Friday, September 26, 2014

'Star Wars' music video lets you 'Turn Down for Hutt'


Turn down for...turn down for...turn down for Hutt! Video screenshot by Anthony Domanico/CNET
  • by   DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" is one of the most popular singles of 2014, which also makes it ripe for parody videos. On Wednesday, Matthew Belinkie released an epic "Star Wars"-themed parody of the song that pays tribute to everyone's favorite Tatooine crime boss, Jabba the Hutt...Read more...
  • Mortality rate climbing: Ebola virologist warns outbreak could lead to “the complete breakdown of society” - Los Angeles Times

    In a grim assessment of the Ebola epidemic, researchers say the deadly virus threatens to become endemic to West Africa instead of eventually disappearing from humans.
    "The current epidemiologic outlook is bleak," wrote a panel of more than 60 World Health Organization experts in a study published Tuesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.
    "We must therefore face the possibility that Ebola virus disease will become endemic among the human population of West Africa, a prospect that has never previously been contemplated."
    In the absence of new control measures, the authors estimated that the total case load would exceed 20,000 by Nov 2...Continue reading...

    Robert Kennedy Jr.: We need laws to ‘punish global warming skeptics’

    - The Washington Times:
    Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of climate change’s loudest activists, said there should be a law that lets authorities punish skeptics and deniers - those who engage in “selling out the public trust,” he said, in an interview with Climate Depot during New York City’s recent People’s Climate March.
    “I wish there were a law you could punish them with,” he said, in the videotaped interview. “I don’t think there is a law that you can punish these politicians under … [and skeptical politicians are] selling out the public trust.”...Read more:

    Upcoming Anniversary: October 1st Will Mark 18 Years of No Global Warming

    Is your cat racist? All cats are racist

    I thought only white people were racist? [link]
    by ...If you’re a black bird-watcher, “be prepared to be confused with the other black birder.” That’s what J. Drew Lanham, a wildlife ecology professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, wrote last year in his list of nine race-related “rules.”
    Lanham’s sarcasm is warranted. Minorities have always seemed to be underrepresented in U.S. environmental groups. Now there’s new data to support that old anecdotal observation.
    According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011, 93 percent of American birders were white, 5 percent were Hispanic (which includes both blacks and whites), 4 percent were black, 1 percent were Asian American, and 2 percent were “other.”...

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    America's Soldiers Singing "Days of Elijah"

    [image]                                                                                                                                                                                                                       These are the days of Elijah

    Declaring the Word of the Lord, yes
    And these are the days of his servant, Moses
    Righteousness being restored
    And these are the days of great trial
    Of famine and darkness and sword
    So we are the voice in the desert crying
    Prepare ye the way of the Lord

    Behold he comes
    Riding on a cloud
    Shining like the sun
    At the trumpet's call
    Lift your voice
    It's the year of jubilee
    And out of Zion's hill salvation comes

    And these are the days of Ezekiel
    With dry bones becoming as flesh
    And these are the days of his servant, David
    Building the temple of praise, yes
    And these are the days of the harvest
    The fields are all white in the world
    And we are the laborers that are in your vineyard
    declaring the word of the Lord

    Meet the Female Pilot Who Led Airstrike on ISIS

    PHOTO: Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati female fighter jet pilot prepare to take off on June 13, 2013 in United Arab Emirates.

    PHOTO: Mariam Al Mansouri, the first Emirati female fighter jet pilot prepare to take off on June 13, 2013 in United Arab Emirates.
       The United Arab Emirate's first female pilot led a mission this week against ISIS in Syria, according to the UAE ambassador to the United States.
       Major Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, was the first woman to join the Emirati Air Force. The UAE this week joined the United States, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and Bahrain in implementing airstrikes against ISIS...Continue reading, video...

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Tribes from US, Canada sign bison treaty

    Matthew Brown Associated Press:

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed.
    Leaders of 11 tribes from Montana and Alberta signed the pact during a daylong ceremony on Montana's Blackfeet Reservation, organizers said.
    It marks the first treaty among the tribes and First Nations since a series of agreements governing hunting rights in the 1800s. That was when their ancestors still roamed the border region hunting bison, also called buffalo.
    The long-term aim of Tuesday's "Buffalo Treaty" is to allow the free flow of the animals across the international border and restore the bison's central role in the food, spirituality and economies of many American Indian tribes and First Nations — a Canadian synonym for native tribes...Continue reading...

