Sunday, 07 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Sunday, 07 September, 2014  -( 53˚F / 12˚C & Mostly Clear in Ithaca @ 8:01 am )- {{ & Happy birthday to Chrissie Hynde -of The Pretenders & ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ fame and to a friend Joan Y. I grew up with —————Jim }}

{ I’ve been doing this because I believe that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Large cat on floor.
“15 kilogram Cat” -that’s about 33 pounds- up for adoption in California. The people at the shelter are trying to get “Little Dude” the kitty to slim down first.

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Lead Articles:

-Updated- Civilian killed by shelling despite shaky Ukraine ceasefire   {  }

U.S. military launches strikes around Haditha dam in Iraq   { & “U.S. expands air campaign in Iraq as ISIS fights for key dam” }

Jim Prentice to lead Alberta after Tory leadership win   { Farther down in the lead stories range: “Jim Prentice wins Alberta PC leadership vote in landslide” }

Explosions heard near Donetsck airport in eastern Ukraine   {  }

B.C. schools to be closed for 2nd week as strike continues   {   }

Canadian team in Sierra Leone to diagnose  Ebola infections   {  }

Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer eliminated at U.S. Open   {  }

More dogs and cats doing the raw food diet – but is it safe?   {  }

 

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2 deer on the Golden Gate Bridge in Calilfornia.
“Deer stroll down Golden Gate Bridge” -and survived-

“Offbeat”

Rare albino lobsters caught days apart   {  }

Deer safe after crossing San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge   {  }

& Repeats from yesterday

-& I added- Deer stroll down Golden Gate Bridge  { ‘Two deer trotted through rush hour in San Francisco on Friday, briefly stopping traffic” In the video they take off at high speed and later slow down while I guess motorists snapped their photos and shot the video on cell phones, —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers    {   }

Drew Carey offers $10K to find culprits in cruel ice bucket challenge prank   { Someone in small town Ohio talked a 14 year old with Autism into taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity and dumped a bucket of urine and feces over his head, shooting the video on a cell phone. Whattaya think? If they catch these guys should the do the same to them in public? —djo— }

Justin Trudeau may be the next big thing – but Steven Harper’s still Nickelback   { Sounds like the mean spirited anti-Liberal headline writer is back at work here. —djo— }

Ride the Rideau cyclist dead after crash on route of charity event   {  }

Boy, 9, steals Saskatoon city bus, hits 2 parked vehicles   {  }

-10 photo slide show- Monsoon season floods devastate India, Pakistan   {  }

 

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Other:

-New- U.K. promises Scots more power if they reject independence   {  }

ISIS propaganda material turns up in Pakistan, India   {  }

-Photos- TIFF 2014: Highlights from Day 3   {  }

B.C. Government rejects binding arbitration to settle teachers’ strike   {  }

How practice could make perfect for doctors’ bedside manner   {  }

Ebola virus precautions added to back-to-school advice on campus   {  }

-Point Of View- Youthful optimism in the face of a world gone mad: Michael Enright   {  }

How ISIS recruited a former B.C. university student to fight in Syria   {  }

-Must Watch- Fat cat up for adoption   { I put his photo up at the top of today’s list. —djo— }

-World- 9/11 museum displays memorablia from bin Laden assassination   { -And the Conspiracy community is still convinced that bin Laden was a U.S. agent who regularly went to U.S. military bases for Dialysis treatments, probably died from his kidney disease years ago, might have been played by several different actors – was the ‘goose who laid golden eggs’ for the lying-evil-maniplating-war-mongering-elitist-military-ice-holes who used him as the monster hiding under everybody’s beds in order to squeeze as much money as they could from the U.S. taxpayers to further their evil agenda. -My Point of View?- I don’t believe anybody- & since the Weekly World News ran the headline, “Dinosaurs honked like Buicks”- I don’t think I can be any more disillusioned about Mainstream or commercial news media. Some day I should post a list of what different groups believe are disinformation schemes and outright lies in mainstream media. —djo— }

