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Saturday, May 29, 2010

CBC News - Technology & Science - Alberta grizzly protection lacking: report

CBC News - Technology & Science - Alberta grizzly protection lacking: report

Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

A video done by Kenny Shackelford.Thanks Kenny for allowing me to use your video
on my blog. source of video:

The True Cost of the BP Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Please watch this video and please tell your children and friends to watch it to:
BP has to be held accountable for this!!!

source of video::

Sick Fishermen Spark Worries About Health Effects of Oil, Chemicals | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS

To read a news article concerning sick fisherman in the Gulf of Mexico please click on the
following link:
Sick Fishermen Spark Worries About Health Effects of Oil, Chemicals
| The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Amount of Leaking Oil May Still Exceed Federal Estimates, Scientists Say | The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Amount of Leaking Oil May Still Exceed Federal Estimates, Scientists Say
| The Rundown News Blog | PBS NewsHour | PBS

Final FIDE Grand Prix Standings, 2012 FIDE Candidates Matches

Grandmaster Levon Aronian of Armenia is the winner of  the 2010 FIDE Grand Prixxx .Aronian
finished the competition amassing 500 points. In second place was GrandmasterTeimour Radjabov
of Azerbaijan, and in third place was Alexander Grischuk of Russia.Levon Aronian and
Teimour Radjabov qualify for the Candidate Matches for the FIDE World
Championship 2012. Congratulations to both of you!

According to the website

The Executive Board gave during its congress in fall 2009 in Halkidiki an option to London to organize the World Chess Championship 2012. They had until February 15, 2010 to exercise the option which had to include the offer of a prize fund similar to that for the World Chess Championship 2010 match.[1] The London Chess Classic organizing body "Chess Promotions Limited" confirmed that London are in negotiations to hold the World Chess Championships in 2012.[2]

Candidates Matches

The challenger will be the winner of an eight-player candidates matches. FIDE's most recent announcement (June 2009) indicates that the format will be matches.[3] The organizer of the matches will be Azerbaijan; however, matches involving Aronian will be held in a different country yet to be determined. [4]
Place Qualifier
Winner of the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 Armenia Levon Aronian
Runner-up of the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov
Winner of the Chess World Cup 2009 Israel Boris Gelfand
Loser of the World Chess Championship 2010 match Bulgaria Veselin Topalov
Loser of the 2009 Challenger Match United States Gata Kamsky
The next two highest rated players in the world
(average of July 2009[5] and January 2010[6] ratings)
Norway Magnus Carlsen
Russia Vladimir Kramnik
Tournament organisers' [4] nominee
(must have Elo rating over 2700)
To be announced.


According to FIDE, the loser of the World Chess Championship 2010 (Veselin Topalov) is seeded no: 1 and the rest according to FIDE January 2010 ratings[7]. These regulations were laid down assuming that all the grand prix events were on schedule. That not being the case, it is not clear if the regulations will change.

 If FIDE sticks to the regulations, then the following pairings hold good.
  Round of 8 (best of 4) Semi Finals (best of 4) Final (best of 6)
  1  Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 0.0  
8  United States Gata Kamsky 0.0  
4  Armenia Levon Aronian 0.0
  5  Israel Boris Gelfand 0.0  
  3  Russia Vladimir Kramnik 0.0  
6  Nominee 0.0  
2  Norway Magnus Carlsen 0.0
  7  Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 0.0  

Friday, May 28, 2010

More Grizzly bears killed due to human actions

Train kills female grizzly near Banff

Written by Richard Cuthbertson
"The death of a female grizzly bear that was struck by a train near the Banff townsite is
once again raising concerns about how safe the iconic species is from human activity in
 the national park.
This comes just four days after another human-caused grizzly death outside the park,
near Cardston. Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers were forced to put down a sow that had
 been shot illegally."

To read the remainder of this news article please click on the following link:

How can we save the Grizzly Bear population from becoming extinct in Alberta due to human
activity and behavior? Certainly we could fence areas where Grizzly's are known to come in
possible contact with trains, however, illegal hunting is difficult to control. What is appalling
is that according to the news story the grizzly bear that died of hunting did not die immediately,
but it had to suffer with a broken leg caused by the shooting? How could a hunter leave an animal
in such pain?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CBC News - Technology & Science - Termite has huge impact on savanna

To read a new scientific finding regarding the importance of termites within the African
Savanna please click on the following link:
CBC News - Technology & Science - Termite has huge impact on savanna

Source of image of African termites:

Monday, May 24, 2010

Will the Oil Kill the Louisiana Bayou?

Journalist Steve Gray tries to answer the question:
Will the Oil Kill the Louisiana Bayou?
which you can read about by clicking on highlighted words in the sentence directly above
this one.
Source of image:

Youngest Everest Climber Hopes to Inspire Kids

13-year-old Jordan Romero is the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest. To read 
a story about Jordon please click on the following link:

Youngest Everest Climber Hopes to Inspire Kids

The Gulf Oil Disaster: Who's Liable, and for How Much?

To read an article written by  John Curran, which discusses the question:

The Gulf Oil Disaster: Who's Liable, and for How Much?

please click on the highlighted words above.

Source of image:
Photographer:Jeffrey Warren, Grass Roots Mapping project

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sask. school division and student deny claim amputee child was bullied

REGINA —" A school division and another student are disputing the story of a Saskatchewan
 father who says his five-year-old amputee son was bullied and assaulted on a school bus.

"We have a number of facts that differ greatly from the account provided publicly," the Prairie
 South School Division said in a statement Wednesday.

However, the division said, privacy law forbids it from commenting in detail about the situation.

Robert Coomber's son, Ryan, who has a prosthetic leg following an accident two years ago,
 has been riding the bus from the rural community of Willow Bunch in southern Saskatchewan,
 to his pre-kindergarten class since September.

Coomber recently said he has had ongoing concerns about his son being bullied on the bus,
 but that the situation came to a head on May 4, when his son came home with a black eye."

"He said one of the older kids had yelled at Ryan to shut up and punched him in the eye.

He alleged the child who punched Ryan was "13 or 14" years old and "six-foot" tall, Coomber
 said, noting his understanding is Ryan was punched "because he was singing on the bus too loud."

But Grade 10 student Jessica Crawford — who rides the same bus as Ryan —
 described a very different set of circumstances.

"None of this has happened," she said.

"We've all been raised in good homes," she said of the students on the bus. "We've all
been raised with good morals and values. Do you honestly think a bus full of children
 would sit back and watch this little boy be bullied like that day after day? That's what I
don't understand."

Crawford said her recollection is that Ryan was never struck in the eye.

The RCMP took a report after Coomber called them following the alleged incident. But the
 file was closed at the request of the complainant so the RCMP cannot comment on it,
a spokeswoman said.

Read more:

So now we have another side to this situation which happened on the bus. 
Which one are we to believe? The fact remains
that Ryan Coomber went to school that day and did not have a black eye, 
and at the end of the day he did.So
how did he get it, if it wasn't due to this buillying incident, and why if this 
bullying did or did not take place are some of 
the participants in this situation not being honest about what happened on
 the bus? And why, if Ryan was bullied and 
hit in the eye did he and his parents not chose to press criminal charges
 in this matter?

I just found this information online:

Lawyers Get Involved
Thursday, 13 May 2010

"Ryan Coomber used to ride the bus from Willow Bunch to Assiniboia 
It's a classic case of he said, she said and now lawyers have been called.

Wednesday, we brought you the story of Ryan Coomber. The five-year-old
Willow Bunch boy has allegedly been bullied on his school bus, his father
has been telling media all over the province that a 13 year old gave his son
 a black eye.

"A lawyer representing that 13 year old has contacted us, saying
such an assault never happened. In addition to that, a prepared
 statement on the Prairie South School Division website says they
have facts that differ greatly from what is being reported by Mr. Coomber."

RCMP confirm there was an incident, but say charges were never laid.
Attempts to contact Robert Coomber for his reaction to these developments
have been unsuccessful."

A school board statement about this "incident" can be read at the following website:

Well, I guess we can determine what really happened in this situation can't we?
Here is a more recent news article about this situation:

