Monday, October 24, 2016

Edmonton Oilers oldtimers grace the ice one last time together at the Heritage Classic - Farewell to 'The Great One' **

Story suggested by my grandson Sam:

WINNIPEG -- The Stinky One?
That might be pushing it, but Wayne Gretzky was not very impressed with his play in the 2016 NHL Heritage Classic Alumni Game at Investors Group Field on Saturday.
"I stink," Gretzky said, laughing. "I'm really bad."
Gretzky and his Edmonton Oilers alumni teammates lost 6-5 to the Winnipeg Jets alumni on a penalty shot by Teemu Selanne in the final seconds, but one of the biggest attractions was seeing Gretzky on the ice playing hockey in public again.
He hadn't played in an alumni game since the first Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in 2003, so watching Gretzky skate with his old Oilers linemates Jari Kurri and Dave Semenko was a thrill unto itself.
But Gretzky, the NHL's all-time leading scorer with 894 goals and 2,857 points in 1,487 games, did not get a point.
"Mark [Messier] went down and he snapped that first goal and went down and snapped the second one and I was like, 'Oh my God, he can still play,'" Gretzky said. "Nobody's thinking that about Wayne Gretzky."
He had a few shining moments when he made some great passes but the game Saturday was a difficult one for Gretzky, and he has no problem with that.
"It's hard going now when it's tough to tie up your laces," he said.
It's difficult to imagine any of Gretzky's legions of fans cared much about how he thought he played, or how the Oilers lost the game. Seeing Gretzky in an Oilers uniform, playing the game he helped take to extraordinary new heights, was reward enough. And hopefully those fans were paying attention to what was happening Saturday, because they may never see it again.
"I'm 56 in three months," said Gretzky, whose birthday is Jan. 26. "I'm not doing a road show, but that might have been my last game."

The Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers face off during the alumni game at the NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg, Saturday, October 22, 2016.

This is a rivalry that spans more than four decades.
Before the teams joined the NHL, the Oilers and Jets met on the ice for the first time on Oct. 15, 1972, when they were franchises in the World Hockey Association. 

Back then, the Jets were the fan favourites, meeting and beating the Oilers twice in the playoffs before winning the Avco World Trophy three times.

The young players and the alumni players enter the open air stadium to a roaring crowd of fans eager to see their old heroes on the ice once more

In 1979, the two teams headed into the NHL as part of a four-team expansion.
However, when they joined, the hockey gods seemed to join forces with and smile upon Edmonton. During the 1980s the Jets made it to the post-season eight times. But almost every year, it was the Oilers that cut short any dreams of a championship win.

Edmonton beat Winnipeg in 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987, and captured five Stanley Cups during that decade.

Mark Messier #11 of the Edmonton Oilers alumni salutes the crowd before taking on the Winnipeg Jets alumni
Messier greets Simpson of the Oilers
 Wayne Gretzky takes a circuit around the ice with a big smile to be back on his old turf ( or ice)
Wayne Gretzky (99) and Esa Tikkanen (10) get set to hit the ice together

And then there was 1990. This was the year when the Jets were leading the division semi-finals three games to one. The Oilers won game five and game six was tied at three goals apiece when the game was delayed — by popcorn.
“1990 will always live in my mind as the year some fan threw a box of popcorn on the ice,” former Winnipeg Jets’ owner, Barry Shenkarow said.
“Everything was going our way. If the fan hadn’t thrown the popcorn on the ice we probably would have beaten Edmonton that year,” he said.
The Jets lost that series in seven games and the two teams haven’t met in the playoffs since.

Does he look like he enjoys hockey?
Setting up for a shot

And so as the old rivals faced off  at the Heritage Classic– Teemu Selanne had cheers rain down on him from Winnipeg Jets fans. The Finnish Flash repaid them by scoring twice, including the winner with four seconds left, and adding three assists as the Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 in the 2016 Heritage Classic alumni game.
Selanne, who’s been retired for two seasons, claimed the victory when he beat goalie Curtis Joseph between the pads on a penalty shot.
Edmonton was leading 5-4 early in the third on a goal by B.J. MacDonald when Kris King scored his second of the game to tie it up in front of thirty-one thousand plus fans.

 Ryan Smith #94 of the Edmonton Oilers alumni shoots in front of Jim Kyte #6 of the Winnipeg Jets
Teemu Selanne #13, and young super star of the Winnipeg Jets alumni scores on Bill Ranford #30 of the Edmonton Oilers alumni
“You could see the difference of Teemu Selanne who just retired and the others who had been retired for a long time,” said Gretzky. Selanne had a five-point night and scored the 6-5 winner on a penalty shot. But the Oilers scored three straight in the second thanks to Craig Simpson, Mark Messier and Craig McTavish.

 Craig MacTavish #14 of the Edmonton Oilers alumni scores past Daniel Berthiaume #30 of the Winnipeg Jets alumni
Great shot Craig
Former Edmonton Oiler Esa Tikkanen (10) tries to get things going with Winnipeg Jet Laurie Boschman (16) during third period ...Just a mock fight, they were having too much fun
Former Edmonton Oilers coach Glen Sather, one of the older alumni, directs his team against the Jets during third period
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All in good fun guys. Former Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky (99) and Winnipeg Jet Teemu Selanne (13) shakes hands after the Jets defeated the Oilers following third period

Old grandpa  #99 of the Edmonton Oilers alumni, Gretzky, takes a breather. ( By the way, he loves being a grandpa)

The rivalry between the long-time foes was in full force before the puck even dropped under overcast skies and a temperature of 11°C. Messier was booed when he scored by hard core Jets Fans.

The game time temperature of 11ÂșC was certainly better than the 30 degrees below freezing weather for the first Heritage Classic, the only previous game for the Oilers Alumni.
Craig MacTavish, who never wore a helmet in his entire career, played bare headed and Dave Lumley wore the same skates he did in 1994 when he shot the puck into the empty net to put away the Oilers first of five Stanley Cups.
Considering the Oilers won six playoff series against the Jets including five Stanley Cup wins, Edmonton players were well received in the introductions by about 32,000 fans.
Gretzky received a standing ovation. Only Selanne matched his ovation when the Jets were introduced introduced. Winnipeg fans screamed as he entered the rink.
The Heritage Classic, born in Edmonton 13 years ago, turned out to be another significant slice of Canadiana. The players and the fans were high on the excitement and the emotions.
“For me, personally, it was just the incredible passion across Canada. It doesn’t matter where you go, where you stop at or where you play,” said Messier. “Winnipeg was just another reminder of the passion, the respect and the relationship between players past and present.
“This is a long way away from my first shift in the old Winnipeg Arena when I was 17 with the Indianapolis Racers. Coming here all these years later and seeing where hockey has come -  to be able to fill this stadium with players who are long past their prime and feel the love and respect of the fans, it’s just a testament to the people here in Canada in general.”
“There was nothing negative at all about this day,” said Gretzky. “It was a tremendous crowd for an alumni game. You can tell how big hockey is here. The hockey playing obviously, wasn’t the greatest (smiling), but the game ended the way it should end with the best player on the ice on the home team scoring the big goal.”

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Earth Emergency

This is a 911 call to the human race... Music video on the climate change, global warming crisis. Made with footage courtesy Al Gore's Climate Reality Project,, BBC's Planet Earth, Greenpeace, Big Cat Rescue and the Rainforest Action Network.

What celebrities are saying Trumpwise

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Secret Nazi army base discovered in Russian Arctic

Arctic landscape.

A TOP secret Nazi base in the depths of the Arctic has been found by Russian scientists after more than 70 years. The mysterious site is located on a remote island in Russian territory – more than 600 miles from the North Pole.

  Rusted shells were among 500 objects found at the deserted outpost
Remarkably well-preserved documents were also found at the site
Remarkably well-preserved documents were also found at the site

Set up in 1942, a year after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, the military outpost on Alexandra land was christened “Schatzgraber” or “Treasure Hunter”.
The island was strategically vital to both sides during the Second World War because of its value in producing weather reports.

