Positive Directions ?

Sunday, February 21st, 2016 — +3°C / +37°F — Dark & Overcast in Atlantic Canada @ 3:22 am — I think it’s my not-so-old (ex) neighbour, Dana’s Birthday today —

Stone houses built against cliffs along a river or a lake.

Draelen’s been finding a lot of beautiful landscapes and city-scapes being re-tweeted by Artists he’s following on Twitter- Here’s one of them. — Makes me want to be there – This one was posted by “@MarionSpekker” and re-tweeted by “@huskorkut”

— I was just looking at things that Draelen (he’s part of our web game development team) has re-tweeted lately. Some of the photos and art work he’s found is absolutely inspiring. Kinda Makes Ya wonder how anyone could be given a wonderful, incredibly beautiful, and just plain breath-takingly amazing planet like this one and want to destroy it for a little bit of temporary profit.

Puppy with a pink Valentine's Day Heart.

In the past I might have winced and rolled my eyes about something this cute, wondered how the photographer manipulated the puppy, and maybe even commented about pictures like this possibly sending someone into diabetic shock. But I saw this at the right time, I guess, and thought, – I wish I saw this in time to copy and paste it into a private message and send it to the woman I love. –  Sigh, Maybe I’m just getting sappy in my, ahem, old age?

— And, after reading through a page of Draelen’s recent re-tweets I thought I should tweak a few settings on this blog and then went ahead and changed the Title that appears at the top of the page as well as the smaller ‘description’ that follows. I hadn’t realized that the header photo wasn’t as wide as the blog since we ‘stretched’ it to add a second column of ‘wigets’ to include Drae’s Twitter feed. I also moved that column to the right side and moved the stuff that used to be on the right – moved it over to the left. I don’t know, it just looks better to me this way.


Since I came to Canada as a visitor and liked the person I came to visit so much that I’m still here – I learned to appreciate birds a lot more than I did before Cathi captured my heart and all that – And I saw my first Bald Eagles, not in Alaska when I was up there, but here, in the Fredericton, New Brunswick area. I’m not sure what species this guy here is, but that’s quite a striking photograph.

— I do believe I’m richer for all the ‘eye-opening’ images Drae found and shared with his small circle of twitter followers.

City Scape

– For a long time, I had completely lost my wanderlust – It made no sense to me that I might spend a whole lot of time and energy – and probably lots of money too – to get to some exotic place and discover that the reality didn’t look half as good as the photo-shopped image in the travel agency window. I also dreaded finding myself halfway around the world and lonely because somebody I wanted to be with was thousands of miles away, and I didn’t want to discover that paradise was full of nasty – biting bugs and mean, bullying, or just plain evil or psychotic people. But I really wish I could teleport to this spot and see if it feels as magical in person as it looks here.

— Yup, so instead of me getting all upset about evil manipulating elitist pigs lying to us through their bought-and-paid-for ‘main stream media’ – I’m sitting here working on my novel, thinking about ways to make the game world we’re still working on, still making progress —

— Funny when Photos or Art can touch you and change your outlook from ‘I’m Mizzuble- Right?’ to, “Wow – This really is a beautiful world, isn’t it?” [ And I’m not even going to growl, “Let’s keep it that way!” ]

— Thanks for putting up with me? –,

~~~~~ Jim


Saturday, Snow, Then Rain, Then Snow Again ? — From “Latest News from Aerendel”

Copied & Pasted from “Latest News from Aerendel” :


Saturday, February 20th, 2016, —ƒƒ— +2˚C / +36˚F & raining at the moment in Atlantic Canada @ 1:11 pm  —ƒƒ— Kathy Krafchick’s Birthday ( & Patty Heart’s too) —ƒƒ—

light dusting of snow on trees and stone wall

– Um, I took this photo about an hour ago. It was still snowing then, but lightly. –

— “Yooks Yike another weird weather day in Atlantic Canada” It began with a light snow falling, the Weather Network expects we might get a centimeter – and then they expect rain ( they were right on that ) And then they expect the rain to turn back to snow –  I don’t think they wanted to guess how much snow we might get on the second round of white stuff, but they thought we might get “≅ 10 mm.” [ almost 10 millimeters ] of rain – But they only expected the temperature to reach 0˚C / 32˚F and we’ve already gone past/above and beyond that.

Crow in a tree against a grey (snowing) sky.

Two Crows were scolding me – When I picked up the camera and aimed at them, one flew away. If you can see the crow in this photo we’re both lucky. Yeah, I think I got him – Upper third & Right third of the photograph. I know what I was looking for.

— Yeah, Crow is one of my ‘totem animals’ – but I’m not about to call myself “Jim Crow”, or ‘Jim Mountain Lion” or Owl or Wolf or Turtle or Swan or Skunk – There’s a Dog in the mix too, and I think Possum shows up to protect my inner child by deflecting threats away – You can read all about that in “Medicine Cards” – don’t google it – go to smartpage dot com and protect your privacy –

Dusting of snow on a stone wall.

And This is the part of the stone wall that caught enough of this morning’s dusting to look interesting, at least to me.

— And while I was uploading photos from the camera’s SD card I realized I hadn’t uploaded the couple of photos I took during our latest visit to the north side’s Pizza Delight, ether on Maple Street or St Mary’s (street or road?)

Cathi in our Pizza Delight restaurant.

I might have mentioned this before, Cathi had some modeling experience as a teen-ager And she looks like a slightly different person in almost every photograph I’ve seen of her. I egged her on to pose for this one, Don’t know whether she’s putting on a modeling face of thinking I’ve lost my mind again for asking her to tip her head forward and look up at me. Almost every model I’ve ever talked to wished that professional photographers were a lot more human than they pretend to be.

— Yay? I should quit while I’m ahead –,

~~~~~ Jim


Sunday, July 19, 2015 -( 16˚C / 61˚F @ 10:45 pm in the dark and damp here in Atlantic Canada )-

Messy office.

This ‘Office’ is technically transitioning from ‘completely freaking messed up’ to ‘I just might be able to find something I’m looking for in here’.

Yes, we had a weekend. Of course it rained, but- We got things done, and moved forward into a more optimistic state of mind, no matter how many idiotic bits of political lies and rule bending b.s. the current administration is bombarding us with constant commercials on just about every station in Canada, and maybe especially New Brunswick and a couple other target areas. If it wasn’t for the fact that they are so obviously lying and trying their damnedest to get away with immoral bull [ chips ] by playing their propaganda clips before the election has actually been scheduled – which is unethical, immoral, not quite fattening, but should be illegal, and will probably help convince the majority of Canadians who are not brain dead to vote the morons out of office that much more quickly… I might be able to shudder and shrug my way through it. But the evil sonuvaguns are trying to convince vulnerable people that if any of the other parties get to form the next government they will steal the candy out of their babies’ mouths, take away their pensions, and, in general, peel the skin from their bodies as painfully as possible, and set their private parts on fire. The politix of fear are alive and well and Canada.

Pallets, lumber & garbage can cover.

Pallets (& plywood) R us. I got a little bit done, pulling nails out of interesting pieces of lumber that used to hold three decent pallet together to form shelves for plant sales at a nearby chain type hardware and lumber store. They do have Home Despots up here, but this is a more local franchise. The thing on the far left is something I built out of plywood and 2x2s to discourage the local racoons from messing with our garbage. That’s my white hat reflected in the window.

We got out and about on Saturday afternoon after a pleasant brunch. & After grabbing a couple necessities (like food?) at the nearby supermarket, we stopped off at a ubiquitous hardware chain store and stumble upon a couple goodies, like stain for our projects on sale. 🙂 And we were checked out by one of the most friendly and pleasant young cashiers we’ve ever encountered there.

And then I convinced Cathi to check out the free pallets one company leaves out in the hopes that they won’t have to pay somebody to haul them away or whatever business they’d have if nobody came along and took advantage of the free pallets.