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Fatal overdoses connected to synthetic counterfeit drug: Saskatoon police - The StarPhoenix

    The StarPhoenix September 22, 2014 8:37 PMFatal overdoses connected to synthetic counterfeit drug: Saskatoon police

    Saskatoon police say a pair of fatal overdoses may be connected to a dangerous synthetic drug being sold in the city. Investigators think Oxycontin 80 pills, recently seized by officers, may contain “other unknown deadly ingredients.”

    Photograph by: Supplied photo , courtesy

    Saskatoon police say a pair of fatal overdoses are connected to a dangerous synthetic drug being sold in the city.
    Investigators think Oxycontin 80 pills, recently seized by officers, may contain “other unknown deadly ingredients.” Oxycontin 80 pills are not readily available, said Saskatoon police in a news release, and that those being sold on the street are counterfeit.
    Police say the deaths of the two men, both in their 20’s, were a result of the pills. The men died one day apart and were known to each other, police noted.
    Saskatoon police, the integrated drug enforcement street team and the provincial coroner are all investigating their deaths.
    The pills are described by police as blue-green, round convex shape, and with ‘80’ on one side and ‘CDN’ on the other.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    George the goldfish has 'high risk' brain surgery

    The 10-year-old fish had a tumour protruding from its head.
    SYDNEY (AFP) - A goldfish called George was on the mend in Australia Tuesday after undergoing "high risk" brain surgery in an operation the vet described as "fiddly".
    The 10-year-old fish had a tumour protruding from its head, leaving his owner with two options: to have it operated on or have the fish put to sleep.

    The Melbourne-based owner opted for the delicate surgery.
    "She was dedicated enough to give it a go," the vet who performed the operation, Tristan Rich, told commercial radio station 3AW.
    George was knocked out with anaesthetic for the 30 minute procedure and is now recovering well back in his home pond, Rich said.
    "It was quite fiddly as you can imagine and you have to control any blood loss. You can only lose half a millilitre," said Rich from the Lort Smith Animal Hospital.
    "Obviously it was high risk but everything went well in the end."
    Rich said he knew of goldfish that had lived till they were 30 and he had performed similar operations before.
    "The owner was quite attached to him," he said.
    "Everyone forms bonds to pets in different ways and it is not up to us to distinguish between species."
    Rich added that the operation cost "a few hundred dollars". A new goldfish from a pet shop would cost less than Aus$10 (US$9).

    Study: Conservatives and liberals smell different - 2014 THE WEEK Publications, Inc.

    A new study from the American Journal of Political Science indicates that different political affiliations may actually correspond with different body odors.
    The researchers, led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott, found that conservatives and liberals smell dissimilar. While the difference is small, it is apparently significant enough that we subconsciously prefer the scent of those who vote like we do. "It appears nature stacks the deck to make politically similar partners more attractive to each other in unconscious ways," the researchers wrote.
    Previous research has found a number of other political view correlations with unknown degrees of biological and cultural influences. From eating preferences (the left likes strawberry jelly, while the right favors grape) to alcohol choices (Republicans like brown liquors; Democrats drink the clear stuff), conservatives and liberals live as distinctly as they vote.
    Other differences are more psychological: Conservatives will look at an unpleasant image 15 percent longer than liberals, and they're also more likely to keep an organized dorm room in college. In fact, one study showed that conservatives are more generally conscientious and liberals are more open to new experiences. Libertarians display some psychological aspects of both groups, albeit with a far lighter helping of respect for authority.
    - - Bonnie Kristian

    Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Eldad Hagar Rescued Dog From Walmart Parking Lot

    ...Little Cora all skin and bone gave birth shortly after she was rescued to 3 puppies. So that day that Eldad spent hours climbing under cars and trying to convince her to come to him he saved not one life but 4. Here is momma with her precious babies. She looks so much more alert and is feeling better...Read here...

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Diver Encounters Deadly, 13-Foot Leopard Seal

    The Sad, Dark End of the British Empire

    Scottish independence could be the final insult.

       During the 19th and early 20th centuries, Britain had dominion over so many portions of the Earth it was said, famously, that “the sun never set on the British Empire.” Since the end of World War II, however, that sun has been steadily dipping toward the horizon. Today, sundown is truly at hand.

