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Meet Migaloo: Extremely rare white whale spotted off Australia coast

One of the world’s rarest whales has been filmed off the coast of Australia. The mammal – a male all-white humpback – is making its migration along the southern coast, according to reports.

The whale, called Migaloo, is so popular in Australia there is a law designed to protect him from harassment. Migaloo was seen around 8am on Tuesday off Green Cape in New South Wales.

Migaloo, first spotted in 1991, was thought to be the only one of his kind. But in 2011 a white humpback whale calf was spotted by researchers and was unofficially named Migaloo Junior. They are the only two white whales currently known to be in existence.

The popular whale even has a Twitter account dedicated to him – follow @migaloo1 for more information.

The Lift Garage: Fixing Cars and People's Lives

HooplaHa · Published on Jun 17, 2014

Lift Garage Executive Director Cathy Heying initially knew nothing about car repair. At 38-years-old, she went back to school for auto technology. To date, Cathy and The Lift Garage has saved Minneapolis residents over $30,000 in repair bills. Her mission is to lifts spirits, lives and families through their struggles.

Hypnotized Woman Sings through Surgery to Save Vocals Chords

NTDTV • Published on Jun 18, 2014

A singer from Guinea is hypnotized, then told to sing during her surgery to protect her vocal chords in what is being called a first in medicine.

Full Story:

It is being called a world's first in medicine.

Doctors at a hospital in Creteil, France removed thirty-one-year-old Alama Kante's potentially cancerous thyroid gland while she was hypnotized. The singer from Guinea was given only local anesthetic and asked to sing during the procedure. Two months later, now healed, she explains why.

Alama Kante: "I met with the anesthetist to know how it would go, all of that, and they called me afterwards to say 'No we are not going to do it because you have a professional job with your vocal cords, we can't take the risk of sending you to sleep and perform such an operation'. So they proposed hypnosis so that I sing, so the doctor knows where to find the vocal cords that he must not touch."

To cope with the pain, the hypnotist told her to imagine what she felt was that of childbirth and that she was in distant Africa.

Alama Kante: "It's an operation which happens as if you were in a dream, a dream which sends us very very far away, and at the time, conscious of what is happening."

Kante's choice of song was 'Tolong', with lyrics that were quite apropos: "Fight, never give up..."

Brian Williams Raps ''Baby Got Back'' | Sir Mix-A-Lot with the Seattle Symphony

Sir Mix-A-Lot, will not to be upstaged:

Fish and Pelicans Missing, Sea Lions Sick: S. California Fishermen

S. California fishermen ‘skunked… haven’t seen a squid’, usually 10,000+ lbs/day — ‘Complete crashes’ at oyster hatcheries — Sardines, mackerel missing in areas — Pelican sites alarmingly deserted — Record # of sick sea lions — Ultra-rare whales appear after decades — Mammals, birds, fish in odd places

Published: June 17th, 2014 at 3:23 am ET
By ENENews

KPBS, June 11, 2014: Unusual Fish Catches Off San Diego Signal Large-Scale El Niño {...} “We’ve already started to see very unusual fish catches here,” {Tim Barnett, Scripps Institution of Oceanography said.} “Yellowfin tuna was caught in May — that has never happened before to anybody’s recollection {and} dorado Mahi Mahi — first of June {...} has never happened” {...}

Pete Thomas Outdoors, June 13, 2014: Unusual catches, whales in odd places, pelican woes could be signs that impending El Niño will be significant {...} mammals, birds and fish showing up where they don’t typically belong {...} Earlier this week two Bryde’s whales {were} off Huntington Beach {...} Sightings off California, however, are extremely rare. {...} between 1991 and 2005, there was only one {...} Less than a week earlier, a large pod of pilot whales showed off Dana Point {...} nearly 20 years since they were last spotted off Southern California. In late March, false killer whales, another ultra-rare visitor {were} off Orange County. {...} Sam Anderson, a UC Davis biologist {...} would typically encounter tens of thousands of breeding pairs of pelicans, there were only sparse numbers. Some nesting sites were alarmingly deserted. {…} Anderson, however, was reluctant to place all of the blame for the pelicans’ plight on the developing El Niño.

Wall St. Journal, June 7, 2014: Record numbers of distressed sea lions have washed ashore in California for a second straight year {...} a record 367 California sea lions have been admitted to the Marine Mammal Center here just north of San Francisco, nearly five times the average. {...} The problem may have implications for humans, researchers say. “Sea lions are living and feeding on the same resource as humans are.” {...} Evidence suggests a problem with one of the animal’s major food sources, sardines {...} Some researchers suggest rising toxicity {...}

Mark Rayor (Baja California’s East Cape region), April 13, 2014: The bait situation is still very grim {...} with sardines and mackerel nowhere to be found.

