Of #Montreal And #PitBulls

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.

Montreal & Pit Bulls
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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 ———

Oh No – More Bad News From Canada and France –

Friday Morning, July 15th, 2016 — 66°F / 19°C & Clear with slightly more than half a moon shining over Ithaca at 1:30 AM. —

I thought I had convinced myself to get out of the ‘Bad News’ business.

Nice, France -Police car -
The Globe and Mail might be a Right Wing Propaganda outlet – But there’s too much about this photo that feels way out of context – for me not to post this one first.

— As of last count – 80 peaceful people who went to see fireworks are dead in Nice, France – on the Coast near France’s border with Italy. Some man with a truck full of guns and grenades plowed through hundreds of French civilians out celebrating Bastille Day, their national holiday on a par with our Fourth of July or Canada’s Canada Day.

— Too many “Lone Wolf” crazies are blamed for atrocities like this. Eye-witnesses reported that Sirhan Sirhan was glassy-eyed and firing at nothing when he supposedly assassinated Robert F Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald was a C.I.A. Operative who followed orders when he defected to Russia, was welcomed back quietly to the USA after completing his mission over there, when a real defector would probably have been locked up and tried for treason or accused of being a spy for Russia. Ted Kazinski was the victim of MK Ultra type brainwashing, so was the guy who assassinated John Lennon. So was the guy who climbed the ‘Texas Tower’ and massacred the first victims of a so-called Lone Wolf Attack.

This bull shit has to end.

Map of France and Headline asking for blood donors.
CNN reports the French are calling out for Blood Donors in response to last night’s terror attack in Nice.

— Television screens are playing and replaying an aerial view of the truck charging at people along a beach who were there to watch the fireworks. CNN gives us a slightly truncated map of France with Nice highlighted by a red bullseye dot.

Students (?) with their hands locked behind their heads cross a street somewhere.
“US reacts to Nice Attack”

— And Now I have a Bruce Cockburn song ringing in my memory = “The trouble with ‘Normal’ is it always gets worse.”

Cartoon character looking sad with a photo of a body covered with a green and white cloth behind the cartoon.
And – What may have been the most Positive tweet on the subject of the Nice, France attack is a message from Greece , “Pray for France”.

— Unfortunately, that’s not the only bad news battering us tonight.

Photo of the girl reported kidnapped, now believed to be dead.
“Authorities” in Calgary, Alberta reported that they believe they have found the body of a five year old girl who has been the subject of an Amber Alert since Tuesday. I ran this photo because the one that came with the blurb saying they think they found her body struck me as being the wrong photo to put up here.

— Was it last year or the year before that a boy about the same age as this girl was kidnapped and his grandparents murdered, and the boy was found dead shortly thereafter in the Canadian midwest?

— Argh!

Heavily armored police choking demonstrators.
Democracy Now reports that a newspaper has questioned the police over their claim that they felt their lives were threatened by demonstrators in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
"Every morning I wake up on the wrong side of Capitalism"
I’m not sure where this photo was taken, but it seems to go along with the photo in the tweet above this one. There is too much history of police brutally defending the rich and powerful from imagined threats by the not-rich and the not-powerful.
Hillary and GMOs.
Hillary Might be the lesser of two evils. Somebody said that if a male candidate said exactly what she says, it would not cause a major controversy. If you remember Ronny Raygun as being made of teflon, Hillary is more like velcro.

— “Never have two such divisive candidates been running for the office of the President of the United States.” Almost nobody is neutral about either of the two obvious front-runners for their parties’ coronation at the conventions coming up this month.

— The most encouraging thing I heard lately about the upcoming US Federal Elections is that the Astrological aspects that are right now amplifying the all pervading atmosphere of fear in the USA will have abated and people will be looking for stability on election day, as opposed to the wide-spread paranoia and xenophobia that almost has too many of our countrymen and women believing that we need an immigrant proof wall around the USA if we ever want to sleep soundly without the fear of being murdered in our beds. Personally, I think GMOs are a bigger threat than Mexicans desperately looking a job that most ‘Americans’ wouldn’t take on a bet. I won’t even mention what one friend said about people waking up and realizing they’ve been sold into slavery if ‘Donald J Chump’ is elected.

"Asset Recycling" defined.
And not everything is peaches and cream in Canada, either. Everybody I know, and like and care about up there breathed a heavy sigh of relief with the Conservative Party and especially Stephen Harper was/were voted out of office last autumn. But now it looks and sounds like a lot of shenanigans and ‘business as usual’ is threatening to sell out the citizens of Canada to the highest bidder.

— Too much fast talking – too much wool being pulled over too many citizen’s eyes – is a problem in Canada, too.

"Why civilian oversight of Police Departments usually fails.
“Why civilian oversight of Police Departments Usually Fails”

— Remember the original teevee series “Get Smart”? I distinctly remember Don Adams as Agent 86 summarizing their adventures in one episode to Barbara Feldon with, “But we have to murder, rape, kidnap and assassinate-” To which Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 asks, “Why is that, Max?” To which he replies, “Because we’re the good guys!” And then he suddenly looks just a little bit confused.

Young Highland Cow?
& Now – to lighten up a bit. We’re talking about getting cows in our game world that look a little like this guy. I think this is a highland cow, maybe not –

— That was probably a young cow or bull in Iceland.

— Did I tell ya that temperature maps reported that the high temperature was 84°F on Alaska’s North Shore today?

Tallulah Gorge in Georgia, with bright autumn foliage.
And this gorge looks an awful lot like what Jim was trying to get a stream in his first attempt at building an area in our game to look like.

— Yeah, I’m grasping at straws to leave you with a bit of optimism tonight.

Don't blindly accept criticism/advice.
I remember some advice that I was given the first time I took my sanity into my own hands and nervously subjected myself and my writing to a creative writing workshop, “Don’t believe anybody else’s criticism of your work comes from the mouth of God. Take it all in, think about it. Live with it for a day or two and sincerely see if it applies to what you’ve just written. Change what you need to change, and defend what you don’t need to change.”

—  gaaaaa – I’ve said too much, as usual –,

—djo—

— And I thought I could flash in and zoom out of here —

Sunday, July 10th, 2016 — 64°F / 18°C & Still Cloudy in Ithaca @ 1:30 pm — 

Cliff of Half Past Human dot com tweets about escalating police violence.
When this guy tweets something, everybody should pay attention. — djo—

— Ack + 1/2 —

Cliff from Half Past Human dot com knows what he’s talking about. If he’s warning us about something, it’s important to all of us.

— 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

 

Forwarded: Stages in Moral Growth and Politix

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

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

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New Brunswick, Canada, September 8, 2015:

Stages in Moral Growth

& The Politix of Fear – The Politix of Mean

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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— The Politix of Fear.

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

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

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

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

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

— Don’t buy it —

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

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

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

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

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~~~~~ Jim

 

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 —