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31 Aug 19:17

Would you like a kitten with your coffee? Montrealers open city’s first cat café

by Benjamin Shingler, Associated Press

A new Montreal restaurant, Café des Chats, which opened its doors on Saturday, is a lot like a regular coffee house — except it’s home to eight cats.

Along with the usual tables and chairs designed for human clientele, the space is filled with scratching posts, plush toys, and a special multi-level window perch for the felines-in-residence.

Nadine Spencer, who helped set up the business along with her partner, said the concept is a big hit in Asia and, more recently, has gained popularity in Europe.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham HughesAnsa Mao, of Toronto, takes the paw of a cat at the newly opened Cat Cafe in Montreal, Sunday, August 31, 2014.

“We thought, ‘why not bring this to Montreal?’ I think it’s a city that could definitely use it,” she said Sunday.

“There’s a lot of places that don’t accept cats these days and there are a lot of students here for a short time. And it’s also great therapy.”

There are plans to open cat cafés in several cities, including Vancouver and Toronto. There’s even another one set to open a few blocks away in Montreal.

The crowd of people packed into Spencer’s café on Sunday suggests there’s plenty of demand.

Michelle Lau made the trip from Toronto for the opening weekend.

“We’re big cat lovers and I can’t wait until one opens in our city,” said Lau, 24, explaining that she has a dog at home and is reluctant to bring a kitty into the mix.

“I think it’s just a nice environment. You sit down, you have a coffee, and you play with the cats.”

Part of the goal was to give a few cats a second chance.

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham HughesA cat relaxes at the newly opened Cat Cafe in Montreal, Sunday, August 31, 2014.

They are all adopted from the SPCA and have already made themselves comfortable in their new home, Spencer said. The cats have their own private quarters at the back of the shop, for when they want some quiet time or need to use the kitty litter.

“Personalities are already coming out,” she said.

“There’s definitely The Godfather, who kind of oversees everything in. There’s the big boss, Big Foot, and the Three Little Rascals, as I like to call them. I think they’re going to be the one to be in charge eventually.”

29 Aug 10:50

More: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian assault on eastern cities reminiscent of World War II Nazi siege of Leningrad - @Reuters, @RT_com

More: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukrainian assault on eastern cities reminiscent of World War II Nazi siege of Leningrad - @Reuters, @RT_com
27 Aug 21:10

Hello Kitty Isn't a Cat, Apparently

by tom.leo.mckay@gmail.com (Tom McKay)
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She's a cat with no hat.


The news: Japanese cultural phenomenon Hello Kitty is turning 40 this week, and though the billion-dollar sensation hasn't aged one bit, her creators have revealed something kind of startling: Hello Kitty, apparently, is not a kitty at all.

In a Los Angeles Times report, Harvard anthropologist Christine R. Yano explained that while preparing written texts for an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, Hello Kitty's corporate owner, Sanrio, quickly corrected Yano for referring the cartoon character as a cat:

"I was corrected — very firmly. That's one correction Sanrio made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. Read More
27 Aug 22:25

NATO chief eyes more bases in E. Europe to confront Russia

by Veterans Today
- Jim W. Dean..."NATO contines its psychological operation of inventing a non-existent Russian threat as a smokescreen for hustling hard pressed economies"
13 Aug 10:11

PressTV - Pakistan in proxy war against India: Indian premier

PressTV - Pakistan in proxy war against India: Indian premier

ndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Pakistan is involved in "a proxy war of terrorism" against his country, as tensions slowly rise between New Delhi and Islamabad over a disputed territory.Modi made the remarks during his visit to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir."Pakistan has lost the strength to fight a conventional war, but continues to engage in the proxy war of terrorism," said the Indian premier while he was addressing military and air force personnel in Ladakh Province' town of Leh.  http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/13/375105/pakistan-in-proxy-war-against-india/

130 more U.S. military advisers arrive in northern Iraq

ABOARD MILITARY AIRCRAFT, OVER THE BERING SEA - The military has sent 130 additional advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamist militants, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday."This is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation," Hagel told Marines at Camp Pendleton in California.The Marines and special operations forces have been sent to the city of Irbil in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to assess the humanitarian crisis in the Sinjar Mountains and ways to end it, said a senior Defense Department official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the mission.USA TODAY earlier reported that the 130 advisers had been sent to Iraq before Hagel's announcement.There were about 300 U.S. military advisers already in Iraq, as well as other troops there to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/12/advisers-sent-northern-iraq-help-plan-refugee-evacuation/13970545/   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No boots on the ground? 

