Friday, October 28, 2016

These amazing little birds just broke the world record for nonstop flight




The common swift is “the greyhound of the sky,” Anders Hedenström says. Shaped like a torpedo, with long, blade-like wings, it effortlessly swoops and soars through the air, riding the wind like a creature out of mythology. For millennia, bird lovers have admired its aerial agility and seemingly endless flight. But even the most ardent ornithologists were amazed to learn that common swifts are capable of flying for 10 months without once touching land — a world record for time on the wing...https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/10/27/these-amazing-little-birds-just-broke-the-world-record-for-non-stop-flight/

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Is that really a dragon that’s been caught on tape in China?

By: Express Web Desk
    There is a reason why China is known as the Land of the Red Dragon, but if someone told you they saw an actual dragon there, would you believe it? Well, we wouldn’t be suprised if such a question is met with immediate laughter or a sarcastic yes, but this bizarre footage that is going viral online has got people talking...http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/viral-videos-trending/video-is-that-a-real-dragon-caught-on-tape-in-china-3098424/
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Comments: Maybe it was  Daenerys Targaryen on Drogon.

New Report: Time for Trudeau to keep his water protection promises




by pmnationtalk 
   
   The Council of Canadians is launching its report Every Lake, Every River: Restoring the Navigable Waters Protection Act today. The organization is calling on the Trudeau government to keep its election campaign promise to “restore lost protections” to water by immediately restoring the protections eliminated from the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA). The new report highlights how the current Navigation     Protection Act is impacting local economies, Indigenous peoples’ rights and waterways from coast to coast.
   “Prime Minister Trudeau needs to keep his promise to restore federal protections for lakes and rivers,” says Emma Lui, water campaigner for the Council of Canadians and author of the report. “The report shows that controversial projects like the Energy East pipeline, the Ajax Mine in B.C., and the Keeyask Dam and Bipole III Transmission Line in Manitoba are moving forward without assessment of how they will impact lakes, rivers and other navigable waters. This is incredibly worrying. Communities rely on healthy navigable waters for transportation, fishing, recreation, local tourism and drinking water.”...http://nationtalk.ca/story/new-report-time-for-trudeau-to-keep-his-water-protection-promises

Related: Remember Liberals first act upon election: Liberals OK 8 Billion Litre Raw Sewage Dump Into River. Largest Oil Spill Ever was 1.3 Billion Liters.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bird paying no attention to 'No Fishing" sign

Bear doing the 'Hula Hoop'

Zionist DM Lieberman: Israel’s next Gaza war will be ‘last’

                                                                Zionist Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman
http://english.almanar.com.lb/75029:
   Zionist Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview with a Palestinian newspaper Monday that ‘Israel’s next war with Gaza fighters would be their last “because we will completely destroy them.”
   Lieberman however said he had no intention of starting a new war in Gaza, which would be the fourth since 2008. “As minister of defense, I would like to clarify that we have no intention of starting a new war against our neighbors in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, Lebanon or Syria,” he said in the interview with Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper.
   “But in Gaza, like the Iranians, they intend to eliminate the state of Israel … If they impose the next war on Israel, it will be their last. I would like to emphasize again: It will be their last confrontation because we will completely destroy them.”...http://english.almanar.com.lb/75029

12,000 Year Old Massive Underground Tunnels Are Real And Stretch From Scotland To Turkey

                                 
MessageToEagle.com – Across the Europe there are thousands of underground tunnels from the north in Scotland leading all the way down to the Mediterranean.
This 12,000-year-old massive underground network is very impressive.
Some experts believe the network was a way of protecting man from predators while others suggest the idea that the linked tunnels were used like motorways are today, for people to travel safely regardless of wars or violence or even weather above ground. They could be described as a kind of ancient underground superhighway.
Others think the tunnels can be seen as a gateway to the underworld...http://www.messagetoeagle.com/ancient-superhighways-12000-year-old-massive-underground-tunnels-from-scotland-to-turkey/#ixzz4O4WeHhpo
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Ontario’s sickening mistreatment of Adam Capay

Adam Capay is brought into the Ontario Court of Justice on June 6, 2012. He has been held in solitary since then, and has never had a trial.
(Jeff Labine/tbnewswatch.com
)

