Saturday, March 25, 2017

Israel looks to leverage tech in $50 billion medical marijuana market

An employee checks cannabis plants at a medical marijuana plantation in northern Israel March 21, 2017. Picture taken March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Nir Elias

 Israel, a leader in marijuana research and health technology, is attracting international investment as it tries to position itself as a cutting-edge exporter in the rapidly-growing market for medical-grade cannabis.
With estimates that the global market for medical marijuana could reach $50 billion by 2025, the Israeli government is set to allow the local industry to start exporting and projects annual revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Medical cannabis is a relatively new field with no universal clinical standard. Israel aims to fill the void by combining its expertise in agriculture, technology and cannabis-based medicine, said Yuval Landschaft, head of the health ministry's medical cannabis unit (IMCA).

"In the United States, for example, they use recreational marijuana for medical use - that's like making chicken soup when you have a cold," Landschaft told Reuters. "We're the ones making the antibiotics."

The strategy is to create medical-grade cannabis with quality and efficacy ensured along the entire supply chain from cultivation to manufacture and distribution...

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Closing Time" by Leonard Cohen


Paola, "I'm sorry, was that a 'Yea'? Try again asshole."

M-103: MPs pass motion to condemn Islamophobia Staff
Published Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:10PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:46PM EDT

The House of Commons has passed a motion to condemn Islamophobia and have a House committee study how to prevent it.

MPs voted 201-91 on Thursday afternoon, passing the private member’s motion known as M-103. The motion had drawn criticism from some Conservative MPs who said it could stifle free speech. It also sparked heated debate across the country, with protests held in several cities over the past few weeks...

Late last year a Liberal party backbencher, Iqra Khalid, embarked on a divisive campaign against so-called “Islamophobia” by placing a Private Members’ Motion before Parliament (M-103).

M-103 is not a “blasphemy law” as some on the right have characterized it, it is only a motion. However, it seems to pave the way for more heavy-handed sanctions of expression that may happen to offend certain religious sensibilities. If you believe in free speech, M-103 and its implications need to be understood because it is extremely flawed and opens the door to ugly and divisive identity politics that do not belong in an institution like the Parliament... 

See also...Motion 103, also known as M-103, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The complete guide to spring cleaning your computer

By David Nield 


                You don't need a broom to clean up your computer

If you want to keep your house clean, you need to dust it regularly; if you want your car to run well, you should service it annually; and if you want your computer to stay speedy and responsive, it needs its own maintenance—a digital spring clean.

We're not just talking about wiping down your keyboard, but also about clearing up the digital clutter inside your system, including apps you don't use, junk files that are taking up room, and more. Here's how to get started...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A return for the fans' sake Ortega returns to music with a stripped-down sound

 By: Erin Lebar

There’s a song on country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega’s brief but beautiful new EP, Til the Goin’ Gets Gone, called Final Bow — "I get so tired of the rat race, chasing my tail like a hound, I’ll sing one last song for old times’ sake before I take my final bow," she croons on the track.

The lyrics full of resignation become even more powerful when Ortega explains the emotion behind them was genuine. When she penned Final Bow, she really thought it would be the last song she ever wrote and that it would never be recorded...

Lindi Ortega

Tommy Robinson is down at Westminster

Attack in London - Twitter

Sarah McLachlan - Angel [Official Music Video]

Sarah McLachlan will headline a live event at Rogers Place on July 1 tied to the Canada150in150 project. (CBC)

Onondaga Lake photo exhibit highlights birds that have returned to shoreline

A bald eagle perches in a tree near Onondaga Lake. This photo, by Greg Craybas, is part of an exhibit, "Images of a Restored Habitat," at the Honeywell Visitors Center on the lake shore Saturday and Sunday. (Special to

  By Glenn Coin

 Syracuse, N.Y. -- A wildlife photography exhibit this weekend will feature shots of birds that have returned to newly restored areas along Onondaga Lake...

Destroyed by ISIS, ancient winged bull to rise again in London

Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad holds two ancient Assyrian human-headed winged bull statues. (File Photo: AP) 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Japan in first civilian evacuation drills preparing for North Korea nuclear attack

Japanese children take part in the evacuation drill. Reuters

About 100 people, including 44 schoolchildren, took part in various exercises in the coastal town of Oga on Friday.

