Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rabbis Greet Iran’s President Ahmadinejahd in NYC on Yom Kippur

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Comrade William G. Evans receives life membership of the Royal Canadian Legion

Bill Evans, flanked by daughters Glenna Neal and Pat Michi, was presented with a life membership of the Royal Canadian Legion and a congratulatory cake to boot

Story and photo by Helge Nome

An active member of the Caroline Community, Bill Evans, was given a life membership in the Royal Canadian Legion on Friday, September 28, following many years of service to the Caroline Legion Branch #177. He is a veteran of WWII having served in the RCAF Bomber Command.

Bill Evans has a long record of volunteer service: 1961- Calgary Stampede Board Director and Associated Canadian Travelers Dominion President. He also served as President of the ACTD from 1969 to 1971. 1992-93: Rosen Lake (Jaffray BC) President. 2006 - 2011: Caroline Wheels of Time Museum Director and 2006 - 2012: Caroline Seniors Drop In Centre Director.

From 2007 and on Bill has been involved in the Caroline Legion in many capacities including Sergeant-at-Arms, MC at Friday Night Suppers and a valued member of the Colour Party which participates in formal community and branch ceremonies.

Bill was recognized by his fellow branch members with the following statement: "This quiet and respectful gentleman is always available to render a helping hand in any position or task requested of him, whether it be in the branch or the community".

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Solar eruption

A long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun's atmosphere, the corona, erupts out into space on Aug. 31. The coronal mass ejection, or CME, traveled outward at more than 900 miles per second. The CME did not travel directly toward Earth, but the storm did connect with Earth's magnetosphere, causing auroral displays on the night of Sept. 3. This picture includes an Earth-sized dot to provide a sense of scale.
By:  Helge Nome

The awesome power of the sun is brought home by the image above. Our pre-history forebears worshiped the sun, likely for millennia, as indicated by colossal stone structures that they left for us to contemplate. Perhaps they had a much deeper understanding of reality than we do?
Please click on image for a spectacular view

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Beijing hints at bond attack on Japan

A senior advisor to the Chinese government has called for an attack on the Japanese bond market to precipitate a funding crisis and bring the country to its knees, unless Tokyo reverses its decision to nationalise the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. 



Jin Baisong from the Chinese Academy of International Trade – a branch of the commerce ministry – said China should use its power as Japan’s biggest creditor with $230bn (£141bn) of bonds to “impose sanctions on Japan in the most effective manner” and bring Tokyo’s festering fiscal crisis to a head.
Writing in the Communist Party newspaper China Daily, Mr Jin called on China to invoke the “security exception” rule under the World Trade Organisation to punish Japan, rejecting arguments that a trade war between the two Pacific giants would be mutually destructive.
Separately, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported that China is drawing up plans to cut off Japan’s supplies of rare earth metals needed for hi-tech industry.
The warnings came as anti-Japanese protests spread to 85 cities across China, forcing Japanese companies to shutter factories and suspend operations.
Fitch Ratings threatened to downgrade a clutch of Japanese exporters if the clash drags on. It warned that Nissan is heavily at risk with 26pc of its global car sales in China, followed by Honda with 20pc. Sharp and Panasonic both have major exposure. Japan’s exports to China were $74bn in the first half of this year. Bilateral trade reached $345bn last year.
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Blasphemy as a tactic

 by Thierry Meyssan

The circulation on the Internet of the trailer for a film, The Innocence of Muslims, sparked demonstrations across the world and resulted in the killing in Benghazi of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and members of his entourage.
At first glance, these events can be located in the long line leading from Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses to the burnings of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones. Nevertheless, this new attack differs from other incidents in that the film was not directed at a Western audience but instead was uniquely conceived as an instrument of provocation directed at Muslims.
In political terms, the affair can be analyzed from two angles: from the tactical perspective as an anti-U.S. manipulation; or from a strategic one, as an anti-Muslim psychological attack.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New monkey species discovered

Melancholy dude

In June 2007, a previously undescribed monkey known locally as “lesula” was found in the forests of the middle Lomami Basin in central Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We describe this new species as Cercopithecus lomamiensis sp. nov., and provide data on its distribution, morphology, genetics, ecology and behavior. C. lomamiensis is restricted to the lowland rain forests of central DRC between the middle Lomami and the upper Tshuapa Rivers. Morphological and molecular data confirm that C. lomamiensis is distinct from its nearest congener, C. hamlyni, from which it is separated geographically by both the Congo (Lualaba) and the Lomami Rivers. C. lomamiensis, like C. hamlyni, is semi-terrestrial with a diet containing terrestrial herbaceous vegetation. The discovery of C. lomamiensis highlights the biogeographic significance and importance for conservation of central Congo’s interfluvial TL2 region, defined from the upper Tshuapa River through the Lomami Basin to the Congo (Lualaba) River. The TL2 region has been found to contain a high diversity of anthropoid primates including three forms, in addition to C. lomamiensis, that are endemic to the area. We recommend the common name, lesula, for this new species, as it is the vernacular name used over most of its known range.
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Syrian News, September 3

"President" Karzai of Afghanistan - photo says it all

Karzai – What leader can have any credibility who has to be protected by foreign bodyguards?

Sunday, September 2, 2012