The night sky is set to be illuminated later by what will  be a much bigger and brighter Moon this weekend.
The so-called “supermoon” occurs when the Moon reaches its closest point to earth, known as a perigee full moon.
The effect is to make the Moon 30% bigger and 14% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.
Contributing to this effect, the Moon will actually scrape the top of the Earth’s atmosphere at it’s closest point, and the resulting heat glow will increase the brightness even more! (sic)
Skywatchers who miss the phenomenon this weekend because of cloudy skies will have to wait until August 2014 for the next one.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Food Network said Friday it’s dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted the first of two videotaped apologies online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past.
NYET346-117_2012_111809_highThe 66-year-old Savannah kitchen celebrity has been swamped in controversy since court documents filed this week revealed Deen told an attorney questioning her under oath last month that she has used the N-word. “Yes, of course,” Deen said, though she added, “It’s been a very long time.”
The Food Network, which made Deen a star with “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and later “Paula’s Best Dishes” in 2008, weighed in with a terse statement Friday afternoon.
“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” the statement said. Network representatives declined further comment. A representative for Deen did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment on the decision.
Even a blog called “The Superficial” wanted to get in on the act, folks:

paula-deen-al-roker-600x450“Have I ever tried cooking with brown sugar? Whatever do you- Oh, I see what you did there. (Fetch me the sheriff. Quickly.)”
Earlier in the week, Paula Deen found herself in some sugar-shit, sugar, when during a court deposition she not only confirmed that she has on occasion referred to coloreds as niggers, but also wishes she could dress them up in bow ties and make them tap dance at her brother’s wedding. Not in a racist way, of course, but simply to capture the pageantry of the pre-Civil War era when one could use one’s property as one saw fit. Like the America those brave Tea Party folks want to bring back, bless their hearts. So to combat the PR nightmare, Paula Deen Enterprises has released an official statement basically reminding everyone that Paula is old and from the south. What did you expect here? TMZ reports:
“During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today.”
… “[Paula] was born 60 years ago when America’s South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today.”
“To be clear Ms. Deen does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination.”
This was actually a smart move because, again, Paula Deen has lived in the south her whole life and older people are crazy set in their ways, so none of this should come as a shock to anyone. Fortunately, senior citizens like Paula don’t compromise a demographic who consistently votes with the largest numbers in every single federal, state and local election, so America should enter a bold, new future free of superstition and tradition any minute now. In fact, let me check some election numbers to find out when- SONOFABITCH. Okay, new plan:
Who wants to be a Canadian?
Things to do in Alberta!
“All you can hear is water ………………., and trees snapping!
I watched a refrigerator go by, I watched a shed go by, I watched couches go by.
It’s insane.”
Meanwhile, local sporting good stores reported a sharp increase in the demand for canoes and inflatables!
Speaking of weather: Climate-related disasters in the US and Canada during 2012 were the second-costliest since detailed estimates began to be calculated. Last year’s damages were exceeded only in 2005, when four hurricanes made landfall, including New Orleans–destroyer Katrina.

7cb2409fe29a7414350f6a7067000cfaPETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.
Walle (WAHL-ee), a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., who was entered at the last minute, was judged Friday as the most unsightly of 30 dogs at the Northern California competition.
“This dog looked like he’s been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals,” judge Brian Sobel said.
OTTAWA – A recall has been ordered for a suppository due to a dosage mislabelling.
Health Canada says Pendopharm is voluntarily recalling two lots of the ACET-650 acetaminophen suppository (DIN 02230437).
A Health Canada news release says the dosage mislabelling is on the blister packs inside the box.
Only unused product will be given a refund!
Well boys and girls, with the start of Pride Week in T.O. today members of Toronto’s transexual community have been campaigning to march down Yonge St. since the Trans March started in 2009. They were denied each year, but this year, they will reign victorious, as they have finally been given the right to do so after the city gave in to pressure from activists.
By the way, next year,  Toronto is hosting World Pride.
It’s going to be carazay folks. Especially since there is a by-law in the works that will make it mandatory for all straight residents to attend the parade……………. and cheer!
And Finally:

North West. The Bastards Actually Named The Kid North West.
8d3238d3c6866a14350f6a706700e4a4Because announcing it Thursday night would guarantee dominance of the generally slow Friday news cycle, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have confirmed that, yes, they are in fact stupid enough to name their daughter North West.
No middle name, just North West. E! News reports!
North has not cracked the Social Security Administration’s top 1000 baby names over the past 100 years, though. West ranked 949 for boys in the year 1913. But given the popularity of place names — Paris, London, Sydney and Savannah were also in the top 100 for girls — perhaps we can expect more babies with a sense of direction in years to come.
Here are some other unusual celebrity offspring names:
— Aleph, son of Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
— Apple and Moses, children of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
— Banjo Patrick, son of actress Rachel Griffiths
— Bear Blu, son of actress Alicia Silverstone
— Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z
— Buddy Bear Maurice, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Daisy Boo Pamela and Poppy Honey Rosie, children of chef Jamie Oliver
— Fifi Trixibelle, daughter of Bob Geldof
— Kingston and Zuma, sons of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
— Mirabella Bunny, daughter of musician Bryan Adams
— Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva Muffin Zappa, children of Frank Zappa
— Moxie Crimefighter, daughter of comedian Penn Jillette
— Pilot Inspektor, son of actors Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf
— Prince Michael “Blanket” and Paris, children of Michael Jackson
— Seven, son of Erykah Badu and Andre Benjamin
— Shiloh, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Knox and Vivienne, children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
— Sparrow James Midnight, son of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
— Speck Wildhorse, son of John Mellencamp
— Suri, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes