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How To Vote 2011

There is an online site called Vote Compass where one can get an idea of which party to vote for depending on answering a series of skill testing questions. Unfortunately for me I am closest to voting for the Bloc Québécois, which is not running a candidate in Hamilton Ontario. The compass creates a lovely graph for you to visualize where you fit into the spectrum.

Brazilian Beaver

The Famous Canadian beaver (Castor Canadensis) is the second largest rodent in the world next to the Capybara. While the Capybara is thriving in it’s South American climates, like Venezuela, its much smaller rodent cousin Castor Brazilensis is not faring as well. Unrelenting clear cutting along the Amazon in Southern Brazil  is threatening the habitat of this much smaller rodent. Like the Canadian beaver the Capybara is able to manage a wider range climate conditions, however the Castor Brazilensis is much more vulnerable to temperature. Efforts to re-establish Castor Brazilensis in cooler climates have failed. None of the transplanted Brazilian beavers survived the winter in the Washington State’s Olympic National Park. Clearly this charming, industrious and vulnerable creature can only survive in its native habitat within Brazil’s wet lands. Clear cutting exposes beavers to harsh penetrating climates. It is time for beaver lovers everywhere to stand up and push for harder regulations in Brazil’s wet lands.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faueBMiceHo
Castor Brazilensis in its native habitat near Manaus Brazil.

Those Darn Terrorists

When I was training in Vancouver one of my teachers was shot and wounded by a sniper that hid in the bushes near his home. When I was training in Hamilton another one of my teachers was shot and wounded by a sniper.

Yesterday a young, moderate, democratic congresswoman from Arizona had a bullet shot through her head by a clearly despondent and widely read young man that lives in her home state. Congresswoman Giffords was literally  targeted by Sarah Palin and the Teabagging party  because the congresswoman supported health care reform. Take a look at the image below. Congresswoman Giffords’ riding (district #8) was targeted with the site of a gun in the picture below.

Many people considered the choice of a rifle scope cross hair to identify politicians those who are supportive of health care reform  a bad choice that could lead to violence.  Since the shooting of congresswoman Giffords the Palin site has taken the advertisement down.

A common definition of terrorism is :

“the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature.”

Since Ms. Palin’s office was publicly and officially advised of how dangerous the advertisement could be (even by Ms. Giffords herself) is there not a component of culpability in this terrorist act?

Cash and Carry

Toddler rescued after she crawls inside crane machine in US mall, frolics with toys

The Associated Press Published: Dec 10, 2010

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. – Authorities say a 2-year-old girl spent 15 minutes stuck inside a toy crane vending machine in a Pittsburgh-area mall.

Moon Run Fire Chief Paul Kashmer tells WPXI-TV that the girl didn’t seem upset by the ordeal Wednesday night in the food court at the Mall of Robinson, in Robinson Township. Kashmer says firefighters arrived to find “the cutest little girl in a pink outfit sucking her binky inside with the other toys. ” The girl apparently climbed up the chute into which the coin-operated crane drops prizes.

The vending company hasn’t been identified. The girl’s parents were charged for the $2.50 worth of quarters it took to get the girl out of the prize machine.

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If you don’t believe this is possible check out this video.