#TellItToTheJudge Because #TellVicEverything Went Sideways

Vic Toews becoming a freaking judge was the most predicted patronage appointment since Harper put Duffy into the Senate, and we know how well that turned out.

It looks terrible. The bench should not be used as a retirement home for burnt out politicians. That’s what the Senate is for, and certain consular offices.

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Part 1 #OilConVoid – Neil Young Hints At Unspeakable Canadian Civil War

I’m starting a short series of 3 blog posts today deliberately with the top climate change story in Canada. There are huge stories also in the RoboCon election fraud scandal, and the PMO-Senate scandals, but it’s climate change that will have the longest lasting impact in Canada and the world.

Canadians have been fortunate for a long time, in that few of us consider the possibility of living through a war on our own soil. Most Canadians are people, however. All people on Earth are at risk of experiencing war, and Canada is even involved in one today, but not in North America. Take a moment, and consider what situations could bring about a war here. What do people fight over, and what are some examples from around the world today?

-Religious differences, {unemployment/poverty} economic disparity leading to political upheaval, resource shortages {oil}, colonialization, etc.
Defending a home or water supply has caused people in some parts of the world to resort to guerrilla war, or terrorism, to resist annihilation. Canada’s been prepared for such an event as few as 31 years ago, with its Top Secret PROFUNC concentration camp plan kept in many RCMP detachments.


I hope Neil Young’s support of the Treaties and First Nations people being killed by corrupt political ideology, becomes a cultural turning point in our country.

“Believe me, these people are not going to sit back and let Canada, modern Canada, roll over them,” Young said. “They’re not saying it, but they’re feeling it. And you can’t do this. Canada can’t just walk over everyone.”

On seeing the Tarsands first hand from the ground:
“That was 1 of 50 sites. The one we saw was the cleanest one, it’s the best looking one, it’s the poster child, and it’s one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.”

On the Conservatives in Ottawa, Young says, “It’s all marketing, it’s all big money.”

Now you know why Conservatives in Ottawa are willing to break laws, further oppress First Nations, and ruin Canada’s reputation, to serve their oil company masters.

In Part 2, next on my blog, you’ll read a bit about how the Conservatives go about getting willing-donor-money to gain unrestricted power in order to spend everyone’s tax money on subsidizing the tarsands’ oil companies.

Go To Wood Mountain #exploresask

The Wood Mountain Folk Festival is today, Saturday Aug. 24, 2013, at the Mergel Ranch. On Friday I drove down from Regina in my $50 rental car (for 3 days, from Enterprise). It’s getting 5.7L/100km highway driving in ECO mode. 2013 Elantra, Hyundai. I successfully passed a semi along the way in the hills.
Limerick, SK

Limerick, SK

Cloud finger at sunset
Is this a finger? Not photoshopped.

I looked through Limerick’s centennial garden.
Limerick, SK

Limerick, SK

If this wasn’t so far away, I’d take many more photos on this hill at Lakenheath.
Luthern Peace Church 1922 pano

Here’s a bell I hadn’t seen before, and the Melaval, Sask. inscription surprised me!
Lakenheath, SK

It hailed in Assiniboia while I was at a steak fundraiser dinner. $15, but my parents treated me.

Still plenty of time to make it to Folk Fest from Regina, it’s under 3 hours drive, and there’s only gravel for the last eleven miles. The music starts in the evening, after a farmers’ market. The music is $45, and includes free camping on site at the festival, on the ranch.

Paul McCartney Rocks Regina

*Goosebumps* I got goosebumps up the back of my head when he played Hey Jude.
Paul McCartney concert in Regina


Crash.

A music legend played in the Queen City for the first time, and seemed to love it. The crowd sure did. What perfect weather, and a perfect night! A quick cheering poll identified most of the stadium’s audience as being from outside of Regina.

Paul McCartney concert in Regina

His Out There tour wrapped up.


My cell phone has pitiful audio quality, but my good camera has much better sound and some clips will be on YouTube soon.

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- For Sheila

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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!

campfire

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.

Indian Head #sask Concert

I ended up at a house concert in Indian Head. It’s interesting where life takes you when you don’t plan your day.

Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are on their way down to southern California and across the USA touring very soon.

Part 2

More may be coming later if Brien remembers to find time to upload when he’s back in Toon town.

Frechette
The home is among the oldest buildings in the province, having once served as a hospital.

Storm
Earlier in the day, on our way to pick raspberries, the clouds were not co-operating. The mosquitoes made us pay for them, in blood, too.

Don’t Commit Sociology When It Makes Sense

Don’t talk about the dark if it’s still night.

Don’t talk about the oil while it’s spilling.

Don’t mention a war that’s still being fought.

Don’t talk about a drought while it’s still dry.

Don’t talk about a flood if it’s still wet.

Don’t talk about the day if it’s still light.

Don’t mention guns while children are shot.

Don’t look at famine when food is wasted.

Don’t mention fires while they’re still hot.

Don’t talk about terrorism, as towers are smoking.

Don’t worry about Climate Change, I’m buying a Range Rover.

Overtired pilots after a plane crash; you must be joking?

That’s all I’ve got.

Regina, Saskatchewan

PRISM: Tap It

Some really excellent criticism of wide swaths of the MSM, from… Gawker???

Let’s be honest: Edward Snowden (pictured), the man who made a calculated decision to risk everything he has in order to reveal the NSA’s secret spying program, did something heroic. You don’t have to believe Edward Snowden himself is a grand hero, or a larger-than-life figure. But if you are a journalist— someone who works constantly to shed light on the workings of the government, with the belief that news is good for the public— you have to acknowledge that Edward Snowden did something quite admirable. If you are astute and rational enough to understand that a massive government domestic spying operation is newsworthy, then you must also understand that the person who exposed it at great personal risk has done something brave and worthwhile. Without Snowden’s act, the public’s knowledge of what is being done to them in their own name would be much poorer.