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Winter 2.0 ? Microsoft executives should rot in boiling pools of festering sewage in hell –

Saturday, February 6th, 2016  §§ -4˚C / +25˚F with Very Bright Sun Shining @ 2:00 pm in Atlantic Canada §§ My Aunt Phyliss’s Birthday –

Snowy Yard

“It” snowed yesterday. Forecasts ahead of time thought we might get anything from less that five Centimeters (2 inches?) to 20 even 30 cm – (8 to 12 inches?) And there might be more white stuff coming at us Sunday night / Monday morning – We actually get a little bit of winter this year.

More later –

— It’s Later — ( We went out for brunch and to get a couple things, got back home after 6 pm.)

Cathi with a real coffee mill/part of one behind her.

Cathi at our late brunch today at the Coffee Mill. This was probably around 2:30 pm.

— Tried to pick up a replacement computer yesterday. Got one at the friendly neighbourhood upscale pawn shop / used stuff store. & I got a pretty good buy from somebody who knows what he’s doing. — $175.00 for a Refurbished computer that’s pretty much the same make & model as the one I bought in 2012 — Remember? When the world was supposed to end, I think – at least three times? And that computer, back in 2012, cost five times as much as this one. 

— I got the computer home, put 10 more Gigs of RAM into it, plugged it in, turned it on — it fired up and smiled at me – and to make sure it worked okay for what I need it for (game design work) , I loaded a game onto it and played it, got frustrated with inconsistancies in that commercial game and gave up, quit the game, told the computer to shut down. But the computer told me, “You can’t tell me to shut down, I’m busy installing 220 updates and telling the NSA all about everything on this computer, where it is, who you are, where you are – what you dreamed about last night and all sorts of stuff that is none of their bleeping business. —

— And then, this morning, after snowblowing the driveway clear for the second time — I turned the computer back on and tried to bring the game up and it told me, “Access Denied” / “Please login with administrator privileges and try again.”

— Schnarr! —

— But anyway, stupid me, after trying to reinstall that stupid game half a dozen times this morning and early afternoon, I’m sitting her thinking I just might try again from a different angle here.

— What’s the definition of insanity? — But — But — I am not attempting to try the same thing over and over again with exactly the same procedure — each time I tried something different —

— AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa —

— *** Update *** —

— System restore worked. For a few scary moments I thought the unwanted updates had installed Windows 10 on me — Micro-sh[censored]t is threatening to do that — Which would go along with Jesse Ventura’s warning through twitter a couple hours ago “Fascists have taken over your government -” —

— But the System Restore worked (after I told it not to go with its suggestion but to back up to yesterday before the bloody freakin updates hijacked the computer).

