Lady Liberty Depicted as a Woman of Color on U.S. Currency for 1st Time

Now this is an American first that reminds me once again, why I’ve always had a special place in my heart for my southern neighbors. Looks really fine on you folks.



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For the first time in American history, Lady Liberty will be portrayed as a woman of color on United States currency, NBC News reported. In celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury’s 225th anniversary, the new $100 coin was unveiled on Thursday featuring Lady Liberty as a black woman.

Since the passage of the Coinage Act in 1792, all coins are required to feature an “impression emblematic of liberty,” in either words or images. Until the new coin designed by Justin Kunz was unveiled, Lady Liberty had always been depicted as a white woman.

The coins will cost $100 each and will be available to the public on April 6.

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Some Simple Facts

With the new year upon us now, and underway, I was kind of hoping that things around the world would have settled down a little. Basically, I was hoping that some of the more profound insanity would have eased up, and people would have stopped allowing themselves to be persuaded of things, by those in positions of power, who are obviously pursuing some sort of agenda. Whatever that agenda may be, if one were to just stop for a moment and consider what they are being asked to believe, the whole charade would just fall apart like a soggy tissue, but instead, there are actual polls that seem to say that people are really buying into this stuff.

What am I talking about? I’m glad you asked. I’m talking about the Russian’s hacking into the US elections nonsense, and I really wouldn’t have bothered anymore, except like I just said, there are now polls out that claim as much as 52% of Americans believe the Russians somehow altered the results of the election. And that wasn’t even the original charge! The original charge was that the Russians had hacked the DNC and John Podesta, and released the emails they allegedly stole, to Wikileaks. There was no talk about them altering the vote count, until President Obama went on his speaking tour in Europe. And now we have reports and everything. And I have long-standing friends who have gone so far as to call me a Kremlin stooge (I’ve been called worse in my mail). What crime exactly did I commit that I deserved to be called these names…I asked for evidence of the claims President Obama is making. And when enough people asked for the same thing I did, he had a report released…that still had no evidence in it. However, the report, lacking any hard evidence at all, is apparently enough for 52% of the people who were polled.

Well, like myself, a reporter named Dave Lindorff who writes for Counterpunch Magazine, is also not convinced, but Mr. Lindorff is obviously a lot smarter than I am, and his article presents an argument based on facts that I hadn’t even considered. Thus, I thought I would leave you a link to his article, because as I’ve pointed out many times on these pages, the citizens of the United States of America will always be counted among some of my favorite people, and if their government is determined, for whatever reason, to lead them into a senseless war with a nuclear-power the size of Russia, I really think they might want to at least take the time first to read what Mr. Lindorff has to say. Because make no mistake about it, first they’ll ask you to believe that Mr. Putin has to be destroyed (just like Ghadaffi and Assad), and then they’ll ask for your children to do the job that they won’t send their OWN children to do. The link follows.


My First Gallery of 2017

So another year is upon us, and I thought I should start it off with my very first photo-gallery of the year. The photos themselves were taken last year of course, but that is how these things tend to work. So Happy New Year everyone, and lets get on with it.

I’m editing this post just to add one note of interest for anyone who may not be familiar with the single tree that makes up one of the images below. That particular tree is an import to British Columbia from the lower slopes of the Chilean and Argentinian south-central Andes, and for whatever reason (beyond being on the endangered species list), they’re not quite as plentiful as they use to be when I first moved out here (approx. 35 years ago).

The tree is commonly known as “The Monkey Puzzle Tree”, though it’s more distinguished scientific name is Araucaria araucana. Unlike what most people think, and as I have even noted in the caption, we don’t really know if this tree, a tree that is so old that it is regarded as a living fossil, can or cannot truly be climbed by a monkey. I don’t know if anyone has ever tested this relatively new theory. The story, as it was told to me, was that the strange leaf formations, which feel actually quite brittle, and are attached very close to the stem along the whole edge of the leaf (if you enlarge my picture to it’s maximum size, you will get at least a decent idea of what I mean) would continually break off from the tree wherever the monkey grabbed it, thus preventing the hapless simian from making any progress.

A little deeper reading, however, has turned up for me the following explanation for the name, and until I actually see a monkey sitting under a Monkey Puzzle Tree, shaking one fist at the tree above him, while massaging his sore bottom with the other fist, I’m going to have to believe the new explanation (which is actually the original explanation). That story goes like this:

“The origin of the popular English language name “monkey puzzle” derives from its early cultivation in Britain in about 1850, when the species was still very rare in gardens and not widely known. Sir William Molesworth, the proud owner of a young specimen at Pencarrow garden near Bodmin in Cornwall, was showing it to a group of friends, one of them – the noted barrister and Benthamist Charles Austin – remarked, “It would puzzle a monkey to climb that”.[11] As the species had no existing popular name, first “monkey puzzler”, then “monkey puzzle” stuck”.[12]


[Photos] Before & After in Aleppo and Why We Need an Antiwar Movement : Daily Sheeple.

Reblogged on because if even one more person can see what War is all about, then just maybe one more person will finally decide that Peace is the only way. Let’s just hope and pray that this next one really is a Happy New Year everyone.


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Where is the antiwar movement today?

I’ve heard it said recently that people care more about Star Wars than they do about real wars, and sadly, this rings true as a condemnation of modern society. People just don’t seem to care about peace.

Somehow, the powers that be have been able to push the horrors of war from the front page and out of the evening news so that we don’t think too much about it. They’ve made it so that we don’t see the caskets of our soldiers arriving home by cargo plane. They’ve made it so that war correspondents are embedded as part of the military and thereby so dependent and so awestruck by the task of soldiering that they dare not report objectively. They’ve managed to create a world where war is the health of the state.

2016 marked the most terribly divisive election…

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“Ministry of Truth” Goes Global

In my last post I talked about how the government in the United States decided to sneak a law past it’s citizens, and even some of it’s lawmakers by hiding the grievous Bill in question, inside another larger Bill that was almost certain to pass without anyone giving it a very close reading. The purpose of the Bill, dubbed the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act”, was to set up a government branch that would be responsible for funding and training “journalists” to deliver the “news” the way the government thought it should be delivered, and truth be damned. That’s the domestic plan, and the foreign project involves setting up “reporters” in other countries to spread US propaganda on the one hand, and keep the American government informed on the other, as to the more unfriendly reporters working in those countries, and what they were saying about the good old USA.

Well now, not to be outdone, it seems Britain has come out with a plan all their own for making sure that it is only the “news” that the government of their country that makes it to the the attention of their citizens. I have to tell you, if the American politicians had thought of this plan first, I think this is the one they would have gone with. Though it hasn’t passed yet (unlike the American attempt at killing the First Amendment), the British version of eliminating Freedom of the Press is even much more dastardly, hard as that might be to believe. What they are trying to do is pass a law that says, if a news outlet refuses to join a particular governmental “regulatory body” (who would then, I presume, have at least some control over that news outlet’s future content) then whenever that news outlet is sued for libel, they are responsible not just for their own legal costs, but for the legal costs of the person, persons, or whatever, that laid the libel charge, whether the news outlet wins the case or loses. Let me repeat that. In EITHER case, win or lose, the news outlet has to pay the costs for BOTH sides.

Now I’m sure we all realize exactly what that means. The court costs in a libel case can run to thousands, and depending on the case, probably hundreds of thousands of British pounds for either side, let alone both sides. And one of the reasons that there aren’t even more of these cases going to court every day (and God knows there’s plenty) is that many are dismissed as being frivolous before they even get started, and many more are never begun because the side that was written about in the news, knows that the truth was told, and they have no chance of winning such a case, so they would just be wasting their money. But if you are guaranteed at the start, that the guy who just rightly exposed your depravity, criminality, or other malfeasance to the world, can be possibly bankrupted in retaliation, then what’s to stop anyone from finding a lawyer who can convince a judge that due to some loop-hole or whatever, that the case is not entirely frivolous. And then how long will it be before any respected paper, or internet news site is simply out of business either due to bankruptcy, or plain fear of being able to print anything of substance. (You can read a little more about it at the link I provided below.)

So it appears the attack on the Press is not just here in North America, but in Britain as well. So is it going to be all the NATO countries soon? Then what? What happens when the only information you are allowed to have is what the government says you are allowed to possess. How many of us have pointed our fingers at others who tried to warn us of these days, and called them conspiracy nuts? Doesn’t it make you wonder at least a little bit about who the crazy ones actually are? Hillary Clinton is still hanging around the fringes of the Democratic Party in the US that she did so much to help destroy. And the progressive voices who tried to warn everyone that following her was the surest possible way to get Trump elected, still can’t get anyone to listen to them. And I do it too. I voted here in Canada for a guy I really thought would bring some change, and one year into office, and he’s turned his back on everything he promised to be. Another pretty face with no heart whatsoever, just like Obama. You would think I’d learn. Oh well. See you next time.

“Ministry of Truth” Goes Global

“The Ministry Of Truth” Has Arrived

I don’t know exactly how many of you, but probably most, have read George Orwell’s “1984” at some point in your life. I think most of us had to take it as required reading in school when I was growing up, and if not, then we should have. Anyway, it appears that for the United States of America at least, George was about 32 years early with one of the most disturbing of his predictions for the atrocities that the government in his story would be imposing on the citizens of his fictional (and at his time, futuristic)  year of 1984. That particular prediction, which as of last week was signed into law in the USA, was the basic establishment (though under a different name) of the story’s propaganda branch of the evil government, which George, with his great sense of irony, chose to call “The Ministry of Truth”.

Now those of you who don’t live in the United States, and possibly quite a few of you who do, might be thinking, “No way, they could never pass a law like that in this day and age. Even if they snuck it past the people somehow, there would be enough legislators opposing it that it would never get passed”. But not so. You see, apparently, my friends the Americans use the same underhanded techniques that my own Canadian legislators use, when they want to pass a Bill that is so onerous, or plain distasteful, or even contrary to the accepted law of the land, that they know they could never pass it in the open. What they do in that case is hide the particular Bill they’re trying to sneak past everyone way down inside another great big lengthy Bill that is a slam-dunk, sure-fire Bill to pass. I don’t know if my southern neighbors use the same term we use, but up here we stick with the obvious and call that an Omnibus Bill. The Bill can be full of lots of minuscule items, and you just hope that no one reads the fine print.

This Bill I’m referring to “…was not voted on as a stand-alone bill, but was instead buried deep inside the 1,576-page National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017…” It’s my guess that being a “Defense Authorization Act”, it was pretty much a slam-dunk to get signed, and being over 1500 pages long, I really doubt too many people took time out of their holiday shopping to read it very closely.

Anyway, I could talk your ear off, about why I say it’s the installation of “The Ministry of Truth”; about how it’s going to spend American tax-payers money to train the journalists who will be (allowed?) to give them their news; about how they will be actively combating…who? any writer who doesn’t agree with the government or corporate line; I could tell you certain news outlets will be on their payroll. (The Act is) “…dubbed the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, (it) also calls for providing tax funding and training to “journalists,” media outfits, and other propagandists willing to parrot the U.S. government’s viewpoints…”

Or I could simply link you down below to one of the articles that the progressive news channels have already started publishing, as they try to wake the American people to this latest attack on their Constitutional Freedoms. The very fact that this Act was passed, in the manner that it was, with no public consultations, says everything that needs to be said about the type of legislation this Act encompasses. It is my sincere hope, that as the American people become aware of the sleight-of-hand that was perpetrated upon them in the passing of this Bill, and with the help of true, and honest journalists in their country, journalists of real integrity, both in print and electronic medium, they will lift their voices as one, and demand the striking down of this joke of a Bill, and the stepping down of any corrupt politician that had anything to do with trying to saddle the American people with its burden.

“The Ministry Of Truth” Has Arrived

A Friendly Caution And A Few Pictures After Our First Mountain Snowfall

We’ve been having some really cold weather lately, and the other night, we had our first snowfall up in the higher areas. I took a few pictures from down here, and I’ll get to those right away. But first, I just wanted to start this post with a friendly caution.

I don’t know if you have seen it personally yet, though I’m sure everyone will eventually, but the mainstream media, and the more establishment Internet sites, and President Obama himself, have all been talking lately about the same one thing: Fake News.

Now according to these guys, it’s more of this Russian nonsense, and what it amounts to basically, is that any news outlet that isn’t walking in total lockstep with the Establishment opinion on…well everything, is apparently a Russian Propaganda site. Now if Hillary had been elected, this would have been used to help sway the people to her views on going to war with Russia as I’ve mentioned in other articles. Hopefully, that may be the ONE good thing about a Trump Presidency. Mr. Trump doesn’t appear quite so anxious to engage with Mr. Putin in anything more serious than joining forces to eliminate the threat of ISIS, and that has to be a good thing…IF he sticks to his word.

However, that is not going to stop the continuation of this cry of Fake News…Fake News! That’s because the progressive news channels which are being attacked here and charged (even by the President of the U.S.A.) with spreading propaganda, succeeded, along with Wikileaks, in showing the American people, and the world, the dark underbelly of American politics this year, and for that, there is a certain group of very powerful people, who simply will not forgive them. They will try to discredit them, and smear them at every opportunity, while all the time it is they themselves, the mainstream media, the politicians, and the corporations that own them, that are spreading the fake news that they claim to be warning the public about. Rather than ask you to put your faith in myself over something this important, however, I thought I would link you to an article by a very reputable investigative reporter, whose credibility is easier to ascertain than my own. The link follows, and after that, a small gallery of something in which I am credible, pictures of the Vancouver area (after the snowfall).