Thursday, November 26, 2015

Appreciation becomes appropriation: Is deeming yoga politically incorrect a complaint too far?

“In the case of something like yoga, it is not possible to return economic control and ownership to the originating culture,” one professor says

   Pundits from around the globe weighed in on the death of a yoga class for students at the University of Ottawa over questions of cultural sensitivity, often awkwardly squeezing in “bending over backwards” or “tying themselves in knots” puns in lampooning out-of-control political correctness.
   Student yoga joins a long list of art, fashion, music, sports and activities chastised as insensitive or racist acts by a Western or white majority cultural appropriation from minority communities.
   Cultural appropriation, as a term, was once largely confined to academic critiques of colonialism, but has become an increasingly popular watchword in social media and among activists.
   But is yoga one complaint too far?
   It leaves campus administrators, public relations experts and, perhaps, almost everyone else pondering when appreciation became appropriation, mimicry exploitation and cultural interest insult...Continue reading, story in the comments...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Laurel & Hardy dance to The Rolling Stones


Animal Planet Is getting sued

The reality TV show is no stranger to scandal.

The beleaguered network's latest debacle involves some seriously shady antics in the woods.

Read here>>

US condemns Ezra Schwartz's murder

 By Tova Dvorin:
US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and the US State Department condemned the murder of 18-year-old American citizen Ezra Schwartz late Friday night, more than 24 hours after he was killed in a Palestinian terror attack in Gush Etzion.
"As Shabbat begins, we mourn with the family and friends of Ezra Schwartz z"l, an American citizen murdered yesterday in a terrorist attack," Shapiro posted, at 4:35 pm Friday local time. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with the families of the other victims of yesterday's attacks. May God bring them comfort."...Continue reading...
 Watch moment of silence: New England Patriots Stop to Honor Ezra Schwartz, Murdered in Israel for Being a Jew

Monday, November 23, 2015

The House Cat and the Bear

Ron Hynes, 'man of a thousand songs,' dead at 64

   Legendary singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, who documented hope and heartbreak in his native Newfoundland for decades with songs like Sonny's Dream and Atlantic Blue, has died at the age of 64.
   Close friends of the famous musician confirmed to CBC News that Hynes died Thursday and that family are flying home.
   Hynes, who had been battling cancer, was rushed to hospital earlier this week.
   Hynes, known for years as "the man of a thousand songs," was born in December 1950 in St. John's. He was raised in Ferryland.
   Through a career that spanned more than three decades, Hynes became known as one of Newfoundland and Labrador's greatest singer-songwriters. His songs became commonplace in St. John's, around the bay and indeed around the world.
   His songs have been covered by more than 100 artists from all over the world.
    Hynes released seven solo albums, starting with Discovery in 1972. The record holds the distinction of being the first made up of all original material from a Newfoundland artist...Continue reading...

Stefanie Roy "No Change In Me", by Ron

Penticton Indian Band Economic Success Turning Heads Across Canada

by ahnationtalk: PENTICTON/OKANAGAN (SYLIX) TERRITORY, B.C. – The wave of economic progress taking hold at the Penticton Indian Band has caught the attention of national business leaders and other First Nations across Canada.
   The Band’s development corporation has been named Economic Developer of the Year by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) at their 22nd Annual National Conference held recently in Toronto.
   “We’re very honoured to receive this award. It’s a huge boost of confidence for our community and confirmation that we’re moving in the right direction,” said Chief Kruger.
   This is the second major national award this year for the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, having won the 2015 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
   “I am so proud of our community, giving us the mandate to move forward with economic development projects that give people a chance for a more prosperous future,” said Chief Kruger.
The Penticton Indian Band, with the largest reserve lands in British Columbia, is moving forward on multiple fronts to strengthen the community’s economy and culture. Within the past three years, the band has opened a new $10-million community school, opened a state-of-the-art community health centre powered by geothermal energy, and built the Satikw Crossing bridge spanning the Okanagan River Channel. That $7.4 million project will open up 150 acres (60 hectares) of prime development land along Highway 97 in the heart of Penticton...Continue reading...

