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    Berlin brothel cuts rates for 'green' customers
    By MARY MacPHERSON LANE, Associated Press Writer

    Friday, October 16, 2009 (10-16) 06:51 PDT BERLIN, Germany (AP)

    Part of Berlin's red-light scene is going green. One bordello, hoping to stave off falling demand in the economic crisis, has begun offering discounts to customers who pedal bicycles to the door.

    "It's very difficult to find parking around here, and this option is better for our environment," said Thomas Goetz, who owns the brothel Maison d'Envie, or House of Desire.

    Local residents in Prenzlauer Berg — a part of former East Berlin now home to scores of trendy boutiques, restaurants and clubs — had staunchly supported the Green party in recent elections and have welcomed the bordello's offer to emphasize the environment.

    The bordellos in the capital of Germany, where prostitution is legal, have seen business suffer with the global financial crisis. Patrons have become more frugal, and there are fewer potential customers coming to the city for business trips and conferences.

    But Maison d'Envie has seen its business begin to return since it began offering the euro5 ($7.50) discount in July, Goetz said.

    To qualify, customers must show the receptionist either a bicycle padlock key or proof they used public transit to get to the neighborhood. That knocks the price for 45 minutes in a room, for example, to euro65 from euro70.

    Those who arrive on foot, however, are out of luck.

    "We haven't found a way for people to prove they have walked here," Goetz explained.

    Other brothels have tried different incentives to cope with the economic downturn. One Berlin bordello offered a flat-rate for an unlimited time before officials' concerns over prostitutes' rights and cleanliness in the club forced them to rescind the offer.

    The 450,000 prostitutes working in Germany, some 10,000 of whom are in Berlin, have the same legal rights and social benefits as people in other professions.


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    Didn't Mythbusters cover this a few years ago when they hung a kid half this one's age underneath thousands of balloons with maybe twice the helium volume and STILL couldn't get liftoff?
    Though I would have been responding with everyone else,I would have commented on how the balloon wasn't acting like it had any load in it.
    I could be wrong but couldn't the NG helo have touched its rotor wash onto the balloon and pushed it down some until someone on the ground could have grabbed a tether and hauled it in?
    I was skeptical when I heard "His brother said he climbed in the balloon..." and immediately wondered "How old is the brother?Kids can make up fanciful stuff,you know."

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    Funny story, but only because no harm was done, and a bunch of pilots got to log more "air time".
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    Colorado 'balloon boy' found alive in home attic

    By Kieran Nicholson and Howard Pankratz, The Denver Post October 16, 2009 3:18 AM

    Reuters FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A six-year-old Colorado boy thought to be missing in a runaway balloon has been found alive at his home.

    Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden told reporters Thursday night that Falcon Heene never got on the experimental balloon before it slipped its tether and went soaring thousands of metres in the air.

    "He was found in a box in the attic above the garage," Alderden said.

    Falcon's father, Richard Heene, told reporters Thursday that one of his other sons videotaped the boy climbing into the balloon's gondola — but, unknown to the family, the boy exited the balloon before it took off and spent much of the day hiding in an attic.

    "He said he was hiding in the attic because I yelled at him. I'm really sorry I yelled at him," Heene added, his voice catching as he hugged his grinning son in front of the cameras.

    "Scared the heck out of us."

    Officials searched the home and neighbourhood, but the initial search did not turn up the boy.

    Alderden said it's not uncommon for children to hide when they learn people are looking for them — because they don't want to get in trouble.

    The incident started Thursday morning in Fort Collins, about 100 kilometres north of Denver, when it was reported that Falcon got into the balloon-like craft built by his father, and it came loose from a tether.

    The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said the "homemade flying saucer" was made of plywood and string and was never intended for flight.

    Bob Licko, 65, a neighbour, said he was leaving home when he heard commotion in the backyard.

    He said he saw two boys on the roof with a camera, commenting about their brother.

    "One of the boys yelled to me that his brother was way up in the air," Licko said.

    Licko said the boys' mother seemed distraught, and the boys' father was running around the house.

    Officials from Larimer, Weld and Adams counties worked all Thursday afternoon with the Federal Aviation Administration, and with help from a local TV news helicopter, to track the balloon.

    It was aloft about three hours, sometimes drifting as high as 2,400 metres.

    The balloon travelled about 80 kilometres during its flight and hit estimated speeds of about 50 km/h. At times, it gained altitude, then dropped as it flew in and out of rising thermals.

    It made a soft landing in a farmer's field. When Falcon was not found with the balloon, a massive ground search for him was launched.

    Larimer County asked people to be on the lookout for Falcon. Crews on the ground asked for all-terrain vehicles, four-wheel drive vehicles and horses to help search working farmlands and hilly pastures.

    Firefighters and police from various departments were searching wide areas in both Larimer and Weld Counties, keeping track of "grids" as they moved along.

    Margie Martinez, spokeswoman for the Weld County Sheriff's Office, said during the flight that officials were not sure the boy was still in the balloon, because it was impossible to look into the basket during flight.

    Richard Heene is an amateur scientist based in Fort Collins. He and his partners call themselves the "psyience detectives."

    Heene is a storm chaser who collects data to prove that rotating storms create their own magnetic fields.

    He began his research in 2002 with lab experiments, then moved on to dust devils. In 2005, he flew a plane around Hurricane Wilma's perimeter. He took the Denver Post with him while chasing storms in 2007.

    Heene and his wife, Mayumi, also have sons Ryo and Bradford.

    They were featured on the ABC-TV series, Wife Swap.

    In a promotion for one of the Heene episodes, Wife Swap described the family this way: "When the Heene family aren't chasing storms, they devote their time to scientific experiments that include looking for extraterrestrials and building a research-gathering flying saucer to send into the eye of the storm."

    Read more at www.denverpost.com

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    No news, but an incredible picture

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

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    Ok, the first photo I was thinking "Man thats a silly way to park your truck." then I got the 4th, showing the bridge......... EEKK

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    Authors shine a light on Fido's eco-pawprint

    Reuters October 23, 2009 1:09 AM

    They're faithful, friendly and furry -- but under their harmless exteriors, dogs and cats, the world's most popular pets, use more energy resources in a year than driving a car, a new book says.

    In their book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living, New Zealand-based architects Robert and Brenda Vale say keeping a medium-sized dog has the same ecological impact as driving 10,000 kilometres a year in a 4.6-litre Land Cruiser.

    Calculating that the modern Fido chows through about 164 kg of meat and 95 kg of cereals a year, the Vales estimated the ecological footprint of cats and dogs, based on the amount of land needed to grow common brands of pet food.

    "There are no recipes in the book," Robert Vale told Reuters, laughingly, in a telephone interview.

    "We're not actually saying it is time to eat the dog. We're just saying that we need to think about and know the [ecological] impact of some of the things we do."

    Constructing and driving the jeep for a year requires 0.41 hectares of land, while growing and manufacturing a dog's food takes about 0.84 ha -- or 1.1 ha in the case of a large dog.

    Meat-eating swells the eco-footprint of dogs, and cats are not that much better, the Vales found.

    The average cat's eco-footprint, 0.15 ha, weighs in at slightly less than a Volkswagen Golf, but still 10 times a hamster's 0.014 ha -- which is itself half the eco cost of running a plasma television.

    By comparison, the ecological footprint of an average human in the developing world is 1.8 ha, while people in the developed world take 6 ha.

    With pets' diets under the control of owners, how can their unsustainable appetites be trimmed?

    Convincing cats and dogs to go vegetarian is a non-starter, the Vales say.

    Instead they recommend keeping more sustainable pets, such as goldfish, hamsters, chickens or rabbits.

    The book's playful title, and serious suggestion that pet animals may be usefully "recycled," by being eaten by their owners or turned into pet food when they die, may not appeal to all.

    Off-putting as the idea may be, the question is valid given the planet's finite resources, Robert Vale said.

    "It's not just about changing your lightbulbs or taking a cloth bag to the supermarket," he said.

    "It's about much more challenging and difficult issues," he added. "Once you see where [pets] fit in your overall balance of things -- you might decide to have the cat but not also to have the two cars and the three bathrooms and be a meat eater yourself."

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    Man pleads guilty to DWI in motorized La-Z-Boy

    Thursday, October 22, 2009 (10-22) 18:17 PDT Duluth, Minn. (AP)

    A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk. A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers.

    Prosecutors say Anderson's blood alcohol content was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit, when he crashed into a parked vehicle in August 2008. He was not seriously injured.

    Police said the chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders.

    Sixth Judicial District Judge Heather Sweetland stayed 180 days of jail time Monday and ordered two years of probation for Anderson. His attorney, David Keegan, did not immediately return a call for comment.

    Information from: Duluth News Tribune, www.duluthsuperior.com

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    the Snopes article is entertaining...

    http://www.snopes.com/food/prepare/camel.asp
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    Question Pic-a-nic Basket Or Mini Van. Can You Tell The Difference?

    For Yosemite bears, dinner arrives in a minivan

    Sunday, October 25, 2009 (10-25) 10:50 PDT Yosemite National Park, Calif. (AP)

    What's bigger than a picnic basket and even better than one in the eyes of black bears that live in Yosemite National Park? A study published this month in the Journal of Mammalogy says it's minivans driven by families with children who leave behind a trail of spilled juice boxes, Cheerios and coolers carrying other snacks.

    Park scientists have found that the bears tore up minivans more frequently than other types of vehicles. It found that minivans represented 29 percent of the 908 vehicles torn into by bears between 2001 and 2007, even though they made up just 7 percent of the cars that visited Yosemite.

    The researchers investigated the relationship after noticing that bears seemed to target that particular vehicle type.

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    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, cp.org, Updated: October 27, 2009 3:32 PMPuck Naked: US team gets penalty time for playing 'strip hockey' at practice
    BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho junior hockey team was banished temporarily from a city ice rink after players engaged in a game of "strip hockey" - shedding a piece of uniform every time a practice shot missed its mark.

    As redress for last Wednesday's incident, Boise forbid the Idaho Junior Steelheads team from using Idaho Ice World for four days; one 17-year-old player who shed his underwear briefly was suspended until next week. In addition, police are investigating, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

    Doug Holloway, Boise's recreation superintendent, says rink employees told him the shootout drill went like this: "If they missed a shot, they had to take off a glove. If they missed another, they had to take off another glove. And so on, and so forth."An adult whose young daughter was on an adjacent rink saw the 17-to 20-year-old Steelheads skating in their skivvies and complained to a city hotline.

    Rink employees who also noticed the scantily clad skaters urged them to cover up.

    Police who were alerted on Thursday are now looking into whether Boise's public decency laws were broken by the incident.

    "The investigation is pending," said Boise Police Department spokeswoman Lynn Hightower.

    The city forbids people from showing their buttocks in public, largely to curb erotic dance parlours. Exemptions include dance, ballet, music or dramatic performances, or artistic displays; nudity during hockey practice isn't on the list.

    John Oliver, the Idaho Junior Steelheads owner, wasn't at the practice where the players held the "strip shootout."

    But an assistant told him the players were emulating a professional team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose members held a similar shootout last week where they discarded pieces of equipment after failing to score.

    Internet videos show a Lightning right winger, Martin St. Louis, stripping to his long, dark shorts and shirt; the Junior Steelheads apparently went further, with some disrobing down to their sports briefs. At least one 17-year-old player doffed his underwear completely, to "moon" another player.

    That teen was also punished by the team, Oliver said.

    "His behaviour didn't live up to our player code of conduct," said Oliver, whose squad plays in the Western States Hockey League against opponents from Arizona and California.

    The Junior Steelheads' suspension from Ice World ends Wednesday, when the team will be allowed to return.

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    Langley man loses testicle in attack by unknown woman

    Canwest News Service October 29, 2009

    Police in Langley are investigating after a woman kicked a man in the groin so hard he lost a testicle -- the latest in a series of three or four similar assaults.

    "I just want to know what her problem is," victim Anthony Clark, 22, said this week.

    Clark was walking in the Brookswood area of Langley in early September when he passed his assailant on the sidewalk.

    The young woman inexplicably kicked him in the groin hard enough to send one of his testicles into his abdomen.

    The force of the assault caused his testicle to rupture. It had to be removed and will be replaced by a prosthetic.

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    Man using 'fat' defense in NJ depicted as marksman

    By BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press Writer

    Thursday, October 29, 2009(10-29) 08:50 PDT Hackensack, N.J. (AP)

    New Jersey prosecutors are trying to portray a Florida man who claims he was too fat to have killed his former son-in-law as a skilled marksman.

    Edward Ates (aytz) claims he didn't have the energy to accurately shoot Paul Duncsak (DUNS'-kak) and make a quick getaway.

    Under cross-examination Thursday, Ates admitted he once used his revolver to shoot a snake during a road trip.

    The 62-year-old was 285 pounds when Duncsak was killed in 2006.

    Duncsak and Ates' daughter were involved in a bitter custody dispute after their divorce.

    A defense lawyer says the prosecution theory would mean that the killer would have had to run up a set stairs. He says Ates couldn't have done that and fired a gun accurately. He says exertion would cause his hands to shake.

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    Thumbs up B.z. To the cg crew involved

    Boat baby honours coast guard

    By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist November 4, 2009

    If Ari Edan Shaw Schiek ever asks why he was named after a Canadian Coast Guard vessel, his parents will have a heck of a story for him.

    A week ago, the 51/2-pound baby was born on the coast guard motor lifeboat Cape Edensaw while it was tied up at French Creek. Mother Nalia Barkman of Lasqueti Island had gone into labour more than a week before Ari was due. With no ferry for two days, she had no option but the coast guard for a rapid transfer to hospital in Parksville. But the baby came too quickly to make it to hospital.

    Barkman and partner Uwe Schiek had picked out their son's first name, but were waiting to meet him before choosing middle names. The unusual birthplace made up their minds.

    "I like that it honours the coast guard. I'm very thankful they did such a good job," Barkman said.

    Schiek said he researched the name Edensaw, named for a cape on the Queen Charlotte Islands, and discovered it was actually named for Charles Edan Shaw, a First Nations chief and artist in Skidegate.

    Edan means little fire in Gaelic and Ari means little lion in Hebrew, Schiek said. "We're going to have a lot to tell him when he asks about his name," he said.

    The coast guard crew, who picked up Barkman and Schiek on Lasqueti and then boiled water and fetched towels while he was being born, are happy the vessel is being recognized.

    "I think it's quite an honour to have them name their little guy after one of the boats," said Cam Murray, officer in charge of the French Creek coast guard station near Parksville.

    The crew is looking into inscribing the baby's name on the ship's bell -- a nautical tradition when a baby is born on board, he said.

    The parents brought Ari down to the coast guard station for photos.

    "It was great to see the baby. He's a nice little guy," Murray said.

    Barkman and Schiek had been planning to travel to Parksville before the baby was due, but everything happened too quickly for that.

    "It went very smoothly. It was a fast labour, which is a blessing," said Barkman, who was grateful their midwife, Zoe Cope, was able to meet them as soon as they docked at French Creek and supervised the birth.

    "She was certainly in the right place at the right time," she said.

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    Science explodes some cooking myths

    By Pam Freir, Times Colonist November 4, 2009

    Dr. This is French, and his surname is pronounced "teess," as in teaspoon. This (see what I mean?) can make things difficult for English speakers, so in today's column I'll use his first name, Hervé. He won't mind. He's a friendly fellow.

    Hervé is a high-ranking scientist in the French National Association for Agricultural Research. He is also a TV personality, and a writer of many books about food and cooking. Ask him what his subject is, and he'll tell you -- "the science of flavour."

    As a sideline to his main job as a food physicist, Hervé likes to examine traditional cooking instructions that have been handed down for centuries. If they work, why do they work? If they don't work, can we find a better way? Here are three of his investigations.

    James Beard is one of many cooks who tell us that small dumplings such as gnocchi and spaetzle are done when they rise to the surface of the pot. "Not necessarily," says Hervé.

    He used standard potato gnocchi for his experiments. Dumped into a pot of boiling water they floated briefly, then sank as they began to cook. For a while they danced around, then one by one returned to the surface.

    By rights, the gnocchi should have sunk lower as they cooked. Why did they rise? Hervé put them under a microscope, and found that each was covered in tiny bubbles. When he wiped off the bubbles and returned the gnocchi to the pot they sank immediately, then rose again as a fresh coating of bubbles formed.

    So, it's bubbles that cause dumplings to rise. But are the dumplings cooked? To find out, Hervé made a batch of gnocchi of different sizes and cooked them together in the same pot. They all sank, then they all rose, under bubble power. On investigation, the small ones were close to cooked, the large ones were still raw inside.

    So the scientific conclusion is: Doneness depends on the size of your dumplings and how long they are cooked, not on their swimming capabilities. To be sure, cook a test batch, watch in hand, and make a note in the margin of your recipe.

    Here's another one. If you wish to garnish a salad with slices of hard-boiled egg, and are a perfectionist, you will want the yolk to be exactly in the centre of each slice. According to Hervé, cookbooks say that this can be achieved by cooking the eggs in water that has already been brought to a boil. But cooks tell Hervé that it doesn't always work. The scientific solution, says Hervé, is based on understanding conditions inside the egg. The white is mainly water, but the yolk contains fats, and is therefore lighter than water. He demonstrates this by breaking a whole egg into a tall narrow glass, then adding two or three whites on top. The yolk slowly rises through the whites until it just touches the surface.

    So, here is Hervé's simple, practical but rather boring way of centering the yolk. Pop the egg into boiling water and keep it rolling around for ten minutes, preventing the yolk from rising inside the shell. As the egg heats through, the white solidifies, fixing the yolk in the centre.

    Lastly, some help for people who need a hit of caffeine to greet the day. What is the quickest way to bring a mug of coffee down to drinking temperature?

    First, says Hervé, the hotter the liquid the faster it cools. Adding cold milk or water won't help; you'll have to wait just as long. But if you're running late there are two techniques available -- stirring with a spoon or blowing on the surface. He set his team to work, and the blowers beat the stirrers 2-1, every time.

    I have one thought to add. If you are sufficiently co-ordinated so early in the day, you'd do even better to blow and stir simultaneously.

    Just as long as the coffee stays in the mug.

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    Drunk man fouls car seat, wipes himself with Bible

    Surrey Now November 3, 2009

    SURREY, B.C. — A man was arrested in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey after he defecated on the seat of a car, wiped himself off with a Bible and then sought refuge in a nearby police vehicle.

    The 33-year-old intoxicated man was at a Halloween party Saturday night when he stumbled out the door to use another guest's car as a toilet.

    The outraged partygoers began yelling at the man, who then climbed into a police vehicle, where he was bit by a service dog and then arrested.

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    Man with no pants unrelated to pants with no man: police

    Canwest News Service November 5, 2009

    Vancouver Island RCMP were called to investigate on Saturday after a man was found walking down a highway near Campbell River with no pants.

    The man "was coherent but could not remember where his pants and shoes were," said RCMP Cpl. Brian Brown.

    Officers then gave the man a ride home.

    "A little bit later, police got a call from the wife who said a man had called the house, saying he had her husband's wallet and that they would have to pay to get it back," he said.

    RCMP officers met with the would-be extortionist and recovered the wallet and money. No charges were laid, Brown said.

    In an unrelated case two days earlier, RCMP were called to a Campbell River trailer home after a woman said someone broke in while she was sleeping.

    The woman said the intruder used the bathroom, leaving it covered in fecal matter, and left a pair of pants behind in the living room.

    The owner of the pants has not been found.

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    Wisconsin Woman Calls 911 to Report Herself as Drunk Driver


    A Wisconsin woman called 911 to report herself as a drunk driver, MyFoxAustin reported.

    "Somebody's really drunk driving down Granton Road," Mary Strey said during an Oct. 24 call to 911, according to tapes.

    Trying to determine the location of the reported drunk driver, the dispatcher asked Strey: "Okay are you behind them, or..."

    "No, I am them," Strey said, according to MyFoxAustin.

    The dispatcher verified, "You am them?"

    "Yes, I am them," said Strey.

    "Okay, so you want to call and report that you're driving drunk?" confirmed the dispatcher.

    "Yes," said Strey.

    The dispatcher then told Strey to pull her car over, MyFoxAustin reported.

    According to a report, police said Strey had blood-shot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

    "I called in I'm drunk," Strey told the officer who responded to the call, MyFoxAustin reported.

    A local paper reported that Strey was charged with drunk driving and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.1 percent or more.

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    Question Now whoda thunk it?

    Canadian military no longer accepting infantry recruits

    By Matthew Fisher , Canwest News Service November 12, 2009 12:10 PM

    ReutersKANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — So many young Canadians want to become trigger pullers in Afghanistan that the army is not accepting any new infantry recruits at the moment, according to the army's top general.

