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April 19, 2022

CBC* Photos: ['Wow, what is that huge bird?' Sandhill crane spotted on Tantramar Marsh.

Rare, large creatures are piquing the interest of birders in New Brunswick.]

*Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


This photo essay presents photos and text regarding sandhill cranes and the people
protecting them.

April 19, 2022

CBC* Photos: Blue skies, blue waves in this week's photo gallery, April 18, 2022

*Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


Today's gallery offers pleasing views of the people, places and critters of Canada.

April 18, 2022

Reuters Pictures: New York's Easter Parade.


This gallery provides photos that weren't seen in the Guardian presentation. I wouldn't
want anyone to miss a thing.
April 18, 2022

Guardian: A cracking selection of eggs in nature - in pictures.


This is an interesting and colorful gallery presenting birds, fish, frogs, crocodiles and turtles, their eggs and young.
April 18, 2022

BBC: Captagon: Jordan's undeclared war against Syria drug traffickers.



[The amphetamine Captagon - cheaply manufactured in Syria and Lebanon and also known as "the poor man's cocaine" - has become the drug of choice."The consequences of taking
it are very serious. They can include violence and psychosis," says Dr Ali al-Qam, a
consultant psychiatrist and clinical director (in Jordan). "It's very addictive as well. People
start with one tablet and then increase by two or three, then shift into a more serious drug
like crystal meth."

At the height of the conflict in Syria, smugglers and militant groups took advantage to supply Captagon - which is often laced with caffeine - to fighters, to boost their courage and help them stay alert on the frontlines. With few legitimate work opportunities and growing poverty, many ordinary Syrians became involved in the drugs trade.

Now, with the Syrian economy shattered by a decade of war and still stifled by international sanctions, it has turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry, worth far more than any legal exports.

Although there have been public denials from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, reports have linked powerful figures in business and the military to the manufacturing and distribution of Captagon.]

This article covers drug addiction and treatment in Jordan, fueled by the Syrian drug trade.
The Jordanian military is very active in dealing with smugglers. I've done some editing to
meet our DU 4-paragraph rule but the whole article is very informing. Who knew that
Russia and Syria were involved in this? Now we know.
April 16, 2022

JNS*: Clifford D. May: A brief history of Jew-hatred.

*Jewish News Syndicate


[Jew-hatred is as old as the Judean Hills, predating even the rebellion of the Jewish nation against Roman imperialism and colonialism from 66 to 73 C.E./A.D. Among the
punishments Rome inflicted: renaming the conquered Jewish territories.]

There's much more text at the link

Previously today I responded to an OP/Thread about current anti-semitic behavior and
that thread can be found here:


I decided that rather than clutter up that thread I'd start this OP/Thread to say that
the hatred of Jews/Jew-Hatred/Anti-Semitism is far older than The KKK or today's
White Supremacists. We can be sure that back in the first century A.D. the
Romans were Nationalists and Supremacists.

Here in 2022 A.D. all forms of hate have become institutionalized. Hate is a feature,
not a bug. Yes, we need to be taking care of this but it also helps to know that it's
been a problem for a long, long time and we all better get to work.

April 15, 2022

Guardian: The week in wildlife - in pictures April 15, 2022


See the critters of every kind, in every place around. Some fly, some swim and some
are at home on the ground.
April 15, 2022

CBC*: 'Canadian soldiers depart to help humanitarian crisis in Europe.

Roughly 80 soldiers took off from Edmonton and another 20 from Trenton, Ont.'

*Canadian Broadcasting Corporaton


[Dozens of Canadian soldiers boarded a plane to Poland Friday for what their commander said would be an intense but gratifying mission to help Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression.

The roughly 80 soldiers who took off from Edmonton and another 20 from Trenton, Ont., will offer humanitarian assistance at reception centres throughout Poland, said Maj. Ryan Pridmore, a company commander with 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

They, along with a Canadian medical unit, are to support the Polish Territorial Defence Force on a two-month mission.

"Our soldiers are all exceedingly happy to be deploying," he said. "This is what we trained for. This is why we do this job. Our soldiers are ready to get in there and start helping make a difference."]

There's more text and photos at the link. Canadian boots are on the ground in Poland.

April 15, 2022

Let's get ready for The Full Moon Fever tomorrow, Saturday, April 16, 2022.


[Full Moon: April 16, 2022 at 12:55 pm U.S. Mountain Daylight Time.

April: Pink Moon

April has the Full Pink Moon, from the pink phlox wildflowers that bloom in North America in the early spring. The Native American names referred to the spring thaws and the return of growth, including Breaking Ice Moon and The Moon of the Red Grass Appearing.

Common names in Europe also referred to the budding and birth of spring: The Anglo-Saxons called it Egg Moon, the Celts had names like Budding Moon, New Shoots Moon, Seed Moon, and Growing Moon. A Neo-Pagan name is Awakening Moon.

The April Full Moon can also be the Paschal Moon, used to calculate the date for Easter.]

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