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Revitalizing Japantown? : A unifying exploration of Human Rights
Revitalizing Japantown? : A unifying exploration of Human Rights, branding and place in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
 
“Revitalizing Japantown? : A unifying exploration of Human Rights, branding and place in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside” is a research project that’s documenting the long Human Rights history of the DTES by working with the 5 founding communities: Coast Salish people, the Low-Income community, Chinese Canadians, Japanese Canadians and African Canadians. Secular and politically non partisan, we acknowledge and honour the fact that we’re working on Traditional Coast Salish Territory.
 
The Right to Remain Community Fair is the arts phase of the research project. Having interviewed DTES residents and former residents about their memories and experiences of Human Rights in the DTES, we now get to bring the project to a much larger cross-section of the community by way of the Human Rights Art Workshops and the Right to Remain Community Fair.  The workshops are for anyone living in the DTES who would like to join us and express their human rights experiences in the DTES - good or bad.

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Arts & Humanities: Humanities 101 Community Programme

Arts & Humanities
Humanities 101 Community Programme offers three free university-level courses for people who live in and around the Downtown Eastside and Downtown South. The courses are for people who have encountered financial and other barriers to university education and who wish to expand their intellectual horizons in an accessible, challenging and respectful environment. Applicants must have a love of learning, basic literacy skills and be willing to attend classes, complete assignments and participate in group discussions. Applications for these non-credit courses are accepted not on the basis of past academic history, but on applicants' desire and ability to be part of the Hum 101 Programme.
   Classes take place at UBC Point Grey campus on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning in early September. You can apply for an eight month interdisciplinary course where you will study a different subject in the arts and social sciences each week, including history and politics, art, music, architecture, philosophy, literature, sociology, first nation studies, economics, gender studies, popular culture and more. Or you can apply for a three-month long, hands-on writing course where a new genre and style of writing will taught each week. Participants receive school supplies, student cards, bus tickets to get to and from class, meals, and childcare if needed.
  Please attend the upcoming information and application sessions for more details on how to participate in the programme. Information is also available at      humanities101.arts.ubc.ca
 
Carnegie Centre, Main and Hastings St. (top floor classroom)
Saturday August 16, 11am for Hum 101 & Hum 201
Tuesday August 19, 11am for Writing
Thursday August 28, 11am for Hum 101, Hum 201 &
Writing
Gathering Place Community Ctre, 609 Helmcken St.
Saturday August 16, 1pm for Hum 101 & Hum 201
Tuesday August 19, 1pm for Writing
Vancouver Recovery Club, 2775 Sophia St.
Wednesday August 20, 11am for Hum 101, Hum 201
and Writing
Crabtree Corner, 533 East Hastings St. (3rd fl. room)
Wednesday August 20, 1pm for Hum 101, Hum 201
and Writing
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, 302 Columbia St. (women only)
Thursday August 21, 1pm for Hum 101, Hum 201
and Writing

Humanities 101 Community Programme
Dr. Margot Leigh Butler, Academic Director
Paul Woodhouse, Programme Coordinator
Alison Rajah, Writing Coordinator
Wil Steele, Programme Assistant
Michelle Turner, Programme Assistant
Madeline Gorman, Programme Assistant
tel. 604-822-0028
Programme Office:
#270  Buchanan E, 1866 Main Mall, U.B.C.
Vancouver, B.C. Canada   V6T 1Z1 Website: http://humanities101.arts.ubc.ca/

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And “in print” in the daily media…
And “in print” in the daily media…
The hand-wringing continues unabated in the Downtown Eastside. The weekend’s Vancouver Sun detailed a laundry list of 260 agencies that provide some form of “service” to the roughly 6,500 residents in need in what we used to call the “Skids.”
------- host to the world’s largest open-air drug bazaar. The DTES also contains North America’s first supervised injection site, where heroin addicts can use to ------ will ensure they are brought back to life and live to stick a needle in a vein another day.
-------The vast majority of these folks cannot be fixed, whether it is their addiction issues that caused their mental health issues or vice versa. It’s all related. Let’s at least admit it.-------- society. In fact, I was stunned to learn in the Vancouver Sun that Vancouver Coastal Health was, in part, funding VANDU. While it’s true that VCH has to deal with the ramifications of drug use, it should not be funding the enablers who are foisting their ridiculous views on those of us who actually pay the freight for this bafflegab.
The story is not about how much all of this is costing, it should be about how do we stop the nonsense.
And all of this for 6,500 folks. For the record, Riverview used to be home to about 5,000 patients. But that was before we became enlightened. [yadda-yadda-yadda]
Leo Knight is a former police officer, security expert and host of primetimecrime.com.