Marin Independent Journal, June 16, 2014:”We are seeing an issue of availability of (oyster) seed {...} There have been complete crashes at these hatcheries.”

Long Beach Press-Telegram, June 13, 2014: The squid boats that net the market squid commercially get an average of six tons nightly {...} This year the boats are getting “skunked” and haven’t seen a squid for the last three nights.

See also: “Weird things” seen on California coast: Previously unknown toxic algae proliferating; Unprecedented mass of oxygen-poor water nearshore — TV: Mystery strandings of large squid covered miles and experts baffled… “killing themselves, it’s just really weird” (VIDEO)


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver • Published on Jun 15, 2014

How is that team still called The Washington Redskins? Oh, it's because their owner Dan Snyder doesn't want to change his way of life.

Have you ever wondered about names? I do. All the time. Most sir names are derivatives of the work or profession of the male head of the family from back in olden times, like the ''Bakers'' were the people who baked the villager's bread. And the ''Plummers'' were the family that knew all about piping and draining water. And the ''Bushs'' were the people who hid in the shrubbery to bonk unsuspecting people walking by over the head to steal their shit.

Now take the name ''Snyder'' for instance. What would you guess the meaning of a Snyder was? Take a guess then click here for the answer.

- There you go. There's your answer as to why this team's name is still ''Redskins.'' Because rules, decorum, nor having a concern for the welfare of others applies to snyders......

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Tom Wheeler Is Not A Dingo

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver • Published on Jun 15, 2014

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler watched Last Week Tonight's bit on net neutrality.
He thought it was funny and creative. He wants us to know he's not a dingo.

It occurred to me recently, just how screwed we'd all be if it weren't for the likes of people such as Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. They are our National Psychological/ Emotional Cathartic Safety Valves.

- Just think of how bleak life would if there were no one around to properly mock Fox News......

'Dangerous, alienating, sociopathic': Former police captain on arming US cops with military gear

RT * Published on Jun 16, 2014

Dangerous, alienating, and sociopathic: the policy of arming police to
the teeth with military-grade gear shows a fundamental misunderstanding
of how crime is solved and what it means for a cop to walk the beat,
former Captain Ray Lewis told RT -

READ FULL SCRIPT http://on.rt.com/5rvxhq

War Gear Flows to Police Departments

''In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way.''

~President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

RAW: Massive twin tornadoes rip through Nebraska

RT * Published on Jun 16, 2014

Several tornadoes tore through northeast Nebraska on Monday, leaving at
least one person dead and 16 others critically injured, along with
widespread property damage.

Read more http://on.rt.com/gnjsc2

TYT: Shame On These Democrats For Enabling Wall Street Deregulation

TYT • Published on Jun 15, 2014

"Over the past two years, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has repeatedly wrestled with factions of his own party as he tries to bring traditionally uncontroversial bills to the floor, only to see a legislative war break out between tea party hard-liners and old-guard conservatives. But Cantor is currently prepping a bill that will incite a different kind of floor fight -- this time among Democrats.

It's supposed to be the kind of procedural bill that wouldn't raise hackles, even during an election year. The House Agriculture Committee cleared it by a voice vote, not even bothering to record the yeas and nays. Many of its major provisions have already passed the House with dozens -- in some cases, hundreds -- of Democratic votes."* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
    "I think they are gravely mistaken, and I think they're all going to fail," says former House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) of the bipartisan effort to chip away at the financial reform law that bears his name. "I cannot believe that if these became big public issues, that it would benefit the people pushing them."

    The Koch and Wall Street-backed deregulation items have all been folded into a bill formally reauthorizing the existence of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- the regulator that oversees the multi-trillion-dollar derivatives market. The agency has been functioning without authorization since October, and financial oversight advocates are confident that it can continue to do so unless the GOP passes legislation to defund it.

    By lumping a host of bipartisan bills together, the CFTC bill is Wall Street's best chance yet to defang Dodd-Frank. The most consequential deregulation bill in the package was introduced in early 2013 as HR 1256. Critics on Capitol Hill blast it as the "London Whale Loophole Act," because it allows U.S. firms to skip Dodd-Frank's trading rules on derivatives, provided they conduct trades in other countries with supposedly similar regulatory regimes.

    *Read more here from Zach Carter & Paul Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:

- It's clear that these Democrats follow the philosophy of Mark Twain, when he said: ''It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected.''

Yeah, I know. They don't need a reason.....
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