Sunday, March 04, 2007

Hank, chilis and blastomycosis

My great image-hoster, Zoto, is upgrading and importing all pics to the new system, so I'll be uploading and posting new pics shortly.


Hank Williams First Nation

I had only heard of HWFN a couple months ago and have only seen a couple episodes of the TV series; but, what I have seen has made me a fan.

HWFN Movie cast pics.

HWFN movie star gave a workshop at Enowkwin Centre, last year.
On February 24, 2006 Michelle Thrush and Stacy Da Silva from Calgary based 'Crazy Horse Theatre' were guest mentors to the National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program theatre students.

Hank Williams First Nation site.


HWFN movie star, Stacy Da Silva.


World's new hottest chile pepper.

Accused Terrorist Is Big GOP Donor.

Nunavut Arts and Crafts Assoc.

Site with info about the Maya

Living in Northwestern Ontario has its risks. One being one ofg the highest rates of blastomycosis in the world.
" Blastomycosis is such a rare disease that many doctors -- even diagnostic hotshots from big-city emergency rooms -- may never have heard of it. But in the Lake of the Woods region, "blasto" has grown into a bogeyman that threatens to take at least some of the joy out of gardening, tree planting and boyish adventuring in the woods. A fungus called Blastomyces dermatitidis thrives in the acidic soil, and its spores, when inhaled, can thrive in the dark, moist interior of the human body, where they produce a yeast infection that can kill the victim if left untreated. "Blastomycosis can be found over much of North America," says Lyle Wiebe, environmental health program manager at the Northwestern Health Unit in Kenora. "Manitoba gets a few cases every year, and Timmins, Thunder Bay and Georgian Bay have all had small outbreaks. But the Lake of the Woods region has the dubious distinction of being the global hot spot."

Local First Nations residents are at higher risk, because of more contact with the forest soils in everyday activities, poor housing conditions and less non-emergency medical attention.

Tlingit artist, Clarissa Hudson.

Laval University Journal of Inuit Studies.

A cool flash site from the new Smithsonian "National Museum of the American Indian", giving a quick tour of NW Coast art and cultures.

A site dedicated to NW Ontario history. Not complete, but a start.

Baen Free Ebook library; mostly sci-fi stuff.

An arguement against DRM technology

Adam Beach update


How to make a sling and play David. All you need is a Goliath...
and a rock.

Tired of superbug" germs developing resistance to antibiotics? Me too. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is about to approve new antibiotics for use in cows; unfortunately, the antibiotic is from a class of antibiotics that are the "last line of defense" for some infections that are resistant to all other antibiotics. Not for long, however, if we start putting it in our beef. Washington Post article. From the article:
"The industry says that 'until you show us a direct link to human mortality from the use of these drugs in animals, we don't think you should preclude their use,' " said Edward Belongia, an epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin. "But do we really want to drive more resistance genes into the human population? It's easy to open the barn door, but it's hard to close the door once it's open."

How does a case of vandalism get turned into terrorist action? And what are the consequences when prison radicalises a formerly mild-mannered genius?

JPG Magazine:
" PG Magazine is for people who love imagemaking without attitude. It's about the kind of photography you get when you love the moment more than the camera. It's for photographers who, like us, have found themselves online, sharing their work, and would like to see that work in print."

Quebec Premier Jean Charest needs a history lesson...

at a news conference where former French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin announced a package of gifts from France to Quebec City totalling $12.5 million, Charest sounded a nationalist chord.

"North America belongs to the French," Charest said. "And we want it back."

He seems to have forgotten that it was not the French who were here, first.


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