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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, 08 February, 2015 – Rethinking The News:

Sunday, 08 February, 2015  -( +24˚F / -24˚C  & not dark yet @ 5:30 pm near Ithaca )-  -( +7˚F / -14˚C   & just turned dark & cloudy  @ 6:30 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— }

Equality Means Equality

“Equality for All” – Nobody should be “more equal” than anybody else in the eyes of the law.

{ Today’s Birthdays : Saint Proclus, the patriarch of Constantinople was born on this date in the year 412. Emporer Sakuramichi of Japan was born on this day in the year 1720 and died in the year 1750. U.S. General William Techumseh Sherman was born on this date in 1820, Our friends south of the Mason-Dixon line will not take it kindly if you celebrate this one. Maxime Du Camp, a French writer/traveler was born on this day in 1822 and Jules Verne gasped his first breaths in France on this date in 1828. They’ve got Dame Edith Evans listed as being born on this date in 1885 and 1888. Lana Turner was born on this day in 1920 and Jack Lemmon was born on this date in 1925. James Dean was born on February 8th, 1931.  Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the orginal Superman television show was born on Frebruary 8th, 1933. Ted Koppel, ABC TV News Anchor was born in Lancashire England on this date  in 1940. Nick Nolte, the actor made his human debut in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1941 the same day that Tom Rush was born in New Hampshire. Brooke Adams the actress will celebrate again today, and Mary Steenburgen will also celebrate her birthday today. John Grisham, the writer – and Gary Coleman, the actor – Were also born on a February 8th. You can find all this and more at http://www.historyorb.com/today/birthdays.php  }

{ Canadian Headlines :

Rescue specialists ready to join search for RCAF member missing in Avalanche.   { * Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue technician, Mark Salesse, was swept away during an avalanche in Banff National Park on Thursday, His family is ‘preparing for the worst’ as the search continues with little hope left that he might be found alive. *  }

Smalll B.C. village evacuated after record snowfall cuts power for 3 days   {* It bothers me that I hear so much about Canadian citizens being ordered to evacuate their homes so often lately. It doesn’t feel right. It feels like ‘authorities’ are demanding that everybody adhere to a ‘herd mentality’ and do what they’re told without question, because, hey, the government knows best what is good for you, doesn’t it? *NOT!*  —djo— }

At least 22 killed in Egyptian soccer riot   { * We’ve heard that ‘Soccer Riots’ occur. Soccer fans have a reputation for being a volitile bunch. I’m getting to the point where I don’t know if I want to believe any official government news release, or any main stream media report about any kind of riot, anywhere. They could show us video of the latest riots in some exotic country and tell us the people are rioting over Howdy Doodie’s birthday, or show us some official government book burning and tell us there was a popular uprising because ‘those people’ hate our freedoms, so hey, we better limit those freedoms of yours because terrorists want to take them away! -What?- * —djo— }

CRA’s new mandate lets agency pass info to police without judicial warrants   { * I hope this gets shot down by the Canadian Supreme Court. CRA = Canadian Revenue Agency. “Hey, aren’t we wonderful? We allow you peasants a whole list of rights and freedoms. Oh wait, we’ve just taken most of them away from you. We have to protect you from terrorists who want to take your freedoms away from you. So you can’t have any freedom from now on. You understand, right? -No!- *  —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:

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

Valentine’s Day looms, so here’s on way to deal with rejection   { * A couple of my best friends refer to February 14th as “V.D. Day” – Too many others were never asked to be anybody’s Valentine. Most of you will never know how brutal Valentines Day can be for too many people. Nobody should have to suffer that kind of humiliation. * }

Montreal Mermaid school offers fantasy and fitness   { * I can’t wait for Weird Al to sing us a song called “Mermaid School Dropout” * }

Katy Perry’s lawyer jumps the shark-seller with cease-and-desist letter   {  }

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Brrrrrr

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

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

The big chill: Cold Temperatures continue in Maritimes   {   }

Marketing prof urges CNIB to speak out about controversy   { * – A Halifax marketing professor is urging the CNIB to speak out about the current controversy surrounding the organization. – The charity is taking four former Maritime lotto booth operators to court, trying to recover $100,000 of missing money. – The CNIB — an organization that helps visually impaired Canadians — operates lottery booths in stores across Atlantic Canada under a contract with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, selling ALC products. – Lottery booth operators are not considered employees. Instead, they’re independent contractors hired by the charity. – The former kiosk operators deny any wrongdoing and think the problem rests somewhere else within CNIB. – Under their contracts, they agree to “accept full responsibility and liability for any and all products and/or cash shortages” and to “repay to the CNIB in full any costs associated with or damages incurred relating to such product and/or cash shortage.” – “Your reputation is everything,” said marketing professor Ed McHugh, adding CNIB has one of the strongest charity brands in the country. – He says CNIB’s decision not to speak out about the controversy in detail could hurt its ability to generate donations. – “You know, there’s how many… places and great causes looking for money and now you’ve got one that has this going on. People will think twice before they send their money to this organization,” said McHugh. – *  —djo—   }

