Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The mouse that roared: Real-life Tom and Jerry display sees rodent chase away prowling pussycat

"The tiny mouse stands proudly on its hind legs, stares defiantly into the eyes of the cat just inches away and lets out its loudest squeak.
Stunned at the bravado of its would-be prey the prowling pusscat meekly slinks off, tail between its legs..." Read more:

US giant bunker-buster bomb project rushed since Iran's Qom site discovered

DEBKAfile Special Report

September 28, 2009, 6:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which can reach a depth of 60.09 meters underground before exploding. DEBKAfile's military sources report that top defense agencies and air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber for carrying and delivering the bomb.

The Pentagon has ordered the number of bombs rolling off the production line increased from four to ten - a rush job triggered in May by the discovery that Iran was hiding a second uranium enrichment plant under a mountain near Qom - a discovery which prompted this week's international outcry.

Congress has since quietly inserted the necessary funding in the 2009 budget.

All this urgency indicates that the Obama administration has been preparing military muscle to back up the international condemnation of Iran's concealed nuclear bomb program, its sanctions threat and his willingness to join the negotiations with Iran opening on Oct. 1 in Geneva. Tehran may have to take into account a possible one-time surgical strike against its underground enrichment facility as a warning shot should its defiance continue. In particular, the world powers this week demanded that Iran open up all its nuclear facilities and programs to full and immediate international inspection. Failure to do so could bring forth further US military action.

According to our military sources, the earliest date for the accelerated Pentagon program to produce a super bunker buster bomb mounted on a stealth bomber is December 2009 or January 2010. This too is three years ahead of its original schedule.

Pressed into service are two US Air Force research centers for work on adapting the radar-evading stealth bomber to the giant bomb: the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Munitions Directorate and Air Armament Center, both headquartered at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Last month, DEBKAfile quoted Air Force Lt. Gen. Mark Shackelford as disclosing that the Pentagon had decided to accelerate the production of 10-12 giant bunker buster bombs in response to intelligence received of Iranian and North Korean underground nuclear plants.

What's He Building? Tom Waits

The Temptation

Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Give Birds a Break. Lock Up the Cat.

"Halloween came to our house early this year.
The other day I looked out the window and saw a strange black cat sauntering through our yard. It was a beautiful animal, with bright penny eyes and fur that gleamed like a newly polished shoe, but still the sight turned me ghoulish. So I ran outside, hollered, stamped my feet and finally managed to chase the little witch’s sidekick away..."

How a Dog was rescued

"This man is truly brave who kept his life in danger to save a cute little dog. This dog was accidentally fallen of the river from the bridge..."

Boat Launching Procedures

"So here it is.
I just bought a new boat and decided to take 'er for the maiden voyage this past weekend.
This is my first boat and I wasn't quite sure of the exact Standard Operating Procedures for launching it off a ramp, but I figured it couldn't be too hard.
I consulted my local boat dealer for advice, but they just said "don't let the trailer get too deep when you are trying to launch the boat". What am I doing wrong? Well, I don't know what they meant by that as I could barely get the trailer in the water at all!"

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera

Monday, September 28, 2009


I have always imagined that Paradise
will be some kind of library.
Jorge Luis Borges

When I have a little money, I buy books;
and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.
Erasmus of Rotterdam

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!
When I have a house of my own,
I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
Jane Austen

You think your pain and your heartbreak
are unprecedented in the history of the world,
but then you read.
It was books that taught me that the things
that tormented me most were the very things
that connected me with all the people who were alive,
or who had ever been alive.
James Baldwin

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or
a book long enough to suit me.

Dog bite education needed: veterinarian Dog's body language provides signs for kids on safe interaction

By Rory MacLean, For The StarPhoenix Most cases of dogs biting children could have been prevented by educating kids to read warning signs, says a Regina-based vet.

Dr. Sally Cleland was in Saskatoon on Saturday to deliver a lecture on dog bite prevention for the fifth annual Animal Welfare Conference held by the Saskatchewan SPCA.

Dog bites can be caused by a range of factors, including predatory instincts, past abuse and, sometimes, simple miscommunication between dogs and people, said Cleland.

Assessing fault in the case of a dog bite often comes down to two positions, she said: Those who blame the dog and those who blame the human.

Blame should not be directed specifically at either group, Cleland said, and people, especially children, should be taught to recognize when interacting with a dog is unsafe.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, 60 per cent of all bite victims are children. Cleland said this is largely due to two factors, children's small size and their ways of interacting with dogs.

Cleland laid out a few pointers for dealing with dogs, based on studies of canine behaviour.


"No. 1: Dogs do not like hugs and kisses," particularly being grabbed around the neck, she said.

Cleland pointed out that this type of interaction is actually very similar to the way dogs fight for dominance, with one grabbing the other by the neck and pulling it to the ground.

"Think of a child hugging a dog. How do dogs interpret that gesture? That's an aggressive gesture, not one of affection. We like to be hugged, we like to be kissed, dogs don't," she said.

"Have I rubbed your fur the wrong way yet?"

Cleland admitted many dog owners would probably disagree with her about the hugs and kisses, but she urged people to watch for signs of displacement behaviours -- when a dog is unsure how to interpret an action it would normally perceive as aggressive.

