Friday, September 20, 2013

Tony Joe White, "Polk Salad Annie"

Tony Joe WhiteTony Joe White - You Tuberwells47 Related, Dandelion greens.

Photo of the day: Navajo “code talker” and inspiring parade walker


Roy Hawthorne, Navajo Code Talker. USMC. He walked the 2-mile parade route. Two Navajo Marines help him with the last 1/2 mile. During World War II, Roy Hawthorne served with the Marine Corps as a Navajo code talker – a group of about 400 Navajos who invented the first unbreakable code in U.S. history.
During his service, Hawthorne helped develop a code based on the Navajo language, a code that saved countless lives and was a key reason the Allies were able to win in the Pacific.
Growing up on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico in the 1930’s, Hawthorne attended a school run by the U.S. government. Students were strictly forbidden to speak their native Navajo language, but Hawthorne kept on speaking it anyway. While at school and at home he communicated in the language that would later lend itself to benefit the entire country. Read here, see: The Official Site oof the Navajo Code Talkers

Grumpy Cat rewarded for persistent frowning, gets endorsement deal

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat is overwhelmed with joy at the news of her endorsement deal with a pet-food company.
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Internet sensation Grumpy Cat is overwhelmed with joy at the news of her endorsement deal with a pet-food company.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   By Jim Salter The Associated Press:
ST. LOUIS—It probably won’t affect her famous mood, but Grumpy Cat now has an endorsement deal.
The frown-faced Internet sensation, real name Tardar Sauce, is now the “spokescat” for a Friskies brand of cat food, Nestle Purina PetCare announced Tuesday. The St. Louis-based company didn’t release terms of the deal.
Photos of Grumpy Cat, her brown and white face in a constant scowl, have become a constant presence on Facebook and other social media, often accompanied by crabby messages such as “I don’t like days that end in Y” or “I’m listening, I just don’t care.” She also is among the biggest stars of the peculiar trend of cat dominance on Web videos and postings...Continue reading...

Grey Owl: Canada's great conservationist and imposter

Grey Owl with beaver The conservationist said he was the son of a Scotsman who had married an Apache.
      One hundred and twenty five years ago, a great conservationist - and imposter - was born in East Sussex. Known as Grey Owl, he was one of Canada's first conservationists and is said to have saved the Canadian beaver from extinction.
But his beginnings in south-east England were a world apart from his public image as a celebrated writer and speaker on both sides of the Atlantic.
Born Archibald Stansfeld Belaney on 18 September 1888 in Hastings, he grew up enthralled by stories of Native Americans and moved to Canada aged 17 in search of a new life...Continue reading biography here...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lindi Ortega, "Tin Star"

Sing me Back Home-Fire on the Mountain, Country Music Hall of Fame. Nashville Te[image]Picture of Lindi Ortega — Live @ The Dakota Tavern, Toronto CA, June 6, 2011

DARPA’s Plan to Flood the Sea With Drones, Carrying More Drones

DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency, has recently revealed its plans to boost the Navy’s response to threats in international waters by developing submerged unmanned platforms that can be deployed at a moment’s notice.
Hydra, named after the serpent-like creature with many heads in Greek mythology, would create an undersea network of unmanned payloads and platforms to increase the capability and speed the response to threats like piracy, the rising number of ungoverned states, and sophisticated defenses at a time when the Pentagon is forced to make budget cuts. According to DARPA, the Hydra system ”represents a cost effective way to add undersea capacity that can be tailored to support each mission” that would still allow the Navy to conduct special operations and contingency missions. In other words, the decreasing number of naval vessels can only be in one place at a time...Continue reading...