Final funding push being made for Saint John social enterprise hub   { * – Saint John social enterprise hub aims to reduce poverty. The idea behind the new building is that it will house organizations and micr entrepreurs in the city which aim to reduce poverty. – The building will be located at 139 Prince Edward Street. – Working together would bring more results, says Saint John community loan fund manager Seth Asimakos. – “We all work together in the area of poverty reduction in an entrepreneurial way. Hopefully, more ideas will germinate faster and with greater quality when we’re all together in the same building,” he said. – The social enterprise hub will house the Community Loan Fund, the Saint John Human Development Council, the Saint John Learning Exchange and the Ponde Deshpande Centre. The building will also be home to several entrepreneurs. – Asimakos says they will be aggressively campaigning over the next 40 days to raise the rest of the money needed for the capital cost of the $2.25 million building. – *  —djo— }

Waterloo Village residents upbeat about plans for former school site   { * – An old high school in uptown Saint John is one step closer to becoming a 34-unit mixed-income apartment building in a neighbourhood where the city is keen to attract development. – St. Vincent’s High School first opened in 1919 as a boys school, then turned into a Catholic girls school in 1954. – Since closing in 2002, it’s been vacant. – Last week, Saint John City Council gave its approval to rezone the area for the development. – There is optimism the project will help revitalize the Waterloo Village area. – “As these projects have done in other areas in the city, they do act as catalysts and pump primers for nearby projects,” said Peter MacKenzie of Comeau MacKenzie Architecture. – MacKenzie hopes to have apartments ready to rent by the spring of 2017. – Linda Scott of the Waterloo Village Association says the project will help bring more people to the neighbourhood. – “Part of our problem is that there’s a lot of transient residents and we have several services and things like that in the area, but anything that’s going to attract more residents will be a good thing,” she said. – *  —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— }

Bow ties on Cats?

“Um —– ” Brilliant! But is that why human men wear those silly things around their necks? Do you know any women who are shallow enough to fall in love with somebody because he’s wearing a bow tie? Or any other weird article of clothing? I never will understand why people wear any kind of ties, Period! —djo—

Equality Rising 2

Hold all politicians accountable.

Sad stupid conservatives

This might almost be funny if Sun TeeVee was trying to poke fun at the worst of Fox TV. The pitiful thing here is, they actually think the ‘viewing public’ will take this b.s. seriously. —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…

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

Thursday, 22 January, 2015 – News & Headlines:

Thursday, 22 January, 2015  -( +23˚F / 5˚C  & cloudy @ 11:11 am near Ithaca )-  -( +12˚F / -11˚C   & hazy  @ 12:20 2m 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— }

— Today is my cousin, Kathy Conroy’s Birthday. A couple other people I know also have birthdays tody.  —Jim W—

Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly will begin a 3 month prison sentence tomorrow, January 23rd, at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. She said that 90% of victims killed by drones are civilians and quotes a British organization, “Reprieve” which reports that for ever military targeted person taken out by a drone, 28 civilians are killed. —djo—

Remember Who You Are

Sounds Good To Me – —djo—

{ Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce expanded powers for surveillance agencies, likely for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). – Speaking last week in Vancouver, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that the government is “looking at additional powers to make sure that our security agencies have the range of tools available,” apparently to address incidents like the shootings in Paris. However, judging by past policy patterns reaching the highest government levels, such new “powers” will likely be aimed at stifling and criminalizing voices of dissent, here are some reasons why. – Over recent years, the track record of Canada’s state surveillance agencies has been made clear through numerous access to information requests and public accounts, the record is that First Nations have been a prime target for government spying, whileenvironmentalist and social justice groups are also closely watched. – Throughout the Idle No More protests both CSIS and the RCMP, working in concert, monitored closely the community protests for treaty rights, actions that inspired manyIndigenous youth to vocalize publicly the apartheid realities facing First Nations people. – Conservative politicians refused to ever fully recognize the voices and demands of Indigenous people on the streets during Idle No More, like the Nishiyuu Walkers, instead turning shadowy government agents on the first peoples of these lands. By extension, all other major Canadian political parties, both the Liberals and the NDP, have failed to denounce clearly, the sustained spying by CSIS and the RCMP on First Nations communities. – Within the context of the “additional powers” that Harper is publicly indicating will be given to spy agencies in the coming period, the likely reality is that additional attention from CSIS will be focused on First Nations peoples protesting for human and land rights in Canada. – On CSEC, Canada’s digital surveillance agency, likely involved in the same type of mass data collection practiced by the National Security Agency (NSA) south of the border, something never publicly disputed by CSEC, the new “powers” that Harper is speaking about will also most likely involve CSEC, an organization with tight operational links to the NSA. – Details made public by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, indicate that Canada’s CSEC maintains a “close co-operative relationship” with the NSA, a working collaboration that involves CSEC offering “resources for advanced collection, processing and analysis.” To date the Canadian government and by extension CSEC, has never confirmed or denied any of these details, in state security terms we know very well what that means. – Today, in the wake of the shootings in Paris, the Conservative government in Ottawa is working to exploit the deaths and by extension the larger neo-colonial political crisis in France, to expand the role of state surveillance agencies, like CSIS and CSEC, that define contemporary neo-liberal authoritarianism, a political orientation that is firmly rooted and extends from the colonial era. – Instead of embarking on a real political discussion on the ways that contemporary western systems of power are central to creating the conditions for “terrorism,” Harper is simply expanding the surveillance practices of neo-colonialism and by extension justifying war. – Harper’s comments in Vancouver on the Paris shootings, intentionally exploit the violence with the aim of legitimizing Canada’s role in the bombing of Iraq. “And they have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom, openness and tolerance,” stated Harper, “and we may not like this and wish it would go away, but it is not going to go away and the reality is we are going to have to confront it.” – In real terms this is a call from Harper for prolonged Canadian participation in war, the sustained bombing of Iraq, a military campaign purportedly aiming to save the Iraqi people from the Islamic State (ISIS) group by bombing their cities and towns. – Bombing people to save them, that was an argument made by the U.S. government during the war in Vietnam and again with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, both interventions that clearly has lead to sustained violence and human suffering, remember the Mỹ Lai massacre. How are more western bombs going to liberate Iraq, or Syria, from ISIS? – Most certainly Canada’s moves to join the ‘war’ against ISIS will lead to significant profits for Canada’s ever growing military industrial complex, while simply leading to more death and destruction in Iraq. In reality the entire bombing campaign in Iraq is rooted in violent colonial logic, the very same framework that is fueling the type of violence seen this past week in Paris, the people carrying out the shootings in France spoke about the images of US torture at Abu Ghraib prison and also the Israeli military occupation of Palestine as reasons of the attacks. – Now clearly nothing justifies the killing of cartoonists, or civilians in a supermarket in Paris, but we can’t continue to ignore that western colonialism, past and present, is creating the context for such violent incidents to continue. In a cycle of violence, rooted in colonialism, those holding the monopoly of military power, the U.S., France and Canada, clearly have the greater ability and responsibility to stop the cycle and create real conditions for a just peace. – Instead of examining in truth the roots of the violence, Canada’s Conservative government is simply abusing the memories of all those who died in France, by using the shootings to justify the entrenchment of a surveillance state and to cheerlead neo-colonial military policies abroad. – Stefan Christoff is a writer, community organizer and musician living in Montreal who contributes to rabble.ca find Stefan @spirodon – Image: “Strength in the Face of Fighter Jets” by Nidal Elkhairy  }

