Blocked


Americans in particular are quick to froth constitutional freedom of speech. Trouble being it’s become increasingly evident they only want to hear themselves or their miniscule gang of devotees speak. In the past week I’ve had comments deleted, access blocked and content reported over a dozen times. My transgression? To dare contradict, however polite or reasonable the manifesto of opinionated closed minds. Geez, what was I thinking?

It’s alarming, consider the magnitude of free speech silenced by the click of a block icon.  Reasonable attempts to initiate dialogue muzzled by knee jerk block bravado. Typically I’m chastised for ignorance. Ridiculed, mocked, sworn at or warned to mind my own business before the block hammer strikes. WTF? It’s fascinating. These are the same people who spew constitutional freedom of speech. Silly me, free speech is their right, anyone taking exception will be blocked.

Not once have I blocked a site. Last week I reported a particularly venomous wing-nut for promoting home remedy coronavirus cures, a first in 8 years of blogging. In my mind deleting comments, censoring content, including dialogue out of context excluding verbal abuse prompting such dialogue and aggressively blocking those who dare take issue is cowardly. Blocking doesn’t prove anything other than spineless ignorance. We can ignore content, mark it as spam, read it for perspective or choose not to follow the author, but the moment we block it is the moment we surrender the right to free speech.

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You’ll Never Walk Alone


A friends’ email got me thinking about the power of music to unite large numbers of people with a common goal. Born and raised in Liverpool before imigrating to Canada, affinity with Liverpool football club remains dear to his heart.  He’s the reason I know Liverpool kicks it out at Anfield where every home game begins with You’ll Never Walk Alone. In his words “the anthem of all football anthems” sung as a hymn by thousands of faithful filling the stands.

Not being much of a sports fan forgive me if I’ve overlooked similar anthems in North America. Pretty sure Stomping’ Tom Connors Good Old Hockey Game doesn’t pack the same punch. My point being, it’s remarkable how music solidifies a singular objective and You’ll Never Walk Alone does just that.

“When you walk through a storm,  hold your head up high  and don’t be afraid of the dark  ……”

Springtime STEVE Sightings


STEVE ( Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement ) might look like an aurora, but it’s not. STEVE is an atmospheric phenomenon characteristic of northern hemisphere spring and fall. The result of uppity solar wind messing with Earth’s magnetic field. Meddling which allows ribbons of super heated gas travelling at speeds exceeding 13,000 mph to create observable arcs of soft purple hues. STEVE favours latitudes between +50N and +55N. Go STEVE! Hope to meet you one day.

Photo credit – Jocelyn Blanchette

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/3/eaaq0030.full

Pandemic Grief Meter


Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance – otherwise known as five widely recognized stages of grief. Make no mistake, our pandemic world is mourning disruption of life as we know it. So where are you? Personally, denial and anger expired days before losing my job, bargaining served no purpose. Unemployment was met with pragmatic inevitability. So where am I a week after realizing I had no job? No indication when life might return to normal, no assurance employment insurance benefits could arrive in timely fashion? Have to admit I’m depressed.

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People In Sweden Are Rushing To Have Microchips Inserted Into Their Hands To Make Life More Convenient


This is crazy….

Reality Decoded

People are excited to get chipped as soon as possible in Sweden, where the RFID technology is moving forward quickly to supply consumers wanting a more convenient life.

The chips are the size of a grain of rice. They are inserted just under the skin next to the thumb.

The chips are used for:

  • Shopping
  • Replacing Keys
  • Identification
  • Emergency Contact Details
  • Social Media Profiles
  • E-tickets

In America chips are being injected into some prisoners depending on the state. Some hospitals are using it on patients with memory issues.

RFID use in America:

A few companies in America are also starting to use the chip for access to secured areas. You may soon see this at your job. It should remain optional….. for a few more years.

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Aurora Cam Solution


Stay at home orders needn’t be defined by endless hours of television or Netflix. Consider using free time to embrace space weather, specifically Aurora Borealis. Start with https://spaceweather.com/ familiarize yourself with solar wind, sunspot numbers and current auroral oval. If favourable conditions suggest uppity auroras, find yourself a Aurora Cam.

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/aurora-borealis-webcam-goes-live-1.866540

List of aurora cam links below –

Webcams