Friday, August 03, 2018

Canucks' turmoil (again)

This is about who knew what and when on the Vancouver Canucks.
Seems to me that AM Radio 650, who call themselves the 'Home of the Canucks', were in the know about coming changes in management and players since way back in February when Jim Benning signed a new contract which eliminated Trevor Linden from any effective leadership of the team.

If you could see a clip from the NHL draft two years ago, and watch Linden's face as Jim Benning made his draft pick announcement then, you'd see a look of total surprise from Linden, as though he had expected an agreed pick but Benning chose someone else. That might have been the first clue that Benning was undermining Linden.

This year it seemed that radio 650 (often called Canucks' 'In House Media') was very negative with the Sedins, and Linden. Hosts and guests talking often about how bad the Sedins were and that they were taking valuable playing time away from the young guns wanting to come up for playing time. The Sedins needed to go to free up space. And all this when the Sedins provided the only excitement in 2018 to a floundering team!
And the show hosts dwelling on the idea that Linden was on the wrong track while building GM Benning as the smart force for future success.

This may not have registered then except to say some people were commenting on AM 650 as somehow out of sync and more against the Canucks than for them. In retrospect it now seems almost that some hosts and guests on that station were in the know about future changes, and might even have been instructed to convince fans these people needed to go and so soften the blow when they did. Assuming management knew in February when they signed Benning to a contract that meant he reported directly to Fransesco Aquilini and not Trevor Linden.

So if you at least entertain this idea, many things make sense - yet bring up lots of questions; Did the team anticipate letting the Sedins go and so never considered asking them to stay on for another year? Linden once said they could stay as long as they wanted and many fans would have welcomed another year. But the speculation flourished about how much it would take for them to play another year. Some pundits thought 3 million would be too high, but if that was so, how would Benning handle the contract of Loui Ericksson, who has languished here even at a salary of 6.3 million with a few years left on that contract! Embarrassing for the GM to ask two future Hall of Fame players who were already being underpaid because they loved the team and community to accept less.

So what plans were laid to minimize the chagrin of mismanagement? Get your in house radio station to bad mouth Linden and the Sedins? But the rationale of freeing up slots for the young prospects was smashed when Benning once again, signed cast-off free agents to 4 year contracts! Saying they could mentor the young players! Really? Better then two league all-star award winners, the Sedins? Give your head a shake if you believe that one. And how important could the Sedins have been in mentoring the 168 pound Swedish sensation Elias Pettersson in this league?

Could the Sedins have been told indirectly that if Linden went, they would not be offered that one more year? And is that why they left their announcement so late, until it was obvious that Linden and the Aquilinis were about to part? And that with Lindon out, and older fifth-liner free agents signed for four years, what kind of deal could Quinn Hughes and even Boesser expect? Hughes going into limbo for maybe three years in Utica? Not to mention a coach who sat out Boesser for his first NHL game, and had to play macho games with the Sedins by cutting their playing time to single minutes until he realized he had nothing else on his roster? Shouldn't he have known what Daniel and Henrich would give? That was amateur coach ego. Not an NHL coach. And one would think the Sedins were far too classy to cause trouble. They like thousands of fans, believed Trevor Linden to be operating in the mode of Steve Yserman, who slowly but surely brought the Tampa Bay team to a Stanley Cup final.

Many are saying Benning stabbed Linden in the back but he says he knew nothing. Give your head a second shake. The team management is in turmoil and no one is wondering why. We have gone all the way back to when Arthur Griffiths thought he could run the team better than hockey people. What happened sticks as ownership meddling. And first time GM Bennings' deceit will stick with him too. And players who face years of playing with a loser run by a management front office have to make up their minds about their own future. The rumor is that many player-agents are wondering what is best for their clients. Nikita Tryampkin's agent thought it better for his client to play hockey in the KHL instead of being made into an NHL goon just because of his size. And Eric Lindros' action of actually sitting out a season is still remembered.

