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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Happy Birthday Julie November 30th

Mark Summer, undoubtably the finest cellist around performs his composition 'Julie-o' for solo cello at the Perth international Arts festival

How to....

How to make a kindling box more comfy....first you have to wait for your brother to vacate said box. Then you hop in vacant box, and do a few turns. Next you start to flip out all leftover kindling pieces on to the floor. Cat keeper will be there to sweep up this with the broom so why worry? Then, once box is cleared of all wood bits, you cosy on up in it and hope the cat keeper doesn't need to fill it with kindling any time soon...and for the displaced brother...what to do now that the box is full of sister cat? Why, chow down of course! Thus goes a day in the life of Grey Boy and Cocoa Puff

A Special Day in Salmo

Today is a special day here in the village. Special because the skies are blue with not a chemtrail in the sky! This is so amazing for we are usually bombarded with toxic chemtrails here and so this was such a joy to photograph the skies today. I also got a few photos of my catio cats, Morgan and Hobbes, my two elder cats from Idaho. Hobbes is now 17 and a half and Morgan is not much younger than him. They were enjoyin today's sunshine in their protected catio enclosure. They also have their own apt, inside the renovated old mini barn. And a photo of a beer that was aged in old oak barrels...what will the brewer's think of  next! It is a sweeter beer that does have that hint of whiskey taste...yum...that's it for today's as the world turns here in Salmo...

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Keep our Internet as is

Incredible -- 800,000 signers in days, Congress is hesitating, and one Senator will block the vote by reading out our petition for hours!! Let's get to 1 million - forward this email to everyone --

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even Avaaz! Free speech champions in Congress say our outcry will help, and one Senator is even going to block the vote by reading out our petition names for hours! Click here to build an unprecedented global petition for a free and open Internet:

Send a message now!
Dear Friends,

Right now, Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even groups like Avaaz!

Under the new law, the US could force Internet providers to block any website on suspicion of violating copyright or trademark legislation, or even failing to sufficiently police their users' activities. And, because so much of the Internet's hosts and hardware are located in the US, their blacklist would clamp down on the free web for all of us.

The vote could happen at any time now, but we can help stop this -- champions in Congress want to preserve free speech and tell us that a global outcry would strengthen their hand, and one of them -- Senator Wyden -- says he will "filibuster" or block any vote on the bill by reading out our petition names until the clock runs out! Let's urgently raise our voices from every corner of the world to build an unprecedented global petition. Click below to sign and then forward to everyone:

For years, the US has condemned countries like China and Iran for their clampdown on Internet use. But now, the impact of these new censorship laws could be far worse -- effectively blocking sites to every Internet user across the globe.

Last year, a similar Internet censorship bill was killed before reaching the US Senate floor, but it's now back in a different form. Copyright laws already exist and are enforced by courts. But this new law goes much further -- granting the US government and big corporations enormous powers to force service providers and search engines to block websites based just on allegations of violations -- without a trial or being found guilty of any crime!

Free speech advocates have already raised the alarm, and some key senators are trying to gather enough support to stop this dangerous bill. We have no time to lose. Let's stand with them to ensure that American lawmakers preserve the right to a free and open Internet as an essential way for people around the world to exchange ideas, share communication and work collectively to build the world we want. Sign below to stop censorship, and save the Internet as we know it:

In the past months, from the Arab Spring to the global Occupy Movement, we've seen first hand how the Internet can galvanize, unify and change society. Now, if we stand together, we can stop this new attack on Internet freedom. We've done it before -- in Brazil and Italy, Avaaz members have won major victories in the fight for a free Internet. Let's galvanize our global web community to crush the most powerful censorship threat that the Internet has ever seen.

With hope,

Luis, Dalia, Diego, Emma, Ricken, Aaron, Antonia, Benjamin and the rest of the Avaaz team

Sources Op-Ed: Blacklist Bill allows Feds to remove websites from Internet (Digital Journal)

Disastrous IP Legislation Is Back – And It's Worse than Ever (EFF)

Silicon Valley legislators oppose online piracy act (SFGate)

House Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act Scheduled (PC World)

Growing Chorus of Opposition to "Stop Online Piracy Act"

The stop online piracy act: summary, problems, and implications

Why Is Justin Bieber So Pissed Off?