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Carnegie Community Action Project

Carnegie Community Action Project

  Please share! The Vancouver Sun is publishing a series of articles and op-eds arguing that money is being "wasted" in the DTES. If you have a few minutes, please consider writing a short letter to the editor telling the Sun that if we stopped "wasting" money subsidizing developers, corporations and wealthy people, we could raise welfare rates and build social housing.
Here's one example:
  The reason that the simple model of criminalizing & institutionalizing poor people in the DTES that Leo Knight wants to reinstate has been challenged so successfully is because we’ve learned it doesn’t work.
Countless studies have shown that mental health and addictions issues people face in the DTES are tied to poverty. Poverty is created by the unequal distribution of wealth.
 I agree that money has been misdirected in the DTES. Instead of subsidizing renovations to heritage buildings and giving big developers tax breaks, our focus should be on ending poverty and homelessness. Instead, rents in the DTES are skyrocketing, there’s a 15,000 person waiting list for social housing and welfare rates haven’t been raised since 2007.
 Poverty costs BC about $9 billion annually. The costs of housing people – which even the Federal Government now agrees is the first step – are far lower.   There would be no need to have 260 agencies working in the DTES if we addressed the root causes of poverty and homelessness, starting with raising welfare rates and building social housing.

Tamara Herman

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Sense of belonging in DTES
Sense of belonging in DTES
Re: A ghetto made by outsiders, June 28
  I have lived and worked in the Downtown Eastside for 30 years and I don’t know of any low-income resident here who refers to this neighbourhood as a ghetto.
  Scott Clark is by no means unique in promoting a diaspora scenario for poor local residents. The real estate community constantly laments restricted opportunities to move undesirables out of the neighbourhood and replace them with shirt and tie professionals. Some city councillors believe the same.
 It’s always a puzzle to me why it is considered a horrific civic burden to have a segment of like-minded people who share common beliefs, culture and an understanding of the indigenous texture of a neighbourhood living together in the same place. Isn’t that what each of us strives for: a definable sense of belonging and acceptance? People find that in the Downtown Eastside.
  It’s not OK to arbitrarily move people around like game pieces to communities where they’re not welcome and where they only stagnate through neglect.
                                                         IAN MACRAE

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Re: Lack of cooperation means homelessness likely to persist
Re: Lack of cooperation means homelessness likely to persist, June 30
  Gregor Robertson, Rich Coleman, and the social agencies could smother each other in kisses and compliments and we’d still have a homeless crisis.
  It’s not impossible to end homelessness. We need money and policy change.
  I remember when we had almost no homelessness in Vancouver; it was when welfare had a lot more purchasing power and governments built almost 800 units a year of social housing in the city alone.
  Raise welfare rates; people need more than $375 for rent and $235 for everything else. Who do you know who rents a decent place for $375?
 With 2,770 homeless people in Metro Vancouver and over 10,000 on the B.C. Housing waiting list, all the co-operation in the world can’t squeeze people into units that don’t exist. We need social housing.
  While the public may think a lot of social housing is being built, it is mostly the same old units being announced, re-announced and then bragged about. Only about 150 units a year are planned in B.C. over the next five years, not nearly enough to get homeless people off the streets.
  We need the Residential Tenancy Act changed so landlords can’t raise rents as much as they like when people leave. In a tight rental market like Vancouver’s, this is an incentive for them to evict and even pay people to leave. We need the city to slow down the gentrification pushing up property values and rents, making it impossible for people to afford to live
in the city.
                              JEAN SWANSON, Vancouver

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Re: Refugee health cuts ‘cruel and unusual
Letters to the Editor
c/o Ottawa Citizen
To the Editor,
 I quite enjoyed reading Steve Rennie’s Saturday July 5, 2014 article, “Refugee health cuts ‘cruel and unusual’.” This federal Tory government’s bullheaded intransigence is both symptomatic and reflective of its leader’s tyrannically inflexible mindset.
By appointing droning obfuscators to key government command positions, Tory Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly underscored his secret desire to bend Canada to his neoconservative will. Examples of these include:
Peter “I prefer women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” Mackay
Jason “Get me another drink immediately or you’ll forfeit your pay and I’ll have you sent back to your country of origin” Kenney
James “I’m not my brother’s keeper (or child minder, either)” Moore
Rona “We backed out of Kyoto because it was ruining our chances to maximize our revenues via cold-blooded destruction of the environment” Ambrose
  Using his hackneyed “death by a thousand incremental cuts” approach, Harper is stealthily convincing Canada that Canadian healthcare is untenable. He started by cutting refugee medical program eligibility, and he’ll end by renaming disappeared medicare as “Money talks, and if your annual income is less than $100,000, too bad for you because now your new, glorious private health care insurance is unaffordable”
                        Yours sincerely,
                                 Rolf Auer

