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Friday, July 25, 2014.
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Join us for Our Daily News, Venice of the North from Bing's daily picture, Le Tour de France, AND more.

You'll also find previous stories, ongoing stories, links to more, and to the searches we follow. Don't forget the comics. We've added our links to our published ebooks to the right column and at the bottom. We will add each publication as soon as published. We also moved the free Metropolitan art downloads to the right.

Our Daily News

We are looking for more changes in our news sources. We added a few simple URLS of news aggregators. They can be found in a separate story.

BBC Today: runs about 1:30 with the ad: The audio continues to start before the video, and before the commercial.

Breaking News:
Bing News:

MSN today's whole site is set up for quick scanning.

Yahoo GMA: See the video or pictures today and the list of story links. Click the pic upon arrival for that story. :
CNN Newday: Home page:
CNN "5 things" Archive:
USA Today Right Now:
USA Today Home:
NBC News:
NBC Top (5-7) in "know it all", and it is easy to find:
Know it all Search (Great Archive):
Canada 680 in Toronto: This one has ads with a clear schedule and lots of news:
680 News site (fun to explore):

Venice of the North

Take a look at the latest picture from Bing

We start with a zoomable map of Bruges, Belgium. Then we take a boat ride video through this Venice of the North. Next we focus on painting. Early Netherlandish, Bing shows us. Click web and Bing will tell you all about it. Finally, a little video lesson of the history and sweets found in Bruges. There are several videos on Bruges. We wanted some pictures of the Bruges waterway, so we added them to this feature.

Le Tour de France

Only a few days remain as the annual bicycle adventure, Le Tour de France, moves towards declaring the winner. Day by day the videos, results, and schedule are available. Are you watching?
Our Tour de France search will offer you news sources and stories.

The Comics

The Comics change Daily! Sadly the second site does not present as much initial content with the editorial cartoons.

USA Today: Editorial Cartoons:
Their success at presenting multiple ad impressions is an editorial cartoon all by itself! One new cartoon is added daily.


Looking and reading about Meercat shifts to a cute video on Mom and four little Meercat pups. Where do they live? Take a look at the map. They send their greetings this cousins day to the Mongoose.

Rift Diving

Let's dive into Thingvellir Lake, Iceland. This is a Silfra dive video in a geologic rift between two continents. The clarity of the water has to be seen. There is an associated National Park. This video on plate tectonics ahows what happens when the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide.


Welcome to Tolbachik,Russia. This land of fire and ice is on the Kamchatka peninsula. In this video we see and learn that twenty-five percent of the Pacific Salmon spawn there, and the Kamchatka Bear looks forward to that event, hunting even the first arrivals. This map will show you where we are!

Ocean Day

Ocean Day or Marine Day is celebrated in Japan. People rush to escape the daily grind of life and relax. Even this video of Odaiba Seaside Park is relaxing! Like the US Mondays have become holidays rather than the original day selected. They have a nicer way of stating their law, at least to US eyes. They call it Happy Monday. Like the coasts in many countries, surfing will be part of the holiday e will watch from afar with this surfing Japan video,

Keeping your pet elephant cool

In these hot days of summer, everyone is worried about how exactly to keep their pet elephant cool. We've got the answer to that burning question for you.

News Aggregators

We spent a little time in search and discovered:

Two sites we liked:
This new Polurls find interests us, It comes in three flavors, this first one is conservative.
Polurls-blue: "progressives"
Polurls-purple: "moderates"
Fark: is liberal, but funny

Most Biased News

Looking for different viewpoints brings us to identify conservative and liberal media. Here are two examples representing the extremes. Many people say or suggest all media is biased. Here are examples we consider polar opposites.
Conservative: FOX News
Liberal: The Daily Kos:

Our Sports Searches

It is time to catch up on the other sports activity going on, so here are several searches for the latest news on:
  • Baseball
  • Golf
  • Horse Racing
  • NFL News
  • College Football News
  • Our Searches

    With so much going on in the world we thought we'd try a few new searches over hot button issues and international locations that stay in the news from day to day that interest us. WE have been surprised that our sources bring us so little international news from Central and South America. We will look for additional sources in our searches.

