two alone in the wolf’s cage. Thinking the wolf would make the donkey his dinner, the villager was certainly surprised to see what happened next.
   The donkey and wolf became best friends, cohabiting the cage in complete peace. The pair quickly gained media attention, which lead Care2 to develop a petition for the wolf’s release. The petition asked the Albanian government to intervene in the village and arrange for the wolf to be transported back to his natural home in the mountains.
    The Albanian government obliged and returned the wolf to his native habitat. The donkey was also released to an open pasture where he can roam free. It is said that the wolf comes to visit his friend every now and then. It is true that friendship knows no bounds of species, and these two certainly show us that! ...Read here.

Volcano Mount Sinabung, Samatra

KARO-Indonesian rescuers searched for survivors in scorched villages and devastated farmlands Monday after a volcano erupted in clouds of searing ash and gas, killing seven and leaving others fighting life-threatening burns.
Witnesses have described sheer panic as waves of gas and fine rock were unleashed from Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island Saturday, consuming farmers trying to flee the slopes of the highly active volcano.
The fast-moving flows - reaching temperatures of up to 700 degrees Celsius (1,300 Fahrenheit) - incinerated homes and left livestock blackened and peeling.
Agustatius Sitepu, the head of the local military in Karo district where the volcano is situated, arrived to scenes of chaos as rescue crews raced to reach those left alive.
“The villagers who managed to survive were running around in panic, trying to save themselves,” he told AFP on Monday.
“There were only a few dozen.
They were terrified.
They were covered in ash...Continue reading...
See also: Volcano news - google

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Egypt Air Crash: ‘Religion of Peace’ Strikes Again?


A terrorist attack is the most likely explanation for the disappearance of an EgyptAir flight between Paris and Cairo experts say, with French border police already investigating whether an Islamist working at Charles de Gaulles airport could have helped facilitate the attack.
The plane went down during the night with 66 passengers on board. The captain of a mercantile ship claims he saw flames in the sky 150 miles south of the Greek Island of Karpathos near where the wreckage was found.
“The French newspaper Le Figaro quotes a French border police source as saying that investigators will be focusing their attention on ground crew at Charles de Gaulles airport, to establish whether any airport employees posed a security risk,” reports BBC News. “The source said that, in the past, a number of Salafists – ultraconservative Muslims – had been detected among those with access to the areas used for the loading and unloading of aircraft.”...http://www.infowars.com/egypt-air-crash-religion-of-peace-strikes-again/


"Games People Play", Joe South


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused of 'manhandling' a MP in the House of Commons

The National


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For the record: Justin Trudeau on homophobia, transphobia and biphobia - update

   “Today, I join Canadians – and people around the world – to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.
   “Everyone deserves to live free of stigma, persecution, and discrimination – no matter who they are or whom they love. Today is about ensuring that all people – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity – feel safe and secure, and empowered to freely express themselves.
   “On this important day, I encourage all Canadians to raise awareness, and mobilize to end the violence, prejudice, and judgement faced by LGBTQ2 persons...http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/for-the-record-justin-trudeau-on-homophobia-transphobia-and-biphobia/

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Israeli Music Video, ‘Hello Europe, We Come’


Ontario to spend $7-billion on sweeping climate change plan

 Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in Toronto on April 13, 2015. The Ontario government plans to spend more than $7-billion over four years in a sweeping climate change plan

    The Ontario government will spend more than $7-billion over four years on a sweeping climate change plan that will affect every aspect of life – from what people drive to how they heat their homes and workplaces – in a bid to slash the province’s carbon footprint.
    Ontario will begin phasing out natural gas for heating, provide incentives to retrofit buildings and give rebates to drivers who buy electric vehicles. It will also require that gasoline sold in the province contain less carbon, bring in building code rules requiring all new homes by 2030 to be heated with electricity or geothermal systems, and set a target for 12 per cent of all new vehicle sales to be electric by 2025...http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-to-spend-7-billion-in-sweeping-climate-change-plan/article30029081/

Monday, May 16, 2016

"Monday Morning", Melanie Fiona.


