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Winnipeg Jets Dustin “Big Buff” Byfuglien Smashes another victim last night   Leave a comment


The Big Buff demonstrated how to execute a devastating clean hit last night against the Ottawa Senators. The victim was Mark Stone, a Winnipeg boy just to let everybody know.  Poor Mark had his head down and the Buff lined him up and almost put him into LaLa Land. 

When playing the Winnipeg Jets opposing players are aware the Big Buff may strike from outta nowhere and possibly cause an ambulance ride.

Mark Stone sort of resembles John Belushi.


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The Buff is a Beast, he is 6’5″ tall and weighs 260 pounds.




Buff knocking an Edmonton Oiler into the fourth dimension.


Winnipeg Jets' Dustin Byfuglien (33) hits Edmonton Oilers' Luke Gazdic (20) during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Monday, February 16, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan




Posted March 31, 2016 by markosun in Sports, Winnipeg Jets

Art Museum in Austria Looks Like an Alien Blob with Snorkels   Leave a comment


The Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum in Graz, Austria, is a gigantic blob-shaped building with a dozen or so tube like nozzles, acting as windows, that stick out from its curved roof, giving the structure an undeniable alien creature like look. Indeed, its designers, London architect Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, have themselves named the building the “Friendly Alien”. Inside the beast’s belly are two huge floors for modern art exhibitions.

Located on the west bank of the River Mur in the historic center, the Graz Art Museum was built as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003, and has since become an architectural landmark in Graz.

The building’s roof is made from thousands of acrylic glass panels that generates energy with built-in photovoltaic panels. The outer skin is embedded with some nine-hundred fluorescent rings that can be individually programmed, creating a work of art on the structure itself.







Good God is this thing ugly!









It just doesn’t fit to the surrounding buildings and architecture.








Posted March 31, 2016 by markosun in Buildings

Alcohol Consumption by Selected Countries   Leave a comment

That always enticing and omnipresent booze has a real impact on the world.  It makes people loose and gets rid of excess mental baggage.  Some countries medicate with alcohol way more than others, eastern European countries seem to have a real penchant for the libation.








The boys cooling off on a hot day.






Posted March 31, 2016 by markosun in Drugs

Crystal Ball: Stanley Cup at the White House 2020   Leave a comment

Using SQUID (Super Conducting Quantum Interference Device) technology, Markosun was able to remote view into the future. More specifically to the White House May 20, 2012.


The Stanley Cup Champion Winnipeg Jets were honoured at the White House today by President Donald J. Trump.

Trump congratulated the Jets, then out of nowhere offered to sell his 757 Trump airliner to the team at a discount rate. Trump doesn’t need the 757 as he now travels in the 747 Air Force One.

The Jets won the Cup after destroying the Florida Panthers in the Cup final.  The Jets won the series 4 games to one.  It is the first Stanley Cup won by a Canadian team since 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens won the iconic trophy.

Most expert analysts predict the Jets have such a powerhouse team that this could be the beginning of a dynasty that could lead to 3-5 Cups in a row.



Posted March 30, 2016 by markosun in Politics, Sports, Technology

Stun Grenade Renders Target Deaf, Dumb and Blind   Leave a comment


A stun grenade, also known as a flash grenade, flashbang or sound bomb, is a non-lethal explosive device used to temporarily disorient an enemy’s senses. It is designed to produce a blinding flash of light and an intensely loud “bang” of greater than 170 decibels (dB) without causing permanent injury. It was first used by the British Army’s SAS in the late 1970s.

The flash produced momentarily activates all photoreceptor cells in the eye, making vision impossible for approximately five seconds, until the eye restores itself to its normal, unstimulated state. An afterimage will also be visible for a considerable time, impairing the victim’s ability to aim with precision. The loud blast is meant to cause temporary loss of hearing, and also disturbs the fluid in the ear, causing loss of balance.

The concussive blast of the detonation can still injure, and the heat created can ignite flammable materials such as fuel. The fires that occurred during the Iranian Embassy siege in London were caused by stun grenades.




Unlike a fragmentation grenade, stun grenades are constructed with a casing made to remain intact during detonation, containing most of its explosive force and avoiding shrapnel injuries, while having large circular cutouts to allow the light and sound of the explosion through. The filler consists of a pyrotechnic metal-oxidant mix of magnesium or aluminium, and an oxidizer such as ammonium perchlorate or potassium nitrate.


A stun grenade explodes as protesters clash with police during unrest in central Kiev, Ukraine,  Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. After a night of vicious streets battles, anti-government protesters and police clashed anew Monday. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing balaclavas, hurled rocks and stun grenades and police responded with tear gas.  (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Stun Grenade detonates in Kiev, Ukraine.


