Archive for August 2010
Shamattawa residents were shocked to discover a lone polar bear taking a dip in the town’s river on Sunday night. The bear was a “good size” youngster, RCMP Sgt. Noel Allard said in a statement this morning.
RCMP kept a close eye on the bear until darkness fell, when it ambled off into the night. Allard said that even elders couldn’t recall ever seeing a polar bear in the area, and that community residents were excited by the sighting.
Manitoba Conservation officials will keep an eye out for the bear, RCMP said.
Shamattawa is a First Nations community about 340 kilometres southeast of Churchill, where the bears are most famously spotted.
There currently is less ice on Hudson Bay so some bears may be going further inland to find berries and other morsels. Is it just a matter of time before the polar bears take a dip in Lake Winnipeg?
Shamattawa is 160 kilometres inland from Hudson Bay.
Shamattawa is located in the top right corner of the map.
There is a phenomenon on the streets that has me baffled. Almost exclusively young people walking down the sidewalks and through the malls staring into small electronic devices. They stare into these devices like their lives depended on it. It appears as though all the answers to the meaning of life and the universe is being revealed on those tiny screens.
The phenomenon seems to have been adopted mainly by females 25 years and under. The advent of text messaging has made possible new forms of interaction that were not possible before. A person may now carry out a conversation with another user without the constraint of being expected to reply within a short amount of time, and without needing to set time aside to engage in conversation. Mobile phone users can maintain communication during situations in which a voice call is impractical, impossible, or unacceptable.
But what is this conversation? What is so important that people will walk through busy traffic intersections and crowded sidewalks without being aware of what is around them as they stare into the alluring screen.
I saw a young lady the other day crossing a busy street transfixed on the small screen, a car had to slam on the breaks and blow the horn to notify the lady that she was not aware of where she was. I saw 2 young females walking towards each other last week oblivious to their surroundings as the medusa screen had all their attention. They almost walked into each other.
Then there is the situation of 4 young people sitting at a table in a restaurant or coffee shop, no conversation, just eagle eyeing the devices.
And the new news about Anne’s new boyfriend is so important that these people will text while they drive. Lets get this clear, these messages are not life and death important. These young ladies (and many young guys as well) are sending mainly gossip, jokes, and overall useless banter back and forth. And this becomes so addictive to these individuals that they will shoot back a text message if the house was on fire.
So the producers of this technology knew exactly what would happen. They new young people would get addicted to the technology. After all when you are in the 20 year old range the most important thing in the world is communication with friends. And this text tech allows friends to stay in touch all day long. The content of the communication is frivolous and trivial, but that is the point, young people love trivial and useless dialogue. Who wants to worry about the real life situations when you can escape by texting a friend that you have just saw a handsome male in the mall that is a dead ringer for Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame.
The main problem with texting that I can determine is that people who constantly text are completely unaware of their surroundings. They don’t look at architecture, street action or look friends and acquaintances in the eye and carry on a conversation. It makes people self-centered as they are constantly looking for instant gratification by shooting back a text that they hope will get a laugh or a positive response. And it causes texters to put way too much emphasis on meaningless communication. They don’t have a clue as to the meaning of being succinct: being concise and showing clarity. All the aimless and vacant conversations can drag out for hours, if not days. But the technologists will keep developing these mind numbing machines, and the world will crawl on.♦
AGE — CALLS — TEXTS
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The debate in Winnipeg rages regarding whether the new football stadium should have a tarpaulin roof, or where it should be located to spending taxpayers money on the edifice. All these noises seem pretty trite once a person takes a look at the monolith stadiums to the south.
Football in the United States isn’t just a sport, it is a religion. And that religion has some of the biggest temples in the world. Here is a list of the ten biggest football stadiums in America. Remember, the new Blue Bombers stadium at the University of Manitoba will have a regular seating capacity of 33,000.
|Michigan Stadium||109,901||Ann Arbor||Michigan||Michigan Wolverines|
|107,282||State College||Pennsylvania||Penn State Nittany Lions|
|Ohio Stadium||102,329||Columbus||Ohio||Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Bryant-Denny Stadium||101,821||Tuscaloosa||Alabama||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium||100,119||Austin||Texas||Texas Longhorns|
|Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||93,607||Los Angeles||California||USC Trojans|
|Sanford Stadium||92,746||Athens||Georgia||Georgia Bulldogs|
|Rose Bowl||92,542||Pasadena||California||UCLA Bruins|
|Tiger Stadium||92,400||Baton Rouge||Louisiana||LSU Tigers|
Some animals can be trained to do the most absurd things. While other animals are totally submissive to their powerful instincts. The dog in this video is doing something that a dog just shouldn’t be doing.
While on the other hand these cats are being controlled by their inherent predatory nature.
In the 1970’s there was a second major hockey league in North America named the World Hockey Association. The WHA existed for only 7 years but it allowed hockey starved fans in non NHL regions to watch very good professional hockey. And the league was very quirky. The referees initially had red stripes on their jerseys instead of the traditional black. And during the first 2 years the league used blue pucks.
The league signed away superstars from the NHL such as Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe and Bernie Parent. The WHA was the first North American league to import Europeans en masse. Many of these Europeans became top stars in the league. And the league stayed in tune with the rough and rumble hockey mindset of the 1970’s by having teams that consisted of almost nothing but goons and thugs.
WHA brawls were brutal and bloody affairs where almost anything went. The problem was that each team had 10-12 tough goon fighters, so when there was a bench emptying brawl it was like a pro wrestling cage battle royal that was definitely not fake.
But if you lived in Winnipeg during the 70’s and were old enough to remember the Jets they provided great joy. With the likes of Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson, Lars-Erik Sjoberg and goalie Joe Daley the Jets won 3 Avco Cups and the City rejoiced to no end.♦
The Jets playing the despised goon laden Birmingham Bulls.
The World Hockey Association was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. It was the first major competition for the National Hockey League (NHL) since the collapse of the Western Hockey League in 1926. Although the WHA was not the first league since that time to attempt to challenge the NHL’s supremacy, it was by far the most successful.
- Teams in bold were absorbed into the NHL.
- Alberta Oilers (1972–79, renamed Edmonton Oilers in 1973)
- Chicago Cougars (1972–75)
- Cincinnati Stingers (1975–79)
- Calgary Broncos (never played) / Cleveland Crusaders (1972–76) / Minnesota Fighting Saints (1976–77)
- Denver Spurs (1975–76) / Ottawa Civics (1976)
- Dayton Arrows (never played) / Houston Aeros (1972–78)
- Indianapolis Racers (1974–78)
- Los Angeles Sharks (1972–74) / Michigan Stags (1974–75) / Baltimore Blades (1975)
- Minnesota Fighting Saints (1972–76)
- New England Whalers (1972–79)
- New York Raiders (1972–73, renamed New York Golden Blades in 1973) / New Jersey Knights (1973–74) / San Diego Mariners (1974–77)
- Ottawa Nationals (1972–73) / Toronto Toros (1973–76) / Birmingham Bulls (1976–79)
- Miami Screaming Eagles (never played) / Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) / Vancouver Blazers (1973–75) / Calgary Cowboys (1975–77)
- Phoenix Roadrunners (1974–77)
- San Francisco Sharks (never played) / Quebec Nordiques (1972–79)
- Winnipeg Jets (1972–79)
Los Angeles Sharks
Jets playing the Minnesota Fighting Saints
Former Bruins superstar goalie Gerry Cheevers playing for the Cleveland Crusaders. A very politically incorrect team name in the 21st century.
Jets team picture
|1973||New England Whalers||Winnipeg Jets||4–1|
|1974||Houston Aeros||Chicago Cougars||4–0|
|1975||Houston Aeros||Quebec Nordiques||4–0|
|1976||Winnipeg Jets||Houston Aeros||4–0|
|1977||Quebec Nordiques||Winnipeg Jets||4–2|
|1978||Winnipeg Jets||New England Whalers||4–0|
|1979||Winnipeg Jets||Edmonton Oilers||4–2|
Jets and Bulls
The Chicago Cougars had a very cool looking uniform.
The Canadian Press
CHRISTINA LAKE, B.C.—Marijuana growers in the B.C. Interior are using a new kind of bear trap, but its not bears they’re trapping.
Police uncovered two separate outdoor marijuana crops of about 2,300 plants near Christina Lake, just a few kilometres from the Canada-U.S. border.
When officers arrived in the area two weeks ago, they found 13 black bears wandering around the crops and then discovered the bears had been fed dog food.
RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said the officers were a little nervous to say the least, and cautiously went about making the seizure.
“As the members are conducting the search of the house, at one point in time the (home owner) has to shoo a bear out of the residence and out of the way, coming out of the basement,” he said.
“The owner tried to assure, ‘Don’t worry, they won’t become aggressive towards you, just don’t approach them and things will be fine. Certainly it’s a little bit of an odd situation to be in.”
He said the bears were very docile and it was obvious they were habituated to humans, acting unconcerned by the officers’ presence.
Moskaluk said it appears the alleged growers either liked having the animals around, or were using the bears to protect their grow operations.
During their search, the officers also stumbled across a roaming pot-bellied pig and a raccoon napping in one of the bedrooms.
“The pig was a little frantic at the sight of police, but the raccoon was pretty laid back about the bust and took it all in stride,” said Moskaluk.
Two adults in their 40s, both from the Christina Lake area, have been arrested and face charges of production and possession of a controlled substance.
No people or animals were harmed during the arrests, Moskaluk added.
Area conservation officers have been notified about the situation and Moskaluk said the bears may face an unhappy outcome if they are deemed too habituated.