The move was aimed at fine-tuning a possible future evacuation of the area in the event of a ballistic missile attack on its citizens, after Kim Jong-un intensifies his sabre-rattling with more missile tests.

During the exercises local residents were moved to a number of shelters, including a public hall, a junior school as well as other centres around the[]

Inside North Korea: Forbidden photos taken inside Kim Jong-un's secretive state

Mr Huniewicz evaded his minder's watchful eye to take these photographs, which give a unique glimpse into North Koreans' everyday lives.                        Picture:                    Michal Huniewicz/Exclusivepix Media

Photos here>>

Goldfish with custom-made 'wheelchair' gets back in the swim

A "wheelchair" made from aquarium supplies keeps the goldfish upright. Taylor Dean 
Wheelchair users will tell you it isn't always easy to get around in one on earth, so propelling one underwater would seem impossible. But a lucky little goldfish is doing just that.

Taylor Dean of San Antonio has a YouTube channel of educational animal videos, and last week, her friend Derek (he prefers his last name not be used) shared an ingenious invention with her. Derek, who works at San Antonio's Aquarium Designs, recently helped a goldfish who was suffering from swim bladder disease, a common ailment that prevents aquarium fish from staying right-side up...

"There's still unfinished business. I want a ring. Plain and simple." Joshua Adam Donaldson

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Monday, Monday" by The Mamas & The Papas


Russian Sub Fires Cruise Missiles at Islamic State

12 Stories of Celebrities Rescuing Dogs That Will Melt Your Heart

Tom Brady — Fluffy The reigning Super Bowl MVP had another reason to celebrate in February— the first anniversary of welcoming their adopted dog, Fluffy, to the household. Last year, Brady introduced Fluffy to the world in the best way possible— this video.
When you think of celebrity dogs, one image that may come to mind is a pure-bred pooch in a diamond-encrusted collar poking its head out of a purse. But Hollywood has taken huge steps away from that trend. Instead, celebrities are promoting pet adoption over pet breeding by heading to their own shelters and rescuing their own fur babies. These guys are real rags-to-riches stories— many of these pups were rescued from kill shelters or had previous disabilities that made waiting for the right home a long endeavor...

The Mysterious Knights Templar Rabbit Holes

By MessyNessy

...In Shropshire, England, on the estate of an historic English estate, a series of rabbit holes leading into what’s being speculated as a possible 7oo-year-old secret Knights Templar cave network, has the obscure-hunting interweb going a little gaga. Of course, there’s one obvious explanation– Rabbit Templars!
But with the obvious aside, I did some digging of my own to entertain a few of the facts, which can often be hard to come by when a story is going viral. So here’s what we know…

Caters Clips

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Walk a Mile in My Shoes" by Joe South


"Don't It Make You Want to Go Home"


Bears are bigger killers than thought, gruesome video footage reveals

By Joshua Rapp Learn

The scenes start out innocently enough, often with a springtime stroll through Alaska’s Nelchina River Basin. But without warning, things turn grim: tableaus of blood and gore, usually with an unlucky caribou calf at the center.

Such is the video footage collected by scientists over 3 years from cameras strapped around bears’ necks, offering the first “bear’s eye view” of life in this bucolic but harsh reserve. One of the team’s main findings: These bears kill a lot more than we think they do. A whole lot more... Magazine

Incredible pictures take home underwater wildlife awards

by Jack Peat
 Bronze in Over/Under category – Alex Suh from the US. Great White Shark off Mexico.

From a charging great white shark to sunlight streaming into a sinkhole these are just some of the amazing prize winning underwater pictures in a worldwide competition.

More than 5,000 pictures were entered for the contest across 17 categories – from above water, to wide angle,sharks and even underwater fashion featuring models.

Pictures range from a sperm whale with its mouth open warning off a diver to a turtle reflected in another diver’s mask on the Great Barrier Reef...

Immigration is a privilege not a right

Nigel Farage: "This young generation that scream the word 'fascist' have now become the fascists themselves."

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Leshan Giant Buddha: Largest Stone Buddha in the World

                                                                 Leshan Giant Buddha with tourists (Wikimedia Commons)

Not far from the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China, sits the Leshan Giant Buddha statue. Carved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, the colossal statue is over 1,300-years-old and is considered to be the largest stone Buddha in the world, and by far the tallest pre-modern statue. The site attracts millions of people every year, including Buddhist pilgrims, making it something of a sacred destination and an ancient wonder of the world.


A statue honoring Maitreya

The Leshan Giant Buddha statue (also known as Dafo), is located to the east of Leshan City and sits at the junction of three rivers; the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River.  It faces the sacred Mount Emei with the rivers flowing below its feet and depicts a stout, smiling monk, calmly sitting, resting his hands upon his knees with heavy-lidded eyes gazing across the river. The statue is believed to be Maitreya, a Buddha and disciple of Sakyamuni, who is thought to have been the founder of Buddhism, symbolizing brightness and happiness...

Unique friendship..

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happy Birthday James!

"Blizzard Problems?" Give the Celebrity Dachshund a call.

Barn yarn: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens

By Rodrique Ngowi | AP

In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 photo, “Prince Peep,” a rooster native to Malaysia, wears a sweater at Fuller Village retirement home in Milton, Mass. The sweater was one of many knitted by a group of women in the retirement home for chickens in a neighboring nonprofit education program. (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

MILTON, Massachusetts — Sweaters for chickens? It sounds like a joke, but a plucky group of retirees in suburban Boston has hatched a plan to keep poultry warm during the New England winter.

The unusual project began after members of a knitting club at Fuller Village, a retirement home in Milton, Massachusetts, heard about the hardships that some chickens suffer this time of year.

Certain breeds shed their feathers and grow new plumage in the winter months. Others imported from tropical climates just aren’t suited for the wintry conditions.

Organizer Nancy Kearns said the project benefits birds kept on a neighboring estate known as the Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust.

“I don’t think in my wildest dreams I ever thought anybody made sweaters for chickens,” said Barbara Widmayer, 76, who started knitting when she was 15 years old...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Canadian Crooner Michael Bublรฉ Pulls Out Of Junos


Singer Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will co-host the Juno Awards next month. They replace Michael Bublรฉ, who takes a professional break to dedicate himself to his son Noah, suffering from cancer.

Bublรฉ also did not appear on the Brit Awards, which took place on February 22nd.

A few days after announcing his withdrawal from the Brit Awards in early February, Bublรฉ had given news of his son, who was making good progress in his cancer treatments...

George E. Creed

Monday, March 13, 2017

Iditarod dogs reach checkpoint without their dozing musher

 This Thursday, March 9, 2017 image taken from video provided by KTUU-TV shows veteran musher Linwood Fiedler in Ruby, Alaska. Add sleep to the long list of hazards in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after a dog team arrived at a checkpoint without a musher. Fiedler fell asleep and toppled off his sled. He told Anchorage television station KTUU that he had been fighting to stay awake. (KTUU-TV via AP)...

Paris mayor to spend 1.5 million euros for ‘war on rats’

by AFP

Paris (AFP) – The mayor of Paris said Sunday the city would spend 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) to rid the French capital of rats and install more public ashtrays to clean up the city’s streets.

In an interview with Journal du Dimanche weekly, Mayor Anne Hidalgo unveiled a 10-point plan aimed at making cleanliness a “priority”.

The measures include increasing the number of sanitation workers and health inspectors, expanding the hours for garbage pickup, and urging restaurants and buildings to provide more ashtrays at entrances and exit points.

Municipal workers collect more than 150 tonnes of cigarette butts every year in Paris.

“We already allot 500 million euros a year for cleanliness and waste management…and the situation has improved,” she said. “But it is clear that Paris is not yet perfectly clean.”...

Related: Streets of Paris

Face of a dying Nation - Backup

Invasive Wild Pigs Are Spreading Across The United States

By Robert Martin
    A new study predicts that invasive wild pigs could soon be a major problem from coast to coast.
   The study published in The Journal of Applied Ecology this week found the United States' wild pig population is steadily growing and predicts that the animals could inhabit most counties in the continental U.S. within three to five decades. Researchers developed a model for the study that examined the pigs' expansion from 1982-2012. Looking at where the pigs started and where they are now, the study's authors hoped to make accurate predictions as to where they may go next.
   Wild boars are most concentrated in the southern half of the country where more than 6 million pigs are spread across 35 states. The study noted that climate change could play a large role in their next move...

