Happy Thursday? – & No, I didn’t go away –

Good Morning, it’s Thursday, I think – February 18th, 2016 — §§ 16°F / -9°C & snowing lightly in Ithaca @ 4:59 am  §§ 21°F / -6°C & cloudy in NewBrunswick @ 5:59 am  §§ & -13°F / -25°C & Very Dark in North Pole, Alaska @ 1:59 am there  §§

plug in changes "Stephen Harper" to "Some Fear Mongering Shithead".
This is an appearance plug-in available for FireFox browsers. — Wish I’d’ve known it was there during the last Canadian Federal election.

— Rachel was showing me some stuff on her Windows Computer. She sat me down and had me scroll through hundreds of ‘appearance add-ons’ for FireFox – You can have any photo of Tom Cruise covered by a photo of a kitten. & there are dozens of other weird things that can be substituted for mean, nasty & ugly stuff and/or people. That made my day.

— Yeah, so, sorry I haven’t been my usual rabid news hound self lately. I’ve been helping my daughter plan her wedding and thinking about happy stuff instead of the usual incredibly awful stuff we’ve been bombarded with lately in the name of the news.

Pretty trees, pretty valley, nice green mountains and hills.
& This looks like something Jim W. and I were talkin’ about – tryin to add inspiring landscapes to the on line game we’re still building.

— And this is me, having fun, using Rachel’s computer to update a blog I’ve been too busy to update lately. ( & I’m having the time of my life. 🙂 )

——— djo ———

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Forwarded: Stages in Moral Growth and Politix

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 -( 82˚F / 28˚C & cloudy @ 10:45 am in Ithaca, NY  &&&    70˚F / 21˚C Cloudy & breezy in New Brunswick @ 11:45 am Atlantic Savings Time   &&&    44˚F / 7˚C & Overcast in North Pole, Alaska @ 6:45 am Alaska Time )-

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Forwarded —> “Stages in Moral Growth; The Politix of Fear & The Politix of Mean” by Jim Wellington

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New Brunswick, Canada, September 8, 2015:

Stages in Moral Growth

& The Politix of Fear – The Politix of Mean

 

— I think it was  1968, The Boston Globe published an article by or about an academic type that explained Stages in Moral Growth – This may have been a book review, I believe it was in the Sunday Edition of that newspaper. & What vividly sticks in my memory is the idea that – unlike most other growth processes, those who are at a lower level of Moral Growth believe that those who have grown and adopted a higher level or Morality are actually either immoral or amoral. I’ll explain that a bit further in a bit.

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— Here are the levels – with my own labels: It should be noted that, like Freud’s theory of ‘Libido’ – Traumatic events that occur to those at lower levels may make it much more difficult for an individual to progress and/or grow to a higher level. The process is not automatic. Social pressures, governmental pressures, authoritarian pressures, peer pressures, the fear of legal consequences – may conspire to scare all but the strongest individuals out of considering advancing/growing/evolving to a higher level.

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— Level One — “Infantile” — Whatever feels good is Right and Good. — It’s bad to be hungry. It’s bad to be wet or sitting in a soiled diaper. It’s Good to be warm and dry and have a full belly. It’s Good to have a Mommy or a Daddy smile and talk to you –

— Level Two — “Toddler” — Whatever Mommy and Daddy say is Good is Good and Right. — Mommy and Daddy ( or whoever is filling those roles in your eyes ) are the ultimate authority in your known universe. They pretty much know everything worth knowing, They’ve told you that it’s bad to touch a hot stove, and it’s bad to run into the road without stopping and looking all ways and maybe even waiting for Mommy or Daddy to tell you it’s okay to proceed.

— Level Three — “Grammar School” — Living by a child’s peer group’s values becomes more important than following the rules that Mommy and Daddy have laid down at home.

*** Here’s where the bit about those who are at a lower level can become obvious: If your peer group says ‘Smoking is Cool’ and a younger brother or sibling sees you smoking. That younger sibling will most likely believe you are ‘being bad’, because Mommy and Daddy told you that smoking is bad. And if your younger sibling tells Mommy and Daddy, then you will believe that younger sibling is being a ‘stool pigeon’ and you and your peer group will believe that telling on you is a bad thing. ***

— Level Four — “Middle School” — “My Country Right Or Wrong!” — It begins with the belief that your school is the best and rival schools are the enemy. It usually expands to the belief that your town is Good, and the Right place to live and the next town might be something like the enemy, especially if they’re involved in competition for tax money to complete projects, build schools, improve roads – and so on. You may then grow to believe that your State or Province is full of the good guys and a neighboring State or Province is populated by bad guys. So when your government tells you that another country is evil and you need to go to war to punish them for what they tell you is a crime against your Country, your King or Queen, or President or Prime Minister, then of course — going to war against those sub-human monsters would be the right thing to do.

— Level Five — “Conscientious / Rigid” — “- ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ does not mean ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless Your King And Country Tells You To.’ – ”  — This is a level that not a lot of men and women evolve to. It takes a lot of courage to make a giant step away from the beliefs and values of the majority of your friends and neighbors. Governments and Churches have tried to muddy the waters here by invoking ‘Jihad’ and ‘Crusades’ philosophies, to try to convince everybody that ‘God is on Our Side!’ & they try to convince everybody that they want to control that ‘Conscientious Objectors’ are cowards.

*** The Academic Type guy who wrote the book explained that most members of the World War II Generation were firmly stuck in the ‘My Country Right Or Wrong’ stage and that a lot of – especially American – youth who had grown up in an era of peace and plenty – had evolved to a higher moral level than their parents and this is why the movement against the Viet Nam ‘Police Action’ was so divisive. ***

— Level Six — “Conscientious / Extenuating Circumstances” — “Wait a minute – Let me think this through -” — This is the highest level the Academic guy explained. — Here’s where the most conscientious people go through a personal re-evaluation and come up with, “Okay, I have believed that it’s wrong to kill under any circumstances – but – If I fail to act and allow a murderer to kill innocent people, have I become an accomplice? – If I try to wound somebody I see aiming a rifle at a child and accidentally kill that person, would this be not only justifiable, but a good thing? Is putting my immortal soul in jeopardy to save a life something that God would find acceptable?”

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— Do not blindly accept that the above is Right and Correct. Do not blindly accept that anything I say is true, right and correct without testing the ideas, values, and principles, or checking the data. My opinions are my own. I’ve come to embrace those opinions the hard way, struggling one at a time to test and weigh pros and cons and all the various degrees between ‘ultimately right’ and ‘completely wrong’.

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— Yesterday, Labour Day –  Two candidates for federal office –  running under the Conservative Party of Canada’s banner – were ‘fired’ for ‘questionable behaviour’ One guy, running in the Scarborough area of Ontario, not far from Toronto – who had been self-employed as a contractor – was caught on video urinating into his client’s coffee mug and then dumping the urine into the client’s sink where he was working on the faucet. Another guy – who was running in a section of Toronto – was ‘outed’ for recording and posting on YouTube = several telephone conversations in which he subjected women to sexist insults and other telephone conversations in which he made fun of handicapped/challenged citizens.

— The Politix of Mean: Members of the Conservative Party of Canada are not the only ones in politics who have exhibited a Mean Streak. I have close friends who believe that Conservatives may have refined their ‘mean speak’ more diligently than others – sharpened and developed it as a tool that they believe will help them get elected, and/or stay elected. There have been scholarly studies that reached the conclusion that negative political ads have much more impact than positive political ads. My spouse used to ride a bus with thirty and forty something year-olds whose conversations sounded like a script written for high school students in a programme like “mean girls”. She shuddered and wondered how the people she rode with every day never outgrew the attitudes, postures and mocking tones of voice they probably developed in high school or even middle school.

— There has been a television barrage of negative political ads in which several actors pretending to be a corporate board of executives are reviewing the job application of the leader of Canada’s Liberal Party – These actors look and sound like a high school clique making fun of classmates they would never consider allowing to join their inner circle. They make accusations they don’t back up with facts and accuse non-Conservative Party candidates of wanting to take money out of the pockets of parents throughout Canada – and cite programmes that have been criticized for only benefiting millionaires. They claim that the Liberal Leader has promised to get rid of a programme they claim is giving much-needed funds to families who need it the most when news stories have pointed out that the current Conservative Government has ended a programme that gave money to parents of children and replaced it with a program that on the surface, gives those parents money, but when researched more deeply, is a taxable benefit,which – after taxes – ‘gives’ an average family $13.19 a month where the other program, the one they got rid of, gave them hundreds and didn’t ‘claw back’ anything. This morning I heard people who responded to a call in show that asked ‘un-committed’ voters to explain their concerns, and it seems that too many of those voters believe the propaganda behind the political ads and haven’t learned that the money they’ve been promised is not a give-away, but a political gimmick that will be severely reduced when it is clawed back at tax time. And nobody reminded anybody that the government had scuttled the program that had been giving people who needed help a lot more help that this new and highly touted program would actually deliver.

— Before that call-in show aired this morning, someone else had called in a previous program and said that when the Conservative Prime Minister called for this election and established a much longer campaign period than the usual month-long period between announcing the election and Election Day – which has been the Canadian standard – The Prime Minister did this with the smug assurance that his party had a much larger ‘War Chest’ than any other party and was probably secure in his belief that the party who spends the most during an election receives the most votes.

— My ‘gut’ feeling is The Prime Minister will more than likely wake up the morning after the election smugly looking forward to a nice, comfortable, well paid retirement.

— One thing that will probably come back to bite the Conservative Party during this election is, no matter how much money they have to spend on memorable negative attack ads. The fact that the sitting Conservative Government closed down quite a few needed Veterans Administration offices at the height of a crisis in which a lot of returning vets were being given the run-around, were being denied help after being diagnosed with PTSD, and were committing suicide in epidemic numbers. The Minister in charge of Veterans Affairs then announced that he was giving the Prime Minister a cheque for a billion dollars that would have been used to serve Veterans through those closed down office. This has not been lost on a group that the Conservatives have historically counted as being firmly behind them. Veterans groups all around Canada have begun a campaign they’re calling “A.B.C.” – “Anyone But Conservatives”

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— The Politix of Fear.

— Another core group of Conservative Supporters – Hard Core Supporters – are the “Law and Order” group who live their lives in fear – or at least anxiety – that the ‘criminal element’ will destroy their health, forcefully relieve them of their wealth, and threaten their family security.

— In recent years, the US government has been practicing the politix of fear, finding that when they can convince the American public that there are terrorists out there actively plotting to blow up buildings and kill American citizens where they live, they can get most American citizens to happily surrender most of their rights and freedoms. Homeland Security appears to be a glowing success. When a government can create an atmosphere of fear it becomes very difficult for most citizens to calm down and yell, ‘Hey wait a minute – this is bull chips! – There weren’t any communist spies hiding under everybody’s beds in the nineteen fifties and there are not a million terrorists sneaking into hometown America every ten minutes ready to jump out, rape our women and children and brutally butcher your gawd-awful tax base!”

— There are quite a few people standing up and saying, “It was the C.I.A. who Created al-Qaeda” “It was C.I.A. trained agents who created ISIS.” “Governments have murdered more of their own Citizens than all foreign armies in all the wars in the last century. This includes World Wars I & II -” Werner Von Braun told his close friends that ‘Intelligence Groups’ would manipulate us into the cold war and keep us afraid the Russians might attack us in our sleep until that message no longer resonated, and then they would manipulate a fear campaign that ‘rogue nations’ would unleash what sounds an awful lot like the ‘Terrorist Actions’ they are keeping us off-center and easily pushed around now. & when the fear of Rogue Nations/terrorists no longer scared enough of us into blindly surrendering our rights and freedoms – the dark ops intelligence groups would launch an attack in broad daylight using very advanced secretly developed flying machines and claim that we were being attacked by a new enemy from outer space.

— These people will do anything to keep us ‘under their control’. And fear has always been the most effective weapon that they use against their own people.

— The Current Canadian Government seems to believe they should follow the US model and use well-chosen lies and propaganda to spread the atmosphere of constant Fear throughout Canada as a ploy, which, when coupled with their lies that they’re the only ones prepared to protect Canadians from whatever boogeymen they can convince us are hiding under every bed and around every corner – this just might keep them in power forever, at our expense.

— Don’t buy it —

— But then again, in 2011 my spouse and I were enjoying dinner in a ‘down home’ mom & pop type restaurant in the Ottawa area of Ontario when a group who looked like farmers were gathered at a table near us, enjoying each others’ company and chatting over dinner, telling jokes and looking friendly. But then one guy, probably in his forties, growled, frowned and barked out, “Hey, did all of you hear what ‘Taliban-Jack’ said this afternoon?” Referring to Jack Layton, then Leader of the NDP, who was calling for reason in the face of an anti-Taliban propaganda campaign and not to commit the lives of Canadian Soldiers to fight somebody else’s battles in a war that he believed was mis-directed and one we couldn’t win.

— We came to the realization that we lived in an area where too many voters had been brain washed to the point where they would gladly vote for a dead goat as long as that dead goat ran under the Conservative Party’s banner.

— Don’t vote for anyone who believes there is such a thing as “The Great Unwashed”.

— Don’t vote for anyone who believes they know better than you do how you should live your life.

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~~~~~ Jim

 

Bull Chips!

– & I can’t let this one slip past me —

Monday, 27 July, 2015 – No wonder I never get anything of my own done-

Bull Chips Propaganda from Stephen Harper.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s bid to buy votes and convince voters that the opposition wants to take food out of their babies’ mouths is a lie. The Harper Government has ‘Clawed Back’ the ‘old’ child benefits and substituted this propaganda campaign, without explaining that the new benefits are taxable, so the average benefit would amount to a little over $13.00 Canadian money per month – —djo—

& So far, nobody has won a “Nice Job” from me by telling me that the ‘other’ progressive law recently passed in France makes it illegal to design planned early obsolescence into products.

——— djo ———

Monday, 23 February, 2015 – News?

Monday, 23 February, 2015  -( -44˚F / -20˚C   & clear @ 10:00 pm near Ithaca )-  -( -8˚F / -22°C   & clear & windy  @11:00 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— } { 7,002 new tweets since 10:00 pm last night –  aaaaaaaaa!  —djo— }

Keep the Net flying fast and free
Don’t Block My Internet Demonstration in New York – Don’t know whether this is ‘the city’ or where it might be and I don’t have the time to check it out. —djo—
Grumpy Cat Fairy Godother
Ack! This is what happens when parallel worlds collide. Run for cover! Aaaaaaa—– { Wink } —djo—
Above Top Secret
Net Neutrality – the phrase doesn’t pack the right punch. It sounds ambiguous. Keep the Net Honest and Free. —djo—
Reject Harper
Reject the KeystoneXL Pipeline. Put the Tarsands out of business. —djo—
Yay Citizen 4, gaaa NPH
My favourite ‘Significant Other’ gave me the news that Citizen Four won the Oscar for best Documentary and Neil Patrick Harris tried to put the gay rights movement back a few decades by calling Ed Snowden a Traitor. “He couldn’t be here for some treason-” She says she used to like N.P.H. but his jokes are coming out way too mean spirited. & He seems to have forgotten that if it wasn’t for people like Edward Snowden, people like him would be jailed, if not lynched for sodomy and other ‘perversions and unnatural sex acts’  —djo—
Encouragement during failure is worth more than praise after success.
And a little encouragement is always a good thing. —djo—
War Is Over!
And a bit of Nostalgia/History – & Yoko just had a birthday. —djo—

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php 

February 23rd: 1633 – Samuel Pepys, navy expert/composer (Diary, Memoirs), born in London, England. 1646 – Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Japanese shogun (d. 1709). 1685 – George Frederic Handel, Halle Germany, baroque composer and (Messiah, Water Music).  1734 (or 1743?) – Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Frankfurt, founder (House of Rothschild). 1868 – William E B Du Bois, Great Barrington Massachusetts, civil rights activist and writer (Souls of Black Folk). 1889 – Victor Fleming, American film director (“Wizard of Oz”, “Gone with the Wind”), (d. 1949). 1904 – William L Shirer, historian (Rise & Fall of 3rd Reich). 1915 – Paul Tibbets, US Air Force retired Brigadier General and Pilot of B-29 “Enola Gay” over Hiroshima (d. 2007). 1929 – Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st African American NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP). 1938 – Sylvia Chase, St Paul Minn, newscaster (ABC Weekend News, 20/20). 1939 –  Majel Barrett, Columbus Ohio, actress (Christine Chapel-Star Trek).  1940 – Peter Fonda, actor (Easy Rider, Lilith, Wild Angels, Trip). 1944 – Johnny Winter, [John Dawson], American blues guitarist (Silver Train), born in Leland Miss, (d. 2014). 1949 – Marc Garneau, Quebec City Quebec, Canadian astronaut (STS 13, 77). 1951 – Patricia Richardson, Bethesada Md, actress (Double Trouble, Home Improvement). 1963 – Bobby Bonilla, outfielder (NY Mets, Balt Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York. 1964 – Dana Katherine Scully, fictional character (X-Files). 1994 – Dakota Fanning, American Actress.  (& I won’t tell because I don’t know) – Binnie Klein, Poet, Performance Artist and WPKN programmer.     }

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

Fupp Harper
If Harper wins another term as Prime Minister I will know this world has gone to hell and they didn’t even offer us a hand basket. What the bleep is a handbasket anyway? —djo—
Harper Eats donkey shit.
I hope you can read this. “Born again Fascist Prime Minister guts Environmental and Consumer Protection Laws to fleece the economy of Canada.” —djo—
Fupp Harper
“The Secret Police Creation Act?” —djo—  *** According to this – The Railroad company that tried to sell off its service between Ottawa and Petawawa, where the big army base is, couldn’t get anybody to offer them what they wanted for a price, so they ripped all their tracks out and carted them away to melt them down and sell the metal to the highest bidder — Under item (f) above that makes them terrorists, right? Wanna bet the government would not go after them with an arrest warrant or a snatch and grab them in the night and they wake up in Git-Mo? ***   —jim w—
Harper Leaves the PM-ship in handcuffs.
People are really getting angry with their PM in Canada. —djo—

Illegal pesticide killed Fort McMurray baby   {  }

Mystery tunnel found near Pan Am Games venue   {   }

Eating peanut products early in life can reduce allergy risk, study suggests   {  }

CN Railway, Unifor avoid lockout with tentative deal   {  }

Niagara Falls?
Niagara Falls photo taken on February 17th. I don’t see the falls here, do you?

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Torture
Asking if torture works might be the wrong question, but the answer is, “No- it doesn’t work. It’s pure b.s. and makes for good fear tactics, and instant mind control- that’s all it’s good for. Mind Control.” —djo—
Lock Out?
– Halifax, Nova Scotia – looks like the Chronicle Herald might have locked out its personnel. —djo—
Fred Koch - Nazi
A couple of my favorite prophecies lately include the one that says that those who believe that knowledge is power and feel they have a right to lie to us to keep that power to themselves will be unmasked and publicly humiliated, & stripped of all power. —djo—
Schnarr
Measles documented among the fully immunized.

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

Offbeat News:

Canadian Sniper in the film parody we’ve all been waiting for  {  }

‘I just totally collapsed,’ says man after 168-hour Nickleback marathon for charity  {  }

Nonchalant dog shovels backyard hockey rink, wins winter   {  }

Moose on the loose gets police escort in Ontario  {  }

Blowtorches being used to melt sidewalk ice in Windsor   { * I think I remember a really old issue of Mad Magazine suggesting various ways snow cleanup could be made much more effective and easier –  one of them involved flame throwers, but the ‘after’ frame showed an entire city under about 20 feet of water. *  —djo— }

Nestlé and Hershey pledge to make their candy bars healthier   { * If G.M.O. ingredients are involved, don’t buy it. *  —djo—  }

 

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Brrrr
New words to describe extreme weather? = “Freeze-nado” ? Works for me. —djo—
Bad move, Telus
“Telus is cutting off its own nose to spite its face?” Or “Telus commits consumer suicide?” —djo—

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

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

Larry’s Gulch junket alternatives in Fredericton come with cheaper price tags  {   }

Flu-like illness forces closeures at two N.B. hospitals  {   }

Poverty group prefers income tax increase, not HST  {   }

Irving pipeline gets retroactive approval fro EUB   { * New Brunswick’s Energy and Utilities Board has granted an Irving Oil company retroactive permission to build an oil pipeline that the company already built without permission last year. *  —“Not Good,” —djo—  }

Larry’s Gulch review findings will ‘absolutely’ be made public   { * This is a New Brunswick ‘scandal’ that sounds way too much like a slight of hand distraction to take your attention away from something else. The Province owns a multi-million dollar fishing lodge where they entertained visiting politicians and invited newspaper reporters who were fired for conflict of interest violations. There also seems to be some confusion over when the lodge went from being ‘private’ to ‘publicly owned’ & where the line between private and public functions was drawn. The new Liberal government has decided that the lodge can only be used for functions designed to bring jobs to New Brunswick.  *** “Any time I hear a politician utter words like ‘jobs’ or ‘Leadership’ I know my ears are about to be assaulted by pure and utter b.s.” — Douglas Jay Otterson *** *  —djo— }

Energy East Pipeline construction training premature, David Coon says.  { * The Energy East Pipeline is a project that is being bitterly contested in Quebec. Activists cite dangers to wildlife, and say the claims of loads of jobs for local people is highly over-estimated and point out that New Brunswick will lose money in this deal unless they re-write the agreement with the corporations that will own the pipeline. And instead of refining and distributing the gas/oil the pipeline is supposed to deliver, here, they claim the resources would be exported, benefiting foreign interests at our expense. Oh, and Irving Oil stands to save and reap loads of money if this goes through. *  —djo— }

Mounting snow days leave schools scrambling   {   }

 

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Sunrise In Venice
“Sunrise In Venice” — I used to believe it wasn’t worth the hassle to visit Europe or anywhere else, Venice? I’d probably feel depressed that I had to leave and couldn’t spend several life times watching the sun rise from one of those balconies. Do any of them face the sun rise? —djo—
Mohamed Fahmy Back to court in Egypt on Monday
Canada and the U.S. aren’t the only countries in this world that are in trouble with their Karma. —djo—
End homelessness now!
End Homelessness Now. It’s much more cost effective to give homeless people a place to live than to leave them out in the cold.  —djo—

{ “Perma-Link” to the above article, copied and pasted at “Child Of Light” >>—> http://www.aerendel.org/news/?p=396  <—<<  }

Yay India.
India is building the world’s largest solar plant. 🙂 —djo—
Flight MH370
Inserted after publication – I thought the plane was headed for India after it was hijacked. Kazakstan? Under water somewhere up near India/Pakistan? —djo—
Eeek
It looks like more people every day realize that September 11, 2001 was perpetrated, if not entirely by- then with the help of – possibly rogue – US Government Insiders. —djo—
Yay Teddy R
Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican who championed anti-trust laws. —djo—
Eeek
Effective Cartoon, Surveillance State dark ops goons tear a hole in the Canadian Charter of Rights to further their godless power. —djo—
meanwhile in canada
Conservative Lies cast Environmentalist as terrorists. Well, if the conservative’s jobs are threatened by people telling the truth, maybe they should be in terror. Ya think? —djo—
Government Terrorism
Government Terrorism = “Governments have killed more of their own citizens than all the wars in the past hundred years.” —djo—
Schnarr
“How to gut oversight .101 – make sure the watchdogs don’t get enough money to function.” = Stephen Harper will leave the PM’s office in Handcuffs. —djo—
Harper's an idiot
“Canada Jettisons Rights and Land Claims in a bid to label environmentalists as terrorists.” —djo—
Schnarr
“Anti-Terror Legislation is aimed at labeling Environmental Activists as terrorists.”
Harper -5
The Harper government’s deregulations seen as the real cause of the Lac-Megantic tragedy.
4 tweets
From OccupyWallStreet-NYC & The Electronic Freedom Foundation, thanks to “—jda—“
Police State.
-Um, another theory: The ‘War on Drugs’ is a manipulation to keep the ‘street prices’ of drugs high so the C.I.A. and other ‘black-ops’ groups who traffic in those drugs to keep their budgets secret can really cash in on their highly profitable business. They do want a Police State, but the ‘war on drugs’ is just one more strategy designed to bring that about. —djo—
Human Rights under attack
Human Rights are under attack around the world, not just in the USA and Canada
Half Past Human dot com
Follow these links, even if you have to type them in manually, this guy is the real thing. —djo—
Gaaa
Strip Mining on the Moon?
4 Tweets
Here’s a page for ya- Wow.
bad news
“Smart” Phones, “Smart” Meters, “Smart” appliances, “Smart TeeVees spying on You” — “Smart”-Anything is beginning to = “Bad News”. —djo—
Why Are They Smiling?
God Bless Ed Snowden – And why do those guys on the right look like somebody has a gun pointed at their private parts? —djo—
Good Work Matters
Keep up the good work 🙂
Meaning & Purpose
I wish I said that- —djo—
Positive News
It is refreshing to see any half-way main-stream news organization showing anything positive about any group that has been targeted for divisive/’divide-and-conquer’ propaganda. “Women and Children First” was just one of many positive philosophical ideas that came from Islam. —djo—
Happiness flows from within.
“Happiness can only be found within” —djo—
English Version of this cartoon.
Liberate yourself from the politix of fear – ignore the main stream news. —djo—

— We should quit here and publish this fiasco before we look at the clock and realize it’s next week already and we haven’t gotten anything done in our ‘real lives’  —djo—

Sunday, 22 February, 2015 – News?

Sunday, 22 February, 2015  -( +24˚F / -4˚C   w/ ‘light snow showers’ @ 7:00 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +18˚F / -8°C   & Dark w/ clear skies & Stars shining  @ 8:00 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— } { 5,352 new tweets since 10:00 pm last night –  aaaaaaaaa!  —djo— }

Yay Citizen 4, gaaa NPH
My favourite ‘Significant Other’ gave me the news that Citizen Four won the Oscar for best Documentary and Neil Patrick Harris tried to put the gay rights movement back a few decades by calling Ed Snowden a Traitor. “He couldn’t be here for some treason-” She says she used to like N.P.H. but his jokes are coming out way too mean spirited. & He seems to have forgotten that if it wasn’t for people like Edward Snowden, people like him would be jailed, if not lynched for sodomy and other ‘perversions and unnatural sex acts’  —djo—
Grumpy Cat Fairy Godother
Ack! This is what happens when parallel worlds collide. Run for cover! Aaaaaaa—– { Wink } —djo—
Jack & Ian
Cool, sensitive, intelligent beings- watching TeeVee- —djo—
Encouragement during failure is worth more than praise after success.
And a little encouragement is always a good thing. —djo—
War Is Over!
And a bit of Nostalgia/History – & Yoko just had a birthday. —djo—

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php 

February 22nd: 1403 – Charles VII, King of France (1422-61), drove the English out from Northern France, (d. 1461). 1599 – Anthony Van Dyck, Antwerp Belgium, painter. 1732 – George Washington, Westmoreland, Virginia, 1st American president (1789-97).  1788 – Arthur Schopenhauer, Germany, philosopher (Great Pessimist). 1857 – Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scouts, Girl Guides). 1883 Marguerite Clark, voice (Snow White). 1889 – Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guide (d. 1977). 1891 – “Chico” Marx, actor/comedian (Marx Brothers, Animal Crackers), born in NYC, New York. 1892 – Edna St Vincent Millay, poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize). 1906 – Gale Gordon, actor (Conklin-Our Miss Brooks, Here’s Lucy), born in Los Angeles, California.  1907 – Robert Young, actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby MD), born in Chicago, Illinois & Sheldon Leonard, actor/director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), born in NYC, New York. 1908 – John Mills, England, actor (Big Sleep, King Rat, War & Peace). 1918 – Don Pardo, Westfield Mass, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live). 1926 – Bud Yorkin, producer (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy). 1929 – Ryne Duren, near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees). 1932 – Edward M “Ted” Kennedy, Boston Massachusetts Politician (Sen-D-Mass 1962- 2009 ). 1934 – Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], Bridgewater South Dakota, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers). 1942 – Christine Keeler, English model and showgirl. 1945 –Oliver’, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean).   1948 – John Ashton, American actor (Original Gomez on the original Addams family?). 1950 – Julius Erving, Nassau County New York, ABA/NBA forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Phila 76ers). 1958 – Kyle MacLachlan, Yakima WA, actor (Blue Velvet, Dune, Hidden). 1962 – Steve Irwin, Melbourne Victoria, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter). 1968 – Jeri Ryan, actress (7 of 9-Star Trek Voyager). 1975 – Drew Barrymore, actress (ET, Firestarter, Poison Ivy), born in Los Angeles, California.  (& I won’t tell) – Lorraine Armstrong Hildreth, Beautiful Person & Jim W’s cousin.     }

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

Harper Eats donkey shit.
I hope you can read this. “Born again Fascist Prime Minister guts Environmental and Consumer Protection Laws to fleece the economy of Canada.” —djo—
Fupp Harper
“The Secret Police Creation Act?” —djo—
Harper Leaves the PM-ship in handcuffs.
People are really getting angry with their PM in Canada. —djo—

Oscars 2015: Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons win for supporting roles   { * And I hear that Patricia Arquette called out for Gender Equality in the Equal Pay for Equal work department and lots of tweeters approve. *  —djo— }

-Live Blog- Oscars 2015: Join us [CBC] four our awards show viewing party!   { * Why bother? *  —djo—  }

Meet the researcher who wants to end the cancer that’s been killing her family   { * Then she better take on the AMA and the CDC and the Big Pharma companies who have been feeding us lies while hiding technology and herbs that cure cancer because they’re making so effing much money by not curing it when they know there is stuff out there that really works. *  —djo— }

Humpback whale freed from fishing lines after 8-day struggle   { *  Yay!  *  —djo— }

Niagara Falls?
Niagara Falls photo taken on February 17th. I don’t see the falls here, do you?

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Torture
Asking if torture works might be the wrong question, but the answer is, “No- it doesn’t work. It’s pure b.s. and makes for good fear tactics, and instant mind control- that’s all it’s good for. Mind Control.” —djo—
Lock Out?
– Halifax, Nova Scotia – looks like the Chronicle Herald might have locked out its personnel. —djo—
Fred Koch - Nazi
A couple of my favorite prophecies lately include the one that says that those who believe that knowledge is power and feel they have a right to lie to us to keep that power to themselves will be unmasked and publicly humiliated, & stripped of all power. —djo—
Schnarr
Measles documented among the fully immunized.

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

Offbeat News:

Moose on the loose gets police escort in Ontario  {  }

What goes into the making of an all-out hockey brawl?  {  }

Regina man goes to extreme lengths to answer online comments   {  }

Why shooting moose with paintball guns might be a great idea  {  }

Blowtorches being used to melt sidewalk ice in Windsor   { * I think I remember a really old issue of Mad Magazine suggesting various ways snow cleanup could be made much more effective and easier –  one of them involved flame throwers, but the ‘after’ frame showed an entire city under about 20 feet of water. *  —djo— }

Nestlé and Hershey pledge to make their candy bars healthier   { * If G.M.O. ingredients are involved, don’t buy it. *  —djo—  }

 

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Brrrr
New words to describe extreme weather? = “Freeze-nado” ? Works for me. —djo—
ERA & Patricia Arquette
I’m not watching the Oscars, So I don’t know what Patricia Arquette said or did, but it’s causing quite a stir on the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ —djo—
Bad move, Telus
“Telus is cutting off its own nose to spite its face?” Or “Telus commits consumer suicide?” —djo—

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

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

Weather warnings in store for most of Maritimes  {   }

Young cabbie looking for Fredericton’s Worst Drivers  {   }

Another Sunday storm brings slushy mess to the Maritimes  {   }

Saint JOhn taxi driver dies in car crash  {   }

Irving pipeline gets retroactive approval fro EUB   { * New Brunswick’s Energy and Utilities Board has granted an Irving Oil company retroactive permission to build an oil pipeline that the company already built without permission last year. *  —“Not Good,” —djo—  }

Larry’s Gulch review findings will ‘absolutely’ be made public   { * This is a New Brunswick ‘scandal’ that sounds way too much like a slight of hand distraction to take your attention away from something else. The Province owns a multi-million dollar fishing lodge where they entertained visiting politicians and invited newspaper reporters who were fired for conflict of interest violations. There also seems to be some confusion over when the lodge went from being ‘private’ to ‘publicly owned’ & where the line between private and public functions was drawn. The new Liberal government has decided that the lodge can only be used for functions designed to bring jobs to New Brunswick.  *** “Any time I hear a politician utter words like ‘jobs’ or ‘Leadership’ I know my ears are about to be assaulted by pure and utter b.s.” — Douglas Jay Otterson *** *  —djo— }

Energy East Pipeline construction training premature, David Coon says.  { * The Energy East Pipeline is a project that is being bitterly contested in Quebec. Activists cite dangers to wildlife, and say the claims of loads of jobs for local people is highly over-estimated and point out that New Brunswick will lose money in this deal unless they re-write the agreement with the corporations that will own the pipeline. And instead of refining and distributing the gas/oil the pipeline is supposed to deliver, here, they claim the resources would be exported, benefiting foreign interests at our expense. Oh, and Irving Oil stands to save and reap loads of money if this goes through. *  —djo— }

Mounting snow days leave schools scrambling   {   }

 

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Mohamed Fahmy Back to court in Egypt on Monday
Canada and the U.S. aren’t the only countries in this world that are in trouble with their Karma. —djo—
End homelessness now!
End Homelessness Now. It’s much more cost effective to give homeless people a place to live than to leave them out in the cold.  —djo—

{ “Perma-Link” to the above article, copied and pasted at “Child Of Light” >>—> http://www.aerendel.org/news/?p=396  <—<<  }

Yay India.
India is building the world’s largest solar plant. 🙂 —djo—
Eeek
It looks like more people every day realize that September 11, 2001 was perpetrated, if not entirely by- then with the help of – possibly rogue – US Government Insiders. —djo—
Yay Teddy R
Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican who championed anti-trust laws. —djo—
Eeek
Effective Cartoon, Surveillance State dark ops goons tear a hole in the Canadian Charter of Rights to further their godless power. —djo—
meanwhile in canada
Conservative Lies cast Environmentalist as terrorists. Well, if the conservative’s jobs are threatened by people telling the truth, maybe they should be in terror. Ya think? —djo—
Government Terrorism
Government Terrorism = “Governments have killed more of their own citizens than all the wars in the past hundred years.” —djo—
Schnarr
“How to gut oversight .101 – make sure the watchdogs don’t get enough money to function.” = Stephen Harper will leave the PM’s office in Handcuffs. —djo—
Harper's an idiot
“Canada Jettisons Rights and Land Claims in a bid to label environmentalists as terrorists.” —djo—
Schnarr
“Anti-Terror Legislation is aimed at labeling Environmental Activists as terrorists.”
Harper -5
The Harper government’s deregulations seen as the real cause of the Lac-Megantic tragedy.
4 tweets
From OccupyWallStreet-NYC & The Electronic Freedom Foundation, thanks to “—jda—“
Police State.
-Um, another theory: The ‘War on Drugs’ is a manipulation to keep the ‘street prices’ of drugs high so the C.I.A. and other ‘black-ops’ groups who traffic in those drugs to keep their budgets secret can really cash in on their highly profitable business. They do want a Police State, but the ‘war on drugs’ is just one more strategy designed to bring that about. —djo—
Human Rights under attack
Human Rights are under attack around the world, not just in the USA and Canada
Half Past Human dot com
Follow these links, even if you have to type them in manually, this guy is the real thing. —djo—
Gaaa
Strip Mining on the Moon?
4 Tweets
Here’s a page for ya- Wow.
bad news
“Smart” Phones, “Smart” Meters, “Smart” appliances, “Smart TeeVees spying on You” — “Smart”-Anything is beginning to = “Bad News”. —djo—
Why Are They Smiling?
God Bless Ed Snowden – And why do those guys on the right look like somebody has a gun pointed at their private parts? —djo—
Good Work Matters
Keep up the good work 🙂
Meaning & Purpose
I wish I said that- —djo—
Positive News
It is refreshing to see any half-way main-stream news organization showing anything positive about any group that has been targeted for divisive/’divide-and-conquer’ propaganda. “Women and Children First” was just one of many positive philosophical ideas that came from Islam. —djo—
Happiness flows from within.
“Happiness can only be found within” —djo—

— We should quit here and publish this fiasco before we look at the clock and realize it’s next week already and we haven’t gotten anything done in our ‘real lives’  —djo—

Saturday, 21 February, 2015 – News?

Saturday, 21 February, 2015  -( +21˚F / -6˚C   Cloudy & ‘dark’ @ 10:00 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +25˚F / -4°C   w/light snow  @ 11:00 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— }

Switzerland
Switzerland 🙂
Bear
“Moment of Truth”? – Bear on a horizontal tree. I have no idea where this photo was taken.  —djo—
Jack & Ian
Cool, sensitive, intelligent beings- watching TeeVee- —djo—
Poetry
Lord Byron quoted. —djo—
Encouragement during failure is worth more than praise after success.
And a little encouragement is always a good thing. —djo—
War Is Over!
And a bit of Nostalgia/History – & Yoko just had a birthday. —djo—

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php 

February 21st: 1674 – Johann Augustin Kobelius, composer. 1728 – Peter III, Kiel Germany, Russian Tsar (1762) and husband of Catherine the Great. 1821 – Charles Scribner, US, music publisher (Scribner Catalog).  1878 – The Mother, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1973). 1893 – Andres Segovia, Linares Spain, classical guitarist, (d. 1987). 1897 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T’Pau-Star Trek). 1903 – Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977). 1910 – Carmine Galante, Italian-born gangster (d. 1979). 1924 – Robert Mugabe, president (Zimbabwe, 1988- ). 1925 – Sam Peckinpah, Fresno CA, film director (Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs).  1927 – Erma Bombeck, Dayton Ohio, humorist (Grass is Always Greener…). 1932 – Harald V, King of Norway (1991- ). 1933 – Nina Simone, [Eunice Waymon], Tyron NC, vocalist/pianist (Porgy). 1934 – Rue McClanahan, Healdton Oklahoma, actress (Maude, Golden Girls). 1937 – Gary Lockwood, Van Nuys Cal, actor (2001, Survival Zone, Lieutenant). 1939 – Richard Beymer, Avoca IA, actor (West Side Story, Diary of Anne Frank). 1946 – Alan Rickman, actor (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Harry Potter) & Tyne Daly, Madison Wisc, actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained) & Anthony Daniels, British actor (Star Wars – C-3PO). 1958 – Jack Coleman, Easton Pa, actor (Steven Carrington-Dynasty) & Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Princeton NJ, country vocalist (This Shirt). 1979 – Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress (Sarah Reeves-Party of Five).   1987 – Ellen Page, Canadian actress.   }

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

Canadian businessman jailed in Cuba returns home for 1st time in 3 years   {  }

3 U.K. schoolgirls suspected of joining ISIS in Syria   {   }

Mother of boy who died in cold thanks people for ‘outpouring of love’   {  }

‘Nearly married’: Letters by Princess Margaret reveal romance with former PM John Turner   { *  “- in the teeth of a vegetarian sea snail.” *  —djo— }

Niagara Falls?
Niagara Falls photo taken on February 17th. I don’t see the falls here, do you?

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Anti Austerity In spain
How an Anti Austerity  platform can win in Spain.
Smart use of smart phones?
How to use a cell or smart phone without being spied on? Yay! —djo—
Schnarr
Measles documented among the fully immunized.

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

Offbeat News:

Regina man goes to extreme lengths to answer online comments   {  }

Why shooting moose with paintball guns might be a great idea  {  }

Blowtorches being used to melt sidewalk ice in Windsor   { * I think I remember a really old issue of Mad Magazine suggesting various ways snow cleanup could be made much more effective and easier –  one of them involved flame throwers, but the ‘after’ frame showed an entire city under about 20 feet of water. *  —djo— }

Nestlé and Hershey pledge to make their candy bars healthier   { * If G.M.O. ingredients are involved, don’t buy it. *  —djo—  }

 

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Brrrr
New words to describe extreme weather? = “Freeze-nado” ? Works for me. —djo—

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

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

Sussex explosion and fire investigated as a possible drug crime  {   }

Oromocto West still under a boil water order  {   }

Maritimes face more weather warnings for Sunday  {   }

Irving pipeline gets retroactive approval fro EUB   { * New Brunswick’s Energy and Utilities Board has granted an Irving Oil company retroactive permission to build an oil pipeline that the company already built without permission last year. *  —“Not Good,” —djo—  }

Larry’s Gulch review findings will ‘absolutely’ be made public   { * This is a New Brunswick ‘scandal’ that sounds way too much like a slight of hand distraction to take your attention away from something else. The Province owns a multi-million dollar fishing lodge where they entertained visiting politicians and invited newspaper reporters who were fired for conflict of interest violations. There also seems to be some confusion over when the lodge went from being ‘private’ to ‘publicly owned’ & where the line between private and public functions was drawn. The new Liberal government has decided that the lodge can only be used for functions designed to bring jobs to New Brunswick.  *** “Any time I hear a politician utter words like ‘jobs’ or ‘Leadership’ I know my ears are about to be assaulted by pure and utter b.s.” — Douglas Jay Otterson *** *  —djo— }

Energy East Pipeline construction training premature, David Coon says.  { * The Energy East Pipeline is a project that is being bitterly contested in Quebec. Activists cite dangers to wildlife, and say the claims of loads of jobs for local people is highly over-estimated and point out that New Brunswick will lose money in this deal unless they re-write the agreement with the corporations that will own the pipeline. And instead of refining and distributing the gas/oil the pipeline is supposed to deliver, here, they claim the resources would be exported, benefiting foreign interests at our expense. Oh, and Irving Oil stands to save and reap loads of money if this goes through. *  —djo— }

Mounting snow days leave schools scrambling   {   }

 

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End homelessness now!
End Homelessness Now. It’s much more cost effective to give homeless people a place to live than to leave them out in the cold.  —djo—

{ “Perma-Link” to the above article, copied and pasted at “Child Of Light” >>—> http://www.aerendel.org/news/?p=396  <—<<  }

Yay India.
India is building the world’s largest solar plant. 🙂 —djo—
Eeek
It looks like more people every day realize that September 11, 2001 was perpetrated, if not entirely by- then with the help of – possibly rogue – US Government Insiders. —djo—
Yay Teddy R
Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican who championed anti-trust laws. —djo—
Eeek
Effective Cartoon, Surveillance State dark ops goons tear a hole in the Canadian Charter of Rights to further their godless power. —djo—
meanwhile in canada
Conservative Lies cast Environmentalist as terrorists. Well, if the conservative’s jobs are threatened by people telling the truth, maybe they should be in terror. Ya think? —djo—
Government Terrorism
Government Terrorism = “Governments have killed more of their own citizens than all the wars in the past hundred years.” —djo—
Schnarr
“How to gut oversight .101 – make sure the watchdogs don’t get enough money to function.” = Stephen Harper will leave the PM’s office in Handcuffs. —djo—
Harper's an idiot
“Canada Jettisons Rights and Land Claims in a bid to label environmentalists as terrorists.” —djo—
Schnarr
“Anti-Terror Legislation is aimed at labeling Environmental Activists as terrorists.”
Harper -5
The Harper government’s deregulations seen as the real cause of the Lac-Megantic tragedy.
4 tweets
From OccupyWallStreet-NYC & The Electronic Freedom Foundation, thanks to “—jda—“
Police State.
-Um, another theory: The ‘War on Drugs’ is a manipulation to keep the ‘street prices’ of drugs high so the C.I.A. and other ‘black-ops’ groups who traffic in those drugs to keep their budgets secret can really cash in on their highly profitable business. They do want a Police State, but the ‘war on drugs’ is just one more strategy designed to bring that about. —djo—
Human Rights under attack
Human Rights are under attack around the world, not just in the USA and Canada
Half Past Human dot com
Follow these links, even if you have to type them in manually, this guy is the real thing. —djo—
Gaaa
Strip Mining on the Moon?
4 Tweets
Here’s a page for ya- Wow.
bad news
“Smart” Phones, “Smart” Meters, “Smart” appliances, “Smart TeeVees spying on You” — “Smart”-Anything is beginning to = “Bad News”. —djo—
Why Are They Smiling?
God Bless Ed Snowden – And why do those guys on the right look like somebody has a gun pointed at their private parts? —djo—
Good Work Matters
Keep up the good work 🙂
Meaning & Purpose
I wish I said that- —djo—
Positive News
It is refreshing to see any half-way main-stream news organization showing anything positive about any group that has been targeted for divisive/’divide-and-conquer’ propaganda. “Women and Children First” was just one of many positive philosophical ideas that came from Islam. —djo—
Happiness flows from within.
“Happiness can only be found within” —djo—

— We should quit here and publish this fiasco before we look at the clock and realize it’s next week already and we haven’t gotten anything done in our ‘real lives’  —djo—

Friday, 20 February, 2015 – News?

Friday, 20 February, 2015  -( +7˚F / -14˚C  & clear @ 5:45 ap near Ithaca )-  -( +12˚F / -11°C   w/scattered clouds & darkness descending  @ 6:45 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— }

Switzerland
Switzerland 🙂
Bear
“Moment of Truth”? – Bear on a horizontal tree. I have no idea where this photo was taken.  —djo—
Poetry
Lord Byron quoted. —djo—
Encouragement during failure is worth more than praise after success.
And a little encouragement is always a good thing. —djo—
War Is Over!
And a bit of Nostalgia/History – & Yoko just had a birthday. —djo—

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php 

February 20th: 1887 – Vincent Massey, Toronto Ontario, Governor General of Canada. 1896 – Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist. 1900 – Graham Spry, St Thomas Ontario, Canadian radio pioneer.  1902 – Ansel Adams, photographer (1966 ASMP Award). 1904 – Aleksei N Kosygin, Soviet premier (1964-80). 1916 Jackie Gleason, Brooklyn New York, American comedian (Ralph Kramden-Honeymooners). 1924 – Gloria Vanderbilt, don’t my jeans look great (poor little rich girl). 1925 – Robert Altman, Kansas City MO, director (Nashville, M*A*S*H). 1927 – Sidney Poitier, 1st African American actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor (‘Lillies in the Field’ – 1963), born in Miami, Florida. 1929 – Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Kitty Russell-Gunsmoke), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1989).  1937 – Nancy Wilson, Chillicothe Ohio, jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love). 1941 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Maine, folksinger (Now That the Buffalo Are Gone). 1946 – J[erome] Geils, rock guitarist (J Geils Band-Centerfold), born in NYC, New York & Sandy Duncan, Henderson Tx, actress (Hogan Family). 1947 – Peter Strauss, Croton-on-Hudson NY, actor (Rich Man Poor Man) & Jennifer O’Neill, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, actress (Summer of ’42). 1949 – Ivana Trump, Gottwaldov Cz, ex-wife of Donald Trump (1st Wives Club). 1951 – Gordon Brown, Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, British Labour Prime Minister (2007–10) & Randy California, [Wolfe], Cal, guitarist (Spirit-I Got a Line on You). 1953 – Kathy Krafchick, Friend of Jim W’s. 1954 – Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya).   1955 – Kelsey Grammer, Virgin Islands, actor (Fraiser Crane-Cheers/Fraiser). 1963 – Charles Barkley, Leads Alabama, NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Oly-gold-96) & William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners). 1966 – Cindy Crawford, Dekalb Ill, super model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit). 1967 – Andrew Shue, actor (Melrose Place) & Kurt Cobain, Aberdeen Washington, rock vocalist (Nirvana).   }

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

Mountie guilty of perjury in Robert Dziekanski Taser death   {  }

RCMP close investigation into former Alberta premier without laying charges   {   }

‘Just in enough time’, naked 4-year old found wandering in bitter cold   {  }

Scientists discover a material stronger than spider silk   { *  “- in the teeth of a vegetarian sea snail.” *  —djo— }

Niagara Falls?
Niagara Falls photo taken on February 17th. I don’t see the falls here, do you?

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Anti Austerity In spain
How an Anti Austerity  platform can win in Spain.
Smart use of smart phones?
How to use a cell or smart phone without being spied on? Yay! —djo—
Schnarr
Measles documented among fully immunized.

==============

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

Offbeat News:

Why shooting moose with paintball guns might be a great idea   { * ???? *  —djo— }

Blowtorches being used to melt sidewalk ice in Windsor   { * I think I remember a really old issue of Mad Magazine suggesting various ways snow cleanup could be made much more effective and easier –  one of them involved flame throwers, but the ‘after’ frame showed an entire city under about 20 feet of water. *  —djo— }

Nestlé and Hershey pledge to make their candy bars healthier   { * If G.M.O. ingredients are involved, don’t buy it. *  —djo—  }

Snowpiercing train bowls over rail fans with the white stuff  {  }

 

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Brrrr
New words to describe extreme weather? = “Freeze-nado” ? Works for me. —djo—
Brrrrrr
The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

Liberals plan to scrap HST referendum requirement  {   }

Irving pipeline gets retroactive approval fro EUB   { * New Brunswick’s Energy and Utilities Board has granted an Irving Oil company retroactive permission to build an oil pipeline that the company already built without permission last year. *  —“Not Good,” —djo—  }

Larry’s Gulch review findings will ‘absolutely’ be made public   { * This is a New Brunswick ‘scandal’ that sounds way too much like a slight of hand distraction to take your attention away from something else. The Province owns a multi-million dollar fishing lodge where they entertained visiting politicians and invited newspaper reporters who were fired for conflict of interest violations. There also seems to be some confusion over when the lodge went from being ‘private’ to ‘publicly owned’ & where the line between private and public functions was drawn. The new Liberal government has decided that the lodge can only be used for functions designed to bring jobs to New Brunswick.  *** “Any time I hear a politician utter words like ‘jobs’ or ‘Leadership’ I know my ears are about to be assaulted by pure and utter b.s.” — Douglas Jay Otterson *** *  —djo— }

Energy East Pipeline construction training premature, David Coon says.  { * The Energy East Pipeline is a project that is being bitterly contested in Quebec. Activists cite dangers to wildlife, and say the claims of loads of jobs for local people is highly over-estimated and point out that New Brunswick will lose money in this deal unless they re-write the agreement with the corporations that will own the pipeline. And instead of refining and distributing the gas/oil the pipeline is supposed to deliver, here, they claim the resources would be exported, benefiting foreign interests at our expense. Oh, and Irving Oil stands to save and reap loads of money if this goes through. *  —djo— }

Mounting snow days leave schools scrambling   {   }

 

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End homelessness now!
End Homelessness Now. It’s much more cost effective to give homeless people a place to live than to leave them out in the cold.  —djo—

{ “Perma-Link” to the above article, copied and pasted at “Child Of Light” >>—> http://www.aerendel.org/news/?p=396  <—<<  }

Yay India.
India is building the world’s largest solar plant. 🙂 —djo—
Eeek
It looks like more people every day realize that September 11, 2001 was perpetrated, if not entirely by- then with the help of – possibly rogue – US Government Insiders. —djo—
Eeek
Effective Cartoon, Surveillance State dark ops goons tear a hole in the Canadian Charter of Rights to further their godless power. —djo—
meanwhile in canada
Conservative Lies cast Environmentalist as terrorists. Well, if the conservative’s jobs are threatened by people telling the truth, maybe they should be in terror. Ya think? —djo—
Government Terrorism
Government Terrorism = “Governments have killed more of their own citizens than all the wars in the past hundred years.” —djo—
Schnarr
“How to gut oversight .101 – make sure the watchdogs don’t get enough money to function.” = Stephen Harper will leave the PM’s office in Handcuffs. —djo—
Harper's an idiot
“Canada Jettisons Rights and Land Claims in a bid to label environmentalists as terrorists.” —djo—
Schnarr
“Anti-Terror Legislation is aimed at labeling Environmental Activists as terrorists.”
Harper -5
The Harper government’s deregulations seen as the real cause of the Lac-Megantic tragedy.
4 tweets
From OccupyWallStreet-NYC & The Electronic Freedom Foundation, thanks to “—jda—“
Police State.
-Um, another theory: The ‘War on Drugs’ is a manipulation to keep the ‘street prices’ of drugs high so the C.I.A. and other ‘black-ops’ groups who traffic in those drugs to keep their budgets secret can really cash in on their highly profitable business. They do want a Police State, but the ‘war on drugs’ is just one more strategy designed to bring that about. —djo—
Human Rights under attack
Human Rights are under attack around the world, not just in the USA and Canada
Half Past Human dot com
Follow these links, even if you have to type them in manually, this guy is the real thing. —djo—
Gaaa
Strip Mining on the Moon?
4 Tweets
Here’s a page for ya- Wow.
bad news
“Smart” Phones, “Smart” Meters, “Smart” appliances, “Smart TeeVees spying on You” — “Smart”-Anything is beginning to = “Bad News”. —djo—
Why Are They Smiling?
God Bless Ed Snowden – And why do those guys on the right look like somebody has a gun pointed at their private parts? —djo—
Good Work Matters
Keep up the good work 🙂
Meaning & Purpose
I wish I said that- —djo—
Happiness flows from within.
“Happiness can only be found within” —djo—

— We should quit here and publish this fiasco before we look at the clock and realize it’s next week already and we haven’t gotten anything done in our ‘real lives’  —djo—