The information that it produced was crucial for the movement of troops and equipment in the frozen north of the USSR. This was especially true as the brutal Russian winter set in that year, causing the relentless German advance to grind to a halt in the snow.

And the island was all the more important because most of the other potential sites capable of producing polar weather reports in the region were held by the Allies.
But the name given to the base suggests the Nazis may have had another, more secret, mission – possibly searching for a mythical treasure trove or ancient artefacts. Perhaps even more modern booty was the goal. Treasures raided from Russia potentially may have been put in cold storage there.  As typical of the Nazis, there may have even been a more nefarious purpose for the base.

  The base was set up in 1942, apparently with the aim of gathering weather reports

A scientist holds a rusted WWII bullet found on the frozen rocky ground

 The base was abandoned by its crew when they fell ill after eating polar bear meat
A detachment of soldiers was dropped off on the island that year, establishing a base on the barren, rocky isle.
The men were re-supplied by air drops until the base was suddenly evacuated in 1944.
All of the outpost’s inhabitants were poisoned that year after eating polar bear meat contaminated with roundworms.


 Alexandra Land is located more than 600 miles from the North Pole, in one of the least hospitable parts of the world. The survivors were rescued by a German U-boat and the base abandoned.

Since then, there was no fixed presence on the island until 1990, after the fall of the Soviet Union. And now, more than 70 years later, the location of the Nazi base has finally been discovered by Russian scientists.
Images showed rusted bullets, shells, and patrol cans scattered across the rocky, frozen ground.

 The soldiers and scientists manning the base were rescued by a U-boat in 1944

One of the Russians who discovered the abandoned base holds a boot found there

The base has been lost for more than 70 years before it was finally located. The team also found the remnants of bunkers and even 70-year-old papers, all remarkably well preserved by the intense cold.
In total, more than 500 objects were recovered from the site.
Russia is now establishing its own military base on Alexandra Land.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Trump show is almost over ...Thanks for coming ~

Exerpts from an article by Matt Bai:
That’s a wrap, folks. Thanks for coming. You’ve been a terrific audience.
For 16 months, Donald Trump’s accidental campaign was the hottest thing on TV. Even Trump seemed surprised when his little side project, sandwiched between seasons of “The Apprentice” and premised on giving away a bunch of hats, blew up into a cultural phenomenon.

How could he have known it would be that easy to take over an entire party? I sure didn’t. Turns out the Republican Party was like “Wheel of Fortune”; people followed out of habit, but they were sick to death of the reruns.
But as Trump scowled and scoffed his way through one final debate, it was clear that his egomaniacal show had finally played itself out. After weeks of ugly disclosures and cratering polls, all that remained for Trump was to figure out some way to end the series without having to admit it was canceled.

So after railing all week against a “rigged” election, Trump pointedly refused — twice — to say he would accept the result as legitimate. “I’ll keep you in suspense,” he said instead. I guess every dying show needs its cliffhanger finale.
As the candidate himself might have put it in one of his famous tweets: Trump claiming fraud because his poll numbers are horrible! Sad!

I’ll make a rare prediction here, which is that someday in the not-so-distant future, when he feels like not enough people are paying attention to him, Trump will generate headlines by telling a reporter he never really wanted to be president, anyway. And it will be the truest thing he’s said in a while.

But what about the rest of us? What kind of shaken country will Trump leave in his tumultuous wake? How do we fix what’s broken?

A lot of Americans will vote for Trump in November in spite of his bigotry and xenophobia, not because of it. They can’t stomach Hillary Clinton, or they’re desperate to upend Washington, or they’re just diehard Republicans, and they hope — foolishly, I think — that Trump would somehow blossom into a president who’s bigger than the insecure and reckless man they watched again last night.

But that’s distinct from the much smaller universe of furious, nostalgic, culturally displaced voters who drag their kids to Trump rallies, who see themselves living in a racially defined society where white men are the oppressed class, who have no real problem with violence or misogyny or people holding signs with swastikas.

There aren’t actually more of these voters than there used to be. Contrary to liberal hysteria, Trump hasn’t managed to ignite some new White Power movement.
What he’s done, in his frenzied, yearlong effort to find love and acceptance among people with whom he really has nothing in common, is to re-legitimize attitudes that had become unacceptable in polite conversation and often career-ending in public discourse.

