Thursday, July 28, 2016

Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count creates buzz for bee “census”

By    Environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth Canada is encouraging Canadians to participate in the first annual Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count, an event aimed at raising awareness about drastic declines in bumble bee populations and helping scientists to determine where across the country bumble bees are most in need of protection.
   “Bees are absolutely essential for pollinating flowers and vegetables,” says CEO of Friends of the Earth Canada, Beatrice Olivastri, in conversation with the CBC. “For our food security we absolutely need bees.”
Running from June 1 until August 15, 2016, the Canadian bumble bee count asks Canadians to snap summertime pics of bumble bees in gardens, at cottages and campsites and upload them to is run by a partner group which has been organizing bee counts across North America. Once uploaded, researchers will check each photo for verification purposes and use the data to help identify conservation needs and to locate rare and/or endangered populations of bumble bees...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Scientists think cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future

   An international team of scientists has just sequenced a protein crystal located in the midgut of cockroaches. The reason?
   It’s more than four times as nutritious as cow’s milk and, the researchers think it could be the key to feeding our growing population in the future. ...

Oiled birds pulled from Sask oil pipeline spill site

Andrea Hill, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Photos from the wildlife rescue operation underway near where a Husky Energy pipeline leak sent 200,000 litres of oil into the North Saskatchewan River last week. Three birds completely covered in oil were rescued, although only two survived. Photos from Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Facebook page. ORG XMIT: lI1z2datOcaRPmvSsOkw Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation

   Four birds, one fish and a frog are among the confirmed fatalities of the Husky Energy pipeline leak that sent more than 200,000 litres of oil pouring into the North Saskatchewan River near Maidstone.
   Another two oil-soaked birds have been rescued from the spill site and are being cared for by volunteers in Maidstone.
   Jan Shadick, who runs the Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Saskatoon, said it’s “shocking” how few oil-soaked animals have been found.
   “It’s really quite hard to believe that they haven’t found anything,” Shadick said from Maidstone, where she is helping coordinate efforts to clean any rescued animals that come in.
She worries that because the river is so fast moving, birds or other animals that were coated in oil and left unable to float or swim have drowned and been swept away...

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Monday, July 25, 2016

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Julian Assange just did it: WikiLeaks Dispenses 23,000 Hillary Emails Marked “C” for Confidential (Classified)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told us a month ago that the next batch of leaked Hillary Clinton emails could lead to an indictment.
Now, over 23,000 cables were just put out for the world to see...
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The Munich Massacre Is A Complete Coverup. The Munich Shooter’s Facebook Including His Family Background Shows He Is NOT Iranian But A Syrian Islamist Pro Turkey


   They initially introduced his name as a western name “David S”. Then his name changed to Ali David Sonboly (which sounds western) when his real name is Ali Daud Sonboly/Sunbuli which is an Arabic name (better pronounced Sunbuli) and has an exclusively Arabic meaning: ‘from the wheat kernel’.
   Sonboly is no Iranian. He is Syrian. His Facebook page showed that he is pro Turkey’s Islamists. That, plus he had a record with the Interpol and was being watched. He is also not a teenager as they show us, but an adult as videos showed. What the reader should conclude after reading is this: why is the eye witnesses account (which is substantiated by material evidence) contradicts media reports (which provide zero evidence that we can verify, just government claim). Let me shred the media’s narrative piece by piece...

Prince Albert building 20km-long drinking water pipeline as oil slick approaches: cleanup of 200,000L-plus spill continues

Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Crews work to clean up an oil spill on the North Saskatchewan river near Maidstone, Sask on Friday July 22, 2016. Husky Energy has said between 200,000 and 250,000 litres of crude oil and other material leaked into the river on Thursday from its pipeline. JASON FRANSON / THE CANADIAN PRESS

   Prince Albert officials have ordered construction of a 20 to 30 kilometre temporary drinking water pipeline as a massive oil slick on the North Saskatchewan River approaches the city.
“They’ve done an admirable job (of planning),” Saskatchewan Water Security Agency’s Same Ferris told reporters Sunday. “It’s a temporary installation.”
   Residents of both cities are advised to use water sparingly until the regular water treatment capacity is restored. It’s unclear exactly how long that will be, officials said.
   “Water conservation is very important in this situation,” Ferris said.
   The city of North Battleford has already shut off its river intake and is drawing its drinking water from other sources. On Sunday, P.A. had not yet shut off its water intake from the North Saskatchewan River, as tests came back clean. That could change when the oil arrives late Sunday or early Monday...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Russia Bombed Base Used By U.S. in Syria — Reports


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   Moscow is allegedly using the strike to pressure the Obama administration into closer cooperation in Syria, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed government sources. It also claimed that Russian plane attacked a site used by families of CIA backed Syrian opposition fighters early this month.
   The garrison in the village of At-Tanf near the Jordanian border was attacked June 16. A 20 strong British contingent moved off the site 24 hours prior to the Russian strike, the Wall Street Journal reported.
   Following the attack, U.S. forces informed their Russian counterparts in Syria that the garrison was part of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State and should not be targeted. Roughly 90 minutes later, despite warning signals from U.S. aircraft, Russian planes attacked the site again, the newspaper claimed.
   U.S. officials and rebel leaders claim that cluster munitions were used in the attacks and that four people were killed.
   A U.S. official with access to classified intelligence described the incident as “very, very serious” and said that there had been the potential for U.S. and Russian jets to engage each other, the Radio Liberty news website reported...

Muskeg Lake girl to throw out first pitch at Blue Jays game

 Jason Warick, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

   Bella Lafond Arcand survived radical brain surgery in 2013 to relieve her dozens of daily seizures. She was discharged Wednesday from another hospital stay when her mom told her they were stopping for ice cream.
   When they arrived at the Dairy Queen in the Rosewood neighbourhood, the 11-year-old walked in and saw family, friends and a crowd of media. A store official told her she’d been picked to attend an upcoming Blue Jays game and throw out the first pitch.
   Bella, herself a baseball player and fan, appeared a bit shy before smiling and laughing. She put on a Jays jersey and cut a large cake before posing for pictures.
“It’s really great,” she said.
   The trip will be a welcome relief, her mom said. Bella’s 2013 surgery lasted eight hours. Surgeons effectively disconnected the left hemisphere of her brain in an attempt to stop the seizures. She had to learn to walk again and perform other basic tasks. The surgery did eliminate many of the seizures, but they’ve since returned, to a lesser degree.
   “We’re just dealing with that now,” Lafond said...

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Orphan Elk Befriends Firefighters At Work In The Woods

   Some wild animals in the woods can be a little unfriendly, especially if they think that people are trespassing in their space.
   But others are surprisingly social and want to check out what you’re doing in the wild as much as you want to with them.
   Animals are just like us and just want to feel like they have a home, a pack, or a family to travel with. That way, even if they are facing abuse or abandonment, they at least have an ally by their side like these blind cat brothers.
   Unfortunately, poor Buttons the elk was displaced from her family and has become a common sight in Kittitas County, Washington, where she roams with cows and goats. 
   Some may think that the abandonment and solidarity would make Buttons mean and aggressive. But the county’s team of firefighters saw her amazing true colors while they were fighting a wild fire in the woods...Continude reading, photos>>

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

‘I was defending God’: Senior censored by public library wins right to display newsletter

