Okay, I am somewhat back…

A lot of stuff has happened the past couple of months. I have neglected this blog, which I will rectify now.

Living in Arkansas now. It is far, far different from Canada. There are some aspects of Canada that I miss, but for the most part, considering myself an Arkansan now. I actually love it here. The funny thing is that the past couple days have been very cold. Err well, cold by Southern standards, anyway. I keep wondering how I even made it in Canada, because now I think 20 degrees is too damn cold and not sufficient for life. I do miss the food in Canada, but hilariously, there is a Canadian restaurant in Memphis called Kooky Canuck’s that is suitable and has poutine. Well, sometimes they have poutine, anyhow…when JM and I went there, there was no cheese curds!! Grr. Hopefully, when we go back to Memphis, there will be copious amounts of cheese curds for the poutine. In the meantime, I gotta try to make it myself.

Been out and about a lot since coming back to the states. Is it different from a few years ago? Yah, it is, in some ways. I appreciate Arkansas for the friendliness factor. The people here are wonderful. East coast and Quebec attitudes don’t come close to what happens here. Always did appreciate the South for that.

Got to see one of my favorite bands on December 7th, Eyehategod at the Downtown Music Club in Little Rock. Goatwhore opened up, as did a grindcore band called Phobia. Totally unimpressed with Phobia. Grindcore just does not do it for me, and I don’t think they appreciated my Burzum shirt. Go figure. Goatwhore put on an incredible show, very much into the crowd. I was very impressed with them. Eyehategod…LOUD. Very LOUD!!! It was good, think they were wasted though…lol.

I caught a pretty bad cold at that show, I am convinced. I am not entirely used to the germs down here, and I am trying to adjust accordingly.

Went up to the Quad Cities to see my parents. My father is not doing well; in fact, he looks pretty bad. I don’t know what to do from here, but we plan on going back relatively soon. JM enjoyed his time in the QC; we went to the casino, he did well, I did okay there on the slots. Had good food and a good time, other than the terrible snowstorm while we were there.

I fell in love with Hot Springs, that place is awesome 🙂

Bear with me, not completely 100%, have been so sick lately.

I have a lot to plan for right now. Going to Vegas later in the month. 😉 I am a very lucky woman, and I know it, and intend on spreading some of this gratitude.

I hope y’all are good.

PS…my photos are on my flickr account, I have a pro account now. Please check them out 🙂

http://www.flickr.com/photos/heidilore/

Arctic freeze and snow wreak havoc across the planet

Arctic air and record snow falls gripped the northern hemisphere yesterday, inflicting hardship and havoc from China, across Russia to Western Europe and over the US plains.

There were few precedents for the global sweep of extreme cold and ice that killed dozens in India, paralysed life in Beijing and threatened the Florida orange crop. Chicagoans sheltered from a potentially killer freeze, Paris endured sunny Siberian cold, Italy dug itself out of snowdrifts and Poland counted at least 13 deaths in record low temperatures of about minus 25C (-13F).

The heaviest snow yesterday hit northeastern Asia, which is suffering its worst winter weather for 60 years. More than 25 centimetres (10in) of snow covered Seoul, the South Korean capital — the heaviest fall since records began in 1937.

In China, Beijing and the nearby port city of Tianjin had the deepest snow since 1951, with falls of up to 8in and temperatures of minus 10C. In the far north of China, the temperature fell to minus 32C. More than two million Beijing and Tianjin pupils were sent home and 1,200 flights were delayed or cancelled at Beijing’s international airport.

The same far-eastern weather system took its toll of Sakhalin, the Russian island off Siberia, which was hit by blizzards and avalanches. Farther west, in northern and eastern India, more than 60 people, mainly homeless, died of exposure. Thousands of schools were closed. In Uttar Pradesh, the state neighbouring Nepal, the authorities spent £1.3 million on blankets and firewood for needy households.

Western Russia suffered a deep freeze as snow swept across the Baltic and north-central Europe, leaving the worst devastation in Poland, where 13 people died, bringing the toll from the cold this winter to 122.

Up to ten skiers died or were missing in avalanches. The worst incident was in the Diemtig Valley in Switzerland on Sunday, when avalanches hit a group of skiers and then the rescuers who went to their aid. Eight people were pulled from the snow alive, but four died, including an emergency doctor, and three more were missing.

In Italy, emergency services struggled with rare cold and ice. Motorways in the northeast were closed and military helicopters were sent to Sicily with medical aid.

In the United States, heavy snow fell again on the northeast.

In Burlington, Vermont, a record 33in of snow fell in a weekend storm. The previous record in a three-day period was set in 1969. Residents of the Northern Plains were warned to expect lethally cold temperatures of about minus 30C.

The icy conditions of Western Europe, which broke records in half a dozen countries in December, are expected to last for at least another week.

Guo Hu, the head of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, linked this week’s conditions to unusual atmospheric patterns caused by global warming.

Meteorologists were also trying to find a pattern in the heavy rains that have hit equatorial regions and the southern hemisphere in the past week.

At least 20 people have been killed in flash floods in Kenya after torrential rains made thousands homeless.

In Australia, the authorities declared a natural disaster along the Castlereagh River as it peaked after torrential rain, forcing 1,200 residents to abandon their homes for high ground.

In Brazil, the death toll from flooding and mudslides over the past four days rose above 80.

Closer to home, forecasters have warned Britons to brace themselves for a freezing cold, bleak new year — this winter is set to be the coldest for more than 30 years.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article6975867.ece

I have something to say.

I am sick of isms. TPTB are successfully putting a wedge between all of us. I do not like what America is becoming. It has become painfully worse in the past few months. I have always railed against partisanship, because I knew these days were coming. It is a trap that intelligent, thinking people seem to be falling into.

Suddenly, if someone disagrees with you, you are a racist, nazi, communist, fascist, socialist or pinko. You know, the path to enlightenment is not via pundits, whether it be right wing or left wing. THEY ARE NOT THERE TO SERVE YOUR INTERESTS. THEY ARE THERE TO MAKE MONEY, TO STEAL OUR VERY ESSENCES.

The people at the top are having a great laugh right now. I am not. It is very distressing to watch people who should know better degenerate into sandbox bullies. Come on, people…this is not going to work. In the end, they win, we lose.

Sixty Swine Flu Fatalities In Mexico Confirms Pandemic Start

*I think I will disappear somewhere up north.*

Sixty Swine Flu Fatalities In Mexico Confirm Pandemic Start
Recombinomics Commentary 13:30
April 24, 2009

A rare outbreak of human swine flu has killed at least 60 people in Mexico and spread to the United States where authorities are on alert, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

“To date there have been some 800 suspected cases with flu-like illness, with 57 deaths in the Mexico City area,” Chaib added.

Twenty four suspected cases and three deaths were also recorded in San Luis Potosi in central Mexico.

The above comment confirm that the swine H1N1 in southwestern United States (see updated map) is the leading edge of a H1N1 pandemic that appears to be centered in Mexico.

These deaths should increase the pandemic phase to 6.

Release of sequences from fatal cases in Mexico would be useful.

http://www.recombinomics.com/News/04240903/H1N1_Swine_Mexico_Pandemic.html

Western military forces turning inward in anticipation of domestic unrest

As the growing world-wide economic crisis deepens, military forces from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom are preparing to meet angry citizens on the street. The economic crisis – and the public outrage it is causing – is at the forefront of intelligence agencies and military forces in the western world.

Prominent trends forecaster Gerald Celente has been sounding the alarm for years, warning that riots and tax revolts are coming to America. The Pentagon, U. K. Ministry of Defense, and Canadian military apparently agree. In November of 2008 the United States Army War College released the report Known Unknowns: Unconventional “Strategic Shocks” in Defense Strategy Development. The report identifies economic collapse as a reason for the defense establishment to conduct domestic operations. The report states,

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security. Deliberate employment of weapons of mass destruction or other catastrophic capabilities, unforeseen economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency…”

The CIA and MI5 are both watching the economic situation for signs of unrest and political instability. As the Washington Post reports, the CIA has added an economic situation report to its threat assessment for the White House. A further sign that the United States government is anticipating widespread unrest comes with the domestic stationing of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division. The Army Times reports,

“They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.”

Canadian military forces have been given a nearly identical domestic mission in a synchronized move with the United States. Canada’s National Post reports that,

“The Canadian military has embarked on a wide-ranging plan to turn its reserve soldiers into focused units trained and equipped to respond to a nightmarish array of domestic threats, including terrorist “dirty bomb” attacks, biological agent containment, Arctic catastrophes and natural disasters.”

David Bercuson, director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary admits that contingencies exist that “…envisioned scenarios that might require a form of constabulary or policing function for reserves in civilian containment and security.”

Overseas, the United Kingdom’s MI5 is also anticipating widespread unrest in response to economic downturn. The Daily Express reports that the U.K. Army is “on standby” in the event of unrest during a “summer of discontent.”

The United Kingdom’s own Ministry of Defense foresaw middle class revolution two years ago in the 2007 The DCDC Global Strategic Trends report. “The middle classes could become a revolutionary class…,” the report states. “The growing gap between themselves and a small number of highly visible super-rich individuals might fuel disillusion with meritocracy, while the growing urban under-classes are likely to pose an increasing threat to social order and stability, as the burden of acquired debt and the failure of pension provision begins to bite.”

Ominously, legislation was recently introduced to Congress that would authorize “national emergency centers” on military installations that will provide “temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster.” The National Emergency Centers Act can be read here.

As new taxes – like paying by mileage and carbon taxes meant to send “price signals” to consumers – are imposed and more money is demanded from debt laden citizens to save failing banks there is little doubt that resistance will grow. Just how far the bankers can go remains to be seen, but the military is ready when we’ve had enough.

http://oldthinkernews.com/Articles/oldthinker%20news/military_forces_worldwide_turnin.htm

Canada backs Israeli attack on Iran?

*This guy just needs to shut up…*

Canada casts new aspersions on Iran’s nuclear activities, vowing to throw its weight behind Israel in the event of a military conflict.

In his harshest rhetoric so far, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed steadfast support for Israel and claimed that the Iranian government has “evil” purposes for its technological achievements.

“My government is a very strong supporter of the state of Israel and considers the Iranian threats to be absolutely unacceptable and beyond the pale,” said The Canadian prime minister, the Wall Street Journal’s online edition reported.

The comments come while The Islamic Republic has long been a supporter of peace in the region and is among the states that have never invaded or threatened to invade another country.

“It concerns me that we have a regime with both an ideology that is obviously evil, combined with a desire to procure technology to act on that ideology,” Harper said.

Western accusations against Iran gathered pace, after the country staged successful tests at the 1000-megawatt light-water reactor facility in Bushehr, stimulating fuel rods with lead rather than virtual nuclear fuel.

While the pilot operations were seen as a milestone in the construction of Iran’s first nuclear power plant, it provoked a tidal wave of criticism from Israel and its Western allies.

The US, Israel and their European allies accuse Tehran of making efforts to develop a military nuclear program. Iran, however, dismisses the allegations, saying it will prove the civilian nature of its uranium enrichment in future negotiations.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=87162&sectionid=351020104

Israeli Spokesman Says We Control Stupid Americans

*Unfortunately, I am afraid that Tzipora Menache is correct…unless you can prove me wrong. Please, I dare you.*

“Another Israeli spokeswoman, Tzipora Menache, stated that she was not worried about negative ramifications the Israeli onslaught on Gaza might have on the way the Obama administration would view Israel. She said ‘You know very well, and the stupid Americans know equally well, that we control their government, irrespective of who sits in the White House. You see, I know it and you know it that no American president can be in a position to challenge us even if we do the unthinkable. What can they (Americans) do to us? We control congress, we control the media, we control show biz, and we control everything in America. In America you can criticize God, but you can’t criticize Israel.”