Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Russian infiltration of Ukrainian military complicates Canadian training mission - National Post

Ukrainian soldiers guard their position in the village of Berdyanske, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Pro-Russian operatives are believed to have infiltrated throughout the Ukrainian military.
AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka [photo]

Training Ukrainians to fight pro-Russian separatists may turn out to be a far more complicated business for the 200 Canadian soldiers Ottawa announced Tuesday it is sending to Ukraine than it is for the nearly 70 Canadian trainers now on a similar mission in Iraq.
The reason is that Russian intelligence operatives of every kind have so deeply compromised the Ukrainian military that almost nothing they say or do remains secret for long, according to a recent paper for the U.S. Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Citing unclassified, mostly Russian sources in his essay, “Brothers Disunited: Russia’s Use of Military Power in Ukraine,” Roger McDermott warned of the “penetration of the Ukrainian state intelligence apparatus, the SBU or Security Service of Ukraine by Russian intelligence agencies including GRU (Russian Military Intelligence), the FSB (Federal Security Service and the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service).”
The infiltration of the Ukrainian military does not only involve formal intelligence operatives. Ukrainians sympathetic to Moscow are believed to be working inside or close to almost all Ukrainian military units, making all aspects of the conflict — including training for war — that much harder for those assisting the Ukrainian side...Continue reading, video...

Sister Rosetta Tharpe "Didn't It Rain"

Her music runs like a thread through rock’n’roll … Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1959. Photograph: Harry Hammond/Getty Images/V&A Images/Hulton Archive

Saskatchewan Aurora Hunters capture northern lights

CBC News: The Saskatchewan Aurora Hunters haunt the highways and back roads of the province, seeking the best shots of the northern lights...Continue reading...

Canaan Dog - The National Dog Of Israel The Canaan dog, known in Israel as (Kelev Kna'ani, lit. "Canaanite dog") and other Levantine countries as (Kaleb Kana'an) is a breed of pariah dog recognized as Israel’s national breed.

It may have existed in the eastern Mediterranean seaboard for millennia, as referenced in ancient carvings and drawings.
The Canaan dog began in ancient times as a street dog in ancient Canaan, where the Canaanites lived, roughly corresponding to the region encompassing modern-day Israel, Palestinian territories, Lebanon, and the western parts of Jordan.
This dog is one of the oldest, dating back to biblical times. The caves of Einan and Hayonim are sites in which the oldest remains of dogs have been found (more than 10,000 years ago). In the Bible there are a number of references to roaming dogs and dogs that worked for man...Continue reading...    More links: The Canaan Dog. The National Dog of Israel.

Best of Foghorn Leghorn

Protests as Turkey builds first nuclear power plant

The Akkuyu plant has become a bete noire for environmentalists who have raised alarm about safety issues and the building of the power station in an area rich in wildlife (AFP Photo/Veli Gurgah) [link]

Ankara (AFP) - Turkey on Tuesday launched construction of its first nuclear power plant which Ankara hopes will open a new era of greater energy self-sufficiency, but the ceremony was marred by angry protests against the controversial $20 billion project.
After the launch ceremony, dozens of environmental protesters converged on the iron gates of the site in Akkuyu in Mersin province on the shores of the Mediterranean.
They managed to lock in the official delegations, security forces and journalists inside the site and were only dispersed when a water cannon truck was used against them, video footage showed.
The power station -- which will have four power units with a capacity of 1200 MW each -- is being built like Iran's first nuclear power plant by Russia's nuclear agency Rosatom...Continue reading...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Arcade Fire's "Afterlife"


Ignorance has no color.

