Sunday, January 31, 2016

Monument (Official Music Video) by MUTEMATH

Majestic Video of Wild Horses Going for a Swim Shows How These Animals Deserve to Live

    Despite the fact that many consider wild horses American icons, these animals are being threatened across the U.S. Unfortunately, wild horses are seen as competition for cattle on grazing lands, and as a result, they are being systematically rounded up and removed from their native habitat. The Bureau of Land Management uses helicopters to round them up and transport the horses either to government holding facilities or they are sent to auction...Continue reading...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Serious Trend: Trans-Species. Woman claims She Was Born a Cat…

Louder With Crowder:
I remember the olden days when one could simply laugh at insanity and mock it with great vigor.
But in this new world where men are called brave for claiming they’re actually women, while others can claim that they are a six year old girl and get adopted by another family, this girl who claims she was really born a cat is well, just par for the course...Continue reading...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Old Crow Medicine Show, "Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer"

Zika virus could infect four million people in the Americas - and has 'explosive pandemic potential.' Update, ‘New Lyme disease’ found.'

The Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives in tropical climates and can carry the Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya. 

 Emma Henderson:
   The Zika virus could infect up to four million people, the World Health Organisation has warned.
   The virus, which is strongly suspected of causing birth defects including the shrinking of foetuses' brains and heads, has the potential to become an "explosive pandemic", WHO also said.
   Marcos Espinal, head of communicable diseases at the WHO's Americas arm, said a study would soon be published suggesting a correlation between Zika and microcephaly in Brazil.
   "We don't know yet if this virus crosses the placenta and generates or causes microcephaly. We think it plays a role. There's no doubt about that," he said.
   It comes as Brazilian experts at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation said the virus - thought to be confined to the Aedes Aegypti mosquito in the tropics - may have already crossed over to the culex mosquito - which would increase its chances of being spreading around the world...Continue reading...

   See also...a) Zika virus cases brought back to Canada are few, health officials say
                   b) Should Canadians worry about Zika virus?

   Related:1) H1N1 flu virus confirmed at a K+S potash mine in Saskatchewan
                2) ‘New Lyme disease’ found by scientists – and it’s harder to treat with antibiotics

Starlings form spectacular 'dancing clouds' over Israel

BBC News

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One Day in Jerusalem . . .

   Matisyahu’s song “One Day” has become tailor-made for this period of time. The pictures of Jerusalem, it’s people and it’s sights in the background remind the Jewish People that everyone’s in this together. To make the connection betwen the Rabbis and their students, the children, the soldiers, policemen, medics, and beggars you really have to know quite a bit about what’s been happening in Israeli society for the past few months.
    The togetherness and yearning of the Jewish People for redemption and peace. Across the board. The prayers and hopes and tangible help that all parts of population have given to one-another just shows that the Jewish People stand united despite their many philosophical differences. That is something that should always be felt.

Canada's New Government Has 'Tough Message' for Israel

  OTTAWA - Canada’s new Liberal government said on Monday it was delivering a “tough message” to Israel as a good friend after expressing concern about Israeli-Palestinian violence, Israeli settlements and unilateral Palestinian moves.
   The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Stephane Dion was criticized for saying Palestinian initiatives toward statehood in international forums and continued Israeli settlements were unhelpful.
   “We’re steadfast allies and good friends, and good friends can occasionally deliver tough messages, but it’s by no means to suggest that we’re somehow retreating from any kind of support of Israel,” said Joe Pickerill, Dion’s spokesman.
   Dion on Sunday had issued a statement expressing concern about the Israeli conflict, sparking charges by the Conservative opposition that the Liberal government was being unfairly critical of Israel.
   “As a steadfast ally and friend to Israel, Canada calls for all efforts to be made to reduce violence and incitement and to help build the conditions for a return to the negotiating table,” Dion said in the statement on Sunday.
   His spokesman, Joe Pickerill, elaborated on Monday by saying that Canada was not trying to create a “faux balance” by equating violence by either side, but felt the need to speak out...Continue reading...
    Related: Israeli Woman, 23, Dies of Wounds Sustained in Supermarket Stabbing

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul

from Grain Media
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautiful and moving short film that follows the lives of two young skateboarders from Afghanistan who attend the Skateistan project. Juxtaposing the harsh reality of life in Kabul with the hopes and ambitions of the country’s children, the film is a touching ray of light from a country only ever in the news for all the wrong reasons. Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul from Grain Media on Vimeo.

