Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yodelling offends praying Muslims, say judges

"An Austrian has been fined for yodelling while mowing his lawn, according to a report.

The Kronen Zeitung newspaper claims Helmut G. was told by a court in Graz, Styria, that his yodelling offended his next-door Muslim neighbours.

The men reportedly accused the 63-year-old of having tried to mock and imitate the call of the Muezzin. The daily paper writes the Austrian was fined 800 Euros after judges ruled he could have tried to offend them and ridicule their belief. The Muslims, whose nationalities were not revealed by the report, were right in the middle of a prayer when the Austrian started to yodel.

"It was not my intention to imitate or insult them. I simply started to yodel a few tunes because I was in such a good mood" the man told the newspaper today (Mon)." yodelling Tiffany Jo's MIND BLOWING YODELLING!!!

Vitamin D, calcium supplements unnecessary: report

"Most of us already get enough vitamin D and calcium from our diet and the sun and don't need to take supplements, conclude the authors of a long-awaited report on the hot-button health topic.
The report, from the trusted Institute of Medicine, warns against taking high doses of vitamin D in the hopes of warding off chronic diseases, noting that there are still too many unknowns about the risks of doing so..."read more

Avril Lavigne “Alice (Underground)” Music Video For ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Cat fight

Why don't these two cats take out those birds? videoVideo found @ http://www.picvi.com/

Now with trees: Google Earth 6 update brings foliage to 3D streets

By Niall Firth
Last updated at 12:35 PM on 30th November 2010

"Google has launched a new update to its Google Earth application which includes 3D trees and even closer integration with its Street View service.

Google Earth 6 also includes a big update to its popular historical imagery feature which means that viewers can find out when old photographs of the place you are visiting are available to view.

Earlier versions of Google Earth already showed buildings in 3D, but version 6.0 now adds 3D trees to the landscape. These roughly approximate the areas where trees appear in real life and the update includes highly detailed models for dozens of different species of trees..." Google Earth
Download Google Earth 6: http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

Monday, November 29, 2010

A group of four juvenile Sitka black-tailed deer pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage, Alaska

"A foursome of young bucks fell upon some good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage by a group of locals out to enjoy the last few days of recent sunshine. These good Samaritans describe their experience as 'one of those defining moments in life.'"  http://mjgolch.blogspot.com/2010/11/awww-monday.html

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bring It On Home | Playing For Change | Roger Ridley

Mass suicide jump

Why do ducks have webbed feet?
To stamp out fires.
Why do elephants have flat feet?
To stamp out burning ducks. jokes

For The First Time, Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Are Released Into The Wild

The transgenic animals are designed to help stamp out dengue fever in the Cayman Islands
By Lizzie Schiffman"An Oxford-based research firm has announced the results of a release of genetically modified male mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands, the first experiment with GM mosquitoes to take place in the wild.
From May to October of this year, Oxitec released male mosquitoes three times a week in a 40-acre area. The mosquitoes had been genetically modified to be sterile, so that when they mated with the indigenous female mosquitoes there would be no offspring, and the population would shrink.
Mosquito numbers in the region had dropped 80 percent by August, which the researchers expect would result in fewer dengue cases..." read more Denque fever: http://www.medicinenet.com/dengue_fever/article.htm

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Little Shop of Horrors - Feed Me

Thanksgiving Day in United States

"Thanksgiving Day in the United States started as a way of giving thanks to food collected from a good harvest or problems that were fixed. It originated in 1621 and was a religious festival, but is now largely secular. It is now a holiday on the fourth Thursday of November..." http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/thanksgiving-day

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole : Wonderful World

photo "Ten years after his death on June 26, 1997, Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole remains a powerful influence on modern Hawaiian music and culture, both at home and abroad. He has, arguably, achieved iconic status; that his fame was built in large part on a medley of two songs with no connection to Hawai‘i seems almost irrelevant. The sounds of his gentle ukulele and sweet tenor remain as popular as ever; adults and children alike continue to listen and play his music, embracing his Wonderful World..." http://iz.honoluluadvertiser.com/

Flying with Vultures

Cape Vulture Conservation Project: http://www.tusk.org/magaliesberg-cape-vulture-risk-assessment.asp

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Korean crisis

pic @ North Korea "North and South Korea exchange dozens of artillery shells across their tense western sea border, in one of the most serious incidents since the Korean War ended without a ceasefire in 1953. Two South Korean soldiers were killed on Yeonpyeong island and more than a dozen people were hurt..." http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/9218848.stm

Coffee and Cancer Risk: Java Junkies Less Likely to Get Tumors, Study Says

cartoon (CBS) Evidence is brewing that coffee can prevent cancer.

The latest study shows that java junkies are significantly less likely to develop head and neck cancer - and the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk.

Those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were a whopping 39 percent less likely to develop tumors, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, which publishes Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the journal that published the study. cofee and cancer risk



Stunning Night Lights: Photos of New Spy Satellite's Launch

"When a huge Atlas 5 rocket blasts off at night, photographers pay attention. And last night's rocket launch was no exception.
The unmanned Atlas 5 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California yesterday (Sept. 20) to send a new classified satellite for "national security" into orbit for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, Air Force officials said. The satellite, while secret, is called NROL-41...." http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/spy-satellite-launch-photos-100921.html

‘Prince of pot’ sent to Georgian prison

imageVANCOUVER — Vancouver marijuana advocate Marc Emery has been transferred to a low-security federal prison in Georgia for non-American “deportable aliens.”
The so-called “prince of pot,” who had expected to be transferred to a California facility, is now at the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston, Georgia.
The facility, which had been a state prison known for violent incidents among inmates, was changed in October to an Immigration and Naturalization Services low-security federal prison for “deportable aliens,” according to a blog by Emery.
In the Friday blog to his wife Jodie, Emery said the move was made to “send me as far away from you as possible.”
Jodie said Sunday that Emery is doing all right and “trying to keep his spirits up” as he continues to apply for a transfer to serve his time in Canada.
Emery, 52, was sentenced by a U.S. judge to five years in prison for selling marijuana seeds to U.S. customers through his business, Marc Emery Direct.
Emery has been a political activist for three decades.
Norman Grant Smith, co-founder of the BC Marijuana Party, is urging Emery’s supporters to write to the federal immigration minister to petition for his immediate transfer to Canada.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Evil Facebook?

"A New Jersey pastor is continuing to take on Facebook.

Rev. Cedric Miller says this Sunday he'll ask that all married members of his Neptune, Monmouth County, congregation give up the social networking site.

He has already told married church leaders to delete Facebook or quit.

Miller claims a large percentage of his marital counseling over the past year has included infidelity that stemmed straight from Facebook. He says it is breaking up marriages and tearing families apart.

Miller said the infidelity started innocently with online reunions and then went to inappropriate chatter and finally cheating... "(SOURCE) Read comments @ blonde sagcity: Evil Facebook

A guinea pig named Sooty

The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist

pic here

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Banned Books Online

Photobucketgif @http://booksandacupofcoffee.blogspot.com/"Welcome to this special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood, have been selected from the indexes of The Online Books Page. (See that page for close to a million more online books!)" http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/banned-books.html

Steve Earle - Copperhead Road

pic@Steve Earl The Original Unofficial Steve Earle Site: http://www.steveearle.net/

Amazing animals: Kingdom oddities(87 photos)

Amazing animals

How Dogs Help Veterans Cope with PTSD

The video game Tetris may reduce flashbacks

Posted on: Sunday, 14 November 2010, 07:45 CST
"Researchers have found that the video game Tetris may reduce flashbacks or traumatic events in a way that other kinds of games cannot.
Tetris involves moving and rotating shapes falling down a playing field with the goal of creating horizontal lines of blocks without gaps.
Scientists at Oxford University in England found that playing Tetris after traumatic events could reduce flashbacks in healthy volunteers.  The hope of this research is to reduce the painful memories linked with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)...." read here

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Soggy Bottom Boys - In the Jailhouse Now


Damage spurs call for beaver bounty

Rural councillors are tired of battling booming beaver populations in northern Saskatchewan, with some calling for a bounty on the aquatic rodent.

Representatives from several rural municipalities will take their concerns about the problems created by beavers to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) mid-term convention, which begins today in Saskatoon.

"They're just having babies, babies, babies and damming, damming, damming up the water," said Colin Hughes, a councillor for the RM of Canwood, located about 170 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

His RM will ask SARM to support a resolution to lobby the provincial government to initiate a beaver bounty. Along with the calls for the bounty come resolutions to lobby the government for compensation for flooded farmland and to reinstate a 50 per cent cost-shared program with the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority for the clearing of culverts and streams.

Councillors say the beavers are causing financial hardship for municipalities by damming culverts. Water then floods rural roads and farmland. This year's wet spring made the problem worse.

"Nobody takes responsibility and the farmer is losing acres, production and productive land," said Hughes.

Landowners in the area are losing pasture land, hay land, woodlots and land used for grain farming. Flooding created by the beaver dams is also washing out rural roads.

"It's affecting all of us," Hughes said.

The RM has spent a large amount of money employing people to clean out culverts dammed up by the beavers, a problem not limited to the area.

In the RM of Porcupine, about 290 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, two employees spent nearly six hours each day throughout the summer cleaning up beaver dams.

"It's especially been magnified this year with the wet conditions," said Dean Lanning, a councillor in the RM of Porcupine. "It's cost us a lot of money."

His RM has put forward the resolution to establish a $20 bounty per beaver.

Trappers do not make enough money from beaver pelts to warrant catching the animal, which is why the councillors believe there must be a financial incentive in place in order to control the population.

Between November 2009 and March 31, 2010, the provincial government offered a bounty on coyotes, which offered $20 per animal killed.

The program was successful in reducing populations of coyotes, and councillors say they believe the beaver population could be similarly controlled.

Councillors would also like compensation for farmland damaged by beavers, similar to the compensation offered to farmers whose land is disturbed by free-range plains bison in the RM of Canwood.

No one from the province was available to speak to the issue on Monday.

According to online information from the Ministry of Environment, the beaver was close to extinction in the province in the early 1900s. Strict conservation measures were put into place in 1946 and the population has since boomed.

The government recognizes the benefits beavers may have in nourishing water ecosystems, but also the nuisance they create, which the government says is curbed by increased trapping, removing dams and installing pipes to allow water to drain from culverts.

Those having problems with beavers on their property are advised to contact an area conservation officer.
By Jeanette Stewart, The StarPhoenix Beaver bounty

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

An out of this world view: Astronaut looks down at Earth from window of her space station .

"Homesick: Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson peers down at Earth from her vantage point of around 350 kilometres above our planet..." read more

The Funniest Calvin-and-Hobbes Ever

First Winter Snow Calvin & Hobbes Gifs Images
"Explore Calvin and Hobbes at their best - rare cartoons, funny pictures, videos, and decide for yourself what the funniest Calvin and Hobbes cartoon is and see what others think.
The cartoon series is imaginative, irreverent, and thought provoking. Calvin sees and does things we wished we would have had the courage to say or do. His imagination is legendary..."

Contents at a Glance

  1. Calvin's Many Facial Expressions
  2. Calvin's Snow Monster
  3. First Calvin And Hobbes Cartoon Ever!
  4. Calvin In His Red Wagon
  5. Cast Of Characters
  6. Just Who Is Calvin?
  7. Hobbes - A Boys Best Friend
  8. Calvin's Mom And Dad
  9. Great Calvin And Hobbes Stuff On eBay
  10. Boys Rule. Girls Drool. (Especially Susi...
  11. Miss Wormwood
  12. Moe - Calvin's nemesis
  13. The History Of Calvin And Hobbes Comic S...
  14. Cartoon NEVER Published In Books
  15. BOOK REVIEW: Sunday Pages
  16. Happy New Year!
  17. Cartoon Themes
  18. Calvin And Hobbes Funniest Cartoons
  19. Calvin's Transmogrifier
  20. G.R.O.S.S. (Get Rid Of Slimy girlS)
  21. Calvin And Hobbes Featured Video #1
  22. Videos Of Calvin And Hobbes
  23. BOOK REVIEW: The Complete Calvin And Hob...
  24. Calvin Setting His Own Philosophy
  25. Calvin Is A Genius At Name Calling
  26. Calvin and Hobbes On Flickr
  27. Calvin's Pronouncements
  28. Contests
  29. Contest #1 Winner Is Jim Evans
  30. *** CAPTION CONTEST #1 *** Ends Jan 15,...
  31. Caption Contest #2 Tied
  32. *** CAPTION CONTEST #2*** Ends Jul 15, 2...
  1. Caption Contest #3
  2. *** CAPTION CONTEST #3 *** Ends Jan. 15,...
  3. Contest #3 Winner Is Chris Pearson
  4. and You Think You Had Problems With Math...
  5. Calvin The Math Atheist
  6. Calvin And His Dad
  7. Calvin And His Snowmen -- My Favorite
  8. More Calvin and Hobbes Books
  9. Even More Calvin And Hobbes Fun Books
  10. FREE Calvin and Hobbes Screensaver / Wal...
  11. What Do You Like Best About Calvin and H...
  12. Links that prove the point
  13. Fun Calvinball and Snowmen Stuff From Ca...
  14. Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes
  15. Calvin and Hobbes items on eBay
  16. The Best Quotes by Bill Watterson
  17. What Was The Greatest Cartoons Ever?
  18. Other Cartoon Websites
  19. Gotcha!
  20. Fun Calvin And Hobbes Stuff On The Web
  21. Some Of My Other Fun Lenses
  22. By David Booth - www.cartoons.polarbearn...
  23. Featured Cartoon Lenses on Squidoo
  24. Other Cartoon Books In My Library -- Far...
  25. More Cartoon Books From My Library -- Di...
  26. Even More Cartoon Books -- Peanuts
  27. More, More Cartoons Books -- Pogo
  28. Search for Cartoon books (or anything el...
  29. Last Calvin And Hobbes Cartoon EVER!    http://funniest.calvin-and-hobbes.ever.com/

Look East by Eekwol


Monday, November 15, 2010

Zac Brown Band "Chicken Fried"

There's a horse in that car!

pic@animal world

Winter Design Inspiration: Trends and Examples

by K.T. on November 15, 2010 · Photographs and images, click here 

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Reader Photos (one bird or two?)

"Wayne McMillan snapped some pictures of this robin cooling off in his birdbath in Saskatoon Saturday. However, when he zoomed in on the photo, he saw something unusual — it appears a baby robin is concealed amongst its breast feathers. Look closely, and you'll see what looks like a small beak protruding from the robin's middle." robin

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Erin McKeown - "How to Be a Lady"

Steve McCurry's Blog (wonderful photography)

Photos at this site are worth a look, they tell a story:http://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog

Seriously Big Blocks of Flats In China(pictures)

"The People’s Republic of China, commonly known as China, is the most populous state in the world with over 1.3 billion people, and Shanghai with its population of 19 million is the most populous city in China and the most populous city proper in the world.
In the past decade, China’s cities expanded at an average rate of 10% annually. However, between 1978 and 2009, the country’s urbanization rate increased from 17.4% to 46.8%  a scale unprecedented in human history. These changes, and a lack of space causes huge demand for dense, high-rise offices and housing..." Big Blocks of Flats

Hungover Owls

“…How am I the person that did those things that I did?”“Pictures of owls with humorous captions: http://hungoverowls.tumblr.com/

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New red poppy coin introduced in Canada

"As Canada prepares for nation-wide Remembrance Day ceremonies on the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Mint, in association with the Royal Canadian Legion, is proud to issue its latest coloured circulation coin, featuring a duo of iconic red poppies; Canada's flower of remembrance."
Photograph by: Image supplied, Royal Canadian Mint.  red poppy

In Flanders Fields By: Lieutenant Colonel John MacCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm Clan MacCrae information:http://www.scotlandinoils.com/clan/Clan-MacRae.html