Stop Online Piracy Act


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A beer bubble...

The other night when I returned from doing a faire in another town, and the drive home on icy roads, I decided to pop open a Nostradamus brewski, and a lovely bubble formed on the top of the bottle. I love the Christmas brews and fun labels and usually indulge myself and a few favoured friends with gifts of such.

This morning, I have a day off to regroup before the December faires and venues, so after doing a few chores, I took photos of the cats and where they sleep. Ha ha ha...and the dog by the cosy woodstove ...enjoy your week! Much magic to you and much Love Love Love....adonai

Monday, 28 November 2011

A Salmo "cloud"

strange cloud

Posted by: star // October 2, 2011
Salmo, British Columbia // Shot: October 1, 2011
this cloud was just northeast of salmo on oct 1

November Aurora from Sun flare


Aurora Sky Station


Another GREAT night in Abisko!! Opening night at the Aurora Sky Station did not disappoint. We all watched the solar wind speed slowly increase throughout the night and then it happened, the auroras exploded all over the sky! If this is a sign of things to come the rest of the season should be fantastic!! Shot with a Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16 2.8, ISO 1600, 6 to 8 second exposures.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Nothing to Worry about Folks

Update: New quakes today off Vancouver Island

Five more earthquakes registered off B.C. coast.

Victoria, B.C. - A 5.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern Vancouver Island this morning is the largest of a cluster of quakes that’s been happening since Monday.

But this latest earthquake, 157 kilometres off the coast from Port Hardy, like the almost two dozen that have already happened this week, isn’t cause for alarm, say seismologists.

Because they’re happening relatively far out in the ocean, it would take an earthquake of about a 7 on the Richter scale to be felt on Vancouver Island, and then it would be a “very gentle rumbling,” said Stephane Mazzotti, a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Sidney.

“This is fairly typical activity happening,” Mazzotti said this morning. The Sidney centre has been inundated with telephone calls since reports of the earthquakes have been reported.

The so-called earthquake swarms happen regularly as the earth shifts beneath the ocean floor.

The latest cluster of quakes have ranged from those that barely register to the 5.8 one this morning. That’s the biggest one so far, and happened near the northern end of the Explorer Ridge, an area where the sea floor is spreading. The two pieces of earth are moving away from each other, Mazzotti said, and there’s a lot of volcanic activity.

Earthquake swarms have happened in that area before. The quakes have largely been centred near that area, in about a 20 kilometre range.

The earthquake swarms are different from those felt on land. Then, there’s usually a “big one,” followed by numerous aftershocks. With the swarms off-coast, the bigger ones can happen at any time and be interspersed over a few days.

The largest earthquake in a swarm has been 6.8 earlier this year. A gentle shaking was then felt on land in Port Hardy and Bella Bella, Mazzotti said.

He said there’s no worry of the quakes causing a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey registered the quake as having a magnitude of 5.8. The agency also recorded quakes from the same area today at 6:14 a.m., registering 3.9; a 4.2 quake at 12:28 a.m.; a 4.0 quake at 12:59 a.m. and a 4.8 quake at 2:20 a.m.

When all else fails...

As I was feeling somewhat "out of sorts" this day, with a few aches and stresses, and not as able as usual to count my many blessings and "rise up" as easily, I then noted that there had been an earthquake off the shores of Vancouver Island today. When I resided in N.California, my inner earthquake detector worked like a charm, producing all kinds of dizziness, off balance, solar plexus distress etc...a bit like today. Sooooo... whilst enjoying a Hobgoblin brew that I got at the local BCliquor store whilst perusing the Christmas booze ideas I took a photo. Last year's glass that came in a cool box along with the beer, intended for gifts but which I quaffed down each night after  treacherous and nerve wracking drives home from a crafts faire in the mall in Trail. The one I am getting up oh so early to go and set up and be at for a mere 14 hours again manana....all to make ends meet here..Yes, I am of the 99% and I love the Occupy movement. So...when all else fails ....quaff a Hobgoblin and enjoy the buzz...much magic and much beer suds ...Linda

11/23/2011 -- 6.1M earthquake in Japan 4.2M west Coast Canada (BC)

Stopping Oil Tankers on BC Coasts

Dogwood Initiative
Dear Linda,

You may have heard that U.S. President Barack Obama delayed the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ministers have been clamouring more than ever to ship oilsands crude to Asia, even promising to fast-track the review of Enbridge’s Gateway pipeline and tanker project.

