Animals

More about the Bactrian Camel

I had written an earlier post about the bactrian camel. All the information was gathered from a Wikipedia entry which had no notations for the information cited.

I have been meaning to double check the info in the the entry but never got around to it.

Well, until now that is. I found a good article in Toronto Zoo website and The University of Michigan website which corroborates a lot of the information in my previous entry.

Click here to read the Toronto Zoo article.

Click here to read the article on the University of Michigan website.

Click here to read my earlier blog post about the bactrian camel.

 

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Activism, Heroes, Video

Proud to be Canadian moment

Snowden Angels

There have been many moments where I have felt proud to be Canadian. I had one of those moments last week when I read in the news that Canada had given asylum to one of the refugees who sheltered Edward Snowden when he was fleeing from the authorities in Hong Kong.

Vanessa Rodel and her daughter Keana Kihinsa arrived in Canada last Monday.

“This is a really great day,” said her lawyer, Robert Tibbo. “She’s departed Hong Kong. She’s left behind all the distress, hopelessness and uncertainty in life, the discrimination and marginalization she has suffered.”

Five other asylum seekers who sheltered Mr. Snowden are awaiting decisions on their applications in Canada. Among them is Ajith Pushpakumara, from Sri Lanka, who said he had fled to Hong Kong after being tortured for deserting the military and faces the possibility of execution if he returns to his native country.

Ajith fled his home country of Sri Lanka in 2003. In Sri Lanka, Ajith signed up for the military when he was 18 years old. In the Ambepussa Army Camp, young recruits were abused daily and often raped by their superiors. A victim of sexual abuse and at one point left for dead, Ajith deserted. When he was caught by the military police, he was then tortured.

With his military background, Ajith acted as Edward Snowden’s bodyguard in Hong Kong in 2013.

For The Refugees is a Canadian not-for-profit organization fighting to prevent the deportation of the Snowden Guardian Angels from Hong Kong and compelling Canada to expedite their relocation to safety.

Click here to visit For The Refugees website.

Click here to watch video about the Snowden Guardian Angels on CBC.

Click here to read article on New York Times about the Snowden Guardian Angels.

Click here to read my blog entry about Edward Snowden and the Survellance State.

Notes: All information in this blog gathered from New York Times article and For The Refugees website.

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Art, Native American

Hoobiyee

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Hobiyee celebration marks Nisga’a Nation’s new year in Vancouver. Click here to read article and watch video posted by CBC News.

Picture above is of Hoobix spoon made by Jaimie Davis. The spoon was exhibited at the 2017 Northern Exposure Art Exhibition hosted by the Spirit Wrestler Gallery. Click here to visit the gallery.

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Humor, Music

Japanese BBQ

arianagrande

Oops! Ariana Grande wanted to tattoo a translation of her song titled “7 Rings”. Instead, she mistakenly got a tattoo that roughly translates as a “small charcoal grill”.

Click here to read full article published by The Guardian.

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Censorship, Freedom of Expression, Movies

China does not want you to see this film

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The title of the film is “A Touch of Sin”. I saw this film and I really liked it. It has 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 78 reviews. The movie won best screenplay at Cannes Film Festival.

Synopsis:

A Touch of Sin was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world’s fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination.

Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke, this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends.

Notes:

Synopsis was copied from official site of film. Click here to go to official website of the film.

The film is composed of four different segments. The four incidents depicted in the segments are not directly related. If you don’t like one particular segment, you can skip to next segment. I personally liked all the segments.

Click here to read article published by The New Republic. The article is titled “China does not want you to see this year’s best Chinese film”. When you go to The New Republic website, you might see a pop up asking you to subscribe. You don’t have to subscribe to read the article. Click the close button at top right hand corner of the pop up to close it.

Unfortunately, this movie is not available on Netflix. Check your local libary. They might have it. You can borrow the movie from Toronto Public Libary. This movie could not be found in the Markham Public Library catalogue.

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