Saturday, 11 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

{ Copied & Pasted from Radio Free Earth News  — Nancy A.’s Birthday ———jim w——— }


Saturday, 11 October, 2014  -( 54˚F / 12˚C – & cloudy here @ 4:00 am near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Imagine Peace Memorial

John Lennon Memorial in Iceland :

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }


Malala & Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India.


Thursday, October 9, 2014 –  would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday.

{ Thought of the Day: I just watched ‘GasLand II” the HBO documentary-movie, most of the way through, for about the tenth time. Why are governmental ‘mouthpieces’ still tring to say that Shale Gas is: (1) a good thing, and, (2) the best way to go?  The best scientific evidence reported on in that movie showed that there is more than enough wind power available to generate 5 times our needed electricity- virtually free- forever- & it is renewable, does not pollute, does not poison your water supply. -And if the wind slows down, solar photovoltaics can fill in the gaps. And then there’s always hydro-electric and maybe even tidal generation possible.  The only thing ‘wrong’ with these renewable technologies is the fact that no greedy corporation has found a way to control them enough with lies and propaganda to raise the price high enough to keep billions of people in low-wage-slavery for the foreseeable future.   —djo— }


Lead Articles:

Malala Yousafzai shares Nobel Peace Prize with fellow children’s rights activist   { “Looking forward to learning about future recipients of the Malala Yousafzai Peace Prize.”  🙂  —djo— }

Manhunt for alleged gunman enters its third day near small Kootenay, B.C. town    {  }

ISIS fighters make inroads in Syrian city of Kobani    {  }

RCMP  has intervened against 28 people tied to militants  {  }

120 Canadian troops depart for Iraq mission next week    {  }

U.S. begins enhanced Ebola screening at JFK airport  {  }

Canadian support team for ISIS airstrike mission leaving for Kuwait next week   {  }

 -Thursday- Tories want to change copyright law to allow free use of news content in political ads   { Harper wants to include a provision that would allow political parties to use news footage without permission, without compensation, out of context etc. in political attack ads during campaigns- as an amendment inhis  next ‘omnibus’ bill. This would ignore copyright laws. News people call this an atrocity. I’d call it treason- a blatant attack on the rights and freedoms of the press, and therefore an attack on the rights and freedoms of all Canadians. If they get away with this, what will be their next atrocity? —djo— }



black and white cubuicles

“Generic Office Roleplay” – facebook users roleplay working for a boring company & post fake updates about working for the fake company.


How’s this for fun? Pretending to be a boring office drone on Facebook   { See photo-  —djo—  }

Windsor to use cayenne pepper to deter hungry squirrels   { * After I complained to a friend in 1995 that my daughter was upset about squirrels chasing birds away from the bird feeder we set up close to our window, Jim W replied that mixing cayenne pepper in with the bird seed would send the squirrels away and they wouldn’t come back. We tried that. So then Rachel got upset, worrying that the squirrels would starve to death, so we set up a squirrel feeder a safe distance from the bird feeder and everybody was happy.  —djo— }

Detroit house swapped for an iPhone 6 { *** I heard the real estate guy interviewed on the radio a couple days ago. At that time somebody in Europe who hated his iPhone 6 and didn’t want the house was giving the seller his iPhone 6 for free. This house was listed for $5,000.00 U$ after tennants moved out and squatters moved in and the house suffered a fire. So a new owner would need to make repairs and pay off $6,000.00 in back taxes.  I did not hear that the house was actually sold for an iPhone. *** —jim w—  }

Pierre Karl Péladeau imposter offers up Québecor shares on Kijiji   {  }

Record setting bluefin tuna hauled in by Nova Scotia girl  {  }

Young woman congratulated for record breaking catch by another record holder.

A 12-year-old woman caught this fish, and according to the rules, could not be helped in any way by anyone, especially adults. She told in the radio interview how heavy the tuna was in pounds but the idiots give the weight in kilograms in this article.



“Most Viewed”

Peter Degrooot sought by police in Kootenay manhunt  {  }

Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yousafzai, Kailish Satyarthi win 2014 award   {  }

Bethany Paquette won’t back down on human rights complaint against Amaruk Wilderness, lawyer says  {  }

Alaskan police sorry for telling wrong family their son died  {  }

Oil price at $85 costing provinces and economy billions  { ***Suggestion:  It’s time to round up all oil company executives and lock them up at hard labour for the rest of their lives for making sure all research in alternative energy disappeared on their shelves somewhere and lying to everybody about the availability and cost of getting their fossil fuel. Force the ice-holes to build gizmoes for wind generators, hydro-electric generators and photo-voltaic cells.*** —djo—  *****I’ll second that —jim w—*****  }

Same-sex marriage opponents in U.S. ‘aren’t waving a white flag’   { *** Cathi and I were sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room when a couple who looked slightly strange approached us and asked if we considered ourselves Christians. I said yes. The woman, who looked like she was slightly drunk or high, said, “Well then you know that the devil wins if gays are allowed to marry- but we have a friend. George W. Bush is going to save us all, we want you to write letters to support him.” We kind of nodded and tried to look like, ‘yeah, uh-huh-anything you say’ and they moved on to bother somebody else. If churches and political groups are brainwashing people until they look like mindless parrots, and try to scare them into believing that they will suffer eternal damnation if they don’t do everything they can to prevent the devil from winning this ‘war’- well, that’s why they can’t be reasoned with, and that’s why they believe they is a Christian Jihad they have to win.  —jim w— }

Finance Canada accidentally posted upcoming tax measures online  {  }

London mayor Boris Johnson warns of terror threat   { * under -World- ‘Thousands’ of potential ISIS militants in U.K. being monitored, says London’s mayor * If you push people hard enough and often enough, they will push back you moronic tool of the string pulling ice-hole self-proclaimed ‘puppet-masters’* && * If you’re terrorizing your citizens – then the entire population will look like potential terrorists to you. * && *** Here’s how this works: — First countries like the U.S.A. and Great Britain terrorize smaller, weaker foreign nations to the point where they’re so desperate they’ll do anything to protect themselves. Then the C.I.A., MI6, and dozens of alphabet soup agencies create ‘terrorist’ groups, train them, arm them, and turn them loose. Then they point their fingers at the terrorists that they created and scream, “Hey, we need to take away all your freedoms, rights and privileges because these terrorists are coming to rape your wives and children and cut your heads off.”  —djo— }

Ebola outbreak: Canadians in 3 West African countries advised to leave   {  }

-11 photo slide show- Tesla’s evolving electric vehicles   {  }

-Thursday’s Blog- Fracking company launches pink drill bits for breast cancer awareness  { *This bit of manipulation is pretty freakin low, even for these corporate ice-holes. Trying to link a program that is destroying people’s health, property values and quality of life, as well as putting their lives in actual danger- to a campaign to raise awareness of women’s health issues is worse than unethical, cynical, bold face lying: on a par with telling Africans with AIDs that raping a virgin would cure their disease.*  >>—-> Link to Huffington Post article on Gasland 2 * Fracking may be more hazardous to our health and quality of life than we have previously warned about. Find a copy of Gasland 2 and watch it. — To be fair,  Forbes has been trying to label the movie as ‘Luddite Slander of Fracking’ *** but too many people without a horse in this race have ‘scientifically remote viewed without prejudice’ a future in which the USA has been reduced to less than a third world nation caused in a large part by fracking.   —djo— }




-Video- Cranberries: How this tangy treat gets to your Thanksgiving table   { * This coming Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada*  & Yesterday an article on cranberries said they fight cancer. —djo— }

Sakatchewan derailment reveals Canda’s broken-rail problems   {  }

Tesla Motors Electric cars.