'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' Theme by Ennio Morricone

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Bear Encounters in Russia

[Meanwhile in Russia]

Sloth Found Clinging to Highway Crash Barrier Gets Rescued and Returned to Forest Home (Photos)

Life for sloths might seem pretty relaxed and laid back – after all, they do give the impression of being the world’s most chill animals –  in reality, however, it can be anything but. Many sloth species are listed as threatened or in danger of extinction due to habitat loss and human encroachment. These animals make their homes in the treetops of South American rainforests and as these forests are cut down, for logging, agricultural and cattle grazing interests, or to make way for new developments, they are being stranded with nowhere to go.
As humans move into closer range with sloths, these animals are being faced with dangers that they are not equipped to deal with. One of the major ones being car traffic. When you pair fast moving vehicles with slow moving animals, things can get dangerous quickly. Unfortunately, this was the reality that one sloth had to face when he wandered onto a highway in Ecuador...Read more, photos...

Camera Traps Find Wildlife Faring Well In Protected Forests | Video

Camera Traps Find Wildlife Faring Well In Protected Forests | Video

Monday, January 25, 2016

16-Year-old German Girl Pleads for Help From the Onslaught of Muslim Immigration

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   See also...Refugees claim ISIS militants living among them in Germany

La Loche shooting: Mayor, local MP call for school to be 'torn down'

Magazine Gap, 'What's That About?'

Magazine Gap

Little Shop of Horrors - Dentist Scene - w/ Bill Murray

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Photographer's Travel Date With Wolves Is Completely Surreal

Priscilla Frank Arts Writer, The Huffington Post 

   For most, wolves are best experienced from a safe distance. A belly-full howl from a faraway, shadowy creature provides ample wolf exposure for the majority. But not all. 
   Cleo Goossens is a photographer based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands -- and, so we've gathered, a significant wolf enthusiast. (Her dog is named Wolf and her company, Sun of Wolves.) Recently, Goossens visited eight real, very live wolves in Germany, owned by a Dutch man who lives with them in harmony, along with his wife, son and dingo.
    The photographs, some in black and white, others in color, some from far away, some startlingly close, capture wolves with an intimacy not often found in nature or wildlife photography. One image presents its subject as the lone wolf in the wild while another depicts a cuddly creature hungry for contact and love. The short but striking series shows the dynamic range of personas that wolves embody, and their surprising capacity to interact with humans...Read here, photos...

Villager Jim: The anonymous photographer and his sleeping dog

Dilly sleeping - "One of the most viewed Labrador pictures in the world" [photo Villager Jim]
   Dubbed the "Banksy of the photographic world", the mysterious Villager Jim only picked up a camera a few years ago but now makes his living from taking wildlife snaps.
Here, he explains how a picture of his dog went viral, his passion for wildlife, and how he is enjoying being anonymous.
   "Everybody knows my Dilly shot, says Villager Jim.
   "I think it is one of the most viewed Labrador pictures in the world."
   He said the photo came about after his dog came back from a walk and was "nodding off" in a chair at their Peak District home.
   "I had just bought a new lens and was resting it on my hands," he said. "Like a kid with a new toy."
   "So, I took a photo and that one picture has changed my life."...Continue reading, photos...

Saturday, January 23, 2016

It's cold outside bring your pets inside

Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna | Carl Orff ~ André Rieu


Where is Mystery Babylon?

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a) Mystery Babylon is Mecca.



d) Rome is mystery Babylon. 


e) Dubai is mystery Babylon.