Although stun grenades are usually designed to be non-lethal, several injuries and deaths have been attributed to their use. These include the following:

  • In 1989, police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, conducted a drug raid at the home of an elderly couple, Lloyd Smalley and Lillian Weiss, after receiving inaccurate information from an informant. The flashbang grenades police used in the raid set the home on fire. Police said they were certain no one was inside, and so, at first, made no attempt at rescue. Smalley and Weiss died of smoke inhalation.
  • In May 2003, a woman named Alberta Spruill died from a heart attack after a police team detonated a stun grenade at her residence in Harlem, New York while looking for a drug dealer who was already in police custody. Her family eventually won a $1.6 million civil suit against the city.
  • In February 2010, police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, raided the apartment of Rickia Russell looking for drugs. While Russell was eating dinner with her boyfriend, police threw a flashbang grenade after breaching the door. The exploding flashbang gave Rickia 3rd degree burns on both calves, and burns to her head. No drugs were found in Russell’s apartment and the Minneapolis City Council agreed to pay $1 million in damages.
  • In January 2011, a California man named Rogelio Serrato died of smoke inhalation after a flashbang grenade launched by a police SWAT team ignited a fire in his home. The man was believed to have been hiding in the attic when the fire broke out.
  • In February 2011, a North Carolina SWAT police officer was injured at his home when a stun grenade accidentally detonated while he was attempting to secure his equipment. He underwent emergency surgery, but later died of his injuries.
  • In January 2014, a man was severely injured during rioting caused by the 2014 Ukrainian revolution after he attempted to pick up a live, undetonated stun grenade. The grenade detonated seconds before he could reach it. The explosion caused damage to his right hand and arm, leading to the loss of most of his fingers, as well as heavy blood loss. As of February 2014, the man’s condition is unknown. However, a video of it has been uploaded to LiveLeak.
  • On May 28, 2014, a 19-month-old baby boy’s face was severely burned and mutilated when a stun grenade was thrown into his playpen by a SWAT team looking for drugs in a Cornelia, Georgia home. The baby survived with facial disfigurement.
  • On August 3, 2014, a Macedonian fan of the FK Vardar football team was seriously injured during a football match after trying to throw a stun grenade used by police when a fight between the police and the fans broke out in the stands of Stadion Tumbe Kafe stadium in Bitola. The grenade exploded in his hand causing him to lose two fingers and suffer severe damage to the structure of his arm.




Posted March 30, 2016 by markosun in Weapons

Canadian NHL Teams 2015-2016 Pathetic   Leave a comment

Canadian based NHL teams this year are all terrible. All seven of them. Thirty teams in the league and all seven Canadian teams are in the bottom ten.  Has to be a bloody NSA conspiracy.  Using high-tech satellite particle wave control beams to disrupt the talent neurons in the brains of the players on the Canadian teams.  Either that, or just terrible management.


















Jets ownership may be too obsessed with making money than fielding a competitive hockey team.


Posted March 30, 2016 by markosun in Sports

Every Riotous Hooligans Worst Nightmare: The Brutish Water Cannon   Leave a comment

Watching the riots that developed at the memorial march in Brussels the other day I again noticed a huge Water Cannon.  Right-wing thugs showed up at the march screaming anti-migrant and white supremacist chants.  The hooligans got washed good by a gigantic Belgium water cannon.


Water cannon on use on a demonstrator


A water cannon is a device that shoots a high-velocity stream of water. Typically, a water cannon can deliver a large volume of water, often over dozens of meters. They are used in firefighting, large vehicle washing and riot control.

The first truck-mounted water cannon were used for riot control in Germany in the beginning of the 1930s.

The most modern versions do not expose the operator to the riot, and are controlled remotely from within the vehicle by a joystick. The German-built WaWe 10.000 can carry 10,000 litres (2,200 imp gal) of water, which can deploy water in all directions via three cannons, all of which are remotely controlled from inside the vehicle by a joystick. The vehicle has two forward cannons with a delivery rate of 20 litres per second (260 imp gal/min), and one rear cannon with a delivery rate of 15 litres per second (200 imp gal/min).

Water cannons designed for riot control are still made in the United States and the United Kingdom, but most products are exported, particularly to Africa and parts of Asia such as South Korea.




Use of water cannon in riot control contexts can lead to injury or death, with fatalities recorded in Indonesia (in 1996, when the cannon’s payload contained ammonia), Zimbabwe (in 2007, when the use of cannons on a peaceful crowd caused panic), Turkey (in 2013, when the payload was laced with “liquid teargas”), and Ukraine (in 2014, with the death of activist and businessman Bogdan Kalynyak, reportedly catching pneumonia after being sprayed by water cannon in freezing temperatures). South Korea used water cannons containing capsaicin and fluorescent dyes for later screening and arrest in recent protests against its citizens.

Water cannons in use during the 1960s, which were generally adapted fire trucks, would knock protesters down and on occasion, tear their clothes.

On 30 September 2010, during a protest demonstration against the Stuttgart 21 project in Germany, a demonstrator was hit in the face by a water cannon. Dietrich Wagner, a retired engineer, suffered from the damage to his eyelids, a fracturing of a portion of the retinal bone, and damage to the retinas. The eye injuries thus inflicted on the man resulted in near-complete loss of eyesight. Graphic imagery was recorded of the event, sparking a national debate about police brutality and proportionality in the use of state force.