Help-Amen

*** I’ve got friends who call this ‘The Prison Industrial Complex’ *** —jim w—

Gaaa

“Git-mo” 2015 ? —djo—

 

Solidarity

C’est Bon! Et Je Suis —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—

{ +10,709 New tweets since 9 pm Monday – & 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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{ 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.  }

 

Poem = Canada In Winter

Canada In Winter. A poem. This may be a little hard to read. —djo—

Eeek 2.0

Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo— Somebody told me that ‘trutherbot’ is a holocaust denier. I don’t know. I guess I’ll have to check that out.   —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.

I think the Saudi Arabian king, maybe this one’s predecessor, gave a contingent of U.S. troops a flock of sheep and suggested the U.S. military personal could use the sheep to relieve their sexual tension instead of trying to shame any Saudi Arabian women while stationed there.  ;

Radicalization and the ‘Prison Industrial Complex’. I think I read somewhere within the last couple months that it costs more to send one person to prison for a year than it does to send 4 people through a University degree program for 4 years. Radicalization? Either you become addicted to the ‘toys’ the power crazy let you play with, or you see through their ‘stuff’. If you see through their ‘bull chips’ they will label you a radical. The Soviet Union would have labeled you insane and locked you away in an insane asylum indefinitely. We’re not at that stage, yet.  ;

Maclean’s magazine called Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada? From what I’ve read most of the racist anger is aimed at First Nations people. In the U.S.A. we call ‘First Nations people’ ‘Native Americans’   ;

Could you live in a 186 square foot home? I think that’s bigger than a jail cell.    ;

===Not This:

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

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies  ;

Radicalization a growing risk in Canadian prisons, experts warn   ;

Winnipeg fights back after Maclean’s calls it the most racist city  ;

Could you live in a 186 sq. ft. home?  ;

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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.  ;

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 – Or teleport them to a barren parallel dimension where the previous crop of greedy, lying, cheating ice-holes made their planet almost un-liveable. ;

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—

Miss Universe Canada’s insane hockey-themed ‘national costume’ goes viral  {   }

Bacon is no longer trendy, survey reveals  {   }

Municipality orders Quebec man to sismantle ‘hazardous’ snow fort  {   }

Photo with Irish president expands Kevin Vickers’s Twitter stature   { * Kevin Vickers is the Canadian Parliament’s Master at Arms who shot and killed an armed attacker inside the Parliament building after the alleged shooter shot and killed a guard of honor at a Canadian monument last autumn. *  —djo—  }

===Recently: >>—>

Pocket dials make up over half of 911 calls to OPP detachment  {  Accidental dialing made up more like 90% of the 911 calls to one detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  }

‘Ship glitter to your enemies’ makes a hard-to-clean mess for people you hate  { * & If you believe you have a right to hate anybody you better ship twice as much to yourself. *  —djo—    }

Back to the Future lives on in Ontario man’s driveway   { * Somebody spent 12 years researching and building an authentic replica of the time traveling Delorean with all the parts that were in the movies. *  —djo—  }

‘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”

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies   {   }

Isabella Mori lives in ‘tiny home’ in North Vancouver   {   }

Maclean’s claim that Winnipeg is Canada’s most racist city upsets mayor  {  }

Target’s package for ex-CEO matches package for all 17,600 Canadian workers   { * –Social media readers had some snarky comments Thursday about reports that the former CEO of Target got a total severance and other benefits package worth about the same as the total amount being offered to all 17,600 of the chain’s Canadian employees who will soon be out of work as the company winds down its presence in Canada. – Target’s “employee trust” package for its Canadian workers, announced last week, amounts to $70 million ($56 million US). It’s designed to provide each worker with 16 weeks of pay.

– Depending on who’s doing the calculation, the golden handshake handed to ex-CEO Gregg Steinhafel last May is in roughly in the same ballpark. – Fortune Magazine put the value of his total “walk-away” package, including stock options and other benefits, at $61 million US, including severance of $15.9 million.  – “I’m not normally one to jump on the anti-corporate bandwagon, but these numbers really put things in perspective,” wrote Reddit user leafsfan_89 on a busy Reddit chat page. – “My next gig is to become a CEO of a company, fail miserably and collect millions,” a Twitter user named Tim Parent tweeted Thursday morning. – The reference is to Steinhafel’s tenure at the helm of the troubled retailer. A year ago, Target suffered a massive data breach affecting 70 million U.S. customers. – Target’s ill-fated expansion into Canada also cost the company billions of dollars, prompting the new CEO and board to cut their losses and shutter all of the retailer’s 133 Canadian locations. – CEOs of major corporations are compensated at rates that are often hundreds of times higher than their rank-and-file employees. Last year, an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute showed that the top U.S. CEOs made 296 times more than the wage of an average worker in their industry. – A report earlier this month by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that Canada’s top-paid CEOs saw their compensation climb at double the rate of the average Canadian between the depths of the recession and 2013.  – Billions owed to creditors – In a separate development, the depth of Target Canada’s debts has also been revealed.  – Alvarez & Marsal Canada, the court-appointed monitor handling Target Canada’s creditor protection and insolvency, has filed papers that show the retailer has total liabilities of $5.1 billion, including accounts payable of about $546 million. – The monitor has listed 42 pages of creditors that Target Canada owes money to. – The amounts include $12,036,000 to the Canada Revenue Agency, $8,372,000 to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, $2,674,000 to the province of British Columbia, and smaller amounts to hundreds of other creditors.  – *  —djo—  }

Yukon girl choked as scarf caught in Mount Sima ski lift  {   }

Disrupting Air Canada fligt costs South African woman $15K  {  }

‘How to kill your teacher’ video boys are students from Castlegar, B.C.  {  }

Bank of Canada interest rate cut: At least 1 bank won’t lend for less   {  }

Jay Leno of Bill Cosby: ‘I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women’  {   }

Williams Moving and Storage filing for bankruptcy after 86 years  {   }

-10 photo slide show- Sundance 2015: the Canadian love-in at the infulential U.S. film festival   {  }

-Blog- Bacon is not longer a ‘trendy’ food, survey reveals  {  }

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Hands Up - I Can't Breathe!

“I can’t breathe!”

Other:

To cut or not to cut? Canada’s big banks weigh lending for less  {   }

Patriots QB Tom Brady denies knowledge of deflated footballs   { * – overheard one comment on this, “The government is plotting to put everyone deeper and deeper into some new form of slavery and people are going crazy over whether somebody let a little bit of air out of freakin footballs?” – *  —djo—  }

Microsoft HoloLens visor called ‘magical’ and ‘amazing’   {   }

Fire hazard fears prompt removal of thousands of smart meters in Ontario  {   }

Dino Unearthed: New horned dinorsaur part of ROM exhibit   {   }

Driver ‘hands free’ with phone wedged between ear and shoulder? Judge says yes   {   }

‘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—  }

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

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

 

 

===  And:  Daily Stuff ===

-Must Watch- The National of streaming video  {   }

-Must Watch- Donetsk, Ukraine airport seized, razed  {   }

-Must Watch- Surfs up as big winter swell hits Hawaii  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- In the war room with Winston Churchill: Peter Mansbridge  {   }

-Editor’s Pick- Cuba: Young Americans on culture, change and the possibility of a burst of technology  {  }

-Editor’s Pick- Kathy Beitz, legally blind mom, sees new baby with special eyewear  {   }

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Phillips, ex-bio weapons specialist, back in Nova Scotia  {   }

OPP investigating fatal fire near Almonte  {   }

Two for stealing: Gatineau thieves take $28,000 worth of hockey sticks  {   }

Police seek driver after toddler falls out of moving 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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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Maclean’s claim that Winnipeg is Canada’s most racist city upsets mayor  {  }

Makayla Sault’s death shifts the spotlight to ‘J.J.’s’ plight  {  }

New exhibition explores Musqueam’s past and present  {  }

5 photos that will teach you about the aboriginal experience  {  }

Reclaiming space and making room in indigenous Canada  {  }

First Nation near lillooet bans bottled water  {  }

Evan Munday stops tweeting images of missing, murdered women  {  }

Highway of Tears hitchhiking study stalled due to lack of funding  {  }

1 in 8 Edmontonians live below poverty line  {  }

Tsal’alh First Nation bans bottled water  {  }

Georgann Morriseau seeks federal Liberal nomination  {  }

Leona Aglukkaq announces $7M in funding for Nunavut fisheries  {  }

Oil production in Nunavut long way off, says NEB chair  {  }

Firefighters rescue puppyfrom house fire rubble on Sagkeeng First Nation  {  }

Ernie Louttit explores trust between police and First Nations  {  }

-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  {  }

Warm homecoming for seniors stuck in snowbank overnight  {  }

Waubgeshig Rice on his debut novel, Legacy  {  }

– 8 photo slide show – How to prepare moose nose, a First Nations delicacy  {  }

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—

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—

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—

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

 

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—

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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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  * }

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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 *  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.

– “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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New counterterrorism bill to override certain privacy limits  { * You, who voted the real terrorists into power in your own governments, now get to reap what you sewed. *  —djo—  }

Charlie Hebdo shooting: France arrests 54 as al-Qaeda in Yemen claims responsibility  { * Black ops organizations created al-Qaeda. Mean people created the atmosphere in which vulnerable people were pushed into desperation and became recruited by ‘terrorist groups’. Politicians around the world are making out like bandits, grabbing power and taking away privacy and personal liberties. This will keep on happening and getting worse all the time until we do something about it. I don’t mean you should go out and buy a gun and shoot all politicians. We need a basic attitude change. Stop believing any information you get from the main stream media. We need governments that are not looking at us as their enemies. How do we fix this? Pray for guidance. *  —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”. –

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’ healt care and give it back 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—  }

-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——— }

Late Abridged Last Weekend’s News? -Yup-

{ Thursday, 22 January, 2015 -( +12°F / -11°C & clear at 11:11 am in Ithaca )-  This is a very late  Abridged Version – I’ve been sick with the flu and Jim in New Brunswick was down with a different virus at the same time. —jda— is ‘up to his eyebulbs with work schnarr’-   —djo— }

Saturday, 17 January, 2015  -( +11˚F / -12˚C  in Brilliant sunlight w/almost no clouds @ 10:30 am near Ithaca )-  -( 0˚F / -18˚C   & very sunny, even if all the weather applets on my computer think we’re having light snow falaling @ 11:30 am 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— }

Eeek

Half Past Human dot com tweets from Friday. —djo—

{ Saturday, 17 January, 2015:  We were chatting about putting out our usual news & headlines page yesterday when a friend retweeted the above. Clif at Half Past Human dot com has been mining strategic word changes on the internet and became very good at deciphering coming events that our ‘collective unconscious’ is aware of. And then he was able to narrow trends down and figure out when and where a lot of things that were probably coming would happen. Here he said that among his latest findings he sees the “last bankster is strangled w/guts of last priest/pope/imam/rabbi, then humans will be free! Probably by 2019 when [vatican burns]!” This sounds like he believes that organized religion has been holding us down. We have heard from other ‘seers’ that ‘the age of Aquarius’ will free us from the propaganda and mind control of the age of Pisces. These seers believe that the age of Pisces has either been gasping its last breaths or we’ve been in the transition period. — Remote viewer, Major Ed Dames who taught ‘scientific’ remote viewing to U.S. Armed services personnel. Major Dames does not claim to be the best at seeing the future, but he is convinced that we are heading into what he calls the ‘Mad Max Scenario’ in which our economies will be brought down and political infrastructure will fail. And he believes that will happen this year/ is already happening. Major Ed Dames believes a ruthless group of mind controling humans born on earth here will be seizing control and that will be the end of the ‘beautiful experiment in free will and liberty that was the United States of America’.  — We have opposing views here. Some believe our world is falling apart, others believe it is coming together. Some believe that the “Banksters” and “Elitists” and the “Dark Ops Illuminati” have been pulling our strings, manipulating us and controlling everything from behind the scenes forever. They believe that these bad guys have created organized religion and warped the messages of all legitimate prophets who have tried to warn us about their schemes. They believe, for instance, that Paul, who became really active in forming the Christian Church was actually a Roman propagandist, who Christ called a ‘False Prophet’ who was canonized, not by Jesus and His followers, but by a conspiracy of those who had political power in Rome and wanted to maintain it. They warped Christ’s message, which was that all of us could become fully awake and powerful sons and daughters of God- into ‘You need to follow the church- you can only find salvation through the church, you have to do things our way and do what we tell you to do or you will burn in hell for all of eternity.’ From “Love and do as thou wilt” to “Kill for God and Country”. From “Consider the lilies of the fields-” The Father provides for them, are You not more than they are? to “Whosoever shall not work, shall not eat,” et cetera. Focus on fear instead of Divine Inspiration. Looks like the time when we will see a huge clash between the forces of Light and Darkness may be closer than we thought. Be ready. Pray for Guidance. Pray for Angelic intervention. Pray we make it through this.  —djo— }

Monday, 19 January, 2015  -( +32˚F / +0˚C  with light snow falling in the darkness @ 6:30 am near Ithaca )-  -( +45˚F / +7˚C   & pouring rain and still dark @ 7:30 am Closer to Halifax —jim w—)-  

& Dr Turi sent out an S.O.S. to the world message saying that -(1)- on January 20/21/22 there would be an earthquake above 6.0 somewhere; -(2)- on February 1/2/3 there would be another earthquake somewhere above 6.0; and -(3)- on February 10/11/12 there would be terrorist / police news.  We have no idea how close any of this might hit, if it happens, and Dr Turi isn’t always the easiest guy to listen to or believe, but we thought it might be important enough to make a note of his worrying prophecies here.

Remember Who You Are

Sounds Good To Me – —djo—

Native American Zodiac

*** A ‘Native American Zodiac’ – I never considered that there might be such a thing, but we were trying to come up with som kind of calendar for our game world, which, as far as I know is still in production, if not exactly on the front burner right now.- This is intriguing. *** —jim w—

text below

This is from “Rabble News” At rabble.ca * Link * —djo—

{ Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce expanded powers for surveillance agencies, likely for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). – Speaking last week in Vancouver, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that the government is “looking at additional powers to make sure that our security agencies have the range of tools available,” apparently to address incidents like the shootings in Paris. However, judging by past policy patterns reaching the highest government levels, such new “powers” will likely be aimed at stifling and criminalizing voices of dissent, here are some reasons why. – Over recent years, the track record of Canada’s state surveillance agencies has been made clear through numerous access to information requests and public accounts, the record is that First Nations have been a prime target for government spying, whileenvironmentalist and social justice groups are also closely watched. – Throughout the Idle No More protests both CSIS and the RCMP, working in concert, monitored closely the community protests for treaty rights, actions that inspired manyIndigenous youth to vocalize publicly the apartheid realities facing First Nations people. – Conservative politicians refused to ever fully recognize the voices and demands of Indigenous people on the streets during Idle No More, like the Nishiyuu Walkers, instead turning shadowy government agents on the first peoples of these lands. By extension, all other major Canadian political parties, both the Liberals and the NDP, have failed to denounce clearly, the sustained spying by CSIS and the RCMP on First Nations communities. – Within the context of the “additional powers” that Harper is publicly indicating will be given to spy agencies in the coming period, the likely reality is that additional attention from CSIS will be focused on First Nations peoples protesting for human and land rights in Canada. – On CSEC, Canada’s digital surveillance agency, likely involved in the same type of mass data collection practiced by the National Security Agency (NSA) south of the border, something never publicly disputed by CSEC, the new “powers” that Harper is speaking about will also most likely involve CSEC, an organization with tight operational links to the NSA. – Details made public by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, indicate that Canada’s CSEC maintains a “close co-operative relationship” with the NSA, a working collaboration that involves CSEC offering “resources for advanced collection, processing and analysis.” To date the Canadian government and by extension CSEC, has never confirmed or denied any of these details, in state security terms we know very well what that means. – Today, in the wake of the shootings in Paris, the Conservative government in Ottawa is working to exploit the deaths and by extension the larger neo-colonial political crisis in France, to expand the role of state surveillance agencies, like CSIS and CSEC, that define contemporary neo-liberal authoritarianism, a political orientation that is firmly rooted and extends from the colonial era. – Instead of embarking on a real political discussion on the ways that contemporary western systems of power are central to creating the conditions for “terrorism,” Harper is simply expanding the surveillance practices of neo-colonialism and by extension justifying war. – Harper’s comments in Vancouver on the Paris shootings, intentionally exploit the violence with the aim of legitimizing Canada’s role in the bombing of Iraq. “And they have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom, openness and tolerance,” stated Harper, “and we may not like this and wish it would go away, but it is not going to go away and the reality is we are going to have to confront it.” – In real terms this is a call from Harper for prolonged Canadian participation in war, the sustained bombing of Iraq, a military campaign purportedly aiming to save the Iraqi people from the Islamic State (ISIS) group by bombing their cities and towns. – Bombing people to save them, that was an argument made by the U.S. government during the war in Vietnam and again with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, both interventions that clearly has lead to sustained violence and human suffering, remember the Mỹ Lai massacre. How are more western bombs going to liberate Iraq, or Syria, from ISIS? – Most certainly Canada’s moves to join the ‘war’ against ISIS will lead to significant profits for Canada’s ever growing military industrial complex, while simply leading to more death and destruction in Iraq. In reality the entire bombing campaign in Iraq is rooted in violent colonial logic, the very same framework that is fueling the type of violence seen this past week in Paris, the people carrying out the shootings in France spoke about the images of US torture at Abu Ghraib prison and also the Israeli military occupation of Palestine as reasons of the attacks. – Now clearly nothing justifies the killing of cartoonists, or civilians in a supermarket in Paris, but we can’t continue to ignore that western colonialism, past and present, is creating the context for such violent incidents to continue. In a cycle of violence, rooted in colonialism, those holding the monopoly of military power, the U.S., France and Canada, clearly have the greater ability and responsibility to stop the cycle and create real conditions for a just peace. – Instead of examining in truth the roots of the violence, Canada’s Conservative government is simply abusing the memories of all those who died in France, by using the shootings to justify the entrenchment of a surveillance state and to cheerlead neo-colonial military policies abroad. – Stefan Christoff is a writer, community organizer and musician living in Montreal who contributes to rabble.ca find Stefan @spirodon – Image: “Strength in the Face of Fighter Jets” by Nidal Elkhairy  }

Help-Amen

*** I’ve got friends who call this ‘The Prison Industrial Complex’ *** —jim w—

Gaaa

“Git-mo” 2015 ? —djo—

good move

“Teachers in Oaxaca taking down surveillance cameras.” —djo—

big difference

Above: Drawings of children 5 to 6 years old exposed to less than one hour of television per day. Below: Drawings of children exposed to more than 3 hours of television per day. —djo—

 

Solidarity

C’est Bon! Et Je Suis —djo–

free education

I’ll agree with this. Everybody deserves a free education. Shoot the idiots who are perpetrating the college debt program. —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—

{ +7,351 New tweets since 11 am Saturday – & 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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{ 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.  Now we’re re-thinking everything.}

 

Free Internet Is Our Right

Wanting to keep the internet Free Should Never Make You a Criminal Suspect.

Gaa

I remember hearing somebody say that anybody who calls a conservative a Nazi has run out of intelligent arguements. I do not believe that. —djo—

Poem = Canada In Winter

Canada In Winter. A poem. This may be a little hard to read. —djo—

Eeek 2.0

Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo—

Link

* Link * <—<< LInk to an article on the global financial crisis Half Past Human sees coming. —djo—

 

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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—

Pocket dials make up over half of 911 calls to OPP detachment  {  Accidental dialing made up more like 90% of the 911 calls to one detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  }

‘Ship glitter to your enemies’ makes a hard-to-clean mess for people you hate  { * & If you believe you have a right to hate anybody you better ship twice as much to yourself. *  —djo—    }

Manitoba woman comes within one Jets goal of becoming a millionaire  {   }

Back to the Future lives on in Ontario man’s driveway   { * Somebody spent 12 years researching and building an authentic replica of the time traveling Delorean with all the parts that were in the movies. *  —djo—  }

===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”

New counterterrorism bill to override certain privacy limits  { * You, who voted the real terrorists into power in your own governments, now get to reap what you sewed. *  —djo—  }

3 ISIS recruits from Edmonton believed killed  {   }

Ashley Lynch terrorized after ‘swatting attack’  { * The B.C. woman believes she was targetted by malicious ‘pranksters’ after they hacked her private information from a twitter account of someone who had publicly criticized [the pranksters] and she had followed [the critic] Twitter. *  —djo—   }

GO bus crash on Highway 407 leaves 1 dead  {  }

Charlie Hebdo shooting: France arrests 54 as al-Qaeda in Yemen claims responsibility  { * Black ops organizations created al-Qaeda. Mean people created the atmosphere in which vulnerable people were pushed into desperation and became recruited by ‘terrorist groups’. Politicians around the world are making out like bandits, grabbing power and taking away privacy and personal liberties. This will keep on happening and getting worse all the time until we do something about it. I don’t mean you should go out and buy a gun and shoot all politicians. We need a basic attitude change. Stop believing any information you get from the main stream media. We need governments that are not looking at us as their enemies. How do we fix this? Pray for guidance. *  —djo— }

Vacation companies ‘pass the buck’ after honeymoon wrecked by hurricane   { * Taking money and not delivering services or products paid for is fraud. Those companies would have to have insurance to cover this.  Act of God or not. *  —djo— }

Tom Mulcair shuffles senior staff ahead of election  {   }

Yelp accused of bullying businessmen into paying for better reviews  {   }

Olive Bailey, B.C. woman who helped crack Nazi codes in WWII   {   }

Ottawa Mosque concerned by sharp rise in young men converting to Islam   {   }

-9 photo slide show- Dawn Wall: Caldwell, Jorgenson’s historic Yosemite free climb   {  }

-Blog- ‘Ship glitter to your enemies’ creator begs the internet to stop ordering his revenge sparkles  {  }

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Hands Up - I Can't Breathe!

“I can’t breathe!”

Other:

Credentials of man who recruited patients for experimental MS therapy questioned  {   }

Man overboard from cruise ship, Disney Magic to the rescue   {   }

2 cllimbers reach top of Yosemite’s challenging Dawn Wall   {   }

Dalhousie hands misogynistic Facebook posts to police for closer look   {   }

Finance minister vows to balance budget despite falling oil prices   {   }

Driver ‘hands free’ with phone wedged between ear and shoulder? Judge says yes   {   }

Top Secret Service officials dumped after security lapses   {   }

Dramatic increase in French Jews flocking to Israel amid anti-Semitic attacks   {   }

‘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—  }

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

New Brunswick oil patch workers feel pinch of low prices  {   }

Beef prices not likely to drop any time soon  {   }

Fatal Bathurst police shooting confounds local residents  {   }

Cynthia Irving was strangled to death, Saint John jury hears  {   }

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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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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—

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  *  }

 

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—

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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 *  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?:-

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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”. –

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’ healt care and give it back 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—  }

-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

{ 12:25 pm EST — Almost a week late- But — We are Ready to Rock and Roll —   & Thanks again for your help, Jim W, and  “—jda—“     ———djo——— }

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015 – News & Headlines:

Wednesday, 14 January, 2015  -( -7˚F / -22˚C  dark & clear @ 5:15 am near Ithaca )-  -( -20˚F / -29˚C   & ‘freakin cold’  @ 6:20 am 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— }

Remember Who You Are

Sounds Good To Me – —djo—

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This is from “Rabble News” At rabble.ca * Link * —djo—

