6 pm – Part Two of the Sunday Blizzard?

Sunday, February 15th, 2015  -( -14°C / +7°F & Snowing in Atlantic Canada @6:10 pm Atlantic Time )- & -( -19°C / -3°F & ‘blowing Snow’ in the Ithaca area @ 5:10 pm Eastern Time )-

— More photos after we shoveled a path for the dog so he can move inside his fenced in area & Another path from the porch door to the snowblower shed on the driveway side of our house:

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Interesting (?) bit of wind blown natural snow sculpture at our porch door.

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Same odd bit of wind sculpted snow at the door from a straight up and down angle.

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3rd angle of the same bit of wind blown snow.

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The path through 3 feet deep snow drifts. It was tough shoveling, couldn’t look into the wind to see what I was doing- but I managed.

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More interesting wind-sculpted-snow-drifts – looking toward the buried jeep at the corner of the house where the mailbox is (around the corner there).

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And I hope you can see the nice ridge, higher than the van’s headlights, that the friendly neighbourhood snowplow left us – before the plows were pulled off the road (?) because they couldn’t see where they were going.

— About fifteen minutes ago, we had an apparent lull in the storm and wondered if it was time to go out and try to make a first pass with the snowblower. When I got to the door, I saw that the snow was still coming, it was so fine you couldn’t see the individual flakes on the security/deer cameras. But the wind was still blowing and it didn’t look like a good idea to go charging outside and use up all the gasoline we have left until we can get out and get to the nearest gas station.

— And now, the bigger wind-driven flakes are back in the visibility range – one interesting aspect of this storm. One camera that is still indoors, facing a window, can see only a sliver of black above a window full of wind blown snow.

— Heavy sigh.

~~~~~ Jim

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Noon here on Sunday, Interesting sculpture from the howling wind and snow

Sunday, February 15, 2015 -( -14°C / +7°F & Snowing Heavily in Atlantic Canada at noon Atlantic Time )- -( -18°C / 0°F & Snowing in the Ithaca, New York area at 11:00 am Eastern Time )-

Wind/Snow Sculpture

Noon. Some of the wind-sculpture out the porch door on February 15th, 2015. —jim w—

Snowy Stormy Driveway.

More wind and snow sculpture, looking at the driveway right around noon.

Jassper in the storm.

Jassper, ‘boofing’ at the snowflakes. Noon-ish.

Looking toward Canada Street.

Looking over Jassper’s head toward the road we can’t see under the snow at the bottom of the hill, out what Cathi calls our ‘back door’. Noon on February 15th, 2015. —jrw—

— The howling wind is blowing so hard no snow has built up on top of the van in our driveway. Route 2 between Fredericton and the U.S. border is closed due to the storm. They ‘don’t want anybody to be stuck in the storm near the border’. —schnarr— The ‘Confederation Bridge’ is not allowing high sided trucks to make the journey from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island. Moncton’s city services are shut down. The one p.m. news just called for 30 to 40 centimeters -12 to 16 inches. “Snow and blowing snow will continue into Monday.”

— Ah- email from Doug:

Cornell Cam

Web Cam in Ithaca at 11:20 am today – emailed by Doug Otterson

Cornell Web Cam Valentine's Day.

“6:39 pm on Valentine’s Day. Two minutes ago somebody was standing near the “David” legend in the snow, jumping up and down, waving at the camera.” —djo—

Cornell Web Cam V.D.Day 2014 Snow

“6:40 pm. Coloured light pools in the blustery snow storm.” —djo—

— And now the swirling wind blown snow is spattering the window in front of the deer cams that have not been moved into place yet.

— And Doug’s email message says the sun is trying to peek out from behind the clouds in the Ithaca, New York area.

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php & They have a ‘Follow on Twitter’ link on their site.

February 15th: 1564- Galileo Galilei, Pisa Italy, astronomer/physicist. 1710- Louis XV the Well-Beloved, Versailles, King of France (1715-74)). 1797- Henry Engelhard Steinway, piano maker (Steinway).  1809- Cyrus Hall McCormick, Shenandoah Valley Virginia, American inventor (Mechanical reaper). 1820- Susan B (Brownell) Anthony, Adams Mass, woman’s suffragette. 1822  John Barrymore, [Blythe], Phila, actor (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde). 1892- James Forrestal, US, banker/minister of Navy. 1899- Lillian Disney, Mrs Walt Disney. 1905- Harold Arlen, [Hyman Arluck], US, composer (Over the Rainbow). 1907- Cesar Romero, American actor (Joker-Batman, Ocean’s 11), born in NYC, New York. 1927- Harvey Korman, actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), born in Chicago, Illinois. 1931- [Patricia] Claire Bloom, actress (Charly, Look Back in Anger), born in London, England. 1951- Jane Seymour, [Joyce Frankenberg], England, actress (Dr Quinn) & Melissa Manchester, Bronx NY, vocalist (Don’t Cry Out Loud). 1954- Matt Groening, cartoonist (Life in Hell, Simpsons). 1971- Renee O’Connor, actress, (Xena Warrior Princess).  1980- Conor Oberst, American singer and songwriter (Bright Eyes).  } ( Also, Helen Lewis, My Grandparents’ next door neighbour on Ward Street in the old days- )

— Yum?

~~~~~ Jim

Expecting the next major snow event —

Saturday, 14 February, 2015 -( -15°C / +5°F & just a few early flakes dancing around in Atlantic Canada @ 11:10 pm )-

— I took Jassper le Boof – our too smart for our own good hundred and twenty five pound Labrador Retriever for a bit of a walk up the street at about 9 pm. It was a bit nippy. When we got about halfway up the shortish street we live on here, we noticed that the snow banks were piled up taller than me (I’m 6′ 3″ tall) and wondered how tall those walls will be after tomorrows projected monster storm. We got a break last week, after three or four major snow events in two weeks. I thought we got almost as much snow in those two weeks as we did in most of last winter. Maybe I didn’t count the April Fool’s Day blizzard in that. After all, April’s supposed to be in the springtime, right? Jassper is a handful. We took him to puppy school and we were doing fairly well with an almost well behaved, over-enthusiastic brute of a dog -but not quite as brutish as ‘Bear’ a Newfoundland dog maybe one and a half times Jassper’s size, who acted like he would bite Jassper’s head off if he tried to get too friendly without Bear initiating the friendliness, and Bear had a thing for a cute, comparatively little Cocker Spaniel and didn’t want Jassper to get any ideas about being friendly with her… But anyway. We had a ‘guest’ visit for a couple weeks that turned into a couple years and he blew most of Jassper’s training out the window. I spent 75% of our walk calling out, “Slow down- Take it easy!” “Easy!” “NO! Let’s not go there-” “No- Don’t even think about entering that little dog’s territory-” “Easy-” “NO- you don’t want to dig anything up there-” “No, you can’t eat that-” “Easy- Easy-” “Slow down-” And the second half of our walk was down hill and I had to constantly rein him in, hold him back and do my best not to slip on the hard packed snow and bits of ice- But we survived and enthusiastic to a fault perennial puppy got home and had a couple treats and went through his, “Okay- I’ll pretend it’s time for bed- I get another treat for that, right?” Routine, and he went into his crate, we closed the door, and pulled down the sheet that used to keep him safe and quiet all night, but now lasts maybe twenty minutes if we’re lucky. Then we dealt with two cats who keep trying to demand their evening routine a few minutes earlier every day-

— The first few snow flakes showed up on our ‘security’/deer cam at about 9:30. And it’s acting like the first few scouts from an incredibly massive army of invading snow people, zooming in, looking around, blowing off to check out the neighbourhood for choice locations to land and set up sites for mind blowing communities of intrusive snow flake beings.

— My co-editor in the blogged news world is already dealing with heavy snowfall in “Upper New York State” and we might skip our issue tonight- but we’ve been a bit sporadic lately due to ‘widespread flu outbreak’ red filled areas of the Map of the USA, and Both Cathi and I have been battered by something- be it a weird cold or flu or combination of the above-

— So I’ll look through the famous birthdays on February 14th and list a few below:

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php & They have a ‘Follow on Twitter’ link on their site.

February 14th: 1572- Hans Christoph Haiden, composer. 1818- Frederick Douglass, African-American abolitionist/lecturer/editor (exact year unknown). 1894- Jack Benny, [Benjamin Kubelski], Waukegan Ill, “Oh! Rochester!”.  1896- Arthur Milne [Edward Arthur Milne], Hull Yorkshire, English Astrophysicist (kinematic relativity). 1902 Thelma Ritter, Brooklyn New York, American actress (Miracle on 34th Street). 1913  James Pike, bishop (Beyond Anxiety), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma &  Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters leader who disappeared in 1975 &  Mel Allen, Birmingham Alabama, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees). 1916- Edward Platt, Staten Island NY, actor (Chief-Get Smart). 1921- Hugh Downs, Akron Oh, TV journalist (20/20, Concentration). 1922- Murray “the K” Kaufman, NYC DJ (5th Beatle). 1929 or 1931- Vic Morrow, American actor, Bronx NY, (Combat, Roots, Twilight Zone the Movie) (d. 1982). 1934- Florence Henderson, Dale Ind, actress/singer (Carol-Brady Bunch). 1943- Eric Anderson, vocalist (Avalanche, Be True to You), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1944- Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate). 1945- Gregory Hines, actor/dancer (White Nights, Taps), born in NYC, New York. 1948- … Teller, Phila, magician (Penn & Teller). 1960- Meg Tilly, [Margaret], actress (Big Chill, Impulse), born in Los Angeles, California  1963- Zach Galligan, actor (Gremlins), born in NYC, New York.  }

