Oh Dangit – Too Much Good Information That Needs Sharing To Let Me Sleep –

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 — 85°F / 29°F — Too hot with too much bright sunlight in Ithaca, NY @ 1:45 pm —

Ireland Jailed 3 Banksters. Why Haven't We.
Ireland Jailed 3 Banksters. Why haven’t we?

— If I took the time to get large screen shots of everything I thought was important in news feeds and twitter feeds today I’d never get to sleep.

US Intelligents reports that WikiLeaks is not an arm of Russian Intelligence.
U.S. Intelligence says WikiLeaks is not a political arm of Russian Intelligence.

— Those who believe – “It’s not illegal if you don’t get caught” want to vilify all good reporters. WikiLeaks is not your enemy. Dishonest, megalamaniacal, micro-managing – manipulative, power-crazy politicians ARE.

Krishnamurti quote. Labels are violence.
– Wish I’d said that – [ Wow ]
— Defining yourself is an act of violence? Holy Cow! Why didn’t I think of that? Calling yourself a Republican is vilifying all Democrats? Calling yourself a Democrat is demonizing all Republicans? “Ego is the human soul desperately trying to believe that it is limited to a human body and one short lifetime” < Jim Wellington > – That’s how I got mixed up with all this blogging and stuff – I’d always been a writer, I thought it was an obsession – This guy muttered one phrase at a writers’ workshop and blew a thousand of my most worrisome misconceptions all to hell. – No, I’m a truth seeker, embracing any truth I can verify and wanting to share that with all the rest of us lost and exhausted pilgrims desperately hungry and thirsting for Truth, Mercy, Spirituality, Personal Evolution – This is not an obsession, it’s a calling. I want to share everything that makes me feel good about being alive with everybody else who’s starving for peace of mind.

"Republican Refugees seek asylum in Democratic Party.
– This might be politically motivated nonsense, but it’s too funny to pass up.

— If reformed Republicans really want believe in themselves again and sleep nights (or days if their biological clocks are half as mixed up as mine is) – They’d be better off seeking asylum in the Green Party. Remember a Y2K bumper sticker with an animal that was half Donkey and half Elephant – a two headed ‘push me pull you’? Calling them “Republicrats”? Why keep voting for the same old [stinky stuff]? Haven’t we had enough of this nonsense? My wonderful, adorable daughter says, “Jeeze – it looks like everybody’s trying to drive back all human progress to the madness that started the first world war-” And she’s too young to remember the first Desert Storm idiocy.

Caterpillars can't understand butterflies.
“When she became a butterfly all the caterpillars shunned her-” ?

— Caterpillars can’t understand butterflies. Morons with their heads stuck up their Ice-Holes can’t understand anyone who isn’t as stupid and destructive and greedy as they are. Donald J Trump does not have a prayer of being able to understand anybody who believes in Bernie Sanders [ at least, not in this life ]. People who believe they have a right to destroy everybody else’s quality of living in pursuit of a little profit will never understand conservationists. Frackers will never understand anyone who wants to be able to drink pure, unpoisoned water. Oil Company executives will never want to understand why anybody would ever want to share renewable energy that costs almost nothing and provides better energy, more and better jobs, healthier people and a lot less stress than gasoline, gas and oil – { at least, not until it’s too late and they realize they’ve shot themselves in their own crotches }.

Lake Tahoe
On a less serious note –

— I thought it might be a good time to post a photo of a beautiful world that is not yet spoiled and poisoned by the [ snar ] coming to California from the Fukushima disaster. People who are not muzzled by lying unethical political motivation are warning that Fukushima’s radiation has already poisoned too much of the Pacific Ocean, we might already be beyond any hope of undoing the effects of some of the deadliest poison known to humans – { unless those rumoured aliens/angels come to our aid with their radiation eating technologies. Pray for help, guys – }

Leopards in Botswana.
This is a tribute to Jim and Cathi’s cat, Domino.

— Rest In Peace, Domino – you taught me that cats can be fun to play with.

Huge Hungarian Guard Dog
Now that’s one serious looking guard dog. { he said, flawlessly elucidating the painfully obvious – }

— Like I said, there’s much too much important looking information flying around the Tweet-Us-Sphere to ignore today. Most of it is probably based in truth. But, like always, don’t take my word for it. Get out there and investigate! Use your brain before it doesn’t even help your cranium in its function as hat rack.

— Please, God, Can I get some rest now?

——— djo ———

Friday – Where did this week go? What happened to February?

Friday, march 4th, 2016 — //  27˚F / -3˚C & cloudy in Ithaca, NY @ 5:30 pm

Cartoon of Donald J Trump riding an elephant, leading a charge of KKK dissguised white sheeted guys riding elephants behind him.
In several ways, this cartoon sums up the main stream media news I’ve been hearing lately.

After I got home from work this morning I tried to watch the news and after I gave up on that I conked out for several hours, woke up with a headache, took a couple aspirins and went back to bed, now alluva sudden it’s 5:30 pm  and I could almost believe Donald Trump could be leading a charge of stampeding elephants and hell-beant bigots right at my door. Still have that headache, But with one eye open, I can tell there are no stampeding herds of elephants barelling down on me here. I should take another aspirin, or maybe guess I didn’t get enough caffeine and get some coffee and then chill? Where do I go to whine, “Make it go away-” ?

Plank walk along the banks of a river or lake?
I don’t know why, but this photo is very appealing right now, maybe if I was -there- the warmth and the relaxed feel of being near that river, or lake, or whatever body of water it might be – would drive the headache away and let me lean back and enjoy life?

— anyway, I have to go ‘chill’ right about now – Have a good evening and a decent weekend —

——— djo ———

 

Economic Warfare & Slavery – Wednesday Update:

This is from Jim W. in New Brunswick:

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Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 -( +5˚C / +41˚F — Grey skies & damp in Atlantic Canada @ 8:00 am )-

Schnarr!
Corporate Welfare? In Canada, ‘Fossil Fuel’ Corporations get $34 Billion dollars in Taxpayer funded subsidies – In the UK, Google gets a sweetheart deal, which, when found out leads to a hand slapping pittance in back taxes. -Meanwhile- Provincial Governments in Canada, Crying poverty, are trying to convince taxpayers that they need to pay tolls that could cost heavy commuters $1,000.00 to $1,500.00 more every year?

— Economic Warfare —

— The oil and gas industries received $34 Billion dollars per year in taxpayer-funded subsidies? Mid-priced Electric cars cost about $31,000.00 Canadian Dollars. They figure there are 9 million families in Canada?

New Brunswick 'Strategies'.
– So the ‘government’ of New Brunswick has been ‘studying’ how to fraudulently fleece the citizens of New Brunswick and reduce the health care and other services New Brunswickers are entitled to. And from this photo (above) it looks like they think they can get away with that. –

— The Province of New Brunswick, crying poverty, has told the people of New Brunswick that their ‘duly elected government’ is trying to decide how to institute tolls on New Brunswick’s highways to raise money because they’re not bringing in enough tax revenues? ***Why don’t they raise taxes on the corporations that have been getting away with downsizing, knocking hardworking people from their ability to pay those taxes, which may be fraudulently reported to the media which, in turn, ‘report’ those fraudulent figures to the news-consuming public.

— Walter Burien of cafr1.com [ (CAFR+the number 1) dot com ] is an investment counselor who has been trying to explain that virtually every level of Federal, State or Provincial, County, and municipal government has more income streams than they admit to, that tax revenues amount to one third of their actual income, and if they’re not receiving two thirds of their income from non-tax revenues, well then, shame on them for being incredibly stupid – Mr. Burien has been trying to explain this for years, has been politely screaming at seemingly sleeping citizens who, apparently, would much rather plug their ears than listen to him.

pipeline map
The existing pipeline would be ‘upgraded’/converted to carry oil instead of gas through lands threatened by possible Fracking and extended to where the crude oil could be shipped away from Canada to where foreign jobs would either be created or insured at the expense of possible Canadian jobs. Renewable Energy development would create a lot more jobs for a lot less money.

