The Most Frightening Woman In The World

I read a Reuters article today that gave me pause. Even though I’m Canadian, I’ve been following the American Presidential Election Cycle this past year with all its ups and downs, ins and outs, coverups and exposes’. Thus the article today was of great interest to me.

Without getting too deep into my own views on the shenanigans that went on with the Primary Election on the Democratic side, as clearly revealed by the e-mail leaks (which I am still working my way through quite religiously, and I can assure you, they really should be ashamed of themselves), let’s just say I was at least hanging on to my assurance that at least the General Election was just too complicated for anyone to manage to effectively rig. Thus, despite the fact that I could never bring myself to believe that Ms. Clinton had any right being the Democratic Nominee (after the emails confirmed the process was rigged), I consoled myself with the fact that if Bernie Sanders wasn’t going to complain about it, why should I? And even if the lady didn’t deserve to still be in the race for the White House at that point, at least from this point on, we would see things continue on at least a SLIGHTLY more level playing field. Not even close.

Since this is a Blog Post and not a novel, let’s just ignore the entire Donald Trump thing altogether. If we were of a mind to, we could probably still be talking about that part of this saga after the NEXT election. But not tonight. Tonight, I need to explain the title I chose for this piece. You see, I too was hoping (and still am) to see the first woman President of the US chosen in this cycle, but it just isn’t Hillary Clinton. The lady I have in mind really would be a fine example for every little girl to look up to, and every young woman, and every adult in the US, male and female, and all others alike. This is a woman who worked hard all her life, and grew up to become someone who now works hard every day helping others. I’m talking about a lady named Dr. Jill Stein, and Dr. Stein is the Presidential candidate for the Green Party.

So why do I say she’s the most frightening woman in the world? Well, if you stick with me just a bit, I’m pretty sure I can satisfy your curiosity as to that point. I have to tell you, however, that even though I’ve been a fan of Jill’s ever since I began  studying her policy positions, it wasn’t until just today that I discovered, quite to my amazement, exactly how frightening, this rather delicate looking, and very soft-spoken woman, must actually be. And this is how all this knowledge came to me.

It started when I saw an Internet article by Reuters detailing a White House Press conference in which it was explained that the FBI had determined that it was Russia who had hacked the voter roles in Arizona, and one other State. The first thing about the article that worried me was that it made it sound so definite, unlike the usual articles that like to “hint” at these type of things (of course Russia has already denied the accusations). The next unusual thing was that Mr. Obama was now apparently reading minds because not only did he know the Russians did it, but he also seemed to know it was so they could rig the upcoming General Election. NOW…he had my full attention, and I knew Russians had nothing to do with it. It only took the President’s Press Secretary a couple more sentences to convince me I was correct in my concern.

You most likely already know that the reason it is an accepted theory that a General Election cannot be successfully rigged (unlike the Democratic side of this years Primary, which between the email leaks, and the multiple other voter irregularities still being investigated, seems almost certainly to have been totally rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton), is because the General takes place all at once, in so many places, under the direction of so many different State bodies. Trying to organize and rig a system so spread out and complex would be all but impossible. This holds true not just for any nefarious actors within the United States, but yes, Mr. President, it would be just as impossible for the Russians.

But that’s not what the White House says. Mr. Obama (who just happens to be the head of the same party that we already know rigged the Primary election), has decided the threat from the evil Russians is so great that he needs to act. His proposed solution is to declare all the individual voting machines in the United States, as “critical infrastructure”. What that means is that he will then have the power to appoint “overseers” who will be tasked with making sure all the results from all the machines are what they should be, thus KEEPING AMERICA SAFE.

WRONG!

By taking away the security that is built in by the very complexity of having all those different bodies, in different states looking after things, such a large number of unconnected people that it’s impossible to organize them all into one joint effort, illegal or otherwise, you will now have only one large body of overseers, with the keys to all the machines, who will answer to no one but the President who is himself the very head of the same Party that just got done rigging their Primary. It is a very bad idea! A very good idea would be to go back to using paper ballots. Another good idea would be to take all the easily-hackable machines 10-years old or older, and up-grade them to the new very hard or nearly impossible-to-hack machines with solid paper trails. But putting one agency in a position of power over everyone else is simply a very bad idea. In the case of a General Election, a certain amount of confusion can actually help to keep things legit.

Anyway, I bet you thought I forgot why I was here. Lol. I didn’t. You see, I discovered that Dr. Jill Stein was the most frightening woman in the world, but only to Hillary Clinton, and the rest of the DNC.  I discovered that when I tried to write Dr. Stein an email to alert her to the Reuters article. This wonderful woman has approximately 8-9 web-sites where she could usually be contacted by email. But since she got up to around 4-5% in the polls, Hillary has had her blacked out quite effectively, and no matter how often I’ve tried, I can’t get through on any of Jill’s pages. Now I know some of you will think that’s one of those conspiracy things. It isn’t, and I’ll show you how much sway Hillary has with the Internet bigwigs. Just take a look at the picture below. It’s a comparative screenshot of what happens when you type “Hillary Clinton is” into either Bing search, where Hillary’s pull isn’t as great as she would like, or when you type the same thing in Google search, where they think Hillary is awesome. The two things you are seeing compared are what each of these sites expect you to believe are the top ten things people that day are searching for that begin with the phrase I typed in “Hillary Clinton is”.

Comparing Top Ten Searches Bing (l) Google(r)
Comparing Top Ten Searches Bing (l) Google(r)

So as you can see, it’s quite a difference, all the way down to the fact that Google wants me to believe these are the top ten search results beginning with “Hillary Clinton is”, yet out of 10 results, the word “is” appears once, and “Hillary” appears 5 times. As one of my favorite news sources put it, “Google has all the information in the world at it’s disposal, and all it knows about Hillary Clinton is, ‘she’s awesome'”.

But that’s not the only reason I say how powerful Hillary’s influence is with the Internet. As you know, many of us get most of our news these days from the Internet, and by news, I’m also including, for those of you who still watch it, the Main-stream News. A lot of people probably haven’t even realized that it’s been something like 250 days or so since Hillary has given a Press Conference, yet Donald Trump has given something like 47 in the same amount of time, roughly one every 6-7 days. Why? Because you get Hillary’s Press Conferences every time you read an editorial, or an opinion piece, or anything like that, in virtually any of the Main-Stream Press. Don’t believe me? Check out this list.

-CNN President Virginia Mosely is married to Hillary Clinton Secretary Tom Nides.

-CBS President Dave Rhodes is top Obama official Ben Rhode’s brother.

-ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama adviser Elizabeth Sherwood.

-ABC Executive Producer Ian Cameron is married to Obama National Security adviser, Susan Rice.

-ABC News and Univision Reporter, Matthew Jaffee, is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary.

-CNN Department Assignment Manager, Joe Lockhart, is Hillary Clinton’s Press Secretary

-CBS Vice-President of Communication, Lisa Caputo, was Hillary Clinton’s Secretary, when Hillary was First Lady.

So you see, this is the type of influence that I’m talking about. And you would think with all of this in her corner, and all her billionaire donors (not to mention the Clinton Foundation), Hillary would fear nothing, and no one. But my point stands. Neither myself, nor anyone I know can manage to get on any of Dr. Stein’s sites, because the black-out on this woman is that effective. There is no way Hillary Clinton wants even one more person than already has, hearing the message of hope and prosperity this wonderful lady has put forward. I know it doesn’t affect me in a substantial way since I’m Canadian, but I thought the least I could do, since I can’t even get through to her these days, is let  at least a few more Americans know she exists.

So ladies and gentlemen, without any further ado, allow me to introduce to you, the most frightening woman in the entire world…but only to Hillary Clinton and the rest of the DNC. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Dr. Jill Stein.

Dr. Jill Stein
Dr. Jill Stein

The Most Frightening Woman In The World

Catch-And-Release_Is It Really Humane?

I was reading an article today on Google+ about the merits of catch-and-release when it comes to fishing for endangered species. The fish in particular that the article was focused on, was the White River Sturgeon, a beautiful animal by any standard (other than facial features), and a constant reminder that we share this world with many creatures that have been around a whole lot longer than we have.

Photo Credit: http://thelife-animal.blogspot.ca/2012/11/lake-sturgeon.html
Photo Credit: http://thelife-animal.blogspot.ca/2012/11/lake-sturgeon.html

Now the above photo is actually a Lake Sturgeon (close enough for the point of my post), and in case you didn’t notice in the credit beneath the photo, the picture is not my own (I’ll include a couple fish pictures of my own later, but of a totally different species). If you do follow that link, however, it makes for some great reading.

What I did want to talk about in this post is a possible problem that you seldom see mentioned in articles of this nature, but for which I have seen at least some evidence. It involves taking a fish from muddy waters (such as found in many river systems) out into the bright afternoon sun, so that even if you catch-and-release, you might inadvertently be putting a blind (and thus helpless) fish back into the water.

When I lived in Northern Saskatchewan while I attended university in Saskatoon, I used to fish the North Saskatchewan River on week-ends with a couple friends, and we always fished around midnight by the light of the moon. We did this mainly because the river there is known for its Giant Yellow Pickerel. Whereas you could catch 2 and 3-pound eating size fish all afternoon long in that  stretch of water, it was only once it was completely black, with just the moon for light, that the big ones came out hunting.

And that’s my point. If those fish’s eyes were so sensitive that they could find my minnows in that muddy river water, at midnight, by the light of a prairie moon, (and with that mucky water it’s easily as dark in that water all day) just imagine being suddenly yanked out of that darkness into the blazing afternoon sun.  After I read about this blindness issue on a number of occasions, and then talked to some of the older Native guys in the area, I came to a place of understanding where I decided that if I caught a fish, unless it was completely against the law to do so, I might just as well eat it, as put it back in the water where it was probably so helpless now, it was just going to get eaten, or starve to death (for lack of being able to hunt) anyway.

Now I’m not saying that everyone has to believe the same things I believe, and I also think the whole thing varies with the species of fish, and the type of water the fish dwells in. Here in BC where I’ve lived for the last 36 years or so, in our mountain lakes the water is so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom anyway, and the Trout streams are pretty much the same deal. I imagine fish in that kind of setting require different visual equipment then fish that live in water that is so mucky,  that you can barely see a foot in front of your face. But anyway, with all the talk about catch-and-release, I just thought I’d throw that out there.

And now as promised, a couple of my own fish-pics.

Orange Koi At Chinese Gardens
Orange Koi At Chinese Gardens
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens 2
Speckled Koi At Chinese Gardens 2

And finally, just a quick peek at the Chinese Gardens that contains the pond which is home to the above-pictured koi (but certainly not the lake sturgeon). Other than that, have a great week people, be happy, and stay safe.

Just one of the trails that helps transport visitors away from the hustle-bustle of Downtown Vancouver.
Just one of the trails that helps transport visitors away from the hustle-bustle of Downtown Vancouver.

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A Glance At The Park

Just thought I would sneak in a quick picture of this view I saw the other day, of Stanley Park beckoning to me from across the Bay. From where I took the picture, to the Park is roughly a 40-minute walk, and it’s one that I take quite often as I look for new things to snap pictures of while I work the aches and pains out of these creaky joints (they’re not really that creaky). Anyway, the bridge in the picture is called The Lions Gate, which is where the movie company that films so many of their movies here in Vancouver got their name from, and the people in those cars crossing that bridge are on their way to North Vancouver, or maybe West Vancouver or parts beyond. The North Shore Mountains make up the back-drop. As  you can see, our weather has been holding, and I hope yours has also. Everyone take care now, stay safe, and we’ll see you next time.

Stanley Park Across The Inlet
Stanley Park Across The Inlet

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That’s More Like It

The first  thing I thought when I saw this scene as I was out walking today was, “Now that looks a little more like summer!” So never being too far from my trusty Nikon, I snapped it, and here it is just so no one can deny that we actually had a summer this year, no matter how short it may have been.

Now That's Looking A Little More Like Summer
Now That’s Looking A Little More Like Summer

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A Teeny Glimpse Inside The Blogger

A Reflection of My Life
A Reflection of My Life
And Those With Whom I Choose To Share
And Those With Whom I Choose To Share
Because Where Some See Weeds...I Only See Character
Because Where Some See Weeds…I Only See Character
And Individuality
And Individuality
And Ray Conniff___Sorry-Different Story
And Ray Conniff___Sorry-Different Story

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Changes Soon To Come

So I managed to get out yesterday and today, and even set my camera to a couple hard days work. Though I obviously haven’t had time to work on the results yet (a total of roughly 850 shots), I thought I would let you see the very first one that I just finished a few minutes ago. I thought it worked out alright as far as samples go, and hopefully in the next few days I’ll be able to put a gallery together that will be worth waiting for. In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and for my American friends in particular, I hope these election shenanigans are at least working out as well as you could possibly hope for. Everyone take care, and remember the sunscreen.

Bleeding Hearts With Minor Mods 001
Bleeding Hearts With Minor Mods 001

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Hello From Vancouver, Canada

I was planning on changing the posting on my site today, but got myself into a rush and discovered I didn’t have a whole lot of time left to do much of anything. So instead of a detailed gallery, I decided to give you all a quick look at what my favorite country looks like from Outer Space, when you take into account all the different soil temperatures, textures, moisture levels and such. All these things were figured out by the RADARSAT-2 Data satellite that actually took the 121 pictures that were required to produce this one final shot. So here it is, the country where I live, and if you find the little arrow down around the bottom left-hand corner, you might be able to spot me waving up at you as I rush out my door. If not, catch you next time.

A mosaic of Canada as seen from space.
A mosaic of Canada as seen from space.

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