       On Sept. 18, the voters of Scotland will go to the polls to determine whether their nation will declare independence from the United Kingdom after 307 years of union with England. Polls over the last 18 months reported by the website What Scotland Thinks show a gradually rising tide for independence even though advocates of remaining in the U.K. still lead in the surveys. But many Scots have said they are undecided—and thus they hold a key to the decision. The Economist magazine has suggested that Scots voting with their heads will choose to stay with England, while those voting with their hearts will opt for independence, but “it is the nationalists who have fire in their bellies.”...Read more:     Related:Pros and cons of Scottish independence

    Who does President Obama believe is the real enemy? ISIL? Americans? Muslims? Christians? - Canada Free Press

    By Leigh Bravo

    Who does President Obama believe is the real enemy? ISIL? Americans? Muslims? Christians?Since 2008, we have been told that President Obama is Christian. However, are these assertions true? Gallup polls since 2008 have shown that fewer and fewer Americans believe he is actually Christian.  As a matter of fact, President Obama’s approval ratings are and have remained the highest among Muslims than any other group in the United States.

    The United States remains a predominantly Christian nation, with over half of our population identifying with a Protestant religion and a quarter with Catholicism. Yet in several speeches, President Obama has maintained that,

    “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation;  we are now also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Hindu nation and a nation of non believers.”
    Obama has made several references to his diversified religious upbringing. He said in his book, “Audacity of Hope,” that his father, stepfather and grandfather were Muslims. He attended a Catholic school and then a Muslim school.  As an adult he claims he was finally baptized at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, by Jeremiah A. Wright in his 20’s.  After his baptism, he said,
    “Kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.” 
    Yet, when he was a senator, he made the following statements mocking Christianity and the Bible,
    “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy?, Leviticus which suggests slavery is ok or should we go with Deuteronomy which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith or should we just stick to the sermon on the mound,  a passage which is so radical, that it doubtful that our own defense department would survive its application. Folks have not been reading the bible.”...Continue reading...

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces the Deployment of Canadian Armed Forces to Iraq

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the deployment of several dozen members of the Canadian Armed Forces to Iraq. Upon receipt of final consent from Iraq, they will join the U.S. in advising the Government of Iraq on how to enable security forces in the northern part of the country to be more effective against the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This will contribute to protecting Iraqi citizens being persecuted by ISIL and help prevent any further escalation of the humanitarian crisis being caused by those fleeing the terrorist group.
    More specifically, Canadian Armed Forces members will provide strategic and tactical advice to Iraqi forces before they commence tactical operations against ISIL.  Canada will be present in an advisory and assistance role.
    The initial deployment will be for a period of up to 30 days. It will be reassessed after that time...Continue reading...

    The week in wildlife – in pictures, The Guardian

    theguardian.comA breeding endangered Puerto Rican parrot near the Rio Abajo Nature Preserve, in Puerto Rico. The parrot  who is wearing a tag is one of a pair of birds that had been reintroduced into the wild by scientists. Officials say that two endangered Puerto Rican parrots where born from the introduced breeding pair and are the first ones born in the wild outside a national forest, in a natural nest, for the first time in 144 years.
    An endangered Puerto Rican parrot near the Rio Abajo nature preserve, Puerto Rico. The bird is one of a pair born in the wild outside a national forest, in a natural nest, for the first time in 144 years. Photograph: Tanya Martinez/AP                                          Pictures here...

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    Joan Rivers: 25 Jokes That Show How She Blended Humor, Hardship and Chutzpah

    Joan Rivers Dead: Her Best Jokes, Lines and Insights
    Joan Rivers
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    Following the death of Joan Rivers at age 81 on Thursday, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement: "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," it read in part.

    Onstage and on TV, the sharp-tongued and absolutely fearless comedian did just that by taking on everything from Hollywood stars to housework. She also used humor to get through the sometimes extremely tough times in her career and in her personal life, and plenty of her schtick included self-deprecation about her own looks, aging and sex appeal.

    Here are some of Joan's thoughts, jokes and one-liners that will help fans laugh again – and remember the way she saw the world through a lens of humor:

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Murray Head, "Dust in the wind"

    Photo Credit: USDA
    Photo Credit: USDA.
    Beatriz Picture of Murray Murray Head

    Joan Rivers, a Comic Stiletto Quick to Skewer, Is Dead at 81 - NYTimes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Joan Rivers, the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and other blemishes of neurotic life, including her own, in five decades of caustic comedy that propelled her from nightclubs to television to international stardom, died on Thursday in Manhattan. She was 81...Continue reading, photos, video...

    Blue Jays: Colby Rasmus the hero in extras as Toronto sweeps Rays - update

    ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—Of all the games, baseball is easily the most poetic. It proved as much once again on Thursday night as Colby Rasmus, fresh off the news that he would be benched for the rest of the season in favour of the team’s younger outfielders, hit the game-winning homer in the 10th inning to lead the Blue Jays to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays to complete a three-game sweep...Continue reading...
    Colby Rasmus on Tumblr

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Israel: 'Thousands' of Isis Supporters Rally at Temple Mount in Jerusalem

       A gathering of thousands of Isis (now known as the Islamic State) supporters has taken place at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, according to local Israeli media.
       The report by the Israeli television station Channel 10 (to be broadcast next week) added the gathering further demonstrated the terror group's sights were firmly focused on Israel as a future target.
       The rally, which took place on a recent Friday prayer session, was organised by the Tahrir party, described as the "Palestine branch" of IS.
       The author of the report, Zvi Yehezkeli, said a widely shared photo of an IS supporter was taken next to his position at the Temple Mount.
       He added the terror group "now knocking on Jordan's door, has marked 'Palestine' as the next target on its list"...Continue reading...

    The Tokens, 'The Lions Sleeps Tonight'

    Sleepy LionSleepy LionPhoto and caption by Tara Leigh Dickie                         Noah Margo, Phil Margo, Mitch Margo, Jay Lesie, Mike Johnson - The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    IDF’s Newest Submarine to Set Sail for Israel

    Drastic Increase in Operational Deployment of Israeli Submarine Fleet
    An Israeli navy Dolphin-class submarine in the water off the coast of Haifa on September 07, 2009. The Dolphin class is a diesel-electric submarine which was developed and constructed in Germany for the Israeli Navy’s specific needs. The Dolphin boats are considered among the most sophisticated and capable conventional submarines in the world. (Photo: Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

    By Ahuva Balofsky:
    Israel’s newest Dolphin II-class submarine is poised to set sail from Germany, where it was constructed.  The vessel, named the INS Tanin (pronounced ta-NEEN), is one of three submarines being constructed for the Israeli Navy by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Kiel, Germany...Continue reading...

    Rescued Dog Shows Gratitude To The Heroes Who Saved Him.

    Meet Bruno. This pup with a broken leg was abandoned on the streets and ignored by the world. When he was finally discovered by an animal rescue group, he was starving and in terrible shape, suffering with a broken leg that had gone untreated...Read more...

    Hero cat and dog save their families from house fires - Reveal

     They say that dogs are man's best friend but Simba the Bengal cat has proven that felines are just as loyal.

    The Noble family were fast asleep in Sudbury, Suffolk, when their fridge suddenly burst into flames at 6am.

    Adi Noble, 29, his wife Caroline and their three children were fast asleep as the fire tore through their home. Frighteningly, their smoke alarms did not go off, despite being tested two weeks earlier.

    Dog and cat are heroes after saving their owners from house fires
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    The family were a whisker from death when seven-year-old Simba woke them with his frantic meowing. They fled safely, narrowly avoiding what could have been a cat-astrophic situation. What a hero!

    Caroline, 30, was quoted in Daily Mail saying: "We owe our lives to our cat. A few seconds more and I don't think we would have survived."

    Meanwhile, across the pond in Ohio, USA, Buddy the dog has also been busy saving lives, when he rescued his owner Jacob Martin from a house fire.

    Buddy the pit-bull really lived up to his name as he ran to his owner's side and started barking to wake him when the fire erupted next door – just in time to save Martin's life.

    What makes this story even more incredible is that Buddy was a rescue dog and had only been living with Martin for a few weeks. But sadly, since losing his job and his home, Martin doesn't know if he can afford to keep the pet pooch.

    Martin told TV channel Fox 8 Cleveland: "Buddy is the best dog I ever had, great dog and good company."

    We reckon this pawsome pair deserve an extra special treat or three.

    by Lucy Jones

    More Ticks Equals More Concern for New Hampshire Moose Population

    Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH
    Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH
    PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds winter ticks are becoming more abundant in New Hampshire, in part because of less severe winters. The ticks pose a threat to the depleted New England moose population. Photo credit: Paul Anderson/Morguefile.PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds winter ticks are becoming more abundant in New Hampshire, in part because of less severe winters. The ticks pose a threat to the depleted New England moose population. Photo credit: Paul Anderson/Morguefile. PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds winter ticks are becoming more abundant in New Hampshire, in part because of less severe winters. The ticks pose a threat to the depleted New England moose population. Photo credit: Paul Anderson/Morguefile.