1963 – Half a Century Ago


1963

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In 1963 the world had just survuved the Cuban Missle Crisis and was deep in the cold war with Russia and the US building bombs ever bigger. Spies where everywhere and the Profumo scandal rocked the inteligence community. The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to establish a “hot line” direct communication system between the two nations to prevent a possible Nuclear War.  In the US deep south battles against segregation were being fought long and hard by both sides. Churches were being burned by the KKK and Martin Luther King Junior was giving some of the most inspiring speeches ever written. The average man made $ 13,000, a Car cost $ 3,000 a house cost $ 13,000 , gas cost just over 25c and a loaf of bread just under 25c.

Here are a few other significant events:

Jan 11th – 1st discotheque opens, Whiskey-a-go-go in LA

Feb 6th Wilhelm Laurence Arends was born

Mar 21st – Alcatraz federal penitentiary in SF Bay closed

March 27th Quentin Tarantino, was born

May 1st – The Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, TaB cola.

May 2nd Thousands of African Americans, many of them children, are arrested while protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama.

June 5th John Profumo resigns following his admission that he had lied to the House re: relationship with Christine Keeler

June 9th Johnny Depp was born

Jun 17th – Supreme Court rules against Bible reading/prayer in public schools

Jun 26th – Kennedy visits W Berlin “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner)

Aug 18th – James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from U of Mississippi

Aug 28th – Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech” at Lincoln Memorial

September – Marvel Comics releases the first-ever X-Men comic book

Sep 15th – Church bombed in Birmingham AL, kills 4 African-American girls

Sep 15th – 4 children killed in bombing of a black Baptist church in Birmingham

Oct 13th – “Beatlemania” is coined after Beatles appear at Palladium

Nov 22nd – American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
Nov 23rd – “Doctor Who,” the long-running British sci-fi series debuts in England

Why are the Americans so Proud of Their Right to Bear Arms?


I read today’s news and I cried, 18 children DEAD

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/gunman-in-connecticut-school-shooting-id-d-27-dead-including-20-children-1.1079337

This is just food for thought

not debate

Horror

I would like our neighbors to the south to look at the  map above it shows the school shootings globally since 1999 and it shows there have been 31 school shootings in the United States and only 14 in the rest of the world combined.

Here are the most notable US shootings

Dec. 14, 2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Conn. 27 people dead, including 18 children.

April 2, 2012 – Korean Christian university in California seven people: six students and a secretary.

Feb. 27, 2012 – Chardon High School Ohio three people shot and killed

April 3, 2009 –A  student  at immigration services centre in Binghampton, NY, killed 13 people

April 16, 2007 –  Virginia Tech 32 students

March 21, 2005 – five students, a teacher and a security guard at a school on Minnesota’s Red Lake reservation

April 20, 1999 – 12 students and a teacher killed in Columbine

I have turned off the comments for this one. I know some of you feel strongly about the Right to Bear Arms. Sorry I can’t agree won’t agree and will never be convinced so there is no sense at all debating it as it will just get people angry (Me most of all).

In my opinion if your constitution contributes to the deaths of innocents your constitution must be changed.

Part of your allegiance to your constitution should be to correct it when it is wrong that is your duty.

People might think I should be more angry at the Evil Bastards guilty of these horrors I am but there are millions of evil bastards on this planet it is the law that protects us from them and when the law gives these morons guns then the law is wrong.

AM I MAD

DAMN RIGHT I AM

Everyone should be

The Fiends of Science (Intentional Typo)


I know I have been beating climate change denial to death recently. Why because it is important. Our children will inherit the dessert planet of Dune if we don’t do something and there are these deluded people out there that think everything is fine the world will always be as it is. People really need to get their collective heads out of the sand or other parts of their anatomy.
So the Climate change deniers are all out in full force trying to get us to believe that this is all some big conspiracy by government to steal tax dollars out of our pockets. Hmmm they are going to do that anyway there are far better ways to do it than making up such a convoluted story. We all know it is hard to believe that we have created a huge ecological mess but it is true no matter how much we deny it.
The So Called Big Conspiracy
I know this is old news but a Joint science academies statement was signed by Academia Brasiliera de Ciências Brazil ,the Royal Society of Canada, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academié des Sciences, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher, Indian National Science Academy, Accademia dei Lincei, Science Council of Japan ,Russian Academy of Sciences, Royal Society (UK),and the National Academy of Sciences(United States of America).
It States: “there is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. The evidence comes from direct measurements of rising surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures and from phenomena such as increases in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems. It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities. This warming has already led to changes in the Earth’s climate.”
That is most of the big science bodies around the globe. If this is a conspiracy then it is big.

The Small Conspiracy
Let me show you a smaller conspiracy. Back in 2002 a group of folks claiming to be unbiased scientists formed an association known as the Friends of Science (http://www.friendsofscience.org/). These guys as you can see by their amateurish website are the lunatic fringe of deniers. They dispute all claims that Global warming is happening and even say odd things like “Carbon dioxide is a wonderful by-product of fossil fuel use.” They manipulate data and use high-school like images to prove their point. When you try to find out who they are there is little more than a reference to their scientific advisory board bios and a bunch of glowing statements on how great they are all THREE of them.

Here are some facts left out of the bios.
Dr. Madhav Khandekar, Meteorologist retired, formerly with Environment Canada the only Meteorologist on the board received $1000 a month from Exxon to write articles against Global Warming http://www.exxonsecrets.org/html/personfactsheet.php?id=1115.
Dr. Chris de Freitas Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Auckland. Formerly one of the editors of a journal called “Climate Research,” de Freitas was involved in a controversy surrounding a research article co-authored by Sallie Baliunas and Willie Soon. The article reviewed previous scientific papers and came to the conclusion that climate hasn’t changed in the last 2000 years. But 13 of the authors of the papers Baliunas and Soon cited refuted her interpretation of their work, and several editors of Climate Research resigned in protest at a flawed peer review process which allowed the publication.
Dr. Tim Patterson, Professor of Geology and Paleoclimatology, Carleton University is likely the least offensive of this bunch and is guilty mostly by association. R. Timothy Patterson is a past chairman of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC). The mission of the ICSC is to “move the debate away from implementation of costly and ineffectual ‘climate control’ measures.” The organization, is directed by the prominent climate change skeptic and ex- energy industry PR man Tom Harris,

Show me the Political Oil Money
Finally this bunch while claiming to take no money from the Oil industry have created a devious funding arrangement to funnel money from oil to fund their operations. University of Calgary political scientist Barry Cooper a friend of Tim Ball one of the Friends of Science’s key speakers set up a fund at the university called the Science Education Fund. Donations to this fund were made through the Calgary Foundation, which protects donors’ identities. The Science Education Fund the Friends of Science, and paid Tim Ball’s travel expenses. So no one knows where the money comes from but you can bet if this is all coming out of Calgary the Oil patch is more than a little involved.
So who am I to believe the Joint Science Academies or the Friends of Science?
Well all funding issues aside I think the quote “Carbon dioxide is a wonderful by-product of fossil fuel use” kind of made up my mind to begin with.
If you love this planet don’t just sit back and enjoy the rising heat. When you hear climate change deniers speak up and say BULL CRAP !

A Waste of American Taxes Thanks to the Tea Party


Okay because the Tea Party is too stupid to believe the State of Hawaii when they say OBAMA IS AMERICAN BORN, the White House had to publish his birth certificate. Working for government I have an idea how much this costs to do, even if it seems simple, and it isn’t cheap and easy.

I think the Tea Party needs to get new tea the stuff they’re drinking seems to be affecting thier brains.

BTW I was in Washington last week and that white pickup you often see at Tea Party rallies with all the slogans painted on it was there. I noticed one thing though the media is being kind to them one slogan on the truck you never see on the television is the “Obama is …. HALF WHITE” part. The Racism of the Tea Party should not be ignored it should be detested.

AGAIN ! No More Pro-War Videos


I hate to have to say this again (third time) but obviously I do…

Recently I have had more people email and send me pro-war videos under the guise of supporting the troops.

I support the troops I think if they have to be in harms way give them the best weapons the best food and the highest respect, then bring them home, with honour and with flag waving. Name streets after them and build monuments to them the live and the dead. The images of all those proud Canadians with flags along the highway of heroes chokes me up.

As for the war there is NO DAMN WAY you will ever get me to support it, so PLEASE STOP TRYING, and stop equating anti-war with disrespect for the troops that is propagandist crap, and entirely wrong.

I do not have to agree with you I do not have to explain myself to anyone.

All I have to say is if we insist on sending brave men and women to a war that is neither necessary or ours then SHAME ON US.

Stop sending me these videos that blame the lack of support for the troops on war protesters blame the real problem the cheap-assed politicians that send men and women to die without enough air support and with armored vehicles that are made of tin foil. Yes we now have better gear for our military but not until after soldiers died.

This war is a corpse making machine That’s it…

Harper Today’s Nero


 

In response to the current economic situation the poetic and philosophical have come out

here are a couple interesting responses to CTV news aticles.

Reginawale Sahib

John don’t be sad.

Boom and bust come and go

You should just relax and say so?

As for me my ground I mow

Before my bumper crops I sow

At night when the clear blue skies glow

I just pour myself a vodka and forget about how much in the stock market I lost my dough

 

Bill

Reality is no one blames Harper for the cause just not responding to the crisis. He keeps saying he’s playing a waiting game. Well to quote a myth it is time our Nero pulled out his violin, even if his execrable operas are getting stale we want to hear SOMETHING.

How to Spoil a Sunny Day


If the world is seen as a day, beginning with a sunny blue summer sky with warm winds and cool ocean waves beating the shore, what happens when we play with the climate politically.

First we talk of alliances with other nations to prevent our neighbours from spoiling our sunny day. This causes a small but pretty cloud on the horizon but keeps the storms on the other side of the border at bay.  As the clouds build on the border from our own hot air we build our own little storm and the neighbouring storms move closer to join the party.  Gradually the neighbour sends bolts of political lightning to test that alliance, and we build missiles batteries which the neighbour combats with more clouds of rhetoric and tanks on their side.  The tanks belching out fumes feed the clouds and the borders become stormy industry feels the effect of trade restrictions and small clouds form over the factories.  Also some industry benefits from the tensions and clouds form as factories belch  smoke.  Now we have the gloom of a cold war, but it is just clouds no storms.  Our less than polite neighbour moves into other nations to get a strong foothold creating massive storms in those nations but the storms aren’t moving our way.   We counter with aid to the insurgents and the storms slowly creep over the border.  Finally we feel truly threatened and move in to take back our nation’s friend and the storms that have been hovering on the border move over us the cold winds of storms become the heat of thunder lightning and torrents of rain and floods.

Who is to blame?

What should we do to prevent the building storm?

Answer: DON”T MESS WITH THE CLIMATE!