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Friday, 3 August 2012

FAIL = Justin Bieber - tells world he is Aboriginal ...and as such they all — get free gas in Canada -

FAIL = Justin Bieber - tells world he is Aboriginal ...and as such they all — get free gas in Canada - 

Justin Bieber can hit the high notes and make a gaggle of screaming girls swoon, but the Canadian-born singer seems to know very little about First Nations heritage.

After the 18-year-old pop star told Rolling Stone magazine that Aboriginal peoples — from whom he claims he is descended — get free gas in Canada, a national group has corrected his misconception and offered to help him trace his ancestry.

“Mr. Bieber’s comment that Aboriginal people are entitled to free gas is simply not true,” said Betty Ann LavallĂ©e, national chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, in a statement.

“These kinds of remarks are another example of what Aboriginal peoples in Canada struggle with every day. It promotes the misconception that we are somehow getting a free ride. This simply is not the case and we are concerned that many people may believe what he said.”

Bieber, who was born in Stratford, Ont., appears on the cover of the August issue of Rolling Stone. Inside, he claims his Aboriginal heritage means he can fill up his car’s tank for free.

“I’m actually part Indian,” he tells the magazine. “I think Inuit or something. I’m enough percent that in Canada I can get free gas.”

The comment prompted mockery and outrage online over the singer’s ignorance of Aboriginal rights and ways of life in Canada. Some, including First Nations human rights activist Ellen Gabriel, called on Bieber to apologize for what he said.

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Bees Delay Flight At Pittsburgh International Airport -

Bees Delay Flight At Pittsburgh International Airport - 
(Credit: KDKA)

At Pittsburgh International Airport, the buzz is all about bees on a plane.

Wednesday night, a Delta commuter flight loaded with passengers and about to take off for New York, was delayed.

“They were getting ready to fuel and they came around the corner of the plane and right there on the wing is a cluster of honeybees,” Master beekeeper Stephen Repasky of Meadow Sweet Apiaries said. “It was a shocker to a lot of people.”

Swarms of bees are actually nothing new at the airport. Last May, 25,000 to 30,000 landed on the Taxiway-C light.

“At the airport, this would be the fourth swarm that we’ve caught this year out there,” he said.

Repasky scooped them into a box for later release. The Delta bees are now safely in his Dormont backyard.

Swarms form when colonies become too large. The queen leaves with half of the bees to find a new home.

“So it could be a tree 40-feet up, it could be the wing of a jet liner,” Repasky explained.

He suspects that there’s a wild honeybee colony somewhere on airport property. They are a protected species, meaning you can’t kill them. They must be moved.

“Specifically, the airport authority have gone through great lengths to make sure that honeybees receive special attention.”

Hopefully, Hollywood is listening because it sounds like a perfect plot for a “B” movie.

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