Monday, 16 February, 2015 – News?

Monday, 16 February, 2015  -( +4˚F / -16˚C  & overcast @ 4:00 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +12˚F / -11˚C   & cloudy  @ 5:00pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— } { & Doug tells me he had some problems trying to get this done this evening. Let’s see how we do at this end?  —jim w— }

Web Cam Shot
Between 4 and 4:05 pm – WebCam shot overlooking Ithaca from one of the towers at Cornell U.
2015-feb-16-FredBridgeCam540pm
Looking north from Fredericton’s Downtown side of the Westmorland Street Bridge @ 5:40 pm today.

{ Weather News? Both New York State and New Brunswick have survived the latest major snow storm event. New Brunswick probably got hit harder than New York State did. }

 

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php 

February 16th: 1866- Johann Strauss, Austria, composer (Waltz King). 1884- Robert Flaherty, Mich, father of documentary film (Nanook of North). 1903- Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), born in Chicago, Illinois.  1909- Hugh Beaumont, Lawrence Ks, actor (Ward Cleaver-Leave it to Beaver) & Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (d. 1998). 1911 Hal Porter, Australia, writer (Tilted Cross, Paper Chase). 1912 Machito “Frank Grillo”, Florida, bandleader (created salsa music). 1925 or 1926- John Schlesinger, director (Midnight Cowboy, Darling), born in London, England. 1935- Sonny Bono, vocalist (Sonny & Cher)/(Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), born in Detroit, Michigan. 1954 – Margaux Hemingway, Portland Or, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce). 1957 – LeVar Burton, Landstuhl Germany, (Roots, Star Trek Next Generation).  1958- Ice-T [Tracy Marrow], Newark, New Jersey, American rapper and actor (New Jack City, Tank Girl, Crazy Six) & Lisa Loring, actress (As the World Turns, Wednesday-Addams Family) (The original Wednesday Addams on the TeeVee show). 1959 – John McEnroe, Wiesbaden, Germany, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimb 1981, 83, 84). 1964 – Christopher Eccleston, English actor (Dr Who, Heroes). 1998 – Mr Jefferson, Virginia, 1st cloned calf.  }

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{ Canadian Headlines : From :  http://www.cbc.ca/news  <— Link }

Ottawa drops back-to-work legislation as CP Rail, Union end strike   { * I capitalized “Union” cbc news didn’t.  *  —djo— }

Student says U of T failed to help her avoid attacker   {* The University of Toronto is investigating the way it handled a report of sexual assault after a student says the school failed to help her avoid her attacker in classes she shared with him, CBC News has learned. * —djo— }

Lesley Gore, singer of ‘It’s My Party’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’, dead at 68   { * I remember seeing her on a local -New Jersey/New York City area- Rock and Roll teevee program, after lip-syncing one of her hits – smile and give the host of the program a list of reasons why she would make the perfect girl friend for Paul McCartney. One of her reasons was that they were both left handed. * —djo— }

RCMP accused of helping mother abduct baby to Australia   { * The father is suing the RCMP, alleging the force helped her commit a criminal offence.  *  —djo— }

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Weird
A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

RCMP find stranded seal near Highway 9 in Newtown, N.S.   {  }

Cocaine found in pocket of jacket at Value Village   {  }

Mark Critch locks lips with Danny Williams for IceCaps’s kiss cam   {   }

Scorpion on a plane: Woman stung before flight takes off   {  }

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Brrrrrr
-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

2 Moncton Times & Transcript editors out after ethics probe   {   }

New Brunswick couple stranded in SUV in P.E.I. for 24 hours   {    }

Weekend storm blankets parts of Maritimes with 60 cm of snow   {   }

Moncton’s Claude Gauthier loses Mars One bid   { * & Doug Otterson is singing “Mars Needs Ice-Holes, Lets Send Stephen Harper” *  —jim w— }

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2016 US Federal Elections?
Some of the most accurate ‘prognosticators’/Futurists/’psychics’ believe there won’t be an election in 2016. Some say there will be a Fascist regime which will have declared Martial Law in the USA. Others believe the USA will be paralyzed from strife and infrastructure collapse and won’t be able to function. —djo—
Sunrise - Lions
I thought I should pop something that isn’t completely negative in here before things get out of hand… —djo—
Thunder Snow Reaction
Thunder snow Jim Cantore- the weather channel guy’s reaction in Boston, Mass.
Space Shot
Another non-negative thing, unless this is a galaxy some black ops group just blew up or something… wink —djo—
Leaky Fracking Type Wells & Govt Nonsense
I believe I will need to copy and paste this story below this Re-Tweet. One Comment reads, “Huge North Dakota fail and sell out to Big Oil!!”

 

{     – http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/region/3680221-leaky-saltwater-disposal-wells-allowed-inject-fluid-underground-anyway-review :

Leaky saltwater-disposal wells allowed to inject fluid underground anyway, review shows

DICKINSON, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas has allowed saltwater-disposal wells to continue injecting fluid underground even as mechanical integrity tests – meant to detect weaknesses in the well’s construction – have indicated leaks in parts of the wells’ multiple layers of casing.

—Adverisements deleted—

A review of 449 well files and more than 2,090 mechanical integrity test reports show how state officials conditionally approve disposal wells even after they don’t meet widely accepted pressure testing standards.

Like oil and gas wells, disposal wells consist of multiple layers of steel and concrete tubing that stretch past layers of soil, rock and aquifers, thousands of feet underground. But instead of carrying oil and gas to the surface, injection wells pressurize saltwater – commonly referred to as produced water – shooting it back underground into porous geological formations.

GRAPHIC: Saltwater disposal wells

While the records don’t document any instances of groundwater contamination, they highlight how the agency has allowed wells with structural problems to operate, sometimes for years, even though guidance documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommend wells with significant pressure losses be repaired within 270 days and that wells with less than two viable layers of casing be shut down during that time.

Officials with the Division of Oil and Gas said they have the authority to approve the wells for use because they were given primary enforcement responsibilities by the EPA, and that the conditional approval of wells are not considered test failures, suggesting the EPA guidance doesn’t apply to those cases.

Mark Bohrer, the agency’s underground injection control manager, said decisions to conditionally approve wells that lose pressure during testing were based on geology and petroleum engineering, and that if there was any threat to drinking water, the wells would be shut down.

“If we had any inkling that there would be contamination of (U.S. drinking water), the well would be shut in,” Bohrer said. “That is the last thing I want to do is contaminate somebody’s freshwater well.”

However, a review of state and federal documents, as well as interviews with geologists, engineers, environmental policy experts and lawyers who have litigated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, suggests the agency is loosely interpreting guidance and protocols that are meant to maintain the multiple layers of protection that separate aquifers from the toxic saltwater.

In parts of North Dakota, rural landowners rely on underground aquifers as a source of drinking water for themselves and their livestock.

“The reason well integrity is important is because if you develop some sort of leak then you could have fluid that moves, in the worst case, up to an aquifer,” said William Fleckenstein, a professor of petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. “Typically, that is what you are trying to avoid with the variety of integrity tests that are done.”

While saltwater spills on the surface can contaminate soil, leaving behind withered crops and barren patches of land, scientists have found that saltwater contamination of an aquifer can last for decades, with no economically feasible way to clean it up.

“It doesn’t just flush out and disappear,” said Joanna Thamke, a hydrologist with theU.S. Geological Survey, who has studied saltwater contamination of aquifers in Montana and North Dakota.

Saltwater is a mixture of hydraulic fracturing fluid – the water and proprietary chemicals that companies use to break apart shale deposits deep underground – and produced water – the briny solution trapped with oil and gas in those formations.

The toxic mix often contains significant levels of arsenic, lead, ammonium, benzene, bromide, radioactive material and high concentrations of chlorides. In North Dakota, saltwater has been shown to have ammonium levels at 300 times the EPA-recommended limit and chloride levels high enough that if any more salt was added, it wouldn’t be dissolved in the fluid.

While medical researchers have only begun to analyze how low levels of continued exposure to these oil and gas contaminants through the environment can affect people, medical science has already shown that high concentrations of these elements can cause cancer, neurological disorders and birth defects.

Bohrer said there are no reported cases of a saltwater disposal well contaminating an underground aquifer in North Dakota and at no point has the agency placed underground aquifers at risk to contamination.

But energy and public health experts said the long-term impact saltwater can have on an aquifer and the danger the fluid can pose to public health emphasizes the importance of constantly maintaining the mechanical integrity of disposal wells.

“There is a reason well bore integrity is tested,” said Seth Shonkoff, the executive director of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, a think tank that aims to bring scientific transparency to energy and policy issues.

State officials said the EPA guidance documents related to integrity testing don’t hold the same standing as the administrative rules, and that the agency has the authority to choose which EPA guidelines to follow.

“There is a big difference between guidance and having your own (underground injection control) program,” said Alison Ritter, the public information specialist for the Division of Oil and Gas.

But environmental lawyers who reviewed the guidance documents said the state’s actions were legally questionable and could open the agency up to citizen lawsuits or a review by the EPA if enough people petitioned federal officials.

Bohrer said EPA officials were fully aware of how the Division of Oil and Gas operates the injection control program in North Dakota, but federal reports and email responses from the EPA Region 8 office in Denver suggest the federal agency’s oversight of state injection programs is limited due to staffing and budget constraints.

The findings of a Forum News Service investigation come at a time when landowners and Democratic legislators have called for a performance review audit of the Division of Oil and Gas and as agency officials have resisted legislation that would separate their dual roles as the regulator and promoter of the state’s oil industry.

As large surface spills have flowed onto farmers’ fields and into streams, grabbing public attention and causing lawmakers to rethink regulations over oil and saltwater pipelines, the documents highlight another, largely unseen but vital, part of the agency’s regulatory responsibilities.

The integrity reports raise questions about the agency’s criteria for pressure testing and conditional approvals, as the number of operating disposal wells in the state increased from 293 to 486 in the past seven years and the amount of saltwater disposed of jumped from 94 million to 350 million barrels in 2014.

Officials with the Division of Oil and Gas disagreed with the points raised by Forum News Service and in an email response said that if anyone is to fully understand the agency’s underground injection control program they should have a strong background in petroleum engineering and geology.

“The UIC program is highly technical and complex, with regulatory development and implementation evolving over time,” Ritter wrote in an email.

Regulations covering underground injection control programs began in the early 1980s under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974, after federal lawmakers recognized the threat that injection wells posed to underground aquifers.

As part of the law, states could apply to take over primary enforcement responsibilities for injection wells, including Class II wells that handle saltwater and other liquid waste produced during the oil and gas drilling process.

When a production well is hydraulically fractured, millions of gallons of saltwater surge back to the surface with the oil, and continue to flow throughout the lifespan of the well. This large influx of liquid waste requires companies to dispose of the toxic fluid as long as the well is in operation.

While injecting saltwater underground has been shown to be a better option than attempting to treat the fluid or storing it in pits, environmental policy experts point out that the strict guidance regarding injection wells is in place to eliminate any chance of the steel and concrete tubing becoming pathways through which saltwater leaks into or near an underground source of drinking water.

In order for the Division of Oil and Gas to take over the underground injection control program in 1983, the state had to adopt rules that met minimum standards for construction, permitting, monitoring, enforcement and plugging of the wells.

But while those rules require wells to pass mechanical integrity tests every five years without a “significant leak,” Bohrer said the agency doesn’t have guidance to define what a significant leak is.

The most common mechanical integrity test conducted is a standard annular pressure test (SAPT) where the annulus, the space between the casing and production tubing, is pressurized with liquid to see if it holds.

Since the 1980s, at least 13 states and the EPA have adopted administrative rules or guidance defining the standards for pressure testing, including some of the country’s largest oil producing states, like Montana, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.

In all of those cases, the rules and guidelines state that tests are considered failures if a well loses more than 5 to 10 percent of the pressure placed on the annulus over 15 to 30 minutes.

Officials with the Division of Oil and Gas took issue with the comparison of rules and guidance in other parts of the country, because those states don’t have the same geology as North Dakota, which they said is well suited for underground injection.

During an interview, Bohrer said the accepted standard for a passing pressure test is less than a 10 percent drop over 15 minutes, but state records show the agency allows companies to continue injecting fluid underground even as wells lose 11, 30 or even 70 percent of the pressure during testing.

Bohrer said the decision to conditionally approve a well is made on a case-by-case basis and that the companies have to accept certain operating rules, like yearly testing and extra pressure monitoring to make sure the production tubing – the innermost layer of steel piping that saltwater is injected through – isn’t leaking. He said operators are ordered to immediately shut in the well if a leak in the production tubing is detected.

During an interview, the Division of Oil and Gas’ staff referenced an EPA guidance document from 1992 to show it had the authority to allow wells to continue operations after significant pressure losses, but when it was pointed out in follow-up emails that the guidance document calls for wells to be repaired or plugged within 270 days, the agency stated the document didn’t apply because conditional approvals were not failures.

That same document also states that if officials can’t handle the “administrative burden” of “additional inspections” and data monitoring, they shouldn’t allow wells to operate within those 270 days.

When state inspectors conditionally approve an injection well for use in North Dakota, it requires integrity tests to be performed annually instead of every five years, and mandates that annulus pressure readings be checked monthly, like the wells’ permitted surface injection pressure.

But officials with the Division of Oil and Gas said they fully accept the extra inspection and monitoring burden and that the agency doesn’t have any problems meeting its existing regulatory duties.

When asked whether the Division of Oil and Gas collects the additional pressure readings from conditionally approved wells for monitoring purposes, Bohrer said that the agency does not and that it is up to field staff to check the readings during monthly inspections. He said companies are expected to keep those readings for several years, but the agency does not collect them as part of the well history.

“These requirements are not considered burdensome to our regulatory program, as we already inspect all UIC wells at least monthly and witness all (mechanical integrity tests),” Ritter wrote in an email response.

According to a 2014 legislative audit, the Division of Oil and Gas agreed that agency-wide inspections were not being completed within the timeframes established, but said that around 75 percent of the injection wells in the state were being visited on a monthly basis, which it said was the best rate in the country.

Ritter said the Division of Oil and Gas has 32 field inspectors and three staff members in the Bismarck office to oversee the operations of the 486 active disposal wells. The field inspectors also have other regulatory responsibilities, like rig and production well inspections.

The Division has requested another 16 full time employees to handle the agency’s permitting, monitoring and enforcement efforts.

Officials with the Division of Oil and Gas said higher emphasis is placed on disposal wells that are conditionally approved and that the monthly inspection of pressure readings and the proper construction of the wells – usually with two outer layers of steel and cement running from the surface to below the aquifer – leaves little to no chance that saltwater can escape the well.

“If your well is properly constructed, there is really no avenue available for that fluid to migrate,” Bohrer said.

‘The absence of adequate data’

While the vast majority of the wells that were reviewed had a surface and production casing running past the aquifer, state records show the Division of Oil and Gas has conditionally approved wells that only have one external layer of casing next to underground sources of drinking water.

Bohrer said there is no rule requiring injection wells to have two or more layers of external casing to operate, but according to the EPA guidance documents, wells that fail an annular pressure test and only have one external layer of casing should be shut in unless officials can verify that the leak isn’t located near the underground source of drinking water.

  • In May 2011, the Pan Am 501 disposal well in Burke County failed three consecutive pressure tests, but while the operator was initially ordered to stop injections until it could pass, inspectors allowed the well to operate for four days between the second and third test. It was only after the third test that inspectors noted the well only had one outer layer of casing next to the aquifer. When the well was tested for a fourth time in June 2011, it was conditionally approved after losing 10 percent of the testing pressure. It operated under that conditional approval for 16 months until it failed a test in December 2012. During that failure, the well could not be pressurized, suggesting the leak got significantly worse. After that fourth failure, the company installed a liner inside the production casing.
  • The Klandl 26-31X disposal well in McKenzie County has either been conditionally approved or in violation of mechanical integrity rules for much of the time between 2003 and 2012. But while it was noted in July 2007 that the well only had one layer of casing located at the depth of the aquifer, inspectors have continued to allow the well to operate under conditional approvals, even as it has lost significant pressure during testing. Over much of that time, records suggest the operator has injected saltwater at pressures above its permitted limit until March 2014, when state officials finally recognized the violation and the well was shut down.

In an email, Ritter wrote that The Press’ interpretation of the guidance – which was substantiated by lawyers consulted for the story – was flawed because a well’s tubing, casing and cement are each considered a layer of protection.

But the 1987 EPA document states that “if the outer casing is breached, even if there is cement behind the casing,” the well should be considered a significant non-compliance and be shut in until it is repaired or plugged.

In the cases of the Pan Am 501 and Klandl 26-31X disposal wells in Burke and McKenzie counties, pressure testing indicated leaks in the casings, and since both wells only had one outer layer of casing near the aquifers and the location of leaks cannot be determined by pressure testing, it left them with only one verifiable layer of protection remaining – the inner production tubing.

Bohrer said the agency meets all of the minimum standards required by federal law and that EPA guidance documents were drafted for the entire country, not for North Dakota.

“We try to mirror those things that are applicable to our situations in North Dakota,” Bohrer said. “Those are national documents – one size fits all – and we take the parts that are applicable to our state.”

Lawyers consulted for the story said the EPA guidance documents may not have the same legal standing as a rule, but argued those guidance documents are put in place to fill in the administrative gaps that rules don’t address.

“It isn’t an issue of whether there are laws on the books – in this case whether we have laws that regulate underground injection,” said Andrew Reid, an environmental and natural resources law professor at the University of Denver. “The issue is whether the state is going to enforce it and live up to the responsibility of protecting the citizens and the natural resources of the state.”

If the issue was addressed in court, Parenteau said the administrative rules and guidance documents would be reviewed as a whole.

“You have to look at all of these documents together,” he said. “That is what a judge would do.”

Business realities

When an injection well fails a mechanical integrity test and is shut down, it can cost operators tens of thousands of dollars in lost profits and repairs.

The most common repair for a disposal well is a tubing replacement, where a workover rig pulls the internal production tubing out of the well, checking it for holes and weaknesses and replacing the sections of the steel or fiberglass pipe that are leaking.

“At the end of the day, if you have a hole in your production tubing, it’s a simple matter to change that out,” said Fleckenstein, who is currently working on a National Science Foundation project studying the effects of gas development on air and water resources.

But if a pressure test indicates a hole in the well’s casing, which records show is often the case for wells that are conditionally approved, the repairs can be more difficult.

There is no way to replace the casing, Fleckenstein said, but it can be fixed by forcing cement down the well’s annulus to seal off leaks or by installing a liner inside the production casing.

Installing a casing liner the entire length of an injection well, which stretches thousands of feet, can drive up the cost of repairs, Fleckenstein said, and is usually done when a cement squeeze doesn’t work.

“It can start to cost money,” he said.

But shutting in a disposal well can have far bigger ramifications than repair costs for a single operator.

When an injection well shuts down, it can create a ripple effect in the oil industry, Bohrer said, requiring all of the oil wells that pipe or truck saltwater to that disposal site to stop production or find another well in the area.

“Should that be done in certain instances? Certainly,” Bohrer said. “It’s just the price you have to pay.”

But numbers suggest it’s difficult for a disposal well in the state to shut in operations without affecting the production wells that rely on it.

Between 2007 and 2014, the amount of saltwater disposed of in North Dakota increased by 270 percent, while the number of disposal wells handling that fluid increased by only 65 percent.

Bohrer said those business and economic realities and the state’s effort to reach and exceed 1 million barrels of oil produced per day doesn’t play any part in the agency’s decisions to conditionally approve disposal wells for use.

“That is not a significant contributing factor,” Bohrer said.

Shut ins, landowners and coincidences

In Bottineau County, the Division of Oil and Gas has begun to shut down wells that lose significant pressure during testing, even when operators request conditional approvals.

At five saltwater disposal wells in the county, inspectors have issued failures for pressure losses of more than 10 percent and ordered companies to shut down operations until the wells can be repaired or plugged, as EPA guidance recommends.

Prior to those failures, two of the wells were given conditional approvals even as they lost between 26 and 50 percent of the testing pressure.

But over the past year and a half, as members of the Northwest Landowners Association have began monitoring those wells – inspecting publicly available files, requesting documents from the Division of Oil and Gas and testifying at legislative hearings – all five of the wells have been shut in after failures.

  • The Jesperson 31-29 disposal well was shut down in November 2013, after losing 28 percent of the pressure during testing. Prior to that, the well had been conditionally approved since January 2007, even as it lost 28 to 50 percent of the pressure during testing.
  • The Cramer 1 disposal well was shut down in September 2014, after losing 25 percent of the pressure applied during testing. After the test, the operator had requested a conditional approval from the Division of Oil and Gas but was denied.
  • The Leo Hallof 1 disposal well was shut down in November 2014 after losing 30 percent of the testing pressure. The well had previously been conditionally approved after losing 26 percent of the testing pressure in February 2009.
  • The Peterson 2 disposal well was shut down in November 2014 after losing nearly all of the testing pressure over several minutes.
  • The Lillie Farms Partnership 1 disposal well was shut down in November 2014 after losing 50 percent of the testing pressure. It has since been repaired.

One of the wells, the Peterson 2, is also at the center of an ongoing lawsuit over the cleanup of multiple surface spills.

Officials with the Division of Oil and Gas said they were unaware that the landowners – who are some of the most vocal critics of the agency – were checking on those wells and that decisions to shut down those operations until they could pass integrity tests were based on the wells’ history, performance, geology and construction.

“If there is a lawsuit, that doesn’t tell me that they are monitoring it,” Bohrer said. “That has absolutely no influence on our decisions here in this office.”

Lynn Helms, the Department of Mineral Resources director, was deposed by lawyers representing Daryl Peterson, the landowner in the reclamation lawsuit, the same day that The Press met with Bohrer and the staff of the Division of Oil and Gas on Jan. 27.

Bohrer said the fact that all five disposal wells were shut in, after the landowners began looking into the wells, was a coincidence.

He said the agency’s focus is, and has always been, on protecting underground sources of drinking water.

“We take great pride in our program,” Bohrer said. “We inject well over 1 million barrels of saltwater per day, and I think our track record speaks for itself.”   – }

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Radio CAnada is the French Language Radio service of the CBC. If they hate Stephen Harper's values, they have good reason to. He's trying to unfund and shut them down. A lot of Canadians Hate Stepen Harper. He's a Fascist dictator pretending to be a 21st century nice guy. Nice guy He is NOT!
Radio Canada is the French Language Radio service of the CBC. If they hate Stephen Harper’s values, they have good reason to. He’s trying to unfund and shut them down. A lot of Canadians Hate Stephen Harper. He’s a Fascist dictator pretending to be a 21st century nice guy. & Nice guy He is NOT! —djo—

{ — Experiencing weird problems with this, I better publish now, reboot and try to finish up shortly.  —djo— }

 

Orange Cats find trouble anywhere
Hey, Jim & Cathi – Do you know where your orange cat is? —djo—
Man swimming in frozen water to save dog.
If I knew it was this easy to translate stuff I’d have been doing that all along. Even if I have absolutely no use for bing. —djo—
Balloon Sunrise (Bagan?)
Dang! Too many good ‘fluff’ photos today. Well, maybe it’s more positive and would have a better effect on the collective psyche than sticking to ‘hard core news’. Ya think? & I’ve never been able to follow any of the links on these Buddhist tweets.  —djo—

{ Okay, we’ve crashed twice, once when I first tried to include the photo of the orange cat between the horse and the dog, & again when I tried to add the photo of the balloons. && Between those two crashes WordPress told me I had to sign in again. Whattaya think? is there a conspiracy afoot here? 😉 }

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Oile Train fire in West Virginia
Oil Train derailment in West Virginia – one comment was ‘It should have been shipped via pipeline’ But are pipelines any safer? We need to switch from oil and gas to other, cheaper, more dependable renewable sources. —jim w—
Australian Demonstration
Looks like things are getting nasty in an Australian dispute between coal mining interests and aboriginals and conservationists and others concerned with trying to save a rare Australian forest from destruction by the mining company. —jim w—
Sustainable Energy
Jimmy Carter’s Presidency was cut short by the Iran Hostage Crisis – Which may have been orchestrated with the help of outgoing Republicans? Who knows? Anyway- with Habitat for Humanity and other projects he’s endorsed, Jimmy Carter might be the most popular ex-President alive in the US today. —jim w—

{ I better quit here, too, funny things are happening in the bloggish-sphere —   —jim w— }

{ — Quitting while we’re ahead, I think Jim had some stuff to add, but he can do that later.  ———djo——— }

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Friday, 13 February, 2015- News?

Friday, 13 February, 2015  -( +6˚F / -14˚C  & clear, The Sun is still bright @ 5:00 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +9˚F / -13˚C   & becoming dusk  @ 6:00pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

Cornell @ 5 pm Friday
The sun is still shining on Ithaca at 5 pm. —djo—

Thought for the day? “It’s bad luck to be superstitious-“

Dogs are the best.
You can see the love on this dog’s face. Or maybe she’s hungry and the sick human’s spouse wouldn’t give her the good stuff? Anyway. It’s a nice touching story and love like that should start out our depressing news of the day reports, ya think? —djo—
Positive Thoughts?
For contrast – Yes, start your day off inspired by something positive and see if that does change the way your day unravels. —jim w—
Car Chargers Outnumber gas stations in Japan.
This feels positive. Maybe things are looking up. —djo—

Weather News: Boston got as much as 37 inches of new snow on Monday, and already had two feet of snow on the ground. Public Transportation came to a grinding halt there.  & It looked like Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia were getting dumped on Tuesday. Newfoundland and Labrador are being clobbered on Thursday. With two possible Nor’Easters heading for Maritimes over the weekend. On Friday they’re telling us we’ll probably get off easy while a storm might hit Nova Scotia, But Sunday might be another ‘Major’ snow event.