{ Canada’s Conservative government is set to introduce expanded powers for surveillance agencies, likely for the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). – Speaking last week in Vancouver, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that the government is “looking at additional powers to make sure that our security agencies have the range of tools available,” apparently to address incidents like the shootings in Paris. However, judging by past policy patterns reaching the highest government levels, such new “powers” will likely be aimed at stifling and criminalizing voices of dissent, here are some reasons why. – Over recent years, the track record of Canada’s state surveillance agencies has been made clear through numerous access to information requests and public accounts, the record is that First Nations have been a prime target for government spying, whileenvironmentalist and social justice groups are also closely watched. – Throughout the Idle No More protests both CSIS and the RCMP, working in concert, monitored closely the community protests for treaty rights, actions that inspired manyIndigenous youth to vocalize publicly the apartheid realities facing First Nations people. – Conservative politicians refused to ever fully recognize the voices and demands of Indigenous people on the streets during Idle No More, like the Nishiyuu Walkers, instead turning shadowy government agents on the first peoples of these lands. By extension, all other major Canadian political parties, both the Liberals and the NDP, have failed to denounce clearly, the sustained spying by CSIS and the RCMP on First Nations communities. – Within the context of the “additional powers” that Harper is publicly indicating will be given to spy agencies in the coming period, the likely reality is that additional attention from CSIS will be focused on First Nations peoples protesting for human and land rights in Canada. – On CSEC, Canada’s digital surveillance agency, likely involved in the same type of mass data collection practiced by the National Security Agency (NSA) south of the border, something never publicly disputed by CSEC, the new “powers” that Harper is speaking about will also most likely involve CSEC, an organization with tight operational links to the NSA. – Details made public by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, indicate that Canada’s CSEC maintains a “close co-operative relationship” with the NSA, a working collaboration that involves CSEC offering “resources for advanced collection, processing and analysis.” To date the Canadian government and by extension CSEC, has never confirmed or denied any of these details, in state security terms we know very well what that means. – Today, in the wake of the shootings in Paris, the Conservative government in Ottawa is working to exploit the deaths and by extension the larger neo-colonial political crisis in France, to expand the role of state surveillance agencies, like CSIS and CSEC, that define contemporary neo-liberal authoritarianism, a political orientation that is firmly rooted and extends from the colonial era. – Instead of embarking on a real political discussion on the ways that contemporary western systems of power are central to creating the conditions for “terrorism,” Harper is simply expanding the surveillance practices of neo-colonialism and by extension justifying war. – Harper’s comments in Vancouver on the Paris shootings, intentionally exploit the violence with the aim of legitimizing Canada’s role in the bombing of Iraq. “And they have declared war on any country like ourselves that values freedom, openness and tolerance,” stated Harper, “and we may not like this and wish it would go away, but it is not going to go away and the reality is we are going to have to confront it.” – In real terms this is a call from Harper for prolonged Canadian participation in war, the sustained bombing of Iraq, a military campaign purportedly aiming to save the Iraqi people from the Islamic State (ISIS) group by bombing their cities and towns. – Bombing people to save them, that was an argument made by the U.S. government during the war in Vietnam and again with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, both interventions that clearly has lead to sustained violence and human suffering, remember the Mỹ Lai massacre. How are more western bombs going to liberate Iraq, or Syria, from ISIS? – Most certainly Canada’s moves to join the ‘war’ against ISIS will lead to significant profits for Canada’s ever growing military industrial complex, while simply leading to more death and destruction in Iraq. In reality the entire bombing campaign in Iraq is rooted in violent colonial logic, the very same framework that is fueling the type of violence seen this past week in Paris, the people carrying out the shootings in France spoke about the images of US torture at Abu Ghraib prison and also the Israeli military occupation of Palestine as reasons of the attacks. – Now clearly nothing justifies the killing of cartoonists, or civilians in a supermarket in Paris, but we can’t continue to ignore that western colonialism, past and present, is creating the context for such violent incidents to continue. In a cycle of violence, rooted in colonialism, those holding the monopoly of military power, the U.S., France and Canada, clearly have the greater ability and responsibility to stop the cycle and create real conditions for a just peace. – Instead of examining in truth the roots of the violence, Canada’s Conservative government is simply abusing the memories of all those who died in France, by using the shootings to justify the entrenchment of a surveillance state and to cheerlead neo-colonial military policies abroad. – Stefan Christoff is a writer, community organizer and musician living in Montreal who contributes to rabble.ca find Stefan @spirodon – Image: “Strength in the Face of Fighter Jets” by Nidal Elkhairy  }

Help-Amen

*** I’ve got friends who call this ‘The Prison Industrial Complex’ *** —jim w—

Gaaa

“Git-mo” 2015 ? —djo—

good move

“Teachers in Oaxaca taking down surveillance cameras.” —djo—

big difference

Above: Drawings of children 5 to 6 years old exposed to less than one hour of television per day. Below: Drawings of children exposed to more than 3 hours of television per day. —djo—

hypocrisy

Hypocisy. —djo—

Spin

“Conspiracy isn’t a theory, it’s a crime.” Jesse Ventura

 

Solidarity

C’est Bon! Et Je Suis —djo–

free education

I’ll agree with this. Everybody deserves a free education. Shoot the idiots who are perpetrating the college debt program. —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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Nice Message —jim w—

{ +10,709 New tweets since 9 pm Monday – & 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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Poem = Canada In Winter

Canada In Winter. A poem. This may be a little hard to read. —djo—

Eeek 2.0

Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo—