Had Enough Election Nonsense? Want To Get Nuts Worrying About A Hurricane?

Friday, October 7, 2016 — 58°C / 14°F & raining @ 11:30 pm in Ithaca —

Latest New York Times Chances to Win projections.
New York Times’ Latest ‘scientific’ estimates of who has the best chance of winning this 2016 Presidential Election Circus —

— The New York Times is delving into who of the HillaRump Circus has the best chances to live in the White House [ If it’s still there when this election is History- ]

—> Link to Their Web Page tracking this stuff. —>  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/upshot/presidential-polls-forecast.html  <—

Graphically cute - "How the vote preferences have changed."
This is part of the NT page above the link. What’s represented here are estimates of how the voters in states and sometimes districts inside those states have changed their voting allegiance since 2004.

— If this is impossible to read on your screen or device go click on the link above and see it for yourself.

No act of kindness is ever small.
I thought I might toss some optimism into this mix, “No act of kindness is ever small.”

— & Here’s a message I do not want to send subliminally or otherwise: [ “Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Now there’s a statement that could scare anyone out of voting this time. ] I really thought this would be a nice positive message about doing nice things for people and animals whether that might advance your career or get you elected or whatever —

Ranked Voting Tweet.
— I think the above tweet reflects the tweeter’s personal preferences and is not intended to be a statement that reflects the mood of the nation at this time.

— The last time I heard an explanation of how ranked voting might work —> In this case with 5 choices, the first choice would get 5 points, second choice would get 4 points, third choice would get 3 points, fourth choice would get 2 points, and fifth choice would get 1 point. — I’d like to be a ‘fly on the wall’ catching all the comments and getting a good feel for the atmosphere at a super honest session with people manually checking though hard copy votes in a case like this. I’m thinking hard copy votes might be an attempt to make sure the president of Diebold Corp. hasn’t tried to hand another election to a close friend of his. There was some fairly strong evidence that the second coronation of G.W. Bush was rigged in that manner. ‘Technicians’ would appear at a critical polling station, check the machines for glitches, hand the parties responsible for the count a piece of paper with the results scrawled down and say, “oh, sorry, because we did find major problems with the inner workings of these machines, we had to get the results, here, and then we had to reset the machines back to zero – so this is the only record of this election that you have.” – And the ‘technicians’ walked away and vanished, never to be heard from or seen again.

Patagonia.
This tweet really caught my attention, I had to look up where in the world Patagonia actually is.

— Wikipedia says, “Patagonia is the sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Chile and Argentina.” – Looks like most of it is in Argentina.

photo of what looks like an island floating in the sky.
And this cool photograph – my guess is it was taken on a brilliantly foggy day – looks like an island floating in the sky.

— & I will leave you with this. Have a wonderful night and an even better tomorrow.

——— djo ———

Of #Montreal And #PitBulls

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.

Montreal & Pit Bulls
Montreal & Pit Bulls —> Link to More Information <—

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— One woman was killed by a Pit Bull in Montreal last year.

— So they passed a law making it illegal for any ‘new’ Pit Bulls to come into Montreal. And existing Pit Bulls can stay if their owners pay astronomical licensing fees, and keep their pets muzzled when outside the home, even on an enclosed balcony.

— How many people were attacked and/or killed by Human Beings in Montreal last year?

— Shouldn’t they ban Human Beings from Montreal? And levy insane fines on the ones who stay, so everybody gets the message and realizes the intent is to encourage you all to move somewhere else?

— Are Human Men the most violent creatures on this planet? Should Montreal ban all Men from entering and levy high fees on any men who stay there? Would that solve the problems? — And maybe we should just muzzle them all?

 

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 ———

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

——— djo ———

Monday, Iowa Caucuses Day & The Tweet-Us-Sphere is full of Way Too Cute Animal Pix?

Monday, 01 February, 2016 -( 35˚F / +2˚C & ‘Partly Cloudy’ near Ithaca at 6:17 pm // 43˚F /+6˚C & clear in the dark in Atlantic Canada @ 7:17 pm // +1˚F / -17˚C & ‘Partly Cloudy in North Pole, Alaska @ 2:17 pm )-

Baba Wawa & the Bern
Bernie Sanders being interviewed by Barbara Walters.

