Friday, October 21, 2016

The Reason This Little Horse Was Taken Away From Her Mama Brought This Lifelong Animal Rescuer to Tears

 Humans have a terribly unhealthy relationship with animals. Between the circuses, zoos, breeding mills, the illegal wildlife trade, and a dozen other cruel practices, it is abundantly clear that most humans have little to no respect for the animals they coexist with. And sadly, all of the activities that humans partake in which harm animals, are carried out for selfish reasons. We bulldoze entire forests just to get some palm oil for our snacks or make space for more livestock, we keep animals captive in zoos and circuses simply for our entertainment, and we breed “purebred” animals because we have decided that for some reason or another, these types of animals are more valuable...http://www.onegreenplanet

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Troy Tulowitzki, with a bat flip few Toronto fans will want to remember, as he had just fouled out to end the Blue Jays season. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)...

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to the hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, “If only Casey could but get a whack at that—
We’d put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.”

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake;
So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
For there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Blake, the much despisèd, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,
There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;
It pounded on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat,
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey’s manner as he stepped into his place;
There was pride in Casey’s bearing and a smile lit Casey’s face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in the crowd could doubt ‘twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Defiance flashed in Casey’s eye, a sneer curled Casey’s lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the
And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped—
“That ain’t my style," said Casey. “Strike one!” the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
“Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted someone on the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Casey raised his

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey’s visage shone;
He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew;
But Casey still ignored it and the umpire said, “Strike two!”

“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles
And they knew that Casey wouldn’t let that ball go by again.

The sneer is gone from Casey’s lip, his teeth are clenched in hate,
He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate;
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey’s blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

2016 wildlife photographer of the year - winners in pictures

A crow in a tree in a park: a common enough scene. It was one that Gideon had seen many times near his home in London’s Valentines Park. But as the blue light of dusk crept in and the full moon rose, the scene transformed.

Native American (Indians of 1916) moving again USA - 360Cities Panorama

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This antique photograph appears to be of a Native American tribe of "Indians", several with suitcases, evidently being moved (again?), and marked as originally photographed in June of 1916 (over 100 years ago). 

In this experimental test (faux 360° fully-spherical panorama), I have manipulated the damaged original (with Photoshop, PTGui and Pano2VR) to appear as if they were circled tightly around the photographer.

This was posted under the designation heading offered, "Out of this World", due to the facts that this was not a photo of my taking (and I couldn't make out the photographer's name under one of the suitcases) and that this place likely no longer looks familiar in our timeframe (someone years ago suggested they thought they were a tribe in the middle of some California hills, but I truly do not know). I trust any copyright has been dropped and this is therefore in the public domain, or at least in "fair use", and it has been over 80% altered in various ways.  ;) ...

Native American (Indians of 1916) moving again

Let's not kid ourselves, Canada is in the war business

By Neil Macdonald, CBC News
A man who lost his relatives in a Saudi-led airstrike cries in Yemen's capital Sanaa on Sept. 21, 2015. Canada has sold Saudi Arabia billions of dollars' worth of light-armoured vehicles and has had little to say about its customer's attacks in Yemen, which the UN says have killed and wounded hundreds of children. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) 

   ​For the record, Stéphane Dion's office says he has so far been unable to find any evidence that the Saudi military is using lethal Canadian weapons platforms to slaughter civilians.
   Hence, billions of dollars' worth of weaponized armoured vehicles manufactured in Ontario are flowing as planned to the Saudis, despite Dion's stern warning in April that: "Should I become aware of credible information of violations related to this equipment, I will suspend or revoke the permits" that he had just signed.
   "We are watching this closely," he said, "and will continue to do so."
   Asked this week how Dion's monitoring has been carried out, his press secretary, Chantal Gagnon, replied: "Several ways. On the ground, you know, we have people. An embassy in Saudi Arabia."
   Well, there's that, then.
   But perhaps Dion should put in a call to the United Nations, where Canada is lobbying so strenuously to become a more influential player.
   If he did, he would find there's evidence to suggest the Saudis are carrying out war crimes in neighbouring Yemen, never mind using their security forces to crush internal dissent...