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From the Library

From the Library

  In celebration of pride and diversity, the library is featuring a display and reading list from the “Native Out” website on two spirit peoples.  VPL has a great selection of GLBTQ materials, and Carnegie branch has these titles in-house among others...
Blood, Marriage, Wine and Glitter (2013) by S. Bear Bergman: 306.76 B49b.  The writing is described as being tender, humorous, and defiantly queer with stories on family, gender and sexuality.  Bergman is also the co-author of Gender Outlaws.
She Walks for Days Inside a Thousand Eyes: A Two Spirit Story (2008) by Sharron Proulx-Turner:  821 P968s.  Proulx-Turner explores the lesser known history and tradition of two spirit women through her poetry and narratives.
Two-spirit People:  Native American Gender Identity, Sexuality, and Spirituality (1997):  306.766 T974j.  This book includes a variety of voices who are exploring sexual identity within First Nations’ cultures and beyond.  It is considered a classic introduction on two spirit perspectives.
  If you would like to request more items from the “Native Out” reading list please don’t hesitate to ask the information staff to track them down for you.

                                Your Carnegie Librarian, Natalie

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Just looked at calendar

Just looked at calendar
Wow! Calculated dates
And realised I’ve been
on this solid Earth -83 yrs

Came to Van as a child -8
Had to pass through –
Go to New Res School
On Vancouver Island.

Our people & many of our kin
Died from either cancer
or Tuberculosis

Now people have help!

My Grandparents saved many
As they knew what herb
To use to aid people.
Such is life – now it’s AIDS

                     Christina

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Colleen Gorrie will be back July 21st…
Our beloved Volunteer Coordinator, Colleen Gorrie will be back July 21st…. Welcome back Colleen we missed you!!
Volunteer Dinner, July 16th @ 4:30pm
Volunteer Outtrips: Strathcona Picnic, Tuesday July 22nd @ 11:30am
                     Movies, Thursday July 17th @ 11:30am
  Sign up at Volunteer Program office.

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A Day in the Life

    A Day in the Life

Chosen not Frozen

A day like any day
Here at the Ovaltine
A Legend from the good old days of Skid Rowe
Neon Lights
Booze all day Sunday

Contemplating existence: licking my wounds
Here in the “promised land”

The weather Up and Down
Hot and dry cold and damp
A Scotch mist or foggy foggy dew

West wind blows away the smog
Manmade
Rain washes the greener than green grasses
On its way to brown

Plants growing like hops
Our discomfort none of their own
As I enter the Gate I observe their progress upward
Seeking the source of their existence*////

Blossoms wither and die in this time exposure shot
Season turns, turns back
Green world more resilient than our mood
Homeless, gormless, houseless
Sleepless is the Order of the Day
Brother can you spare a twoonie, a ciarette,
                                   a glass of biere
However they are techno-rich, laptops, memory
                       sticks and lapdogs abound
Eyes down, texting , twittering, chirping their signals
                              in the vast concrete jungles
In the beginning was the Mouth
Word actually a later evolvement Nothing preserved.

                              Wilhelmina Miles

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Does It Matter What Happens to the CBC?

Does It Matter What Happens to the CBC?

