#89781 May 29, 2013
#89782 May 29, 2013
Off to watch Blake Shelton's fundraising concert. Check back later.
Where is lala? These are for her..
Distraction: Big cats and boxes
When you give them some cardboard, they're just like house cats, but bigger.
Curious Cat Gets Stuck In Tissue Box
#89783 May 29, 2013
This is the dumbest thread imaginable.
#89784 May 29, 2013
You people really don't have a life outside Topix.
Really really really sad.
“Is who I am”
Since: Aug 08
#89785 May 29, 2013
You're here too, duh! lmao
#89786 May 29, 2013
I've never seen this before. Today I haven't even had a humming bird to the feeder. Would that cause the birds to leave here?
#89787 May 29, 2013
Adding to my reply on this subject from yesterday…
I do agree with you that an invasion of Syria is highly unlikely, but avoiding a regional war is also very unlikely. What started out as a covert operation to cut off the middle man of the resistance club (Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria) in the Middle East has turned into a sectarian war that will not end anytime soon.
Backing Assad: Iran, Hezbollah, Lebanese Shiites, Iraqi Shiite groups, and the government of Iraq.
Backing the rebels: Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Sunni groups from Lebanon, Sunni groups from Iraq.
Then of course we have the bigger powers like the U.S., Russia, France, and Britain, yet let’s get back to the sectarian issue. Ancient Shiite religious sites came under attack in both Syria and Iraq. The shrine of Ali and Fatima’s daughter, Sayyeda Zeinab, is a major site for the Shiite in Syria. The abuse of her shrine (and I think they took the body/skeleton) was one of the first reasons used by outside Shiite groups to get involved in Syria, to protect ancient religious sites. Next, in Iraq, the Sunnis attacked Ali’s shrine. Ali is the second most adored religious figure in Shia Islam after the Prophet Muhammad. Ali is considered the first great martyr and there is a great annual holiday festival, Ashura, in his remembrance where many Shiites flog themselves or worse. Both Sayyeda Zeinab and Hussein Ibn Ali are the grandchildren of the Prophet Muhammad. Now there are attacks on both Sunni and Shia peoples and places of worship in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
When the revolution first broke out in Syria many Syrians were excited about it. Issues like religion were not a factor as all sought more freedom and political reform. Many of the educated middle class started peaceful unarmed protests and wanted to model their revolution after Egypt. The trouble started when the rebels came in from the poor rural population and started a massive campaign of revenge against those who lived a more privileged life. The rebels started a killing spree and claimed property as the spoils of war. Businesses were robbed down to the electrical wires and everything was taken to Turkey to be sold at a discount. Actions like these and others atrocities caused most of the peaceful activists to flee Syria as well. Now there is basically a slaughter on both sides.
#89788 May 29, 2013
Part 2 and Last
With so much horror going on in civilian territories over six million people have been displaced. About 4.5 million are displaced internally and 1.5 million externally. There are one million refugees in Lebanon placing a huge burden on the system, including schools. With sectarian violence returning to Lebanon the million refugees are now at a greater risk. Since the bombings in Tripoli there have been large protests calling for the expulsion of the refugees and security is quickly becoming an issue.
If Russia sends the S-300 missiles then there is a good chance that Israel will make another strike. Another strike by Israel will give the resistance an excuse that it is hoping for, although I am not sure if they want it at this exact point in time. Of course any retaliation could give Israel the excuse it is looking for to carry out strategic strikes against Hezbollah as well. If Israel wanted to strike Hezbollah now would be the time to do it forcing Hezbollah to fight two wars on two borders. Israel has been doing state wide drills practicing for attacks that would hail down conventional and unconventional missiles. These drills were practiced during work and school hours as well as during evening hours when families would be at home. Hezbollah and Syria would like to at least gain the Golan Heights back from Israeli occupation.
Now if war breaks out with Hezbollah and Syria against Israel it would be a good time for Hamas in Gaza to make their own moves. This would force Israel to fight a war on three fronts. If chaos like this scenario becomes a reality I would suspect it would be a good time for many anti-Israel groups to stage attacks and bring the goliath down and capture Jerusalem, the third holiest site of all Islam. Actually, the possibility of capturing all of Jerusalem could stop the sectarian war in order to ban together against a common enemy actually uniting Muslims.