Related:  Ordeal never stops : the lashes punishment will restart inside the Saudi prison’ s walls

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Randy Travis Shocks Fans With Performance 3 Years After Life-Threatening Stroke

by Jackie Willis
Randy Travis has made quite the recovery after suffering a massive stroke three years ago.
The 57-year-old singer shocked fans during the Medallion Ceremony for his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night in Nashville, Tennessee, when he performed the hymn, "Amazing Grace."...

An insider's guide to Beijing: caged birds, smog and internet satire

A wake-up call … old Beijingers keep birds caged in the hutongs. Photograph: Jens Schott Knudsen 
Old Beijingers have a hobby of keeping caged birds that sing – their bright, melodic chirps are a pleasant wake-up call, even if you’re not an early riser. In the narrow hutongs, their tones echo alongside the boisterous conversations of residents, the thick Beijing accent unmistakable anywhere. But these oases are never far away from wide-scale chaos: bad urban planning from the Mao era means that huge roads cut across the fabric of the city, so the sound of cars is a constant in the capital...

A dog riding a dolphin

A dog riding a dolphin

The case against the Cleveland Indians

A last-minute, ambitious court application couldn’t ban the broadcasting of the baseball team’s controversial name and logo.

In this April 8, 2014 photo, the Cleveland Indians Chief Wahoo logo is shown on the uniform sleeve of third base coach Mike Sarbaugh during a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Mark Duncan/CP)...

Monday, October 17, 2016

3,500 dogs, owners march in Spain against animal cruelty

Associated Press
  A dog named "Charly" rests in the arms of his owner after both took part in a run in Madrid, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. About 3,500 dogs of all breeds and sizes with purple bandanas around their necks marched the streets of Madrid with their owners in tow in the fifth edition of the "perroton," or Dogathon, a yearly event that seeks to raise awareness about animal cruelty and the importance of dog adoptions. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)...

'I'm No Stranger to the Rain" by Keith Whitley

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Putin Issues a Ultimatum to the United States

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

"By The Time I Get To Phoenix" Lorrie Morgan


BEWARE Very Fierce Dogs - This Wild Life - BBC

from BBC Earth

Check out this video and more like it below, curated by Curiosity. get the towels..we'll find our beach chairs

Whirling disease found outside of Banff has experts on edge

By David Bell, CBC News

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says whirling disease has been discovered in fish from Johnson Lake in Banff National Park and now outside of the park. (File Photo/John Hart/The Associated Press)

   The deadly whirling disease has been detected outside of Banff National Park for the first time and it's causing anxiety among officials. The disease affects trout and salmon and can cause infected fish to swim in a whirling pattern and die prematurely.
   Up until recently, all known cases were found inside the national park.
But now, a Lacombe-area trout farm owner isn't sure what his next steps will be, now that the disease has been found at his facility earlier this month.
   Lacombe is north of Red Deer and almost 300 kilometres from Banff.
   "We're positive so now what?" asks Jack Fraser. 
   "Do I just sit here? I can't sell the fish, I can't buy a fish. Most of us we all hatch them right. You buy eggs and you hatch them. I can't do that either. I can't get more fish started for next year or whenever. So you're in limbo. In the meantime they quarantine you."
   A biologist with the conservation group Trout Unlimited says Fraser's not alone.
   "It's just a really uncertain time," Lesley Peterson told CBC News...

Siberian Cat Cafe the cat’s meow

Siberian Cat Cafe
Kristen Calis / Metroland
CHELSEA, QUE -- The Siberian Cat Cafe in Chelsea, Que. has all of the furniture a cat would enjoy, as well as tables and couches for human patrons. September 2016

By Kristen Calis
    I recently visited Ottawa for a weekend, and the ultimate highlight of my trip was not Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada nor the Rideau Canal.
    It was the Siberian Cat Cafe in nearby Chelsea, Que.
    It was clean, bright and inviting to humans, complete with cozy nooks and crannies for the cats that live there. Since Siberian cats are hypoallergenic, and the cafe houses Siberian cats only, it’s pleasant even for people who have allergies.
    Here’s how it works.   
    My friend and I entered in the bistro area, where we were greeted by a host. We ordered our coffee and he asked if we would be sitting inside with the cats. Of course we were. He then told us the ground rules, which were really quite simple. No picking them up off the ground, no playing with our fingers (they don’t want the cats to see all fingers as toys) and no disturbing them if they’re sleeping or eating. Fair enough.
    The bistro area and a patio make it possible for non-cat lovers to get their caffeine fix as well.   
But we cat lovers washed our hands and went through the door into the cat salon. It had cat condos, and plenty of structures for the felines, and a big window sill where they could bask in the sunlight. A bird feeder on the other side of the window keeps the cats entertained.
    I found a table, thinking I’d like to observe the cats, but soon enough, I was walking around with my coffee, greeting and petting the beautiful felines and, of course, using all the memory on my phone taking photos of them. There were plenty of comfortable couches and chairs for humans to sit on as well.
    It was like therapy. Everybody was in a good mood...

