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Monday, 11 May 2015

It's a dog's life!

Well folks, this just goes to show that not all cops are bad!
(We might as well start today with a bit of levity before we get on to the more serious stuff!)

"Sheriff's deputy gives dog mouth-to-mouth."

A sheriff's deputy in central Tennessee has saved a dog by giving it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
The Daily News Journal reports Mounted Patrol Sgt. Jon Levi rescued a dog from a home in Murfreesboro that had filled with smoke.
The Ruthersford County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the dog, a Bichon Frise named Abby, was unresponsive inside her kennel in the garage. The dog was unable to breathe until Levi gave the pet mouth-to-mouth breathing.
Sgt. Richard Pedigo said the dog would not have survived if Levi hadn't administered emergency breathing.


A Perspective homemaker's hint:

Trussing, or tying up the wings and legs of a chicken, is an important step in roasting a whole bird evenly; it ensures evenly-cooked, moist meat, and prevents anything stuffed inside from falling out. But even if you don’t have kitchen twine on hand, you can still truss a chicken using its own skin.
(Note: make sure the bird is dead first!)


Well, here's one for the books!

The Harper government is signalling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel.  

Such a move could target a range of civil society organizations, from the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Quakers to campus protest groups and labour unions.
If carried out, it would be a remarkably aggressive tactic, and another measure of the Conservative government's lockstep support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
While the federal government certainly has the authority to assign priorities, such as pursuing certain types of hate speech, to the RCMP, any resulting prosecution would require an assent from a provincial attorney general.
And it would almost certainly be challenged under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, civil liberties groups say.
(Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson appear together at a House of Commons committee last week. Has the minister directed the RCMP to pursue hate crimes against BDS advocates? The Canadian Press)


In case you're wondering about your next flight to somewhere or other, this is a picture of typical air traffic around the world.


And on the serious side:

Male survivors of Ralph Rowe, one of Canada's most prolific pedophiles, met in Thunder Bay, Ont., this week to see a new documentary about the former Anglican priest and boy scout leader who caused them so much pain.
Survivors Rowe tells the story of three of the estimated 500 victims who fell under the spell of the charismatic priest who flew his own plane into remote First Nations in northwestern Ontario in the 1970s and '80s.
Other survivors who saw the documentary on Saturday said the film, directed by Daniel Roher, and the discussion around it will help with their healing, but they continue to seek justice for Rowe's crimes.

Survivors Rowe movie poster
About 200 people watched the documentary Survivors Rowe at a special screening in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Saturday. It'll be shown again at Lakehead University on Monday. (Loud Roar Productions)
"It brought back some memories while I was watching the movie," said George Aquila Williams, who went out for a cigarette to avoid being too overwhelmed at the screening. "Like one of those guys was talking about how he [Rowe] would come into the room, and ask the kid to come to his blanket and lie down with him. It really bothered me."
Williams said he was seven years old when Rowe first began abusing him. He became ashamed of who he was, and by the age of 14, he was struggling with addiction. Williams went to prison several times before he confronted his past and pushed for charges against Rowe.
"I spent 20 years of my life in prison, in and out, but as soon as I started talking about stuff, as soon as I saw my abuser in court, that's when things changed in my life," Williams said.

'I did more time than he'll ever do'

Now 45, Williams said his life is finally back on track. He's working as an addiction counsellor in his home community of North Caribou Lake First Nation and coaching a youth lacrosse team.
Ralph Rowe, 75, who was convicted of nearly 60 sex crimes on Ontario First Nations communities, served less than five years in jail. (Kenora Daily Miner and News)
But talk of Rowe can still bring out old feelings of hurt and anger.
"I did more time than he'll ever do," Williams said. "What I'm angry about is the sentence he got, the deal he got."
In 1994, Rowe was convicted of 39 sex crimes. He was sentenced to six years in prison, but served less than five. Part of Rowe's plea bargain in that case involved a deal with the Crown that he would not be sentenced to further prison time for similar convictions.
There were further convictions in 2005 and 2009. A 2012 guilty plea brought Rowe's tally of convictions to nearly 60 sex crimes and resulted in a two-year conditional sentence to be served under house arrest. Now 75, Rowe is believed to be living in Surrey, B.C.

'All I wanted was for him to be in prison'

"All I wanted was for him to be in prison," Jason Anderson said of his reason for going to police. "That's the only reason I came out because I heard he was only getting a five-year sentence and I thought, 'That's BS.'"
Anderson said he hopes the new documentary will help people understand why so many men of his generation have turned to drugs and alcohol.
Jason Anderson
'I just want to move on with life and forget about him,' Jason Anderson says of Ralph Rowe,who abused Anderson as a child. (Jody Porter/CBC)
At 41, he said he is trying to live a healthier life, but the injustice of the past has a way of creeping up on him.
"I'm already to that point where I want to just move on with life and forget about him," Anderson said. "Still I think there's some more punishment he should get, for sure."
A retired Ontario Provincial Police officer who works with Rowe's victims said he continues to hear from men who want new charges brought forward, but it's not clear whether the charges will ever be prosecuted.
Survivors Rowe, which debuted at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto in December, will be screened at Lakehead University on Monday at 2:30 p.m. ET in the ATAC building, Room 1003.


The Internet of Things: What It Is and Why You Should Care

You've probably started to hear the term "Internet of Things" being thrown around a lot lately. If you're not sure what it means, don't worry, you're not alone. This video can help you understand.
This video from Linus at the Techquickie YouTube channel explains the basics of what the Internet of Things is:
The Internet of Things is the name given to the interconnection of everyday devices from appliances in your home to automobiles with built in sensors... essentially it is the way that machines communicate with each other in order to improve automation and efficiency in daily tasks.
Basically all of your appliances, tools, and vehicles will be talking to each other. As time goes on, you'll start to see more and more internet connected devices. The perks of this future include more ease and efficiency when it comes to our day to day lives, and it could even save lives with instant reporting from health monitoring systems. This also means that manufacturers can update products and their functionality post launch without you having to bring them to a store. Of course, the more things we automate in our lives, more problems can arise when something goes wrong. Whether it's something you want or not, it appears that the Internet of Things is here to stay.


I'm sure you have all heard of the expression: "He'd lose his head if it wasn't screwed on!"

Well here's how it got attached in the first place.

Scientists Discover  Origin of the Head


A new study from the University of Cambridge has identified one of the oldest fossil brains ever discovered - more than 500 million years old - and used it to help determine how heads first evolved in early animals. The results, published today (7 May) in the journal Current Biology, identify a key point in the evolutionary transition from soft to hard bodies in early ancestors of arthropods, the group that contains modern insects, crustaceans and spiders.

The study looked at two types of arthropod ancestors - a soft-bodied trilobite and a bizarre creature resembling a submarine. It found that a hard plate, called the anterior sclerite, and eye-like features at the front of their bodies were connected through nerve traces originating from the front part of the brain, which corresponds with how vision is controlled in modern arthropods. The image above is Odaraia alata, an arthropod resembling a submarine from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale. The new results also allowed new comparisons with anomalocaridids, a group of large swimming predators of the period, and found key similarities between the anterior sclerite and a plate on the top of the anomalocaridid head, suggesting that they had a common origin. Although it is widely agreed that anomalocaridids are early arthropod ancestors, their bodies are actually quite different. Thanks to the preserved brains in these fossils, it is now possible to recognise the anterior sclerite as a bridge between the head of anomalocaridids and that of more familiar jointed arthropods.
"The anterior sclerite has been lost in modern arthropods, as it most likely fused with other parts of the head during the evolutionary history of the group," said Dr Javier Ortega-Hernández, a postdoctoral researcher from Cambridge's Department of Earth Sciences, who authored the study. "What we're seeing in these fossils is one of the major transitional steps between soft-bodied worm-like creatures and arthropods with hard exoskeletons and jointed limbs - this is a period of crucial transformation."
Ortega-Hernández observed that bright spots at the front of the bodies, which are in fact simple photoreceptors, are embedded into the anterior sclerite. The photoreceptors are connected to the front part of the fossilised brain, very much like the arrangement in modern arthropods. In all likelihood these ancient brains processed information like in today's arthropods, and were crucial for interacting with the environment, detecting food, and escaping from predators.
During the Cambrian Explosion, a period of rapid evolutionary innovation about 500 million years ago when most major animal groups emerge in the fossil record, arthropods with hard exoskeletons and jointed limbs first started to appear. Prior to this period, most animal life on Earth consisted of enigmatic soft-bodied creatures that resembled algae or jellyfish.
These fossils, from the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, originated from the Burgess Shale in Western Canada, one of the world's richest source of fossils from the period.
Since brains and other soft tissues are essentially made of fatty-like substances, finding them as fossils is extremely rare, which makes understanding their evolutionary history difficult. Even in the Burgess Shale, one of the rare places on Earth where conditions are just right to enable exceptionally good preservation of Cambrian fossils, finding fossilised brain tissue is very uncommon. In fact, this is the most complete brain found in a fossil from the Burgess Shale, as earlier results have been less conclusive.
"Heads have become more complex over time," said Ortega-Hernández, who is a Fellow of Emmanuel College. "But what we're seeing here is an answer to the question of how arthropods changed their bodies from soft to hard. It gives us an improved understanding of the origins and complex evolutionary history of this highly successful group."
The Daily Galaxy via University of Cambridge
Image Credit: Jean Bernard Caron (Royal Ontario Museum)