 Hubert Lacroix is the chief executive officer or CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In the last few weeks, the 59 year-old Montreal lawyer has announced a series of brutal cuts to the CBC. These cuts and the coming layoffs of more than a 1,000 people may well doom the CBC. Stephen Harper's government has already chopped the CBC.'s budget by $250 million a year.
    "This is a terrible thing," one loyal listener to the CBC. told me. But I'm a progressive and my reply is, "Is it terrible?'
     First off let's remember that the CBC. has never been a progressive broadcasting service. Sure it's been an important Canadian broadcasting service but progressive service to Canada? Not that I can remember.
    Richard Bedford Bennett, the usually ultra conservative Prime Minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935, set up the CBC to put forward a Canadian perspective on the radio. At first CBC was set up as a network of radio stations across Canada. In the 1950's it branched out into television. "Bennett was proud of his work in establishing the national broadcasting network," says Bennett's biographer John Boyko. Even though I detested most of what the reactionary Bennett did as Conservative Prime Minister I think Boyko is right in praising Bennett for his establishing the C.B.C.
     Yet let's not get carried away here. Under successive federal Liberal and Conservative governments, the CBC remained a very conservative broadcasting system. Its leading lights like Peter Mansbridge, Nancy Wilson, the late Knowlton Nash, his niece Alison Smith and others were never progressives.
    "Advertisers do not tell me what to do," Mansbridge told me in effect in a letter. This is true but beside the point. Advertisers don't influence the CBC 's journalist since most of the top reporters, or stars of the system are already conservative when they get to their present jobs.
    Sometimes a few progressive journalists on Radio Canada or the CBC 's French side slip into top positions. The late Rene Levesque, Quebec's first sovereigntist premier, and Michaelle Jean who later became a Governor-General, definitely leaned to the left. Both had high profile jobs on Radio Canada. Linden MacIntyre, the talented host of "The Fifth Estate' is progressive. He recently resigned his job on the 'Fifth Estate' to protest the cuts to CBC Carol Off, the lively host of "As It Happens' is progressive. And so may be Anna Maria Tremonti the head journalist on 'The Current'
     All the other journalists on CBC are either federal Liberals or Conservatives. Rex Murphy  the high profile host of 'Cross Country Check-Up' is an ultra conservative and is also one of the big columnists on the very conservative 'National Post' paper. Murphy has verbally slammed in print members of the Carnegie Centre Action Project.
   Next time we'll look at how the CBC covered the DTES in the 1990's and later.
                                                     By Dave Jaffe

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Acquiescing to Big Biotech: Relentless Drive to Force GMO Crops into Britain

[With all due respect: At the July 3rd Carnegie Association Board Meeting, a man loudly & pointedly began a monologue on the evil of GMOs (genetically-modified organisms). There was, to him, nothing more important than stopping the use and even creation of these scientifically-produced plants and the subsequent presence of same in our food. He spoke to Ethel Whitty after her Director's Report but wouldn't shut up long enough for her to answer his demands. "Carnegie must be a model, refuse to serve anything unless it is certified to be GMO-free, even if it means doubling prices, even if people have to go without if no untainted food is available ... ' He was so self-righteous and pissed off when people there wouldn't let him use that meeting for his personal soapbox rant. Kind of like saying if we don't make our air pollution free, everybody should refuse to breathe ...]


Acquiescing to Big Biotech: Relentless Drive to Force GMO Crops into Britain
                                            By Colin Todhunter
 [GM = Genetically Modified; GE = Genetically engineered; GMO = Genetically Modified Organism]
   The Committee says that the Government should do more to inform the public about “potentially beneficial impacts” of GM crops under development, but, according to Genewatch UK, the report fails to inform the public that the commercial GM crops that would actually be grown commercially are tolerant to companies’ own-brand weed killers, such as Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready crops.
   The “potentially beneficial impacts” of GM crops just don’t stack up. For instance, non-GM farming in Europe has outperformed GM farming in the USA [2] and poisonous pesticides, destructive fertilisers and patented GE seeds can’t even match 1890 or even 1760 AD yields in India [3].
Director of GeneWatch UK, Dr Helen Wallace, says:
“RoundUp Ready GM crops are the crops which could be grown in England perhaps as early as next year. Blanket spraying of these crops with weedkiller would lead to massive loss of habitat for birds and butterflies and a plague of superweeds for farmers. The costs of segregating GM and non-GM would push up food prices for everyone, and non-GM farmers would lose out financially if their conventional or organic crops become contaminated”.
   Monsanto’s or Syngenta’s RoundUp Ready GM maize (NK603 and GA21), which are blanket sprayed with the weedkiller glyphosate (brand name RoundUp), are in the commercial pipeline for EU cultivation approvals. Again, some of the “potentially beneficial impacts” of RoundUp Ready GM crops include the growth of herbicide-tolerant superweeds and the loss of habitat for birds and butterflies: leading, for example, to a crash in the population of the Monarch butterfly in the United States [4,5]. Aside from the environmental dangers, there are very strong links between glyphosate and a very wide range of serious human ailments and diseases [6].
   In the UK, there are no national measures for co-existence of GM and non-GM crops and for liability for the costs of contamination incidents, which can cost conventional and organic farmers many millions of pounds in lost markets for their products [7]. Contamination seems of little concern to the global biotech sector, though. It has already recklessly contaminated the environment with its poison [8] and, as far as GMOs are concerned, it is more a case of the more contamination, the better [9].
   The EU ‘opt out’ proposal adopted by EU ministers in June, which will now go to the European Parliament, could speed up GM crop approvals in England by loosening Europe-wide regulations that are currently in place. Countries opposed to growing would opt out by imposing regional bans on the cultivation of specific crops. Scotland and Wales will opt out from growing GM crops, but the Government wants England to press ahead. This ‘opt out’ proposal is regarded as constituting little more than part of a ‘Monsanto-friendly’ [10] strategy, which is being facilitated by Minister Owen Paterson, who has worked closely with the GMO industry on UK policy, including on a PR strategy which seeks to avoid discussion of RoundUp Ready crops and the multinational companies that sell them [11]. Paterson appears little more than a misinformed puppet of the GMO sector [12] and seems content to be a part of that sector’s multi-pronged political subterfuge to force GMO onto the British public [13]. Such a pity that Paterson and others are content to climb into bed with a company that has such a long history of duplicity and criminality [14].
   One positive aspect of the Committee’s report is the recommendation that Government reduces dependence on imported soybean for animal feed, warning that increased demand for protein from emerging economies threatens current supply lines. Much of this imported soya is GM. The Committee also recommends that the UK takes steps to become more self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables, supermarkets shorten their supply chains to support more local food; and better long-term weather prediction for farmers is developed.
In response to this, Helen Wallace states:
   “It is a pity that these valuable recommendations on food security are likely to be drowned out by this Committee’s misleading claims on GM crops. Reducing dependency on imported GM soya, used to feed animals in Britain, would be a big step forward in making our food supply more sustainable and secure.”
‘Food security’ and ‘sustainability’ are nice sounding terms. However, acquiescing to big US biotech concerns does not guarantee either. It’s not meant to. Quite the opposite in fact [15,16].
Notes
[1] House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Food security. Second Report of Session 2014-15.
[2] Heinemann et al. (2013) Sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. Published online: 14 Jun 2013.http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14735903.2013.806408#.Ub9AU5zXryU
[3] http://www.globalresearch.ca/india-genetically-modified-seeds-agricultural-productivity-and-political-fraud/5328227
[4] For superweeds see: Benbrook CM (2012) Impacts of genetically engineered crops on pesticide use in the U.S. – the first sixteen years. Environmental Sciences Europe 24(1):24.http://www.enveurope.com/content/24/1/24 ; BBC report 19th September 2012:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19585341 ; GM crops: Farmer to Farmer:http://gmcropsfarmertofarmer.com/ ; Greenpeace “Growing Doubt” video, October 2012:http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/agriculture/problem/genetic-engineering/Growing-Doubt/ ; more videos of superweeds on: http://www.gmfreeze.org/why-freeze/videos-and-clips/.
[5] For Monarch butterflies see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/18/tracking-causes-monarch-butterfly-decline ; Pleasants JM, Oberhauser KS (2013) Milkweed loss in agricultural fields because of herbicide use: effect on the monarch butterfly population. Insect Conservation and Diversity 6(2):135-144. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1752-4598.2012.00196.x/abstract
[6] http://www.gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Glyphosate-Destructor-of-Human-Health-and-Biodiversity.pdf
[7] GM Contamination Register: http://www.gmcontaminationregister.org/
[8] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup-weedkiller-found-75-air-and-rain-samples-gov-study-finds
[9] http://www.globalresearch.ca/contamination-and-bio-pollution-the-criminality-of-the-gm-biotech-iindustry/5371517
[10] http://corporateeurope.org/food-and-agriculture/2014/05/biotech-lobbys-fingerprints-over-new-eu-proposal-allow-national-gmo
[11] GeneWatch UK PR: UK Government and GM industry collusion exposed. Tuesday 6th May 2014. http://www.genewatch.org/article.shtml?als[cid]=492860&als[itemid]=574495
[12] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-mp-says-progm-environment-secretary-owen-paterson-is-industry-puppet-8686133.html
[13] http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-syngenta-and-bayer-cropscience-the-gmo-biotech-sector-cant-win-the-scientific-debate-the-options-are-co-option-deception-and-collusion/5381725
[14] http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/06/20/complete-history-monsanto-worlds-evil-corporation/
[15] http://www.grain.org/article/entries/4929-hungry-for-land-small-farmers-feed-the-world-with-less-than-a-quarter-of-all-farmland
[16]http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×3365735
Copyright © 2014 Global Research

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Paste-Wasty's Theoretical Competition with
Paste-Wasty's Theoretical Competition with a Slug in a Petrie Dish, and the Gullibility of 800 lb. Gorillas

    I guess I should explain who Paste-Wasty is first, eh?!
            Yeah, well, Paste-Wasty is this weird and I mean  -"Alice-Coopers-cousin-the-wicked-witch-of-the-west-summoning-flyin'-monkeys-to-steal-a-pair-of-red-shoes-Elvis-would-look-good-in"- kinda weird ghost toasty critter, whom firstly hates all humans, and secondly panders to the every whim of silly psychics who don't understand that just because a ghost tells ya something it doesn't make it true. And Paste-Wasty? Well, he, she or it (depending on whoever he, she, or it is impersonating today) gets off on fooling humans. Especially the ones who are a tad near-sighted in the psychic realm but can still sort of hear Paste-Wasty.
   Humans call people who do that Paste-Wasty thing Con Artists.  Yeah kiddies, people do try to fool each other now don't they. So do some ghost toasty critters. (Yeah, bozos call that a life lesson instead of a crime. That's why we call 'em  bozos.(We are?)P   Unfortunately, psychics, whom haven't lived much or know that the universe is an impartial place sometimes call ghost toasties who do that kinda thing "their spirit guides". Not realizing that they've been had, cause ya know what happens when someone who doesn't have much self esteem begins to be either flattered or given "super duper secrety information" by a Con Artist, ghost or corporeal. If you have any life experience at all you know what happens next in that scenario. Just remember a con artist will mix a blend of half truthes into the nonsense they want you to believe. And if yer brain works at all you'll already know that the ghost is looking for a slave. 'Cause they're ghosts and need gullible people to help them out in their madness.
   So in an open letter to psychics everywhere who have so-called spirit guides who'll let the human think about the concept of course... let me posit a hypothetical. To those whom have Paste-Wasty lunatics running their subconscious, well, good luck gettin' that freak outta yer life. Superstitious people call those ones evil spirits.
   The hypothesis: We have all been had. Seven Billion fools in other words.
   Unfortunately (again) if that were true, how many so-called psychics would re-think their interactions with the unknown after learning the truth that they were fools working for con artists versus how many wouldn't care or stop helping Paste-Wasty because their overgrown egos wouldn't let them see just how foolish they were being; giving their free will into indentured servitude. Why does the word "minions" want to jump in here? Social conditioning?
   Which brings us to that slug in a petrie dish and 800 lb. gorillas.  The short answer that actually doesn't fully explain all the in's and out's has to do with human mythic history that is out-of-wack with the universe we live in. But give it a chance.
   Remember that bozo Alastar Crowley? He was what you'd call an 800 lb. gorilla; An ordinary insecure bozo like you or me, but one with a funny wiring in his brain that made him very psychic and susceptible to his own egos desires and delusions which whatever Paste-Wasty critter had Alastar in his pocket fed, and overfed into a reputation that could be used, a couple of different strange religions, & an ongoing philosophy that touches down anyplace you can find con men or people who can talk with ghosts.
   It's sort of disconcerting when you consider that according to various studies these days when people are asked what they would "most like to be" the overwhelming answer is the single word "famous". Not that Alastar was responsible for that. Remember I mentioned "mythic" history which is a sum-totality kind of concept. Simply put, the more psychic 800 lb. gorillas that you have running around maintaining the agenda of different bored ghost toasty bozos the more their base level appeals to ego affect society in general. leading to everyone demanding fame from an impartial universe that might even grant it, but eventually another concept rears it's pointed little head. One I've heard repeated recently; The concept is in the word de-evolution, and taken to it's illogical conclusion the slug in the petrie dish is the final destination for Crowley's kind. Oh, and I guess every other 800 lb. gorilla demanding fame from an impartial reality. One that plays no favourites.
   I guess the question then is: Why would Paste-Wasty want humans to de-evolve into slugs in petrie dishes? Personally I think everyone's favourite super hero comedian "Captain Obvious" has the best answer. "Paste-Wasty hates humans, so be careful that ghost toasty yer listenin' to isn't a con artist".
                                                                                                                        Skippy the Tie Dyed Mascot

   

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MA

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MA

 Next time I see you
I'm going to give you a nice big hug
make you a nice hot cup of tea, start supper early..

While we're waiting, we can sit and talk,
like you like to do
I'll let you know how your grandchildren are doing
                and your great-grandchildren..
You will ask about our friends
                          and our crazy experiences
I'll try to remember all of those who keep telling me
'Oh I love your mom, tell her I said hello
                                               and we miss her..."
I've learned so much about you through them
                          and their children,
how you've helped & shared what you had.

While we're talking
I'll take out of my bag of aromatherapy lotion
and gently massage your hard working hands
hands that worked so hard for us kids growing up…                                    You were still so young.

Hands that hauled logs,
rowed the canoe to gather bark & kindling
hands that picked and picked at the farms
                               for what little money was paid
so we could have food

Sorry for screaming & crying
as they drove you and all the other workers
away in the back of the big big truck..!

Hard-working hands
that knitted sweaters
cut wood, made oven bread, frybread
and the best food around,
cut and canned fish,
Crushed berries n sugar into coke bottles
for us to eat with a switch

Hands that gave us a spanking once in a while,
in that back-in-the-day way, when we got out of
hand and even though we ended up getting into
trouble anyway as we grew up
drugs or alcohol or other stupid stuff

In the end you were right
we would know what to do
and what not do to
and I think we turned out pretty good

Ma, we needed you growing up.
We still do tho we don't say it, prolly never will
 you need us now..A little bit of time
a hug or two, a residential school survivor
from back in the day when you and your friends
didn't speak english,
It was deadlier...
no hugs for you or the others you stole food for

So when I see you soon ma
my arms are ready to hold you
just to let you know that I love you

Happy Mother’s Day ma,
                                   It's your day every day.

Kat Norris- Coast Salish Musings

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News from Oppenheimer Park:
News from Oppenheimer Park:
  The 7th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show Application is now available at the Park!
This year’s theme: Crossing Boundaries
  Please visit Oppenheimer Park to pick up the application form. Deadline to submit the form is July 31st.
For more details, contact Kay Yamamoto by email at oppparkartshow@gmail.com or just visit the Park.

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Today

With a “we could die any day” type attitude
tellin’ you one way or the other
We will meet our Maker
whether or not we like it much

goddamn it’s a good day
any day I don’t spit blood in the morning
feels awesome for ‘da ol’ timer’

Sun is shining
I ain’t in pain
skin ain’t gonna shine this way again

so just smile   no need to complain
ain’t never gonna
Shine this way again
                                           Al

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ME AND GEORGE ORWELL..

ME AND GEORGE ORWELL..
One fine night I went for a walk in the park sunshine & basic human needs are forbidden as I continue on in the dark an astonishingly older man out of place offers me room on the bench we unplug the stars & begin to talk the unspeak, in between rejoice & dismay he speaks the truth & nothing I offer my nothings leaving out the buts to my delight I am talking to Mr. Orwell right arm We begin with the little things this cool night like peeling back the corner of th Universe just to take a peek, as tough as nail polish & as sturdy as the driving rain & more with concepts for every con he could write a 2-page book & have them lined up like an army of firing squads all around the biggest bookstore.. afterwards we’d go for a pint at the Tar & Feather Pub,
The rain forests are dropping cats&dogs on top of our heads the Universe writhes unintended prophecies go & come but it should be in our hands not the ‘Ink Police’ killer cops & their thuglites Saint Minus got me this far He can decide the whole truth & nothing is what got me going & I am in charge of his ever-growing fan club, like colourblind racists & ATMs on the Moon, we talk of animal farms & nuclear bombs & destroying the untruths yet keeping the real truth ‘in tune’ is so uncouth as identity theft is taught in Kindergartens where kids are put into boxes and told to shut up & obey
We are global leaches & make it quick, me & mr Orwell are on the same page as we speak the unspeak & watch others like there’s a garbage bag tied around their chest full of human waste what a grimly conceived mess only made worse when they hear the ground beneath them tick, George tells me all about the 5 continents that want to die & the 5 oceans that want to scream cuz soon they won’t even be able to cry pipelines & dreams are this generation’s schemes the Why Bother Solution Agency have booked Pussy Riot to play Vlad Putin’s birthday by death sentence ‘invitation only’ some of us have not been waiting for such an event for years, we wonder what the chained guests will be chanting about as his superheroes like Caligula & Atilla the Hun portraits will be raised to opinions’ individuality & pens we are left at the door with your greatcoats, purses, wallets, cars & housekeys & anything else that once was yours, nobody likes a quitter as smokes are lit the smoke is for hiding your tears, like handing out awards for the Year’s Best War.. George & I get up to stretch our legs he asks me if I’ve met the Affliction Finder my drunken soul propels me into a bathroom stall as I think of all the evil I’ve witnessed in my lifetimes worth of worthless reminders of oh-too-many wasted years, like falling comfortably onto the tracks of a train the Ink Police keep pounding on my door again & again the cost of dying has gone up so they let me live Me & George discuss which is worse living or dying in our fear,
The days of dominance and freedom are to one day start up again meanwhile memories & other floor droppings shall be released by the god in charge of rain, so many cultures would have killed us by now still democracy isn’t great when the alternatives are death camps & starvation & so much human pain 2014 ain’t a whole lot better than 1984 but it’ll have to do, like bakeries for the rich ‘n stale bread for the poor if this was the States I’d grab my guns and turn your insides out & all over the floor but I can’t so words will have to do the talking.. what’s that George you have other miseries to attend you are alright my friend to the end of a new beginning maybe another walk in the park sometime soon..

                   By ROBERT McGILLIVRAY
“To care is to admit interest; to care less is to admit defeat & distress have interest in you.” Saint Minus

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You’ll Never Take Me Alive, Copper

You’ll Never Take Me Alive, Copper

  A cop blasts me with his siren for walking across a street the other day. I was about a hundred feet from the lights and he was about the same distance from me, so his progress was not the least bit impeded by my jay walking, a dastardly crime of which I'm an enthusiastic perpetrator.
  The cop slows to a stop and says, "Better watch it -you could get hurt," and offers a shit-eating grin. The guy’s baiting me. Cops in Vancouver are forever baiting citizens in the Downtown Eastside.
"Your use of the siren was both redundant & puerile," I tell him.
  My attitude is both haughty & contemptuous and this pisses him off (I doubt it's actually the words "redundant" & "puerile" - their definitions, I assume are only vaguely grasped by this baiting bully).
  “C’mere,” he demands. “C’mere wiseguy.”
"You'll have to catch me first, Chipperfield," I tell him, and I take off with the utmost alacrity through an alley. As far as I know he did not give chase. Perhaps my calling him "Chipperfield" put him on his heels, so to speak.
  Why did I call him Chipperfield? Well, Constable Lee Chipperfield is a member of the Vancouver Police Department and in 2007 he shot and killed an animator named Paul Boyd on Granville Street. It's a shooting of such profound unrighteousness and appalling callousness that if one were to imagine the tragedy and portray it in a piece of fiction and have it end, after a bizarrely protracted investigation lasting over five years, with this police officer not being charged -or even losing a day's pay- few would find the tale credible.
  Why? Because it's unbelievable that a cop can shoot a man eight times, methodically, with five other cops alongside him doing no shooting, some with their weapons still holstered, some telling Chipperfield to hold his fire, most of the shots fired on an unarmed and crawling Paul Boyd, the last bullet going into Boyd's head downward from point blank range.
  So, yeah, I ran like a jackrabbit when that cop asked me to come over to discuss my wanton disregard for the law.
 And I will continue to flee every time a cop says “C’mere.”
  Because as Alfred Hitchcock knows - and he really said this-there's nothing scarier than a cop. (And who knows what's scary better than The Master of Suspense.) More and more the police are being granted enormous leeway in their dealings with the public & there is little that they cannot get away with, since the Establishment needs them as their protectors.
So I will always run when a cop beckons me. Let him shoot me in the back. Perhaps a back shooting might be too difficult for even the cops to justify.
  In fact, come to think of it, what if everybody in the DTES -and greater Vancouver- when dealing with a police officer just turned & hightailed it right after blurting, "Don't shoot me, Chipperfield!"  Wouldn't that be a fine thing? Yes indeed, I'm recommending it! And if, due to a physical problem, you're not up to running, just say, "Don't shoot me, Chipperfield!" and then walk away. You'll be risking a beating, but if they see enough of this, it'll give them pause & they'll know two years after their "investigation" ended that people remember and are still pissed.
                                                             By DAN PAGE

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July 15, 2014