What we found there this time was three surprisingly good pallets and one smaller pallet with split pieces but a couple good two by fours. So Cathi said she was happy we checked. We also found the last of the season’s small potted herbs for sale for $.24 each. I think we got two small plastic square things of lemon balm and a couple other intriguing plants, one was peppermint? some kind of mint and the other had tiny light purple flowers.

This morning Cathi went around and planted the herbs along with the ivy she brought home a couple days ago-

Ivy surrounded by grass, climbing a fence.

You probably can’t tell with a casual glance, but there is some newly transplanted ivy in the center of this photo. I told Cathi I’d like to see some ivy and she found some in the bargain/closeout section of one of the stores she frequents. We had nine little pots of English Ivy, which I hope really likes the climate here, and when we set them on the outside porch they thrived, sort of said, ‘thank you’ and now there are something like 4 plants around Jassper’s fence and a couple more in not so easy to spot places. But Yum- They should enjoy the rain we’re supposed to get in the next several days.

And, beyond my usual feeling like I’ve lost my mind, we did okay. – It had rained overnight, and it’s supposed to rain every day for the next four days? At Least?

— As long as you don’t dwell on the fact that, for a promised interview with a local Author I was trying to get an old mac computer to work with the old free version of ProTools and when I struck out with the best computer I still have here for that option I tried to wake up an older G3 (“cute”) MacBook and which, for all its 640 megs of RAM started up and charged the nearly dead battery really well, but when I tried to restart using Mac OS 9.2.2 the hard drive with that operating system had a coronary and played dead. I tried another external Hard Drive with a similar Operating System, but it was even worse. — When I took the worse HD into the office here and connected it to another Mac, that other Mac saw it long enough to know it was there, but when I tried to ‘verify’ and then repair the danged thing, it disappeared and said it was beyond help, but I should back up what I could and then it wouldn’t mount the danged thing and reformat it. But if it ain’t mounted ya can’t back anything up- bluddy idjits- so I tried repairing it again a couple times with the disk utility and it finally gave up trying to tell me it was too far gone (or too old, or too riddled with planned obsolescence???) to fix- well, surprise surprise, it fixed it enough so it would mount. I then tried backing up files. First the routines thought it might take an hour, then a couple hours, then 16 hours. So I went to bed & when I woke up and checked it, it looked like it had been backing up nicely for several hours and then hit a bad file with a name that was about two miles long and full of heiroglyphics- and the only thing it had actually backed up was a stupid icon. grrrr. So I spent most of today manually backing things up one file at a time.

All the time I was gnashing my teeth and backing up stupid files etc. Cathi got up quietly and went outside and transplanted things, thinking it would be raining later.

Garden gnome hiding in ferns.

I wanted to upload a photo of Cathi on her Gazelle, but I need to straighten it out so I’ll upload the photo of a gnome hiding in the ferns by our stone wall.

— And there a very interesting story at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-greedy-companies-making-products-that-break that says France has a law against planned obsolescence. 🙂

~~~~~ Jim

Friday the 13th is a Monday this week.

Monday, July 13th, 2015 -( 21˚C / 70˚F — Sunny & Pleasant @ 10:45 am in Atlantic Canada )-

odd things on a blue background.

It took me forever to scan this stuff into the form you see here. After installing the software that came with the scanner the scanner refused to work with the computer it worked with fine before we found the disk and installed it. So I scanned it to another Mac, and the pictures kept trying to tip to one side or another and the other little things kept moving. Finally I just said the ‘heck’ with it an kept the last scan.

Yeah, it’s been a tough morning. I woke up aching all over, put the garbage and recycling out, had problems with the scanner after installing the software it came with on a computer that it worked fine with before I installed its software. Fed Jassper, fed Moe, fed me- Sighed a couple times-

I think my graphics/workhorse computer should be officially pronounced dead. It craps out without doing anything now. Planned obsolescence? May those who plan such schnarr things suffer from everything they ever need in the future falling apart when they need it the most. And if those morons manage to re-incarnate in the past, may the same curse follow them there?  Okay, now that I’ve voiced my ire, I can probably forgive them. I don’t think you’d want to be Bill Gates at the Pearly Gates if St. Peter called me over to consult on whether you could go to Heaven, or be condemned to the other place. I’d have to think long and hard about that one.

— Sigh–,

Cathi’s back to work. I ache all over. It’s a Monday.  and yes, to quote Pogo “Friday the 13th is a Monday this month.”

~~~~~ Jim

Found some more old photos

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 -( 14˚C / 57˚F @ 11:59 pm Atlantic time – in the dark here while we’re using “Startup Repair” to see if the windows 7 machine might still have some life ahead of it.)- Nora K.’s and Matt Kantrowitz’s Birthday today. 🙂 🙂

— Not all of these photos are in perfect shape, but wow, we had some beautiful cousins and friends-

Wallet sized photos

Our cousins, April, on the left and Jamie on the right. Jamie signed her photo with “6th grade” in 1984. There is a bit of dust on the photos that wouldn’t go away.


people and dogs posing in the shade.

Nora K. – I think in her back yard in Putney, in September of 1984 – Me on the right with Harley (who became ‘Charles’ when he grew up.) – more or less on my lap, he never was much for sitting still anywhere, and I don’t know if I ever knew the dogs’ names or who they might have belonged to. This photo is a bit fuzzy because of the weird finish.

Normal woman with tall, hairy guy.

Nancy A. – Cousin Lori’s friend, who I never knew all that well, but I rememer her birthday is July 16th? I look like a refugee from a rock band like Three Dog Night. This was some time in the 1980’s.

Two young women with annoying shadows.

Cindy G. and Denise M. (Now Lavery) – Two young women from the post office we used to work at in the 1980’s- in very bad lighting.

Nice looking young woman.

My friend, Lyn, in the late 1970’s, in Rutland, Vermont. The photo was in a plastic sheet for years and that might be what caused the strange lights or whatever that are dancing in front of her here. Looks like a special effect- fairy dust being sprinkled on her or something.

Me in my Navy uniform, around the time I graduated from boot camp.

And, me – from a nightmare I once had that I volunteered to serve my country and was subjected to the demonic company of ‘superiors’ who had been thoroughly warped by the insidious mindset of the military industrial complex. I survived, I think. This might have been a photo taken by a shipmate on a destroyer tender.

— It took me over 5 hours and an incredible amount of grief to get these photos scanned and then loaded into this blog from this computer. The computer played dead, and just before I buried it or chucked it into the nearest river, it said, ‘hey wait a minute, try running a ‘Startup Repair’ program.’ That may have worked. Meanwhile I scanned the photos into a G5 Mac because I was expecting to talk to my sister and mother using Skype and the Yummy MacBook was waiting for them to come on line. Which they never did. And the only other available computer that could do the job was the G5.

— But WordPress no longer likes G5’s because Apple, which, before they made deals with the devil- and/or Bill Gates and company – had been real good about making sure that all the latest and greatest software etc. would run on older Macs. But then the devil, Bill Gates, and the ‘Breedy Gastards’ of this world went out of their way to make sure a whole lot of planned obsolescence was built into anything worth having so people who should be relaxing and enjoying their lives have to be slaves to the demonic economic system we’ve been living under lately- oh never mind- So after I got an older version of “Mail” to work on the G5, then had to restart it because the danged thing would not allow me to ‘compose’ any email- and then I had to add another account because it couldn’t send anything from the original email account I set up with that app. And then, when I got the email message I sent to a gmail account that I can use on this stupid Windows 7 machine, six images came with six ghosts of themselves and I had to download 5 of those images twice because the ghosts insisted I wanted broken graphics for this = should have been really easy = project here. And the sixth image- I had to download three times to get it right.  Grumble, grumble, grumble – But anyway – Here we are. It’s almost six o-freakin clock on Nora K.’s birthday (I forgot her new last name- shame on me. But her husband’s name is Jim and he plays a guitar. Or at least did when I met him.

— Can I scream now? Or should I just chill? Lemme try to chill, sit back and smile and think I may have plowed my way through trials and tribulations that were hurled at me by the forces of schnarr, designed to ruin my outlook on life, liberty, love and the pursuit of happiness – And I came out on top. Or should I sit down and count my fingers and toes to be sure I’m still more or less all here?

( Um, I needed to update this a couple times do to spelling errors and schnarr like that there- )

— ( Laughing to myself at 6:00 am )

~~~~~ Jim

Planned Obsolescent Schnarr –

Friday, July 3rd, 2015 -( 22°C / 72°F @ 11:45 am under sunny skies on our side of the river here in Atlantic Canada )- -My friend, Greg’s daughter -Kyla-‘s birfday 🙂

Domino, looks like he was complaining about something or other- IN May of 2013

Domino, looks like he was complaining about something or other- In May of 2013

— Okay, let’s see. I can’t say this morning got off to a rough start because I’m still up since last night. The computer I rely on the most, the one I’m writing this on right now, is going blind on me- if I’m doing any graphic-heavy 3D stuff- the monitors suddenly go black and say “hey- we’re not connected to anything-” and since I got this computer specifically to work on completing my game world, and the game that’s supposed to happen inside that world- this is disconcerting. I better look up the spelling on that one, it doesn’t look right. Must be okay, the spell checker doesn’t like words with dashes attached to them, but ‘disconcerting’ passed their test.

— Planned obsolescence –  Do you think that anybody who ever thought it was a good idea to make sure stuff fell apart more sooner than later so they could sell more stuff should be drawn and quartered in public? I mean why wait until these mudder fuppers die and have to face their karma in their life reviews? For the same reason that judges are all going to be in big trouble when they have to explain themselves to the Man who told them “Judge not- that ye be judged-” It’s not my place to condemn ice holes for making everybody’s lives miserable? -Shrug- But every once in a while I want to be there when one of those ‘persons’ is in dire need of a quick ride to a hospital and the parts he so cleverly had his engineers make out of plastic instead of aluminum the way they had always been in the past- fall apart and the ice hole has to die alone in his vehicle because his clever designs worked so freakin well? I mean the height of this revenge type thinking would be, the poster child for planned obsolescence opens the door of his planned obsolete automobile, falls to the pavement and gasps for help and some homeless guy whose life he ruined comes over to him, blind drunk, opens his zipper and pees all over the slime ball while that evil ice hole gasps his last breaths and dies in an extreme state of fear. Grumble grumble grumble —

— But- on a lighter note – I did download over 750 photos (not all of them worth keeping) onto three different computers last night while dealing with computer catastrophes. The stupid ‘We know better than you do what you want to do’- routines inside one computer decided that I wanted all 757 photos to go get lost somewhere on a cloud, and told me my drop box was full. So I swore at that computer and told it to take those photos down from the flippin cloud and put them in a nice new file on my desktop. When it – obviously scared half to death – did what I told it to, I discovered a couple lost gems in that flippin cloud, that I never wanted anything to do with in the first place. No danged cloud has any business grabbing my stuff like that. And, oh yeah, the nearly lost gems on that should be lost cloud? – the above photo of Domino the Bengal Cat was one of them. Yum.

— And now I should belatedly get my posterior to bed. I’m going to skype with mom tonight, and she’s delighted to be able to see me and hear me when I do that. And now that I got my grumbling done, I won’t have to darken our conversation tonight with angry thoughts about ice holes who so freakin cleverly design things to fall apart a long time before they need to. – I won’t say, “May they rot in hell.” Because we’re already there, so how about, “May they open their eyes and realize they’ve created a living hell for themselves right here and now.” – Shrug. I often think I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, because I don’t collect enemies and sort them according to how rotten they are to their cores- But- Waking up in hell is a blessing that us truth-seeking ‘Angels-In-Training’ wish upon ourselves so we can continue our mission to manifest Heaven on Earth. & No, it’s not too late to keep trying to do that.

— Yay?

~~~~~ Jim (who tortures spelling checkers for fun, and has the poetic license to prove it can be done.)

Saturday, 25 October, 2014 – Can We Breathe Yet?

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


Saturday, 25 October, 2014  -( 65˚F / 18˚C –  & ‘mostly cloudy’   @ 5:15 pm near Ithaca )-  -( 45˚F / 7˚C –  & raining, ‘Light Mist’   @ 6:20 pm Closer to Halifax —jda—)-    { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— }

—Can We Breathe Now?—

 { Ottawa Under Attack? Or Civil Liberties Under Attack? Or Both? }

Ottawa War Memorial

* – Cpl. Nathan Cirillo guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Memorial in Ottawa in a photo posted on Twitter Wednesday. Cirillo was shot and killed by a man who later attacked the Parliament buildings. (Twitter) – *

{  We had actual breaking news this week. Tuesday, someone later labeled a ‘homegrown terrorist’ ‘committed vehicular homicide’, targetting and hitting two men in military uniforms with a vehicle, killing one.  Wednesday, a reservist guarding a War Memorial with a rifle without bullets was shot and killed by a man who walked away calmly, got into one vehicle, drove away to a spot where he got out with his weapon, stole another vehicle, drove to the Parliament Buildings, parked, got out with his rifle visible, ran up to and into the buildings, got inside -into the Conservative caucus room, where he was shot and killed by what was described as ’30 security personnel all firing at once’. The sergeant at arms at the Parliament building is credited with protecting Parliament from the ‘lone gunman’.   —djo— }

{  *** Thursday, after briefly conferring with our online staff – I had to go get ‘big water’ for our cooler and a couple loaves of ‘day-old’ bread and stuff like that there.  Today’s noon radio broadcast from Halifax sounded a whole lot different from yesterday’s evening news:

– Two ex-military types were on the air. One of them was a command level officer who was today’s go-to person. The first guy -not the general- said, -not word for word, I didn’t record this >>—-> Harper’s had us at war for the last 12 or 13 years and he acts surprised that somebody who might have ties with one of the countries we’ve been at war with might attack our soldiers? <—-<<  And I’m pretty sure it was the General who said, again I can’t remember this word for word:  >>—-> Security was lax at the Parliament buildings, not because of action or complaints from some Civil Libertarian types, but because the Harper Government cut back funds, got rid of the commissionaires who had been doing security duty and cut funds to what security operations we had left. – And I think the go-to General responded to someone’s concerns about loss of privacy and civil rights by saying that security measures should be kept at a safe distance from the doors of the Parliament buildings- not because that could be less intrusive, but because security personnel at the doors would not have enough time to stop a determined attacker who was armed.

– Today’s tone was a whole lot calmer and more sane than I expected. People from Atlantic Canada do not seem to be in love with the ‘Harper Conservatives’, and they do not appear to be ‘buying into’ the idea that ‘we should surrender what rights and liberties we have left’.  Even a cashier in a convenience store up here told me that she had noticed that everything felt a whole lot different and less crazy than it felt last night. One person said, “There are 35 million Canadians up here and two or three of them went nuts? I don’t feel any less safe and secure than I did last week.”

– & I heard one semi- off-the-wall suggestion, here we go, complete with pre-amble- “I remember an old Star Trek episode from the original series where Captain Kirk and the gang tried to convince one very peaceful race that they were in danger. In response, the ‘endangered’ society’s citizens just sort of half closed their eyes and made the weapons of anybody who held one impossible to hold, they like burned the hands of the people who thought they could use them. Don’t we have screening technology that could detect bullets and something like high tech heaters that could focus on those bullets? Show dummies with loaded guns in their pockets having their legs blown off  in a reinforced screening facility? Wouldn’t that convince would be attackers that their weapons would explode in their hands? Or their pockets? There’s gotta be a way something like that would work.-“

  – Um, luckily, this person was explaining his idea to somebody else and I didn’t need to respond that I would have to go think about that for a while before I let myself come up with an opinion I could endorse and/or live with.  —jim w— }

 { 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——— }


 Other Sources:

{   “Anyone who would give up a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” —Benjamin Franklin   }

{ “Any politician, police, military, or would be authoritarian of any stripe, who would capitalize on an event like yesterday’s in Ottawa: clearly does not deserve any respect at all, let alone the authority they demand.” — douglas j otterson }

 { Here’s a quote for you, not about yesterday and Ottawa but the philosophy applies: “The critical studies about #Ferguson in a decade will be fascinating. Because we are building this plane as we fly.” —deray mckesson }

French Cartoon.

