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 ———

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 —


Wednesday, 20 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Wednesday, 20 August, 2014  -(68˚F / 20˚C & Hazy/overcast in Ithaca @ 8:30 am ET )-

-( Happy Birthday to Jim W’s nephew Sam in Alaska -I get updates from an old yahoogroups list-  )-

{ & 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——— }


Silhouettes of Riot Police
“Michael Brown Riot Police Aug 17”


“Lead Stories”

-Analysis- Is Michael Brown’s shooting really about race?: Keith Boag   { Well, judging from the evening news and everything in the “Main Stream Media”- If it wasn’t about race, it is now. }

47 arrested in Ferguson, Mo.,  but protests more subdued   { Another link to this story said, ‘no tear gas employed protests more subdued’. }

Obama to speak about alleged beheading of a U.S. journalist   { There are too many links to the video of this alleged beheading. I can’t watch it. My PTSD will flare up, probably off the charts. }

PM Harper leaves today for his 9th annual northern tour   { Trying to look like a viable choice to continue as Prime Minister?  He wants to show everybody that he’s big on Agriculture and Arctic sovereignty. I bet that doesn’t mean he believes the First Nations people up there are sovereign citizens of that region. He’s probably trying to say the ‘Crown’ owns the north pole. }

26 children died under care of N.L. government since 2009   { ‘N.L.’ = Newfoundland and Labrador, not ‘National League’. }

Over 1,000 gather in Winnipeg to honour 2 dead in river   { 😦 }

-Analysis- Never mind the West, can Justin Trudeau crack Fortress Quebec?   { Does this sound to anybody, besides myself, like the headline writer is trying to cast doubts about Justin Trudeau’s ability to win the Prime Minister’s job in the Canadian Federal Elections next year? }




Tiny House On Wheels
“Tiny house on wheels”

Couple builds tiny house on wheels   { A couple is building their tiny dream house on wheels on the back of a flatbed truck in Guelph, Ontario. – See photo that should be above this- They spent eight months traveling around Canada and the U.S.A. with an even smaller trailer hitched to the back of fairly small car.  }

{ The above story is the only new one under “offbeat” on the CBC news web page. I imagine that anyone reading this from the Point of View of having lived in a much ‘saner’ society in a much less violent and anxiety riddled time would thing that all the stuff on this page is ‘offbeat’. }



“Most Viewed”

Brad Parker, avid climber, dies shortly after Yosemite marriage proposal   { 😦 }

Pam Owen, beaten mental health worker, doesn’t blame attacker   {  }

MaraNatha, Trader Joe’s nut butters recalled over Salmonella risk   { Funny, this is the first time I had to type Salmonella anywhere- Maybe I led a sheltered life? Or just never typed as much news as I have in the last couple months- }

Iceland volcano: area north of Bardarbunga evacuated   { I hope Iceland doesn’t lose all their ice before Game Of Thrones finishes production- guess my priorities have been severely warped – sigh- }

Tom Hanks creates ‘Hanx Writer’ typewriter simulator for iPad   { But I guess I’m not the most severely warped creative individual on the planet. And, neither is Tom Hanks. }

Toronto Zoo investigates after visitors get too close to pandas   {  }




-Updated- Gaza conflict resumes with Palestinian rocket fire, Israeli airstrikes   {  }

Officials urge world to back Iraqi fight against ‘savage’ ISIS   { Those ‘officials’ are Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari. I say, “Why can’t we knock these guys out with laughing gas, strip them naked and drop them in the middle of a tropical island somewhere where they’d have to spend all their time trying to survive against monster mosquitos and monkeys throwing coconuts at them? OH- and no cell phones or cell phone service, no internet- surrounded by starving Great White sharks- I mean, why do we put up with this doo-doo when we know it’s nonsense that could very easily have been dealt with long ago? If human beings were just a little bit nicer to each other we wouldn’t have these problems. What would we do with crazies who want to hurt people anyway? -or steal everything anybody else cares about? Feed them GMO lethargy-inducing crap and strap them into oversized recliners and force them to watch endless re-runs of Green Acres, The Brady Bunchh Leave it to Beaver and Gilligan’s Island etc, until their brains explode? Isn’t that what they’re doing to us? }

Why elephant poaching is still rampant   { Um, because greedy people don’t share their God-given abundance with impoverished ‘minorities’, which they believe are below them? It’s not just the poachers who are guilty here, it’s anybody who could have helped everybody on the planet learn how to achieve a life they could believe in. It takes more than a village- It takes every one alive to recognize the sovereignty of every other person here and make sure they have the basic human needs of food and shelter, and a pat on the back to raise their self esteem wouldn’t hurt either. }