ISIS attacks Real Madrid fan club because 'they think soccer is anti-Muslim'

Postmedia Network and Reuters
TIKRIT, Iraq -- A group of ISIS thugs armed with AK-47s attacked a Real Madrid soccer team fan club in Iraq, killing a reported 14 people because they apparently believe soccer is "anti-Muslim."
At least 28 more were wounded.
   Three gunmen opened fire around midnight Friday at the club's cafe in the predominately Shi'ite Muslim town of Balad, where about 50 young men had gathered to start the weekend. When Real Madrid isn't playing, the men reportedly re-watch old matches...>>http://www.torontosun.com/2016/05/13/isis-attacks-real-madrid-fan-club-because-they-think-soccer-is-anti-muslim

Related: Real Madrid pay tribute as 16 fans killed after Isis attack meeting of supporters club with machines guns

Why it's time for Canada to get on board with Eurovision

Watch a Rescued Pig Transform Before Your Eyes With the Help of an Animal Sanctuary

    Animals raised on industrial farms are not given a chance to lead the life nature intended for them. Subjected to inhumane and abusive conditions, animals are regarded as “meat” from the day they are born until they reach slaughter weight. The driving motivation behind this insane practice is cheap meat prices. However, the price people don’t pay in a supermarket is made up by the terrible cost to animal well-being while living on a factory farm...www.onegreenplanet.org
Johnny Braz

Speaking of pigs...Canadian pig farmers at a ‘crisis point’ amid fears over deadly U.S. virus

Justin Trudeau challenged to suck on a lime for Lyme disease awareness

Kristy Hoffman · CBC News
 Marnie Le Page with her 13-year-old daughter, Brooke. In 2015, Brooke was formally diagnosed with Lyme disease at a lab in California. According to Le Page, a diagnosis and adequate treatment for the disease were not available in Manitoba. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/manitoba/lyme-disease-manitoba-group-justin-trudeau-federal-government-1.3582507

Photo tribute to family killed in crash "overwhelming": grandfather

Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Free Books on Fulfilled Eschatology and First Century History


Sunday, May 15, 2016

"Weird Al" Yankovic - Like A Surgeon

Head transplant ops ‘will work’... but the side effects could be the worst form of insanity ever experienced by a human

Valery Spiridonov, 30, suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, a rare form of spinal muscular atrophy. / Rex Features


   After surgery, Valery will be kept in a medically-induced coma for three to four weeks while doctors stimulate his spinal cord nerves to reconnect and start functioning.
   But surgeons believe the opinion-dividing procedure could cause Valery to go insane or die.
"I would not wish this on anyone," said Dr Hunt Batjer, president elect of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons.
   "I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death."
   The experimental transplant, due to be carried out in 2017 by Italian surgeon Dr Sergio Canavero, is likely to take 36-hours and will involve over 150 doctors and nurses...Continue reading...

Beautiful albino Raven named Pearl

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Duck family gets police escort from downtown Saskatoon to safety in river

Members of the Saskatoon Police Service bike unit help a family of ducks navigate their way through downtown on Thursday afternoon. The officers were able to guide the feathered family to the South Saskatchewan River after blocking traffic for a short time at the intersection of Fifth Avenue Nother and 22nd Street East and as they crossed Spadina Crescent toward the riverbank. Morgan Modjeski / Saskatoon StarPhoenix...http://linkis.com/thestarphoenix.com/n/ReP8k

Canada goose nests in 9th floor tomato planter in Edmonton

                             Olga Guzman's tomato planter has been home to a mother goose for the past month. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/what-a-gift-canada-goose-nests-in-9th-floor-tomato-planter-1.3577918

Friday, May 13, 2016

School Clears Out Its Halls Each Year To Help Duck Family Get Home

                                                               Next year we might even get our own locker kids!

