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CANADIAN ROMANCING THE WIND ~ VIDEO GONE VIRAL!!!

WIND

When I began work on this blog I had a link to an absolutely fantastic YouTube video that I received in an e-mail, but unfortunately I can’t use it in this blog in Canada.  I hope that some of you in other countries may be more fortunate and will be able to watch it ~

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=nr9KrqN_lIg

The second video features the World Multiple Kite Flying Champion – Canadian Vancouverite Ray Bethell.
You will be amazed by his mesmerizing and seemingly impossible art of bringing life to his kites.

In the following video Ray Bethell shares a very personal insight into his life from approximately 60 years to the present.

Life in a DayBob and Ray in Vancouver – Ray’s favorite practice park

 

HOW AWESOME IS THIS?! SEADRAGONS PART 2

LEAFY SEADRAGONS, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, ARE CLOSELY RELATED TO SEAHORSES AND WEEDY SEADRAGONS 

Exotic

   Exquisite

      Enchanting

        Extraordinary


Seadragons are some of the most ornately camouflaged creatures on the planet. Their spectacular gossamer, leaf-shaped appendages over their entire bodies enable them to blend in perfectly in their habitat of seaweed and kelp found in water to the south and east of Australia’s coast.

Seadragon males are responsible for childbearing. The male dragons have a spongy brood patch on the underside of the tail where females deposit their bright-pink eggs during mating. The eggs are fertilized during the transfer from the female to the male. The males incubate the eggs and release miniature sea dragons into the water after about four to six weeks (as seen in the video).

Seadragons survive on tiny crustaceans such as mysids, or sea lice. They are frequently captured by divers hoping to keep them as pets. In fact, such takings shrank their numbers so critically by the early 1990s that the Australian government placed a complete protection on both species. Pollution and habitat loss have also hurt their numbers, and they are currently listed as near threatened.

Leafy seadragon documentary film “The Vanishing Dragon”,   uploaded to YouTube by madge1964 on Jan 5, 2009, was filmed in South Australia. The complete documentary DVD can be purchased at www.abysspictures.com

Leafy Sea Dragon Compilation” YouTube video, uploaded by on Sep 23, 2006, is filmed in South Australia under the jetties at Rapid Bay and Wool Bay

Exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  ~ Leafy Sea Dragon HD SlowMix, Leafy Sea Dragon, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey California, USA, Uploaded on Mar 21, 2010 by jimg944

Orlando SeaWorld breeds rare seadragons ~ “We see people come up to this (seadragon) exhibit every day, and they’re just amazed to see that there’s something so unusual-looking. They’re a beautiful representation of the marine life of the ocean,” said Teryl Nolan Hesse, assistant curator for aquariums at SeaWorld Orlando. “They come here, see this, and they get excited about it. And when they’re excited about something, they want to learn more.”

http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2018993230_seadragons26.html?syndication=rss

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafy_sea_dragon

STOP OBAMA ~ KEEP WHALES & DOLPHINS SAFE

I am forwarding information I received from Victoria Principal for Oceana wavemaker@oceana.org

Unless the Obama administration reverses course, the Atlantic Ocean from Florida to the New Jersey border will be opened up to high-intensity seismic air gun exploration for offshore oil and gas.

This means that dolphins and whales will be subjected to constant dynamite-like blasts about every 10 seconds, 24-hours a day, for weeks and months on end.

Even the government admits that the industry’s airguns could injure hundreds of thousands of marine mammals and disrupt marine mammal feeding, calving, breeding, and other vital activities more than 13.5 million times.

There’s no time to waste. Urge the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior to abandon the government’s proposal to allow seismic air gun testing in the Atlantic!

Dolphins and whales rely on sound for feeding, communication, and navigation. If we don’t act now, these sensitive creatures will be exposed to an intense acoustical assault.

Seismic exploration involves arrays of high-volume air guns that are towed behind ships, continuously firing intense impulses of compressed air — almost as loud as explosives.

Opening up the Atlantic Ocean to seismic exploration for offshore oil and gas would cause incredible harm to ocean wildlife like whales and dolphins and to multi-billion dollar fishing, tourism, and recreational industries that support hundreds of thousands of American jobs. All of this just to make it easier for oil companies to find new sites in our oceans for offshore drilling.

Please do your part to stop this devastatingly harmful act and sign the petition!!!