Justin Trudeau gets RCMP security at rally following break-in   { I overheard someone say that, “Party thugs do this sort of thing all the time [try to terrorize their opponents and their opponents’ families]  -Especially when there’s an election on the horizon.” }

Toronto carjacking victim needs 14 staples to close gash after pistol-whipping   { }

Shark finning banned in New Zealand   { It was already illegal there to remove the fins from live sharks, New Zealand passed a law to make it illegal to cut the fins off dead sharks and dump the carcasses at sea. }

Which 3 Canadian cities are on The Economist’s top 10 world ‘livability’ list?   {  Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary are on The Economist’s top 10 livability list. It isn’t perfectly clear, but one of those cities is tied with Adelaide, Australia. I’m not sure what the criteria are here. We listen to Coast to Coast am and hear that “Police had nothing to do after an earthquake knocked out a lot of utilities and phone service- but sit back and wait-” in New Zealand, where the people were so civilized, and cared so much about each other- that looting and other criminal activities in a time of ‘chaos’ were not a problem. }

St. Louis police kill knife-wielding suspect near Ferguson   {  }

-Video- Trivago guy to get makeover   { Trivago – is the travel metasearch engine that focuses on hotels. It launched in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2005- spread to Spain, France and the U.K. in 2007- and spread to the U.S., China, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico in 2009. In 2012 Expedia bought a majority stake in trivago for about $630 million U.S. bucks. Too many television ad watchers complained that current commercials feature a guy who hasn’t shaved in a week and looks ‘unhealthy’. I think the video I saw showed the same commercial with the guy digitally altered to look clean shaven. }



“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Liberals pledge to cut $250M in government spending   { If they want my approval, they’d have to pledge to end the governmental shell game and allow Walter Burien of CAFR1.com to audit their books and reveal his results in every media outlet in the world. }

Lac-Mégantic report lacking: Saint John region officials   { Saint John is in New Brunswick. Saint John’s is in Newfoundland. The official  report by the Transport Safety Board was big news and had its video sound bites played on most networks’ news last night. They blamed both the Railroad (MM&A) and Transport Canada (Sort of theCanadian version of the ICC which used to also include the Canadian version of the FAA) for its lack of oversight. My take is that Conservative Governments have been trying to ‘de-fang’ Transport Canada since the days when Mulrouney was their Prime Minister. Their ‘strategy’ is to make it impossible for regulatory bureaus to enforce their regulations so they can crucify them in public and claim they never worked anyway. The philosophy behind this ‘strategy’ is to allow industry to police itself, which, clearly, doesn’t work- never did work and never will work. The definition of ‘Fascism’ is ‘Government in bed with big business’ / Governments taking orders from big business / governments letting big business convince them not to tax them, but to raise taxes on the ‘common citizens’.

Conservationists slam province over watershed inaction   { Conservatives, not conservationists, are in power in New Brunswick. Their Minister of the Environment has not allowed any of the studies done by 19 groups, which were submitted for classification to go through and be accepted as ‘Baseline’ studies. Without the baseline studies, any amount of pollution from toxic fracking water or toxic sludge from mining operations could not be verified and companies doing the polluting/poisoning could be traced back to the polluters. Yesterday, the Provincial ombudsman called the current regulations  a sham and compared those regulations as something demanding that all homes have a type of smoke detector for which no one makes the proper batteries. <— I reworded that. If it’s confusing, blame me. }



{ 10:53 am Ithaca time. Typing finished, ready to check for typos and add the colours. Ready to rock and roll @ 11:24 am Ithaca, Finger Lakes, New York State, U.S.A. time   ———djo———}

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Saturday, 16 August, 2014.  -( 49°F / 9°C & clear @ 7:30 am near Ithaca, NY, USA )-

{ & 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——— }



“Lead Stories”

Smoke and fireworks, strange figure
-Not a Video link- This was with the Obama lead story below. “Ferguson riots and police response RAW” The figure in the smoke, while it might be a normal human distorted by the exposure- looks ‘other than human’ here.

Obama’s ‘cautious’ response to Michael Brown death, Ferguson under scrutiny   {  }

Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power   { The governor tried to bully a prosecutor into quitting. }

Protestors storm store police say Michael Brown robbed   { I heard one person in a news clip say that a person in a video of someone stealing cigars and intimidating the store clerk before walking out with a handful of stolen cigars never was proven to be Michael Brown. }

Alberta man charged in deaths of parents, sister   {  }

‘Exclusive’- CBSA immigration arrests during spot checks stir controversy   { CBSA = Canada Border Services Agency. One person who wasn’t happy about police doing a ‘spot check’ demanding identity papers from ‘suspicious looking’ -minority- people and arresting suspected illegally working ‘foreigners’ worried that if the police get away with this they might escalate and demand ever more intrusive documentation from random people in random spots, ‘just because they can’. A First Nations young woman claims she’s been stopped and interrogated under suspicion that she might be a prostitute because she was walking alone while looking like a First Nations woman. “What are they going to do? Arrest unemployed women or demand proof of employment before they’ll allow anyone to walk anywhere because they think she just might be a prostitute and didn’t offer them freebies?” }

