Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Henri, the cat, L'Haunting

Halloween-Town performes it's anthem "This is Halloween" and Halloween songs

                       Halloween songs

Disarray, millions along in huge swath of US without power in superstorm Sandy's wake

Disarray, millions along in huge swath of US without power in superstorm Sandy's wake
 A truck backs up hastily, as rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean breaks over the beach and across Beach Avenue, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Cape May, N.J., as high tide and Hurricane Sandy begin to arrive. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) By The Associated Press  NEW YORK, N.Y. - The most devastating storm in decades to hit the most densely populated U.S. region cut off modern communication and left millions without power Tuesday, as thousands who fled their waterlogged homes wondered when — if — life would return to normal...Continue reading...An emergency personnel carries an elderly resident from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey on Tuesday. .Adam Hunger/Reuters photo                                                                                                                                                                              Sandy Cuts Wide Swath of Damage
...New Jersey took a particularly severe hit. Portions of the famed Atlantic City boardwalk were reduced to splinters, the casino town itself all but submerged. The Seaside Park roller coaster lay twisted in the Atlantic Ocean. Countless homes were damaged or destroyed.
"The level of devastation at the Jersey Shore is unthinkable," Gov. Chris Christie said in a news conference...Read complete article.

Photos: Animals rescued from Hurricane Sandy

  A fireman carries a residents dog to safety from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey, October 30, 2012. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation's most densely populated region, swamped New York's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district. REUTERS/Adam Hunger Photograph by: Adam Hunger, Reuters Photos

Whitecap chief accepts medal for First Nation, ancestors

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) and Chief Darcy Bear of Whitecap Dakota First Nation take part in a War of 1812 National Recognition Ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa October 25, 2012.Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (L) and Chief Darcy Bear of Whitecap Dakota First Nation take part in a War of 1812 National Recognition Ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa October 25, 2012. Photograph by: Blair Gable, Ottawa Citizen.  photo                                                                                                                                                                              By Charles Hamilton, The StarPhoenix
Two hundred years after thousands of aboriginal people helped defeat American forces in the War of 1812, Canada is officially recognizing the contribution of Saskatchewan Dakota First Nations.
In Ottawa earlier this week, representatives of the Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, Wahpeton Dakota First Nation and Whitecap Dakota First Nation accepted flags and medals from the Canadian government on behalf of their communities.
"If you think about it if we lost the war we would have a United States flag flying over us, we would have Barack Obama as our president," said Whitecap Dakota Chief Darcy Bear. "But we don't. We have an independent nation because of those warriors and those soldiers who fought together. "
The war was fought mainly in the western Great Lakes, Niagara and St. Lawrence regions.
But descendants of aboriginal people who fought alongside the British eventually settled in Saskatchewan.
Bear said only now, 200 years later, are people realizing the significance of the war and the contributions his ancestors made.
"A lot of people think in 1867 somebody flipped a switch and there was Canada.
"But we had humble beginnings," Bear said.
"We have to reflect and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It's very significant that Canada has come forward and presented these medals in honour of our ancestors."
Whitecap Dakota was just one of 48 First Nations and Metis communities recognized for their role in the War of 1812. Bear and others were presented with medals by Gov. Gen. David Johnston.
"It was good to be there and accept on behalf of my community, but also on behalf of my ancestors. I'm very proud of the role they played in creating Canada," Bear said.Read here.
Source: Canadian Museum of Civilization.War of 1812
Source: Canadian Museum of Civilization. A year before the War of 1812, in a desperate fight against U.S. expansion into native lands, Tecumseh and his allies took on the Americans at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

Spooked cow tramples Palestinian at Muslim feast

A bull attacks a boy after running away from Pakistani butchers trying to slaughter it, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, or "Feast of Sacrifice", in Karachi, Pakistan, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. The boy was slightly injured according to the photographer.

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- Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- A spooked cow killed a Palestinian man who was trying to slaughter the beast on Saturday during the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, a Gaza health official said.
Muslims around the world slaughter sheep, cows and goats, during the four-day holiday that began Friday, giving away much of the meat to the poor. The Muslim holiday commemorates the sacrifice by the Prophet Ibrahim, known to Christians and Jews as Abraham.
But accidents are common as people frequently buy animals to slaughter themselves instead of paying professional butchers. The festive atmosphere at the site of the slaughtering also tends to make the animals fidgety...Continue reading...

The little pill that could cure alcoholism

When an alcoholic doctor began experimenting with Baclofen, he made what could be the medical breakthrough of the century.
Olivier Ameisen
Olivier Ameisen. Photograph: Roberto Frankenberg for the Observer
"...The truth was that Ameisen, for all his successes in life, was consumed with self-loathing and shame. He was a hopeless alcoholic – hopeless in the sense that, though he seemed able to achieve anything else he put his mind to, he could not stop drinking. Despite running a thriving private practice in New York, in his late thirties he had become a binge drinker and by 1997 was regularly being admitted to hospital. He tried any treatment available: tranquillisers including Valium and Xanax, antidepressants and specific alcohol medications including Antabuse and Acamprosate. He underwent acupuncture and hypnosis, took regular exercise and practised yoga. He attended cognitive behavioural therapy and up to three meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous a day. But his drinking only got worse: "The more I drank to ease my anxiety, stave off panic and counter draining insomnia, the more I had to drink for the same effect." No longer trusting himself to treat his patients responsibly, he stopped working altogether. Finally his doctors told him he had "at best" five years of life left..."...Read complete article here...

Monday, October 29, 2012

During Lockout, N.H.L. Coaches Try to Fill Free Time

By SYOSSET, N.Y. — The Islanders’ Jack Capuano was back on the ice Monday with his assistant coaches for a practice that included drills and a spirited scrimmage. Only the Islanders were missing. Wearing a blue Islanders cap, jacket and pants, Capuano conducted the third of six scheduled sessions of an adult hockey clinic, open to those who paid $30 a session. About 20 skaters, including a man in an Islanders “fish sticks” jersey, took part.Capuano said later that he was enjoying the clinic, even though he would much rather be coaching the Islanders. But the N.H.L. lockout continues, and many of the league’s 29 other head coaches are also biding their time. With Friday’s announcement that the N.H.L. has canceled all games through November, they will be doing so awhile longer...Continue reading...

Ladybugs taking off in slow motion

Life cycle of ladybug

Magic of the animal kingdom captured in vivid photo entries that some photographers took weeks to snap

By Larisa BrownFrom herons rudely showing off their behinds while hunting for fish, to hungry cheetahs preparing to pounce on their next dinner - these striking images capture the magic of the animal kingdom.
The photos are entries to the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and are among a field of almost 12,500 entries by photographers from 27 countries.
The winning image, titled 'Stargazer', is a night shot of white-tailed deer in winter at their feeding place in Finland...Photos here...
A hare in a corn field in Austria appears to be quite unperturbed by a photographer's presence

Friday, October 26, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack

By .
Fox News has learned from sources who were on the ground in Benghazi that an urgent request from the CIA annex for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate and subsequent attack several hours later on the annex itself was denied by the CIA chain of command -- who also told the CIA operators twice to "stand down" rather than help the ambassador's team when shots were heard at approximately 9:40 p.m. in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team who was at the CIA annex about a mile from the U.S. consulate where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team came under attack. When he and others heard the shots fired, they informed their higher-ups at the annex to tell them what they were hearing and requested permission to go to the consulate and help out. They were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange. Soon after, they were again told to "stand down." ...Continue reading...

Hurricane Sandy, the worst storm in 100 Years Seen for Northeast U.S.

A driver maneuvers his car along a wet road as a wave crashes against the Malecon in Havana, Cuba. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm.
AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa photo
Hurricane Sandy will probably grow into a “Frankenstorm” that may become the worst to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years if current forecasts are correct. Sandy may combine with a second storm coming out of the Midwest to create a system that would rival the New England hurricane of 1938 in intensity, said Paul Kocin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in College Park, Maryland. The hurricane currently passing the Bahamas has killed 21 people across the Caribbean, the Associated Press reported, citing local officials...Read here...U.S. East From Washington to NYC at Risk From Hurricane Sandy
Collin Reid/AP Photo
Residents evacuate their home as waves from Hurricane Sandy crash in the Caribbean Terrace neighborhood of eastern Kingston, Jamaica, on Oct. 24, 2012.