And if we recall what clues we got from certain Vancouver media, we begin to suspect this was all planned and executed sneakily and with money trumping hockey expertise and knowledge.

Now I know why so many fans of hockey cheer for the other team at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks' integrity left with Trevor Linden.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Repost from 2013

Not about Enbridge now but Texas oil giant Kinder-Morgan is no different in their manipulation to get what they want whatever the consequences to British Columbians. We had a tiny spill in English Bay last year and it took cleanup crews 17 hours to even acknowledge oil was on the water. then used booms to try to contain it. Bear in mind that dilbit from tar sand sinks to the bottom and can pollute for decades. Please read this again -


Monday, August 26, 2013

An oil spill in BC

Officials within the British Columbia government have privately warned that the province lacks the ability to manage oil spills from existing and future oil traffic, and even a moderate spill would overwhelm their ability to respond. 

Ottawa’s decision to deal with BC coastal oil spills from a 
base in Quebec would make it much harder to contain spills, and Transport Canada and the Coast Guard lack the needed environmental expertise to manage them, officials said in the documents obtained by The Canadian Press under freedom of information laws. B.C. Environment Ministry bureaucrats voiced a range of misgivings for Environment Minister Mary Polak.  Did they forget our Coast Guard was recently cut back from Ottawa?

Last year, Ottawa fired internationally respected Canadian oil-spill expert Kenneth Lee and eliminated his research centre in Dartmouth, N.S. This will limit resource managers’ access to critical scientific expertise when making response decisions in the future, oil spill expertise is eroding. And we expect oil company lobbying is increasing.

Even a moderately-sized spill would overwhelm the province’s ability to respond and could result in a significant liability for government. Weather conditions and the remoteness of the pipeline’s route in B.C. could cause cleanup delays, leading to broader water, land and wildlife contamination. 
Sensitive habitats, local economies, fisheries and tourism, and First Nations along the route could be affected. The briefing book for Environment Minister Mary Polak, estimates that at a rate of 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day, a pipeline spill lasting an hour could lead to 21,000 barrels spilling into B.C.’s wilderness. 

Imagine managing that spill from Quebec and start adding up the hours and damage to BC! In May, 2012, documents show officials in the B.C. Environmental Emergency Program in Victoria privately wrote that this relocation would hinder efforts to contain an oil spill on the West Coast. (One has to consider the relocation to Quebec which has no sea coast a political decision for votes) 
And the warnings were written about existing oil traffic, without factoring in future expanded pipelines and many more tankers. 

Remember the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound in 1989? What's going on up there in remote Alaska now?

In 2001, researchers at the Auke Bay Laboratories dug over 9,000 pits, at 91 sites, over a 95-day field season. Over half the sites were contaminated with Exxon Valdez oil. Oil was found at different levels of intensity from light sheening, to oil droplets, to heavy oil where the pit would literally fill with oil. 

Killer whales are individually identifiable and fortunately in Prince William Sound they were photographed starting in 1984, five years prior to the spill. Two groups of killer whales were photographed in slicks of oil in the weeks following the spill. These two groups lost approximately 40% of their numbers by 1990, and an additional five whales after 1990. Their numbers had diminished by 40%. In some pods, there appears to be no hope for recovery. And some unique populations will likely become extinct as the remaining members continue to age and die. 

With the daily stranding of the oil in the intertidal zone, some is pulled down into the sediments by the capillary action of the fine sediments beneath the coarse cobbles of the seashore. It is estimated that the recovery rate is only 4% and could take decades, perhaps even another century! 
Populations of many species of creatures feeding in the intertidal zone are not recovering. Subsurface oil is still leaking polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which harms wildlife. 