-New- Couple charged with kidnapping Amish sisters intended harm: police  { A couple in northern New York were arrested and charged with intending to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand (7:11 am EDT) }

‘Updated – Airstrikes on militants at Iraq dam after ISIS ‘massacre’ kills 80   { I heard that Yazidis said that ISIS killed more like 100 and kidnapped women and children, haven’t confirmed that yet. }




Steve McQueen Ferrari auctioned off by Ontario’s RM Auctions   {  }

Sea otter caught on camera in rare sighting in B.C.’s Georgia Strait   {  }

Son surprises mom with dream car, the internet approves   {  }

Downtown Abbey’s anachronistic water bottle becomes internet sensation   {  }



“Most Viewed”

Internet outages, slowness spike expected with ‘512K’   {   ‘512,000 internet destinations’ = a milestone- Here- in their words, “When the number of destinations on the internet surpasses 512,000, users will experience overall internet slowness if they rely on an internet service provider that uses older, affected routers.”  An alternate headline points to the same story:  “Internet outages spike as network gets too big for some routers” *Sounds like somebody’s trying to open the argument that internet providers should be allowed to fleece their customers or throttle their services down to a crawl on anyone who can’t afford top dollar for services that are not driving any providers to the poor house  }

Newfoundland’s Stephanie Branton is Playboy’s Miss September   { -Um- When a well respected news service publishes a story like this I wonder if they’re either remarkably open minded and believe that we should all celebrate a good looking young woman posing naked for Playboy Magazine, or was this a really slow news day in Newfoundland? }

New- Lac-Mégantic report to be retiring TSB chair’s final act   { Lac-Mégantic was the site of the horrendous explosion and fire when a rail road train, left unattended -due to laws regarding the length of time engineers could work without rest (and the railroad not willing to pay a second shift to ride along, rested, and take over when the first shift needed a break-) had its brakes fail and rolled down hill into a small town where it exploded and burned and killed 47 people last year. }

Girl Power: Vancouver, U.S. girls representing at Little League World Series   {  }

Alien probe: Report details 25 years of UFO sightings in Canada   { Quick, somebody call the crew at Coast to Coast am, does this look like a major media outlet is admitting that there might be ET’s flying around, waiting for an invitation to land and say hello? }

CP Rail ‘Bullying’ Vancouver by ripping up community gardens, mayor says   { *Yup, I think I called it bullying, yesterday.* }

photo of cluster boxes
Canada Post wants to force everybody to get their mail from cluster boxes like these.

‘Totally irresponsible’ of Canada Post to request doctor’s note for home delivery: CMA   {  CMA = Canadian Medical Association. They’re claiming that sending old and infirm citizens to doctors’ offices for notes to excuse them from walking past the mail boxes they’ve been getting their mail at all their lives in favor of cluster boxes like the ones in the photo – that may be at the end of a long road -or who knows how far away- will expose those aged and infirm, medically compromised people, to needless expense and probably expose them to  contagious germs from sick people in those doctors’ waiting rooms.    *My opinion coming up*: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to be everything that G.W. Bush tried to be. Harper’s a Conservative who wants to un-fund everything and funnel all government money into his and other corrupt/greedy pockets. I’ve said way too often here that federal, state, (provincial) & local governments have been lying since the 1940’s about where their money comes from, how much of it they have and where it goes. More than two thirds of local, state/provincial, and federal governments’ money comes in through ‘other than tax monies’- But they keep on claiming that the only money they get is through taxes. Go read through CAFR1.com  <— Link. “Government’s True Wealth Exposed”   They could stop collecting taxes now and provide more and better services than they do. “Austerity Programs” are pure and utter B.S. I can’t wait to see what happens when we hit that magic level when enough people cry out to force the puppets we’ve ‘elected’ to office to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  }




Goldfish dumped by B.C. pet owners become invasive species   { Oh no- I can see it now, “Invasion of the Gold Fish From Hell” rated PG, soon to be at a theatre near you. }

Ebola and the economics of fear: Don Pittis   { *So, whattaya think? Do you suppose there are vapid stories about Ebola every night on t.v. ,and everywhere else, because big Pharma is making money on something here? Or maybe planning on making big money on some magic new cure that people don’t need, but might be able to be frightened into believing they just might need?}

TFSA penalties, StatsCan’s big mstake, and Jibo’s debut: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP   { TFSA = Tax Free Savings Account. People get penalized when they withdraw money from one of those before retiring. Statistics Canada reported that only 200 new jobs were added to the economy last July, then withdrew that number and came back saying there were actually 42,000 new jobs – most of them part time- And I don’t think we should trust these numbers anyway, Nobody’s given out real unemployment numbers in as long as I can remember- it’s b.s. again. If they say 7% unemployment- the real numbers are probably more like 24% because they don’t count people who have given up or can’t collect unemployment comp because they’ve been unemployed too long. }

Toronto-based Figure-1 wants ‘Instagram for doctors’ to go global   { Figure -1 is a Social photo sharing app that doctors, medical students, and other medical professionals use to share photos and x-rays etc. whether to get second opinions or help with diagnoses-  }

Oilsands investments at risk from low crude prices, report finds   { Oilsands investments are at risk because Oil companies are dishonest manipulative ice-holes who have squashed and buried any competing technological advances that could show people that we don’t need their stinkin fuel. And they are totally devastating the ‘oilsands’ region and killing the whole eco-system out there. }

Watch a swarm of 1,024 robots move together to form shapes    { They’ve taught nanobots to swarm, betcha this comes back to bite them. }

Warcraft to memorialize Robin Williams in game   {  }

HBO’s Game of Thrones comes to Vancouver   { This is the last stop on the Exhibits’ World Tour- it ends on or before September 1st. You too can sit on the iron throne- or gawk at dresses worn by characters in what is becoming my favorite television experience in the last couple years-  Can’t wait for the return of “Heroes” with a reportedly whole new cast of characters- Next year? If we survive this one? }

Dartmouth art gallery celebrates The Simpsons   { This Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  }

Amazon ‘stomping on its own feet’ in Disney, Hachette e-commerce spats   { More like shooting themselves in the foot? Yes, Stephen King and 900 other authors are angry with Amazon’s heavy handed dealings with publishers to force prices down so they can undersell other ‘outlets’. Should I put up a “Boycott Amazon” button? }

The Beatles’ landmark White Album turned into art installation    {  }

Bird flu virus scientist stayed mum for a month on accident, CDC probe finds   {  }



“Local” / “New Brunswick”

More Power outages on the way, says NB Power   { Jesse Ventura lives ‘off the grid’ in Mexico. He told us in an interview last week or the week before that he had no outages at all, no down time with his off the grid system, then had to come to Minnesota for some legal issues and suffered several outages in his ‘high end’ neighborhood while there. This smells like a conspiracy, doesn’t it?  }

First Nation chiefs ask court to block forestry agreements   { The Conservative Premier of New Brunswick is spouting ‘we need the jobs’ and that line of b.s. and signing over rights to big corporations to cut down previously protected areas of ‘Crown’ forests. Lackeys say they replant, opponents say they have killed off the diversity and important wild life species never come back. }

NB Liquor reverses new microbrewery rules   {  }

Windsor Energy lawsuit against N.B. government linked to election   { The president of Calgary based Windsor Energy said that the timing of this $105 Million lawsuit was absolutely political to get even with a Member of the Legislature’s claim that Windsor Energy violated the law when it did seismic testing in 2011 in New Brunswick. Windsor Energy wants to point the finger at politicians and scream “They’re incompetent!” * I saw no mention of Frakking in this story, but the more I hear about frakking the more dangerous I believe that practice is, and if CEOs of Energy companies are going to use heavy handed tactics to try to blackmail governments into allowing them to FRAK at will, I think we need to take these energy companies down, with extreme prejudice. (my opinion)  }

“Latest Newfoundland & Labrador News Headlines”

My Guitar: Chris Kirby’s connection to the blues   {  }

Gone Again looks at women and the culture of working away   {  }

Lewis Kearney overwhelmed by food donations from ‘angels on earth’   {  }

Labrador family struggles, as brother awaits permanent housing   {  }



{  Ack! it’s 10:42 am- I was distracted several times, but this is taking a lot more time than it used to- Is the news that much more interesting? Am I becoming more diligent? Is my mind turning to mush and my brain evaporating out through me ears? Tune in tomorrow, folks, and see if there’s a notice here that men in white coats came and carried me away in a straight jacket- or something equally boring- }

———-I’m Ba-aaack! ———

Friday Early a.m August 15th, 2014  -( 63˚F / 71˚C @ 1:15 am & “Mostly Dark” in Ithaca )-

{ My wonderful daughter, Rachel, let me use her ‘older’ laptop until my iMac is back on line- it got all nice and clogged with dust that is only costing me about $150.00 U$ to have a ‘professional’ clean out for me. Sigh, and I remember when Macs seemed to be the machines that were NOT designed to fall apart on schedule so we all have to go out and buy a new one every year or two. And now EVERYTHING about them is changed as often as possible. The adaptor that allows Rachel’s 2006-ish MacBook connect to a second monitor will not work with her new 2009-ish MacBookPro. But then again, she reassured me, she’s on her own and not depending on me to buy her computers or even adaptors any more. Sigh- On one hand I’m all teary over her saying that I brought her up right and on the other I’m remembering somebody telling me not to tell anybody my age, because their prejudices might subconsciously make me feel like I’m ready for the old rocking chair on the porch- accusing everybody of mumbling, and needing coke bottle glasses and a lot of time to read anything- }

So what’s been going in the last couple days?

Singleblack man with hands up facing several camouflage uniformed guys with machine guns.
Somebody on Coast to Coast am last night -might have been George N.- commented that nobody knew whether they were looking at police officers or Army Rangers. Looks like a photo we might have expected to see credited as coming from a third world country on another continent.

[ -Snitched this photo from a twitter feed and I think the guy that posted this on twitter got it from a famous / infamous New York City High-Brow type newspaper-]

The scariest thing about the photo is the guy with his hands up looks like somebody I went to school with that everybody wanted on their baseball teams when we chose sides because, if he didn’t hit a home run he could steal any base on the diamond because the defending players were afraid he’d knock them over so hard they might need a quick trip to the emergency room.

Oh dang- the signal for Coast to Coast am is fading in and out- are we being attacked by somebody who is trying to tell us they can f- mess with our electronics/radio signals?



Friday Morning, August 1st, 2014. CBC Headlines:

Friday, August 1st, 2014. -( 65°F / 18°C & Clear @ 9:15 am in Ithaca, New York )-
(( I’m a ‘USAtian’ [US citizen and resident] who likes reading and listening to Canadian (((and British, BBC, and Radio Netherlands— and–))) news to see what the ‘free world’ press is reporting these days and how they’re reporting it. ))
((& I guess I’m pretty much committed to trying to pop these headlines from the CBC up here every morning, or pretty much every morning, until further notice.))
Plastic surgeon’s ‘fat-shaming’ muffin top billboard vandalized  { Somebody crossed over “Friends don’t let friends Muffin Top” and scrawled/painted “You’re Beautiful!” in purple paint and drew squiggles over what might be the name of the Plastic Surgeons firm. }
Should Costco be selling Christmas goods in July?   { “Marketing professor links early Christmas shopping to American ownership of big box stores”  In Canada, if you opened two coffee shops fairly close to each other, served identical products with the same ingredients in both and called one “Great American Donut Shop” and the other “Canada’s Best Donuts & Coffee”, my bet is the ‘Great American-‘ branded place would go bankrupt in no time flat. }
5 vintage fire trucks up for sale in Calgary
Oyster shucking world record attempted at festival
Ottawa man faces nearly 200 international cyberbullying charges { A 42 year old man faces charges including identity fraud, defamation and criminal harassment which he allegedly aimed at 38 people in Canada, the U.S. and U.K }
“Most Viewed”
Burlington Skyway crash: What you need to know   { The Skyway is an elevated stretch of a limited access highway above Burlington, Ontario. It’s a lot like the turnpike in New Jersey. A “Large Truck” crashed into and damaged the skyway. If you go to the web site you might find out whether the truck was on the Skyway or hit one of the supports. }
Burlington Skyway crash: Driver charged with impaired driving
Mountie who played ‘Mr Big’  upset with Nelson Hart decision   { The Canadian Supreme Court put limits on a practice that would be seen as entrapment down here in the U.S. The case they heard involved a man who allegedly murdered his two daughters and the photos of the two cute little girls were all over media articles. Apparently, the mounty (“RCMP Officer”)  who acted the part of the crime boss (and got the alleged perpetrator to brag about his alleged crime in order for the perpetrator to secure a lucrative position inside the fictitious crime family) believed he had done what needed to be done to protect law abiding citizens from criminals and other monsters. }
Why Republicans suing Obama is a good thing for Democrats   { “Democrats believe their base is energized by lawsuit and impeachment threat” —It’s fun to see what Canadians really think about U.S. politics. I’m surprised they let the media get away with calling citizens of the U.S. “Americans”, Canada is part of America, ya know- Canadian weather maps acknowledge the fact that there might be something besides a plain grey nothingness south of their borders. Are we really too smug to realize we’re making ‘arses’ of ourselves? }
B.C. chief Ron Giesbrecht’s $1M pay ‘very troubling’, minister’s office says   { The Chief of the Kwikwetiem First Nation (we call them ‘Native Americans’ does anybody ask them what they call themselves?) was paid “$914,219.” last year. The ‘very troubling’ statement came from the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development’s office. This is a cabinet level appointment (We call them Secretaries of whatever, Canadians call them Ministers of whatever.) The current Prime Minister and just about all of his appointees have the same party line and philosophy that believes it is perfectly correct to seize the property of a laid off worker who can’t pay his taxes (& whose 25 years with a company ((that closed down their Canadian operation and moved to some country where unions don’t stand a chance and virtual slavery in ’employment’ is encouraged))– left him without a job and without a prayer for any kind of compensation, sometimes even without a pension ((although Canadians can get an ‘Old Age Pension’, supplemented income— for now anyway— unless the Conservatives get their way))- ), but they won’t touch corporations who thumb their noses at regulations and owe thousands of times more money in unpaid taxes and fees. }
Gaza conflict: Israeli soldier reportedly captured as ceasefire unravels
Crystal Palace closure leaves some tourists ‘pretty mad’   { The Crystal Palace Amusement Park is in Dieppe, New Brunswick. The “Cadillac Fairview Corporation” wants to open one of its “Bass Pro Shops” either on the site of the Amusement Park or beside it. The Amusement Park is scheduled to close down on September 1st. The Ramada Inn Crystal Palace Hotel and Convention Centre and the McGinnis Landing Restaurant are scheduled to close down on October 31st. The rides from the Amusement Park “have been aquired by the Maritime Fun group of companies, which includes Magic Mountain Waterpark and will soon have a new Moncton (NB) home.” (((—Sounds like it’s greedy bad guys vs innocent kids who want to go on having fun and guess who wins? But in all honesty, I do not know the whole story behind this. ))) }
Perseid meteor shower: Watch now to beat supermoon’s brightness  { Radio Station WPKN FM in Bridgeport, Connecticut (<— Link ) has had a volunteer programmer (the uninformed would probably call him a ‘deejay’) who has for years has dedicated part of his Friday evening program to a a segment he calls “The Skies Of Bridgeport” – When a friend who was originally from the Bridgeport area ‘turned me on’ to this program I learned how to pronouce “Perseid” properly (( persie-id )) & it’s nice to know a ‘supermoon’ event is coming. 🙂 }
Why Argentina’s default feels like American bullying: Don Pittis    { This article has the subtitle: “Why did courts side with hedge funds that bought up bonds supposedly restructured in 2001?” —I believe I heard something on Coast to Coast am last night that sounded like one extraordinary ‘Psychic’ believes that the ‘banksters’ are about to be blindsided out of their perceived victorious grip on the world’s resources. }
“Other” / “More Headlines”
Canada Post thefts halt Lens Rentals Canada service   { The ‘current government’ ((regime?)) in Canada wants to dismantle Canada Post (their postal service) the same way the conservative Republicans in the US would like to dismantle the US Postal Service and sell off the rights to deliver mail and parcels to ‘Private Business Interests’. [ Remember that the definition of a Fascist Government is one that is in bed with Corporate Powers ((a.k.a. : “Banksters”)) ]  So I’m a bit suspicious here…. Lens Rentals Canada is a company that rents high-end camera lenses and other equipment to photographers across the country. Several of its packages that had been mailed through the Canada Post were apparently stolen out of a Canada Post facility in Mississauga, Ontario, ((In the western reaches of the ‘Greater Toronto Area’)). Lens Rental Canada has stopped taking orders and is shipping stuff that has already been ordered through Purolator, which is ‘majority owned by Canada Post’ but does not share any aspects of the Canada Post delivery network. }
HitchBOT takes a ‘botnap’ in Toronto during cross-Canada trek   { “HitchBot” is a cutesy creation that looks like a cross between the robot on “Lost in Space” and a muppet. A subtitle in the article says, “Experiment looks at the interaction between people and technology”  Farther down inside the article we read: “A talking robot hithiking its way across Canada is taking a rest in Toronto.” You can follow this experiment through twitter (( @hitchBOT )) }
Sanctions against Russia in phase 3, but is Vladimir Putin listening?  
Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine discovering pros and cons of social media in war
Uganda anti-gay law invalidated by constitutional court
“Exclusive” \ Canada to clinch trade deal with EU in September
‘A keen patriotic desire’: Why Canadian media embraced censorship during WWI  {  “Ideas”, a long running conversational and interview program on CBC radio one, which airs at 9 pm Eastern Time weekdays recently aired a series about the rise of propaganda and censorship and traced both back to World War One efforts to control the news that was reaching the public at large by using the media as a propaganda agency/arm of the government.
American aid worker with Ebola to be brought to U.S. for treatment  
(( & There is a slide show: )) = “Taiwan city rocked by gas explosions
“Must Watch”  ((Videos waiting for web site visitor activation))
Dog stuck in wall   { “Firefighters, police and the Arizona Human Society work to free ‘Chip’ the dog” — Looks like a two tone brown, six month old puppy (my guess) got his head stuck through a ventilation type decorative cement block in an outside wall of mostly solid cement blocks. It has a happy looking ending. }
Double wingsuit jump  
Bavarian crop circle   { An aerial shot of a 75 meter geometric pattern that appeared in a farmer’s field next to the largest interplanetary monitoring station in Germany. }
Moncton puts final touches on FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup
Soldiers with PTSD waiting up to 6 months for help  { I do believe I know Viet Nam veterans down here who would have loved to wait only 6 months for help with issues they came home with. But- maybe it’s hopeful that somebody somewhere is taking PTSD and the nightmares of returning Armed Forces people seriously. There has been an epidemic of suicides among returning soldiers in Canada as well as the USA. In Canada, many veterans have allegedly been separated from service just before they would become eligible for extended years of benefits. }
2 in hospital after domestic trailer park dispute  
((( I had one catestrophic systems crash and still finished earlier than yesterday- it is now 11:57 am in Ithaca. )))

—Added 2 of —djo—‘s poems from a back issue of the Magazine to the Magazine Archives Page here-

Thursday, 31 July, 2014. -( 26˚C / 79˚F @5:55 pm up here where the people are nice and I never get tired of that…)-

—I don’t know if subscribers get updates when we add something to one of the ‘other’ pages here- and we have a couple new subscribers whose blogs are described as ‘Literary Magazines’. I’m pretty sure they will get this note.

—If I discover that I did get subscription notice that a page was altered I won’t have to bother anybody with notices like this in the future.



Swapping Old Poems

Monday, 28 July, 2014. -( 21˚C / 70˚F @ 11:00 pm in our neck of the woods. )-

I think the following is actually the first poem that I’d written that Doug ever saw. (it was not quite all the way out of the typewriter when Doug stumbled onto it.) (I hardly ever left stuff lying around like that where just any weirdo (( who would have had to been let in, or broken in, or invited – in this case )) could happen to glance the wrong way and realize I wrote poetry now and then. Most of the guys I worked with in those days would have respected the hell out of a porn writer, but would have stepped a couple steps back and wondered how far they were from the nearest door if they know I wasn’t afraid to write poetry.)


       from a bus
                and its many meanings
(armies of idiots smiling
at something they know
but couldn’t understand)
                while many of our good ford’s cars
                string home with
                     how many
                telephone wires for guides
to how many
         finite kitchens
dining rooms and
smiling drunk barbecues and
back yards full of screaming kids and
         “EXIT 4 THREE MILES”
wives who love
         “ONE WAY”
or nag, depending
         “GO RIGHT”
on how long
their marriage has lasted
         “NEXT EXIT 2 MILES”

—————Jim Wellington (1970)


I had typed this on my old electric (suitcase model) portable typewriter. I don’t remember the make or model, but I do remember it was light blue in colour.

Both Doug and I were feeling dumped by our ‘significant others’ (but I had no idea at that time, that he’d been married and forgot something on his way to work, came home to get it and caught his wife ((Now ex-wife)) emptying their house and about to run off “with a van full of crazies from some whacko California Evangelic Christian Commune” with their daughter in tow. Doug, a security guard with a license to carry firearms, was in uniform with the gun on his hip and the crazies took off in a hurry. His wife ran out the back door and across a couple neighbours’ back yards and jumped in the van and left the baby in her car seat on the kitchen table.) So Doug’s suffering was a whole lot deeper and more profound than mine at the time. I hadn’t had a clue.

I also didn’t realize he’d read the piece of paper in the typewriter until a couple days later when he handed me one of his poems (and swore me to secrecy, the company he worked for might not trust a gun toting poet to guard their clients in those days ((1991-ish?)) )


Reincarnation & Past Life Regression?

Monday, July 21, 2014.  ( Sue (Née Morse) Rhonda D. and Tony S. All have birthdays today. &  My Sister Sharon’s Second Marriage’s Anniversary)


I’m listening to Coast To Coast A.M.  Richard Syrett is interviewing / talking to a past life regression therapist named Dr. Elena Gabor. I’m not perfectly happy to accept everything she is saying. She also admitted that a family member of hers became fascinated with the idea of hypnosis to reveal past lives after reading a book by Dr Bruce Goldberg. ( I’ll add a link to his sites later. ) I saw Dr Goldberg, I talked to him, I don’t believe everything he says either. But he is intriguing and so is the subject.

I’m one of those people who had to try to understand what life is all about, as a thirteen year old I cried myself to sleep quite a few times in deep despair, deeply troubled by the idea that there might not be a point to all this life stuff, there might not be a God, life might just stop when you die. But I had beliefs and attitudes, propensities and all that, which could not be explained as having come from anything that happened in this life. (I also had conversations with Rock and Roll Musicians inside their homes in England while I was asleep, that I almost dismissed as pure dream, pure fantasy, but then I saw a photograph of their house and it was exactly what I’d seen in the dream. I was also aware that the person I was talking to was not entirely comfortable with the fact that I was inside his house talking to him, and he tried to get rid of me by telling me I would really like his next album, which I didn’t like. It might have gone in weird new directions, but there was only one cut on the album I could relate to and wanted to hear again. But I should skip this bit because, unless that musician and I knew each other in a previous life or something, it isn’t exactly on topic. Any INFJ worth her salt would be screaming at me while I would be silently chanting to myself, “deliver us from INFJ’s”… )  (Please pardon the obscure reference to a love that was probably doomed from the start.)

Back on Topic.

When you “have the bug” or “the disease” that compels you to dive deeply into life’s deeper mysteries and you can’t go on without doing everything you can to uncover the truth- This intensity creates what has been called a “Magnetic Centre” You attract similar people and if you’re lucky, you recognize that they have the same affliction / disease / deeply seated interest that is driving you and when you find the guts to bring up subjects that might get you laughed out of the company of friends you value, you get to have some interesting, deep, sometimes inspiring, conversations.

This is what I’ve come to believe:

You can only prove the validity of reincarnation for yourself, to yourself. One of the most highly evolved persons I met in this life told me, “When you are evolved enough to leave your body at will, you can travel in time. You can follow yourself back in time to see who you were. You can also travel forward in time to see who you will probably be.” He also explained to somebody else who was more ‘into Yoga’ than I was at the time, basically the same thing, but he added, “When you can meditate deeply enough to see the perfect five-pointed star in the middle of your forehead, then you can travel upward, leave your body and travel anywhere you want to go, including traveling back and forth in time.” (I tried real hard to meditate like that and only saw the star once, I was amazed, a bit shocked to think it looked like the symbol used by the US Air Force, went up through it, saw myself kissing somewhere with a very clear background. saw this person from the side, she had long dark brown hair, I thought I found her a couple times, but no, Not until I was in my fifties (daw gone it) But so far, she was very much worth waiting for.) I have to say that when I reached that state of mind, it was so overpowering that I later thought I couldn’t remember what I wanted to do while I was ‘There”- if my life depended on it. Maybe if I’d been able to keep going that deep on a regular basis, I wouldn’t have been quite so overpowered and awestruck and I might have been able to go places and do things.

So, I’m an Experientialist, { If you haven’t experienced something, it doesn’t exist in your model of the world, this life or whatever. }

And part of my experientialist journey through this life time includes visiting previous lives in dreams. I’ve been to Paris (where I was an artist a couple of life times back, where my sister from this life was in love with a jerk who always had to be the centre of attention, she married him this time around, he turned out to be a complete jerk, hit her with his fists more than once and was last seen running up the street, afraid  for his life with the real love of my sister’s life hot on his heals.) India (where I was trying to get to see Emporer Krishna to tell him about somebody who was abusing power), Egypt (where I was initiated by meditating in pitch blackness at a particular spot beneath the Great Pyramid), and Atlantis ( where a sagacious masculine voice explained that I was trying to help the animal-human hybrids (( Cross breeding experiments, who had been used as slave labour )) ((( Edgar Cayce said they were referred to as the ‘Things” ))) . Several of them rebelled in a bid to gain the same rights as humans and while I was trying to bring them food and morale support, the army moved in and pushed them all over a very high cliff, and pushed me off with them. The very wise voice explained that this incident is what caused my rebellious streak, and leads me not to trust the military and authoritarian types in general. )

I’ve also dreamed about running out into the rain in pure elation on the banks of the Seine River in Paris and later saw photos that looked very much like what I dreamed.

I’ve gone to parts of this country I have never been to before and knew exactly what I would see on the other side of a mountain.

I have had my world shaken up in both positive and not so comfortable ways when meeting someone for the first time in this life and come to the conclusion that this person must have been important to me in a previous life.

I’ve also dreamed that I was being given a tour of ‘Heaven’ and I was extraordinarily disappointed because it looked way too much like this world. (( When I complained to somebody about that, I was reminded that Somebody said, “In my Father’s house, there are many mansions.” Which, my friend believed, means that there are all kinds of worlds and dimensions and levels. There may be areas of the Astral universe that look a lot like our physical universe. There are supposed to be three distinct universes, the physical, the astral and the causal. There may be something else beyond the Causal Universe, but we’re not supposed to know what that might be while we’re here. ))

Does this prove anything? Ask me when you see me “on the Other Side”. 🙂

——— d.j.o. ——


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


Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

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

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

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

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

( don’t hold your breath )

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


—enough for today?