A Triple-Amputee Veteran Threw Out The First Pitch For Game 2 And It Was An Absolute Strike

Marine Cpl. Nicholas Kimmel is flanked by Willie Mays (left) and Giants pitcher Barry Zito before he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 on Thursday.   MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/ASSOCIATED PRESSphoto
by Cork Gaines Marine Corporal Nicholas Kimmel, who lost both legs and one of his arms during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, threw out the first pitch prior to game two of the World Series. Kimmel is part of Major League Baseball's Welcome Back Veterans program.
Just seeing Corporal Kimmel on the field was a moving a moment. But then he reared back and threw a perfect strike. And he threw it with some gusto. It was a first pitch that put most first pitches to shame...Read here...

'Can't You See' by the Marshall Tucker Band


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Animal Pumpkingdom: 10 Amused Animals Enjoying Pumpkins!


Sure wolves are carnivores but according to lupine logic, if there's a face on the outside maybe there's some meat to eat on the inside. Seriously though, providing pumpkins for wolves to play with stimulates their natural curiosity. Visitors to Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo can observe the gourd-gobbling in person at the zoo's annual Pumpkin Bash. (Animals & Pumpkins image via My Ballard) animals and pumpkins

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ADELE - Skyfall

Baby joy: Adele has reportedly given birth to a baby boy
Baby joy: Adele has reportedly given birth to a baby boy. Photo                                                                                            

Canada’s New Pipeline Woes

Public hearings resume on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project
 In the proposed Northern Gateway project, a pipeline similar to this would carry bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C. Photograph by: Candace Elliott, file photo , Photograph

Great thinkers of the world and their warnings about Islamic violence

Washington Times Communities.By Bob Taylor
A little research shows that the Western world has been dealing with the complexities of the Middle East and its primary religion for hundreds of years as evidenced by the words of many of our most prominent historical figures. Here is what some of them had to say.
1:  "Bolshevism combines the characteristics of the French Revolution with those of the rise of Islam.  Marx has taught that Communism is fatally predestined to come about; this produces a state of mind not unlike that of the early successors of Mahommet.  Among religions, Bolshevism is to be reckoned with Mohammadanism rather than with Christianity and Buddhism. Christianity and Buddhism are primarily personal religions, with mystical doctrines and a love of contemplation.  Mohammedanism and Bolshevism are practical, social, unspiritual, concerned to win the empire of this world.” Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)...Continue to read...

Israel says 79 rockets fired at it from Gaza

Repeated attacks ... a rocket is launched from Gaza towards southern Israel. Repeated attacks ... a rocket is launched from Gaza towards southern Israel. Photo: AFP photo
Source: reuters // Reuters

* Netanyahu threatens stronger Israeli military action
* Hamas says Israel venting anger over Qatar ruler's visit
By Jeffrey Heller
JERUSALEM, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Palestinians fired dozens of rockets into Israel from Gaza on Wednesday and an Israeli air strike killed a militant, a day after the Emir of Qatar made a rare visit to the enclave's Hamas leadership.
Hamas claimed responsibility for some of the rocket and mortar bomb attacks, prompting some Israelis to wonder whether it had been emboldened by the Qatari visit on Tuesday that broke the Islamist group's diplomatic isolation.
In recent months, Hamas has largely held its fire when other militant factions have launched cross-border rocket attacks, but the sudden upsurge in violence stoked fears that the hostilities could escalate further.
Hamas accused Israel of stepping up air strikes in the Gaza Strip, a move it said was meant to convey Israeli anger over Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani's visit, and pledged to "continue to hold a gun ... until Palestine is liberated".
Israel said it was "astounding" that Qatar, a U.S.-allied Gulf state, would take sides in the Palestinian dispute and endorse Hamas, branded by the West as a terrorist group. Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007 from fighters loyal to the Fatah faction of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas...Continue reading...

Watch a Galaxy Form Over 13 Billion Years in Only 2 Minutes

Samantha Murphy by .
NASA has released a stunning simulation video that shows how a single disk galaxy such as the Milky Way develops over a span of 13.5 billion years, beginning with the Big Bang and leading up to today.
A disk galaxy, which is described as a flattened circular volume of stars, is color-coded in this captivating clip to show its history and development process...Continue reading...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Captain, the German Shepard, sleeps on his master's grave for six years straight years

This German shepherd wins our Most Loyal Dog of the Decade (and maybe ever) award. When Miguel Guzmán died in 2006, his pooch Capitán disappeared while the family attended the funeral. A week later, relatives visiting the Argentinian cemetery were astounded to find the dog crying by his owner's grave. Thing is, no one had ever taken Capitán to the cemetery. "It's a mystery how he managed to find the place," said Guzmán's widow. The cemetery's director says that Capitán lies down on the grave each night by 6 p.m. — just as he has every night for the past six years.More pics:  video at Source  [Source]

CAT BOUNCE! A website of bouncing cats.

CAT BOUNCE! A website of bouncing cats.

Photos: Winter weather arrives in Saskatoon

It was a snowy commute for cyclists, October 23.
  It was a snowy commute for cyclists, October 23. Photograph by: Greg Pender, The StarPhoenix
Photos: Winter weather arrives in Saskatoon

Last of the Mohicans - End Scene

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Russell Means, 1992, in “The Last of the Mohicans.” photo
Russel Means, R.I.P.

Russell Means, Who Clashed With Law as He Fought for Indians, Is Dead at 72

. “When a woman grabs my braids and says "How cute!" I crab her breast and say "How cute!" She never touches me again!”Russell Means, quoteWhere White Men Fear to Tread.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Rhine Area Pipes & Drums: Mull of Kintyre

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Sharrky, the chick magnet dog.

HAPPY FAMILY: Sharky and Max-Arthur relax with some of their young feathered friends.
(Photo: Helen Jürlau Arnold /
Sharky the Pit Bull Terrier

The Colon Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of colorectal cancer in out-of-the-box ways.

 by Yellowbird.
After my HIPEC surgery, doped up on mega morphine, my Daughter came to my room when I woke up early one morning. Our conversation went something like this:
: "hi, mom." "Hi Ash. Didn't we drink a keg of beer last night?" "Hmm. I don't know Mom, why don't you tell me about it?" "Yeah, I bought a keg of beer for $20.00, we drank three beers and I tipped the guy $17.00." (Some kind of morphine-induced math was going on here, it seems)
My daughter just laughed.
Other hallucinations I experienced included seeing my cat laying at the foot of my bed in the hospital, conversations about the queen of England, and I was convinced that the IV poke was talking to me. That HIPEC requires some serious drugs! More funny tales here.

Puppies kept lost Alabama boy warm in woods, rescuer says

(NBC News ) "I knew if anyone was going to find the boy it was going to be the mother of the puppies and I all I had to do was follow the mother dog," Swinney said. An Alabama man credits a dog and her four puppies for helping rescue a 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome who was lost in the woods for 18 hours.
“Those puppies kept him company, they kept him warm and comfortable,” Jamie Swinney of Hackleburg, Ala., told NBC News on Thursday. “We don’t know what would have happened to him had the puppies not been with him. And credit goes to the mother dog for leading me to the boy.”...Continue reading, photos...

Birds Photographed Like Human Models

  When Bob Croslin asked to take portraits of the feathered tenants at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary in Florida, the staffers in charge thought he wanted to snap a few pictures of birds through the bars of their cages. That was not what Croslin had in mind. Instead, he planned to photograph injured birds as he might human models, setting up on-location studio at the sanctuary.
Getting birds to pose in front of a backdrop under lights is a challenging task. It was a bit easier in this case because his models were accustomed to being visited by humans. Still, birds will be birds. The injured animals would often get nervous and poop on the backdrop. Or they would simply attack Croslin and the handlers...Read here, photos.

Extreme Animal Portraits: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Winners

Winner, Animal Portraits — An alligator is seen at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Fla. Like cats, alligators have a tapetum lucidum at the back of each eye — a structure that reflects light back into the photoreceptor cells to make the most of low light. When light shines into alligators' eyes, the pupils appear to glow red. Picture show here.
    Winner, Animal Portraits — An alligator is seen at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Fla. Like cats, alligators have a tapetum lucidum at the back of each eye — a structure that reflects light back into the photoreceptor cells to make the most of low light. When light shines into alligators' eyes, the pupils appear to glow red.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

John Prine : Hello In There



Why Do They Hate Us? The real war on women is in the Middle East.