The Tesla Model S, shown here,  was unveiled already, the P85D will go on sale in December with a $120,000 base price.

India cyclone Hudhud triggers half a million to evacuate coast   {  }

Did censoring a 9/11 report pave the way for ISIS?   {  }

Pop music a surprising weapon in the battle against Ebola   {  }

-Updated- $550M Job creation promise questioned in new PBO report   { “PBO” = Parliamentary Budget Office. — “It was touted as a job-creator in a tough job market, but new evidence suggests the Conservative plan to cut Employment Insurance premiums for small business won’t achieve its stated goal of making it easier for employers to hire new workers. – And the head of a key lobby group acknowledges the decision by the government may be linked to other political considerations. – In a new report, the parliamentary budget officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, says the small business job credit announced last month by Finance Minister Joe Oliver would generate only 800 new jobs over two years — 200 new full-time equivalent jobs in 2015 and 600 new jobs in 2016. – That would mean each new position will cost the government — and the taxpayer — $687,500. – The head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business called the PBO’s figures “puzzling.” – “That seems really really thin,” Dan Kelly told CBC News Wednesday. –  “Our own estimate at CFIB was that it would create 25,000 person years of employment. A different measure, but still an awful lot more than the PBO is estimating. And we’re trying to figure out why their estimate is so thin.” – CFIB lobbied for EI cut – But Kelly also said the government’s decision came only after his organization had lobbied heavily for a cut to EI premiums as a form of quid pro quo, to placate small business owners enraged over two new policies: new anti-spam legislation, and a drastic reduction in temporary foreign worker permits. – Kelly called those “dumb decisions” on the part of the government. –‘It’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy’– Liberal Finance Critic Scott Brison – In a separate interview with CBC Radio last month, Kelly recalled the message his organization took to the government in a lobbying session. – “As a result of (those decisions) we said to the government look, you guys have made some really boneheaded moves over the past number of months; we need to see a couple of positive things come forward. (We) suggested specifically, progress on Employment Insurance,” he said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Ontario Today Sept. 30. – “And the good news is the EI fund has returned into balance… and the government has decided to move ahead with it and we give them credit for that,” he told host Rita Celli. – Kelly also said small businesses are happy with the EI measure both as a job creation tool, and as a tax reduction measure. – Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison says the measure was a poorly-conceived attempt to placate one group for political purposes. –  “The Conservatives were looking for some bone to throw towards the small business community to make up for the aggravation,” he said.  – “They didn’t think this out, it’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy.” – Brison said the program contains a disincentive to hire by limiting the benefit to companies with 15 employees or less, and will simply cost too much. The Liberals have countered with a proposal to grant EI premium “holidays” for companies that first create jobs. – The job credit will cut EI premiums, starting in 2015, for businesses with an annual contribution of less than $15,000. – The government says 780,000 business in Canada are expected to benefit from the credit in 2015. – “This is real money that a small business can use to help defray the costs of hiring new workers and to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities,” said Finance department spokeswoman Stéphanie Rubec. – To make his calculations, the budget watchdog used the Finance Department’s own EI premium rate multiplier to estimate the increase in employment “as a result of higher after-tax business incomes.” – The small business job credit is not the only problem identified in the EI system by the PBO report. – “We’ve made a number of observations in the report that the way the program is governed now is creating a lot of problems. First of all, it’s not predictable…it’s not transparent. What we have suggested is the government should provide an estimate of the cost of the rates that they have put in place,” said Assistant PBO Mostafa Askari.”  —djo— }

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s condition still a mystery after no-sho on Friday   {  }

Kurds struggle to defend besieged Syrian town from ISIS  { * & Turkey’s armed forces would just as soon watch the Kurds get massacred before they lift a finger against ISIS. —djo— }

Hong Kong protest leaders write open letter to Chinese president   {  }

Typhoon Vongfong disrupts flights, knocks out power in Japan   { * look up “Weaponized Weather” on Google or better yet, “Startpage” search engine.   —djo— }

Sudden oil price drop a crude awakening for Canada’s economy   { *** “If it sends the current Conservative government packing, we’ll take it-” ***  —djo— }

-Exclusive- ‘Potentially catastrophic’ damage in Commons to be fixed   { * But can you repair the damage to Canada’s infrastructure and culture and economy that were perpetrated by the sitting government by patching up the structural damage in a building?   —djo— }

$1B Ponzi scheme leads to charges against ex-TD Bank executive   {  }

‘I thank my father for not clipping my wings’ Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize co-winner   {  }

Luka Magnotta’s defence questions pathologist’s expertise   {  }

-Must Watch- Circle of Light Festival dazzles Moscow   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- What to know about this year’s flu virus   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- The Amazing Cranberry   {

-Editor’s Pick- Thanksgiving dinner: how to eat as much as possible   { * “Eating competetition champion, all-you-can-eat buffet owner weigh in on strategy.”  —djo—  }

-Politics- Enbridge Line 9B pipeline delayed by NEB over major water body concerns  {  }

-Thursday –> -Canada-Council of Canadians going to court to fight election law changes   { * Why is this not up at the top in the Lead Articles section? —djo— }

-Business- Postmedia’s big bet, Clorox comes clean, & CRTC’s warning: Business Week Wrap   {  }

-Business- Climate change may create legal liability for Canadian energy firms   {  }

-Politics- Just don’t call it ‘sociology’: Tories seek bids for terrorism research.  { * Do they want to learn how to better use terrorism against their electorate? They’re doing quite well – controlling the news- invoking an atmosphere of constant anxiety and fear in a calculated effort to better control the hearts and minds of citizens kept in a state of constant fear-  —djo— }

-Politics- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice holds 1st meeting with prime minister   {  }

-Technology & Science- Bones of pre-Neanderthal found in France   { * Were they cone-heads?   —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Fish will move toward poles as temperatures rise, study says   { * I suppose they asked a couple goldfish what they thought about rising temperatures.  —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Hitting biodiversity targets will require more work: Bob McDonald   {  }

-Technology & Science- Mars rovers, orbiters will studay faraway comet’s flyby   {  }

-Community- Katy Perry’s Super bowl halftime show sparks excitement, cynicism from readers   {  }

-Community- Satya Nadella’s ‘karma’ advice to women comes back to haunt him   {  🙂 }




Canadian Money – they no longer use pennies. New Brunswick currently has a minimum wage at $10 an hour.

“Local / New Bruswick”

Anti-poverty group pushes for higher minimum wage    {  }

Saint-Louis-de-Kent apartment oil leak forces 5 adults out   {  }

Fredericton police looking for man and woman who fled crash   {  }

RCMP group issues PTSD ‘call to action’ after Ron Francis’s suicide   {  }

-Updated- New Brunswick’s jobless rate jumps to 9.6% in September   {  }

-N.B.Page- -Recap- N.B. This Week   {  }

Fredericton couple takes on big insurance over Arthur repairs   {  }

Fredericton police mum on rumours of bang being behind attacks   {  }

Boil water orders continue in 3 New Brunswick communities   {  }



Google Enchanted Owl Doodle

Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak was honoured by Google with this doodle on what would have beeh her 87th birthday.

“First Nations”

Stephen Harper, Jim Prentice hold 1st meeting in Calgary   {  }

Winnipeg women say being sexually harrased downtown the norm  {  }

More talks could break Peel land use planning stalemate   { “Yukon First Nations and their environmental allies say the court battle over the Peel watershed land use plan could be settled through ‘proper consultation.”  —djo— }

Polaris winner describes being followed, called ‘sexy little Indian’ on street   {  }

Marlene Bird says she had run-in with one of her attackers   { “The woman who lost both her legs in a vicious attack in Prince Albert, Sask., over the summer says she recently came across one of the people who attacked her on the street”  —djo— }

-Opinion- A First Nations take on Thanksgiving: ‘Your Welcome Weekend’  {  }

Mi’kmaq say Sydney Harbour talks back on track   {  }

Union slams ‘rushed’ facility for at-risk girls in Winnipeg   {  }

Watchdog says B.C. government ignoring recommendations to help children   {  }



{ 9:00 pm —Ready to Rock and Roll— Had to call for late help from Jim W — Thanks, Jim ———djo——— }

Saturday, 04 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

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


Saturday, 04 October, 2014  -( 57˚F / 14˚C – & cloudy right now  @ 12:45 pm in Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Green light inside red circle near reporter's head.

“Montreal ‘ball of light’ mystery deepens”

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }


Kenojuak Ashevak's "The Enchanted Owl"

Kenojuak Ashevak’s The Enchanted Owl, created in 1960, was featured on a Canadian stamp and has permeated Canadian culture. (West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Ltd./National Gallery of Canada)


Lead Articles:

Canada sends 2nd mobile Ebola lab to Sierra Leone   {  }

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier dies at 63   { *”Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier dies” in a second headline a couple lines down —djo—  }

Canada to send 2nd mobile Ebola lab to  Sierra Leone   {  -Redundant R Us- today.   —djo— }

Hong Kong police arrest gang members as protests turn ugly   { * I wouldn’t doubt that some of the uglies were planted there by anti-democracy government agents. —djo— }

U.K. PM  says will use ‘all assets we have’ against ISIS   { * & Earlier this morning, Jim W sent me email saying that last night on the radio he heard ‘credible sources’ explain that the “Khorsan group” that our President Obama announced was targeted and bombed for issuing threats against U.S. citizens inside the U.S.A. was a made-up name for a group that was protecting Syrians from both ISIS and Syrian Government troops, might have been good guys that bad guys in the U.S. government or shadow government took out as a favour to Bad Guy Syrian President Assad in order to secure permission to bomb alleged ISIS hot spots inside Syria. This gets stranger all the time. We may be bombing good guys that Syrian intelligence tells us are ISIS guys- Doing other bad guys a favor while they laugh at us.  —djo— }

Canada commits to 6-month combat mission against ISIS  {  }

-Almost Redundant?- Standoffs get ugly at Hong Kong democracy protests   { *Why don’t we call them ‘demonstrations’? Does anybody in the main stream know whether these Hong Kong people are there demonstrating for or against anything? We’ve heard rumours about both, including the one that this whole ‘umbrella revolution’ might actually be a rent strike. Does the TRUTH stand a chance in today’s messed up world of lies, deceit, propaganda and media manipulation?  —djo— }

-Analysis- Markets move both ways, so don’t poke the bear: Don Pittis   { * I think I like Don Pittis. Judgement still reserved- There’s a bear in a tightly cropped photo on the main CBC news page. -But not on the page where the actual full length article lives. Dang- I would have liked to have that bear in one of our copied and pasted graphics today.  —djo— }




Montreal ‘ball of light’ mystery deepens   {  See photo up at the top  —djo— }

‘Incredible Hulk’ star sworn in as honorary constable in Hamilton   { Lou Ferrigno – Yeah, cops would like to turn green and grow about twice their size and hope to get away with busting heads of anyone who looks at the funny.  Sound like junior high school b.s. to you?   —djo— }

Route 66’s singing road   {  }

Tumblr hosts ‘Mean Girls Day’ art show   {  }



“Most Viewed”

Iconic ‘Wait For Me, Daddy’ WWII photo unveiled as sculpture today   { The statue will have been unveiled at 11:00 am pacific time in New Westminster, BC – Don’t know if I will be finished by then  —djo—  }

Moose-killing winter tick population growing in Quebec   { Ticks that can kill mooses? That doesn’t sound good, Bullwinkle- stay out of Quebec!  —djo— }

-Bear Market bit  and Montreal ball of the light repeated here.-

Dallas Ebola case: Family moves from apartment where patient stayed   { * & I read a tweet that said that U.S. officials got word from ‘remote viewers’ that this would happen In Dallas with the correct date – they got the intelligence 6 months ago and let it happen anyway.  They want you to be anxious, and therefore highly manipulate-able  —djo— }

-Hong Kong standoffs getting ugly repeated here-  { Gaaaa! }

Doug Ford calls debate audience ‘ignorant’   {  }

Granville Gardens seniors complex gutted by massive fire   {  }

Shooting in Consort leaves 3 dead    {  }

Low dollar could hurt high-flying Albertans, economist says    {  }

-19 photo slide show- Hong Kong police clash with protesters in historic standoff    { *Why call them ‘protesters’? Because that raises a nastier image than ‘demonstrators’? Is the CBC as slanted and controlled as U.S. media?   —djo— }

-Blog- Mean Girls Day gets its own art show on Tumblr   {  }




The quest for E.T.? Canada helps in search for signs of life beyond Earth    { * Maybe we should look for intelligent life here first?   —djo—  }

-New- 12 pro-Russian rebels killed in fight for Ukrainian airport   {   }

5 things Stephen Harper told us about Canada’s ISIS fight   { * How do we know if anything he says is true? —djo— }

