Thursday, August 17, 2017

What Truth Sounds Like - Abby Martin Describes the "Hell on Earth" that is Palestine

Abby Martin on the Joe Rogan Podcast Program
"...Worse than I could Ever Imagine"

Westerners haven't heard the truth spoken in the Main$tream (Legacy) Media for such a long time that they wouldn't recognize it if they heard it.  The above, hard, searing interview is how the truth sounds.  Imagine if Abby Martin went on one of those drivel talk shows on CNN or FAUX or NBC and talked about the things she's talking about in the video above.  Imagine if she could describe the things she saw during her recent month long stay in Israel.  Now THAT, my friends, would be freedom of the press!

But, the Satanic CIA did it's mockingbird stunt just so that nothing like the above could ever reach the tiny, addled brains of the sheeple. The CIA [Covert Israeli Agenda] destroyed one of the pillars of a true democracy and THAT is precisely why the world is now in the shape it's in...teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon.

Then the Internet came along.... and the truth started to seep up through the floorboards again.  What to do?  What to Dooooooooooo!?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Tempest - What's Really Behind USrael's Political Theatre Obsession with Korea?

Map of Korea

Politics is theater...and in this day and age it is becoming more and more obvious that the usual political themes are bankrupt from overuse, repetition and are generally stolen from past productions.  Witness what's going on lately regarding North Korea.  The plot is loosely taken from Shakespeare's "The Tempest":

"The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone, and is illustrated by Arthur Rackham in 1926. It is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore [regime change?]his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skilful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand...."

Scene from "The Tempest

The  Atlanticist Ziofascist Empire, thrashing around in its dying throes, has borrowed from Shakespeare to conjure up yet another "Tempest" on the Korean Penninsula.  This is not the first time it has staged this kind of distraction.  Just about every decade since the Korean War, it has staged a production where some obese oriental ruler, after being terrorized and taunted, shakes his fat fist at the US--and the equally obese West gets to orchestrate a media storm or "Tempest" in order to terrorize North Korea, its regional neighbours in South East Asia, AND its own American population.  Here's the latest on the Korean "crisis" from RT.  Please read the following and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

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The US and North Korea must "hit the brakes" and find a peaceful resolution to their ongoing crisis, China's foreign minister said. It comes amid a war of words and mutual strike threats between Washington and Pyongyang. The remarks by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi were made during a Tuesday phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.
“The most important task for the US and North Korea is to ‘hit the brakes’ on their mutual needling of each other with words and actions, to lower the temperature of the tense situation and prevent an ‘August crisis,’” Wang said during the conversation, according to a statement published on the Chinese Foreign Ministry's website.

He told Lavrov that China and Russia should work together to contain tensions and to not allow anyone to "stir up an incident on their doorstep." Lavrov echoed Wang's sentiments, telling the Chinese foreign minister that "a resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue by military force is completely unacceptable and the peninsula’s nuclear issue must be peacefully resolved by political and diplomatic methods." The Russian foreign minister noted during the conversation that tensions between Washington and Pyongyang could rise once again, as the US and South Korea prepare to launch large-scale military drills on August 21.

However, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday that "there will be no war repeated on the Korean peninsula," adding that military action against Pyongyang should be decided by "ourselves and not by anyone else."
Moon said that Seoul would work with Washington to counter security threats, but stressed the need to focus on diplomatic efforts.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, currently in China, met with his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday. No details of the meeting have been released, though AP reported the conversation "touched" on North Korea.
READ MORE: ‘Korean peninsula on the brink’: US & N. Korean warmongering paradoxically identical – Zakharova

Dunford's visit to China came after he stopped in Seoul to meet with senior South Korean military and political officials, as well as local media. The top official will also visit Japan, which on Wednesday conducted air maneuvers with US bombers southwest of the Korean Peninsula. The exercises come after Pyongyang threatened to strike the US territory of Guam, stressing that a ballistic missile would fly over three Japanese prefectures.

However, the US also conducted several military drills and air patrols in the region prior to the threat Dunford has noted that the US is seeking to resolve tensions with North Korea peacefully, but said that Washington is willing to use the "full range" of its military capabilities. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson echoed that sentiment on Tuesday, telling reporters in Washington that "we continue to be interested in trying to find a way to get to dialogue, but that's up to [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un]."  That statement followed US President Donald Trump’s warning last week that his country's military was "locked and loaded," and that North Korea would be faced with "fire and fury" if it continued to threaten the United States.

Kim vowed on Tuesday to wait a little longer before hitting Guam, and to watch “[the] stupid conduct of the Yankees,” while urging Washington to refrain from further escalation of the crisis. However, he said the plan could still go ahead, and threatened to "wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks" in the event of any further "power demonstration."

On Wednesday, Trump praised the decision to delay the strike plan as “a very wise and well reasoned decision.”

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Smoke and Mirrors on the Korean Peninsula

In the latest Act in this ongoing deadly farce, Kim Jong Un has "wisely" backed off his threat to attack the USrael military base on Guam.  The western "Legacy Media" has been selectively and deceptively reporting on the situation on the Korean Peninsula (both north and south) for decades.... and have created a totally false and fabricated scenario for what is actually going on in North Korea.  But, due to the rise of the Internet and Alternative news sources, such as Global Research.ca, bloggers like this one are now able to access realistic and rational reports from behind the curtain.  Korea is no longer a "remote land", able to serve as a theatre for lies like the island in "The Tempest". 

Just today, Global Research has posted a report that indicates that the North Korean health system is better than the one they have (or don't have as the case may be) in the United States.  So much for North Korea being a "primitive, backward land". 



Pyongyang, Capital of North Korea

Having recently visited South East Asia, including Vietnam, but not including Korea, I can personally attest to being gobsmacked by the richness and fertility of that area of the world.  My first impression of Vietnam was: "No wonder the US wanted to strip it of its resources!"  Some parts of Vietnam, in spite of the war in the '60's and '70's and the dropping of tons of toxic poisons on it...are still like the Garden of Eden.  The Vietnamese people still live off the land--and prosper--in their small towns and villages.  

No doubt, the same applies to the Korean Peninsula.  If they lied about Vietnam, no doubt the lies about North Korea are even bigger.  I know there have been reports about deliberate desertification of  North Korea via weather modification/weaponization. I know that economic sanctions have for decades prevented economic growth and have deprived North Korea of basic foods and medications for their citizens (just like Iraq before it's military destruction).  The country has been systematically isolated and kept back.  Why?

Well, the answer, again, is obvious.  The Atlanticist Empire does not want South Korea and North Korea to unify [divide and conquer].  For their financial/military dominance to continue...USrael needs to keep South Korea as a virtual occupied military base--with weaponry trained on their arch-rival, China.  There are even reports that it was USrael that provided North Korea with the nuclear weaponry it is now threatening the US with!  South Korea, like several other nations around the world, [Philippines, Venezuela, Germany?] has been making noises recently about independence from the post Korean War occupation that prevents the unification of South and North Korea.  Since the Korean War...families have been separated between North and South and the economy has been stymied by inability to build pipelines through North Korea to China and other mega transportation infrastructure projects that would enhance commerce in the region.  Whenever the "independence/unification" chatter gets too loud in South Korea, the perps bring out their old, stage-worn crew of actors and themes.  The hope is, that each new generation of Koreans (and Westerners) can be terrorized anew with the same old play.

The Final Act?

But in this new information era, the new generations of Koreans, both in the North and South, look forward instead--towards a future as part of China's Silk Road....not the barbed wire and bristling missiles and threatened nuclear Armageddon's of the West.  China and Russia are stepping up to the international plate in terms of defusing tensions created by the Smoke and Mirrors crowd [witness Lavrov and his Chinese Counterpart's calming words in the report above]. Could this latest "Guns of August" performance by USrael be the last Act in a very worn out play?  The world is hoping so.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dog Whistle Newzzzzzzzz

Dog Whistle Newzzzzzzzzzz

It's Tuesday, and the Western legacy Main$tream media is still foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog.  The latest foamination arising out of last weekend's manufactured [false flag?] crisis resulting from a "riot" in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Below is a good analysis from Lew Rockwell.com.  Americans and even some in the alternate media are responding to the strident 24/7 M$M dog whistle coming from the ziofascist, CIA neocon, globalist perps--who seem bound and determined to split the US civil society wide open--rather than have their carved-in-stone Satanic, warmongering agenda delayed and/or thwarted by the bumbling nincompoop, Donald Trump.  Below, are a couple of excerpts from David Stockman's post and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

That Wasn't No Dog Whistle

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Thought Cleansing Project Being Orchestrated by Google

Internet Censorship - Google is cleansing
the Internet of Alternative
sources of information and news


According to this article in the UNZ review, Google has been orchestrating a massive "thought cleansing" censorship program over the past several months.  This blogger has noticed along with many of my colleagues a dramatic variation in the number of "hits" on our blogs.  Checking my Greencrow As The Crow Flies [GATCF] stats regularly and reviewing in particular my all time stats of readership since 2013, when I began to blog full time, I see this:

Now what did GATCF Dooooooo to cause such a
dramatic drop in readership?
In Other Words, Why Did I Fling
Myself off that Statistical Cliff?????!!!!


Well, I'm certainly not going to ask the behemoth algorithm all-seeing eye in the sky, Google, what went wrong way back in early 2016!  Please read the following article from the UNZ review and I will have more thoughts in comments to follow:

Google’s New Search Protocol Is Restricting Access to 13 Leading Socialist, Progressive and Anti-War Web Sites

New data compiled by the World Socialist Web Site, with the assistance of other Internet-based news outlets and search technology experts, proves that a massive loss of readership observed by socialist, anti-war and progressive web sites over the past three months has been caused by a cumulative 45 percent decrease in traffic from Google searches.

The drop followed the implementation of changes in Google’s search evaluation protocols. In a statement issued on April 25, Ben Gomes, the company’s vice president for engineering, stated that Google’s update of its search engine would block access to “offensive” sites, while working to surface more “authoritative content.”

The World Socialist Web Site has obtained statistical data from SEMrush estimating the decline of traffic generated by Google searches for 13 sites with substantial readerships. The results are as follows: 
wsws.org fell by 67 percent
alternet.org fell by 63 percent
globalresearch.ca fell by 62 percent
consortiumnews.com fell by 47 percent
socialistworker.org fell by 47 percent
mediamatters.org fell by 42 percent
commondreams.org fell by 37 percent
internationalviewpoint.org fell by 36 percent
democracynow.org fell by 36 percent
wikileaks.org fell by 30 percent
truth-out.org fell by 25 percent
counterpunch.org fell by 21 percent
theintercept.com fell by 19 percent


Of the 13 web sites on the list, the World Socialist Web Site has been the most heavily affected. Its traffic from Google searches has fallen by two thirds.

The new statistics demonstrate that the WSWS is a central target of Google’s censorship campaign. In the twelve months preceding the implementation of the new Google protocols, the WSWS had experienced a substantial increase in readership. A significant component of this increase was the product of Google search results. The rapid rise in search traffic reflected the well-documented growth in popular interest in socialist politics during 2016. The rate of growth accelerated following the November election, which led to large protests against the election of Trump.

Search traffic to the WSWS peaked in April 2017, precisely at the point when Google began the implementation of its censorship protocols.

Another site affected by Google’s action has provided information that confirms the findings of the WSWS.

“In late May, changes to Google’s algorithm negatively impacted the volume of traffic to the Common Dreams website from organic Google searches,” said Aaron Kaufman, director of development at progressive news outlet Common Dreams. “Since May, traffic from Google Search as a percentage of total traffic to the Common Dreams website has decreased nearly 50 percent.”

The extent and impact of Google’s actions prove that a combination of techniques is being employed to block access to targeted sites. These involve the direct flagging and blackballing of the WSWS and the other 12 sites listed above by Google evaluators. These sites are assigned a highly negative rating that assures that their articles will be either demoted or entirely bypassed. In addition, new programming technology teaches the computers to think like the evaluators, that is, to emulate their preferences and prejudices.

Finally, the precision of this operation strongly suggests that there is an additional range of exclusion techniques involving the selection of terms, words, phrases and topics that are associated with socialist and left-wing websites.

This would explain why the World Socialist Web Site, which focuses on issues such as war, geopolitics, social inequality and working class struggles has experienced such a dramatic fall in Google-generated searches on these very topics. We have seen that the very terms and phrases that would under normal circumstances be most likely to generate the highest level of hits—such as “socialism,” “Marxism” and “Trotskyism”—produce the lowest results.

This is an ongoing process in which one can expect that Google evaluators are continuously adding suspect terms to make their algorithm ever more precise, with the eventual goal of eliminating traffic to the WSWS and other targeted sites.

The information that has been gathered and published by the WSWS during the past week exposes that Google is at the center of a corporate-state conspiracy to drastically curtail democratic rights. The attack on free speech and uncensored access to information is aimed at crippling popular opposition to social inequality, war and authoritarianism.

The central and sinister role of Google in this process demonstrates that freedom of speech and thought is incompatible with corporate control of the Internet.

As we continue our exposure of Google’s assault on democratic rights, we demand that it immediately and unequivocally halt and revoke its censorship program.

It is critical that a coordinated campaign be organized within the United States and internationally against Google’s censorship of the Internet. We intend to do everything in our power to develop and contribute to a counter-offensive against its efforts to suppress freedom of speech and thought.

The fight against corporate-state censorship of the Internet is central to the defense of democratic rights, and there must be a broad-based collaboration among socialist, left and progressive websites to alert the public and the widest sections of the working class."

Folks, this was bound to happen.  Orwell predicted it.... and it is the way the world rumbles and has throughout history.  It can be summed up in the age-old maxim:

"POWER CORRUPTS AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY!"*

*In Fact, Google is stealing statistical numbers from me...the fruit of my blogging labour...just like in the story linked to above...where the Sherriff's deputy is stealing the farmer's hay...while in police uniform.

One other thing we know about power....once an entity has it...they NEVER willingly relinquish it.  No...the only solution to the gradual but steady and relentless elimination of free speech on the Internet and the cleansing of thought is to find another outlet.  I suggested in a post a month or so ago that RT and/or PressTV should get into the Internet Platform business...that is if they want to prevent the total elimination of their market in the West [as the West becomes more and more brainwashed].  Of course, eventually, RT and/or other Internet news sources, once they become powerful will eventually ALSO become corrupted.  But that's "human" nature....just as it is also human nature to gravitate towards truth and to demand to be able to express it and have it promulgated to the masses.

Or, will humanity have to return to the age old method of distribution of truth...sneaking out at night and nailing pamphlets and/or hand written diatribes to poles in the town square?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gulf Island Cruise 2017 - Epilogue and Catalogue

Sails Raised - The "Main" and the "Genny"
Setting out to Sail Back to Vancouver
Across Georgia Strait

We're back and unpacked from our yearly Gulf Island Cruise and the crew are recovering nicely.  I hope my "virtual crew" [you readers who I took along, via the Internet] are also resting comfortably.  It was a pleasure having you along and your presence made the trip even more meaningful, adding an element of sharing and mentoring in the "sport" of sailing a small craft through familiar waters.  At our ages, we don't know how many more of these sails we will be able to do...so passing down the information and experience to others is key.

When we re-entered the Port of Vancouver after our eight hour sail/motor across Georgia Strait in calm waters, we felt as if we were entering a war zone or the aftermath of a "Nuclear holocaust"...so dense was the smoke from the wildfires blazing in the BC Interior.  In all our 45 years on the West Coast, we've never seen so much smoke.

Port of Vancouver, and City Outline
Shrouded in Smoky Haze from BC Forest Fires

There must be a lot more forest fires in the interior than we are being told.  Just yesterday, the BC government issued a complete ban on anyone entering the BC Back Country. Of course, as the Captain said, the winds are blowing from the opposite direction of normal for this time of year, which has resulted in the smoke blowing towards metro Vancouver.  Anyway, today for the first time in 6 weeks, there are "real" clouds in the sky and a slight prediction of rain for tomorrow.  One thing I meant to mention...throughout all these weeks of smoky overcast...there have been NO chemtrails.  I have looked for them every day and detected none through the orangey-grey haze.  Wonder WHO makes these decisions.  Who decides: "Hey, we have enough haze down there in the Pacific North West....so let's move the chemtrail program to, say, Hawaii"...or some such?

As we look ahead to the last few weeks of summer 2017, I see some dark, geopolitical clouds on the horizon. There's the usual late August, early September fear of a major False Flag.  This annual psychological terror time period has been with us since at least 9/11.  This year it comes in the form of an EMP [electro-magnetic pulse] threatThe EMP threat carries with it the entire catalogue of contemporary fears...loss of electricity for daily needs, darkness and immobility due to no fuel supply for our cars...and, perhaps worst of ALL...loss of access to our cell phones and Internet devices...will we even be human anymore without instant connectivity to the Internet???!!!

So, as we brace ourselves for this seasonal terrorist rite of passage...let me again thank my 'virtual crew' for your patience, forbearance, interest and support during our humble voyage and, for those who like to reminisce...I have provided below two maps of the geographic area and catalogue of links to posts made during the sailing cruise:

Map #1 Sailing from home port near
Coquitlam down Burrard Inlet
UNDER Lions Gate Bridge
to Bowen Island (Snug Cove)



Map #2 - Our Route - from Vancouver
across Georgia Strait to Gabriola then
through Gulf Islands down to Sidney then
back up to Nanaimo and return to Vancouver


2017 Sailing Itinerary






Part Six - Dog Daze of Summer, Port Sidney Harbour, Vancouver Island


Part Eight - The Captain Speaks, Ladysmith Harbour Vancouver Island*


Part Ten - And the Winner Is:  Nanaimo, BC Vancouver Island 

Part Eleven - Shine On You Crazy Diamonds, on board the "Limerence" in Georgia Strait


*Some posts were saved and published later due to connectivity issues

Friday, August 11, 2017

Shine On You Crazy Diamonds

Fish Jumping on Water
Video from YouTube

"Anonymous" recently commented that I should "get back to work".  Being out on the road, or, in my case, out on the water does lend a certain "otherworldliness"  [call it perspective] to the "work" of posting about geopolitics.  Sometimes, even, as happened recently to me, a writer will get a flash of inspiration, a lesson, from nature.  Sometimes, the "natural lesson" when combined with a timely and  cogent link(s) can morph into a theory, a reflection or an "insight".

A day or so ago now, while slowly motoring up the passage to Nanaimo from Ladysmith, the water was flat calm and glassy in the early morning light.  It looked like a mirror.  Suddenly, about 10 feet to the right of our boat, I saw a small school of tiny fish, like herring, leap in unison out of the water, flash brilliantly in the sunlight like a shovelful of diamonds thrown into the air, then, almost as one, dive back beneath the waves.  This scene is captured on a much larger scale in the video above.

Generally, when fish jump out of the water, it's because they're being chased by a larger predator(s).  We will never know for sure what causes any individual school of fish to jump into the air--what for them is a new paradigm, an alien universe.  The depths of the ocean contains diverse predators...from the simply larger salmon...to seals, porpoise and then the ultimate (in these waters anyway) killer whale.

I got to thinking that the mass of humanity is like the small fish...under constant threat, terror and predation from dark forces beneath the surface...forces that provoke mass frenzy, insanity and suicidal behavior.  It also got me thinking that, like David Icke is always telling us...there are different levels and/or elements in the universe--and we are only privy to the one we are in and probably unable to survive outside of it...like the small fish in that split second they are flying through the air.

Finally, I began to contemplate on the motivation of the predators...is it just greed and self satisfaction that drives their pursuit?  Or is it even more primal than that.  Then I saw the article in Fort Russ about the motivation behind the recent American government passing the sanctions against Russia.  Here is a quote:

"...But they [USrael] are incapable of being world’s first by simply being the best at everything, so they choose to stay on top by bringing everyone else down. Through various methods..."


And it seems that the small fish breeching into the air is like the history of humanity speeded up a million fold.  Each breech is a civilization reaching the pinnacle of its evolution...that is when it is "shining like diamonds"  just before it descends back into the blackness and is dragged down by the "dark forces".  This scenario is repeated over and over throughout history...and probably even before recorded history.  I started thinking about John Milton's poem "Paradise Lost" again.  The longer I live the more I believe that the blind poet was telling us about another inhabitation of this planet...by what he called "angels"...who fought a tremendous battle wherein good triumphed and the vanquished were banished to hell. Perhaps the battle was fought on another planet and the evil Lucifer and his cohorts were banished to earth where they are compelled to rule by deception---and create hell over and over again [history] to infinity.

In a post this morning, Paul Craig Roberts says that the Nuremberg trials after WWII were just another evil farce and a travesty of justice.  Remember the film "Judgment at Nuremberg"? Remember when we were all being brainwashed as teenagers into believing that this was a prime example of good "triumphing" over evil?  What else are we but tiny fish leaping and dancing in terror before the 1%?

Then, I saw a wonderful interview with Rock Star Roger Waters this morning where he provided some small modicum of hope that we are not so helpless and that we do have some small degree of control over our existence:


Roger Waters on RT
"We're Winning...That's What Scares Them"

So, as we end our vacation with our rare contemplation of nature--up close and personal--and as we re-enter our familiar environment of M$M madness, insanity and terror propaganda...hopefully we will be able to factor in a little bit of perspective gained from reflecting on the bigger picture of life on this planet.  Perhaps, like Syd Barrett, we're all more than just tiny fish, flashing for a split second in the sunlight of human history. Perhaps we are all "crazy diamonds". 



Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. 1-5)

Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun
Shine on you crazy diamond
Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky
Shine on you crazy diamond
You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom
Blown on the steel breeze
Come on you target for faraway laughter
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine
You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon
Shine on you crazy diamond
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light
Shine on you crazy diamond
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision
Rode on the steel breeze
Come on you raver, you seer of visions
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine
Songwriters: DAVID JON GILMOUR, RICK WRIGHT, ROGER WATERS
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

Roger Waters
Sings Shine on You Crazy Diamond

Thursday, August 10, 2017

And the Winner is....Nanaimo, BC

Nanaimo New Development on Waterfront
is People Friendly

Well, Folks...we're at the end of our two week sailing holiday.  Tomorrow, we depart from Nanaimo, BC harbour for our home port in Port Moody, BC, just 45 minutes from Vancouver.  I have to say that the City of Nanaimo takes the award for the best stop and moorage of our two week sail.  We hadn't sailed here for at least 25 years, since our boys were small and boy, has it changed! And, for the better.  The good folk of Nanaimo snatched their precious waterfront from the talons of the greedy developers...who usually win every tug of war in every city in North America...and have transformed the waterfront completely.  It is now a people-friendly seawall walk through tourist souvenir shop and restaurant areas, park areas, Sea plane and ferry landings and even a fishing pier and a man made tidal beach that is swimmable.

The above sounds like I am a flunkie for the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce...but I am not.  I just see here a template that can be borrowed by almost every ocean-front community in BC and elsewhere.  And tourism seems to be flourishing in Nanaimo...."Build it...and they will come".  As an example, Port Moody, BC where we have our boat moored is planning a huge waterfront development with high rises and high density housing to be built over the next few decades.  I doubt that Port Moody has the vision...or the strong community-minded City Hall that Nanaimo obviously has to realize the transformation here on the waterfront.

But, as we walked to a restaurant just two blocks away from the waterfront last night, we saw clues to the cost to the community of the newly refurbished waterfront.  Homeless and/or distressed individuals approached us for handouts, nearly always aboriginal in appearance.  Nanaimo has a large First Nations population and this segment of the community has always stayed at the lower end of the economic scale.  One thing I forgot to mention, there is a very high police presence on the waterfront.  A badass inflatable police boat with a huge officer toting a gun on his belt was roaring around the harbor as we came in.  I smiled to myself as I imagined his gun going off by accident and ripping a hole in the huge dingy...badass no more : ).  Also, police on bicycles patrol the seawall constantly.  This was reassuring, at night particularly.

So in a few moments, we release the mooring lines and we're off!

Children's sculpture in Nanaimo 
Waterfront Park
"Hungry Bunny"- a commentary on
the feral Rabbit Problem in urban areas