Tom Tillison:

A video of a young black man recounting an encounter with a police officer is gaining attention for the improbable pro-cop message it sends.
In the footage, the man explained that he had just been pulled over for a traffic violation, stressing that he was compliant throughout the stop and that the cop eventually allowed him to go with just a warning.
“The point of this is to say that I am an African-American male, [and] this gentleman was Caucasian,” he said. “There was no problem. He did his job; I did what I was supposed to do.”
The man then offered a refreshing perspective on those who believe all cops are bad.
“People need to understand that not all officers are crooked, not all officers are racist, bad people,” he said. “And not all people who get shot or tased or arrested by officers are innocent victims. Just because you’re black doesn’t mean you’re a victim. Just because you’re white doesn’t mean you’re a racist. Just because you’re a cop doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.”
He ended the video by delivering a bit of advice that would serve us all well in today’s overly sensitive, reactionary world.
“This world really needs to stop putting labels on people and see them for who they are — people,” he said. “Ignorance has no color.”

Using the global warming hoax to destroy America

By Alan Caruba:
When President Obama announced on March 31 that he intends to ensure that the U.S. will slash its "greenhouse gas emissions" 26% below 2005 emissions levels by 2025 in order to keep pledges made to fulfill the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, he failed to mention that such levels would be comparable to what they were in our Civil War era, 150 years ago.
He also failed to mention that the U.S. has made no such pledges as regards the 1992 "Kyoto Treaty" which was resoundingly rejected by the U.S. Senate when then Vice President Al Gore brought it back from the U.N. conference.
There is no need, globally or nationally, to reduce such emissions. It would be a crime against humanity, especially for the millions that would be denied electrical power or would see its cost rise exponentially. "The President has no credible evidence to back up his claims," said H. Sterling Burnett, a Research Fellow with the free market think tank, The Heartland Institute. "Obama's climate actions are likely to cause far more harm to people, especially the poor, than any purported threats from global warming."
"Global warming" and "climate change" are attributed to the use of fossil fuels to manufacture and transport ourselves and our goods, and to create electrical energy, despite the fact that the Earth, its oceans and land areas naturally generate such gases. There are, for example, more than 1500 potentially active volcanoes and countless others under the oceans. They produce billions of tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases that are identified as "greenhouse gas emissions." The human contribution pales in comparison to natural sources such as the warming ocean surface which releases CO2.
Even so, CO2 constitutes a mere 0.04% of the atmosphere. There is no evidence CO2 plays any role in the Earth's global temperature...Continue reading...                                                                                                                                                                                          Related: Volcanoes and climate

Folk singer uses songwriting to help tame her mental illness

Scott Eisen/Bloomberg News

Singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson struggled for years with mental illness; now she is open about her experience to remove the stigma.
Months before mental illness took over and steered her toward suicide, American folk singer and songwriter Meg Hutchinson was in line at her favourite coffee shop to order a latte. A man approached. He was serious and official-looking in a suit.
"I'm a fan," he said.
The stranger had seen her in concert. He loved her music and he said he worked for the FBI.
She was flattered. Her songs are emotional, personal. They draw a loyal audience. But an FBI agent? That was surprising.
There was something else. Hutchinson had been reading a biography of Ernest Hemingway that outlined his paranoia with law enforcement, the FBI included.
The coffee-shop encounter in Somerville, Massachusetts, lasted minutes; her anxiety about whether the moment was real or imagined would linger for years. She'd soon leave to tour Europe and her illness would worsen. She had shifted through big highs and lows before, never really acknowledging what was going on in her head. This was a whole new level.
Making a living as a folk singer is difficult enough. Mental illness makes everything that much harder.
People with bipolar disorder can control their condition with medication and often work at very high levels, said D.J. Jaffe, who runs the website Continue reading...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ray Stevens "Taylor Swift is Stalkin' Me"

Nano-bullet tech shoots down brain cancer in Tel Aviv U study

Illustrative photo of an operating theater (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Israeli researchers may have discovered a way to beat the worst form of malignant glial tumor                                                                                                                                                                                                                                by David Shamah: The worst form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is considered largely incurable by doctors. Victims generally die within a year and a half of being diagnosed with the tumors. It’s such a devastating disease that the National Academy of Sciences calls it “the Terminator.” But an innovative nanotech-based “end-run” around cancer cells by Tel Aviv University researchers could provide doctors with a new way to treat – or even cure – GBM and other malignant killer cancers...Read more: Nano-bullet tech shoots down brain cancer in Tel Aviv U study | The Times of Israel