 Vanessa the duck has been laying her eggs in the school’s enclosed courtyard for 13 years.

Thirteen years ago, Vanessa the duck had a little problem.

Her ducklings had hatched in the courtyard of Village Elementary School in Hartland, Michigan...www.youtube.com

H/T  http://www.michellesmirror.com/

Corb Lund, "Bible on the Dash"

New West Records

Pet project: Shelter proud of its work reuniting animals with Fort McMurray evacuees

 Dogs lay in cages at the SPCA rescue centre in the Bold Center in Lac la Biche, Alberta, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Chris Berthelot
   There has been many a wagging tail at the Edmonton Animal Care and Control Centre these past few days during joyful reunions of Fort McMurray animals and the humans they were separated from.
   City officials on Wednesday discussed the mission they undertook after the Fort McMurray wildfire caused a massive evacuation of the entire northern Alberta city.
   “The staff have been working 24/7,” said Ron Gabruck, director of the centre located at 13550 163 Street. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs and other animals have been cared for, with the vast majority arriving rattled but otherwise healthy.
   An estimated 330 pets have found sanctuary, either at the animal control centre or at the City of Edmonton Reception Centre.
   A news released stated that 6o animals sheltered at the animal control centre have been reunited with their owners. Evacuees who are reunited with their pets have been provided collars, leashes, medication and other necessities.
   “We have never been so proud to work here,” said Gabruck. “We make a difference here.”...>>http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/pet-project-shelter-proud-of-its-work-reuniting-animals-with-fort-mcmurray-evacuees

Carrying An American Flag...Not Walking On It

Why Atheists are ‘Fools’

By Matt Barber 
They say there are no atheists in the foxhole.
Even fewer when death is certain.
None once the final curtain falls.
God’s Word declares, “The fool hath said in his heart ‘there is no God’” (Psalm 14).
For three decades, until his death in 1953, Josef Stalin was the mass-murdering atheist dictator of Soviet Russia.
He was also a fool.
In his 1994 book, “Can Man Live Without God,” famed Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recounts a story he heard firsthand from British Journalist Malcomb Muggeridge “that stirred [him] then and still does even yet.”
Muggeridge had collaborated with Svetlana Stalin, Josef Stalin’s daughter, on a BBC documentary about her God-hating father. She recounted his last act of defiant rebellion against the Creator: “[A]s Stalin lay dying, plagued with terrifying hallucinations, he suddenly sat halfway up in bed, clenched his fist toward the heavens once more, fell back upon his pillow, and was dead.”
“[H]is one last gesture,” observed Zacharias, “was a clenched fist toward God, his heart as cold and hard as steel.”
In my experience it is something common among atheists: an inexplicable, incongruent and visceral hatred for the very God they imagine does not exist... Continue reading... 
Foot note; James 2:19(KJV) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hidden Falls by Taylor Davis

Calgary pilot breaks rules to fly Fort McMurray animals to shelter

By: Jeremy Simes For Metro     
   Pilot Keith Mann didn’t think twice to break the rules and load his plane with more than 40 furry friends, after they spent a few days north of the fire-ravaged Fort McMurray. 
   More than 80,000 Fort McMurray residents were ordered to flee last Tuesday, leaving many without their pets as they were barred from re-entering the city due to the advancing wildfire.
Since then, owners and their fur babies have begun to reunite through ongoing animal rescue efforts after the flames subsided. 
   Mann, Suncor Energy’s manager of flight operations, said it just made sense to fly his load of critters down south after they sought refuge north of Fort McMurray. 
   “We’re all animal lovers here,” Mann said. “We knew it was important for owners to re-connect with them.”...Continue reading...


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ticks,they’re here early and they want blood.