                                                                                                Siberian Cat Cafe

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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"A Couple More Years" by Dr. Hook

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Homeless Man With Great Love for His Dog Touched by an Angel


   Patrick would do anything for his dog, Franklin, even making sure he got food first. When things went from worse to much worse, he took to a cardboard sign with the words “Dog in Pound – Need Help.” Wilma Price saw that sign and felt compelled to find out Patrick’s tale.
   This is an amazing story about a woman who saw a homeless man and was touched by what she read. So much so, when his story unfolded, in spite of her own personal challenges, she was compelled to help this man and his dog.
   Here, in Wilma’s own words, kindly edited by Casey who brought the story to our attention, is the tale of Wilma, Patrick, and Franklin, the very essence of compassion, love, and humanity...

' Monsoon lll ' a short film by Mike Olbinski

Monsoon III (4K) from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

U.S. Chess Star’s Petition Against Holding Women’s Tournament in Iran Exceeds 15k Signatures

   Iran is forcing women to cover their hair at the next world chess championship—and the reigning American female chess champion is circulating a petition in protest. Nazí Paikidze-Barnes, 22, exceeded her initial goal of collecting 15,000 signatures on Tuesday, one week after her appeal was first posted online.
   The petition calls on the World Chess Federation (FIDE)—which “rejects discriminatory treatment for national, political, racial, social or religious reasons or on account of sex” in its handbook—to reconsider its choice of Iran as tournament host. Paikidze-Barnes, who authored the document, declared she will be boycotting the contest “even if it means missing one of the most important competitions of my career.”
   “Some consider a hijab part of culture,” Paikidze-Barnes said in an Instagram post announcing her decision. “But, I know that a lot of Iranian women are bravely protesting this forced law daily and risking a lot by doing so. That’s why I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression.”...
 See also... The Quick & Easy Checkmates in Chess

David Ortiz says goodbye for the last time.

Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Singing “The Time Of My Life”


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pictures: Rare pelican photographed at Braunton Marshes

A wildlife photographer has captured a rare sighting of a pelican in North Devon.
Sam Aston shared the photo of the bird on the water at Braunton Marshes this afternoon (Monday).
He said the bird was happily bobbing just to the left of the white house at the end of the marshes near Crow Point...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vatican concerned about North Korea's nuclear capabilities

                                                         Photo courtesy of J.A. de Roo, Wikimedia Commons

 VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis and the Vatican are concerned about continuing tensions on the Korean peninsula "on account of the nuclear tests carried out by North Korea," the Vatican spokesman confirmed...

Shimon Peres urged Israel to dream and innovate

   Former president Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday at the age of 93, was not one to take the easy way out, always looking for new solutions — whether fighting for peace or pushing for new technologies
    Peres urged Israel to embrace innovation, given the lack of natural resources in the so-called land of milk and honey. Even if he was polarizing as a politician — hated by some, loved by others — he was unequivocally respected for his unending energy, optimism and inquisitiveness. He believed anything could be achieved if you really tried...

See also...Shimon Peres: A life in pictures

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

‘We’re not boring’: Toronto Blue Jays’ swagger rubbing other teams the wrong way

Scott Mitchell, Postmedia Network

TORONTO — The swagger that has manifested itself in the form of bat flips, dustups and youthful exuberance on the mound is exactly what’s helped the Blue Jays endear themselves to their city.
   It’s done the exact opposite across baseball.
   Ever get the feeling the Jays aren’t exactly liked these days?
  You aren’t wrong.
  The growing annoyance surrounding the Blue Jays’ ways was reiterated by the New York Yankees after Monday’s on-field drama at Rogers Centre had subsided.
  Following comments by Yankees third baseman and beanball target Chase Headley about Saturday starter Marcus Stroman “frickin’ screaming” at players from the mound and “yelling at guys to get off that ’effin field” after strikeouts, the brash 25-year-old shrugged it off while wearing his best ‘who cares?’ face.
  “We play with a lot of passion, we play with a lot of heart — we’re not boring,” Stroman said. “Boring people have problems with that. We’re not concerned with that.”...