PressTV - Russia' aid convoy pretense for invading Ukraine: US official

The United States says Russia is preparing to attack Ukraine under the pretext of sending humanitarian aid to the country, according to an American official."We are concerned that Russia could try to use a humanitarian or peacekeeping operation as a pretense for inserting elements of its military force into Ukraine," the unnamed official told The Hill on Tuesday.Nearly 300 Russian trucks have set off from Moscow, carrying 2,000 tons of aid, including medicine, food, sleeping bags and power generators. Ukraine, however, rejected the convoy.Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Danylo Lubkivsky said that there would be no need for humanitarian aid.Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said on Tuesday, "If this is some sort of Trojan Horse, it would be illegal."During a press briefing on Tuesday, State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf condemned Moscow' aid move.

"Russia has no right to move into Ukraine unilaterally, whether under the guise of humanitarian convoys or any other pretext, without Kiev's permission," she said.

When asked whether the convoy was an invasion, she replied, "Well, we don't know."

 http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/08/13/375109/us-russia-preparing-to-attack-ukraine/












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04 Aug 00:15

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30 Jul 21:18

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30 Jul 06:47

Sara Palin Starts her own Online Video Channel

29 Jul 23:52

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21 Jul 02:34

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20 Jul 07:52

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What is happening to Libya is an American plague.. Wherever American go only death and destruction comes to that people and nation. See what the U.S. is doing now in E. Ukraine. Shared by albertjames

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I doubt it's the champagne theory. The slope goes inward, not outward. But, I've been wrong beforeI"m interested to see what their findings are.Nice catch!!!! Shared by albertjames

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17 Jul 05:17

Germany Pivoting East, Exit US Dollar, Enter Gold Standard :: The Market

Germany Pivoting East, Exit US Dollar, Enter Gold Standard :: The Market Oracle :: Financial Markets

It is finally happening in full view, in unmistakable manner, in a way that the awake, the aware, and the conscious can perceive in alarming stunning terms. The central force of Europe, the industrial juggernaut, the stable core, has begun to pivot East. The Germans have had enough, fed up with destructive US activities of all kinds. For the last few months, they have been laying out their indictment, their justification, their reasons to abandon the corrupt US-UK crowd. The bank wreckage, the market rigging, the endless wars, the sanctions which backfire, the sham monetary policy, the economic sabotage, the spying, the gold gimmicks, it has finally reached a critical level.Germany has begun to move East in full view. Only the deaf dumb and blind cannot notice, and they will probably never notice. They are fodder. The awaited signals seen by the Jackass have finally arrived. The grand stage leans East for the European players, with steps taken to the right, the weight having shifted, the messages suddenly more angry, more filled with disgust, more loaded with open confrontation. The commercial forces aligned with Russia are coming to the fore. The departure after a recent re-election by Chancellor Merkel should serve as the final slam of the hammer. She stood in the wrong camp, the banker and politician camp. They do not run Germany.
 http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article46474.html

Israel and Hamas agree to five-hour truce on Thursday

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Israel and Hamas have agreed to a UN request to halt hostilities for five hours on humanitarian grounds on Thursday, while efforts continue to broker a longer-term truce.The sides announced the temporary lull in fighting across the Gaza border after an Israeli strike killed four children on a beach in the coastal strip on Wednesday.A punishing Israeli offensive aimed at halting rocket fire into Israel by Gaza militants had resumed after previous Egyptian-brokered truce efforts collapsed Tuesday.  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/16/israel-and-hamas-agree-to-five-hour-truce-on-thursday/

Activist Post: Five nations forming their own world bank: Is this the new New World Order?

Five countries are tired of US dominance of the global financial system and are building their own versions of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The group is called BRICS, and the members are all developing newly industrialized countries that are distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies and significant influence on regional and global affairs.  http://www.activistpost.com/2014/07/five-nations-forming-their-own-world.html?utm_source=feedburner

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17 Jul 07:46

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11 Jul 13:36

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03 Jul 16:00

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02 Jul 23:20

Rockets Rain on Israel as Hamas Vows Revenge

A total of twenty rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since early Wednesday, with fifteen fired in the past three hours.

Hamas terrorists have fired 18 mortar shells and two Kassam rocket into the Eshkol and Sha’ar HaNegev regions Wednesday. No damage and no injuries have been reported.

Two additional rockets were fired on Israel close to 8:00 pm IST; both were shot down by the Iron Dome.

Additional explosions have been heard throughout the day. It is possible that additional rockets have been fired, but fell short of Israeli soil.

01 Jul 12:15

A Group of Chimpanzees Seem to Have Mastered Fire


Ubundu| A group of bonobo apes living in the Salonga National Park, may have mastered the basic practice of creating and using fire. This particular group of almost three hundred specimens from this rare and extremely intelligent race of great apes, have been under close surveillance by a team of primatologist for the last three years, and seem to have recently developed a primitive fire building technique using rocks and twigs.

The bonobo, formerly called pygmy chimpanzees, is a omnivorous great ape found in a 500 000km2 area of the Congo Basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is mostly popularly known for its high levels of sexual behavior and its use of  almost a dozen different primitive tools. Its level of intelligence is already considered to be almost unique amongst ape, being topped only by humans. Two bonobos at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, Kanzi and Panbanisha, have been even taught how to communicate using a keyboard labeled with lexigrams (geometric symbols) and they can respond to spoken sentences. Kanzi' vocabulary consists of more than 500 English words and he has comprehension of around 3,000 spoken English words.



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01 Jul 16:19

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A Group of Chimpanzees Seem to Have Mastered Fire

Ubundu| A group of bonobo apes living in the Salonga National Park, may have mastered the basic practice of creating and using fire. This particular group of almost three hundred specimens from this rare and extremely intelligent race of great apes, have been under close surveillance by a team of primatologist for the last three years, and seem to have recently developed a primitive fire building technique using rocks and twigs.The bonobo, formerly called pygmy chimpanzees, is a omnivorous great ape found in a 500 000km2 area of the Congo Basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is mostly popularly known for its high levels of sexual behavior and its use of  almost a dozen different primitive tools. Its level of intelligence is already considered to be almost unique amongst ape, being topped only by humans. Two bonobos at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, Kanzi and Panbanisha, have been even taught how to communicate using a keyboard labeled with lexigrams (geometric symbols) and they can respond to spoken sentences. Kanzi' vocabulary consists of more than 500 English words and he has comprehension of around 3,000 spoken English words.  http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/congo-a-group-of-chimpanzees-seem-to-have-mastered-fire/ Shared by beast

Ukraine renews air and artillery attacks against separatists - The Globe and Mail

Ukrainian officials say they have renewed a military offensive against armed pro-Russia separatists after the country' president called off a unilateral cease-fire.The Defence Ministry said Ukrainian forces "carried out strikes from the air and on land" Tuesday morning against separatist positions in eastern Ukraine.  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/ukraine-renews-air-and-artillery-attacks-against-separatists/article19402063/?cmpid=rss1

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02 Jul 04:52

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FUKUSHIMA UPDATE :: Ground under Fukushima Unit 4 sinking, structure on verge of complete collapse

According to the Secretary of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the ground beneath Unit 4 has already sunk by about 31.5 inches since the disaster, and this sinking has taken place unevenly. If the ground continues to sink, which it is expected to, or if another earthquake of even as low as a magnitude six occurs in the region, the entire structure could collapse, which would fully drain the cooling pool and cause a catastrophic meltdown."If Unit 4 collapses, the worse case scenario will be a meltdown, and a resultant fire in the atmosphere. That will be the most unprecedented crisis that man has ever experienced. Nobody will be able to approach the plants . as all will have melted down and caused a big fire," said Murata during the interview. "Many scientists say if Unit 4 collapses, not only will Japan lie in ruin, but the entire world will also face serious damages."  http://fukushimaupdate.com/ground-under-fukushima-unit-4-sinking-structure-on-verge-of-complete-collapse/

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Dragonfly: Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat :: Symantec Connect

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An ongoing cyberespionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries.

Among the targets of Dragonfly were energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators, and energy industry industrial equipment providers. The majority of the victims were located in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Poland.

The Dragonfly group is well resourced, with a range of malware tools at its disposal and is capable of launching attacks through a number of different vectors. Its most ambitious attack campaign saw it compromise a number of industrial control system (ICS) equipment providers, infecting their software with a remote access-type Trojan. This caused companies to install the malware when downloading software updates for computers running ICS equipment. These infections not only gave the attackers a beachhead in the targeted organizations' networks, but also gave them the means to mount sabotage operations against infected ICS computers.