Louis Farrakhan Speaks on The Judgment of America and The Muslim World

The Final Call - Uncompromised News & Perspectives

Alleged La Loche shooter sent 'chilling' chat messages about killing two people before heading to school

Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Stomach worms from raw fish bought in Calgary believed to be 1st of its kind in Canada

CBC News
 Stomach worms inside a man's stomach resulted from eating improperly prepared raw fish, doctors say. (Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology)

50-year-old goes to emergency room with severe abdominal pain and fever after eating raw salmon. Read here>>

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Astronaut nurses zinnia to full bloom after ISS mold invasion

Space station commander Scott Kelly had to fight off mold that threatened to kill all the flowers in the space station's mini-greenhouse, including this zinnia.

Old Man Luedecke, “The Early Days”


Your family’s medicine cabinet: throw out the codeine

Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD,is the medical director of The Poison Control Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
   The days of January are short and cold. At times it can seem that everyone is coughing from a cold, the flu, or bronchitis. Pains can flare. It’s easy to be sick of being sick and to want to find relief.
   Since the 1950s people have used a drug called codeine to try to stop cough or reduce pain. Codeine may be found paired with the common pain and fever medication acetaminophen, it may be prescribed on its own, or it may be in cough and cold medications. But over the past 20 years, we’ve been learning that it’s a bad idea. In 2016, you should resolve to clear your medicine cabinet of codeine (and remind your doctor of that resolution, too!).
   Codeine is classified as an “opioid” and is a man-made drug similar to heroin or morphine. In fact, codeine doesn’t do much on its own – your body’s liver needs to convert it to morphine before it works. Therein lies the problem, that conversion is different for different people. Read more>>

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Russia Shows Off Military Might At Syria Base

Warplanes take off one after another and helicopter gunships sweep low as journalists are allowed into the base in Syria.

A Russian jet drops bombs on targets in Syria

Russia Shows Off Military Might At Syria Base

Old dogs, children and watermelon wine

Wild Hog Hunting In Texas, videos

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SASKATOON, SASK--JANUARY 10 2016 0111 News Winter forestry farm- An eagle at the Saskatoon Forestry farm on Sunday, January 10th, 2016. (Liam Richards/Saskatoon StarPhoenix) Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix

 The temperature should peak at -15 C on Wednesday with a 40 per cent chance of flurries, and an overnight low of -18 C with wind chill down to -25.

Ultimate cat lady: Woman shares home with 1,100 rescue felines

A caring cat lady has given up her 4,200 square foot home to more than a thousand felines. Sixty-seven-year-old Lynea Lattanzio now lives in a trailer on her six acre property and allows the cats to run freely through the five bedroom house. She started fostering cats in 1992 and acquired 96 by the end of the year - successfully rehoming all of them.
Picture: Ruaridh Connellan / Barcroft USA

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Eagles' Glenn Frey dead at 67

Glenn Frey, a founding member of the rock band the Eagles, has died at 67, a publicist for the band has confirmed.
   "Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia," reads a post on the band's official website...Continue reading...
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There's a Fight Brewing Over a Really Important Forest in Canada

By Jake Bleiberg
   As oil prices continue to drop towards an uncertain bottom, tensions between environmentalists and industry are mounting around another natural resource: Canada's forests.
   A long brewing dispute over the largest undisturbed boreal forest on Earth, nearly 2-million square miles of pines and firs stretched across northern Canada, began to heat up this week when 13 American environmental advocacy groups wrote the governments of Ontario and Quebec urging them to support new conservation efforts.
   The letter comes in response to earlier lobbying by the Québec Forest Industry Council, which represents nearly half of Canada's $20-billion timber industry, warning the government against new measures proposed by a watchdog, the Forest Stewardship Council. The new measures would threaten thousands of jobs and the communities that rely on them, the industry group warned in an October letter to Quebec's minister of forests...Continue reading...

Are Elephants Teetering on the Brink of Extinction?

