Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Beatles exclusive restored music video for 'A Day in the Life'

Say hello to the Beatles all over again.
A seemingly never-ending fountain of material, the iconic band is being celebrated with a new deluxe edition of the 2000 compilation album 1, a collection of U.S. and U.K. number one records.
The 27-track edition is also being paired with 50 restored promotional films and videos the band dubbed "mini movies," many of which were never commercially released. Back then, the Fab Four began releasing the videos as a way to promote new releases once they stopped touring...Read more...

Killer Whale Sends Seal Soaring Through the Air

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 Killer Whale, T69C, Punts Unfortunate Harbour Seal (Photo : YouTube: Roll.Focus. Productions)
    Whale watchers near the coast of Victoria, British Columbia posted a story in their Island Adventures Whale Report that a Killer Whale punted a Harbor Seal straight into the air. Shortly after, a video of the event was posted online that soon went viral. The Orca in question, a large 20-year-old male, has been dubbed T69C and is a member of the Terrestrial Killer Whale Pod T69. The video was posted just three days ago and has since received quite a bit of YouTube hype...Read more...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"Underneath The Stars" The Cure


This is the oldest Tree Kangaroo ever documented

Photographer creates award-winning shots of wildlife in his backyard

Badgers are one of the frequent visitors to this photographer's garden, lending opportunities for some amazing back yard wildlife photos. (Photo: Richard Peters
  By: Jaymi Heimbuch:Many wildlife photographers love to travel to far-off places to capture animals the rest of us rarely see. But as Richard Peters proves, with some careful planning, creativity and the cooperation of your local wildlife, you don't even have to leave home to create amazing photographs.
Though he too loves to travel the world, Peters, who lives in the United Kingdom, is more interested in focusing his attention on how light and composition can make any animal subject stand out as art. For the last year, he turned his attention to his own backyard and began experimenting with creative lighting and compositions that, when the animals finally decided to play along, were absolutely worth the nightly wait. Continue reading, more photos...

Can beavers really save the world? Scientists think so

It turns out that beavers and all the pesky dam things they do (get it…dam) in rivers and streams serve a hugely important purpose in helping our planet maintain its delicate and ever important balance.

Scientists at the University of Rhode Island have discovered that their habitats and all the organic matter the critters carry with them along the way can reduce the amount of nitrogen gas found in rivers and streams by as much as 45 per cent.

Why is this important, you ask? Well, although we humans require precious oxygen in order to keep on ticking, 78 per cent of the Earth’s atmosphere is made up of nitrogen. It’s an ultra-thin gas that works in coordination with other gases found on the periodic table of elements to protect our planet and all its ecosystems, and it’s also used by farmers to grow crops.

Here’s the thin: although nitrogen is a necessity in the atmosphere and in agriculture, it actually promotes the growth of algae once too much of the gas finds its way into rivers and lakes. Algae takes nutrients away from other plants and animals that need it. Since three-quarters of the Earth consists of bodies of water, that’s not a manageable long-term side effect.

Now that scientists know the animal featured on our nation’s nickel can work the magic necessary to help keep things balanced, the next challenge becomes figuring out where to get beavers to build their habitats...Continue reading...

J.Ralph "Kansas City Shuffle" , Kansas City hustle Blue Jays

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Drunken duck injured in brawl with dog after drinking session at local pub

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

A Devonshire duck known as ‘Star’ has badly injured his beak after brawling with a dog following a drinking session at his local pub.
The bird, known as 'Star', is recognisable by his vast array of bow ties and a penchant for ale.
Star, who has made local headlines for sticking his beak into other people’s pints, is something of a celebrity for his appearances with owner Barrie Hayman, and their performances together on the streets of Devon to raise money for charity...Read here...

China Joining Russia In Syria Brings Risks Of World War

A soldier stands guard on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning during exercises in the South China Sea. AP
IBD Editorials
 American Decline: Chinese forces head to Syria to join with Russia in filling Obama's power vacuum and purportedly fight the Islamic State. A false move involving NATO member Turkey could mean world war.
Russian and Chinese military sources now confirm that Chinese warships are en route to the Middle East to get in on some of the action of humiliating the U.S.
In just a week and a half, Moscow has upended the dynamics of power in the Mideast by taking on the role that President Obama relinquished: acting like a superpower in a regional conflict that has implications extending far beyond the region.
Russian ruler Vladimir Putin launched airstrikes against rebels opposing the terrorist Assad regime in Syria, first with a modest force to gauge the U.S. response and perhaps pull out if threatened. Seeing no threat, Putin has been intensifying Russian operations, even sending in Spetsnaz special forces troops.
China's entry means two major powers are stepping in to do what the U.S. was unwilling to do against IS.
It's a lesson in how fast the tables can turn when America displays weakness — losing wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and proving to be ineffective against IS despite fighting it for a year and three months now...Read More At Investor's Business Daily:

The irony of the AFN’s call for an anti-Tory vote

Tom Flanagan:

   Leaders of the Assembly of First Nations are urging their people to defeat the Conservatives on Oct. 19. Vote Liberal or NDP, is the message, but not Conservative. “We can mitigate the damages by voting for a different government in this upcoming election,” Manitoba Chief Derek Nepinak said.
   Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has often been offside with the AFN, starting with the 2006 decision to cancel Paul Martin’s Kelowna Accord.
   But it is also true, perhaps counterintuitively in the eyes of many, that this government has reached new heights in dispensing money to First Nations.
   Mr. Harper’s dramatic 2008 apology for residential schools was accompanied by large cash outlays.  As a Common Experience Payment, the Indian Residential Schools Agreement set aside $1.9-billion for compensation to all those who attended a residential school – $10,000 for the first year and $3,000 for each year thereafter. By 2012, about 80,000 people had received payments without being required to provide evidence that they had suffered any form of abuse. They were compensated simply because they had been there.
   As well, the agreement’s Independent Assessment Process provided for additional payments on grounds of sexual, physical or psychological abuse. By 2012, $1.7-billion had been paid out, and the assessment process is expected to continue until 2017.
   Another large revenue stream for First Nations was created by the Conservative government’s 2007 changes to the Specific Claims process; Specific Claims are allegations that the federal government has not properly fulfilled treaty agreements or has ignored provisions of the Indian Act. After the process was rejigged in 2007, the rate and generosity of settlements has accelerated.
   In fiscal 2013-14, to take one example, the Crown settled 15 claims with a total payout of more than $350-million. That was just for one year, and more than 300 claims remain to be settled. More claims can, and probably will, arise, as the government did not impose any statute of limitations. The total payout will eventually dwarf the roughly $4-billion paid in residential schools compensation...Continue reading...

Pork Removed from Menus at Federal Prisons in USA

Pork is officially off the menu at U.S. federal prisons.
With the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, the 206,000 inmates housed in 122 federal penitentiaries are no longer being served pork products.
Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, told The Washington Post on Friday that “pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years.” It also became increasingly expensive for the government to purchase pork products for the prisons, according to Ross, though specific numbers were not provided...Continue reading... 

 Pork comes off the menu at federal prisons. Wait… what? Read here.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Crow on windshield wiper

If this - and nothing else - was the trailer for a folk horror film, I would instantly go to a cinema & watch it.