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Thursday, 19 February, 2015 – News?

Thursday, 19 February, 2015  -( +7˚F / -14˚C  w/’Blowing Snow’ @ 9:30 am near Ithaca )-  -( +16˚F / -9°C   w/Light Snow  @ 10:30 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— }

{ CBC is forecasting 2 – 5 cm/ less than 2 inches of snow for our area today. The Weather Network is forecasting 10 – 15 cm/4-6 inches over the next 24 hours. At a little after 10 am I let the boof out to romp in the snow and make some of it yellow. There were two or three flakes per cubic foot in the air. Ten minutes later I had a hungry dog with a wide stripe of wide across his back and it was probably snowing in the ‘moderate’ range. —jim w— }

{ & I thought I could get some novel writing done, but when I sat down there were notices of tweets and I made the mistake of checking them out and they are way too ‘interesting’ – I have to get busy here and tell y’all about them. —djo— }

Autumn leaves

Let’s start out with a bit of colour – Very pretty autumn leaves, don’t know where or when, except that parts of the west and northwestern U.S.A. never see red autumn leaves because their trees only turn yellow and brown.  —djo—

Encouragement during failure is worth more than praise after success.

And a little encouragement is always a good thing. —djo—

War Is Over!

And a bit of Nostalgia/History – & Yoko just had a birthday. —djo—

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

February 17th: 1781- René-Theophile-Hyacinthe Lannec, France, inventor (stethoscope). 1837- Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws). 1844- A Montgomery Ward, found mail-order business (Montgomery Ward).  1874- Thomas J Watson, US, representative/founder (IBM). 1908 – Walter L “Red” Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks). 1925 Hal Holbrook, actor (All the President’s Men, Mark Twain), born in Cleveland, Ohio. 1929- Chaim Potok, novelist (Promise), born in NYC, New York. 1936- Jim Brown, St. Simons Georgia, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns). 1939 – Mary Ann Mobley, Biloxi Ms, Miss America-1959/actress (Diff’rent Strokes). 1941 – Gene Pitney, Hartford Ct, vocalist/songwriter (Town Without Pity).  1942- Huey Newton, Black Panther leader. 1957 – Loreena McKennitt, Canadian vocalist & musician. 1962- Lou Diamond Phillips, Philippines, actor (La Bamba, Stand & Deliver). 1963 – Michael Jordan, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls) and sports superstar. 1974-Jerry O’Connell, actor (Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity), born in NYC, New York.

February 18th: 1374- Saint Jadwiga of Poland, Queen of Poland (d. 1399). 1486- Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Bengali saint, bhakti yoga developer. 1516- Mary I Tudor, [Bloody Mary], Greenwich, queen of England (1553-58).  1745- Alessandro Volta, Italian physicist and inventor of the 1st [modern] battery, born in Como, Italy (d. 1827). 1836 – Swami Ramakrishna [Gadadhar Chatterji], Hooghly Bengal, Indian mystic/hindu leader (preached unity of religions). 1887 Nikos Kasandsakis, Heraklion, Crete, Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ). 1906-Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician (d. 1980). 1920- Jack Palance, [Walter Palanuik], Lattimer Pa, actor (City Slickers). 1922 – Helen Gurley Brown, Portland Maine, US author/publisher and editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, (d. 2012). 1925 – George Kennedy, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Airport, Blue Knight), born in NYC, New York.  1927- Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player. 1930 – Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist. 1932- Milos Forman, Czech/US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus). 1933 –Yoko Ono Lennon, [Mrs John Lennon], Tokyo Japan, singer and artist. 1950- Cybill Shepherd, Memphis Tn, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show). 1952- Juice Newton, [Judy Cohen], Virginia, vocalist (Angel of the Morning). 1953- Robin Bachman, Winnipeg, guitarist (BTO-You Aint Seen Nothing Yet). 1954- John Travolta, Englewood NJ, actor (Welcome Back Kotter, Pulp Fiction). 1957- Vanna White, [Rosich], N Myrtle Beach SC, TV host (Wheel of Fortune). 1964- Matt Dillon, New Rochelle NY, actor (Flamingo Kid, Tex, Kansas). 1968- Molly Ringwald, Roseville California, actress (16 Candles, Pretty in Pink).

February 19th: 1473- Nicolaus Copernicus, Toruń Royal Prussia, Polish mathematician and astronomer (d. 1543). 1881- Evert Gorter, founder of Dutch medical child care. 1912- Stan Kenton, [Newcomb], Wichita Ks, jazz musician (Music 55).  1916- Eddie Arcaro, jockey (1958 Racing Hall of Fame, 2 triple crowns). 1924 – Lee Marvin, actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou), born in NYC, New York. 1930 John Frankenheimer, director (Birdman of Alcatraz), born in NYC, New York. 1940- William “Smokey” Robinson, Det, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown). 1943- “Mama” Cass Elliot, actress (Mamas & Papas-Monday Monday) & Lou Christie [Lugee Sacco], Glenwillard, Pennsylvania, American singer-songwriter (Lightning Striking Again) . 1951 – Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Db), Pakistani Islamic Sufi Scholar. 1955 – Jeff Daniels, GA, actor (Something Wild, Dumb & Dumber, Speed, The News Room).  1960- Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York. 1930 – Gahan Wilson, American cartoonist. 1932- Milos Forman, Czech/US director (Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus). & I’m not sure of the year, a friend and writer/poet in Vermont- Jeff Bender.  }

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

Boy, 3, who left Toronto apartment at 4 a.m., dies after spending hours outside   { 😦 }

‘This is not a bomb’: Why school strip searches for drugs are legally troubling   {* “Police officers and corrections staff across Canada can do strip searches in limited circumstances, but legal experts see little or no justification for school staff strip searching students suspected of carrying drugs, as happened recently with a Quebec teen.” – There is a major controversy brewing over this one. The young woman is 15 years old, was suspended even though no drugs were found. Her parents are suing the school. & I added the linked article to this headline below this section. * —djo— }

Mother of 2 says complaining got her kicked off kidney transplant list   { * The 45 year old mother believes she was kicked off the waiting list because she complained about her hemodialsis. Doctors say they decided she is mentally ill. * —djo— }

Niagara Falls a spectacular sight in sub-freezing temperatures   {  }

Niagara Falls?

Niagara Falls photo taken on February 17th. I don’t see the falls here, do you?

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Strip-searched girl suspended by Quebec City school

De la Capitale School Board says it suspects 15-year-old of trafficking drugs

CBC News Posted: Feb 19, 2015 9:46 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 19, 2015 5:12 PM ET

School hallway with lockers

“The family of the 15-year-old girl who was strip-searched is now threatening to sue.”

A Quebec City school board says that the 15-year-old girl who was strip-searched by her female high school principal and another female staff member has been suspended and transferred to another school.

Nadine Genest, the principal at Neufchâtel High School, said in a statement Thursday the school had reason to believe the student “was trafficking drugs in our school for several months.”

The De la Capitale School Board, which released the statement, did not explain the exact reason for her suspension.

In the strip search, the girl was asked to remove all her clothing, including her underwear. No drugs were found.

The school board defended the practice, saying it followed strict guidelines drafted in 2010 by the province with the help of police.

Genest said there was no “visual or physical contact with the student” during the search, and it was only done so that they could search her clothes.

Girl’s family planning lawsuit

Meanwhile, the girl’s mother said the family has felt traumatized by the incident and has hired a lawyer.

The mother said she was particularly upset about not being called before — or after — her daughter was strip-searched.

She said her daughter’s requests to call home were twice denied.

The school board said that is not true.

“Contrary to what the mother said, we did offer the student the chance to call her mother, but she refused to make the call,” said Marie-Elaine Dion of the De la Capitale School Board.

The family’s lawyer said he will file a lawsuit alleging the province misinterpreted a 1998 Supreme Court decision involving the drug search of a student in Nova Scotia when it formulated its search policy.

Premier limits strip searches

In response to the controversy, Premier Philippe Couillard announced Thursday there would be no more strip searches in schools, except in extreme cases where police deem it necessary.​

Neufchâtel high school in Quebec City

The word ‘pervert’ was spray-painted Wednesday outside Neufchâtel High School in Quebec City, where the female school principal and another teacher strip-searched the student. (Radio-Canada)

The decision comes after Quebec Education Minister Yves Bolduc initially defended the school and existing policy around strip searches, setting off a firestorm of criticism.

After taking heat from the public, however, Bolduc altered his stance and said he was concerned by the turn of events.

​Bolduc said Wednesday the government has asked an independent person from outside the school board to look into what happened.

In the statement released Thursday, the De la Capitale School Board said it would co-operate fully with the investigation.

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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:

Nestle and Hershey pledge to make their candy bars healthier   { * I can see them now, Chocolate company executives waking up the candy bars at 4:30 in the morning, screaming at them like drill sergeants, and making them run around abandoned World War II boot camps with useless old too-heavy world war one rifles held over their heads, screaming out stupid songs that are supposed to make them feel patriotic instead of idiotic? *  —djo— }

Snowpiercing train bowls over rail fains with the white stuff   {  }

Bison surprises Dryden, Ont. couple in their home, scares cats   {   }

Happy lunar new year, but is it the Year of the Sheep or the Goat?  {  }

 

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Brrrrrr

The Big Chill – Version 2015 – Hits the Maritimes-

Local / New Brunswick / Maritime News:

Larry’s Gulch review findings will ‘absolutely’ be made public   { * This is a New Brunswick ‘scandal’ that sounds way too much like a slight of hand distraction to take your attention away from something else. The Province owns a multi-million dollar fishing lodge where they entertained visiting politicians and invited newspaper reporters who were fired for conflict of interest violations. There also seems to be some confusion over when the lodge went from being ‘private’ to ‘publicly owned’ & where the line between private and public functions was drawn. The new Liberal government has decided that the lodge can only be used for functions designed to bring jobs to New Brunswick.  *** “Any time I hear a politician utter words like ‘jobs’ or ‘Leadership’ I know my ears are about to be assaulted by pure and utter b.s.” — Douglas Jay Otterson *** *  —djo— }

Energy East Pipeline construction training premature, David Coon says.  { * The Energy East Pipeline is a project that is being bitterly contested in Quebec. Activists cite dangers to wildlife, and say the claims of loads of jobs for local people is highly over-estimated and point out that New Brunswick will lose money in this deal unless they re-write the agreement with the corporations that will own the pipeline. And instead of refining and distributing the gas/oil the pipeline is supposed to deliver, here, they claim the resources would be exported, benefiting foreign interests at our expense. Oh, and Irving Oil stands to save and reap loads of money if this goes through. *  —djo— }

Cause of death of Moncton man found outside still unclear   {   }

Dairy farm losses from snowstorm more than a little spilled milk   {  }

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End homelessness now!

End Homelessness Now. It’s much more cost effective to give homeless people a place to live than to leave them out in the cold. —djo—

meanwhile in canada

Conservative Lies cast Environmentalist as terrorists. Well, if the conservative’s jobs are threatened by people telling the truth, maybe they should be in terror. Ya think? —djo—

Harper's an idiot

“Canada Jettisons Rights and Land Claims in a bid to label environmentalists as terrorists.” —djo—

Schnarr

“Anti-Terror Legislation is aimed at labeling Environmental Activists as terrorists.”

Harper -5

The Harper government’s deregulations seen as the real cause of the Lac-Megantic tragedy.

Police State.

-Um, another theory: The ‘War on Drugs’ is a manipulation to keep the ‘street prices’ of drugs high so the C.I.A. and other ‘black-ops’ groups who traffic in those drugs to keep their budgets secret can really cash in on their highly profitable business. They do want a Police State, but the ‘war on drugs’ is just one more strategy designed to bring that about. —djo—

Human Rights under attack

Human Rights are under attack around the world, not just in the USA and Canada

Happiness flows from within.

“Happiness can only be found within” —djo—

— We should quit here and publish this fiasco before we look at the clock and realize it’s next week already and we haven’t gotten anything done in our ‘real lives’  —djo—

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Sunday, 11 January, 2015 – News & Headlines:

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

Wow

5:23 pm in the Magical Kingdom of Cornellia – Beautiful photo from the streaming web cam. —djo—

Histoire du Monde

Nous Sommes Un Peuple = We Are One People = Oui, C’est Vrai! —djo—   *** & I feel a definite trend today – Many more positive statements are coming through.   —jim w—

Paris Unity Marche

– Jim W is right – Today almost feels like a ‘Woodstock Moment’ – —djo—

Go Photograph Iceland

We should all ‘Peace Out’ This tweet suggests getting back to nature with a camera might help 🙂 —djo—

Prague Photo?

Retweeted by fr0g5 : Originally from @Ou_Prg : “Nite nite twitterhearts, beautiful angel dreams xoxo hugs and kisses for all and of course much love from Prague” * Too tall to copy & paste the tweet * —djo—

Remember Who You Are

Sounds Good To Me – —djo—

FDR

– I’ve been angry with FDR for allowing the Federal Reserve Bank to become established in the U.S.A. But I must admit, I missed the above quote. This still does not dismiss the Federal Reserve – but it makes me wonder if somebody slipped that past him. —djo—

Details

Details on the Un-Reported ‘Right-Wing Domestic Terrorist Plot Against US Police” —djo—

#ToutesLaMondeSontsCharlile

Twitter Reacts to #JeSuisCharlie —djo—

First Amendment

Isn’t Peaceful Assembly guaranteed under the U.S. Bill of Rights? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Patience and Attitude

Hmmm- Philosophy? = Yum. —djo—

Erase Extremism?

Um, It would be nice if this was actually the way it works – Freedom Of Expression without Compassion won’t quite do it. If the downtrodden don’t know that you care about them and are willing to try to help them, you’ll still have trouble. —djo—

Support First Nations

“Support the Wet’suwets’en First Nation in their struggle to stop Pipelines on their land.” —djo—

Grand Canyon in Snow Photo

Saturday = Huffington Post Tweeted a photo of the Grand Canyon ‘buried in Snow’ – “Cool!” -Rachel  —djo—

It might help

Will the failure of the tar-sands pipeline bid bring Harper down? —djo—

Solidarity

C’est Bon! Et Je Suis —djo—

More flack over Fantino - Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those "only following orders"?

More flack over Fantino – Blame Harper? or pass the buck to those “only following orders”?

Gack!
In the middle of a very visible crisis with returning Canadian Veterans  committing suicide, being denied pensions and facing incredible long waits for health care, the Harper government closed down 9 regional Veteran’s Administration offices and his hand picked, now fired, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs cheated their vets out of 1.1 Billion dollars and handed that money to Stephen Harper as a present? —djo—
Harper Lies

January 11, 2015 – 5 pm Eastern Another voice added to the concensus. —djo—

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

Spirit Networks tweet

Nice Message —jim w—

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

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

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

Feds Run News Blacklist, Ban Employee Access To Website

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

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

 

Something Positive?

Give Hope to the Homeless in the face of adversity. There’s always a little bit of Heaven in the middle of a disaster zone. Conentrate on the Heaven and alleviate the disaster. —djo—

Poem = Canada In Winter

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

Gaaa

Understatement of the day?:  Kids’ brains are important. & I didn’t copy and paste another tweet that says parents should remove tablets and smart phones from kids’ hands before they let them go to bed. Another tweet cites a teenaged suicide victim and says we should see kids rights as being more important than parents’ rights. —djo—

Eeek 2.0

Monopoly – Version 2015.1 ? —djo—

Harper and sinking ships

Is this a case of, “If it makes me look bad, it must be someone else’s problem.” & Anybody caught looking bad while following Harper’s Orders can always be replaced by another Party line enforcer? Ya rthink? —djo—

Fupp Harper Check

-Pretend you’re a human being with an actual functioning heart – check. —djo—

Link

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

===Read This:

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

Snowy Owl's Portrait face.

“Snowy owl ‘epidemic’ sweeps across Ontario.

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

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

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

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

===Not This:

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

Video shows Paris gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS leader  ;

Dalhousie professors’ Facebook scandal complaint tossed   ;

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

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

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Blasts from the recent past:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Updat

white deer

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

“Offbeat”

Jenna the Husky

Husky reunited with her human.

deer on ice

“Deer on Ice Rescued” – This seems more like “Human Decency” than ‘offbeat’.

Quack Quack.

“Dawn of the Ducks”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light painting

LED lights on a kayak paddle produced this effect. Yum 🙂 —djo—

3 guys and a half buried moose

Three Alaskans Save Avalanche – Trapped Moose. —djo—

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

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

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

South Korean ice fishing enthusiasts brave winter cold  {   }

 

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

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

Waterloo photographer captures movement in mesmerizing LED snaps  {   }

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Electric Vehicle at charging station

New Electric Vehicle at a charging station

“Most Viewed”

Canada regularly sending spies up to the North  {   }

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

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

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

Dalhousie professors’ Facebook scandal complaint tossed  {  }

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

Changing tastes: Legros and Motti moving on  {   }

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

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

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

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

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

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Hands Up - I Can't Breathe!

“I can’t breathe!”

Other:

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

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

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

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

Beer poisoned with crocodile bile kills 56 in Mozambique   {   }

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BlackBerry unveils Internet of Things platform at CES   {   }

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

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

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

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

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

Triathlon competitor saves couple from drowning in Cancun   {   }

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

Pope Francis picks 15 new cardinals to reflect diversity   {   }

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

===  And:  Daily Stuff ===

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

-Must Watch- Dramatic bus crash footage  {   }

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

mother

“Fredericton Mother”

mother and daughter

Mother and daughter in Fredericton

Youth Feminist President

President of the Fredericton Youth Feminists

 

 

 

 

 

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

Toboggan or to toboggan, that is the question  {   }

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

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

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New Brunswick hit with more power outages    {   }

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

New Brunswickers losing faith in electrical grid  {   }

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

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“First Nations”

Game Changer B.C. Aboriginal

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

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

Red Winter, Ottawa

“Red Winter, Ottawa, January 11, 2013” (Nadya Kwandibens/ Red Works/ARP Books)

Another Round Dance

From ‘The Winter We Danced’ (Nadya Kwandibens/RedWorks/ARP Books)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Unreserved: Celebrations of life, legacies and sport  {  }

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

Is this ‘Redskin’ licence plate offensive?  {  }

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

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

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

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

-Photos- Inuvik Sunrise Festival celebrates the return of the sun  {  }

Yukon First nations look at aboriginal sentencing reports  {  }

Rejoice or reproach: Winnipeggers react to Sir John A. Macdonald’s 200th birthday  {  }

Regina Cree dancer brings powerful dream to reality  {  }

Do police have a problem with aboriginal people?  {  }

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

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

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

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

Leona Aglukkaq to run in upcoming election  {  }

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Clifford Paul makes first, brief court appearance   {  }

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

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

Chilliwack gives OK to hazardous waste recycling facility   {  }

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

Mistreatment claim leads to investigation of Regina polic  {  }

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

Stranded family in northern Quebec rescued by Hydro workers  {  }

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

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

Aboriginal representation on 2015 jury rolls to be challenged  {  }

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

Unreserved: From Thomas King to Thomson Highway  {  }

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

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

-Video- Aboriginal hotel opens in Vancouver   {  }

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deninu Kue First Nation gets rights to diamond benefits  {  }

Loretta Saunders murder trial set for New Year  {  }

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

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

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

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

Tribal Map

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

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Cartoon

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

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{ “Fude 4 Thought”  :  }

Ten Sticks

“As long as the fish still swim – This Land will be – Indian!” I want to cry every time I hear Richie Havens sing that song. And I play it a lot. —djo—

Portuguese Trash to Art Sculptor with 'bird'

The building behind the sculpture is almost as amazing as the sculpture itself. I wonder if anybody lives in that building. —djo—

& types of social networks

Something I haven’t taken the time to think about. —djo—

Grrrr

I think I want to raise Benjamin Franklin’s ghost, give him a really nasty weapon and tell him where to find everybody who is trying to kill the postal service in Canada and anywhere else on this planet. —djo—

Nice Quote

Dang- The tweets are good today. This one is from fr0g5. Retweeted from @LawAbidingHuman —djo—

Never Regret-

The only thing I really know about this person is that she has some very interesting tweets. —djo—

Fox News

The Spirit of Fox News in a [Wing-] Nutshell? —djo—

Yay Haiti

Sometimes I think the world never forgave Haiti for beginning the struggle that put an end to overt endorsement of slavery by most ‘civilized’ governments. —djo—

Schnarr

Caution: Stephen Harper has proved himself to be dangerous to the health of this planet, its waterways, its inhabitants, our veterans, and your freedom to be who God meant you to be. —djo—

Affirmation

Repeat after me, “Abundance is my Divine Birthright, I am Healthy, Wealthy, Happy, and Loved!” — Don’t stop until every fiber of your existance believes that completely. – Affirmation curtesy of Glynis McCants —djo—

Warped Quote

“Would you like to swing on a star? Carry moonbeams home in a jar? And be better off than you are?” -Or would you rather go to school? —djo—

Be The Change

Happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanza- Happy Anything Else You Feel Like Celebrating.

Fuck Monsanto

Just when I thought we might be able to tidy this place up, somebody has to go and send me stuff like this – Stop Monsanto before they stop us. What they’re doing is beyond ‘Cruel and Unusual’ but I would say, stop short of butchering the families of everybody who works for those Ice-Holes. There has to be a Humane way to deal with them. —djo—

Yay Peru

“Peru is giving Free Solar Power to its 2 million poorest citizens” Strengthen your nation- Empower your people. —djo—

Cree Walkers

” Danny Metatawabin, Brian Okimas and Paul Mettina walked 1,700 kilometers to Ottawa to raise awareness of treaty rights and encourage the federal government and their chiefs to work together to address and reconcile aboriginal issues.” —djo—

quote

A quote from Battlesytar Gallactica? —djo—

&

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

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

 

Solar Powered plane.

Something Positive from GreanPeace. —djo—

Nelson Madela quote

Quoting Nelson Mandela = Positive Reinforcement of Your Self Esteem. —djo—

Eliminate Poverty

Sounds Good To Me – & Harper Has It Wrong —djo—

Tyranny versus Liberty

Another Quote from Thomas Jefferson. I need to reflect on this before I endorse it whole heartedly — —djo—

Beautiful Moments

A ‘Sea of Flowers’ in a seaside park in Japan. —djo—

Cat hugging snowman

2015-jan-01 This is cute, I hope that cat is not freezing to death out there, desperate to find a spot out of the wind or something. – & This was retweeted by fr0g5 & was just too big for me to take a screen shot and copy and paste with the laptop- —djo—

Baby Bobcat

If this guy was orange, I’d swear they found Moe’s Baby Picture. —jim w—

Spirit Bear Photo

Dang- Another tweet I thought has to be here. Dear Editor is the Sky, “Please advise! —Amen” —djo—

Owl

That’s one spooky looking owl. Where’s Odell? New Brunswick? You’re going to make me fire up mapquest aren’t you? —djo—

Oceans in Danger

Happy New Year – Save The Planet! —djo—

BBC Tweet

The BBC adds their voice to those concerned about evil ice-holes tightening their control over everything they ‘allow’ you to know about what they’re doing to you and everything you care about. —djo—

malala with peace prize

10 December, 2014 – Malala shows her Peace Prize. Dedicated to “those voiceless children who want change.” God Bless Her. —djo—

persepctive

Less than 50,000 dangerous extremists out of 1.57 Billion Peaceful, & Honest Muslims? And the C.I.A. & Homeland Security Ice-Holes want you to be terrified of Islam? So they can push you around and take away the few freedoms you haven’t surrended yet? —djo—

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Nice Message

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

 

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 >>—->  We Are All One Spirit  <—-<<

Imagine Peace Tower

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

Doreen Virtue Tweet

Another Nice Message

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— “Other Media” :  —

Help!

“I’ve got an idea, lets arm the Pandas and Belugas and let them save the planet while we play our video games and turn our souls off?” —djo—

Beluga

The St. Lawrence Belugas Scored a Victory over the Deep Pocket Corporate Shills in what did not turn out to be a Water Polo Match. —djo—

blow your whistles

I hope those Pandas and Belugas are well armed, we really need them…. —djo— Monday, 15 DEcember, this article/photo was retweeted quite a few times today.  —djo—

Help!

“Amnesty International + Malala Yousafzai = Hope” / “So this is Christmas-” John Lennon. —djo—

Monsanto Sux

Clif at Half Past Human dot com is calling them: Mon-SATAN-no or something close to that. —djo—

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

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

2 visions of the future

“At a low point in the 1990’s I started writing a story in which the Earth/Dimension we know and love split in two with most of the trees, bees and plants that give us food and shelter and oxygen, as well as the domestic and farm animals walked into perenial springtime and brought positive people with them, the nasties, the power crazy, the negative people all fell into a separate dimension/parallel world that immediately became a nuclear winter.” —jim w—

Malcolm X Quote

Malcolm X was murdered because he believed that the races could get along co-exist and co-prosper. Bad guys did not like that idea. They want to Divide & Conquer. —djo—

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

Debate over Prostitution Laws

This photo bothers me for a couple reasons: (1) a prostitute who looks this good would not have to stand on a street corner to drum up business. (2) I don’t like the implications that anyone who dresses like this might be a prostitute – I mean think about it: Almost every woman in Hollywood these days would be suspect. (3) Any politician who tries to convince you that prostitutes are a bigger threat to your welfare than those politicians [are] should be castrated in public. —djo—

Freedom of the Press

New York Times Reporter James Risen is facing jail times if he refuses to testify in a trial against a CIA agent accused of leaking sensitive material. Freedom Of The Press is always an issue, More so lately. —djo—

Hong Kong Students risk future to show support for democratic reforms

& Don’t forget Hong Kong

Wow

Palestinians show support for Ferguson, Missouri.

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WikiLeaks

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

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110 million year old fossils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent earthquakes in Alberta linked to fracking: study  {  }

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

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

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

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

 

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

Wiki Leaks Merchandise

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

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

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

French Cartoon.

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

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

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

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

Privacy Breakthrough?

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

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

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

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

Anti-Spyware Software released free.

“Free software program Detekt can find spyware on your PC.”

 

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

resistsurveillance.org

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

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

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

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-Archived?:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lions looking at industrial pollution

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

Thursday, 18 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Thursday, 18 September, 2014  -( 56˚F /13˚C –  & ‘partly cloudy’ in Ithaca @ 9:30 am in Ithaca )-

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

{ & again, these are not links. If you want to read these stories, listen to sound clips, or see any video -if there is any video- go to CBC dot CA/news.— & You can also find a link to the web cast of the most recent broadcast of “The National” the CBC’s ‘flagship nightly newscast’ under the “Must Watch” heading on their main page. — Thanks. ———djo——— }

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Bagpiper, looks like the pipes are spitting fire.

Today’s the day for the Scottish Referendum.

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Lead Articles:

-Updated- ISIS-inspired beheading foiled in Australian counterterrorist raids   { 15 alleged ISIS-inspired demonstraters were detained in an alleged ‘random beheading plot’ in Sydney, Australia.  —djo— }

Polls open in historic Scottish independence vote   {  }

Toronto doctor says Rob Ford has malignant liposarcoma   {  }

Stranded Canadians arrive home from hurricane-hit Mexico   {  }

Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 2,622: WHO   {  }

Air Canada to introduce $25 fee for 1st checked bag   {  }

-New- Scotland’s independence forces likely victors, no matter the vote: Nahlah Ayed   {  }

-Analysis- Cut them some slack: Go easy on families of cancer patients   {  }

-Analysis- ‘Too black’? Why the Atlantic Hawks co-owner’s email is no Donlad Sterling scandal   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

Boeing’s ‘space taxi’ includes seat for tourist   {  }

-Repeat- Watch scientists examine a minibus-sized colossal squid   { No thanks, I don’t want to watch anybody dissect a squid.  —djo— }

Central Perk pop-up draws droves of Friends fans   {  }

-Repeat- George the goldfish A-OK after surgery to remove tomour   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Scotland independence referendum: If Yes side wins, what happens next?   {  }

Nathan O’Brien murder case: Douglas Garland appearance draws gasps in courtroom   {  }

Scotland independence referendum: Voters line up to decide fate of U.K.   {  }

Muskox

This muskox was spotted in the Northwest territories near the Alberta border two years ago. Another was spotted last week in Manitoba.

Rare muskox spotted in northern Manitoba raises hopes for its return   { Another headline goes: “‘Lonely male’ muskox? Rare sighting of Arctic mammal in Manitoba”  —djo— }

Cancer sends shockwaves far beyond the patient: Nikhil Joshi   {  }

Rob Ford’s cancer diagnosis: Will the mayoral candidates soften their attacks?   {  }

Alex Hennessy captures own armed holdup on GoPro camera   {  }

-21 photo slide show- Scotland votes   { The first photo in this series is the one at the top of this article today.  —djo— }

-Blog- Rob Ford diagnosis generates outpouring of emotion online   {  }

 

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Other:

5 big issues an independent Scotland would have to address   {  }

-Analysis- Jim Prentice has a huge hill to climb to give Albertans what they want   {  }

U.S. border patrollers testing body cameras   {  }

Prescription drugs need to be tested on children to be effective, experts say   {  }

-New- Ukraine’s Porochenko meets with Obama, seeking more help   { Yesterday, the Ukrainian president met with PM Harper in Ottawa, hoping for closer ties and possibly, a deal to secure energy trade between Canada and Ukraine.  —djo— }

Fireball over Rockies was Russian spy satellite, experts say   {  }

Surrey teen’s death ‘suspicious’, police say   {  }

Artificial sweeteners linked to obesity epidemic, scientists say   {  }

Do distracted driving laws cover smartwatches?   {  }

-Must Watch- Tourists flee in wake of Hurricane Odile   {  }

-Must Watch- Secret satellite launch   { “An Atlas 5 rocket carrying a classified U.S. government satellite blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla.”  —djo— }

-Must Watch- Kalmaegi slams China   { Kalmaegi is a typhoon.  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- New iOS 8 apps launched for CBC News, Radio   {  }

-Opinion- Scotland referendum: Will slacktivists help secession succeed?   { * Now this is one snarky opinion >>—-> “Independence is too important a decision to place in the hands of teenagers” <—-<< Not my snarky opinion this time. —djo— }

-Richard III- King Richard III killed by two blows to bare head, forensics show   {  }

-Politics- Ukrainian president asks Canada to provide more loans, share intelligence   {  }

-Politics- Paul Martin on sparking a new conversation around aboriginal issues   {  }

-Business- Fed again pledges to keep interest rates low for a while yet   { The U.S. Federal Reserve – which is not a branch of the U.S. Government- it is a private organization that many say does not have our best interests in their agenda- are planning to keep interest rates down. & Janet Yellen’s photo with this article makes her look like a demented manipulatrix >>—-> Just my opinion <—-<<  —djo— }

-Business- CN to be fined for failing to move enough grain    { “Canadian National Railway will be fined for failing to comply with an order that it move a minimum amount of grain each week, a spokeswoman for federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Wednesday in a move that caught the railway by surprise. – “As CN was not able to meet the minimum volume requirements (under the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act), the minister has decided to issue administrative monetary penalties to the company,” press secretary Jana Regimbal said in an email. – “The penalty is up to $100,000 per week and that is up to the minister’s discretion,” Regimbal added, noting it was the first such fine under the act. – ‘We can’t move what they don’t deliver.’- Claude Mongeau, CN – It was unclear what time frame was involved in imposing penalties under the act, which was passed last spring amid complaints that CN and rival CP Rail were providing poor services to western grain farmers.  —djo— }

 -Technology & Science- Gamers put own face on star players in NBA 2K15   {  }

-Community- CBC News readers suggest better pay for hotel workers rather than tip envelopes   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

DNR officer received ‘strange call’ over Andrew Harvey charges   { DNR = Department of Natural Resources. Former DNR officer Allen Goodine started the investigation in November of 2011. The probe culminated in charges laid on July 29, 2014, three weeks before the start of the campaign for New Brunswick provincial elections. >>—-> “Goodine said he told supervisors about the charges in July because Harvey was a high-profile candidate. – But then, on Aug. 29, his last day on the job before he retired, he said he got a phone call from a senior bureaucrat at DNR. – He said the official wanted to know details of the charges, including the names of the people accused, at which courthouse the charge was filed, and the date set for pleas. – “At that time, I said, `I got a gut feeling. I think there’s something’s adrift here,’” Goodine told CBC News. – He said he’d never received a call like that in his 33 years with DNR. The questions were the kind one would ask if they wanted to look up the court file, he said. – “I really don’t know why he called, but I got a gut feeling that something just didn’t seem right.” – The day of the call, Aug. 29, was Friday before the Labour Day long weekend. Four days later, on the evening of Sept. 2, the CBC received an anonymous e-mail with the court charge document attached. Other media organizations were also tipped off. – A DNR spokesperson said Wednesday there would be no comment on the alleged phone call to Goodine.”  && “Harvey said in a political brochure that he has “powerful enemies” in the Progressive Conservative Party”  —djo— }

Immigration is key to New Brunswick’s economic growth   {  }

NDP staffer questions [Liberal Party Leader:] Brian Gallant at Liberal press conference   {   }

Homecare businesses hold out for better deal from province   {  }

-New Brunswick Votes 2014 & the www.cbc.ca/news/new-brunswick page: –

-interactive- NB Votes: Compare party platforms   {  }

Assembly of First Nations says its proposals on missing women ‘tossed aside’ by Ottawa  {   }

Police remove shale gas supporter from anti-shale event   {  }

-Editor’s Note- The journalism behind Brian Gallant’s second interview   {  }

-Featured Video- Wild edibles   { “Greg Osowski finds food in the forest”  —djo— }

-Gas Guru- Robert Jones: Weekly prices and predictions for gas and diesel.   { Gasoline prices in Canada have a suspicious propensity for rising and falling that lead many Canadians and visitors to Canada to believe that collusion is going on inside the offices of the gasoline retailers. Local gas station owners say they are being told what to charge, and the wild fluctiations in price are not their idea at all. One television comedy program showed a gasoline pump whose price spun up when an automobile owner picked up the pump handle and began to move toward his gas tank- and the price spun back down as he changed his mind and moved the pump handle back toward the pump. I thought that was both funny and ‘telling’.  —djo— }

 

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{ 11:34 am — checking for typos and colorizing the headlines. — 11:56 am >>—-> Ready to “Publish”   ———djo——— }

Sunday, 14 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines:

Sunday, 14 September, 2014  -( 56˚F / 13˚C –  & ‘mostly cloudy’ in Ithaca @ 12:30 pm in Ithaca )-

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

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

* I spent an hour this morning trying to fix one small error in yesterday’s heading –  and had three blogs suffer fatal confusion and crash — I have no idea what that was all about.  —djo— *

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Ad for facebook messenger.

* “Stay in touch with your friends @ the NSA” ?* “Messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it than I’ve seen in products intended specifically for enterprise surveillance,” says iOS forensics and security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski.

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Lead Articles:

Tweet

One tweet from somebody not very happy with Stephen Harper.

-Analysis- Expenses audit won’t end questions about Senate’s role: Chris Hall   { -Um, The Auditor General is conducting an audit of Senate expenses- worrying some senators who fear their legitimate expenses may be criticized and questioned. *** >>—-> Opinion >>—-> The Harper government has been trying to bring down the Senate, with its checks and balances that get in the way of what many see as Harper’s attempts to turn Canada into his own private slave state. A tweet this morning (above) is one of many that voice their unhappiness with Harper’s attempts to ‘turn Canada into a colony of China’. It was three of Harper’s Senate appointees who were singled out and kicked out of the Senate in the recent scandals, leading some to wonder if Harper was crafty enough to appoint those three and maybe others in an attempt to sabotage the Senate. This Prime Minister has also gone up against the Supreme Court, and anybody else who would not buckle under to his total control. —djo— }

Halifax fire under control but some still out of homes   {  }

Britain to ‘hunt down’ ISIS after beheading of Briton   {  }

North Korea sentences American to 6 years hard labour   {  }

4th doctor infected with Ebola dies in Sierra Leone   {  }

Ontario town told to lock doors due to police probe   {  }

‘They are not Muslims; they are monsters,’ U.K. PM says of ISIS after hostage beheading   {  }

Quebec sovereigntists look to Scotland fo independence hope   { The vote in Scotland with take place this coming Thursday, September 18th, 2014. —djo— }

 

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“Offbeat”

Miss America hopefuls take part in the ‘Show Us Your Shoes’ parade   { & my first impression? the beauty pageant has hit a new low.   —djo— }

&& Everything else under this topic is still there since yesterday.

 

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“Most Viewed”

Central Huron residents told to lock doors for police probe   { I had a nightmare while I was growing up that the Army and National Guard locked down this whole area for some made up reason and went around shooting my friends with impunity- I thought I had awakened in a world occupied by Nazi storm troopers in American Uniforms. So that’s ‘where I’m coming from’ when I say it makes me nervous to hear that any police force wants to lock down whole towns after one person shows up shot to death.  —djo— }

Professional cheerleading ‘should be abolished’   { This opinion comes from former professional basketball player, Mariah Burton Nelson, “Cheerleading implies that women’s proper role is to support men, smile at men and fulfill the sexual fantasies of males,” declared Nelson, who played for Stanford University and in the first women’s pro-basketball league in the U.S. *Um, is this another case of somebody who wants to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’? Weren’t the original cheerleaders mostly men? I remember most cheerleaders in high school being ‘popularity addicts’ that I wasn’t particularly impressed by, -but I’ve developed an extreme allergic reaction to anyone who tries to tell me what everybody else should do or how they should think. }

B.C. teachers’ strike: Talks under way at Richmond hotel.   { I wonder if we’ll ever get anything like the truth behind this. Nobody has been able to answer my questions- I saw photos of teachers carrying signs that said they were locked out- but couldn’t find anything to either support or refute that. I should probably spend a little bit of time to dig deeper, but I can’t fly to British Columbia to seek out an talk to anybody out there- and I don’t have a whole day to sit and dig through ‘virtual reams’ of lies, half truths and corporate propaganda to find out what is really happening out there. —djo— }

David Haines beheading: British PM vows to ‘hunt down those responsible’    { Tell him to search his own closet first? }

Controversial natural gas rule changes came after B.C., oil lobby met   { “In January of this year, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers made a presentation to high-ranking officials in British Columbia’s Environment Ministry, outlining changes they wanted to environmental review rules for natural gas projects. – Those changes became law on April 14, but they didn’t stay that way for long.

‘An outcry from First Nations organizations forced an about-face from Environment Minister Mary Polak, who rescinded the revisions two days after they were passed by order-in-council. – Internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press show 25 to 45 new natural gas plants will be needed to meet the government’s hopes for liquefied natural gas and that the industry wanted regulatory changes expedited so they could make investment decisions. – The Environment Ministry says Polak met with “various industry and environmental organizations” to discuss the regulation change, but the documents don’t make a single mention of any meetings other than with the petroleum producers’ association. – The regulatory review carried out on the instructions of Premier Christy Clark continues, but the ministry says no further changes will go ahead without public review and input.  —djo— }

Hiker falls to his death climbing glacier near Squamish   {  }

ISIS war chest grows by an estimated $3M every day   { And government propagandists try harder every day to spread fear and hatred in order to prepare you for a time when they will send your friends off to die in some stupid dispute they started a long time ago and nobody can remember what the actual root cause was. }

&& There are repeats of yesterday’s Oscar Pistorius Photo slide show and the -Blog- Feature:  “Facebook Messenger found to be tracking ‘a lot more data than you think“.

 

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Other:

Abortion rights trump MP’s freedom to vote their conscience, Trudeau says   { Stephen Harper has been described to me as ‘a rabid micro-manager’. I heard somebody say, ‘Does that give Justin Trudeau the right to become a dictator on the other side of the fence?’  And then I remember Ralph Nader calling members of both the two biggest US Political parties “Republicrats” and I wonder about trends toward the same thing in Canada. —djo— }

-New- Panthers deactivate Greg Hardy as he appeals domestic violence conviction   { This would be the football panthers, right? }

Hurricane Odile to hit Mexico’s Baja with heavy rains, winds   { Well- isn’t that what hurricanes do? I’m trying to remember when we first started hearing about hurricanes and the Pacific Coast.  —djo— }

U.S. citizen sentenced to 6 years of hard labour for ‘hostile acts; against North Korea   { -um, a couple years ago, if something similar to this issue popped up, would we be hearing that U.S. citizens were being accused of spying, or something like that? I’m confused.  —djo— }

-Updated- Shelling in eastern Ukraine challenges ceasefire deal   { And something I heard on Coast to Coast am last week led me to believe that psychics and others who believe they have prophetic abilities believe that sections in the official Christian Bible were heavily edited a long long time ago, but documentation still exists that says ‘Legitimate Prophets’ foresaw Russian troops attacking Scandinavia and then Canada and the U.S. in grabs for natural resources. The person who delivered this news or opinion says that Judaic and Christians were involved in cover-up re-writes in order to strengthen their own power within their religions. This guy went as far as to say that the Prophet we know as Jesus was actually Immanuel, who said that a religion based on his teachings would be perverted by power crazy religious clerics and that the same thing would happen about five hundred years later when another True Prophet would be born in what we call the Near East- and evil manipulating men would pervert that True Prophet’s teachings. Immanuel went on to point out that the Israelites had stolen their land from inhabitants who were there before the Israelites left Egyptian slavery, and that if the two groups did not resolve their conflicts and differences, they would destroy each other. — This was way before there was a Russia or a United States of America — Karmic events were set to be triggered that could see the descendents of the Arabs who would follow the ‘True Prophet Mohamed’ conquer all of Europe, including England, and rule that area for 800 years. ***We may still be able to ameliorate this possibility, if we go back to the original teachings of Immanuel and scrap the revisionist nonsense that was written into the current version of the ‘Christian Bible’ – probably including anything that was added by the non-apostle Paul. *** It gets complicated.*** We’re stumbling around in the darkness of lies that have been hammered into our ‘consciousness’ for two thousand years, or longer. Pray for clarity here, pray the truth gets through to us. Pray for guidance and be ready to change everything you were ever taught to believe. Doesn’t sound easy does it? Want to wake up in chains or worse? Think about this — I do not have a hot line to the Source of all Truth — so you’re going to have to figure things out for yourself, and let me know what you come up with, okay?  —djo— }

‘I can’t wait for the Ford era to end’: Olivia Chow goes after Doug Ford   {  }

-Must Watch- Hot air balloon fest   { In Midland, Michigan }

-Must Watch- Baby coyote sleeps in fireplace   { Why wasn’t this in the Offbeat section? }

-Must Watch- Landing a spacecraft on a comet   { 5 possible landing sites on a comet where an attempt at a landing may take place in November —djo— }

&& ‘Editor’s Picks’ are leftovers from yesterday

-World- :

Typhoon Kalmaegi slams northeastern Philippines   {  }

Hall of fame golfer avoids serious injury in chain saw accident   {  }

-Politics- NDP to propose $15 federal minimum wage   { I believe the US Green Party and others were saying around fifteen years ago that $15.00 an hour would be the minimum ‘Living Wage’ needed to get by back then.  —djo— }

-Technology & Science- Formula E is in infancy but will drive innovation, 1st electric racing series suggests   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Ethel Bruneau. Montreal’s Queen of Tap, on why dancing ‘is a religion’   {  }

-Arts & Entertainment- Shakespeare’s complete works to be translated for Chinese readers   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

N.B. Law Society members vote against accrediting Trinity Western   { -You may remember from previous articles that Trinity Western subscribes to Fundamentalist Christian Doctrine and forces its students to do the same.  —djo— }

RCMP looking for witnesses in fatal Royal Road crash   {  }

Terry Fox Run struggling with participation on P.E.I.   {  }

-New Brunswick Votes 2014-

-Repeat- Michael Camp: Liberals, PC stick to script in ‘strange election’   {  }

-Repeat- Liberal candidate Andrew Harvey’s fraud charges dropped   { One other article somewhere warned about interpreting this as anything but a case of ‘they don’t have enough evidence’ to press forward. *** & I’m getting sick of all this name calling and dirty tricks stuff. Last week there was a bit of an article suggesting that lots of political signs were being vandalized, with one party being singled out as the biggest victim in one area, another somewhere else. Are adults acting like out of control children? —djo— }

-Repeat- Brian Gallant’s energy stance hypocritical, David Alward says  { & This is probably a case of a piece of coal calling a grey cloud ‘black’. }

 

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{ 3:20 pm = Ack- I need to take a break and then check for typos etc.  —Initial Pulbishing @ 4:15 pm Eastern Time — Pre – tagging and not yet categorized — There may be a few typos left, but my sweetie is having an automobile problem & I gotta go help her out  ———djo——— }

Friday, 05 September, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Friday, 05 September, 2014  -( 68˚F / 20˚C & Clear skies in Ithaca @ 7:41 am )-

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

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

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Ballons being inflated to take to the sky-

Balloons getting ready to fly somewhere in New Brunswick this morning – Tweeted-

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Lead Articles:

-Analysis- NATO agrees to cheer for Ukraine, but not much more: Terry Milewski   {  }

NATO, Ukraine optimistic about potential ceasefire Friday   {  }

Vancouver School Bo.  pays $1.7M over student heart attack   {  }

Canada among 10-nation core coalition to battle ISIS   {  }

Canada preparing to send military advisers to Iraq: CBC   {  }

-Photos- TIFF 2014: Red carpet highlights from the opening gala for The Judge   {  }

-Analysis- Desperately seeking economic health in the era of free money: Don Pittis   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

Biggest dinosaur ever? Scientists unveil ‘Dreadnoughtus’   {  }

Microbiome: Unique bacterial cloud follows you everywhere   {  }

Not ready for this jelly? New mushroom-shaped deep-sea animal baffles scientists   {  }

Deadmau5, Disney face off over ‘mouse ears’ logo   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Joan Rivers dead in New York at 81   {  That’s stark- }

Joan Rivers: 5 of the comedian’s top zingers   { Might be a video? }

Police investigating Jackson Square security guard brawl   { “Police in Hamilton, Ontario, are searching for a group of people they say assaulted two security guards at Jackson Square mall on Monday.”  }

Canadian universities tackle campus rape culture after Frosh Week   {  }

Don’t blame us for that WestJet scam, airline says   { -WestJet says its brand is being used as part of a phone scam because of the company’s high profile.-   —djo— }

Caffeine in coffee a genetic quirk unrelated to chocolate or tea   {  }

-12 photo slide show- 2014 NATO summit in Wales   {   }

-Blog- Univeristy’s ‘Black Twitter’ study generates controversy   { “Described by Wikipedia as “a cultural identity on the Twitter social network focused on issues of interest to the black community, particularly in the United States,” the Black Twitter community is often credited with the creation of viral memes, trending hashtags, and most importantly, mobilizing attention around powerful sociopolitical issues.” <—-<< Link. }

 

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Other:

Why Canada must approach Ebola outbreak like a natural disaster   { That “must” puts my b.s. detector on high alert. }

Apple CEO says users will get more alerts to beef up security after photo scandal   {   }

‘A question of cost’: Why boys are less likely to get HPV vaccine   { Conservative MP Peter Kent wants to ‘rally’ for governments -I think he means provincial governments- to fund HPV vaccinations for boys. Alberta and P.E.I. already do that. The Member of Parliament was treated for nine months for tongue and throat cancer and says doctors convinced him that the vaccinations would be a good thing while they were treating him.   —djo— }

-Updated- Ukraine crisis:NATO preps rapid response force to ease Eastern Europe anxiety   {  }

Ageless Federer fights off 2 match points to reach U.S. Open semis   {  }

Legroom wars: “Knee defender” controversy ignites war of words online   { Here’s my volley: Regulate the airlines to make sure passengers are not crammed so tightly together that this kind of b.s. flares into an issue – This is nonsense – You (dear reader) should not be herded around by big business- They’re already manipulating you into believing that you’re not worth a living wage, don’t deserve the job you love doing, and should pay through the nose for stuff you don’t really want or need. —djo— }

Some parents donate $40-a-day compensation to B.C. teachers union.   { Bravo! Parents already deserve halos for taking on that job without any “How To-” manuals – and now they’re sensitive and generous enough to realize the teachers are fighting for their kids & are not the greedy monsters the government and media are trying to paint them as-  —djo— }

Oklahoma to hold off on executions until report’s recommendations met   {  }

Memorial held for missing Calgary boy presumed dead by police   {   😦  }

-Editor’s Pick- TIFF 2014: 10 movies about music you should see   { I don’t like being told I ‘should’ or ‘must’ do, say, see or have anything.  —djo— }

-Editor’s Pick- Are NFL cheerleaders being exploited?   { I like the re-write on this headline. “Cheerleaders work for rich sports teams for free or less than minimum wage.”  —djo— }

Specialty TV channels more likely to fail amid CRTC-led shakeup   { “Every spring, the CRTC releases its report on the profits of Canadian specialty channels and television analysts pore over it to see who is making how much. – For years, the profits have been consistent and healthy. If you are lucky enough to run a Category A specialty station, meaning you were licensed before the rules changed in 2000, you’re doing pretty well. For example, in 2013, FoodTV had a profit margin of 53 per cent, HGTV’s profit margin was 58 per cent. Both Fashion Television and BookTV made $2.7 million in pre-tax profit, with less than one staff member assigned to each channel. – Life is sweet. But that’s about to change. – Specialty channels in Canada are facing a shakeup in their industry that will likely result in the death of at least a few of them and reduced profit margins for many others. Two issues are at play as the CRTC moves to reset television regulation in Canada: pick and pay and genre protection. – While, it’s not yet clear exactly how pick and pay will evolve, the CRTC has suggested a small basic package of local and educational channels, with everything else available à la carte. Bundles will still exist, but consumers will also have the option to buy one channel at a time. – Independent technology analyst Carmi Levy says it will be a different world.” }

-World- Fast-food workers across U.S. walk off the job in minimum wage protests   {  }

-Politics- What if Quebec had voted ‘Yes’ in the 1995 referendum?   {  }

-Politics- Former PMs, aboriginal leaders vow to fix ‘broken relationship’ in new pact   {  }

-Business- Northern Gateway pipeline unlikely to start up by 2018   {  }

-Business- Flu vaccine supplier GSK says it can’t fill all of its supply order   {  }

-Business- Home Depot offers credit monitoring amid card breach worries   {  }

-Health- Eating disorders cause more Canadian girls to be hospitalized   {   }

-Arts & Entertainment- 5 things you need to know about TIFF on Friday   {  }

 

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“Local / New Brunswick”

Education reform needs to adopt new technology, approaches   {  }

French immersion reform: Stop playing political football   {  }

Fugitive dentist from France arrested in Nackawic   {  }

Riverview house fire displaces 8 people   {  }

Education reform needs to shoot for the moon   {  }

Dominic Cardy vows leaner, less partisan government with NDP   {  }

 

Pretty good statue of a moose-

The chainsaw artist, Joel Palmer, wants his moose back. It was stolen from his display at the New Brunswick Exhibition in Fredericton.

Wooden Moose stolen from NBEX, says chainsaw artist   { “A chainsaw artist at the New Brunswick Exhibition in Fredericton is appealing for the return of one of his sculptures. – Joel Palmer, who is also known as “Swamp Bear,” says someone stole his wooden carving of a moose from his display area at the annual exhibition overnight on Sept. 1. – “Oh man, I’m devastated,” said Palmer. “I mean we put a lot of work into what we do here as artists. – “All of us are doing our best to put on a good show here for the community and for everybody. It’s sad that someone thinks it’s all fun and games to go steal something like that.” – The bull moose sculpture is about four feet high and four feet wide (1.2 m x 1.2 m) with detachable antlers.” }

 

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{ 9:45 am – Ready to check for Typos and do the colorization  10:10 am Pushing the “Publish” button.   ———djo——— }

Tuesday, 26 August, 2014 – CBC Headline News –

Tuesday, 26 August, 2014  -( 63˚F / 17˚C & overcast in Ithaca @ 8:30 am ET )-

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

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“Lead Articles”

Former Tory cabinet minister Marcel Masse dead at 78   {  }

Ukraine says its forces have captured 10 Russian soldiers   {  }

Ukrainian, Russian president meets for talks in Belarus   {  }

U.S. begins surveillance flights targeting ISIS in Syria   {  }

Israel bombs 2 high rises in Gaza after buildings evacuated   {  }

Burger King confirms it will buy Tim Hortons for $11B   { & How a Burger King deal could change Tim Hortons & Tim Hortons, Burger King could base burger chain in Canada & – in the ‘Business’ section it says they ‘would base burger business in Canada’ – *”Last night’s television news reported that Burger King wants their Headquarters in Canada because their U.S. Corporate tax rate is 40% and in Canada that would be 26%” – Jim W }

Killer Russel Williams settles 2 lawsuits with some victims   {  }

Police update expected on break-in at home of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau   {  }

 

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“Offbeat”

Japanese tennis player terrorized by bee at U.S. Open   {  }

Moose on the loose gets stuck in Siemens office in Dresden   {  }

 

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“Most Viewed”

2014 Emmys: Breaking Bad , Modern Family named top shows   {  }

Leonardo DiCaprio nominates Stephen Harper to do ice bucket challenge   {  }

ISIS by the numbers: How big, strong and rich the militant organization may be   {  }

B.C. couple’s lifelong dream of epic sailing ends in N.L.   { & “-Updated- B.C. sailors get hitched on long, long ‘dream’ trip to Newfoundland” }

Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu told to apologize after dating his Senate staffer   { He’s a Conservative ,a similar headline farther down the page says so. }

Love-bombing the Scots, the world’s politest independence fight   {  }

 

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“Other”

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad enjoy huge night at 2014 Emmys   {  }

-Updated- Shelling rocks southeastern Ukraine town   {  }

-Blog- ‘Stand up for your collective rights,’ anonymous email urges Tory Hill staffers   { After the ‘Tory MP’ got caught dating his staffer. }

Trade a hot topic ahead of premiers’ meeting in Charlottetown   {  }

Picket signs at B.C. teachers' picket lines.

“Locked Out” & “Better Support for Kids” picket signs at B.C. Teachers picket line.

B.C. teachers’ strike: morale fades as school year looms   { “Teachers face financial hardship as many lose hope school will be back in session next week”
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Alberta PC leadership candidate apologizes for $20K cellphone bill   { But I bet the cellphone company didn’t apologize for overcharging its customers-  }

Actress as visual candy?

“Sofia Vegara on the turntable at the Emmys” / Actress as visual candy?

-blog- SofiaVergara sexist turntable stunt at Emmy Awards angers viewers   { She did not look comfortable as she stepped up onto the thing, the audience cheered when her back was turned toward them. }

Amazon buys Twitch for almost $1B US   { “Online retailer Amazon will pay more than $1 billion US for Twitch Interactive, Inc., a streaming website where users watch other people play video games, the companies announced on Monday.” }

U.S. new home sales drop 2.4% to 412,000 annual rate   {  }

‘Super-material’ graphene subject of new Ontario development centre   {  }

Valeant buys dermatology drugs from Valeo Pharma fo $25M   {  }

‘Smart’ lighting system provides surveillance at U.S. airports   { ‘Smart’ meters + ‘Smart’ appliances + ‘Smart’ lighting = ‘Smart’ is beginning to sound like ‘Bad News’. }

Mouse stem cell study sees functioning organ grown in animal for 1st time   {  }

Pluto-bound spacecraft passes Neptune on Voyager 2 anniversary   {  }

British embassy apologizes for cheeky tweet commemorating White House burning   {  }

Cap-and-trade carbon plans slash health costs: MIT study   { “Bullshit”- says a blogger at an internet café. -not me, but I did report it to you.-  —djo— }

The folly of quarantine, especially for diseases like Ebola   {  }

 

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“Local”  /  “New Brunswick”

Health reform debate must go beyond spending, analyst says   { “deserves ‘adult conversation’ ” in another headline. }

J.P. Lewis says New Brunswick voters seduced with ‘tasty tidbits’   { “Well- ‘Duh’!” Voters everywhere are seduced with well researched sound bytes appealing to their most cherished issues. }

Parties pledge job through roads, education, ports and food   { If a politician opens his or her mouth and the word, ‘jobs’ – or ‘leadership’ or any one of a dozen other hot button issues’ buzz words- pop out – You should plug your ears and run away screaming. They’re planning to lie in your face and rape your body, mind, soul and spirit. }

 

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{ 9:29 am – preliminary headlines typed – Ready to rock and roll at 10:17 am  ———djo——— }

Friday, 22 August, 2014 – CBC News Headlines –

Friday, 22 August, 2014  -( 67˚F / 19˚C & cloudy in Ithaca @ 9:45 am ET )-

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

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— Somebody just re-tweeted a nearly whited out photo: – See Below, I hope –  “Malek Jandali @MalekJandali – My name is Katya: I am one of 17,000+ #Syria children killed by brutal #dictator #Assad war crimes against #humanity” — Looks like somebody is escalating the propaganda campaign to psyche you into ‘wanting’ their next war.

Photo from Twitter

Tweeted Photo

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White trucks and a man photo shot through a fence

Russian Aid Convoy = “A Direct Invasion of Ukaraine”?

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“Lead Stories”

-Updated- Ukraine calls Russian convoy ‘direct  invasion’   { }

$431,000 stolen in armoured truck heist in Montreal subburb   { ‘Halloween-masked thieves pepper-spray 2 armoured car guards and steal what another link calls ‘Nearly $400K’ }

Winnipeg cleans up after mall, roads, basements flooded   {  }

Canada’s  inflation  rate slows to 2.1% in  July as gas price hikes cool: StatsCan   {  }

Russian aid convoy rolls into Ukraine without permission   {  }

Ice Bucket mishap injures 4 U.S. firefighters, 1 critical   {  }

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers for Israel in Gaza   {  }

How lessons from other cities may help Ferguson heal after Michael Brown shooting   {  }

-Updated- At least 30 dead in militia attack on Sunni mosque   {  }

Tanker ship in port

Looks like a Tanker to me

& the story below popped up when I hit ‘refresh’:

-New- -12 Turkish sailors stranded on ship in Quebec a ‘barbaric’ situation { ‘Twelve Turkish sailors are stranded on a ship in Sorel, Que., say they haven’t been paid for two months and are now out of food, a situation called “barbaric and beyond comprehension.” 9:47 AM ET }

 

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“Offbeat”

Exploding rabbit population vexes residents in Sudbury neighbourhood   { Exploding rabbits? Has Monty Python been seen near Sudbury? }

Thunderstorm send Winnipeggers into streets with canoes, snorkels   {  }

Spider-Woman’s butt sparks conversation about sexism in comics   { Oh, you think men and women with impossibly sexy physiques wearing ridiculous costumes might have something to do with sexism? I think I remember young women reading ‘Archie’ comics while most boys were ‘reading’ superman and batman and I got hooked on Spiderman, X-men and the Fantastic 4. Marvel in those days was more about angst and cute tricks -a bank manager named “Ben Dover”?- but, yeah, women in comic books looked like women in television commercials might if college nerds could have digitally ‘enhanced’ them and altered their clothing. }

‘Facebook drug task force’ hoax dupes thousands of stoners   { 100,000 people send messages on facebook to warn others about a rumored campaign to intercept messages with keywords that might indicate that somebody was setting up a drug sale on-line and get those messages to local police. }

 

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“Most Viewed”

Ukraine crisis: Russian aid convoy crosses border without Kyiv OK   {  }

Workers not to blame for Quebec pension problem: Don Pittis   {  }

Montague homicide victims, suspect not acquainted, say RCMP   { The victims were a father and his adult son. A suspect is charged with two counts of first degree murder. I’m not as confused about this one as some others, but, if the accused didn’t know the victims, how is that ‘pre-meditated’? Did he plot to kill people who drove the wrong colour of the wrong model car? Or something equally irritating to the alleged killer? }

Video of Rockliffe prowling person of interest released by police   { On Twitter – Somebody retweeted this photo with the caption “It’s Pierre Poutine”  – a reference to the guy recently convicted in the Conservative robocall scandal – I thought the photo was too blurry to be certain. }

Cliché alert: Grits ‘rolling up their sleeves’ for Canada   { ‘Grits’ is the nickname for the Liberal Party. This seems to me to be another headline written by somebody who doesn’t like Justin Trudeau or has an anti-Liberal bias. – unlike me- I have an anti-politician bias. The party in power has the biggest virtual target painted on their foreheads at the moment.  }

James Foley killing: Why ISIS beheaded the U.S. journalist   { In the article, a reported ex-C.I.A. analyst says ISIS believes the publicity will help their cause and attract many more supporters. The article also says there are amputations taking place and people being crucified in ISIS held territory. There is a mention of a ransom under a photo at the top of the article and the only ransom-like detail I read was -If the U.S. stops the airstrikes in Iraq, we’ll stop beheading U.S. journalists.- sounds like a win-win situation for both sides. ISIS gets to brag that they’re powerful enough to either kill U.S. citizens or blackmail the U.S. into stopping the bombing and the C.I.A. has a really nasty looking ‘enemy’ to protect U.S. citizens from- and has the opportunity to get rid of a couple pesky investigative journalists in the process. }

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga shaken by 3 earthquakes   {  }

 

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“Other”

-Analysis- Canadian pension tension: Don’t blame the workers writes Don Pittis   { The link in the ‘Most Viewed’ hinted that it was Quebec’s problem and that headline didn’t have as creative liguistics. }

Fewer jobs for students in federal public service, think-tank says   { Okay, they won’t hire anybody so that ensures that they can point their fingers at the federal agencies and accuse them of not doing their jobs properly when major catastrophes take place, but if, for instance, Transport Canada wants to hire more and better qualified inspectors in order to properly do their job and they are told, ‘Hiring more people or more expensive people is not in the budget.’ – Who do you suppose should get the blame next time? }

Hiker in B.C. rescued days after fleeing bear in tree   { You have to sit through commercials before and after you get to see the real video. A twenty five year old hiker climbed a tree to escape a bear. The bear did not immediately leave. The hiker fell asleep and fell out of the tree, suffered a severe concussion and a back injury, and may have been in and out of consciousness for as many as 4 days while people were searching for him. A man walking his dog found the injured hiker, face down, on the ground and said the injured hiker was ‘aware, but not lucid,’ then added, ‘he was quite groggy’. An expert on bears says you should freeze and talk in a nice calm voice, climbing a tree is not a very good idea. If you speak nice and calm and friendly, bear will ‘probably’ become bored with you and walk away. }

Death toll of Syrian civil war nearly 190,000, UN says   {  }

‘Everything is on fire’: Lac-Mégantic train engineer’s calls from night of disaster released   {  }

Are wearable camera companies going to cash in after Ferguson?   { Probably not- if the people who are plotting to destroy the buying power of your currency have their way. The U.S. economy is scheduled to crash this autumn. People will starve to death and those who depend on electricity for home medical devices will be terminally out of luck. Link >>—-> Half Past Human Tweet >>—-> @clif_high  }

 

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“Local” / “New Brunswick”

Fracking wastewater clean enough for Dieppe sewer, says company   { A Nova Scotia based company that wants to ship as much as 30 million litres of fracking wastewater to New Brunswick says the water is clean. ***But the process is not safe. It doesn’t matter how clean the water is that you want to use for fracking, the process of fracking destroys the purity of ground water and can lead to flammable gas coming into your home through your pipes with what you thought was clean, drinkable water. Haven’t you seen the video of flames shooting out of faucets in people’s kitchen sinks? Don’t let yourself be duped. & If you’re  determined to commit suicide and want to be fracked to death, please move a million miles away from any neighbors, and frack yourself. }

2 oil & gas jobs, 14 Building efficiency jobs, 15 clean energy jobs.

Photo of Poster = # of jobs per Million $ invested – Jim W took this photo in a hurry when he saw the poster.

Many voters say jobs and economy are top priority   { Party hacks for the sitting government might want you to believe that jobs and the economy are your most important issue, but this article starts out naming voters with other top priorities, a man in Moncton says health care is most important and believes a system modeled after a combination of the English and French medical systems should be implemented here. One woman from Beresford believes the environment is most her most important concern, ‘If the environment goes, we’re not here anymore.’ Another woman says government accountability is her most important issue and she would like to see more transparency. I saw photos of a Poster, “Jobs per million $ invested / You do the math”  *** Jim W sent me the poster photo. (above) }

4 parties launch election campaigns   { The ‘Progressive Conservatives‘ -*does anybody else seem to realize that ‘-looking or moving forward – while -looking or moving backward’ doesn’t make sense as a name for a political party that stands for anything but the status quo?- The PC party is ‘banking’ on voters being stupid enough to vote to hand their government over to those who want to Frack them to death. The Liberals -who currently enjoy a big lead in the polls we’ve seen- say they would support an oil exporting facility, the Energy East Pipeline, and Sisson Brook and other mining opportunities. The NDP -New Democratic Party- say that neither the PC nor Liberal Party can give ‘New Bunswickers’ the government they deserve because both front running parties are indebted to special interests -Big Business- The NDP wants to ‘create the best education system’ to help N.B.-ers get high paying jobs, and also wants to ‘fix the health care system’, ‘lift rural communities out of poverty’, ‘give an equal voice to all communities’ and ‘eliminate patronage from government’. The Green Party has criticized the Premier for saying he would not meet the Green Party Candidate in CBC televized debates, and said the party will release their platform on September 3rd. There is a mention of a fifth party down at the bottom of this article. The People’s Alliance, but no mention of the party’s ideals or philosophy was included here. On the People’s Alliance web site there are 4 press releases talking about their ideas that changing Motor Vehicle registration and cutting the requirement for vehicles to have front license plates will save taxpayers money. Their policies page is blank. }

Rothesay police used reasonable force in fatal shooting, RCMP say   {  }

 

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{ 1:06 pm ET : Proofreading and colorizing / 1:43 pm EDT = ready to Publish  ———djo——— }

 

Dr. Mary’s Monkey –

—Looks like Jim beat me to the punch on this one- Let’s see how it formats here…  (( copied and pasted from “Inter World News” )) ——djo——

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Dr Mary’s Monkey (( The Mother of Many Conspiracies?))

Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Book Cover

Don’t click on this image. ((Screen Shot Captured from Amazon dot com))

This is another “Must Read” that I first heard about while listening intently to Coast to Coast a.m. If you never heard about this, you’re in for a shock and at least a little bit of disbelief.

Dr. Mary Sherman was a Cancer Research Expert and Professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana (U.S.A.). She was recruited to help a group of scientists who were working on a top secret project. The project was so sensitive that her assistant was given a body guard. Her assistant’s body guard was a C.I.A. agent named Lee Harvey Oswald. Mary and her assistant were working directly with a character you may have heard of if you’ve paid any attention at all to all the conspiracy theories around JFK’s assassination, David Ferrie.

The project she was working on involved a very virulent cancer causing virus that had been nicknamed “The Monkey Virus”. The ‘top’ US “Intelligence” agencies wanted to develop a way they could infect Fidel Castro with this virus.

Here’s a question for you, “Did the introduction of antibiotics after World War II trigger the Polio Epidemic?” —Antibiotics kill off the good bacteria. When the good bacteria can’t keep intestinal fungus in check because they’ve been killed off, the fungus grows and puts its roots through your intestinal walls. The polio ‘germs’ can then get through your intestines and into your blood stream and work their way to your brain where the polio begins eating your nervous system. That’s when Polio does its dirty work.

Two things probably got Dr. Mary murdered. One thing was, she knew Lee Harvey Oswald and knew that the profile of this man, which was made public when he was assassinated and charged with assassinating JFK when he couldn’t defend himself, had nothing to do with the real person that was Lee Harvey Oswald.

The other thing that may have gotten Dr. Mary murdered was the fact that she knew that the deadly Monkey Virus had contaminated millions of doses of Polio Vaccine and that this contaminated vaccine was distributed and given to virtually every child in the U.S.A.

Dr. Mary Sherman was probably murdered by somebody using a high voltage particle accelerator. There is a possibility that somebody sabotaged the particle accelerator and she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Her right arm and the right side of her chest were incinerated, basically disintegrated, including her ribcage. Somebody stabbed her in the heart, either to mercifully allow her to die in shock and not have to suffer through waking up with part of her body missing, intestines all over the place, liver hanging out… Or- to make sure she was completely dead and couldn’t tell anybody anything. She probably died in the Federal Research Laboratory near or at Tulane University. Her body was discovered in her home. Somebody moved her body there, thus removing the jurisdiction from the Federal Government (as in the F.B.I.)

There is a whole lot more to this story, you’ll have to read the book. Or, if at all possible, subscribe to Coast to Coast a.m. podcasts and listen to July 26th, 2014′s interview with Edward T. Haslam. (and as many previous interviews with this guy as you can find.)

———thanks,

—————Jim
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Canadian Senate Scandals, Another Malaysian Jet Down, and Troubles in the Middle East

Monday, 21 July, 2014.

Looks like another crazy week in the ‘Real World’.

—Dishonoured (& unseated) ex-Canadian Senator Mike Duffy had 31 criminal charges read to him related to his alleged misuse of taxpayers’ dollars.

—Somebody apparently shot down a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine.

— Israel launched a ‘ground offensive’ into Palastinian Gaza, because they were  tired of dodging rockets launched from what may have been cynically chosen spots in Gaza, showed the world drone video of what they said were Hamas insurgents entering tunnels to sneak into Israel, intending to emerge and create havoc, kill innocent people and sneak back underground before they got caught.

I think John Oliver showed archive footage of Anderson Cooper giving basically the same report from Israel 4 times in the past 8 years. I like John Oliver, he makes me laugh and then feel guilty for laughing, but he hits newsworthy nails on their newsworthy heads when he says stuff something like, “CNN could save a lot of money if they told Anderson Cooper to just stay home and played the old footage as if it was new.” (Not quite a word for word quote, but it is true to his intent, I think…)

I’m still not sure why all the news broadcasts on all the networks I’m able to get went so crazy about covering the search for the first Malaysian Jet that resonated so deeply with news addicts’ consciousness, every night for much longer than would have seemed reasonable to me a couple years ago. And now that everybody is in shock again about what may have been a mistakenly shot down passenger jet over a war zone (in an area where I’m wondering why would they fly that close to danger in the first place?) We’re hearing that Russian Backed militias in Ukraine are grabbing evidence that might tell investigators what really happened and the Russians are hearing that Ukrainians caused this to happen. ((((( If what we ‘ve been told that Vladimir Putin say is true, I get the impression that what he is actually saying is along the lines of, “If those stupid Ukrainians would just pull down their pants and bend over for us we wouldn’t have to be training insurgents and sending goons and high-tech weaponry { and maybe skilled technicians to use that stuff } into their country, kill Ukrainian citizens and blame it on their government…” )))))

More and more every day, I get the feeling that we can’t trust the news we’re getting. “Bubble headed bleached blonds” smiling as they read scripts that sound to me like 85% propaganda, 10% B.S. and less than 5% actual ‘news’ grates on my nerves.

My best guess, if we can believe anything we’ve heard and seen on teevee and on the web, coming to us through ‘main stream media’ is Russian-sympathizing rebels in Ukraine thought they saw a blip on radar that looked like a military target and had well trained technicians shoot a couple high tech missiles at it, hit it and bring it down and then went, “Oops- Not a good military target…”

And the timing- having a major propaganda opportunity “Ooops” happen while Israel would be really happy if the world press was focused elsewhere ( “Anywhere but Gaza… please”) – that could seem more than a little bit suspicious. Ya think? )

But then again, somebody suggested that the real down and dirty manipulators on this planet have been successfully driving wedges between peoples, stirring up hornets’ nests and keeping everybody off centre and easily pushed in fear and anger, and if Israel has always been one of their targets, they (if ‘they’ actually exist) certainly have done their jobs well.

(((( And, on the subject of hornets’ nests, the mayor of a Quebec town or city south of Montreal stepped on a hornets’ nest and died from the shock of being stung numerous times, that made today’s news up here. ))))

& Back to John Oliver, his comment on the downing of the Malaysian Jet was something like “You get this list of surcharges whenever you fly, $35.00 for this and $39.00 for that- Why not offer another option, “$35.00 per person to stay the [ eff ] out of air space near a war zone.”?

On a kind of round table discussion of current hot news topics today on the CBC one participant answered a question about the controversy in the Ukraine with, “— I am glad that our Prime Minister —” Another participant in this discussion immediately tore a strip off this with “We don’t need any cheap shots like that clouding this issue, this is a serious subject and-” And the first speaker in this paragraph responded with, “I was just trying to say that we need leadership-” —And the sirens went off in my head, screaming, “If a politician opens his or her mouth and you hear words like “jobs”, “leadership”, “taxpayers dollars” or any one of a dozen party line catch phrases- you might as well plug your ears, because you aren’t going to hear anything like the truth-”

Senator Duffy:

The (Conservative) Prime Minister of Canada has gone on the record as saying he would like to get rid of the Canadian Senate. He appointed Mr Duffy, who was originally from Prince Edward Island, but hadn’t had a real primary residence there in years, as the Senator from P.E.I. I think the other two Senators who were humiliated in public and thrown to the wolves were also appointed by the current Prime Minister. When the fit hit the shan, Duffy was accused of falsifying his residence and accepting a travel allowance that he never used because his primary residence was in Ottawa, he didn’t have to fly home on weekends. When the RCMP came out with formal charges against Mr Duffy last week (Friday?) He was accused of accepting a bribe (the $90,000.00 ((Canadian $’s)) check written by the Prime Minister’s right hand guy) But the guy who wrote the check was not accused of bribing a Senator. (He was allowed to resign over the incident.) Some of the 31 charges in the list sound a lot like bargaining chips to be used in a legal chess match, something like, “If you plead guilty to the lesser charges and keep this out of the courts (( and don’t spoil the Prime Minister’s bid for re-election coming up soon )) we’ll spank you on the wrist and say, ‘Shame on you for defrauding the taxpayers out of their hard earned tax money…’ and you can sneak off to some resort and enjoy your life. If you drag this through the courts we’ll do everything we can to make you look like an evil child eating monster who needs to be drawn and quartered on prime time television…”

My gut feeling is, Mr Duffy did nothing that a whole lot of other politicians haven’t done up here for years. He even claims to have checked with party officials to be sure he was not committing anything unethical. If you remember the speech he gave on the Senate Floor, he told us he’d asked for advice and was assured that he was doing the right things in the right way and there should be no problems here.

Mr Duffy had been a reporter for the CBC for many years and had covered political things and political scandals before the current Prime Minister appointed him to the Senate. While he was in the Senate, he was useful to the Prime Minister et al as a fund raiser, a real money maker for the Conservative Party.

We may never know what went on behind closed doors and all that, and why the Prime Minister and his staff went after Mr Duffy and two other Senators and saw that they were summarily shown the door from the privileged areas of the Canadian Senate and told never to come back.

But I know what I saw on the fringes of “The Greater Ottawa Area”. I was employed by a news gathering organization there, outside of Ottawa, in an area that was a little too rural for Rogers Cable Executives to support with their presence. I worked for the company that Rogers sold their rights to in that area. I didn’t do much news gathering, but my friends and co-workers did. I was more or less a back up reporter whose main job was to program the local access channel and record and play back Town Council Meetings and make sure the station was on the air if any one of our numerous black outs happened. (I’d have to run or drive in and restart a couple computers, make sure the clocks were all in sync, make sure the radio station that played along with the bulletin board was on the correct station and tuned in as well as it could be.) I was asked to put together one 30 minute video per month for about a year and then asked to drop that and concentrate on keeping the web site up to date, take new still photographs to cycle through with the bulletin board and make sure everything ran smoothly. Once every blue moon I would be asked to get a couple minutes of interview with somebody or get a bit of video if a major fire broke out or something. I was part time and frankly, I hardly had enough time to do the “Master Control”  taping, editing and rebroadcasting the council meetings with introductions and PSAs and sometimes Army News and Local News Programming that was done in the two other stations in our area, and keeping the web stuff current and covering the few special events we had to cover every year (like the Santa Claus Parade, Youth Athletic Awards, Volunteer Appreciation Dinners, and things like that.)

Okay, now for you in the “Lower 48”:  MPs are more or less the Canadian equivalent of Members elected to the House of Representatives in the USA. The area I lived and worked in had an MP who was often described as a loose cannon. A minor loose cannon, nowhere near the caliber of the current Toronto Mayor, but still apt to blurt out truths that made the Prime Minister uncomfortable.

A local lawyer who may have had “Conservative Party” brightly printed on his underwear, described our MP as “An [ effing ] idiot, but definitely ‘Our’ effing idiot.” One close friend of mine said, “The people around here would elect a dead goat if it ran under the Conservative Party of Canada banner.”

But when elections were coming around. The Prime Minister had a hand picked ‘handler’ traveling around with the MP, keeping that MP from televised debates in front of an audience that just might have an interesting question that the MP might blurt out the ‘wrong’ answer to. Local Mayors would get a phone call saying, “The MP will be at your facility in an hour, these are the reporters we will allow to be there, we will be there for twenty minutes, have a good photo op and then be gone. No questions from the Press-”

How do you spell “Micro-Manager”? { “S-t-e-p-h-e-n H-a-r-p-e-r” }

Last week’s tweets and comments from News Professionals included a lot of things along the lines of reminders that the person who wrote the infamous cheque (en USA = ‘check’ ) had said something like “I have to clear this with the top people first” and then something else like, “I got the okay to go ahead from the top-” before he wrote that cheque/check.

We probably would not be dealing with this as a news story if a CBC reporter hadn’t gotten wind of this and broke the story on National Television. It would have happily been swept under a rug somewhere.

We also heard, last week, that Mr Duffy is indicating that he will stick to his guns, and if he gives blockbuster testimony under oath, it’s my gut feeling that there will not be many Conservative MPs coming to Ottawa after next year’s election.

I’m not alone. A lot of respected news people up here and several of my respectable friends, have said that this looks like a no win situation for the Conservatives in the next election.

One of the things the Conservative Party of Canada does best up here is IMPLODE. After a couple Conservative Administrations in recent memory of people over 30, only one or two Conservative MPs politically survived election day.

So who might actually emerge victorious from all this?

John Oliver has my vote.

——— Aerendel ——