Nigerians Are Building Fireproof, Bulletproof, And Eco-Friendly Homes With Plastic Bottles And Mud

.by Amanda Froelich

   These colorful homes are bulletproof, fireproof, and can withstand earthquakes. They also maintain a comfortable temperature, produce zero carbon emissions, and are powered by solar and methane gas from recycled waste. Read here, photos.

An optical illusion

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas Advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas Calamity


Databasing of refugees coming into the 'US of A'

American politics, entertaining. Juan Wiliiams is a clown, his facial expressions when someone else is speaking is rude, but comical.                                                   link][link]

Kelly Clarkson "Piece by Piece"


Good-bye, - Is Coming. Summary

EU Council President Van Rompuy announces the existence of the one-world government since 2009.                                                 Posted by Anders under Deutsch, Euromed:
   I found that this is the Rockefeller/ Brzezinkski  Trilateral Commission´s plan, the EU being the actual model for the elite´s one-world government, which is Agenda 21, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2013. Its terrible urbanization was praised by EU Council President, the Jesuit and Bilderberger Hermann van Rompuy. The EU project incl. the euro was launched and initially paid for by the Rothschild/Rockefeller  Council on Foreign Relations in collaboration with Nazis, as a corporative EU Ltd. with the Nazi- IG Farben as its model.  For many years, the EU was financed with recovered Nazi money and was planned  in 1944  by the Gestapo as the 4. Reich: A German financial superpower under supranational umbrella (The Trilateral Commission´s men from Rothschild´s Goldman Sachs) for Europe´s New Order.
   The One-World-State is to be a merger of the North American Free Trade Association - the NAFTA (developing into  the North American Union) , the EU and the  ASEAN + 3 for a start. States which are opposed to this transglobal  belt, i.e. Middle Eastern and  Central Asian countries,  are being conquered militarily for the NWO.
   The Arabs never took an interest in the Euro-Mediterranean Process - apart from taking the money that the EU so generously offers for projects. This money is  widely not implemented on the agreed projects - it was invested by the European Investment Bank so that it largely disappeared into tax havens and the pockets of “partner” dictator friends. Now the EU offers “partner countries” an “advanced status” - already bestowed upon Morocco, which is known for the genocide of Western Saharan Africans and terrible persecutions of Christians. This country and Tunisia (next “advanced partner”) are governed by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has a detailed plan for the Islamization of Europe - apparently with the blessing of the EU. Also, Jordan has an “advanced status“.
    This means the four freedoms of the EU, including - in time - free immigration into the EU  for such “partners”!..Continue reading...

Friday, November 20, 2015

Watch the new John Lewis Christmas TV advert with The Man on The Moon.

John Lewis John Lewis

Astronaut just tweeted a picture of a ‘UFO’

   For the past year, astronaut Scott Kelly has been tweeting breathtaking photos of Earth from the International Space Station.
   On Sunday, he may have tweeted a photo of something far more astounding — a UFO.
That, at least, is what conspiracy theorists and alien obsessives would have you believe.
   Their proof is “clearly” visible in a photo Kelly tweeted on Sunday from the ISS over India.
“In the upper right of the photo you can clearly see a large object with two lights on each end,” alien hunter Sonofmabarker wrote on YouTube (see video below). “It also appears to be very large and constructed.”...Continue reading...

Holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger speaks in Warman, Saskatchewan

Creeden Martell, Saskatoon StarPhoenix:
    A man who survived a concentration camp during the Holocaust shared his experience with students in Warman.
Nate Leipciger, who has been speaking for 40 years, described the atrocities of war committed by the Nazis against Jews, Italians, political prisoners of war, homosexuals and his own family to a silent gymnasium of staff and 750 students on Thursday.
   “We were confined to the barracks (in Auschwitz II, Birkenau),” Leipciger said of his most traumatic memory, which took place on Yom Kippur in 1943. “The Nazis decided to play God. … I saw something I wish I never saw. I saw naked women being transported to the gas chamber. That was a very traumatic moment. Because years later, I found out that among those women were my sister and my mother.”
   Leipciger described the Nazis invading Poland and closing Jewish schools when he was 11. He lived in a ghetto for four years. There, ghetto prisoners would hide every time the Nazis came by to send people to the camps.
   Leipciger told the story of a woman and her child who were denied entrance to a hiding place. He said the woman refused to leave and the people inside let her and the child in with them. The Nazis later declared the hiding spot clear, but when the woman emerged, crying, her baby was dead. The infant had been suffocated.
   “When you see people die, you don’t get used to it. Every human being that dies is a new trauma. Every single human being is a life. It’s not a number, like my number on my arm,” Leipciger said...Continue reading...