— && That’s more than I expected to write here tonight-

— Good Night, Sweet Dreams- Hope you had a wonderful Valentines’ Day   —jim w—

Saturday, 14 February, 2015- Happy Vantines Day

Saturday, 14 February, 2015 -( -15°C / +5 °F & cloudy here in Atlantic Canada at 7:45 pm — Our Weather applets say it’s snowing heavily in Ithaca with -7°C / +20°F @ 6:45 pm Eastern Time )- My Godfather, Larry Toronto’s birthday. –

Deer

We had ‘Committee’ presence while my step daughter was here earlier this evening. Shooting through plastic and window screen in order not to spook them does not give us the best quality photos in this world, but you can see how close they were to the porch- —jim w—

Deer munching

Another photo of the deer munching on oats near our porch from a slightly different angle. ‘Holiday lights’ are reflected around the deer- —jim w—

 

Cathi

My favourite Valentine clowning with a cup of Tim Hortons coffee in our kitchen. -We got her daughter a cup of hot chocolate – She’s all grown up now and is a Registered Nurse with a University Degree in Nursing from Western Ontario U. – Still wonderful, she hasn’t lost the charm she had as a cute nine year old. (the daughter, not Cathi- I didn’t know Cathi when she was 9 years old. I wonder what might have been different if we met back then. ( She might have thought I was a decent father figure, a cool big brother type, or hated my guts forever?) —jim w—

— So, the latest forecast is for between one and two feet of snow here tomorrow. ( 30 to 40 centimeters in the next 24 hours, possibly 50 centimeters before it stops raging on Monday? 60 centimeters would be just about 2 feet.)

— Ya know? Nobody asked me if I thought it would be a good idea for Canada to go on the metric system. And nobody asked the Canadians who were there in those days what they thought and felt about that. The idiots who thought they had a right to make that decision just did it. Wait until they get to the next life and they can’t get through the pearly gates because they don’t know how big a cubit is? Eek, there would be one heck of a lot of homeless spirits panhandling outside the gates if we have to know that one…