Mary Stanko holding her newsletter, Senior's Alert, at the library.
An Ontario woman whose community newsletter was banned from her local library has won the right to distribute it on the institution’s pamphlet stands, after a year-long battle that nearly ended up in court.
Last year, Mary Stanko, who is retired after teaching for 34 years, was told by the St. Catharines Public Library her Senior’s Alert newsletter did not meet its requirement that any publicly posted material be “educational” or “cultural.” This was despite the fact she had been allowed to leave the four-page publication there for nearly two decades.
   “For the last 18 years, I’ve been putting out my newsletter, which I voluntarily edit and publish for the good of the community,” she said. “And all of a sudden, because I mention the preamble to the Constitution … I was quoting the Constitution, and I was defending God.”
Stanko’s spring 2015 newsletter included an editorial about the abandonment of God in modern society, with references to the opening line of the Constitution Act of 1982 and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
   “Pointedly, this Constitution opens with the declaration stating that ‘Canada is governed under the supremacy of God and the rule of Law,’ ” she wrote.
   “Yet, why are we law-abiding citizens allowing these apostates and atheists, who are in the minority, to install their undemocratic rule of terror in which mention of His Name has become anathema in public governments, their arms-length commissions, colleges of physicians and surgeons, universities and some secular media?”...Continue reading...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Atikamekw disillusioned by Ottawa's decision to appeal ruling on 1918 flooding

The First Nation reserve of Opitciwan, 615 kilometres north of Montreal. Dario Ayala / The Gazette
 Christopher Curtis, Montreal Gazette:

   The chief of Opitciwan’s Atikamekw nation backed Justin Trudeau’s Liberals because he believed they would fundamentally change the relationship between Canada and its indigenous people. Awashish says he now regrets that decision.
    Last month, the federal government appealed a tribunal ruling that would have awarded millions to the Atikamekw in Opitciwan — a First Nations reserve on the shores of the Gouin Reservoir, an immense man-made lake at the source of the St-Maurice River, about 615 kilometres north of Montreal.
   The legal decision could have granted the impoverished First Nation of 2,000 residents up to $150 million in compensation for flooding, contaminated drinking water and other damage caused by the creation of La Loutre dam in 1918.
   The development of hydro power in the region in the early 20th century flooded the original Atikamekw village of Opitciwan and ruined the band’s immense trapping grounds.
   Now, instead of reaping the benefits of a victory that was a century in the making, the Opitciwan band council will have to continue a legal battle that Awashish says it simply can’t afford.
   “I lost all confidence in what I believed, in the thought that the Liberal party could change things,” Awashish told the Montreal Gazette. “You get a new party in power, but the same old tactics are used against us.”...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Eagle attacks boy at birds of prey show in Alice Springs

A wedge-tailed eagle at Alice Springs Desert Park, Australia, flies at a young boy and latches on to his head. Photograph: Christine O’Connell/@55chris 

   A wedge-tailed eagle that was part of a birds of prey show at Alice Springs Desert Park flew at a young boy and latched on to his head with its talons instead of flying over to a perch as it had been trained to.
   The moment was captured by a visitor to the park, Christine O’Connell, who uploaded an image on to Instagram of the eagle seemingly attempting to drag away the boy, who was wearing a green hoodie.
   O’Connell wrote as the caption: “At a nature park in Alice Springs we decided to go to a bird show the young boy in the green kept pulling his zipper up and down. For some reason the wedge-tailed eagle did not like it and instead of flying over to the log he is meant to for a photo opportunity he flew straight at the young boy and attacked him.”...

Family of U of T student held in Bangladesh after attack asks Trudeau for help

The Canadian Press
The family of Tahmid Khan has not heard from him in about a week. His father has been hospitalized with chest pains, while his mother has suffered an emotional breakdown. Tahmid, pictured here, is known for his love of animals. (Facebook) 

   The family of a University of Toronto student detained after an attack on a Bangladesh cafe has written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office to ask him to intervene in the case, a Toronto lawyer says.
Marlys Edwardh, a lawyer with Goldblatt Partners in Toronto, said a letter was sent to the prime minister on Monday.
   Tahmid Khan, 22, a Canadian permanent resident, was taken into custody in Dhaka following a hostage-taking on July 1. His family has lost contact with him...

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Why are we blaming the White man?"

ISIS 'Terrorists' smuggled into Europe (Canada?)

