Friday, June 22, 2018

HEALTH The 3 Reasons the U.S. Health-Care System Is the Worst

Courtesy of The Atlantic:
The biggest reason is the Republicans and Canadian Conservatives are against any kind of Universal Health care regardless of costs or savings.  This is what you vote for.  This is what Ontario is in for.
The head of the Commonwealth Fund, which compares the health systems of developed nations, pinpoints why America’s is so expensive and inefficient.
According to the Commonwealth Fund, which regularly ranks the health systems of a handful of developed countries, the best countries for health care are the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia.
The lowest performer? The United States, even though it spends the most. “And this is consistent across 20 years,” said the Commonwealth Fund’s president, David Blumenthal, on Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.
Blumenthal laid out three reasons why the United States lags behind its peers so consistently. It all comes down to:
  1. A lack of insurance coverage. A common talking point on the right is that health care and health insurance are not equivalent—that getting more people insured will not necessarily improve health outcomes. But according to Blumenthal: “The literature on insurance demonstrates that having insurance lowers mortality. It is equivalent to a public-health intervention.” More than 27 million people in the United States were uninsured in 2016—nearly a tenth of the population—often because they can’t afford coverage, live in a state that didn’t expand Medicaid, or are undocumented. Those aren’t problems that people in places like the United Kingdom have to worry about.
  2. Administrative inefficiency. “We waste a lot of money on administration,” Blumenthal said. According to the Commonwealth Fund’s most recent report, in the United States, “doctors and patients [report] wasting time on billing and insurance claims. Other countries that rely on private health insurers, like the Netherlands, minimize some of these problems by standardizing basic benefit packages, which can both reduce administrative burden for providers and ensure that patients face predictable copayments.” In other words, while insurance coverage in general is great, it’s not ideal that different insurance plans cover different treatments and procedures, forcing doctors to spend precious hours coordinating with insurance companies to provide care.
  3. Underperforming primary care. “We have a very disorganized, fragmented, inefficient and under-resourced primary care system,” Blumenthal added. As I wrote at the time, in 2014 the Commonwealth Fund found that “many primary-care physicians struggle to receive relevant clinical information from specialists and hospitals, complicating efforts to provide seamless, coordinated care.” On top of a lack of investment in primary care, “we don’t invest in social services, which are important determinants of health” Blumenthal said. Things like home visiting, better housing, and subsidized healthy food could extend the work of doctors and do a lot to improve chronic disease outcomes.
Together, these reasons help explain why U.S. life expectancy has, for the first time since the 1960s, recently gone down for two years in a row.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Why Canada's play as a country is so important: The world is not in Great shape yet; the contrary.

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The GDP of the Following Countries
USA GDP% improve 2.9%
The G7 Group 2.4%
The European Union 2.5%
Canada 2.1%

Our markets are flat!  Together is the only way
we can make it!

The Trans Canada Pipeline

Canadians Receive A Wide Range of Benefits from the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Including 15,000 Jobs and $46.7 Billion in Tax Revenue!  

BC is allowing BC produced oil to be loaded on their shores while blocking Alberta.  This is criminal

Monday, June 11, 2018

Alberta Advantage Party - the New Republican assault on Canadian politics!

I had the opportunity to talk with the AAP party reps.  Their membership push came at me.  I said, "I've had my fill of you guys, the WRP is run by the US Republicans." to which he replied, "Yes, that is true but we are different!"

Small talk' I took his brochure and left.

From the AAP flyer:

APP:  The right to recall your elected official.
WRP: Exact same thing.

Education:
If elected AAP will revise the Alberta Education Curriculum so that our students will receive the highest levels of academic and practical skills that are offered on the planet.
Wow!  They have no idea how such lofty ideals will cost individuals and money.  Think here of private schools,  Available if you can afford them.  They are the new Republican push to Morph still another party.

We will eliminate the mandatory gay-straight alliance clubs in Alberta schools and eliminate the NDP directive that parents must not be told about their child's sexual behaviours.  Not the WRP "Homosexuals will burn in the fires of hell" but, the next thing to it.

The NDP GAVE NO SUCH DIRECTION! The NDP did say that joining such an organization will be kept private.  The alternative is to turn back the clock, adopt a program of exclusion and do away with anything that suggests inclusion.  Do away with safety and endorse one of risk!

And finally, We will uphold and support the ability of parents to have their children educated in the manner they think best for their child, through a public, Catholic, private or charter or homeschool program.  We will not amalgamate the Catholic and public-school systems.

What they do not say, looking south of our border, they will cut funding to public schools giving the majority of funding to the private school.  There will be two distinct levels of education! Not just high school vis University.

The way it is now, the majority of the population make up the stripe of the school.  St. Albert, for instance, is Catholic Public and Protestant private.

Policing:
Rural Crime is at pandemic levels.
The AAP, if elected, would train and elevate sheriffs to the standard of Police forces such as Edmonton and Calgary Police Services.

Rural Crime is high, but not Pandemic!  The Sheriffs are fully trained for the duties they perform and have the full support and are in the communication with the Local Police forces.

As a member patrolling with the Citizens on Patrol group, I can tell you we are always in contact with local police and do not go at risk anyplace!

Equalization:
The people of Alberta know what equalization payments are.  We know that the taxes we pay are sent to Ottawa and we get nothing back in equalization. Transfers.

Straight out of the WRP/Republican playbook!

Alberta received equalization payments from its concept to 1954.  It was not called "equalization" at these times.  More recently we received money, a great deal of it, from Ottawa when this last recession hit.

If elected to government, the AAP will not sign an agreement with Ottawa that keeps us subjugated or maintains the status quo.
At the heart of the Conservative movement is such extremes which will very quickly break up this country which is their final solution.

Secondly, there is no pile of money sitting in Alberta waiting to go to Ottawa!
Any monies paid anywhere in Canada come from the taxes paid by you and I and like people and corporations!  It is out of the Federal Tax Base!

The AAP Will work to free Albertans from being Canada's tax slaves.
 What a bunch of extreme separatism crap!  Another thing that will help to break up  Canada.

Health Care: We will put an end to the separating of our elderly couples in their final years.

Getting old is not a lot of fun at times.  Palliative care in the past has taken up many of the Active Beds in the prototypical hospitals around Alberta.  An active bed costs the system 3000.00 per day,  a palliative bed costs several hundred.  That is the economies of dying in Canada, not just Alberta.

We will make a commitment to research, specifically immunology.
And what, do they think is happening now?  Simply playing on fears of the elderly with no real changes available to them.

Alberta's Place in Canada:
Albertans want greater autonomy from Ottawa.

This is playing to the Southern Alberta WRP group and is a political play first used by the United Farmers of Alberta in 1919! It was needed then and very effective and was the start of the family driven dynasties in Western Canada"

The AAP will demand Alberta's right to select our own immigrants, in the same way, that Quebec does.

They fail to say that all provinces can do this now to a large extent.  So what they are saying is they will set up to sort wants by colour and race.  So typical of the Republicans.  Manitoba for years has been trying to import German Mechanics! And, have little success.

The AAP would halt the process of sending Alberta's portion of income tax to Ottawa.  The AAP would set up an Alberta Revenue Service to collect the Alberta portion of our taxes.

Think here of the underlying task of separation they want.
Even if they got close, it would take 6 provinces to agree on such a change in the constitution.

Marilyn Burns, a lawyer.   Giver her my regards while asking her background and origins.

Contact  

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Canadian Politcal History.

As a one time Conservative Riding secretary and of an age greater than 90% of Canadians I offer this glimpse into our past.

The Liberals built Canada with little interruption to their base until 1919 to 1937 in which case the American Republicans working through the Morman Church, helped them establish "The United Farmers of Alberta"  This party morphed itself into the Veterans and Active force, 1944 to 1948, again the US Republicans were fully involved.  This morphed into the Conservatives which found a hard landing after Diefenbaker and the Avro-Arrow. (You now know the reason Diefenbaker scrapped the Arrow in Canada allowing the US to take up the design) and, Harper sold off the Canadian Wheat Board to US interest in leaving office.

They again morphed into the Progressive Conservatives.  While the Wild Rose Party kept the original foundation going with the Church.  Now we had two political parties which could appear as opposition, one extreme and one tame by comparison.

Take a look at The Huffington Post" to see the teamwork us/Canadian and the treatment you get if you enter an opinion on US politics.

I tell you this in the hopes you will know more about who you are voting for.

The UCP is on its' last legs! Kenny plummeting!

I say this because the Edmonton Sun scalped me for 100 dollars for a  years posting on their epaper.

Now they have changed my subscription so I have to sign in every article I read and then, it won't allow me to post.   THE EDMONTON SUN IS IN TOTAL PROTECTIVE MODE FOR THE UCP; the UPC cannot handle any questions about their flakey platform.

Right-wing media has lined up against the Liberals.  We have little or no journalism left in Canada.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

The Difference between Conservative and Liberal Governments.

As a one time secretary to a Conservative Riding association, I have insights that can be verified.

First off; the @Liberal Party is the one that built Canada.  They have been in office the majority of the time since Confederation.  The #Conservatives were started by the US Republicans in Southern Alberta and blossomed under the United Farmers Party of the day.

This party became the Conservative Party and very little has changed.  The Liberals prefer a pay as you go Government and continuing struggle to get into a surplus position to cover the crisis.  They have been paying down the deficits of every Conservative Government ever put in office!

This worldwide recession we have barely passed has left Canada, the USA, and the rest of the world with the single exception of Luxembourg on a deficit financing plan.

Conservatives say they will reduce the taxes for everyone.  This is the standard fare.  Consider who gets the most significant breaks; you, or the 10 million dollar company who probably pays the same amount of taxes you do.  Like the 10% tax, it downloads costs onto the lower and middle incomes.

Klein started robbing the Heritage Savings and Trust fund by limiting it's profits to 5% per year.  Everything above 5% went into General Revenues to be used as taxes.   All this time telling Albertans we were getting 30% royalties. This is where the money came from to run 10% taxes.