*He re-awakened bigotry, isolationism and racism, made misogeny fashionable and made divisive an historic political party and their supporters. He has popularized slander, evasiveness and out right lying. Has he set a precedent for future campaigns? One shudders to think.

Donald Trump (AP)

As for Hillary Clinton, she deserves  congratulations for keeping to a Sun Tzu saying: "Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself." 

Amid 'rigged' vote claims, Russia wants monitors in U.S.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and Republican candidate Donald Trump, left, clashed over Russia's role in the U.S. election at the final Presidential Debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Oct. 19 2016.: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and Republican candidate Donald Trump clashed over Russia's role in the U.S. election at the final Presidential Debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, on Oct. 19 2016.

In an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Donald Trump's claims of a "rigged" presidential election, Russia sought to send monitors to U.S. polling stations for the Nov. 8 vote, Russian media revealed Thursday.
The bid was sharply rebuffed by the State Department, and one state election official threatened criminal action if Russian monitors showed up, according to state-controlled Izvestia daily and broadcaster RT.
State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner called the Russian effort a "PR stunt" and denied that the United States blocked Russian diplomats from observing the election.

A spokeswoman for Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who received a request to allow Russian monitors, called it a "propaganda ploy."
"We've allowed observers from overseas in the past from other countries, never from Russia," Meg Casper said. She added that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security also "told us not to do this."
 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Trump clashed over Russia's role in the U.S. election at the final Presidential Debate . Trump, who is behind in most polls, has complained for weeks about potential election fraud. In Wednesday night's debate with Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Republican nominee refused to say whether he would abide by the results on Election Day.
On Thursday, he said he will "totally accept the results — if I win."

Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, have become prominent issues in the U.S. campaign and were mentioned during Wednesday's debate for allegedly interfering in the election. U.S. intelligence officials say Russia is behind a series of computer hacks that leaked embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee and top Clinton campaign staffers. Trump was skeptical about Russia's role in the leaks and deflected Clinton's charge that he is an admirer of Putin and overlooks the Russian leader's alleged meddling in the election and other anti-U.S. positions.

The United States often sends monitors to observe elections in other countries with a history of voter fraud. Izvestia said Russia made the request for monitors in the U.S. during talks with the State Department and was "categorically rejected."
Russia was invited to participate in routine monitoring conducted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, in which Russia is a member, but the level of access was unacceptable to the Russians, according broadcaster RT.
The European group said it will observe the U.S. election with a delegation of 439 people from 10 countries deployed nationwide. The delegation includes at least one Russian. Toner noted that U.S. officials participated in a similar observation mission for Russia's parliamentary elections in September.

Russian officials also sought access on the state level in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Izvestia said Russia was turned down in "harsh" terms. Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos wrote a Sept. 28 letter to Alexander Zakharov, Russia's consul general in Houston, that "only persons authorized by law may be inside of a polling location during voting. All other persons are not authorized and would be committing a Class C misdemeanor crime by entering." Cascos offered to discuss the voting process with Zakharov or his representatives, or to set up a meeting with local election officials, according to a copy of the letter his office provided to USA TODAY.

Louisiana Secretary of State Schedler declined the Russian request in a genial manner, according to a copy of an Aug. 26 letter sent to Zakharov. Schedler explained that his office in Baton Rouge sustained heavy damage from a massive flood that left him short-staffed.
"Had this flood event not occurred, we certainly would have been open to such a visit, but I cannot meet such a request with the situation I currently have in front of me," Schedler wrote. He urged Zakharov to contact him in 2020 if he's still interested.
Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge turned down the request, citing Oklahoma law. "While it would be our honor to offer the opportunity to observe our voting process, it is prohibited under state law to allow anyone except election officials and voters in or around the area where the voting takes place," Benge wrote.

Trump has no sense of caution and plays with international fire, no matter the consequences to others, if it suits his personal agenda. He would, no doubt, invite Russian officials to run the election if he could. Totally without scruples or respect for his own country.
 Okay Russia... your move,