July’s Almost Over? – Cosmic Psy-Cography .101

Friday, July 24, 2015  -( 17˚C / 63˚F – ‘Overcast’ with bits of blue sky peeking through, and rain forecast here on the corner of Eternity and Karmic Boulevard in Atlantic Canada @ 3:13 pm Atlantic Time )-

Garden Gnome Hiding behind ferns

Our Garden Gnome is hiding behind the ferns near the stone wall.

& Yesterday I found some old photos from 2007 and 2008 on a hard drive I thought had dropped dead on us.

Jassper & Jim On the Kitchen Floor in Arnprior.

Jassper, all gangly and cute, two days after we brought him home and Domino looked at us with, “I thought you liked me-” written all over his face.

The day I was sworn in as a dual citizen of Canada and the other place 😉 we got a call from the Gatineau, Quebec animal shelter saying Jassper was healthy (and our check cleared) and we could go pick him up. So On December 6th, 2007 – after Judge Cockburn (who looked like he was probably related to Bruce – the Canadian singer/songwriter of “The Trouble With Normal is it always gets worse” and “If I Had A Rocket Launcher -“) swore me and a large room full of others into Canadian Citizenship we drove across a bridge and around a corner and picked up the then gangly Labrador Hair Bomb of a ‘puppy horse’ – who now weighs 125 US pounds – and of course he peed all over the floor in sheer bliss. The shelter had named him ‘Jake’ [ after the black Lab who was a hero at the twin towers after the dark forces blew them up by remote control and tried to start a couple wars by blaming it on Islamic ‘terrorists’ who could not have flown their way anywhere near that kind of precision if their souls depended on it. ] [ When we know who the Real terrorists are – don’t we? ] – Anyway, he didn’t respond well to being called ‘Jake’ so I dreamed he told me his name was ‘Gaspar’ ( He was born in Montreal ) ( and knows we’re serious when we bark at him “Assis-Toi!” in French. ) I told Cathi about the dream and she and her son wrote down several variations of ‘Gaspar’ and sat there and called him by each one until he smiled, wagged his tail and became happily animated when they called him “Jassper” – and probably sent them the ESP message, “I get some food for this, right?”

Jim in a camouflaged Boston Red Sox hat in August of 2007.

This was from August of 2007. I was probably happy to be able to work on web site stuff without an Orange Cat supervising over my shoulder-

— One of my favourite Pisces cousins 😉 has been razzing me lately because every time I tried to change my ‘effbook’ profile picture I wasn’t smiling.

Well- Dang! In today’s political climate, If you’re smiling you look like your twisting a dagger in some good person’s back – cheating Veterans out of their promised health care  for fun and profit – blowing up landmarks and killing thousands of innocent civilians to further your dark ops objective of enslaving your own people for fun and profit – or something evil like that there-

But Lori had a point and I went looking for a decent photo of me smiling and this one almost qualifies- I think.

And my best guess is that this was a web cam photo when I was testing a new web cam. I also have another web cam photo that might have been from our previous web cam, or this one in bad lighting, that should explain why I mentioned my relief at not having an Orange Cat supervising my web efforts in the photo’s caption.

Orange Cat on harried programmer's shoulder.

“Hey you- human- you forgot to dot that i over there- don’t ya think a different font would work better on that paragraph there? Why don’t you add graphics of mice running around behind the words to convince everybody that they need more cats in their lives? Oh, don’t mind me – I’ll just claw your shoulder off if you ignore me 🙂 ” -sez Moe, the smiling trouble maker of an orange domestic terror – Probably caught with the same web cam as the smiling Jim in the Boston hat above.

I should probably quit while I’m ahead. This already took about an hour longer than I thought it would. – Yarking dogs and complaining cats and phones ringing off the hook and all that usual nonsense included. 😉

~~~~~ Jim -( @ 4:14 pm )-

Thursday, 22 January, 2015 – News & Headlines:

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

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Thursday, 22 January, 2015  -( +23˚F / 5˚C  & cloudy @ 11:11 am near Ithaca )-  -( +12˚F / -11˚C   & hazy  @ 12:20 2m Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

— Today is my cousin, Kathy Conroy’s Birthday. A couple other people I know also have birthdays today.  —Jim W—

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly will begin a 3 month prison sentence tomorrow, January 23rd, at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. She said that 90% of victims killed by drones are civilians and quotes a British organization, “Reprieve” which reports that for ever military targeted person taken out by a drone, 28 civilians are killed. —djo—

Remember Who You Are

Sounds Good To Me – —djo—

{ Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce expanded powers for surveillance agencies, likely for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). – Speaking last week in Vancouver, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that the government is “looking at additional powers to make sure that our security agencies have the range of tools available,” apparently to address incidents like the shootings in Paris. However, judging by past policy patterns reaching the highest government levels, such new “powers” will likely be aimed at stifling and criminalizing voices of dissent, here are some reasons why. – Over recent years, the track record of Canada’s state surveillance agencies has been made clear through numerous access to information requests and public accounts, the record is that First Nations have been a prime target for government spying, whileenvironmentalist and social justice groups are also closely watched. – Throughout the Idle No More protests both CSIS and the RCMP, working in concert, monitored closely the community protests for treaty rights, actions that inspired manyIndigenous youth to vocalize publicly the apartheid realities facing First Nations people. – Conservative politicians refused to ever fully recognize the voices and demands of Indigenous people on the streets during Idle No More, like the Nishiyuu Walkers, instead turning shadowy government agents on the first peoples of these lands. By extension, all other major Canadian political parties, both the Liberals and the NDP, have failed to denounce clearly, the sustained spying by CSIS and the RCMP on First Nations communities. – Within the context of the “additional powers” that Harper is publicly indicating will be given to spy agencies in the coming period, the likely reality is that additional attention from CSIS will be focused on First Nations peoples protesting for human and land rights in Canada. – On CSEC, Canada’s digital surveillance agency, likely involved in the same type of mass data collection practiced by the National Security Agency (NSA) south of the border, something never publicly disputed by CSEC, the new “powers” that Harper is speaking about will also most likely involve CSEC, an organization with tight operational links to the NSA. – Details made public by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, indicate that Canada’s CSEC maintains a “close co-operative relationship” with the NSA, a working collaboration that involves CSEC offering “resources for advanced collection, processing and analysis.” To date the Canadian government and by extension CSEC, has never confirmed or denied any of these details, in state security terms we know very well what that means. – Today, in the wake of the shootings in Paris, the Conservative government in Ottawa is working to exploit the deaths and by extension the larger neo-colonial political crisis in France, to expand the role of state surveillance agencies, like CSIS and CSEC, that define contemporary neo-liberal authoritarianism, a political orientation that is firmly rooted and extends from the colonial era. – Instead of embarking on a real political discussion on the ways that contemporary western systems of power are central to creating the conditions for “terrorism,” Harper is simply expanding the surveillance practices of neo-colonialism and by extension justifying war. – Harper’s comments in Vancouver on the Paris shootings, intentionally exploit the violence with the aim of legitimizing Canada’s role in the bombing of Iraq. “And they have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom, openness and tolerance,” stated Harper, “and we may not like this and wish it would go away, but it is not going to go away and the reality is we are going to have to confront it.” – In real terms this is a call from Harper for prolonged Canadian participation in war, the sustained bombing of Iraq, a military campaign purportedly aiming to save the Iraqi people from the Islamic State (ISIS) group by bombing their cities and towns. – Bombing people to save them, that was an argument made by the U.S. government during the war in Vietnam and again with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, both interventions that clearly has lead to sustained violence and human suffering, remember the Mỹ Lai massacre. How are more western bombs going to liberate Iraq, or Syria, from ISIS? – Most certainly Canada’s moves to join the ‘war’ against ISIS will lead to significant profits for Canada’s ever growing military industrial complex, while simply leading to more death and destruction in Iraq. In reality the entire bombing campaign in Iraq is rooted in violent colonial logic, the very same framework that is fueling the type of violence seen this past week in Paris, the people carrying out the shootings in France spoke about the images of US torture at Abu Ghraib prison and also the Israeli military occupation of Palestine as reasons of the attacks. – Now clearly nothing justifies the killing of cartoonists, or civilians in a supermarket in Paris, but we can’t continue to ignore that western colonialism, past and present, is creating the context for such violent incidents to continue. In a cycle of violence, rooted in colonialism, those holding the monopoly of military power, the U.S., France and Canada, clearly have the greater ability and responsibility to stop the cycle and create real conditions for a just peace. – Instead of examining in truth the roots of the violence, Canada’s Conservative government is simply abusing the memories of all those who died in France, by using the shootings to justify the entrenchment of a surveillance state and to cheerlead neo-colonial military policies abroad. – Stefan Christoff is a writer, community organizer and musician living in Montreal who contributes to rabble.ca find Stefan @spirodon – Image: “Strength in the Face of Fighter Jets” by Nidal Elkhairy  }

Help-Amen

*** I’ve got friends who call this ‘The Prison Industrial Complex’ *** —jim w—

Gaaa

“Git-mo” 2015 ? —djo—

Solidarity

C’est Bon! Et Je Suis —djo–

{ New Stuff Every Day: We don’t change the images with the twitter stuff every day, but there will almost always be something new there, usually at the top of each section. The red headlines under ‘read this:’ & ‘Not this:’  Will be new. The top 4 headlines in blue “Offbeat” will usually be new. The top ten headlines in maroon/brown under “Most Viewed” are almost always all new, with CBC repeating or rewording something every now and then. Some of the green healines under “Other” are new, the ones at the top of the list are the most new. The top 4 purple headlines under “Local / New Brunswick” are New, except when some of those top 4 are repeated over the weekend or a holiday. And several of the top olive green headlines under “First Nations” are new on most days. — thanks,  —djo— }

Spirit Networks tweet

Nice Message —jim w—

{ +10,709 New tweets since 9 pm Monday – & It just might be National “Something or Other Day”, but nobody tells me these things –  —djo— }

{ Headlines missing from below: —> Harper’s trying to look like a hero by claiming he is giving families a big tax break. Nope, he’s giving millionaires’ families a big tax break. ‘Normal people’ are carrying the richest ice-holes’ weight. Why do white cops shoot young black men? *  Link  *  Interesting twist on New Brunswick’s moratorium on Fracking : At the top of the list of what would have to change before the new Premier of N.B. would allow fracking and pre-fracking ‘explorations’ would be “Social License” which, he explained, would mean that the citizens of New Brunswick would have to be in favor of that fracking. = “Hmmmm” –  * UBER software raised prices during Australian Hostage Crisis to $140-$200 dollars per ride. Then apologized and offered repayments.  — & Loads of people anonymously did nice things for people they never met & Media completely missed that. *  —djo— }

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{ We’ve tried to move all the New stuff up top here. There may be important and interesting stuff below: Bears, Belugas and Cats may be more important than the corporate ‘bull chips’ in the news to many of our readers, but we tried to give the current newsy stuff priority.  }

Poem = Canada In Winter

Canada In Winter. A poem. This may be a little hard to read. —djo—

Eeek 2.0

Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo— Somebody told me that ‘trutherbot’ is a holocaust denier. I don’t know. I guess I’ll have to check that out.   —djo—

Link

* Link * <—<< LInk to an article on the global financial crisis Half Past Human sees coming. —djo—

===Read This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “Tell me something Positive!”

Snowy Owl's Portrait face.

“Snowy owl ‘epidemic’ sweeps across Ontario.

I think the Saudi Arabian king, maybe this one’s predecessor, gave a contingent of U.S. troops a flock of sheep and suggested the U.S. military personal could use the sheep to relieve their sexual tension instead of trying to shame any Saudi Arabian women while stationed there.  ;

Radicalization and the ‘Prison Industrial Complex’. I think I read somewhere within the last couple months that it costs more to send one person to prison for a year than it does to send 4 people through a University degree program for 4 years. Radicalization? Either you become addicted to the ‘toys’ the power crazy let you play with, or you see through their ‘stuff’. If you see through their ‘bull chips’ they will label you a radical. The Soviet Union would have labeled you insane and locked you away in an insane asylum indefinitely. We’re not at that stage, yet.  ;

Maclean’s magazine called Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada? From what I’ve read most of the racist anger is aimed at First Nations people. In the U.S.A. we call ‘First Nations people’ ‘Native Americans’   ;

Could you live in a 186 square foot home? I think that’s bigger than a jail cell.    ;

===Not This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “—Nothing up my sleeve—“/ slight of hand?

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies  ;

Radicalization a growing risk in Canadian prisons, experts warn   ;

Winnipeg fights back after Maclean’s calls it the most racist city  ;

Could you live in a 186 sq. ft. home?  ;

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Blasts from the recent past:

Politicians paying somebody to wipe out evidence of overspending? They do more than that, GOTO:   CAFR1.Com  ;

& – Wouldn’t it be nice if people started living by “Love they Neighbor as thyself”- ‘Could you believe it-? no more war—‘   –

There’s a link directly above this section in the caption of a copied and pasted re-tweet defining a global economic flying ‘shitstorm’ – The ‘bad guys’ are plotting to manipulate an economic collapse in order to tighten their grip on everyone and take away what remaining freedoms you believe you still have. One encouraging forecast I heard: There are a lot more of ‘US’ than there are of ‘Them’ – ‘Them = Banksters’ and people will not take this. We might have a rough go for a while, but we will shut those Banksters down and change the way we view economic matters. Let’s hope that forecast was right and lets pray for all the help we need to get through this with ‘ease and grace’ [ —djo— ]  ;

The Keystone pipeline. Um, (1) Big oil companies have ‘buried’ patents for processes that could make competitive technologies viable. (2) Nicola Tesla knew about and was working on methods to distribute electricity free to everybody and the rich and powerful ruined him financially because he was a threat to their monopolies. (3) There’s a book that might be available somewhere, “The Energy Non-Crisis” by Lindsey Williams, a Baptist Pastor who was privileged to insider information and learned that oil keeps replentishing itself, Oil Companies have raised their prices based on lies and are still making record profits. Farmers in Texas discovered new oil on their property, thought they would be rich, signed deals with big oil companies had their wells dug and were told that the oil companies were not going to use their oil, no matter how good it was and they couldn’t tell the world about this because, according to the terms of their contracts, the big oil companies could sue them for everything they were worth if they did. Big Oil is dirty business. Oil-Sands / Tar-Sands is dirty business. Send them buggers to the poor house, or banish them to a parallel dimension where their kind of policies have ruined whole planets and let them starve and freeze with what they’ve done staring them in their faces.  ;

Housing costs everywhere in the world are controlled by greedy ice-holes. Until we fix that problem by removing those greedy ice-holes from the equation, be prepared to be hammered in the brain by silly propaganda designed to keep you off balance and in a state of anxiety about everything in your environment. Pray for Angelic Intervention. Bring Heaven to Earth. “Help! – Amen”  ;

All kids need a place to play where they can act out their dreams and even mimic the grown up ice-holes they see every day. I’ll include University aged men and women in this. There should be someplace where almost-grown-up kids can be complete ice-holes for a laugh, as long as they don’t hurt anybody. Maybe universities need in-house computer bulletin boards where students can post all kinds of inflamatory b.s. and nobody outside their little group will ever see it. Faculty could probably use something like that, too. A Private Venting Board where you can call your dean ‘a complete freakin’ waste of good dna’ and get away with it. We never would have heard about Lieutenant Dish if rabid political correctness was in force when M.A.S.H. first entered our collective, -clear throat- uh- ‘consciousness’ (?) –  ;

The problem with big oil began with the fact that they’ve been lying to all of us all along. Oil is created by some natural process inside the earth and on distant planets and moons that never had dinosaurs. It is not ‘fossil fuel’. It constantly replentishes itself. There never was or will be an oil shortage. Prices you pay are inflated by lies. What we need here is cheap renewable energy, which the sun and planet provide for free. Put them lying cheating manipulating Oil Barons in the poor house. Or better yet, put them in Jail – Or teleport them to a barren parallel dimension where the previous crop of greedy, lying, cheating ice-holes made their planet almost un-liveable. ;

Trial by mass media does not make anyone guilty. There is due process. Celebrities should not be put on trial in the corporate media before they have been found guilty in a court of law. And think about this: How many people who have been convicted of really heinous crimes have been exonerated by dna evidence in the last few years. Our ‘Justice’ systems are imperfect and subject to corruption and mistakes made by honest people. You better hope you never have to bet your life on your country’s ‘Justice’ system.    ;

Oilsands, Tarsands. The technology is out there to provide everybody on this planet with free energy. WE can and should make sure that everybody on this planet has a safe shelter and enough to eat. We can do that. We should have been doing that all along. There is no such thing as ‘Fossil Fuel’. But YES! Canada should leave its oilsands in the ground, where it belongs.    ;

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Updat

white deer

White Deer? We were accused of trying to pass a goat off as a deer in New Brunswick.  *** Our deer friends are back and happy that we’ve got a nice big bag of oats to share with them for Yuletide celebrations. Not a single one of them was wearing a Santa Claus Hat or wearing jingle bells. That is probably a good thing. ***  —jim w—  *** UPDATE We thought we saw a news story that reported that the white deer in this photo had been killed by a bus up the street. Nope. Tonight she was one of several deer who showed up to thank us for the oats we give them.

“Offbeat”

Jenna the Husky

Husky reunited with her human.

deer on ice

“Deer on Ice Rescued” – This seems more like “Human Decency” than ‘offbeat’.

Quack Quack.

“Dawn of the Ducks”?

 

Light painting

LED lights on a kayak paddle produced this effect. Yum 🙂 —djo—

3 guys and a half buried moose

Three Alaskans Save Avalanche – Trapped Moose. —djo—

Miss Universe Canada’s insane hockey-themed ‘national costume’ goes viral  {   }

Bacon is no longer trendy, survey reveals  {   }

Municipality orders Quebec man to sismantle ‘hazardous’ snow fort  {   }

Photo with Irish president expands Kevin Vickers’s Twitter stature   { * Kevin Vickers is the Canadian Parliament’s Master at Arms who shot and killed an armed attacker inside the Parliament building after the alleged shooter shot and killed a guard of honor at a Canadian monument last autumn. *  —djo—  }

===Recently: >>—>

Pocket dials make up over half of 911 calls to OPP detachment  {  Accidental dialing made up more like 90% of the 911 calls to one detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  }

‘Ship glitter to your enemies’ makes a hard-to-clean mess for people you hate  { * & If you believe you have a right to hate anybody you better ship twice as much to yourself. *  —djo—    }

Back to the Future lives on in Ontario man’s driveway   { * Somebody spent 12 years researching and building an authentic replica of the time traveling Delorean with all the parts that were in the movies. *  —djo—  }

‘It didn’t even fight us’: Snowmobilers erscue moose buried in avalanche  { * Animals are a lot smarter than most humans realize. *  —djo—  }

6 wild animals in unexpected places … and one very short cat   {  *  Link  *  }

Waterloo photographer captures movement in mesmerizing LED snaps  {   }

Goats, elk happy to munch on your used Christmas trees {   }

Couple forced to relocate wedding for Obama’s golf game   {   }

Son pays off parents’ mortgage for Christmas   { * & The money used to ‘bail out’ the ‘Too big to fail’ Banksters could have paid off everybody’s Mortgages several years ago. The human race survived on this planet for seven and a half million years without banks trying to control us. “Banking Establishments are more dangerous than standing armies!” -Thomas Jefferson.  Burn down the banks. Tar and feather anybody who voted for that bail-out. *  —djo—  }

Labrador hoisted to safety after falling 46 metres off cliff   { The dog got spooked but survived, with ‘minor injuries but walked out to the trailhead’ after a climber rappelled to a narrow ledge with a rescue harness and both dog and climber were hoisted to safety by an 8-person crew from the Oregon Humane Society.  This shouldn’t be ‘Offbeat’- This should be the kind of good news we need a lot more of.  🙂  —djo—  }

Husky missing for more than 6 months reunited with owner  {  🙂  }

Pen pals from P.E.I. and Tennessee meet after 40 years  {  }

Deer on ice rescued by B.C. conservation officers  {  }

Polar bears’ stinky feet may help attract mates: study  {  }

‘He’s just barking in your face’: Would-be police dog fired for poor performance   {  }

Man’s toilet explodes while city crew cleans sewers   {   }

Students develop app that rewards you for ignoring your phone in social situations   {   }

Swedish town seeks to prevent torching of giant Christmas straw goat   { * It’s a tradition in the town of Gävle, every Christmas they build a 13 meter tall straw goat and about 50% of the time vandals burn it down.  * Link to WebCam * At least in my browser, there was a ‘click here to translate this page’ thing visible for a couple seconds.  Jim W has some distant relatives somewhere in Sweden –  —djo—  }

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Electric Vehicle at charging station

New Electric Vehicle at a charging station

“Most Viewed”

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies   {   }

Isabella Mori lives in ‘tiny home’ in North Vancouver   {   }

Maclean’s claim that Winnipeg is Canada’s most racist city upsets mayor  {  }

Target’s package for ex-CEO matches package for all 17,600 Canadian workers   { * –Social media readers had some snarky comments Thursday about reports that the former CEO of Target got a total severance and other benefits package worth about the same as the total amount being offered to all 17,600 of the chain’s Canadian employees who will soon be out of work as the company winds down its presence in Canada. – Target’s “employee trust” package for its Canadian workers, announced last week, amounts to $70 million ($56 million US). It’s designed to provide each worker with 16 weeks of pay.

– Depending on who’s doing the calculation, the golden handshake handed to ex-CEO Gregg Steinhafel last May is in roughly in the same ballpark. – Fortune Magazine put the value of his total “walk-away” package, including stock options and other benefits, at $61 million US, including severance of $15.9 million.  – “I’m not normally one to jump on the anti-corporate bandwagon, but these numbers really put things in perspective,” wrote Reddit user leafsfan_89 on a busy Reddit chat page. – “My next gig is to become a CEO of a company, fail miserably and collect millions,” a Twitter user named Tim Parent tweeted Thursday morning. – The reference is to Steinhafel’s tenure at the helm of the troubled retailer. A year ago, Target suffered a massive data breach affecting 70 million U.S. customers. – Target’s ill-fated expansion into Canada also cost the company billions of dollars, prompting the new CEO and board to cut their losses and shutter all of the retailer’s 133 Canadian locations. – CEOs of major corporations are compensated at rates that are often hundreds of times higher than their rank-and-file employees. Last year, an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute showed that the top U.S. CEOs made 296 times more than the wage of an average worker in their industry. – A report earlier this month by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that Canada’s top-paid CEOs saw their compensation climb at double the rate of the average Canadian between the depths of the recession and 2013.  – Billions owed to creditors – In a separate development, the depth of Target Canada’s debts has also been revealed.  – Alvarez & Marsal Canada, the court-appointed monitor handling Target Canada’s creditor protection and insolvency, has filed papers that show the retailer has total liabilities of $5.1 billion, including accounts payable of about $546 million. – The monitor has listed 42 pages of creditors that Target Canada owes money to. – The amounts include $12,036,000 to the Canada Revenue Agency, $8,372,000 to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, $2,674,000 to the province of British Columbia, and smaller amounts to hundreds of other creditors.  – *  —djo—  }

Yukon girl choked as scarf caught in Mount Sima ski lift  {   }

Disrupting Air Canada fligt costs South African woman $15K  {  }

‘How to kill your teacher’ video boys are students from Castlegar, B.C.  {  }

Bank of Canada interest rate cut: At least 1 bank won’t lend for less   {  }

Jay Leno of Bill Cosby: ‘I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women’  {   }

Williams Moving and Storage filing for bankruptcy after 86 years  {   }

-10 photo slide show- Sundance 2015: the Canadian love-in at the infulential U.S. film festival   {  }

-Blog- Bacon is not longer a ‘trendy’ food, survey reveals  {  }

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Hands Up - I Can't Breathe!

“I can’t breathe!”

Other:

To cut or not to cut? Canada’s big banks weigh lending for less  {   }

Patriots QB Tom Brady denies knowledge of deflated footballs   { * – overheard one comment on this, “The government is plotting to put everyone deeper and deeper into some new form of slavery and people are going crazy over whether somebody let a little bit of air out of freakin footballs?” – *  —djo—  }

Microsoft HoloLens visor called ‘magical’ and ‘amazing’   {   }

Fire hazard fears prompt removal of thousands of smart meters in Ontario  {   }

Dino Unearthed: New horned dinorsaur part of ROM exhibit   {   }

Driver ‘hands free’ with phone wedged between ear and shoulder? Judge says yes   {   }

‘Crazy Indians Brotherhood’ dole kindness to Winnipeg’s homeless   { * But they clawed back $1.1 Billion that should have gone to Veterans’ Health Care while systematically denying that health care to veterans in real need? This stuff has to stop *  —djo—  }

Why it’s impossible to storm-proof the power grid   { * uh, would that be because the over-charging power companies don’t want to spend any part of their ‘profits’ to upgrade or use technology that Nicola Tesla developped almost a hundred years ago that could make power distribution free to everyone on this planet? *  —djo—  }

Cannabinoid e-cigarettes to be available in more countries in 2015   {   }

Canada’s richest 100 CEO salaries have increased by 25% since 2008   { * That’s a crime. *  —djo—  }

===  And:  Daily Stuff ===

-Must Watch- The National of streaming video  {   }

-Must Watch- Donetsk, Ukraine airport seized, razed  {   }

-Must Watch- Surfs up as big winter swell hits Hawaii  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- In the war room with Winston Churchill: Peter Mansbridge  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- Cuba: Young Americans on culture, change and the possibility of a burst of technology  {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Kathy Beitz, legally blind mom, sees new baby with special eyewear  {   }

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-Photos- 10 unusual homes around the world   { *  Link  *  }

-Analysis- Neil Macdonald: Can America handle the truth about Saudi Arabia?   { * Me: Can America handle the truth about itself? Can America handle the truth about September 11, 2001 or anything the C.I.A. has been involved in since its inception? How about the NSA? How about the ‘dark ops’ projects paid for by taxpayer dollars, how about the lies that taxes are the only income the U.S. Government has to work with? How about a dozen other examples of ‘the putrid underbelly of the american society’? *  —djo—  }

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“Local / New Brunswick”

mother

“Fredericton Mother”

mother and daughter

Mother and daughter in Fredericton

Youth Feminist President

President of the Fredericton Youth Feminists

Christopher Phillips, ex-bio weapons specialist, back in Nova Scotia  {   }

OPP investigating fatal fire near Almonte  {   }

Two for stealing: Gatineau thieves take $28,000 worth of hockey sticks  {   }

Police seek driver after toddler falls out of moving car  {   }

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New Brunswick hit with more power outages    {   }

FHS dress code protest penalties too harsh, parents say  { * Too many things about public education are too harsh on the students and families, I say.  —djo—  }

New Brunswickers losing faith in electrical grid  {   }

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Shale gas poll finds New Brunswickers divided on issue  { * How did they phrase the questions on that poll? “Would you sell your children’s and grandchildren’s future out so a couple ice-hole politicians can strike it rich?” <— That’s the real question. There is no such thing as ‘Safe Fracking’. They do not have the technology to ensure that their band-aid ‘fixes’ can keep poisons and flammable gasses from leaking into your drinking water when their patches rust,  crack or otherwise fail in a couple years. This is not a joke, this is life and death. *  —djo—  }

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“First Nations”

Game Changer B.C. Aboriginal

Last June 26th, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of B.C. granting it title over 438,000 hectares of land, the long ignored tribe became a priority for the B.C. government, CBC says this was a major ‘Game-Changer’. —djo—

-Opinion- Idle No More: Where is the movement 2 years later?  {  }

Red Winter, Ottawa

“Red Winter, Ottawa, January 11, 2013” (Nadya Kwandibens/ Red Works/ARP Books)

Another Round Dance

From ‘The Winter We Danced’ (Nadya Kwandibens/RedWorks/ARP Books)

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Maclean’s claim that Winnipeg is Canada’s most racist city upsets mayor  {  }

Makayla Sault’s death shifts the spotlight to ‘J.J.’s’ plight  {  }

New exhibition explores Musqueam’s past and present  {  }

5 photos that will teach you about the aboriginal experience  {  }

Reclaiming space and making room in indigenous Canada  {  }

First Nation near lillooet bans bottled water  {  }

Evan Munday stops tweeting images of missing, murdered women  {  }

Highway of Tears hitchhiking study stalled due to lack of funding  {  }

1 in 8 Edmontonians live below poverty line  {  }

Tsal’alh First Nation bans bottled water  {  }

Georgann Morriseau seeks federal Liberal nomination  {  }

Leona Aglukkaq announces $7M in funding for Nunavut fisheries  {  }

Oil production in Nunavut long way off, says NEB chair  {  }

Firefighters rescue puppyfrom house fire rubble on Sagkeeng First Nation  {  }

Ernie Louttit explores trust between police and First Nations  {  }

-Opinion- Sir John A. Macdonald’s birthday celebration cause for reflection, not celebration for First Nations  { * Re: Sir John A. Macdonald’s Legacy:  “It’s a legacy that includes policies ‘of starvation and coercion.’-”  *  —djo—  }

Unreserved: Celebrations of life, legacies and sport  {  }

Warm homecoming for seniors stuck in snowbank overnight  {  }

Waubgeshig Rice on his debut novel, Legacy  {  }

– 8 photo slide show – How to prepare moose nose, a First Nations delicacy  {  }

Tribal Map

Map of California’s Native American Tribes. —djo—

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Cartoon

Lots of Pollution, Lots of Oil Company Profits, The Promised “Lots of Jobs” is a pile of bull chips. —djo—

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{ “Fude 4 Thought”  :  }

Ten Sticks

“As long as the fish still swim – This Land will be – Indian!” I want to cry every time I hear Richie Havens sing that song. And I play it a lot. —djo—

Portuguese Trash to Art Sculptor with 'bird'

The building behind the sculpture is almost as amazing as the sculpture itself. I wonder if anybody lives in that building. —djo—

Grrrr

I think I want to raise Benjamin Franklin’s ghost, give him a really nasty weapon and tell him where to find everybody who is trying to kill the postal service in Canada and anywhere else on this planet. —djo—

Nice Quote

Dang- The tweets are good today. This one is from fr0g5. Retweeted from @LawAbidingHuman —djo—

Never Regret-

The only thing I really know about this person is that she has some very interesting tweets. —djo—

Fox News

The Spirit of Fox News in a [Wing-] Nutshell? —djo—

Warped Quote

“Would you like to swing on a star? Carry moonbeams home in a jar? And be better off than you are?” -Or would you rather go to school? —djo—

Be The Change

Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanza- Happy Anything Else You Feel Like Celebrating.

Fuck Monsanto

Just when I thought we might be able to tidy this place up, somebody has to go and send me stuff like this – Stop Monsanto before they stop us. What they’re doing is beyond ‘Cruel and Unusual’ but I would say, stop short of butchering the families of everybody who works for those Ice-Holes. There has to be a Humane way to deal with them. —djo—

Yay Peru

“Peru is giving Free Solar Power to its 2 million poorest citizens” Strengthen your nation- Empower your people. —djo—

Cree Walkers

” Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimas and Paul Mettina walked 1,700 kilometers to Ottawa to raise awareness of treaty rights and encourage the federal government and their chiefs to work together to address and reconcile aboriginal issues.” —djo—

{ “Why the worlds’s big energy firms are running scared from renewables”  >>—>  *  Link  *  }

Nelson Madela quote

Quoting Nelson Mandela = Positive Reinforcement of Your Self Esteem. —djo—

Eliminate Poverty

Sounds Good To Me – & Harper Has It Wrong —djo—

Tyranny versus Liberty

Another Quote from Thomas Jefferson. I need to reflect on this before I endorse it whole heartedly — —djo—

Baby Bobcat

If this guy was orange, I’d swear they found Moe’s Baby Picture. —jim w—

Spirit Bear Photo

Dang- Another tweet I thought has to be here. Dear Editor is the Sky, “Please advise! —Amen” —djo—

Owl

That’s one spooky looking owl. Where’s Odell? New Brunswick? You’re going to make me fire up mapquest aren’t you? —djo—

Oceans in Danger

Happy New Year – Save The Planet! —djo—

BBC Tweet

The BBC adds their voice to those concerned about evil ice-holes tightening their control over everything they ‘allow’ you to know about what they’re doing to you and everything you care about. —djo—

malala with peace prize

10 December, 2014 – Malala shows her Peace Prize. Dedicated to “those voiceless children who want change.” God Bless Her. —djo—

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Nice Message

Glynis McCants is a Numerologist and a really good person. Even if our numbers don’t make us best friends 😉 —djo—

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Imagine Peace Tower

“Imagine Peace Tower” on the 34th anniversary of an MK-Ultra targeted individual sending John Lennon to the next world. —djo—

Doreen Virtue Tweet

Another Nice Message

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Help!

“Amnesty International + Malala Yousafzai = Hope” / “So this is Christmas-” John Lennon. —djo—

Monsanto Sux

Clif at Half Past Human dot com is calling them: Mon-SATAN-no or something close to that. —djo—

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Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

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{ This is from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ : }

2 visions of the future

“At a low point in the 1990’s I started writing a story in which the Earth/Dimension we know and love split in two with most of the trees, bees and plants that give us food and shelter and oxygen, as well as the domestic and farm animals walked into perenial springtime and brought positive people with them, the nasties, the power crazy, the negative people all fell into a separate dimension/parallel world that immediately became a nuclear winter.” —jim w—

Malcolm X Quote

Malcolm X was murdered because he believed that the races could get along co-exist and co-prosper. Bad guys did not like that idea. They want to Divide & Conquer. —djo—

{ “Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of the Harper government: Newspaper Article from the Toronto Star:  *  Link  * }

Hong Kong Students risk future to show support for democratic reforms

& Don’t forget Hong Kong

Wow

Palestinians show support for Ferguson, Missouri.

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WikiLeaks

-Julian Assange’s Whistleblower Foundation has new members- Whistleblowers in general are peole who subscribe to higher standards of ethics and morality than their bosses or supervisors or government authoritarian types and are usually shocked to find out that lots of people do not back them up when they seek help because they’ve reported an injustice, or worse- and been ‘rewarded by being fired or even charged with crimes against corporations that the ‘justice system’, instead of locking up the bad guys, turns out to be protecting from the good guys, Constables got their start as enforcers for corrupt officials, corrupt ‘Nobles’ and ‘Royals’. When ‘serve and protect becomes law enforcement- that’s bad news for everybody.   —djo—

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 *  Walter Burien’s Web site explains how governments all over the ‘free world’ are stealing from their citizens and ‘cooking their books’ :  * link to CAFR1.com *

Links >>—-> The definitive ranking of ridiculous and misleading Conservative names for bills put before Canadian Parliament:

Note: ‘Http.com’ Hijacked the original links we put here for these two links.

Let Us Know if any other links have been effed with, thank you

>>——> J.Z.N McCauley’s NaNo Novel <——<<

{ -jda-‘s NaBloPoMo entry disappeared from the list. & Jim’s NaNoWriMo Novel has gone over 90,000 words as of November 19th. }

{ Don’t know how many new tweets since late last night. We crashed.  Medium but poignant Traffic? in the ‘Tweet-us-sphere’  —djo— }

Recent earthquakes in Alberta linked to fracking: study  {  }

{  * Attention OathKeepers: When “Serve and Protect” becomes strict “Law Enforcement” with the civilian population seen as the enemy, Police become Terrorists.  *  Link to article in the Toronto Star  *  —djo— }

=====   Steppenwolf’s “Monster” with interesting video clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EVE8leTG8Y  God Bless Oathkeepers =====

Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

{  * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtzIKCqaZMQ *  <——<< * Link *  Moody Blues @ Home in 1995? from “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” I like many of the interesting details of Justin Hayward’s ‘Carriage House’ Home.  —jim w— }

{  “America- Where are ya now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t ya know We need you now, We can’t fight alone against this monster-” -John Kay of Steppenwolf- & the Monster is the one who convinces the police that they need to arrest a harmless 90 year old man for feeding the homeless in Florida and scares honest police officers to the point where they’re killing unarmed/ harmless men and women. These Police Officers are Not the Enemy. Look Behind the Curtain. —djo— }

Wiki Leaks Merchandise

WikiLeaks is selling teeshirts, sweatshirts, hats, hoodies, Mouse Pads & Smart Phone cases to raise funds, * Link *

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

{ “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies” —Thomas Jefferson }

French Cartoon.

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

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{ From a tweet:  Huffington Post: “A Tribe Called Red’s Thanksgiving Track is Tougher to Swallow Than Turkey And Stuffing (Video)”  *  Link  *  —djo— }

===== From the “International Business Times”  — “Anonymous Hackers Threaten Canadian Police, Alleging ‘Swatting’ Suspect Was Framed”  —  *  Link  *  { * Consider the source *  —djo— } =====

{ From @democracynow “We can reduce the prison population by 50% in the next 6-7 years if we just demand greater justice”   *  Link  *   the link might be more interesting than the above quote.   —djo— }

Privacy Breakthrough?

-Polaris, “Let’s Encrypt” Will mean more ubiquitous Web Encryption and Privacy- Article below:

Most recently, Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced “Let’s Encrypt,” their collaboration with Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan in attempt to take the first big step towards a more universally secure Internet. One of the biggest weaknesses in the underlying architecture of the web as it exists currently is the highly bureaucratic and complex (not to mention costly) system required for websites to obtain and deploy the SSL/TSL certificates needed to protect your web surfing experience (these are the basic pieces of information that allow the little lock icon to work in your browser, signaling your session is private and secure). “Let’s Encrypt” will extend these digital certificates to all websites by starting an easy-to-use and free-of-charge certificate authority that issues them; this means that web encryption will not just be available to big players like banking services or email providers, but will set a much higher bar for Internet security across all websites, regardless of their ability to pay for a certificate or properly install it.

We are strong, adamant supporters of this initiative and are excitedly awaiting it’s unveiling in 2015 under a new nonprofit called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

In addition to this, Mozilla announced it’s own strategic privacy initiative in collaboration the Tor Project and CDT. We’ll be consulting “on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations” with the open-source browser to help it more effectively and appropriately bring privacy features into its products. “We want to accelerate pragmatic and user-focused advances in privacy technology for the Web, giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web experiences,” the company explained via its privacy blog. – We believe in the possibilities that privacy innovations could make possible, and are excited and honored to be a part of the process. – What do these changes mean for the short- and long- term future of the security of the Internet? – There will soon be no excuses for not baking encryption into web services, and in turn, consumer privacy and protection into the tools we use to navigate the digital highway.

– “Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry out their legitimate work without fear of surveillance, harassment, intimidation, arrest or torture,” Amnesty International said in an online posting introducing Detekt. – Whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government surveillance on activists and citizens. Amnesty said it is concerned about a chill on human rights activists and journalists, especially those in repressive countries, because of such surveillance.

resistsurveillance.org

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Microsoft fixes 19-year old Windows bug  { * – Microsoft Corp issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years. – The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer.

– IBM Corp’s cybersecurity research team discovered the bug in May, describing it as a “significant vulnerability” in the operating system. – “The buggy code is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years,” IBM X-Force research team said in its blog on Tuesday. – *

*** The bugs were not “undiscovered”, Government Hackers spoke about this on Coast to Coast A.M. before the summer of 2002. Art Bell was the host. This program is not listed in the current Coast to Coast A.M. archives, at least I could not find it by searching ‘hackers’. 3 men who were quite ‘enthusiastic’ and talkative about their experience working for hackers for US Government agencies that ‘officially do not exist’ -one of them told us he has an ashtray with one of those officially non-existent agency’s official logo on it- told us that microsoft was fully aware of holes in their operating system but were not going to do anything about it because the government of the US liked it the way it was. They said it was simple for any hacker to get into your computer if you were ‘running windows’ -“Especially if you have printer sharing turned on.” && They also said they liked Apple Computers back then because it was possible to tell a Mac to do only one thing at a time, not like windows computers which could have all sorts of nonsense going on undetected in the background.  – AND Another Coast to Coast A.M. guest, much more recently, related talking to a computer pioneer a long time ago, when dial ups were the latest thing, and when the computer guy finished showing him something, he would not leave the room without shutting off his computer, and disconnecting the phone line from his computer. When the C2C guest asked the computer guy what that was all about, the computer guy said that he, as in insider, knew that the US Government could already get into anyone’s computer that was connected to Delphi or GEnie or AOL, even if the computer had been turned off. — And, now that almost every computer in the world has WiFi capabilities- you can never fully disconnect yourself from the possibility that they can turn your computer on and gather any information you have, or were ever connected to- any time they want to do that- With the possible exception that you might be ‘safe’ if you live inside a Faraday cage, a hundred feet or more beneath the surface of this planet. Welcome to the future, it sucks.  —jim w—   }

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New counterterrorism bill to override certain privacy limits  { * You, who voted the real terrorists into power in your own governments, now get to reap what you sewed. *  —djo—  }

Charlie Hebdo shooting: France arrests 54 as al-Qaeda in Yemen claims responsibility  { * Black ops organizations created al-Qaeda. Mean people created the atmosphere in which vulnerable people were pushed into desperation and became recruited by ‘terrorist groups’. Politicians around the world are making out like bandits, grabbing power and taking away privacy and personal liberties. This will keep on happening and getting worse all the time until we do something about it. I don’t mean you should go out and buy a gun and shoot all politicians. We need a basic attitude change. Stop believing any information you get from the main stream media. We need governments that are not looking at us as their enemies. How do we fix this? Pray for guidance. *  —djo— }

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This is from “Blacklock’s Reporter”  *  Link  * :

Feds Run News Blacklist, Ban Employee Access To Website

– A federal agency banned public employees from accessing news stories at Blacklock’s Reporter via government internet servers, documents confirm. Confidential records show Shared Services Canada imposed the government-wide blackout on website access by hundreds of thousands of staff. Files on the blacklisting were obtained through Access To Information. – Shared Services Canada offered no explanation. A 218-page file detailing the ban is heavily censored and conceals email messages in which Shared Services staff discuss the action in messages headed, “Block Domain: Blacklocks.ca”. – “This is outrageous conduct,” said Blacklock’s publisher Holly Doan, who noted the newsroom first learned of the blacklisting from individual subscribers in federal departments who were unable to access news content. Shared Services Canada manages telecom services for 43 departments. – No reason is given for the blacklisting. Blacklock’s is an accredited member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery covering bills, regulations, Access to Information and federal courts. – “It’s astonishing to see Canada join the short list of countries that forbid public employees from accessing internet news sites,” Doan said. “This is not only Orwellian, it appears to breach the government’s own guidelines on workplace internet use.” – Cabinet’s official Policy On Acceptable Network & Device Use adopted in 2013 permits federal employees to “search for information online” and “share links to professional activities and events or interesting and relevant articles”. The Policy also details “unacceptable use” of government computers including access to “hate propaganda”; “pornography”; “obscenity”; and “illegal gambling”. – Doan said, “Surely Shared Services Canada can tell the difference between Blacklock’s and a jihadist website or crime syndicate”; “No rational agency would blacklist an accredited news site in the name of security or crime prevention”. Doan noted the Blacklock’s ban appeared to be revoked September 9, the same day the publication filed a formal request for records from Shared Services Canada. – ‘Way Ahead There, Boss Man’ – Documents indicate the government’s central internet provider blocks numerous domain sites. Shared Services Canada would not explain how many sites it has blacklisted, what their names are, or how many others are accredited news sites. “We do not comment on the specifics of methods used to protect the Government of Canada’s IT infrastructure,” said Marie-Helene Rouillard, a Shared Services spokesperson. – Access To Information records show the department’s IT security division blocked the website blacklocks.ca from last August 22, sending an email alert to numerous agencies including the Department of Industry, Correctional Service of Canada, tax department and others. “The email went to all contacts we have on record,” Dave Tough, a Shared Services security analyst, writes in one August 25 email; “Way ahead of you there, boss-man.” – Tough rated the alert of “high importance”, and indicated several IT staff monitored the news site. Blacklock’s was also cited in an August 27 Cyber Brief distributed to telecom staff across all government agencies; “Cyber Briefs are publications released by the Government of Canada with the goal of preventing widespread incidents,” the memo reads. All references to Blacklock’s were lengthy and censored. – Tough did not reply to repeated requests for an interview. “At no time did our newsroom pose a security threat to the nation,” said Publisher Doan. – Under cabinet’s Policy on workplace computer use, more than 200,000 federal employees are permitted to “watch online broadcasts of work-related content” and “keep up-to-date with news and current events”, according to Examples Of Acceptable Use. Other permitted activities include “subscribe to web feeds”; “check the weather forecast”; “confirm bus schedule information”; “read or contribute to online forums”; and “visit social networking sites to connect with family and friends”. – Forbidden computer activities include using workplace computers to “make public comments about government policies”; “engage in political activity”; or “breach the duty of loyalty requirement for public servants”. –

Apprenticeship ad’s claim of skilled trades shortfall open to question   { * And the current sitting government of Canada has been accused of lying in these ads as well as using taxpayer dollars to fund the ads which are thinly veiled campaign ‘bull chips’ to try to keep themselves in power while they fleece the country- Steal 1.1 Billion dollars from Veterans’ healt care and give it back to try to brag about saving money while denying health care to Vets, discharging Vets months before they would be elligible for their pensions, closing down 9 regional offices where veterans used to be able to get help with their health claims- and then spending hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on lying television ads about the economy?  Gag me with a spoon? *  —djo—  }

-Special Report- Would you know what to do if someone told you they were raped?   { *  Link  * } }

-Analysis- Gobal corruption a bigger scourge than terrorism: Brian Stewart  { *  Link to the CBC article.  * *** And The whole idea behind our ‘modern’ system of ‘banking’ is probably the most corrupt ‘system’ in this world. ***  —djo—  }

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{ My friends in the U.S. tell me I’m lucky to be in Canada. They are usually correct.  —jim w— }

Lions looking at industrial pollution

{ 10:10 pm EST — We are Ready to Rock and Roll —   & Thanks again for your help, Jim W, and  “—jda—“     ———djo——— }

Busy Day and Evening in the “Tweet-Us-Sphere” –

Tuesday Evening, 23 September, 2014.  Bruce Springsteen turned 65-years-old today [ insert shocked smiley face here? ]

I became very disctracted checking up on Twitter for New Brunswick election results: Sit back, this may take a while:

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Person In A Polar Bear Costume Sitting on the ground with Protesters on Wall Street.