 Norway who has 1/2 the output that Alberta does has over a Trillion dollars in the bank.  How much is a Trillion?  A trillion seconds back in time we would be with the Dinosaurs!

They are also against the social nature of the Canadian makeup at different times citing the CPP as being a subsidy and contrary to the welfare of the private industries.  It should be privatized.  They do not mention the Canadian CPP is the envy of the world.

Health care is still another they keep beating on it should be private practice and private practice only!  Ralph Klein, the Alberta Premier called it "the third rail" referring to the third power track on electric railroads.  He then put us on to total privatization by changing health care so it matched the Oregon model.

Most of this country is younger than I am.  I thought a lesson in our history would be useful.
   

PNWER and Conservatives.

Recent experiences on the Huffington Post caused me to realize that PNWER is alive and well.   When you vote Conservative; know what you are voting for!   This post is in context and copied from a post I made in 2013 hence the dated names.


This organization, chartered in the US where they do not have to divulge anything under Canadian Law is the tool that Harper will use to "Change Canada so that even the Liberals will not recognize it" and by extension nor will any of us.

BC was up in arms saying no, this is not the case; we are Liberals.  Yet, Mr. Harper took the time to thank Gordon Campbell for his help in pushing the Conservative envelope forward.

The mission statement for the group is "Leverage regional influence in Ottawa and Washington D.C."

Harper's recent moves to lay off any number of Federal Employees is the setup for the total privatization of many Federal Departments and/or the licensing aspects of those same departments.

Take a look at the roster for this group and you will see at a glance just how Harper plans on changing Canada and, most of us won't like it.

If Harper gets in again we are in for a totally mean and lean Republican Government.

PNWER FOUNDATION 

The articles of ratification were passed in 1991 by similar statutes in the four states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Alaska passed these same articles by the action of its legislative council. British Columbia adopted them by ministerial action, and Alberta passed them by government resolution. Amendments were passed in 1994, adding the governors and premiers, and updating other positions of the statutes.

Direct Link : http://www.pnwer.org/


Mission Statement and Goals: http://www.pnwer.org/AboutUs/Background.aspx

Alberta
George Groeneveld, MLA
Hon. Rob Renner
David Coutts, MLA (Ret.)


British Columbia
Hon. Barry Penner
John van Dongen, MLA

Saskatchewan
Michael Chisholm, MLA

British Columbia
Premier Gordon Campbell
John van Dongen, MLA

 Yukon
Premier Dennis Fentie
Glen Hart, MLA
Hon. Jim Kenyon
Steve Nordick, MLA

Northwest Territories
Premier Floyd Roland
Hon. Bob McLeod
David Ramsay, MLA

Saskatchewan
 
Premier Brad Wall
Michael Chisholm, MLA                     
Hon. Bill Boyd
Dustin Duncan, MLA
Lyle Stewart, MLA

Private sector Partners/Sponsors

·  Agrium
·  AltaLink
·  BC Hydro
·  BP
·  Canadian Natural (CNRL)
·  Capital Power
·  ConocoPhillips
·  Denali - The Alaska Gas Pipeline
·  Enbridge
·  Enmax
·  ExxonMobil
·  Fleishman-Hillard
·  IHS - Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA)
·  Lilly
·  Marathon
·  Meyers Norris Penny LLP (MNP)
·  Microsoft
·  Nexen
·  NOVA Chemicals
·  PEMCO
·  Premera Blue Cross blue shield of Alaska
·  Puget Sound Energy (PSE)
·  Safeway
·  SAP
·  Sea Breeze Power Corporation
·  Shell
·  Spectra Energy
·  Teck
·  TransAlta
·  TransCanada
·  United Way of King County

Other Government Partners

·  Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA)
·  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) part of the USDA
·  Argonne National Laboratory
·  Consulate General Canada-Seattle
·  Flathead County Montana Office of Emergency Management
·  Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)
·  Idaho National Laboratories (INL)
·  King County Office of Emergency Management
·  King County Office of Emergency Management
·  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
·  US Department of Energy
·  US Department of Homeland Security
·  Washington Economic Development Commission
·  Washington State Department of Commerce
·  Washington State Fusion Center

Statutory Member Jurisdictions
·  Government of the Northwest Territories
·  Province of Alberta
·  Province of British Columbia
·  Province of Saskatchewan
·  State of Alaska
·  State of Idaho
·  State of Montana
·  State of Oregon
·  State of Washington
·  The Yukon Territory

Partner Non-Profit/Associations/Foundations.
·  American Chamber of Commerce in Canada - Western Chapter
·  Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC)
·  Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Alberta (APEGGA)
·  Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)
·  Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
·  Cascadia Center for Regional Development
·  Institute of Health Economics
·  Northwest & Canada Cruise Association
·  Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA)
·  Northwest Power and Conservation Council
·  Pacific Northwest Border Health Alliance
·  Professional Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (APEGBC)
·  Washington State Public Utilities Districts Association






Wednesday, May 09, 2018

The extreme right in the UCP has declared itself!

The #Brian Gene, Danielle Smith segment of the UCP has declared itself as Homophobic tyrants it stands against Gay rights and inclusion.  These knuckle-dragging backwater Mormons from southern Alberta make up the majority of Kenny's crowds.  Without them, he would be talking to empty halls.

#Danielle Smith started the party off with "cancel transfer payments" leading people to think there was a massive pile of money sitting in Alberta waiting to be transferred from Alberta.  No such fund exists.  Transfer payments are paid from the Federal Tax chest.

Brian Gene continued with this BS and #Jason Kenny bought into it and pushed the idea until I busted them on a Calgary Sun rant.

The party platform that Danielle Smith presented included a statement on Gay people.  "They will burn in the fires of hell"  Great politics eh?  Gene carried this forward.

Lastly (and the Mormons still believe this; Canada did nothing for Alberta in the beginning years.  It was the Chase Manhattan Bank that saved Alberta.    This BS flew, believe it!  It was a play on words.  Canada had received money from Ottawa from conception forward for half a century but, it wasn't called Transfer payments at that time.

I take the time to write this bit of history as this makes the rank and file of the Conservative following appear as they should.   That and funds donated by corporations who are looking forward to tax brakes, not realizing we are competitive with the world at large.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Jason Kenny lays it a bare.


This article from Red Deer says a lot.   Kenny sees a way to usher in a carbon tax; says absolutely nothing about what it will be spent on other than bringing back in the 10% Income Tax!

The 10% tax is a rip off for the general, individual taxpayer; the nebulous middle class.  Ralph Klein was able to do it by Robbing the Heritage Trust fund blind.  No cash left in it now to rob, Jason Kenny is going to introduce his own, open-ended carbon tax!

Whereas Notley's Government has a large refund thing on one hand, a constant into innovations that reduce energy use and improvements to life in general.

It is the Conservative dream to privatize health care, do away with any social program that he can identify as being in conflict with private industry.  This isn't guesswork; it is the Conservative agenda and has been for 30 years or more.

Albertan's stuck on Conservative are stuck on dumb!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

BC doesn't give dam about environment - its all politics.

BC has an inflow of raw sewage, into the currents that salmon and fish farms thrive in.  Raw sewage is discharged from Victoria and Port Alberni.  If your West Coast Salmon tastes a little off, you know why.


Bloom'n Bucket Greenhouse

Small business in Albert has a new, very exciting member; Shirley Howard's Greenhouse.  Official opening this Friday, May 4th but, I was lucky enough to get a tour.  Beyond a myriad of plants and flowers, there is an array of made up planters and fixtures that add the extraordinary character that is the Greenhouse.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Trump and the Nobel Peace Prize NO!

Kim came to the table after being chided by China.  China has a real concern about Korean immigrants flooding them.

Trump's warmongering did nothing at all for the situation other than escalating it!  China, on the other hand, did all the heavy lifting.

Kim didn't have a choice on the shutdown.
China news' most recent publication points to an epicentre for earthquakes being the site of the Korean test site. In effect, the big test of last September blew a chimney through the top of the mountain which was promptly filled with rubble.  Some radiation was picked up in China!

Earlier reports citing the same mountain said the slips in an old fault line were recorded.  They continued to say if another test of any size took place at that site it could cause catastrophic failure which would be felt globally.
This is the reason Kim came to the table and Trump hungry for a little bright spot in his otherwise dismal political career,  felt it necessary to claim his fame as being "the man" which in itself is more Trump BS.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Don't buy US made pesticides or skin comforts!

The EPA under Trumps guiding scientific hand has or in the process of dropping a number of tests and test pieces of information.  If it hasn't got a Canadian or  EU approval on it don't buy!

Years ago Diazinon, an effective bug eradicator was banned from the market after it was proven it contributed to Altzheimers Disease.   This proof came about by tracing generations of people out of a district in Quebec who were heavily using Diazinon for many years, even generations.  And they compared the tests to another area in Quebec which had little-known use of the stuff.

This proof was accepted universally that Diazinon was the culprit. 

Under new EPA rules, this decision could be set aside and this chemical, a systemic could be sold until new proof are put forward.   The implications are extensive.

I don't know how bad and far-reaching his rules will go but, it is for sure, we should stay away from their products.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Syria - poison what the video shown tells us.

The gases dropped are heavier than air so go to the lowest part of the bombed out homes. Horrific.  I'm on side with Trump on this one.

The foaming at the mouth seen on children's corpses is a solid indicator of a cholinesterase inhibitor or organophosphates, simply referred to as "coline inhibitors" with receptors between nerve segments turned off, the saliva continues to build resulting in the foaming.  Seen in some types of snake bites too.

This is the same chemical S C Johnson uses in its spray pesticide for home use.  As a matter of history, this same company put out their first batch and it was seen to kill caterpillars too quickly.  Strictly from a marketing point, they changed the formulation so it took longer to kill the pest.  Now we could watch the caterpillars wiggle longer.  Sales of the chemical spray went up.

