The News As It Should Be

I don’t watch mainstream news. If I want to know what’s up with the Kardashians (I don’t), I could always check SnapChat or Twitter, or whatever, because that’s what “Social” media is for. But when I want the news, I go to a “News” outlet, and nowadays, that means getting as far from the Mainstream News channels as I possibly can. I even find myself wondering if the average person remembers what true news sounds like.

You’ve probably all heard by now about the protests going on around the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, but if you’ve heard about it from the regular sources, such as Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, and the rest of the usual nere-do-wells, I dare say you’ve most likely gotten a somewhat slanted version of the story. You know, where the Big Oil company is trying their best to help the country by investing in a major project on private land, and is currently being harassed in their efforts by a bunch of lazy, no-good, environmental activists, who would like to see your country revert to the stone age. These uneducated protestors keep talking nonsense about how this state-of-the-art pipeline might actually spring a leak and contaminate the lake the oil company is planning to run it under, and the Missouri River which it is connected to. The oil company, however, assures you all, that the idea of a leak, is nearly inconceivable in the first place, and if it were to happen at all, it would be immediately contained, and so quickly and thoroughly cleaned up, that you would be hard-pressed to even prove it had ever happened.

That’s basically the version the mainstream news would have you believe.

Below, I have linked to a 13 or 14-minute episode of Jordan Cheriton, the investigative reporter from TYT Politics, interviewing John Bolenbaugh, “a whisteblower who exposed the oil industry’s cover up of major oil spills throughout the United States”. They’re discussing the very real possibility of a leak, or leaks, and what truly happens (or has happened in the past) in the event of that occurrence, or occurrences. If you can manage to watch even the first 2 or 3-mins. of this video, I’m pretty certain, that like myself, you will be so hooked by the quality of the information that you will be receiving (actual news coverage), that you will be more than willing to watch the whole thing. The only problem I can foresee is that you may never feel quite the same watching your regular news programs ever again. But, like always on my page, I only ask that you judge for yourself.

So there you go. Pretty frightening isn’t it. But it doesn’t have to be. If we talk about it, and get others talking about it, then better solutions can be found, and implemented. Just making money, and making it the fastest way possible, cannot be good enough any longer. The election the people of the United States just held showed one thing more clearly than anything else. It showed people wanted a change, and they wanted it so bad, they were even willing to vote for Donald Trump. So just remember, those same establishment Democrats that couldn’t even beat Mr. Trump are the same people behind all these big oil pipelines, and their time really is over. Maybe it’s time they see the writing on the wall? Just asking.

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“They Won’t Back Down”

I really don’t have anything much that I can say, that would do justice to this video that I have for you all today, other than to mention that it really does deserve the 10 minutes that it takes to watch it. If it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, and truly wrench at your heart during the last 90 seconds, I would be very surprised. I would also be quite surprised to find out it failed to stir at least a little anger within your heart. It sure did in mine.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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