Have I Told You...
This is why:
UPDATE: Especially in light of the following:
UN agency funded with Saudi money wants to edit worldwide textbooks
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." * Martin Luther King Jr. // * "There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." * George Orwell // Want to contact the Stubble Jumping Redneck? Shoot her an email @ email@example.com
"The John Bosco Child and Family Services Foundation’s mission is to assist those who provide services for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with personal, developmental and mental health challenges." (Emphasis mine)Perhaps you could use Bosco's help yourself. Mind you, it's a Christian-based program, so be warned.
"In his new book, Stephen Hawking reiterates that there is no big gap in the scientific account of the big bang. The laws of physics can explain, he says, how a universe of space, time and matter could emerge spontaneously, without the need for God. And most cosmologists agree: we don't need a god-of-the-gaps to make the big bang go bang. It can happen as part of a natural process. A much tougher problem now looms, however. What is the source of those ingenious laws that enable a universe to pop into being from nothing? Traditionally, scientists have supposed that the laws of physics were simply imprinted on the universe at its birth, like a maker's mark. As to their origin, well, that was left unexplained."[---]
"The multiverse comes with a lot of baggage, such as an overarching space and time to host all those bangs, a universe-generating mechanism to trigger them, physical fields to populate the universes with material stuff, and a selection of forces to make things happen. Cosmologists embrace these features by envisaging sweeping "meta-laws" that pervade the multiverse and spawn specific bylaws on a universe-by-universe basis. The meta-laws themselves remain unexplained – eternal, immutable transcendent entities that just happen to exist and must simply be accepted as given. In that respect the meta-laws have a similar status to an unexplained transcendent god."[---]
"...there is no compelling need for a supernatural being or prime mover to start the universe off. But when it comes to the laws that explain the big bang, we are in murkier waters."Although way over my head, I still find it fascinating. Every new advance in science raises new questions. We'll probably never run out of questions nor ever have all the answers. And that's rather humbling -- which is good.
"Just how tough things are for the Saskatchewan NDP today is best summed up in last week's municipal races, where the "good" news wasn't really so positive at all.
The good news was the spirited showing of a couple of NDP-like thinkers who ran second in the mayoralty races of the province's two major cities.
"The deceased are Genne and Theresa Nolin, a Rapid View-area couple with ties to the chuckwagon racing community, according to sources that include relatives and friends. No charges have been laid in the investigation."Ya, ya, I know. Two people are dead. I shouldn't make light of it.
"The Saskatchewan Party premier said he has been keen to participate in past Movembers, but his advisers had told him a moustache would not be a good look.LOL!
"The staff just thought that would be terrible," Wall said on Friday.
"They'd seen pictures of me in a moustache from back in the day and they were pretty convinced this was not a good idea."
As for this year, "I hope you will help me ignore their advice and cruel comments," he wrote on his donation page."
"Among the prime minister’s objectives:The Empire lives on!!
· Triple annual bilateral trade with India — from $5.2 billion to $15 billion — by 2015.
· Reach a comprehensive free trade deal with India next year, part of a broader goal to liberalize trade with Europe and some Pacific Rim nations. One of Harper’s cabinet ministers has cited a Canada-India joint study which suggests a trade agreement between the two countries could boost the Canadian economy by at least $6 billion and create nearly 40,000 jobs.
· Establish Canada as a prime future supplier of energy for India, now the world’s fourth-largest energy consumer, with consumption expected by (sic) double by 2025. Canada is keen to export liquefied natural gas to India."
"It is an age old debate: does size matter in sexual selection? There is no new light shed in relation to the human male. However, there has been some interesting new research been published about beetles.[---]
A new project among researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden and the University of Cincinnati has demonstrated experimentally that the evolution of male genitals, in relation to size, is related to mating success, focusing on a species of seed beetle."
"No link has been made to humans from the work. However, readers may draw their own conclusions."Doesn't that just bug you?
"The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban described his daughter's survival and ongoing recovery as miraculous Friday, and said her shooting was a turning point for Pakistan."What?? You mean it wasn't George Bush's fault???
"Scientists in Canada have unearthed the first fossils of a feathered dinosaur ever found in the Americas, the journal Science reported on Thursday.Looks like he's ready to do the chicken dance. Oops. Is that raaaaaacist?
The 75 million year old fossil specimens, uncovered in the badlands of Alberta, Canada, include remains of a juvenile and two adult ostrich-like creatures known as ornithomimids."
"Conservative MP Ted Opitz will keep his seat in a contested Toronto riding after the Supreme Court of Canada narrowly ruled in his favour in a case linked to voting irregularities in the last federal election. In a split 4-3 decision, Canada’s top court upheld the MP’s appeal of an earlier Ontario court ruling that found the results of the May 2011 election in Etobicoke Centre should be overturned, and a byelection held. At the centre of the issue was a number of procedural irregularities found following the May 2011 election, when Opitz ousted Liberal incumbent Boris Wrzesnewskyj by a margin of just 26 votes.[---]
In a split 4-3 decision, Canada’s top court upheld the MP’s appeal of an earlier Ontario court ruling that found the results of the May 2011 election in Etobicoke Centre should be overturned, and a byelection held.
At the centre of the issue was a number of procedural irregularities found following the May 2011 election, when Opitz ousted Liberal incumbent Boris Wrzesnewskyj by a margin of just 26 votes."
"In their ruling, the seven Supreme Court justices found 59 of the rejected votes should have been allowed to stand."My question is, which candidate(s) were the 59 "rejected votes" for? And why were they rejected in the first place?
"Oisin Millea can hardly believe his luck — and instant fame he’s gained — from sorting through “rubbish” along the shoreline near his home in Ireland.
The nine-year-old schoolboy, along with his photographer mother Aoife Millea, 31, was looking at the flotsam and jetsam washed up on the shores of the tiny village of Passage East, County Waterford, last week by a particularly high tide when he discovered a two-litre green plastic pop bottle with something inside it.
It turned out to be a note, written in French, from two 12-year-old Montreal girls, Charlaine and Claudia, tossed into the Gulf of St, Lawrence in 2004 while they were vacationing in the Gaspe.
Eight years and 5,100 kilometres later, it arrived."
"The drama began Saturday after Potvin and Sullivan were married at 1 p.m. Kelly says the couple, together with seven bridesmaids and an equal number of groomsmen, had pulled into a parking lot off Rockcliffe Parkway, which runs along the Ottawa River.Unless, of course, you're a hate Harper-Hitler type, in which case you have no cockles to warm.
Three dark coloured cars were already in the lot.
Kelly says she was taking photos when the cars started to move and Harper rolled down his window to say congratulations to the bride.
But just as the PM and his security detail were about to pull out of the parking lot back onto the parkway, they stopped and everyone got out.
Kelly says the couple was “really excited.” One photo shows an unbelieving Potvin pointing at Harper.
Afterwards, the PM and his security detail drove away"."
"Police say Hongyu Chen, 20, of Toronto, is charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and driving with a blood alcohol level above zero while under a G2 licence."His having driven while drunk? Having killed someone? Or, wrecking his Porsche?
"The community of Glenelg in the Scottish Highlands has twinned itself with Glenelg on Mars."[---]
"Many of the 500 folk who had bought tickets for the celebrations had got into the spirit of things. They wore alien antenna hair bands. Glitter from the sparkly balls wobbling above their heads soon covered hair and clothes like fallen stars."[---]
"There are also Glenelgs in Ontario, Canada, and Adelaide, Australia.I would have loved to have been there.
Even if those other Glenelgs had tried to do the same they would have struggled to match the hospitality and imagination of the Scottish one.
It had provided performers dressed as blue aliens who blew bubbles and played the bagpipes. There was also a race-against-the clock competition using a replica rover built by enthusiasts from Shetland, a memory card with a message from The Sky at Night's Sir Patrick Moore and a Tartan Martian Ceilidh with cocktails called Red Planet and Little Green Men."
"Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and his state of health is so precarious that he has trouble feeding, speaking and recognizing people..."[---]
"Rumors about Castro’s health have circulated consistently in social networks and the media. But the speculations intensified recently, to the point that word spread that he had died..."Shades of the old Soviet Union and China. Keep the dear dictator's death under wraps until his successor is chosen, but Cuba already has its new "dear dictator".
"Castro was last seen in public in March, during the visit to Cuba of Pope Benedict XVI. Since June, he has not written his opinion columns, called “Reflections.” He did not send any message or congratulation to Chávez for his recent election victory.Of course, the big question is what, if anything, will change when they finally have to come clean and officially announce his death? Probably nothing. Except, of course...
Castro is in his home in El Laguito, Havana, receiving constant and specialized medical care, Marquina said. The idea of the Cuban authorities and Castro’s family is to maintain him alive and far from public view, the doctor said."
"According to Marquina, the decline in Castro’s health compelled Chávez to fly to Havana on Tuesday, to inquire about his ally’s condition."...his "ally" from Venezuela, who appears to be salivating over the prospects, will fill the void and position himself as the chief dictator in the region.
"On the second (day of filming), the crew filmed a graphic sex scene. And on the third, to alleviate a jellyfish sting, Bless must urinate on her young suitor (played by Zac Efron)."Yesterday, I was listening to a discussion on the radio about a controversial trend to serve liquor at movie theatres. I thought to myself, this is what Hollywood has done to itself. In addition to things like Netflix and DVDs, etc., movie theatres are going the way of the dinosaur because Hollywood has stopped producing decent movies. Consequently, theatres are reduced to turning their establishments into saloons.
"Here’s the upshot: Under Obama, for every $7 we’ve had, we’ve spent nearly $11 (or, to be more exact, $10.95). That’s like a family that makes $70,000 a year — and is already knee-deep in debt — blowing nearly $110,000 a year.Good buy America. It's been nice knowing ya.
To illustrate this a bit differently, for every Jackson ($20) we’ve had available to spend under Obama, we’ve also borrowed a Hamilton ($10) and a Washington ($1) and spent those too. The only thing is that, under Obama, we’ve (literally) spent the equivalent of 342 billion Jacksons, 342 billion Hamiltons, and 342 billion Washingtons — borrowing all of the Hamiltons and Washingtons."
"The amorous nature of one elk had become a hot, heavy and dangerous sight near the community of 100 Mile House, B.C., where motorists would clog the highway to watch the beast get busy with, of all things, cows.I wonder what they would call the offspring. The word Donkey has already been taken. Maybe Dairy Dippers or Liberelk.
B.C. conservation officers recently tranquilized the 500-kg animal for relocation away from 100 Mile House, about 200 km of Kamploops (sic), and the cattle with which he’d been having his way this summer.
He had, it seems, fell in love in a hopeless place.
“Different sort of breed, that guy,” joked Greg Messner, who tends the herd of cattle that became the elk’s object of inter-species affection."
"President Vladimir V. Putin spoke out on Thursday against the wearing of head scarves in Russian schools in his first public comment on a potentially explosive issue."And how many times has Putin stuck his nose into the Muslim world in support of their brutal rulers?
"The Taliban shooting of 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai prompts grief and outrage."Nope. It's only just begun.
"...an autopsy found Keagan had "multiple severe" injuries that included bruises, broken bones and internal bleeding."Bring back he death penalty!! Poor little guy was only two years old. He didn't stand a chance.
"She was also stabbed five times in the torso with "a second, shorter sharp-pointed knife," but due to the lack of blood, it was determined these wounds were perpetrated upon her well after her head was almost severed from her body."
"Europeans may have been the first people to settle in America, possibly more than ten thousand years before anyone else set foot there.[---]
A series of European-style tools dating from twenty-six-thousand to nineteen-thousand years ago have been discovered in six separate locations along the east coast of the United States."
"Professors Dennis Stanford and Bruce Bradford, the two archaeologists who made the discovery, suggest Europeans moved across the Atlantic during the peak of Ice Age.[---]"
At the time, a vast tranche of ice covered the Atlantic. The Stone Age migrants would have been able to survive the journey by killing seals, hunting the now-extinct great auks (a sort of giant penguin) and fishing. The archaeologists suggest they may have even used boats for large parts of their travel.
Further evidence of their thesis is a knife discovered in Virginia in 1971. Recent tests showed that it was made from French flint."
The Siberian migrants came to America for longer and in greater numbers, and were either wiped out or absorbed by the European tribes.I can hear them kicking and screaming already.
But it does explain the long-standing mystery of the genetic code and language of some Native American tribes that appear European, not Asian in origin.
Further digs are planned deeper inland up to Texas this year, and will help historians and archaeologists understand just how far the original European colonization went."
"This means that the ‘plateau’ or ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996. Before that, temperatures had been stable or declining for about 40 years." (Emphasis mine.)How'd they let that out?
"Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ranked No.2 in a new survey of which Canadian cities show the strongest signs of entrepreneurial activity. Of the Top 10 cities, nine were located in Alberta and Saskatchewan."[---]
"Looking to start a new business? Your best bet might be to move to the Prairie provinces.[---]
That’s because a survey to be released Monday has found that the most entrepreneurial cities are overwhelmingly found in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The survey, titled Communities in Boom, was researched and compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for the Financial Post.
It looked at 103 cities across Canada, ranking which ones showed the strongest signs of entrepreneurial activity. Of the Top 10 cities, nine were located in Alberta and Saskatchewan."
"Marilyn Braun-Pollon, vice-president of Prairie and agri-business at CFIB, said that Saskatchewan’s particularly strong showing — five of the Top 10 cities in the survey, including Saskatoon, were located there — showed the economic health of the province is very strong."Take that, Dippers!!! Damn, that feels good!
"...males are often the sole caretakers of progeny among a number of species of daddy longlegs, relatives of spiders also known as harvestmen. In these species, fathers are exclusively responsible for guarding eggs that females lay on the undersides of leaves; the males remain on the eggs nearly constantly for months."[---]
"The researchers discovered that while caretaker males guarded the eggs, they ate very rarely, and their bodies deteriorated in size and mass. Still, these males often lived slightly longer than males that were not caretakers, and also longer than females, typically demonstrating an up to 2 percent higher chance of being alive when the researchers checked."[---]
""Caring males that stay with eggs, protecting them against egg predators, are less prone to be attacked by natural enemies than other individuals in the population that walk around," Requena said. "These findings help to explain the maintenance or even the evolution of exclusive paternal care in this lineage."[---]
The researchers also found evidence that caretaking males have far more sex than other males do. Caretaking males often copulate with multiple females, caring for all their eggs simultaneously in a single giant clutch. "Some successful males can care for the eggs of more than 15 females," Requena said.
Given all the benefits caretaking seems to have for male harvestmen, "shouldn't all males be eager to provide care?""
"Physical demands were placed on the researchers, as well. "One intrinsic difficulty studying harvestmen is that they are mainly active at the dawn and at the night," Requena said. As such, the researchers had to use lights in the field, covering them with red filters to avoid disturbing the arachnids. This affected their own vision, "with several occasions of slipping rocks into the water and hitting head in tree trunks and branches."
In addition, since the researchers did not know the exact timing of this species' breeding season, they had to conduct fieldwork all year round. "All this together put me in a camping tent during winter, when temperature could reach 5 degrees C," or 41 degrees Fahrenheit, Requena said. "That would mean nothing for a New Yorker but is freaking cold for a Brazilian guy.""
