Monday, January 30, 2017

Dead Sea in 4k Dji phantom 4

by Nir Hoffman
Published on 25 Jan 2017
The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. Its surface and shores are 430.5 metres (1,412 ft) below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. With 34.2% salinity (in 2011), it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, and one of the world's saltiest bodies of water.[7] This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. The Dead Sea is 50 kilometres (31 mi) long and 15 kilometres (9 mi) wide at its widest point.[1] It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley and its main tributary is the Jordan River.

The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from around the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from asphalt for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. People also use the salt and the minerals from the Dead Sea to create cosmetics and herbal sachets...

Friday, January 27, 2017

#MarchForLife - twitter

The Ansty Crop Circle Mystery

                                        Ansty Crop Circle © Lucy Pringle

 The Ansty Crop Circle Mystery ~ Interview with Karen Price. In light of the debate and controversy surrounding teh amazing Ansty crop circle, I hope you will find this interview with Karren Price helpful in clearing up certain areas of misunderstanding...


See also... Crop Circle Science

Human-pig HYBRID? Scientists hoping to create part man, part pig organs


A HYBRID human-pig embryo has been injected into a sow’s womb as scientists push the ethical boundaries of science in the hope that they can create lifesaving donor organs...

Related...Man-Beast Hybrids On The Way - Human DNA In Cow Egg

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Need a break from Earth? Go stand on Mars with these lovely landscapes

Posted by Kevin Gill
                                                                       NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / Kevin M. Gill

                                                       >>  Go stand on Mars

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Robbie Burns Day: Local bagpiper has spent decades studying, celebrating Scottish poet

Bagpiper Don Macpherson will perform and read poetry at the Robbie Burns dinner at the Glen at Crossmount on Jan. 25. in Saskatoon. Michelle Berg / Saskatoon StarPhoenix

   On the eve of Robbie Burns Day, Don Macpherson said he felt a bit like a kid before Christmas.
   “I can’t wait,” he said about celebrating the birthday of the 18th-century Scottish poet.
   The local bagpiper will perform a selection of tunes at a Robbie Burns dinner at the Glen at Crossmount on Jan. 25. He said his favourite part of the event is the haggis.
   “Haggis has a very bad rep for what it once was, literally what was swept off the floor after the sheep was killed and the wool, skin and meat sold. You had the brains and bits and pieces left over and it was stuffed into a sheep’s stomach. Before you sewed it up you put in some spices and boiled it for about a day and a half. It was kind of a mystery meat thing that made baloney look pure. But nowadays of course it’s not that at all.”...

Related: Robbie Burns

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS) 3D globe. Just like their data-rich Maps and Street View offerings, Google Earth is a treasure trove of oddities.
You’ve no doubt already come across some interesting finds on Google Earth. The post below attempts to compile the most fascinating sites other have stumbled upon browsing Google Earth. From natural formations to human structures, the world is a different place when viewed from above.
If you’re interested in seeing any of the places yourself, I’ve included the coordinates for every image shown below. Just copy and paste into Google Earth/Maps and explore for yourself!

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Dayton, Oregon, USA. Imagery via Google Earth

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump expected to sign orders today approving Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines

Miles of pipe for the stalled Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla., In this Feb. 1, 2012 file photo. A retired executive with pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. believes the long-stalled Keystone XL project can still be salvaged — if incoming Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau acts swiftly on climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sue Ogrocki, File
/ Calgary Herald
Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg, Calgary Herald
   President Donald Trump intends to sign two executive actions today that would advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, according to a person familiar with the matter.
   Keystone was rejected under former President Barack Obama. Trump’s move on Energy Transfer Partners LP’s 1,172-mile Dakota Access project aims to end a standoff that has stalled the $3.8 billion project since September when the Obama administration halted work on land near Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
   The moves, taken on Trump’s fourth full day in office, mark a major departure from the Obama administration’s handling of the controversial oil pipelines. The steps vividly illustrate Trump’s plan to give the oil industry more freedom to expand infrastructure and ease transportation bottlenecks.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