School officials let son down over bullying on bus: father

Coomber called the RCMP and an officer came and took statements
 and photographs. But the family and the officer 
decided against charging the child who is alleged to have
 punched Ryan, Coomber said. Instead, Coomber decided to
 raise his concerns with school officials.
He contacted the bus driver, the principal, a superintendent and
members of the Prairie South school division board
 of education, as well as provincial politicians, he said.
However, he said he did not receive a satisfactory response.
Coomber said the superintendent suggested the division
 would pay for costs of the Coombers themselves driving
Ryan and his sister to school. In the last week, Coomber
 and his wife have had several conflicts with school officials, RCMP
 and other parents and have received "zero"
support from the community, he said.
Coomber said he has spoken with a lawyer, but decided to raise the
 issue in the media before proceeding with any
 legal action. He wants the driver, the principal, the superintendent
and other school officials to resign from their
positions. He said the family was "let down at each step."
The RCMP would not comment Tuesday.
Prairie South school division spokesperson Dawn Blaus said Tuesday
under the Local Authority Freedom
 of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, a school division is
 forbidden from commenting publicly about
a specific student's situation even when a parent has spoken publicly.
In general, the school division has policies and procedures in place at
school and division levels to ensure
schools are safe and caring environments, she said. Anti-bullying
 policies have been developed in collaboration
with school community councils and in conjunction with provincial
 strategies, she said. The division also has
partnered with the Red Cross to deliver that organization's anti-bullying training.
There also are processes in place to resolve student and parent concerns
and parents are encouraged to follow
those processes, Blaus said. In a situation that involves a school bus,
 parents are encouraged to talk first to the
 driver or the principal. If the situation is not resolved, a parent can contact
 the superintendent or the transport manager.
The next step, if a parent is not satisfied, is to appeal to the director of
education or the school board.
"Student safety is always our priority," Blaus said.
Education Minister Ken Krawetz was asked by reporters following
 question period on Tuesday about
Coomber's concerns.
"The position that we have is that we want to ensure that there are safe,
 caring and respectful schools
-- that's No. 1," Krawetz said, adding school divisions have policies in
place around anti-bullying strategies.
"In this case, the Prairie South board of education is going to be
 looking at the incident, the circumstances,
 the families, and are doing an investigation. So until that is complete, I don't
 think the board of education
will be jumping to any conclusions.
"The short-term solution, I guess, was to ensure that there would be
no further antagonism between
 students and to ensure that the parents were able to drive the
 student to school."

Read more:

I have found an even more recent article about the situation:

Bullied boy, 5, barred from bus, father says

Mulls Lawsuit; School, RCMP did not deal with complaint, he says

A five-year-old Saskatchewan boy who lost a leg and now walks with a 
prosthetic limb has been bullied off his school bus, his father says.
Rather than confront the bullies and their parents to stop the harassment,
 the Prairie South School Division instead told the boy he wouldn't be allowed
 to take the bus anymore, Robert Coomber says.
"It's just a shame that in his five years, he has to be a victim over and over again,"
 Mr. Coomber told CBC of his son Ryan, who lost his left leg in a lawn tractor 
accident in 2008.
He said his son has been riding the bus from the family's home in the small 
town of Willow Bunch, Sask., to preschool in Assiniboia, about 40 kilometres
 away, for the past eight months and had experienced bullying before, mainly
 because of his prosthetic

Despite calling the RCMP and attempting to speak to the parents of the
 other students on the bus, Mr. Coomber says he got no satisfactory answers.
When he then approached the bus driver and the school's principal, he 
was referred to the school division.
"I asked for the child to be disciplined," he told CBC.
"I asked for him to be suspended from school [to] teach him a lesson 
because there's a zero tolerance for bullying.
"[But instead] we were told Ryan will no longer be on the bus, that it's 
not safe for him or my daughter and that we have to drive them the round trip."
He said the superintendent suggested the school division pay for the cost 
of the Coombers driving Ryan and his sister to school.
Mr. Coomber has now asked for the resignations of the bus driver, 
principal, and the superintendent, saying his family was "let down at each step."
He is also considering taking legal action against the school division.
Dawn Blaus, a spokeswoman for the Prairie South School Division, told
 the National Post that a local privacy act prevented her from discussing individual student concerns.
However, she said, "we definitely take any reports of bullying seriously."
A statement posted on the school division's website yesterday said it had a 
"number of facts that differ greatly from the account provided publicly."
"As a school division, we do not try to resolve concerns through the media,"
 the statement said.
"The investigation may confirm the report or it may refute it. Either way, we
 don't talk about it in the media and we don't share the information with anyone
 beyond those who are permitted and required to have it."
The school division said many of its schools had participated in 
anti-bullying and anti-violence projects.
On Tuesday, Ken Krawetz, Saskatchewan's Education Minister, told 
reporters after Question Period at the legislature that bus drivers are 
responsible for keeping passengers safe.
"The position that we have is that we want to ensure that there are safe,
 caring and respectful schools -- that's No. 1," he said.
"In this case the Prairie South board of education is going to be looking
 at the incident, the circumstances, the families and are doing an investigation,"
 he said.
"So, until that is complete, I don't think the board of education will be jumping
 to any conclusions.
"The short-term solution, I guess, was to ensure that there would be no 
further antagonism between students and to ensure that the parents 
were able to drive the student to school."

Read more:


It looks like the bully has won this round doesn't it, because he
 is allowed to remain on the bus while Ryan 
has to find another way to get to school!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The In Situ Oil Sands Report Card

The Pembina Institute has published a report card which looks at how environmentally friendly
in-situ oil sands development is within the Province of Alberta. According to the document
entitled "The In Situ Oil Sands Report Card", which can be read in pdf form at the following

"About one-fifth of Alberta is available for an environmentally intense form of oil sands development
known as in situ, or “in place,” extraction. The in situ process involves drilling several wells into
the oil sands deposit, and then heating the oil sands underground using high-temperature steam so the
bitumen can flow to a well and be pumped to the surface." In a new report by the Pembina Institute
entitled, "Drilling Deeper", these experts  "compared in situ projects on 17 environmental indicators

grouped in five categories: general environmental management, land, air emissions, water and
 climate change."

"The highest-scoring projects in the survey were Suncor’s Firebag, with 60%, and Cenovus’s
Foster Creek, with 57%. Canadian Natural’s Primrose/Wolf Lake project received the lowest score of 25%."

As far as  I am concerned this is a shocking revelation concerning these projects.If the best this industry
can do is score 60% on an evaluation and the worst score they had is 25% what does this say
about these projects and the organizations running them??

The report continues by stating the following:

"Very few in situ operators have established absolute reduction targets for air emissions, water use and greenhouse gas emissions that go beyond regulated requirements. No project received full points on these indicators."
• "Aside from a modest commitment from Suncor, no company invested in biodiversity offsets to compensate for the terrestrial impacts associated the development of its facility.
• Only two companies (Imperial Oil and Shell) have third-party accredited environmental management systems.
• Only three companies (Suncor, Cenovus and Shell) financially support the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and its province-wide biodiversity monitoring program."

"On average, in situ projects have higher greenhouse gas and sulphur dioxide emission intensities than mining. This means that in situ projects contribute more to climate change and acid deposition per barrel of bitumen produced than oil sands mining. Some in situ projects also have higher total water use intensities than the average for mining.
When the land disturbance and fragmentation effects associated with natural gas production are considered, the influence on wildlife habitat of in situ operations can reach levels that are equal to and sometimes greater than mining."

It is nice to know that someone is watching the Government of Alberta and these
In-Situ Oil Sands companies to ensure that the health of the wildlife and the health of humans
 in these areas where oil sands development is occurring is not being adversely affected!

These projects have a long way to go to ensure that their activity is not hazardous to life in Alberta,
and to the companies with these in situ projects, all I can say is your behavior as a company is
being watched!

Gulf Oil Leaks Could Gush for Years

Gulf Oil Leaks Could Gush for Years

Pictures: Heavy Oil Seeping Into Louisiana Marshes

Pictures: Heavy Oil Seeping Into Louisiana Marshes

New Study concludes Ocean has Warmed Significantly Since 1993

"The upper layer of Earth's ocean has warmed since 1993, indicating a strong climate change signal, according to a new international study co-authored by oceanographer Josh Willis of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The energy stored is enough to power nearly 500 100-watt light bulbs for each of the roughly 6.7 billion people on the planet."

To read more about this scientific finding please click on the following link:

One of Jupiter's cloud belts has disappeared

According to NASA, one of Jupiter's two cloud belts has mysteriously disappeared from view.

"This is a big event," says planetary scientist Glenn Orton of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. "We're monitoring the situation closely and do not yet fully understand what's going on."

"Known as the South Equatorial Belt (SEB), the brown cloudy band is twice as wide as Earth and more than twenty times as long. The loss of such an enormous "stripe" can be seen with ease halfway across the solar system.Orton thinks the belt is not actually gone, but may be just hiding underneath some higher clouds."

These are recent images of the planet taken by Amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley:

Source of text and image:
It will be interesting if scientists can determine why this phenomenon has happened to Jupiter.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Animals of Kenya: Up Close and Personal

The Animals of Kenya: Up Close and Personal

World Chess Champion Anand's team announced

World Chess Champion Vishy Anand's team of helpers for the recent World Chess
Championship match against GM  Topalov  has been announced to the world.
His team consisted of "GM Peter Heine Nielsen, Eric van Reem, GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov, 
Hans Walter Schmitt, Vishy Anand, Aruna Anand, GM Surya Ganguly, 
GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Christian Bossert, and  Mark Lefler.
You can read about them, and see a photo of the team  by going to the following link:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

All Species Evolved From Single Cell, Study Finds

All Species Evolved From Single Cell, Study Finds

New Species Found in "Lost World": Pinocchio Frog, More

New Species Found in "Lost World": Pinocchio Frog, More

Mount St. Helens Pictures: Before and After the Blast

Mount St. Helens Pictures: Before and After the Blast

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Today is the anniversary of the 25th flying mission of the Memphis Belle

Today, May 17,2010, is the anniversary of the 25th flying mission of the Bomber "Memphis Belle"
during World War 2.This flight took place on May 17,1943.

Here is a link to a war time video concerning the Memphis Belle:

EIGHTH AIR FORCE DURING WWII", which I found at the following website:

"The main morale issue the 8th AF (AirForce) had to contend with was the question that
always seems to surface during combat: when do we go home? In examining crew members
who began a series of 25 missions for the 8th, only 559, or 26.8% completed all their missions."

"The habit of viewing flying as just a numbers game was reinforced by the Army Air
Force’s policy of not fixing limits to combat duty for airmen. It appears from the evidence
that USAAF Headquarters never officially prescribed a limit to the number of combat
missions crews might fly. This discrepancy of not affixing a definitive number of combat
missions generated morale problems and also suppressed reporting of aircrew physiology
problems. The main problem was that the crews often resisted reporting physical or
morale difficulties for fear of getting dropped out of rotation. Some other causes were
that crews did not like to sever bonds with comrades, and there was always an increased
danger of having to get used to a new crew member. Superstition and minor personal
idiosyncrasies played major parts in the relations of crew members and morale was a
constant issue for the 8th AF Commanders."

I would like to salute not only the crew of the Memphis Belle, but all Allied

 bombing crews who served in World War 2, and all of the Allied service personnel 
on the ground (one of which was my Uncle John) on this anniversary of
 the 25th Flying mission of the Memphis Belle!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Imperial snubs Alberta workers

Imperial snubs Alberta workers

How can the Premier of this province and his cabinet allow this situation to happen? Why
hasn't the Premier said anything about the fact that Imperial Oil is going to give the jobs
to foreigners instead of Albertans?

If you think bears are not very intelligent then watch this!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Arctic explorers hit by April rainshowers!!

According to the article entitled, "Arctic explorers get unpleasant rain surprise", which I found at the
following website:,

"British explorers in Canada's Far North reported on Tuesday that they had been hit by a three-minute rain shower over the weekend!!
The rain fell on the team's ice base off Ellef Rignes island, about 3,900 km (2,420 miles) north of the Canadian capital Ottawa!!
"It's definitely a shocker ... the general feeling within the polar community is that rainfall in the high Canadian Arctic in April is a freak event," said Pen Hadow, the team's expedition director.
"Scientists would tell us that we can expect increasingly to experience these sorts of outcomes as the climate warms," he told Reuters in a telephone interview from London..

The Arctic is heating up three times more quickly than the rest of the Earth. Scientists link the higher temperatures to the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming."
Ellef Rignes island is the island which shows up as dark green the following map:
source of map:

As you can see by the map, this island is located in the Arctic Ocean, yet rainshowers
occurred there! If this isn't a excellent illustration that climate change is happening,
even in the far north,then nothing is!

In 1965 this is what the same island looked like in April of that year!!
You will have to click on the link to view the image as the image is copyright:
In 44 years dramatic changes have taken place to the Arctic climate!

Disabled boy (Ryan Coomber) bullied and punched on school bus

ASSINIBOIA, Sask. - "A five-year-old Saskatchewan boy who lost a leg in a lawn mower
 accident is being bullied on the school bus and school officials aren't helping,
 argues the boy's father."
"Robert Coomber says his son, Ryan, got a black eye after being hit by an
 older student on the bus ride between the school in Assiniboia and the 
family home in Willow Bunch, about two hours southwest of Regina."
"I asked him why. He said it was because he was singing," said Coomber.
Coomber said he called the older student's parents but they were unwilling to help."
"Coomber said there was no co-operation from staff at Ryan's school or at 
he older student's school, which he said "refused outright to discipline the child
 in any way." Ryan's school goes up to Grade 4 and the older student's school 
covers Grades 5 to 8, but they share a bus."