“Polar Bear Protester gets busted at Wall Street Demonstration”

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Obamam Face And Quote.

“Obama speech on Open Internet circa 2007?”

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"Flying Raccoon" caught by Police Person with a long pole.

“Solidarity with Flying Racoons?” & I Remember somebody telling me he thought that “Celibate You!” might be a more effective curse word than over use of the eff word- it’s worth considering.

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Cartoon Of A Man Chained To A TeeVee Set.

“Voluntary Slavery-“

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Cartoon Calling Stephen Harper A Hypocrit.

“We must denounce heads of state like Bachar Al-Assad who poison their citizens with toxic gasses,” Sez Stephen Harper with toxic smoke rising from the oil sands behind him.

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G7 Speech Vs Truth.

“Facts in red, speech in white” G7 speech vs Truth?

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Elizabeth May & Others Tweet.

Elizabeth May and others tweeting comments on September 23rd, 2014. This may be hard to read, but you might be able to copy and paste a couple links from this.

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2 Tweets About Mother Frackers.

“Premier David Alward resigns as head of N.B. PC party and Fracking goes on hold, for now?”

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& I do believe you can click on the social media icons at the top of this page and get to my twitter stuff, facebook schnarr and stuff like that there-

————— H.J. d’Aerendel

Interesting Clouds & Stuff –

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 –

Dark Clouds Over a City.

Dark Clouds Over Fredericton.

We had some spectacular clouds as we were bopping around, trying to get a few things before a big storm hit.

Blue sky showing through as clouds run away.

But we did have our share of beautiful clouds, and interesting cracks in clouds…

The storm never quite clobbered us the way it had clobbered Toronto on Friday.

Birds Caught in flight as they prepare to land.

Bird Landing- Fredericton from North side Looking South toward Fredericton South – on the other side of the St John River, the bird looks almost hyper-realistic to me.

And we got to see some bird acrobatics.

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Wednesday, 27 August, 2014 – Canadian News Headlines –

{ Copied and Pasted from “Radio Free Earth News” – Better late than never –  ———jda——— }

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Wednesday, 27 August, 2014  -( 72˚F / 22˚C & clear skies over Ithaca @ 8:45 am ET )-

{ & 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——— }

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{ 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. }

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Photo of 'donut holes' in a hamburger bun

Chocolate glazed Tim Bits in a hamburger bun?

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“Lead Articles”

Premiers sit down with aboriginal leaders in P.E.I.   {  }

Veterans groups say Ottawa spends too much on remembrance   { Another headline pointing to the same article says Ottawa spends too much time remembering old wars. }

American who fought alongside extremists killed in Syria   {  }

Israel-Hamas ceasefire holding after 7 weeks of fighting   { 🙂 Yay! }

Canada pulls 3 Ebola lab workers pulled from Sierra Leone   {  }

B.C. education minister to meet with teachers’ union president   { “Last night’s crawl on CBC Network News said Striking B.C. teachers took out an ad offering day care services.”  —Jim W— }

Freed U.S. journalist thankful for efforts to release him   {  }

WHO scientist infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone moved to German as Canadian colleagues pulled   {  }

Big wave crashing during storm.

‘Enormous waves breaking’ in South Wales last January (AP News Photo-Ben Birchall Photographer)

-New- [Climate Change] likely already dangerous, may be irreversible, IPCC says   { “IPCC” = ‘Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’ The actual headline on the CBC page called it ‘Global warming’ The headline on the page with the article itself called it Climate change.  }

Learn which cities may get NHL expansion teams   {  }

Vancouver’s racist real estate titles reveal city’s dark history   {  }

-Analysis- The ‘10,000-hour’ rule revisited: Why practice may not make perfect   { “When author Malcolm Gladwell proposed that practicing a certain task for around 10,000 hours can lead to success, he gave hope [to] wannabe Bill Gateses and Tiger Woodses, and dashed the dreams of millions of slackers. But a new study might give the terminally lazy some hope.” }

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“Offbeat”

Thigh bone on Mars? Curiosity rover snaps strange photo   {  That strange photo has been around for a couple days. CBC must have wanted to check to make sure it wasn’t hoaxed by someone with a little bit of photo shop knowledge. }

Archeologists discover Labrador’s 1st snowmobile   { A Model T Ford was converted to ride through snow on skis for an expedition to Labrador and was abandoned in 1928. }

Old Photo of a converted Ford Model T

Modified Fort Model T. This may be the vehicle that was recovered by Archeologists.

Spat over reclining seat diverts U.S. airliner   { Security people at airports and aboard planes do not have any sense of humour when it comes to anything like this. }

Watch a Waterloo student solve a Rubik’s Cube in 12 seconds   {  }

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“Most Viewed”

Royal baby law stands as court dismisses Catholic challenge   { Bryan Teskey of Ontario tried to ask the courts to strike down a rule prohibiting Catholics from ascending to the Throne, arguing that that law violates the charter of rights and privileges. Ontario’s top court told him he can’t challenge a royal succession law that he says discriminates against his religion. }

Arizona gun instructor dead after 9-year-old accidentally shoots him   { The 9-year-old is a girl and she was holding an Uzi. }

Cougar killed after attack on teen hiker in Waterton Park   {  }

Saint Mary’s University frosh chant: SMU changes to start school   { A more easily understood headline reads, “How the Saint Mary’s University chant video is changing frosh week“. }

Iceland volcano rocked by new quakes, stirring eruption fears   { I believe it was last week when there was a premature report that the eruption had started. }

‘Heavy’ pot smoker wins trafficking-related case on personal use defence   {  }

-Photo Slide Show- Gaza Conflict: Hamas-Israel ceasefire announced   { There are 21 photos you can click to browse through. }

-Blog- -New- Rogers, Shaw streaming service Shomi divides CBC readers   { “Rogers and Shaw [ Canadian Cable Providers ] announced the launch of a new video-on-demand streaming service called Shomi to rival Netflix, but many CBC readers wonder if it can compete.” }

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“Other”

-Analysis- Sex workers not invited to Peter MacKay’s justice roundtables   { The Supreme Court told the Parliament to write new laws governing prostitution. It is not illegal to be a ‘Sex worker’, but they’ve tried to make it illegal for anyone to employ the services of one. Peter MacKay has been criticized for the ‘sexist’ tone of his Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day messages to federal employees and also for his snarky remarks about an ex girlfriend. }

-New- 120 quakes rock Iceland’s rumbling volcano   { If I was there, I would take this a not at all subtle hint that it was time to ‘get out of Dodge’. }

Rebels enter key government-held Ukrainian town, mayor says   {  }

‘The worst thing we can do is stay idle’: Calls mount for missing women inquiry   { “Last night’s CBC Network News channel had two streaming crawl headlines: One was that the Premiers in Prince Edward Island for their conference were talking about this issue, ‘Missing and Murdered [especially First Nations’] Women] & the second crawl immediately following that first one was something to the effect that, ‘Police Chiefs reject Missing Women Inquiry as a Priority’-”  —Jim W— }

Tories tout ‘traditional family values’ in message to party members   { *Which brings me to the question, “How can you justify destroying those families’ quality of life through fracking, deforestation and the incredible freakin mess you’re making in the oil sands region as ‘sticking up for traditional family values’? <—-<< My Opinion  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Foam covers military base    { “Fire suppression foam covers Black Hawk helicopters after it was accidentally released during an alarm system test at an Army National Guard base in Oklahoma”  -they almost never include periods at the end of their sentences. }

-Must Watch- Super wooly sheep   { ‘A sheep in Australia named ‘Shaun’ is carrying an estimated 25 kg of wool’ -25 Kilograms is more than 55 pounds- }

How the Burger King deal could change Tim Hortons   { “The CEO of Tim Hortons believes this merger might help them ‘crack the U.S. Market and expand into the U.S.A.’ – On the CBC Network News last night the head of Tim Hortons said they would keep all their employees and not change their menu. A very nice woman who works at my nearest Tim Hortons is anxious about what may be coming anyway”  —Jim W—  }

Cameco issues lockout notices at 2 uranium facilities   { Labour-management negotiations are not going well, the Union gave a strike notice for Saturday night. So the company issued a lockout order for the same time, over ‘safety issues’ at a uranium mine and a mill, both in Saskatchewan.  }

Christine Lagarde, IMF chief, in French corruption probe   { Viva La France! }

National Bank profit up 10%   { National Bank is Canada’s 6th largest bank. *”Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies,” -Thomas Jefferson*. }

Stephen Harper raises spectre of Russian threat in Arctic speech to troops   { *& Loving parents everywhere should warn their children about creeps like Stephen Harper trying to tell them what to think and how to feel about anything during their lives.* —djo*** }

N.L. fossil shows earliest evidence ever of animals with muscles   {   }

Apple reportedly rolling out larger iPads amid sales slump   { Apple has been doing stuff like changing the adapter connections so old adapters don’t fit newer computers in order to boost their sales? I expected better from Apple. }

Neil Young files for divorce after 36 years of marriage  { *I feel sad for both Neil and his partner. 🙁  }

Miley Cyrus’s MTV VMA date wanted by police  { On one hand, I’m not surprised, on the other- it must be tough to be a ‘celebrity’ and never have any privacy at all. }

Nail polish that detects date rape drugs proves controversial   { A group of male undergraduate engineering students developed a nail polish that will change colours when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB. A woman can discretely stir a drink with her finger and if the nail polish changes colour, she can know better than to drink the stuff. Some anti rape activists think that this actually reinforces the date rape culture and other measures would be a better idea. They believe that the idea that it is okay to take advantage of somebody who is drunk needs to be removed from our cultures. Statistics say that 1 in 5 women going to University or College will be the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault during her time there. 1 in 17 Canadian women will be attacked sexually at some time in their lives – & there’s a 70% chance the attacker will be someone the woman knows.- —In the 1970’s a study said that 4 out of 5 women in the U.S. Armed Forces were attacked sexually while there. The attitude back then was ‘If they don’t want it rough- why did they join?’ Let’s hope this gets a lot better. }

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant defends stance on natural resource jobs   { Brian Gallant is the ‘leader’ of the Liberal Party on the provincial level in New Brunswick. The Liberals want a moratorium on shale gas development [*good*] but do support the Energy East Pipeline, a proposed conversion of the existing 3,000 kilometer natural gas pipeline and adding 1,400 more kilometres to the pipeline to carry crude oil from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick. Estimated cost would be $12-billion, and has not yet received regulatory approval. The sitting Premier, Progressive Conservative David Alward, has been mocking Brian Gallant’s stance on the pipeline, saying, “You can’t support the pipeline if you don’t support what’s in it.” *** Perspective: In his book ‘The Energy Non-Crisisby Lindsey Williams -the Baptist Missionary and ‘Honorary Officer’ of the Exxon Corporation reported that, in a speech in Alaska, a top Exxon official told all the corporate supervisors and managers, who were required to be at this top level meeting, and who made sure that  Pastor Williams came along to this meeting because they were told “All Supervisors and Managers must be there” -“There is no oil shortage, there never has been any oil shortage, and with what we know now, there never will be an oil shortage – We are pumping enough Natural gas back into the ground up here [in Alaska] to power the whole East Coast for Free for at least 3 years.” After Pastor Williams began telling people what he’d heard, upper management had the manager who made sure that Pastor Williams was at that speech fired – and he was so happy to be fired that he helped supply Pastor Williams with details for his book. -Read it!- And tell David [bleeping] Alward we don’t need his [bleeping] fracking! *** <—-<< That was my opinion. —djo— }

Dieppe family from Tunisia facing deportation   {  }

Role of hospitals must be reviewed, health expert says   {  }

Moncton family’s anti-PC flyers don’t break election rules   { There is a photo with this article on the page devoted to this article. The flyer shows three senior citizens and says “Vote NO to DAVID ALWARD’S Senior Care Policy” the flyer was distributed to 90,000 households last week. According to Elections New Brunswick, it did not violate any campaign finance rules. The photo is credited to “BeingBlocked.com”. }

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{ 12:46 pm – First Typing Done – Ready to colorize and check for typos –     1:55 pm After a couple distractions, finally finished and ready to hit the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }

Tuesday, 26 August, 2014 – Canadian Headline News –

{ Copied and Pasted from “Radio Free Earth News” —————jda }

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Tuesday, 26 August, 2014  -( 63˚F / 17˚C & overcast in Ithaca @ 8:30 am ET )-

{ & 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——— }

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“Lead Articles”

Former Tory cabinet minister Marcel Masse dead at 78   {  }

Ukraine says its forces have captured 10 Russian soldiers   {  }

Ukrainian, Russian president meets for talks in Belarus   {  }

U.S. begins surveillance flights targeting ISIS in Syria   {  }

Israel bombs 2 high rises in Gaza after buildings evacuated   {  }

Burger King confirms it will buy Tim Hortons for $11B   { & How a Burger King deal could change Tim Hortons & Tim Hortons, Burger King could base burger chain in Canada & – in the ‘Business’ section it says they ‘would base burger business in Canada’ – *”Last night’s television news reported that Burger King wants their Headquarters in Canada because their U.S. Corporate tax rate is 40% and in Canada that would be 26%” – Jim W }

Killer Russel Williams settles 2 lawsuits with some victims   {  }

Police update expected on break-in at home of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau   {  }

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“Offbeat”

Japanese tennis player terrorized by bee at U.S. Open   {  }

Moose on the loose gets stuck in Siemens office in Dresden   {  }

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“Most Viewed”

2014 Emmys: Breaking Bad , Modern Family named top shows   {  }

Leonardo DiCaprio nominates Stephen Harper to do ice bucket challenge   {  }

ISIS by the numbers: How big, strong and rich the militant organization may be   {  }

B.C. couple’s lifelong dream of epic sailing ends in N.L.   { & “-Updated- B.C. sailors get hitched on long, long ‘dream’ trip to Newfoundland” }

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu told to apologize after dating his Senate staffer   { He’s a Conservative ,a similar headline farther down the page says so. }

Love-bombing the Scots, the world’s politest independence fight   {  }

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“Other”

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad enjoy huge night at 2014 Emmys   {  }

-Updated- Shelling rocks southeastern Ukraine town   {  }

-Blog- ‘Stand up for your collective rights,’ anonymous email urges Tory Hill staffers   { After the ‘Tory MP’ got caught dating his staffer. }

Trade a hot topic ahead of premiers’ meeting in Charlottetown   {  }

Picket signs at B.C. teachers' picket lines.

“Locked Out” & “Better Support for Kids” picket signs at B.C. Teachers picket line.

B.C. teachers’ strike: morale fades as school year looms   { “Teachers face financial hardship as many lose hope school will be back in session next week”
}

Alberta PC leadership candidate apologizes for $20K cellphone bill   { But I bet the cellphone company didn’t apologize for overcharging its customers-  }

Actress as visual candy?

“Sofia Vegara on the turntable at the Emmys” / Actress as visual candy?

-blog- SofiaVergara sexist turntable stunt at Emmy Awards angers viewers   { She did not look comfortable as she stepped up onto the thing, the audience cheered when her back was turned toward them. }

Amazon buys Twitch for almost $1B US   { “Online retailer Amazon will pay more than $1 billion US for Twitch Interactive, Inc., a streaming website where users watch other people play video games, the companies announced on Monday.” }

U.S. new home sales drop 2.4% to 412,000 annual rate   {  }

‘Super-material’ graphene subject of new Ontario development centre   {  }

Valeant buys dermatology drugs from Valeo Pharma fo $25M   {  }

‘Smart’ lighting system provides surveillance at U.S. airports   { ‘Smart’ meters + ‘Smart’ appliances + ‘Smart’ lighting = ‘Smart’ is beginning to sound like ‘Bad News’. }

Mouse stem cell study sees functioning organ grown in animal for 1st time   {  }

Pluto-bound spacecraft passes Neptune on Voyager 2 anniversary   {  }

British embassy apologizes for cheeky tweet commemorating White House burning   {  }

Cap-and-trade carbon plans slash health costs: MIT study   { “Bullshit”- says a blogger at an internet café. -not me, but I did report it to you.-  —djo— }

The folly of quarantine, especially for diseases like Ebola   {  }

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“Local”  /  “New Brunswick”

Health reform debate must go beyond spending, analyst says   { “deserves ‘adult conversation’ ” in another headline. }

J.P. Lewis says New Brunswick voters seduced with ‘tasty tidbits’   { “Well- ‘Duh’!” Voters everywhere are seduced with well researched sound bytes appealing to their most cherished issues. }

Parties pledge job through roads, education, ports and food   { If a politician opens his or her mouth and the word, ‘jobs’ – or ‘leadership’ or any one of a dozen other hot button issues’ buzz words- pop out – You should plug your ears and run away screaming. They’re planning to lie in your face and rape your body, mind, soul and spirit. }

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{ 9:29 am – preliminary headlines typed – Ready to rock and roll at 10:17 am  ———djo——— }

Monday, 25 August, 2014 – Canadian News Headlines –

{ Copied and Pasted from “Radio Free Earth News”  —————jda }

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Monday, 25 August, 2014  -( 77˚F / 25˚C with a couple  clouds in Ithaca @ 11:30 am ET )-

{ & 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——— }

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Coffee, donuts, hamburgers and fries.

Tim Hortons and Burger King are talking about a merger.

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-Live- Michael Brown funeral gets underway in St. Louis   { This is today’s lead story, but I didn’t want to post a big picture of someone who may have been murdered by police for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The most damning – and unverified – tweet I saw on Michael Brown’s death was a comparison of the video from the convenience store compared with the photo of Michael Brown dead on the ground & the tweeter said something along these lines: – Okay, right, he changed his shoes and went from having his head shaved bald to sporting a full head of hair in two minutes – So of course he needed to be shot dead in the streets. }

Thousands attend funeral for Michael Brown in Missouri   {  }

Tim Horton, Burger King shares rise on merger talks   { The headquarters would be in Canada }

B.C. teachers resume picketing 1 week before Labour Day   {  }

Napa residents pick up pieces after California quake   {  }

U.S. strikes on Syrian ISIS targets need permission: Syria   {  }

French president dissolves government as cabinet feuds   {  }

-New- ‘I feel you all especially when I pray’: Read James Foley’s last letter to family   { Looks like the manipulators want to keep you in a high level of stress by repeating something from  these stories every day.  }

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“Offbeat”

LobsterCam in Halifax is live once again   {  }

400 garden gnomes missing in Austria   { On one visit to the outskirts of Ottawa, a friend told me that kids had stolen hundreds of gnomes from people’s front yards in that suburban Ontario town, and had been caught. The police were keeping the gnomes under surveillance at police headquarters until they were claimed by people who owned them }

& Two repeat articles from the weekend

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“Most Viewed”

Ronald Stan, Ontario man missing since 1977, found in U.S.   { He disappeared after a fire in 1977. He is now 69 years old and living under an assumed named in the states. }

Decker Glacier at Whistler a sign of melt to come   { Photos down a couple lines. }

Michael Lumahang called a hero after drowning trying to save boy   { The boy was in the Ottawa River }

Ebola outbreak: Why Liberia’s quarantine in West Point slum will fail   {  }

Tories keep 4 Challenger jets airborne due to VIP scheduling conflicts   { P.M. Harper had promised to decommission the jets, but it looks like he also promised rides to ‘important people’. }

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga remains quiet   { Yesterday they reported an eruption beneath a glacier. Last night they reported 2 more quakes around the volcano. }

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“Other”

‘He needs me to fight for him’: Woman stabbed by son says legal system [is] failing him  { Alberta: The mother of a man with a psychotic illness is frustrated [because] her son, who has been charged with attempted murder after she was stabbed more than a year ago, is in jail with dangerous criminals instead of receiving treatment at an Alberta hospital. }

2 photos. 2006 on left 2014 on right.

“Before & After”

‘Quite scary’ before and after melt of Whistler, B.C.’s Decker Glacier   { “What was cold white in 2006 is now a stunning blue.” }

Mexican woman in Montreal may be deported without her 2 children   {  }

Why it’s hard to stop a peeping drone   {  }

Comedy is the new drama: Orange is the New Black takes on Modern Family at the Emmys   {  }

-Photos- Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus wins Video of the year   {  }

-Must Watch- Hotel’s colourful implosion    { “A demolition company in New York sets off fireworks and colourful smoke to signal hotel’s demise in Albany.” }

-Must Watch- SUV runs over boy in China   { The 6-year-old survived. }

Gaza airstrikes resume with no end in sight   {  }

Harassment, bullying continues in national police force: Liberal MP   {  }

Sony PlayStation Network back online after weekend cyberattack   {  }

Ancient Mayan cities uncovered in Mexican jungle   {  }

Mayan ruins in Mexican Jungle

Mayan ruins that were found and lost have been found again.

Richard Attenborough dead at 90   {  }

Germany outlasts Nigeria to win U-20 Women’s World Cup   { “U-20” = ‘under-20-years-old’ }

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Brian Gallant’s abortion stance offers opportunity and risk   { Abortion-rights activists say the Liberal provincial leader hasn’t gone far enough to win their support, Unlike Justin Trudeau, Brian Gallant has not said that pro-abortion candidates cannot run for office under the Liberal Party of New Brunswick banner. }

Swarm of bees from Moncton hotel rooftop create a buzz   {  }

Decision on Moncton’s surplus military homes delayed   {  }

Politicians challenged for straight answers on finances   { They should be challenged for straight answers on anything. }

“New Brunswick Votes 2014”

Campaign slogans hinder real debate about fiscal crisis   {  }

+ Plus 2 repeat articles from above +

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& “What’s Not Here”   { I heard there was a 7.0 earthquake in South America last night }

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{ 12:50 pm : Beginning colorization and typo search. 1:30 ready to rock and roll.  ———djo——— }

The Welcoming Committee

Wednesday morning, May 14, 2014. Welcome to planet Earth in turmoil? Join the family of concerned earthlings?

A Family Of Deer.

“The Committee”

Cathi (mon amour fou, the very creative ((and lovely)) love of my life) gave these guys their nickname. (They are often around when she gets home from work. They really appreciate oats and occasional bread slices. It’s been a tough winter.)

This should probably be the top post on my ‘sticky’ list for quite a while.