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Researchers Discover Fossils Of A New Species Of Terror Bird


Researchers have discovered fossils of a new species of terror bird that was 10 feet tall and lived in Argentina 3.5 million years ago.
Researchers from the Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Tierra and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina have discovered fossils of carnivorous birds with hooked beaks standing 10 feet (3 meters) tall and who roamed parts of South America in search of prey. They added that it is the most complete terror bird fossil ever discovered, with over 90% of the skeleton preserved, meaning it can shed light on the predatory group of birds.
The researchers have named the new species Llallawavis scagliai. ‘Llallawa’ means magnificent in Quechua. It is the language that is native to the people of the central Andes. Also ‘avis’ means bird in Latin. The species name honors the famed Argentine naturalist Galileo Juan Scaglia.
The researchers have stated that the specimen has revealed new details of anatomy that are rarely preserved in the fossil record. This includes the auditory region of the skull, the voice box, trachea, eye bones and palate. This helped the researchers to build an unprecedented understanding of the sensory capabilities of terror birds, helping to explain behavior and ecology of this group of extinct birds.
According to the researchers, the Llallawavis scagliai could hear very low frequency sounds compared to other birds. They also found it communicated with low-frequency noises, suggesting it hunted its prey by listening out for footsteps.
Federico Degrange, an assistant researcher of vertebrate paleontology at the Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Tierra and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, and the lead author of the study, said, “Our estimations of hearing sensitivity in Cariamiformes places Llallawavis below the average for living species. Because the vocalization range of most birds falls within the lower half of their hearing sensitivity range, Llallawavis may have had a narrow, low vocalization frequency range. At the lower frequency end of the range of hearing, the ear becomes less sensitive to soft sounds. It seems plausible to hypothesize that Llallawavis had enhanced acoustic abilities at lower frequency registers.”
The findings were published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Kendel Carson & Band "Ribbons and Bows"


25 Funny Fan Signs That Will Make You a Fan of These Fans

By                                                                                                    25 funny fan signs here.

Lemmings jumping of cliffs.


Lemmings Do Not Explode Or Throw Themselves Off Cliffs
Lemmings, the small burrowing rodents that live in the Arctic regions, are an odd bunch. They look a bit like hamsters, but they are notoriously fierce. (Case in point: a lemming attacking a sled dog.) Like many rodents, they are prodigious reproducers, but the Norway lemming and the brown lemming have particularly dramatic population booms. Their population can fluctuate so chaotically that, for centuries, people have been coming up with wild explanations for the overwhelming abundance of little lemmings, followed by a seemingly sudden disappearance.
Locals "came to see the lemming as a crazed creature, and a swarm as 'the forerunner of war and disaster,'" writes Henry Nicholls for BBC. Karl S. Kruszelnicki at ABC Science recounts:
Back in the 1530s, the geographer Zeigler of Strasbourg, tried to explain these variations in populations by saying that lemmings fell out of the sky in stormy weather, and then suffered mass extinctions with the sprouting of the grasses of spring.
The strangest myth—and the one that makes calling another person "lemming" an insult — is the idea that lemmings will mindlessly commit suicide by jumping off a cliff. It probably has a basis in reality: When "lemming years" happen, some areas will grow so densely populated that groups of lemmings will set off en masse to find better fields. While these migrations may have inspired the suicide myth, one person may be largely responsible for perpetuating it: Walt Disney...Continue reading...

A giant bat is greeting children at this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll

Kamilah, a Malayan Flying Fox, is helping educate kids about bats’ role as pollinators. (Organization for Bat Conservation)
   What has big ears and soft fur and will be greeting children at the White House Easter Egg Roll today?
   A giant bat, of course.
   Instead of the petting zoos of years past, Kamilah, a Malayan flying fox, will be hanging out — or, rather, hanging upside-down — off Rob Mies. As Kamilah’s spokesman and the executive director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, Mies will explain bats’ role in the ecosystem.
   “Bats are important pollinators of bananas and avocados, the cacao plant, which we make chocolate from, and even the agave plant, which we make tequila from,” Mies says...Continue reading...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Meet Philip Sayce – Canada's newest home-grown guitar hero

By Darryl Sterdan 
After 20 years in the music business, Philip Sayce is finally getting started.
“I’m just in first gear,” quips the 38-year-old Canadian singer-guitarist down the line from L.A. “Now it’s time to burn rubber.”
And high time for classic-rock fans, blues freaks and guitar heads to get up to speed. The best way to do that: Score Sayce’s Canadian major-label album debut Influence, available April 7. As coming-out parties go, it’s a barnburner — and a superb showcase for Sayce to display his blistering guitar heroics, soulful vocals and earthy songwriting, while paying tribute to some of his own musical icons. Another way to get to know Sayce: This list of things you need to know about Canada’s newest home-grown guitar hero...Continue reading...

Healing Through Humor: Laughter Therapy is an Effective Pain Reducer

If you are a pain sufferer like me, having a good laugh isn’t always easy. But it sure can make you feel better.
Recently, I gave a presentation about Laughter Therapy for the North Carolina Therapeutic Recreation Association.  In preparing for the presentation, I had to think a lot about how I have survived the daily toil of chronic pain. I have had some form of pain in my back and left leg since February 2005. Experiencing pain for a long time is just a small part of the battle, though it is enough to drive a person to sadness, insanity and mild violence. For me (and probably for many of you), the greatest source of bitterness is that with the proper medical treatment at the time of injury I could be pain free. Instead, doctors dismissed my complaints and then grossly mistreated my injury. If they had just taken me seriously from the beginning and listened, I would most likely have had months of discomfort instead of years.
I figured something out recently—holding onto to that bitterness was actually hurting me–bringing me down mentally and providing excuses for me to remain severely unhappy. So I decided to remember what I already knew—it’s good to laugh...Continue reading....

Marx Brothers: Duck Soup Movie Clip 

Cats vs Dogs: Which Pet Is Better? - Freshpet

Freshpet:For the second time, shelter pets from the Humane Society of Utah have been featured in a Freshpet video to highlight shelter and rescue pets in a positive manner and help reduce the stigma of shelter animals as unwanted or less than perfect pets. In the video released online March 30, 2015, “Cats vs Dogs: Which Pet Is Better?” the question regarding which is the better pet is approached in a humorously deductive manner...Continue reading...

ISIS Dying: Where Bombs May Fail, Flesh Eating Disease May Succeed

Posted By: Brian
ISIS is now facing off against perhaps its deadliest enemy yet a flesh eating disease spread by sand flies. The disease, called, is estimated to cause about 2 million infections per year, and somewhere between 20,000 to 50,000 deaths.
As recently as last year Doctors Without Borders was working in Syria to prevent the spread of the disease, but as the Islamic State advanced, doctors were forced to essentially evacuate. Now all medical care is being left to local doctors and medics, but supplies are scare and it’s estimated that about 64% of Syrian hospitals have been damaged, destroyed, or abandoned.

ISIS: Poor hygiene conditions

Poor hygiene conditions, and the fact that many if ISIS’s soldiers have essentially refused treatment is allowing the disease to spread at a rapid rate. Add in the fact that ISIS’s ground troopers are often forced into cramp and tight living conditions, and it’s a perfect recipe for a medical disaster.
Of course, one’s disaster could turn out to be another’s miracle. If the flesh eating disease is able to even slow down ISIS, it could prove to be a tipping point in the battle against the extremist group. Bombs and advances from competing armies have pushed the group back, but so for the Islamic State has proven to be difficult to outright defeat...Continue reading...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Lumber Jack Song" Michael Palin - repost

This was an old post, published a couple years ago. I had to fix & repost.
                                      Michael Palin. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Cats vs Cancer: Oskar the Blind Cat

Oskar the Blind Cat won Cats vs Cancer’s inaugural March Meowdness thanks to over 29,000 votes! 
...Oskar loves food, and often steals “people food.” His favorites are cheese, eggs, kale, and cilantro! His message is simply that animals with –what we call– disabilities can thrive if given a chance. Oskar loves to play and climb the tallest things he can find.  He has two big cat trees which he climbs daily, and one is over six feet tall. He’s also very brave, adventurous, and loves going outdoors (on a harness) and even rides a skateboard!...

Cats vs Cancer

Thursday, April 2, 2015

She & Him 'Stay Awhile' from CANADA on Vimeo.

She & Him 'Stay Awhile' from CANADA on Vimeo.

A Palestinian State: Why Not?

By DANIEL DORON: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently noted that with the Middle East in chaos, it may not be a good time to establish another rogue state, Palestine, which would likely be taken over by Iran’s proxy, Hamas, which would then launch a bloody war against Israel. The Prime Minister’s declaration was greeted with alarm among the commentariat, because the belief that establishing a Palestinian state will lead to peace has become an article of faith immune to fact or reason.
   The Palestinian Authority is utterly dysfunctional. It’s a clan-based coalition made up of murderous political mafias. It deprives the Palestinians of even the most elementary rights, robs them of billions in aid from the U.S. and Europe, keeps most of them in penury and misery, oppresses women, gays and lesbians, and all who aren’t Muslims. It foments rage against Israel by incessant incitement that calls on even small children to kill Jews everywhere. Is granting it statehood really the path to peace?
   How can anyone who cherishes human rights, who claims that they care for the oppressed Palestinians, believe that subjecting them to greater oppression is justified just so that they can enjoy a putative political “self-determination,” - the kind enjoyed by the citizens of Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, or Iran? Israel sinned against the Palestinians when, in the Oslo Agreements, it agreed that a terrorist organization, Arafat’s PLO, should rule them. The idea was that the PLO would take on Hamas; instead, Israel got two terrorist organizations competing over which one will destroy Israel first...Continue reading...

The Limits of Tylenol for Pain Relief

By :
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is widely recommended for the relief of back pain and the pain of knee and hip arthritis. But a systematic review of randomized trials has found that it works no better than a placebo.
Australian researchers reviewed three randomized trials that compared acetaminophen with a placebo for the relief of spinal pain, and 10 trials that compared their use for easing the pain of osteoarthritis. All together, the analysis included 5,366 patients. Acetaminophen was given orally in doses between 3,000 and 4,000 milligrams a day, except for one study in which a dose of 1,000 milligrams was administered intravenously.
The review, published online in BMJ, found high quality evidence that Tylenol is ineffective in treating low back pain or disability. It also found evidence that the drug quadruples the risk of an abnormal liver function test, but the clinical significance of that finding is unclear.
The studies of pain from knee and hip arthritis found a small but clinically insignificant short-term pain-relief effect for acetaminophen compared with a placebo...Continue reading...

Saskatchewan covers cost of new hepatitis C drugs at a cost of up to $10 million

By The Canadian Press:
The Saskatchewan government says it will now provide new drug coverage for hepatitis C — a viral disease that affects the liver.
Photograph by: Yvonne berg , CNW

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government says it will now provide new drug coverage for hepatitis C — a viral disease that affects the liver.
Health Minister Dustin Duncan says the new drugs, Harvoni and Sovaldi, are better tolerated by patients than other therapies.
The drugs are said to cure 90 to 98 per cent of patients in as little as eight to 12 weeks.
The government expects to provide coverage for about 1,100 patients over the next three years who meet the criteria for these therapies.
The cost will be up to $10 million in the first year.
Dr. Stephen Sanche of the Royal University Hospital praised the government's decision.
“These medications will offer our patients a substantially greater chance of cure with fewer side effects and shorter treatment courses," he said in a release Wednesday.
The healthy ministry says the effects of the virus range in severity from a mild illness to a serious, chronic illness, including liver scarring and liver cancer.
The disease is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ali Fontaine "Ignorance"


by Audrey Russo  “Islam is an ideology. It’s not a race.” ~Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesperson
If you care about truth in today’s world culture…you’re going against the flow. Truth is the new “hate speech”, especially if that speech is about the new Leftist/Marxist victim of the moment: Islam. According to the Left…taking its lead from Islam (Sharia Islamic Law)…if you even question Islam, you are committing a hate crime and are branded a racist. But there is a wee bit of a problem with this premise: Islam…is NOT a race, hence the racist label is void!...Continue reading....                      

Islam is not a race.  Muslims are not a race.  Islam is an ideology that should be open to critical examination.  Muslims, however, are individuals who should be protected from harm or harassment in the same way and for the same reasons as anyone else.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Richard Dawkins, "If Islam is a race, then socialism is a race, birdwatching is a race, femaleness is a race.":

Social media, microchip solve lost dog mystery

By Betty Ann Adam, The StarPhoenix: [photo]
A woman who was reunited with her stolen dog has become a great proponent of microchips for pets.
“I most definitely recommend them for anybody with animals. The first thing you should do is get them microchipped,” Brandy Mitchell said Wednesday.
Mitchell feared she would never see her beloved Bella again after the Yorkie-Chihuahua disappeared four months ago during an incident outside Market Mall.
“I was completely devastated. I was heartbroken every day until I got her back,” she said.
Bella has gone pretty much everywhere with Mitchell since she adopted the dog from the SPCA six years ago...Continue reading, video...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Miranda Lambert "Somethin' Bad" ft. Carrie Underwood

                                                  Miranda Lambert

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

$13,000-plus raised to save abused cat named 'Bruce Almighty' - prognosis good says Regina Humane Society

by MaxKnoblauch
People around the world are sending donations to cover the treatment and recovery costs for an abused cat named Bruce Almighty.
Discovered by homeowners in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 18, Bruce was found with electrical tape tightly wrapped around his legs, causing infection and severe tissue damage in the areas...Continue reading...

Regina Humane Society says prognosis for cat with taped paws looking good...

Full coverage here.

"Short Movie" Laura Marling

Laura Marling loosens up the reins and explores being lost on Short Movie

By Alex McCown: Short Movie is the sound of Laura Marling’s identity crisis. It’s her first album that actually sounds comfortable, and like Marling herself, might not be fully comfortable with that fact. Once I Was An Eagle was a towering record, an intimate yet epic album full of lush, bombastic songs and vocals often feverish in their intensity. But still, Marling and her acoustic guitar were always at the heart of things. That album marked her artistic evolution from precocious “old soul” to a young woman fully in command of her talent. Now she’s self-possessed, with an ease and relaxed vibe that has never before come through as fully as it does here...Continue reading...

Boeing patents sci-fi force field that deflects explosive shock waves


Boeing is perhaps best known for the commercial aircraft that most people have flown on at one point or another. But the company also has interests in rockets, satellites, space exploration, and an array of military technology. Its latest patent takes a turn toward the science fictional, with a design for a force-field system that could protect vehicles from nearby explosions. Rather than deflecting projectiles aimed directly at the vehicle, this system would muffle the shock wave resulting from an explosion, which is often the most damaging aspect.
When a bomb or other explosive ordinance detonates, it causes a rapid increase in heat and pressure. The resulting shock wave carries a great deal of energy outward from the blast site. Knowing which direction the blast is coming from could allow Boeing’s new force-field technology to spare a small area from the full force of the explosion. Whereas most of the energy shields from Star Trek and Star Wars are fully encompassing, long-term barriers, Boeing’s force field would exist only for a moment in a very limited area...Continue reading...