Tuesday, April 30, 2013

State of emergency in flooding Saskatchewan towns. Officials expecting more water.

Flooding is causing difficulty in Saskatchewan including at Borden and Radisson on Monday. At Borden, the Reonspis family, including Brenda, evacuates their farmyard, which is surrounded by water.

Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix

Flooding is causing difficulty in Saskatchewan including at Borden and Radisson on Monday. At Borden, the Reonspis family, including Brenda, evacuates their farmyard, which is surrounded by water.By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix:
The letters E-M-C are scrawled with marker on a plain white door in Radisson's town office, where the community has centred its flood fight efforts.
The letters stand for Emergency Measures Centre, which was set up Monday afternoon after the town council declared a state of emergency to better fend off rising waters in the community nestled along Highway 16 northwest of Saskatoon.
Maidstone and the village of Borden - both on Highway 16 - also recently declared states of emergency as residents in those communities and elsewhere in Saskatchewan are threatened with a swift spring runoff...Continue reading...

Rita MacNeil’s family gets chuckle at singer’s last wish: to rest in a teapot

Rita MacNeil's ashes rest in a teapot at her funeral at St. Mary's Church in Big Pond, N.S.by The Canadian Press on Monday, April 22, 2013
BIG POND, N.S. – Wade Langham was making funeral arrangements for his mother, Rita MacNeil, last week when a handwritten note unexpectedly tumbled out of the beloved singer-songwriter’s will.
Turns out that MacNeil, who ran a tea room in her Cape Breton hometown until her death, wanted to leave her two grown children with a simple set of burial instructions — and one last chuckle.
“Upon my death, I would want to be cremated immediately, my ashes to be placed in my tea room teapot. Two, if necessary,” the light-hearted letter began.
On Monday, relatives, friends and fans packed a small Roman Catholic church overlooking Cape Breton’s Bras d’Or Lakes where — as per her wishes — MacNeil’s cremated remains sat in a white teapot alongside one of her many hats and a portrait of her...Continue reading...                                                                            

Nigeria: The deadliest place to be a Christian

[photo]African immigrant carrying a bible disembarks from an Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat after arriving in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour By: International Christian Concern: With countries like North Korea, Pakistan and Somalia topping the list as some of the world's worst persecutors of Christians, it's hard to imagine that none of these countries hold the highest Christian death toll. In 2012, that shameful distinction went to Nigeria where almost 70% of Christians killed globally were murdered. Because Nigeria's federal government has proven unable to protect Christians in northern Nigeria, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), a militant group from southern Nigeria, has pledged to protect Christians by attacking Muslims and Islamic institutions. The possibility of religious war, coupled with these overwhelming statistics makes Nigeria the deadliest place on earth to be a Christian.

According to various report, over 900 Christian were killed in Nigeria in 2012 for no other reason than subscribing to the Christian faith. Many victims died at the hands of Islamic militants attached to the extremist group Boko Haram. To date, it is estimated that 128 people have been killed in 2013 so far, many of whom were Christians. These staggering figures were released within days of the second anniversary of one of the worst assaults on Christians in modern history, which coincidentally, also took place in Nigeria...Continue reading...
[Death to Churches Under Islam]

Antibiotic Protects Men from Attractive Women

Heterosexual men mentally melt in the presence of attractive women. As Tom Jacobs writes in Pacific Standard, even the very thought of possibly interacting with a woman is enough to "temporarily impede men's mental abilities."

Of course, women know this, and some use it to their advantage. (Companies also know this, and they use it to their advantage, too: During my years in graduate school, many of the biotech sales reps were unusually attractive women.) Men feel more trusting toward women who cause them to be sexually aroused, even if there is no good justification for it -- just like when Indiana Jones totally fell for that sexy Nazi chick in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade...Continue reading...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Radio Lover by George Jones

If birds had arms: The internet trend migrating to a screen near you. MailOnline

By Damien Gayle.
Remember the birds with arms craze of a couple of years ago?
Hundreds of pictures of birds with human arms flew around social networking sites, message boards and - where else  Twitter.
It was thought the pointless meme would soon flutter from the minds of bird-brained web-users. But such predictions appear to have been proved wrong and the trend is now flying high again...Continue reading, images...
Who's twitching the twitchers? This tiny bird seems ready to capture bird watchers in their natural habitatWho's twitching the twitchers? This tiny bird seems ready to capture bird watchers in their natural habitat[link]

Friday, April 26, 2013

Waylon Jennings - Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line


Picture of Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter
www.last.fm Waylon & Jessi Colter

John Fogerty 'Centerfield' & Lou Piniella meltdown

Sally and Sam love baseball. Miss you Lou. Go Jays!!

