I got this from my friend, [livejournal.com profile] malterre, and it deserves to be seen by everyone. Really.

Just saw this at [livejournal.com profile] angelamermaid's place, and I had to repost. I was going to skip the reboot of Hawaii Five-O, because I wasn't that impressed by the early promos, and I really didn't like the original. But . . . if they're this clever with their marketing now, and they're throwing Daniel Dae Kim and freakin' Grace Park (yes!) at me, I am so, so there.

But this makes it so much better. By way of [livejournal.com profile] angelamermaid, one of the funniest vids I've ever seen.

This little guy has a pretty patient older sister. Mostly :)

Did you know that baby otters have to be taught to swim? Absolutely sweet short film of a mom teaching one of her kits to be an otter. Because right now this is the best medicine in the world. Enjoy!

I stole this from [livejournal.com profile] mariness.

Seriously, how could you not love squirrels? How?

The band is Drowning Pool; you probably all know them, but I am old and my scream-rock days are way behind me. The self-anointed "faith healer" is Benny Hinn. I used to be up on my religious charlatans, but I'm out of touch with that side of things, too. Apparently he has a world-wide following of faithful.

I was raised Evangelical Lutheran; we were about as far from ecstatic religious experiences as you could get and still call yourself fundamentalist. Very German, very controlled. However, my grandmother - who converted from Judaism to Christianity when she came to America and married my Lutheran grandfather - was a devout follower of Oral Roberts, a Pentecostal faith healer in the mid-to-late 20th century. My grandmother had been crippled by rheumatoid arthritis nearly all of her life. I never knew her before she was consigned to a wheelchair. (It was one of those huge Lionel Barrymore "It's a Wonderful Life" wheelchairs, and it and she scared the crap out of me as a kid.) I can remember her sitting at her kitchen table, console radio on her left side, her leaning slightly into it so as not to miss a word of his show, crocheting something beautiful and delicate with her painfully gnarled hands.

My family was appalled. To their credit, it wasn't primarily because they considered it trashy (although they did), but because they were afraid that my grandmother would try to rise up out of her chair and seriously hurt herself, perhaps even fatally. And perhaps when no one was around, late at night, she would try. If she did, it was never to any successful completion. She never took a step on her own in my lifetime. For my part, I couldn't blame her. Who wouldn't want to regain their health, their strength? I was young, and I wasn't seeing the whole picture.

My mother was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer in the early '90s. By that time she had been divorced from my father and remarried for about fifteen years. During that time she had also joined The Church of the Covenant, an Evangelical fundamentalist church with Lutheran roots. They didn't believe in healing through the laying on of hands, but they did believe in healing through faith. My mother joined prayer circles; there were prayer circles created and devoted just to her healing. It was all laid at the door of faith. I hated it, and I worried about her. She still carried on with her chemotherapy, and her cancer still progressed. She still prayed for rescue and was prayed for in turn by her fellowship. It didn't work. She died. And I'm afraid she died thinking - fearing - that her faith wasn't great enough to save her. And that is the trap of so-called faith healing. When it works, it's God; when it fails, it's you.

This was a real orchestra. The Portsmouth Sinfonia was composed of . . . unusual musicians :)
Sue Sylvester from Glee will be replacing Simon Cowell on American Idol:

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] angelamermaid for the link
The wind is howling, and I can't sleep. I have this song on an infinite loop in my brain, so I thought I'd pass it along. I love Tom Waites; I know he's not for every market (to steal from Shakespeare), but there's something about that voice that just reaches right into me. This song in particular seems pretty relevant to my head space right now. I think I do indeed just need to come on up to the house. Besides, it's a kickass piece of video.

Yeah I know that you wanna be Canadian, please
Even if in winter things tend to freeze
We've got the world monopoly on trees
And our country's bordered by three different seas

Yeah I know that you wanna be Canadian, please
We invented the zipper, we've got expertise
We made insulin to combat disease
Yeah I know that you wanna be Canadian, please

Brits have got the monarchy
The US has the money
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

The French have got the wine and cheese
Koalas chill with the Aussies
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

Et si ce n'était pas assez
On a deux langues officielles:
L'anglais et le français
Ooh la la

Yeah I know that you wanna be Canadian, please
Where else do you find mounted police
Or go to the hospital and not pay fees
Yeah I know that you wanna be Canadian, please

And when freshwater is in high demand
We've got the world's largest supply on hand
So you know that we could make a pretty good friend
But it's even better if you can be...


So you're thinking to yourself,
"How do I live in this beautiful country?"
Well we've got some steps for you to follow...

STEP 1: Lose the gun
STEP 2: Buy a canoe
STEP 3: Live multiculturally
STEP 4: You're ready, there is no more!

We got beavers, cariboo and moose
We got buffalos, bears, and Canadian goose
And we're sorry about Celine Dion
But she did do that good song for James Cameron...

Brits have got the monarchy
The US has the money
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

The French have got the wine and cheese
Koalas chill with the Aussies
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

The Greek chilled out with Socrates
Can't build a wall like the Chinese
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

In Kenya they have safaris
We've missed lots of other countries
But I know that you wanna be Canadian

I figure the one in back called "Shotgun!" first.

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