Thursday, February 11, 2016

ISIS has 'made and deployed chemical weapons', says US intelligence official

ALEXANDRA SIMS | The Independent:
ISIS has succeeded in making and deploying chemical agents in the Middle East, a US intelligence official has said.

Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said "sulphur mustard" has been used in an alleged ISIS attack in Syria and there are "numerous allegations" of Isis' use of chemical weapons in both Syria and Iraq.

In a report accompanying Mr Clapper's testimony on Capitol Hill before the Senate Armed Services on Tuesday he states: "We asses that non-state actors in the region are... using chemicals as a means of warfare."... >>

ISIS To Strike The West Using Chemical Weapons?

Indian Eagle Owl chick born at the Scottish Owl Centre

VIDEO: This owl chick born at the Scottish Owl Centre: Video here.

Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) 'To A Mouse'

Robert Burns by Iain McIntosh © Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Poetry Library : If ever a poet understood the character of his nation, he was Robert Burns. The language he was most fluent in wasn’t so much Scots or English – it was the language of the heart. All too human in his personal life, he carried that humanity over onto the page. Nothing was too small or too large to escape his notice, from a mouse in the mud to God in his heavens. A poet for all seasons, Burns speaks to all, soul to

Robert Burns 'To A Mouse'

Peigi McCann-


'To A Mouse', Lyrics: On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

James Taylor, "Fire and Rain"


Will the Security Fence Soon Encircle All of Israel?

Courtesy of
    Prime Minister Netanyahu tours construction of security fence along eastern border with Jordan, stresses Israel must 'defend itself from wild beasts.'...Continue reading...

The End of the Merkel Era - The New York Times

Angela Merkel. Credit Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

BERLIN — THE next few weeks will most likely determine the future of Germany’s approach to the refugee crisis — and perhaps the future of the country itself.
   There are two important dates coming up: a European Union summit meeting on Feb. 18 and 19, which represents Chancellor Angela Merkel’s last chance to win over the rest of Europe to her open-door refugee policy, followed by elections in three federal states in Germany on March 13, which will offer an implicit referendum on Ms. Merkel’s political course...Continue reading...

Zika virus: All we know (and don’t know) so far about the disease

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador. 
The Globe and Mail Last updated:


   Zika is a flavivirus, related to dengue, that was first identified in rhesus monkeys in Uganda in 1947 and in humans five years later. It’s communicated mainly by mosquitoes, particularly the species Aedes aegypti. The World Health Organization has declared a recent outbreak in the Americas to be a global health emergency... Read here.>>

See also...Have Israeli Researchers Found a Cure for the Zika Virus? 

Birds of prey are starting fires DELIBERATELY: Kites and falcons are 'intentionally dropping smouldering twigs' to smoke out mice and insects in Australia

At least two birds of prey - black kites and the brown falcon - swoop on burning twigs and embers and carry them (pictured) to unburnt parts of the bush where they are thought to deliberately start bushfires, according to witnesses.  They then capture large insects, frogs and animals rushing to escape...Read more>>

Russians have built the perfect apocalypse survival vehicle

   Someday, civilization will collapse. It is with that knowledge that a group of Russians — who might know more than most about the perils of that collapse — have built the Sherp. It's an all-terrain vehicle that can easily climb over barriers more than 2 feet high. Water is no obstacle, making it truly all-terrain. Oh, and it can be yours for less than $70,000...Read here, videos... Alex Rudoi

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cinderella performing Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)

Howling Against the Moon: The Last Wolves of Ireland

The man followed the tracks through the snow. His hound sniffed eagerly, almost pulling the leash from the man’s grasp. The wolf was not far ahead of them.
Through a break in the clouds a full moon appeared momentarily.
The man shivered and shook his shoulder, allowing the strap of his gun to come loose.
He released the hound and raised the barrel pointing it towards the furthest trees.
From the darkness of the woods came a terrible howl.
Was that my dog or the wolf, the man wondered, slowly stepping into the shadow of the forest...Read here:

Don't be steal'n from this Swedish girl

Monday, February 8, 2016

Janis: Little Girl Blue – a force of nature

Observer film critic:
 Janis Joplin in 1970. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives 
   There’s a disturbingly poignant interlude in this vibrant examination of the singer’s short life, when Janis Joplin returns to her home town of Port Arthur, Texas, to attend a 10-year high-school class reunion. Having suffered many hurts in her youth as a bullied outsider, the now hugely successful star seems set for a triumphant homecoming. Yet filmed interviews find her awkward and uncertain, still prey to the uncertainties of failing to fit in.
   It’s a theme that runs throughout Amy J Berg’s empathetic documentary; the dichotomy of a woman who gave the male rock’n’roll establishment a punchy run for their money (she could drink, sing and party most of them under the table) but who still retained the “little girl” fears flagged up in the title...Read more>>