Great Historical Images

A portrait of an Ojibway, or Native Chippewa Indian girl, 1907. Great historical images.

Survive any apocalypse in this $17.5 million underground bunker

This image gives you a sense of the Georgia bunker's layout. Estately
    It might be zombies, it might be nukes, it might be something else altogether. But if I've learned one thing from video games, it's that the end of the world is coming, so we should all do whatever we can to prepare ourselves.
    If you have piles of money sitting around, you might consider buying a property up for grabs on real estate site Estately at the very appropriate address of 123 Private Drive.
    The underground bunker in Tifton, Georgia, approximately three hours southeast of Atlanta, is "the only hardened and privately owned underground bunker in the United States today," according to the description. It sits about 45 feet underground...Read more @

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Alarming new "superbug" gene found in animals and people in China

Jack Johnson performing Better Together.

  [Jack Johnson,songs]  Jack Johnson-bio

More than 800,000 refugees RETURNING to Syria as Putin OBLITERATES Islamic State. "Daily Express"

GETTY photo
By Tom Parfitt
   In September Moscow launched a bombing campaign against the twisted State terror group, which controls vast swathes of Syria and has forced thousands of people to flee the country.
   Many desperate asylum seekers have made their way to Europe via boats to Greece, with David Cameron agreeing to let 20,000 in Britain over the next five years.
   But Russia's bid to wipe out ISIS has been so successful that almost a million Syrians are elected to return to their homeland, Russian politician Dmitry Sablin claimed.
   The senator, who recently visited Syria, said: "[Syrian president Bashar al] Assad praised the actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria.
   "He said thousands of terrorists are now fleeing Syria, and refugees are returning."...Continue reading...

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

Go to the profile of Kristyna Z.Kristyna Z.
   Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?The 37 Best Websites

50 Successful Blogs in Every Topic Imaginable

author: Gregory Ciotti

One misconception that forever bothers me is the belief that blogging doesn’t work unless it’s meta.
People don’t believe blogs can be successful unless they are about blogging, marketing, or social media.
What they don’t understand is that it’s only the marketing blogs that publish things like “income reports” and the like.
Regular blogs in traditional topics don’t do this, yet they are still out there killing it.
Today I’m going to bring you 50 successful blogs, often built solely through publishing great content + guest blogging, that span a huge variety of topics, to prove once and for all that blogging can be used to build an audience in nearly every topic imaginable...50 Successful Blogs

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Picture of the Northern Lights over Lofoten, Norway

Winter winds blast Saskatchewan


"Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore" Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton:

Blending Size and Speed, Jonah Lomu Set New Template in Rugby

The New Zealand All Black Jonah Lomu, with ball, holding off a Fiji defender during a Commonwealth Games match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1998. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing about 260 pounds, Lomu was tough to stop as a runner. Credit Darren Mcnamara/European Pressphoto Agency

HONG KONG — When Jonah Lomu had his international breakthrough as a 20-year-old at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, it soon became evident that he would put an indelible stamp on the game.
   At the time Lomu was relatively unknown, having played only two international test matches a year earlier. But by the end of the tournament his name was everyone’s lips, as he scored seven tries in five matches, nearly all of them brilliant displays of his combination of speed and raw power.
Lomu died Wednesday in Auckland, New Zealand, at 40 of nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disease he had battled since he first turned pro.
   Rugby fans around the world still talk about the four tries he scored in the 1995 World Cup semifinal against England, in particular the first one, about 70 seconds into the match, when he ran around and through most of the England defense and literally ran over the England fullback Mike Catt...

Alcoholism drug could help cure HIV, study finds

Researchers found disulfiram - a drug used to treat alcoholism - activated latent HIV in cells of patients receiving antiretroviral therapy for the virus.
Medical News Today
 Written by :

 A drug used to treat alcoholism - called disulfiram - could bring us closer to a cure for HIV, according to the results of a new study led by researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia.

