Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kacey Musgraves 'Merry Go 'Round'

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Obama campaign strategist to speak in Saskatoon

   By Joe Couture, The Starphoenix: Mitch Stewart, the political strategist who oversaw Barack Obama's victories in battleground states in 2012, will speak this week at an event in Saskatoon about progressive change.
          Stewart has been involved over the years in numerous organizations and campaigns, including several that were important to the success of the U.S. president. He was Battleground States Director for Obama's 2012 campaign, and his strategy led to wins in nine of 10 battleground states.
          "It was a life-changing experience," Stewart said about working with the president. "It's been a fantastic professional experience for me, but more importantly, from a personal perspective, it will go down as one of the greatest accomplishments of my life."...Continue reading...

Disciplined Benghazi security official rumoured to be coming to Canada

Disciplined Benghazi security official rumoured to be coming to Canada

Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for International Programs in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the U.S. Department of State displays a map of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, as she testifies about the September 11, 2012 attack on the consulate, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. October 10, 2012.

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WASHINGTON - A disgraced state department official who oversaw security decisions at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi at the time of a deadly terrorist attack may be posted to Canada, according to a report.
                             Charlene Lamb was among four state department security officials disciplined following a scathing review into the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
                              Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed in the attack.
                              Lamb was placed on administrative leave from her position as deputy assistant secretary for international programs in December 2012 after a sharply critical independent inquiry into the attacks.
                             The inquiry cited several problems, noting "systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the state department resulted in a special mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place."
                              A House committee probe also cited her for failing to bolster safeguards at the Benghazi mission and rebuffing calls from subordinates to improve security staffing in the run-up to the deadly attack.
                              Rumours of Lamb's possible new position as a regional security officer to Canada come from Special Operations Forces Report, an online news source for military and former special operative soldiers...Continue reading...

Dogs Sniff for Late Pope's Stolen Blood

In this file photo taken on April 23 1997, Pope John Paul II waves to faithful as he crosses St. Peter's square at the Vatican. (Andrew Medichini/AP Photo) 
           by PHOEBE NATANSON: Dozens of police with sniffer dogs searched the area around the church of San Pietro della Ienca in the central mountainous Abbruzzo region of Italy for a stolen relic containing a fragment of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II.
The relic is believed to have been stolen Saturday night from the small stone church together with a small simple cross, according to police.
Pasquale Corriere, president of the Cultural Center that takes care of the sanctuary, said he believed this was a "commissioned theft." He was alerted to the theft by his daughter, who saw the rails protecting the church sawed on Sunday morning and noticed that the relic was no longer in its place.
"Whoever broke in came for the relic, that is clear, all the rest was left untouched including the offering box," Corriere said.
The small church is in the Gran Sasso mountains near the city of l'Aquila was dear to Pope John Paul II, who visited the area more than 100 times during his papacy, where he would walk and meditate and was even known to have skied down the slopes as a young pope. The area has become a place of pilgrimage for people in search of peace or wishing to pray...Continue reading...

Bird Island from Bob R on Vimeo.

Both great white egret parents raise their young, although sibling rivalry in the nest can results in death for some chicks.
Photograph by Tim Laman

Bird Island from Bob R on Vimeo.
Bird Island, or Isla de los Pájaros, is located in the mangroves of Puerto Pizarro Bay in northern Peru. Located about 13 kilometers north of Tumbes and not far from the border with Ecuador, the Island is home to thousands of birds, some 140 resident and migratory species. Most common on the island are frigatebirds, ibises and Great White Egrets.

5 Everyday Things You Can Do to Keep Your Computer Healthy

Passwords: How Strong is StrongPassword Funny Reminder with Bulldogby : Hygiene is  important! Most of us have it under control for ourselves, but for a lot of our technology, it's a bit messier under the hood. Just like keeping your house clean or brushing your teeth addresses problems before they can start, a little prevention of common computer problems can save you hours and dollars down the road. And, as with any intimidating situation, even a little foreknowledge and preparation can be vastly empowering...5 Everyday Things here.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

City and Colour - 'Comin' Home' (Official Video) and ColourPicture of City and Colour —

Pics from wildlife cams tell a story (30-pic gallery)

This is my favorite picture in the gallery. Looks as if that doe is going to get a blast of air  freshener.                                                                                                                                             Photo by Jo Ann Herr

A series of candid moments with mountain lions, bears and other wildlife, captured with trail cams this winter across the Bay Area and Northern California, show wildlife in a little-seen world where they think nobody is watching.
The trail cam photos also show how animals are responding to the drought and warm temperatures: They are out on the hunt, both day and night, looking for food.
After a request in last Sunday’s Chronicle for candid wildlife photos from trail cams, dozens of contributions were submitted. For the story that goes with each photo, see my outdoors column in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle or here at [30 pic gallery here.]

