Monday

"I was sitting by my computer and the balcony door was open. My dog, Tigull, came whimpering to me and wouldn't stop until I followed him onto the balcony.

"Tígull was trying to point out to his owner that a small bird was lying unconcious on the balcony.

Owner Gunnar Kr. Sigurjónsson says that he spotted a small redpoll lying motionless on the balcony floor. He picked up a straw paper basket and placed it over the bird who didn't move. "I thought it was dead but then it started fluttering about and sat down.

I took it inside and gave it a bit of water and some seeds. After a while he began tweeting so I realised him."

Sigurjónsson then placed the bird in his palm and took a few photographs of Tígull the dog sniffing the bird. "The bird then proceeded to fly in a large circle around the living room, and then sat down on the dog's head! Then Tígull licked the bird and we took it to the balcony."

He placed the bird on the railing and went back inside. An hour later he saw the bird sitting in the same spot.


"It was pretty cold outside so I decided to bring it back inside for the night. He spent the night in the basket and the next morning he was really lively. I think he knocked himself out on the window so he was probably feeling a bit groggy before. I released him back outside at noon and he was fine. I was happy that I had kept him inside for the night to recover."
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A millennium after it was banned in exchange for Christianity, Icelanders are returning in their thousands to the Heathenism of their Viking ancestors.

Teresa Drofn, a 25 year old student of ancient Icelandic manuscripts, has been a Heathen since she was 16 years old. For Teresa, Heathenism takes its supernatural stories less literally than monotheistic religions often do. Instead she describes the appeal of unique spiritual relationship with nature.

The story of how Christianity arrived in Iceland, according to Nordic lore, reads like a scene ripped from “Game of Thrones.” A millennium ago, Christianity had just taken over Norway. So the Norwegian king dispatched a mighty warrior missionary named Thangbrand to Iceland to spread the good news. Thangbrand did, along the way spearing dead a great many heathens. Then came a test that would decide whether the icy island would accept Christianity or stay faithful to Thor and the other Norse gods.

But now the old Norse gods have once again emerged from the clouds to claim a people once theirs. For the first time in more than 10 centuries, thousands of Icelanders soon will be able to worship Thor, Odin, Frigg and others at a temple on which construction begins this month.

Not since the collapse of the Viking age has anyone overtly worshiped at the altar of a Norse god in Iceland, which banned such displays of reverence at the rise of Christianity.

Indeed, even as Christian governments authored increasingly restrictive measures on non-Christian faiths, the old ways glowed.


Even today, when walking the streets of Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik, pedestrians will find many streets named after Norse gods. And “a very large number of Icelandic personal and surnames are formed from ‘Thor,'” wrote Strmiska.
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Sunday

The majority of Americans oppose drilling for oil on federally protected lands, a new poll showed Friday.

The results is the first time most American are against the idea since the Gallup polling company began asking about the subject.

The report comes the same day President Donald Trump approved plans for the Keystone XL Pipeline that has been heavily criticized by environmental groups and Native American tribes.

If constructed, the pipeline would stretch 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) from Canada to the Texas coast and carry 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Of the 1,000 people surveyed earlier this month, 53 percent opposed opening federal lands for oil exploration. Five years ago, 65 percent of Americans supported the idea.

Instead of a reinvigorated commitment to environmental sustainability, however, Gallup believes the shift is due to declining fuel prices.


“Declining gas prices are likely a key reason Americans' concerns about energy have waned in recent years,” Gallup pollster Jeffrey Jones wrote in a statement.

Five years ago, the average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. was $3.91, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Last month, the average price was $2.42.

Trump’s decision Friday reversed one made by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.


While the Republican Party championed the Keystone XL Pipeline as a crucial jobs creator, opponents raised questions about potential spills, ecological effects and whether Republican enthusiasm about new employment was inflated.

Obama killed the pipeline’s plans in 2015, but they were revived two years later.

"It's gonna be an incredible pipeline — the greatest technology known to man or woman,” Trump said in the Oval Office after approving the plan. “And frankly, we're very proud of it."

Pouring over survey results, Gallup suggested Americans may not be on board with Trump’s friendliness with the oil industry.
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Saturday

Shailene Woodley is taking a plea deal in the criminal case surrounding her peaceful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

As Gossip Cop reported, Woodley was arrested for trespassing in October as she and many others peacefully demonstrated against the proposed pipeline in North Dakota. She complied with orders to leave the area, but was still taken into custody. Amazingly, though, she was able to capture the ordeal on Facebook Live as the arrest went down.

She and more than 20 other people were booked for trespassing and engaging in a "riot". Now, however, she has worked out a deal with prosecutors that will remove both those charges. Instead, Woodley plans to plead guilty to one count of disorderly conduct, and will be sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, according to TMZ.

It’s unclear when the plea agreement will be made official. But provided Woodley stays out of trouble for the following year, the case should then be closed. Despite the situation, the actress hasn’t shied away from supporting the cause.

Days after the incident, she penned a column for Time about the awareness her arrest had brought to the Standing Rock controversy. And just last month, during an appearance on “The Late Show,” Woodley actually joked about her mug shot.

The news about her plea deal comes on the same day the Keystone Pipeline, another controversial project, was approved by Donald Trump’s administration, despite being previously blocked by former president Barack Obama.


Woodley and 27 others were arrested on October 10, while peacefully protesting the controversial North Dakota Access Pipeline project that will desecrate sacred lands and endanger the clean water of Standing Rock



A dog hit by a drought has been breaking hearts after being filmed running around a town begging for water with a bucket in his mouth.

The hound has found himself a victim of the latest shortage of water to hit Lima, the capital of Peru. And the unnamed dog has been pulling on the heartstrings of residents by touring the area with a bowl. in the district of Chorrillos, in the western Peruvian province of Lima.

Water company Sedapal has been forced to suspend the supply of drinking water in the Peruvian capital because the water was contaminated with mud.

The aftermath of the severe floods are still being felt in Peruvian towns. Water is scarce and a total of 75 people have been confirmed dead.

More than one million people were forced to abandon their homes. The company is working to rectify the problem and has been dumping huge containers of water in different parts of the city for people to share.

And the adorable pooch decided to join in by bringing his own bucket to be filled. The images of him have gone viral and have been shared thousands of times within the first few hours of being uploaded.


It is believed the pooch was given a drink and locals are lining up to say how adorable the dog is.

Josselyn Ortiz said: 'Look at this face when he is stroked, it is like he is thinking: Do not think about cheating me with your tricks, because I am not going to give you the bucket.'


Donova Sba added: 'It is like he is searching for his owner in order to show him, look, I have water, where are you?'

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