    Study leader Prof. Sharon Lewin, of The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at Melbourne, and colleagues publish their findings in The Lancet HIV.
Disulfiram (brand name Antabuse) is a drug given to individuals with an alcohol use disorder to discourage them from drinking. It works by blocking an enzyme called dehydrogenase, which plays a role in metabolizing alcohol intake.
    Inhibiting dehydrogenase causes acute sensitivity to alcohol; if patients consume alcohol while taking disulfiram, they will experience a number of unpleasant side effects, including headache, nausea, chest pain, vomiting, weakness, blurred vision, sweating and mental confusion.
    But as well as helping to treat alcoholism, Prof. Lewin and colleagues found the drug could lead to a cure for one of the world's most serious and challenging diseases: HIV...Continue reading...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brad Wall calls for pause in Liberal plan to bring in 25K refugees


Related: One wonders why these Muslim countries are not accepting refugees. Are they really refugees, or is it the Trojan Horse.

"...And I’m certain that they would be more than welcome into the holy cities of Mecca and Medina where they already have houses of worship that can accommodate millions of pilgrims - so the House of Saud will no longer have to bribe pay other countries to build mosques in exchange for accepting the undesirable unfortunate refugees.
I’m quite certain that they wouldn’t mind taking in a few million thugs jihadis refugees from war torn lands in the region; after all theirs is the religion of peace, tranquility  and tolerance.  And think how joyous the refugees will be, celebrating their numerous most holy holidays with their fellow worshipers rather than heathens in the West..." Location, Location, Location!

Facebook: Quiting Social Media Site Can Improve Happiness, Concentration and Productivity, Study Says

Bear with a sore head gives wildlife rescuers a bit of a headache

By Stuart Winter Like his lovable literary counterpart, the powerful black bear got himself into a tight jam after going on the prowl for an easy meal.
   While Winnie was left clambering about with his head stuck in a jar marked "hunny" in the AA Milne story where Piglet meets the Heffalump, the wild 200lb bear was left in a tight spot after trying to drink milk from a metal churn....Read more...

Fred Eaglesmith, "Wilder Than Her"

nashvillehigh                                                                  [Down Canada's dirt roads with Fred Eaglesmith]

Fred Eaglesmith studio recordings

-"Wilder Than Her" - Dar Williams 

After Paris, Pope Francis Tells Christians to Be Ready for the End of the World


by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.: Two days after the horrendous jihadist attacks in Paris, Pope Francis preached about the “end times,” encouraging his hearers to be vigilant and ready at any moment to meet God face to face.

In his Angelus message Sunday, the Pope invited the ten thousand pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square to think about their death, the day they will meet God and give an accounting for their life.
The Pope also explicitly addressed the Paris carnage, expressing his “deep sorrow for the terrorist attacks that bloodied France late on Friday, causing many casualties.” Along with offering his condolences to the victims and their families, Francis condemned the massacre as an “unspeakable affront to human dignity.”
“Such barbarity leaves us shocked and we wonder how the human heart can conceive and carry out such horrible events, which have shaken not only France but the whole world,” he said.
Francis unequivocally recognized the Islamist ideology behind the attacks, denouncing the use of God’s name to justify the brutal attacks as “blasphemy"...Continue reading...

Monday, November 16, 2015

Enya - The Humming


Wildlife photographer Roger Hooper

The tiger who came to tea: enjoying life in a Canadian nature reserve
   Aged 64, Roger Hooper is still braving the Antarctic and plunging into the Amazon rainforests in search of that perfect photograph. Based in London when he’s not traversing the globe, he regularly exhibits work, has produced three books, and contributes images to the WWF’s publications – his way of encouraging others to take an interest in and protect our natural world...Continue reading, photos...


by Trudy Ritchie from Hanvoer
    Sunflowers always make me think happy, they are bright and cheery.