This campaign follows in the footsteps of Stuxnet, which was the first known major malware campaign to target ICS systems. While Stuxnet was narrowly targeted at the Iranian nuclear program and had sabotage as its primary goal, Dragonfly appears to have a much broader focus with espionage and persistent access as its current objective with sabotage as an optional capability if required.

 http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/dragonfly-western-energy-companies-under-sabotage-threat


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22 Jun 08:32

U.S and Iraq talking over legal immunity for troops :: Military Times

U.S and Iraq talking over legal immunity for troops :: Military Times :: militarytimes.com

The U.S. and Iraqi governments are revisiting the controversial issue of legal immunity for American troops, the key sticking point that prompted a complete withdraw of troops in 2011.As the Pentagon prepares to send up to 575 new troops into Iraq, officials say, talks are underway with the Iraqis to clarify the legal protections for service members working outside the U.S embassy."We are pursuing something in writing," Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said Friday.  http://www.militarytimes.com/article/20140620/NEWS/306200069/U-S-Iraq-talking-over-legal-immunity-troops Shared by Anonymous Poster

3-Year-Old Remembers Past Life, Identifies Murderer and Location of Body :: 2012 The Awakening

 A 3-year-old boy in the Golan Heights region near the border of Syria and Israel said he was murdered with an axe in his previous life. He showed village elders where the murderer buried his body, and sure enough they found a man' skeleton there. He also showed the elders where the murder weapon was found, and upon digging, they did indeed found an axe there.In his book, "Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today,"German therapist Trutz Hardo tells this boy' story, along with other stories of children who seem to remember their past lives with verified accuracy. The boy' story was witnessed by Dr. Eli Lasch, who is best known for developing the medical system in Gaza as part of an Israeli government operation in the 1960s. Dr. Lasch, who died in 2009, had recounted these astounding events to Hardo.The boy was of the Druze ethnic group, and in his culture the existence of reincarnation is accepted as fact. His story nonetheless had the power to surprise his community.He was born with a long, red birthmark on his head. The Druse believe, as some other cultures do, that birthmarks are related to past-life deaths. When the boy was old enough to talk, he told his family he had been killed by a blow to the head with an axe.It is customary for elders to take a child at the age of 3 to the home of his previous life if he remembers it. The boy knew the village he was from, so they went there. When they arrived in the village, the boy remembered the name he had in his past life.

 http://ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/3-year-old-remembers-past-life-identifies-murderer-and-location-of-body/

NHK: Fukushima responsible for "largest-ever" amount of radioactive pollution. "

NHK' Tomorrow (2013): The accident that occurred at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company, (or TEPCO) caused the largest-ever amount of radioactive pollution. That' why renewable energy is now attracting more attention. Since the accident, the momentum towards de-nuclearization has risen to unprecedented heights.Satoshi Nakano, Onahama Fisheries Cooperatives in Fukushima: "In fact, the nuclear plant has had a significant impact on animals and plants. Yes, really. I believe mankind should feel apologetic because we did something terrible. So it would be better to use energy that would have the least impact on other living things. That type of energy would be the most ideal for us in the future."KDVS 90.3FM (University California Davis), June 19, 2014 - Dr. Kirsten Sanford, research scientist, host of This Week in Science (at 4:30 in): Fukushima, we all remember what happened in Japan. They're still melting down. there' melting happening in the cores. People are trying to figure out still how they can get in to see what' happening there. It' just been difficult to get in there. We know the reactor cores melted and the materials moved.  http://enenews.com/nhk-fukushima-responsible-for-largest-ever-amount-of-radioactive-pollution-we-did-something-terrible-scientist-nuclear-fuel-still-melting-down-theres-melting-happening-in-the?utm_source=feedburner

West Africa Ebola crisis 'out of control' - Africa - Al Jazeera English

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "totally out of control,'' a senior official for Doctors without Borders has said.Bart Janssens, the director of operations for the group in Brussels, told Associated Press on Friday that the medical group was stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond and that more help was needed if the outbreak was to be stopped."The reality is clear that the epidemic is now in a second wave,'' Janssens said. "And, for me, it is totally out of control.'' The outbreak, which began in Guinea either late last year or early this year, had appeared to slow before picking up pace again in recent weeks, including spreading to the Liberian capital for the first time. Ebola has been linked to around 330 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization."I'm absolutely convinced that this epidemic is far from over and will continue to kill a considerable amount of people, so this will definitely end up the biggest ever,'' Janssens said.

 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/06/west-africa-ebola-crisis-out-control-2014620152657770137.html







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19 Jun 01:45

The Fall of Iraq - What You Aren't Being Told

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18 Jun 14:57

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18 Jun 21:38

President Obama ‘Ended’ the War in Iraq: 32 Facebook Comments Mercilessly Mock a Failed Meme

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In what is turning out to be President Obama’s version of “Mission Accomplished,” Facebook afficionados have rediscovered an old Barack Obama meme from November 4th, 2012 and are having a field day savaging it.

The image boldly declares that President Obama “Ended” The War in Iraq. As the nation now unravels due to civil strife and the largest armed terrorist army on the planet ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) rampages across the desert landscape led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a terrorist leader released from U.S. custody under Obama in 2009, one thing becomes clear: just because the president withdrew many of our troops, doesn’t mean the war is “over.”

The Facebook audience didn’t fail to catch the irony (and no, we don’t endorse every post):

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In an another bit of irony, while Obama supporters were fist-bumping over their “genius” re-election of President Obama, the guy they turned down, Mitt Romney, nailed back in 2007 what would result from the pullout of our troops:

 “You could see in the Shia south, the Iranians reaching over and grabbing to take power. You could see in the Sunni northwest, the Al-Qaeda folks taking power and leadership in that area.”

“You could see the unrest among some of the Kurd populations and surrounding countries, perhaps destabilize the border of Turkey. And it’s even possible that you might think a regional conflict in the Middle East may occur.”

Oops. Maybe that Mitt Romney guy was onto something, after all.

18 Jun 06:24

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17 Jun 23:06

Chat Brat Anonymous -> The Pacific sealife is in dire peril.


TV: “The largest disease outbreak that we know of ever in the oceans” now hitting West Coast — Potential for “global extinction” — “Affects over 20 species… causing catastrophic mortality” — Expert: One of history’s largest wildlife die-offs… signal in ecosystem that something’s not right (VIDEO)

Published: June 16th, 2014 at 2:17 pm ET
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Macleans, June 13, 2014: From Alaska to Mexico—and all along the B.C. coast—an iconic animal is disappearing. For reasons that remain baffling to scientists, starfish are dying by the millions, in the grips of a mysterious wasting disease that dissolves their bodies into goo. “I’d do beach walks along a 50-m stretch of shoreline, and count 500 or 1,000 of them,” says Chris Harley, a marine ecologist at the University of British Columbia who’s been monitoring sea stars (as scientists call them) for nearly two decades [...] Revisiting one of these sites recently, he found a single sea star. […] “This is one of the largest wildlife die-offs that we know of,” [Seattle Aquarium veterinarian Lesanna Lahner] says. “It’s a signal in the ecosystem that something’s not right.”

Eugene Weekly, June 12, 2014: “The way the rate has accelerated, I don’t think most sea stars along the Oregon coast are long for this world,” says Bruce Menge, a marine ecologist with Oregon State University.

KUOW News, June 16, 2014: “It’s a lot worse than it was last week,” says [Drew] Harvell, a marine epidemiologist at Cornell University. [...] “It’s the largest mortality event for marine diseases we’ve seen,” Harvell said. “It affects over twenty species on our coast and it’s been causing catastrophic mortality.” [...] From what Harvell and her team see as they survey beaches [of Washington's San Juan archipelago], there’s not much time for these starfish [...] “My expectation is that within the next month all of the stars will die.” The team checked this rocky patch last week and found 10 percent of the stars showed signs of the wasting syndrome. Today they estimate that number has increased to more than 40 percent. [...] Harvell said, “This area has some of the highest biodiversity of sea stars in the world. We’re not just losing one keystone species, we’re losing a whole guild of stars.” And the stars here are what’s called an endemic species, meaning they only live on this shoreline and nowhere else on the planet, she explained. If sea stars are wiped out along these shores, there’s a potential for not just local, but global extinction.

EarthFix (Oregon Public Broadcasting, KCTS9, KUOW), June 15, 2014 — Drew Harvell, Cornell University: “This is the largest disease outbreak that we know of ever in the oceans. [...] I’m expecting that in the next two weeks we will lose virtually all the stars at this site [in Washington] [...] To lose all of them at once, we don’t even know what’s going to happen.”

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17 Jun 10:06

Ukrainians in Spain

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They came to Spain because the social and economical situation in Ukraine became complicated, but they could not have imagined that their country would become the centre of the conflict threatening to destabilise the entirety of Europe.

