Werewolves of London


It isn’t Halloween until you howl to this Warren Zevon classic…..

 

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Adventure Day Three


Last Sunday afforded an opportunity for adventure day three – a drive to Stave Lake following a series of Pacific storms. We got as far as the Ruskin Dam on Stave River, a power station responsible for Hayward Lake. Hundreds of local fishermen, families and the curious lined any soggy bank able to support them. Every few minutes, silence interrupted as another behemoth Salmon is pulled from the lake. Shores littered with fish heads and entrails, only noticed by those of us arriving without purpose. Without question, a most satisfying adventure.

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Map of Mission, BC

Kolmanskop


I have a thing for abandoned places – sprinkled in unfathomable corners of the world, tattered testaments to hope and tenacity. Exquisite reminders of the human condition, posters for what defines mankind. Places cementing the essence of optimism, enterprise and good old fashioned delusion.

Places like Fordlandia (Henry Ford purchasing 25,000 acres of the Amazon jungle in Brazil, 1929. Attempting to create a model American town, populated with a workforce Ford imagined could fulfill his ambition to corner the rubber market – see link below)

http://www.damninteresting.com/the-ruins-of-fordlandia/

Kolmanskop in southern Namibia, another decaying remnant of abandoned dreams. In 1908, a German railway worker found a diamond a few kilometers from the port of Luderitz in Namibia. He showed his supervisor – a decision leading to the German government declaring the area “sperrgebiet” or “prohibited area”. (At the time Namibia was part of the German colony of south west Africa). Miners moved in, building Kolmanskop in the image of German towns. Hospitals, theaters, bowling alleys, power station, ice factory, the first tram in Africa, and a rail link to Luderitz. The first world war wreaked havoc on German interests in Africa. Ultimately the diamonds ran out – the town was abandoned in 1954.

http://www.namibian.org/travel/adventure/kolmanskop.html

Kolmanskop, abandoned for over 50 years, waits to be reclaimed by the desert. Pondering abandoned places – history’s way of telling us what it is to be human.

Fox Propaganda


Following the attack on Canada’s parliament, CBC news the National, opened with a clip from Fox News. Why? It was an astoundingly biased, misinformed, hysterical, irresponsible example of right wing propaganda. Newsworthy from a Canadian perspective for illustrating all that’s wrong with so called “news”. Fox took the position America was about to be invaded by ISIS (reporting Ottawa was barely an hour drive from the border). Fox went on to say the border with Canada was the longest unprotected border in the world, and that militants were poised to invade America.

The CRTC (Canadian Radio and Telecommunication Commission) prohibits broadcasting “false or misleading” news – regulations that only apply to Canadian broadcasters. America on the other hand saw fit to abolish the 1949 “Fairness Doctrine” in 1987. (a federal regulation requiring broadcasters to present both sides of controversial issues in a manner that was honest, equitable and balanced)  Apparently fairness violates freedom of speech. Right wing America consistently squashing attempts by Democrat politicians to reinstate fair reporting – the reason fundamentalist Americans gobble up Fox “news” as definitive “truth”.

Freedom of speech is a privilege, freedom to present anything you damn well please as news is appalling. Fox News is responsible for more hate, suspicion, misplaced rage, unfounded bias and plain old stupidity than any other propaganda factory in modern history. I’m so tired of imbecile hot heads spewing Fox gibberish as “truth”. If freedom of speech is more sacred than an obligation to speak the truth – I give up.

http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1880786,00.html

 

 

 

Ponder This


Posting this again – I don’t care who you are, what you do or don’t believe, where you plan to spend the afterlife, who you vote for or what you ate for breakfast. All I ask is that you ponder this….

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Boycott Sun News Network's photo.

Every last one of us should read these words by Tommy Douglas – then ponder long and hard. While no secret I have a soft spot for this great Canadian, I want to make it clear – my admiration has nothing to do with political affiliation. Decades later, truth resonates and deserves a moment of reflection.

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Coulrophobia


I think of “phobia” in terms of a intense debilitating fear, one that drastically alters behavior. Phobia trumps simple wariness or aversion – it elevates uncertainty and caution to “clinical” levels. Phobia can’t be shrugged off as silly, it demands patience, support, understanding and therapy. Phobia comes from traumatic experience, repetitive negative enforcement and childhood impression.

Coulrophobia is a fear of clowns – a phobia Glenn Kohlberger, president of  Clowns of America International takes seriously. Twisty the Clown, from FX series American Horror Story Freak Show , was the last straw. Last week Clowns of America spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the “demonizing” clowns. They argue “evil clown” portrayals contribute to increased Coulrophobia in children and adults.  Over the last few years clown membership has slipped dramatically – Kohlberger fears clowns hover on the brink of extinction.

http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/10/clown-association-slams-american-horror-story-for-perpetuating-scary-clown-stereotype.html

Clowns are the laps of  creepy “Uncles” children are forced to sit on, faceless strangers lurking behind masks – everything we warn our kids about, rolled into a grease paint atrocity. Children are powerless – adults create characters like “Twisty”.  Adults brave enough to graphically illustrate what all of us are thinking. Clowns are freakin’ scary.Not some phobia, a universal fear of grease paint smiles and rubber noses.

Clowns of America, I beg you – it’s time to reinvent yourselves. If you value entertainment and loathe evil stereotypes – wipe off the face paint. There’s a phobia named after you. People are as afraid of you as snakes, spiders and spontaneous human combustion.

Link to the Business Insider – a brief history of clowns and why they’re so scary….

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-people-are-scared-of-clowns-2013-8?op=1