New York residents hope to conserve home of rare white deer

Dennis Money / The Associated Press file photo.  A white deer leaps at the former Seneca Army Depot in central New York. There are about 200 white deer, a natural variant of the brown white-tailed deer, on the decommissioned site that will soon be put up for bid.
By: Mary Esch The Associated Press

ROMULUS, N.Y.—Hundreds of ghostly white deer roaming among overgrown munitions bunkers at a sprawling former Army weapons depot face an uncertain future after living and breeding largely undisturbed since the middle of last century.
   The white deer — a genetic quirk that developed naturally on the 7,000-acre (2,800-hectare), fenced-in expanse — have thrived, even as the depot itself has transitioned from one of the most important Cold War storehouses of bombs and ammunition to a decommissioned relic.
   Now, as local officials seek to put the old Seneca Army Depot up for bids next month, there is concern that the sale could also mean the end of the line for the unusual white deer. A group of residents dedicated to saving the animals has proposed turning the old depot into a world-class tourist attraction to show off both its rich military history and its unusual wildlife. The Nature Conservancy also is looking at options for preserving the largely undeveloped landscape.
   “When we ran bus tours on a limited basis between 2006 and 2012, we had people come from all over the United States to see the deer,” said Dennis Money of Seneca White Deer Inc. “People are enchanted by them.”
   The white deer owe their continued existence to 39 kilometres of rusting chain-link perimeter fencing that went up when the depot was built in 1941, capturing several dozen wild white-tailed deer in the area’s extensive woodlands. The white deer are natural genetic variants of the normal brown ones. They’re not albinos, which lack all pigment, but are leucistic, lacking pigment only in their fur...Continue reading...

Two identical twins. One was raised Jewish, the other became a Nazi

By: Yanan Wang, The Washington Post:
Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times/TNS. Jack Yufe, left, and his twin brother, Oskar Stohr, in 1979. They were raised apart and in later years developed a "love-hate relationship," according to Yufe's wife. Stohr died in 1997; Yufe died this week, age 82. 
   Jack Yufe grew up missing his other half, an identical twin brother from whom he had been separated at 6 months.
   For years, they exchanged letters and photographs. Then, at age 21, they met at a German train station. The encounter was detailed in psychologist Nancy Segal’s book Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins.
   Yufe and his brother, Oskar Stohr, examined one another as if they were looking at alien specimens, though no likeness could have been more familiar to either of them. Their cultural differences were as immediately apparent as their physical similarities. Casting a wary eye at Yufe’s Israeli luggage tags, Stohr removed them and told his long-lost brother to tell others he was coming from America.
From this first uneasy exchange in 1954 grew a complex but enduring bond that would bring Yufe and Stohr to the centre of discussions about nature and nurture. After all, the differences between the brothers’ upbringings were more extreme than those experienced by most twins separated by circumstance.
   Yufe grew up Jewish in Trinidad and became an officer in the Israeli navy. Stohr grew up Catholic in Nazi Germany and became an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth.
   Yufe died on Monday of cancer in a San Diego hospital, The Associated Press reports. He was 82.
   Stohr passed away in 1997, also of cancer...Continue reading...

Saturday, November 14, 2015

#ParisAttacks Tweets - Twitter 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Duffy performing Mercy

Liberals OK 8 Billion Litre Raw Sewage Dump Into River. Largest Oil Spill Ever was 1.3 Billion Liters.

The St-Lawrence River – home to 49 species of fish, and currently – a seemingly no-win scenario.

How bad is this?
Well let’s do the math.  By comparison, the worst oil spill in history was during the Gulf War in Kuwait and it was 240 to 336 MILLION Gallons.  At 3.78 Liters per Gallon the worst case scenario for the oil spill was just shy of 1.3 BILLION Litres.
So Oil Spill of 1.3Billion Liters is bad.  But Raw Sewage spill of 8 Billion Litres is ok.
Well done Minister for the Environment, Catherine McKenna.  Your first week on the job and you are already making a massive impact on the environment.  Too bad it’s in the wrong direction.
Talk about being OfficiallyScrewed!!!


This is what 8 billion litres of raw sewage would look like.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Protestors look on as raw sewage begins to go in the river; 8 billion litres of raw sewage.

Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 11:30 AM - The City of Montreal's controversial sewage dump project started just after midnight and will continue for the next seven days, despite a protest by about 40 people. Montreal first proposed the raw sewage dump earlier this year, before Environment Canada ordered a halt to the plan, pending a review by an independent panel. Now, newly appointed Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has said Montreal can make the dump, provided it meets several conditions.
"The risks associated with an unplanned discharge are significant," McKenna told CTV. "Really, it’s balancing risk. It’s less than ideal. I’m not thrilled to be in this situation."
McKenna said a controlled dump was better than an accidental one, which could be possible given the advanced age of the city's sewage system...Read more>>

Related:  WATCH: Sewage dump protest blocked access to Mercier Bridge
 by Kelly Lapare
Visit: #Montreal sewage dump-twitter_

Gordon Lightfoot recalls the night of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald's sinking

 Published Tuesday, November 10
     Forty years ago today, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a fierce storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 men aboard.
    That same night, on Nov. 10, 1975, Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot was working a new album while squatting in an abandoned home in Toronto.
    In an interview with CTV Barrie, Lightfoot recalls that it was a "cold and windy" evening in the city and the windows of the home were shaking.
    Lightfoot said he went downstairs for a coffee and flipped on the TV to see a news report about the American freighter sinking three hours earlier.
    It was a moment that left a last impression on him and eventually inspired him to write "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which became a Number 1 hit in Canada and peaked at Number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart...Continue reading...

Meet Canada’s new selectively bred cold weather bees                                                                                                                  

By   Scientists are looking to create bees that are selectively bred to survive cold Canadian winters in hopes that the number of bees we import from the U.S. can be reduced.
   Two answers to questions you may have right now. No, this is not a joke; we have actually been importing bees from the states for years. And no, they didn’t first consider millions of tiny Canada Goose parkas.
   A pair of educators from opposite ends of the country, Professor Amro Zayed from York University’s Faculty of Science, and Professor Leonard Foster from the University of British Columbia, were recently awarded $7.3 million in joint industry-government funding to try and solve Canada’s bee problem.
   “It is very clear that we have to develop innovative solutions for bee health because bee declines will have serious consequences for Canada’s economy and food security,” says Zayed. The professor says genetic data can predict the behavior of colonies and beekeepers could use genomic and proteomic markers to selectively breed colonies that can better survive our cold winters...Continue reading...

Political Correctness Gone Mad

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Story Behind “In Flanders Fields”

Illustration: Miko Maciaszek
By Charles Magill, Reader’s Digest:


Early on the morning of May 3, 1915, John McCrae sat wearily near his field dressing station, a crude bunker cut into the slopes of a bank near the Ypres-Yser Canal in Belgium. A Canadian military surgeon, he had been at the French line for 12 days under incessant German bombardment, and the toll of dead and wounded had been appalling.
From his position on the road along the canal running into Ypres, McCrae wrote: “I saw all the tragedies of war enacted. A wagon, or a bunch of horses or a stray man, would get there just in time for a shell. One could see the absolute knockout; or worse yet, at night one could hear the tragedy, a horse’s scream or the man’s moan.”
The previous night he had buried a good friend, Lt. Alexis Helmer of Ottawa, blown to pieces by a direct hit from a German shell. Now, as he sat in the early morning sunshine, he could hear the larks singing between the crash of the guns. He could see the rows of crosses in a nearby cemetery.
The field where the cemetery lay was thick with scarlet poppies, their dormant seeds churned up by the guns, blooming despite—or because of—the carnage. McCrae took in the scene and quickly wrote a 15-line poem. Speaking as from the dead to the living, “In Flanders Fields” was to become the most famous poem of the Great War—perhaps of any war...Continue reading...

Soldier from Thunderchild lost his life in Iraq

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

The picture of 'Robert Christopher (Horse) McCoy' was scanned from the Saskatoon Star Pheonix in September, 2005.

SASKATOON -- A former Regina resident was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq this week, becoming Saskatchewan's first military casualty of the conflict.

Robert Christopher (Horse) McCoy, a member of the Thunderchild First Nation, who has dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship, was on his third military assignment in Iraq when he died in the bombing early Wednesday morning.

"This time he won't be coming back," said Thunderchild councillor Ira Horse.

"It's pretty traumatic. Everybody here is feeling for his family."

Horse, a distant relative of McCoy's, said people are in shock at Thunderchild, located 250 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

"He risked his life and died standing up for something he believed in," said Horse.

She said McCoy comes from a lineage linked to the Cree Nation Warrior Society. It was their job to protect their people and lands, she said.

