well, it’s friday, and that usually means it’s time for the d-bag of the week award …
and even though the douchebaggery has not abated in any way, and all the sliminess and slithering that passes for sentient behavior in the so-called corridors of power still seems to be as rampant as ever, and we certainly did have another week chock bloody full of scheming, lying politicians, incoherent, ass kissing, dog whistle blowing, incessantly blathering, windbag broadcasters, podcasters and bullshit blasters, greedy, glamour glomming grifters, and pointless, prevaricating and pontificating pricks, i just figured that it was time for a break from all the craven, crass, clueless and corrupt crap these aforementioned d-bags dumped all over the public and it’s airwaves … the people deserve a break from it all even for a moment, so do i, and i figured you guys would appreciate a douchebagless day too …
just one lousy day free of douchebaggery, doucherocketry, douchetastic deeds and deceitful, disingenuous, dicks and deviants …
so, instead of the usual fare here, today, in my best one day only, going fast, everything must go style, i offer you some stuff that will warm yer’ heart instead of heating yer’ temper …
because next week the d-bags and their ilk are sure to come stomping back …
settle in, grab whatever “tonic” relaxes and soothes yer’ particular savage beast and spend a few minutes just feeling good about yer’ fellow human beings …
a tissue or two may or may not be recommended …
have a great weekend my friends …
and as always, safe journeys …
“Maybe the photo wouldn’t have become so popular if people weren’t seeing a Jewish man with a yarmulke and a black man in a hood, and because they might not necessarily correlate the two,” speculated Theil to Tablet. “But there is only one reason that I didn’t move, and let him continue sleeping, and that has nothing to do with race. He was simply a human being who was exhausted, and I knew it and happened to be there and have a big shoulder to offer him.”
This Woman Was About To Go In For Surgery. What She Did Moments Before Was Awesome.
Facing a double mastectomy with grace takes courage. Facing one with courage and joy is extraordinary.
But that’s exactly what Deborah Cohan did yesterday right before she went into surgery to have her breasts removed. Cohan, an Ob/Gyn and mom of two, held a dance party with her medical team in the operating room of Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco.
This inspiring 6-minute-long video, posted on YouTube, shows Cohan busting some serious moves as she wiggles and twerks to Beyonce’s hit “Get Me Bodied.” Cohan requested that friends and family make videos of themselves dancing to Bey too so that she could watch them during her recovery. “I have visions of a healing video montage,” she wrote. “Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance, move, be in their bodies. Are you with me people?”
They were. You can check out videos of Deborah’s fans shaking their booties in solidarity on her CaringBridge page.from youtube and huffington post …
A simply incredible time-lapse video, released just in time for Veteran’s Day, has captured the transformation of a homeless United States Army veteran.
Jim Wolf struggles with homelessness and alcoholism, but thanks to a unique initiative by Dégagé Ministries, he was recently given the opportunity for a complete makeover.
Wolf’s transformation is utterly beautiful, and according to the video, the physical change has also inspired him to turn his life around. He’s now attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the first time in his life.
Dégagé Ministries “offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals,” according to its fundraising page, and the three-minute clip was produced by RobBlissCreative to raise money and awareness … from huffington post and youtube
Fishermen Jason Vonick, Nick Segal, John Oakes Spend Hours Rescuing Trapped Killer Whale In Alaska
When three fishermen spotted a killer whale stuck on the rocks in Klakas Inlet in Alaska, they devoted nearly four hours to saving her.
Jason Vonick, Nick Segal, and John Oakes, from Ketchikan, Alaska, made the rescue on Sept. 30, according to ABC News. To pull the whole thing off, the men had to anchor their fishing vessel and bring a smaller, 15-foot boat out to the rocks where the female orca lay. Then, they used their oars to help free her.
“As soon as… we realized we actually could move her a little bit, we just did what we had to, really grunt, groan, and put some sweat into it,” the men told RightThisMinute.com. “And we did it.”
Vonick captured portions of the rescue on camera and posted a 4-minute clip to YouTube on Saturday.
The group’s combined patience and determination make for one incredible video.
“[The whale] never fought us,” Vonick later told the news station. “She just sat there docile and calm the whole time and let us do what we needed to do. If we stopped petting her, she’d cry some more.”
There were 2 other killer whales around and they stayed be her side until she was freed. it was a little nerve wracking because we didn’t know if the other whales knew we were trying to help or if they thought we may be hurting it. but in the long run she was freed and reunited with her pod.
Salmon make a miraculous reappearance in East Vancouver
Chum salmon return to Still Creek for second year running, after an 80-year absence
Chum salmon are spawning again at an urban creek in the heart of East Vancouver.
The salmon returned this week to Still Creek, which sits in a ravine surrounded by warehouses and a nearby Skytrain line. The creek — running into Burnaby and through pipes to the Brunette and Fraser rivers — was once one of the most polluted streams in the province, thanks to urban garbage, sewage and toxic chemicals.
According to area resident Carmen Rosen, last year was the first time in 80 years salmon had spawned at Still Creek. She’s thrilled they’re back now, proving that last fall’s occurrence wasn’t a fluke.
“It was something I didn’t really think I’d see in my own lifetime,” says Rosen. “I thought we had done such terrible things to the creek that the fish just couldn’t survive, but here they were coming back and spawning in our creek.”
Carmen Rosen, an East Vancouver-based artist, has been closely involved in the rehabilitation of Still Creek as productive salmon spawning habitat. (CBC)
Rosen says she has heard stories from seniors in the neighbourhood of people catching fish there for dinner back in the 1930s, but now that possibility seems real once again.
“It’s really exciting to just go for a walk down the hill and you’re on the way to SkyTrain or you’re on your way home from WalMart and there are the fish.”
The City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and others have been working for years to restore Still Creek – “day lighting” sections and installing a fish ladder. Rosen, an artist, has herself pitched in by getting involved in community projects to improve habitat in the ravine.
“It’s really nice that the salmon are giving us a vote of confidence that we’re going in the right direction. But we still have so much work to do.” from cbc news …
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