 Related: Wild boars terrorize Islamabad, Pakistan's capital

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The New Journalism – Balancing What You Say with What They Hear

                                 Photo Credit: Yaniv Nadav / Flash 90 [jewishpress.const-israel]

by Paula R. Stern
    Canadian journalists - Paul Workman and Orly Halpern came to Maale Adumim. They filed their report - well, that's probably a compliment. What they filed wasn't really so much of a report as their opinion, their agenda. I wrote about it here.

What was clear about the CTV show was that it was misleading - intentionally so. It did not represent facts on the ground, historical accuracy, or what I said during the four hours I spent with them.

What's nice is that the story has been picked up in a variety of places...

IsraellyCool - CTV Guilty of Picture Abuse

The New Journalism - Balancing what you say with what they hear

Honest Reporting - CTV News Report an Anti-Israel Diatribe

Jewish Press

A Canadian citizen filed a protest with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC). Honest Reporting of Canada filed a complaint as well. Both of these required CTV to respond to the complaints.

I also filed a complaint.What's not nice is that CBSC has refused to accept the complaint I filed with them because, not being a Canadian citizen, I didn't have the opportunity to see the video broadcast live...never mind the fact that it was videotaped LIVE right before my eyes.

I have requested that CBSC honor my complaint and investigate. From what I understand, they might be able to request the full video that was taken before it was cut to smithereens by the Workman/Halpern team. I have requested this video twice - both times I have received simplistic responses like they don't know if the video has been deleted, that it is in Toronto, that they don't have an update...

See also...CTV and the “Uncontrolled Pen” Against Israel

Dr Hook, "Sylvias Mother"

Ronja´s Dr Hook Channel

Trump administration to host 68-nation meeting on ways to ‘accelerate’ destruction of ISIS

President Donald Trump gestures as he passes Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, following his address to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

  - The Washington Times - Thursday, March 9, 2017 

   The Trump administration will gather 68 foreign ministers from around the globe this month to figure out a more efficient strategy for decimating the Islamic State group.
   The State Department confirmed Thursday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.S. allies will meet March 22-23 to “accelerate international efforts to defeat ISIS in the remaining areas it holds in Iraq and Syria and maximize pressure on its branches, affiliates and networks.” Coalition forces will also discuss ways to handle the ongoing humanitarian crisis playing out in Syria and Iraq as a result of the terror group’s presence in the region.
   “It’s an opportunity for Secretary Tillerson to lay out the challenges that are facing the coalition moving forward,” acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday, Voice of America reported. “We all recognize that we have seen progress in defeating ISIS on the ground … how do we leverage that success?” he said. “How do we build on that success?”
   The meeting will take place less than one month after President Trump told a joint session of Congress that he would take “strong measures to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism.”
   “As promised, I directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy ISIS — a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs,” Mr. Trump said Feb. 28. “We will work with our allies, including our friends and allies in the Muslim world, to extinguish this vile enemy from our planet.”...

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

... AA truisms have so infiltrated our culture that many people believe heavy drinkers cannot recover before they “hit bottom.” Researchers I’ve talked with say that’s akin to offering antidepressants only to those who have attempted suicide, or prescribing insulin only after a patient has lapsed into a diabetic coma. “You might as well tell a guy who weighs 250 pounds and has untreated hypertension and cholesterol of 300, ‘Don’t exercise, keep eating fast food, and we’ll give you a triple bypass when you have a heart attack,’ ” Mark Willenbring, a psychiatrist in St. Paul and a former director of treatment and recovery research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, told me. He threw up his hands. “Absurd.”

 Part of the problem is our one-size-fits-all approach. Alcoholics Anonymous was originally intended for chronic, severe drinkers—those who may, indeed, be powerless over alcohol—but its program has since been applied much more broadly. Today, for instance, judges routinely require people to attend meetings after a DUI arrest; fully 12 percent of AA members are there by court order...