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Russia's Trump

Ukrainians Are Shameless Beggars - Russian Politician Zhirinovsky

Russia Insider

Zhirinovsky on Hillary: Don't give the nuclear codes to a sick person

Russia Insider

‘We have guns’: Saskatchewan farmers take up arms after masked men enter land

Home Town Saskatchewan
Joe O'Connor:
   Barry Kidd understands that you just can’t go around “shooting people,” but he also knows that what is his, is his, and that he works hard, and that people coming onto his farm in rural Saskatchewan and looking to steal something — or worse — are people he is not about to back down from.
   “Most farmers are armed in the field,” Kidd says. “It has always been that way for us — you don’t want a skunk to go through your Combine since, when you ask a skunk to move, he won’t — so for that reason we have always carried guns.
   “But now that has been added to something altogether different: We have guns. We carry guns, and we want the criminals to know it.”
   Around noon on Sept. 19, a farm labourer on a property near  Fiske, a rural crossroads with an old curling rink and even an older grain elevator, saw three men in the road and a black SUV parked nearby. He slowed his vehicle. Drawing closer, he realized the men were masked — and armed. One levelled a pistol at the windshield of the truck, whereupon the labourer ducked and barrelled toward the trio. No shots were fired, an RCMP manhunt ensued.
   The search ended without any arrests, but it has triggered a movement among the province’s farmers to openly declare themselves armed and prepared to protect what is their own...

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rosanne Cash, 'Seven Year Ache'

                                                    From Gael Towey's film 'Portraits in Creativity' 2015.

Petition calls on Canadians to boycott Nestlé over water grab

 Bottles of Pure Life brand water move on the production line at the Nestle Waters Canada plant near Guelph, Ont. in January 2015. (Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

USA Today Network,
   The backlash continues to grow against Nestlé in Canada after the bottled water giant outbid a small town aiming to secure a long-term water supply through a local well, according to local reports.
    The Council of Canadians, a social action organization, launched a boycott on Friday in response to the deal, stressing the dire need for bottled water industry reform as the country battles drought and depletion of ground water reserves.
   “The water crisis is at our door here in Canada,” Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, said in a statement. “Wasting our limited groundwater on frivolous and consumptive uses such as bottled water is a recipe for disaster...
Note: Redistribution of wealth and income(globalism) includes water and land. [Resource Distribution and its Consequences]
The distribution of wealth and income

Source: Boundless. “Distribution of Wealth and Income.” Boundless Sociology. Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 27 Sep. 2016 from
The distribution of wealth and income

Source: Boundless. “Distribution of Wealth and Income.” Boundless Sociology. Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 27 Sep. 2016 from

Sad Shelter Pup Got a Day Out and Couldn’t Stop Smiling – Then Something Awesome Happened

   Shelters are incredibly lonely places for dogs. While animals are definitely safer in shelters than they would be chained to a house, wandering the streets, or growing up in feral communities, there’s no doubt that listlessness is all but inevitable for a dog in the shelter. Usually, these dogs have to sleep on cold kennel floors, are overlooked time and time again by prospective adopters, and have limited social interaction. Sadly, this is the reality for millions of homeless animals in the U.S. Thankfully, many of these shelter facilities go above and beyond to make the pups in their possession feel as comfortable and loved as possible. Whether this means giving them a fluffy bed to rest their head, some toys for stimulation, or simply making time to cuddle, these kind little acts can completely transform a dog’s spirit.
   Take Elmo, the Pit Bull, for instance. Found by Animal Control in a yard with another dog, he was taken to KC Pet Project in Kansas City. Elmo was understandably terrified and depressed. The dog he had been found with had gotten adopted and so Elmo truly was all alone in the world...

