40 Years of Accidents in a Single Year

2013 had more railroad accidents than the past 40 years combined. Also, if you remember, a Quebec town was blown up, killing dozens instantly after the Lac Megantic rail disaster from under-staffing of a trail carrying dangerous tarsands bitumen in cars not rated for carrying it.

My pal Jerry mused: “if only we cold put the oil in sum sorta elongated cylindrical right of way where it could be monitored for leeks and it would take less energy to move it” (please excuse his typos, he has a learning disability).

Maybe he doesn’t mean like this pipeline explosion in Manitoba, leaving thousands without heat because they have no renewable heat sources for their homes? Maybe some of them have fireplaces still.

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Here’s where government is going wrong. Giving jobs to oil execs, we end up with people like Pam Wallin in power.

Lights from Space

Tragic fire from space.

Check out Mars in great detail.

Human life may have originated on Mars?

More link dumping:
-Teach your kid how to share.

An excellent list of free programs, and ones you cannot trust. Opt out of PRISM. Join your friends in a prism-break.
-Send messages encrypted “OTR”.

-Journalism’s slide into working for the man.

-Why Peace is Possible. An actually amazing video about a new way to think of peace. Paul K Chappell is worth learning from.

Meteor and Aurora

This is my new best meteor photo, and it came with some faint aurora (northern lights) at the bottom of the frame too!

Meteor and Aurora

CFI had a star party for watching the Perseid meteor shower on Saturday night. There should be more meteors tonight too, so head outside and look up for a few minutes and you’ll probably catch one or a few.

The group of us saw at least 2 impressive fireballs at different times. We saw the ISS make two passes overhead, and a smattering of other satellites. Some people saw an Iridium flare from a satellite. And the camp fire and food was fantastic also. What a great night!

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ISS:
ISS

On Friday night I was out with Jesse and we listened to Feist in Victoria Park.
Feist

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Camp fire with a misty lens from the fog. Driving through it, it looked like we were at warp speed on the grid roads.

Lafleche Loses Another Building: Flying Goose Inn

Another accidental fire in Lafleche last night, this one attributed initially to careless smoking (is there any other kind?). The Flying Goose Inn, the only bar and hotel in town, burned to the ground. Months ago, M.O.M, the bus station, also burned.

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The hotel, a few weeks ago, in April.

Adding a little heartache to this story, it’s Lafleche’s 100th anniversary as a town, and Canada Day weekend is the celebration. Now there are fewer places for visitors to stay and visit in town, and there’s just another burned out lot.

Lafleche SK
Main St.

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On January 10, 1984, I was present when the Lafleche Bumper To Bumper caught fire and burned down; The story I recently read in my Grandma’s journal entry for that day.

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Deer-Tour Around Saskatchewan

Glentworth, SK

Saturday’s road trip through the mist and fog yielded me the best wildlife photos I’ve ever had the privilege of shooting. Some photos from the earlier part of the trip I posted on Sunday morning.

RM Waverley

Unsafe Water

Glentworth, Saskatchewan

Glentworth, Saskatchewan
-Glentworth, SK

Less than a few kms north of Glentworth, just turning toward the highway headed for Lafleche, we saw two herds on different sides of the road. They waited patiently as the humans in the car took many, many photos.

Glentworth, SK
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More of Lafleche Main St. Destroyed

Lafleche Red & White and Merchandise on Main

The last of the old Lafleche Red & White grocery store, and the former butcher shop that adjoined it to the north, has burned down. Most recently it was M.O.M a coffee shop and store. The main part of the Red & White had been torn down years ago. It was one of the many local grocery stores which my family used during the 80s and early 90s. I remember the three aisle store well, and its toy section at the back corner where I’d ogle the Transformers for sale, but out of my spending power. Instead, I blew my money on candy and 35¢ baseball and hockey cards.

ADDED: Some CTV video.