These include turning its head away, yawning, sudden scratching or licking.

Cleland said these behaviours indicate a dog is trying to calm itself.

Dogs have evolved a system of body language to relieve aggression, said Cleland.

"It seems that dogs think that we are dogs, and people are commonly bitten because they do not recognize or respond properly to the sight of a dog that feels stressed, overwhelmed or threatened by our behaviour."

Some signs of anxiety in dogs include standing erect, having its tail pointed straight up in the air or its mouth being closed. Being able to see the whites of a dog's eyes is also an early sign of anxiety, said Cleland.

Cleland urges people, especially children, who come face to face with a dog to "be a tree," an approach borrowed from the Ontario group Doggone Safe.

People approached by a strange dog are advised by Cleland to stop, clasp their hands in front of their stomach and look down at their feet. Eye contact is an aggressive gesture for dogs and running may just trigger a dog's chase instinct.

The Be a Tree program has been taught in a number of schools across the country. Cleland urged those present on Saturday -- including members of the Saskatchewan SPCA, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw humane societies and the Prince Albert SPCA -- to contact their local educators to ask that the Be a Tree program be taught in more Saskatchewan schools.

For their part, the Saskatchewan SPCA will be buying some Be a Tree teaching kits which will be available to borrow from its offices in Saskatoon, said Frances Wach, the group's executive director.

© Copyright (c) The StarPhoenix
Top Ten Most Aggressive Dogs:

Case for Net spying not closed

"The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities – dubbed the "lawful access" initiative – dates back to 1999, when government officials began crafting proposals to institute new surveillance technologies within Canadian networks that would include additional legal powers to access surveillance and subscriber information. Over the past decade, lawful access has stalled despite public consultations, bills that have died on the order paper, and even a promise from former public safety minister Stockwell Day to avoid mandatory disclosure of personal information without court oversight..."

How to Beat the Monday Morning Blues

"There's actually a scientific explanation behind those dreaded Monday morning blues. Our internal clocks naturally operate on a day that is longer than 24 hours. By the time Monday rolls around each week, we've built up a sleep deficit of at least an hour. Of course, the weekend revelries and facing another work week don't help matters. Here are some tips to make Monday mornings a little easier..."

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Italian police seize mafia boss’ pet crocodile-88-pound reptile allegedly was used to intimidate local businessmen

updated 2:22 p.m. CT, Wed., Sept . 23, 2009
ROME - Here's another of the Mafia's trademark offers-you-can't-refuse: pay or be eaten by a crocodile.

Italy's anti-Mafia police unit said Wednesday it has seized a crocodile used by an alleged Naples mob boss to intimidate local businessmen from whom he demanded protection money.

Officers searching for weapons in the man's home outside the southern Italian city last week found the crocodile living on his terrace, said police official Sergio Di Mauro.

The crocodile, weighing 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and 1.7 meters (5.6 feet) long, was fed a diet of live rabbits and mice, Di Mauro said.

He said the suspect, an alleged boss in the Naples-based Camorra crime syndicate, used to invite extortion victims to his home and threaten to set the animal on them if they didn't pay or grant him favors.

The man was not arrested but placed under investigation for illegal possession of an animal, Di Mauro said. Investigators are also working on extortion charges against him.

Di Mauro said the animal is believed to be a caiman, a species that lives in Central and South America, and it is not yet clear how it got to Italy. The crocodile was placed in the care of Italy's forestry service.

Johnny Preston sings Running Bear . Native American videos and news

Native American videos and news:

Management exam

Keep your chin up!

The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional manager. Scroll down for each answer. The questions are NOT difficult. But don't scroll down UNTIL you have answered the question!

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?

Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend... except one. Which animal does not attend?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Have you not been paying attention? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to the United Nations General Assembly:

September 24, 2009...4:29 pm: "Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland..."

Anti Depression Video

Top 100 Sober Blogs.

Dog Earns M.B.A. Online

Unmuzzling Diploma Mills By Marc Parry, an online-learning consumer group, managed to purchase an online M.B.A. for its mascot, a dog named Chester Ludlow.
The Vermont pug earned his tassles by pawing over $499 to Rochville University, which offers "distance learning degrees based on life and career experience," according to a news release from GetEducated. He got back a package from a post-office box in Dubai that contained a diploma and transcripts, plus a certificate of distinction in finance and another purporting to show membership in the student council. belives Chester is the first dog to get a diploma for life experience. But his bow-wow M.B.A. isn't the first canine college degree: Witness this 2007 story about a police-department dog's diploma.
Here's's video about the stunt: "Dog Earns Online MBA: A Cautionary Tail."

The people living in drains below Las Vegas

Thursday, September 24, 2009

22lb cat Socrates is signed up to the PDSA's Pet Fit Club

"His owner apparently hadn't noticed that Socrates was getting a little pudgy.
As you can see from her face however, the vet's nurse realised straight away.
At a whopping 22lb, the black and white heavyweight in Jenny Doig's arms is more than double the size of a normal cat." Read more: By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 1:37 PM on 23rd September 2009 Read more:

George W. Bush Chuckles To Self Upon Thinking About How He Was President Of The United States For Almost A Decade

"DALLAS—While sitting alone on the porch of his home late Monday afternoon, George W. Bush, 63, chuckled upon suddenly remembering that he was once the president of the United States of America for nearly a decade..."

Mr Bean - Driving on roof of car

The geese are flying south

Yesterday afternoon I saw some very clever geese flying south for the winter. If I could only fly.

I believe I can fly / Kenny G &Yolanda Adams´-Ed Susanalake

I Believe I Can Fly

What is Alzheimer's?

"Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder named for German physician Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. Scientists have learned a great deal about Alzheimer’s disease in the century since Dr. Alzheimer first drew attention to it. Today we know that Alzheimer’s..." 1. 2.
Benefits of having alzheimer's disease: 5. You never have to watch reruns on television.
4. You are always meeting new people.
3. You don`t have to remember the whines and complaints of your spouse.
2. You can hide your own Easter eggs.
1. Mysteries are always interesting.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

JJ Cale - Cloudy Day

Dr.Seuss – I like Nonsense, and Persevere-by Jonie

I like nonsense,
it wakes up the brain cells.
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,
It’s a way of looking at life
through the wrong end of a telescope.
Which is what I do,
And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
Dr. Seuss

I’ve been through some terrible things in life,
some of which never happened.
Mark Twain

When faced with a mountain,
I will not quit!
I will keep on striving until I climb over,
find a pass through,
tunnel underneath,
or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine,
with God’s help.
Robert H Schuller

Jayhawks, "Save it for a Rainy Day"

Get Back Up, Nick Vujicic

"Nick Vujicic, born with no limbs, faces obstacles every day of his life. It's not how you start, it's how you finish."

The Cat in the Bag

When my aunt's beloved feline died, she prayed to see her pet again in heaven. Did this cat have nine lives?
BY: Arnold Fine

Monday, September 21, 2009

Alcoholics Anonymous

"Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety."

Monday Morning

A car that purrs more than normal

By Janet French, The StarPhoenix From left to right are service technician Nick Pruett, customer Pat Upshall with the newly-named Malibu and mechanic Stephan Detillieux. Upshall asked Pruett to go for a ride with her. After a second ride, he heard the kitten and mechanic Detillieux took off the inside fender cover and retrieved the kitten. Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix... There are sounds drivers don't expect to hear from under their car hood -- like a cat mewing.
Saskatoon resident Pat Upshall was making her way around town Friday when she heard the sound of a kitten coming from somewhere inside her Chevy Malibu. Upshall does not own a cat.
She pulled over and checked her trunk. Nothing.
She pulled into a gas station, and asked an attendant to listen.
"She says, 'My God. You've got a cat in your car.' "
They opened the hood.
Other gas bar patrons helped search, but they didn't see a cat.
"It's pretty jam packed where the motor is," Upshall said.
Her next stop for help was Sherwood Chevrolet.
After two test drives and one trip up on a mechanical hoist, mechanic Stephan Detillieux and service technician Nick Pruett were stumped.
"By this time, I was really getting upset," Upshall said. "This cat, it could die in there."
She went home and left the car with the dealership.Shortly after, Pruett called. Staff had removed the inside fender and found a kitten inside the left front wheel well. Even after hours of riding around town, the cat was fine.
"It is an adorable little kitten," Upshall said.
She loves cats, but lives in a pet-free condominium, so spontaneous kitty ownership was out of the question.
"I wish I could've."
However, Sherwood employee Tessa Gust took a shining to the kitten, which appears about seven weeks old. Gust named the kitten Malibu, after Upshall's car.
Upshall has no idea where the kitten came from or when it crawled into the wheel well.
The dealership didn't charge Upshall for the animal retrieval, and it even bought her lunch.
Service manager Ted Firman joked that Upshall had received a "free cat scan."
© Copyright (c) The StarPhoenix

Exploring missile silos that have been adapted into homes

Golf - Hole in One for 1 million dollars

Birds on the Wires

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.

Don Williams -- I Believe In You

I don't believe in superstars,
Organic food and foreign cars.
I don't believe the price of gold;
The certainty of growing old.
That right is right and left is wrong,
That north and south can't get along.
That east is east and west is west.
And being first is always best.

But I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in Mom and Dad.
And I believe in you.

Well, I don't believe that heaven waits,
For only those who congregate.
I like to think of God as love:
He's down below, He's up above.
He's watching people everywhere.
He knows who does and doesn't care.
And I'm an ordinary man,
Sometimes I wonder who I am.

But I believe in love.
I believe in music.
I believe in magic.
And I believe in you.

Well, I know with all my certainty,
What's going on with you and me,
Is a good thing.
It's true, I believe in you.

I don't believe virginity,
Is as common as it used to be.
In working days and sleeping nights,
That black is black and white is white.
That Superman and Robin Hood,
Are still alive in Hollywood.
That gasoline's in short supply,
The rising cost of getting by.

But I believe in love.
I believe in old folks.
I believe in children.
I believe in you.

But I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in Mom and Dad.
And I believe in you.