Incredible Photo: Frog Launches With LADEE

       It was Kermit going for a ride.LADEE Frog Photobomb (click to enlarge)
                                                             LADEE Frog Photobomb
       A still camera on a sound trigger captured this intriguing photo of an airborne frog as NASA's LADEE spacecraft lifts off from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The photo team confirms the frog is real and was captured in a single frame by one of the remote cameras used to photograph the launch. The condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.
Credit: NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Motorcycles Rumble Through on the Way to D.C. for 9/11 Rally [video]

Twitter [photo]
: While the bikers heading to Washington, D.C., for the “2 Million Bikers to D.C.” rally to commemorate 9/11 (and counter the million Muslim march) aren’t expected into the nation’s capital until around 11 a.m., pictures and video are still surfacing of them making their way.
The local NBC station in D.C. says riders will be first hitting the area around 9 a.m. before reaching their ultimate destination a couple hours later.
We’ve compiled some of the preparation and early action below and will bring you more complete coverage from our reporters on the ground when they roll in: Read here, videos

9/11 'hero dog' saved woman trapped in rubble for 27 hours

Image: "Hero Dogs of 9/11"; Dog and handler on rubble pile at Ground Zero.
Animal Planet
More than 300 specially trained search-and-rescue dogs were deployed at Ground Zero in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
   On Sept. 11, 2001, Genelle Guzman-McMillan was working in her office in the World Trade Center when she heard a terrible noise outside. As she raced down the stairs, she felt the building collapse around her.
Twenty-seven hours later, she would be the final living person rescued from the rubble at Ground Zero. She was not found by a human equipped with special gear. Instead, her savior was a dog...Continue reading...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Little Eva shown at front of locomotive engine in 1962 studio promo photo with others, from left: Don Kirshner, Al Nevins, Gerry Goffin and Carole King.Little Eva shown at front of locomotive engine in 1962 studio promo photo with others, from left: Don Kirshner, Al Nevins, Gerry Goffin and Carole King. [photo]  Little Eva, biography

Global Warming, the Real Cause of the Syrian Civil War?

By  Alec Torres
Francesco Femia has identified in a new culprit in the Syrian civil war: climate change. While it’s not the direct cause of the conflict in Syria, Femia, co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, argues that climate change created a “powder keg” in the country, creating the conditions that made the civil war more likely.
According to Femia, climate change had caused a massive drought in Syria that, coupled with the Assad regime’s resource mismanage..ment, created a “large-scale environmental and human disaster.” He believes the crisis led to massive migration into urban areas, which were already hard-pressed economically, sparking large-scale civil unrest. This unrest eventually became a civil war.
While Femia made clear, in an appearance on public television’s Moyers & Company, that he was “not making any causal claims about climate change causing conflict,” he called climate change a “threat multiplier” that ”makes other threats to human security worse.” (This February, the Center for American Progress released a report, to which Femia contributed, laying out a range of theories about global warming and the Arab Spring.)...Continue reading...

Egypt: 'Israeli Spy Stork' Killed and Eaten

By Elad Benari:
Stork (illustrative)
Stork (illustrative)
Flash 90
The latest “Israeli animal spy”, a stork that was detained by Egyptian police last week on suspicion of spying, has been killed and eaten, The Guardian reports.
Police detained the stork after a man saw a tag on it and caught it, suspecting it was a spying device.
The bird was spotted by a fisherman in the Nile River, in the Qena region, as it swam with other birds. The fisherman noticed that the bird had a device attached to its feathers, which he feared could be used to gather information.
Experts then examined the device to see if it could have been used to gather intelligence, but it turned out that the stork had been tagged by zoologists to track its migration, according to The Guardian...Continue reading...

Honorary feline mayor of Alaska town leaves animal hospital following dog attack, arrives home

Mayor Stubbs of Talkeetna, Alaska (Facebook)
By Associated Press: [photo]
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of an Alaska town, has recovered enough from severe injuries sustained in a dog mauling to be released from the animal hospital.
The 16-year-old cat’s owner, Lauri Stec, drove to Wasilla to bring Stubbs home to Talkeetna on Monday. She said he’s doing OK, but is still in a lot of pain and on a pain patch.
Stubbs lives at Nagley’s General Store, and Stec is the manager there. She said for at least a few days, Stubbs will be cared for at a house connected to the back of the store and away from the hubbub. He’ll have to be quiet for a couple months.
But Stubbs is a social creature and getting on in years. Stec doesn’t want him to get depressed, so she plans to move him back to the store in a few days. She’ll keep him in his regular sleeping spot on top of a freezer that holds his bed: a mushing sled piled with furs of fox, caribou, beaver and lynx.
“He’ll be with his pals,” Stec said of the furs...Continue reading...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ian and Sylvia; "Four Strong Winds", "Summer Wages"

Early Morning RainIan and Sylvia-classic rockIan Tyson - biography

Israel – The happiest country on Earth?

by sheikyermami
Have you ever googled “most hated country in the world”? As you can imagine, Israel ranks as one of the highest, right next to North Korea and Iran. Let’s face it, in some circles our Jewish country is just not that popular. Yet, if you research the happiest country in the world, Israel tops the list.
An article published by The Asia Times reads, “Envy surrounds no country on Earth like the state of Israel, and with good reason: by objective measures, Israel is the happiest nation on Earth…. It is one of the wealthiest, freest and best-educated; and it enjoys a higher life expectancy than Germany or the Netherlands. But most remarkable is that Israelis appear to love life and hate death more than any other nation.”Take a minute and think about that. Picture that from above. Israel is geographically engulfed by countries that are hell-bent on destroying her, constantly radiating negativity or actively attempting to kill her civilians. With all that hostility aimed at the Jewish state, Israelis are walking the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem the happiest people in the world. It’s absolutely remarkable. Read here.
 What's it actually like in Israel? A Soldiers Mother.

Alaska Cat Mayor Stubbs Attacked by Dog, Recovering (VIDEO)

By Phyllis M Daugherty
Stubbs, the honorary feline "Mayor" of Talkeetna, Alaska, is recovering at a local veterinary clinic after a vicious mauling by a dog on Labor Day Weekend. So far, the identity of the canine attacker is unknown. He is described as large and local.
The incident occurred while the 16-year-old ginger politi-cat was on his nightly tour of the town on Saturday. Mayor Stubbs suffered a punctured lung, fractured sternum and deep cuts and bruises, according to Lauri Stec, Stubbs' owner and manager of the local general store, Nagley's.
"He had a big gash on his side about 4-5 inches long and once we got him to the vet we found out the gash went down to his organs," said Stec. Stubbs went through a crucial time when he had to be heavily sedated on pain meds, she said. His medical bills could top $2,000.
"I can't tell you how many people have been here every single day who want to see him, take pictures of him, pet him," Stec said of the cat known for his habit of drinking catnip-laced water from a wine glass. "He's pretty patient."... How Stubbs became "Mayor"...

'Sturgeon General' and colleagues track prehistoric giants in North Saskatchewan

 By Brent Wittmeier, Postmedia NewsIts whisker-like barbels are evident as this teen lake sturgeon floats in a sling that lets it be weighed and measured.
Its whisker-like barbels are evident as this teen lake sturgeon floats in a sling that lets it be weighed and measured.
Photograph by: Shaughn Butts, Postmedia News.  In a snapshot retrieved from his cellphone, Owen Watkins is grinning, his arms wrapped around a sleepy, slightly inebriated friend.
The stupefication of his 44-year-old buddy is understandable: Watkins heaved him from the North Saskatchewan River, placed him in a water bath full of dissolved anesthetic, then performed minor abdominal surgery to insert a knucklelength transmitter. A few seconds after the photo, the fisheries biologist returned the 35-kilogram fish to the current.
Lake sturgeon haven't really changed in 200 million years of evolution, can outlive any human and balloon to nearly 100 kilograms and a length of more than two metres. But after decades of pollution, damming and fishing, only an estimated 6,300 remain in the North Saskatchewan River. Most are pre-adolescents, not even old enough to spawn...Continue reading...

Global warming? No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists. The Telegraph

Global warming? No, actually we're cooling, claim scientists
Major climate research centres now accept that there has been a “pause” in global warming since 1997.  Photo: ALAMY
There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles.
In a rebound from 2012's record low an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia's northern shores, days before the annual re-freeze is even set to begin.
The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific has remained blocked by pack-ice all year, forcing some ships to change their routes.
A leaked report to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) seen by the Mail on Sunday, has led some scientists to claim that the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century...Continue reading...

1,200 Calif. chickens to retire on the East Coast

[image]The Associated Press:
Their egg-laying days behind them, some 1,200 Northern California chickens are heading for a cozy retirement on the East Coast, where they will live outside of cages and have plenty of room to spread their wings.
The Sacramento Bee reports ( that an anonymous $50,000 donation is funding Operation Chicken Airlift, which will send the hens on a cross-country cargo flight to upstate New York on Wednesday evening.
From there the white Leghorn chickens will be ferried to different sanctuaries. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York, where 200 of the birds will end up, is providing perches, grass and even a wooded area where they can roam.
Laying hens are generally too lean for human consumption and are usually slaughtered after they stop providing eggs.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pets Add Life (PAL) is thrilled to introduce ‘Wet Dog,’ YouTube video,

Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) September 03, 2013 Greenwich, CT (PRWEB) September 03, 2013 :Debuting a new video within its YouTube series, Pets Add Life (PAL) is thrilled to introduce ‘Wet Dog,’ featuring one hilarious ‘talking’ wet dog right after bath time. Instantly becoming an overnight success and surpassing more than 2 million views, the video encourages multiple pet ownership and the joys pets bring to our lives...Continue reading...

US military revolt against Obama’s decision

By InSerbia Team
usa-02The military revolt against the Obama administration’s plan to launch a potentially disastrous attack on Syria is gathering pace, with both top brass and regular service members expressing their vehement opposition to the United States becoming entangled in the conflict...Read more, photos...

Dog injures Stubbs, honorary mayor in Alaska

ODD - Purrfect Mayor
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 11, 2012 file photo provided by Sandy Bubar, a cat named Stubbs lies on a tarp in an alley in Talkeetna, Alaska. Locals know him as Mayor Stubbs, a 15-year-old yellow cat who has been overseeing the town since shortly after he was born. For the honorary mayor, a weekend dogfight was less political, more literal. Mayor Stubbs the cat is recovering at a veterinarian's office in Wasilla after being injured by a dog Saturday night, Aug. 31, 2013 in the tourist town near Denali National Park.

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— For the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, a weekend dogfight was less political, more literal.
Mayor Stubbs the cat is recovering at a veterinarian's office in Wasilla after being injured by a dog Saturday night in the quirky tourist town near Denali National Park.
Owner Lauri Stec tells KTUU ( ) that Stubbs suffered a fractured sternum and a punctured lung, and already has undergone three hours of surgery.
Stec is planning to file a police report. She says the would-be assassin "needs to go away."
Residents didn't like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate..
Although his position is honorary, Stubbs' popularity is real, earning national stories and subsequent visits from tourists. He normally spends his days at a main street general store. Read here.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Ozark Mountain Daredevils, ''Chicken Train"

[Photo]Picture of chickens in a farm pasture in PennsylvaniaPicture of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Reel Injun: How Filmmakers See Native Americans in 4000 Films

Written by Reel Injun
When I originally wrote about the treatment of American Indians in film, I had not seen the documentary, “Reel Injun.” After viewing it, I invited Bill Kaser, who contributed to the earlier article, to join me in discussing it here.
We wanted readers of Reel Life With Jane to get a look at how some North American filmmakers (and non-Indian filmmakers) view the treatment of “Injuns” on screen and also encourage more discussion...Continue reading...

Pennsylvania hospital to open country's first inpatient treatment program for Internet addiction

[image]Internet Addiction: It's A 'Thing'By
Ten years ago, Kevin Roberts suffered from an addiction that took over his life.
Roberts, now 44 years old, would sit eight to 12 hours a day in front of the pale blue glow of his computer, playing a videogame. During holidays, he "binged," spending nearly all his waking hours at his keyboard. Finally, a friend who had been through Alcoholics Anonymous told him he displayed all the same characteristics of an addict...Read here... [link]