U.K. hostage’s beheading ‘completely unforgivable’ Cameron says   {  }

Brewing debate over water regulation hits U.S. been industry   {  }

Bad weather leaves 22 stranded on island in Nunavut   {  }

-Photos- Week in pictures, Sept. 28 – Oct. 3   { * Like we asked last weekend: Don’t the weekends count?  —djo— }

Canada should speak out on Hong Kong protests, ex-ambassador says   { * I’m speaking out- is there anyone we can trust to tell us what is going on? Who is behind it and who is opposed and what is their opposition doing? Are the demonstrators demonstrating pro-democracy or anti-high rent prices? Who is pulling our strings and what are they trying to get us to do?   —djo— }

Bees, birds may suffer long-term consequences from common pesticides   { * Does anybody remember “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson? And is  some evil ice-hole deliberately trying to kill off the birds and bees? Public dismemberment might be too soft a punishment for somebody like that – IF it is true.   —djo— }

Other First Nation girl who refused chemo relapsed, doctor says   { * Everybody: Pray -or send out the intention- that everybody who refuses chemo be cured by healing angels- okay? Please? -Amen  —djo— }

Canadian man caught trying to smuggle 1,007 turtles to China  { * And, recently we thought it was weird when somebody taped 51 turtles to his body and tried to smuggle them into Canada?  ***Today’s theme: “It gets weirder all the time.” Or is that ‘more weird’?  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Combative Doug Ford on CBC’s Metro Morning   {  }

-Must Watch- Route 66’s singing road   { “Albuquerque highway has new rumble strips, paid for by National Geographic, whose vibrations play America the Beautiful when driven over at 70 km/h”  * 70 km/h = 43 miles + 87s.93 yards per hour *  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Gone Girl: Film Review   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Ebola outbreak: What you need to know { *** Or what ‘They’ want you to believe you ‘need’ to know?  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- /Repeat/ Brazil presidential election: Suddenly too-close-to-call   {   }

-Analysis- /Repeat/ Why China might be willing to sacrifice Hong Kong’s economy: Don Pittis   {  }

-Politics- Environmentalists shit focus from Ottawa to the grassroots   {  }

-Business- SpaceX, cellphone prices, and Netflix: Business Week Wrap   {  }

-Business- Loonie drops below 89 cents US   { * Re: “Loonie” = Canadian dollar. — No, you can’t rent your very own lunatic for 89 cents an hour in Canada. 😉  —djo— }

-Business- Marriot rapped by FCC for jamming guests’ Wi-Fi    {  }

-Health- Ebola test on patient at Toronto hospital comes back negative   {  }

-Health- Sausage, chicken burger recall in Alberta linked to 4 illnesses   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Xavier Dolan calls Orson Welles ‘a late bloomer’   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Maroon 5’s ‘Animals’ condemned by sex assault group   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Q&A: Cara Gee plays “dream role” as gun-toting Métis cowgirl   {  }

-Technology & Science- How hackers are breaking through the Great Firewall of China   {  }

-Technology & Science- Physical labels no longer required for smartphones, wearable devices   { “Under new rules, high-tech devices with a non-removable screen, like Google Glass, can carry required information such as serial numbers on an e-label instead of a physical label.” * But how about the warning labels, like ‘Warning, wearing these glasses may blast way too much deadly radiation into your eye-bulbs and fry your brain!’ & um, not just the glasses. Cell phones might cause health problems. L.E.D. screens on ‘smart’ phones might be blinding anyone who uses them. Heck, My eyesight has gotten really bad since I started buying L.E.D. backlit monitors. —> I’m writing this on a good old LCD screen whose colours looked strange when I went back to it last month<—  —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Water on earth found to be older than the Sun    { * So I guess the big bang might be in question, or maybe -not everything began with the same big bang? Somebody’s going to have fun investigating this one.   —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Apple iPad event expected Oct. 16    { * Should I worry about what they mean by ‘event’? Will a Steve Jobs clone turn on an iPad in front of half a zillion cameras and cause the extinction of a thousand star systems?   —djo— }

-Community- #FeelingNuts campaign tries to mirror success of ice bucket challenge   {  }



“Local / New Brunswick”

Liberal Andrew Harvey’s win confirmed in Carleton-Victoria   { “Recounts are underway today in New Brunswick after questions were raised about the accuracy of the electronic tabulation system election night. – So far, the manual counting has confirmed the Liberal win in Carleton-Victoria. The winner remains Andrew Harvey, who gained two votes. – Runner-up, Colin Lockhart, gained three votes, but the result is unchanged. – Recounts are also taking place in Woodstock, Bathurst, St. Andrews and Fredericton-Grand Lake. – On election night, the use of an untested software by Elections New Brunswick to transmit results recorded through the automated vote-counting tabulator system saw vote counts stall and then appear to drop before finally concluding.” * I believe Andrew Harvey was the candidate who was charged with fraud over an investigation of a firm that he was a board member for – and then after a couple “Hey, now, the timing on this sounds suspicious” articles, the charges were dropped. *** I’d still like to know the results from recounting all the questioned ‘ridings’s results’   —djo— }

Seniors’ prescription co-payments questioned   {  }

Armed robbery in Moncton investigated   {  }

What should Atlantic Canada’s universities be in the future?   { * ‘Above Water’ would be nice, -if any of the climate change forecasts are right and the polar ice caps melt and the seas rise several meters—   —djo— }



Red and yellow flag

This flag was carried by First Nations people demonstrating for action on the issue of missing and murdered First Nations women.

“First Nations”

Protests over missing, murdered women close stretches of 2 Ontario highways   {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top pick for the week, sneak peek of Unreserved   {  * Okay, a couple days ago we read that a number of tribes objected to the term ‘Aboriginals’ – Why are we still seeing you use that?   —djo— }

Nuit Blanche exhibit captures spirit of Northern Ontario First Nations   { “A Scottish born photographer will have photographs of the James Bay Coast featured in the Toronto art show, Nuit Blanche, this weekend.” —djo— }

Métis president Robert Doucette threatens court action   {  }

Simon Awa Nunavut’s new chief negotiator for devolution   {  }

Chief Tecumseh honoured with turtle shell sculpture   {  }


{  3:30 pm, Guys- I’m late with this. I’ll publish now and come back later, check for typos and use the crayons  ———djo——— }

Saturday, 27 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

{ Copied and Pasted from Radio Free Earth News — Mary Ellen S.’s Birthday 🙂  ———jim w——— }


Saturday, 27 September, 2014  -( 56˚F / 13˚C –  Sunny & clear here @ 9:30 am in Ithaca )-

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. ———djo——— }


People covering faces climbing down very grey landscape.

“Climbers descend Mount Ontake amid smoke and ash after it erupted without warning on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. The 3,067-metre mountain is 210 kilometres west of Tokyo. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)”

{ Thank You -Jim W- for filling in for me – I’m back, – I think, -counting fingers and toes etc, yeah, I think I’m all here —> Doug, who’s finally getting over his ‘mild flu’. }


Lead Articles:

-Updated- Volcano erupts in central Japan, injuring at least 40   { Mount Ontake erupted without warning, catching mountain climbers of guard. Seven people were missing at last notice.   —djo— }

Neil Young performs at anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska   {  }

Paul Calandra’s non-answers prompted by PMO staffer: CBC   { “Conservative MP Paul Calandra choked back tears while apologizing Friday for responding to NDP Leader Tom Mulcair’s questions on Canada’s mission in Iraq this week with an attack on the NDP position on Israel. – But CBC News has learned that Calandra was put up to the responses by a senior staffer in the Prime Minister’s Office. Several Conservative MPs also told CBC they were furious as they listened to Calandra’s answers in the House.”  —djo—  }

Petra Kvitova beats Eugenie Bouchard in Wuhan open final   {  }

U.S. urges Canada to give as much as it can to fight ISIS   { Should I quote Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane? “War’s good business, so give your sons-”  —djo— }

Why the Newfoundland soccer stabbing has shaken parents to the core   {  }

3 high-tech ways to limit the flow of arms in Syria   {  }

-Photos- George Clooney’s wedding in Venice   {  }



"Tabulator Ale"

“Tabulator Ale”


Picaroon’s new Tabulator Ale pokes fun at N.B. election   { Picaroon’s is a ‘micro-brewery’. The Tabulator glitches are what slowed down Monday Evening’s election results. Everybody thought their new high-tech toys would speed up the results news specials. Nope- Some of the politicians gave up and went home before they announced probable winners after midnight. A manual recount is still a possibility.  —djo— }

Richard Branson offers unlimited vacation days (you read that correctly)    { “You’re exhausted. You feel like you work 24 hours a day because your phone is always on, always beeping, vibrating — a leash to your cubical. And even though you (hopefully) love what you do, you just need a rest. – Sound familiar?
You start looking at flights and find an fabulous deal. You can taste the margaritas. You can feel the sand between your toes. And then reality smacks you in the face: you’re out of vacation days. The dream is over and all you can do is battle through the next few months until the cycle begins again.-But what if you could take a holiday whenever you needed it? – If this idea sounds appealing to you, consider lobbying your employer with this idea: -Virgin Group founder and chairman, Richard Branson, announced via his website Tuesday, that he’s giving his whole personal staff unlimited vacation days. -The Financial Times reported that the rules apply to about 170 staff at the Virgin head offices in the U.K. and U.S. -However, the 50,000 employees of the larger Virgin Group won’t be subject to the same policy, at least not right away. (Branson did assert in his note that if this initiative is successful, he’ll encourage Virgin’s subsidiaries to adopt the policy.)”  * Is he taking applications? —djo— }

Dogs about to get married

“Holy Muttrimony, Bat Man these dogs are getting married!”

Round of a-paws expected at Brandon ceremony of Holy Muttrimony    { “Two Brandon [ Manitoba ] dogs will be joined in Holy Muttrimony this weekend. – Opus the sheltie and his bride-to-be, November, a mix-breed from the Humane Society will marry in Brandon’s Stanley Park on Sunday. -November (left) and Opus are set to tie the knot on Sunday in Brandon’s Stanley Park. – “There will 120 white chairs,” said owner Alyssa Fletcher. “Opus’s bow tie just came in and November will be wearing a floral wreath.” – When asked whether the groom would be kissing the bride at the end of the ceremony, Fletcher said the newly weds will be taking a different approach. – “They’re going to kibble each other,” said Fletcher. “He’s going to kibble his bride so she’ll get a nice little bowl of food.” –‘Anybody and their dog is welcome to the wedding.’– Alyssa Fletcher- Fletcher, who runs Grassroots Grooming in Brandon, said the idea to wed her dogs was sparked during a conversation with a friend.”  —djo— }

& There’s a repeat of yesterday’s disgusting story about an abandoned truck full of rotten chicken being cleaned up in Montana.   { “Ick” <—-<< That’s my daughter’s comment. & that about sums it up for me too.  —djo— }



“Most Viewed”

Deck collapse in south end Halifax sends 6 to hospital   {  }

Adam Keunen, Niagara-area teen, killed on co-op placement   { “Niagara Regional Police say a teenager on a high school co-op placement has died in an industrial accident. – Adam Keunen, 17, of West Lincoln, Ont. was fatally struck by a front-end loader around 9:45 a.m. Friday at Plazek Auto Recycler. -Keunen was a fourth-year student at Beamsville Secondary School. – Paramedics and firefighters were unable to save him. – Keunen was a fourth-year student at Beamsville Secondary School, where flags were lowered to half-mast and grief counsellors were on hand. – “Students and staff are in shock, naturally, they’re devastated. Adam was a very loved member of the Beamsville community,” said Kim Yielding, spokeswoman for the District School Board of Niagara.”  *  I’m not sure whether a ‘co-op placement’ is when they let students work during school hours and get some kind of credit of it, or not. I was told that many school systems in Canada have a requirement for graduation that includes working so many hours in some kind of community service volunteer position. —djo— }

Moderate alcohol use increases breast cancer risk, UVic study says   { “UVic” = University of Victoria —djo— }

Mysterious Developments website publishes rare gems from old rolls of undeveloped film   { Link >>—->  }

TTC ‘Leprechaun’ spurs outrage, legal questions   { An unknown man wearing a green shirt and a bowler hat, nicknamed ‘Leprechaun’, refused to move his stuff, on the seat next to him on a bus, when a woman passenger asked him to move it so she could sit down. He was captured on somebody else’s smart phone while he sat there, engrossed in what he was doing on his smart phone –  and pushed the woman away when she tried to sit down anyway. * I think that’s what happened, I didn’t watch the video —djo— }

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to baby girl   { 🙂 }

-24 photo slide show- The week in pictures Sept. 20-26   { Weekends don’t count? The first photo in the group is a couple white tiger cubs, one looks like he might want to eat the camera-  —djo— }




Humans hard-wired to ignore climate change: George Marshall   { George Marshall is described as an author and activist. The article says that ‘top military officers have called climate change “A huge threat to national security”, but activists think that environmental issues have slipped off the political agendas around the world.’ *1. You can’t believe a word any ‘top military officer’says, they’re trained to “tell them anything you have to, just get them to follow orders” 2. Those same ‘top military officers’ are probably the biggest threat to national security on the planet- magnitudes more dangerous than anybody else, with the exception of the ‘Banksters’ who control them.  —djo—   }

Microplastic pollution discovered in St. Lawrence River   { “Microbeads” – “They’re normally found in face wash, shower gel and toothpaste. But plastic microbeads are now showing up in lakes and rivers. – A team of researchers from McGill University and the Quebec government have discovered these microbeads — often marketed by the cosmetic industry as a way to feel extra clean — at the bottom of the St. Lawrence River. – “The more we looked, the more we found. That was definitely really worrisome,” said Suncica Avlijas, a graduate student at McGill University. – Microplastics are a global contaminant in the world’s oceans, but this is the first time they been detected in fresh water. – Researchers collected sediment from ten locations along a 320-kilometre section of the river from Lake St. Francis to Quebec City. – Microbeads were sieved from the sediment, and then sorted and counted under a microscope. – At some locations, the researchers measured over 1,000 microbeads per litre of sediment, a magnitude that rivals the world’s most contaminated ocean sediments. -Biologist Anthony Ricciardi says if microbeads appear in large numbers, they can enter the food chain. – “I was surprised because they’re buoyant, they’re small, they’ve only been reported as floating,” said Anthony Ricciardi, a McGill University associate professor and biologist. – Ricciardi is worried the small plastic beads will end up in the food chain. Scientists say toxins like PCBs can latch onto microbeads which then get eaten by fish. – McGill researchers are dissecting some fish that feed on the riverbed, looking for microplastics inside. – “If they build up in large enough numbers, as they appear to be, they can more easily enter the food chain,” Ricciardi said.

Legislation wanted

– “-Illinois recently became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing microbeads. – Quebec’s Green Party wants the province to follow suit. – “What we hope is that if a couple of states or jurisdisctions in North America ban the sale of microbeads then the manufacturers will extend that ban to all their products simply to have uniform distribution,” said Alex Tyrrell, leader of the Green Party of Quebec. – Cosmetics companies such as L’Oréal and Johnson & Johnson are pledging to phase out microbeads from their products within the next three years. – “Our ability to detect things in our environment has just increased exponentially in the last number of years. This kind of science has now come to light and the appropriate steps are going to be taken to make sure they’re eliminated,” said Darren Praznik, president and CEO of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association.”   —djo— }

Bear between mail carrier and destination photographed through delivery van windshield.

A mail carrier couldn’t deliver a parcel because a female black bear was sauntering around the house where the parcel was supposed to be delivered. The note the carrier left was photographed and uploaded and went viral on social media.

Meet the Canada Post worker who wrote the ‘Bear at Door’ non-delivery slip   { See photo to the left  —djo— }

5 steps to safeguard against the ‘Bash bug’   { “Bash can typically only be found on Unix-based devices, such as those running the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems and the servers behind the world’s websites. – Even then, most Macs aren’t vulnerable, Apple said in a statement Friday, because it ships OS X in a configuration that doesn’t allow “remote exploits of Bash.” Some Mac users who have turned on advanced Unix services could be affected, and Apple said it is “working to quickly provide a software update” for those customers.”  *** Link to article with 5 things you can do to protect yourself: >>—->   —djo— }

Former U.S. Fed examiner made secret recordings of Goldman Sachs meeting   {  “The Federal Reserve Bank of New York says it “categorically rejects” allegations made by a former examiner that the Fed has become deferential to America’s biggest banks and fails to effectively regulate them. – The New York Fed was responding to a story on news site ProPublica and radio show This American Life that alleges a culture of deference to banks such as Goldman Sachs. – Former Fed bank examiner Carmen Segarra says she found a culture of compliance with the banks when she was posted at Goldman Sachs in 2012. – The report critical of the Fed is driven by secret recordings made by New York Fed bank examiner Carmen Segarra, who was fired after just seven months on the job. – She had been stationed inside Goldman Sachs in 2012, as is the practice for all Fed examiners. She alleges she attempted to make constructive criticism of the bank, only to be contradicted and eventually fired by Fed managers. * The Federal Reserve Bank is not a department of the United States Government. It is a private group of ‘Bansksters’ who have blackmailed their way to power and now pretty much control US currency and US Politicians. *** The US Revolutionary War was fought as much against bansksters as anything else. “No Taxation without representation” was only part of the problem. The straw that broke the camel’s back happened when the Bank of England insisted that the Colonists pay their taxes in Bank of England Notes. These Bank Notes were almost impossible to get in the colonies and when available cost way more than their face value. Thomas Jefferson, who physically wrote the Declaration of Independence and later became the 3rd President, after George Washington and John Adams, has been quoted as saying “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” The U.S.A. successfully fought off attempts by unethical ice-holes to copy the Bank of England’s tactics and install what eventual became the Federal Reserve, for two hundred years. This gives Banksters, not governments, the power to create money. ‘Credit’ evolved from a scheme that would get con artists life sentences in prison, but the banksters got away with it because they got politicians to write what should be illegal legislation to give them their authority. The huge bailout after 2008 is only the latest fiasco in a long line of illegal, immoral and unethical maneuvers on the part of and in the name of these ‘banksters’. Their first con job is: They have on deposit “X” amount of gold or similar assets, they can then ‘lend’ 20 times that amount, in effect, creating credit out of thin air. The banks get away with this. You would be in jail or evicted from your property if you tried this. AND – we keep hearing that a lot of eviction notices have been served to people whose payments on their homes were perfectly up to date. The system doesn’t care. The banksters don’t care. They want to control you and they believe that if you’re in debt to them, they control you. Grrrrr! Lock ’em all up. —djo— }

Egypt postpones verdict in case against ex-president Mubarak   { But what’s happening with the phoney charges against the Canadian-Egyptian journalist? }

Gay teen says he was forced to wear ‘GAYTARD’ nsme-tag at work   { “A teenaged fast-food worker from Yankton, South Dakota has become the unwitting poster-child for workplace discrimination this week after teaming up with the ACLU to take on an employer who allegedly forced him to wear a name-tag with the word “GAYTARD” on it. -Tyler Brandt, 16, told South Dakota’s KELO that he had taken a part-time job at the Taco John’s chain restaurant in Yankton this summer to make some extra money. -Unfortunately, upon starting the job, Brandt found his manager to be consistently agitated and “verbally abusive.” – I’ve been very vulnerable and I’ve been allowing him to say things to me that shouldn’t be said, and after a while I was just worried about being terminated from my position at Taco John’s,” Brandt said, noting that he continued to work despite what he felt was ongoing verbal harassment. – Near the end of June, Brandt says he was pulled into the manager’s office and given a name-tag that read “GAYTARD” and asked to wear it. – The gay teen put the badge on for fear of losing his job, despite feeling humiliated in front of customers. -“I would always stay behind the till so they couldn’t see the name tag, I didn’t want them to see it, but even though they couldn’t see it, he would still call me by the name across the store and customers would notice,” he said. – Brandt quit his job one day after being given the name-tag and sought legal help, which eventually came in the form of representation by the American Civil Liberties Union. – “No one should have to face slurs in their workplace – no boss should be allowed to label their employee with insults,” wrote the ACLU on its website. “This is why the ACLU is representing Tyler with his charge of discrimination against Taco John’s – but it’s time they also apologize to Tyler and publicly speak out against discrimination and bullying in the workplace.”  – The ACLU has assisted Brandt in filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as a discrimination charge with the South Dakota Department of Labor. -The complaints allege the restaurant violated the American Civil Rights Act of 1964, a law that prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on race, religion, sex or national origin.”  —djo— }

 B.C. First Nation granted leave to appeal Northern Gateway pipeling approval   {  }

-Politics- Canada ‘joins the big leagues’ with EU trade deal, Harper says   { And Stephen Harper goes down in history as one of the biggest economic criminals of all times with this one act. But that’s not all he’s guilty of. —djo— }



“Local / New Brunswick”

Serious assault in Saint John has police investigating   {  }

Fredericton police chief speaks out about serious assaults   {  }

A weekend in the Maritimes, as seen by you   {  }

& a repeat of the Picaroon’s Tabulator Ale article   {  }




-Q&A- Rosanna Deerchild takes you behind the headlines on Unreserved   { “Unreserved” is a new Radio programme – starting this Saturday on CBC radio one. }

-Poll- The Daily Show airs controversial Redskins segment   {  I still like the teeshirt some people were wearing with a ‘whited-out’ maskot of the Cleveland ‘Indians’ reworded to “Cleveland Caucasions” –  I only wonder if me wearing it would be seen as an insult to Native Americans / First Nations people anywhere.  —djo— }

N.W.T. language complaints backlogged for 10 months   { “N.W.T.” = North West Territories.   —djo— }

Lesbian couple first to wed at Sagkeeng First Nation   {  }

Gitxaala First Nation granted leave to appeal Northern Gateway pipeline   {   }



{ 12:30 pm and I thought this would be a nice, easy day here- lots of news to check through and colourize  ———djo——— }


Sunday, 07 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

{ Copied & Pasted from Radio Free Earth News  —————Jim }


Sunday, 07 September, 2014  -( 53˚F / 12˚C & Mostly Clear in Ithaca @ 8:01 am )- {{ & Happy birthday to Chrissie Hynde -of The Pretenders & ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ fame and to a friend Joan Y. I grew up with —————Jim }}

{ I’ve been doing this because I believe that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news. —Thanks. ———djo——— }


Large cat on floor.

“15 kilogram Cat” -that’s about 33 pounds- up for adoption in California. The people at the shelter are trying to get “Little Dude” the kitty to slim down first.


Lead Articles:

-Updated- Civilian killed by shelling despite shaky Ukraine ceasefire   {  }

U.S. military launches strikes around Haditha dam in Iraq   { & “U.S. expands air campaign in Iraq as ISIS fights for key dam” }

Jim Prentice to lead Alberta after Tory leadership win   { Farther down in the lead stories range: “Jim Prentice wins Alberta PC leadership vote in landslide” }

Explosions heard near Donetsck airport in eastern Ukraine   {  }

B.C. schools to be closed for 2nd week as strike continues   {   }

Canadian team in Sierra Leone to diagnose  Ebola infections   {  }

Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer eliminated at U.S. Open   {  }

More dogs and cats doing the raw food diet – but is it safe?   {  }



2 deer on the Golden Gate Bridge in Calilfornia.

“Deer stroll down Golden Gate Bridge” -and survived-


Rare albino lobsters caught days apart   {  }

Deer safe after crossing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge   {  }

& Repeats from yesterday

-& I added- Deer stroll down Golden Gate Bridge  { ‘Two deer trotted through rush hour in San Francisco on Friday, briefly stopping traffic” In the video they take off at high speed and later slow down while I guess motorists snapped their photos and shot the video on cell phones, —djo— }



“Most Viewed”

Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers    {   }

Drew Carey offers $10K to find culprits in cruel ice bucket challenge prank   { Someone in small town Ohio talked a 14 year old with Autism into taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity and dumped a bucket of urine and feces over his head, shooting the video on a cell phone. Whattaya think? If they catch these guys should the do the same to them in public? —djo— }

Justin Trudeau may be the next big thing – but Steven Harper’s still Nickelback   { Sounds like the mean spirited anti-Liberal headline writer is back at work here. —djo— }

Ride the Rideau cyclist dead after crash on route of charity event   {  }

Boy, 9, steals Saskatoon city bus, hits 2 parked vehicles   {  }

-10 photo slide show- Monsoon season floods devastate India, Pakistan   {  }




-New- U.K. promises Scots more power if they reject independence   {  }

ISIS propaganda material turns up in Pakistan, India   {  }

-Photos- TIFF 2014: Highlights from Day 3   {  }

B.C. Government rejects binding arbitration to settle teachers’ strike   {  }

How practice could make perfect for doctors’ bedside manner   {  }

Ebola virus precautions added to back-to-school advice on campus   {  }

-Point Of View- Youthful optimism in the face of a world gone mad: Michael Enright   {  }

How ISIS recruited a former B.C. university student to fight in Syria   {  }

-Must Watch- Fat cat up for adoption   { I put his photo up at the top of today’s list. —djo— }

-World- 9/11 museum displays memorablia from bin Laden assassination   { -And the Conspiracy community is still convinced that bin Laden was a U.S. agent who regularly went to U.S. military bases for Dialysis treatments, probably died from his kidney disease years ago, might have been played by several different actors – was the ‘goose who laid golden eggs’ for the lying-evil-maniplating-war-mongering-elitist-military-ice-holes who used him as the monster hiding under everybody’s beds in order to squeeze as much money as they could from the U.S. taxpayers to further their evil agenda. -My Point of View?- I don’t believe anybody- & since the Weekly World News ran the headline, “Dinosaurs honked like Buicks”- I don’t think I can be any more disillusioned about Mainstream or commercial news media. Some day I should post a list of what different groups believe are disinformation schemes and outright lies in mainstream media. —djo— }

-Politics- Philippe Couillard tells Stephen Harper he wants Quebec to sign Constitution   { I love Quebec. I love French Canadians & feel like I am richer for having been exposed to their culture and personalities. It tickles the cockles of my heart to hear four-year-olds speaking perfect French –  even if they speak way too fast for me to pick up more than a quarter of what they say. – Quebec, apparently, never signed the Canadian Constitution. A lot of French Canadians feel like they constantly got, and get, the short end of the stick. Philippe Couillard is the premier of the province of Quebec- He ‘took advantage of a meeting with Stephen Harper’ to re-state his opinion that Quebec should sign the Constitution. He said so at an event to commemorate the 200th birthday of Sir George-Etienne Cartier –  the French-Canadian statesman seen by many as the ‘Father of Confederation’. -Confederation is the term they used when the provinces got together to form a single identity as ‘the confederation of colonies’, which became the ‘Canadian Confederation’ on July 1st, 1867.- Wikipedia wants us to know that ‘confederation’ usually refers to an association of sovereign states. —djo— }

-Health- Deadly pathogens found in U.S. government labs   {  }

-Health- Ebola outbreak: Doctors Without Borders calls ‘lockdown’ a mistake   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Venice Film Festival: Sweden’s Andersson wins Golden Lion   { I learned something reading this article – more than one ‘something’. & one of the things I like most about doing this every day- Checking through and writing out the headlines – is that I keep learning things – and do not feel like my brain is turning to dried out seaweed at an accelerating rate – I had to read through most of this article to learn whether this Festival was in Venice, Italy or Venice, California. It is in Italy. I usually shy away from entertainment fluff, because, frankly- I don’t give a flying dang about what actress is wearing whose dress or which cute couple is breaking up and I am realllllly sick of hearing the phrase ‘baby bump’ while the television screen shows women who just spent thousands of dollars to look good in a million dollar dress that makes me want to hear Moon Unit Zappa reciting “Gag me with a spoon” over and over again.  —djo— }

Young Woman taking a 'selfie' of herself wearing a yellow tee shirt with big black letters that say 'Dress Code Violation!"

I’m guessing this is the ‘shame suit’ a young woman in Florida was forced to wear – she recently moved to Florida and might not have realized the school believed a skirt she could have worn in her old school was inappropriate in the fascist eyes of the Florida school’s administration.

-Community- School forces 15-year-old girl to wear ‘shame suit’ after violating dress code   { “How far should school administrators be able to go when it comes to enforcing dress codes? -In recent years, high profile student-teacher conflicts over items like visible bra straps and short demin shorts have prompted many Canadian parents to speak out on the issue — and the perceived “shaming” of female students, in particular. -Now, with another school year underway, tales of aggressive dress code enforcement are making waves once again. -The mother of a 15-year-old Florida girl is threatening to file a complaint against her local school board this week, alleging that her daughter was “publicly humiliated” for wearing a skirt that was deemed too short. – Miranda Larkin recently started attending the Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Fla., after moving to the area from Seattle. – On the third day at her new school, Miranda says she was informed by a teacher that her skirt (which school policy indicates must be “knee-length or longer”) was too short. The teen says that she was unaware of this rule.” — Don’t get me started. Today’s schools are aberrations to begin with. Kids who love to learn are forced into a culture where they make learning as boring and painful as possible. Not only are intelligent, sensitive kids forced into situations that breed bullies and penalize intelligence and sensitivity- they have to deal with idiots for administration types who are there, not to educate, but to whip kids into ‘shape’ to become good little zombie consuming units who never question authority and submit to the bullies who call themselves ‘leaders of their communities’ Gaaaa!  —djo— }



“Local / New Brunswick”

NB Liquor enters the growler game, brewing doubt   {  A ‘growler’ is a 64 ounce bottle of beer. Small “Craft” brewers were told last year that they could not sell growlers at their breweries any longer unless they had already sold a ridiculously high volume of beer at a provincial liquor store –  which might have put many small craft brewers out of business.  So now three provincially operated liquor stores in New Brunswick are testing a pilot program to see how well Growlers from small and huge breweries do when sold in their official provincial liquor outlets. – Like maybe – if they can’t make a million dollars on your stuff, then you should give up, go home and strongly consider suicide? grumble grumble-  —djo— }

Brian Gallant vows to expand international lobster markets   { And Brian Gallant knows how to get his name positively mentioned in the news every day as he runs for premier as the leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party.  —djo— }

“New Brunswick” page:

 Atholville anxious for medical marijuana plant to be approved   {  }

Severe thunderstorm expected to rain down on New Brunswick   { This was expected to happen yesterday –  Jim W said he saw some interesting clouds, but after a spattering of rain drops that- “felt like they’d been blown way off course from a storm somewhere else- those clouds kind of smiled like they were embarrassed and ran away.” —djo— }

N.B. this week  { Link >>—-> This is an interesting page, with a lot of eye candy and a little bit of substance to go with it.  —djo— }



{ 10:19 am – Why does this feel so much easier and less hurried on a Sunday?   10:45 am  Almost ready to push the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }

Yesterday? Today? or Tomorrow?

Cat with a 'lion cut'

Moe after his visit to the hairdresser’s 😉

Cave and other stand alone stones

The other side of the below cave- with human silhouettes for scale

A cave that had been eroded into the base of a now standalone stone at 'flowerpot rocks'

Hopewell Rocks from well below the high tide line.

Saturday, 30 August, 2014 -( 15˚C / 59˚F @ 11:11 pm )-

It’s been a busy week- Cathi had the week off. Neither one of us was feeling all that good all week. We took Moe to the vet’s to get his matts trimmed away and he was pretty darned good about it until the groomer got the ‘buzzy’ too close to spots where cats want no one to go with a hair trimmer- So- nobody got slashed or shredded and he only refused to talk to us for a couple hours and now he looks like a lion, and he can strut around showing off- Cathi said he was much better in the temperament department after he realized he could lick his fur without anything pulling.

On Friday we drove to the Bay of Fundy. The map we got with a visitor’s guide stunk. The GPS wanted to send us straight east to Moncton and then down. Friends, and daughters, had told us to take the seaside route, down to Sait John and turn left. We got going a little bit late. The map looked like we were about to make a wrong turn and I told Cathi we needed an exit that the map looked like we needed to take. So we only got a little bit lost, and the most direct route to ‘Hopewell Rocks’ had a few too many construction sites along the way, but we did stop for some home-made ice cream and made a friend, I think- Nice guy who uses all natural ingredients, he’s 73 years old and looks younger, and he thought I looked younger than I told him I am. I left him a link to a web site and an email address and never thought to ask his name. He lives on the west side of highway 114 a bit north west of Alma.

We got to the rocks at twenty minutes to closing and the light was not so good when we got there. But I think I got one decent photo to replace another photo at the top of one of my blogs and that worked out okay, I think.

Today I felt lousy and had strange fever dreams, one of Tony Soprano’s enforcers came around to axe me what was the hold up with getting my mother out of the house she had sold to a nice little old Italian lady who had bad friends and no patience. And a melancholy girl who had been kicked out of her home by her mother, supported by her grandmother for a couple years and then told not to come home without a job or money for rent and grandma and aunty didn’t care what she had to do to get it, wanted to know if she could make a lot of money posing nude for a photographer and I guess I looked like a photographer and I felt awful for her and gave her the keys to my travel trailer (In the dream I had a small travel trailer- not the tiny- made in Canada ones, but small and when I got her there she was afraid to stay in it alone, so I slept at the kitchen table while she slept in the bed and I don’t know how that turned out because I woke up.

The photos did not load where they should have- and when I tried to click on one to try to see if I could move it down and write above it- everything else on this page disappeared.

But I got it back, I can live with this- so I guess I can’t complain too loudly-