Friday, July 21, 2017

Enjoying Learning German-FREE-at duolingo.com

I registered for  GERM 1000 - Elementary German I  - for this coming Fall term 2017-2018 at MUN (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador) in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

I thought I'd learn a little German this summer so I went surfing on the Internet.

I am very happy that I found the duolingo.com website.
I use Norton anti-virus and Norton says it is a "Safe website".
It is FREE and I can confirm that it is a FUN way to spend some time each day.

You select how many minutes a day, you want to spend on your course.
I chose 15 minutes a day.
The idea is to learn a little new info and review what you have already learned each day faithfully to keep building what you know.
To keep you on track, you will get a reminder by email sometime during the day if you have not done your studying yet for that day.

There is a long list of  "Language Courses for English Speakers" at the following website:

https://www.duolingo.com/courses

QUOTE:
Personalized education
Everyone learns in different ways. For the first time in history, we can analyze how millions of people learn at once to create the most effective educational system possible and tailor it to each student.

Our ultimate goal is to give everyone access to a private tutor experience through technology.


Making learning fun.

It's hard to stay motivated when learning online, so we made Duolingo so fun that people would prefer picking up new skills over playing a game.

Universally accessible.


There are over 1.2 billion people learning a language and the majority are doing so to gain access to better opportunities. Unfortunately, learning a language is expensive and inaccessible to most.

We created Duolingo so that everyone could have a chance. Free language education – no hidden fees, no premium content, just free.

Duolingo is used by the richest man in the world and many Hollywood stars, and at the same time by public schools students in developing countries. We believe true equality is when spending more can't buy you a better education.
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I also really enjoy practicing with "Flash Cards" at the following website:
https://tinycards.duolingo.com/

Friday, June 30, 2017

CIA said no evidence of a SARIN attack by Syria


Read Pulitzer prize winning Seymour Hersh's article on the German newsite Welt re CIA said no evidence of  a SARIN attack by Syria

Trump‘s Red Line
by Von Seymour M. Hersh
Published: 25 June 2017

https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article165905578/Trump-s-Red-Line.html

Watch powerful NRA video-The Clenched Fist of Truth

I am sure many people will remember when Charlton Heston was head of NRA and raised his rifle in the air & defiantly said, ``from my cold dead hands !``

Charlton Heston "My Cold DEAD Hands" NRA Speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOJQFNOQqCY

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Watch Dana Loesch's powerful NRA public service 1 min TV spot, The Clenched Fist of Truth.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOfLjGg5gP0

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Ocean's Garden-Children's book-whales,Giant Squid

I love the delightful children's book, The Ocean's Garden, written and illustrated, by Newfoundland author, Daniel Porter.

Children, ages 7-9 yrs old, can enjoy a good adventure story about 3 whales (Narwhal, Humpback & Beluga), a hermit crab & a giant squid and learn about the sea and its creatures.

The following is a review from the newspaper, The Evening Telegram:
"The Ocean's Garden is more than just a good read. Kids who read the book will learn about whales and the environment in which they live. They'll also find out how much nicer the world can be when there's co-operation and understanding and mutual respect. Plus, they'll learn just how effective laughter can be as a tool against unpleasantries. The story of the whales is essentially the story about family interaction."

This wonderful book can be purchased world-wide from the following website:

http://www.tidespoint.com/books/dporter.shtml




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tip-Enjoy fresh cut flowers for weeks

Only put about 2 inches of water in your vase.
Then you can enjoy bouquets of fresh cut flowers for weeks.

That's enough water for the stems to drink.
People often fill their vases to within a few inches of the top.
Stems are not meant to be submerged.

I trim the stems at an angle every 2 or 3 days and change the water then.
As the stems get shorter, I move the flowers to another vase.
All my vases are clear plastic or clear glass so I can see the water level.
If your choice of flowers is more thirsty than mine -  just top-up the water level to about 2 inches as needed inbetween the days that you trim the stems and give vase all fresh water.

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of your flowers as I do.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Read "I Dated Monica Lewinsky" by Jake Tapper-1998

Today I read the 1998 article "I Dated Monica Lewinsky" by Jake Tapper for the very first time.


I am glad to have read it and I recommend that other people also read it.  There has got to be lots of people - like me - who did not know this article existed.


