Trip highlights were:
The three hundred year old market, Hoi An, in Da Nang which is well preserved and beautifully situated on the river waterfront. Seeing the Vietnamese happily working their fish farms and rice fields...they are a resilient and wonderfully friendly people...holding no grudges against Westerners that we could discern...forward-looking and proud of their independence. There was an impressive Buddhist shrine in a former marble mine called "Marble Mountain". Wonderful, huge statues of Buddha were encased in impossible crevasses in the mine. I hope to showcase these and my other trip photos in a new "Special Page" called "The Spirit of South East Asia" in the coming weeks or month...once I get a bit more settled and get my photos sorted and edited.
Saigon (while the formal name has been changed to Ho Chi Minh City...the locals still call it "Saigon") was busy and undergoing a stunning development in construction...cranes were everywhere. Boom is based on foreign investment! Much infrastructural work remains to be done, however, as electrical cords were everywhere...clogging the streets, hanging threateningly low over the sidewalks. The people swarmed the roads on motorbikes...driving dangerously fast...the adults wore helmets...but not the babies they carried loosely in their arms!
We rode a motorized boat in Bangkok, Thailand just like James Bond did in one of the movies. It was an exciting ride up and down the ancient city canals. Two highlights of our trip to Thailand were the elephant rides and watching the elephant show in a coliseum where about 20 or so elephants raced around with their handlers, simulating battles, basketball games, bowling and soccer. The elephants were brought over to the edge of the fence holding back the crowds of tourists and begged for paper money...which they deftly picked up with their trunks and handed to their handlers...they also begged for bananas which they woofed down...knowing the difference between the two. Asian elephants, unlike African elephants, apparently, are very friendly and docile. They used to be employed in the logging industry but have been replaced by machines. There are only about 5,000 elephants left in Thailand...most in captivity.
The last highlight of the trip was the City of Singapore. I knew about this city's reputation for being "State of the Art", innovative and a very clean "concrete jungle". What I didn't know...and was very surprised by...was the greenery. The entire city is one big garden. Singapore imported a lot of acacia trees from South Africa. These huge, beautiful trees line all the streets. What the Singapore city gardeners do is plant big ferns of all kinds in the crevasses of the trees...so each tree is a garden within itself and no two are alike! We went on a wonderful "hop-on-hop-off" bus tour of the city and stopped at a world class botanical garden. I wanted to hop off and see this spectacular display...but there was no time. Luckily we didn't because an hour later there was a tropical deluge that came without warning and soaked the city ...no wonder it's so green. Like Vietnam, Singapore is enjoying a building and development boom, thanks to foreign investment. Having long run out of space on the original island, what the citizens of the City State have done is level the mountains and filled in the shoreline to increase the land mass by 25%. They are now importing sand in order to reclaim yet more land. So it is not just China doing land reclamation in South East Asia...although that is all we seem to hear about.
We travelled by China Air and I was impressed by the service. Speaking of China, The smaller neighbouring countries, like Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore all seem to view China as the "big boogyman" just like Canadians like myself regard the US....overly big and bullying. And the countries of Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore are very competitive amongst themselves. Interestingly, the US, especially in Vietnam, is regarded much more benignly than is China. Several Vietnamese guides told us outright that they preferred the US to China. Who knew!!!?
Well, now that I'm back in Canada, here is a smattering of Canadian Newz
From the CBC:
That amounts to an average of more than 3.6 deaths every day
Men accounted for just over 83 per cent.
Individuals age 30-49 accounted for over half (53 per cent) of the deaths.
Vancouver, Surrey and Kelowna are the top locations for fatalities.
None occurred at supervised consumption sites.
Nearly 90 per cent of deaths happened inside, whether that be at a home or another building
Last year, 914 people in B.C. died from an illicit overdose. In June, Lapointe said overdose deaths had become the leading cause of unnatural death in the province, surpassing motor vehicle crashes.
With the latest numbers, the total for 2017 is now at 218."
The world is surely dragging its feet finding out who "Mr. Big" is in this drug epidemic...but in the US, the pharmaceutical companies are being sued in an unprecedented lawsuit. Russia is beginning to speak out and, tellingly, Russian Federation Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov recently blamed NATO.
Lavrov blames NATO for worldwide opioid epidemic
This, to my knowledge, is the first time a line was drawn connecting the dots between the opioid crisis and the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan. Makes sense to me. Gary Webb told us several decades ago that the US government was the biggest purveyor of illicit drugs in the world. We didn't think they were going to give up that pig's trough THAT easily, now did we???
So citizens in affected western countries, like Canada, are just left holding the bag and dealing with the social costs associated with the big financial "killing" made by the CIA "Mr. Big". Social costs like homeless youth. Here is a CBC article postulating that regular families should start taking homeless youth into their own homes.
I beg to disagree. If you think offering a homeless youth your spare bedroom is a good idea...think again! Having spent years working with homeless youth here in BC I warn everyone NOT to take them into their homes. It is a recipe for disaster. These youth are invariably damaged and very angry. Being kind to them just makes them angrier. They resent kindness and good behavior because it triggers memories of how they were abused in their early years. They will lash out with acts of vandalism, violence and theft. Youth subjected to child abuse need specialized care and residential requirements. Trained caregivers are a MUST! Ironically, homeless, abused youth will fare better in basic, no frills housing. It will not trigger them as much. And they need counselling and special programs to meet their needs, Here is:
A better solution
Iceland has come up with a special program to tackle teen substance abuse. I agree with the program described in this article.
Still on Canadian Newz, I see our dingbat pro-NAZI Canadian foreign minister is still in the newz:
Freeland Appointment as Canada's Foreign Minister - Catastrophe Update
Pro-Russian blogger John Helmer is following her antics closely....as no doubt the Russian government is as well. What a disaster this appointment is for "le Dauphin" Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. So unnecessary and so unwanted by Canadians who voted for a "reset" of Canada/Russian Foreign Relations in the past election. The world is taking note and Canada's international reputation is taking yet another totally gratuitous "hit". When will the humiliation end?
Moving on to International Newz
Usual Suspects Bomb Train Station in St. Petersburg, Russia
Like clockwork, the relentless terrorism by the usual suspects against upstart, independent Russia keeps ticking away. Yesterday, the BBC reports with glee the latest terrorist bomb attack...this time in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Blogger Penny of Penny for your thoughts gives an excellent, early recount of what actually happened, according to various news sources. Hours later, the deceased suicide bomber was identified by 21st Century Wire:
Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security said in a statement that one suspect behind the bombing is a Kyrgyz-born Russian national it identified as Akbarzhon Jalilov.
The Kyrgyz intelligence agency said Russian authorities informed them about the man, aged between 21 and 22, but they were not aware of his specific role in the bombing. The intelligence agency said it is co-operating with Russian authorities to help the investigation..."
Different spelling of last name in The Duran:
The Russian Investigative Committee has identified the suicide bomber responsible for yesterday’s terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg Metro. 22 year old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a native of Kyrgyzstan, blew him self up killing 14 and wounding 47 in the attack using a bomb filled with shrapnel..."
Forgive me for asking, but is Jalilov/Dzhalilov a [ususual suspects'] name?
Stephen Lendman notes the interesting dichotomy between the way the western media responds to Russian vs. Western terrorist acts. I already commented on that... when I used the word "glee" to describe the inevitable BBC slant...have you ever seen a media outlet rub its hands?
Speaking of that disgusting purveyor of prevarication...the BBC...here is another recent headline from yesterday concerning the latest false flag perpetrated by the so-called "White Helmets":
BBC Still World's Biggest Liar...Still Selling Vile Canard About Assad "Gassing Own People"
Finally, I will end this post with some updates from Science Newz
The above video supports my long-held contention that the "weather" is a black ops program and that the "carbon tax" is an effort to pay for this every expensive method of punishing and rewarding nations all over this poor, benighted, doomed planet.
Just when you thought that mankind had solved the serious problem of how to create a romantic ambiance without burning the house down...by way of those fake "tea light" candles....the inventor of the lithium ion batteries has revealed that ALL LITHIUM ION BATTERIES WILL EVENTUALLY EXPLODE!
And of course....nanotechnology...that technology that astoundingly, is potentially more destructive of humanity than nuclear technology has ever been...has developed a DNA "sleeper cell"
....Almost makes me yearn to be back in Nha Trang, Vietnam, sitting in that tropical "fruit tree garden" sipping tea and listening to the singing birds. But it's good to be back home. Have a great day, and bye for now.