Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Students Fly Balloons In Honor Of Their Hero, Zach Sobiech

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A group of students in South Dakota flew balloons "up, up, up" as a tribute to their role model, singer-songwriter Zach Sobiech, who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.
Although his inspiring viral song, "Clouds," was originally written and performed by the teen in 2012 as intimate goodbye to his family and friends, his YouTube video ended up touching the hearts of millions of people around the world -- including the young students at Patrick Henry Middle School.
According to Keoland.com, they decided to honor Sobiech and his family by releasing balloons into the sky...Continue reading...

Canada, EU at odds over arming Syrian rebels

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail:
The Harper government is telling its European allies that arming rebels in Syria is a mistake, warning that the step will lead to “more death and more destruction.”
The European Union’s decision to end an embargo on sending arms to Syria has underlined that the Western world is divided over how to deal with the country’s violence. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird insisted the differences won’t strain ties with some of Canada’s closest NATO allies, even as the United States expressed support for the EU’s position...Continue reading....
U.S.-backed Syrian rebels reportedly massacre Christian village
By: .Members of the Free Syrian Army reportedly attacked the Christian-dominated al-Duvair village in Reef on the outskirts of Homs on Monday, where they massacred its citizens, including women and children, before the Syrian Army interfered...Read here...

Chile and Argentina evacuate thousands after Copahue volcano red alert

Chile and Argentina evacuate thousands after Copahue volcano red alert    This photo released by the Government of Neuquen, Monday, May 27, 2013, shows a plume of ash and smoke rise from the Copahue volcano, as seen from Caviahue, in the Argentine province of Neuquen, Friday, May 24, 2013. Chile has issued a red alert for the Copahue volcano on the border with Argentina that has become increasingly active. The nearly 10,000-foot (2,965-meter) volcano sits in the Andes cordillera, straddling the border with Argentina's Neuquen province. (AP Photo/Government of Neuquen,  TonyHuglich)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Associated Press:
SANTIAGO, Chile - Chile and Argentina are evacuating nearly 3,000 people after officials issued a red alert for the increasingly active Copahue volcano bordering the two countries.
Chilean officials began evacuating 2,240 people within a 25-kilometre (15.5-mile) radius of the volcano Tuesday morning. Argentine officials began evacuating about 600 people on their side of the border Monday night.
The nearly 10,000-foot (2,965-meter) Copahue sits in the Andes cordillera, between Chile's Bio Bio region and Argentina's Neuquen province.
Bio Bio Gov. Victor Lobos says the people living in the foothills of the volcano own about 21,000 head of cattle. He tells local Radio Cooperativa that some of them are refusing to leave the area because they don't want to leave their animals behind.Read here.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Stars

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: 'Modzilla'

Anthony Halley
If you've been on the highway between Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Canada over the past couple of months, you may have met "Modzilla," the giant module used in Alberta's oil sands.
Mining Mayhem recently shared photos of this massive container: 11.5 metres high, 8.9 metres wide and 85 metres long – nearly twice the length of an Olympic swimming pool.Check out Modzilla from other angles:http://www.mining.com/photo-of-the-day-modzilla-82200/

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"Modzilla" rolled by my work site last night ... it's a solvent recovery module headed up hwy 63 past Fort McMurray on its way to the Kearl Oil Sands Operation. It is massive.

A tale of a dog’s loving legacy

By PAMELA COWAN, Leader-Post, May 27, 2013 A tale of a dog’s loving legacy

REGINA, SK: JANUARY 6, 2010 - An informational kickoff to the Olympic torch's appearance this weekend in Regina was held at Davin School Wednesday January 6, 2010. The latest details of the run route were unveiled at the event that also included various local mascots along with Suzanna, a Labrador retiever that was a gift to the RCMP from the queen. Here Suzanna sitting at the feet of Roger L. Brown, the commanding officer of Depot division of the RCMP. (Bryan Schlosser/ Regina Leader-Post.) Photograph by: Bryan Schlosser , Regina Leader-Post 