Living with Chronic Pain and Depression

Living with Chronic Pain and DepressionBy Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.: About 50 percent of people who have chronic pain also have depression, according to Robert D. Kerns, Ph.D, National Program Director for Pain Management for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Director of the Pain Research, Informatics, Medical comorbidities and Education (PRIME) Center at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
Some individuals experience a decline in mood with a sense of loss, he said. Others experience a loss of interest or pleasure in activities they previously enjoyed. Still others experience “an increased irritability, impatience or lower tolerance for the normal stresses of daily life.”...By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S....Continue reading...

New Black Panther Party leader Malik Zulu Shabazz today said President Obama is guilty of "criminal intent" in his handling of Libya

New Black Panthers Look to Clear the Air in Harlem 

[photo]    By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr. Editor & Publisher

ATLANTA, New Black Panther Party leader Malik Zulu Shabazz today said President Obama is guilty of "criminal intent" in his handling of Libya and said Obama and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton should be charged with "war crimes."
Shabazz's comments came on Redding News Review's radio program, as GOP leaders today blamed Clinton's State Department for the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others.
"When you talk about the culpability for the U.S. ambassador...That's the microchip or the minor case," he told Redding News Review. "The Macrochip of the major case, is the U.S. State Department, Hillary Clinton and the U.S. government culpable in the murder and the assassination of a head of state Muammar Gaddafi."
"We have to address the moral issue, the first issue, of the illegal assassination and bombing of our brother Muammar Gaddafi, who is a loved pan-Africanist, and the culpability of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in this illegal, murder and assassination," he told Redding News Review. "I would say to you, respectfully, that they are war criminals."...Continue reading...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

15 Superhuman Feats Performed by Senior Citizens

by Admin You’ve heard it said age is just a number, and the people you’re about to read about are proof. With these 15 Superhuman Feats Performed by Senior Citizens, you, too, may believe in superheroes.
But don’t fall into the trap of thinking these individuals have done the impossible. Instead, let these provide a lesson for a healthier and more active lifestyle: no matter how late you start in life, you can STILL accomplish some pretty amazing things!...15 super human feats by senior citizens
Allan Johnson
Most of us couldn’t imagine tackling the dangers of rodeo at any age, but at 80, Allan Johnson not only tackled them, he was a champion. Johnson started in 1946 at the age of 16, and as of 2012, was still active. Despite winning many awards during his 64-year-career, Johnson stayed humble in comments to the Growing Bolder podcast. Downplaying the accomplishment to a degree, he pointed out he doesn’t ride bulls anymore, but does still rope. He also noted that he wasn’t even the oldest, pointing to an 86-year-old colleague and friend, who was still active.
9 Allan Johnson 15 Superhuman Feats Performed by Senior Citizens

Boston Globe Asks Readers: Do you feel empathy for Dzhokhar?

[photo]This undated photo provided by Bill Richard shows his son, Martin Richard, in Boston. Martin Richard, 8, was among the at least three people killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15 2013Posted by .
These people are beyond hope
Photos show him dropping a bomb near the Boston Marathon finish line. He allegedly killed a police officer in cold blood. But while his older brother fit the stereotype of the dangerous extremist — distant, cruel, driven by ideology — 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had friends. Went to prom. Was considered “a nice guy.”
The dissonance has sent some people deep into fringe territory. There’s a #FreeJahar movement on Twitter and a Facebook group claiming his innocence. But many others, devastated by the bombings, have nonetheless confessed to mixed emotions this week: to wondering how Tsarnaev felt, what he thought, as he cowered in a boat in a Watertown backyard.
Expressing those ideas can be a clumsy thing, as singer Amanda Palmer now admits about her “poem for dzhokhar,” a rambling, widely-slammed free verse about boats, iPhones, and Vietnamese spring rolls. But is empathy different from sympathy? Does it make us hopelessly naive, or simply human?
Yes, hopelessly naive.
The readers go off on them, thankfully. Read comments here..[link]

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Johnny Cash 'A Wednesday Car'


Three Stooges - Scotched in Scotland

'Scotched in Scotland' was an old post that needed help. Whenever I find a failing post I will fix it, or delete it. I try to be careful, but at times am careless. Sally and Sam is named after a couple of old cats that lived 24 and 26 years and was a place on the web where I could bookmark sites I liked and wanted to visit again. After getting a couple of nasty e-mails, and some constructive e-mails regarding the blog(?), I have tried to pay attention. My mom was from Scotland. She was a Highland Lassie and would often talk of the purple heather[link], I never heard her mention the Three Stooges.

Part oneRemembering the Three Stooges.

Fenton, the Labrador, chasing red deer in Richmond park, London

Fenton on a leash.                                                                               
Fenton giving his master, Max, a nervous breakdown, while having the time of is life. Viral videos to celebrate YouTube turning 8.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Saskatoon stuck in 'brutal' cold spring

By Hannah Spray, The StarPhoenix:
City stuck in 'brutal' cold spring
 A visitor to the Earth Day party at Buena Vista Park defied the cooler weather by showing up in bare feet on Monday.  Photograph by: Gord Waldner, The StarPhoenix , The StarPhoenix.
Saskatoon is breaking records in the midst of its coldest spring in 120 years.
"You're holding onto winter," said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada. "It has just been brutal. I truly think the most miserable spring weather in all of Canada has to be in Saskatchewan."...Continue reading...

Van Morrison & John Lee Hooker - Gloria

Picture of Van Morrison & John Lee Hookerhttp://www.last.fm/music/Van+Morrison+&+John+Lee+Hooker

Two men arrested over ‘al-Qaeda inspired’ plan to attack a Via Rail train in Toronto area: RCMP

http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/Terror suspect Chiheb Esseghaier is led off a plane by RCMP officers in Markham, Ont., on Monday, April 22, 2013. (Ted Brooks / CTV News)by Tom Blackwell: The RCMP arrested two men Monday in connection with an “al-Qaeda-inspired” plan to attack a Via Rail train in the Toronto area, which they said could have led to innocent people being killed or injured. An international investigation disrupted the scheme before there was an “imminent threat” to the public, said James Malizia, an RCMP assistant commissioner, told a news conference. The two accused, Chiheb Esseghaier, from Montreal, and Raed Jaser, from Toronto, were charged with conspiring to carry out an attack and commit murder at the direction of or in association with a terrorist group. The men are not Canadian citizens but police refused to say how they came to be in this country or where they are from originally... Continue reading... [link]

Islam is the Ultimate Sleeper Cell

By :
We don’t know whether Dzhokar Tsarneav and Tamerlan Tsarneav were aligned with any Muslim terrorist organization, but there is no reason that they had to be.
Most recent Muslim terrorist plots were carried out by “lone wolves”, individuals or small groups, who received their Islamist indoctrination and explosives training through the Islamic internet of Jihadist social media.
It may turn out that the Tsarneavs attended a terrorist training camp at some point in the past. But it may be just as likely that they never did. Terrorist training camps still exist, but they are becoming relics when it comes to the new type of pop up terrorism favored by Jihadists abroad...Continue reading...

Marijuana Pill, Dronabinol, Proven To Decrease Pain

A new study has shown that an already-approved pill that has the active ingredient of marijuana, THC, can lower pain responses better and longer than smoking it. By Jonathan Weiss:  As medical marijuana laws continue to be passed through the United States, research is still underway as to the active ingredient, THC, and its medicinal potential. A current study out of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University on a pill currently approved to treat chemotherapy and AIDS patients to with nausea and vomiting has shown that it can also be used for pain management. Dronabinol, a pill with the main ingredient THC, was compared to smoking marijuana in its ability for patients to cope with pain...Continue reading...
Related:  A new anaesthetic injection that lasts for up to three days may help save millions of patients from the distressing side effects of powerful painkilling medication.[link]

Hubble Telescope Snaps Stunning Nebula Photo for 23rd Birthday

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular new image of an iconic nebula to celebrate its 23 years of peering deep into the heavens.
The Hubble observatory, which launched on April 24, 1990, captured the Horsehead Nebula in infrared light, peering through obscuring veils of dust to reveal the object's hidden features.
"The result is a rather ethereal and fragile-looking structure, made of delicate folds of gas — very different to the nebula’s appearance in visible light," mission officials wrote in an image description today (April 19). The new observations allowed astronomers to create a dazzling video of the Horsehead Nebula based on Hubble's photos...Read here...

Why female birds cheat on their partners - Zee News

[photo]by ANI : Washington: Female birds may be socially connected to one male for its entire life, but they are not always faithful to the same mate.

In some cases, scientists have found that up to 70 percent of the eggs found in some nests were fertilized by a male other than the primary occupant, protector, and supplier of the nest, the ABC News reported.