    "I am 1,600 infantrymen over my establishment," Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie said Thursday, adding that the high numbers of recruits who want to "serve at the tip of the spear . . . completely refuted" any notion that there were problems getting people to serve in a wartime army.

    "I still want young Canadians to show up at recruiting offices, but it just so happens that right now if you want to join the infantry, we're completely full," Leslie said.

    The military also has many more volunteers for Afghanistan duty than there are places, the general — an artillery gunner by trade — said during an interview conducted after he had spent several days "outside the wire" in Kandahar with combat troops.

    Canada's three infantry regiments have about 6,000 infantrymen, so these units — which have traditionally suffered the most in battle, as has been the case in Afghanistan — are presently more than 25 per cent oversubscribed.

    To correct this unusual imbalance, the military is "slowing down recruiting for regular forces infantry for the next year or two," Leslie said, adding that the army is "encouraging folks from the infantry" to transfer to military jobs where there are still shortfalls, such as vehicle technicians and fire control system technicians.

    So many Canadians still want to be part of the country's first major combat mission since the Korean War that the number of recruits and their quality is like nothing Leslie has seen in his three decades in the armed forces.

    The military's success with recruiting follows a long television advertising campaign that has frequently highlighted the combat side of military operations. The ads, which have often run during hockey games and other sporting events watched by young men, have depicted troops taking part in missions on land and at sea in distant places that were made to look something like the Middle East or Southwest Asia.

    "I find myself in a unique position in comparison to most of my fellow army commanders across NATO," Leslie said. "I have more volunteers every tour than I have positions. To come to Afghanistan is a competitive process."

    The keenness of many soldiers to serve in Afghanistan may also be having an effect on attrition rates. For the infantry, the rate has fallen to 10 per cent from 12 per cent over the past 18 months, the general said. Across the entire army, attrition is down to eight per cent from 10 per cent, he said.

    An informal survey of troops who have been in Kandahar during the past few months found many of those serving in combat arms were already angling to return to the Afghan province one more time with the battle group or as army or police mentors before Canada's combat mission is supposed to end in the summer of 2011.

    The desire to get back to Afghanistan one more time is especially true of the last two infantry units scheduled to serve combat tours here — the Royal 22nd Regiment — the Van Doo — and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

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    Taken from the Victoria Daily Colonist Front Page, Second Section- Local News Sunday, Nov. 13, 1955

    Breaking Blues

    Snowbound Scottish Band Plays Itself Over Malahat They didn’t go “dashing
    through the snow on a one horse open sleigh,” but the brass band of The Canadian Scottish (Princess Mary’s) Regiment did play Jingle Bells deep in the snow on the Malahat Highway Friday. An RCN bus bearing the 16 musicians, bandmaster Sgt Keith Littler, Drum Major WO2 Ron Bland, Escort Officer John Pettit and the driver stalled 30 minutes after leaving Duncan at 1:10 p.m. following Remembrance Day Ceremonies.

    In fact, it stalled on three hills, and each time the 20 men had to push a dozen cars over the hills to make room for the bus, then push the bus to safety too. All this while wearing kilts and full dress uniforms, but no coats or
    gloves. Once, to break the monotony, they played some choruses of Jingle
    Bells.

    “The motorists thought we were crazy,” Capt Pettit said. “But it sort of kept us going.”

    The bus reached Victoria at 4:30 p.m., more than two hours late.

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    I would truly hate to see some of the English term papers being turned in now-a-days...

    'Unfriend' is New Oxford American word of the year

    Mon Nov 16, 5:10 PM


    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The New Oxford American Dictionary named "unfriend" -- as in deleting someone as a friend on a social network such as Facebook -- its word of the year on Monday

    Oxford University Press USA, in a blog post, said "unfriend," a verb, had bested netbook, sexting, paywall, birther and death panel for the honor.

    "Unfriend has real lex-appeal," said Christine Lindberg, senior lexicographer for Oxford?s US dictionary program.

    "It has both currency and potential longevity," she said. "In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for word of the year."

    Previous words of the year include carbon neutral, locavore and hypermiling.

    Locavores are people who eat locally grown food while hypermilers modify their cars and driving techniques to maximize gas mileage.

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