Turkish riot police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the destruction of trees in a park brought about by a pedestrian project, in Taksim Square in central Istanbul May 31, 2013. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX106VO

Istanbul above


A few examples of the beasts


Demonstrationsverbot in Berlin! Infolge der Ruhestörungen durch die Aufführung des Remarque-Films "Im Westen nichts Neues" ist ein Demonstrationsverbot für Berlin erlassen worden. Die Polizei sicherte die Strassen und Plätze im Berliner Westen mit Wasserwerfer und grossem Polizeiaufgebot. Der Wasserwerfer der Schutzpolizei am Wittenbergplatz in Berlin zur Verhinderung nächtlicher Demonstrationen.

One of the first water cannon. Germany 1930’s.


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China. Typical Chinese approach, if the water cannon don’t knock them down, plow through the crowd with the big blade.



Posted March 29, 2016 by markosun in Police, Vehicles

The Marijuana Nuns of Merced, California   Leave a comment

Cannabis-growing ‘nuns’ grapple with California law: ‘We are illegal’

The Sisters of the Valley’s “abbey” is a modest three-bedroom house on the outskirts of Merced, in a cul-de-sac next to the railroad tracks. (Sister Kate calls the frequent noise from passing trains “part of our penance”.) When visitors come to the door, Sister Kate asks them to wait outside until she can “sage” them with the smoke from a piece of wood from a Russian tree given to her by a shaman.

Sister Kate lives here with her “second sister”, Sister Darcy, and her youngest son.

But these aren’t your average nuns. The women grow marijuana in the garage, produce cannabidiol tinctures and salves in crockpots in the kitchen, and sell the merchandise through an Etsy store. (Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the active ingredients in marijuana that is prized for medicinal qualities and is not psychoactive.) The women perform their tasks wearing long denim skirts, white collared shirts and nun’s habits. And while their “order” is small – last week they ordained their third member, a marijuana grower in Mendocino County known as Sister Rose.



But their ambitions have been thwarted by legislation that was passed last year – 19 years after medical marijuana was first legalized in the state – to regulate the billion-dollar industry through the Medical Marijuana Safety and Regulation Act.  An error in the final text of the law has resulted in scores of cities across the state passing local bans on the cultivation, distribution, and sale of the drug, including Merced, a small city in California’s Central Valley where the Sisters live.

The legislation accidentally established a 1 March 2016 deadline for cities to impose their own bans or regulations on medical marijuana or be subject to state rules, a deadline that assembly member Jim Wood, who authored that section of the bill, said was included by complete accident.

Wood has drafted fix-it legislation, which he’s optimistic will pass in the legislature by the end of next week and be signed by the governor immediately after. But next week is too late for the Sisters of the Valley.

“If it was a typo, that’s great. If it wasn’t, who knows,” said John M Bramble, the city manager of Merced, the morning after Merced’s city council passed its medical marijuana ban. Either way, “it’s too late,” he said. “We’re banning it for now because if we don’t, we’ll have no local control.”

That leaves the Sisters of the Valley in a precarious position. “We are completely illegal, banned through commerce and banned through growing,” said Sister Kate. “They made criminals out of us overnight.”


Despite Sister Kate’s Catholic upbringing, the Sisters “are not affiliated with any traditional earthly religion”. The order’s principles are a potent blend of new age spirituality (they time their harvests and medicine making to the cycles of the moon, and pray while they cook to “infuse healing and intent to our medicine”), environmentalism (“We think the plant is divine the way Mother Earth gave it to us”), progressive politics (asked whether she’s offended if someone drops her title and calls her “Kate”, Sister Kate responds: “It’s offensive that no banksters went to jail”), feminism (“Women can change this industry and make it a healing industry instead of a stoner industry”), and savvy business practices.

Sister Kate was looking for a “second sister” when a mutual friend arranged a phone call with Darcy Johnson. After just a thirty minute conversation, the 24-year-old from Washington state was ready to move to Merced and join the order. Sister Darcy had spent time in New Zealand working on an organic farm, and now, back in the States, was looking for a better way of life.

“This is my better,” Sister Darcy said.

The day after Merced’s ban on medical marijuana was passed, the sisters were preparing for battle. Sister Kate is planning to start a call-in campaigns across the Central Valley, urging growers and customers to flood city council members with phone calls every Friday until they come up with reasonable regulations.

Whatever happens, though, the Sisters of the Valley are answering to a higher authority. “We’re not accepting their ban,” said Sister Kate. “It’s against the will of the people, and that makes it unnatural and immoral.”









Posted March 28, 2016 by markosun in Drugs, Offbeat

Random Downtown Winnipeg Photos   Leave a comment

Pan Am Boxing Club in the Exchange District



Interesting Clouds



Traffic helicopter hovering during rush hour


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Little dot in the middle

Newly constructed ALT Hotel and Glass House Condos




Can’t wait for the trees to get populated with leaves





Posted March 28, 2016 by markosun in Winnipeg

Burt Bacharach Composer Extraordinaire   Leave a comment

Watching Austin Powers the other day Burt Bacharach music started playing.  This guy was good.

Posted March 28, 2016 by markosun in Music