Brandon Harder, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Saskatchewan’s tick population has become active earlier this year due to an early snowmelt and unseasonably warm temperatures.
Normal weather patterns generally keep them at bay until later in the spring, according to Neil Chilton, tick researcher at the University of Saskatchewan.
Ticks start seeking a host when the temperature hits around 3 C, according to Yvonne Tiessens, a veterinarian with All West Veterinary Clinic in Saskatoon.
“There is a certain amount of revulsion associated with ticks, and everyone is worried about tick-borne diseases,” she said, noting her clinic checks animals for Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens.
The chance of a human getting Lyme disease from a tick is low, according to Chilton. Only one in every 1,000 ticks that are submitted to Chilton are Blacklegged ticks, which can carry the disease. Only 10 per cent of those are capable of spreading it to humans.
“There are a lot of myths surrounding pulling ticks out,” Tiessens said.
A gentle tug should be enough to remove one, and burning them or poking them with a pin is not advised. Routine checks for ticks after outdoor activities can help prevent them from becoming attached to the skin.
“They take a while before they decide whether they’re going to attach to someone or not,” Chilton said. “Usually they’ll walk around for an hour or so. You’ve got time to check yourself over.”...http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/ticks-bite-early-due-to-spring-heat-wave

EU Building Potentially Tyrannical Military-Police Force

  Written by 
   As the European Union and the establishment behind it become increasingly totalitarian, paranoid, and unstable, the EU super-state is raising up and training its own transnational military-police force. According to reports and its own propaganda material, the EU “Gendarmerie,” as the force is known, will apparently be charged with putting down protests and civil unrest, raiding illegal political meetings, propping up foreign governments, and even confiscating weapons. Police and troops from numerous African and Middle Eastern nations were also involved in the controversial EU force's latest EU-funded training exercises. Critics are fighting back, though, warning of the dangers of such a force and of the EU itself...Continue reading...Guardia Civil

A message to President Obama from a former muslim

Justin should listen. http://www.israelvideonetwork.com/this-former-muslim-has-a-message-for-obama-and-youll-be-shocked-to-hear-what-it-is/

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Bird singing

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fort McMurray Fire


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Wednesday Dance


This woman and her cat are having the best time sailing around the world


Captain Liz Clark and her cat are having an absolute whale of a time sailing around the world.
The captain and her first mate, named Amelia, live on a 40-foot long boat called Swell.
Clark told BuzzFeed she adopted Amelia when she was only six months old and is now giving her the adventure of her nine lives...www.telegraph.co.uk

Rescue workers successfully free 3 killer whales trapped in the ice in far-east Russia.

"Rude Awakening", Trout Steak Revival


Most birdsong so 'delightful' composers from Vivaldi to Beethoven to Wagner to Charlie “Bird” Parker have 'sampled' it

By Tom Mills
SAULT STE. MARIE - Spring has a soundtrack and it’s not Adele’s version of When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin’ Along.
It’s birdsong.
I’m not talking about those mundane and monosyllabic chirps you hear around the birdfeeder that translate into “food!” or “hawk!” or “you just pooped on my head!”
I’m talking about those delightful and sometimes elaborate larynx riffs trilled by our flitting feathered friends.
Those songs seem to echo and enhance our own elation that finally humans can shed our own coats of down.
So operatic are those avian arias that I’ve been known to set aside my springtime firewood-splitting chores and offer a “bravo!” or two.
Songbird chorales seem to happen only in spring...http://www.saultstar.com                                                                   Ganymed88

Caroline Glick smashes the “two-state solution” to smithereens!