Pro-European: Yana Palatkina, 16 years old (9 in Spain) 

“Before Maidan, I was ashamed of my country.” 

“I ran away from home because I wanted to be on Maidan,” says this Odesa-born student, who has lived in Madrid with her mother for 9 years. When the protests started, Yana was on vacation in her mother city and she ran to Kyiv, the capital. “I left with my cousin. My parents knew nothing.” She confesses that before the revolution in Maidan, she was ashamed of her country. “I told everyone I was Russian. Today I would give every last drop of my blood to Ukraine. Ukrainian patriots like myself are not fascists. They have to inform themselves before talking and stop insulting us!”

Pro-European: Katryna Antoshkiv, 24 years old (6 in Spain) 

“Without Ukraine, Russia is a body without arms or legs.” 

This woman with a degree in business shows photos of some of the fallen on Maidan. Kateryna was born in the west of the country, and for her it was Putin, whom she calls the ‘bloody pacifier,’ who suppressed the protests. “Putin doesn’t want to let go of Ukraine because without us Russia is like a body without arms or legs. This is why he calls us ‘fascists.’ Our patriotism is not based on hatred. 20 000 Russians lived in my village and nobody threatened them for speaking their language; on the contrary, in the east of the country, if you speak Ukrainian, you are lost. We want to revive Ukraine and we are not alone. The international community supports us.”

Pro-Russian: Vitaliy Remezov, 38 years old (10 in Spain)

“They call us ‘terrorists’ for not wanting to sell our country to the IMF.” 

“Why are they calling us terrorists?” This 38-year-old engineer, who is now the leader of a construction crew, in Spain asks himself. “Just because we don’t want to sell our country to the IMF, for defending our language (Russian) from the ultra-rights and the US siege? The east of the country, which Europe ways is where the bad guys are, sustains the national economy. 70 per cent of the GDP comes from the east of Ukraine. There are only retired people and students in the west; the rest have emigrated.”

Pro-European: Kristina Drevnyak, 24 years old (6 in Spain)

“The genocide of my people at the hands of Stalin cannot be forgotten.”

“A part of my family is Russian, but I don’t speak with them,” says this young woman from Kyiv with a degree in tourism. “The horrors of Holodomor are not forgotten. This is how we call the genocide of our population in Stalin’s times in Ukraine. Today, all of this has returned with Putin. We don’t want to have anything to do with Russia. We want to look forward. He should leave us alone!”

Pro-Russian: Iryna Klymenko, 26 years old (12 in Spain)

“For Kyiv, we who speak Russian are second-rate citizens.” 

“The Kyiv government does not respect us. For them, we are second-rate citizens,” declares this young woman born in Donetsk, the region with the majorly Russian culture and language. A superior technician in the administration, she thinks that the US have been preparing for this moment for years. “The US only wants to put distance between Europe and Russia for its own interests. But if Europe wants to be powerful, they have to look more towards Russia than the Americans.”

Neutral: Svitlana Prysyazhnyuk, 36 years old (15 in Spain)

“Who are the good guys? Both gangs are manipulating us.” 

A translator in the Ukrainian consulate in Madrid, born in Lviv, in the west of the country, Svitlana confesses she is confused by the conflict. “We are being manipulated by both gangs. Ukraine is the excuse the US and Russia are using to show off their forces and divide world power. And meanwhile people are dying. Who are the good guys? The west of the country is agricultural, the east is industrial. More than having ethnic and cultural differences, they have two different views of the world.” The solution? “Maybe a federal state.”

Pro-European: Anatoliy Halchinsky, 58 years old (10 in Spain)

“We are fed up with Russia sticking its nose in Ukraine.” 

He works on construction in Madrid, where he has lived for 10 years, though in his mother city in the west of Ukraine he used to be a dancer. “One needs food to eat,” he explains. “Putin’s propaganda is only telling lies about the Ukrainian nationalists. He is calling us ‘fascists.’ And all of this because we love democracy and we protect our language, which has been prohibited by Russia for many years, and because we want to put an end to corruption and become closer to Europe. We are fed up with Russia sticking its nose in our business. We don’t have a choice: either Europe or chaos.”

Source: Finanzas

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina


Tagged: emigrants, europe, European Union, immigrants, opinion, russia, Spain, Spanish, ukraine, ukrainian, ukrainians
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