Adventure Day Two


Waking to a perfect fall Sunday, adventure day two was launched – destination Squamish.

First stop – the “estuary”, a narrow spit running a Kilometer or so into Howe Sound. A little tricky to find – following signs marked “windsurfing” led us along washboard gravel roads until forest gave way to a narrow piece of land.

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From the estuary it was back to Squamish. Following the main road through town, pavement turned to gravel – a brief bumpy ride past massive stacks of logged ceder, to a lot designated “beach parking”.

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Archbishop’s secret child porn archive discovered


Notes To Ponder:

A holy crap Sunday morning ponder…..

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

Archbishop WesolowskiFrom the Corriere della Sera in Italy:

Child Porn Found [on] Former Nuncio’s Computer

Józef Wesołowski knew how to use technology to make illicit internet connections. Grave violation of duties

by Fiorenza Sarzanini

ROME – Monsignor Józef Wesołowski kept a secret archive on a computer at the Santo Domingo nunciature. The 66-year-old Polish former archbishop, arrested three days ago for paedophilia by Vatican gendarmes at the order of Pope Francis, had more than 100,000 files containing pornographic photos and videos. Some were downloaded from internet and others the victims themselves were forced to take. The prelate stored part of this chamber of horrors on his own laptop. Images show youngsters aged between 13 and 17 being humiliated for the camera, filmed naked and forced to have sexual relations with each other or with adults. Inquiries to discover others involved continue as investigators seek anyone who may have aided…

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The Light of Street Photography


In my mind, outstanding street photography captures the ordinary. Extraordinary happens when that capture transforms ordinary into art. Light, shadow, movement, frailty, exuberance, calamity – infinite nuance revealed in a single frame. Photographic expressions of a world most look, yet rarely see.

I’m not artistic -perspective, shading and dimension cripple my crayon. Writing descriptive paragraphs faster than juvenile stick figures is my expression. Unable to shade simple drawings renders my photographic attempts expressionless, flat and unremarkable. I don’t understand light. Correct me if wrong – either you “get” light or you don’t. The art of street photography starts with light – a medium transforming ordinary.

My husband “gets” light – artists are born that way. He follows light – transforming unremarkable streets into photographic canvas. I don’t have to understand intricacies – art doesn’t work that way. His light evokes stark reality, captures secrets, exposes truth and bathes ordinary in extraordinary.

All images, https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/

 

 

 

Blue Dot Movement


Champion of environmental issues, bastion of CBC television’s The Nature of Things, tireless educator and easily one of the most recognizable faces in Canada –  David Suzuki launched his Blue Dot Tour in St. John’s Newfoundland. The Blue Dot Movement reflects 78 year old Suzuki’s unwavering conviction – change is possible. In this case, “change” means Canadian Charter of Rights amendments giving the “environment” constitutional rights. In what may be his last hurrah, Suzuki will make 20 stops across Canada between now and November 9. More than a lecture – Blue Dot stops feature Suzuki supported by the likes of Neil Young, Margaret Atwood, Feist, Bruce Cockburn and Robert Bateman.  A who’s who of Canadian activists – a movement aimed at gaining grassroots support. Over 100 nations recognize constitutional rights of citizens to clean air and water. Canada does not.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/david-suzuki-kicks-off-environmental-rights-tour-in-st-johns/article20715055/

Canadian government “spokesman” Shane Buckingham (from Minister of the Environment Leona Aglukkaq’s office), preferred a “party line” emailed response when asked for comment by a Globe and Mail reporter. The best the government came up with was assurance protection under the National Conservation Plan would be extended, along with “efforts” to cut emissions and “stringent” air quality standards. Excuse me?

A great link to countries with constitutional rights of citizens to clean air and water….

http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/constitutional_provisions_related_to_environment_conservation___final.pdf

David Suzuki has taken some bad press – press bent on smearing his name, and side tracking his message. Right wing tongue wagging over his speaking fees run rampant across Conservative prairie provinces. Drawing parallels to America’s billion dollar, anti climate propaganda machine, is a sobering Canadian reality. Depressing as that is, don’t allow your “Canadian” to be extinguished. We’re better than that.

David Suzuki with Neil Young
Kick ass David Suzuki. Stir the pot, raise awareness, stand your ground, stand for change, stay the course and keep on being the voice of Canadian reason. Stephen Harper’s shocking government is intolerable to this Canadian. Change is possible – all it takes is for enough of us to believe.

 

India Orbits Mars


As a child of the 60s I grew up with Apollo missions and moon landings. The “space race”, a extension of Cold War posturing between twitchy Russian and American super powers. Captain James T. Kirk tempting imagination with “space, the final frontier”, science fiction, Eric Von Danekin’s Chariots of the Gods, and explosive technology. Despite jaw wagging possibilities – the heart of the matter fell squarely on two players – the U.S. and Russia.

In awe of the cosmos, obsessed with space weather, fascinated by ancient astronomers, oblivious to snickers and rolling eyes when opportunities allow me to enthuse over solar activity, planetary alignments, space missions and cosmic discoveries – it would be fair to say I know a thing or two about the universe. The era of U.S./Russian domination passed years ago. Thousands of satellites and probes – represented by China, Japan, and Europe, jostle the old guard for a place in space. Considering myself “up” on space exploration, came to a crashing halt with today’s gadzooks moment.

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) settled into a perfect Martian orbit. India has a space program? Yikes, not only did I miss the launch, I missed the entire Indian space program.

India launched Martian probe Mangalyaan on November 5, 2013. Ten months and 400 million miles later – India joined America, Russia and Europe in the Mars club. Not only was the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) first attempt successful, they pulled it off for a paltry $74 million dollars. Compare that to NASA’s Maven Mars mission at $671 million, or the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Orbiter at $386 million, and you have something to ponder.

Equipped with cameras and methane gas sensors, Mangalyaan politely settled into Martian orbit – cementing India’s place in interstellar exploration. Kudos India – you have my full attention.

http://qz.com/270270/these-numbers-capture-indias-historic-and-incredibly-frugal-mars-mission/

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/09/draft-indias-mom-spacecraft-arrive-mars/