There could be cries of Oh Suzanna throughout Regina on Saturday when a canine member of the royal family takes her leave of the Queen City.
Suzanna, a yellow Labrador retriever whose official moniker is Kenside Wallow of Sandringham, has been greeting visitors at the RCMP Depot division and throughout Regina since November 2010 when she took up residence with commanding officer Roger Brown and his wife Deborah.
However, the dog will soon leave her adoring audiences when she departs Regina with Brown who has been named the New Brunswick RCMP’s new commanding officer.
Unlike her master, Suzanna will be taking up a life of leisure and retire.
When Brown learned of his new posting, he said the question had to be asked: “What is best for the dog?”
“Anyone who has seen the two of us together realize that even if I go away for a week and someone else takes care of her, she just sits and waits at the door,” Brown said. “It’s time to let her be a dog and retire ... If she wants to run in the water and swim, she can as opposed to not getting dirty. If she just wants to sleep or run or play with other dogs, she can.”
It’s fitting Suzanna has a life fit for a Queen given her royal connections...Continue reading...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Johnny Cash "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"

http://www.randlesstation.com/Family3.htmlRaisng the flag at Iwo Jima - Corporal Ira Hayes (hands raised) a Pima Native American.http://www.defense.gov/specials/nativeamerican01/flag.html

5 signs your computer is infected


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by Kim Komando: Oh, the not-so-humble computer virus. For decades, it's been making computer users miserable. It's like the common cold. You'd think someone would have cured both by now. Unfortunately, it looks like computer viruses are just getting stronger and smarter. In the early days, a virus would delete your files and spread to other computers. It was annoying, but the effects were easy to detect and contain. Today, in addition to traditional viruses, there are Trojans, worms, ransomware, spyware, adware and plenty of other "wares." The computer industry term for all this is "malware." Even state-of-the-art computer security can't always keep up with new threats. Of course, everyone should still be running up-to-date security programs. Fortunately, there are excellent free anti-virus, spyware and firewall programs. Click here to see my top free security software picks. Every type of malware does something a little differently. You might not even recognize that your computer is infected. To help you out, here are five signs you can look for...5 signs here...

Billy Joel: Depression caused by 9/11, not alcohol, caused my car accidents

Billy Joel on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, USA. Billy Joel on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, USA. By , New York: The pop star went into rehab for his drinking habit in 2005 but in a wide-ranging interview insisted that the spate of accidents in two preceding years was not caused by his heavy consumption of vodka, his alcohol of choice.
"I was kind of in a mental fog, and it had nothing to do with the booze," he told The New York Times.
"My mind wasn't right. I wasn't focused. I went into a deep, deep depression after 9/11.
"9/11 just knocked the wind out of me, and I don't know even now if I've recovered from it. It really, really hurt that man could do that to man.
"And then there was a break-up with somebody, and it took me a while to get me back on my feet again ... I used booze as medication."...Continue reading... 
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Saturday, May 25, 2013

THE CURE - KYOTO SONG

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Giant Anteater, Brazil

'This is the critter they need in New Orleans to eat a couple of termites.'-Sally and Sam
Photograph by Gerardo Ceballos, Your Shot
This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots
I took this shot of a giant anteater in the Fazenda Barranco Alto, a 30,000-acre cattle ranch and wildlife preserve in the Pantanal of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. I had been looking for animals all day long, driving and walking through grasslands and forest patches that surround the endless lakes dotting the landscape of this region. During the day I had seen other giant anteaters, a giant otter, white-lipped peccaries, and many other interesting mammals. As the sun was setting, I saw a dark shadow on the shore of one of the lakes. I took my camera and walked slowly toward that moving shadow. With great surprise I found out that it was a giant anteater. I took the photo with a flash against the fading daylight. It was a memorable moment that was caught in my photo. —Gerardo CeballosPicture of a giant anteater in the Pantanal, Brazil

New Orleans ‘Termite Apocalypse’ In Photos, video

Sheena:Witnessing a termite apocalypse is enough for someone to hate termites for the rest of his life.
The city of New Orleans got struck by thousands and thousands of swarming Formosan termites on Wednesday night that kept hitting for everything that was lit up.
Obviously people reacted in a way they react to everything these days. They took pictures of the bizarre attack and posted them on social media instantly. Within no time the internet was flooded with photos of these creatures crawling and flying around homes and cars and everywhere else.
Here are a few pictures of the creepy ‘termite apocalypse’ for you to look at: photos here.


Without Cats, Birds Would Suffer, So Would We

Without Cats, Birds Would Suffer So Would WeBy Steve Dale:
What would happen if all the world’s cats vanished? That’s the question posed by Natalie Wolchover on the Mother Nature Network.  And it’s a particularly relevant question since several ‘bird groups’ have recently and repeatedly pursued lots of press alleging that innocent wildlife is being exterminated by community cats. The allegation is that songbirds are at risk, many are endangered and may perish as a result of cats. This isn’t only an issue in America.
Earlier this year, a New Zealand environmentalist wanted to actually ban future cat ownership. His idea didn’t get very far, but it received international coverage and is illustrative of anti cat sentiment.
Some one must love cats, at least in America, cats are the most popular pet, outnumbering dogs. There are about 74 million pet cats in America, and about 70 million dogs. In truth, cats are man’s best friends...Read here...

‘They don’t want to integrate’: Fifth night of youth rioting rocks Stockholm

 :Youth gang riots in the Swedish capital Stockholm have entered fifth straight night. Hundreds of mostly immigrant teenagers tore through the suburbs, smashing windows and burning cars in the country’s worst outbreak of violence in years.
At least six vehicles were torched throughout the city late on Thursday while the police called for reinforcements from other Swedish cities bracing for further unrest.
Firefighters were putting out flames that engulfed several cars and a school in immigrant-dominated areas of Stockholm...“In Sweden you’ve got welfare, access to the educational system – up to university level, you got access to public transport, libraries, healthcare – to everything. And still they feel that they [immigrants] need to riot through stones and Molotov cocktails. It’s ridiculous and a bad excuse,” Swedish Democrats MP Kent Ekeroth told RT...Continue reading...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bethany Hamilton - My Story "Soul Surfer"

[photo]What is a “Soul Surfer”?

“It’s funny how ‘Soul Surfer’ became the name of the movie & book. A lot of people think soul surfing is only for people who don’t compete. I don’t know what the description really is. But for me soul surfing is just being passionate about the ocean and surfing. That’s what I am. I’m passionate about being out there and enjoying God’s creation. People didn’t think I would continue surfing, but I did. That just shows my passion for surfing.” – Bethany Hamilton. http://bethanyhamilton.com/soul-surfer/
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‘Anonymous’ a little less so, thanks to Israeli hackers. THE TIMES OF ISRAEL


After April’s largely unsuccessful campaign by Anonymous and Arab hackers, #OpIsrael, to “remove Israel from the Internet,” a second round of hack attacks against Israeli sites, “OpIsrael Reloaded,” is planned for Saturday. The followup campaign seeks to demonstrate that Israel did indeed sustain a great deal of damage and economic loss during the first effort.                
The campaign has picked up some steam on hacker networks, but is unlikely to be as large as #OpIsrael. There were dozens of YouTube videos “advertising” that campaign with hundreds of thousands of views, while #OpIsraelReloaded showed up just a few times on the site, with only a few thousand views recorded, as of Thursday evening. Nevertheless, system administrators in government and enterprise are redoubling their network defenses to ensure that they weather the coming storm.
This time, however, the identities of the Anonymous hackers planning the attack are a little less, well, Anonymous. Born on the eve of the original #OpIsrael in April, a pro-Israel hacker team called the Israel Elite Force (IEF) has been responding in kind, defacing sites in Arab countries and publishing what it claims are names and passwords for credit card, Facebook, bank and email accounts, and other information that is supposed to be secure.
The IEF’s latest gambit seeks to “rip the mask off the hackers attacking Israel,” the group says in a video. A message on a hacker site and in the IEF’s Twitter feed refers web surfers to a web page listing personal details of individuals the group says are key figures in the #OpIsrael hacking operations. The information was gathered, the group said, by hackers in its own organization, and with the help of a joint team of American and Israeli hackers...Continue reading...

Saskatoon considers ban on dogs in truck beds

City considers ban on dogs in truck beds By Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix:
It's a common sight in Saskatoon and rural communities, but animal advocates say it's dangerous for drivers and pets alike.
Driving with a dog in the open back of your truck could soon be illegal in the city, if members of a civic committee get their way.
"It's a risk to motorists on the road and it's a huge risk to dogs," Cassandra Hovedestad told the city's advisory committee on animal control at a meeting on Thursday.
Hovedestad is spearheading the city's push for a bylaw to stop people from transporting dogs in the beds of trucks...Read here...

