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Sat May 16, 2015 at 09:46 PM PDT

Victoria day, May 24

by tapu dali

Victoria day is a mostly Canadian holiday to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

This year, it is on Monday, May 18.

Traditionally, it's the time to plant your annuals as the temperatures are amenable.

When I was just a lad, this is what we sang. :

The twenty-fourth of May
Is the Queen's birthday
If we don't get a holiday
We'll all run away!
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Wed May 06, 2015 at 04:22 PM PDT

It was a knife ...

by tapu dali

A long, sharp, evil-looking knife.

An illegal knife

Or not

Who knows what's in a name?

A knife!

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Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 11:41 AM PDT

Jüriöö (St George's night)

by tapu dali

On the eve of April 23, 1343 began the massive uprising across Northern Europe known as the Peasants' Revolt.

E's grandmother, who passed away not long after in 1992,  aet 95,  used to refer to this as "suur sõda" (the great war), never mind all the others since. Memories of generations upon generations still instilled in a collective memory when Estonian serfs (teo'orjad; editorial apostrophe added to indicate glottal stop) dared rebel against their Danish overlords.

Of course it did not end well; farms torched and hundreds tortured to death for their insolence.

The memories still remain. Independence lost, regained, lost, and regained yet again.

Even now, bonfires are lit in memory of the time when the fires signalled that the time is nigh!

F### Putin.

RIP Hermine Rosalie.
Vivat Aestii!

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Fri Apr 10, 2015 at 05:34 PM PDT

My Minister, 2 Bq/m^3, and I.

by tapu dali

Shortest diary ever, sorry.

AAAAAARRRGGGHHHHH!

With apologies to Marine Chemist.

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Wed Nov 05, 2014 at 08:03 PM PST

Movember for prostate cancer

by tapu dali

Movember is prostate cancer awareness month.

I'm a prostate cancer survivor.  I had PSA tests that finally hit 10.  My urologist (and my wife) told me what I had to do: get a biopsy!

So I did. Kachunk, kachunk, kachunk.  Is there anything left? Laughter all round.

Back to the doctor.  Gleason score:6.  "You've got cancer."

So to 35 days of radiation therapy, counting each and every zap.

That was 6 years ago.

Cured.  Last PSA: 0.6.

Guys: Prostate cancer is a leading cause of death among men of a certain age.  The finger up the bum exam isn't that bad.  Neither is the biopsy.  And you get gold threads implanted in you, what's not to like?

You won't even notice the zaps.

And in the end: you're alive! Your wife and children will thank you forever and a day.

So if you're 60 or above, Get It Done!

I'm telling ya!

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I attended an Ebola briefing today with presentations by top public health officials.

6 main talking points:

Ebolavirus is not airborne transmissible.
Ebolavirus is not airborne transmissible.
Ebolavirus is nor airborne transmissible!

If you're not symptomatic, you're not contagious.
If you're not symptomatic, you're not  contagious!
If you're not symptomatic, you're not contagious!!

OK? That's the messages our scientists are delivering to Government, and, Government is listening. The Minister announced that we would not, repeat NOT, isolate people who are asymptomatic, regardless of their travel and exposure history.

Our Government thankfully respects sound science.

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Sat Oct 18, 2014 at 05:15 PM PDT

Is this for real?

by tapu dali

The New York Times claims that President Obama is going to reaffirm the Bush torture memo. Sorry, I'm having g trouble posting a link but it's on their front page.

I know, lousy diary!

But if true, this is totally apalling, disgusting, and unacceptable. What is he thinking?

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Wed Sep 03, 2014 at 09:51 AM PDT

President Obama's speech in Estonia

by tapu dali

http://www.whitehouse.gov/...

Excerpts:

That dream of [Estonian] freedom endured through centuries of occupation and oppression.  It blossomed into independence, only to have it stolen by foreign pacts and secret protocols.  It survived the mass deportations that ripped parents from their children.  It was defended by Forest Brothers in their resistance and sustained by poets and authors who kept alive your languages and cultures.  And here in Estonia, it was a dream that found its most eloquent expression in your voices -- on a grassy field not far from here, when Estonians found the courage to stand up against an empire and sing “land of my fathers, land that I love.”  And Heinz Valk, who is here today, spoke for the entire Singing Revolution when he said, “One day, no matter what, we will win!”  (Applause.)    
Now, let’s put to rest, once and for all, the distortions or outdated thinking that has caused this crisis [in Ukraine].  Our NATO Alliance is not aimed “against” any other nation; we’re an alliance of democracies dedicated to our own collective defense.  Countries like Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania are not “post-Soviet territory.”  You are sovereign and independent nations with the right to make your own decisions.  No other nation gets to veto your security decisions.
The protests in Ukraine, on the Maidan, were not led by neo-Nazis or fascists.  They were led by ordinary Ukrainians -- men and women, young and old -- who were fed up with a corrupt regime and who wanted to share in the progress and prosperity that they see in the rest of Europe.  And they did not engage in an “armed seizure of power.”  After an agreement was brokered for constitutional reform, the former president then abandoned his office, and parliament endorsed new elections so that today Ukrainians have a new democratically elected president.  And I look forward to welcoming President Poroshenko to the Oval Office this month.  He was chosen by the people of Ukraine.
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Short diary but a BFD.

A Liberal Party of Ontario convention is about to elect Kathleen Wynne, a proud lesbian, as the next leader o the party and Premier of the province.

Congratulations, Ms Wynne!

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Correctly predicting an earthquake??

I work in risk assessment, disaster management and that sorr of stuff.

This is totally unacceptable!

Apologies for the nondiary but this is incredible. I hope the IGU throws Italy out for this.

I'm telling my boss tomorrow: either you promise to support us (my team) or were all out. My team has agreed.

Science under  attack.

We can fight back.  

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Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM PDT

WTF? CNN declares Ryan winner

by tapu dali

By 48 to 44.  Garbage!!

This is is just pure shit.

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Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM PDT

Tomorrow night at 9 EDT

by tapu dali

Two men, as opposite as can be imagined, shall vie in debate to demonstrate their respective capabilities for the Nation's highest office.

One would expect reasoned arguments, profound thinking, and a deep understanding of history.

But that is clearly not what Americans will get.

What you will get will be "zingers", one-liners, straw-man arguments, "knockout punches", and so forth.

Because reason and thoughtfulness are elitist and therefore un-American.

Your Founders would weep.

Apologies for the non diary.

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