Staff infoZine: 
    Groups are working diligently to spread awareness about the ongoing crisis.
   Westport, CT - infoZine - E/The Environmental Magazine - Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to save elephants around the world? I understand that these magnificent creatures are teetering on the brink of extinction. – Millie Vicente, San Jose, CA
   In just one decade between 1979 and 1989, half of all Africa’s elephants were lost to the ivory trade. Public outrage over the loss led to a ban on all international trade in elephant tusks by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)—an international agreement regulating trade in wild animals and plants—and African elephant populations were able to bounce back...
   ...In Zimbabwe, poachers are using cyanide to kill entire herds at a time. In October 2015, rangers in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park found 78 elephants killed by the poison. “We’re now trying to check how many elephants had fully developed tusks, because babies are among those killed,” said Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo. “The rate at which we are losing animals to cyanide is alarming,” she added. Some 300 elephants fell victim to the same fate in the park a year before. Many non-target species are also dying from the cyanide intended for elephants. The park agency was hoping drones and trained dogs would intensify poacher monitoring...Read complete article here...

Now, UFO conspiracists spot Angkor Wat-like temple on Mars

Speed News Desk
   UFO enthusiasts and alien hunters have made another addition to the growing list of earthly structures reportedly spotted on the Red planet.
   This time around, reports claim that NASA has found an Angkor Wat-like temple structure on Mars.
   It was not too long ago that alien enthusiasts claimed that NASA's Curiosity Rover had spotted a giant mouse, a pyramid and a Buddha-like statue on Mars.
   India Today reports, "With startling images ranging from trees to even the Buddha, NASA has now spotted a structure on the Red Planet that looks just like the world famous Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia. However, it is still not clear whether the statue is just a rock formation or a real temple."
    As is the case with most of these observations, NASA has refrained from commenting on the reports. Read here.

Canada not invited to anti-ISIS coalition meeting in Paris

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan was not invited to a meeting of defence ministers from seven countries in the anti-ISIS coalition in Paris this week. (Canadian Press) 
    By Katharine Starr, CBC News
   Canada has not been invited to an anti-ISIS coalition meeting this week in Paris, CBC News has learned.
Defence ministers from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and the Netherlands will join U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter on Wednesday to discuss the future of the fight against the extremist group.
   Canada's Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan did not receive an invitation, his office confirmed to CBC News Network's Power & Politics...Continue reading...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Smooth Hound Smith, 'Forever Cold'

Pictures of the day: 15 January 2016

Mechaele Loraffe of Buchanan, Michigan, said she was on her way to work when she saw a breathtaking sunrise and pulled over to take a photograph. Her picture, which appears to show a cross on the horizon, is going viral since she shared it with WSBT meteorologists Matt Rudkin. Loraffe said that she only saw the cross after she took the photo. Picture: Mechaele Loraff via Facebook

Ebola is back in West Africa

By Associated Press
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A Sierra Leone official says a corpse has tested positive for Ebola, the day after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over in West Africa.
Francis Langoba Kelly, spokesman for the Office of National Security, told local radio Friday that tests on a woman who died in the country’s north earlier this month were positive for the virus. Kelly said the country’s level of preparedness is high and there is no cause for concern.
Nearly 4,000 people died before Sierra Leone was first declared free from transmission Nov. 7. Guinea marked that day on Nov. 29. Liberia had been declared Ebola-free twice before Thursday. Officials warned flare-ups were possible.
Ebola has killed more than 11,300 people, mostly in West Africa, since it emerged at the end of 2013.

Family of four on aid trip among Canadians killed in Burkina Faso attack

By: City Hall reporter
Six Canadian humanitarian workers from Quebec were among those killed in an attack by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.
There were 28 people of 18 nationalities killed and 56 others wounded after a 15-hour siege that ended Saturday night at a hotel popular with international business travellers on the busy Avenue Kwame Nkrumah in the city’s centre.
The Canadians were: Yves Carrier; his daughter Maude; his wife, Gladys Chamberland; their son Charlélie, and their friends Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier, all residents of Quebec, La Presse reported.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led a moment of silence for the victims on Sunday at a restored mosque in Peterborough, Ont., which was firebombed in the aftermath of deadly attacks in Paris last November...Continue reading...

Friday, January 15, 2016

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New Insights into Pandas, Nature's Most Adorable Predator

Image credit: IFL Science, The Standard Daily, and Pixilix
by  Jennifer Levine:
    Panda bears are one of the most adorable deadly animals in the animal kingdom. (Don't let their teddy bear-like qualities deceive you—they are still bears, and you do not actually want to hug one. Well, at least not an adult one.) But how much do you really know about pandas?...New insights into Pandas

Meet the Adorable Pigs that Made Jon and Tracey Stewart Fall in Love on the Spot!

Maybelle and Anna
:  There’s only one thing sweeter than a happy pig, and that’s TWO happy pigs! No one knows for sure where these two close friends, Maybelle and Anna came from, but it’s likely that they escaped from a transport truck. They still had their tails which means they did not come from a factory farm because tail docking is usually performed within a month of birth in these facilities. What is likely is that they were headed to a stockyard where they would be sold and raised by someone else for slaughter. Luckily, their lives have a much happier ending...Continue reading...

Australia PM’s Adviser: Climate Change Is UN Hoax To Create New World Order

   The Australian prime minister’schief business adviser has accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order – provocative claims made to coincide with a visit from the top UN climate negotiator.
    Christiana Figueres, who heads the UN framework convention on climate change, touring Australia this week, urged the country to move away from heavily polluting coal production.
    Under Tony Abbott’s leadership, Australia has been reluctant to engage in global climate change politics, unsuccessfully attempting to keep the issue off the agenda of the G20 leaders’ summit in Brisbane last year.
    Maurice Newman, the chairman of Abbott’s business advisory council and a climate change sceptic with a history of making provocative statements, said the UN was using false models showing sustained temperature increases to end democracy and impose authoritarian rule...Continue reading...

Birds and wildlife of Inkaterra, Peru.


Sask. legislation that would ban prayers in public schools

Dusti Hennenfent, a mother in Moose Jaw, is seeking a change in provincial legislation that would stop prayers from taking place in public schools. William Stodalka / The Moose Jaw Times Herald
 Saskatoon StarPhoenix:
  When Dusti Hennenfent dropped off her child late at Lindale Elementary School in Moose Jaw after a dentist appointment, she was “quite surprised” to hear the Lord’s Prayer being recited over the school’s intercom system. 
   “I didn’t even realize that a public school would still have that as a practice,” said the mother of two and Moose Jaw resident.
   Last year, Hennenfent raised concerns with her school’s principal and the division. In early December, the Prairie South School Division ordered the Lindale School Community Council (SCC) to consult with members of the community about whether to keep the prayer in school.
   The findings, presented at a Jan. 5 board meeting, indicated “from parent responses and SCC deliberation, the SCC determine that it was the will of the Lindale School community to continue reciting the Lord’s Prayer during opening activities.”
   It indicated 70 per cent of parents were consulted and 152 of the 166 parents were in favour of keeping the prayer.
   While Hennenfent said she and her children have a good relationship with Lindale School overall, she believes the recital of the prayer may be harmful and has started a petition asking for amendments to the Education Act.
   Under Section 182(3) of the Education Act, authorities or divisions are allowed to approve the reading of the Lord’s Prayer, but “a student may be excused from participating in these exercises or any courses of religious instruction.”
   “Honestly, I don’t understand the purpose of (the recital of the prayer),” Hennenfent said, noting while she would be in favour of a comparative religion class, she feels the prayer itself may isolate certain members of the school community.
   “Is this is a school-sponsored religion?” she asked. “Is there recognition that not all students are Christian and if there’s recognition of that, is the purpose that perhaps maybe they all should be Christian?”
   With both Saskatchewan and Moose Jaw becoming more culturally and religiously diverse, she said the recital does not respect or value that diversity...Read more>>

Thursday, January 14, 2016

‘Global warming’ could cause humans to develop webbed feet, cat’s eyes and gills

Could we end up like some of our feathered friends? Photo: Alamy Stock Photo
By , Science Editor   
    The perils of climate change are well known, but rising sea levels could also alter human evolution, scientists have claimed.
    Rising sea levels could force communities to live in underwater or semi-aquatic towns which could change out physiology.
    Dr Matthew Skinner, a paleoanthropologist from the University of Kent, claims that humans could evolve to have webbed hands and feet and less body hair so they could move quickly through the water...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lindi Ortega - Cigarettes & Truckstops (Official Video)

ISIS Attempts to Shoot Down Russian Jet - See What Happens!

