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The Twelve Days of Christmas is the festive days beginning Christmas Day (December 25). This period is also known as Christmastide and Twelvetide.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas is always on Epiphany Eve (January 5), but the Twelfth Night can either precede or follow the Twelfth Day, according to which Christian tradition is followed.

The Twelfth Day (January 5) is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. In some traditions, the feast of Epiphany (January 6) and the twelfth night of Christmas overlap.

Currently, the twelve days and nights are celebrated in widely varying ways around the globe. Some give gifts only on Christmas Day, some only on the Twelfth Night, and others exchange gifts on each of the twelve nights.

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five golden rings, four calling birds; three french hens,
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds,
Three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings,
Four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds,
Three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds,
Three French hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings,
Four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens,
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens,
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

Sending you Warm Wishes for a Wonderous Christmas,

and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

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Big Mac Japan Version Box

I know the title is most discouraging and disgusting, but I just watched the video below while on business site, and found it amazing! As a matter of fact, I feel a little guilty, because I have craved a Big Mac for the past couple of weeks! LOL!

It’s certainly obvious why so many people are overweight, and often obese. We seem to want instant gratification, whatever we’re looking for – whether it’s a raise or a burger, we want things ‘Mc-Now’!

At any rate, I thought the information in this presentation was useful, and wanted to share it with my viewing audience as well.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this, so please do leave a comment. Thank You!

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An alert has been issued today for these 2 beaches in Vancouver’s West End. This advisory was issued due to the extent of bacteria within the water at these particular beaches, which is higher than the acceptable, and recommended levels.

What may happen if you swim at these beaches?

To do so would put one at greater risk of getting a gastrointestinal illness, which can result in diarrhea and vomiting.

Seniors, children and those with a compromised immune system who experience these symptoms should visit their doctor immediately.

What caused this to happen?

The exact cause behind the high E. coli count is unknown, however, there are multiple likely contributors, including:

  • Boating traffic and resulting sewage;
  • Hot weather causing the swimming layer (top four feet) of water to heat up, permitting bacterium to multiply faster;
  • Lack of Tidal Flush in certain areas;
  • Lot of people and dogs on the beaches; and
  • Birds have conjointly been a powerful contributor in the past.

ALL ALTERNATE SWIMMING BEACHES WITHIN THE VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH REGION REMAIN SAFE.

Alert Resource: News 1130, http://www.news1130.com/

Related:

Can you imagine working your butt off, beginning early in your childhood, working and practicing for many hours each day, year after year, to end up, at over 60 years of age, still maintaining a pretty amazing figure, and also be in good health? I only wish….LOL!

How about continuing to entertain the world (via Web) at 86 years old, and STILL being considered one of the Stars of the Show, with the incredible abilities and body that would put young women age 13 & 20 to shame?

Well, have I got a treat for you! My Sister-in-Law passed this fantastic video along to me, and I loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you my dear readers! I know some of you may have seen it, but I bet there are many that have not.

I also want to extend my thanks to both my sister and Satoshi Red for posting this for the world to see! God Bless this woman, Johanna Quass!

Enjoy checking out this talented and amazing 86-year old gymnast performing both her bar and floor routines!

Please also Share!

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Video  —  Posted: July 9, 2013 in Bits & Bytes
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BC-God-Bud-Marijuana-CloseupBC HYDRO LINESMEN WORKING WITH ORGANIZED CRIME?

12-18 workers were sent home ‘with pay’ late last week, while the matter is under investigation. It has been suspected for years that BCH workers with the necessary expertise have done the work such as ‘bypasses’ that have been discovered in a number of these Ops.

The fact that ‘Grow-Ops’ keep popping up everywhere, also speaks volumes! There’s no way the people setting up these Ops could do this work – they definitely need the ‘Linesmen’ expertise to prevent their sites, and possibly themselves, from being blown sky ‘high’.

 

vanc firefighter calNO VANCOUVER ‘FIREFIGHTERS CALENDARS’ ON MY WALLS, THANKS!

Last week two firefighters mailed Tampons to the PoCo Fire Dept. to ‘welcome’ 2 new ‘Female’ recruits. Last fall out of the 700 female applicants, only ‘5’ were hired, and now we know why! I think someone is trying to protect these poor women…not necessarily discriminate, but I won’t get started on that hot topic!

How incredibly DISGUSTING of these guys, no regard or respect for their female counterparts whatsoever! A public apology is definitely NOT enough – perhaps if they lose their jobs and pensions they will think twice before they the next imbecile tries something like this.

 

obesityTHE DIS-EASE OF ‘OBESITY’ – ECONOMIC FIX?

Recently, the American Medical Association categorized ‘Obesity’ as a ‘Disease’. Legitimate concerns: overly obese people are dancing with the likely onset of Type 2 Diabetes and/or Heart Disease. That is logical enough, and I think we’d all have to go along with that line of thinking.

However, what I strongly disagree with is the AMA saying that basically Obesity is one’s own fault, poor eating habits and not dieting, or taking responsibility for our own bodies, etc., etc.

OK, I have to ask, have these experts been living under a rock these past few years? I think they are collectively forgetting about a very serious economic crash called the Recession/Depression!

The fact is that people generally cannot afford to eat healthy! How are you supposed to do that with no job, or if you do work, the job is so low paying, that you are just barely scraping by? Check out the price of produce and lean meats! It costs much more to have a good salad, and prepare a balanced meal than it does to go to McD’s and grab a burger!

Naturally, they have no choice but to eat junk food – hamburgers, KD, pasta and the like, or starve! FIX THE ECONOMY AND JOB MARKET, and watch the Obesity numbers decline substantially!

 

celery_parsleyAPIGENIN – MASTER CANCER FIGHTER!

Eat your Fruits & Vegetables, and use the ‘right herbs’ to fight all types of Cancers (according to Dr. Oz et al)

I found this interesting, and for the sake of my readers’ health, wanted to share this with you.

According to Dr. Oz and his colleague, the following foods are all high in ‘Apigenin,’ which apparently is the toughest cancer fighter known to date.

Parsley, Celery, Artichokes, Apples, Grapes, Cherries, Chamomile Tea Wines, and Herbs: Tarragon, cilantro, licorice, spearmint, basil, and oregano

Bon Appétit!

Supporting Resources: The Vancouver Province, Vancouver Metro News, Vancouver 24 Hours

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This Video is heart-stopping!

No harness, strong winds, cable issues, and he ‘runs’ the last bit…check it out!

Talk about having ‘intestinal fortitude’, unreal!

Watch below:

Nik Wallenda Grand Canyon Tightrope Walk Made History – One News Page.

Cheers!

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Well, here’s what we know:

People born before 1946 are called The Silent Generation

People born between 1946 and 1964 are called The Baby Boomers

People born between 1965 and 1979 are called Generation X, and

People born between 1980 and 2010 are called Generation Y

BUT, WHY DO WE CALL THE LAST GROUP GENERATION Y?

Y should I get a job?

Y should I leave home and find my own place?

Y should I get a car when I can borrow yours?

Y should I clean my room?

Y should I wash and iron my own clothes?

Y should I buy any food?

I think perhaps the perspective of French Canadian Cartoonist, Marc Beaudet depicts ‘Generation Y’ most eloquently, as below…

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CAPTAIN SHEPPARD CAPTAIN’S KILLER, his owner, only sentenced to 60 DAYS – and now we’re told HE WILL BE OUT IN 7 DAYS! MY GOD!

It’s disgusting and animal cruelty laws must change – and soon! God Bless Captain! He was a beautiful animal and deserved a longer & better life!

 

Vancouver looks back A3STANLEY CUP RIOTS – CHARGES STILL COMING AND MORE TO GO TO JAIL FOR THEIR PART!

Police say they’re looking at another cache of charges in the near future, and ICBC is suing 46 people involved for over half a million in damages! Right On! These people deserve to be properly reprimanded, not simply given a slap on the wrist and let go. ENOUGH ALREADY!

 

JULIA GILLARDA SEXIST MENU? NOW THAT’S A NEW ONE!

But apparently there is such a thing – just ask the Australian PM, Julia Gillard:

The Menu item was described as: “Julia Gillard, Kentucky Fried Quail – Small Breasts, Huge Thighs, and a Big Red Box.”

I have to admit I did laugh when I read this recently! LOL! After all, it is ‘creative,’ and certainly ‘descriptive!’  Fortunately, the Menu was NOT for public viewing, but rather meant as a ‘joke.’ Oh yeah, put a crude, sexist, insulting title on anything, and see just how FEW people are actually laughing! I SAY GOOD ON HER FOR SPEAKING UP!

 

TARGETOUR CANADIAN WORKERS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR NEW ‘TARGET’ STORES?

Even though Target does not have a ‘legal obligation’ to have kept all the Zeller’s workers on, just common professional courtesy, and making an impressive entry into Canada would have justified keeping on the Canadian employees! Apparently they have hired Conservative Party-linked lobbyist”, in an effort to pressure the Feds to keep ‘Country-of-Origin Labelling OFF the table’ in Canada! I must say, I am disappointed in Target – somehow I was expecting much ‘more class’ than that! Not a good omen, and certainly a huge blemish on Target already -and they want to open 124 stores across Canada this year? – Good Luck with that!

 

mcd'sGOLDEN ARCHES HAVE ‘SHARP’ EDGES, CHECK YOUR BURGER!

An Ontario woman treated her daughter at McD’s in a Walmart complex when shopping, only to find a nice ‘shiny’ object in her daughter’s Happy Meal burger!

There were also 2 other US cases where 2 mothers found a razor blade and a sharp object in McD’s eggs and a Burger King Burger – My God! Are we not safe anywhere anymore?!

