Victoria CRD – deer and rats

Victoria, British Columbia, among many positive attributes, is also called the City of Gardens, nestled at the Southern End of Vancouver Island. Mediterranean climate. Who doesn’t like Victoria Capital Regional District with all municipalities attached to this section of southern Vancouver Island. Which is also very popular for a large number of retirees, because of the climate and because – also due to the climate – the vegetation and the gardens. From way uphill Mount Douglas looking down, one can almost not see houses, so much green and trees.
Urban wildlife also enjoy all that greenery. Well, even the rats like this city. There are those critters who are pleasant to look at, such as the deer – apparently not enough wild cats/cougars to come that close to urban areas – and there are those that are universally despised by people – like rats, to be more specific the ‘Norway Rat’, although originally from Northern China, but not really native to Victoria. [ http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=dcc7cc9b-be86-4c61-8f24-c32f3edd1bc4 ]. Hence, a reference to Victoria also includes the name ‘Canada’s Rat Capital’. Nasty stuff ! Rats in backyards. Wouldn’t it be nice if more owners would clean up their back gardens and cut down too high shrubbery ? And sort out and get rid of junk in and around their houses ?
Coming to the deer – many residents don’t mind them, many also like to look at deer, others have a problem with deer: “they eat into their precious gardens, they are a road hazard leading to accidents.”
All of which is understandable and true. Deer culls have been done this year in one of the adjacent areas to downtown Victoria Oak Bay. [ http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/news/deer-cull-oak-bay/ ]. Not much liked especially by the BC SPCA. Was it effective enough ? for whom ? and for what ? Apparently, not. How about a universal ‘rat cull’.

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Nepal Earthquake Disaster

Reaction to yet another natural disaster, – the Nepal earthquakes still continuing – and not surprisingly like a flash of lightning hundreds of relief websites springing up and asking for donations.
Careful is the least one can say. Mostly individuals or corporations who try to enrich themselves by posting disaster images on the Internet. Read what legit groups are telling you. [ http://www.bbb.org/council/news-events/news-releases/2015/04/nepal-earthquake-donation-tips/ ]. It is encouraging to see how many countries have already responded by sending professionals to the sites of those quakes to help. And all those groups who are actually helping are not doing it via the Internet.
Therefore, watch out. Do not be gullable. Go through legitimate charities and even those should be checked out carefully.

Wire-tapping the Internet

“Was ich nicht weiss, macht mich nicht heiss”. Meaning: Put your head in the sand and live happily ever after. Or, wake up and smell the roses. Face Book which had started in 2004 [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook ] as a means to foster social networking among college grads, now turning into the Face Book Combine. The definition of combine not only implies policing and control over citizens, but also AI and robotic means for subjecting citizens to its will.
There is a variety of issues at stake, but all in all over the past years the idea of Face Book as a solely social venue is disappearing. How else to explain the many users who turn away from it, and the many users with sinister motives turning toward it. Propagating their militant views using Face Book and Twitter to also recruit the like-minded.
What else is crawling around those social networks ? Spy organisations making use of FB user data, such as the NSA [ PRISM spy program
NSA National Security Agency
http://www.zdnet.com/article/prism-heres-how-the-nsa-wiretapped-the-internet/
https://www.facebook.com/nsa.prismscannerbot ],
[ http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-06/concise-history-nsas-online-spying-program-prism ], [ https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140630/12101627734/fbi-cia-also-make-use-backdoor-searches-nsa-data-to-access-us-communications-without-warrant.shtml ].
I personally would not post anything on FB anymore that has any personal or private value. Too dangerous. Notwithstanding the fact, that FB in the meantime has shut down most of my functions, because of exposure to the truth.

Combat Addictions

Under discussion are plans by the local municipalities to set up Drug Consumption Sites in our cities. One example serving as role model is a site in Vancouver, called Insight [ http://supervisedinjection.vch.ca/ ].  These types of facilities are intended to not only supervise safe drug injection and sharing, but also to assist in a variety of other services to drug addicts and mostly also homeless people. All this based on a platform of compassion and providing services paid by governments. How much of those services and facilities actually accomplish to combat drug addictions and release those addicted to the outside world as being healed from their addictions, is unclear.
An interesting notion from the 1960s: A heavy smoker who also was an alcoholic then had been considered as a sick person, at times incarcerated in a mental facility. Given an excessive number of cigarettes to smoke daily so as to make an addict sick, in order to give up smoking. Alcoholics were given sessions between psychiatrists and with their nearest relatives in which the origins of that disease were supposed to surface. However, on the whole all of those addictions stem from weakness. Let’s assume you put those addicts to work on something meaningful, not even hard labour, make them forget their addiction. And instead focus on whatever they are doing. Compassion does not always accomplish reduction in drug addiction. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy ]

Germany – Canada Immigration Policies

Just reading the other day that Germany will have a closer look to Canada when making changes to their immigration rules. Canada being looked upon as a ‘Vorbild’ (model). Problems in Germany mainly brought about by strong opposition against certain groups of immigrants, having lead to massive demonstrations and racism. [ http://www.globalresearch.ca/germany-tens-of-thousands-protest-against-ultra-right-pegida-movement/5421806 ].
What is ridiculous is that the majority of those who march in demonstrations are not even German. They are immigrants having arrived from many different countries. And received some German passport. The real Germans are the older senior citizens, they do not march. If they would march, they would likely be killed or at least severely beaten by the young radical ones.
How on the other hand Canada can be a model is questionable. Canada is a large area, empty one might say. Of course, immigration rules can be relaxed here. There is space for so many more immigrants. And BTW to immigrate to Canada one must have proof of work or employment. That was when I came in. How it is now, I do not know. We certainly have large numbers of so called homeless people lying around in the street, who do not look like they ever worked. But get free health care and subsistence allowances and free everything.

Investment Advisors

Investment advice, investment advisors – better trust your own judgement. After getting yourself informed, using all pertinent channels of information available free of charge. Don’t blindly trust those who more often than not rely on guesswork and needing to take in a whole slew of data on overall market conditions, domestic as well as international. Definition of investment advisor [ http://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/investmentadvisor.asp ].
One good example of investments proposed by banking investment advisors are mutual funds. As known: “mitgefangen, mitgehangen”. How many millions of investors are clumped together in one big investment fund, managed by a few (more or less capable), and when something goes wrong, “all of us hang with it” [ http://www.stock-world.de/index.html ].
Years ago on the advice of my then investment advisor I had also put some of my money into several mutual funds. Result: losses, high capital gains taxes to pay (each and every one of the investors must pitch in) despite the market value dropping. Pursuent to my research of what some funds are invested into I found some obscure off-shore banks, and others none existant. After my decision to rid myself of all mutual funds, my entire retirement portfolio went up again in overall value. Today I trust myself. Despite the fact that I may still loose money, but at least it is lost value based on my own stupidity and not somebody elses.

What is Cool, what is not

It is unfortunate that today’s young people believe that high speed car chases are cool, that smoking or drugs are cool, that war scenes in which civilians are being killed is cool, that using weapons on (imaginary) opponents is cool.
Tell you what is Cool. From my wartime experiences as a 4-year old I can tell you that it is cool to having survived, that it is cool to be standing on the ground and looking up, when the bombers arrived over our homeland and towns and started dropping their loads on us. That it is cool to write about it. That it is not cool to fly over enemy territory with a fighter plane, open a hatch and unload tons of bombs onto unarmed civilians. That it is not cool to receive medals and standing ovations many years later as a war veteran for having done so.
A little story. In the 1980s while living for many years in the Foothills of Alberta Rockies, alone on my land with my horses, I also had a Quarter Section of bare land somewhere West of Cochrane, near Ghost Lake region. It was heavily treed. I rented it out to a group of City people for playing Paint Ball. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paintball ] . This land was heavily treed. Usually when playing Paint Ball you stick together in a group. I had several (“cool strong guys”) to later arrive out of the trees, crying, because they got lost. When it comes to being cool, how cool is that !
Womens’ rights movement – nothing is more cool than the early fights for womens’ rights. Not so cool is, if women fight other women, or treat their elders with disrespect, as happens in many western cultures.
Cool is if women get the same rights on the job as men, same payment, same conditions, same respect, same treatment. Not cool is to discriminate against women when a company or entire industry falters (like for example the oil industry in Alberta), and women including single mothers are laid off first. As happened specifically at Trans Canada Pipelines Company in Calgary, AB. It seemed that in the 1980s no explanations were needed for these discriminatory practices in that industry.
Cool is to help yourself and others, not so cool is to wait for handouts from a government.

