Monday, September 28, 2015

“Life without animals would be empty”

 Photo: Elma Rún Bene­dikts­dótt­ir

Nature and Travel | Iceland Monitor | Sun 27 Sep 201

Elma Rún Bene­dikts­dótt­ir is one of life’s incurable animal lovers. Her particular interest is birds and she has been involved in bird photography since 2008.
“I love nature and everything that lives and moves in it,” Elma Rún tells “I always played outside as a child – either on the beach or in the forest and mountains. Life without animals would be empty.”
Elma Rún puts her heart and soul into the photography of Icelandic wildlife and some of the stunning results of her work are above for us all to enjoy.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse will rise Sunday

Canadians of all stripes oppose face coverings at citizenship ceremonies

Canadian regulations ban face coverings at citizenship ceremonies, but Zunera Ishaq successfully challenged the rule in Federal Court of Appeal – twice – and won. The government asked the ruling be put on hold while it seeks leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. (Patrick Doyle/Canadian Press)
CBC News
Canadians right across the political spectrum are opposed to immigrants being allowed to wear facial coverings during the citizenship ceremony, according to the latest results from Vote Compass, CBC's online voter engagement survey.
Asked whether immigrants should be allowed to cover their faces for religious reasons while taking the oath of citizenship, 72 per cent of Canadians say no. Only 19 per cent say they are OK with the idea...Continue reading...

Mecca stampede: At least 717 killed and hundreds injured in crush during hajj

At least 863 people have been hurt in a stampede in Saudi Arabia during the pilgrimage in the deadliest incident in 25 years which the health minister blamed on unruly pilgrims.

Saudi Arabia's safety record for religious pilgrimages was under scrutiny on Thursday after 717 people died in the worst disaster to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca in 25 years.
At least 863 others were injured in the crush at Mina, a few miles east of Mecca, caused by two large groups of pilgrims arriving together at a crossroads on their way to performing the "stoning the devil" ritual at Jamarat, Saudi civil defence said...Continue reading...


Thursday, September 24, 2015

"Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles


The Bitter Legacy of Canada’s Forced-Assimilation Boarding Schools - The New Yorker


Aboriginal groups want to meet the Pope over residential schools

Mark Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen
Residential school survivor Lorna Standingready is comforted by a fellow survivor during the closing ceremony of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS
 Canada’s top aboriginal chief and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have asked to meet Pope Francis during his trip to the United States this week to discuss their call for an apology from the Catholic Church over its role in the residential school system...Continue reading...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie wins Polaris Music Prize

Buffy Sainte-Marie  (Matt Barnes)
The Globe and Mail

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s album Power in the Blood has won the 2015 Polaris Music Prize, an award that celebrates the Canadian album with the most “artistic merit” each year without regard for genre, sales or label. The prize, presented at a gala Monday night in Toronto, is worth $50,000.
Ms. Sainte-Marie’s album, which ranges in genre from blues to rockabilly, is the most overtly activist album to win in Polaris’s history. It includes songs such as The Uranium War and modified versions of UB40’s Sing Our Own Song, and Alabama 3’s Power in the Blood, which chastise corporate greed and support the Idle No More movement. “Ever since the sixties I’ve been making diverse albums, and every single album has had big love songs, which has managed to support me, like Up Where We Belong,” she said in an interview Monday night. “That’s allowed me to remain an artist. But on every album there’s been songs that have some kind of social meaning to them.”...Continue reading...

Saskatoon Weather: Welcome to the first day of fall

It was a little bit windy on Tuesday, September 22, leading to a slightly distorted reflection of the Traffic and Broadway bridges in the South Saskatchewan River. Photograph by: Greg Pender , The StarPhoenix
   Saskatoon is in for nice first day of fall today, as the forecast calls for a high of 19 C.
   It will be mostly sunny, with a few clouds here and a moderate UV index of 3.
   A 20 kilometre per hour wind blowing from the southeast is expected for most of the day, with gusts reach 40 km/h.
   On Tuesday, Saskatoon reached a high of 14 C, much lower than the record high of 31.7 C set in 1948.

Dog watching 'Meercat Mano'

Yogi Berra, Yankees Legend and Hall of Fame Catcher, Dies at 90

The New York Times

Yogi Berra at Yankee Stadium in 1956. Credit Sam Falk/The New York Times

Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died on Tuesday. He was 90...Continue reading...

 35 of Yogi Berra’s most memorable quotes

 “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Here are 35 quotes


Yogi Berra:  A Site Dedicated to the Greatest Baseball Player 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Most Unexpected Soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces - video

Pizza Rat wins over hearts of jaded cynics on social media, starts trending across globe

On Monday, an unlikely rat started trending on Twitter.
Dubbed the #pizzarat, a short video and gif of the animal trying to take a slice of pizza into the New York subway started taking over social media.
“Every pizza industry PR team currently having heated discussion about whether to associate the brand with a rat,” Washington Post writer said in a tweet.
The video was posted by Matt Little, a comedian who lives in New York. He subtitled the video “A rat tries to bring slice of pizza down subway station stairs. OR Master Splinter bringing food home to feed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?”
The short video has mesmerized the online community.

Elvis Presley "Promised Land"

This is me back when EP was zigzaging on stage. In the winter I would use water on my hair to get the Elvis look; at -30 your hair froze in place. In the summertime brylcreem and lots of it, kept hair in place. It was a wee bit greasy.
 Elvis Presley - mix