— I thought I’d be bombarded with nothing but Political messages when I checked into twitter. There does seem to be a lot of Bernie vs Hillary stuff going on. And a lot of ‘Everybody Bashing’ by Trump’s forces.

Cat Standing With A Guitar.
– Um, Most people I know would be in danger of ‘Rolling On The Floor Laughing’ over this one – A couple friends might need to reach for their medications – One guy said, ‘I knew it – The Martians are supposed to be Feline Humanoids!’ – and Jim W. in New Brunswick asked, “Is it a guy in a costume or something a taxidermist put together? ‘101 Things To Do With A Dead Cat Volume 2’? ” –

— How old do you have to be to remember when typing ‘rotfl’ would earn you a bunch of ‘lol’s in IM chat rooms? Think that real cool cat might be playing “Smoke on the Water?” or “Stairway to Heaven” ?

— I should add a poll here – ya think?

Kangaroo with a Teddy Bear
Somebody gave an orphaned Kangaroo a Teddy Bear? How cool is that? Maybe there really is hope for the Human Race after all.

— I scrolled past dozens of cute cat photos and cute dog photos and cute ‘what the heck is that?’ photos, thinkin’ maybe I shouldn’t send anybody into diabetic shock from posting terribly sweet nonsense here. But I  couldn’t resist the two above photos-

Tree Frogs.
– Think they might be waiting for a princess to walk by so they can try to con her into thinking she should kiss both of them to see if they turn into handsome princes? Rachel says, “With my luck, any frog I kissed would turn out to be Attila the Hun reincarnated-“

— I’m almost giddy thinking about the brain power I’m not wasting getting all upset about what could happen in Iowa this evening when the results come rolling in.

Pretty Night Photograph.
“Hey,” Says Rachel, and for once I’m not upset that she’s watching my computer screen over my shoulder, ” – I think I want to spend my honeymoon right there-“

— Okay, so something’s happening. The Earth is receiving a Blessing from Above –  Or maybe I’m appreciating the heck out of my daughter’s visit to catch me up on what she’s planning for her wedding?

Bernie Sanders as Moses?
– And I can’t even claim that any political tweets are bringing me back down to ‘Reality’, not when somebody ‘photo-shopped’ ‘The Bern’ delivering the ten commandments and pointing an accusing finger at Congress.

— It’s been fun — Hang in there, I might have a lot to gripe about tomorrow –

——— 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 —

 

Saturday, 11 October, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

{  — Nancy A.’s Birthday ———jim w——— }

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Saturday, 11 October, 2014  -( 54˚F / 12˚C – & cloudy here @ 4:00 am near Ithaca )-  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson }

Imagine Peace Memorial
John Lennon Memorial in Iceland : http://imaginepeacetower.com/
{ 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. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }

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Malala & Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi of India.

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014 –  would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday.

{ Thought of the Day: I just watched ‘GasLand II” the HBO documentary-movie, most of the way through, for about the tenth time. Why are governmental ‘mouthpieces’ still tring to say that Shale Gas is: (1) a good thing, and, (2) the best way to go?  The best scientific evidence reported on in that movie showed that there is more than enough wind power available to generate 5 times our needed electricity- virtually free- forever- & it is renewable, does not pollute, does not poison your water supply. -And if the wind slows down, solar photovoltaics can fill in the gaps. And then there’s always hydro-electric and maybe even tidal generation possible.  The only thing ‘wrong’ with these renewable technologies is the fact that no greedy corporation has found a way to control them enough with lies and propaganda to raise the price high enough to keep billions of people in low-wage-slavery for the foreseeable future.   —djo— }

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Lead Articles:

Malala Yousafzai shares Nobel Peace Prize with fellow children’s rights activist   { “Looking forward to learning about future recipients of the Malala Yousafzai Peace Prize.”  🙂  —djo— }