Trip Hop Universe

5 of the most chilling British UFO sightings in history revealed - "Sun Online"

Colored King Fisher with its Dinner

Photographer really ticks off an eagle.....update
See also... Drone-fighting eagles – a reminder of nature’s superpowers  

Justin Trudeau to pull Canadian fighter jets from combat mission against ISIL in two weeks - update

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press |
From left to right: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion at a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, where the government announced Canada's plan to end bombings against ISIL.
   OTTAWA — Canada’s fighter jets will end their fight in Iraq and Syria within two weeks, and be replaced by what the Liberal government is calling an expanded mission focused on training local security forces and helping to rebuild the shattered region.
   Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but the complement of military personnel in the region will climb to 830 — up from the current 650 — and will provide planning, targeting and intelligence expertise.
The size of Canada’s “train, advise and assist” mission will also triple, including additional medical personnel and equipment including small arms, ammunition and optics to assist in training Iraqi security forces.
   “We think we ought to avoid doing precisely what our enemies want us to do: they want us to elevate them, to give in to fear, to indulge in hatred,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a news conference Monday...“The lethal enemy of barbarism isn’t hatred, it’s reason. And the people terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help.”...Read here...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Conway Hambone: Folk Rattle Roll

Folk Rattle Roll by Conway Hambone

Highest EU Court Considers Criminalizing Website Hyperlinks

The highest court in the European Union this week heard arguments which could impact the ability to link to content on the Internet.Adan Salazar

   Presiding over a case threatening the nature of the web as we know it, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) on Wednesday debated whether website hyperlinks to content which infringes copyright laws should be permitted.
   The court heard arguments regarding the GS Media case, in which a popular Dutch blog site posted links to leaked photos on a separate file hosting site.
   Arguing the central role hyperlinks play in the digital environment, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) wrote that linking to content freely available online should be legal and was already ruled on by the court in earlier cases.
    “If this capacity to link is put in doubt, the web would lose its universality and power,” the CCIA wrote. “The most important information medium of our time would be hobbled.”...
   Meanwhile in the US, Internet pioneer and popular news aggregator Matt Drudge exclusively told Infowars last October that copyright laws which prevent websites from linking to news stories were being debated.
   “I had a Supreme Court Justice tell me it’s over for me,” said Drudge. “They’ve got the votes now to enforce copyright law, you’re out of there. They’re going to make it so you can’t even use headlines.”
   “To have a Supreme Court Justice say to me it’s over, they’ve got the votes, which means time is limited,” he said.
   “That will end (it) for me – fine – I’ve had a hell of a run,” said Drudge...Read complete article here, video...

Aboriginal fans' viral Edmonton Oilers song rooted in centuries of tradition

CBC News  
   An aboriginal song about the NHL's newest superstar, now a viral sensation online, is rooted in traditions that date back many centuries.
   "In our tradition, it's an honour to have songs made about you," said Robin Alexis, who helped perform a song about the Edmonton Oilers, and star rookie Connor McDavid, on Tuesday outside Rexall Place.
The drummer and singer belongs to a traditional music group from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, west of Edmonton. They performed their Oilers' song on the night when McDavid returned to the ice for the first time since November, following an injury.
   "You've got to be a pretty important person to have songs," said Alexis. "Nobody made a song about me, and I've been singing for 35 years of my life."
   Then he paused and laughed. "McDavid has a song, and I don't?"...Continue reading...

Drones, dogs helping battle invasive species in B.C.

A dog named Diesel and handler Heather McCubbin inspect a boat hull for invasive species. 
By: Tamsyn Burgmann The Canadian Press,
    RICHMOND, B.C.—Field technicians on the hunt for invasive species used to go on foot, by canoe or relied on satellite photographs taken from outer space.
   But an ecologist who dispatched a drone to detect invaders in a British Columbia wildlife area is now recommending more remote-controlled robots do the difficult work.
   “With a drone we’re looking at pixel sizes that are teeny tiny. The resolution is amazing. You can literally zoom in and see all the petals on that flower,” said Catherine Tarasoff, an adjunct professor at Thompson Rivers University.
   “I’ve gotten past the steep learning curve and see the unlimited possibilities.”
Tarasoff tried out the unmanned aerial technology last June at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, an internationally protected wetland in south-central B.C.
   The successful experiment was one of several cutting-edge advancements showcased in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday in the ongoing battle against invasive species. More than 150 specialists from across the province are gathered for three days to discuss emerging issues and learn about the latest techniques to apply in their own regions.
   “There’s way more technology involved than there used to be,” said Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C., which is hosting the forum. “We’re in a whole new world now.”...Continue reading...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Turkey Is Preparing To Invade Syria And Will Commence War With Russia And Spark World War III

By Walid Shoebat;   “We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists. “We are recording more and more signs of concealed preparations by the Turkish military,” he added. And to top it all, Turkey just killed a Russian military advisor in Syria.
    Many object doubting; ‘how can Turkey play the role of Antichrist’, they ask, especially when we all know that Antichrist must  control the world superpowers?
   This naive question ignores that much of the West plays into his hands, at least in the beginning. While at times we fear Al-Jazeera or Russian TV, few focus on the giants who know that war is on the horizon. To prepare the minds of the West for Russia-hatred in anticipation for World War III, the BBC concocted a fictitious vision of the future compiled by even using “western strategists” in which Russia invades Latvia and then launches a nuclear strike on Great Britain. Shamelessly the BBC has premiered the brainwashing show titled World War Three: Inside the War Room.
   While the western media giants plant fiction against Russia, Major General Igor Konashenkov told journalists: “Such steps carried out by a country [Turkey], which is a NATO member state, in no way contribute to the strengthening of trust and security in Europe.”
   To the Russians and to serious prophecy students, Europe is in danger from Turkey and not from Russia. The Orthodox Russians know it, and reality will hit a few years from now, while the naive forget the Siege of Vienna in 1529 by the Ottoman Empire, led by Suleiman the Magnificent which signaled the pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire’s power and the maximum extent of Ottoman expansion in central Europe...Continue reading...

Poisonous Asian Toads: Madagascar Must Eradicate Them

Toxic Asian toads threaten Madagascar's biodiversity, economy and public health. (Photo : Flickr: James Reardon) 
  By Samantha Mathewson 
   In some cases, an invasive animal can really take over a country or island's ecosystems. Such is the threat in the large island nation of Madagascar, where invasive Asian toads are set to encroach upon the native wildlife, as a new report suggests. It also notes that the frogs are already spreading uncontrollably in the eastern part of the island. In yet another example of what can happen if biodiversity changes in vast ways, experts say this poses a direct threat to human health and the economy...Continue reading...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pregnant Canadian woman, who was refused Zika test after Brazil trip, may choose abortion

 Officials spray pesticide to kill mosquito larvae on Jan. 29, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since October, Brazil has recorded 3,893 suspected cases of the virus - which can lead to stillbirths, as well as long-lasting developmental and health problems among survivors. Victor Moriyama/Getty Images
TORONTO — A pregnant Canadian who travelled to Brazil in December says she is facing aborting her baby because she has been refused testing for the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization on Monday declared a global emergency.
   The Toronto woman says the test for the mosquito-spread infection — strongly suspected to cause abnormally small heads in newborns — could help put her mind at some ease.
   Without it, “We are going to be left with the option of terminating what could be a perfectly healthy pregnancy, because we are just completely unwilling to take the chance,” the woman told the Post...Read more...

Central Intelligence Agency(US): Take a Peek Into Our “X-Files”

The CIA declassified hundreds of documents in 1978 detailing the Agency’s investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). The documents date primarily from the late 1940s and 1950s...Take a Peek Into Our “X-Files”

A 19-year-old Belgian cyclist got caught cheating at the world championships after racing a bike that had a motor hidden in the frame

     Cycling officials on Saturday detained a bicycle ridden during the cyclocross world championships in Zolder, Belgium, to investigate "technological fraud," and on Sunday they confirmed the bike had a concealed motor in the frame.
   The International Cycling Union said the bike belonged to 19-year-old Belgian Femke Van den Driessche.
Update (Monday, 8:05 a.m. ET): The AP reports that Italian manufacturer Wilier Triestina says it will sue Van den Driessche.
      It is the first official case of "mechanical doping" or "bike doping" at cycling's highest level. If used at the right time during a race even a small motor can provide a critical burst of power and speed.
      For years there has been speculation in cycling that motorized cheating might be happening at the sport's highest professional level, but it has never been revealed until now...Continue reading...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coldplay - Adventure Of A Lifetime (Official video)

Russian Northern Fleet trains with husky dogs & reindeers


Saskatoon smashes snowball fight world record

Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Participants attempt to break the world record for the world's largest snowball fight on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix
.Thousands of snowballs flew through the air in Victoria Park Sunday afternoon as Saskatoon residents took aim at a world record.
   The numbers are not yet official, but more than 8,000 people had officially registered, with thousands more watching and lobbing their white projectiles from outside the barrier.
   Saskatoon’s snowball fight, attended by CBC’s Rick Mercer, Mayor Don Atchison and the Canadian national snowball fighting team, appears to have the mark of 5,834 set by the city of Seattle.
   “I wanted to be in a world record,” said nine-year-old Miya McClelland, who came to the park with parents Ryan and Jackie and little sister, Lexi. Miya said she threw three herself, and got hit a few times as well.
   Following a 10 second countdown from the grandstand near the skateboard park, everyone fired snowballs for 60 seconds to make the attempt official. More than 200 volunteers helped out, including a team of scrutineers to ensure the integrity of the festivities.
   “There were so many people here,” said volunteer Danielle Hopkins.
   Some giggled and laughed, others yelled or groaned as they were hit. A few confused toddlers began to cry in the chaos, but then smiled when they were given snowballs to throw.
   “It was fun!” said Erica Buhler, who came with older brother, Hayden and parents Peter and Andrea...Continue reading...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Monument (Official Music Video) by MUTEMATH

Majestic Video of Wild Horses Going for a Swim Shows How These Animals Deserve to Live

    Despite the fact that many consider wild horses American icons, these animals are being threatened across the U.S. Unfortunately, wild horses are seen as competition for cattle on grazing lands, and as a result, they are being systematically rounded up and removed from their native habitat. The Bureau of Land Management uses helicopters to round them up and transport the horses either to government holding facilities or they are sent to auction...Continue reading...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Serious Trend: Trans-Species. Woman claims She Was Born a Cat…

Louder With Crowder:
I remember the olden days when one could simply laugh at insanity and mock it with great vigor.
But in this new world where men are called brave for claiming they’re actually women, while others can claim that they are a six year old girl and get adopted by another family, this girl who claims she was really born a cat is well, just par for the course...Continue reading...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Old Crow Medicine Show, "Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer"

Royal Family White Lions Doentary


Zika virus could infect four million people in the Americas - and has 'explosive pandemic potential.' Update, ‘New Lyme disease’ found.'

The Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives in tropical climates and can carry the Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya. 

 Emma Henderson:
   The Zika virus could infect up to four million people, the World Health Organisation has warned.
   The virus, which is strongly suspected of causing birth defects including the shrinking of foetuses' brains and heads, has the potential to become an "explosive pandemic", WHO also said.
   Marcos Espinal, head of communicable diseases at the WHO's Americas arm, said a study would soon be published suggesting a correlation between Zika and microcephaly in Brazil.
   "We don't know yet if this virus crosses the placenta and generates or causes microcephaly. We think it plays a role. There's no doubt about that," he said.
   It comes as Brazilian experts at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation said the virus - thought to be confined to the Aedes Aegypti mosquito in the tropics - may have already crossed over to the culex mosquito - which would increase its chances of being spreading around the world...Continue reading...

   See also...a) Zika virus cases brought back to Canada are few, health officials say
                   b) Should Canadians worry about Zika virus?

   Related:1) H1N1 flu virus confirmed at a K+S potash mine in Saskatchewan
                2) ‘New Lyme disease’ found by scientists – and it’s harder to treat with antibiotics

Starlings form spectacular 'dancing clouds' over Israel

BBC News

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One Day in Jerusalem . . .

   Matisyahu’s song “One Day” has become tailor-made for this period of time. The pictures of Jerusalem, it’s people and it’s sights in the background remind the Jewish People that everyone’s in this together. To make the connection betwen the Rabbis and their students, the children, the soldiers, policemen, medics, and beggars you really have to know quite a bit about what’s been happening in Israeli society for the past few months.
    The togetherness and yearning of the Jewish People for redemption and peace. Across the board. The prayers and hopes and tangible help that all parts of population have given to one-another just shows that the Jewish People stand united despite their many philosophical differences. That is something that should always be felt.

Canada's New Government Has 'Tough Message' for Israel

  OTTAWA - Canada’s new Liberal government said on Monday it was delivering a “tough message” to Israel as a good friend after expressing concern about Israeli-Palestinian violence, Israeli settlements and unilateral Palestinian moves.
   The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Stephane Dion was criticized for saying Palestinian initiatives toward statehood in international forums and continued Israeli settlements were unhelpful.
   “We’re steadfast allies and good friends, and good friends can occasionally deliver tough messages, but it’s by no means to suggest that we’re somehow retreating from any kind of support of Israel,” said Joe Pickerill, Dion’s spokesman.
   Dion on Sunday had issued a statement expressing concern about the Israeli conflict, sparking charges by the Conservative opposition that the Liberal government was being unfairly critical of Israel.
   “As a steadfast ally and friend to Israel, Canada calls for all efforts to be made to reduce violence and incitement and to help build the conditions for a return to the negotiating table,” Dion said in the statement on Sunday.
   His spokesman, Joe Pickerill, elaborated on Monday by saying that Canada was not trying to create a “faux balance” by equating violence by either side, but felt the need to speak out...Continue reading...
    Related: Israeli Woman, 23, Dies of Wounds Sustained in Supermarket Stabbing

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul

from Grain Media
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautiful and moving short film that follows the lives of two young skateboarders from Afghanistan who attend the Skateistan project. Juxtaposing the harsh reality of life in Kabul with the hopes and ambitions of the country’s children, the film is a touching ray of light from a country only ever in the news for all the wrong reasons. Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul from Grain Media on Vimeo.

'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' Theme by Ennio Morricone

HD Film Tributes

Bear Encounters in Russia

[Meanwhile in Russia]

Sloth Found Clinging to Highway Crash Barrier Gets Rescued and Returned to Forest Home (Photos)

Life for sloths might seem pretty relaxed and laid back – after all, they do give the impression of being the world’s most chill animals –  in reality, however, it can be anything but. Many sloth species are listed as threatened or in danger of extinction due to habitat loss and human encroachment. These animals make their homes in the treetops of South American rainforests and as these forests are cut down, for logging, agricultural and cattle grazing interests, or to make way for new developments, they are being stranded with nowhere to go.
As humans move into closer range with sloths, these animals are being faced with dangers that they are not equipped to deal with. One of the major ones being car traffic. When you pair fast moving vehicles with slow moving animals, things can get dangerous quickly. Unfortunately, this was the reality that one sloth had to face when he wandered onto a highway in Ecuador...Read more, photos...

Camera Traps Find Wildlife Faring Well In Protected Forests | Video

Camera Traps Find Wildlife Faring Well In Protected Forests | Video

Monday, January 25, 2016

16-Year-old German Girl Pleads for Help From the Onslaught of Muslim Immigration

sharia unveiled

   See also...Refugees claim ISIS militants living among them in Germany

La Loche shooting: Mayor, local MP call for school to be 'torn down'

Magazine Gap, 'What's That About?'

Magazine Gap

Little Shop of Horrors - Dentist Scene - w/ Bill Murray

[Raine Cloud]

Photographer's Travel Date With Wolves Is Completely Surreal

Priscilla Frank Arts Writer, The Huffington Post 

   For most, wolves are best experienced from a safe distance. A belly-full howl from a faraway, shadowy creature provides ample wolf exposure for the majority. But not all. 
   Cleo Goossens is a photographer based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands -- and, so we've gathered, a significant wolf enthusiast. (Her dog is named Wolf and her company, Sun of Wolves.) Recently, Goossens visited eight real, very live wolves in Germany, owned by a Dutch man who lives with them in harmony, along with his wife, son and dingo.
    The photographs, some in black and white, others in color, some from far away, some startlingly close, capture wolves with an intimacy not often found in nature or wildlife photography. One image presents its subject as the lone wolf in the wild while another depicts a cuddly creature hungry for contact and love. The short but striking series shows the dynamic range of personas that wolves embody, and their surprising capacity to interact with humans...Read here, photos...

Villager Jim: The anonymous photographer and his sleeping dog

Dilly sleeping - "One of the most viewed Labrador pictures in the world" [photo Villager Jim]
   Dubbed the "Banksy of the photographic world", the mysterious Villager Jim only picked up a camera a few years ago but now makes his living from taking wildlife snaps.
Here, he explains how a picture of his dog went viral, his passion for wildlife, and how he is enjoying being anonymous.
   "Everybody knows my Dilly shot, says Villager Jim.
   "I think it is one of the most viewed Labrador pictures in the world."
   He said the photo came about after his dog came back from a walk and was "nodding off" in a chair at their Peak District home.
   "I had just bought a new lens and was resting it on my hands," he said. "Like a kid with a new toy."
   "So, I took a photo and that one picture has changed my life."...Continue reading, photos...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

It's cold outside bring your pets inside

Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna | Carl Orff ~ André Rieu


Where is Mystery Babylon?

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a) Mystery Babylon is Mecca.



d) Rome is mystery Babylon. 


e) Dubai is mystery Babylon.

Louis Farrakhan Speaks on The Judgment of America and The Muslim World

The Final Call - Uncompromised News & Perspectives

Alleged La Loche shooter sent 'chilling' chat messages about killing two people before heading to school

Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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