— And by the way, It’s not connected to the internet until I manage to make sure I can get legitimate updates and not the bull-chips.

~~~~~ Jim

Wednesday – “Winter Today – Springlike Tomorrow” ?

Wednesday, February 3rd  ∞  -9˚C / +16˚F & snowing in Atlantic Canada @ 11:11 am ∴ I think it might be Ian Anderson’s Birthday ψ

Walking Dogs in Snow Photo

The CBC – Canadian Broadcasting Company – encourages regular people to send in photos and videos. I hope this is not to cut down on the number of employees they might otherwise  need to pay to do that.

— It just took me two hours to wade through a lot of beautiful and sometimes disturbing tweets. Eek.

Jefferson versus Corporations.

– Thomas Jefferson – Author of many famous quotes, including “Banking Establishments are more Dangerous than Standing Armies.” Who’d’a thunk an Aries could be so prophetic?

— I was the recording engineer for an interview between Dr John Battista – a Psychiatrist and Green Party Activist in Connecticut – and David Cobb – a Texas Lawyer who was part of a group that had researched the history of corporations in the United States – and that group was fighting against Corporate Fascism – David Cobb, I do believe, ran for President of the USA as the Green Party Candidate in 2004 – After I had followed my heart to Canada and was trying to first become a permanent resident, and later, a dual citizen of the US & Canada. In 2004 I couldn’t leave Canada – unless I wanted to start the long and expensive process of applying for permanent residency all over again.

— & speaking of evil corporations – Canada has ruled that cable teevee providers must offer channels that they currently only offer as part of bundles – and so lower the cost that consumers need to pay to get what they want. Rogers Cable is blitzing the airwaves with propaganda commercials trying to lure customers into falling for their – “Get our packaged bundles now and lock yourself in to wonderful lower prices for three years!” b.s. — And Bell Aliant – who promised us three years of low prices and later informed us that we misinterpreted what they told us – had MTV in our channel line up on Monday, and no MTV was there on Tuesday, when the Shannara  Chronicles air. So I guess that proves that Bell is definitely on the side of the demons that the ‘Druid’ and the three young hero types in that series are trying to defeat. Yup, Bell is probably one of the bad guys.

Michael Moore advertizing his newest movie.

Michael Moore has another movie about to come out. He’s gotta be one of my favourite people.

— The Mouse that Roared? In Reverse?

Ground Hog Against the TPP

– Well, a groundhog with a social conscience? – Hmm – Don’t’cha wish the politicians and oligarchs who want to rule over you and run your life had as much intelligence and compassion as this guy? 😉

— Your government is lying to you. They want you to voluntarily give up every right and privilege you have. They want to say you voted away your rights. They want to be able to point their fingers at you and say, “They made me do it-” & When they get to Hell, they want to show the devils there that they really were on the side of darkness and deceit, so they can get a job as one of the demons torturing the decent folks they deceived into backing policies and programs that drove other good people into despair and economic slavery.

Fredericton Skies this morning.

But New Brunswick had a spectacular sunrise this morning, and this person from Fredericton caught it digitally on her camera.

— Today’s weather report, “Well, this afternoon we will experience Winter and by tomorrow it will feel like Spring.”

Opportunity or obstacle?

And here’s a bit of daily inspiration from Roy Bennett.

— I do like to have at least something positive to add any time I go through the trouble to write up what I see coming at us via the ‘Tweet-Us-Sphere’ and in real life beyond.

Very interesting waterfall.

And if thoughtfully reassuring words can’t inspire you right now, maybe a photo like this can –

— Looks like another place I’d like to visit and stay for a while.

— But I have other real world stuff to attend to, so I better end here – Have a wonderful, spiritually enlightening day –,

~~~~~ Jim

Sunday –

Sunday, January 31st, 2016 -( +1˚C / +34˚F — Cloudy with about a centimeter of fuzzy new snow coating everything and the sun’s trying to come out in Atlantic Canada @ 8:45 am )-

Snowy night with a bridge and a large building.

Looks like someone captured a snowy night somewhere – looks peaceful. I’m not sure where that is.

— Okay, so once again I spent the whole night fixing things on computers. Trying to get things to work that wanted to be left alone –

Stones with carvings.

– Interesting carving on stones in Scotland – One of several photos tweeted by Aillish Sinclair this morning. –

— Google’s Chrome browser informed me that it will no longer support any mac versions hosted on computers with ‘obsolete’ operating systems. – Like OS X versions 10.6 and 10.7 – Somebody needs to take them down a peg – or maybe throw them off the top of a pyramid in Central America and watch them bounce all the way down – Grrrr.

— Oh dangit, I’m trying to remain positive here.

— Jesse Ventura tweeted a schnarr photo of D. Trump and said he feels kind of good about Trump destroying the GOP the way he is. 🙂

Lynx sheltering in a snowy tree stump.

– And I think the person who wrote the companion book to ‘Medicine Cards’ said that people who resonate with Lynx-es are rare. – Actually the text describes ‘Lynx People’ as being people who have Lynx spirit guides. If I ever figure out whether anybody or everybody has Spirit Guides hanging around them disguised as Animal Spirits I’ll let you know.

— Um, that’s probably enough for now, Haben Sie einen guten Tag.

~~~~~ Jim

Wednesday – “Please play with your food”-?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 -( +5˚C / +41˚F — Grey skies & damp in Atlantic Canada @ 8:00 am )-

Schnarr!

Corporate Welfare? In Canada, ‘Fossil Fuel’ Corporations get $34 Billion dollars in Taxpayer funded subsidies – In the UK, Google gets a sweetheart deal, which, when found out leads to a hand slapping pittance in back taxes. -Meanwhile- Provincial Governments in Canada, Crying poverty, are trying to convince taxpayers that they need to pay tolls that could cost heavy commuters $1,000.00 to $1,500.00 more every year?

— Economic Warfare —

— The oil and gas industries received $34 Billion dollars per year in taxpayer-funded subsidies? Mid-priced Electric cars cost about $31,000.00 Canadian Dollars. They figure there are 9 million families in Canada?

New Brunswick 'Strategies'.

– So the ‘government’ of New Brunswick has been ‘studying’ how to fraudulently fleece the citizens of New Brunswick and reduce the health care and other services New Brunswickers are entitled to. And from this photo (above) it looks like they think they can get away with that. –

— The Province of New Brunswick, crying poverty, has told the people of New Brunswick that their ‘duly elected government’ is trying to decide how to institute tolls on New Brunswick’s highways to raise money because they’re not bringing in enough tax revenues? ***Why don’t they raise taxes on the corporations that have been getting away with downsizing, knocking hardworking people from their ability to pay those taxes, which may be fraudulently reported to the media which, in turn, ‘report’ those fraudulent figures to the news-consuming public.

— Walter Burien of cafr1.com [ (CAFR+the number 1) dot com ] is an investment counselor who has been trying to explain that virtually every level of Federal, State or Provincial, County, and municipal government has more income streams than they admit to, that tax revenues amount to one third of their actual income, and if they’re not receiving two thirds of their income from non-tax revenues, well then, shame on them for being incredibly stupid – Mr. Burien has been trying to explain this for years, has been politely screaming at seemingly sleeping citizens who, apparently, would much rather plug their ears than listen to him.

pipeline map

The existing pipeline would be ‘upgraded’/converted to carry oil instead of gas through lands threatened by possible Fracking and extended to where the crude oil could be shipped away from Canada to where foreign jobs would either be created or insured at the expense of possible Canadian jobs. Renewable Energy development would create a lot more jobs for a lot less money.

— The proposed Eastern Pipeline upgrade would bring oil from Alberta to Saint John, New Brunswick, not to be refined here, an operation which would create Canadian jobs, but to be loaded on ships and carried off to refineries in the USA, where US citizens would have job security that is lacking in Canada?

— Meanwhile, Facking has been shown to create earthquakes. Earthquakes endanger pipelines. Oil pipelines that split open poison groundwater. Poisoned groundwater forces humans to pay for water that isn’t poisoned, and it kills animals. Animals that die from poisoned water include farm animals that people eat, and pets, and wild animals, like the Beluga whales in the Saint Lawrence River/Seaway.

— When the Mayor of Montreal cried out against the pipeline, he was first accused of being selfish, then accused of trying to divide Canadians along East Versus West, or even Anglophones versus Francophones lines. Then, after a talk with Justin Trudeau, the Mayor of Montreal clarified that his stance against the pipeline was not against economic opportunities, but against the shoddy inability of watchdogs to insure that the pipelines would be properly built, properly inspected, and properly maintained. Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for his part, has announced that he is not a cheerleader for this pipeline project, or any other pipeline project. First Nations/Native Americans – the people whose country was stolen out from under them by Europeans who claimed they were saving the aboriginal citizens of the ‘Americas’ from ignorance and poverty, have been fighting pipelines both in the east and in the west. They have also been fighting against the practice of ‘Fracking’, which threatens their drinking water and the stability of their lands.

— Canadian ‘Law’ sees mineral rights as belonging to the ‘Crown’, land owners have been shocked and dismayed to discover that their property has been invaded by somebody who dug a hole, searching for possible minerals or other exploitable resources, & left the ‘exploratory’  holes open and dangerous to children and other living things. And then the property owners discovered that (1) they are powerless to stop this sort of thing, (2) if anything valuable was discovered on or under their property, they would not benefit from that discovery, or its exploitation or development – at all, and (3) they just might have to pay the cost of filling any dangerous holes left in their own property.

— First Nations people have been fighting for centuries to keep their land and mineral rights, citing the fact that they never did sign away their mineral rights. Miners want to be able to walk onto Tribal lands and poison and ruin the area, grab whatever minerals and ores they find there, cart the valuable substances away and gesture obscenely as they ‘laugh all the way to the bank’ and capitalize on what they’ve stolen.

Google Tax Dodge.

Meanwhile, in the UK –

— Corporations have also been getting away with not paying their fair share of taxes in the United Kingdom. Google, which ‘mines’ information from the browsers of anybody connecting to their ‘services’ has recently been slapped on the wrist and asked to pay a pittance to cover back taxes while taxpayers in the UK have been discovering that they are being charged unbelievably ridiculous new taxes that sound more like a Monty Python routine than anything like a real tax that any government in the Western ‘Free World’ would have the gall to suggest.

Schnarr Corporations.

Corporations were severely limited in the United States from the time of the Revolution until their lobbyists basically pooped all over the 99%. Originally, corporations were only granted very limited time charters, & after their time was up, their assets would revert to public ownership.

Slavery in the fishing industry.

Nobody wants to support an industry that exploits slavery.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is raising the alarm about governments using the politix of Fear to avoid the annoying problem of respecting the Human Rights of their own citizens as well as refugees.

Tanuki

2016-01-27-Tanuki-RacoonDog

This Japanese “Raccoon-Dog” called a ‘Tanuki’ is neither a raccoon nor a dog and is not recommended as a pet. Sounds like a shame, because a dog that cute would probably be fun to share your life with.

See Ireland.

& this, like all the graphics & photos included here, does not contain a valid link. You might be able to copy and paste something from the graphic itself. or you might have to ‘google it’ or more safely: look it up at startpage dot-com. But yeah, I think I’d rather be watching the sun rise in Ireland than letting myself become upset / depressed by the latest mass media news.

— & On the Ethics front: In France, the Justice Minister resigned her post in protest over the new French law that strips citizenship from those accused of terrorism. So human beings with their humanity and moral values intact actually still do exist as of today, the 27th day of January/janvier, 2016. Of course, the newscast that announced this brave and ethical act went on to tell us that the Justice Minister who resigned had already been replaced by a schnarr ice-hole of an Elitist shill who was firmly in favour of advancing himself without regard for ethical behaviour or the health and well-being of anybody else.

— And so, sadly, tragically, that is a snapshot of this morning’s schnarr from Atlantic Canada.

— Hopelessly remaining optimistic –,

~~~~~ Jim

Monday, Monday –

Monday, January 25th, 2016 -( -13˚C / +9˚F with clear blue skies & bright sun after the just-past-full moon set maybe two hours ago and the temperature dropped two degrees Celcius in Atlantic Canada & now it’s 9:34 am )- Today is Ed Ferko’s Birthday.

Moon over New Brunswick

This was a couple hours ago. The moon was still up.

— Um, I keep finding more things that irritate me about facebook. The Elitists’ spy agencies favourite site? Schnarr-

— & Duh- I’m feeling like my mind is on hold right now, input challenged?

California Coastal Preservation.

This world seems to be in a constant state of warfare between the people who want to make sure there is breathable air, non-genetically-modified/poisoned foods, and drinkable/non-poisoned water Versus those whose agendae do not include the best interests/health & well-being of anybody. — Schnarr! —

— Somebody tweeted that Fracking in Wales has been delayed for at least ten years because of the drop in oil prices. Fracking should be outlawed everywhere due to the fact that it poisons ground water, causes earthquakes, and can not be made safe for any reasonable length of time no matter what the pro-fracking liars tell you.

Frederick Douglass Pro-Union Quote.

Frederick Douglass was a pro union philosopher? Why does it come as a shock to me now that no one taught this when I was in school?

— Yeah, the fact that positive information is withheld is depressing shouldn’t be all that surprising.

Will Smith Quote

Quoting Will Smith? Yeah, hey, why let people who mean you no good hijack your peace of mind? Thank you Will, Thank you Roy Bennett.

Miscou Island Lighthouse, beach and shoreline.

& Maybe we can energize by reconnecting with nature? Interesting to see what is probably salt water frozen enough to hold a bit of snow while the shore doesn’t show any at all? Or is that just ice out there? I don’t go for enough beach walks these days.

— We survived the mega blizzard –  Didn’t see a single flake – Farther south, – in Nova Scotia they received as much as ten to 12 inches in the far southwest with Halifax not getting much. -What? maybe 5 inches?

— Sigh –,

~~~~~ Jim

What’s Goin On? Ekonomic Warfare?

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 -( -10˚C / +14˚F with clear blue skies ahead in Atlantic Canada @ 7:00 am )-

Snow people with shovels and other wintery objectsl.

Looks like a family of snow-people – Optimistic and ready to play? This was a morning tweet.

— Once again I suffered through another round of propaganda in the news this morning. New Brunswick, crying poverty, has their spokes ‘people’ out explaining their options RE: three models of imposing tolls on New Brunswick highways.

Mind Control versus personal empowerment / liberation.

I can’t blindly ‘buy into’ everything that Alex Jones has to say, but much of what he says rings true. Darnit! 🙂

— The ‘Social Pyramid’ is a total fabrication, People who believe they are ‘the top of the social food chain’ – can only maintain that illusion if those they have convinced are ‘beneath them’ continue to believe that lie.  —  Every Economy on this Planet is Based on Deceit and Manipulation by the ‘Banksters’  — The U.S. Revolutionary War was fought against the Bank Of England’s demand that the colonies pay taxes in Bank of England’s bank notes, which were nearly impossible to obtain in the colonies and thus inflated their tax rates beyond anything that reasonable men [ in those days, sadly, it was only men who held the power ] believed they should have to pay. —

— Meanwhile, too many young friends up here need all the nurturing and empowerment they can get.

— There are a series of ads on television up here describing how when Unions were strongest, the economy was also at its strongest. And when the anti-union propagandists convinced enough people that unions were wrecking their economy, in the early 2000’s, the Elitists began ransacking local economies all around the world, lying about all governments’ income streams, fraudulently claiming that they couldn’t afford the Federal, Regional, County and Municipal services they’d been supplying and raising taxes all around.

— I remember when I was covering the Town Council Meetings in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. We were told that the Provincial government was forcing all municipalities to charge taxes they’d never needed before and informing those municipalities that if they did not comply with this they would would no longer receive their share of Provincial matching funds for any pre-approved projects and/or highway upkeep, and all those ‘revenue sharing’ programs like Health Care and Welfare.

minimum wages benefit everyone.

“Who benefits from higher minimum wages?” – Everybody. This cartoon is fighting the insidious propaganda machines that routinely dis-inform anybody they can about ‘entitlement’ programs and try to divide and conquer us all with lies that the richest 1% can’t afford to pay the other 99% any more because minorities and unwed mothers and illegal foreigners have bankrupted the system. If the ‘system’ is bankrupt that would be because the top 1% have plundered it.

— I think it was my friend, Doug Otterson, who first said, “All economics are Voodoo Economics.” after replays of George Bush The first’s anti Ronald Reagan speech were broadcast by Anti George Bush forces while I was living in the Ithaca, New York area. And that was before a lot of people began to point out that ‘Banksters’ are creating imaginary money every time anybody uses one of their credit cards, and Banksters are the ones who ‘create’ the economic atmosphere, and pull the plug whenever they want to manipulate those they have conned into accepting their deceptive practices into believing they are in financial difficulty so the Banksters can try to convince everybody that we should accept their vision of economic slavery.

Lies. damned liked, corporate lies, media lies.

While Media controlled by too few monster conglomerates keep trying to blast lies into the public ‘consciousness’ – & here’s an example tweeted by Glenn Greenwald – One UK Newspaper is forced to retract a false/misleading statement. So then an another UK Newspaper tries to run the same false statement.

— But, We are much stronger than ‘They’ want us to believe. And at least one Scientific Futurist whose methods have proved to be extraordinarily accurate has forecast that in the year 2019 – the last Banksters will meet a horrible death at the hands of those they tried to control and beat down all these years.

— I just wish there was somebody like Gandhi who could guide us through a quick and easy, relatively painless process to get us to the Heaven On Earth we all deserve without going through the hell and suffering that is probably going to force us to wake up and seize control of our own lives.

Photo of hikers obscured by interestingly highlighted snow falling from trees.

& Here’s an interesting photograph that doesn’t come loaded with anything like a negative comment, which, I’m sorry to say, I have been much too full of today.

— Optimistically yours –,

~~~~~ Jim

Earthquakes in the News :

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016 -( -1˚C / +30˚F & Sunny @ 11:11 am here in Atlantic Canada )-

Earthquake map.

Map pin-pointing the epicentre of Wednesday Evening’s quake.

— On Thursday Morning, December 31st,  CBC News reported that an Earthquake measured at 4.3 by Canadian Standards & 4.8 or 4.9 by US Geological Survey people, had shaken several people awake in Victoria, British Columbia. The quake was centred just off the coast of Vancouver Island, between islands in that area. They also reported that the quake happened at about 42 kilometers deep underground where plates were moving under one another. The Canadian earthquake measuring people later adjusted their estimate and reported they believed the quake weighed in around 4.7. The US Geological Survey also reported that they believed the epicentre had occurred at more like 52.5 km deep.

USGS map.

This is the USGS map of Earthquakes that measured above 2.5 in the 24 hours leading up to 10:15 am on Sunday, January 3rd, 2016, with the largest quake measuring 5.0 near Fiji out in the Pacific Ocean.

— On New Year’s Day, Friday, There was a four point something quake reported in Nicaragua.

— Saturday morning, January 2nd, CBC started off reporting a 5.3 quake in Afghanistan and then reported 4.3 quake off the coast of California. Afghanistan had previously reported a 6.3 quake on Christmas Day.

— And Nicaragua is back in the news this morning with a 4.5 quake while Attu Station in Alaska had one that measured 4.7 and Fiji felt one that measured 5.0.

— Oklahoma had a cluster of at least 7 smallish quakes that have been blamed on Hydraulic Fracking.

— Looks like 2016 is off a start that could be summed up in early Rock And Roll lyrics as “Shake, Rattle and Roll”.

~~~~~ Jim

New Year’s Day, 2016 :

Friday, January 1st, 2016 -( -1˚C / +30˚F — Mostly Cloudy, mostly grey – and ‘quiet’ @ 1:45 pm here in Atlantic Canada )-

Mostly cloudy sky with bare trees and a little bit of blue.

Looking up into the sky to the south and slightly east at 1:45 -ish pm on January 1st, 2016.

— I can’t remember the day or date. I was sitting in the waiting room of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram dealership in our Canadian town, just beyond the Capital Region’s official border. Our town was mostly suburban in character with a few ‘high rises’, none of which reached 10 stories high, several of them subsidized for the aged and partially handicapped, and most of them just off the main roads through town. There were a lot of farms just outside the town’s limits.

— The weathered man came into the waiting room while I was trying to adjust my posture to lean back against the wall just right to relieve the strain on my arthritis pained back and neck. I guessed he was a farmer – dressed in working clothes and boots, weathered face and gnarled hands – he carried himself with the toughness of somebody who had worked hard all his life and the tenderness of a man who loved to watch crops and animals grow. I thought the worry in his expression was due to the idea that he thought he should be tending crops or livestock instead of sitting around, waiting for his car or truck to undergo scheduled maintainance of have something replaced that had worn out.

— He smiled at me like he was someone who was relieved to have company- “That your Jeep I saw out there?”

— I nodded, “We got a good deal, leased it – I guess they were having trouble making their sales quota that summer because they included a lot of free maintainance with almost everything covered-”

— He smiled to himself and nodded, “I kept my old Jeep together with so many parts from cheap parts cars that the inspectors didn’t know what to call it- I bought in new one year, replaced fenders, headlights and just about everything else with parts from jeeps as much as ten years different- They always went with the original year when I showed them the ownership papers from way back.” He smiled like somebody who was fondly remembering a favorite hunting dog or companion he sorely missed.

— I winced and tried to move my back just right to relieve the pain that was beginning to sting between two of my arthritic spinal vertebrae

— He looked through me, nodded like he recognized the symptoms of living with the usual processes of aging and not exactly living a sedentary life. He looked away and wrinkled his forehead and looked back at me. He looked like he wanted to say something and hoped I was the kind of person who might appreciate what he had to say.

— I have no idea how people with similar philosophies recognize each other, or how people with controversial views take the chance that someone they’ve never seen before might share those views, but he made the leap, nodded, “Yup- I worked as a head mechanic for a GM dealership for many years – and one year my shop won a prize for best customer satisfaction in our district, so they sent me to Detroit, all expenses paid, to this high powered convention where a lot of mechanics were there and one of their big vice presidents came out and stood in front of several concept vehicles and new models that were about to go on display at a kind of yearly tour of shiny new advances in the automotive industry – This Vice President fellow sure did know how to talk, to tell us about how lucky we were to work for General Motors and how their big corporate plans had all been made with people like us in mind – and when he finished, he invited us all to come up and get a look under the hoods of all these shiny new cars and see what we would probably be working on in the near future.

— “Well, I got up there and I was looking into the engine of this brand spankin new family vehicle when I noticed something, and realized that this one part that was critical to engine performance and safety was made out of plastic – The Vice President was right there beside me and he smiled and asked me, ‘What do you think?’ I pointed to that part and said, “These have always been made of metal, this here is plastic, it’s gonna wear out too soon -” and the man looked angry – he sneered at me and said, ‘Do you like your job? Do you want to keep working for us? I’m paying somebody two million dollars a year to come up with ideas like that so you have a job!’-” The man I’d thought was a farmer looked deeply troubled, like he’d borne that weight on his conscience for way too long and still did not know how he felt about working for a corporation whose ethics and business practices were nothing like ‘honest’ or ‘above reproach’.

— I nodded, having worked for companies that rewarded unethical supervisors with yearly bonuses and pats on the back, myself. I walked away from that. But I never had a family depending on me and he was wearing a worn wedding ring on his gnarled left hand.

— Even now, several years later, I wish I could have thought of something, said something to him that could ease his conscience, convince him that he did not share in the responsibility for needlessly manipulating millions of car buyers into constant debt for way too long so corporate big wigs could suck on contraband cigars and laugh all the way to their banks – He was just as much a victim as anyone who bought one of those over hyped over priced, sabotaged vehicles – whose planned obsolescence might not just cost anybody who bought one more money than they needed to spend, but could also put their lives and health in jeopardy.

— I still feel his pain.

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— The blogger checks himself in the mirror before he gives his web recording video camera its last check and then positions himself against the green background where his intricately well-timed images will change behind his ‘talking head’ face while he reads his carefully planned and timed words. The first image projected is that of machine gun carrying, armored and face masked US soldiers standing around in Times Square with their fingers very near their triggers, ready – as New Years Eve crowds allow themselves to be patted down before they step into highly controllable groups confined to highly controllable areas : The blogger pushes his record button counts to himself, and,

 “- About Last Night –

— “Do Not take my word for anything, but : –

— “Last night on Coast to Coast a.m. – George “Hollywood” Noory – continued a tradition by having ‘everyday’ people call in from all around the world and give their predictions for what they expect to happen in this coming new year.

— “I was in and out of sleep but what I heard leads me to believe that a lot of people believe that between now and the spring, the evil, militaristic, manipulating muther fupping Fascists will make their move to try to convince everybody on this planet that they need to surrender all freedom and submit to the ‘security’ agenda of the ‘anti-terrorist’ [ read that ‘Anti-Christ’ ] elitists who have been working behind the scenes since at least the end of World War II – when ‘good amerikan’ megala-maniacal control freaks imported Nazi war criminals to help them target, train, and then activate ‘Manchurian Candidate’ type victims to hypnotically act out their orders and commit mass murder and other terrorist crimes against innocent people inside the USA as well as inside most other countries in this world.

— “The nasties have already convinced a lot of mass hypnosis victims that Unions are the evil tools of the enemy of civilization – and everything else worth living for in the ‘free’ world – which is anything but free these days. -”

— He pushes the ‘stop recording’ button, takes a breath and wonders if he is doing the right thing or voluntarily sticking his head inside a noose.

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Farmer with scythe.

A farmer with a scythe.

There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”

So is with our lives… Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all…

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I Ching Jukebox

“I Ching Jukebox” by Geneve Blue, has been available in a Kindle Edition since at least last July. Amazon dot com may be severely overcharging for Kindle editions, check carefully before you click.

Unions 4 Workers

“All Economics are Voodoo Economics – and Societies function at their most prosperous levels when everyone is guaranteed the food and shelter they need to live a decent life and the ‘disadvantaged’ know their futures are secure and good people will make sure that everyone’s children are supplied with everything they need to grow up happy and healthy and in love with learning.” – TaleRocker Talxalot

FDR quote

“The top 1% / The Elitists who coin phrases like “The Great Unwashed” ARE the Anti-Christ.” – Douglas Jay Otterson

Photo of a grey sky with pigeons on a roof.

“Grey Sky With Pigeons” January 1st, 2016, 1:45 pm -ish.

— Happy New Year –,

~~~~~ Jim

 

New Year’s Eve 2015 —> 2016 :

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 -( +1˚C / +34˚F Grey, damp – and might even be misty/raining outside at 11:11 am in Atlantic Canada )-

Light behind snowy trees on Wellington Court.

I’m pretending this is the promise of a brilliant sunrise coming for our ‘Civilization’ here on Earth in the year 2016.

— A couple good things happened in 2015 – but overall, I will not miss this last year at all. On the positive side: Canadian humiliated their Fascist Conservative Prime Minister and his divisive political agenda. They elected Justin Trudeau, leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, who won a resounding victory and so far appears to be off to a good start. His ‘Sunny Days’ motto kind of catches in my throat – gag, choke – but at least that IS a positive message and the “Canada is back!” message that everything I believed was the real Canada does seem to be on the front burner these days. I’ll give that a two thumbs up.

— Now lets see how long we can hold JT’s feet to the fire and keep positive, progressive momentum going.

Cathi gazing at a fountain.

And let’s pretend this is Cathi at a magic wishing well that is guaranteed to grant any reasonable wish she might make. – It really is Cathi. and the fountain is on Queen Street in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

— In the spirit of Optimistic New Beginnings – I spent about an hour on each of two days earlier this week sitting in a waiting room at a vehicle inspection garage here. I was inspired by my wish that all levels of government and all businesses had everybody’s best interest at heart and were completely ethical and honest. —> I sat there thinking I should begin a nice, short, high impact novel with a conversation I had with a mechanic in Arnprior a couple years ago. The weathered-looking man had been tortured for years over the message he got from a vice president of General Motors at a meeting he got a free ticket to. This was at a big deal convention that he was privileged to attend as a reward for his excellence in the service department of a GM car dealership. After the VP gave the assembled mechanics a pep talk, he invited them to come look at what was new in the wonderful new vehicles that the company would be introducing in the near future. My friend the mechanic gawked at a plastic part that the engine depended on to keep working safely and efficiently, pointed to it and turned to the V.P. and said, “But this is plastic – That part has always been metal- This part will wear out too quickly.” And the V.P. scowled darkly and sneered, “Do you like your job? I’m paying somebody two million dollars a year to come up with stuff like this so you have a job!”  *** This year I was very happy to see a tweet explaining that the French Parliament had passed a law making it illegal to build anything with deliberately planned obsolescence included in any of its parts. I just hope they can enforce that. Hey! If they can I will jump on any “Buy Stuff Made In France!” bandwagon. 🙂

— Optimistic in Canada –,

~~~~~ Jim

Return of the Committee :) —

Monday. December 14, 2015 -( 0˚C / 32˚F — Grey and Damp and Threatening Rain, Snow, Ice Pellets and Freezing rain @ 9:00 am in Atlantic Canada )-

Committee Breakfast, December 14th, 2015.

They’re back! This morning at about 8:30 am, half a dozen deer showed up – quite skittish – but hungry enough to stick around within sight as I tossed several scoops of oats out on the top of the hill where they’ve come to expect yummy stuff, and let me know they appreciate our efforts.

We’ve been worried about the deer who have been making it through our last couple very tough winters by taking the chance that a couple houses full of humans would be sharing good food and not shooting and eating them [ which is illegal within city limits here ] The declining number of deer in this province has been making the news lately.

Cropped Closeup of Christmas Cactus - December 12, 2015

Saturday morning/ early afternoon – brilliant sunlight played on the ‘Christmas Cactus’ plant on our entry porch in Cathi’s ‘Zen Corner’. I took a couple photos with the macro setting active and got better results than I thought I did.

One view of the woodshed.

Sunday – After our quick trip to the Northside Market we quickly finished up the framing and covered our Wood Shed- hopefully strengthened enough to survive this winter better than last year’s efforts held up under a whole lot of snow- which split the two by two uprights we used as part of the kit that came with plastic ‘hardware’ and instructions. Our neighbour gave us the strong white tarp that did survive last winter. We have more to do here, but I think we’re off to a decent start with last night’s efforts.

Yesterday, Sunday – Cathi and I had a busy day, zooming off to the North Side Market, where we picked up a four pound chicken for dinner and discovered a ‘gourmet grilled cheese’ kiosk in the food court. Yum- When we got home we had to hurry to finish reinforcing the frame to our woodshed, which is growing around the steel shed we put up in the autumn of 2013. Today, Monday the 14th – we expect a messy mixture of Snow ( 5 cm) rain (possibly 39 mm) Freezing Rain and ‘ice pellets’/sleet (which might amount to a millimeter or so of dangerous slippery stuff -)

Cathi with the leaf rake.

“21st Century Canadian Gothic” – After we finished the Woodshed’s frame enough to be reasonably sure it would support the coming snow & mixed precipitation – and then got several pallets (some to burn, others to hammer into the frame to reinforce the woodshed) under cover – Cathi tried not to freeze her fingers while she raked a protective layer of fallen oak leaves over onto her vegetable garden. I moved our hand tools back inside the porch and grabbed the camera, took these last two photographs here, happily caught Cathi grinning with the sense that we actually did get much more accomplished than we thought was possible as darkness quickly descended on Atlantic Canada.

And so, even though the dog got out and wanted very badly to play with us while we were knocking ourselves out, and, after I caught him by the collar, made a very squirrel like move and pulled me down hard to the ground, which felt for an hour or so like I’d be in pain for a month or so, but did get better when I heated one of our bean bag hot and cold thingamajigs and sat against the heat while watching “The Librarians” on the Space Channel — I’m really happy the deer are still around, we hadn’t seen any more than two fairly young ones who’d come around on a couple early mornings almost a month ago. And now it looks like there is more of a “Committee” presence than we thought might have survived the summer and late autumn when we heard people out in the woods cutting what may have been trees that fell during storms and burning twigs in a bonfire- And Cathi had the awful feeling that she’d heard gunfire back there, which, as I ‘hinted’ above is extremely illegal within city limits here.

— Yay! –,

~~~~~ Jim

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