What can I do to help?

flyer_01I probably should do more when it comes to my blog, but as we all know, life often gets in the way of what we should do or can do. So I want to share with you a way I have chosen to help, and perhaps you could find a way as well.

Recently, I was brought onto the Board of Directors with an amazing charity, the Home Hospice Association – Hamilton / Halton Chapter. I hope to help with event planning and organization, local connections, social media, and anything else they feel I could help with. First though, a few people I need to thank.

Firstly, Terri Viola-Wilson, for seeing something in me that she felt would benefit others. Terri is the Executive Director for the Hamilton / Halton Chapter. Now onto a few other people; Chad Pilon for jumping on board almost immediately to help with performing at an upcoming event, Bill Watson for agreeing to make time to help arrange and setup sound at an upcoming event, and Tim Soules for coming on board to help plan for a series of events to benefit the organization. Thank you all for what you can do to help.

So what is all this about? The Home Hospice Association mission? “To deliver hospice palliative care in a non-institutionalized environment where compassion and culturally sensitive human connection are hallmarks.” Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear that the person is not going to survive the illness. 70% of Canadians want to die in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by those people and things they love. Sadly, 84% of Canadians do not have access to Hospice Palliative care for many reasons. What are you willing to do about it? What can you do about it? “Just as it takes a village to raise a child, that village is equally responsible to care for their dying. We want to be part of your village.” How is that for a statement?

HHA (Home Hospice Association) is new to Hamilton / Halton but is not completely new. They are a recognized charity. This chapter will start off with two programs, but can and I am sure will open up into others as things develop. Both these programs have meaning for me, and they the main reason I am so passionate about this organization. The first is Pre and Perinatal Hospice which will include the HOPP (Helping Our Precious Pediatrics) program. I am sure this requires no explanation, but if you want details, please click HERE. The second program is the Bello Project, which journeys with the pet along the path of their loved one’s life-limiting illness to maintain the unshakeable bond between pet and pet-owner until death occurs. So if you can’t see why I stand with HHA and behind them, you can stop reading.

What can you do to help? Financial, Compassionate, and Active. Financial support is always crucial to any charity. As non-profit, they have to have a way to cover various incurred expenses. You can donate in a variety of ways, but the one I am going to suggest first is the Moonlit Memory Walk. This will be held on September 12, 2019 at the Knights of Columbus hall on Queenston Rd across from Parkdale Park. There will be food, there will be entertainment, and most importantly their will be memories. You can register as one or as a team. You can walk for one or more of your lost loved ones. A minimum $25 fee helps the cause. Compassionate support takes an emotional commitment. Not everyone can do this, but for those that can, you are needed more than ever. Are you able to provide that comfort and support to those in need of it? Then you can help. Active is something that most of us can do, regardless of our physical or financial limitations. Do you knit or craft? Can you help circulate flyers? Can you man a table at an event? Can you make phone calls or work online?

The HHA needs volunteers in all areas. I believe we are even looking for a few new board members, but that may change. Please check out their website, and that of the walk. Just highlight the website again, Home Hospice Association.

Please follow Chad Pilon on Twitter, support Bill Watson with his Photography and Sound business, and of course Soules Classic Barbers and Ink.

I challenge ALL of you reading this far … GET INVOLVED. If not with this, then with something meaningful. No matter how bad we have it, somebody probably has it worse. Is there anything at all you can do that would make somebodies life better? Then why don’t you do it.

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Friday May 12th, 2017 – National Limerick Day

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#SomethingToSay

There is a lot going on these days. This week has not been a good one when it comes to my health, which means a few things have had to fall in line. This blog for one. There is good news hidden beneath the surface though and in time, all that will come out.

I missed the Wednesday blog, and that was National Small Business Day. With that in mind, our cover today is dedicated to small business, as is our quote for today. Hamilton is about to undergo some major changes as it relates to the LRT. Over the next few years it is VITAL to our community that we support all of our small businesses. I am not anti-corporation or anti-franchise in any way, I do however truly believe that it is through our small business that we define our community. What we create, sell, and buy is a window into who we are and shows what we are all truly capable of.

As for today, what better thing to celebrate on a Friday than Limericks? The first published limerick in the Americas was a few little lines about Nantucket. I am sure you have all heard some of those, most of them dirty. I remember as a child in the playground, the older kids teased us with part of that limerick, building on its’ naughty nature. Back then with no internet, some of us had to wait quite a long time before it was shared with us. Today I will actually share with you the original version of that one …

There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter, named Nan,
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

-Anonymous 1902

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#RegularEvents

♫♪.ılılıl This Week Friday & Sunday for Mother’s Day lılılı.♪♫
– Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your the meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! This week Morgan Davis (Fri) and Robin Banks (Sold out Sunday)!

♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays lılılı.♪♫
– Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays lılılı.♪♫
– Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. A weekly gathering and jam session for the Hamilton Blues Family. If you play the blues you shouldn’t miss this jam!
– Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House.

♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays lılılı.♪♫
– RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pourhouse!

♫♪.ılılıl Sundays lılılı.♪♫
– Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs …
– Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7. This week …
– Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head!

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♫♪.ılılıl Monday lılılı.♪♫

– Laura Gagnon, Barbara Lynn Doran WSG Innersha & Bianca Bernardi at The Corktown … $10

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday lılılı.♪♫

– Marbin, Altobeelays, Earth’sYellowSun, TenMeterBand at This Aint Hollywood … $10

♫♪.ılılıl Thursday lılılı.♪♫

– Byron & Dana Sipos at The Clef … $10 (exclusive)

♫♪.ılılıl Friday lılılı.♪♫

– Art Crawl on James Street North … FREE to ALL!
– Raise the Roof Free Concert at Dr Disc featuring Coyote Black & Others … 6:30pm
– Andre Bison at The Staircase Theatre … $$
– Liberty Silver at The Pearl Company .. $20
– Mojo Live at Artworld Artbar … $15
– Run Maggie Run LP Release Party! at The Spice Factory … $15
– Mike Williams Band, Sloppy Jalopy, Rocket and the Renegades, and Song at Stonewalls … $$$
– Harrison Kennedy and Friends at The Corktown… $10
– Mike Almas Invites You to The Masque Wine Jazz Bar … No Cover

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday lılılı.♪♫

– Ian Andrews at Lou Dawgs … No Cover
– Crybaby at The Pearl Company … $20
– The Vaudevillian live at Rust City Brewery … No Cover (Top Pick)
– James Grightmire And Gloria Lamping’s STAG AND DOE at RHLI … $10 (Had to list it!)
– The Soul Motivators at This Ain’t Hollywood … $$
– Fleetwood Nicks with Practically Petty at Stonewalls … $$

♫♪.ılılıl Sunday lılılı.♪♫
– Raine Hamilton + Piper Hayes at Artword Artbar … $$

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#FutureEvents

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday May 20 lılılı.♪♫
– Waterdown Festival featuring Elton Rohn!

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#ShoutOuts for Today’s Blog! This could be people, places, etc.

… Just a shout out for whatever reason! Could be for a variety of reasons, but each one I felt needed that shout out … that “hug” or “pat on the back” from someone unexpected.

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@Kevin Barber, @Roxane Lane, @Ron Camilleri, @Mike Williams, @Harrison Kennedy, @Andre M Bisson, @Robin Banks, @Mike Almas, @Gloria Lamping, @James Grightmire, @Gunner Smith, @Zolla Marcangelo, @Desirée Goodwin, @Chris Montgomery, Morgan Davis, @Frances Dawn Locs, @Barbara Lynn Doran, @Connie Rouble, @Jacob Moon, @Ian Andrews, @Shawn Brush, @Shari Dunn, @Jonny Kerr, and @Lora Lions Head

¸¸♬•¯•♩¸¸♪•¯•♫¸¸Happy Birthday to @Steve Barnes, @Scruff Connors, @Helen Graham, @Larissa Drobot, @Steve Strongman, @Luke Houle, @Mike Ackerman, @Lisa Lisa, @Lisa Dedrick

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@Greater Hamilton Musician, @A&A Auto, @Mississippi, @PC Werx, @Deacon Media, @Boxo Studio, @This Ain’t Hollywood, @Staircase Cafe Theatre, @DrDisc Hamilton, @The Pearl Company, @Artword Artbar 15 Colbourne, @The Spice Factory, @Stonewalls Restaurant Hamilton, @Park St Gasworks, @Corktown Pub, @Lou Dawg’s Hamilton, @The Lionshead, and @Bay City Music Hall

 

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#QuackQuackQuack – Treat the troubles of the world like rain. Let them wash away like the water off a duck’s back. #BeADuck

“Watching you at work, I was reminded of the young lady of Natchez, whose clothes were all tatters and patches. In alluding to which, she would say, “Well, Ah itch, and wherever ah itches, Ah scratches.” – P.G. Wodehouse

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May 3rd, 2017 – National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day

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“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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#SomethingToSay

I suffer from an Anxiety Disorder, my ex suffers from an Anxiety Disorder, my son suffers severely from an Anxiety Disorder. I know a few out there, especially a few in my close circle, who also suffer the same. I’m sure we can all tell you how many times we have heard, “Everyone gets anxiety, you just have to deal with it and move on.” Depression… much the same.

People need to realize and understand that the Anxiety cause by a disorder is not the same as normal anxiety. Anxiety is normally a good thing, a normal reaction to a stressful situation. Perhaps an upcoming test, meeting someone for the first time, etc. The feeling causes us to be cautious and prepare during these events. With a disorder, this anxiety becomes intense and excessive, often causing debilitating effects.

Those of us with a disorder and anxious nearly all the time, although if can come and go in varying degrees. It can be hard to even get through the day and making even the most basic decisions or completing simple tasks can be impossible. Paying the bills, making a phone call, answering the door, cooking, etc. These can paralyze us in fear or even trigger a panic attack. How about dizziness, sweating, trembling, headaches, nausea, unable to breathe, trouble speaking, or frequent bladder issues. Ever feel like your completely out of the loop and not part of everyone elses world because you can’t just go outside for a walk? Unable to focus or concentrate, racing thoughts, and negativity. Yes, there could also be underlying depression, but many negative thoughts can also be a symptom of an Anxiety Disorder.

This, along with many other disorders, are an invisible disability. You would not tell a paraplegic to stop being lazy and get off their ass… would you? Today you need to check yourself. If you are feeling any of these things, talk to your doctor. If you know someone who is dealing with these things, support them at their own pace. DO NOT try and force them into seeking help, but don’t be afraid to talk to your own doctor about your friend and seek their advice. Often times, just listening and having a supportive conversation can make the world of difference.

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Mississippi Queen Foods is a Southern Food Caterer, that also hosts special, Southern Supper events, offering a set, Southern menu, alongside blues music. You can find additional information about these Southern Suppers on the homepage of the website www.mississippiqueenfoods.com.

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#RegularEvents

♫♪.ılılıl Sometimes Tuesdays & Sometimes Thursdays :
– Southern Supper at Mississippi Queen Foods! Great blues and amazing southern cuisine! You need to call early for your tickets as the seats fill up fast. $45 gets your the meal and one of the most intimate shows you will ever attend! Tuesday is Cheryl Lescom!
♫♪.ılılıl Tuesdays :
– Jacob Moon and the Commissionaires at Park St. Gasworks! Special guest this week … Dave Rave
♫♪.ılılıl Wednesdays :
– Boogie N Blues with Ian Andrews at the Corktown. A weekly gathering and jam session for the Hamilton Blues Family. If you play the blues you shouldn’t miss this jam!
– Grindstones Jam Night at the Mill Street and 5 America House.
♫♪.ılılıl Thursdays :
– RatRod is hosting an Open Jam at The Pourhouse!
♫♪.ılılıl Sundays :
– Shari Dunn & Jonny Kerr at The Lions Head!
– Blues Brunch (2pm) at Lou Dawgs … ??
– Sunday Blues (2-6pm) at the Bay City Music Hall for only $7. This week … Joshua Arden Miller

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#ThisWeeksEvents

♫♪.ılılıl Wednesday :
– Ginger St. James kicks off her Western Tour at This Aint Hollywood … $$
♫♪.ılılıl Thursday :
– The Acoustics are live at The Artword Artbar … $10
♫♪.ılılıl Friday :
– Altobeelays CD release party at This Aint Hollywood … $$
– Sew Hungry Ottawa Street Food Truck Festival … 11am
– Celebrating The Life of Brian Griffith at Bay City Music Hall … $20 (Fundraiser & My Top Pick)
– Joel Cumby, The Handsome Devils, and Golden Horseshoe Rivival at The Casbah … $10
– Milk Run, Blind Mule, Gypsy Ghosts, and Sean Le Sage at the Corktown … $$
– Mark Laforme at Buddy’s Roadhouse … No Cover
– Quarter In The Bag CD Release Party! at Club Absinthe … $$
♫♪.ılılıl Saturday :
– Cotton Factory Spring Market … 270 Sherman Ave North
– Soul Shaker at Brassie Pub in Ancaster … No Cover
♫♪.ılılıl Sunday :
– Missy Bauman CD Release with Of Gentlemen and Cowards at The Casbah … $10

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#FutureEvents

♫♪.ılılıl Saturday May 20 :
– Elton Rohn at Waterdown Festival

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#GiveItAListen

https://youtu.be/6GtPW4nB3Ro – Melanie Martinez – “Mad Hatter”

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#ShoutOuts for Today’s Blog! This could be people, places, etc.

… Just a shout out for whatever reason! Could be for a variety of reasons, but each one I felt needed that shout out … that “hug” or “pat on the back” from someone unexpected.

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Thich Nhat Hanh, Kevin Barber, Roxanne Lane, Lee O’Brien, Eric Meloche, Gloria Constable, Rhonda Durocher, Connie Rouble, Jacob Moon, Dave Rave, Ian Andrews, Shawn Brush, Shari Dunn, Jonny Kerr, Lora Lions Head, Ginger St. James, B A Scott, Mark LaForme, Sean Le Sage, Alfonso Spoto, Richard Hone, Andrew Eckart, Sharon Musgrave, Lori Yates, J.P. Paul Riemens, Jamie Oakes, Paul Intson, Jude Johnson, Joel Guenther, Michelle Titian, Ron Cole, Rob Honey, Adam Platsko, Troy Mosley, and Missy Bauman

¸¸♬•¯•♩¸¸♪•¯•♫¸¸Happy Birthday Jack MacLean, Debra Yetman Murphy, Frank Botos, Steve Muggridge, and James Metcalfe

°º¤ø,¸¸, Places

@Mississippi Queen Foods, Park St Gasworks, Corktown Pub, The American House, Lou Dawgs, The Lionshead Pub, The Pour House, Bay City Music Hall, Brassie Pub, This Ain’t Hollywood, Cotton Factory, Ottawa Street BIA, The Casbah, Buddy’s Roadhouse, and Club Absinthe

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#BeADuck

“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” – Astrid Alauda

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#JustPreachin for Monday April 27th, 2015

#ReasonToGetOutOfBed

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” – Gandhi

Thinking on this always brings a smile to my face. I may be a little more cynical in believing that it will truly always win in the end, but deep down I have hope for this.

#HappyBirthday

A special Happy Birthday to Marios Georgiou and Stephanie Smith. Today you share this day with Sheena Easton and Ace Frehley, so today I really hope you celebrate more than just 9 to 5 and you get to Rock N Roll All Night!

#DeaconBluesApproved

Guess what? It’s Monday. Nothing much going on but this week should be fun. I know my pals in Burnin’ Ethyl are on the Barber Shop Podcast on Wednesday night with Kevin Barber. I also know that this coming Friday night over at The Pearl Company, my friend Ian Andrews will be rockin’ it up. Will let you know more later in the week.

#JustPreachin

The reality of a terrorist threat.

First off, “Terrorism” has been defined as “premeditated, politically motivated violence, perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents.” Keep the terms “politically motivated” and “noncombatant targets” fresh in your mind.

I am not going to include 9-11 in this, because we all know and agree this was a tragedy to many nations. The truth is that there was more behind that attack than just an Islamic terrorist group still stirs up controversy, and in the US even discussing it can get you arrested. Since that day, which by the way, is the day that we began losing a hold on our rights and freedoms.

We really have very little statistics hear in Canada for this as of yet, I believe your chances are better to be hit by lightning… twice… Than to be killed in a terrorist attack of any kind in Canada. Something silly like that anyways. I will look mostly at the US, since they seem to be the real target of most terrorist groups anyways. Since 9-11, there have been 16 people killed inside US borders by alleged terrorists. Two Isrealis were killed in LA in 2002 (I guess we can call them American). A US Soldier was killed in 2009. Also in 2009, 13 US Soldiers were killed by … oh ya … a US Army psychiatrist who happened to be Muslim and an alleged terrorist, on a military base. So that is it inside of US Borders for people killed by outside terrorist groups (Islamic extremists).

Now, going to break this part off a little, and you will see why. In late 2001, five US citizens were killed in Anthrax attacks. Two were killed on an attack of a Knoxville church in 2008. In 2009, two were killed in Arizona but nobody is sure if it actually an official terrorist act, also an abortion provider was killed in Kansas, a guard at the Holocaust Museum, two in Austin when a plane was crashed into a government building over a tax dispute, and a man was shot by police during a hostage situation in Maryland (the man was a terrorist). This is 14 more people killed by terrorism inside of US borders. Only 2 less that I mentioned earlier in the above paragraph. So why did I break it up? The first 16 were alleged terrorist activities of Islamic groups. The last 14 were all US citizens and it had nothing at all to do with Islam or any other religions. All these were domestic terrorism.

If we take a look outside of US borders it is a little different. I am only mentioning “noncombatant targets”, since soldiers killed while engaged in futile policing practices, and mostly un-justified military actions are bound to get killed at some point. To date, about 158 US citizens have been killed in terrorist attacks since about 2005, about 16 per year. Most of those by the way, were in war torn countries like Iraq. Not sure about you, but if I was living in a country that had sworn death to all those of my nationality, I think it would be time to … go home.

Islam is a faith. Not all Muslims are the same. Religious law and cultural beliefs are two totally different things. Islam is a very inspiring religion but it also a very violent one. I have been hear many people propagating hatred towards Muslims over the past years. Pointing fingers and shouting rhetoric from the rooftops. They kills “this many” Christians. They bombed “this many” people. We, as the “civilized” western world and alleged Christian based nations, should not be so quick to throw those stones. Our whole civilization here in the western world, our entire Christian faith (and I mean ALL of it) has been built on the bones and blood of those who stood apart and against us. The Christian world terrorized the rest of the world for hundreds of years. After we became dominant in this global society, we only then, began to become civilized. Our human rights, equal rights for women, equal rights for all races, equal rights for gay people, all of this is a NEW thing. Only the last 50 to 100 years have been “civilized” at all. We can do this, because there was nobody acting like Big Brother and sticking their nose into our business every five minutes. We reached the top of the food chain, so to speak, and in our comfort zone we began to soften. But have we? Are we not still that same blood loving and brutal animal that charged forth in hundreds of battles under the guise of Christianity during the Crusades? We view ourselves as righteous. The rest of the world must do as we do and believe as we believe. They can’t be allowed to develop and grow on their own. Only we can show them the way. Our inner nature has not truly changed, maybe for some, but the mass of our society is still the same only with a more “civilized” face.

We have already influenced Islam in a positive way. We don’t need to be involved in their wars and their ways. Let the Middle East solve its own problems. However, when we open our borders in let people in, we need to be clear with them on what is expected. We can’t promise them prosperity only to have them live in squalor. If we are going to be truly a free nation, we have to allow them to express themselves in a manner that they are accustomed, so long as does no harm. This idea of banning their clothing, the long dress (Burqa) has people complaining that they might be hiding weapons under there. How many domestic terrorists have hidden guns under trench coats, hoodies, etc. Guess we should ban all of those too. The face veil is big concern to some. I agree that in secure areas they must show their face, at least to someone, to be allowed access to certain places (ie. Boarding planes). However, in general is they want to have their faces remain covered; let them. NO they are not all forced to wear them, especially here in this country. And to be 100% clear, face veils are not only an Islamic thing. Period. They can be worn for any number of reasons. So if we are to ban them, they we must ban anything with a hood, any type of hat that even partial conceals our face, even surgical masks must go … only BAD people cover their face you know.

Anyway, I have said my what I had to say. You may not agree with everything I said but you can NOT argue with the facts that I have listed. If you simply disagree without backing up your position with facts, not propaganda then you are a reactionary. An extremist. No better than those you point fingers at. Think first … then react.

#SeeYouOnTheBSide

#JustPreachin for Wednesday March 25th, 2015

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Think I may rearrange the blog a little, still trying to get the feel of things and see what works best. Oh ya … Happy HUMP Day! #HumpDay

#HappyBirthday

Want to wish Dave King a special day today. Today you share a birthday with James Lovell, Elton John, and Sarah Jessica Parker. In the spirit of those three … May you journey to the stars, may your friends know how wonderful life is with you in the world, and may you get too much Sex in the City.

#DeaconBluesApproved

Seems like a pretty typical Wednesday. Normally I have something going on though out there, but looks like today is a good night to stay home and get some reading in. I highly recommend “The Best That Money Can’t Buy” by Jacque Fresco & Roxanne Meadows.

#JustPreachin

Yes, I will say it again, Happy #HumpDay. Figured I would share a little more of myself today. I think by now, everyone knows I am a little bit of a conspiracy nut. You may not know that I am also actively moving for change in this world. We need a change and it has to be a drastic one. I am part of what is called The Venus Project and have been working to spread the word on this for a few years now.  The man behind the project is Jacque Fresco, a genius and one of the greatest minds of our time. I could go on a huge ramble here about Jacque and all his accomplishments but you really should look him up yourself. Youtube & Google have lots of links that you can spend hours going through. I also recommended his book above, but he does have a few other books out that are just as powerful. My first look into Jacque was with his book, “Introduction to Sociocyberneering” which came out before my time but I was captivated all the same. I have said time and time again, we all need to WAKE UP. I say those words to myself almost daily. Perhaps some of my beliefs are not helpful to my depression, but on some days they are my #ReasonToGetOutOfBed. Look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Wake Up” then take a close look at yourself and then shout it, “WAKE UP”. Do it as loud as you can in the mirror without disrupting your neighbours or family. Then close your eyes and think for a few moments. I can tell you, I feel more alive when I do that. Seems to open my mind to new ideas and new questions. That is why the quote today in the new #FacebookCover. Jacque said, “People will continue to search for answers to universal and perplexing problems. But to find meaningful answers, one must first know what questions to ask.” Do you have the right question to ask? Do you know how much energy we actually spend seeking answers to the wrong questions? I just wanted you all to have something to think about today. Force yourself over the hump.

#SeeYouOnTheBSide!

 

Canadian Democratic System … Fail! Part One

“..things are never as complicated as they seem. It is only our arrogance that prompts us to find unnecessarily complicated answers to simple problems.” – Muhammad Yanus

.-= Personally, I think we need a revolution of sorts, but more on that in a future blog. For today, I just want to focus on our failed party system. There are potentially many solutions, but I will only be mentioning two. One is the Fair & Proportional Voting System which I will address in detail in a future blog. The other is just something that I have been thinking of for a few years now, I call it the Common People System.

There should only be three  criteria for the beginning. You must be a Canadian Citizen, you must be 18 years of age, and you must be 100% transparent. I am sure the last one requires a little explanation. To be transparent, your life as it related to being in government should be open and part of public record. A full background check should be done. This would include your financial history, employment history, medical history, criminal history, education, etc. None of this would exclude you from running, but it should be available to all to see. I can see importance in knowing all those things about a person I may choose to support. With this in place, there would be no “digging up dirt” on those running against you, it would be there for the world to see.

With that being said, let’s say you meet the criteria and you want to for some level of office. I has to start at your local level. All communities are broken down into constituencies with X number of voters in them. We can just have “everyone” running for office, that would take forever. I think you should have no more than 10. To be placed on any ballot for your local constituency you should be required to signatures of support from… essentially you neighbours. No less than 10% of the voters in your area. With this method you could have no more than 10, but you may just be able to run unopposed. You would still have to run in the election and have those signatures turned into counted votes. By this point, you should have a documented platform of your own ideas. Without the party system, you would not be forced to follow any “party agenda”. So far, this is only leg work and time. We all know that you need money to run for any level of government position. But do we really need the millions that some say is required? Absolutely not. Once you have secured your place on the ballot, you can solicit support. This however, must also be 100% transparent. You are not free to begin your campaign via signs, t-shirts, buttons, whatever. Now there is the matter of media. This is where lots of money has been spent over the years, yet there is a solution. All local media sources should be required to give equal space and time to all legitimate candidates. Notice the word equal. This should simply be a way for the candidate share their platform and public transparency of who they are. Now the people need to decide and a local election should be held. This is kinda where things do get a little complicated, but not as much as they may seem.

Before I go further, I should mention that this is a total overhaul of our government system and the way we elect our voice. Once that localized election is over, each constituency has an elected government official. These should be our local members of parliament. Now each of these member need to repeat the process for a region election. Again, media must give all candidates equal space and time. This should all be at no cost. Another election should be held to determine regional members of parliament. Next level, for provincial leader. Same process. All the regional members enter into another election all in the same manner as the first. After all is said and done, we have a fairly elected premier of the province, but each and every member of any position still has a local constituency to answer to, as well as a regional, and then provincial. Each level would have to meet independent of each other. At this point, you could go even further. Each Premier would then become a candidate for Prime Minister. Repeating the entire process.

I know, there are dozens or possible more loopholes and problems with this suggested system, but as I said .. it is just an idea that I have tossed around in my head for quite a few years. So long as each “local area” begins with approximately the same number of voters, it would be much better representation of our government. Every official would have to answer to their local support, but also answer to those beneath them. The Prime Minister would be accountable to the Premiers. The Premiers to their Region Parliament, the Regional Parliament to the Local (Municipal Parliament?). I encourage thoughts, suggestions, comments, debates, etc. As these are only my thoughts, imagine what could be accomplished should we group together to brainstorm even better ideas?

– Deacon Blues (deaconbluez)
July 1st, 2014

MINDING OUR OWN BUSINESS

“International politics is never about democracy and human rights. It’s about the interests of states. Remember that, no matter what you are told in history lessons.”  – Egon Bah

.-= So tired of hearing about world conflicts that have nothing to do with us. Aren’t you? Here is the thing…

As a sovereign country, we as Canadians have a common bond, for the most part. We have our differences from province to province but tolerance and understanding has made things work. Some of the most heated internal conflicts have come about in relation to Quebec and the rest of the country, and as of late, even those have been pretty quiet.

What if things heated up and escalated? What if the language division became such a serious issue to the people that armed conflicts began to arise? What if there were serious religious differences between geographical areas of the country? Things would not be so comfortable for us, and perhaps in a worst case scenario, a civil war could break out. Unlikely, but one never knows. Now all that being said, now we have other sovereign nations sticking their nose in our business… taking sides. Most of those involved would claim to be doing so under the guise of “human rights” but the truth is, they would be involved because of their own self interests. They would be wanting to protect their access to our commerce and trade, our fresh water, our oil, and other natural resources. How tolerant would you be of their involvement in our differences?

The Middle East. This area of the world has been unstable for thousands of years, so much so that we may never have been where we are had it not been. Right now I can see many of confused looks on your faces. Christopher Columbus set out to explore and find a new trade route that would get him from Spain to the Orient and India, so they could avoid crossing through the Middle East. At the time, he was risking certain death, because remember the Earth was flat and he would simply fall off the end.

Islam is a religion of peace, so it claims. Christianity has claimed the same thing. This never stopped the wars fought in the name of Christianity has it? There are so many radical factions within Islam. The Middle East is at constant war with itself, mostly over religious differences and extremes. Our nations however, continually get involved, claiming many reasons. Fear of terrorism, humanitarian aid, etc. We are creating more unrest. We are fueling the fires.

It does not matter that these conflicts are in the Middle East. There are many conflicts similar to this in South America, Africa, etc. We need to MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS. Let them figure it out for themselves. Let them solve their own problems. Makes sense does it not? Maybe, but it will never happen because the truth is, we get involved because of our own self-interest. MONEY is our motivation. Perhaps not directly, but we put our support behind others who are motivated by greed. If they don’t want us there, it is time to get out.

Some say that is a problem for the United States. Maybe at one time. Now, most of the world is beginning to bunch us together with them. We were once the most loved and respected country in the world. Things are changing. Outside involvement in these foreign conflicts is wrong. We need to take a stand, and let them deal with it alone. Should our neighbours to the south want to get involved, we need to distance ourselves from that. We have enough problems of our own, right here, that need to be taken care of and addressed. We are allowing our government to distract us from our own problems by pointing elsewhere. Are we really that gullible? Are we really so self-absorbed and arrogant to think that we have all the answers and know what is best for everyone else in the world?

Once again, I am just asking questions. Just something that gets under my skin and I know that I am not alone in this thinking. Comment, share, and make your voice heard!

– Deacon Blues (deaconbluez)
June 20th, 2014