So if you are still with me, you should be aware that Enbridge has publicly stated that they will form another company to run any oil pipeline and transfer point in BC to the Pacific. Why would a company do that? Well, when asked about insurance coverage for a spill, they didn't answer what that would entail in the separate company, leading many to believe that a new company designated by Enbridge would simply walk away from the cleanup costs once they exceeded their insurance coverage and leave the ongoing financial bill to the BC taxpayers! 
Kinder Morgan has not officially tabled their proposal for a twin pipeline pumping oil into their Vancouver harbour terminals.

These two proposals would increase tanker traffic by more than 1000 trips per year. That is 83 ships full of heavy tar sands oil navigating our pristine waters every MONTH! 

And in case you didn't know, Exxon only paid 900 million and is still in court trying to avoid a further 92 million in clean up costs 22 years later! 
The world's largest publicly traded oil company reported profit at $6.9 billion for the second quarter of 2013.

Are you, as a BC taxpayer prepared to suffer the same ongoing results?  

Are you as a citizen of Earth prepared to account for how you allowed such a disaster?

Are you ready to answer your grandchildren's questions?

and this repost too, s you get an idea of our pristine province  - -

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Enbridge Pipeline Through BC

This is the kind of country the Enbridge tar sands oil pipeline will pass through in British Columbia from Alberta to the sea. If a picture is worth a thousand words, here are 15,000.

(click for larger picture)

October Morning - David Southwick
Heaven - Richard Kosacz

Willow River - Richard Kreuger
Chinook Salmon - Cal Kimila

Bulkley River - wanita

Stellako Lodge - alkane

Eagles - Kelly Favron
Humpback Whales - north-boy

Hixon Falls - milcia

Bowron Lakes - David Cure-Hryciuk
Dolphins - Gardner Channel - listed

Fingerlings - north-boy
Early Morn Fishing - M82fish

Bear  Lakelse - akacake

Inside Passage - jiangliu

All photos from people who traveled through this pristine country and posted them to  Google Earth. Can we take the slightest chance of spoiling this or any other part of BC?

Write in your BC river or lake name here _ _ _ _ _ _ _ .

and if you care, read this - - -

addenda - The Enbridge Energy Company has been recently ordered back by the US Government to the Kalamazoo River to do more cleanup. Because the tar sands oil/bitumen, has sunk to he riverbed, is contaminating and needs more cleanup.  01/01/2013

Enbridge or Kinder-Morgan, the only real benefit is for the pipeline corporations, there is very little advantage to the people of the areas or country-side they pass through, And no corporation ever satisfactorily answers questions about the insurance against spill and clean-up.

Once paradise is lost, you can never recover it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


 Then and Now?

     Style never goes out of style  . . .

                              James Stewart - Al Jolson - Ginger Rogers - Cary Grant - Johnny Weismuller

                              Jean Harlow - Clark Gable - Tyrone Power - Rita Hayworth - Claudet Colbert

                                  . . . or does it?

2018 the others

Time to leave

Errol  Flynn

Starshine style lasts forever.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Conspiracy theory to reality theory?

It took the NY Times all these years to catch up with me.  Here is what I posted here way back in 2004 followed by the Times article in 2018 - - -

Caterwauls -

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Conspiracy theory ... 2 - Dag Hammarskjold