McCoy was apparently working as a private security agent for U.S. State Department officials.

He and three other agents were driving by car in Basra, Iraq's second largest city.

A roadside bomb went off, killing all of them. It was one of two bombings Wednesday in Basra. The other left 15 dead and 21 injured when a car bomb went off near a restaurant, officials said in reports.

McCoy's father is from Thunderchild, while his mother is from Texas. He's lived in Regina, North Battleford, and Texas. Saskatchewan family members were en route to Texas Thursday for the funeral there. A date for the burial has not been set.

"We are extremely proud of our young people and the commitment they make. There's no requirement for First Nations people to sign up (for military duty), but they do," said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Lawrence Joseph.

"He does all First Nations people a great honour."

Last summer, McCoy was given a hero's welcome when he returned to Thunderchild for a visit. He and his great-grandfather George Horse, an 86-year-old veteran of the Second World War and the Korean War were honoured at a ceremony.

He had recently returned from a tour as member of the U.S. Marines. He said at the time he'd like to return this year on a private security contract.

McCoy said it could pay in the range of $175,000 US a year. That would allow him to buy a house in Calgary and start a family.

He also defended the highly controversial, American-led war, which Canada declined to participate in.

"I've never seen photographs like the photographs I've taken over there of the kids, the children, the families that were happy to have us over there," he said, adding those who opposed the U.S. presence were in the vast minority.

McCoy joined the Canadian army in 1998 but left a year later to join the U.S. Marine Corps.

In 2001, he got into the amphibious reconnaissance unit, the marine corps' elite equivalent to the Navy Seals.

"If you want more of a challenge than what you're already doing, amphibious reconnaissance is what you want," he said at the time.

After two years spent learning high-tech surveillance techniques and how to speak Arabic, McCoy was shipped to Kuwait. He remembers the "shock and awe" Patriot missiles soaring over his head on March 19, 2003, as he stood on the Iraq border waiting to enter.

In Iraq, McCoy travelled with a team of six special operations soldiers responsible for locating weapons caches and anti-aircraft guns.

During the day, the team interviewed children to find out where weapons were, and at night, they would get as close as they could to the fortifications. Using a laptop computer and a mini satellite dish, they would relay digital photos and grid co-ordinates back to headquarters.

McCoy said his team went undetected by Iraqi soldiers, which was fortunate because they were lightly armed and unlikely to hold off an entire unit on their own.

According to the Associated Press, the bombings that killed McCoy and others are fuelling fears the insurgency was taking deeper root outside Sunni-dominated territory. Attacks against Americans in Basra are rare. The U.S. has only a minimal presence in the area.

Also, Shiites, who are the dominant population in the south, have found themselves the political winners as new government structures take shape after the U.S.-led invasion.

McCoy will be honoured in late December when Thunderchild hosts an event for all First Nations veterans. There may also be something done in his honour at a powwow in North Battleford next weekend, Joseph said.

Obituary of Robert Christopher McCoy.
© The Leader-Post (Regina) 2005
Tom DozierTom Dozier

The annual Bliss Dharma Assembly at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute. Boston Globe

Thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns recently gathered for the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly in remote China to mark Buddha’s descent from the heavens. The gathering was held at the Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute, widely regarded as the world’s largest and most influential center for Tibetan Buddhist studies.--By Lloyd Young
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Billionaire Bunker: Inside The World's Largest Private Apocalypse Shelter, The Oppidum

The below-ground Bunker of The Oppidum will be the area in which inhabitants can be isolated and protected from the threat of war, disease, natural disasters, or personal threats ranging from terrorists to zombies.
by Jim Dobson
It stands alone in a quiet valley in the Czech Republic, bordered by a magnificent countryside. The estate is surrounded by high walls, and is not visible at ground level. From the air, the compound appears to be a large administration center. This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property with plans for a spectacular estate. What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world.
The Oppidum will be more than an underground bunker for dangerous times. It provides an above-ground residential estate in which the owners can maintain a high standard of living in a secluded area above ground during times of potential danger.
The compound is protected by multiple high-security systems (from high walls and detection sensors to automated defense technology) and strong communications with the outside world...Continue reading...