Today the United Nations Human Rights Commission passed a resolution against the violence in Syria. The 47 members passed the resolution 36-1 with eight abstentions and two absent. Guess who voted against the resolution? Venezuela. Russia called the resolution “one-sided” and, in my opinion, they are correct. The resolution banned the use of missiles and heavy weapons by the Syrian government and foreign fighters that are assisting the Syrian government. The United Nations pointed out that powerful states need to use their influence to put an end to the civil war instead of fanning the flames causing the situation to “spiral out of control” and spread through the region. It is interesting to note that the United Nations referred to the opposition as a belligerence. I am unaware of the international community raising the status of the opposition to belligerent; however, if they did then a whole slew of international laws come into play as both sides must conform to the rules of war or face consequences. Many foreign fighters on both sides can create a big international criminal mess that would be interesting to watch.
#89789 May 29, 2013
Do not count the terrorists out yet. They are figuring out our soft spots. They would not carry out an EMP...Iran, North Korea, or Russia would have to pull that one off, even if it was done using a group on a ship in international waters.
I wish I could find the source where I read about HAARP and the ocean. I read it a few months ago and cannot remember what it said. I thought for sure I saved it for this thread. I will go look around some more and see if I can find it.
#89790 May 29, 2013
They die all the time
#89791 May 29, 2013
Did you see on the news where a freak tornado touched down in Europe? Europe does not get tornados, well...um, cannot say that anymore.
#89792 May 29, 2013
Ok, I think I am off Topix for tonight. I will check back in tomorrow.
Much love and big big hugs
#89793 May 29, 2013
Sorry I missed you. So glad to see you post again. Wish Saragon, Peace, LSD923, Specialist, A Soldier and the rest would drop in and say hello.
Love, hugs, and blessings to you. Update you in a email.
#89794 May 29, 2013
This one: Crazy huh?
Violent Tornado in Italy May 27th 2013
And this one shared by one of our own...
May 29, 2013
Rare tornado sweeps through outskirts of Milan, Italy (video)
A tornado struck in northeastern Milan, Italy, on Wednesday, and you don't need a translator to understand the reactions of those who captured the amateur footage posted above, while riding in a vehicle alongside the twister.
Marc Weinberg, a meteorologist for WDBR in Kentucky, shared the video today on his Facebook page and blog.
"We all know about the tornado threat that exists to our west and north today, but I am sure you didn't expect me to tell you that a tornado hit Milan, Italy today!" Weinberg wrote.
The tornado raged alongside the A4 motorway. There was widespread damage, but no injuries reported at the time of this post.
Scan down through this page of pictures:
#89795 May 29, 2013
Haven't heard anything about them leaving unless there is drought and lack of food they like. Check out the flowers you can plant to keep them coming. I love to watch them.
How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard
Kentucky-- Ruby-throats usually arrive in April. They are usually gone after the end of September.... Hummingbirds often leave about the middle of September.
Ruby-throated, Rufous, Green Violet-ear.
Great pictures of Kentucky hummingbirds.
#89796 May 29, 2013
Speaking of BIRDS...
New dinosaur is a primitive bird
By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
updated 1:24 PM EDT, Wed May 29, 2013
A reconstruction of Aurornis xui, a new species of dinosaur discovered in China.
New dinosaur species has been discovered in China
The critter was only 51 centimeters -- about 20 inches -- long
The newly discovered species is called Aurornis xui
(CNN)-- A dinosaur from the Middle-Late Jurassic period, found in China, gives scientists new understandings of how birds evolved, according to a Wednesday report from the journal Nature.
The newly discovered species is called Aurornis xui. "Aurora" is Latin for "daybreak" or "dawn." Ornis is Greek for "bird." The last part of the name, xui, honors paleontologist Xu Xing.
The dinosaur lived about 150 million years ago, said Pascal Godefroit, lead author and researcher at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.
The critter was 51 centimeters -- about 20 inches -- long. It had teeth and probably fed on insects, Godefroit said.
It was found in the Tiaojishan Formation of Liaoning Province, China.
This is the skeleton of the newly discovered dinosaur, which is about 150 million years old.
This dinosaur appears to have had four wings, two along the arms and two along the legs, Godefroit said. It could probably glide but not actively fly off the ground.
The specimen, exceptionally preserved in a clay sediment, appears to be an adult.