Manhunt for alleged gunman enters its third day near small Kootenay, B.C. town    {  }

ISIS fighters make inroads in Syrian city of Kobani    {  }

RCMP  has intervened against 28 people tied to militants  {  }

120 Canadian troops depart for Iraq mission next week    {  }

U.S. begins enhanced Ebola screening at JFK airport  {  }

Canadian support team for ISIS airstrike mission leaving for Kuwait next week   {  }

 -Thursday- Tories want to change copyright law to allow free use of news content in political ads   { Harper wants to include a provision that would allow political parties to use news footage without permission, without compensation, out of context etc. in political attack ads during campaigns- as an amendment inhis  next ‘omnibus’ bill. This would ignore copyright laws. News people call this an atrocity. I’d call it treason- a blatant attack on the rights and freedoms of the press, and therefore an attack on the rights and freedoms of all Canadians. If they get away with this, what will be their next atrocity? —djo— }

 

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black and white cubuicles
“Generic Office Roleplay” – facebook users roleplay working for a boring company & post fake updates about working for the fake company.

“Offbeat”

How’s this for fun? Pretending to be a boring office drone on Facebook   { See photo-  —djo—  }

Windsor to use cayenne pepper to deter hungry squirrels   { * After I complained to a friend in 1995 that my daughter was upset about squirrels chasing birds away from the bird feeder we set up close to our window, Jim W replied that mixing cayenne pepper in with the bird seed would send the squirrels away and they wouldn’t come back. We tried that. So then Rachel got upset, worrying that the squirrels would starve to death, so we set up a squirrel feeder a safe distance from the bird feeder and everybody was happy.  —djo— }

Detroit house swapped for an iPhone 6 { *** I heard the real estate guy interviewed on the radio a couple days ago. At that time somebody in Europe who hated his iPhone 6 and didn’t want the house was giving the seller his iPhone 6 for free. This house was listed for $5,000.00 U$ after tennants moved out and squatters moved in and the house suffered a fire. So a new owner would need to make repairs and pay off $6,000.00 in back taxes.  I did not hear that the house was actually sold for an iPhone. *** —jim w—  }

Pierre Karl Péladeau imposter offers up Québecor shares on Kijiji   {  }

Record setting bluefin tuna hauled in by Nova Scotia girl  {  }

Young woman congratulated for record breaking catch by another record holder.
A 12-year-old woman caught this fish, and according to the rules, could not be helped in any way by anyone, especially adults. She told in the radio interview how heavy the tuna was in pounds but the idiots give the weight in kilograms in this article.

 

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“Most Viewed”

Peter Degrooot sought by police in Kootenay manhunt  {  }

Nobel Peace Prize: Malala Yousafzai, Kailish Satyarthi win 2014 award   {  }

Bethany Paquette won’t back down on human rights complaint against Amaruk Wilderness, lawyer says  {  }

Alaskan police sorry for telling wrong family their son died  {  }

Oil price at $85 costing provinces and economy billions  { ***Suggestion:  It’s time to round up all oil company executives and lock them up at hard labour for the rest of their lives for making sure all research in alternative energy disappeared on their shelves somewhere and lying to everybody about the availability and cost of getting their fossil fuel. Force the ice-holes to build gizmoes for wind generators, hydro-electric generators and photo-voltaic cells.*** —djo—  *****I’ll second that —jim w—*****  }

Same-sex marriage opponents in U.S. ‘aren’t waving a white flag’   { *** Cathi and I were sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room when a couple who looked slightly strange approached us and asked if we considered ourselves Christians. I said yes. The woman, who looked like she was slightly drunk or high, said, “Well then you know that the devil wins if gays are allowed to marry- but we have a friend. George W. Bush is going to save us all, we want you to write letters to support him.” We kind of nodded and tried to look like, ‘yeah, uh-huh-anything you say’ and they moved on to bother somebody else. If churches and political groups are brainwashing people until they look like mindless parrots, and try to scare them into believing that they will suffer eternal damnation if they don’t do everything they can to prevent the devil from winning this ‘war’- well, that’s why they can’t be reasoned with, and that’s why they believe they is a Christian Jihad they have to win.  —jim w— }

Finance Canada accidentally posted upcoming tax measures online  {  }

London mayor Boris Johnson warns of terror threat   { * under -World- ‘Thousands’ of potential ISIS militants in U.K. being monitored, says London’s mayor * If you push people hard enough and often enough, they will push back you moronic tool of the string pulling ice-hole self-proclaimed ‘puppet-masters’* && * If you’re terrorizing your citizens – then the entire population will look like potential terrorists to you. * && *** Here’s how this works: — First countries like the U.S.A. and Great Britain terrorize smaller, weaker foreign nations to the point where they’re so desperate they’ll do anything to protect themselves. Then the C.I.A., MI6, and dozens of alphabet soup agencies create ‘terrorist’ groups, train them, arm them, and turn them loose. Then they point their fingers at the terrorists that they created and scream, “Hey, we need to take away all your freedoms, rights and privileges because these terrorists are coming to rape your wives and children and cut your heads off.”  —djo— }

Ebola outbreak: Canadians in 3 West African countries advised to leave   {  }

-11 photo slide show- Tesla’s evolving electric vehicles   {  }

-Thursday’s Blog- Fracking company launches pink drill bits for breast cancer awareness  { *This bit of manipulation is pretty freakin low, even for these corporate ice-holes. Trying to link a program that is destroying people’s health, property values and quality of life, as well as putting their lives in actual danger- to a campaign to raise awareness of women’s health issues is worse than unethical, cynical, bold face lying: on a par with telling Africans with AIDs that raping a virgin would cure their disease.*  >>—-> Link to Huffington Post article on Gasland 2 * Fracking may be more hazardous to our health and quality of life than we have previously warned about. Find a copy of Gasland 2 and watch it. — To be fair,  Forbes has been trying to label the movie as ‘Luddite Slander of Fracking’ *** but too many people without a horse in this race have ‘scientifically remote viewed without prejudice’ a future in which the USA has been reduced to less than a third world nation caused in a large part by fracking.   —djo— }

 

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Other:

-Video- Cranberries: How this tangy treat gets to your Thanksgiving table   { * This coming Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada*  & Yesterday an article on cranberries said they fight cancer. —djo— }

Sakatchewan derailment reveals Canda’s broken-rail problems   {  }

Tesla Motors Electric cars.
The Tesla Model S, shown here,  was unveiled already, the P85D will go on sale in December with a $120,000 base price.

India cyclone Hudhud triggers half a million to evacuate coast   {  }

Did censoring a 9/11 report pave the way for ISIS?   {  }

Pop music a surprising weapon in the battle against Ebola   {  }

-Updated- $550M Job creation promise questioned in new PBO report   { “PBO” = Parliamentary Budget Office. — “It was touted as a job-creator in a tough job market, but new evidence suggests the Conservative plan to cut Employment Insurance premiums for small business won’t achieve its stated goal of making it easier for employers to hire new workers. – And the head of a key lobby group acknowledges the decision by the government may be linked to other political considerations. – In a new report, the parliamentary budget officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, says the small business job credit announced last month by Finance Minister Joe Oliver would generate only 800 new jobs over two years — 200 new full-time equivalent jobs in 2015 and 600 new jobs in 2016. – That would mean each new position will cost the government — and the taxpayer — $687,500. – The head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business called the PBO’s figures “puzzling.” – “That seems really really thin,” Dan Kelly told CBC News Wednesday. –  “Our own estimate at CFIB was that it would create 25,000 person years of employment. A different measure, but still an awful lot more than the PBO is estimating. And we’re trying to figure out why their estimate is so thin.” – CFIB lobbied for EI cut – But Kelly also said the government’s decision came only after his organization had lobbied heavily for a cut to EI premiums as a form of quid pro quo, to placate small business owners enraged over two new policies: new anti-spam legislation, and a drastic reduction in temporary foreign worker permits. – Kelly called those “dumb decisions” on the part of the government. –‘It’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy’– Liberal Finance Critic Scott Brison – In a separate interview with CBC Radio last month, Kelly recalled the message his organization took to the government in a lobbying session. – “As a result of (those decisions) we said to the government look, you guys have made some really boneheaded moves over the past number of months; we need to see a couple of positive things come forward. (We) suggested specifically, progress on Employment Insurance,” he said in an interview with CBC Radio’s Ontario Today Sept. 30. – “And the good news is the EI fund has returned into balance… and the government has decided to move ahead with it and we give them credit for that,” he told host Rita Celli. – Kelly also said small businesses are happy with the EI measure both as a job creation tool, and as a tax reduction measure. – Liberal Finance critic Scott Brison says the measure was a poorly-conceived attempt to placate one group for political purposes. –  “The Conservatives were looking for some bone to throw towards the small business community to make up for the aggravation,” he said.  – “They didn’t think this out, it’s another example of Conservative politics triumphing over public policy.” – Brison said the program contains a disincentive to hire by limiting the benefit to companies with 15 employees or less, and will simply cost too much. The Liberals have countered with a proposal to grant EI premium “holidays” for companies that first create jobs. – The job credit will cut EI premiums, starting in 2015, for businesses with an annual contribution of less than $15,000. – The government says 780,000 business in Canada are expected to benefit from the credit in 2015. – “This is real money that a small business can use to help defray the costs of hiring new workers and to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities,” said Finance department spokeswoman Stéphanie Rubec. – To make his calculations, the budget watchdog used the Finance Department’s own EI premium rate multiplier to estimate the increase in employment “as a result of higher after-tax business incomes.” – The small business job credit is not the only problem identified in the EI system by the PBO report. – “We’ve made a number of observations in the report that the way the program is governed now is creating a lot of problems. First of all, it’s not predictable…it’s not transparent. What we have suggested is the government should provide an estimate of the cost of the rates that they have put in place,” said Assistant PBO Mostafa Askari.”  —djo— }

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s condition still a mystery after no-sho on Friday   {  }

Kurds struggle to defend besieged Syrian town from ISIS  { * & Turkey’s armed forces would just as soon watch the Kurds get massacred before they lift a finger against ISIS. —djo— }

Hong Kong protest leaders write open letter to Chinese president   {  }

Typhoon Vongfong disrupts flights, knocks out power in Japan   { * look up “Weaponized Weather” on Google or better yet, “Startpage” search engine.   —djo— }

Sudden oil price drop a crude awakening for Canada’s economy   { *** “If it sends the current Conservative government packing, we’ll take it-” ***  —djo— }

-Exclusive- ‘Potentially catastrophic’ damage in Commons to be fixed   { * But can you repair the damage to Canada’s infrastructure and culture and economy that were perpetrated by the sitting government by patching up the structural damage in a building?   —djo— }

$1B Ponzi scheme leads to charges against ex-TD Bank executive   {  }

‘I thank my father for not clipping my wings’ Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize co-winner   {  }

Luka Magnotta’s defence questions pathologist’s expertise   {  }

-Must Watch- Circle of Light Festival dazzles Moscow   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- What to know about this year’s flu virus   {  }

-Editor’s Pick- The Amazing Cranberry   {

-Editor’s Pick- Thanksgiving dinner: how to eat as much as possible   { * “Eating competetition champion, all-you-can-eat buffet owner weigh in on strategy.”  —djo—  }

-Politics- Enbridge Line 9B pipeline delayed by NEB over major water body concerns  {  }

-Thursday –> -Canada-Council of Canadians going to court to fight election law changes   { * Why is this not up at the top in the Lead Articles section? —djo— }

-Business- Postmedia’s big bet, Clorox comes clean, & CRTC’s warning: Business Week Wrap   {  }

-Business- Climate change may create legal liability for Canadian energy firms   {  }

-Politics- Just don’t call it ‘sociology’: Tories seek bids for terrorism research.  { * Do they want to learn how to better use terrorism against their electorate? They’re doing quite well – controlling the news- invoking an atmosphere of constant anxiety and fear in a calculated effort to better control the hearts and minds of citizens kept in a state of constant fear-  —djo— }

-Politics- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice holds 1st meeting with prime minister   {  }

-Technology & Science- Bones of pre-Neanderthal found in France   { * Were they cone-heads?   —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Fish will move toward poles as temperatures rise, study says   { * I suppose they asked a couple goldfish what they thought about rising temperatures.  —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Hitting biodiversity targets will require more work: Bob McDonald   {  }

-Technology & Science- Mars rovers, orbiters will studay faraway comet’s flyby   {  }

-Community- Katy Perry’s Super bowl halftime show sparks excitement, cynicism from readers   {  }

-Community- Satya Nadella’s ‘karma’ advice to women comes back to haunt him   {  🙂 }

 

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Canadian Money – they no longer use pennies. New Brunswick currently has a minimum wage at $10 an hour.

“Local / New Bruswick”

Anti-poverty group pushes for higher minimum wage    {  }

Saint-Louis-de-Kent apartment oil leak forces 5 adults out   {  }

Fredericton police looking for man and woman who fled crash   {  }

RCMP group issues PTSD ‘call to action’ after Ron Francis’s suicide   {  }

-Updated- New Brunswick’s jobless rate jumps to 9.6% in September   {  }

-N.B.Page- -Recap- N.B. This Week   {  }

Fredericton couple takes on big insurance over Arthur repairs   {  }

Fredericton police mum on rumours of bang being behind attacks   {  }

Boil water orders continue in 3 New Brunswick communities   {  }

 

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Google Enchanted Owl Doodle
Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak was honoured by Google with this doodle on what would have beeh her 87th birthday.

“First Nations”

Stephen Harper, Jim Prentice hold 1st meeting in Calgary   {  }

Winnipeg women say being sexually harrased downtown the norm  {  }

More talks could break Peel land use planning stalemate   { “Yukon First Nations and their environmental allies say the court battle over the Peel watershed land use plan could be settled through ‘proper consultation.”  —djo— }

Polaris winner describes being followed, called ‘sexy little Indian’ on street   {  }

Marlene Bird says she had run-in with one of her attackers   { “The woman who lost both her legs in a vicious attack in Prince Albert, Sask., over the summer says she recently came across one of the people who attacked her on the street”  —djo— }

-Opinion- A First Nations take on Thanksgiving: ‘Your Welcome Weekend’  {  }

Mi’kmaq say Sydney Harbour talks back on track   {  }

Union slams ‘rushed’ facility for at-risk girls in Winnipeg   {  }

Watchdog says B.C. government ignoring recommendations to help children   {  }

 

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{ 9:00 pm —Ready to Rock and Roll— Had to call for late help from Jim W — Thanks, Jim ———djo——— }

Saturday, 20 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Saturday, 20 September, 2014  -( 70˚F /21˚C –  & ‘mostly cloudy’ in Ithaca @ 5:30 pm 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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— Oooops – I composed a message asking for one of my helpers to put this together for me this morning and then never sent it. It was still waiting to be sent when I got home about five minutes ago. Jim & Jim were apparently also quite busy today- Sorry for the inconvenience —djo—

Man in rain with Scottish flag draped over his shoulders.
“Scotland turned its back on independence – and with that on a chance to reinvent its economoy and society,” writes Don Pittis.

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Lead Articles:

Egyptian-Canadian Journalist inside a cage
Mohamed Fahmy as he appeared in court, inside a cage.

Mohamed Fahmy: Egypt’s president won’t interfere with courts in Canadian’s case   { Mohamed Fahmy is the Egyptian-Canadian journalist —djo— }

About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as ISIS  advances   {  }

NATO chief says Ukraine has ceasefire ‘in name only’   {  }

Doug Ford kicks off his Toronto mayoral campaign   {  }

Ray Rice jersey swap attracts 7,000 Baltimore Ravens fans   {  }

Ebola burial team attacked in Sierra Leone amid lockdown   {  }

-New- Second man arrested in 2 days trying to enter White House   { The most interesting thing under this article is the related story: “Toddler apprehended by Secret Service at White House” -they caught a toddler somewhere where he or she should not have been?  —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Smiling man with beaver house behind him.
“Explorer Rob Mark snaps a selfie on top of the world’s largest beaver dam.” – but they don’t show the dam, just the pond behind it.

Oktoberfest begins in Munich   { What is offbeat about this? —djo— }

‘Nearly empty’ Picasso museum reopens in Paris   {  }

U.S. explorer first person to reach massiver beaver dam in Alberta   {  }

Polar bears chew through silicone in Winnipeg zoo’s underwater tunnel   { “Yum”? -We’ll have to ask them how it tasted, anybody out there speak the polar bear dialect? Are you crazy enough to want to go talk to one of them? —djo— }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Why chimps kill other chimps — U.S. study uncovers main reason   { Male chimps kill other male chimps in order to increase the probability that they will be the ones who get to father the most baby chimps. -Scientists used to believe that the reason chimps killed each other had a lot more to do with tensions that increased when human communities expanded into chimp territory. Nope, it’s mostly sexual and a little bit territorial with keeping chimp guys away from ‘their’ chimp women.  —Sounds like high school and university fraternity attitudes.—  —djo— }

Onslow man, 19, facing attempted murder charge   { The 19-year-old Nova Scotian ran over a 17-year-old ‘with a car repeatedly’ according to police.   —djo— }

B.C. Ferries won’t get more government subsidies: Todd Stone    { “The B.C. government is trying to undercut a report that claims rising ferry fares are hurting the economy ahead of the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ annual general meeting next week. – Last week, the UBCM released a report that concludes B.C. missed out on more than $2 billion in economic activity over the past decade because of rising fares on BC Ferries

“- But in a letter to the UBCM’s president, B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said he rejects the conclusions of the report. – B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone rejects the findings in the Union of B.C. Municipalities’ recent report that blames funding cuts to BC Ferries for robbing the B.C. economy of billions of dollars. – “Our sense of this report is it’s highly simplistic in terms of the analysis that’s been done,” he told CBC News on Friday. – “The assumptions that have been made that kind of underpin the findings of this report are so massively overstated that you could drive a ferry through them. – “It’s far too simplistic to suggest that just because someone may not have taken a ferry, they didn’t spend money in B.C. in some other facet.”  – ”  —djo— }

Jean Chrétien says Canada is all in on Iraq mission   {  }

Phoney cops scam money from tourists in Vancouver   {  }

Fire destroys St. John the Baptist church in Edmundston   {  }

ISIS takes over Syria Kurdish villages as thousands flee to Turkey   {  }

Leonardo DiCaprio film holds open casting call in Yellowknife   {  }

-11 photo slide show- Scotland tensions rise after referendum   {  }

-Blog- Scotland referendum: Alex Salmond gave up chance to negotiate, CBC readers say   {  }

 

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Other:

-Analysis- What’s in store for Scotland? Ask Quebec: Don Murray   { The main British parties in London are now talking about turning huge chunks of tax power over to Scotland’s assembly.   —djo— }

‘We could see palm trees bending in half’: Newlyweds head home after Mexico hurricane   {  }

‘The building is lost’: Fire destroys 140-year-old N.B. church   { Edmunston is in New Brunswick, Edmonton is in Alberta.  —djo— }

-Analysis- Polls suggest Liberals poised for government in N.B., despite PC gains   { * Liberals are calling for a moratorium on Fracking and Exploring for frackable shale gas and pointing out the track record of the sitting PC party, showing that 3,000 jobs have been lost in the past 4 years – all the while the PC party is claiming that Shale Gas -Fracking- and exploration -Fracking- are the key to New Bunswick’s economic future. So far, it looks like the people of New Brunswick see through the PC party’s propaganda.  —djo— }

Car veers off road, rolls over, sending 5 exchange students to hospital   { * This happened near Truro, Nova Scotia, late Friday night. One student is in an Intensive Care Unit, One was expected to remain in hospital for 48 hours, the remaining 3 were expected to be released within 24 hours. “The people in the car are all between the ages of 20 and 21, and are international exchange students from Asia attending school at St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish.”  —djo— }

First Nations girl refuses chemotherapy, may be forced back into treatment   { Link: >>—-> http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/jada-johnson-11-refuses-chemotherapy-may-be-forced-back-into-treatment-1.2772401 And I just learned there’s a whole ‘Aboriginal’ page on the CBC.ca/news site – Looks like we’re about to expand our headline coverage here- —djo— }

Ottawa crash leaves woman trapped in car for 40 minutes   {  }

U.S. Secret Service under scrutiniy after intruder gets into White House   {  }

-Must Watch- Man runs on White House lawn   {  }

-Must Watch- Dramatic SUV rescue   { “Group of Salt Lake City [ Utah ] residents flip an SUV to free 3 teens trapped inside”  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- Polls suggest Liberals poised for government in N.B.  { Probably the same article listed above, but this headline on the right side also says: “Éric Grenier takes a look at the numbers heading into the campaign’s final weekend” – Éric Grenier “is the founder of ThreeHundredEight.com, a website dedicated to political polling in Canada and electoral forecasts.”  —djo— }

-World- Nigeria town under seige by Boko Haram, at least 23 civilians dead   {  }

-Analysis- Is ISIS expanding worldwide?   {  }

-Politics- U.K. government sought referendum advice from Jean Chrétien   {  }

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

-Business- Flying fees backlash and hotel room tips debated: the business week in review   {  }

-Business- Expect to pay $83K more for a Canadian home than you initially planned: Survey   { * That’s the average amount the Bank of Montreal’s Fall Home-Buying Report came up with.   —djo— }

-Business- Canada’s bank oligopoly is good for consumers, says outgoing TD CEO  { Yes, and foxes are probably trying to tell you that they are the best guards for hen houses, and alligators will try to tell you they’re protecting the gazelles they look out for from drowning, -chomp chomp-.   —djo— }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Children followed by strange man in 2 separate incidents   {  }

‘The building is lost’: Fire destroys 140-year-old N.B. church  {  }

Missing 13-year-old Moncton boy found safe   {  🙂  }

Michael Camp: Outmigration looms over final days of the election   {  }

-Timeline- Campaign 2014   {  }

 

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“Aboriginal News”

Link to >>—-> www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal <—-<<  page

Activist Pam Palmater recalls 1st time she stood up for her rights   {  }

’60s Scoop adoptees find ‘some kind of belonging’ at national gathering   { “They were taken from their families as small children and grew up without their aboriginal culture and identity. Now a one-of-a-kind national gathering is bringing the adoptees together.” —djo— }

Residential school experiences form basis of Royal Winnipeg Ballet Production   {   }

Only 3 First Nations candidates running in New Brunswick election   { “Curtis Bartibogue is running as the NDP candidate in Miramichi Bay-Neguac, focusing his campaign on natural resource management and First Nations relations. – The other aboriginal candidates are Sheila Croteau, who is running for the Green Party in the riding of Portland-Simonds, and Raven-Chanelle Arsenault-Augustine, who is running for the People’s Alliance in Kent North.” —djo— }

New society plans educational TV channel for Nunavut   {  }

-12 photo slide show- Back-to-school braids   { Makes me wish I grew up close to an area that celebrates First Nations Culture.  —djo— }

-Features- Truth and Reconciliation: nearly 4 years of hearings wrap   {  }

-Features- Embedded   { “CBC Thunder Bay wants to help you break out of your cultural comfort zone.” * And I’m wondering if anybody thinks that might be a good thing? —djo— }

 

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{ & it’s 7:45 pm here in Ithaca and I actually feel like I accomplished something, even if I somehow lost the function that underlines in red all the words this process thinks are misspelled- time to check really close for typos and get out the crayons for the headlines-    8:20 pm -tell me it’s better late than never?- Clickin the “Publish” button-  ———djo——— }