— I better quit for now.

~~~~~ Jim

Friday, 13 February, 2015 -News?

{ Copied & Pasted from Radio Free Earth News: ———jim w——— }

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Friday, 13 February, 2015  -( +6˚F / -14˚C  & clear, The Sun is still bright @ 5:00 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +9˚F / -13˚C   & becoming dusk  @ 6:00pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

Cornell @ 5 pm Friday

The sun is still shining on Ithaca at 5 pm. —djo—

Thought for the day? “It’s bad luck to be superstitious-“

Dogs are the best.

You can see the love on this dog’s face. Or maybe she’s hungry and the sick human’s spouse wouldn’t give her the good stuff? Anyway. It’s a nice touching story and love like that should start out our depressing news of the day reports, ya think? —djo—

Positive Thoughts?

For contrast – Yes, start your day off inspired by something positive and see if that does change the way your day unravels. —jim w—

Car Chargers Outnumber gas stations in Japan.

This feels positive. Maybe things are looking up. —djo—

Weather News: Boston got as much as 37 inches of new snow on Monday, and already had two feet of snow on the ground. Public Transportation came to a grinding halt there.  & It looked like Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia were getting dumped on Tuesday. Newfoundland and Labrador are being clobbered on Thursday. With two possible Nor’Easters heading for Maritimes over the weekend. On Friday they’re telling us we’ll probably get off easy while a storm might hit Nova Scotia, But Sunday might be another ‘Major’ snow event.

Friday the 13th.

I thought the church had the Knights Templars executed on Friday the 13th, like burned at the stake or worse? And we did hear that 13 was a lucky number before that. —djo—

Don't believe Harper the Fear Monger

This one hung up and acted like it would crash while I was loading it. —djo—

Doreen Virtue Quote

“Trust yourself!” —jim w—

Apple's going Solar

Apple plans to go 100% Renewable Energy as soon as it can. Let’s hope this is more than an Public Relations ruse. —djo—

Buddha Quote

In our natural state, before we are poisoned by Genetically Modified Food and highly controlled media, we are really ‘nice’ beings. fear and hatred are conditioned into us by nasty people with a nasty agenda. —djo—               A ‘Bodhisattva’ is an ‘Enlightened’ being who could enjoy the peace and serenity of the Heavenly Realms but comes back down here to help guide and liberate the rest of us from the negative b.s. that could lead us downward instead of up.  —jim w—

Yay John Lennon

Not exactly on topic, but I’ll quote John Lennon here, or post a retweet of a John Lennon quote – —jim w—

Climate change

We’ve got friends who believe that climate change is a terrorist activity being engineered by nasty dark ops ice-holes with military background at the behest of corporate ice-holes who are desperate to gain or regain control over the hearts and minds of everybody on this planet, or kill us all if we resist. —djo—

Extinction vs spirituality

This is a cool juxtaposition of messages this morning, don’t-cha think? —jim w—

Hitler / Harper

As Canada moves into an election year that will start and stop a whole lot quicker than we’re used to down here in the ‘States’, Things should be heating up on both sides. My friends up there tend to gravitate toward this view- That Stephen Harper is a born again Fascist who really wants to get it right this time- —djo—

Tommy Douglas Quote reL Fascism

Tommy Douglas was voted something like the biggest Canadian Hero a couple years ago for conceiving and implementing the Canadian Health Care System, which greedy sonofaguns have been trying to talk down and dismantle ever since. —jim w—

Harper priorities

The Harper government claims it was saving lots of money by cheating veterans out of their pensions and closing down offices that helped veterans get access to health care for PTSD and other conditions the government habitually denies coverage for. Meanwhile that same government has spent hundreds of times more money than it claims it saved — advertizing bogus ‘Economic Action Plan’ gains and phony apprenticeship programs with ‘interest free loans’ that suddenly are not interest free when the ‘apprentice’ graduates the programme and discovers that he or she can’t buy a decent job and owes much more than he or she can pay back while working part time flipping hamburgers or pushing donuts. —djo—

Bernie Sanders quoted

More of today’s point-counterpoint: Bernie Sanders weighs in- 🙂 & It isn’t just the U.S. and Canada that are under attack by ‘big money interests’ Look at Greece, where a lot of voters have vivid memories of what it is like to live under a Fascist regime. And look around Europe, where Portugal, Spain and too many other countries are waking up and wondering “WTF” is going on. & I’m happy to report that some of my farourite ‘Psychics’ as well as much more scientific trend watchers are seeing a messy time of it, after which the ‘Banksters’ will no longer be in power. “Half Past Human dot com” says the last Bankster will be strangled by the intestines of the last phony religious cleric after enraged ex-catholics burn down the Vatican in 2019, after learning what Organized Religion has actually been up to for the last century or more, and the Bank of the Vatican has been funding the bloody black ops mind control while Catholic Priests helped develop Nazi torture technology to sexually abuse children and turn them into ‘Manchurian Candidate’ type brain-washed victims that could be activated to pull off seemingly random breaks that are actually attacks on our freedoms and liberty. The Texas Tower sniper, the Unibomber, the guy who shot John Lennon, and most of the wild and crazy school shootings and Theater shootings are done by ‘targeted’ individuals who have been conditioned and activated to pull off inconceivable acts of terror, so the government can pass emergency legislation that takes your freedom away and gives them more and more control over everything you think do and say. —jim w—

Child Labour in 1911

Child Labour in 1911

Child Laour in 2015

Child Labour in 2015.

Then and now?

Here’s a ‘Then and Now’ Tweet that twitter wouldn’t let me retweet. Maybe it was deleted?—djo—                             & I remember 14 year olds being a lot smarter and aware than adults gave us credit for, even if we weren’t always capable of seeing ‘the whole picture’ or understanding clearly what we saw going on around us, when I was one of them. —  Should I admit the Beatles hit the USA when I was a fourteen year old?  —jim w—

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php 

February 13th: 1849- Lord Randolph Churchill, Winston’s father was born in England. 1885- Elizabeth [Bess] Truman, Harry’s wife & First Lady. 1887- Alvin York (Sargent York) US Soldier Famous for killing 25 ‘enemy’ in WW I.  1888- Georgios Papandreou, Greek prefect of Lesbos/minister/premier.  1919 Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country vocalist/actor (pea picker). 1923  Chuck Yeagar, US test pilot (1st man to break sound barrier). 1933-  Kim Novak, [Marilyn], actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois. 1934- George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane). 1942- Carol Lynley, actress (Night Stalker, Fantasy Island, Immortal), born in NYC, New York & Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees). 1944- Jerry Springer,talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England & Stockard Channing, actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace), born in NYC, New York.  1950- Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes).  }

Yesterday’s News: Smart TVs that can recognize verbal commands can listen in to any conversation inside your home while that feature is on. NSA operatives etc, can also turn that on whenever they feel like it. Samsung admitted they have ‘a third party’ monitoring everything “to know when a command is given.”

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{ Canadian Headlines : From :  http://www.cbc.ca/news  <— Link }

Mass shooting spree suicide plot foiled by Halifax police   { * Be suspicious of this kind of headline. It might be true, but look deeper. We keep hearing that too many of these loose cannons were normal people who were ‘targeted and conditioned, then activated’ to carry out their crimes. Texas Tower shooter, Unibomber, the guy who shot John Lennon, and almost anyone, especially ‘lone gunmen’ who ‘flip out’ and shoot up schools, movie theaters, etc. They may not all be MK-Ultra but if some of them are, we have to do something about this. *  —djo— }

Why are so many of Peter MacKay’s appointed judges also his friends   {* Looks like another scandal is about to rock the Harper ‘government’. Peter MacKay has been in the spotlight before for inappropriate behaviour. He comes off as a mean spirited- bad loser. * —djo— }

FBI agent arranced ‘chance’ meeting with Via Rail terror suspect   { * Stephen Harper is a micro-managing ice-hole. If the Canadian people re-elect him prime minister, then (1) they deserve to go to hell in a handbasket and (2) I wouldn’t believe a ‘fair election’ or honest vote count happened anywhere on this planet, ever. * —djo— }

Stephen Harper’s chief spokesman leaving PMO ahead of election   { * I should quote a woman friend who lives in Canada, “More rats are jumping ship before it goes down and brings them with it”.  *  —djo— }

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Weird

A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

How ‘Left Shark’ sparked a 3D printing legal row with Katy Perry   {  }

Did you leave thousands of dollars in a bundle of drapes?   {  }

Watch a cat dig its way out after a snowstorm   { * I had to check with Jim about this one, no, it wasn’t his cat. *  —djo— }

Petri Island ice fishing village invites gamers with arcade   { * I had to read this one a couple times before I understood what it meant. * —djo— }

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Brrrrrr

-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

New Brunswick braces for heavy snow and extreme cold weekend   { * So, what else is new? *  —jim w—  }

Kennebecasis Valley High School teacher faces sex charges   {    }

New Brunswick faces a ‘serious deficit position’: Roger Melanson   {   }

Local producers praise David Coon’s food security bill   { * – Some New Brunswick entrepreneurs say Green Party Leader David Coon’s proposed Local Food Security Act will help grow a larger market for locally grown food in the province. – The proposed bill would see the provincial government give preference to local food providers to supply food for nursing homes, schools and hospitals. – It would also include better labelling for local food and bringing healthy food education to schools. – Tim Cochran of Cochran’s Country Market said he has seen firsthand the state of New Brunswick agriculture industry. – “We have a lot of farmers that I’ve been dealing with for 20 years that they’re going to retire and there isn’t the farmers there to take their place, partly because I think it’s a hard industry to break into,” Cochrane said.

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Levi Lawrence, the owner of Real Food Connections, said Coon’s bill would help create a better market for local food in New Brunswick. But he said change will not happen immediately. (CBC)

– Cochran said Coon’s proposal could help make it easier for people to make a living in the agriculture industry. – “I think it’s excellent,” he said. – “From what I understand, it’s really going to promote and drive the promotion of locally grown produce and products.” – Levi Lawrence, the owner of Real Food Connections, said the act would be a step forward by building the market for local food in the province. – But he said even if the bill passes, change won’t happen overnight. – “There is still a lot of work to be done in the province in supplying, distributing and processing what we grow in the province that the act doesn’t really help us do,” Lawrence said. – “It does create a market for entrepreneurs to work on that problem and better reason to get into that business, but that’s the biggest gap we have in the province today.” – Lawrence has been expanding his local food store in Fredericton and is now getting ready to open up a store in Saint John. He went through a major crowdfunding campaign last year. –Coon open to amendments – The bill is expected to have its second reading sometime in mid-March. If the bill passed, Coon said it would take about 12 months to get it up and running. – “It sets up an advisory committee to work with the various ministers who would be involved,” he said. – “And really that’s all it would take to get to the point where targets could be set for the province and for targets for our public institutions like schools and hospitals.” – Coon said he’s received a lot of positive feedback on the bill from agriculture organizations as well as individual MLAs. – He said he’s hopeful the bill will pass and said he is open to making amendments. – “I’m always open to amendments to make bills better so we get the best possible law in the books,” he said. – “But I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t pass. I think both parties would have to explain why they wouldn’t support it if it didn’t pass.” – A government spokesperson said Coon’s bill is being studied. – “The government has committed to developing a local food and beverages strategy to assist local growers and produces develop their products and get them to market,” the spokesperson said. –  The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick said in a statement on Thursday that they would like to see Coon’s bill passed. – “Food is one thing that all New Brunswickers require on a daily basis and food security is an issue that affects and unites all people,” the group said in a statement. –   }

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schnarr

This was retweeted again, and it’s worth re -publishing. Who benefits from a bill Stephen Harper is trying to say is good for everybody? Only the rich- —djo—

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{ We’re taking it slow for now, after being ‘down for the count’ / ‘under the weather’ / being beaten up by flu bugs for the last several weeks. Who knows? We might wake up tomorrow full of vim and vinegar and want to dive right back into what we were doing up to near the end of last month. But right now, I don’t even want to think about a lot of the nonsense that is passing for ‘News’ lately.  — Quote Paul Simon? “I get all the news I need from the weather report.” (?) But anyway, we could probably supply you with a barrage of retweeted stuff: Yay? Note to the world: “Hang in there-”  —djo— }

rant

Yay! I found something Positive! & I’ve wanted to hear anything good about Apple since it’s been looking like they’ve embraced the same sleazy-iced ‘Make sure they can’t use last years peripherals with this year’s ‘gotta-have-its’ greedy ice-hole marketing strategy. Grumble Grumble…

Tax Dodges of Amerikan Corporations.

“How US Companies try to avoid paying taxes?” or how they get away with that?

TVs are Watching You.

“Smart TeeVees = Bad News” —djo—

Cool Cougars?

Without a whole lot more details I have no idea what this is or whether or not it might be appropriate for children. Best Guess? : Cover Photo of National Geographic Kids Magazine.

eeek

Coming from Lockheed Martin – I wouldn’t trust this as far as I could throw one of those towers. ‘Smart Grids’ are buzz words for the greedy corporate ice-holes who are using your ‘smart appliances’ to spy on you. smart meters disturb sleep patterns and give utility companies the ability to monitor your use and shut you down at their slightest whim. Senior citizens were killed in Texas when a power company shut off their air conditioners during an incredible heat wave. 106 degrees F in a high rise = dead senior citizens + Zero Corporate responsibility. —djo—

Surveillance State / Learn to take pictures.

Another weird juxtaposition coming our way from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ —jim w—

Airport What?

And, while we’re on the subject of the ‘Surveillance State’ – is this a legitimate view of what is going on? Or is this a stunt to try to recruit the kind of security cops who don’t mind getting their hands inside babies’ diapers and strip searching beautiful young women? Gack! —djo—

Arizone is as bad as Texas

A person who works at ‘Corrections Canada’ told me I was an effing idiot if I believed the ‘b.s.’ that Texas would lock anyone up for life if they were caught with a single marijuana cigarette. The next time I saw the guy he looked stunned, like he had researched that in order to try to slap me in the face with the ‘truth’ – and found out I had told him the truth. But he never apologized. Arizona is almost as bad as Texas. —jim w—

& The previous 'government'/regime here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone.  ---jim w---

& The previous ‘government’/regime – here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone. —jim w—

Twitter followers map

My Map of Twitter Followers? —jim w—

djo twitter followers

Tweet Map – Not as pretty as Jim’s, but at least you can read it. —djo—

new followers. Jim W

Dueling Twitter Maps? Nah- But These are my ‘newer followers’ & I’m not in this to see how many followers I can get. Neither is Doug.  —jim w—

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shutdowncanada

8:40 pm – I got here late and have received a barrage of “#shutdowncanada” tweets. I want to look into this before we publish. — both of us broke for dinner a while back so we haven’t been killing ourselves here, but… —        —jim w—

{ There were quite a few demonstrations in Montreal and maybe elsewhere, people disrupted traffic with signs I’ll translate to “you can stick your austerity measures where we hope it hurts you a lot.” And the feeling is ‘we’re not going to take this [ bull chips ] any more. But now it’s after 9 pm and we’ve been at this at least twice as long as we wanted to be- Time for somebody else to jump in and save their little corner of this world. okay?  —jim w— }

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{ We should quit while we’re ahead? Good Night Amerika – Whatever you are. -wink-  —djo— & friends —  }

 { & Doug has added a catch all blog to our madness here, and we will probably be posting our daily stuff there too, at http://www.aerendel.org/CanadianNews/ It’s on one of our servers and he managed to put in a twitter feed and connected his sadly neglected effbook account so anyone friending the right Doug Otterson on facebook should get lots of interesting retweets etc. Busman’s Holidays are Us?  —jim w— }

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Thursday, 12 February, 2015 – News?

{ Copied & Pasted from Radio Free Earth News: ———jim w——— }

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Thursday, 12 February, 2015  -( +24˚F / -4˚C  With Snow Flurries @ 10:30 am near Ithaca )-  -( +3˚F / -16˚C   & very light snow is falling, like 1 flake per cubic foot of air out there  @ 11:30pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— } { We had a near catastrophic computer freeze and when we recovered the captions beneath a lot of tweets were way out of proportion. And 1100 + new tweets came in while we’ve been doing this  —djo— }

Cornell U Cam Shot

Grey & Dreery here in Ithaca, snowing so lightly it doesn’t show up on web cam shots.

Positive Thoughts?

For contrast – Yes, start your day off inspired by something positive and see if that does change the way your day unravels. —jim w—

Weather News: Boston got as much as 37 inches of new snow on Monday, and already had two feet of snow on the ground. Public Transportation came to a grinding halt there.  & It looked like Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia were getting dumped on Tuesday. Newfoundland and Labrador are being clobbered on Thursday. With two possible Nor’Easters heading for Maritimes over the weekend.

Doreen Virtue Quote

“Trust yourself!” —jim w—

Apple's going Solar

Apple plans to go 100% Renewable Energy as soon as it can. Let’s hope this is more than an Public Relations ruse. —djo—

Buddha Quote

In our natural state, before we are poisoned by Genetically Modified Food and highly controlled media, we are really ‘nice’ beings. fear and hatred are conditioned into us by nasty people with a nasty agenda. —djo—               A ‘Bodhisattva’ is an ‘Enlightened’ being who could enjoy the peace and serenity of the Heavenly Realms but comes back down here to help guide and liberate the rest of us from the negative b.s. that could lead us downward instead of up.  —jim w—

Yay John Lennon

Not exactly on topic, but I’ll quote John Lennon here, or post a retweet of a John Lennon quote – —jim w—

Climate change

We’ve got friends who believe that climate change is a terrorist activity being engineered by nasty dark ops ice-holes with military background at the behest of corporate ice-holes who are desperate to gain or regain control over the hearts and minds of everybody on this planet, or kill us all if we resist. —djo—

Extinction vs spirituality

This is a cool juxtaposition of messages this morning, don’t-cha think? —jim w—

Hitler / Harper

As Canada moves into an election year that will start and stop a whole lot quicker than we’re used to down here in the ‘States’, Things should be heating up on both sides. My friends up there tend to gravitate toward this view- That Stephen Harper is a born again Fascist who really wants to get it right this time- —djo—

Tommy Douglas Quote reL Fascism

Tommy Douglas was voted something like the biggest Canadian Hero a couple years ago for conceiving and implementing the Canadian Health Care System, which greedy sonofaguns have been trying to talk down and dismantle ever since. —jim w—

Harper priorities

The Harper government claims it was saving lots of money by cheating veterans out of their pensions and closing down offices that helped veterans get access to health care for PTSD and other conditions the government habitually denies coverage for. Meanwhile that same government has spent hundreds of times more money than it claims it saved — advertizing bogus ‘Economic Action Plan’ gains and phony apprenticeship programs with ‘interest free loans’ that suddently are not interest free when the ‘apprentice’ graduates the programme and discovers that he or she can’t buy a decent job and owes much more than he or she can pay back while working part time flipping hamburgers or pushing donuts. —djo—

Bernie Sanders quoted

More of today’s point-counterpoint: Bernie Sanders weighs in- 🙂 & It isn’t just the U.S. and Canada that are under attack by ‘big money interests’ Look at Greece, where a lot of voters have vivid memories of what it is like to live under a Fascist regime. And look around Europe, where Portugal, Spain and too many other countries are waking up and wondering “WTF” is going on. & I’m happy to report that some of my farourite ‘Psychics’ as well as much more scientific trend watchers are seeing a messy time of it, after which the ‘Banksters’ will no longer be in power. “Half Past Human dot com” says the last Bankster will be strangled by the intestines of the last phony religious cleric after enraged ex-catholics burn down the Vatican in 2019, after learning what Organized Religion has actually been up to for the last century or more, and the Bank of the Vatican has been funding the bloody black ops mind control while Catholic Priests helped develop Nazi torture technology to sexually abuse children and turn them into ‘Manchurian Candidate’ type brain-washed victims that could be activated to pull off seemingly random breaks that are actually attacks on our freedoms and liberty. The Texas Tower sniper, the Unibomber, the guy who shot John Lennon, and most of the wild and crazy school shootings and Theater shootings are done by ‘targeted’ individuals who have been conditioned and activated to pull off inconceivable acts of terror, so the government can pass emergency legislation that takes your freedom away and gives them more and more control over everything you think do and say. —jim w—

Child Labour in 1911

Child Labour in 1911

Child Laour in 2015

Child Labour in 2015.

Then and now?

Here’s a ‘Then and Now’ Tweet that twitter wouldn’t let me retweet. Maybe it was deleted?—djo—                             & I remember 14 year olds being a lot smarter and aware than adults gave us credit for, even if we weren’t always capable of seeing ‘the whole picture’ or understanding clearly what we saw going around around us, when I was one of them. —  Should I admit the Beatles hit the USA when I was a fourteen year old?  —jim w—

{ Today’s Birthdays :

February 11th: 1377- King Ladislas of Naples. 1847- Thomas Edison, inventer and reportedly greedy ice-hole was born in Milan, Ohio. 1919- Eva Gabor, Actress (Green Acres, Gigi). 1920- King Farouk I, Last king of Egypt was born in Cairo. 1926- Leslie Nielsen, Canadian Actor (“Forbidden Planet” & Naked Gun). 1934- Tina Louise, the actress who played ‘Ginger’ on Gilligan’s Island was born in New York City. 1936- Burt Reynolds – US Actor. 1953- Jeb Bush, politician and US National Election Fixer. 1956- Kathleen Beller, US Actress, was born in Queens, NY. 1962- Sheryl Crow, Singer-Songwriter, was born in Kennett, Misouri. 1964- Sarah Palin, Alaskan politician and running joke of a vice-presidential candidate. Also: Pamm, one of Jim W’s best friends and favorite all time people.

February 12th: 1663- Cotton Mather, the Puritan Minister who helped give us the Salem witch trials, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. 1809- Abraham Lincoln 16th US President was born in Kentucky, the same day that Charles Darwin, the famous Moron who gave us the theory of evolution was born of monkey parents in England.  1893- Omar Bradley, World War II US General. 1904- Ted Mack, Teevee Host of the Original Amateur Hour was born in Denver, Colorado.  1915- Lorne Greene, Actor (Bonanza & Battkestar Galactica) was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 1919- Forrest Tucker, Actor (F Troop) was born in Plainfield Indiana. 1950- Michael Ironside, Actor. 1955- Arsenio Hall, Comedian/talk show host.  — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php  }

Yesterday’s News: Smart TVs that can recognize verbal commands can listen in to any conversation inside your home while that feature is on. NSA operatives etc, can also turn that on whenever they feel like it. Samsung admitted they have ‘a third party’ monitoring everything “to know when a command is given.”

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{ Canadian Headlines : From :  http://www.cbc.ca/news  <— Link }

‘Long live justice,’ fiancée says after Egyptian-born Canadian Mohamed Fahmy gets bail   { * We can hope and pray she still believes in ‘justice after this second trial is over. *  —djo— }

-Analysis- Why Walmart hit the bull’s-eye Target missed: Don Pittis   {* I can’t believe Walmart, a corporation that closes stores that might unionize and makes sure that as many employees as possible cannot work full time or enough to qualify for mandatory benefits, should be held up as a good example of anything. BOYCOTT WALMART!  —djo— }

-Analysis- Lost one minister, shuffle three. Harper’s new election face: Chris Hall   { * Stephen Harper is a micro-managing ice-hole. If the Canadian people re-elect him prime minister, then (1) they deserve to go to hell in a handbasket and (2) I wouldn’t believe a ‘fair election’ or honest vote count happened anywhere on this planet, ever. * —djo— }

Can NBC News Anchor Brian Williams redeem himself?   { * I can’t believe an article about an NBC News Anchor should be among the top 4 articles in any legitimate news service any more than I can believe that the Kardasians deserve to be millionaires or at all newsworthy.  *  —djo— }

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Weird

A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

Surf’s up at wet Whistler in spoof by snowboarders, skiers   {  }

Harlem Globetrotters’ mascot Big G recovered after Vancouver theft   {  }

Teen’s profane tweet gets her fired before starting new job   {  }

Heavy metal wedding on the high seas for Saint John couple   { * – has been listed in the top 4 offbeat news articles for at least three days now – * —djo— }

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Brrrrrr

-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

Moncton taxpayers deserve answers on AC/DC concert cash: reporter   {   }

Saint John police drop meals for detainees to cut costs   {    }

New Brunswick can expect fair weather on Thursday, Peter Coade says   { *** Ya call grey skies, grey everywhere and flurries ‘Fair Weather’? I don’t. ***  —jim w—  }

Brunswick News walks back pay cut for some newspaper carriers   { * The newspaper clawed back one cent for each paper delivered a while back, and now has given that penny a paper back to walking newspaper carriers, but not to drivers? *  —djo—  *** Yup- ***  —jim w—  }

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FHS dress code fight sees ‘complete shift,’ young feminists say   { * – Three months after an angry protest by young feminist activists at Fredericton High School led to their suspensions, the female students say there’s been a “complete shift” in attitude among administrators. – They’re now working together to tackle sexual assault and other issues at the 1,900-student high school.

– This week David McTimoney, the superintendent of the Anglophone West School District, confirmed the students will have a role in drafting a district-wide policy on sexual assault — one of their key demands during November’s protest. – “It will be a collaborative effort that will see student and staff input as well as input from experts in the field,” McTimoney says. – “A good news story.” – The story didn’t look that good last November, when about 25 young women walked out of classes to protest the school’s dress code and to demand a harassment policy. –

‘There was a breakthrough.’– Emilia Deil, student