I Dated Monica Lewinsky
Behind the tawdriest of headlines, there's a woman
I wouldn't mind bringing home to mom.
Washington City Paper
by Jake Tapper
30 January 1998


https://web.archive.org/web/20151211015947/http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/14334/i-dated-monica-Lewinsky

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Watching Musselman's Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute on ABC

I am watching the Musselman's Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute right now on ABC TV.


It is absolutely wonderful ! I especially enjoyed seeing their children.

QUOTE:
Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and three-time U.S. Champion Michael Weiss and featuring Scott Hamilton, Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie, Kurt Browning, Todd Eldredge, Sinead Kerr-Marshall and John Kerr, Silvia Fontana and John Zimmerman, and Jodeyne Higgins and Sean Rice, performing alongside their talented children.

Special musical performance by country music duo Dan and Shay.
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You can also watch it on ABC online but it is only available within USA or its territories due to international rights agreements.

http://abc.go.com/movies-and-specials/musselmans-apple-sauce-family-skating-tribute

However, soon videos will probably appear on YouTube.
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Kurt Browning - website
http://www.kurtfiles.com/
QUOTE:
Kurt and his 9-year-old son Dillon skated at the Musselman's Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute on Sunday in Pittsburgh, ON. They did two numbers, one to "Barber of Seville", and one to "Elite Syncopations". Read more in my Family Skating Tribute review. Photos to come.
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The following is a very thorough review of the complete program covering names of children, songs skated to, and the performances of all the skaters.


Musselman's Family Skating Tribute - Pittsburgh, PA - Oct. 30, 2016
written by Tina
http://www.kurtfiles.com/reviews/familytribute16.php

Video-Pics-Mummers Parade-St John's, NL, Canada

Video & pics
Mummers gone wild! Creative disguises abound at annual parade in St. John's
Parade honours N.L tradition of mummering

by Andrew Sampson
CBC News 
Posted:       Dec 10, 2016 5:28 PM NT
Last Updated: Dec 11, 2016 8:12 AM NT


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mummers-parade-st-johns-1.3891108


You can read about the history, traditions and festivals re Mummering at the following website:
http://www.mummersfestival.ca/

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Avoid fake news-use snopes.com & truthorfiction.com

Suggest you check info re fake news, rumours, hoaxes, or urban legends before posting, retweeting or emailing info that you read or videos that you view on the Internet. 
Only spread what you believe to be true.


I use the following 2 websites.


They will explain what is known about the story.
They will tell you if a story is true, false, mostly true, mostly false, or unproven.
Sometimes stories are partly true and partly false.


http://www.snopes.com/


https://www.truthorfiction.com/

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tim Hortons should say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Warm Wishes"


Tim Hortons "Warm Wishes" msg is less acceptable than "Happy Holidays" ! 


Please dare to say "Merry Christmas" on some cups!


Then let people choose the cup they prefer.


Tim Hortons might be surprised at how popular "Merry Christmas" actually still is in Canada.


"Warm Wishes" is so-called "political correctness" gone completely mad !
It is NOT a pleasantry - It is NOT "neutral" - It is NOT "accommodating"
It is just strange !


Tim Hortons campaign
http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/promos/warm-wishes.php


#warmwishes





Join "Gab"-New Free Speech Social Network

Andrew Torba has created a new free speech social network called "Gab".


At present, Gab is trying to cope with the volume of world-wide people joining.
You leave your email address and your wait number appears.


I was #155516 on the Gab wait list.
I rec'd an email right away from Gab estimating it may take 2 weeks.
However, within 24 hours, I rec'd another email from Gab & was able to register.


website for Gab
https://gab.ai/


Community Guidelines - Gab
https://gab.ai/about/guidelines


There is a short entry re Gab on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab_(social_network)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

London (Canada) Police Cars-Decals in 5 Languages

Decals of the word "police" in "one of 5 languages" have been put onto police cars in London, Ontario, Canada since 2009. 

Every time people see those police cars, they are reminded of the growing numbers of citizens whose first language is neither English nor French - the 2 official languages. 

The city says it is intended to be welcoming, reassuring, inclusive, supportive of "diversity" and "multi-culturalism".

I have NOT yet come across ANY articles explaining whatever happened in 2009 that led to London doing this.
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London (Canada) website
http://immigration.london.ca/About-Us/Pages/default.aspx
"London is Ontario’s sixth largest city, with a population of 381,000."
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I was skeptical that reports were true until I followed a link to the London Police website. 
I thought maybe someone was just having fun with Photoshop to create controversy.


Police Languages on Our Cruisers
London Police webpage
http://www.londonpolice.ca/en/about/police-languages-on-our-cruisers.aspx
QUOTE:
In 2009, we began putting the word "Police" on our cruisers in one of five different languages to include more members of the community. Using Statistics Canada at the time, we added some of the most commonly used languages in the City, being:
Vietnamese: Cảnh sát
Chinese:       警察
Arabic:         الشرطة
Persian:        پلیس
Polish:          Policja
French:        Police
We are hoping to include another commonly used language, Spanish, in the near future.
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Canada has had immigrants from most of the world's cultures/countries.
We are all Canadian citizens.

I did NOT see ANY articles/comments re the reaction of other immigrant groups to London giving special recognition to any culture in this manner.  

I have NEVER heard of ANY Canadian community that found it necessary to put "German", Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Hungarian, Russian or "Irish/Gaelic" etc. on its police cars.

In place since 2009, the issue of the cruisers has flared this week after someone in Quebec shared a Facebook picture of a London cruiser
The London Free Press
by Jennifer O'Brien 
2 June 2016 6:59:53 EDT PM

http://www.lfpress.com/2016/06/02/in-place-since-2009-the-issue-of-the-cruisers-has-flared-this-week-after-someone-in-quebec-shared-a-facebook-picture-of-a-london-cruiser/
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Some people view this as a deliberate "in your face" message to the English/French citizens that specific immigrant groups are growing in number and gaining power/status.

I do NOT think it is helpful to dismiss people who say that adding the languages to police cars is silly, unnecessary - even offensive - as being "racist" or "zenophobic".

London police battle growing war on words
Our London
by Whitney South
2 June 2016
http://www.ourlondon.ca/news-story/6704078-london-police-battle-growing-war-on-words/
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CULTURAL DIVERSITY
London police diversity officer Sgt. Marcel Marcellin isn't your average cop
Stratford Beacon Herald
by Scott Taylor
23 September 2012 5:54:44 EDT PM

http://www.lfpress.com/2012/09/23/london-police-diversity-officer-sgt-marcel-marcellin-isnt-your-average-cop
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Top 10 Non-official Languages Spoken, 2011
City of London

http://immigration.london.ca/About-Us/Immigrant-Statistics/Pages/top-10-languages.aspx

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wide Path Camper easily towed behind bikes

The Wide Path Camper, invented by the Dane Mads Johansen is a clever design that is easily towed behind bikes.


The following website has video & pics of this camper.


http://www.widepathcamper.com/wide-path-camper.html
QUOTE:
The back of the camper folds over the front, to get it ready for transport.

At arrival, it only takes 3 minutes to get the camper placed, due to the height adjustable support legs and simple folding mechanism.
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Below is a video where you can select captions in English
Bike Camper - Wide Path Camper in Galileo show
from Mads Johansen 10 months ago in Utah USA

https://vimeo.com/139679858

Monday, July 4, 2016

Live Broadcast-4th July Celebrations-Washington, DC-PBS

I am watching the 4th July Celebrations in Washington, DC on PBS on my TV.

It is a great show with many wonderful performances !


Tom Bergeron is Master of Ceremonies. Throughout his career, I have always liked him !

I am looking forward to the fireworks by Pyro Shows Inc.


People can also watch the PBS Live Broadcast at the following link:
http://www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth/watch-2016-show/


PBS Admits Using Old Fireworks Footage in Fourth of July Broadcast
New York Times
by Daniel Victor
July 5, 2016


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/business/media/oh-say-are-those-fireworks-over-dc-visions-from-the-past-yes-pbs-says.html
QUOTE:
“Because this year’s fireworks were difficult to see due to the weather, we made the decision to intercut fireworks footage from previous A Capitol Fourth concerts for the best possible television viewing experience,” the show’s organizers said Tuesday in a statement. “We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”
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I also watched Macy’s July 4th Fireworks in New York city on NBC TV.
This was live streamed on the following link:

http://www.nbc.com/macys-4th-of-july-fireworks-spectacular?nbc=1

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cartoon-British Dragon breathing fire at EU !

I really like today's Editorial Cartoon by deAdder showing British dragon breathing fire at EU in the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada !


http://thechronicleherald.ca/editorial-cartoon/2016-06-28-editorial-cartoon


Regardless of whatever difficulties the future will hold - I support Brexit.


British Commonwealth including North America can be an effective trading block.


No need to be bullied by EU and Angela Merkel.


Brussels and Angela Merkel are responsible for destroying the dream of EU.


The EU must change.