This new progression has been front-page news across North America and we’ve been striking back in newspapers all over the country.

Stopping oil tankers on B.C.’s coast is going to take tens of thousands of British Columbians standing together and saying this is our coast and our decision.

We are so proud to work on your behalf and couldn’t do what we do without your support. As we look toward the new year, our work is more urgent than ever. We need to raise $100,000 by December 31st to keep standing up for British Columbians. Please make a donation today.

The future of our province depends on people like you continuing to step up.

We are lucky to have a generous group of donors who will match every gift made before December 31, doubling the power of your gift. Donate now and your gift of $50 becomes $100, $75 becomes $150 and $250 becomes $500.

In 2012, we’re going to:
• Push B.C.’s MLAs to stand up for B.C. and oppose the expansion of oil tankers.
• Catalyze another 30,000 British Columbians to demand protection for B.C.’s coast.
• Work to make southern Vancouver Island the most livable region in the world by protecting farmlands and forests and developing local solutions to urban sprawl.

You’ve made 2011 a year to be proud of. With your help, we can make 2012 even better.
Please consider making a donation today.


Don Gordon, Development Manager

P.S. Your gift will help us fight back against the multinational oil companies that think they can trample over B.C. Remember, if you give before Dec. 31, your donation will be doubled.

The Great Bell Chant..the end of Suffering

Check out this clip for beautiful scenery and bell and chanting....really quite lovely!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Animal Advocates of much more than the SPCA!

We see their eyes and hear their cries... They ask so little, but we are asking you to give them all you can this Christmas even though they don't ask it. If you go to our Donate page you can choose how you'd like to donate, or if you email me, you can tell me who you'd like to honour with a Christmas Gift for AAS's rescued animals. Give me their name and address and your message and I will send a personal card to them from you and a tax receipt to you.
Thank you so much for helping us to rescue animals from terrible places - for helping us to make them well in body and spirit and to give them new homes in loving places. It's true - we can't answer their cries without you helping the way you do.
Click on the photo to read the full story, see more photos, or watch a video
Watch a really happy rescue video: Chance at Ambleside... Read Chance's Happy Ending rescue story...
When dear old dogs need AAS's help... The shame of abandoned cats! Thank goodness there are so many kind people doing real animal welfare in BC...
The shame of chained dogs, especially chained puppies. Thank goodness there are so many kind people doing real animal welfare in BC. AAS helps with the bills... There are far more cats than there are homes for cats. No wonder, when in BC there are still people producing "Free Kittens". AAS helps with the bills...
Thank goodness for good people like Barb where rescued animals are truly respected and loved... The look on Purdy's wee pit bull puppy face changed as it dawned on her that the someone who was coming into her pitch-dark scary yard might be kindly...
There has been such a flood of appeals for help this year that we may not be able to reply very quickly or at all to more appeals. AAS is now so well-known for its experience in all animal welfare and rescue matters that we are asked for advice and help from all over BC, Canada, the U.S. and the world. We get an average of five appeals for rescue help a week in addition to all the other appeals we get, as many as 100 a month. For years I have answered each and every appeal with detailed advice that I have learned from 20 years of rescue, advocacy and animal law. Our high standards are well-known to the public, that is why we are so often asked for help and advice.
AAS ethical standards are simple and straightforward, but a lot of work: Every rescued dog is given the exact same love and care that I give my own dogs. Anything less can't be morally justified. To weigh the costs, to kill, or to rehome without paying to make the dog well in body and spirit, is not true animal welfare: it's moving as much product as fast as possible and to demand money for unwell product is a business, not a calling.
Judy Stone
Restore your faith in humanity. Heart warming stories of brave people and how they have rescued abused and neglected dogs. Many happy ending stories and video too, right here.
One of the best things you can do to help AAS is to send our e-letter to everyone you know who wants to help the terrible suffering of helpless animals. Thank you so much for making our work possible by supporting us.
"We must not refuse to see with our eyes, what they must endure with their bodies." Gretchen Wyler 1932 - 2007 Contact: