Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Gun Street Girl" by Tom Waits


Belfast Pastor on Trial for Offending Islam

Pastor James McConnell, surrounded by supporters, speaks to the media outside Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast on August 6.[photo]
   By Pastor McConnell’s prosecution is one of a growing number of examples in which British authorities — who routinely ignore incendiary speech by Muslim extremists — are using hate speech laws to silence Christians.
   “I think this is an important issue of freedom of speech. I believe a prosecution like this introduces a chill factor into society where people feel that if they speak out on something that they believe passionately they could end up being dragged through the courts.” — Democratic Unionist Party MP Sammy Wilson.
   “The police tried to shut me up and tell me what to preach… They have the right to say what they believe in and I have a right to say what I believe… I have no regrets about what I said. I do not hate Muslims, but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that… My church funds medical care for 1,200 Muslim children in Kenya and Ethiopia…I’ve no hatred in my heart for Muslims, but I won’t be stopped from preaching against Islam.” — Pastor James McConnell...Read more>>


I pay attention to USA politics and Trump, because the people crossing the Mexican border can just mosey on up to Canada. The Viewers View

Ounce for ounce, Hummingbirds are probably the fiercest creatures on Earth

Adam Eschbach/The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP [photo]
   Hummingbirds seem to be composed of equal parts bumblebee and electron, and they sport coats of iridescent feathers so fetching, you’d think every day was Fat Tuesday. They’re the world’s smallest birds, weighing less than nickels do, and they just seem so, well, adorable. But the Aztecs had a rather different view of these birds.
:   According to legend, the earth goddess Coatlicue once picked up a bundle of hummingbird feathers that had fallen from the sky. Storing them near her bosom, she became with child. This angered Coatlicue’s other 400 children, so they conspired to kill her — but the moment they did, a fully grown, heavily armed, and mad as hell Huitzilopochtli sprang from her womb and started cutting off heads.
   Huitzilopochtli is the Aztec god of war and the sun. He is depicted either as a hummingbird itself, or as a warrior with hummingbird feathers on his helmet. When Aztec high priests cut out the hearts of enemies and slaves, it was to honor and feed the hummingbird god. (If Huitzilopochtli was happy and fed, the Aztecs would be triumphant in war and conquest.)
   As a symbol of their connection to Huitzilopochtli, Aztec kings were fashioned with cloaks made entirely of hummingbird skins. Imagine the way such a garment would shimmer in the sun, especially given the way hummingbird feathers reflect and refract light to create otherworldly waves of colors. (If you’re wondering how many hummingbirds it would take to make an adult-size cloak … good question. About 8,000.)...Continue reading...                                                                                     

Photographing roosting birds

About a million starlings arrive to roost and create a murmuration at Rigg, Dumfries and Galloway[photo]
   Above towns and cities this winter, starling flocks will twist and pulse like giant amoebas in the sky. At Terminal 5 of London’s Heathrow Airport, as people scurry across departure halls and up and down escalators, outside in the gathering gloom, pied wagtails will descend in their hundreds to a few dimly lit trees below a multi-storey car park. In contrast, on wild windswept coasts, geese in their thousands will fill the sky as they arrive at their safe overnight roost sites.
   These are just a few examples of avian gatherings that serve up great photography...Continue reading, photos...

The world’s smallest drone gets ready to take flight

 DRUDGE REPORT:  Drones have gone from geeky dream to mainstream gadget in a shockingly brief amount of time. The remote-controlled airborne devices were once expensive tools reserved for businesses with a real need for them. Construction companies, for example, used them to survey and film sites, while video companies used them to capture aerial footage at a fraction of the cost of renting a helicopter.
   Today, you can walk into any toy store, spend less than $50 and leave with a recreational drone in your shopping bag.
    Drones have flooded the market to the point that it’s getting difficult to distinguish between them, but one company is getting ready to launch a drone that you won’t soon forget: Meet the world’s smallest quadcopter...Continue reading...

