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Manitoba Fall Images 2012   1 comment

Some photos of South-Central Manitoba taken on September 29 and 30th.

Posted September 30, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Iggy Pop Louie Louie   Leave a comment

and now…the news: louie louie oh baby i gotta go

louie louie oh baby i gotta go

the communist world is fallin apart

the capitalists are just breakin hearts

money is the reason to be

it makes me just wanna sing louie louie louie louie oh baby i gotta go louie louie oh baby i gotta go

a fine little girl is waitin for me but i ‘m as bent as dostoevsky

i think about the meaning of my life again and i have to sing louie louie again

louie louie oh baby i gotta go louie louie oh baby i gotta go let’s give it to’ em right now oh man,

i dunno like…health insurance the homeless & world peace & aids & education … i’ m tryin to do right but. ..hey life after bush & gorbachev the wall is down but something is lost turn on the news it looks like a movie it makes me wanna sing louie louie louie louie oh baby i gotta go let’s go


Posted September 30, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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UFO or Lens Flare in Google Street View? You Decide   Leave a comment



Google Maps helps many people do various things, but tracking UFOs might be a new one.

Andrea Dove contacted ABC News affiliate KLTV in East Texas with an interesting tip. Dove was using Google Maps to get directions to visit her aunt in Jacksonville, Texas, when she spotted a UFO while using the Street View option.

Don’t believe it? Try it yourself by simply searching Jacksonville, Texas, and panning upward toward the sky in Street View to spot the reddish UFO near the clouds — although no one in Jacksonville has ever reported seeing one.

If you’re still looking for more evidence, try the same trick by searching for the Sky City Casino Hotel on 32 Indian Service Route 30, Acoma Pueblo, N.M. The same object appears in the sky hovering over the street.

What do these two sites have in common? A McDonald’s.

Is it really the same UFO or simply a lens flare

Posted September 30, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Greatest Sports Series in the History of the World   1 comment


Talk about a real miracle on ice.  Canada had to win the last 3 games in Moscow to win the series.  It didn’t look good.  The Soviets had 3 wins, Canada 1 win and one game tied.  Then the miracle happened.

The Summit Series, known at the time simply as the Canada-USSR Series was an eight-game series of ice hockey between the Soviet Union and Canada, held in September 1972. It was the first competition between the Soviet national team and a Canadian team represented by professional players of the National Hockey League (NHL), known as Team Canada. It was the first international ice hockey competition for Canada after Canada had withdrawn from international ice hockey competitions in a dispute with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The series was organized with the intention to create a true best-on-best competition in the sport of ice hockey. The Soviets had become the dominant team in international competitions, which disallowed the professional players of Canada. Canada had a long history of dominance of the sport prior to the Soviets’ rise.



The first four games of the series were held in Canada and the final four in Moscow. The Soviet Union surprised the Canadian team and most of the hockey media with an opening game victory, 7–3. Many sportswriters had predicted an overwhelming victory for Canada in the series. Canada won the next game 4–1; the third game was a tie and the Soviets won game four to take a two games to one lead after the Canadian segment. The series resumed two weeks later in Moscow. The Soviets won game five to take a three games to one series lead. The Canadians won the final three games in Moscow to win the series four games to three, with one tie. The final game was won in dramatic fashion, with the Canadians overcoming a two-goal Soviet lead after two periods. The Canadians scored three in the third, the final one scored with 34 seconds left, by Paul Henderson.








Canada-USSR Summit Series
Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Game one USSR 7 – Canada 3
Game two Canada 4 – USSR 1
Game three Canada 4 – USSR 4
Game four USSR 5 – Canada 3
Soviet Union
Game five USSR 5 – Canada 4
Game six Canada 3 – USSR 2
Game seven Canada 4 – USSR 3
Game eight Canada 6 – USSR 5

Posted September 28, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Stunning Photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Flight Deck (Cockpit)   1 comment



The Shuttle that was used on the Enterprise on the original Star Trek didn’t have near as many buttons and switches as this Space Shuttle.

These rare photos by Ben Cooper capture the Flight Deck (cockpit) of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, fully powered for one of the final times. Just a few weeks later, at 9:58am EDT on May 11, Endeavour was powered down for the final time in history. It was the last of the three space shuttles to have power.

Ben Cooper is freelance/media photographer and former NASA photographer currently based out of Daytona Beach, Florida, and serving the Central & North Florida area, including Cape Canaveral. He has covered launches and other events at Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center since July 1999, and photographed over 100 missions and launches to date.

For the final few years of the Space Shuttle program, he photographed for NASA and held a position on NASA’s photo and engineering imaging team at the Kennedy Space Center & Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Work included mission-critical imagery of the shuttle’s exterior and orbiter tiles that ensured a safe mission of the space shuttle on every flight, as well as public affairs imagery for distribution by NASA and dozens of portraits and award ceremonies.
























Posted September 27, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Control Agent 13 staked out in a tube of Pepsodent with Zirconium Silicate   1 comment



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Hotel of Doom   Leave a comment



Pictures have emerged showing the inside of a 105-storey pyramid-shaped hotel that has been under construction in Pyongyang for 25 years.

North Korea began building the Ryugyong hotel in 1987, but construction was halted for 16 years when funds ran out.

Although work restarted in 2008, the hotel has become, for many, a symbol of North Korea’s thwarted ambitions.

The tour company that took the pictures say the hotel is now due to open in two or three years time.

Few people have been allowed inside the notorious hotel, which has been variously dubbed the “The Hotel of Doom” or “The Phantom Hotel”.