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Conrad Black on Harper in Israel: A great moment for Canada - National Post

Conrad Black:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the Israeli Knesset this week was one of the greatest speeches ever delivered by a Canadian leader, ranking (in content if not delivery, though that was quite adequate) with Sir John Macdonald’s defence of his conduct in the Pacific scandal in 1873, Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s parliamentary response to conscription in 1917, and Pierre E. Trudeau’s speech at the end of the Quebec sovereignty referendum campaign in 1980. The content of the Knesset speech was generally accurately reported in Canada, but not widely recognized as a brilliant address, as a great milestone in the rise of Canada as a power in the world, a clarification of the moral basis of this country’s foreign policy, and as an episode that brings distinction on the whole country. The prime minister emphasized the historic connection between our country and the Jews, who have been in Canada for 250 years. He said that the pride in Israel exhibited by Canada’s 350,000 Jews is perfectly compatible with their Canadian patriotism. This was a worthwhile rebuttal of the hackneyed claim that Jews are compromised by “divided loyalties.” In its most extreme form, this libel became the basis of Hitler’s charge of treasonous betrayal in World War I, and of Stalin’s infamous persecution of Jews as “rootless cosmopolitans.”
Mr. Harper declared: “After generations of persecution, the Jewish people deserve their own homeland and the right to live peacefully in that homeland.” It was on this basis exactly that the United Nations created Israel, as opposed to merely admitting it as a member state, as the UN’s five founding members did with Canada and the world’s other nations. In the aftermath of the genocidal murder of half the world’s Jews in the death camps of the Third Reich (along with 6-million non-Jews), it was agreed that the Jews should have a homeland in the land of Israel. Read here.

Carolina Story - "Gold" , update

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                                                                                                                                                                                                               Listen to the tune "Someone Else' on REVERBNATION, love their music. A duo you don't want to miss. Ben and Emily Roberts write their own lyrics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carolina Story

Ricky Bobby (paralyzed dog) gets his wheels.

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                                                                                                                                                      Ricky Bobby was all bones, terrified and living in a cinder block cell covered in his own filth. Years of neglect had left him rotting away, forced to drag his paralyzed legs across the cement floor — until we rescued him. Today, that sad place is a distant memory for a transformed Ricky Bobby. With his homemade wheels and adoring family, he has the life every dog should have.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Foldable pocket drones coming soon

The art of cyber-stalking is about to get an upgrade, as a team of computer whizzes on work towards a pocket-sized drone that is silent, maneuverable and, most importantly, so easy to set up it could probably be used by a chimpanzee.
What’s more, the “world’s first multicopter” is built well enough to carry a portable camera – any camera, in fact, as long as it’s about 15 grams in weight – and can even be operated from an Android phone or tablet via a USB port.
As the AirDroids explain, their device was created out of a need for simpler designs accessible to anyone, lightweight, at low cost, upgradeable and hackable, and with advanced systems onboard – like autopilot...Read complete article here  Related: Military uses pocket- sized drones in battle

Tens Of Thousands March For End Of Abortion In Washington On Roe Anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2014 ( – Tens of thousands of pro-life activists endured frigid temperatures and a snow storm Wednesday as they gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to mark the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that has prepared the way for an estimated 56 million abortions.
In past years the march has drawn crowds estimated between 400,000 and 650,000. However, the winter storm that blew through Washington on Tuesday led to cancellations of numerous buses and planes, creating a visible drop in numbers at this year's rally and march. The Philadelphia archdiocese, for instance, canceled all of their buses.
Famed Christian singer and songwriter Matt Maher was scheduled to lead music for a half hour before the rally, but his slot was cancelled because of the weather. Instead he opened and closed the rally beginning at noon.
Taking the stage to welcome the marchers shortly after noon, March for Life organizers insisted pro-lifers wouldn't be daunted by the frigid weather in D.C. "We may be freezing, but we're freezing for the best cause in the world," said Patrick Kelly, chairman of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. "No sacrifice is too great for this cause," said Jeanne Monahan, the group's newly minted president...Continue reading...

Just call my name( I'll be there) by Blackmore's Night

Photo: A gray wolf in the snownationalgeographic.com's_Night.

Fawlty Towers 'The Hotel Insecter'

Sally and  Sam like to watch Fawlty Towers. Classic comedy.      John CleeseJohn Cleese on Twitter

Harvard Professor Warns of “Devastating” China-Japan War

Paul Joseph Watson,  Prison    Harvard Professor Ezra Vogel warned of the devastating consequences of a potential war between China and Japan during a conference in Beijing.
Vogel, a Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University, is an expert sinologist having written extensively on relations between the two countries for decades.
During his speech, Vogel highlighted Japan’s historical revisionism, characterized by the refusal in Japanese school textbooks to accept responsibility for the second world war, as well as the territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, as the two key factors driving hostilities...Continue reading...

Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead

Nebraska SupercellSee photos here.

More photos by Hollingshead here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

'Alone Yet Not Alone', Christian movie with a Christian song, Oscar Contenders

Alone Yet Not Alone - Official Movie Website                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Song nominated for academy award: See:Drew Zahn

All hell breaks loose over Christian Oscar nod

Hollywood warned of hypocrisy for raging against nomination

All hell breaks loose over Christian Oscar nod.  Hollywood warned of hypocrisy for raging against nomination.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Johnny Horton 'When It's Spring Time In Alaska It's 40 Below'

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Animal rights groups twisted facts in polar bear campaign

By Jonathan Charlton, The StarPhoenix:
Animal rights groups twisted facts in polar bear campaign, prof says

Three-month-old twin polar bears snuggle to their 18-year-old mother Lala as they are shown to visitors for the first time at Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, March 22, 2013.

That’s the view of University of Saskatchewan professor Douglas Clark, of the School of Environment and Sustainability, after studying the campaign to ban all trade of polar bear products last year, alongside University of Exeter geographer Martina Tyrrell.
“Part of the reason polar bears have become such an uncontrollable symbol is because people have used information selectively, and there’s enough information and enough (uncertainty) about this — and most other environmental issues — that you can use good science to back up nearly any claim,” Clark said....Read more...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Russian Mother Takes Magical Pictures of Her Two Kids With Animals On Her Farm

Bored Panda: These wonderful photographs by Elena Shumilova plunge the viewer into a beautiful world that revolves around two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends. Taking advantage of natural colors, weather conditions and her enchanting surroundings, the gifted Russian artist creates cozy and heartwarming photography that will leave you amazed.
The boys in the photographs are the photographer’s sons and the animals belong to the farm she runs. “I largely trust my intuition and inspiration when I compose photos. I get inspired mainly by my desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what that is” Shumilova explained to BoredPanda.
Rural settings, natural phenomena and the changing seasons seem to be the greatest stimuli in her works. “When shooting I prefer to use natural light – both inside and outside. I love all sorts of light conditions – street lights, candle light, fog, smoke, rain and snow – everything that gives visual and emotional depth to the image,” the photographer said.
Shumilova told us her passion for photography manifested in early 2012 when she got her first camera. Her most recent equipment includes the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and a 135mm lens. As a mother who doesn’t want to miss out on her growing children, she says she shoots every day and processes the images at night.
We suggest you take a cup of tea, lean back comfortably in your armchair and browse this beautiful collection of Elena Shumilova’s
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Eugenie "Genie" Bouchards' magical run continues at Australian Open with win over former World No.1

The Globe and Mail:
A historic run at the Australian Open just got even bigger for rising 19-year-old Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard.
Bouchard has become just the second Canadian in history to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam after winning a thrilling three-set marathon 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 over former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. The native of Westmount, Que., seeded in a Grand Slam for the first time in her budding career – 30 in Melbourne – has earned a semi-final matchup with No. 4 seeded Chinese star Li                                                                          XMEL246-121_2014_150703_high.jpg
Supporters of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard watch her quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill) - See more at:
Supporters of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard watch her quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill) - See more at:
Supporters of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard watch her quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill) - See more at:
Supporters of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard watch her quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
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Supporters of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard watch her quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
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Supporters of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard watch her quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)
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Supporters of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard watch her quarterfinal against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)The 'Genie' Army

'Old Dogs, Children And Watermelon Wine' by Tom T hall

Monday, January 20, 2014

Canadian farmers fear virus that has killed more than a million pigs in U.S. - Video

Health board says Canada not ready for virus that has killed millions of US pigs

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea has killed millions of baby pigs in the United States.

Photograph by: JOCHEN LUEBKE , AFP/Getty Images

Bald and beautiful: B.C. model with cancer hopes to inspire

[photos] Elly Maydayelly mayday                                                                       CTV British Columbia:
A local model with a rare form of cancer is sharing her story in hopes of changing the way the fashion industry thinks about beauty.
Elly Mayday is only 25 years old, but has already endured months of chemotherapy and a hysterectomy to battle a type of ovarian cancer usually only seen in post-menopausal women.
“I was told it was a cyst so many times, and I just knew deep down in my heart that there was something else wrong,” Mayday says. But instead of doing what many might – hanging up her hat and retiring from the world of fashion and beauty – Mayday has kept on modelling, proudly showing off her surgery scars and bald head in a
sports bra campaign with Forever Yours Lingerie in Langley... Continue reading...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Moody Blues; "Blue Guitar", "Nights In White Satin"

              Nigths in white satin by The Moody Blues on Grooveshark

Hawaiian night grouches bid aloha to common sense. National Post

"More nonsense from the Marxists at U of S." Sally and SamPresident Barack Obama wearing a culturally insensitive lei on his arrival in Hawaii.
SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)President Barack Obama wearing a culturally insensitive lei on his arrival in Hawaii.
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The toughest thing to fathom about the alleged offence against indigenous culture represented by a poster for “Hawaiian Night” at the University of  Saskatchewan is who, exactly, is having their identity offended.
According to the Arts and Sciences Student Union at the university, they were pressured into altering posters for a planned fundraiser after being criticized for depicting a woman on a surfboard, wearing a bikini, an orchid and a pink Hawaiian lei. The complaint, reports National Post’s Jen Gerson, originated with an organizer from the Idle No More movement, and was posted on Facebook by Adam Gaudry, an assistant professor of native studies.
“To appropriate someone else’s cultural traditions to celebrate a party that involves alcohol without involving the people who are supposed to be represented removes the agency of the people whose culture is represented, and how their culture is practised,” said Mr.  Gaudry.
“It’s basically an outsider selling an outsider culture to other outsiders without really reflecting on that process.”...Read more...
So if it has nothing to do with native Hawaiian culture, what’s the complaint?

Saturday, January 18, 2014

"Mr. Spaceman" The Byrds ByrdsPicture of The Byrds

Former Canadian defence minister, "extraterrestrials live among us and they refuse to share their advanced technology due to wars and pollution." Video

Former Canadian defence minister Paul Hellyer, the so-called highest-ranked alien believer on Earth, says that extraterrestrials live among us and they refuse to share their advanced technology due to wars and pollution...Read here...                                                                                                                                   Hellyer
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The Honourable Paul Hellyer, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, 1963-1967.

Weekly Photography Challenge – Cats in Windows

A Post By: Darlene Hildebrandt...Even if you aren’t a “cat” person this week I challenge you to get past that and go find some cats to photograph. An empty windowsill is just that – empty – without a cat sitting on the ledge. A doorway and stoop, missing something without a feline resident taking sentinel position... Ste PagnaJorge Sáez

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Welcome to the new Academic Earth! Free Online College Courses

Explore Free Online College Courses from Our Featured Universities

Academic Earth believes everyone deserves access to a world-class education, which is why we continue to offer a comprehensive collection of free online college courses from the world's top universities. And now, we take learning outside the classroom with our original series of thought-provoking videos, designed to spark your intellectual curiosity and start a conversation. Watch, learn, share, debate. After all, only through questioning the world around us, can we come to better understand it. Welcome to the New Academic Earth