"Former Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler, whose kidnapping by al-Qaeda made international headlines, says media “blackouts” of such events can prevent ransom demands from escalating to the point where they cannot be met."[---]
"Fowler told Postmedia News Monday that his web-savvy captors viewed media coverage of his kidnapping on laptop computers and Nokia cellphones.I have been both astounded and disgusted with the media coverage of terrorist activities, both during the Iraq war and after. They took the role of a fifth column to new and despicable heights, acting, as they did, as mouth pieces for every two-bit throat slasher and head chopper they could possible shill for. Free publicity for the enemy and treason against the countries in which they enjoyed freedoms that people in those repressed countries could only dream about. I've been a news junkie all my life and I've watched the lamestream media go down its long, self-inflicted decline. It was the last straw for me. It's why I put my television in storage and will only take it out some day to haul it to the recycling facility.
From it, he said, they came to believe he was on a “secret mission” in Niger, a suggestion reported in The Globe and Mail.
“Was it harmful to me? Yes, likely,” he said. “The idea that you can write things here that won’t impact there is just — in this globalized world — crazy.”
Fowler doesn’t know whether the information increased the cost of his release, but he contends it had the potential to complicate matters."
"A year and a half after Egyptians united, in Tahrir Square, to bring down Hosni Mubarak, they gathered again in Tahrir Square. But this time the rival political forces joined battle, supporters versus opponents of President Mohammed Mursi.
The wags in Egypt were saying that the Muslim Brotherhood staged a demonstration... against the Muslim Brotherhood.
The joke is telling. There's a sense that the Brotherhood are still acting like the opposition force they have been for many decades, not the government in power.
It's just over 100 days since President Mursi took office. Many Egyptians say he has done little, if anything to sort out Egypt's many problems."
"A Canadian man and an American woman, both civilians, have reportedly been abducted by gunmen in Afghanistan.I scarcely know where to begin on this one. Could it be because a woman should not be traveling with a man?
Citing anonymous sources, a media report from that country indicated the pair was kidnapped while travelling from eastern Ghazni province to the
Afghan government officials have not yet commented on the incident,..."
"Breaking news: All of our neighbors to the north are apparently related to each other."[---]
"Bieber and the Crazy, Stupid, Love star are 11th cousins once removed. He and the sk8er grrrl are 12th cousins. All three share two common relatives — a pair of French-born Quebec settlers who were born in the early 1600s."[---]
"Bieber and the Crazy, Stupid, Love star are 11th cousins once removed. He and the sk8er grrrl are 12th cousins. All three share two common relatives — a pair of French-born Quebec settlers who were born in the early 1600s."[---]
"...do Canadian celebrities have an advantage over homegrown American stars? Is it fair to force folks from the States to compete with genetic freaks who all share hot French ancestry?"Now, I can see some sort of connection between Bieber and Celine Dion. Both suck. But I have no idea who the rest of them are.
"Canada is poised to claim ownership of a vast new expanse of undersea territory beyond its Atlantic and Arctic coasts that’s greater in size than Quebec and equal to about 20% of the country’s surface area, Postmedia News has learned.RTWT
The huge seabed land grab has been in the works since 1994, when federal scientists first conducted a “desktop study” of Canada’s potential territorial expansion under a new UN treaty allowing nations to extend their offshore jurisdictions well past the current 200-nautical-mile (370-km) limit of so-called “Exclusive Economic Zones” in coastal waters.
But the UN also set strict criteria for converting underwater tracts of “no man’s land” into a nation’s territorial possessions, including exhaustive geological studies proving these distant stretches of seabed — including potentially massive oil-and-gas deposits — are “natural prolongations” of each applicant country’s continental bedrock.
At the time, experts from the Geological Survey of Canada and Canadian Hydrographic Service estimated that as much as 1.75 million square kilometres of seafloor to the east and north of Canada’s 9.9-million-sq.-km. land mass — initially described as an area “equivalent to the size of the three Prairie provinces” — might eventually be claimed under provisions of the new international accord on continental shelf extensions, a component of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS."
""His one-metre-long penis is also intact so we can conclude that this was a male," Tikhonov told AFP."Duh!!