Sweden's Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 10 April 1953 until 18 September 1961 when he met his death in a plane accident while on a peace mission in the Congo. An accident.
In 1960, when President Joseph Kasa-Vubu and Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba of the Republic of the Congo sent a cable on 12 July asking "urgent dispatch" of United Nations military assistance to the Congo, Secretary-General Hammarskjöld addressed the Security Council at a night meeting on 13 July and asked the Council to act "with utmost speed" on the request. Following Security Council actions the United Nations Force in the Congo was established and the Secretary-General himself made four trips to the Congo in connection with the United Nations operations there. The first two trips to the Congo were made in July and August 1960 and January 1961. The fourth trip to the Congo began on 12 September 1961 and terminated with the fatal plane accident.
Natural resources of the Congo: petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates, natural gas, hydropower.
Patrice Lumumba helped found the Mouvement National Congolais (MNC) in 1958. Lumumba and the MNC formed the first government on June 23, 1960, with Lumumba as Prime Minister.
Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo and began an flirtation with Marxism.
Hammarskjöld’s most dangerous problem of the newly liberated Congo, arose in July, 1960, when the new government, faced with mutiny in its army, secession of its province of Katanga, under Moise Tshombe, and intervention of Belgian troops, asked the United Nations for help. The UN responded by sending a peace-keeping force, with Hammarskjöld in charge of operations.
Despite the arrival of UN troops, unrest continued as the USA had interest to see the Belgians remain in the country and Patrice Lamumba sought Soviet aid. But in September Lumumba was dismissed from the government by Kasavubu, an act of dubious legality. On September 14 a coup d'état headed by Colonel Joseph Mobutu (later Mobutu Sese Seko) and supported by Kasavubu gained power. Lumumba was captured in Port Francqui on December 1, 1960 by troops of Mobutu, arrested and flown to Leopoldville in handcuffs. Mobutu said Lumumba would be tried for inciting the army to rebellion and other crimes.
United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld made an appeal to Kasavubu asking that Lumumba be treated according to due process of law. The USSR denounced Hammarskjöld and the Western Powers as responsible for Lumumba's arrest and demanded his release.
When the situation deteriorated during the year that followed, Hammarskjöld had to deal with almost insuperable difficulties in the Congo and with criticism in the UN. The last crisis for him came in September, 1961, when, arriving in Leopoldville to discuss details of UN aid with the Congolese government, he learned that fighting had erupted between Katanga troops and the noncombatant forces of the UN.
Sometime in the night of September 17-18, Dag Hammarskjöld and fifteen others aboard perished when their plane crashed close to Ndola airport, near the border between Katanga and North Rhodesia. The details of the crash are still unknown.
A plane crash was an easy thing to engineer and accomplish in those days of naivity among Western nations. The Soviet bloc was after uranium. The USA was trying to keep them away from a source of supply. Hammarskjöld was working toward a democratic republic for the Congo and became a stumbling block for Soviet domination of the resource rich region, especially that all important uranium.

The quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government was installed in 1992. The Republic of Congo is one of Africa's largest petroleum producers with significant potential for offshore development.

In July 2002, documents released by the United States government revealed that the CIA had played a role in Lumumba's assassination, aiding his opponents with money and political support, and – in the case of Mobutu – with weapons and military training. Did the USA actually supply Katanga troops with weapons with which to fight against the UN peace keeping forces?

The former USSR has never released any documents saying they or the KGB engineered Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crash. Perhaps they’re buried somewhere within the permafrost depths of the Kremlin or Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow?
The Cold War was not always cold.

It is not whether I was exactly right, it is that I questioned the narrative provided by the powers-that-be at the time. Don't laugh off conspiracy theorists, they are thinking in tune with the world.

The universe is NOT unfolding as it should.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Circumstantial Evidence

There is an appeal pending right now for Scott Peterson in the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson. He is convicted and sits on death row. Many people are concerned about the innocence of Scott. It is an active conversation on social media and court forums everywhere.

There are websites to visit where you can glean info to decide for yourself.

The problem is that some who are posting to these sights are introducing information garnered from areas other than the trial transcripts. There is a lot of,' I heard this ...', or  'I read that ...' 
It seems that as more people familiarize themselves with the case, more believe in Scott Peterson's innocence.

