Your inquisitive reporter doesn’t know why he is compelled to comment on Russian politics today, but I just have to say that I thought things would be different over there once the commies got thrown out.
I even had high hopes of the Ruskies one day joining NATO and the E.U.
Instead, and in spite of my high hopes, it just seems to be more of the same bullshit.
The Russia of today just seems to be a slightly more civilized version of the old CCCP, which goes to prove ya can’t teach on old dog new tricks, a zebra can’t change its stripes, a leopard can’t change its spots, you can lead a horse to water…………………………….., well, you get the idea!

imagesHere’s something ya don’t hear every day……………………, termites may use their own poop as a source of natural antibiotics, researchers say.
These findings might help explain why human attempts to kill them using biological warfare have failed over the past 50 years, scientists added.
The amount of damage termites inflict economically may exceed $40 billion worldwide. Over the past half-century, more than 125 research teams in more than 35 countries have tried to develop fungi and bacteria to fight termites as environmentally friendly and effective ways to control the pests. However, these attempts have repeatedly failed, since termites have evolved a range of defense mechanisms that help protect them against such diseases.

ku-mediumNot just another pretty face, folks, Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, better known as “Hedy Lamarr”, once really did patent a “Secret Communication System” for radio communication, meant to foil the Axis during WWII. It was specifically designed to be used as a remote control system to securely guide torpedoes while getting around the problem of jamming. Her idea at its core was really part of the larger concept of “frequency-hopping”, with her device developed with composer George Antheil.
Long forgotten until relatively recently, when it was re-discovered by researchers in 1997, the methods used in her invention were far ahead of their time, with the principles behind it paving the way for wide spectrum communication technology we enjoy today in Bluetooth and other wireless technologies. (Incidentally, Bluetooth is named after a 10th century Scandinavian king.)

A pair of buildings colloquially known as “Marilyn Monroe” has won the prize for best new skyscraper completed in 2012.
130918141656-skyscraper-prize-1---absolute-world-towers-vertical-galleryThe curvy, twisting buildings, officially known as Absolute World Towers, and located in Mississauga, Ontario, were designed by Beijing-based MAD architects and Toronto-based Burka Architects.
“The way the two structures twist organically by up to eight degrees per floor is not just a superb technical achievement, but also a refreshing change to the set forms of high-rise routine,” said an international panel of expert judges when explaining their decision.
The prize, given by building data company Emporis of Hamburg, Germany, “rewards skyscrapers for excellence in their aesthetic and functional design,” the company said.
It’s the thirteenth time the prize has been awarded.
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The thought of one more Toronto winter was too much for  three aging elephants at the Toronto Zoo, who will get one last Thanksgiving meal before making the trek to their new home at an animal sanctuary in California.
toronto-zoo-elephants-20130705The elephants were on strike after posting a letter to their union complaining that they are tropical animals and should not be subjected to another Canadian winter!
The zoo says that pending the receipt of elephant-moving permits Toka, Thika and Iringa will travel to the PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary near Sacramento, Calif., after the Thanksgiving weekend.

More than 28,000 children are injured every year on playgrounds across Canada, and the rate of hospitalizations has gone up by eight per cent between 2007 and 2012, CBC News has learned.
Even though playgrounds continue to be upgraded and made safer, experts point to a lack of consistent standards —together with problems maintaining playground surfaces properly — with the continuing rate of injury.
In all jurisdictions in Canada, play structures only need to adhere to the Canadian Safety Association Standards in the year they were built, and no upgrades are mandatory.
Pamela Fuselli, of Parachute, a national injury prevention organization, echoed the concern about the lack of mandatory CSA standards and she called for more regulations to prevent injuries.
“There isn’t a national body that regulates playgrounds, so while there are CSA standards for playgrounds, they’re voluntary,” she told CBC News. “Some municipalities have adopted them, or written them into their bylaws and guidelines that structures need to meet these standards.”
In response to this statement, a parents group issued this press release: Until all playgrounds can be made totally safe, we recommend that children be kept in the house……, where chance of injury is reduced!”
AND FINALLY: A former Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant has filed a claim accusing a police officer of “inappropriate behavior” for making “inappropriate comments” about Whitney Houston’s body at the scene of her death.
The claim alleges that Terry Nutall commented that the 48-year-old Houston “looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state.”
He also reportedly said: “Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?”
We here at the Perspective Research Department think that at the very least, these comments were “kind of creepy!”
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