Filed under: Domestic Policy, Environment, Freedom, Fun n Games, Humor | Tags: Aerobics?, Fun for Baby Ducks, The Joy of Play
We love our pets and play with them often. Throwing tennis balls for the dog, catnip balls and laser lights for the cats. But you always wonder what your animals are thinking. Evidence of the extent to which animals ‘play’ in the wild on their own. Doing stuff for fun. I don’t mean the natural play that is a sort of training for adulthood — mock fighting by the young— that sort of thing. So I was fascinated by this video. Obviously it was built by someone, specifically for baby ducks, but — who knew?
Filed under: Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming, Humor | Tags: Baby Elephant's First Steps, Extreme Cuteness, Trunk Trouble
We are understandably fond of pictures of baby elephants, but this one is something special. The baby is pretty new, and just learning to take his/her first steps, which include stepping on that annoying trunk that he just hasn’t learned how to control yet.
There is no better relief from the anxiety of current events than baby animal cuteness. Who can stay depressed watching a video like this? Enjoy!
Filed under: Art, Freedom, Fun n Games, History, Humor, The United States | Tags: Size and Perspective, The Photographer's Art, The World of Elgin Park
The Elephant sent me a link to this story, which is definitely a guy thing, but completely charming just the same. It reminded me that a while back, I had posted something by the same photographer, actually three years ago, about small-town America, in a town called Elgin Park. Quite worth digging out of the archives. Enjoy!
Filed under: Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming, Humor | Tags: Baby Elephant, Seaside Adventure, Your First Time
Do you remember
the first time you saw the sea?
Waves rushing in,
salt foam racing up grabbing for your feet
I remember, though
It was very long ago.
Filed under: Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Freedom, Fun n Games, Heartwarming, History, Sports | Tags: Even for Kids, Growing Up In America, Individual Freedom
Filed under: Architecture, Art, Entertainment, Fun n Games | Tags: Maciek Janicki, Pop-Up Paper Designs, The Art of Paper Folding
Here is paper folding and pop-up paper gone wild. Beautiful and magical.
Filed under: Fun n Games, Israel, Middle East, Politics | Tags: Baghdad Jim McDermott, Blaming the Victim, IRS Scandals Hearing
Congressman Jim McDermott is Seattle’s own. We call him Baghdad Jim — not a compliment. He is perhaps the most partisan politico on the Progressive side, or perhaps there are some worse. He is in another district so I don’t get a chance to vote enthusiastically against him.
Democrats, of course, claim to be outraged by the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which declared that Corporations may contribute money to political campaigns. They still don’t get to make donations directly to candidates. The problem for Democrats is that they had the donation bit sewn up with union money and NGO money and Enviro money. But Corporations have lots of money. They might influence an election. They might contribute to Republican causes. The Chicago Way — “At all times an election is too important to be left to chance.”
This IRS scandal just keeps getting worse. Millions of taxpayer moneys spent on agency events, overpaid speakers, $3000 hotel rooms. Obviously even the Democrats recognize the problems, acknowledge them and admit that there was wrongdoing, while they search for excuses or a way to blame it all on Republicans.
Sort of ‘If you didn’t want to get raped, you shouldn’t have dressed so slutty.’
Filed under: Entertainment, Freedom, Fun n Games, Humor | Tags: An Elephant's Child, And Mud!, Little Kids Like Puddles
Go ahead, enlarge the window. You may want to turn down the sound. The banjo music is a little loud.
Filed under: Entertainment, Fun n Games, Sports | Tags: Agile Little Kids, Strength and Balance, Tarragona Spain
The Concours de Castells in Tarragona, Spain is a human tower-building competition. It is a long tradition in the region, castells began at the end of the 18th century. The sport has rules, techniques, and team responsibilities to guard safety and success. The pinya or base is made of a few hundred people that can catch anyone who falls. The tower itself has a variety of different formations. The top three levels are the pom de dalt, made up of children in helmets. This 2010 video by Mike Randolph shows why safety and teamwork are so important.
Strange and interesting sports. I’d be a spectator.
Filed under: Art, Fun n Games, Global Warming, Middle East, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics, Terrorism
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged two men living in Canada with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA Rail passenger train inside Canada. The RCMP said the two men planned to carry out an “al Qaeda-supported” terror attack to derail a train, which was also aimed at harming the economy.
The Police said, at a news conference, that the two men were receiving guidance and direction from al Qaeda related elements in Iran. The men are not Canadian citizens. There was no imminent threat to the public, but had the terror project come to fruiting, innocent people would have been killed or injured.
The Obama administration has gone out of their way to make light of the threat from terrorism, but the evidence merely points out the presidents state of denial about the rising threat. CNN’s homeland security analyst, Juliette Kayyem asserted “We have not had (even) a small-scale terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.”
We have suffered a number of major attacks, and most of them have taken place on Obama’s watch. Since 2009, terrorists have attacked our military bases, assassinated our diplomats, burned our embassies and murdered innocent spectators at a sporting event and ambushed and shot police officers.
— June 1, 2009: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and killed a military recruiter and wounded another at a Little Rock Arkansas recruiting station. A convert to Islam, Muhammad identified with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
— September 2008: Afghan native Najibullah Zazi was arrested before he could blow up the New York City Subway.
— September 2009: Police nabbed Jordanian Hosam Maher Husein Smadi before he could plant a bomb in a Dallas skyscraper.
— November 5, 2009: Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major psychiatrist opened fire at Fort Hood Texas, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as he killed 13 fellow soldiers and wounded 29. He was advised by al Qaeda operative Anwar Awlaki. Homeland Security has defined this as a workplace incident.
— December 2009: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was tackled by passengers before he could detonate explosives sewn into his underwear. He was trained in Yemen by al Qaeda.
— March 4, 2010: John Patrick Bedell, a Muslim convert, shot and wounded two Pentagon police officers at a checkpoint in the Pentagon station of Washington Metro in Arlington, VA.
— May 2010: A massive bomb was planted by Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan failed to explode in an SUV parked in Times Square. He was trained and funded by the Taliban.
— October 2010: Chicago synagogues discovered explosives packed inside two printer cartridges shipped by cargo planes from al Qaeda in Yemen. The attack failed.
— Sept. 11, 2012: On the anniversary of 9/11, al Qaeda operatives attacked the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. The armed assault targeted the consulate compound, and a nearby CIA annex. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens was killed along with three others and ten others were wounded in a 7 hour gunfight.
— April 15, 2013: Two Muslim jihadists set off bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 183. The terrorists shot two police officers, killed one, and injured several others. One of the brothers is dead, the other in custody.
The administration continues to downplay Islamist terrorism, and proposes talks with the Taliban and with Iran.
The “Arab Spring” was mistakenly assumed to be a movement for democracy in Arab North Africa. The movement was perhaps inspired by televised shots of Iraqis, male and female, proudly voting in free elections. That was considered the equivalent of an earthquake in the Arab Middle East, where oppressive dictatorship was the norm. But Arabs had no experience of Democracy, and the Muslim Brotherhood was ready to step in.
No terrorism here, nothing to see. Just move along.
Filed under: Art, Capitalism, Economy, Education, Fun n Games, Politics | Tags: Crayons, How Thing Are Made, Pigment and Wax and?
I love watching assembly lines, seeing how things are made. It’s no wonder so many science fiction stories portray a society that suddenly doesn’t work at all; and we’re all left to try to cope, and we don’t know how to make anything useful. Did you learn how to make fire in Boy Scouts? And snares? We are useless without our electricity and creature comforts.
Filed under: Energy, Environment, Fun n Games, Music | Tags: A LONG Construction Project, Exquisite Patience, Imagine the Tuning
In a Japanese Forest, — and Sung By Alien Robots.