Thursday, August 20, 2015

"Gun Street Girl" by Tom Waits


Belfast Pastor on Trial for Offending Islam

Pastor James McConnell, surrounded by supporters, speaks to the media outside Laganside Magistrates Court in Belfast on August 6.[photo]
   By Pastor McConnell’s prosecution is one of a growing number of examples in which British authorities — who routinely ignore incendiary speech by Muslim extremists — are using hate speech laws to silence Christians.
   “I think this is an important issue of freedom of speech. I believe a prosecution like this introduces a chill factor into society where people feel that if they speak out on something that they believe passionately they could end up being dragged through the courts.” — Democratic Unionist Party MP Sammy Wilson.
   “The police tried to shut me up and tell me what to preach… They have the right to say what they believe in and I have a right to say what I believe… I have no regrets about what I said. I do not hate Muslims, but I denounce Islam as a doctrine and I make no apologies for that… My church funds medical care for 1,200 Muslim children in Kenya and Ethiopia…I’ve no hatred in my heart for Muslims, but I won’t be stopped from preaching against Islam.” — Pastor James McConnell...Read more>>


I pay attention to USA politics and Trump, because the people crossing the Mexican border can just mosey on up to Canada. The Viewers View

Ounce for ounce, Hummingbirds are probably the fiercest creatures on Earth

Adam Eschbach/The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP [photo]
   Hummingbirds seem to be composed of equal parts bumblebee and electron, and they sport coats of iridescent feathers so fetching, you’d think every day was Fat Tuesday. They’re the world’s smallest birds, weighing less than nickels do, and they just seem so, well, adorable. But the Aztecs had a rather different view of these birds.
:   According to legend, the earth goddess Coatlicue once picked up a bundle of hummingbird feathers that had fallen from the sky. Storing them near her bosom, she became with child. This angered Coatlicue’s other 400 children, so they conspired to kill her — but the moment they did, a fully grown, heavily armed, and mad as hell Huitzilopochtli sprang from her womb and started cutting off heads.
   Huitzilopochtli is the Aztec god of war and the sun. He is depicted either as a hummingbird itself, or as a warrior with hummingbird feathers on his helmet. When Aztec high priests cut out the hearts of enemies and slaves, it was to honor and feed the hummingbird god. (If Huitzilopochtli was happy and fed, the Aztecs would be triumphant in war and conquest.)
   As a symbol of their connection to Huitzilopochtli, Aztec kings were fashioned with cloaks made entirely of hummingbird skins. Imagine the way such a garment would shimmer in the sun, especially given the way hummingbird feathers reflect and refract light to create otherworldly waves of colors. (If you’re wondering how many hummingbirds it would take to make an adult-size cloak … good question. About 8,000.)...Continue reading...                                                                                     

Photographing roosting birds

About a million starlings arrive to roost and create a murmuration at Rigg, Dumfries and Galloway[photo]
   Above towns and cities this winter, starling flocks will twist and pulse like giant amoebas in the sky. At Terminal 5 of London’s Heathrow Airport, as people scurry across departure halls and up and down escalators, outside in the gathering gloom, pied wagtails will descend in their hundreds to a few dimly lit trees below a multi-storey car park. In contrast, on wild windswept coasts, geese in their thousands will fill the sky as they arrive at their safe overnight roost sites.
   These are just a few examples of avian gatherings that serve up great photography...Continue reading, photos...

The world’s smallest drone gets ready to take flight

 DRUDGE REPORT:  Drones have gone from geeky dream to mainstream gadget in a shockingly brief amount of time. The remote-controlled airborne devices were once expensive tools reserved for businesses with a real need for them. Construction companies, for example, used them to survey and film sites, while video companies used them to capture aerial footage at a fraction of the cost of renting a helicopter.
   Today, you can walk into any toy store, spend less than $50 and leave with a recreational drone in your shopping bag.
    Drones have flooded the market to the point that it’s getting difficult to distinguish between them, but one company is getting ready to launch a drone that you won’t soon forget: Meet the world’s smallest quadcopter...Continue reading...