Toronto Blue Jays fan Kitty Cohen, running bases at 103 Staff
    You’re never too old to become a dedicated baseball fan, and never too old to fulfill a baseball dream.
Just ask 103-year-old Kitty Cohen who became an even bigger Blue Jays fan two years ago after she became the oldest person to ever throw the first pitch at a game.
    For that moment, she practised throwing the baseball for a month but was disappointed to learn she wouldn’t have the chance to run the bases first.
    So Cohen wrote a letter to Blue Jays General Manager John Gibbons, asking if he would do her the honour of circling the bases with her. He and the team obliged this weekend, much to Cohen’s delight....

Canadian professor, 65, held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison was conducting research, family says

Handout/The Canadian PressHoma Hoodfar’s relatives say the Concordia University professor was in Iran conducting research. Handout/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — A university professor from Montreal has been jailed in Iran’s notorious Evin prison after conducting academic research on women in the country, her niece said Wednesday.
Homa Hoodfar, 65, was arrested Monday after being interrogated by authorities, her niece Amanda Ghahremani told The Canadian Press.
   Ghahremani said her aunt, who was born in Iran but has been living in Montreal for 30 years, travelled to the country in February to see family and to do anthropological work.
    Hoodfar, a professor at Montreal’s Concordia University, is an anthropologist and often studies issues surrounding feminism and the role of woman in Middle Eastern societies...

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Urban forestry: For animals, home is where the tree is

Consistent decline in Karachi’s vegetation drives wildlife out of the city. PHOTOS: AYSHA 

SALEEM/EXPRESSKARACHI: Rapid development and the subsequent chopping of trees in Karachi has not only created problems for residents but also damaged the habitat of many birds and animals that lived here. Wildlife diversity, which is crucial for environmental stability, has reduced to such an extent that one doesn’t listen to birds chirping in the morning anymore.
   As environmental activists make a case for more trees in Karachi, we take a look at how the absence of greenery forces wildlife away from the city and as a result disturbs the system that keeps all living things alive...

Montreal park to use flock of sheep to keep grass at bay

 Montreal's Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough introduced the six ewes and two lambs that will serve as environmentally-friendly lawnmowers for the next month as part of an urban agriculture pilot project, in Montreal on Saturday, July 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Morgan Lowrie

Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL -- A Montreal park has a new lawn maintenance crew for the summer, and they're a pretty woolly bunch.
    On Saturday, the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough introduced the six ewes and two lambs that will serve as environmentally-friendly lawnmowers for the next month as part of an urban agriculture pilot project.
Grazing animals have some ecological advantages when it comes to landscaping, said Marie-Eve Julien-Denis, one of the project's organizers.
    "They will enrich the soil with their manure and contribute to urban biodiversity, because insects and birds won't be bothered by the noise of lawnmowers," she said...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Good Night!

Islamic State shoots down Russian helicopter, killing 2 pilots

An illustrative photo of a Russian Air ForceMilMi-24P. (Wikimedia)

Two Russian pilots died near the Syrian city of Palmyra when their helicopter was shot down by Islamic State fighters, bringing the total number of Russian troops killed in the Syrian conflict to 12, Moscow said.
The jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE monitoring

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Trump's Israel advisor questions wisdom of two-state solution

A PALESTINIAN woman holds up a knife in the Gaza Strip.. (photo credit:REUTERS)[link]


WASHINGTON -- American attempts to broker a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians are like "forcing a square peg into a round hole," one of Donald Trump's two top Israel advisors, David Friedman, wrote in a letter on Wednesday, in which he repeatedly questioned the viability of the effort.

Responding to a note from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Friedman said that "the numerous proposals and initiatives for a two-state solution over the years have brought neither peace nor security to the State of Israel."

Jacobs' letter expressed alarm at the Trump campaign's apparent willingness to entertain a permanent Israeli presence, or perhaps annexation of, the West Bank.

"Both peoples are entitled to live in peace and dignity," Friedman said, "and both peoples are being deprived of those fundamental rights because of one thing and one thing only– radical Islamic jihadism, a cancer that infects Israel and much of the rest of the world."

A bankruptcy expert, Friedman was named a top Israel advisor by Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, alongside Jason Greenblatt, executive vice president and chief legal officer of the Trump Organization.

"No re-allocation of land will cure this scourge, and, indeed, Israel knew no peace from 1948 to 1967 when it did not even control Judea and Samaria," he added.

Friedman asserted that both Israeli and Palestinian majorities now prefer "Israeli rule to a nascent Palestinian state," and characterized the two-state solution as an effort to "divide Israel in two, leaving it without defensible borders."...

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Karma! Pride of Lions Kills 5 Poachers in Sneak Attack

   Despite what sensationalized wildlife specials on TV would have you believe, survival in the wild is not that  much different than the way it is in civilized society. While there isn’t an exact definition per se, most people in the U.S. would probably agree that “surviving successfully” is usually at least having enough food and water to live, protecting yourself adequately from nature and her destructive ways, and whenever possible, protecting your family and loved ones. Animals survive in the same way. They hunt for food when they need to eat, they build shelters to survive harsh winters and sweltering summers, and they will do anything to protect those they care about.
   Once you truly accept this reality, the ideology of poaching and trophy hunting seems so ridiculous. Essentially, poachers believe that for some reason they are above animals and will always be able to outsmart them and their survival instincts. Well, as a group of poachers in Zimbabwe recently found out, this is not always the case.
   Even though hunting is outlawed within the national parks of Zimbabwe, ten men were illegally hunting for elephants last month within the park’s boundaries when they stumbled upon twenty adult Southwest African lions. The pride of lions were not exactly, you know, expecting human visitors, so they immediately attacked the intruders. The attack was so instantaneous that five of the ten men were killed, three severely injured, and two lightly injured. The animals were mostly unhurt. The men who survived the attack ran to a nearby village for medical help where they were promptly arrested. Ah, karma!..

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tulo 'King in the North!'

Wounded soldier recues a puppy!

Mayor "Stubbs" the Cat

The cat came back: feline flirts with death but survives Fort McMurray wildfire

   They thought she was a goner but Flirt the cat came back to her family Wednesday night after a harrowing ordeal during the Fort McMurray wildfire disaster more than two months ago.
   Flirt went missing on May 2 as her Fort McMurray family scrambled to flee the wildfires on a side-by-side ATV. During the ride,  the cat jumped out of the daughter’s arms and the family was unable to catch her before escaping while they could.
   The family’s home burned down and they believed Flirt must have died in the fire...Continue reading, video...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

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The Complete Works of George Orwell

The writer George Orwell poses with the puppy during the Spanish Civil War. Behind him is Ernest Hemingway. 1937 [picturesofhistory]

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Goats are as loving and clever as dogs, say smitten scientists

They may seem an unusual candidate for the title of man’s best friend, but scientists have suggested that goats could rival dogs in forming an emotional bond with their owners.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London aim to prove that goats are much cleverer than previously thought and interact with people in a similar way to pets, having trodden a path of domestication for 10,000 years.
Their latest experiment, documented in Biological Letters, showed that goats will gaze imploringly at their owners when they are struggling to complete a task, a trait common in dogs but not wolves, for example, who have never learned how to co-exist with humans...Continue reading...

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Avett Brothers - "True Sadness"


Israel’s ‘Batwoman’ works in secret to heal winged friends

ELLA VALLEY, Israel (AFP) — Call her Israel’s batwoman. She works in secret, out of an erstwhile chicken coop in central Israel that has become shelter to hundreds of fruit bats being nursed back to health for various ailments.
   Amid the bats’ high-pitched chatter, Nora Lifschitz, a 29-year-old purple-haired longtime animal rights activist, says it is their eyes that penetrate her soul.
    When bats are hurt, something in their eyes becomes like a Disney cartoon. It breaks your heart, and then and there you say ‘I’ll die for you’,” she said...Read complete article photos here...



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Saturday, July 2, 2016

James Blake - Limit To Your Love

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Nearly One Hundred 1,000-Year-Old Mysterious Manuscripts Discovered in Afghanistan

Cat, bear make unlikely friends at Calif. zoo.