Monthly Archives: November 2016

Woman Gives Birth to her Own Grandson

I want to see the pedigree chart on this family!

A California woman was told that she couldn’t have children. A few years later, her mother delivered the younger woman’s first child, conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with the younger woman’s husband and eggs removed from the younger woman’s body.

According to the grandmother, “The attachment for me was not an issue as people have predicted, because in my mind it was biologically their baby,” she said. “I was just a deluxe Easy-Bake Oven.”

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This reminds me of the song, I’m My Own Grandpa that has been recorded by a number of artists. Ray Stevens’ version is available in a YouTube video at:

Now, many many years ago
When I was twenty three
I was married to a widow
Who was pretty as could be Continue reading

Inside The Ukrainian ‘Hacktivist’ Network Cyberbattling The Kremlin

November 02, 2016

Christopher Miller

KYIV — Dressed in a black sweater and equally nondescript turtleneck, with wisps of raven hair corkscrewing from under a black baseball cap, the lanky Ukrainian introduces himself in accented English as “Sean.” Sean Townsend is his chosen pseudonym on Facebook, complemented by images of the notorious Guy Fawkes mask of hacker group Anonymous and the Ukrainian coat of arms. Before Sean, he was “Ross Hatefield,” until the world’s leading social network banned that account for impersonation.

In hacker circles, he is better known as RUH8 — pronounced “roo-hate” to express his aversion to all things Russian. RUH8 agreed to speak with RFE/RL on condition that we avoid publishing his real name, which he only uses with friends unaware of what he does outside his day job as a Kyiv-based security researcher. He provided details of the cyberwar that has been raging — parallel to the shooting war between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine over the past 30 months — between the respective sides’ patriotic hackers using digital subterfuge. Continue reading


Have you ever wondered about the origin of the following words: Slave, Serf, Slav, Polak, bohunk, honky and bugger? The following article will give you the answer.

By Thomas M. Prymak
University of Toronto

During the 1960s, when I was a young undergraduate student in history at St Paul’s College, a Jesuit school at the University of Manitoba in western Canada, I took a seminar course in the history of the Crusades in which I had been interested since my youth, when I had read Sir Walter Scott, Harold Lamb, and other authors, who had painted these medieval events in such exciting colours: “Iron men and saints, off to liberate Jerusalem! Richard the Lionheart, brave to the point of foolishness; the victorious Sultan Saladin, noble, and generous to the vanquished!” However, my instructor in this course, Professor L. A. Desmond, who quickly became aware of my east European background, did not assign to me a topic on the Crusades to the Holy Land, as I had expected, but rather on “the Crusade against the Slavs” in the mid-twelfth century, a topic in which he thought I might be interested because of my ethnic background. Continue reading

Princess Olha of Kyiv: a golden page in Ukrainian history

kn_olga Princess Olha’s origin and chronology remain a mystery. Historians are only sure of the date of her death, recorded in ancient church chronicles. Several versions of her ancestry have been put forth by different scholars: Bulgarian, Varyngian, Kyiv, Halychyna, Pskov, Tmutarakan and others, but none of them have been historically confirmed.

In the “Tale of Bygone Years” (Primary Chronicles), chroniclers write that a woman named Olha was brought from Pskov in 903 to be married to Ihor, son of Rurik (first ruler of Kyivan Rus-Ed.). She must have been about 14 years old at that time, so it allows scholars to suppose that Princess Olha was born Continue reading