Globe editorial
   Learn the name of Adam Capay. He is the living symbol of everything that is wrong with Canada’s prisons, its justice system and its treatment of indigenous people.
   Mr. Capay, 23, has been held in solitary confinement in an Ontario provincial prison for four years. He is housed alone in a basement, at the end of a long corridor, in a cell sheathed in plexiglass. The lights are on 24 hours a day.
   Mr. Capay has no idea if it is day or night. When Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, visited him this month, she said he appeared to have memory and speech problems brought on by his prison conditions.
   The only thing Ontario prison officials haven’t done to this poor man is shackle him upside down on a dungeon wall. But they may as well have. Mr. Capay is arguably being tortured by the state. The sensory deprivation caused by constant light is an acknowledged torture technique, and the United Nations says that holding a person for more than 15 days in solitary is in itself a form of torture...http://www.theglobeandmail.com//opinion/editorials/ontarios-sickening-mistreatment-of-adam-capay/article32498319/?cmpid=rss1&click=sf_globe

Sunday, October 23, 2016

'Stakes Are Getting Higher': 83 People Arrested, Maced in North Dakota

 
Water protectors march against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Saturday, October 22, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

   More than 80 people were arrested in North Dakota on Saturday, as police armed with pepper spray descended on a protest near the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction site.
   The 83 water protectors were hit with charges ranging from rioting to criminal trespass, according to the Morton County sheriff's department. The Bismarck Tribune reported: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/23/stakes-are-getting-higher-83-people-arrested-maced-north-dakota

"Against the Wind" by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

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Teen Suicide Is Contagious, and the Problem May Be Worse Than We Thought

 
Lucrecia Sjoerdsma sits on a bench that has become a memorial for her daughter, Riley Winters, at Fox Run Park on September 29. Some parents try to hide the fact that their child died by suicide. Sjoerdsma is open about how her daughter died but struggling to understand why she killed herself. Terry A. Ratzlaff for Newsweek

   Lucrecia Sjoerdsma knew what to watch for: the lingering moodiness, the sudden disinterest in what once brought joy. But her daughter, Riley Winters, a ninth-grader at Discovery Canyon Campus High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was always smiling—the 15-year-old used whitening strips because she loved showing off her perfect teeth. “Her smile really matched her personality,” Sjoerdsma says. A petite girl with brown hair that went just past her shoulders, Riley seemed to be a happy, goofy kid and a kind young woman who could sense when others were down and find a way to cheer them up. Riley liked hiking and rock climbing. She spoke of joining the military or becoming an archaeologist, a physical therapist or a dental hygienist. She had plenty of time to decide.
   Even though her mother had no sense that Riley was having problems, she knew it was important to talk to her daughter about suicide, and so she did. Between 2013 and 2015, 29 kids in their county had killed themselves, many from just a handful of schools, including Riley’s. There had been gunshot deaths, hangings and drug overdoses. And then there were those choking deaths the victims’ parents insisted were accidental...http://www.newsweek.com/2016/10/28/teen-suicide-contagious-colorado-springs-511365.html

Related: Fourth suicide involving young girl in northern Saskatchewan rocks communities  'The Canadian Press'

See also...'State of crisis' in northern Sask. highlights Truth and Reconciliation calls to action by Courtney Markewich · CBC News

World of birds: Migrating species continue to delight bird watchers

by Bruce Di Labio
   
Pileated Woodpeckers are being reported from numerous locations in our area. Tom Devecseri
  
   The Ottawa River continues to be the main attraction for birding with numerous species of water birds being reports from Constance Bay east to Plaisance.
   The highlight last week was the sightings of numerous Eurasian Wigeons. A male in breeding plumage was observed on Oct. 15 at Shirley’s Bay while two were reported from the marshes at Plaisance. On Oct. 20, two males and a female were found along the Long Sault Parkway and a male continues to be seen in Kingston.  
   Since the mid-1990s the number of Eurasian Wigeon sightings in Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais has increased from one bird every two-to-three years to one or two individuals annually in recent years. This is partly due to better optical equipment and more birders out seven days a week.
   The waterfowl variety continues to increase as more southbound diving ducks arrive including Red-breasted Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye, and Bufflehead. These ducks can be found along the Ottawa River, Rideau River and any of the larger lakes...http://ottawacitizen.com/life/world-of-birds/world-of-birds-migrating-species-continue-to-delight-bird-watchers

Stray cat patrol: Feral felines deployed in NYC war on rats

Sylvester, a feral cat, sits in a loading dock at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 in New York. Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City's nooks and crannies, and some now have a practical purpose: getting rid of rats. The NYC Feral Cat Initiative trains volunteers to trap wild cats that multiply and become a nuisance; after spaying, neutering and vaccinations, some end up serving as rodent exterminators in places like the Javits. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)


NEW YORK (AP) — Multitudes of feral cats roam New York City's concrete jungle, and some now have a practical purpose: They're helping curb the city's rat population.
A group of volunteers trained by the NYC Feral Cat Initiative traps wild cat colonies that have become a nuisance or been threatened by construction, then spays or neuters and vaccinates them. The goal is to return them to their home territory, but some end up in areas rife with rats.
Feline rat patrols keep watch over city delis and bodegas, car dealerships and the grounds of a Greenwich Village church. Four cats roam the loading dock at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where food deliveries and garbage have drawn rodents for years.
"We used to hire exterminators, but nature has a better solution," said Rebecca Marshall, the sustainability manager at the 1.8-million-square-foot center. "And cats don't cost anything."...https://www.yahoo.com/news/stray-cat-patrol-feral-felines-deployed-nyc-war-123233442.html

Ocean City flesh-eating bacteria death: 'A horror movie

The Assawoman Bay bumps up to a neighborhood off of 94th Street in Ocean City where Michael Funk contracted a fatal infection Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacteria. (Photo: Staff photo by Ryan Marshall)

  , The Daily Times

   Michael Funk was cleaning crab pots on Sept. 11 at his bayside Ocean City condominium.
   Four days later, Funk was dead, the victim of a flesh-eating bacteria he acquired in the Assawoman Bay – one of the bodies of water that separate Ocean City from the mainland.
   For Marcia Funk, his wife of 46 years, his death is compounded by what she called a lack of information in Ocean City about the bacteria, Vibrio vulnificus.
   "I really feel they kept it quiet because it's a tourist resort," said Funk. "It's like something out of a horror movie."...http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2016/10/20/ocean-city-flesh-eating-bacteria/92080144/

Henri Lensbury: Nottingham Forest midfielder says he prefers dogs to women





...Nottingham Forest’s captain is so daft about dogs that plans are already underway to open a home for pampered pooches when he retires from playing.
Lansbury said: “I like dogs more than women, and trust me, I like women.
“I’d rather stay in with my two dogs on a Saturday night than go out with my mates clubbing — one million per cent.
“It’s the way they greet you when you get in. Whether or not you have had a good or bad day, played well, won or had a stinker, they make you feel on top of the world.”...https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/2026260/henri-lensbury-nottingham-forest-midfielder-says-he-prefers-dogs-to-women/

Friday, October 21, 2016

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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)... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/blue-jays-season-ends-1.3813160

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
     shirt;
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
     air,
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
     roar,
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
     hand.

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
     “Fraud!”
But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles
     strain,
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
     shout,
But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/casey-bat

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.  ;) ...https://www.360cities.net/image/native-american-indian-gathering

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...http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/saudi-arabia-arms-deal-canada-macdonald-1.3810952

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."...http://www.etonline.com/news/200547_randy_travis_shocks_fans_with_performance_3_years_after_life_threatening_stroke
 
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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...https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/oct/17/insiders-guide-beijing-caged-birds-smog-internet-satire

A dog riding a dolphin

A dog riding a dolphin
H/T: http://www.infoatinternet.com/2013/02/dolphins-help-save-dog-from-drowning.html

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)...http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/the-case-against-the-cleveland-indians/

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)...http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/16/3500-dogs-owners-march-in-spain-against-animal-cruelty.html

'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

BEWARE Very Fierce Dogs - This Wild Life - BBC

from BBC Earth

Check out this video and more like it below, curated by Curiosity.


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Ethel...you 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...http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/whirling-disease-experts-on-edge-1.3802699

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...http://www.durhamregion.com/community-story/6892045-siberian-cat-cafe-the-cat-s-meow/


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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

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   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...http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2016/10/homeless-man-with-great-love-for-his-dog-touched-by-an-angel/

' 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.”...http://www.thetower.org/4028oc-u-s-chess-stars-petition-against-holding-womens-tournament-in-iran-exceeds-15k-signatures/
 
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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...http://www.northdevongazette.co.uk/news/pictures_rare_pelican_photographed_at_braunton_marshes_1_4721205