Related: The pseudo-science of Alcoholics Anonymous: There’s a better way to treat addiction 

See also...Why I Left AA After 12 Years—UPDATED  

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bill Murray unveils new feel-good song ‘Happy Street’

       Bill Murray with Drew Barrymore and Lucy Lui Credit: Getty

   A new song has been unveiled featuring Bill Murray on lead vocals. Check out the video for ‘Happy Street’ below.
   The track was recorded for the upcoming album of Murray’s long-tme friend and the former ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ musical director Paul Shaffer.
   ‘Happy Street’ is an old-school, feel-good, sing-along that starts with Shaffer approaching Murray to discuss how he’s just “loving the way that I’m walking baby”, before celebrating all the simple wonders of the world and looking on the bright side of life. It comes with an animated video that shows the pair and the rest of the world living in perfect harmony...


The Skiing Ostrich

Friendship formed by the most unlikely pair...

Cats an award-winning musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber


Stunning wildlife photos from a farmer-photographer

Recently Active Alaska Volcano Erupts Again


The Alaska Volcano Observatory is reporting that the Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands began erupting at 10:36 P.M. local time Tuesday night, sending an ash cloud as high as 35,000 feet.

The ash cloud is a threat to airlines operating between North America and Asia as ash can harm or even stop jet engines...

  Best Funny Commercial

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mahalia Jackson, "I Come To The Garden Alone"


These award-winning science images show the world in ways you've never imagined

 Eric Clarke, Richard Arnett and Jane Burns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

 Every day, scientists work to understand the aspects of the world that are completely unknown to the rest of us. Some study the way blood vessels provide oxygen to an African Grey parrot, others follow tiny bobtail squid that light themselves up while hunting for shrimp, and others try to understand the pain and physical symptoms of diseases like Crohn's.

 Most of the time, we can't "see" this work in a way that helps us understand it and shows how fascinating and even beautiful it can be. In the images below, showing the winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017 contest, first established in 1997, you can see all this — and it's beautiful indeed...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Greatest Threat To America Coming From Turkey Who Is Working With The American Left To Usher In An Islamic Empire

By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Sunday Special)

What is the greatest threat to America? ISIS? The Muslim Immigrants? Obamacare? Political Correctness? Multiculturalism? The Arab Spring?

While these indeed are threats to America, a greater threat is confusion.

Take for example the Arab Spring; was it the greatest threat?

It was the greatest confusion of our time. Yet the Arab Spring of 2011 is ushering in even a greater threat to western stability: the coming Euro-Spring of 2018. Lets delve into some really shocking comparisons that reveal what the future holds for America and the West:

When it comes to the Arab Spring, even conservatives consumed the blue-pill in 2011 to only learn way later that it was a Muslim Spring.

And you think that you recovered from that trap? While you think that by now you discovered this phenomenon’s ramifications, reality is, the global blue-pill consumers are delving again into another even scarier ‘spring’ in Europe which is already germinating to hit seven years from 2011 where the same phenomenon will occur and only the labels will differ but with greater disasters that will effect the whole West. In fact, when comparing the two springs they match, perfectly...

Related: 'I will make the world rise up!' Turkish president's astonising threat after Germany snub

See also...Turkey's President And His 1,100-Room 'White Palace'

Tweets by WikiLeaks

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

These turkeys trying to give this cat its 10th life

See also...Strange birds: Video of turkeys creepily circling a dead cat goes viral

Amazing tightrope-walking

ISIS weaponized drone usage. Warning: educational purpose only.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Isn't Life Strange" The Moody Blues

Dantz Music Studio

Prime Minister announces Working Group of Ministers on the Review of Laws and Policies Related to Indigenous Peoples

Ottawa, Ontario
February 22, 2017
   As part of the government’s commitment to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the review of laws and policies related to Indigenous Peoples.
   The Working Group of Ministers responsible for the review will examine relevant federal laws, policies, and operational practices to help ensure the Crown is meeting its constitutional obligations with respect to Aboriginal and treaty rights; adhering to international human rights standards, including the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and supporting the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
   The Working Group will work with Indigenous leaders, youth, and experts on various legal and policy questions relating to Indigenous Peoples. 
   The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, will chair the Working Group, which will comprise six ministers who have significant responsibilities for the relevant statutes and policies to be reviewed...

