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Happy Kreter

Happy Kreter

Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Last week, RosebudMag.com published the first in our series on the battle over Fish Lake. In short, Taseko Mines Limited wants to destroy land used by the Tsilhqot'in Nation, who have lived in the area surrounding Teztan Biny (Chilcotin for Fish Lake) for millennia. The provincial government of British Columbia gave Taseko the thumbs up to convert the lake into a toxic waste dump, only to be overruled by Canada’s federal government. In Part 2 of our coverage, we look at the recurring attempts to develop Prosperity Mine on indigenous land.

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Imagine a pristine wilderness. Forested mountains filled with lush vegetation, moose, grizzlies, and other animals roaming the abundant land. And at the center of it all, a crystal clear lake teeming with trout and salmon. Then imagine that your family had lived there for centuries, living off the land. Your children swimming in the lake, your great grandparents buried beneath the soil. This is your home, your history, your spirituality. Now picture that chunk of Eden transformed into a toxic waste dump. This is the story of the battle to save Fish Lake.

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Buster Posey and Neftali Feliz have been named the American League and National League Rookies of the Year, respectively. The MLB standouts both had deep runs into the playoffs, Feliz as a closer for the Texas Rangers and Posey as catcher for the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

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When the Seattle Supersonics packed up and left the Key Arena for good, they were a lackluster squad with only the most distant hopes of rebuilding into something worthwhile. Most of those hopes hung on the shoulders of Texas Longhorn Kevin Durant. 2007’s second overall pick, Durant had the potential to become an NBA star, and the new basketball market of Oklahoma City, home to the newly christened Thunder, would be the proving ground.

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The New Orleans Hornets have been the surprise of the NBA early in the 2010-11 season, going 7-0 to start the year. They’ve come out on the right side of match-ups with some legit contenders, and 2011 could be the year they make a big push for a championship. Of course, the key to whatever success the Hornets have had so far and will have in the near future is Chris Paul.

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It’s going to be a year of big challenges for the Orlando Magic. To start with, their cross-state rivals, the Miami Heat, are loaded with unprecedented superstar talent in Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Lebron James. Meanwhile, up north, the veterans on the Boston Celtics have designs on a return to the NBA championships, and neither Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, or Paul Pierce are about to pass the torch despite being in the twilights of their respective careers. But as long as the Magic have Dwight Howard powering them, anything is possible.

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It wasn’t so long ago that the Atlanta Falcons were an afterthought in the NFC South. Michael Vick gave them some hope, but the Falcons were never able to achieve anything close to NFL supremacy in the Vick era. Now, they’re popping back up on the radar. Atlanta is first in the NFC South after seven weeks, with a record of 5-2. In a year of disappointing favorites, the Falcons could be poised for a lengthy play-off run. And the star of the show in the state of Georgia is wide receiver Roddy White.

After an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, the Falcons went on a four-game winning streak before falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6. But Week 7’s big win over the Cincinnati Bengals showcased the power of White and signaled that the Falcons really might be the team to beat in the NFC.

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He was once one of basketball’s brightest stars, but Allen Iverson won’t even be in the NBA to start the 2010-11 season. The former Philadelphia 76er and Denver Nugget had trouble procuring a deal this year, and has accepted a deal to play professional basketball in Turkey.

It’s been a long strange career for the ultra-talented but often troubled Iverson. It’s hard to imagine that playing overseas is going to reignite the man once known as “The Answer,” but with a player of his caliber, anything is possible.

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Through seven innings it was anyone’s game, but the bounces just didn’t seem to go the Texas Rangers’ way.  What started as a tight game turned into a blowout in the final two innings with the San Francisco Giants lighting up the Rangers’ bullpen. Matt Cain gets the win and the shutout, while CJ Wilson, despite giving up just one run, goes down as the starting pitcher in a 9-0 drubbing in Game 2 of the MLB World Series of baseball.

If ever there was a sign of how the game would play out, it was in the fifth inning when Ian Kinsler blasted a long ball off Cain that looked like a homerun for sure. But miraculously, the ball bounced off the top of the wall and, somehow, back into play. The Giants managed to get to the bottom of the fifth with the score still tied 0-0.

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The pitchers’ duel was supposed to be the highlight of Game 1 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers, but Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez had other ideas. Sanchez hit three doubles as San Francisco laid waste to Cliff Lee and the Texas bullpen. Lee allowed six earned runs compared to a total of two in his previous three post-season starts this year. Giants’ pitcher Tim Lincecum stepped up to earn the win for his Bay Area club.

The Rangers got out to a good start, taking a 2-0 lead. The Giants managed to tie things up, and then tore the whole match wide open in the fifth with six runs. At the end of the night, the final score was 11-7, giving San Francisco celebrities like Barry Bonds and Joe Montana plenty to cheer about. But on Wednesday night, Freddy Sanchez was the star.

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The biggest news in the NBA this off-season was the departure of LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers in favor of the Miami Heat. Chris Bosh joined James, while Dwayne Wade stayed home in the Sunshine State to round out the superstar trio and create a dream team. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics stood pat, looking for another trip to the NBA championship finals via the Eastern Conference playoffs.

But what happened back in Cleveland? The whole team was shaken up by the LeBron leaving, and the Cavs scrambled to put together a group that few pundits suggest will find much success in 2010-11.

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Cain Velasquez’s first round TKO of UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar was impressive on it’s own, but the Mexican fighter’s performance at UFC 121 taught MMA fans a few things.

First of all, Velasquez showed incredible wrestling. As an NCAA Division 1 wrestler, Velasquez’s skills were assumed to be above average in the MMA world. But most of his fights have been out-and-out stand up battles that ended quickly and badly for his opponents. So his wrestling was something of an unknown quantity.

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Helen Slinger’s documentary, When The Devil Knocks, sheds light on a misunderstood mental illness, but more strikingly provides viewers with a deeply intimate and stirring portrait of a long suffering woman with multiple personalities. The film’s subject, Hilary Stanton, is a woman who has generated over 30 “alters” to help her cope with childhood abuse. Over a period of more than ten years, Hilary and Dr. Cheryl Malmo work to help her overcome her dissociative identity disorder.

Slinger relies on interviews but also uses home video footage from the decade Stanton spent in therapy. The result is an unusually intimate look at the characters that have occupied Stanton’s mind. As a coping mechanism, each of the five “alters” – the medical term for Stanton’s different personalities - highlighted in the film, serve a specific function in managing the trauma of Stanton’s childhood abuse at the hands of a neighbor.

Icelandic filmmaker Fridrik Thor Fridriksson’s documentary A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism is a stunning examination of both autism, a condition we still know astonishingly little about, and human ingenuity. Fridriksson presents luminaries in the area of autism including Temple Grandin and Soma Mukhopadhyay, who is doing some of the most innovative and effective work in uncovering the inner lives of autistic kids and illuminating methods of communication with them. Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet narrates the film.

A Mother’s Courage follows an Icelandic mother, Margret, as she searches for help for her severely autistic ten-year-old son, Keli. Margret literally travels the globe talking to experts and looking for a program that can help her communicate with her son.
When UFC president Dana White predicted that MMA would some day be more popular than soccer, the notion seemed laughable. But now that the UFC, which he and his partners bought for $2 million less than a decade ago, is thought to be worth around a billion dollars, the skeptics are fewer than ever. This weekend’s UFC 120 event in London, England, set European attendance records and proved that the MMA craze has swept the soccer-mad nation. Bigger than soccer? Not quite, but British fighters like Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy have proven to be superstars in their own right.

Bisping, easily the most popular fighter in the U.K., battled his way to a unanimous decision over another country’s MMA icon, Japanese judoka Yoshihiro Akiyama. The two spent the fight on their feet, where Bisping showed off his continually increasing striking skills. Akiyama showed a ton of heart by pressing the fight, but his continual head-hunting became predictable and Bisping picked him apart.
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