    Human Rights:
    Civil Rights:

    Bolivia: Bolivia, latest news
    Brazil: Brazil, latest news
    Argentina: Argentina, latest news
    Peru: Peru, latest news
    Chile: Chile, latest news
    New Mexico: New Mexico images
    New Mexico: New Mexico, latest news


    Catch up on the Ancient World

    Obamacare We like our one stop news source. They keep it updated. We think it works better than just grabbing stories and we will keep it! This will likely remain a constant news attack point until January's budget talks take front stage, center again:

    b>Storms and Earthquakes
    We created a few weather searches so we - and our readers - could keep up on the latest devastation news happening too often these days around the world. We may play with our search parameters. It doesn't seem to be sorting the stories very well.


    Hurricanes: Edited:


    Publications Information

    US customers can get our ebook at Eyes on the World. It is free on Smashwords. Eyes on the World is now approved for the premium catalog. You only have to click the link! Read the blog for daily updates.

    The book, Eyes on the World is available at It was first published in final form on June 18th around 10 AM MT. This Sci-fi/adventure series is just beginning and several more episodes are planned.

    In July he expects to publish his first story for children: Boo Bear: Stories to read to Children

    Older Projects

    We do have two older, ongoing projects that need work and they are listed below. Each will be changed over the next year. We will alert you when each is ready. Anyone want to help? --- ---

    You Can Contact Us

    WAYS TO CONTACT: Leave a Facebook message for John D. Boyden or email him at )
    Please include any nickname (or your real name) you want to use and please state CVN as your subject! Thank you in advance.

    CVN'S History
    by jdb_educator, CVN Editor

    The Weekly News has changed. We will honor the history as we move forward. It is now one of the Cybertown Daily News Archives.

    Recruiting Writers, Graphic Artists, Tech specialists and Collaborators!

    Over the years, we have discovered a lot of talented people who never thought they could write, edit, or have the fun of producing web stories people would read. We offer free training and publishing opportunities.

    We have always recruited, we always will. Unpaid jobs are ALWAYS available.

    There is the possibility that we will come up with a project idea that will pay, and participants in such a project would also get paid. So bring your dreams and let's chat!

    See our "You Can Contact us" section for ways to get in touch. The section is located at the very top in the left column. Once you contact us, we also have Skype and a phone # for possible follow up.

    CVN's Voyage
    by jdb_educator, Editor

    The number of our publications and sites will continue to expand as new writers, bloggers, and commentators join us. Each project we create or in which we are involved will have its own page linked to the indexes of our publications.

    We DO need your help to spread the word to anyone interested or your friends and acquaintances who might be interested.

    Please Help!
    Send them to our new home at

    Constellations and Mythology

    The summer sky only offers so many constellations. So we conclude our Summer constellation series with the only philosophical concept or idea not popularly represented by a life form myth: Libra.

    We ran across a cool summary page on Greek mythical constellations.
    Here are the Summer Constellations over North America.

    Let's begin our daily updates for May: Take a look at:
    Aquarius (my favorite)
    Corona Borealis
    Ursa Major
    Ursa Minor
    Serpens Cauda
    Serpens Caput

    The last constellation listed above for the summer sky in the Northern Hemisphere is Libra. Although Libra is Roman, representing the scales of Justice. Interestingly a deeper look shows us
    "Libra was known in Babylonian astronomy as MUL Zibanu (the "scales" or "balance"), or alternatively as the Claws of the Scorpion. The scales were held sacred to the sun god Shamash, who was also the patron of truth and justice.[7] It was also seen as the Scorpion's Claws in ancient Greece.[1] Since these times, Libra has been associated with law, fairness and civility. In Arabic zuba-na- means "scorpion's claws", and likely similarly in other Semitic languages: this resemblance of words may be why the Scorpion's claws became the Scales."
    Our Wikipedia Source: wiki/Libra(constellation)