The greatest privacy threat of all: our connected devices

                                                                    Shutterstock image: 263926538

   Smart-television maker Vizio agreed to pay a penalty this month for spying on 11 million customers. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the company captured second-by-second information on what customers viewed, combined it with their gender, age and income, and sold it to third parties.
   How much was the fine for Vizio, which has sales in excess of $3 billion? It was $2.2 million — barely a slap on the wrist.
   These kinds of privacy breaches are increasingly common as billions of devices now become part of the “Internet of Things” (I.o.T.). Whether it be our TV sets, cars, bathroom scales, children’s toys or medical devices, we are already surrounded by everyday objects equipped with sensors and computers. And the companies that make them can get away with being careless with consumer security — and with stealing customer data...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Casablanca - As Time Goes By - Original Song by Sam (Dooley Wilson)

Humphrey Bogart as Ricke Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund in the classic film Casablanca. 

San Jose flood - twitter

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

'Seasons In The Sun' Terry Jacks

Terry Jacks splits his time between homes in Pender Harbour and Haida Gwaii.Wayne Leidenfrost, PNG / Vancouver Sun

strangefruit love

Trudeau Gives Preference to Islam over all other Religions in Canada - update

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal government have just committed a major political blunder which in the long term will hurt Trudeau and his Liberal party in their re-election efforts.

    Trudeau and his Liberals have started a process of developing, issuing and then passing a law which will give preferential treatment to Islam and all followers and adherents of Islam in Canada over all other Canadian religious groups, including Canadian Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, just to name a few of the major religious faiths practiced in Canada.
    Motion M103 was introduced by a Liberal MP backbencher, Iqra Khalid, a Muslim Canadian. This motion has been taken up and defended by the Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. It is clear Trudeau, the PMO office and the full Liberal Cabinet are strongly behind this very controversial legislative initiative.
    The motion calls for the government to (1) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear and (2) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.
    This motion further requests the Heritage committee to study the issue and “develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia,” and then report its findings to Parliament.

Related: Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid is an Islamist Hypocrite

Also see...Islamic Genital Mutilation: A Barbaric Atrocity. 

Julian Assange: ‘When You Read a Newspaper Article, You Are Reading Weaponized Text’

Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks and during a recent interview, he discussed the hot-topic of fake news, mainstream media and how Wikileaks data driven approach prevented fake news from being used as “weaponized text” by the MSM.
According to a CNET report, Julian Assange gave an interview via Skype and he discussed with Chas Licciardello, an Australian comedian this week. Wikileaks founder emphasized his refusal to editorialize the leaked content as he prefers to deliver only raw data to the public, thus publishing pure facts without bias.
What’s very special about Wikileaks is their pure data approach and that’s particularly important in the context of fake news. Julian Assange stressed during the interview that:
“What is special about WikiLeaks is that it’s not just another damn story, it’s not just another damn journalist putting their damn byline, advertising themselves and their position on another damn story.
You’re not reading pre-weaponised knowledge. When you read a newspaper article, you are reading weaponised text that is designed to affect a person just like you… I think that is the real beauty of WikiLeaks… it is that sea of information, that treasure, that intellectual treasure, that rebel library of Alexandria you can go into.”...

Related: WikiLeaks

On His Blindness by John Milton

                                                                       John Milton.

On His Blindness

 When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”

Fisheries minister to announce protection for ancient glass sponge reefs

Lisa Johnson, CBC News
 These finger goblet sponges are some of the rare glass sponges in Hecate Strait. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) 
   Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc is expected to announce today a long-awaited Marine Protected Area for Canada's rare glass sponge reefs, found on the B.C. coast.
   The kind of glass sponge found in B.C. was thought to have died off 40 million years ago, before the discovery of fragile living reefs in Hecate Strait, near Haida Gwaii, in 1987.
   "The sponge reefs are amongst the most ecologically sensitive and significant parts of the coastline," said LeBlanc on Wednesday.
   "We will protect them, and we will protect them in a robust way."
   A Marine Protected Area is a zone in the ocean designated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans with tighter regulations, meant to conserve and protect something endangered, unique or ecologically important...