– It was bitterly cold outside and the protest turned angry when the students weren’t able to go back inside afterwards because of the security locks on the school doors. One student alleged she was shoved by the police officer normally posted at the school. – Students who got into the school and chanted around the office of principal Shane Thomas were later suspended for three days and lost their extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. – But after McTimoney brought in a district staffer, Judy Piers-Kavanagh, to attend meetings between the activists and school officials, things cooled down. – Thomas, who the students had seen as intransigent, was more open to hearing their concerns, they say. – “There was a breakthrough,” says Emilia Deil, Grade 12 student. – “Him just even listening to us and encouraging us and telling us that he wanted to work with us and work through this, and understand — you could tell he genuinely cared at that point and genuinely wanted to do something about the issue, rather than just dismiss it.” – Thomas says he hasn’t actually changed his approach, but he has learned from his meetings with the students, including one where they described their own experiences with sexual harassment. – “I will say some of the stories surprised me,” he says. – “By sharing some of those experiences, it certainly is a learning curve for those of us on the other side of the table. Because you don’t know what all of the students are going through.” –

A simmering debate about dress codes

– The protest began over the school dress code, which requires students to wear “modest” clothes — a phrase that McTimoney admits can be interpreted differently by different teachers. –

Shane Thomas

Shane Thomas, the Fredericton High School principal, originally suspended the dress code protesters for three days and removed their extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The young activists felt the dress code was a symptom of what they call rape culture: a climate that blames women for the sexist behaviour of men such as leering, catcalls and harassment. – “It is basically the idea that we use language, or imagery, or we discuss rape or sexual assault in a way that makes it, `Meh, that’s the way things are. That’s just the way things are and people have to deal with it,’” says Jennifer Gorham of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. “And it’s permissive.” – The dress code issue had been simmering at FHS for a couple of years. – Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student who helped organize last fall’s protest, says she was among several students taken to task for their clothing. – A vice-principal told her that a sheer shirt she was wearing was too revealing. – “And she had no interest in listening to me, so she sent to me the principal and he had no interest in listening to me,” she says. –

Different approaches

– Thomas says the dress code was drafted with the input of a feminist club based at FHS. That group has taken a more moderate approach, working with administrators. –

Julia Fournier

Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student, was a member of the more moderate school-approved feminist group. She also participated in the November protest. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The principal says he believes in giving students a voice — but the best way to do that is through the officially-approved, school-based group. – “If you really are concerned about an issue, you should be joining that particular group that has a voice directly with the office or through the teachers,” he says. – “If you’re not part of a group, I don’t know what your ideas are.” – Beirne and Deil felt going through official channels wasn’t effective and decided to take a more radical approach with their city-wide group, the Fredericton Young Feminists. – “I’m definitely more into radical activism. I like protests and I think being loud and aggressive in our tactics is the way we’re going to see change,” Beirne says. – The group was also buoyed by its protests for abortion rights at the New Brunswick legislature last year, which they felt succeeded in forcing the issue onto the political agenda. – “We had politicians behind us on these issues we were bringing forward,” Deil says. – “We could see people cared about feminist issues, so it made it easier going into bringing up another issue.” –

From protest to persuasion

– Last November, the group posted a video to a petition website that demanded the repeal of the dress code.

Judy Piers-Kavanagh

Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher, was asked to bring the two sides together in the dress code debate. She was called a “godsend” by one of the feminist activists. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– “I was forced to miss class time because my bra straps were showing,” one student said in the video. – “A student at my school complained about sexual harassment,” Deil said, “and she was told she shouldn’t be wearing a low-cut shirt.” – They organized the walk-out for the following Friday. A few students from outside FHS joined the small group of protesters outside the school, where they chanted demands for ending the dress code. – Some members of the more moderate school-approved feminist group were there too, including Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student. – “A lot of people had never seen a protest before so they didn’t know what was going on,” Fournier says. – “They were shocked by that. But I didn’t see anything wrong happening. Like I don’t think we were out of line.” – Deil says she was nervous about joining the walk-out but decided she had to do it. – “I was told by teachers that I have a lot of respect for, that this was a bad decision and there were different ways of going about it,” she says. – But, Deil says, the students had tried talking without success. –

‘In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt.’– Judy Piers-Kavanagh

– Thomas, the principal of FHS for five years and an administrator for 17, says it was his first student walk-out. – “In my years in my administrator that is not something that has occurred and it’s not something we train for,” he says. – The students learned of their suspensions the following week. Many of their parents contacted the school to complain that the ban on extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year went too far. – By then, superintendent McTimoney was already trying to calm the situation. – He asked Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher who was filling in at the district office for six months, to step in. – She held a five-hour meeting with the suspended students. – “In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt,” she says. – “And by the afternoon I saw young people who were wanting to sit down with administration and have a conversation and they had all kinds of recommendations about what the school could do to improve some things as they saw it.” – Piers-Kavanagh has a background in gender studies and she earned the trust of both the activists and the administrators at a series of meetings. –

David McTimoney

David McTimoney, the district superintendent, says the FHS dress code will remain. (CBC)

– “She’s an angel,” says Deil. – “A godsend.” – Beirne echoed her support for Piers-Kavanagh. – “The fact she was sitting there on the other side of the desk,” Beirne says, “understanding where we were coming from, kind of helped the other people sitting on that side of the desk at least listen.” – As the meetings continued and the climate improved, the school’s principal rescinded the ban on the activists’ extracurricular activities. – “The things that they were asking us to do, we knew we were going to be able to do,” Thomas says. – “And so if they’re coming to the table willing to participate and generate good ideas and work with us to make our school a better place, there’s absolutely no need to have those consequences in place.” –

The discussion continues

– The mood has improved at FHS, with the decision to work on a district-wide sexual assault policy the most concrete example of the new atmosphere. –

Sorcha Beirne

Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student, says she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change at the school. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– Thomas has worked with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre to set up a sexual assault response team at the school and there are plans to establish a chapter of the White Ribbon campaign, which sees men raise awareness about assault and harassment against women. – “I’m pretty pleased with what’s going on,” says Emilia Deil. – “Just the fact that we had meetings with the administration was amazing to me. They definitely have had just like a complete shift in point of view.” – Thomas says the conversations with the students “is a powerful way to move forward as a school. And having that co-operation and collegiality with these young people is a wonderful opportunity for us and for them.” – Still, the two sides aren’t in complete agreement about everything. – McTimoney says the dress code will remain. – “There’s not an overwhelming cry to abolish the dress code,” he said. – “But we can see here the dress code was the catalyst for a larger conversation.” – There’s so much goodwill that no one wants to reopen the argument too much — but it’s clear there are very different views of whether the November protest was necessary. – “There’s a lot of good going on now as a result of what has happened, but I would say had the approach been different, the same good could have resulted,” McTimoney says. – “Had that taken a different route, we could have reached the same conclusions without those bumps along the way.” – The students disagree. – “The school district wasn’t going to listen our concerns until we did something big, until they had to listen,” Beirne says. –

‘As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.’– Shane Thomas, FHS principal

– We wouldn’t have got meetings with the district if we hadn’t had a protest, if we hadn’t gone to the media.” – Julia Fournier, of the more moderate school-based feminist club, says “the walkout turned out to be more effective. But I still respect all the opinions of the members of the FHS feminist club and I see both points of view.” – And Beirne acknowledges she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change. – “I think it’s very easy to assume that everyone has your best interests at heart, and the school really wants to do what’s best for its students,” she says. – “I think from their past behaviour it’s obvious they like to sweep things under the rug or push things aside.” – Thomas acknowledges that “it takes a while for all this to occur” but says he believes FHS will be successful. – “As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.” – * }

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{ We’re taking it slow for now, after being ‘down for the count’ / ‘under the weather’ / being beaten up by flu bugs for the last several weeks. Who knows? We might wake up tomorrow full of vim and vinegar and want to dive right back into what we were doing up to near the end of last month. But right now, I don’t even want to think about a lot of the nonsense that is passing for ‘News’ lately.  — Quote Paul Simon? “I get all the news I need from the weather report.” (?) But anyway, we could probably supply you with a barrage of retweeted stuff: Yay? Note to the world: “Hang in there-”  —djo— }

rant

Yay! I found something Positive! & I’ve wanted to hear anything good about Apple since it’s been looking like they’ve embraced the same sleazy-iced ‘Make sure they can’t use last years periferals with this year’s ‘gotta-have-its’ greedy ice-hole marketing strategy. Grumble Grumble…

Tax Dodges of Amerikan Corporations.

“How US Companies try to avoid paying taxes?” or how they get away with that?

TVs are Watching You.

“Smart TeeVees = Bad News” —djo—

Cool Cougars?

Without a whole lot more details I have no idea what this is or whether or not it might be appropriate for children. Best Guess? : Cover Photo of National Geographic Kids Magazine.

eeek

Coming from Lockheed Martin – I wouldn’t trust this as far as I could throw one of those towers. ‘Smart Grids’ are buzz words for the greedy corporate ice-holes who are using your ‘smart appliances’ to spy on you. smart meters disturb sleep patterns and give utility companies the ability to monitor your use and shut you down at their slightest whim. Senior citizens were killed in Texas when a power company shut off their air conditioners during an incredible heat wave. 106 degrees F in a high rise = dead senior citizens + Zero Corporate responsibility. —djo—

Surveillance State / Learn to take pictures.

Another weird juxtaposition coming our way from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ —jim w—

Airport What?

And, while we’re on the subject of the ‘Surveillance State’ – is this a legitimate view of what is going on? Or is this a stunt to try to recruit the kind of security cops who don’t mind getting their hands inside babies’ diapers and strip searching beautiful young women? Gack! —djo—

Arizone is as bad as Texas

A person who works at ‘Corrections Canada’ told me I was an effing idiot if I believed the ‘b.s.’ that Texas would lock anyone up for life if they were caught with a single marijuana cigarette. The next time I saw the guy he looked stunned, like he had researched that in order to try to slap me in the face with the ‘truth’ – and found out I had told him the truth. But he never apologized. Arizona is almost as bad as Texas. —jim w—

Real food extra

“Real Food? That will be Extra $$ -” —djo—

& The previous 'government'/regime here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone.  ---jim w---

& The previous ‘government’/regime – here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone. —jim w—

Twitter followers map

My Map of Twitter Followers? —jim w—

djo twitter followers

Tweet Map – Not as pretty as Jim’s, but at least you can read it. —djo—

new followers. Jim W

Dueling Twitter Maps? Nah- But These are my ‘newer followers’ & I’m not in this to see how many followers I can get. Neither is Doug.  —jim w—

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{ We should quit while we’re ahead? Good Night Amerika – Whatever you are. -wink-  —djo— & friends —  }

 

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Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 – News?

{ Copied & Pasted from Radio Free Earth News: ———jim w——— }

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Tuesday, 10 February, 2015  -( +17˚F / -8˚C  & cloudy @ 11:45 am near Ithaca )-  -( +7˚F / -14˚C   & cloudy  @ 12:45 pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

Wooden Yurts

Wooden Yurts are not a brand new thing, they’ve been around since the 1970’s. —djo—

Terri Nakamura Photo

“Wow” Somebody I follow on Twitter posted this with a link to Terri Nakamura, the photographer’s, Google Plus site. As far as I can tell, Terri Nakamura is a Californian, and this is probably somewhere in California. Don’t know for sure.

Weather News: Boston got as much as 37 inches of new snow on Monday, and already had two feet of snow on the ground. Public Transportation came to a grinding halt there.  & It looks like Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia are getting dumped on today.

37 inches of new snow in Boston Monday.