We simply cannot allow it. If you live in the United States, click below to tell the Secretary of Interior to abandon plans to allow seismic testing in the Atlantic.  I am writing to Oceana to ask if they will amend their info fields in the petition to allow people from other countries to help.

http://act.oceana.org/letter/l-seismic-vp/?akid=2584.962452.8zJuCr&rd=1&source=mailing&t=2&utm_campaign=seismic&utm_medium=mailing&utm_source=advocacy

SURF’S UP! O’NEILL COLDWATER CLASSIC

The 2012 O’Neill Coldwater Classic will return to Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, Calif. as an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) event November 1-11. The world’s best surfers will travel to Northern California for the second to last stop on the 2012 ASP WCT, which may well determine the 2012 World Champion.  With a long and rich history, the O’Neill Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane is known for producing powerful and consistent conditions in a classic Northern California setting.  Originating in 1987, the event has taken on various incarnations over the past three decades.  It was once an ASP WCT event (prior to the ASP creating a two-tier system), but for the past few years, it has run as an ASP Star or Prime event.  With this year’s upgrade to the highest echelon of professional surfing, it will not only bring the top caliber of talent to Steamer Lane, but a lofty $425,000 prize purse as well.

O’Neill CWC 2012 – Steamer Lane ~ uploaded by TeamONeill on Oct 1, 2012

 ASP WORLDTOUR STOP # 09 ~ published on Oct 3, 2012 by

This year it has upgraded to an ASP WCT event in celebration of O’Neill’s 60th anniversary. This is the second to the last stop on the World Tour.  O’Neill, founded in 1952 by Jack O’Neill, is known the world over for revolutionizing modern day surfing with the invention of the first wetsuit and many other innovations.
Movie Jack O’Neill ~ Corporate identity Movie Jack O’Neill ~ uploaded by on Jan 29, 2009

O’Neill Sea Odyssey is a non-profit organization located in Santa Cruz, California (California Non-Profit Corporation ID#77-0464784). It was founded in 1996 by wet suit innovator Jack O’Neill and provides students with hands-on lessons on marine habitat and the relationship between the oceans and the environment. The program provides a free education course at the Santa Cruz Harbor to fourth to sixth-grade students, who typically come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

O’Neill CWC 2012 – Sea Odyssey ~ Published on Oct 10, 2012 by

 Link ~http://www.oneill.com/cwc

SPREAD THE STUPIDITY ~ PSYCHIC WINS LOTTERY!!!

SPREAD THE STUPIDITY

Only in This Stupid World
…do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in This Stupid World
…do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Only in This Stupid World
…do banks leave vault doors open
and then chain the pens to the counters.

Only in This Stupid World
…do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.

Only in This Stupid World
…do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.

Only in This Stupid World
…do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

EVER WONDER

…Why the sun lightens our hair,…but darkens our skin?

…Why don’t you ever see the headline…’Psychic Wins Lottery’?

…Why is it that Doctors call what they do…’practice’?

…Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

…Why is the man who invests all your money…called a broker?

…Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called…rush hour?

…Why isn’t there Mouse-flavoured cat food?

 

…Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

…Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

…You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?…Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

…Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

…Why are they called apartments when…
they are all stuck together?


…If con is the opposite of Pro,…
is Congress the opposite of progress?

…If flying is so safe,…
why do they call the airport the terminal?

I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did ~ I’m still laughing about some of them!

And…of course share this with your friends

BRITISH COLUMBIA – 100 YEAR WATER ACT UPDATE

The following excerpts are taken from the September/October issue of Water Canada‘s magazine article by Rick Williams and Luke Dineley. 

Read the full article at: http://watercanada.net/2012/turn-of-the-century/

British Columbia has plans to update its 100-year-old Water Act and finally regulate groundwater use… It’s almost impossible nowadays to open a newspaper… without finding at least one article or report focussing on the criticisms of shale gas development, particularly as it relates to the heavy reliance on water… Concerns over water are the forefront of the debate on multi-stage hydraulic fracturing (or ‘fracking’), the key technology behind the recent shale gas boom.  in British Columbia, an over 100-year-old (…outdated) Water Act is seen by some as an impediment to water protection in the province.

The stated objective of the proposed Water Sustainability Act is to focus the legislative framework on risk, competing demands, and scarcity of water, and to implement an area-based approach to water management… policy goals include: protecting aquatic environments, regulating groundwater use, regulating use during scarcity, improving security, water-use efficiency and conservation…

The Water Sustainability Act will differentiate between groundwater users making large withdrawals. Regulation of large groundwater users will be stricter: all existing and new large groundwater users will be required to obtain a licence…smaller groundwater users, by contrast will not be required to obtain a license…The categorization of a large withdrawal is … expected to be in the range of 250 to 500 cubic metres per day for wells in unconsolidated aquifers, and 100 cubic metres per day for wells in bedrock aquifers… after a long process, the Province has indicated that it is moving to bring the proposed Water Sustainability Act in the legislature… time is running short.  With the next provincial election set for  May 2013… whether it is the proposed Water Sustainability Act , the Water Act will be replaced….

