Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 – News?

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


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

Wooden Yurts

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

Terri Nakamura Photo

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

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

37 inches of new snow in Boston Monday.

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

{ Today’s Birthdays :

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



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

Offbeat News:

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

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

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

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



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

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

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

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

Heating oil costs climb from pre-election change   {  }

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

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

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

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

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

A simmering debate about dress codes

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

Shane Thomas

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

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

Different approaches

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

Julia Fournier

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

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

From protest to persuasion

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

Judy Piers-Kavanagh

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

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

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

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

David McTimoney

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

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

The discussion continues

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

Sorcha Beirne

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

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

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

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


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


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

Tax Dodges of Amerikan Corporations.

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

TVs are Watching You.

“Smart TeeVees = Bad News” —djo—

Cool Cougars?

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


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


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



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

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


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

Equality Means Equality

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

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

{ Canadian Headlines :

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

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

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

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



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

Offbeat News:

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

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

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

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



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

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

The big chill: Cold Temperatures continue in Maritimes   {   }

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

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

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


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

Bow ties on Cats?

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

Equality Rising 2

Hold all politicians accountable.

Sad stupid conservatives

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


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


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



Thursday- Yes, we are in a snow tunnel –

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


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

Driveway 2

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


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

snow fort?

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

Deer Path

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

burried swing.

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

Snow Cave and Tool shed.

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


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

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

— Wink?

~~~~~ Jim

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

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

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

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

Snow - one

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

Snow two

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

Snow three

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

snow four

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

snow five?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~~~~~ Jim

Monday – Waiting for the 4th major storm in two weeks.

Monday, February 2nd, 2015 -(-23°C / -11°F & cloudy @ 5:30 am here in Atlantic Canada )-  Bitterly cold, waiting for another storm. Lisa S.’s birthday, & Ricky S.’s birthday, & my Cousin Lyn’s birthday, too.


Solar Power Versus Corporate Polluting Nonsense?

— Sitting here, staring into space. Some of my favourite people have birthdays today. And there are 99 people ‘following’ me on twitter? to be honest, some of them will disappear when they realize they’re not about to sell me anything. One guy’s profile says, “Buy followers on Twitter.” Gaaaaa- I don’t follow anybody who probably wouldn’t post stuff I really want to read and/or check out.

— But, anyway, our fourth blizzard in two weeks is supposed to start up this afternoon. I should probably rest up and be ready to clear the driveway again, and again and —

— Should I scream now? Or enjoy the idea that I now have a ‘snow fort’ for a driveway that I would have given anything for as a kid?

~~~~~ Jim

Thursday, Waiting for another shoe to drop?

Thursday, January 29, 2015  – Cousin Joan & 2 relatives & 5 ex-co-workers have a birthday today.

— Funny thing, for a long time today was the day on which I knew the most people celebrating their birthdays, & while Aquarians are not always the easiest people to get along with, I pretty much liked and gravitated toward everybody with today’s birthday.

"Weather Underground" photo and information for January 30th - edited in after the fact on Thursday's post.

“Weather Underground” photo and information for January 30th – edited in after the fact on Thursday’s post.

— We’ve had our two big snow storms within a week and we might be getting another one tomorrow night into Saturday. I’m aching all over from slipping and landing on hard ice twice, once for each storm, during the snow-blowing part. And that’s pretty much what I’m thinkin about. Other, maybe deeper concerns have been relegated to the back burner for now. I’m listening to Baroque music and loving the timbre of the stringed instruments. And that sounds like snowy day stuff.

— The dog and the cats seem to be taking a day off from insisting that I drop everything and deal with their exigencies….

— So, yeah, I guess I feel like the whole world is on hold and I’m waiting for the next shoe to drop here.

— Shrug–,

~~~~~ Jim


Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 : Life in a snow globe?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015  -( -9°C / +16°F & Still snowing here at 2:30 pm in Atlantic Canada )- My Uncle Ray’s birthday.

Street View?

Our street here at around 2:00 pm. Uncorrected, kind of grey, kind of snow-globe-like-


This is the actual spot where the deer show up when they’re hungry.

Snow Groove

Looking toward the Deer’s spot – on the left, on the hill – between the porch and the first pine tree – photo taken from in front of the shed that shelters the snowblower.

Deers' Eye View

Looking toward the shed from just this side of the deers’ spot on the hill.


This is our driveway, taken from across the street to get it all in.


This is for contrast to show the depth of the snow, I think you should be able to see two tiers, snow from January 25th and 27th. ‘Two big wumps’-


And here’s the main entrance- onto the porch. “Mind The Cat” and a Christmas Wreath still up.

— That’s as far as I got with digging out today. -Slipped at the end of the driveway and sat down hard again, but not as hard as a couple days ago. Ache Ache.

— It is still snowing and it looks like a recently shaken up snow globe out there. I’m sitting here thinking about everything I have to get done. I think I have about 5% of this office uncluttered and there are a couple important passwords in notebooks I have to find. I have a novel with a problematic chapter that my brain is constantly working on. Um, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. & I’m achy all over-

— Ouch –,

~~~~~ Jim

Tuesday, The big bad blizzard is here?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 -( -12°C / +10°F & Snowing @6:30 pm in Atlantic Canada )-

Snowing in the driveway

Um, This was @ about 5:30 pm here -Atlantic Time- After we tried to clear the end of the driveway and a path to the shed and the path to the deer feeding spot.

Security Cam shot

“Security Cam Shot” after we carved a path through the yard with a snow blower. The blown snow was over two feet deep, spots where the wind whipped around vehicles in the driveway were almost clear.

Security Monitor

Slightly blurry, hand held, flash off = shot of the security cam monitor’s partial view / half of the eight panels – Deer Cam upper left, Basement ghost cam upper right, Office-Jim Cam lower left, Office Jim Cam-2 lower right.

— We thought it might be a good idea to clear away the end of the driveway and a path to and around the van, in case we ever wanted to get out of here again. We’re probably not even halfway through this storm and we had areas where the drifts were four feet deep, and spots where the wind had whipped around the van and other obstacles, down to bare driveway. Right at the door the wind had sculpted a nice 18 inch / 46 cm low spot. Two feet from the door the top of the snow dune was 22 inches / 56 cm above the deck. Off the edge of the deck the dune was over 3 feet high. We have a 27 inch wide – probably 24 inches high – snowblower. There were spots I could have attempted to tunnel through the drifts with that. We will, no doubt, need to go out and do that again, maybe more than once before the storm is over. I’m thinking last year’s April Fools Day blizzard hit us harder, but it might be too soon to tell.

Flip Cam shot

“Flip Cam Shot of Security Monitor” Closer to 7 pm. The funny thing was, I went for the camera when the screen was a mess of shooting white lines, I came back with the camera on the tripod and we hit a lull. No activity at all. Another interesting thing. in some of these single frames there were odd bits of light, usually vertical streaks or horizontal areas lit up that vanished in the next frame. Hmmmmmm-

— Very fine snow. But it’s blowing in ‘white-out’ intensity. That, coupled with the wind catching what I was blowing with the snow blower – It’s hard to clear a driveway when you can’t see the front of the snow blower- My fingers felt like I hit each one with a hammer when I got back in after half an hour outside in the storm.

— I have some more shots coming, uploading from a flip cam onto the laptop, will then grab a couple ‘snapshots’ from the videos and copy them from laptop to here and get them up.


— Oh goody… The plow just went up the street again. It’s 7:45 pm & parts of my fingers still sting from two hours ago.

— Um, I better quit before I want to look for a lawyer who might go along with the idea that if the city wants to plow three and four foot mountains between senior citizens and the real world, they should either come back and plow or shovel a path through their mountain or face charges of attempted murder. That should go over like the good old lead balloon.

~~~~~ Jim

Feeling a bit stiff, but not that bad –

Monday, January 26th, 2015  -( -17°C / +2°F & Still light outside @5:22 pm on Catherine E’s Birthday 🙂 )-


Icicles hanging from the roof over the porch Sunday morning.

— A couple days ago Cathi meditated on our future by visualizing going to her safe place in the upper astral world and opening doors. The last time she did that, every door she opened showed her chaos and ‘really weird’ futures. Between then and now during another meditation she asked her higher self what those weird futures were all about and why hadn’t she found one she could love and believe in. The response she received was, “You can open more doors-” So, this last time she opened several doors onto weird futures, closed and locked them and then found one that she really liked. ‘Weird stuff’ that has been happening to us in the past couple years wasn’t there. Both of us were really getting somewhere with our writing and we were both working on writing stuff that had publishers very interested. She could see that she really didn’t need to work outside – no more ‘day job’ was necessary. –> She visualized that she stepped through into that future and closed the door on this one behind her. — Almost immediately after she told me that I started feeling the need to ‘tidy up around here’. I actually got things done from my ‘to-do’ list. I finally cleaned up the top of her desk in this office here, contacted a long lost cousin in California, had a great online conversation with him, actually called Mom and Sharon in Alaska like I said I would. We skyped for almost an hour. Today, I’m looking at the entrance to this room and thinking I need to get the clutter off the bookcase and maybe start a file/scrapbook for that stuff I want to keep and trash the stuff I don’t. This is a real step forward.

— Today is somebody’s birthday. When I was feeling like my life was pretty much over, she came along at the wrong place in the wrong time and flirted, and convinced me that I still had something to offer and maybe all my dreams could actually come true instead of continually being squashed by evil authoritarian ice-holes all around me. I wished her happy birthday in email.

— I was stiff after slipping on the ice yesterday and landing on my backside. I think I landed on the best possible angle so I was jarred, but I didn’t send the top of my spine up through my brain or anything that catastrophic. I had a bit of a rough time last night lowering my head into sleeping position. There was a big black dog on my side of the bed and he’s too big for me to pick up and move through sheer muscle and grit, I could still pick up the 125 pounds of Labrador Retriever, but with him squirming and fighting back, I would probably throw something out in my back worse than landing on my rump in the driveway yesterday did. I tried to sleep in the recliner in the living room. I immediately had purring orange cat help and that complicated things a bit. But I did manage to sleep with a 25 pound orange cat trying to tangle his claws up in my beard without messing my back up any worse that it was when I sat down.

— Monday is garbage day, I pried myself up a little after 7:30 with Cathi getting ready for work and got myself together enough to get the garbage and recycling out, started the van to warm it up before she had to sit in a freezing cold environment and started getting a little bit of new ice off the windshield. After she got out I puttered around, looked through email and stuff and waited a bit, then gave the animals their morning routines and then went back to bed. Again, it was a bit difficult lowering my head past a certain point, my jarring yesterday had the muscles at the top of my back, and in my neck, complaining, but I got into a position that worked and did waft off into dreamland.

— I know I dreamed, and I think the dreams were consistant, like visiting alternate dimensions more than creating a whole weird universe inside my head – at least that’s what it feels like lately – but right now, I don’t remember any details. Which is sort of good, I was not terrorized by nightmares or anything. And here I am, less achy than I was before I went back to bed and thinking about further sprucing up my web pages.

— It’s a lot easier to add stuff to a wordpress page than it is to open up DreamWeaver or any of those earlier web editing ‘apps’ The only weird thing is, you have to ‘log in’ to you different pages one at a time, which is still a lot easier than firing up DreamWeaver and an ftp client and getting things done that way. And, if you have all the pages in different versions of wordpress on your website linked to the same account, same username and password, you don’t have to log in to each one individually. That helps, too.

— Interesting stuff about my long lost cousin in California. He was born on my 13th birthday. Back in those days it would have been scandalous, we heard that my aunt had ‘female problems’ and had to go into the hospital while she was in California, visiting a relative who lived out there. Eighteen years later we met her ‘female problem’ and I thought he was pretty cool. Last night he told me that I was pretty much the only person he met when he came out here to meet his biological parents that he could relate to. That felt great. He’s also a sound recording engineer with his own sound studio out there. He’s got a couple children and we will probably talk quite a bit in the very near future. — Yay!

— So now, in keeping with my weird sudden nesting instincts kicking in here -shudder- I should save this and go clean up the corner of the bookcase nearest to the desk I uncluttered the other day.

— ‘Have a nice evening,’ he said to the world. And the loving bits of this universe smiled and said, “He knows we’re here!” and chattered among themselves wondering how to show him that they appreciated being acknowledged. [ insert wide silly grin here ]

~~~~~ Jim

Saturday, Snowing in the Evening.

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 -( -1°C / +30°F & snowing at 11: something pm. )-

— Made some progress, dealt with some frustrations earlier – Took a nice warm shower, took some clothes that were getting sloppy on a wardrobe shelf, refolded them, put them back in 2/3 the space they took up when they were messy – now I feel a lot better- but what the fupp? Am I getting weird and having some kind of idiotic masculine nesting instinct kick in? Nah- It was just a weird day in the frustration department and I didn’t want to look at a messed up shelf on top of all that.

— But:

Cathi's desk

I cleaned up the top of Cathi’s desk- which was buried in my clutter in the office here. Still not easily accessible, but it’s a start.

Bimmy's work station

For contrast: Cathi’s desk is against the south wall, You’re looking at the north wall here. All’s that’s missing is my “A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind” sign, which is buried under some of that stuff up there somewhere.

Cathi's desk with Nano Winners' shirt

Somebody asked me if I got this year’s NaNoWriMo Winners’ shirt. Cathi saw the dragon and knew I needed that. It was my Christmas present 🙂

China Solar

There’s a lot going on in China that makes me think I’m glad I don’t live there, but they may be leading the charge in the Clean Energy department. Why aren’t we doing that? Because we’re controlled by a lot of what a friend calls ‘evil manipulating ice-holes waging economic warfare on us’? —shrug—


I hope this is an officially endorsed John Lennon twitter account. Yoko & Co. would probably have it taken down if it wasn’t. But I took one look at that photo and knew exactly how he felt.

New Zealand

I really needed something nice to look at here, so I grabbed this from our news blog – a retweet – “South Island, New Zealand” Looks good to me.

— Whattaya think? Yum?

— I wanted to skip over all the frustrating stuff, but I will say it began with Microsoft hijacking my workhorse computer with another of their daily frustrating ‘must have’ updates. & When they claim you need their security updates are they telling you the truth? Or is their ‘must have’ security b.s. something the NSA wants you to have so they can more easily collect ‘intelligence’ on every thought you ever had and every person you ever thought of and every web site some stupid re-direct brought you to, sometimes against your will? -grumble grumble grumble-

— But I feel a lot better now.

— Yay?

~~~~~ Jim