Boston got 37 inches of snow on Monday, the 9th. The confusing thing is, Twitter reports, with their short word counts report that there is 3 feet of snow on the ground.

{ Today’s Birthdays :

February 9th: 1404- Constantine XI Dragases, the last Byzantine Emporer was born. 1773- William Henry Harrison, 9th US President was born in Charles City, Virginia. 1874- Amy Lowell, US Poet. 1891- Ronald Colman Actor (A Tale of Two Cities) was born in England. 1901- Brian Donlevy, Irish Actor. 1909- Carmen Miranda, Brazilian singer/actress; & Dean Rusk, )US Secretary of State from 1961-69). 1928- Roger Mudd, CBS and NBC News Anchor- Born in Washington DC, & Frank Franzetta, US Artist. 1930- Garner Ted Armstrong- US Evangelist. 1942- Carole King- Singer/pianist/Composer- was born in Brooklyn, NY. 1943- Barbara Lewis, US Singer, & Joe Pesci, US Actor- was born in Newark, NJ. 1944- Alice Walker, US Author “The Color Purple”. 1945- Mia Farrow – US Actress. 1949- Judith Light – US Actress -“Who’s The Boss”- was born in Trenton, NJ. 1951- Penny Peyser- US Actress – ‘Rich Man Poor Man’ – was born in Irvington, NY. 1952- Mookie Wilson, US Baseball Player, Base-stealer. Also: Audrey P. Moskwa – Writer and Chiara S. -A friend’s daughter.

February 10th: 1890-Boris Pasternak, writer/poet who wrote Dr Zhivago, was born in Moscow, Russia. 1893- Jimmy Durante the US comedian, was born in NYC, NY.  1906- Lon Chaney Jr- U.S. Actor was born in Oklahoma City, OK. 1930- Robert Wagner, US Actor, “Hart to Hart” teevee series, born in Detroit, MI.  1939- Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada (doesn’t say where she was born) and Roberta Flack, US Vocalist -Killing Me Softly- was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 1950- Richard Galdrian, Musician, Composer, Writer, was born in Bridgeport, CT. 1955- Greg Norman, Golfer, was born in Queensland, Australian. 1967- Laura Dern, US Actress, born in Los Angeles, CA You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php  }

Yesterday’s News: Smart TVs that can recognize verbal commands can listen in to any conversation inside your home while that feature is on. NSA operatives etc, can also turn that on whenever they feel like it. Samsung admitted they have ‘a third party’ monitoring everything “to know when a command is given.”

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{ Canadian Headlines : From :  http://www.cbc.ca/news  <— Link }

Parents of U.S. woman held hostage by ISIS notified of her death   { * Rumours are that a Jordanian bomb killed her. -Ack. I feel sick. *  }

Stephen Poloz to G20: I’m not talking down the dollar   {* He’s the Bank of Canada Governor.  * “All Economics are Voodoo”- I’m quoting myself there.  —djo— }

30 years on, did ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ really ‘bridge the distance’?   { * Canada’s charity anthen was recorded 30 years ago today. * —djo— }

Forget what you’ve heard: Chances are you’re on track for a decent retirement   { * “4 out of 5 Canadians are financially on track for a fine retirement, according to a report from cusultancy McKinsey”  *  —djo— }

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Weird

A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

Heavy metal wedding on the high seas for Saint John couple   {  }

Apollo 11 sourvenirs found in Neil Armstrong’s closet   {  }

Manitoba’s famous hockey-playing robot learbs to ski   {  }

14-lb baby delivered by woman who didn’t know she was pregnant   {  }

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Brrrrrr

-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

UNB calls in outside help to deal with law school crisis   {   }

Heavy Metal Wedding on the high seas for Saint John couple   {    }

Heating oil costs climb from pre-election change   {  }

James Robertson to be sentenced in fatal fall from 3rd-storey window   {   }

FHS dress code fight sees ‘complete shift,’ young feminists say   { * – Three months after an angry protest by young feminist activists at Fredericton High School led to their suspensions, the female students say there’s been a “complete shift” in attitude among administrators. – They’re now working together to tackle sexual assault and other issues at the 1,900-student high school.

– This week David McTimoney, the superintendent of the Anglophone West School District, confirmed the students will have a role in drafting a district-wide policy on sexual assault — one of their key demands during November’s protest. – “It will be a collaborative effort that will see student and staff input as well as input from experts in the field,” McTimoney says. – “A good news story.” – The story didn’t look that good last November, when about 25 young women walked out of classes to protest the school’s dress code and to demand a harassment policy. –

‘There was a breakthrough.’– Emilia Deil, student

– It was bitterly cold outside and the protest turned angry when the students weren’t able to go back inside afterwards because of the security locks on the school doors. One student alleged she was shoved by the police officer normally posted at the school. – Students who got into the school and chanted around the office of principal Shane Thomas were later suspended for three days and lost their extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. – But after McTimoney brought in a district staffer, Judy Piers-Kavanagh, to attend meetings between the activists and school officials, things cooled down. – Thomas, who the students had seen as intransigent, was more open to hearing their concerns, they say. – “There was a breakthrough,” says Emilia Deil, Grade 12 student. – “Him just even listening to us and encouraging us and telling us that he wanted to work with us and work through this, and understand — you could tell he genuinely cared at that point and genuinely wanted to do something about the issue, rather than just dismiss it.” – Thomas says he hasn’t actually changed his approach, but he has learned from his meetings with the students, including one where they described their own experiences with sexual harassment. – “I will say some of the stories surprised me,” he says. – “By sharing some of those experiences, it certainly is a learning curve for those of us on the other side of the table. Because you don’t know what all of the students are going through.” –

A simmering debate about dress codes

– The protest began over the school dress code, which requires students to wear “modest” clothes — a phrase that McTimoney admits can be interpreted differently by different teachers. –

Shane Thomas

Shane Thomas, the Fredericton High School principal, originally suspended the dress code protesters for three days and removed their extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The young activists felt the dress code was a symptom of what they call rape culture: a climate that blames women for the sexist behaviour of men such as leering, catcalls and harassment. – “It is basically the idea that we use language, or imagery, or we discuss rape or sexual assault in a way that makes it, `Meh, that’s the way things are. That’s just the way things are and people have to deal with it,’” says Jennifer Gorham of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. “And it’s permissive.” – The dress code issue had been simmering at FHS for a couple of years. – Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student who helped organize last fall’s protest, says she was among several students taken to task for their clothing. – A vice-principal told her that a sheer shirt she was wearing was too revealing. – “And she had no interest in listening to me, so she sent to me the principal and he had no interest in listening to me,” she says. –

Different approaches

– Thomas says the dress code was drafted with the input of a feminist club based at FHS. That group has taken a more moderate approach, working with administrators. –

Julia Fournier

Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student, was a member of the more moderate school-approved feminist group. She also participated in the November protest. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The principal says he believes in giving students a voice — but the best way to do that is through the officially-approved, school-based group. – “If you really are concerned about an issue, you should be joining that particular group that has a voice directly with the office or through the teachers,” he says. – “If you’re not part of a group, I don’t know what your ideas are.” – Beirne and Deil felt going through official channels wasn’t effective and decided to take a more radical approach with their city-wide group, the Fredericton Young Feminists. – “I’m definitely more into radical activism. I like protests and I think being loud and aggressive in our tactics is the way we’re going to see change,” Beirne says. – The group was also buoyed by its protests for abortion rights at the New Brunswick legislature last year, which they felt succeeded in forcing the issue onto the political agenda. – “We had politicians behind us on these issues we were bringing forward,” Deil says. – “We could see people cared about feminist issues, so it made it easier going into bringing up another issue.” –

From protest to persuasion

– Last November, the group posted a video to a petition website that demanded the repeal of the dress code.

Judy Piers-Kavanagh

Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher, was asked to bring the two sides together in the dress code debate. She was called a “godsend” by one of the feminist activists. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– “I was forced to miss class time because my bra straps were showing,” one student said in the video. – “A student at my school complained about sexual harassment,” Deil said, “and she was told she shouldn’t be wearing a low-cut shirt.” – They organized the walk-out for the following Friday. A few students from outside FHS joined the small group of protesters outside the school, where they chanted demands for ending the dress code. – Some members of the more moderate school-approved feminist group were there too, including Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student. – “A lot of people had never seen a protest before so they didn’t know what was going on,” Fournier says. – “They were shocked by that. But I didn’t see anything wrong happening. Like I don’t think we were out of line.” – Deil says she was nervous about joining the walk-out but decided she had to do it. – “I was told by teachers that I have a lot of respect for, that this was a bad decision and there were different ways of going about it,” she says. – But, Deil says, the students had tried talking without success. –

‘In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt.’– Judy Piers-Kavanagh

– Thomas, the principal of FHS for five years and an administrator for 17, says it was his first student walk-out. – “In my years in my administrator that is not something that has occurred and it’s not something we train for,” he says. – The students learned of their suspensions the following week. Many of their parents contacted the school to complain that the ban on extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year went too far. – By then, superintendent McTimoney was already trying to calm the situation. – He asked Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher who was filling in at the district office for six months, to step in. – She held a five-hour meeting with the suspended students. – “In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt,” she says. – “And by the afternoon I saw young people who were wanting to sit down with administration and have a conversation and they had all kinds of recommendations about what the school could do to improve some things as they saw it.” – Piers-Kavanagh has a background in gender studies and she earned the trust of both the activists and the administrators at a series of meetings. –

David McTimoney

David McTimoney, the district superintendent, says the FHS dress code will remain. (CBC)

– “She’s an angel,” says Deil. – “A godsend.” – Beirne echoed her support for Piers-Kavanagh. – “The fact she was sitting there on the other side of the desk,” Beirne says, “understanding where we were coming from, kind of helped the other people sitting on that side of the desk at least listen.” – As the meetings continued and the climate improved, the school’s principal rescinded the ban on the activists’ extracurricular activities. – “The things that they were asking us to do, we knew we were going to be able to do,” Thomas says. – “And so if they’re coming to the table willing to participate and generate good ideas and work with us to make our school a better place, there’s absolutely no need to have those consequences in place.” –

The discussion continues

– The mood has improved at FHS, with the decision to work on a district-wide sexual assault policy the most concrete example of the new atmosphere. –

Sorcha Beirne

Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student, says she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change at the school. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– Thomas has worked with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre to set up a sexual assault response team at the school and there are plans to establish a chapter of the White Ribbon campaign, which sees men raise awareness about assault and harassment against women. – “I’m pretty pleased with what’s going on,” says Emilia Deil. – “Just the fact that we had meetings with the administration was amazing to me. They definitely have had just like a complete shift in point of view.” – Thomas says the conversations with the students “is a powerful way to move forward as a school. And having that co-operation and collegiality with these young people is a wonderful opportunity for us and for them.” – Still, the two sides aren’t in complete agreement about everything. – McTimoney says the dress code will remain. – “There’s not an overwhelming cry to abolish the dress code,” he said. – “But we can see here the dress code was the catalyst for a larger conversation.” – There’s so much goodwill that no one wants to reopen the argument too much — but it’s clear there are very different views of whether the November protest was necessary. – “There’s a lot of good going on now as a result of what has happened, but I would say had the approach been different, the same good could have resulted,” McTimoney says. – “Had that taken a different route, we could have reached the same conclusions without those bumps along the way.” – The students disagree. – “The school district wasn’t going to listen our concerns until we did something big, until they had to listen,” Beirne says. –

‘As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.’– Shane Thomas, FHS principal