This dinosaur ate like a falcon
Another fossil from about 150 million years ago, called Archaeopteryx, was previously considered the most primitive known bird. Godefroit said the newly discovered dinosaur throws that into question, as the new find appears to represent an even more primitive, older bird.
Alan Turner, assistant professor of anatomical sciences at Stony Brook University in New York, who was not involved in the study, said in an e-mail that the find was "a very interesting fossil discovery."
It demonstrates just how similar the earliest birds were to the earliest members of the dinosaur groups, dromaeosaurids and troodontids, Turner said. These groups are all theropods, small meat-eating dinosaurs that walked on two feet.
Michigan cousins go after crayfish, hook a mastodon
Because of how well-preserved and well-prepared the specimen is, it provides useful information about the creature's evolutionary position and the changes that were taking place in the lineage that led to birds, he said.
Still, Aurornis xui's exact position in its family tree is likely not set in stone, he said. The relationships between the earliest bird species and their dinosaur relatives can change in subtle ways depending on the data set being used by particular groups of researchers.
That means that species that were once called "birds"can become considered "troodontids," or vice versa. The exact details are still being worked out, Turner said.
"That's why new discoveries like Aurornis xui are both very exciting and frustrating because they often raise as many questions as they answer," he said.
More space and science news from CNN Light Years
Check out the picture.
#89797 May 29, 2013
WORDS DEFINITION to ponder..haha
School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays.
Life Insurance: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die rich.
Nurse: A person who wakes you up to give you sleeping pills.
Marriage: It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.
Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through "the minds of
Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.
Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
Dictionary : A place where Success comes before Work.
Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.
Father: A banker provided by nature.
Criminal: A guy no different from the rest....except that he got caught.
Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.
Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.
Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.
Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.
Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.
Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.
Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.
Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.
Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.
Seen this on FB, thought some of them were cute. lol
#89798 May 29, 2013
NBC News | May 28, 2013
'Beard-vertisment' all the buzz in Kentucky
A Kentucky company hopes to sell advertising space in beards. WLEX reporter Chris Sutter has the story.
#89799 May 29, 2013
Another adorable, how-do-they-do-that Evian ad.
#89800 May 29, 2013
Pests, Be Gone! 10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Critter-Free
No need to use chemicals—instead, use these herbal, fruity, or soap-laden solutions to problems with pests like ants, mice and mosquitoes.
Flies hate the smell of basil. To discourage them, place pots of basil at doorways and windowsills and on the kitchen counter. Don't have enough sun for potted basil? Put dried basil in a small muslin pouch, rubbing it occasionally to keep the scent strong.
Cats love catnip. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.
Spiders are not fond of citrus. In a spray bottle, mix water and unsweetened lemon or lime juice. Wipe your countertops with the mixture or spray down doorways and windowsills. You can deter spiders in your garden by spreading around lemon, orange, or lime peels.
Use a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water to wipe down countertops and other surfaces—anywhere you've spotted ants. For best results, repeat this several times a day. Doing so destroys the scent trails that ants use to navigate.
A pair of barn owls and their brood can eat over 3,000 mice in a nesting season. Attract them to your property with an owl box, if a quiet rafter or tree crook is not available. Should the food supply be dependable, the same owls may return season after season.
Wasps are incredibly territorial and will not build a nest within 200 yards of another one. So build or buy your own fake nest! It’s like a scarecrow for wasps. Hang one in the front yard and one in back, and you’re done.
Alternately salting and vacuuming your ﬂoors will kill ﬂea eggs. But since fleas have a three-day reproduction cycle, you have to be diligent: Salt every day for nine days and vacuum every third day. Don’t forget to empty the vacuum every time, or the live ones will crawl right back out again!
Cinnamon bark oil has been shown to control dust mites. Mix several drops into a 50/50 solution of water and denatured alcohol. Spray bedding, carpets, and any other places dust collects. Added benefit? Your house will smell like cookies!
Trap fruit ﬂies with this simple approach: Fill a glass three-quarters full with vinegar or cider vinegar, then add six to eight drops of dishwashing liquid, and fill to the top with warm water. Gruesomely effective.
Who could call Bambi a pest? A gardener. Many have had luck deterring deer with Irish Spring soap. Hang it or spike it to a stake near things that deer like to eat. Alternatively, sprinkle shavings or small chunks on the ground.
Cool pictures too. Another DIY environmental friendly solutions to pest. lol
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