News about #Inauguration...twitter 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The CBC has an obligation to screen its contributors for a minimum standard of decency and good taste

My complaint filed with the CBC Ombudsman Esther Enkin:
    As the nation’s public broadcaster, the CBC has an obligation to screen its contributors for a minimum standard of decency and good taste before offering them access to this powerful and important forum. I believe the CBC failed this standard by permitting Sam Khanlari to author a column on the CBC News Opinion site on January 15, 2017.
   A few days before Mr. Khanlari’s column (“Now more than ever, Canada must join the chorus of support for the Iran nuclear deal,” Jan. 15, 2017) was published, Mr. Khanlari posted a tweet speculating about staying “in the Trump Tower for one week” and “Piss [sic] on all the walls and smoke weed[.]” 
   Mr. Khanlari’s tweet was not only in enormously bad taste, it significantly undermined his ability to offer credible, mature commentary on the incoming Trump administration, which his Jan. 15 column purported to offer. I believe the CBC failed to adequately screen Mr. Khanlari before offering him access to the CBC Opinion website, and have now embarrassed and harmed the public broadcaster by doing so.
   I believe the CBC must issue an apology on behalf of Mr. Khanlri and remove him from posting on the CBC website.
Thank you
Dean Skoreyko

Rasmus Otte

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Beach Boys performing Sloop John B

Conservation icon Grey Owl left a complicated legacy

Grey Owl, born in England in 1888 as Archie Belaney, emigrated to Canada as a teen, where he assumed the identity of a First Nations man and became an early icon of the conservation movement. Service
   Grey Owl is this province’s, perhaps this country’s, most beloved imposter.
   He became the first face of Canada’s conservation movement. He lived in the forest, in a small log cabin. His neighbours were a family of beavers. He wrote books and toured the world, speaking passionately about the need to conserve the natural world. 
   “No man was more important to the Canadian environmental consciousness,” wrote Kenneth Brower in Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1990.
   All those years living in northern Saskatchewan, writing books and living off the trap line,  he was believed to be an Ojibway man.
   Only after his death in 1938 was it revealed he was lying about who he was.
   Grey Owl was actually an English man named Archibald Belaney. Despite dressing like an Ojibway man, living off the land, he was an imposter...

Does Pope and Abbas Meeting Fulfill End of Days Prophecy of Ishmael and Esau’s Alliance?


Pope Francis embraces PA President Mahmoud Abbas at their meeting in Rome, January 14, 2016. (Screenshot)
   This past Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis in Rome, indicating that one of the surest signs of the End of Days – an alliance between Ishmael and Esau – is nearer than ever.
   According to a medieval Jewish Bible commentary known as the Yalkut Shimoni, an alliance between Ishmael (Arabs) and Esau (often identified with the descendents of Romans) precedes the final redemption. One of the items on Abbas’ agenda during the meeting was to open an embassy of the so-called “State of Palestine” in Rome, further linking this generation’s representatives of the Biblical Ishmael with the Biblical Esau – a move which could have serious consequences for Israel...

Harvard’s complete photography course is now available for free online

    If your resolution for 2017 is to take better photographs than your current blurry, badly composed effort, you’ll want to check out this free MOOC from Harvard University –the school where Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates cut their teeth...

3,200 Year Old Gigantic Tree Is So Massive It Couldn’t Be Photographed Fully Until Now!

National Geographic

The heart-breaking moment a horse bid farewell to his best friend during the funeral
“All the way to the cemetery, he would whimper and beat with his hooves on the ground.”
Sereno the horse was a beloved companion of Brazilian Wagner Figueiredo de Lima, with the two being near inseparable. Unfortunately, their budding friendship was cut far too short after the tragic death of de Lima in a traffic accident.
As you would expect, this had a big impact on all of the 34-year-olds friends and family, with Sereno himself showcasing his heartbreak at the funeral procession honouring de Lima before he is put to rest...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Bikers for Trump


Emperor penguins - The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth - BBC

BBC Earth

Video of massive Florida 'dinosaur' gator creates buzz


Scientists map genome of iconic beaver as gift for Canada's 150th birthday

Ward the beaver is shown in this undated handout photo. A team of molecular geneticists at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has sequenced the genome of the Canadian beaver to mark the country's sesquicentennial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Toronto Zoo

TORONTO - Scientists have a gift for Canada as the country celebrates its 150th — and as a birthday present, it's certainly unique.
    A team of molecular geneticists at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children has sequenced the genome of the Canadian beaver — Castor canadensis — to mark the country's sesquicentennial.
    "The Canadian beaver had not been done, and we figured if anyone's going to do the Canadian beaver, it should be Canadian scientists, so we exert our dominion over the animal that is out national icon," said Stephen Scherer, director of the hospital's Centre for Applied Genomics, who led the six-month pet project to map out the genes that make up the furry rodent.
    The genome was sequenced using DNA from Ward, a 10-year-old male beaver that lives at the Toronto Zoo with its mate June — a nod to the Cleaver parents in the 1950s TV show "Leave it to Beaver."...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lacy J Dalton "Listen to the Wind"

                                        Lacy J. Dalton and Jennifer on the Wynema Ranch in 2015.

Charlie Burttram

Worried About Cyberwar? Worry About Squirrels Instead

                                                                             Credit: Palo_ok/Shutterstock

WASHINGTON — Most media reports of cyberattacks and cyberwar are inaccurate and sensationalized, the veteran security researcher known as Space Rogue told the ShmooCon hacker conference here yesterday (Jan. 13).
     The threat of computer-based attacks upon the United States' critical national infrastructure is real, he said.  But the constant, dire predictions of massive cyberattacks, especially concerning the North American electrical power grid, are exaggerated and misleading. The predictions and warnings are themselves dangerous because they make political leaders too ready to start real wars over what may be imagined attacks....,news-24283.html

Noah's Ark in Kentucky must be seen to be believed

   It came from a man named Travis, who wore a Captain America T-shirt and had an excitable look in his eye. He was touring the new, five-story Ark Encounter in Williams­town, Ky., with his wife and daughters after driving three hours from central Indiana.
   We stood on the ark’s second floor, in front of a display about the Garden of Eden, and Travis had just explained to one of his girls that some people believe the fabled garden still exists. Maybe it’s in the Bermuda Triangle, he said. Or near the Euphrates River. Or it might be suspended somewhere between heaven and Earth.
   He spoke with such certainty that I interrupted, asking if I’d heard right. Travis said yes and repeated the story. Then he asked, right there, in front of his girls and Adam and Eve: Do I believe?
   Travis meant the question in the big way and the little. Did I believe the story of Noah’s Ark? That Adam and Eve had been banished from the Garden of Eden? That it could be in the Bermuda Triangle? That we are descended from an all-powerful, all-knowing God?...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

"The Wind Beneath My Wings" by Lee Greenwood

Rose Zadik

The Wizard of Oz: Pay No Attention

Grant Lewis

BBC Uses Creepy Animal Spy Cameras to Get Close-Up Shots of Wildlife

by Michael Zhang 
   For its new nature documentary TV show, Spy in the Wild, BBC One deployed a wide range of spy cameras made to look like realistic animals. Using the creepy-looking robotic spies, the show was able to capture rare and impressive shots of wildlife up close...

A Nevada woman dies of a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic in the US

   If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on.
   Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics.
   “It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion.
   Although this isn’t the first time someone in the US has been infected with pan-resistant bacteria, at this point, it is not common. It is, however, alarming...

Trudeau's 'phase out' oilsands comments spark outrage in Alberta

Kyle Muzyka · CBC News

 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sparked immediate anger among Alberta politicians on Friday by suggesting Canada should "phase out" the oilsands.
   Speaking at a town hall in Peterborough, Ont., Trudeau was asked about his government's approval of pipelines and his commitment to the environment.
   "You can't make a choice between what's good for the environment and what's good for the economy," Trudeau said. "We can't shut down the oilsands tomorrow. We need to phase them out. We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossil fuels...

See also... Trudeau Plagued By Gaffes During Town Hall Tour

David A. Clarke, Jr., "Before long, Black Lies Matter will join forces with ISIS"

Friday, January 13, 2017

LesStroud's music video Arctic Mistress

Les Stroud Music

Young woman does not leave her cat

"Esther the wonder pig"

Right-wing people are better looking than those on the left, study claims

 by in tech  
   Research has found that being attractive influences many things in a person's life -- their salary, their popularity and grades in school, even the prison sentences they receive. So why not their politics?
A recently published study in the Journal of Public Economics concludes that the attractiveness of a candidate does correlate with their politics. They find that politicians on the right are more good looking in Europe, the United States and Australia.
   The study shows correlation, not causation, but the researchers float a simple economic explanation for why this might happen. Numerous studies have shown that good-looking people are likely to earn more, and that people who earn more are typically more opposed to redistributive policies, like the progressive taxes and welfare programs favored by the left...

2,000-Year-Old Maya Superhighway Discovered in the Jungle of Guatemala

LIDAR scan reveals a network of roads, canals, corrals, pyramids, and terraces at El Mirador. Credit: Archaeological Project Cuenca Mirador.

 Few ancient civilizations have left us evidence of the roads they built to maintain effective communication and transportation within their sphere of influence. Until recently, the model for effective road creation and maintenance was ancient Rome. However, the recent discovery of a system of superhighways that once connected pyramidal complexes over a distance of 150 miles (240 km) in Guatemala, means that the Maya civilization may now rival the Romans...

Jane Fonda Says Justin Trudeau Betrayed Climate Change Promises With Pipeline Approvals

EDMONTON — Hollywood icon Jane Fonda is joining with Canadian aboriginal leaders to say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent approval of two oilsands pipelines is a betrayal of his promises to move on climate change.
Fonda told a news conference in Edmonton that the message of Trudeau’s first year is that you shouldn’t be fooled by good-looking Liberals.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs says the approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Enbridge’s Line 3 left him bitterly disappointed.
Grand Chief Derek Neepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says Trudeau has failed to live up to the promises he made at an international meeting in Paris on climate change in 2015.
Fonda toured the oilsands in northern Alberta on Tuesday to support indigenous leaders in their opposition to pipelines.

See also...Notley says B.C. approval of Trans Mountain pipeline good for Canada

Thursday, January 12, 2017

RCMP says travel not recommended throughout Sask.

Saskatchewan roads are covered with blowing snow this morning.
Bryan Schlosser / Regina Leader~Post

Regina Leader-Post, Regina Leader~Post:    After receiving reports of whiteout conditions throughout the province and responding to a serious collision near Prince Albert, the RCMP is not recommending travel throughout Saskatchewan.
   The whiteout conditions are due to blowing snow. The RCMP said it has had reports from detachments all over the province of bad weather, and cars in ditches because of the conditions.
   At 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Prince Albert RCMP responded to a three-vehicle collision 10 kilometres west of the city on Highway 3. The highway was temporarily closed in both directions while the scene was cleared. Although the collision was described as serious, police did not provide details on any injuries.
   If you do end up in the ditch, the RCMP recommends calling 411 to locate a tow truck. Be sure the tail pipe of your vehicle is clear, and keep the vehicle running to stay warm. Stay in your vehicle and wait for the truck. If you decide to pull over at the side of the rode, pull over to the far right of the shoulder or on an approach...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Extreme cold warning issued for Saskatoon

                                             A cold snap is on its way. Greg Pender / Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for Saskatoon.
An arctic high-pressure ridge brought temperatures down to near -30 C overnight, which combined with winds to produce wind chills of -40 C or colder.
Saskatoon’s temperature is currently at -44 C this morning with the windchill. These conditions are expected to let up over Wednesday morning.
According to Environment Canada, a fast-moving system will bring milder air into the area on Wednesday afternoon and evening, but it will be accompanied by light snow and blowing snow.
More extreme cold is expected on Thursday morning.
Environment Canada issues cold warnings when temperatures or wind chill get low enough to create a heightened risk of frost bite and hypothermia.

Sunday, January 8, 2017