Thursday, January 29, 2015

You Go Girl!!!

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Human and Neanderthal love affair is traced back to Israel, 55,000 years ago

Suffice it to say, archeaologists are fighting over the implications of an ancient human-like skull found in a cave in Greece, which, apparently, threatens to throw the theory of human origins in Africa on its head.

Who knew? Neanderthal was Greek?

Or was it Israeli?

First Neanderthal-Human 'Love Child' From Israel

Related: Mark of the Neanderthal

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Blogspot is screwing up again. The font is extremely small and there doesn't seem to be any way to correct that.

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One of My Favourite Poems

...from one of my favourite poets:

On Children

"Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.


You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.


You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable
We named our son after him.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Keep It Up Folks

Liberals and NDP Oppose Life Sentences for dangerous offenders.

I smell an election coming, and we will remember.



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You Go Harper!!

Here's an Excellent Piece on the Idea of "Race"

Tuesday, January 27, 2015



Great Discussion on the Middle East

Israel and Arabs

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The Middle Ages

Here's a Couple Of Blasts From the Past...

...songs that I really liked when they were new, and still do:

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New York Prepares for a Woppimg...

...dose of global warming...

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Power of Nature

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Obama Gets A Well Deserved Snb...

Initiation rite...

Could Say the Same...

...about Canada's universities:

Eleven free speech controversies at American universities

Note the "free speech for me but not for thee" stance taken by the
(you guessed it) Muslim Student's Association.

The article describes the attempts to shut down freedoms of expression at each of the universities.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Auld Lang Syne

Kurds get Snubbed

Listen Up People...

...warmanistas. Here a little lesson in correlation versus cause and effect:

Spurious Correlations

"US spending on science, space, and technology correlates with
suicides by hanging, strangulation and suffocation"

"People who drowned after falling out of a fishing boat correlates with marriage rate in Kentucky"

"Number people who drowned by falling into a swimming-pool correlates with Number of films Nicolas Cage appeared in"

"Divorce rate in Maine correlates with per capita consumption of margarine (US)"

"Honey producing bee colonies (US) inversely correlates with
Juvenile arrests for possession of marijuana (US)"

"Age of Miss America correlates with Murders by steam, hot vapours and hot objects"

"Total revenue generated by arcades (US) correlates with Computer science doctorates awarded (US)"

"Worldwide non-commercial space launches correlates with Sociology doctorates awarded (US)"

"Number of people who died by becoming tangled in their bedsheets
correlates with Total revenue generated by skiing facilities (US)"

"Per capita consumption of chicken (US) correlates with Total US crude oil imports"

"US crude oil imports from Norway correlates with Drivers killed in collision with railway train"

"Per capita consumption of sour cream (US) correlates with motorcycle riders killed in noncollision transport accident"

"Divorce rate in Mississippi correlates with murders by bodily force"

"Total number of Political Action Committees (US) correlates with
people who died by falling out of their wheelchair"

"Number people who drowned while in a swimming-pool correlates with
power generated by nuclear power plants (US)"

"Number of people who were electrocuted by power lines correlates with marriage rate in Alabama"

Autism and organic food sales

Circumcision and autism

Got it now? Correlation does not prove cause and effect and correlation is all you've got.

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I forgot to post something about this yesterday. In the spirit of "It's never too late" here goes:

10 of Winston Churchill's Best Quotes

1. "I like pigs. Cats look down on you; dogs look up to you; but pigs treat you like an equal."

2. "We have not journeyed all this way across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy."

3. "History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days."

4. "[I]t has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

5. "If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time."

6. "For myself, I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else."

7. "Now we have 'adequacy.' What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all. It is simply what His Majesty's Ministers at any given moment, surveying what they have got, choose to say is adequate.

8. "Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."

9. "It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time."

10. "In the course of my life I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet."

As for me, I like # 1 the best.

And then there was his speech in the Canadian House of Commons:


Who Knew??

Genetically modified foods are "more ecofriendly"

Regular old food is destroying the environment, apparently. /sarc

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Saturday, January 24, 2015


It's Taking A Long Time To Die...

Where Are Those Nukes?

Canada's embassy belongs in Jerusalem

"This is what some $650 million in aid to the Palestinians over two decades has bought the people of Canada.

The ostensible reason for the violent demonstration is the Canadian administration’s support for Israel. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has unquestionably become the Jewish state’s most steadfast and outspoken ally, having most recently forcefully denounced both the Palestinians’ statehood initiative at the UN Security Council and any subsequent accession to the International Criminal Court. In 2012, Canada was among the few countries that voted against the Palestinian bid to become a non-member state at the United Nations General Assembly."

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The Mind Boggles

Let's face it. They are insane.

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An Interview... which Stephen Harper disappoints:

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Round Up!

I'm not such a news junkie as I use to be, so I've never heard of this guy, but this sounds good:

Sen. Inhofe takes charge of Environment Committee

Sen. Inhofe Uses Heartland Poster to Debunk Climate Alarmism

Mitch McConnell Did Something Last Night to Senate Dems That Has Them Furious

Mitch McConnell Cut Off Keystone XL Debate So Republicans Can Meet With The Koch Brothers

Speaking of good news:

ISIS Suffers Heaviest Defeat in Iraq in a Single Day

Back to the bad news:

ISIS Executes Haruna Yukawa, One of Two Japanese Hostages

And now for something really cute.

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Did You Know?

I've been wondering how many old laws are still on the books in Canada, but are no longer enforced. Here's a few of the more absurd sort:
  • "You may not park a car in such a way that it is blocking your own driveway."

  • "When raining, a person may not water his/her lawn."
  • "If you are released from prison, it is required that you are given a handgun with bullets and a horse, so you can ride out of town."
  • "It’s illegal to climb trees on city property in Oshawa, Ontario"
  • "The Queen Elizabeth Hotel must feed your horse freely when you rent a room." 

    They get pretty weird.

    More here, here and here.

    Some of the best:

  •  "Horses are not allowed to stand on Edmonton streets for longer than 20 minutes"
  • "In Fort Qu' Appelle, Saskatchewan all teenagers walking down the main street must have their shoes tied."

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    Headlines That Make You Go...


    Six naked soldiers catch frostbite in Norway

    I know those Norwegians are a hardy lot, but...(or should that be butt?).

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    "It's a Myth"

    Watch for it at 38.00 minutes, or thereabouts:

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    And Another One...

    ...from the "you can't make this shit up" file:

    Mt. Holyoke, The Vagina Monologues, and why “The Coming College Decline” is a good thing

    "Ronald Brownstein, in a National Journal article entitled “The Coming College Decline,” has noticed that the college bubble is getting near bursting. He thinks that’s a bad thing for racial reasons. According to him, the ones dropping out of college are minorities, who will be the youthful majority in a couple of decades. When that time comes, we’ll be back to a pre-baby boom society, one in which the largest share of working adults have not gone to college. To Brownstein, this demographic change is a reason to take Obama up on his offer to give people “free” community college. We know, of course, that only the moon and stars are free; for everything else, someone’s got to pay.

    I have to part ways with Brownstein. I think that it would be a wonderful thing if the bubble collapsed and fewer Americans went to college. Why? Because colleges don’t teach anymore, they corrupt."
    Emphasis mine.

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    From the...

    ..."you can't make this shit up" files:

    German court rules that men can urinate while standing

    "A court in Germany has ruled in favour of a man's right to urinate while standing up after his landlord demanded money for damage to the bathroom floor.

    The landlord, who was seeking €1,900 (£1400; $2,200), claimed the marble floor had been damaged by urine."
    They just need to aim better.

    (Shamelessly stolen from Snoopy the Goon.}

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    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    No Wonder...

    ...those old sexually repressed members of the Muslim Brotherhood wanted those ancient Egyptian monuments covered up:

    There was no peadophilia involved.

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