What It's Like to Be a Blackout Drunk

... Once there's a certain level of booze in your blood, your brain stops forming memories entirely. As Hepola explains in her book: "The blood reaches a certain alcohol saturation point and shuts down the hippocampus—the part of the brain making long-term memories." So you can try as hard as you like to remember what happened, but it will be futile because there's absolutely nothing there. Zilch. 
    "It's simple: The recorder in your brain has shut down," Hepola tells me. "Blackouts were the scariest, craziest part of my drinking, and in all those years I never knew what was happening. That blind spot on its own is just stunning to me. And I've been really amazed at how many people—many of whom I considered smart, educated friends—did not know the difference between blacking out and passing out. They thought that blackout meant unconscious and asleep on the couch instead of being up and around and moving and functioning."...Read complete article here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Laurel & Hardy dance to "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones


Muslim in Canada beats wife in front of cops. Says she's his property.

Baby And Puppy Born On The Same Day Are Basically Brothers

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Addiction is not a disease: A neuroscientist argues that it’s time to change our minds on the roots of substance abuse

...The flourishing of the 12-Step movement is one of the reasons why we now routinely describe addiction as a “disease.” To have a disease — instead of, say, a dangerous habit — is to be powerless to do anything except apply the prescribed cure. A person with a disease is unfortunate, rather than foolish or weak or degenerate. Something innate in your body, particularly in your brain, has made you exceptionally susceptible to getting hooked. You always have and always will contain a bomb, the important question is how to avoid setting a match to it. Another factor promoting the disease model is that it has ushered addiction under the aegis of the healthcare industry, whether in the form of an illness whose treatment can be charged to an insurance company or as the focus of profit-making rehab centers.
   This conception of addiction as a biological phenomenon seemed to be endorsed over the past 20 years as new technologies have allowed neuroscientists to measure the human brain and its activities in ever more telling detail. Sure enough, the brains of addicts are physically different — sometimes strikingly so — from the brains of average people. But neuroscience giveth and now neuroscience taketh away. The recovery movement and rehab industry (two separate things, although the latter often employs the techniques of the former) have always had their critics, but lately some of the most vocal have been the neuroscientists whose findings once lent them credibility...Read complete article here...

Snow leopards are amazing athletes!

Moody Blues "Tuesday Afternoon"


Friday, August 14, 2015

VIDEO: Pig wrestler throws animal rights protester over fence at county fair

Animal rights activists may want to rethink the idea of confronting pig wrestlers in the heat of action.
One such person learned that the hard way Wednesday.
An estimated 2,000 people converged on the Utah County Fair in Spanish Fork to watch the best pig wrestling team be crowned. Participants are as young as five years old.
“We were joking about it the other day,” Brody Steele told KUTV. “People were calling us racist animal abusers,” referring to his Confederate flag.
The object of the competition is for the team to wrestle the muddy, slippery pig into the barrel in the shortest amount of time.
All was going well until a group of protesters in rainbow-colored wigs breached the pen. It’s not clear whether they were looking for a fight or to rescue the slimy pig.
Video shows some shoves between the wrestlers and protesters and one who breached the pen being promptly ejected head over

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

This zipline in B.C. reaches is over 2km long and hits speeds of over 140 km/h

BarDown Staff (@BarDown
  We haven't been on a large amount of zipline rides in our life, but if we could only choose to do one, it would definitely be this mammoth one in British Columbia. The Whistler Sasquatch Line is over two kilometers long and is over 600 feet off the ground, allowing riders to reach speeds of up to 140 kilometers as hour.
   If you've ever wondered if you have a strong stomach, this would most certainly be the ultimate

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Are you Serious? Did a Muslim say that at the United Nations? - Video

Amran Hussain EUJS speech at the UN 21st of March 2011
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Jon Stewart Going to Canada to Cover Their “Bullshit Mountain” Election

"Please, say it's not so. One of Obama's goofs coming to interfere in Canada's election." Thomasby

NEW YORK — America’s most popular political satirist Jon Stewart dropped a bombshell this morning, announcing that he is heading north to host a Canadian version of The Daily Show that will be broadcast from “a rented garage only blocks from Stephen Harper’s mansion.”
(Editor’s Note: Stephen Harper is Canada’s long-standing Prime Minister currently seeking re-election to a fourth term.)
   “Canada’s political bullshit mountain is even bullshittier than ours,” the former Daily Show host told ABC’s Good Morning America while wearing a Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap.
   “Don’t get me wrong. I love Canadians…they’re like us only they put gravy and these cheese turds on their fries, and they don’t carry guns when they go to buy tube socks at Walmart.”
   “But I’ve got to say that some weird stuff is going on up there right now…like creepy ooga booga boogie man kinda stuff.”
   “It’s like Canada can’t decide whether to be more and more like the U.S. or, you know, sane.”
   “Canada used to be such a nice country.”...

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Lion in the wind. Tanzania, 2007
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

'Weird Al' Yankovic "You Don't Love Me Anymore"


Dolly Parton "Stairway to Heaven"

By Paul Morris

Dolly Parton is understandably one of the most legendary country music stars in the history of the world.
This amazing artist is a woman of many talents; she can pick a banjo, is known for her skill with the autoharp, she’s an amazing piano player, knows her way around the dulcimer and even the drums! And on top of it all she’s regarded as one of the best female guitar players in Nashville, even with her long nails!
But the instrument she’s best known for is quite easily her breathtaking voice. Her ability to emote to the lyrics of a song and translate that into raw passion is a skill that many singers train for but never achieve. She just seems to naturally be able to perform any song, all while bringing tears to your eyes!...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Viral video of 11-week baby jumping shows the humanity of preborn children

Caution urged after B.C. cliff-diving videos go viral

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter   

Monday, August 10, 2015, 6:35 PM - On Monday, The Weather Network featured a viral video of what appears to be a unique way to cool down in B.C. -- but officials are warning that this summer activity comes with substantial risk.

North Vancouver's Lynn Canyon Park has been getting a lot of attention lately, thanks to a series of viral videos that show people tumbling down a natural waterslide and cliff jumping over an 11-metre waterfall.
While not illegal, park officials strongly recommend against the practice.
Over the August long weekend, five people were rescued from the canyon in one day, with one woman suffering a serious back injury...Read more...

Jessi Colter & Waylon Jennings "Storm Never Last"

Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter

Women in IDF

Women in IDF By Moshe Katz

Anuar Patjane Brilliantly Photographs Life Underwater

by Julius Motal
It is underwater where Anuar Patjane made an image that turned heads. A mother humpback and whale and her newborn calf swam towards some divers in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico, and Patjane pressed the shutter. The image shown above went on to win National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest recently, and we couldn’t help but reach out to find out more about Patjane’s work underwater
For more of his work, check out his website and follow him on Instagram...

White humpback whale spotted off Australia is not iconic Migaloo

CBC News
   A rare white humpback whale was spotted cruising off the Australian coast today, igniting speculation that the leviathan may be the world-famous albino humpback Migaloo on his annual migration from Antarctic waters.
Researchers, however, seemed skeptical that the white male whale — which was captured on video by a television news helicopter crew off Queensland — is in fact the iconic Migaloo.
    Trevor Long, marine sciences director at the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he believes the whale is another albino humpback, first spotted in 2011, known as Son of Migaloo...Continue reading...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Reed Dance 01 | Swazi Maidens "Dance" For Their King 2015

 Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, is an annual Swazi and Zulu cultural event. In Swaziland, tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to Ludzidzini to participate in the eight-day event. Umhlanga was created in the 1940s in Swaziland under the rule of Sobhuza II. The ceremony was an adaptation of the umcwasho ceremony, an older cultural practice in Swaziland.

The young unmarried girls were placed in female age-regiments. Girls who fall pregnant outside marriage had their families fined a cow. The reed dance continues to be practiced today in Swaziland. In South Africa, the reed dance was introduced in 1991 by the Zulu king Zwelithini. The dance here takes place in Nongoma, a royal kraal of the Zulu king.

Friday, August 7, 2015

"Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine" by Kentucky Headhunters

Putin Lays Claim to North Pole

by Newsmax Wires
Russia has filed claim with the United Nations for 463,000 square miles of  of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole, according to reports.

The territory contains some of the world's largest untapped reserves of fossil fuels, as well as valuable minerals, reports CNBC.

Russia's claim is filed under the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which establishes the rights to exclusive economic zones beyond a nation's borders.

The convention allows for a 200-mile zone from recognized borders, except where a country can demonstrate that the continental shelf on which it sits actually extends farther then 200 miles. In such cases, the law recognizes a 350-mile limit.

The U.N. rebuffed a similar effort by Russia in 2002.

If the U.N. accepts Russia's petition this time,  it would give the government of President Vladimir Putin oversight of the the waters on economic matters, including fishing and oil and gas drilling, though will not have full sovereignty, The New York Times says...Continue reading...

Kevin Pillar catching fly ball

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Rhythm of the Rain" by The Cascades

They Live "sunglasses" ft. Roddy Piper


25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

Technology by
It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before...25 Killer Websites

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Image Gallery: Amazing Photos by Ecologists

by Elizabeth Palermo:
 Struggling for survival
 In Guwahati, India, Greater Adjutant storks join their human counterparts in searching for valuable items at the local garbage heap. This photo, which was a runner-up in the competition, highlights the plight of the world's most endangered stork species. (Credit: Dhritiman Das)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Kate and Pippin "An Unlikely Love Story"

Pippin, a helpless baby fawn was abandoned by her mother on the property of Isobel Springett. Isobel’s Great Dane, Kate, adopted Pippin immediately and they have been best friends ever since...An Unlikely Love Story

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Two invasive Asian carp found near Toronto’s waterfront

Asian Carp
Asian Carps 

By Staff, Torstar News Service: 

Asian carp, reviled as the vanquishers of native aquatic species and seen posing a huge ecological threat, have somehow found their way into Lake Ontario.
Two male fish, both fertile, were discovered this week in contained ponds at Tommy Thompson Park near Toronto’s waterfront. One fish, over a metre long and weighing almost 40 pounds, was found Monday.
The second one, a bit smaller, was caught Tuesday...Continue reading...

Macro Photos Show the Strange Beauty of Bug-Eating Sundew Plants

Finnish fine art photographer Joni Niemelä loves capturing and sharing little details in nature that often get unnoticed. One of his recent subjects has been the Drosera, also known as sundews, which are among the largest of all carnivorous plants.
The plants are covered with drops of dew-like liquid that are used to lure, capture, and digest insects that happen to wander by, and Niemelä decided to make these beautiful structures the subject of two recent projects, titled Otherworldly Blues and Drosera. >>A selection of photos from the two recent series

Beautiful new photos by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly make the Earth look strangely alien

Adam Epstein
 Over the past few weeks, space headlines have been dominated by other worlds: Clear images of Pluto for the first time, the “closest cousin” to Earth ever discovered, the ongoing exploration of our planetary neighbor Mars. With all this excitement, it’s easy to forget that we live on a pretty amazing and mysterious planet of our own.
Thankfully, we have NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who’s currently about four months into his year aboard the International Space Station, to remind us of Earth’s beauty. Kelly has been extremely active on Twitter and Instagram, showing what space-living is like and snapping photos of Earth that no one else in the universe is capable of taking.
His latest round of photos are truly a sight to behold. Forget Pluto or “Kepler 452b”—Earth is the most beautiful planet there is. These photos, which NASA curated and posted to Facebook today (July 28), make our home look like a planet straight out of a science fiction movie...Continue reading, photos...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"Here Comes the Sun" by Tamar&Netanel.

'A Coward and a Killer': Protesters Target Dentist Who Paid $55,000 to Kill Cecil the Lion

News and Death threats have been sent to the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month amid growing anger over the protected animal's slaughter.

Tributes to the butchered lion have poured in thousands of miles away at Dr Walter Palmer's office in Bloomington, Minnesota, where protesters dressed as 'dentist hunters' also threw stuffed lions at his house.

Palmer claims he had trusted his local guides to meet legal guidelines on his trip to Africa, during which he shot Cecil with a crossbow on July 1 before skinning and beheading him.

The hunter's office and practice website have become a target for animal rights activists disgusted by the dentist's actions, which have resulted in Zimbabwe authorities demanding to speak with him about the poaching on Tuesday...Continue reading...

Haka for Mr. Dawson Tamatea's Funeral Service

RadioLIVE : A rousing haka performed for a Palmerston North teacher who died has made international headlines and gone viral online.
Palmerston North Boys' High School performed the haka at the funeral of Dawson Tamatea on Friday.
The video has been watched more than 67,000 times on YouTube and made headlines in the UK and Australia.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Peppino di Capri "Don't play that song"


Barack Hussein Obama, The Muslim President - Canada Free Press

By Obie Usategui

...While the domestic landscape seems to be filled with all kinds of controversial issues, on the international front, the Obama administration has really lowered the bar to yet unspeakable new lows. Since he first took the office of the presidency, Obama has shown an uncanny passion for pandering with the enemy as well as a craving for alienating our allies.  The Muslim in him, continues to rear its ugly head over and over again, thus, his being the first president to send $200 million to a terrorist organization (Hamas) after Congress had explicitly frozen the money for fear it would fund attacks against civilians.   Day in and day out, Obama’s doctrine of pacifism continues to be tested by all who smell the man’s vulnerability to capitulate when confronted – a realization which has all but earned us the mockery of our most execrated adversaries.
   Just as I thought I had seen it all, when I first heard, on December 17th, 2014,  about Obama’s conspiracy with none other than Pope Francis, the head of the largest Christian church in the world, of their approving intent to thaw the 50-year plus frozen relationship between the U.S. and the  communist island of Cuba and its ruthless dictators, Fidel and Raul Castro, followed by a most recent harmonious exchange of embassies of both countries,  just then and there,  I realized this had to top one of Obama’s most disgraceful political ploys ever as the S.O.B., dared to shake  the bloodied hands of two of the world’s most renown assassins.  But I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong.
   Just as soon as I thought I had seen it all, just as soon as I realized I had not - incredibly as that may appear.  Matter of fact, all I had seen up to now, seemed to pale next to Obama’s most pejorative act yet, bar none, when I learned about our preposterous nuclear treaty with Iran - a nuclear treaty with a country that on the day following the announcement of the agreement, pompously showed crowds chanting “death to America”.  Well done, Mr. President.  But, then again, what could we all expect when negotiations for this repugnant treaty were carried out by this administration’s most flagrant idiot, as is John Kerry...(Read Full Article)

Parks Canada recovery project flies trout from Sawback to Rainbow Lake

A westslope cutthroat trout. Shane Petry/Department of Fisheries and Oceans / Herald archives[photo]BANFF, Alta. – Fish were never meant to fly, but the once simple existence of westslope cutthroat trout has become somewhat complicated, and caused Parks Canada to take action.
    “In certain water bodies they’ve been entirely eliminated. Those are areas closer to the Bow Valley and human settlement, but also where a lot of the stocking was done. That’s what sort of caused the problem, going back as far as 100 years ago,” said Mark Taylor, an aquatic ecologist with Parks Canada.
    Cutthroat trout are a threatened species. Populations in Banff National Park have been driven out by rainbow trout, which were introduced as a favored fish for anglers over a century ago. Cutthroats breed with the rainbows, creating a hybrid species...Continue reading...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Man dies after shark attack in Tasmania

Australian surfer Mick Fanning recently had a close encounter with a shark whilst surfing in South Africa (EPA / World Surf League)
By , and AP, video source APTN: A woman watched her father being mauled to death by a large shark on Saturday while the pair were diving off the Australian island state of Tasmania, police said.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bilderberg Group meets amid conspiracy theories, heavy security, news blackout - Update

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is among the reported attendees of the Bilderberg Group’s annual three-day meeting at a resort in the Austrian Alps. (Associated Press)
   Depending on your level of suspicion, the Bilderberg Group is either a secretive group of powerful elites bent on global domination or a secretive group of powerful elites with big ideas and bigger heads.
Cunning powerbrokers or vain blowhards, the members of the Bilderberg Group arrived at a resort in the Austrian Alps Thursday for the start of their annual three-day meeting amid heavy security, protesters, conspiracy theories and a news blackout.
   Among the reported attendees are former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Thomas Donilon, former White House national security adviser under President Obama; former Obama campaign manager Jim Messina; former CIA Director David Petraeus; Mary Erdoes, CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management; Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands; Goldman Sachs executive Robert Zoellick; Jose Barroso, former president of the European Union Commission and executives of companies ranging from Google to Shell.
   The group forbids press coverage of its meetings and doesn’t record its closed-door discussions. Bilderberg did post its agenda on the group’s website, and this year’s topics of discussion are: “Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, chemical weapons threats, current economic issues, European strategy, globalization, Greece, Iran, Middle East, NATO, Russia, terrorism, United Kingdom, U.S.A., U.S. elections.”
   To critics, the Bilderberg players and their agenda are evidence of an effort to impose a sinister world order. But some analysts say such a broad agenda being debated by 130 outsize egos over cocktails and canapes leaves little time to plot actual worldwide supremacy.
   “When you throw in the 15 topics and then the obligation for everybody to have their 20 seconds of profound thought, you wind up getting pretty much of a gabfest with nothing much done,” said Gary Schmitt, a top security analyst at the American Enterprise Institute and former foreign intelligence adviser under President Reagan. “They enjoy being thought of as being ‘elite.’ But nothing comes out of it.”...Read more>>
Related 1: The Bilderberg Group
           2: New World Order Today - The Bilderberg Group

Friday, July 24, 2015

Waylon Jennings "I´ve Always Been Crazy" ( With Travis Tritt)


Viral Video: Anchor fed up with Obama's Middle East policy

Cole Conley:
In a video that millions of people have now seen, a conservative anchor, 22, from an independent network, had some very strong words for Obama and his administration following the shooting in Chattanooga.
Her name is Tomi Lahren and she works for One America News Network headquartered in in San Diego, California...Continue reading...

Expedition To Study Global Warming Put On Hold Because Of TOO MUCH ICE

Russian nuclear powered icebreaker Yamal traveling through the Arctic Ocean on its way to the North Pole. The icebreaker is a ship for use in waters continuously covered with ice. Photo taken on July 3, 2007 (Photo by Nery Ynclan/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) Andrew Kadar: 
   An expedition to study the effects of global warming was put on hold Wednesday. The reason? Too much ice.
   The CCGS Amundsen, a Medium Arctic icebreaker and Arctic research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, was to travel throughout Hudson Bay, a body of water in northeastern Canada, but was rerouted to help ships who were stuck in the icy water.
   A Coast Guard officer said the conditions were the “worst he’s seen in 20 years,” reports CBC news.
   “Obviously it has a large impact on us,” says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, which coordinates research on the vessel. “It’s a frustrating situation.”...Continue reading...

More than 60 cats rescued from Toronto apartment need urgent medical attention

One of more than 60 cats that were removed from a one-bedroom apartment by Toronto Animal Services and brought to the shelter last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ho-Toronto Cat Rescue
   The Canadian Press: TORONTO - An animal rescue group says more than 60 cats need immediate medical attention after being rescued from a Toronto apartment in "deplorable condition."
   Toronto Cat Rescue says the Ragdoll and Himalayan cats were removed from a one-bedroom apartment by Toronto Animal Services and brought to the shelter last week.
   The cats suffered through a "terrible hoarding case," rescue staff said. Their owner reported and surrendered them after she was hospitalized and realized she could no longer care for them.
   Heather Brown, executive director of Toronto Cat Rescue, said many of the cats have skin lesions, rotting and broken teeth, upper respiratory infections and eye infections. But the first priority for each cat is shaving it down to the skin. Their coats are completely matted with urine and feces, she said, which causes them severe pain.
   "They're terrified, obviously. They have no idea what's happening to them," Brown said. "But already we're seeing signs that they're grateful. As we're shaving them they're purring, and just so happy to get some relief from the discomfort."...Read more...

Ezra Levant; "I'm being prosecuted for calling a human rights commission "crazy" in a newspaper column" .

Temple Faithful Movement plans march to demand government 'remove enemies from Temple Mount and rebuild third Temple.'

Model of Third Temple (illustration)
Nati Shohat/Flash 90
By Ari Yashar:   On Tisha B'Av this Sunday, a fast day mourning the destruction of the First and Second Temple, Jewish activists plan to protest against the discrimination against Jews on the Temple Mount and the impunity given to Arab terror-supporters on the holy site, in a call to build the Third Temple.
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement (also known as the Temple Faithful Movement) plans to march to the Temple Mount at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the Movement's head Gershon Salomon told Arutz Sheva on Thursday.
   Salomon said the march is meant to mourn the "destruction of the Holy Third Temple by Israel's enemies" - in other words the prevention of the construction of the Third Temple, which is said to prelude the final redemption, due to the presence of hostile Muslim sources on the holy site.
Likewise the protest is meant to mourn how Hamas and Islamic State (ISIS) are allowed to go around "carrying their flags" on the Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.
   During the event, Salomon intends to call on the Israeli government "to remove the enemies from the Holy Temple Mount, to return the Holy Temple Mount to Israel and to immediately rebuild the Holy Third Temple."...Continue reading...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

'Showing the truth': Kurdish pop star takes on ISIS with beauty, song

Helly Luv struggled to make it as a pop star in Hollywood, then followed her dream in the service of her people.
   She’s been likened to Shakira and Lady Gaga, but Helly Luv, the Kurdish pop star who is using her striking beauty and vocal talents to tell the world about her people's fearless fight against ISIS, is an original.
   The 26-year-old sensation whose real name is Helen Abdulla sings about war, dead bodies and revolutions, but her grim subject matter is aimed at promoting peace through victory over the black-clad terrorist army and ultimately, an independent state for Kurdistan. In “Risk it All,” the video of which has more than four million hits on YouTube, a midriff-baring Luv dances as she sings, “Put your guns up in the air; your guns up in the air.”...Continue reading...


Victim upset accused attacker avoiding justice

By Hannah Spray, The Starphoenix: Dayton Marble holds up pictures his wife took of him after he was assaulted while on the job as a security guard at a Social Services office. Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The Starphoenix , The Starphoenix

   A man who was attacked while working security at a Social Services office is alarmed that more than a year later, his attacker appears to have left the province and is not facing justice.
   On April 8, 2014, Dayton Marble noticed a client at the Social Services office in downtown Saskatoon getting upset with the employees at reception. Marble said he approached the man and asked him to settle down.
   "He didn't, so I told him he'd have to leave. The next thing I know he was in my face, yelling at me that I'd killed all his Muslim brothers in Somalia and Afghanistan," Marble said. The next moment, the man had a chair over his head and the next thing Marble remembers is being down on the ground, fighting.
   Marble, 58, suffered numerous injuries, including three rotator cuff tears and a shredded bicep tendon. He was off work for 11 months. While he still works for the same private security company, he is not stationed at Social Services anymore.
   Hady Abdul Mohamed was charged with assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats.
His case was directed into the mental health strategy at Saskatoon provincial court, but after being given a month to see a psychiatrist, Mohamed failed to show up for a June 2014 court appearance. A bench warrant for his arrest is still outstanding.
   Marble, who's been told Mohamed is in British Columbia, said he has reached out to police, prosecutors, provincial and federal government officials, but feels that all he gets is the runaround. Due to Mohamed's refugee status, there are many layers of government involved, and each response Marble gets to his inquiries points to someone else he should be talking to, as evidenced in the correspondence he's kept.
   He did get some answers from the provincial Crown, although it wasn't what he wanted to hear. Marble shared an email he received from Daryl Rayner, executive director of public prosecutions in Saskatchewan, which said the Crown would not extend the arrest warrant to B.C., nor request Mohamed be held in custody if he's arrested.
   "The prosecutors will instruct the police that if Mr. Mohamed is arrested in a jurisdiction outside Saskatchewan, he should be released to appear back in Saskatoon on a specified date," Rayner wrote. "Given the nature of the charges and the accused, we will not extend the warrant to British Columbia to have him arrested and returned in custody."
   A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said he couldn't comment on the specific case.
"People who receive a second chance to appear on their own in a Saskatchewan court - after being found by officers in another police jurisdiction, for example - but who choose not to attend can expect a different result next time, as well as at least one further criminal charge and proportionate consequence," Jordan Jackle said in an emailed statement.
   Marble said he doesn't understand how someone who's charged with a crime is just allowed to leave the province and, presumably, continue accessing government services in another one.
   "I was born in this country. I served in the military, and I feel like a second-class citizen, the way the government's handling this," Marble said. "How can a person like that be allowed to basically roam around the country with no consequences?" 

First pictures of last-uncontacted Amazon tribe

Peruvian government anthropologists will try to make contact for the first time with an Amazonian tribe that largely lives isolated in the jungle, as part of a bid to ease tensions with nearby villages after a bow-and-arrow attack in May.
The anthropologists will try to talk with a clan of Mashco Piro Indians to understand why they have been emerging from the forest.

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O’Malley: Global Warming Created ISIS

After ostensibly trying to separate global warming from national security concerns, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley Monday jumped on the bandwagon of those claiming global warming created the conditions necessary for Islamic State to grow.
“One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria and the rise of ISIS was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis that created the symptoms — or rather the conditions of extreme poverty — that has now led to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence,” O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, told Bloomberg news in a question about foreign policy.
O’Malley’s comments echo those of the Obama administration and environmentalists who are trying to paint global warming as not just an environmental issue, but also a national security problem.
In May, Obama told graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to prepare for the fight against global warming. The White House has been trying to shift the focus of global warming away from temperature and more towards public health and national security.
In past comments, O’Malley made a point to declare global warming a “natural threat,” distinguishing it from “man-made” threats, the greatest of which he said is a nuclear Iran.
“The greatest danger that we face right now on a consistent basis in terms of manmade threats is — is — nuclear Iran and related to that, extremist violence,” O’Malley told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos March 29. “I don’t think you can separate the two. I think they go together.”...Continue reading...

Apache Stronghold Blazes Through Country

Wendsler Nosie, one of the main organizers of the Apache Stronghold caravan and former San Carlos Apache tribal chairman, stands among supporters in New York City. (Apache Stronghold)
Christina Rose:
From hip hop dancers to churches, universities to a flash mob in Times Square, add a stop in New Jersey to drum in a Neil Young concert, and the grassroots caravan called Apache Stronghold has blazed a path through America. Their goal is to educate the public about the loss of Oak Flat, their sacred homeland which has been handed to Resolution Copper, a British/Australian company that intends to drain the mountainous region of the country's largest source of copper. In so doing, the Oak Flat area within the federally held Tonto National Forest will become a toxic waste pit...

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Video Life in the HOV lane: video shows driver pass by 800 vehicles from Toronto to Oakville

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 Motorists stuck in traffic along the Gardiner Expressway know exactly what it looks like when cars fly by in the HOV lane. But what's the view like from a vehicle zipping down the highway in the high occupancy lane?
Eddie Ho uploaded a time-lapse video of his commute in the HOV lane. In the video, Ho claims to pass as many as 800 vehicles sitting in traffic.
The HOV lanes usually require two or more passengers to ride in the lanes, but during the Pan Am/Parapan Games, the HOV lanes need three ... people. [link]

Saskatchewan Confederate flag supporter files human rights complaint

SASKATOON, SASK--JULY 18 2015-Dale Pippin poses for a photograph with a replica civil war sabre and Confederate flag plate on Saturday, July 18th, 2015.LIAM RICHARDS/STAR PHOENIX)Photograph by: Liam Richards , The StarPhoenix
 By Thia James, The Starphoenix:
A Saskatchewan man says he filed a human rights complaint because negative media coverage of the Confederate flag debate is discriminatory and promotes hatred.
Dale Pippin's family is originally from North Carolina, but settled in Canada 110 years ago. He takes great pride in his Southern U.S. heritage and sometimes displays the Confederate flag on his vehicle, although he's more reluctant to do so given the intense debate about the controversial symbol, he said.
For Pippin, the flag represents his family roots and the sacrifices his descendants made fighting in the Confederate army during the American Civil War; for others, the flag represents a legacy of slavery and proracist views.
"Racism and hate have been linked to the flag for far too long and it's incorrect," Pippin said in an interview, noting history is filled with "bad instances" when people have linked themselves with other symbols...Continue reading...