Here is a brief that the police used for their theory of how it happened - 

 - - - Scott murdered Laci sometime before he left his home on December 23rd at 9:30 am to go golfing. He placed her 160 lb body into the back of his pickup truck, (parked in his driveway, as there is no garage for stealth) covered it with three patio umbrellas, and drove to his small warehouse, some miles away. Here he decided it was too cold for golf, and instead decided to fish for the first time in his newly acquired used boat.
     He had a bay with a roll-up door where he had the 14 foot open boat on its trailer. There was no room for the truck inside so he parked it out front and went into the office. Scott spent 30 minutes on his computer sending emails and looking up how to assemble a mortise tool he had received via mail order. This was about 10:30 am and all this with a dead body in back of the truck out front.
     He then stored the umbrellas in the warehouse, reversed his truck and attached the boat. Somehow he transferred Laci's pregnant body from the truck into the boat, all in bright sunlight, hoisting it up over the rim of the boat and into the trailer. Then he attached 4 or 5, 15 lb cement weights to her limbs and head, covered her body with a tarp, and drove another 90 miles towing the boat on the highway to the Berkley Marina.
     Once there, about noon, he bought a launch ticket and backed the truck up with difficulty enough that people noticed he was not used to handling his vehicle with a trailer or launching a boat from a ramp, but did it, tied the boat with Laci's body to the dock in bright sunshine, parked his truck and trailer and then went fishing in San Francisco bay, at 12:54 in shallow waters all within view of hundreds of houses, and somehow weighed down the body with the weights he made somewhere and dropped her now 235 lb dead weight overboard into the bay. 

Then went home and reported her missing. - - - 

Yep, that's what the Modesto Police say happened. All in sunshine. All on Christmas Eve morning. 

Laci's body was not found for three months, then without head, feet or hands and some internal organs were removed. (exactly like another woman found in S.F. Bay the year before, Evelyn Hernandez, but the police had no suspicions of any cult ritual killing)  No homemade weights were ever found except 1 in the boat. 
A cadaver dog never had a hit in the boat or the warehouse. 

These are only a very few of the police facts of the case. And as more real facts come to light, the trial becomes more confused than ever, and the verdict seems a long way from reality.

Interest? Check it out for yourself - - -

This was a high profile case at the time and there are hundreds of difficulties with the multitude of police, their testimony under oath, the odd witnesses, and the sensational media reporting. Indeed, even the jurists! You might find it interesting to review the trial yourself, perhaps a little brain food instead of the TV?
The transcripts are available which will allow one to avoid the social media emotion. 
Beware of TV programs that may have been written to a conclusion one way or another.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Nissan Nismo, pole lap Le Mans

A ride-in of the complete Le Mans circuit that won the pole position for Mark Blundell in 1990. Insane speed that he said was anticipating a massive accident all the way around. 
Imagine starting your turn at 200 mph long before the corner even appears! The Mulsanne Straight is positively scary. This takes ice-water in your veins, intense bravery and phenomenal skill in an incredibly fast race car.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Singer Harry's Christmas Album


Singer Harry is about to begin recording his first Christmas album. There are some decorations evident. In the Control Room are the Musical Director KEVIN, his Personal Assistant GIRL, and the ENGINEER. They are watching through the glass as Singer HARRY dons a head-set in his sound booth. We hear the pre-recorded orchestral intro music. The song is Mistletoe and Holly.  


          Cue for Harry's Christmas Album.

The music swells, Singer Harry appears ready.

SINGER HARRY (singing)
          Oh by gosh by golly, it's time for Mister Toe and holly, tasty ...

          Cut! (laughing) 
          Go again, a little slip there, Harry. No problem.

SINGER HARRY   (looks oddly at them)
          Sure, Kevin.

The Engineer starts the music again.

          Oh by gosh by golly, it's time for Mister Toe and ...

          Cut!  Harry?

          What?   What's going on?

M.D. KEVIN   (trying to laugh)
          You did it again.

SINGER HARRY (puzzled, looks through glass at the others) 
          Did what again?

The Engineer glances at Kevin. P.A. Girl just shrugs, chews her gum.

          Harry, you're saying Mister TOE. 

SINGER HARRY  (after a pause, still staring) 
          Yeah, so?

          Okay, Ha ha. I get it. He's funny. Isn't he funny?