Monday, September 26, 2016

Terri Clark goes back to her roots on cross-Canada tour

                                                                                    Terri Clark. (Handout)
By , Postmedia Network
   Terri Clark’s roots are showing and the 48-year-old Canadian country music singer doesn’t mind one little bit.
   The Montreal-born, Alberta-raised Clark is currently travelling Canada from September until November with her 40-city Back to My Roots solo acoustic tour of theatres.
   “It’s a tour I’ve never done before in Canada,” said Clark. “I wanted to do it for a really long time. I’ve done it in Scotland, England, and extensively throughout the United States.”...

DFO dismissed from negotiations by hereditary chiefs; Prime Minister no longer welcome in territory

Trudeau rides in a Tla-o-qui-aht canoe during a parade in Tofino in August. Tla-o-qui-aht Chief Councilor Elmer Frank has said he's not welcome back in the territory until his bureaucrats come to the fisheries negotiations with a mandate and a will to negotiate in good faith.

By Debora Steel
    The hereditary chiefs of five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations stood this afternoon to tell Fisheries and Oceans Canada Regional Director General Rebecca Reid and her staff to leave Nuu-chah-nulth territories and not come back until they bring with them a mandate to negotiate in good faith on their Aboriginal commercial fishing rights...

Gender-neutral bathrooms coming to Saskatchewan's joint-use schools

Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
    Rights advocates in Saskatoon are praising the provincial government for its decision to include gender-neutral bathrooms in the province’s new joint-use schools.
   Set to open in September 2017, the 18 joint-use schools are part of a $635 million public-private partnership (P3) aimed at addressing rapid growth in the province.
   “It’s a sign of the times and it’s definitely progress that facilities are starting to match the students that actually embody these schools,” said Out Saskatoon education co-ordinator Amanda Guthrie.
   “Transgender and gender-diverse students have always been attending school, but the facilities haven’t always been matching them (or) accommodating their needs.”...
Comments: Horse feathers!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Berlin's 'Take My Breath Away'.


Gormley: Next time fly past us, David Suzuki

Mr. Suzuki is certainly entitled to his esteemed opinion but to jail those who disagree is dictatorial. Thomas

Genesis 8:22 : While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

John Gormley, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
    Much is made of Dr. David Suzuki, the science broadcaster turned environmental activist, and his houses — their price, size, location and number. I couldn’t care less.
     The guy has made millions at taxpayer’s expense through a lifetime on the CBC payroll where he is worshipped. Dozens of public appearances net him speaking fees in excess of $25,000 a gig.
Suzuki is free to live where and how he pleases. But the reason his lifestyle gets such scrutiny is that he’s got plenty of advice on how everyone else should live.
   He jets in from B.C. to lecture us on carbon footprints, sustainability, the scourge of consumerism and depletion of the planet’s resources. There isn’t much Suzuki won’t tell you not to do.
   Predictably, when someone hectors others on how to live, people generally look back at the person doing the lecturing; hence the questions on houses, wealth, jet travel and lifestyle.
   The latest leg on Suzuki’s perennial Western Canadian insult tour came when he stopped this week in Saskatchewan for a book festival and then a couple of days of appearances.
   Calling Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall a “climate denier,” Suzuki replayed his tired shtick that 80 per cent of all oil should be left in the ground and that the planet is heating to the point that human extinction looms.
   Wall had best be careful, as Suzuki recently again demanded that public leaders who don’t agree with him on climate change should be “thrown into jail.”...

New Evidence That Cats Sailed With Vikings

By Samantha Cole 

Wikimedia Commons
The Norse goddess Freyja hitched cats to her carriage. Vikings likely followed her lead, putting cats on ships.
   Vikings were hardy people who valued self-reliance and strength of will. But that doesn't mean they were immune to the lure of feline companionship. A new study on cat DNA and linage shows that as well as ruling in Egypt and the Mediterranean, cats were welcomed aboard Viking ships.
   Eva-Maria Geigl, an evolutionary geneticist at the Institut Jacques Monod in Paris, and colleagues Claudio Ottoni and Thierry Grange presented their work, the first large-scale study of ancient cat DNA, at the 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology in Oxford, UK on September 15. They sequenced the DNA of more than 200 cats that lived between 15,000 years ago and eighteenth century AD...