What It's Like to Be a Blackout Drunk

... Once there's a certain level of booze in your blood, your brain stops forming memories entirely. As Hepola explains in her book: "The blood reaches a certain alcohol saturation point and shuts down the hippocampus—the part of the brain making long-term memories." So you can try as hard as you like to remember what happened, but it will be futile because there's absolutely nothing there. Zilch. 
    "It's simple: The recorder in your brain has shut down," Hepola tells me. "Blackouts were the scariest, craziest part of my drinking, and in all those years I never knew what was happening. That blind spot on its own is just stunning to me. And I've been really amazed at how many people—many of whom I considered smart, educated friends—did not know the difference between blacking out and passing out. They thought that blackout meant unconscious and asleep on the couch instead of being up and around and moving and functioning."...Read complete article here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Laurel & Hardy dance to "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones


Muslim in Canada beats wife in front of cops. Says she's his property.

Baby And Puppy Born On The Same Day Are Basically Brothers

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Addiction is not a disease: A neuroscientist argues that it’s time to change our minds on the roots of substance abuse

...The flourishing of the 12-Step movement is one of the reasons why we now routinely describe addiction as a “disease.” To have a disease — instead of, say, a dangerous habit — is to be powerless to do anything except apply the prescribed cure. A person with a disease is unfortunate, rather than foolish or weak or degenerate. Something innate in your body, particularly in your brain, has made you exceptionally susceptible to getting hooked. You always have and always will contain a bomb, the important question is how to avoid setting a match to it. Another factor promoting the disease model is that it has ushered addiction under the aegis of the healthcare industry, whether in the form of an illness whose treatment can be charged to an insurance company or as the focus of profit-making rehab centers.
   This conception of addiction as a biological phenomenon seemed to be endorsed over the past 20 years as new technologies have allowed neuroscientists to measure the human brain and its activities in ever more telling detail. Sure enough, the brains of addicts are physically different — sometimes strikingly so — from the brains of average people. But neuroscience giveth and now neuroscience taketh away. The recovery movement and rehab industry (two separate things, although the latter often employs the techniques of the former) have always had their critics, but lately some of the most vocal have been the neuroscientists whose findings once lent them credibility...Read complete article here...

Snow leopards are amazing athletes!

Moody Blues "Tuesday Afternoon"


Friday, August 14, 2015

VIDEO: Pig wrestler throws animal rights protester over fence at county fair

Animal rights activists may want to rethink the idea of confronting pig wrestlers in the heat of action.
One such person learned that the hard way Wednesday.
An estimated 2,000 people converged on the Utah County Fair in Spanish Fork to watch the best pig wrestling team be crowned. Participants are as young as five years old.
“We were joking about it the other day,” Brody Steele told KUTV. “People were calling us racist animal abusers,” referring to his Confederate flag.
The object of the competition is for the team to wrestle the muddy, slippery pig into the barrel in the shortest amount of time.
All was going well until a group of protesters in rainbow-colored wigs breached the pen. It’s not clear whether they were looking for a fight or to rescue the slimy pig.
Video shows some shoves between the wrestlers and protesters and one who breached the pen being promptly ejected head over

Thursday, August 13, 2015

This zipline in B.C. reaches is over 2km long and hits speeds of over 140 km/h

BarDown Staff (@BarDown
  We haven't been on a large amount of zipline rides in our life, but if we could only choose to do one, it would definitely be this mammoth one in British Columbia. The Whistler Sasquatch Line is over two kilometers long and is over 600 feet off the ground, allowing riders to reach speeds of up to 140 kilometers as hour.
   If you've ever wondered if you have a strong stomach, this would most certainly be the ultimate

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Are you Serious? Did a Muslim say that at the United Nations? - Video

Amran Hussain EUJS speech at the UN 21st of March 2011
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Jon Stewart Going to Canada to Cover Their “Bullshit Mountain” Election

"Please, say it's not so. One of Obama's goofs coming to interfere in Canada's election." Thomasby

NEW YORK — America’s most popular political satirist Jon Stewart dropped a bombshell this morning, announcing that he is heading north to host a Canadian version of The Daily Show that will be broadcast from “a rented garage only blocks from Stephen Harper’s mansion.”
(Editor’s Note: Stephen Harper is Canada’s long-standing Prime Minister currently seeking re-election to a fourth term.)
   “Canada’s political bullshit mountain is even bullshittier than ours,” the former Daily Show host told ABC’s Good Morning America while wearing a Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap.
   “Don’t get me wrong. I love Canadians…they’re like us only they put gravy and these cheese turds on their fries, and they don’t carry guns when they go to buy tube socks at Walmart.”
   “But I’ve got to say that some weird stuff is going on up there right now…like creepy ooga booga boogie man kinda stuff.”
   “It’s like Canada can’t decide whether to be more and more like the U.S. or, you know, sane.”
   “Canada used to be such a nice country.”...

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Lion in the wind. Tanzania, 2007
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

'Weird Al' Yankovic "You Don't Love Me Anymore"


Dolly Parton "Stairway to Heaven"

By Paul Morris

Dolly Parton is understandably one of the most legendary country music stars in the history of the world.
This amazing artist is a woman of many talents; she can pick a banjo, is known for her skill with the autoharp, she’s an amazing piano player, knows her way around the dulcimer and even the drums! And on top of it all she’s regarded as one of the best female guitar players in Nashville, even with her long nails!
But the instrument she’s best known for is quite easily her breathtaking voice. Her ability to emote to the lyrics of a song and translate that into raw passion is a skill that many singers train for but never achieve. She just seems to naturally be able to perform any song, all while bringing tears to your eyes!...

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Viral video of 11-week baby jumping shows the humanity of preborn children

Caution urged after B.C. cliff-diving videos go viral

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter   

Monday, August 10, 2015, 6:35 PM - On Monday, The Weather Network featured a viral video of what appears to be a unique way to cool down in B.C. -- but officials are warning that this summer activity comes with substantial risk.

North Vancouver's Lynn Canyon Park has been getting a lot of attention lately, thanks to a series of viral videos that show people tumbling down a natural waterslide and cliff jumping over an 11-metre waterfall.
While not illegal, park officials strongly recommend against the practice.
Over the August long weekend, five people were rescued from the canyon in one day, with one woman suffering a serious back injury...Read more...

Jessi Colter & Waylon Jennings "Storm Never Last"

Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter

Women in IDF

Women in IDF By Moshe Katz

Anuar Patjane Brilliantly Photographs Life Underwater

by Julius Motal
It is underwater where Anuar Patjane made an image that turned heads. A mother humpback and whale and her newborn calf swam towards some divers in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico, and Patjane pressed the shutter. The image shown above went on to win National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest recently, and we couldn’t help but reach out to find out more about Patjane’s work underwater
For more of his work, check out his website and follow him on Instagram...

White humpback whale spotted off Australia is not iconic Migaloo

CBC News
   A rare white humpback whale was spotted cruising off the Australian coast today, igniting speculation that the leviathan may be the world-famous albino humpback Migaloo on his annual migration from Antarctic waters.
Researchers, however, seemed skeptical that the white male whale — which was captured on video by a television news helicopter crew off Queensland — is in fact the iconic Migaloo.
    Trevor Long, marine sciences director at the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he believes the whale is another albino humpback, first spotted in 2011, known as Son of Migaloo...Continue reading...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Reed Dance 01 | Swazi Maidens "Dance" For Their King 2015

 Umhlanga, or Reed Dance ceremony, is an annual Swazi and Zulu cultural event. In Swaziland, tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to Ludzidzini to participate in the eight-day event. Umhlanga was created in the 1940s in Swaziland under the rule of Sobhuza II. The ceremony was an adaptation of the umcwasho ceremony, an older cultural practice in Swaziland.

The young unmarried girls were placed in female age-regiments. Girls who fall pregnant outside marriage had their families fined a cow. The reed dance continues to be practiced today in Swaziland. In South Africa, the reed dance was introduced in 1991 by the Zulu king Zwelithini. The dance here takes place in Nongoma, a royal kraal of the Zulu king.

Friday, August 7, 2015

"Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine" by Kentucky Headhunters

Putin Lays Claim to North Pole

by Newsmax Wires
Russia has filed claim with the United Nations for 463,000 square miles of  of the Arctic Ocean, including the North Pole, according to reports.

The territory contains some of the world's largest untapped reserves of fossil fuels, as well as valuable minerals, reports CNBC.

Russia's claim is filed under the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which establishes the rights to exclusive economic zones beyond a nation's borders.

The convention allows for a 200-mile zone from recognized borders, except where a country can demonstrate that the continental shelf on which it sits actually extends farther then 200 miles. In such cases, the law recognizes a 350-mile limit.

The U.N. rebuffed a similar effort by Russia in 2002.

If the U.N. accepts Russia's petition this time,  it would give the government of President Vladimir Putin oversight of the the waters on economic matters, including fishing and oil and gas drilling, though will not have full sovereignty, The New York Times says...Continue reading...

Kevin Pillar catching fly ball

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Rhythm of the Rain" by The Cascades

They Live "sunglasses" ft. Roddy Piper


25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer

Technology by
It’s easy to forget that we have access to a virtually limitless resource of information, i.e. the Internet. For a lot of us, this is even true at our fingertips, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones and an ever-increasing push for online greatness by tech engineers all over the world. As a result, there are countless websites out there that are geared to make you smarter and more brilliant for either a low or no cost. Here are just 25 killer websites that may just make you more clever than ever before...25 Killer Websites

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Image Gallery: Amazing Photos by Ecologists

by Elizabeth Palermo:
 Struggling for survival
 In Guwahati, India, Greater Adjutant storks join their human counterparts in searching for valuable items at the local garbage heap. This photo, which was a runner-up in the competition, highlights the plight of the world's most endangered stork species. (Credit: Dhritiman Das)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Kate and Pippin "An Unlikely Love Story"

Pippin, a helpless baby fawn was abandoned by her mother on the property of Isobel Springett. Isobel’s Great Dane, Kate, adopted Pippin immediately and they have been best friends ever since...An Unlikely Love Story

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Two invasive Asian carp found near Toronto’s waterfront

Asian Carp
Asian Carps 

By Staff, Torstar News Service: 

Asian carp, reviled as the vanquishers of native aquatic species and seen posing a huge ecological threat, have somehow found their way into Lake Ontario.
Two male fish, both fertile, were discovered this week in contained ponds at Tommy Thompson Park near Toronto’s waterfront. One fish, over a metre long and weighing almost 40 pounds, was found Monday.
The second one, a bit smaller, was caught Tuesday...Continue reading...

Macro Photos Show the Strange Beauty of Bug-Eating Sundew Plants

Finnish fine art photographer Joni Niemelä loves capturing and sharing little details in nature that often get unnoticed. One of his recent subjects has been the Drosera, also known as sundews, which are among the largest of all carnivorous plants.
The plants are covered with drops of dew-like liquid that are used to lure, capture, and digest insects that happen to wander by, and Niemelä decided to make these beautiful structures the subject of two recent projects, titled Otherworldly Blues and Drosera. >>A selection of photos from the two recent series

Beautiful new photos by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly make the Earth look strangely alien

Adam Epstein
 Over the past few weeks, space headlines have been dominated by other worlds: Clear images of Pluto for the first time, the “closest cousin” to Earth ever discovered, the ongoing exploration of our planetary neighbor Mars. With all this excitement, it’s easy to forget that we live on a pretty amazing and mysterious planet of our own.
Thankfully, we have NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who’s currently about four months into his year aboard the International Space Station, to remind us of Earth’s beauty. Kelly has been extremely active on Twitter and Instagram, showing what space-living is like and snapping photos of Earth that no one else in the universe is capable of taking.
His latest round of photos are truly a sight to behold. Forget Pluto or “Kepler 452b”—Earth is the most beautiful planet there is. These photos, which NASA curated and posted to Facebook today (July 28), make our home look like a planet straight out of a science fiction movie...Continue reading, photos...