Friday the 13th.
I thought the church had the Knights Templars executed on Friday the 13th, like burned at the stake or worse? And we did hear that 13 was a lucky number before that. —djo—
Don't believe Harper the Fear Monger
This one hung up and acted like it would crash while I was loading it. —djo—
Doreen Virtue Quote
“Trust yourself!” —jim w—
Apple's going Solar
Apple plans to go 100% Renewable Energy as soon as it can. Let’s hope this is more than an Public Relations ruse. —djo—
Buddha Quote
In our natural state, before we are poisoned by Genetically Modified Food and highly controlled media, we are really ‘nice’ beings. fear and hatred are conditioned into us by nasty people with a nasty agenda. —djo—               A ‘Bodhisattva’ is an ‘Enlightened’ being who could enjoy the peace and serenity of the Heavenly Realms but comes back down here to help guide and liberate the rest of us from the negative b.s. that could lead us downward instead of up.  —jim w—
Yay John Lennon
Not exactly on topic, but I’ll quote John Lennon here, or post a retweet of a John Lennon quote – —jim w—
Climate change
We’ve got friends who believe that climate change is a terrorist activity being engineered by nasty dark ops ice-holes with military background at the behest of corporate ice-holes who are desperate to gain or regain control over the hearts and minds of everybody on this planet, or kill us all if we resist. —djo—
Extinction vs spirituality
This is a cool juxtaposition of messages this morning, don’t-cha think? —jim w—
Hitler / Harper
As Canada moves into an election year that will start and stop a whole lot quicker than we’re used to down here in the ‘States’, Things should be heating up on both sides. My friends up there tend to gravitate toward this view- That Stephen Harper is a born again Fascist who really wants to get it right this time- —djo—
Tommy Douglas Quote reL Fascism
Tommy Douglas was voted something like the biggest Canadian Hero a couple years ago for conceiving and implementing the Canadian Health Care System, which greedy sonofaguns have been trying to talk down and dismantle ever since. —jim w—
Harper priorities
The Harper government claims it was saving lots of money by cheating veterans out of their pensions and closing down offices that helped veterans get access to health care for PTSD and other conditions the government habitually denies coverage for. Meanwhile that same government has spent hundreds of times more money than it claims it saved — advertizing bogus ‘Economic Action Plan’ gains and phony apprenticeship programs with ‘interest free loans’ that suddenly are not interest free when the ‘apprentice’ graduates the programme and discovers that he or she can’t buy a decent job and owes much more than he or she can pay back while working part time flipping hamburgers or pushing donuts. —djo—
Bernie Sanders quoted
More of today’s point-counterpoint: Bernie Sanders weighs in- 🙂 & It isn’t just the U.S. and Canada that are under attack by ‘big money interests’ Look at Greece, where a lot of voters have vivid memories of what it is like to live under a Fascist regime. And look around Europe, where Portugal, Spain and too many other countries are waking up and wondering “WTF” is going on. & I’m happy to report that some of my farourite ‘Psychics’ as well as much more scientific trend watchers are seeing a messy time of it, after which the ‘Banksters’ will no longer be in power. “Half Past Human dot com” says the last Bankster will be strangled by the intestines of the last phony religious cleric after enraged ex-catholics burn down the Vatican in 2019, after learning what Organized Religion has actually been up to for the last century or more, and the Bank of the Vatican has been funding the bloody black ops mind control while Catholic Priests helped develop Nazi torture technology to sexually abuse children and turn them into ‘Manchurian Candidate’ type brain-washed victims that could be activated to pull off seemingly random breaks that are actually attacks on our freedoms and liberty. The Texas Tower sniper, the Unibomber, the guy who shot John Lennon, and most of the wild and crazy school shootings and Theater shootings are done by ‘targeted’ individuals who have been conditioned and activated to pull off inconceivable acts of terror, so the government can pass emergency legislation that takes your freedom away and gives them more and more control over everything you think do and say. —jim w—
Child Labour in 1911
Child Labour in 1911
Child Laour in 2015
Child Labour in 2015.
Then and now?
Here’s a ‘Then and Now’ Tweet that twitter wouldn’t let me retweet. Maybe it was deleted?—djo—                             & I remember 14 year olds being a lot smarter and aware than adults gave us credit for, even if we weren’t always capable of seeing ‘the whole picture’ or understanding clearly what we saw going on around us, when I was one of them. —  Should I admit the Beatles hit the USA when I was a fourteen year old?  —jim w—

{ Today’s Birthdays : — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php 

February 13th: 1849- Lord Randolph Churchill, Winston’s father was born in England. 1885- Elizabeth [Bess] Truman, Harry’s wife & First Lady. 1887- Alvin York (Sargent York) US Soldier Famous for killing 25 ‘enemy’ in WW I.  1888- Georgios Papandreou, Greek prefect of Lesbos/minister/premier.  1919 Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country vocalist/actor (pea picker). 1923 Chuck Yeagar, US test pilot (1st man to break sound barrier). 1933- Kim Novak, [Marilyn], actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois. 1934- George Segal, actor/banjo player (Carbon Copy, Fun with Dick & Jane). 1942- Carol Lynley, actress (Night Stalker, Fantasy Island, Immortal), born in NYC, New York & Peter Tork, American musician and actor (The Monkees). 1944- Jerry Springer,talk show host (Jerry Springer Show), born in London, England & Stockard Channing, actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace), born in NYC, New York.  1950- Peter Gabriel, Surrey England, rock vocalist (Genesis, In Your Eyes).  }

Yesterday’s News: Smart TVs that can recognize verbal commands can listen in to any conversation inside your home while that feature is on. NSA operatives etc, can also turn that on whenever they feel like it. Samsung admitted they have ‘a third party’ monitoring everything “to know when a command is given.”

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{ Canadian Headlines : From :  http://www.cbc.ca/news  <— Link }

Mass shooting spree suicide plot foiled by Halifax police   { * Be suspicious of this kind of headline. It might be true, but look deeper. We keep hearing that too many of these loose cannons were normal people who were ‘targeted and conditioned, then activated’ to carry out their crimes. Texas Tower shooter, Unibomber, the guy who shot John Lennon, and almost anyone, especially ‘lone gunmen’ who ‘flip out’ and shoot up schools, movie theaters, etc. They may not all be MK-Ultra but if some of them are, we have to do something about this. *  —djo— }

Why are so many of Peter MacKay’s appointed judges also his friends   {* Looks like another scandal is about to rock the Harper ‘government’. Peter MacKay has been in the spotlight before for inappropriate behaviour. He comes off as a mean spirited- bad loser. * —djo— }

FBI agent arranced ‘chance’ meeting with Via Rail terror suspect   { * Stephen Harper is a micro-managing ice-hole. If the Canadian people re-elect him prime minister, then (1) they deserve to go to hell in a handbasket and (2) I wouldn’t believe a ‘fair election’ or honest vote count happened anywhere on this planet, ever. * —djo— }

Stephen Harper’s chief spokesman leaving PMO ahead of election   { * I should quote a woman friend who lives in Canada, “More rats are jumping ship before it goes down and brings them with it”.  *  —djo— }

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Weird
A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

How ‘Left Shark’ sparked a 3D printing legal row with Katy Perry   {  }

Did you leave thousands of dollars in a bundle of drapes?   {  }

Watch a cat dig its way out after a snowstorm   { * I had to check with Jim about this one, no, it wasn’t his cat. *  —djo— }

Petri Island ice fishing village invites gamers with arcade   { * I had to read this one a couple times before I understood what it meant. * —djo— }

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Brrrrrr
-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

New Brunswick braces for heavy snow and extreme cold weekend   { * So, what else is new? *  —jim w—  }

Kennebecasis Valley High School teacher faces sex charges   {    }

New Brunswick faces a ‘serious deficit position’: Roger Melanson   {   }

Local producers praise David Coon’s food security bill   { * – Some New Brunswick entrepreneurs say Green Party Leader David Coon’s proposed Local Food Security Act will help grow a larger market for locally grown food in the province. – The proposed bill would see the provincial government give preference to local food providers to supply food for nursing homes, schools and hospitals. – It would also include better labelling for local food and bringing healthy food education to schools. – Tim Cochran of Cochran’s Country Market said he has seen firsthand the state of New Brunswick agriculture industry. – “We have a lot of farmers that I’ve been dealing with for 20 years that they’re going to retire and there isn’t the farmers there to take their place, partly because I think it’s a hard industry to break into,” Cochrane said.

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Levi Lawrence, the owner of Real Food Connections, said Coon’s bill would help create a better market for local food in New Brunswick. But he said change will not happen immediately. (CBC)

– Cochran said Coon’s proposal could help make it easier for people to make a living in the agriculture industry. – “I think it’s excellent,” he said. – “From what I understand, it’s really going to promote and drive the promotion of locally grown produce and products.” – Levi Lawrence, the owner of Real Food Connections, said the act would be a step forward by building the market for local food in the province. – But he said even if the bill passes, change won’t happen overnight. – “There is still a lot of work to be done in the province in supplying, distributing and processing what we grow in the province that the act doesn’t really help us do,” Lawrence said. – “It does create a market for entrepreneurs to work on that problem and better reason to get into that business, but that’s the biggest gap we have in the province today.” – Lawrence has been expanding his local food store in Fredericton and is now getting ready to open up a store in Saint John. He went through a major crowdfunding campaign last year. –Coon open to amendments – The bill is expected to have its second reading sometime in mid-March. If the bill passed, Coon said it would take about 12 months to get it up and running. – “It sets up an advisory committee to work with the various ministers who would be involved,” he said. – “And really that’s all it would take to get to the point where targets could be set for the province and for targets for our public institutions like schools and hospitals.” – Coon said he’s received a lot of positive feedback on the bill from agriculture organizations as well as individual MLAs. – He said he’s hopeful the bill will pass and said he is open to making amendments. – “I’m always open to amendments to make bills better so we get the best possible law in the books,” he said. – “But I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t pass. I think both parties would have to explain why they wouldn’t support it if it didn’t pass.” – A government spokesperson said Coon’s bill is being studied. – “The government has committed to developing a local food and beverages strategy to assist local growers and produces develop their products and get them to market,” the spokesperson said. –  The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick said in a statement on Thursday that they would like to see Coon’s bill passed. – “Food is one thing that all New Brunswickers require on a daily basis and food security is an issue that affects and unites all people,” the group said in a statement. –   }

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schnarr
This was retweeted again, and it’s worth re -publishing. Who benefits from a bill Stephen Harper is trying to say is good for everybody? Only the rich- —djo—

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{ We’re taking it slow for now, after being ‘down for the count’ / ‘under the weather’ / being beaten up by flu bugs for the last several weeks. Who knows? We might wake up tomorrow full of vim and vinegar and want to dive right back into what we were doing up to near the end of last month. But right now, I don’t even want to think about a lot of the nonsense that is passing for ‘News’ lately.  — Quote Paul Simon? “I get all the news I need from the weather report.” (?) But anyway, we could probably supply you with a barrage of retweeted stuff: Yay? Note to the world: “Hang in there-”  —djo— }

rant
Yay! I found something Positive! & I’ve wanted to hear anything good about Apple since it’s been looking like they’ve embraced the same sleazy-iced ‘Make sure they can’t use last years peripherals with this year’s ‘gotta-have-its’ greedy ice-hole marketing strategy. Grumble Grumble…
Tax Dodges of Amerikan Corporations.
“How US Companies try to avoid paying taxes?” or how they get away with that?
TVs are Watching You.
“Smart TeeVees = Bad News” —djo—
Cool Cougars?
Without a whole lot more details I have no idea what this is or whether or not it might be appropriate for children. Best Guess? : Cover Photo of National Geographic Kids Magazine.
eeek
Coming from Lockheed Martin – I wouldn’t trust this as far as I could throw one of those towers. ‘Smart Grids’ are buzz words for the greedy corporate ice-holes who are using your ‘smart appliances’ to spy on you. smart meters disturb sleep patterns and give utility companies the ability to monitor your use and shut you down at their slightest whim. Senior citizens were killed in Texas when a power company shut off their air conditioners during an incredible heat wave. 106 degrees F in a high rise = dead senior citizens + Zero Corporate responsibility. —djo—
Surveillance State / Learn to take pictures.
Another weird juxtaposition coming our way from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ —jim w—
Airport What?
And, while we’re on the subject of the ‘Surveillance State’ – is this a legitimate view of what is going on? Or is this a stunt to try to recruit the kind of security cops who don’t mind getting their hands inside babies’ diapers and strip searching beautiful young women? Gack! —djo—
Arizone is as bad as Texas
A person who works at ‘Corrections Canada’ told me I was an effing idiot if I believed the ‘b.s.’ that Texas would lock anyone up for life if they were caught with a single marijuana cigarette. The next time I saw the guy he looked stunned, like he had researched that in order to try to slap me in the face with the ‘truth’ – and found out I had told him the truth. But he never apologized. Arizona is almost as bad as Texas. —jim w—
& The previous 'government'/regime here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone.  ---jim w---
& The previous ‘government’/regime – here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone. —jim w—
Twitter followers map
My Map of Twitter Followers? —jim w—
djo twitter followers
Tweet Map – Not as pretty as Jim’s, but at least you can read it. —djo—
new followers. Jim W
Dueling Twitter Maps? Nah- But These are my ‘newer followers’ & I’m not in this to see how many followers I can get. Neither is Doug.  —jim w—

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shutdowncanada
8:40 pm – I got here late and have received a barrage of “#shutdowncanada” tweets. I want to look into this before we publish. — both of us broke for dinner a while back so we haven’t been killing ourselves here, but… —        —jim w—

{ There were quite a few demonstrations in Montreal and maybe elsewhere, people disrupted traffic with signs I’ll translate to “you can stick your austerity measures where we hope it hurts you a lot.” And the feeling is ‘we’re not going to take this [ bull chips ] any more. But now it’s after 9 pm and we’ve been at this at least twice as long as we wanted to be- Time for somebody else to jump in and save their little corner of this world. okay?  —jim w— }

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{ We should quit while we’re ahead? Good Night Amerika – Whatever you are. -wink-  —djo— & friends —  }

 { & Doug has added a catch all blog to our madness here, and we will probably be posting our daily stuff there too, at http://www.aerendel.org/CanadianNews/ It’s on one of our servers and he managed to put in a twitter feed and connected his sadly neglected effbook account so anyone friending the right Doug Otterson on facebook should get lots of interesting retweets etc. Busman’s Holidays are Us?  —jim w— }

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Thursday, 12 February, 2015 – News?

Thursday, 12 February, 2015  -( +24˚F / -4˚C  With Snow Flurries @ 10:30 am near Ithaca )-  -( +3˚F / -16˚C   & very light snow is falling, like 1 flake per cubic foot of air out there  @ 11:30pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— } { We had a near catastrophic computer freeze and when we recovered the captions beneath a lot of tweets were way out of proportion. And 1100 + new tweets came in while we’ve been doing this  —djo— }

Cornell U Cam Shot
Grey & Dreery here in Ithaca, snowing so lightly it doesn’t show up on web cam shots.
Positive Thoughts?
For contrast – Yes, start your day off inspired by something positive and see if that does change the way your day unravels. —jim w—

Weather News: Boston got as much as 37 inches of new snow on Monday, and already had two feet of snow on the ground. Public Transportation came to a grinding halt there.  & It looked like Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia were getting dumped on Tuesday. Newfoundland and Labrador are being clobbered on Thursday. With two possible Nor’Easters heading for Maritimes over the weekend.

Doreen Virtue Quote
“Trust yourself!” —jim w—
Apple's going Solar
Apple plans to go 100% Renewable Energy as soon as it can. Let’s hope this is more than an Public Relations ruse. —djo—
Buddha Quote
In our natural state, before we are poisoned by Genetically Modified Food and highly controlled media, we are really ‘nice’ beings. fear and hatred are conditioned into us by nasty people with a nasty agenda. —djo—               A ‘Bodhisattva’ is an ‘Enlightened’ being who could enjoy the peace and serenity of the Heavenly Realms but comes back down here to help guide and liberate the rest of us from the negative b.s. that could lead us downward instead of up.  —jim w—
Yay John Lennon
Not exactly on topic, but I’ll quote John Lennon here, or post a retweet of a John Lennon quote – —jim w—
Climate change
We’ve got friends who believe that climate change is a terrorist activity being engineered by nasty dark ops ice-holes with military background at the behest of corporate ice-holes who are desperate to gain or regain control over the hearts and minds of everybody on this planet, or kill us all if we resist. —djo—
Extinction vs spirituality
This is a cool juxtaposition of messages this morning, don’t-cha think? —jim w—
Hitler / Harper
As Canada moves into an election year that will start and stop a whole lot quicker than we’re used to down here in the ‘States’, Things should be heating up on both sides. My friends up there tend to gravitate toward this view- That Stephen Harper is a born again Fascist who really wants to get it right this time- —djo—
Tommy Douglas Quote reL Fascism
Tommy Douglas was voted something like the biggest Canadian Hero a couple years ago for conceiving and implementing the Canadian Health Care System, which greedy sonofaguns have been trying to talk down and dismantle ever since. —jim w—
Harper priorities
The Harper government claims it was saving lots of money by cheating veterans out of their pensions and closing down offices that helped veterans get access to health care for PTSD and other conditions the government habitually denies coverage for. Meanwhile that same government has spent hundreds of times more money than it claims it saved — advertizing bogus ‘Economic Action Plan’ gains and phony apprenticeship programs with ‘interest free loans’ that suddently are not interest free when the ‘apprentice’ graduates the programme and discovers that he or she can’t buy a decent job and owes much more than he or she can pay back while working part time flipping hamburgers or pushing donuts. —djo—
Bernie Sanders quoted
More of today’s point-counterpoint: Bernie Sanders weighs in- 🙂 & It isn’t just the U.S. and Canada that are under attack by ‘big money interests’ Look at Greece, where a lot of voters have vivid memories of what it is like to live under a Fascist regime. And look around Europe, where Portugal, Spain and too many other countries are waking up and wondering “WTF” is going on. & I’m happy to report that some of my farourite ‘Psychics’ as well as much more scientific trend watchers are seeing a messy time of it, after which the ‘Banksters’ will no longer be in power. “Half Past Human dot com” says the last Bankster will be strangled by the intestines of the last phony religious cleric after enraged ex-catholics burn down the Vatican in 2019, after learning what Organized Religion has actually been up to for the last century or more, and the Bank of the Vatican has been funding the bloody black ops mind control while Catholic Priests helped develop Nazi torture technology to sexually abuse children and turn them into ‘Manchurian Candidate’ type brain-washed victims that could be activated to pull off seemingly random breaks that are actually attacks on our freedoms and liberty. The Texas Tower sniper, the Unibomber, the guy who shot John Lennon, and most of the wild and crazy school shootings and Theater shootings are done by ‘targeted’ individuals who have been conditioned and activated to pull off inconceivable acts of terror, so the government can pass emergency legislation that takes your freedom away and gives them more and more control over everything you think do and say. —jim w—
Child Labour in 1911
Child Labour in 1911
Child Laour in 2015
Child Labour in 2015.
Then and now?
Here’s a ‘Then and Now’ Tweet that twitter wouldn’t let me retweet. Maybe it was deleted?—djo—                             & I remember 14 year olds being a lot smarter and aware than adults gave us credit for, even if we weren’t always capable of seeing ‘the whole picture’ or understanding clearly what we saw going around around us, when I was one of them. —  Should I admit the Beatles hit the USA when I was a fourteen year old?  —jim w—

{ Today’s Birthdays :

February 11th: 1377- King Ladislas of Naples. 1847- Thomas Edison, inventer and reportedly greedy ice-hole was born in Milan, Ohio. 1919- Eva Gabor, Actress (Green Acres, Gigi). 1920- King Farouk I, Last king of Egypt was born in Cairo. 1926- Leslie Nielsen, Canadian Actor (“Forbidden Planet” & Naked Gun). 1934- Tina Louise, the actress who played ‘Ginger’ on Gilligan’s Island was born in New York City. 1936- Burt Reynolds – US Actor. 1953- Jeb Bush, politician and US National Election Fixer. 1956- Kathleen Beller, US Actress, was born in Queens, NY. 1962- Sheryl Crow, Singer-Songwriter, was born in Kennett, Misouri. 1964- Sarah Palin, Alaskan politician and running joke of a vice-presidential candidate. Also: Pamm, one of Jim W’s best friends and favorite all time people.

February 12th: 1663- Cotton Mather, the Puritan Minister who helped give us the Salem witch trials, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. 1809- Abraham Lincoln 16th US President was born in Kentucky, the same day that Charles Darwin, the famous Moron who gave us the theory of evolution was born of monkey parents in England.  1893- Omar Bradley, World War II US General. 1904- Ted Mack, Teevee Host of the Original Amateur Hour was born in Denver, Colorado.  1915- Lorne Greene, Actor (Bonanza & Battkestar Galactica) was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 1919- Forrest Tucker, Actor (F Troop) was born in Plainfield Indiana. 1950- Michael Ironside, Actor. 1955- Arsenio Hall, Comedian/talk show host.  — You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php  }

Yesterday’s News: Smart TVs that can recognize verbal commands can listen in to any conversation inside your home while that feature is on. NSA operatives etc, can also turn that on whenever they feel like it. Samsung admitted they have ‘a third party’ monitoring everything “to know when a command is given.”

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{ Canadian Headlines : From :  http://www.cbc.ca/news  <— Link }

‘Long live justice,’ fiancée says after Egyptian-born Canadian Mohamed Fahmy gets bail   { * We can hope and pray she still believes in ‘justice after this second trial is over. *  —djo— }

-Analysis- Why Walmart hit the bull’s-eye Target missed: Don Pittis   {* I can’t believe Walmart, a corporation that closes stores that might unionize and makes sure that as many employees as possible cannot work full time or enough to qualify for mandatory benefits, should be held up as a good example of anything. BOYCOTT WALMART!  —djo— }

-Analysis- Lost one minister, shuffle three. Harper’s new election face: Chris Hall   { * Stephen Harper is a micro-managing ice-hole. If the Canadian people re-elect him prime minister, then (1) they deserve to go to hell in a handbasket and (2) I wouldn’t believe a ‘fair election’ or honest vote count happened anywhere on this planet, ever. * —djo— }

Can NBC News Anchor Brian Williams redeem himself?   { * I can’t believe an article about an NBC News Anchor should be among the top 4 articles in any legitimate news service any more than I can believe that the Kardasians deserve to be millionaires or at all newsworthy.  *  —djo— }

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Weird
A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

Surf’s up at wet Whistler in spoof by snowboarders, skiers   {  }

Harlem Globetrotters’ mascot Big G recovered after Vancouver theft   {  }

Teen’s profane tweet gets her fired before starting new job   {  }

Heavy metal wedding on the high seas for Saint John couple   { * – has been listed in the top 4 offbeat news articles for at least three days now – * —djo— }

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Brrrrrr
-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

Moncton taxpayers deserve answers on AC/DC concert cash: reporter   {   }

Saint John police drop meals for detainees to cut costs   {    }

New Brunswick can expect fair weather on Thursday, Peter Coade says   { *** Ya call grey skies, grey everywhere and flurries ‘Fair Weather’? I don’t. ***  —jim w—  }

Brunswick News walks back pay cut for some newspaper carriers   { * The newspaper clawed back one cent for each paper delivered a while back, and now has given that penny a paper back to walking newspaper carriers, but not to drivers? *  —djo—  *** Yup- ***  —jim w—  }

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FHS dress code fight sees ‘complete shift,’ young feminists say   { * – Three months after an angry protest by young feminist activists at Fredericton High School led to their suspensions, the female students say there’s been a “complete shift” in attitude among administrators. – They’re now working together to tackle sexual assault and other issues at the 1,900-student high school.

– This week David McTimoney, the superintendent of the Anglophone West School District, confirmed the students will have a role in drafting a district-wide policy on sexual assault — one of their key demands during November’s protest. – “It will be a collaborative effort that will see student and staff input as well as input from experts in the field,” McTimoney says. – “A good news story.” – The story didn’t look that good last November, when about 25 young women walked out of classes to protest the school’s dress code and to demand a harassment policy. –

‘There was a breakthrough.’– Emilia Deil, student

– It was bitterly cold outside and the protest turned angry when the students weren’t able to go back inside afterwards because of the security locks on the school doors. One student alleged she was shoved by the police officer normally posted at the school. – Students who got into the school and chanted around the office of principal Shane Thomas were later suspended for three days and lost their extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. – But after McTimoney brought in a district staffer, Judy Piers-Kavanagh, to attend meetings between the activists and school officials, things cooled down. – Thomas, who the students had seen as intransigent, was more open to hearing their concerns, they say. – “There was a breakthrough,” says Emilia Deil, Grade 12 student. – “Him just even listening to us and encouraging us and telling us that he wanted to work with us and work through this, and understand — you could tell he genuinely cared at that point and genuinely wanted to do something about the issue, rather than just dismiss it.” – Thomas says he hasn’t actually changed his approach, but he has learned from his meetings with the students, including one where they described their own experiences with sexual harassment. – “I will say some of the stories surprised me,” he says. – “By sharing some of those experiences, it certainly is a learning curve for those of us on the other side of the table. Because you don’t know what all of the students are going through.” –

A simmering debate about dress codes

– The protest began over the school dress code, which requires students to wear “modest” clothes — a phrase that McTimoney admits can be interpreted differently by different teachers. –

Shane Thomas

Shane Thomas, the Fredericton High School principal, originally suspended the dress code protesters for three days and removed their extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The young activists felt the dress code was a symptom of what they call rape culture: a climate that blames women for the sexist behaviour of men such as leering, catcalls and harassment. – “It is basically the idea that we use language, or imagery, or we discuss rape or sexual assault in a way that makes it, `Meh, that’s the way things are. That’s just the way things are and people have to deal with it,’” says Jennifer Gorham of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. “And it’s permissive.” – The dress code issue had been simmering at FHS for a couple of years. – Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student who helped organize last fall’s protest, says she was among several students taken to task for their clothing. – A vice-principal told her that a sheer shirt she was wearing was too revealing. – “And she had no interest in listening to me, so she sent to me the principal and he had no interest in listening to me,” she says. –

Different approaches

– Thomas says the dress code was drafted with the input of a feminist club based at FHS. That group has taken a more moderate approach, working with administrators. –

Julia Fournier

Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student, was a member of the more moderate school-approved feminist group. She also participated in the November protest. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The principal says he believes in giving students a voice — but the best way to do that is through the officially-approved, school-based group. – “If you really are concerned about an issue, you should be joining that particular group that has a voice directly with the office or through the teachers,” he says. – “If you’re not part of a group, I don’t know what your ideas are.” – Beirne and Deil felt going through official channels wasn’t effective and decided to take a more radical approach with their city-wide group, the Fredericton Young Feminists. – “I’m definitely more into radical activism. I like protests and I think being loud and aggressive in our tactics is the way we’re going to see change,” Beirne says. – The group was also buoyed by its protests for abortion rights at the New Brunswick legislature last year, which they felt succeeded in forcing the issue onto the political agenda. – “We had politicians behind us on these issues we were bringing forward,” Deil says. – “We could see people cared about feminist issues, so it made it easier going into bringing up another issue.” –

From protest to persuasion

– Last November, the group posted a video to a petition website that demanded the repeal of the dress code.

Judy Piers-Kavanagh

Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher, was asked to bring the two sides together in the dress code debate. She was called a “godsend” by one of the feminist activists. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– “I was forced to miss class time because my bra straps were showing,” one student said in the video. – “A student at my school complained about sexual harassment,” Deil said, “and she was told she shouldn’t be wearing a low-cut shirt.” – They organized the walk-out for the following Friday. A few students from outside FHS joined the small group of protesters outside the school, where they chanted demands for ending the dress code. – Some members of the more moderate school-approved feminist group were there too, including Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student. – “A lot of people had never seen a protest before so they didn’t know what was going on,” Fournier says. – “They were shocked by that. But I didn’t see anything wrong happening. Like I don’t think we were out of line.” – Deil says she was nervous about joining the walk-out but decided she had to do it. – “I was told by teachers that I have a lot of respect for, that this was a bad decision and there were different ways of going about it,” she says. – But, Deil says, the students had tried talking without success. –

‘In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt.’– Judy Piers-Kavanagh

– Thomas, the principal of FHS for five years and an administrator for 17, says it was his first student walk-out. – “In my years in my administrator that is not something that has occurred and it’s not something we train for,” he says. – The students learned of their suspensions the following week. Many of their parents contacted the school to complain that the ban on extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year went too far. – By then, superintendent McTimoney was already trying to calm the situation. – He asked Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher who was filling in at the district office for six months, to step in. – She held a five-hour meeting with the suspended students. – “In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt,” she says. – “And by the afternoon I saw young people who were wanting to sit down with administration and have a conversation and they had all kinds of recommendations about what the school could do to improve some things as they saw it.” – Piers-Kavanagh has a background in gender studies and she earned the trust of both the activists and the administrators at a series of meetings. –

David McTimoney

David McTimoney, the district superintendent, says the FHS dress code will remain. (CBC)

– “She’s an angel,” says Deil. – “A godsend.” – Beirne echoed her support for Piers-Kavanagh. – “The fact she was sitting there on the other side of the desk,” Beirne says, “understanding where we were coming from, kind of helped the other people sitting on that side of the desk at least listen.” – As the meetings continued and the climate improved, the school’s principal rescinded the ban on the activists’ extracurricular activities. – “The things that they were asking us to do, we knew we were going to be able to do,” Thomas says. – “And so if they’re coming to the table willing to participate and generate good ideas and work with us to make our school a better place, there’s absolutely no need to have those consequences in place.” –

The discussion continues

– The mood has improved at FHS, with the decision to work on a district-wide sexual assault policy the most concrete example of the new atmosphere. –

Sorcha Beirne

Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student, says she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change at the school. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– Thomas has worked with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre to set up a sexual assault response team at the school and there are plans to establish a chapter of the White Ribbon campaign, which sees men raise awareness about assault and harassment against women. – “I’m pretty pleased with what’s going on,” says Emilia Deil. – “Just the fact that we had meetings with the administration was amazing to me. They definitely have had just like a complete shift in point of view.” – Thomas says the conversations with the students “is a powerful way to move forward as a school. And having that co-operation and collegiality with these young people is a wonderful opportunity for us and for them.” – Still, the two sides aren’t in complete agreement about everything. – McTimoney says the dress code will remain. – “There’s not an overwhelming cry to abolish the dress code,” he said. – “But we can see here the dress code was the catalyst for a larger conversation.” – There’s so much goodwill that no one wants to reopen the argument too much — but it’s clear there are very different views of whether the November protest was necessary. – “There’s a lot of good going on now as a result of what has happened, but I would say had the approach been different, the same good could have resulted,” McTimoney says. – “Had that taken a different route, we could have reached the same conclusions without those bumps along the way.” – The students disagree. – “The school district wasn’t going to listen our concerns until we did something big, until they had to listen,” Beirne says. –

‘As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.’– Shane Thomas, FHS principal

– We wouldn’t have got meetings with the district if we hadn’t had a protest, if we hadn’t gone to the media.” – Julia Fournier, of the more moderate school-based feminist club, says “the walkout turned out to be more effective. But I still respect all the opinions of the members of the FHS feminist club and I see both points of view.” – And Beirne acknowledges she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change. – “I think it’s very easy to assume that everyone has your best interests at heart, and the school really wants to do what’s best for its students,” she says. – “I think from their past behaviour it’s obvious they like to sweep things under the rug or push things aside.” – Thomas acknowledges that “it takes a while for all this to occur” but says he believes FHS will be successful. – “As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.” – * }

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{ We’re taking it slow for now, after being ‘down for the count’ / ‘under the weather’ / being beaten up by flu bugs for the last several weeks. Who knows? We might wake up tomorrow full of vim and vinegar and want to dive right back into what we were doing up to near the end of last month. But right now, I don’t even want to think about a lot of the nonsense that is passing for ‘News’ lately.  — Quote Paul Simon? “I get all the news I need from the weather report.” (?) But anyway, we could probably supply you with a barrage of retweeted stuff: Yay? Note to the world: “Hang in there-”  —djo— }

rant
Yay! I found something Positive! & I’ve wanted to hear anything good about Apple since it’s been looking like they’ve embraced the same sleazy-iced ‘Make sure they can’t use last years periferals with this year’s ‘gotta-have-its’ greedy ice-hole marketing strategy. Grumble Grumble…
Tax Dodges of Amerikan Corporations.
“How US Companies try to avoid paying taxes?” or how they get away with that?
TVs are Watching You.
“Smart TeeVees = Bad News” —djo—
Cool Cougars?
Without a whole lot more details I have no idea what this is or whether or not it might be appropriate for children. Best Guess? : Cover Photo of National Geographic Kids Magazine.
eeek
Coming from Lockheed Martin – I wouldn’t trust this as far as I could throw one of those towers. ‘Smart Grids’ are buzz words for the greedy corporate ice-holes who are using your ‘smart appliances’ to spy on you. smart meters disturb sleep patterns and give utility companies the ability to monitor your use and shut you down at their slightest whim. Senior citizens were killed in Texas when a power company shut off their air conditioners during an incredible heat wave. 106 degrees F in a high rise = dead senior citizens + Zero Corporate responsibility. —djo—
Surveillance State / Learn to take pictures.
Another weird juxtaposition coming our way from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ —jim w—
Airport What?
And, while we’re on the subject of the ‘Surveillance State’ – is this a legitimate view of what is going on? Or is this a stunt to try to recruit the kind of security cops who don’t mind getting their hands inside babies’ diapers and strip searching beautiful young women? Gack! —djo—
Arizone is as bad as Texas
A person who works at ‘Corrections Canada’ told me I was an effing idiot if I believed the ‘b.s.’ that Texas would lock anyone up for life if they were caught with a single marijuana cigarette. The next time I saw the guy he looked stunned, like he had researched that in order to try to slap me in the face with the ‘truth’ – and found out I had told him the truth. But he never apologized. Arizona is almost as bad as Texas. —jim w—
Real food extra
“Real Food? That will be Extra $$ -” —djo—
& The previous 'government'/regime here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone.  ---jim w---
& The previous ‘government’/regime – here in New Brunswick may have made some dirty deals, but those deals may not be chiselled in stone. —jim w—
Twitter followers map
My Map of Twitter Followers? —jim w—
djo twitter followers
Tweet Map – Not as pretty as Jim’s, but at least you can read it. —djo—
new followers. Jim W
Dueling Twitter Maps? Nah- But These are my ‘newer followers’ & I’m not in this to see how many followers I can get. Neither is Doug.  —jim w—

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{ We should quit while we’re ahead? Good Night Amerika – Whatever you are. -wink-  —djo— & friends —  }

 

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Tuesday, 10 February, 2015 – News?

Tuesday, 10 February, 2015  -( +17˚F / -8˚C  & cloudy @ 11:45 am near Ithaca )-  -( +7˚F / -14˚C   & cloudy  @ 12:45 pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

Wooden Yurts
Wooden Yurts are not a brand new thing, they’ve been around since the 1970’s. —djo—
Terri Nakamura Photo
“Wow” Somebody I follow on Twitter posted this with a link to Terri Nakamura, the photographer’s, Google Plus site. As far as I can tell, Terri Nakamura is a Californian, and this is probably somewhere in California. Don’t know for sure.

Weather News: Boston got as much as 37 inches of new snow on Monday, and already had two feet of snow on the ground. Public Transportation came to a grinding halt there.  & It looks like Halifax and other parts of Nova Scotia are getting dumped on today.

37 inches of new snow in Boston Monday.
Boston got 37 inches of snow on Monday, the 9th. The confusing thing is, Twitter reports, with their short word counts report that there is 3 feet of snow on the ground.

{ Today’s Birthdays :

February 9th: 1404- Constantine XI Dragases, the last Byzantine Emporer was born. 1773- William Henry Harrison, 9th US President was born in Charles City, Virginia. 1874- Amy Lowell, US Poet. 1891- Ronald Colman Actor (A Tale of Two Cities) was born in England. 1901- Brian Donlevy, Irish Actor. 1909- Carmen Miranda, Brazilian singer/actress; & Dean Rusk, )US Secretary of State from 1961-69). 1928- Roger Mudd, CBS and NBC News Anchor- Born in Washington DC, & Frank Franzetta, US Artist. 1930- Garner Ted Armstrong- US Evangelist. 1942- Carole King- Singer/pianist/Composer- was born in Brooklyn, NY. 1943- Barbara Lewis, US Singer, & Joe Pesci, US Actor- was born in Newark, NJ. 1944- Alice Walker, US Author “The Color Purple”. 1945- Mia Farrow – US Actress. 1949- Judith Light – US Actress -“Who’s The Boss”- was born in Trenton, NJ. 1951- Penny Peyser- US Actress – ‘Rich Man Poor Man’ – was born in Irvington, NY. 1952- Mookie Wilson, US Baseball Player, Base-stealer. Also: Audrey P. Moskwa – Writer and Chiara S. -A friend’s daughter.

February 10th: 1890-Boris Pasternak, writer/poet who wrote Dr Zhivago, was born in Moscow, Russia. 1893- Jimmy Durante the US comedian, was born in NYC, NY.  1906- Lon Chaney Jr- U.S. Actor was born in Oklahoma City, OK. 1930- Robert Wagner, US Actor, “Hart to Hart” teevee series, born in Detroit, MI.  1939- Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada (doesn’t say where she was born) and Roberta Flack, US Vocalist -Killing Me Softly- was born in Black Mountain, North Carolina. 1950- Richard Galdrian, Musician, Composer, Writer, was born in Bridgeport, CT. 1955- Greg Norman, Golfer, was born in Queensland, Australian. 1967- Laura Dern, US Actress, born in Los Angeles, CA You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php  }

Yesterday’s News: Smart TVs that can recognize verbal commands can listen in to any conversation inside your home while that feature is on. NSA operatives etc, can also turn that on whenever they feel like it. Samsung admitted they have ‘a third party’ monitoring everything “to know when a command is given.”

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{ Canadian Headlines : From :  http://www.cbc.ca/news  <— Link }

Parents of U.S. woman held hostage by ISIS notified of her death   { * Rumours are that a Jordanian bomb killed her. -Ack. I feel sick. *  }

Stephen Poloz to G20: I’m not talking down the dollar   {* He’s the Bank of Canada Governor.  * “All Economics are Voodoo”- I’m quoting myself there.  —djo— }

30 years on, did ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ really ‘bridge the distance’?   { * Canada’s charity anthen was recorded 30 years ago today. * —djo— }

Forget what you’ve heard: Chances are you’re on track for a decent retirement   { * “4 out of 5 Canadians are financially on track for a fine retirement, according to a report from cusultancy McKinsey”  *  —djo— }

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Weird
A Florida based artist has been told to stop selling miniature versions of the Super Bowl halftime ‘character’ sharks.

Offbeat News:

Heavy metal wedding on the high seas for Saint John couple   {  }

Apollo 11 sourvenirs found in Neil Armstrong’s closet   {  }

Manitoba’s famous hockey-playing robot learbs to ski   {  }

14-lb baby delivered by woman who didn’t know she was pregnant   {  }

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Brrrrrr
-The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

UNB calls in outside help to deal with law school crisis   {   }

Heavy Metal Wedding on the high seas for Saint John couple   {    }

Heating oil costs climb from pre-election change   {  }

James Robertson to be sentenced in fatal fall from 3rd-storey window   {   }

FHS dress code fight sees ‘complete shift,’ young feminists say   { * – Three months after an angry protest by young feminist activists at Fredericton High School led to their suspensions, the female students say there’s been a “complete shift” in attitude among administrators. – They’re now working together to tackle sexual assault and other issues at the 1,900-student high school.

– This week David McTimoney, the superintendent of the Anglophone West School District, confirmed the students will have a role in drafting a district-wide policy on sexual assault — one of their key demands during November’s protest. – “It will be a collaborative effort that will see student and staff input as well as input from experts in the field,” McTimoney says. – “A good news story.” – The story didn’t look that good last November, when about 25 young women walked out of classes to protest the school’s dress code and to demand a harassment policy. –

‘There was a breakthrough.’– Emilia Deil, student

– It was bitterly cold outside and the protest turned angry when the students weren’t able to go back inside afterwards because of the security locks on the school doors. One student alleged she was shoved by the police officer normally posted at the school. – Students who got into the school and chanted around the office of principal Shane Thomas were later suspended for three days and lost their extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. – But after McTimoney brought in a district staffer, Judy Piers-Kavanagh, to attend meetings between the activists and school officials, things cooled down. – Thomas, who the students had seen as intransigent, was more open to hearing their concerns, they say. – “There was a breakthrough,” says Emilia Deil, Grade 12 student. – “Him just even listening to us and encouraging us and telling us that he wanted to work with us and work through this, and understand — you could tell he genuinely cared at that point and genuinely wanted to do something about the issue, rather than just dismiss it.” – Thomas says he hasn’t actually changed his approach, but he has learned from his meetings with the students, including one where they described their own experiences with sexual harassment. – “I will say some of the stories surprised me,” he says. – “By sharing some of those experiences, it certainly is a learning curve for those of us on the other side of the table. Because you don’t know what all of the students are going through.” –

A simmering debate about dress codes

– The protest began over the school dress code, which requires students to wear “modest” clothes — a phrase that McTimoney admits can be interpreted differently by different teachers. –

Shane Thomas

Shane Thomas, the Fredericton High School principal, originally suspended the dress code protesters for three days and removed their extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The young activists felt the dress code was a symptom of what they call rape culture: a climate that blames women for the sexist behaviour of men such as leering, catcalls and harassment. – “It is basically the idea that we use language, or imagery, or we discuss rape or sexual assault in a way that makes it, `Meh, that’s the way things are. That’s just the way things are and people have to deal with it,’” says Jennifer Gorham of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre. “And it’s permissive.” – The dress code issue had been simmering at FHS for a couple of years. – Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student who helped organize last fall’s protest, says she was among several students taken to task for their clothing. – A vice-principal told her that a sheer shirt she was wearing was too revealing. – “And she had no interest in listening to me, so she sent to me the principal and he had no interest in listening to me,” she says. –

Different approaches

– Thomas says the dress code was drafted with the input of a feminist club based at FHS. That group has taken a more moderate approach, working with administrators. –

Julia Fournier

Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student, was a member of the more moderate school-approved feminist group. She also participated in the November protest. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– The principal says he believes in giving students a voice — but the best way to do that is through the officially-approved, school-based group. – “If you really are concerned about an issue, you should be joining that particular group that has a voice directly with the office or through the teachers,” he says. – “If you’re not part of a group, I don’t know what your ideas are.” – Beirne and Deil felt going through official channels wasn’t effective and decided to take a more radical approach with their city-wide group, the Fredericton Young Feminists. – “I’m definitely more into radical activism. I like protests and I think being loud and aggressive in our tactics is the way we’re going to see change,” Beirne says. – The group was also buoyed by its protests for abortion rights at the New Brunswick legislature last year, which they felt succeeded in forcing the issue onto the political agenda. – “We had politicians behind us on these issues we were bringing forward,” Deil says. – “We could see people cared about feminist issues, so it made it easier going into bringing up another issue.” –

From protest to persuasion

– Last November, the group posted a video to a petition website that demanded the repeal of the dress code.

Judy Piers-Kavanagh

Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher, was asked to bring the two sides together in the dress code debate. She was called a “godsend” by one of the feminist activists. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– “I was forced to miss class time because my bra straps were showing,” one student said in the video. – “A student at my school complained about sexual harassment,” Deil said, “and she was told she shouldn’t be wearing a low-cut shirt.” – They organized the walk-out for the following Friday. A few students from outside FHS joined the small group of protesters outside the school, where they chanted demands for ending the dress code. – Some members of the more moderate school-approved feminist group were there too, including Julia Fournier, Grade 9 student. – “A lot of people had never seen a protest before so they didn’t know what was going on,” Fournier says. – “They were shocked by that. But I didn’t see anything wrong happening. Like I don’t think we were out of line.” – Deil says she was nervous about joining the walk-out but decided she had to do it. – “I was told by teachers that I have a lot of respect for, that this was a bad decision and there were different ways of going about it,” she says. – But, Deil says, the students had tried talking without success. –

‘In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt.’– Judy Piers-Kavanagh

– Thomas, the principal of FHS for five years and an administrator for 17, says it was his first student walk-out. – “In my years in my administrator that is not something that has occurred and it’s not something we train for,” he says. – The students learned of their suspensions the following week. Many of their parents contacted the school to complain that the ban on extracurricular activities for the rest of the school year went too far. – By then, superintendent McTimoney was already trying to calm the situation. – He asked Judy Piers-Kavanagh, an Oromocto teacher who was filling in at the district office for six months, to step in. – She held a five-hour meeting with the suspended students. – “In the morning I saw young people who were confused and hurt and trying to understand why they were being punished. They were terribly hurt,” she says. – “And by the afternoon I saw young people who were wanting to sit down with administration and have a conversation and they had all kinds of recommendations about what the school could do to improve some things as they saw it.” – Piers-Kavanagh has a background in gender studies and she earned the trust of both the activists and the administrators at a series of meetings. –

David McTimoney

David McTimoney, the district superintendent, says the FHS dress code will remain. (CBC)

– “She’s an angel,” says Deil. – “A godsend.” – Beirne echoed her support for Piers-Kavanagh. – “The fact she was sitting there on the other side of the desk,” Beirne says, “understanding where we were coming from, kind of helped the other people sitting on that side of the desk at least listen.” – As the meetings continued and the climate improved, the school’s principal rescinded the ban on the activists’ extracurricular activities. – “The things that they were asking us to do, we knew we were going to be able to do,” Thomas says. – “And so if they’re coming to the table willing to participate and generate good ideas and work with us to make our school a better place, there’s absolutely no need to have those consequences in place.” –

The discussion continues

– The mood has improved at FHS, with the decision to work on a district-wide sexual assault policy the most concrete example of the new atmosphere. –

Sorcha Beirne

Sorcha Beirne, a Grade 12 student, says she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change at the school. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

– Thomas has worked with the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre to set up a sexual assault response team at the school and there are plans to establish a chapter of the White Ribbon campaign, which sees men raise awareness about assault and harassment against women. – “I’m pretty pleased with what’s going on,” says Emilia Deil. – “Just the fact that we had meetings with the administration was amazing to me. They definitely have had just like a complete shift in point of view.” – Thomas says the conversations with the students “is a powerful way to move forward as a school. And having that co-operation and collegiality with these young people is a wonderful opportunity for us and for them.” – Still, the two sides aren’t in complete agreement about everything. – McTimoney says the dress code will remain. – “There’s not an overwhelming cry to abolish the dress code,” he said. – “But we can see here the dress code was the catalyst for a larger conversation.” – There’s so much goodwill that no one wants to reopen the argument too much — but it’s clear there are very different views of whether the November protest was necessary. – “There’s a lot of good going on now as a result of what has happened, but I would say had the approach been different, the same good could have resulted,” McTimoney says. – “Had that taken a different route, we could have reached the same conclusions without those bumps along the way.” – The students disagree. – “The school district wasn’t going to listen our concerns until we did something big, until they had to listen,” Beirne says. –

‘As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.’– Shane Thomas, FHS principal

– We wouldn’t have got meetings with the district if we hadn’t had a protest, if we hadn’t gone to the media.” – Julia Fournier, of the more moderate school-based feminist club, says “the walkout turned out to be more effective. But I still respect all the opinions of the members of the FHS feminist club and I see both points of view.” – And Beirne acknowledges she’s the most skeptical among members of the Fredericton Young Feminists about whether all the talk will lead to real change. – “I think it’s very easy to assume that everyone has your best interests at heart, and the school really wants to do what’s best for its students,” she says. – “I think from their past behaviour it’s obvious they like to sweep things under the rug or push things aside.” – Thomas acknowledges that “it takes a while for all this to occur” but says he believes FHS will be successful. – “As long as we’re working with the students and they’re working with us, I have confidence that our students will help us and we’ll be able to help them.” – * }

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{ We’re taking it slow for now, after being ‘down for the count’ / ‘under the weather’ / being beaten up by flu bugs for the last several weeks. Who knows? We might wake up tomorrow full of vim and vinegar and want to dive right back into what we were doing up to near the end of last month. But right now, I don’t even want to think about a lot of the nonsense that is passing for ‘News’ lately.  — Quote Paul Simon? “I get all the news I need from the weather report.” (?) But anyway, we could probably supply you with a barrage of retweeted stuff: Yay? Note to the world: “Hang in there-”  —djo— }

rant
Yay! I found something Positive! & I’ve wanted to hear anything good about Apple since it’s been looking like they’ve embraced the same sleazy-iced ‘Make sure they can’t use last years periferals with this year’s ‘gotta-have-its’ greedy ice-hole marketing strategy. Grumble Grumble…
Tax Dodges of Amerikan Corporations.
“How US Companies try to avoid paying taxes?” or how they get away with that?
TVs are Watching You.
“Smart TeeVees = Bad News” —djo—
Cool Cougars?
Without a whole lot more details I have no idea what this is or whether or not it might be appropriate for children. Best Guess? : Cover Photo of National Geographic Kids Magazine.
eeek
Coming from Lockheed Martin – I wouldn’t trust this as far as I could throw one of those towers. ‘Smart Grids’ are buzz words for the greedy corporate ice-holes who are using your ‘smart appliances’ to spy on you. smart meters disturb sleep patterns and give utility companies the ability to monitor your use and shut you down at their slightest whim. Senior citizens were killed in Texas when a power company shut off their air conditioners during an incredible heat wave. 106 degrees F in a high rise = dead senior citizens + Zero Corporate responsibility. —djo—

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{ We should quit while we’re ahead? Good Night Amerika – Whatever you are. -wink-  —djo— & friends —  }

 

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Sunday, 11 January, 2015 – News & Headlines:

Sunday, 11 January, 2015  -( +30˚F / -1˚C & cloudy @ 5:15 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +18˚F / -8˚C   & cloudy  @ 6:15 pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }  { Happy 200th Birthday, Sir John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada- & Happy much younger Birthday wishes to: Emily Skawinski, and Dalila Martinak-Catterill }

Wow
5:23 pm in the Magical Kingdom of Cornellia – Beautiful photo from the streaming web cam. —djo—
Histoire du Monde
Nous Sommes Un Peuple = We Are One People = Oui, C’est Vrai! —djo—   *** & I feel a definite trend today – Many more positive statements are coming through.   —jim w—
Paris Unity Marche
– Jim W is right – Today almost feels like a ‘Woodstock Moment’ – —djo—
Go Photograph Iceland
We should all ‘Peace Out’ This tweet suggests getting back to nature with a camera might help 🙂 —djo—
Prague Photo?
Retweeted by fr0g5 : Originally from @Ou_Prg : “Nite nite twitterhearts, beautiful angel dreams xoxo hugs and kisses for all and of course much love from Prague” * Too tall to copy & paste the tweet * —djo—
Remember Who You Are
Sounds Good To Me – —djo—
FDR
– I’ve been angry with FDR for allowing the Federal Reserve Bank to become established in the U.S.A. But I must admit, I missed the above quote. This still does not dismiss the Federal Reserve – but it makes me wonder if somebody slipped that past him. —djo—
Details
Details on the Un-Reported ‘Right-Wing Domestic Terrorist Plot Against US Police” —djo—
#ToutesLaMondeSontsCharlile
Twitter Reacts to #JeSuisCharlie —djo—
First Amendment
Isn’t Peaceful Assembly guaranteed under the U.S. Bill of Rights? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Patience and Attitude
Hmmm- Philosophy? = Yum. —djo—
Erase Extremism?
Um, It would be nice if this was actually the way it works – Freedom Of Expression without Compassion won’t quite do it. If the downtrodden don’t know that you care about them and are willing to try to help them, you’ll still have trouble. —djo—
Support First Nations
“Support the Wet’suwets’en First Nation in their struggle to stop Pipelines on their land.” —djo—
Grand Canyon in Snow Photo
Saturday = Huffington Post Tweeted a photo of the Grand Canyon ‘buried in Snow’ – “Cool!” -Rachel  —djo—
It might help
Will the failure of the tar-sands pipeline bid bring Harper down? —djo—
Solidarity
C’est Bon! Et Je Suis —djo—
More flack over Fantino - Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those "only following orders"?
More flack over Fantino – Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those “only following orders”?
Gack!
In the middle of a very visible crisis with returning Canadian Veterans  committing suicide, being denied pensions and facing incredible long waits for health care, the Harper government closed down 9 regional Veteran’s Administration offices and his hand picked, now fired, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs cheated their vets out of 1.1 Billion dollars and handed that money to Stephen Harper as a present? —djo—
Harper Lies
January 11, 2015 – 5 pm Eastern Another voice added to the concensus. —djo—

{ New Stuff Every Day: We don’t change the images with the twitter stuff every day, but there will almost always be something new there, usually at the top of each section. The red headlines under ‘read this:’ & ‘Not this:’  Will be new. The top 4 headlines in blue “Offbeat” will usually be new. The top ten headlines in maroon/brown under “Most Viewed” are almost always all new, with CBC repeating or rewording something every now and then. Some of the green healines under “Other” are new, the ones at the top of the list are the most new. The top 4 purple headlines under “Local / New Brunswick” are New, except when some of those top 4 are repeated over the weekend or a holiday. And several of the top olive green headlines under “First Nations” are new on most days. — thanks,  —djo— }

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{ +5,154 New tweets since 9 pm Thursday [-Sorry- Jim was sick and I was overwhelmed with ‘day job’ nonsense- ] – & It just might be National “Something or Other Day”, but nobody tells me these things –  —djo— }