This provides two advantages: greater genetic diversity in her chicks, and thus more resistance to disease, and yet the man of the nest will remain around to help raise the brood, probably unaware that some of the chicks aren't his... Continue reading...

An ancient mating dance offers ranchers, grassland birds a lifeline

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Signs of the (end) times

by Alex McRae: Fires, floods, cyclones, earthquakes, frogs, boils, locusts, liberals… you don’t have to be a Biblical scholar to know that when such things appear The End Is Near...The apocalyptic warnings have never been more abundant. And recently, some hip, new signs of The End have popped up in unexpected places.For instance, driving though South Dakota was once a delight. Especially if you were headed somewhere cool like Mt. Rushmore or Sturgis. But South Dakota motorists had quite a scare recently when they were bombed by falling buzzards. Yes, stinky, smelly, gut-eating buzzards.The birds didn’t fall because they were too tired to flap their wings. They fell because they were frozen stiff...Read complete article here.

The Giant African Land Snail invading southern Florida is gigantic, almost as large as a city rat.
The Giant African Land Snail invading southern Florida is gigantic, almost as large as a city rat. / AP Photo/Scott Burton. cbsnews.com

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Boston Marathon snapshots take on new meaning

by Lauren Crabbe:
I took this photo at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Everywhere you looked, people were taking photos with phones, point-and-shoots and DSLRs.
When I was snapping photos at the finish line for the Boston Marathon, I had no idea that there could be bombs at my feet.
It was my last day in Boston after a long weekend and I was three hours away from getting on a plane to head back to San Francisco. I decided to check out the event after hearing my Bostonian friends and family rave about the Patriot Day activities.
I used my iPhone to snap a few photos of my Boston observations: a gorgeous church at the finish line, a little girl on her mother’s shoulders as she took photos with mommy’s smartphone, and finally, a wide panorama shot from my spot at the race’s final stretch...While it’s not surprising that civilian photos are being used in an FBI investigation, the potential amount of raw footage under review may be unprecedented. The general public has collectively captured the event in high resolution and can send the data instantly to the authorities. The ubiquitous camera phone and the popularity of the social networks we use to share our photographs has us all recording and broadcasting more than ever before. The advent of new life logging devices and wearable tech like Google Glass is sure to increase this even further. And though we often question and consider what these advances mean for photography and our society in terms of personal privacy, recent events also highlight their potential role in public security.Read here. .
Google Glass: what you need to knowGoogle Glass

Love Potion No. Nine-The Clovers-1959

Picture of The Clovershttp://www.last.fm/music/The+Clovers [link]

Sally and Sam's news from Congoo

123rf.com/photoWoman walking her dog, man reading newspaper on the bench Stock Photo - 12515183
Sally and Sam's news update

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars

Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.
Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even in the face of extreme danger, did not deter the likes of Columbus or Magellan.
So it is perhaps not surprising that Mars One has already received thousands of prospective applicants. But there is no return - unlike the mission which hopes to fly to Mars and back in 2018...Continue reading.... Steven Hawking: Mankind has 1,000 years to escape Earth.[Read here]

Yanks pay tribute to Boston by playing 'Sweet Caroline', then beat D-backs

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

♫ Die of a Broken Heart - Carolyn Dawn Johnson

Photo: http://www.last.fm/music/Carolyn+Dawn+Johnsonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolyn_Dawn_Johnson

Live Blog: Latest on the Boston Marathon bombing. Mercury News

Mercury News (58 photos)041513_BostonMarathon_60.JPG                    Mercury News:
Follow the latest on the death toll and injuries as well as details of the police investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday April 15, 2013 in Boston, Mass:http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23031536/live-blog-latest-boston-marathon-bombing

Photographer documents plight of mentally ill prisoners she says are ‘Trapped’ in the system. Porter Wagoner sings about Parkview and the Rubber Room

Jenn Ackerman of Minneapolis spent a summer at Kentucky State Reformatory photographing men’s aggression and anguish. By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The first time photographer Jenn Ackerman saw a correction officer restrain a mentally ill inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory, she was shocked. “It upset me so much,” Ackerman, 32, told the New York Daily News. “It’s a tough thing to watch — seeing someone being hurt in order to save their lives.”...Read here...Julia Lish, a correction officer, comforts an inmate during one of his psychotic episodes. Jenn Ackerman. Julia Lish, a correction officer, comforts an inmate during one of his psychotic episodes. "Its going to be OK," she repeats as he cries and yells to the voices in his head.[photo]

Inside North Korea: Shock video and photos show true horror of Kim Jong-un's evil regime. MIRROR.CO.UK

Reporter at the border uncovers the true story of North Korea that warmongering Kim Jong-un does not want the outside world to see. Toiling the fields: Digging in frozen soil.Female North Korean soldiers patrol along the banks of Yalu River, near the North Korean town of SinuijuKiller heels: Female soldiers on the border. Read complete article here, video and photos.