Women’s Rights

weCanDoItweCanDoItNot always only with our strength, but with ‘mind over body’. This particular very popular image depicts what happened during the aftermath of World War II with many countries destroyed and needing rebuilding, and when in those countries which needed the most rebuilding like for example Germany and Russia, and many more, only women were at hand to do all the hard work.

And what do we see now ? I take as an example Canada, one of the largest and typical immigrants’ continents of North America. A country that since 1812 did never have another war nor had any occupation by enemy nations, nor was forcing women into hard labor to rebuild the country. Wars as per Canadian statistics meaning battles, land battles, disputes, terrorist activity, gang “wars”. Where and when was ever an extended occupation of that country by enemy forces ? Yet Canada lacks when it comes to women’s rights.
With hard labor comes the responsibility of also standing in for one’s country and become completely liberated very quickly. Something that many men did not take to easily when it came to women’s rights. Look at the voting rights for women ( [ http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/compilations/ProvinceTerritory/ProvincialWomenRightToVote.aspx ] and women’s rights in particular [ http://www.hrw.org/topic/womens-rights ].
A nice action just came onto my desk: “Women on Banknotes”. By a British Columbia Activist and author Merna Foster (writer, historian, educator, public speaker) [ http://womenonbanknotes.ca/ ]. How many women have it ever made onto a Canadian banknote. Except Royalty.
My long time experiences having lived in Western Canada, Alberta, and having had the privilege to encounter many hard working women, have made me realize how important the women’s rights movement was and still is. Not to forget, my first hand experiences as a longtime employee in Alberta’s oil industry and the discrimination within that industry against female professionals and workers. This must stop !
{See also some of my previous posts: https://renataveritasopinion.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/sexual-crimes-in-the-military/ ; https://renataveritasopinion.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/women-in-construction/ ; http://renataveritashistory.com/2014/05/26/we-can-do-it-women-in-construction/ }

Corporate Losers

Want to meet some big time corporate losers ? How about Capstone Infrastructure Income Fund. [ http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/snapshot/snapshot.asp?ticker=CSE ] Read up on those who manage that fund, and ultimately my own hard-earned savings, by publishing lies about their fund. How safe your investments are, and all sorts of other questionable propaganda. The company was formerly known as Macquarie Power and Infrastructure Corporation and changed its name to Capstone Infrastructure Corporation in April 2011. It is a well-known fact that when a company is not doing too well that they will change their name, supposedly to look like something new and BETTER. Well: “a rose that looks like a rose or smells like a rose is still a rose”. And nothing better. [ http://capstoneinfrastructure.com/NewsCentre/NewsRelease.aspx?smid=52a1fb1f-7ea5-4b52-9b9c-fbdfb0597de0 ]. Change of name 2011.
How has business developed Mr. New and New-New Manager with your new name ? Not any better. Most income consists of ROC (Return Of Capital), the market price of the units way, way down. 2014 downgraded from BUY.
The performance is not surprising, with all those men who are “managing” it. Get some women in and bring your house in order.
I hate losers and liars who just sit there, pay themselves big salaries and bonuses, and when they completely default in their function fly out with a golden parachute.

[see also: https://renataveritasopinion.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/golden-parachute-for-loosers/ ]

Ballooning Household Debt

Small household debt

Banks putting out warnings about world wide ballooning household debts. Do not blame households, put the blame squarely onto the shoulders of advertisers using (one could almost say) criminal marketing techniques. Who needs three automobiles, when they are barely even driven ? Then, why all this advertising of ZERO PERCENT DOWN ? (whatever that means ?). When in fact normal intelligent people know that ZERO percent could become EIGHTEEN percent annually interest, once that kicks in.
While we are at it, why not blame today’s ready access to all sorts of advertising media. Including also illegal via home telephone calling machinery. Most customers and ordinary folks are easy prey to those (marketing) predators, while others only buy what they need. Which would immediately reduce their household debt by eighty percent. [The last category including myself. Zero debt.]