Conservation, Efficiency and Security of Water in BC is discussed in the latest blog for the Living Water Smart blog. Join the conversation here: http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart

Living Water Smart Team member Ted White explains the Water Sustainability Act framework and invites you to participate in building a sustainable future for British Columbia’s water. This video outlines the seven key proposed policy directions: Protect stream health and aquatic environments, Consider water in land-use decisions, Regulate groundwater use, Regulate during scarcity, Improve security, water use efficiency and conservation, Measure and report water use, Enable a range of governance approaches. To comment on the WSA, and to join the conversation on the proposed Water Sustainability Act, visit http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart

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In the Living Water Smart blog, Ted White asks for your comments on governance approaches around water sustainability. Join the conversation here: http://blog.gov.bc.ca/livingwatersmart

COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION

Hector’s & Maui’s Dolphins – Countdown to Extinction

Published on Apr 19, 2012 by NABUInternational

Hector’s dolphins and their close relative the Maui’s dolphin live only in New Zealand and are both the smallest and rarest marine dolphins on earth.

Entanglement in gill and trawl nets has devastated the species to near extinction and is killing them faster than they can breed. Since the introduction of nylon filament nets in the 1970s, Hector’s dolphin numbers have dropped from 29,000 to less than 7,000. The situation for Maui’s dolphins, a subspecies of Hector’s dolphins, is even worse. More than 90% are already lost. With fewer than 80 survivors and less than 20 breeding females, Maui’s dolphins are facing imminent extinction.

Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins breed very slowly. Even under ideal circumstances a population of 100 individuals can only grow by two animals a year at the most.
Saving this species is a race against time that can only be won if fishing-related mortality is prevented by excluding gill and trawl nets from the animals habitat. New protection measures introduced in 2008 were a significant step in the right direction, but fall short of what is needed to facilitate population recovery and avoid extinction.

Hector’s dolphins continue to decline because protection measures are inadequate. Unless things change, the species will become extinct. Yet, in the absence of fisheries bycatch, Hector’s dolphins could recover to at least half of their original population size within a few decades. But for over 25 years Hector’s dolphin protection has been marred by unsuccessful half measures, lack of political will, delays, the unwillingness to translate the best available scientific knowledge into effective management decisions, and an unhealthy reliance on information from New Zealand’s fishing industry.

You can help by signing our petition, which sends a letter to the NZ government, urging them to do what needs to be done to turn the dolphins’ fate around:
https://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-extinction-of-hectors-mauis-dolphins

To find out more please visit: www.hectorsdolphins.com

Uploaded by on Aug 1, 2010

Uploaded by on Aug 1, 2010

About the size of a human child Hector’s Dolphins are among the smallest dolphin species in the world. Found only in the coastal waters of New Zealand, where there is a very active fishing industry, they are also among the most endangered.

“At the moment there are about 27 percent of the numbers there were in the 1970s,” said Liz Slooten a marine biologist at the University of Otago. “Many Dolphins you’d expect there to be tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of individuals. But Hector’s Dolphins? There are just over 7,000 individuals.”

Hector’s Dolphins and a subspecies called Maui’s Dolphins are frequently killed when they are inadvertently trapped in the fine mesh of gill nets. Despite resistance from the fishing industry researches aim to create protection zones to prevent the extinction of this threatened species.

‘ONLY IN BRITAIN’ YOU SAY, OLD CHAP?

WHAT A HOOT! OR SHOULD I SAY, ‘TOOT’? (As in ‘toot your own horn’ ~ ha! ha!)

 
 
 

LONDON’S VERY OWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PAYS TRIBUTE TO TEAM GB.

Fresh from recording all 205 National Anthems to be played at this summer’s games, the London Philharmonic Orchestra has teamed up with MINI for one more performance. All stand please for conductor Gareth Newman and the London 2012 Limited Edition MINI’s unique tribute to Team GB.
With just 2,012 made, you can test drive a genuine piece of history by clicking here.  Published on Jul 3, 2012 by MINIUnitedKingdom

Links ~ London 2012 Olympic Games

YouTube links for those of you who might have missed watching these spectacular events ~

The Queen Sequence – Opening Ceremony – London 2012 Olympic Games ~ a very humourous video with Daniel Craig, AKA James Bond, accompanying Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth to the Opening Ceremony of the Games in a most unusual fashion!

On July 27th, 2012, Daniel appeared alongside the Queen in a short film titled Happy and Glorious. Directed by Danny Boyle, the film was the highlight of the Olympic opening ceremony. It was actually the Queen’s first ever acting role, a joint celebration of 007′s 50th anniversary in film, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AS-dCdYZbo&feature=player_embedded

The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4As0e4de-rI&NR=1&feature=endscreen

The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ij3sgRG5sPY

Have a ‘tooting’ great weekend everyone!

NATO PETITION ~ ARCTIC COUNCIL ~ WORTHWHILE!!

I’ve copied information I received from care2.com, regarding the petition I signed.  In my collage I’ve included a map of Greenland and Canada to point out the close proximity of the two countries and I find it rather alarming now that China’s interest in the area has been confirmed.

The Arctic Council is supposed to protect this incredible part of the earth from exploitation and destruction. But with climate change melting Greenland‘s waters, China is aggressively looking for a profit from mining and new shipping routes. Yet, it also wants to be an observer on the Council. Talk about conflict of interest!

I signed a petition voicing my concerns to NATO and Arctic Council officials and urged them to make sure they keep protecting the Arctic‘s natural resources.

I know you care about the health of our planet too, so I thought you’d want to join me and sign.

Here’s the link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/869/770/954/dont-pave-the-arctic/

Greenland’s once frozen waters are now nearly ice-free. China’s not worried about the effect of global warming on the environment, though. They’re more concerned about getting first dibs on profiting from the area’s decline. 

China’s vying to become a permanent observer for the Arctic Council, a position that would allow them a say in decisions involving minerals and shipping
So far, they’ve been incredibly aggressive in the move to gain unclaimed Arctic regions. China has shown they’re uniquely qualified to access gas and oil sources in tricky locations in the northern Arctic. Since China also has an interest in exploring potential commercial shipping short-cuts through the area, they sent a ship to scout out possible routes.
Allowing countries to use the Arctic for shipping routes and mining will only expose Greenland waters to worse environmental distress.
Urge NATO and the Arctic Council to protect the Arctic and its natural resources!
 
If you did sign the petition thank you so very much.
 
 

CHINESE “SNOW DRAGON” ICEBREAKER FIRST

Chinese icebreaker sails to Atlantic Ocean and back via Arctic route, marking first for China

 

In this photo, provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, is harbored in Shanghai, after an 85-day scientific quest across the Arctic ocean, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The Chinese icebreaker has docked at Shanghai after becoming the first Chinese vessel to cross the Arctic Ocean. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Pei Xin)  

BEIJING, China – A Chinese icebreaker docked Thursday at Shanghai after becoming the first vessel from China to cross the Arctic Ocean, a landmark trip that is part of Beijing’s efforts to expand its presence in the Arctic.  With melting icecaps accelerating the opening of new shipping routes and the exploration of oil, gas and mineral deposits in the Arctic, China has been eager to gain a foothold in the region.   The icebreaker Snow Dragon returned to Shanghai after wrapping up a three-month mission that took it from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic via the Arctic, the Shanghai-based Polar Research Institute of China said in a statement. The vessel’s 119 crew members completed an oceanic survey in waters around Iceland with their Icelandic counterparts.  Though it has no territorial claims in the Arctic, China has been lobbying for permanent observer status on the eight-member Arctic Council in a bid to gain influence.  During summer months when they are passable, Arctic shipping routes between China and Europe are 40 per cent faster than travelling through the Indian Ocean, the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea.  The institute’s statement said Snow Dragon gained “first-hand information about navigation in Arctic sea lanes as well as the oceanic environment, and carried out useful exploration and practice for our nation’s ships that use Arctic passages in the future.”

The following excerpts are taken from ShanghaiDaily.com, ‘Bai steers a steady course to an Arctic first’, by Evan Liang, 9.27.12

A LOCAL university teacher has become the country’s first woman to have sailed across the Arctic Ocean.  Bai Xiang’en, 28, was one of four people at the helm of China’s only icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, on an expedition from July to September… be part of the 90-day science exploration… “The journey has greatly improved my navigation skills,” she said… Bai was the only woman among four people selected due to her extensive knowledge and experience of sea travel… while teaching at the university’s Merchant Marine College… Bai said sailing in the East Siberian Sea presented an enormous challenge, with its floating pack ice and icebergs. She had to exercise extreme caution at all times to avoid hitting icebergs or getting trapped between sheets of ice.

Link ~  http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Chinese+icebreaker+sails+Atlantic+Ocean+back+Artic+route+marking/7305937/story.html#ixzz28Ab4d5rV

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/28/chinas-snow-dragon-icebreaker-makes-85-day-voyage-to-become-countrys-first-vessel-to-cross-arctic-ocean/