Monkey minds: How evolution undercuts reason and science

      Atheists routinely style themselves as champions of reason and science, and they view evolutionary theory as a triumph of both. Indeed, they believe that evolution helps them to explain features of the world that would otherwise be inexplicable. As Richard Dawkins put it, “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”1 Ironically, however, evolution cannot possibly bear this burden, because if evolution were true it would undermine our confidence in human rationality. While Christianity has the resources to account for reason, the atheistic paradigm self-destructs. The contrast can be seen by comparing what each worldview says about the origin and composition of human beings...

Pictures Capture the Bond Between Politicians and Their Dogs


Richard Nixon pets Checkers, a dog given to him by a supporter and the namesake of his groundbreaking national television address.

   There’s something about September 23 that brings out the dogs among politicians.
   On this day in 1952, vice presidential candidate Richard Nixon made a speech that defined his career and set the tone for the next six decades of political communications—and that speech would forever be named for his pet cocker spaniel, Checkers.
   Nixon’s speech came eight years to the day after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered what would come to be called his “Fala Speech,” due to its reference to FDR’s beloved Scottie dog, Fala.
Now, in some corners of the Internet, September 23 is celebrated as Dogs in Politics Day. A double meaning, since both FDR and Nixon alluded to their pets to avoid hounding from political opponents.... 
...FDR and Nixon weren’t the only presidents with a penchant for pooches. George Washington kept hounds,  President John Adams had a pet dog named Satan, and President Obama’s dogs are frequently in the news.    
   Here, for Dogs in Politics day, we present some of our favorite photos of presidents and their dogs, plus one of Queen Elizabeth, because no list of powerful people’s pets is complete without one of Her Majesty’s famous corgis...

Friday, September 23, 2016

"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" by Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
And where have you been my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall...

Dad sick and tired of a bully picking on his kid.

"Friends are the Family"

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy news as world’s saddest bear to find a new home in UK

The sorry state of the bear eventually earned him the title of “world’s saddest bear”. (Source: Animal Asia/ Youtube)

   This March, the world came to know about Pizza, a polar bear kept captive at a shopping mall in China for people’s entertainment. But the gloomy bear was found in tragic condition caged in an aquarium in the mall while over excited people kept on clicking his pictures and banging the windows and shouting. The sorry state of the bear eventually earned him the title of “world’s saddest bear”.
   The sad video was uploaded by animal rights organisation Animals Asia and a petition was launched to rescue him from the unfit atmosphere. The heartbreaking video showing the “teary-eyed” polar bear lying on the floor had gone viral then.
      Now, Animals Asia has said Britain’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park has offered a new home to Pizza who is living at the “ocean theme park” at the Grandview Centre in Guangzhou, China.
    According to the Animal Asia release, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s ‘Project Polar’ is “a specially created habitat for polar bears. Its aim is to develop as an international centre for the conservation and rehabilitation of polar bears both in captivity and in the wild.”
   Highlighting the contrast in the living condition for Pizza, the organisation said, “At Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Pizza would enjoy 10 acres and two lakes — the largest lake is over eight metres deep allowing bears to dive as they would in the wild.”...

Watch 'Forever Country' Gather Country's Best & Brightest for All-Star Music Video

by   To celebrate 50 years of the CMA Awards, the Country Music Association brought country's best and brightest together for the song "Forever Country" -- and now there's an all-star music video to match...

CMA Country Music Association

CanadaVisa Social: Follow us on Twitter for the Latest Immigration News and Analysis

CIC News / 2016 / September
 We know our readers enjoy reading our Canada Immigration Newsletter, and for that reason we release as many issues and articles as possible. But what about the times in between our newsletter releases? This is where Twitter comes in — and we urge you to begin following us todayOur Twitter followers are in the privileged position of being able to receive the latest Canadian immigration news, analysis, and opinion straight to whichever device is most convenient, without having to wait until the next newsletter. We share so much content on Twitter every day, ensuring that our followers are always up to date. In addition, we are happy to respond to your tweets and questions.
   CanadaVisa’s Facebook page is becoming increasingly popular — we recently reached the 265,000 likes mark! We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every one of our current followers, and encourage anyone not currently following us to join the conversation. Our daily updates on immigration news, stories of success, and articles from our newsletter give our followers all the information they could wish for. Our Facebook community gets involved in a range of discussions on all things Canada. Like us today and see what we have been talking about...

