So I Think I’m Back

Though my service provider has yet to show up at my new digs (how’s that for a 70’s reference), as they try to assuage their guilt at having stood me up on two separate occasions now, the fine lady I talked to at “customer service” at least had the good sense (and courtesy) to switch my actual service from the old place to the new from their side, and promised I would have the first available cancellation or whatever came up, with a “guarantee” of an actual service call by April 12th, between the hours of 1-3 pm. (My original date was for the 29th of March, and then the 5th of April when they didn’t show up the first time.) As you’ve probably noticed, however, once they decided to switch the energy flow from my old address to the new, I was able to do my own wiring, and get things up and running. It’s not pretty (the cables run across the center of my living room), but it works, and that’s good enough for me at this time. The techie can worry about the artistic stuff if and when he/she ever arrives.

So as I unpack everything, I thought I should freshen up my page a bit since it’s been a while since I changed anything. I haven’t unpacked the camera equipment yet, but I thought what I would do for a few days was take a little trip down memory lane and look back at some of my favorite pictures. It’s getting pretty late into my third year since I began this page here at WordPress, and in that time, I realized I only had a couple handfuls of pictures that I was really, really happy with. So see, you don’t have to worry, I’ll run out of these old ones quickly enough, and then I’ll get back to trying to improve my techniques. And if I learn anything from the experience, then it will have been a worthwhile experiment.

So at any rate, I guess we’re starting to see some hints of Spring in the air. The Cherry and Apple Blossoms are out, as are the earlier Magnolias. And there’s a fly buzzing around my head right now doing my spell-checking for me because he knows that I just can’t tolerate “spelling bees”. All you folks try and stay dry now, have a good week, stay healthy, happy, and like always, try and be safe.

Resting in peace.
Resting In Peace
Sitting Pretty Bathing In The Sunlight
Sitting Pretty Bathing In The Sunlight

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A Few More By-Passed Photos

As I keep organizing these pictures, I keep finding more and more that have never seen the light of day. And since Spring is still refusing to show it’s pretty little face, the shots of summer are only too welcome as far as I’m concerned. So without meaning to confuse anyone’s circadian clock or anything like that, and hoping that everyone is feeling all happy and healthy, let’s just get into it, and see what kind of things I found this time.

So there we have it, and I hope you can find one or two that meet with your approval. I also hope your weather is cooperating with you a little better than mine is cooperating with me. Oh well, it is, after all, only March, and I’m probably just turning into a grumpy old man : (.  So stay safe, and for all my American friends, please ignore your President’s Saturday morning Tweet-fest. I can assure you we have no ISIS cells existing in our Alberta tar-sands, and his threat to invade his own NATO ally (and largest trading partner) sounds like he must have had a bad night’s sleep before going on-line that morning. I think our Prime Minister showed quite the restraint in not requesting an apology, but hey, we all know what a great kidder that Donnie Tinyhands can be at times. So no harm, no foul, we Canadians can take a joke. And we know the Americans can…they took you Donald. If anyone thinks I’m sounding a little upset about all this, maybe you should read what Mr. Trump had to say for himself on Saturday morning. You can read a transcript of his Twitter comments in this article at CounterPunch (they didn’t think it was funny either, and they’re an American news outlet).  http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/14/on-guard-canada-trumps-latest-tweet-storm/    All I’m saying is, “That’s no way to treat your friends”.

A Few More By-Passed Photos

Some By-Passed Photos

I was going through some of my older pics the other day, and finding quite a few that never made it into these pages, I thought I could use some of them to make up for the lack of photography I’ve been doing while I’m involved in moving 8-10 years of my accumulated life from one location to another. These types of pictures don’t usually get missed in the first cut because I’m particularly dissatisfied with them, but rather more it’s due to space considerations, or the fact that they are too similar to others that did make it into the original post. So at any rate, I’ve picked four of them for today, and before you think that Spring has come early here on the coast, I assure you, it’s the pictures that are “out of time”.

With all that said, I hope everyone is having a great year so far, I wish you all the best for a gentle Spring when it does come, and until next time, please stay, as I always pray for, happy, healthy, and safe.