Picture2Your personal information is virtually under a constant assault from hackers and criminals, and you can no longer trust in luck and safety in numbers for cover.

In my earlier article, I told you about how criminals can use social engineering to bypass the necessity to possess your password, for example.

However, we can look at other steps you can take to protect yourself. If you are diligent, and follow some straightforward rules for shielding your privacy, you will still be able to win the war against cybercrime. Here are some things you totally should already be doing — or, failing that, begin doing — today:

Never click links in an email to point to your banking web site. Even those who would never suppose to reply to an email with their account number and password might still click a link in a message to “conveniently” go to their account’ login page. However, this may still be a phishing trip, and you will be clicking to a web site that is getting ready to capture your login information. Always navigate to an internet page yourself, via your web browser.

Never reply to emails with your personal info. It is simple to send an email that appears as though it came from your financial institution. However, banks never ask you to reply to an email along with your Social Security number, password, or any other personal information. If an email asks for information like that, simply delete it – it is a phishing expedition! Additionally, for myself, I would report the sender as ‘spam’ for Google to deal with (G-Mail accounts).

Use a ‘novel’ password on each web site. For instance, do not use the identical password on Facebook and your bank. In this instance, if Facebook were compromised you will have literally just given away the keys to your finances.

Use a password keeper like Roboform or Lastpass so you do not need to try to remember a large number of passwords. Assuming you are making your passwords unique and use all characters allowed, it would be impossible and frustrating to try to retain all that info accurately, so be safe and use the keeper. (Both of these keepers are FREE to download at the above links).

Use the ‘2-step verification’ whenever possible. If your email service and financial institutions provide it, enable 2-factor authentication. This security method requires you to enter a brand new, distinctive passcode every anytime you are attempting to log into the site — and that code comes from your phone. Unless a cybercriminal has access to your phone, they are not able to log in, even if they had your standard password.

Be cautious about what you share on-line. Social engineering frauds typically work because of cybercriminals understanding enough about you to bluff their way through a call with customer service.

For example, it would be prudent NOT to share details about a recent Amazon purchase, to intercept one vector that scammers will use against you.

Passwords protect/lock all of your Devices. It is a bit of a pain; however, you MUST lock your phone, tablet and portable computers with passwords or PINs. Once again, I stress that you do NOT want to use the identical PIN for each device, and do not be foolish enough to use an easy-to-guess PIN like 0000, 1234, or 2013, etc.

I hope you do implement all of these suggestions and are successful in avoiding any harmful cyber attacks. Good Luck!

two_step_verificationHave you ever been spammed or scammed? I’m quite sure you have, I know I certainly have been! For me it is a daily battle with email, and I have had the misfortune of having years of work thrown down the drain by a phishing fraud on my .ca domains.

It’s becoming increasingly and painfully clear that passwords alone are not enough to safeguard us from hackers and cyber-criminals. Look at all the huge social networks and banks that have recently been hacked – it is actually becoming a very real global concern, and oft viewed as a ‘political’ issue.

The problem with passwords is that they can often be rather easily guessed, stolen and circumvented using social hacking (aka sweet talk) with customer service – as in a recent Amazon case where an intruder spoke to customer service and was given info that should not have been disclosed – this is also known as ‘social engineering.’

I suspect that in the not-too-distant future, passwords will be replaced with considerably stronger techniques. In the meantime, though, the most effective defense is two-step verification.

That approach, sometimes also referred to as two-factor authentication, works by requiring people to supply extra information in addition to a user name and password before they can access a service from a new PC or device.

Specifically, that additional information is sometimes a code that gets texted to your mobile phone. The advantage is that a criminal who manages to accumulate passwords is unlikely to have access to your phone; therefore, your account stays safe, albeit you are hacked.

To turn on two-step verification, simply visit the site and go to the options menu. Then activate two-step verification from the account or security section.

You may need to provide your mobile phone number and reply to a text message. After that, whenever you are trying to log in from a replacement or new device, you will have to respond to a text message in addition to entering your usual credentials.

Of course, you can only enable two-step verification for websites and services that support this feature. Thankfully, the number of websites providing this feature is quickly growing.

How to Activate Two-Step Verification on some popular networks:

Google

Click Account below your user tile within the upper right corner. Click on Security and click Settings under two-step verification.

LinkedIn

Click Privacy & Settings (under your profile icon within the upper right corner). Click the Account tab, then manage security settings, and opt to activate two-step verification for sign-in.

PayPal

Click Profile, then My Settings. Then click get started next to Security key.

Twitter

Click the gear and then Settings. On the Account tab, scroll down and opt for require a verification code when I sign in.

Facebook

Click the Setting gear in the upper right corner and go to Account Settings. Click Security and opt for Login Approvals.

I am confident that after you take the time to activate two-step verification on your networks you will feel considerably more secure, and more importantly, secure in the knowledge that you have taken defensive steps to ensure your own protection.