-Politics- Philippe Couillard tells Stephen Harper he wants Quebec to sign Constitution   { I love Quebec. I love French Canadians & feel like I am richer for having been exposed to their culture and personalities. It tickles the cockles of my heart to hear four-year-olds speaking perfect French –  even if they speak way too fast for me to pick up more than a quarter of what they say. – Quebec, apparently, never signed the Canadian Constitution. A lot of French Canadians feel like they constantly got, and get, the short end of the stick. Philippe Couillard is the premier of the province of Quebec- He ‘took advantage of a meeting with Stephen Harper’ to re-state his opinion that Quebec should sign the Constitution. He said so at an event to commemorate the 200th birthday of Sir George-Etienne Cartier –  the French-Canadian statesman seen by many as the ‘Father of Confederation’. -Confederation is the term they used when the provinces got together to form a single identity as ‘the confederation of colonies’, which became the ‘Canadian Confederation’ on July 1st, 1867.- Wikipedia wants us to know that ‘confederation’ usually refers to an association of sovereign states. —djo— }

-Health- Deadly pathogens found in U.S. government labs   {  }

-Health- Ebola outbreak: Doctors Without Borders calls ‘lockdown’ a mistake   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Venice Film Festival: Sweden’s Andersson wins Golden Lion   { I learned something reading this article – more than one ‘something’. & one of the things I like most about doing this every day- Checking through and writing out the headlines – is that I keep learning things – and do not feel like my brain is turning to dried out seaweed at an accelerating rate – I had to read through most of this article to learn whether this Festival was in Venice, Italy or Venice, California. It is in Italy. I usually shy away from entertainment fluff, because, frankly- I don’t give a flying dang about what actress is wearing whose dress or which cute couple is breaking up and I am realllllly sick of hearing the phrase ‘baby bump’ while the television screen shows women who just spent thousands of dollars to look good in a million dollar dress that makes me want to hear Moon Unit Zappa reciting “Gag me with a spoon” over and over again.  —djo— }

Young Woman taking a 'selfie' of herself wearing a yellow tee shirt with big black letters that say 'Dress Code Violation!"
I’m guessing this is the ‘shame suit’ a young woman in Florida was forced to wear – she recently moved to Florida and might not have realized the school believed a skirt she could have worn in her old school was inappropriate in the fascist eyes of the Florida school’s administration.

-Community- School forces 15-year-old girl to wear ‘shame suit’ after violating dress code   { “How far should school administrators be able to go when it comes to enforcing dress codes? -In recent years, high profile student-teacher conflicts over items like visible bra straps and short demin shorts have prompted many Canadian parents to speak out on the issue — and the perceived “shaming” of female students, in particular. -Now, with another school year underway, tales of aggressive dress code enforcement are making waves once again. -The mother of a 15-year-old Florida girl is threatening to file a complaint against her local school board this week, alleging that her daughter was “publicly humiliated” for wearing a skirt that was deemed too short. – Miranda Larkin recently started attending the Oakleaf High School in Orange Park, Fla., after moving to the area from Seattle. – On the third day at her new school, Miranda says she was informed by a teacher that her skirt (which school policy indicates must be “knee-length or longer”) was too short. The teen says that she was unaware of this rule.” — Don’t get me started. Today’s schools are aberrations to begin with. Kids who love to learn are forced into a culture where they make learning as boring and painful as possible. Not only are intelligent, sensitive kids forced into situations that breed bullies and penalize intelligence and sensitivity- they have to deal with idiots for administration types who are there, not to educate, but to whip kids into ‘shape’ to become good little zombie consuming units who never question authority and submit to the bullies who call themselves ‘leaders of their communities’ Gaaaa!  —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

NB Liquor enters the growler game, brewing doubt   {  A ‘growler’ is a 64 ounce bottle of beer. Small “Craft” brewers were told last year that they could not sell growlers at their breweries any longer unless they had already sold a ridiculously high volume of beer at a provincial liquor store –  which might have put many small craft brewers out of business.  So now three provincially operated liquor stores in New Brunswick are testing a pilot program to see how well Growlers from small and huge breweries do when sold in their official provincial liquor outlets. – Like maybe – if they can’t make a million dollars on your stuff, then you should give up, go home and strongly consider suicide? grumble grumble-  —djo— }

Brian Gallant vows to expand international lobster markets   { And Brian Gallant knows how to get his name positively mentioned in the news every day as he runs for premier as the leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party.  —djo— }

“New Brunswick” page:

 Atholville anxious for medical marijuana plant to be approved   {  }

Severe thunderstorm expected to rain down on New Brunswick   { This was expected to happen yesterday –  Jim W said he saw some interesting clouds, but after a spattering of rain drops that- “felt like they’d been blown way off course from a storm somewhere else- those clouds kind of smiled like they were embarrassed and ran away.” —djo— }

N.B. this week  { Link >>—-> http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/thisweek/ This is an interesting page, with a lot of eye candy and a little bit of substance to go with it.  —djo— }

 

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{ 10:19 am – Why does this feel so much easier and less hurried on a Sunday?   10:45 am  Almost ready to push the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }

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Saturday, 06 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Saturday, 06 September, 2014  -( 72˚F / 22˚C & Mostly Cloudy in Ithaca @ 8:41 am )-

{ I’ve been doing this because I believe that the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media here in the U.S.A., AND not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Pipeline through boreal forest 120 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta
Canada Leads The World in degrading Pristine, Intact Forests. This pipleine carries steam to well heads and heavy oil back to a processing plant. This section cuts through boreal forest 120 km south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

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Lead Articles:

B.C. cool to idea of arbitration to end teachers’ strike { -More like, The B.C. government and the Minister of Education are cool on the idea of allowing an impartial 3rd party decide how this should be worked out. —djo— }

Results of Alberta Tory leadership vote due later today   {  }

Sierra Leone to ‘lockdown’ areas infected with Ebola   {  }

Fighting in Ukraine subsides as ceasefire takes hold   {  }

Donetsk residents doubt truce would create lasting peace   {   }

Hispanic Mother & Child bonding on a bed or sofa.
“U.S. President Barack Obama vowed in June that he would act without Congress to reform the immigration system. But a debate appears to be underway at the White House over the timing of any immigration announcements. Will he or won’t he act before the midterm elections?”

-Analysis- Obama’s immigration dilemma: Act now or after midterms?   {   }

NATO faces 1st test, as Estonia accuses Russia of abduction   { According to the Estonian government, Russian agents crossed the border of Estonia and detained a police officer. Estonia and Canada are calling this a provocation.   —djo— }

3 circles, top two are black, bottom has a big smile and strange eyes.
Disney thinks this image is too much like Mickey Mouse Ears.

David vs. Goliath trademark battles: Giants don’t always win   { The electronic DJ known as Deadmau5, is being sued by Disney for incorporating giant ears as part of his costume. }

-Photos- Bad weather soaks stars, fans on second night of TIFF   { It was Bill Murray Day at the Toronto International Film Festival. }

 

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“Offbeat”

Robot milkers gaining in popularity at dairy farms in N.B.   {  }

Strange looking fish.
An Ocean Sunfish, like the one in this photo , washed up on the beach at Cape Disappointment, near the mouth of the Columbia River in Washington state, USA. The fish was 6 feet long and weight almost 300 pounds.

‘It’s really an odd-looking fish’:  Rare 2-metre sunfish washes ashore   { Some West Coast friends of mine are very worried that radiation from the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant disaster -after the earthquake and Tsunami- might poison vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean and make living on the west coast of North America not so pleasant in the near future- We get updates from Coast to Coast am (<—-<< Link-) every so often that are not encouraging. —djo— }

Tim Hortons coffee cups: XL claims put to the test   { Somebody tested the capacities of Timmy’s large and Extra-Large paper cups- & contrary to the Conspiracy Theory that both cups hold the same amount of coffee- found that when filled to the line that Tim Hortons  Employees fill these cups to- There are 4 more ounces in the Extra-Large cup than the Large one.  —djo— }

Toronto Festival goers — and the world — celebrate #BillMurrayDay   { I heard an interview yesterday with the producer behind some of Bill Murray’s more memorable movies – Bill does his homework and deserves the accolades he received.  —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Pictures of storm clouds, downed trees as storm passes through   { This article includes several ‘tweeted’ photos taken in the Ottawa-Gatineau Ontario-Quebec area yesterday- The storm was quite impressive.  —djo—  }

Alex Stone arrested after U.S. teen wrote about shooting pet dinosaur   { Link This one really is worth reading. A 16-year-old student in South Carolina had an assignment to write about himself as if he was updating his status on facebook. He wrote that he shot his neighbor’s pet dinosaur with a gun he’d bought. His teacher notified the authorities and the police were called in. The student had his book bag and locker searched – and, when he objected to the way he was being treated was called, ‘irate’ and taken out of school in handcuffs. The school did not inform his mother. She is quoted as having said, ‘I mean first of all, we don’t have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he’s not even old enough to buy a gun.’  – And I would add that if the teacher believed that everything any teenaged kid would write as a status update on facebook was politically correct – that teacher is not connected to anything like ‘Reality’.   —djo— }

Busting Bill Murray: 10 believe-it-or-not stories   {  }

[Dutch dentist] Jacobus van Nierop’s patient: ‘Everything was infected’   { The Dutch dentist, arrested in New Brunswick and wanted by interpol on warrants from France claiming he mutilated patients- allegedly told somebody in an immigrations hearing/interview that he’d killed his wife in the Netherlands in 2006. A woman who lives in France said the dentist insisted she have all her fillings replaced even though she was unaware of any problems with them. After the dentists did the oral surgery she did have problems. She says he used dirty, infected instruments when he operated on her. The woman said her eldest child was also a victim of this dentist. —djo— }

Two dead, eight injured after moose collision on Highway 11   {   }

-Blog- Spirit Airlines slips up by trying to cash in on nude celebrity photo leak   { The Airline sent email ads to customers saying “Our Bare Fare was Hacked!” and featured a line drawing of a woman covering her chest with her arm.  —djo— }

 

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Other:

Fragile Ukraine ceasefire seems to be holding   {  }

-Audio- The celebrity nude selfie leak and why we care   {  }

5 memorable marketing blunders   {  }

Education Minister cool to arbitration to end B.C. teachers’ strike    { If the Education Minister is afraid than an impartial arbitrator would find against the government and in favor of the teachers- that should tell you something. —djo— }

Indigenous women ask, ‘Am I next/’ in push for inquiry into deaths   {  }

-Photos- 4th biennial Stand Up To Cancer live benefit   {  }

Unresponsive plane crashes of Jamaica killing U.S. couple   {  }

Adopted brothers reunited in Ottawa after decades apart   { There is also a video. “Two brothers who didn’t know they were related have reunited in Ottawa” }

-Must Watch- ‘Stories of our lives’: being gay in Kenya { “Kenyan filmmakers risk everything to tell the story of what it’s like to be gay in Africa”  —djo— }

-World- Pakistan, India flooding kills more than 200   {  }

-World- Nicholas Henin, French journalist, says Brussels museum shooter tortured him in Syria   {  }

-Politics- Brian Mulroney says Supreme Court criticism ‘sends the wrong signal’   { “Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney says it was “unhelpful” for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to publicly criticize Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin. Mulroney is credited with winning the biggest landslide victory in Canadian election history – then turning the government over to Kim Campbell -the 1st and only woman Prime Minister of Canada so far- The people I’ve talked to in Canada blame Mulroney for the biggest loss the Conservatives ever suffered. He came in with the biggest pro-conservative vote ever and after he left, the conservatives only won 2 seats – out of 295 —djo— }

-Politics- Canadian special ops soldiers to be part of anti-ISIS team in Iraq   {  }

-Politics- ISIS recruits in Canada spark Liberal call for parliamentary probe   {  }

-Business- Apple’s not talking but tech lovers anticipate iWatch release   {  }

-Business- Canada loses 11,000 jobs in August   {   }

-Technology & Science- House sized asteroid flies near Earth this Sunday   { A newly discovered asteroid – 20 meters wide -that’s about 65 feet & change-  will pass a ‘safe’  40,000 kilometers / 25,000 miles above New Zealand – The article goes on to say that the asteroid will be farther from Earth than any of our communications or weather satellites.  —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

-Opinion- Michael Camp: Campaigns marked by political allegations  { Michael Camp is a journalism professor at St Thomas University  in Fredericton. “Two allegations against David Alward’s Progressive Conservatives caught my attention this week. – One was colourful and direct. The other was by innuendo, one of the darker arts in the world of political persuasion. – The first came on Thursday when Dominic Cardy laid out the NDP’s platform. – Cardy is doing his best to shake off the perception that the NDP is a party devoted to taxing, spending and racking up big deficits. – He said he didn’t buy the idea that there was anything left wing about driving New Brunswick into bankruptcy. – So before the bank arrives to repossess the car and the furniture, we better straighten things out. – That’s the ‘new’ NDP message. – But I think Cardy’s attack on patronage should connect with a lot of voters — if he can get them to listen. – Who would disagree with this little gem from the party platform? – “Whether it’s a Conservative minister getting the road to a friend’s fishing camp paved while your car bangs over potholes that never seem to get fixed, or your neighbour, a prominent Liberal supporter, who always finds a summer job grant for his children — too often knowing the right people seems to matter more than working hard.” – Cardy didn’t name names. His examples were generic rather than specific. But every voter knows it’s the way things have always worked in this province. – If you want a nice job, start by making friends with a politician in power ”  && “The other notable allegation, if you can call it that, was made by Liberal Brian Gallant. – On the same day Cardy was unveiling his platform, Gallant took a little time off from his usual campaign routines to offer some comfort and support to Andy Harvey. – Gallant suspended Harvey as the Liberal candidate for Carleton-Victoria when it was revealed that he was facing fraud charges. – We don’t know much about the case, other than it involves the Harvey family business and the sale of some wood. – Harvey says he’s innocent. Fair enough. The courts will decide. – But in the meantime, Harvey and the Liberal leader are raising questions about the timing of the charges. – With the cameras rolling, Gallant told reporters they should ask the attorney general of New Brunswick why a Liberal candidate would be charged in July, three years after an alleged offence took place, just as the election campaign was getting into gear. – And if voters hadn’t given this much thought, Gallant apparently thought a little nudge would be in order. – “You’d have to ask the Attorney General as to why it’s been done now,” Gallant said. – “And I’ll certainly allow New Brunswickers to come to their own conclusions as to why it would have popped up now.” – ”  —djo— }

David Alward unveils full ‘Say ‘Yes’ platform for PCs   { Jim W’s assessment of television commercials for this ‘Say “Yes” to jobs etc.’ campaign: >>—-> “David Alward comes across as a mean-spirited high school bully looking down from behind a political pulpit, sneering at voters with a message that feels like “Only a god -bleeped- idiot would vote for [the opposition] – He’s got that smug “my-daddy-could-afford-to send-me-to-the-most-expensive-educational-institutions. So I clearly know better than you do-” look. He claims that fracking is safe and will provide loads of magic jobs for everybody- And that is just not true. Scientists whose jobs depend on money from the fracking industry are the only ones I’ve heard claim that fracking is safe. When the protective layer of stone that keeps natural gas down -and keeps the gas from seeping into well water- is shattered- there is no way they can protect the water supply from gas and other harmful chemicals. Their suggested band-aid solutions are laughable- metal pipes rust- concrete slabs crumble and crack. There is no safe way to repair an area that has been fracked. & Hey, run the poster again-“—Jim Wellington. — Okay, I’ll do that. —djo— }

sign comparing jobs per million bucks invested.
Jobs Per Million Dollars invested. Oil & Gas = 2 jobs. Building Efficiency = 14 jobs. Clean Energy = 15 jobs. “Do The Math!”

Liberals request judicial ruling over campaign transparency law   {  }

& There’s more New Brunswick news at (Link >>—->)  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick  — or, if you want to see local news from any other province, you can find it  at the cbc.ca/news/ site.

 

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{ 12:12 pm  —> Had one nasty browser crash and suffered the kind of lag lag lag I haven’t seen in years – >>—> but, ready to check for typos and paint the headlines pretty colours   >>—-> Pushing the “Publish” Button @ 12:55 pm     ———djo———  }

Time Dancer

 
 it feels like a dance
Doesn’t it?
                   feel-
                           like a dance?
 
 
There we were-all of us
sitting around the fire,
talking, laughing, drinking wine,
smoking, thinking about life-
each of us- a Universe of our own
all of our worlds suspended
for a while
while we lived in a moment
too fragile to touch
too real to question
you got up- and
Turned-
to the West
 
                                 I rose and
turned
to the East
 
                  Everyone stood and
turned from our
circle
 
We stepped into shadows
to find the worlds
                               we thought
                               we wanted
 
we danced
through darkness
                      and moonlight
 
                                                                     through deserts
                                                                            and sunlight
 
through cities
              and lamplight
 
                                                                  through mountains
                                                                             and starlight
 
across oceans
and fire light
 
                                                                          through garbage
                                                                            and candle light
 
But-
every once in a while
                           one or more of us
                  lost interest
                                       in the dance
 
                                                                                No,
                                                                                this game
                                                                                wasn’t enough
 
too many dreams
had died
 
we stumbled
back to our circle,
fanned the embers
relit the fires
 
we met in twos and threes
and almost remembered
who we’d been and
where we’d started-
 
we talked and dreamed and
caught a new idea, a vision-
 
                                   Then, with our
                                   New Vision, unspoken
                                   we found new strength
 
                                                                               and fed each other
                                                                               on our bright new
                                                                               enthusiasm
                                                                               as we cried each other’s tears
                                                              over what we’d lost
 
                                    and we usually agreed
                                    there wasn’t enough – out there
                                    to hold our attention
                                    for long
                                    but then again
                                    we kept on
                                    getting back up on our feet
 
and danced back
                         into the shadows
 
perhaps I
stayed away the longest
perhaps
I danced the farthest
from that light
that always
called us back
together
 
                                                                  perhaps I
                                                                  watched my dreams
                                                                  too often
                                                                  go up in smoke
                                                                  too soon-
                                                                  – I
 
learned to hold on
-maybe much too tight- ly
to each second I
spent
in your company-
-with any one of us
I’d accidentally
learned to recognize-
-in chance meetings
in the strangest places
 
where and when our
dancing
brought us
face to face
with anyone
we thought we
-knew from somewhere-
 
like the free and easy
celebration of spring
where somebody who knew somebody
let a friend tag along
and I’d barely seen her
when my heart wanted to soar
to leap with joy at the idea
that she was actually
in the same world with me-
but then, some guy I
probably would have liked
came back from somewhere, and
put his arm around her shoulder
and grinned at me as if to say
-look all you want
-she’s mine tonight
and I wondered why I
wanted to
tear his heart out
on the spot
 
and me, I-
tripped over something
in the dark
 
and rolled to my knees
in some
strangely lighted fog
 
I stumbled and called
and whimpered
and screamed
 
I stood up
and listened
 
and walked
against the wind
 
and maybe blinked
once or twice
 
and found myself
back here
where we
started
 
I looked around,
                     there was no one
here-
                I struck a match and
lit a lantern
 
and sat down and
waited
 
-You’re the one -I
came closest to-
          -most often
 
stumbling back home,
in your own trajectory
– you looked a bit like
maybe you
were almost ready
                to join me
 
and I thought about us all
I remembered every shadow
every light,
every flicker of joy-
every mountain
                            every pit
 
every dancer
             every sanctuary
                              and I felt
                                            every dancer
                                                       dancing through me
 
turning and leaping
                                                        stepping and falling
phantoms in a shadow land
                                                       everyone a little sick
of spiraling so far out
 
Everyone a little closer to knowing
what we’d gone off to learn
                          -That everything we really wanted
                       we’d all had to begin with
              so long ago
with each other
 
I closed my eyes
and felt a restless tide
swelling through our
empty spaces
 
washing all the lands
we’d ever visited
 
I saw the restless thoughts
of every dreaming phantom
falling lifeless as the core
of our existence
refined the hunger
we’d been feeling
 
I reached for the light-
 
I felt you- all of you-
all of us dancing
all of us turning
and missing the beat
 
dropping our hands, disgusted
 
one by one returning
 
to the center of our circle
 
where I guess I’m
 
the first one back
 
sitting here with a silly grin
 
waiting to greet you
 
with this universe’s greatest laughter
 
crying,
             Welcome Home!
 
-Where in hell have you been this time?
 
——— Jim Wellington  -some time between 1983 & 1991-

Saturday, August 9, 2014 – CBC News Headlines :

Saturday, 09 August, 2014.  -( 70°F / 21°C & Clear @ 10:45 am in Ithaca, NY, USA )-

{ Again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories or watch the video -if there is video- go to CBC dot CA/news. —Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Lead Stories

-Developing- Ontario man has Ebola-like symptoms on returning from Nigeria

-Developing- 3 bodies found in rubble after strike on Gaza mosque

-Developing- Milos Raonic ousted in Rogers Cup quarter-finals

-Developing- Us bombards ISIS targets, drops aid to Yazidis in N. Iraq

-Breaking- Obama not giving ‘particular timetable’ on strikes on ISIS

How much government accommodation can you expect because of religion or a disability?

Franklin search: Jim Balsillie, warship all part of largest effort yet to find lost ships

 

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Offbeat

10 wacky backyard inventions from China

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gets a “creepy” new makeover    { Oddly enough, ‘creepy’ is a word I heard myself saying quite a bit in the past week, and I wondered why I suddenly picked that word to describe a multitude of things. }

Thousands of people are watching a fish play Pokemon right now   { Now, this is creepy. }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Stephen Carter, former Redford adviser, believes Albertans ‘won’t be fooled again’

{ Plus several other stories listed above in ‘lead stories’ section }

 

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“Other”

Ambulance delay slammed after B.C. Skidegate band First Nation councillor dies of heart attack

GAZA conflict: Rockets, airstrikes after Gaza war truce collapses

Supermoon Sunday will be biggest moon of 2014   { And I know several people who are looking forward to giving their new telescopes a workout this weekend. }

James Brady death ruled a homicide, 33 years after Washington shooting   { James Brady died this last Monday at the age of 73. His family said he died from a series of health issues. I can’t tell from this article whether the medical examiner believes the health issues resulted from the gunshot wound to the head 33 years ago- or was there something new involved that has been ruled a homicide? John Hinkley Jr, the shooter who tried to assassinate President Ron Reagan a few short months into Reagan’s presidency, has been described as a victim of MK-Ultra mind-washing / mind-control conditioning, and was found not guilty by reason of insanity back in 1981. -Maybe prosecutors back then were afraid he might blab something on the witness stand that would point the finger back to the brain washing?- Also, Ron Reagan’s eventual Alzheimer’s Disease has been described as a result of his being exposed to mycoplasma released in illegal C.I.A. ‘experiments’ in the 70’s in the U.S.A. One reporter said the mycoplasma is an opportunistic bacteria that will attack a person’s most vulnerable organs. And Reagan might never have been infected if he hadn’t been shot in this attack. Alleged C.I.A.  mycoplasma releases occurred in several places around the U.S.A., including very public spaces such as Times Square in New York City, and, the one case that reporters found particularly appalling, was supposed to have happened when agents supposedly released mycoplasma into the air conditioning / ventilation system of a Texas middle school. }

Indonesian girl swept away in 2004 tsunami found alive   { The girl, now 15 years old, was swept away as a 4 year old, and with her brother, hung on to a floating board for quite some time. The then 4 year old girl remembers talking to her brother and then remembers nothing until after she realized that she’d been rescued, but believed her brother was still floating around on the board somewhere. One elderly member of the family who acted as the girl’s foster family, the foster grand mother, has been taken into the home of the girl’s biological family. }

Hundreds of Iraqi women reportedly held captive by ISIS militants

Hawaii largely dodges impact of storm Iselle while awaiting Hurricane Julio   { It was reported on Coast to Coast am before tropical storm Iselle hit, that there were massive power outages all over the first island in the Hawaiian chain to be ‘targeted’ by the storm. }

Canadian dollar tumbles with huge miss in jobs data expectations    { This ‘tumble’ wasn’t that huge, the ‘looney’ dropped to a value of 91.15 cents in terms of the U$ dollar. Economist expected 20,000 new jobs to be created and only counted 200. }

Unemployment dips to 7%, most new jobs are part time   { I haven’t trusted unemployment numbers reported by mainstream media since I learned that these numbers have been ‘fudged’ by the reporting agencies within the government all along. If they report that 7% are unemployed, they mean 7% of the workforce is collecting unemployment. Those who cannot find employment and probably gave up trying are never reported, and if real numbers were reported, the figure would be more like 25%- worse than the so-called ‘Great Depression’. Conspiracy buffs have been calling this economic situation that we are still experiencing now, ‘The Great Deception’, or ‘a part of the Great Deception.’ }

Facebook Mentions celebrity app gets wide release

Mick Jagger urges Scots to vote ‘no’ to independence   { If you were a citizen of Scotland, would you pay any attention to voting advice from Mick Jagger? }

Into the Storm: Film Review

Charlotte Le Bon’s culinary trip in The Hundred-Foot Journey

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Film Review

Readers at odds over Sask. family farm flap

Thin Gap model prompts ‘skinny-shaming’ debate

‘Push for pizza’ app delivers pizza with one click

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Justin Bourque pleads guilty to murdering 3 Moncton Mounties   { There is something about this case that didn’t feel right to me from the beginning. The ‘disturbed teenager’ posts hate messages against police officers on facebook, wanders around his neighborhood in broad daylight with several loaded firearms, shoots 5 police officers, killing 3, then calmly walks up to police with his hands up and says it’s over,  and now just calmly sits there while he’s being charged?  

Joceleyne Roy-Vienneau named New Brunswick lieutenant-governor   { She is the francophone vice-president of the Université de Moncton’s Shippagan campus. And she was picked by Prime Minister Stephen Harper? }

Apparent Stanley Cup ring discovered by 7-year-old at Tide Head

Marsh Creek tests show 99% drop in fecal bacteria count

 

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{ I might be back in a couple hours to comment and colorize these entries. ———djo——— }

Politix

Wednesday, May 14, 2014  (I posted this on a friend’s blog while I was visiting in Canada and forgot to bring my own passwords for this blog with me… shame on me?)

Politix

Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

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

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

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

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

( don’t hold your breath )

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

 

—enough for today?

 

PayPal Just cost me $60.00 in bogus fees and there is no way to complain to them about that.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014.

My friends in Canada are celebrating their National Holiday. (Canada Day)

& PayPal just cost me sixty bucks in fees and charges in a bank account I deleted from my account there (PayPal Account) and there is no way to send them feedback to complain about that.

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I had a computer die on me after a blackout must have hit at the worst possible moment.

While trying to decide whether to replace the dead computer or chuck it, maybe drop it from a nice tall building and record the crash for YouTube, I checked through ebay and found something at a really good price that would fill my needs.

I got all the way through the payment process when PayPal refused to accept my password.

I had a hell of a time changing my password. But it finally took.

Then pay pal wanted to use a bank account I haven’t used in a couple years.

I went into my settings and preferences in the pay pal account and deleted that bank information.

PayPal told me that information was deleted, gone, no good any more.

I entered new bank information. New bank account, new debit card, new credit card.

PayPal told me I had successfully updated my information.

I clicked on the account I wanted to use, I clicked on “pay this bill”

The page refreshed and told me payment had gone through and it told me it had gone through from the bank account it had just assured me it had deleted.

I tried to send feedback.

I got a message from PayPal saying it couldn’t respond to my feedback, I had to go to some weird form on their website that I could not get to from here.

I sent a message to the guy I bought the replacement computer from, explained what was happening and asked him to let me know if the payment was refused or anything like that.

He responded with positive ebay feedback thanking me for quick payment and I got a notification that the computer was on its way. It was supposed to take one to seven work days to get here.

The computer got here in two days. I went to ebay and gave the guy who sold me the computer five stars and checked all my bank accounts and couldn’t find any record of any transactions or aborted transactions or bounce fees or anything.

Eight days later I got email from paypal explaining that my payment had not gone through.

I found a phone number and called it. Spent maybe five minutes listening to Musack. The human being who answered my call knew who I was and what phone I was calling from when she connected on her end, she asked me to confirm that I was me and wanted to know why I called. I told her I was looking at an email message that said the payment had not gone through. I told her I had gotten a message saying that the payment had gone through from the account I had deleted and got confirmation that it was deleted and tried to contact them back then.

She said, “Okay, the payment had gone through on the new credit card I had entered after deleting the old account. Everything was fine.”

Yesterday (Now we are 4 days past the conversation I had with the human being connected to PayPal) I got a message in email asking me to take a very short survey and tell them how my telephone conversation had gone.

I checked my bank accounts. I found that they had tried to put the payment through on the deleted account twice and the old bank that I keep like fifty dollars in had bounced the payment twice, charged $20 dollars the first time and $40 the second time.

I was not happy,

I went to my email message and clicked on the link to take their survey.

A web page popped up with the message, “We’re sorry, the survey you are trying to access is no longer available.”

I went crazy again, clicking on every ‘Contact Us’ link on PayPal and all those links connect to is Frequently Asked Question bull shit. I could find no way to leave them a nasty message telling them their mistakes have cost me sixty dollars.

So I’ll do that here.

PayPal deserves to go bankrupt in the worst possible way. Everybody who works for PayPal deserves to be publicly humiliated in the worst possible fashion.

If I believed there really was a Hell I’d want to see them all suffer there.

Pies in all their faces would not be a bad enough punishment.

I don’t believe in sending goons around to break arms and legs, but I’ll tell you- I’m starting to think that might not be that bad an idea…

Roar!

I don’t know what else to say.

—Deej