The North Shore Mountains as seen from the Georgia Viaduct.
The North Shore Mountains As Seen From The Georgia Viaduct
Hanging basket of orange blossoms.
Hanging Basket of Orange Blossoms
Hanging basket of red blossoms.
Hanging Basket of Red Blossoms
Moon over Vancouver.
Moon Over Vancouver

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Shell Oil’s Climate Change Video

The following link will take you to Lee Camp’s “Redacted Tonight” and aside from injecting some great humor into your day, it should explain quite well the reasons behind why I’m a big fan of Lee Camp, and also, why I have no respect for companies like Shell Oil. And except for this final Warning: Video contains some graphic language (the worst of it is bleeped out), I’m going to let Lee do all the talking on this one. The video runs 10:55. So until next time, please stay healthy, happy and safe.

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An Unusually-Green Tinted Blossom

A few days ago I was out walking, when I came across a spray of flowers in a planter outside a hotel, and found myself taken slightly aback by the delicate greenish tint of the petal-tips. Added to this were several splotches of very soft purple, and the combination was simply beautiful. I snapped a few pictures, and though I still think they looked far better in person, I decided to share them with you here today. Other than that, I guess I better get back to my packing. Everyone have a great week-end, and we’ll see you next week.

Green-tinted blossom cluster.
Green-Tinted Blossom Cluster
Close-up buds of green and purple.
Close-Up Buds Of Green And Purple
Green-tinted garland.
Green-Tinted Garland
Dainty green-tinged blossoms.
Dainty Green-Tinged Blossoms

An Unusually-Green Tinted Blossom

“Your Papers Please…”

Just three little words. Rather harmless-sounding at first, and yet…entire volumes have been written on the consequences of allowing those three little words to become commonplace in a previously free country. And make no mistake about it, when the new US President mentioned in his first major speech (to both Houses of the Government) since his inauguration, that he was having the Department of Homeland Security set up a special police force that would deal specifically with crimes committed by immigrants, he was definitely taking the first step to singling out immigrants as a special group, isolated from the rest of the American public, making it just that much easier to vilify them as a single body, in the exact same manner that so many other groups have been singled out for “specialized” treatment by other governments throughout history. The method is to report daily ONLY the crimes committed by immigrants, WITHOUT specifying how small a percentage that is of the total crimes committed; the result is that very quickly people first start to think that a DISPROPORTIONATE amount of crime is being committed by immigrants, and then they begin thinking that ALL immigrants are criminals. It’s a tried and true method that has led to some of the worst atrocities recorded in the histories of many countries in times long past, and just how many times have we told ourselves, “It could never happen here”?

John Whitehead is a Constitutional Attorney, and author, who founded The Rutherford Institute in 1982, which is now, “…one of the nation’s leading advocates of civil liberties and human rights, litigating in the courts and educating the public on a wide spectrum of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States and around the world…” “The Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization which…provide(s) legal services in the defense of civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms…”

Aside from being a published author of books, Mr.Whitehead publishes as well, timely articles in various  Independent media outlets. Below, I have linked to one of his latest articles, the inspiration for this post, in which Mr.Whitehead explains with a far greater amount of articulation than I will ever possess, exactly why we all have to be concerned about this proposed attack on some of the most vulnerable people in American society. His message is clear, and truly makes it plain why this is not just an American issue. It is an issue that needs to be recognized, and addressed, by people everywhere. No one should just stand by, perhaps thinking that this has nothing to do with me.

When we do on occasion take time to look back at history, and ponder some of the terrible things that have happened to people on this planet, one of the questions that so frequently arises, is why didn’t the people see the catastrophe coming? Where were those who should have been wise enough to recognize the signs, and brave enough to alert the people as to what was happening? Surely a man like Hitler didn’t just wake up one morning and begin marching 6 million Jews off to the death camps. There had to be some warning signs of what was about to happen. So why did no one warn the average citizen of what was happening in their own country? Why did no one explain things to those who might not have understood all the intricacies of the actions that were taking place?

The sad fact is that there were plenty of those type of people around, just as there are today. People who were screaming the facts from the rooftops. They were writing articles (that the mainstream, government-controlled publications refused to print), they were giving speeches (that the people never heard as they preferred the ample supply of cheap entertainment to keep them busy), and most importantly, those people who were trying to warn their fellow citizens, they were smeared as radicals, or crazies, or conspiracy-nuts, or whatever, by the government, the mainstream media, and the ruling elite who certainly didn’t want any change in the status quo. And by the time anyone DID listen, the war was raging, the death camps were full, the world was in ruins, and finally everyone was asking WHY?

But we have a choice, this is our time, and it’s still early enough to do something about it. We can start by listening to less of the mainstream media, who have proven time and again over the last years that they are not to be trusted, and more to people like John Whitehead, and others in the Independent media, who have taken on the thankless task of trying to educate people on the unpleasant Truths that we, as adult citizens of the world, need to face if we are going to survive. I know I just said we have time, but as always, time keeps running, and we need to use it…or lose it. I know that no one has asked for my opinion, but if they had asked where I think they should start, I might suggest that the article below is as good a place as any, and better than most. Till next time, stay healthy, happy and safe.

https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/ihre_papiere_bitte_your_papers_please_are_we_being_set_up_for_a_nation

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Proof That Corporations Have No Respect For Law??

A while back, Energy Transfer Partners, the firm that is building the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, the pipeline that has been such an item in the news as the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, and their allies from all over the world, have fought to stop it’s progress, announced that it would take 60 days from the time that it received permission to drill under the Missouri River (the clean drinking water source of over 18 million Americans), to complete their pipeline. They received that permission 19 days ago. Yesterday, February 25th, 2017, ETP announced that they were finished drilling, and that oil would be flowing through their new pipeline in as little as two weeks. This means that they somehow completed the drilling in just 17 days from the day they received permission to drill,  OR,  they began drilling long before they had permission to do so.

It is exactly this type of disregard for the law, this feeling that they, as Multi-National Corporations are above the common man, and the very government the people have elected to serve their countries, that make these entities so dangerous. Now you might argue that they didn’t violate the law, that instead they really did wait for the permissions to be granted, and they just worked REALLY fast. Well maybe they did (I’m sure that’s what they want the legal system of the United States to believe). But if that IS what they did, then like my friend at TYT Politics, Jordan Cheritan points out in his segment where I was alerted to all of this (and to which I provide a link at the bottom of this article), then I hope you remember that not if, but when that pipeline bursts (because it will), then I hope you will remember that the company had no concern about building it correctly, only as fast as possible.

There is also another problem to worry about. Sort of like the old adage of leaping from the frying pan into the fire. This following excerpt from an article entitled “Leader in Oil Spills Buys Dakota Pipeline’s Energy Transfer Co.” in the November 21st, 2016 issue of Telesur explains the problem, and it’s anything but reassuring,

Sunoco’s (the company planning to buy ETP) spill rate shows protesters may have reasons for concern about potential leaks at the Dakota pipeline.

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is set to buy its competitor Energy Transfer Partners — under fire over the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline — for about US$20 billion, AP reported Monday. Shares for both companies fell in the afternoon by 8-9 percent.

Sunoco Logistics has been found to spill crude more often than any company, with more than 200 leaks since 2010, according to a Reuters analysis of government data…”

At any rate, there are several lawsuits in progress against both Dakota Access Pipeline, and President Trump at the time of this writing, and for explicit details about those suits, and what they entail, I would refer you to the first of the links below which will take you to the TYT Politics site, where Jordan Cheritan can be viewed talking about the drilling being completed, and the second link, which is Jordan once again at TYT Politics, but this time he is interviewing one of the people bringing suits against both DAPL, and President Trump. The third link is the source for my information on the purchase of Energy Transfer Partners by Sunoco, and is provided only as verification of my facts.

I’m posting this because the people of the Standing Rock Sioux won somewhat of a victory when President Obama finally ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to do an Environmental Impact Study, and when the Corp of Engineers agreed to accept input from the public. To suddenly give the company the go-ahead before either of those things have been completed is not only unlawful by the very laws of the United States (hence the lawsuits that have been initiated), but is morally reprehensible, and should not be seen in a developed country such as the US. This world-wide trend of valuing corporations over people has simply got to be resisted, until it is a thing of the past, and we are a civilized people once again.

Until next time, please stay safe, healthy, and happy.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Leader-in-Oil-Spills-Buys-Dakota-Pipelines-Energy-Transfer-Co.-20161121-0018.html

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