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PHOTOS A Note from Susanne Lawson about her art on the cover (the background art): it is a photo of a piece hanging in Sobo's Restaurant, here in Tofino. Front and back covers feature the same piece in different lighting. The hanging fills the front window at the entrance of the restaurant. It is simply called "Water"...in the sky, in the rain and in the sea, out here on the edge… Sending love and good wishes and lots of gratitude for all you do, Thank you!! susanne


Reflections on back cover: “Walk in the woods & truly see, smell & feel all that is there.” – June Ross, Nanaimo

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DRUTHERS-Shawn Jason ♣

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Welcome to the Winter 2020-21 issue

Dedicated to the memory of Maurice J. King, 1927~2019

Dear Reader,

dialogue is... …an independent, Canadian volunteer-produced, not-for-profit quarterly, written and supported by its readers – empowering their voices and the sharing of ideas. Now in its 34th year, dialogue provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and an antidote to political correctness. We encourage readers to share with others the ideas and insights gleaned from these pages.

Who would have believed, a year ago, that most of us would be so easily convinced of the necessity to ‘mask,’ ‘distance’ & ‘sanitize’ [I suppose the Directors & Producers of this Tragedy knew the script!] Every day, there are new revelations that confirm the absurdity of our governments acquiescing to the Maurice, Janet & Penny (2019) lockdown and its devastation in our society. E.g.: the BC Provincial Health Officer reporting, on Dec. 10, that 2 people outside of long-term care homes have died of Covid this year. [https://tinyurl.com/BH-dec10-2020 at min. 1:30]. Yes, that’s right: 2 people. If you would like to share your ideas and become a Wouldn’t that have been a great time to announce: “In light of this, writer/artist in our magazine, we are refocusing all our efforts on long-term care facilities and please consider this your perreturning the rest of the province to normal. Thank you all for your sonal invitation to participate! cooperation.” But, of course, most government leaders (ours included) We also need your support as a take their marching orders from “higher up” – with scenarios now being subscriber, to help us continue openly discussed regarding the depths of dystopia which the WEF et al (See P. 58 for details) foresee for us:- As is discussed in many articles in this issue – including Your donations and Gift Subthe serious dangers associated with the covid vaccines. scriptions are also vital to keeping the magazine going! If this edition seems a bit disjointed, it is perhaps because it started out with We receive NO government funding an idea that is still evolving – that is: addressing the question of what we and no advertising revenue. We rely totally on the generous support of our can do to make life where we live more resilient in the face of more antireaders & subscribers. Thank You! life and anti-freedom scenarios “in the wings” (to use our ‘drama’ theme). dialogue was founded in 1987 There are lots of wise and inspiring ideas – scattered like seeds – throughand is now published quarterly. out the issue; and some are gathered in a section, starting on p.25, of small Maurice J. King, Publisher-In-Memoriam & local initiatives and ideas that can help grow the seeds of “thriving” – Janet K. Hicks, Volunteer Editor no matter what the future holds. Please share your ideas & actions! Digital Issue: 12 Jan., 2021 Also available at www.dialogue.ca Some articles not printed in full in this issue will be featured in full on Annual subscription: $20.00 our website. If you do not have access to the Internet and would like to [including GST, # 89355-1739] read one of the links in this issue, give me a call & I will mail it to you. Canada Post Agreement No. 40069647 Thank you for your donations to the Legacy Fund in Maurice’s Registration No. 08915 memory, to ensure that Dialogue continues well into the future. In ISSN: 1184-7042, Legal Deposit: National Library of Canada (409731) 2020, Dialogue received $3100 in Donations to the Legacy Fund – plus $490 from the Thrifty Foods Smile Card Program (see p.58); The views expressed in this publication are those $1770 in subscriptions rounded out our annual revenue of $5360. of their individual authors. And Thank You for continuing to be part of this venture of dedicated Reprints of published articles are writers, poets, artists and readers who are envisioning – and working included for their educational value. toward – a better world. We look forward to hearing from you. 6227 Groveland Drive Love, Joy and Blessings for The Solstice, Christmas and Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9V 1B1 through the Year to come, Janet, volunteer editor - and Lucky! Tel: 250-758-9877 PLEASE RENEW! To ensure your subscription is up-to-date, please LOOK AT YOUR ADDRESS LABEL on this issue to find your RENEWAL DATE. If your subscription is due, please use the renewal slip enclosed inside the back cover of the print magazine. THANK YOU! www.dialogue.ca

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A few more thoughts… Whether you currently believe that our present circumstances are caused by a deadly pathogen on the loose or by a sociopathic cabal run amok… MANY of us are experiencing wildly-fluctuating feelings and moods… Sharing what I have learned while compiling this issue… We all have a duty of care to our own ‘physicalspiritual-moral-mental-emotional’ well-being. Especially now. So please do not neglect your own health.

Do whatever you can to be well – so we can all continue to evolve towards the world we want to live in. I hope that sharing ideas through Dialogue will help each of us feel more connected to others who are also striving to make sense of the scenarios playing out around us – and help each of us shine in the role that we are called to play. Thank you for all you do. With love & hugs, Janet Hicks King, volunteer editor ♣


Explaining “The Great Reset” From: Christina Stafford, Nanaimo

This short video interview by Del Bigtree of TheHighWire.com is interesting in many ways…. LINK: www.minds.com/newsfeed/1177516753016414208

Particularly because Del has not considered himself to be a “Conspiracy Theorist”… But as he’s realizing, what was once considered a Conspiracy Theory is no longer… because the information is right on the website of The World Economic Forum…. including a video for very young children using a Sesame Street character to get them used to the idea of “playing” video games at home… and foregoing playing with other live children in parks and with living things…

It helps that Del is just now aware of the enormity of the so-called “Great Reset”…. It’s beyond just pharmaceutical corruption that he’s been most personally interested in… Anyway, for anyone who hasn’t realized that there is a real agenda being rolled out under the cover of this Covid “Health crisis” – that has nothing to do with health or wellness – it may be helpful to see this exchange of factual information between Del and James Corbett. Unless we can see beneath the “Buzz words” that sound so positive and “good”….we’ll just follow along to get along, and arrive in a dystopian nightmare…. – Christina, cm.stafford@shaw.ca ♣


As history shows, economic realities determine everything… Kevin Annett, March 2020

The covid police state isn’t because of Justin Trudeau or Bill Gates. It’s the inevitable outcome of the next phase of civilization, which is the age of the megacorporation. That system doesn’t need the semblances of democracy anymore, like industrial capitalism did. The only thing the megacorporation needs is efficient and controlled human components to serve its one global machine.

We can no more avert that totalitarianism than medieval peasants could have prevented being forced off their lands and into factories. Economic realities determine everything. If you forget that fact of history, you will have no idea of what’s really going on and no way to learn to combat it. Nanaimo BC - hiddenfromhistory1@gmail.com ♣

Quotes from Kevin regarding our place in history… “Capitalism is evolving from a system of free competition to one of control and restriction based on the growing domination of society by a few monopoly capitalists. The yoke of that elite on the rest of the population will become a hundred times heavier, more burdensome, and intolerable until either its rule is broken, or it takes its final step and becomes an absolute global totalitarianism.” – V.I. Lenin, Imperialism, 1916

“The most efficient dictatorship would be a single world state where the rulers control everyone not by coercion but because people know nothing except obedience and servitude.” – Aldous Huxley, 1941

“We have a plan for the world that’s going ahead and it’s not up for debate or consensus. Whether people approve of it or not is unimportant.” – Microsoft oligarch Bill Gates, 2013


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Speaking as an Elder Eva Lyman, West Vancouver

It occurred to me that one of the reasons many cultures honored their elders was that they clearly didn’t have their own self-interest in mind, being, as it were, on the way out. And so their words were most likely meant for the benefit of the younger and future generations. So with this in mind, being an elder, I would like to reminisce for the benefit of the younger ones, and suggest some of the possible ways to deal with present and likely future challenges. We’re hearing comments about detention camps for people with Covid. Being illogical, the reason for this solution is very likely different than what is stated. If we were simply worried about keeping society safe, we’d cure the sick with the available remedies, of which there are numerous around the world. For example my acupuncturist, who is Chinese and has a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine told me recently that he has both a preventative herbal combination and various ones for a cure. These depend on the patient’s age, and condition, not one-size-fits-all. He assures me (not that it’s being reported) that China is curing people with TCM, and these cures work against Covid-19. Quite apart from China’s solutions, we also have cures by Cuban, American, Indian and European doctors. Somehow (most likely to protect the profits of Big Pharma) we don’t hear about these time-tested, inexpensive remedies. We are told: all that will save the world is enforced vaccination against a virus that is reportedly mutating daily. Clearly the real aim here is maximizing profits, not curing people. Any vaccine will do! But that is nothing new. What is curious is the insistence on forcibly vaccinating every man, woman and child around the world. This does sound as if the reason is more than just greed. Some people suspect that the vaccines will either implant something or withdraw some critical element from us. For this reason enforced vaccination needs to be resisted! If plans for a totalitarian global regime are real and serious, what defense can we glean from the past? Certainly, nothing lasts for ever. Even within my memory, at least four European dictatorships have www.dialogue.ca

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fallen, some after decades in power! There was Hitler’s National Socialist regime, and the Communist (a misnomer, actually) regime in Russia and their Satellite states. Then there was the right-wing dictatorship of Franco in Spain, and the semi-Socialist Fascists in Italy. All gone! Or almost gone. What we see rising today some describe as Technocracy, but it has elements of both the German and Soviet (both more-or-less left wing) totalitarian regimes. The danger today lies in the much more advanced technology, allowing ever so much more detailed spying on citizens by a centralized government. This technology also facilitates control of every individual on earth. Or so it would seem. But still nothing lasts for ever, and the human mind is ever inventive in its own defense. We know that there is also an element in the human spirit that prevails. Might it be a Greater Power than the 0.01%-ers have? I do believe so! Right now, we live in a very strange era. According to Mayan prophesies, we are transitioning from the 5000 year old era of patriarchy to an era of joint rule by men and women together. But the birth of a new era is difficult! And the patriarchy will resist giving up power. They may in fact destroy much of the earth holding on, but to no avail. What is to follow is an era of 5000 years of peace! What is going on – if seen from this perspective – are the last throws of patriarchy. Like a drowning man grabbing at straws, they may drown anyone who comes within reach. In the belief that power and wealth will save them, a tiny fraction of men are attempting to grab the earth for themselves, at the expense of billions of people. Several billions have been designated as “useless eaters” to be eliminated. It is a tiny pathological power elite who seem to have the upper hand of global power right now, destroying everything around them to grab yet more, and more. In this, they wage war on all Life, even their own. But I believe the Earth will survive! She has changed shape over millions of years so I believe that those who speak of the death of the earth are more likely equating their own lives to the life of the ever changing planet. Yes, we may become extinct. However, I don’t believe that. There will always remain pockets of people, small communities that will survive technocracy’s predation on Life. Small will again …/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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become beautiful, local communities of people not living in the mega ghost towns will survive. And in time, satellites will explode in space, wireless radiation will return to the radiation of the sun which gave birth to life on Earth. Forests will again cover the earth, waters will become clean and fresh, and the

circle of life will begin again! For as the wisdom of India, probably the oldest existing, teaches: history is not linear but circular! What goes around comes around! Eva Lyman, evalyman@gmail.com [See also P. 27] ♣


And some history from another Elder… The coming “Reset” as orchestrated by the “New World Order” Derek Skinner, Victoria BC

There are many problems in the World that need correction but the most pressing today is to know what the authorities intend to do post-Covid. The corona virus and its economic consequences have started discussions as to what “The Reset” may entail. There is a serious probability that it will be (is being) orchestrated by the longstanding NWO (New World Order). Some history may help set the scene. Many empires have conquered the world that they knew at the time, from the Mongol Empire of the Khans to the Holy Roman Empire to the British Empire that covered most of the world in the 19th century. It was this last empire during the Victorian era that inspired Cecil Rhodes to propose a secret “Society of the Elect”. Rhodes, with the aid of the Rothschild Bank in London, had cornered the gold and diamond traffic in Africa and was enormously wealthy. Rhodes proposed that Britain should re-annex the USA and control everywhere in order to stop wars and bring civility and prosperity to everybody. When he died he left his entire fortune to be administered by the Rothschilds. This NWO idea was taken up by many civil societies and individuals in the early 1900’s, particularly after the horrors of WW I. Many socialist-minded authorities, including the Fabian Society and novelists like Huxley and Orwell, imagined [or warned against] futures of one-world-community devoted to harmony among all men under one government and uniform comfort for everyone regardless of race or colour. The League of Nations was established in 1920. In America, these ideas were taken up by President Wilson in the Anglo-American Entente. In 1919, Colonel House and some influential people in the United 6 dialogue

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States and Britain established the Institute of International Affairs in the USA and the Royal Institute of International Affairs in England. This was the beginning of what came to be known as the “Deep State.” In 1921 Colonel House reorganised the American Institute into the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and in 1922 the CFR endorsed a World Government in its Foreign Affairs magazine. However, in 1923 President Coolidge unleashed the leveraged debt boondoggle that led to the bank-orchestrated crash of 1929 and 10 years of Depression and Recovery under FDR. Meanwhile fascism had taken hold in Spain, Italy and Germany after hyperinflation set in and Germany had to pay the impossible penalties imposed by the Allies and the restructuring of the German economy by Hitler and Helmut Schact. British and American investment by Brown Bros Harriman, Standard Oil, JP Morgan and Union Banking, under the supervision of John Foster Dulles, poured into this new authoritarian success story, including interest by the British Royal family and nobility. And in English Canada the League for Social Reconstruction and the French-speaking and Nazi-inspired Party of Adrien Arcand were ready to take power. In America a military coup against FDR was exposed by Marine Colonel Smedley D. Butler. The coup was being orchestrated by a financial elite centred around J. Pierpont Morgan Jr., the Harrimans, the Mellons, Warburgs, Duponts, Rockefellers, and Investment Banker Prescott Bush. All these families invested in and promoted fascism for years. However, the success of Hitler in creating a military juggernaut and the re-incorporation of old German provinces into a new Germany led to WW II and the subsequent ranking of the USA as the No. 1 world superpower. In 1944, at Bretton Woods, the World Bank and the IMF were established, including the US$ as the world reserve currency based on gold at $35/oz.

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In 1945, the United Nations was established as a second attempt to install a single controlling mechanism but the veto powers of the 5 Allied victors made it ineffective, even though it did establish many world organisations including the WHO (“World Health Organization”) and World Peacekeeping. In the 1950’s, The Club of Rome published a series of papers calling for One World Government based on 10 distinct national and ethnic differences. It also included an overt reference to the need to reduce the world population from 6 billion to 1 or 2 billion in order to conserve the natural environment that sustains us all. In 1950, CFR Member and international financier James Warburg told the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee “we shall have a One World Government whether you like it or not…..” In 1954, Prince Bernhart of the Netherlands and members of the I.G. Farben group established the Bilderbergers, consisting of corporate leaders, bankers, Royal families and statesmen who meet secretly every year to plan world affairs. This led to the creation of the European Economic Union (EU) with a supranational body of bureaucrats based in Brussels. Britain is now trying to get out and the rest of the structure is showing that one size shoe does not fit all. From 1950 to 2020, the US has tried to establish an autocratic dominance of world affairs but this now collapsing due to the rising authority of Russia under Putin and the massive Chinese economic power under a succession of able leaders. We now come to the present situation, which is well represented by the statement that an authority “should never let a good crisis go to waste.” This is epitomised in the aphorism “Problem-Response-Solution.” Covid 19 worldwide crisis, medical/ economic response, Reset and Solutions Agenda ID2020: The implementation of Agenda ID2020 was agreed at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in January 2020, behind closed doors. ID2020 was the public/private partnership creation of the Gates, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, & GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, promoted by pharma-ceuticals), in association with the WHO to use a generalised vaccine as a platform for digitised identity. The program will be tested in Bangladesh with the agreed participation of the Bangladesh government. Whether the escape of the Covid 19 virus in Wuhan www.dialogue.ca

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was an accident or a planned act of biological warfare is not an issue here. The fact is that the WHO has broadcast a worldwide alarm that it is a “Pandemic” and the world has responded with Fear and a request to experts as to “what should we do?” The authoritarian response has been to institute worldwide countermeasures in the form of mask-wearing, hand-disinfecting, social distancing, no crowds, limited travel, testing and quarantine for 14 days for suspected cases, and total lockdown for everyone if the confirmed case load (by a dubious PCR test) or death toll spikes. As a result, we have (to date) a 40% collapse of the Real Economy, from which many businesses and individuals may not recover without strong support, if at all. For almost a year, and probably long into the future, the world population has been given a lesson in obedience. This obedience training is intended to make us comply with whatever future remedies the authorities provide. Some segments of the population are not complying which raises the possibility of whether or not some degree of penalty or compulsion will be applied. Some scenarios follow. 1. One consequence is touted openly and that is the application of a vaccine. There are many confirmed antivaxxers who will not take a vaccine under any circumstances because of the many reports of serious side effects of undisclosed vaccine components such as mercury and aluminum. However, the vaccine could be made compulsory and, if you cannot provide evidence of vaccination, penalties & restrictions may apply. 2. A second reason for refusing to take a vaccine lies in the distrust of authorities because of the long history of lies, false flag incidents and outright misrepresentations of facts such as in the assassination of President Kennedy or the destruction of the World Trade Towers in New York. There is a suspicion that a vaccine may contain any one or more of the following additives. a. A locator chip for identity and tracking purposes. b. An ID chip that will enable you to access your virtual bank account that will replace all those dirty coins and notes that can carry viruses. Any fines will be deducted automatically. Any serious felony (or failure to follow regulations) could result in cancellation of your account. c. An antifertility virus to reduce or eliminate pregnancies. There is a desperate need to …/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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reduce the world population. Some selected individuals would be excused. The other aspect of the pandemic/depression is the question of how to rebuild the economy. Some people will have been lucky enough to have a farm and a roof. Others will have skills such as Doctors and nurses that will ensure that they can earn enough for sustenance. Many will restart a business with essentials and provide service to others. But there will be many old or sick or otherwise incapable of providing for themselves. There will be a large need for institutional homes and feeding facilities provided by governments. There will be a need to provide financial assistance to those that can work but for whom there are no jobs. The government will need to create work such as new infrastructures or repair and maintenance of existing items, as was done by FDR in the 1930s. This will entail government creation of debt free money via a government owned Central

Bank, i.e. Bank of Canada, with due regard to controlling inflation. There is no room for interest-bearing loans when people are destitute. As I have always said – the government can create as much money as is needed without consequence, based on the infinite resource base that is Canada – as long as there are no interest charges. Such a National Debt is just a number. It can be deleted with a key stroke. The more appealing side to the problem of rebuilding is that it should – must – be done with compassion and understanding of other people’s problems. Goodnatured help, without seeking reward, will be very much in demand. Circles of friends and local communities can create more than the sum of individual parts. Whatever the NWO ordains, a united community front can support it or confront it, without violence, in order to make a point. Derek Skinner, Victoria, Derek.J.Skinner@outlook.com ♣


Leading Canadian Health Expert Outraged at Government Response to COVID www.globalresearch.ca/leading-canadian-health-expert-outraged-government-response-covid/5729887

DR. ROGER HODKINSON: “This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.” Dr. Roger Hodkinson, MA, MB, FRCPC, FCAP, is CEO and medical director of Western Medical Assessments, [https://westernmedical.ca/ ]. Dr. Hodkinson spoke at the Edmonton City Council Community and Public Services Committee meeting on Nov. 13, 2020, about the city’s move to extend its face-covering bylaw. He was listed as speaker number 95 on the meeting agenda. [Hodkinson was trained at Cambridge University in the UK. He is ex-president of the pathology section of the Medical Association. He was the chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee and Pathology in Ottawa.]

Transcript of Dr. Hodkinson’s testimony at Edmonton City Council Committee Mtg: “Thank you very much. I do appreciate the opportunity to address you on this very important matter. What I’m going to say is lay language, and blunt. It is counter-narrative, and so you don’t immediately think I’m a quack, I’m going to briefly outline my credentials so that you can understand where I’m coming from in terms of knowledge base in all of this. I’m a medical specialist in pathology which includes 8 dialogue

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virology. I trained at Cambridge University in the UK. I’m the ex-president of the pathology section of the Medical Association. I was previously an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine doing a lot of teaching. I was the chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Examination Committee and Pathology in Ottawa, but more to the point I’m currently the chairman of a biotechnology company in North Carolina selling the COVID-19 test. And you might say I know a little bit about all of this. The bottom line is simply this: There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians. It’s outrageous. This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public. There is absolutely nothing that can be done to contain this virus. Other than protecting older, more vulnerable people. It should be thought of as nothing more than a bad flu season. This is not Ebola. It’s not SARS. It’s politics playing medicine and that’s a very dangerous game. There is no action of any kind needed other than what happened last year when we felt unwell. We stayed home, we took chicken noodle soup, we didn’t visit granny and we decided when we would return to

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work. We didn’t need anyone to tell us. Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever. Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue-signaling. They’re not even worn effectively most of the time. It’s utterly ridiculous. Seeing these unfortunate, uneducated people — I’m not saying that in a pejorative sense — seeing these people walking around like lemmings, obeying without any knowledge base, to put the mask on their face. Social distancing is also useless because COVID is spread by aerosols which travel 30 meters or so before landing. Enclosures have had such terrible unintended consequences. Everywhere should be opened tomorrow as well as was stated in the Great Barrington Declaration that I circulated prior to this meeting. And a word on testing: I do want to emphasize that I’m in the business of testing for COVID. I do want to emphasize that positive test results do not, underlined in neon, mean a clinical infection. It’s simply driving public hysteria and all testing should stop. Unless you’re presenting to the hospital with some respiratory problem. All that should be done is to protect the vulnerable and to give them all in the nursing homes that are under your control, give them all 3,000 to 5,000 international units of vitamin D every day, which has been shown to radically reduce the likelihood of Infection. And I would remind you all that using the province’s own statistics, the risk of death under 65 in this province is one in 300,000. One in 300,000. You’ve got to

get a grip on this. The scale of the response that you are undertaking with no evidence for it is utterly ridiculous given the consequences of acting in a way that you’re proposing. All kinds of suicides, business closures, funerals, weddings etc. It’s simply outrageous! It’s just another bad flu and you’ve got to get your minds around that. Let people make their own decisions. You should be totally out of the business of medicine. You’re being led down the garden path by the chief medical officer of health for this province. I am absolutely outraged that this has reached this level. It should all stop tomorrow. Thank you very much.” Dr Roger Hodkinson, MA, MB, FRCPC, FCAP Dr Hodkinson is the CEO of Western Medical Assessments, and has been the Company’s Medical Director for over 20 years. He received his general medical degrees from Cambridge University in the UK, and then became a Royal College certified pathologist in Canada (FRCPC) following a residency in Vancouver, BC. [https://westernmedical.ca/employees/roger-g-hodkinson/ ] Supported by Children’s Health Defense

Global Research, November 19, 2020 Children's Health Defense 18 November 2020: Canada

Listen to a recording of Hodkinson’s testimony – and be reminded that sanity still exists in the world. https://www.brighteon.com/42ace589-01fc-4a2b-965420b0bf0bc315 The original source of this article is Children's Health Defense / Copyright © Children’s Health Defense, Children's Health Defense, 2020 ARTICLE RECEIVED FROM EVA LYMAN ♣


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Till Earth Do Us Part Mike Neilly, Dunrobin ON

After four years of Donald Trump, a callous, anti-science autocratic view has emerged, a hyper conservative philosophy where wars (at least against viruses) must be handled by state and municipal governments, a cruel mindset where the federal government encourages a very belligerent form of freedom, washing its hands (an ironic turn of phrase) of our collective responsibility, a duty to others and the earth itself. Just recently, we watched Kiss the Ground, a documentary film written by Joshua and Rebecca www.dialogue.ca

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Harrell Tickell and narrated by Woody Harrelson (you may remember him from the TV show Cheers). The film is described on the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) as: “A revolutionary group of activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians band together in a global movement of ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ that could balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world.” Of course, what do you do when you hear about something new like Regenerative Agriculture, you visit Wikipedia! Gone are the massive encyclopedia of old. Here’s their description. “Regenerative …/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. Regenerative Agriculture aims to capture carbon in soil and aboveground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation.” Plunging even deeper, I found another source: “Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. Practices include recycling as much farm waste as possible and adding composted material from sources outside the farm.” When I saw the film, it immediately put me in mind of the Native’s “Three Sisters” that Canadian author Joseph Boyden wrote about in his book The Orenda, namely the cultivation of gourdseed corn, beans and squash together—companion crops. Doing still more surfing, sure enough, there it was, a description of the “Three Sisters” from Modern Farmer: “Native growers knew that planting corn, beans, squash and sunflowers together produced mutual benefits. Corn stalks created a trellis for beans to climb, and beans’ twining vines secured the corn in high winds. They also certainly observed that corn and bean plants growing together tended to be healthier than when raised separately. Today we know the reason: Bacteria living on bean plant roots pull nitrogen – an essential plant nutrient – from the air and convert it to a form that both beans and corn can use. Squash plants contributed by shading the ground with their broad leaves, preventing weeds from growing and retaining water in the soil. Heritage squash varieties also had spines that discouraged deer and raccoons from visiting the garden for a snack. And sunflowers planted around

the edges of the garden created a natural fence, protecting other plants from wind and animals and attracting pollinators.” So, Regenerative Agriculture is an old practice! Returning to the film, the theme is that the practice of tilling the ground for a single crop (called monocropping) and leaving it bare for a good part of the year results in loss of soil moisture, bacteria, and water, and the destruction of the soil itself. And because of the denuding of the land and ultimately its desertification, carbon in the atmosphere stays in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. As a result, a vicious cycle, post-World War II, has evolved requiring extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to maintain crop yields, while our summers get hotter and hotter. The film also targets the practice of maintaining separate feedlots, instead of letting cattle graze in the fields, a symbiotic relationship where cattle feed on the crops and fertilize the soil in return. After watching the film, and almost giddy, we had the urge to turn our lawn into a wild pasture. Here too, our civilization stands in the way. Lawns must be perfectly manicured and green. Growing clover and wildflowers will likely result in a visit from the bylaw officer. There are certainly vested interests in the current way of doing things: profit, growth, and order. To wean ourselves off mono-cropping, there must be change. Farmers need to buy No-Till Drills, for one thing. According to Modern Farmer, “Specialized seeding equipment, including a no-till drill, can cost more than $100,000.” No kidding. I saw ads for used ones here in Ontario for $50-60K (CAD). Still, after watching Kiss the Ground, we came away feeling hopeful, a bit euphoric. After all, isn’t our Earth worth the investment? Mike Neilly, michael.neilly@bell.net ♣


The New World (Monetary) Order Episode 390 – Bretton Woods 2.0 James Corbett- 12/04/2020

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will afford the central bankers? Well, you’re about to. In this info-packed edition of The Corbett Report podcast where James peels back the layers of the great currency reset ‘onion’ and uncovers the New World (Monetary) Order: https://www.corbettreport.com/brettonwoods2/ ♣

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E-petition e-2961 (Human diseases) https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2961#accordion1-collapse-item-1

Initiated by Gisele Baribeau from Dorchester, Ont.

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas: • The Government of Canada does not conduct •

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independent safety testing of vaccines; COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers are being granted legal immunity and will not be legally or financially liable for injuries or deaths caused by their products; COVID-19 vaccine development is being rushed; Standard, prudent safety protocols, such as prior animal testing, are being waived; COVID-19 vaccines currently under development are not tested against an inert placebo and are utilizing never before implemented technology that injects manufactured genetic materials; Long-term adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccination may not be known for many years; No coronavirus vaccine has ever been approved because of serious adverse effects, including death to test animals, due to pathogenic priming; COVID-19 vaccines are not designed to prevent infection or transmission; and Bypassing proper safety protocols means COVID-19 vaccination is effectively human experimentation.

We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to: 1- Preserve and protect our ethical, legal, and moral right to informed consent; 2- Legally ensure COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary. This choice must be without disadvantage or prejudice; 3- Require that vaccine safety studies comply with standards equal to or exceeding other pharmaceutical products; 4- Create an independent committee with a broad range of stakeholder representatives, including citizen vaccine safety advocates; 5- Ensure no committee member has intellectual or financial conflicts of interest with the pharmaceutical or medical industry; 6- Grant this committee the power to independently review applications for approval of all vaccines, including COVID-19; and 7- Develop a vaccine injury compensation program whereby vaccine manufacturers are responsible for paying all costs related to the compensation for those injured or killed by their vaccines. Open for signature: November 3, 2020 Closes for signature: February 1, 2021 MP: Derek Sloan, Hastings—Lennox and Addington Forwarded by: Cindy, cindy.healthwealth@gmail.com ♣


PETITION TO STOP THE GREAT RESET -- Pierre Poilievre Petition https://www.withpierre.ca/stopthegreatreset

Whereas Justin Trudeau told a United Nations conference: “This pandemic has provided an OPPORTUNITY for a RESET. This is our CHANCE to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to REIMAGINE economic systems...”

Whereas global financial elites have called for the

impose their power grab. We the undersigned call on the government to: • End plans to impose the "Great Reset"; • Focus instead on protecting the lives and livelihoods of hardworking people; • Protect our freedom.

same "Great Reset" which would reengineer economies and societies to empower the elites at the expense of the people;

Forwarded by: Cindy cindy.healthwealth@gmail.com

Whereas Canadians must fight back against global


elites preying on the fears and desperation of people to www.dialogue.ca

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Please have a look at this and if you are so inclined, sign and send it on. Thank-you – Cindy https://www.withpierre.ca/stopthegreatreset ♣ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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Ben Swann Interviews RFK, Jr. on:

What We Know — and Don’t Know — About COVID Vaccine Safety https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/ben-swann-interviews-rfk-jr-covid-vaccine-safety/ From Inge Hanle, Vancouver, hanle@telus.net being touted by Pfizer and Moderna, and the lack of

Added Comment: There are many interviews in this 1hr-48 min presentation. However, if you want to hear some "common sense,” check in at the 45-min. mark, & at 1hr-05min., & at 1hr-20min. At the 1:20 mark, Kennedy addresses the COVID vaccine efficacy rates

publicly available safety data on either, and more. Also forwarded by Bill Woollam, templelife@hotmail.com SEE ALSO: Use of Aborted Fetal Cells in making vaccines: Dr. Mercola, 15 Dec 2020. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/mercola-2814 ♣


What do scientists & medical workers know now that they did not know in March? Michael Spencer, michaelhspencer@gmail.com NOTES TO A SKEPTIC!

Perhaps they now know that... • The curve we all flattened in March was caused by • • •

an unusually soft flu season in 2019 Ventilators kill people The PCR test has a +90% false positivity rate rendering the number of "cases" meaningless. The number of recently reported alleged "covid" deaths ‘coincidentally’ equals the number of decreased deaths from all other causes. Ten randomized control trials conducted since 1946 conclude non-pharma interventions such as lockdowns, social distancing and face masks provide no significant reduction in influenza transmission. Masks by themselves do not prevent the transmission of respiratory viruses and instead expose wearers to dangerously toxic levels of carbon dioxide In 1976 the US government paid $3.5B in damages for rushing to market an untested vaccine for a fake Swine Flu epidemic. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund created in the 1980s removes from pharmaceutical companies all legal liability for adverse effects caused by inadequately tested vaccines. Operation Warp Speed targets minority groups as the first to receive inadequately tested covid vaccines. HIV/AIDS was another fraudulent health crisis ginned up by Fauci et al, successfully raising $500B for big pharma and the medical establishment and exposing victims to inadequately tested toxic drugs like AZT. AZT has now been exposed for the deadly scam that it was. 40 years and $500B since HIV was first announced, Fauci's NIH has failed to develop a vaccine.

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Given all this, what is the best course of action? Should we trust Fauci and his co-conspirators THIS time? Should we trust the US government to ensure vaccine safety THIS time? Should we trust that THIS time the testing will be adequate? Should we trust the motives of the vaccine manufacturers – despite the enormous profit opportunity and lack of any legal liability for adverse effects? Should we dutifully line-up to inject into our children an experimental vaccine developed, not in years, but in months? Should we expose our children to this enormous risk in order to save a small percentage of the vulnerable aged population from an allegedly lethal virus for which the CDC admits they have no sample and for which there is no proof that it even exists?... Is There a Solution? [An email correspondent] asked what might be the beginnings of a solution to this totalitarian technocracy – an excellent question for which I don’t have any better answers than the rest of us. However, I sense a growing number of independent thinkers are deciding this is not a health crisis and asking what can be done to stop the unprecedented power grab. I find this increased questioning slightly hopeful. We may be at a critical juncture... One way forward is Klaus Schwab’s nightmare vision of a Great Reset - big tech and big pharma intermediating all human existence with a toxic, binding mixture of AI (Artificial Intelligence), 5G, surveillance, censorship, e-commerce, remote learning, mandatory vaccines, health checks, health passports, transhumanism, eugenics, the IoT (Internet of Things), robotics

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and more - all justified to protect us from an endless new “war on biology” – absolute control! Another way forward is some type of mass awakening on a sufficiently large scale to stop the reset before it becomes "great" and replace it with something else perhaps more local autonomy, female empowerment, reduced consumption, harmony with nature, privacy, freedom, individualism, spirituality, community freedom! The biggest challenge I see to mass awakening is time – for covid believers, accepting that covid is a false narrative requires a fundamental rewiring of their core beliefs, and this can take years, if not decades, of personal inquiry, discovery and adaptation - this excellent article summarizes it well: LINK: https://www.peakprosperity.com/we-are-pawns-in-a-

bigger-game-than-we-realize/ :

Most people will be unable to absorb the data, let alone move beyond it to wrestle with the implications. Why? Because such data is belief-shattering. Absorbing this information is not an intellectual

process; it’s an emotional one. For me, the minute news broke of Wuhan in lockdown I whiffed the rotten fish smell of yet another false flag – but this was only because I had spent the past 10 years rigorously investigating deep-state history, uncovering one false official narrative after another – well before covid arrived, I was a certified conspiracy nut, completely skeptical of practically every institution in our society. My awakening has been a long and gradual emotional journey of detachment and adaptation. How many are prepared to detach and adapt their core beliefs? How many are even capable of doing it? And how quickly could they do it even if they wanted to? In short, could a mass awakening happen quickly enough to stop this fast-moving “Great Reset” barrelling down upon us? For me this is the big question – and if the answer is no, then we all better ready ourselves for the coming brave new world. Michael Spencer, michaelhspencer@gmail.com ♣


Proof that the ‘pandemic’ was planned & with purpose https://principia-scientific.com/proof-that-the-pandemic-was-planned-with-purpose/ - Published on September 30, 2020, written by Dr James Fetzer From Inge Hanle, Vancouver, hanle@telus.net tation of documented eviWith added comment: My purpose is to WAKE PEOPLE dence. Please go to the UP before it too late and the “VACCINE” (which is not original website – Prin-

a vaccine) will have done its irreversible damage… My unanswered question is “How much evidence do people need before they wake up out of their sleepwalking trance?” The undeniable FACTS are staring us in the face. We are fighting an "existential battle" in a "Planned Attack." This is a very lengthy presen-

cipia Scientific (link above) – and read it there, with all of the illustrations. Also posted at the website, James Fetzer.org: https://jamesfetzer.org/2020/09/proof-that-thepandemic-was-planned-with-a-purpose/ ♣


C. S. Lewis warned us about technocracy’s coming tyranny By: Bill Muehlenberg via Caldron Nov. 23, 2020 [EXTRACT] Technocracy is a war against humanity and

has always been seen that way by critics such as C.S. Lewis. Like him or not, Lewis fully described the future as early as 1943.... In a number of books and articles he warned about where we were heading, as new technologies, coupled with increased statism, spelt “the abolition of man.” [In his classic The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society.] www.dialogue.ca

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And that was the title of his 1943 book. In it, he said this: “What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.” He continued, “Man’s conquest of Nature, if the dreams of some scientific planners are realized, means the rule of a few hundreds of men over billions upon billions of men. There neither is nor can be any simple increase of power on Man’s side. Each new power won by man is a power over man as well.” LINK: https://caldronpool.com/weve-been-warnedabout-the-great-reset-and-technocrat-tyranny/ ♣ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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Robin Mathews Uncut

A PIKETTY FENCE AROUND CAPITALISM by Robin Mathews, December 2020

Writing somewhat more than 1700 pages, French economist Thomas Piketty remarks that his works – Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and Capital and Ideology (2020) could really be called histories. And that’s true…. His description of economies from the time of far-off ternary power (three-tiered societies of nobility, clergy, and the general population) is illuminating and instructive. And though Piketty has a position from which he organizes the knowledge, it is more or less unstated. He does, at one point, declare himself a Social Democrat I believe, but nowadays that isn’t terribly meaningful. In Canadian terms … for instance … to say he is a sort of intelligent Stephen Lewis wouldn’t be saying very much, would it? The two books must be seen clearly for what they are also: works of Social Science … not History … written by a Social Democrat supporter of Capitalism. (That is not unusual in our time: despairing or defeated in the battle against Capitalism – and suffering the bad press that Capitalism has given its archenemies – many forms of “the Left” have decided to join the ranks of Capitalism’s supporters, supplicating for crumbs to throw to “the least advantaged” … so to speak). Surfacing in the nineteenth century and ripening (to mix metaphors) in the twentieth, the Social Sciences largely replaced classical learning which was variously served by Classics Departments (dealing with ancient languages and the cultures producing them) as well as History and Philosophy Departments in universities … before ‘modernism’ arrived. The Social Sciences we know include (more or less) Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and – ? Economics ? And though some claim, also, History, Archeology, Communications, etc., as well… we may dismiss such claims as Category Empire Building… Indeed. The Social Sciences may be described as those activities of Inquiry that are farthest from what we call “the hard sciences” – mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology – “hard” meaning not only something you can touch but also something that engages 14 dialogue

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reality and evidence we can see in the material world around us …(even if it exists for us sometimes in mathematical formulae most of us cannot grasp). A Social Scientist, one might say, is someone who might be present at the murder of hundreds of innocent children at which he /she would be careful to determine sex, age, origin, race, religion, TV program preference, and, say, frequency of Facebook usage … without asking if the slaughter is a moral or an immoral act. (“Science” doesn’t ‘moralize’.) That description might be rather unfair to Thomas Picketty who is writing, after all, about Inequality (though not against Inequality). We should not be misled: Piketty is not a Karl Marx or Friedrich Engels. Piketty doesn’t endorse the cry: “Workers of the world unite: you have nothing to lose but your chains…” As a Social Scientist should be, Piketty is - above all - “reasonable”… And so he doesn’t object to inequality. For instance: one of the screaming evidences of the unchallenged dominance of criminal Capitalism in our time is the existence of Tax Havens (also called by one writer: “Treasure Islands”)… located on distant Island States or in the darkest heart of London’s “City”. Piketty refers to them… the amazing hideaways for Capital that suggest multi-government approval of what is organized, sophisticated, crossborder, very quiet, gigantic criminal activity to hide the wealth of the wealthiest. He mentions them …but Piketty doesn’t go near identifying them and discussing their (essentially criminal) existence. Piketty makes his position clear early. He writes (p. 19, Capital in the Twentieth Century): “Inequality is not necessarily bad in itself: the key question is to decide whether it is justified, whether there are reasons for it.” Moreover, the writer tells his readers that the history “of the distribution of wealth has always been deeply political, and it cannot be reduced to purely economic mechanisms” (p.20). And then, in two books, he deals with – more or less – its purely economic mechanisms. In a final (though very early) separation from anything like the concerns of Marx and Engels, Piketty declares

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he was: “vaccinated for life against the conventional but lazy rhetoric of anticapitalism…” and he goes on: “I have no interest in denouncing inequality or capitalism per se – especially since inequalities are not in themselves a problem as long as they are justified...” Indeed, Piketty seems to believe that an income gap (inequality) is perfectly, morally acceptable. He writes (p.24, Capital and Ideology) “the argument that the income gap between high and low earners had been compressed too much in the period 1950-1980, thus calling for a corrective, has its shortcomings. Nevertheless it should be taken seriously, up to a point….” He is saying, slightly less than bluntly, that the growing income equality after the Second World War may well have been “inadvisable”… or to put it another

way …the Lower Classes may, for a time, have been led to forget their proper places on the Social Scale…. The two books by Thomas Picketty that deal with the role and history of Capitalism in the modern world are informative and readable, but (as the example of Tax Havens suggests) they are not, one might say, complete or even, perhaps, intended to be complete. If that final statement suggests a level of complacency in the works of Thomas Picketty reviewed here … that may be because there is a level of complacency … or perhaps this reviewer is not sophisticated enough to see the rich completeness of what Picketty presents to his readers in the two volumes. Robin Mathews, rmathews@telus.net ♣


Comment regarding Robin Mathews’ essay From Bob Hansen, Ladysmith BC To Robin Mathews et al, Dec. 8, 2020

Great review/overview, Robin, thank you. When I saw Piketty’s reference to the income gap and that it's ...kinda not so bad/inevitable in a classstructured society, which all are and all are ok, sort of waffling, I lost interest but doggedly read more. Up until the late 19th century, the players we now call 'economists' were referred to as 'moral philosophers'. At that time as well, the people we now call 'psychopaths', (not at all referring to Picketty, just saying...) were called 'morally insane'. Now the 'great reset' fraudsters are openly saying the previous global ‘playground for the rich’ is no longer working for them... so they will re-set the whole mess. But the hazard they have created for themselves, and locked down with covid rules, etc., is that it could slip from their grasp and REAL change could take place. This is a huge opportunity for the mass of mankind to get into the re-set business themselves. I suggest we do so, and our first step is to make enormous moves toward public banking. Canada is owned by the International Finance Association, beginning with the purchase of Rupert’s Land by the Gov’t of Canada in 1871 from IFA (majority shareholder of HBC) with extremely onerous clauses, such as: the Gov’t. of Canada will work to extinguish First Nations titles to their land; 5% of the land around all new Canadian cities given to them; 5% of all arable land in Canada given to them; and more. [More www.dialogue.ca

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details about this on the following page] We must demand to see each and every clause in that agreement, and to openly discuss them all in Canada, because some are not compatible with a progressive democracy, our 'charter' (under Admiralty Law, not Common Law) or our dim comprehension of moral behaviour. Further, the IFA also owns the U.S.A. after the prez of U.S. in the early 1890s asked JP Morgan to go to Europe (and took his pal, a Warburg, whose family name in medieval times was del Banco) and to secure a loan for the U.S. gov. to prevent insolvency, which was looming at that time due to a dire recession. (exactly how did that recession come about?) The Queen, the Rothschilds and the Vatican all are trillionaires (compared to Gates, Buffet, Soros, et al, who are mere billionaires) and are major if not majority shareholders in IFA. All of them depend upon the present system of private banking. To defuse this juggernaut of historical psychopathy we need a workable alternative. Enter public banking. See: https://ellenbrown.com/ Best of the Winter Solstice to all, Bob Bob Hansen, hansen.bob5@gmail.com The Corporation IS the Enemy. Altered Egos Nearing

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Who Are The World’s Aggressors? ~ and Who Owns Canada? … and the United States? Bob Hansen, hansen.bob5@gmail.com

When I read, The North-West Is Our Mother: The Story of Louis Riel's People, the Métis Nation (2019), by Jean Teillet, I was impressed with the way the Métis author was able to express the early relationship among First Nations people in Canada and with the Government of Canada. That relationship with Canada has always been tenuous, and too often it has been very strained. The role of the Hudson’s Bay Co. in the Red River Valley in southern Manitoba, Canada’s first settlement west of the Great Lakes, is key to understanding how European oligarchs related to First Nations in these territories, and likely still want to relate to them, because it is a convenient road to profit. Then I read The Remarkable history of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1900), by George Bryce (1844–1931). The author was an Empire Loyalist, but his attention to detail is alluring. When he wrote about the sale of Rupert’s Land to the Government of Canada in 1871, by the International Finance Association, he mentioned a few of the conditions in that sale and they set me on a journey to bring some other books into the discussion about who owns Canada. Bryce states some of these conditions in Chapter XLIV: “These resolutions showed the advantage, both to Canada and the Empire, of the Dominion being extended to the Pacific Ocean; that settlement, commerce and development of the resources of the country are dependent upon a stable government being established; that the welfare of the Red River settlers would be enhanced by this means; that provision was contained in the British North-American Act for the admission of Rupert’s Land and the North-West territory to the Dominion; that this wide country should be united to Canada; that in case of union that the legal rights of any corporation, as the Hudson’s Bay Co., association, or individual should be respected; that this should be settled judicially or by agreement; that the Indian title should be legally extinguished; and that an address to her Majesty should be made to this effect. The resolutions were carried by a large majority of the House. This was a bold and well-conceived step, and the era of discussion and hesitancy seemed to have passed away in favour of a policy of action.” And…“The allotment of wild land to the Company of 16 dialogue

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1/20th (5%) went on in each township as it was surveyed, and though all this land is taxable, yet it has become a great source of revenue to the Company. Important sites and parcels of land all over the country have helped to swell its’ resources.” The part where the government of Canada agreed to work to extinguish First Nations titles to their lands was shocking, because what I see going on around me at this time, 150 years later, appears to corroborate that contract. I am certain that there are other clauses in that agreement that are not in Bryce’s book, and all Canadians and First Nations need to see each and every one of them to comprehend what Canada is, and what Canada is not. In the book, Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikolas Tesla, it is stated that the U.S. courts had sided with JP Morgan in the longest and most expensive legal fight up to that time, involving patents. Tesla owned the patents for his polyphase electric motor, a technology that revolutionized industry. Tesla’s problems began in the early 1890s when the private banker and financier, JP Morgan was asked by the U.S. President to go to Europe and secure a loan for the U.S. government, which was headed to insolvency due to a recession at that time. I postulate that the three major economic forces then, as now, the monarchy of Great Britain, the Rothschilds, and the Vatican, are the three major shareholders of the International Finance Association, and this Association owns Canada and the United States. By securing the loan to the United States Government, Morgan was able to secure the support of the U.S. courts in his legal battles over patent rights on Tesla’s polyphase electric motor. In the book, A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East (1989), by David Fromkin, there are details regarding what Britain had done in advance of WWI, and one item was to modernize her navy. By the end of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations in the late 1890s, Britain had converted all of her navy from wood and sail to steel and coal. In 1913 a small portion of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives were able to pass the Federal Reserve Act, which allowed for private banks to be the suppliers of money to the U.S. government. By 1914 the British

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had converted their navy once more, and that was from coal to oil, as the world was slipping into war. Other details began to paint a picture of the U.S. and Britain working together in order to get WWI going. After WWI, the five ancient dynasties (Saxe-CoburgGotha; Hohenzollern; Hapsburgs; Romanov; and Ottoman) that had ruled 400 million people of Europe for many centuries, were eliminated except for the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which was the name of the Royal Family of Britain until after WWI, when they changed their name to House of Windsor. Interestingly, Great Britain’s relationship with the Ottoman Empire was reversed within a year of the beginning of WWI, breaking with a centuries-long understanding between those two dynasties. The road to WWII was paved by the armistice agreement at the end of WWI. It hobbled Germany so completely that peace was understood to be a short-lived affair, because Germany could not be expected to tolerate such onerous conditions as had been placed upon her. In the book, Trading with the Enemy: An Exposé of the Nazi-American Money Plot, 1933-1949, (1983) by Charles Higham, it becomes clear that U.S. corporations and banks aided & abetted Hitler’s rise to power, and much of his military effort, up until 1943, when the U.S. government indicted several U.S. corporations and banks under the Trading with the Enemy Act. When I put these books into context, and contemplated other details of these two world conflicts, I concluded that the United States and Great Britain

colluded to start and maintain both World Wars. If this were true, then we are presently under the control of a financial system that manages two of the most developed nations in the world, and who have most of the advanced weapons on the planet, yet we do not know the details of these arrangements. The reason I think it is important to comprehend these global wars in our recent past is because they have not ended: wars of choice continue unabated and with ever-newer technology, like microwave weapons, satellites and mass surveillance. The importance of recent history to our present times – of a declared pandemic amidst mass confusion and the abandonment of medical processes and theory that have served us well for many centuries – cannot be overstated. It’s easy to fool a generation when you control the information that the public have access to, and this is especially the case when the technique used is fear. However, fear cannot be maintained indefinitely, and after the propaganda, books emerge and new information comes to light. We may have side-stepped WWIII up until the beginning of the year 2020, however we are now in an even more challenging battle, one that involves a global take-over by oligarchs who have been on a roll for the last three decades at a minimum. Meanwhile, working people, after bailing out privately-owned banks for their ‘mistakes’ in 2008, have had an austerity regime imposed upon them for the last decade. Bob Hansen, hansen.bob5@gmail.com ♣


UK Supreme Court Judge Slams ‘Totalitarian’ COVID ‘Control Freaks’ in Government By Steve Watson, Global Research, Nov. 25, 2020 Summit News 23 November 2020 Region: Europe

A British Supreme Court judge has slammed the UK government as ‘control freaks’ for attempting to control people’s lives under the guise of COVID, and he has labeled it “morally and constitutionally indefensible” to define what freedoms the public should and shouldn’t have. In an op-ed published Sunday, Lord Sumption noted that the “debate about whether to let us have a family Christmas perfectly sums up what is wrong with this Government’s handling” of the crisis. Sumption wrote www.dialogue.ca

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that there are “many different answers to the dilemmas of a Covid Christmas”, yet the crux of the matter is “whether we should be allowed to make the choice for ourselves, instead of having it imposed on us by law.” “But for the Jacobins of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the control freaks in the Department of Health, theirs is the only answer,” Sumption urged. The British government has posited allowing people to spend 5 days in the company of their relatives over Christmas, but with the caveat that in January they will have to pay back the privilege with more lockdown time, specifically another 25 days. LINK at Global Research: https://tinyurl.com/crg-30402 ♣

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Governor of the Bank of Canada asks for suggestions re the CPI Erik Andersen, Gabriola Island, BC I did not try to bully the BoC Gover-

nor, but I am trying to head off what I think could come. History shows that politicians use “low hanging fruit” as targets when times get difficult. The episode of 1975 to early 80s was very unfair to Canadians who were being held responsible for creating inflation. We are in a K-Winter right now as then, but politicians and business people can only think linearly so they become dangerous to the population. If anyone wishes to use my letter go ahead. Likely currency devaluation will be difficult enough but add inflation and we don’t know if those conditions might end up with a lot of us being thrown under the bus. EXTRACT OF MY LETTER TO: Mr. Tiff Macklem, Governor of the Bank of Canada 234 Wellington St, Ottawa K1A 0G9

Dear Sir, You asked for suggestions relating to the modernization of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This request brought a flood of not so pleasant memories for me, so I thought a reply covering this topic and more might help. These are my suggestions, as a concerned citizen, that address the CPI issue and, maybe more importantly, economic and financial unfairness in Canada. Before I get to unfairness, I thought to first start with the Bank of Canada’s three pages titled “Understanding the consumer price index” August 13, 2020 (App. A). The first page has about 25 lines describing what the CPI captures to create the index. At the end of that page and over to page two is a 7-line footnote about a very few examples of what is not captured. Thereafter there are descriptions to help the reader understand uses made of the Index. Because Stats Can deliberately passes over all living costs where the prices are not market determined, the CPI is misleading. From personal experience and perhaps for other Canadians, our cost of living would be better defined by what is not market-determined than what is. For example, our taxes (income taxes, GST, property taxes, & now carbon tax) are ineligible, our electricity rates are not eligible because the Provincial Utility is supervised by the BCUC. According to the BC Auditor General, BC Hydro had almost $60 billion in 18 dialogue

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contractual obligations that most certainly are incorporated into the customer’s rate base. The proportion of non-market determined living costs is growing, making the shrinking market-determined proportion, shown by the CPI, less honest & fair. I think full and honest disclosure should be the social gold standard in Canada but it is not. A partial illustration of this condition is shown by the BC Auditor General’s report of February 2017 (App. B). The term “self-supported” is meant to distract the reader from the important but unspecified conditions of the obligations. Little thought is needed to have the understanding that these mostly secret contracts (of BC Hydro) must have capital repayment provisions, regardless of production or the initial capital would never show up. (App C & D) App. E is a copy of the work by Norm Farrell. The message from his charts is that revenue from BC Hydro domestic customers increased by 100% from 2006 to 2020, without any increase in need, as measured by units sold. With respect to the CPI, a personal cost increase of 100% over 15 years is not shown, yet the electricity cost is a significant item in everyone’s annual living costs. This type of financial gaming the Canadian population is creating unwanted stress and it is my hope that Stats Can will find a way to help citizens better understand the process that has and is happening. If the CPI continues to be used in the ways the Bank of Canada describes, then with these inadequacies, it changes from being an objective tool to a social weapon of unfairness. My suggestion is that there be found a way of capturing and showing all living costs in a modernized Consumer Price Index. […] [The full letter is posted on the Dialogue website: www.dialogue2.ca/erikandersen-to-boc-gov-re-cpi-oct21-2020.html

UPDATE RE: Petition regarding CPP

investments in fossil fuels

The CPP Investments Petition was presented in Parliament by MP Paul Manly on Nov. 4, 2020. [“The government is expected to reply to the CPP IB petition on Jan 25th when the House resumes... So we should be close to hearing from them!” - M.P. Paul Manly’s office] AND: Good news this morning from TransAlta Corporation (based in Calgary): they have decided to stop generating electricity from burning coal, so bit by bit our wishes are getting traction. Cheers from Erik twolabradors@shaw.ca ♣

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Covid Lockdown. A Crime Against Humanity. Peter Weygang, Bobcaygeon ON

Some health care professionals believe that they save lives. They do not. They prolong life. The end is always the same. This stultifying refusal, by the experts, to accept that all of us will die, has shaped their reaction to the Covid pandemic. All the energies, and resources, of the healthcare system have been focused on isolationism – as a way of saving lives in the short term, not as a way of beating the virus in the long haul. All other health issues and services have been shoved aside, with disastrous and far-reaching consequences. Those consequences include excess deaths from suicide, drug overdose, delayed medical attention, domestic violence, crime and hunger. Those deaths probably exceed any lives that have been prolonged by isolationism. This is true because the vast majority of people who died from the virus were the elderly, with serious health issues. In many cases their life expectancy was a matter of months. The “collateral” deaths included many people with a life expectancy measured in years. The crushed businesses, the dashed hopes, the unpayable national and private debts, the psychological distress, the miseries of this unhappy world – can all be laid squarely at the door of the isolationist experts. These were knowable future consequences and, as such, contravene the section of the Hippocratic Oath, as stated in Of the Epidemics: The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future – must mediate these things, In the real world, businesses and, less commonly, governments, carry out impact studies. They weigh the pros and cons. In our own lives we do it all the time, on a small scale. I have to presume that the isolationists knew of these consequences, yet still pursued their tunnel-vision path. They also seem to believe that mediate, and jackboot, are synonymous. To that degree the harm, pain, suffering, deaths and despair they caused are crimes against humanity. We have been sanitized to death, stabbed with skillfully-shaped statistics, and drugged by engineered fears. Did you read the following headline? “Virus that causes Covid-19 can survive for 28 days on common surfaces, research says.” - CSIRO, www.dialogue.ca

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Oct 12, 2020 [CSIRO is an Australian-based science and technology publisher].

The general public leaves it at that, shakes in fear, and starts to bleach the known universe. However, dig deeper, and you find: All the experiments were carried out in the dark, however, since UV light has already been shown to kill the virus.! Sunlight contains 3% of UV radiation. That is why being outdoors in the summer usually suppresses pandemics. We know that UV disinfects water containing bacteria, and viruses, and can be effective against protozoans like, Giardia lamblia cysts or Cryptosporidium oocysts. It is commonly used in private, and public, water treatment facilities. So why doesn’t the WHO advise restaurants, bars, and other places where people congregate, to install some UV emitters? (I have my own which I use in hotel rooms.) In fact, the WHO endorses a global sanitising program, affecting 8 billion people, unleashing pain, harm, and economic collapse on a global scale, based on a bizarre experiment by a handful of scientists working in the dark! Incredulous, but true. That is a crime against humanity. The isolationists also want to terrify us with the threat of long covid. They maintain that there are long term effects of the virus infection, including everything from indigestion to brain cancer. The fact is that all diseases carry long term consequences. Bronchitis, TB, and the flu also have long term impacts. People who have a nasty flu infection have a statistically significant increase in the likelihood of a heart attack. But enough of the nitty gritty stuff. Let us look at the Champagne and Roses of life, and see where the bubbles went, and the petals fell. I visited Victoria at the end of September. It was emerging from the smoke drifting up from the fires in the USA. The legislative building was our first stop. Closed. The nerve-centre of BC democracy shuttered. Parliament handed over to ‘experts’ and bureaucrats. The huge esplanade outside the building was deserted, apart from our group of four. The Empress Hotel was our next stop. The Empress enjoys an international reputation for class, in capital letters; a place where afternoon tea costs $85 per person. It is a ritual of such elegance, even majesty, that is incomparable. What we saw, were five people in the deserted lobby, eating VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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dainties from white cardboard boxes. The room with the Bengal Tiger, and its connections to the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore, had a musty smell. The morgue-like atmosphere was a miasma of death, and decay. This is the rotting corpse left, not by the Covid virus, but by the Covid Lockdown – a purely human invention. A place of great grandeur, and wonderful history, has been brought to its knees. Our lives have been impoverished. An evening stroll through Chinatown was a lonely experience. It usually bustles with life, as people enjoy the ambient echoes of a different world. Fan Tan alley heard only our few footsteps passing down the narrowest street in the world. This unique place, this part of a rich heritage, has been scrubbed bare by Covid regulations. Butchart Gardens. Ah, such a miracle of the gardener’s art. But where were the people? Where were the tired, the poor, the huddled masses? – All who need places like this to rejuvenate themselves, to touch, if only for a few hours, beauty, and see her feet, how they can dance! Covid regulations have them all under lock, and key. We, our very small group, were able to stand on the steppingstones in the Japanese Garden, without crowds. But, I asked myself, where are the stepping stones into a decent future for most of humanity? Back in Campbell River we went to the Tidemark Theatre for the first screening of Heartbeat of the

River. We were part of the forty people who were able to get tickets. The theatre holds 400 people. This great celebration of life of the salmon should have been seen, and applauded, by a packed theatre. Covid certainly cut them down to size! And there we have it. Theatres, rock concerts, museums, studio tours, Fall Fairs, Pumpkin Fests, Oktoberfest, Festival of Lights, parent-teacher meetings, church gatherings, and a simple beer at the pub, all restricted or cancelled. That is the power of these selfappointed autocrats. It has created a worldwide social, and cultural disaster. It is a crime against humanity. Is there another way of dealing with this flu-like scamdemic? Yes, there is. Thousands of academics, epidemiologists, economists, and others, with impeccable credentials, have created the Great Barrington Declaration. These people have a good understanding of what we have learnt from 3000 years of pandemics. They did not sacrifice their common sense at the ivory tower. The links below outline their strategy for dealing with the pandemic; a strategy that has stood the test of time. A strategy for today. Peter Weygang, M.A.; D.I.C.; M.Ed. Sec., Citizens for Direct Democracy Email: peterweygang@gmail.com White House Embraces Covid-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ Declaration [Oct. 19, 2020] LINK: www.nytimes.com/live/2020/10/13/world/coronavirus-covid Great Barrington Declaration re Focused Protection, Oct. 4, 2020. LINK: https://gbdeclaration.org/ ♣


On Citizens’ Forum – with Jack Etkin, Victoria BC: An interview with Dr. Stephen Malthouse, a family physician From Jack Etkin, jetkin@hotmail.com

Dr. Stephen Malthouse, a BC family physician, wrote an open letter to Dr. Bonnie Henry questioning the science she is using to mandate social distancing, lockdowns, masks, and business closures. Dr. Malthouse says the science does not show the need for – or benefit of – these policies. Dr. Malthouse says the PCR test is being misused in order to 'find' large numbers of 'cases' which do not in fact really exist. We are all wearing masks to protect each other (we are told) while a large study out of China finds that asymptomatic people do not infect 20 dialogue

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others so there is no need for those who are not sick to be wearing masks. The Great Barrington Declaration, signed by thousands of doctors, researchers and scientists, says that we do NOT have a real pandemic and there is no need for the extreme measures being taken. What we have is a CASEDEMIC, based on a PCR test that is very inaccurate in the way it is being used, and calling people “cases” who have no symptoms and are in no way ill ... this is

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NOT what ‘cases’ normally are ... normally, cases are

people who are sick and need treatment and care. ... but with Covid, a “case” is just someone who tests positive... not sick, not contagious, etc. And a lot of harm is being created. The Media is 'captured' and should not be trusted on this issue. The fear they are spreading is not realistic.

We are harming people with our policies more than protecting them. There are thousands of professionals speaking out… and the media will NOT report this... They have been ‘captured’ [by advertising revenue]. We are being offered an illusion of safety. Watch on Vimeo: https://tinyurl.com/vim-JE-SM Many other important references & links below the video. ♣


Wake Up World – Our Kids’ Futures Are at Stake! “They and We Will All Be Victims!” Jerry Flynn, Bowser BC

What I am about to say, most people will find difficult, if not impossible, to believe, but anyone is invited to try to PROVE ME WRONG! First, though, I would ask people to please read all that I have struggled mightily with to write, as the evidence speaks for itself. [Attachments will be posted to dialogue.ca]

Today’s unparalleled corruption began back in the 1700s, in the United Kingdom, but has now spread throughout most major countries of the world, to the extent that it now literally threatens all life on Earth and its people. It threatens to bring in a new One World Government, but one in which the global population will be drastically reduced (estimates have its new population being just a fraction of today’s estimated 7.8 billion people). Each person allowed to live will not only be vaccinated, but also have implanted in their body a programmable chip - to enable the ‘privileged’ few to control and direct their ‘slaves’ (not my word) to do their bidding. Sounds preposterous? But it is all true. The New World will share a common digital currency - again, to enable the ‘privileged’ few to better control its ‘slaves.’ Although it could not have been envisaged in the 1700s, man’s discovery of power-line frequency (50/60 Hz) and radio frequency (RF) electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) radiation has changed everyone’s life forever - including those ‘privileged’ few, all of whom have profited handsomely from these technological inventions. Estimates of the net worth of 5G (Fifth Generation) peg the technology at about $17 trillion. But because the installation of 5G is meeting with such opposition around the world, it is thought that today’s Covid-19 Pandemic (which has ruined national economies, shut down entire industries, cost www.dialogue.ca

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thousands if not millions of people to lose their jobs and/or homes, cost unprecedented numbers of suicides, prevented children from going to school, etc.) has been deliberately orchestrated by corrupt governments to distract the publics’ attention from 5G and onto other things, so that Industry can continue rolling out their 5G installations in cities around the world without media or pubic attention. People need to educate themselves about the Rothschilds and Rockefellers, and how their families control the world, the Committee of 300, the Illuminati, the world’s 13 most powerful families. They need to know who owns and/or controls international banking, entire industries, governments, health agencies, health regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and both the mainstream and social media; the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, the Club of Rome, etc., People should also learn something about the dangers of today’s electric and magnetic field (EMF) radiation (both power line frequency and RF EMFs), including 2nd Generation, 3rdG, 4thG, and especially 5G technology). Who owns this technology? Who is pushing a New World Order? The Covid-19 pandemic? Compulsory vaccines? Readable and programmable implants? Who are the corrupt individuals within Health Canada? The ICNIRP? The WHO? The CDC? And what is the significance of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? Who is Henry Kissinger, etc.? Who is pushing Eugenics? Only when people have the ‘bigger picture,’ can they realize that I am not exaggerating. This is deadly serious! For this reason, people have no option but to rise up, unite and prevent governments from doing any more harm to the planet and to, us, its people! Now, please read the attachments.* Sincerely, J.G. Flynn, Captain (Retired) Bowser, BC Author “Hidden Dangers – 5G” (available at …/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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Amazon.ca: $23.81; also for Kindle readers, $5.94.

* Attachments: • Secret Rulers of Our World.docx; • Who Controls Our World.docx; • U.S. Military-Industrial-Complex.docx; • Covid-19 Pandemic.docx; and Bio (below) * Attachments will be posted at www.dialogue.ca under the “Columnists, Writers & Artists” tab.

Military BIO: Captain (Retired) J.G. Flynn, Serial No. 25614-G I am a retired Canadian Armed Forces captain (commissioned from the ranks, in what was then the Royal Canadian Navy) who spent 22 of my 26+ years in the ‘Forces’ in Electronic Warfare (EW) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), the former of which included two years in National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ) Ottawa, in the Directorate of Electronic Warfare (DEW). In EW I worked closely with U.S. and NATO armies and, of my own initiative, attended a major NATO army EW officers’ course in Anzio, Italy, and participated in a major NATO army EW field exercise in Germany. I accepted invitations to visit both the U.S. Pentagon and, subsequently, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (the US Army’s principal EW base). Earlier still, I conducted Radio Warfare/EW at sea aboard two Canadian warships. In SIGINT, I was the Executive Officer and Operations Officer for two years at one of Canada’s largest and most sensitive radio intelligence-gathering stations, where I employed some 200+ specially-trained radio operators who conducted both COMINT (Communications Intelligence) and ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) under my direction. Throughout this period, I worked closely with the USA’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ. Although I finally retired in 2005, since 2008 I have spent most of my time researching, writing and speaking out publicly on all aspects of this unbelievably evil issue caused

by the corrupt US military-industrial complex (M-I-C). History will record that this ongoing corruption now literally threatens all life on earth! Tragically, too few Americans heeded then U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1961, when he warned them to be on guard against the emergence of a corrupt US M-I-C! On leaving the Forces, in my second career, which also lasted 26-years, I was extremely fortunate to have a client list that eventually included the Saudi Arabian government plus other large multinational corporations who collectively had major operations and/or projects in various countries on five continents. Consequently, I quickly embraced all things wireless: a Blackberry cell phone, Wi-Fi routers (in the office and at home); cordless phones (both locations), microwave ovens (both locations), laptop computer (wireless, of course), Bluetooth cell phone and heated seats in my vehicles, electric in-floor radiant heat in my homes, not to mention the silent and invisible EMF (electric field and magnetic field) radiation I was exposed to in my working and living environments. In the fall of 2016, cancer very nearly took my life! Out-ofthe-blue, I was suddenly stricken with a particularly virulent form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – which, in hindsight, I attribute solely to my own indefensible stupidity and naiveté in presuming that Health Canada had tested and verified that all wireless electronic products on the market were ‘safe’ for the public to use! My weight quickly dropped from about 175 lbs to less than 130 lbs, and I required an oxygen machine to breathe day and night! In retrospect, were it not for an excellent medical team and for my beloved wife’s tireless attention and endless nursing, and for her stubborn determination not to let me go, I would not be here to fight this – what has become, the Mother of all Crimes - which now, unbelievably, threatens all life on earth! Jerry Flynn, Bowser BC, jerryjgf@shaw.ca ♣


Recommended Reading List(s) from James Corbett James Corbett, www.corbettreport.com Since books are so central to the work that I do here at The Corbett Report, it should be no surprise that one of the most frequent requests I get is for a recommended reading list. In response to those requests, I compiled a New World Order Reading List back in 2015. But that obviously wasn’t enough so in 2017, gave people a tour of my bookshelf… then… in 2019, another couple dozen books to have in any respectable research library. But that obviously wasn’t enough, so I followed up my WWI documentary with a recommended reading list of a dozen books on the First World War. But that obviously wasn’t enough so I just had a conversation with Richard Grove on the Grand Theft World

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podcast, where we recommended another dozen books to read on finance, geopolitics and the New World Order… And now… a list of 25 books in response to a request for books that “comprehensively explain the geopolitical and societal history as it actually is.” LINK TO THE LATEST READING LIST (INCLUDES LINKS TO THE EARLIER LISTS MENTIONED) LINK: https://tinyurl.com/JC-5808 ♣

[EDITOR’S NOTE: In some of the links to James Corbett’s recommended books, the actual text, audio or video of the book or documentary is provided.] ♣

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Ideas from David Foster, Port Perry ON

David Muir Foster, Port Perry, Ontario, davidmuir.foster@gmail.com

Reminiscing… I have been a collector of symbols for some 20 years, odd stuff crammed into a second floor balcony in a badly run 37 unit of Public Housing for poor ‘seniors’ over age 55. The operators have little idea of the role that stray electric currents play. Among my treasures is a half hoop lobster trap, made the old way of laths and woven net. It even has as registry number. When I acquired it for $5 from some local auction, I imagined it being put to use on the local fresh water lake as a pretend ‘Lets go lobster fishing’ adventure for Big Brother volunteers and Little Brothers of broken homes with no decent male influence. That spawned a need for a Newfie-style dory we had to build, and raising a bit of money ($1600). I found a professor of fisheries at a New England university who had been studying the effect of some hormone disrupting chemical used in manufacturing that was being dumped in enormous quantities in the lobster habitat from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts, moving with the tides and currents. So that got me learning about how to make a dory and go lobster fishing as an educational adventure for young men and boys. Unfortunately the local Director of Big Brothers was a risk-averse Public High School Vice-Principal, and he torpedoed the whole enterprise through fears of lawsuit... ‘What if a kid got a splinter, or worse (fell out of the dory?)’ Best shut it all down. So the lobster trap sits with its story. Back a few years I learned a lot about how a lobsterman goes-a-lobstering in season. The boat and equipment can be homebuilt but still is a $300,000+ investment. Then, if a good catch, storing them live in big tanks to release to swishy restaurants whose customers think a lobster is a gourmet food available at any time. I had no idea of the end price. I was (and still am) slightly allergic to shell fish. My father, as a Nova Scotian of considerable clout, of course claimed he loved lobster. I don’t know the truth of it, but soldiers eat what is provided, especially at banquets, even Major Generals. ***********

FYI... Further to Trojan horses and ponzi schemes

(in the last issue): Note the section, near the end of the www.dialogue.ca

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article below, on how many back-door sweetheart visits have been made by favoured lobbyists. Good old Quebec buddy SNC Lavalin. And Trudeau gives his circular interviews and crocodile smiles. Something is rotten in the somewhere, (but where?) - David Rec’d 12 Nov, from Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility Email: ccnr@web.ca,