Chronic pain: Managing it, living with it Health system lags in chronic pain treatment

By Erin McPhee, North Shore News:
Chronic pain: Managing it, living with it
 North Vancouver resident Heather Divine has been living with chronic pain since 1990. For 23 years she's worked to help other sufferers and recently launched the People in Pain Network, a growing non-profit organization dedicated to connecting patients and their families with education, support and solutions. Photograph by: News photo , Mike Wakefield
THE last day Heather Divine worked as a nurse was May 31, 1991.
She even recalls the exact time she stepped down from her post: 3: 15 p.m.
"It's only the last couple of years that I haven't actually got teary-eyed when I say that. Because it was what I thought made me special and important and I loved it and I was good at it and the last thing I wanted to do was leave," says the former operating and recovery room nurse.
Divine is among the estimated one in five people who experience some form of chronic pain. In her case, it's 24/7 neuropathic pain from the waist down, which she began to experience following four surgeries over the course of a year in 1988-1989 related to cyst removal.
January 1990 is the last time she's been pain-free.
Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/health/story.html?id=8240745#ixzz2QbeAbmdP

Another killer disease striking homosexuals


by Garth Kant:

“Gay” sex is becoming even more dangerous.
Health officials are warning sexually active “gay” men about an outbreak of potentially deadly bacterial meningitis in Los Angeles and New York.

The disease has infected 22 people in New York and caused seven deaths since 2010. Health officials in Los Angeles are testing to see if the strain infecting “gay” men there is the same one hitting New York.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation began offering free meningitis vaccines today after a “gay” man from West Hollywood was declared brain dead on Friday.
Thirty-three-year-old lawyer Brett Shaad died within a week of feeling sick...Continue reading...

Happy 65th Birthday Israel!

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125 Animal Photobombs

The cats are taking over. These are fun photos.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/12/cat-photobombs-thinker-cat-photo_n_3069967.html#slide=1403900

Gorilla Vs. Goose


We’ll bomb mosques, hajj camps from may 31 —MEND •To avenge killing of Christians by Boko Haram

Written by  Idowu Samuel, Bolaji Ogundele, Jacob Segun Olatunji and Hassan Ibrahim: GERIA may have started moving dangerously into a theatre of war following resolve by the Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) to start avenging the killing of Christians in Northern Nigeria by members of the Islamic group, Boko Haram.
MEND said it was prepared to launch a crusade in this regard code named “Operation Barbarosa which it said would involve  the bombings of mosques, hajj camps, Islamic institutions, large congregations of islamic events and assassination of clerics who have been propagating the doctrines of hate in Nigeria.
Boko Haram for the past one year has been terrorising the Northern and Middle Belt areas of Nigeria on what members termed a jihad to Islamise the entire north, while targeting christians and churches, mainly in a series of attacks...Continue reading...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fleetwood Mac... Little Lies

Fleetwood Mac survived affairs between band members; affairs between band members and crew members, and affairs between band members and really hard drugs — all during the making of one record, 1977’s “Rumours.”...Read here...

Owl and Mouse, Minnesota - National Geographic Society

Picture of an owl striking a mouse in Minnesota
Photograph by Tom Samuelson, My Shot
This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos
Great gray owls come south from Canada into Minnesota during the winter to find food. This owl was on the north shore of Lake Superior, just south of Two Harbors, Minnesota. We happened to find him as the sun was setting, and in the evening light, we were able to be in a position to see an owl that was hunting when a mouse came out, and the owl was quick to pounce and pick up an evening meal.
(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.) http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/gray-owl-mouse/

Israel comes to standstill to remember Holocaust

Associated Press/Ariel Schalit - Israeli motorists stand still next to their cars on a freeway as a two-minute siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 8, 2013. Holocaust remembrance day is one of the most solemn on Israel's calendar with restaurants and places of entertainment shut down, and radio and TV programming focused on Holocaust documentaries and interviews with survivors. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) http://news.yahoo.com/israel-comes-standstill-remember-holocaust-071205041.html