2 Canadian hostages in Philippines

   You can ascribe any number of trigger warnings to Monday’s gruesome news involving two Canadian hostages in the Philippines.
   A deadline arrived. A ransom did not. And thus did the militants of Abu Sayyaf make real the threat to behead expat Calgarian John Ridsdel in a manner so repugnant as to be unworthy of repeating here.
A trigger of devastation for his many friends and family, including none other than former Ontario premier Bob Rae, who knew Ridsdel, 68, since college. When the news broke, a deeply anguished Rae disclosed his months of ultimately fruitless involvement in back-channel efforts to negotiate freedom for his friend.
    A trigger of deepening dread for the well-being of fellow Canadian captive Robert Hall, 50, who remains in the grip of the Jihadist group, alongside a Norwegian man and a Filipino woman. All were snatched up last September in an audacious raid from a holiday resort in the southern Philippine island of Samal. Random hostages, by all accounts...http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/04/25/beheading-threat-prompts-philippines-bid-to-rescue-kidnapped-canadians-2-others.html

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Second Canadian still held hostage by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Philippines

 Robert Hall, left, alongside now murdered fellow-Canadian John Ridsdel, in a video released by their captors in October 2015.
   A Canadian man still being held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic terrorists in the Philippines moved around the country for much of his life before sailing across the world.
   Robert Hall, 50, an acquaintance of apparently murdered Canadian John Ridsdel, 68, was born in Calgary, and spent much of his life in the West, living in Port Coquitlam, B.C., and Campbell River.
   He sold insurance and operated a welding shop and at one time piloted his own small aircraft. Later, he acted in low-budget, independent films.
   But the lawlessness of the southern Philippines caught up to him, even though travellers come to the islands for their beauty, clean and natural environments.
   He was abducted by gunmen, along with three other people, including Ridsdel, and held for ransom. His Filipina girlfriend, Marites Flor, was also taken prisoner, along with a Norwegian...http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/second-canadian-still-held-hostage-by-al-qaida-linked-terrorists-in-philippines

Monday, April 25, 2016

'We don't play God': Indigenous communities concerned about doctor-assisted suicide

Canadian hostage John Ridsdel confirmed dead as police find severed head in Southern Philippines

                            photo:Twitter. John Ridsdel has been confirmed killed.

  John Ridsdel, 68, was executed Monday night by his Islamist Philippine captors, the Philippine Red Cross has confirmed.
   The death has not yet been confirmed by the Canadian government, however.
   Ridsdel, along with fellow Canadian Robert Hall, was kidnapped six months ago as he vacationed on the Philippine island of Mindanao. Tuesday, it was confirmed that he was executed by beheading.
   According to Philippine media, the head of a “Caucasian” captive was recovered from the streets of Mindanao’s Zamboanga City Monday night...http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/head-found-on-philippine-island-as-ransom-deadline-passes-for-canadian-hostages

See also...1) 'I'm outraged:' Justin Trudeau confirms killing of Canadian John Ridsdel
                2) Canada not at war with ISIS: Trudeau

Happy World Penquin Day - twitter

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Kris Kristofferson, "Here comes that rainbow again"

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"To Althea, from Prison," Richard Lovelace

April 23, 2016
    On this day in 1642, courtier, soldier, and gentleman-poet, Richard Lovelace presented the Kentish Petition to Parliament -- a Royalist document calling for the restoration of the rights of King Charles I -- and was promptly imprisoned for it. His confinement produced "To Althea, From Prison"; this has become one of the most anthologized of 17th century poems, known especially for the poster-famous lines in the last stanza: 


Richard Lovelace, "To Althea from Prison"

 When Love with unconfined wings
Hovers within my gates,
And my divine Althea brings
To whisper at the grates;
When I lie tangled in her hair,
And fetter'd to her eye,
The gods, that wanton in the air,
Know no such liberty...

When flowing cups run swiftly round
With no allaying Thames,
Our careless heads with roses bound,
Our hearts with loyal flames;
When thirsty grief in wine we steep,
When healths and draughts go free,
Fishes, that tipple in the deep,
Know no such liberty...

 Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such liberty.