Are New Brunswick’s prototype nuclear reactors part of a climate action plan? by Susan O’Donnell, NB Media Co-op, Nov 11, ‘20 https://nbmediacoop.org/2020/11/11/are-new-brunswicksprototype-nuclear-reactors-part-of-a-climate-action-plan/ [EXTRACT] In the September Speech from the Throne,

the Canadian government signalled its intention to fund private-sector companies to develop prototype nuclear power reactors as part of its climate action plan. On Oct. 15, the federal government made their first nuclear funding announcement from its Strategic Innovation Fund: $20 million to a company with offices in Ontario, the US and the UK to develop its prototype reactor. During the recent New Brunswick election, Premier Blaine Higgs claimed that federal funding would be announced soon for two private-sector companies to develop prototype nuclear reactors next to the existing reactor at Point Lepreau. In a “shadowy” deal, the New Brunswick government and NB Power have already handed $5 million each to two nuclear start-ups, Moltex Energy from the UK and ARC Nuclear from the US, to set up offices in Saint John. The two companies then applied for a combined $70 million in grants from the federal Strategic Innovation Fund to develop their prototype nuclear reactors. The Moltex reactor alone is expected to cost more than $2 billion to develop, so the initial federal grants, if received, will be only a drop in the bucket. […] Considerable research evidence exists that the prototype nuclear power reactors currently in development in Canada, including the two proposed for New Brunswick, do not belong in a climate action plan. In addition, the two New Brunswick reactors will create new forms of radioactive waste that raise considerable environmental problems. This raises an obvious question: why are the …/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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federal and provincial government proposing to hand over vast amounts of public funds to private companies to develop them? In a webinar presentation earlier this year during his visit to New Brunswick, the president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility Gordon Edwards described how the push for prototype nuclear reactor development is coming from the nuclear industry. “If they can, the nuclear industry will convince governments to pour public money into this for whatever reason, by misrepresenting its advantages and minimizing or even ignoring its disadvantages.” The federal government is “politically in hot water,” Edwards continued. “They can’t stop the petroleum industry. They bought a pipeline. They are not cutting down on greenhouse gasses like they said they were going to; they are going to be adding to it. So politically, it makes sense for the government to say, ‘since we can’t do a damn thing about actually fighting climate change, let’s just say we’re putting all our money behind nuclear reactors and they are going to solve the problem.'” Gordon Edwards’ analysis of data from the World Nuclear Association shows that from 1996 to 2019, the number of nuclear reactors increased by only four units across the globe, from 438 to 442. In the same time period, nuclear’s contribution to global electricity production plummeted from 17% to 10%. Nuclear reactor promoters are “barely keeping themselves alive,” said Edwards, and have realized for quite a while that “they are in trouble.” The federal government created the nuclear industry in Canada and has funded it since the late 1940s. For more than 70 years Canada has been spending vast sums of public money to keep the industry alive. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), a Crown corporation with a mandate to promote and support nuclear science and technology and manage nuclear waste, has received more than $800 million in federal funding in each of the last three years. Most of the public funds are turned over to a private-sector entity, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, whose majority partner is SNC Lavalin. One description of the nuclear industry in Canada is that it can be understood as a kind of Ponzi scheme. In 2018, AECL’s annual report listed an estimated $15.9 billion undiscounted waste & decommissioning liability. The industry needs new nuclear reactors as a 24 dialogue

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replacement revenue stream. New reactors require billions in capital investment. However, no banks or private investors are willing to finance them without government guarantees due to their poor return on investment. Public funding is the only option to keep the industry alive and to pay off its liabilities, and more public money is always required, or the entire scheme will collapse. However this current drive to build more nuclear power ends, taxpayers in New Brunswick and across Canada will most certainly end up with the bill. The nuclear industry lobby has many open doors on Parliament Hill. In the two years between September 2018 and September 2020, energy sector lobbyists were very busy in Ottawa. A search for monthly reports of lobbying activity in the Registry of Lobbyists using keywords for the energy industry found that “oil” was the most common (350 reports) during this period, followed by “gas” (192 reports) and then “nuclear” (116 reports). Far behind nuclear were “solar” (58 reports) and “wind” (27 reports). In New Brunswick, the nuclear industry does not need to lobby the government because it is already working for the government. The NB Power Vice-President Nuclear is both the highest paid public servant in the province and a board member of the Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA), the nuclear industry’s lobby organization active on Parliament Hill. In other cases, a revolving door shuttles senior government personnel involved in nuclear energy files to the CNA lobby. In one recent example, the former parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of natural resources responsible for nuclear policy is now a consultant for the CNA. Former senior AECL executives and other federal and provincial government employees are now establishing and managing various start-up nuclear companies, actively seeking public funding for their nuclear projects. And according to the Throne Speech, the money will be available. It seems the question of why governments are funding prototype nuclear reactors can be partly answered with the familiar catchphrase: “follow the money.” Susan O’Donnell is a researcher and primary investigator of the RAVEN project at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. An earlier version of this article was published in Rabble. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/nbmc-SoD-nuclear ♣

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Special Section of Small & Local Initiatives ~ to Support Thriving Communities through Challenging Times Thank you to every one of Dialogue’s readers – those of you who passionately share your ideas and those who read & ponder but rarely get around to writing… In the Autumn issue of Dialogue I wrote: “… in this issue is the beginning of project to identify and expand on small and local initiatives that can grow the seeds of “thriving” in various aspects of human endeavour that contribute to communities everywhere.” And more recently, in a conversation with one of our reader-writers, David Foster in Port Perry, Ont., we were discussing the possibility of creating “local” editions of Dialogue to be printed and circulated locally, wherever there is an interest.

And I definitely resonate with Patricia White’s idea, “Maybe we could exchange ideas from our locations about what we are ‘DOING’ to improve the future.” Actually there are suggestions and solutions scattered like seeds through the issue… but a few of them are gathered together here… Followed by some Christmas and Winter Stories and Poetry... Enjoy! Whatever your thoughts & ideas, please share them! Janet Hicks King, volunteer editor dialogue@dialogue.ca PLEASE CONTINUE TO SHARE YOUR IDEAS FOR “SMALL & LOCAL” INITIATIVES FOR THRIVING! ♣


All sentience connected through the heart… S Lawson, Tofino BC councilfire@hotmail.com

There is a new film available free on YouTube at www.deconstructingsentience.com/ with some of the most advanced thinkers and doers on the planet putting in their wisdom, Greg Braden and many more, it is all about ....we feel, therefore we are....and how we are all connected through our hearts, (not our minds), and our emotions and feelings are the map to connecting to all sentience throughout the planet and the cosmos. It is long, 3 hours, and I watched it in sections but it is brilliant, and the way of the future. It excited me in these crazy times to see the potential. It is a new approach to who we are and throws out old paradigms that make everything so separate. Anyway, check it out, I was blown away and will watch it again… it is amazing… One of the women in it, Katherine Piel Kauffman, helped to put it together and she is the daughter of a friend of ours named Avaton, who passed about 10 years ago and who, along with his partner Vikki, put out Cosmic Awareness Communications for 40 years. Some very illuminating information. Katherine and her husband Stewart Kauffman are well known in the world of science and spirituality for their books and studies. Anyway, I feel there are a lot of enlightening things going on; this is indeed a time of transition and, if we can see how we are all connected and flow into that inner and outer being, humanity is on the brink of great and powerful energetics. Covid has brought the www.dialogue.ca

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opportunity for more time, peaceful moments, serenity and deeper values to us all. I hope that the healing that this film brings will take us all into a greater understanding of who we are. – Susanne

Susanne talks about her art Featured on the front & back covers of this issue:

These are 2 photos of the same piece of art in different lighting. It is a piece hanging in Sobo's restaurant here in Tofino, it fills the front window at the entrance. It is simply called "Water" ...in the sky, in the rain and in the sea, out here on the edge… Sending love and good wishes and lots of gratitude for all you do, Thank you!! Susanne, Tofino BC S Lawson councilfire@hotmail.com ♣ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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FROM SHUSWAP, BC - SECWEPEMC TERRITORY Seven Laws for Individual and Community Health Patricia White, pwhite.red@gmail.com

Learning Original Teachings from local Indigenous People: here they used ‘family circles’ originally who chose a ‘head of the family’ to attend community decision making circles and report back to the family. There were not ‘regular’ meetings and though there was a ‘Chief’ in each Tribe, Patricia with Peanut, one of her 3 canine this person did not hold any specompanions. cial status at any other time than when meeting with other Chiefs to resolve problems affecting several or even two Tribes. There were many ceremonies and festive occasions where people got together and used games, music, food to keep strong tribal ties. Using only Oral language, the history of the people was taught by the present knowledge keeper observing the children and choosing the one who was listening most intently and able to repeat the stories word for word. The retelling of the history word for word was repeated in front of the whole village, so that no mistakes could be made. History could not be changed like it can with the written word. So far, my research has led to 7 Laws which were taught to all children, through stories, in practically every Indigenous Nation all over Earth: Humility Gratitude Respect Thoughtfulness Honesty Helpfulness Sharing Abiding by these laws kept the community and individuals healthy: mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Anti-social or psychopathic behaviour would result in either banishment from the community or death. In cases where a community council could not come to agreement about an issue, the Matriarchs would go into council and decide. Of course, having a Loving and Respectful relationship with Air, Land and Water, plants, animals, birds, fish – all of Life – was essential for the continuation of life. As we can see, life is not continuing today as a result of losing this. 26 dialogue

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There are many good books available if people wish to learn more. ORIGINAL INSTRUCTIONS Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future is one of them. I have been in close friendship with Minnie Kenoras of the Neskonlith Indian Band for over 6 years. She is the Mother of Chief Judy Wilson. We have been traveling for the past two years in my 1978 Chev camper van, filming a grassroots movie called “Living Off The Land Movie”. Hunting and Gathering, visiting and staying in Indian Reserves in the Secwepemc Territory which is vast – and also untreatied, meaning still LEGALLY the land of the original inhabitants; meaning that if enough people were educated, this ‘bc’ government could be thrown out of this ‘province’. They do not have any legal jurisdiction in reality, they just use fear and force as the colonizer culture always has. All people of ‘canada’ should read this book: ONGOING GENOCIDE caused by JUDICIAL SUPPRESSION of the “EXISTING” ABORIGINAL RIGHTS by

Bruce Clark. All ‘canadians’ are now the subjects of GENOCIDE caused by similar suppression and erasure of our existing human rights. There is a great Shift going on today; how many will suffer and die? We need to join together and find our way back to the Spiritual Connection lacking in our lives today; we even need to Forgive the Unforgivable. Just because we forgive does not make it right or allowable for someone to continue to do evil. We need to be part of the Tidal Wave of Love which is the only force which can withstand the tidal wave of destruction we are witnessing. Not allow ourselves to continue to buy into the traps of division which weaken us: race, age, gender, class … if we are truly the 99% this is how we do it. – Patricia ♣ Courage = Heart + Rage

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From West Vancouver Community land ownership Eva Lyman, West Vancouver

I did my planning thesis in 1960 on housing families in multifamily developments. At the time Sweden was way ahead, they were able to build total small communities with all facilities for family life largely because of public ownership of the land. I think this is key everywhere. Saskatoon had acquired a lot of land surrounding the city way back when, and it gave them control over what went up. By contrast in my first planning job in the City of Montreal, the planning department drew up great plans for the upper slopes around Ave. des Pins (Pine Ave), for some high rise, and some low town homes. But these were on private land, and since all the owners of the real estate wanted to maximize their profit, the lower density never got built. Just recollections of an old lady I guess, but there are lessons for the present and future. Community land ownership? Community decision making by consensus? Do read Vandana Shiva’s book, Oneness vs. the 1%. A lot will be made clear!

Eva, evalyman@gmail.com ♣ [See also, “Speaking as an elder,” P.4] [More on Vandana & her book: See p.29,59]


From Vancouver Island – About Merville Water Guardians Stewardship of water resources From June Ross, Nanaimo, jross12@telus.net Dan Peruzzo's short video on Merville Water

Guardians has won awards!! This is an awesome piece of news! Please…take the 7 minutes and watch this inspiring video… June The Shaw Spotlight Screen Awards, recognized Water Guardians for Best Cinematography and Best Feature! Dan Peruzzo (Shaw Spotlight/Shaw Communications producer) filmed and interviewed Bruce Gibbons and Maude Barlow last fall, beginning around the time that Maude was here on her book tour. This short video highlights the community action inspired and lead by Bruce Gibbons to protect the water resources in the local aquifer for the well-being of all in the community. VIDEO LINK: https://tinyurl.com/yt-BG-MWG

As reported by Scott Stanfield in the Comox Valley Record (on Vancouver Island), Dec. 4, 2018: A Merville resident hopes Courtenay council will implement a bylaw prohibiting water bottling in any zoning to help protect the Comox Valley aquifer. Bruce Gibbons founded the Merville Water Guardians to oppose provincial approval of a licence allowing a fellow Merville resident to extract, bottle and sell water from the aquifer. “There are thousands of residents and farmers who rely www.dialogue.ca

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on that aquifer for their only source of water,” Gibbons told council (at the Nov. 30th meeting). “Without water, there is no life.” The conditional licence was contingent on rezoning of Chris MacKenzie’s property, which the Comox Valley Regional District denied. “However, his water extraction licence is still valid,” says Gibbons, noting MacKenzie has applied to the Province to amend his licence to allow trucking of the water from his well, and bottling at another site. Gibbons also asked council to support a Strathcona Regional District resolution to ask the Province to curtail commercial extraction of groundwater resources for bottling or bulk water sales. [End of quote from Scott Stanfield]

In the video, Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians, Blue Communities) notes: “We need democratic control over our water resources – they cannot be considered saleable commodities – as currently written into international trade treaties, since the mid 1980s.” VIDEO LINK : https://tinyurl.com/yt-BG-MWG ♣ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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The salmon are coming back! By Jim Taylor, Kelowna BC The salmon are coming back! The salmon are coming back! Where’s Paul Revere when we need him? Last year, a fish ladder, left inoperable after the Penticton dam at the foot of Okanagan Lake was built in the 1950s, was restored by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. For the first time in 60 years, sockeye salmon ascended from the Columbia River into Okanagan Lake. At the same time, kokanee stocks are rebounding. Kokanee are land-locked salmon. Unlike their sockeye cousins, they don’t go down to the sea. They spend their lives in lakes. Some spawn along the shorelines; some return to the lakes’ tributary streams, just like the oceangoing salmon. A small item in the regional newspaper reported that an estimated 388,000 kokanee had spawned this year, either in streams or along the shoreline. That’s more than double last year’s 185,000. Better yet, it’s more than double the ten-year average. That’s still a far cry from the times when the kokanee run on Mission Creek – according to oral tradition – made the river “run red”. The Okanagan Fisheries Foundation notes that “oncehuge kokanee runs have declined enormously.” Dams and weirs have blocked runs. Flood control efforts in Mission Creek reduced spawning by over 70%. And a misguided attempt to increase kokanee stocks introduced mysis shrimp to the lake in the 1960s. The consensus now is that the shrimp, rather than supplementing the kokanee diet, competed for it. “The spawning population was around a million adults,” says Piscine Energetics president Nuri Fisher. “But after they introduced mysis, it crashed completely; the kokanee were starving.”

More recently, the tide has turned in favour of kokanee. Better planning for lowering lake levels, in preparation for spring runoff, has protected shore spawners. Habitat reclamation has restored streambeds. Forestry controls have reduced flooding and silting. So the kokanee are back. I expect that almost everyone will cheer these results. I’d like to know why. It may be – I hope – because people have a sense of identity with nature. They want to see the natural environment functioning as it used to, before too many humans fouled it up. They want to experience the awe of watching salmon obsessively thrash their way upstream over rocks and gravel bars, to give birth to a new generation. That’s certainly the attraction of Roderick Haig-Brown 28 dialogue

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Park on the Adams River, probably the best-known salmon spawning run in the province. The Adams River run brings thousands of paying tourists to the Shuswap region. Does the return of kokanee runs simply mean more tourist dollars? I hope it’s not just because there’s a commercial benefit. There has never been a commercial kokanee fishery on Okanagan Lake – although I’m told that some of the Japanese families used gill nets along the shore for a time. Ironically, the lake does have a commercial fishery now -- netting mysis shrimp for pet food. The lake’s sport fishery has a significant commercial value. An Okanagan Water Board publication estimated that sport fishing generated $21.5 million a year. Bluntly put, then, are salmon simply a means to an end? A benefit to our industries, our revenues? I hope not. Valued in their own right I will probably be accused of being hopelessly idealistic for arguing that the salmon deserve to be celebrated simply because of who they are. This has nothing to do with educational programs. Nor with fishing. Nor with tourism. Salmon deserve to exist simply because they are here. Like trees and magpies, they don’t exist for ours benefit. To my mind, the most dangerous verses in the Bible come at the end of the first Creation story in Genesis 1:26-30. God gives humans “dominion” – as the King James version puts it; other translations say “power” or “control” – over all plant and animal life, to do whatever we damn well want with it, for our own purposes. Those four verses, I submit, have provided justification for cutting forests, building dams, spouting pollutants, spraying defoliants, burning oil, slaughtering animals, and paving meadows – because God told us to go ahead and do it. Let’s be consistent. If God created life, then every form of life is sacred. Holy. Valued for its own sake. Equally, if life came into being some other way, if life has evolved so that it made human life possible, then every form of life should also be valued for its own sake. Held sacred. Holy. Entirely aside from what it’s worth to us economically. Either way, the return of salmon to our shores and streams is cause for celebration. Copyright © 2020 by Jim Taylor. Non-profit use in congregations and study groups encouraged; links from other blogs welcomed; all other rights reserved. To send comments or to subscribe, write jimt@quixotic.ca ♣

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News from Kawartha Lakes, Ont. Presentation to council proposes new economic path Published on Nov. 4, 2020 in the Municipal section of the Lindsay Advocate – by Kirk Winter. Reprinted with permission of Roderick Benns.

they hope Kawartha Lakes will embrace. “We would like to see incentives for co-ops and social enterprises, “Geelen said. “We would also like Mike Perry and Dennis Geelen believe that Kawartha to see a home ownership re-fit program, and for Lakes should be looking at new and innovative ways the municipality to lobby the provincial and federal to build back in the post- pandemic economy in cengovernment to re-tool the old Fleetwood plant to tral Ontario and shared their vision with council at the produce products for a greener economy.” committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 3. “We want to figure out how we do business better,” Perry is a lawyer and social worker who has long been Perry added. interested in social policy. Geelen is a business conMayor Andy sultant, focused on Letham praised innovation and the presentation customer-centric as one “with many solutions for small great ideas.” businesses, reCouncillor Doug cently releasing a Elmslie asked book on this topic. the mayor if the “We can do better Perry/Geelen coming back from report could be the pandemic,” added to the EcoPerry said. “We nomic Recovery must re-build in a Task Force report better way,” he for further study at added, “and we the next council Kawartha Lakes, Committee of the Whole meeting on 3 Nov. 2020 need to look for meeting. ideas outside the box.” Letham thought that idea made good sense, and later “The new economy needs to be sustainable, viable in the meeting, by unanimous vote, the report was and more shockproof,” Perry continued, “and we need added to the task force report for further discussion a new way to be and exist.” and debate on Nov. 17. LINK: Perry, Geelen and four others have been working on https://lindsayadvocate.ca/presentation-to-counciltheir ideas for a number of months and proposes-new-economic-pathwith-peoples-economy/ told council that they would like their Roderick Benns Publisher, ideas to compliment the suggestions beThe Lindsay Advocate ing put forward by the Economic Rekawarthalakespublisher@gmail.com covery Task Force, who also presented their findings at this meeting. Perry IN THE SAME ISSUE OF shared with council that Trent UniverTHE LINDSAY ADVOCATE: sity hosted a People’s Economic SumCarolyn Palmer, actor of Shazam mit with over 80 participants. Many of & Heartland fame, is living offthe ideas they were putting forward grid in Burnt River (Kawartha came out of discussions at that summit. Lakes) Read the article in the Nov. issue of Geelen suggested there were as many as The Lindsay Advocate, online at: seven different ideas that came from the https://tinyurl.com/TLA-off-grid Trent sessions that could be impleREAD THE NOV. ISSUE ONLINE: mented by the municipality. As a group https://tinyurl.com/TLA-Nov2020 ♣ they chose to focus on three ideas that www.dialogue.ca

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Vandana Shiva exposes the “Green Revolution” & “Great Reset” By Organic Radicals Global Research, Nov 26, 2020

Organic radical inspiration Vandana Shiva has been courageously speaking out against the insidious ‘Great Reset’ being sprung on us by Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates and the rest of the global capitalist elite. She warns… – at https://tinyurl.com/chd-wef-gr/ – that the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset Plan for ‘Big Food’ benefits industry, not people.” (1) Shiva has lately been drawing particular attention to the insidious role of Bill Gates in the technocrats’ assault on food and nature. In October 2020 she warned: “With his philanthro-imperialism, Gates is emerging as the Columbus of the digital age, the New Monsanto pushing failed GMOs and trying to introduce new GMOs based on gene editing”. (2) Gates’ nefarious activity is the subject of a special report produced by Navdanya, the seed and food sovereignty movement founded by Shiva in 1987. (3) Shiva commented: “We have seen the Green Revolution and the industrial agriculture model fail, wiping out forests, transforming the land into a monoculture, causing pollution and illness, destroying natural resources and livelihoods. And it is now a major contributor of climate change and species and biodiversity extinction. “In spite of this, while we are looking at better ways to farm, Gates has pushed the Green Revolution in Africa. He seems too impatient to look at the complexity of the natural world and biodiversity. He’s taking control of the worlds’ seed banks, pushing failed GMOs that we had rejected in India to other countries, taking control of gene traits through gene editing, trying to control the climate through geoengineering, and driving extinction through gene drives”. (4) Shiva has also been strongly critical of The Great 30 dialogue

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Reset, the global technocratic corporate coup promoted by Gates’ friend and associate Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum. She told Jeremy Loffredo of The Defender: “The Great Reset is about multinational corporate stakeholders at the World Economic Forum controlling as many elements of planetary life as they possibly can. From the digital data humans produce to each morsel of food we eat.” (5) Shiva accused the WEF of “parading fake science” with its emphasis on GM food, lab-made proteins and pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals as “sustainable solutions”. She added that “for Mr Schwab to promote these technologies as solutions proves that ‘The Great Reset’ is about maintaining and empowering a corporate extraction machine and the private ownership of life”. (6) Schwab’s WEF has partnered with an organization called EAT Forum, closely linked to the pharmaceutical industry. Said Shiva: “EAT’s proposed diet is not about nutrition at all, it’s about big business and it’s about a corporate takeover of the food system. EAT’s uniform global diet will be produced with western technology and agricultural chemicals. Forcing this onto sovereign nations by multinational lobbying is what I refer to as food imperialism”. (7) Read online at Global Research (with footnotes) https://www.globalresearch.ca/brave-vandana-shivaspeaks-out-against-great-reset/5730485 Copyright © Organic Radicals, Sott.net, 2020 ♣ SEE P.59 re Vandana Shiva’s new book, Aug. 2020: Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom

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organic radicals – challenging the system to its core https://orgrad.wordpress.com/ FROM THE WEBSITE – OUR PRINCIPLES… AND Q & A: In broad terms, organic radicalism is a political ideology deeply opposed to industrial capitalism. Its vision of human society is based not on money, greed, property and authority but on mutual aid, co-operation, freedom and community; a way of living which would restore humankind’s wellbeing and its harmony with the rest of nature. Organic radicals know full well that this future will never be reached within the current social structures and therefore call for the complete destruction of the capitalist system using a full diversity of tactics. email us via orgrad (at) riseup.net.

What is organic radicalism? Organic radicalism is a political philosophy which stands in direct opposition to industrial capitalism. Like anarchism it combines a fundamental critique of contemporary society with an alternative basis on which society could, and preferably should, be organised. As the term “radicalism” implies, it also embraces the need for pro-active engagement in the world in order to try to bring about the far-reaching social changes which it prescribes. Why “organic”? Organic radicalism is based on the idea of a living community, Ferdinand Tonnies’ Gemeinschaft, as opposed to the Gesellschaft of the capitalist state. We see this social organism as consisting of horizontal relationships and exchanges between free human beings, rather than on sterile hierarchy. It is a grass-roots, bottom-up, approach. In this vision of solidarity, interdependence, co-operation and mutual aid, the state and all kinds of fixed authority appear as obstructions to the harmonious workings of Gemeinschaft. Our radicalism is also organic because it is sourced from the idea of nature. The co-operative community it favours is regarded as natural, while state and commercial structures are seen as artificial. Human beings are also understood to be part of nature, to belong to the natural world, in their own, specifically human, manner. We reject the industrial capitalist view of nature as something to be exploited, commercialised, dominated or relegated to second place behind an imagined human priority. For us, humankind’s interests cannot be separated from the wider interests of the natural world, because we are nothing other than an extension of that world. We reject notions of economic growth or technological advance as any kind of worthwhile basis for society and propose instead a world founded on the healthy values of respect for nature and other www.dialogue.ca

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creatures; simple but joyful living; an appreciation of inner and outer beauty; a sense of communal responsibility and belonging. Why “radical”? Orgrad is radical because it proposes fundamental change to society. Although inspired by some elements of our pre-industrial past, our vision is forwardlooking. The drift to destruction is not inevitable – another future is possible if we can free our minds to imagine it. Orgrad is radical because it appreciates that the capitalist system has always done all in its power to destroy that vision of a non-capitalist world. We have no illusions about the difficulty in popularising such a vision, let alone realising it. We have no faith in the phoney “democratic” structures of capitalist society and therefore accept that other means will be needed to bring down the industrial capitalist system. We do not shy away from endorsing a full diversity of tactics. The term “radicalism” also dovetails with the term “organic” in that it refers to the root of the issues at stake. Organic radicalism is a challenge to the deepest assumptions of capitalism: it seeks to undermine and destroy the capitalist system, rather than to simply reform certain aspects of it. It recognises that ending industrialism (which is merely the physical manifestation of capitalism) is an urgent necessity for all life in this world. Is organic radicalism a kind of anarchism? Organic radicalism has the same relation to anarchism as anarchism has to socialism. Anarchism’s roots are in socialism, it is intrinsically socialist and yet it is more than socialism. It found its own name to differentiate itself from other forms of socialism (statist, reformist, etc), which had dominated understanding of the term. Organic radicalism is therefore both anarchist and socialist – and something else, of its own. So what are its differences with anarchism? Organic radicalism is an evolution of anarchism. From our perspective, contemporary anarchism does not go far enough in its opposition to industrial capitalism. In the same way as other leftists can become stuck within the broader capitalist mindset, merely seeking greater equality, individual freedom or selfmanagement within the context of capitalism and the state, so do too many anarchists base their vision of the future on the industrial society created by and for VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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capitalism. Orgrad also proposes a holistic worldview, based on organic belonging to community, species and nature, which is considered unacceptable by many contemporary anarchists, due to the influence of modern ideologies appropriate to capitalism. To be clear, orgrad has no interest at all in the dead-end narcissism of ultra-liberal identity politics. Isn’t that just green anarchism? It is green anarchism, but not just that! We don’t like the idea of narrowing our field of interest into a subsection of a specific ideology. Instead we prefer to open it out by using two words with less closely defined meaning. That way, we can spend our time communicating our ideas to the world as a whole rather than squabbling with comrades about who has the correct interpretation of an existing label and who has the most right to use it. We don’t want to tread on anyone’s sensitive ideological toes, so we are taking a small step to one side where we have room to move freely. Is organic radicalism anti-fascist? Yes, very much so. Organic radicalism regards fascism as a particularly ugly offshoot of industrial capitalism. Organic radicalism is a left-wing, internationalist, humanist, universalist, anti-racist, anti-state, antiimperialist, anti-militarist, anti-authoritarian ideology. An anti-fascist ideology. Are you anti-individualist? No. We are against consumerist-style individualism, which is a false individualism. An authentic individualism is one which allows everyone to freely express themselves and fulfil their own inner potential. Part of each individual identity is our belonging to the wider community, to the human species, to nature and to the universe. Authentic self-expression includes these non-individualistic aspects of our being, in the form of empathy, co-operation, altruism, a sense of justice and so on. The individual is the actual means by which collective interests can be addressed, because a human community consists entirely of individual human beings. A society cannot be free if its individual members are not free. An individual cannot be truly free within an unfree society. There is a very wide range of thinkers in your list, many of whom come from very different philosophical backgrounds. How do you reconcile those differences? Is there one thread of thinking which is most important to you?

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diversity of thought. It is also a synthesis that is selfconscious of being a synthesis: that is to say, its synthetic nature forms part of its methodology and purpose. Orgrad is based on the understanding that this kind of ideological synthesis is needed in order to renew the possibility of a dynamic and coherent critique of industrial capitalism. The differences in individual perspectives represent a strength, rather than a weakness. Different shapes and sizes of ideological stone are needed to build the various parts of the overall structure. None are intrinsically more important than the others, although some do occupy a more pivotal role, connecting different elements of the philosophy. A-Z of thinkers Organic radical philosophy draws its inspiration from a deep well of human thought. Below are links to some of the thinkers who have been particularly influential for us. The list is far from comprehensive and this is very much an ongoing project. We welcome helpful feedback: leave a comment on the Q&A page or email us via orgrad (at) riseup.net. AUTHORS LISTED ALPHABETICALLY: Ivan Aguéli, Miguel Amorós, Mikhail Bakunin, John Ball, Judi Bari, Adolf Bastian, Sharon Beder, Walter Benjamin, Georges Bernanos, Joseph Beuys, Hildegard von Bingen, William Blake, Ernst Bloch, Martin Buber, Joseph Campbell, Fritjof Capra, Edward Carpenter, Noam Chomsky, Chuang Tzu, Voltairine de Cleyre, Ananda Coomarasamy, Paul Cudenec, Guy Debord, Hans Driesch, Françoise d’Eaubonne, Jacques Ellul, Alexis Escudero, Frantz Fanon, Silvia Federici, Mohandas Gandhi, Renaud Garcia, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Emma Goldman, Kurt Goldstein, Otto Gross, René Guénon, Georg Hegel, Hermann Hesse, Friedrich Hölderlin, Aldous Huxley, Karl Jaspers, Richard Jefferies, Derrick Jensen, Carl Jung, Ynestra King, Leopold Kohr, Peter Kropotkin, Satish Kumar, Bharatan Kumarappa, J.C. Kumarappa, Gustav Landauer, Georges Lapierre, Michael Löwy, Eugène Marais, Herbert Marcuse, Peter Marshall, Carolyn Merchant, Henry Miller, Constantin von Monakow, William Morris, Thomas Müntzer, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Novalis, George Orwell, Paracelsus, Kit Pedler, Plotinus, Val Plumwood, John Cowper Powys, Ranchor Prime, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Herbert Read, Rudolf Rocker, Theodore Roszak, John Ruskin, Henry Salt, Friedrich Schelling, E.F. Schumacher, Frithjof Schuon, Jaime Semprun, Charlene Spretnak, Starhawk, Rabindranath Tagore, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Ferdinand Tönnies, Alan Watts, Max Wertheimer, Gerrard Winstanley, John Zerzan, ♣ EDITOR’S NOTE: This website was discovered as a link

from the article about Vandana Shiva, on p.29. Thank you to organic radicals for sharing this. ♣

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Ramblings… At Christmastime

I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Randy Vancourt, Toronto ON

In 1942 Bing Crosby recorded a song that not only became a massive hit, but also synonymous with him for the rest of his life. Irving Berlin wrote “White Christmas” for the film “Holiday Inn,” and Crosby’s recording of it that same year spent eleven weeks on the Billboard charts, going on to top the charts 20 more times in subsequent years. An interesting bit of holiday trivia: the original master recording was used to press so many copies that it eventually became damaged, and in 1947 Crosby went back into the studio with the original orchestra to rerecord the closest facsimile they could. That 1947 recording is the one most of us know and still hear on the radio every year. Of course the obvious goal after such a massive hit record was to figure out how to repeat that success. One year later, in 1943, Crosby recorded “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by lyricist James Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent (who also wrote the music for The White Cliffs of Dover). Coincidentally his new holiday offering also managed to stay on the charts for eleven weeks. However this new song struck a different chord with a world deeply immersed in World War II. While White Christmas was a subtle blend of wistful memories and comforting visions of home, I’ll Be Home For Christmas was written from the perspective of a soldier overseas and was akin to a prayer for peace. I think the difference speaks to how much things had changed in the intervening year; the hopefulness the world felt when the United States joined the war effort following Pearl Harbor had transformed into a realization that the battle was not going to be over anytime soon. My father served in the RCAF during the War and he told me about being at a social event when he was stationed in England. While dancing with a local woman at a Christmas party, this song was played and he noticed she began to cry. Suddenly he realized the entire room was having a similar reaction. Unable to see loved ones at this time of www.dialogue.ca

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year combined with a war that had no end in sight, hit a powerful emotional note. This past year has brought its own challenges as we endure the biggest battle of our time. Much like my parents’ generation we are in a situation where many can’t be home for Christmas or share the usual holiday experiences. Thankfully we have the technological wonders of the internet to help us remain as close as possible, certainly a vast improvement over the snail mail and crackling longdistance phone lines of the past. I went home for Christmas every year until my parents passed away. I recall one of the strangest feelings when selling the family home was realizing I would never enjoy Christmas in that dining room again, never decorate the house or listen to Bing on Christmas Eve in those rooms. I have many wonderful memories of Christmases during my childhood and have tried to bring some of that magic to the holidays for my own two kids. Our 6-year-old has just started enjoying the same Christmas cartoons I grew up watching, and our 3- year-old is suddenly aware of the outdoor lights and Christmas tree decorations in a way she wasn’t before. We have been developing our own traditions: watching the Toronto Santa Claus Parade from the comfort of my brother’s office in a Victorian mansion along the parade route, taking the mandatory photo of the kids visiting Santa at the mall, and last year our son performed in his first pageant at the church where I am Music Director; all parts of the season that we will miss this year. However there are always bright spots if one looks for them. We will be enjoying a virtual Christmas Eve service, which means I get to provide the music from the piano in our basement rather than having to drive to church. That whole “no eggnog until we get home” rule is out the window. According to the weather forecast we should be having a White Christmas (here in Ontario!) so I am happy that I don’t have to be out on icy roads. And, best of all, I’ll Be Home For Christmas. It VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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will be a holiday without the usual nonstop activities involving family and friends perhaps, but a magical time with my wife and kids nonetheless. We’ll still have our turkey feast, raise a toast to absent friends, and make a Christmas wish to all be together again this time next year. Christmas brings a message of hope, peace, joy and love that has survived many centuries and will continue long after this year is just a memory.

Happy Holidays. Randy Vancourt, vancourt@gmail.com Postscript – This has been a tough year to write funny material :) Christmas can often be melancholy for people in the best of times, let alone this year! Janet, my thoughts are with you; and Maurice will be amongst the absent friends we toast. .

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Stories from Owen Sound, Ontario… The Heart of Friendship

Written by Eleanor Reed ejreed@rogers.com Owen Sound Writers Club (Grey-Bruce Writers’ Club)

By Eleanor Reed, Owen Sound, ON

Poem written after my open-heart surgery, January 2007

F - Friendship is a gift from your heart. Planting a seed of kindness is a good start

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R - Reaching out to others all around Brings joy beyond measure– new friends are found. I - If someone keeps coming to your mind in the night Your timely gift of prayer would be just right. E - Everyone needs the "gift of your presence" No need to bring wrapped up presents. N - Notes of encouragement delights us too. Building self-esteem with a word from you. D - Do offer some TIME as a special gift. A friend's spirit will receive a great lift. S - Sharing a meal or casserole given Is sometimes like a taste of Heaven. H - Helping others feel better through your love With God's guidance & wisdom from above. I - I'm grateful for gifts of friendship to me Throughout last year's difficult recovery. P - Pause now and think over your day..... Have I given a heart gift away? 34 dialogue

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O Come All Ye Faithful A Short Story by Eleanor Reed "Can you see where you're going Mom?" Tim questioned anxiously. "Just barely, son," replied Mrs. Bell, sick with fear that any moment the car would slide off the road. Her hands felt clammy, and her stomach knotted. The high snow banks and wind hurling the snow madly about made visibility next to nil. It was Christmas Eve and the year for the Bell family to spend the holidays with their relatives five hours away. They'd already been on the road two hours. The snow had begun in the second hour and was now a blizzard force. Mr. Bell's eyesight was lousy ever since his eye injury at work, so Mrs. Bell had no choice but to take the wheel. Their ten-year-old twins, Tim and Tammy, took turns riding in the front seat. Would they make it? This question went over and over in Mrs. Bell's mind as she ran her tongue over her dry lips. Tim leaned forward anxiously from the back seat. "Look, Mom! I think that's a motel up ahead." "Thanks Tim; for sure we'll pull in," his Mom nervously replied. She felt a glimpse of hope. She turned off the highway to the motel, praying that there would be room for their family. …/

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Slowly, they slid to a stop in front of the 'NO VACANCY' sign. "No way!" she said, her heart sinking. She glanced at her husband. "Come on Charles; we're going in." Both Mr. & Mrs. Bell jumped out quickly and stepped over a snow bank. They walked briskly to the office, leaving the children playing a game of "I spy." Mrs. Bell's heart sank when the motel owner said they were full and overflowing. At Mr. Bell's arguing, he called to the next motel along the way. They too were filled. Mrs. Bell wanted to burst into tears of disappointment and despair. She and her husband walked dejectedly back to the car. The snow storm settled down a bit. "I think the drive will be o.k. now, Mom." Tammy said; then added quietly. "Do you think all the cousins will already be at Grandma's?" "I can't answer that, Tammy", Mrs. Bell replied as she slowly pulled back onto the highway, worried sick about the trip ahead of them. Tim spoke up. "This is worse than when Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, isn't it Mom? They at least got a stable with some hay." They continued on through the snowy evening. Mrs. Bell's mind turned homeward for a moment. She thought of their traditional Christmas Eve. The warmth and crackling sounds from the fireplace, the aroma of hot apple cider, homemade fudge, the sound and taste of popping corn, and the singing of the carols. Her thoughts were interrupted by a sudden click-click sound from the engine. "This is all we need," Mr. Bell grumbled. No one else said a word. The knot in Mrs. Bell's stomach tightened; the car could conk out at any minute; and leave them stranded in the storm. "Pull into the first farmer's lane you can find," Mr. Bell said firmly. "Look Mom! Tim yelled out. "I see a Christmas tree all lit up. See! Ahead on your left" "I can even see the star on top", added Tammy excitedly. The car continued to move slowly along. The clicking was getting louder. Mrs. Bell prayed every inch of the way. "YES! Turn in here, Mom." Tammy said. Just as the Bells turned off the highway into the lane, the '89 Ford quit. Quietly, they rolled to a stop. www.dialogue.ca

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Mr. Bell immediately got out and went straight to the hood and popped it open, searching out a cause of their problem. Mrs. Bell sat tense, feeling fearful and helpless. "Here's the plan," said Mr. Bell with authority. "You take Tim up to the farm home; see if they can help us. Tammy and I will stay here and guard the car." Tim and his Mom plunged up the long unplowed lane, and suddenly Mrs. Bell felt the pressure of worry begin to drop away. A sense of peace came over her. She thought about the angels' words to the shepherds so long ago. "Fear not....peace and goodwill to all...." Tim struggled to keep up with his Mom, sometimes walking backwards to keep the wind and snow from hitting his face. "You know Mom," he said, catching up with her. "I can better understand the Christmas Story now. That road to Bethlehem was so very long for all those people who went to pay their taxes. Well, this lane seems like forever, too." "You certainly have that right, son," Mrs. Bell replied with a laugh. Before they reached the door of the farm home, a porch light blinked on, and, an elderly couple stepped out to greet them. "We saw you pulling into our lane. Do step in. You must be terribly cold." 'Oh, thank you so much," Mrs. Bell said breathlessly. "Our car just quit. The storm has been terrible, and there was no room at the motels we passed. I don't know what we're going to do." The warmth and comfort of the home made her want to burst into tears. She was exhausted. Without saying a word, Mr. Porter walked over to the closet and took out his Skidoo suit. While he was putting it on, he said, "We have a six bedroom house and we always have 'room for one more'. I’ll get my tractor out and head for the road to get your belongings. They just won't be safe left in the car." "Thank you so much," said Mrs. Bell, forcing back her tears of relief. "You'll find my husband Charles and daughter Tammy waiting there. They will be happy to see you coming, I can tell you that." The stirrings of joy began to creep into her heart. Mrs. Porter bustled around, putting the kettle on and bringing out a cake. "We've been so lonely this Christmas season," she said, "knowing that our family wouldn't be here. Jake and his family are in Africa and June and her family are in Brazil. This is the second year that we've been alone." ‌/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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Then brushing away the tears in her eyes, she added, "I prayed this week that we would somehow be able to reach out to someone to help fill the void we feel. At our age, it's hard to know just what to do." Mrs. Bell felt overwhelmed with gratitude. Had the star on the Porter's tree guided them to safety just as the wise men had been guided by a star so very many years ago? The sound of the feet stamping off the snow interrupted her thoughts. The look on her husband and daughter's face reassured her that she'd made the right choice in accepting the Porter's hospitality. The necessary phone calls were made and all agreed that if the storm had settled by the next day, the relatives would come to pick them up.

The two ladies pooled their food and soon the table near the fire was covered with homemade treats – maple fudge, shortbread cookies, popcorn, and hot apple cider. The aroma of the Christmas Eve snacks and the crackling sounds from the fireplace covered them all like a warm blanket. Mr. Porter brought out his mandolin and struck up "0 Come All Ye Faithful." First the grown-ups, then the children began singing. Mrs. Bell smiled and didn't bother to wipe her tears. Eleanor Reed - Owen Sound, Ont. Note: This is a fiction story I wrote for one of my assignments with Long Ridge Creative Writing Course, "Breaking Into Print." ♣


Another Tale of Ontarian Winters WINTER TIME – WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? Bonna Rouse, Owen Sound ON

Remember back to winters we experienced long ago – the winters haven’t changed really, but I’m afraid we have. Long ago, and perhaps far away, winter and snow meant a lot of different things – Christmas concerts, an Eaton’s “Flexible Flyer” under the tree, skiing, skating, snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels, then Valentine’s Day! And on the downside – very cold feet, lots of awkward clothes and boots to get into, frozen lunches when we got to school, hurriedly dressing in cold bedrooms, not many snow-days from school – we walked, so it wasn’t a case of buses not being able to get through. I won’t say we didn’t wish for spring sometimes, but we took winter as it came and believed the groundhog when he made his prediction. We welcomed the sight of the first crow of the season, and maple syrup time meant spring was on its way. Now, of course, we’ve grown up! Winter means cleaning off our car, shovelling lots of snow,

cancellations of all sorts of our activities, and a close watch on temperatures and road conditions. We probably experience aches and pains we blame on the weather, and we’re certainly more careful about exposing ourselves to the current bout of ailments going the rounds. As old-timers we talk about the winters we have known and how bad they were, a prime example being the winter of 1947 when everything was shut down for two weeks! We can reminisce fondly of trips by sleigh or cutter behind a team of horses, or, failing that, the clanking of the chains on the wheels of the cars as they travelled the icy roads. The memories undoubtedly are better than it actually was! Apart from school, entertainment wasn’t so important, possibly we did get bored, but there frequently were neighborhood parties – crokinole, euchre, and just visiting back and forth. We got through it and, if we moaned, that is not part of our memories now! We do know, of course, that spring will come – it always has! B. Rouse, Grey-Bruce Writers, Owen Sound, Ont. ♣


Poetry from my daughter, Vereya From: Leo Sharashkin, lsharashkin@yahoo.com Dear Janet, I have your contact information from a good friend John Woodsworth. John and I have been acquainted for many years and united by many joint interests and 36 dialogue

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projects, including the translation from Russian of the Ringing Cedars Series of books. I showed John a few of the poems of my 12-year-old daughter Vereya (pronounced veh-RAY-ya). He suggested that I send a small selection to you for your

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consideration for possible inclusion in the Dialogue magazine. We live on a forest homestead in the Ozark mountains of southern Missouri. I keep bees and teach natural

beekeeping, and Vereya's passion is poetry and classical music (she's a gifted pianist). I'm sending you my best wishes and thank you for your work and for considering Vereya's submission, Cordially, Leo Sharashkin

A Letter and two poems from Vereya

From Vereya, vereyaverte@gmail.com

I love the cover you invented… I agree with your ideas on making a better world. I personally think that the biggest issue of our time is human relationship with nature. I believe we should be more responsible toward our Mother Earth. I am 13 years of age now, and I am learning things so I could be an aware, mindful person. I promised to myself and others that I will use all my abilities, skills and knowledge for good, to help people and this world. If you have any ideas on how young people should be building their lives to

create a better generation, please share them with me. Whatever will happen to the humankind, art should always be its partner. I mean real art, art with a meaning. Thank you for helping young poets like me, it means so much to know that people are reading what you wrote and it makes the poems a little bit better. (English is my second language). Thank you so much, Vereya

My Friends by Vereya Sharashkina

To swim in the river And talk to a star.

Some girls have short names, Such as Hannah or Mary. My name is Vereya, My last name is scary.

The other girls show me How I should behave, Giving and sharing The things that I have,

Vereya Sharashkina, That’s what it is. I know it is hard, But remember it, please.

How to offer my help And respect others’ needs — So together we shall be The happiest kids.

Some girls have good manners, So sweet and polite, But I can go visiting People at night. Yet wherever I come, They will all let me in; I’m welcome to knock On the door of the queen. I teach other girls How to love one another And how to be nice To your sister and brother; How to be happy Wherever you are;


Amber Eyes The amber-colored eyes With a lively gaze... This lady always smiles, She won’t cease to amaze. Yes, life is not a game, But she — she likes to play. And always stays the same Walking her thorny way. The troubles, grief, or pain Will never knock her down And strong she will remain, A queen without a crown.

What dreams are ruling kings Inside her pretty head? She does not speak, but sings About the days ahead. She whistles while at work, So restless and carefree; She dances as she walks Around the Christmas tree. And nobody can stand Her jokes, so fun and smart, But yet she has no friend Who ever touched her heart. Maybe her heart is ice, Or is it made of gold? What if her face looks nice, But deep inside she’s cold? What if she proudly tries To hide away her tears; But quietly cries at night When no one sees or hears? The amber-colored eyes That see the faraway lands... I hope this lady finds The one who understands. Vereya Sharaskina ♣


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“Have Computer Will Write” ~ Jeremy Arney

Where is our 20/20 vision?

Jeremy Arney, Sydney BC, jemaisme@gmail.com

I was stuck for something to write about that would perhaps be new to the readers of Dialogue until I spoke to my dear delightful darling daughter Judith Lynn Arney, who earned her MA in ethnobiology at York University. She mentioned to me that 2020 is more than just a year since the arrival of what is portrayed as a white man with two brown skinned parents some 2020 years ago. 20/20 is also perfect vision, or supposedly so. As she rightly pointed out to me this is the year then that we should see very clearly what is happening to our planet. The fires in Australia and on the west coast of North America, the vicious hurricanes coming in increased number and ferocity, the increasingly strong earthquakes, the devastating monsoons and resulting floods and the decimation of our forests and seas. Rachel Carson wrote about it in The Silent Spring, Alanna Mitchel wrote about the Sick Sea (Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, 2010), and Magda Havas warned of increased microwave effects upon our world even before smart phones became so damn popular. (Public Health Sos: The Shadow Side Of The Wireless Revolution, 2009) Did we pay attention? No, we did not! Well – maybe some of us did, most likely the readers of this excellent magazine. For example, take the case of the Town of Paradise in California. (CBC LINK: https://tinyurl.com/cbc-wildfires ). Houses and cars burned to the ground, but trees left standing – it appears, untouched by the fires. Odd to say the least. Photo-shopped? Maybe, but too many reports and too many questions asked from too many photographers to be a hoax. We have been warned and yet we do nothing. Perhaps there is too much money involved in the cleanup. As we all know, we are engaged in a pandemic scenario of epic proportions, coming to us courtesy of whom I wonder, resulting in poverty for many and the destruction of the very life blood of our communities around the globe – small business operated by locals and serving the needs of the local people – shortage of 38 dialogue

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work due to shut downs, credit cards being used to run up huge personal debts, and governments trying to bailout their corporate friends, incurring massive national debts. Yet, and this is so frustrating, there are those wealthy few with their corporate tax havens who are making huge fortunes on the backs of the people. Take for example the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates offered, through that foundation, to provide 1 billion dollars for vaccinations against the pox called Covid 19 coronavirus. Very generous eh? Well hardly, as our PM immediately gave $800 million to the Foundation – money that should have been used for the people, especially our indigenous people – so Gates was not only almost paid back by Canada for his “generosity” – but with other similar donations most likely actually made money for his foundation (thereby himself) to boot. So, I ask, who is and has benefited most if not those who are not hurting at all. Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Facebook and Tick Tock are reeling in the money from a hard-pressed multitude. The extremely wealthy are using the stock markets like gambling casinos and making more money than they can ever use. 20/20 vison says we should be aware of this behavior and stop it, but…… Here in Canada we were deprived of the Canadian Wheat Marketing Board because an overseas friend of the Harper administration wanted to buy it. The excuse was that the farmers could find their own markets, but could they really? The Wheat Board arranged payment for the grain, the railcars in which to ship them and the eventual buyers. What actually happened, as many of you may recall, was that the elevators were full of unpaid for grain, no railcars were ordered to carry the grain to the ships and grain rotted in the fields until the outcry from the farmers, almost all of whom voted for that administration again and again, and still do, caused that government to step in and order CN and CP to supply rail cars, which would have been ordered by the CWB. Many of those “liberated” farmers have now had to sell their farms to big corporations such as Cargill and Monsanto (now Bayer). It seems to me that the only family farms now

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making money are those which cater to local farmers markets with a wide variety of fresh vegetables, at a reasonable price. Did we learn from that? No. Our 20/20 vision didn’t work then and it does not now. Heath Canada, originally designed to protect Canadians from false and dangerous promises and goods, has been sold out to the big pharmaceutical and the telecommunications giants, and their protection of the health of the Canadian people is only in their minds not their actions Rachel Carson painted a bleak picture of what would happen if we destroyed the natural habitat of birds, bees and other pollinating species and we ignored her. Trees are being cut down in one of the lungs of the world – The Amazon Rainforest – and turned into wastelands or pasture, so corporate giants can farm (i.e. beef and soybeans), build, mine or drill for oil. Alanna Mitchel in her book warned of warming seas, the other major lung of the planet. Loss of coral reefs and fish, rising water levels and, since then, the increasing number and size of plastic islands we have created. So much so that we all consume micro-plastics in everything we eat and drink. Lovely, and so good for our indigestion, sleep and general health. Magda Havas (Public Health SOS) warned of the dangers of microwave exposure and Jerry Flynn (Hidden Dangers) is a retired Canadian naval expert on microwaves who has been beating his head against the brick wall of political traitors about 5G networks and none of them is either listening or interested, particularly those who carry their smart phones in their back or shirt pockets and to whom speed is more important than our or their health. Another thing I learned this year was that the apartheid system used in South Africa – which got them expelled from the Commonwealth of Nations and created angst all round the world – was based on the way Canada had treated, and still does treat, her original peoples who were here for millennia before the rapacious ‘white men’ appeared and called the country Canada, abusing the name of a village to which they were cordially invited – Kanata. Did we learn nothing from the rail blockades in support of the Wet’suwet’en peoples’ frustration at having their hereditary, sacred, hunting and unceded lands stolen from them by a polluting corporation www.dialogue.ca

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with the blessings of governments? Apparently not, as this was all swept under the rug due to the “pandemic” – how convenient. Our continued treatment of our First nations, Inuit and Métis, not to forget the Mohawks, is simply not 20/20 vision, but willful blindness. South Africa found a way out, so why can’t we? The whole world seems to be holding its collective breath to see what further damage Herr Trump can and will do before he leaves the Oval Office. His contempt for other nations along with his destruction of any form of unity among the people of the USA and the constitutional tatters he has created effect all of us, not just those who have to try and pick up the pieces and make the USA less divided, bigoted and ruled by fear and violence. Since the history prior to and since the founding of that Republic has been one of violence, slavery, killing and outright theft that may be hard to do. Let us not forget that here in Canada we are guilty of much the same behaviour. So rather a bleak picture about 20/20 vision in this year which could have been eye opening. What can we do about it? Maybe it really is time to let the young take over, I think, and show us what we need to do not only for the planet but also for each other. There is lots of talk about racial prejudice but not very much action and that must change if we are to really walk the walk we are talking. Climate change is likely cyclical and assisted by manmade damage in the last century or so. If we are indeed to leave a planet that is healthy for our descendants, then we must listen to what they want rather than give them more toys with which to harm it and themselves. There will be those no doubt who think this is too risky but then our wisdom has created this mess for them and they can only make it worse or better. Let them make that choice rather than force them into servitude, obedience and conformity with rules that they had no choice in making and that have led us to where we are now. This turned out to be gloomier than I had intended, but there it is and it’s off my chest. Peace and love, Jeremy Arney Letters at: https://jeremyarneysblog.com/ And at: iamjemaletters.wordpress.com ♣ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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How Positive were our very own death camps! An Open Letter to the Quesnel Cariboo Observer Recently, your newspaper reported how the W.A. Fraser Middle School in Abbotsford has asked its pupils to “Name five positive things that happened in Indian residential schools” (sic). Before I rise to this challenge, let me observe how appropriate it is that a Quesnel publication would report on this issue, considering how well versed is your fair city in dealing with Indians. The extermination by smallpox of your local Chilcotin people during the summer of 1864 was no small deed, thanks to their forced vaccination by Anglican missionary and land speculator John Sheepshanks. Anyway, as for the “positive” aspects of the “Indian residential schools,” here goes: 1. The schools gave brown children as young as three daily physical exercise by allowing them to scrub floors, dig graves, paw through garbage pails for discarded food, and hunt for new places to hide. 2. They provided generous tax write-offs, land grants and oodles of cash to the Catholic, Anglican and United Church. 3. They encouraged Canada’s scientific research in such fields as mandatory vaccinations, mind control technology, bacteriological warfare, involuntary drug testing and pain threshold studies. 4. They toughened the moral fiber of children by showing them the unimportance of luxuries like good food, warm clothing, and pain killers during teeth extractions. 5. They offered necessary late-night sexual relief to clergy and staff who might otherwise have acted out

2 December, 2020 their aggression on their loved ones. But wait! Let’s not stop there! Think of all the other positive things that Canadians are still not aware of regarding those places: - Heathen children learned to sing Christmas carols; - The surplus aboriginal populations were brought down to sustainable levels; - The generally superfluous RCMP acquired a new lease on life by bravely rounding up and manacling children and hunting them when they ran away; - Without the residential schools, there might still be wild Indians lurking about Stanley Park, scaring off the tourists and driving down property values; - After they closed, the schools continued to provide employment to generations of social workers, parole officers, psychiatrists, and lawyers; - And don’t forget that the legacy of the schools eventually allowed White Canadians to feel better about themselves and have their guilt and legal liability healed. In closing, let me say that I intend to send my answers to the W.A. Fraser Middle School. I hope this will encourage them in their continued effort to teach Canadians the important role played by the Indian residential schools in upholding the values that we as a people hold so dear. Sincerely, Kevin D. Annett, M.A., M.Div. 260 Kennedy Street, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2H8 www.murderbydecree.com cc: Canadian media ♣

Laughter & Lightenment CARTOONS received from Patricia White

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The Ongoing Attempted Censorship of Independent Thought… ~ Another Ritual Silencing of Tony Hall From: Anthony James Hall, Lethbridge AB, antoniusjameshall@gmail.com [As the article below reports…] It

seems I am subject to yet another ritual silencing, and yet this time there seems to be some publicized sympathy for our side and some criticism directed at the silencers. - A. J. Hall

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Dialogue readers will remember a number of articles in recent issues regarding the harassment and attempted censorship of A. J. Hall by the University of Lethbridge, where he was a tenured professor who taught Native American studies, liberal education and globalization over his 26 years at the university. After his union supported him and the frame-up was exposed in court he won his job back. The frame-up was also supported by Facebook which is collaborating with the Israeli government to silence critics of Israel.]

Online Censorship: U.S. Dept. of Justice Seizes 27 Domains, claiming they are controlled by Iran By Dave DeCamp- Antiwar.com, on Global Research, Nov 5, 2020 LINK: https://www.globalresearch.ca/doj-seizes-27-


The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on [Nov. 4th 2020] that it seized 27 online domains, claiming the websites were controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The DOJ seized the domains under the guise of enforcing US sanctions against Iran and the IRGC. Wednesday’s announcement followed the seizure of 92 domains in October that the DOJ also claimed were operated by Iran. The DOJ purports that the domains were being used to spread “Iranian propaganda” and “disinformation.” The DOJ and the FBI work with US tech companies to make these seizures. “Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with Google, Facebook, and Twitter, the FBI was able to disrupt this Iranian propaganda campaign and we will continue to pursue any attempts by foreign actors to spread disinformation in our country,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair said in a statement. Among the domains seized on Wednesday were four news websites the DOJ seized under the guise of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The claim against the websites is that they targeted US audiences without disclosing ties to a foreign government: “Here, the four domains purported to be independent news outlets, but they were actually operated by or on behalf of the IRGC to target the United States with pro-Iranian propaganda in an attempt to covertly influence the American people to change United States policy concerning Iran www.dialogue.ca

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and the Middle East,” the DOJ said. One of the news sites taken down was the American Herald Tribune (AHT), a website whose editor in chief, Anthony Hall, is based in Canada. It’s not clear how the US government decided that AHT or the other websites are affiliated with Iran. Investigative journalist Gareth Porter wrote about the social media censorship AHT has faced. Porter’s report says the FBI encouraged Facebook, Instagram, and Google to remove or restrict ads on AHT. In 2018, AHT’s Facebook page was deleted, and the outlets account on Facebook-run Instagram was also removed. In January of this year, CNN published a story that claimed AHT was founded in Iran. CNN quoted an unnamed official from the cyber-security firm FireEye. According to Porter, FireEye boasts that it has contracts with “nearly every department in the United States government.” The official told CNN that FireEye had “assessed” with “moderate confidence” that the AHT’s website was founded in Iran and was “part of a larger influence operation.” The term “moderate confidence” comes from US intelligence agencies and means there is plenty of room for doubt. AHT published authors with dissenting views, who often criticized US foreign policy towards Iran. If the DOJ uses shaky assessments like the one from FireEye to take these sites down, it sets a dangerous precedent for independent media outlets. LINK at Global Research:

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“Next Crisis Bigger than COVID” — Power Grid/Finance Down… https://www.iceagefarmer.com/2020/11/15/next-crisis-bigger-than-covid-power-gridfinance-down-wefs-cyber-polygon/ By The Ice Age Farmer WEF Pres. VIDEO at https://youtu.be/0DKRvS-C04o :

The World Economic Forum warns of a new crisis of “even more significant economic and social implications than COVID19.” What threat could possibly be more impactful? Christian breaks down the WEF’s “Cyber Polygon” tabletop exercise, its participants, and predictive programming around a looming largescale cyberattack on critical infrastructure that would unleash a Dark Winter and help to usher in the Great Reset. [VIDEO of Jeremy Jurgens, WEF Managing Dir. https://youtu.be/5ZRg5kiH9Is]: “I believe that there will be another crisis. It will be more significant. It will be faster than what we’ve seen with COVID. The impact will be greater, and as a result the economic and social implications will be even more significant.” - Klaus Schwab,

“We all know, but still pay insufficient attention, to the frightening scenario of a comprehensive cyberattack could bring a complete halt to the power supply, transportation, hospital services, our society as a whole. The COVID-19 crisis would be seen in this respect as a small disturbance in comparison to a major cyberattack. To use the COVID-19 crisis as a timely opportunity to reflect on the lessons the cybersecurity community can draw and improve our unpreparedness for a potential cyber-pandemic.” FULL SHOW NOTES:

At www.iceagefarmer.com : LINK: https://tinyurl.com/iaf-next-crisis ♣


Canada compared to Japan… Why a high debt-to-GDP ratio does not condemn Canada to high interest & inflation Larry Kazdan, Vancouver BC

Even though Japan has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world and the Bank of Japan holds about half of all outstanding government bonds, Japanese interest rates and inflation are exceedingly low. Mainstream economic theory cannot account for these real-world results which completely contradict its predictions. For those agonizing over potentially higher interest rates on pandemic-induced Canadian federal debt, please note that the Bank of Canada can keep buying more Canada bonds (as it is now doing), the interest expense returns to the government as shareholder

profits, and while private-sector bond coupon-clippers will no doubt scream about the loss of their no-risk income, the Canadian sky will continue to shine as brightly as it does in the Land of the Rising Sun. Email: lkazdan@gmail.com (604) 874-9982 Website: http://mmtincanada.jimdo.com/ Larry Kazdan has undergraduate degrees in history and sociology, is a retired Chartered Professional Accountant & runs the website: Modern Monetary Theory in Canada. See Larry’s letter with footnotes at www.dialogue2.ca/larry-kazdan-Canada-compared-toJapan.html ♣

Paul Craig Roberts: TRUMP IS AN OUTSIDER. HE HAD TO GO LINK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQrXJhkdMGY Di Dongsheng, Chinese Professor of International Political Economy, Vice Dean of the School of International Relations, Renmin University – and a frequent visitor to Washington, offers his 7-min. analysis of Washington politics and his understanding of the U.S. “Deep State.” In 2015, Di lectured on China's reforms and economy-opening, at various U.S. institutions, including the U.S. State Department, Wall Street hedge funds, the University of Chicago, and the Stevenson Center. Quoted from the video: “It is my understanding that the ‘Deep State’ is a group of middle and senior officials in the U.S. military, intelligence system (CIA), State Dept., Treasury, Commerce, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and judicial system. In other words, they are the ‘big fish in the swamp’ that Trump

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hates in the ‘l-495 Inner loop’ in the United States. American politicians are elected and come and go as passengers. Those who always stay in the American circle of power are the group I’m talking about. I have interacted with this group. They have class, passion, ability, capital and experience. This group is schoolmates with each other because they all graduated from the same elite schools and then went into various ministries at a young age. They are the ones who have dominated today’s world for the past 70 years, running the entire world capitalist system and fighting the Cold War. It is this small circle that dominates our world today. Trump is an outsider.” Di shares his observations about how the group operates. WATCH AT : https://tinyurl.com/YT-Di-T-ds (after ad) ♣

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That’s My Take On It!

Jon Rappoport discusses ‘MEDICAL CIVILIZATION’ From John Shadbolt, Acton ON, shadbolt617@gmail.com

A very interesting write up (below). I am over 90 years young, and I guess I must be totally in tune with this article. No doubt there are times you need help, but not at any cost. I myself avoid doctors as much as possible, and do not believe everything they tell me. I use a naturopath as much as possible, which I find is a lot better for my body and soul. ‘Avoid’ is king. J.S. [EXTRACT]: Jon Rappoport: […] After a 100 years of Rockefeller Medicine…new normal? We’ve been living under the new normal for a long time. How many drug prescriptions do you think are written in the US every year? According to statista.com, it is estimated that in 2019, 4.38 billion retail prescriptions (would) be filled throughout the United States. Many, many people accept the ubiquitous medical civilization without thought or pause. It’s ‘just the way things are.’ Pretended pandemics are an arm of medical

civilization. But now we’ve reached a point where The Medical is a gateway into a technocratic Brave New World. This attempted transition is launched from the foundation of lifelong conditioning of the public to doctors and everything those doctors order and represent. Mind control par excellence. […] [END OF JON RAPPOPORT EXTRACT] READ ARTICLE IN FULL AT:

https://blog.nomorefakenews.com/2020/10/28/the-virusstory-breaking-the-chains-of-medical-civilization/ Story forwarded by Herb Spencer, with his comment:

The virus-story: breaking the chains of medical civilization Medical Civilization - an interesting perspective. Brain-washed from childhood by the New Priesthood who promise us longer, better lives (by the profession with one of the highest suicide rates!). Nanny State? Time to Grow Up?! – Herb ♣


China’s strategic planning From: Gerry Masuda, Duncan BC gerry.masuda@gmail.com

Hi. I think this article (link below) is very important and reflects how China, by its strategic planning of the One Belt One Road and many other less-known initiatives, is rapidly going to replace the US as the global hegemon. China has also introduced a global digital yuan to support its international operations. How will the US, the current global hegemon, react? LINK: www.globalresearch.ca/china-moment/5730223 “China has achieved the almost impossible – a free trade agreement with 14 countries – the ten ASEAN, plus Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, altogether 15 countries, including China… Signed 11 Nov. 2020.” ♣

COVID-19 GUIDELINES:“do not have the force of law”

– according to Health Canada From: Livia Koronko, AB redliv50@koronko.com AS QUOTED FROM THE HEALTH CANADA WEBSITE, LINK BELOW:

“COVID-19 Guidelines are departmental documents

that are used to interpret legislation and/or regulation. Although they may be derived from legislation & are often used to advise how one might comply with a regulation, "guidelines do not have the force of law." HEALTH CANADA WEBSITE LINK: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/abouthealth-canada/legislation-guidelines.html ♣


CONCERNS REGARDING THE COVID-19 VACCINES Compiled by Cecile Petra, concerned citizen, Salt Spring Island, BC, cecile.petra@protonmail.com ] [EXTRACT] will be posted in full at www.dialogue.ca ] The United Kingdom recently began rolling out the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after less than a year of study. Several other countries will be doing the same; on Dec. 9th Canada also approved the Pfizer vaccine. Other vaccine manufacturers such as Moderna and Astra Zeneca are waiting in the wings for approval as well. Doctors, scientists, and lawyers are speaking out about these rushed vaccines for many reasons: www.dialogue.ca

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• In the 70 years that coronaviruses have been around, there has been no coronavirus vaccine successfully brought to market • There has never been a licensed mRNA vaccine […] • There are serious concerns with some of the known ingredients The UK government is expecting so many adverse responses that they tendered this urgent notice for AI software development support to track the “expected high volume of adverse reactions”: https://tinyurl.com/tedeu291 LINK: at TheGuardian.com: https://tinyurl.com/tg-allergic ♣ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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“Your Health Matters”

Dr. Derrick Lonsdale, Strongsville OH EDITOR’S NOTE: We are grateful to

Derrick Lonsdale and his publishing company, Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co., for their express written permission to serialize and reprint this ground-breaking book.

A Nutritional Approach to a Revised Model for Medicine: Is Modern Medicine Helping You? © 2013 Derrick Lonsdale M.D. All rights reserved

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A Nutritional Approach to a Revised Model for Medicine: Is Modern Medicine Helping You? By Derrick Lonsdale M.D. [ Installment 2] DEDICATION To my late wife, Adele; (and) The late James P. Frackelton M.D., Partner and friend who taught me much in the practice of Alternative Medicine. CONTINUED FROM THE LAST ISSUE:

AIMS AND SCOPE Why was this book written? The book is written because of my professional experiences. I was a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, for 20 years. This is a famous clinic known worldwide. My specialty was dealing with inborn errors of metabolism, conditions that depend completely on a knowledge of biochemistry. Preventive nutrition is the only possible treatment. I was also a consultant in all pediatric conditions and I became aware that large numbers of children were becoming “emotionally” disturbed, not because of bad parenting but because of “junk” food diets that have become the accepted norm in the U.S. Several important cases of both physical and emotional illnesses turned out to be treated successfully by my rapidly expanding knowledge of vitamin therapy and its role in running the basic machinery of the body and brain (1-3). 1. Lonsdale, D; Shamberger, R J. Red cell transketolase as an indicator of nutritional deficiency. Am J Clin Nutr 1980;33:205-211 2. Lonsdale, D. A Nutritionist’s Guide to the Clinical Use of Vitamin B1 Tacoma WA Life Sciences Press; 1987 3. Lonsdale, D. Why I Left Orthodox Medicine: Healing for the 21st Century Charlottesville VA, Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc. 1994.

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“drugs” in the form of “sweets,” causes inefficient metabolism, particularly in the brain because of its high metabolic rate. Thus, this form of marginal malnutrition results in increasing reflex activity in the lower brain, the part of the brain that controls our instinctive and primitive drives, while weakening the suppressive and inhibitory mechanisms of the conscious, higher brain. It is roughly the same effect as produced by alcohol. This is especially true for children whose metabolism is extremely rapid. Nutrients have to supply the needs for growth and development and this form of malnutrition is a major cause of the epidemic of attention deficit and many similar syndromes that have affected millions of children in various degrees of brain dysfunction. My long experience of treating sick people with nutrients is similar to the experience of other physicians who have written books about vitamin and mineral therapy. My book, however, attempts to explain the mechanism and how and why this has become a national scourge that threatens the long-term survival of the culture. What will it cover? It will cover lead poisoning as an important causative factor in the ultimate destruction of the ancient Roman civilization, using it as an example and comparing its insidious nature with the results obtained from the modern era involving high calorie malnutrition. It will then emphasize the influence of the ancient Chinese civilization in giving us the philosophy of yin and yang and how that introduces the concept of balancing factors in body/brain function. Going on from there it will cover the process by which the field of nutrient based medical treatment has developed because of a growing realization of what is wrong with the present medical model.

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How much breadth and depth is there and what is special about the style and approach? This is an approach that is different from the many books that deal with a “do-it-yourself” description of the use of various nutrients that can be purchased from health food stores. It describes why these are beneficial and the mechanisms involved in helping the healing process. Emphasis is placed upon the need for a new medical model to explain both health and disease What is special about the author? I have 64 years of practicing medicine. I was educated in England and graduated from London University with the degree, M.B. B.S. in 1948. After graduation, I became a family doctor in Britain and emigrated to the U.S. in 1960 when I became a pediatric, Board Certified specialist at Cleveland Clinic until 1982. I then went into private practice, specializing in nutrient-based treatment derived from my clinical research experiences. For some years I was an advisor to the Board of Trustees of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) and edited its medical journal, Clinical Practice in Alternative Medicine, published by Innovision Communications Inc. The combination of clinical practice and research has given me a unique knowledge about the reasons for how and why alternative medical practice needs to be integrated into mainstream medicine. It is certainly a rapidly growing trend in America. CHAPTER 1

THE SEEDS OF CULTURAL DECLINE Each species in the animal kingdom has evolved by adapting to its environment. We consider ourselves to be the most sophisticated species and our evolutionary adaptation has been inevitably linked to our ability to use tools and to think. It has led to a great deal of artificiality in protecting us from the harsh reality of existence. Consequently our history has involved many structured societies. Each has risen to a zenith of achievement and then declined. Hancock made a convincing case that a very advanced culture was in existence thousands of years ago and was destroyed by a cataclysmic event of gargantuan proportions (Hancock, G. Fingerprints of the Gods, New York, Crown Publishers, Inc). He suggests that “it had to begin all over again and that the renewal was guided by a few survivors of the destructive natural event.” Cultures have appeared and disappeared like weather www.dialogue.ca

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systems. Historians, archeologists, and anthropologists are sometimes at a loss to explain why an organized society disappeared. The decline which we see in our own civilization is fairly obvious. Within a given culture, how many members of it possess the ability to perceive the mechanism of its inevitable decline? Even if there are such individuals, do they really have any effect on the outcome? The civilization of ancient Rome has often been compared with the present day and this chapter seeks to use one aspect of their decline in comparing it with one aspect of our own. Hedonism was, of course, a well-known part of the decline, but there is circumstantial evidence that at least part of the decay within the Roman Empire was related to chronic lead poisoning. An article was published in the Journal of Occupational Medicine, entitled “Lead poisoning and the Fall of Rome” by S.C Gilfillan. There was a gradual disappearance of science after the second century and a retreat from almost all that had spelled “the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome.” He offered a completely new explanation for the Roman decay, derived from studies of toxicology, vital statistics, archeology, bones, recipes, and lead-lined pots from brewing poisons “considered delicious by the ancient well-to-do because of their sweet taste induced by the presence of lead.” Although recognizing many other factors, lead poisoning was an important component in the decline. The symptoms of lead poisoning, still a potent industrial disease, are unfamiliar to most. Continued daily intake in an amount greater than 1 mg may be dangerous, only 1/28,300 of an ounce. Chronic constipation and colic, conspicuous symptoms, were recorded by the Romans. Other symptoms include headache, insomnia, blindness, and mental disturbances extending to insanity. “Crazy as a painter” was a common phrase not long ago when lead-based paint was used. Gilfillan emphasized loss of fertility in men and women who suffered sterility, miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor. Children born to such women are apt to die shortly after birth. Children are particularly susceptible, the result being permanent physical or mental damage. Lead poisoning is still a widespread problem in American children. Mercury has a similar action in damaging brain metabolism. Well-to-do Romans had lead paints and the favorite color of their rich walls was Pompeian red, …/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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produced by ‘minium’ – a salt of either lead or mercury, the latter also being a common poison today. Perhaps the major part of Gilfillan’s argument was derived from many studies that lead poisoning of the wives and mistresses of upper-class Romans occurred chiefly through their diet, after the introduction of Greek cooking around 150 B.C. and the relaxation of the rule against wives drinking wine. The most significant sources of lead were wine, grape syrup, and preserved fruit. The Roman free poor and slaves had much less lead in their diet, because these dietary pleasures did not exist for them to such a degree. Gilfillan noted that it was the rich Romans who were made childless, leaving the inheritance of the culture to the less capable who were unable to pick up the responsibilities of government. In comparison, it is now known that Vitamin B1 deficiency, induced by an excess of sugar, can cause a decrease in the sperm count. Infertility is common today. Why were the ancient rich so reckless as to drink lead compounds daily? Nicander, in the second century B.C. had described poisoning in lead workers and their physicians knew about it, but the only reference to its occurrence in foodstuffs was made by Vitruvius in a treatise written in the first century. It was certainly not a well-known danger, in spite of the fact that 2,100,000 tons of lead were produced in 300 years in the silver mines of Laurion, the fountain of prosperity in Athens. In these mines, 300 ounces of lead were produced for every ounce of silver. To illustrate its almost profligate usage, a salvaged Greek wine ship of about 150 B.C. had 200 tons of cast lead sheathing tacked onto it. Lead was cheap, easy to smelt and they put it into their wine in as many as fourteen different ways. It poisoned the microorganisms that cause fermentation and souring, but they did not know that they were sterilizing themselves. Of hedonistic significance, lead gives a slightly sweetish taste, thus contributing to the drunken orgies that became so common. A picture in an old issue of the National Geographic magazine showed an ancient smelter in action. The smoke contained a large amount of lead. In Greenland’s ice, French geologists have found lead levels that were derived from fires in ancient Europe between 500 46 dialogue

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B.C. and 300 A.D. enough lead was precipitated in the Arctic snow to equal fifteen percent of the lead deposited there by burning leaded gasoline from 1930 to1990. In their heyday, the smelters produced 90,000 tons of lead ingots a year. John P. Oleson of the University of Victoria agreed that Romans ingested enormous quantities of lead in their food and drink. They flavored food with boiled-down grape juice that derived much of its sweetness from leaden cooking pots. Few contemporary individuals knew what was happening, or if they did, they were helpless to do anything about it. If there was someone who was sufficiently knowledgeable, could see the impending disaster, and had the strength and the courage to become a “whistle-blower,” what would have been his fate? It is probable that such a person would have had no attention paid to him. Only history can look back and see what happened and why. We seem to be collectively powerless to control our destiny. Oswald Spengler wrote, “The decline of the West, which at first sight may appear like the corresponding decline of the Classical Culture, we now perceive to be a philosophical problem that, when comprehended in all its gravity includes within itself every great question of Being.” He noted that Napoleon has hardly ever been discussed without a sideglance at Caesar and Alexander. Mankind is rightly reckoned as one of the organisms of the earth’s surface, its physical structure, its natural functions, all belong to a more comprehensive unity. He added that there is no analogous case of one culture making a passionate cult of the memory of another. He also said that it “remains now to sketch the last stages of western science. The gently sloping route of decline in our own age is clearly visible. Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect. In no other civilization has the will-to-power manifested itself in so inexorable a form as this of ours.” Galileo said that nature is written in mathematical language and every culture, every springtime, every rise and fall, has its determined phases which invariably recur with the emphasis of a symbol, Every being of any import, from intrinsic necessity, recapitulates the phases of the culture to which it belongs. …/

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Robert L. Heilbroner, in An Inquiry into the Human Prospect, in 1974, provided some bleak statistics. World population at that time was about 3.6 billion, of which 1.1 billion resided in North America, Europe, Japan, Oceania, and the former Soviet Union. This population was expected to become stable within two generations, but will still increase by thirty to forty percent. On the other hand, Southeast Asia will double in thirty years, Africa in twenty-seven years, Latin America in twenty-four years and the underdeveloped nations will eventually have to support forty billion. Even in 1967, the report of the President’s Science Advisory Panel on World Food Supply stated that malnutrition in the underdeveloped nations was estimated to affect sixty percent of the population. Increases in rural population, leading to redundant manpower and unemployment, gives rise to a flood of desperate people into the cesspools of the cities. Heilbroner noted that “while men can generally acquiesce in, even relish, the destruction of their living contemporaries, when they can regard with indifference or irritation the fate of those who live in slums, rot in prison, or starve in lands that have no meaning only insofar as they are vacation resorts, why should they be expected to take the painful actions needed to prevent the destruction of future generations whose faces they will never live to see.” He also said that “contemporary, industrial man, his appetite for the present whetted by the values of a high-consumption society and his attitude toward the future influenced by the prevailing canons of self-concern, has but a limited motivation to form a collective bond of identity with future generations. It is the absence of such a bond with the future that casts doubt on the ability of nation-states or socioeconomic orders to take now the measures needed to mitigate the problems of the future.” Richard Falk, in This Endangered Planet, written in 1971, said that the 1970s would be the politics of despair, the 1980s of desperation, the 1990s of catastrophe and the 21st century the era of annihilation. “The enormous quantities of unusable waste produced for each ton of metal created by the industrial countries are more easily disposed of in a blueprint than in a field.” Robert Ayres and Allen Kneese, in Extended Industrial Revolution and Climate Change, in 1971, noted that the emission of energy was estimated at 1/15,000 of the absorbed solar flux. If the existing rate of growth continued, this energy would reach 100% www.dialogue.ca

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of the solar flux absorption in 250 years. This would raise the temperature of the earth about fifty degrees C, and render it unsuitable for human habitation. Today, the warnings are multiple and come from many different sources. The application of history is invariably ignored. In April 1997 the National Geographic published a warning. Minnesota schoolchildren, on a field trip in 1995, found that half the frogs that they caught were deformed. Extra legs or missing legs or eyes “have now been found everywhere that frogs are common in our state” according to Robert McKinnell of the University of Minnesota. Nearby states have reported the same phenomenon. Nobody knows the cause but we can surely guess that it is the influence of our reckless outpouring of chemicals. We have become increasingly deaf to the multiple warnings to which we are repeatedly exposed. The National Geographic Magazine publishes such warnings regularly and a recent issue was devoted completely to the evidence for global warming, an effect that is still believed by many to be unrelated to man. Huge increases in world population, disappearance of the rain forest, industrial waste, chemical pollution of the atmosphere, the “greenhouse effect,” and many other facets of our failure in stewardship of the earth are common knowledge. […] TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT ISSUE

The serialized reprinting of Derrick Lonsdale’s book, A Nutritional Approach to a Revised Model for Medicine. Softcover version published in 2013. Hardcover version: 2014. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, or by any information storage retrieval system, without the permission, in writing, of the publisher, Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. ISBN: 978-1-61897-092-3 (softcv); 978-1-63135-336-9 (hard)

“Everything is connected to everything else.” Dr. Lonsdale retired in 2012 at the age of 88 years; he is a retired Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Certified Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Lonsdale is also author

of: Why I Left Orthodox Medicine. And his 2017 book: Thiamine Deficiency Disease, Dysautonomia, and High Calorie Malnutrition, explores thiamine and how its deficiency affects the functions of the brainstem and autonomic nervous system by way of metabolic changes at the level of the mitochondria… This book represents the life work of the senior author, Dr. Derrick Lonsdale, and a recent collaboration with his co-author Dr. Chandler Marrs. ISBN: 0128103876 / ♣

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F.E.A.R. = False Evidence Appearing Real Dr. Robert O. Young, Lucy Davis, Tara Dean with Charlie Ward: on How to Heal… https://drcharlieward.com/dr-robert-o-young-lucydavis-and-tara-dean-discuss-how-to-heal-yourself/

Link and Notes from Karen Karateew, Qualicum Beach BC When you are in the panic mode you are producing acidic metabolic waste and that a.m.w. leads to irritation, inflammation & degeneration… fear is an ingredient for manipulation and control – and literally destroying the delicate pH balance of the fluids of the body. “Our true innate immunity is to manage and maintain the delicate pH balance of the interstitial fluids, the intervascular fluids, and the intercellular fluids. It’s all about environment. Compare this to the ocean – where the coral reefs are trying to maintain the ocean pH of 8.3… if it drops to 8.1 or below, everything in the ocean dies… We are talking about the body trying to protect itself from environmental poisoning and metabolic poisoning. The germs in the air can only be contributing factors – not causes – there is no contagious disease. If you test your urine and the pH is below 7.2 this is not ideal. – ideal is 7.365 The major organ that manages our immunity is the stomach – the alkaline buffering system is not taught in medical school. It takes 20 parts alkalinizing to one part acid. Eat more salt, less protein

Obesity is not a fat problem; it is the inability of the body to maintain the pH balance. When it comes to inflammatory conditions, etc., don’t listen to doctors. There are no specific “diseases” there are only specific disease conditions and symptomologies and the genesis of these symptomologies can be found if you do the biochemistry of the interstitial fluids… it they tested that, they would prove that people are being poisoned chemically and radioactively – and that there is no identifiable “germ” (because germs are in us and from us). When our bones are being ‘wasted’ (destroyed) it is because the body is trying to protect itself by maintaining the pH balance (by taking calcium from the bones) WHY DON’T DOCTORS KNOW THIS!!! ♣


The Remarkable Benefits of Low-Dose Naltrexone LDN for chronic pain, cancer, PTSD, immune conditions, chronic fatigue, depression & more… Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked - Nov 29/Dec 13, 2020 16 years. LDN is a powerful, safe and effective treatment [EXTRACT & LINK] Dr. Mercola: “One of the Few Pharma for many autoimmune diseases, yet few, including most Pills I Wholeheartedly Endorse… LDN is now used for health care professionals, know anything about it. Realmost all autoimmune conditions, even COVID-19, and markably, LDN may even be helpful in the fight against alleviates chronic pain. What's more, it also helps wipe COVID-19, as it acts to normalize your immune system.2 out opiate dependence and is being used to treat Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, depression, dermatological issues Elsegood recently published a book on LDN called "The and even infertility.” LDN Book, Volume Two: The Latest Research on How LINK: https://tinyurl.com/Mercola-LDN Low Dose Naltrexone Could Revolutionize Treatment for In this interview, we review some of the remarkable PTSD, Pain, IBD, Lyme Disease, Dermatologic Condibenefits of low-dose naltrexone (LDN), including the surtions and More." Each chapter is written by a medical prising benefits of microdosed LDN. The two experts professional with clinical knowledge of the drug’s use. featured in this interview are Linda Elsegood, a Briton Zielsdorf is one of the contributing authors. Elsegood who founded the LDN Research Trust in 2004, and Dr. also hosts a radio show called The LDN Radio Show. Sarah Zielsdorf, who has a medical practice in the Chi[…] cago area in the U.S. READ,VIEW ONLINE at Mercola.com (with footnotes) Elsegood, who was diagnosed with MS in 2000, has LINK: https://tinyurl.com/Mercola-LDN ♣ been involved in LDN research and public education for

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The Feudal Fiefdoms of Saskatchewan :


Local Governance gone awry…

In the Regional Parks of SK, people own their homes, on land leased from management Boards that operate at a frightening level of autonomy, enabled by political interference and wilful blindness from municipal and provincial governments. Five seniors represented themselves in Court of Queen’s Bench against a Board-initiated Writ of Possession application. This is the 5th Installment of the story from Norm Zigarlick and friends on the idylls of Park life and their search for ‘justice’ [Story began in Autumn 2019, Vol.33-1]

Norm Zigarlick, SK, normzig56@gmail.com

I have a feeling that years from now when somebody asks an old timer if they remember 2020, the answer will be, “I try not to”. With all that has gone on in the world over the last while, the ongoing saga at Suffern Lake Regional Park doesn’t really amount to much. One might see it as a handful of old people duking it out with an obscure arm of government over a minor concern in a place few people have heard of. That would be fundamentally correct. When measured on a national or world scale, the local gong show doesn’t move the needle on any issue. Even in Saskatchewan, the 55 cabins at Suffern lake Regional Park are hardly noticeable on the provincial tax rolls that include 844,000 other structures. Suffern Lake Regional Park Authority (SLRPA) runs the Park. There are about 100 such parks in the Province, about a quarter of them have associated cabin/cottage communities. There is special legislation, the Saskatchewan Regional Parks Act that outlines operational guidelines. A great deal of leeway is allowed through the Act, so much so that according to various Ministries in the Saskatchewan Government, Regional Park Authorities pretty much answer to no one. We’ve even had the past Minister responsible for Parks Culture and Sport tell us he didn’t have the authority to intervene on “Board” decisions. Odd comment because according to legislation, the Minister sits at the top of that food chain and we have a whack of communications showing the Ministry had a lot of input into choices made by SLRPA over the past five years. Under former Premier Brad Wall, the regional parks held a near sacrosanct status. He saw them as being so important to his rural political base, he had a whole bunch of his friends and associates placed in the www.dialogue.ca

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bureaucratic stream that funded them and in theory, provided oversight. This was not necessarily a bad idea. It put rural folk completely in charge of one of their long-standing institutions and the far away city folk/politicians played no role in the decision-making process. Regional Parks have been around for 50 years or more; they were founded on the idea that rural Saskatchewan families could have places to go where outdoor recreation and family fun was available within a half hour drive or so. What is odd about Suffern Lake Regional Park is that a majority of cabins are owned by Albertans. Over the past decade the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Park Authority have been Alberta residents. At any given time over the past twenty years, a significant number of Albertans have held key roles on the Park Authority. Perhaps Suffern Lake Regional Park is nothing more than a microcosmic example of globalization similar in concept to Hong Kong residents owning half of Vancouver but somewhat diminished in scale – the total combined value of cabins in the Park is worth more or less the same as a decent house with an ocean view in Vancouver. In general, both locations developed pretty much the same way, somebody from somewhere else was willing to pay more than local folks would for a chunk of land by some water. Somehow both have found their way into their respective political arenas (or circus tents). Suffern Lake doesn’t get to hold Chinese corporate leaders hostage (– like Meng Wenzhou who is forced to live in VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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Vancouver while the Americans in essence argue over a future phone bill), but a guy from the Philippines did get charged for fishing in Suffern Lake without a license. Locally that’s a big deal. Suffern Lake is about the size of six football fields; the fish population cannot support an international seafood harvesting operation. Sure, he might have just caught a three-pound rainbow trout for now, but just ask any indigenous leader what happens when foreigners show up and start dipping into the local food supply. I truly hope that we do not get a glimpse of global administrative actualities just by scaling up Suffern Lake circumstances to an appropriate size. But I shouldn’t really worry about that because, if that were the case, we would already be extinct. Just to recap our story a little bit… 18 months ago, a group of us geezers were sued by the local Park Authority a couple of times (we refused to pay property taxes until somebody justified the wonky percentage increases). We self represented in Court of Queen’s Bench against one of Saskatchewan’s best-known law firms. We won. Winning against a Regional Park Authority in Saskatchewan doesn’t mean it’s over, it just means there is a different argument on the way. I should probably mention that mil rates for property taxes are set by the local Park Authority (there is an education property tax as well, but its mil rate is fixed by

the provincial government). That means that for quite a while, a bunch of Alberta folks were engineering certain tax arrangements in a Saskatchewan Park & when we challenged those arrangements, we were sued in Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench. It was the taxmanaging border jumpers that authorized the lawsuits. It begs the question, when did Albertans get so passionate about Saskatchewan tax enforcement and why? Did I forget to mention that one of our prime arguments along the way was that somehow property taxes were being manipulated at the local level? In fact, the former Minister for Parks many times said these were local issues that would be resolved at a local level. I wonder, did he mean local Alberta or local Saskatchewan? Or perhaps because nobody provided actual oversight on this Park, the Government of Saskatchewan had no clue that the Park they were so fiercely protecting was being run by Albertans? That may not even be the craziest part. Our group first questioned the fairness of local property taxes in 2016. We expressed our concerns to what we felt were the appropriate government ministries. We felt that lakefront property owners were somehow getting significant tax advantages while the more common folks with inland lots were doing the heavy lifting. […] READ IN FULL ONLINE at LINK: www.dialogue2.ca/Norm-Zig-Feudal-Fiefdoms-Part6.html Norm Zigarlick, SK - normzig56@gmail.com♣


Tales from Fruitvale…


Paul Bowles, Fruitvale BC This morning, young Henri (almost 4 years) telephoned us old grand-folks to tell his news. He had fun skating that day and was excited to share his joy. He and his mom had taken his sister Amelie to school and now the ice rink was open, off they went. This was in Montreal. That was the gist of the conversation between my wife and me and this young, highly spirited French Canadian boy. The incidents of our days thus recounted, there was a single statement from Henri which intrigued us. From out of the blue he said, “I figured it out!” We sat in wonder for a while waiting for elaboration until I asked, “What did you figure out Henri?” To which he replied, “The planet.” My wife Allison prompted, “What did 50 dialogue

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you figure out about the planet?” He replied, “Oh, the sun and the clouds, the rain and the snow.” Naturally some exclamations of amazement followed and his mom then told us that he had asked her a question recently. “What makes the wind?” My wife responded with the poem, ‘Who has seen the wind?’ She then followed with the explanation, “Henri, the planet is moving around in circles in space, and the sun is shining down on it, the big cold sea is moving back and forth, back and forth, pushing the air this way and that, just like if you wave your hands around your face or if you ride your bike really fast, you feel it blowing. I don’t know what he made of all that but the other day his aunt gave him an umbrella, so he might just gain a more intimate knowledge of the wind when he is out experiencing the planetary elements.

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Magical Moon Lake – How it all started…

Over the years, Dialogue has featured several of Karl Backhaus’ stories about his home, Moon Lake (Holland Centre, ON) – as featured in his book, Magical Moon Lake… This story about how it all began is continued from the last issue.

Karl Backhaus, February 2006

Meet the animals, insects, trees and stones of Moon Lake, my home –and make unusual and unexpected discoveries along the way. With complementary insights. Written for my nieces and nephews and their children and anyone interested in the magic of life. In Episode 1: How It All Began – and Arriving in Canada: We arrived in Montreal by freighter from Hamburg… Our adventure continued when we took the night train to Toronto; Episode 2: Arriving in Toronto. Episode 3: The Cabin.

Episode 4: The Lake (Part 1) I was very pleased at the way the house had turned out. There was hardly anything I would have done differently, except there would have been less time-pressure if we had begun earlier in the season. The old cabin had had a large closed-in front porch so it had no view of the pond, but now we had a picture window right at the water’s edge that created an entirely new perspective. Unfortunately, now we also looked at the mounds of excavated gravel bordering the banks from a previous deepening of the half-acre pond. And somehow our pretty home did not seem to fit with an untidy pond with hundreds of small dead cedar trees in a partially dried-up area behind it. These dead trees had been the result of Stafford’s the former owner’s unsuccessful attempt to make the pond larger. I began imagining a beautiful, natural-looking fiveacre lake with the house at its very edge. I had no idea of how to create this lake, and Stafford’s failure was not very encouraging. Would the water stay this time or just disappear into the gravel bottom as it had done before? With building the house at least I had a book with guidelines, but for this project there was no book. How much would it cost, and would our savings be enough? But, I thought, perhaps things could be solved when I got to them. I seem to enjoy challenges in life. I could not anticipate the struggle it would take for this undertaking. When I first visualized this dream lake, I projected its contours onto an aerial photograph, and compared this with the lay of the land to be sure that the lake would www.dialogue.ca

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look natural and fit with its surroundings. For several years I observed the flow of the springs at the end of the summer, the driest season. Certainly with more tree cover there was more water now. Then for the next three years in my spare time, I prepared the land by felling and burning the hundreds of cedar trees that had died on the previously flooded land. The flames of my fires often shot twenty feet high. I became an expert at felling and burning trees. More than once the local watchdog, our distant neighbour Leona on a hill one mile away, said, "Karl is making fires again!" After lots of sweat, in the fall of 1975, not knowing what was lying ahead, I thought I was ready to begin my lake project. I located a D 8, a large 40-ton bulldozer, in a nearby town, hoping that the operator had made ponds before and would know how to tackle the project. When the bulldozer arrived it was huge and I was very excited as it began moving mounds and mounds of earth around to make my dream of a lake come true. To clear and deepen the site, the huge machine pushed tree-stumps around like toys. When it began to push layers of water-saturated black soil up to six feet in height, it shook the whole ground as it went. Its power was hard to fathom. I had expected that the bulldozer operator had a plan and knew what he was doing. But doubts first entered my mind when, during this first day of operation, unmanageable pools of water began to form again and again, and the bulldozer became stuck. This was a scary situation because I realized that I had hired the largest bulldozer …/ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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available, and so no other bulldozer could rescue it. Forty tons of power was stuck in the mud trying to free itself. I remembered how a much smaller bulldozer had gotten stuck while working at the small pond several years before. We had almost lost the machine when the cable broke on the winch of a special rescue truck. It must have taken four hours to free it and we had to anchor the truck to the only mature maple tree near-by. However, the operator of this large machine must have been stuck before, because he began to search for stray logs on the site. We carried these logs – four or five of them – each time he got stuck, to the scene of despair. Ed, the operator, tied the logs with steel cables to the tracks, a time-consuming procedure. He then restarted the diesel engine and tried to back-up, pulling the large logs under the entire body of the bulldozer, hoping that it would move again. It was a drama when sometimes single logs were sliced by steel cables like matches as the powerful machine battled to become unstuck. Meanwhile the stirred-up area where the bulldozer continued to struggle was becoming larger and deeper, pools of water forming everywhere. As the operator became stuck countless times, the whole undertaking became a disaster. Before the end of the day, the totally frustrated operator had given up, and pulled the machine out without any explanation. Red-faced, he refused to talk to me and answer my questions about what to do next. A few days later I found a jumbo-sized bill in my mailbox. Despite the still-intact pond by the house, the large area behind it where the machine had battled the mud looked awful. My dream of a lake seemed almost hopeless, but after all the time and effort I had invested, I did not want to just give up. I pondered how the problem could be tackled. I came up with a plan, which showed exactly where I wanted the dams, and outlined the various steps needed to build them. I was not an expert in making lakes but I was pretty desperate. This time I would hire two bulldozers: one size 52 dialogue

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smaller, but still very large 30-ton machines. These bulldozers should, I reasoned, have much wider tracks to create better traction on the unpredictable ground. I worked out how, when one machine became stuck, it should be possible to get it unstuck with the help of the second one. Then I borrowed a transit level to precisely mark the height of the future dams, based upon the water level of the front pond. I was ready, but I had to wait until the following May to give the pond project another chance. When the two bulldozers arrived, entering through an unused lane, I was a little better prepared. I showed the operators, Graham and Ivan, the site and pointed out the red paint markers on trees, six to seven feet above the ground, which showed how high the future dams and water level should go. The first marker I showed them was about 700 feet away from the house, and the existing pond was not visible from this point. I clearly remember Graham’s questioning face when he asked me, "Where is the water?" I could see that he had his doubts about the project, but I showed him the front pond that should stay intact for the time being, and outlined my strategy. I wanted to take advantage of the slightly sloping land towards the future dam; hence the high markers way up in the trees. Graham, the foreman with lots of experience, seemed to go along with my plan. Ivan was also an expert operator. He had worked on leveling an airstrip before this. Both men seemed to understand. Still it took them working for more than a week before they could fully see and accept what I had visualized. Once they had overcome their doubts they became excited about the project and together we worked as a team – they operated the machines while I did the footwork. I had rented several powerful water pumps - one of them pumping 20,000 gallons per hour – to deal with the quickly forming water pools. The bulldozers had

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to create several channels crossing the site for hundreds of feet in length with pumps working in tandem at both ends of these channels to pump the water into a nearby creek. Except for several unforeseeable big problems, my strategy worked well. As the machines dug deeper the water began coming out of the ground faster where they were working while the springs by the house and a nearby creek dried up. I hoped that this was a temporary situation. The pumps were working at almost full capacity around the clock, except for a few hours of rest and silence from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. when I took time to sleep. Only once was I too tired, and missed hearing the alarm. When I awoke at dawn to the first caroling of a robin, the main diesel engine pump was already half-submerged in the fast-rising water. I could not get the pump started again. Perhaps it would have started if I had pulled the heavy pump to higher ground, but one of my ribs that I had cracked during an earlier task, was hurting badly and at 5 a.m. I could not get help quickly. Bulldozers are useless when working in water. The operators would arrive at 7 a.m. so I had to get a replacement pump from the nearest rental place 20 miles away in a hurry. There were times though when this second attempt to create a lake seemed futile. More than once I had to come up with quick, desperate and unconventional solutions about what to do next when both operators had given up and did not know how to continue. I remember a very critical incident when a six-foot-high wall of black soil suddenly collapsed and disintegrated soon forming a black soup as the water quickly rose. The main diesel pump could not deal with this decayed black soupy material and neither could the bulldozers. Graham asked me, "What can we do now?" Was this the end of our venture? The problem seemed impossible to tackle. Then in desperation I told him and Ivan to drive the two machines side-by-side and angle the two 14-foot blades in V-formation to try to move the soup to higher ground. Meanwhile I battled with the pump trying to keep debris off the powerfully sucking water intake. The suction almost took the skin off my fingers, but I kept the pump going. These were some of the dramatic moments. It was a big relief when the black soup was dispersed to distant higher ground and normal operations and the eventual www.dialogue.ca

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building of two large dams could continue. From the beginning of the operation it was obvious that the owner of the bulldozers did not want to tackle this project – his biggest ever – at a customary fixed price. The unknowns were too many. So instead I had to offer to pay by the hour, regardless of the final outcome. This deal worked out to be one dollar per minute – and this was in 1976 when the dollar went a lot further. Sometimes it was even more costly when we had to bring in an additional loader with huge rubber tires, and also an enormous 14-cubic-yard-capacity scraper to assist them for weeks. Except for weekends the bulldozers worked for ten hours a day for more than five weeks, moving earth and gravel, and dismantling a hill as a source of gravel for the two dams. They then created from the wet excavated material a much higher natural-looking hill on the previous hill site, later covering it with saved topsoil. Then, in the last phase of the operation, four machines were on the move simultaneously when a large frontend loader, driven by the owner, assisted in joining the original pond with the new one. In a dramatic opening of the old dam, the water gushed out with great force and in a short time the old pond was almost empty. Quickly I saved and transplanted to the new pond area all kinds of fish, turtles, sweet-water clams and even salamanders to guarantee life. When the old remaining dam was bulldozed away, the water from the old pond area had practically disappeared over an area of five acres of gravel and had settled at the lower-lying new rear dam which was an amazing fourteen feet high. Another large dam to the left was not visible from the house and on the other sides I had left the edges untouched for the water to find its own boundaries. To give an idea of the size of the area of the future lake it would accommodate perhaps three soccer fields, stretching 700 feet from the house to the rear dam and between 300 to 500 feet in the other directions. Finally all the seemingly unsolvable construction problems had been overcome. The operators, Graham and Ivan, had done a beautiful job that they were proud of, especially Ivan, I think, who had successfully leveled a large area like an airstrip, his specialty. There was only one problem left. Would the water rise to where I had imagined? Karl Backhaus, Ont. STORY CONTINUES NEXT ISSUE, WITH EPISODE 5-Part 2. ♣ VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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“The Vagabond Writer” Wayne Allen Russell Clearwater BC slyolfart@gmail.com

I hope readers enjoy these stories, they will bring laughter and a few tears to you. Taken from truth, but the “Family Weed” is fictitious.

THE BIG, BIG BRUSH OFF We went to a one-room school. Eight grades which were taught by one teacher. The school had a boy entrance and a girl entrance. I know not why, for as soon as we were in the classroom we were all together. The desks were lined up in eight rows; Grade one in the first row close to the doors, Grade eight furthest from the doors closest to the big windows. The teacher sat at a big desk in front. The library was between the entrance. I thought it was great. We sang ‘O’Canada then said morning prayers. The children in the lower classes were always hearing the lessons of the other classes. Even while doing our own work, our brains were soaking up the other lessons being taught. Because we were ages six to fourteen or fifteen there were no cliques as there are in high schools where every class is of the same age. The older kids helped the younger ones. They had the time and were not competing with their peers. There were few fights; with all these different ages in one room no one had to prove he or she was as good as or better than someone else was. The teacher had control with the authority to demand respect. All the teachers I had were ladies. I’ve seen farm boys who were so big they looked down at the teacher. If they were bad enough to warrant punishment, they stood passively with their hands out palms up while she administered the strap. The punishment hurt our pride more than our bodies. Once it was administered, that was the end of it. Nothing else was ever mentioned. Our parents never knew, thank God. In the very back centre of the room was a huge potbellied word burning stove. One of the students who lived across the road had the job of a janitor. Wow! Ten dollars a month! Five every two weeks for cleaning the schoolhouse, piling the wood when it was delivered and starting the stove in wintertime no later than 6:30 a.m. This student was only twelve years old and was a GIRL! This was a lot of money in the 1940’s especially with the war on. 54 dialogue

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“THE GOOD WEEDS” - The family: Archibald Tyrus Weed (Pop), January 10, 1901 Mary Elizabeth/Loretta (Cook) Weed (Mom), Dec. 19, 1905 Married: August 17, 1923 Children: Juniper Shirley / June (Grouch), May 19, 1925 Patty, Patricia Ann (‘Sweet Pea’) Dec, 21st.,1927 George (‘Donkey’), August 17, 1930 Ben (‘Shooter’), April 2, 1932 Bob (‘Bucky’ then ‘Stretch’), October 10, 1934 Adam (‘Flyer’), July 30, 1936 Tom (‘Weasel’), June 4, 1939 Cousins: Marian (cousin), August 21, 1925 Sam (‘Punch’ - cousin), December 26, 1931 Bobby (cousin), May 3, 1935 Ray (my buddy) Joe (Ray’s brother)

Remember that we were still boys and could find things to get us into trouble regardless of any punishment we would later receive. As an example, at noon and recess we would arm ourselves with thistles or stinging nettles and when the girls went into their outhouse, we would sneak up to the back from our hiding place in the weeds. Then through the clean-out trap door that we’d previously opened just a crack, we’d poke these terrible instruments of pain and swat the girl’s bare butts. It was great fun, but today I realise it could not have been fun for the girls because the thistle must have hurt and the stinging nettle must have been painful the whole day long. I remember the day this game came crashing down on us. The teacher, Miss Quagley, came out to go pee. We did not have the nerve to use thistles or nettles on her so we used yard grass and brushed it across her butt. Well – let me tell you, she must have thought it was a snake! She burst out of the outhouse door like a cannon shot! But alas, her pantaloons were down below her knees so she could not run and went headfirst onto the ground, her pants down her dress and butt up! Never having seen a woman like this before we stood there staring. I thought, hey! They are different, just like other animals. There we stood mouths wide open. Really dumb eh? By the time we realised what we were doing it was too late, Miss Quagley had seen us. No doubts now about whom the guilty parties were. We called it the line-up, because this wasn’t the first time, nor would it be the last time that we were in this position. With Pop, line-up was pants down and butts up. With Miss Quagley, line-up was hands out, palms

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up. The means of punishment was usually the same with both of them, a leather belt or, if really upset at us, a willow switch. I do believe the line-up gave us more respect, though. We all grew up to be good

adults and parents with great respect for other folk’s feelings and property. Wayne Russell, Clearwater BC (slyolfart@gmail.com) ♣


“Observations from Lithuania”

Ken Russell Slade, Vilnius

Changing for Ageing: (Part 4c: ‘Addendum -- Notes, Fautes, and Quotes’) by KR Slade Continued from Autumn edition: [Editor's note: Part 1 -- ''Changing for Ageing, ‘Into the Third-Age’" (about the author's feelings of reaching seventy years-of-age), was published in the Autumn 2018 issue; Part 2 -- ‘Some of the Micro Considerations’ began in the Winter 2018-2019 issue, was continued in the Spring 2019 issue, and was completed in the Summer 2019 issue; Part 3 -- 'Some of the Macro Considerations' was published in the Autumn 2019 issue; Part 4 – ‘Addendum – Notes, Fautes, and Quotes’ began in the Winter 20192020 issue; cont’d. in Summer & Autumn 2020 issues. There was no article in the Spring 2020 issue.]

The Backache The backache is the most prominent of all of the physical pains of ageing. ■ Concerning the spine: cervical (i.e., neck) and lumbar (i.e., lower back) are the most delicate of the human vertebrae, and therefore are the most-likely vertebrae to be injured. Backaches can be caused by: lifting, sudden impact (e.g., automobile-collision accidents), falling, muscle-fatigue, over-exertion, etc. ■ There is another type of cause of backaches. This type is described by a variety of terms, both common and quasimedical: wrenched and torqued joints; displacements and dislocations; strains, sprains, pulled, or torn ligaments. Such incidents are often expressed as: 'I threw my back out'; 'I almost fell, but, still I hurt my back'; 'I jolted my back (or neck)'; 'I wrenched my back (or neck)’. [Examples: 1) walking -- usually out-of-doors -- and misjudging the distance to the ground / surface; 2) not looking at the ground, and/or not seeing that there is a depression in the ground; 3) walking on a frozen surface, but the ice breaks, and the foot descends further than anticipated.] The misjudging aspect can be due to: a) not paying attention to surroundings; b) visual or CNS (i.e., central nervous system) abnormalities, such as "depth-perception problems" or "spatial-awareness problems". [Examples: walking on slippery ground, and slipping/sliding, but not falling; turning head, or upper body, in an extreme and quick/sudden movement (e.g., prior to a fall, from a surprise or unexpected event, etc.).] ■ These injuries may give back-muscle(s) and often spinal pain (from the cervical part of the spine, especially to shoulder areas to lower back; usually not to below the waist, although possibly to the back of the thighs/calves); also usually affected with pain may be: arms and/or head. A medical doctor can do very little to alleviate backache problems -except to prescribe muscle relaxants, pain meds, sleeping www.dialogue.ca

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aids; and to advise rest, and to apply heat (or cold) if swelling. A chiropractor may be able to fix some backache problems with 1-2 visits, of 10 minutes each: by spinal realignment ''cracking''; and pulling on arms, and pulling the head (upwards, and turns to both sides). Persons who have had back-surgery should not have chiropractic treatments ■ A "mechanical " low-back injury (i.e., a 'lumbar', or 'cervical vertebral', strain; a/k/a ‘throwing-out-your-back’) is characterized by a sudden, severe pain in your back. This usually occurs in the lower-back, and happens during physical activity. It can be caused by a muscle spasm, arthritis, a slipped or ruptured disc, or the cause can remain a mystery. The most common cause is muscle strain or spasm. The cause can be a pinched, or compromised, spinal nerve, due to swelling of localised tissue from an abnormal and traumatic body movement (viz.: neuropathy, torqued). (Note: back strains and sprains: a ‘back strain’ is an injury to either a muscle or tendon; a ‘back sprain’ is the stretching or tearing of a ligament. ■ Regarding physical therapy, first make certain that the therapy is using proper techniques. If you can strengthen the muscles around an arthritic joint through exercise and physical therapy, then, you can remove a load from that joint. Topical creams are not effective for osteoarthritis (as distinguished from rheumatoid arthritis). NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal problems after a couple of weeks of usage. Opiods do not offer more relief than ‘over-the-counter’ meds, notably acetaminophen (i.e.: in North America, Tylenol, Anacin-3, et als.; and in Europe, paracetamol generics). Steroid injections can temporarily ease inflammation and pain; however, steroids may damage the joint and cartilage. Injection of platelet-rich plasma is experimental and costly. Some orthopaedic surgeons recommend arthroscopy -- where a tiny camera inserted into your knee allows a doctor to repair cartilage-tears, and to remove cartilage-fragments; however, research shows that such procedure is no better than exercise therapy. As a result, an international VOL. 34, NO. 2, WINTER 2020-21

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panel of experts recommended against arthroscopy in 2017. The longer-term improvement is to loose excess weight -- to lessen the load on the joint(s). ■ A significant solution to lessening backaches is to change behaviour(s). Posture issues for standing may involve footwear choices, back-brace, compression stockings, and limiting standing. Posture issues for sitting are chiefly choice of chair, and changing type of chair after a couple of hours of use. Posture issues for working are often table-height, and ability to change height during the course of work-hours. Some pastimes cause backaches (e.g., gardening); some habits cause backaches (e.g., lifting small children); some athletic activities cause backaches (e.g., bowling). Obviously, if a backache, then avoid the sport of caber tossing :) ***

Diet Your diet is what(ever) you eat; a general consensus recommends a balanced and varied diet. This means not to worship or to demonise a single food, or food group; [example: not the complete elimination of sugar / salt / fat, but rather to be mindful of the amount of consumption]. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180918-is-sugar-reallybad-for-you Of course, if a particular item(s) is disagree-

able to you, then don't eat it. ■ Yes, there may be some loss of nutritional value by freezing and re-heating; however, freezing and reheating obviously provides 100% more nutritional value than not eating! Moreover, with re-heating: there is better management of variety, as well as portion-control (example: making meatballs -- regardless of whether containing any meat -- is a simple way to control portion-size). Food preparation (as well as purchasing) for one (or two) persons is more difficult than for a larger number of people. ■ My diet has no general, or particular, medical-mandate or motivation to eat more or less of any particular foods. Rather, I have the need to eat more food -- because I am underweight [by ~40 pounds (~18 kilograms); since leaving Canada, 17 years ago], and with little appetite. ***

Pharmaceuticals Prescription medications can be hazardous to your health. I have known a number of individuals who take many doctor-prescribed medications, for a variety of medical issues, as well as other medications to control the effects of the mediations for the primary issues [i.e., taking an amphetamine (e.g., Dexedrine) to awaken; and a barbiturate (e.g., Seconal) to sleep]. I have seen negative effects of prescription medications on many people. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200108-themedications-that-change-who-we-are

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My osteoarthritis has been a severe and debilitating problem for most of my life. I had taken a variety of doctor-prescribed pain medications for a couple of decades, as well as an assortment of other medications to combat the effects of the pain medications. In the last 17 years -- since I have been in Lithuania -- I take only paracetamol -- usually once a day, sometimes twice a day -- which would be one-half of the maximum daily-dosage. I also take 50 mg of aspirin daily, to thin blood because of poor circulation (especially in legs). I do not take any other drugs. Per month, I drink a litre of wine and 2 litres of beer. I take a daily multi-vitamin. I think that the chief deficit in my physical condition is that I have not had twice-a-week aquatic stretching-exercises (for 4 minutes) since I left Canada. I think that there are far-too-many drug prescriptions, and notnearly-enough vitamins / minerals prescriptions. Moreover, there is too little understanding and treatments for the powerful effects of the endocrine system on the aging body; examples: hormones and hormone-receptors, estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, HGH, melatonin, cortisol, insulin, etc. I think that there is negligible recognition that everyone’s reaction to and tolerance for any drug varies (including variations at different times for the same person), and that the effects of mixing drugs can be totally unpredictable "Pills: very dangerous things, pills." Jack Nicholson, 'As Good as It Gets' (1997) ***

Conclusions ■ General Conclusions: ''senior-citizen'', or ''retirement'', is just another way of saying: ''beyond expiration date of manufacturer's warranty'' . . . Life is like folding a fitted bedsheet; there are going to be some wrinkles . . . "Life is indeed like a roll of toilet-paper: the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes; until nothing’s left" . . . The former getup-and-go has now got-up-and-gone . . . ‘Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom; when the passions relax their hold, then we are free from the grasp of not just one mad master, but of many.’ Plato . . . ■ Particular Conclusions: Avoid: guilt (personal and collective) and fear; trends and fads. Example: considering ecology, for plants to marginally improve the air quality in your home, even in a small apartment, you would need a lot more houseplants than the average person is typically willing to care for ( i.e., 200+ large-leaf plants in <1,000 sq. ft). Moreover, the air-quality actually diminishes, because any number of plants increases the surface area for dust collection, as well as raises the humidity level, which raises potential for mould / mildew accumulation, and insect breeding. ■ I invoke the all-too-familiar standard disclaimer by way of caveat: "The information contained in this article is for

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only educational and informational purposes, and is not intended as health or medical advice, or legal advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives; consult a legal-services provider about legal issues." Most importantly, after such consultation(s), make your own and independent judgment(s). ■ I have to go now ... I have many-other things to do ... all object-sorting is done, always will be a little more cleaning to do, my living-place is sufficiently copacetic; so, now is

time for living ... hopefully, soon to be done without pandemic and to be able to go out again ... “and to praise all the Gods, drink the wine, and let the world be the world” ... ■ As my friend wrote on the subject of ageing, in a letter to me the year before he died: "I hope the adventure continues." - Maurice King, 2019 Ken Russell Slade, Vilnius, Lithuania All Rights Reserved: 2019 kenmunications@gmail.com ♣


Angels we have seen on high…?

“All that is human is a part of me” Franklin O’Connor, Nanaimo BC

Angels have no bodies. Somewhat like “Superman,” they are an invention of the human brain (homo sapiens, going back maybe 200,000 years), by those in the religions. For example, the Old Testament and New Testament, from beginning to end, are full of “angels.” Include Zoroastrianism and Islam, etc., – and Eastern religions have their own. The Vatican wants to make “angels” out of its clergy, but ‘clergy sex abuse,’ so much in the news, shows it to be just a pipe dream. Alabama and some other U.S.A. states want to turn back the clock, like the Vatican, Evangelicals, and some other nations and to say that only MALES are human beings with human rights, not FEMALES or LGBTs. The brain has evolved over the millennia, maybe starting with the flatworm and phenomena (not

just “angels” arising from our genes and DNA as well, make the LGBT real fellow human beings with full Human Rights. Following the OT and NT, we used to speak only of “mankind,” but we have evolved, hopefully, and so now speak of Humankind. Franklin O’Connor (aka “Stan Smith”) Independent Christian, ex-R.C. P.S. Some Supreme Courts are still stuck in the past. P.P.S. From Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer, 186-159 B.C./BCE: “Homo sum: humani nihil a me

alienum puto.” = “I am a man. I consider nothing human foreign to me.” (i.e. I consider all that is human a part of me.” And: Tennyson, in his poem, Ulysses, wrote: “I am a part of all that I have met.”

Laughter & Lightenment

English Not Your First Language?


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O’Connor, Franklin, BC……..57 O’Donnell, Susan, NB……….24 Organic radicals, reprint……..31 Petra, Cecile, BC (from)……..43 Poilievre, Pierre, MP, ON……11 Reed, Eleanor, ON…………..34 Roberts, Paul Craig (link)……42 Ross, June, BC (from)…...27,59 Rouse, Bonna, ON…………..36 Russell, Wayne, BC…………54 Shadbolt, John, ON…….........43 Sharashkina, Vereya, US 36-37 Shiva, Vandana, reprint….30,59 Sloan, Derek, MP, ON……...11 Skinner, Derek, BC………...6-8 Slade, Ken, Lithuania………..55

Spencer, Michael, US……….12 Stafford, Christina, BC………04 Taylor, Jim, BC………………28 Vancourt, Randy, ON………..33 Watson, Steve (UK)…………17 Weygang, Peter, ON………..19 White, Patricia, BC………26, 40 Winter, Kirk, ON……………..28 Zigarlick, Norm, SK….............49

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P.59 Reflections on back cover: “Walk in the woods & truly see, smell & feel all that is there.” – June Ross, Nanaimo, jross12@telus.net

Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom by Vandana Shiva (Author), Kartikey Shiva (Author) – August 31, 2020 With a new epilogue about Bill Gates’s global agenda and how we can resist the billionaires’ war on life

Widespread poverty and malnutrition, an alarming refugee crisis, social unrest, and economic polarization have become our lived reality as the top 1% of the world’s seven-billion-plus population pushes the planet—and all its people—to the social and ecological brink. In Oneness vs. the 1%, Vandana Shiva takes on the Billionaires Club of Gates, Buffet, and Zuckerberg, as well as other modern empires whose blindness to the rights of people, and to the destructive impact of their construct of linear progress, have wrought havoc across the world. Their single-minded pursuit of profit has undemocratically enforced uniformity and monocultures, division and separation, monopolies and external control—over finance, food, energy, information, healthcare, and even relationships. Basing her analysis on explosive, little-known facts, Shiva exposes the 1%’s model of philanthrocapitalism, which is about deploying unaccountable money to bypass democratic structures, derail diversity, and impose totalitarian ideas based on One Science, One Agriculture, and One History. She calls for the “resurgence of real knowledge, real intelligence, real wealth, real work, real well-being,” so that people can reclaim their right to: Live Free. Think Free. Breathe Free. Eat Free. Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing (Aug. 31 2020) Paperback : 208 pages ISBN-10 : 1645020398

BEYOND BANKSTERS RESISTING THE NEW FEUDALISM (2016) by JOYCE NELSON https://watershedsentinel.ca/store/beyond-banksters/

Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism exposes the “venal class” of corporate elites – their quest to permanently entrench corporate rights through trade deals, their secretive meetings, and their movements through the revolving door of private investment firms and government. Nelson names the people and organizations responsible, and outlines a step-by-step erosion of the public interest mandate that has allowed trade deals such as NAFTA, CETA, the TPP, and TISA to open up public services to corporate takeover and limit our ability to control banks and investment corporations. Nelson exposes the major players privatizing the world and creating a new state of feudalism. Iceland resisted and so can we. Pages: 164 pp plus Index; ISBN: 978-0-9953286-0-0 And the sequel to Beyond Banksters – Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-filled challenges to corporate rule (2018) In Bypassing Dystopia: Hope-Filled Challenges to Corporate Rule – a follow-up to 2016’s Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism – Joyce Nelson explores global examples of active and creative resistance to the iron grip of corporatism on our economies and imaginations. Pages: 192 pp; ISBN: 9780-9953286-3-1 $20 ea. Free shipping until Dec. 31, 2020 from Watershed Sentinel. https://watershedsentinel.ca/bypassing-dystopia/ Watershed Sentinel Books PO Box 1270, Comox, BC V9M 7Z8 DRUTHERS – NEW PAPER IN ONTARIO

Our choices determine if we will survive. Our hopes for the future continue to strive For the trees that do bind us, the Earth and the Sky. .Susanne Hare Lawson councilfire@hotmail.com ♣



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P.60 Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development by Vandana Shiva | Mar 1 2016

BOOKS BY VANDANA SHIVA, 2015-2020 Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom by Vandana Shiva and Kartikey Shiva | Aug 31 2020 (also in French)

Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply by Dr Vandana Shiva | Dec 29 2015

Reclaiming the Commons: Biodiversity, Traditional Knowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth by Vandana Shiva and Ronnie Cummins | Jul 24 2020

The Violence of the Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology, and Politics by Dr Vandana Shiva | Dec 23 2015

Vandana Shiva: Creative Civil Disobedience by Lionel Astruc and Olivier De Schutter | Sep 6 2017

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace by Vandana Shiva | Oct 27 2015

Who Really Feeds the World?: The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology by Vandana Shiva | Jun 28 2016

Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis by Vandana Shiva | Oct 6 2015

Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge by Vandana Shiva | May 24 2016

The Vandana Shiva Reader by Vandana Shiva | Jan 2 2015

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