Lorrie Morgan - "What Part of No"

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Shocking Wolf Attacks - Surviving a Wolf Attack

by Mark Lawrence:
Here's the skinny on wolves: They are efficient killers, killing large game animals like moose, elk, caribou, deer, and bighorn sheep as well as a consistent diet of small mammals like boar, birds, and lizards, eating up to 20 pounds of meat in one sitting. They most often travel and hunt in packs ranging from approximately 6 - 10 wolves, sometimes larger.                                                   Wolf
With that said, environmentalists and animal rights advocates want people to believe that wolves aren't a threat to people. Ranchers of course don't agree with that -- but typically ranchers are looking at the continuous slaughter of livestock by area wolves.
Wolf advocates don't understand what happens when wolf populations increase and natural food sources dwindle and these wolves start crossing paths with humans. If you spend any time at or near an area of the country where wolves have been re-introduced or packs have simply traveled into nearby wilderness areas (such as Washington State wolf packs heading into Oregon or North Carolina wolves heading into Tennessee), you need to read this.
It may save your life...Read here...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

THE QUEEN OF THE SILVER DOLLAR ~ DR. HOOK & THE MEDICINE SHOW


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We are Muslims, Ambassadors of PEACE and we are NOT terrorists

Anthropophagic alien invaders or Islamic spokesmen?
Six of one, half-dozen of the other
When Muslims wage soft jihad (with words, not weapons), the more skilled practitioners require a translator for the benefit of most non-Muslim audiences.  We wouldn’t want any “infidels” to misunderstand the Religion of Pathological Deception, would we?
In response to Michal’s lengthy propaganda effort.  He begins:

We are Muslims, Ambassadors of PEACE and we are NOT terrorists
The only problem is, our idea of “peace” means that you don’t try to slaughter, rape, or enslave us, and we won’t have to defend ourselves against you. Unfortunately, Muhammad’s idea of “peace” was the kind that comes from (literally) killing the competition:

“Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already (a matter of warning for them). And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone (in the whole of the world). But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do” (Qur’an 8:38; ayah 39 from Noble Qur’an).
As for “terrorism”? Of course, not all Muslims carry out or condone terrorism. But what’s the best you can expect when “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been made victorious with terror’” (Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220)?

Who will define who a “sweet” person from other religions is?
How about Muhammad? He said of non-Muslims in general (and Jews and Christians, and perhaps Zoroastrians and others — it depends on whom you ask):

“Those who disbelieve, neither their possessions nor their (numerous) progeny will avail them aught against Allah: They are themselves but fuel for the Fire” (Qur’an 3:10). “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews” (Muslim Book 41, Number 6985).
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Qur’an 9:29)...Continue reading...
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ABARIS from OttoJanWillem on Vimeo.
Far from the world of machines, from the civilization ripping the human soul, a man returns to the higher and pure nature, to the Sun, to the light that comes down from heaven and the earth as water washes bright as gold, the flight of his spirit into the sunset, the elevation over the mountains, beyond the clouds full of sunlight ...

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Honey Badger and the Sun Setting Behind Pyramids

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Bald Eagle In Pursuit Of Great Blue Heron

By Tiffiny M
In an interview with National Geographic, where this same photo made it’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of The Week, Deutsch says,
“This Bald Eagle was chasing the Great Blue Heron away from the eggs in her nest. It wasn’t trying to kill the Heron or she would have done so long before this once in a lifetime shot was captured.”
Deutsch got his start in professional photography working as a fashion photographer, which he did for twenty years. After a hiatus from photography to pursue other goals, he made his return to photography, this time working as a bird and wildlife photographer.PICTURE CORRECT

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Doors - Riders On The Storm

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Heartwarming (and Heartbreaking) Stories of Tornado Victims and Their Animals

by Dashiell Bennett:                            In addition to the tragic loss of life and widespread damage to homes and businesses, the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma this week have also taken a heavy toll on the area's animals. Thousands of local residents have pets that were killed or lost, possibly forever, while livestock and even wild animals have also been affected by the storm. The Orr Family Farm, a local horse farm, took a direct hit to its stables that may have killed as many as 100 of their horses. For them, the animals are more than just companions, they're a business and a family's livelihood. A website has already been set up to help reunite lost pets with their owners...Continue reading...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Warren Faidley professional storm chaser


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"Warren Faidley has been called "America's foremost, hands-on severe weather and disaster survival expert." This is likely due to the fact he has outwitted and survived some of the planet's most extreme weather and natural disasters for over 25 years. As a fulltime, extreme weather journalist, Warren has encountered a host of calamities including violent tornadoes, floods, firestorms, earthquakes, lightning jolts, grapefruit-sized hail, blizzards, hurricanes (including Category 5 Andrew) and even pitchfork-yielding farmers..." stormchaser.com/

Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland, 1939

[photo] In cloud lightning and a rainbow near sunset in Kansas on May 18. (Ian Livingston)
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Huge tornado hits Oklahoma City suburb, kills 51

Kay James holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home was destroyed by the tornado that hit the area on Monday. [dailymail]
Kay James Kay James holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home was destroyed by the tornado that hit the area on Monday

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2328000/US-tornadoes-Yet-heartbreak-Oklahoma-massive-tornado-touches-highly-populated-suburb.html#ixzz2TtsmPlAI
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holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home was destroyed by the tornado that hit the area on Monday[photo]Associated Press:
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise...Read here...9news.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

The KFC smugglers of Gaza

Gaza is not always what people think. You want a lion? An Egyptian bride in a wedding dress? Viagra? An SUV, a double-door fridge freezer that dispenses perfect ice cubes, cigarettes, guns, Belgian chocolate? No problem. Now, as well as the above, the black market tunnels between Gaza and Egypt are bringing KFC deliveries, although the door-to-door service of around four hours makes it possibly the slowest fast-food around.
The service, according to the New York Times, requires first placing an international telephone order, making a payment by wire transfer, an Egyptian taxi driver to pick up the food from a franchise in El-Arish in the Sinai, couriers to bring it through the half-mile tunnels, a Gazan taxi driver to deliver it from the southern Gaza border to the northern Gaza office of the entrepreneur behind the scheme, and a fleet of motorbikes to take the chicken and chips – by now, presumably cold and limp – to their final destination.
And it doesn't come cheap: a bucket of 12 pieces of chicken plus chips costs around $27. Enough people in Gaza appear to think it's worth the cost and the wait to make Khalil Efrangi's venture a cautious success. In recent weeks he has delivered around 100 meals (orders are restricted to chicken, chips, coleslaw and apple pie), making a $6 profit on each...Read here...                                                                                               

Powerful tornadoes strike in four central U.S. states


By Chris Francescani
(Reuters) - A massive storm front swept north through the central United States on Sunday, hammering the region with fist-sized hail, blinding rain and tornadoes, including a half-mile wide twister that struck near Oklahoma City. News reports said at least one person had died.
By 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, more than two dozen tornadoes had been spotted in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and local news reports. Hail stones, some as large as baseballs, were reported from Georgia to Minnesota, the NOAA said.
Fox News reported that one person was killed in Shawnee, Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City...Read here...http://zoomradar.com/homepage/?page_id=650

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Lost Highway ~ Hank williams

Canadian Dog Heroes Inducted Into Purina Animal Hall of Fame

Pet Product News: Bella, Vicious, Snickers and Teak are the latest four-legged members of Canada’s pantheon of hero animals.

The four dogs were inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame on May 6 during a ceremony at Toronto’s PawsWay, an education and events center sponsored by Nestl√© Purina PetCare Canada and home of the Animal Hall of Fame.

While a similar medallion was placed around each dog’s neck, each animal had a different background story: Bella and owner Chris Larocque.BellaTeakTeak and his former partner, Constable Derrick Gibson. Read article here.




Tommy Chong Beats Prostate Cancer with Hemp Oil and Proper Diet

[gif]By   Waking Times: Last June, the famous comedian, actor and pro-marijuana legalization advocate, Tommy Chong, reported to the world that he had been diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer and that he was seeking unconventional treatment using Cannabis Oil. Almost one year later, Tommy is feeling better than ever and is cancer free.
Tommy’s recent announcement, in a blog post, about his successful battle with cancer is a huge boon to those battling this illness and many others, and also for those fighting for the common-sensical liberation of this promising natural medicine:..Read here...

'Crazy' Ants Driving Out Fire Ants in Southeast

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An illustration shows the tawny crazy ant, a South American invasive species that first was found in Texas in 2002 and since has spread to at least three other Gulf Coast states. (Joe MacGown / Mississippi Entomological Museum)[illustration]
Douglas Main, Staff Writer, LiveScience
Invasive fire ants have been a thorn in the sides of Southerners for years. But another invasive species, the so-called "crazy" ant — that many describe as being worse — has arrived and is displacing fire ants in several places. "When you talk to folks who live in the invaded areas, they tell you they want their fire ants back," said Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, in a statement from the school. "Fire ants are in many ways very polite. They live in your yard. They form mounds and stay there, and they only interact with you if you step on their mound."
Crazy ants, on the other hand, "go everywhere," invading homes and nesting in walls and crawlspaces, even damaging electrical equipment by swarming inside appliances. [Image Gallery: Ants of the World]...Continue reading... See also: Invasion of the Crazy Ants

Elijah Harper: The humble man who said no

Elijah Harper: 1949-2013 (RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS) Elijah Harper: 1949-2013OTTAWA — The man who said "no" and changed the course of Canadian history has died.
Elijah Harper, former chief, MLA and MP, died in Ottawa early Friday morning from complications due to diabetes. He was 64.
"It’s a sad day indeed," said Manitoba Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, who knew Harper for years. "Elijah was a good person, a person of tremendous humility."
His most famous and longest-lasting legacy came in June 1990, when he held up an eagle feather in the Manitoba legislature and said "no" to allowing the Meech Lake accord to come to a vote in the house. The vote required unanimous consent and Harper’s opposition is recognized as one of the things that killed the constitutional amendments being pushed by then-prime minister Brian Mulroney.
"The problem is we, as aboriginal people, have not been dealt fairly, and also the governments have not dealt with the aboriginal issues the way we would like them to have," Harper said in an interview with CBC’s As It Happens during the Meech debate in June 1990. "I think we have always been dealt with as second-class citizens and aboriginal nations are not a priority for first ministers and governments across this country."...winnipegfreepress

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Great Spirit Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit,whose voice I hear in the windsand whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me.I am small and weak.I need your strength and wisdom.Let me walk in beauty and make my eyesever behold the red and purple sunset.Make my hands respect the things you have madeand my ears sharp to hear your voice.Make me wise so that I may understandthe things you have taught my people.Let me learn the lessons you have hiddenin every leaf and rock.I seek strength, not to be superior to my brother,but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.Make me always ready to come to youwith clean hands and straight eyes,so when life fades, as the fading sunset,My Spirit will come to youwithout shame.American Indian - Lakota - Chief Yellow Lark 1887
Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to all the world. Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others. Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me. I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy - Myself. Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame. ---American Indian - Lakota - Chief Yellow Lark 1887 http://johnnydforever.tumblr.com/

Coldplay - A Message

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Killer Frogs Wiping Out Amphibian Species; 1 Found In SF Golden Gate Park

An African clawed frog. (Stanford University)An African clawed frog. (Stanford University)
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A frog which carries a deadly infection that kills other amphibian species has been found in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, according to researchers.
The infection found in African clawed frogs doesn’t affect humans, but it is decimating the amphibian population around the world, according to study from Stanford University School of Medicine...Read here...

Alaska volcano continues to erupt, with lava, ash

In this photo provided by the Alaskan Volcano Observatory, the Pavlof volcano erupts Thursday, May 16, 2013, as seen from the air from the southwest in Cold Bay, Alaska. Lava fountaining is visible near the summit, and steam and ash clouds rise from the northwest flank where a lava flow advances down the slope. (AP Photo/Alaskan Volcano Observatory, Rachel Kremer)                                                                                                                                                                    ANCHORAGE, Alaska- A remote Alaska volcano continues to erupt, spewing lava and ash clouds.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Thursday a continuous cloud of ash, steam and gas from Pavlof Volcano has been seen 20,000 feet above sea level. The cloud was moving to the southeast Thursday...Read here...

Sade - By Your Side

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Egypt's Black Bloc Doesn't Want to Be Your Friend

By Oz Katerji: Anarchists in the West get pretty touchy about the usage of the phrase "black bloc." While the mainstream media has co-opted the term to christen a new movement of furious, state-destroying bank smashers, the anarchists gripe that all it really refers to is the tactic of wearing all black to help preserve your anonymity at a protest or riot.
In Egypt, however, they seem less concerned with the terminology. Modeling themselves on the anti-establishment ideals of their Western counterparts, the Egyptian Black Bloc share the same tactics and uniform, but have adopted the name with its capital letters intact: Black Bloc as anti-Islamist movement, rather than lowercase anti-CCTV strategy...Continue reading...Post image for ‘Black Bloc’ shows up in Egypt "Black Bloc' shows up in Egypt