Belgium has finally opened the world's first beer pipeline

   Bruges has a reputation for incredible beer, and the city is taking it one step further with its latest opening.
Last week the world’s first beer pipeline was debuted – yep, you read that correctly, it’s a two-mile pipe specifically for beer. What could be better than that?
    The pipe connects the De Halve Maan (or Half-Moon) brewery in the city centre with a bottling factory on the outskirts of town...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

LouisFarrakhan says Obama chose gay people and Israel over black Americans during his presidency.

Ennio Morricone - Once upon a time in the West (Sergio Leone film)

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Canada's Top 5 favourite birds.

By Chloé Fedio, CBC News

Finalists are common loon, snowy owl, gray jay, Canada goose and black-capped chickadee...

IN PHOTOS: 71 dogs and puppies rescued in large-scale mission in Northern Alberta

Over the weekend, the Edmonton Humane Society partnered with the Pet Food Bank of Parkland County to execute a large-scale rescue mission in northern Alberta.
Courtesy: Facebook/Edmonton Humane Society
 Dozens of dogs and puppies were rescued from communities outside Peace River, Alta. over the weekend by the Edmonton Humane Society and the Pet Food Bank of Parkland County.
“They put together a team, we devoted some of our team members and they brought back a lot of dogs,” Miranda Jordan-Smith, CEO of the Edmonton Humane Society, said. “We got three pregnant dogs in the mix as well as lots of puppies. It was a very successful mission.”...

Second Temple “Reappears” in the Western Wall Plaza [PHOTOS]

Virtual reality depiction of the Holy Temple, showing the courtyard. (Courtesy ArchTour)
   Last week, some visitors to the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem reported that they had seen the Second Temple reappear, and though the Messiah hasn’t yet arrived, the reports were indeed accurate. A new project from The Temple Mount Heritage Foundation and ArchTour is perhaps the closest you can get to experiencing the Temple, at least until it is really built.
   The newly unveiled project uses virtual reality, a new technology used mainly for gaming and entertainment, in a way its innovators probably did not anticipate: immersing the user in a religious journey. The participant sits while wearing a special set of virtual reality goggles, which put him into a three-dimensional depiction of the world of the Second Temple...

Brangelina no more: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Everly Brothers- "All I Have To Do Is Dream/Cathy's Clown"


Michael Den Tandt: Why Canada should abolish the Indian Act and reserve system

By Trudeau government cheerleader

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HOThe Northern Ontario reserve of Kaschechewan is seen in this undated handout aerial photo.The reserve system, knit together under the 1876 Indian Act, is an explicitly racist construction, one that holds 'Indians' to be little more than children, writes Michael Den Tandt.
   Should a national public inquiry be convened to shine a klieg light on the plight of missing and murdered indigenous women? Absolutely. But let there be no flinching from the result, wherever it may lead — even if that is a final indictment of the parlous reserve system itself, and a concerted push to abolish the Indian Act, appalling racist relic that it is, once and for all.
   RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson caused a stir Friday with the release of a letter, addressed to Grand Chief Bernice Martial of the Treaty No. 6 Nations, in which he confirmed the obvious: The majority of convicted murderers of aboriginal women, 70 per cent, are aboriginal men. Similar statistics gathered from among the non-aboriginal population, or any population, will reveal a similar ratio. That’s because violence against women and children is typically perpetrated by spouses and parents. As with child sexual abuse, the bugaboo of the stranger assailant is most often a construct. The far greater risk statistically is of an assault by a family member...

 See also...1. Abolish Indian Act of Canada(facebook)

                  2. Indian Act Canada(twitter)

                  3.  Indian Act 1876    

War of words after US air strike in Syria

   ...She said the United States was investigating the air strikes and "if we determine that we did indeed strike Syrian military personnel, that was not our intention and we of course regret the loss of life."
   When asked if the incident spelled the end of the Syria deal between Moscow and Washington, Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said: "This is a very big question mark."
   "I would be very interested to see how Washington is going to react. If what Ambassador Power has done today is any indication of their possible reaction then we are in serious trouble," Churkin told reporters.
Moscow cited the strikes, which allowed Islamic State fighters to briefly overrun a Syrian army position near Deir al-Zor airport, as evidence that the United States was helping the jihadist militants.
   "We are reaching a really terrifying conclusion for the whole world: That the White House is defending Islamic State," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying...