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 ———

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Sunday, 26 October, 2014 – New Week – Cleaner Slate?

Sunday, 26 October, 2014  -( 48˚F / 9˚C –  Overcast & The Sun Poked Through   @ 11:15 am near Ithaca )-  -( 43˚F / 6˚C –  Grey and Very Wet Outiside  @ 12:45 pm Closer to Halifax —jda—)-    { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— }

—New Week? Clean Slate?—

 { Waiting for the ‘fit to hit the shan’? }

Economic Warfare
Retweeted: “UK is the 6th richest Nation, yet 13 Million live in poverty & they’ve had the highest fall in living standards since 1870” = Ekonomic Warfare = That’s the plan we’ve heard that ‘Banksters’ have been trying to institute lately- -djo-
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 { We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }

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 Other Sources:

domonstration against oil sands
Re-Tweeted: DenisMcCready ‏@DenisMcCready 2h2 hours ago
Au final plus de 2500 personnes @ Sorel-Tracy contre le transport de pétrole sur le fleuve St-Laurent. Qc en marche!” = “@DenisMcCready –  In the end more than 2500 persons @ Sorel-Tracy against the transportation of oil on the St. Lawrence River. Quebec is marching!

{   “Anyone who would give up a little liberty for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.” —Benjamin Franklin   }

{ “Any politician, police, military, or would be authoritarian of any stripe, who would capitalize on an event like yesterday’s in Ottawa: clearly does not deserve any respect at all, let alone the authority they demand.” — douglas j otterson }

 { Here’s a quote for you, not about yesterday and Ottawa but the philosophy applies: “The critical studies about #Ferguson in a decade will be fascinating. Because we are building this plane as we fly.” —deray mckesson }

French Cartoon.
“What can one do to reduce the fear of terrorism?” / “Click!”
70,000 dead fish in Ohio.
Tweeted, “It is the legeslators who should go to Jail for this-” 70,000 dead fish in Ohio? —Frack Halliburton?—

{ Friday appears to be the Stephen Harper Show: Anywhere the Video News crews were, Harper was centre stage. -djo- }

http://www.cbc.ca/news/

 

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Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: ‘Are “THEY” trying to push you until somebody pushes back, so they can come down hard, institute Martial Law, claiming that, if you stand up for your rights, you are are a terrorist?’

Cluster Boxes Suck
A Bedford, N.S., woman has questions for Canada Post after she discovered the keys for her new community mailbox open not only her own mailbox, but at least one of her neighbour’s as well.

Exit polls show Ukraine overwhelmingly elects pro-West parliament  { * – “Exit poll shows pro-Europe parties have swept a parliamentary vote in Ukraine, an election result expected to strengthen President Petro Poroshenko’s mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but also possibly fuel tension with Russia.”  – *  —djo—  *** But Major Ed Dames, one or our best known ‘Remote Viewers’ says Ukraine is about to fall apart- & I don’t know whether this might happen from within, or will somebody else attack and ‘conquer’ the country. // Or, is the Major such a staunch conservative that he believes that if a country goes ‘Liberal’ it has committed suicide in his eyes? ***  —djo—  }

The slayings of Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent: How the week unfolded   { * –  “The events of this week won’t be soon forgotten by most Canadians — two soldiers killed in two separate attacks days apart. Here’s a look back at how the week unfolded.” – * But, what worries me is the idea that there are unethical power mad ‘ice-holes’ who believe they have the right to manipulate situations like these, to target, torture, train and activate marginalized individuals, send them off to commit crimes like we saw this week, sacrifice a few honest men and seize more power- manipulate everybody into surrendering their rights and liberties and turn this world into hell.  —jim w— }

N.S. woman shocked new community mailbox key opens neighbour’s mailbox too   { See photo- }

-Updated- CBC’s relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has ‘come to an end’   {  }

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Crown honouring Cpl. Cirillo.
Hamilton, Ontario City Hall as Cpl. Cirillo’s body arrived.

Sunday: 25 October, 2014 – “Developing News” Flashing Headlines:  ?

Jian Ghomeshi to sue CBC for $50 million   {  }

President Poroshenko on track to win Ukraine election   {  }

PM says Ukraine shows courage  in face of Putin aggression   {  }

2nd worker in critical condition after Sarnia, Ont., blast   {  }

13 European banks told to fix finances after flunking review    {  }

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-UPdated- Spurned affection for girl possible motive in Washington school shooting  { * Authorities are seeking a motive as to why a high school student in Washington shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. *  —djo—  *** yeah, yeah, if ya can’t find a radicalized jihadi, or a Canadian? – try to blame it on a woman? *** —jim w— }

& the special sub section today entitled: “Attack in Ottawa” is still in evidence.

 

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Santa's helpers in training
“Santa’s helpers in training.”

“Offbeat”

Do you have what it takes to get through ‘Santa School’?   {  }

Despicable Me minion makes birthday appearance at Sask. farm   {   }

Halloween dog parade in New York   {  }

Biological models: What aliens would look like and why   { *** Last week on Coast to Coast A.M. an expert on abduction cases etc. said that the only alien hybrids we see on this planet look exactly like you and me. They have almost no idea how we interact with each other or how to act in social situations. He also said most of them can control us using ‘mind control power’ from lobes in their brains that we don’t use, and we can’t control them- If this scares you, call on the arch-angels, especially Michael- or Jesus, or The Prophet -God bless him continuously with ever expanding bliss- Or a couple others that have direct lines to God- Or call on God yourself. The Divine hears every thought and whisper, and if you call out to the Divine, in whatever form you have your strongest faith, -unless your faith is in darkness- The Divine will answer. You are never alone. The bad guys can’t touch you unless you invite them to. *** —jim w— }

‘Organic genderless gingerbread figures’ might be the most politically correct cookies in esixtence   {   }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, not longer with CBC   {   }

Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, off the air to deal with ‘personal issues’   {   }

Man arrested after Ottawa police officer punched in the face   {   }

St-Alexis woman dead after car crashes into her home   {  }

Bedford woman shocked her mail key opens neighbour’s mailbox  {   }

Stabbing at Wonderland kills man, leaves another critical   {   }

Ottawa shooting: the face-to-face encounter that ended the attack on Parliament   {   }

High fidelity 2.0: How your favourite music could sound even better  {  }

Kelowna Airport: Man in custodyafter Edmonton-Kelowna-Calgary flight threatened   {   }

Ottawa shooting: a look back at how the week unfolded   {   }

-15 photo slide show- The week in pictures, Oct. 18-24   {   }

harper sux donkey dicks
This was Tweeted last week.
Ebola CartoonBeer, burgers and cigarettes kill way more than Ebola.
“Yeah- It’s like the flu kills more people every year than the ‘pandemics’ the fear mongers are trying to terrorize us with-” —djo— // seconded by ———jim w——

 

-Blog- Readers concerned, confused by n>S. woman’s mailbox key  {  }

 

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Other:

Woman dead, husband seriously injured after car crashes into bedroom  {   }

Iraq soldiers retake town outside Baghdand held by ISIS   {  }

Man hit with stun gun, arrested after police officer punched in the face   {  }

U.S. Ebola quarantines could deter health workers from helping fight epidemic    {  }

Tribal community says Washington school shooter was ‘happy-go-lucky, normal kid’    {  }

2nd worker in critical condition after explosion in southwestern Ont.    {  }

Hong Kong protesters scrap vote on what to do next    {  }

CBC Ideas: Is Islam the ‘green’ religion?    {  }

13 European banks flunk central bank’s stress test    {  }

Frankline discovery: Searchers consider ‘winter dive’ to explore Erebus further    {  }

Man taken into custody in B.C. after WestJet flight threatened    {  }

‘Nude’ judge set to argue inquiry panel should toss misconduct probe   {  }

Montreal Muslim teeb’s ‘not in my name’ Facebook post goest viral   {  }

RCMP takes over Ottawa shooting investigation, OPP to probe police conduct   {   }

-Must Watch-  Sens, Habs, Leafs stand together in pre-game ceremonies    {   }

-Must Watch-  15th imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival wraps    {   }

-Must Watch-  Bridge connects mountain peaks    {   }

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Sitting, the ‘new smoking’ is killing us and costing the economy billions   { * So- should we be prepared for representatives of the Corporate Plutacracy -read that: ‘corporate based fascist government’- to begin arresting and executing people for sitting down too often? If you believe this is far-fetched, wait until you learn that somebody has copyrighted your dna and quietly had laws passed giving them the power to dictate what you can and can’t do about reproducing and ‘misusing’ the dna that they now ‘own’. And another thing: Even if ‘sitting is costing the economy billions’, how much do you think black ops budgets, and under-reported military spending are costing? More like trillions.*  —djo— *** And your governments have huge income streams that they hope you never find out about, because they do not need to tax you the way they do. Governments are fraudulently extorting money from you. Source: CAFR1.com  —jim w— * }

-Analysis- Should we stop intervening in the Middle East? Nahlah Ayed   {   }

Chinese government hackers allegedly attack Apple’s iCloud  { * One guy I met told me that the leaders in China were space-alien hybrids, “And not the good aliens, either.” -Which could be true in the poetic sense, if not literal? But, when you can’t believe anything our government tells us, and you can’t believe anything the corporate media tells us? Should we all stand in a big circle and play Kazoo music until they shut up and go home and leave us alone? *  —djo— }

-Recap- World Series:   { * Saturday’s game was won by the Giants 11-4. Friday, the Royals beat the Giants 3-2. Game 2: Royals beat Giants 7-2. Tuesday, Game 1: Giants beat Royals 7-1.  So after 4 games they are tied with 2 games each —djo—  }

"Secret Space Plane"
“Secret Space Plane”

U.S. Robotic space plane lands after secret 2-year journey around Earth   { * What we thought was a slip-up in which somebody might have admitted that there were several space craft around Mars when the comet did a fly-by, was amended by NASA to explain that 3 satellites are in orbit around Mars and they were told to hide behind the planet when the comet approached. *  —jim w— }

-Must Watch- CF-18 fighter jets head to Kuwait    { * Why would I want to watch that? Or the video of 100 snakes that were found in somebody’s house? *  —djo— }

===== There are no new “Editor’s Picks” today =====

Wednesday: -Editor’s Pick- Glenn Greenwald in conversation about secrets, transparency and digital future  { * Now this is what I would call a “Must Watch” * —djo— }

Wednesday:-Editor’s Pick- Global deaths for communicable diseases compared   { * I wonder if they meant to say “-deaths FROM communicable diseases-” Are we on this planet to serve the bacteria? Are we dying for diseases? Ya think that might have been a Freudian sleep?  😉  —djo— }

Wednesday: -Editor’s Pick- Indian status: Why Lynn Gehl’s court challenge matters   { * Heck yes, When The Angels of Light come here and show everybody what’s been going on, instead of just clearing things up with “life reviews” between lives –  Can you imagine what would happen if they stand there and say, “Well, you’ve got two choices here, you can give the country back to its true owners and pay the First Nations the full value of what you stole from them, or you can go to hell.—”  * —djo—  *** Instead of doing everything you can to turn this planet into hell? ***  —jim w— }

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-World- Exoskeleton enables paralyzed groom to walk down the aisle  {  }

-Canada- Six indigenous cookbooks to warm you up   { * & Hey! Nobody caught the miss-spelling of ‘indigenous’ yesterday- *  —djo— }

-Business- Apple’s iCloud believed attacked by Chinese government hackers   { * While the Canadian Prime Minister was busy kissing their butts? *   —djo— }

-Politics- Cyberbullying bill draws fire from diverse mix of critics   {  }

-Politics- Federal government still mum on how to spend surplus   {  }

-Community- ‘Sexy’ kids Halloween costumes ifnite fierce debate about parental responsibility   {  }

 

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“Local / New Bruswick”

David Kelly, longtime Fredericton city councillor, has died   {  }

Cap-Pelé home invasion sends man to hospital   {  }

Base Gagetown shuts down access for hunters   {  }

CBC’s relationship with Jian Ghomeshi has ‘come to an end’   {  }

 

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seattle totem
“Seattle Totem”

“First Nations”

Nunavut MLA Nuqingaq expelled from legislative assembly   { *On Friday morning, Justice Minister Paul Okalik moved to pass a motion that Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq be immediately expelled from the legislature and his seat be declared vacant.* & * – Uqqummiut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq, who represents Clyde River and Qikiqtarjuaq, has been expelled from the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. – The vote happened Friday morning in Iqaluit, when Justice Minister Paul Okalik tabled a motion that said he wanted Nuqingaq immediately expelled from the legislature and his seat declared vacant. – “Over the past year, far too much of the legislature’s time has been spent on the conduct of the member of Uqqummiut,” Okalik said. –  ​In the motion, Okalik said Nuqingaq had been disciplined by the legislative assembly “on a number of occasions for this unacceptable conduct, including persistent absences from sittings of the House and meetings of its committees and caucuses without reasonable explanation.” – ​In April, the 42-year-old faced two charges, one count of being unlawfully in a dwelling house and one count of assault. – MLAs voted to suspend Nuqingaq from the legislature following those charges. During that time, he sought treatment for alcohol addiction in Nova Scotia.​ – Later on in the article there is a mention that he underwent treatment for alcohol addiction. *  —jim w— }

-Point of View- Defeathering Halloween: 3 things to keep in mind about headdresses  { * Let’s de-feather the issue and take a naked look at the headdress. There are three things to know about the feather headdress. :

1. Who wears them?
The headdress was sacred and still is to many indigenous cultures like the Plains Cree and the Lakota people.

2. How do you get one?
They were not just handed out willy nilly, you know.They have to be earned and gifted in ceremony. Only the most fearless leaders and warriors traditionally wore them. It is kind of a big deal.

3. Why is it important to First Nations cultures?
Again, because it is a sacred item. You don’t see people running around with yarmulkes or hijabs in colourful mockery trying to be trendy.

& You don’t see people mocking soldiers’ bravery by wearing medals they didn’t earn either-  —djo— }

Edmund Metatawabin visits Winnipeg to discuss his life, book   { * Residential school survivor Edmund Metatawabin’s Governor General’s Literary Award-nominated book Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History is a horrific account of residential school life but it includes a call for action and a hopeful message. *   —djo—  }

imagineNA TIVE’s Shane Belcourt on directing, dance and #MMIW  {  }

Nunavut justice system ‘failing children and youth’: Inuit group  {  }

-Photos- Arviat youth use art workshops to discuss difficult topics  {  }

Tsilhqot’in chief hanged in 1864 exonerated by B.C. Premier Christy Clark  {  }

Yukon fashion designer set for Paris runway  {  }

Film tells story of Inuk man who died in RCMP custody  {  }

Manitoba dam protesters demand revenue sharing, hydro bill help  {  }

Residential school survivors in Nunavut confused about education credit   {  }

Top 10 indigenous films of all time   {  }

Who gets to be ‘Indian’: 6 reasons why Lynn Gehl’s court challenge matters   {  }

Grandmothers play key role helping families in North Central   {  }

Closing arguments begin in case of fed underfunding aboriginal child services   {  }

=== Previous Articles: ===

5 top picks for the imagineNA TIVE film festival  {  }

Diabetes support, prevention urged for Eskasoni   {  }

New women’s shelters planned in Cree communities   {  }

Edmonton jury selection process to be reviewed   {  }

Methadone treatment needs review, First Nations leader says    { * & I remember when they used to call Methadone “Rockefeller’s dope” *  —djo— }

Music NB awards should include aboriginal category, exec says    {  }

Defence wants mistrial in Douglas Hales murder case   {  }

Shale gas protester admits assaulting RCMP officer in Rexton   {  }

-Special Report-‘Canada’s Worst Neighbourhood’ needs more attention: community leaders, residents  {  }

-Audio-Wikwemikong group releases Anishinaabe language app   {  }

Winnipeg Indigenous Rock the Vote drums up encouragement  {  }

Move over Paleo: Six indeigenous cookbooks to warm you up    {  }

Manitoba Hydro evicted from northern dam station   {  }

6 things to know about N.W.T.’s infrastructure plans   {  }

Ouellette announces plan to make Winnipeg safer for Aboriginal women   {  }

University of Regina said the number of First Nations students is up by 50 per cent over the past 5 years  {  }

Food Banks Canada project to deliver fresh food to remote First Nations   {  }

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

Healing garden planned to remember residential schools in St. Albert   {  }

{ First Nations [ ‘Aboriginal’ but some First Nations object to that title, so we renamed it, even if CBC still calls it ‘aboriginal’ ] page virtually unchanged since yesterday.  —djo— }

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 { Editorial? :  This from ———jda——— :

– “Thursday, 23 October, 2014 – Ack! We live in a violent culture. Nobody under the age of responsibility planned it this way, at least not in this lifetime. – When the television programmes you plunk your kids down in front of are violent— When their sports are violent— When somebody out there has decided that your games and distractions should all be violent—- Why didn’t you see this coming? – Good, honest young men and women are being duped into taking up arms to support one lie against another. Embrace the love of life. Embrace the love of love. Embrace the preciousness of every life on this planet. Support each other. – To hell with the ideas that kill. To hell with philosophies that say it’s okay to kill for king and country. – We were not told, “Thou shalt not kill unless your government tells you to-” — We were not told, “Thou shalt not kill unless the controlling, obsessive men who took over and subverted your religions tell you to.” — Do not pray for vengeance. – Pray for guidance. Pray for protection from the lies that too many of our contemporaries allow to control their lives. – Pray we call come together and dismiss the governments and (small r) religions that allow darkness to smirk and laugh themselves silly because they’ve been pulling the strings and spitting out the words that convince you that you are working God’s Will when you believe you have the right to destroy the lives of any of God’s Children. – Get thee behind us, thou dupes of the dark side. – Unzip the uniforms and find there are Children of God inside. Burn down the deceptions and realize that any true Religion nurtures your body, mind, soul and spirit, and tells you that we are all one spirit. We are all children of the same divine intelligence. – Smash your delusions and realize we are all One. Before it’s too late. ———jda——— 

// Response from Cathi Harris: “Beautiful!”  —jim w— }

 

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{ Almost 6:15 pm EDT —Ready to Rock and Roll— & Thankful for help from Jim W again, & especially since he is working today with a bruised rib, ouch!  —And also from “—jda—“ again this time —   ———djo——— }

Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

{Copied and Pasted from “Future Vision” ———Thank You, Jim, *Emergency at my night-time ‘day job’ 😦 * }

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Wednesday, 10 September, 2014  -( 55˚F / 13˚C – clear, cool & breezy ‘somewhere east of Ithaca @ 11:11 am Atlantic Time —jim )-

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

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

{ Doug asked me to at least start today’s News Headlines, he’s tied up at work- —————Jim }

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Link to Special Report on today’s Internet Slowdown, by Evan Greer @ the guardian   >>—-> Article on Net Neutrality, by Evan Greer

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Fire fighter clearing snow-laeden branches from power lines in Calgary.
Up to a foot of snow was forecast for Calgary on Yesterday’s Weather Network updates- the weather guy said he couldn’t guarantee power outages, but they were probably likely.

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Lead Articles:

-New- ‘Miserable Calgary snowstorm downs power lines, causes travel alerts   { See Photo above — Jim   }

British PM says if Scotland leaves UK, they leave pound   {  }

Obama to outline military, political efforts to fight ISIS   {  }

Canadian special forces advisers already in Iraq, MPs told   {  }

Ex-SNC Lavalin VP charged with fraud re: Montreal hospital   {  }

Franklin ship discovery opens ‘new chapter in the mystery’   {  }

Home Depot security hack: What to do if your cards are breached   {  }

5 things Obama needs to address in tonight’s ISIS strategy speech   {  }

 

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boy on a beach with an arrowhead in his hand.
Nova Scotian -Jack Milloy- with his 1500 year old arrowhead.

“Offbeat”

‘Superhero’ tow truck driver catches thief in daring confrontation { * & If you think about it- we see everyday ‘Superheroes’ everywhere we go -maybe somebody needs to acknowledge more of them ————Jim }

Anna Wintour’s old-school flip phone sparks conversation about ‘tech shaming’ { Anna Wintour is Vogue’s editor-in-chief. This article says she is well-known for keeping up with what’s hot and cool in fashion, but maybe she relaxed a bit too much when she allowed herself to be seen using an older cell phone? Why doesn’t somebody wonder if she isn’t making a fashion statement? Maybe the retro phone belonged to somebody else who had to share something with her on the spur of the moment? Maybe she almost got herself beamed up to to the Starship Enterprise? }

A better way to keep ice cream creamy? Add okra slime   { Sounds awful- like the latest variation on pink slime? But okra, with its slimy texture is a pod-like vegetable that is popular in the Southern U.S. and South Asia.  In India and Pakistan it is often deep-fried to un-slime-ify it? < my weird grammar —jim— > & In Louisiana, it is used in gumbo as a thickening agent. Canadian scientists are looking into adding the vegetable to frozen treats as a natural stabilizer. What’s so “Offbeat” about something like that?   }

1,500-year-old arrowhead found by Nova Scotia boy   { & I can see why Doug gets sidetracked while going through this stuff, there’s a lot here that is very interesting. —jim }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Canadian Tire money – love it, hate it, can’t bear to throw it out: Don Pittis   { I think I heard that Canadian Tire will be changing the look of some of its Canadian Tire money and might be coming out with an electronic/digital version that can be loaded onto ATM cards. —jim }

Sex and back pain: University of Waterloo study suggests best positions to spare  your spine   { And you thought Masters and Johnson were racy?  —jim }

Calgary snowstorm knocks out power to parts of city   { See above? }

Justin Bieber booed at Fashion Rocks in Brooklyn   { I remember being his age and feeling like every adult on earth was part of a conspiracy to make my life unbearable. Multiply that times a thousand and maybe that’s what if feels like to be Justin Bieber right about now- living in goldfish bowl under a super duper media microscope? -Give the kid a break already-  —jim }

Scotland Independence vote: U.K. PM David Cameron begs for unity   { Polls must not be going his way? Suddenly there’s a lot of anxious rhetoric going on over there.  —jim }

Nude man bites police dog after wild car chase   { -Why isn’t this in the “Offbeat” section? }

Le Château rocked by brutal competition: Dianne Buckner   { Dianne Buckner hosts ‘Dragons’ Den’ on CBC teevee and covers entrepreneurs for the CBC- Le Château is a 55-year-old women’s fashion retailer whose founder claims he introduced bell-bottoms to Canada in the 70’s – The chain has 226 stores, 2,600 employees and boasts tht almost 35% of its production is done in Canada – They’re worried about their stock prices dropping recently – They’ve been ‘re-branding’ during the last couple years, hoping to lure ‘older- more sophisticated’ customers into their stores. So maybe it’s not the end of their world? — & I’m feeling like I’m in over my head trying to understand anything to do with the fashion world— —jim }

Canadian university costs to rise 13 per cent over 4 years: report   { —Coincidence? : This headline is sitting across from a tweet from @ConspiracyWATCH – “The first thing a tyrannical government does is control learning”  — We should figure out if we can add one of those twitter update widgets to our blogs here? —jim  }

-10 photo slide show- Franklin expedition ship discovery   { Last night someone asked why Stephen Harper was so hot about this issue – Maybe he thinks it strengthens Canada’s claims to the ‘Northwest Passage’ which is thawing out lately with this ‘not-really-global-warming’ climate change. }

Tweet from the Nation
The Nation joins Internet Slowdown.

-Blog- Netflix, Reddit join ‘internet slowdown net neutrality protest  { & the Nation joined, too – & I’m getting a lot of action on my twitter feed today. Most of it is along the lines of “Stand Up for Internet Freedom” & Other stuff from “Fight for The Future”, including: “This is why your internet is slow. It will get worse, unless we stop it now: battleforthenet.com #InternetSlowdown ”

 

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Other:

David Cameron says Scottish independence would break his heart   {  }

Students need deeper pockets to afford soaring university fees, report says   { And Canada is not the victim of the U.S. style student load conspiracy — not yet? —jim }

Judge to unveil verdict in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial {  }

Inmates and suicide: Prison watchdog’s report looks at shortcomings in prevention   {  }

All in the wrist? Apple Watch, iPhone 6 models unveiled   { -& the iWatch is not a stand-alone thing, you would have to have an iPhone to make it work. Doug’s right, we expected better from Apple. —jim }

Pot use by teens linked with harmful effects in young adulthood   { —Um, one of my friends yelled out “Every alcoholic I ever met started out on milk!” during an anti-pot talk in school. I know people who survived their teens only by using pot to escape from family and social pressures. I know a few people who never outgrew it- some who might have stopped growing intellectually and/or emotionally and/or ‘morally’ because of pot use- but I have no idea whether they would have grown/developed any better without it. —jim }

David Soknacki quits Toronto mayoral race  { And yesterday Doug found the suggestion that Michael Moore should run for mayor of Toronto. I don’t know if he could, but THAT would be interesting.  —jim }

-Must Watch- Man survives flood    { This video shows a van and person being swept into a ravine in or around Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – }

-Must Watch- Mike Tyson and Rob Ford   {  }

-Must Watch- Toronto house collapse   { A home being renovated in Toronto collapsed on three men who were working in the basement. One of them died. 😦 }

-World- Ukraine promises more autonomy to rebellious east   {  }

-World- India, Pakistan floods endangering thousands due to river breach   {  }

-Canada- Lightning strike burns N.L. ski resort lift   { “N.L.” = Newfoundland & Labrador }

-Canada- Organized crime-related arrests in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia  {  }

-Politics- NDP plots strategy of ‘contrast’ to tackle resurgent Liberal Party   {   }

-Politics- Renowned dominatrix briefs Senate on revised prostitution bill   { -Who says Canadians don’t have fun? Wouldn’t it have been great to be a psychic fly on the wall feeling all the politicians reactions to this one? —jim }

-Politics- Iraq crisis: Canadians on the ground in Iraq, Rob Nicholson says   {  }

-Business- Half of Canadians could not survive a 1-week pay delay   {  }

-Health- Payments to Canada’s doctors reach $22.8 Billion   {  }

-Health- Slash added sugar intake, heart group advises Canadians   { & I found that headline awkward to understand, maybe ‘Cut back on sugar’ would have been more clear? —jim  }

-Health- Ebola death toll rises to 2,296, WHO reports   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Catherine Keener lauds Canada’s Xavier Dolan at TIFF   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- U2 drops surprise album at Apple unveiling   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Chris Rock’s movie Top Five sells for reported $12.5 at TIFF   {  }

-Community- Size matters: Apple launch generates massive buzz online   { One headline about the iWatch wondered if it would be a fashion ‘no-no’ —jim }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Woodlot owners upset by Irving shipping Crown wood to Nova Scotia   {  }

J.P. Lewis: David Alward stuck on defensive in leaders’ debate   {  }

Organized crime-related searches ongoing in 8 communities   {  }

Ex-Tory Bev Harrison aims to win Hampton with the NDP   {  }

“New Brunswick Votes 2014”

New Brunswick election: Party leaders focus on jobs, shale gas in debate   {  }

 

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David Coon [leader of the New Brunswick Green Party] has tweeted :

“Introduce citizenship studies and outdoor education curriculum to promote healthy, active lifestyles and community…”

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{ 1:42 pm / 12:42 Eastern Time : emailing results to Doug in Ithaca —————jim — Looks good to me— ———djo——— }

Saskatchewan Government Orders SaskPower to remove Smart Meters = Fire Hazard.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014. -(24˚C / 75˚F @ 5:40 pm Where I’m at.)-

((( Sounds like a busy night for Coast to Coast am News Watchers.)))

Scrolling headlines in the ‘Crawl’ on the CBC News Channel here has a couple interesting items. One is the blurb about the Province Of Saskatchwan’s  Government Ordering their power company to end its Smart Meter Programme.  The first couple times I saw the message it said “Sask Power to remove Smart Meters over Fire Hazard”. Somebody changed the Message to read, “Saskatchewan Gov’t Orders SaskPower to End Smart Meter Program”

Another Message of Note: “Excessive drinking of Soda Impairs Teenagers’ Brains”

& ‘Let’s die at least defending our land,’ says Ontario’s First Nations Chief’

‘Gas company sues tiny village for $1.5M – 5 times its annual budget’  ((I have to link this one)) —> Town of 168 People in Quebec <— Because the village passed a by-law establishing a no-drill zone near its potable water sources. (Radio-Canada)

Couple gets threatening letter for flying gay pride flag.

{Also = not direct quotes:

The G20 handling of riots by Toronto Police – Plus the Toronto Police handling of the Mayor Rob Ford Alleged Crack Cocaine smoking Video – led to the Toronto Police Board Not appointing Chief Of Police Bill Blair to a third term.  }

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((((( I could not find all of the above stories on my local cbc.ca/news page here. )))))

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This is from a Friend on Facebook:

“Steam Injection Fracking Caused Major Alberta Bitumen Leak | The Tyee
thetyee.ca
Review finds fractures spread like cracks on a frozen lake, resulting in uncontrolled seepage.”
From Linked Page:
A new independent technical review on the cause of a large and costly 2013 bitumen leak in northern Alberta found a form of hydraulic fracturing that injects steam into the ground to be the main culprit.
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Should I include the headline, “Devoted octopus mom holds her eggs for 4.5 years”?
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-Let’s hope the good stuff (above) isn’t just a weird leak of positive news from a parallel dimension.
 —————Jim

Today’s Headlines from the CBC

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. -( 61°F / 16°C & Mostly Cloudy @ 9:58 am in Ithaca, New York State )-

To be fair, I got these headlines from CBC dot CA / News.  <— Link

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“Offbeat”

Ira Glass tweets ‘Shakespeare sucks,’ the internet promptly explodes

Beaver blamed after tree hits car on highway ‘still at large’

Was that a UFO above Toronto last weekend?

Family Guy meets the Simpsons in extended trailer for crossover episode.

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“New Brunswick” { since I connected with the CBC website with this laptop one time while visiting somebody in New Brunswick, the internet must believe I’m still there. }

*Shale gas protesters sentenced to 15 months for violent clash with RCMP { *** Jim talked with some First Nations people up there who were sure that some of the fires that disabled obsolete police cruisers were started by angry ‘forest people’ (we might know them as leprechauns or angry faeries or ‘elementals’). Others believe the RCMP set their own cruisers on fire in order to get newer and better ones.*** }

Red bracelets thanking the RCMP being sold in Moncton { A high profile case in Moncton, NB hit the airwaves a couple months ago. A “troubled” teenager shot five RCMP officers, 3 of them died. Our real ‘died in the wool hardcore conspiracy buffs’ immediately claimed, ‘this has all the earmarks of somebody who’d been programmed by MK-Ultra types and activated to go on a rampage and kill police officers’ — But the people in Moncton, New Brunswick do not believe there is an evil, twisted plot by a dark ops group of ‘Empathically-Challenged Wannabe String-pulling Secretive Elitists’ & want to show that they appreciate being protected by Serve and Protect type officers of the law. Meanwhile, officers of the law in the USA are forming groups and calling themselves “Oath Keepers” who believe they have pledged to protect the population of the USA “From all enemies, foreign and domestic” and will not fire on unarmed civilians if ordered to. (( Would superior officers giving orders to fire on innocent, unarmed civilians then become one of those domestic enemies?)) I think the really scary part is that so many of them believe they just might be ordered to fire on unarmed civilians. }

Norovirus confirmed in Bathurst’s Chaleur Regional Hospital { Bathurst is in Northern New Brunswick. A college or university up there wants to close down their school of nursing. }

N.B. abortion access prompts St. John’s demonstration.  { This was an anti-abortion demonstration, I remember when a friend of mine wanted to stop at an anti abortion demonstration on State Street here in Ithaca and have the demonstrators sign petitions stating that they were ready to support the desperate mothers (regardless of any addictions and/or other problematic conditions) for at least 18 years and support any child that mother might have for 18 years (again, regardless of any health problems, physical or ‘other’) or until that child graduated from a college or university of the child’s choice (( at the demonstrators’ expense )) or, for the child’s entire life if he or she tested positive for any one of a number of “Challenges” such as intellectually or physical challenges or disabilities. He was ready to shout, ‘You do this and I’ll believe you’re actually committed to your cause.’ His fiancée at the time threatened to leave him. That relationship didn’t last very long. I can not take sides on this issue. I believe everybody has to make that decision for themselves (Preferably ‘Herself’) & I don’t know if anybody knows all the psychological, emotional, and spiritual implications and consequences of either choosing to abort or stopping someone else from making that choice. I’m really glad I’m not a woman. (& a couple women friends have accused me of being a coward for not supporting their side of this issue.  Quite a few, as a matter of fact, from both sides.)  }

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“Analysis” The 100-year conflict that is the First World War still rages: Brian Stewart { This is the first time I’ve heard the First World War being referred to as another ‘Hundred Years War’. This could be depressing. Maybe most earthling humans never will be able to learn from the mistakes of their fathers and mothers? —— Of course they will, we are on an upward growth spurt as I write this. The ‘bad guys’ are making a last ditch, desperate effort to keep us all off balance so they can manipulate us into a constant state of fear, then, they believe, we will be most ‘manageable’. }

SARS was ‘wake-up call’ that could prevent Ebola spread to Canada, doctor says  { I visited somebody in the Greater Toronto Area while the SARS scare was going full blast. I saw the signs at the hospitals that basically read “If you’re sick, don’t come here”. I can’t believe that anybody, especially a doctor, would have the audacity to say anything like, ‘SARS just might have been a good thing’. Any doctor who said “Death is a really good cure for Cancer” would not be going much farther into the ‘stupid zone’ than that. }

There are 3 more featured headlines about the Ebola Outbreak and “6 ways to avoid illness when travelling’ from January 29th posted in the queue. { The conspiracy guys believe this a plot to convince everybody to line up for drugs we’re supposed to believe will keep us ‘safe’ so the MK-Ultra Elitists can distribute an inoculation that will kill off billions of the ‘great unwashed’ so ‘they’ can tighten their grip on this world’s population, strengthen their mind-control abilities, and keep just enough ‘useless eaters’ around to be whipped into subservience, & slavery. But remember the palmistry guy from a couple days ago? (scroll down) -He is sure that the manipulating control freaks will lose their grip and fight among themselves, and kill each other off before they can see their evil twisted plots reach fruition. }

{ I would like to add a bit of “Prayer Works”, or for the militant agnostics out there: Scientists don’t know how it works, but have facts to back up the claim: “Positive Intention Works!” }

———djo———

 

Moving Into A More Positive Future?

I wrote and posted this on one of the other Newsy Blogs (( Inter World News )) I’m mixed up with -at about 4 am on Tuesday morning, as I was winding down at work and getting ready to finish up and go home. (Look for more notes after the article:)

———djo———

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Moving Into A More Positive Future?

Posted in: Coast to Coast am, Mostly Positive, Positive Future Outlook, Positve, Spirituality | Comments (0)

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014.

Book Cover
Screen Shot of Vernon Mahabal’s Book, “The Secret Code On You Hands / An Illustrated Guide to Palmistry “

In the second half of Coast to Coast a.m. tonight, George Noory is interviewing Vernon Mahabal (<— Link to Palmistry Website ). My first instinct would have been, “Well- I guess I’ll skip this one.”

But I’m working, too busy to change the station, and he’s making sense.

“Palmistry?” But he’s talking about trends that he sees coming. The message is very positive, although he sees a possible break-up of the United States into several regional governments with two basic polarities dividing those regional “Provinces” (he called them provinces a couple times) Those two groups will be “A”— [my distinction, he didn’t label them anything] The “Go-Getters” Materialistic, Patriotic, Nationalistic (( ESTJ’s)) and “B” — The more Creative, Perceptive, Community Minded (( Supportive, Nurturing )) types.

He says that the sneaky, demonic, string pulling, hidden, poisonous types who have been trying to run this Country and the World will lose their grip and in-fighting will destroy each other.

According to Vernon Mahabal, our world has moved into a much more Positive 18 year cycle, where most people’s idea of prosperity will be a lot different than it was from the 40′s to the 80′s. There may be some rough times ahead as the bad guys try to bring it all down, and the poisonous old ways die hard, but we will emerge stronger.There will be a kind of Hopi [a very spiritual tribe of Native Americans in the Southwestern desert] philosopy, “Create your own occupation and you will find your Freedom”, that more and more people will adopt and will lead to empowerment.

We will add a link to this page, where you can go find his site after this article is way down the list somewhere. (( We will probably add a link to Coast to Coast am, too, where you can go and sign up as an ‘insider’ ((( Not Free – they will charge you $ but you can sign up for a short time and download tons of interesting shows from their archives, I think they have 5 years of past shows available to subscribers ))) & if you do subscribe tonight’s downloaded podcasts may be a real good place to start. ))

———djo———

Doug Otterson @ July 29, 2014

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{2:30 am, Wednesday, July 30 2014 here in New York State,  10°C / 51°F & the skies are dark and clear.}

—I just copied and pasted the above article here, from one of the other blogs I’m mixed up with, changed a couple words and added a little bit, like the explanation of who the Hopi are and where they live.

& Like I said this morning, I was impressed with this person. He is extraordinarily spiritual and reading palms is only one of the ways he expresses his gifts.

Things he said about Palmistry were intriguing, like -If your ring finger is longer than your index or pointer finger, you’re more likely to be creative, perceptive, introspective, possibly artistic, live in the moment, and not be as intense about being in control and achieving success the way most western cultures perceive ‘Success’. If your index finger (pointer) is longer than the ring finger, you are probably more organized, goal oriented and assertive- (He describes these people as being ‘Patriotic’ and materialistic.) { I’ve understood that these tendencies are built into your personality before you are actually born and you can’t change your nature on this level. You can’t take a thoughtful, sensitive, artistic kid and work him half to death, force him to exercise and practice physical skills, until he falls down totally exhausted every evening, in order to turn him into a football hero type. His (or her) soul and spirit are just not wired that way. People these days are becoming a lot more receptive to accepting the fact than not everybody can be, or wants to be, the epitome of the All-American Sports Hero, wearing a high school or university sweater with big letters to show the world they’ve achieved little town fame and prowess, and being followed around by uniformed cheerleaders with sparkling hope in their eyes. }

What if your first and third fingers are the same length? This might indicate that you are a balanced person. You might find success in both artistic expression and leadership. You might be the leader of a successful band, or the guiding force behind an art gallery that keeps local artists (including yourself) from starving to death.

—He also said that children who grew up after the internet was invented (and had access to that internet) and are just now graduating from universities or coming into their own as young adults have a completely different view of everything than those of us who came along before the internet. { That almost qualifies for a, “Well -duh-!” But since he said that last night, I’ve been thinking and feeling that, yes, this is going on a lot more deeply and profoundly than most people realize. }

—But what I am calling this guy’s ‘gifts’ are his intuition and his ability to sense where the people whose hands he has to touch to his palmistry work are heading in life and what obstacles they face and after doing so many readings (and teaching others to do those readings) he has practiced and developed his intuition to the point where he can see trends.

—I have to tell you that his impressions of the future include things that I only heard before from two people whose spiritual presence was so amazing and so strong, even I could feel something when I walked into the room where they were (and both of them turned and smiled like they felt my presence. One of them told me I had a gift and if I developed that gift I’d be able to share my hard won insights with others and I could be pretty good at it. At the time I was thinking they’d read somebody else and mistook me for that person, but it almost feels like my time is coming, and, like they told me, by sharing what I’ve learned (the hard way?) I might be able to zoom ahead with increasing speed and surprise myself with what I will learn in this second half of my life on this planet- They told me, (way back when I had to struggle to get up and go to work every day, just to make enough money to make sure Rachel had a decent, sensitive, attentive and trustworthy babysitter and enough food to eat and clothes to wear and all that… I thought my life had ended when my wife ran away with crazies from California-) They told me that the future was not one thousand percent stamped into stone tablets, but what might happen and could probably happen would be this regionalization and possible break up of the USA into  several “autonomous” regions that might not exactly get along very well- with intellectual and philosophical differences that would seem to be insurmountable- But that later on, everybody would slowly absorb and come to embrace higher ideals and understanding of who we are spiritually and a lot of our differences would seem less and less significant. Like when you’re growing up and the people who go to school in the next town are the enemy. A couple years later the people in the next town wear different colored uniforms when they play football, but they’re in the same league with you and the people in the next state might be your real enemy. Later, the people in a different section of the country might seem to be your enemies, and if you keep growing, you should hopefully come to the realization that you don’t need any enemies at all to be yourself. If you want to enjoy life to its fullest, you have to grow beyond the b.s. that seeped into your mind when you were a kid, sitting in front of the television, getting all excited over war movies. Or sitting at the computer, killing alien invaders or monsters from some nether world- ( Sorry I picked all these images that guys relate to. Maybe somebody else can join our staff and give us the women’s point of view?)

———Have I blabbed enough for now?

———djo———

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.)

 “Grey-Hounded”

Evening
       from a bus
sunset
                and its many meanings
(armies of idiots smiling
blank
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
         “JUNCTION HWY 1 SOUTH”
their marriage has lasted
         “NEXT EXIT 2 MILES”

—————Jim Wellington (1970)

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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?)) )

—————Jim