Oh No – More Bad News From Canada and France –

Friday Morning, July 15th, 2016 — 66°F / 19°C & Clear with slightly more than half a moon shining over Ithaca at 1:30 AM. —

I thought I had convinced myself to get out of the ‘Bad News’ business.

Nice, France -Police car -
The Globe and Mail might be a Right Wing Propaganda outlet – But there’s too much about this photo that feels way out of context – for me not to post this one first.

— As of last count – 80 peaceful people who went to see fireworks are dead in Nice, France – on the Coast near France’s border with Italy. Some man with a truck full of guns and grenades plowed through hundreds of French civilians out celebrating Bastille Day, their national holiday on a par with our Fourth of July or Canada’s Canada Day.

— Too many “Lone Wolf” crazies are blamed for atrocities like this. Eye-witnesses reported that Sirhan Sirhan was glassy-eyed and firing at nothing when he supposedly assassinated Robert F Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald was a C.I.A. Operative who followed orders when he defected to Russia, was welcomed back quietly to the USA after completing his mission over there, when a real defector would probably have been locked up and tried for treason or accused of being a spy for Russia. Ted Kazinski was the victim of MK Ultra type brainwashing, so was the guy who assassinated John Lennon. So was the guy who climbed the ‘Texas Tower’ and massacred the first victims of a so-called Lone Wolf Attack.

This bull shit has to end.

Map of France and Headline asking for blood donors.
CNN reports the French are calling out for Blood Donors in response to last night’s terror attack in Nice.

— Television screens are playing and replaying an aerial view of the truck charging at people along a beach who were there to watch the fireworks. CNN gives us a slightly truncated map of France with Nice highlighted by a red bullseye dot.

Students (?) with their hands locked behind their heads cross a street somewhere.
“US reacts to Nice Attack”

— And Now I have a Bruce Cockburn song ringing in my memory = “The trouble with ‘Normal’ is it always gets worse.”

Cartoon character looking sad with a photo of a body covered with a green and white cloth behind the cartoon.
And – What may have been the most Positive tweet on the subject of the Nice, France attack is a message from Greece , “Pray for France”.

— Unfortunately, that’s not the only bad news battering us tonight.

Photo of the girl reported kidnapped, now believed to be dead.
“Authorities” in Calgary, Alberta reported that they believe they have found the body of a five year old girl who has been the subject of an Amber Alert since Tuesday. I ran this photo because the one that came with the blurb saying they think they found her body struck me as being the wrong photo to put up here.

— Was it last year or the year before that a boy about the same age as this girl was kidnapped and his grandparents murdered, and the boy was found dead shortly thereafter in the Canadian midwest?

— Argh!

Heavily armored police choking demonstrators.
Democracy Now reports that a newspaper has questioned the police over their claim that they felt their lives were threatened by demonstrators in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"Every morning I wake up on the wrong side of Capitalism"
I’m not sure where this photo was taken, but it seems to go along with the photo in the tweet above this one. There is too much history of police brutally defending the rich and powerful from imagined threats by the not-rich and the not-powerful.
Hillary and GMOs.
Hillary Might be the lesser of two evils. Somebody said that if a male candidate said exactly what she says, it would not cause a major controversy. If you remember Ronny Raygun as being made of teflon, Hillary is more like velcro.

— “Never have two such divisive candidates been running for the office of the President of the United States.” Almost nobody is neutral about either of the two obvious front-runners for their parties’ coronation at the conventions coming up this month.

— The most encouraging thing I heard lately about the upcoming US Federal Elections is that the Astrological aspects that are right now amplifying the all pervading atmosphere of fear in the USA will have abated and people will be looking for stability on election day, as opposed to the wide-spread paranoia and xenophobia that almost has too many of our countrymen and women believing that we need an immigrant proof wall around the USA if we ever want to sleep soundly without the fear of being murdered in our beds. Personally, I think GMOs are a bigger threat than Mexicans desperately looking a job that most ‘Americans’ wouldn’t take on a bet. I won’t even mention what one friend said about people waking up and realizing they’ve been sold into slavery if ‘Donald J Chump’ is elected.

"Asset Recycling" defined.
And not everything is peaches and cream in Canada, either. Everybody I know, and like and care about up there breathed a heavy sigh of relief with the Conservative Party and especially Stephen Harper was/were voted out of office last autumn. But now it looks and sounds like a lot of shenanigans and ‘business as usual’ is threatening to sell out the citizens of Canada to the highest bidder.

— Too much fast talking – too much wool being pulled over too many citizen’s eyes – is a problem in Canada, too.

"Why civilian oversight of Police Departments usually fails.
“Why civilian oversight of Police Departments Usually Fails”

— Remember the original teevee series “Get Smart”? I distinctly remember Don Adams as Agent 86 summarizing their adventures in one episode to Barbara Feldon with, “But we have to murder, rape, kidnap and assassinate-” To which Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 asks, “Why is that, Max?” To which he replies, “Because we’re the good guys!” And then he suddenly looks just a little bit confused.

Young Highland Cow?
& Now – to lighten up a bit. We’re talking about getting cows in our game world that look a little like this guy. I think this is a highland cow, maybe not –

— That was probably a young cow or bull in Iceland.

— Did I tell ya that temperature maps reported that the high temperature was 84°F on Alaska’s North Shore today?

Tallulah Gorge in Georgia, with bright autumn foliage.
And this gorge looks an awful lot like what Jim was trying to get a stream in his first attempt at building an area in our game to look like.

— Yeah, I’m grasping at straws to leave you with a bit of optimism tonight.

Don't blindly accept criticism/advice.
I remember some advice that I was given the first time I took my sanity into my own hands and nervously subjected myself and my writing to a creative writing workshop, “Don’t believe anybody else’s criticism of your work comes from the mouth of God. Take it all in, think about it. Live with it for a day or two and sincerely see if it applies to what you’ve just written. Change what you need to change, and defend what you don’t need to change.”

—  gaaaaa – I’ve said too much, as usual –,

—djo—

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