In "Distant View of a Minaret," the late and much-neglected Egyptian writer Alifa Rifaat begins her short story with a woman so unmoved by sex with her husband that as he focuses solely on his pleasure, she notices a spider web she must sweep off the ceiling and has time to ruminate on her husband's repeated refusal to prolong intercourse until she too climaxes, "as though purposely to deprive her." Just as her husband denies her an orgasm, the call to prayer interrupts his, and the man leaves. After washing up, she loses herself in prayer -- so much more satisfying that she can't wait until the next prayer -- and looks out onto the street from her balcony. She interrupts her reverie to make coffee dutifully for her husband to drink after his nap. Taking it to their bedroom to pour it in front of him as he prefers, she notices he is dead. She instructs their son to go and get a doctor. "She returned to the living room and poured out the coffee for herself. She was surprised at how calm she was," Rifaat writes.                                                                                                                          In a crisp three-and-a-half pages, Rifaat lays out a trifecta of sex, death, and religion, a bulldozer that crushes denial and defensiveness to get at the pulsating heart of misogyny in the Middle East. There is no sugarcoating it. They don't hate us because of our freedoms, as the tired, post-9/11 American cliché had it. We have no freedoms because they hate us, as this Arab woman so powerfully says...Continue reading...

A brave Arab woman stands up for Israel

A brave Arab woman stands up for Israel
The Times of Israel has published a fascinating interview with a brave young Arab woman from a small town in the Galilee region who has dedicated her life to defending Israel in the public arena.
Boshra Khalaila is hardly the only Israeli Arab to speak out on behalf of her country, and her own story is very representative of the hurdles many Israeli Arabs must overcome if they wish to freely speak their mind regarding the Jewish state.
But some simply cannot remain silent any longer.
"I am a liberal, free woman, with all the rights that I could enjoy," stated Khalaila. "I compare myself to other women my age in Jordan, the [Palestinian ruled] territories, Egypt, any Arab country. They don’t have the rights that I have: freedom of expression, the right to vote. They are forced into marriage at a young age, and religious head covering, despite their own convictions. With me it’s the opposite; I have everything."Read the full interview.

A New Breed of Therapy - Pacific Standard Online

It’s not just dogs anymore. Horses, goats—even rats—have joined the growing field of animal-assisted therapy.
October 12, 2012 • By .
Ellen Kinney opens the barn door for Dahlia and Duncan. Two black-and-silver pygmy goats, each about a year old, prance out. Kinney has trained them to respond to a clicker, so that Dahlia seems to dance while Duncan jumps up and down from a plastic chair.
Those aren’t their best tricks. Dahlia and Duncan work as therapy animals at the Barking C.A.A.T. (Center for Animal-Assisted Therapy) Ranch in Lakewood, Colo. Among the ranch’s clients is a teenage girl with severe social anxiety who works with the goats, getting to know and be comfortable with them, going for walks in the park with them (and a therapist). When others ask her about the goats (and they always do) the girl introduces them, sparking natural, unforced conversations.
“Here she gets to build a whole new confidence and competencies that she didn’t have before,” says Kinney, who manages clinical services at the ranch. “It’s just really changed her personality. Since she’s been working with us she goes out to dinner with her family and has reconnected with her friends.”...Continue reading...

Learned Helplessness

Learned Helplessness By wisequack  “A cloudy diagnosis is no match for a sunny disposition.”
On the rare occasions when I need to make amends on the home front, I find it easiest to buy roses. The florist and I have subsequently become fast friends. “You’re late today Doc,” she smiles, “will that be the usual?”  Her pleasant face winces as she sweeps the thorns off the stems, pricking her busy fingers yet again. I was reminded of the old adage I’d heard a thousand times as a child; “Get your fingers out of there!” as well as the other old adage, “Instead of complaining that roses have thorns, be grateful that thorns have roses.”
“A cloudy diagnosis is no match for a sunny disposition.”
On the rare occasions when I need to make amends on the home front, I find it easiest to buy roses. The florist and I have subsequently become fast friends. “You’re late today Doc,” she smiles, “will that be the usual?”  Her pleasant face winces as she sweeps the thorns off the stems, pricking her busy fingers yet again. I was reminded of the old adage I’d heard a thousand times as a child; “Get your fingers out of there!” as well as the other old adage, “Instead of complaining that roses have thorns, be grateful that thorns have roses.”
Ted, 41, had brought his son into the office with an ear infection. But glancing at Ted, I noted his eyes were yellowish and inquired as to how he’d been feeling. “Just fine Doc. The yellow is probably ’cause I’ve got to find your washroom in a hurry” he joked. Concerned, I conducted a few tests to discover to my dismay that Ted was breeding pancreatic cancer, a brand of cancer that scares every doctor. When I visited him a few days later in the hospital, he grinned at me and declared he was doing great. “I have my own TV, the nurses are top notch and the food is superb.” Either this man was sicker than I thought or he’d been given an enormous amount of mind-altering drugs. But the nurses were likewise drawn to Ted’s upbeat nature, explaining that he never, ever complained. Two months later he was back in hospital, the cancer and the treatment having left him gaunt and wasted. “Look at this, Doc, thinnest I’ve been in years.” As I tried to discuss the gravity of his situation, he interrupted and reminded me “Everyone has to die sometime and I’ve lived a very rich life.” A few weeks later he died. Several nurses went to his funeral.
Taking the chart out of the door I noted that my first patient of the day was Ruth. I knew what to expect. Unhappy Ruth would blame someone else for something gone askew, would want a CT scan for every sniffle and complain that she was never well. I don’t recall ever having heard Ruth laugh or even having seen her smile. Constantly beset by a myriad of “problems”, she reeked pessimism from every pore...Continue reading...

Alcoholism twice as deadly for women as for men

photoDrunk woman with alcohol, booze, hard liquor, headache, hangoverBy Trevor Stokes
MyHealthNewsDaily Contributor
Alcoholism may be twice as fatal for women as for men, according to a new study from Germany.
The women with alcohol addiction were five times more likely to die during the 14-year period of the study than women in the general population were. Among men with alcohol addiction, the death rate was about double that of men in the general population...Read study here...

The Martyrdom of Joseph Smith - Christian Research Institute

By: Eric Johnson
This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume31, number3 (2008). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to:
Critics and supporters agree that the veracity of Mormonism hinges on Joseph Smith, Jr. (1805-1844), the founder and first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church). Smith began his own church with just six people and saw it grow and thrive, despite the many persecutions it endured. He and his brother Hyrum Smith were murdered on June 27, 1844, by an armed mob, an event that has prompted Mormons to classify them as martyrs. It has caused others, however, to raise the question whether someone who dies in a gun battle fighting against his enemies can be considered to be a martyr. A close examination of the term reveals that one must meet specific requirements to be considered a martyr, which involve, for example, the reasons why one is put to death and the way one faces such a death. An investigation of the reasons why Smith was murdered and the actions he took to avoid this fate inevitably makes it difficult to maintain that Smith was “like a lamb led to the slaughter.”...Read article here...

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Beatles - 'I'm Down'. Tigers rout Yankees

Tigers rout Yankees 8-1 for 4-game ALCS sweep
The Associated Press
New York Yankees' Robinson Cano reacts after striking out in the first inning during Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) photo

I Am A Cat by camelsandfriends

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Amboseli Trust for Elephants rescue baby elephant

(Photo: Twitter) photoBy .
What did you do today? Because these people pulled a baby elephant out of a well and reunited it with its mom.
The group is the Amboseli Trust for Elephants and this is the best animal-related video you’ll see all week.
“We rescued this young eight months old calf early this week. Luckily the report came in early in the morning and we were able to get there quick before the mother was forced to leave by herders arriving to water their cattle. It was a happy ending as we were able to reunite the calf with her mother,” says ATE...Read here...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

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Nina Nesbitt - Make Me Fall


Introducing Nina Nesbitt