“What can one do to reduce the fear of terrorism?” / “Click!”

 {  & This from ———jda——— :

– “Thursday, 23 October, 2014 – Ack! We live in a violent culture. Nobody under the age of responsibility planned it this way, at least not in this lifetime. – When the television programmes you plunk your kids down in front of are violent— When their sports are violent— When somebody out there has decided that your games and distractions should all be violent—- Why didn’t you see this coming? – Good, honest young men and women are being duped into taking up arms to support one lie against another. Embrace the love of life. Embrace the love of love. Embrace the preciousness of every life on this planet. Support each other. – To hell with the ideas that kill. To hell with philosophies that say it’s okay to kill for king and country. – We were not told, “Thou shalt not kill unless your government tells you to-” — We were not told, “Thou shalt not kill unless the controlling, obsessive men who took over and subverted your religions tell you to.” — Do not pray for vengeance. – Pray for guidance. Pray for protection from the lies that too many of our contemporaries allow to control their lives. – Pray we call come together and dismiss the governments and (small r) religions that allow darkness to smirk and laugh themselves silly because they’ve been pulling the strings and spitting out the words that convince you that you are working God’s Will when you believe you have the right to destroy the lives of any of God’s Children. – Get thee behind us, thou dupes of the dark side. – Unzip the uniforms and find there are Children of God inside. Burn down the deceptions and realize that any true Religion nurtures your body, mind, soul and spirit, and tells you that we are all one spirit. We are all children of the same divine intelligence. – Smash your delusions and realize we are all One. Before it’s too late. ———jda——— 

// Response from Cathi Harris: “Beautiful!”  —jim w— }


70,000 dead fish in Ohio.

Tweeted, “It is the legeslators who should go to Jail for this-” 70,000 dead fish in Ohio? —Frack Halliburton?—

{ Friday appears to be the Stephen Harper Show: Anywhere the Video News crews were, Harper was centre stage. -djo- }




Lead Articles: Today’s Theme: “How Politicians Hope to Capitalize/Gain More Political Clout by Positioning Themselves Correctly in front of News Cameras after Atrocities committed by desperate, disempowered & marginalized individuals.”

"Police State?"

“Ottawa Shooting” -cbc- “Peace Tower out of focus – Police office – armed and wearing bullet-proof-vest with “Police” plainly visible on his in-focus back.” —jim w—

-Updated- 5 injured after industrial explosion, fire in southwestern Ontario   { * – “Five people are injured after an industrial explosion and fire in Sarnia, Ont., Mayor Mike Bradley said.”  –  —djo—  }

-Updated- National War Memorial scene of embrace between local paramedic and imam   { * –  “-The National War Memorial was the scene of a touching moment between a local paramedic and an imam as Canadians returned to the grounds of Parliament Hill for the first time after an attack in the nation’s capital that left one soldier dead.-”  *  —djo— *** Instead of calling this the ‘War Memorial’ maybe they should change the name to reflect something closer to Honouring the human beings who rose to defend freedom, liberty and all that good stuff instead of honouring the flippin war? —jim w— }

Montreal Muslim teen’s ‘not in my name’ Facebook post goes viral   {* – “One Quebec Muslim teenager’s message has gone viral after he posted a photo of himself holding a sign that reads ‘pas en mon nom’ — ‘not in my name’ — in response to this week’s killing of two soldiers in separate attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.”  —jim w— }

===== >>—-> Begin ‘Developing’ flash queue >>—->

Crown honouring Cpl. Cirillo.

Hamilton, Ontario City Hall as Cpl. Cirillo’s body arrived.

Saturday: 25 October, 2014 – “Developing News” Flashing Headlines: Compassion vs Flag Waving?

New anti-terror law could curtail online hate speech   { * This sounds way too much like Harper’s trying to dismantle freedom of speech to me. How about you? *  —djo—  *** A Psychologist friend in Connecticut said we shouldn’t try to censore hate speech or hateful web sites, and went on to explain- In the case of Neo Nazi sites and speech: “They don’t convert anybody. The only people who this kind of nonsense resonates with are those who are already believers in that cause. Let them speak, the more they say the more the rest of realize what complete [ ‘ice-holes’ ] they are.”  — That was Jim Briggs. & I’m —jim w— }

Visitors flock to Parliament Hill as grounds reopen  { * & Stephen Harper seized the opportunity for photo ops in an effort to look ‘Leadership’-like. *  —djo— }

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads: WHO  { * One day has good news, so they scramble for the next three days to come up with bad news/ anxiety enhancing news? *  —djo— }

Attempt underway to recover plane from 1940 lake crash   {  }

===== >>—->  End of Flashing headlines <—-<<

-UPdated- Spurned affection for girl possible motive in Washington school shooting  { * Authorities are seeking a motive as to why a high school student in Washington shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. *  —djo—  *** yeah, yeah, if ya can’t find a radicalized jihadi, or a Canadian? – try to blame it on a woman? *** —jim w— }

& the special sub section today entitled: “Attack in Ottawa” is still in evidence.



Dog in silly costume.

“Halloween Dog Parade”


Halloween dog parade in New York   {  }

Biological models: What aliens would look like and why   { *** Last week on Coast to Coast A.M. an expert on abduction cases etc. said that the only alien hybrids we see on this planet look exactly like you and me. They have almost no idea how we interact with each other or how to act in social situations. He also said most of them can control us using ‘power’ from lobes in their brains that we don’t use, and we can’t control them- If this scares you, call on the arch-angels, especially Michael- or Jesus, or The Prophet -God bless him continuously with ever expanding bliss- Or a couple others that have direct lines to God- Or call on God. The Divine hears every thought and whisper, and if you call out to the Divine, in whatever form you have your strongest faith, -unless your faith is in darkness- The Divine will answer. You are never alone. The bad guys can’t touch you unless you invite them to. —jim w—  }

‘Organic genderless gingerbread figures’ might be the most politically correct cookies in esixtence   {   }

Celebrated architect Frank Gehry flips the bird to Spanish media  {  }

Queen writes her first tweet to open tech exhibit   {  }

Snakes on the plains: 98 snakes, found in home, released to the wild   {  }



“Most Viewed”

Ottawa shooting: The face-to-face encounter that ended the attack on Parliament   {   }

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s family: “He belonged to all of us” {  }

Ottawa shooting: Parliament Hill now open to public   {   }

Ottawa shooting: Zehaf-Bibeau used junk mail as temporary licence plate   {   }

Jaylen Fryberg reportedly targeted cousins in Washington school shooting   {   }

Attempt begins to recover military plane nearly 74 years after lake crash  {  }

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist   {   }

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: Outpouring of emotion as ‘Canada’s son’ comes home   {   }

-Yesterday- Ottawa shooting: Where did Michael Zehaf-Bibeau get his gun?   { * Why does this matter? This headline sounds like somebody is trying to focus your attention on a complete non-issue, most likely to tighten controls on those who legally own firearms. Illegal guns can be found anywhere. There are even cases in which unethical cops will find an unregistered gun at one scene, hang onto it for years, and then plant it in someone’s possession when they want to frame somebody. —djo— }

-Yesterday- Sun turns biggest sun spot in 24 years toward Earth   {   }

-15 photo slide show- The week in pictures, Oct. 18-24   {   }

harper sux donkey dicks

This was Tweeted last week.

Our original plans for Wednesday were to talk about Tuesday night’s guests on Coast to Coast am [radio]  { Major Ed Dames, who brought the term ‘Scientific Remote Viewing’ into the awareness of millions by explaining what he did in his military and post military carreer- Tuesday night he told George Noory, and the world, that he believes our run as the dominant species on planet earth is over. He called the United States a successful experiment that actually showed the world what a free nation could be like, “But those days are over”. & He said, in a comment about puppet heads of state in Asia” “Yes there are [ puppet heads of state ] -and some of them are quite close to home.” —djo— }


Ebola CartoonBeer, burgers and cigarettes kill way more than Ebola.

“Yeah- It’s like the flu kills more people every year than the ‘pandemics’ the fear mongers are trying to terrorize us with-” —djo— // seconded by ———jim w——


-Blog- ‘Organic genderless gingerbread figures’ might be the most politically correct cookies ever  {  }




-Video- Unmanned SpaceX cargo craft leaves space station  {   }

-New- Benito Mussolini bunker set to open to the public   { * & A yogi told me that Mussolini was Julius Caeser reincarnated. And I do believe he ended just as gruesomely. *  —jim w— }

-Infographic- Young Canadian radicals who’ve travelled overseas   {  }

Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960’s band Cream, dies at 71    { *** 🙁 He was the guy with ‘that voice’ *** —jim w— }

Women are on the front lines in Syria, Iraq battling ISIS militants    {  }

Hockey takes its place in Canada’s healing after deaths of 2 soldiers    {  }

Google exec breaks sound barrier, sets record with leap from near-space    {  }

-Analysis- Are new Ebola quarantine rules in U.S. too much?    {  }

Justin Bourque could get consecutive life terms for Mountie killings    {  }

Number of people believed to have Ebola rises above 10,000, says WHO    {  }

Town rallies around vandalized Cold Lake Mosque    {  }

-Yesterday- NYC hatchet attacker not tied to terror groups, police say   { * And, even in the U.S.A., which many see as the gun capital of the world, if a private citizen shot and killed a man attacking him, or his child, with a hatchet, the private citizen would be charged with excessive use of force. If you are five feet two and weigh 90 pounds- and some steroid-enhanced warrior who might be six feet ten and weigh three hundred pounds- all solid muscle- attacks you or your kids with an axe, you can protect yourself and your kids with an axe, but not a gun. *  —djo— }

Magnotta trial hears from computer forensics expert about video trail   { * The last headline I saw on this subject read: ‘Experts cannot tie murder video to computers’.  —dj0— }

J.K. Rowling promises Halloween treat for Harry Potter fans   {   }

Harper demands expedited review of police powers for terror suspects   {   }

-Exclusive- Councillor using city contractor to build cottage, rival alleges    {  }

Sitting, the ‘new smoking’ is killing us and costing the economy billions   { * So- should we be prepared for representatives of the Corporate Plutacracy -read that: ‘corporate based fascist government’- to begin arresting and executing people for sitting down too often? If you believe this is far-fetched, wait until you learn that somebody has copyrighted your dna and quietly had laws passed giving them the power to dictate what you can and can’t do about reproducing and ‘misusing’ the dna that they now ‘own’. And another thing: Even if ‘sitting is costing the economy billions’, how much do you think black ops budgets, and under-reported military spending are costing? More like trillions.*  —djo— *** And your governments have huge income streams that they hope you never find out about, because they do not need to tax you the way they do. Governments are fraudulently extorting money from you. Source: CAFR1.com  —jim w— * }

-Analysis- Should we stop intervening in the Middle East? Nahlah Ayed   {   }

Chinese government hackers allegedly attack Apple’s iCloud  { * One guy I met told me that the leaders in China were space-alien hybrids, “And not the good aliens, either.” -Which could be true in the poetic sense, if not literal? But, when you can’t believe anything our government tells us, and you can’t believe anything the corporate media tells us? Should we all stand in a big circle and play Kazoo music until they shut up and go home and leave us alone? *  —djo— }

-Feature- Condolences for Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent   {  }

Canadian Consulate in Istanbul evacuated after suspicious powder found   {   }

-Photos- Partial solar eclipse: Your photos of the crescent Sun   {   }

-Recap- World Series:   { * WE are extremely late again today. So we’ll tell you. The Royals beat the Giants 3-2. Royals now have won 2 games and the Giants have won 1.  —djo—  }

"Secret Space Plane"

“Secret Space Plane”

U.S. Robotic space plane lands after secret 2-year journey around Earth   { * What we thought was a slip-up in which somebody might have admitted that there were several space craft around Mars when the comet did a fly-by, was amended by NASA to explain that 3 satellites are in orbit around Mars and they were told to hide behind the planet when the comet approached. *  —jim w— }

-Must Watch- CF-18 fighter jets head to Kuwait    { * Why would I want to watch that? Or the video of 100 snakes that were found in somebody’s house? *  —djo— }

-Must Watch-  Honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: Canadians closer and united    {   }

-Must Watch- How Kevin Vickers subdued the Ottawa gunman    { * New details have emerged from the day that a gunman stormed the Parliament Buildings. Evan Solomon gives a play-by-play, explaining how Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. * —djo—  }

===== There are no new “Editor’s Picks” today =====

Wednesday: -Editor’s Pick- Glenn Greenwald in conversation about secrets, transparency and digital future  { * Now this is what I would call a “Must Watch” * —djo— }

Wednesday:-Editor’s Pick- Global deaths for communicable diseases compared   { * I wonder if they meant to say “-deaths FROM communicable diseases-” Are we on this planet to serve the bacteria? Are we dying for diseases? Ya think that might have been a Freudian sleep?  😉  —djo— }

Wednesday: -Editor’s Pick- Indian status: Why Lynn Gehl’s court challenge matters   { * Heck yes, When The Angels of Light come here and show everybody what’s been going on, instead of just clearing things up with “life reviews” between lives –  Can you imagine what would happen if they stand there and say, “Well, you’ve got two choices here, you can give the country back to its true owners and pay the First Nations the full value of what you stole from them, or you can go to hell.—”  * —djo—  *** Instead of doing everything you can to turn this planet into hell? ***  —jim w— }

===== Greatest Hits this week? =====

-World- Exoskeleton enables paralyzed groom to walk down the aisle  {  }

-Canada- Six indigenous cookbooks to warm you up   { * & Hey! Nobody caught the miss-spelling of ‘indigenous’ yesterday- *  —djo— }

-Business- Apple’s iCloud believed attacked by Chinese government hackers   { * While the Canadian Prime Minister was busy kissing their butts? *   —djo— }

-Politics- Cyberbullying bill draws fire from diverse mix of critics   {  }

-Politics- Federal government still mum on how to spend surplus   {  }

-Community- ‘Sexy’ kids Halloween costumes ifnite fierce debate about parental responsibility   {  }



“Local / New Bruswick”

Teen dies in waterville, New Brunswick crash   {  }

Man, 42, stabbed multiple times in downtown Moncton   {  }

Moncton Mountie killer faces consecutive life terms under new law   {  }

N.B This Week   {  }



seattle totem

“Seattle Totem”

“First Nations”

Nunavut MLA Nuqingaq expelled from legislative assembly   { *On Friday morning, Justice Minister Paul Okalik moved to pass a motion that Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq be immediately expelled from the legislature and his seat be declared vacant.* & * – Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq, who represents Clyde River and Qikiqtarjuaq, has been expelled from the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. – The vote happened Friday morning in Iqaluit, when Justice Minister Paul Okalik tabled a motion that said he wanted Nuqingaq immediately expelled from the legislature and his seat declared vacant. – “Over the past year, far too much of the legislature’s time has been spent on the conduct of the member of Uqqummiut,” Okalik said. –  ​In the motion, Okalik said Nuqingaq had been disciplined by the legislative assembly “on a number of occasions for this unacceptable conduct, including persistent absences from sittings of the House and meetings of its committees and caucuses without reasonable explanation.” – ​In April, the 42-year-old faced two charges, one count of being unlawfully in a dwelling house and one count of assault. – MLAs voted to suspend Nuqingaq from the legislature following those charges. During that time, he sought treatment for alcohol addiction in Nova Scotia.​ – Later on in the article there is a mention that he underwent treatment for alcohol addiction. *  —jim w— }

-Point of View- Defeathering Halloween: 3 things to keep in mind about headdresses  { * Let’s de-feather the issue and take a naked look at the headdress. There are three things to know about the feather headdress. :

1. Who wears them?
The headdress was sacred and still is to many indigenous cultures like the Plains Cree and the Lakota people.