The suffocation would be as a result of the chlorine segment of the bombs. Also, a horrible way to meet your demise.

Says a lot about technology and of the human condition.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Where Trump is off base on Trade.

Mexico for years was after the US to stop or help stop the import of automatic weapons and guns in general into Mexico.  At the time they named gun dealers in Oklahoma who were principals in this action. 

As usual, the presidents of the day chose to ignore as the NRA ramped up its rhetoric loud and long enough to block out Mexico from the US media who for some reason are also afraid of the NRA.

Trump is worried about people coming into the USA but will not give attention to the massive exports of firearms into Mexico from the USA.

China, who incidentally were the original settlers of what is now called the  USA.   They left settlements in Sacramento and further south the full length of the coastlines.  The tribes along that route and into Peru have Chinese DNA from the province that supplied the sailors and concubines for the famous treasure fleets that circumnavigated and mapped the globe by 1420  (Gavin Menzies book 1421)  Trumps fight is with the Chinese stealing intellectual properties from the US.

What he doesn't talk about is Texas who will steal everything you send to them for a trial.  Their laws are structured such that this is all legal!

The point is, Trump should clean up his own backyard before he takes the world on because he can't excite the Americans into their own production increases.

Of course; that 's just me.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Boushie death in Saskatchewan; Justice according to really bad media coverage.



The Bell Media Group are practicing US style Journalism.   Hours of video; not one showing the evidence.   The National Post article did nothing but look at the evidence; to their credit.   The NDP leader 
Jagmeet Singh didn't look at the evidence at all; Showing his regular terrible judgement; he opted to throw out the Canadian Law which can only be expected.  The Conservatives for a change came up on the right side of it.  A pickup of drunken adventurers terrorized two farms before settling on the third where they managed to ruin Stanley's lives. 
And,  off subject, there are far more white girls missing, cases unsolved than natives something to keep in mind as you watch the news.
The picture of the spent casing showed a barrel-shaped cylinder that would not fit into a firearm hence, the hang-fire judgement.
On the strength of the butchered news release, these characters were able to run a successful "Fund Me" page that brought them more than 200.000 dollars!

BATTLEFORD, Sask. — Gerald Stanley, a 56-year-old white farmer, shot Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man, on Stanley's property near Biggar, Sask., in the early evening of Aug. 9, 2016. Boushie died instantly from a single bullet to the back of the head as he sat in the driver's seat of an SUV. A jury without any visibly Indigenous members acquitted Stanley last week of second-degree murder, which sparked angry protests alleging racism.
Here's a look at the evidence at trial:
Boushie's friends:
Boushie, from the Red Pheasant First Nation, had spent most of the day with Eric Meechance, Cassidy Cross, Kiora Wuttunee and Belinda Jackson. An autopsy report showed Boushie had a blood- alcohol level more than three times the legal driving limit when he died.
Meechance testified the group had been drinking and swimming in the South Saskatchewan River. They were in Wuttunee's SUV, a grey Ford Escape, and heading back to the reserve when they got a leak in a tire. They stopped at a farm about 15 kilometres from Stanley's property.
Cross initially told police that the group was checking out a truck on the farm, but told the court they were actually there to steal. He testified he used a rifle to break into the truck and, during the break-in, the stock of the gun broke off. The group left and Cross drove to Stanley's farm. He said the group wanted to ask for help with the flat tire.
Meechance testified that he and Cross were on an all-terrain vehicle in Stanley's yard, but ran when someone started yelling. Back in their SUV, Meechance said Cross drove into a parked vehicle and a man then smashed their windshield. He and Cross got out and started running.
Jackson testified that an older man came around to the passenger side of the SUV where Boushie was sitting and shot him twice in the head. She previously told police she thought a woman shot Boushie. Boushie was shot once and was seated in the driver's seat.
Wuttunee did not testify. Court heard she was sleeping in the SUV.
Stanley’s son:
Sheldon Stanley testified he was working on a fence with his father when they heard the ATV start and thought it was being stolen. They ran toward the SUV. He threw a hammer at the windshield, then ran into the house to grab his truck keys.
He said he heard two shots while he was inside and a third shot as he came out. His father was holding a gun in one hand and a magazine in the other and told him “it just went off.”
The son said two women in the back seat got out and started yelling. They pulled Boushie out of the SUV and a gun missing its stock fell out of the vehicle with the body. He said the women began hitting his mother, who had been mowing the lawn.
He said he told the women to get back in the SUV and they did. He called 911

Stanley’s son:
Sheldon Stanley testified he was working on a fence with his father when they heard the ATV start and thought it was being stolen. They ran toward the SUV. He threw a hammer at the windshield, then ran into the house to grab his truck keys.
He said he heard two shots while he was inside and a third shot as he came out. His father was holding a gun in one hand and a magazine in the other and told him “it just went off.”
The son said two women in the back seat got out and started yelling. They pulled Boushie out of the SUV and a gun missing its stock fell out of the vehicle with the body. He said the women began hitting his mother, who had been mowing the lawn.
He said he told the women to get back in the SUV and they did. He called 911

Gerald Stanley:
Stanley told the jury the shooting was an accident.
He testified that after he heard the ATV start, he and his son ran to the SUV. He kicked at a tail light, then grabbed a handgun normally used to scare off wildlife. He said he loaded the gun with two bullets and fired two shots in the air to scare the group away. He said he pulled the trigger several more times to make sure the gun was empty, then popped out the cartridge.
Stanley said he next ran to the driver’s side of the SUV because he couldn’t see his wife and was concerned she had been run over. He reached inside to take the keys out of the ignition. He was still holding the gun with his other hand. “And — boom — this thing just went off.”
He said he waited for police inside the house with his family. They drank coffee at their dining-room table.

Gun evidence:
Defence lawyer Scott Spencer argued the deadly shot was the result of a so-called hang fire, an unexpected delay between when a trigger is pulled and the discharge. Experts testified a hang fire could explain an unusual bulge found in the gun’s cartridge and that a hang fire is more likely to occur with old ammunition.
Stanley testified the bullets he used were more than 60 years old and had been stored in an unheated shed.
The experts also told court that hangfires are rare and usually last less than a second.

The judge:
Chief Justice Martel Popescul told jurors they had three choices. If they found beyond a reasonable doubt that Stanley intended to shoot Boushie, he was guilty of second-degree murder.
If Stanley did not mean to shoot Boushie but his actions were careless — and he ought to have known someone could be hurt – he should be found guilty of the lesser, included offence of manslaughter.
If Stanley’s actions were reasonable, the judge said, he must be acquitted.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Proven: The Brain control aging; can be controlled.

Article

Hypothalamic stem cells control ageing speed partly through exosomal miRNAs


Mice seem to catch all the breaks!
Courtesy G+

Saturday, October 28, 2017

UCP --phony and desperate.

Jason Kenny's claim to fame is he was the man who wrote Stephen Harper's speeches including the outright lies of the past election.  Head of the UPC; I wouldn't vote for him as a dog catcher.  Harper throughout his reign was working us into a dual state of the USA and bowed at their every whim.   He tried and failed miserably to get a trade deal with the EU.  The Liberals knocked one out in their first year back in office!

It was obvious to the Canadians who voted them both out of office.

It remains the Conservative Party who milked 680 billion dollars from the Heritage Trust Fund leaving the province flat broke with infrastructure upkeep way behind.  Jim Prentice upon abandoning his post said on the way out, "I guess we hit the Heritage too hard". 

He did not mention stealing 7 billion dollars from Government pension funds then, denied it for 3 weeks before they were threatened with the court for the Government and AIM investments.  Only then did they renig, restoring the funds.   This action set them up as being "Thieves and Liars" which ultimately killed their reign.

The High River floodplain was known to them for more than 15 years and they did nothing.  Like the US Republicans; "that is what we have insurance for". High River debacle cost Albertans 30% rise in our home insurance rates!  The NDP Government, not so enamoured with insurance, set about mitigating the circumstance of High River.

In Jason Kenny's acceptance speech he referred to the 100.000 unemployed in Alberta without mention of a collapsed oil market coupled with a worldwide recession.

His target will be the NDP spending again he will fail to tell about the fact that the world agreed to enter into a deficit spending spin until we built up a new economy in the world.

In my view, he and the conservatives are every kind of political sleaze.   The industry will probably run to them on false promises of cuts and reduction of spending which means he is about to attack health care and any social nets that have been established.  He can't create revenue out of the blue so his "common sense" solution will mean bread lines or similar.

Kenny and Brian Gean adopted the public stance of doing away with transfer payments. There is no giant fund sitting in Alberta awaiting transfer to Ottawa! 

Transfer payments are made out of the Federal tax base and that alone.




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do Dogs Think?

Do Dogs Think?  A gleaning from the excellent book “How Dogs Think” by Stanly Coren.  You own a dog?  Get it!

Smell: Dogs can separate scents in their Left and Right nostril.  This gives them insight into direction.
Dogs with pointy ears (like mine) do not scent as well as say, a Beagle with long flopping ears.  The latter lifts ground scent up to its nose!  The more the ears flop, the more air moves around its head.

Pheromone scent is present in humans (armpits; groin mostly) where a dog and most animals have these transmitters spread all over their bodies; at the base of every hair!  Yes, your dog will smell like a dog to you but to other dogs, it smells like a large personality book.  

Yet again, the Pheromone is carried in the dog’s urine and feces.  And the Dog’s fur leaves a lasting record of their presence at the spot when they have rubbed against a twig or branch or Chesterfield. This is why Dogs try to pee high on the post or rail or tree; to have the scent into the wind.  It is in every truth a mailbox for the animals.

These scents will ID male, female and what their status or physical state is. On your walk, let your dog use its nose!

Tests were done on tracking abilities based on scents.  Beagles, Bassett’s and Bloodhounds could locate a mouse in a minute in a maze.

Terriers, on the other hand, took 15 minutes!  That’s not shoddy considering the least of them can sense Odor at 1 in 2 million parts while the best of them can sense odors at 1/10 th of that!  That is detecting a specific odor in an area the size of a large city!

Sight: Dogs are not color blind. They see color but not as much as humans do.  Humans see rainbow colors as violet, blue, blue-green, green yellow, orange and red and dogs see it  as dark blue, light blue, gray, light yellow, darker yellow (sort of brown)

Right now one of the most popular toys for dogs is a bright fluorescence orange used for traffic cones and even hats for hunters. Yet when we throw this gaudy ball for the dog to fetch it runs right past it until it is found eventually with its nose. Reason?  For a dog, the bright orange is seen as nearly the same color as the grass!   

Shades of blue will work best when thrown on grass.  A toy that is blue and yellow with white strips would be perfect for a throw toy.

The dog that chases the orange Frisby can’t see the Frisby but can see the little logo on them. That is pretty clever to my mind.
No Segway into this one:  Dogs with a white coloring and black spots are prone to blindness!  Dalmatians with blue eyes have a 50% chance of going blind while those without the blue eyes range in the 40% - 30% range of being blind at least in one eye!  Dalmatians seem to be the most popular house pets due to the movie which doesn't mention their propensity for blindness.


So, do dogs think?  I choose to think so as their world is thousands of times larger than ours because of their acute hearing; acute sense of smell leaving vision as a bit of a bonus.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Carbon cap and trade the Conservative doomed plan.

#Carbon cap and trade allows one corporate identity to gain a smaller carbon footprint and give the credit for that footprint to its parent company who may be in the USA or China for that matter.  This financial dance is virtually un-auditable.  There is nothing here to trade!

It does, however, allow one corporate identity to transfer taxpayers money to a cross-border destination without any taxes and virtually no accountability.  Once across that border, it is likely the receiver won't have to declare the money as they will also be exempt on credit move to Canada.  Something, the conservatives seen to lean to in every situation.

This is serious stuff.  As the world, we are in deep, very deep trouble.  It should not be taken lightly.


Saturday, September 02, 2017

Some insights to the US economy and looking closer at Trump’s blather.

Coal is a 19th-century technology on its way out being recently priced out of the market by natural gas.  In the Appalachians, coal mines have dropped from 580 to just over 300.  The biggest coal mines and generation plants are owned by companies on the west coast of the US, nowhere near the Appalachians in the central east.

The #Appalachians were/are run by the coal Barron’s who have managed to convince the courts they can keep the pension money set aside for their laid off workers.  These #pension grabs have left a million people desolate living in misery.

Unlike Alberta, the US has not tried to institute a #retraining program for these people who knew nothing but coal mining their entire life!   This abysmal political record is thought of as being “just American”

Putting coal miners back to work was an empty election promise.   The market pressures killed the coal jobs, not climate change regulations.  The latter at the forefront because the climate meetings in Paris which Trump is in full denial of, put forward the conclusion “If we do away with coal fired power we can curb the climate change”  This same group of 100 countries said NO to cap and trade as it was nothing more than a scam allowing for the movement of large sums of money across borders without taxation.  Instead, they endorsed a carbon tax.

There is no real Segway into the Galveston and Huston flooding in Texas but; here goes.

The Americans and Conservatives, in general, refuse to acknowledge climate change.  That could be why the link   https://albertathedetails.blogspot.ca/2017/01/climate-change-and-state-of-world-is.html has taken thousands of hits, mostly from the US.

The oceans have already risen 3”.  Doesn’t sound like much; However, it allows for a much greater wave action.  This same wave action brings about an earlier breakup in the Arctic caused by a thinner ice cover.   The cliffs of Herschel Island are falling into the water along with 1000 miles of Arctic coast line erosion.  This dirt into the water will make it darker and will escalate the whole warming thing,

Multiply the much greater wave action by several hundred times when the high and persisting winds swept the ocean into the flood plain of Galveston/Huston effectively blocking drainage of the rivers which had flow increased by heavy and ongoing rains.

This flood plain has been known for close to a hundred years yet; no one Government has stepped up to do anything about it.   By comparison, The Netherlands is more than 50% below sea level with the ocean engineered to stay out.

If the US had taken the problem in hand as the Netherlands did they would not have to be concerned as much about flooding!

Instead, the attitude is  “It is Un-American to engineer our country”   Storms?  No.  The Americans are authors of their own misfortunes including Trump.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

Hinton, AB. a casualty of the times?

It has been reported to me there is a great influx of Americans into the town of Hinton AB.  People formerly employed in the oil industry have found it necessary to sell their homes and move on.

The attraction to this town is its proximity to Jasper National Park. 

This will certainly have a forward cost on Albertans access to the park and the associated accommodation prices in Hinton.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Google is not only wasting my time but is rude and aggressive

Occasionaly I get close to a person who wants to discuss my business with me.  This after dozens of recorded messages who's tone is to harass rather than fix anything.

For the record, loud and clear to Google in the clouds:  I am not a business, I am not associated with a business and if you want me to take down Alberta the Details to keep  your ignorant family happy; I will be pleased to move it all over to Word Press.  Your choice; send me a text and stop to the BS!

I want to opt out of ad-sense immediately.  4 dollars does not mean that much to me.

And, on my page which associates my equipment.  I have shut down the LG G3 as you guys used it more than I did.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

The "New Conservatives"

'are mostly the same bunch that bilked the Heritage Trust Fund for some 760 billion dollars leaving office while thieving 7 billion from Government held pension funds.

On the latter, they denied it was stolen cash they were using until they were threatened with court action.  Only then did they admit to the thievery from AIMCO and made arrangements with the Unions to put the cash back.

AIMCO at the same time posted a loss of 7 billion dollars attributing it to bad investments when every other segment of their industry was showing a 3%  profit.   That's what tweaked me to the scam.

Even more important, they have not had a whisper out about climate change and what they plan on doing about it. The Alberta NDP has put Alberta at the top of the world in proactive cures for climate change and the NDP Alberta plans are being studied and adopted around the world.

Meanwhile, we are close to a full recession in the world, not just Alberta and Canada.
Yet the Conservatives talk about deficit financing.  They would much prefer to have the breadlines of the 30s back on our streets.

Much of the NDP problems come because of the lack of the Heritage Fund which is a Conservative fault; not NDP.  How easy it would be if we had that 760 billion to work with now!

The Wild Rose Party started off on a pack of lies foundation of which was they were going to do with the Equalization payments.  Alluding to Alberta having a large fund that is transferred to Ottawa every year.  No such thing exists nor has it ever existed!  The payments come from general tax revenues and are paid by Ottawa.

Another inherited problem of the NDP was the lack of infrastructure spending by the Conservatives. Now when we don't have money schools and hospitals have to be replaced or repaired!  Most outstanding are the High River Flood.   The Conservatives knew of this for 15 years and did nothing!  And, because of this, your house insurance went up 30% to pay for it.

In fun to sit and complain at Government but when you hold the Conservatives up for a comparison the NDP look really, really great and are doing an equally great job.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Graphics on earth orbit and climate change.

I had previously indicated we have been moving away from the sun for a couple of years.  In truth when we were in a more circular orbit, or, Year 0   was in 1952.

We have been moving away from the sun for 65 years and we are still heating up rather than cooling.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Deficit financing is a global plan, not an accident.

That is correct!  Every country in the world with exception of Luxembourg is heavily involved in deficit financing now and too many years into the future.  Even Norway!

The world economy has crashed!  Trading partners went broke.  The most sought-after customers or accounts are those with the heaviest deficit!  China who can rock the world's boat easily is the highest deficit while embarking heavily on financing Nuclear plants around the world, a profitable segment for them.

William Vickrey, awarded the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, commented:
Deficits are considered to represent sinful profligate spending at the expense of future generations who will be left with a smaller endowment of invested capital.
This fallacy seems to stem from a false analogy to borrowing by individuals. Current reality is almost the exact opposite. Deficits add to the net disposable income of individuals, to the extent that government disbursements that constitute income to recipients exceed that abstracted from disposable income in taxes, fees, and other charges. This added purchasing power, when spent, provides markets for private production, inducing producers to invest in additional plant capacity, which will form part of the real heritage left to the future. This is in addition to whatever public investment takes place in infrastructure, education, research, and the like. Larger deficits, sufficient to recycle savings out of a growing gross domestic product (GDP) in excess of what can be recycled by profit-seeking private investment, are not an economic sin but an economic necessity. Deficits in excess of a gap growing as a result of the maximum feasible growth in real output might indeed cause problems, but we are nowhere near that level.
Even the analogy itself is faulty. If General Motors, AT&T, and individual households had been required to balance their budgets in the manner being applied to the Federal government, there would be no corporate bonds, no mortgages, no bank loans, and many fewer automobiles, telephones, and houses.
— 15 Fatal Fallacies of Financial Fundamentalism[2]

This leaves in Alberta the Wild Rose Party and the Conservative Party whining doom and gloom but neither will  step up to the plate and tell the people it was their policy and their extravagance and philosophy that put us in this situation; worldwide; not just Alberta and Canada who both are in better shape than most of the world.

What can you expect out of a Jason Kenny?   He views Trump as a success by every measure.  Worships Trump you might say.  And, you can expect him to follow Trump's example in finance and administration to the letter right up until Trump is impeached.

Keep in mind Alberta would be in a much different position had the Conservatives not drained the Heritage Trust fund dry of some 780 billion dollars!  And, on Kenny's advise Trudeau marched out a whole string of lies about our economy and his phantom surplus.  (Kenny is noted for writing much of Harper's speeches and press releases.  His biggest asset is an Ego, a very large one.

Trump has ripped up all the Environmental agreements because there is nothing we can do about it anyway.  Trump has cut funding to seniors, the poorest feeling the largest cuts.  For some reason, his daughter now has access to all the top secret defense data in the US.  This is why I suggest an impeachment is sure to follow.


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