AFN Chief to urge Pope to rectify church’s role in residential schools

Rabbit Lake mine closure bad news for workers, northern Saskatchewan: Grand Chief

Located in northern Saskatchewan, Rabbit Lake is the longest producing uranium operation in the province. Cameco Corporation

 Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

  The loss of hundreds of jobs at a uranium mine near Wollaston Lake will have lasting effects for the workers, their families and their communities, according to the Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC), which represents 12 First Nations across northern Saskatchewan.
   “It’s going to add to the unemployment numbers in northern Saskatchewan … It’s going to be certainly bad for the families in terms of the layoffs,” Ron Michel said. “Hopefully, it turns around as soon as possible, but the only thing I can say is it’s going to add up to our northern unemployment numbers.”
   Cameco Corp. announced Thursday that it’s closing the Rabbit Lake uranium mine indefinitely, which will cost $35 million and result in all but 150 of the mine’s 600 employees losing their jobs. Cameco is the country’s largest industrial employer of aboriginal people, and about half the workers at Rabbit Lake are from northern communities...http://thestarphoenix.com/

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Emma Wallace: Singer Songwriter / Ragtime / Pop


Earth Day and Total Transformation

  By Carl Teichrib

“More than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.” — Earth Day Canada1 [italics added].
“Earth is more than just a spaceship. She is our Mother. She gave us life. There is nowhere else to go but to stay and love her.” — Reader’s comment regarding John Kerry’s Earth Day blog.2
Just as in olden days, the Earth has become the focal point for worship. In Grecian times the supreme Earth deity was Gaia, also known as the Universal Mother. Sacred oaths were given in her name, and worshippers performed rituals in her honour.3 One commentator tells us,

“The classic artistic representation of Gaia is a woman emerging breast-high from the earth. The goddess arises but never leaves her planetary body. Visceral rites, including plant, animal, and (presumably ecstatic) human sacrifice as well as unabashed sexual ceremonies were held to adore the goddess’s fecundity.”4
In our contemporary era, Earth Day has become the modern celebration of Gaia. Partakers of this event, whether aware of it or not, play off the ancient pagan beliefs of a Universal Mother. Like the sacred oaths taken in her name, today’s Earth Day celebrants sign environmental petitions, make pledges, and
announce resolutions in support of Mother Earth. And like the old sacrifices to the deity, today’s Earth Day practitioners offer sacrifices of “good works” to the planet. Not only is the Earth a deity to be venerated, but the Earth itself – as the representative and embodiment of the Goddess – has become a modern day idol.

Do all who engage in Earth Day festivities realize the connections between this event and the ancient pagan deity? Some do, especially those who take a neo-pagan position, but many are unaware, thinking it’s a family-oriented way to engage in environmental conservation (much good is done during Earth Day, such as cleaning up stream beds or planting trees – but that’s not the issue). Motivated by good intentions, scores of individuals (including professing
Christians), participate without ever considering what Earth Day is actually about or the philosophies that underpin the movement...>>http://www.crossroad.to/articles

Related: Baal's Temple arch erected in London for Earth Day

Dangerous drug W-18, more powerful than fentanyl, originally invented in Alberta

 CTVNews.ca Staff
    Officials in Alberta have been warning about a deadly drug called W-18 creeping into the province -- but as it turns out, the drug was invented there in the first place.
    Scientists at the University of Alberta in Edmonton created the compound more than 30 years ago.
Officials say the drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl...Continue reading...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

90 stunning photographs marking Queen's 90th birthday

                          1936 : July. Princess Elizabeth with two corgi dogs at her home at 145 Piccadilly, London

Cows are a Fan of the Song Royals by Lorde

                                                                                         Day 52: Angus Cow
   I saw this today and I just had to share. I live in Nebraska, majored in Animal Science and yes, cows are curious, it’s hard to get photos of them at the fence as they will come right up to you. So it’s no doubt they would be an apt audience of the song Royals by Lorde. Heck, I’m a fan of the original and all the covers. But this is the best!!
   Agriculture has taken a beating in the media for mistreating their animals. I would say these cows are clearly not mistreated, and in fact, I would say probably a little spoiled...>>http://3quarterstoday.com/?p=5177                                                                                                                                                          Farmer Derek Klingenberg