– We wouldn’t have got meetings with the district if we hadn’t had a protest, if we hadn’t gone to the media.” – Julia Fournier, of the more moderate school-based feminist club, says “the walkout turned out to be more effective. But I still respect all the opinions of the members of the FHS feminist club and I see both points of view.” – And Beirne acknowledges she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change. – “I think it’s very easy to assume that everyone has your best interests at heart, and the school really wants to do what’s best for its students,” she says. – “I think from their past behaviour it’s obvious they like to sweep things under the rug or push things aside.” – Thomas acknowledges that “it takes a while for all this to occur” but says he believes FHS will be successful. – “As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.” – * }

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{ We’re taking it slow for now, after being ‘down for the count’ / ‘under the weather’ / being beaten up by flu bugs for the last several weeks. Who knows? We might wake up tomorrow full of vim and vinegar and want to dive right back into what we were doing up to near the end of last month. But right now, I don’t even want to think about a lot of the nonsense that is passing for ‘News’ lately.  — Quote Paul Simon? “I get all the news I need from the weather report.” (?) But anyway, we could probably supply you with a barrage of retweeted stuff: Yay? Note to the world: “Hang in there-”  —djo— }

rant

Yay! I found something Positive! & I’ve wanted to hear anything good about Apple since it’s been looking like they’ve embraced the same sleazy-iced ‘Make sure they can’t use last years periferals with this year’s ‘gotta-have-its’ greedy ice-hole marketing strategy. Grumble Grumble…

Tax Dodges of Amerikan Corporations.

“How US Companies try to avoid paying taxes?” or how they get away with that?

TVs are Watching You.

“Smart TeeVees = Bad News” —djo—

Cool Cougars?

Without a whole lot more details I have no idea what this is or whether or not it might be appropriate for children. Best Guess? : Cover Photo of National Geographic Kids Magazine.

eeek

Coming from Lockheed Martin – I wouldn’t trust this as far as I could throw one of those towers. ‘Smart Grids’ are buzz words for the greedy corporate ice-holes who are using your ‘smart appliances’ to spy on you. smart meters disturb sleep patterns and give utility companies the ability to monitor your use and shut you down at their slightest whim. Senior citizens were killed in Texas when a power company shut off their air conditioners during an incredible heat wave. 106 degrees F in a high rise = dead senior citizens + Zero Corporate responsibility. —djo—

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{ We should quit while we’re ahead? Good Night Amerika – Whatever you are. -wink-  —djo— & friends —  }

 

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Sunday, 08 February, 2015 – Re-Thinking The News:

{ Copied & Pasted from Radio Free Earth News  — : ———jim w——— }

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Sunday, 08 February, 2015  -( +24˚F / -24˚C  & not dark yet @ 5:30 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +7˚F / -14˚C   & just turned dark & cloudy  @ 6:30 pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

Equality Means Equality

“Equality for All” – Nobody should be “more equal” than anybody else in the eyes of the law.

{ Today’s Birthdays : Saint Proclus, the patriarch of Constantinople was born on this date in the year 412. Emporer Sakuramichi of Japan was born on this day in the year 1720 and died in the year 1750. U.S. General William Techumseh Sherman was born on this date in 1820, Our friends south of the Mason-Dixon line will not take it kindly if you celebrate this one. Maxime Du Camp, a French writer/traveler was born on this day in 1822 and Jules Verne gasped his first breaths in France on this date in 1828. They’ve got Dame Edith Evans listed as being born on this date in 1885 and 1888. Lana Turner was born on this day in 1920 and Jack Lemmon was born on this date in 1925. James Dean was born on February 8th, 1931.  Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the orginal Superman television show was born on Frebruary 8th, 1933. Ted Koppel, ABC TV News Anchor was born in Lancashire England on this date  in 1940. Nick Nolte, the actor made his human debut in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1941 the same day that Tom Rush was born in New Hampshire. Brooke Adams the actress will celebrate again today, and Mary Steenburgen will also celebrate her birthday today. John Grisham, the writer – and Gary Coleman, the actor – Were also born on a February 8th. You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php  }

{ Canadian Headlines :

Rescue specialists ready to join search for RCAF member missing in Avalanche.   { * Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue technician, Mark Salesse, was swept away during an avalanche in Banff National Park on Thursday, His family is ‘preparing for the worst’ as the search continues with little hope left that he might be found alive. *  }

Smalll B.C. village evacuated after record snowfall cuts power for 3 days   {* It bothers me that I hear so much about Canadian citizens being ordered to evacuate their homes so often lately. It doesn’t feel right. It feels like ‘authorities’ are demanding that everybody adhere to a ‘herd mentality’ and do what they’re told without question, because, hey, the government knows best what is good for you, doesn’t it? *NOT!*  —djo— }

At least 22 killed in Egyptian soccer riot   { * We’ve heard that ‘Soccer Riots’ occur. Soccer fans have a reputation for being a volitile bunch. I’m getting to the point where I don’t know if I want to believe any official government news release, or any main stream media report about any kind of riot, anywhere. They could show us video of the latest riots in some exotic country and tell us the people are rioting over Howdy Doodie’s birthday, or show us some official government book burning and tell us there was a popular uprising because ‘those people’ hate our freedoms, so hey, we better limit those freedoms of yours because terrorists want to take them away! -What?- * —djo— }

CRA’s new mandate lets agency pass info to police without judicial warrants   { * I hope this gets shot down by the Canadian Supreme Court. CRA = Canadian Revenue Agency. “Hey, aren’t we wonderful? We allow you peasants a whole list of rights and freedoms. Oh wait, we’ve just taken most of them away from you. We have to protect you from terrorists who want to take your freedoms away from you. So you can’t have any freedom from now on. You understand, right? -No!- *  —djo— }

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Weird

A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

14-lb baby delievered by woman who didn’t know she was pregnant   {  }

Valentine’s Day looms, so here’s on way to deal with rejection   { * A couple of my best friends refer to February 14th as “V.D. Day” – Too many others were never asked to be anybody’s Valentine. Most of you will never know how brutal Valentines Day can be for too many people. Nobody should have to suffer that kind of humiliation. * }

Montreal Mermaid school offers fantasy and fitness   { * I can’t wait for Weird Al to sing us a song called “Mermaid School Dropout” * }

Katy Perry’s lawyer jumps the shark-seller with cease-and-desist letter   {  }

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Brrrrrr

-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

The big chill: Cold Temperatures continue in Maritimes   {   }

Marketing prof urges CNIB to speak out about controversy   { * – A Halifax marketing professor is urging the CNIB to speak out about the current controversy surrounding the organization. – The charity is taking four former Maritime lotto booth operators to court, trying to recover $100,000 of missing money. – The CNIB — an organization that helps visually impaired Canadians — operates lottery booths in stores across Atlantic Canada under a contract with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, selling ALC products. – Lottery booth operators are not considered employees. Instead, they’re independent contractors hired by the charity. – The former kiosk operators deny any wrongdoing and think the problem rests somewhere else within CNIB. – Under their contracts, they agree to “accept full responsibility and liability for any and all products and/or cash shortages” and to “repay to the CNIB in full any costs associated with or damages incurred relating to such product and/or cash shortage.” – “Your reputation is everything,” said marketing professor Ed McHugh, adding CNIB has one of the strongest charity brands in the country. – He says CNIB’s decision not to speak out about the controversy in detail could hurt its ability to generate donations. – “You know, there’s how many… places and great causes looking for money and now you’ve got one that has this going on. People will think twice before they send their money to this organization,” said McHugh. – *  —djo—   }

Final funding push being made for Saint John social enterprise hub   { * – Saint John social enterprise hub aims to reduce poverty. The idea behind the new building is that it will house organizations and micr entrepreurs in the city which aim to reduce poverty. – The building will be located at 139 Prince Edward Street. – Working together would bring more results, says Saint John community loan fund manager Seth Asimakos. – “We all work together in the area of poverty reduction in an entrepreneurial way. Hopefully, more ideas will germinate faster and with greater quality when we’re all together in the same building,” he said. – The social enterprise hub will house the Community Loan Fund, the Saint John Human Development Council, the Saint John Learning Exchange and the Ponde Deshpande Centre. The building will also be home to several entrepreneurs. – Asimakos says they will be aggressively campaigning over the next 40 days to raise the rest of the money needed for the capital cost of the $2.25 million building. – *  —djo— }

Waterloo Village residents upbeat about plans for former school site   { * – An old high school in uptown Saint John is one step closer to becoming a 34-unit mixed-income apartment building in a neighbourhood where the city is keen to attract development. – St. Vincent’s High School first opened in 1919 as a boys school, then turned into a Catholic girls school in 1954. – Since closing in 2002, it’s been vacant. – Last week, Saint John City Council gave its approval to rezone the area for the development. – There is optimism the project will help revitalize the Waterloo Village area. – “As these projects have done in other areas in the city, they do act as catalysts and pump primers for nearby projects,” said Peter MacKenzie of Comeau MacKenzie Architecture. – MacKenzie hopes to have apartments ready to rent by the spring of 2017. – Linda Scott of the Waterloo Village Association says the project will help bring more people to the neighbourhood. – “Part of our problem is that there’s a lot of transient residents and we have several services and things like that in the area, but anything that’s going to attract more residents will be a good thing,” she said. – *  —djo—  }

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{ We’re taking it slow for now, after being ‘down for the count’ / ‘under the weather’ / being beaten up by flu bugs for the last several weeks. Who knows? We might wake up tomorrow full of vim and vinegar and want to dive right back into what we were doing up to near the end of last month. But right now, I don’t even want to think about a lot of the nonsense that is passing for ‘News’ lately.  — Quote Paul Simon? “I get all the news I need from the weather report.” (?) But anyway, we could probably supply you with a barrage of retweeted stuff: Yay? Note to the world: “Hang in there-”  —djo— }

Bow ties on Cats?

“Um —– ” Brilliant! But is that why human men wear those silly things around their necks? Do you know any women who are shallow enough to fall in love with somebody because he’s wearing a bow tie? Or any other weird article of clothing? I never will understand why people wear any kind of ties, Period! —djo—

Equality Rising 2

Hold all politicians accountable.

Sad stupid conservatives

This might almost be funny if Sun TeeVee was trying to poke fun at the worst of Fox TV. The pitiful thing here is, they actually think the ‘viewing public’ will take this b.s. seriously. —djo—

rant

Yay! I found something Positive! & I’ve wanted to hear anything good about Apple since it’s been looking like they’ve embraced the same sleazy-iced ‘Make sure they can’t use last years periferals with this year’s ‘gotta-have-its’ greedy ice-hole marketing strategy. Grumble Grumble…

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{ We should quit while we’re ahead? Good Night Amerika – Whatever you are. -wink-  —djo— & friends —  }

 

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Thursday- Yes, we are in a snow tunnel –

Thursday, February 5th, 2015  -( -4°C / +25°F & very snow globe like outside right now in Atlatic Canada )- Today would have been my uncle Bob’s birthday.

Driveway

Un-retouched Photo of our driveway this morning at just after 8 am. This would have been the first almost normal snowfall in two weeks of ‘Major Events’, which included at least two verified blizzards. We only got about 4 inches so far, which used to be enough to cancel school while I was growing up in southern New England. But the delightful people who plow the streets cut a little deeper into what they left behind last week and gave me a hip deep mountain to attack with a snow blower this morning. Hip deep on me is about 40 inches when I’m wearing boots.

Driveway 2

Almost the same shot as above, but I was standing on a bit of an embankment / snow-bank, and the flash kicked in.

mirrors

A couple days ago I took a photo of the Jeep’s mirror. This is the same mirror this morning, with the van still in the driveway for comparison?

snow fort?

Like I’ve said a couple times in the last week. This could have been a snow fort beyond my wildest dreams as a kid.

Deer Path

Looking back along the path from where we feed deer through the winter.

burried swing.

The lawn swing is pretty much buried in Cathi’s ‘Zen Corner’ That’s about four feet of snow everywhere. Last year we got clobbered with a lot more snow than they’re used to getting up here. This year we got as much snow as we got all last year, pretty much in two and a half weeks.

Snow Cave and Tool shed.

The shed we keep the snowblower in- Is more than six feet tall and pretty much buried in wind blown snow. & the snow cave beside it where we keep our firewood more or less out of the weather? Next year we’ll have to make our wood shed a little more weather proof.

Artsy.

“Artsy” Shot of everygreens at the top of a stone-wall-reinforced hill. Ya can’t see the wall, can you, not with four feet of snow that’s beeh whipped up and blown around a bit.

— Okay, well both Cathi and I are aching and feeling like we’re being attacked by some kind of flu or virus, or are they both more or less the same thing? So, in keeping with our “Picture’s worth a thousand words-” I should leave this as it is and post it. The weather forecast called for another five cm or two to three more inches? this afternoon, and possibly another big storm over the weekend? Any insanely rich people out there want a truckload of snow for some tropical birthday party?

— Wink?

~~~~~ Jim

Tuesday, Digging out again – & a flock of orbs are flying around my security camera –

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015  -(-17°C / +1°F & cloudy @ 7:30 pm here in Atlantic Canada )- 

— Today is singer-songwriter Melanie Safka’s birthday & I thought today is Ian Anderson’s Birthday, but no- He’s an August-born kid. But Dave Davies of the Kinks was born the same day, same year as Melanie, & I liked most of what the Kinks recorded and released, they also told the world they were depressed about the state of things in interviews back in the sixties. — I think this Melanie -( “Candles in the Rain”, “Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma”, “Beautiful People” and a lot of other songs I liked a lot )- was the first celebrity I was aware of who went by just her first name. Blythe Danner’s birthday also (I thought she had amazing eyes) & Pretty Boy Floyd -Who might be the closest thing to an American Robin Hood & ‘turned to crime’ robbing banks and leaving thousand dollars behind to poor people who were kind to him when he was on the run; all this after he was framed for robbing banks by banksters who had fleeced their own banks and got away with it back when things were black and white – was born on this day in 1904. & How about Norman Rockwell?-1894. — Elizabeth Blackwell, credited as being the first woman Physician was born in Bristol, England in 1821. & Gertrude Stein was born in Pennsylvania in 1874.

— Yup digging out. It looked like another foot of snow when I opened the door and sighed. The official word from news outlets was ‘we got 22 centimeters – That’s 8 & 2/3 inches. I think they’re lying to us 😉 –

Snow - one

Partially dug out – before 8 am. I had to dig a path from the door to the shed that houses the snow blower.

Snow two

There’s a 2005 Jeep Liberty under that snow, all we can see from here is the rear view mirror.

Snow three

Partially dug out. I waited for Cathi to go to work before I finished blowing snow out of the driveway, but –

snow four

The first rays of sunlight hit the birch trees here just before 8 am.

snow five?

But Cathi had to go to work. A couple hours earlier I would have guessed there was no way in hell anybody would have been expected to drive anywhere in that storm. St John, New Brunswick – 100 kilometers/ approx. 62 miles south of us – was still under a blizzard warning and calling for a state of emergency so they could charge people with crimes for parking on their streets. The house across the street there has crimson Christmas lights they still light up at night. We’ve never met or talked to the people who live in that house, but the lights are a nice touch.

— There was a wind chill of -32°C while I was outside using the snow-blower. My fingers were burning and stinging hours later. I made sure I carved the path to where the deer come looking for handouts almost every night these days. And later went back to toss some oats on top of the fluffy new snow. They come when it’s impossible to see them right now through the plastic window covers and darkness, around 7-7:30 pm.

— Continuum is back on the “Showcase” channel up here, I missed a few shows, they’re working through season one at the moment, Kiera’s ‘CMR’ was hacked this morning and Alex managed to keep her from killing anybody by remotely shutting her off. She collapsed in a heap as she was about to shoot her partner and a couple minutes later woke up looking dazed, “What just happened here?” They were investigating a gaming software company that had developed advanced mind control capability by using technology that came from 2077 with people we’re supposed to believe are ‘bad guys’ at this point in the developing plot.

— Sigh, Last night the dog was such a pain, whining and scratching  outside our bedroom door that I knew Cathi wouldn’t be able to sleep if that went on, I got up and tried to do some computer schnarr and then tried to hybernate in the recliner with the weather network never quite giving us their full weather reports, cutting the forecast stuff in half, probably a user error on their part, somebody pushed the wrong switch and then didn’t pay attention to their New Brunswick feed. I had a twenty five pound cat on my chest and a 125 pound Labrador Retriever moaning and groaning nearby, but I did get enough rest to be able to try to freeze my fingers off and give Cathi a nice clean end of the driveway to drive away through.

— Tuesday? Yesterday I got really discombobulated and thought it was Friday again. -Wishful thinking?-

— Sigh again. I should quit here and post this.

— I have no idea what is flying up toward the security/deer cam – it looks like snow but you can’t see anything with normal human vision. We get this effect during a fog event. Best guess? There are 20 to 50 orbs visible flying up and around most of the time. Looks like a convention of curious little orb creatures checking out those weird humans. Maybe it’s a tour conducted by orbs from the future? 😉

~~~~~ Jim