A Quick Little Gallery And A Tribute

As I sit here with the rain beating on my windows, and piles of papers in front of me that I really want to get organized into something meaningful, I thought I should at least take the time to put up a few fresh pictures. Perhaps if I remind myself what a sunny day looks like, my own demeanor will improve to the point where I might even get something done. You never know, I’ve had sillier plans work. Besides, it’s got to be better than watching the news which is only slightly less depressing than the weather, and would actually have been even more depressing if it wasn’t for the amazing announcement that one of my favorite performers was given the Nobel Prize for Literature in a move that must have come as quite a shock to quite a few people. All I have to say about that is, “Congratulations Mr. Dylan, and hey, How does it feel?”


Standing Together With The Standing Rock Sioux

I guess everyone has been seeing in the news lately, the difficulties they’re having in North Dakota regarding the unwanted oil pipe-line, and the protests of it’s installation being headed up mainly by the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Even with the main-stream media outlets doing their best to keep it out of the news as much as possible, and trying to put a “positive” spin on what news they do release, the alternative news outlets, and the unprecedented amount of support for the Standing Rock tribe, from areas all over the world, is making this a much tougher job than the Press, the politicians, and the Big Banks that are funding this project, had hoped for.

As a Canadian I’m asked quite often why I tend to be so outspoken about things that in many cases don’t even have to do with Canada directly. I usually tell people I think it’s something in the water, and then I give them a few examples of other outspoken Canadians. One of those people I very often hold up as an example is Neil Young, who many of you might remember from his days performing with Crosby, Stills, and Nash. If you’re relatively the same age as myself and Mr. Young, you might even remember Buffalo Springfield.

Well, Neil is still writing songs, and still singing them, and yep, he’s still just as outspoken as he always was. I suspect that’s because he’s just like myself, and so many other Canadians I know, and when there’s an obvious injustice staring us in the face, we feel if we don’t speak up, then we’re just adding to that injustice. Of course, Neil, speaks up with much more style than I ever could. So while I might write an article or two (or twenty), Neil puts his argument about the Standing Rock situation, and the main-stream media’s failure to cover it fairly, like this:

Like I said, Neil Young has a little more style than me. At any rate, I hope you enjoyed that, and I hope your weather is treating you a little nicer than mine is treating me at the moment (it’s raining cats and dogs). For now, stay dry, stay healthy, stay safe, and if you can, think some good thoughts for those folks up at that pipe-line. See you soon.


My Trip To Queen Elizabeth Park

One of the nicer in-city parks we have here in Vancouver is Queen Elizabeth Park, on Little Mountain, which I’m pretty sure is considered to be in the Kitsilano neighborhood. I’ve been meaning to take a walk up there to get some pictures to show you of the wonderful gardens they have, and the amazing views of the city that are one of the main reasons folks get up that way. Sitting right at the top of Little Mountain, the Bloedel Conservatory (the MAIN reason people visit) is a world-class tourist attraction, housing all kinds of tropical plants and birds, and just looking kind of awesome as it claims the highest spot in the entire city. I didn’t get inside the Conservatory on this trip, but I did walk through a few of the gardens, and I think I got some decent shots of those and of the city view.

Today I just have time to put up a couple pictures I took along the way while I was walking, and in the next posting I’ll make up a larger gallery of the park itself (now that I’ve done all the intro and I can just focus on getting those pictures out). So for today, it’s just these few, and I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe, and we’ll see you soon.


The Benefits of City Green-Spaces

As I was out walking the other day, the distance and the heat, and perhaps this upwardly-creeping age of mine, all combined to produce one tuckered out little amateur photographer/blogger. As it so happened, being out in the city’s West End, I was quite close to one of the many little green-spaces that have been carved out of this concrete jungle, where tired people such as I was at that moment, can always find a moments respite from the heat of the day, or the problem’s the day may contain. So sitting down on a bench, I decided I might just as well do up a little YouTube video, and see if I might come up with anything worth sharing with anyone. Six minutes or so later, I had accomplished my mission, and as for the quality of the thing, well that’s up to the viewers to decide. The video itself, turned out something like this.

As promised in the video, down below are just a couple still photos to give you an idea of the relative size of the area taken up by this particular park/greenspace. I’ve still kept the shots pretty generalized, and vague, because the number of children running around (many of them somewhat unsupervised) is quite high, and as I said earlier, I really don’t want any parents getting nervous about “that man taking pictures of our kids“. I think it is really sad that our world has reached such a point of suspicion and distrust, but the facts are the facts, and they have to be respected.

Even in the face of this type of sadness, however, I remain extremely glad that these areas are available throughout the city. And I really do think that aside from providing the children and their parents with a place to play without having to travel too far, they also serve another very important purpose by giving some of the elderly people who no longer have families of their own, a wonderful opportunity to sit and  enjoy the nice summer weather, while at the same time hearing the pleasant sounds of family in close proximity. I’m no psychiatrist, but I can’t help thinking that for many of these lonely people, many of them entirely on their own in their twilight years, those sounds could be absolutely therapeutic.

As for myself, as much as I enjoy the sounds of children playing, today I also needed a place just to rest for a few minutes. So I hope you enjoyed the video, and I hope you are having a great summer. Take care, stay healthy, and stay safe. See you soon.

Green-Space At Richards and Helmicken In Vancouver's West End
Green-Space At Richards and Helmicken In Vancouver’s West End
One Giant Back-Yard In Common For A "Family" Of Thousands
One Giant Back-Yard In Common For A “Family” Of Thousands
Walking Paths And Running Areas In Vancouver's West End
Walking Paths And Running Areas In Vancouver’s West End


A Crab Park Mosaic

Well, the other day when I posted my Blog from Crab Park, I mentioned I might add a few pictures of the location at the bottom of the video. After I got home and looked at the length of that video, however, I decided to postpone those additional pictures for another time. So I guess that time has arrived, and down below I’ve included a Mosaic of several pictures I took around the park, and flanked the group of pictures with a couple of my favorite shots of Canada Place that I took one evening from the roof of my building. I hope you find something there you can enjoy, and even as our weather is turning nice once again just in time for the week-end, I hope yours is doing the same. However it turns out though, have a great week-end, stay healthy, stay safe, and most of all, as crazy as this world may seem at times, remember that it is the only world we have to share between us, and in the end, it’s not really that bad a place if we’re willing to see the good it contains. Unless God has other plans for me, we’ll see you all next week.




Regulating Freedoms In The Modern World

Well, I said a while back that I would be making a few changes in this, my third year with WordPress, and I even mentioned that I would be possibly making and showing a few more YouTube-type videos. The one I accidentally showed the other day (actually planning merely to leave you a link) wasn’t one of mine. The one I have for you today, however, is, and it also fits right in with the last two postings that I’ve left you since it highlights what appears to be the next step in the establishment’s plan to control everything the average American sees or hears each day in the way of news. The beautiful irony of it all is that I’m going to use a YouTube video to show you how YouTube itself has been selected as the next weapon-of-choice, in the battle to destroy your ability to learn about the news, BEFORE it’s been doctored and enhanced by those who wish to deceive you.

Now after considering the length of that piece, which I hadn’t really noticed while I was filming it, I think I’ll save the additional pictures for another time. If there is actually anyone still here after all that, then I think the nicest thing I could do for you is put a couple nice restful tunes for you to pick from, thank you for your tremendous patience, and stick-to-it-ness, wish you a great week, and say goodnight. Stay healthy. Stay safe.


An Addendum

I just wanted to add a little addendum to my previous article about Dr. Jill Stein. I mentioned yesterday that I was worried you might think I had become a conspiracy fan, and I assured you I hadn’t. Well, since then, I learned that a few days before my post even, Dr.Stein was allowed the privilege of being interviewed on PBS. Now even though PBS, as we all know, stands for Public Broadcasting Station, this is not entirely the case anymore, since like almost everything else these days, even PBS takes some Federal funds. When I researched it, I discovered it was a seemingly smaller amount (18% of the current operating budget), but that things were run so tightly, that that smaller amount was still a CRITICAL amount, and apparently the PBS was under constant threat of defunding, if their Federal partners felt they weren’t having enough input into things.

In any case Jill, of course, gratefully accepted the opportunity to be interviewed, and the interview was also live-streamed on a You-Tube channel that some people got to see. The Interviewer’s last question to Jill is an attempt to put her on the spot by pointing out that Dr. Stein has said in the past that neither Donald Trump, nor Hillary Clinton would make a great President, The reporter then says something to the effect of, “So are you saying that Hillary Clinton is every bit as terrible a person as Donald Trump is?”

When Dr. Stein answers, she gives a very articulate reply, beginning with, “I wouldn’t say they’re the same, but the differences aren’t enough to save your job…” She then goes on to explain that with Hillary’s pick of Ken Salazar as her Transitional Chief, and his love of fracking and the TPP, she now has just as many problems with Hillary as with Trump. She goes into detail on these important points about where Hillary has already done a complete 180 on what she promised Senator Sanders, and his followers, when she was trying to swing them to her cause. And she’s not even in office yet. And this is where we get back to what I was saying yesterday.

When PBS put this same interview up on the main channels later, where it would get it’s main viewership, they had cut everything Dr. Stein said that was negative about Hillary, and it was done smoothly enough that no one would notice the cut. Unfortunately for them, one thoughtful young man who had caught the live version, and taped it, published it on his Facebook feed in it’s original form, with all the parts that they cut out in the censored version added as sub-titles in red so everyone could see exactly what the Hillary camp wanted hidden. His copy of it went viral (and this is exactly what I meant yesterday when I said Hillary has the backing of the major corporations as well as the media) until Facebook took it down with no explanation. (I believe they did eventually put it back up, but by then they would have accomplished what they were after…breaking the video’s momentum.)

So I really do hope you people see that your Democracy is truly under attack. It’s bad enough when the 2 major Parties won’t allow anyone to raise a voice against them, but when they also control so much of the media you rely on for your information, then that’s probably more of a reason to be fearful then any of the nonsense you read about in the papers. I remember after I watched Tienanmen Square take place on the Internet. I had Chinese friends here in Vancouver who were so flustered because they could not convince their relatives who lived in China that it had actually happened. Those people thought it was just something the West made up to make them look bad. After all, their State-run Press told them it never happened, and so did their nightly news, and their government-controlled Internet.

If you would like to see how it’s done for yourself, the following link will take you to The Jimmy Dore Show, to the segment he did where I heard about this. Jimmy’s a great guy, with a great show. He might shock the local Preacher once or twice, but  you can trust what he says.

Boy do I feel like an idiot, I write that whole article thinking I’m just going to give you a link at the end of it, and here it automatically brings the whole thing here on it’s own. I don’t even know how my own site works any more. Seriously Jimmy, I didn’t try to steal anything, when did links start doing this? I give up. Sue me Mr. Dore (but I have no money, just good looks).