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NSA headquarters attacked by two intoxicated cocaine fuelled cross-dressers   Leave a comment


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One man is dead and another severely injured after gunfire erupted yesterday at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.

The injured man was identified as Kevin Fleming, 20, of Baltimore, according to law enforcement sources. Fleming and another man were in a stolen Ford Escape SUV when they encountered NSA police at the entrance to the Ft. Meade complex, sources said.

Shortly before 9 a.m. ET, a vehicle with two people inside “attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate,” according to a statement from the NSA.

“The driver failed to obey an NSA Police officer’s routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus,” the statement continued. “The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed.”

 

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Sources say the two inside were men dressed as women. Preliminary information indicated the two men were partying at an area hotel with a third individual when they took that individual’s car without permission. However, it’s still unclear how or why they ended up at the NSA gate.

The owner of the SUV picked up two men dressed as women in Baltimore late Sunday, sources confirmed. The three allegedly drove to a hotel in Howard County, Maryland, where they partied, sources said. Early this morning, the man woke up alone and the two men he allegedly had picked up were gone and so was his vehicle, sources said. The man reported his vehicle stolen to Howard County Police before the incident at the NSA, sources said.

 

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A law enforcement source confirmed that the car that crashed at NSA was reported stolen in Howard County, Maryland.

When the vehicle “accelerated toward an NSA police car blocking the road” and “refused to stop,” an NSA police officer opened fire, and one of the two men inside the “unauthorized vehicle” ended up dead, the NSA statement said. The other man in the vehicle was “severely injured” and taken to a local hospital, according to sources.

An NSA Police officer injured in the incident was also taken to the hospital.

“The incident has been contained and is under investigation,” Colonel Brian Foley, Fort Meade garrison commander, said in a statement. “The residents, service members and civilian employees on the installation are safe. We continue to remain vigilant at all of our access control points.”

The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism.

 

WTF! What next?

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Posted March 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Winnipeg Snapshots XIV   Leave a comment


Assiniboine River is below the river walks. Last year I would have been in deeper water than a snapping turtle standing here.

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A strange congregation, a goose, a crow and 2 little feathered friends. Didn’t know they hung around like this.

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Red River as of March 31. Still lots of ice.

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Unilingual sign on a bus bench downtown, in Chinese! Wonder what they’re selling? Have to phone the number.

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The new sports Fieldhouse at the University of Winnipeg. It’s huge, a full size regulation soccer field indoors, 12 months of the year.

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Posted March 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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An Irish priest wows wedding guests with his version of ‘Hallelujah.’ Now he has a record contract.   1 comment


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When Father Ray Kelly stepped to the lecturn at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Oldcastle, Ireland, he sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s well-known song “Hallelujah” for newly married Chris and Leah O’Kane.

As a gift to the couple, he changed the lyrics to suit their wedding. Little did Kelly know the excitement his gift to the couple would unleash.

“After it went up on You Tube there were requests to fly me out to South Africa, all over the States, Poland, Croatia, all over the place,” he says. “People just wanted me to come out and perform a wedding. And sometimes it wasn’t even to perform a wedding, but to sing ‘Hallelujah.'”

Kelly admits that reworking “Hallelujah,” which has become a kind of ubiquitous anthem over the past three decades, was first brought to his attention at another wedding he officiated seven or eight years ago.

“This little girl — she was a bridesmaid — was about 10 and she started singing Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ with the words changed to suit the bride and groom,” he says. “At the end of the service I went over to her and asked for a copy of the words and she gave me a copy. And, as I found out afterwards, she actually wrote the words herself for that particular wedding with the help of her mom and dad.”

So it was that 10-year-old girl and Leonard Cohen who helped launch Kelly’s singing career. The 61-year-old priest has signed a deal with a major American label, Universal Music Group, which just released his debut CD. And yes, it includes that new version of Hallelujah.

Posted March 31, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Robot Restaurant in Tokyo   Leave a comment


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Posted March 30, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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U.S. College version of the famous Les Canadiens logo   Leave a comment


Watching the NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament the other day I noticed it was the St. Cloud State (Minnesota) Huskies playing. Right away their cool uniforms impressed me. It is sort of a combination Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks look. Very cool.

Just to report the Huskies were eliminated by North Dakota.

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Posted March 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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University of Winnipeg Indigenous Studies Courses   Leave a comment


The University of Winnipeg may introduce mandatory Indigenous Studies courses for all students. Controversial to say the least.  But the U of W considers itself to be a progressive and left leaning institution, and this fits right in with that profile.  However, university is hard enough, and forcing students to take courses they don’t need could be regarded as presumptuous.  Have to wait and see how it pans out.

Some of these courses would be interesting. 

 

Indigenous Studies

  • IS 1015(6) Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • IS 1101(6) Introductory Cree
  • IS 1201(6) Introductory Ojibwe
  • IS 3001(3/6) Special Topics in Indigenous Studies
  • IS 2040(3) Indigenous Women and Resilience
  • IS 2050(3) Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Development
  • IS 3012 (3) Ethnoecology Research
  • IS 3125 (3) Legacy of Residential Schools
  • IS 3100(3) International Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • IS 3101(3) Contemporary American Indian Policy in Cultural Context
  • IS 3901(3/6) Directed Readings
  • IS 4000(3/6) Indigenous Studies Practicum
  • IS 4020(3) Indigenous Self-Determination
  • IS 4021(6) Pathways to Indigenous Wisdom
  • IS 4025 (3) Indigenous Language Rights
  • IS 4022(3) Indigenous Research Methods
  • IS 4200(3/6) Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies

Anthropology

  • ANTH 2103(3)Ethnography of Native Peoples of North America
  • ANTH 2160(3)Indigenous People & the Industrial State  
  • ANTH 3133(3)Algonquin Ethnography

Conflict Resolution Studies

  • CRS 2443(3) Conflict and Development Issues in Indigenous Communities

Geography

  • GEOG-4450 (3) Environment and Sustainability 1

History

  • HIST 1010(6) Aboriginal & Newcomers
  • HIST 2506(3) History of the Canadian North
  • HIST 2511(3) Aboriginal Peoples in Canada since 1815
  • HIST 2609(6) History of Native American Peoples of the United States, colonial period to the present
  • HIST 3525(3) History of the Metis in Canada
  • HIST 3527(6) History of the Algonquian Nations
  • HIST 3805(6) The Art of the Inuit
  • HIST 3858(6) Aboriginal Art History

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Human Rights and Global Studies

  • HRGS-2101 (6) Human Rights: From Local to Global

International Development Studies

  • IDS 2160(3) Indigenous People & the Industrial State

Linguistics

  • LING-4103/IS-3013 Indigenous Languages of South America

Philosophy

  • PHIL 2240(3) Aboriginal Justice Issues

Politics

  • POL 3400(3) Aboriginal Politics in Canada
  • POL 3405(3) Aboriginal Politics in Manitoba

Religious Studies

  • REL 2801(3) Introduction to Aboriginal Spirituality
  • REL 2802(3) Aboriginal and Christian Encounter
  • REL 2803(3) Understanding Aboriginal Sacred Narrative
  • REL 2804(3) Global Perspectives on Aboriginal Societies, Spiritualities & the Environment
  • REL 3802(3) Aboriginal Healers
  • REL 3803(3) Aboriginal Women’s Teachings
  • REL 3804(3) Aboriginal Spirituality: Research Methods

Sociology

  • SOC 2105(6) Race, Ethnic and Aboriginal Relations
  • SOC 3123(3) Crime, Victimization and Justice in Aboriginal Communities

 

Honours Courses

Indigenous Studies

  • IS 4020(3) Indigenous Self-Determination
  • IS 4021(6) Pathways to Indigenous Wisdom
  • IS 4022(3) Indigenous Research Methods
  • IS 4023(3) Indigenous Peoples, Globalization, and Development
  • IS 4200(3/6) Selected Topics in Indigenous Studies

Anthropology

  • ANTH 4105(6) Native and Newcomers in Encounter: Selected Topics

Conflict Resolution Studies

  • CRS 4920(3) Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • CRS 4910(3) Conflict and the Construction of the Other

History

  • HIS 4570(6) Native and Newcomers in Encounter: Selected Topic
  • HIS 4530(6) Advanced Studies in Canadian Social History

International Development Studies

  • IDS 4920(3) Program Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • IDS 4910(3) Conflict and the Construction of the Other

Politics

  • POL 4301(6) Administrative Theory
  • POL 4305(3) Administrative Law
  • POL 4310(6) Equity and Human Resources
  • POL 4315(3) Strategic Planning in Organizations 1
  • POL 4320(3) Strategic Planning in Organizations 2
  • POL 4400(6) Seminar in Canadian Politics
  • POL 4405(6) Seminar in Manitoba Politics
  • POL 4415(6) State and Economy
  • POL 4505(6) Politics of Urban Planning
  • POL 4510(3) Law and the Politics of Social Change
  • POL 4515(6) Inner City Seminar

Religious Studies

  • REL 4800(3) Topics in Aboriginal Religious Traditions
  • REL 4802(3) Aboriginal Healers
  • REL 4803(3) Aboriginal Women’s Teachings
  • REL 4804(3) Aboriginal Spirituality: Research Methods

Sociology

  • SOC 4413(6) Seminar in Race and Ethnic Relations

Posted March 29, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Mount Thor Steep Galore   Leave a comment


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Mount Thor, officially gazetted as Thor Peak, is a mountain with an elevation of 1,675 metres (5,495 ft) located in Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The mountain is located 46 km (29 mi) northeast of Pangnirtung and features Earth’s greatest vertical drop of 1,250 m (4,101 ft), with the cliff overhanging at an average angle of 15 degrees from vertical. Despite its remoteness, this feature makes the mountain a popular rock climbing site. Camping is allowed, with the only official site being at the entrance to the Akshayuk Valley near Overlord Peak.

I don’t know about climbing it, maybe a parachute jump from the top.

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Posted March 28, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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