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Global persecution of Christians "more extreme than ever before"

By Antony Bushfield:
North Korea has topped the list of countries where Christians are most at risk of persecution for the fourteenth year in a row.
The charity Open Doors said the persecution of believers across the world was "more extreme than ever before".
It's annual report found religious fundamentalism was 'sweeping' the world, with around 70,000 Christians jailed in North Korea.
"Persecution levels have been rapidly rising. This year, a country had to score 50 per cent more points than in 2013 to even make it onto the list," said CEO Lisa Pearce.
The study found that well over 100 million Christians are persecuted worldwide because of their beliefs...Continue reading...
 See also...Franklin Graham: It’s Open Season On Christianity

Artist performs naked protest in Cologne over sex attacks

By Telegraph Video, video source APTN: A Swiss artist performed naked in front of iconic Cologne cathedral on Friday, nearby the city's main station where a series of sexual assaults against women occurred on New Year's
Related: Cologne attacks: Germany to make foreign deportations easier 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Barry McGuire, "Eve of Destruction"

Plenty of Torrents

40 Rarely Seen photos sum up the devastating 20 years of the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War (1946–54) and was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States, Philippines and other anti-communist allies.The Viet Cong (also known as the National Liberation Front, or NLF), a South Vietnamese communist common front aided by the North, fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The People’s Army of Vietnam, also known as the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units to battle.

As the war continued, the part of the Viet Cong in the fighting decreased as the role of the NVA grew. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery, and airstrikes. In the course of the war, the U.S. conducted a large-scale strategic bombing campaign against North Vietnam...>>40 Rarely Seen Photos

The Cremation Of Sam McGee by Robert William Service

By Robert W. Service
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
 By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
 That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
 But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
 I cremated Sam McGee.

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
Why he left his home in the South to roam 'round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he'd often say in his homely way that "he'd sooner live in hell."

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn't see;
It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and "Cap," says he, "I'll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I'm asking that you won't refuse my last request."

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
"It's the cursed cold, and it's got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone.
Yet 'tain't being dead—it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains."

A pal's last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn't a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,
With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid, because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: "You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it's up to you to cremate those last remains."

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.
In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows—O God! how I loathed the thing.

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;
The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;
And I'd often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the "Alice May."
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
Then "Here," said I, with a sudden cry, "is my cre-ma-tor-eum."

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared—such a blaze you seldom see;
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn't like to hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don't know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take a peep inside.
I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked"; . . . then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: "Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear you'll let in the cold and storm—
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it's the first time I've been warm."

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
 By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
 That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
 But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
 I cremated Sam McGee.

Three Muslim Gunmen Shoot-Up Canadian Night Club in Calgary

Three Muslims have been arrested for shooting-up a night club in Calgary, Alberta CANADA.
Spencer Wallace is a bouncer at the bar and was standing mere feet away from the gunman.

"Out of nowhere, we had a little bit of a break in people coming in and I'm standing right by the front door. If I'd been standing two feet in front of where I was standing, I could have been shot, I could have been killed today," said Wallace.

"I turned and I see the guy catch it right in the chest. He drops."

According to Wallace, one shot entered the bar and the shooter squeezed off two more while wrestling with front door staff, but police say several shots were fired into the club.

"Two bouncers that work out front, I'm not going to name them, but they grabbed this guy immediately," he said. "They pounced on him. Those guys are heroes and they deserve nothing but praise, they stopped this from being so much worse."...Continue reading...