Musical Director Kevin looks to the others for confirmation that they also think Singer Harry is joking. They seem doubtful. Singer Harry is peering at them all.

P.A. GIRL  (nodding at Engineer)  
          He's funny.

          Yeah, funny.

          Harry, you're saying Mister Toe instead of Mistletoe.

          I am saying - Oh by gosh by jolly, it's time for Mister Toe and holly. 

          Now you said by gosh by JOLLY! It is mistletoe not MISTER TOE,  and golly not jolly.

          I've always sung it Mister Toe. That's the words.

M.D.KEVEN (exasperated)  
          No, they're not Harry, it is mistletoe, what you do at Christmas. Under the mistletoe, get it?

          We never had mistletoe since Mom and Neighbour Bill that time.

M.D. KEVIN  (sigh)
          Just do the words, Harry.

          Kevin, my uncle sang that song to me when I was four, and every year since. I know the song. 

P.A. GIRL  (whisper to Kevin)
          I think he thinks those ARE the words.

M.D. KEVIN (tapping his mic)
          Harry, your uncle was kidding you.

          How could he sing it all this time without knowing? It's the name of the song.

SINGER HARRY  (a bit defensive)
          Have you got the lyrics there?

          Seriously Harry? YOU said you didn't need the freakin' lyrics.

          I didn't bring the song sheet. He said he knew it all his life.

ENGINEER  (now covering his mic)
          Do we have to prove it to him?

          Harry, just sing mistletoe instead of Mister Toe. Okay?

The Engineer starts the music intro again. Singer Harry ignores it, taking off his headset.

          But I've always sang it like that.

          How could you? Didn't you ever wonder what Mister Toe meant?

Singer Harry thinks a bit, but just stares through the glass at Musical Director Kevin.

P.A. GIRL  (whispering aloud)
          Maybe he thinks a big toe comes down the chimney?

That is too much for Engineer and he tries to hide his laughter.

          Well what d'you think it means?

          Harry, there is no Mister-freakin'-Toe in the song! Can we just do this?

The intro music just keeps repeating.

          I can go and find the lyric sheet.

          I could use the overtime.

          You think it says mistletoe huh?

          I KNOW it says mistletoe. And it is golly not jolly. oh my gosh my GOLLY, not jolly. I mean BY gosh BY golly. Egad, you're making me crazy.

          Hey, jolly is good too.

P.A. GIRL  (solemnly shaking her head)
          No one's jolly here.

          Harry, we're not rewriting a new song. This one is an OLD song. Sinatra was a co-writer of it. Can you just do it with mistletoe and forget whoever the hell Mister Toe is?

          Hey, I'm easy, you got it.

The Engineer re-cues the intro and it starts. They all stare through the glass with trepidation at Singer Harry as he re-positions his head phones but needs to readjust and Engineer starts the intro yet once again. Singer Harry ends up holding just one earpiece to his ear.

SINGER HARRY  (singing again)
          Oh my gosh by golly, it's time for ... mistletoe and holly, poolside tables, Betty's Grables, peasants under the snow .....

The Engineer looks at Musical Director Kevin, throws up his arms in frustration but leaves it go.  P.A. Girl is wide-eyed with disbelief.

          Oh my gosh you tinkles,  Grammaw's got new wrinkles, Mother's drinking, Father's stinking, and no one knows where to go .....

The Engineer slowly turns down the volume in the control room.

          Oh jeeze (shakes his head) I needed this job.

The Engineer fades the music to the control room out. Musical Director Kevin turns away and thumbs through a notebook.

          We paid for the orchestra. They said it would be easy.

P.A. Girl is strengthening her mascara while blowing bubble gum. Engineer takes a comic book from under his console, then a rolled cigarette from behind his ear and sniffs it. Musical Director Kevin just hangs his head.

We watch Harry in the booth, there is no audio now and he is not heard but we see he is totally oblivious while singing his heart out!

We pan back to the console room, there is no one there.