What kind of human being would punch a disabled boy in the eye just because the boy
was singing on a bus? A 13 year-old bully  beating up a 5 year old boy
talk about a "fair" fight!

 What kind of parents would  hear of their son punching someone
in the face and do nothing about this situation?? What  kind of school and school board
would allow this 13-year old to continue to be in school? Are criminal charges
possible in this situation?

Here is a link to a video about this disgusting incident:

And the school administration's answer to this situation? They told Ryan's parents that he
could no longer ride the school bus and that Ryan's parents would have to drive him
200 km to and from school each day!   What kind of  people run schools these days???

Ryan and Mr. Coomber I hope you decde to not only sue this bully and his parents, but
also sue the school board, and bring this bully up on criminal charges (if the police and a
lawyer say you can)  as well!. Ryan deserves  justice and he also deserves
the right to be and feel safe when he is going to and from school on a bus!!
This bully deserves
to learn a lesson!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Critics blast BP for not releasing video showing the extent of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

See this video at:

BP Executives why are you hiding what is happening at the site of this oil spill??

Michael Hedges' last album:Torched

I just got the music album, "Torched", an album guitarist,song writer, producer
and sound engineer Michael Hedges (pictured above) was going to release in 1997 perhaps? Sadly Michael died in the most awful traffic accident in 1997, however his "hand-made recordings" were put down
on tape by him. All I can say about this album is "absolutely amazing and profound!"
I can't believe that I hadn't heard of this album, but now  I am so glad that it is in my
album collection!!!
If you like Michael's music and his instrumental work, don't wait another second to
get this album!!! It is absolutely amazing!!!

Source of image:

If you have never heard of Michael Hedges, or his music ,I strongly suggest you
find a way to listen to it,
especially if you like acoustic guitar, and incredible guitar playing!! Here are some links
which will introduce
you to him:

The Michael Hedges website:

Michael Hedges discography and more:

A Wikipedia page devoted to Michael:

Some of his top tracks are organized and linked to at:

An inteview of Michael is at:

Here is a taste of his music:

In this video he plays the "Harp Guitar":
This song is called "Because it is there":

Here he is playing an acoustic guitar in his instrumental song, "Ritual Dance",

Here he is again playing an acoustic  guitar in his song "Aerial Boundaries":

Here is a link to a 20-minute video about Michael which includes performances
by him:

I am really kicking myself tonight for not knowing that the album "Torched" was out there and
available to his fans! Oh well, I have it now and now I can make up for lost time by playing it
and playing it! And the fact that I am probably one of the luckiest music fans in the World
because I am one of the people in this world who was blessed to have seen Michael
perform twice live in my life and his!! ( at the annual Edmonton Folk Festival). 

Your fans are thinking about you all the time Michael and we are listening to your music
every day and enjoying it more and more with each listening!! I hope you are having a great time in Music Heaven!

FIDE Grand Prix: Astrakhan: round 2 results and standings,round 3 pairings

The second round of the FIDE Grand Prix event at Astrakhan, Russia was played today.
Here are the results of all the games
(the player on the left had the white pieces in the game):
Round 2 on 2010/05/11 at 15.00

GM Svidler Peter 2735 0 - 1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2733
GM Radjabov Teimour 2740 1/2 - 1/2 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2669
GM Leko Peter 2735 1 - 0 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2700
GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2741 1/2 - 1/2 GM Wang Yue 2752
GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2725 1/2 - 1/2 GM Gashimov Vugar 2734
GM Gelfand Boris 2741 1 - 0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2763
GM Eljanov Pavel 2751 1 - 0 GM Akopian Vladimir 2694

These results mean the following standings exist after two rounds of play:

1-5th Ponomariov,Leko,Gelfand,Eljanov and Gashimov 1.5 points

6th-9th Inarkiev, Wang Yue,Jakovenko and Radjabov 1 point

10th-14th Svidler,Akopian, Ivanchuk,Alekseev and Mamedyarov .5 point

Here are the pairings for round 3 (the player on the left has
the white pieces in the game):

Wang Yue-Jakovoenko

Best wishes to all the players for round 3!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.