Daily Archives: October 25th, 2014

Saturday, 25 October, 2014 – Can We Breathe Yet?

Saturday, 25 October, 2014  -( 65˚F / 18˚C –  & ‘mostly cloudy’   @ 5:15 pm near Ithaca )-  -( 45˚F / 7˚C –  & raining, ‘Light Mist’   @ 6:20 pm Closer to Halifax —jda—)-    { Headlines compiled by douglas j otterson & jim wellington, with help from —jda— }

—Can We Breathe Now?—

 { Ottawa Under Attack? Or Civil Liberties Under Attack? Or Both? }

Ottawa War Memorial

* – Cpl. Nathan Cirillo guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National Memorial in Ottawa in a photo posted on Twitter Wednesday. Cirillo was shot and killed by a man who later attacked the Parliament buildings. (Twitter) – *

{  We had actual breaking news this week. Tuesday, someone later labeled a ‘homegrown terrorist’ ‘committed vehicular homicide’, targetting and hitting two men in military uniforms with a vehicle, killing one.  Wednesday, a reservist guarding a War Memorial with a rifle without bullets was shot and killed by a man who walked away calmly, got into one vehicle, drove away to a spot where he got out with his weapon, stole another vehicle, drove to the Parliament Buildings, parked, got out with his rifle visible, ran up to and into the buildings, got inside -into the Conservative caucus room, where he was shot and killed by what was described as ’30 security personnel all firing at once’. The sergeant at arms at the Parliament building is credited with protecting Parliament from the ‘lone gunman’.   —djo— }

{  *** Thursday, after briefly conferring with our online staff – I had to go get ‘big water’ for our cooler and a couple loaves of ‘day-old’ bread and stuff like that there.  Today’s noon radio broadcast from Halifax sounded a whole lot different from yesterday’s evening news:

– Two ex-military types were on the air. One of them was a command level officer who was today’s go-to person. The first guy -not the general- said, -not word for word, I didn’t record this >>—-> Harper’s had us at war for the last 12 or 13 years and he acts surprised that somebody who might have ties with one of the countries we’ve been at war with might attack our soldiers? <—-<<  And I’m pretty sure it was the General who said, again I can’t remember this word for word:  >>—-> Security was lax at the Parliament buildings, not because of action or complaints from some Civil Libertarian types, but because the Harper Government cut back funds, got rid of the commissionaires who had been doing security duty and cut funds to what security operations we had left. – And I think the go-to General responded to someone’s concerns about loss of privacy and civil rights by saying that security measures should be kept at a safe distance from the doors of the Parliament buildings- not because that could be less intrusive, but because security personnel at the doors would not have enough time to stop a determined attacker who was armed.

– Today’s tone was a whole lot calmer and more sane than I expected. People from Atlantic Canada do not seem to be in love with the ‘Harper Conservatives’, and they do not appear to be ‘buying into’ the idea that ‘we should surrender what rights and liberties we have left’.  Even a cashier in a convenience store up here told me that she had noticed that everything felt a whole lot different and less crazy than it felt last night. One person said, “There are 35 million Canadians up here and two or three of them went nuts? I don’t feel any less safe and secure than I did last week.”

– & I heard one semi- off-the-wall suggestion, here we go, complete with pre-amble- “I remember an old Star Trek episode from the original series where Captain Kirk and the gang tried to convince one very peaceful race that they were in danger. In response, the ‘endangered’ society’s citizens just sort of half closed their eyes and made the weapons of anybody who held one impossible to hold, they like burned the hands of the people who thought they could use them. Don’t we have screening technology that could detect bullets and something like high tech heaters that could focus on those bullets? Show dummies with loaded guns in their pockets having their legs blown off  in a reinforced screening facility? Wouldn’t that convince would be attackers that their weapons would explode in their hands? Or their pockets? There’s gotta be a way something like that would work.-“

  – Um, luckily, this person was explaining his idea to somebody else and I didn’t need to respond that I would have to go think about that for a while before I let myself come up with an opinion I could endorse and/or live with.  —jim w— }

 { We’ve been doing this because we believe the CBC may be more honest and more respectable than Media in the U.S.A., & not a lot of people in the U.S. may know that or have access to anyone who might point them toward the CBC & their web site. }
{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. — & Jim W convinced me to take credit for this, above.  ———djo——— }


 Other Sources:

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

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

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

French Cartoon.

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

 {  & This from ———jda——— :

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

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


70,000 dead fish in Ohio.

Tweeted, “It is the legeslators who should go to Jail for this-” 70,000 dead fish in Ohio? —Frack Halliburton?—

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




Lead Articles: Today’s Theme: “How Politicians Hope to Capitalize/Gain More Political Clout by Positioning Themselves Correctly in front of News Cameras after Atrocities committed by desperate, disempowered & marginalized individuals.”

"Police State?"

“Ottawa Shooting” -cbc- “Peace Tower out of focus – Police office – armed and wearing bullet-proof-vest with “Police” plainly visible on his in-focus back.” —jim w—

-Updated- 5 injured after industrial explosion, fire in southwestern Ontario   { * – “Five people are injured after an industrial explosion and fire in Sarnia, Ont., Mayor Mike Bradley said.”  –  —djo—  }

-Updated- National War Memorial scene of embrace between local paramedic and imam   { * –  “-The National War Memorial was the scene of a touching moment between a local paramedic and an imam as Canadians returned to the grounds of Parliament Hill for the first time after an attack in the nation’s capital that left one soldier dead.-”  *  —djo— *** Instead of calling this the ‘War Memorial’ maybe they should change the name to reflect something closer to Honouring the human beings who rose to defend freedom, liberty and all that good stuff instead of honouring the flippin war? —jim w— }

Montreal Muslim teen’s ‘not in my name’ Facebook post goes viral   {* – “One Quebec Muslim teenager’s message has gone viral after he posted a photo of himself holding a sign that reads ‘pas en mon nom’ — ‘not in my name’ — in response to this week’s killing of two soldiers in separate attacks in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.”  —jim w— }

===== >>—-> Begin ‘Developing’ flash queue >>—->

Crown honouring Cpl. Cirillo.

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

Saturday: 25 October, 2014 – “Developing News” Flashing Headlines: Compassion vs Flag Waving?

New anti-terror law could curtail online hate speech   { * This sounds way too much like Harper’s trying to dismantle freedom of speech to me. How about you? *  —djo—  *** A Psychologist friend in Connecticut said we shouldn’t try to censore hate speech or hateful web sites, and went on to explain- In the case of Neo Nazi sites and speech: “They don’t convert anybody. The only people who this kind of nonsense resonates with are those who are already believers in that cause. Let them speak, the more they say the more the rest of realize what complete [ ‘ice-holes’ ] they are.”  — That was Jim Briggs. & I’m —jim w— }

Visitors flock to Parliament Hill as grounds reopen  { * & Stephen Harper seized the opportunity for photo ops in an effort to look ‘Leadership’-like. *  —djo— }

Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads: WHO  { * One day has good news, so they scramble for the next three days to come up with bad news/ anxiety enhancing news? *  —djo— }

Attempt underway to recover plane from 1940 lake crash   {  }

===== >>—->  End of Flashing headlines <—-<<

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

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



Dog in silly costume.

“Halloween Dog Parade”


Halloween dog parade in New York   {  }

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

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

Celebrated architect Frank Gehry flips the bird to Spanish media  {  }

Queen writes her first tweet to open tech exhibit   {  }

Snakes on the plains: 98 snakes, found in home, released to the wild   {  }



“Most Viewed”

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

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo’s family: “He belonged to all of us” {  }

Ottawa shooting: Parliament Hill now open to public   {   }

Ottawa shooting: Zehaf-Bibeau used junk mail as temporary licence plate   {   }

Jaylen Fryberg reportedly targeted cousins in Washington school shooting   {   }

Attempt begins to recover military plane nearly 74 years after lake crash  {  }

Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist   {   }

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: Outpouring of emotion as ‘Canada’s son’ comes home   {   }

-Yesterday- Ottawa shooting: Where did Michael Zehaf-Bibeau get his gun?   { * Why does this matter? This headline sounds like somebody is trying to focus your attention on a complete non-issue, most likely to tighten controls on those who legally own firearms. Illegal guns can be found anywhere. There are even cases in which unethical cops will find an unregistered gun at one scene, hang onto it for years, and then plant it in someone’s possession when they want to frame somebody. —djo— }

-Yesterday- Sun turns biggest sun spot in 24 years toward Earth   {   }

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

harper sux donkey dicks

This was Tweeted last week.

Our original plans for Wednesday were to talk about Tuesday night’s guests on Coast to Coast am [radio]  { Major Ed Dames, who brought the term ‘Scientific Remote Viewing’ into the awareness of millions by explaining what he did in his military and post military carreer- Tuesday night he told George Noory, and the world, that he believes our run as the dominant species on planet earth is over. He called the United States a successful experiment that actually showed the world what a free nation could be like, “But those days are over”. & He said, in a comment about puppet heads of state in Asia” “Yes there are [ puppet heads of state ] -and some of them are quite close to home.” —djo— }


Ebola CartoonBeer, burgers and cigarettes kill way more than Ebola.

“Yeah- It’s like the flu kills more people every year than the ‘pandemics’ the fear mongers are trying to terrorize us with-” —djo— // seconded by ———jim w——


-Blog- ‘Organic genderless gingerbread figures’ might be the most politically correct cookies ever  {  }




-Video- Unmanned SpaceX cargo craft leaves space station  {   }

-New- Benito Mussolini bunker set to open to the public   { * & A yogi told me that Mussolini was Julius Caeser reincarnated. And I do believe he ended just as gruesomely. *  —jim w— }

-Infographic- Young Canadian radicals who’ve travelled overseas   {  }

Jack Bruce, bassist from 1960’s band Cream, dies at 71    { *** 😦 He was the guy with ‘that voice’ *** —jim w— }

Women are on the front lines in Syria, Iraq battling ISIS militants    {  }

Hockey takes its place in Canada’s healing after deaths of 2 soldiers    {  }

Google exec breaks sound barrier, sets record with leap from near-space    {  }

-Analysis- Are new Ebola quarantine rules in U.S. too much?    {  }

Justin Bourque could get consecutive life terms for Mountie killings    {  }

Number of people believed to have Ebola rises above 10,000, says WHO    {  }

Town rallies around vandalized Cold Lake Mosque    {  }

-Yesterday- NYC hatchet attacker not tied to terror groups, police say   { * And, even in the U.S.A., which many see as the gun capital of the world, if a private citizen shot and killed a man attacking him, or his child, with a hatchet, the private citizen would be charged with excessive use of force. If you are five feet two and weigh 90 pounds- and some steroid-enhanced warrior who might be six feet ten and weigh three hundred pounds- all solid muscle- attacks you or your kids with an axe, you can protect yourself and your kids with an axe, but not a gun. *  —djo— }

Magnotta trial hears from computer forensics expert about video trail   { * The last headline I saw on this subject read: ‘Experts cannot tie murder video to computers’.  —dj0— }

J.K. Rowling promises Halloween treat for Harry Potter fans   {   }

Harper demands expedited review of police powers for terror suspects   {   }

-Exclusive- Councillor using city contractor to build cottage, rival alleges    {  }

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

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

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

-Feature- Condolences for Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent   {  }

Canadian Consulate in Istanbul evacuated after suspicious powder found   {   }

-Photos- Partial solar eclipse: Your photos of the crescent Sun   {   }

-Recap- World Series:   { * WE are extremely late again today. So we’ll tell you. The Royals beat the Giants 3-2. Royals now have won 2 games and the Giants have won 1.  —djo—  }

"Secret Space Plane"

“Secret Space Plane”

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

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

-Must Watch-  Honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo: Canadians closer and united    {   }

-Must Watch- How Kevin Vickers subdued the Ottawa gunman    { * New details have emerged from the day that a gunman stormed the Parliament Buildings. Evan Solomon gives a play-by-play, explaining how Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers shot Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. * —djo—  }

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

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

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

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

===== Greatest Hits this week? =====

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

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

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

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

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

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



“Local / New Bruswick”

Teen dies in waterville, New Brunswick crash   {  }

Man, 42, stabbed multiple times in downtown Moncton   {  }

Moncton Mountie killer faces consecutive life terms under new law   {  }

N.B This Week   {  }



seattle totem

“Seattle Totem”

“First Nations”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yukon fashion designer set for Paris runway  {  }

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

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

Residential school survivors in Nunavut confused about education credit   {  }

Top 10 indigenous films of all time   {  }

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

Grandmothers play key role helping families in North Central   {  }

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

=== Previous Articles: ===

5 top picks for the imagineNA TIVE film festival  {  }

Diabetes support, prevention urged for Eskasoni   {  }

New women’s shelters planned in Cree communities   {  }

Edmonton jury selection process to be reviewed   {  }

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

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

Defence wants mistrial in Douglas Hales murder case   {  }

Shale gas protester admits assaulting RCMP officer in Rexton   {  }

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

-Audio-Wikwemikong group releases Anishinaabe language app   {  }

Winnipeg Indigenous Rock the Vote drums up encouragement  {  }

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

Manitoba Hydro evicted from northern dam station   {  }

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

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

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

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

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

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



{ Almost 7:15 pm EDT —Ready to Rock and Roll— & Thankful for help from Jim W again, & especially since he is working today with a bruised rib, ouch!  —And also from “—jda—“ again this time —   ———djo——— }