That’s right folks, Vancouver dropped to third spot behind Melbourne, Australia, and Vienna, Austria, based on 30 factors including the quality of health care or the threat of military conflict.
(By the way, Toronto was fourth, and Calgary came in fifth, out of 140 cities in the list.)
The lowest livability score was shared by Damascus, because of Syria’s ongoing civil war, and Karachi, Pakistan.
London and New York have been ranked as numbers 55 and 56 respectively, mainly because of a perceived risk of terrorism, according to the report.
Will the phrase “Guns of August” one day refer not only to the prelude to World War I in 1914 but also to the prelude to a Middle East war in 2013?
That is the ominous question posed by Roger Boyes, the diplomatic editor of the Times of London and a foreign correspondent for the past 35 years.
“The direction of events in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Iran should keep us awake at night. History is taking a dangerous turn,” he writes. “The region certainly cannot sustain two wars — Syria’s bloody insurgency and a near-civil war in Egypt — without wrecking established peace treaties and the normal mechanisms for defusing conflict.”
Honey Boo Boo is eight years old today …………………….! (Just thought you would like to know!)
London Mayor Joe Fontana is the latest politician to admit to smoking pot!
His reply to the question could go down as a classic!
“I was a drummer in a rock band in the late sixties ………………………, what do you think?
I never exhaled!
A New Hampshire judge has jailed an Auburn dope-grower who inadvertently blew his cover in a series of YouTube vids of his marijuana cultivation operation.
Police were alerted last year to Kyle Berry’s handy online guides, but the cops did not require the services of Sherlock Holmes to lead them to his home’s weed-packed basement. A quick shufti at the footage quickly revealed this ill-advised reflecto-incrimination moment:
Just to make absolutely sure he’d cop a cuffing, Berry also featured “a package received from the United Kingdom containing marijuana seeds that shows the postage from the Royal Mail”, as Assistant Rockingham County Attorney Jerome Blanchard explained in court earlier this week.
Blanchard elaborated: “The package has the defendant’s name on it.”
Berry claimed he wasn’t in the dope business for the money, but rather “because of the pain he was in” as result of multiple operations. He said: “I did it because since 13, I’ve had 17 surgeries. I didn’t realise how bad [sic] the medications I was on were clouding my judgment and killing me.”
The defence argued that Berry was hardly a “drug kingpin”, and Judge Marguerite Wageling agreed, although she expressed doubts the dope was all for personal use.
Berry pleaded guilty to “manufacturing a controlled drug”. Wageling fined him $500 and sentenced him to 12 months’ jail, with four months suspended. Before sending the perp down, the judge said: “Someone can’t be all that smart to go on YouTube and post the types of video footage that you did.”
Folks, I don’t know what it is with all these 30 and 40 year old sexual misconduct allegations in England, but the latest scandal involves Rolf (My boomerang won’t come back) Harris, 84, a ‘over the hill’ TV celebrity and host on the BBC.
Mr Harris was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of allegations against the former BBC Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
Operation Yewtree has three strands – one is looking specifically at the actions of Savile, while the second strand concerns allegations against “Savile and others”.
Mr Harris was arrested as part of the third strand, which relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Savile investigation – who the police term “others”.
Mr Harris has been a fixture on British TV screens for more than 40 years, having arrived in the UK from his native Australia in 1952.)
It seems the line “I HAVE A DREAM,” was added to Martin Luther King’s speech of fifty years ago at the last minute!
A hunter in the Cree village of Wemindji in Northern Quebec claims he has spotted Bigfoot and has the photographs to prove it.
Indeed, Melvin Georgekish says he spotted a pair of the mythic creatures, also known as Sasquatch, while he was driving his pick-up truck along a road in a wooded area near his town.
He said he saw two sets of red eyes staring at him from the forest.

Cree hunter Melvin Georgekish found this footprint in the moss, at the spot where he'd seen a pair of 'red-eyed beasts' staring at him from the woods near Wemindji, Que.Cree hunter Melvin Georgekish found this footprint in the moss, at the spot where he’d seen a pair of ‘red-eyed beasts’ staring at him from the woods near Wemindji, Que. (Melvin Georgekish)
He drove on, then turned around, returning to the spot and flashing his lights, but the red-eyed beasts were gone.
At home, he tossed and turned all night.
“I was thinking and thinking, and there’s no animal that has red eyes over here,” Georgekish said. “I am a hunter, and I’ve never seen something like that.”

Giant footprints in the moss

He returned to the same spot the next day and found giant footprints in the moss, the likes of which he had never seen before — one measuring 20 centimetres, the second, 35 centimetres.
He described the footprints as big and wide.
“You can see the toes, too. It’s like a human foot, but way bigger than a human foot. Wider, too.”

Protectors of the Crees

Legends of Bigfoot are part of Cree oral history, according to Bradley A.J. Georgekish, also of Wemindji — a community of 25 hundred on the east coast of James Bay, 1,400 kilometres northwest of Montreal.
Bradley Georgekish said they are regarded as protectors of the Crees. There have been many stories of sightings but not much proof to date.
He said Melvin Georgekish’s photographs have caused quite a stir.
“There’s definitely a buzz in town. There are people of the opinion who say that if I don’t see it, I don’t believe it.”
GILBERTON, Pa. Police Chief Mark Kessler expects to be fired for posting incendiary videos in which he ranted obscenely about the Second Amendment and liberals while spraying machine-gun fire with borough-owned weapons.
But Kessler, whose pro-gun videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views online, has no intention of going away quietly.
With an Internet radio show, speaking invitations to gun rallies around the country and a newly formed “Constitution Security Force” that he claims already has chapters in 45 states, the 41-year-old coal miner-turned-cop said his message – that the federal government is too big, too powerful and wants to grab guns – is resonating with a segment of the public that believes as he does.
“The support has been overwhelming, both national and international,” he said. “I find it truly amazing how many people finally said, ‘You know what? This guy’s right.’”
Friday is the last day of Kessler’s 30-day suspension over what the Gilberton council has said was unauthorized use of the weapons. The council could decide his fate Friday night.
But if Kessler’s worried about losing job, he’s not showing it.
“If that’s the price I got to pay for standing up for what I believe in, apparently for what a lot of Americans believe in, I’m willing to pay that price,” said Kessler, speaking to The Associated Press at a gun range near Gilberton in northeast Pennsylvania.
If anything, his rhetoric has grown even more menacing.
This week, Kessler posted another potty-mouthed video in which he displayed paper targets with scary-looking clowns on them, dubbed “Eric” and “Danny.” Those happen to be the first names of Council President Daniel Malloy and Vice President Eric Boxer, whom he has attacked on his website.
Patting an assault rifle, Kessler said, “This is the friend that Eric’s going to meet today.” After firing a volley at the target, he said, “Eric got a couple rounds to the head.”
In an earlier video, Kessler savaged Secretary of State John Kerry as a “traitor” over a U.S.-backed international arms treaty. “COME AND TAKE IT!” he screamed, firing a machine gun.