— The proposed Eastern Pipeline upgrade would bring oil from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick, not to be refined here, an operation which would create Canadian jobs, but to be loaded on ships and carried off to refineries in the USA, where US citizens would have job security that is lacking in Canada?

— Meanwhile, Facking has been shown to create earthquakes. Earthquakes endanger pipelines. Oil pipelines that split open poison groundwater. Poisoned groundwater forces humans to pay for water that isn’t poisoned, and it kills animals. Animals that die from poisoned water include farm animals that people eat, and pets, and wild animals, like the Beluga whales in the Saint Lawrence River/Seaway.

— When the Mayor of Montreal cried out against the pipeline, he was first accused of being selfish, then accused of trying to divide Canadians along East Versus West, or even Anglophones versus Francophones lines. Then, after a talk with Justin Trudeau, the Mayor of Montreal clarified that his stance against the pipeline was not against economic opportunities, but against the shoddy inability of watchdogs to insure that the pipelines would be properly built, properly inspected, and properly maintained. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for his part, has announced that he is not a cheerleader for this pipeline project, or any other pipeline project. First Nations/Native Americans – the people whose country was stolen out from under them by Europeans who claimed they were saving the aboriginal citizens of the ‘Americas’ from ignorance and poverty, have been fighting pipelines both in the east and in the west. They have also been fighting against the practice of ‘Fracking’, which threatens their drinking water and the stability of their lands.

— Canadian ‘Law’ sees mineral rights as belonging to the ‘Crown’, land owners have been shocked and dismayed to discover that their property has been invaded by somebody who dug a hole, searching for possible minerals or other exploitable resources, & left the ‘exploratory’  holes open and dangerous to children and other living things. And then the property owners discovered that (1) they are powerless to stop this sort of thing, (2) if anything valuable was discovered on or under their property, they would not benefit from that discovery, or its exploitation or development – at all, and (3) they just might have to pay the cost of filling any dangerous holes left in their own property.

— First Nations people have been fighting for centuries to keep their land and mineral rights, citing the fact that they never did sign away their mineral rights. Miners want to be able to walk onto Tribal lands and poison and ruin the area, grab whatever minerals and ores they find there, cart the valuable substances away and gesture obscenely as they ‘laugh all the way to the bank’ and capitalize on what they’ve stolen.

Google Tax Dodge.
Meanwhile, in the UK –

— Corporations have also been getting away with not paying their fair share of taxes in the United Kingdom. Google, which ‘mines’ information from the browsers of anybody connecting to their ‘services’ has recently been slapped on the wrist and asked to pay a pittance to cover back taxes while taxpayers in the UK have been discovering that they are being charged unbelievably ridiculous new taxes that sound more like a Monty Python routine than anything like a real tax that any government in the Western ‘Free World’ would have the gall to suggest.

Schnarr Corporations.
Corporations were severely limited in the United States from the time of the Revolution until their lobbyists basically pooped all over the 99%. Originally, corporations were only granted very limited time charters, & after their time was up, their assets would revert to public ownership.
Slavery in the fishing industry.
Nobody wants to support an industry that exploits slavery.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is raising the alarm about governments using the politix of Fear to avoid the annoying problem of respecting the Human Rights of their own citizens as well as refugees.

Tanuki

2016-01-27-Tanuki-RacoonDog
This Japanese “Raccoon-Dog” called a ‘Tanuki’ is neither a raccoon nor a dog and is not recommended as a pet. Sounds like a shame, because a dog that cute would probably be fun to share your life with.
See Ireland.
& this, like all the graphics & photos included here, does not contain a valid link. You might be able to copy and paste something from the graphic itself. or you might have to ‘google it’ or more safely: look it up at startpage dot-com. But yeah, I think I’d rather be watching the sun rise in Ireland than letting myself become upset / depressed by the latest mass media news.

— & On the Ethics front: In France, the Justice Minister resigned her post in protest over the new French law that strips citizenship from those accused of terrorism. So human beings with their humanity and moral values intact actually still do exist as of today, the 27th day of January/janvier, 2016. Of course, the newscast that announced this brave and ethical act went on to tell us that the Justice Minister who resigned had already been replaced by a schnarr ice-hole of an Elitist shill who was firmly in favour of advancing himself without regard for ethical behaviour or the health and well-being of anybody else.

— And so, sadly, tragically, that is a snapshot of this morning’s schnarr from Atlantic Canada.

— Hopelessly remaining optimistic –,

~~~~~ Jim

 

Ack- I just spent way too much time and energy surfing through themes.

Wednesday, 29 July, 2015 -( 62˚F / 17˚C & clear at the moment @ 6:05 am here in Ithaca, New York & I don’t have time to check on New Brunswick and Alaska right now. )-

Cat Person
“DreamCat” – The Character that started us into developing out Multi User Role Playing Game- When we saw how easily we could finally get into world building and character building- but then life hit us with its little surprises and decided we had to work our tails off in the real world and left us nowhere near enough time and energy to finish that world and start letting civilians play around in it. (NOT YET—) Rolled in the demo section of our world building stuff.

I thought a new theme for this blog would be a good idea. But WordPress and its affiliates want to bleed as much money from anybody as they can and make their free blogs less and less ‘Elegant’ and harder to surf through. I might end up changing this theme again vey soon (like maybe after I get some sleep?) because I freekin hate non serif fonts.

I could almost believe they force developers to make their free themes as featureless and hard to use as possible.

There were a couple themes that came close to being ‘acceptable’ But there was something not quite right about each of them. 

So I’m ‘composing’ this article in the ‘2014’ theme and the only thing I like about it is the captions under the ‘media’ – it’s all left justified instead of centered. But the font is going to drive me to distraction.

— Runs away screaming—

— djo —

 

Monday, 22 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Monday, 22 September, 2014  -( 49˚F / 9˚C –  & raining @ 8:30 am in Ithaca )-

{ We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & 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.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Quote of the day? Song lyrics from the flower child days: “Love is but a song we sing – /Fear- a way we die / You can make the mountains ring / -Hear the angels cry” – by Dino Valenti – It was performed by the old Kingston Trio, by Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, HP LoveCraft, The Youngbloods, and Jefferson Airplane and then I lost count. It was called “Let’s Get Together” before the Youngbloods released it as “Get Together” And the Dave Clark 5 released a version as “Everybody Get Together”

 

5 political leaders in a row.
Leaders of the five political parties involved in today’s provincial elections in New Brunswick. Left to right: David Coon – Green Party, Dominic Cardy – NDP, David Alward – PC party, Brian Gallant – Liberal, Kris Austin – People’s Alliance party.

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Lead Articles:

-Updated- Suspect in Clinton businessman shooting arrested, charged with 1st-degree murder   {  }

Storm leaves 23,000 cusomers without power across N.S.   {  }

Ebola death toll now at 2,792 in 5 African nations: WHO   {  }

Male teen charged in death of Surrey, B.C., teenager    {  }

Canadian in Syria blocked from bringing husband home to safety   { Another headline to the same article: “Ottawa blocks Canadian from getting Syrian husband out of danger.”  —djo—  }

-Analysis- People are drinking the drugs we take   { * This one’s scary: “What happens when the excreted drugs get into drinking water?”  —djo— }

-New- Downsizing: When hitting the road hurts like hell   { * This is a series about a large reporter trying to lose weight.   —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

No new offbeat news?  😦

 

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“Most Viewed”

ISIS audio urges attacks on ‘unbelievers’ in Canada   {  }

High winds in Nova Scotia leave 50,000 in the dark   {  }

Nude celebrity photo leak: More images posted to online forums   { Repeat? or are there more since yesterday? & Why should we care?  —djo— }

Rockefellers to join in divesting $50B of oil fortune to fight global warming   { They’re probably buying up gold and silver in the belief that their manipulations are about to hit the fan and drive down the economies of everyone in the ‘free world’.  —djo— }

Justin Trudeau’s abortion policy keeps people talking   {  }

-17 photo slide show- People’s Climate Marches around the world   { Yesterday I got email and told you about the Conservative sector of the ‘Main Stream Press’ getting snarky and trying to undermine the sincerity of marchers around the world.  —djo— }

 

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Other:

5 Things to watch for in New Brunswick’s provincial election   { 1. Does election coverage interfere with the season premier of ‘The Black List’? 2. Does it interfere with the season premier of ‘Sleepy Hollow’? * My turn to get snarky– —djo—  }

The story behind Justin Trudeau’s abortion strategy   { * How about the story behind headlines that try to make a political strategy look like cold hearted manipulation?  —djo— }

Unpaid academic internships ‘taking advantage’ of students, critics say   { And over the weekend an article in the Huffington Post suggested that banks were changing their strategies to make it harder for middle class people to get mortgages etc, while making it easier for the top small percentage of the richest segment of the population to cash in on everybody else’s difficulties.   —djo— }

No word on when Mayor Rob Ford will exit hospital   {  }

Cost of policing continues to climb despite reduced cri, study finds   { * Well, heck, somebody has to pay for all those shiny new military weapons and vehicles every police force in the world wants to show off –   —djo— }

Government’s plan to revoke passports raises human rights concern   { ‘A new passport order gives Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander the power to deny passports on the grounds of national security, – “revoking and refusing passports to those going abroad to take part in terrorist activities.”- ‘  * The trouble is, there have been too many cases of people who have been thought to be terrorists because they have a Muslim name. The man who used to be Cat Stevens was denied entry into the USA a couple years back because the Muslim name he took with his new religion also belonged to someone they believed was a terrorist. At least one Canadian citizen was taken from a plane in the USA and shipped off to a country where nobody questions their torture methods and tortured for a couple years. I think he sued the Canadian Government for a lot of money when he released. And if I remember right, there were three or four more cases that were almost identical in their legal system. ** So the kids I went to school with, who used to blurt out, ‘In the Future, the US will be more like Russia and Russia will be more like the USA-‘ -whatever their sources were, were right? And Canada is following the USA down the road to totalitarianism?  —djo— }

Pioneer of mixed-race prom seeks funds for Museum of Human Rights visit   { A teenager “from southern Georgia who planned her high school’s first mixed-race prom last year is raising money to visit Winnipeg after being honoured by the newly opened Canadian Museum for Human Rights.” * And what has me worried is: – Aren’t Museums places where you go to look at things that have gone extinct or out of style? Would the Museum of Human Rights be a place where we might go to celebrate the idea that we once had Human Rights?  —djo— }

Student suspended for selling banned Pepsi takes business to sidewalk   { * Well, heck, the kids who have been addicted to intestine-rotting GMO ‘modified corn sweetener’ in popular soft drinks have to get their suicidal fixes somewhere- * Me being snarky again.  —djo— }

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft reaches orbit around Mars   {  }

-Must Watch- Worldwide climate change rallies   { ‘Climate change’ is probably more accurate than the ‘global warming’ headline I saw somewhere else. —djo— }

& The Editor’s Picks are left over from yesterday.

-World- 130,000 Syrians flee to Turkey in 4 days to escape ISIS advance   { * Up 30,000 from yesterday? Ever wonder who might want to stay up all night dreaming up new ways to make sure you’re nervously believing the world might explode into terror attacks and war exploding everywhere at once?  —djo— }

-World- Australia seeks broad anti-terror powers after foiled beheading plot   { * When I was a kid in the late sixties, early 70’s we had an exchange student from Australia come talk to us in school and while people in the USA were starting to doubt the war in Vietnam was us trying to make the world safe for everybody else, Australians seemed to be genuinely concerned that the Red Menace -Communists- who had replaced the -Yellow menace- -Japanese soldiers during WWII- might just swoop down and take over and rape all those nice pure white girls. Australia might be a little more susceptible to propaganda scare tactics than areas more removed from international hot spots. ** Um, anybody got any ideas on how we can reverse the barage of fear mongering b.s. scare tactics that are aimed at out hearts and minds? —djo— }

-World- Visiting Afghan soldiers go missing from Cape Cod military base   {  }

-Politics- Korean president to talk trade during Parliament Hill visit   {  }

-Politics- Tories revive union bill that provoked Senate rebellion, move to limit debate   { * Quick, somebody move to limit the Tories grasp on power-   —djo— }

-Health- Why Winnipeg? How a Canadian lab became an Ebola research powerhouse   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- 2014 CBC Poetry Prize winner announced   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Happy Birthday Leonard Cohen: Q opens the vault   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

5 cropped photos from a debate.
The five party leaders in today’s election.

5 things to watch for in New Brunswick’s provincial election   { Here’s their list :  1. Alward’s shale gas strategy – * Can conservative party lies that fracking is safe and necessary for the economy blind enough voters to give the unholy [ censored ]’s another win? * 2. Can Brian Gallant hold lead? * Can the Liberals pull in enough votes to win this one – after they pointed out that, all the time the Conservatives were telling everybody that Fracking meant jobs and prosperity, 3,000 actual jobs disappeared and campaign promises met half their goals- 3. Possible NDP breakthrough – Dominic Cardy did well in the debates after having moved his party a little closer to the centre of the political spectrum, recruiting ex-Liberals and ex-PC members to switch to the NDP banner and ‘pitching the party as the one that takes fiscal matters seriously’.  4. Green Party Leader David Coon – There was a tweet yesterday that Jim W sent me – A poster that was seen in University campus windows that said, “99% Less Bullshit”, showed David Coon’s smiling face- and listed web sites, twitter accounts, and facebook pages-  5. New riding map creates tight races – 55 voting districts were reduced to 49 – They don’t mention People’s Alliance candidate Kris Austin under #5 but his photo is there – *** Okay, I’ve probably done enough damage here- let’s move on to another headline.  —djo— }

New Brunswick: A different kind of election night   { ‘Elections New Brunswick is using vote tabulators to quickly count the votes in Monday’s provincial elections.’ & Link >>—-> http://indigostarcrystalradio.wordpress.com/2009/02/21/how-could-anyone-hijack-a-us-presidential-election <—-<< Jim W has a link to a recorded interview from the aftermath of the 2004 US Federal elections where-in a lawyer has explained how the Republicans stole the election to fraudulently put G.W. Bush in the White House for a second term – the second time he did not win an election legally, but found his butt in the seat of power. —djo— }

8 ridings to watch in the New Brunswick election   { ” 1. Fredericton South- “could be the closest race in the province on election night.” Green Party leader David Coon is running against Progressive Conservatives’ Craig Leonard, NDP’s Kelly Lamrock, Liberal Roy Wiggins and Independent candidate Courtney Mills.  “2. Saint John Lancaster” where former Liberal MLS Abel LeBlanc bolted from the Liberal Party in favour of the NDP. “3. Miramichi” Where ridings/districts were rearranged so sitting MLAs are running against each other. And a former PC MLA is also running in this riding as an Independent. “4. Memramcook-Tantramar ” is another riding in which two sitting MLAs are running against each other.  “5. Carleton-Victoria” Where the Liberal candidate was first charged with fraud in connection with a business he was a partner with, and then the charges were dropped. “6. Saint John Harbour” Where Tory Carl Killen won his race in 2010 by either 7 or 8 votes, depending on which paragraph you read here.  “7. Moncton Centre” The change in ridings/districts here has pitted two MLAs against each other who were famous for launching blistering partisan attacks at one another in New Brunswick’s ‘Question Period’ “8.  Fredericton West-Hanwell” where NDP leader Dominic Cardy is trying to win a seat that could be the NDP’s first seat in the legislature since 2005. ”  —djo— }

2 men stabbed at Esgenoôpetitj First Nation   {  }

New Brunswick election 2014: Voters head to the polls today   { Redundancy R Us? —djo— }

 

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“Aboriginal”

RCMP investigate claim officer made derogatory Facebook post   {  }

Assembly of First Nations says its proposals on missing women ‘tossed aside’ by Ottawa   {  }

NDP forces Commons debate on murdered, missing indigenous women   {  }

Only 3 First Nations candidates running in New Brunswick election   {  }

’60s Scoop adoptees find ‘some kind of belonging’ at national gathering   {  }

-Sadly it looks like every article on this page is a repeat-

 

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{ 11:14 am – Checking for typos and colorizing the headlines.    11:45 am— Almost ready to hit the ‘Publish’ button ———djo——— }

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014  -( 58˚F / 14˚C & Mostly Clear in Ithaca @ 8:45 am )-  —Today is National Teddybear Day in the U.S.A. & Intergalactic/Inter-dimensional/International ‘wish Jim Wellington a Happy Birthday on Leo Tolstoy’s birthday’ day on planet Earth & ‘beyhond’.— 😉

{ 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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Apple Logo and somebody intent on a smart phone.
It’s a big day for Apple Computer- They have staged a large unveiling event.

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Spiritual quote of the day, “In an interview, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin said that his Guru had completely changed a lot of his thinking when, after John said, “I can’t work with that guy-” the Guru said, -‘Yes you can, the difficulties you have in working with this person are a chance for you to grow and learn to overcome your self imposed limitations’ – & I mean to tell ya, that bit of inspiration blew a hole in my ability to believe that people who oppose us are tools of some hypothetical devil- That was an eye opener- or maybe a soul- or spirit-opener?” ———Jim Wellington  { I have that on tape- Happy Birthday, Jim —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

-Updated- Malaysia Airlines MH17 likely downed by ‘high energy objects’   { The flashy top-of-the-page ever-changing headline thing credits that discovery to the Dutch.  —djo— }

Russian fighter jets circle Canadian ship in Black Sea  {  }

Pieces of Franklin expedition ship believed found   {  }

Jury selection to continue Tuesday for Luka Magnotta trial   {  }

Why the next royal baby could sway Scotland’s referendum   {  }

‘I can’t just let Damian die in vain’: Mother launches de-radicalization effort   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

Trailer Park Boys celebrate 8th season’s launch with cheeseburgers, jalapeno chips   {  }

Canadian astronaut leads undersea ‘spacewalks’ on NASA mission   {  }

Antonio Brown kicks punter & other must-see NFL plays   {  }

Automaker sees automated freeway travel within 2 years   {  & I think I remember old shows about future technology telling us we should be flying in hover cars and riding on automated highways by the year 2000.  —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Russian military planes buzzed HMCS Toronto in Black Sea    {  }

Ottawa company fined for saying it ‘only hires white men’   {  }

Rick Cross, missing Kananaskis hunter, killed in bear attack   { He apparently wandered between a mother bear and her cub  —djo—  }

2 women in their 90s marry in Ottawa 7 decades after meeting   { * Yes, they married each other. & With this article are links to “Same-sex marriage rights by U.S. state” – “Where in the world is homosexuality a crime?” & “Where in the world is same-sex marriage legal?” —djo— }

Apple iWatch and iPhone? New devices unveiled today   {  }

Steven Ruttan, veteran with PTSD, feels compensation falls short    {  }

-Blog- Chat Live with Adrienne Arsenault about homegrown extremism Tuesday at 5:30 pm ET   {  }

 

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Other:

Russia denies buzzing the Canadian ship in the Black Sea   {  * Maybe it was evil aliens or even more evil – U.S. Black Ops guys – using holograms to try to start a war? *  —djo— }

-Special Report- Canadian veteran with PTSD feels $60K compensation ‘a slap in the face’   {  }

-Updated- Shark filmed near Australian beach within hours of fatal attack   { A shark killed somebody at a popular Australian surfing beach. —djo— }

John Baird, Rob Nicholson to discuss 30-day mission in Iraq   {  }

Ray Rice cut by Ravens, banned by NFL after new assault video surfaces   {  }

UN’s chief meteorologist warns of alarming C02 spike   {  }

MacKay to testify as Senate begins prostitution bill hearings { * Yes, Peter MacKay, the ‘Minister of Justice’ is probably guilty of prostituting himself for the Conservative Agenda in Canada 😉 *  —djo  }

NDP plots strategy as Tom Mulcair plans to get out of the House   { The New Democratic Party of Canada is releasing their platform a year ahead of next year’s election -next year’s, if the sitting government isn’t driven out of town on a rail before that- Tom Mulcair is the leader of the NDP.   —djo— }

Home Depot says Canadians could be affected by security breach    {  }

-Must Watch- Dogs party in pool for charity   {  }

-Must Watch- Dutch flower parade    {  }

-World- Syria failed ‘on every front’ by international community   {  }

-World- Fire collapses part of famous U.S. roller coaster   {  }

-Business- Scottish independence spectre hammers pound, British stocks   {  }

-Technology & Science- Jack the Ripper named as Aaron Kosminski, Polish immigrant: book   { This report claims that Aaron Kosminski’s DNA was found on the bloodstained shawl of Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims. * What if there were more than one Ripper? There are reports that the ‘Son of Sam’ killings were done by a series of young men being initiated into a cult. What if this cult was entrenched in the culture for centuries? —djo— }

-Arts & Entertainment- Jon Stewart premieres first film, Rosewater, at TIFF 2014   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment-  Tiff 2014: Michael Moore for mayor of Toronto?   { I’d vote for him – not that my endorsement wouldn’t be the kiss of death to anyone’s political career —djo— }

-Health- Dartmouth General patients get special gowns to stay warm   { * How about that? A hospital that actually cares about its patients? Oh, wait a minute, that’s in Canada. Canadians are nicer, aren’t they? & More fun- How many U.S. cities have a mayor who would make Michael Moore look like a nice, safe, conservative alternative? -Okay, so most Canadians are really nice, and friendly, and warm, and sexy, and———  —djo— }  {*** Sounds like Doug fell in love with a Canadian, ya think? —————Jim W }

-Community- CBC News readers skeptical of CRTC’s ‘pick and play’ play   {  }

-Hockey- Penguins’ Sidney Crosby happy with healed wrist  { Yes, CBC News has a whole separate area just for Hockey news, even in the summer, which has been described as ‘Two weeks of bad hockey’ by Canadians. 😉  —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

First Nations forestry plan appeal decision reserved  { “Justice Margaret Larlee promises ruling within 10 days on temporary injunction sought by chiefs” * This is the crawl that I believe Jim complained he couldn’t find clarification for- A judge in New Brunswick’s highest court has reserved decision on an appeal by First Nations Leaders, who want to put a temporary stop to the Alward government’s forestry plan. -I put this article at the top of the heap, Jim’s comments are a couple articles down- —djo— }

Decision on Rod Gillis’s appeal of obstruction conviction due today   { Rod Gillis, described as a ‘prominent Saint John criminal defence lawyer’ was sentenced to 22 months in jail in 2013 after being found guilty of attempting to stop a witness from testifying against one of his clients. The appeal centers around the trial judge’s interpretation of a note Gillis wrote to a client’s former employer. —djo— }

Shale gas debate overshadows focus on alternative energy   {  }

-Repeat- Shale gas development divides voters, CBC poll finds { This was here yesterday. —djo— }

Green Party unveils plan to create new Forestry Act { *** Last night there were several items crawling beneath the CBC News Channel’s programmes, One plan, credited to First Nations, is something I hoped would be clarified here- Another one sounded like the sitting government dismissed some kind of criticism and plans to go ahead with their agenda to allow more ‘Crown’ forest land to be ‘harvested’ by oil company & conglomerate JDI -Irving- who are spending tons of advertising dollars to try to look like they care about the environment etc.—————Jim W }

-New- High-tech golf cart maps Moncton sidewalks    {  }

David Clayton-Thomas happy to be headlining Harvest   { Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz and Blues festival is on now – and David Clayton-Thomas, whose voice you may know from his days with Blood, Sweat and Tears- will be headlining Thursday Evening – Dangit, and I’m stuck in Ithaca- 😦 —djo— }

“New Brunswick Votes 2014

Campaign focus turns to leaders’ debates   { CBC will air and live-stream debates tonight for 90 minutes beginning at 6:30 pm Atlantic Time / 5:30 pm Eastern – & after the debates are finished, you can get the debates ‘on demand’ at cbc.ca/nb <—-<< Link  —djo— }

Anti-Fracking protesters with signs in English and French outside a courthouse in Moncton.
“The possibility of New Brunswick developing a shale gas industry has been extremely controversial. Jim Emberger says the province’s pursuit for a shale gas industry will “have severe, undeniable and observable consequences.” (Adrienne Arsenault/CBC) “

Shale gas pursuit will have ‘severe, undeniable’ consequences   { * Well, ‘duh!’-  I’ve been trying to tell you that all along.* “Opponents to the shale gas industry have packed into meetings and held protests across the province in recent years” & “When we are confronted by new evidence that contradicts what we believed was true, we experience what psychologists call “cognitive dissonance.”  – Because holding two opposing thoughts in our head at the same time is uncomfortable and confusing, we try to resolve the conflict. – We may verify that the new evidence has merit and then change our old ideas and behaviours accordingly. This is essentially how science works. – But because we really don’t like the inconvenience or discomfort that can come with changing long-held beliefs and habits, we can instead resolve the conflict by seeking excuses to downplay the importance of the new evidence and rationalize away any need to change our ways. – We can see both methods at work in how we dealt with the emerging truth about the dangers of tobacco. We eventually changed our habits, but it took decades for us to face the truth. – In the end, the “inconvenient truth” always wins, but our desire to ignore it often costs us time and, as in the tobacco example, many lives. – We are now confronted with an issue that won’t allow us the luxury of decades to change our behaviour. Our pursuit of shale gas and continued use of fossil fuels have severe, undeniable and observable consequences. – We can stay on this course only by ignoring the evidence in three areas: public health, climate change and economics.” & There’s more at >>—-> Link: Opinion Page linked to this issue  —djo— } {*** & The people who crack the hardest are those who believe they are the most stable – & Those who believe they are fighting for a future prosperity they have been lied to and convinced that Fracking is the way to go are among those who believe they’re the stable ones and we’re wacko nut jobs protesting because we’re horny and looking for other wacko nut jobs to procreate with. Link: >>—-> “Half-Past Human dot com“, with their eerie track record of predicting major catastrophes through very scientific means- is with us on this. Fracking will destroy safe drinking water and totally ruin the economy. & Remember? A First Nations wise person told me that the inter-dimensional beings- some of us call them faeries, leprechauns and ‘elementals’- will fight with us against the frackers. Mother Earth does not want to be fracked. Prayers always help, —————Jim W *** }

 

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{ 11:11 am & my back hurts- time to check for typos and get out the crayons –   11:45 am: Finished, ready to click the “Publish” Button  ———djo——— }

Monday, 08 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Monday, 08 September, 2014  -( 55˚F / 13˚C & Mostly Clear in Ithaca @ 9:01 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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Aerial photograph of a meteorite impact crater in a forested zone.
This is a meteorite impact crater 12 metres/39 feet wide and 5 metres/15 feet deep in a wooded area near Managua, Nicaragua’s international airport and an air force base.

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Lead Articles:

Prince William and Kate expecting their 2nd baby   {  }

Jury selection begins today in Luka Magnotta murder trial   {  }

-Analysis- Why ISIS may not be as powerful as we think   {  }

-New- Carleton [University] investigates students mocking of ‘safe space’ policy   {  }

-Analysis- 4 challenges facing Jim Prentice   {   }

 

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“Offbeat”

There is nothing new in the CBC’s ‘Offbeat’ section today  { ??? }

 

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“Most Viewed”

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

Malaysian Airlines MH370: Families struggling 6 months after jet disappeared   {  }

Laurie Strano, mother of 2, names as Ride the Rideau crash victim   { The 40-year-old active cyclist was struck and killed by a garbage truck while participating in a charity event that raised $2.3 million for cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital.  —djo—  }

CRTC begins hearing proposals for pick-and-play, other cable TV changes   { “CRTC” = Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.  Proposals include requiring cable and satellite providers to offer a basic service made up mostly of local Canadian channels, and allowing subscribers to pick the channels they want to receive one at a time as opposed to insisting that they purchase ‘bundles’ which often include stations the subscribers don’t want and never watch. —djo— }

Kwon Ri-sae, Ladies’ Code band member, dies   {  The 23-year-old member of a South Korean band became the 2nd member of the group to die after their van hit a guard rail on a rain-drenched highway near Seoul, Korea.  —djo— }

-12 photo slide show- CCMAs Green Carpet returns to Edmonton   { Canadian Country Music Association – Awards were presented in Edmonton, Alberta }

 

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“Must Watch”

Celebs attend Joan Rivers funeral   {  }

Skate parks open in the West Bank   {  }

 

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Other:

-Analysis- 4 ways Luka Magnotta’s trial could be a challenge for court   {  }

Gor Bamford’s ‘good redneck Canadian country’ a winner at CCMAs   {  }

Justin Bieber has Toronto court date today in limo assault case   {  }

Pipeline from oilsands to Arctic feasible: Alberta study   {  }

‘I firmly believe they are alive’: Relative of couple on Malaysian plane hopeful 6 months after   { }

Fragile Ukraine ceasefire holding, key city reports no casualties   {  }

Male escort among witnesses as Senate reviews prostitution bill   {  }

B.C. students brace for 2nd week of new school year without classes   { If kids today are anything like I remember being, I don’t think many are crying themselves to sleep because their schools are not open.  —djo— }

Dreaming of a white September? Flurries forecast for Calgary   {  }

ISIS in Syria: Barack Obama ready to announce his strategy   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- TIFF 2014: ‘This is Where I Leave You’ – Red carpet highlights   {  }

-Canada- Shale gas development divides voters, CBC poll finds   { The poll reports that 49 percent of voters ‘completely or mostly’ support exploration and development of the shale gas industry – Which involves Fracking – while 44 per cent mostly or completely oppose it. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5% * Those who back the exploration and development believe the party line b.s. that a lot of jobs and a big economic boost will come from allowing the oil and gas conglomerates to frack them where they live. – As the photo of the poster we ran a couple times here shows, Oil and Gas investments return 2 jobs for every million dollars invested, while Clean Energy returns 15 jobs per million dollars invested, and Building Efficiency returns 14 jobs for every million bucks invested. Maybe we should run a poll and see if anybody really cares about not being able to afford to get healthy safe drinkable water as long as their fiendish local gas company gets millions of dollars from further fleecing them after they’ve been fracked into not being able to live on the property they over-paid for. —djo— }

-Politics- Tom Mulcair to unveil key NDP platform planks a year before election   {  }

-Business- Automaker sees automated freeway travel within 2 years   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Finalists announced for 2014 CBC Poetry Prize   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Death of girl group singer Simone Battle ruled Suicide   { The 25-year-old singer from band G.R.L., which was ‘discovered’ by the tv program X Factor, was found dead on Friday. Lt Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department said the cause of death was determined on Sunday.  —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Shale gas development divides voters, CBC poll finds   {   }

Majority back early French immersion in Grad 1, poll finds   {  }

Environmental, economic interests must be balanced in election: policy expert  {  }

-New- 3 firms tied to Liberal Andrew Harvey defaulted on ACOA loans   { “ACOA” = Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Andrew Harvey is the Liberal candidate for provincial office who was suspended from the Liberal party when charges were laid against him, even though the party leader complained that the timing of those charges was highly suspicious. Andrew Harvey is listed as a member of the board of directors on 3 companies which received loans for the ACOA and haven’t paid them back yet. A court granted a ruling that two of these companies were in default as of 2009 and in 2011 the clerk of the court entered a judgement against the two companies for $225,000 plus $825.00 in interest. In March of 2012, the third company that Mr Harvey is involved with withdrew its statement of defence in their case and that December -2012?- the court entered a judgment against the company for $228,977.12 plus $728.98 in interest. Andrew Harvey is still running for a seat in his riding (which those of you in the U.S.A. would call a ‘district’) But, if he wins, he will ‘sit as an independent’ and not with Liberal party members. —djo—  }

“New Brunswick Page” :

Liberal Leader Brian Gallant promises 10,000 jobs in platform   {  }

Hilton Hotel lockdown lifted in Saint John   { -Almost missed this one. A hotel in Saint John, New Brunswick, was quarantined yesterday when a guest was found sick in a room. The guest had been traveling in Cameroon, Africa- not one of the spots currently involved in the Ebola scare – Doctors determined Ebola was not a factor in the guest’s illness.  —djo— }

David Alward pitches shale gas at future nursing home site   {  }

-Featured Video- [with ads before and after the video] NDP Leader Dominic Cardy speaks with Harry Forestall about the NDP’s election platform.   { Among other things, the NDP wants a moratorium on Shale Gas Development, and it wants to eliminate the small business tax, will not commit for or against programs and issues for which the details have not been released- saying if these programs are so good for New Brunswick- Why haven’t the details been made public? —djo—  }

 

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{ 11:15 am – Checking for typos and painting the headlines pretty colors —    11:45 am Ready to push the “Publish” button.     ———djo——— }

Saturday, 23 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Saturday, 23 August, 2014  -( 67˚F / 19˚C & hazy/overcast in Ithaca @ 12:00 pm ET )-

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

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Icelandic volcano photo
Iceland raised its aviation alert to the highest level today believing the Bardabunga volcano is about to blow.

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“Lead Stories”

Iceland issues volcano red alert, eruption imminent   { Iceland raised its aviation alert for the volcano to the highest level of red on Saturday, indicating an eruption that could cause “significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.” Red is the highest alert warning on a five-point scale. 11:08 AM ET }

Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine   {  }

Boat with 200 migrants sinks off  coast of Libya: official  {  }

Suicide attacks on Iraqi gov’t buildings leave 17 dead   {  }

Family prepares for slain Manitoba teen’s funeral on Saturday   {  }

Beyond condemnation: How has Canada joined the fight in Iraq?   { There’s a photo of P.M. Harper pointing his finger.  [ caption:  >>—-> “Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has used strong words to condemn ISIS atrocities in Iraq. But the actions to date have been limited. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)”  ] Followed by the next quote:  >>—-> “What I think Canada needs to do, most important in terms of changing the dynamics, is to provide humanitarian aid now, because it’s needed now — not weeks from now or months from now — it’s needed right now for people who are suffering and have been the victims of barbaric acts,” New Democrat Peter Julian said Thursday on CBC News Network’s Power and Politics. “I think Canada could do much more,” he said. }

Ivory Coast closes western borders over Ebola threat   { *Holy Cow! I think we went all of yesterday without a single new headline featuring the word ‘Ebola’- Looks like that couldn’t last – }

 

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“Offbeat”

'Certain U.S. states call them 'juneberries' Canucks call them 'Saskatoon berries'.
‘Certain U.S. states call them ‘juneberries’ Canucks call them ‘Saskatoon berries’.

Saskatoon berry gets name change in U.S.   { “In Michigan and Minnesota, the delicious berry is known as the juneberry, which is what the variety found in the northeast U.S. is called. – Researchers at Cornell University found that Americans loved the taste of Saskatoon berries, but the name didn’t resonate as well as juneberry. To capitalize on their thirst for the small purple berries, some U.S. marketers are asking Canadian growers to change their labelling.” – * Now, personally, there are a couple of us who would like citizens of the U.S.of A. to stop calling themselves ‘Americans’, as if they were the only ones on both continents that mattered, and maybe opt for something like ‘USAtians’ *But of course, that’s off topic. 😉 }

Watermelon warriors vs ‘tame and childish’, designer pans CFL jerseys   { ‘CFL’= Canadian Football League. Besides a poll on what you might think of the Blue Bomber’s new uniforms, there’s a ‘click-to-change-photo slide show. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are criticized for having wimpy looking uniforms. While the Saskatchewan Rough Riders’ ‘Watermelon Warrior’ Jerseys win approval – If you’re really interested, the slide show on their page might just be worth looking at. }

Smart grizzly bears can use tools to solve problems   { Yes, but why don’t more ‘smart’ humans learn to remain cool and use their higher minds to solve their problems? }

Rendering of a football uniform
“Rough Riders’ Watermelon Warrior” uniform design.

Saskatoon girls go to school of rock   { “Some new Joan Jetts and Lady Gagas could be in the making.”& “During the week-long summer program girls age 7 to 13 learn to play an instrument, form a band and write a song to be showcased at the end of the week.”  }

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-13 year-old girls leanring to play like rock stars.
Summer School for future rock stars?

 

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“Most Viewed”

ISIS atrocities in Iraq: What’s Canada’s next move?   {  }

Wynne slams Harper over missing, murdered aboriginal women comments   { P.M. Harper said, ‘We should not view this as sociological phenomenon.’  – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says ‘it’s outrageous’ for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to say there’s not a systemic aspect to crimes involving missing and murdered aboriginal women. }

Man dead after Elgin street stabbing outside bars   {  }

Alberta’s cloud-seeding pilots see 2nd busiest year in 20 years    { Another wording of this was ‘Hail-busting pilots in Alberta see 2nd busiest season in 20 years‘ }

Adrienne Sweat angry after autistic son’s head caught in bus   { *I’m not sure why they named her, but: ‘Adrienne Sweat and her five-year-old son Liam live near Grandview Park on Commercial Drive. The two were headed home yesterday when they decided to take a bus instead of walking 12 blocks.’ – The Vancouver mother is angry and frustrated with Translink after she says her autistic son’s head was caught in the door of a bus. She says the bus driver’s actions should be investigated because it’s important drivers are “watching out” and “paying attention.” }

-blog- Clothing line for people with Down Syndrome finds success on Kickstarter   { For those who never heard of Kickstarter, it’s a on-line service where people who believe they have a marketable idea can go and see if they can interest investors in supporting the development of those products or projects. }

 

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“Other”

-Photos- The week in pictures, Aug. 16-23   {  }

Egypt calls for open-ended ceasefire to stop Gaza violence   {  }

James Moore ‘impatient’ with provincial trade barriers   { “Industry Minister James Moore says the provinces haven’t done enough to remove barriers blocking inter-Canadian trade.” / Jim W’s comment: >>—> ‘A televised report a couple days ago said it’s easier for people from some provinces to get their products exported to other countries than to have those same products shipped to some other provinces within Canada.’ }

Andrew Wiggins trade nearly official, Canadian will be rare top pick traded   { -Basketball?- Canadian Andrew Wiggins, reportedly has been traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Minnesota. ‘He would become just the second No. 1 overall draft pick to be traded without playing a game for the team that drafted him since the ABA, NBA merged in 1976.’ }

‘My big Jewish nose’ essay by Calgary woman sparks controversy   {  }

Saskatchewan might have followed Quebec sovereignty’s lead   { – If Quebec went independent from Canada Sakatchewan might have followed.- }

Elevated selenium levels found in fish near Mount Polley mine spill   { And the New Brunswick government wants New Brunswickers to believe something like that can’t happen in New Brunswick? }

Monarch butterfly population set to rise this year    {  }

Possible Ebola patient quarantined at Montreal hospital   {  }

New PTSD diagnosis could tax resources, CF member says   { “CF” = Canadian Forces, the Canadian Military. Several recent suicides and the news that Canadian Veterans face a six month wait to get any help when diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have a lot of people demanding better care for Veterans who put their lives on the line for Canada and the world. Sounds like the government doesn’t want to spend enough money to make sure their vets get the care they need. }

Roaming rates, liveable Canadian cities & tattoo regrets: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP   {  }

Retailers beware: Homeland security says cash registers susceptible to data theft   {  }

Janet Yellen tells Jackson Hole job numbers are harder to decipher   {  }

Luka Magnotta film pulled from Montreal film festival   { Luka Magnotta is accused of killing and dismembering Jun Lin, a Chinese student living in Montreal, in 2012. – The film, Sex, Fame and Murder: The Luka Magnotta Story, was created by Canal D Investigation and, according to a Marble Media press release, promised to take an ‘up close and personal look into the life of this fame-hungry individual.” – According to film distribution company Marble Media, the documentary features analysis from journalists, attorneys, police and an FBI criminal profiler. The company also said it would focus on Magnotta’s past as an adult film entertainer and his online presence. – The film has been pulled from Montreal’s World Film Festival just weeks before his murder trial is set to begin. }

Burning Man Festival suffers ‘capitalist creep’: Day 6   { *I copied and pasted the following, their links are still there: >>—-> —If your perception of the Burning Man Festival is hippies doing drugs, making art, and dancing barefoot in the sand, you’re not totally wrong. Traditionally, Burners live in tents and come to Black Rock City, Nevada, with their own food and water. They participate in a “gifting economy” and money is not allowed. But sold-out tickets over the past couple of years has led to higher prices and given birth to new participants with more money to spend and a different idea of what it means to be a Burner. Day 6 looked into Burning Man’s “Capitalist Creep.”— }

Leonardo DiCaprio visits Alberta’s oilsands   { Should we go there and take pictures and see if we make the news? }

Jann Arden admits to ‘low shots’ in fight with radio station   { A Calgary, Alberta, radio station truncated -shortened-many ‘pop’ songs to give their listeners ‘Twice the music’. Calgarian singer-songwriter/personality, Jann Arden -who is a much bigger star in Canada than she is in the states- Was not impressed. She launched a ‘days-long and profane’ twitter campaign’ against the idea. She’s not the only person, Artist or Listener- who didn’t like the idea. *I mean, think of it- which part of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ would you chop off to improve your ‘bottom line’? I’d never listen to a station that had a policy of doing that. But I guess they wouldn’t focus their money making campaigns on people like me. }

Daniel Radcliffe on fixing The F Word for Americans   {  }

Ottawa food bank’s no junk food stance receives cheers and jeers online   {  }

Scottish independence debate heats up on social media ahead of vote   {  }

The internet wants a Canadian flag emoji   { Many people want a Canadian Flag symbol they can include in text messages on smart phones. Currently, the Unicode Standard includes national flag emojis for 10 countries: China, Germany, Spain, France, U.K., Italy, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the U.S. – But not Canada? “Vhat about us Lower Slobovians?” Boris Badenov and Natasha ‘Vant to Know!’   }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Funeral today for pilot Klaus Sonnenberg in N.B.   {  }

Hartland tenants face another week with power   {  }

N.B. should adopt Maine’s water protection program, says scientist   { ” A scientist who helped develop Maine’s water protection program says New Brunswick should adopt a similar program. On Friday, and for the first time, New Brunswick’s environment minister gave an explanation as to why, he says, implementation of the 2002 Water Classification Regulation is being held up. His explanation comes just days after New Brunswick’s Ombudsman Charles Murray slammed the government for failing to adopt the 12-year-old regulation.” }

Liberals pledge a family doctor for every New Brunswicker   { The campaigns for September 22nd’s Provincial elections are underway. }

 

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{ 1:04 pm : Headlines colorized, fleshing out comments & checking for typos- 2:30 pm, almost ready to click “Publish”   ———djo——— }

A Song That Jim Wrote —

Saturday, August 2, 2014. ( 10:30 pm in Ithaca, NY )

((( I do not believe the following deserves to be hidden away at the bottom of an archive of old poems from a literary magazine that is still more or less floudering along, now on our websites, then in hard copies we used to print out on the best printer we could get our hands on, or our files into.

I checked the archives of the magazine and noticed that Jim had added a song he wrote way back when.

I remember I asked him to sing it. He said he can’t sing, he has a weird problem with a ‘deviated septum’ that makes it impossible for him to regulate his voice box and stay on tune. I pressed, he tried. He played his Ovation guitar and sang, and I thought he did a good job, but he gave up, not even halfway through the full song that’s listed here.

He had more or less spoken many of the words and they sounded fine to me. I remember thinking this was a song about how my daughter had saved my life by needing me when I thought I’d hit rock bottom and had nothing left to live for. He told me it was a song that was supposedly written by the main character in his ‘Great Un-Amerikan Novel’ about the counter culture in the 60’s and 70’s and the main character who had supposedly written the song couldn’t make up his mind as to whether the song was written about a composite image of a couple women who had been in his life or was it about God? And he wasn’t sure where the title had come from.

I can remember him playing his guitar and singing parts of this and thinking he really had something there. )))

———djo———

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I think this might be a song I tried to write on a piece of cardboard that came inside a new shirt.

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“To a Waterfall”

You kept my love alive—

Sometimes the slightest thought of you
Could tear my crazy soul in two
When I’m —
too far gone to cry

But you
You kept my love alive
You
you kept my love
alive

I saw you
in another time
when I was lost
inside my mind
you shook me
to my hidden roots
and on that day
my love came loose—

Ah you—
you kept my soul alive
you
you kept my love
alive

The night sails away
and time flashes free
then the world of man
took it all from me
my dreams all died
the world went mad
I tried to believe
I was all I had

But you-
you kept my soul alive
you
you kept my love
alive

I found my wings
I loved the sky
alone I flew
I thought I knew why

From time to time
I looked your way
I felt your tears
and flew away

The higher I flew
the deeper I went
the more I knew
I was nowhere yet

I watched you stumble
I watched you fall
You screamed in the night
I heard it all

And you-
you held my fire for me-
you—
you kept my love—
alive—

I stood in the wind
I heard life begin
I watched through the rain
closed my eyes to pain

And you—
you kept my soul alive
You—
you kept my love—
alive—

a million years
fall away in an instant
and all the earth
opens to my heart
one word rushes in
like a flood from a trumpet
I see life end
—and start—- Again

And you-
You kept my soul alive
You
you kept my dreams
alive

I knew you from a timeless dream
I didn’t know what you would mean
to me
I asked the sky
what everything means
-saw the universe die
in one violent scream

And you-
you kept my love- alive
You-
you taught my soul
to survive

Out here where there’s no life to be seen
you die in your own ashes
or live your own dream
the dreams you resurrected
led me straight to you
I don’t have to tell you
that I didn’t
know what to do-

But you—
you kept my soul alive
you-
you kept my love
alive

and me—
I was running from day to day
feeling empty and starved
I turned to you
in the dark – no one there
I closed my eyes
and I saw you smile

On the edge of a cliff I took the plunge
through life and the cold
past caution and fear
to the bottom of the lake
with no hope of ever
reaching fresh air….
But I rose somehow and I saw you
there

And you
you laughed my soul Awake
You—
You kept my love
alive

You needed me
you know
I needed you
and, no-
we were both afraid
of fear
we were terrified
of love

but you
you took my hand and cried
and you-
you brought my love
to life-

and where?
from deep inside you
where?
When your life was hell
from where
did you find the strength
to try
in a world so ungrateful
why?
cast your lot with the dying?
why
do we keep on trying?
why
when everyone’s lying–
why
did you look at me and smile?

You might have saved both our lives with that smile-

Times haven’t changed
they’re getting worse
you ask for a blessing
they give you a curse
all these lost crazy humans
we’re all dying of thirst
and your brought them your water
and a smile full of grace
and the way that they thanked you
was a slap in the face

But you-
you kept my dreams alive
you-
you kept my love
alive

I hear you crying
once again in a dream
your soul is on fire
and your mind wants to scream
your wings are unfolding
there’s a light in your eyes
and I know you are ready
for the view from the sky

And You!
You kept my soul alive
you- you kept my dreams
alive
You!
you taught my heart
to survive
You-
make my pain feel like nothing
You
taught me magic is growing

You!
You kept my love
Alive!”

……….Jim Wellington (duh- I think I started trying to write this in the early 70’s and wrote it out in this form on that piece of shirt cardboard around 1989.)

A Friend’s Poem (and explanation) “Tom Rush”

Tom Rush

(A Tribute To Tom Rush And Crazier, more Hope Filled Days / Daze)

 

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( This Is To Tom Rush /
But That’s Not A Title )

I’ve seen you reaching
to understand the feelings
of everyone around you,
like you thoughts yours didn’t matter,
you remind me
of the things I like best in people

People; we’ve known our share
(pass the wine friend)
we know that our heaviest burden
is that we care
too much for things
that never give us a second thought,
we’re soldiers in a war
to bring love to our friends
who fear it the most

have to admit it though,
we sure know how to live,
if livin is losin,
if livin is losin your soul
twenty times a day
(tied off with a crumpled bow
and tossed) at the feet of the living
whose dreams are bound to die
before their time

they’ll be back, Tom, the people
when their losing
brings them to the questions
we gave them answers for
when they were too young to ask,
when their breasts were new
and full of energy,
full of idealism
that told them
the world was theirs

they’ll drag their heals
and feel their tears
and wonder about dying,
the way we did,
before we saw them ready to fall
before we were ready
to fight all manner of gods
for their happieness,
to strain every muscle
in our hearts
to keep them from crying

pass the wine, Tom,
the waiting is on us,
empty as a corpse.

Jim Wellington (1971)

 

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(( I came home from work one morning, to an empty house. All my “hippy friends” and house mates had gotten up early to zoom off to New Haven to the farmers’ market.

I’d had a rough couple days, with a new friend named Richie, whose parents had kicked him out of their house- he’d scored some really bad acid and spent a couple hours puking his brains out in our reassuring bathroom.

-And a fifteen year old girl had wondered into the house, wide eyed and helpless, looking like somebody’s perfect daughter, flawless skin, beautiful eyes, thin young body wearing bell bottoms and soft suede shoes, a tight tee shirt of brown textured material with a wide cut between her hinted at breasts- the tee shirt held closed by criss crossed shoe laced leather. Long straight dark hair, innocent brown eyes. She was just barely hanging on to her sanity after some idiot had given her a first taste of Lysergic Acid Diethalimide .25 and she was calmly trying not to explode into millions of fragments that might never come back together right. I managed to let her know we believed she mattered, she was a wonderful human being with better than infinite potential. She wanted to hold my hands and look into my eyes and absorb that truth and feel really good about herself and the universe that was coming together to save her from her parents’ particular form of insanity. But that inrush of truth and beauty and hope and love threatened to explode her again. I think, somehow, I said something that had her laughing with joy and launched her bad trip into a much better field of exploration.

And I had to go to work in the midst of all this, leave Annie surrounded by friends I trusted to stand back and stand guard to make sure she was safe and happy and learning as much positive information as possible without exploding all over the place… (a poster of Jimi Hendrix turned and looked at her and said, “What are you doing? … What did I do?…” ) And Richie from Long Island finished puking his brains out and sat around for a while staring at a very frightening panorama of monstrous faces forming the air around him and later asked for a ride to the emergency room, and he survived- ((( a couple days later he was playing his guitar and teaching me licks from Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane… )))

-But I was freakin drained, dealing with long haul truck drivers who told me my beard looked like their girl friend’s private parts, and the clerk work at the trucking company office kept coming and never gave me a chance to sit down and catch my breath.

-So I came home to our hippy beach house and put on my newish copy of Tom Rush- the album that starts with Driving Wheel. And I cranked it a little louder than I would if anybody was sleeping upstairs or on the couch or passed out half hugging the washing machine… life was that kind of an adventure….

And I fried myself a couple brown eggs and got the toaster to work and found enough coffee left in the pot to bring it all together into one of the better breakfasts I’d tried to cook myself…

And I sat down in the living room (in the mix-matched furniture that only looked right in a rented beach house)

And the music filled the universe with magic- every note relaxed and soothed another part of me that I hadn’t realized was on fire. And Tom’s voice was the soul of compassion and I could see the old man with white hair sitting on a park bench, looking through fading eyes at a world worth loving, and I wanted to get up and dance to stuff my momma would have warned me I better not dance to, all night long. and I wanted to drop my guard and feel the pain of crazy people who had a lot more to offer than I’d ever realized.

Star Children from the other side of the universe were coming to earth and infiltrating our wild and crazy hippy get togethers and donating secret bits of love and wisdom and compassion and hope. And they were using unassuming genius folk singers to help them spread their message.

I had to sit down and write the above poem, straining to feel and find the words that fit together just right

I typed up two copies and gave one to Annie (the fifteen year old hope of my lost tribe’s wildest uncontrollable generation)  She kept a crumpled up copy with her and read it read many times after being used and abused by flower children and people who hated flower children. She went to a Tom Rush concert because of that poem and loved every second of it.

And I thought I lost my last copy of that typewritten poem but found it yesterday in a stinkin mildew and mold ridden mess in a storage unit a family member had filled with stuff that my brother in law had not burned when he set his house and fire and blew his brains out, never getting over the loss of my sister to cancer….

And the original is inside a plastic page protector and this copy will be saved on five or six hard drives and on the web in at least three sites.

Yeah, life is still worth living. Even if the only wine I want is the spiritual kind that warms you to the core of our universal soul and spirit.

—–Jim, July 12, 2014 (Full moon tonight) ))