When conceived, the Ryugyong was intended to communicate to the world an impression of North Korea’s burgeoning wealth.

But other economic priorities meant that the hotel had to be put to one side, and it remained untouched until a city-wide “beautification scheme” was introduced five years ago.

At that time, external construction was forecast to take until the end of 2010, with work on the inside being completed in 2012 at the earliest.

But the photo of the interior taken by Koryo Tours, a Beijing-based company that specialises in travel to North Korea, shows a vast concrete lobby with barriers around the edge of each floor.







The bare interior has no sign of cabling, wiring or pipes, let alone furnishings












330m (1,083ft) high, 105 floors
Construction started 1987, halted from 1993-2008
External works forecast to take until end of 2010
Internal works, 2012 or beyond

Posted September 27, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Harper and his Northern Tea Partiers are more right-wing than Texas Hoggers   Leave a comment


Motion to study when life begins defeated in Parliament

MPs vote 203-91 against motion brought forward by Conservative Stephen Woodworth

A motion to study the Criminal Code’s definition of when human life begins was defeated in the House of Commons Wednesday night.

Members of Parliament voted 203 to 91 against Motion 312, sponsored by Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth.

The private member’s motion sought to set up a committee to study how the Criminal Code defines when life begins. The provision, in the homicide section of the code, says a child becomes a human being when it has fully left its mother’s body.

Although Prime Minister Stephen Harper had opposed the motion and voted against it, some members of his cabinet voted in favour. Those included Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, Public Works and Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose, Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino, Trade Minister Ed Fast, Intergovernmental Affairs Peter Penashue, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, and National Revenue Minister Gail Shea.

Critics said the motion was an excuse to re-open the debate on abortion in Canada and set limits on the procedure. Woodworth had said he hoped having a debate would convince Canadians to oppose abortion.

After the vote, Woodworth said he thought some of his colleagues voted against the motion out of respect for Harper.

“I’m a great believer in democracy … and ultimately the House of Commons will respond,” Woodworth said.

Woodworth said last week that he didn’t expect the motion to pass. The Conservatives, NDP and Liberals treated it as a free vote, meaning MPs were not told how to vote on the motion.

The NDP accused the government of using a private member’s motion to push an agenda they’re afraid to tackle more officially.

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said the House reflected the will of Canadians that the issue is closed.

But Rae said the fact Ambrose voted in favour of the motion reflects the divide within the Conservative caucus over abortion.

Woodworth said he was “grateful to [Ambrose] for reflecting the desire I have on this issue.”

After eviscerating the federal public service with massive layoffs, striking down environmental regulations and promoting freewheeling exploitation of energy resources, Harper and his redneck posse are trying to dredge up the abortion debate again.  These federal conservatives are showing their true colours now.  They are a dastardly wolf in a new sheep suit. They are the old Reformers from Preston Manning’s day.  These are dog eat dog anti-government extreme rightist who regard the NDP to be Stalinist saboteurs.  They have infilatrated the Canadian government and are trying to de-evolute Canada back to the social and political realities of Mississippi and Alabama.

Three more years of these Jed Clampets and Jethro Bodines, may the good fortune of serendipity be with this dear old Canada.


Posted September 26, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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China and Japan in major dispute over uninhabited remote islands   Leave a comment


Washington Post

NEW YORK — Japan’s prime minister said Wednesday his nation is not willing to compromise in its territorial dispute with China over remote islands that have spawned violent anti-Japan protests.

But Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said that Japan would respond calmly and make sure it does not adversely affect bilateral relations between the two Asian powers.

Senior diplomats of China and Japan met both in New York and Beijing Tuesday, seeking to mend ties frayed by the spat over the Senakakus islands, called Diaoyu by China, that has raised tensions between them to their highest level in years.

The islands, held by Japan, are uninhabited but sit astride rich fishing waters and potentially large reserves of natural gas.

Despite the flurry of diplomacy, it is far from clear that the crisis has passed. China could send more vessels to challenge Japanese control of the islands, raising the possibility of armed conflict arising from mistake or miscalculation. Taiwan, which also claims the islands, has also weighed into the dispute.

On Tuesday, Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard cutters exchanged water cannon blasts just off the islands.

China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba in New York Tuesday that the Japanese government’s island purchase constituted “a serious challenge to the post-war international order.”



Two of the uninhabited islands



Posted September 26, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Ray Harryhausen: The Film-Maker Who Made The Impossible Possible   Leave a comment


Dangerous Minds

If it wasn’t a monster movie, then it wasn’t worth watching. That was my narrow view of films when I was a child. There was the usual list of werewolves, and vampires, and stitched-together cadavers from Frankenstein’s lab, but there was nothing quite as thrilling as seeing Ray Harryhausen’s name on a film.

Harryhausen’s name meant memorable special effects that made any film extraordinary. Before VHS or DVD recorders, we memorized those key scenes to replay in our heads, and discuss at our leisure. The ghoulish, resurrected skeletons that fought Jason and the Argonauts; the Rhedosaurus that tore up New York in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; the Terradactyl  that terrorized Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.; the sinewed goddess Khali that fought Sinbad; these were memories that made many a childhood special – mine included.

It was seeing the original version of King Kong that started Harryhausen off on his career. His ability to duplicate some of Willis O’Brien’s groundbreaking effects led the young Harryhausen to meet and then work with his idol on Mighty Joe Young, in 1949. Their collaboration won an Oscar, and set Harryhausen off on his career. This is Ray Harryhausen interviewed in 1974, discussing his designs and the techniques used on some of his greatest films.



Posted September 26, 2012 by markosun in Uncategorized

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