~~~~~Jim Wellington

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Copied & Pasted :

Wednesday, May 14, 2014. { — I’m not sure my friend, Douglas Otterson, wants to leave the ‘bullets’ at the beginning of each line of his poem —  —jda— }

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Politix:

 

Jeeze- wouldn’t it would be nice if we were able to trust that anybody in government or the corporate media would actually tell us the truth about anything?

1.) Scrolling headlines on CBC morning show: “Fair Elections Act passes third reading in House of Commons” … My feelings on this? If this bill is passed and signed into law they might as well remove the Maple Leaf from the Canadian Flag and replace it with a Swastika ( the WWII version, not the original Sanskrit ).

2.) Re: Lac Mégantic: Last Evening: Television News showed 3 employees of the MM&A Railroad being led into court securely handcuffed and accompanied by uniformed police. There was a radio news account which reported that a heavily armed SWAT team broke into one of those human beings’ home, knocked him down and cuffed him (hands behind his back). This reminds me of a movie based on a real World War One incident in which a general was upset that his men had not been able to take and hold some arbitrary objective, so he had 3 random soldiers shot as an example. (In the movie, one of these soldiers was a good soldier and a decent human being who was hand picked by a corrupt officer.) — What this seems to me is: From the top down: Conservative Politiks spread dis-information about revenue and the cost of programmes that actually protect or help anybody so they can pull the funds away from social programmes and funnel it into their own pockets. (( http://www.cafr1.com )) —> Greedy Corporate Executives do their best to get rid of as many employees as they can ((( and they don’t seem to realize that, in their quest to force everyone they can into $lavery, there will be nobody left to support them by paying for their products or services ))). —> Conservative Governments De-Funding and Cutting away at Regulatory Enforcement Budgets make sure there aren’t enough inspectors to make sure the industries are acting in accordance with safety laws and/or Ethics and/or Human Decency. —> Corporations (( in this case the railroads )) try to run their operations with the absolute smallest number of employees they can get away with (( which ends up becoming illegal, immoral and dangerous to say the least )). —> overworked, underpaid employees are stressed beyond belief and probably can’t do enough to ensure the safe operation of their jobs. —> So when the ‘fit hits the shan’, as in Lac Mégantic, and mourning survivors look for answers and sometimes, justice, the corporate ‘big wigs’ look for someone to blame and try to charge employees way down their ‘corporate food chain’ with negligence and failure to properly do their job (( after making damned sure they can’t properly do their jobs in the first place )) and throw innocent employees to the wolves, laughing all the way to their banks, convinced that ‘John Q Public’ is too stupid to look behind the curtain, and probably much too stupid ( and/or stressed and/or exhausted )  to even notice that there is a curtain. If anybody needs to hang for this, it really should be the nasty S.O.B.’s who actually caused the situation to deteriorate to the current state of the industry and its infrastructure- and don’t forget the lobbyists who spend more money on making sure that corporations remain ‘an ingenious invention to ensure maximum profits with zero personal liability’. —> If anyone is guilty of negligence causing death- you’d better start with politicians of the ilk of Stephen Harper, include every corporate executive on the planet, and then add anybody who invests in corporations whose bottom lines are more important to them than the health, well being ( and life, liberty and pursuit of happiness ) of their employees and customer base.

3.) ((( a poem begins on the next line down )))

( don’t hold your breath )

  • a general
  • in a drunken rage
  • demands
  • his armies take an impossible objective
  • -one thousand soldiers die in minutes
  • -front line officers order a retreat
  • the humiliated general
  • blames those officers and soldiers
  • for ‘his’ defeat
  • and has three officers
  • and twenty ‘regular’ soldiers shot
  • If history blames the general
  • then Truth miraculously wins
  • (don’t hold your breath)
  • —douglas j otterson

—enough for today?

——— djo