2. How do you get one?
They were not just handed out willy nilly, you know.They have to be earned and gifted in ceremony. Only the most fearless leaders and warriors traditionally wore them. It is kind of a big deal.

3. Why is it important to First Nations cultures?
Again, because it is a sacred item. You don’t see people running around with yarmulkes or hijabs in colourful mockery trying to be trendy.

& You don’t see people mocking soldiers’ bravery by wearing medals they didn’t earn either-  —djo— }

Edmund Metatawabin visits Winnipeg to discuss his life, book   { * Residential school survivor Edmund Metatawabin’s Governor General’s Literary Award-nominated book Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History is a horrific account of residential school life but it includes a call for action and a hopeful message. *   —djo—  }

imagineNA TIVE’s Shane Belcourt on directing, dance and #MMIW  {  }

Nunavut justice system ‘failing children and youth’: Inuit group  {  }

-Photos- Arviat youth use art workshops to discuss difficult topics  {  }

Tsilhqot’in chief hanged in 1864 exonerated by B.C. Premier Christy Clark  {  }

Yukon fashion designer set for Paris runway  {  }

Film tells story of Inuk man who died in RCMP custody  {  }

Manitoba dam protesters demand revenue sharing, hydro bill help  {  }

Residential school survivors in Nunavut confused about education credit   {  }

Top 10 indigenous films of all time   {  }

Who gets to be ‘Indian’: 6 reasons why Lynn Gehl’s court challenge matters   {  }

Grandmothers play key role helping families in North Central   {  }

Closing arguments begin in case of fed underfunding aboriginal child services   {  }

=== Previous Articles: ===

5 top picks for the imagineNA TIVE film festival  {  }

Diabetes support, prevention urged for Eskasoni   {  }

New women’s shelters planned in Cree communities   {  }

Edmonton jury selection process to be reviewed   {  }

Methadone treatment needs review, First Nations leader says    { * & I remember when they used to call Methadone “Rockefeller’s dope” *  —djo— }

Music NB awards should include aboriginal category, exec says    {  }

Defence wants mistrial in Douglas Hales murder case   {  }

Shale gas protester admits assaulting RCMP officer in Rexton   {  }

-Special Report-‘Canada’s Worst Neighbourhood’ needs more attention: community leaders, residents  {  }

-Audio-Wikwemikong group releases Anishinaabe language app   {  }

Winnipeg Indigenous Rock the Vote drums up encouragement  {  }

Move over Paleo: Six indeigenous cookbooks to warm you up    {  }

Manitoba Hydro evicted from northern dam station   {  }

6 things to know about N.W.T.’s infrastructure plans   {  }

Ouellette announces plan to make Winnipeg safer for Aboriginal women   {  }

University of Regina said the number of First Nations students is up by 50 per cent over the past 5 years  {  }

Food Banks Canada project to deliver fresh food to remote First Nations   {  }

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

Healing garden planned to remember residential schools in St. Albert   {  }



{ Almost 7:15 pm EDT —Ready to Rock and Roll— & Thankful for help from Jim W again, & especially since he is working today with a bruised rib, ouch!  —And also from “—jda—“ again this time —   ———djo——— }

Thursday, 09 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

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


Thursday, 09 October, 2014  -( 60˚F / 16˚C – & cloudy  @ 3:30 pm near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Cartoon man in yellow space suit amid blue crowd.

>>—->   Link to  “Scientisits Hunting for Time Travelers

{ 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——— }


Boy and Northern Lights

“9-year-old boy fulfils wish to see Northern LIghts before going blind”

October 9, 2014 – Today would have been John Lennon’s 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:

‘Skypalace’ ordered by former Alberta premier could have cost millions   { “Change orders detailed in documents obtained by CBC News through a freedom of information request show the luxury penthouse “premier’s suite” would have potentially cost several hundred thousand dollars, if not millions.”  —djo— }

U.S. led forces step up strikes against ISIS to in Syria town   {  }

B.C. Mountie not guilty in jail-in-sex case in Kamloops   {  }

Toronto addiction centre calls for pot to be legalized   {  }

3 in Quebec helicopter jailbreak convicted on drug charges   {  }

3 injured in Burns Lake, B.C. wood pellet mill explosion   {  }

Minister confirms jets fighting ISIS to fly out of Kuwait   {  }

-Updated- Macedonia hotel sealed off after Briton with Ebola dies   {  }

 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— }

What you need to know about this year’s flu virus   {  }



Camel on sand dune with camera rig on its back.

“Google Street View uses camel to map Arabian desert”


Google Street View uses camel to map Arabian desert   {  }

Who you gonna call? For Ghostbusters 3, some ‘hilarious women’   {  }

Detroit home-seller offers to trade house for iPhone 6  {  }

-Repeat- Bull moose battle on Alberta highway caught on video   {  }




“Most Viewed”

Ebola outbreak: Man with Ebola symptoms dies in Macedonia   {  }

‘Jail sec video’ trial delivers not guilty decision for Kenneth Brown   {  }

Pinnacle wood pellet plant explosion injures 3 in B.C.   {  }

Canadian Tire out to woo younger shoppers   {  }

Man killed by off-duty St. Louis officer was unarmed, mother says   { * & in a totally unrelated article <—-<< linked by a tweet, reports how a man proved he was unjustly handcuffed and detained by St.Louis Metropolitan police, who tried to bully him into giving them a name of somebody they could frame, by planting an illegal handgun on them, threatened to plant an illegal handgun on him and come up with a body they could connect to that gun. The accused managed to record that theatening conversation with his cell phone.   —djo— }

Gatineau man charged in 3 historic sexual assaults   {  }

Nobel Prize in Literature won by French writer Patrick Modiano  {  }

Bethany Paquette, Trinity Western grad, has prejudice claim rebuffed by tourism company   {  }

Olivia Chow underperforming in Toronto’s race for mayor   {  }

-12 photo slide show- 12 views of October lunar eclipse   {  }

-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— }




-Updated- Freed after 4 years in jail, Travis Vader saysRCMP ‘destroyed my life’   {  }

Scientists muzzled by federal media policies, report suggests   {  }

Ebola screenings to take place at airports in 6 Canadian cities  {  }

Artificial hand that can really feel gets nearer   {  }

47 Lac-Mégantic train wreck deaths were ‘violent’ and ‘avoidable,’ coroner says   {  }

-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— }

 -Analysis- Has Ottawa been too slow to take on radicalized Canadians?  { *Has Canada been too slow slow to run the current Conservative government out of town on a rail? Before they legislate all your rights and freedoms away?  —djo— }

‘I could see my body’: Researchers probe near death and out-of-body experiences   {  }

‘I felt violated’ says B.C. woman whose nude photos were leaked online   {  }

-Must Watch- Riots in Turkey   { “Groups of protesters with opposing views on Turkey’s handling of the situaltion in Kobani, the Syrian town under siege by ISIS, clash in cities across Turkey. ”  —djo— }

Drink Red Bull? The company may owe you $10    { Red Bull was sued for false advertising in a class action suit brought by customers who did not quite sprout wings and fly above their fatigue.  —djo— }

Lego to scrap Shell deal after Arctic protest   {  }

Rejected Christian job applicant was unqualified, tourism company says   {  }

Why peanut butter substitutes are still banned in schools    {  }

Marijuana legalization needs strict controls, Canadian addiction centre says   {  }

-Must Watch- St. Louis police shooting protest   { “An angry crowd confronts police after an 18-year-old was shot and killed in St. Louis, Mo.”  * After we heard that the man who was killed was brandishing a sandwich, not a gun, after an off duty police officer claimed he was shot at and fired 17 rounds at the victim – we have conflicting stories coming at us from all sides.  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Choking haze in northern China   { Pollution worse than what California used to suffer from?   —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick-  What would you want to see?   { Texan boy, 9, fulfils wish to watch Northern Lights before going blind.  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- McCann disappearance   { “Key developments in the investigation”  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- ‘Make My Mayor’ – Mix, match and create your dream candidate   {  }

-Canada- HMCS Athabaskan seizes 820 kg of cocaine in Carribbean bust   { * 820 kilograms = 1,807 lbs, + 651 ounces  —djo— }

-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— }

-Canada- Why is Olivia Chow lagging in Toronto’s race for mayor?   {  }

-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— }

Small camera looks like a periscope.

“This camera, HTC’s ‘Re’ camera is about the size of a small candy bar, has no screen or viewfinder and is to hit stores in the U.S., Europe and Asia in about a month.”

-Business- TSX sinks as oil hits 18-month low   { “TSX” = Toronto Stock Exchange.  —djo— }

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

-Technology & Science- Fruit flies may give clues to how underground work affects health   {  }

-Technology & Science- This is HTC’s strange new Re camera    { “Everywhere you look, people are using smartphones and tablets to snap pictures and record video of concerts, speeches or even their kids’ ballet recitals — and instantly share the experiences with friends and family. At many events, people aren’t even looking at the stage; they are watching through their screens. – HTC thinks there’s a better way — and they’re betting you won’t mind carrying around an extra device about the size of a small candy bar. With the new Re camera gripped discreetly in your hands, you can take stills and video while still experiencing the event directly — not through a screen or viewfinder. – No more annoying people behind you by blocking their views with your phone or tablet. (In fact, no one may realize you’re recording at all. Hmm.HTC says the Re will at least make a sound when you take a picture or start recording.) – Many analysts are suggesting the new camera is a competitor to popular devices made by GoPro, which are designed to capture personal experiences ranging from cycling to diving. – The Re marks HTC’s effort to expand beyond smartphones. Its flagship HTC One smartphone earns high praise from users and tech reviewers but the company’s global market share is tiny compared with Apple’s and Samsung’s. According to IDC, HTC’s market share was less than 2 per cent in the second quarter, the latest period available.”  —djo— }

-Arts & Entertainment- Tanya Taaq says she was sexually targetted by a man in Winnipeg   {  }



“Local / New Bruswick”

Anglophone West DEC will raise school closures at next meeting   {  }

Chipman accident kills 14-year old girl   {  }

Ebola ruled out in patient at Moncton’s Dumont hospital   {  }

Drug plan may impose financial burdens on low-income earners   {  }

‘Eat New Brunswick’ aims to put more local food into restaurants   {  }



First Nations demonstrators.

Demonstrators celebrate B.C. Supreme court decision not to grant permanent injunction.

“First Nations”

Auditor General of Canada investigates health services on reserves   {  }

Catholic church in Saskatoon court over residential school payments   { “The federal government is taking the Catholic church to court over residential school money it claims is unpaid.”  —djo— }

Imperial Metals granted interim injuction, REd Chris protesters celebrate   { The photo, left or above, was with this article’s headline. The mining company was not granted a permanent injuction against the group of First Nations demonstrators who have been blocking access to a mining project south of Dease Lake, B.C. }

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

Cape Breton mayor, Mi’kmaq leader spar over Sydney Harbour   {  }

Successful Cree negotiator find the French-Canadian father he never knew   {  }



{ Gaaaa :  6:36 pm —Again— ———djo——— }

Friday, 26 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

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


Friday, 26 September, 2014  -( 50˚F / 10˚C –  Sunny & clear here @ 9:30 am – One whole time zone east of 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——— }


Man Feeding Cats.

The man in this photo is spending -2.50 pounds sterling?- a day to keep stray and abandonded cats alive in Syria.

{ From Twitter and ITV News : http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-09-25/man-feeds-scores-of-abandoned-cats-in-war-torn-syria/ “Alaa -the man in the photo- believes he feeds around 150 cats a day in Aleppo photo credit: REUTERS / Hasam Katan }

{ Last time this week? Today- again, this is -Jim W- filling in for Doug, who’s finally taking care of himself to get over his ‘mild flu’. }


Lead Articles:

-Updated- ‘Fear and shock:’ Soccer stabbing leaves N.L. town reeling   { An ‘older teenager’ is in custody after a bloody stabbing on a soccer pitch in a neighbourhood of Conception Bay South, ‘just west of St. John’s’, Newfoundland, sent an 11-year-old boy, ‘badly hurt’, to a hospital. —jim w— }

Cabinet to consider deploying CF-18s to go after ISIS: CBC   {  }

BlackBerry narrows 2nd quarter loss to $207M   {  }

7 things to know about the bottled vs. tap water debate   { “Pepsi-owned Aquafina uses water from municipal sources in Mississauga, Ont., and Vancouver. Many popular brands of bottled water are essentially treated tap water.”  This article began with a warning to people who aren’t sure their tap water is pure enough to drink – bottled water might not be any healthier than tap water – It might BE tap water.  —jim w— }

How ISIS uses captured oilfields to finance its campaign   { The last time I talked to Doug he told me one of his neighbours was complaining that he ‘doesn’t even know for sure there is any group named ISIS. The neighbour thinks that group is an imaginary ‘boogey man’ made up by the C.I.A. Doug went on to tell me that he didn’t have the heart to tell the guy that there were worse groups than the C.I.A. out there doing nasty things to innocent people, and too many of them nasties are people we thought were on our side.  —jim w— }



Man hiding face in palms of hands

MP Paul Dewar defining the week that was in Canadian Politics?


Montana city cleaning up rotten chicken juice from abandoned truck   { This article is listed under “Offbeat” twice. That’s worth a story in itself. A driver abandoned 37,000 pounds of ‘now-rotten’ chicken after the company he worked for refused to pay him. They make it sound like he was trying to extort money from them, but I think I’d like to hear his side of the story. Idaho police are looking for the guy, claiming he was wanted for a parole violation. Sounds like a bad action movie plot, doesn’t it? —jim w— }

Windsor man charged with hiding 51 turtles on body in bizarre smuggling case   { & I’m beginning I did not wake up in the same dimension I went to sleep in, whenever that last time I went to sleep was-  —jim w— }

MP Paul Dewar’s facepalm defines the week that was in Parliament   { Conservative MP Paul Dewar’s photo and the video of his reaction to a question asked on CBC’s Power and Politics programme went viral on the web. That was probably not the next few minutes of fame MP Dewar wanted.   —jim w— }



“Most Viewed”

Justin Trudeau’s Sun Media boycott called short-sighted  { I think we told you here that a series of tweets last week ‘outed’ top people at Sun News, specifically the Sun News – news-all-the-time cable channel that’s been proposed, 3 of those top people came straight from Harper’s Prime Minister’s Office.  —jim w— }

Kim Jong-un suffering from ‘discomfort’, North Korean media says   {  }

Doug Ford hangs on to brother’s support, polls suggest   {  }

Teens in CFS care in Winnipeg hotels say they’ve seen prostitution, drugs   { CFS = Child and Family Services. When I was in Ithaca, New York State – where I met Doug- there was a family there who were living off the grid. The U.S. version of CFS tried to confiscate their children, claiming that if they couldn’t produce an electricity bill they were endangering the lives of their children. The family packed up and moved to another state, brought their solar electric technology with them. I keep hearing stories that have more than convinced me that agencies like CFS are either unfunded to the point where they can’t afford to investigate their cases well enough to really protect the right people or they’re under the control of not so nice people who come up with b.s. like “If you can’t show me your electric bill, we’ll have no choice but to remove your children from that neglectful environment and place them in protective foster care.” – Where too many kids are abused by people the agencies don’t have the funds, or the time, to properly check out thoroughly enough to be sure they aren’t really bad people. Sorry- I know there are good people in the system, but there are enough ‘bad apples’ to inspire me to raise my hackles. —jim w— }

How my toddler son helps scientists with their experiments   { This could have been really creepy, but the experiments described in this article were more along the lines of, the research technician hides a plush toy somewhere in a room. Everybody goes next door, into another room, where the technician tells a two year old boy where she put the toy. Everybody walks back into the first room. The technician asks the boy where the toy is. The two year old smiles and walks to where the technician told him she hid the toy. He smiles a bit more happily when he finds the toy. This experiment is to find out how very young children process information and how well they can learn from other people telling them about things they can’t see.  —jim w—  }

iPhone 6 meets all quality standards, Apple says   { Apple is responding to complaints about bending iPhones and software glitches. If I was them I’d quickly toss a phrase into the terms and conditions that nobody reads anyway and say, “If you’re stupid enough to sit on your phone and you weigh more than fifteen pounds, your warranty is null and void-”  —jim w— }

-12 photo slide show- ISIS advance in Syria sparks ‘refuge wave’ in Turkey   {  Somebody is trying to manipulate us into a war. It’s depressing to watch, and more depressing to think that the ice-holes who are pulling ISIS’s strings are probably the same ice-holes who are trying to pull ours- I was a little bit shocked the first time Doug said ‘prayer helps’ but I’m tempted to say it’s time we all asked for a little bit of angelic intervention here, “Help!” -Amen- }




-Analysis- Europeans still need persuading on Canada-EU trade deal    { I have heard nothing good about the intentions behind this ‘deal’ myself- the ‘banksters’ are trying harder to take full control of everybody’s lives and they are not nice people. Send them packing- Today’s theme might be “Angelic help wanted- Help!” -Amen- hey, it can’t hurt, right? }

Derek Jeter drives in winning run in final Yankee stadium at-bat   { I heard something yesterday about the 5 figure price some ticket scalpers were asking for tickets to that game. Let’s just hope we don’t hear from any credible sources that that moment was bought and paid for by some less than ethical sonofagun. I don’t think I could stand to be any more disillusioned than I already am. }

Canadian jihadist believed killed in Iraq appears in new Vice video   { Oh great- now they’ll claim they’re bullet proof. }

-New- Father says police murdered his son at Ohio Wal-Mart   { A 22-year-old black man in Ohio picked an air rifle up off a shelf in a Wal-Mart and a police officer shot him twice, killing him. – The young man’s father and the family’s attorneys say surveillance video shows the shooting was unreasonable. They contend Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and [ special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier ] were biased and set out to defend the police. – DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney denied the allegations, saying DeWine took pains to remove himself from the process. * And if feels to me like things are becoming more toxic every day in the U.S. – it just does not feel like the same place I grew up in- —jim w— }

-Must Watch- Stress relief in Budapest   { “Stressed out people find relief by smashing and breaking items at a club in Hungary”   —jim w— }

World- British PM urges Parliament to join airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq   { I’m sorry – the image this brought up was a bunch of British Parliamentarians, dressed in mediaval costumes, flying in planes, throwing very heavy books of ancient Parliament proceedings transcripts through bomb-bay doors, trying to kill ‘terrorists’ below. Is Monty Python writing this stuff?  —jim w— }

-World- China knife attack leaves 4 schoolchildren dead   { Is MK-Ultra active in China now, too? }

-Politics- Harper, EU leaders celebrate trade deal they haven’t sealed   { And everything I’m hearing lately is convincing me that these guys are puppets who may have no idea what they’re doing- delivering what’s left of the free world, signed, sealed and delivered into real slavery under the direction of international banksters. Banksters and their agents may have infiltrated and destroyed the ‘Occupy Wallstreet’ movement from the inside, but they can’t hide the truth forever- can they? What do you think is going on? Who’s selling who out and to whom? —jim w— }

-Politics- NDP to launch bid to boost House Speaker’s powers   { But didn’t the NDP just have the Speaker refuse to allow their leader, Tom Mulcair, to ask his questions during a Question Period?  Maybe I did wake up in the wrong parallel universe.   —jim w— }

-Business- Petronas LNG project still on the table, says B.C. Energy Minister Rich Coleman   { Yesterday, was it on the Aboriginal page? B.C. tribes said they might agree to a proposed dam or the Liquified Natural Gas development, but not both.  —jim w— }

-Business- Norway’s Statoil shelves Alberta oilsands project   {  }



“Local / New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant’s Liberal Government will be sworn in on Oct. 7   { I believe that would be two weeks and one day after last Monday’s election. They move pretty quickly up here. —jim w— }

Final vote tallies today could trigger election recounts   { Any candidate who lost by less than twenty five votes can expect an automatic recount. Any candidate, no matter how big a margin they won or lost by, seems to be able to ask for a recount. One candidate is calling for a manual recount of all ballots cast in the province. I’ve heard customers in coffee shops and gas stations saying they think there should be a complete recount.  Electoral officers for the province did not know where 35 digital chips containing all the voters’ tallied information from 35 ‘returning offices’ for more than half an hour. This is the first time the province tried this new system. Voters mark their choice on a paper ballot, put the ballot inside a cardboard carrier, bring that to the tallying machine, insert it just right and do not hold too tightly, the machine pulls the ballot inside similar to the way an ATM machine grabs a credit card, reads the ballot and either accepts it or sends it back out. It took me three or four tries to get the ballot lined up right to feed it into the tally machine and it still didn’t like the ballot. – Then we realized I had goofed when I used my pen instead of the marker they had on a chain behind the privacy screen. So I went back and used a marker and everything went fine on the next try. Adventures in strange new ‘technology’? Remember when people said that fax machines were a couple steps backward from email? —jim w— }

Fredericton apartment fire damages 3 units   {  }

Teen sent for psychiatric exam after assaulting elderly woman   {  }




Hand made gloves and traditional drum

Chief Bernie Mack, of the Esdilagh First Nation, wears hand made gloves while holding a drum during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favour of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation, granting it land title to 438,000-hectares of land on Thursday June 26, 2014

Winnipeggers critical of police for not doing more for Fontaine   { “Winnipeggers are reacting with anger and frustration over the news that Winnipeg police officers had contact with Tina Fontaine within 24 hours of her final disappearance. – Two officers spoke with the teen during a traffic stop on Aug. 8. She disappeared the next day and was found dead in a bag in the Red River on Aug. 17. – Winnipeg police Chief Devon Clunis addressed the media Thursday. – “I was informed of this discovery on Sept. 3 and immediately directed the professional standards unit to commence an investigation.” – Bernadette Smith,who leads the Drag the Red initiative, said the information comes as yet another sign of cracks in a system meant to protect children.”  —jim w— }

Cape Breton Mi’kmaq reserve bans energy drinks   { “A Mi’kmaq reserve in Cape Breton has banned energy drinks as it tries to improve the health of its children.”  —jim w— }

-Audio- Wikwemikong residents restart traditional wild rice harvest   { “The traditional practice of harvesting and processing wild rice is being revived in First Nations on Manitoulin Island”  —jim w— }

Metis nation of Ontario and Greenstone sign historic agreement   { “The president of the Metis Nation of Ontario and the Mayor of the Municipality of Greenstone signed an historic agreement Thursday in Thunder Bay. – Metis leader Gary Lipinski said the General Relationship Agreement is the first of its kind in Ontario. – He said it outlines how the nation and the municipality will work together and consult each other on a variety of issues, including economic development initiatives.”  —jim w— }

B.C. Supreme Court set limits on recent First Nations victory   { “First Nations have claimed a Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Tsilhqot’in land rights case gives them substantial powers, but a B.C. Supreme Court decision has set some limits. – The court decision released Wednesday says two First Nations suing the federal and provincial governments alleging breach of a 164-year-old treaty cannot force the governments to negotiate an end to the legal dispute.

The Songhees and Esquimalt nations went back to court claiming the Tsilhqot’in decision compels the government to negotiate with them to resolve the dispute and make a reasonable offer to settle. – Government lawyers argued that there was no duty to negotiate, especially where liability is in dispute and the Supreme Court of Canada ruling didn’t require governments to offer a settlement.  —jim w— }

VIDEO Carcross, Yukon, residents speak out against fracking video  { Video linked? —jim w—}


{ 12:45 pm and I’m just now ready to check for typos and color the headlines. 1:15 pm, finished. -Hurry back, Doug-   ———jim w———  }