{ Headlines missing from below: —> Harper’s trying to look like a hero by claiming he is giving families a big tax break. Nope, he’s giving millionaires’ families a big tax break. ‘Normal people’ are carrying the richest ice-holes’ weight. Why do white cops shoot young black men? *  Link  *  Interesting twist on New Brunswick’s moratorium on Fracking : At the top of the list of what would have to change before the new Premier of N.B. would allow fracking and pre-fracking ‘explorations’ would be “Social License” which, he explained, would mean that the citizens of New Brunswick would have to be in favor of that fracking. = “Hmmmm” –  * UBER software raised prices during Australian Hostage Crisis to $140-$200 dollars per ride. Then apologized and offered repayments.  — & Loads of people anonymously did nice things for people they never met & Media completely missed that. *  —djo— }

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This is from “Blacklock’s Reporter”  *  Link  * :

Feds Run News Blacklist, Ban Employee Access To Website

– A federal agency banned public employees from accessing news stories at Blacklock’s Reporter via government internet servers, documents confirm. Confidential records show Shared Services Canada imposed the government-wide blackout on website access by hundreds of thousands of staff. Files on the blacklisting were obtained through Access To Information. – Shared Services Canada offered no explanation. A 218-page file detailing the ban is heavily censored and conceals email messages in which Shared Services staff discuss the action in messages headed, “Block Domain: Blacklocks.ca”. – “This is outrageous conduct,” said Blacklock’s publisher Holly Doan, who noted the newsroom first learned of the blacklisting from individual subscribers in federal departments who were unable to access news content. Shared Services Canada manages telecom services for 43 departments. – No reason is given for the blacklisting. Blacklock’s is an accredited member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery covering bills, regulations, Access to Information and federal courts. – “It’s astonishing to see Canada join the short list of countries that forbid public employees from accessing internet news sites,” Doan said. “This is not only Orwellian, it appears to breach the government’s own guidelines on workplace internet use.” – Cabinet’s official Policy On Acceptable Network & Device Use adopted in 2013 permits federal employees to “search for information online” and “share links to professional activities and events or interesting and relevant articles”. The Policy also details “unacceptable use” of government computers including access to “hate propaganda”; “pornography”; “obscenity”; and “illegal gambling”. – Doan said, “Surely Shared Services Canada can tell the difference between Blacklock’s and a jihadist website or crime syndicate”; “No rational agency would blacklist an accredited news site in the name of security or crime prevention”. Doan noted the Blacklock’s ban appeared to be revoked September 9, the same day the publication filed a formal request for records from Shared Services Canada. – ‘Way Ahead There, Boss Man’ – Documents indicate the government’s central internet provider blocks numerous domain sites. Shared Services Canada would not explain how many sites it has blacklisted, what their names are, or how many others are accredited news sites. “We do not comment on the specifics of methods used to protect the Government of Canada’s IT infrastructure,” said Marie-Helene Rouillard, a Shared Services spokesperson. – Access To Information records show the department’s IT security division blocked the website blacklocks.ca from last August 22, sending an email alert to numerous agencies including the Department of Industry, Correctional Service of Canada, tax department and others. “The email went to all contacts we have on record,” Dave Tough, a Shared Services security analyst, writes in one August 25 email; “Way ahead of you there, boss-man.” – Tough rated the alert of “high importance”, and indicated several IT staff monitored the news site. Blacklock’s was also cited in an August 27 Cyber Brief distributed to telecom staff across all government agencies; “Cyber Briefs are publications released by the Government of Canada with the goal of preventing widespread incidents,” the memo reads. All references to Blacklock’s were lengthy and censored. – Tough did not reply to repeated requests for an interview. “At no time did our newsroom pose a security threat to the nation,” said Publisher Doan. – Under cabinet’s Policy on workplace computer use, more than 200,000 federal employees are permitted to “watch online broadcasts of work-related content” and “keep up-to-date with news and current events”, according to Examples Of Acceptable Use. Other permitted activities include “subscribe to web feeds”; “check the weather forecast”; “confirm bus schedule information”; “read or contribute to online forums”; and “visit social networking sites to connect with family and friends”. – Forbidden computer activities include using workplace computers to “make public comments about government policies”; “engage in political activity”; or “breach the duty of loyalty requirement for public servants”. –

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{ We’ve tried to move all the New stuff up top here. There may be important and interesting stuff below: Bears, Belugas and Cats may be more important than the corporate ‘bull chips’ in the news to many of our readers, but we tried to give the current newsy stuff priority.  }

 

Something Positive?
Give Hope to the Homeless in the face of adversity. There’s always a little bit of Heaven in the middle of a disaster zone. Conentrate on the Heaven and alleviate the disaster. —djo—
Poem = Canada In Winter
Canada In Winter. A poem. This may be a little hard to read. —djo—
Gaaa
Understatement of the day?:  Kids’ brains are important. & I didn’t copy and paste another tweet that says parents should remove tablets and smart phones from kids’ hands before they let them go to bed. Another tweet cites a teenaged suicide victim and says we should see kids rights as being more important than parents’ rights. —djo—
Eeek 2.0
Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo—
Harper and sinking ships
Is this a case of, “If it makes me look bad, it must be someone else’s problem.” & Anybody caught looking bad while following Harper’s Orders can always be replaced by another Party line enforcer? Ya rthink? —djo—
Fupp Harper Check
-Pretend you’re a human being with an actual functioning heart – check. —djo—
Link
* Link * <—<< LInk to an article on the global financial crisis Half Past Human sees coming. —djo—

===Read This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “Tell me something Positive!”

Snowy Owl's Portrait face.
“Snowy owl ‘epidemic’ sweeps across Ontario.

When the world’s corporate media make such a big deal out of the Charlie Hebdo shooters being part of ISIS is sounds an awful lot like we’re being manipulated into accepting the next war.  ;

Re: Dalhousie and the misogystic facebook postings: (1) Yes, the Dentistry students were stupid to post that stuff. (2) University students should have some private place where they can be complete ‘ice-holes’ and vent their frustrations where nobody outside their little group would be offended. (3) Now we hear that professors at that University were upset and wanted to take action before the ‘fit hit the shan’ and were told that stupid sexist facebook postings were not eligible for consideration as violations under the Student Code of Conduct — (4) Nobody wins. & Will somebody please come up with a solution to keep this from happening again? ;

A Muslim employee in the Kosher supermarket where the extremists held hostages in relation to the Charlie Hebdo massacre hid several Jewish shoppers in the basement and then managed to sneak out and tell police what was happening. We Need More Positive News Like This. 1.57 Billion Honest, Peaceful Muslims in this world and 50,000 Muslim Extremists who have been radicalized and manipulated by dark ops groups like the C.I.A. etc, are giving those dark ops morons an excuse to make you hate and fear the whole religion? You’re being manipulated. We Are One People. God does not hate anybody. We’re here to love and help each other get through this kind of nonsense.   ;

& Harper’s under tight security? He should be locked up in Maximum Security for what he’s doing to Canada.  —djo—    ;

===Not This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “—Nothing up my sleeve—“/ slight of hand?

Video shows Paris gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS leader  ;

Dalhousie professors’ Facebook scandal complaint tossed   ;

Muslim man hailed for courage during siege of Paris Jewish supermarket  ;

Harper under tight security at Sir John A. Macdonald 200th birthday event  ;

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Blasts from the recent past:

Politicians paying somebody to wipe out evidence of overspending? They do more than that, GOTO:   CAFR1.Com  ;

& – Wouldn’t it be nice if people started living by “Love they Neighbor as thyself”- ‘Could you believe it- no more war—‘   –

There’s a link directly above this section in the caption of a copied and pasted re-tweet defining a global economic flying ‘shitstorm’ – The ‘bad guys’ are plotting to manipulate an economic collapse in order to tighten their grip on everyone and take away what remaining freedoms you believe you still have. One encouraging forecast I heard: There are a lot more of ‘US’ than there are of ‘Them’ – ‘Them = Banksters’ and people will not take this. We might have a rough go for a while, but we will shut those Banksters down and change the way we view economic matters. Let’s hope that forecast was right and lets pray for all the help we need to get through this with ‘ease and grace’ [ —djo— ]  ;

The Keystone pipeline. Um, (1) Big oil companies have ‘buried’ patents for processes that could make competitive technologies viable. (2) Nicola Tesla knew about and was working on methods to distribute electricity free to everybody and the rich and powerful ruined him financially because he was a threat to their monopolies. (3) There’s a book that might be available somewhere, “The Energy Non-Crisis” by Lindsey Williams, a Baptist Pastor who was privileged to insider information and learned that oil keeps replentishing itself, Oil Companies have raised their prices based on lies and are still making record profits. Farmers in Texas discovered new oil on their property, thought they would be rich, signed deals with big oil companies had their wells dug and were told that the oil companies were not going to use their oil, no matter how good it was and they couldn’t tell the world about this because, according to the terms of their contracts, the big oil companies could sue them for everything they were worth if they did. Big Oil is dirty business. Oil-Sands / Tar-Sands is dirty business. Send them buggers to the poor house, or banish them to a parallel dimension where their kind of policies have ruined whole planets and let them starve and freeze with what they’ve done staring them in their faces.  ;

Re: Bill Cosby. We will not add to his ‘Trial by Media’ here. He performed in Ontario. He has not been charged by police. Perhaps allogations like those leveled against him should not be made public. I am a firm believer in “Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged” and Everyone should be ‘Presumed Innocent’ until God tells me they’re guilty. And I don’t think God will break silence for something like that.   ;

On a day when the lead article should be the very unpopular Minister of Veterans Affairs being fired and replaced by a hand picked party line enforcer, The lead ‘story’ here was the Junior World Hockey championship? Jeeze! –  ;

Housing costs everywhere in the world are controlled by greedy ice-holes. Until we fix that problem by removing those greedy ice-holes from the equation, be prepared to be hammered in the brain by silly propaganda designed to keep you off balance and in a state of anxiety about everything in your environment. Pray for Angelic Intervention. Bring Heaven to Earth. “Help! – Amen”  ;

All kids need a place to play where they can act out their dreams and even mimic the grown up ice-holes they see every day. I’ll include University aged men and women in this. There should be someplace where almost-grown-up kids can be complete ice-holes for a laugh, as long as they don’t hurt anybody. Maybe universities need in-house computer bulletin boards where students can post all kinds of inflamatory b.s. and nobody outside their little group will ever see it. Faculty could probably use something like that, too. A Private Venting Board where you can call your dean a complete freakin’ waste of good dna and get away with it. We never would have heard about Lieutenant Dish if rabid political correctness was in force when M.A.S.H. first entered our collective, -clear throat- uh- ‘consciousness’ (?) –  ;

The problem with big oil began with the fact that they’ve been lying to all of us all along. Oil is created by some natural process inside the earth and on distant planets and moons that never had dinosaurs. It is not ‘fossil fuel’. It constantly replentishes itself. There never was or will be an oil shortage. Prices you pay are inflated by lies. What we need here is cheap renewable energy, which the sun and planet provide for free. Put them lying cheating manipulating Oil Barons in the poor house. Or better yet, put them in Jail – ;

Trial by mass media does not make anyone guilty. There is due process. Celebrities should not be put on trial in the corporate media before they have been found guilty in a court of law. And think about this: How many people who have been convicted of really heinous crimes have been exonerated by dna evidence in the last few years. Our ‘Justice’ systems are imperfect and subject to corruption and mistakes made by honest people. You better hope you never have to bet your life on your country’s ‘Justice’ system.    ;

Oilsands, Tarsands. The technology is out there to provide everybody on this planet with free energy. WE can and should make sure that everybody on this planet has a safe shelter and enough to eat. We can do that. We should have been doing that all along. There is no such thing as ‘Fossil Fuel’. But YES! Canada should leave its oilsands in the ground, where it belongs.    ;

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Updat

white deer
White Deer? We were accused of trying to pass a goat off as a deer in New Brunswick.  *** Our deer friends are back and happy that we’ve got a nice big bag of oats to share with them for Yuletide celebrations. Not a single one of them was wearing a Santa Claus Hat or wearing jingle bells. That is probably a good thing. ***  —jim w—  *** UPDATE We thought we saw a news story that reported that the white deer in this photo had been killed by a bus up the street. Nope. Tonight she was one of several deer who showed up to thank us for the oats we give them.

“Offbeat”

Jenna the Husky
Husky reunited with her human.
deer on ice
“Deer on Ice Rescued” – This seems more like “Human Decency” than ‘offbeat’.
Quack Quack.
“Dawn of the Ducks”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light painting
LED lights on a kayak paddle produced this effect. Yum 🙂 —djo—
3 guys and a half buried moose
Three Alaskans Save Avalanche – Trapped Moose. —djo—

No Pants Subway Ride 2015  { * Not just offbeat- this looks ridiculous. But it may be fun for some exhibitionists who like to show off their underwear. * shrug *  —djo—  }

Grad student seeks crowdfunding to finish thesis  { * Can we seek crowdfunding to get rid of evil governments? *  —djo—  }

Indiana couple charged after video shows tot putting gun in mouth  {   }

South Korean ice fishing enthusiasts brave winter cold  {   }

 

===Recently: >>—>

‘It didn’t even fight us’: Snowmobilers erscue moose buried in avalanche  { * Animals are a lot smarter than most humans realize. *  —djo—  }

6 wild animals in unexpected places … and one very short cat   {  *  Link  *  }

Waterloo photographer captures movement in mesmerizing LED snaps  {   }

Goats, elk happy to munch on your used Christmas trees {   }

Couple forced to relocate wedding for Obama’s golf game   {   }

Son pays off parents’ mortgage for Christmas   { * & The money used to ‘bail out’ the ‘Too big to fail’ Banksters could have paid off everybody’s Mortgages several years ago. The human race survived on this planet for seven and a half million years without banks trying to control us. “Banking Establishments are more dangerous than standing armies!” -Thomas Jefferson.  Burn down the banks. Tar and feather anybody who voted for that bail-out. *  —djo—  }

Labrador hoisted to safety after falling 46 metres off cliff   { The dog got spooked but survived, with ‘minor injuries but walked out to the trailhead’ after a climber rappelled to a narrow ledge with a rescue harness and both dog and climber were hoisted to safety by an 8-person crew from the Oregon Humane Society.  This shouldn’t be ‘Offbeat’- This should be the kind of good news we need a lot more of.  🙂  —djo—  }

Husky missing for more than 6 months reunited with owner  {  🙂  }

Pen pals from P.E.I. and Tennessee meet after 40 years  {  }

Deer on ice rescued by B.C. conservation officers  {  }

Polar bears’ stinky feet may help attract mates: study  {  }

‘He’s just barking in your face’: Would-be police dog fired for poor performance   {  }

Man’s toilet explodes while city crew cleans sewers   {   }

Students develop app that rewards you for ignoring your phone in social situations   {   }

Swedish town seeks to prevent torching of giant Christmas straw goat   { * It’s a tradition in the town of Gävle, every Christmas they build a 13 meter tall straw goat and about 50% of the time vandals burn it down.  * Link to WebCam * At least in my browser, there was a ‘click here to translate this page’ thing visible for a couple seconds.  Jim W has some distant relatives somewhere in Sweden –  —djo—  }

 

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Electric Vehicle at charging station
New Electric Vehicle at a charging station

“Most Viewed”

Canada regularly sending spies up to the North  {   }

Paris attacks: Muslim store worker Lassana Bathily hailed as hero  {   }

Paris gunman Amedy Coulilbaly pledges allegiance to ISIS in video  { * But, be careful & be slow to decide what you believe here: C.I.A. agents have the ability to make anybody appear to say anything in a video. *  —djo—  }

56 dead in Mozambique after drinking beer poisoned with bile  {  }

Dalhousie professors’ Facebook scandal complaint tossed  {  }

Prime Minister Stephen Harper under tight security at Sir John A. Macdonald birthday event  {  }

Changing tastes: Legros and Motti moving on  {   }

Brent Gartner, 51, victim of first Toronto homicide in 2015  {   }

Paris attacks: Millions march with world leaders to honour 17 victims   {   }

Apprenticeship ad’s claim of skilled trades shortfall open to question   { * And the current sitting government of Canada has been accused of lying in these ads as well as using taxpayer dollars to fund the ads which are thinly veiled campaign ‘bull chips’ to try to keep themselves in power while they fleece the country- Steal 1.1 Billion dollars from Veterans’ health care and give it back to a government fund to try to brag about saving money while denying health care to Vets, discharging Vets months before they would be elligible for their pensions, closing down 9 regional offices where veterans used to be able to get help with their health claims- and then spending hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on lying television ads about the economy?  Gag me with a spoon? *  —djo—  }

-13 photo slide show- Charlie Hebdo attack: Police end 2 hostage-takings   {  }

-Blog- 90’s kids rejoice as Internet Archive releases 2,300 MS-DOS games for free  {  }

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Hands Up - I Can't Breathe!
“I can’t breathe!”

Other:

AirAsia Flight QZ8501: Flight recorder pings detected, official says  {   }

-In Depth- Haiti quake’s effects still felt by Canadians on aniversary of disaster   {   }

Government ad’s claim of skilled trades shortage muddies labour market data   {   }

Searchers home in on AirAsia jet’s black boxes after pings detected   {   }

Beer poisoned with crocodile bile kills 56 in Mozambique   {   }

Attempt to abduct a baby, threaten another ends in B.C. arrest   {   }

-Profile- How Canadian doctor Vera Peters revolutionized cancer treatments   { * But the big pharmaceutical companies have successfully kept actual cancer curing substances off the market through their big bucks lobbying and their controlled politicians. Clinics that actually had a 66% cure rate were demonized and forced out of business by the FDA, which has become an enforement arm of the big pharmaceutical companies’ will to make money whether it kills you or not. *  —djo—  }

Tamir Rice didn’t receive medical attention from police, video reveals   {   }

The price of divorce? A whopping $975 M for U.S. oil magnate   { * How much have ‘oil magnates’ fleeced from honest consumers by dishonesty, subtrafuge, bribing politicians, and other illegal, immoral, unethical, and dangerous practices? *  —djo—  }

-Updated- Couple with 2 young kids says ‘family noise fee’ may force move from townhouse   { * A family friend with an Austism Spectrum Disorder kid had neighbors calling police when the kid was screaming in the middle of the night. They lived in fear that something like this might happen to them. This was a medical problem. They fought against Canadian red tape and biased professionals to get their kid diagnosed. After that, behavioral problems that could have gotten their kid suspended, expelled or even arrested while in grammar school were covered. There should be some kind of way that people with children with medical / behavioral challenges shuld be able to find an acceptable living situation where random outbursts of noise and other ‘strange’ behavior won’t force them to pay insane fines or even move into a possibly dangerous housing situation. *  —djo— }

‘People are saying that should be shot’: Coyote hunt organizer threatened   { * I can understand both sides of this controversy. Maybe we need multi-dimensionals to help us move the Coyotes to alternate dimensions where they can be happy while protecting pets and citizens of a dimension that doesn’t want Coyotes in its neighborhoods.  }

Economist says Alberta should ‘start taxing carbon’, depend less on oilsands   {   }

-Photos- CES 2015: 10 new gadgets from Consumer Electronics Show   {   }

Should older actresses act their age? Meryl Streep defends Russell Crowe  { * Should the Fashion Police be encouraged to dictate what anybody can wear in public? Should any group be empowered to dictate the behavior of everybody anywhere? Should we surrender Free Speech and Expression and become good little robots and confrom to standards that some idiot with an inflated ego believes are ‘proper’?  }

RCMP officer goaded to see ‘how far he would go’ with female prisoner   {   }

Who is looking at your computer when you’re on hotel Wi-Fi?    {  }

Cartoonists, economist and police officers among 12 dead in Paris attack   {   }

-Go Public- Passenger refused flight over missing letter on airline ticket   { * Her name was spelled wrong, Belarus native Valiantsina Murashka’s name was printed on her airline ticket missing one ‘n’. So the airline wouldn’t let her fly home. I remember loads of early computer read-outs that truncated my name. ‘Otterso-Dougla’ comes to mind. Good thing I don’t want to fly anywhere, ya think? *  —djo—  }

Canada to resettle 10,000 more Syrian refugees over 3 years   {   }

BlackBerry unveils Internet of Things platform at CES   {   }

Toronto illustrator tweets images of missing, murdered indigenous women to PM   {   }

First Air still the world’s only disappearance-proof airline   { * – Technology that could have solved the mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is currently used by only one airline in the world: First Air, which flies in the Canadian Arctic. – The system, made by Calgary tech company FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, has been around for about five years. – *  —djo—   }

Discovery of Earth-like planets ‘first step’ in search for extraterrestrial life   { * What if you learned that extraterrestrial life is all around us, every day, on this planet? *  —djo—  }

‘Crazy Indians Brotherhood’ dole kindness to Winnipeg’s homeless   { * But they clawed back $1.1 Billion that should have gone to Veterans’ Health Care while systematically denying that health care to veterans in real need? This stuff has to stop *  —djo—  }

Why it’s impossible to storm-proof the power grid   { * uh, would that be because the over-charging power companies don’t want to spend any part of their ‘profits’ to upgrade or use technology that Nicola Tesla developped almost a hundred years ago that could make power distribution free to everyone on this planet? *  —djo—  }

Triathlon competitor saves couple from drowning in Cancun   {   }

Cannabinoid e-cigarettes to be available in more countries in 2015   {   }

Pope Francis picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity   {   }

9 high-tech gadgets turning heads at CES International   {   }

-Analysis- Welcome to election year, date to be determined: Chris Hall   {   }

-Go Public- Ontario man fears fro credit rating after Hertz charges wrong car rental amount   { * The man was over-charged $159.24, disputed the bill, after not hearing anything for quite a while he got a letter that said his dispute was not valid. I can’t tell from the article whether a major part of this issue stemmed from the merchant who overcharged him for an extra 3 days, after he had turned the car in on time, failed to respond to the head office of Hertz or what. *  —djo—  }

CES 2015: 4K TVs, connected home tech- and the last gasp for smartwatches?   { * But- are these devices spying on you? *  —djo—  }

Bad luck plays the biggest role in getting most cancers, researchers suggest   { * Find out who paid those researchers. Other studies have found hormone-based herbicides and pesticides cause a lot of cancers. *  —djo—  }

Canada’s richest 100 CEO salaries have increased by 25% since 2008   { * That’s a crime. *  —djo—  }

 

 

===  And:  Daily Stuff ===

-Must Watch- CBC’s Nahlah Ayed at the unity rally in Paris  {   }

-Must Watch- Dramatic bus crash footage  {   }

-Must Watch- Crowds gather at Charlie Hebdo memorial  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- [Haitian Earthquake] Disaster’s effects still felt by Canadians 5 years later  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- The bloodied craft of political cartooning  {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Rebuilding Haiti, 5 years later  {   }

 

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-Photos- 10 unusual homes around the world   { *  Link  *  }

-Analysis- Neil Macdonald: Can America handle the truth about Saudi Arabia?   { * Me: Can America handle the truth about itself? Can America handle the truth about September 11, 2001 or anything the C.I.A. has been involved in since its inception? How about the NSA? How about the ‘dark ops’ projects paid for by taxpayer dollars, how about the lies that taxes are the only income the U.S. Government has to work with? How about a dozen other examples of ‘the putrid underbelly of the american society’? *  —djo—  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

mother
“Fredericton Mother”
mother and daughter
Mother and daughter in Fredericton
Youth Feminist President
President of the Fredericton Youth Feminists

 

 

 

 

 

Woman dead after vehicle crashes into Saint-Jacques river  {   }

Toboggan or to toboggan, that is the question  {   }

UNB’s frat and sororities feel discriminated against after facility ban  {   }

Devon Middle School gets green light to reopen  { * After mold and asbestos were detected in the ventilation system and the school was closed down for I think more than a week. *  —djo—  }

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New Brunswick hit with more power outages    {   }

FHS dress code protest penalties too harsh, parents say  { * Too many things about public education are too harsh on the students and families, I say.  —djo—  }

New Brunswickers losing faith in electrical grid  {   }

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Shale gas poll finds New Brunswickers divided on issue  { * How did they phrase the questions on that poll? “Would you sell your children’s and grandchildren’s future out so a couple ice-hole politicians can strike it rich?” <— That’s the real question. There is no such thing as ‘Safe Fracking’. They do not have the technology to ensure that their band-aid ‘fixes’ can keep poisons and flammable gasses from leaking into your drinking water when their patches rust,  crack or otherwise fail in a couple years. This is not a joke, this is life and death. *  —djo—  }

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“First Nations”

Game Changer B.C. Aboriginal
Last June 26th, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of B.C. granting it title over 438,000 hectares of land, the long ignored tribe became a priority for the B.C. government, CBC says this was a major ‘Game-Changer’. —djo—

-Opinion- Idle No More: Where is the movement 2 years later?  {  }

Red Winter, Ottawa
“Red Winter, Ottawa, January 11, 2013” (Nadya Kwandibens/ Red Works/ARP Books)
Another Round Dance
From ‘The Winter We Danced’ (Nadya Kwandibens/RedWorks/ARP Books)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-Opinion- Sir John A. Macdonald’s birthday celebration cause for reflection, not celebration for First Nations  { * Re: Sir John A. Macdonald’s Legacy:  “It’s a legacy that includes policies ‘of starvation and coercion.’-”  *  —djo—  }

Unreserved: Celebrations of life, legacies and sport  {  }

-Opinion- Feds need to be schooled on First Nations education  {  }

Is this ‘Redskin’ licence plate offensive?  {  }

Aboriginal education, employment high priorities, Sask. politicians say  {  }

Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak sues teacher over racist facebook posts  {  }

Aboriginal leaders demand independent probe after Mountie took jailed woman home  {  }

Residential school survivor’s death shakes Winnipeg indigenous community  {  }

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Yukon First nations look at aboriginal sentencing reports  {  }

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Regina Cree dancer brings powerful dream to reality  {  }

Do police have a problem with aboriginal people?  {  }

N.W.T. caribou: Whati chief awaits meeting with government  {  }

Mountie takes woman home from jail to ‘pursue a personal relationship’  {  }

Winnipeg Art Gallery seeks Nunavut input on Inuit Art Centre  {  }

-Opinion- Improving indigenous health starts with reconciliation: Anna Banerji   {  }

Leona Aglukkaq to run in upcoming election  {  }

Evan Munday tweets images of missing, murdered women to Stephen Harper   {  }

‘Crazy Indians Brotherhood’ dole kindness to Winnipeg;s homeless  {  }

Snowy owl a ‘peaceful’ messenger for First Nations woman   {  }

Elections Canada budgets $1M for aboriginal ID issue in federal vote   {  }

First Nation community mourns 3 deaths suspected to be caused by flu   {  }

First Air the only airline in the world with black box data streaming   {  }

Nutrition North: 5 of 6 advisory board members donated to federal Tories   {  }

B.C. implements new vulnerable witness policy years after Rober Picton inquiry   {  }

James Clifford Paul makes first, brief court appearance   {  }

Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge billed as first aborigninal arts hotel in Canada   {  }

-Video- Wynne, Harper discuss Ring of Fire, First Nations’ drinking water   {  }

Chilliwack gives OK to hazardous waste recycling facility   {  }

Keystone bill would be vetoed by Obama, White House says   {  }

Mistreatment claim leads to investigation of Regina polic  {  }

Family of accused in Paul Band attack forced to move away  {  }

Stranded family in northern Quebec rescued by Hydro workers  {  }

CKLB has received $463K in funding since August shutdown  { * The First Nation’s radio station went off the air because their funding was late. *  —djo— }

Peel watershed: Gwich’in Tribal Council unhappy with appeal  {  }

Aboriginal representation on 2015 jury rolls to be challenged  {  }

$3K residential school education credit deadline to be extended  {  }

Unreserved: From Thomas King to Thomson Highway  {  }

Harry Okpik, champion dog musher, races 600 km across tundra  {  }

20 cases delayed by Ontario’s jury roll problem  {  }

-Video- Aboriginal hotel opens in Vancouver   {  }

-Opinion- Why does the Canadian justice system treat aboriginal people as if they’re all the same?  {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top 10 indigenous music picks for 2014  {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top 10 indigenous music picks for 2014  {  }

Lydia-Molly Tayara, Inuk woman, says cancer went untreated  {  }

Caroline Marshall-Hobbs, Mi’kmaq rights-advocate remembered  {  }

Ontario gives green light to clearcutting at Grassy Narrows   { * Remember this. *  —djo— }

Deninu Kue First Nation gets rights to diamond benefits  {  }

Loretta Saunders murder trial set for New Year  {  }

Reporter notebook: CBC’s Jillian Taylor reflections on Tina Fontaine  {  }

Reporter’s Notebook: Waubgeshig Rice on the Omushkegowuk Walkers  {  }

Reporter’s Notebook: Angela Sterritt on the oilsands paradox  { * “Reporting on a tiny community downstream from Alberta’s Athabasca oilsands was one of the hardest stories I have worked on in my life”.  *  —djo— }

– 6 photo slide show – Unreserved: A literary special  {  }

Tribal Map
Map of California’s Native American Tribes. —djo—

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Cartoon
Lots of Pollution, Lots of Oil Company Profits, The Promised “Lots of Jobs” is a pile of bull chips. —djo—

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{ “Fude 4 Thought”  :  }

Ten Sticks
“As long as the fish still swim – This Land will be – Indian!” I want to cry every time I hear Richie Havens sing that song. And I play it a lot. —djo—
Portuguese Trash to Art Sculptor with 'bird'
The building behind the sculpture is almost as amazing as the sculpture itself. I wonder if anybody lives in that building. —djo—
& types of social networks
Something I haven’t taken the time to think about. —djo—
Grrrr
I think I want to raise Benjamin Franklin’s ghost, give him a really nasty weapon and tell him where to find everybody who is trying to kill the postal service in Canada and anywhere else on this planet. —djo—
Nice Quote
Dang- The tweets are good today. This one is from fr0g5. Retweeted from @LawAbidingHuman —djo—
Never Regret-
The only thing I really know about this person is that she has some very interesting tweets. —djo—
Fox News
The Spirit of Fox News in a [Wing-] Nutshell? —djo—
Yay Haiti
Sometimes I think the world never forgave Haiti for beginning the struggle that put an end to overt endorsement of slavery by most ‘civilized’ governments. —djo—
Schnarr
Caution: Stephen Harper has proved himself to be dangerous to the health of this planet, its waterways, its inhabitants, our veterans, and your freedom to be who God meant you to be. —djo—
Affirmation
Repeat after me, “Abundance is my Divine Birthright, I am Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Loved!” — Don’t stop until every fiber of your existance believes that completely. – Affirmation curtesy of Glynis McCants —djo—
Warped Quote
“Would you like to swing on a star? Carry moonbeams home in a jar? And be better off than you are?” -Or would you rather go to school? —djo—
Be The Change
Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanza- Happy Anything Else You Feel Like Celebrating.
Fuck Monsanto
Just when I thought we might be able to tidy this place up, somebody has to go and send me stuff like this – Stop Monsanto before they stop us. What they’re doing is beyond ‘Cruel and Unusual’ but I would say, stop short of butchering the families of everybody who works for those Ice-Holes. There has to be a Humane way to deal with them. —djo—
Yay Peru
“Peru is giving Free Solar Power to its 2 million poorest citizens” Strengthen your nation- Empower your people. —djo—
Cree Walkers
” Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimas and Paul Mettina walked 1,700 kilometers to Ottawa to raise awareness of treaty rights and encourage the federal government and their chiefs to work together to address and reconcile aboriginal issues.” —djo—
quote
A quote from Battlesytar Gallactica? —djo—

&

I don’t know how this caption survived, but it did. I guess maybe I should keep it here: * Wealth Is Delusion * If you believe that anyone can ‘own’ the Earth, its resources or ‘wealth’ You’ve bought their ‘bull chips’ and you’ve already lost. You can’t play by their rules. They cheat. —djo—

{ “Why the worlds’s big energy firms are running scared from renewables”  >>—>  *  Link  *  }

 

Solar Powered plane.
Something Positive from GreanPeace. —djo—
Nelson Madela quote
Quoting Nelson Mandela = Positive Reinforcement of Your Self Esteem. —djo—
Eliminate Poverty
Sounds Good To Me – & Harper Has It Wrong —djo—
Tyranny versus Liberty
Another Quote from Thomas Jefferson. I need to reflect on this before I endorse it whole heartedly — —djo—
Beautiful Moments
A ‘Sea of Flowers’ in a seaside park in Japan. —djo—
Cat hugging snowman
2015-jan-01 This is cute, I hope that cat is not freezing to death out there, desperate to find a spot out of the wind or something. – & This was retweeted by fr0g5 & was just too big for me to take a screen shot and copy and paste with the laptop- —djo—
Baby Bobcat
If this guy was orange, I’d swear they found Moe’s Baby Picture. —jim w—
Spirit Bear Photo
Dang- Another tweet I thought has to be here. Dear Editor is the Sky, “Please advise! —Amen” —djo—
Owl
That’s one spooky looking owl. Where’s Odell? New Brunswick? You’re going to make me fire up mapquest aren’t you? —djo—
Oceans in Danger
Happy New Year – Save The Planet! —djo—
BBC Tweet
The BBC adds their voice to those concerned about evil ice-holes tightening their control over everything they ‘allow’ you to know about what they’re doing to you and everything you care about. —djo—
malala with peace prize
10 December, 2014 – Malala shows her Peace Prize. Dedicated to “those voiceless children who want change.” God Bless Her. —djo—
persepctive
Less than 50,000 dangerous extremists out of 1.57 Billion Peaceful, & Honest Muslims? And the C.I.A. & Homeland Security Ice-Holes want you to be terrified of Islam? So they can push you around and take away the few freedoms you haven’t surrended yet? —djo—

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Nice Message
Glynis McCants is a Numerologist and a really good person. Even if our numbers don’t make us best friends 😉 —djo—

 

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Imagine Peace Tower
“Imagine Peace Tower” on the 34th anniversary of an MK-Ultra targeted individual sending John Lennon to the next world. —djo—
Doreen Virtue Tweet
Another Nice Message

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— “Other Media” :  —

Help!
“I’ve got an idea, lets arm the Pandas and Belugas and let them save the planet while we play our video games and turn our souls off?” —djo—
Beluga
The St. Lawrence Belugas Scored a Victory over the Deep Pocket Corporate Shills in what did not turn out to be a Water Polo Match. —djo—
blow your whistles
I hope those Pandas and Belugas are well armed, we really need them…. —djo— Monday, 15 DEcember, this article/photo was retweeted quite a few times today.  —djo—
Help!
“Amnesty International + Malala Yousafzai = Hope” / “So this is Christmas-” John Lennon. —djo—
Monsanto Sux
Clif at Half Past Human dot com is calling them: Mon-SATAN-no or something close to that. —djo—

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Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

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{ This is from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ : }

2 visions of the future
“At a low point in the 1990’s I started writing a story in which the Earth/Dimension we know and love split in two with most of the trees, bees and plants that give us food and shelter and oxygen, as well as the domestic and farm animals walked into perenial springtime and brought positive people with them, the nasties, the power crazy, the negative people all fell into a separate dimension/parallel world that immediately became a nuclear winter.” —jim w—
Malcolm X Quote
Malcolm X was murdered because he believed that the races could get along co-exist and co-prosper. Bad guys did not like that idea. They want to Divide & Conquer. —djo—

{ “Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of the Harper government: Newspaper Article from the Toronto Star:  *  Link  * }

Debate over Prostitution Laws
This photo bothers me for a couple reasons: (1) a prostitute who looks this good would not have to stand on a street corner to drum up business. (2) I don’t like the implications that anyone who dresses like this might be a prostitute – I mean think about it: Almost every woman in Hollywood these days would be suspect. (3) Any politician who tries to convince you that prostitutes are a bigger threat to your welfare than those politicians [are] should be castrated in public. —djo—
Freedom of the Press
New York Times Reporter James Risen is facing jail times if he refuses to testify in a trial against a CIA agent accused of leaking sensitive material. Freedom Of The Press is always an issue, More so lately. —djo—
Hong Kong Students risk future to show support for democratic reforms
& Don’t forget Hong Kong
Wow
Palestinians show support for Ferguson, Missouri.

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WikiLeaks
-Julian Assange’s Whistleblower Foundation has new members- Whistleblowers in general are peole who subscribe to higher standards of ethics and morality than their bosses or supervisors or government authoritarian types and are usually shocked to find out that lots of people do not back them up when they seek help because they’ve reported an injustice, or worse- and been ‘rewarded by being fired or even charged with crimes against corporations that the ‘justice system’, instead of locking up the bad guys, turns out to be protecting from the good guys, Constables got their start as enforcers for corrupt officials, corrupt ‘Nobles’ and ‘Royals’. When ‘serve and protect becomes law enforcement- that’s bad news for everybody.   —djo—

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110 million year old fossils
I remember being in 5th or 6th grade, reading about Archaeologists exploring what they believed were the earliest ruins of a civilization that died out ‘thousands of years ago’ & thinking that was almost incomprehensible- Then somebody told me there has been intelligent life on this planet for 11 million years. now they’re finding 110 million year old fossils? wow- — djo—

 *  Walter Burien’s Web site explains how governments all over the ‘free world’ are stealing from their citizens and ‘cooking their books’ :  * link to CAFR1.com *

Links >>—-> The definitive ranking of ridiculous and misleading Conservative names for bills put before Canadian Parliament:

Note: ‘Http.com’ Hijacked the original links we put here for these two links.

Let Us Know if any other links have been effed with, thank you

>>——> J.Z.N McCauley’s NaNo Novel <——<<

{ -jda-‘s NaBloPoMo entry disappeared from the list. & Jim’s NaNoWriMo Novel has gone over 90,000 words as of November 19th. }

{ Don’t know how many new tweets since late last night. We crashed.  Medium but poignant Traffic? in the ‘Tweet-us-sphere’  —djo— }

Recent earthquakes in Alberta linked to fracking: study  {  }

{  * Attention OathKeepers: When “Serve and Protect” becomes strict “Law Enforcement” with the civilian population seen as the enemy, Police become Terrorists.  *  Link to article in the Toronto Star  *  —djo— }

=====   Steppenwolf’s “Monster” with interesting video clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EVE8leTG8Y  God Bless Oathkeepers =====

Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

{  * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtzIKCqaZMQ *  <——<< * Link *  Moody Blues @ Home in 1995? from “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” I like many of the interesting details of Justin Hayward’s ‘Carriage House’ Home.  —jim w— }

 

{  “America- Where are ya now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t ya know We need you now, We can’t fight alone against this monster-” -John Kay of Steppenwolf- & the Monster is the one who convinces the police that they need to arrest a harmless 90 year old man for feeding the homeless in Florida and scares honest police officers to the point where they’re killing unarmed/ harmless men and women. These Police Officers are Not the Enemy. Look Behind the Curtain. —djo— }

Wiki Leaks Merchandise
WikiLeaks is selling teeshirts, sweatshirts, hats, hoodies, Mouse Pads & Smart Phone cases to raise funds, * Link *

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

{ “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies” —Thomas Jefferson }

French Cartoon.
“What can one do to reduce the fear of terrorism?” / “Click!”

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{ From a tweet:  Huffington Post: “A Tribe Called Red’s Thanksgiving Track is Tougher to Swallow Than Turkey And Stuffing (Video)”  *  Link  *  —djo— }

===== From the “International Business Times”  — “Anonymous Hackers Threaten Canadian Police, Alleging ‘Swatting’ Suspect Was Framed”  —  *  Link  *  { * Consider the source *  —djo— } =====

{ From @democracynow “We can reduce the prison population by 50% in the next 6-7 years if we just demand greater justice”   *  Link  *   the link might be more interesting than the above quote.   —djo— }

Privacy Breakthrough?
-Polaris, “Let’s Encrypt” Will mean more ubiquitous Web Encryption and Privacy- Article below:

Most recently, Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced “Let’s Encrypt,” their collaboration with Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan in attempt to take the first big step towards a more universally secure Internet. One of the biggest weaknesses in the underlying architecture of the web as it exists currently is the highly bureaucratic and complex (not to mention costly) system required for websites to obtain and deploy the SSL/TSL certificates needed to protect your web surfing experience (these are the basic pieces of information that allow the little lock icon to work in your browser, signaling your session is private and secure). “Let’s Encrypt” will extend these digital certificates to all websites by starting an easy-to-use and free-of-charge certificate authority that issues them; this means that web encryption will not just be available to big players like banking services or email providers, but will set a much higher bar for Internet security across all websites, regardless of their ability to pay for a certificate or properly install it.

We are strong, adamant supporters of this initiative and are excitedly awaiting it’s unveiling in 2015 under a new nonprofit called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

In addition to this, Mozilla announced it’s own strategic privacy initiative in collaboration the Tor Project and CDT. We’ll be consulting “on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations” with the open-source browser to help it more effectively and appropriately bring privacy features into its products. “We want to accelerate pragmatic and user-focused advances in privacy technology for the Web, giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web experiences,” the company explained via its privacy blog. – We believe in the possibilities that privacy innovations could make possible, and are excited and honored to be a part of the process. – What do these changes mean for the short- and long- term future of the security of the Internet? – There will soon be no excuses for not baking encryption into web services, and in turn, consumer privacy and protection into the tools we use to navigate the digital highway.

Anti-Spyware Software released free.
“Free software program Detekt can find spyware on your PC.”

 

– “Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry out their legitimate work without fear of surveillance, harassment, intimidation, arrest or torture,” Amnesty International said in an online posting introducing Detekt. – Whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government surveillance on activists and citizens. Amnesty said it is concerned about a chill on human rights activists and journalists, especially those in repressive countries, because of such surveillance.

resistsurveillance.org

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Microsoft fixes 19-year old Windows bug  { * – Microsoft Corp issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years. – The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer.

– IBM Corp’s cybersecurity research team discovered the bug in May, describing it as a “significant vulnerability” in the operating system. – “The buggy code is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years,” IBM X-Force research team said in its blog on Tuesday. – *

*** The bugs were not “undiscovered”, Government Hackers spoke about this on Coast to Coast A.M. before the summer of 2002. Art Bell was the host. This program is not listed in the current Coast to Coast A.M. archives, at least I could not find it by searching ‘hackers’. 3 men who were quite ‘enthusiastic’ and talkative about their experience working for hackers for US Government agencies that ‘officially do not exist’ -one of them told us he has an ashtray with one of those officially non-existent agency’s official logo on it- told us that microsoft was fully aware of holes in their operating system but were not going to do anything about it because the government of the US liked it the way it was. They said it was simple for any hacker to get into your computer if you were ‘running windows’ -“Especially if you have printer sharing turned on.” && They also said they liked Apple Computers back then because it was possible to tell a Mac to do only one thing at a time, not like windows computers which could have all sorts of nonsense going on undetected in the background.  – AND Another Coast to Coast A.M. guest, much more recently, related talking to a computer pioneer a long time ago, when dial ups were the latest thing, and when the computer guy finished showing him something, he would not leave the room without shutting off his computer, and disconnecting the phone line from his computer. When the C2C guest asked the computer guy what that was all about, the computer guy said that he, as in insider, knew that the US Government could already get into anyone’s computer that was connected to Delphi or GEnie or AOL, even if the computer had been turned off. — And, now that almost every computer in the world has WiFi capabilities- you can never fully disconnect yourself from the possibility that they can turn your computer on and gather any information you have, or were ever connected to- any time they want to do that- With the possible exception that you might be ‘safe’ if you live inside a Faraday cage, a hundred feet or more beneath the surface of this planet. Welcome to the future, it sucks.  —jim w—   }

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-Archived?:-

Quebec woman gets jail time after stopping for ducklings led to 2 deaths   { * Morton Thiokol executives never even got their wrists slapped for ignoring warnings from engineers. This led to the spectacular explosion that killed everyone aboard a high profile NASA Shuttle launch. I say maybe they could justify locking up someone who tried to save any life after they’ve locked up everybody who willfully let many more people die in the name of corporate profits. *  —djo—  } Emma Czrnobaj gets 90 days in jail for [trying to save ducks on a highway and causing a fatal accident in the process] {  }

Poor posture from technology use can lead to 4 damaging effects   { * But the Canadian Chiropractic Society has a free app to inspire you to improve your posture and improve your health *  Link  *  —djo— }

Immigration law that split young family frevents child trafficking, government says   { * (1) do not believe anything your government tells you. (2) you gotta be out of your mind to believe that anything your government does is in your best interest. *  —djo—  }

Tory anti-pot ad mocked and condemned by YouTube viewers  {  * Link *  }

Veterans face too many barriers to mental-health help, auditor general says  {   }

‘Consumers deserve the truth’: Water-heater firm fined $7M for unfair sales tactics  {   }

Conservative trap to ensnare Liberal candidate ends up embarassing Tories  {   }

– ‘What else are they doing wrong?’ artists wonder of Revenue Canada  { * The short answer? believing the propagandist liars who tell them that the government needs tax money to offer any kind of services to the people it wants to keep down under their thumbs – They have income streams they reallllly don’t want you to know about.  Demand the truth now!  *  Link to CAFR1 dot com  *  —djo—  }

-Analysis- Question authority? Not if you are black in America: Neil Macdonald  {   }

Coke plans to start making fancy milk — for twice the price  { * If it’s genetically modified, it’s poison. *  —djo—  }

Law can protect social media users who blindly consent to terms of service  { * It CAN – but will it? *  —djo—  }

Adults, kids cross police line at Kinder Morgan protests  { * One tweet today: “The RCMP just arrested two eleven year olds at Burnaby Mountain, I feel safer already.” *  —djo— }

-Special Report- Would you know what to do if someone told you they were raped?   { *  Link  * } }

-Analysis- Gobal corruption a bigger scourge than terrorism: Brian Stewart  { *  Link to the CBC article.  * *** And The whole idea behind our ‘modern’ system of ‘banking’ is probably the most corrupt ‘system’ in this world. ***  —djo—  }

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{ My friends in the U.S. tell me I’m lucky to be in Canada. They are usually correct.  —jim w— }

Lions looking at industrial pollution

{ 8:45 pm EST — We are Ready to Rock and Roll —   & Thanks again for your help, Jim W, and  “—jda—“     ———djo——— }

Wednesday, 07 January, 2015 – News & Headlines:

Wednesday, 07 January, 2015  -( +2˚F / -17˚C & cloudy @ 9:15 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +10˚F / -12˚C   & a fine light snow is falling  @ 10:15 pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

Fred Bridge
10:30 pm up this way. You can’t see the snow falling, but you can see white at the edge of the road on the right and in the road on the left –  and wet reflections of tail lights on the ramp on the left. —jim w—
Charlie Hebdo massacre
Wednesday, 07 January, 2015 – Today’s Lead Article has to be the attack on the Paris, France Satirical Newspaper Artists and Reporters. Whether it was an assault on free speech or something darker and worse – I don’t know. But it almost felt like one of those moments when ‘everything changes’. —djo—
The Second Volley
The second volley? At the end of the Movie ‘Tora Tora Tora’ The actor playing the Japanese Admiral who had just successfully carried out the attack on Peal Harbor sits down looking serious and glum and says, “I wonder if we haven’t just woken up a sleeping giant-” No matter who the pawns are in a war game like what we saw today in Paris. Everybody loses. If ‘soldiers’ were convinced that they were defending their religion merely turned the whole world against their cause – what has anybody gained? If the pen is mightier than the AK-47 you do not want to have the best and brightest satirists in this world rallying to bring you down. —djo—
#ToutesLaMondeSontsCharlile
Twitter Reacts to #JeSuisCharlie —djo—
The Score Just shifted in Our favor
Terrorists Scored 12 hits — Level-Headed- Compassionate Earthlings Scored Millions. Love and Sanity Wins. MK-Ultra Loses.The score just shifted in our favor. —djo—
Take Back Your Society
I would have hated seeing something like this as a kid, or a teen-ager, now it sounds like a radical revolutionary statement. —djo—
Patience and Attitude
Hmmm- Philosophy? = Yum. —djo—
Support First Nations
“Support the Wet’suwets’en First Nation in their struggle to stop Pipelines on their land.” —djo—
Grand Canyon in Snow Photo
Saturday = Huffington Post Tweeted a photo of the Grand Canyon ‘buried in Snow’ – “Cool!” -Rachel  —djo—

 {Wednesday, 07 January, 2015 – Breaking News: 9 earthquakes in Texas in past 48 hours attributed to Fracking. }

It might help
Will the failure of the tar-sands pipeline bid bring Harper down? —djo—
More flack over Fantino - Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those "only following orders"?
More flack over Fantino – Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those “only following orders”?
Gack!
In the middle of a very visible crisis with returning Canadian Veterans  committing suicide, being denied pensions and facing incredible long waits for health care, the Harper government closed down 9 regional Veteran’s Administration offices and his hand picked, now fired, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs cheated their vets out of 1.1 Billion dollars and handed that money to Stephen Harper as a present? —djo—
Censorship Sux
The Cartoon: “Our Media Massively subsidized by 99% Consores the voices of 99%” Um, taxpayer subsidized media ignores and censores 99% of those taxpayers? —djo—

{ New Stuff Every Day: We don’t change the images with the twitter stuff every day, but there will almost always be something new there, usually at the top of each section. The red headlines under ‘read this:’ & ‘Not this:’  Will be new. The top 4 headlines in blue “Offbeat” will usually be new. The top ten headlines in maroon/brown under “Most Viewed” are almost always all new, with CBC repeating or rewording something every now and then. Some of the green healines under “Other” are new, the ones at the top of the list are the most new. The top 4 purple headlines under “Local / New Brunswick” are New, except when some of those top 4 are repeated over the weekend or a holiday. And several of the top olive green headlines under “First Nations” are new on most days. — thanks,  —djo— }

Spirit Networks tweet
Nice Message —jim w—

{ +4,637 New tweets since 9 pm yesterday [Bad News From Paris France Day] – & It just might be National “Something or Other Day”, but nobody tells me these things –  —djo— }

{ Headlines missing from below: —> Harper’s trying to look like a hero by claiming he is giving families a big tax break. Nope, he’s giving millionaires’ families a big tax break. ‘Normal people’ are carrying the richest ice-holes’ weight. Why do white cops shoot young black men? *  Link  *  Interesting twist on New Brunswick’s moratorium on Fracking : At the top of the list of what would have to change before the new Premier of N.B. would allow fracking and pre-fracking ‘explorations’ would be “Social License” which, he explained, would mean that the citizens of New Brunswick would have to be in favor of that fracking. = “Hmmmm” –  * UBER software raised prices during Australian Hostage Crisis to $140-$200 dollars per ride. Then apologized and offered repayments.  — & Loads of people anonymously did nice things for people they never met & Media completely missed that. *  —djo— }

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This is from “Blacklock’s Reporter”  *  Link  * :

Feds Run News Blacklist, Ban Employee Access To Website

– A federal agency banned public employees from accessing news stories at Blacklock’s Reporter via government internet servers, documents confirm. Confidential records show Shared Services Canada imposed the government-wide blackout on website access by hundreds of thousands of staff. Files on the blacklisting were obtained through Access To Information. – Shared Services Canada offered no explanation. A 218-page file detailing the ban is heavily censored and conceals email messages in which Shared Services staff discuss the action in messages headed, “Block Domain: Blacklocks.ca”. – “This is outrageous conduct,” said Blacklock’s publisher Holly Doan, who noted the newsroom first learned of the blacklisting from individual subscribers in federal departments who were unable to access news content. Shared Services Canada manages telecom services for 43 departments. – No reason is given for the blacklisting. Blacklock’s is an accredited member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery covering bills, regulations, Access to Information and federal courts. – “It’s astonishing to see Canada join the short list of countries that forbid public employees from accessing internet news sites,” Doan said. “This is not only Orwellian, it appears to breach the government’s own guidelines on workplace internet use.” – Cabinet’s official Policy On Acceptable Network & Device Use adopted in 2013 permits federal employees to “search for information online” and “share links to professional activities and events or interesting and relevant articles”. The Policy also details “unacceptable use” of government computers including access to “hate propaganda”; “pornography”; “obscenity”; and “illegal gambling”. – Doan said, “Surely Shared Services Canada can tell the difference between Blacklock’s and a jihadist website or crime syndicate”; “No rational agency would blacklist an accredited news site in the name of security or crime prevention”. Doan noted the Blacklock’s ban appeared to be revoked September 9, the same day the publication filed a formal request for records from Shared Services Canada. – ‘Way Ahead There, Boss Man’ – Documents indicate the government’s central internet provider blocks numerous domain sites. Shared Services Canada would not explain how many sites it has blacklisted, what their names are, or how many others are accredited news sites. “We do not comment on the specifics of methods used to protect the Government of Canada’s IT infrastructure,” said Marie-Helene Rouillard, a Shared Services spokesperson. – Access To Information records show the department’s IT security division blocked the website blacklocks.ca from last August 22, sending an email alert to numerous agencies including the Department of Industry, Correctional Service of Canada, tax department and others. “The email went to all contacts we have on record,” Dave Tough, a Shared Services security analyst, writes in one August 25 email; “Way ahead of you there, boss-man.” – Tough rated the alert of “high importance”, and indicated several IT staff monitored the news site. Blacklock’s was also cited in an August 27 Cyber Brief distributed to telecom staff across all government agencies; “Cyber Briefs are publications released by the Government of Canada with the goal of preventing widespread incidents,” the memo reads. All references to Blacklock’s were lengthy and censored. – Tough did not reply to repeated requests for an interview. “At no time did our newsroom pose a security threat to the nation,” said Publisher Doan. – Under cabinet’s Policy on workplace computer use, more than 200,000 federal employees are permitted to “watch online broadcasts of work-related content” and “keep up-to-date with news and current events”, according to Examples Of Acceptable Use. Other permitted activities include “subscribe to web feeds”; “check the weather forecast”; “confirm bus schedule information”; “read or contribute to online forums”; and “visit social networking sites to connect with family and friends”. – Forbidden computer activities include using workplace computers to “make public comments about government policies”; “engage in political activity”; or “breach the duty of loyalty requirement for public servants”. –

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Something Positive?
Give Hope to the Homeless in the face of adversity. There’s always a little bit of Heaven in the middle of a disaster zone. Conentrate on the Heaven and alleviate the disaster. —djo—
Poem = Canada In Winter
Canada In Winter. A poem. This may be a little hard to read. —djo—
Gaaa
Understatement of the day?:  Kids’ brains are important. & I didn’t copy and paste another tweet that says parents should remove tablets and smart phones from kids’ hands before they let them go to bed. Another tweet cites a teenaged suicide victim and says we should see kids rights as being more important than parents’ rights. —djo—
Eeek 2.0
Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo—
Harper and sinking ships
Is this a case of, “If it makes me look bad, it must be someone else’s problem.” & Anybody caught looking bad while following Harper’s Orders can always be replaced by another Party line enforcer? Ya rthink? —djo—
Fupp Harper Check
-Pretend you’re a human being with an actual functioning heart – check. —djo—
Link
* Link * <—<< LInk to an article on the global financial crisis Half Past Human sees coming. —djo—

===Read This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “Tell me something Positive!”

Snowy Owl's Portrait face.
“Snowy owl ‘epidemic’ sweeps across Ontario.

Today’s biggest News ‘Story’ has to be the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. I will not believe any major medianews stories that reach us about this subject. Too much dark nonsense is going on all around us. They say one of the suspects turned himself in. Should we believe what they say?  ;

Re: Bill Cosby. We will not add to his Trial by Media here. He performed in Ontario. He has not been charged by police. Perhaps allogations like those leveled against him should not be made public. I am a firm believer in “Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged” and Everyone should be presumed innocent until God tells me they’re guilty. And I don’t think God will break silence for something like that.   ;

Housing costs everywhere in the world are controlled by greedy ice-holes. Until we fix that problem by removing those greedy ice-holes from the equation, be prepared to be hammered in the brain by silly propaganda designed to keep you off balance and in a state of anxiety about everything in your environment. Pray for Angelic Intervention. Bring Heaven to Earth. “Help! – Amen”  ;

Oilsands, Tarsands. The technology is out there to provide everybody on this planet with free energy. WE can and should make sure that everybody on this planet has a safe shelter and enough to eat. We can do that. We should have been doing that all along. There is no such thing as ‘Fossil Fuel’. But YES! Canada should leave its oilsands in the ground, where it belongs.    ;

===Not This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “—Nothing up my sleeve—“/ slight of hand?

Man linked to Paris attacks voluntarily hands himself in to police  ;

Bill Cosby performs Ontario show amid sex abuse allegations   ;

Why $500K may not be enough for a decent home in Canada’s large cities  ;

Canada needs to leave oilsands largely untapped, climate study says  ;

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Blasts from the recent past:

Politicians paying somebody to wipe out evidence of overspending? They do more than that, GOTO:   CAFR1.Com  ;

& – Wouldn’t it be nice if people started living by “Love they Neighbor as thyself”- ‘Could you believe it- no more war—‘   –

There’s a link directly above this section in the caption of a copied and pasted re-tweet defining a global economic flying ‘shitstorm’ – The ‘bad guys’ are plotting to manipulate an economic collapse in order to tighten their grip on everyone and take away what remaining freedoms you believe you still have. One encouraging forecast I heard: There are a lot more of ‘US’ than there are of ‘Them’ – ‘Them = Banksters’ and people will not take this. We might have a rough go for a while, but we will shut those Banksters down and change the way we view economic matters. Let’s hope that forecast was right and lets pray for all the help we need to get through this with ‘ease and grace’ [ —djo— ]  ;

The Keystone pipeline. Um, (1) Big oil companies have ‘buried’ patents for processes that could make competitive technologies viable. (2) Nicola Tesla knew about and was working on methods to distribute electricity free to everybody and the rich and powerful ruined him financially because he was a threat to their monopolies. (3) There’s a book that might be available somewhere, “The Energy Non-Crisis” by Lindsey Williams, a Baptist Pastor who was privileged to insider information and learned that oil keeps replentishing itself, Oil Companies have raised their prices based on lies and are still making record profits. Farmers in Texas discovered new oil on their property, thought they would be rich, signed deals with big oil companies had their wells dug and were told that the oil companies were not going to use their oil, no matter how good it was and they couldn’t tell the world about this because, according to the terms of their contracts, the big oil companies could sue them for everything they were worth if they did. Big Oil is dirty business. Oil-Sands / Tar-Sands is dirty business. Send them buggers to the poor house, or banish them to a parallel dimension where their kind of policies have ruined whole planets and let them starve and freeze with what they’ve done staring them in their faces.  ;

On a day when the lead article should be the very unpopular Minister of Veterans Affairs being fired and replaced by a hand picked party line enforcer, The lead ‘story’ here was the Junior World Hockey championship? Jeeze! –  ;

All kids need a place to play where they can act out their dreams and even mimic the grown up ice-holes they see every day. I’ll include University aged men and women in this. There should be someplace where almost-grown-up kids can be complete ice-holes for a laugh, as long as they don’t hurt anybody. Maybe universities need in-house computer bulletin boards where students can post all kinds of inflamatory b.s. and nobody outside their little group will ever see it. Faculty could probably use something like that, too. A Private Venting Board where you can call your dean a complete freakin’ waste of good dna and get away with it. We never would have heard about Lieutenant Dish if rabid political correctness was in force when M.A.S.H. first entered our collective, -clear throat- uh- ‘consciousness’ (?) –  ;

The problem with big oil began with the fact that they’ve been lying to all of us all along. Oil is created by some natural process inside the earth and on distant planets and moons that never had dinosaurs. It is not ‘fossil fuel’. It constantly replentishes itself. There never was or will be an oil shortage. Prices you pay are inflated by lies. What we need here is cheap renewable energy, which the sun and planet provide for free. Put them lying cheating manipulating Oil Barons in the poor house. Or better yet, put them in Jail – ;

Trial by mass media does not make anyone guilty. There is due process. Celebrities should not be put on trial in the corporate media before they have been found guilty in a court of law. And think about this: How many people who have been convicted of really heinous crimes have been exonerated by dna evidence in the last few years. Our ‘Justice’ systems are imperfect and subject to corruption and mistakes made by honest people. You better hope you never have to bet your life on your country’s ‘Justice’ system.    ;

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Updat

white deer
White Deer? We were accused of trying to pass a goat off as a deer in New Brunswick.  *** Our deer friends are back and happy that we’ve got a nice big bag of oats to share with them for Yuletide celebrations. Not a single one of them was wearing a Santa Claus Hat or wearing jingle bells. That is probably a good thing. ***  —jim w—  *** UPDATE We thought we saw a news story that reported that the white deer in this photo had been killed by a bus up the street. Nope. Tonight she was one of several deer who showed up to thank us for the oats we give them.

“Offbeat”

Jenna the Husky
Husky reunited with her human.
deer on ice
“Deer on Ice Rescued” – This seems more like “Human Decency” than ‘offbeat’.
Quack Quack.
“Dawn of the Ducks”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light painting
LED lights on a kayak paddle produced this effect. Yum 🙂 —djo—
3 guys and a half buried moose
Three Alaskans Save Avalanche – Trapped Moose. —djo—

Woman plunging San Diego toilet pulls up snake  { * Wonderful *  —djo— }

’90s kids rejoice as Internet Archive releases 2,300 MS-DOS games for free  { * Oops, pardon me while I go waste my time playing free games on the internet, heck with the serious news stuff?  *  —djo—  }

It’s healthy to shovel while shirtless, Regina man says  { * -Think he might be a plant by the Frosbite Falls Chamber of Commerce? *  —djo—  }

Saskatoon business provides house cleaners in lingerie  {   }

 

===Recently: >>—>

‘It didn’t even fight us’: Snowmobilers erscue moose buried in avalanche  { * Animals are a lot smarter than most humans realize. *  —djo—  }

6 wild animals in unexpected places … and one very short cat   {  *  Link  *  }

Waterloo photographer captures movement in mesmerizing LED snaps  {   }

Goats, elk happy to munch on your used Christmas trees {   }

Couple forced to relocate wedding for Obama’s golf game   {   }

Son pays off parents’ mortgage for Christmas   { * & The money used to ‘bail out’ the ‘Too big to fail’ Banksters could have paid off everybody’s Mortgages several years ago. The human race survived on this planet for seven and a half million years without banks trying to control us. “Banking Establishments are more dangerous than standing armies!” -Thomas Jefferson.  Burn down the banks. Tar and feather anybody who voted for that bail-out. *  —djo—  }

Labrador hoisted to safety after falling 46 metres off cliff   { The dog got spooked but survived, with ‘minor injuries but walked out to the trailhead’ after a climber rappelled to a narrow ledge with a rescue harness and both dog and climber were hoisted to safety by an 8-person crew from the Oregon Humane Society.  This shouldn’t be ‘Offbeat’- This should be the kind of good news we need a lot more of.  🙂  —djo—  }

Husky missing for more than 6 months reunited with owner  {  🙂  }

Pen pals from P.E.I. and Tennessee meet after 40 years  {  }

Deer on ice rescued by B.C. conservation officers  {  }

Polar bears’ stinky feet may help attract mates: study  {  }

‘He’s just barking in your face’: Would-be police dog fired for poor performance   {  }

Man’s toilet explodes while city crew cleans sewers   {   }

Students develop app that rewards you for ignoring your phone in social situations   {   }

Swedish town seeks to prevent torching of giant Christmas straw goat   { * It’s a tradition in the town of Gävle, every Christmas they build a 13 meter tall straw goat and about 50% of the time vandals burn it down.  * Link to WebCam * At least in my browser, there was a ‘click here to translate this page’ thing visible for a couple seconds.  Jim W has some distant relatives somewhere in Sweden –  —djo—  }

 

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Electric Vehicle at charging station
New Electric Vehicle at a charging station

“Most Viewed”

Charlie Hebdo Paris shooting: Man linked to attacks turns himself in  {   }

Bill Cosby warmly welcomed in Kitchener despite sex assault allegations  {   }

Hotel Wi-Fi exposes woman’s passport, credit card numbers  {   }

Mountain bike traps trigger arrest of North Vancouver woman  {  }

Family fined for noise children by starta in Abbotsford, B.C.  {  }

House-hunting in Canada: Why $500K may not be enough money  {  }

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake near Tofino, B.C. rattles houses  {   }

Climate change study says most of Canada’s oil reserves should be left underground  {   }

Passenger refused flight over missing letter on airline ticket   {  }

Antibiotic discovery could relieve growing antibacterial resistance   {   }

-18 photo slide show- Charlie Hebdo offices stormed by masked gunmen    {  }

-Blog- 90’s kids rejoice as Internet Archive releases 2,300 MS-DOS games for free  {  }

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Hands Up - I Can't Breathe!
“I can’t breathe!”

Other:

Whois looking at your computer when you’re on hotel Wi-Fi?    {  }

Son’s ashes stolen during break-in found in St. John’s park   {   }

Cartoonists, economist and police officers among 12 dead in Paris attack   {   }

-Go Public- Passenger refused flight over missing letter on airline ticket   { * Her name was spelled wrong, Belarus native Valiantsina Murashka’s name was printed on her airline ticket missing one ‘n’. So the airline wouldn’t let her fly home. I remember loads of early computer read-outs that truncated my name. ‘Otterso-Dougla’ comes to mind. Good thing I don’t want to fly anywhere, ya think? *  —djo—  }

Canada to resettle 10,000 more Syrian refugees over 3 years   {   }

Ministers hand out federal support for arts and culture, ‘jobs, growth and posperity’   {   }

BlackBerry unveils Internet of Things platform at CES   {   }

Toronto illustrator tweets images of missing, murdered indigenous women to PM   {   }

First Air still the world’s only disappearance-proof airline   { * – Technology that could have solved the mystery of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is currently used by only one airline in the world: First Air, which flies in the Canadian Arctic. – The system, made by Calgary tech company FLYHT Aerospace Solutions, has been around for about five years. – *  —djo—   }

Discovery of Earth-like planets ‘first step’ in search for extraterrestrial life   { * What if you learned that extraterrestrial life is all around us, every day, on this planet? *  —djo—  }

‘Crazy Indians Brotherhood’ dole kindness to Winnipeg’s homeless   { * But they clawed back $1.1 Billion that should have gone to Veterans’ Health Care while systematically denying that health care to veterans in real need? This stuff has to stop *  —djo—  }

Why it’s impossible to storm-proof the power grid   { * uh, would that be because the over-charging power companies don’t want to spend any part of their ‘profits’ to upgrade or use technology that Nicola Tesla developped almost a hundred years ago that could make power distribution free to everyone on this planet? *  —djo—  }

Triathlon competitor saves couple from drowning in Cancun   {   }

Winter brings roller-coaster temperatures, high winds and bitter cold   {   }

Man accused of leaving mom on the floor to die gets bail   {   }

Cannabinoid e-cigarettes to be available in more countries in 2015   {   }

Pope Francis picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity   {   }

2 CBC ececutives on leave of absence amid Jian Ghomeshi probe   {   }

U.S. brewer says sorry to Indian people for Gandhi-inspired beer   {   }

9 high-tech gadgets turning heads at CES International   {   }

-Analysis- Welcome to election year, date to be determined: Chris Hall   {   }

-Go Public- Ontario man fears fro credit rating after Hertz charges wrong car rental amount   { * The man was over-charged $159.24, disputed the bill, after not hearing anything for quite a while he got a letter that said his dispute was not valid. I can’t tell from the article whether a major part of this issue stemmed from the merchant who overcharged him for an extra 3 days, after he had turned the car in on time, failed to respond to the head office of Hertz or what. *  —djo—  }

Deportation requested for Fahmy, other Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt   {   }

CES 2015: 4K TVs, connected home tech- and the last gasp for smartwatches?   { * But- are these devices spying on you? *  —djo—  }

Bad luck plays the biggest role in getting most cancers, researchers suggest   { * Find out who paid those researchers. Other studies have found hormone-based herbicides and pesticides cause a lot of cancers. *  —djo—  }

Canada’s richest 100 CEO salaries have increased by 25% since 2008   { * That’s a crime. *  —djo—  }

‘We did our best,’ ferry captain says after Greece, Italy issue varying numbers of missing   {   }

‘I had some hope he might be released’: fiancée of Canadian journalist getting retrial in Egypt  {   }

5 hurt as car hits horse drawn sleigh   {   }

-Video- Canadian hockey coach teaches kids how to deal with racism  {   }

4 rescued after canoe gets trapped in ice-clogged Ottawa River   {   }

 

===  And:  Daily Stuff ===

-Must Watch- Charlie Hebdo shooting: World leaders react  { * If ‘leaders’ are confined to ‘reacting’ how the bleep can you call them ‘leaders’? *  —djo—  }

-Must Watch- Horrific Paris shooting  { * Most shootings are ‘Horrific’ anybody who’s seen one knows that. I don’t want to watch anything like that. *  —djo—  }

-Must Watch- Canadian politicians comdemn Paris attack  { * Hey, politicians, put your money where your mouth is and jump in front of the next bullet fired at an unarmed civilian. Then I might take you seriously. — Brought to you by ‘the son of “Don’t vote- it only encourages them”-‘  *  —djo—  }

-Editor’s Pick- Political cartoonists react to Charlie Hebdo shooting deaths  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- Ebola outbreak: Quarantine ‘just like a jail’ in Sierra Leone  {  }

-Editor’s Pick- SpaceX aims to make history with rocket landing  { * – To the tune of “Mars needs women, let’s send you” —>’ Mars needs Ice-Holes, lets send our politicians.’  🙂  – *  —djo— }

 

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-Photos- 10 unusual homes around the world   { *  Link  *  }

-Analysis- Neil Macdonald: Can America handle the truth about Saudi Arabia?   { * Me: Can America handle the truth about itself? Can America handle the truth about September 11, 2001 or anything the C.I.A. has been involved in since its inception? How about the NSA? How about the ‘dark ops’ projects paid for by taxpayer dollars, how about the lies that taxes are the only income the U.S. Government has to work with? How about a dozen other examples of ‘the putrid underbelly of the american society’? *  —djo—  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

mother
“Fredericton Mother”
mother and daughter
Mother and daughter in Fredericton
Youth Feminist President
President of the Fredericton Youth Feminists

 

 

 

 

 

Flying truck ice hits second N.B. driver  {   }

Shale gas poll finds New Brunswickers divided on issue  { * How did they phrase the questions on that poll? “Would you sell your children’s and grandchildren’s future out so a couple ice-hole politicians can strike it rich?” <— That’s the real question. There is no such thing as ‘Safe Fracking’. They do not have the technology to ensure that their band-aid ‘fixes’ can keep poisons and flammable gasses from leaking into your drinking water when their patches rust,  crack or otherwise fail in a couple years. This is not a joke, this is life and death. *  —djo—  }

UNB defends profs academic freedom in wake of racism complaint  {   }

Devon Middle School remains closed over air quality concerns  {   }

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New Brunswick hit with more power outages    {   }

FHS dress code protest penalties too harsh, parents say  { * Too many things about public education are too harsh on the students and families, I say.  —djo—  }

New Brunswickers losing faith in electrical grid  {   }

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“First Nations”

Game Changer B.C. Aboriginal
Last June 26th, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of B.C. granting it title over 438,000 hectares of land, the long ignored tribe became a priority for the B.C. government, CBC says this was a major ‘Game-Changer’. —djo—

-Opinion- Idle No More: Where is the movement 2 years later?  {  }

Red Winter, Ottawa
“Red Winter, Ottawa, January 11, 2013” (Nadya Kwandibens/ Red Works/ARP Books)
Another Round Dance
From ‘The Winter We Danced’ (Nadya Kwandibens/RedWorks/ARP Books)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>>——> Most Recent Articles Below this line <——<< 

-Opinion- Improving indigenous health starts with reconciliation: Anna Banerji   {  }

Elections Canada budgets $1M for aboriginal ID issue in federal vote   {  }

First Nation community mourns 3 deaths suspected to be caused by flu   {  }

Evan Munday tweets images of missing, murdered women to Stephan Harper   {  }

First Air the only airline in the world with black box data streaming   {  }

Nutrition North: 5 of 6 advisory board members donated to federal Tories   {  }

B.C. implements new vulnerable witness policy years after Rober Picton inquiry   {  }

James Clifford Paul makes first, brief court appearance   {  }

Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge billed as first aborigninal arts hotel in Canada   {  }

-Video- Wynne, Harper discuss Ring of Fire, First Nations’ drinking water   {  }

Chilliwack gives OK to hazardous waste recycling facility   {  }

‘Crazy Indians Brotherhood’ dole kindness to Winnipeg;s homeless  {  }

Keystone bill would be vetoed by Obama, White House says   {  }

Mistreatment claim leads to investigation of Regina polic  {  }

Family of accused in Paul Band attack forced to move away  {  }

Stranded family in northern Quebec rescued by Hydro workers  {  }

Snowy owl a ‘peaceful’ messenger for First Nations woman   {  }

CKLB has received $463K in funding since August shutdown  { * The First Nation’s radio station went off the air because their funding was late. *  —djo— }

Peel watershed: Gwich’in Tribal Council unhappy with appeal  {  }

Aboriginal representation on 2015 jury rolls to be challenged  {  }

$3K residential school education credit deadline to be extended  {  }

Unreserved: From Thomas King to Thomson Highway  {  }

Harry Okpik, champion dog musher, races 600 km across tundra  {  }

20 cases delayed by Ontario’s jury roll problem  {  }

-Video- Aboriginal hotel opens in Vancouver   {  }

-Opinion- Why does the Canadian justice system treat aboriginal people as if they’re all the same?  {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top 10 indigenous music picks for 2014  {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top 10 indigenous music picks for 2014  {  }

Lydia-Molly Tayara, Inuk woman, says cancer went untreated  {  }

Caroline Marshall-Hobbs, Mi’kmaq rights-advocate remembered  {  }

Ontario gives green light to clearcutting at Grassy Narrows   { * Remember this. *  —djo— }

Deninu Kue First Nation gets rights to diamond benefits  {  }

Loretta Saunders murder trial set for New Year  {  }

Reporter notebook: CBC’s Jillian Taylor reflections on Tina Fontaine  {  }

Reporter’s Notebook: Waubgeshig Rice on the Omushkegowuk Walkers  {  }

Reporter’s Notebook: Angela Sterritt on the oilsands paradox  { * “Reporting on a tiny community downstream from Alberta’s Athabasca oilsands was one of the hardest stories I have worked on in my life”.  *  —djo— }

– 6 photo slide show – Unreserved: A literary special  {  }

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Cartoon
Lots of Pollution, Lots of Oil Company Profits, The Promised “Lots of Jobs” is a pile of bull chips. —djo—

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{ “Fude 4 Thought”  :  }

Ten Sticks
“As long as the fish still swim – This Land will be – Indian!” I want to cry every time I hear Richie Havens sing that song. And I play it a lot. —djo—
Portuguese Trash to Art Sculptor with 'bird'
The building behind the sculpture is almost as amazing as the sculpture itself. I wonder if anybody lives in that building. —djo—
Grrrr
I think I want to raise Benjamin Franklin’s ghost, give him a really nasty weapon and tell him where to find everybody who is trying to kill the postal service in Canada and anywhere else on this planet. —djo—
Nice Quote
Dang- The tweets are good today. This one is from fr0g5. Retweeted from @LawAbidingHuman —djo—
Never Regret-
The only thing I really know about this person is that she has some very interesting tweets. —djo—
Fox News
The Spirit of Fox News in a [Wing-] Nutshell? —djo—
Yay Haiti
Sometimes I think the world never forgave Haiti for beginning the struggle that put an end to overt endorsement of slavery by most ‘civilized’ governments. —djo—
Schnarr
Caution: Stephen Harper has proved himself to be dangerous to the health of this planet, its waterways, its inhabitants, our veterans, and your freedom to be who God meant you to be. —djo—
Affirmation
Repeat after me, “Abundance is my Divine Birthright, I am Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Loved!” — Don’t stop until every fiber of your existance believes that completely. – Affirmation curtesy of Glynis McCants —djo—
Warped Quote
“Would you like to swing on a star? Carry moonbeams home in a jar? And be better off than you are?” -Or would you rather go to school? —djo—
Be The Change
Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanza- Happy Anything Else You Feel Like Celebrating.
Fuck Monsanto
Just when I thought we might be able to tidy this place up, somebody has to go and send me stuff like this – Stop Monsanto before they stop us. What they’re doing is beyond ‘Cruel and Unusual’ but I would say, stop short of butchering the families of everybody who works for those Ice-Holes. There has to be a Humane way to deal with them. —djo—
Yay Peru
“Peru is giving Free Solar Power to its 2 million poorest citizens” Strengthen your nation- Empower your people. —djo—
Cree Walkers
” Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimas and Paul Mettina walked 1,700 kilometers to Ottawa to raise awareness of treaty rights and encourage the federal government and their chiefs to work together to address and reconcile aboriginal issues.” —djo—
quote
A quote from Battlesytar Gallactica? —djo—

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I don’t know how this caption survived, but it did. I guess maybe I should keep it here: * Wealth Is Delusion * If you believe that anyone can ‘own’ the Earth, its resources or ‘wealth’ You’ve bought their ‘bull chips’ and you’ve already lost. You can’t play by their rules. They cheat. —djo—

{ “Why the worlds’s big energy firms are running scared from renewables”  >>—>  *  Link  *  }

 

Solar Powered plane.
Something Positive from GreanPeace. —djo—
Nelson Madela quote
Quoting Nelson Mandela = Positive Reinforcement of Your Self Esteem. —djo—
Eliminate Poverty
Sounds Good To Me – & Harper Has It Wrong —djo—
Tyranny versus Liberty
Another Quote from Thomas Jefferson. I need to reflect on this before I endorse it whole heartedly — —djo—
Cat hugging snowman
2015-jan-01 This is cute, I hope that cat is not freezing to death out there, desperate to find a spot out of the wind or something. – & This was retweeted by fr0g5 & was just too big for me to take a screen shot and copy and paste with the laptop- —djo—
Baby Bobcat
If this guy was orange, I’d swear they found Moe’s Baby Picture. —jim w—
Spirit Bear Photo
Dang- Another tweet I thought has to be here. Dear Editor is the Sky, “Please advise! —Amen” —djo—
Owl
That’s one spooky looking owl. Where’s Odell? New Brunswick? You’re going to make me fire up mapquest aren’t you? —djo—
Oceans in Danger
Happy New Year – Save The Planet! —djo—
BBC Tweet
The BBC adds their voice to those concerned about evil ice-holes tightening their control over everything they ‘allow’ you to know about what they’re doing to you and everything you care about. —djo—
malala with peace prize
10 December, 2014 – Malala shows her Peace Prize. Dedicated to “those voiceless children who want change.” God Bless Her. —djo—

 

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Nice Message
Glynis McCants is a Numerologist and a really good person. Even if our numbers don’t make us best friends 😉 —djo—

 

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Imagine Peace Tower
“Imagine Peace Tower” on the 34th anniversary of an MK-Ultra targeted individual sending John Lennon to the next world. —djo—
Doreen Virtue Tweet
Another Nice Message

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— “Other Media” :  —

Help!
“I’ve got an idea, lets arm the Pandas and Belugas and let them save the planet while we play our video games and turn our souls off?” —djo—
Beluga
The St. Lawrence Belugas Scored a Victory over the Deep Pocket Corporate Shills in what did not turn out to be a Water Polo Match. —djo—
blow your whistles
I hope those Pandas and Belugas are well armed, we really need them…. —djo— Monday, 15 DEcember, this article/photo was retweeted quite a few times today.  —djo—
Help!
“Amnesty International + Malala Yousafzai = Hope” / “So this is Christmas-” John Lennon. —djo—
Monsanto Sux
Clif at Half Past Human dot com is calling them: Mon-SATAN-no or something close to that. —djo—

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Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

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{ This is from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ : }

2 visions of the future
“At a low point in the 1990’s I started writing a story in which the Earth/Dimension we know and love split in two with most of the trees, bees and plants that give us food and shelter and oxygen, as well as the domestic and farm animals walked into perenial springtime and brought positive people with them, the nasties, the power crazy, the negative people all fell into a separate dimension/parallel world that immediately became a nuclear winter.” —jim w—
Malcolm X Quote
Malcolm X was murdered because he believed that the races could get along co-exist and co-prosper. Bad guys did not like that idea. They want to Divide & Conquer. —djo—

{ “Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of the Harper government: Newspaper Article from the Toronto Star:  *  Link  * }

Debate over Prostitution Laws
This photo bothers me for a couple reasons: (1) a prostitute who looks this good would not have to stand on a street corner to drum up business. (2) I don’t like the implications that anyone who dresses like this might be a prostitute – I mean think about it: Almost every woman in Hollywood these days would be suspect. (3) Any politician who tries to convince you that prostitutes are a bigger threat to your welfare than those politicians [are] should be castrated in public. —djo—
Freedom of the Press
New York Times Reporter James Risen is facing jail times if he refuses to testify in a trial against a CIA agent accused of leaking sensitive material. Freedom Of The Press is always an issue, More so lately. —djo—
Hong Kong Students risk future to show support for democratic reforms
& Don’t forget Hong Kong
Wow
Palestinians show support for Ferguson, Missouri.

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WikiLeaks
-Julian Assange’s Whistleblower Foundation has new members- Whistleblowers in general are peole who subscribe to higher standards of ethics and morality than their bosses or supervisors or government authoritarian types and are usually shocked to find out that lots of people do not back them up when they seek help because they’ve reported an injustice, or worse- and been ‘rewarded by being fired or even charged with crimes against corporations that the ‘justice system’, instead of locking up the bad guys, turns out to be protecting from the good guys, Constables got their start as enforcers for corrupt officials, corrupt ‘Nobles’ and ‘Royals’. When ‘serve and protect becomes law enforcement- that’s bad news for everybody.   —djo—

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110 million year old fossils
I remember being in 5th or 6th grade, reading about Archaeologists exploring what they believed were the earliest ruins of a civilization that died out ‘thousands of years ago’ & thinking that was almost incomprehensible- Then somebody told me there has been intelligent life on this planet for 11 million years. now they’re finding 110 million year old fossils? wow- — djo—

 *  Walter Burien’s Web site explains how governments all over the ‘free world’ are stealing from their citizens and ‘cooking their books’ :  * link to CAFR1.com *

Links >>—-> The definitive ranking of ridiculous and misleading Conservative names for bills put before Canadian Parliament:

Note: ‘Http.com’ Hijacked the original links we put here for these two links.

Let Us Know if any other links have been effed with, thank you

>>——> J.Z.N McCauley’s NaNo Novel <——<<

{ -jda-‘s NaBloPoMo entry disappeared from the list. & Jim’s NaNoWriMo Novel has gone over 90,000 words as of November 19th. }

{ Don’t know how many new tweets since late last night. We crashed.  Medium but poignant Traffic? in the ‘Tweet-us-sphere’  —djo— }

Recent earthquakes in Alberta linked to fracking: study  {  }

{  * Attention OathKeepers: When “Serve and Protect” becomes strict “Law Enforcement” with the civilian population seen as the enemy, Police become Terrorists.  *  Link to article in the Toronto Star  *  —djo— }

=====   Steppenwolf’s “Monster” with interesting video clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EVE8leTG8Y  God Bless Oathkeepers =====

Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

{  * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtzIKCqaZMQ *  <——<< * Link *  Moody Blues @ Home in 1995? from “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” I like many of the interesting details of Justin Hayward’s ‘Carriage House’ Home.  —jim w— }

 

{  “America- Where are ya now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t ya know We need you now, We can’t fight alone against this monster-” -John Kay of Steppenwolf- & the Monster is the one who convinces the police that they need to arrest a harmless 90 year old man for feeding the homeless in Florida and scares honest police officers to the point where they’re killing unarmed/ harmless men and women. These Police Officers are Not the Enemy. Look Behind the Curtain. —djo— }

Wiki Leaks Merchandise
WikiLeaks is selling teeshirts, sweatshirts, hats, hoodies, Mouse Pads & Smart Phone cases to raise funds, * Link *

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

{ “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies” —Thomas Jefferson }

French Cartoon.
“What can one do to reduce the fear of terrorism?” / “Click!”

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{ From a tweet:  Huffington Post: “A Tribe Called Red’s Thanksgiving Track is Tougher to Swallow Than Turkey And Stuffing (Video)”  *  Link  *  —djo— }

===== From the “International Business Times”  — “Anonymous Hackers Threaten Canadian Police, Alleging ‘Swatting’ Suspect Was Framed”  —  *  Link  *  { * Consider the source *  —djo— } =====

{ From @democracynow “We can reduce the prison population by 50% in the next 6-7 years if we just demand greater justice”   *  Link  *   the link might be more interesting than the above quote.   —djo— }

Privacy Breakthrough?
-Polaris, “Let’s Encrypt” Will mean more ubiquitous Web Encryption and Privacy- Article below:

Most recently, Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced “Let’s Encrypt,” their collaboration with Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan in attempt to take the first big step towards a more universally secure Internet. One of the biggest weaknesses in the underlying architecture of the web as it exists currently is the highly bureaucratic and complex (not to mention costly) system required for websites to obtain and deploy the SSL/TSL certificates needed to protect your web surfing experience (these are the basic pieces of information that allow the little lock icon to work in your browser, signaling your session is private and secure). “Let’s Encrypt” will extend these digital certificates to all websites by starting an easy-to-use and free-of-charge certificate authority that issues them; this means that web encryption will not just be available to big players like banking services or email providers, but will set a much higher bar for Internet security across all websites, regardless of their ability to pay for a certificate or properly install it.

We are strong, adamant supporters of this initiative and are excitedly awaiting it’s unveiling in 2015 under a new nonprofit called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

In addition to this, Mozilla announced it’s own strategic privacy initiative in collaboration the Tor Project and CDT. We’ll be consulting “on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations” with the open-source browser to help it more effectively and appropriately bring privacy features into its products. “We want to accelerate pragmatic and user-focused advances in privacy technology for the Web, giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web experiences,” the company explained via its privacy blog. – We believe in the possibilities that privacy innovations could make possible, and are excited and honored to be a part of the process. – What do these changes mean for the short- and long- term future of the security of the Internet? – There will soon be no excuses for not baking encryption into web services, and in turn, consumer privacy and protection into the tools we use to navigate the digital highway.

Anti-Spyware Software released free.
“Free software program Detekt can find spyware on your PC.”

 

– “Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry out their legitimate work without fear of surveillance, harassment, intimidation, arrest or torture,” Amnesty International said in an online posting introducing Detekt. – Whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government surveillance on activists and citizens. Amnesty said it is concerned about a chill on human rights activists and journalists, especially those in repressive countries, because of such surveillance.

resistsurveillance.org

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Microsoft fixes 19-year old Windows bug  { * – Microsoft Corp issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years. – The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer.

– IBM Corp’s cybersecurity research team discovered the bug in May, describing it as a “significant vulnerability” in the operating system. – “The buggy code is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years,” IBM X-Force research team said in its blog on Tuesday. – *

*** The bugs were not “undiscovered”, Government Hackers spoke about this on Coast to Coast A.M. before the summer of 2002. Art Bell was the host. This program is not listed in the current Coast to Coast A.M. archives, at least I could not find it by searching ‘hackers’. 3 men who were quite ‘enthusiastic’ and talkative about their experience working for hackers for US Government agencies that ‘officially do not exist’ -one of them told us he has an ashtray with one of those officially non-existent agency’s official logo on it- told us that microsoft was fully aware of holes in their operating system but were not going to do anything about it because the government of the US liked it the way it was. They said it was simple for any hacker to get into your computer if you were ‘running windows’ -“Especially if you have printer sharing turned on.” && They also said they liked Apple Computers back then because it was possible to tell a Mac to do only one thing at a time, not like windows computers which could have all sorts of nonsense going on undetected in the background.  – AND Another Coast to Coast A.M. guest, much more recently, related talking to a computer pioneer a long time ago, when dial ups were the latest thing, and when the computer guy finished showing him something, he would not leave the room without shutting off his computer, and disconnecting the phone line from his computer. When the C2C guest asked the computer guy what that was all about, the computer guy said that he, as in insider, knew that the US Government could already get into anyone’s computer that was connected to Delphi or GEnie or AOL, even if the computer had been turned off. — And, now that almost every computer in the world has WiFi capabilities- you can never fully disconnect yourself from the possibility that they can turn your computer on and gather any information you have, or were ever connected to- any time they want to do that- With the possible exception that you might be ‘safe’ if you live inside a Faraday cage, a hundred feet or more beneath the surface of this planet. Welcome to the future, it sucks.  —jim w—   }

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-Archived?:-

Quebec woman gets jail time after stopping for ducklings led to 2 deaths   { * Morton Thiokol executives never even got their wrists slapped for ignoring warnings from engineers. This led to the spectacular explosion that killed everyone aboard a high profile NASA Shuttle launch. I say maybe they could justify locking up someone who tried to save any life after they’ve locked up everybody who willfully let many more people die in the name of corporate profits. *  —djo—  } Emma Czrnobaj gets 90 days in jail for [trying to save ducks on a highway and causing a fatal accident in the process] {  }

Poor posture from technology use can lead to 4 damaging effects   { * But the Canadian Chiropractic Society has a free app to inspire you to improve your posture and improve your health *  Link  *  —djo— }

Immigration law that split young family frevents child trafficking, government says   { * (1) do not believe anything your government tells you. (2) you gotta be out of your mind to believe that anything your government does is in your best interest. *  —djo—  }

Tory anti-pot ad mocked and condemned by YouTube viewers  {  * Link *  }

Veterans face too many barriers to mental-health help, auditor general says  {   }

‘Consumers deserve the truth’: Water-heater firm fined $7M for unfair sales tactics  {   }

Conservative trap to ensnare Liberal candidate ends up embarassing Tories  {   }

– ‘What else are they doing wrong?’ artists wonder of Revenue Canada  { * The short answer? believing the propagandist liars who tell them that the government needs tax money to offer any kind of services to the people it wants to keep down under their thumbs – They have income streams they reallllly don’t want you to know about.  Demand the truth now!  *  Link to CAFR1 dot com  *  —djo—  }

-Analysis- Question authority? Not if you are black in America: Neil Macdonald  {   }

Coke plans to start making fancy milk — for twice the price  { * If it’s genetically modified, it’s poison. *  —djo—  }

Law can protect social media users who blindly consent to terms of service  { * It CAN – but will it? *  —djo—  }

Adults, kids cross police line at Kinder Morgan protests  { * One tweet today: “The RCMP just arrested two eleven year olds at Burnaby Mountain, I feel safer already.” *  —djo— }

-Special Report- Would you know what to do if someone told you they were raped?   { *  Link  * } }

-Analysis- Gobal corruption a bigger scourge than terrorism: Brian Stewart  { *  Link to the CBC article.  * *** And The whole idea behind our ‘modern’ system of ‘banking’ is probably the most corrupt ‘system’ in this world. ***  —djo—  }

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{ My friends in the U.S. tell me I’m lucky to be in Canada. They are usually correct.  —jim w— }

Lions looking at industrial pollution

{ 10:10 pm EST — We are Ready to Rock and Roll —   & Thanks again for your help, Jim W, and  “—jda—“     ———djo——— }

Tuesday, 06 January, 2015 – News & Headlines:

Tuesday, 06 January, 2015  -( +12˚F / -11˚C & cloudy @ 8:30 pm near Ithaca )-  -( -6˚F / -21˚C   & cloudy  @ 9:30 pm Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-   —  { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— } { Some things change, some articles remain. Do you know where your survival kit is?  —djo— }

Cornell web cam jan 06, 2015
Cornell tonight at 8:45 pm. —djo—
Patience and Attitude
Hmmm- Philosophy? = Yum. —djo—
Support First Nations
“Support the Wet’suwets’en First Nation in their struggle to stop Pipelines on their land.” —djo—
Grand Canyon in Snow Photo
Saturday = Huffington Post Tweeted a photo of the Grand Canyon ‘buried in Snow’ – “Cool!” -Rachel  —djo—

 

It might help
Will the failure of the tar-sands pipeline bid bring Harper down? —djo—
More flack over Fantino - Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those "only following orders"?
More flack over Fantino – Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those “only following orders”?
Gack!
In the middle of a very visible crisis with returning Canadian Veterans  committing suicide, being denied pensions and facing incredible long waits for health care, the Harper government closed down 9 regional Veteran’s Administration offices and his hand picked, now fired, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs cheated their vets out of 1.1 Billion dollars and handed that money to Stephen Harper as a present? —djo—
Censorship Sux
The Cartoon: “Our Media Massively subsidized by 99% Consores the voices of 99%” Um, taxpayer subsidized media ignores and censores 99% of those taxpayers? —djo—

{ New Stuff Every Day: We don’t change the images with the twitter stuff every day, but there will almost always be something new there, usually at the top of each section. The red headlines under ‘read this:’ & ‘Not this:’  Will be new. The top 4 headlines in blue “Offbeat” will usually be new. The top ten headlines in maroon/brown under “Most Viewed” are almost always all new, with CBC repeating or rewording something every now and then. Some of the green healines under “Other” are new, the ones at the top of the list are the most new. The top 4 purple headlines under “Local / New Brunswick” are New, except when some of those top 4 are repeated over the weekend or a holiday. And several of the top olive green headlines under “First Nations” are new on most days. — thanks,  —djo— }

Spirit Networks tweet
Nice Message —jim w—

{ +2,924 New tweets since 9 pm yesterday  – & It just might be National “Something or Other Day”, but nobody tells me these things –  —djo— }

{ Headlines missing from below: —> Harper’s trying to look like a hero by claiming he is giving families a big tax break. Nope, he’s giving millionaires’ families a big tax break. ‘Normal people’ are carrying the richest ice-holes’ weight. Why do white cops shoot young black men? *  Link  *  Interesting twist on New Brunswick’s moratorium on Fracking : At the top of the list of what would have to change before the new Premier of N.B. would allow fracking and pre-fracking ‘explorations’ would be “Social License” which, he explained, would mean that the citizens of New Brunswick would have to be in favor of that fracking. = “Hmmmm” –  * UBER software raised prices during Australian Hostage Crisis to $140-$200 dollars per ride. Then apologized and offered repayments.  — & Loads of people anonymously did nice things for people they never met & Media completely missed that. *  —djo— }

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This is from “Blacklock’s Reporter”  *  Link  * :

Feds Run News Blacklist, Ban Employee Access To Website

– A federal agency banned public employees from accessing news stories at Blacklock’s Reporter via government internet servers, documents confirm. Confidential records show Shared Services Canada imposed the government-wide blackout on website access by hundreds of thousands of staff. Files on the blacklisting were obtained through Access To Information. – Shared Services Canada offered no explanation. A 218-page file detailing the ban is heavily censored and conceals email messages in which Shared Services staff discuss the action in messages headed, “Block Domain: Blacklocks.ca”. – “This is outrageous conduct,” said Blacklock’s publisher Holly Doan, who noted the newsroom first learned of the blacklisting from individual subscribers in federal departments who were unable to access news content. Shared Services Canada manages telecom services for 43 departments. – No reason is given for the blacklisting. Blacklock’s is an accredited member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery covering bills, regulations, Access to Information and federal courts. – “It’s astonishing to see Canada join the short list of countries that forbid public employees from accessing internet news sites,” Doan said. “This is not only Orwellian, it appears to breach the government’s own guidelines on workplace internet use.” – Cabinet’s official Policy On Acceptable Network & Device Use adopted in 2013 permits federal employees to “search for information online” and “share links to professional activities and events or interesting and relevant articles”. The Policy also details “unacceptable use” of government computers including access to “hate propaganda”; “pornography”; “obscenity”; and “illegal gambling”. – Doan said, “Surely Shared Services Canada can tell the difference between Blacklock’s and a jihadist website or crime syndicate”; “No rational agency would blacklist an accredited news site in the name of security or crime prevention”. Doan noted the Blacklock’s ban appeared to be revoked September 9, the same day the publication filed a formal request for records from Shared Services Canada. – ‘Way Ahead There, Boss Man’ – Documents indicate the government’s central internet provider blocks numerous domain sites. Shared Services Canada would not explain how many sites it has blacklisted, what their names are, or how many others are accredited news sites. “We do not comment on the specifics of methods used to protect the Government of Canada’s IT infrastructure,” said Marie-Helene Rouillard, a Shared Services spokesperson. – Access To Information records show the department’s IT security division blocked the website blacklocks.ca from last August 22, sending an email alert to numerous agencies including the Department of Industry, Correctional Service of Canada, tax department and others. “The email went to all contacts we have on record,” Dave Tough, a Shared Services security analyst, writes in one August 25 email; “Way ahead of you there, boss-man.” – Tough rated the alert of “high importance”, and indicated several IT staff monitored the news site. Blacklock’s was also cited in an August 27 Cyber Brief distributed to telecom staff across all government agencies; “Cyber Briefs are publications released by the Government of Canada with the goal of preventing widespread incidents,” the memo reads. All references to Blacklock’s were lengthy and censored. – Tough did not reply to repeated requests for an interview. “At no time did our newsroom pose a security threat to the nation,” said Publisher Doan. – Under cabinet’s Policy on workplace computer use, more than 200,000 federal employees are permitted to “watch online broadcasts of work-related content” and “keep up-to-date with news and current events”, according to Examples Of Acceptable Use. Other permitted activities include “subscribe to web feeds”; “check the weather forecast”; “confirm bus schedule information”; “read or contribute to online forums”; and “visit social networking sites to connect with family and friends”. – Forbidden computer activities include using workplace computers to “make public comments about government policies”; “engage in political activity”; or “breach the duty of loyalty requirement for public servants”. –

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{ We’ve tried to move all the New stuff up top here. There may be important and interesting stuff below: Bears, Belugas and Cats may be more important than the corporate ‘bull chips’ in the news to many of our readers, but we tried to give the current newsy stuff priority.  }

 

Gaaa
Understatement of the day?:  Kids’ brains are important. & I didn’t copy and paste another tweet that says parents should remove tablets and smart phones from kids’ hands before they let them go to bed. Another tweet cites a teenaged suicide victim and says we should see kids rights as being more important than parents’ rights. —djo—
Eeek 2.0
Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo—
Harper and sinking ships
Is this a case of, “If it makes me look bad, it must be someone else’s problem.” & Anybody caught looking bad while following Harper’s Orders can always be replaced by another Party line enforcer? Ya rthink? —djo—
Fupp Harper Check
-Pretend you’re a human being with an actual functioning heart – check. —djo—
Link
* Link * <—<< LInk to an article on the global financial crisis Half Past Human sees coming. —djo—

===Read This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “Tell me something Positive!”

Snowy Owl's Portrait face.
“Snowy owl ‘epidemic’ sweeps across Ontario.

The flack about the Dalhousie dentistry students making ice holes of themselves on facebook will not go away. I have no idea how I would try to handle this if I was in charge, but it looks like anyway you look at this, everybody loses. ‘Boys will be boys’ doesn’t cut it any more. Not when those boys are bullying younger and weaker kids or shredding the self esteem of women they work with or go to school with. Hey- Younger Generation- How do we fix this?   ;

The Keystone pipeline. Um, (1) Big oil companies have ‘buried’ patents for processes that could make competitive technologies viable. (2) Nicola Tesla knew about and was working on methods to distribute electricity free to everybody and the rich and powerful ruined him financially because he was a threat to their monopolies. (3) There’s a book that might be available somewhere, “The Energy Non-Crisis” by Lindsey Williams, a Baptist Pastor who was privileged to insider information and learned that oil keeps replentishing itself, Oil Companies have raised their prices based on lies and are still making record profits. Farmers in Texas discovered new oil on their property, thought they would be rich, signed deals with big oil companies had their wells dug and were told that the oil companies were not going to use their oil, no matter how good it was and they couldn’t tell the world about this because, according to the terms of their contracts, the big oil companies could sue them for everything they were worth if they did. Big Oil is dirty business. Oil-Sands / Tar-Sands is dirty business. Send them buggers to the poor house, or banish them to a parallel dimension where their kind of policies have ruined whole planets and let them starve and freeze with what they’ve done staring them in their faces.  ;

The woman who left her daughter in a recycle bin is at least grateful that a man found the toddler and saved her life in sub freezing weather. I can’t imagine what would drive a woman to do something like that.  ;

NASA is releasing new, sharper images from the upgraded/ updated Hubble Space Telescope. There’s a guy who is regularly interviewed on Coast to Coast A.M. (radio program) who has said that NASA had much better photos and video in the sixties than they released to the public. Those much clearer videos and photos had ‘stuff’ in them that was highly classified and they wanted to keep their secrets to themselves. Not everyone at NASA was a bad guy then or is now. There are a few ‘Knowledge is Power’ guys ‘at the top’ whose heads should -figuratively- roll-   ;

===Not This:

Lead Articles: Today’s Theme?: “—Nothing up my sleeve—“/ slight of hand?

Female Dalhousie dentistry students object to restorative justice process  ;

Keystone bill will be vetoed by Obama, White House says   ;

‘I let my daughter down’: Mother ashamed after toddler left in recycling bin  ;

Space telescope captures high-definition view of ‘Pillars of Creation’  ;

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Blasts from the recent past:

Politicians paying somebody to wipe out evidence of overspending? They do more than that, GOTO:   CAFR1.Com  ;

& – Wouldn’t it be nice if people started living by “Love they Neighbor as thyself”- ‘Could you believe it- no more war—‘   –

There’s a link directly above this section in the caption of a copied and pasted re-tweet defining a global economic flying ‘shitstorm’ – The ‘bad guys’ are plotting to manipulate an economic collapse in order to tighten their grip on everyone and take away what remaining freedoms you believe you still have. One encouraging forecast I heard: There are a lot more of ‘US’ than there are of ‘Them’ – ‘Them = Banksters’ and people will not take this. We might have a rough go for a while, but we will shut those Banksters down and change the way we view economic matters. Let’s hope that forecast was right and lets pray for all the help we need to get through this with ‘ease and grace’ [ —djo— ]  ;

On a day when the lead article should be the very unpopular Minister of Veterans Affairs being fired and replaced by a hand picked party line enforcer, The lead ‘story’ here was the Junior World Hockey championship? Jeeze! –  ;

All kids need a place to play where they can act out their dreams and even mimic the grown up ice-holes they see every day. I’ll include University aged men and women in this. There should be someplace where almost-grown-up kids can be complete ice-holes for a laugh, as long as they don’t hurt anybody. Maybe universities need in-house computer bulletin boards where students can post all kinds of inflamatory b.s. and nobody outside their little group will ever see it. Faculty could probably use something like that, too. A Private Venting Board where you can call your dean a complete freakin’ waste of good dna and get away with it. We never would have heard about Lieutenant Dish if rabid political correctness was in force when M.A.S.H. first entered our collective, -clear throat- uh- ‘consciousness’ (?) –  ;

The problem with big oil began with the fact that they’ve been lying to all of us all along. Oil is created by some natural process inside the earth and on distant planets and moons that never had dinosaurs. It is not ‘fossil fuel’. It constantly replentishes itself. There never was or will be an oil shortage. Prices you pay are inflated by lies. What we need here is cheap renewable energy, which the sun and planet provide for free. Put them lying cheating manipulating Oil Barons in the poor house. Or better yet, put them in Jail – ;

Trial by mass media does not make anyone guilty. There is due process. Celebrities should not be put on trial in the corporate media before they have been found guilty in a court of law. And think about this: How many people who have been convicted of really heinous crimes have been exonerated by dna evidence in the last few years. Our ‘Justice’ systems are imperfect and subject to corruption and mistakes made by honest people. You better hope you never have to bet your life on your country’s ‘Justice’ system.    ;

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If you really want to see all of today’s CBC headlines go to their website, listed as a link below this line:

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

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Updat

white deer
White Deer? We were accused of trying to pass a goat off as a deer in New Brunswick.  *** Our deer friends are back and happy that we’ve got a nice big bag of oats to share with them for Yuletide celebrations. Not a single one of them was wearing a Santa Claus Hat or wearing jingle bells. That is probably a good thing. ***  —jim w—  *** UPDATE We thought we saw a news story that reported that the white deer in this photo had been killed by a bus up the street. Nope. Tonight she was one of several deer who showed up to thank us for the oats we give them.

“Offbeat”

Jenna the Husky
Husky reunited with her human.
deer on ice
“Deer on Ice Rescued” – This seems more like “Human Decency” than ‘offbeat’.
Quack Quack.
“Dawn of the Ducks”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light painting
LED lights on a kayak paddle produced this effect. Yum 🙂 —djo—
3 guys and a half buried moose
Three Alaskans Save Avalanche – Trapped Moose. —djo—

‘Frost quake’ shakes Montreal’s West Island { * This is a phenomenon that happens when underground water freezes rapidly, puts pressure on surrounding earth and rock. Loud bangs and shaking occurs. *  —djo— }

The word ‘bae’ is no longer cool thanks to brands on Twitter  { * A ‘new hip slang word’ I never heard about is no longer cool, since Mountain Dew and other main stream companies have tried to use it as a marketing ploy to get ‘hipsters’ to buy their bull chips. *  —djo—  }

Bradley Cooper shred Neil Young cover… on air guitar  { * Bradley Cooper is an actor who was in ‘The Hangover’ movies. He played ‘air guitar’ to Neil Young’s ‘Down by the River’ on the Jimmy Fallon show. * My cousin would have rolled her eyes and said, “Big -Wup already-”   —djo—  }

Landslide creates new lake in Yukon’s Kluane National Park  {   }

 

===Recently: >>—>

‘It didn’t even fight us’: Snowmobilers erscue moose buried in avalanche  { * Animals are a lot smarter than most humans realize. *  —djo—  }

6 wild animals in unexpected places … and one very short cat   {  *  Link  *  }

Waterloo photographer captures movement in mesmerizing LED snaps  {   }

Goats, elk happy to munch on your used Christmas trees {   }

Couple forced to relocate wedding for Obama’s golf game   {   }

Son pays off parents’ mortgage for Christmas   { * & The money used to ‘bail out’ the ‘Too big to fail’ Banksters could have paid off everybody’s Mortgages several years ago. The human race survived on this planet for seven and a half million years without banks trying to control us. “Banking Establishments are more dangerous than standing armies!” -Thomas Jefferson.  Burn down the banks. Tar and feather anybody who voted for that bail-out. *  —djo—  }

Labrador hoisted to safety after falling 46 metres off cliff   { The dog got spooked but survived, with ‘minor injuries but walked out to the trailhead’ after a climber rappelled to a narrow ledge with a rescue harness and both dog and climber were hoisted to safety by an 8-person crew from the Oregon Humane Society.  This shouldn’t be ‘Offbeat’- This should be the kind of good news we need a lot more of.  🙂  —djo—  }

Husky missing for more than 6 months reunited with owner  {  🙂  }

Pen pals from P.E.I. and Tennessee meet after 40 years  {  }

Deer on ice rescued by B.C. conservation officers  {  }

Polar bears’ stinky feet may help attract mates: study  {  }

‘He’s just barking in your face’: Would-be police dog fired for poor performance   {  }

Man’s toilet explodes while city crew cleans sewers   {   }

Students develop app that rewards you for ignoring your phone in social situations   {   }

Swedish town seeks to prevent torching of giant Christmas straw goat   { * It’s a tradition in the town of Gävle, every Christmas they build a 13 meter tall straw goat and about 50% of the time vandals burn it down.  * Link to WebCam * At least in my browser, there was a ‘click here to translate this page’ thing visible for a couple seconds.  Jim W has some distant relatives somewhere in Sweden –  —djo—  }

 

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Electric Vehicle at charging station
New Electric Vehicle at a charging station

“Most Viewed”

Dalhousie students condemn restorative justice in Facebook scandal  {   }

Texas military hospital shooting kills 2, including shooter  {   }

Hubble Space Telescope takes new image of ‘Pillars of Creation’  {   }

Mother ashamed over toddler left in Winnipeg recycling bin  {  }

New questions raised about U.S.-Saudi relationship  {  }

‘Frost quake’ shakes Montreal’s West Island  {  }

Interest rate hike: 4 ways Canadians should prepare  {   }

Bill Cosby warns audience of disruptions at Ontario shows  {   }

Keystone bill would be vetoed by Obama, White House says   {  }

Online video sparks bullying intestigation   {   }

-12 photo slide show- Solar Impule: Solar-powered plane to fly around the world    {  }

-Blog- Facebook privacy hoax dupes users into sharing bogus ‘copyright’ notice with friends  { * Hmmm “By allowing me to post this, facebook admits that it has been stealing private information from its users and selling that information to the highest bidder, and should give away all it’s secrets and share all its profits, if any, with every living creature on planet earth-” <—<<  Ya think that might work? *  —djo— }

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Hands Up - I Can't Breathe!
“I can’t breathe!”

Other:

-Analysis- Neil Macdonald: Can America handle the truth about Saudi Arabia?   { * Me: Can America handle the truth about itself? Can America handle the truth about September 11, 2001 or anything the C.I.A. has been involved in since its inception? How about the NSA? How about the ‘dark ops’ projects paid for by taxpayer dollars, how about the lies that taxes are the only income the U.S. Government has to work with? How about a dozen other examples of ‘the putrid underbelly of the american society’? *  —djo—  }

Want a single family home in Vancouver? Expect to pay over $1M   {   }

UN aviation body to propose 15-minute flight tracking standard   {   }

GM Canada’s Steve Carlisle concerned about competitivelness in Canada   {   }

Viral video of ‘disturbing’ student fight prompts police investigation   {   }

Sell the house? 4 ways Canadians can prepare for an interest rate hike   {   }

‘Crazy Indians Brotherhood’ dole kindness to Winnipeg’s homeless   {   }

Why it’s impossible to storm-proof the power grid   { * uh, would that be because the over-charging power companies don’t want to spend any part of their ‘profits’ to upgrade or use technology that Nicola Tesla developped almost a hundred years ago that could make power distribution free to everyone on this planet? *  —djo—  }

Triathlon competitor saves couple from drowning in Cancun   {   }

Winter brings roller-coaster temperatures, high winds and bitter cold   {   }

Man accused of leaving mom on the floor to die gets bail   {   }

Cannabinoid e-cigarettes to be available in more countries in 2015   {   }

Pope Francis picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity   {   }

2 CBC ececutives on leave of absence amid Jian Ghomeshi probe   {   }

U.S. brewer says sorry to Indian people for Gandhi-inspired beer   {   }

9 high-tech gadgets turning heads at CES International   {   }

-Analysis- Welcome to election year, date to be determined: Chris Hall   {   }

-Go Public- Ontario man fears fro credit rating after Hertz charges wrong car rental amount   { * The man was over-charged $159.24, disputed the bill, after not hearing anything for quite a while he got a letter that said his dispute was not valid. I can’t tell from the article whether a major part of this issue stemmed from the merchant who overcharged him for an extra 3 days, after he had turned the car in on time, failed to respond to the head office of Hertz or what. *  —djo—  }

Deportation requested for Fahmy, other Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt   {   }

CES 2015: 4K TVs, connected home tech- and the last gasp for smartwatches?   { * But- are these devices spying on you? *  —djo—  }

Bad luck plays the biggest role in getting most cancers, researchers suggest   { * Find out who paid those researchers. Other studies have found hormone-based herbicides and pesticides cause a lot of cancers. *  —djo—  }

Canada’s richest 100 CEO salaries have increased by 25% since 2008   { * That’s a crime. *  —djo—  }

‘We did our best,’ ferry captain says after Greece, Italy issue varying numbers of missing   {   }

‘I had some hope he might be released’: fiancée of Canadian journalist getting retrial in Egypt  {   }

5 hurt as car hits horse drawn sleigh   {   }

-Video- Canadian hockey coach teaches kids how to deal with racism  {   }

4 rescued after canoe gets trapped in ice-clogged Ottawa River   {   }

 

===  And:  Daily Stuff ===

-Must Watch- Fancy a dip in the North Sea?  {   }

-Must Watch- Kessel gets testy with reporter  {   }

-Must Watch- Regina’s shirtless shoveller braves bitter cold  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- SpaceX aims to make history with rocket landing  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- Consumer Electronics Show sneak peak  {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Deep freeze tips for surviving the extreme cold gripping Canada  {  }

 

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-Photos- 10 unusual homes around the world   { *  Link  *  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

mother
“Fredericton Mother”
mother and daughter
Mother and daughter in Fredericton
Youth Feminist President
President of the Fredericton Youth Feminists

 

 

 

 

 

If a tree falls on power lines, who pays?  {   }

Air force plans to test expanded search and rescue response time {   }

Fire marshal raises concerns about space heaters  {   }

Saint John woman angry after ice from transport slams car  {   }

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New Brunswick hit with more power outages    {   }

FHS dress code protest penalties too harsh, parents say  { * Too many things about public education are too harsh on the students and families, I say.  —djo—  }

New Brunswickers losing faith in electrical grid  {   }

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“First Nations”

Game Changer B.C. Aboriginal
Last June 26th, The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in favor of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of B.C. granting it title over 438,000 hectares of land, the long ignored tribe became a priority for the B.C. government, CBC says this was a major ‘Game-Changer’. —djo—

-Opinion- Idle No More: Where is the movement 2 years later?  {  }

Red Winter, Ottawa
“Red Winter, Ottawa, January 11, 2013” (Nadya Kwandibens/ Red Works/ARP Books)
Another Round Dance
From ‘The Winter We Danced’ (Nadya Kwandibens/RedWorks/ARP Books)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>>——> Most Recent Articles Below this line <——<< 

Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge billed as first aborigninal arts hotel in Canada   {  }

-Video- Wynne, Harper discuss Ring of Fire, First Nations’ drinking water   {  }

Chilliwack gives OK to hazardous waste recycling facility   {  }

‘Crazy Indians Brotherhood’ dole kindness to Winnipeg;s homeless  {  }

Keystone bill would be vetoed by Obama, White House says   {  }

Mistreatment claim leads to investigation of Regina polic  {  }

Family of accused in Paul Band attack forced to move away  {  }

Stranded family in northern Quebec rescued by Hydro workers  {  }

Snowy owl a ‘peaceful’ messenger for First Nations woman   {  }

CKLB has received $463K in funding since August shutdown  { * The First Nation’s radio station went off the air because their funding was late. *  —djo— }

Peel watershed: Gwich’in Tribal Council unhappy with appeal  {  }

Aboriginal representation on 2015 jury rolls to be challenged  {  }

$3K residential school education credit deadline to be extended  {  }

Unreserved: From Thomas King to Thomson Highway  {  }

Harry Okpik, champion dog musher, races 600 km across tundra  {  }

20 cases delayed by Ontario’s jury roll problem  {  }

-Video- Aboriginal hotel opens in Vancouver   {  }

-Opinion- Why does the Canadian justice system treat aboriginal people as if they’re all the same?  {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top 10 indigenous music picks for 2014  {  }

CBC Aboriginal’s top 10 indigenous music picks for 2014  {  }

Lydia-Molly Tayara, Inuk woman, says cancer went untreated  {  }

Caroline Marshall-Hobbs, Mi’kmaq rights-advocate remembered  {  }

Ontario gives green light to clearcutting at Grassy Narrows   { * Remember this. *  —djo— }

Deninu Kue First Nation gets rights to diamond benefits  {  }

Loretta Saunders murder trial set for New Year  {  }

Reporter notebook: CBC’s Jillian Taylor reflections on Tina Fontaine  {  }

Reporter’s Notebook: Waubgeshig Rice on the Omushkegowuk Walkers  {  }

Reporter’s Notebook: Angela Sterritt on the oilsands paradox  { * “Reporting on a tiny community downstream from Alberta’s Athabasca oilsands was one of the hardest stories I have worked on in my life”.  *  —djo— }

– 6 photo slide show – Unreserved: A literary special  {  }

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Cartoon
Lots of Pollution, Lots of Oil Company Profits, The Promised “Lots of Jobs” is a pile of bull chips. —djo—

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{ “Fude 4 Thought”  :  }

Ten Sticks
“As long as the fish still swim – This Land will be – Indian!” I want to cry every time I hear Richie Havens sing that song. And I play it a lot. —djo—
Portuguese Trash to Art Sculptor with 'bird'
The building behind the sculpture is almost as amazing as the sculpture itself. I wonder if anybody lives in that building. —djo—
Grrrr
I think I want to raise Benjamin Franklin’s ghost, give him a really nasty weapon and tell him where to find everybody who is trying to kill the postal service in Canada and anywhere else on this planet. —djo—
Nice Quote
Dang- The tweets are good today. This one is from fr0g5. Retweeted from @LawAbidingHuman —djo—
Never Regret-
The only thing I really know about this person is that she has some very interesting tweets. —djo—
Fox News
The Spirit of Fox News in a [Wing-] Nutshell? —djo—
Yay Haiti
Sometimes I think the world never forgave Haiti for beginning the struggle that put an end to overt endorsement of slavery by most ‘civilized’ governments. —djo—
Schnarr
Caution: Stephen Harper has proved himself to be dangerous to the health of this planet, its waterways, its inhabitants, our veterans, and your freedom to be who God meant you to be. —djo—
Affirmation
Repeat after me, “Abundance is my Divine Birthright, I am Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Loved!” — Don’t stop until every fiber of your existance believes that completely. – Affirmation curtesy of Glynis McCants —djo—
Warped Quote
“Would you like to swing on a star? Carry moonbeams home in a jar? And be better off than you are?” -Or would you rather go to school? —djo—
Be The Change
Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanza- Happy Anything Else You Feel Like Celebrating.
Fuck Monsanto
Just when I thought we might be able to tidy this place up, somebody has to go and send me stuff like this – Stop Monsanto before they stop us. What they’re doing is beyond ‘Cruel and Unusual’ but I would say, stop short of butchering the families of everybody who works for those Ice-Holes. There has to be a Humane way to deal with them. —djo—
Yay Peru
“Peru is giving Free Solar Power to its 2 million poorest citizens” Strengthen your nation- Empower your people. —djo—
Cree Walkers
” Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimas and Paul Mettina walked 1,700 kilometers to Ottawa to raise awareness of treaty rights and encourage the federal government and their chiefs to work together to address and reconcile aboriginal issues.” —djo—
quote
A quote from Battlesytar Gallactica? —djo—

&

I don’t know how this caption survived, but it did. I guess maybe I should keep it here: * Wealth Is Delusion * If you believe that anyone can ‘own’ the Earth, its resources or ‘wealth’ You’ve bought their ‘bull chips’ and you’ve already lost. You can’t play by their rules. They cheat. —djo—

{ “Why the worlds’s big energy firms are running scared from renewables”  >>—>  *  Link  *  }

 

Solar Powered plane.
Something Positive from GreanPeace. —djo—
Nelson Madela quote
Quoting Nelson Mandela = Positive Reinforcement of Your Self Esteem. —djo—
Eliminate Poverty
Sounds Good To Me – & Harper Has It Wrong —djo—
Tyranny versus Liberty
Another Quote from Thomas Jefferson. I need to reflect on this before I endorse it whole heartedly — —djo—
Cat hugging snowman
2015-jan-01 This is cute, I hope that cat is not freezing to death out there, desperate to find a spot out of the wind or something. – & This was retweeted by fr0g5 & was just too big for me to take a screen shot and copy and paste with the laptop- —djo—
Baby Bobcat
If this guy was orange, I’d swear they found Moe’s Baby Picture. —jim w—
Spirit Bear Photo
Dang- Another tweet I thought has to be here. Dear Editor is the Sky, “Please advise! —Amen” —djo—
Owl
That’s one spooky looking owl. Where’s Odell? New Brunswick? You’re going to make me fire up mapquest aren’t you? —djo—
Oceans in Danger
Happy New Year – Save The Planet! —djo—
BBC Tweet
The BBC adds their voice to those concerned about evil ice-holes tightening their control over everything they ‘allow’ you to know about what they’re doing to you and everything you care about. —djo—
malala with peace prize
10 December, 2014 – Malala shows her Peace Prize. Dedicated to “those voiceless children who want change.” God Bless Her. —djo—

 

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Nice Message
Glynis McCants is a Numerologist and a really good person. Even if our numbers don’t make us best friends 😉 —djo—

 

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Imagine Peace Tower
“Imagine Peace Tower” on the 34th anniversary of an MK-Ultra targeted individual sending John Lennon to the next world. —djo—
Doreen Virtue Tweet
Another Nice Message

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— “Other Media” :  —

Help!
“I’ve got an idea, lets arm the Pandas and Belugas and let them save the planet while we play our video games and turn our souls off?” —djo—
Beluga
The St. Lawrence Belugas Scored a Victory over the Deep Pocket Corporate Shills in what did not turn out to be a Water Polo Match. —djo—
blow your whistles
I hope those Pandas and Belugas are well armed, we really need them…. —djo— Monday, 15 DEcember, this article/photo was retweeted quite a few times today.  —djo—
Help!
“Amnesty International + Malala Yousafzai = Hope” / “So this is Christmas-” John Lennon. —djo—
Monsanto Sux
Clif at Half Past Human dot com is calling them: Mon-SATAN-no or something close to that. —djo—

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Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

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{ This is from the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ : }

2 visions of the future
“At a low point in the 1990’s I started writing a story in which the Earth/Dimension we know and love split in two with most of the trees, bees and plants that give us food and shelter and oxygen, as well as the domestic and farm animals walked into perenial springtime and brought positive people with them, the nasties, the power crazy, the negative people all fell into a separate dimension/parallel world that immediately became a nuclear winter.” —jim w—
Malcolm X Quote
Malcolm X was murdered because he believed that the races could get along co-exist and co-prosper. Bad guys did not like that idea. They want to Divide & Conquer. —djo—

{ “Stephen Lewis roars once more in takedown of the Harper government: Newspaper Article from the Toronto Star:  *  Link  * }

Debate over Prostitution Laws
This photo bothers me for a couple reasons: (1) a prostitute who looks this good would not have to stand on a street corner to drum up business. (2) I don’t like the implications that anyone who dresses like this might be a prostitute – I mean think about it: Almost every woman in Hollywood these days would be suspect. (3) Any politician who tries to convince you that prostitutes are a bigger threat to your welfare than those politicians [are] should be castrated in public. —djo—
Freedom of the Press
New York Times Reporter James Risen is facing jail times if he refuses to testify in a trial against a CIA agent accused of leaking sensitive material. Freedom Of The Press is always an issue, More so lately. —djo—
Hong Kong Students risk future to show support for democratic reforms
& Don’t forget Hong Kong
Wow
Palestinians show support for Ferguson, Missouri.

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WikiLeaks
-Julian Assange’s Whistleblower Foundation has new members- Whistleblowers in general are peole who subscribe to higher standards of ethics and morality than their bosses or supervisors or government authoritarian types and are usually shocked to find out that lots of people do not back them up when they seek help because they’ve reported an injustice, or worse- and been ‘rewarded by being fired or even charged with crimes against corporations that the ‘justice system’, instead of locking up the bad guys, turns out to be protecting from the good guys, Constables got their start as enforcers for corrupt officials, corrupt ‘Nobles’ and ‘Royals’. When ‘serve and protect becomes law enforcement- that’s bad news for everybody.   —djo—

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110 million year old fossils
I remember being in 5th or 6th grade, reading about Archaeologists exploring what they believed were the earliest ruins of a civilization that died out ‘thousands of years ago’ & thinking that was almost incomprehensible- Then somebody told me there has been intelligent life on this planet for 11 million years. now they’re finding 110 million year old fossils? wow- — djo—

 *  Walter Burien’s Web site explains how governments all over the ‘free world’ are stealing from their citizens and ‘cooking their books’ :  * link to CAFR1.com *

Links >>—-> The definitive ranking of ridiculous and misleading Conservative names for bills put before Canadian Parliament:

Note: ‘Http.com’ Hijacked the original links we put here for these two links.

Let Us Know if any other links have been effed with, thank you

>>——> J.Z.N McCauley’s NaNo Novel <——<<

{ -jda-‘s NaBloPoMo entry disappeared from the list. & Jim’s NaNoWriMo Novel has gone over 90,000 words as of November 19th. }

{ Don’t know how many new tweets since late last night. We crashed.  Medium but poignant Traffic? in the ‘Tweet-us-sphere’  —djo— }

Recent earthquakes in Alberta linked to fracking: study  {  }

{  * Attention OathKeepers: When “Serve and Protect” becomes strict “Law Enforcement” with the civilian population seen as the enemy, Police become Terrorists.  *  Link to article in the Toronto Star  *  —djo— }

=====   Steppenwolf’s “Monster” with interesting video clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EVE8leTG8Y  God Bless Oathkeepers =====

Link  * <—<< Link to John Trudell’s amazing speech from ‘Thanksgiving’ 2013 via First Voices Indigenous Radio

{  * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtzIKCqaZMQ *  <——<< * Link *  Moody Blues @ Home in 1995? from “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” I like many of the interesting details of Justin Hayward’s ‘Carriage House’ Home.  —jim w— }

 

{  “America- Where are ya now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t ya know We need you now, We can’t fight alone against this monster-” -John Kay of Steppenwolf- & the Monster is the one who convinces the police that they need to arrest a harmless 90 year old man for feeding the homeless in Florida and scares honest police officers to the point where they’re killing unarmed/ harmless men and women. These Police Officers are Not the Enemy. Look Behind the Curtain. —djo— }

Wiki Leaks Merchandise
WikiLeaks is selling teeshirts, sweatshirts, hats, hoodies, Mouse Pads & Smart Phone cases to raise funds, * Link *

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

{ “Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies” —Thomas Jefferson }

French Cartoon.
“What can one do to reduce the fear of terrorism?” / “Click!”

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{ From a tweet:  Huffington Post: “A Tribe Called Red’s Thanksgiving Track is Tougher to Swallow Than Turkey And Stuffing (Video)”  *  Link  *  —djo— }

===== From the “International Business Times”  — “Anonymous Hackers Threaten Canadian Police, Alleging ‘Swatting’ Suspect Was Framed”  —  *  Link  *  { * Consider the source *  —djo— } =====

{ From @democracynow “We can reduce the prison population by 50% in the next 6-7 years if we just demand greater justice”   *  Link  *   the link might be more interesting than the above quote.   —djo— }

Privacy Breakthrough?
-Polaris, “Let’s Encrypt” Will mean more ubiquitous Web Encryption and Privacy- Article below:

Most recently, Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced “Let’s Encrypt,” their collaboration with Cisco, Akamai, IdenTrust, and researchers at the University of Michigan in attempt to take the first big step towards a more universally secure Internet. One of the biggest weaknesses in the underlying architecture of the web as it exists currently is the highly bureaucratic and complex (not to mention costly) system required for websites to obtain and deploy the SSL/TSL certificates needed to protect your web surfing experience (these are the basic pieces of information that allow the little lock icon to work in your browser, signaling your session is private and secure). “Let’s Encrypt” will extend these digital certificates to all websites by starting an easy-to-use and free-of-charge certificate authority that issues them; this means that web encryption will not just be available to big players like banking services or email providers, but will set a much higher bar for Internet security across all websites, regardless of their ability to pay for a certificate or properly install it.

We are strong, adamant supporters of this initiative and are excitedly awaiting it’s unveiling in 2015 under a new nonprofit called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

In addition to this, Mozilla announced it’s own strategic privacy initiative in collaboration the Tor Project and CDT. We’ll be consulting “on privacy technology, open standards, and future product collaborations” with the open-source browser to help it more effectively and appropriately bring privacy features into its products. “We want to accelerate pragmatic and user-focused advances in privacy technology for the Web, giving users more control, awareness and protection in their Web experiences,” the company explained via its privacy blog. – We believe in the possibilities that privacy innovations could make possible, and are excited and honored to be a part of the process. – What do these changes mean for the short- and long- term future of the security of the Internet? – There will soon be no excuses for not baking encryption into web services, and in turn, consumer privacy and protection into the tools we use to navigate the digital highway.

Anti-Spyware Software released free.
“Free software program Detekt can find spyware on your PC.”

 

– “Our ultimate aim is for human rights defenders, journalists and civil society groups to be able to carry out their legitimate work without fear of surveillance, harassment, intimidation, arrest or torture,” Amnesty International said in an online posting introducing Detekt. – Whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the extent of government surveillance on activists and citizens. Amnesty said it is concerned about a chill on human rights activists and journalists, especially those in repressive countries, because of such surveillance.

resistsurveillance.org

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Microsoft fixes 19-year old Windows bug  { * – Microsoft Corp issued patches on Tuesday to fix a bug in its Windows operating system that remained undiscovered for 19 years. – The bug, which is present in every version of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onward, allows an attacker to remotely take over and control a computer.

– IBM Corp’s cybersecurity research team discovered the bug in May, describing it as a “significant vulnerability” in the operating system. – “The buggy code is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years,” IBM X-Force research team said in its blog on Tuesday. – *

*** The bugs were not “undiscovered”, Government Hackers spoke about this on Coast to Coast A.M. before the summer of 2002. Art Bell was the host. This program is not listed in the current Coast to Coast A.M. archives, at least I could not find it by searching ‘hackers’. 3 men who were quite ‘enthusiastic’ and talkative about their experience working for hackers for US Government agencies that ‘officially do not exist’ -one of them told us he has an ashtray with one of those officially non-existent agency’s official logo on it- told us that microsoft was fully aware of holes in their operating system but were not going to do anything about it because the government of the US liked it the way it was. They said it was simple for any hacker to get into your computer if you were ‘running windows’ -“Especially if you have printer sharing turned on.” && They also said they liked Apple Computers back then because it was possible to tell a Mac to do only one thing at a time, not like windows computers which could have all sorts of nonsense going on undetected in the background.  – AND Another Coast to Coast A.M. guest, much more recently, related talking to a computer pioneer a long time ago, when dial ups were the latest thing, and when the computer guy finished showing him something, he would not leave the room without shutting off his computer, and disconnecting the phone line from his computer. When the C2C guest asked the computer guy what that was all about, the computer guy said that he, as in insider, knew that the US Government could already get into anyone’s computer that was connected to Delphi or GEnie or AOL, even if the computer had been turned off. — And, now that almost every computer in the world has WiFi capabilities- you can never fully disconnect yourself from the possibility that they can turn your computer on and gather any information you have, or were ever connected to- any time they want to do that- With the possible exception that you might be ‘safe’ if you live inside a Faraday cage, a hundred feet or more beneath the surface of this planet. Welcome to the future, it sucks.  —jim w—   }

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-Archived?:-

Quebec woman gets jail time after stopping for ducklings led to 2 deaths   { * Morton Thiokol executives never even got their wrists slapped for ignoring warnings from engineers. This led to the spectacular explosion that killed everyone aboard a high profile NASA Shuttle launch. I say maybe they could justify locking up someone who tried to save any life after they’ve locked up everybody who willfully let many more people die in the name of corporate profits. *  —djo—  } Emma Czrnobaj gets 90 days in jail for [trying to save ducks on a highway and causing a fatal accident in the process] {  }

Poor posture from technology use can lead to 4 damaging effects   { * But the Canadian Chiropractic Society has a free app to inspire you to improve your posture and improve your health *  Link  *  —djo— }

Immigration law that split young family frevents child trafficking, government says   { * (1) do not believe anything your government tells you. (2) you gotta be out of your mind to believe that anything your government does is in your best interest. *  —djo—  }

Tory anti-pot ad mocked and condemned by YouTube viewers  {  * Link *  }

Veterans face too many barriers to mental-health help, auditor general says  {   }

‘Consumers deserve the truth’: Water-heater firm fined $7M for unfair sales tactics  {   }

Conservative trap to ensnare Liberal candidate ends up embarassing Tories  {   }

– ‘What else are they doing wrong?’ artists wonder of Revenue Canada  { * The short answer? believing the propagandist liars who tell them that the government needs tax money to offer any kind of services to the people it wants to keep down under their thumbs – They have income streams they reallllly don’t want you to know about.  Demand the truth now!  *  Link to CAFR1 dot com  *  —djo—  }

-Analysis- Question authority? Not if you are black in America: Neil Macdonald  {   }

Coke plans to start making fancy milk — for twice the price  { * If it’s genetically modified, it’s poison. *  —djo—  }

Law can protect social media users who blindly consent to terms of service  { * It CAN – but will it? *  —djo—  }

Adults, kids cross police line at Kinder Morgan protests  { * One tweet today: “The RCMP just arrested two eleven year olds at Burnaby Mountain, I feel safer already.” *  —djo— }

-Special Report- Would you know what to do if someone told you they were raped?   { *  Link  * } }

-Analysis- Gobal corruption a bigger scourge than terrorism: Brian Stewart  { *  Link to the CBC article.  * *** And The whole idea behind our ‘modern’ system of ‘banking’ is probably the most corrupt ‘system’ in this world. ***  —djo—  }

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{ My friends in the U.S. tell me I’m lucky to be in Canada. They are usually correct.  —jim w— }

Lions looking at industrial pollution

{ 10:10 pm EST — We are Ready to Rock and Roll —   & Thanks again for your help, Jim W, and  “—jda—“     ———djo——— }